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It Was the Worst of Times. It Was The More Worst of Times: The Best and Worst Memes of 2016

By Bekka Supp | Lists | December 13, 2016 |

By Bekka Supp | Lists | December 13, 2016 |

First off, I know. I hate me for writing the title of this, too, guys. What can be said about this year that hasn’t been said already? It was the worst of times, and then the worst of those times. I fell down this dark rabbit hole of a compilation of the best and worst memes of 2016, because I’m a solid fan of random bullshit. Half of them I don’t even recognize, because I’m an old and can’t be bothered to join reddit. But as I was compiling this abbreviated list for y’all, I found myself getting more and more irrationally angry as I got to the number one on this list. So naturally I had to share it with you all. Come, let us be angry, but also revel in some stuff we just don’t get.

#PhelpsFace (#25)
Hey guys! Remember the Summer Olympics? Me neither, actually. Regardless, this was a big enough deal that Michael Phelps’ sourpuss face went viral in no-time. It happened right before the 200-meter butterfly semi-finals when Chad le Clos started to taunt Phelps. And thus, Phelps’ Dirty face was born.

Damn Daniel (#24)

God, I really hate youths.

Don’t Talk To Me Or My Son Ever Again (#21)
This meme is just an image of literally anything and a miniature version of it. I guess it started as a picture of a Cowboy Bebop character, Spike Spiegel, and just sort of took off. But a Google image search really turns out some good ones.


Hold the Door (#19)

Evil Kermit (#18)
Should’ve been higher up, as far as I’m concerned.

Record Scratch, Freeze Frame (#14)
Ahh, yes. This generation’s Zack Morris’ “TV Timeout.” Don’t spend a lot of time Googling that, though, because it gets really uncomfortable and awful. This is the internet after all.

Petty Joe Biden (#11
Courtney covered Petty Joe Biden pretty extensively, so to see some of the best, give that a gander. Thanks, Obama. Really. *sniffles*

Get You a Man Who Can Do Both (#10)
Please don’t show this to my family. They might start getting…ideas.

Arthur’s Fist (#3)
Arthur’s Fist is used almost exclusively when you have an almost vomit-inducing visceral reaction to something you hate with a passion of a thousand burning suns. And as an aside, it’s taken from a scene where Arthur punches his sister, D.W., and it’s amazing.

Dat Boi (#2)
Hell if I know, guys. This one is beyond me.

Harambe (#1)
This is why we can’t have nice things. The inclusion of this….mishegas is beyond my comprehension. I don’t need someone to explain this to me, I don’t want to explain this to you guys, and I’m not including a Harambe meme, because I love you all and I want to protect you. No good can come of Googling Harambe memes. Matter of fact, anyone who references this on a daily basis, get rid of them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. Those people are awful.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go lie down for, like,10 minutes because I’m so angry.