Old Man Yells at Cloud

Meaning

What does Old Man Yells at Cloud mean?

Old man yells at cloud refers to an exploitable image macro, taken from The Simpsons, depicting Abe Simpson raising his fist toward the sky.

Online, the image macro is used as a reaction image, using the phrasal template X yells at Y.

Old man yells at cloud

Origin

What's the origin of Old Man Yells at Cloud?

The snippet originates from the March 10th, 2002 episode of The Simpsons, titled “The Old Man and the Key”.

The episode features Abe Simpson getting his driver’s license to feature a photo of him, shouting at a cloud, which was published in a newspaper.

The gag ends with Abe holding his newly made license, yelling “who’s laughing now?” at the cloud.

Spread & Usage

How did Old Man Yells at Cloud spread?

Starting in 2009, various posts and photoshop edits started using the screenshot of the newspaper headline as inspiration for memes.

A frequent early edit featured Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII being yelled at by Abe.

“Old man yells at cloud” would appear on memes in the 2010’s on sites like DeviantART, Facebook as well as Tumblr and Reddit.

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