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Carl the Hedgehog refers to an exploitable image of a hedgehog named Carl paired with the text explaining that the image will only be posted once. The image spawned a series of derivative posts featuring Carl coming back for various reasons and updates on his further life.

Origin

On October 1st, 2014, Pixabay user amayaeguizabal uploaded several photographs of a hedgehog sitting on a porch.


Hedgehog Erinaceidae Hedgehog Domesticated hedgehog Vertebrate Mammal Porcupine Rodent Whiskers Snout Echidna

On February 28th, 2019, Redditor Lawvamat posted a cropped image of the hedgehog to me_irl subreddit, writing what the hedgehog’s name was Carl and that he would only be posted once, and urging other Redditors to say hi. The post followed the trope of It Is Wednesday, My Dudes and Reginald posts and gained over 48,800 upvotes in one week.


This is Carl He will be here only once and then gone forever This is your only chance to say hi to Carl

Spread

On March 1st, the image was reposted by popular Instagram meme account i_have_no_memes96_v2 (326,000 likes gained in one week), along with several other notable pages.

In the following week, multiple posts about Carl were posted on /r/me_irl subreddit and on Instagram, with many notable versions made by Instagram user dinopox (examples shown below).


Carl missed his flight so he can stay with us Carl has been military dinopox Wish Carl Iuck This is Carl He will be here only once and then gone forever This is your only chance to say hi to Carl Doubt

Various Examples


Carl forgot his wallet and came back to get it. You can still quickly say hi Carl if vou missed him earlier. This is Carl Carl made you breakfast!! say ty to Carl Carl is speaking inthe United Nations on world peace! Praisecoochie Go Carl!
Carl has decided to stay, do not scroll past without out saying thank you Carl Carl got sad cause not enough people said hi, now he's gone for good Tell Carl you're sorry This isn't Carl Run Erinaceidae Hedgehog Domesticated hedgehog Mammal Porcupine Rodent Snout Whiskers Adaptation

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External References

Source : https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/carl-the-hedgehog