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Someone Has Found The World’s Earliest Meme

Someone Has Found The World’s Earliest Meme

Millennials might think they invented the wonderful artform that is the meme, but this magazine from 1921 tells a different story.

The illustrations below featured in Judge Magazine almost one hundred years ago, and compare how a man thinks he appears in a flash-lit photo versus how he actually looks:

Genuine LOLs, eh?

It was shared by Twitter user @YoRHaw and has quickly gone viral, which is only fitting really.

Of course, social media users have bloody loved this little discovery and have even been turning this meme into a fresher meme:

The word meme was first used in 1976 in Richard Dawkins’ book The Selfish Gene – he used it to explain how cultural information spreads. But it’s been since social media was created that the meme has really taken on a life of its own.

Some people have even gone on to make a lot of out being a meme – just look at Cash Me Ousside girl, aka Danielle Bregoli, who is now reported to be worth over a cool one million dollars and is a certified Gold Record holder.

Meanwhile, Drew Scanlon – the face behind my favourite meme, ‘Blinking Guy’ – said becoming a viral sensation was a ‘fun experience’.

He credits the shocking events of pretty much the whole of last year with making him become a surprise hit, telling Thrillist: “I think the pervasiveness of it also has to do with the fact that there are so many crazy things happening in 2017.

“If it was more of a calmer year maybe we wouldn’t see it as much.”

It was less of a good experience for poor Hide Your Pain Harold, real name Arató András said: “To see the first memes was a shocking experience.

“It took several years until I accepted the situation.”

Thankfully, he seems to be on board with being a meme now, although he added: “I’d like people to know that I’m more than a funny guy with a painful smile.”

Noted Harold… sorry, I mean, Arató.



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