Post # 1
Alright – I’m hoping someone can enlighten me here.
In the last few months, I’ve seen TONS of pictures in stores, pins on Pinterest, stuff on Facebook, etc featuring various versions of some “Keep Calm and …” phrase.
Anyone know what started all these? Like, did this all originate from something that has spun off into this current state? What is it referring to?
I’ve been quite confused and am hoping someone can help!
Post # 3
They’re spinoffs of a WW2 poster from England “Keep Calm And Carry On”
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Post # 5
Taken from here: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/keep-calm-and-carry-on
“Keep Calm and Carry On” is a well-known public safety poster issued by the British government during World War II. On the web, the poster has inspired a series of image macros centered around the phrasal template “Keep Calm and X.”
In November 2008, T-shirt company Threadlesspublished a spoof design with an upside-down crown and the slogan “Now Panic and Freak Out.” In April 2009, the Keep Calm-o-maticimage generator was created, allowing users to make their own posters as well as hosting a gallery of images made with the site.
Post # 6
Originally the phrase was “Keep Calm and Carry On” and was used in British World War II propaganda posters. The poster was reprinted in the 00s and its popularity is probably down to nostalgia for old-time Britain. The alternatives are just a step on from that original poster.
Hope this answers your question!
Post # 7
My sister has a Keep Calm and Carry On tshirt from England and a sign hanging on her door. Lol
Post # 8
Thanks guys! That at least makes it make a bit more sense but I still find it entirely random and silly. 🙂
Post # 9
I learn something new everyday on WB.
Post # 10
…and eat cupcakes! : ) That’s what my computer decal says, LOL.
The original phrase was “keep calm & carry on”, from a British WWI/II poster that was recently re-dug up again.
Post # 11
Love the Hunger Games one!
I think my favorite was an ad for a concealed-carry gun we ran in one of the magazines I work on. They had a tagline that just said “Keep Calm and Carry One.”