If there is one thing us Brits do well, it's sarcasm. So, it's not surprising that the internet has united to unceremoniously hijack the hashtag #WhyImVotingUkip.
Nigel Farage and co. appeared to be very popular on Twitter Wednesday morning, with multitudes taking to their keyboards to voice why they would be voting for the Eurosceptic party.
But upon closer inspection, social media users didn't appear to be explaining too seriously why Ukip have the edge over other parties.
It does appear the hashtag was intended to promote the party, with those posting early on seemingly keeping a more serious tone.
Why are you voting UKIP this year? Tell us, tell Twitter and let's get it trending! #WhyImVotingUkip
— UKIP Harrogate (@UKIPHarrogate) May 20, 2014
— State Control (@State_Control) May 20, 2014
But it rapidly descended into farce and, a day before the European elections, the Twitter trend has spectacularly backfired on the party.
It was like the ill-fated Ukip carnival all over again...
Here's our pick of the best:
#WhyImVotingUkip Because I'm fed-up of foreigners coming over & denying hard-working British people the right to be Nigel Farage's wife.
— Elizabeth Day (@elizabday) May 21, 2014
#WhyImVotingUkip Because the weather's really starting to pick up, and I don't want it ruined by gays.
— Vikki Stone (@vikkistone) May 21, 2014
#WhyImVotingUkip because an Oriental gentleman just pushed into the front of the bus queue and got on first
— Nathaniel John (@Nathaniel_John) May 21, 2014
— incrediblyQ (@incrediblyQ) May 21, 2014
#WhyImVotingUkip I heard an African American and 2 (gay?) French robots on the radio telling me to "get lucky". Now I'm scared to go outside
— Jamie Karran (@NoDrNo) May 21, 2014
— William Kedjanyi (@keejayOV) May 20, 2014
#WhyImVotingUkip Because I hate all that foreign muck. I like good British food, like curry and Chinese
— James McMahon (@jamesjammcmahon) May 21, 2014
#WhyImVotingUkip because I'm pretty sure Nigel Farage is actually a Sasha Baron Cohen spoof character and I'd like to see this play out.
— Sharon (@MySharona1987) May 21, 2014
#WhyImVotingUkip Spanish dominance in the European Champions League means I don't want to be a part of it
— David Bullin (@BullinDavid) May 21, 2014
#WhyImVotingUkip because Boss man put a 69p price sticker over the original 49p for a can of KA
— King TinTin IV (@DaRealTinTin) May 21, 2014
— Sean (@WafcSean) May 20, 2014
#WhyImVotingUkip Because I hear Pole dancers are undercutting our home-grown British dancers. Disgusting!
— Luke Thomas (@welshboy82) May 21, 2014
#WhyImVotingUkip because I find spelling foreign surnames daunting and difficult
— Rachael Krishna (@RachaelKrishna) May 20, 2014
Ukip was founded in 1993 by LSE professor Alan Sked in opposition to the Maastricht treaty.
Ukip fielded 193 candidates but only got 0.3% of the vote, losing out to the just as Europhobic Referendum Party, led by billionaire publisher and politician, Sir James Goldsmith, (left), who got 2.6%. Sked resigned saying Ukip "they are racist and have been infected by the far-right", a reputation they have yet to shake. He was replaced with Michael Holmes
The unfortunate death of the rival party leader led to the dissolution of the Referendum Party with many members subsequently joining Ukip.
Ukip got 7% of the vote and gained three MEPs. This jolly looking chap, Jeffrey Titford, was one of them.
Holmes was forced to resign in 200 due to a conflict between himself and the Ukip's National Executive Committee. Titford became leader. In the following year's general election Ukip failed to gain any seats with a 1.5% of the vote. (The man pictured is not a member Ukip but a pictorial representation of the misery felt by the party during this difficult time)
Titford decided he didn't really like being leader and so was replaced with this fellow, Roger Knapman in 2002. Knapman attracted some attention in 2006 when he employed a team of Polish builders to renovate his home despite his anti-immigration stance.
Building on their previous European success, Ukip went on to gain a (in relative terms) massive 12 MEPs in 2004. Godfrey Bloom, seen here far-right, immediately triggered a storm of protest over women's rights within hours of starting work in the European Parliament. After being given a place on the Parliament's Women's Rights Committee he told journalists he wanted to deal with women's issues because "I just don't think they clean behind the fridge enough", adding: "I am here to represent Yorkshire women who always have dinner on the table when you get home. I am going to promote men's rights." What a charming gent...
The deliciously named, orange-faced TV agony aunt, Robert Kilroy-Silk, caused a tabloid frenzy when recruited to Ukip in 2004. He was elected an MEP that year but did nothing to hide his ambitions for leadership causing some consternation amongst the ranks. Silk left the party after nine months. His TV show, Kilroy, was cancelled after he wrote an article in the Sunday Express titelled 'We owe Arabs nothing'.
Ukip finished third in 2004 above the Conservatives who came fourth. In other news this flour incident also happened.
Ukip were rubbish. They didn't gain a single seat and their best result was third place in Boston & Skegness.
September 2006 saw the introduction of Farage as leader.
In 2009, Tory party donor extraordinaire, Stuart Wheeler, jumped ships and gave Ukip £100,000. He was, rather unsurprisingly, expelled from the Conservative party for his treachery.
In 2009 Farage stood down as Ukip leader so he could contest the seat of Buckingham. Lord Pearson was chosen to replace him. Here is Pearson at a joint press conference with well-known Dutch extreme right-winger and general Islam hater, Geert Wilders. #justsayin
A climate where the electorate were slightly miffed at a banking crisis at the amount some MPs were claiming on expenses was a bonus for Ukip. They gained 16.5 per cent of the vote, or to put it another way, they beat the government.
Farage lost to John Bercow. Once again, Ukip failed to win a single seat. This disaster however was slightly overshadowed by...
Farage was a passenger in this plane when it crashed on the morning of the elections. He broke his sternum, ribs and punctured a lung. The cause of the crash was put down to the Ukip banner the plane was towing getting caught in aircraft's tail.
Farage was re-elected in August 2010. Lord Pearson said: "The UKIP crown returns to its rightful owner". How nice of him...
UKIP's Jane Collins came second in the 2012 vote with Ukip's highest ever share in a parliamentary election.
Cometh the hour, cometh the grin. This was a huge coup for Ukip as they took second place in front of Labour and the Conservatives in 2013.
Farage admitted the party couldn't possibly have vetted all their candidates in the 2013 local elections. Unfortunately for Ukip it meant a number of slightly dubious characters being exposed in the press. This lady for example is alleged to have said: "Only the Zionists could sacrifice their own in the gas chambers." That, quite frankly, is simply not on.
He's right to look chuffed with himself. Ukip came second in the South Shields by-election and got 26 per cent of the vote in the local elections. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats both lost seats. The biggest surge by a fourth placed party since WWII does not bode well for the coalition in 2015.
This slide has nothing to do with anything but this picture can NOT go to waste...