Heads Up! Trebuchet Memes Are Here

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Trebuchet memes are here. Yep, that’s right, pick your jaw up off the floor: memes about the medieval siege engine known as the trebuchet (pronounced “treh-byoo-shay”), a device capable of flinging 90-kilogram stones more than 300 meters, are en vogue. “Finally,” you say, and honestly, I agree. It’s been a long time coming — but they’re here, “they” being trebuchet memes.

This mildly viral tweet from Twitter user @StrangeColt alerted us to the existence of trebuchet memes:

Many of these memes come from a subreddit devoted to trebuchet memes, r/trebuchetmemes. How long have trebuchet memes been around? “the Facebook page ‘Duchy of Burgundyball’ has been posting about crusader and trebuchet memes for a couple of years now,” one Redditor claims. Okay.

The thing about this meme is that it’s more of a meta-meme, an inversion that takes a single joke and applies it to a variety of other meme templates, rather than a single template from which hundreds of thousands of jokes can be created. The joke in this case is that the trebuchet can fling 90 kilograms of projectile a distance of 300 meters. Like so:

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Or this one, concerning woke Squidward.

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This one’s very topical. Trebuchet memes aren’t afraid to address hot-button issues.

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The other important thing to know about members of the trebuchet fandom is that they hate catapults, an inferior siege that’s used by fools. Unless it’s your first raid on a fortified castle keep, using a catapult is unacceptable.

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Imagine showing these trebuchet memes to a medieval person. They’d think you were a witch and then mace you or something lol.