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Teens are pretending to smoke weird stuff to ‘take the edge off’
Teen online humor is good.
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.
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:
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.
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.