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.
You Don’t Say?
“You Don’t Say?” is a black-and-white drawing, often used in rage comics, of Nicolas Cage taken from a scene in the 1988 black comedy Vampire’s Kiss, which revolves around a troubled literary agent’s descent into madness after convincing himself that he is turning into a vampire. In rage comics, the face is used as a sarcastic response to an obvious observation or statement.
First World Problems
First World Problems, also known as “White Whine,” are frustrations and complaints that are experienced by privileged individuals in wealthy countries. It is typically used as a tongue-in-cheek comedic device to make light of trivial inconveniences. Believe it or not, its origin can be found in the lyrics of the Matthew Good Band’s 1995 song “Omissions of the Omen,” whose lyrics include: “And somewhere around the world, someone would love to have my first world problems; kill the moon and turn out the sun.”
Third World Success
Third World Success is a meme featuring a photograph of a dancing tribal child with captions about overcoming hardships that are associated with life in underdeveloped countries. The series is considered to be the antithesis of First World Problems. Prior to the photograph’s association with Third World Success, the image was seen on Twitter as early as June 2011 and paired with the phrase “It’s Friday, Niggas” on October 14, 2011.
Ridiculously Photogenic Guy
The handsome and charming Zeddie Little just happened to be running a race and was spotted in the background of a group photo by Facebook users. If he only knew what would’ve followed when he smiled at the camera that day.
The Most Interesting Man in the World
The Most Interesting Man in the World is an advertising campaign for Dos Equis beer, produced by the marketing firm Euro RSCG for Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery. The ads feature actor Jonathan Goldsmith as “the world’s most interesting man” and are narrated by Frontline’s Will Lyman. The advertisements first began appearing in the United States in 2006 and have since then become an Internet meme.