13 Of My Favorites Memes The Internet Has Produced

13 Of My Favorites Memes The Internet Has Produced

I meme, who could resist?
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There are few things in my life that bring me a constant source of happiness. I spend most my days alone—I’m in class, walking around campus, working out, driving or doing homework. As a college student, I lead a lonely life, punctuated by time with friends and loved ones that is once again replaced with the overwhelming responsibility of 12 assignments and eight tests on the same day for five classes (“How does that add up?” I don't know either).

When I feel lost and alone, I call upon Twitter for instant gratification and laughter. Because nothing cheers me up more than a good, witty meme. They’re dark, they’re off-color, they’re relatable and they’re hilarious.

For those who have spent the last 30 years in a remote cave, a meme is defined as “an image video or set of text that becomes popular and spreads rapidly via the Internet and social media.” Or, as Urban Dictionary user, Depressedhonorskid, describes it, “the real reason why high schoolers don’t chug a gallon of bleach when they get home.”

As a meme-lover and survivor of my bleach-drinking high-school days, I have hand-picked 13 of my favorite memes to benefit your emotional and mental well-being. (Also, peep the links in the headlines for "Best of ______ Memes" articles...you're welcome).

1. Evil Kermit





Kermit began debating with his deviant hooded counterpart on the Twitter scene in November 2016. Evil Kermit instructs him to perform lazy, unethical and harmful tasks in the interest of self-indulgence.

2. Barack Obama & Joe Biden


About the time everyone actually started paying attention to the 2016 election, memes featuring President Obama and Vice President Biden spread like wildfire. Joe is depicted as an immature, childish force with which Obama must carefully reason to prevent disaster. What I would do to have the dynamic duo back in the Oval Office...

3. You vs. "The Guy She Told You Not To Worry About"

Taking off in August 2016, this meme compares two male figures, the one on the right being the more desirable of the two. "Jim's just a friend," said Pam, after sucking his face during casino night. Sorry, Roy. Can't compete with that cute, quirky personality.

4. Gavin


The many facial expressions of Minnesota-resident, Gavin, have captivated meme-lovers and meme-makers, alike, since he first appeared on his uncle's Vine in 2013. Since then, many iterations of Gavin memes have been created to convey some of the most relatable reactions to everyday problems.

5. Roll Safe


Roll Safe coming at you since 2016 with some of the most clever life hacks around. Didn't waste an outfit if nobody saw you wear it. Can't get cheated on if you're not in a relationship. Can't disappoint your family if you've never made them proud. You can justify any poor decision or make a valid excuse for your tiny calves with a Roll Safe meme.

6. How Italians Do Things


"How Italians Do Things" is by far one of the most underrated memes. According to "Becoming Italian Word by Word," the finger purse gesture means "What do you really want?" But to meme lovers, it plays on the Italian tendency to wildly gesticulate.

7. Arthur's Fist


We've all experienced those frustrations that require composure and patience, but also make us exceedingly angry. Fortunately, there's a meme for that. Balling up your aggression like Arthur the Aardvark will prevent you from exploding in the face of annoying b****** that isn't worth your time.

8. Salt Bae

I'd be lying if I said that my co-workers and I haven't tried to recreate Salt Bae in the café where I work. It's surprisingly difficult to salt food with such accuracy and suave technique, but it seems to be no problem for Salt Bae.

9. Shocked Guy (White Guy Blinking)

Feeling confused, slightly insulted, in shock? "White Guy Blinking" is one of the most applicable memes in my own daily life. A 44% on my physics test? White Guy Blinking. You stopped talking to him because you were "catching feels?" White Guy Blinking. You want an extra 30% off two days before the sale starts? It's a meme for nearly every situation.

10. Conceited Reaction

Oooooh, girl, I don't know about that, but I'm not going to say anything. I'm just gonna purse my lips, judge your ass and walk away. "Conceited Reaction" is pretty much my face at frat parties. Like, hunny, if you think you're gonna meet your future husband looking and acting like that, (ahem), think again.

11. Kermit - "That's None of My Business"

Another great meme for wise, conceited people who think they know best. "That's none of my business" is a perfect postscript for any insult directed toward an individual or group. Accompanying it with a cute picture of Kermit drinking tea only further softens the blow.

12. Primitive Spongebob


Nothing says adrenaline rush like an on-edge Primitive Spongebob. We often resort to our primitive selves in times of desperation. I most resemble Caveman Spongebob when I wake up, see the sun streaming through my windows and know my ass is late for class. Time to run.

13. Doge


There's nothing sweeter than the face of a Shiba Inu puppy. Give it a voice that is oddly reminiscent of the "Thoughts of Dog" Twitter account and you've got yourself one of the sweetest memes on the Internet. Wow. Much cute. Many captions. Such meme.

Next time you’re feeling down about climate change, responsibilities at work or school, your failing relationship or your dying pet iguana, go to Google. In the search bar, type “dying iguana meme” or “failing relationship meme.” I assure you something will come up and make you smile a bit. Maybe even chuckle in public. Because there is absolutely nothing better than being offered a meme in such trying times.

One of the more PG-rated search results for “dying iguana meme”:


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I Am A College Student, And I Think Free Tuition Is Unfair To Everyone Who's Already Paid For It

Stop expecting others to pay for you.

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I attend Fordham University, a private university in the Bronx.

I commute to school because I can't afford to take out more loans than I already do.

Granted, I've received scholarships because of my grades, but they don't cover my whole tuition. I am nineteen years old and I have already amassed the debt of a 40-year-old. I work part-time and the money I make covers the bills I have to pay. I come from a middle-class family, but my dad can't afford to pay off my college loans.

I'm not complaining because I want my dad to pay my loans off for me; rather I am complaining because while my dad can't pay my loans off (which, believe me, he wants too), he's about to start paying off someone else's.

During the election, Bernie frequently advocated for free college.

Now, if he knew enough about economics he would know it simply isn't feasible. Luckily for him, he is seeing his plan enacted by Cuomo in NY. Cuomo has just announced that in NY, state public college will be free.

Before we go any further, it's important to understand what 'free' means.

Nothing is free; every single government program is paid for by the taxpayers. If you don't make enough to have to pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. If you live off welfare and don't pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. When someone offers someone something free, it's easy to take it, like it, and advocate for it, simply because you are not the one paying for it.

Cuomo's free college plan will cost $163,000,000 in the first year (Did that take your breath away too?). Now, in order to pay for this, NY state will increase their spending on higher education to cover these costs. Putting two and two together, if the state decides to raise their budget, they need money. If they need money they look to the taxpayers. The taxpayers are now forced to foot the bill for this program.

I think education is extremely important and useful.

However, my feelings on the importance of education does not mean that I think it should be free. Is college expensive? Yes -- but more so for private universities. Public universities like SUNY Cortland cost around $6,470 per year for in-state residents. That is still significantly less than one of my loans for one semester.

I've been told that maybe I shouldn't have picked a private university, but like I said, I believe education is important. I want to take advantage of the education this country offers, and so I am going to choose the best university I could, which is how I ended up at Fordham. I am not knocking public universities, they are fine institutions, they are just not for me.

My problems with this new legislation lie in the following: Nowhere are there any provisions that force the student receiving aid to have a part-time job.

I work part-time, my sister works part-time, and plenty of my friends work part-time. Working and going to school is stressful, but I do it because I need money. I need money to pay my loans off and buy my textbooks, among other things. The reason I need money is because my parents can't afford to pay off my loans and textbooks as well as both of my sisters'. There is absolutely no reason why every student who will be receiving aid is not forced to have a part-time job, whether it be working in the school library or waitressing.

We are setting up these young adults up for failure, allowing them to think someone else will always be there to foot their bills. It's ridiculous. What bothers me the most, though, is that my dad has to pay for this. Not only my dad, but plenty of senior citizens who don't even have kids, among everyone else.

The cost of living is only going up, yet paychecks rarely do the same. Further taxation is not a solution. The point of free college is to help young adults join the workforce and better our economy; however, people my parents' age are also needed to help better our economy. How are they supposed to do so when they can't spend their money because they are too busy paying taxes?

Free college is not free, the same way free healthcare isn't free.

There is only so much more the taxpayers can take. So to all the students about to get free college: get a part-time job, take personal responsibility, and take out a loan — just like the rest of us do. The world isn't going to coddle you much longer, so start acting like an adult.

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A Little Skepticism Goes A Long Way

Be informed citizens and verify what you see and hear.

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These days more than ever before we are being bombarded constantly by a lot of news and information, a considerable amount of which is inaccurate. Sometimes there's an agenda behind it to mislead people and other times its just rumors or distortion of the facts. So, how do you sift through all this and get accurate information? How can you avoid being misled or brainwashed?

This is an important topic because the decisions each of us make can affect others. And if you are a responsible citizen your decisions can affect large numbers of people, hopefully positively, but negatively as well.

It's been said that common sense is not something that can be taught, but I am going to disagree. I think with the right training, teaching the fundamentals behind common sense can get people to have a better sense of what it is and start practicing it. All you will need is to improve your general knowledge and gain some experience, college is a good place for that, then add a little skepticism and you are on your way to start making sensible decisions.

One of the fundamental things to remember is not to believe a statement at face value, you must first verify. Even if you believe it's from a trusted source, they may have gotten their info from a questionable one. There's a saying that journalists like to use: "if your mother said, 'I love you' you should verify it.'" While this is taking it a bit too far, you get the idea.

If you feel that something is not adding up, or doesn't make sense then you are probably right. This is all the more reason to check something out further. In the past, if someone showed a picture or video of something that was sufficient proof. But nowadays with so many videos and picture editing software, it would have to go through more verification to prove its authenticity. That's not the case with everything but that's something that often needs to be done.

One way of checking if something sounds fishy is to look at all the parties involved and what do they have to gain and lose. This sometimes is easier to use when you're dealing with a politics-related issue, but it can work for other things where more than one person/group is involved. For example, most people and countries as well will not do something that is self-destructive, so if one party is accusing the other of doing something self-destructive or disadvantageous then it's likely that there is something inaccurate about the account. Perhaps the accusing party is setting the other one up or trying to gain some praise they don't deserve.

A lot of times all it takes is a little skepticism and some digging to get to the truth. So please don't be that one which retweets rumors or helps spread misinformation. Verify before you report it.

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