There are quite a few people who mistakenly see history as a boring subject. Learning about events that happened years ago or people that are long gone may seem like a waste of time. But the truth is, it’s actually much more than memorizing a whole lot of dates, figures, and names. And it can be pretty entertaining too!

Just take a look at the History Memes subreddit that is purely dedicated to sharing jokes about the old days. More than 3.6M self-described history experts continuously share hilarious takes on our past and mix in a little fun to the facts.

We have selected some of the best posts from this online community to prove that history is not dull at all. Continue scrolling and let us know which ones you enjoyed most! Also, if you can’t get enough of funny memes about the subject, be sure to check out our previous posts right here, here, and here.

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Impressive

Impressive

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(T)reacherou(S)
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4 months ago

YGG!

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#2

History Meme

History Meme

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
4 months ago

Luftwaffe: "Don't worry, I'll put them out for you."

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#3

I Am Confusion

I Am Confusion

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Random Anon
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Yeah, I am with the "xD" response on this one.

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Since 2012, the History Memes subreddit has amassed more than 3.6M members with several thousand researchers scrolling through the forum at any given time. Online communities like this one show us how learning events that happened before us can help us better understand the present. 

Finding the time to explore history is always a great idea. This way, we fill our heads with compelling knowledge and valuable context that allows us to see how our actions shaped the world. While not all things in our past are fun and full of joy, there are plenty of interesting topics for virtually everyone. 

To learn more about this subject and why history buffs enjoy looking at hilarious memes about our past, we reached out to Darren R. Reid, Ph.D., a lecturer in history at Coventry University. When asked whether funny pictures and jokes can be used in teaching, he said that they are a great way of communicating complex ideas in a fun and accessible way.

#4

It Really Do Be Like That (Via: @russiansinlondon)

It Really Do Be Like That (Via: @russiansinlondon)

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Andy Acceber
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4 months ago

This is surprisingly succinct and accurate.

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#5

We Love Petty

We Love Petty

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Danish Dynomummy
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh Ludwig you didn't

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#6

Thanks For Clarifying

Thanks For Clarifying

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Luther von Wolfen
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4 months ago

Thank you, anonymous Wiki editor.

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#7

History Meme

History Meme

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Mohammad Ammar
Community Member
4 months ago

Also, huts and sticks are still signs of a rich history.

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"They can be very clever and I think students really appreciate using memes to help them to connect to the topics they’re studying," Reid told Bored Panda. When so many people enjoy encountering them online, the lecturer said that "when they’re good, they are intelligent, witty, and fun. They also help people easily understand (and remember!) important events or ideas."

While some believe that history is a dull subject that is slowly losing its significance in the academic world, Reid said that it’s, in fact, one of the most enduring and popular ones. "Practically everyone, at some point in their life, will set out to learn something about the past. History memes let us explore that enthusiasm in a new way, connecting with a broader and younger audience." 

"If someone doesn’t love history yet, they probably haven’t learned about the area and period that will capture their imagination," he continued. "Memes are a great way to tell stories in a really accessible way — and they help people to learn about compelling chapters of the past that they didn’t even know existed."

#8

It Do Be Like That

It Do Be Like That

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Ciara Eynon
Community Member
4 months ago

Omg this iconic cultural shift had been foretold!!! 😂

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#9

History Meme

History Meme

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Buren
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4 months ago

That is so f up realistic

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#10

History Meme

History Meme

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Anchal Gupta
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4 months ago

Cute Rabbit 🐰 🐇

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#11

Big Brain Meme

Big Brain Meme

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
4 months ago

LMAO Nice one!

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Studying the little details that surround a specific era or event can help us deepen our knowledge and grasp why things happened the way they did. After all, learning about our past can change our perspective, improve critical thinking, and let us come up with new brilliant ideas. While the basic facts provide us with context, understanding how civilizations, cultures, and governments evolved is the truly fascinating part.  

#12

I Still Do This

I Still Do This

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The Penguin Bandit
Community Member
4 months ago

Sober me and drunk me need to have a talk about online shopping then 🤣

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#13

You’ve Got My Support

You’ve Got My Support

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troufaki13
Community Member
4 months ago

Sign me up!!

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#14

Quit Horsing Around

Quit Horsing Around

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
4 months ago

I can see myself doing this in that past life, and ending the whole plan in one snort😂

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#15

Father Of John Wick

Father Of John Wick

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Kira Okah
Community Member
4 months ago

Was special forces in WW2 and taught Peter Jackson what sound a man makes when he gets stabbed in the back. It's in interviews anyway, I don't know about his wiki page.

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If you’re wondering why people should pursue history at all, it "teaches you how to investigate complex, world-shaping events," Reid explained. "It teaches you how to systematically find and analyze evidence. It teaches you how to communicate your ideas. At Coventry University, our students even learn how to make documentaries."

"People who study history become critical thinkers with a powerful analytical toolset and the ability to communicate complex ideas," he added. "Those are incredibly important skills — and they develop them whilst learning about the past and the forces that have shaped our society." 

Reid stressed that studying history is not just about gaining knowledge: "It’s about gaining important skills that can be used to find success in a dizzying array of jobs and careers."

#16

First Roman Meme

First Roman Meme

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Daniel Mattock
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4 months ago

OVER MX̅!!!!!

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#17

Inspired By A Different Post Made By U/Modshave2muchpower

Inspired By A Different Post Made By U/Modshave2muchpower

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A.J Milne
Community Member
4 months ago

Kenya is love, Kenya is life

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#18

I Love How The Horseshoe Crab Refuses To Evolve

I Love How The Horseshoe Crab Refuses To Evolve

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
4 months ago

I learned recently that modern cats are very similar to ancient cats. Dogs though have evolved quite a bit. From only an evolutionary standpoint, that would suggest that cats evolved humans to better serve them instead of the other way around.

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#19

The Great War Was Just One Big Tragedy

The Great War Was Just One Big Tragedy

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Chicken Nugget
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4 months ago

War is so sad. Millions of people dying for small increases in land or the fact that one person believes in a different facet of a god. Or in the case of many wars, nothing at all.

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#20

More Like Months

More Like Months

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
4 months ago

Did that parrot even survive?

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However, with so much information floating around the web, not every historic truth or detail is true. Some might even believe in false facts and bogus theories without actually knowing they are incorrect. Reid explained that we must check our sources. "The internet is an incredible tool, but it is also responsible for producing and disenchanting a lot of bad information." 

#21

Absolute Queen

Absolute Queen

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
4 months ago

This is what women want.

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#22

Somebody Wanna Tell Him?

Somebody Wanna Tell Him?

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F8th
Community Member
4 months ago

Spoiler alert.

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#23

After One Of Stalin's Speeches People Were So Scared To Be The First One To Stop Clapping That The Applause Went On For 11 Minutes. Eventually The Director Of A Paper Factory Was The First One To Sit Down. That Night He Was Arrested And Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

After One Of Stalin's Speeches People Were So Scared To Be The First One To Stop Clapping That The Applause Went On For 11 Minutes. Eventually The Director Of A Paper Factory Was The First One To Sit Down. That Night He Was Arrested And Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

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J. F.
Community Member
4 months ago

They introduced a bell that signaled when it's OK to stop clapping

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#24

The More You Know

The More You Know

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Random Anon
Community Member
4 months ago

And over the years, the Dutch has learnt from this and enhanced their wall building skills. They are now able to keep even the sea at bay back home.

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"Don’t take anything for granted," he said. Today, we can find documents, letters, speeches, and many more sources quite quickly, so it’s always important to check how people support their points. "Look to the works of credible scholars to ensure the accuracy of whatever you’ve read or whatever you intend to produce," the lecturer added. 

#25

Deep Stuff

Deep Stuff

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F8th
Community Member
4 months ago

A gentleman and a scholar.

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#26

Sounds Like A Donda Bar

Sounds Like A Donda Bar

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Random Anon
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't know why I find this funny... lol.

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#27

For The Glory Of Rome

For The Glory Of Rome

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May
Community Member
4 months ago

Those were amazingingly hygienic for the time

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Darren R. Reid advised you to be curious and explore the past. "Learn the lessons our ancestors teach us through their words and actions. Learning about the past is one of the best ways to understand why we — all of us — act the way we do."

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On October 26 2001, An Entire Country Decided To Wipe Their Ass With Their Own Constitution.

On October 26 2001, An Entire Country Decided To Wipe Their Ass With Their Own Constitution.

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The Penguin Bandit
Community Member
4 months ago

TRUTH

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#29

Family Tree Goes Brrrrrrr

Family Tree Goes Brrrrrrr

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Otter
Community Member
4 months ago

300 wives, was it?

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#30

Gotta Respect The Ogs

Gotta Respect The Ogs

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Béatrice Gallet
Community Member
4 months ago

Ethiopians are wondering when they have been colonized !

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#31

Come On Bruv

Come On Bruv

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
4 months ago

Are you sure you've been laughing for 10 minutes straight? Have you checked the clock?

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#32

Goes For Almost Every Movie

Goes For Almost Every Movie

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Béatrice Gallet
Community Member
4 months ago

Historians in general in fact !

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#33

Smart Tactic

Smart Tactic

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Mohammad Ammar
Community Member
4 months ago

World peace achieved.

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#34

Tanegashima Go Bang

Tanegashima Go Bang

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May
Community Member
4 months ago

Well of course - they were mostly about winning

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#35

Stock Market Hurts So Bad Rn

Stock Market Hurts So Bad Rn

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
4 months ago

In the end, Caesar gets free, assembles an army, catches the pirates and has them crucified.

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#36

Who's Ready To Lose A Few Limbs And Earn A Whole Penny?

Who's Ready To Lose A Few Limbs And Earn A Whole Penny?

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Nathaniel
Community Member
4 months ago

Do not give American capitalists any ideas.

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#37

Two Cities Famous For History Of Slave Trade

Two Cities Famous For History Of Slave Trade

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May
Community Member
4 months ago

It didn't make sense to me that Prague would be a centre for slave trade - as it's not a coastal city, so I looked it up. Apparently it was - in the dark ages.

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#38

We Need More Chungus

We Need More Chungus

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Monday
Community Member
4 months ago

Ah yes, he sent me an unsolicited picture of his gaying instrument. I detest receiving pictures of dingwallaces but I have to admit it was the largest corned beef torpedo I've seen in years.

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#39

Please Help Me

Please Help Me

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
4 months ago

Incest?

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#40

Guilty Pleasure

Guilty Pleasure

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ZAPanda
Community Member
4 months ago

pft wishful thinking... those guys are really good at not being conquered. Last successful bunch were the french in 1066.

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