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Left Exit 12 Off Ramp is a series of exploitables in which a car swerving into an off ramp. On the highway sign, the meme's author photoshops something the author disapproves of and something they would prefer. The car swerves toward the preference.


The meme is a photoshop composite based on a YouTube video entitled "How to exit freeway like a boss." Uploaded on July 4th, 2013, the video was shot in Lørenskog, Norway, by YouTuber Fredrik Sørlie, showing a car drifting into an off ramp; however, there are no highway signs at the off ramp. The video received more than 97,000 views in four and a half years.


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The highway sign featured in the meme is a overhead sign on I-95/Route 128 South just after Exit 14 in Westwood, Massachusetts.(42°13'25.3"N, 71°10'20.8"W) The exit number is going to change from Exit 12 to 26 by 2021 as the state is changing most exit numbers to mileage-based.


A photo of the highway sign (not the photo in the meme). Extracted from Imgflip.


The earliest known use of the video as a meme was posted on December 29th, 2017 by HiddenLOL user anon90. The post entitled "made a template, don't know if it has potential, template in comments," shows the car with the Swedish flag on it avoiding a photoshopped highway exit for "Continue being a stable first world country" and taking the exit for "Mass uncontrolled migration from third world nations." When shared by Redditor Throwthowk, the post received more than 275 points (94% upvoted) in less than one week.


That day, HUGELOL user dankhunt42 posted a version entitled "end it pls," which shows the car labeled "me" avoiding the exit for "A great life full of opportunities friends , girlfriends" for the exit "Fucking kill myself." The post received more than 40 points in less than one week.

The next day, on December 31st, Redditor Laughing_Fish posted a variation on the /r/dankmemes subreddit. This version shows "A new year filled with new opportunities to better myself and make a difference" on the left. On the right, it reads, "Another year of shitposting memes on Reddit", while the car is still labeled "me". The post received more than 18,600 points (96% upvoted) and 120 comments in four days.

On January 1st, 2018, Imgur user ArigatoKamisama posted another New Years version, featuring "New year new me" and "same shit different year." The post received more than 2,100 views in three days.