I’m not fond of social media, but I admit, I have an incredible soft spot for memes. Not just any memes, but the memes that you laugh about, or can relate to months or even years later. I was cleaning up my computer and discovered years of saved memes, some brilliant, and some time-sensitive, but still good. I decided to share some of my personal favourites – but first, what is a meme? The dictionary defines it as two things:
an element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means.
an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations.
Okay, okay, like the internet, we all know what it is by now but still somewhere there had to be an origin. The first (viral internet) meme platform we tend to think about is “I can haz cheeseburger” a blog format created in 2007 by Eric Nakagawa. We have many other places to go nowadays from Reddit to 9gag and everything in-between. Honestly 9gag has been a favourite of mine for many years, although I must admit, I suppose as with most things, the older days I feel, were better. Perhaps my schtick with modern millennials has something to do with it.
If you’re more interested in the history of memes BEFORE the internet started (yes, that was a thing), you can check out an in-depth article on that here. And if you’re the kind of person that is now wondering how the internet happened in the first place, you can read more about that, and the history of the internet, here.
Without any further ado, here are some of my best golden oldies (credit to whoever made them, these are all from years ago so honestly I don’t know anymore [some are tagged], but it wasn’t me):
5. (So relatable…)
7. (This one too…)
15. (Like it or not, it’s pretty true…)
18. (If all else fails, read the instructions)
And my most absolute favourite:
Thanks for joining me on my trip down memory lane! Hope you guys enjoyed it!
P.S. If you know someone who will enjoy these memes, give them a share, make them smile!