Biggest Memes of 2017 So Far

The word meme is not only something that has become common in recent years, but a part of our society. For those that don’t know, according to Wikipedia a meme is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture. In the age of the internet and specifically social media memes have become more popular than ever before as people can share things with their thousands of friends with the click of a button. Complex recently ranked the top memes so far in 2017, below are a few of the headliners.

Salt Bae

You have probably seen some rendition of Salt Bae’s iconic pose throughout your travels on the internet. The story behind this meme is Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe made videos of himself cooking delicious foods in unique ways that quickly went viral. The most popular video was one of the beloved chef salting a piece of meat in a hilarious manner where the salt trickles down his arm on to the plate. The salt in this Salt Bae pose was changed to anything you could imagine and combined with a caption as it continued to sweep the web. Now months old, which in the meme world is decades, Salt Bae will still get a little bit of buzz when a new video is released or an opportunity to use his iconic pose presents itself.

Draymond Green/ Kevin Durant

This gif, or short video, went viral at the beginning of the year and has withstood the test of time. It is a short clip of Draymond Green grabbing at Kevin Durant’s, both NBA players on the Golden State Warriors, shirt and emphatically whispering something in his ear. In reality Green was giving Durant some words of encouragement, but the internet took it all kinds of different ways. You can only imagine what situations this sort of video has been used for. If you aren’t familiar with the meme here are some of the best.

Mocking Spongebob

This is a relatively recent meme but one that is already rising towards the top of the list of most popular memes ever. It is a picture of Spongebob with his hands on his hips and a hilarious facial expression that is combined with a sarcastic caption usually meant in a playful, mocking manner. There is no telling how someone dug up the picture that is from an episode of the show that aired years ago, but the internet is happy they did. People are so in love with this meme there have been stories of people getting tattoos of it! Needless to say this one doesn’t look like it is going anywhere any time soon.

Blinking Man

The last GIF highlighted on our list is the notorious blinking man. This is another short GIF that is a man giving a bewildering blink. His expression is one of shock and surprise that can be used in so many different situations. The man doing the blinking is someone who was watching someone play a video game and was shocked by something they said. The original video is actually a few years old but it just went viral at the beginning of 2017. This is evidence that anything can become a meme at any time, so who knows what will take over the internet next.

If you aren’t a frequent social media user you might not be too familiar with these memes, but their applications are endless. The creativity of people on the internet will never cease to amaze you, so next time you are looking to kill some time try doing a quick meme search on Google or Facebook.

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