The Risk I Took Was Calculated

The Risk I Took Was Calculated

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The Risk I Took Was Calculated refers to an image macro drawing of a bird with the caption "The risk I took was calculated, but man, am I bad at math." After spreading online, the image inspired some exploitable variations and the text was applied to other contexts.

Origin

The image is a page created by The Mincing Mockingbird,[1] a company that makes trinkets such as cards and magnets of birds with text written over the images. The image was posted to Etsy[2] in April of 2011.


The risk I took was calculated, but man, am I bad at math

Spread

In 2013, the image was posted to Tumblr by the deactivated account oshawott-princess. The post has gained over 1.3 million views as of November 30th, 2017.[3] On July 24th, 2014, an exploitable version was posted to the Humans of Tumblr[5] Facebook account (shown below). On December 15th, 2014, a Funnyjunk[4] thread showing a man throwing a toy plane that hits him in the face used the phrase.


A smalllKestrel tried to steal dinner from a Harris Hawk The risk I took was calculated, but man, am I bad at math. Source: kagekubi

On August 10th, 2015, a thread turning the original image into a desktop wallpaper appeared on Reddit and gained over 3,800 upvotes.[8] There, users created various backgrounds behind the image, using the image as an exploitable (examples shown below).


The risk I took was calculated but man, am I bad at math. The risk I took was calculated but man am I bad at math.

The phrase and image continued to see use through 2017. Another variation of the bird image was posted to Facebook page That One Cheese Whore[6] on February 18th, 2017 (shown below, left). The same day, Facebook page How To Bear[7] shared an image of a bear attempting to jump on a trampoline with the caption (shown below, right).


The risk I took was calculated, but man, am I bad at math. How to Bear shared Animals in Predicaments's photo February 19. The risk I took was calculated, but man, am I bad at math.[

Various Examples


The risk I took was calculated, but man, am I bad at math. When you throw a grenade and it bounces back to kill you The risk I took was calculated, but man, am I bad at math. The risk I took was calculated but man am I bad at math The risk I took was calculated, but man, am I bad at math THE RISK I TOOK WAS CALCULATED BUT MAN, AM I BAD AT MATH WHENYOU DIVE UNDER THE TURRET, MISS ALL COOLDOWNS AND DIES HORRIBLY AT THE END The risk I took was calculated but man, am I bad at math.

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