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Who else here feels like memes have been an instrumental factor to our popular culture and sense of humour? What if we blew your mind however and told you that memes have been around way before the birth of the internet, tracing back to 79AD.

Wait a second, what is a meme exactly? To put it simply a meme is the concept of “cultural transmission” of ideas in general, where customs and ideas spread from brain to brain. The definition of the word originates from biologist Richard Dawkins’ 1976 book called “The Selfish Gene“. In this book, Dawkins explains what we now know as a meme, to a simple scientific word: gene.

The biologist added this word in our vocabulary as he was trying to figure out whether there was indeed a measurable unit that could describe how ideas can spread through generations and people. So, there you have it my millennial friends, this is where the word is derived, from this idea of replication and the evolution of an idea which has now found its biggest platform yet to evolve: the internet.

Enough about all these old facts, what we really want to know is how these modern memes started taking over our internet (and our time) and why they are so much fun

The first ever viral internet meme is said to be pinned back to a dancing baby which later appeared in an episode of Ally McBeal. This meme dates back to 1996 and was designed by Michael Girard who created a special software to create such animations. I am not entirely sure why this dancing baby made such a hit, but I assume we all crave entertainment don’t we?

You could say a lot has happened since 1996 and many sites such as 9GAG and Reddit have become some of the most popular websites in the world by introducing new and fun memes to their millions of daily visitors. Nowadays, not only are memes used to make us laugh and make fun of popular culture, but they have also gained a massive political significance in our popular culture.

The big question however is still which of these memes are the best ever! To answer that hard question, we looked for memes that are universally relevant. Scroll down to find out which ones we picked!

The Troll Face

In our opinion, nothing represents our generation of memes better than the troll face! Used in endless and massive amount of situations, the troll face has made it to our number one.

Sarcastic Willy Wonka

I mean, come on, look at his condescending face! There is nothing you could write in the space below that wouldn’t feel rude, sarcastic or funny. Which is your favourite?

The Dramatic Chipmunk

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve died crying at this meme and for some reason it just doesn’t seem to get boring. I remember sending it to my friends whenever something “dramatic” happened in school and just thinking about it still puts a smile on my face, I’m not going to lie!

It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time

If you are truly a 90s baby, you’ll for sure know what I’m talking about here. I already apologise in advance as you will most likely have this song stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Who here remembers the Family Guy episode with this meme?

Success Kid

Finally, to finish this off with one of our favourites we wanted to chat about our favourite success kid out there. The cute baby’s face mixed with the often silly quotes underneath makes this meme one of a kind, and we love it! What we love most about this however is how it reminds us of how good (and sometimes dumb) life can be! It’s the little things in life, isn’t it.

Have you played the “What to you meme” game yet? I really recommend it on a night out with friends! 

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