Exploding Knees

Exploding Knees

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Added May 08, 2013 at 02:42PM EDT by Don.

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Exploding Knees is a photoshopped advertisement which depicts a young boy playing with a wireless Nintendo joystick and explosions erupting from his knee caps.


According to the tech news blog Geekosystem,[4] a Nintendo apparel ad was run by the company Homer's in 1994, featuring a young boy wearing a Super Mario hat and a Nintendo sweater while playing with a wireless joystick (shown below, left). On August 9th, 2007, a photoshopped version of the Nintendo advertisement was posted to a thread in the /b/ (random board) on 4chan,[9] which included explosions superimposed over the child's knees with the caption "Exploding Knees" (shown below, right).

Invasion Of The Nintendoids Theyre here! The official clothing and equipment for serious Nintendo players. Order yours today! Show your allegiance with Nintendo Power Patches Collect all six. Take cover under this Ninetendo Cap 5 Designs in Men's/ Childrens sizes $3.99 $4.99 Arm yourself with a Camerica CAC280 Supersonic Joystick with wireles remote Gear up for the games in this Nintendo Sweatshirt Men's $24.95 Children's $19.95 Shnidrens $17.95 49.95 Smal S Honor your victories with Nintendo Pins Collect all eighteen. $3.99 Go where the action is with the Z-Bag HD28 Nintendo Custom Carrying Case BAG- $29.95 Take the offensive using the MPI Video. You'll learn the secrets of 22 Nintendo games. $19 g5 Keep a back.up Nintendeo T-Shirt for those surprise attacks. 4 Designs in Mens Childrens sizes These fine Mintendo Accessories are fully guaranteed %,99 or COD Omaha, NE 68137 1-800-456-9189 EXPLODING KNEES


On January 24th, 2010, YouTuber xXUltraSushiXx uploaded a video featuring the exploding knees image macro, accompanied by a looped audio file of a text-to-speech voice narrating "Maik is pro in Sonic games, but just because he's gay" for 10 minutes (shown below).

On August 4th, 2011, DeviantArtist[2] Valenmere uploaded an illustration titled "Exploding Knees," featuring several renditions of the Nintendo ad (shown below, left). On September 5th, a Facebook[10] page titled "Help Raise Awareness of Exploding Knee's Syndrome" was launched. On November 30th, a T-shirt with the Exploding Knees image macro printed on the front was put up for sale on the online retailer Red Bubble[3] (shown below, middle). On December 5th, Canvas[7] user darkexecutor posted a photoshopped image of professional golfer Tiger Woods with exploding knees (shown below, right).


On April 6th, 2012, the Internet news blog Unreality Mag[5] highlighted the original 1994 ad, which was subsequently reblogged by the tech news sites Geekosystem[4] and Geeks Are Sexy[6] within the next week. On October 1st, an anonymous 4chan[8] user mentioned exploding knees while listing several of the imageboard's older memes.

Anonymous (ID: ZVpUYn5X) 10/01/12(Mon)00:56:50 No.428138102 I remember the days before questioning if every female had a penis. I remember forced anon the first time. Ya bastard. I remember slager and boxxy, exploding knees and polar bears eating apples. Moot, College leaves me little time to hang out with your lovely board anymore.

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