As 2012 rapidly comes to a close, here’s a quick overview of which Internet memes made life worth living this year.
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We’d be lying if we said we didn’t take a good look at Know Your Meme’s end-of-year overview first and foremost, but we’ve made this our own list of favorite memes.
We also encourage you to read TNW’s exposé of the crazy world of Brazilian memes and Internet culture penned by our own Anna Heim.
Without further ado, here are the 10 best memes of 2012:
1) PSY – “Gangnam Style”
In fact, no one could have. Tis a genuine freak of nature. Gangnam Style.
2) Kony 2012
Kony 2012 is a short film created by charity Invisible Children. Released on March 5, 2012, its purpose is to promote the “Stop Kony” movement to make Ugandan cult and militia leader and indicted war criminal Joseph Kony globally known in order to have him arrested by the end of this year (this hasn’t happened, although progress has been made).
3) Gotye – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Written and performed by Belgian-Australian singer and songwriter Gotye, with additional vocals by Kimbra, the pop song was released in 2011 but really took off when it was covered by Canadian indie rock group Walk off the Earth using a single guitar played simultaneously by all five band members.
4) Shit People Say
Here’s one you can probably relate to:
5) Grumpy Cat
What’s not to like about this very angry-looking snowshoe cat, which originally made its way onto reddit, and worldwide Internet fame next?
A retainer-induced lisped pronunciation of “oh my god,” Ermahgerd is an image series featuring a photo of a young woman holding several books from the children’s horror fiction series Goosebumps.
7) McKayla Maroney is not impressed
The Internet got to know American artistic gymnast McKayla Maroney through a photo of her being disappointed for not winning a gold medal in the vault finals of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
8) Annoyed Picard
An image macro series featuring a screen capture of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” character Jean-Luc Picard, played by British actor Patrick Stewart, asking the people of the Internet a constant, rhetorical how, why, and what the fuck. Because seriously, what the fuck?
9) Botched Ecce Homo Painting
Refers to the FAILed restoration by an elderly woman named Cecilia Jiménez of a century-old devotional fresco dubbed Ecce Homo, created by Spanish painter Elías García Martínez.
10) Overly Attached Girlfriend (OAG)
A series of webcam pictures of a needy and very clingy ‘girlfriend’ (Laina Morris). Yes, it has already jumped the shark, but it deserves to be included in this list for sure.
Also, don’t miss our other 2012 lists for more great recommendations.