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WHARRGARBL is a caption/image macro that originated in 2008, picturing a dog trying and EPIC FAILING at drinking out of a sprinkler.
While its start is unclear, Wharrgarbl appears to have originated from the Ars Technica OpenForum’s off topic forum, the Lounge. It appears to have been used as a “replacement meme” to keep members occupied, almost as an inside joke by the moderators to amuse other members, but it lasted longer than expected. This could classify it as a forced meme.
Since the 2008 presidential campaign, wharrgarbl has been frequently used on website Fark.com in political threads where a person continues to spew rhetoric in the face of often conclusive evidence to the contrary. Examples:
*Not used in the headline, but in the comments
By now, it has evolved from representing the original WHARRGARBL dog, to incoherent ramblings, to anything holding its mouth open and being showered upon. The picture usually is captioned “WHARRGARBL”, and may be in poster form with WHARRGARBL in the title and subtitle.
Wharrgarbl was started in early 2008, where interest died down but saw a sudden spark in ’09.
Wharrgarbl pictures can be found in many places now, including: