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offbeat The 13 Greatest Internet Memes from 1992  

Sara Kate
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Memes aren't a recent thing. Cats started taking over the Internet in 1991, and they haven't stopped since. 1992 was another great year for memes. Some memes started spreading that year. Other popular memes have their origins in 1992, although they may not have fully taken off until a few years later. Whether their popularity peaked in 1992 or later, here are videos, images, and commentary so you can enjoy 13 of the greatest Internet memes from 1992.
1

Don't Copy That Floppy


What It Is
Don't Copy That Floppy is 1992 PSA from the Software Publishers Association (SPA). Two teens, Corey and Jenny, are about to illegally copy a video game onto another disk. But then rapper MC Double Def DP appears and shows them the error of their ways, with a catchy rap and appearances from SPA lawyers and designers. The teens decide that, instead of sharing the game once, they will eschew a life of crime and protect the video game publisher by buying another copy.

Why It's Great
First off, props to the rapper for rhyming floppy (disks) with copy. The meme also shows the origins of the anti-piracy movement, and how publishers and distributors have been fighting a losing battle since 1992.

The PSA was from 1992, but it really took off in 2005, when the video showed up on YouTube. Here are some of the best parody videos.


In 2009, an updated video was released that talked about not copying songs, movies, and games. Expect its parody videos to start showing up in 2022.

2

Fake HTML Tags


What It Is
HTML - HyperText Mark-up Language - is used to code webpages. The system was invented by Tim Berners-Lee in 1991, and today, bloggers around the world use it to express enthusiasm, disgust, and so forth, to show that they really mean it. For example, if you want something to be bold, you would use a bunch of keys like < and> and maybe a / around the word and voila: cats are better than dogs. In 1992, budding web designers began to use them to invoke . Fake HTML tags used the mark-up language to convey emotions or ideas, both online and in real life.


Why It's Great
HTML was designed to be a tool for coding webpages, not communicating between people. This meme demonstrates the adaptability of people online. Wherever they go, innovation is sure to follow. Plus, without these tags, however would people be sure to convey sarcasm online?


Good one.

3

404 File Not Found


What It Is
Everyone knows the '404 File Not Found' error message, received when your computer can't find a web page or something. There's a long and lovely history of the message, but the site that contains it... well, isn't there. Either way, the HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) code was established and defined by Berners-Lee in 1992. This meme took the ubiquitous message and made it a part of popular culture.

Why It's Great
Creative Internet folks realized the 404 messages offered an opportunity to add some humor to the frustrating experience of not being able to get the page you want. 404 also became a geeky shorthand for cluelessness. Protesters have even used 404 terminology. All in all, pretty good work for a meme.


4

The Song That Doesn't End


What It Is
This is the song that doesn't end.
Yes, it goes on and on my friend.
Some people started singing it not knowing what it was,
And they'll continue singing it forever just because...
This is the song that doesn't end.
Yes, it goes on and on my friend.
Some people started singing it not knowing what it was,
And they'll continue singing it forever just because
This is the song that doesn't end.
etc.

This song was sung at the end of every episode of the TV show Lamb Chop's Play-Along. Host Shari Lewis would be annoyed when the puppets and children started singing the song. Her relief when the song actually ended was undermined when the Charlie Horse puppet tried to start singing again.

Why It's Great
It's a catchy, kitschy song, so it inspired a number of parody videos and remixes, including a metal version and one which goes on for 10 hours. Probably not what the creators of Lamb Chop's Play-Along had in mind, but hopefully they were happy to see the song reach a more adult audience.