You want to talk about cult followings? YTMND is short for "You're the man now, dog" as uttered by Sean Connery from the movie Finding Forrester (see: ytmnd's wikipedia entry) and has somehow made its way into my
daily nightly routine.
The site has a fark-dot-com-esque ability to spawn clichés (or memes) and, in fact, there is a lot of overlap in their respective cliché families (
Domo Kun, Brian Peppers, and O RLY, to name a few). There are also some totally unique to YTMND, such as Conan, Tiger Handheld, Medieval Tapestry, and the Roxbury Brothers.
Sure, being fluent in an obscure internet culture is probably not a desirable trait amongst normal people, but the evolution of these internet memes is fascinating to observe. You can't help but get a little caught up.
Originally, the purpose of this post was not to describe the YTMND phenomenon, but to showcase the recent creation of a mosaic of the first 100,000 YTMND's ever made. I figured a little history might make that more meaningful because the mosaic itself actually serves absolutely no purpose whatsoever... other than to show what one cult follower can be inspired to create. (make sure you use the "+" and "-" buttons to zoom in and out).