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Memes

  • Cash Me Outside: this 13-year-old girl is now a meme

    It's barely the end of January and already 2017 has been a stellar year for memes. With the likes of #SaltBae sprinkling some much needed vigour into the internet's various forums, it was only a matter of time until something else popped up. And that something else is "Cash Me Outside". Okay, this one is going to need some explaining. "Cash me outside, howbah dah", to give it its full name, became this year's latest phrase to utter to your friends on Facebook, and stems from the, uh, heartland of memes -- the Dr. Phil Show. A brief history In September 2016, 13-year-old...

  • Watch ‘alt-right’ figure Richard Spencer get punched to music

    This past weekend saw footage of "alt-right" (or Neo-Nazi, as some would say) figure Richard Spencer getting sucker-punched by a protester during an interview. The incident has sparked a debate of sorts online, with some questioning whether violence is okay if used against an extremist. But a rather entertaining meme has sparked, in the form of music being added to the footage in question. And leading the charge is the @PunchedToMusic Twitter account, creating and retweeting footage of Spencer getting punched... to music. Songs featured in the clips include Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe, Blur's Song 2, Aaron Carter's That's How...

  • 4 hilarious #SaltBae parodies that’ll make you cringe

    Salting food has never been this popular, and it's all thanks to #SaltBae. The Turkish-born chef based in Dubai rose to internet stardom after videos of his knife and seasoning skills went viral on Instagram and Twitter. It's no mean feat -- his meteoric rise, and well, slicing meat with such effortless style -- but that won't stop other internet users from emulating the man, or at least poking fun at him. From awkwardly carving avocados to delicately shaving the crusts off a loaf of bread, these parodies will probably inspire you to whip out that cleaver, salt mill and forearm...

  • Watch as Joe Biden receives highest honor, touching hug from Obama

    Will there ever be a bromance as everlasting and endearing as US Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama? Probably not. As President-elect Donald Trump casts his shadow over the White House, the internet is enjoying its last few days of Biden and Obama's epic bromance. And yesterday, that undeniable mutual respect was taken a step further. In a press conference, President Obama surprised Joe Biden with the country's highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Biden tries valiantly to hold back the tears (and so do we), but to no avail. It's an absolutely beautiful moment. Part of the...

  • Congrats #SaltBae, you’re 2017’s first awesome meme

    There were some huge stories this week on the internet. If people weren't talking about Barack Obama and Joe Biden's adorable bromance, or Donald Trump and Jim Acosta's verbal ping-pong, they were probably talking about this Turkish chef. His name is Nusret Gökçe, but his now 1.3-million Instagram followers and hoards of others across the web simply call him #SaltBae. His popularity flared when an Instagram clip of him tenderly carving a steak earned him a ridiculous 3.81-million views in just four days. But while you're probably saying "Sure, Selena Gomez can do that in a single day", does she know...

  • Mannequin Challenge: standing still has never been trendier

    Internet fads tend to remain fresh for but a few weeks (we're not talking about those evergreen Joe Biden memes though). The Ice Bucket challenge is a good example, the Harlem Shake perhaps an even better one. But a new trend that's sweeping the internet's video platforms is the Mannequin Challenge. No, this isn't like Lars and the Real Girl. Instead, it involves people seemingly turning into inanimate mannequins themselves. This could mean an entire classroom sitting still while the video recorder circles around them, or an entire football team seemingly stuck to the turf. If you need a previous popular culture...

  • Saxonwold Shebeen: South Africa’s hilarious new meme

    Forget the med- and edtech industries. You know what's a real disruptive force on the internet at the moment? Shebeens. Specifically, shebeens in Saxonwold. After the State Capture report revealed that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe spent quite a few nights in close proximity to the Gupta's residence in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, Molefe suggested he may or may not have been visiting a nearby shebeen. Eskom, in a tweet to Memeburn, explained that it was in fact one of Molefe's colleagues who mentioned this. Regardless though, Twitter quickly latched onto the notion of a shebeen, and did not let go. Saxonwold Shebeen: South Africa's...

  • ‘Harambe’ lives on as emoji in Apple’s iOS 10.2 update

    Good news, internet. Harambe might be making a triumphant return to your Apple mobile device in the form of an emoji. Although many Apple mobile users currently run iOS 10.1, version 10.2 is just around the corner. And with it, comes a slew of new emoji. 72 emoji are included in Apple's latest developer preview build of iOS, with male and female counterparts providing the bulk of the new items. But one particular emoji is causing a bit of a stir on the internet. If iOS 10 doesn't have a Harambe emoji I'm going to be so disappointed. — Harambe (@_The_Harambe) September 12,...

  • Clown porn searches spike thanks to creepy clowns

    We've seen numerous reports of dodgy clowns in the news but, when combined with the proximity to Halloween, it seems like clown porn is enjoying an uptick in popularity. According to adult streaming website Pornhub, clown-related searches have grown by as much as 213% over the past few weeks. There have been over 100 000 clown-related searches in the past 30 days, Pornhub said, but added that clown porn isn't anything new. The combination of creepy clowns and Halloween makes for an uptick in clown porn searches "The most popular search is 'clown porn' followed by 'clown girl' and 'clown gangbang'," the Pornhub Insights...

  • 10 highlights from Pikotaro’s 9GAG AMA

    Make what you will of Japan's latest online sensation, but Pikotaro is a name you'll probably hear a lot this year. Singer and songwriter of the now-infamous Pen Pineapple Apple Pen (which you're singing in your head right this instant), Pikotaro recently took to 9GAG to conduct an Ask Me Anything session with his slew of fans. So what did we find out about Pikotaro from his chat with the internet? Here are some of the highlights. 1. Why was PPAP made in the first place? 2. How does it feel to "become a meme"? 3. Are there more songs heading the internet's way? 4....

  • 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)...