No Lo Sé Rick, Parece Falso

No Lo Sé Rick, Parece Falso

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No Lo Sé Rick, Parece Falso or I Don’t Know Rick, Looks Fake to Me refers to a catchphrase and reaction image macro featuring Chumlee and Rick Harrison from the reality show Pawn Stars, used to express doubt or disbelief about claims, events or headlines that seem suspicious or seem too good to be true.


On January 21st, 2013, episode 19 “Funny Money” of the 7th season of Pawn Stars was aired.[1] In one of its scenes, Chumlee and Rick take a look at a scissor katar brought in by a customer, and Chumlee starts playing with the artifact while joking about how Edward Scissorhands uses it to prune bushes (shown below). Contrary to popular belief, the phrase was never said by any character throughout the series, and thus the meme caused a Mandela Effect among many Hispanic fans of the series.

On December 16th, 2016, the Facebook page Plantillas para tus momos[2] posted a blank template of the meme, but the earliest available example of its use was reuploaded to Dopl3r[3] on December 19th, with the caption “When the prettiest girl of the class asks you out :v” and the watermark @AahcSelccth (shown below).

Cuando la mas bonita del salón te invita a salir :v FAahuSelccth No lo sé Rick, párece falso >:v


On December 20th, 2016 the template began spreading to other Spanish-speaking sites, such as Facebook,[4] Taringa![5] and Memedroid[6] (examples shown below, from left to right).

Cuando tu novia te manda un mensaje diciendo que ya no esta enojada y que la perdones por que ella tuvo la culpa. NO LO SE RICK, PARECE FALS0 Cuando le enseñas tus calificaciones a tu gfa con todo aprobado No lo se Chum, parece falso Soio quiero saber si me amas Que te cuesta? 10:57 P.M. Ahm 10:57 P.M. Si lo hago. 10:57 P.M. lo lo sé Rick, paregesaP.M /

On December 24th, 2016, Colombian influencer Nicolás Arrieta[7] posted to Facebook a screenshot of one of his tweets in which he uses the reaction image with the caption "When they say Merry Christmas to me and I have to say Merry Christmas back" (shown below, left). The post gathered over 24,000 reactions and was shared over 3,800 times in four years.

On February 21st, 2018, the Facebook page Memes de Ciencias Sociales[8] posted the meme accompanied by a photo of a fake parent note excusing a student for skipping class due to being sick (shown below, right). The image got over 5,900 reactions and 1,400 comments, and was shared over 19,000 times as of December 2020.

Nicolás Arrieta @nikoarrieta Cuando me dicen feliz Navidad y les tengo que decir feliz Navidad de vuelta No lo se Rick parece falso xdxd Profesor Luis no fue clase ayer poque entaba MMUy enfer o atte Mama de lugs NO LO SÉ RICK, PARECE FALSO


The phrase "No lo sé, Rick" also became widely popular without the image in Spanish-speaking countries, appearing in captions or titles of various posts, clips and memes ever since December 2016. Outside social media, the phrase even made it into many headlines and articles from Hispanic news sites and online magazines, such as Rock&Pop,[9] El País,[10] UltimaHora[11] and El Mundo.[12]

The English version of the phrase first appeared without the template on February 28th, 2017, according a Ballmemes post.[13] However, it didn't see much traction until some years later. On August 18th, 2019, Imgur user therefreezingupinbuffalostuckintheircars[14] posted a Bottlecap Challenge video with the title "I don't know Rick… it looks fake" (shown below, left). Similarly, on March, 13th, 2020, a parody video of Rick Harrison and a customer bargaining for toilet paper (shown below, right) was posted to 9GAG. [15]

I don't know looks fake. Next > therefreezingupinbuffalostuckintheircars i Give Emerald 2,165 Views · August 18 2019 · via iPhone AAPE Baver qua Funny · 13 Mar I Don't know Rick, it looks fake to me pawn stars corona virus tissue 7,000 points · 85 comments f Facebook Pinterest Next Pos ... 0 36 0:34

Chumlee's TikTok video

On July 24th, 2020, Chumlee[16] posted a video to TikTok in which he examines a The Simpsons figurine and concludes his review with the quote "I don't know Rick, it looks fake" (shown below). The post reached over 1.7 million views and 124,200 likes in less than 5 months.



Various examples

SEAN PAV NARNIA NO LO SE RICK, PARECE FALSO Una película de Marvel podría introducir la séptima Gema del Infinito La película de Marvel titulada de Los Eternos, t. ZNC Cinemasco.. • Hace 18 horas. Shae nemes NO LO SE RICK, PARECE FALSO CLÍNICA CAPILAR 1Fotofail TRATAMIENTO PARA TODAS LAS ENFERMEDADES DEL CUERO CABELLUDO Graba. dete Tema fotos Y sctiva un Visualice las Laptop o Tal ACTEL S Caspa, Seborrea, Psoriasis, Pérdida del Cabello, Expec Picazón, Alopecia Areata, Dematitis Seborréica, etc. ANTES DESPUES To cod no se rick parece falso
I DON'T KNOW RICK LOOKS GAY TO ME Laura (a 5 km de distancia) 1 (te ha enviado una solicitud de follamigo)... "te apetece follar?" Si NO HECHO HECHD EN RECIONELITE RECIONELNE No lo se Rick, parece falso.

Search Interest

Search queries for both "No lo se rick parece falso" and "No lo se rick" date back to December 16-18th, 2016, and peak on May and July 2017 respectively. Searches for the shortened version of the phrase "no lo se rick" increased in volume again between late 2018 and early 2019. Searches for the Portuguese version of the phrase have slighty increased since early 2017. The English translation "I don't know rick looks fake" hasn't showed significant increase as of December 2020.

External References

[1] Wikipedia – List of Pawn Stars episodes / Accessed on 12-20-2020

[2] Facebook – Plantillas para tus momos / Posted on 12-16-2020

[3] Dopl3r – Cuando la más bonita del salón te invita a salir, no lo se Rick parece falso / Posted on 12-19-2016

[4] Facebook – Que gueno / Posted on 12-20-2016

[5] Taringa! – 50 Pictures loquillas y buenas, pasa rufian… / Posted on 12-20-2016

[6] Memedroid – Parece falso rick / Posted on 12-20-2016

[7] Facebook – Nicolás Arrieta's post / Posted on 12-24-2016

[8] Facebook – Memes de Ciencias Sociales / Posted on 02-21-2018

[9] Rock&Pop – No lo sé, Rick: Sebastián Piñera dijo que vio a los Beatles «hace 40 años» / Published on 11-22-2017

[10] El País – No lo sé Rick, parece falso / Published on 06-24-2018

[11] UltimaHora – No lo sé, Rick: Muere protagonista de El precio de la historia / Published on 06-26-2018

[12] El Mundo – No lo sé, Madonna, parece falso
/ Published on 06-23-2019

[13] Ballmemes – I don't know rick it looks fake / Posted on 02-28-2017

[14] Imgur – I don’t know Rick…it looks fake. / Posted on 08-18-2019

[15] 9GAG – I Don’t know Rick, it looks fake to me /Posted on 03-13-2020

[16] TikTok – @chumlee_'s post / Posted on 07-24-2020

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