Be like Bill during the non-apocalypse

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December 21: Bill Sets An Example, Apocalypse Avoided, Johnson Nods


Today in meme history, a stickman named “Bill” taught the internet how to properly react to content online with the popular “Be Like Billexploitable. The much-feared, much-memed December 21st, 2012, apocalypse failed to happen, disappointing doomsday conspiracy theorists everywhere with the gift of life. Finally, a reaction image of Robert Redford as Jeremiah Johnsonson doing an iconic “nod of approval” became a classic way to approve of stuff online.
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Be Like Bill: The Perfect Stickman

In 2015, an Italian Facebook page called Sii come Bill (Be Like Bill) took an image macro of a stickman on a computer with a caption about how he ignores content that triggers him online and turned it into an exploitable. The page solidified the “Be Like Bill” meme as an ultimate photoshop format as people replaced the caption to represent Bill as the perfect Internet enjoyer, completely impervious to triggers and just browsing “for the lulz.” We could all learn something from Bill. Read more.
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December 21st, 2012: The Day Nothing Happened

In 2012, the world was in turmoil as news that the Mayans allegedly predicted doomsday on December 21st started to spread. Despite these claims being highly debated, lots of people bought into the panic and spread the word. Lots of other people relentlessly mocked the believers with memes, which only accelerated when the big day came and everyone lived on. Worst. Apocalypse. Ever. Read more.
 
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Jeremiah Johnson Nod Of Approval: Everyone Approved Of That

On this day in 1972, “Jeremiah Johnson,” a western movie starring Robert Redford in the title role, was released. Who knew that the most memorable scene from the movie would become a quick moment where Refrord nods in approval as the camera zooms into his face, becoming a relatable reaction image and image macro 40 years later in 2012. The scene is still a perfect way to tell someone online that you approve of them. Thanks, Robert Redford. Read more.
 
 
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