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On April 21st, 2012, Tumblr user familyfriendlyurl posted an animated GIF of a dancing green alien captioned with the phrase “when u Mom com home and make hte spagheti.” As of June 20th, 2013, the post has more than 98,000 notes. The dancing alien GIF has been used online since the 1990s in banner ads for mortgage loan services.
On May 18th, 2013, the phrase was used on the IGN forums as the subject of a thread containing nothing else but the dancing alien GIF, which yielded a dozen of confused responses from other posters. The same day, a second thread dedicated to the phrase was created by another user. By May 20th, derivatives of the phrase began appearing, with posts naming other dishes mom comes home to make, misspelled in a similar manner
On May 30th, the esoteric phrase was used as the title of a thread on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic forum Brohoof. The same day, TumblTrends2013 reported that both the phrase and the alien GIF has been frequently popping up on Tumblr dashboards. On June 6th, a Facebook fan page for the phrase was created. In early June, similar threads dedicated to the phrase were posted on music forum Spill It Now and Phantasy Star Online forum PSO-World.
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