The Oxford English Dictionary defines 8220;meme8221; as 8220;an image, video, piece of text, typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by internet users, often with slight variations.8221;
The photo quickly became a template for many memes with people changing the words on the poster, but also Photoshopping someone else behind the desk. The meme also proved incredibly popular on the Subeddit /r/dankmemes.
This meme is fairly unusual in that it spawned from a stock photograph. That image was originally snapped by photographer Antonio Guillem who uploaded it to iStock in 2015. It wasn8217;t until two years later that the image became a popular meme. With simple captions added to the image to represent real-life things people are distracted by.
This meme continued to prove popular in the months that followed, to the point that near the end of 2018 it was even banned from use in an advert by a recruitment company showing the lure of its offers versus viewers current jobs.
A really simple meme that shows a car aggressively exiting the motorway at high speed. This photo is simply tweaked by adding a caption to the road sign which shows the author8217;s preference between two choices. Simple, effective and ever-so-popular.
In 2017, for the sake of 10 seconds of fame, a disturbing trend emerged where people starting recording videos of themselves eating laundry detergent and uploading the results to YouTube. This trend quickly resulted in a great swathe of different memes around the stupidity of doing so.
Originating in the depths of 2010, this meme came to life thanks to some glorious photos of Shiba Inus 8211; a breed of tiny and agile Japanese dog with a quizzical face. Posted on a personal blog, the original photos appeared with one such dog named 8220;Kabosu8221; casually lounging on a sofa with a sideways glance at the camera.
With the help of Reddit, 8220;Doge8221; was then born. Images of the dog are Photoshopped into various poses and situations, plastered with internal monologue quotes in Comic Sans font and delivered to the internet for the world to enjoy.
Grumpy Cat is a particularly irritable looking pussy who goes by the real name 8220;Tardar Sauce8221;. This meme again took off thanks to Reddit, in late 2012 when original photos of Grumpy Cat were posted online.
Success kid (also known as 8220;I hate sandcastles8221😉 became popular in around 2008 when a photo of a smug baby at the beach was used across the web on social media, mainly as personal profile photographs.
Success kid goes by the real name Sammy Griner and has now aged a few years, but still seems just as pleased with himself in all the recent photos we8217;ve seen. His fame also helped to successfully pay for his father8217;s new kidney after a plea for funding for a transplant went online in the middle of 2016. So maybe he is successful after all!
In 2012, a post titled 8220;Just a book owner8217;s smile…8221; was submitted to Reddit and, shortly after, the glory that is Ermahgerd girl was born. Featuring a young girl, awash with nerdy excitement and brandishing a trio of Goosebumps books, the photo soon became synonymous with 8220;oh my God8221; levels of excitement.
Some say the misspelling of 8220;oh my God8221; as 8220;ermahgerd8221; is meant to represent the difficulty that would come speaking with teenage braces. As a result, the text accompanying these memes is often misspelt along the same lines.
The girl in the original photograph was eventually found. Maggie Goldenberger was actually just playing dress-up with friends when the snap was takenand found it hilarious many years later when told about the meme.
During that campaign his catchphrase was 8220;I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis…8221;. The campaign took off and the resulting meme was born 8211; all using the same format 8220;I don8217;t always…8221; and finishing 8220;…but when I do…8221;
Animated science-fiction series Futurama features a down-on-his-luck delivery boy Philip J. Fry who finds himself trapped somewhere in the 31st Century after an unfortunate incident with a cryogenic freezing machine.
In season six, an episode aired called 8220;Attack of the Killer App8221; in which the creators parodied Apple with the release of the new 8220;eyePhone8221;. Fry rushes to purchase one of the new devices and interrupts the sales genius with the phrase, 8220;Shut up and take my money!8221;
The photograph first became a meme in 2010 when it appeared on Reddit and Green-ovale and from then on lead to Keanu being Photoshopped, sandwich and all, into other photos and settings across the world.
Joseph Ducreux was an 18th Century French artist known for a peculiar style of portrait paintings. In 2009, his particularly quirky self-portrait joined the world of internet memes when superimposed with rap lyrics.
The words often featured on these memes include an archaic reinterpretation of the original lyrics with an 18th Century spin. The first recorded version read 8220;Disregard Females, Acquire Currency8221; – a take on Notorious B.I.G’s song Get Money but has since seen many variations.
In the wonderful world of the web, keyboard warriors and discourteous people are rife. 8220;Be like Bill8221; is aimed at combatting that plague and trolls in general by sending a message of common sense through means of a simple stick figure called 8220;Bill8221;.
The image later became a Photoshop meme and appeared in many different variations across the web. The most popular and common version didn8217;t appear until 2006 when the photo was given the wording 8220;Ceiling Cat is watching you8230;8221;.
Good Guy Greg is rumoured to have its roots in the murky depths of 4chan. This simple photo of a cheerful chap is meant to symbolise a kind and generous human being who we8217;d all be happy to call our friend.
The original photo of Scumbag Steve features a young man with a baseball cap on sideways standing in a doorway. The photo appeared on Reddit in 2011 and quickly caught on as a popular meme. It often features text portraying Steve as a bad buy who8217;d happily steal medication from his grandparents or borrow money and never pay people back.
The real subject of the photograph is Blake Boston a rapper from the group 8220;Beantown Mafia8221; who purports not to be a bad guy after all. Though he8217;s certainly making the most of his internet fame.
One of our (and the internet8217;s) favourites is the Photoshop meme that shows various drawings, doodles and delightful scribbles on the open folder that in reality displayed his signature on an executive order from January 2017.
A favourite meme for when things get a bit crazy or out of control on the internet, this meme comes from a memorable quote by Will Farrell when he played character Ron Burgundy in 20048217;s Anchorman.
This phrase was heavily quoted across the web on message boards, social networks and in blog comment systems. The Anchorman film has spawned a number of other memes due to its popularity, but this is perhaps the most well-known.
Domo-kun is of Japanese origin and was originally a mascot for one of the major TV stations there. He was originally seen in sketches in 1998.
In 2004, a photograph of a young girl with a devilish smile in front of a burning house appeared online. It was picked up four years later by Buzzfeed and soon got the attention of the internet with posts and re-posts all across the web.
This meme takes several different forms and often uses a variety of photographs commonly including a woman crying with head in her hands, a tearful photo of James Van Der Beek from 908217;s TV Show Dawson8217;s Creek and more.
The idea behind this one is the summing up of the (often insignificant) frustrations of privileged peoples of the developed world. These memes are meant to be delivered with a dash of tongue-in-cheek humour poking fun at how trivial first world problems are.
Dating back to 2001, this meme originates from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and features Boromir (played by Sean Bean) explaining how 8220;One does not simply walk into Mordor8221; to throw the ring into the fires of Mount Doom.
The meme features a picture of Sean Bean and is often used to express the difficulty of doing something particularly arduous. The meme proved so popular that it even appeared as an Easter egg on Google Maps.
Here the character8217;s quote 8220;brace yourselves, winter is coming8221; has been used in various ways to humorously predict the influx of internet posts about a specific event or product. The classic example being an increase in the number of people complaining about changes to their Facebook newsfeed.
This meme is a paraphrasing of a scene from the Matrix. In the film, the character Morpheus (played by Laurence Fishburne) is explaining to the main character Neo (Keanu Reeves) that he exists inside a computer simulation. He poses a choice between two pills to find out the truth or to carry on living in blissful ignorance.
This meme features a young lad with braces wearing a tartan vest and a cheeky smile. It originally appeared on Reddit in 2012 and was used with an accompanying caption to describe various embarrassing circumstances.
The photo was later revealed to be of Kyle Craven who rose to some level of internet fame after revealing himself in a Reddit AMA. Kyle also has a claim to fame after being spotted (and recognised) by Seth Rogan when out in public.
The Walking Dead is a very popular, often controversial TV show about zombies. Also popular is poking fun at the way the show8217;s character Rick Grimes pronounces his son8217;s name 8220;Carl8221;.
From the 1999 classic 8220;Office Space8221; comes a meme derived from Gary Cole8217;s character Bill Lumbergh. His sole purpose in life seems to be getting people to finish paperwork and work extra hours over the weekend.
What8217;s funnier than a baby drinking beer? An intoxicated infant spouting drunken wisdom that8217;s what. And that8217;s how this meme was born when a photo of a child sitting next to a pint was uploaded to Reddit in 2012.
8220;….I said 8216;Oh Lord Jesus, it8217;s a fire8217;, then I ran out, I didn8217;t grab no shoes or nothin8217; Jesus! I ran for my life. Then the smoke got me. I got bronchitis. Ain8217;t nobody got time for that!8221;
The Indestructible Nokia 3310
The classic Nokia 3310 mobile phone has developed somewhat of a legendary status over the years. Originally released in 2000, this phone was a brute of a device; hard-wearing and long-lasting compared to today8217;s fragile phones.
In 2010, Leonardo DiCaprio was caught on camera merrily strutting around the set for blockbuster hit Inception.
The most common usage of this meme features an image of Patrick Stewart playing Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek with his head in his hands in reaction to events unfolding on the bridge of the Enterprise.
This classic meme was inspired by American TV show Pimp My Ride. In it, host Xzibit and his team improved people8217;s automobiles, usually by adding something they liked into the vehicle so they could experience it while out and about. And thus the meme was born.