I Do Not Control the Speed at Which Lobsters Die

Meaning

What does I Do Not Control the Speed at Which Lobsters Die mean?

I do not control the speed at which lobsters die refers to a memorable quote from Drake & Josh, which became a popular anti-meme format in 2017.

The meme would spread as an image macro template, featuring a screenshot from the episode, paired with subtitles.

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Origin

What's the origin of I Do Not Control the Speed at Which Lobsters Die?

“I do not control the speed at which lobsters die” was said by Josh (played by Josh Peck) in the Season 3 Episode 5 of Drake & Josh, which first aired in the United States on May 14th, 2005.

The phrase wouldn’t gain popularity until it was removed from its original context in 2017.

Spread & Usage

How did I Do Not Control the Speed at Which Lobsters Die spread?

The meme would first appear on Reddit on April 22nd, 2017, posted to the r/me_irl sub.

Over the following years, it would appear on many of the most popular meme-related subreddits, including r/dankmemes, r/antimeme, r/bonehurtingjuice as well as r/HistoryMemes.

The most popular “I do not control the speed at which lobsters die” meme was posted in the r/HistoryMemes sub on February 14th, 2020, by u/homegrown.

In this case, the creator of the meme combined the image macros, to present various gods from Greek mythology, by editing the subtitles on the screenshots.

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