Happy Chair meme format depicting an image of a chair covered in snow that appears to be smiling from a balcony as a nearby hillside is engulfed in flames.

Happy Chair

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Happy Chair or Smiling Chair refers to an exploitable picture of a lawn chair on a balcony with snow on it forming a smiley face while in the background a massive fire is burning on a hill. The meme's template typically resurfaces whenever a tragedy or some sort of world event takes place, making it a commonly used example of object labeling and image macros due to the juxtaposition of the smiling expression and the wildfire raging in the background, similar to the This Is Fine meme.


On February 20th, 2017, the website DumpADay[1] uploaded a picture compilation of funny meme images, with Happy Chair being one of those featured. This original chair meme featured the text on it about wanting to watch the world burn is the earliest known post of the image and meme online (shown below).

Some chairs just want to watch the world burn.


Over the following years, the image of the smiling chair continued to be used in memes as it spread to other sites and platforms. Two years later, on November 26th, 2019, the Happy Chair template was used again on Tumblr[2], this time using the This Is Fine template as the main punchline (shown below).

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Happy Chair template saw another resurgence and was posted to /r/Dankmemes on April 7th, 2020, by Redditor[3] anotherformerlurker, where it gained 3,000 upvotes in two years (shown below).

The world literally ending Reddit trying to find ways to make memes out of it gaC Al

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Hong Kong protest Amazon, Australia, Chernobyl on literal fire Earthquake and volcano eruptions around the world The risk of world wide armed conflict Worldwide pandemic Great depression Reddit Some men just want to watch the world burn The world and its economy Me at home made with mematic I'm doing my part, are you? The World Me finally able to finish my MC farms due to quarantine Meh gotta grind The World going to s--- in 2020 Lilo and Stitch imgflip.com gain Aul. Covid-19 The rest of the world New Zealand Memezila.com! Some chairs just want to watch the world burn. u/Digigu2 Evilish Laugh


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[1] DumpADay – happy chair

[2] Tumblr – This Is Fine

[3] Reddit – dankmemes

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