Article About Television’s Effect On Relationships Inspires A Bizarre ‘Sweep The Special Chimney’ Meme ????

An article in The London Times titled “I’ll tell you what’s wrong with midlife sex – the telly” has left Twitter in stitches because of its meme-worthy tease.

The article by Carol Midgley blames a disappointing sex life on excessive TV watching. Both in the article and in the Twitter tease and link to the piece, the phrase “sweep the special chimney” appears, presumably, as a euphemism for the act of coitus itself. 

We’re not sure if this is a well-known metaphor for sex in the UK but, here in the U.S., it’s rather odd and utterly hysterical. 

Some people drew parallels between the phrase and a beloved movie character and her good friend Bert:

And, of course, it wouldn’t be viral without the boyfriend meme making an appearance:

Along with other such nonsense…

But some people knew exactly what Midgley meant…

Oh well, it was all in good fun!

H/T: Indy100, Twitter