Now We Can All See What Memes Were Like Before The Internet Existed

by Elana

These days who doesn't enjoy a good meme? We all have memes that make us giggle, chuckle, and laugh. I mean, there seems to be a meme genre for every kind of person out there? But honestly... Have you ever sat down and asked yourself, "what even is a meme?"

You may be surprised to learn that despite their Internet popularity, memes are nothing new to recent generations. 

Meme even has an official definition that kind of puts things into perspective:

- An element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.

- a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.

Memes are an element of culture. Don't you feel all cultured now? But seriously, a stash from the 60's recently surfaced when an Imgur user shared a massive collection of hard copy memes of his father's generation. Today, his father is 82 years-old but his memes? Still gold. You may even say... old but gold.

1. The best part?

The weird looking bird none of us can relate to. 

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2. I just have one question:

Who made this copy?

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3. Awkward giggles

These types of jokes have always existed and always will. 

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4. Can we please make this one popular again?


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5. Having a job sucks.

And they've always made memes about it.

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6. Oh my...

Does this inspire you to save memes to share with your kids some day?

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7. Fancy Certificates

We could bring this one back...

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8. Taxes suck

Am I right?

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