Fake Science Fair Projects
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Fake Science Fair Projects is a photoshop meme in which images or text of student projects such as science fair presentations are altered for humorous effect.
In March 2008, Something Awful hosted a Photoshop Phriday contest where users altered images from a July 2006 Fashion SWAT post highlighting some of the worst outfit and posterboard combination from science fairs. There were eight pages of contributions (examples below).
In August 2008, Flickr user Travis Pitts uploaded a collection of science fair project images under the title "photoshoppery" with a description claiming that the original projects were created by his students in class. In November 2008, theCHIVE highlighted a few of the SomethingAwful photoshops. A year later, Buzzfeed published a compilation of both actual science fair projects, including ones from a collection at PhotoBasement, as well as some of the original SomethingAwful photoshopped ones.
On April 27th, 2010, Urlesque posted a compilation article titled "30 Hilarious Real and Fake Science Fair Projects Print," which was subsequently picked up by Digg (examples below). The images saw a resurgence in fall of 2011 due to a post on image Tumblr Meme-Meme.
How Much Sawdust Can You Put In Rice Crispy Treats
In January 2018, an alter version of one of the photos included in the original Something Awful post of a boy in front of the sign that reads "Will There Be Minorities in Heaven" began appearing online. On January 8th, an anonymous 4chan  user posted the image, however, the heading on the sign was altered to read "How Much Sawdust Can You Put In Rice Crispy Treats Before People Notice" (shown below).
That day, the image appeared on the /r/meirl  subreddit, where it received more than 4,000 points (99% upvoted). Several days later, the image was posted on the /r/MemeEconomy  subreddit, received more than 9,000 points (91% upvoted) and 140 comments in less than 24 hours.
Over the next week, more variations of the meme began appearing on both /r/MemeEconomy and /r/dankmemes (examples below).
 SomethingAwful – A Day at the Science Fair
 SomethingAwful – Science Fair SWAT
 Buzzfeed – 35 Amazing Science Fair Projects
 PhotoBasement – 41 Hilarious Science Fair Experiments
 Meme-Meme – Memes we love: Photoshopped Science Projects
 Wikipedia – Google Science Fair
 Flickr – photoshoppery
 Urlesque – 30 Hilarious Real and Fake Science Fair Projects
 Digg – 30 Hilarious Real and Fake Science Fair Projects
 Reddit – Oh shit this is sustainable. Investments guaranteed to 10×.
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Nov 23, 2011 at 01:57AM EST
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