What’s your favorite meme? Is it doge, scumbag Steve, confession bear, Ermahgerd Girl, grumpy cat? These wonderful creations have been the cause of hours of laughter for many, but have you ever wondered about the original story behind these pictures? What makes grumpy cat so grumpy? Why is scumbag Steve such a scumbag, and what on earth did confession bear need to confess so badly? Not to worry, we have the answers for you! So sit down (or stay seated if you are already sitting) and enjoy these 25 Surprising Sources That Influenced The Creation Of Today’s Funniest Memes.
Sudden Clarity Clarence
The awkward photo of this young man at a party staring into the distance as if he is having an epiphany has become one of the most viral memes in the past few years. The captions often contain the phrase “Oh my God” or “Holy S#%$” followed by a sudden realization that is trivial and insignificant. The original stock photo was submitted to the Australia Associated Press covering the Schoolies Festival on Queensland, Australia’s Gold Coast on November 21, 2009.
Bad Luck Brian
Bad Luck Brian is a meme featuring a photo of a typical geek wearing a plaid sweater vest and braces, accompanied by captions that describe a variety of embarrassing and tragic occurrences. On January 23, 2012, the original instance of the meme was submitted to reddit by Ian Davies, a longtime friend of Kyle since elementary school, using a yearbook photograph of Kyle with the caption “Takes driving test . . . gets first DUI.” The original post received fewer than five up votes but what followed next ended up giving the photo millions of views.
Condescending Wonka or Creepy Wonka, as it’s also known, is a meme featuring a screen capture of the great Gene Wilder from the 1971 musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. As its name suggests, the captions can be characterized as patronizing and sarcastic.
Grandma Finds the Internet
The original image of this awesome meme comes from a stock photograph titled “Elderly Woman Looking at Computer Screen” taken on December 21, 2005. On February 4, 2011, several redditors posted image macros featuring the stock photo, referring to it as “Internet Grandma.” The rest is just part of Internet pop culture now.
Really High Guy
The young dude who appears to be under the influence of marijuana became the “face” of many photos that typically portray stereotypical stoner behavior, such as giving invalid answers to misunderstood questions and craving junk food. On November 25, 2011, Redditor randomdave posted a photo of this red-faced young man to the marijuana enthusiast r/trees subreddit titled “Getting high is not always pretty.”