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 rumors.

'Meanwhile, in X' is a viral 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 hilarious stereotypical images from places around the world (including your own) and don't forget to upvote your favs!

#1

Meanwhile In Australia

Meanwhile In Australia

Shady_Slim Report

engineer_nope.avi 4 weeks 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 photo 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

What is on level 6?

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#5

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

BuffyASummers0717 Report

Cassim Dawjee 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

Ahhhhhh so cool

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#7

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

NojayGames Report

Troux 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago (edited)

"This isn't Jersey Shore" haha

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#9

Meanwhile In Texas

Meanwhile In Texas

Just moved to Texas. Fitting in perfectly

wrigleyirish Report

engineer_nope.avi 4 weeks 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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While not everyone knows the origin, this phrased 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 The United Kingdom

Meanwhile In The United Kingdom

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#11

Meanwhile In Sweden

Meanwhile In Sweden

cyan1618 Report

Rowlie 4 weeks ago

I assume the name was chosen by the public

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#12

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

chitaroni Report

sakora 4 weeks ago

Truth in face! ;)

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#13

Meanwhile In Iceland

Meanwhile In Iceland

burningmidnight Report

Elsker 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago (edited)

Super-Sayian-Gangham-Style-Yuppie-Salaryman

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#15

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

Hell_hath_no Report

Daniel Lewis 4 weeks ago

This is the Canadian/USA border.

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#16

Meanwhile In Bosnia

Meanwhile In Bosnia

TomBradyGOAT Report

Jody Brown 4 weeks ago

I'm being pignapped!

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#17

Meanwhile In Australia

Meanwhile In Australia

clitmitten Report

BusLady 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

It's llamaggedon

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#21

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

ShittyHaircut Report

Ford Summit 4 weeks ago

Thank you!

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#22

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

deadiphone Report

Cassim Dawjee 4 weeks ago

that scared the crap out of me

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#23

Meanwhile In Alaska

Meanwhile In Alaska

mntoak Report

Toujin C'Thlu 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

Clear message.

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#25

Meanwhile In Florida

Meanwhile In Florida

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Chyppa Homer 4 weeks ago

Poor Pennywise...

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#26

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

TheLastShade Report

Lena Hudson 4 weeks ago

Darn them to heck!

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#27

Meanwhile In Minnesota

Meanwhile In Minnesota

theHamburglersNugget Report

Jody Brown 4 weeks ago

This is Minnesota's official state Summer Sport.

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#28

Meanwhile In Texas

Meanwhile In Texas

mattthebarbarian Report

Amy Pattie 4 weeks ago

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

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#29

Meanwhile In Finland, We Really Do Love Our Personal Space

Meanwhile In Finland, We Really Do Love Our Personal Space

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Maja Lykkegaard 4 weeks ago

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

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#30

Meanwhile In Korea

Meanwhile In Korea

alekmude Report

Nini Meow 4 weeks ago

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

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#31

Meanwhile In Canada

Meanwhile In Canada

Zeref-117 Report

Koalamonster 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

Who thought this would go well?

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#34

Meanwhile In Japan

Meanwhile In Japan

aleenamaleena Report

engineer_nope.avi 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

Personal space

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#36

Meanwhile In Florida

Meanwhile In Florida

DwightKSchnute Report

Wyndmere 4 weeks ago

Did anyone read the sign below the sign?

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#37

Meanwhile In Poland

Meanwhile In Poland

szyy Report

Wyndmere 4 weeks ago

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

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#38

Meanwhile Kearney, Nebraska

Meanwhile Kearney, Nebraska

pluggemr Report

SacredPistachio 4 weeks ago

Resourcefulness at its finest.

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#39

Meanwhile In Sweden

Meanwhile In Sweden

IHaeTypos Report

Zoe Drake 4 weeks 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

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Ceredwyn Ealanta 4 weeks 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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