There's nothing like a spontaneous internet joke
The beginnings of this Twitter joke aren’t particularly amazing – it’s basically pointing out that ‘Rick and Morty‘ and ‘rigormortis’ have a few consonants and vowel sounds in common. No: what makes it hilarious and great is the improbable, impromptu continuation of the joke’s basic premise by a legion of strangers. It’s a display of how the internet can work cooperatively to be funny and silly, and it’s simultaneously a renouncement of Twitter’s modus operandi – you know the one, where everyone descends into entrenched, irreconcilable positions of debate based around dull, inflexible beliefs. This is the opposite of that: reading it is like watching Twitter suddenly deciding to play Duck, Duck, Goose.
It begins with a single tweet, which on its own is essentially a homophone.
Then, in this Twitter relay race, a stranger picks up the baton. And then another one does.
Suddenly the joke turns Twitter into an irrepressible tag-team.
The joke peaks around here.
Ricky Martin scores highly.
At this point the joke begins to turn frail and old, as do all good jokes.
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The end. Now wasn’t that nice?