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From meme to paperback: Barack Obama is your new bicycle

Besides Chuck Norris, and the Rickroll, Internet memes rarely go mainstream.But San Francisco native Matthew Honan managed to accomplish that feat — he built a simple website that randomly display acts of kindness from presidential candidate Barack Obama.
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Besides Chuck Norris, and the Rickroll, Internet memes rarely go mainstream.

But San Francisco native Matthew Honan managed to accomplish that feat — he built a simple website that randomly display acts of kindness from presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Honan built the website as a gift for his wife Harper. She has always been obsessed with bicycles, and she would always get excited when it was time to buy a new one. When Obama started campaigning and gaining support with his audience, she became addicted. Honan said "Barack Obama is like her new bicycle". He registered the domain name barackobamaisyournewbicycle.com, went to bed, and then woke up to find that the site had recieved almost 1 million hits the next day.

I know, the idea is silly, but it stuck. It became so popular that he got a book deal. The website only has about 60 phrases, but the book has over 350.

Barack Obama is your new bicycle

The sayings in the book are more detailed and they have a geekier context:

Barack Obama lets me use his wifi all the time

Honan had a book-signing party last month, and his drink tickets doubled as bookmarks:

Barack Obama bought me lunch

This just proves that something silly on the Internet can make you a lot of money. There is even a Sarah Palin version of this site, by the way.

Click here to buy the book »

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