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Why read a history book when you can read this instead?
On Thursday, the hashtag #MemeHistory started trending when @TylerIAm encountered a student’s slideshow presentation about Adolf Hitler. Inspired by the slide, he began adding memes to history’s greatest moments. #MemeHistory soon took over Twitter, with people using GIFs and memes to characterize historical events. It was the Internet’s best offering of edutainment (educational entertainment).
Here are a few of the most important historical moments.
Lesson #1: Dawn of the United States of America
Lesson #2: Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue in 1492
Lesson #3: 245 Years A Slave
Lesson #4: Salem the Teenage Witch Trials
Lesson #5: The British are coming
Lesson #6: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal
Lesson #7: Deals, deals, deals and the Louisiana Purchase
Lesson #8: Free at last, free at last!
Lesson #9: The bloodiest war in American history
Lesson #10: Let there be light
Lesson #11: My heart will go on…
Lesson #12: World Of Warships 1
Lesson #13: Herbert Hoover here is screwed
Lesson #14: USA! USA! USA!
Lesson #15: World of Warships 2
Lesson #16: Sober Season
Lesson #17: New Deal in town
Lesson #18: Tutti Frutti and Rock ‘n Roll
Lesson #19: Sick and tired of being sick and tired
Lesson #20: Ebony and Ivory
Lesson #21: You’re All Communists
Lesson #22: Deepthroat Nixon
Lesson #23: Cold War Kids
Lesson #24: I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman
Lesson #25: The Thanks Al Gore Gets For Inventing The Internet
Lesson #26: Solid As A Rock
Lesson #27: When the levees broke
Lesson #28: Yes We Can
Lesson #29 : Zero Dark Thirty
Photo via Emanuel Leutze/Wikipedia (PD)
Ziwe Fumudoh is a writer and comedian. Her work has appeared in the Onion and Reductress, and she is a co-host at Crooked Media.