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HA HA HA, OH WOW is a image macro and catchphrase that is used to make fun of someone’s failure in a manner similar to LOL WUT (to show both confusion and amusement); unlike LOL WUT, however, the phrase usually expresses disbelief and astonishment more than simply bewilderment.
Although the phrase, “Ha Ha Ha, Oh Wow” itself may have been a common phrase prior to 2007, it gained popularity after an Internet user changed the captions of two panels from Hergé’s famous The Adventures of Tintin Comic. The original strip can be found in the TinTin book, “Destination Moon,” published in 1950, where Captain Haddock laughs hysterically at the idea of a person landing on the moon:
Unverified claims state that the famous “HA HA HA OH WOW” caption was added in 2007 by someone on 4chan:
The phrase “ha ha ha oh wow” first started appearing a lot in the threads kept in the 4chanarchive in early 2007, and soon became popular on 4chan’s /b/ and /co/ boards.
Searches for “Haha Oh Wow” picked up in early 2009.