Behind the meme: the stories behind the Internet's most popular memes 6 years ago

Behind the meme: the stories behind the Internet's most popular memes

They're never going away are they?

The meme is basically a punchline for people who refuse to believe in the law of diminishing returns.


Go on the Internet and within three clicks you're likely to find somebody using one. Be it in a Facebook comment section, on Reddit or in any Internet forum.

Hell, we've even been guilty of using them on occasion ourselves.

Keanu Meme

They're a phenomenon we've all grown accustomed to, yet not many of us know where our favourite memes originated from.

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Overly attached girlfriend


This one was absolutely massive on Reddit and Imgur. You remember it as the girl with the slightly manic look on her face and the text that usually implied she was a little too clingy.


This was the brainchild of the very funny Laina Walker. In 2012, she did a parody version of Justin Bieber's song 'Boyfriend' and changed a few of the lyrics to make her seem a little dangerous.

Bad luck Brian


This started out in 2012 on Reddit and within a couple of months it was everywhere. It's a picture of a guy with text suggesting something positive has happened and the bottom half tells us it's all gone to the dogs for him.


The picture is one of Ohio college student Kyle Craven. On a Reddit AMA Kyle told readers the picture was taken while he was still in school and amazingly, he is now quite the lucky guy.



The Harlem Shake

This dance-craze involved one person dancing in a crowd until the beat dropped and then everybody doing it. For an example allow us to introduce the one, the only, George Hook.

The story behind this craze is quite simple. In February 2013, Baauer released an instrumental song which featured a heavy bass drop.


That spawned a shed load of videos of a masked person dancing on their own for a portion of the music and then enjoying a wild dance.

Scumbag Steve

Hilariously, the picture originates from an album called "Ma Gangsta" by the rap group Beantown Mafia.


Then in 2011, Reddit saw an opportunity and struck. The result was the Scumbag Steve meme.


So there you have it, the story of where four of your favourite memes come from.

Be careful what pictures you put up on the t'Internet, or you could be featured in our next 'Behind the Meme'.

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