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#MemeHistory is a popular hashtag, which uses Black Twitter jokes to explain large events in history, in often a humorous manner. The jokes are suprisingly often related to Christianity


On March 9th, 2016, Twitter user @ThatGweilo[1] shared a photograph of a slide from his classmate's history powerpoint presentation on the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, which asks the question "how did Hitler feel about territory?" followed by an image macro of the "I Need Dis" Otter reaching for an ice cream sandwich (shown below). Within the first week, the tweet garnered over 2,900 retweets and 4,100 likes.

How did Hitler feel about territory? I NEED DIS

On March 10th, Twitter user @TylerIAm[2] came across @ThatGwello's photograph of the slideshow presentation and tweeted how incorporating memes into powerpoint slideshows would make school projects more fun (shown below), which prompted dozens of responses from other Twitter users doing exactly just that.

Trill Withers @TylerlAm Making powerpoints would be so great now with all the memes out


A few hours after his first tweet, @TylerIam came up with #MemeHistory[4] as the official hashtag for the trend of "meme-splaining" history, along with one of the first compilation articles highlighting the best of #MemeHistory tweets posted on his blog Looking Up From the Floor.[5] Throughout the day, the phenomenon of "meme-splaining" history continued to spread across the grapevines of Black Twitter and beyond, resulting in the creation of hundreds of humorous tweets under the hashtag #MemeHistory, which ultimately became a trending topic of the day on the microblogging platform.

Trevor @AmadeusGoatzart @TylerlAm "The Irish Potato Famine left over a million dead and led to the emigration of thousands more" @GodHatesBernie When Julius Caesar noticed everyone in the room was strapped and he wasn't #MemeH istory m. @wizardkellyyyy Adam when God asked who ate the apple #MemeHistory

News Media Coverage

That same day, the trending hashtag was first picked up by pop music and entertainment magazine Vibe in an article titled "#MemeHistory Explains World History Better Than Your Teachers," followed by additional coverage from viral news media sites like Smosh, Bossip and The Huffington Post on the next day. Throughout the weekend, Houston Chronicle, Bustle and The Daily Dot also ran compilation articles highlighting the most notable examples of #MemeHistory tweets.

Various Examples

Washed Al Ghul @YoTell_MeHow 幕. FOR THE CHIEFS #MemeHistory Native Americans the day after the first Thanksgiving best of both worlds. MicheliCClark When you at the banquet function and all of a sudden Jesus turns water into wine #MemeH istory wikipedia brown @eveewing The 16th century Catholic Church when Copernicus said Earth rotates around the sun #MemeHistory HOW

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