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The World War II meme that circled the world

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Published on Dec 11, 2015

Kilroy was here — those three words showed up in a lot of surprising places. Follow Phil Edwards and Vox Almanac on Facebook for more: https://www.facebook.com/philedwardsi...

We know about the epic drama of World War II, but what about the jokes? The above video tells the story (as best as we can). The iconic piece of graffiti that was known, in America, as "Kilroy Was Here" traveled the world in a fashion remarkably similar to a modern meme.

Read some more background here: http://www.vox.com/2015/12/11/9886246...

Sounds via RiverNile7, Daemeon1427, and JasonElrod, found at Freesound.org.

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