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Memes

  • PPAP star Pikotaro to host AMA on 9GAG this week

    Like it or loathe it: it's damn difficult get away from the pineapples, apples and pens flooding the internet right now. That's perhaps thanks to one Japanese singer-songwriter in particular, Pikotaro. PPAP, and the video behind it, isn't everyone's cup of tea. After other internet-infamous hits such as Tay Zonday's Chocolate Rain, Rebecca Black's Friday, and Ylvis's What Does The Fox Say? you'll be forgiven for thinking that this is just another passing fad. Surprisingly, it's not that simple. After Pikotaro published the video on his equally-zany YouTube channel a month ago, PPAP has racked up over 24-million views. It's only now...

  • #MustFall: the meme that changed SA in 2015

    On 9 March 2015, UCT student Chumani Maxwele threw human faeces at a statue of Cecil John Rhodes which had stood on the campus since 1934. As Maxwele, together with a dozen-or-so other students, toyi-toyi'd around the contentious colonialist they could not have known that they were at the vanguard of a movement that would change the face of South African politics for good. At the start of 2015, few observers would have guessed this would be the case. At that stage it seemed that the country's political direction would be determined by parliament. It was, after all, livelier...

  • Delta Airlines uses all the memes for new safety video

    Over the years, we've seen airlines employ a number of interesting tactics to get people interested in their safety instruction videos. Air New Zealand has made extensive use of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit tie-ins. Virgin America meanwhile put together one set to an elaborate song and dance routine which features contortionists, sassy child singers and a rapping pre-teen. And now US-based Delta Airlines has brought together as many memes as possible for its safety video. Everyone from Double Rainbow Guy to Nyan Cat and Overly Attached Girlfriend make an appearance. It's not just memes from recent history...

  • Seinfeld with a cast of millions: what #TheDress tells us about internet culture today

    Twitter is a giant episode of Seinfeld with a cast of millions. That was my first reaction to the conversation around #TheDress when I checked my timeline on Friday morning. With the whole of the US entranced by the #llamadrama the previous night, it was a golden 24 hours in social media - one that read like plot lines in a sitcom that dominated the 1990s with its comedy “about nothing”. Last week, half of the online world argued about the colour of a dress worn by the bride’s mother to a wedding in a remote corner of Scotland....

  • Here are 10 awesome #MugabeFalls memes made by Memeburn readers

    After forcing journalists to delete pictures and suspending 27 of his body guards, Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe's fall, or just #MugabeFalls, blew up in his face and became a viral hit of wonder. From dropping sick moves on the dance floor to clever soon-to-be merchandise, our readers sent us a bunch of their own memes last week. Here's a list of our favourite so far: Lost in space Mugabe I'm sure this is how Mugabe must feel like when he visits the International Criminal Court, European Union or just the cafe down the road really. @Anatinus @CurateZAR @memeburn pic.twitter.com/pkPTQE8oPW— African Jimmy Fallon (@AfricanFallon)...

  • From Kardashian to Barry Roux: 10 of the web’s most popular memes of 2014

    Yes, humans of the internet, pop culture has an interesting way of playing itself out in our modern age. From light topics such as bendable luxury smartphones and Kim Kardashian's butt, to satirical ones like loadshedding and Oscar Pistorius, we love to express ourselves using memes. In 2014, memes reached a nadir, evolving along with the events they concerned themselves with. We've rounded-up some of the ones which stood out the most over the last 12 months. DeGeneres selfie Twitter dubbed this the most popular selfie of 2014, and it was certainly the most retweeted tweet of all time. TV host...

  • The world’s new favourite meme? That would be Jack White’s resting bitchface

    He might be one of the most celebrated musicians of our age, but that doesn't mean that Jack White can't be the subject of a popular new meme. The subject of the meme is the resting face the artist -- best known for fronting bands like the White Stripes and The Raconteurs -- pulled while in the crowd for a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. While the game only took place on Tuesday, this looks like the kind of meme that's going to stick around for a good while, so expect to see it in your work email...

  • Luis Suarez’s bite memes are why the World Cup and Twitter belong together

    Yesterday's FIFA World Cup match between Uruguay and Italy will be remembered more for an incident involving teeth and less for footballing tactics. During the second half, everyone's favourite footballing villian Luis Suarez, took a large, unsubtle bite of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder. No caution or disciplinary action was issued, leading to internet-based uproar across the world, no less in Italy. The incident is pictured below thanks to Pete Blackburn's TwitPic page. However, this isn't the first time Suarez munched on an opponent. Last year while playing for Liverpool, he was banned for ten matches after biting Chelsea defender...

  • Ain’t nobody got time for that: what do memes mean for your brand?

    It’s fascinating how a meme can become so integrated into so many aspects of our lives. In order to understand that, one needs to grasp the concept of a meme. The trouble I often have is explaining to people what exactly a meme is. For those of who you are a little unclear, according to Wikipedia, a meme is: an element of a culture or system of behavior passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means. an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users,...

  • What Barry Roux and Neknominations teach us about the power of memes

    Let me put it to you: “The dominant media at any given time in a society strongly shapes both the individual and collective life” – Marshal McLuhan What has dominated the South African social media space especially in these last few weeks, was not the elections and the long awaited release of the Public Protector’s Nkandla report. Instead it’s been humorous constructs around Advocate Barry Roux in the Oscar Pistorius trial and the trend of NekNominations evolving into RakNominations. Known as memes, these are just two examples of the most recent topics that have taken on a life of...

  • Deal with it, Joffrey: Grumpy Cat usurps the Iron Throne at SXSW

    No, posing with Ian Somerhalder isn't enough for this fluff. The grumpiest feline known to mankind has now joined her internet fame with the popularity of the most pirated show on television. Yes, we're talking Game of Thrones. Grumpy Cat dropped by the Game of Thrones exhibit at the South by Southwest festival, and spent some time resting on the series' iconic Iron Throne. The moment was subsequently photographed, overlaid with text which combined the TV show's memes with Grumpy's own standard 'awful' and 'good' and sent out for fans of both the series and the cat to appreciate....

  • #Neknomination and 5 other really silly memes that could get you killed

    Internet peer pressure is the worst. Every now and again someone comes up with yet another silly thing in a drunken moment that goes viral and, before you know it, everyone else is doing it. The latest in the world of silly things the internet could do without? #neknomination. Neknomination is an extreme online drinking game. The idea is simple: film yourself drinking alcohol (usually beer) in an extreme fashion, say a toilet bowl perhaps, and then nominate a friend of yours to out-do your best efforts. Things have gotten out of hand with the deaths of two Irish teenagers suspected...

  • From Yelling Goats to Doge: the top memes of 2013

    2013 marked a strong year for memes, mostly thanks to the antics of Miley Cyrus and the internet's healthy sense of humour. Below we've compiled what we consider to be the best of the best of 2013, but feel free to tell us what you would add to the list in the comments. Fake Interpreter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hCdtUxnOG8 Probably the boldest man of the year award goes to "sign language interpreter" Thami Jantjie, the man who stood next to the world's most powerful people at Nelson Mandela's funeral for hours on end and signed absolute gibberish. He might have offended deaf communities the world...

  • Love Grumpy Cat? Get your hands on a Grumppuccino soon

    We had a cappuccino once. It was awful. Then again, it had nothing to do with a meme, and we love memes. Which is why we think the Grumppuccino from Grumpy Cat could be pretty awesome. When the bottled caffeine-based beverage comes out in early August, it will be available in three flavours (coffee, mocha and vanilla) and comes with the tagline "It's awfully good." It'll initially only be available online, although the team says it will be rolling out to other stores soon after that. While we love Grumpy Cat (whose real name is Tardar Sauce), we can't...

  • Check out Richard’s Dawkins’ trippy explanation of ‘memes’ [video]

    “I’d rather spread memes than genes,” says Richard Dawkins. Most popularly known for his outspoken atheistic views, watch this British biologist perform a visual slash audio feast at Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase 2013 in Cannes. Dawkins coined the term “meme” in his popular book, The Selfish Gene back in 1976. Since then, he has attacked religions across the globe and, apparently, honed the art of creating psychadelic performances. Although coining the term while debating and fueling intellectual religious debates, memes have since made their way from the once 4Chan corners of our internet to the Facebook news feeds...