I came across many images on Twitter like this  update 1 Original link.

Does the hat resemble nation? If yes then what's the reason? I came to know that everything that ends with nation or sounds like nation they use this sticker and laugh at it. But I don't get the joke.

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    did you look up the definition for pollination? Do you recognize the creature as a bee? – WRX Feb 26 '17 at 1:13
  • Also, do you know Dory is a blue tang fish and where they live? – WRX Feb 26 '17 at 1:34
  • @WillowRex it has got nothing to do with pollination and I looked up the definition for pollination and I know the creature of bee. – Ashutosh Soni Feb 26 '17 at 1:48
  • it is a play on words, the hat may or may not be important, it is part of the theme. – WRX Feb 26 '17 at 2:29
  • FWIW, it's hardly a joke, since it's IMO too much of a forced joke - jokes, by definition, should be amusing... this one (arguably) ain't. – user21321 Feb 26 '17 at 10:28

The joke is that this is a parody of another popluar meme. From knowyourmeme.com, What in Tarnation,
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"When you find a city slicker on FarmersOnly.com / wot n ternation"

“What in Tarnation?” is a rhetorical question meaning “what in damnation?”, which is often associated with Americans living in the Southern United States expressing incredulous bewilderment.

The meme above spawned many parody memes. Here are some of the memes. enter image description here

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Notice that the parodies have the hat in common, follow the formula what in X where X rhymes with tarnation, and the image is somehow related to X.

In the OP, notice that the image is of a bee, bees pollinate, and the act of pollinating is pollination.

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Like with many jokes, one needs to know several different cultural things.

The usual phrase is

What in tarnation?

and stereotypically it is used by cowboys in their accent.

It means "What in the world?" used to show surprise for something very unexpected.


sounds very similar to "tarnation"

The cowboy hat is on a bee and bees are know for pollinating plants, not for wearing cowboy hats. So, Dory is misspeaking which she is known to do from time to time, since she plays a ditzy character.

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