Some memes are fleeting, ephemeral, blown away to the dark corners of the internet like dust in the wind.
Some memes stick around for a bit. Maybe you took a screenshot of one intending to send it to your mate thinking it’ll turn them into a roflcopter, but instead it’s just a sadcopter as it sits on your phone among all the other photos you never look at and really should delete, just to free up space if nothing else.
Some memes, however, are the gifts that keep on giving. They exceed everyone’s expectations, outlive their natural lifespan and keep producing the goods time after time, long after we’ve all forgotten where they initially came from, and end up having their own origin story like some meme-y Wolverine.
There are memes that get made, then there are memes that make themselves, and spread themselves across the internet like a hilarious STD.
For example, the above pictured Viral Neck Guy (VNG for short). He first went viral a couple weeks back thanks to his police mugshot being shared online. Not for the reprehensible crimes he had apparently committed, oh no, but because of his gargantuan neck.
Naturally, the internet took hold, and a tsunami of Photoshopped pictures, neck-based puns and throaty japes ensued.
— Brent Henderson (@bighurtrocks) November 17, 2018
BREAKING: New sighting of the Loch Neck monster … pic.twitter.com/dWxVIgv9dm
— Steven R. Walker (@Steve_R_Walker) November 18, 2018
— Jacob Corona (@jacobleecorona) November 17, 2018
Oh it’s still relevant, Jacob! Namely, because the guy went and got himself arrested again for whole load of drug possession and driving charges.
VNG, real name Charles Dion McDowell, was arrested in Lee County, Alabama, for allegedly eluding law enforcement, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, improper lane usage and a 2nd-degree possession of marijuana charge, according to TMZ.
Originally, VNG was arrested in a different neck of the woods (thanks!) in Escambia County.
Escambia County Sheriff’s Office wrote:
Congratulations to Charles Dion McDowell, DOB: 8/12/87 *share
Charles Dion McDowell was arrested for Fleeing/Eluding Police with Lights & Sirens Active, Possession of Meth with Intent to Sell/Manufacture/Deliver, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell/Manufacture/Deliver Schedule II, Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Equipment. McDowell is currently a guest at the GoldStar Hotel with a bond of $57,000. #Gotcha
Once again, however, the good keyboard warriors of the internet weren’t particularly interested in VNG’s criminal charges, they just wanted to focus on his physical attributes, the shallow monsters.
As we’ve all learnt in recent years, Photoshop can be a great tool. From retouching to reshaping entirely, people can completely transform images, or even put the head of a fantastic actor on the body of a superhero.
So, naturally, someone thought they’d play around with VNG’s famous neck, and slim it down a tad.
Check it out:
Kinda weird but also kinda not weird, right? Cheers Brent!
According to Guinness World Records, the longest known human neck is 40 cm (15.75 in), and was created ‘by the successive fitting of copper coils, as practiced by the women of the Padaung or Kareni tribe of Myanmar (Burma) as a sign of beauty.’
World record for neck girth though?
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.