Cautionary Tales Presents: Endless Thread

Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford

Jan. 18, 2022

While we're working away on new episodes for Season 3, check out Endless Thread, a podcast from WBUR. Endless Thread reveals untold histories, unsolved mysteries, and other wild stories from the internet. They recently did a whole series on internet memes. In this episode, we hear the little-known origin story of the "Woman Yelling at a Cat" meme -- straight from the Woman herself -- that might make you think twice about ever using the meme again. They also explore why a loss of context is crucial for the spread of memes, but often problematic.

You can listen to the rest of the meme series, and more great Endless Thread episodes at

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