Map of South America

Map of South America

Updated Nov 25, 2019 at 07:44AM EST by Philipp.

Added Jan 16, 2019 at 10:07AM EST by Adam.

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Map of South America refers to the use of an uncolored drawing of South America as a reaction image. The picture spread after a Twitter user evidently meant to post a more traditional reaction image to a joke but instead accidentally inserted a map of South America. This led others to use the picture for surreal shitposts.


On January 13th, 2019, Twitter user @is_meguca[1] (real name Laina Farthing)[3] posted a map of South America with a joke reading:

me: flirts
me: gets flirted with back

The joke, shown below, gained over 50,000 retweets and 132,000 likes. In a followup tweet, the user explained it was not the image they meant to click and "I've got nothing to promote other than the fact that I'm a dumbass."[2]

氏Waina氏 Follow @is_meguca me: flirts me: gets flirted with back me: 7:02 PM -13 Jan 2019


After the tweet spread, others began using the same map of South America as surreal punchlines to jokes. User @GRAVEMINDS posted a joke that gained over 30 retweets and 130 likes (shown below, left). User @houstonoutlaws posted a joke that gained over 20 retweets and 110 likes (shown below, right).

SMASH IS JUST ANOTHER KIRBY @GRAVEMINDS Follow Her: babe I'm pregnant Me: 1:31 AM-14 Jan 2019 rory @houstonoutlaws Followv i have a college app due tomorrow that l haven't even started and I'm like 12:47 PM 14 Jan 2019

Other jokes include a tweeted clip by @rickanartist of Miles Morales from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse saying "South America," gaining over 2,500 retweets and 15,000 likes (shown below, top) and a Distracted Boyfriend edit tweeted by @dsnywrld422 that gained over 2,300 retweets and 18,000 likes (shown below, bottom).

kelso @dsnywrld422 ( Follow ) Replying to @is_meguca 1:47 AM-14 Jan 2019

The meme was covered by Daily Intelligencer,[3] where editor Ben Williams theorized it grew popular as "first Dada meme. It’s meaninglessness is a satire of meme culture." Daily Intelligencer also interviewed Farthing, who revealed she had meant to post a Surprised Pikachu meme but clicked on the map of South America instead.

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External References

[1] Twitter – is_meguca

[2] Twitter – is_meguca

[3] Daily Intelligencer – Have You Ever Just Been Like [Map of South America]?

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I don't see how this is even fun. Making an exploitable or meme off of a mistake often has it be something you can exploit in some form to add more oomph to it, this is literally just saying something and posting a completely unrelated image of Africa's uncolored map.
This works more like an inside joke to someone community who's taking the piss on the guy who they're making fun of, it has the shelf life of a freaking ice cream baking under the sun.


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