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.

#1

Why Is This So True

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Sarcastic Panda
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4 months ago

why. why is this so relatable...

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#2

It's Not Happening, Youtube

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Little Zoologist
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4 months ago

Yeah

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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. 

#3

Relatable

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Sarcastic Panda
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4 months ago

yes. YES!

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#4

Every Darn Night

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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4 months ago

I hate that.

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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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Relatable-Jokes

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Birgit Merkentrup
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4 months ago

Yeah, each and every time!

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#6

Relatable

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Diddlybop
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4 months ago

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

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#7

Don't Wake Up. Don't Wake Up

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Sarcastic Panda
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4 months ago

as soon as I wake up and it's past 3am, I am awake.

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#8

It Do Be Like Dat

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Raven Sheridan
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4 months ago

Poor Keanu.

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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.

#9

All My Homies Are Nocturnal

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

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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#10

On This Day In 1999 The Arthur Meme Was Born

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Diddlybop
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4 months ago

S**t

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#11

Big Brain Time

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Diddlybop
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4 months ago

Yep

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#12

Can't Believe It's Over

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Saoznei
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4 months ago

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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#13

Relatable

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Diddlybop
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4 months ago

If you haven't experienced this u don't know true pain

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#14

I Used To Be A Reader Like You, And Then

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Nico Di Angelo
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4 months ago

I did it in one or two nights

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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.

#15

We Have All Done This

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Mohsie Supposie
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4 months ago

It's illegal not to!

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#16

Internal Screeching

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Periwinkle
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4 months ago

The because and all words before are not exactly necessary.

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#17

The Magic Spot

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Diddlybop
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4 months ago

Always

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#18

Nothing's Going On Here

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Sum Guy
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4 months ago

Everyone is just having a goodtime

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#19

Drama Bean

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Verena
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4 months ago

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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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.

#20

Identity Theft Is Not A Joke, Jim

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Mohsie Supposie
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4 months ago

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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#21

Learning Is Tough... Though... Through... Well Whatever

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Doggo Froggo
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4 months ago

I am English and that has made me cringe!

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#22

Too Late

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Diddlybop
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4 months ago

Yeah I hate that

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#23

Congratulations. You Played Yourself

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Diddlybop
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4 months ago

Ugh

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#24

Just Give Me A Chance!

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Diddlybop
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4 months ago

I just run and let the change fall out my hands

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#25

Time To Order Pizza

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troufaki13
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4 months ago

Is.. he peeing???

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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. 

#26

Everything's Fine

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Raven Sheridan
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4 months ago

This is fine. 🔥

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#27

The Moment Before Disaster

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Mohsie Supposie
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4 months ago

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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#28

So True

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Diddlybop
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4 months ago

I know right

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#29

Mildly Inconvenient

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Sarcastic Panda
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4 months ago

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

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#30

Lol

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Diddlybop
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4 months ago

Mm hmm all the time

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#31

404 - Brain Not Found

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Periwinkle
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4 months ago

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

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#32

Relatable-Jokes

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Julia Atkinson
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4 months ago

Works for me

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#33

Reads Everything In The Group Chat But Never Writes Anything

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

How I feel at parties.

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#34

Helicopter Goes Brrrr

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Candace Fitzpatrick
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4 months ago

Age 10- hands straight. Age 40- hands on hips. Age 60- hands clasped behind back

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#35

Relatable-Jokes

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Sarcastic Panda
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4 months ago

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

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#36

I'ma Scream

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago (edited)

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

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#37

The Awkwardness Hurts

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4 months ago

*Starts running*

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#38

Me_irl

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago (edited)

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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#39

Problem Solved

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Francis
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4 months ago

Push the button HARDER

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#40

My Day Summed Up In One Photo

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Periwinkle
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4 months ago

Welcome to being an animator, friend. I feel really called out here.

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#41

Best I Can Do Is 5

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Periwinkle
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4 months ago

7* songs from the playlist. Contrary to the other 82-

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#42

It's Real Brain Hours

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Doggo Froggo
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4 months ago

So accurate! I love the expressions.

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#43

My Tongue

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Diddlybop
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4 months ago

Ouchie

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#44

When Shes Mad

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Pseudo Puppy
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4 months ago

when he's mad too....

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#45

Outstanding Move

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Diddlybop
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4 months ago

Hehehe

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#46

Slap It Quick!

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Periwinkle
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4 months ago

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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#47

Weeeeee

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

Don’t have that problem using body wash. Hate soap bars.

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#48

Relatable-Joke

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troufaki13
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4 months ago

And olives!!!

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#49

This Is Fine

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john
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4 months ago

I feel this one

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#50

Oh. Ok

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Doggo Froggo
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4 months ago

There is nothing more mortifying!

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