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Stu Making Chocolate Pudding At 4 A.M. is a Youtube Poop series based on a scene from the 1990s children’s show Rugrats in which the mom character DiDi finds out her husband Stu Pickles is up at 4 a.m. to make chocolate pudding for his demanding niece Angelica, only to find out she is no longer hungry. Since being uploaded onto YouTube in May 2010, Stu’s pessimistic response “because I’ve lost control of my life” heard in the video gradually became a popular source material for YouTube Poop remixes.
The scene originated from a Season 3 episode of the animated TV series Rugrats titled “Angelica Breaks a Leg.” The episode first aired on November 7th, 1993. The remix fad began on YouTube and the /v/ (videogames) board on 4chan years later in May 2010 and the original video clip was uploaded by YouTuber Lustikk on May 11th, 2010:
Didi: Stu, what are you doing?
Stu: Making chocolate pudding.
Didi: It’s four o’clock in the morning, why on earth are you making chocolate pudding?
Stu: …Because I’ve lost control of my life.
The earliest archived thread featuring the exploitable was posted via 4chan on May 16th, 2010:
The first response video titled “Stu Lights up the night at 4 in the morning” was uploaded by YouTuber Saucyluvschicken on May 23rd, 2010:
The popularity of Stu-related threads continued to grow on 4chan imageboards through the latter half of 2010, spawning a series of parody images on the site. Meanwhile, the original clip became used as a popular source material for YouTube Poop videos, spawning over one hundred derivative remixes and mash-up videos.
The Urban Dictionary entry for “Chocolate Pudding” was first submitted in October 2010:
If you make it at 4 in the morning, then you have lost control of your life.