Thicc boi
April 11, 2018 10:34 AM   Subscribe

maybe this meme will die overnight and we can get back to tweeting about our chickens and crop rotations "Welcome all other museum social media accounts, welcome to our #masterclass on using a thicc boi to change your public image in a freak event which will be difficult to replicate but let's try anyway and oversaturate the meme market and make the public despair of us" The Museum of English Rural Life finds Twitter fame in the form of very round sheep.
posted by PussKillian (19 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
In the future, we’ll all have 1500 retweets.
posted by leotrotsky at 10:42 AM on April 11 [6 favorites]

Very fun!
posted by LobsterMitten at 11:09 AM on April 11

I have passed on this story to our media and marketing person but we're woefully understocked with chubby farm animals. We'll have to make it big some other way.
posted by PussKillian at 11:28 AM on April 11 [3 favorites]

I wish to hear more about crop rotation in England, yes.

Crop rotation in the 14th century was considerably more widespread after....John.
posted by spinifex23 at 11:49 AM on April 11

This is a goshdarn Joy.
posted by Grandysaur at 11:50 AM on April 11

posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 11:58 AM on April 11 [5 favorites]

A tweet of mine got added to a Moment a couple of weeks ago and has, at the moment... about 200 retweets and 2400 likes. The notifications and replies and follows were bonkers. I can't imagine what it is like to get 18K retweets.

Also I had been idly wondering where the "absolute unit" meme came from, so it was fun to learn about that as well.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:41 PM on April 11

This is shear madness! Flock ewe, MERL! Quit ramming these round sheep down our gullets!
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:51 PM on April 11 [1 favorite]

one thing i did not anticipate about the future is how we'd all communicate with each other in memes.
posted by asteria at 1:10 PM on April 11 [4 favorites]

one thing i did not anticipate about the future is how we'd all communicate with each other in memes.

Shaka, when the boi was T H I C C
posted by Halloween Jack at 1:29 PM on April 11 [67 favorites]

Dear Museum of English Rural Life:

I just got through explaining to my parents about KFC following the herbs and spices. And now this?
posted by allegedly at 2:36 PM on April 11 [1 favorite]

Of course the MERL was rapidly embraced by knitter twitter, but being a group of folk rather better acquainted with the fluffiness of sheep than the average, the discussion on the More Sheep Content tweet speedily descended to an amazed discussion of testicle size:
"I mean, just look at the size of those scrotums! how do they even walk?"
"Proudly, hon. Proudly."
posted by Mary Ellen Carter at 4:53 PM on April 11 [14 favorites]

This makes me happy. The stuff about the Farmer and Stockbreeder journal is good. And the Grade Up to Elite Cow board game - see description at Board Game Geek.

Also, I have been to this museum and enjoyed it.

"Everyone retweeting our unit is going to have an absolute meltdown when they go into the countryside and realise there’s an entire countryside full of sheep".
posted by paduasoy at 6:11 PM on April 11 [3 favorites]

Here's a unit that's just ass-tronomical!
posted by BlueHorse at 7:21 PM on April 11 [4 favorites]

Some museums have the best twitter accounts. I am especially fond of the Glass Jar Of Moles
@GlassJarOfMoles account from the UCL's Grant Museum.
posted by lollusc at 2:48 AM on April 12 [1 favorite]

The Royal Armoury here in Sweden had legend status on social media, unfortunately it’s all in Swedish. But Livrustkammaren if you’re up on your Duolingo.
posted by Iteki at 4:06 AM on April 12

American Mammoth Jackstock is going to be my sock puppet name.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:09 AM on April 12 [2 favorites]

dammit, if i didn't have to go to leave work to go to dinner right now i'd comb through the LoC's Farm Security Administration photos for some thicc bois
posted by numaner at 3:05 PM on April 12 [3 favorites]

The Medium article by the staff member who runs the museum's Twitter is interesting and has links to some more of his work at the Bodleian.
posted by paduasoy at 10:00 PM on April 15

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