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These Top 12 Memes Of The Decade Told Our Stories Of Joy, Anger, And Sadness

A meme is basically a trend that is passed on person to person within a culture. It’s one of those infectious “word of mouth” kinds of things. That’s why memes go “viral,” they spread. With the internet’s ubiquity looking back at memes is like looking back at cultural moments. It’s a way of taking stock of what has happened in the past through an absurd, ironic, and humorous lens. Here’s your decade in memes. 

“Come to Brazil”

The phrase celebrities heard ’round the world on Twitter. “Come to Brazil” became the battle cry of Brazilians thirsty for pop artists to acknowledge the country’s existence and just visit. Its origins cannot be fully traced, but the first documented instance of the phrase being tweeted at a celebrity was in 2009 — at Justin Bieber who had joined Twitter. For the rest of the decade, the phrase would be used both ironically and in complete earnest. 

“Friday” by Rebecca Black

One of the earliest viral videos, 13-year-old Rebbeca Black’s amateur ode to the best day of the week became a beacon of the internet’s ironic humor. Discovered by The Daily What in 2011, the video garnered millions of views in just a few days. The video turned Black and the “awkward dancing girl” featured in the video into memes. However, the meme also spawned a larger conversation about what happens to random people when they get memed. Black described her experience as largely being cyberbullied.

Ermahgerd

While the “Ermahgerd” meme is probably too dated for Gen Z, the photo of the pigtailed girl holding a plethora of Goosebumps books was everywhere in 2012. The strange spelling and imagery meant the meme would be remixed and reappropriated for years. 

The Harlem Shake

“Harlem Shake” by Baauer dropped in 2012, but it wasn’t until 2013 when the blogger Filthy Frank posted a video fo four people dressed in latex outfits to the song that the meme caught on. Seemingly thousands of people created Harlem Shake videos, making it one of the first and most ubiquitous video memes that required a lot more effort than reposting the same image with text. Creators had to execute a concept where something unexpected happens (usually a crazy dance or wild costumes)  when the beat dropped. 

Confused Brazilian Math Lady

Brazilian actress Renata Sorrah portrayed Nazare Tedesco in the popular telenovela Senhora do Destino. The image of her confused face as math algorithms emerge from it was a photoshopped reaction GIF traced back to 2013

But That’s None Of My Business Kermit The Frog

The Muppet drinking a cup of tea became the totem of a generation seemingly obsessed with getting, sipping, and consuming the proverbial tea so to speak. The “none of my business” Kermit meme grew in popularity in 2014, spawning other Kermit memes like “evil Kermit” and “Kermit falling down the stairs.” 

Soraya Montenegro

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The fictional character and antagonist of the Mexican telenovela Maria la del Barrio, garnered an ironic following for her campy performance. Soraya’s image has been remixed millions of times, but it was the “Cries in Spanish” meme of 2014 that brought her to a mainstream audience. 

On Fleek

We wouldn’t be saying “On Fleek” if it wasn’t for Viner Peaches Monroee who uploaded her viral selfie video on June 21st, 2014. Peaches described her eyebrows as “on fleek” and the rest is history.

Why The F**K You Lyin’ 

On August 29, 2015, Nicholas Fraser uploaded the “Why The F**k You Lyin'” meme to Vine. The video of him dancing and singing the lyrics to the tune of the 1997 R&B single “Too Close” by Next. The video circulated on Vine, then YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. 

Hotline Bling

Drake is perhaps one of the most meme-able celebrities of the decade. The 2015 “Hotline Bling” video was jampacked with dance moves and facial reactions that seemed tailored to be repurposed. The video was parodied on SNL, and turned into multiple memes including #DanceLikeDrake and #DrakeAlwaysOnBeat. It even spawned an entire movement of memes called “Drakeposting.” 

Obama/Biden Memes

The “Prankster Joe Biden” memes emerged in the 2015 campaign season and carried through 2016 — the election that solidified President Barack Obama would be ending his presidency. To lament the loss of Obama users began circulating memes that lionized the Vice President and President’s friendship. Obama is portrayed as the straight man, to Biden’s hapless but seemingly authentic antics. 

Do It For The Vine (RIP) 

“Do it for the Vine,” became the slogan of Viners and fans who competed to be the funniest and most outlandish on the platform for views. In 2013, Kaye Trill released a hip hop track called “Do It For The Vine.” Kids these days wouldn’t have TikTok without Vine. Founded in 2012, the revolutionary platform that only allowed six-second looping videos, paved the way for largely creators of color to showcase their comedic and storytelling skills. By 2015 it had 200 million users, by 2016 the app was shut down. 

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This 14-Year-Old Girl Is Being Called A Hero After Defending Her Family From Robbers Using A Giant Machete

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This 14-Year-Old Girl Is Being Called A Hero After Defending Her Family From Robbers Using A Giant Machete

When it comes to familia, there is very little that we won’t do to make sure that one another is safe and healthy. Whether it be protecting our siblings from schoolyard bullies or helping our abuelos with trips to the mercado, we do what he have to do.

Those instincts are exactly what kicked in for one 14-year-old girl in Bogotá, Colombia when armed robbers attempted to rob her family’s store. She did what she had to do and now her story is making headlines around the world.

14-year-old Alejandra Peréz is being called a hero for her quick thinking.

Last week, a 14-year-old girl used a machete to fight off two men who were trying to rob her mother’s shop – as one of the attackers shot her mom in the chest. Now, she’s being hailed as a hero.

Surveillance video shows the moment the gun-wielding robbers entered the store located in Bogotá, Colombia and proceeded to lower the entrance gate. A second video camera positioned behind the store counter shows Alejandra Peréz sitting beside her mother Nidia Buenaventura, who was counting money from the cash register. 

Once the robbers approached, Peréz grabbed a machete and lunged at the man to attack him. A video camera facing the front part of the counter showed the suspect trying to grab the machete away from Peréz. He then used his gun to hit Buenaventura on the head. After a failed attempt to snatch the machete from Peréz, the man shot the mother in the chest.

The man and his accomplice then ran out of the shop and got on a scooter and took off.

Thankfully, Peréz’s mother is in stable condition.

The mother told Noticias Caracol that she only realized that she had been hit by the bullet when she was being treated at the hospital, where she went for the injuries she received.

According to her, undressing for the exam she realized that she was bleeding. Fortunately, the bullet entered and left her body without affecting her organs.

“My daughters were the first thing I thought, especially Alejandra when I saw that the guy attacked her,” she said. According to the brave teenage girl, her mother’s store had been targeted by burglars in the past.

‘It is not the first or the second time it happens, so I already had in mind that if something happened, take the machete and hit them,’ Peréz said, according to Caracol TV.

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A Woman’s Sleepwalking Ended In Her Being Trapped And Honest To God Naked Outside Of Her Hotel Room

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A Woman’s Sleepwalking Ended In Her Being Trapped And Honest To God Naked Outside Of Her Hotel Room

The phenomenon of sleepwalking has long captivated readers, watchers, and family members alike. The sleep disorder often occurs during a state of low consciousness and can see people affected perform a list of activities such as talking, walking, walking to a bathroom, consuming food, even cleaning. Researchers aren’t altogether certain about what causes this type of sleep disorder but some are known to be caused by certain triggers like food or exercise

TikToker Celina Myers is one such sleepwalker who recently went viral after sharing that her triggers include cheese and chocolate. Ever since Myers has been posting hilarious footage of herself sleepwalking around her house.

Celina, who goes by Celinaspookyboo on TikTok, has racked up a fleet of followers thanks to her videos.

In the hysterical series of videos, the beauty brand owner and author can be seen talking in her sleep, stalking around her home in her pajamas, and attempting to start fights with her furniture.

“I know that David Dobrik was there, with all the influencers that I really like,” Myers told BuzzFeed News of a recent dream she shared of thinking she was at a jello pool party. “It was really weird. I remember throwing things into the jello pool, like it was really weird… I think the very first time I was about 4 years old and my mom asked me where I was going in the middle of the night, and I was like, ‘I’m going to see mom.’ And she’s like, ‘I am mom, go to bed.’”

Myers said she was inspired to do a series capturing herself sleepwalking after she ended up locked out of a hotel room completely naked.

“I got the midnight chocolate cheesecake that they had, didn’t even think of it. Next thing I know, I’m down the hallway and I’m naked,” Myers explained. “When I did wake up there was like these two chairs — I took the two cushions and I put one on the front and one on the back. I was really close to the front desk, and I kind of just put my head around the corner…I saw how much people loved it and I was like, this is our full-time job, we’re home.”

Myers says the reactions to her posts have been mostly supportive with many people telling her that her page has been a light during COVID lockdowns.

“If I can help make people laugh, I don’t mind, this is fun,” she explained. “It’s like my hidden weird talent, like the only thing I have going for me is the fact that I can eat cheese and be weird.”

As of this week, Myers TikTok has exploded to 8.5 million.

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