Really Makes You Think
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Really makes you think… is a phrase often used as a joking way to mock shallow artwork, ideas, and conspiracy theories that attempt to be profound. It grew as a popular phrase in bait threads on 4chan's /pol/ to mock liberal memes and talking points during the 2016 United States Presidential Election. Although its posted mostly on /pol/, its also seen being used often on /tv/, /k/, /r9k/ and [s4s].
"Really makes you think!" is sincerely used in response to something the speaker finds particularly profound, though is often used humorously to point out silly or obvious ideas, such as the one portrayed in the below image posted to /r/Im14AndThisIsDeep with the caption "Wow…Really makes you think."
One of the earliest known uses of "really makes you think" on /pol/ came on April 21st, 2016, as a comment accompanying the political cartoon, shown below.
Starting around the end of May 2016, many threads began getting posted to /pol/ with a variation on the title "Really makes you think." In the coming months, commenters filled /pol/ with threads captioned "Really makes you think" and "/pol/ BTFO! " After a few months, both phrases were appropriated by /pol/ posters as a means to make fun of left-wing memes and talking points. Often, a video of Bart Simpson saying "Really Makes You Think" would be posted in these threads. The comments section of the video, shown below, is filled with members of /pol/ talking about the election and mocking liberals.
(Note: Examples are images from threads captioned "Really Makes You Think")
 Trip Advisor – Really Makes You Think
 /r/Im14AndThisIsDeep – Wow… really makes you think…
 yuki.la – really makes you think
 Archive 4plebs – Hmmm.. really makes you think
 Archive 4plebs – Damn… really makes you think
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