- Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A picture of a Louisville girl dressed up for crazy hair day at school has been shared more than 500,000 times after it was turned into an internet meme.

Peyton McCauley, a third-grader at Stonestreet Elementary School, rose to web fame after a picture her mom took last year resurfaced with the caption, “When your dad helps you dress up for Halloween.”

The photo features 8-year-old Peyton with her ponytail shooting up, into and out of the side of a Pepsi bottle, which made it look like soda being poured into a cup. Her facial expression can best be described as “unsure.”

Her mother, Jennifer, said that she was approached by a friend after they noticed the edited version of the picture circulating on her Facebook feed. After some web sleuthing, she found that it had been shared more than 500,000 times in multiple languages across various sites and was the featured photo on “jokesoftheday.net.”

“My neighbor calls me asking if we knew that Peyton’s picture was being shared all over Facebook as a meme,” McCauley wrote in a message to the Courier-Journal. “Of course I didn’t, so we started looking to see how far it had spread.”

McCauley said the original photo was taken before crazy hair day at Peyton’s school last year. She was unsure of what her friends would think of the costume, which is why she is making the face.

She said she shared the original photo on a few Facebook groups last year and has since found the edited version had been reshared on Facebook pages in a number of countries, including Colombia and the Philippines. Despite the caption on the meme, her dad was not involved with the hair-do.

“It had nothing to do with dad, but that’s the great part,” McCauley said. “It wouldn’t have went viral by the true story.”

Meanwhile, McCauley said that Peyton thinks someone is playing a prank on her and doesn’t quite understand how widespread the photo has become.

“One day she’ll understand, but right now she is confused,” she said.

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