A Detailed Look at the Lego Piece 26047 Meme

If you’ve spent any time online in the past few years, you have probably seen this meme at least once. It’s spread across countless platforms, it’s been parodied countless times, and there are many different versions of it floating around the internet. It even has its own Twitter account! This article will tell you everything you need to know about the Lego Piece 26047 meme — from its origins to the history of some of its best parodies to where it’s going next.

The Beginning


Lego Piece 26047 is a series of photographs depicting an anthropomorphic Lego figure. The photographs depict a skinny, pale man wearing jeans and a black shirt with 26047 written on it. The first four photos were posted by @_icze4r sometime between October 31st and November 1st, 2013 on Twitter and received 671 retweets. I was interested in taking some time to examine these images because they have been adapted into one of my favorite memes that tends to show up whenever someone posts screenshots of one of their Grand Theft Auto 5 heists or walks throughs that are awesome in nature.

The Spread


The meme started on Reddit, and was posted to Imgur. The image has since spread to 9Gag and other sites. This lego piece is used by fans of The Simpsons when discussing the seed—the idea that Lisa Simpson had changed Homer from a greedy man into someone who was more willing to do good in his life. Fans have been speculating as to what would happen if Lisa’s real dad entered Homer’s life, and often joke about that scenario with Lego images like this one of Lego piece 26047, which many people consider a favorite among The Simpsons fans.

The First Variations


There are currently two variations of Erebor Towers. The first, built by Ian Watts in 2009, was 22 studs tall and had a single knob atop each of its four sides. This structure was heavily used by builders as it took advantage of a number of slope pieces that had just been introduced to set: 5973 Cave Goblin Attack (2009). After several months, a new variation appeared in which Ian replaced his four knobs with flat slopes. The towers were now able to connect with other Erebor Towers—or any other building for that matter—without having to resort to an external support system.

The Final Chapters


While it might not be in every book, they’re usually there. Whether you’re reading A Game of Thrones or something by David Foster Wallace, you’ll want to check out those final chapters. It’s an important part of reading anything for work—be it a novel or a case study—so make sure you don’t rush through them (or worse, skip them entirely). Take your time and consider what has happened up until that point before reaching any conclusions about your project or essay. You might have some big ideas that are ready to be expressed but re-reading can help solidify your thoughts before they get onto paper (or in a document).

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