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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Great New Internet Meme - "Helpful Tyler Durden"

Okay.  This meme isn't exactly "new".  It has actually been around for a little more than six months, as best as I can tell.  When it comes to meme's it's one hell of an interesting concept.

If you have seen 'Fight Club', or have read Chuck Palahniuk's novel of the same name, then you're quite familiar with Tyler Durden.  He is one of the few iconic male characters in the last 20 years.  His perspective of the world made you question yourself, and your place within it.

Think of "Helpful Tyler Durden" as having members of Project Mayhem making an impact on people's lives on an individual level, much like the scene where Tyler decides to rob the liquor store, takes the clerk into the back alley, and puts a gun to his head.  Instead of pulling the trigger, he takes the clerk's ID, and asks Raymond (the clerk) what he wants to do with his life.  He replies that he wants to be a veterinarian.
Tyler: I know who you are and where you live Raymond, if you're not on your way to becoming a veterinarian in 3 weeks I will find you and kill you. Now go home...
Raymond runs away, in tears.
Tyler: "Tomorrow will be the most beautiful day of Raymond K. Hessel's life. His breakfast will taste better than any meal you and I have ever tasted."
Below are some of my favorite "Helpful Tyler Durden" posts, of the dozens I've seen.  By far, the best one is the very last.  So true.  Enjoy.