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[[caption-width-right:346:The once and future meme.]]

[[MemeticMutation Memes]] aren't limited to the Internet, either. Just take a look at these gems that have spawned outside the confines of the computer lab.

Both Memes/{{Politics}} and Memes/{{Sports}} are memetic enough to gain their own sections.

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* The meme. [=[[labelnote:Explanation]]The explanation behind the meme.[[/labelnote]]=] [[labelnote:Explanation]]Like this.[[/labelnote]]

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* The term [[TheGreatDepression "Dust Bowl"]] derived from this line in an Associated Press newspaper article titled "If It Rains...":
--> "Three little words achingly familiar on the Western farmer's tongue, rule life in the dust bowl of the continent -- if it rains."
* Antoine Dodson's "Hide your kids hide your wives hide your husbands cuz they rapin everybody out here" [[labelnote:Explanation]]A news report of Antoine Dodson's sister's ''attempted'' rape that went viral. Was AutoTuned into the song ''Bedroom Intruder''.[[/labelnote]]
* OlderThanRadio: Charles Mackay's 1841 book ''Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds'' includes [[http://www.econlib.org/LIBRARY/Mackay/macEx13.html a chapter]] on catchphrases that amount to Internet memes [[OlderThanTheyThink without the Internet]] or even computers.
* If you need proof that this can be done out in the physical world, just remember that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andre_the_Giant_Has_a_Posse Andre The Giant has a posse]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilroy_Was_Here Kilroy was here]].
** In addition it the "Kilroy" with "Kilroy was here" (see page image), sometimes it would say "Wot, no [[BaconAddiction bacon]]?" (or any other heavily rationed food item, like sugar), thus well predating the Internet bacon obsession.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokopelli Kokopelli]]. [[labelnote:Explanation]]A doodle of a humpbacked flute player with strange protrusions on his head (possibly feathers, antennae, or wild hair). He has gained fame and popularity similar to the aforementioned Kilroy's, and appears on countless products like T-shirts and keychains. Interestingly, Kokopelli was originally a fertility god of the American Southwest, and his picture originally appeared in Native American petroglyphs and pictographs. (And in the original art, he had a GagPenis.)[[/labelnote]]
* The "... rules OK" graffitis and their variations. They apparently started as Glasgow gang tags in TheThirties.
** [[TopGear MANLOVE RULES OK]]
* The UK equivalent of "Post No Bills" signs are signs reading "Bill stickers will be prosecuted". Which, naturally, inspired graffiti artists to respond with "Bill Stickers is an innocent man" and the like.
** William Stickers, the failed Communist [[strike:ghost]] [[OurGhostsAreDifferent post-life citizen]] in Terry Pratchett's ''Johnny and the Dead'', is named in reference to this.
** While we're on the subject, Free Hat!
** Also, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/post_no_bills.jpg this]].
* The card game The Spoils is rife with references to Internet memes and popular culture. Cards include [[http://www.metatime.net/athena/1st/A%20Series%20of%20Tubes.jpg A Series of Tubes]], [[http://www.metatime.net/athena/1st2/0p3r4710n%201337%20H4x0rz.jpg 0p3r4710n 1337 H4x0rz]], and various other memes and internet references, including [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?defid=1758529&term=nedm NEDM]], [[MemeticBadass Chuck Norris]] jokes, 1337 and computer games.
* The Game
** Aww, son of a ''bitch!''
*** [[http://xkcd.com/391/ It's okay! You're free!]]
* [[RussianReversal In Soviet Russia, meme mutates YOU!]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]A statement that everything is backwards in Soviet Russia. See AssKicksYou for one end result.[[/labelnote]]
** ''No smilink.'' Is Soviet Union.
*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wild_East There is no sex in the USSR.]]
* Drunk people in Mexico somehow became the greatest Internet fad in 2008. You can absolutely bet any Mexican youth with an internet connection will at least recognize the following names: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw8ozFVLerw Dios Eolo]]" ("God Aeolus"), a drunk man who claims to have superpowers; "¡Me amarraron como puerrrrrco!" ("I was tied like a piiiiiiiig!") also know as "el canaca", a drunk man who insists on being able to drive under the influence; "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zevPed3Ss Tengo Miedo]]" ("I'm Afraid"), a sober guy afraid of the alcohol meter; and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rM6oSZyATA Qué pasó, muchacho?]]" ("What's up, boy?"), an awesomely drunk guy who wants to buy booze after 1:00 AM, when stores are not allowed to sell alcoholic drinks, famous for saying "¡Ni merga!" (kinda like "Fook no!") and the newest one "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWOz-kIwDuU FUA!]] fuerza universal aplicada (is kinda like cosmos or ki)".
** Before them, there was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b89CnP0Iq30 Edgar]], a poor fat kid who was trown to a river from the tree-trunk bridge he was walking on, while pleading not to be trown So popular, if you search "Edgar" in Google in any spanish version, the video its the first result.
*** "Me amarraron como puerco" [[http://mozyto.wordpress.com/2008/09/28/muere-el-canaca-me-amarraron-como-puerco/ was killed by a drunk driver]] :(
* The FauxtivationalPoster. You know those motivational posters in offices and counsellors offices that expect you to be motivated solely through use of a pretty photograph and a trite saying ("Hope: It's the Tulip of Life that matters, not the Onion of Failure")? The existence of site such as [[http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/motivator.php this]] and [[http://wigflip.com/automotivator/ this]] have allowed parodies of these posters - which, although less earnest, are usually a lot more effective - to spring up all over the web.
* Since about 2001, you can't open a computer magazine without seeing the phrase, "(This/Next) year will be the year of Desktop Linux."
** Well it is growing.
* The terrorist Mas Selamat escaped from Singaporean captivity on 27 Feb 2008 through a toilet window. Amid the discussion, a netizen mockingly 'shopped his head onto a ''PrisonBreak'' poster, creating ''Toilet Break''.
** Also from Singapore, the 'Boomz' meme, which is remarkably similer to Miss South Carolina below, except this one involves Singapore's ''Miss World finalist'', in a TV interview rather than the actual competition, and the question is more on fashions than geography... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F74FZfdSJY just see it for yourself.]]
** StupidStatementDanceMix [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFg4Ot2rFws here.]]
** The incident when a boy in NS made his maid carry his field pack, causing things like this to show up on forums:[[http://www.mrbrown.com/.a/6a00d83451b52369e2014e870904f6970d-450wi]] In addition, comic strips have spun up on newspapers parodying this.
* [[RoyalWe We]] [[QueenVicky are not amused.]]
* One from well before the days of the Internet: Vlad the Impaler, whose rather brutal reign inspired quite a few legends. There are numerous stories about various crimes in questionable circumstances brought before Vlad. Moreover, how the story ends usually depends on whether the teller views Vlad as a strict but just ruler who enjoyed the SecretTestOfCharacter, or a CardCarryingVillain who didn't care. Whether or not any of these actually happened is circumstantial at best. Of course, that's not even getting into [[OurVampiresAreDifferent other]] [[Main/{{Dracula}} legends]] the man inspired.
* [[http://www.whereseric.com/ecfaq/biography-ecs-life-career/clapton-is-god-graffiti-nickname.html Clapton is God.]]
* In Spain, the Spanish Phrase "¿Por qué no te callas?" ("Why don't you shut up?") became a MEGA meme after [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3Kzbo7tNLg the King of Spain yelled it at Hugo Chavez]] after the latter called the Spanish PM a fascist, even after his mike was cut.
* "Don't taze me, bro!"
* (worth a thousand pictures?): [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AACS_encryption_key_controversy 09 F9 11 02]] [[http://www.boingboing.net/2007/05/02/digg-users-revolt-ov.html 9D 74 E3 5B]] [[http://www.wired.com/underwire/2007/05/hddvd_as_art/ D8 41 56 C5]] [[http://t-shirts.cafepress.com/item/09f9-hddvd-key-shirt-womens-vneck-tshirt/129180053 63 56 88 C0]]
* "I don't really understand the hateful outrage. I don't understand, '[[YouBastard Die in a fire]]'."
* The dingoes ate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azaria_Chamberlain my baby.]]
** [[Film/TropicThunder You know that's a true story? Lady lost her kid.]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faxlore Faxlore]]: Internet memes from before the Internet.
* [[http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/promos/politics/blog/23blog-aretha.jpg Aretha Franklin's Inauguration hat.]] It has been photoshopped onto hundreds upon hundreds of unsuspecting pictures already.
* ''[[RantInducingSlight Why]] [[Film/TerminatorSalvation don't you]] [[ClusterFBomb fucking]] '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGHSC6gc46M understand]]'''''?!
** We are ''done'' professionally.
** Kick your fuckin' ass!
** Ooohhh, goooood... for you!... And how ''was'' it?
** Ah, da-da da-da! Like this in the background, what the ''fuck'' is it with you?!
** DO I GO AROUND FUCKING TRASHING YOUR LIGHTS?! NO! THEN WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU TRASHING MY SCENE!!
*** [[LookingForGroup I think I've had just about enough of you. You're TERMINATED. *kills* That's one less Dick in this movie.]]
*** [=McG=], you got something to say to this prick?
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTihsJQHt48&feature=related This hilarious remix]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm61svN4U5g&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theweeklyvice.com%2F2008%2F01%2Fkid-throws-party-and-makes-news.html&feature=player_embedded I'll say sorry, but I'm not taking off my glasses.]]
* The training of these poor creatures... to turn themselves into fighting machines is simply barbaric. Barbaric. Barbaric!... Barbaric!
* in Australia: "It was like CHK CHK BOOM!"
** For those who aren't Australian, this is referring to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlYl6ZqUxqk a woman who claimed she witnessed a shooting in Kings Cross]]. She later revealed that she made the whole thing up.
* There's a debatably-true story about the origin of the word 'quiz' which suggests that it originated when someone, for a bet, or maybe an experiment, chalked it on a bunch of walls around Dublin to get people talking about it. It worked, and the word caught on, eventually acquiring meaning.
* During winter, there are cries of "SWINE FLU!" whenever anyone mentions that they have a cold.
* Al Gore invented the internet.
** "Sometimes, global warming means global cooling."
* From Sweden we get: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzUiA9tjn6E Vem vare' som kasta?!]] (Who threw that?!)
* "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindenburg_disaster Oh, the humanity!]]"
** [[http://www.thepeoplescube.com/red/richedit/upload/2k4a7a43d7f8.jpg Oh the huge manatee!]]
** [[http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3023/3020304859_d7e7ed9c1a_o.jpg Oh The Hugh Grantity!!]]
* Dublin universities (especially UCD) - Pat Paterson's exploits and abilities appeared on every toilet door - he was ChuckNorris before the [[ChuckNorrisFacts Chuck Norris meme]] existed. Apparently he was a real person, an Agricultural Science student who was very uncomfortable with fame. The meme got old around 2006, but isn't quite dead.
* It should be known that Sean Turner kicks haemophiliacs. If you can think of anything that you shouldn't do, Sean Turner did it.
* The letter I, followed by a heart, and then a piece of cheese, has been seen everywhere.
* TwoWords: [[StarWars Darth]] [[ThePope Benedict]]. Also known as [[http://www.funnyjunk.com/showcomment/851748/ Emperor Pope-atine/Pope Palpatine]].
* [[http://icanhascheezburger.com/2009/09/08/funny-pictures-all-day-all-cats-part-2/ Broccoli Kitten LOVES Broccoli.]]
* At the 2009 VMA awards, Taylor Swift's speech--
** [[KanyeWest "Yo,]] TVTropes, [[BlatantLies I'm real happy for you,]] I'mma let ya finish, but {{Wikipedia}} has one of the best meme lists [[InternetBackdraft of all time!"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YwcbejJxJo *shrugs*]]
* Karl Pilkington has a head like a FUCKING orange.
* "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey has gained meme status, especially after ''Series/TheSopranos''' [[NoEnding non-ending]]. You burst out in song in a crowded area and see how many people join. It's rather impressive when it works.
** In Detroit, the men they hire to play music at sporting events deliberately invoke this trope at every possible opportunity. They'll even mute the loudspeaker volume for the "born and raised in South Detroit" bit (despite the fact "South Detroit" isn't residential in the slightest), causing many a facepalming from visiting fans and television spectators. It's almost a REQUIREMENT to know the song if you're from the area... or at least that part of it anyways.
** Doesn't help that "South Detroit" is a nickname for the Canadian city of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windsor,_Ontario Windsor]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2007 Caitlin Upton]].
* [[DontTryThisAtHome Diet Coke + Mentos]] = [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKoB0MHVBvM This]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txqiwrbYGrs&feature=rec-LGOUT-exp_stronger_r2-HM David DeVore Jr. after dentist.]]
** "Is this real life?"
*** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Is this]] [[Music/{{Queen}} just fantasy?]]
*** [[http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_l79hocUwjD1qcz6n7o1_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=0RYTHV9YYQ4W5Q3HQMG2&Expires=1282078722&Signature=RNbj6675jP1mTRnrE%2B9XtdD0LEE%3D No, it's all a dream...OR IS IT?]]
*** "Is this going to be forever?"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY Where the hell is Matt?]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l69Vi5IDc0g Will]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLxq90xmYUs it]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifzdez7FRbk blend?]]
* WE GON' FIND YOU!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he5fpsmH_2g OW! CHARLIE BIT MY FINGER!]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHmvkRoEowc LEAVE]] [[BritneySpears BRITNEY]] [[TheWoobie ALONE!]]
* [[TheTreacheryOfImages Ceci n'est pas une meme.]]
** Ceci n'est [[IncrediblyLamePun même]] pas une meme?
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbnySBqioB0 Peniscoptor.]]
* You can buy ''anything'' at Harrod's. Seriously. If you wanted to buy an elephant, they'd ship it to you (for the right price, of course).
* "Mad, bad, and dangerous to know." Everybody has heard it, although most people don't know it was coined to describe [[spoiler:Lord Byron]].
* Ever since the Chilean right-wing newspaper "El Mercurio" was caught ''blatantly'' lying about the university protests and occupations of 1967 [[note]]in which they said that the Communist Party was behind the strike in... the VERY conservative and right-wing Catholic University of Chile[[/note]], every Chilean person knows that '''"EL MERCURIO MIENTE!"''' ("EL MERCURIO LIES").
** Also President Sebastián Piñera became a meme, thanks to [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/action-pi%C3%B1i this photo]], and the fact he is a dislexic CorruptCorporateExecutive. [[note]]here's a compilation: http://fyactionpini.tumblr.com/.[[/note]]
*** In fact, he borders into FountainOfMemes for Chilean internet users. A good example is Piñera's supposed [[TheJinx bad luck streak]], which makes Chilean netizens scream "PIÑERA ES YETA!" ("Piñera is a jinx!")
* WHOOP WHOOP Pull up. WHOOP WHOOP Pull up. [[labelnote:Explanation]]The cockpit alarm many airplanes have when they are dropping altitude too fast, or are too low for safe flight.[[/labelnote]]
* [+++'''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NZtGz_7WI0 I'M PRESSIN' CHARGES!!!!!]]'''''+++]
* "[[ParanoiaFuel This is a test]]. [[MostAnnoyingSound This is only a test]]..."[[labelnote:Explanation]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Alert_System The Emergency Alert System]] test warning[[/labelnote]]
* A few years ago in Australia, the Yellow Pages showed an ad where an unfortunate employee forgot to place the company's ad in the Yellow Pages. The owner screaming "NOT! HAPPY! JAN!" became a meme for someone who's really pissed -- it even became a popular protest sign against then-Prime Minister John Howard, "Not Happy, John".
* The recent eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which covered the European skies with thick ash that grounded planes, had spawned the phrase '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq96Z2uoRas&feature=related I HATE ICELAND!!!]]'''
** From a Scot.
* The phenomenon of the Czech genius [[http://snipurl.com/waija Jára Cimrman]]. He received a number of votes at the Greatest Czech contest, and had an asteroid (and almost a mountain) named after him.
** [[spoiler:He is also entirely fictitious, a subject and purported author of a number of plays at the Czech Jára Cimrman Theater; but as the above demonstrates, playing along with the joke of his actual existence is very much a part of the phenomenon.]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2oVTULyWZk Always blow on the pie]]."
** "Safer communities together."
* "Dr. Jackson's Magic Weather Machine", a joke at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that the school wasn't touched by Hurricane Sandy because the president has a device to keep the bad weather away.
* "Do Americans really call ... ...'s?" Enter something normal like, "basketball", for the latter and something humorous for the former, like "loopty-swoops". It's based off a few people asking about the American versions of English words in that manner. A variation is "lol at Americans calling ... ...."
* DisneyThemeParks: They're going to add a loop!
** The [=WDWMagic=] community has The Ladder, whose presence at any construction site is a good sign for the upcoming attraction or, in its initial appearance during Mission Space's construction, being the epic ride itself.
* Yo dawg, I heard you like memes, so we put memes in your memes so you can mutate while you mutate.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwyZ0ji1GRU You ain't got no pancake mix!]]
** There's no ''pancake mix'' in there!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RjC-vh06_c Hey man I'm fucking Trent]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzKtPezPsqE&feature=player_embedded "You are so dumb! You are really dumb, FOR REAL."]]
* From Miss Universe 2010: This is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdTKQx9khyE MAJOR MAJOR MEME!]]
* The [=HAZMATs=] are here, to steal all our coffee.
* Cheer up [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/keanu-is-sad-sad-keanu Keanu]]!
* When memes [[http://knowyourmeme.com/i/000/075/794/original/Memeception.jpg?1286495304 collide]].
* "My name is Mud.", popularly attributed to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Mudd Dr. Samuel Mudd]]. At least in American English, the phrase is synonymous with calling yourself a screwup; considering Dr. Mudd was the doctor who tended to the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth (who infamously assassinated UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln at the Ford theatre in 1865), crediting him with the phrase is rather appropriate.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5d4wWGK4Ig "I wish I could talk in Technicolor..."]]
* UrbanLegends are often the product of memetic mutation. Many of them are the result of true events being retold, and occasionally modified to change things like the location an event took place, the company involved in a business-related legend, or the time period of a time-dependent legend. Thus they get sent around in a form that's utterly detached from reality.
* If you ain't living life the Creator/CharlieSheen way, you're not WINNING.
** Tiger Blood Milkshakes.
* The 2011 Royal Wedding produced two gems: there's [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/royal-wedding-girl Frowning Flower Girl]], and Princess Catherine's sister Pippa, who has a butt so fine [[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pippa-Middleton-Ass-Appreciation-Society/183120471735513?sk=info that it warrants a fan page on Facebook.]]
** Princess Maxima's [[http://www.facebook.com/search.php?q=princess%20beatrice%20hat&init=quick&tas=0.47432489641706865&ref=ts#!/pages/Princess-Beatrices-ridiculous-Royal-Wedding-hat/203705509669392 insane hat]]
* There were also jokes about the fact that the royal wedding and the successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden happened around the same time, mostly comparing that week to a Disney movie since the prince got married and the bad guy got killed. For example, an existing image that juxtaposed Will and Kate with Prince Charming and Cinderella, and two princesses in funny hats with the stepsisters, was reposted, now adding one of bin Laden and Jafar.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSWUWPx2VeQ The Winnebago concepts and engineering departments have developed a multi-functional bathroom, privacy I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE FUCK I'M READING!]]
* A badly-photoshopped picture from the official government website of Huili County (Sichuan, China) [[http://www.zonaeuropa.com/20110629_1.htm gave rise to]] [[http://www.chinasmack.com/2011/pictures/floating-chinese-government-officials-stun-netizens.html numerous]] [[http://beforeitsnews.com/story/774/037/Chinese_Officials_Get_Embarrassed_By_Really_Bad_Photoshopped_Photo_of_Street_Inspection.html parodies]].
* Mario Batali is a baking troll.
* Straight from Jamaica: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hknVoAoyy-k "Nobody canna cross it!"]]. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Based on an actual news report about the lack of a proper river-bridge in a rural community named Roberts Field, St. Andrew; the quote comes from Clifton Brown (since nicknamed "Cliff Twang"), a resident who was interviewed by the reporter and spoke in a "posh" American twang in order to try and make a good impression; pieces of the news report and Brown's statements were spliced together into a music video by creator Kevin "DJ Powa" Hamilton. An edited clip of the original news report can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=iv&v=xWIkX9c23M4&annotation_id=annotation_33157 here]].[[/labelnote]]
* [[PlutoIsExpendable Pluto's not a planet.]]
** Yes, it is.
*** A ''Dwarf'' planet, yes.
* When the Alice stories were being written, a popular meme around London was "WHO are YOU?". Now, of course, it's immortalizing as the dialog of the smoking Caterpillar.
** We aren't quite sure if it has any connection to the song by Music/TheWho.
* Adding the phrase "big, gay" in front of things. Examples:
** [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Big Gay Al]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Gay_Out The Big Gay Out]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Gay_Sketch_Show The Big Gay Sketch Show]]
** TheBigGayMusical
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Gay_Ice_Cream_Truck The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Big_Gay_Italian_Wedding My Big Gay Italian Wedding]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1FybvwFGpo Big Gay Heart]]
** [[CanadaEh Big Gay Wedding]]
** [[WebOriginal/BrawlTaunts Big Gay Dance]]
** [[{{Glee}} "People think you're gay now, Finn. Do you know what that makes me? Your big, gay beard!]]
* {{Hipster}}s are a pretty obscure source of memes. You probably haven't heard of them.
** I only (do something) ironically.
** I liked TVTropes [[ItsPopularNowItSucks before it was cool]]. [[labelnote:Explanation]]A catchphrase commonly attributed to hipsters, related to the perception of them disliking "mainstream" things. Also explains the two memes above.[[/labelnote]]
* Pepper Spray Cop. [[labelnote:Explanation]]During an Occupy protest at University of California Davis, the police reacted by spraying a crowd of seated protestors on a sidewalk with pepper spray. A still from video or still photograph of one of the cops became Pepper Spray Cop.[[/labelnote]]
* In Denmark, a few years ago, a cop got caught on camera calling an anti-Israel protester a "perker", which is a nasty racial slur for immigrants of Arab or African descent. The police chief's defense of her cop quickly became memetic - she stated that the cop had said "perle", not "perker". "Perle", of course, means "pearl". This led to immigrants snarky calling themselves "pearls". It seems to have mostly died down in mainstream Danish media, but it's still common immigrant slang.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fppKGJD3Y6c "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for all?"]] [[labelnote:explanation]]This is a common way of describing what a Barred Owl's call sounds like.[[/labelnote]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Honey Badger don't give a shit.]] [[labelnote:explanation]]The Honey Badger (AKA "Ratel") has gained something of a MemeticBadass reputation due to its fearless nature.[[/labelnote]]
* Are you choking? Are you pregnant? [[labelnote:Explanation]]A Military meme, due to a training video on the Heimlich maneuver in Basic Training stating that this is the first thing you ask someone before performing said procedure. Since the delivery in the video was full of {{Narm}}, the military is mostly male, and it can be seen as a fat joke, it became an immediate classic.[[/labelnote]]
* "This is a pen." [[labelnote:Explanation]]Traditionally, this was the first English sentence Japanese students were taught, the second being "That is a book." Its sheer {{Narm}} and uselessness in RealLife means students are now taught other, more natural English sentences, but the meme stuck.[[/labelnote]]
** There's also the Brazilian version "The book is on the table." which has appeared in actual advertisements.
* In Italy: "Vada a bordo, cazzo!" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Italian Coast Guard Officer to the Captain of the Costa Concordia after it capsized, when the latter left the ship even though there were still passengers on board. "Get on board, for fuck's sake!"[[/labelnote]]
** Also: "Vabbuo'" [[labelnote:Explanation]]"Whatever" in Neapolitan dialect, uttered by said captain in response to claims that he should be on board.[[/labelnote]]
* "Aren't you Thankful?" The video-game company Blizzard.[[labelnote:Explanation]]The way they've been treating their fans the last couple years has been...terrible at best; especially in regards to their release and questionable patching of ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''. On the Battle.Net forums, one such Blizzard employee wrote in their post, "Aren't you thankful?" in an attempt to calm the internet backlash that's been ravaging their Diablo3 forums. It has now since become a fanbase trolling between fans who disagree on the forums.[[/labelnote]]
** "5$" [[labelnote:Explanation]]There's even an ongoing rumor that Blizzard will actually pay their fans ''FIVE dollars'' to write something good about Blizzard in their ''Diablo 3'' forum. Simply writing "5$" as a reply to any thread that defends Blizzard on their forums, even if it was a genuine defend-post, has become a growing joke towards those that attempt to defend Blizzard.[[/labelnote]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GRSbr0EYYU OH JESUS CHRIST, FENTON!]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]A viral video of a man chasing after his runaway dog. Now popular enough to warrant its own merch.[[/labelnote]]
* [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19349921 Fresco Jesus]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]A woman in her eighties attempted to renovate a 19th century fresco in a Spanish church. The resulting picture was described as resembling "a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic". The face has since been photoshopped into other paintings.[[/labelnote]]
* On a science related note, the ''E. coli'' exchanges genes[[note]]plasmids[[/note]] with the other ''E. coli'' to protect the rest of them and it spreads quickly. Talk about a ''real'' memetic mutation. [[note]]mainly because it is one.[[/note]]
* After the infamous "Series of Tubes" comment regarding the internet, "tubes" has become a popular euphemism for bandwidth bottlenecks, such as downloads of large and popular files being on a clogged "tube".
* "If you'd like to make a call, please hang up and try again." [[labelnote:Explanation]]In the U.S., if you leave a phone off the hook long enough, you usually get this recording.[[/labelnote]]
* No Toad Sexing! [[labelnote:Explanation]]Rumor has it that "No Toad Sexing!" is scrawled all over MIT [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=toad%20sexing Urban Dictionary - toad sexing]].[[/labelnote]]
* Of the more morbid variety, you get the 9-11 memes that spawned after the initial attacks and the image shops from 4chan appearing many years later.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qHEF5U6QVE This video]] of [[{{Jerkass}} a passenger's rudeness]] to security personnel in a train station became an instant meme in the Philippines right after it was posted on YouTube. The word '''AMALAYER''' [[note]]{{Engrish}} for "I'm a liar?"[sic][[/note]] has since been an ongoing trending topic on the Internet at the time of this writing.
** Just remember, this kind of shit is enough to get anyone arrested anywhere else in the world. [[CatchPhrase It's More Fun In the Philippines]], indeed.
** And here's the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV7nTQt08Xg US Army version]].
* [[http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhTq85Q0SUro3x38mr You going to jail now!]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]A bus driver shouts this sentence before he ''uppercuts'' a woman who hits him in the face.[[/labelnote]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JLglSByGGo "Ah, here! Leave it out!"]]
* The engagement proclamation video released by Swedish princess Madeleine and her fiancé Chris in 2012 quickly became a meme in Sweden. The video itself features the princess talking very stilted, revealing that Chris proposed "in early Feb... October", Chris declaring that he's learning Swedish but it's difficult (which he says in English but repeats in struggling Swedish), and ends with the princess saying [[ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud "Tihi"]] ("Tihi" is how a giggle is written in Swedish comic books. Madeleine is probably the first Swede to actually ''say'' it with a straight face).
** In addition to the Swedish couples who have posted videos declaring their own engagements while heavily parodying the princess' video, it has also been parodied by a number of comedians and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome by SVT, the Swedish public broadcasting channel, by having 2013's hosts of the Swedish Eurovision semi-finals announce that they are hosting in a glorious parody of the video]].
* In Finland, Olli Hokkanen (now known as Kola-Olli) continues to enjoy a stint of popularity after appearing on national television in 2006 attempting to set the world record for drinking 1.5 litres of Coca Cola as quickly as possible...and giving up after the third glass. Since then he has made numerous appearances in Finnish media, and his attempt has inspired the Olli Hokkanen Open website, which hosts videos of its members' attempts at setting records for drinking various soft drinks as quickly as possible and keeps track of the quickest times.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Burdell George P. Burdell]] was an elaborate prank by a student at Georgia Tech University who was accidentally sent two enrollment forms. He managed to earn all undergraduate degrees the university could offer, served in the army, got married, and was part of MAD Magazine's board of directors, all while not existing.
* That method of drawing "S" with straight lines that's popular in elementary schools, you know the one. It's been around since the '60s and no one knows its true origins, though it's popularly nicknamed "Superman S" and "[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/super-s-stussy Stussy S]]".
* "Git-r-done!"[[labelnote:Explanation]]CatchPhrase of stand-up comedian Creator/LarryTheCableGuy.[[/labelnote]]
* At the 86th Academy Awards in 2014, JohnTravolta, in presenting the Oscar for Best Song to Idina Menzel for "Let It Go" from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', butchered her name as "Adele Dazeem," which led Slate.com to create the [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/low_concept/2014/03/john_travolta_called_idina_menzel_adele_dazeem_what_s_your_travolta_name.html Adele Dazeem Name Generator]] so that you can "Travoltify" your name.
* [[http://kotaku.com/lovers-in-the-snow-spawn-anime-art-meme-1521247054 Special Feeling]][[labelnote:Explanation]]On February 8th, 2014, Japan was hit by one of the worst winter storms in Japan's weather history. During the emergency warnings in the Japanese TV stations, a Japanese crew interviewed a young couple in front of Tokyo's Shibuya Station. Upon asking how they feel, the man replied, "being in the snow with my lover like this immerses me in a special feeling. I like it.” Needless to say, his lover shown in the photo appeared in embarrassment with a {{Facepalm}}. A Twitter account responded with a comment, "SHUT UP FUCKING FOUR-EYES!" (which coincidentally is a reference to [[EnsembleDarkhorse Levi]] from Manga/AttackOnTitan) and thus spawn numerous image macros in Japan. [[/labelnote]]
* 20 GOTO 10[[labelnote:Explanation]]Part of a simple two-line BASIC program that executes Line 10, usually a PRINT statement, over and over without end. Many beginning BASIC programmers did this to annoy people. This is demonstrated in the opening of ''Series/LookAroundYou''. A now-closed art gallery in San Francisco took its name from this.[[/labelnote]]
* Vivian James[[labelnote:Explanation]]A lovechild of [[ImageBoards /v/, /pol/,]] and [[https://twitter.com/TFYCapitalists/status/502912133416640512 The Fine Young Capitalists (final image here as well)]] representing [[MoeAnthropomorphism /v/ in girl form]] with a [[ClusterFBomb no-fucks-given attitude]]. When it was found out on Website/{{Reddit}} that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKmy5OKg6lo someone relevant to the Quinnspiracy]] ([[RuleOfCautiousEditing lets leave it at this people, and let the video do the talking]]) hacked into TFYC funding in favor of Zoe Quinn (said website was ''[[{{Irony}} promoting and helping Female Game Developers through funding]]''), /pol/ recommended /v/ to [[http://i.imgur.com/FdqKFwu.jpg fund TFYC in retaliation]]. TFYC got ''$5000'' as a result of this, promised it will use all the money for charity, and allowed [[HiveMind /v/]] to make its own character. The accepted image now represents /v/ as a whole (and quite accurately at that) to the point where she looks like an {{Expy}} of [[Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular Tomoko Kuroki]]. So far, many artists have ''loved'' the character, and fellow website Website/{{Tumblr}} now features this character on an escalating basis.[[/labelnote]]
* British gaming magazine NGamer had several memes before they had to close down in the early 2010's, including references to Ninja Gaiden's Ninja Cat as a MemeticBadass and 'WORTH SEVEN POUNDS' (their adamant claim about the value of one of the gifts they gave out for free with the magazine, namely a plastic Wii Wheel peripheral).
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