- The web has been abuzz this week over star Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and the news that his dead girlfriend Lennay Kekua, whose memory was said to have propelled him to athletic excellence during his Heisman Trophy campaign in 2012, never really existed.
Te'o maintains that he was the victim of somebody else's sick joke, while others allege that he may have perpetrated the entire scandal. Details are muddled at this point, but rumours as to who, why, and how this bizarre situation came to be are are plentiful.
- Deadspin's Wednesday story revealing the hoax has set off a flurry of reactions across the web; some thoughtful, some angry, some reflective, and many humorous.
- Shortly after the 21-year-old football star released a statement saying he was fooled into believing that Kekua existed based on their online correspondence, the "Te'oing" meme emerged and caught wildfire.
- Much like the photo-posing memes plakning, horsemanning and Tebowing (to get down one knee and pray in the style of New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow) Te'oing involves recreating a specific gesture, taking a photo, and sharing it online.
In this case, that gesture is posing with an imaginary girlfriend.
- A Tumblr dedicated to rounding up the best of these posts currently has 17-pages worth of entries.
- The #teoing hashtag had become so popular within such a short amount of time that the term had already been honoured as Urban Dictionary's word of the day by Friday,.
- While one might think Notre Dame fans would be averse to mocking one of their own, some students were quick to get in on the action.
- People have been spotted across the web taking their imaginary girlfriends out to dinner...
- For rides around town...