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I've been surfing the internet for a while....and by a while, I mean I was hitting the ESPN.com message boards and chat rooms that they used to have like in 1995 when the internet was a baby. I used to have to print my emails up on a communal dot matrix printer in the computer lab of my college.

I've seen memes and viral video come and go....IRC, AIM, Myspace....friendster even!! And this week's LJ Idol topic got me thinking about some of the funniest damn things I've seen.

The first one I remember is the classic "All Your Bases Belong to Us" and it even went so far as to have a hockey version when (I believe) the LA Kings and Detroit Red Wings had an epic playoff battle. I think this was somewhere around 1999-2000.

Then, there is the Badger, Badger, Badger video which....as an Ohio State graduate, gets used every time we play Wisconsin in football because well....it's time to beat up on badgers

Not to be confused with equally annoying Hamster Dance (please don't kill me, the next link will save you if you survive)

Another classic that I think is still capable of garnering laughs day in and day out is the Misheard Lyrics video of Pearl Jam's "Yellow Ledbetter". I'm pretty sure that this song is just Eddie Vedder's stoned ramblings and there aren't actual lyrics, but this interpretation is beyond hilarious. If you don't laugh, check your pulse. This damn video is timeless.

Can you see Dems?!?! MAKE ME FRIES!!!

Then came the Cat video era.....

I feel ya, Burgers & Fries....I feel ya....this is how LA traffic makes me feel sometimes, dude:

And well.....Cheaters isn't just a tv show for humans at 3am when there's nothing but infomercials on....there appears to be a cat version as well:

These are just some of my faves over almost 20 years of surfing the World Wide Web.....I hope you've enjoyed some of these classics as much as I have over the years, but now I must "keep calm and end this meme"....and post


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May. 20th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
The base video was super fun! That was a laugh I needed. I like what you did with the prompt.
Jun. 4th, 2014 05:06 am (UTC)
there was a hockey parody of it, but i can't remember the title of it.
May. 20th, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)
Mushroom! Mushroom! It's a snake! Snake!

The ones that I love that are just so random are "Kenya" and "The Llama Song."

I do love Yellow Ledbetter interpretations and mishear lyrics, too, though.

Actually my favorite is the "O Fortuna" interpretation. Now, when I hear it, I can never help but think, "O four tuna, send more tuna" and "windmill cookies give you gonorrhea!"
May. 20th, 2014 04:05 am (UTC)
There are no words for some of these! :)
May. 20th, 2014 04:43 am (UTC)
Oh goodness. That cat video still cracks me up!
May. 20th, 2014 11:04 am (UTC)
lol I remember that mushroom one. I had a friend on LJ way back when who lives in Ohio.
May. 20th, 2014 02:54 pm (UTC)
Oh man, that badgers meme... I had never seen it, and then moved up to Wisconsin and suddenly it's badgerbadgerbadger alllll the time. Heh.

I think my favorite kitty meme is Maru, the Japanese cat who loves boxes. There are approximately a zillion videos of him squishing, sliding, jumping, and generally being a goofball in cardboard boxes of various sizes. It never fails to make me giggle.

[Maru's greatest hits video]

Thanks for the walk down internet memory lane!
May. 20th, 2014 04:25 pm (UTC)
I am excited to check them all out once I can use my speakers haha :)
May. 20th, 2014 05:20 pm (UTC)
So many videos to watch! Will have to come back to this to see the funny things.
May. 20th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
Awww, I liked some of these:)
May. 21st, 2014 11:27 am (UTC)
I love, love, LOVE the badgers video. Thank you for sharing.
May. 22nd, 2014 01:49 am (UTC)
I knew, "All your base are belong to us," was a classic, but I didn't know there was a video. :) Yay for learning something new!

May. 22nd, 2014 08:52 am (UTC)
I hadn't seen the "Yellow Ledbetter" meme before, but our circles constantly pass "O Fortuna" quite a bit.

Fun entry.
May. 22nd, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this hilarious history of video memes!
May. 22nd, 2014 03:24 pm (UTC)
I've heard of some of these, but not all of them. Intrigued by the idea of a hamster dance.
May. 22nd, 2014 03:30 pm (UTC)
Haha..thanks for the share...enjoyed them all.. esp the Hampster dance and the last angry cat..:D
May. 22nd, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
Oh the Hampsterdance - my five year old thinks that's hilarious!
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