Could This 1921 Cartoon Be the World's First Meme?

“What You Think You Look Like vs. What You Actually Look Like.”

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Internet Memes have become a staple in today’s social media culture, but according to VICE, it looks like a 1921 comic strip from the University of Iowa’s satirical magazine The Judge was way ahead of its time.

Suggested to be the first recorded use of the popular “What You Think You Look Like vs. What You Actually Look Like” meme, the two plane illustration showcases a man and the discrepancy between his self-image and outside perceptions of his physical attractiveness. Interestingly enough as pointed out by BBC, the comic credits The Wisconsin Octopus, published at the University of Wisconsin between 1919 and 1959. When looking further into this, more “Expectations vs. Reality” jokes appeared in the print.

You can find the original Judge issue digitized by Google to check out the legitimacy for yourself. Take a look at the meme above and Internet reactions below and let us know your thought in the comment section.

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