What Was The First Meme? Fascinating History Of Memes

May 12, 2020

The term “Meme” is derived from the ancient Greek word “mimema”, which means “something imitated”. The meme culture is more likely to be about fake news than the social media landscape. This suggests that the current media landscape creates new ways of treating all stories.

Patrick Davison states in his report titled, “The Language of Internet Memes“, that, An Internet meme is a piece of culture, typically a joke, which gains influence through online transmission.

The stories when sharing in short forms, or in other visual memes like memes, vines or gif. The fun stories when it comes to internet meme culture has always been a part of fantasy stories. Memes can change something from one subject to a different subject in a generously funny way.

First meme

A comic strip from the University of Iowa’s satirical magazine The Judge from 1921. “What You Think You Look Like vs. What You Actually Look Like”

In the short term, you write stories about people. The short stories told as a picture that can convey a big message in a funny way. Meme culture has quite a big fan base from all over the world or says the internet world. Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook are common places to find funny internet memes.

A meme is a thing that passes from person to person through social media. You create a meme. You share it on social media. And, another person finds it funny and re-share it to his friend and his friend does the same forever (recursively). Well! Welcome to the meme world.

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Some of the viral meme characters:


Trollface is a rage comic character wearing a mischievous smile that is meant to represent the facial expression of an Internet troll. It is also known as Coolface, U MAD BRO? Troll Face, Trololololo guy.

Be Like Bro

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Also known as, Weedbro, Bro, The Bro, Will Knot, Not Guilty, Potato, Sagala, Abdul Khan Mohammed

Success kid


Success Kid is an Internet meme featuring a baby clenching a fistful of sand with a determined facial expression. It originated in 2007. The boy in the meme is, “Sammy Griner”, “likely the Internet’s most famous baby”. The successful kid became internet fame and used extensively on social media platforms since 2007.

Distracted boyfriend meme

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First world problem

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Woman yelling at a cat

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Grumpy cat memes

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So these where some of the internet rulers for a long time. Memes have been part of the internet for a long for time now.

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What is your favorite meme? Join the discussion in the comments.

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