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Back when a brand-new company called Google was getting its first trickle of angel investment from the likes of Jeff Bezos and others, early netizens could already use a service called G-mail in 1998. Mainly, it was used by fans of a certain obese, lasagna-loving cartoon cat.

This week, cursed images of an enormous stuffed animal with legs seemingly made to strangle you in your sleep spread across the internet after a Twitter user shared some Amazon reviews of the 2m Joyfay Giant Teddy Bear. Some shoppers assumed they were ordering a larger version of a childhood teddy, but were disturbed to receive a furry creature with disproportionally long legs.

You've probably seen it: A stock photo of a white-haired old man in a plain red turtleneck with the words "guess I'll die" scrawled across his chest. But the story of how Mike Baldwin, a 76-year-old retired chemistry and biochemistry professor, actually became the internet's preeminent expression of fatalism has remained a mystery. As it turns out, an ailing artist's late-life career shift collided with an Atlanta man's frustration over healthcare costs, resulting in a meme about dying that found life online.