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Stonks is an intentional misspelling of the word "stocks" which is often associated with a surreal meme featuring the character Meme Man standing in front of a picture representing the stock market followed by the caption "Stonks." The picture began seeing use as a reaction image online in jokes about making poor financial decisions.
On June 5th, 2017, Facebook page Special Meme Fresh posted the image of Meme Man in front of a stock photo representing the stock market, captioned "STONKS." The image gained over 3,600 likes and reactions (shown below).
Over the following months, the image saw some spread in jokes online. On July 3rd, 2017, the image was posted to /r/Ooer, where it gained over 400 points. On February 9th, 2018, YouTuber HallucinatoryMenu posted a clip of the word being read with heavy reverb, gaining over 19,000 views (shown below, left). On March 15th, an edit appeared in an Imgur photo dump posted by 1860000000001 which gained over 131,000 views (shown below, right).
On December 5th, 2018, Redditor x37 posted an I'll Take Your Entire Stock meme to /r/memes with the character (shown below, left). On June 3rd, 2019, Redditor Renji posted a fake text meme to /r/GoodFakeTexts, gaining over 4,400 points (shown below, right). The image also appeared in /r/me_irl where it gained over 13,000 points. The website eBaum's World published a list of 32 Weird Stonks Memes On The Rise.
 Facebook – Special Meme Fresh
 Reddit – I'll Take Your Entire Stonk
 Reddit – s t o n k s
 EbaumsWorld – 32 Weird AF Stonks Memes
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