Snakes on a Plane
|Snakes on a Plane|
|August 25, 2005|
"Enough is enough! I've had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!" - Agent Neville Flynn
The Snakes on a Plane fad began almost a year after it was annouced. Various ytmnds popped up early to parodize the title. The popularity quickly went around the internet and became a popular meme. Fake promotional artwork, trailers, and songs were made and circulated across various internet communities including ytmnd.
Around late March of 2006, it was annouced that the movie would undergo a few days of reshooting to add new scenes to up it's rating from PG-13 to R. Eventually, it was revealed that Samuel Jackosn would have a line similar to that from his past movies, especially Pulp Fiction. The phrase easily became a fad, and even more sites popped up.
The fad reached new limits during early April, when a ytmnd by Mightyhog revealed a hidden easter egg among the lyrics in the song "The End of the World" by R.E.M.:
- That's great. It starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane.
The site gained massive popularity for the find and the song was then included on YTMND Soundtrack Volume 11.
The amount of "Snakes on a Plane" continued to increase up to the movie's release. It is expected then that the amount of SoaP sites will multiply in huge numbers.
Several independent T-shirt manufacturers have made T-shirts with graphics illustrating various humorous representations of "Snakes on a plane".
- One depicts a frontal exterior view of a plane cockpit. The pilot and copilot, viewed through the windows, are depicted to be snakes.
- Another uses vintage road signs to formulate "Snakes + Plane = Snakes on a Plane".
- A third, with a cartoon representation of Samuel L. Jackson's character from the Star Wars series Mace Windu cutting down snakes with a lightsaber, was pulled, presumably for copyright reasons.
The makers of the Snakes on a Plane movie started a "Fan contest" where people voted for their favorite fan of the movie. Max, owner of YTMND, registered as a fan, and since then has recieved over 60,000 votes, well exceeding any other registered fan. (2nd place is 6,655 when last checked) As a result, he has recieved a poster, hat, T-shirt, and soundtrack of the film. Unless another fan makes a miraculous comeback, Max will also recieve a private screening of the movie with 100 friends. Max has said to YTMND in a recent news post, "I seem to be kicking ass. For those of you in the nyc area hit me up as there will likely be spots open at the screening." Unfortunately, on August 8, Max put up a new news statement saying "As many of you know, they removed me from the SoaP contest because someone votehacked under my name to intentionally get me disqualified. I emailed the company and they said they'd reinstate me yesterday. Other than that I don't know, so stop asking me." The current person with the most votes is IBGerd, with 8337.
With creative uses of capital letters and bold or italic text, the title has been manipulated to reflect surprise, horror, or absurdity, among other things.
The meme is often interspersed with images of Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as Mace Windu and quoting lines from both the Star Wars series and Pulp Fiction (both starring or prominently featuring Jackson). The slang form "SoaP" is used in place of "shit happens" or "oh well, what'cha gonna do?".
The phrase "Snakes On a Plane" has been used on Internet forums as to indicate that a given topic is nonsensical.