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How Little Kids Cough

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How Little Kids Cough refers to a series of real and doctored images of animals, people and objects that resemble a child coughing without covering their mouths. The meme began on Twitter following the spread of the Coughing Cat image.


On December 3rd, 2018, Twitter[1] user @40ozAliah tweeted the image of the Coughing Cat with the caption, "this is how lil kids cough." The post received more than 598,000 likes and 200,000 retweets in less than two years (shown below).

aliah U @40ozAliah this is how lil kids cough 11:23 AM · Dec 3, 2018 · Twitter for iPhone @ldasCreatures


Over the next two years, people began posting similar images of animals coughing and comparing them to children. For example, on January 12th, 2020, Twitter[2] user @_Kinglrg shared an image of Baby Yoda coughing with the caption "Little kids tryna make sure you see them coughing." The tweet received more than 146,000 likes and 37,000 retweets in less than one year (shown below, left).

Other variations of the Coughing Cat also grew in popularity. On April 26th, 2020, Twitter[3] user @JuiceKing5x tweeted an image of another cat wit the same face. The post received more than 107,000 likes and 34,000 retweets in less than six months (shown below, center).

That year, Redditor[4] FeistyLighterFluid posted an image of the Pokémon Marikarp in the film Detective Pikachu with a joke about the coronavirus safety protocols. The post received more than 120,000 points (94% upvoted) and 925 comments in less than 24 hours (shown below, right).

@JuiceKing5x this is how lil kids cough 10:41 AM · Apr 26, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone government: we can open the schools kids are responsible enough to avoid spreading covid to each other kids when they cough:

Various Examples

Team Destruction @CaitlinBish Replying to @jj_liaison and @Yvielutions How little kids cough 6:32 PM · Apr 1, 2019 · Twitter for iPhone Olivia Donovan @_oliviadonovan This is how them little kids look when they cough 1:42 PM · Jul 24, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Little kids in Wal-Mart coughing like
Little kids cough like This is how little kids cough Mascreature Zoey @zoeyy227 This is how little kids cough in your face 9:03 AM · Apr 5, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone >

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External References

[1] Twitter – @40ozAliah's Tweet

[2] Twitter – @_Kinglrg's Tweet

[3] Twitter – @JuiceKing5x's Tweet

[4] Reddit – /r/dankmemes

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