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Poisoned Water

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Added by Adam • Updated 8 months ago by Y F
Added by Adam • Updated 8 months ago by Y F

Poisoned Water
Category: Meme Status: Submission Year: 2018 Origin: Reddit Region:
Type: Parody,
Tags: water, me_irl, greenland, plague inc, kubapoke, b3nj1mn10,
Poisoned Water


Poisoned Water refers to a series of jokes that grew popular on Reddit's /r/me_irl subreddit in late October of 2018 in which a user made several posts in which he offered the subreddit a poisoned glass of water and that a cure to the poison was being worked on in Greenland, which itself is a reference to the video game Plague, Inc.


On October 28th, 2018, Redditor kubapoke made several posts creating a narrative where water offered in the first post was poisoned (examples shown below).[1][2]

This is just a regular glass of water You can take a sip if you want Haha I've just poisoned water in this post above I mean me too, thanks Les's see how many ople will drink it


kubapoke continued the narrative over several other posts, concluding with a post saying a cure for the poisoned water was being developed in Greenland (shown below, right). The reference to Greenland is itself a reference to the game Plague Inc., in which a player attempts to affect the world with a deadly pathogen. Greenland is difficult to infect in the game as it is a sparsely populated island.

I've heard that a lot of people on this subreddit suffer from a severe case of water poisoning Don't worry. We're producing a cure in Greenland where the virus won't reach us Stop right there citizen! Sorry if I've scared you. I've just heard that someone has been poisoning water around here lately. Make sure not to drink any water from strangers. Thank you for your attention

Each post gained over 20,000 points in less than 24 hours. As these posts grew popular, other me_irl frequenters began posting their own memes referencing the poisoned water "epidemic" in the subreddit. For example, user caleb-s posted an edited webcomic, gaining over 11,000 points (shown below, left). User B3NJ1MN10 posted a still of the Antidote item from the Pokémon games, gaining over 21,000 points (shown below, right). An inquiry about the surge in poisoned water memes was posted to /r/OutOfTheLoop.[3]

MY GOD. SOMEBODY PoISoNED THE WATER HOLE Here's the antidote for the poisoned water. Drink safe my bois

Various Examples

This milk should get rid of all your poison effects Stay safe friends LIVE BREAKING NEWS Multi-Millionaire Suddenly Hospitalized 19:04 "WAS HE POISONED?" ASKS COMMENTER | 5 MILLION RETWEETS IN 1 HOUR ALREA When you weren't on reddit for two days and now everybody are trying to fhnd elon musk and somebody poisoned water excuse me what the f--- Finally, we've discovered the cure to water poisoning Thanks to Greenland's medical advances, it costs just one upvote only could stop the ruthless poisoners but when the world needed him most, ne vanished. Society if no one poisoned that water speri

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External References

Tags: water, me_irl, greenland, plague inc, kubapoke, b3nj1mn10,

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