Top 10 memes of 2016

MICHAEL BLACKWOOD, STAFF WRITER

2016 has been a momentous year in the world of memes. Events such as the presidential election spawned numerous images for internet users to create with. Narrowed down from the many, here is a list of the top 10 memes of 2016.

#10: Donald Trump’s Hair

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Courtesy of Doda

Throughout the election season, Trump’s hair has taken on a life of its own, leading to copycats in every form from an actual cat to an ear of corn.

#9 Get you a man who can do both

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Image courtesy of @MikeShotya_

This meme originated in February. It began with Drake and spread to everyone and everything else imaginable.

 

#8 Dat Boi

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Image courtesy of knowyourmeme.com

Although this meme originated in 2015, it did not gain popularity until April of 2016 when its usage skyrocketed. Pun intended.

#7 Ted Cruz Zodiac Killer

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Image courtesy of knowyourmeme.com

This meme has roots as far back as 2012. Because of similarities in 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz and sketches of the Zodiac Killer, who went on a 37-person killing spree in 1960s and 70s, many people began to joke that they were the same person.

#6 Ken Bone

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Image courtesy of knowyourmeme.com

Ken Bone was attending the second presidential debate when he asked a question and won the internet’s heart. He immediately became an internet celebrity, with people even asking for him to run for president.

#5 Confused Mr. Krabs

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Image courtesy of @isthatahmed

Originating from the television show, Spongebob Squarepants, this meme has been used to indicate confusion for all of 2016.

#4 Prankster Joe Biden

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Image courtesy of knowyourmeme.com

In November, the internet was flooded with images of President Barrack Obama asking Vice President Joe Biden about various pranks that Biden had pulled on Donald Trump.

#3 Jordan Cry Face

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Image courtesy of refinery29

This picture of Michael Jordan crying was originally used when someone messed up in a sports game; however, 2016 saw the meme rise above sports and now used for comical mess ups in every genre.

#2 Pokemon Go

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Image courtesy of Iheart Radio

2016 saw the rise and fall of Pokemon Go. When Pokemon Go was released, it immediately took over the internet. Many existing memes mixed with the many originals that were created from the game

#1 Harambe

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Image courtesy of The Telegraph

Taking the number 1 spot is Harambe the Gorilla. Harambe was a 17 year old gorilla who was killed when a small child fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo in May. The internet fell in love and has not stopped talking about Harambe since his death.