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“That’s a Penis” is a memorable quote from an episode of the comedy television show How I Met Your Mother, which is commonly associated online with a reaction GIF of the scene.
In Season 2 Episode 6 of How I Met Your Mother, the architecture firm owned by the protagonist Ted presents a design to which the client responds by saying “that’s a penis” (shown below).
On June 8th, 2011, user Sticky on the microblogging site Soup posted an animated GIF of the scene with the caption “that’s a penis” (shown below).
On June 22nd, 2011, a Facebook page titled “That’s a penis” was launched. On July 16th, Redditor Mexican_Beluga posted the animated GIF to the /r/funny subreddit to mock his friend’s first sexual experience, receiving more than 6,000 up votes and 530 comments before it was archived. On August 28th, Redditor monochrome_sketch linked to the GIF on the /r/funny subreddit, joking about his first time browsing the amateur nude pictures subreddit /r/gonewild. In the comments section of the post, Redditor Tyba11s posted a reversed version of the GIF (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post gathered over 6,100 up votes and 190 comments.
On the same day, Tumblr user brokentripod reposted the reversed GIF. On August 9th, 2012, Redditor Khromasoul posted the original “that’s a penis” GIF to the /r/reactiongifs subreddit, expressing his reaction to seeing his wife’s ultrasound. Prior to being archived, the post gathered more than 1,900 up votes and 50 comments. On October 21st, IGN Forums member sumidiotdude posted the reversed GIF in “The Vestibule” community board.