Ayy Lmao

Ayy Lmao

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Ayy Lmao” is an expression and Tumblr hashtag typically associated with a picture of an alien that looks slumped over with an agape mouth.

Origin

The image of the alien has circulated the web since as early as November 2012, appearing on a number of Spanish-language paranormal sites including Tempo Espaço[1], El Gurú[2] and El Rincon Paranormal.[3] Though it is unclear where the photo was first posted, it was referenced on Twitter on March 31st, 2013 in a conversation between two users.





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By May 23rd, 2013, the image appeared as a reaction comment on the celebrity gossip blog Oh No They Didn’t.[4] On June 8th, a Facebook fan page[5] titled “AYY LMAO” launched, posting a handful of image macros with the phrase but not the alien photo. That August, YouTuber jorin pop created a seven second video (shown below) pairing the image with the phrase “ayy lmao” in a hot pink font scrolling across the screen.



On September 22nd, Tumblr user haunted-sugoi[6] posted the image with the caption “this is all that matters.” Three days later, the single topic blog Ayy Lmao Alien[7] was created and began reblogging other photos of aliens with the caption from across Tumblr. On October 15th, a second Facebook fan page titled Ayy Lmao[9] was created, this time, using the familiar alien image as its cover photo. Around the same time, a Yahoo! Answers[10] question was asked about the meaning of the phrase. Later that month, a /r/AyyLmao[11] subreddit was also created. As of October 28th, there are 21 Tumblr URLs, both parked and active, that use a variation of Ayy Lmao.[8]

Notable Examples

Additional examples can be found on Tumblr with the tag #ayy lmao.[12]




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