About two years ago a certain online comic strip - making a point about accepting absurdity in later life - was briefly a meme and I'd love to find it again. If I remember right, it had three panels with images & text something like... [more inside]
My guy sent me this cute photo of a cactus when I was nervous about a big presentation. He has a big interview coming up. Do you know of a similarly adorable, quirky, inspirational-ish meme photo that I can send him? [more inside]
I know it's hard to trace memes back to their very first occurences, but can anyone offer at least early sightings/citings of the phrase "Well, THAT happened...."? [more inside]
There's a particular meme that I remember seeing a while back, probably on Reddit, and I'm wondering if (a) it has a name and (b) if anyone has curated examples of it. [more inside]
So there are a bajillion shirts with variations of "X in the streets/Y in the sheets" where X and Y might rhyme and are related and it's funny. What was the original one? Where did this start?
I'm looking for a music video from the era just before or at the dawn of youtube. It was an expensive, professional-looking vanity project that featured a man with long blonde hair singing a song in the sentimental style of Michael Bolton while being featured in a number of romantic, CGI landscapes. [more inside]
What is the name and/or origin of the meme where intensifers/adverbs are placed before nouns? [more inside]
This Threadless contest got me wondering: What are the cool, fun mêmes now? Are there any? They just can't be as cool as Oolong and AYBABTU and such from the day, and Know Your Meme seems to confirm this. [more inside]
Vague identification question: I remember seeing a meme/joke about graphic design that was an image with text on it to the effect of asking the reader to hire the creator or use the creator's design. It included the phrase "I did everything right". Does anyone remember this and know where I can find it?
How many instances in television and film can the hive mind come up with that involve a character driving someone out to the desert (or some other remote location) to kill them, often having the victim (who is usually someone who has wronged the character, or can't be convicted in a court of law), dig a hole, only ending up unable to actually murder them?
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]
I am trying to find a silly meme-esque video: [more inside]
What's going on in this GIF? I keep on looking at it and people assure me something awesome's happening, but I am still confused? [more inside]
Remember the Diet Coke and Mentos video? I'm looking for similar examples of internet memes that members of the public could, in theory, learn to replicate at home. Stuff like cup stacking; make-up tutorials; Double Dream Hands; or opening a beer with your arm. It mustn't be anything that requires special powers (eg double-jointedness) or special props - just household objects. Suggestions?
I'm trying to find an image macro I saw about having trouble plugging in USB cables. [more inside]
So does anyone know the origin of the phrase/meme "I will smite thee with my smiting stick"? [more inside]
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?
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, tumblr 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]
Google has failed me. I need to find that old Maddox thing about gay guys who keep doing things to him.
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!
What is this photoshopping meme called? [more inside]
How can we fight seasonal blues with a meme? [more inside]
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?
Can you identify these dancing cartoon teenagers? [more inside]
Is this mutilation of the Batman theme song from my childhood global or local? [more inside]
"Really?" 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?"
Please explain the meme "THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS!" [more inside]
What is the initial verbal meme that triggers the Pontypool outbreak in the movie Pontypool?
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]
What is the proper pronunciation of the word "meme"?
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?
You'd think a viral meme that successful would be easier to find...where is the link to it? [more inside]
Where did the bacon internet meme come from? [more inside]
Where is the main link to the website that generates the fake commercial for write in president? It is like this one: [more inside]
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]
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]
Where does the "mask fell off" expression/meme from this comment come from, if anywhere? [more inside]
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...
Anyone recall seeing a Web page that said something like "Ultimate Spoiler: You are God"? [more inside]
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]
Does anyone know the back story to this supposedly "unexplainable" image?
Where can I find the video all these people are watching? It's supposedly called "The Swirl." [more inside]
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]
The significance of a blank white 1" button? I'm told not to ask. [more inside]
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]
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]
What is the origin of the "I | ___" phrasing? [more inside]
This photo 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?
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