The internet dishes out a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet of ridiculous humans to mock, so self-deprecation (with some implicit mocking) can be a welcome respite. For a while -- including before this trend hopped from real-life frat stars to the internet -- one of the great joys in life was watching a bitchin' bro top off a Smirnoff Ice in earnest, then get up and plaster a super-cool look on his face -- you know, the kind of smirk that said, "Fuck, man, I'm tragically uncool, aren't I?" The song is catchy, but it’s the visuals in the music video that propelled it to an international hit and the most-viewed YouTube video for years. You thought you were above THE DRESS. When your ex posts a pic of her new dude Via @derekandkevin, A post shared by NbaMemes (@nbamemes) on Feb 16, 2016 at 4:23pm PST. Properly speaking, the absolute unit needn’t be masculine, or even human -- just absolute." Or maybe because it was just because it’s a random and shitty movie, which is inherently funny. R/CringeAnarchy, a more cruel board that tended to make fun of women and minorities, was banned in 2019 by Reddit (other forms of cringe boards are still active). On May 28, 2016, a toddler climbed into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. —J.R. He’s 9 years old now and has a million followers on Instagram. And yet someone, the official Twitter account for Good Morning America to be precise, called the Kermit-sipping-tea meme “tea lizard.” —K.N. or a reference point for clever macros. This decade, memes became something not just for a handful of internet nerds who lurked on message boards — memes are now for everyone. Following conversations on message boards about the nameless sensation, a woman named Jennifer Allen coined the term in 2010 and made a Facebook group in its name. made its way into X-Men: The Last Stand. That giddy naivete died with Dashcon. The Day-Glo colors and goofy dancing made for perfect GIFable moments. There’s something so visceral about the YKIHTDITE photo. Lil Nas X has completely taken over pop culture since his country-trap song became a TikTok sensation in late 2018 to early 2019, quickly jumping across platforms and age groups to achieve ubiquity. me drinking iced coffee on an empty stomach knowing it’s going to make me feel like shit. First came the Tumblr “Feminist Ryan Gosling,” in which photos of the actor were superimposed with quotes that mixed feminist texts with shit your imaginary hot-yet-sensitive boyfriend might say (this was 2011, so the sheer concept of a man openly calling himself a feminist was still a Big Deal and kind of a pantydropper, which is bleak in retrospect!!). Twitter users placed him alongside the other celebrities so publicly and crudely mourned as proof that 2016 was, like, the worst. Without it, we cease to exist. Parodied by such comedy stalwarts as Stephen Colbert and Arrested Development, this 2002 video of a kid wielding a ball fetcher like a lightsaber exploded onto the pre-YouTube internet, repurposed by any and every internet user with video-editing skillz. Splash News, the agency behind the photo, has attempted to remove the picture from the internet via DMCA takedowns, but Reeves and his sandwich have proved too popular (and photoshoppable) to really scrub away. Only time will tell whether or not Flavortown can survive the ages. Touchdowns or tutus? This OG meme goes all the way back to 1939, when World War II broke out and the British had to get their propaganda machine in gear. —K.N. —K.N. This prank was the peak of IRL-memeing in 2011. But the real nail in the coffin was in 2017 when FCC chair Ajit Pai did a video to help explain the end of Net Neutrality. Say it out loud and try not to laugh. It’s a bit of an anomaly for a celebrity photo meme; Michael Jordan isn’t particularly memey otherwise, and although he was one of the biggest celebrities in the world in the ’90s, he hasn’t been in the spotlight this decade. Ceiling Cat is watching you work from home. In March 2013, actor Danny DeVito tweeted "Antonin Scalia retire bitch." Two massive memes, Kermit sipping tea and Evil Kermit, earned the Muppet his place in meme Valhalla, and made a bunch of smaller memes (Sad Kermit puppet, Kermit in the car) take off. with people photoshopping him into anything they can. This 2017 meme has staying power because it’s so simple and applies to so many things. 13/10 heartwarming as h*ck. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100, and Lil Nas X became the first openly gay black artist to win at the Country Music Awards. They occupy an uncanny valley of being wildly popular AND wildly reviled by anyone who considers themselves a person of taste. In 2016, while playing the character R.S. Though the meme-stream media was charged with killing Dat Boi, the polarizing green frog that briefly invaded Tumblr and Twitter via unicycle, that doesn't mean you have to completely forget about the unexplainable joys he and his brothers gave the world. When you see him from behind the keyboard, no longer is he Sesame Street's most famous protagonist. Yee yee juice. Kevin Innes, a Norwegian twentysomething, was in a store with his girlfriend one day when they came across a bin of squeaking duck-shaped (technically, the toy is a pelican) dog toys. Summing up the confusing melange was an overzealous, dickish campus cop at UC Davis who decided it would be a good idea to stroll up and down a group of peacefully protesting students and pepper spray them directly in the face. —K.N. 313 views, 2 upvotes, 1 comment. One of the biggest ones, a teen girl named Makenna Kelly, became the basis for a ton of memes. Never has someone being horrible at their job been so beneficial to society. The term described a reclamation of country aesthetics among black Americans, who have long been erased from extremely white cultural depictions of the Wild West (despite the fact that 1 in 4 cowboys were black). The music video went enormously viral, but it was widely dubbed the “worst song ever.”. It's a four-panel web comic about a miscarriage that has evolved into some weird Where's Waldo? And people crave authenticity. recognition in the elementary school market, A post shared by Grumpy Cat (@realgrumpycat), could lead to actual research discoveries, in the midst of a 2011 riot, Canada's largest display of violence, this other kid's incredible Halloween costume, submitted a doctored photo for a paranormal image contest, grew out of a James Franco text exchange with an underage girl, yellow circle with two black eyes and an upward grin. In early 2013, a dance meme was born. Long may he reign. It's fun to watch other people have fun. Remember how fun it was to watch Kip Dynamite score a huge win? The star kicked off something of a lip-plumping craze, and teens starting trying to plump their own lips by sticking them in shot glasses and sucking till they swelled up. Who would've thought that a random screengrab from Futurama's "The Lesser of Two Evils" would become so meme-orable (ahem)? I also know a Nigerian prince you should meet.") Photos of the two would be captioned with imagined dialogue between them, usually with Biden acting like a goof or a prankster and Obama being both exasperated and amused by it. —J.R. |￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣| Like I said, I can’t explain why it’s funny, but it is. A collection of the best Zoom memes to look at when your Zoom meeting is too boring. There’s been the “In My Feelings” dance challenge, where people dance out the side of a moving car to his 2018 hit, the “hope no one heard that” lyric from “Marvins Room,” Drake’s myriad of faces and expressions while he watches basketball games, images of his character from Degrassi: The Next Generation, and the handwritten scrawl of the cover art for his album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. From there, it blew up as a fun visual gag that was infuriating and odd.