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Potential to Do the Funniest Thing of All Time

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Potential to Do the Funniest Thing of All Time, also written Chance to Do the Funniest Thing and Opportunity to Do the Funniest Thing, is a catchphrase used in various social media posts that describe situations in which a person presumably has a chance to do "the funniest thing in history," often by repeating famous past events. Originally straightforward, in April 2022 the meme format mutated to deliberately include much ambiguity and have readers guessing what is meant, becoming a form of engagement bait.


On August 19th, 2021, Twitter[1] user @nameshiv shared a news snippet about Ever Given. the container ship which caused the March 2021 Suez Canal Jam, passing through the Suez Canal for the first time since the incident. On the same day, Twitter[2] user @IronsparkSyris quote tweeted the post, commenting, "right now, this captain is staring out the window, thinking about how he has an opportunity to do the single funniest thing that anyone has ever done," implying that the captain could intentionally block the canal again. The tweet (shown below, left) gained over 150 retweets and 520 likes in two years. Later that year, on December 9th, 2021, Twitter[3] user @KT_So_It_Goes made a similar joke that gained over 7,400 retweets and 46,900 likes in two years (shown below, right).

Ruby Soleil-Raine @IronsparkSyris right now, this captain is staring out the window, thinking about how he has an opportunity to do the single funniest thing that anyone has ever done Shiv Ramdas Traing To Rite Buk BREAKING NEWS: OH. MY. GOD. Show this thread The Ever Given container ship is traveling back through the Suez Canal 4 months after beaching itself in the waterway and jamming global shipping traffic Madison Hall Aug 19, 2021, 12:44 PM @nameshiv Aug 19, 2021 f yin EVERGREEN COUT AL kilgore trout, blue check free since 2003 @KT_So It Goes imagine holding in your hands a steering wheel that grants the opportunity to do the funniest thing in history B Bloomberg Economics B@economics Dec 8, 2021 The Ever Given appears ready to give the Suez Canal another try trib.al/VaBkzkz 1:06 PM Dec 9, 2021


In the following years, more users posted similar jokes about opportunities to repeat something that happened in the past. For example, on September 21st, 2022, Twitter[4] user @IwriteOK quipped about Queen Elizabeth II's death. The tweet (shown below) gained over 1,900 retweets and 22,200 likes in seven months.

Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) @IwriteOK fingers crossed but this has the potential to be the funniest thing that ever happened NEW BBC News (UK) @BBCNews Sep 21, 2022 Danish queen tests positive for Covid day after Queen Elizabeth II's funeral bbc.in/3xHC3Ee 7:27 PM. Sep 21, 2022

On March 29th, 2023, Twitter[5] user @MNateShyamalan made a joke about Pixar's short film Carl's Date. The joke implied that Carl, the deuteragonist of Pixar's film Up, would lose his romantic partner again,[6] however, multiple users online made other suggestions, such as Carl going on a date with a dog.[7] The tweet gained over 2,800 retweets and 86,600 likes in two weeks (shown below).

soul nate @MNateShyamalan pixar has the chance to do the funniest thing of all time with this Film Updates @FilmUpdates Mar 28 The poster for 'UP' short 'CARL'S DATE' has been released. It will screen in theaters alongside 'ELEMENTAL. MA Carl & Dug py NEW ADVENTURE. SAME WINGMAN. DISNEY PIXAR CARL'S DATE 60 6060 D PIXAR See the all-new short film with ELEMENTAL Only in Theaters June 16 7:55 PM - Mar 29, 2023 10.4M Views :

The tweet inspired more intentionally ambiguous Potential to Do the Funniest Thing memes to be posted in the following days. For example, on April 6th, Twitter[8] user @JUNlPER made a tweet that gained over 6,800 retweets and 207,900 likes in four days (shown below, left). On April 7th, 2023, Twitter[9] user @upblissed made a tweet that received over 15,000 retweets and 245,200 likes in three days (shown below, right).

Przy pudding person @JUNIPER she has a once in a life time opportunity to do the funniest thing possible Pop Base @PopBase Apr 5 Adele will reportedly be the final guest on James Corden's Carpool Karaoke. Show this thread 12:28 AM - Apr 6, 2023 27.1M Views Corn →* @upblissed that baby has the potential to do one of the funniest things of all time Eyewitness News @ABC7NY Apr 6 'Huge surprise': Michigan family welcomes first daughter in husband's family since 1885 7ny.tv/417|k9H abc7NY 12:50 PM • Apr 7, 2023 21.5M Views ...

Various Examples

Im sorry I bet guys probably bother you a lot but @paynushater The pilot has the once in a lifetime opportunity to do the funniest thing of all time CNN CNN Breaking News @cnnbrk Apr 3 Former President Trump departs West Palm Beach, Florida, en route to New York City to turn himself in on 30+ criminal charges cnn.it/3U8Wvlb WPTV TRUMP HAPPENING NOW TRUMP ABOUT TO TAKE OFF FOR NY AHEAD OF ARRAIGNMENT 1:22 PM . Apr 3, 2023 14.7M Views NEWSROOM @gothamfreak_ james gunn has the opportunity to do the funniest thing One Take News @OneTakeNews. Apr 4 Frank Grillo confirms he's joined @JamesGunn and Peter Safran's DCU after being frustrated with his time in the MCU. "Crossbones serves a purpose...I think there was more meat on the bone. I was disappointed, which is why I went over to DC." (via comicbook.com/movies/news/fr...) 9:40 AM - Apr 6, 2023 777.5K Views : Crowsa Luxemburg @quendergeer A prop master has the opportunity here do the funniest thing anyone has ever done THR The Hollywood Reporter @THR. Apr 1, 2022 #TheCrow reboot is moving forward with Bill Skarsgård set to star. After years of false starts, production is slated to begin this June: thr.cm/dvnflQ8 Show this thread SUND EXCLUSIVE Bill Skarsgård to Star in 'The Crow' Reboot, Rupert Sanders Directing 6:03 AM Apr 3, 2022
W ray quackity has the once in a lifetime opportunity to do the funniest thing ever 6 Following 2.2M Followers @bluebitcho | dream Unfollow dream? Their Tweets will no longer show up in your home timeline. You can still view their profile, unless their Tweets are protected. . Cancel dream @dreamwastaken Apr 7 I am kick boxing Quackity tomorrow, live, Saturday the 8th, in LA, at 5PM CST limited pop-up ticket info later tonight 9:15 AM • Apr 7, 2023 215.8K Views Unfollow : es Teesa @Teesa_NC The Smash community has the opportunity to do the funniest thing ever right now Why Do eSports @WDBT... 12h Somehow Kazuya is sticking, I have a lot to relearn but that character is hilarious and a lot of fun. I sorta hated him before but I'm def seeing the work that goes into it now. There are a LOT of routes to memorize. Excited for the future if I can stick with it for a few months 98 [21 10:24 AM. Apr 5, 2023 · 88.3K Views . 167 ₁8,699 rob @RobertSecundus will smith this year has the opportunity to do the funniest thing in history Variety @Variety. Feb 22 Academy Adds Oscars 'Crisis Team' After Will Smith Slap: 'We'll Be Prepared For Anything We May Not Anticipate' variety.com/2023/film/news... 8:41 PM. Feb 22, 2023 6.6M Views

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External References

[1] Twitter – @nameshiv

[2] Twitter – @IronsparkSyris

[3] Twitter – @KT_So_It_Goes

[4] Twitter – @IwriteOK

[5] Twitter – @MNateShyamalan

[6] Twitter – @MNateShyamalan

[7] Twitter – @MNateShyamalan

[8] Twitter – @JUNlPER

[9] Twitter – @upblissed

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