In this 140-character/no-time-for-anyone society, we have developed
another short way to interact with each other. Yet another way to show
how smart and funny we all are with little words. Another way to let
people know we are hilarious. And as most things tend to go, this one
has been done to death. What am I talking about? Picture memes with
'funny' sayings or quotes on them.
all, there are way too many now. At first there were only a couple
flying around. Maybe a tree being peed on by a dog saying, "Nooooo! I'm a
tree! Don't do me like that!" or "I'll never be back to this park
again, but they'll know – this tree is MINE!"
Now? There are so many of these that if you don't see one, you start to get upset.
what? I see jokes in status updates, but how in the hell am I supposed
to understand them if there isn't a picture to go along with them!? I
mean, come on! I'm just a man! PUT UP PICTURES!"
in to Facebook twice in two days and just scrolling down a tiny bit, I
found twenty-four of these. Twenty-four! It's hard to find twenty-four
people you like on Facebook. Hilarious pictures? Easier than finding
your left leg.
"This is ridiculous! I just had it! Now where
in the hell did I put my le... oh! Look at that! A picture of an eagle
wearing a thong, singing lyrics from LMFAO! I can't walk on it, but man,
when you're laughing this hard, who needs two legs?"
All Facebook has become now are these pictures. There's almost nothing else left. Every second update is someone posting one.
update saying what I'm up to, one with a hilarious picture. One update
saying what I'm up to, one with a picture of a grandmother saying, "Who
needs teeth when you have fake hips!"
Memes are taking over everything!
did that happen? My girlfriend’s profile has been taken over by picture
of a cat holding up its paw and the words "You must be a member of CAA
to enter". How does a picture have any ability to takeover a person’s
entire account? How is..."
"Put your hands up, kid! I want your account!"
How did you get in here, picture of Luke Skywalker getting a family
request from Darth Vader?! And what do you want from me!?"
worry how I got in here. I'm everywhere! I want your account, so that I
can annoy anyone who knows you by popping up constantly."
"But... if you do that... people will start to... dislike me..."
"Hey, that's my line!"
of these are funny and creative, if you make them. That's the best part
of these, though – you don't even have to make them to be funny! All
you have to do is find one and post it and you are hilarious by proxy.
"Hey, guys! Take a look at this!"
"Wow! That's hilarious! You are way too funny. How did you come up with that?"
"Oh, no no. I didn't make it. A faceless shut-in did. I just brought it to you!"
a second to think it over – I am still thoroughly impressed and will
give you the same amount of credit as if you had made it yourself. You
"Thank you, thank you. I do have a gift when it comes to telling people about the things I find."
only do many of these try to be funny, a lot also try to be
inspirational. Does there have to be tons of these as well? Too many
pictures of a tree in a field with a single leaf falling from it and a
"Remember the Titans"-type inspirational quote underneath.
one leaf falls, another one is coming right behind it. Or, the leaf
fell off because the tree is dying. But if it's dying, it's going to a
better place. YOU are that tree... go to a better place?"
anyone who puts these up qualified to be inspirational? Every time
someone puts one of these pictures up, there should be another one
"The person who put up this inspirational quote
about keeping your head down and working hard is a night manager at a
Wal-Mart. Do with that information what you will."
are there so many of these with inspirational quotes? In North America?
We need this many inspirational quotes? Seems a bit much. We have
everything! Everything is open to us! Yet we still need to be told how
we can achieve anything we want? There's no way there are this many
inspirational quotes floating around in places that need it. Places such
as North Korea.
"You are not as good as the leader, but you
are still okay. Well, only if the leader says so. The leader wants you
to love him. You are an okay lover... says the leader."
If you need that much motivation in your life, you might want to stop Googling inspirational pictures and get off of Facebook.
I know I'm on parole. No, I haven't started looking for a job. I've
been searching for inspirational quotes, and have yet to come across one
that tells me to find a part time job at Staples. I have, though, spent
six hours sending these pictures to others and telling them to solve
their problems head-on with pictures of runners and dogs jumping, and
that COULD be a jo... what? I'm going back to jail if I don't find a
real job?! Wait! I found one of an ant lifting a rock that says, "Keep
Lifting". Doesn't that count for anything? I AIN’T GOING BACK TO JAIL!"
are we taking pictures and adding captions to them? Are we all trying
to win a worldwide caption contest that I haven't been told about – like
they have in the back of newspapers?
"Oh, man. A picture is
worth a thousand words, but I wonder if I could make this one that is
clearly a picture of a sad person funny in ten words? Only one way to
find out! Being-hilarious skills, go to work! "I’m poor, have bad hair,
and an abusive family, but you know what? You like Glee. Suck it,
stupid!" There. I think I nailed it. Now just sit back and wait for the
likes and comments to roll in."
One of the most
annoying things about these is that some people don't see these memes
when they first come out, then five weeks later they will post it
thinking they are the first to stumble across it.
"Guys! Check this out! It's hilarious. I just saw it, therefore it's new to all!"
"...That was posted four weeks ago."
"...But I just... I just found it..."
internet world feels for you, but nobody even likes the cat wearing the
sombrero with the caption "Cinco De Meow" anymore. Now we're on to
"Happy Meow-thers Day” with a cat being hugged by its kittens. From now
on, try to keep up."
I think the ones I dislike the most are the condescending Willy Wonkas.
you keep copying all of the Wonka pictures and adding in your own
captions? Tell me more. Oh, you still think these are funny and keep
posting them as if they are? Tell me more."
Why do so many of
these have to be references from so long ago? All old references that we
can mock people with. The pencil and the cassette tape.
"Do you know how these two go together? If not, you're younger than me – ergo, dumber."
References to Star Wars.
"Hey, Luke, I'm your father. Remember? We figured that out in 1980 when
I told you in that movie? Anyway, I thought I'd tell you again thirty-two years later – through song."
The reference to Zelda, Ocarina of Time.
"Took half of my life to beat, but it was worth it."
of all, there's no way that game took half of your life to beat. I beat
it when I was thirteen. It took half of my grade six year, but I'm sure
I didn't miss much.
Can we stop with these? What is the
point? The only people who are doing these are people who are old enough
to remember the thing they are referencing, but still feel the need to
use new school ways of gloating about it.
"What do you know
about the video game Monsters in My Pocket? Huh?! For the first
Nintendo!? You weren't even born, stupid! That's old school! You don't
know nothing about that! It was before your time! But the iPhone and the
Mac I used to show you about it are clearly right in your time. I... I
guess... ah hell. You're still stupid!"
memes are things that would be funny to people who work in offices.
People who are doing anything to pass the time and not think about their
day. Passed back and forth from cubical to cubical.
"Hey, check this out! It'll make you not want to kill yourself for two minutes."
"A whole two minutes? Man, that's huge. Not since high school have I felt that level of not killing myself-edness."
memes being passed around so much, Facebook now seems like an office.
It's now become a water cooler where we can all stop and talk hilarity.
"Hey, man, you see the picture of the Credible Hulk?"
I wish. This job is kicking my ass. I'm thinking of taking a picture of
our boss and writing the caption, "I'm a boss, which stands for Bald
Old Son of a Saddlehack" on it.
"Ewwww, already done, big fella."
"Really? Saddlehack? I don't even know what it means, I just like how it sounded."
"Yeah, done. Gary in marketing. That guy uses every club in the bag."
I hope we can get back to jokes without pictures. Until then, what
about this – a picture of Inspector Gadget standing in line in a grocery
store with tons of groceries in front of him and the caption, "Go, go
gadget credit! ...Well, I guess I'll have to go go gadget steal it." No?
Nothing? You're right. It does need a picture.