Best Memes of 2012: Community Choices

Best Memes of 2012: Community Choices

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Published Dec 20, 2012 at 07:38PM EST by Don.

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The poll results are in! Last week we asked you to vote on your favorite meme of the year, providing choices based on our assessment of site analytics data from this year. Some of the memes that didn’t quite make the cut, but deserve honorable mention, include Would Not Bang, YOLO, Binders Full of Women, Olympics or Gay Porn and Kony 2012.

#10. McKayla is Not Impressed (201 votes)



McKayla is Not Impressed is a photoshop meme featuring a photograph of United States gymnast McKayla Maroney wearing a scowling expression during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Meme Details

* Origin: Tumblr
* Medium / Type: Image / Photoshop
* Readers’ Choice: Obama and McKayla
* Researcher’s Choice: McKayla Trolls Sandra Izbasa

Brad says:
“I like the one where McKayla is making the face while hugging the gold medalist Sandra Izbasa and there’s an offensive note tagged on her back.”


Statistics

  • Total Views: 316,886
  • Total Votes: 2.39%
  • Average Entry PVs / Day: 2,365
  • Media Statistics: 223 images, 1 video



#9. What People Think I Do (242 votes)



What People Think I Do is a series of visual charts depicting a range of preconceptions associated with a particular field of occupation or expertise.

Meme Details

The Brawler says:

“I always get a kick out of the humor people use to point out that artistic and media-centric careers often have to have back-up jobs.”


Statistics

  • Total Views: 1,107,134
  • Total Votes: 2.88%
  • Average Entry PVs / Day: 3,525
  • Media Statistics: 1,228 images, 2 videos



#8. Ridiculously Photogenic Guy (362 votes)



Ridiculously Photogenic Guy is a photoshop meme and advice animal featuring a photo of a smiling man called Zeddie Little running in the 2012 Cooper River Bridge Run.

Meme Details

Platus says:

“Sometimes I feel bad for all of the other people in that picture who didn’t get any attention, so seeing someone make a macro out of this person made me very happy.”


Statistics

  • Total Views: 2,585,122
  • Total Votes: 4.3%
  • Average Entry PVs / Day: 9,942
  • Media Statistics: 355 images, 12 videos



#7. Overly Attached Girlfriend (370 votes)



Overly Attached Girlfriend is an advice animal image macro featuring webcam picture of a girl and various captions portraying her in the stereotype of an overprotective and clingy girlfriend.

Meme Details

  • Origin: YouTube
  • Medium / Type: Image / Advice Animal
  • Readers’ Choice: Overly Attached Miku
  • Researcher’s Choice: (Note: The user did not specify a specific instance)

The United States of Hulkamania says:

“Well, my favorite instance of this meme would be the image macros, because they made this meme what it’s known for.”


Statistics

  • Total Views: 1,935,699
  • Total Votes: 4.4%
  • Average Entry PVs / Day: 9,876
  • Media Statistics: 185 images, 35 videos



#6. Ermahgerd (485 votes)



Ermahgerd, a lisped pronunciation of “oh my god,” is an image macro series featuring a photo of a young woman holding several books from the children’s horror fiction series Goosebumps.

Meme Details

Platus says:

“It found an object that happened to resemble this meme and then integrated it into the macro and used the old phrase in a new way while still making complete sense.”


Statistics

  • Total Views: 2,686,075
  • Total Votes: 5.77%
  • Average Entry PVs / Day: 9,662
  • Media Statistics: 268 images, 5 videos



#5. Botched Ecce Homo Painting (519 votes)



Botched Ecce Homo Painting refers to the failed restoration of a century-old Spanish devotional fresco, executed by an elderly amateur art restorer.

Meme Details

Triple Z says:

“It’s very clever, the image mixes Dolan’s bizarre humor and the failed restoration.”


Statistics

  • Total Views: 379,886
  • Total Votes: 6.17%
  • Average Entry PVs / Day: 3,192
  • Media Statistics: 747 images, 24 videos



#4. Bad Luck Brian (712 votes)



Bad Luck Brian is an image macro series featuring a photo of a blonde teenage boy wearing a plaid sweater vest and braces, accompanied by captions that describe a variety of embarrassing and tragic occurrences.

Meme Details

Don says:

“Bonus points if you understand the reference.”


Statistics

  • Total Views: 1,139,620
  • Total Votes: 8.46%
  • Average Entry PVs / Day: 4,144
  • Media Statistics: 490 images, 1 video



#3. Gangnam Style (1,072 votes)



Gangnam Style is a 2012 dance pop single written and performed by Korean pop singer Park Jae Sung, better known by his stage name PSY.

Meme Details

opspe says:

“I just about died the first time I saw it. It’s one of the most hilarious juxtapositions I’ve ever seen.”


Statistics

  • Total Views: 1,1754,150
  • Total Votes: 12.74%
  • Average Entry PVs / Day: 12,097
  • Media Statistics: 266 images, 383 videos



#2. Grumpy Cat (1,283 votes)



Grumpy Cat is a nickname given to an angry looking snowshoe cat named “Tardar Sauce” that gained online fame after its pictures were posted to Reddit on late September 2012.

Meme Details

Amanda says:

Nothing can compare to the combination of Three Wolf Moon with Tardar Sauce’s precious scowl. The additional face in the moon makes it all the more magical."


Statistics

  • Total Views: 636,494
  • Total Votes: 15.25%
  • Average Entry PVs / Day: 7,316
  • Media Statistics: 224 images, 16 videos



#1. Le Lenny Face: (1,396 votes)



( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) is an emoticon created with unicode character symbols that is often used to spam forums and image boards, similar to the Japanese word “desu”.

Meme Details

RandomMan says:

“As hilarious as some of the photoshops may have been, emoticons are still a simple type of reaction faces. And that gif is the most brilliant of them all.”


Statistics

  • Total Views: 320,440
  • Total Votes: 16.5%
  • Average Entry PVs / Day: 10,336
  • Media Statistics: 87 images, 23 videos



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