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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2 months ago

why. why is this so relatable...

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It's Not Happening, Youtube

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2 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. 

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Relatable

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Sarcastic Panda
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2 months ago

yes. YES!

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#4

Every Darn Night

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

My life right now. Stress induced insomnia sux a**e. If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.

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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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Diddlybop
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2 months ago (edited)

When u throw the postal receipt from sending back the clothes that didn't fit u in the bin but then two days later you haven't got your refund and you need to look in that bin to find the receipt so you get the refund

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#6

Relatable

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Diddlybop
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2 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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2 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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Evelína Zlá
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2 months ago

Upvoted for 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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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

Lol I do this as well

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#10

On This Day In 1999 The Arthur Meme Was Born

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

S**t

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#11

Big Brain Time

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

Yep

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#12

Can't Believe It's Over

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Sarcastic Panda
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2 months ago

yes i agree

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#13

Relatable

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Fred and George Weasley
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2 months ago

omg i hate when tht happens!!

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#14

I Used To Be A Reader Like You, And Then

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Periwinkle
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2 months ago

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250 pages a day. Eh not much.

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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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2 months ago

It's illegal not to!

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#16

Internal Screeching

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

And when Ur in the middle of that really good podcast you have been listening to

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#17

The Magic Spot

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

Always

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#18

Nothing's Going On Here

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Sum Guy
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2 months ago

Everyone is just having a goodtime

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#19

Drama Bean

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

Plants don't like me

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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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Paul K. Johnson
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2 months ago

This is why I always grab a cart in the parking lot on my way in. I can test it before I get stuck using it in the store. Of course if it doesn't work the next one is a crap shoot too and sometimes they work fine until you put weight in them. Still, it gives me a fighting chance.

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#21

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

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Periwinkle
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2 months ago

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#22

Too Late

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

Yeah I hate that

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#23

Congratulations. You Played Yourself

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

Ugh

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#24

Just Give Me A Chance!

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SanchaTheSeeker
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2 months ago

Checkout people at Aldi go so fast you have to rush to get everything together

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#25

Time To Order Pizza

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2 months ago

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Healthy food is good, sorry to spoil the fun. If you imply that healthy is untasty, you are doing something wrong. In this minute I am waiting on a delivery of Viatnamese food...it pretty much contains of vegetables, good oils, and carbohydrates with a high glycemic index only, but it is super tasty!

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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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2 months ago

Not too bad at least he still has the paddle

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#27

The Moment Before Disaster

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

Nonononononononononononononononononnonnononon

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#28

So True

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

I know right

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#29

Mildly Inconvenient

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Titas Burinskas
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2 months ago

Add showers on maximum cold

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#30

Lol

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Sarcastic Panda
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2 months ago

i command you to stop

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#31

404 - Brain Not Found

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Periwinkle
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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

*Starts running*

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#38

Me_irl

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Toea Muresan Iulia
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2 months ago

it's more efficient to call

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#39

Problem Solved

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Francis
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2 months ago

Push the button HARDER

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#40

My Day Summed Up In One Photo

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

Sometimes when I'm going for a s**t I start randomly thinking ' oh I'm gonna be super nice to everyone from now on' and then I come out the cubicle and hug someone really hard and theyre just like wtf leave me alone

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#41

Best I Can Do Is 5

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Periwinkle
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2 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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spirit wolf
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2 months ago

Tell me about it!!

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#43

My Tongue

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

Ouchie

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#44

When Shes Mad

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Pseudo Puppy
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2 months ago

when he's mad too....

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#45

Outstanding Move

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

Hehehe

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#46

Slap It Quick!

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

Lmao

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#47

Weeeeee

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

You'd catch 'em surfin' at Del Mar (Inside, outside, U.S.A.) Ventura County line (Inside, outside, U.S.A.) Santa Cruz and Trestles (Inside, outside, U.S.A.) Australia's Narrabeen (Inside, outside, U.S.A.) All over Manhattan (Inside, outside, U.S.A.) And down Doheny Way (Inside, outside)

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#48

Relatable-Joke

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

😭

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#49

This Is Fine

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Sarcastic Panda
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2 months ago

ok, this is me.

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#50

Oh. Ok

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Diddlybop
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2 months ago

All. The. Time.

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