May 31st, 2012
I like turtles: Portland’s quintessential contribution to the world of memes turns five
It was a simpler time on the Internet. In 2007, most social activity occurred on MySpace and LiveJournal. Current rapid sharing juggernauts Facebook and Twitter were nascent tools used by the few. And yet, one nervous Portland boy managed to spark a meme that would set the standard for many memes to come.
“I like turtles,” he blurted out in a now famous non sequitur to a KGW reporter’s question. And the rest is history.
Five years later? The original YouTube video is hovering around 35 million views. Again, not earth shattering by today’s standards. But we have to respect our meme-tastic past. And, honestly, what better place for odd turtle-liking zombie boys, than Portland? None my friend.