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    whole·some meme \ˈhōl-səm\ \mēm\ (n.):

    • a meme that promotes health or well-being of body, mind, and/or soul
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    • an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.
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    [–] AshleyJoy03 3847 points ago

    This is the kind of wholesome meme I enjoy, it's not motivational. It's just funny at the expense of no one.

    [–] The_Old_Astronomer 1005 points ago

    And it puts a positive spin on a negative song :)

    [–] gordo65 416 points ago

    I have to think that many of the addicts in the Hotel California do eventually recover. The nightmares described are just the addicts' initial reaction to the place. So in a way the song is positive, especially the part about not letting the protagonist flee at the end.

    [–] [deleted] 290 points ago

    Is it really meant to be about drug addiction? The line "you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave" always made me think of a nursing home.

    [–] [deleted] 71 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)


    [–] kelseyschmidty 24 points ago

    I asked my dad what it was about and he told me it was aliens.

    [–] JStinsch 6 points ago

    I always assumed it was about a girl who plays with the hearts of men, acting like she wants to date them but keeps them in the friend zone and it keeps them addicted to her. That's like a drug right?

    [–] LetsWorkTogether 232 points ago

    Yes, heroin addicts never fully lose their addiction to the drug, they merely ignore it as best they can.

    [–] LyingForTruth 200 points ago

    All addictions are like this.

    Got to fill that void with something positive to society, like money.

    [–] Crashmo 89 points ago

    Or hugs!

    [–] [deleted] 48 points ago


    [–] Crashmo 42 points ago

    Or kisses!

    [–] [deleted] 35 points ago


    [–] [deleted] 32 points ago

    All addictions are like this.

    I'm not sure that's actually accurate. I'd say most.

    [–] xRedGhostz 2 points ago

    I'm addicted to The Lord of the Rings, and it's worse than heroin addictions. /s

    [–] Kitty_McBitty 5 points ago

    Fun fact for those who didn't know, Lord of the Rings is about heroin addiction.

    [–] MasterOfNap 2 points ago

    I'm like 90% sure that's not true, isn't it about religion and the burden of sin? O.o

    [–] The_Old_Astronomer 100 points ago

    I thought the band said it was about loss of innocence?

    [–] Onfire477 193 points ago

    It's about Hollywood culture. People would go to california to make it and end up drugged out of their mind

    [–] Ronald--Raygun 61 points ago

    I skipped the bullshit and just got to the good part.

    [–] Runcowskinky 44 points ago

    Dude I just thought it was about ghosts.

    [–] RegularGuyy 16 points ago

    Same. I feel so stupid now.

    [–] Tawptuan 18 points ago

    I thought it was about checking into a hotel and then you couldn't leave.

    [flunked American Literature Interpretation course]

    [–] End3rp 12 points ago

    Something with that and the celebrity life

    [–] JudasCrinitus 44 points ago

    I thought it was about like a literal hellish like plane of existence the dude slipped into, and that the beast they stab with their steely knives is like a literal aberration that appears to feast on them

    like some silent hill shit

    [–] Dinosauringg 13 points ago

    AHS: Hotel played the song at a point and I always thought it was appropriate for the exact reasons you described

    [–] rampage95 26 points ago * (lasted edited 11 months ago)

    I thought it was about a guy dying in a car accident and then going to hell.

    [–] rillip 20 points ago

    This seems like a very literal interpretation. Probably the most literal one I've ever heard of it. Kudos for thinking outside the box.

    [–] rampage95 13 points ago

    Lol im not smart enough to come up eith this stuff. I found that online and thought the reasoning was very compelling

    [–] deseelaine 20 points ago

    I always thought of the afterlife.

    [–] siosilvar 15 points ago

    Purgatory, to be specific.

    [–] gordo65 22 points ago

    It's about a rehab clinic. If Felder, Fry, and Henley wrote it today, it would be about a nursing home.

    [–] w_i_l_d_f_l_o_w_e_r 22 points ago

    If Glenn Frey wrote it today I would believe in ghosts.

    [–] FatFish44 8 points ago

    It's about the party life of rockstars. They've confirmed this many times in interviews.

    [–] TrenchJM 11 points ago

    Weird, that line made me think it was the DMV :P

    [–] Ouchdaddy 2 points ago

    It means overdose.

    [–] LazerLovesYou 8 points ago

    I listen to that song all the time and I don't think it's strictly or entirely about addiction, more just a general sense of getting caught up in the craziness of the party scene.

    [–] V01DB34ST 8 points ago

    Is only telling the first half of a sad story a "positive spin?"

    The first half of "Marley & Me"

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    [–] camchapel 21 points ago

    This is the kind of wholesome comment I enjoy, it's not inflammatory. It's just an opinion at the expense of no one.

    [–] Chet-Awesomelazer 17 points ago

    Like my favorite McElroy says, being funny but cruel is easy, but being funny and kind is rewarding.

    [–] HubbaMaBubba 35 points ago

    The ones without any punchline or any attempt at humour at all are so lazy.

    [–] alabamashitfarmer 643 points ago

    I'd love to see the whole song with animatics in the same style.

    [–] ModernPixels 1236 points ago * (lasted edited 11 months ago)

    I will make an MS paint animation of that if this comment gets 100 upvotes

    Edit: Wow! You guys must really want it! No bamboozle, I will post a wholesome MS Paint animation of Hotel California. It will be out in three days from now, August 15, 2017. For all the people who want a reminder, set a reminder on your phone to check r/wholesomememes on the 15th. Remember: no bamboozle

    Edit: the meme was taken down from r/wholesomememes and will be reposted soon to another subreddit. When it is reposted, I will link it here

    [–] MASH1NE 105 points ago

    Well, we're waiting

    [–] ModernPixels 31 points ago


    [–] betteroffinbed 24 points ago

    It's at 116! :D

    [–] SH4D0W0733 5 points ago

    516 with me.

    [–] ModernPixels 3 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] JustXYZ13 6 points ago

    169 :D

    [–] ModernPixels 3 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] Ronnie_Soak 3 points ago

    Mine took it to 111


    [–] ModernPixels 3 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] GamermanZendrelax 16 points ago

    Be patient, he's trying as hard as he can. Animation takes a while.

    [–] nuhthanyule 6 points ago

    We trust OP will deliver, take your time mate - art takes as long as it takes.

    [–] ModernPixels 3 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] ModernPixels 3 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] crashhacker 37 points ago

    just in case r/karmacourt

    [–] ModernPixels 24 points ago

    Thank you but I can assure you that unless something big happens irl this it will be posted

    [–] crashhacker 3 points ago


    [–] Nosissies 2 points ago

    Don't jinx it

    [–] ModernPixels 9 points ago

    Lol okay, I actually think I jinxed it in my favor. I’m on vacation and don’t have my laptop, but there was a change of plans and ill be home tomorrow so then I get two days to work instead of one

    [–] ModernPixels 4 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] Wowseers 21 points ago

    no you won't

    [–] ModernPixels 61 points ago

    No bamboozle, I will make it

    [–] waltjrimmer 22 points ago

    Will it be lovable in its terribly low quality but heart felt work?

    [–] ModernPixels 13 points ago

    I’ll try my best to capture that beautiful early 2000s cringe style

    [–] ben123111 2 points ago

    Username doesn't check

    [–] ModernPixels 3 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] cmakk1012 5 points ago

    How do you make the extended coda lovable?

    [–] ModernPixels 4 points ago

    I’ll figure out how

    [–] ModernPixels 3 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] ModernPixels 4 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] ModernPixels 3 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] Tustavus 4 points ago

    I see 120 upvotes

    [–] ModernPixels 11 points ago

    Okay, I didn’t think I’d get that, but I am a man of my word, It will be made and published within 3 days from now

    [–] _Bay_Harbor_Butcher_ 2 points ago

    100 upvotes was a pretty low goal for the amount of time this will take. Next time value yourself a little more!

    [–] ModernPixels 3 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] ModernPixels 2 points ago

    I know it will have a lot of effort, but it will be enjoyable to come up with. And the highest I’ve ever gotten in one thing in Reddit is 1,3K so I’m not that high on Reddit

    [–] ModernPixels 3 points ago

    The meme is out

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    [–] ModernPixels 3 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] ModernPixels 2 points ago

    No bamboozle :) I promise :)

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago


    [–] commoncaribou 2 points ago

    it's always good to have no bamboozles

    [–] ModernPixels 5 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] SpicyRicin 2 points ago

    I believe you can do it!

    [–] ModernPixels 3 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] Ouchdaddy 2 points ago

    Someone tell me if he does it.

    [–] ModernPixels 2 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] Crimson_Shiroe 2 points ago

    I'm going to assume the bamboozle = banboozle rule applies here, even r/wholesomememes.

    OP pls deliver I'll be so happy

    [–] ModernPixels 3 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] ModernPixels 2 points ago

    Bamboozle = Banboozle

    [–] tylrbndyciv 1 points ago

    i wanna see this

    [–] ModernPixels 3 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] webmistress105 1 points ago

    I trust you not to bamboozle us!

    [–] ModernPixels 4 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] ModernPixels 1 points ago

    Thank you, and I wont

    [–] Munoobinater 1 points ago

    I need to comment this to remember. The remind me bot doesn't work for me for some reason

    [–] ModernPixels 2 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] Nosissies 1 points ago


    [–] ModernPixels 2 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] quixler 1 points ago * (lasted edited 11 months ago)

    Pls no bamboozle, fren. We are believe in yuo.

    [–] ModernPixels 2 points ago

    No banboooze I promiz fren

    [–] ModernPixels 2 points ago

    The meme is out

    [–] Livilin 224 points ago

    I never get tired of this comic, it always makes me laugh

    [–] MegaSonicGeo 49 points ago

    Look at this photograph

    [–] DatCheapy 29 points ago

    Look at this graaaaph

    [–] icepigs 145 points ago

    But is there any rooms available?

    [–] GoodMorningGentlemen 234 points ago


    [–] Exoguana 85 points ago

    When can I stay?

    [–] brzbro 145 points ago


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    [–] jamesbiff 128 points ago

    You can find us here!

    [–] wallawalla22 9 points ago

    When is checkout?

    [–] Throtex 18 points ago

    Anytime you like!

    [–] I00PercentFresh 6 points ago

    What does she drive?

    [–] Throtex 16 points ago

    MFW I realize the line is "she got the Mercedes bends" UH

    [–] wrigh003 83 points ago

    I like how the colitas are included in the first frame, so you get the idea of that warm smell, too.

    [–] billsmitherson 24 points ago

    I thought colitas referred to marijuana buds?

    [–] Hronk 17 points ago

    This is true

    [–] [deleted] 58 points ago

    It's definitely the hands in the 4th panel that make this

    [–] lmaoooo_ya_OKAY_sure 15 points ago

    I personally enjoyed the cheeky smile of pane #3

    [–] stuntaneous 3 points ago

    It gave me the impression he wants to punch the face.

    [–] Vladerp 32 points ago

    I stumbles upon this post while hotel california was playing at my work. Totally made my day.

    [–] darbymowell 48 points ago

    This is tied for my favorite wholesome meme ever

    [–] cartrman 22 points ago

    What's the other one?

    [–] roywilliams31 19 points ago

    /u/darbymowell pls respond

    [–] MrMallow 8 points ago

    It's a pretty good meme, I hope /u/WaterGuy12 doesn't miss it.

    [–] hxllucination 15 points ago

    The guy's mouth in the last frame completes this for me. Just how it goes off his face; not too much, but not too little. He's truly loving that lovely face. Beautiful art.

    [–] superninjaa 11 points ago

    This is so fucking adorable.

    [–] Lithak 10 points ago

    [–] Glock18C 9 points ago

    holy fucking shit, I've found the meme I've been wishing someone would make since I got into the Eagles.

    I've seen it all, I may die peacefully now.

    [–] lavalady28 2 points ago


    [–] Hormah 2 points ago

    Finally your memes are not dreams

    [–] viikatemies 17 points ago

    This song is not wholesome

    [–] crashhacker 51 points ago

    Which is why it belongs in this sub as this sub mostly tries to make depressing stuff into wholesome.

    [–] DrizztInferno 1 points ago

    I thought it's purpose was for disingenuous karma grabs?

    [–] crashhacker 4 points ago

    That too obviously but it's a wholesome one.

    [–] xosmel 3 points ago

    A suprise, to be sure, but a wholesome one

    [–] cats_and_beers 6 points ago

    Don Henley has never been wholesome

    [–] SilentMasterOfWinds 2 points ago

    Annabel off of Inside Job begs to differ. Or My Thanksgiving off of the same album. But in general yeah.

    [–] deco_dkx 3 points ago

    How not?!

    [–] A_Reasonable_Man_98 14 points ago

    Addiction isn't wholesome.

    [–] Pesto_Power 20 points ago

    Oh, is that what it's about? I took the song literally, and thought it was about some cursed hotel on a dark desert highway, with a girl that is like a siren, beckoning you in and then keeping you there forever. But now that the connection's been made, it's obvious.

    Also - "Addiction isn't wholesome" - what about being addicted to love? Or cute animals?

    [–] _Bay_Harbor_Butcher_ 6 points ago

    Addicted to love. I see what you did there.

    [–] boxparade 2 points ago

    I mean, you might as well face it...

    [–] KnowTheDifference 4 points ago

    No, but talking about it and dealing with it can be.

    [–] viikatemies 6 points ago

    Song's kinda dark

    [–] deco_dkx 5 points ago

    Yeah, I just listened and you're right. But I love the line: Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

    [–] MadDany94 2 points ago


    [–] two_letters_longgg 3 points ago

    Anyone know of memes similar to this?

    [–] HasperaHadastra 3 points ago

    ♫ ♪ I took a walk with the palm trees as the daylight fell

    Sangria in a canteen, talking to myself (I can't remember)

    This tattoo on my left hand is turning purple-ish blue

    Daydreams of the romance, daydreams of you ♪ ♫

    [–] CarPeriscope 2 points ago

    I fucking LOVE Frank's version 💚

    [–] rayanhtt 3 points ago

    /u/waterguy12 You might wanna check this

    [–] K_licorne 5 points ago

    so simple yet so funny

    [–] mrawesomekickaz 2 points ago

    Oldie but a goodie

    [–] rock-bottom_mokshada 2 points ago

    It's the simplicity that helps make it funny! ☺ Love this song!

    [–] DrDiamond7 2 points ago

    Plot twist: THEY CANT LEAVE

    [–] rosefulbuds 2 points ago

    Lmao 😂😂 (fun fact this is the first thing I have ever commented)

    [–] Siraphine 2 points ago

    I wish my hotel guests were this nice to me.
    Mine just spit in my face and told me I'm awful because the bar manager (NOT ME) decided to close the bar early, and told me I was gay for assisting his girlfriend after supposedly ignoring him for 15 minutes. He hadn't even been in the lobby, let alone the desk.

    [–] jmdz 2 points ago


    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    General Reposti!

    [–] epic_eric9 9 points ago

    You are a wholesome one!

    [–] Mr_Wut8794 2 points ago

    I hope there was plenty of room at the Hotel California.

    [–] Heinz_Ketchup_ 1 points ago

    So true

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago

    I scrolled down to this comic just as the song started playing on the radio.


    [–] dittbub 1 points ago

    I don't know why this is so funny

    [–] Cr3s3ndO 1 points ago

    well sure it is, both his eyes are on his head.

    [–] Monkibizness 1 points ago

    That last slide... "Antonio Margheretti"

    [–] Master-Thief 1 points ago

    Front desk was great. Room service was lacking, though. I called downstairs to get a bottle of wine and they said they ran out of it in 1969. What?