6 old Twitter parody accounts still worth following

Including the Bronx Zoo Cobra, Invisible Obama and Tom Coburn's Beard

Topics: Twitter, parody, humor, Comedy, bronx zoo cobra, invisible obama, mexican mitt, Angelina Jolie, Binders Full of Women,

Everything and anything that has even the slightest potential to become a meme will eventually get its own Twitter parody account, even if it shouldn’t. Twitter parody accounts require discretion, you see, namely from someone those who are funny.

That said, occasionally the right person starts the right Twitter parody account at the right time, and the commentary can take on a life of its own. The result: an account that can retain followers long after the prompting event or person has disappeared from headlines.

Here are 6 accounts based on memes well past their Internet prime that still making it work:

1. The Bronx Zoo’s Cobra, which caused a panic when it disappeared from the Zoo in 2011, soon resurfaced on Twitter, gaining thousands of followers overnight. Although it was soon recovered in real life, the parody account still updates frequently and retains almost 200K followers:

2. Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech spawned one of the greatest political memes of 2012,Invisble Obama, which is now offering up snarky political commentary of its own:



3. So is Mexican Mitt, a Twitter account devoted to celebrating 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Mexican roots:

4. In 2011, when Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn decided to grow out his beard because “I’m just tired of shaving,” even the New York Times waxed poetic about it. It’s now 2013 and Tom Coburn, your beard has not grown tired of you:

5. Another body part personified, images of Angelina Jolie’s 2012 Oscars dress went viral after her right leg stole the spotlight:

6. Mitt Romney’s unintentional “Binders full of women” gaffe has turned into a feed devoted to women’s rights:

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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