An internet meme or phenomenon is a cultural item, idea, catch-phrase, video or image that is spread across the web via various internet forums and media. Humor memes tend to spread like an accelerated chain reaction. Not all persist, though.
The following memes, however, are 10 of the funniest the internet has to offer. Class-A LOLmemes!
Don’t Tase Me, Bro!
This internet phenomenon finds its origin in the video of a student of University of Florida student being forcefully removed from a Constitution Day forum by university security. After a good deal of resistance, Andrew Meyer was finally tased, amidst much squealing and screams of “Don’t Tase me, Bro!” [Original, Can’t Tase This (Song)]
The video of Paul Vasquez’s overreaction to spotting a double rainbow quickly went viral when he uploaded it to his YouTube channel. The passionate “Double Rainbow! All the way! ” has become a widespread meme with countless mentions, spoofs and remixes. [Original, Double Rainbow Song]
Charlie Schmidt’s Keyboard Cat, apart from being an adorable video, is a popular internet meme. The video of Charlie’s late pet cat, Fatso, playing a funny tune on an electronic piano has been used innumerable times to “play off” or accentuate the humor of a “fail” moment caught on camera. [Watch]
Hitler Rage Videos (Downfall Parodies)
The scene in Downfall that shows a disgruntled Hitler, furious from the realization of imminent defeat in the war, has been parodied over and over after the idea was first introduced in a video wherein Hitler’s words were given new meaning with funny English subtitles raging over being banned from Xbox Live. [Watch]
Still taking the internet by storm, the LOLcat image macro is a popular meme that uses photos of cats with odd or funny captions written in grammatically incorrect English to create humor. The style in which the captions are written is referred to as “Kitty Pidgin” or “LOLspeak”. The meme can be traced back to allegedly the first use of the term on 4chan.
The “O RLY?” Owl
The “O RLY?” Owl, like the lolcat meme, is an image macro. It is a photo of an astounded white owl with an “O RLY?” caption. The “O RLY?” response is usually used as a reply to an overly obvious statement. It is, at times, followed by “YA RLY” and “NO WAI!!” responses.
If you’ve never been rickrolled, you’d probably reckon the meme is a harmless old music video of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”. Rickrolling is what some would call a bad cyber prank. You click on a “Free iPhone” or “Kardashians on the beach!” link and it takes you to the 1987 music video and the rest is cringefest. [Watch]
All Your Base Are Belong To Us
All Your Base Are Belong To Us, at times abbreviated as “AYBABTU”, is a hilarious Engrish (flawed English) internet meme. The expression comes from the intro scene of a poorly translated (understatement) version of an old Japanese arcade game called Zero Wing. [Watch]
Leeroy Jenkins is a character created by Ben Schulz in the MMORPG, World of Warcraft popular, or rather, notorious owing to a clip of the game that shows him charging into battle yelling “Leeroy Jenkins!” while his guild companions are still carefully planning the attack. The guild rushes in to save him and is wiped out in the process amidst much complaining and Leeroy-bashing. [Watch]
Kanye West Interrupts
The Kanye Interrupts meme set off on the internet when at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West interrupted Best Female Video Award winner, Taylor Swift’s speech to tell the world that “Beyonce’s had one o’ the best videos of all time”. Kanye’s little stunt was booed by all, even the President of the US, Barack Obama, in this clip here. [Original, Kanye Interrupts Obama]
Author Sameed Khan