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A new meme is just starting to make waves in the blogosphere. Selleck Waterfall Sandwich is here, it's weird, and it doesn't care. This tumblr account is exactly what you'd expect from the title: A pastiche of Tom Selleck, a waterfall, and a sandwich, photoshopped to create strange masterpieces.
It is common for memes to have surreal aspects (a cat playing the keyboard or a wolf giving advice.) Though most memes in the pantheon of virality, have an aspect of sense to them. The audience understands that Keyboard Cat identifies FAILs, or that Wolves give bad advice. We can laugh at these memes because we understand what they meme.
This meme on the other hand, may be an example of the first truly surreal meme. As nothing seems to correspond with reality. Selleck Waterfall Sandwich sounds more like a Dadaist parlor game.
I can imagine André Breton, Marcel Duchamp and Henry Miller sitting around a smoky Parisian bar coming up with this meme in an absinthe-induced haze.
Granted this Exquisite Corpse does have elements of sanity.
The protagonist of this meme, Tom Selleck has had kitsch popularity for years. His facial hair has been fodder for viral videos, Twitter accounts, and competitions.
Sandwiches too are wildly popular on and off the internet.
Waterfalls however, don't make any sense, and provide the x-factor in this surrealist comb.
It'll be hard to gauge how powerful this meme gets, but I suspect it'll have reached its prime when Stephen Colbert or Jimmy Kimmel invite Tom Selleck on to their television shows to stand in front of a greenscreen waterfall while eating a Subway Sandwich. Now that's what I call integrated marketing.
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