Yesterday, the people of the Internet did what they do every other day: they became suddenly and massively obsessed with something completely stupid.
Earlier in the week, it was that thing that makes you into a creepy dancing cartoon, and yesterday, it was a Microsoft app that just sucks at guessing your age.
Who knew that in order to go viral, you just had to make something that didn't work, but also satisfy people's desires to have people look at them? Actually, of course that went viral.
Anyway, let me take you through it. Here is a short history of the How Old Robot:
Most people just used the app to share pictures where they thought they looked good...
#HowOldRobot#hongyok#หงหยก#YouareBeautifulpic.twitter.com/EhKBWC0jUg — ป๊อกกี้ :) (@pocky_28) May 1, 2015
...whether the app was accurate or not.
#awkward #HowOldRobot #howolddoilook pic.twitter.com/9bgPjn3sXJ — Hayley Griffiths (@haylz_griff) May 1, 2015
But then, people began experimenting.
#HowOldRobot nails it here @LukeWMcGregor @adamhillscomedy @RobHunterswords @DeAnne_Smith @calbo pic.twitter.com/CquEF7is21 — Hannah Gadsby (@Hannahgadsby) May 1, 2015
Bravo, #HowOldRobotpic.twitter.com/GJtN0cLzMa — Marshall Julius (@MarshallJulius) May 1, 2015
Lmao @microsoft @GabeAul @thurrott @satyanadella @tomwarren @maryjofoley @joebelfiore @JoannaStern #Build2015 pic.twitter.com/r9hJ8qAKzT — Brian Fagioli (@brianfagioli) April 30, 2015
OK Microsoft is straight up trolling my sister and the plastic baby here http://t.co/A3cpV0qszQ pic.twitter.com/BKsuvz0Zkb — Tom Warren (@tomwarren) April 30, 2015
Being a zombie really ages you. http://t.co/dm3VwRHmwJ#Build2015pic.twitter.com/Hmpfv6OaZD — Pete Pachal (@petepachal) April 30, 2015
Zayn leaving One Direction has really taken its toll.
A moment of silence for Zayn... OK, MOMENT OVER! KEEP READING!
It thought I was as old as Jesus and that fake Mozart was a 36-year-old lady.
It gave this peeping Tom what he deserved.
DON'T SPY ON YOUR ALIEN NEIGHBORS.
Sometimes, the app was kind of spot on.
Then, it would tell you this model is a 53-year-old man.
And there was, of course, THIS unsettling image, which will stay with me until the day I die.
ok so now im 11 #HowOldRobot #HowOldNet pic.twitter.com/vuLm0vJMjD — ChimmyChunger (@chimmychunger) May 1, 2015
Finally, with the Internet being the Internet, stuff like this started to happen.
Wow - that website wasn't too far off: #HowOldRobot pic.twitter.com/b6rUvvLQ2i — SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) April 30, 2015
Oh, I guess this thing is pretty accurate after all. #HowOldRobot pic.twitter.com/PzsdNHULTU — TWC SportsNet (@TWCSportsNet) April 30, 2015
wow it really works #HowOldRobot pic.twitter.com/XyCQu7JjEJ — gabriel (@gabrielgironda) April 30, 2015
End soon, it must. Yes, hmmm. #HowOldRobotpic.twitter.com/r6qVteNKjr — Alexander Svensson (@wortfeld) May 1, 2015