The Fluoride Stare meme depicting a crowd of people staring blankly.

Fluoride Stare

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Updated May 11, 2022 at 11:33AM EDT by Zach.

Added May 10, 2022 at 03:12PM EDT by Owen.

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About

The Fluoride Stare refers to the blank-faced, glazed-eye look that conspiracy theorists encounter when they start explaining their theories to sheeple. It's based on water fluoridation conspiracy theories that date back to the 1940s, however, the catchphrase wasn't coined until early 2016 on Facebook and Twitter within Flat Earth Theory circles. Also, the phrase became associated with an image macro of a crowd of people staring blankly at the viewer.

Origin

On April 15th, 2016, the Facebook[1] group Flat Earth Matters shared a meme that had text in Impact font reading, "When You Mention Flat Earth And All You Get Back Is That Fluoride Stare." Over the course of six years, the meme received over 650 reactions and roughly 1,600 shares (shown below, left). Additionally, the image macro used in the meme was a painting by artist Alex Gross called Distractions,[2] originally made in 2014 (shown below, right).


WHENYOU MENTION FLAT EARTH AND ALL YOU GET BACK IS STARE COF ES fb.com/fematters THAT FLUORIDE STARE ES OMM

Spread

On April 23rd, 2016, Twitter[3] user SuperSpacedad reposted the Flat Earth Matters meme in a tweet that earned over 90 likes in five years and also identified it as a newly formed catchphrase. The aforementioned tweet inspired writer David Futrelle to create a blog post[4] on April 24th, 2016, titled, "The Fluoride Stare: The conspiracy theory catchphrase taking the flat earth by storm!" Additionally, David Futrelle tweeted a reply[4] to SuperSpacedad with his own, adapted version of the Flat Earth Matters meme, earning over 25 likes in six years (shown below).


WHEN YOU'RE 20 MINUTES INTO FLAT EARTH AND CHILL STAR COF SES AND THEY GIVE YOU 0000 THAT FLUORIDE STARE

On November 16th, 2017, the Facebook[5] page Grow Food, Not Lawns posted a meme that referenced the Fluoride Stare but used the Awkward Party Reaction image macro, earning roughly 1,700 reactions and 2,300 shares in five years (shown below, left).

By the year 2020, versions of the original Fluoride Stare meme had been shared so many times across platforms that it started to be recaptioned and redrawn. For instance, on January 12th, 2020, Facebook[6] page Face The Truth used an image macro that had multiple Marvel, DC, Harry Potter and other movie characters inserted into the template, earning over 140 reactions in two years (shown below, right).


WHEN YOU SAY SOMETHING ABOUT GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION, GMOS, MONSANTO, BAYER, GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD... grow Food NOT LAWNS AND ALL YOU GET BACK IS THAT FLUORIDE STARE. YOU PREACH THE TRUTH HORzo Coca-Cola AND ALL THEY GIVE YOU IS THAT FLUORIDE STARE MakeMemeApp.com

On April 6th, 2021, Instagram[7] page welding_irony posted an ironic meme about the fluoride stare about woodworkers giving welders the stare, earning roughly 2,900 likes in one year (shown below, left). On April 17th, 2022, Instagram[8] page pite.mp4 reposted a meme made by Instagram page sigmasauce (since deleted), which captioned images of Patrick Bateman, Ryan Gosling and others associated with Sigma Male and Sigma Stare memes, earning roughly 3,900 likes in three weeks (shown below, right).


WHEN THE WOODWORKERS I HIT YOU WITH. FOLLOW @WELDING IRONY Ambass the Sala THE FLUORIDE STARE When she tries to flirt with you but your blood is filled with microplastics & your pineal gland is filled with fluoride so you just stare at her like IGMASAUCE

Additionally, Fluoride Stare memes appeared on iFunny [9] throughout the early 2020s, as well as on TikTok. For instance, on April 27th, 2021, TikToker[10] monstermashstd proclaimed, "New dance: the fluoride stare," in a video that earned roughly 22,200 plays and 2,300 likes in one year (shown below, left). On January 27th, 2022, TikToker[11] leekycartier posted a video that referenced the Fluoride Stare, earning roughly 104,600 plays and 18,100 likes in four months (shown below, right).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6955973075754077445
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7057980609167117614

Various Examples


WHEN YOU PRESENT THEM WITH BANANAS AND ALL YOU GET BACK IS THAT FLUORIDE STARE imgflip.com THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU'RE EXPLAINING HOW COMMUNISM CAN'T SOLVE ALL OF THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS, THAT IT CAN'T STOP COSMIC ENTROPY, THE EXPANSION OF THE SUN, ECOLOGICAL COLLAPSE THAT IS ALREADY IN MOTION, OR A RANDOM ACT OF THE UNIVERSE SUCH AS AN ASTEROID COLLIDING WITH THE EARTH AND THEY GIVE YOU THE FLUORIDE STARE that fluoride stare. EAXE I Voted deanjnorris This envelope contains an Official Ballot and is only by Officialls at the Riverside County Res Return Envelope Official Ballot To be opened only by Canvassing Board Sobre de devolución Boleta Oficial Para ser abierto únicamente por la Junta de Escrutinio Mail your balliot so that it is postmarked by Election D received no later than days after Eection Drop off your 8pm on E That fluoride stare Ener TIirt with yoOu but your blood is filled with microplastics & your pineal gland is filled with fluoride so you just stare at her like When sh e trie WHEN YOU SAY Trevor Noah isn't funny AND ALL YOU GET BACK IS ES THAT FLUORIDE STARE

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External References

[1] Facebook – @fematters's meme

[2] John Seed – Alex Gross Distractions

[3] Twitter – @SuperSpacedad

[4] Twitter – @DavidFutrelle

[5] Facebook – Grow Food, Not Lawns

[6] Facebook – Face The Truth

[7] Instagram – @welding_irony

[8] Instagram – @pite.mp4

[9] iFunny – Fluoride Stare

[10] TikTok – @monstermashstd

[11] TikTok – @leekycartier

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