The Brief: Taken from a screenshot of an animated educational video, this meme is used to convey something backfiring tremendously in someone's face.

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Though the characters in this meme seem innocent enough, the context behind the meme much darker.

This dank meme format, currently trending on Reddit, comes from a series of screenshots, taken from a Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell YouTube video, “What if We Detonated All Nuclear Bombs at Once”.

Here we go again from r/dankmemes

my poor eyes from r/dankmemes

“Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell” is a German YouTube channel known for producing educational videos tackling various political, scientific, and philosophical topics.

Every hecking time from r/dankmemes

In this particular video, they explore the possibilities behind what might happen if we detonated all of the world’s nuclear bombs at once.

Kurzgesagt has a niche following, so it didn’t take long for memes to begin popping up once the video dropped on March 31st.

In this meme, the image macro shows a bird pressing a button which ignites a nuclear reaction. The meme is meant to imply that someone has made a bad choice and the results quite literally “blow up” in their face. The magnitude of the blast is huge, similar to a nuclear explosion. Talk about getting clapped!

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I finally got it just right 🙁

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F in the chat from r/teenagers

It’s clear that animated bird memes are trending, what with the recent Duolingo Owl memes, too!

There are several variations of this meme – some of which feature additional images and others which have been animated by meme-makers:

Kurzgesagt is a blessing. from r/dankmemes

this gif took my time but alright from r/dankmemes

Happens every time (kurzgesagt is a blessing) from r/dankmemes

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