4chan Party Van

4chan Party Van

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Updated Feb 06, 2014 at 07:47PM EST by James.

Added Dec 05, 2009 at 06:07PM EST by Tomberry.

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The 4chan Party Van is a slang term for FBI agents. By either referring to the van or posting an image macro about it, a user is pointing out to another that the FBI may have noticed the illegal or questionable content of their post and are on their way to arrest them. One of the main reasons for it is that “Party Van”, when read backwards, says “Navy Trap”.


According to Lurkmore[1], the Party Van was first seen in an MS Paint comic posted to 4chan in early 2006. However, no archived mentions exist earlier than December 4th, 2006.[2] The idea evolved into image macros, where people would photoshop images of vans, trucks, and buses to be the Party Van. The images would be used in a conversations with inappropriate content, similar to how Pedobear is used in CP threads.


The first YTMND page for the Party Van was created on March 15th, 2006.[3] The word “partyvan” was added to Urban Dictionary[12] on September 26th, 2006, stating that “the term is often used as a warning against illegal activities on the internet.”

Party Van transitioned from a simple warning to a plausible reality with the news of the arrest of Jake Brahm, a 20 year old Wisconsin man.[4] He was apprehended by the FBI for posting faux threats on 4chan about detonating bombs at seven NFL stadiums on October 22nd, 2006. The threat, which Brahm referred to as “America’s Hiroshima,” was reposted approximately 40 times across /b/ and other websites.[5]

The FBI took the threats seriously, tracking down Brahm’s IP address and taking him into custody. Brahm’s lawyer "urged leniency for an “unsophisticated kid” who was immersed in the 4chan.org culture." In June 2008, he was sentenced to six months in jail followed by six months of house arrest.[6] It was physical proof that the FBI was in fact looking at 4chan and could take real-life action on users, despite their anonymous posting.

“Party Van”[7] and the derivative “V&”[8] (vanned) were first defined on Urban Dictionary on February 9th, 2007.

Several game servers have taken on “4chan Party Van” as their name[9], including ones for Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike. The group also runs a forum at 4chanPartyVan.net.[10]

/i/nsurgency W/i/ki

The /i/nsurgency W/i/ki[11], founded on June 7th, 2007, was put together as a central source for information on raids. They adopted the term Party Van as being their own form of authority coming over those who were violating their rules of the internet.

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External References

[1]Lurkmore – 4chan Party Van

[2]Chanarchive – /b/island

[3]YTMND4chan Party Van!

[4]Freedom Eden – Jake Brahm: How To Screw Up Your Life Without Really Trying

[5]the Smoking Gun – Knucklehead Nabbed in “Dirty Bomb” Hoax

[6]Fox News – Ex-Grocery Clerk Gets 6 Months for NFL Stadium Attack Hoax

[7]Urban Dictionary –

[8]Urban Dictionary – v&

[9]Steam Community – 4chan Party Van

[10]4chan Party Van – Home

[11]/i/nsurgency w/i/ki – Home

[12]Urban Dictionary – partyvan

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