What Is The 'Always Has Been' Meme? Great Examples Of Astronaut Joke
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What Is The 'Always Has Been' Meme With Great Examples Of Astronaut Gun Joke

Jasmyne Jeffery February 11, 2023

Sometimes, memes are just so good that there never really go away. That’s what happened with the ‘always has been meme’ as it goes viral once again. Perhaps it’s the versatility of the trend or that it’s just that funny. We tell you exactly what the astronaut gun joke is with some great examples.

Whether it’s jokes about flat earthers, Ohio, or something else completely random, those two astronauts in space can’t get a break. No doubt you’ve seen it before, but the is trending once again. If you’ve always loved it but have always been a little confused, we can give you the details.

Where The Always Has Been Meme Came From Explained

It started off as a bunch of drawings and quickly escalated to an established meme where the template can be used for anything.

According to Know Your Meme, the astronaut gun joke first began in 2016 on Reddit, when a user posted a drawing of two astronauts, with one discovering that the earth had been flat all along. Back then, the template had the second astronaut saying ‘sry fam’ instead of the infamous words we know and love today.

It wasn’t until 2 years later that ‘always has been’ got added to the equation on 4chan, joking that Earth was all America.

Then, Ohio got added into the mix with the spread of ‘Ohio vs the World‘ memes. The post massively took off with thousands of likes across social media which inspired even more Microsoft paint edits. By 2020, we got the more realistic-looking meme that went everywhere and so began the meme that we all know, love, and see all the time.

With a resurgence in Ohio memes in the last couple of months (sorry Ohio) the ‘always has been’ meme has come back with a vengeance.

Now we know the history of the joke, it’s time to look at the best examples of it.

The Funniest Examples Of The Astronaut Gun Template

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the following memes.

We’re not sure where Australia is in this example, but the shape of the map is a little odd…

Say what you want about the MCU Spiderman’s, but they can’t touch the nostalgia attached to the originals.

At least it’s not Ohio this time!

Never judge until you’ve built a house, raised a farm and spent days digging for diamonds yourself.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, too.

We’re living in a POV world now.

Never wish your life away, kids. Being an adult isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and exams are just the start.

Ah, doge, a time in our lives we’ve probably tried to suppress.

If you’re finding this one funny, it’s possible you may need to get out a little more.

Nothing like a meme of inception action to make a meme good.

Sure, we probably saw it a lot when it first came out. But we’ve had so time to cool off and actually miss it, so we’re more than happy with it trending again. You could always make your own 2023 version, or just enjoy the good ol’ ones.

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Jasmyne Jeffery is a full-time Entertainment and News Writer on university-themed website Freshered and HITC, and joined the company having previously worked in a freelance role. She attended the University of South Wales where she was also a student blogger and graduated in 2022 with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing. Now, she puts her creativity to use reviewing university bars, Love Island episodes and the latest apps any 18-25-year-old is using.