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*Hits Blunt* is a catchphrase associated with a series of two-panel image macros that convey inane or absurd thoughts which may run through a person's head while under the influence of marijuana, especially when it is consumed in the form of a cannabis cigar (more commonly known as a "blunt"), typically accompanied by a photograph of a subject sporting a hooded sweatshirt and looking utterly confused in the typical fashion of a stoner.
The phrase *hits blunt* first began surfacing on Twitter in mid-September 2014, with the earliest known viral instance posted by Twitter User @JimJones on September 16th. Over the course of the next two months, the tweet garnered more than 4,400 retweets and 3,200 favorites (shown below):
On the same date of September 16th, hip hop entertainment and news magazine Complex picked up on the latest trend on Twitter, which showcased a small collection of tweets posted from earlier that day and likened the meme to the philosophical musings often shared by Will Smith's son and child actor Jaden Smith.
On the following day, the first single topic blog devoted to highlighting the growing collection of the meme was launched under the Twitter handle @HitsBlunt, which went on to play an instrumental role in popularizing the meme beyond the sphere of Black Twitter. The first tweet from the account, which features the same photograph of a young black man looking very confused in a hooded sweatshirt, garnered more than 11,000 tweets and 9,000 favorites within the first months.
On September 17th, tweets associated with the phrase *hits blunt* began to draw the attention of major viral media, internet culture and hip hop entertainment news sites, leading to a slew of compilation posts from BuzzFeed, FunnyJunk, We Know Memes, Watch Loud, UpRoxx, Run Rap and SoCawlege among many others, with many outlets declaring it the latest "stoner" meme to sweep across Twitter. On September 22nd, a single serving site was registered under the domain HitsBlunt.com, followed by the launch of the first single topic blog on Tumblr on September 28th.
 Twitter – @JimsJones' Tweet
 Complex – Hits Blunt Is the New Twitter Trend for All Your Philosophical Musings / 09-16-14
 Twitter – @HitsBlunt / 09-17-14
 BuzzFeed – 19 Stoner Questions That Will Make You Think Maybe You’re High Right Now / / 09-17-14
 FunnyJunk – hits blunt / 09-18-14
 We Know Memes via Wayback Machine – Best Of The ‘Hits Blunt’ Meme – 16 Pics / 09-18-14
 Watch Loud – LOL! Hits The Blunt Tweets Win The Internet via Wayback Machine / 09-19-14
 Uproxx – ‘Hits Blunt’ Trending Topic Asks The Questions Only Weed Can Inspire 09-21-14
 Run Rap – Hits Blunt memes are taking over the web via Wayback Machine
 HitsBlunt.com – Pondering Life's Deepest Questions… / 09-22-14
 SoCawlege – 15 Funniest Hits Blunt Memes On The Internet via Wayback Machine / 09-27-14
 Tumblr – Hits Blunt / 09-28-14
 Imgur – Some of my favorite "hits blunt" tweets / 11-09-14
 Tumblr – Tagged Results for 'Hits Blunt'
 Tumblr – Tagged Results for 'Hits Blunt'*
 MemeCenter – Search Results for 'Hits Blunt'
 Wanna Joke – Tagged Archieves for 'Hits Blunt'
 Twitter – Search Results for 'Hits Blunt'
 Topsy – Tweets per day: hits blunt
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