Armed Adam

Armed Adam

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Added Nov 11, 2017 at 08:15PM EST by Kyle Maxwell.

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Armed Adam refers to a wave of images created on the /r/me_irl subreddit at the request of a person who claimed to be dying of terminal cancer. It was later discovered the poster was lying about his illness.


On November 11th, 2017, /r/me_irl user danorexia[1] posted in the subreddit saying he was dying of terminal cancer and asked the subreddit to create memes of him holding a toy gun (shown below). His post gained over 6,700 points.

hello me_irl. i have recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. please help me be remembered by making this image of me famous


/r/me_irl obliged the request and began making edits of the image. Some popular edits include one by Joogen64[2] which made the character appear to be holding a tiny version of himself that gained 3,000 points (shown below, left). A version posted by AddictiveSombrero[3] turned the image into a GIF, gaining over 3,400 upvotes (shown below, right).

In the comments section of the original post, danorexia admitted that he had created a fake account to gamble on faking cancer to get upvotes.[4] A thread was posted to /r/OutOftheLoop[5] on November 12th investigating the incident and gained over 1,700 points.

↑ [-] dan orexia [5] 151 points 3 days ago Thank you all. I made a throwaway reddit to see if this gamble would work and it did!! If you want to see my actual account, it's /u/jawjawjawã Call him "Armed Adam". permalink embed save glve gold reply [-] section8atl 82 points 3 days ago Bamboozled again permalink embed save parent give gold reply

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[1] /r/me_irl – original post

[2] /r/me_irl – joogen64 post

[3] /r/me_irl – AddictiveSombrero GIF

[4] Reddit – danorexia admission

[5] /r/OutOftheLoop – What's this new meme of a kid holding gun?

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