There’s a high chance you’ve commented on a Reddit thread or a friend’s Facebook post with a meme. Not only are memes an amazing way to communicate feelings without having to actually think of anything, they’re also really funny. Everyone has a favorite meme they like to use. For some people it’s '60s Spider-Man, and for others it’s the Ermahgerd Girl, but most people don’t stop to think that there are real people behind all these classic memes. Think about it: Someone had to pose with a bunch of Goosebumps books so you could Photoshop Pokemon cards or whatever into her hands. These are the stories behind the real people who became memes on the internet.
In many cases, memes are totally based on the average experiences of regular people. The weirdest part is that sometimes the people depicted in the memes don't even realize that they have become a meme until years later, when news trickles down to them. We've put together a list of the real stories behind the regular people who went viral. Check out these stories behind some of the best memes we know and love today.