The Dancing Baby was one of the first internet memes, dating back to 1996. Because everything old is new again, JArmstrongArt decided to update the funky CGI baby to run at 60fps and 1080p resolution. Through some serious sleuthing work, he was able to dig up the original 3D model. Oooga-chaka! (Thanks Rob!)
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Over the course of a year, Matt MacMillan captured sounds his baby son Ryan made, not just so he’d have the memories, but so he could catalog the samples by pitch, and turn them into a cover version of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck, thus immortalizing his tot in the Internet’s meme hall of fame.
If there’s one thing the Internet is good for, it’s disseminating silly memes. The guys at Know Your Meme and musician Hot Dad look back at the past decade with an animated timeline that illustrates the most popular memes, from Forever Alone to Woman Yelling at a Cat. How many of these do you remember?
The Gregory Brothers aka Schmoyoho take us back in the rewind machine to some of the memes they songified over the course of the last 10 years. With classics like Bedroom Intruder, the Backin’ Up lady, and the Dayum Dayum Dayum guy, it brought a little tear to our eye.
The reality show ladies yelling at a cat meme has truly blown up, so take advantage of this buzzworthy trend while it lasts with a pair of ugly holiday shirts from ShirtPunch and cod-designs. They’re sold individually, but make way more sense when you pair up with a friend. Available on T-shirts, long sleevs, hoodies, and more.
Remember Nyan Cat, the ridiculous pixel art kitty meme from 2011? Digital artist Raven Kwok decided to revamp the Pop Tart cat by breaking up each part of its body and rainbow emissions into separate windows, resulting in a totally different Nyan experience. Raven, we need this running on our computer now. With music.
(PG-13: Language) From the Hamster Dance to Advice Animals, Casually Explained looks back at the history of the internet meme, and why we find ourselves so fascinated with passing on such inane and random things to our online friends. The meme lifecycle chart is spot on.
Remember that video of the cheerleader who looked like she stepped over a non-existent box? There’s nothing to debunk here according to Captain Disillusion, so instead, he shows those of us without the strength and balance how to fake it with VFX anyway.
With the release of the iPhone X, we were pretty sure that Animoji were just going to be a dumb gimmick. However, videos of creative uses for the silly avatars are starting to prove us wrong, like this amazing version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Head to YouTube for much more.
You’ll recognize most of these meme-worthy tunes, each of which epitomizes a moment in time as well as just about anything else about the era. Though we think JordiTK should have gone with Yello’s Oh Yeah instead of Trio’s Da Da Da to represent ’80s German minimalism.
(PG-13: Language) What happens when a strange and unidentified alien lifeform lands on our planet? You send in the big guns to figure out what they’re saying. Ochre Jelly turns in a hilarious mashup of the sci-fi flick Arrival with one of the silliest memes of the past year.
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