We have all seen these faces somewhere on the Internet. Have you ever thought how they originated? How they became famous?
Here’s the story behind 10 most popular meme’s on the internet.
1. BAD LUCK BRIAN
Bad Luck Brian’s friend thought his junior picture from high school was funny, so he turned it into a meme. His real name is Kyle and ironically, Kyle has relatively good luck in his life, yet his meme, “Brian” has terrible luck. Example of Kyle’s good luck: Kyle once won an XBox360 and a PSP within 2 weeks.
2. OVERLY ATTACHED GIRLFRIEND
Laina Morris, AKA the Overly Attached Girlfriend, skyrocketed to internet stardom when a video she posted of a rather creepy version of Justin Bieber’s song ‘Girlfriend’ went viral. A screengrab from the video quickly became a meme, and the rest is history.
3. SUCCESS KID
The original image was taken by photographer Laney Griner of her then 11-month-old son Sammy on August 26th, 2007. She posted it to both her personal Flickr account. The real “Success Kid” is turning 6 years old this year
4. GRUMPY CAT
Grumpy Cat, real name Tardar Sauce, Her owner Tabatha Bundesen says that her permanently grumpy-looking face is due to feline dwarfism. There has been some talk for creating a Grumpy Cat movie, in a similar Garfield-like style. Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book will be released on October 15, 2013 by Chronicle Books.
5. THIRD WORLD SUCCESS KID
On November 11th, 2011, Slacktory published a compilation of photos entitled ‘Third World Perks: A Photo Meme’ as an alternative to First World Problems. The images consisted of people living in impoverished conditions accompanied by optimistic captions.
6. One Does Not Simply
The phrase originates from the movie ‘Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings’.
The scene consists of the conversation. (Source:Knowyourmeme)
Elrond: The ring must be taken deep into Mordor and cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came. One of you must do this.
Boromir: One does not simply walk into Mordor.
7. DISASTER GIRL
The photograph of the girl and the burning house was taken by Dave Roth in January 2004 during the local fire department’s live drill training two blocks away from his home in Mebane, North Carolina. While observing the fire, Dave caught his daughter, Zoe, smiling devilishly juxtaposed against the burning house.
8. Conspiracy Keanu
On December 11th, 2008, New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog published a slideshow titled ‘Vulture’s Complete Field Guide to the Facial Expressions of Keanu Reeves’ that consisted of screen captures of Reeves from various films. The 22nd slide featured an image of Ted (played by Keanu Reeves) taken from the 1989 comedy film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure in a scene where Ted is being chased by medieval knights.
9. SCUMBAG STEVE
Blake Boston, better known to most as the internet’s Scumbag Steve, became an internet face when somebody nabbed his high school Myspace picture and spread it around the web.
10. THE ROCK DRIVING
On July 29th, 2009, Newgrounds Forum member Metal Star submitted a three-pane comic template image featuring screen captures from movie ‘The Race to Witch Mountain’ in a new thread. Over the course of the next 10 months, the thread gained over 690 responses, many of which featured customized versions of the template.