The image macro, used in the “Pizza time stops” meme originates from the 37th episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! which aired under the title “Quest for Pizza” on November 6th, 1989.
One of the earliest instances of the meme online was uploaded to 9GAG in December 2018, which has been recreated by DeviantArt user AGoldspirit on December 18th, 2018.
Within the following period, “Pizza time stops” became a popular image macro format to express repugnance.
The meme’s popularity rose rapidly in 2019, appearing in all sorts of websites, including 9GAG, Reddit, Twitter and Tumblr, while also spawning YouTube parodies and remixes in the years to follow.
- Reddit.com – r/memes