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Everything you need to know about ‘Norman Reedus and the Funky Fetus’

If you play one video game about a funky fetus this year...


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Published Jun 16, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 2:41 pm CDT

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Legendary game designer Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear franchise, went through a bad breakup with Konami last year, but that hasn’t stopped him from producing new games. His latest, announced this week at E3, is called Death Stranding. Or, if you’re on the internet, Norman Reedus and the Funky Fetus. 

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See, Kojima’s muse of late has been rugged and muscly Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus, who stars in the new game via motion capture. Hideo <3 Norman 4ever.

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And in the Death Stranding trailer, Reedus’ naked character encounters a baby—umbilical cord and all—on the beach (the strand, if you will). When he picks it up, however, he’s mystified to find that it’s turned to oily goop in his hands. Funky!

Hence: Norman Reedus and the Funky Fetus. The joke seems to have started with Spencer Blake (@spenman007), but now it’s everywhere, and has practically replaced the real title of the game. 

There’s just something about Reedus that internet boys really love, and it started way before this game announcement.

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And it’s even better that Norman Reedus’ actual son—not a dissolving baby on a beach—is named Mingus, after the great jazz musician. Although Mingus is now a funky teenager, many people became aware of his existence for the first time this week.

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Mingus did nothing to deserve this, and has previously expressed his desire never to be famous. It’s still pretty funny, though. 

Anyway, no one’s calling it Death Stranding anymore. It’s Funky Fetus all the way down.

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*First Published: Jun 16, 2016, 9:00 am CDT