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The Object To Your Left is a forum gaming activity in which users are prompted to find the object closest to them and imagine it as the only tool for a specific event or a hypothetical scenario. It is commonly seen with an image that says the object will become a weapon the viewer will use in a zombie apocalypse.
Object to Your Left games have appeared on Yahoo! Answers since as early as May 18th, 2009, when Mayhem asked users to fill in the blank of the quote “The people have a right to the truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of ______.” with the item found on their left. One of the most popular renditions of the game suggest that the object found will be your weapon in a zombie apocalypse. It is often found in a shareable image with a hand pointing left. One of the earliest instances of that image was posted to the blog Design Crush on August 9th, 2010.
The zombie apocalypse photo was reposted on humor site My[confined]Space on September 7th, 2010, followed by Geekologie and Geek.com within five days. That month, threads for this game, with or without the finger-pointing image, were started on the California firearm enthusiast forum, Calgun, computer enthusiast forum AnandTech, the Off-Topic board for the MMORPG Dofus, Reddit and the BodyBuilding Forums. The game has also appeared on the Social Anxiety Support forum, MMO Champion forums as well as humor site Sodahead and Tumblr.
Object on the Right
In October 2010, an image with a red arrow pointing to the right was shared on FunnyJunk, suggesting that the item found on the viewer’s right would become their weapon in the zombie apocalypse instead. Other forums that had had games using the object to one’s right include Newgrounds, BasilMarket, SodaHead, Gaia Online and the Experience Project. Additionally, more than 20 questions have been asked on Yahoo!Answers.
Appearance in Rage Comics
In November 2010, the first rage comic about the game (below right) was posted on FunnyJunk which depicted the person finding a cell phone and using it to call a gun dealer from Grand Theft Auto. On March 16th, 2012, a Reddit rage comic was shared (below left) about the viewer finding a television, which earned 3610 upvotes and 882 points overall. Following this comic, more than 20 more rage comics were submitted to the F7U12 subreddit about people’s responses to the zombie apocalypse image.
CalgunForum – The object to your left is now your weapon of choice
Yahoo! Answers – Finish this famous quote with the closest object to your left.?
Social Anxiety Support – The object to your left is now your weapon of choice…
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