The World War II meme that circled It's not you. Bad doors are everywhere. 1 day ago   02:08

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Kilroy was here — those three words showed up in a lot of surprising places. Follow Phil Edwards and Vox Almanac on Facebook for more: https://www.facebook.com/philedwardsinc1/

We know about the epic drama of World War II, but what about the jokes? The above video tells the story (as best as we can). The iconic piece of graffiti that was known, in America, as "Kilroy Was Here" traveled the world in a fashion remarkably similar to a modern meme.

Read some more background here: http://www.vox.com/2015/12/11/9886246/kilroy-was-here

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Xavier
In Adventure Time, this drawing is Finn's signature.
MARCO ZANUTTINI
kilroy was here
Anuradha Ranasinghe
Killroy was here [email protected]@_=_
GERARD LEONARD
I saw this drawing on a napkin holder at a restaurant in the middle of nowhere, BC
It's ya boi Chocolatier
Checkmate, EU
What am I doing with this channel
Imagine storming the beaches of Normandy and seeing pepe engraved in the sand
luro cy
Kilroy is the type of person to type first in a comment section
Didi Boo
Where is it
Eileen Smyth
Why build a fountain you can't make wishes in?
SajidA829
This is on my city’s map, lol.
Matthias Gray
I used to draw this back in h.s.
XSleepy Coffee
Kilroy was here
James Yuen
How about some Medieval Memes.
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I've seen that inscription
StopItPlease
We have a Kilroys restaurants here in Indianapolis, the logo/mascot looks exactly the that little guy
Klaus Darius
Damm my new scary monster...kill Roy
WirySpinx3932 yt
Don't forget call of duty ww2
ARMY Purple
Thanks for showing up in my recommended, 3 years after this was uploaded.
Goth Nerd
https://ufl.ae/videow/toeM8Jb7pji this video brought me here
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It's not you. Bad doors are everywhere. The World War II meme that circled 1 day ago   05:32

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This video is about doors. Joe Posner investigates, with some help from 99% invisible, a wonderful podcast. Check them out here: http://www.99pi.org

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There's a door on the 10th floor in the Vox Media office I hate so much. You probably know one of these too. But it's not our fault.

And luckily, Roman Mars of 99% Invisible magically arrived in my cellphone to send me on a cross-country journey to find out the incredible surprises behind this common complaint:

Don Norman started complaining about doors over 25 years ago. Doors shouldn't need instructions – the shape of them can guide you through just fine. So why do so many doors need instruction manuals right on the side of them?

When most people complain about something, nothing happens. Don Norman is not most people – he's a psychologist and cognitive scientist. Don Norman thought about, and wrote about his complaints so incredibly thoroughly that he changed the world. 99% Invisible's Roman Mars helps tell the story.

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