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It’s election season, and everything is either confusing or unbelievably dumb. But how can we express our perplexity at the slew bad or misguided opinions flying around online? New meme! It’s this lady:
She’s the perfect reaction meme for those times when you spot something mind-bogglingly dumb. But what should we call her?
“Math lady” is the most common name for the meme, and “confused lady” or “confused blond” also get thrown around. But the woman pictured is Brazilian soap star Renata Sorrah, known for her role on Senhora do Destino.
The “math lady” meme has been around for years, primarily in Brazil, according to Know Your Meme. It started out as a GIF…
Know Your Meme
…but has since evolved into its current form, a four-panel image covered in math equations and formulae. The obvious implication: What you are saying is as baffling as calculating the volume of a cone.
The first confused math lady joke to go viral in the U.S. was “when she tells you she’s 29 weeks pregnant,” on 9gag.
This makes sense, because 9gag has a lot of overlap with the Brazilian meme community—as recently as last year, Brazil was second only to the U.S. in number of 9gag visitors.
This hugely popular tweet probably helped:
But it’s certainly not the only example:
Now you know what the math lady is about and where she came from, so you can see her in your timeline without being like…
Know Your Meme
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.