What does Porque No Los Dos mean?
Porque no los dos (why not both or why don’t we have both in English) is a Spanish phrase that gained popularity on the internet as a reaction meme.
The meme is used in situations where a decision is to be made between two things, suggesting to consider a third option by picking both of them.
What's the origin of Porque No Los Dos?
The origin of the meme is from an Old El Paso commercial, a US company that deals with tortilla and Tex-Mex style food products.
This specific was produced and aired in Australia, and its focus was on a product that offered both soft and hard-shell tortillas in one package.
The ad shows a bunch of people debating whether one tortilla is superior to the other.
However, at the end, a little girl phrases the important question: Porque no los dos?
Both GIFs and still images were used from the scene to create the well-recognized why not both memes.
Spread & Usage
How did Porque No Los Dos spread?
The commercial was pretty well known at the time it aired, therefore in 2010, a Facebook fan page was launched, dedicated to the girl from the ad.
Although her identity was not known at the time yet.
The first image macro version of the meme surfaced on FunnyJunk.
The meme then spread through platforms such as Reddit or 4chan, and eventually went viral in the 2010s.
In 2012 the meme was added on the site Quickmeme.
- FunnyJunk – Why Cant We Have Both
- Quickmeme – Why not both
- Reddit – /r/Trees: Tacos and Trees, why not both!?