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WEB EXCLUSIVE: The making of a ridiculously photogenic Internet sensation

CHARLESTON, SC (WIS) - Zeddie Little wasn't running for celebrity status, but man, he takes a good picture.

"I noticed he looked really good in that picture," photographer Will King said. "Overall, it didn't look that good except for this one guy, so I tossed it out there to see what people think."

King is the Charleston photographer that caught a frame full of runners and the guy who has been referred to as the "Ridiculously Photogenic Guy".

You can call him that thanks to Jessica Crouch, a friend of King's who saw the photo and coined the nickname.

"I just saw him and it just stuck in my mind that he was ridiculously photogenic," Crouch said. "I know plenty of attractive people, but no one who would be attractive while they're running."

After that, the picture was posted on the website Reddit and "RPG" arrived. Now he's one of the hottest memes in cyberspace.

"Meme?" you say, "What the heck is a meme?" It's basically an Internet fad that spreads across the world at speeds not known to the average 10K runner.

KnowYourMeme.com and Don Caldwell can answer that question more in depth. Caldwell reports on memes like the Philosoraptor and Scumbag Steve. Now, there's a new meme on the block with a church on Facebook and singing strangers on YouTube.

"All it takes to become a meme is for it to spread around and have people start playing with it and tweaking it," Caldwell said. "This picture of Zeddie Little running turned into a caption series where people would post words on his picture and make jokes."

But how long will RPG endure and how long will he run the information superhighway breaking hearts and creating art? Probably until a cuter piece of Internet fluff catches our attention.

"Another thing about it is it's popular with straight males," Caldwell said. "It's not just popular with women or gay men. It's popular with everybody. Everybody likes this guy."

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