Our 9 Favorite Memes of 2014, From Kermit to ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


We’re not sure what happened to the half-life of a meme, but it’s dwindled to damn near fruit-fly levels of impermanence. And there’s seriously no way we’re about to try to remember all the “significant” ones from this year. Would the Ice Bucket Challenge qualify? Alex from Target? Things Tim Howard Could Save? Mad Jack Black? “On Fleek”? The “apparently” kid? #SochiProblems? Pharrell’s hat?

Quite frankly, it doesn’t matter. “These are transitory anyway,” we thought, “so instead of trying to anoint them part of some pantheon that everyone’s just going to forget about by March, let’s just choose our favorites.” And that’s exactly what we did! From sarcasm to ridicule to out-and-out resignation, the best memes of the year are a perfect distillation of our (somewhat shameful) human condition. Read ’em and weep. Or laugh, maybe. But definitely weep, because we are the worst.

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