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It’s going to be a great year for memes.

The year 2018 has a tough act to follow in terms of memes: 2017 expanded the internet culture vernacular with new classics like Distracted Boyfriend, White Guy Blinking, Cracking Open a Cold One With the Boys, and Expanding Brain. Whomst‘ll be the biggest new memes of 2018? We’re already starting to find out.

Here’s our running list of the best memes from each month of the year.

The best memes of 2018: January

1. Tide Pods

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Tide’s laundry detergent pods are truly the forbidden fruit. They look like delicious candy, but they can also kill you if you eat them! The internet’s obsession with death, food, and bad decisions has made the temptation to eat Tide Pods into a meme—to the point where people are making their own out of gelatin.

Ugandan Knuckles

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Do you know de wey? Ugandan Knuckles is a deformed version of Knuckles the Echidna from the Sonic the Hedgehog games, and he speaks with a faux-African accent. In VRChat, the latest virtual chatroom app, hundreds of trolls use him as their avatar, swarming other players and repeating catchphrases from a Ugandan action movie. It’s as surreal as it sounds. Is it also kind of racist? Yep! But the gamers who love it don’t think so. Knuckles is well on his way to becoming the next Pepe the Frog.

Somebody Toucha My Spaghet

A line from a 1939 Goldilocks cartoon, “somebody toucha my spaghet” is an Italian-caricature catchphrase that swept social media in January. It was mainly a nonsequitur found in weird YouTube remixes, but it got a huge boost from popular gaming YouTuber PewDiePie. He claimed “YouTube touched my spaghet!” after the site stopped the ad revenue on one of his videos.

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

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