"Memes" are cultural symbols and social ideas that spread virally. In the same way that a flu bug travels from person to person, memes travel through social media and email.
Memes are often things of minor consequence: jokes, urban legends, human and animal oddities. But in some cases, memes are art and music curiosities, and even philosophical ideas worth repeating.
Modern memes commonly take the form of photos and videos/animations/songs.
Here are the most popular modern internet memes today.
This smile-inducing prank has become a viral hit. The prankster is a faux newscaster on a gas pump TV. He starts a conversation with Will and Monifa Sims, two California customers filling up their minivan. The conversation turns into an impromptu singing performance, with Will and Monifa performing songs from the 1980's. This is a terrific example of human talent and infectious spirit, and if you're like most viewers, you will cheer and clap during this delightful video.
See the gas pump karaoke prank here...
Randall's narrating is flamboyant, irreverent, profane, sassy and preposterous all at once. His internet fame started with his narration of a badger video, where the little beast would hunt and eat its prey on screen. Oddly, Randall's narration is quite engaging, so don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting more Randall videos after honey badger.
See the honey badger video here
Ermahgerd is also becoming popular as a caption for animal photos, much like lolcats. For the most part, ermagherd is a derogatory term like 'doh' or 'durp'.
FYI: here are the English lyrics to the Gangnam Style song.
7. More Cowbell
Christopher Walken immortalized the expression 'more cowbell' on Saturday Night Live. Today, 'more cowbell' is a daily expression of humor. This particular meme won't reach you by email forwards, but you can certainly expect the expression 'more cowbell' to occur in daily conversation with the modern generation.
9. Epic Fail!
This photo and video blog is mesmerizing! Here are pictoral essays on the tragic mistakes of people around the world. Bad drivers, stunts gone bad, public faux pas embarassments... this website is absolutely hypnotic in the way it depicts human folly. The idea of "schadenfreude" (delighting in other people's misfortune) has never been so humorously done. Be warned: once you visit this site, you will be addicted to checking it every week for new additions...