It’s strange. They integrate into normal society very quickly. As if in disguise. One minute you don’t know a lolcat from a normal cat when BAM!
A brief history of memes
Memes have only recently gained their now accepted definition of ‘funny pictures with captions’.
But it turns out the proper definition is:
“A “meme” is a virally-transmitted cultural symbol or social idea.”
– About.com. Internet for Beginners (there goes my dignity…)
So it turns out memes don’t even have to be funny. It turns out that this classifies as a meme:
HOW IS THIS A MEME? IT’S A NIGHTMARE! I think it even scares me. o_O
But of course, memes have become more light hearted as the years have gone by. Here are some of my favourites.
They are, to put it simply, the guilty pleasures of the modern world. The more macho of us will be reluctant to admit it, but in secret we spend the nights laughing under our duvets, looking at lolcats on our
930, 000 likes? 120, 000 Youtube followers? A family comedy?
How can you make a family comedy out of something like Grumpy Cat? o_O
So where is the world coming to? This pretty much sums it up:
But you may be surprised to know though lolcats are rumoured to have originated on the imageboard 4chan, that nursery of memes that may have created the O RLY? Owl, even the Victorians sussed the hilariousness of cats in funny poses, from as early as 1870, when people (yes, plural of person) such as Henry Pointer dressed them up and took some grainy sepia photos.
Admittedly with less hilarious results. Especially as now, the cat would be holding a petite Samsung camera with tiny buttons (now that would be cute) but you know: lolcats actually has a long heritage.
Real people memes
These are real memes that happen to be based on real people, which include:
Obama is somewhat famous (not really) for his memorable ‘not bad’ face, although Michelle Obama is normally left out, despite her equally distinct features. Please ignore the article, it’s quite serious. o_O
The name of this meme is ‘My Brain is Full of _____’ You’ve got to love Jackie Chan’s face. ;)
Note, I didn’t say Neil Patrick Haris, as this meme is not of him, but of the recurring character in hit comedy, How I Met Your Mother. Totally different people of course. o_O He often does this pose after spouting some ridiculous story.
I didn’t know who Yao Ming was until I searched him up. The chance is neither have you, as he’s a retired Chinese basketball player, and since WordPress is banned in China, I doubt I’ll be getting many views from there… Seeing as you may not know him well… can you tell which is his real face?
I think we have time for one more meme –
Cartoon face memes
1. Me gusta (which literally translates to ‘It pleases me’ in Spanish… and therefore has the opportunity to be used well in awkward situations). Half of the people who use it don’t even know what it means, unless they took GCSE Spanish or are actually Spanish…
2. Angry meme (best used when you’re actually angry, not when you’re vaguely annoyed at someone. They might take it the wrong way. ;))
3. Extremely angry meme (seriously. Don’t do this face at your cat, dog, parent or little siblings. Not even at a wall. Walls have feelings too…)
4. Joker (LOL! Enough said)
5. What’s the difference between you and a calendar. A calendar has dates. Forever Alone!
(I would reference the joke, as it’s not mine, but so many people seem to have copied each other that it’s hard to tell).
6. And of course the troll face…
There are of course many more memes…
But instead of listing all of them, I’m going to take a moment to reflect on the positive impact memes have had on society. I’m going to list all of them, right here, right now.
1. They’re funny.
2. They bring happiness.
3. They’re very funny?
4. Good catchphrases?
Ok I’m done for the day.
Edition I of Operation Toothpaste (if you don’t know what this is click here or scroll back to a previous article).
P.S. In case you were wondering where the ‘Ain’t Nobody Got Time Fo Dat’ meme came from –
But you know, if you’re interested. ;)