Laundry Room Viking

Laundry Room Viking

Part of a series on 2011 Hurricane Irene. [View Related Entries]

Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 11:56AM EDT by opspe.

Added Jan 30, 2012 at 08:09PM EST by shaunr.

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About

Laundry Room Viking is an advice animal image macro series based on a Facebook photo of a guy treading his way through a flooded laundry room after Hurricane Irene in August 2011. Echoing the original caption "do the laundry they said, it will be fun they said," the series usually juxtaposes an overly optimistic statement quoted by someone else against the undesirable conditions in reality.

Origin

The original photograph was posted via Facebook as a profile picture on August 29th, 2011 and the first captioned instance was posted sometime in September 2011, according to Redditor ShivamJ[7], a close friend of the man depicted in the image.


DO THE LAUNDRY THEY SAID IT WILL BE FUN, THEY SAID

Catchphrase

The phrase "X they said, it would be Y they said" derives from the Franco-Belgian comic series Asterix[12], in which the phrase "join up they said, it's a man's life they said" (a very loose rendering of the French "Engagez-vous, rengagez-vous, qu'ils disaient," which more literally translates as "enlist, re-enlist, they told us") is, in the English comics, a running gag – being frequently spoken by disgruntled soldiers[13].

BACK AT THE BACK IN ROME CAESAR LOOT THEY SAID. TISA MAN'S RECRUITMENTOFFICE、SAID HE WAS CouNTING , EY TOLD US WE'D ON us TO CLEAN UP THE BEAUTIFUしSLAVE-, BARBARIANS WHAT THE CARROT FOR LIFE IN THE ARMY THE DONKEY THEY SAID... GIRLS FRO A WASH-OUT! COUNTRIES WE CON QUERED. ALL RIGHT WEKNOW WEKNOW


The vaguely Norse look of the man's helmet in the picture, combined with his disgruntled expression and humorously uncomfortable situation, likely evoked the Asterix reference. It is, however, currently unclear as to where the connection was first made. That the catchphrase has been in use outside of Asterix for some time[14] also muddles the origin.

Spread

The identity of the man depicted in the image remains little known, except that his first name is John. The image first came under spotlight on November 27th, 2011 after it was posted on 4chan's /b/ (random) board. The same image was subsequently re-posted on Reddit in a thread titled "/b/ this morning,"[1] receiving over 468,000 views with a net score of 6,565 up votes and 5,481 down votes.

In the following weeks of November and December 2011, the image quickly made its way around other internet humor sites including FunnyJunk[4], WeKnowMemes[2] and Daily Picks and Flicks.[6] The interest in the image macro series resurged in January 30th, 2012, when Redditor ShivamJ took Redditor Shaunre's request and posted the original photo which never left facebook. ShivamJ also gave Shaunre a bonus picture of John saluting.



Notable Examples

Following the Reddit thread in late Jaunary, a Quickmeme page[8] titled "Do the Laundry They Said" was launched to accomodate the rising demand of more image macros. Most variations of the image are cropped down in landscape dimension and captioned with the phrasal template "X, they said. Y, they said."


LETUSTAKE A PICTURE THEYSAID NOBODY WILL EVER SEE IT THEY SAID quickmeme.com GETA MASTER'S DEGREE THEYSAID YOULL GET A JOB THEY SAID inish thetests, they said You'll get cake, they said YOU'LL HAVE PARENTS THEY SA THEY WON'T DIE WHEN YOU'RE A KID, THEY SAID WORK AT INITECH THEY SAID YOU WILL LOVE THIS JOB, THEY SAID WE NEED A MEME THEY SAID WHY NOT ZOIDBERG, THEY SAID PUT IN TWIST THEY SAID EVERYONE LOVES TWISTS, THEY SAID THE QUESTION WILL BE EASY THEY SAID THERE WAS NO WAY I COULD LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT, THEY SAID STEAL THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE THEY SAID IT WOULD HELP ME FIND A NATIONAL TREASURE, THEY SAID

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Laundry Room Viking
Laundry Room Viking

Aiight, in case there are two or three people in the world who are still curious about my long dead meme, it all started when my basement flooded from Hurricane Irene. I was using a large rubber box to shovel water into the sink. It was taking forever, so I got bored and started rafting around in it. Then my sister went to grab a fuzzy viking hat she had from some college event and gave it to me for a photo. A friend of mine took the picture, and many others, including my sister getting in her own rubber box with a sombrero and having a swiffer mop duel with me. I never uploaded the photo anywhere except as my facebook profile picture, but a friend I hadn't talked to in years made the meme out of it and put it on reddit. I didn't even know what reddit was at the time but I found out it was on the top page of it, which I learned was a big deal. Now the guy who made the meme is my drummer and we have a mostly-just-improv band with a fan base of -7 people called Government Issued Memories.

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