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Kiss My Butt America
Dec 7, 2005

by Ozma


NEW EMOTICON HITS SOMETHING AWFUL - BUT HOW POPULAR IS TOO POPULAR?
by Kiss My Butt America Something Awful Member 1/30/2007

By now, all of Something Awful has seen the new emoticon spreading like wildfire across the forums. If you have not had the chance to see it, you are in the extreme minority. This new emoticon, known as (or colon awesome colon), originated in the depths of BYOB. Not much is known about the exact origin or time that it came to be, but it it is with us now, and that is all that matters. After the original emoticon appeared in the wild, it was not long before variations started sprouting up. Variations from god knows what mutations, and who knows why they've come to Something Awful to injure us with their presence.


One of the variations on :awesome: seen less often than :awesome: itself.

As of now, the emoticon has widespread usage across nearly every subforum, however it is most obviously prevalent in some more than others. :Awesome: is such a universally recognized symbol that it has even began to be used in such offbeat places as the Euro GoonCon Discussion, albeit not much. It's a simple fact, if something is easily recognizable and easy to relate to, it will be popular and used to what seems like an excess.


As seen in this informative graph, :awesome: is not limited to any one kind of person.

However, this widespread usage by anyone and everyone on Something Awful seems a little unusual. While it's true that emoticons like and had their heyday as well, they never seemed to be quite this popular. Go into any one thread in GBS or BYOB, and see if you can go one page without hitting :awesome: more than twice. I doubt you'll be able to do it very easily. Even in this thread, I've already violated that, but I've done it for purely informational purposes. Not only is :awesome: already insanely popular, but it's popularity is multiplying by the second, and at an unprecedented rate.


At this rate, 50,000+ users will be familiar with :awesome: by June of 2007.

However, this poses a problem. One might think, how popular is too popular? And even then, can't it be dealt with? Imagine a Something Awful where every 1.5th post contains at least one use of . For supporters of the emoticon, right now you might be feeling a little giddy. However, this is a concern for the userbase who dislikes the emoticon, and even a concern for those lacking an opinion. Sure, it may be a fun thing now, but when it is overloaded into your mind and your eyes, it gets tiring after a while. I believe this may lead to a great loss of users, and Something Awful may soon become a haven for posts consisting only of :awesome: and it's variations, and perhaps it will even evolve into an understandable language of images and emotions. However, already this massive misuse of emotions has led to problems for people.

Already, some people have grown a mental and, in some cases, even physical addiction. That's right, this seemingly harmless emoticon has begun to ruin people's lives. Addicted behaviors include unstoppable use of whether it's appropriate or not, foaming at the mouth, and intense fear of Columbia. An addicted user is fairly easily identifiable: some quick checking of their post history and some quick investigative research should tell all. If you know someone who is an :awesome: addict, please consult them to the nearest rehab clinic and hope for the best. This dangerous addiction can possibly lead to some serious mental issues in the long run, and must be stopped immediately. As an example, I have interviewed an addict, who has asked to remain anonymous.


An artist's rendition of an :awesome: addict.

quote:

Hi there, Anonymous, I'm glad you feel comfortable enough to give this interview.
I feel comfortable but my scrotum is itching.

Interesting. So, tell me, how exactly were you introduced to :awesome:?
:awesome: ...slept with my wife. And my brother's wife. :Awesome ruined my life.

So then why did you start using it? Surely you couldn't have had any good feelings for :awesome: after it's adultery.
I used :awesome: ...ironically. At first, at least... but then it grew on me.

Was there any sudden turning point where you realized you had become addicted and said to yourself I need to stop this.?
...Yes.

...Care to explain?
...no.

So how exactly was it that you began to quit :awesome:? There are many well known methods, such as the 24 hour patch, but what did you try?
I tried suicide first. Then extensive therapy.

How were the conditions of the therapeutic clinic?
Weak, but the coffee was pretty good.

Intriguing. So, what's your stance on Columbia?
(Nervously) I... like Columbia.

Congratulations on overcoming your addiction, Anonymous, and thank you for your time. That should be it.

There you have it folks. True certifiable insanity. This addiction is spreading like wildfire, and it is readily apparent. Some people want you to believe that this :awesome: is a good thing, and that it's just here to help and improve the forums. Those people are wrong. It is bringing down our good society here at Something Awful, and it needs to be stopped immediately. Let us join together and do our best to curb the use of :awesome: before it gets out of hand, because it may already be too late.

I need some goddamn coffee.

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BlackMK4
Aug 23, 2006

wat.

Always Shirtless
Oct 14, 2006

by Fistgrrl


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MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW
MEOW MEOW MEOW.
MEOW MEOW MEOW
MEOW MEOW ASSHOLE.


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Jul 13, 2004

My posts are augmented.


Malarkyout
Jun 3, 2004

by Ozma


MisterFister
Jul 6, 2003

Sticking it to THE MAN, assuming THE MAN is an innocent casual dining restaurant.


John Xerox
Apr 27, 2005

MY ANIMES~

McHuman Deluxe
Dec 11, 2004

just the tip...just to see how it feels

Blunted
Dec 27, 2004

What's so hard to believe about aliens travelling large distances to probe me in my tender young thug ass?

<---------I don't like this guy, looks weird

Blunted fucked around with this message at Jan 31, 2007 around 00:05

eBay Embryos
Dec 12, 2004

Communist Party

Always Shirtless
Oct 14, 2006

by Fistgrrl


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Oct 8, 2005

I hope life isn't just a big joke, because I don't get it.

ssh
Dec 9, 2001

by elpintogrande


ssh fucked around with this message at Jan 30, 2007 around 23:22

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May 21, 2003





instant breakfast
Mar 2, 2004

Fight the power!
moustache!

pipes!
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Feb 5, 2005

SATAN SANTA TRADE YOUR SOUL FOR MY ORANGES

Always Shirtless
Oct 14, 2006

by Fistgrrl


Waffle!
Aug 6, 2004

I Feel Pretty!



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Apr 12, 2004

Original Pony


Bolek
May 1, 2003



Flowers For Algeria
Dec 3, 2005

Ti, to. Ti, ovo.

SpazmasterX
Jul 13, 2006

Wrong about everything XIV related
~fartz~


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Jan 4, 2006

Brinkmanship


reflir
Oct 29, 2004

So don't. Stay here with me.

Johnny Walker
Jun 14, 2005

I've got a home for
Bloggers Let's exchange
ideas,stories and photos
with friendly writers
and editors.


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Jul 29, 2003



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Mar 27, 2006

by Fistgrrl


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DoctorScurvy
Nov 11, 2005
More of a passing curiosity, really

muskawo
Dec 15, 2004

ROLL FOR PANTS REMOVAL

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Mar 18, 2003


duckmaster
Sep 13, 2004
Mr and Mrs Duck go and stay in a nice hotel.

One night they call room service for some condoms as things are heating up.

The guy arrives and says "do you want me to put it on your bill"

Mr Duck says "what kind of pervert do you think I am?!

QUACK QUACK


Rushmore
Jun 3, 2005

My name's Rushmore, and I'm the Biggest Idiot Ever!


keveh
Sep 14, 2004

If you have a problem.....

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OctoberMooN
Jun 1, 2001
Well, at least I had $10

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