The true story of the Trololo Man

21 05 2012

Memes. The best/worst thing to have happened to the internet in recent years. Sometimes clever, sometimes obnoxious, sometimes clever than obnoxious (you know the funny thing about jokes? They eventually go stale.) However, I’m more of a video fan myself, so when a meme has its roots in something I can look up on Youtube, I’m all in. Hence, Trololo Man Meme.

Trololo Meme

Apparently, influence on the internet doesn’t have to involve any knowledge of drawing.

Trololo Man mocks all. But, not everyone (those of you with lives) may be familiar with this uber-ugly face. Turns out, this is a real dude, and chances are if you’re still reading this, you’ve seen his video.

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Yes, Eduard Khil is real, and is STILL LURKING AROUND OUT THERE. Rather than lazily plagiarize from his Wiki biography, I’ll just lazily give the link instead. For those too lazy to check out the background behind this Soviet era song, you probably think it means something in Russian. Nope. Check out this quote from the Wiki page:

There is a backstory about this song. Originally, we had lyrics written for this song but they were poor. I mean, they were good, but we couldn’t publish them at that time. They contained words like these: “I’m riding my stallion on a prairie, so-and-so mustang, and my beloved Mary is thousand miles away knitting a stocking for me”. Of course, we failed to publish it at that time, and we, Arkady Ostrovsky and I, decided to make it a vocalisation. But the essence remained in the title. The song is very playful – it has no lyrics, so we had to make up something for people would listen to it, and so this was an interesting arrangement.
—Eduard Khil, Life News (Russian)
So yes, there were lyrics for the song. They just decided trolling would be better. Hence, a meme was born.
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Think just any old nonsensical vocalization would have worked? Well, wrong again.
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Well, that was just creepy. 
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