Dog Owner Shares His Dog's Photo On Social Media And Fools The Internet Badly
They call him Ham Dog, and he's been a very good boy. Here's the story of the greatest prank to ever hit social media.
There's nothing like a great internet prank.Imgur
We're looking at you, guy who dipped a Q-tip in candle wax for half an hour to fool his roommate.
That's why we're so enamored with the story of Ham Dog.
First, a prankster named Stephen Roseman put a piece of ham on his dog's face. Then, he hit up social media.
"This poor dog was badly burned and disfigured trying to save his family from a house fire."Stephen Roseman/Facebook
"One like equals one prayer," he wrote. "One share equals 10 prayers."
People bought it and started posting prayers for the dog.
"Prayers," one user posted. "It looks like a slab of pig flesh was set on his head," said another, not realizing that he'd hit the nail on the head.
Inevitably, some copycats popped up.Kram Taylor/Facebook
Pretty soon, there were spin-offs (like this one).
Oh, and because it's the internet, people started putting ham on their pets.Stephen Roseman/Facebook
Hey, why wouldn't they? It worked for one guy, after all.
Cats didn't escape the power of the Ham Dog meme.Stephen Roseman/Facebook
Most cats weren't exactly excited to take part.
There's probably a cat under all of this ham.Stephen Roseman/Facebook
That is not a sentence that we thought we'd type today.
A few talented artists also cast the Ham Dog in various scenarios.Stephen Roseman/Facebook
We can kind of see the resemblance.
Oh, and people started photoshopping ham onto the faces of famous people.Stephen Roseman/Facebook
Yeah, it had to get political, didn't it?
Well, maybe calling this "political" is overstating it a bit.Stephen Roseman/Facebook
This is a set of posh ham dogs, in case you're curious.
The whole point of a meme is that it keeps evolving.Stephen Roseman/Facebook
That's how we ended up with Spam Hamster...or Spamster.
Even while people were digitally altering the original picture, others were still falling for the prank.Stephen Roseman/Facebook
People took a quick glance at the original photo and reacted viscerally.
But hey, what's the harm in believing in Ham Dog?Stephen Roseman/Facebook
We believe. We've never believed in anything more than Ham Dog.
There is one bit of good news in this story.Stephen Roseman/Facebook
All of those prayers worked. Yes, that's right.
Ham Dog eventually got his surgery.Stephen Roseman/Facebook
Great job, internet. You've done something.