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What is the ‘two guys on a bus’ meme?

A nearly 10-year-old cartoon sees new life.

 

Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Published Nov 23, 2021   Updated Nov 23, 2021, 12:33 pm CST

An inspirational 2013 cartoon depicting two men on a bus is circulating on Twitter, where people are playing with the definition of inspiring.

According to Know Your Meme, the cartoon is from Brazilian artist Genildo Ronchi, who uploaded it to his website in August 2013. It depicts a man looking out the window at the sun and mountains, smiling, and a man across the aisle, frowning at his view of a rocky grey wall. The original cartoon included the caption “As vezes só depende de nós,” which translates to “Sometimes it just depends on us.” Alternately, the cartoon has circulated with the caption, “Every single day you make a choice.”

In 2019, Brazilian Twitter started using the cartoon as a meme format, and it appeared on American Twitter and Facebook that same year. But its momentum really took off earlier this month, when it was posted to Reddit with the caption, “Didn’t take a shit before leaving the house”/Took a shit before leaving the house.”

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In the week since, it’s spread on Twitter, where people got a little more creative with the cartoon’s format.

New Jersey’s official Twitter account co-opted the meme, in an effort to prove Central Jersey is real.

Even people’s opinions about the two guys on a bus meme are falling along “two guys on a bus” lines.

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*First Published: Nov 23, 2021, 12:25 pm CST