This is /b/’s 500 millionth post, and it’s a doozy

One of 4chan’s first and most controversial imageboards, /b/, has just collected its 500 millionth post. The winning comment: a brief, bizarre, homophobic rant about Polish prostitutes.


GET,” if you’re wondering, is like a game: When every post has a number, the chances of getting the right one (in this case, 500,000,000) become smaller and smaller—hence /b/’s obsession with it. In these “500” threads, the community was overrun with “GET” posts, content posted purely with the intent of reaching the number.

Since its inception in October 2003, /b/ has been the most storied imageboard on 4chan, which began as a place to swap users’ favorite anime pictures. 4chan founder Christopher “moot” Poole intended /b/ to be a dump of completely random images and comments. But lax moderation and an anti-censorship policy gave the forum a reputation for harboring some of the more repulsive parts of the Web.

/b/ users—lovingly called /b/tards—have a reputation for pulling off pranks that flip online media on its head and, quite literally, make children cry.

In just the last year alone, /b/ has helped North Korea’s Kim Jong-un win Time Magazine’s Person of the Year poll, interrupt the hearing of George Zimmerman, tried to have a creepy old dude win a contest to meet Taylor Swift, and flooded a Facebook remembrance page for a dead teenager with despicable messages. Yet despite this tomfoolery, /b/ has also done some good. 

In 2011, /b/ tracked down a Texas judge caught on video whipping his disabled daughter. In July, /b/ helped get an iPad-wielding Australian man banned from his gym after snapping photos of people working out and posting them on Facebook to mock them. And just this week, /b/ made the life of a South Carolina teenager a living hell after he tweeted a Vine video of himself kicking a cat. 

The latest milestone comes just about a year after 4chan celebrated its 1 billionth post

“I’ve watched /b/ evolve from a nerdy weeaboo outpost into the most culturally potent site on the Web and spent an embarrassing portion of 2011 hanging out on /b/ while researching my book,” Cole Stryker, author of Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan’s Army Conquered the Web, told us.

“I don’t visit 4chan regularly anymore (It’s just easier to skim the cream off the top via r/4chan), but every once in a while I’ll pull up /b/ late at night and be confronted with people, conversations and creations so uniquely bizarre that I’m reminded all over why I became enchanted by the community many years ago.”

Below is a PDF of the full /b/ thread featuring the 500 millionth post. As you can guess, it’s pretty NSFW

Photo via Caveman Chuck” Coker/Flickr

Fernando Alfonso III

Fernando Alfonso III

Fernando Alfonso III served as an early Reddit and 4chan reporter and the Daily Dot’s first art director until 2016. He’s gone on to report at Lexington’s Herald-Leader and at the Houston Chronicle.