"Absolute unit" refers to jokes made on the Internet in which people caption images of large objects or beings with a variation on the phrase, "In awe at the size of this lad. Absolute unit." I know, this explanation sounds a bit clunky, but it's the best one I came up with. However, I assure you that the pictures are way better than my description of them. Whether it's a 67lb cabbage or a squirrel who has eaten 3 jack-o'-lanterns, I bet you didn't even know things can get so huge! Eventually, the meme got so popular, it even spawned a subreddit of the same name. And it's an absolute unit. Here are some of its top posts.

#1

The Ardennes Is One Of The Oldest Breeds Of Draft Horse, Dating Back To Ancient Rome

The Ardennes Is One Of The Oldest Breeds Of Draft Horse, Dating Back To Ancient Rome

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Dany Despas
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11 months ago

magnifique ... :-))

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Internet meme database 'Know Your Meme' considers 2017 to be the origin of 'absolute unit'. Then, Twitter user @mrreptoid uploaded a picture of British hotelier David Morgan-Hewitt posing with the Queen of England and captioned it "In awe at the size of this lad. Absolute unit," referring to Morgan-Hewitt. The tweet gained over 3,500 retweets and 13,000 likes but the account it was shared from eventually got suspended for unknown reasons.

#2

This Horse Is An Absolute Unit

This Horse Is An Absolute Unit

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Hans
Community Member
11 months ago

Gentle giant apparently.

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The meme really took off on April 9th, 2018, when The Museum of English Rural Life tweeted a photograph of a ram along with the caption "Look at this absolute unit". Within 72 hours, the tweet, which was submitted by the museum's program manager Adam Koszary, accumulated over 98,000 likes and 27,600 retweets.

The following day, the museum posted a follow-up tweet, featuring a photograph of a pink index card containing information about the ram. Then, on April 10th, The Museum of English Rural Life published an article titled "The History Behind an Absolute Unit," which provided additional information about the ram.

#3

His Destiny Was To Become A Unit

His Destiny Was To Become A Unit

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BananaJo
Community Member
11 months ago

He soooooo cute thoooooo

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A week later, MIT Technology Review tweeted an article about the world's biggest airplane calling it an "absolute unit" and Elon Musk responded by saying, "I'm an absolute unit too" with a picture of the before-mentioned Museum of English Rural Life ram picture. His response gained over 6,000 retweets and 60,400 likes in just a single day, cementing 'absolute unit' in Internet history.

Interestingly, that same day, Twitter user @Bryson_M dared Musk by saying, "Make this your profile pic" and the business magnate almost immediately changed his profile picture to the ram, adding the words "absolūt unit" in his bio. After noticing the change, The Museum of English Rural Life changed their profile picture to Elon Musk and renamed its account to The Muskeum of Elonglish Rural Life. To top it all off, Elon Musk has reportedly hired Koszary, the man responsible for the viral tweet about a giant sheep, to be Tesla’s social media manager.

#4

A Tremendous Amount Of Good Boy

A Tremendous Amount Of Good Boy

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Hans
Community Member
11 months ago

And so fluffy!

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#5

Riley Howell, 21. The Absolute Unit That Tackled The Uncc Shooter And Tragically Lost His Life

Riley Howell, 21. The Absolute Unit That Tackled The Uncc Shooter And Tragically Lost His Life

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manon M
Community Member
11 months ago

sad story, but great man

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#6

A Bad Dog Owner Dumped This Wolfdog At A Kill Shelter When He Got Too Big And Too Much To Handle. Luckily A Sanctuary Took Him, Instead And Saved His Life! His Dna Testing Came Back As 87.5 % Gray Wolf, 8.6 % Siberian Husky, And 3.9 % German Shepherd

A Bad Dog Owner Dumped This Wolfdog At A Kill Shelter When He Got Too Big And Too Much To Handle. Luckily A Sanctuary Took Him, Instead And Saved His Life! His Dna Testing Came Back As 87.5 % Gray Wolf, 8.6 % Siberian Husky, And 3.9 % German Shepherd

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Who? Me?
Community Member
11 months ago

The dog they tell you to beware of. But it's sooooo cute. Thank the gods it is safe now. 🖤

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#7

A Comfy Chonk

A Comfy Chonk

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BananaJo
Community Member
11 months ago

His/her head is so... perfect and circular

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#8

Very Thicc Floof

Very Thicc Floof

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rabbitsrabbit
Community Member
11 months ago

his schoolbag???

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#9

Absolute Unit Of A Cow, Over 6 Feet Tall

Absolute Unit Of A Cow, Over 6 Feet Tall

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Hans
Community Member
11 months ago

"It's the lord of all cows."

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#10

Been Asked To Share My 67lb Cabbage You You Lovely People. Hope You Enjoy And I Think Its Fitting For The Group

Been Asked To Share My 67lb Cabbage You You Lovely People. Hope You Enjoy And I Think Its Fitting For The Group

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Troux
Community Member
11 months ago

I hope when they asked him to share, they all said "Lettuce see!"

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#11

This Cat

This Cat

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Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
11 months ago

What kind of censor-monster has taken over BP?

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#12

Chronos, The Titan

Chronos, The Titan

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Who? Me?
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

No wonder Egyptians worshipped them. So much floofff 🖤🖤🖤

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#13

Absolute Unit Fat Fred

Absolute Unit Fat Fred

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manon M
Community Member
11 months ago

smallers models available 😂

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#14

Absolute Unit Guarding Lithuanian Declaration Of Independence

Absolute Unit Guarding Lithuanian Declaration Of Independence

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manon M
Community Member
11 months ago

it is the baby "absolut unit baby Brother" who has grown well!

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#15

Absolute Unit Of A Toad

Absolute Unit Of A Toad

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Hans
Community Member
11 months ago

Yet a lap toad. :)

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#16

Hafþór Björnsson (Got The Mountain) Holding A Regular Mug

Hafþór Björnsson (Got The Mountain) Holding A Regular Mug

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Hans
Community Member
11 months ago

Like a shot glass for regularly sized people.

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#17

These Units

These Units

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littlesaresare
Community Member
11 months ago

Would you like some bull with that horn?

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#18

Daddy With His Kids

Daddy With His Kids

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Rainclouds Radio
Community Member
11 months ago

Stop. Cutting. Dogs. Ears!

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#19

He Drinks Chonka Cola

He Drinks Chonka Cola

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Camden
Community Member
11 months ago

kudos to the people whole built that well done

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#20

Sadie The Squirrel Has Eaten 3 Jack O’lanterns So Far

Sadie The Squirrel Has Eaten 3 Jack O’lanterns So Far

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Hans
Community Member
11 months ago

"Come at me, bro"

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#21

White House Chef Andre Rush

White House Chef Andre Rush

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
11 months ago

Don’t ever want to send food back when he is in charge.

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#22

I Saw This In My Facebook And Thought It Belonged Here

I Saw This In My Facebook And Thought It Belonged Here

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BananaJo
Community Member
11 months ago

He don't look happy

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#23

Big Majestic Boy

Big Majestic Boy

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Just a mabel
Community Member
11 months ago

It looks like its wearing the fur of its enemies

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#24

Rip Patrick, A True Unit

Rip Patrick, A True Unit

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Purple light
Community Member
11 months ago

Ah, sweet Patrick, the oldest wombat to ever live.

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#25

This Cucumber Mistaken For A Watermelon

This Cucumber Mistaken For A Watermelon

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Lucas
Community Member
11 months ago

Um... looks like a marrow.

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#26

“Shrek" (1994-2011) Was A Merino Sheep From New Zealand. He Escaped And Avoided Shearing For Six Years By Hiding In A Cave

“Shrek" (1994-2011) Was A Merino Sheep From New Zealand. He Escaped And Avoided Shearing For Six Years By Hiding In A Cave

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
11 months ago

Where are those people who downvoted me when I said a sheep looks like it will make a great sweater?

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#27

The Biggest Mac

The Biggest Mac

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Troux
Community Member
11 months ago

I believe this man flew economy to get to the Philippines.

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#28

Tony Been Hitting The Gym

Tony Been Hitting The Gym

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Ruby
Community Member
11 months ago

It makes me sad when tigers don't get to hunt. Such a big part of their instinct.

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#29

My Absolute Unit Of A Baby Brother. For Reference, My Sister Holding Him Was Four

My Absolute Unit Of A Baby Brother. For Reference, My Sister Holding Him Was Four

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
11 months ago

Oh god... the poor woman. do we know if the mother is okay?

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#30

Check Out This Kind Bunbun Consoling My Friend When She Was A Wee Lass

Check Out This Kind Bunbun Consoling My Friend When She Was A Wee Lass

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Troux
Community Member
11 months ago

Not sure if it's consoling when it has her pinned down.

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#31

Ferns Can Be Units Too

Ferns Can Be Units Too

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KrabbyGramps666
Community Member
11 months ago

It is gorgeous but easy for something to hide in....

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#32

Bill Gates Sr, The 6’7 Monster

Bill Gates Sr, The 6’7 Monster

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
11 months ago

You can certainly tell they are father and son. The genes are strong.

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#33

T H I C C Boi C H O N K

T H I C C Boi C H O N K

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Idaaoyama
Community Member
11 months ago

What is she wearing on her feet?

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#34

Built To Last. This Is Not Winnie The Pooh

Built To Last. This Is Not Winnie The Pooh

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Evgeniya Khon
Community Member
11 months ago

That's his cousin Harry The Chonk

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#35

This Total Chonk

This Total Chonk

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Evgeniya Khon
Community Member
11 months ago

Somebody is ready for hibernation

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#36

This Cat-Loving Beard

This Cat-Loving Beard

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Lucas
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

Think the cat looks a tad horrified if I'm honest.

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#37

Boat Thieving Units

Boat Thieving Units

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

Gonna need a bigger boat. (Aussies should get this one). EDIT: Sorry, I didn’t realise the saying was from the movie Jaws, I was talking about a Jeep ad lol.

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#38

This Mountain Lion Is A Unit

This Mountain Lion Is A Unit

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rabbitsrabbit
Community Member
11 months ago

If I'm gonna capture the last photo of my life, I too want it to be this

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#39

7'2" Man In An Economy Seat

7'2" Man In An Economy Seat

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
11 months ago

on his way to the Philippines. First stop MacDonalds

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#40

Absolute Unit Right Here

Absolute Unit Right Here

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Hans
Community Member
11 months ago

It is an algae by the way. And quite impressive.

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#41

The Size Of This Other Baby

The Size Of This Other Baby

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Kay blue
Community Member
11 months ago

14lb baby, all I can say is ouch and pass the ice.

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#42

Here Is Hogarth My Absolute Unit Of A Snail

Here Is Hogarth My Absolute Unit Of A Snail

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
11 months ago

I have always wondered whether these snails produce slime like the smaller ones.

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#43

Absolute Unit Of A Hedgehog

Absolute Unit Of A Hedgehog

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rabbitsrabbit
Community Member
11 months ago

... hedgeHog or hedgeDog?

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#44

The Sheer Size Of This Monitor Lizard Climbing The Gate

The Sheer Size Of This Monitor Lizard Climbing The Gate

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Losferatu
Community Member
11 months ago

What's he monitoring?

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#45

Honey I’m Home!

Honey I’m Home!

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Evgeniya Khon
Community Member
11 months ago

Omg look at those muscles!

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#46

What A Unit

What A Unit

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
11 months ago

That caption is not wrong

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#47

Abso-Friggin-Lute Tires Goddamn

Abso-Friggin-Lute Tires Goddamn

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Who? Me?
Community Member
11 months ago

I can't fathom the actual vehicle

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#48

This Unit I Ran Into!

This Unit I Ran Into!

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Rissie
Community Member
11 months ago

Clearly a lap dog by heart.

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#49

This Guecko

This Guecko

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rabbitsrabbit
Community Member
11 months ago

I never thought i'll see an obese lizard

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#50

Double King

Double King

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OoNijNoO
Community Member
11 months ago

Changing the sheets sure counts as exercise whew

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