"Now I Am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds"
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"Now I Am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds" is a quote from scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, theoretical physicist and credited father of the atomic bomb. Online, it has grown into a popular caption for image macros.
In an interview about the first test of the atomic bomb, first televised in 1965 as part of a documentary called The Decision to Drop the Bomb, Oppenheimer remarked that upon seeing the test, he thought "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." He was quoting the 1944 Prabhavananda and Isherwood translation of Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita.
The quote became one of the most famous in American history. In pop culture, it has been widely referenced, appearing in films, television shows, video games, and more. Online, the quote has drawn discussion since as early as 2003, as people have discussed its significance in American history and pondered about its peculiar grammatical construction.
The quote has long been humorously applied to images of non-threatening subjects, one of the earliest being "Fluffy," shown below, who dates back to 2004.
Memes that have used the quote include Luigi Death Stare, Star Wars, Grumpy Cat, and many more.
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