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Pick Up Line Panda is an advice animal image macro series based on a picture of a panda bear standing by a tree stub with a beer bottle. The captioned jokes typically begins with a predictable pickup cliche followed by a sentence that is contrasted by lack of subtlety.
The trope of cheesy pick up line cliches has been previously documented and explored through various internet humor sites and the mainstream media prior to the rise of user-generated content on the web. The original advice animal instance was first posted via Reddit by user SotorDamotor on February 14th, 2011 in a thread titled “Introducing Pickup Line Panda [crosspost].”
The thread was fairly well-received on Reddit’s AdviceAnimals subreddit and went on to spawn over a dozen of derivative uploads via Quickmeme on the same day. Within days, the image macros swiftly spread across other internet humor blogs like Memebase, Urlesque and FunnyJunk, as well as gaining a strong social network following through the Facebook fan page and single topic Tumblr “Fuck Yeah Pickup Line Panda.”