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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. 

1. The best part?
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2. I just have one question:

Who made this copy?

2. I just have one question:
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3. Awkward giggles

These types of jokes have always existed and always will. 

3. Awkward giggles
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4. Can we please make this one popular again?

Seriously...

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.

5. Having a job sucks.
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6. Oh my...

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

6. Oh my...
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7. Fancy Certificates

We could bring this one back...

7. Fancy Certificates
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8. Taxes suck

Am I right?

8. Taxes suck

9. Hey, a guy can dream...

And apparently guys have been dreaming for a long, long time.

9. Hey, a guy can dream...
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10. Turn that frown upside down, mister!

Or memes will force optimism on to ya!

10. Turn that frown upside down, mister!
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11. I like these secret codes

We should bring this meme back to reality.

11. I like these secret codes
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12. Well, well, well...

What do we have here?

12. Well, well, well...
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13. Don't give us ideas...

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...?

13. Don't give us ideas...
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14. Giggity

These jokes are full of classic innuendo and we love it.

14. Giggity
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15. We've always had a dark sense of humor.

"We" being society.

15. We've always had a dark sense of humor.
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16. Meme-tastic!

Relatable content.

16. Meme-tastic!
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17. Corruption

See? Corrupting things children enjoy for the enjoyment of adults is no a modern meme concept. Don't you feel better already?

17. Corruption
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18. Beer > Women

Not that some people need a list but... they figured it out a long time ago.

18. Beer > Women
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19. This is definitely one of the most clever

And we sure do appreciate it.

19. This is definitely one of the most clever
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20. Machinery

"Keep Cool," the original "Keep Calm."

20. Machinery
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21. Still accurate.

I promise.

21. Still accurate.
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22. The "F-Word."

Magnificent.

22. The
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23. Lucky Dog

He sure is lucky!

23. Lucky Dog
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24. The Rules

I think my favorite one is at the bottom but they're all pretty good.

24. The Rules
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25. See, a little word play goes a long way.

We can dig it.

25. See, a little word play goes a long way.
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26. Priorities

Target changes everything.

26. Priorities
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27. Evaluation with Attitude

More evaluations should go like this if you ask me.

27. Evaluation with Attitude
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28. Why can't we just go back to the basics?

Keep it simple, stupid.

28. Why can't we just go back to the basics?

29. Phonetically Funny

Get it? Phonetics are great.

29. Phonetically Funny
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30. Uh, Happy Valentine's Day?

You're giggling, don't lie.

30. Uh, Happy Valentine's Day?
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31. The Smartest Dog

Absolutely worth the read.

31. The Smartest Dog
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32. The Reason

Everybody needs a reason.

32. The Reason
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33. The Zodiac Meme

See, these are also not a modern concept!

33. The Zodiac Meme
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34. Relax!

It's just that easy.

34. Relax!
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35. Have fun with this one.

Seriously, have at it.

35. Have fun with this one.
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36. Taxes

The biggest joke of them all.

36. Taxes
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37. The Sage and His Pupil

Enjoy!

37. The Sage and His Pupil
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