Every day we are surrounded by catastrophic and somewhat bleak news. Many times, a simple meme is able to make us smile and work as a balm in difficult times.
2017 has been a year full of memes, and today we are going to collect some of the most viral ones. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and surely with memes that figure would have to be recalculated.
The distracted boyfriend
Emerged from stock image, this meme is for those who are always on the lookout for what they shouldn’t. It has been, without a doubt, one of the most recurring memes of the year, fitting in perfectly with a myriad of situations:
— mandonguilla 🎗️ (@effeditallup) 23 de agosto de 2017
— Proscojoncio (@Proscojoncio) 23 de agosto de 2017
— Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) 23 de agosto de 2017
— R. Lutece 🐯🎄 (@fckingpsychoD) 23 de agosto de 2017
— Pablo Sobrado (@PabloSobrado7) 24 de agosto de 2017
At times it might seem like a character out of ‘Final Fantasy X’, but it is starring Nusret Gökçe, a Turkish chef who owns the popular Nusr-Et Steakhouse restaurant chain in Istanbul.
His way of adding salt to meat has made him world famous, showing that it is possible to try to seduce while we are attentive to a barbecue. The important thing is to do everything in style … and with sunglasses:
Ottoman steak 🔪
The suicide of Slobodan Praljak
This is one of the most recent. Praljak had been sentenced to twenty years in prison on trial for the crimes committed during the Yugoslav wars in the mid-1990s.
When the verdict was rendered, took out a small vial containing a poison and committed suicide right there. Despite the drama of this situation, its particular staging caused many people to start using this image on social networks:
—Venga, en pie, hay que salir al frío. pic.twitter.com/pTu3iboIln
— El Jueves (@eljueves) 30 de noviembre de 2017
¡Todavía no, que son los cuartos! pic.twitter.com/iUf2CJHDx5
— María Dolores Cyberencarnación (@NKsulpiride) 29 de noviembre de 2017
Cada vez que vuelve el debate sobre los límites del humor. pic.twitter.com/IbDI2VGRwK
— Napoleón Dinamita (@boboespoco) 29 de noviembre de 2017
Children who want to be on the BBC
Robert E Kelly and his family will not forget the year 2017. This professor of international relations at Pusan National University (in South Korea) I was in the middle of a Skype interview with the BBC, but his children decided to enter the scene.
Thousands of British viewers enjoyed this hilarious incident live. Applause, without a doubt, for their children, since they were totally protagonists of the news:
Never give a shit pic.twitter.com/sfW6a9Gr10
— Joe Skrebels (@2plus2isjoe) 10 de marzo de 2017
The ‘First Dates’ memes
This program of speed dating, broadcast by Cuatro, gave a lot of play on social networks. In addition to the personalities of some attendees, one of the most repeated memes has been that of the posters with statements by its protagonists.
A good example is “cheerful, but not much”, a phrase said by Javier, a 51-year-old man who attended the program to try to find his better half.
cuando quedas con tu crush pero no te come la boca pic.twitter.com/yF78th8CzI
— hehe (@ItsAlbaPica) 21 de abril de 2017
— Álvaro Palazón 📺 (@alvaromenlon) 18 de febrero de 2017
— First dates (@firstdates_tv) 3 de marzo de 2017
Donald Trump signing documents
Applications were created so that anyone could place any type of drawing or text in the hands of Donald Trump. If we have learned something on the Internet, it is not to hold a blank paper, since we are crying out to become a meme.
— Ivan Ramirez (@ivan_r) 3 de febrero de 2017
— Trump Draws (@TrumpDraws) 31 de enero de 2017
space ship pic.twitter.com/zc8ZdNDqb4
— Trump Draws (@TrumpDraws) 2 de febrero de 2017
This picture will serve to answer someone who has had a brilliant or absurd idea. It is the good thing about memes, they can be reused in very different situations.
It stars an actor who appears in a mockumentary about life in the slums, aired on the BBC in June last year. He touches his temple as if to say: “little golden pearls in here.”
No te puede dejar en visto si no le hablas. pic.twitter.com/CY3OeK09Lg
— Mar. (@marysolmartin) 7 de febrero de 2017
No one can hurt you if you detach yourself from everything and avoid becoming emotionally invested in anyone pic.twitter.com/VavUoE91YH
— leighsandra (@loxvatos) 31 de enero de 2017
Meryl Streep screaming
Another characteristic of memes is that they can be images from the past, which suddenly go viral years later. This is the case of this scene starring Meryl Streep at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards gala.
queen: THUNDERBOLTS AND LIGHTNING VERY VERY FRIGHTENING ME
me: GALELILEO ᴳᴬᴸᴱᴸᴵᴸᴱᴼ pic.twitter.com/d7dsteEcmB
— ً (@DAREDEVlllS) 19 de marzo de 2017
Britney: my loneliness is killin me
Me: AND I!
Britney: I must confess, I still believe
Me: STILL BELIEVE! pic.twitter.com/VSvdcsepKK
— EMANUEL (@blingspice) 18 de marzo de 2017
Manel Navarro’s “rooster”
We already know that “Eurovision” has been one of the most searched things in Google in this 2017. Surely the rooster issued by the Spanish participant has a lot to do with it, since for several days it was the absolute protagonist in social networks:
— Rafikiscope (@rafikiscope) 13 de mayo de 2017
— Rotochop (@RotoChop_) 13 de mayo de 2017
Snapchat’s hot dog
Thanks to augmented reality, we can make Snapchat completely change the scene we are capturing. All the glory was taken this year by a hot dog that can’t stop dancing:
Granny Vs. Wiener pic.twitter.com/lUckeGPuUM
— Ross Smith (@Smoothsmith8) 15 de julio de 2017
— ♡brittany♡ (@brittany_melone) 4 de julio de 2017
I decided to make a well-looped version of my hotdog fidget spinner vid.
God is dead, and we have killed him pic.twitter.com/jCXxw4cZ02
— MashAllPotatoes🎄🎁🎅❄️ (@mashallpotatoes) 10 de julio de 2017
Winona Ryder’s reactions
Much of the cast of ‘Stranger Things’ took to the stage during the Screen Actors Guild Awards gala. All the prominence was taken by Winona Ryder, who seemed to be hallucinating with the speech:
— Michelle Collins (@michcoll) 30 de enero de 2017
My year so far in a series of stills of Winona Ryder's face. pic.twitter.com/OiyOYAwia3
— Kelsey Gamble 🚮 (@kindofsquishy) 30 de enero de 2017
I somehow managed to take 28 screenshots of Winona Ryder. pic.twitter.com/37hB5yamSS
— Jen Lewis (@thisjenlewis) 30 de enero de 2017
The owners of the world
During a trip to the Middle EastTrump was photographed alongside King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi. All three appear touching a glowing orb, looking like they are about to cast a spell on the planet.
another view of orb pic.twitter.com/Rt4tMQIVHA
— Lysistrata Would Go (@thecastlegate) 22 de mayo de 2017
— Ben Gross (@bhgross144) 21 de mayo de 2017
"the three of you have been chosen to find the halfing and bring him to m....whoa wat is up with your tiny hands" pic.twitter.com/CnndYpJ8WE
— darth:™ (@darth) 22 de mayo de 2017
Where is it, that I see it
While the main cities of the planet fight to reduce pollution, a man from Madrid rose to fame this year for laughing at this delicate subject. With his, already mythical, “where is the contamination, that I see it”, it has already gone down in history.
"¿Dónde ves tú la contaminación, dónde?" Las reacciones de los ciudadanos a las restricciones de circulación. pic.twitter.com/9MfHXFWtUQ
— El Mundo Madrid (@ElMundo_Madrid) 29 de diciembre de 2016
—Me es indiferente
—Ya pero el principio de incertidumbre dice que
—¿¿¿PERO COÑO DÓNDE ESTA EL ELECTRÓN QUE YO LO VEA??? pic.twitter.com/7yteq7mAKE
— Pedro PG. (@CabreadoQuimico) 30 de diciembre de 2016
¿Machismo? ¿Dónde ves tú el machismo? ¿Cómo va a haber machismo si ya pueden votar? Enseñame dónde está eh yo no lo veo ENSEÑAMELO pic.twitter.com/DZGmFQQBwd
— sad misty (@acidicsilence) 29 de diciembre de 2016
Kendall Jenner and Pepsi
Pepsi decided to hire a famous, white, millionaire woman to appear as a mediator between the protesters and the police in a commercial. The mixture did not turn out well, and they ended up withdrawing this campaign. Social networks were responsible for this, since they were filled with very critical messages about it:
I AM SCREAMING pic.twitter.com/3aWFdvmz5j
— reggie (@1942bs) 4 de abril de 2017
"Kendall please! Give him a Pepsi!" pic.twitter.com/IntFNmCpTr
— Zito (@_Zeets) 4 de abril de 2017
— David Weiner (@daweiner) 4 de abril de 2017
who else is reminded of Dr Martin Luther King's famously resonant "I have a Pepsi" speech pic.twitter.com/xX5h3it3d1
— Scott Ludlam 🌈 (@Scottludlam) 4 de abril de 2017
Trump throwing rolls of paper
What is clear to us is that Trump is a machine for making memes. Last October he was once again the protagonist of a controversy, after throw rolls of paper at those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
— Carlos Loret de Mola (@CarlosLoret) 4 de octubre de 2017
LMFAOOOO only on Twitter pic.twitter.com/SLt8hU2RfO
— Matt 🎁 (@KlNG_MATT) 5 de octubre de 2017
— SPUN (@SPUN) 4 de octubre de 2017
As we can see, 2017 has been a year full of very varied memes. Sure many of them will continue to be used in 2018, but most of them will be overshadowed …