Veronica Belmont on being overtaken by a meme

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A long time ago, Veronica Belmont was featured in a blooper reel for her old TV show in which she clowned around with a Cthulhu t-shirt, wiggling back and forth and saying "So lifelike." A creepy Internet person turned the moment into a GIF that has followed her around ever since, so that other creepy Internet people post it every time she opens her mouth online, and creepy Internet porn companies use it in their ads. Read the rest

White supremacist graphic design standards fall short


Courtesy of Gawker comes a look at "the shitty memes of the KKK," which might be funny were it not the output of the 21st-century vanguard of a violent white supremacist hate group.

The semiotics ricochet between "use every font", "9gag", and "Parade Magazine advertisement for a gold-rimmed plate depicting a white wolf." Pictured above, a charming example of intersectionality. Read the rest

Tweens are smarter than you think: the wonderful, true story of the ERMAHGERD meme


Maggie Goldenberger and her fourth- and fifth-grade pals used to amuse themselves by dressing up in weird clothes, doing crazy stuff to their hair, and posing for polaroids holding funny objects and making weird faces. Years later, Goldenberger uploaded some of her favorites to her Myspace and Facebook accounts, which led to Jeff Davis, who she didn't know, posting it to Reddit, where a Redditor called Plantlife ganked it and captioned it with "GERSBERMS. MAH FRAVRIT BERKS" -- and a meme was born. Read the rest

Internet man sits and smiles at camera for hundreds of hours

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For more than a year, once every week or so, Benjamin Bennett sets up his video camera, sits in front of it, and smiles at it for four hours straight while recording.

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Why Impact is the "meme font"

Vox explains how the stout 1965 typeface became the text of choice for internet silliness: because is was included with Windows, and by the time anyone had a choice, "the meme font had itself become a meme." Read the rest

Feminist Mad Max meme is an MRA’s nightmare


The Tumblr Feminist Mad Max combines the feminist charms of the Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” meme with the feminist charms of Mad Max: Fury Road. Read the rest

Hello Kitty Avengers

The amazing Hello Kitty Avengers meme started back in (at least) May, but has only picked up steam since then, growing to encompass many other Supers. (via Wil Wheaton)

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The science of faceplanting

Maggie Koerth-Baker on meme culture's most human failure--and the surprisingly awful injuries the real thing inflicts

The Internet may be producing an excess of penguin sweaters

The Guardian reports that the Phillips Island Penguin Foundation in Australia is asking volunteers to knit sweaters for penguins being rehabilitated after oil spills. Back in 2011, Dean wrote here about a similar request. The catch: That earlier plea for penguin sweaters (in fact, every earlier plea for penguin sweaters) has produced far, far more penguin sweaters than penguins actually need. For instance, in 2000, the Tasmanian Conservation Trust requested 100 sweaters and received 15,000. Yes, penguins wearing sweaters are cute, but it may be a good idea to contact the Phillips Island Penguin Foundation directly before you get started knitting. Read the rest

Disneyside's social media memefest

As previously mentioned, I'm doing a six-week stint with Disney Imagineering in Glendale, and today I got to spend the day hanging out at Disneyland for the launch of Disneyside, an initiative that asks Disney fans to share photos and videos of themselves having fun at the Disney parks. To kick it off, Disney brought in a bunch of people (and animals) with large social media footprints, from Grumpy Cat to the folks behind Conversations With My Two Year Old, a video series we're very fond of around here. Read the rest

Meet Ancient Peru's own Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat, Shocked Cat, Lil Bub – their images are the currency of the web, passed between friends, family, and co-workers. When they go viral, funny cat pictures heal daily drudgery with a dose of furry, cuddly cheer. But, in terms of the reverence they receive, these cats are hardly the first of their kind. Ancient cultures had cat memes too, and archaeologists have their own term for them: feline motifs. Read the rest

Overly Attached Girlfriend on Prism

Laina, AKA "Overly Attached Girlfriend" (a YouTube comedian and memestar who trades on her ability to stare intensely while monologuing hilariously about her terrifying romantic attachment) has outdone herself with an Uncle Sam edition, commenting on Prism

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Lawsuit: Warner Brothers a cat meme copycat

Media companies have dirty hands when it comes to copyright infringement? Timothy B. Lee at Ars:

Warner Brothers is facing a federal lawsuit for using two feline-themed Internet memes in a video game without their creators' permission. The authors of "Keyboard Cat" and "Nyan Cat" have sued the media giant arguing that the game Scribblenauts, published by WB Games, infringes their copyrights and trademarks. The game's developer, 5th Cell, is also named in the lawsuit.

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TODOCAT: a cat-meme-based to-do-list manager

Soma of the Brooklyn Brainery created TODOCAT, a to-do list manager based on the elegant cat meme. I fucking hate cat memes, but I love to-do lists. I love this cat meme to-do list manager.

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Best. Harlem. Shake. Ever.

Doctorow's law: "Every meme advances until it destroys white goods."

Monkey Ikea Beast Jesus

Naturally, once a monkey in coat visited an Ikea in suburban Toronto, it was only a matter of time until the image was combined (to excellent effect) with Monkey Jesus by @Justin_Ling.

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Overly attached undead girlfriend

Laina Walker, better known as "Overly Attached Girlfriend," has treated her legion of fans to a zombified version of her face for the season. Let the memes begin!

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