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
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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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Serial pacifist
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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

I would have been impressed.

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Cactus McCoy
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1 month 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
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1 month ago

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

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
1 month 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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1 month 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
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1 month 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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1 month 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
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1 month ago

OMFG Now I have more questions.

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Libstak
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1 month ago

Hodor

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Samantha Lomb
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1 month 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
1 month ago

Ouch 🤕

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Kate
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Vicky Z
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1 month ago

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

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Nixxy
Community Member
1 month ago

That is creepy af

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor rat was just watching her children play. :/

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

Chivalry is dead. (And arrested.)

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CatWoman312
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1 month ago

That’s not a wise idea.

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Nixxy
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1 month ago

Imagine the first date 🤣

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Guido Pisano
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1 month ago

so many questions

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Nixxy
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1 month ago

Ooooh, ouch.

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Vicky Z
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1 month ago

Call an exorcist!!!

Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
1 month ago

hypermobility, usually a sign of other genetic health issues (eg. EDS)

smugdruggler
Community Member
1 month ago

Can be, but I wouldn't say "usually".

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Kate Ylst
Community Member
1 month ago

I had a friend use this to convince any substitute gym teacher she'd dislocated her elbow and had to go to the nurse. Worked every time.

Lynzmc
Community Member
1 month ago

Mine do this. I'm a teacher and if I want the children's attention, rather than shouting, I roll up my sleeves and do this to both arms, they stop talking pretty quickly!

mmph25
Community Member
1 month ago

Omg my elbows do this. I’ve never seen anyone else!!

Rosa Diaz ️‍️‍
Community Member
1 month ago

haha i have this is in my thumb and it's so funny to watch people be horrified thinking that i have broken my thumb :D

Lindsay J
Community Member
1 month ago

I have this also. It's called hyperextension or hypermobility. I have to be careful not to sleep with my arm off the edge of the bed or it will just keep stretching to a really painful degree. When it happens, I need to use my other arm to lift it, and then ice it for a while. :/

WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

My wife can clap with her elbows.

Calypso poet
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1 month ago

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Most cis women can.

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Shane S
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1 month ago

It’s called being double jointed or that least that’s what I’ve always been told. You don’t technically have two joints; it’s just a common term for being able to hyper extend your joints.

Eucritta
Community Member
1 month ago

If possible, try and get a consult with a doctor. This can be a sign of progressive chronic illnesses.

Calypso poet
Community Member
1 month ago

Stop! A lot of us are just very limber and never realized until the Internet it was an asset. Body shamers and "omg you need to see a dr" people are the worst.

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Sara Frazer
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah mine kinda do that too, and once when I was working with a new trainer at the gym, she had me doing pushups. She saw my elbows and said "ew".. 1: not professional at all, especially considering I paid a lot for those sessions. 2: thanks for making me feel icky, b***h... 🙃

Kai Scadden
Community Member
1 month ago

Double jointed

memyselfandI
Community Member
1 month ago

Hey, I can do that! My right arm doesn’t go quite as far back though.

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
1 month ago

Mine do this. It's just joint hypermobility.

Nope
Community Member
1 month ago

A girl at my gym did that, it was weird practicing self-defense with her because most was based in bending joints... I also once saw this happening to her while she was riding a bike, thankfully when she was stopping and not a high speed...

Lululoohoo
Community Member
1 month ago

my son's arms do this and it has always been so weirdly freaky to me lol

Sue Kozin
Community Member
1 month ago

I can do that. I would freak people at work.

Zelda Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

Whoa

Lyndie Knockleby
Community Member
1 month ago

my sister has the opposite where her arms never fully extend

Mazer
Community Member
1 month ago

Don’t be doing that. Seriously every time you do it you are going to feel the consequences for that later on when you’re older.

Lilly Swaim
Community Member
1 month ago

Try to avoid doing this often, and NEVER put pressure on your arms while doing it. My sister and I both have joints that over-extend, and they HURT SOO MUCH once you start to get older. I can't even use my left thumb anymore without a splint

Tee Witt
Community Member
1 month ago

Before I became fat I could touch my elbows behind my back, but not that above.

JitkaBlitka
Community Member
1 month ago

I have the same, everyone is disgusted by that, but what can I do? It's how it is...

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

My son does this, he is extremely hypermobile

Aisling Allan
Community Member
1 month ago

I cn do it too, got warned it could damage my arms and knees over time if I did it too often and my joints could be at more risk of injury.

Holvnn Olive Ntivuguruzwa
Community Member
1 month ago

This is very common in my country and you be a good traditional dancer

Suz66
Community Member
1 month ago

Mine do that too.

Sixbets
Community Member
1 month ago

This may be a sign of a congenital disorder like Stickler Syndrome which affects the cartilage between joints. It can also have other effects like detached retina which can lead to blindness. I would encourage anyone with this amount of hyper mobility to get themselves checked by a medical specialist.

Clarin
Community Member
1 month ago

*Literally everyone reading this,trying to bend their arms back

Evie Grove
Community Member
1 month ago

I can do that. So can my little sister

Jubum
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1 month ago

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Lsai Aeon
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a sign of EDS

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
1 month ago

It IS mildly disgusting.

Raven Sheridan
Community Member
1 month ago

Mildly?

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