This Day In Internet History – Feb. 12, 2011: Deal With It

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Alright, internet historians. Limber up because this one involves sport.

I’m sure you are familiar with the phrase “Deal with it.” It’s the ultimate three-worded slogan of dismissiveness. And it’s even better in sunglasses.

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We’ll get into the origin of “Deal with it,” but that’s not what we’re celebrating today. No, this is the seven-year anniversary of when internet culture merged with one of America’s favorite traditions, poor sportsmanship.

The Incident

On Saturday, February 12, 2011, Ohio State University beat Wisconsin University in a basketball game. It happens, right? What occurred next was not so expected. The crowd swarmed the court. A demonstrative Wisconsin fan made his dissatisfaction known by spitting — yes, spitting — on OSU’s star freshman, Jared Sullinger. Come on, dude. That’s uncalled for!

But, apparently, Wisconsin team coach Bo Ryan didn’t think the saliva rocket was such a faux pas. In a press conference following the game, Ryan dismissed the incident, saying “All I know is, we won the game. Deal with it.”

Wisconsin’s expressive coach, Bo Ryan. | Giphy

You probably guessed that that wasn’t the end of it. Good job, detective! On March 7th, 2011, #DealWithIt became a trending topic on Twitter when Ohio State University fans flipped the script on Wisconsin’s home turf. The OSU student section displayed support for their basketball team with over 1,000 red embroidered towels that read “DEAL WITH IT.”

OSU’s “DEAL WITH IT” rags. | Know Your Meme

That day, Ohio State crushed Wisconsin, 93-65. In your face, Bo Ryan!

A Brief History of “Deal With It”

With the sports connection behind us, let’s explore the history of the phrase. In 2005, Matt Furie, creator of Feels Good Man, posted this gross webcomic.

Matt Furie’s webcomic, “Feels Good Man.” 2005 | MySpace

I don’t know if it’s worse to get spat on by a rival fan or farted at mid-meditation by a furry bipedal creature. You be the judge. (Side note: Matt Furie is the same artist who created Pepe the Frog, but he later killed the character off when he became synonymous with the alt-right.)

Not long after the comic was published, the “smug dog” animated GIF was posted on SomethingAwful, and the meme took life.

Matt Furie’s original “Deal with it” GIF | SomethingAwful

As the years passed, creative people posted many iterations of the meme, usually in GIF form.

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Photographer Chris Clanton made real-life GIFS

High School Musical’s Corbin Bleu made a conspicuously sunglasses-less music video. I do not recommend it.

And the most iconic version of the “Deal with it” meme? This dude casually cascading across a Slip ‘N Slide (with sunglasses added digitally in post). This one gets me every single time.

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And there you go! I hope you learned a little something about sportsmanship, pop culture history, and silly GIFs today. Oh, you didn’t learn anything? Tough break, pal!

Speed Society

Charlie Daniels Warns Taco Bell Not To Take Illuminati Lightly

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Sometimes a tweet comes along that blows the lid off some conspiracy theories while, at the same time, opens up a whole new jar of salsa. A famous musician’s response to a recent commercial is one of those times…

With a simple message (or was it a warning?), country music legend, man who got cheated by the devil in a fiddlin’ contest, and everyone’s favorite crazy uncle recently managed this rare feat when he tweeted some words of warning to a fast food taco restaurant.

Wow. Chills, right?

For those unfamiliar, Daniels’s Tweet refers to Taco Bell’s new ad campaign, which attempts to poke fun at the Illuminati (unwisely, some would say. Including Daniels!). In the “Belluminati,” the Mexican-inspired fast food chain is at the center of a grand conspiracy. (For more information about the actual, very real, Illuminati, check out this user-friendly website that invites anyone who logs on to become a member.)

Here’s the ad:

As a number of people noticed, Daniels neglected to even @ Taco Bell.

A strange tactic, but perhaps understandable, if one were attempting to distance one’s self from a terrifying shadowy cabal that may or may not have reason to assassinate the Taco Bell chihuahua.

It makes sense that Taco Bell is part of the famously secret organization. The evidence goes beyond the “jokes” in the commercial or the even the evil eye in the Taco Bell bell. After all, no one would dare brazenly mock such an organization, unless they were trying to deflect…

Further evidence lies in the facts: no one admits to eating there, yet Taco Bell is the fifth most popular fast food chain in America.

How many fourth meals do people consume with absolutely no recollection of the dining experience? It’s almost as if many of their customers are in some sort of myopic, drug-like trance, compelling them to order a chalupa, extra guac. The next day, the experience is but a hazy dream. The only evidence of the meal is the packet of Diablo sauce in your pocket and a nagging feeling that evacuates your body almost as soon as it enters.

But isn’t it just as likely that Charlie Daniels is a member of the Illuminati? The man’s most famous song The Devil Went Down to Georgia was obviously a metaphor. Wake up, sheeple!

The Devil wouldn’t be going “down” anywhere; he’d be traveling up from the depths of Hell! But the Illuminati, sitting on high, atop their metaphorical pyramids, look down upon God and man. Mixing with common folk and tempting them to gamble away their souls is mere sport for the Illuminati. Mark Zuckerberg (obviously!), Kim Kardashian (you didn’t know?) and their ilk delight in the game. It’s a poorly kept secret that Zuck has a special room in Fort Knox filled to the brim with golden fiddles for just this type of bet. (Yes, most of the song is a metaphor, but the fiddle thing is totally literal.)

Some people get it.

Or perhaps – unlikely though it may be – Charlie Daniels cracked the hard shell around his brain and has cranial queso dripping out of his ears.

Just kidding. The Belluminati is real! There is no escape, no matter how fast you run for the border.

10 Tweets About The Savagery Of Christmas

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Christmas is here!

That means hacking down trees and dragging them inside your house, lying to your children about a home invader in a strange blouse, and tweets about what happens if a mall Santa sits on another mall Santa.

Here are some funny jokes you can read while hiding from your racist uncle with a bottle of port and phone charger in the bathroom…

Care for the older generation.

Family values.

Watching classic Christmas movies.

Kids’ magical meetings with Santa

The grace of a reindeer drawn sleigh.

The wonder of the nativity.

♬All of the other reindeer…♬

Family. Family. Family.

Ritual and tradition.

And of course a little politics around the fire.