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Memes are more than just entertainment. If you scroll through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, then you've surely noticed how mainstream they've become—memes dominate our newsfeeds more than actual news itself. Whether they come as images or videos, they can be political, satirical, comical, pretty much anything you can imagine, and they not only make us laugh, but have the ability to identify a common feeling, experience, or opinion as well. I mean, how many times have you seen a funny meme and thought 'that is so me'? And then tagged your friend in the comments? It's this that makes memes such a popular cultural phenomenon: they're both personal and universal. To see what I mean, scroll through this relatable memes list compiled by Bored Panda—you'll see that even seemingly harmless, funny memes can open up doors to more serious topics.

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The dog in pic 1 looks so happy! I get that all the people voted for them

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The term meme was coined in 1976 by British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his work The Selfish Gene. Dawkins conceived of memes as the cultural parallel to biological genes and considered them, in a manner similar to "selfish" genes, as being in control of their own reproduction, thus serving their own ends. 

So in those terms, memes carry information, are replicated, and are transmitted from one person to another, and have the ability to evolve. Memes mutate at random, undergoing natural selection, and can take a variety of forms, such as an idea, a skill, a behaviour, a phrase, or a particular fashion.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know and also when u look in the mirror and u look amazing but on camera you look awful

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The replication and transmission of a meme occurs when one person copies cultural information from another person. It is carried out primarily by means of verbal, visual, or electronic communication, ranging from books and conversation to television, e-mail, or the Internet. Naturally, those memes that are most successful in being copied and transmitted become the most prevalent within a culture.

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All My Homies Are Nocturnal

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I get so invested in my books or catch up tv that I lose track of the time completely. One minute it will only be 7:30pm and the next it is almost midnight.

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Can't Believe It's Over

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Watching this while I'm on a video meeting with a potential client, leaving my colleague do the talk is so soooo relatable 🤣🤣🤣

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The exploration of relationships between cultural evolution, cultural transmission, and imitation has led to interesting theories about memes. For example, various ideas have emerged about the nature of memes, wondering if they are beneficial, neutral, or harmful.

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For example, some scholars say memes may be interpreted as being inherently harmful because they are parasites or viruses of the mind; once assimilated into the human mind, their chief purpose becomes their own replication, with humans having little or no control over them.

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Drama Bean

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cats in the wild: "Mmm, a week-old roadkill" Cats at home: "Is there beef in this kibble? I'm allergic"

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Identity Theft Is Not A Joke, Jim

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is usually the one with the brakes. When people try to move the trolley with the brake on, the tyre gets ruined, and then it becomes the bad apple.

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Some memes, on the other hand, are benign or beneficial but can become dangerous because after they have been seeded in the human mind, they lend themselves to being misused or abused. Consider memes associated with religious or political ideas, for example. They may benefit the people who carry them, but those same memes, when imposed on people whose religious or political memes are different, may cause harm, such as through the loss of religious traditions or social or political stability. 

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The Moment Before Disaster

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I ALWAYS close the lid before flushing. Don't want anything splashing on me! And I definitely don't see the water rising.

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Mildly Inconvenient

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yes, and when you're actually getting ready/playing the game/eating the food it goes so quickly!

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404 - Brain Not Found

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's very annoying when minecraft does that. This can also be when you stub your toe

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Relatable-Jokes

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

we need an app where if you hum the tune or riff, it finds the song. quickly, Scientist Pandas!

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I'ma Scream

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3 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well I would rather the clothes caught on the k**b than a stick up the nose.

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Me_irl

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3 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am the opposite. I prefer phone calls to texts. Especially if the texts end up being back and forth, I f*****g hate that. Get the convo over and done with by calling them, plus you get the tone of voice and emotion that you can’t get from texting.

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My Day Summed Up In One Photo

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Slap It Quick!

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The original image seems australian. I wonder why. But anyways, very relatable, very big yikes every time, worse in the shower.

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Note: this post originally had 164 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.