Several weeks ago, I saw an intriguing quote about how if something spreads person to person, it's a virus or a bacteria, but if it's everywhere at once, it's a meme. I want to include the quote in my intro to epidemiology course but can't find it. Help? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead
on Feb 4, 2013 -
So does anyone know the origin of the phrase/meme "I will smite thee with my smiting stick"? [more inside]
posted by craniac
on Dec 14, 2011 -
When did the "X people don't X about X?" commenting trend begin on YouTube? That is, when the first X refers to the number of people who have disliked a given video? What's the origin of this trend?
posted by dougrayrankin
on Jun 16, 2011 -
I'm writing a paper on (animated) GIFs and am trying to track down some of the most (in)famous. I suppose I am talking memes, but I'm more interested in the GIF as an archaeological reference point. I frequent sites like dump.fm
etc. so am quite tuned in to the glitchy/kitschy side of GIF culture. How theoretical have people got on these wonders of the web? How does one trace the history of an animated GIF? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on May 16, 2011 -
Google has failed me. I need to find that old Maddox thing about gay guys who keep doing things to him.
posted by cedar
on Apr 29, 2011 -
Can anyone help me identify this
meme/macro? The usual format is something like "What are you doing there, you're an X, Xs can't Y." It's usually on a picture of something unusual, as in the example. If anyone knows the name of this meme or where I can find more of them, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
posted by jouir
on Mar 17, 2011 -
I'm looking for an animated GIF of someone sending a series of texts that are an ASCII representation of the "Deal With It" meme. Where did I see this?
posted by joshuaconner
on Sep 16, 2010 -
I see this added to the ends of sentences a lot lately, generally as an expression of exasperated disbelief. As in, "You think that comment was appropriate? Really?"
Is this something that came from a popular TV show or famous person? Or did it just start showing up a lot on Metafilter for no real reason. In other words, what's up with the current craze for ending a sentence with an incredulous "really?"
posted by Outlawyr
on Mar 16, 2010 -
What is the initial verbal meme that triggers the Pontypool outbreak in the movie Pontypool?
posted by benzenedream
on Oct 18, 2009 -
I need help finding an internet cartoon I saw several years ago. The only thing I remember about is that it had a big monster who said "The world is a cruel place" in a scratchy, monster voice to two children. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero
on Jun 3, 2009 -
What is the proper pronunciation of the word "meme"?
posted by Elmore
on May 28, 2009 -
A group of East African bloggers I follow have recently begun circulating the Honest Scrap Award — a sort of informal bloggers' award-slash-meme — among themselves. I thought they had created it, but a quick Google search
shows that it's been around since at least December of 2008. Does anyone know where or why it started?
posted by rebekah
on May 26, 2009 -
You'd think a viral meme that successful would be easier to find...where is the link to it? [more inside]
posted by eralclare
on Feb 13, 2009 -
Where is the main link to the website that generates the fake commercial for write in president? It is like this one: [more inside]
posted by meeshell
on Oct 10, 2008 -
Trying to hunt down a minor internet meme. Looking for examples of someone (fictitiously) trying to sell something online, using copious amounts of foul language. Ex: "Holy shit, you've got to buy these motherfucking oranges, they are goddamn flavorful as hell." [more inside]
posted by ekstasis23
on Sep 10, 2008 -
I'm looking for back story on a somewhat disturbing photograph which was circulating around the internet around 10-15 years ago. Trouble is, I no longer have a copy of the file, and can't find it. [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich
on Aug 26, 2008 -
Where does the "mask fell off" expression/meme from this
comment come from, if anywhere?
posted by skwt
on Aug 16, 2008 -
Hi, I'm Wendell, and I'm a Domain Name addict. And I just registered DRINKSYOURMILKSHAKE.COM with the intent of setting up something like isyournewbicycle.com
but I'm open to other ideas. Feel free to aim your long straw at me...
posted by wendell
on Feb 21, 2008 -
Anyone recall seeing a Web page that said something like "Ultimate Spoiler: You are God"? [more inside]
posted by Curry
on Feb 6, 2008 -
I am 34 and grew up in Texas. I just heard a coworker ten years my junior say "Well, boys liked to pretend that the floor is made of lava." I totally knew what he was talking about. How old is this meme? How widespread is it? [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo
on Feb 4, 2008 -
What's the origin of the meme "You know who else [does something]" with the standard answer (or implied answer) being Hitler but often replaced by something else? [more inside]
posted by luser
on Sep 19, 2007 -
In order to assist with a business plan, I'm looking for examples (within the last 5 years) of character-driven memes or products that "came out of nowhere" and rapidly built wealth for their creators (and/or licensors). [more inside]
posted by fishfucker
on Jun 27, 2007 -
Where does the sentence structure 'Something, something and something, oh my!' come from? I'm seeing this everywhere and it's been bugging me. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave
on May 1, 2007 -
just showed up in a coworker's email. A little searching shows this
cartoon. You can also buy the costume
. Which came first & how can you tell?
posted by MtDewd
on Apr 20, 2007 -
I'd like to create the definitive musical
collection of internet memes for my own personal library. I need your help finding the real gems. [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome
on Dec 12, 2006 -
I have a cat, a camera, and decent photoshop skills. Help me come up with clever things to do that fit into the meme about the cats doing things that is all over the internet. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp
on Nov 18, 2006 -
MemeFilter: What is the origin of the "I am in ur [something], [doing something]" meme? It usually uses JeffK-esque spelling ("ur", and a lot of z-endings). Some examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Plutor
on Sep 22, 2006 -