| Original YTMND:|
|January 13, 2008|
uncle philTMND sites first began appearing after the original site was created by the user dasmoose on Jan 13th, 2008. uncle philTMND sites are based on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air character Phillip Banks, aka "Uncle Phil". Particularly, Uncle Phil's love for mashed potatoes is realized in the accentuated quote "Pillowy mounds of mashed potatoes." Although some claim that the fad was a forced effort by some parties, its popularity caught on instantly. keatonkeaton999 made the first site with the watermark used in the fad.
The toolkit for uncle philTMNDs can be found.
Reasons for uncle philTMND's success
While many fads are often tied down by one song or image, users have found numerous ways to encorporate Phillip Banks and mashed potatoes into unique YTMNDs.
Phillip Banks was one of the most charming and likeable sitcom characters of the nineties.
bonushobo's Epic Prediction
On the comment page of theYTMND, about 7.5 months before the official release of philTMND, user bonushobo predicts the impending popularity of mashed po-ta-toes:
2007-05-27 03:39:55 bonushobo: i have a feeling i might be hearing this alot in the near future
2008-01-14 20:02:29 TravisBatos: bonushobo can predict the future?
2008-01-19 18:19:40 Ochobobo: lol
2008-01-23 22:41:05 Notedog: Epic prediction.