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The 50 Greatest Internet Memes of 2012

These are the best internet memes of 2012. Funny memes happen once in a blue moon, but new memes happen about 10 times per day at this point. Narrowing them down is ridiculous work, so we asked our own JF Sargent for help on this one. Here's what he had to say about his half of the list:

I think I'm just gonna be frank here: I am, right now, insane. I shouldn't be. I should be the picture of mental health, like I was yesterday. But that was before I agreed to catalogue the best memes of 2012 for Ranker. Before I agreed to comb through an entire year's worth of internet, find the stuff it found interesting and then (this is the part that made me insane) explain why that stuff is interesting to you.

And that's the problem. Memes can't be explained, or catalogued, or understood. They can't be reasoned with. They can't be bargained with. They don't feel pity, or remorse, or fear, and they absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

So that's what he had to say. So from Gangnam Style (this year's Friday), to a spoiled girl named McKayla Maroney, to the Overly Attached Girlfriend that ended up capturing everyone's heart, to memes that actually seem like they've been around longer but actually hit their peak this year, to the most recent Ikea Monkey, to the always adorable and amazing Grumpy Cat, here are the 50 most funny memes of 2012. Because you deserve it.

So let's check 'em out.
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    Gangnam Style (Due to requests from users, we have taken this out of slideshow format, so please be patient while the page loads... there's kind of a lot of stuff on here. Happy ...

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    Election 2012 There were so many awful/awesome things that happened on the road to the 2012 Presidential election this year that they get their own sub-heading.Binders Full of WomenThe ...

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    Grumpy Cat

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    Gotye Dude. Let's paint some people, film it, and play a song over it. I bet we can totally get more views than those jerks pouring milk all over themselves.350 million views on ...

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    Sh!t __ Say ´╗┐´╗┐Like many of the best things in life, it all started with cross-dressing. And Juliette Lewis.Done in the vein of Sh*t My Dad Says and Sh*t That Siri Says, the series of ...

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    Ridiculously Photogenic Guy

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    What People Think I Do/ What I Really Do First spotted on Facebook, the What People Think I Do/ What I Really Do is a look at what different people think a person of a certain profession or occupation actually does.

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    Botched Ecce Homo Who would have ever thought completely destroying a classic piece of art would lead to one of the best costumes of the year, Halloween or otherwise?Let's start from the ...

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    KONY/HORNY 2012 In March of 2012, the non-profit group Invisible Children released a video titled "Kony 2012" that went into depth explaining the issues surrounding the use of ...

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    Socially Awesome/Awkward Penguin Apparently 2012 was the year we all voted penguin as the perfect avatar of our social ability. Or maybe it's not penguins in particular, but just this particular penguin ...

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    The Ikea Monkey In America, people dress up their small animals and bring them into stores with them all the time; if you don't slip on dog piss at Nordstrom's, you have clearly not had a ...

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    Bane In July of this year a little indy film called The Dark Knight Rises opened in a couple obscure theaters in America. Despite having a meager budget and no-names actors, it ...

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    Texts From Hillary

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    McKayla is Not Impressed Gymnasts are, as a group, athletically awesome freaks of nature who will spend hours swinging around a PVC pipe, vaulting straight up into the air with no net, and doing ...

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    Ermahgerd (Berks) If you think lisping is funny, have we got a meme for you. Ermahgerd! is "Oh My God!", written phonetically for added lisp effect. Trying to imagine how that might ...

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    The Queen is Not Amused This is a perfect example of an image that doesn't fall into the trap that the cows did. During the 2012 Olympics in London, a picture of the Queen was captured that shows ...

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    Overly Attached Girlfriend

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    Bad Luck Brian

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    Skeptical Third-World Kid From the pages of Quickmeme came Skeptical Third-World kid, a youngster in what would appear to be a poor area of Africa that can't- nay, won't- believe that people in the ...

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    NASA Mohawk Guy Rocket scientists (and nerds in general) are getting a fashionable makeover thanks largely in part to the cast of The Big Bang Theory who have paved the way for science being ...

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    Angelina Jolie's Legs At the 84th Academy Awards' Red Carpet ceremony, actress and internationally recognized "hot girl" Angelina Jolie wore a dress that screamed "don't I have ...

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    Bus Monitor Bullying Video The following video, which depicts a 68-year-old woman named Karen Klein being bullied to the point of tears by a bunch of kids, is pretty damn hard to watch. If you can make ...

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    Chandler Dances on Things In a super topical development, 2012 was the year that Friends cast member Matthew Perry (Chandler) started dancing on things. Any things. Like cliffs.Hologram pads.Paula ...

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    Milking After planking became a thing, it's hard to conceive of anyone engaging in a weird new exhibition-style meme that would just leave you scratching your head in true WTF ...

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    Ain't Nobody Got Time for That I dunno. I guess some people are still fascinated by the inner city accent.  Haha, look! That person was frightened! No, but really: do you not know anyone who ...

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    Overly Manly Man This guy, the Overly Manly Man, is the ultimate testosterone one-upper. He's very much like The Most Interesting Man in the World if he didn't have the most impressive penis ...

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    Priority Peter Boy, we sure love alliteration. Priority Peter is a guy who's using a calculator despite -- despite -- being surrounded by women.  This situation gives the ...

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    Tupac Hologram Tupac Shakur: Not dead. Not in April, anyway, when he showed up on stage at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA to perform "Hail Mary" with Snoop ...

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    Go Home, You're Drunk Who hasn't told their drunk friend, at some point, that they're doing something idiotic and should go home? Somebody told me that just a minute ago when I laughing like a ...

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    Video Game Logic I could not believe that this was new this year. Most people aren't just now realizing that video game logic differs from real world logic, right? Yahtzee Croshaw was making ...

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    Immature High Schoolers

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    Dogshaming Okay, time to cut the crap. This is actually a pretty good idea for a thing, though I dunno if it technically counts as a meme since it's primarily just a tumblr (albeit one ...

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    Evil Cows This is another picture that's ruined by being turned into a meme. Check out this awesome picture of cows. The photograph first showed up on Fark back in 2002, but this ...

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    2/10: Would Not Bang The internet is full of assh*les. If you disagree, that's because you're one of the assh*les, and we all wish you weren't here anymore. Sorry to be the one to tell you. If ...

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    Bad Joke Eel

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    Almost Politically Correct Redneck According to KnowYourMeme.com, this meme dates all the way back to 2005, when the image was first uploaded to Fark. It wasn't seen again until May of 2012, when a Redditor by ...

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    Annoyed Picard

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    Hunger Games In Your Favor Not surprisingly, college boards exploded with every imaginable Hunger Games themed meme after the release of the first movie. The more pervasive of which had to do with ...

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    Overlord Manatee Why isn't it "Manatee Overlord"? Have you noticed that all memes have to have that "adjective noun" structure? Like if we're worried that if we change up ...

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    Lawyer Dog

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    Suburban Hard-Ass "Wigger" is a term idiots use to describe other (usually white) idiots who adopt gangster clothing, style and behavior despite not having any actual claim to it.

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    Matrix Morpheus

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    Pepperidge Farm Remembers Wait, is this.... Holy hell. No. No. This is absolute bullsh*t. I wasn't aware of this meme until I started researching this article, and the more I came to understand it, ...

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    Inappropriate Timing Bill Clinton Bill Clinton is really giving JFK a run for his money as the skeeziest president of all time. Aiding Clinton's bid to go down in history as the biggest Presidential ...

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    Stahp Before you ask what the hell a stahp is, you should know it's just a goofy way of writing stop. But where would the fun be in making a meme out of something spelled the right ...

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    Drunk Baby

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    Stingray Photobomb On September 25th this photo was uploaded on the Advice Animals subreddit.  It was quickly followed by this photo, proving that two people had thought of the same ...

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    And It's Gone! This year's South Park meme du année (That's like the soup du jour for memes. Année means "year" in French. Learning. You're welcome) came from the ...

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    Olive Garden's Glowing Review Alright, let's end on a good note. This is an old-style meme, the kind of meme that predates the masturbatory "I'm going to describe the joke that the picture already ...

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