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David Attenborough Watching an Orangutan Hammer, also known as Man Watching Ape Use Tools, refers to a viral video of British naturalist David Attenborough observing an orangutan using a hammer and a hand saw. In May 2024, the video achieved popularity as a meme format on X / Twitter, where it was combined with captions about watching someone being inept at something.

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On February 5th, 2003, episode 10 titled "Food for Thought" of the nature documentary series The Life of Mammals, presented by David Attenborough, premiered.[1] In one scene of the episode, Attenborough observes a female orangutan using a hammer and a hand saw. On May 18th, 2009, the YouTube[2] channel BBC Earth uploaded the clip, which accumulated over 8.9 million views in 15 years (shown below).

On May 10th, 2024, X[3] / Twitter user @vxunderground posted the clip with the caption "C programmers watching Python programmers work." The post (shown below) received over 4 million views, 4,800 reposts and 46,000 likes in five days.

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The post was followed by more users posting caption memes based on the clip in mid-May 2024, pairing the video with jokes about watching someone being inept at something. For example, on May 11th, 2024, X[4] user @MathMatize posted a joke about physicists doing math that received over 2,800 reposts and 14,000 likes in four days (shown below).

On May 12th, 2024, X[5] user @alonsosilva captioned the image with a joke about data scientists, which received over 470 reposts and 2,600 likes in three days. On May 14th, X[6] user @tunguz replied with a joke about software engineers (shown below), which garnered over 1,500 reposts and 15,000 likes in the same period.

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