"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.
1. Doge! Much Wow, Such Fun...
Since 2005, 'doge' has been a subculture meme thanks to the Homestar Runner puppet show. In this episode, the Homestar character nicknames his cohort, Strong Bad, as "d-o-g-e".
Today, doge is a photograph meme commonly attached to photos of Shiba Inu dogs, combined with comic sans font and the use of bad grammar with comedic monologue text. Doge has also become the name for a new type of digital currency called 'Dogecoins'.
'Doge' has two common pronunciations: as a rhyme with 'rogue', or pronounced as 'dohj'.
2. Grumpy Cat
Grumpy Cat is a housepet from Arizona. Her real name is 'Tardar Sauce', and she has a disorder called 'feline dwarfism'. With a distinctive underbite that gives her a pouting facial expression, this little beast has become the poster child of sarcasm and faux negativity. Thousands of captioned meme photos have been based on Tardar's seemingly-sad face. In actuality, Tardar is a very happy and friendly cat, which makes the sarcasm memes even richer!
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...
See The Fox music video 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
Make your own Good Guy Greg meme here...
FYI: here are the English lyrics to the Gangnam Style song.
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'.