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.


Vice-President Joe Biden looks on during a bilateral meeting between President Obama and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, 18 September 2014. EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL

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.

The meme has lasted so long that Sad Biden has now been tasked with having thoughts on The New Republic.

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.


Source: Daily Caller

Twitchy has written about the tweets.


Source: Twitchy

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.

Perhaps another photo of Joe Biden looking out a window.


Contemplatively looks out the car window during a planning meeting with staff, Vice President Joe Biden is driven back to the White House after speaking to lawmakers, woman against violence advocates, and constituents concerning reducing domestic violence homicides in Rockville, Maryland, on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)