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Which was the First Meme?

Last posted Feb 01, 2010 at 06:24PM EST. Added Jan 31, 2010 at 05:05PM EST
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Internet meme or IRL meme?

Either way, it is near impossible to be sure.

Last edited Jan 31, 2010 at 05:09PM EST
Jan 31, 2010 at 05:06PM EST
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i believe the term ‘meme’ was the first meme. I’m not sure… now that I think about it. But anything before meme wouldn’t be ‘meme’. Or is it?

Jan 31, 2010 at 05:42PM EST
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Internet meme would have to be Greenoch. I think.
Not that Greenoch has been confirmed yet.

Jan 31, 2010 at 07:39PM EST
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AFAIR, the first media meme is “Kilroy was Here”

It’s been around since WW2…

Jan 31, 2010 at 08:45PM EST
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http://www.dipity.com/tatercakes/Internet_Memes

Go to the beginning

Feb 01, 2010 at 08:43AM EST
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No Chris, before grunting, there were sign languages !

Feb 01, 2010 at 09:15AM EST
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Before sign language, there were petroglyphs.
Before that, there were smoke signals.
Before that, there were bugles.

Feb 01, 2010 at 09:17AM EST
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Eating and drinking aren’t contagious ideas. They’re instinctual. Babies know to eat from birth.

I’m going with “walking upright.”

Feb 01, 2010 at 11:11AM EST
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@Memedude – you’re right! The Internets has to be the first Internet meme.

Feb 01, 2010 at 03:27PM EST
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@ norsehorse89

Not the internet. I think Cyberspace, or the internet coke machine.

Feb 01, 2010 at 04:18PM EST
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great thread and great replies! my take on the first meme:

how to start a fire & how to extinguish fire.

Feb 01, 2010 at 04:49PM EST
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Starting fire = using tools? As in using two sticks, haha.

You may use your imagination for extinguishing fires. I don’t have one because I’m a girl.

Feb 01, 2010 at 04:57PM EST
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Mellow, I’d have to say that yes you have an imagination because you’re a guy and there are no girls on the internets.

Feb 01, 2010 at 06:24PM EST
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