By Erin Podolsky
March 30, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

”All your base are belong to us.” That grammatically incorrect phrase (lifted from the 1991 Sega game Zero Wing) has been popping up everywhere lately. The favored form of AYB mania is to insert the phrase into doctored photos (central repository AllYourBase.NET hosts well over 600) as evidence that a conspiracy is afoot. The quality ranges from very good (AYB as surgeon general’s warning on a pack of smokes) to very bad (AYB as phrase on Wheel of Fortune). The site documents how the frenzy started and offers plenty of AYB-addled media to tickle your absurdity bone. It’s funny, all right — and the proof is in the pictures. A