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The Museum of English Rural Life invites you to take a look at this ‘absolute unit’

This sheep is undoubtedly an ‘absolute unit.’


David Britton

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Turns out the Museum of English Rural Life is even more fun than it sounds. Someone over there decided to tweet out a picture of this rather impressive-looking sheep and label him an “absolute unit.”

The museum even changed its Twitter display name, no doubt temporarily, to the Museum of English Rural Units, showing total commitment to the joke.

If you happened to miss the “absolute unit” meme, it basically just means that something, or more often someone, is very large. It started out with this tweet about British hotelier David Morgan-Hewitt seen here with Queen Elizabeth.


But now the term can refer to anything from a large train…


…to Kylo Ren.

The MERL didn’t stop at just sharing the picture and changing its Twitter display name; it went into the whole history of this particular unit.

It even created what will probably be this year’s biggest hashtag, at least literally speaking. Check out this absolute unit.

Turns out the English countryside is full of “absolute units,” and if you want to know why you can read this article the MERL put out in response to their viral tweet. There is also this short cartoon the museum shared about selective breeding.

The museum even has a guide to drawing your own units, if you are so inclined.

The original tweet now has almost 27,000 retweets and almost 100,000 likes. It seems like it might be single-handedly bringing back a meme that died off months ago. What an absolute unit.

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