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
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.
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.
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.
4. Connect Four
The classic game of dropping checkers turned into a classic meme in January. Surreal edits of the Connect Four box art were everywhere, messing with the text, the board, and even the kids playing the game. Why? Well, why not?
Logan Paul damaged his career and became a meme when he filmed a dead body in Japan’s Aokigahara “Suicide Forest.” He offended an entire country and lost sponsorships and YouTube money, and he became a meme in the process. No one could believe he would be that dumb.
This Chinese trend showed posters going from plain to stunning with one sweep of a blanket. It was practically magic! It’s called “Karma Is a Bitch” because of the line from Riverdale that plays over every video, and because it implies that these amazing reveals are retribution against shallow people who focus only on looks. It also reminded us that that Kreayshawn song was a banger.
The best memes of 2018: February
Conservative commentator Steven Crowder visited a college campus with a sign reading: “Male privilege is a myth. Change my mind.” No one did, but they changed his sign with Photoshop, mercilessly mocking him and his original premise.
Scientists at Harvard University have created this 3D Model depicting what ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra may have looked like. pic.twitter.com/91zFGPiY8Z
— jean (@Iovemedown) February 18, 2018
“Scientists at Harvard University have created this 3D Model depicting what ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra may have looked like,” joked one Twitter user, captioning a 3D model that was very obviously Britney Spears. Britney may be a queen, but she’s not Cleopatra. Lots of people somehow missed the joke and got outraged at what they thought was whitewashing, but many others laughed and posted their own “models of Cleopatra” jokes.
Is Tesla founder Elon Musk’s name short for “Elongated Muskrat?” Nah, but it would hilarious if it were. Calling Musk “Muskrat” became a big trend in February, especially after he made the news with his successful Falcon Heavy rocket launch.
10. Green M&M
It’s extremely hard to explain this weird Tumblr meme about the Green M&M being a dominatrix who really wants a copy of Bambi for the PlayStation 2, but we tried our best. You should really read the article.
11. Gym Kardashian
I think I found my new hobby pic.twitter.com/PAYMRM7wXz
— ✰ JAY ✰ (@jaypaulgeorge) February 13, 2018
Gym Kardashian, a.k.a. Buff Kim Kardashian, is a humorous Photoshop of Kim K. with enormous, musclebound arms. Kim has been working out lately, but the bulked-up biceps still look out of place, and it’s hard not to laugh. You can also use the meme to represent a strong woman who means business.
Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.
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