‘Let’s Get A Table Outside’ meme takes on climate change

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Analysis

It’s September, which means fall is imminent. But if you live in one of the regions currently experiencing high temperatures and excessive heat warningsit probably feels like summer unending.

I survived higher temperatures 100 degrees Fahrenheit for the majority of the past three months, and now I just want the weather to get colder so I can sit outside without breaking a sweat.

Feeling like you’re melting while trying to eat or drink on a patio is no fun. That’s the sentiment behind a meme I’ve seen in recent weeks on the internet. The format is simple: someone is quoted as saying “Let’s take a table outsidefollowed by an image of what it looks like to you, usually a still from a TV show or movie of a character drenched in sweat.

The Sweaty Elvis same appeared in several “let’s have a table outside” memes. Willem Dafoe and real housewives have also been used to illustrate what it feels like to sit outside in the heat. A TikToker uploaded a video himself covered in water to show him what it looks like when his wife wants a table outside.

In short, we are not all well!

why is it important

After two years of outdoor dining options only during the pandemic, many people have returned to indoor dining. But it’s not the only reason that some are reluctant to dine out – we also deal with climate change.

Even with umbrellas and blankets, people can always be in danger for heat exhaustion and other health problems. We talk a lot about the summer 2022 being one of the coolest of the rest of our lives.”

It’s a sad reality that many people have yet to fully understand.

The “Let’s grab a table outside” meme is silly, but it also shows what the internet is like continue to use memes and humor at cope with our changing world.

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*First published: September 3, 2022, 6:00 a.m. CDT

Tiffany Kelly

Tiffany Kelly is the culture editor of Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. His writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.

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