A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 14, 2024
“The air hurts my face. Why am I living where the air hurts my face?”

“The air hurts my face. Why am I living where the air hurts my face?”—usually meaning that the winter air is very cold, possibly causing frostbite—is a saying that has been printed on many images.
 
The comic illustration Depressed Alien by Connor Ullmann in January 2014 reads:
 
“The air hurts my face
Why am I living where
the air hurts my face”

 
“It’s almost surreal how many people are repeating a phrase I made up: https://twitter.com/search?q=air%20hurts%20my%20face&src=typd&f=realtime” was posted on X/Twitter by Connor Ullman on February 7, 2014.
 
The “air hurts my face” saying had been used earlier. “OMG its painfully cold outside! The cold air HURTS my face & im use 2 cold weather” was posted on X/Twitter by Michelle on December 23, 2009. “This cold air hurts my face” was posted on X/Twitter by King Bones on March 2, 2011. “The cold air hurts my face” was posted on X/Twitter by Potato & Grape LOVER on December 6, 2011.
 
“It’s so hot today, the air hurts my face!” was posted on X/Twitter by Stacy Schneider on July 2, 2011. “I’m so freaking sun burnt, the air hurts my face~EmmaDxx” was posted on X/Twitter by Niall Our Number 1 on June 29, 2012. “This hot ass air hurts my face” was posted on X/Twitter by @bbyzxs on July 3, 2012.
 
“This snow.. ‘why do i live in a place where the air hurts my face’ lol” was posted on X/Twitter by ay on February 1, 2014. “The air hurts my face. Why do I live in a place where the air hurts my face” was posted on X/Twitter by Bethany Marie Hojna on February 1, 2014. “Why do I live in a place where the air hurts my face?” was posted on X/Twitter by Johnny on February 2, 2014. “So many subtle variations on it in there too haha ‘why do I live in a place where the air hurts me?!??!’” was posted on X/Twitter by Connor Ullman on February 7, 2014.
   
         
X/Twitter     
Michelle
@sigmanurse
OMG its painfully cold outside! The cold air HURTS my face & im use 2 cold weather. But only 1 more nite @ wrk then im flying home 4 xmas!
8:09 AM · Dec 23, 2009
   
X/Twitter
King Bones
@Ayogarnett
This cold air hurts my face
12:38 PM · Mar 2, 2011
   
X/Twitter
Stacy Schneider
@StupendousStacy
It’s so hot today, the air hurts my face!  My car thermometer read 121 on the freeway!
6:57 PM · Jul 2, 2011
   
X/Twitter
Potato & Grape LOVER
@MixedMadness010
The cold air hurts my face ukno.. An the top of my ears hurt also!
12:48 PM · Dec 6, 2011
   
X/Twitter
Niall Our Number 1
@NiallOurNumber1
I’m so freaking sun burnt, the air hurts my face-.-
~EmmaDxx
7:01 PM · Jun 29, 2012
   
X/Twitter
.
@bbyzxs
This hot ass air hurts my face D;
8:06 PM · Jul 3, 2012
   
X/Twitter
Dilbo
@dillysochilly
Uhh the cold air hurts my face. #ouch
2:32 PM · Nov 9, 2012
   
X/Twitter
Sentimental Asshole
@Chiiiiief_B
This cold air hurts my face 😖😂
12:03 PM · Nov 27, 2012
 
X/Twitter
Adam Lee Allain
@Adam_EA
The air hurts my face #frigid
2:18 PM · Nov 30, 2012
 
X/Twitter
Brianna M. Goodrich
@bgood_12
The cold air hurts my face #toocold
4:35 PM · Jan 22, 2013
 
X/Twitter 
shabaz
@blu2ndtonone
The cold air hurts my face
12:52 PM · Feb 1, 2013
       
Depressed Alien
(The following text is shown on a comic illustration, “Copyright Connor Ullman, 2014.”—ed.)
The air hurts my face
Why am I living where
the air hurts my face
 
X/Twitter
Matt 🦉
@M4tthewsBurner
The air hurts my face…why am I living where the air hurts my face
5:05 PM · Jan 31, 2014
   
X/Twitter
Angie
@Ammers92
“The air hurts my face… Why am I living where the air hurts my face?” - Me all last week
5:11 PM · Jan 31, 2014
   
X/Twitter
Jonathan Marcus
@itsjonmarcus
Why do I live in a city where the air hurts my face?
5:18 PM · Jan 31, 2014
   
X/Twitter
Samuel Spaceborn
@samboroni
Winterly introspection: The air hurts my face…why am I living where the air hurts my face?
5:31 PM · Jan 31, 2014
 
X/Twitter     
Diana
@Diana_995
... The air hurts my face .... Why am I living on a place where the air hurts me
12:30 AM · Feb 1, 2014
   
X/Twitter
Jay
@Valintynee
This snow.. “why do i live in a place where the air hurts my face” lol
4:00 PM · Feb 1, 2014
   
X/Twitter
Bethany Marie Hojna
@b_hoj23
The air hurts my face. Why do I live in a place where the air hurts my face.
9:52 PM · Feb 1, 2014
   
X/Twitter
Johnny
@_johnny_thunder
Why do I live in a place where the air hurts my face?
11:22 AM · Feb 2, 2014
 
X/Twitter
connor ullmann
@ullcon
It’s almost surreal how many people are repeating a phrase I made up: https://twitter.com/search?q=air%20hurts%20my%20face&src=typd&f=realtime
5:42 PM · Feb 7, 2014
 
X/Twitter
connor ullmann
@ullcon
@kylepulver So many subtle variations on it in there too haha “why do I live in a place where the air hurts me?!??!”
5:48 PM · Feb 7, 2014
 
X/Twitter
connor ullmann
@ullcon
@MesmeristMusic That’s awesome! :D Which comic? Air hurts my face is the most popular one by a large margin haha
12:51 AM · Feb 22, 2014
 
X/Twitter
Nico M.
@nico_m__
@UllCon always weird to see the “air hurts my face” strip show up on my fb feed with 220k+ likes…
12:29 AM · Jan 7, 2016
 
iFunny     
boneyjones_46_2018
13 jan 2019
Yes, hello, 911? The air hurts my face
 
Reddit—Minnesota
Posted by u/ninjakitty117 January 16, 2020
Why am I living where the air hurts my face
(The meme is shown.—ed.)
     
iFunny
ShadowFox137
27 jan 2021
“Mother, why do we live where the air hurts my face?”
   
America’s Funniest Pics and Videos
lazyDiedLaughing_2020
20 feb 2021
THE AIR HURTS MY FACE WHY AMI WERE THE AIR BMIIRTC EAPE
   
X/Twitter
🇨🇦 🇺🇸 🇺🇦Sean Evans #BoycottFL☮️💔NOLISTS
@Sean05Evans
I moved from the cold air hurts my face for 6 months to where the hot air hurts my face for 6 months.
5:19 PM · Nov 28, 2023
 
Reddit—EnglishLearning
Posted by u/joywithhim December 21, 2023
“The air hurts my face” is more than a meme?
⭐️  Vocabulary / Semantics
Do people actually say this when it’s cold? Also, can I use the variations like “The air hurts my hands.” Or “If you go outside, the air will hurt your face.”?
     
X/Twitter
Harvey Gingras
@HarveyGingras
Why do I live in a place where the air hurts my face in Winter it’s-36 with the windchill I’m glad I work from home
11:16 AM · Jan 12, 2024

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