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Vadering, Star Wars-based Meme, Taking Internet By Force?

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Vadering, the act of pretending to be choked by Darth Vader is becoming a hot Internet meme.
Vadering, the act of pretending to be choked by Darth Vader is becoming a hot Internet meme.

Tired Of Tebowing? Bored Of Planking? The latest meme to take the Internet by force is, fittingly, an example of how to use "The Force."

It's called "Vadering" and it basically requires one person to imitate Darth Vader's contact-free chokehold while another jumps in the air and holds his or her throat as if being suffocated telepathically. To those of you who live in a time warp, that's a tribute to a famous "Star Wars" scene.

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Vadering requires precision timing, a big jump and a well timed camera shot, but the effect looks great when done right, according to

Vadering pics are forcing their way onto Twitter and Reddit, but getting a better reception than other meme crazes like planking, Tebowing or owling because the photos combine silliness with a certain amount of skill in photography and/or acting, HuffPost UK reported.

Some skeptical that Vadering started as a viral marketing effort by Chick-Fil-A. The first photo that appeared on Reddit had a Chick-Fil-A soda cup prominently displayed.

The company's involvement has not been confirmed, but Josh Kurp of believes it is a force behind the meme.
"The soda cup is there for a specific reason," he wrote.

Other Vadering photos that have popped up have not contained a Chick-Fil-A cup.


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Thinking of attempting Vadering? Be careful, at least if you're the one being choked.

Actor Richard LeParmentier, who played Admiral Motti, the man choked by Darth Vader, said filming it was an absolute pain in the neck.

"I did the choking effect by flexing muscles in my neck. It set off a chain of events, that choking," he said, according to the Metro. "I can’t do it anymore because, oddly enough, I have had an operation on my neck and had some 21st century titanium joints put into it!"

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