The Dash’s Top 12 Internet Memes

Top 12 internet memes until present according to the Dash Radio team.  When you think of internet memes, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?  If it was the image of a cat speaking broken English, you would be correct.  Internet memes have become a quickly growing phenomenon the past decade with the most famous being created in the past few years.  The main concept of an internet meme is that the material can be replicated with a different yet similar idea.  The idea has endless potential to grow when the material can be manipulated or shaped to reflect the idea of the person creating it.  It can be as simple as picture of an animal with a caption.  At the house, we usually can’t help but replicate certain memes in our lives even when we aren’t aware we are even doing it.  We have put together a list of our favorite memes.  We landed on ten memes for our list and somehow couldn’t leave two out.  This is the Dash’s top 12 internet memes in no particular order:

Top 12 Internet Memes

1. Over 9000!

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Vegeta’s infamous line in the Japanese anime series Dragonball Z has been immortalized as an internet meme due to its immense popularity.  The meme was made famous by Youtuber Kajetokun.  His video was simply the line from the anime series repeated over and over – obnoxiously. I believe the particular line was made famous in general because of the voice actor Brian Drummond and the way he executed the line.  Many of the fans believe that he brought far more emotion to the character and it is reflected in the line.  The Dash crew like this meme for its infinite applications to sarcastically declare the amount of a particular thing: “How long until dinner is ready? OVER 9000!… seconds.”

 

2. Double Rainbow

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What does this mean?!  When we hear the words double rainbow it is hard not to smile.  This meme was made famous by a video posted by Paul Vasquez on YouTube.  In the video, you can hear his heavily emotional reaction to seeing a double rainbow at Yosemite National Park on January, 8, 2010.  This is one of our favorite memes due to the way Paul explains what he is seeing in a mystified way.  I know that when I see a double rainbow I make a bigger deal out of it since seeing this video.

 

3. Most interesting man in the world.

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I don’t always feel my phone vibrate, but when I do, it didn’t.  This meme was begging to be made when the first Dos Equis commercial featuring the most interesting man in the world aired on television.  The main theme falls along the lines of naming something you don’t usually do or prefer, followed by a statement to the exception.  This theme can easily be replicated.

 

4. #WINNING

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The #WINNING meme was made famous by Charlie Sheen during his interview on the Today Show about being Bi-Polar.  In the interview, he said he was not Bi-Polar, but Bi-Winning.  This quote was then adopted by the internet and then by Sheen himself, when he used the phrase as a hashtag on Twitter.  #WINNING became a huge trend on Twitter and gained fame due to the momentum of the interview becoming viral on YouTube.

 

5. Philosoraptor

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This is personally my favorite meme.  The Philosoraptor is an image of a puzzled velociraptor deep in thought.  The name Philosoraptor is a pun on velociraptor and philosopher.   The images are accompanied by any thought-provoking argument.  They can get really hilarious or eye-opening.  This meme has endless potential to be replicated.

 

6. The Game

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Everyone in the world is playing the game.  The game is a mind game where the object is to not think about the game.  Thinking about the game is a loss.  The game has been viral since 2005. and a lot of people are not aware of the existence of the game.  You might be impressed at the amount of people who are playing.  We here at the Dash are always losing because of all the triggers we have unintentionally created by trying to make each other lose.  Here are the rules as outlined by Wikipedia.

Rules

There are three commonly reported rules to The Game:

  1. Everyone in the world is playing The Game. (Sometimes narrowed to: “Everybody in the world who knows about The Game is playing The Game”, or alternatively, “You are always playing The Game.”).  A person cannot not play The Game; it does not require consent to play and one can never stop playing.
  2. Whenever one thinks about The Game, one loses.
  3. Losses must be announced to at least one person (either by using a statement such as “I lost The Game” or by alternative means).

The common rules do not define a point at which The Game ends.  However, one reported variation states that The Game ends when the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom announces on television that “The Game is up.”  After a player has announced a loss, some variants allow for a grace period between three seconds to thirty minutes to forget about the game, during which the player cannot lose the game again.

7. Sad Keanu

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Once upon a time, poor Keanu Reeves was photographed sitting on a park bench eating.  The images captured, candid shots,  that from the looks of them,  portrayed him as gloomy or sad.  The image above is the most famous.  Many people have put him in funny scenarios using photoshop. Riding on a roller coaster, for example.  Due to the immense amount of scenarios he can be shopped into, this has become a popular internet meme.

8. Hillbilly Ninja

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Diemon Dave’s training school, or the Hillbilly Ninja – Training is a viral video on YouTube, illustrating the proper techniques uncommonly used by ninjas.  He became famous from his appearance on the Jerry Springer Show.  Our favorite quote from the video is “Don’t be ninja’in nobody who don’t need ninja’in.”  This line alone has spawned merchandise and t-shirts all over the internet.

 

9. Grumpy cat

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Grumpy cat “Tarter Sauce” was made famous on the image boards of Reddit in September of 2012.  Grumpy cat gained momentum on the internet by all the images created using funny phrases “said” by the angry-looking kitty.  Grumpy Cat is owned by Arizona resident Tabatha Bundesen.  I am not entirely sure why this falls into our favorites.  I think it might have to do with that in spite the angry-looking face of the cat, he is still adorable.

10. Chuck Norris

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Chuck Norris is calling you.  You can not decline the call.  I personally remember the birth of this meme.  In 2004 when NBC merged with Vivendi Universal Entertainment, Conan O’Brien had this lever next to his desk on his late night talk show that would play random snippets of Walker Texas Ranger when it was pulled.  This became a running joke that gained a lot of popularity.  The clips usually were of highlights of Chuck Norris doing close to impossible stunts on his hit television show.  This created jokes online of all the impossible things that only Chuck Norris can do and spawned joke books based on just that.

11. Charlie the Unicorn

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Growing up, I was a huge fan of Newgrounds.com.  It was YouTube before YouTube for kids with graphics tablets and access to Macromedia Flash now owned by Adobe. Charlie the Unicorn is a flash cartoon created by Jason Steele drawn in Flash and originally a submission on Newgrounds.com in 2005.  If you saw it first on YouTube, you were late to the game.  It was already immensely popular on Newgrounds in 2005. (I’m so hipster).  The animation went viral on YouTube which led to it becoming an internet meme.  The cartoon follows the misfortunate adventures of a grumpy unicorn named Charlie and his two annoying friends who lead him to certain doom.

12. Rage Comics

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Rage comics are a series of comics consisting of highly emotional and poorly drawn faces commonly referred to as rage faces.  This meme originated on 4chan’s /b/ board as a four panel comic portraying highly relatable everyday scenarios.  The popularity of rage comics have grown significantly in the past two years due to Reddit adding a subreddit specifically for the content.  It has become easy and popular to create comics using web applications often referred to as “rage comic generators” or “rage makers”.

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