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Most Awesome Web Memes of 2010

  • Dec 29, 2010
Whether you loved them or wished for them to go away, these nine captivating memes garnered the attention of the web world and have been chuckled and parodied the heck out of. 

From Old Spice Guy to Cigar Guy, here are the most awesome web memes of 2010.
Pants on the Ground!!!
You've gotta give it up to 62 year old Larry Platt for his January audition on American Idol.  First of all, he's several decades past the 28 year old limit to audition.  Second, he looked ridiculous.  Third, he sounded ridiculous, too.  And these three facts somehow led to his audition taking on viral status, and very soon after, an official single release the next month.  It eventually got parodied on various talk shows as well. 

One has to wonder how Larry Platt feels about other bad fashion choices, like crocs, whale tails, and exposed bra straps...  Let's hope he raps about it.

Old Spice Manmercial
This Old Spice commercial took off big time when it first aired during the Superbowl.  In subsequent months, many spoofs followed, and Old Spice even created a social media campaign based on what has been dubbed, Old Spice Guy.  When this commercial was first released, I wrote a post entitled "Goodbye, Future Husband".  Eleven months later, I still think goodbye, future husband indeed!  I mean, what woman wouldn't be enamored with a man who had pecs, abs, and... everything else, of steel.  And, oh, that voice...  Plus the addition of a boat, two tickets to that thing you love, diamonds, and a horse -- it's enter swoonville. 

How could any woman possibly resist?  Even if I were a straight guy, Old Spice Guy would make me at least tempted to bat for the other team.

See the full review, "Goodbye, Future Husband.".
Scarface School Play
So have you ever wondered what would happen if you crossed Scarface with school children?  Well, a few creative (and very sick humored) folks decided to show us in this little diddly aptly titled Scarface School Play.  In it, little gangsters call each other "mother fudgers" and "sons of b's", while eating (snorting) mountains of popcorn (cocaine).  Adding to the hilarity is the cardboard surveillance camera and how Tony looks like he's dancing when he's actually being shot.  Though it was later revealed that this video was not an actual school play and that the children were actually paid actors, it doesn't matter.  It's still hilarious.

If school plays were this awesome and memorable, I might have attended more often or even auditioned.

Antoine Dodson
What was suppose to be a disturbing and cautionary news interview about a rapist in Lincoln Park, Alabama, turned into solid gold when the almost rape victim's super fierce brother, Antoine Dodson, decided to give the public a piece of his mind during the interview.  One choice line is, "he's snatching your people up, trying to to rape 'em, so y'all needta hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband, cuz they rapin' everybody out here".  He ends the interview addressing the sex offender, complete with head bobs and exaggerated hand gestures, "You don't hafta come and confess that you did it.  We lookin' for you.  We're gonna find you.  I'm letting you know now so that you can run and tell THAT, homeboy".

You go, Antoine.  You tell him!

Sad Keanu Reeves
This question boggled many web citizens this summer: why is Keanu Reeves oh so very sad?  It all started when a photog snapped a pic of a scruffy, almost homeless-looking Mr. Reeves seemingly somberly eating a sandwich on a dirty city park bench all by his lonesome.  Since then, people have photoshopped Sad Keanu Reeves into many other scenarios.  You can see 35 of the most popular Sad Keanu Reeves images here.  Catch him in a boat, feeding cats, and even in anime.

Poor, poor Sad Keanu Reeves.

This cultural symbol of South African soccer turned web meme was semi-amusing at first, but it stopped being so funny and entertaining after I got vuvuzela-rolled for the tenth gazillionth time during the World Cup.  The worse part about this meme was that it got so big that Youtube temporarily put up an annoying feature that allowed members to easily add the vuvuzela sound to their videos.

I'm sad that I can no longer watch hot men kick around a ball on TV for the World Cup anymore, but being able to get by without hearing the droning sound of bees?  It balances out.

Here's a video of Hitler reacting to the vuvuzela.  Nothing like a meme about another meme.

Double Rainbow online video
This little gem was unearthed and unveiled to the world via Jimmy Kimmel's tweet.  Originally uploaded to Youtube in January, it hit viral status after he shared it on twitter over the July 4th weekend.  The first time I watched it, I was in a public place and had to turn down the middle part of the video for fear that others might think that I was watching porn. 

Ah, who knew that double rainbows were so orgasmic?  A truly spiritual experience.

Steven Slater
In August, Steven Slater became an inadvertent hero for the frustrated working class folk when he dramatically stormed out of his job as a Jetblue flight attendant by activating and sliding down the in-case-of-emergency inflatable slide.  He was in the headlines for weeks afterward, had many web dedications, and there was even talk of a potential reality show.  However, that never came to fruition and he somehow turned to rapping.

If you need a recap of what happened, check out this animated video created by a Hong Kong news outlet.  You know you've made it when they're talking about you in Asia.

See the full review, "Odes to Steven Slater".
Cigar Guy
When Tiger Woods attempted a chip shot during the 2010 Ryder Cup, photographer Mark Pain managed to capture an extraordinary photo -- an action shot of both Tiger Woods, and the golf ball flying towards his camera in close range before the ball eventually knocked the camera over.  However, when the photo was published in the Daily Mail, readers noticed something else extraordinary about the photo -- the man standing to Tiger Wood's left looking on in an odd red wig and cigar get-up.  It took web citizens an entire week (eons in the web world) to uncover the identity of the mystery mustached man as 30 year old London accountant Rupesh Shingadia, who had dressed as golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez to support the European team.  As with Sad Keanu Reeves, many folks ended up photoshopping Cigar Guy into various settings and you can see 17 of them here.

Rock on, Cigar Guy.  I hope to spot him at more sporting events.

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April 16, 2012
WHy did it take me so long to get to this list. LOL Double RAINBOW!!!
January 04, 2011
You've a talent for scouting all the fun things on the net! :D
January 04, 2011
Thanks, Sharrie! :)
December 31, 2010
This is such a great list. I am cracking up over here.
December 31, 2010
Thanks for reading, Brew! Glad to hear!
December 30, 2010
Awesome list! I just looked at my youtube faves and most of these are in there in some form. I love the Internet =)
December 30, 2010
Thanks, Peter! Cool that you're following up with the memes, too!
December 30, 2010
Marvelous list! You have good listing skills. Please produce more listing brilliance!
December 30, 2010
Thank ya. Will do ;)
December 30, 2010
I hate to sound hopelessly ignorant, but what is a web meme?
December 30, 2010
No biggy! A web meme is just something like a video, photo, or concept, etc, that goes viral on the internet, and that often gets shared and parodied. Popular examples in the past decade include hamster dance and rick-rolling :D
December 29, 2010
Not quite up there with "I'm the Goddamn Batman" or others I've heard but nice list.
December 30, 2010
Hahaha, I'm The Goddamn Batman is an oldie, but a goodie. Thanks for reading, John!
December 29, 2010
Cool list, Debbie :) This is a fun look back to 2010, thanks!
December 29, 2010
Thanks, Sam!
December 29, 2010
Awesome list - #2 doesn't make me want to bat for the other team, but I've got to admire the guy. I can just tell he was a lot of fun to play. #5 is probably my personal favorite. I had some Photoshop fun with that one myself. :)
December 29, 2010
Hahahaha, I had a little fun with the Sad Keanu one myself. Love that there are templates out there for it!
December 29, 2010
Very nice list! # 9 is amazing and # 2 just cracks me up. I need to do something that summarizes the stuff (personal) for me in the site in 2010.
December 29, 2010
Thanks, Woo! #9 most certainly is. And yeah, you should!
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