The 50 Greatest Internet Memes of 2012 Anything
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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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    Olive Garden's Glowing Review

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    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 made!" nonsense that negates any kind of insight or original thought. This is just a cool, quirky story that'll put you in a good mood, make you think, and make you want to share (God, I sound old right now): This is the glowing review of Olive Garden. 


    Marilyn Hagerty is a 85-year-old newspaper writer who, last March, wrote a charmingly positive review of a new Olive Garden opening in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She describes the Chicken Alfredo as "warm and comforting on a cold day." She promises to try to raspberry lemonade in the summer, when it will be more fitting with the season. She describes the bread sticks as "long and warm," and if you think of taking that in a dirty direction I will cut you. 

    Do you know why I love this? I know why everyone else loves it, obviously: they love it because it reminds us not to be so cynical and jaded, like I have been while writing this list. It reminds us to slow down and enjoy things without worrying about what might be better out there. It reminds us of being young, naive, and actually excited to go to an objectively s**tty chain-restaurant like Olive Garden. 

    But the reason I love this is because she's doing exactly what I hope to be doing when I'm 85 years old: cheering people up and not giving a f*ck.

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