The “Ohio will be eliminated” photo first appeared online in a post on Tumblr, uploaded by user screenshotofdespair on August 6th, 2016.
It gained a lot of likes and shares, while being simultaneously reposted on other sites, appearing in articles and tweets.
A related meme about Ohio posing a danger on neighboring states was posted on r/mapporncirclejerk by u/chukotkaa on January 26th, 2017.
“Ohio will be eliminated” was posted on the r/Ohio subreddit by u/CAndrewK on March 31st, 2017.
In 2018 and 2019, the meme started spawning various iterations, the most popular of which is the “Wait, it’s all Ohio?” version, which is based on the “Wait, it’s all America?” template.
“Ohio will be eliminated” would see references on sites like Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, Instagram and iFunny.
- Dnainfo.com – Michigan Ave. Bus Stop Says Nation’s 7th Largest State Will Be Destroyed
- Reddit – r/Ohio