I’ve just been wondering this for some time. It’s not a meme, I don’t think… but it did spread virally. It’s possible that it is reproducible… or at least the method of nonsensical humor being repeated in other papers made after this essay. Thoughts?
It’s like an IRL copypasta, but made popular because it’s been circulating the internet for a while.
Similarly like Super Stussy S, this may pass as a meme because of Internet discussions.
For those who don’t know what “Planes Trains & Plantaines The Story of Oedipus” is, here’s a link. Basically, think about the My Immortal fanfiction. You will be left confused and question about the overall seriousness of the writer.
Thanks Mellow. I forgot to put some links to it. So, you think it should be considered a meme, then? There’s lots of sources we could go through, telling how it all happened. I remember the student who wrote it. He mentioned something about the score be technically incorrect. It’s speculated that he was allowed to pass the class because the teacher just wanted to get rid of him.
If there’s a good amount of internet sources/references (such as blogs), I say it could be passed as a meme.
Think about it: how would anyone else know about Planes, Trains, and Plantains?
The Internet! This gets spread via internet.
However, we have to think about other factors like popularity. Is this noticeable enough? Are there derivatives? How does this compare with other essay stories?… etc. If an entry is to be made, it will take a lot of work and proof.
I’ve started the entry and thus far, I haven’t made very much progress. Here is a link to the article.
Fyi… I’m not very good with html, so this going to be interesting.