Best Bernie Sanders In Minnesota Memes + How To Make Your Own
I have a distinct feeling when Bernie Sanders got up Wednesday morning, he had no clue he'd become an international meme sensation.
If you aren't familiar with the situation, Vermont Senator (and former presidential candidate) Bernie Sanders showed up to the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on January 20 in what some have called "practical attire" for being outside in January. The combination of the nondescript coat, seemingly hand-made mittens, and a moment where he's caught on camera somewhat disinterestedly looking in a chair have all combined to create the biggest meme sensation of the early parts of 2021.
Some have been super creative, including putting Sanders into famous movie and TV scenes, and a whole bunch of other places. You can see some here.
Personally, I found it a little chucklesome that someone that lives in Vermont thought he needed to dress that warm for a 40 degree day in Washington DC (you know, being people that live in cold places often brag about their cold tolerance), but maybe Bernie doesn't like the cold.
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Regardless, the moment has created a craze of people Photoshopping Sanders in various places around the world, and Minnesota isn't excluded from the trend. Here are some I found after cruising social media for a bit today.
Turns out there's a way to put Bernie almost anywhere on the planet, courtesy of a college student that built a tool to superimpose him on Google Maps images. As KARE 11 reports, an NYU grad student named Nick Sawhney created a simple website where you plug in GPS coordinates or an address, and it generates an image of Bernie almost anywhere. The site, called "Put Bernie Anywhere", does pretty much what the name says. It isn't always perfect, being it picks a random angle of the Google Street View for that location and you can't move Bernie in the frame, but with a little tweaking, you can usually get kind of what you want. If you're a fan of the site and you're feeling generous, the creator is asking for a little financial help to keep the site running. He explains that he is currently paying for the site out of pocket, and Google charges him each time someone uses the site for using the maps API that makes it all work.