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Teens are pretending to smoke weird stuff to ‘take the edge off’

Teen online humor is good.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Published Oct 21, 2016   Updated Feb 28, 2020, 9:54 pm CST

It’s hard online. It’s stressful. We’ve all got anxiety. Times like these, it’s understandable if you need a little something to help you relax and get through the day. We’re not here to judge.

Just go ahead and smoke whatever you want. It’s better than the alternative: keeping The Edge on. 

Pocky? Sure.

Banana? You do you.

Is that a Taki? Whatever, man. I ain’t even mad.

The origin of the “take the edge off” meme isn’t entirely clear, but @gossipgrill’s pretzel tweet from Oct. 5 was hugely popular and may have instigated the craze.

Now teens everywhere are doing it:

And it’s spread to popular meme spam accounts:

It’s started to spawn variations and parodies:

And, of course, someone did the anti-joke:

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The venting of stressed-out high schoolers, forced to grow into a world that adults have already ruined, is one of the richest veins of internet humor. Just ask all of Tumblr. 

This is a meme everyone needed. Just a little something to take the edge off.

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*First Published: Oct 21, 2016, 4:15 pm CDT