Last Brain Cell: 50 Hilarious Posts And Memes, As Seen On The ‘Iconic Posts’ X Page
The longer you surf the net, the greater your chances of accidentally stumbling down one of the many digital rabbit holes. There, even the most toughened-up internet veterans might find themselves utterly befuddled by the content they encounter.
Enter, stage right, the ‘Iconic Posts’ account on X (formerly Twitter). It’s a project that documents some of the most bizarre, unhinged, and chaotic memes ever to grace the World Wide Web. We’ve collected some of the strangest images to confuse and amuse you. Check them out as you scroll down.
As it turns out, quite a few people are massive fans of utterly unhinged internet content. At the time of writing, the ‘Iconic Post’ (aka @origins_audio) X account (formerly Twitter, thanks, Elon) had a following of nearly 890k internet users.
It just goes to show that weirdness will always have an audience. Even when the chaos is turned all the way up to 11.
Memes, at their core, are ideas, bits of content, and glimpses into people’s identities. They get shared (and hopefully reshared), whether that’s on the internet or in real life. So a meme, by definition, is only as successful as it is viral.
Memes that barely get any attention are simply failed attempts to lodge an idea in people’s minds. On the flip side, something that spreads everywhere is an example of success, even if it might be slightly controversial, bizarre, or not up everyone’s alley.
However, a meme’s lack of context (as evidenced on ‘Iconic Post’) is very much a double-edged sword. It can work in favor of the meme itself just as much as against it. For one, when an image is chaotic and doesn’t have a caption, it leaves the audience baffled by what they’re seeing.
While some might find humor here, others are turned off because what they’re looking at is completely random.
This lack of context, however, shows memes at their purest and rawest. When you have just an image, without any verbal explanation whatsoever, you’re relying on the visual to carry the entire message. If the image goes viral, it can become iconic and entrench itself in internet history.
Besides that, there are plenty of people who love the whole mystery aspect. They enjoy doing some detective work and guessing what the images are all about and what exactly happened.
There is another layer to all the unhinged weirdness that you’ll find in these memes, though. It’s exactly because memes live and die based on their virality that they need to be relatable. To put it bluntly, if an image resonates with you on some level, you’re likely to pass it on.
On the other hand, if you feel no connection whatsoever, you’re likely to ignore it. So memes, whatever form they might take, need to be relatable. At least to some extent!
Something that also helps memes spread is adding some humor into the mix. Though it’s definitely not required, comedy can help content go viral. After all, if you’re laughing and enjoying yourself, you’re likely to want to loop your friends into the whole thing, too. However, people have very different senses of humor.
It’s essential to recognize this because you’re going to attract different audiences based on the jokes you share.
Dad jokes, for example, are corny and inoffensive, so they’re almost always a safe bet. Sure, you’ll get people who don’t like them because of their cheesiness. But for the vast majority of the internet, dad jokes are a bit of good old fun.
Now contrast that with Gen Z humor which often very heavily relies on randomness. It has plenty of fans, but it’s going to go over many people’s heads, too.
Ideally, you’ll end up with a meme that’s relatable and funny (at least to some people). Something that can help you go viral is commenting on important recent events.
There’s a potential problem, though. As soon as the news is replaced by other events, your meme might lose a lot of its context. That might make it incomprehensible to people in a few years or even just a few months.
It’s a far safer bet to make memes that tackle fundamental questions about being a human being. Things like health and wealth, relationships and parenting…
...As well as upvoting memes in the middle of the work day while being chronically exhausted now that you’re an adult with tons of responsibilities.
Which of these pics, as featured on ‘Iconic Posts,’ did you enjoy the most? Which ones made you laugh the hardest? Which ones do you personally think were the most random and the weirdest of the bunch? Do you prefer ‘traditional’ memes or contextless ones? We’d love to hear your thoughts, Pandas, so swing by the comment section to share yours.