It's a Sunday night in December. The air is cold, and your Twitter timeline is quiet. The last election of the year is over, and Congress has nearly put its business to bed.
What is there to talk about on politics Twitter?
There is always sports.
Or Star Wars.
If all else fails, there is the final ice breaker. Tweeting about Joe Biden, after adding a trendy chutney. Just like this.
Others will follow.
It will not stop. People will never realize the joke they treasure is one we probably already killed.
This photo of Vice President Joe Biden is a meme that refuses to go away.
It started in September, when the above photo was taken, and the Internet embraced the opportunity to try and understand what Biden could have been thinking. The meme could have died there, but it instead turned into a Hydra that kept regrowing favs.
Many were unimpressed.
Sad Biden photos, covered in caps lock captions, invaded meme Web sites.
Joe Biden's stay in liminal space has proven so resilient that people have felt no shame in recycling jokes.
However, there are signs that the meme is about to die. First, the content makers have caught on. Not only am I currently writing about tweets about an old Joe Biden photo —Buzzfeed has made it a caption contest.
The Daily Caller has made it a caption contest.
Twitchy has written about the tweets.
People have slowly gone from adoring the photo to hating the Internet to self-doubt to utter confusion.
If this is the last time Sad Joe Biden graces our timelines, there is no doubt it will be replaced by a new one soon.