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20 Memes That Need to Go 

Jacob Shelton
Updated February 21, 2020 11.1k votes 1.3k voters 99.7k views 20 items

List Rules Vote up memes that need to be sent to the recycling bin.

Maybe we’re getting old, or maybe the constant white noise of online content has finally driven us out of our minds, but lately we’ve been finding memes exhaaaausting. From Game of Thrones characters telling us to prepare ourselves, to Jack White’s ugly mug, and Kim K’s oiled posterior, the proliferation of these overused, annoying Internet memes has gotten to be too much. That’s why we’ve put together this list of Internet memes that need to do everyone a favor and just go away.

We’re not trying to sound like a bunch of grandpas, we sincerely hope these memes find themselves in a paradise called "Meme Heaven," but we just want a little piece and quiet while we try to check our Facebook. But now, every time we post a link to the new Sufjan Stevens album, some keyboard cowboy has to come along and declare our status “a Spiderman thread.” What does that even mean? We understand that memes are a way for people from different walks of life to understand a concept, or have an inside joke (which is amazing when you think about it) but when does the memeing stop?

Now that we’ve basically turned this intro into one long Rage Comic, it’s probably best that we let you get on with reading this list of the most annoying memes on the Internet. Vote on which meme you think needs to be put in the ground, and leave us a comment about any memes that we missed. And if you post an ermahgerd gif we’re going to come to your house and drop a pile of Goosebumps books on your head.

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Keep Calm and Carry On
Keep Calm and Carry On ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 Memes That Need to Go
Photo: Mononomic/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
Keep Calm and Carry On was a motivational poster produced by the British Government in 1939 in preparation for WWII. Somehow that poster transferred itself to every fandom known to man. Let's keep calm and stop using this poster.
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Kim Kardashian Breaks the Internet
Kim Kardashian Breaks th... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Memes That Need to Go
Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

Is it possible to boo a meme? Like, can we just boo forever at our computer monitors? Because this Kim Kardashian meme makes us want to scream until our voices go hoarse. When the original photo showed up online in 2014, the Internet didn't break so much as it became a place where you went to check your email and post your own photoshopped Kim K pic.

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Ermergerhd
Ermergerhd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Memes That Need to Go
Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

We've been ignoring ermahgerd for like, four years now, hoping that it would it would quietly slip out of the cultural consciousness and become a Jeopardy answer in 2020. But no, it keeps popping up in comment sections and Facebook feeds.

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Imma Let You Finish
Imma Let You Finish is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Memes That Need to Go
Photo:  tg/Pinterest

At the 25th annual MTV Video Music Awards in 2009, Kanye West infamously rushed the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for the Best Female Video award. He uttered the immortal phrase "Imma let you finish..." and the Internet went wild. The meme quieted down a little bit within the next few months but we still see it in the middle of Facebook arguments, which begs the question, do these people know that Kanye is still doing plenty of other stuff?

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