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Waffle Falling Over is a YouTube video clip of a slice of waffle bread falling on a stovetop. Despite its monotonous and even anticlimactic nature, or perhaps precisely because of it, the video quickly spawned a handful of remixes and parodies upon being discovered via Reddit on September 9th, 2013.
The original clip, simply titled “Waffle Falling Over,” was uploaded as part of an ongoing documentary project by YouTuber Schnooleheletteletto on August 14th, 2013. However, the video largely remained under the radar until it was linked to Reddit on September 9th. In the following 48 hours, the YouTube video garnered more than 630,000 views and at least 8,600 likes.
Prior to the viral takeoff of “Waffle Falling Over,” Schnooleheletteletto had uploaded a handful of similar videos in which various food items are shown succumbing to the gravity (shown below).
That same day, YouTuber Andrew Czudak uploaded a response video titled “Waffle Falling Over V2,” in which an exploitable cutout of Surprised Patrick from SpongeBob SquarePants is revealed behind the fallen waffle (shown below). The video accrued more than 156,000 views in the next 48 hours.
A handful of other remixes and parody videos also followed suit with additional sound and visual effects, with some instances cleverly edited to poke fun at the overused tropes associated with certain TV series and movies, including Breaking Bad, LOST, Sopranos and even Michael Bay films. On September 10th, Mashable picked up on the emerging remix fad in a post titled “Chomp on the New ‘Waffle Falling Over’ Meme,” and by the next day, numerous parody examples had been highlighted on BuzzFeed and BoingBoing.