1. By now, you’ve seen this photo of a Kermit puppet with its knees folded in, inspiring what some people are calling the “saddest meme in the world.”
2. The puppet has brought out some the most devastatingly honest, and depressingly existential, musings on the internet.
You can comb through some if you’re really in your feelings right now.
3. In no more than three days, the forlorn Kermit puppet — and derivative memes — was everywhere. People have even found the puppet in other hilariously intricate positions. A lot of people are wondering who in the world is spending their precious time doing this.
Twitter user @JonnySun, who catapulted the kermit puppet to meme-status, told BuzzFeed News he did not know where it originated, and assumed it was a “classic meme.”
“I thought it had been around forever,” he said.
4. Who in the world? That would be 17-year-old Pinja Savolainen from Finland. The teen told BuzzFeed News the Kermit doll is actually her mother’s, and it was purchased “years ago” at a flea market in Finland.
“It’s been lying around our house since I can remember,” Savolainen said.
Earlier this year, she walked past the doll sitting in her kitchen. She had a funny thought to take a photo of it and share it with her Twitter followers.
“It was originally meant to be just a little joke, but then I realized it was actually pretty fun to photograph him so I decided to make it into a thread,” she explained.
5. Which led us back to (not to be hyperbolic but) the GOAT thread that took place in early September. Savolainen snapped the photo of her mom’s old Kermit puppet, and allowed her followers to “request memes.”
What ensued is — and again, you can fight me on this — the greatest Twitter thread of all time. Or, at the very least, the greatest Twitter thread about Kermit the frog of all time.
“I just had these random ideas coming in my head one after another and that’s pretty much how all the different scenarios were born,” she said.
12. On Nov. 10, nearly a month before Sad Kermit memes began to circulate widely online, Savolainen started to worry about her friend, Eve, whomshe hadn’t heard from in a while. Eve loves Kermit, Savolainen said, so she decided to dedicate a tweet to her in hopes of lifting her mood.
Savolainen furled Kermit up in a depleted position and tweeted, “I miss Eve.”
“I was wondering if she was doing all right,” she said of her friend, who hadn’t been active on Twitter. “I felt like taking that pic and posting it for her, I thought maybe it could cheer her up when she gets back.”
And that was the documented birth of Sad Kermit.
(Eve eventually saw and faved the tweet.)
13. Soon, her Sad Kermit photo started to spread and be co-opted into people’s depressing and poetic captions. Savolainen believes her pictures have really “fed” the Kermit meme mania.
“Kermit has always been very popular as a meme,” Savolainen explained. “They’re very relatable on some level.”
She said she’s stumbled upon her Kermit photos being used on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, all garnering thousands of engagement each.
“It makes me feel very happy that people find my memes useful,” Savolainen said in direct response to finding her Kermit photo used for a joke on Instagram that had 100,000 likes.