Best Vine quotes ahead? I sure hope it does
What is there to say about Vine that hasn’t already been said? Vine is the great social media leveller. Facebook has droves of haters, as does Twitter. Some people don’t even like pretty-old Instagram. But everybody loves Vine. Today, in its legacy state, people use it as a relaxant.
They take Vine compilations to bed. They wake up and brush their teeth to them. Vine, and everything pertaining to it, represents a nostalgic distraction from current, troubling times. A world before TikTok and all that riff raff.
Fans of Vine can still quote their favourite videos. Some of these include “Road Work Ahead?”, “It is Wednesday, my dudes!”, ” Look at all those chickens!”, “Merry Chrysler” and “I smell like beef.” These Vines, like many others, garnered an incredible number of views, often reaching millions of people.
So what are some the best? We’ve put together a quick list that’ll take you on a cosy walk down memory lane.
“Road Work Ahead? Uh, Yeah. I sure hope it does”
While driving in Arizona for work with his then-girlfriend, Drew Gooden spotted something he’d been waiting to see: a “road work ahead” sign. What followed was one of the most viral Vines of all times. “Road work ahead?” Gooden said. “Uh, yeah. I sure hope it does.”
Gooden, who had already accrued a large following on the app, shot to even bigger fame. He does have one regret about it, though: he deleted a second take. “I am so upset with myself that I don’t have the second take,” he said. “This version is so cemented in people’s brains, but to see this less good version but in the same location, same shirt, same everything, would be really interesting.”
“I smell like beef”
Back in May 2014, Katie Ryan posted to Vine a clip of her duaghter Ava repeating the phrase “I smell like beef,” not knowing just how popular the video would become. The iconic Vine spawned multiple parodies and remixes, gaining a massive 15 million loops, making the then-18-month-old Ava an internet sensation.
Her mother told ABC News exactly how the debut viral video came about during a 2017 interview, explaining her daughter had a “really good sense of humour” from an early age.” Ryan explained: “She told me [recently] it’s because she saw that the sky was like this pink colour and it reminded her of uncooked beef. It was funny and totally random.”
“Hi, Welcome to Chili’s”
“Hi, welcome to Chili’s” is synonymous with Vine. This 2015 clip mocking adverts for the American restaurant chain was viewed more than 20 million times over the course of a year. Adam Perkins, the Viner, amassed over 300,000 followers.
Sadly, Perkins passed away in 2021 at the age of 24. Thanks to his popularity, thousands of fans and creators alike hit social media to deliver their tributes. Perkins’ 6-second contribution to the world may have been brief but his ability to make millions of people laugh across the world is something very special indeed.
“It is Wednesday, my dudes”
It is Wednesday, my dudes. Famous words from a famous Viner called Jimmy Here. The video feature’s of Jimmy wearing swimming goggles, announcing “It is Wednesday, my dudes” to the camera. The video then cuts to a wider shot of Jimmy dressed as Spider-Man, screaming the line once more. The video became an instant hit, a war cry for millions of labourers trying to make it through the working week.
The phrase itself was originally posted on Tumblr in 2014 by user kidpix2. The meme had an image of a Budgett Frog behind the text. Jimmy then took the quote and ran with it, much to our benefit. The Budgett Frog has a shrill voice which explains why Jimmy screams the line the way he does, but, as for the Spider-man costume and goggles… who knows? Frankly, who cares?
“I could’a dropped my croissant!”
In February 2014, Vine user @terryjr12, aka Terry, uploaded a video in which he frightens his friend Terrel as he’s turning a corner with a croissant. Terrel then screams, “Stop! I could’ve dropped my croissant!” much to Terry’s amusement.
The video gained over 6.7 million loops, 141,000 re-Vines and 149,000 likes before Vine’s demise in 2016. The video was then reuploaded to YouTube on, gaining over 4.6 million views. The context behind the video isn’t clear. Terry, like a lot of us, seemingly enjoyed jumping out at his nearest and dearest. The fact one was carrying a French baked treat was just the icing on the cake.
“Chipotle is my life”
In 2014, young Roy Murray went viral on the platform after his sister posted a video of him declaring, “Oh my God, I love Chipotle! Chipotle is my life.” Ten simple words, now legendary to the Mexican eatery. There are, probably to this day, right now as you’re reading this, some people sat inside just such a restaurant and saying how much they love Chipotle.
In 2021, Chipotle acknowledged Roy’s praise on their brand by giving him his very own menu item. The “Chipotle Is My Life” bowl recreates the exact meal Roy was eating when he first uttered those iconic words: double white rice, black beans, chicken, tomatillo-red salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa, sour cream and cheese. The chain printed Roy’s face onto a shirt that you could buy for $16.00 on their website. Roy also received the Chipotle Celebrity Card, held by a close-knit, elite group of super fans that grants access to free Chipotle. The power of Vine was monumental.
There are some Vines that became so famous they spread beyond the confines of the app and permeated popular culture. Chances are every Tom, Dick and Harry saw this short clip of a woman mispronouncing the words “Fresh Avocado” upon seeing them arranged bizarrely on a fast food sign. It was posted by user Gasoleen in February 2016 with the caption “New item at Del Taco Restaurants guys!! Get yourself some #FRESHAVOCADO before they sell out!!! The video gained over 16 million loops, 165,000 likes, and 70,000 revines.
Then came the remixes. On March 12th, the popular Vine user stopjake posted a video remix of the #freshavocado clip and pop song “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding, which received over 2.5 million loops and 83,000 likes. That same day, user Will Harris also created a hip-hop remix of the clip, which received over 122,000 loops and almost 4,000 likes.
They said it couldn’t be done. After the invention of the religiously-ambiguous Happy Holidays, it was thought there were no other ways of saying Merry Christmas. Then on November 18, 2015, along comes Christine Sydelko with a phrase that would enter festive canon. Merry Chrysler. This video of Sydelko intentionally mispronouncing the seasons greeting gained over 323,000 likes 152,000 revines, and over 101 million loops.
It was was retweeted by @viralvines on December 16th, 2015, where it gained over 1,800 retweets. In the following two Christmases, the popularity of the Vine inspired others to tag their Christmas-themed social media posts with the phrase “Merry Chrysler.” A selfie posted to Imgur on December 25th, 2016 was titled “Merry Chrysler” and gained over 1,700 points. On top of that, a thread was posted to Reddit’s /r/OutOfTheLoop the same day asking why people said “Merry Chrysler.” The more questions you ask, the less fun it is. Enjoy the inanity of it!
“When will you learn that your actions have consequences?”
Sammy Zenith, known his internet aliases SammyClassicSonicFan, SammyPaperMarioFan and MultiMariosonic, is a vlogger and gamer from Indiana who reviews, you guessed it, games from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. We say reviews – they’re mostly rants about the games. Some of the most famous are “Stop Hating On Sonic” and “Rant Against the Sonic Fanbase.”
In Stop Hating On Sonic, uploaded in July 2013, he rants about people who hate Sonic because the franchise “occasionally has bad games.” This video was the catalyst in making Sammy’s content a viral phenomenon. A snippet of which, in which Sammy shrieks “When will you learn that your actions have consequences?!”, went viral on Vine thanks to its short running-time. This original video was terminated alongside his original account but was reuploaded by the archive channel on YouTube in September, 2015, receiving over 2.6 million views in roughly five years.
“Look at all those chickens!”
The animal kingdom has a special effect on the minds of the young. They’ve seen it in cartoons and films and now there it is in the flesh. Monkeys, chimps, penguins, giraffes, lions, sharks. The possibilities are endless. No-one understands this more than the young girl filmed surveying a field of ducks. In the 2014 Vine, the mother films the ducks congregating en masse, quacking their heads off, doing what ducks do. The daughter, bowled over by these scenes, then says, “Look at all those chickens!”
The clip became one of the most popular Vines on the platform, obviously. Unlike most people featured in famous Vines, this girl didn’t capitalise on her viral success, probably because she was about four years old. If we were to guess, we’d say she discovered the difference between ducks and chickens a few years later and learnt to appreciate the hilarity of the Vine just like we all did eight, long years ago.