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“Tree Fiddy” is a catchphrase associated with a story about the Loch Ness Monster originally told in an episode of the animated television series South Park. In the context of forums and imageboard sites, the phrase serves as the anti-climactic punchline in bait-and-switch stories that abruptly end with Loch Ness Monster begging for $3.50.
The phrase originated from a South Park episode titled “The Succubus” aired on April 21st, 1999. In the episode, the parents of the character Chef tell stories about encountering the Loch Ness Monster, who constantly begs the couple for $3.50.
Chef’s dad: It stood above us looking down with these big red eyes…
Chef’s mom: Oh it was so scary!
Chef’s dad: And I yelled, I said “What do you want from us monster?!”
And the monster bent down and said “I need about treefiddy.” [silent pause]
Kyle: What’s treefiddy?
Chef’s dad: Three dollars and fifty cents.
Chef’s mom: Treefiddy.
Loch Ness Monster
The Loch Ness Monster is a creature that is considered a “cryptid” since there is no empirical evidence supporting its existence. Sightings have occured at Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands where people often describe the creature as bearing physical similarities to a plesiosaur, an extinct order of aquatic reptiles from the Mesozoic era.
The top rated Urban Dictionary definition for “tree fiddy” was submitted on May 6th, 2003:
tree fiddy: The amount of three dollars and fifty cents
God Dammit Loch Ness Monster, I ain’t gonna give you no tree fiddy.
The first YTMND was created on May 3rd, 2004, which contained a screenshot of Chef’s parents with the audio from the South Park episode. Since then, several other YTMNDs have been created using the same audio. On November 13th, 2004, the website treefiddy.com was launched, which features a paypal button asking for users to donate $3.50. The phrase is commonly used on the Body Building forums with some users complaining about its over-saturation. On November 13th, 2010, a greentext story was posted to a “model rage stories” 4chan thread that used the phrase as the punchline (shown below).
The meme has since spread to the art-sharing website deviantArt, FunnyJunk and Tumblr under the tag “#tree fiddy.” Several Facebook pages have been created referencing the catchphrase including “Tree Fiddy” which has over 2,000 likes, “God Damnit Loch Ness Monster, I ain’t gonna give you no tree fiddy!” which has over 1,800 likes and “I need about Tree Fiddy….” which has over 1,500 likes as of January 30th, 2012.
The audio file of the dialogue from the South Park episode has made its way into several YouTube Poop videos and music remixes.