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“AND THEN A SKELETON POPPED OUT” is a Creepypasta and term used on the /x/ 4chan board to mock bad Creepypastas, often accompanied by the above clipart.
“A FEW YEARS AGO A MAN WAS WALKING DOWN A ROAD BECAUSE HIS CAR BROKE DOWN AND HE SAW A CAR COMING UP BEHIND HIM SO HE STUCK OUT HIS THUMB TO HITCH HIKE AND THE CAR STOPPED AHEAD OF HIM. HE RAN UP TO THE PASSENGER SIDE AND OPENED THE DOOR. WHEN HE OPENED THE DOOR A SKELETON POPPED OUT”
Users of /x/ picked up the phrase and used it to describe other Creepypastas that were poor in quality. It’s first appearance outside of 4chan was on May 7th, 2010 when the user LeJesseRawrs made a Urban Dictionary definition for it, defining it as a term used to “keep things interesting.”