Skelton War refers to a tweet dril made on July 27, 2013. As of August 2017, it has garnered over 28,000 retweets and has been liked over 37,000 times.
Raw Transcript Edit
"if your grave doesnt say "rest in peace" on it you are automatically drafted into the skeleton war"
Dril grapples with the uncertainty of life after death and the problems of unavoidable mortality with this tweet. The reference to the consequences of not putting "Rest in Piece" on the grave stone is a clear reference to the diverse burial and funeral traditions that are celebrated in various cultures and religions. Many of these traditions originated out of religious or cultural belief, or sometimes superstition. Even though some of these beliefs have died out, certain funeral traditions may still be carried on today out of habit. Furthermore, the "skeleton war" line is a take on the debate about what happens to the human soul after death. Most religions dictate that based on one's actions on Earth, the soul is either doomed to eternal damnation or spends eternity in paradise. The notion of skeleton wars may be a reference to an unpleasant consequence.
Atheism 411 Edit
At an unknown point in time, a Facebook page called "Atheism 411" posted a screenshot of the Skeleton War tweet, however taking it completely out of context. The author, an assumed leader of the New Atheism movement, thought dril was being completely serious with this tweet and proceeded to mock him for believing in a skeleton war, as well as offering a "pro tip" that nothing happens when you die. Commenters on the page who were familiar with dril proceeded to ridicule the page's author for not recognizing dril's attempt at humor and instead of mocking dril, turned on the page itself. One user was quoted as saying "i'll [sic] kill this dumb mother fucker." One could also interpret the commenters as taking dril literally too, and mocking dril's beliefs being completely unaware of the irony that is often present in his works.