I teach English in Vietnam. Spotted this on a student's paper today. It lives.

I teach English in Vietnam. Spotted this on a student's paper today. It lives.

This was banned from my school because it was considered to be a gang sign.

You can't kill an idea.

One of the oldest, dankest memes.

/ \ l l l \ \ l l l \ / o True

Funny how there's all these schools that ban "gang signs"

Some schools have these actual problems, no doubt. But I don't get how a place like my school, consisting of literally 99 percent middle class white kids, had gang sign bans

Well in general schools are ran poorly and without much logic so I can't expect much

I saw my niece doing that in England last week

I did that in Germany 40 years ago. I wouldn't be surprised if there are babylonian clay tablets with this thing inscribed into them. It seems to be a universal symbol, it should have been put on the Pioneer plaque instead of that silly hydrogen atom.

My principal when i was growing up in middle school attended a conference on gangs in New York. Came back to the rural Midwest and set very strict rules and a dress code for a public school.

She somehow thought the gang life of New York was going to take over the farm life.

After 6 months and loads of parent complaints she reversed it.

Kilroy was here.

The legend of the Cool S never dies.

They're less than a year away from Pog technology... God help us

gangs in New York

It's never too early to learn about Bill the Butcher.

have they mastered the folded fortune telling device? i would be married today if i took it more seriously. i always went 3, and the cute girls names were always in 1 and 2.

See, I figured that one out pretty early.

Whenever the girls made those things, they'd always put their own names in the first and second slots, the teacher's name in the third slot, and the name of the "weird girl" in the fourth slot. I actually liked that aforementioned weird girl, though, so I always picked slot number four, after which the entire class would giggle and make that annoying "Ooooooooooooh!" noise.

My tactic backfired on me one day when that same girl made a fortune-teller of her own, though. I assumed that she would have put her own name in the first slot – that's what everyone else did, after all – but as I figured out later, she had already realized that I always picked the fourth one, so she'd put her name there. Things were a bit awkward when I "chose wrong," and we both pretended that we hadn't been flirting.

Third grade was weird.

TL;DR: I accidentally rejected a marriage proposal in elementary school.

Here is a Vice article trying to track down the origin. Apparently, the best theory is that it is a sort of Mobius Strip.

She didn't teach us anything.

Rather we could wear nothing that had a logo bigger than a quarter. No writing. Boys wore polos or sweaters. Girls wore similar, pants only no shorts, all pants required belts and you were given ribbon and a detention if you forgot.

Shirts must be tucked in. And quite a few more extremely nit picky things.

This was a public middle school and forced everyone to buy new clothes and the most detentions ever handed out.

Then after an incident with my mother everything was rerversed.

I remember the event clearly as my mother did actually grow up in New York and my grandfather was an orphan of New York.

It was one of the rare times I witnessed my mother's accent come back and that tone of voice like if you made a wrong move you were gonna get stabbed.

Edit: the principal mentioned the conference to my mother about gangs as to her reasoning for the dress code. More or less my mother threw a New York tantrum to uhh... fix things?

Really she just scared the shit of the principal.

I got detention because I was playing rock paper scissors on the way home from a field trip. Apparently it was banned because it was too easily confused with throwing gang signs.

Oh man, these got banned at my school because everyone was trying to draw them instead of doing classwork

Someday, perhaps centuries from now, scientists are going to discover that humanity has been playing host to a psychic parasite which exists just outside of our ability to detect it. This creature – if you can even refer to it as such – reproduces by way of imitated behavior, much like a form of sentient meme... and the first-ever image of it will look suspiciously familiar to anyone who ever got bored while in middle school.

Besides... it already kind of looks like a virus, doesn't it?

The oldest of memes.

You want to know why I love Kilroy? Kilroy is a completely self-made meme. So many other memes are based in nostalgic childrens shows, funny faces, relatable situations, or references. Not Kilroy. Kilroy is completely absurd. It's a low-res dude peaking over a wall, and an innocuous statement simply saying he was here. The first person to ever doodle Kilroy did not do so out of recognition. The first person to ever doodle Kilroy did not do so because a pre-existing meme format. Kilroy is a meme literally pulled from the ether by sheer human creativity and willpower. Kilroy is evidence that humans can stare into the meaningless void of eternity and force their own meaning onto to it. I will always remember Kilroy was here!

It was one of the rare times I witnessed my mother's accent come back and that tone of voice like if you made a wrong move you were gonna get stabbed.

You're not wrong on the accent. Everybody here has their normal voice and then their New York voice. You know when you dun goofed.

Did them in high school in the 80s. Get off my lawn.

Funny how it seems

I think the Fancy S should be a major talking point in resolving conflicts. Literally everyone knows the Fancy S. You get a few diplomats on either side of the table and nobody wants to start the discussion... so you draw yourself a Fancy S. The other guy gets all nostalgic about their childhood and stuff...

The Fancy S could bring people together before we're all up to our elbows in body bags and ball sacks.

I did these in middle school in like 2008, so it's not exclusively a pre-pogs thing.

Old people detached from reality when it comes to trends amongst youth? That's /sub/fellowkids material

"and from now on your name is Andra"

I used journalism to find out where it came from, sort of.


I wonder how adults could be so ridiculous,

"you know what Sandra, I'm sick of this goddamn "s" shit, you know what "s's" are banned"


"You heard me Sandra, next time you find a student writing an "s" in class you call their fucking parents."

Same here.

The funny thing was, that edict against harmless doodles caused something of a scandal on campus, with more than a few parents expressing their displeasure about the symbol being outlawed. There was one woman, for example, who had been operating under the mistaken assumption that her son had invented the damned thing, and that everyone else was just "so proud" of his creation that they'd taken to imitating it. Maybe the weirdest moment of the entire affair came about when the school got a police officer to visit and talk to us each individually about any "gang activity" that we might have noticed.

I can remember being called in to the counselor's office, which the officer in question had taken over for the duration of his stay. It was a pretty nerve-wracking experience for me, especially because rumors had been swirling that anyone who didn't provide information of some variety was being viewed with suspicion. My hands were shaking when the policeman greeted me, and I got even more nervous when I realized that he was Andy Richter in a not-very-good disguise. He tried to sell me a secondhand blimp that he'd acquired from who-knows-where, then ate half of a tuna sandwich at me after I refused. I didn't have anything worth telling him about gangs, though, so I managed to escape without having to snitch on any of my friends.

The school let people go back to drawing the symbol not long after that.

We considered it a small victory.



No one knows.

I just wanna know how this came about inception style.

It’s embedded in our DNA

What the fuck did you just fucking say about pogs, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the seventh grade, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret slams on Alf-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed flips. I am trained in gorilla pogfare and I’m the top slammer in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will slam you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the slammer, maggot. The slammer that wipes out the pathetic little mess of paper you call your pogs. You’re fucking slammered, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can slam you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to slam your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what paper retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will slam fury all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking slammered, kiddo.

They banned magic cards at my high school because the devil. The thought of summoning monsters and casting spells was to much for some of the parents.

Edit: it wasn't a catholic school or anything either

There has to be a better method for tracking this down other than asking around the office.


Oh, wait... you meant that I should write a book about a psychic virus, didn't you?

Okay. Give me a few months.

It's just a weird symbol that lots of middle school kids drew in America, and is somehow also a thing on literally the opposite side of the planet.

S for Sandy and flip it upside down and it’s S for Spongebob

Pretty much.

And the New York accent doesn't just come out when angry. When I get overly excited about something It'll come out too

In third grade I had a crush on this girl named Maggie. I was talking to a friend of hers at lunch and I let it slip that I was crushin' on Maggie. Her friend got real excited and called Maggie over. Maggie came over and her friend told me to "tell Maggie what you just told me!" I panicked, and did what any other third grader would do in that situation. I said, "oh... I hate you Maggie." Tears immediately welled up in Maggie's eyes and she ran to the bathroom.

Kilroy was actually from a WW2 engineer. He'd write that little guy next to bolts he'd already secured so he didn't go back on his work. The trend picked up when soldiers started noticing the inscriptions on their ships! Thus the meme was born.

UPS-13 homie.

Yeah, this isn't the most rigorous journalism I've seen.

Lived in Italy for a year, started learning the language.

Apparently, when i spoke it using my normal southern accent, they had a hard time understanding me.

One time,goofing around, i said something in italian while mimicking a new york accent.

The locals understood me perfectly. Apparently, I sound like im from northern italy when I try to speak like a new yorker.

Origami fortune teller.

Pick a number.

1, 2, 3.

Now pick a color.

G - R - E - E - N.

Lisa has a crush on you!

Heroes get remembered, legends never die.

I work for the MTA. No one understands you unless you talk emphatically with a heavy New York accent.

Side note: I did not realize that old Italian guys with slick back hair and thick straight off the boat Italian accents still existed here until I started working for the Mta. They are all in Staten Island btw.

I'm more surprised that someone that was in middle school in 2008 has any idea what pogs are.

It means Hope.

"I'm orry, teacher..."

That's Vice!

A lot of schools banned The Simpsons merch because they felt Bart was a bad influence.

The 90's were fun.

Growing up I assumed it was the logo for my local football team or something.

There was a post on /sub/askreddit a few weeks ago about its origin. Something about older people asking about "the origins of old things" I think.

Once I was in a meeting in Staten Island and I showed up early. There were guys in the room already, talking just shooting the shit. Their names were Vito, Sal, Luigi and Tony. They all look exactly like how you would picture them. So I introduce myself and I’m sitting there listening to them talk, and what are they talking about? Freaking how to cook marinara sauce. Apparently Tony was the expert on this. I just try not to laugh since I feel like I’m stuck in an episode of sopranos. I just quietly text my friends about how stereotypically hilarious this was.

I just taught my 10 year old how to do it. It will certainly live in THIS household!

Always in time, but never in line for dreams

I feel like a group of people wearing all brown would look a lot like a group of people trying to start a new gang.

Wtf that game has been around for decades.

Imagine a 1950's Italian mafia throwing up scissors and all the other mobs be like "aw, he won."

Write a book

does anyone actually know the origin of this symbol?

I don't get it.

Everyone on here talking about being in middle or high school in the 80's, god bless you! I will now respectfully exit your lawn sir.

Only 30s kids...

20 years ago a girl in my 4th grade class told us about her family going on vacation to Chicago. Her Dad looked up all the different gang colors the week before. "He's a cop, he knows what he's doing."

They had to buy 5 days worth of all brown outfits for the whole fam. Because I guess wearing blue on the Magnificent Mile means you're a crip and not just on your way to the Sears Tower in casual dress. (Fuck whatever it's called now. It's the god damned Sears Tower.) Stupid over reactions are everywhere.

I remember a kid calling me a faggot every day until I got tired of it. I gave him my address and told him we could sort it out at my house. I was a skinny tall nerdy dude and he was a pretty buff but kind of dumb jock type of dude. I had a baseball bat and I was going to beat him up with it which seems like a bad idea now but then I was so tired of him I wanted to really beat the shit out of him.

Anyways, he knocks on the door and my mom answers and he's like "I'm here to fight your son" and my mom told him he had to fight her first and she got in his face and started screaming at him that he's a little bitch and to throw a punch and he went running down the street. It was awesome, he never called me a faggot again.

I literally have this tattooed on me I thought it was hilarious and my tattooist was laughing the whole time doing it

pic for proof

It's spreading *again.

For those youngin's that don't get it, this is an ancient proto-meme

One of the great mysteries of our time

Like the swastika before Nazis ruined it for everybody.

I don't know how dank it is, but it's definitely one of the oldest memes that's (apparently) still active.

Lol she probably thought her friend hated her too for saying that.

The needless gang war between the FFA and the 4H took too many young lives that year.

I used to think it was a gang sign.

Imagine if one day we find cave paintings or bone formations of the stussy S?

You can, you just need to kill every single person who has been exposed to it.


This could be the start of an anime...

Like how the gays took the rainbow!

That's probably 'cause its Vice.

Yes, provided you have the right qualifications. You don't generally need experience to get a job, but you need a quality certification, like the CELTA, which is usually a month long intensive course and costs about $1400 is you do it in Vietnam. With a CELTA and no experiences I had interview offers from very nearly every English center I applied to. You need a degree to get the CELTA though.

That's for Vietnam. It's different in other countries. Korea pays well but the workload you're expected to take is more than twice what you would do in Vietnam. The Middle East pays best, but for obvious reasons it isn't the top pick for most people.

Even without qualifications you can probably find work, if not in Vietnam then maybe in China, or another Asian country like Thailand, but the lifestyle will not be nearly as nice, and the work could be really brutal with no support from school administration, which is important for stuff like Visas and health insurance.

So in short, Vietnam is an English teachers ideal situation right now. Good pay, low hours, high demand. Other countries are options as well but I don't know so much about them.

"Peech Impediment: An Origin Tory"



All these years I fell into the Stussy logo camp. My life is a lie.

Oh god just watch some super violent extremist group use this as their symbol and ruin it

A lot of schools banned the symbol claiming it was a gang sign, in reality, there is no evidence of that.

Shit was all over Call of Duty: WAW and I never got it


well it's kinda been a thing all over the world. I live in Australia and all the kids were (are) doing it here.

Nah dude, it was the smart decision.

Back when I was in a gang the biggest threat were middle class families dressed in normal clothes that happened to have some of our opposing gang's colors.

I can't tell you how many brothers I lost to 7 year old girl with a blue scarf on.

She probably shouldn't be in that level of a position if she doesn't have the most basic level of common sense


I have some fond memories of my mom going into mama bear mode. Somebody I know took the sticky note off the family computer that had my RuneScape password and he "stole" my account (premium or whatever it was called back in the day, too!). My mom marched her happy ass 5 houses down and ripped this dude to shreds. It was awesome.

or s for save our skins

It was a doodle in world war war 2. Someone wrote it in places around his base (buildings, airplanes and whatnot). Other soldiers saw it and started drawing them too. Since they were deployed in different parts of the world, the doodle spread with them. It became a little symbol of hope and when soldiers saw it they knew the American army was there. I think it's not the first doodle of its kind (British and Australians had their own variations), but it is the most famous one

Edit: WW2, not 1. Thanks. u/thatsnotcoolbro / u/dastevonader

Head over heels when toe to toe

WTF is the origin of this symbol? I recall drawing it as wee lil tike and don’t remember how I learned it.

Are English teachers in high demand right now? I would love to do this as my career.

Poley? Is that you

Can't say that it is.