In the year 2017, there's almost no bit of news that doesn't merit a moment of surprise as we attempt to process what we're hearing. "President Trump fabricated a terrorist attack in Sweden." "A YouTuber is eating photos of Jason Segel." "Lana Del Rey's new single might be the best of her career."
At any such revelations, we can only offer a fluttering series of blinks:
That GIF, which depicts Drew Scanlon of video game website Giant Bomb reacting to a colleague's mention of "farming with my hoe," has been in circulation since 2015, according to Know Your Meme. But it's recently found a second life on Twitter, where people are finding all kinds of uses for it.
me: ill take a biology class, im smart enough for this just watch me— iniro🐔 (@eskbl) February 5, 2017
Christians: separate the KKK from Christianity!!— lil oxtail vert (@MosDebt) February 14, 2017
Muslims: separate ISIS from Islam.
me: i love that gif of the white guy blinking— ㅤjocey jolie (@selcouths) February 16, 2017
friend: what gif?
Me: that gif of the guy blinking and looking surprised is the best meme of all time— Shan (@shaaylo) February 18, 2017
Someone else: nah I've seen better
me: i want to–— jaboukie young-white (@jaboukie) February 15, 2017
my bank account:https://t.co/cmTq5mWqt2
me: *buys stuff*— beto (@AlbertoSauce) February 15, 2017
bank account: *deducts the money I spent*
Child: Can you stop at mcdonalds— Demetrius Harmon (@meechonmars) February 17, 2017
Mom: You got mcdonalds money?
Child: Yes.... Yes I do
"Why are you here if you don't know anything?"— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 14, 2017
Kellyanne Conway: pic.twitter.com/WMJsv0eSe6
"The leaks are real, the news is fake." pic.twitter.com/xRhx6WUqOl— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 16, 2017
When ur man gets u mad so u say ur going to sleep at 6:30 PM and he replies with "goodnight" pic.twitter.com/azJmcswOVa— Maria 🐻 (@cakefacedcutie) February 14, 2017
"Man, college made me so broke"— Jair L. (@Half__Saint) February 16, 2017
"Sameeee. What are you doing for spring break?"
"Going to Cancun. You?"
waking up next to my enemy and pretending to be shocked after we hooked up sober pic.twitter.com/scXKyZWZ9N— Carina Hsieh (@carinahsieh) February 18, 2017
white people: I'm 38% german, 35% swedish, 25% danish, 2% milk— Jexi 🐾 (@sincerelyjexi) February 9, 2017
me: I'm puerto rican not mexican
white people: pic.twitter.com/oTHuD1vtTu
me: *unfollows someone*— jackson martin (@ITZJACKMARTIN) February 15, 2017
them: *unfollows me back*
Me: I know every meme.— Brendan Bergen (@carpetislava) February 15, 2017
Someone: Then what's the name of the one with the blinking white guy?
me: *knows im ugly*— chanel (@hslaurent) February 14, 2017
someone: youre ugly
Me: this tests is gonna be so easy, Ima get a 100— Ray Lopez (@Powerful) February 15, 2017
Test: Name______ pic.twitter.com/NflegPQtuo
White People: I can't believe that people keep animals chained up— khairy the comedian (@OMG_ItsKhairy) February 15, 2017
Me: almost like slavery
White people: slavery? pic.twitter.com/bUY0ONL4Rb
me to anyone: ok cool i'll be there on time— jomny sun (@jonnysun) February 18, 2017
me to me: pic.twitter.com/cZsYlJULU2
me: im gonna learn how to cook!! im gona learn how to cook and nothings gonna stop me!!!!— jomny sun (@jonnysun) February 19, 2017
recipe: Preheat oven
me: im amazimg at staring contests!!!! no one can beat me in a staring contest!!! no one!!!— jomny sun (@jonnysun) February 19, 2017
[other person beats me in a staring contest]
homeless person: could you spare some change?— maha (@wallahi) February 18, 2017
me: sorry i can't
homeless person: broke ass
Me: "I'm gonna fail this exam lol"— Joseph Morgan (@Josephmorgan96) February 16, 2017
Me:I need more hours— lud jew. (@HalfJewish) February 11, 2017
Job:can you cover ______ shift
Me acting surprised on judgment day when I get told I'm going to hell pic.twitter.com/BihKoL7d6q— John Wayne (@abedelrey) February 15, 2017
When you watching your favorite movie with someone and an important part comes on but you look over and the person is just on their phone... pic.twitter.com/w9Kcp3IInO— Marcus Perez (@Markaaaay) February 18, 2017
"You're getting pulled over for going 40 above the speed limit" pic.twitter.com/VDQhpVxdk1— G (@tacoboutpics) February 17, 2017
Me: "I like you."— not a tl terrorist (@avatarcmoney) February 18, 2017
Crush: "I like you too."
Her: wow you got a good job, you single, you dont play games, and you got your own place. Like whats wrong with you.— Sith Lord Trell (@iTrap4TheHokage) February 17, 2017
Me: I'm 5'7
me: this essay is so bad— chanandler bong (@kitttenqueen) February 18, 2017
professor: this essay is bad
miley: has the exact same face and voice as hannah montana— honey lemon (@k8iem4) February 16, 2017
miley: i'm hannah montana
me: spends $300 on a shirt— mommy fortuna (@SNATCHERYDOO) February 17, 2017
me when an app I want costs $0.99: pic.twitter.com/9rJaMRRWes
Finally, the bemused expression appropriate for literally any occasion.