Of all the pizza memes online these days, none worried pizza lovers more than the “How would they know” videos. The premise is simple: There’s a simple, elegant, dare we say clever way that a pizza worker could, indeed, steal a slice from a pie before serving and customers would have no clue. It’s a cruel, vicious hack, but so eeeeasy.
Here’s how it works: The large pie comes out of the oven, the person with the pizza cutter carves out either a huge triangular slice or a 2-inch rectangle from the center of the pie, and then pushes the two (now smaller) halves together before dividing the rest of the triangular slices.
This video, from Visa channel, shows the technique where a triangular slice is removed from a pie, followed by the simple recombining of the two halves.
This video, from @pizzasalvatore, demonstrates an alternative way to snatch pizza covertly. Specifically, via a rectangular slice.
Other versions of the meme scrap the “Who’s gonna know?/Nobody’s gonna know” shtick and pair the hack technique with a song (in this case “Rockstar” by DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch, 1.4 billion streams on Spotify).
The origin of the meme
According to Know Your Meme, the audio in these clips stem from an audio clip from the American television series Bad Girls Club containing the “Nobody’s gonna know, nobody’s gonna know,” and subsequent “They’re gonna know,” and ending with a “How would they know?”
If you peruse the content at the #GonnaKnow hashtag, you’ll see it means someone is doing something deceitful while lip-syncing to the clip. And praying they don’t get busted.
Cglaeason22, the original uploader of the audio clip, posted the video on March 25th, 2020. He was “debating myself on whether or not i should make a fake account just to post comments on my videos” and this clip saw more than 1.7 million views and 202 thousand likes in six months.
Other TikToks followed, including seanghedi posted a Gonna Know video captioned, “me getting my septum pierced against my parents wishes.” The video received over 496,000 views and 108,000 likes in five months.
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