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“Best. Day. Ever.” is an expression of joy associated with Tenso-style multi-pane image macros of happy looking animals and people, accompanied by a period punctuation after each word for added emphasis. It has the opposite meaning of the expression “Kill Me.”
In Season 3 Episode 11 of the American science fiction television series Heroes, originally aired on December 1st, 2008, the character Hiro Nakamura says the phrase “Best. Day. Ever.” after teleporting into a comic book shop to recover his memory (shown below).
On November 10th, 2006, Season 4 Episode 20 titled “Best Day Ever” of the animated television series Spongebob Squarepants was broadcast, which featured the eponymous song “The Best Day Ever” (shown below).
On November 24th, 2010, the computer animated musical Tangled was released, in which the character Rapunzel exclaims “Best. Day. Ever!” while playing on a tire swing (shown below).
On July 5th, 2011, a page titled “Its the Best Whatever, Ever” was launched on TV Tropes, which listed many examples of the phrase “Best. Day. Ever.” used in popular culture. On September 13th, Tumblr user andersholmvik submitted a post titled “Phrase to Retire: Best. (Blank). Ever.”, which criticized the phrasal template for being unfunny and overused. On October 14th, an entry for “Punctuated! For! Emphasis!” was created on TV Tropes. On July 6th, 2012, the 5secondfilms YouTube channel uploaded a video titled “Best. Day. Ever.”, in which actors John Travolta and Tom Cruise beg actress Kelly Preston to pull a car over to receive free massages (shown below, left). On YouTuber Mr. Arturo Trejo uploaded a video titled “Best. Day. EVER!”, in which he takes his son on a day trip to the Hoover Dam (shown below, right).
On April 27th, 2014, Redditor amazingbrowncow submitted a four-pane image macro of television host Steve Irwin posed with a crocodile with the caption “OMG Steve Irwin / Best / Day / Ever” to the /r/funny subreddit (shown below). In nine days, the post garnered upwards of 26,300 upvotes and 330 comments.