Ignorance is bliss. It was said by someone, but you'd probably be happier if you never knew who. Whomever it was undoubtedly understands the devastation the Internet community is feeling today after learning the back story of its favorite meme, the Ermahgerd girl. Like the trauma of finding out there's no Santa, the truth about the Ermahgerd girl is super disappointing and may result in the holidays being ruined for the next couple of years. 

Ermahgerd WHY?

The Ermahgerd girl is actually 24-year-old nurse Maggie Goldenberger. Bad news: she doesn't look like that; and worse news: she never did. Goldenberger tells Vanity Fair, the famous picture was taken while playing dress-up with her friends when she was 11 years old. She never wore her hair in pigtails, pulled that legendary vest out of a costume box, and as a goof, put in her retainer.

Oh, and the Goosebumps books we thought she loved so dearly- NOT MUCH OF A FAN!  "I was not an avid Goosebumps reader,” she said, breaking hearts the world over.

Sources: Vanity Fair