You're Telling Me a Shrimp Fried This Rice?

You're Telling Me a Shrimp Fried This Rice?

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Updated Feb 18, 2022 at 09:30AM EST by Adam.

Added Dec 18, 2019 at 02:45PM EST by Adam.

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You're Telling Me a Chicken Fried This Rice? refers to a snowclone in which a person intentionally misinterprets a phrase, such as "chicken-fried rice," and asks a question about it in the format "You're telling me a (x) fried this (y)?" Though it originated in the early 2010s, the format grew popular in the latter half of 2019.

Origin

The earliest known example of the post was tweeted[1] February 22nd, 2013 by user @TamiCru, who tweeted "you're telling me a chicken fried this rice?", gaining over 1,300 retweets and 2,300 likes.


Tami Cru @TamiCru you're telling me a chicken fried this rice? 5:54 PM 路 Feb 22, 2013 路 Twitter for Android

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Over the following years, the format saw some popular variations. On June 10th, 2014, Twitter[2] user @TMoney68 tweeted, "I love Chinese food as much as the next guy, but you'll never convince me a chicken fried this rice," gaining over 5,400 retweets and 7,100 likes (shown below, left). On December 3rd, 2015, Tumblr[3] user lxnln posted a variation with Shrimp that gained over 100,000 notes (shown below, right).


you're tellin me a shrimp fried this rice Posted 4 years ago with 10648 Notes

The "Shrimp fried this rice?" variation would grow into one of the most popular. On August 1st, 2018, Twitter[4] user @emiilywrld tweeted the joke, gaining over 47,000 retweets and 146,000 likes (shown below, left). In the latter half of 2019, the joke became more popular as people created many more variations. For example, on October 20th, 2019, user @Chaselyons[5] tweeted, "so you鈥檙e telling me a boot cut these jeans," gaining over 43,000 retweets and 249,000 likes (shown below, right). Buzzfeed[6] covered variations on the joke on December 1st, 2019.


em @emiilywrld So you mean to tell me that a shrimp fried this rice 7:45 PM 路 Aug 1, 2018 路 Twitter for iPhone Chase @chaselyons so you're telling me a boot cut these jeans 3:30 PM 路 Oct 20, 2019 路 Twitter for iPhone

Various Examples


Beans After Dark @goodbeanalt u telling me an oatmeal raised this cookie 8:45 PM 路 Oct 21, 2019 路 Twitter for iPhone chris @BassoonJokes so you're telling me a monster made this mash 10:31 AM 路 Oct 22, 2019 路 Twitter Web App Raul Bloodworth @lessthanxero So you're telling me a banana nutted in this bread? 2:15 PM 路 Mar 20, 2019 路 Twitter for iPhone @FymCuh So you're telling me a whore made this chata? 3:12 PM 路 Oct 20, 2019 路 Twitter for iPhone duo @duolingous so you're telling me a fox gave this news? 9:27 PM 路 Aug 29, 2019 路 Twitter for iPhone jen merritt!!! @jennifermerr so you're telling me a reader digested this? 2:19 PM 路 Aug 27, 2019 路 Twitter for iPhone

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