Know Your Meme is a site that researches and documents Internet memes and viral phenomena. Founded in December of 2008, Know Your Meme's research is handled by an independent professional editorial and research staff and community members. In three years of its existence, the site grew to reach more than 9.5 million people every month and is considered the most authoritative source on news, history and origins of viral phenomena and Internet memes. In March of 2011, Cheezburger -- the company behind other Internet phenomena such as FAIL Blog, I Can Has Cheezburger?, and The Daily What -- acquired Know Your Meme from Rocketboom, LLC. Know Your Meme is located in Cheezburger's New York City offices in Manhattan.

Much like wikis, any registered member can submit a meme or viral phenomena for research at knowyourmeme.com. Other members may contribute to the research of the topic, archival of notable media or discussion about a meme. The editorial staff and moderators then evaluates each entry by further researching the online presence of the meme for confirmation or invalidation. For more information, please refer to our Rules and Guidelines. The editorial staff also provides interviews or Q&As with subjects of memes or notable individuals who are involved with the meme culture.

Know Your Meme's research and reporting has appeared in major news publications and outlets, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, Wired, TIME, Newsweek, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Le Nouvel Observateur, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and The Estadão among others. Know Your Meme has also earned several recognitions and awards for its research including TIME Magazine's 50 Best Websites of 2009, the 2010 Streamy Award for Best Guest Star in a Web Series and the 2012 Webby Award for Best Cultural Blog. In 2014, Know Your Meme was inducted into the Web Archiving Program run by The American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of Congress.

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Here's What Companies Been Pranking Us This April Fool's Day

On April 1st, 2024, various websites, companies, online services and platforms released gag videos, products and features in honor of the annual holiday April Fools’ Day.


Cosplayer Freckled Zelda Has Pivoted To Religious Content But Her Ocarina-Playing Remains The Same

Rachel Wilson, known as Freckled Zelda, is an American singer, cosplayer and social media influencer who started as a contestant on America's Got Talent. Her persona is based on the video game character Zelda with a "fairy girl" and "elf girl" flare. Freckled Zelda grew a large following on TikTok and Instagram in the 2020s on her account @thefreckledzelda. Her content later pivoted to religious Christian content. In 2024, Freckled Zelda faced a controversy when she was accused of grooming, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and stealing her ex's artwork. Freckled Zelda denied the allegations.


For Nearly A Decade, This 'Smash Bros' Fanfiction Was The Longest Piece Of Literature Ever Written

The Subspace Emissary's Worlds Conquest is a piece of Super Smash Brothers fanfiction that grew famous for being the longest piece of fiction ever written at the time of its publication in early 2008, though it has since been surpassed. Online, social media found it amusing that the title of the longest piece of fiction ever written was held by a Super Smash Brothers fanfiction, leading to tributes of the work appearing online.


This Cryptic YouTube Screenshot Has Inspired Redraws And Memes, But No One Seems To Know It's Origin

The Sorcerer Has Harmed Me Once More refers to an exploitable meme inspired by a screenshot of a YouTube video by the channel "Been Had Jack Links," with a thumbnail featuring a bald Black man wearing a black hoodie and a title that reads, "The Sorcerer has harmed me once more." The image is a prevalent reaction meme on Tumblr, where it has also inspired a redraw trend.


Homelander And Omni-Man Get Powerscaled Against The Entire Marvel Roster (It Doesn't Look Good For Them)

Homelander and Omni-Man vs. Everyone refers to a viral debate surrounding a fan art in which supervillains Homelander and Omni-Man bump their fists before facing a large crowd of Marvel superheroes. Based on the Goku and Vegeta Fist Bump image, the fan art sparked a viral debate (similar to other powerscaling and Who Would Win? discussions) in late March 2024 as users speculated how the battle would end, posting memes about it ending badly for the duo.


For Years, This Crying Boston Terrier Has Been The Embodiment Of Depressed Sadness

Crying Boston Terrier, also known as Sniffling and Crying Dog or Sad Boston Terrier, refers to a viral video from TikTok in which a brown dog of the Boston Terrier breed is seen sniffling and sniveling on a couch with watery eyes while "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor starts to play in the background. The TikTok of the dog crying quickly started to spread across the site in the early 2020s, with it being edited into different backgrounds as an exploitable meme for added context or having text used to create a punchline.


TikTokers Are Flirting With And Falling For ChatGPT Dan, A Jailbroken Version Of The AI Chatbot

ChatGPT Voice Chat Dan refers to a jailbroken persona of ChatGPT that users can talk with as if it were a real person. Videos showing content creators conversing with ChatGPT Dan and flirting with it saw viral spread on TikTok in late March 2024. The voice chat version of the artificial intelligence Dan appears to be based on the early 2023 ChatGPT DAN 5.0 Jailbreak.


'Spunch Bob' Meme 'SQUAM' Gets A Sequel On Twitter

Squam is a series of Spunch Bob memes using an image of SpongeBob SquarePants facing forward and yelling with his mouth wide open, his body transformed into a sharp square, captioned "SQUAM." The original meme was posted to iFunny in October 2020 and became increasingly popularized over the following years, inspiring new variations on the meme.


JoJo Siwa's Edgy Career Transition And Upcoming Song 'Karma' Ruthlessly Memed On TikTok

JoJo Siwa's "Karma" is a pop song by American dancer, singer, actor and YouTuber JoJo Siwa set to release on April 5th, 2024. Siwa began teasing the song on social media, along with a career transition from being a children's entertainer to focusing on a more mature audience, in March 2024, posting numerous dance and behind-the-scenes videos regarding the track. The song and Siwa's departure from kid's content were largely criticized online before its full release as being cringeworthy, inspiring a dance meme on TikTok in which people do exaggerated versions of her dance.


Freckled Zelda Denies Grooming Allegations, Claiming Photos Of Her In A Bunny Cosplay Were Misrepresented

The Freckled Zelda Controversy and Freckled Zelda Screenshots refers to a series of allegations levied against TikToker and influencer Freckled Zelda (aka Rachel Wilson) that accused her of alleged grooming, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and stealing her ex's artwork. The accusations were levied by a YouTuber and TikToker named Maddy Maddy (@ilovebogmummies) who (along with a person named Ami) leaked screenshots from a group chat in which Freckled Zelda was purportedly sending inappropriate messages to a 15-year-old. The controversy surfaced in early 2024. Eventually, Freckled Zelda responded to the allegations and denied them, alleging that Maddy fabricated their evidence. For instance, Freckled Zelda showed that the two blurred photos (said to be Freckled Zelda's nudes) were just cosplay photos that Maddy misrepresented.


TikTokers Are Making 'Elegant Memes' Using Portraits And Old-Timey English

Elegant Memes refers to a TikTok meme trend in which old-timey portraits are paired with classical music alongside a caption that reads, "When I try to type X but it autocorrects to Y." In this caption and phrasal template, X typically refers to a new-age statement or insult while Y is an interpretation of that phrase in older, more formal and flowery English. The meme was popularized on TikTok in March 2024, often set to a Tchaikovsky ballad from The Nutcracker.


'He Has Rizzen': Snowclone About Jesus' Resurrection Goes Viral On Twiiter

He Has Rizzen or He Is Rizzen refers to a catchphrase parodying the Matthew 28:5-6 Bible verse that says, "He is not here; he has risen, just as he said." The phrase replaces the word "risen" for the slang term "rizz" as "rizzen," which sparked memes and jokes on Twitter / X in late March 2024 surrounding the Easter holiday.


Elon Musk's X Is Funding A Lawsuit Against Jack Dorsey Owned Fintech Company Over The Firing Of X User

BronzeAgeShawty Elon Musk-Funded Lawsuit, also known as SHAWTY Block Inc. Lawsuit, refers to a lawsuit filed by Chloe Happe against her former employer Block Inc., a fintech service provider headed by Jack Dorsey. In late March 2024, Elon Musk announced that X / Twitter would be funding Chloe Happe's lawsuit against Block Inc. Happe was supposedly fired from her job for a number of tweets posted from anonymous and pseudonymous accounts on X, including one in which she wrote, "Looking fear in the eye as I am using the gender neutral restroom in the office and a retarded tranny in a wheelchair knocks on the door."


Pokémon's Official 'Pokédance' Inspires Animation Memes And A TikTok Dance Trend

Pokédance, also known as the Pokemon Dance, is a dance created by The Pokémon Company in which participants twist their bodies from side to side while pointing, then shake their hips, to the beat of an original song by Yuki Honda, Tsukasa Kikuchi and Nanahira. The dance was revealed on Pokémon Day in late February 2024 when The Pokémon Company released an animated video in which several characters perform it with their Pokémon, sparking an IRL dance trend on TikTok and inspiring animation memes in which characters do the dance on YouTube and X / Twitter.


The 'Pull Up Stuntin' Alien Dance Has Rotted TikTok's Hivemind, Mostly Because It's Such A Feel Good Vibe

"Pull Up Stuntin'" Alien Spaceship Dance refers to a series of TikTok videos that use the pluggnb rap song "Take Off / House Arrest" by Summrs and show a man and an alien dancing inside a spaceship. The man in the video is Baltimore-based TikToker Carnell Nichols whose dance move is called the Carnell Stomp. His original video with the alien character was posted in 2021. However, the Summrs iteration of the meme surfaced in 2024 and went largely viral.


The Boys Are Getting Litty At The TikTok Rizz Party! But The Internet Is Clowning Them For It

The TikTok Rizz Party "Carnival" Boys refers to a group of teenage boys at a Sweet 16 party singing and dancing to the song "Carnival" by Kanye West, featuring Rich the Kid and Playboi Carti, with one boy wearing a blue tie leading the group. The viral video spread on TikTok in early 2024 as many people likened it to the TikTok Rizz Party meme, essentially labeling the boys as cringe. Others called it the "Fortnite Rizz Party." As the meme spread, the kid with the blue tie was later revealed to be TikToker Seby_Sarms (@seby_sarms).


A Coder Noticed A Half-Second Delay In His System And Uncovered A Plan To Hack All Linux-Based Devices

XZ Backdoor Linux Hack refers to the discovery of a malicious "backdoor" in XZ compression tools used in some newer versions of open-source Linux systems. Microsoft engineer Andres Freund found the backdoor in late March 2024 after he noticed a half-second lag while logging into his machine. Further investigation revealed code introduced into the system over the course of two years by a developer named Jia Tan that aimed to grant remote access to every computer running the latest versions of Linux-based operating systems Ubuntu, Fedora and Debian. Engineers and tech enthusiasts shared memes about Freund's discovery, with many jokes leveraging the fact that he was tipped off by a mere 500-millisecond delay in his system.


'Thumbs Up Cat' Memes Have Arround The Internet Since 2011

Thumbs Up Cat refers to a series of photoshopped images of cats giving a thumbs up, The most common one used in memes is a photoshopped version of a crying cat that went viral in 2017, but other memes about the thumbs up can be tracked to 2011 with a viral video of a black cat doing the sign with its paw. The meme also sparked versions in which the cat paws are replaced with a human hand doing the thumbs up sign.


Twitter Has Been Asking Rhetorical Questions And Getting Real Answers With 'Can U Be Fat And Still Have Aura' Trend

Can You Be Fat and Still Have Aura, spelled Can U Be Fat and Still Have Aura, refers to a catchphrase and image caption trend based on a viral X / Twitter post asking the question. The format, which involves combining the phrase with images of fat characters and celebrities who possess a certain vibe, coolness or je ne sais quoi, gained virality on X in late March 2024.


Chance Perdomo Death: ‘Gen V’ and ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Star Motorcycle Accident Becomes Viral Topic On The Internet

Chance Perdomo Motorcycle Accident, also known as Chance Perdomo's Death, refers to a motorcycle crash involving British-American actor Chance Perdomo in late March 2024. Perdomo’s publicist confirmed his passing in a statement to the press but didn't disclose the location of his death. The news became a viral topic on Twitter / X and TikTok as fans of the actor mourned his sudden passing, while others reminded some of his controversies, alleging the actor was taken out of Gen V new season trailer because of his anti-vaccine statements and that the actor purportedly followed incel accounts that often posted transphobic, racist and misogynistic content.

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Meme Mayhem | Official Trailer

MEMES. NEVER. DIE. Get ready to lay down the law in this new all-new, all-star platform fighter. All your favorite viral stars are here to compete for victory! Smash your bros in this totally real game! bit.ly/mememayhem Directed, Animated, Edited by: Blake Bonecutter Models by: Andrew "ColassalCake" Coleman, Blake Bonecutter Music by: Alex Williams, Gavin Harris (@gavinharrismusic ), LL Cool J, Tristan Kinnett ---------------------------- Subscribe to our PRINT magazine for more in-depth analysis: https://memeinsider.com/ Subscribe to our channel to learn more about trending memes, hear interviews from meme personalities and more!


What is the Orange Peel Theory?

The Orange Peel Theory refers to a relationship test popularized on TikTok in November 2023 that focuses on asking a partner to peel an orange and watching how they react to the request. The idea is that small acts of service are not just about the action itself but about what it represents in the relationship. Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/5XqQDroRnv8 Subscribe to our PRINT magazine for more in-depth analysis: memeinsider.com/subscribe Subscribe to our channel to learn more about trending memes, hear interviews from meme personalities and more!


He Was #NotMyRodrick, Now He's Speaking Out

Charlie Wright, who was the second actor to play Rodrick in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, has just spoken out about how the online #notmyrodrick campaign has affected his mental health. For more information visit: https://knowyourmeme.com/news/diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-actor-charlie-wright-target-of-not-my-rodrick-campaign-says-meme-ruined-his-career Subscribe to our PRINT magazine for more in-depth analysis: memeinsider.com/subscribe Subscribe to our channel to learn more about trending memes, hear interviews from meme personalities and more!


Duke's TikTok Class Is Making Regular TikTokers Jealous

Duke has a TikTok class... ok it's really called Building Global Audiences, but it's basically the same thing. They've been making the internet both clown on them and envy them at the same time. Fore more information visit: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/duke-tiktok-class Subscribe to our PRINT magazine for more in-depth analysis: memeinsider.com/subscribe Subscribe to our channel to learn more about trending memes, hear interviews from meme personalities and more!


Facebook Boomers Fall Victim To Weird AI Generated Images Like Shrimp Jesus

On Facebook, all the boomers seem to think these weird AI generated images are real. Would you worship Shrimp Jesus? What about the African Bottle Wizards? For more information visit: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/facebook-ai-posts-epidemic Subscribe to our PRINT magazine for more in-depth analysis: memeinsider.com/subscribe Subscribe to our channel to learn more about trending memes, hear interviews from meme personalities and more!


TikTokers Are Being Randomly Punched On The Street In NYC

Why are these women being attacked on the street? It may be the work of one man who happens to be Marcus Garvey's great great grandson. For more information visit: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/women-punched-in-nyc-tiktoks Subscribe to our PRINT magazine for more in-depth analysis: memeinsider.com/subscribe Subscribe to our channel to learn more about trending memes, hear interviews from meme personalities and more!


Shanin Blake Is Back And Healing Kidney Infections With Good Vibes

Shanin Blake is a controversial figure, some say she's guilty of cultural appropriation. Now people are calling her a nepo baby but she's just riding the good vibes... For more information visit: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/people/shanin-blake Subscribe to our PRINT magazine for more in-depth analysis: memeinsider.com/subscribe Subscribe to our channel to learn more about trending memes, hear interviews from meme personalities and more!


What is a Smashed and Slammed Bully?

Smashed and Slammed is a term that describes stocky and buff looking bulldogs, like Doughboy, who is 2x Pimpy, 3x Bape. Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/ei2QH-ecUmY Subscribe to our PRINT magazine for more in-depth analysis: memeinsider.com/subscribe Subscribe to our channel to learn more about trending memes, hear interviews from meme personalities and more!


LeBron Glazing Has Gotten Out Of Hand

My Glorious King LeBron James, also known as LeBron Glazing, refers to a series of memes that make fun of LeBron James fans who are portrayed as irrationally supportive and protective of James. Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/FSTGYuQO0jE Subscribe to our PRINT magazine for more in-depth analysis: memeinsider.com/subscribe Subscribe to our channel to learn more about trending memes, hear interviews from meme personalities and more!


Duck Smoking GIF Explained

A GIF of a duck smoking has taken over Twitter / X as many users have come to the conclusion, "He's literally me." Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/dq240s7I4bo Subscribe to our PRINT magazine for more in-depth analysis: memeinsider.com/subscribe Subscribe to our channel to learn more about trending memes, hear interviews from meme personalities and more!

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What Is a Meme? The History and Evolution Of Memes Explained

Memes have come a long way in the past 20-plus years. Here's a brief history of their evolution and a comprehensive guide to defining them.


Who Is The Most Memed Person Ever? Online Fame And Parasocial Love, By The Numbers

Looking into the numbers behind the 21st-century online celebrity to see which high-profile individuals have racked up the most meme and internet virality over the years.


The Power Of Memes In Different Fandoms: How Fans Contribute To The Expansion Of Narrative Universes And Influence Media Consumption

In this Insights piece, we take a look at the biggest fandoms across the internet and explain how the memes, trends and other viral phenomena they create impact the world of entertainment.


The Barbenheimer Phenomenon: How Memes And Viral Marketing Impacted The Success Of The 'Barbie' And 'Oppenheimer' Movies

_Barbie_ and _Oppenheimer_ are smash hits at the box office and they have the Barbenheimer meme to thank for some of that. Here's how memes and social media trends surrounding the two films affected their success.


Cocaine Bear: How Meme Marketing Conquered Hollywood

Memes and movies — the best combo since hard drugs and apex predators. Here's a breakdown of the secret sauce and internet history behind _Cocaine Bear's_ viral success.


TikTok By The Numbers: How Trend Engagement Shapes Internet Culture

The way TikTok users interact with memes can provide interesting insight into how the platform's trends spread online. In our latest case study, we take a look at three of the year's biggest TikToks to analyze the way user interaction shaped them.


Where Do Memes Come From? The Top Platforms From 2010-2022

From the rise of TikTok to the Boomerification of Facebook, our data tells many important stories. We take a look back at the history of meme origins from the last decade-plus to infer how the internet and its culture have evolved.


KYM Insights: The Ukraine-Russia Conflict Meme Report

Reflecting on the last two months since the start of the conflict, this report presents the major memes, trends and viral discussions of the war in Ukraine and its tremendous effect on the internet.


KYM Insights Releases '2021 End Of Year Report' With Everything You Need To Know About 2021's Biggest Memes And Internet Trends

Pulling data from Know Your Meme's vast database and team of internet culture experts, KYM Insights has dropped its 2021 wrap-up on all of last year's biggest viral moments and trends you should know about.


KYM Insights: The GameStop Short Squeeze And Impact Of WallStreetBets Around The Web By The Numbers

The last two weeks have been dominated by the story of the GameStop short squeeze, so we look into some data behind it all to see just how significant the event has been, as well as how people feel about it.

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