Sorry, Twitter, that Steve Ballmer Clippy joke is 3 years old

It’s been reported that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, he of the “Developers! Developers! Developers!” fame, has purchased the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion from former owner and alleged racist Donald Sterling.

So now, before we go any further, I’ll remind you that Ballmer used to be the CEO of Microsoft. Microsoft is the creator of Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word used to have this tool called Clippy, an animated paperclip that told you how to use the software.

Clippy was obnoxious, and a smartass. Clippy mocked you. No one liked Clippy. Clippy infamy is a product of our residual hate of him.

I think you know where I’m going with this.

When the Internet sees an opportunity, we really just go for it.

For some reason, we all decided tonight was the night to really go for it with this Clippy joke… even though this news, joke included, broke earlier.

But wait. This goes way back.

Way, way, way back.

Way to beat a dead horse, everyone. Actually, a 3-year-old dead horse.

Back to the drawing board!

UPDATE:  According to TMZ, Ballmer isn’t buying the Clippers. All above comments about the Clippy joke remain true. 

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Molly McHugh

Molly McHugh

Molly McHugh is the tech editor of the Daily Dot, focusing on technology, social media, sports, and streaming entertainment. Her work has also appeared in Wired and the Ringer.