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The Mustard Man (a.k.a Mike ‘Nug’ Nahrgang) is a photoshop meme that first went viral on Somethingawful.com and eventually across other online forums like Fark.com and YTMND. The photo in question depicts a dude cradling an oversized jar of yellow mustard and looking helplessly into the camera, while the foreground suggests something went terribly bad between the dude and the mustard.
Compounded with large yellow stains, crushed tomatoes and the priceless face that implies lots of mixed feelings, Mustard Man emerged as the Golden Boy for photoshop pranks on the aforementioned sites. By early 2004, his face began to appear in a number of YTMNDs, image macros and other lulz-rich contents. In 2004, “Mustard Man” made the top five of somethingugly.com’s “Ten Worst Things On The Internet” list.
In addition to image derivatives, short fan fictions (100-word stories) about the Mustard Man also became popular on isfullofcrap.com.
Mike the Mustard Man
The true identity of Mustard Man remained in veil until the owners of Bloggerheads.com tracked down Mike on the internet. According to the Canadian actor/comedian, the picture was taken during the taping of an episode of the Canadian sketch-comedy show The Endless Grind, in which he had a part. Mike and another actor were having a food fight and that’s how the dude ended up covered in mustard.
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