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basement horse?

Last posted Aug 10, 2009 at 11:18PM EDT. Added Jul 26, 2009 at 12:31AM EDT
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Seems like basement horse is popping up everywhere these days. And when I say popping up, I really mean it.

Just found a whole blog:
http://basementhorse.blogspot.com/

Jul 26, 2009 at 12:31AM EDT

I saw the picture below on macrochan and hoped it was a meme.

Now there is some hope!

Jul 26, 2009 at 08:45AM EDT
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Can we find the original picture? The top one is not original, seeing as the grass around the horse looks photoshooped, and Ive shooped alot of whoops in my time to know it.

Jul 26, 2009 at 11:57PM EDT
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However, this is the first picture I recall seeing of Basement horse. As far as I know all useage of basement horse came after this photo popped up.

Jul 27, 2009 at 12:12PM EDT

Here’s what I know about this photo.

I first ran across this photo on Digg last January, and it popped up again on Buzzfeed in about a month or two later.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/shebs/basement-horse-131
The girl in the photo is a Myspace user named Amber Amputee, who has a bit of a cult-following on 4chan.
http://www.myspace.com/amberamputee

At the time it seemed like the first time anyone had seen Basement Horse but I’ll look deeper to see if I can confirm where Basement Horse first came from.

Jul 27, 2009 at 02:44PM EDT
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This Basement Horse blog starts with the Amber Amputee image
http://basementhorse.blogspot.com/

Google Insights search data also starts at January 2009
http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=%22basement%20horse%22&cmpt=q

On the Rocketboom Blog, this pic captioned “Basement Horse Was There” was posted in January of 2009.
[EDIT, That was July 26th, or yesterday. My mistake]
http://blog.rocketboom.com/post/149269483/basement-horse-was-there

I’d say that so far it’s a safe bet that all the action surrounding the “basement horse meme” was stirred up when the Amber Amputee photo made it to Digg and Buzzfeed.

I’ll continue to look for any earlier Basement Horse references.

Jul 27, 2009 at 03:14PM EDT
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This has gotten more interesting. It seems that before it was “basement horse” the same meme was known as “sewer horse”
http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=%22basement%20horse%22%2C%22sewer%20horse%22&cmpt=q

Jul 27, 2009 at 03:26PM EDT
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Neil Cicierega (re:Animutations) has taken basement horse concept a slightly different direction in one of his new videos (p.s. hold out to the end):




Aug 10, 2009 at 07:52PM EDT
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Nice searching, Chris. Some alternate names for Basement Horse: Floor Horse and WTF Horse.

If I remember correctly, ‘WTF Horse’ came about as a result of the ‘Amber Amputee’ image (January 2009) but that seems to just be by people who didn’t get the Ceiling Cat reference.

Not sure about Floor Horse. Best link I can come up with is an image gallery from November 2008.

I feel like I’ve seen other (failed) Ceiling Cat variations out there but can’t recall anything without spending hours in the 4chan archive.

Aug 10, 2009 at 08:40PM EDT
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I think as far as ceiling cat variations, there was wall dog

but you don’t really see him much

Aug 10, 2009 at 11:18PM EDT
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