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Warning: This article contains spoilers for the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.

According to Greek mythology, the Minotaur is a horrible half man/half bull monster who devours anyone unlucky enough to be thrown into his labyrinth.

But you wouldn’t know it by looking at this meme, which casts the Minotaur as a shy, somewhat befuddled host, dealing with a rude guest. It all started when Twitter user @mardirooster posted a 1861 illustration of the Minotaur created by English artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones. The illustration shows the Minotaur in it’s [spoiler alert] final moments before it was slain by the Greek hero Theseus.

The tweet from @mardirooster shows the original artwork, as well as a close-up of the Minotaur. The images are captioned with the Minotaur’s polite request to “please get out of my maze.”

For you sticklers out there, you’re correct. A maze and a labyrinth are not the same thing. A maze has multiple paths and dead ends, while a labyrinth has one single path leading to the center. That didn’t keep people from retweeting @mardirooster’s version, which puts a modern twist on the Minotaur’s plight.


The creator of the meme also offered his own fresh take on it.

The meme is currently only a few days old, so it will be interesting to see how long it sticks around and what new versions people create.

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David Britton

David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.