Saddle up pardner, and take a ride off into the sunset with us and our many cowboy-hatted compadres.

If you're wonderin' what in tarnation the "what in tarnation" meme is all about, well throw another log on the fire, pop a squat, and we'll tell ya, ace. In early January, this delightful photo of a Shibu Inu sportin' a cowboy hat, captioned with "what in tarnation" was shared heavily on Tumblr and Twitter.

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The image's popularity ignited people into finding images of folks wearing cowboy hats (as well as random images that cowboy hats could be photoshopped onto) and riffing off the "what in tarnation" to whatever "-ation" fit the image. And that's all she wrote. Enjoy, pardner. 

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