If Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o can find any silver lining in his fake girlfriend scandal , perhaps he can take solace in the fact that he has inspired the ultra-hot Internet meme  "Teoing".
Teoing quickly went viral after Deadspin revealed  the Notre Dame player's girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, was fake." To Teo, people are posting pictures of empty chairs, of their arms embracing the air, or photos of people hugging themselves. For a few of our favorites, see the slideshow above.
What's the big deal about imaginary friends. Chicago Democrat pols have hundreds of thousands of them and they vote. #teoing— Dan Proft (@DanProft) January 18, 2013
Valentines day was the worst I'd buy a box of chocolate and a bear and carry it around like I was given it #teoing— Roy Miller (@THE_ROY_V) January 17, 2013
Internet memes aren't the only thing helped out by the story. According to a staff memo posted on Romenesko.com , the Te'o story helped Gawker websites break an all-time traffic record with more than 10 million views this week.