When it comes to memes, people have different tastes. But this time, we have something so gourmet on the menu, you'll want to try it whether you're a picky or a sloppy Internet culture consumer. Even if you still occasionally use the troll face. Or have no idea what I'm talking about.

There's a Facebook page called "Memes so literal they aren't even memes". As you might've guessed, it's dedicated to literal memes. Call them puns, performance art, I don't care. The important thing is they're so self-referential, so meta, they might just save the meme world from stalling and becoming a parody of itself.

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Lauren Caswell
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1 month ago (edited)

I would gladly own this clock in order to say this at every given opportunity!

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Rissie
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Dr. Le Go to the OR. Stat!

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As for his article, "Memes so literal they aren't even memes" has over 46K followers, and getting here has been a team effort. "Our small group has been making memes together since 2018," the people behind the page told Bored Panda. "We all ran different OC meme pages of varying themes on our own but enjoyed working together on group projects. This was one of those."

"One of our admins who helped pioneer the 'birds aren't real' meme trend came up with the idea. We figured it was such an absurd concept that it wouldn't go anywhere but then a Megamind meme just took off so we kept going."

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 month ago

Man, that plimsoll line must be 5 stories high when empty

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Chancey
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1 month ago

I actually snorted on this one!

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The content on the page is a mixture of gems this team discovers on the internet and stuff they create on their own. "Every so often, one of us finds a repost on Reddit that works with the concept but we make the majority of our own stuff," they explained. "Anything with 'arbitrary watermark' somewhere on it was made by one of us."

There's no 'correct' formula that constitutes a good literal meme, so the criteria that determine whether or not a particular meme gets featured on the page vary. Sometimes, the guys post possible submissions in their group chat and if the majority of them approve, the meme gets posted.

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Linda Cowley
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1 month ago

Snort-laugh!

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Lauren Caswell
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1 month ago

I love it

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"I would say that [our] success is mostly due to the name of the page, the individual memes aren't usually that funny but the fact that we're beating a dead horse kinda makes it funnier," one of the guys, who goes by TQ online, said.

"Like sometimes the joke is just that we're still making this same general joke and it keeps being funny. Meta on several levels."

Additionally, TQ thinks literal memes work right now because they do catch folks off guard in their own special way. "The world has been so messed up this past year... Maybe people just want something simple to digest that isn't trying to change their mind about something (at least that's my personal hypothesis)."

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

So penetrating.

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Vladimir Bozic
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1 month ago

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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That being said, literal memes aren't for everyone. Even TQ considers them niche. "As previously stated, we are all still flabbergasted that this even took off," they explained. "It may surprise people to know that they can take more work than the average OC sh**post. Sometimes there is even research involved. For instance, I wouldn't know Young Thug's legal name had we not started this page."

Arguably the main reason why literal memes stand out, in my opinion, is originality. While so many of their "competitors" require you to know at least some context in whatever field they were born from, you can enjoy literal memes even if you've literally lived under a rock and just got your first smartphone.

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 month ago

Liquefaction should be a blast

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Sleazy Weaver
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1 month ago

Next time use a less GRAINY image!

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Chancey
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1 month ago

Yes it did, I mean is!

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Chancey
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1 month ago

God grant me the serenity to be a battery.

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Autumn
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1 month ago

A very nice banner at that

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Lauren Caswell
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1 month ago

No one will recognise me...

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Sue Simmons
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1 month ago

Love it. Lol.

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Hans
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1 month ago

No s**t!

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Chancey
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1 month ago

I love this one! Puns are the greatest.

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Lauren Caswell
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1 month ago (edited)

Lol! Repeat offender 😂

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Hans
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1 month ago

I didn't succeed as I missed a d.

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

Oh well...

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David Blake
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1 month ago

What sorcery is this?!

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Toea Muresan Iulia
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1 month ago

that's so stupid :)))

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James016
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1 month ago

Ha ha ha

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Danieletc
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1 month ago

Ore dig that other rockin' girl - ?

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Birgit M
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1 month ago

Looks cowmfortable!

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Lauren Caswell
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1 month ago

Make that 8 ppl

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earringnut
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1 month ago

Good I really don't want to look at seamen.

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earringnut
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1 month ago

I was not expecting this. I like it.

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earringnut
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1 month ago

That took me way to long to get. I am not proud.

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Jessica Shookhoff
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1 month ago

The nerd in me loves this one

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Adam
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1 month ago

Does the Crab have advantage?

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Lauren Caswell
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1 month ago

Me in my next life?

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Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

or one of the geese has farted

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Chancey
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1 month ago

Yes it is!

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Nicola Roberts
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1 month ago

P@$$w0rd

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

Yes she does.

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 month ago

Hee hee

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Emo Sloth
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1 month ago

No it aint

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Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

I thought Marshall Mathers did a great job playing himself in 8 mile

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Birgit M
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1 month ago

And a few more of him would be a Craigslist.

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