A man who fled Pompeii mid-eruption only to be smashed to death by a massive falling rock has suffered one final humiliation: He is now the Internet's latest meme.
The skeleton (perhaps, unsurprisingly not the head) of the "unlucky" man was unearthed recently at Pompeii's archaeological dig site. It would appear that, while attempting to flee the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, he had his head crushed by a gigantic, falling boulder. Since that day in 79 CE, he has remained trapped there with his face underneath the rock.
It's a pretty tragic way to go, but as the Internet quickly pointed out:
Before you go feeling too sorry for him, it could be a lot worse...
Since the story came out, the Internet has been making jokes out of the poor man, and eventually turned him into a meme.
After CNN tweeted out the image, with a short explainer of the story, the Internet had a field day. Responses ranged from sympathy for the unlucky guy to outright laughter.
People can't believe is from real life, and not a Wile E. Coyote cartoon.
Once people got the obvious out of the way...
... they set to work turning him into a meme. Here is a selection of our favorites jokes at his expense so far.
And one of our own (sorry dude).
Poor guy, even though, in retrospect, I'm sure he'd agree it was a pretty funny way to go.