Memes

  • Facebook Data Scientists Prove Memes Mutate And Adapt Like DNA

    Facebook Data Scientists Prove Memes Mutate And Adapt Like DNA

    Richard Dawkins likened memes to genes, but a new study by Facebook shows just how accurate that analogy is.¬†Memes adapt to their surroundings in order to survive, just like organisms. Post a liberal meme saying no one should die for lack of healthcare, and conservatives will mutate it to say no one should die because Obamacare rations their healthcare. And nerds will make it about Star… Read More

  • The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman on Where He Finds Humor on the Web

    The Oatmeal Thinks It’s Time To Put LolCats To Sleep [TCTV]

    Matthew Inman is sick of memes about bacon and kitties. Better known as web comic artist The Oatmeal, Inman gave TechCrunch the lowdown on what’s funny, what’s not, and how he finds inspiration. In this video interview he shoots off his thoughts on 4Chan and The Harlem Shake. When asked about LolCats, he bluntly replied, “Tired of that”. Read More

  • The Science Behind Why The Harlem Shake Is So Popular

    The Science Behind Why The Harlem Shake Is So Popular

    A five-minute video? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Not to watch one, or to make one. But the Harlem Shake dance videos are capped at 30 seconds. That’s why we’re so willing to watch just one more incarnation, and why it’s easy to recruit friends to make them. The result is one of the most pervasive gags in history. A “Symbiotic Meme”, the Harlem Shake has… Read More

  • I Swear This Is The Last “Harlem Shake” Post We Do

    I Swear This Is The Last “Harlem Shake” Post We Do

    At the risk of seeming like my father, a man who will beat a dead meme into the ground long after its moment in the sun, I present to you the Harlem Shake Bookmarklet. Read More

  • How Two Undergraduates Went From Forever Alone To Thousands In Sales

    How Two Undergraduates Went From Forever Alone To Thousands In Sales

    A team of undergraduates at Queens College in New York led by Matt Sconce had a semi-bright idea: they’d make Forever Alone statuettes. Matt Scone and sculptor Sanden Henning got together to make a 3D model of the famous Forever Alone face, a sad-eyed monstrosity familiar with those with no friends and those who like to suggest their friends have no friends. The face, to be clear, is… Read More

  • Imgur, Reddit’s Favorite Photo Hosting Site, Now Serves Up Over 3.6B Pageviews To 56M Visitors Per Month

    Imgur, Reddit’s Favorite Photo Hosting Site, Now Serves Up Over 3.6B Pageviews To 56M Visitors Per Month

    There aren’t very many bootstrapped startups that can claim the kind of stats that the popular image sharing service Imgur, which won the Best Bootstrapped Crunchies award last year, can claim. Last month, it served up over 3.6 billion pageviews and 56 million unique visitors per month. When the company won the Crunchies last year, it had just hit 1 billion pageviews per month and was… Read More

  • Memes Could Hit The Silver Screen In "The Chronicles of Rick Roll"

    Move over, Chronicles of Narnia, there’s a new dreamworld of magic in town. That’s right. Andrew Fischer, CEO of Colorado-based marketing company NURV, has recruited a stellar cast of Meme-lebrities, including Antoine Dodson of Hide Yo Wife, Hide Yo Kids fame, Double Rainbow videographer Paul Vasquez, Brian Collins (the “Boom goes the dynamite” kid), and “Numa… Read More

  • A List Of The Best Of The Best Meme Lists Of 2010

    In this decade the Internet replaced television as our primary mode of disseminating culture. Many people are more familiar with Antoine Dodson’s “Hide your kids/Hide your wife” than any catchphrase currently on television (Remember the days of being able to say stuff you heard on TV like “No soup for you” or “Don’t have a cow, man” and have… Read More

  • What Is A Meme?

    From “Leave Britney Alone” to “Chocolate Rain,” let’s face it, we love these things. I know I’m not the only one here who’s had that Bed Intruder¬†“Hide your kids, hide your wife” verse stuck in my head for as long as I can remember (“He’s climbing in your windows …”). And I’m not even going to get into… Read More