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Memes

  • These awful social media trends show that humans are just the worst

    There are always those social media trends that make you roll your eyes and wonder what the internet has come to, but then there are others that take it a step further and make you doubt your faith in humanity. Whether they are trends that are incomprehensibly insensitive and morbid, or ones that are actually physically dangerous, social media has no shortage of either. We take a look at some of the worst social media trends, fads and memes to invade our screens. #DeadPose The dead pose trend is the most recent of those included in this list -- and is also...

  • In Loving Memeory: Afro Circus

    In Loving Memeory is a series that pays tribute to memes that are no longer with us. They may be gone, but they should never be forgotten. Back in 2012, I met my best friend. We didn't stay friends for long. Some could even say it was only a day. But true friendships aren't about time. They're about impact, they're about feelings. And Afro Circus, you made me feel more than anyone else. Our love began when I was 16, scrolling Tumblr late at night like every other socially awkward teen. Someone I followed had reblogged an audio post, declaring the track Carly Rae...

  • Remembering failures: 5 memes that companies wish didn’t exist

    Sometimes technology just goes wrong. These are many, many epic failures in the tech industry. It could be said that an epic fail happen every day in the Silicon Valley and around the world. As Thomas Edison famously said before inventing the light bulb, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Learning from mistakes is a critical step in moving forward and creating great products. But first, you have to get over your wounded pride. When things go wrong, what could be a better solution than to laugh? While that might not be easy for Pepsi or...

  • #ZumaMustGoChallenge: South Africa’s newest dance mocks protesting grannies

    South Africa has a rich history of struggle songs, with the likes of Siyaya, iYoh Solomon and Senzeni Na uniting protesters for decades. So when three white grannies tried to create their own, they should have realised the ridicule they'd be subjecting themselves to. Thus, the #ZumaMustGoChallenge was born. On 7 April, tens of thousands of South Africans took to the streets to protest President Jacob Zuma. But it's well known that South Africans know how to make light of a tense situation, and when journalist Mamaponya Motsai uploaded the video of three white grannies singing their own creation, she gave Twitter just...

  • 5 viral memes of recent years built on lies and fake news

    Memes -- the rulers of the internet, along with baby animal photos and cat videos. Often a source of humour or political insight, memes are enjoyed by millions of internet users and often go viral due to sites like Facebook, Twitter and 9gag. However, memes have also acted as a pervasive way to share myths - and many of us have been unpleasantly surprised by memes on friends' social media feeds that we just know aren't true. Here are a few viral memes filled with lies that we've seen over the years… Irish slavery meme Every time I see this pop up on my...

  • Magician make-up artists paint their lids with all the memes of the wind

    Some people save images and repost them online with a half-baked caption. Those people are lazy. They are not like the incredible make-up artists on Instagram and Twitter who spend hours painstakingly painting their favourite memes onto their eyelids for the ultimate millennial look. Bold and Brash - Squidward Tentacles (2001) pic.twitter.com/TiYApsIuam — what in menstruation (@thai_brows) March 13, 2017 Jenny is the non-binary creator of the trend and goes by thai_brows on Twitter. They told Mashable that Spongebob is in their head so often that when their boyfriend mentioned a rash, Spongebob's Bold and Brash was all they could think about. Painting your favourite memes...

  • Oh no, baby! What is with this brand new meme?

    If you haven't seen this meme yet: what are you doing, baby? Every now and then a meme is formed out of pure joy and love, and this may just be the first of 2017. College student Nick Joseph and his friend Dan Rue have a knack for getting in trouble and dancing their way through it -- and it's delightful to watch on screen. On 4 March, the duo posted the first vlog of their #ThatsTheOne series on YouTube. The series follows them as they crash weddings, steal primates and 'trespass' on basketball players' mansions. My personal favourite sees the two stealing...

  • #CupBlowingChallenge: The newest viral teen fad

    First we lay flat on random surfaces. Then we choked on cinnamon. We created chemical burns on our hands. We flipped bottles skillfully. And now we're blowing cups. And all things considered, it's definitely an improvement. The new fad taking the internet by storm does not put anyone in harm's way -- yet -- and, much like bottle flipping, it's all about focus and determination. It all started when one talented young man used magic and the speed of his own breath to cause one cup to fly perfectly into another. Im a magician. 🐐 A post shared by Pablo 🤙🏽💥 (@deandre__6) on Mar 15,...

  • Inventor of ‘On Fleek’ Peaches Monroee seeks royalties

    Vine user Peaches Monroee shot to fame with the vine that changed the course of the English language. If you've ever used the phrase "on fleek" you have her to thank for it -- and now she wants you to pay up. Monroee has set up a gofundme to raise money for a cosmetic and hair line she wishes to start. As a nursing student, she doesn't have the funds to get them going herself, and is asking for the money she "deserves" to make. "Everyone has used the phrase/word but I haven't received any money behind it or recognition," she writes. While it may seem...

  • #HurtBae leaves South Africans deep in their feelings

    Forget #SaltBae and #ThePeoplesBae, South Africa has found a new bae to fawn over. In a YouTube video released by The Scene, two exes sit face-to-face to discuss why they broke up. Kourtney and Leonard dated while they were in college and throughout their relationship he slept with "countless" other women. In the video, they discuss how their romance blossomed and the break up that followed. Kourtney would go through his phone, questioning his conversations with other women. He admitted to his infidelity and promised he'd change. He didn't, and she eventually walked in on him and another woman. She said she still...

  • Kale Salad: the Twitter account honouring meme creators

    Tired of seeing the Dory accounts and Common White Girls of the world get thousands of retweets for stolen content? You're not alone! Plenty of Twitter users have had their relatable content taken and posted on accounts with millions of followers without credit. If you've been on Twitter for a while, you'll understand the dilemma. Accounts like @Dory and @CommonWhiteGirl both have over a million followers. @KardashianReact has over 800 000. But the people they take content from have at most tens of thousands -- though it averages at around 5000. While this may seem inconsequential, many of the original creators...

  • Twitter’s @TrumpDraws mocks executive orders with toddler doodles

    We've been writing a lot of content about Donald Trump, and who can blame us? The man has become a living, extremely powerful meme at the head of one of the world's most powerful countries. His presence spans social media -- especially on Twitter -- but even in his new position of power, some just can't help but poke fun at him. A Twitter account, dubbed @TrumpDraws, takes this to an entirely new level. The account uses a clip of Trump flaunting a signed executive order to media, instead replacing the orders' text with drawings seemingly made by a toddler. @TrumpDraws is...

  • #BeyoncePoseChallenge: has Beyonce’s Instagram pose become a thing?

    In the wake of Beyonce's Instagram-shattering announcement earlier this morning, the internet has understandably gone a little bit insane. A byproduct of that however, is about as entertaining as it is scary. The #BeyoncePoseChallenge calls everyone on the net to find their inner Queen B and strike a pose similar to the recording artist's Instagram post this morning. If you missed that post, check out our quick explainer here. Ultimately, it does involve Beyonce's pregnant underwear-clad body, and a sheer piece of fabric draped over her head. Essentially, it's a recipe for a viral meme. 'Beyonce pose' what? The hashtag appeared in select...

  • 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...