I Do Not Control the Speed at Which Lobsters Die
I do not control the speed at which lobsters die refers to a memorable quote from Drake & Josh, which became a popular anti-meme format in 2017.
The meme would spread as an image macro template, featuring a screenshot from the episode, paired with subtitles.
“I do not control the speed at which lobsters die” was said by Josh (played by Josh Peck) in the Season 3 Episode 5 of Drake & Josh, which first aired in the United States on May 14th, 2005.
The phrase wouldn’t gain popularity until it was removed from its original context in 2017.
Spread and Usage
The meme would first appear on Reddit on April 22nd, 2017, posted to the r/me_irl sub.
Over the following years, it would appear on many of the most popular meme-related subreddits, including r/dankmemes, r/antimeme, r/bonehurtingjuice as well as r/HistoryMemes.
The most popular “I do not control the speed at which lobsters die” meme was posted in the r/HistoryMemes sub on February 14th, 2020, by u/homegrown.
In this case, the creator of the meme combined the image macros, to present various gods from Greek mythology, by editing the subtitles on the screenshots.