This Wash Your Lyrics Meme Generator Goes Viral in Wake of Coronavirus Outbreak

The CDC recommends "frequent hand washing" to help contain the spread of coronavirus.


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One thing has been confirmed amid the coronavirus outbreak: a lot of people don’t wash their hands properly or long enough.

One teen has a fix for that. William Gibson created a site called Wash Your Lyrics to “generate handwashing infographics based on your favorite song lyrics,” the site reads. According to Highsnobiety, the 17-year-old wants to be a full-stack developer, designer, and engineer. He’s currently based in the U.K. where he goes to school for computing.

Gibson shared the handwashing generator on Sunday, tweeting, “I made a little site in 24h that generates hand washing instructions accompanied by lyrics from a song of your choice instantly - check it out!”

🎶 I made a little site in 24h that generates hand washing instructions accompanied by lyrics from a song of your choice instantly - check it out!


— William (@fishdarn) March 8, 2020

In just a day, the meme generator went viral. He revealed that 89,527 posters had been created within a day, with the most popular songs being Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” Smash Mouth’s “All Star,” and Toto’s “Africa”—in that order.

👐 Wash Your Lyrics: Day 1 Stats

🔥 89,527 posters created
👤 121,279 unique users
🖥 2,188,523 server requests

— William (@fishdarn) March 10, 2020

📈 Wash Your Lyrics: Day 1 Charts

1. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (1063 downloads)
2. Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley (633 downloads)
3. All Star by Smash Mouth (633 downloads)
4. Africa by Toto (630 downloads)

— William (@fishdarn) March 10, 2020

Users have been having fun with it, creating memes based on songs by Lil B, Outkast, Justin Bieber, Destiny’s Child, TLC, and more.

This is my contribution

— Jeremy Gordon (@jeremypgordon) March 9, 2020

okay but eminem did say wash your hands properly because of coronavirus and everything and all that #WashYourLyrics

— Pearl Jam (@paulblartfartz) March 9, 2020

A scrub is a guy who doesn't wash his goddamn hands#WashYourHands #WashYourLyrics #COVID19ireland

— I'm biased but How The Yes Was Won is v good (@GeoDeirdre) March 10, 2020

P7 are using #washyourlyrics to make hand washing a little less tedious.

— Kaimhill School (@KaimhillSch) March 10, 2020

SASHAY AWAY Covid 19 #WashYourLyrics

— 爱莎 (@AisyahAwan) March 10, 2020

The song choice for every situation 👌 #WashYourLyrics #WashYourHands

— Caroline Noades (@Caroline_noodle) March 10, 2020

Nothing compares 2U #WashYourLyrics

— Matt of the Midlands🤦‍♂️ (@SweetsBeware) March 10, 2020

Might put this one up at work... #WashYourLyrics

— Presuming Ed (@JamesOldham) March 10, 2020

please read those it's important #WashYourLyrics

— fatima (@justindrewseta) March 10, 2020

“I just wanted a way to create these memes quickly,” Gibson told Highsnobiety. “At the moment COVID-19 is a huge topic with the recent outbreak, and the idea of washing your hands regularly is being rightfully pushed, so it’s also me partly wanting to make that more fun.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised some simple precautions to prevent the spread of infection, which include “frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.” It seems that most people don’t wash their hands for the suggested 20 seconds—but Gibson’s generator is making that a lot easier.

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