Sad Crab / This Kills The Crab

Sad Crab / This Kills The Crab

Updated Feb 04, 2014 at 12:28PM EST by James.

Added Apr 10, 2011 at 06:37AM EDT by Marky.d.

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Sad Crab (a.k.a Okay Crab, Optimistic Crab or “This Kills The Crab”) is an image macro series centered around a picture of a soft-shell crab facing imminent death by scissors. Originally found in a cooking recipe article published in March 2010, the photograph has been paired up with various one-liners, many of them in the viewpoint of crab trying to accept its death and others simply indicating the obvious that the act of cutting “kills the crab.”


The original photograph of the crab comes from the March 2010 issue of Fine Cooking in a recipe article on how to prepare a live soft-shell crab[1]. The blog article was posted on March 1st, 2010.


The image was soon reblogged by Tumblr blog Certified Bullshit Technician[2] and internet humor blog Woosk[3] on March 16th, 2010. Later that year, the image resurged via FunnyJunk[4] and Reddit[5] between November 13th and 14th, spawning over 400 comments in the Reddit thread alone.

In early April 2011, the image scan of crab appeared again on 4chan’s cooking board /ck/[6], spawning a lengthy thread with over 200 comments and 68 image derivatives. From there, it quickly spread across other sites including Bodybuilding Forums[7], FunnyJunk[8], Reddit[9] and MemeGenerator[10].

Notable Examples

Derivative: This Kills X

External Links

[1]Fine Cooking Magazine – How to Clean a Soft-Shell Crab / Posted on 3-01-2010

[2]Tumblr – The Duty: Sad Crab is Sad / Posted on 3-14-2010

[3]Woosk – This Kills the Crab / Posted on 3-16-2010

[4]FunnyJunk – Sad Crab is Sad / Posted on 11-13-2010

[5]Reddit – Step 2: Cut off the Face / Posted on 11-13-2010

[6]4chan Archives – /ck/ – Sad Crab / Posted on 4-8-2011

[7]Bodybuilding Forums – Sad Crab is Sad / Posted on 4-8-2011

[8]Reddit – Okay Crab / Posted on 4-9-2011

[9]FunnyJunk – This Kills the Crab / Posted on 4-11-2011

[10]MemeGenerator – Sad Crab / Date of publication unknown

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Oh god, the “Won’t be home for supper, feeding a different family today” image made me cry. It’s so sad but funny at the same time. I question my morals after seeing this and laughing and crying at the same time.


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