It’s hard to believe we’re only halfway through 2018 and there have already been so many epic memes. It seems like just yesterday it was 2017 and we were enjoying such memes as The Floor Is…, Salt Bae, and Mocking SpongeBob. Now it’s Not even July and viral memes seem to be happening every week.
Due to the daily onslaught of horrifying news, the time has been a bit of a blur. So allow me to walk you through the best memes of 2018 so far, starting from the first of the year.
The Google Arts & Culture App
The Google Arts & Culture App face-matches your selfie with a famous painting. While some were quite accurate and flattering…
Whaddya think? Is it a match? 😮
This is a Google APP that matches your face to a famous painting doppelgänger. Just download the “Google Arts & Culture” App to find your face in a work of art.
Details —>> https://t.co/1mf57tnt06 #googleartsselfie pic.twitter.com/pwU7TkxoPK
— Jenny Milkowski (@jennymilk) January 16, 2018
Fuck this app pic.twitter.com/kJJWaf8oV0
— Biniam Bizuneh (@biniambiz) January 13, 2018
The Kylo Ren Challenge
On December 14th 2017, Star Wars gave us The Last Jedi, but what it really gave us is Ben Swolo, which in turn gave us the Kylo Ren Challenge. This meme was EVERYWHERE for several days, and got so popular even celebrities started joining in.
And things only got more and more out of hand from there.
Even though 2017 seemed like a 12 month train wreck and we all desperately needed a break, 2018 wasn’t about to take it’s hand off of the throttle. Our youth kicked off the year by making memes about eating highly poisonous Tide Pods.
You: tide pods
Me, an intellectual: pic.twitter.com/tDojm6kley
— nina (@NlNACOLADA) January 11, 2018
Sure, most people were just enjoying the ridiculous joke, but this meme got so popular the US Consumer Product Safety Commission had to release this statement. What a time to be alive.
— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) January 13, 2018
An Absolute Unit
this is truly my daily online experience pic.twitter.com/EBXDdbVECv
— jonny sun (@jonnysun) May 7, 2018
An Absolute Unit doesn’t just refer to a cute animal, it can also be a person or even thing that is both large and showing tremendous poise. One of the few feel-good memes this year.
It all started with this tweet.
Meme makers adopted that caption and the rest is history.
Super Bowl Selfie Kid
There was no shortage of great moments from this year’s Super Bowl, but the most memeable moment came when Justin Timberlake took a selfie with an excited, yet slightly confused fan during his halftime performance. Truly some “left shark” caliber stuff.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 5, 2018
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) February 5, 2018
Obama’s presidential portrait is beautiful, and probably would’ve gone unmemed if the Republicans didn’t make such a big, ridiculous deal about it. I guess part of me is glad they did.
— MLB Insider Dinger (@atf13atf) February 12, 2018
This is beautiful but you would think Obama could get better seats at Wrigley pic.twitter.com/juYKBg6blR
— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) February 12, 2018
Not to be outdone by Ben Swolo, Gym Kardashian showed us that a simple photoshop job can be all it takes to go viral. I’ll go out on a limb and say Kanye probably wasn’t a fan of these.
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Change My Mind
This is one of my favorites so far this year. Mostly because of the seemingly limitless ways to use it. I’m still seeing new ones pop up every day.
It’s started when conservative “comedian” Steven Crowder set up a table on a Christian University’s campus with a sign that read, “Male privilege is a myth. Change my mind.” The internet took it from there.
CHANGE MY MIND pic.twitter.com/klR52kStRX
— Phoenix Brown (@datphoenixbrown) February 26, 2018
Move over Evil Kermit, Savage Patrick is the new meme to let out our inner darkness. People got pretty creative with these.
Me leaving the pot in the sink because “it needs to soak” pic.twitter.com/8q29xu4ua2
— Andre D Thompson (@AndreDThompson) March 1, 2018
Your girl looking at your food when she said she wasn't hungry. pic.twitter.com/MPwl8Ov1ul
— Tristan Jones (@SayJones18) March 1, 2018
Despicable Me‘s Gru was just trying to steal the moon, but the meme community had other plans. Another meme I still see new versions of on a daily basis.
Of all the Gru memes going around, this one is my fav. pic.twitter.com/wFe2EQJSjZ
— KAPT Kipper (@Smokeme_aKipper) March 13, 2018
American Chopper Argument
You don’t have to watch American Chopper to enjoy this meme. Just know that this father and son’s relationship is, well, volatile at best. Not great for family unity, but absolutely primed for memeing.
— Garf Gab (@GarfieldFanArt) March 22, 2018
Walmart Yodel Boy
Started from the bottom now he here. Mason Ramsey aka Lil Hank went from an impromptu yodel session in a Walmart to performing at Coachella in a matter of months. At this pace I expect to see a blurry video of him doing blow off of a stripper on TMZ, but for now I’m enjoying the memes.
Watching Mark Zuckerberg squirm in front of Congress would’ve been fun, but instead he sat there like some kind of android or lizard person in a human suit. Turns out, that was even more fun to meme.
That face when you just wanted a faster way to rank girls by looks and ended up installing a fascist government in the most powerful country on earth pic.twitter.com/VEaQjz9Z6s
— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) April 10, 2018
I appreciate that zuck has eight gazillion dollars and still looks like he got his hair cut by his mom pic.twitter.com/DRS8HOO5WD
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) April 10, 2018
Is This A Pigeon?
This meme has actually been around for years, but only recently reemerged. Mostly because of it’s versatility and how it easily fits into todays “weird meme” niche. (insert “is this a meme” meme)
— Netflix (@netflix) May 3, 2018
— J. Jennifer Espinoza (@sadqueer4life) May 1, 2018
Yanny or Laurel?
This year’s version of “what color is this dress” has once again left the world divided. The only thing we can all agree on is the memes that followed were outstanding.
The tweet that started it:
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I
— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
— Pinwheel Empire (@PinwheelEmpire) May 18, 2018
While LeBron had every right to be frustrated during this year’s NBA Finals, nothing encapsulated it quite like this photo of him yelling at J.R. Smith, who had just made a bonehead mistake that cost the Cavs the game.
— Natto 🇭🇰 (@natt0) June 1, 2018
— Michael Swander (@MichaelSwander) June 1, 2018
“We just left a rest stop! Why didn’t you go then?” pic.twitter.com/ExXXogeocs
— David Steele (@David_C_Steele) June 1, 2018
June is almost over and there really haven’t been any viral memes so far. Maybe it’s because we’ve exhausted ourselves with our current pace, or maybe its because the country is descending even further into chaos. Who knows? One thing is for sure though, no matter what happens, good or bad, someone will be out there to meme it.