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The Internet's Most Memorable Memes of All Time


From the Dancing Baby to the Honey Badger, behold a time line of some of the most widely shared photos, animations, and videos.

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Dancing Baby (1996) (Pictured above)
Many consider this 3-D animation of a diaper-clad infant (which eventually found its way onto Ally McBeal) to be the first Internet meme.

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All Your Base Are Belong to Us (1998)
After being adopted by gamers as a declaration of victory, this poorly translated line from the Sega game Zero Wing became an early Internet catchphrase.

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Bert Is Evil (1998)
Photoshopped images depicting the grumpy yellow Muppet in the company of Adolf Hitler and the KKK confirmed the darkest childhood fears of many Sesame Street viewers.

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It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!! (2002)
Another animation of a dancing creature—this time a banana with legs.

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LOLCats (2005)
This ever-expanding collection of cat pictures overlaid with messages in deliberately broken, misspelled English established a new online lingua franca: LOLSpeak, or "kitty pidgin."

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The Shining Recut as a Family Flick (2006)
This trailer for a corny movie about fatherhood spawned a new Internet genre that has given us Mrs. Doubtfire as a creepy thriller and The Lord of the Rings as a gay love story.

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Hitler Reacts (2006)
A climactic scene from the 2004 German film Downfall in which Hitler throws a tantrum has been resubtitled to reflect the Führer's displeasure over everything from Sarah Palin's resignation to Kanye West's interruption of Taylor Swift.

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Advice Dog (2006)
For some reason, smiling puppy + color-wheel background + terrible ideas ("Hire clowns for funerals") = barrels of laughs.

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2 Girls 1 Cup (2007)
About this, the less said the better.

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Rickrolling (2007)
You think you're going to watch a movie trailer or a funny home video, only to see it turn into one-hit-wonder Rick Astley's 1987 video "Never Gonna Give You Up": "You've been Rickrolled!"

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Stuff White People Like (2008)
Yoga. Arrested Development. Barack Obama. As Homer Simpson would say, "It's funny 'cause it's true."

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Double Rainbow (2010)
Paul "HungryBear" Vasquez's ecstatic home-video commentary about an unusual meteorological phenomenon over Yosemite National Park ("What does this mean?") landed him a Microsoft ad.

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Shit Girls Say (2011)
Launched as a Twitter feed like Shit My Dad Says, it turned into a video series mimicking the mannerisms and lingo of the average American girl.

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Planking (2011)
A photo from a rugby match inspired a global game in which people took self-portraits lying face-down in unlikely places (like on top of a tiger). Owling, Batmanning, horsemanning, and Tebowing followed.

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Honey Badger (2011)
"Honey badger don't give a shit. It just takes what it wants. Whenever it's hungry, it just—ew, and it eats snakes? Oh my God, watch it dig. Look at that digging."

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That's a Clown Question, Bro (2012)
Reminiscent of 2007's "Don't tase me, bro," this line by Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper instantly became an Internet catchphrase, a T-shirt slogan, and a way for Harry Reid to show he was hip.

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Also on Details.com:
Q&A: BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti on How Internet Memes Work
Top 16 Celebrity Meme Magnets
Quiz: Are You Addicted to Internet Memes?

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