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Mom's Spaghetti

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Mom's Spaghetti is a bait-and-switch copypasta derived from the lyrics of Eminem's 2002 hit rap single "Lose Yourself." Originating from the 4chan imageboard community, it is a notable example of spaghetti stories that usually start out as a personal anecdote about an embarrassing or socially awkward episode before ending abruptly with a sudden appearance of spaghetti.

Palms are sweaty
Knees weak, arms are heavy
Vomit on my sweater already
Mom's spaghetti


Prior to the emergence of spaghetti stories in 2010, various excerpts from Eminem's "Lose Yourself," including "mom's spaghetti," have been used as the title of blog posts or discussion threads, most notably on the automobile enthusiast forum LS1TECH[3] in April 2003, 4chan's /r9k/ board[4] in April 2008 and FARK's current event forum[5] in November 2011. Like most spaghetti stories that came before, the "Mom's Spaghetti" copypasta originated from 4chan sometime in early 2012 with the earliest known mention found in a greentext story (shown below) posted on April 19th.

Anonymous 04/19/12(Thu)18:36 No.12169872 File: 1334874960 jpg-(6 KB, 154x132, 1328423311634.jpg) >be in school hot girl in front of me >she drops her pencil >she bends down to pick it up >she's not wearing panties turns around and looks at me like what you see?" whole class goes "000000oooh palms are sweaty >knees weak, arms are heavy it's falling out of my pockets already >mom's spaghetti


"Mom's spaghetti" is a memorable line from the lyrics of Eminem's 2002 hip hop single "Lose Yourself,"[2] which follows the day-to-day struggles dealt by "B-Rabbit," the main protagonist character played by the rapper himself in the 2002 American hip hop drama film 8 Mile.[1] Originally released on October 22th, 2002 as the first single of the 8 Mile original soundtrack, the song is considered Eminem's most critically acclaimed and commercially successful single to date. Following its release, "Lose Yourself" became the first rap song to be awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song and also earned five Grammy nominations in 2003.

His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop bombs,
but he keeps on forgetting what he wrote down,
the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out
He's choking how, everybody's joking now
The clock's run out, time's up over, bloah!


Given the lyrical premise of "Lose Yourself," which begins with an aspiring rapper nervously trying to recall his verses on stage, not to mention its inclusion of "mom's spaghetti" in the rhyme scheme, the song was already well-suited for 4chan's spaghetti story pranks that often explore personal stories that are frightening or socially awkward in nature. On April 21st, 2012, two days after the copypasta was posted on 4chan, a similar spaghetti story was submitted to Bodybuilding Forum[7] by user Tko38.

awkward stories from high school be 14 >have history with really hot girl >datass.jpg >we talk sometimes, but nothing special. don't think she's into me >still try to talk to her as much as i can anyways >one day in class she drops her pencil >she bends down to pick it up >she not wearing panties >holy****ing chit >turns around a looks at me >"like what you see?" >start freaking out >whole class goes "ooooooooooh >she asks me "if you had one opportunity would you capture it or just let it slip?" >palms are sweaty >knees weak, arms are heavy >it's falling out of my pockets already >mom's spaghetti

In the following months, more variations of "mom's spaghetti" posts continued to surface on 4chan's /b/ (random), /v/ (video game) and /r9k/ boards.[11][12] On May 1st, the earliest known instance from 4chan was reblogged by Memebase[14] in a post titled "Lose Yourself in This Best Spaghetti Story Yet."

[-] □ Anonymous (ID: 2H8BvtfW) 07/17/12(Tue)22: 05 No 4128627021 ▼] >be 12 at award ceremony name gets called >stumble onto the auditorium stage >palms are sweaty >knees weak, arms are heavy >vomit on my sweater already >mom's spaghetti

On May 26th, the Facebook page[8] for 4chan's /b/ board posted a status update featuring a "spaghetti-heavy" variation of the copypasta.

b/ 4,408 like this May 26 at 8:47pm- His palms are sweaty, knees weak arms spaghetti there's vomit on spaghetti already mom's spaghetti He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm spaghetti but he keeps on spaghetti

On May 28th, the same version of the "mom's spaghetti" story from /b/'s Facebook page was reposted on Bodybuilding Forum[9] by user bl0wj. On the following day, the spaghetti-heavy version was featured on Tumblr[13] with a photoshopped image of spaghetti and meatball running down from Eminem's hands. The post was well-received on Tumblr, gaining more than 7,900 notes in the span of a month.

his palms are sweaty, knees weak
arms spaghetti
There’s vomit on his spaghetti already,
mom’s spaghetti
He’s spaghetti, but on the surface he
looks calm and ready to drop spaghetti
but he keeps on forgetting what he

On May 30th, Redditor drokcab reposted the same message in the comments of a Reddit thread titled "What's the most accidentally inappropriate thing you've ever done?"[10] which spawned a string of comments featuring additional verses from "Lose Yourself."

[-] drokcab 1545 points 1 month ago There's vomit on spaghetti already Mom's spaghetti He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm spaghetti To drop bombs, but he keeps on spaghetti permalink parent report reply [-] ica ngetyouatoedude 793 points 1 month ago what he wrote down the whole crowd goes spaghetti He opens his mouth but the words won't spaghetti He's choking now everybody's spaghetti now The clocks run out, times up, spaghetti blaoh! permalink parent report reply

"Mom's Spaghetti" Restaurant

On September 29th, 2021, Eminem opened a "Mom's Spaghetti" restaurant in Detroit, Michigan, which exclusively serves spaghetti and meatballs. On December 30th, 2021, The New York Times[15] published a review of the location, writing the food was not "Italian cooking" but "downright Motherly," and received quotes from locals and tourists who were enthused by their experience visiting.

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