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Updated May 24, 2012 at 07:09PM EDT by RandomMan.

Added Jan 16, 2010 at 07:09PM EST by Horseeater.

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An image macro series consisting of two elements: a stock image of a distressed old man clutching his chest (see main image) and a casual sentence (EX: Hey Guys-) suddenly interrupted by “HNNNNNNG-,” an onomatopoeia associated with painful experience of heart attack. Much like Candlejack or Hypnotoad, it’s typically useHNNNNNNNG-


While one is unable to pinpoint the exact date of the start of this meme, it has been popularly featured on 4chan’s random board (/b/) since 2007. The earliest 4chan archive thread[1] dates back to December of 2007. The origin of the picture comes from a widely-used image of an old man apparently having a heart attack. It is the first image that appears when one searches for “heart attack” in Google Images[2]. Since it is essentially a stock photo, the image is also used in other contexts.


“I just went to the groce-HNNNNNNNNNG.”

The earliest Urban Dictionary[3] entry for “HNNNNNG” was submitted on December 29th, 2009. The “HNNNNNNGGG” image macro series is in the Top Tier on Memegenerator[4], with nearly 3,000 images.

Since there are so many different spellings of the sound, there is no accurate Google Insights data to represent the search interest of this meme.

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External References

[1]4chanarchives – Hnnnnnnng

[2]Google Images – Search Results for HNNNNNG


[4]MemeGenerator – Hnnnnnnggg

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