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Sad Ant With Bindle / Homeless Ant / How It Feels To Ant

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Sad Ant With Bindle, also known as Homeless Ant or How It Feels To Ant, is an exploitable meme and reaction image that shows a sad-looking ant holding a stick with a bag tied to the end of it (sometimes called a bindle or knapsack), and is used to represent the idea of "sending someone packing." The image originates from a drawing for a pest control agency, and was first widely used on Tumblr. In early 2023, the meme trended on Twitter and Instagram, most often paired with a recaptioned text caption following the phrasal template, "How it feels X," with the "X" being substituted for a subjectively demoralizing action such as texting first or leaving the party first, among other examples.


The image of a sad ant holding a bindle stems from a website for a Virginia-based pest control company named Zap Pest Control. The original file was named "sad bug with napsack," and contained additional imagery of the house the bug had to evacuate.[1]

The earliest known use of the image as a meme was likely a now-deleted Twitter post by user @roxylalondeswag where they wrote, "Homophobes reading "homophobes dni" at the end of your seizure inducing danganropa filled carrd." The post was reposted to Tumblr on April 12th, 2021 by user beachnet,[2] gathering over 14,000 notes in nearly two years (seen below).

roxy kilmino @roxylalondeswag : Homophobes reading "homophobes dni" at the end of your seizure inducing danganropa filled carrd #THIS TWEET HAS ME ON THE FLOOR RN HELP MEEEEEEEJDHWJFEJR 14,241 notes Apr 12th, 2021


On June 20th, 2021, Tumblr[3] user @tonysopranobignaturals posted a meme using the sad ant meme, gathering over 13,000 notes in over a year (seen below).

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On November 28th, 2021, Tumblr user zampl made a post that read, "seen a person’s blog that had 'porn bot' under the do not follow if criteria………king they can’t read💔," adding a photo of a sad looking ant holding a stick with a bag tied to the end. Tumblr user muck-raker added a comment to the thread giving a description of the image, saying, "[ID: a sad ant with a bindle, presumably originally from an ad for pest control]. User zampl subsequently dubbed the event as "sad ant with a bindle Monday."[4] The post gathered over 90,000 notes in over a year (seen below, left). On December 21st, 2021, Tumblr[5] user telltaletypist posted the meme in a thread that gathered over 40,000 notes (seen below, right).

zampl seen a person's blog that had "porn bot" under the do not follow if criteria.........king they can't read zampl bot generated accounts after seeing your dni list muck-raker [ID: a sad ant with a bindle, presumably originally from an ad for pest control.] yerba-bamm posts where the ID makes the joke funnier zampl #sad ant with a bindle monday :( sad ant with a bindle monday, folks MURDERCORE-POWERFUNERAL TEXT POST THERE SHOULD BE A RIOT AT DISNEYLAND THERE SHOULD BE PEOPLE RIPPING THE BRICKS OUT OF MAIN STREET USA AND THROWING THEM AT COPS I THINK A COP SHOULD DIE AT THE RIOT AT DISNEYLAND I WANT BAD THINGS TO HAPPEN TO THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY D NICOISTRYING It's against park rules to have protests or even political signs but I wish! MURDERCORE-POWERFUNERAL I'm not sure how you got "peaceful protest that abides by Disneyland rules" out of this post TELLTALETYPIST rioters after finding out protesting is against park rules 1 YEAR AGO ON DECEMBER 21, 2021 AT 3:32 AM

"How It Feels" Ant

On March 23rd, 2023, Instagram[6] user @girlfromwebsite uploaded a carousel post that started with a Sad Ant with Bindle meme, pairing the image with, "this is how i feel when i ask my dad for money." The post gained roughly 12,900 likes in two months (shown below, left). A few weeks later, on April 22nd, 2023, Instagram[7] user @girlfromwebsite posted another meme with the same template, instead reading, "how it feels asking someone to hang out first." The post gained roughly 30,100 likes in 17 days (shown below, right).

this is how i feel when i ask my dad for money .......... @girlfromwebsite how it feels asking someone to hang out first

The user @girlfromwebsite's second meme gained multiple, viral reposts on Instagram[8] in late April 2023, ultimately leading to other meme creators recaptioning it, keeping the first part of the caption reading, "how it feels…" For instance, on April 27th, 2023, Instagram[9] user @iamdelusional_ posted a version reading, "how it feels walking to the car when you're getting picked up," gaining roughly 63,400 likes in 12 days (shown below).

how it feels walking to the car when you're getting picked up

Viral iterations of the template spread to Twitter[10] and remained on Instagram[11] going into May 2023.

Various Examples

reactions @reactjpg freaks dni weirdos dni sad ant picking up bindle on a stick and walking away disappointed “freaks dni" "weirdos dni" 3:55 AM. Apr 30, 2022 Aesthetic satisfaction nothingy @scanpaths button. Snipping Tool is moving... In a future update, Snipping Tool will be moving to a new home. Try improved features and snip like usual with Snip & Sketch (or try the shortcut Windows logo key + Shift + S). Try Snip & Sketch 12:08 PM Mar 27, 2023 4,348 Views *At the club* The dj: if you don't got no money take your broke ass home Me: 11 months ago notes (6277) johnnycrass Follow this is what bob dylan sounds like to me X Close notes Do 2,555 4,419 Comments and tags ✓ how it feels asking a question on reddit

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External References

[1] Internet Archive – zappestcontrolvirginia

[2] Tumblr – beachnet

[3] Tumblr – tonysopranobignaturals

[4]  Tumblr – the-gayest-sky-kid

[5] Tumblr – telltaletypist

[6] Instagram – @girlfromwebsite

[7] Instagram – @girlfromwebsite

[8] Insatgram – @mylifeisupsetting

[9] Instagram – @iamdelusional_

[10] Twitter – @whotfisjovana

[11] Instagram – @urlocalmilfucker

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