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.
The weird looking bird none of us can relate to.
Who made this copy?
These types of jokes have always existed and always will.
And they've always made memes about it.
Does this inspire you to save memes to share with your kids some day?
We could bring this one back...
Am I right?
And apparently guys have been dreaming for a long, long time.
Or memes will force optimism on to ya!
We should bring this meme back to reality.
What do we have here?
It used to be a meme, but people today kind of do stuff like this. Memes became reality. What does that say about our future...?
These jokes are full of classic innuendo and we love it.
"We" being society.
See? Corrupting things children enjoy for the enjoyment of adults is no a modern meme concept. Don't you feel better already?
Not that some people need a list but... they figured it out a long time ago.
And we sure do appreciate it.
"Keep Cool," the original "Keep Calm."
He sure is lucky!
I think my favorite one is at the bottom but they're all pretty good.
We can dig it.
Target changes everything.
More evaluations should go like this if you ask me.
Keep it simple, stupid.
Get it? Phonetics are great.
You're giggling, don't lie.
Absolutely worth the read.
Everybody needs a reason.
See, these are also not a modern concept!
It's just that easy.
Seriously, have at it.
The biggest joke of them all.