The Top 25 Greatest Internet Memes of 2010 Anything
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The Top 25 Greatest Internet Memes of 2010

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.

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  1. 7

    Trololo

    The original title of this song was meant to be I Am Glad, Cause I'm Finally Returning Back Home. However, all the lyrics ended up being censored by the Cold War-era Soviet government (hence explaining the video 1970's vibe).

    The original song featured lyrics like this:
    I'm riding the prairie on my stallion, a mustang as such, and my sweetheart Mary now knits a stocking for me, a thousand miles away from here.

    However, this was deemed so unsoviet like, the world instead was treated to the vocal improvisations known as trolololo. The fact that LOL is repeated a number of times in the title is a coincidence. A beautiful coincidence. And the fact that it starts with "Trol" just made it internet gold.

    The first meme of 2010, this video became 2010's "Rick Roll", which is a bait-and-switch video. The beauty of this versus the regular Rick Astley song Never Gonna Give You Up? This is creepy as hell, inexplicably WTF and actually features someone saying the world troll (which means that the person who is watching the video is being messed with) followed by many "lol"s (which means that the person who linked you to the video is laughing at you.)

    It was perfect.

    Jimmy Kimmel, ever aware of the internet, actually had Academy Award winner Chistopher Waltz do a parody of this video titled Der Humpick .

    Interviews were conducted with the man himself, explaining the oppressive dubbing of the lyrics, but ultimately all anyone cared about was his offputting smile, how hilarious the video is in of itself and showing it to everyone they know in order to "Troll" them.

    (Click the embedded video to see the original)
  2. 8

    Stoned Birthday Dog

    Just take a look to your left. It doesn't matter if anybody says anything otherwise: this dog is blitzed out of its mind.

    This picture brilliantly pulls off the balance between adorableness and pure awesomeness. It brings new meaning to the term "man's best friend." Is there nothing this dog can't do? No, there isn't. And the Internet will prove it.

    Let's hope this picture one day becomes a reality, and Obama embraces stoned dogs across America .

    Remember the fire girl meme?

    Here's a picture that reminds you not to eff with this dog .

    Unfortunately, one of the other memes on this list is seen at Birthday Dog's birthday... and isn't happy.

    Click here for the top 10 greatest Stoned Birthday Dog photoshops.
  3. 9

    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.
  4. 10

    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.
  5. 11

    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.

    Remix 1

    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.
  6. 12

    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.
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