"Hide the Pain Harold" shares his experience of becoming a meme.
Turning Into A Meme: András Arató, an electrical engineer based out of Budapest, nine-years ago did a reverse image search on a photograph of his and was shocked to discover that it had become a meme.
In this fascinating piece he recalls his experience of witnessing his images, initially meant to be used as stock pictures by business being overlaid with text and converted into memes, talking about their wives leaving them, or saying their identity had been stolen and their bank account emptied.
He recounts how he realised that it was rather impossible to stop people from making memes, and thus he decided to leverage the entire situation. Henceforth, his life changed drastically.
Bonus Read: On November 9, 1989, many otherwise unremarkable East Germans made world history—often largely by accident. Here's a look at the "ordinary" people who brought down the Berlin Wall.
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