For the past three days, Tumblr blog Easily Distracted Zebra
has been working hard at spear-heading a new viral image mashup wherein a funny moment of wildlife reporting
, in which a zebra about to have its head sandwiched between a giant Nile crocodile's jaws seems weirdly distracted
, makes light of important events historical and current. By inserting said distracted zebra into other supposedly gripping situations (like the JFK assassination
, Tom Cruise's couch-jumping episode
, or Indiana Jones' run-in with a giant boulder
), this meme pokes fun at distracted viewing practices in our hyper-mediated world.
We are the easily distracted zebra, looking absentmindedly at something else as a tsunami approaches (at right) or while a person dies right in front of us. This is maybe the smartest, creepiest meme since the Badger Dance. (TheDailyWhat)