Possible Modifications

Possible Modifications

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Updated Feb 04, 2019 at 06:03AM EST by andcallmeshirley.

Added Nov 09, 2017 at 11:47AM EST by Don.

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Possible Modifications is a photoshop meme mocking an animated video by USA Today featuring attachments that could potentially be added to an AR-15 style rifle in the wake of the 2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting.


On November 8th, 2017, the @USAToday Twitter feed posted a video titled "A look at the gun used in the Texas church shooting," which contained an animated sequence on "Possible modifications" showing a chainsaw bayonet (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet gained over 2,800 replies, 1,800 likes and 1,100 retweets.


Immediately after the tweet was posted, many mocked the animation for showing a chainsaw bayonet attachment, leading the @USAToday Twitter to post a follow-up tweet noting "The shooter did not use a chainsaw bayonet" (shown below).

USA Today tweet clarification that the shooter did not use a chainsaw bayonet in his attack on a church

That day, a Twitter Moments[1] page was created featuring various joke tweets about the USA Today video.

That evening, an anonymous 4chan user submitted the tweet to /pol/ in a post titled "Where can I buy a Chainsaw Bayonet?", leading viewers to submit other "Possible Modifications" photoshops (shown below). Shortly after, Redditor Strangled_Hooker submitted a collection of parodies collected from the /pol/ thread to /r/4chan,[2] where it gathered upwards of 9,600 points (92% upvoted) and 270 comments within 24 hours.

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In the coming days, many news sites published articles about the photoshop meme, including Business Insider,[4] Townhall,[5] The Washington Times,[7] RT,[8] The Washington Examiner[9] and Breitbart.[6]

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