'Ridiculously Photogenic Guy' Is the Latest Inexplicable Viral Craze

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"Ridiculously Photogenic Guy" is a bit of an anomaly among Internet memes. It's not about cats, it's not a rickroll, it's not an epic fail or an epic win, and it doesn't feature an adorable animal with something balanced on its head. In fact, Ridiculously Photogenic Guy is just a photo of a rather carefree-looking dude who's in the middle of a 10k run—and it's gone insanely viral, despite the fact that he's not 1) pooping his pants or 2) legbombing the camera.

In fact, you could say that the most interesting thing about Ridiculously Photogenic Guy is the fact that he became an Internet sensation at all.

The popular photo is of 25-year-old New York resident Zeddie Little. On March 31, Little took part in the Cooper River Bridge 10k run, which was held in Charleston, South Carolina, and at some point during the race an amateur photographer named Will King randomly snapped his picture. King first posted the image on his Flickr account, and eventually decided to share it on Reddit:

One of my friends commented on the picture and said something along the lines of 'I dub this guy Mr. Ridiculously Photogenic.' I thought it was a pretty cool comment, so I posted it on Reddit. For some reason it just took off from there.

"Took off" is a bit of an understatement: almost instantly, the picture racked up millions of hits on Google and other sites.

Naturally, the real attraction of the photo meme is the much-loved tradition of users adding their own text to the image. Ridiculously Photogenic Guy has spawned a ton of altered versions of the original photo, with commentary like, "Goes For Run: Inadvertently Teaches World How To Spell "Ridiculously," "Photobombs Wedding Picture: Nobody Minds," and "Picture Gets Put Up As Employee Of The Month: For A Company That He Doesn't Work For."

Here's a look at Ridiculously Photogenic Guy in action:


As for why the image went viral in the first place, well, it's anyone's guess. Maybe it's that the photo really is sort of amusing, what with his remarkably refreshed appearance in the middle of a race and all. Maybe it's that every meme has a sort of tipping point, where regardless of the original appeal, it becomes popular simply because people like to be in on a social trend. Maybe it's in an uncertain times, Mr. Little's beaming smile gives us hope that it's all gonna be okay.

Or maybe it just proves that if there's one thing you can predict about Internet sensations, it's that they're largely unpredictable. Run on, Ridiculously Photogenic Guy.

Have you seen this particular meme? What do you think the appeal is?

Image via Know Your Meme

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Water... Water_geM

hes not that great looking.

Javi0... Javi05Eli07

I have seen it and the smiling makes me want to go for a run.  Other people in the photo look as if they are miserable and in pain, but he makes it look like way too much fun.

navyw... navywife0204

LOL!  The only reason my hubby sent me the link to this was because he got a kick out of the fact the pic was snapped during the bridge run.   He's run the race 3 times.


 

Amina... AminaChare

I thought most of them were funny that I have come across.

Venae Venae

He's a cutie pie!


 

Torra... TorranceMom

Handsome! He looks really friendly.

nonmember avatar bmarleysma84

ummm i did this run... and managed to miss this hunk... i did see lots of very unhappy looking walkers and runners... the wind was horrible on the bridge!

Sweet... Sweet_Britt

I wish you'd posted the whole photo....lol The other 2 women look AWFUL so he's this beeming light behind them....hahaha


I think he's totally adorable and love the meme :D

Julie Booth-Lamirand

I don't get this at all. So what? Yeah, he's cute, but it's at the beginning of a 10K -not the end of a marathon. I have no idea why people find the photo so, well, anything.

MomLi... MomLily67

Even his name is cute, I'd meme him any day...

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