Country stereotypes can be harmful, but other times they can be downright hilarious. No matter where you are from, you've probably had someone spout of some ridiculous stereotype about your city, country, or continent. But this list of memes proves there may be some truth to those funny stereotypes.

'Meanwhile, in X' is a viral country meme series based on the participial phrase 'Meanwhile in…,' "a literary device that allows an easy segue between two concurrent events in different places. Scroll down below to check out some of the most hilariously funny memes from places around the world (including your own). Don't forget to upvote your favs!

#1

Meanwhile In Australia

Meanwhile In Australia

Shady_Slim Report

engineer_nope.avi
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1 year ago

Welp, guess which place is not on my bucket list.

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The first account of the "Meanwhile in" meme appeared sometime in February 2010. A flipped image of a Holden Commodore (a very common Australian-made sedan) with the caption "Meanwhile in Australia" appeared on 4chan via /b/ board. The image alluded to the age-old joke that everything in Australia is "upside-down" (due to its southern hemisphere location), and the new meme quickly went viral across imageboard sites, blog networks and aggregator services. Since then, multiple variations with other countries and their stereotypes have been posted.

#2

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

fngrtps Report

ravina nimje
Community Member
1 year ago

Thats so sweet, trusting people.

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#3

Meanwhile In India

Meanwhile In India

hooliganking Report

engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

This should be everywhere

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Before there was the internet and memes there were books. This meme originates from a much older expression "Meanwhile, back at the X," a plot transition technique that is as old as Homer. It rose to popularity in the nineteenth century, when most novels were serialized in popular magazines. 

#4

Meanwhile In London

Meanwhile In London

Hello_Wisconsin Report

sakora
Community Member
1 year ago

What is on level 6?

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#5

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

BuffyASummers0717 Report

Cassim Dawjee
Community Member
1 year ago

you mean there's another way?

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This literary strategy made its way to film and was used in silent movies when transitions were achieved through title cards interspersed between scenes. In the earliest days, studios didn’t make custom cards for each new movie, but instead used a set of stock cards: “One Year Later,” “Comes the Dawn,” and most famously “Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch” were the cards used when the action cutaway. 

#6

Meanwhile In Montreal

Meanwhile In Montreal

DannyB1aze Report

Giraffes Inc.
Community Member
1 year ago

I love this one!

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#7

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

NojayGames Report

Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

This is in Nara, Japan, where the deer are treated as fellow citizens.

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Radio programs took on the phrase as well for their popular Western programs - such as The Lone Ranger. "During the course of a battle between settlers and Indians or cowboys and outlaws, there would be a flashback to the ranch preceded by the caption (or radio message), “Meanwhile, back at the ranch.” The phrase became part of the common lexicon and was used in casual conversation. During Lyndon Johnson’s presidency (1963–69), according to William Safire, the phrase was used to refer to activities at the LBJ Ranch in Texas.

#8

Meanwhile In Singapore

Meanwhile In Singapore

BalliBumbulius Report

Cat on a bike
Community Member
1 year ago

This is me right now after 1 week of holiday 🤣

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#9

Meanwhile In The United Kingdom

Meanwhile In The United Kingdom

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

Brutal

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While not everyone knows the origin, this phrase has evolved to take on a meaning all its own. According to Robert Hendrickson, author of the "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" (Facts on Files, New York, 1997) says: "meanwhile, back at the ranch. An expression that originated as a movie caption in the silent film era at the beginning of the century, these words are used humorously today when someone wants to get back to a story after going off on a tangent."

#10

Meanwhile In Texas

Meanwhile In Texas

Just moved to Texas. Fitting in perfectly

wrigleyirish Report

engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

*in David Attenborough's voice* Here, we are able to witness a wild Honda trying to blend in with his bigger cousins. It seems that he is doing quite well.

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#11

Meanwhile In Sweden

Meanwhile In Sweden

cyan1618 Report

Maja Lykkegaard
Community Member
1 year ago

Just fantastic

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#12

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

chitaroni Report

Cassim Dawjee
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

thats so hurtful, they should learn to be nice like Canadians

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#13

Meanwhile In Iceland

Meanwhile In Iceland

burningmidnight Report

engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

This is funny

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#14

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

arbili Report

sakora
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Super-Sayian-Gangham-Style-Yuppie-Salaryman

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#15

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

Hell_hath_no Report

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

The sunny side of life!

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#16

Meanwhile In Bosnia

Meanwhile In Bosnia

TomBradyGOAT Report

SacredPistachio
Community Member
1 year ago

Spot the issue.

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#17

Meanwhile In Australia

Meanwhile In Australia

clitmitten Report

Magic567
Community Member
1 year ago

at first, I didn't see Santa and i was like um ok...

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#18

Meanwhile In Russia. Seems Legit

Meanwhile In Russia. Seems Legit

Shoooric Report

engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

Rullywood. :)))

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#19

Meanwhile In Texas

Meanwhile In Texas

AlexDFN Report

Cassim Dawjee
Community Member
1 year ago

This is brilliant, super cool hard hat, I want one

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#20

Meanwhile In France

Meanwhile In France

SmileyFace-_- Report

Joeshar
Community Member
1 year ago

France or Peru?

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#21

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

ShittyHaircut Report

sakora
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm sorry...

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#22

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

deadiphone Report

Cassim Dawjee
Community Member
1 year ago

that scared the crap out of me

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#23

Meanwhile In Alaska

Meanwhile In Alaska

mntoak Report

Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Anyone here old enough to remember 'Northern Exposure'?

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#24

Meanwhile In Springfield, Ohio

Meanwhile In Springfield, Ohio

spunknugget Report

sakora
Community Member
1 year ago

Clear message.

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#25

Meanwhile In Florida

Meanwhile In Florida

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ravina nimje
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor guy, hope he got rescued

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#26

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

TheLastShade Report

Lena Hudson
Community Member
1 year ago

Darn them to heck!

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#27

Meanwhile In Minnesota

Meanwhile In Minnesota

theHamburglersNugget Report

Giraffes Inc.
Community Member
1 year ago

This is accurate.

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#28

Meanwhile In Texas

Meanwhile In Texas

mattthebarbarian Report

Amy Pattie
Community Member
1 year ago

So, apparently other people in the world find this strange?

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#29

Meanwhile In Korea

Meanwhile In Korea

alekmude Report

Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

I identify with the face of the man on the right side.

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#30

Meanwhile In Finland, We Really Do Love Our Personal Space

Meanwhile In Finland, We Really Do Love Our Personal Space

Famsys Report

Maja Lykkegaard
Community Member
1 year ago

Isn't that universal? Definitely the same in Denmark.

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#31

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

Zeref-117 Report

engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

What about "those street"?

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#32

Meanwhile In USA, While Dogs Nationwide Are Hiding Under Beds

Meanwhile In USA, While Dogs Nationwide Are Hiding Under Beds

Big0Lkitties Report

Cat on a bike
Community Member
1 year ago

Obviously, cause you know, cats are not animals, they are aliens.👽

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#33

Meanwhile In China (50 Lane Highway Merges Into 4)

Meanwhile In China (50 Lane Highway Merges Into 4)

j4ckmull Report

Cassim Dawjee
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like fun

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#34

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

aleenamaleena Report

engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

When you have to fight for honor at 6, but you have to attend bike gang at 5

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#35

Meanwhile Park Benches In Finland

Meanwhile Park Benches In Finland

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ravina nimje
Community Member
1 year ago

Personal space

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#36

Meanwhile In Florida

Meanwhile In Florida

DwightKSchnute Report

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

Did anyone read the sign below the sign?

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#37

Meanwhile Kearney, Nebraska

Meanwhile Kearney, Nebraska

pluggemr Report

SacredPistachio
Community Member
1 year ago

Resourcefulness at its finest.

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#38

Meanwhile In Poland

Meanwhile In Poland

szyy Report

Giraffes Inc.
Community Member
1 year ago

Perfect!

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#39

Meanwhile In Sweden

Meanwhile In Sweden

IHaeTypos Report

Zoe Drake
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks cool!

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#40

Meanwhile In Australia, High Is The Second Lowest Fire Danger Rating

Meanwhile In Australia, High Is The Second Lowest Fire Danger Rating

Brinq Report

Zoe Drake
Community Member
1 year ago

Thats bad

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