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Bizarre New Meme Has Saddam Hussein Hiding In The Darndest Places

Of all the important conflicts that have happened in the internet age, none have affected American culture and its memes like the events of the early noughties. Catchphrases like 'Bush Did 9/11' or 'Jet Fuel Can't Melt Steel Beams' were at one point an essential part of the repertoire for many controversy-courting shitposters. In recent years, these touchstones have been abandoned for newer, edgier material, but a new format has once again brought this seismic time back into focus. Fifteen years after his death, Saddam Hussein has become a meme.

Although it may focus on the former Iraqi president, the format is much more about the concept than the man. It is based on a diagram from a BBC News article about his capture, which described the details of his underground hiding place and depicted him as a plain, horizontal, bright red figure. Taken out of context, it is slightly absurd and humorous in a one off, Science diagrams that look like shitposts kind of way. However, it's important to take into account that the journey from factual diagram to chaotic meme can be an unlikely slippery slope. All it takes is one industrious memer to pluck something from obscurity, and suddenly the image is everywhere. It's hard to say what might have started the trend, but it may have been encouraged by the recent death of Donald Rumsfeld, the U.S. Secretary of Defense at the time of the Iraq War.

 

 

The meme itself, though, could not be further removed from the politics of the conflict that led to Hussein's infamous hiding place. Instead, it's more concerned with the elaborate depiction of the hole and Hussein's strange silhouette that somehow lend themselves perfectly to the kind of brain melting remixing that makes for an unexplainable meme phenomenon. With its multiple outlandish components, the picture lends itself to the kind of endless variation that makes for an unstoppable format. It's not political commentary that makes this funny, it's that the little red meme man keeps lying down in places he shouldn't be.

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Mildly Interesting Photos That Might Pique Your Interest

It is said that you learn something new every day, and we can't argue with that. This dump of mildly interesting photos won't turn you into a genius, but they'll give you some new info to share with your friends. You might even become the most interesting person at a party.  

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Everyone's Tweeting About Getting Drafted In WWIII

Last night U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike in Iraq that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The decision, which surprised the country, has received quite a bit of hate. More importantly to us, it's inspired quite a few frightened memes. People on Twitter seem to be meme-ing their concern regarding whether or not they'll be drafted in the hypothetical WWIII Trump started. While the jokes are providing endlessly dark and honest entertainment, the scary truth is that there's always a bit of truth in a joke. Here's hoping we all make it out unscathed.

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Caution: Contains foul language. But really, you would be swearing too if this just happened to you.

Bulletproof glass saves soldiers from a sniper's bullet in Ramadai, Iraq.

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How's this for a "War H-O-R-S-E?" Eh, Stephen Spielberg?

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Today the Iraq War was officially declared over by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The 800 billion-dollar war began on March 30th, 2003 and cost the lives of 4,500 Americans and more than 100,000 Iraqis. At the closing ceremony, Secretary Panetta told the troops, "you will leave with great pride — lasting pride, secure in knowing that your sacrifice has helped the Iraqi people to cast tyranny aside and to offer hope for prosperity and peace to this country's future generations."

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"Today I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays."

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