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
Community Member
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

Daria Z
Community Member
1 year ago

I've only once seen a man in a women's bathroom, and that man was peeking in my stall from above. Well, I wasn't inclined to be as understanding as this ad tells me to :/

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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

Anna Wentz
Community Member
1 year ago

Ahhhhhh so cool

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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

Lucida
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

"This isn't Jersey Shore" haha

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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

Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

I assume the name was chosen by the public

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#12

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

chitaroni Report

sakora
Community Member
1 year ago

Truth in face! ;)

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#13

Meanwhile In Iceland

Meanwhile In Iceland

burningmidnight Report

Elsker
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

makes me wonder what this place is, to be mistaken 4 a penis museum so often

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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

Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

Reminds me of Florida. You're sitting at a traffic light dry as a bone with the sun beating down on you and right across the intersection the cars have their wipers on high as buckets of rain is unleashed on them.

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#16

Meanwhile In Bosnia

Meanwhile In Bosnia

TomBradyGOAT Report

Jody Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm being pignapped!

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#17

Meanwhile In Australia

Meanwhile In Australia

clitmitten Report

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Good reindeer are hard to find.

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#18

Meanwhile In Russia. Seems Legit

Meanwhile In Russia. Seems Legit

Shoooric Report

Lil Bare
Community Member
1 year ago

Residents better be urinating with precision and elegance upon this very sign of glamour and capitalism

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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

Rebekah Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

It's llamaggedon

comboplush
Community Member
1 year ago

Alpacalypse

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AnneSo
Community Member
1 year ago

Ok I did some research because I'm French and I've never seen lamas like that in France! Turns out these guys belong to a campground nearby and are taking care of the lawn during winter. In summer (I guess when people use the campground), they go in mountain fields with cows and horses, and free to move around. This photo has become famous because it was during the 2016 Tour de France (Bike competition). If you want to know more, google "lamas du col du tourmalet" =)

Milena
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing, thanks for the info!

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sakora
Community Member
1 year ago

Calm down...

Best Finnish Potatoe
Community Member
1 year ago

I live in France. I never saw a lama except in a circus. Are you f*cking kidding me?!

Isabelle
Community Member
1 year ago

I can confirm.

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Joeshar
Community Member
1 year ago

France or Peru?

Emma Hunter
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah I not buying the France think , I haven't known France as a llama known country.

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Lyop
Community Member
1 year ago

This happens where I'm from in rural areas. Sheep and goats. Really don't give a damn. Chewing the cud with their very empty expressions...find your way around.

KaPOW
Community Member
1 year ago

Llama dont want no drama

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Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

Its a sit in.

Panda Kicki
Community Member
1 year ago

Rama Llama Ding Dong!

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Warning: Llamas lazily lying about the lane. Please take an alternate route.

Dann999
Community Member
1 year ago

Winamp, it really whips the llama's ass!

Sugar Latte
Community Member
1 year ago

My mom: Where do you want to live when you grow up? Me: France!!! My mom: Oh, that’s a beautiful place! Great choice! Me: I know, llamas are amazing 🦙 Mom: •_•

Elsker
Community Member
1 year ago

That's what the world needs right now. More Llamas! <3

Al Reilly
Community Member
1 year ago

Silence of the Llamas

pusheen buttercup
Community Member
1 year ago

best excuse to not go in to work?

Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

The brown one ; 'I alpacan't see shit'

TheAnimeGirl
Community Member
1 year ago

My best friend is from France. I'm gunna ask her if lamas have ever caused traffic for her haha

Billy Beecham
Community Member
1 year ago

the french and all their smoking. Poor llamas were born without legs

frederic eeckman
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd love to know the story behind that since llamas are not exactly found in the wild in France

Sheila Weila
Community Member
1 year ago

Speed bumps?

Mya Lugar
Community Member
1 year ago

LlamA IN THE mIST..so relaxing.

Patricia Favreau
Community Member
1 year ago

In Germany they have to resort to a goose girl driving geese across the road to slow speeders down. This is cool!

Charlotte Ayers
Community Member
1 year ago

"What? It wasn't like you were using the road or anything."

Winter
Community Member
1 year ago

My cousin would love this.

Rogerina Eilish
Community Member
1 year ago

OmG iT’s My SpIrIt aNiMaL

Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

Why do they have so many Llamas in France? I'm going to France!! LOVE LLAMAS!

pilipe
Community Member
1 year ago

Be carefull because I lived in France and I never saw a Lamas of my life. And I'm old.

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SimplySnips
Community Member
1 year ago

That's my little sister's dream come true!

Madeline Shafer
Community Member
10 months ago

alpacalips

Hannah Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

And behold, a pale llama...

LeilaM Hogan60
Community Member
1 year ago

I so want to be in france right now

Reynah Blair
Community Member
1 year ago

TAKE ME THERE

StormsTempest
Community Member
1 year ago

LLAMAPILLARS They turn into LLAMAFLIES

Viviana Stoicescu
Community Member
1 year ago

oh, gr8... a new strike...is it May already?

Jaye Rodger
Community Member
1 year ago

Llamazing

NWB
Community Member
1 year ago

Send me there immediately!

Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

More like Silent Hill. This is the one you got send to if you are bad to llama.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks more like “meanwhile in Peru.”

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
1 year ago

rama lama ding dong

Restless
Community Member
1 year ago

Drama-o-llama

lakitha tolbert
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, the llamas are out!!!

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

is lamasition

Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

@Taura, would you be so kind to tell us where precisely in France does this happen?

Madi D.
Community Member
1 year ago

I suddenly want to visit France...

recoveryforeva
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't know if this is heaven or hell...looks cute but creepy

Mr. Bean
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

waiting till the fog clears up.

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

They're at risk for getting hit in that fog.

Dian Parama Kosala
Community Member
1 year ago

Llama Hills, sil3nt hills sequel

Tim Huvane
Community Member
1 year ago

The rising of the llamas

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
1 year ago

Shouldn't this be Peru or Chile or Argentina?

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

Why get stuck on silly details ... ;-)

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Jim Price
Community Member
1 year ago

It's the 'No Probllama' llamas.

MagNat
Community Member
1 year ago

What?

Leodavinci
Community Member
1 year ago

Are you sure that's not the Andes?

Jill
Community Member
1 year ago

I would have thought this was Peru.

Isabella Kelso
Community Member
1 year ago

Awww, this is cute?

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#21

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

ShittyHaircut Report

Ford Summit
Community Member
1 year ago

Thank you!

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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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Chyppa Homer
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor Pennywise...

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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

Jody Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

This is Minnesota's official state Summer Sport.

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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

Nini Meow
Community Member
1 year ago

He is a Disney prince.. a bird on his hat and a bun ... Wow

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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

Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

No it's not on THAT Street it's on THE OTHER Street. Just go down This Street and turn right on The Other Street and you can't miss it.

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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

Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

Who thought this would go well?

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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

killermasa666 Report

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

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

Sisters from the Angels of Mercy Convent requested a car with wings. They got one.

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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

Ceredwyn Ealanta
Community Member
1 year ago

For those who are curious about the last one, Catastrophic has this definition: "For your survival, leaving early is the only option. Leave bush fire prone areas the night before." That is, basically, the fire fighters know they cannot control or affect a fire which starts in these conditions. NOTHING they can do will stop it, and if you are still at home, you are risking their lives by being there.

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