About the phrase It Lives In My Sink
The phrase “It Lives In My Sink” refers to a collection of memes in which a character declares, “It Lives In My Sink,” and then freaks out because they think something is living in the sink. The meme has an image of an eyeball protruding from a sink drain. The image of the eyeball—which was actually a glass eye that dropped down the sewer as its owner was washing it—was initially posted to Twitter in September 2021. The photographs became exploitable throughout the month they were released and served as inspiration for various photoshops.
On September 18, 2021, Twitter user @DaniloohD posted a message in Spanish that said, “Washing my eye and it dropped down the drain, now it’s stuck there and I can pull it out,” accompanied with two images showing the eye in the drain from different angles. In around two months, the post received over 178,000 likes and 11,700 retweets.
In addition, the uploader included two images to the remark where he can be seen using a toothpick to seem like he’s stabbing the ill person’s eye while trying to fish the eyeball out.
Twitter users repeatedly edited the photo of the eye in the sink and submitted it to the original post’s comments (examples shown below).
On September 19, 2021, the Instagram account poppyflowercrown published an edited version of a Blobby N Friends webcomic in which one character panics after saying, “It lives in my sink,” and then says, “I have to tear down my sink it lives in my sink, oh god there’s someone in my sink,” before a fourth panel appears that reveals the eye in the sink (shown below). In just two months, the post received over 1,400 likes.
The Halo-themed meme, which was shared on September 22 by iFunny user UNSC HQ and gained over 25 smiles in just two weeks, has Master Chief urging a soldier to calm down who is panicking about it living in the sink. The Couple Texting In Bed meme was used with the eyeball image on November 1st by Facebook page Amabo.
Between September and November, reposts of the memes featuring Blobby N’ Friends and Couple Texting In Bed rose to prominence. For instance, the Blobby version was uploaded on September 19 by the Facebook group Yeah I’m Stuck in the Void, Keep Scrolling, and it received over 4,000 replies and 2,700 shares in only two months. The texting meme was posted on Instagram on October 31st by salad.snake, who received over 83,000 likes in only four days.
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