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On Wednesday evening, word emerged that WGBH was not happy that long-running kids show “Arthur” had essentially turned into a Cards Against Humanity expansion pack for the internet. For about a week now, “Arthur,” its characters and scenes have become the hottest memes going, and most of them carry above a Y7 rating.

Of course, WGBH has reason to be upset with the phenomenon. How would you feel if you spent 20 years making a show aimed to teach kids morals and those kids repaid you by growing up and using your show to re-enact Birdman’s “Breakfast Club” blowout?

The amazingness of that tweet aside, WGBH should feel as silly as the rest of us for not seeing this coming. Memes are comically unpredictable — Harambe is currently on his second wave of being one of the biggest rock stars on the planet — but there are enough reasons that Arthur’s ascent in pop culture shouldn’t come as a shock.

The most obvious one is that, as mentioned earlier, kids who watched “Arthur” are growing up. The show debuted in 1996, so between kids who watched the show and adults with kids who watched the show, essentially anybody between ages five and 50-plus get the show. Even if these jokes weren’t percolating in everyone’s subconsciouses, they were certainly ready to be received.

The other part is that, at least until WGBH voiced its disapproval, these memes aren’t mocking “Arthur.” They’re more being used as a medium for making jokes about other stuff, because millennials likely wouldn’t classify “Arthur” as uncool. The reason is because one of the most internet-approved cool people gave the show his blessing back in 2014 when Chance the Rapper covered the show’s theme.

So between the nostalgia and the recent seal of approval from a popular artist, it was only a matter of time before something like this happened:

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While the “fist” picture has been the most popular Arthur meme — it follows a pretty basic formula of “When (something you don’t like) (Arthur fist picture)” — people have gotten creative. Scenes have been overdubbed, screengrabs have been reinterpreted, etc. The creme de la creme remains Binky as Birdman.

The meme started late last month and had potential to die down, but WGBH lamenting the tweets “outside of good taste” guaranteed to give it more staying power. It’s basically like when everyone wrote all those “retire the crying Jordan” pieces and promptly got sent crying Jordan pictures of themselves by everyone who read them.

Much like crying Jordan hasn’t gone away and Harambe went is now celebrating his second round of fame, the Arthur meme will last however long the internet decides. Something else will come along, but there’s no point in guessing what it will be. If the internet couldn’t piece together the clues with “Arthur,” there’s no way they will with anything else.

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DJ Bean
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A new museum just opened in New York City dedicated to ice cream, but you’ll probably never get to see it.

Tickets for the Museum of Ice Cream, which opened on July 29, sold out completely today so unless you bought one in the past five days, you’re out of luck.

I don’t like ice cream because it’s too cold (thank you, Ross Geller, for validating this) and I am secretly not a fan of museums. But I might visit this one. I know this because it has a dynamite Instagram account. For those of us who are not among the 30,000 people to get tickets, here is a look inside the exhibits:

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30:  Staff prepare to sell copies "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" at Foyles book store on July 30, 2016 in London, England.  The script book of the play of the same name, which is on at Palace Theatre, billed as the eighth Harry Potter story, is on sale from midnight tonight.  (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is likely to be the best-selling book of 2016. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the script of the London play of the same name, has been out for three days now, and reviews have been all over the place. Some fans and reviewers love it, some hate it, and many are somewhere in between.

A lot of that, I think, has to do with expectations. If you were expecting an eighth book on par with the original seven, full of all the character development, setting details and side stories that made us fall in love with the series, then yeah, you’ll probably be disappointed.

But if you were able to manage expectations a bit and understand that a play script was never going to be as immersive as one of the books, or even as the play itself (which is generally getting better reviews than just the script), then you just might be content, or even happy, with “The Cursed Child.”

That was my experience, at least. I wasn’t expecting to love “The Cursed Child” as much as I love the original seven books, and it turns out I don’t. But that doesn’t mean I regret reading it or wish it hadn’t been made like some fans apparently do.

I enjoyed revisiting the world of Harry Potter and seeing many of our favorite characters again. I’m glad this universe is not just a thing of the past. I’m not one of those people who wants my favorite series to end after their original run and never be renewed.

Make all the “Star Wars,” “Batman” and “Rocky” movies you want. Give me a bunch of “Game of Thrones” spinoffs and short stories. Sure you might get some stinkers, but if you also get “The Force Awakens,” “The Dark Knight,” “Creed” and “Tales of Dunk and Egg,” then it’s all worth it as far as I’m concerned.

“The Cursed Child” doesn’t quite succeed at the level of the installments I just mentioned. Maybe I’d feel differently about the play itself, but the script is probably more along the lines of “Attack of the Clones” or “Rocky Balboa.” It’s fine. Not great, not bad, just fine.

“The Cursed Child” play is already split into two parts and making it any longer probably wasn’t feasible, which means the script is just 320 pages. It reads like a story half that long given the way it’s structured — you can easily get through this in one or two sittings without needing to pull an all-nighter — which means it obviously isn’t going to give you everything the original seven books gave you, similar to the way the movies couldn’t give you everything the books did.

Because of this, the story sometimes feel rushed. Some of the dialogue and some of the characters’ decisions feel a bit forced and unnatural, like they’re saying and doing things just to move the story along. “The Cursed Child” also literally revisits the past — a lot — which is a storytelling technique that pretty much always leads to mixed reactions.

There’s still a lot to like about “The Cursed Child.” Harry and Draco Malfoy are both struggling to connect with their sons, who are both struggling to escape their fathers’ shadows while building a friendship that neither Harry nor Draco is really comfortable with. There are some interesting plot twists and, regardless of how you feel about revisiting the past so much, it’s hard not to be intrigued by the what-ifs the script explores.

“The Cursed Child” may not be a home run, but I’m glad it exists, and I hope we continue to get more original Harry Potter content in the future.

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Scott McLaughlin