Shit, I'm Late For School / Toast of Tardiness
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"Shit, I'm Late for School" is a photo fad in which participants typically make an exaggerated running motion while carrying various objects in their mouth, accompanied by the phrasal template "Shit, I'm late for X school!" The pose is inspired by an anime trope in which students are shown rushing to school while carrying a piece of toast in their mouth.
On August 6th, 2012, Tumblr user badcgijosh posted a picture of himself posing as if he was running with a piece of toast in his mouth followed by the caption, "Shit, I'm late for anime school." As of August 28th, the post has 44,961 notes.
As early as August 1st, 2010, members of Anime forum Mabinogi World were discussing the origin of characters depicted as rushing for school while eating toast, noting its popular use in Shoujo manga written for a female audience. In October 2011, a single topic Tumblr named “Fuck Yeah Animu Toast” was created to celebrate images of anime characters running with toast. As of August 2012, TV Tropes lists nearly 50 instances of "running late for school" characters in Anime/Manga and points out that it is so overused, many manga-drawing guides advise against using it.
The day after the first image was posted by Tumblr user Badcgijosh, Fuck Yeah Anime Toast reblogged the photo but parodies of this image did not begin appearing until August 27th with one of the first derivatives showing Tumblr user minsterofsass being late for Canadian school while holding a bottle of maple syrup with his teeth (shown below). That evening, dozens of derivatives began appearing on Tumblr with the tags “late for school”, “shit I’m late for school”, “shit I’m late” and “late.” The following day, the Daily Dot published a collection of eight instances of the photo fad.
On August 27th, Tumblr user Badcgijosh expressed negative feelings about the photo fad, stating that he does not “like encouraging people to be lazy about their humour … there are things that are exponentially funnier to be said by anyone without using a template I literally spent ten seconds planning.” That same day, Tumblr artist payface posted a comic (shown below) to express badcgijosh’s displeasure over people overusing the joke.
 Tumblr – badcgijosh – Shit, I'm late for anime school
 Mabinogi World – Runningv, late, and with a piece of toast
 TV Tropes – Late for School
 Tumblr – Fuck Yeah Anime Toast
 Tumblr – Payface | TO BE FAIR most of them are really funny but man you guys sure know how to run a joke into the ground, and one could only imagine how josh feels
 Tumblr – Well this is at least the worst thing that’s happened to me all week
 Tumblr – badcgijosh | abedisavampire asked: What's the problem with spawning a meme, if you don't mind my asking?
 Tumblr – Fuck Yeah Animu Toast's reblog
 Tumblr – minsterofsass | Shit I'm late for Canadian school.
 Tumblr – Posts tagged "late for school"
 Tumblr – Posts tagged "shit i'm late for school"
 Tumblr – Posts tagged "shit i'm late"
 Tumblr – Posts tagged "late"
 Daily Dot – Tumblr's late for anime school
Aug 28, 2012 at 03:57AM EDT
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