A number of people have taken to Twitter to wish America a “happy 2013th birthday” on July 4.
The apparent meme appeared to have been started by Internet trolls to show a bit of sarcasm.
“It’s crazy to think that god made america 2013 years ago today. happy 2013th birthday usa!!” wrote one user Emily Cunningham, whose message was retweeted nearly 1,700 times.
Cunningham got some flack from other users, who quickly pointed out that the U.S. is only 237 years old.
“So apparently sarcasm doesn’t translate well over the Internet,” she later wrote.
Other Twitter users posted similar messages but it’s sometimes unclear if they were being serious or not. “I cant believe america 2013 years old today crazy,” wrote one user.
The author of Internet cartoon Cyanide & Happiness described the messages as “no hope for the human race.”
One Twitter user who wrote: “Wow its hard to believe America turns 2013 years old today #happybirthday” later said that “the amount of people who thought I was serious with the birthday tweet showcases American education,” suggesting that the people pointing out that America isn’t 2,013 years old are taking things too seriously.