Blue Waffle is term for a fake disease and shock image made in 2008. This meme fooled many of its viewers into believing that blue waffle was a legit STD like Herpes. Trolls would tell victims to search for an image of a blue waffle on Google's Image Search, only to be surprised by a close-up shot image of a diseased vagina.
The picture shows a yeast infection stained with an antibacterial triarylmethane dye known as crystal violet. In Trenton, New Jersey, a councilwoman named Kathy McBride became a victim of the hoax during a City Council meeting in 2013, when she received a concerned call from a resident asking what Trenton was doing to combat blue waffle disease.
There are many variations of this site, including "Red Pancake" and "Giant Cheese Taco". Red Pancake shows a picture of a diseased anus, possibly infected with anal warts/HPV. Giant Cheese Taco offers a picture of a diseased ulcerated vagina covered in yellow pus and blood.
Another website called "Genetic Waffle" also existed, which consisted of a pornographic image of a vagina that is either prolapsing or suffering from vulvitis. The website was created sometime in late 2011 by Heyya.org and the title of the site was inspired by Blue Waffle along with the picture itself. All of these sites have shut down.
An episode of the web series SML made a reference to this shock site in episode 535: Chef Pee Pee Goes to Hollywood.
NOTE: The following websites contain graphic images!
- Shockchan version: web.archive.org/web/20220120142015/shockchan.com/blue-waffle
- Red Pancake: archive.fo/sQMu2
- Giant Cheese Taco: archive.ph/yS2uY
- Genetic Waffle: archive.ph/1jMca