Pills That Make You Stare

Pills That Make You Stare

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Pills That Make You Stare refers to a series of photoshopped image macros based on an image of a cat taking a pill and then staring at a wall from Wikihow. Online, people have replaced the name of the pills and what the cat stares at, typically using the phrasal template "Pills That Make You Stare at X."

Origin

On October 22nd, 2011, Wikihow[1] published a page entitled "How to stop a male cat from spraying." On April 22nd, 2016, Wikivisuals added a series of images illustrating the instructions for caring the cats. Two of the images, one of a cat being fed a pill and another of a cat staring at a wall while thinking about another cat became the basis for the meme.



cat being fed antidepressants for a WikiHow article cat staring at the wall, while pouting and thinking about another cat

On August 19th, 2017, Twitter [10] user @platinumbarf posted the earliest known version of the meme. In the top panel, they posted the picture of the cat being fed pills with the words "Pills that make you stare at the wall" on the pillbox. Underneath, there is a picture of the cat staring at a wall. The post (shown below) received more than 630 retweets and 1,400 likes in one month.


Pills that make you stare at the wall

Precursor

Powder That Makes You Say 'Yes' refers to an exploitable comic strip in which the character Plastic Man says "Yes" while ingesting the contents of a box labeled "Powder that makes you say yes."


old meme of Plastic Man finishing a box of powder that makes him say yet

Spread

That day, Redditor [11] ehchinoo posted the picture to the /r/me_irl subreddit, receiving more than 500 points (99% upvoted).

On August 21st, Redditor[3] Gayabe posted a photoshopped version of the images stacked on top of each other in the /r/bonehurtingjuice subreddit. In the first panel, the pills given to the cat is renamed "Pills that make you stare at the wall." The image underneath shows the cat staring at the wall without thinking about the other cat. The post (shown below) received more than 840 points (99% upvoted) in one month.

The next day, the Facebook [4] account 9000 Rare Blini cats posted the meme, where it received more than 3,600 reactions, 1,700 comments and 12,000 shares. On August 24th, Tumblr [5] user depsidase posted the meme, receiving more than 13,000 notes

Over the next month, people continued to photoshop the images. On August 23rd, Imgur [6] user underwearjackpot posted the meme (shown below, left) with the text "pills that make you stare at a disappointing storyline" and the cat staring at a Dragon Ball Z poster. The post received more than 950 views.

Two weeks later, on September 8th, Facebook[7] user k3y3fsi posted a variation that reads "Pills that make you stare at garbage" with the cat staring at a "Sunday Pinsaya" poster. The post (shown below, center) received more than 2,400 reactions and 230 shares.

The following week, on September 17th, Facebook[8] user amphetameme2 posted a version that reads pills that taste like lemon and the cat with an image of someone's eyes tearing from eating a lemon from The Simpsons. The post (shown below, right) received more than 6,000 reactions, 1,200 comments and 4,100 shares in two days.


funny meme of cat taking pills that make you stare at disappointing storyline such as DragonBallz Meme of cat taking pills that make you stare at garbage and is then staring at Sunday Pinasaya Pills that make you stare meme of a cat eating lemons and having Simpson's style reaction

On September 18th, Redditor[9] fib0nacci112358 posted a version that reads "Pills that make you stare at garbage" and features the cat staring the words "elf on a shelf" memes in the /r/MemeEconomy subreddit. The post (shown below) received more than 400 points (99% upvoted) in 24 hours.


Popular version of the meme, pills that make you stare at gargabe, with the cat staring at Elf on The Shelf Memes

Various Examples


Cat meme of taking pills of things that make you stare at garbage and cat is staring at YOUR OPINION Meme of cat taking pills that cause him to stare at garbage such as the Imgur Mobile App memes that make you stare at garbage and cat is staring at buzzfeed and 9gag
cat meme of pills that make you stare at garbage and cat is locked onto Rick and Morty Cat meme of taking pills that make you stare at garbage and cat is looking at political ideals Funny cat meme of pills that make you stare at bad stages with various video game stages being stared at by the medicated cat

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EruditeEbert
EruditeEbert

I think the reason absurdist memes are almost consistently garbage is because the people creating them simply don't have a very good grasp over what qualifies as "absurdist". A well-made absurdist meme should deviate completely from expectation and simultaneously baffle and amuse which is actually a pretty damn hard thing to pull off.

I'm not gonna claim to be any expert on the matter but I believe that an absurdist meme creator should have a keen grasp over what a meme actually is, but more importantly a keen grasp over what makes a meme a meme, and should try as hard as they possibly can to subvert but also adhere to that same formula.
Subversion is required to throw the audience for a loop, to give your meme that magical flavor in between abstraction and unfunny nonsense, and the adherence is needed to temper the recipe, to provide the safety cord that keeps it drifting loosely in the vicinity of "funny".
Again, not claiming to be an expert but I'm pretty certain that's the exact formula that made Bone Hurting Juice such a hit and kickstarted this dumbass phenomena.

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