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Over-Educated Problems is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photograph of a man glumly looking out a window on to a rainy street. As a spin-off of the First World Problems series, the captions typically include frustrations associated with being “too well educated” compared to one’s peers.
The original image comes from a stock photograph titled “Sad Man And Rain” (shown below, left), which is available for download on the royalty free stock photo website Public Domain Pictures. On June 4th, 2012, Redditor RPShep submitted a post titled “Over-Educated Problems”, which featured the stock image captioned with “Don’t know whether to use correct pronunciation / or common pronunciation” (shown below, right). Within three days, the post received over 16,800 upvotes and 1,650 comments.
On June 5th, 2012, the men’s humor blog Guyism published a post titled “New Meme You Should Know: Over-Educated Problems”, which featured a slideshow of notable examples from the series. On June 6th, NeoGAF forums member shanshan310 posted several image macro examples in a thread titled “Pics that make you laugh.” On June 7th, the Internet humor site Tickld posted an image macro with the caption “I have a large vocabulary / that I can’t use around my half-retarded friends” (shown below, left). The same day, Redditor greekish submitted a post titled “How I feel about the over educated problems meme”, which featured a Matrix Morpheus image macro with the caption “What if I told you / you won’t think you’re so smart after college” (shown below, right). The meme has continued to spread on sites like Pinterest and Tumblr under the tag “#over-educated problems” and the Quickmeme page for “Over Educated Problems” has accumulated more than 2,000 image macro submissions, as of January 2013.