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The Top 11 Greatest Internet Memes of 2009

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For those of us just tuning into the world of the intertubes, a "meme" is an on-running internet joke that can start anywhere: a news story, a picture, a video or even a celebrity's fashion choice. People put their own take on the ridiculous occurrence and the rest is history.

Examples of famous Memes include "epic FAIL", the Star Wars Kid and, of course, "LOLCATS". Whole businesses have been built around memes...aren't you glad you live in this world?

  • Drunkest Guy Ever

    Drunkest Guy Ever
    Video: YouTube

    So a guy goes into a liquor store drunk off his ass wanting SO HARD to just buy beer. He just wanted one more beer. His epic journey to the refrigerator was something that caught the eye of the internet almost instantaneously - battling the elements, gravity and his own body, this man is truly a drunk hero.

    BUT, it turns out this video was a fake.

    So inevitably, people edited the movie, then people edited the edits and so on, as they did with the Star Wars kid. And much like the Star Wars kid, people started to add intense, dance-y or heavy background music to the video...but the best work came when people started adding AfterEffects.

    This is the most epic video that came out of this meme. The best part? The wizard.
  • Balloon Boy

    Balloon Boy
    Video: YouTube

    In October of 2009, a some really lonely and desperate six year old boy climbed into a helium balloon, that was supposed to levitate only twenty feet off the ground…aaaaand it went further than that. For the next several hours network news was all over the story showing video of the balloon going over 8,000 feet into the air.

    The internet was on this in such a quickness that it blew minds. was released before the balloon even landed. Soon we were assaulted with ridiculous YouTube videos spotting the balloon, and of course macros of the balloon, and songs about the boy himself, who probably should've gotten beat by his RealityTV Star parents, but probably didn't because they most likely staged it...but I mean c'mon, YOU pay their mortgage.

    After all the 99 Red Balloons parodies that came out of this, here is an original song with animations that really made you "FEEL" how ridiculous this event was. Plus points for Never Ending Story reference.
  • I'm 12 years Old

    This one is kiiinda "wrong" in the way it started.

    Like many an internet meme, this one started out as a 4chan prank where users posted a ridiculous amount of child porn on YouTube in the guise of "lazy Town" and "Jonas Brothers".

    This prank got the attention of the BBC, who did a special on this prank. At one point in the story they showed a comment left on YouTube "I’m 12 Years old, what is this" and thus this meme was born. Like many of the great memes, it’s a macro designed for trolls, when newbs don’t realize they are being trolled so a photoshopped variant of this meme is posted.
  • Peekaru

    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY

    In mid 2009, a picture circulated the internet, of a woman with a snuggie, made for a mother and child. The snuggie has a hole cut out for the baby.

    Obviously, this is funny in and of itself. But it only got all the more hilarious when the mother’s head was edited out and some random crazy head took her place every time you saw a new picture. This one, in particular, RULES.