Odds are, you’ve been on the internet for so long that barely anything shocks or fazes you anymore. After a while, we simply get desensitized to most stories and it takes something truly powerful to make our jaws drop. Right? Luckily for us, the internet’s chock full of hilarious, downright bizarre, and utterly weird material to keep us entertained all year long. And Twitter is a wonderful source of things that will make you ask out loud: “What?!”

Twitter user Hikikomorphism started up a viral thread asking people to share the obscure facts and anecdotes from their lives that make people react like in the legendary “The What?” meme (aka the “Rug Doctor Woman Ad” meme). You can bet your bottom dollar that people delivered! Scroll down to find their peculiar tales, upvote the ones that caught you off guard, and if you’ve got any similar ones to share, the comment section is eagerly waiting for you, Pandas.

Image credits: hikikomorphism

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
11 months ago

They do totally look like the little old men that hang out at farm sales and greasy spoons in the morning

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Melissa Sawicki
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11 months ago

F**k you dude. You wanted to kick your cat?? What a Douche bag

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
11 months ago

What an electrifying family.

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When Bored Panda reached out to the author of the thread, they mentioned that they didn't expect it to get such a large audience for their post. "I would prefer not to be perceived," they added.

Hikikomorphism’s thread got more than 23.4k likes and was retweeted over 35k times. What’s more, the popularity of the post spread to other platforms as well, including Imgur, where it got over 93k views and 2.5k upvotes in the span of a single day. Most of these stories made me do a double-take, but I’m curious to know if you thought they were as bizarre as I did, dear Pandas.

Meanwhile, let’s take a gander at the origins of the “The What?” meme that Twitter user Hikikomorphism referred to. The meme’s a favorite of mine and a couple of my closest colleagues, and it’s a wonderful reaction pic when we’re faced with something our minds have a tough time processing.

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tuzdayschild
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11 months ago

I bet he feeds them and they come because they've learned that "woooolie" means food.

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tuzdayschild
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11 months ago

I would have been impressed.

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
11 months ago

They say dogs help with depression. I just imagined it to be more subtle.

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Somewhat surprisingly, the photo from the “The What?” meme comes from an old Rug Doctor advertisement that could be seen in various retail stores. According to Know Your Meme, the earliest examples of this ad to be found online date all the way back to November 24, 2014.

The woman in the ad eventually became a meme because of her blank stare and smile. The meme is currently most often used to express confusion and disbelief. The very first time that the meme was used was on June 26, 2017, when redditor Kittty_velor posted the photo on the r/funny subreddit. The post featured a close-up of the woman’s face, though it didn’t have the iconic words “The What?” on them.

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Caro Caro
Community Member
11 months ago

SH!T. That's all I'm saying.

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
11 months ago

Well, of course you continue the hike. You tried the shortcut, and they said no.

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beastmachine.
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11 months ago

A dream come true for many ig

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The meme spread and took on various formats that utilized the woman’s ‘creepy’ gaze for the purpose of hilarity. It crystallized into the meme we know today after the words “The What?” were added to it during the Storm Area 51 event in 2019. That’s when the meme started spreading on Twitter and beyond. Now, it’s the perfect reaction pic to weird anecdotes on Twitter that make us wonder whether we’re in a bizarre comedy or if this really is real-life.

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BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

I think I need to be more careful with what I call a bad day after reading this.

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CatWoman312
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11 months ago

First of all wow! Second off all that had to be the easiest 12 pounds you ever lost

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Caro Caro
Community Member
11 months ago

OMFG Now I have more questions.

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Libstak
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11 months ago

Hodor

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
11 months ago

We got trapped in my high school by corn drifts. The farm nearby picked the ears and then just shredded the rest of the corn plant and left it in the field instead of chopping it for silage and when the wind kicked up it blew huge mounds of corn plant around the school and blocked our doors and bent the fence on the tennis court over

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Nixxy
Community Member
11 months ago

Ouch 🤕

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Kate
Community Member
11 months ago

Wait, how do you cheat -- use your psychic twin powers for real, or....?

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Vicky Z
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11 months ago

Thank God for the vaccines and now we don't need to do such extreme things😏

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Nixxy
Community Member
11 months ago

That is creepy af

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
11 months ago

Poor rat was just watching her children play. :/

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
11 months ago

And you felt somewhat flat ever since. I'll show myself out.

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Raven Sheridan
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11 months ago

Chivalry is dead. (And arrested.)

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CatWoman312
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11 months ago

That’s not a wise idea.

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Nixxy
Community Member
11 months ago

Imagine the first date 🤣

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Guido Pisano
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11 months ago

so many questions

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Nixxy
Community Member
11 months ago

Ooooh, ouch.

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Vicky Z
Community Member
11 months ago

Call an exorcist!!!

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