10 years ago today, Internet history was changed by an impatient, chicken-eating man.

10 years ago today, Internet history was changed by an impatient, chicken-eating man.
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And that man's name was Leeroy Jenkins.

On May 11, 2005, a video was uploaded to the site WarCraftMovies.com, entitled "Leeroy!!" It told the tale of a group of adventurers preparing for one of their toughest battles yet, and a man who was off getting chicken and didn't listen to any of their careful plans. It's not the most obvious viral hit—World of Warcraft already had millions of subscribers in 2005, but it was still surprising to see the tale of Leeroy's epic case of ADHD cross over into mainstream success, and all without YouTube. Even though YouTube had just been invented, not many people were using it yet, and viral videos still originated from a host of random sites like this.

Nevertheless, the message of these nerds' fastidious preparations (33.33%, repeating of course) being ruined by a trigger happy bro (real-life player Ben Schulz) who had just come back from reheating some KFC turned out to be a universal one. Whether it was a group project in school, a play on the sports field, or a presentation for your boss, we've all had our careful planning blown away by the Leeroys of the world. And yet somehow we love them for it (even though the video may have been a staged promotional stunt re-enacting a previous event, for which the guild PALS FOR LIFE was paid).

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At least they have chicken.

Here's the full transcript:

(from vidqt.com)

Ok guys, these eggs have given us a lot of trouble in the past. Does anybody need anything off this guy? Or can we bypass him?
I think leeroy needs something from this guy
He needs those shoulders? Isn't he a paladin?
Yeah, but that will help him heal better. He'll have more mana.
Christ...Ok, what we'll do, I'll run in first, gather all the eggs. We can kinda just blast them all down. I will use Intimidating Shout to kinda scatter them so we won't have to fight a whole bunch of them at once. When my shout's done I'll need Anthony to come in and drop his shout, too, so we can keep them scatterd, not fight too many. When his is done, Basacorse needs to run in, do the same thing. We're gonna need divine intervention on our mages, so they can AoE, so we can of course get them down fast. Cause we're bringing all these guys, I mean, we'll be in trouble if we don't get them down quick. I think it's a pretty good plan, we should go pull it off this time. What do you think, Abdul? Can you give me a number crunch real quick?
Yeah, give me a sec. Im coming up with 32.33, repeating of course, percentage of survival

That's a lot better then we usually do -
Alright, thumb's up, lets do this! Leeeeerroy Jeeenkins!
Oh my god, he just ran in
Save him -Oh jeez -Stick to the plan
Oh jesus, let's go let's go
Stick to the plan, stick to the plan
Oh jeez, oh f**k. Do divine intervansion
Hurry up -I can't cast
I can't move, I can't move -What the hell?
I can't AE -Oh my god
I don't think you can cast with that s**t -Oh my god
Oh my god
God dammit, Leeroy. God dammit
Leeroy, you moron
I'm trying. It's not my fault
Who's soulstoned? We do have a soulstone up, don't we?
Oh god
Oh for--
Leeroy, you are just stupid as hell

At least I have chicken.
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