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Breadsticks is a series of mock dinner date conversations in which a person abruptly leaves the table while stuffing complimentary breadsticks into their purse after hearing their date say something undesirable or offensive. In late May 2015, posts containing variations of the conversations saw a significant resurgence on Tumblr.


On November 11th, 2014, Tumblr user chrisprattsgf[2] submitted a parody date transcript in which she suddenly grabs breadsticks off a dinner table and leaves after her date reveals he is a cat person (shown below). In the next year, the post gathered upwards of 67,600 notes.

chrisprattsgf Follow me on a date: so are you a cat or dog person him: cat definitely! me: *throws breadsticks in my purse* I have to go something came up #1 found this on my twitter #it's a gem honestly #lmak #mine 67,680 notes


On May 26th, 2015, Tumblr user akeelahandtghebinapartment23[3] posted a dialogue transcript titled "on the first date with your crush," in which she abruptly grabs breadsticks off a dinner table and says "I gotta go" after discovering her date partner was born under the Gemini Zodiac astrological sign (shown below). Within two months, the post gained over 151,000 notes.

akeelahandthebinapartment23 Follow on the first date with vyour crush me: what's ur sign? crush: im a gemini me *starts grabbing all the nearby breadsticks*: i 1 gotta go #this is a joke dw #1 don't hate geminis stop asking #food m 151,592 notes 一箩

On July 11th, the Meme Documentation[1] Tumblr blog published an explanation of the breadstick meme. The same day, Tumblr user peanutscratch[4] posted a variation of the joke in which a person asks their date to help steal breadsticks from an Olive Garden restaurant, garnering more than 106,000 notes in the next 48 hours (shown below, left). On July 12th, Tumblr user gayheda[5] posted a date transcript in which breadsticks are returned to the table during a discussion about the current state of feminism (shown below, right). Within 24 hours, the post gained over 163,000 notes.

peanutscratch Follow me on a date: so what do you think about breadsticks? them: dude I LOVE breadsticks! me, shoving breadsticks into my purse: Well then fuckin help me like idk how many more I can fit in without the Olive Garden staff catching us #me on a date #breadsticks meme #olive garden #meme trash #pointless pea 106,769 notes gayheda me on a date: so how do you feel about feminism them: not happy with it to be honest me, shoving breadsticks into my purse sorry i have to Follow them: i feel like most feminist spaces still aren't inclusive enough of women of colour, trans women, lbpq women, women with disabilities, me, slowly returning breadsticks: go on #breadstick meme #mine tag #food mention // 163,106 notes

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[1] Tumblr – Meme Documentation

[2] Tumblr (via Wayback Machine)- chrisprattsgf

[3] Tumblr (via Wayback Machine) – akeelahandthebinapartment23

[4] Tumblr – peanutscratch

[5] Tumblr (via Wayback Machine) – gayheda

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