The 10 Best Memes of 2013

Posted on December 16, 2013 by
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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the Internet is a weird, weird place. We only affectionately say this because it happens to be the only place where nothing makes sense and, simultaneously, everything does. And to think, it’s all thanks to hordes of folks who are more than happy to take things out of context to make it their own. Thanks, good people of the Internet, for making 2013 lots of fun and just remember:

We want to continue to have fun in 2014.

10. Scarlett Johansson Falling

scarlett falling

Because we’re all horrible people, there’s nothing we like seeing more than watching beautiful people fall. It’s just a nice reminder that famous people are just as clumsy as we are (but not on a regular basis)! Take, for example, this photo of Scarlett Johansson falling while on the set of Under The Skin back in December of 2012. Everyone was probably still suffering from the sleepy after-effects of holiday binge eating to notice because it took everyone 11 (!!) months to turn this ScarJo pic into a pieces of art worthy of the Internet.


9. Tommy Lee Jones In Not Impressed 

SOURCE: replygif.net

SOURCE: replygif.net

After failing to laugh to during Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell’s Golden Globes bit, we want to ask Tommy Lee Jones: does nothing please you? According to Tumblr and everyone else who likes a good laugh, apparently not. It’s not like he cares. Jones is already rolling in dough. Admittedly, a good chunk is probably thanks to me and my incessant need to watch Men and Black whenever it’s on TV. Good times.

8. Hadokening

hadoken 3

We can thank Japan for producing a lot of weird things (Cat wine! A hugging coat!), including this hadouken-ing photo meme. Honestly, I just like a good Street Fighter reference because it was one of the only two video games I played as a kid (Sonic was the other). It’s also the only reason why I would bother getting my Xbox 360 fixed because they rip each other’s spines out. It’s the kind of fake violence I can get behind.

7. Diving Jay Z

Jay Z and Beyonce jumping off their yacht

Source: Aux.tv

Jay Z may not be traditionally good looking but he is, without a doubt, one of the coolest celebs out there. Not only is a multi-millionaire thanks to his rapping and business skills, he’s also happens to be Beyoncé’s husband. You really can’t do better than that. So, of course, we’re going to enjoy these hilarious photos where a less than graceful Jay dives over a bunch of things.

Source: Reedo Brown on Twitter

Source: Reedo Brown on Twitter

6. Screaming Patrick

Screaming Patrick

How do you turn one memorable moment into an unforgettable one? Just add Spongebob Squarepants’ loyal sidekick, Patrick Star. Sure, it may not make a whole lot of sense but if it’s harmless fun, why not?

5. Starbucks Drake Hands

One Starbucks barrista’s failed attempt at wooing a model’s heart became Internet gold because the whole thing was just so damn stupid. Seriously, who sends videos of themselves trying to smoulder/look coy while Drake plays in the background? He should’ve sent the girl a link to a Drake video and have been all, “I was thinking of you.” It’s still a pretty embarrassing move but at least his face wouldn’t have been plastered all over the Internet.

4. Miley Cyrus at the VMAs


It just wouldn’t be an end of the year list if we didn’t include Miley Cyrus. We’re actually pretty impressed with how the Internet took Miley’s jaw-dropping VMA performance and ran with it. From turning “innocent bystander” Robin Thicke into Beatlejuice to photoshopping Billy Ray Cyrus looking down, the Internet just couldn’t stop.

3. Unflattering Beyoncé

Unflattering Beyonce Hulk

With last week’s release of her visual album, Beyoncé, Queen Bey pretty much solidified her title as “The World’s Most Perfect Human Being.” But as we all learned earlier this year, even the Queen has her flaws — namely, her terribly controlling PR team who tried to get Buzzfeed of all people to remove unflattering photos of Beyoncé from their site. The attempt at censorship fanned the flames and helped produce a medley of terrible — but hilarious — photoshop jobs, including Hulk Beyoncé.

2. Screaming Goat Pop Songs

Not a fan of the song? Just add a clip of a screaming goat and make it your favourite comedy track of the year! While we are fans of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” but we still can’t help but scream like goats-screaming-like-humans every time we heard the song play on the radio. What? It was fun.

And last but not least,

1. The Harlem Shake

If there’s one stupid meme from 2013 people will remember in 50 years, it’ll probably be the Harlem Shake. I don’t know what it was about watching groups of people flail without rhyme, reason or a real beat, but every Harlem Shake video out there got way too many video views for what they were actually worth (save for the puppies and adorable old people — we liked both). But seriously, it took way too long for this fad to die.


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