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Bad, Beautiful, and Fucking: Take the breadsticks Young Man and run Man young [door man hand hook said car gun deceit-the-snakey-snake: plaid-n-converse: cherrysconeslut: pawsofponies: garecc: inthishousewekinkshamefnaf: inthishousewekinkshamefnaf: buggykin: inthishousewekinkshamefnaf: inthishousewekinkshamefnaf: biggest-goofiest-fish: desertdaylight: kait-the-kitty: chiribomb: politicalcompassmemes: your-uncle-dave: maps-and-elvis-and-zelda-n-shit: japhers: jewishzevran: animatedamerican: pagesofkenna: mommacomms: fidefortitude: bl00dlikeice: elphabaforpresidentofgallifrey: plaid-n-converse: memeception WE’VE HIT TERMINAL MEME @caesarianconfection I’ve said “I hate this” so many times on this website, and never actually meant it, because “I hate this” is just shorthand for ‘this is an example of a meme given a twist I wasn’t expecting with intent to surprise’. Which is, in of itself, a meme on this site. God damn it. But this… This is something else. The rapidity of a meme’s introduction to its zenith to its decline is so rapid that in ten years, you’ll need a damn twenty-page manual to explain this. It’ll be as unfunny and hard to explain as jokes in Shakespeare plays, except even more inexplicable because fuck, at least Shakespeare’s jokes are usually about anal or fucking your mother, good wholesome sex jokes we can all get behind. For the love of fuck, how do you explain loss.jpg? How do you explain gun? ….I THOUGHT THIS WAS A YMCA REFERENCE it is a YMCA reference - that’s one of the 6 memes being represented here ok let me see if i can break this down easily. YMCA is the easiest place to start - the song itself has become a meme over time with people changing the lyrics to reference other pop cultural events. so YMCA is meme one (1) this first lyric replacement (”take the breadsticks and run”) is a reference to the tumblr meme ‘stuffing breadsticks into my purse’. i think everyone remembers that one so i wont bother to explain it. that’s meme two (2) “man door hand hook car door” is a meme of its own, a creepypasta from i dont remember when. it was a terrible stupid retelling of the generic ‘stuck in a car while hook handed man tries to kill us’ story so the stupid title caught on for memorability. that in and of itself is meme three (3) ‘gun’ is… yeah i dont know how to explain gun. long story short you add gun to the end of a phrase instead of what you expect the last word to be. its shock funny. its everywhere but its popular to add to “man door hand hook car door” for.. some reason? gun is meme four (4) and the thing is, this four meme combo is something thats gone around before. meme combos are, itself, a meme. which means taking this meme combo and mixing in another meme actually becomes meme five (5) which leaves us at loss.jpg. loss.jpg was a terrible bad comic supposed to be about some tragic event, but it was presented so poorly literally no one takes it seriously, and for some reason recreating the four-panel setup has become popular. so thats meme six (6) (but i need to add that this is the greatest version of loss.jpg i think i’ve ever seen. the initial ‘young man’ lines up with the guy bursting through the door, and the shock meme ‘gun’ matches the shock scene of the woman in the hospital and idk if OP even thought about that but it makes this just so much better) I wasn’t going to reblog this, but @pagesofkenna‘s comprehensive meme-by-meme annotation is a thing of beauty and should be shared. average tumblr post contains one meme, this post, which contains six, is an outlier and should not be counted it might also just be a coincidence due to loss.jpg’s format but the whole white minimalist four-panel setup is also suspiciously reminiscent of those early 2000’s rage comics I was getting a political compass vibe too tag urself im man door hand hook car gun This works better than I thought it would. This was in my senior project I’m not sorry. EIGHT MEME COMBO FATALITY We have officially created a new language  I just had to do it to em THIS FUCKING THREAD I’M GONNA CRY I LOST IT AND MAN DOOR HAND HOOK CAR GUN AND DIDN’T EXPECT MORE I’M SOBBING M E M E T E N OwO? W o w You know I had to I hope you know this is the most cursed addition to my post, and I love it THIRTEEN!? MEME COUNT:1 - YMCA (@plaid-n-converse, pointed out by @pagesofkenna)2 - breadsticks (see above)3 - man door hand hook car door (see above)4 - gun (see above)5 - meme combo (see above)6 - loss (see above)7 - 2000s comics vibes (@plaid-n-converse, as pointed out by @japhers)8 - political compass (@plaid-n-converse, as pointed out by @maps-and-elvis-and-zelda-n-shit, then highlighted by @politicalcompassmemes)9 - tag yourself (user was @your-uncle-dave but now appears to be deactivated)10 - i hate this (kind of barely used by @fidefortitude so idk if it really counts)11 - nickelback/look at this photograph (@inthishousewekinkshamefnaf)12 - had to do it to them (see above)13 - distracted boyfriend (see above)14 - is this a pigeon (see above)15 - oh, this is beautiful (@garecc)16 - expanding brain (@cherrysconeslut)17 - cursed (can be argues as a meme due to its excessive use and popularity, as well as the sort of subtext/emotion behind it that accompanies most memes on this site) (@plaid-n-converse)18 - weve created a new language (@inthishousewekinkshamefnaf)19 - owo (see above)20 - most ___ addition to a post (@plaid-n-converse)21 - it could be argued that meme analysis in itself is a memeFeel free to debate any of these or add any Ive missed, but I think I got them all??
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Charlie, Meme, and Boyfriend: Charlie Chaplin invents the Distracted Boyfriend meme (c.1925)

Charlie Chaplin invents the Distracted Boyfriend meme (c.1925)

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Bailey Jay, Bigfoot, and Children: tumblr. FANDOMETRICS Year in Review 2017 <p><a href="http://social-justin-warrior.tumblr.com/post/168329256307/tumblr2017-meme-documentation" class="tumblr_blog">social-justin-warrior</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/168278393050/tumblr2017-meme-documentation" class="tumblr_blog">memedocumentation</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://quetzelitus.tumblr.com/post/168196085096/tumblr2017-meme-documentation" class="tumblr_blog">quetzelitus</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://thefandometrics.tumblr.com/post/167990693459/tumblr2017-meme-documentation" class="tumblr_blog">thefandometrics</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><i>Fandometrics compiled the year’s top meme tags, but we know that memes are so much more than the metadata we measured. To add some color to 2017’s meme culture, we invited Justin and Nick, the moderators of Meme Documentation (<a href="https://tmblr.co/mdUW9tqdzDClnF0RPnSPZJw">@memedocumentation</a>), to contribute their expertise to Year in Review.</i><br/></p> <h2>2017 in Memes</h2> <p>Life is fleeting. Life on the internet even moreso. Because of this, my friends and I launched Meme Documentation in 2015. It was a place to document the memes that became popular on Tumblr. We were committed—even checking the Tumblr at our high school prom. After a year of steadfast dedication, we decided to take  2016 to focus on our IRL instead of the URL. We found we missed the memes too much and came back with a vengeance this past year. </p> <p>2017 has been an exciting year of memes on Tumblr. We saw the popularization of  <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/163767097995/explained-oh-worm-meme"><b>“oh, worm?”</b></a>, discovered Tom Holland may or may not be hiding <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/163685526110/explained-frog-in-tom-hollands-mouth-meme"><b>a frog in his mouth</b></a>, and debated <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/164625266690/on-the-origins-of-the-man-checking-out-another"><b>the origins of the distracted boyfriend meme</b></a>. We also noticed that many of this year’s most popular memes had one thing in common: the concept of nostalgia.</p> <h2>The year of nostalgia</h2> <p>Memes are more than just jokes made on the Internet. They’re a way people can connect and feel a sense of belonging. 2017 has been…difficult. It seems many of us have felt the need to look back on simpler times, and the growth of nostalgia-heavy memes reflected that. <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/161911779555/explained-the-floor-is-lava-meme"><b>The floor is lava meme</b></a> reminds us of the popular childhood game of the same name. <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/162414119895/explained-woody-collective"><b>The Woody Collective</b></a>, in its own strange way, calls back to the films we enjoyed as kids. Even songs from nearly a decade ago began to resurface as new memes.</p> <figure data-orig-width="245" data-orig-height="200" data-tumblr-attribution="blazepress:kdbQDdK3C3sydwno-wlwPA:ZcTlgo1h8D5xl" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/c97e7983ebcb30561140853dd9f06612/tumblr_nm11s8k3jJ1tq9q5vo1_500.gif" alt="image" data-orig-width="245" data-orig-height="200"/></figure><p>In February 2017, 2008’s “Shooting Stars” by Bag Raiders began to get repurposed in <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/164030829380/explained-shooting-stars-meme"><b>video remixes</b></a>. Typically, the song kicks in when a person or character flies into space. </p> <p>Over the summer, the 2009’s “Fireflies” by Owl City transformed into a text-based meme that riffs on the line, “You would not believe your eyes if ten million fireflies.” You probably recognize one of the more well-known posts: “<a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/163069671870/you-would-not-believe-your-pants"><b>you would not believe your pants if ten million fire ants</b></a>.”<br/></p> <figure data-orig-width="500" data-orig-height="500" data-tumblr-attribution="owlwithabrokenwing:8fUHVmp27SGAaA8Pl2R_tA:ZjoYHj2L1qZ9R" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/5e19965137d10b554068c0c57f30aa4e/tumblr_op05wgFD5i1ui4jjso1_500.gif" alt="image" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-height="500"/></figure><p>The <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/165664089680/explained-elf-on-the-shelf-meme"><b>Elf on the Shelf meme</b></a> offered up a double dose of nostalgia, melding the children’s picture book and toy of the same name with 2015’s meme “You’ve heard of Bigfoot, now get ready for Smallhand.”</p> <h2>Memes in the future</h2> <p>All good things must come to an end, and that includes <a href="https://tmblr.co/mdUW9tqdzDClnF0RPnSPZJw">@memedocumentation</a>. We’re moving on in 2018. That doesn’t mean documenting memes has to be over. Anyone can do it. If you love a meme and want to remember it, consider documenting it yourself. Maybe even tag it <a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/meme%20documentation"><b>#meme documentation</b></a>. </p> <p>And remember, if you’re ever feeling nostalgic, especially about the nostalgic memes, Meme Documentation’s documented memes from <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/documented"><b>2015</b></a> and <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/documented2"><b>2017</b></a> will always be here for you.<br/></p> <p>&lt;3, - Meme Documentation (<a href="https://tmblr.co/mdUW9tqdzDClnF0RPnSPZJw">@memedocumentation</a>)</p> </blockquote> <p>Goodbye meme documentation. You shall be missed on my dash. You brought me much joy and much confusion during this last year.</p> </blockquote> <p style="">Thanks for the kind words! Goodbye!<br/></p> </blockquote> <p>You did this in 2016. You’ll come back in 2019, won’t you.</p> </blockquote> <p>Sorry to break it to you, but this is a forever kind of forever!</p>
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Bailey Jay, Bigfoot, and Children: tumblr. FANDOMETRICS Year in Review 2017 <p><a href="https://quetzelitus.tumblr.com/post/168196085096/tumblr2017-meme-documentation" class="tumblr_blog">quetzelitus</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="https://thefandometrics.tumblr.com/post/167990693459/tumblr2017-meme-documentation" class="tumblr_blog">thefandometrics</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><i>Fandometrics compiled the year’s top meme tags, but we know that memes are so much more than the metadata we measured. To add some color to 2017’s meme culture, we invited Justin and Nick, the moderators of Meme Documentation (<a href="https://tmblr.co/mdUW9tqdzDClnF0RPnSPZJw">@memedocumentation</a>), to contribute their expertise to Year in Review.</i><br/></p> <h2>2017 in Memes</h2> <p>Life is fleeting. Life on the internet even moreso. Because of this, my friends and I launched Meme Documentation in 2015. It was a place to document the memes that became popular on Tumblr. We were committed—even checking the Tumblr at our high school prom. After a year of steadfast dedication, we decided to take  2016 to focus on our IRL instead of the URL. We found we missed the memes too much and came back with a vengeance this past year. </p> <p>2017 has been an exciting year of memes on Tumblr. We saw the popularization of  <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/163767097995/explained-oh-worm-meme"><b>“oh, worm?”</b></a>, discovered Tom Holland may or may not be hiding <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/163685526110/explained-frog-in-tom-hollands-mouth-meme"><b>a frog in his mouth</b></a>, and debated <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/164625266690/on-the-origins-of-the-man-checking-out-another"><b>the origins of the distracted boyfriend meme</b></a>. We also noticed that many of this year’s most popular memes had one thing in common: the concept of nostalgia.</p> <h2>The year of nostalgia</h2> <p>Memes are more than just jokes made on the Internet. They’re a way people can connect and feel a sense of belonging. 2017 has been…difficult. It seems many of us have felt the need to look back on simpler times, and the growth of nostalgia-heavy memes reflected that. <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/161911779555/explained-the-floor-is-lava-meme"><b>The floor is lava meme</b></a> reminds us of the popular childhood game of the same name. <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/162414119895/explained-woody-collective"><b>The Woody Collective</b></a>, in its own strange way, calls back to the films we enjoyed as kids. Even songs from nearly a decade ago began to resurface as new memes.</p> <figure data-orig-width="245" data-orig-height="200" data-tumblr-attribution="blazepress:kdbQDdK3C3sydwno-wlwPA:ZcTlgo1h8D5xl" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/c97e7983ebcb30561140853dd9f06612/tumblr_nm11s8k3jJ1tq9q5vo1_500.gif" alt="image" data-orig-width="245" data-orig-height="200"/></figure><p>In February 2017, 2008’s “Shooting Stars” by Bag Raiders began to get repurposed in <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/164030829380/explained-shooting-stars-meme"><b>video remixes</b></a>. Typically, the song kicks in when a person or character flies into space. </p> <p>Over the summer, the 2009’s “Fireflies” by Owl City transformed into a text-based meme that riffs on the line, “You would not believe your eyes if ten million fireflies.” You probably recognize one of the more well-known posts: “<a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/163069671870/you-would-not-believe-your-pants"><b>you would not believe your pants if ten million fire ants</b></a>.”<br/></p> <figure data-orig-width="500" data-orig-height="500" data-tumblr-attribution="owlwithabrokenwing:8fUHVmp27SGAaA8Pl2R_tA:ZjoYHj2L1qZ9R" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/5e19965137d10b554068c0c57f30aa4e/tumblr_op05wgFD5i1ui4jjso1_500.gif" alt="image" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-height="500"/></figure><p>The <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/165664089680/explained-elf-on-the-shelf-meme"><b>Elf on the Shelf meme</b></a> offered up a double dose of nostalgia, melding the children’s picture book and toy of the same name with 2015’s meme “You’ve heard of Bigfoot, now get ready for Smallhand.”</p> <h2>Memes in the future</h2> <p>All good things must come to an end, and that includes <a href="https://tmblr.co/mdUW9tqdzDClnF0RPnSPZJw">@memedocumentation</a>. We’re moving on in 2018. That doesn’t mean documenting memes has to be over. Anyone can do it. If you love a meme and want to remember it, consider documenting it yourself. Maybe even tag it <a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/meme%20documentation"><b>#meme documentation</b></a>. </p> <p>And remember, if you’re ever feeling nostalgic, especially about the nostalgic memes, Meme Documentation’s documented memes from <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/documented"><b>2015</b></a> and <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/documented2"><b>2017</b></a> will always be here for you.<br/></p> <p>&lt;3, - Meme Documentation (<a href="https://tmblr.co/mdUW9tqdzDClnF0RPnSPZJw">@memedocumentation</a>)</p> </blockquote> <p>Goodbye meme documentation. You shall be missed on my dash. You brought me much joy and much confusion during this last year.</p> </blockquote> <p style="">Thanks for the kind words! Goodbye!<br/></p>
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Bailey Jay, Bigfoot, and Children: tumblr. FANDOMETRICS Year in Review 2017 <p><a href="https://thefandometrics.tumblr.com/post/167990693459/tumblr2017-meme-documentation" class="tumblr_blog">thefandometrics</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><i>Fandometrics compiled the year’s top meme tags, but we know that memes are so much more than the metadata we measured. To add some color to 2017’s meme culture, we invited Justin and Nick, the moderators of Meme Documentation (<a href="https://tmblr.co/mdUW9tqdzDClnF0RPnSPZJw">@memedocumentation</a>), to contribute their expertise to Year in Review.</i><br/></p> <h2>2017 in Memes</h2> <p>Life is fleeting. Life on the internet even moreso. Because of this, my friends and I launched Meme Documentation in 2015. It was a place to document the memes that became popular on Tumblr. We were committed—even checking the Tumblr at our high school prom. After a year of steadfast dedication, we decided to take  2016 to focus on our IRL instead of the URL. We found we missed the memes too much and came back with a vengeance this past year. </p> <p>2017 has been an exciting year of memes on Tumblr. We saw the popularization of  <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/163767097995/explained-oh-worm-meme"><b>“oh, worm?”</b></a>, discovered Tom Holland may or may not be hiding <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/163685526110/explained-frog-in-tom-hollands-mouth-meme"><b>a frog in his mouth</b></a>, and debated <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/164625266690/on-the-origins-of-the-man-checking-out-another"><b>the origins of the distracted boyfriend meme</b></a>. We also noticed that many of this year’s most popular memes had one thing in common: the concept of nostalgia.</p> <h2>The year of nostalgia</h2> <p>Memes are more than just jokes made on the Internet. They’re a way people can connect and feel a sense of belonging. 2017 has been…difficult. It seems many of us have felt the need to look back on simpler times, and the growth of nostalgia-heavy memes reflected that. <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/161911779555/explained-the-floor-is-lava-meme"><b>The floor is lava meme</b></a> reminds us of the popular childhood game of the same name. <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/162414119895/explained-woody-collective"><b>The Woody Collective</b></a>, in its own strange way, calls back to the films we enjoyed as kids. Even songs from nearly a decade ago began to resurface as new memes.</p> <figure data-orig-width="245" data-orig-height="200" data-tumblr-attribution="blazepress:kdbQDdK3C3sydwno-wlwPA:ZcTlgo1h8D5xl" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/c97e7983ebcb30561140853dd9f06612/tumblr_nm11s8k3jJ1tq9q5vo1_500.gif" alt="image" data-orig-width="245" data-orig-height="200"/></figure><p>In February 2017, 2008’s “Shooting Stars” by Bag Raiders began to get repurposed in <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/164030829380/explained-shooting-stars-meme"><b>video remixes</b></a>. Typically, the song kicks in when a person or character flies into space. </p> <p>Over the summer, the 2009’s “Fireflies” by Owl City transformed into a text-based meme that riffs on the line, “You would not believe your eyes if ten million fireflies.” You probably recognize one of the more well-known posts: “<a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/163069671870/you-would-not-believe-your-pants"><b>you would not believe your pants if ten million fire ants</b></a>.”<br/></p> <figure data-orig-width="500" data-orig-height="500" data-tumblr-attribution="owlwithabrokenwing:8fUHVmp27SGAaA8Pl2R_tA:ZjoYHj2L1qZ9R" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/5e19965137d10b554068c0c57f30aa4e/tumblr_op05wgFD5i1ui4jjso1_500.gif" alt="image" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-height="500"/></figure><p>The <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/post/165664089680/explained-elf-on-the-shelf-meme"><b>Elf on the Shelf meme</b></a> offered up a double dose of nostalgia, melding the children’s picture book and toy of the same name with 2015’s meme “You’ve heard of Bigfoot, now get ready for Smallhand.”</p> <h2>Memes in the future</h2> <p>All good things must come to an end, and that includes <a href="https://tmblr.co/mdUW9tqdzDClnF0RPnSPZJw">@memedocumentation</a>. We’re moving on in 2018. That doesn’t mean documenting memes has to be over. Anyone can do it. If you love a meme and want to remember it, consider documenting it yourself. Maybe even tag it <a href="http://www.tumblr.com/search/meme%20documentation"><b>#meme documentation</b></a>. </p> <p>And remember, if you’re ever feeling nostalgic, especially about the nostalgic memes, Meme Documentation’s documented memes from <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/documented"><b>2015</b></a> and <a href="https://memedocumentation.tumblr.com/documented2"><b>2017</b></a> will always be here for you.<br/></p> <p>&lt;3, - Meme Documentation (<a href="https://tmblr.co/mdUW9tqdzDClnF0RPnSPZJw">@memedocumentation</a>)</p> </blockquote>
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