I Know That Feel Bro

I Know That Feel Bro

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“I Know That Feel Bro” (also known as "to uczucie" or "to uczócie") is an Internet slang expression used to convey empathy towards or agree with someone else's feeling or opinion. The expression, which roughly means “I feel you, bro,” is typically accompanied by a contour- drawing reaction image of two bald men embracing each other expressionlessly. The face has been used as an exploitable character and is often seen in "that feel when" (TFW) threads on image boards, which describe an emotional situation or event.


The earliest instances of “that feel" are rumored to have been posted on the German image board Krautchan[2] as early as May of 2010. On February 6th, 2012, a user named "Voyack" posted an "ask me anything thread" on Reddit[11] saying he was the Krautchan user "Wojak", the creator of the meme:

IAmA Wojak/Voyack/BoaK - Guy who felt first feel. AMAA 5 (self.datfeel) submitted 19 days ago by Voyack Story about it is pretty much http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/i-know-that-feel-bro-to-uczucie-to- ucz%C3%B3cie except that first feel was about lack of komturkode on the board which I used to love Krautchan. Lack of gf feel arrived bit later. 10 comments share save hide report

Voyack reported that the bald man picture came from the Polish image board Vichan and was named "twarz.jpg" ("warm face").


"“To uczucie” (“this feeling”) became a popular phrase on the Polish ">demotivational humor website Demotywatory[1] in 2009. The phrase was paired with an image that described certain distinct, shared or important feelings. The first one, posted in July of that year, paired a still shot from a boss fight from the Nintendo game Super Mario Brothers and the phrase “Remember this feeling?”

MARIO HORLD TIME 245 Pamiętasz... .to uczucie? pl To uczócie gdy dżewa rosnom a ty nie

In early 2010, users of the now-defunct Polish imageboard Vichan started posting parody images from Demotywatory. In response to the “To uczucie”-themed pictures, Vichan users created “To uczócie” (sic), a common type of demotivator with absurd, offensive or horribly misspelled captions that rarely matched the image. The grass example pictured above roughly translates to “This feeling when the trees are growing and you aren’t.”


Wojak posted the bald man image in several other threads on Krautchan's /int/ (international) board mourning his lack of a girlfriend. Soon after, the picture became known as “Wojak’s face” and "ciepła twarz" ("warm face"). The image spread to other international image boards, including the Italian Pastachan[4] and the Russian Dobrochan.[16]

AHOHHMyc 27 January 2011 (Thu) 16:17 No.730378 pařur: 127616069141870.gif Gif 7.74 KB, 645x773 - HaMITe Ha KaHKyyBe 团 ce6a. C-

A picture of the bald man in mid embrace with the caption "I know that feel, bro" began appearing on 4chan[17] in greentext story threads as early as January 27th, 2011. The original Wojack face image is often used in a similar fashion with the phrase "that feel"[8] or "that feel when."

File: 52 KB, 500x461, i know that feel, bro.jpg [View same] [igdb] □ Anonymous Thu Jan 27 01:07:51 2011 No 6865618 Reply] [Original] I KNOW THAT FEEL BRO Can't sleep. The other night I played the midnight man game. Now, every night at midnight I either wake up or am kept awake for 3 and a half F------ hours by random hallucinations and shadows.. I lined my door with sage and some other s--- but「m just sitting here with all my ghts on and some Anma Collective playing trying to kill the silence.. No one to talk to. Girlfriend fell asleep on the phone. FELLSBADMAN F--- I keep hearing knocking around in the living room. I live alone so it's gotta be something. I don't know what to do, I'm on the verge of tears and I have school tomorrow. 11 FFFFFFFF (兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀兀 UtUttututurutottttto File 1329085574.png-(23 KB, 400x400, 1329075454210[1].png) □ Anonymous 02/12/12(Sun)17:26 No.1 1 122670 That feel when >walking down the street >some girls look at you >start walking manually Every f------ time. Anonymous 02/12/12(Sun)17:27 No.11122692 why did the girl look at you? □ Anonymous 02/12/12(Sun)17:28 No.11 122712 what the f--- are you talking about?

A /r/datfeel[13] subreddit, where Redditors exchange stories about commonly shared experiences using the snowclone “Dat Feel When X” as the title, was created on January 24th, 2012. On January 31st, artist Paper Beats Scissors began publishing a series of "know that feel, bro" illustrations to Tumblr.[19]

Khou that seel, oeo

The expression has since spread to the IGN forums[5], Tumblr[6], and the Body Building forums.[7] A Facebook[14] page for "I Know That Feel Bro" has accumulated 115,928 likes as of February 22nd, 2012.

Feels is a term that is used when dealing with situations that evoke extreme emotions such as sadness, shock or anger. It's an abbreviated form of the word “feelings”. It is commonly used in GIFs and reaction images to express that a person is struck with emotions. In these images, the feel is often represented by an object that strikes the person. Other usage is through hashtags that evoke emotions in some way.

Right in the feels

Notable Examples

THATFEELCOASTER .5 why can't i, hold all these feels DON'T KNOW THAT FEEL 牮

Search Interest

Search queries for "I know that feel" picked up in December 2010.

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Lord Vordred
Lord Vordred

Now this is a feel all about how
My feels got flipped turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just feel right there
I'll tell you how I become the prince of a feel called Feel-Air

In West Feeldelphia born and feeled
On the feelground is where I spent most of my feels
Chillin' out feelen' relaxin' all cool
And all feelin' some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of feels who were up to no good
Started feelin' trouble in my feelerhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got felt
And said you're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Feel-Air

I feeled for a cab and when it came near
The feel plate said "Fresh", and it had dice in the mirror
If anything I could say that this feel was rare
But I thought man forget it yo homes to Feel-Air

I pulled up to the feel about 7 or 8
And I yelled to the cabbie 'yo homes feel ya later'
Looked at my kingdom I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the Prince of Feel-Air


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