Earlier this year, a "Forever Alone fail" pic showed a gentleman in a suit, sleeping. The text read that his girlfriend took the snap. However, you could see his feet in the mirror holding a smartphone. Over the weekend in Japan, that photo has created a viral sensation.
As Know Your Meme points out, this image is part of the larger "Caught Me Sleeping" meme. The above pic originally hit Tumblr in March and quickly went viral. Online, this faux sleeping selfie was soon labelled a "Forever Alone fail".
On Saturday, the Joon Sung image started making the internet rounds through Japanese cyberspace after Twitter user PFC.Stick13ear uploaded the image, which was retweeted over two thousand times.
Then on Sunday, another Twitter user, @25nozomi25, uploaded her gag take on the fail. The Japanese text reads: "My boyfriend took this photo of me while I was sleeping lol Love him so much lol". After that, "Forever Alone" is written in English. The image has been retweeted over 20 thousand times.
"Forever Alone" is a Western internet meme. It's interesting to see it get picked up, remixed, and spread elsewhere online.
In Japan, this latest "Caught Me Sleeping" has also helped to inspire fan art, further reworkings, and perhaps a greater appreciation of foot-based photography.