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30 Viral Internet Memes

From Rick Rolling to 'I Accidentally,' Online Pranks Are Here to Stay

— June 7, 2009 — Pop Culture
If the words "Rick roll," "LOLCats," "Disaster Girl," "Fail," or "Oh hai" mean anything to you, chances are you're familiar with the concept of an Internet meme. What follows are 30 of our favorite Internet memes and pranks that went viral from past and present.

From art shows curated on the LOLCats theme to Rick rolling parades, the Internet meme is clearly here to stay.

Implications - In today's incredibly integrated online community, social media has the ability to turn any video, song or article 'viral' in a mere few hours. Companies or products that seek to make a big splash that could dominate the online cycle are apt to take heed of how these trends spark. By jumping on or creating a viral meme, companies and products can benefit from an intensive Internet obsession.
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Finger-Pointing Cancer Memes
Finger-Pointing Cancer Memes
‘Blame Drew's Cancer' Lets You Tweet Your Anger
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YouTube Rick Rolling its Own Users
YouTube Rick Rolling its Own Users
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25
Internet Memes in the News
Internet Memes in the News
‘25 Random Things About Me' Makes the New York Times
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24
Viral Political Pranks
Viral Political Pranks
Barack Obama Rolling (Like Rick Rolling)
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23
Memories of Misery
Memories of Misery
'The Saddest Place on Earth' Boxed Set of Melancholy Mementos
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22
Political YouTube Pranks
Political YouTube Pranks
Nancy Pelosi's Rick Roll + Senate and House Launch Own Channels
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21
Oil Paintings of Internet Memes
Oil Paintings of Internet Memes
Jeremiah Palecek the Next Web Warhol?
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20
Impatient Apple Memes
Impatient Apple Memes
Outcry Over Wait Cursor Inspires "Spinning Rainbow" Frustration
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19
Wall Street Pranks
Wall Street Pranks
Jokers Make Light of Bankruptcy on CNN
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18
Viral Compassion Through Photoshop
Viral Compassion Through Photoshop
'Disaster Girl'
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17
Portrait Photobombing
Portrait Photobombing
‘I Dream About Being You' Places Artist in Photos Throughout Tim
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16
Art Shows from Internet Memes
Art Shows from Internet Memes
LOLarts Show
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15
Edible Internet Memes
Edible Internet Memes
Rick Rolling Spreads to Cakes
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Dizzying Photo Memes
Dizzying Photo Memes
Get All Shook Up Over 'Shake Face' Photography
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Bowdacious Virtual Headwear
Bowdacious Virtual Headwear
Aretha Franklin's Mega Bow Hat Rocks World Through Photoshop
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12
Internet Memevertising
Internet Memevertising
Lentheric Solo Ads Feature ‘Fail' Bikini Girls to ‘Up You
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11
Photobombing Politicians
Photobombing Politicians
Obama, Biden, Their Wives + Woman on Floor
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10
Bizarre Sharktography Memes
Bizarre Sharktography Memes
‘F*ck Yeah Sharks' Catalogues Daily Predatory Photobombing
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9
Photoshopping Pranks
Photoshopping Pranks
Yearbook Employee Alters 30 Students, Hillarity Ensues
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8
Viral Peekaru Parodies
Viral Peekaru Parodies
The Baby Snuggie Hits Official Internet Meme Status
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7
Photobombed Infomercial Products
Photobombed Infomercial Products
Snuggies Won't Go Away But At Least They're Official
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6
Animal Internet Memes
Animal Internet Memes
LOLCats, Meet Upsidedown Dogs
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5
The Next LOLCats?
The Next LOLCats?
Fail Dog
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4
Verb Omission Memes
Verb Omission Memes
‘I Accidentally' Builds Momentum With Geektastic Spoofs
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3
Starring in Strangers' Photos
Starring in Strangers' Photos
PhotoBombing
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2
Angry Baby Memes
Angry Baby Memes
Photoshoppers Go Crazy Over Incensed Infant
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1
Social Personality Tagging
Social Personality Tagging
Facebook Meme Is All About Tagging Photos With Insults or Whimsey
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