Memes The Most American Things That Have Ever Happened  

Greg Stopera
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The "Meanwhile, in America" meme takes the cliché phrasing from film, television, and literature "meanwhile, in..." and applies it to the United States, often pointing out examples of American excess, ignorance, or laziness. It's been turned into some of the most popular pictures and gifs all over the web, including sites like Reddit and Tumblr.

The phrase "meanwhile, in..." is a popularly used storytelling device that takes the audience away from the center of action in the story at that moment, to somewhere else completely. This phrase has been popularized on the Web with an image macro that takes a photo that captures a common stereotype of any country in the world, and makes fun of them.

These are used often for comedic purposes and occasionally to interrupt someone who has, according to "knowyourmeme," gone on a huge tangent in an online conversation. The use of the meme implies a sense of boredom among all the other readers. People who post one of these memes are then celebrated as bringing the conversation back to where it should be, or for just finding a hilarious way to use the meme.

You really just take any picture that exemplifies that country, in this case America, and put the "Meanwhile, in America" words on it.

But it takes a little more than just finding a photo of fat people in this; the entire photo really has to "work" for the "Meanwhile, in America" meme. You have to find one that if sent independently of any words or captions, would make whoever you were sending it to lose all faith in not only their peers and their country, but humanity in general.

What are the funniest America memes? These are the best "Meanwhile, in America" memes and jokes. From the morbidly obese exercising laziness, to negligent parents, to enormous guns and overall American ridiculousness, here are the greatest examples of how to use, and the best ways to use, the phrase "Meanwhile, in America" online. By the end, we bet you'lll be chanting "USA! USA!" (Or not.)
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Get Her What She Really Wants

Get Her What She Really Wants is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most American Things That Have Ever Happened
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Those Are Kegs of Gunpowder

Those Are Kegs of Gunpowder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most American Things That Have Ever Happened
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Stars and Stripes 4-Ever

Stars and Stripes 4-Ever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most American Things That Have Ever Happened
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The Siren Plays "My Country, 'Tis of Thee"

The Siren Plays "My Countr... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most American Things That Have Ever Happened
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