(Emma Nay) Welcome to INTERNET MEMES 101. This quick lesson will help you learn how to plank, owl, and leisure dive; and learn how to make a demotivational picture.
You’re probably wondering what the hell an Internet meme is, right? Well, according to Merriam-Webster, a meme (rhymes with cream) is “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.” Now, an Internet meme is an idea, behavior, or style that is spread “virally” throughout the Internet.
Still have trouble understanding what an Internet meme is? Let me show you some examples:
As you can see here, I am planking on two desks in an old office at work. I must admit, it did hurt a little bit, but it was fun. You’re probably wondering how in the hell would this be fun? Try it out for yourself and you’ll find out how entertaining it really is. How did this strange fad become so popular? Well, no one really knows. I’m assuming it’s because some plankers like to make a fool of themselves by planking in the most awkward places such as balconies, basketball hoops, and even luggage bins on an airplane.
Owling is similar to planking, except the person sits on random objects like an owl. I did find planking to be a bit more challenging and fun compared to owling. Here you can see a young man owling at in his office space:
Working hard? Or hardly working? You decide.
Now, let me explain to you about the whole leisure diving phenomenon. LeisureDive.com explains leisure diving as jumping, “…into a body of water (or at least something soft), striking a ‘leisure pose’ in mid-air. Ideally, a photographer captures the moment when the diver has reached peak height above water, when his or her hips are parallel to the waterline.” Here is a photo of two men in Mariachi costumes demonstrating a leisure dive:
You’re probably wondering why leisure diving got so famous too, huh? Well, just look at the picture. It’s hilarious! Be sure to check out www.leisuredive.com for more examples.
Have you heard of motivational posters? A motivational poster is supposed to “motivate” you to do great things, basically giving you a great outlook on life. Here’s one for example:
Awww, isn't that cute? Well, you can only guess what a demotivational Internet meme looks like:
Well, I hope you enjoyed your INTERNET MEMES 101 class. Be sure to look out for INTERNET MEMES 201 to learn how to Rick Roll someone, how to interpret LOLCats, find out what the dramatic chipmunk is, and learn how to make your own EPIC Fail picture.