Horsemanning (Internet Meme), aka “headless Horsemanning”: Getting two people two strike a pose such that gives the illusion of being a single decapitated person.
Attention: this meme does not call for actual decapitations; just the illusion thereof. Do not – I repeat – DO NOT attempt to decapitate your friends just to get a cool picture to post in your Facebook. Seriously, that’s not even cool and you might even go to jail. Or gross people out. Besides, that wouldn’t be proper Horsemanning. You will learn the correct procedure somewhere in this post, so keep your eyes peeled.
So what is this new Horsemanning thing all about?
Finally! A photographic Internet meme that doesn’t imply risking your life balancing from unlikely places – as with the older meme cousins planking and owling. This time around, it’s all about using your imagination, rather than your lack of common sense.
Also known as Headless Horsemanning (a reference to the movie “Sleepy Hollow” and its Headless Horseman), this newest craze requires two people to combine their acting skills and strike a pose together. One person is supposed to hide their head, while the other must hide their entire body – except for their head. The result… well, let’s just assume you get the picture. If not, scroll down and… check the pictures, already.
How did the Horsemanning craze get started?
This time around, you can’t blame it on the crazed-out Internet generation! Well, at least not entirely. Apparently, Horsemanning was all the rage in the 1920′s. Back then, the real hipster folks came up with the ingenious idea taking a picture that passed the illusion the portrayed subject had been decapitated. And that’s a long time before the person who invented Photoshop was even born!
Back in the day, Horsemanning was the cool thing to do (even though the actual term hadn’t been coined yet). Then someone invented other great things such as Technicolor, the Band-Aid and the Tommy gum, and soon…. everybody was distracted. You know people, and their short attention spans!
Enter 2011, someone rescues the picture above from a flea market, posts it on-line, and BAM! Millions of hobbyist photographers who were bored from acting like planks or owls now have a reason to combine forces and do something together. The results keep pouring from all corners of the globe. As usual, we’ll round up this post with a hundred or so of the best horsemanning pictures available. Yeah, at this website we scour the Internet so you don’t have to, thanks very much! Now scroll down, and feast your eyes. Let there be…
The Behemoth-est Horsemanning Gallery, Ever!
Can’t get enough? Check out the unofficially offical Horsemanning website. We swiped most of these pictures from over there(yeah… the watermark surely was a dead give-away), and there’s a good chance they’ve posted many more by the time you’re actually reading this. Now go forth, and horseman!