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Chubby Bubbles Girl is a photoshopmeme based on a photograph of a girl running through a yard with a bubble maker in her hand. This exploitable series is similar in form to Disaster Girl, Crasher Squirrel and Thundersnow Ice Cream Cone Guy.

Origin

The identities of the girl in the photo and the photographer still remain unknown, but the original image first appeared online via imageboard community 4chan[1] in a /b/ (random) thread posted on August 22nd, 2009.

On 4chan, images containing an exploitable cutout of the girl have been also referred to as "Bubbles Girl" or simply "Chubbles." Somewhat similar to the use of Disaster Girl and Strutting Leo, Chubby Bubbles Girl is usually photoshopped into scenes of disasters or chase-and-run scenarios.

Spread

In between August 22nd and 23rd, 2009, Chubby Bubbles Girl emerged as a popular subject of photoshop-related threads[2] on 4chan imageboards and quickly made its way over to the micro-blogging service Tumblr[3] On September 12th, BuzzFeed[4] editor Scott Lamb, then a power user on the site, created the post titled "What is Bubbles Girl Running From?" challenging readers to create their own photoshopped versions with an exploitable cutout:

She's got her bubbles, but she's definitely on the run from something. Use our photo editor or grab the image transparency to help us find out!

By September 23rd, users on 4chan[5] celebrated its newly reached memetic status in a /b/ (random) thread with repetitive chants of "NEW MEME NEW MEME NEW MEME." Later in the same month, MemeGenerator[6] launched an image macro application for "Chubby Bubbles Girl," spawning a modest collection of 200 derivatives in the span of two months. There is also a Facebook fan page[7] dedicated to Chubby Bubbles Girl with just over 600 likes.

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Search Interest

According to Google Insights, search queries for "Bubbles Girl" yielded its highest spike in July 2009 following the introduction of photoshopping threads on 4chan's /b/. Despite the large volume of
derivatives generated by 4chan and Buzzfeed, the overall interest in "Chubby Bubbles Girl" has waned since peaking in 2009.

External References

[1]4chanarchive – August 22nd, 2009 Chubby Bubbles Girl Thread (NSFW)

[2]4chanarchive – August 23rd, 2009 Chubby Bubbles Girl (NSFW)

[3]Tumblr – Tagged Results for Chubby Bubbles Girl

[4]BuzzFeed – What's Bubble Girl Running From?

[5]4chanarchive via Wayback Machine – /b/ thread 154654064

[6]Memegenerator – Chubby Bubbles Girl

[7]Facebook – Chubby Bubbles Girl


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ValjeanLafitte

3 days after I pointed it out (and many years after it was first pointed out) and you still haven't credited the photographer. What I want to know is, why can't KYM switch to an anyone-can-edit system like Wikipedia? It would go a long way towards combating lazy editors that don't read comments.

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ValjeanLafitte

Dear KYM editors:

Before celebrating the anniversary of an old meme by sharing that meme's page on the main page, why not make sure the page is actually up-to-date? 6 years ago KYM user Eriks linked to the photographer's page in the comment section below. 4 years ago DaveLV reminded you that the photographer's name is Anna Jurkovska and that she is from Latvia. There is no excuse that after 8 years and 8 different editors that this information still hasn't been added to the article. Now is as good a time as any.

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ValjeanLafitte

Also, if the photographer really is unknown, where did I get this?

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som

You do realize that you can do this yourself right? Ask for editorship, contact any of the moderators or writers through PMs or discord, and edit it yourself. I honestly don't get why people go "lol kym staff can't even keep shit up to date haha" when they can just, do it themselves.

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The Shadow322

9 years? Oh my gosh, now I'm kinda curious is she's aware of this meme all these years later?

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DaveLV

The bubble girl picture was taken in 2009 by photographer Anna in Riga, Latvia.
Proof: http://miljons.com/im/lv/2013/01_20/17604.jpg

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Nerdsoft

Should really be called "Oh HELL No".

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nebbie13

I seriously thought that Honey Boo Boo Child was the Chubby Bubbles Girl when I saw the commercial for the show. >_<

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epicawesomeness5

Please look to the comment above, and recite the words in quatation marks.

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Trollkeeper

This is indeed awesome.

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Eriks

More "chubby bubbles girl" on photo author's facebook page http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4355615571521.2181256.1321664961&type=1

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SoRaC

im the only one that dosnt found it amusing at all?

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Carrie Enright

Congratulations, you've found an entertaining image series to be boring. You must have a horrible taste in 'memes', for that, I suggest 1 whole week of 4chan with no temptation of browsing 9gag.

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Emperor Palpitoad

THE FINAL BATTLE

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