On Sunday, a dad in Brisbane, Australia, looked down and noticed a familiar symbol chalked into the concrete pavement of his son's grade school.
The dad, who chose not to disclose his personal information, told BuzzFeed News he immediately recognized it as a symbol from his elementary school years. He knew of the symbol's significance, but couldn't quite remember why.
His photo logs one of the most recent, and modern, documentations of what was commonly referred to in the '90s as "The S Thing." It might be evidence that kids today are still doing "The S Thing" at school. (!!!!)
BuzzFeed News was unable to immediately authenticate the evidence, or identify who the young chalk artist was.
We do know, however, that this could confirm the theory that The S Thing transcends generations, culture, time, and space.
And if a deadly disease, or idk this so-called climate change, ever wiped out humanity, The S Thing will be all that's left for humanity to be remembered by.
When the dad, who goes by @c_tho on Twitter, casually shared the photo, people were excited by the possibility.
~Older~ folks had renewed hope for the future, and the children of our futures.
Especially when the ~current climate~ has made the future a bit discouraging.
"Our future might be okay after all."
"All hope isn't lost."
Many people are only now realizing just how universal it was.
"I'm now realizing that it went well beyond Brisbane," @c_tho told BuzzFeed News after his photo went viral. It's currently been retweeted over 40,000 times.
Over the years, people suspected and assumed that the symbol has its origins in the Superman franchise, or the clothing brand Stussy. But mysteriously, there is still no clear answer.
All we have is the comfort and optimism that — some way, somehow — The S Thing will live on for generations to come.
Tanya Chen is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in New York.
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