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You can now eat a burger with the Internet’s favorite ‘sad papaw’

People are already making travel plans.


Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 20, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 1:46 am CDT

Last week, the Internet collectively felt the need to call their grandparents, after a young woman named Kelsey Harmon posted a photo of her “papaw” eating a lonely hamburger dinner.

Then came the update that newly memed papaw is actually fine. Another grandkid showed up! Inexplicably, this story now has a another twist

Kelsey’s cousin, Brock, the other grandkid who showed up, tweeted on Friday that papaw is going to have a cookout next weekend and “everyone” is invited.

Brock told KVUE that the cookout was papaw’s idea. In addition to charging for burgers, they will reportedly also be selling T-shirts for $20-$25 a pop. Proceeds, according to Brock, will go towards college tuition for Kelsey and Brock and future college tuition for the other grandkids who were too busy to show up and eat a damn burger with their papaw, as well as some to-be-determined charities. Since this is the Internet, fake papaw merch has allegedly already been circulating. 

If giving money to strangers from the Internet and meeting a meme is your thing, you apparently have plans next weekend. Hopefully people show up. 

H/T Mashable | Photo via Andrew Czap/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Mar 20, 2016, 12:07 pm CDT