"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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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

It does not seem to have a shortage on strength...

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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
2 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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Nicola Roberts
Community Member
2 months ago

They seem happy at the way things turned out.

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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
2 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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Roxy
Community Member
2 months ago

so sad

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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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Edgar Rops
Community Member
2 months ago

No Irish wolfhound in there?

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#7

A Comfy Chonk

A Comfy Chonk

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manon M
Community Member
2 months ago

round cato 😻

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#8

Very Thicc Floof

Very Thicc Floof

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rabbitsrabbit
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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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Russell Ellwardt
Community Member
2 months ago

Sure that there isn't a bobcat hidden in its ancestry?

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#12

Chronos, The Titan

Chronos, The Titan

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

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

Henry Cheves
Community Member
2 months ago

Greeks, and the titans were feared and hated.

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KrabbyGramps666
Community Member
2 months ago

My lord are you sure that’s not a small lion

Yeah, you heard
Community Member
2 months ago

Foreshortening is at work here. Look at the woman's enormous hand but rather small head.

GFSTaylor
Community Member
2 months ago

True, but I think this is a Norwegian Forest cat, which is one of the biggest breeds. I've seen some huge males, weighing 28lbs. So a truly large cat made to seem even bigger through clever photography.

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JamezyJamez
Community Member
2 months ago

The face and eyes are Norweigian Forest Cat, which get massive (the males, especially) as well. But you can see the face is quite different from the Maine C**n in the post further up on the list.

Katinka Min
Community Member
2 months ago

The hand holding him is disturbingly large, too...

Pauna Lila
Community Member
2 months ago

The hand holding him is too big..

Micah64
Community Member
2 months ago

Does he mod Chrome os devices?

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
2 months ago

Who's caring who?

Jeffrey Alexander
Community Member
2 months ago

thats a cat? all i see is a giant

Soap
Community Member
2 months ago

Big snuggles

Just a mabel
Community Member
2 months ago

BEUATIGUL HOW MUCH WILL YOU TAKE FOR HIM sorry about the all caps

Derek Clark
Community Member
2 months ago

It's pretty insulting to ask an owner to sell their beloved pet.

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Claire Harper
Community Member
2 months ago

Chronos is a fitting name

Vicky Zar
Community Member
2 months ago

That name is purrfect

Paul Davies
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't reckon there would be a dog on earth that would take on this gigantic pussycat!

23AClark
Community Member
2 months ago

Hi baby!!! ❤❤❤

Martine Remmelzwaal
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Huge hand as well. . Bigger than her head

Jackie Wacky
Community Member
2 months ago

Pusskins looks nearly as big as his human mummy!

Teresa Spanics
Community Member
2 months ago

AWW 😻💖

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
2 months ago

Watching TV with his Momma...

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
2 months ago

That is a dog ! Lol I have a cat that size

Just a mabel
Community Member
2 months ago

Soooooo pretty must have it😍😍😍

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
2 months ago

Angles

Bored In B-Lo
Community Member
2 months ago

If this is real, can you imagine the size litter box this thing needs?!

Anne Bidstrup
Community Member
2 months ago

I had a massive Maine C**n and had to use a huge storage box as his litter tray.

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BookWormTeen
Community Member
2 months ago

Omg that is kinda terrifying

Taylor Bentley
Community Member
2 months ago

i thought Egyptians had cheatas

Lsai Aeon
Community Member
2 months ago

Photoshop

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#13

Absolute Unit Fat Fred

Absolute Unit Fat Fred

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Samantha Becker
Community Member
2 months ago

"We do have smaller 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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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Hulk: Baltic Revenge. In Cinemas near you soon.

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#15

Absolute Unit Of A Toad

Absolute Unit Of A Toad

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Hans
Community Member
2 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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Titas Burinskas
BoredPanda Staff
2 months ago

Congrats on deadlifting 1,041 lbs Hafthor.

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#17

These Units

These Units

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littlesaresare
Community Member
2 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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Kate Kyffin
Community Member
2 months ago

Awwww

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#19

He Drinks Chonka Cola

He Drinks Chonka Cola

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Paizleypie
Community Member
2 months ago

OMG how cute!

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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
2 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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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Rushing the food with all strength!

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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
2 months ago

He don't look happy

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#23

Big Majestic Boy

Big Majestic Boy

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Kay blue
Community Member
2 months ago

I wonder how big he is under all the floof.

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#24

Rip Patrick, A True Unit

Rip Patrick, A True Unit

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Purple light
Community Member
2 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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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Yummi.

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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
2 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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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like it could be the same dude sitting on the plane, even the clothes match lol.

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#28

Tony Been Hitting The Gym

Tony Been Hitting The Gym

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Ruby
Community Member
2 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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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

This looks like someone slipped when using the "zoom" slider...

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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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Edgar Rops
Community Member
2 months ago

Normal sized farm rabbit. There are larger breeds.

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#31

Ferns Can Be Units Too

Ferns Can Be Units Too

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Roxy
Community Member
2 months ago

lol

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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
2 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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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Mount her, and storm forth!

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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
2 months ago

That's his cousin Harry The Chonk

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#35

This Total Chonk

This Total Chonk

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

I hope most of that is just shadow otherwise no more picnics for this bear.

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#36

This Cat-Loving Beard

This Cat-Loving Beard

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Lucas
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

I still think that tanktops on shared seats are rather inconsiderate.

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#40

Absolute Unit Right Here

Absolute Unit Right Here

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Hans
Community Member
2 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
2 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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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks friendly.

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#43

Absolute Unit Of A Hedgehog

Absolute Unit Of A Hedgehog

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rabbitsrabbit
Community Member
2 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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Roxy
Community Member
2 months ago

oof

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#45

Honey I’m Home!

Honey I’m Home!

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Evgeniya Khon
Community Member
2 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
2 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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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

"I said we need wheels with two metres in diameter for the tractor, not two metres wide!"

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#48

This Unit I Ran Into!

This Unit I Ran Into!

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Rissie
Community Member
2 months ago

Clearly a lap dog by heart.

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#49

This Guecko

This Guecko

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rabbitsrabbit
Community Member
2 months ago

I never thought i'll see an obese lizard

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#50

Double King

Double King

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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Sleeps a family with one toddler, already too small with two toddlers.

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