Meet Zhdun: a gray blob with belly rolls, arms, and an alien face that looks like he should be hanging out in a Mos Eisley cantina. Zhdun — translation: “the one who waits” — is the artistic vision of Margriet van Breevoort, a sculptor from the Netherlands. She created Zhdun, as first reported by BuzzFeed, to “symbolize patients’ experience of waiting to see a doctor.” Which, sure.
Except, Zhdun has now taken on new life as a meme in Russia, thanks to the sculpture’s rising popularity on Russian social networks and websites like Pikabu and Vkontakte. Just look at those placidly folded human hands and patient eyes that will haunt your dreams.
The Zhdun meme has since picked up speed on Facebook and Twitter. Frankly, it doesn’t matter how many ways from Sunday you edit him, I still hate this blobby guy.
Unclear if it’s his wide, unblinking eyes or the fact that Zhdun’s humanoid body ends in a massive blob of dimpled flesh, but something about him just gives me the creeps. Van Breevoort told BuzzFeed she plans to build Zhdun a companion sometime soon, so maybe having two of them will help. Then again, maybe not.