2010 was a huge year for internet virality in general, from Conan O'Brien to Wikileaks, but the funniest parts of it all were the memes. This was an amazing year for memes. From Sad Keanu, to endless auto-tune remixes, to people making fun of the real-life events of human beings in peril (or going insane) or even just harmless image memes that made all of us smile, here are the 25 greatest internet memes of 2010, how they started, what they mean (what does it mean?) and why they're so funny.back to page 1
Jesus Is A Dick
This meme originated way back in 1987 when Florida artist Larry Van Pelt composed a series of drawings called "Jesus: With You Always" as his offering to the Lord. Of course, back then, the pictures were from a chic tract that advocated how awesome Jesus is and all that jazz.
For the most part, the drawings presented people in everyday jobs and Jesus watching over them, always being there with them, and sometimes sharing a connection with them. This meme, released this year, illustrates (no pun intended) how Jesus, in these old, wholesome drawings, actually really gets borderline creepy, like here and here.
To see all of Van Pelt's drawings, click here.
Using Van Pelt's original works, the internet artists added their own small touches. Namely captions. Captions that portray Jesus as an overbearing a*****e who gives people the worst advice possible... making these drawings absolutely hilarious.
Jesus taunting the horn player.
Jesus counting change.
Jesus as a running buddy.
Deal With It
A largely self-referential meme which almost always includes sunglasses (either on or falling into place) and a smug expression telling someone, somewhere to just... well... "deal with it."
It's basically a passive, blase way to tell people that you don't care, it's not your problem. You're too cool and guess what? People are just going to have to, you guessed it, "deal with it."
Here are some great uses of this hilarious meme:
Jerry Seinfeld "dealin' with it".
Antoine Dodson dealing with it.
Don't like Prancing Cera (a meme you'll see later on in this list)? Well, deal with it.
Pictured here is the original Deal With It dog.
Pants On The Ground
When it comes to absurdity and straight out hilarity, the first round of auditions on American Idol never disappoints.
The latest in a string 15 minute fame acts, General (that's right, "General") Larry Platt performed his soon to be viral hit on American Idol, wowing and entertaining all the judges. Even Simon Cowell was impressed with Platt's age and his ability to pull off dancing theatrics (with his pants on the ground, naturally).
Basically, this old soul song looking man looked like he would sing something serious when he asked if he could sing one of his own songs, and what we got was, well "Pants on the Ground."
Simon also predicted the song would be a hit. Well, it was and it even got enough attention to be released as a single and chart on the Billboard 100, thus giving it the distinction of having its own Wikipedia page , and being more successful than the people who got 4th place and worse on the actual American Idol show.
Embedded is the original Pants on the Ground video, and below are some of the remixes and alterations the internet had to offer.
Here are the worst dog owners ever.
And, of course, an auto-tune remix
And, because YouTube is an endless sea of guys trying to get laid, here's a guy playing it on an acoustic guitar a-la Jack Johnson.
A Personal Appeal
The Internet is good for two things: Wikipedia and memes (well, three if you've ever seen Avenue Q, or enjoy porn). Wikipedia rules the world. There's no denying it. So it's no surprise that this meme became popular so quickly, because everyone has been subjected to it.
Every time you get the random urge to check out the Wikipedia page about Canada or True Blood or anything at all, you're greeted with the now-famous banner that delivers the message "Please Read: A Personal Appeal From Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales," along with Jimmy Wales giving you a blank, hysterically creepy and soul-burning stare.
You have to scroll past it to read what you want, but now you're trapped thinking how you're using this information for free. Damn. What will make you feel better? Why, a meme of course.
And this particular appeal has all the ingredients, including the extremely creepy look Jimmy delivers in the banner, the "personal appeal" that really isn't so personal, and the fact that it's really just everywhere.
Here's a picture of the meme spreading to Wikipedia , proving to be "incredibly meta."
And click here to see the 4Chan parody.
Some of the meme photoshops include Jimmy's face on a bunch of creepy stuff that are watching you in some way, shape or form, most notably, things that watch you sleep. Have fun thinking of this and trying to close your eyes tonight.
The funniest part of this is the honest/good intentions of the original picture and what the internet did with it.
The Most Interesting Man In The World
The Most Interesting Man in the World commercials are radio commercials for Dos Equis featuring hyperbolic descriptions of a man who does the impossible, the improbable, and the incredibly interesting. Every commercial ends with "I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I drink Dos Equis."
The meme started with him doing grizzly things, and then it became such a popular Meme Generator macro that people started making it about everything. The funniest ones, sadly, are about him becoming a complete monster when he drinks (see picture to the left.)
This sounds about right.
Showing the church how it's done.
Fucking Magnets, How Do They Work?
When the Insane Clown Posse released their song called "Miracles", they also released one of the most hotly debated questions of 2010.
The lyric can be seen in the video to the left. Basically, the lyric is, as you might've guessed, a non-sequitur that makes the Insane Clown Posse not only look like complete idiots, but that forced the stigma of every fan of theirs (or, Juggalos) to become that of an idiot (even more so.)
Out of all the everyday things the ICP listed in their song, the mention of how magnets work got the biggest amount of attention because of the amount of Juggalos on 4Chan willing to make fun of ICP and the amount of people who love to crap on ICP in general.
Even over their appreciation for "f**king rainbows". Why? Because it was the perfect gate-way for everybody to praise ICP's love for "motherf**king magic."
Just look at all of what the Internet spawned from this ridiculous question in their lyrics:
Old-timer questioning magnets.
Jesus and ICP.
The meme works best as a random, non-sequitur reference in comments or message boards, when the context would make it funny. For example, when someone is completely and utterly confused, or when someone is asking the general public to ask them anything. This is the internet's go-to question for when any given situation is so dumb, it's inexcusable.
While promoting Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Michael Cera visited Norway and hopped around on some boxes. At least according to this picture taken of him. Naturally, the awkward timing of the picture and Cera's body language all contributed to Prancing Cera flooding the Internet.
Paul's dead. He's always been dead. It really was prancing Cera on the cover of Abbey Road.
Kurt Cobain's spacey stare at prancing Cera.
Here is the tumblr featuring all the Prancing Cera photoshops.
Old Spice Guy
Everyone by now recognizes the man your man could smell like ad starring the now world-famous Isaiah Mustafa. The ad is so influential "hello, ladies" is for sure destined to enter the lexicon of overused pickup lines for at least another year.
What's impressive is the level of viral marketing Old Spice reached with these series of ads. Employing the same actor, Old Spice filmed special video responses addressing tweets made about their product. And with that, they obliterated every single Chuck Norris joke ever made.
Who knew there were things manlier than Chuck Norris?
Here are some examples:
The bacon factory.
Starting something big.
President Obama's State of the Union: Hello, ladies.
Demi Moore's Special Video Response.
This has been in no way a cross-promotion.
Isaiah Mustafa talks to famous internet activists "Anonymous"