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Modernity

Got Milk?

April 1st, 2013 4:18 PM

This 1993 ad campaign designed to promote milk consumption in the state of California went on to become one of the most successful cases of commodity branding to be ever launched in the United States.

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Enlightenment

Werther Effect

April 1st, 2013 3:05 PM

To this day, German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 18th century epistolary novel is widely recognized as one of the first documented “literary sensations” in Europe.

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Modernity

Loch Ness Monster

April 1st, 2013 2:26 PM

Since the first supposed sighting of this cryptid in 1933, people have been traveling to Great Britain’s largest body of fresh water seeking Nessie out.

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Modernity

V Sign

April 1st, 2013 1:32 PM

Once used by World War II-era politicians to celebrate victory, the iconic hand gesture has since evolved into a sign of peace for the hippies and a stereotype of Asian tourists.

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Antiquity

The Three Hares

April 1st, 2013 12:46 PM

This symbol featuring three rabbits chasing each other has been found in a variety of mediums since as early as the 6th century in cave temples in China.

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Antiquity

"Abracadabra"

April 1st, 2013 12:05 PM

First used by the Romans as an incantation to dispel diseases, this phrase has since evolved into one of the most iconic expressions used by stage magicians.

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Internet Meme Database Status: Offline

At approximately 9 a.m. (ET), Know Your Meme’s main tubular network systems were suddenly brought offline and as a result, the database is currently only capable of processing memes that were validated in time before the Internet as we know it, in time before the Internet meme was a thing. Click through for more details.

April 1st, 2013 9:09 AM

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