Lie Down / Try Not To Cry / Cry A Lot
Lie Down / Try Not to Cry / Cry a Lot refers an exploitable comic based around an image featured in a College Humor article titled Realistic Gym Workout Diagrams, which featured parody workout posters. The image has been edited in a number of ways to include various characters and express humorously exaggerated sadness at various events, such as a television series ending. The original has also been included as a reaction image in popular posts with a sad or heartwarming image above it.
On September 10th, 2010, the Internet humor site College Humor published a post titled "Realistic Gym Workout Diagrams," which featured parody workout posters for exercising specific muscle groups. In the article one parody poster in particular shows a man holding curling up in a fetal position with the phrase "Lie Down; Try Not to Cry; Cry a Lot" posted above (shown below). The image was later credited to CollegeHumor's Caldwell Tanner.
In late 2012, edits of the image began circulating online. On March 5th, 2013, the male centered entertainment site Mandatory published an article titled "LIE DOWN. TRY NOT TO CRY. CRY A LOT. AN EMOTIONAL MEME COLLECTION" which collected several of the image edits into a single post. Many of the edits include pop culture references, generally by editing the character in the comic to be a different character from a pop culture series. Other edits include the original post as a reaction image to a heartwarming or sad story (example shown below).
There are over 9,400 "Lie Down Try Not To Cry Cry A Lot" memes on Memecenter as of August 17th, 2017, though it should be noted that not every meme under the tag includes the comic. The image remains popular on Tumblr as well.
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