We love our memes here at Bored Panda; I mean, come on, who doesn't? The combination of funny animal pictures and witty captioning is hard to beat, all wrapped up in an easily sharable format so we can spread the love with our friends! But did you ever wonder what your favorite silly animals from memes would look like in the real world?

Japanese artist Meetissai has your answer. Specializing in those awkward animal fails, the sculptor makes tiny figurines from viral internet moments that you are sure to recognize. It all began when Meetissai was searching for a 'real-life' version of a favorite meme. Unable to find one, the artist got to work making it at home! The cool art project has proven so popular that there is now a whole collection of funny animal memes immortalized forever in 3D form, all thanks to the creativity and imagination of Meetissai.

Scroll down below to check them all out for yourself and let us know what you think of this unique art in the comments!

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Sunzilla
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1 year ago

I love this picture. Why did the raccoon carry the kitten into the house?

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Do you know where the concept of memes originally came from? This popular form of communication actually has its roots in academia, and the term was coined by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his famous 1976 book, The Selfish Gene. His original idea of a meme was “a unit of cultural transmission or imitation,” with examples including the concept of God, nursery rhymes and jokes, catchphrases and fashion trends.

According to The Conversation, the word "comes from the Greek “mimema”, meaning imitated, which Dawkins supposedly shortened to rhyme with gene; a nod to the similarities between the survival of certain memes through the evolution of culture, and the survival of certain genes through the process of natural selection."

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ravina nimje
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1 year ago

Makes excellent book end

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Renee Kamphuys
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1 year ago

Zoom zoom

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Today's internet memes are units of popular culture that are shared, copied and modified by people. Memes go far beyond the original image itself, but are whole subspecies of items that evolved from the founding idea.

"The first meme on the internet was actually the sideways “smiley,” created in 1982 by American computer scientist Scott E. Fahlman," The Conversation writes. "The practice of using punctuation markers to show emotion was quickly picked up by internet users all over the world, and several other expressions, such as :-( and ;-), were added to the repertoire of the “emoticon” meme."

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A B C
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1 year ago

Come on baby, dance with me

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Withnail
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1 year ago

Uh oh, here comes trouble!

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"In 1998, when the web was enjoying more mainstream use, the Hampster Dance meme – depicting rows of dancing hamster GIFs, on the website of Canadian art student Deidre Lacarte – became popular. By the end of June 1999, the site had been visited 17m times. It later spawned a catchy song by the Cuban Boys and a viral remix by Hampton the Hamster, as well as several copycat sites. This meme, as simple as it may be, is one of the first examples of viral digital content."

Later on, things like LOLCats, Grumpy Cat and the Shiba Inu meme became part of internet culture, and even affected the way we speak to each other. Memes inevitably began to be used by people to promote certain political ideas or ideologies. "Pepe the Frog, for example, was appropriated from the comic series Boy’s Club by the alt-Right, ultimately becoming a racist symbol before being killed off by his creator Matt Furie."

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Withnail
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1 year ago

Hard-boiled doggo

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Mina
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1 year ago

BODE

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Like nature itself memes continue to evolve, giving us new and creative means of communication, especially for those people 'in the know.' It is no surprise that animals, particularly cats feature heavily, they have long been a part of culture and communication, from ancient Egypt to Garfield. While some things change, others remain the same and where there are jokes and pictures to share, there will be cats!

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Withnail
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1 year ago

Sausage roll with legs. And a tail.

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Larkin Elliott (student)
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1 year ago

Beautiful

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A B C
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1 year ago

Cats are clearly liquids.

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Ahnnah Newell
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1 year ago

lunchables! Let's mix things up!

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Withnail
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1 year ago

Dangnabbit, saw a crow again!

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Mina
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1 year ago

unsettling

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ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago

...and everybody was Kung Fu fightin' with fists as fast as lightnings...

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Alexandra miu
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1 year ago

Hahaha lol

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Withnail
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1 year ago

Waiting for my wife to finish shopping...

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A B C
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1 year ago

Oof, heavy winds today

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A B C
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1 year ago

That's life as it should be.

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

I love how these foxes hunt, it's darn impressive.

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Brookie uwu
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1 year ago

SKSNKSFZDKS IM CRYING

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A B C
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1 year ago

Boop.

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A B C
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1 year ago

Now THAT's a piggy-back ride

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Sunzilla
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1 year ago

FishCat

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Alexandra miu
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1 year ago

Hahaha LOL 😂

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A B C
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1 year ago

CorgiCopter

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Whiterain25 furry
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1 year ago

nightmare fuel

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1 year ago

Freeze!

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Chelsea Bates
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1 year ago

It's a lama loaf

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Sunzilla
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1 year ago

SquareCat?

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A B C
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1 year ago

Wait, whe... Aaaaah. I first thought it was the tail in the front, so I wondered where it's body is. But I reckon the cat sits IN the box and its one or two front paws, right?

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Unhuman_Weirdo
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1 year ago

Hello, hooman do you happen to know where my testicles have gone?

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DemPugs
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1 year ago

He's giving himself a boop :D

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A B C
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1 year ago

Doggomon, attack with whirlwind!

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Alexandra miu
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1 year ago

The New Black hole

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A B C
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1 year ago

One catloaf to go, please <3

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Alexandra miu
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1 year ago (edited)

Cat makes yoga

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Alexandra miu
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1 year ago

Are you kidding me

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Ahnnah Newell
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1 year ago

YOU HAVE CROSSED THE LINE!

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反社会的 UNDER COVER
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1 year ago

What is it with all these cattopilars?

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