Top 10 stories behind famous memes, we finally know where they come from

Meme trends change all the time but there are some that stay in style for years. These memes with photos are so famous that there are famous people thanks to memes (it’s still classy). And then there are memes that we use or see every day without knowing their story. Luckily, we’re here to fix that.

1. The “Change my mind” meme

In France, we know the same “change my mind” without necessarily knowing its history. Steven Crowder, the guy in the picture, is a rather conservative American podcast host. Quite conservative in fact. To attract visibility and create controversy, Crowder set up in front of a university with a sign and posted it on Twitter. In the original photo, the sign read “Male Privilege is a myth / Change My Mind”. Soon people on Twitter repurposed the image to make fun of him and over time the image lost its original meaning.

Top 10 stories behind famous memes, we finally know where they come from

2. The “Woman Yelling at a Cat” Meme

Originally only the left image of this meme was known. This is an excerpt from the American reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills featuring actresses Taylor Armstrong and Kyle Richards from 2011. Seven years after the episode was released, a Tumblr user posts a funny photo of her cat that goes viral but it’s not until a year later that someone one on Twitter posts the two photos saying “These photos go way too well together”.

Top 10 stories behind famous memes, we finally know where they come from

3. The “Persian Cat Room Guardian” Meme

You must have already seen this meme somewhere and reacted like the character in the image when you saw it. This photo of a puppet (or stuffed cat, we’re not sure) has been used a lot to illustrate tweets about absurd situations. In fact, the person who first posted this image in 2013 explained the function of this stuffed animal: it is a stuffed creature that protects the house from threatening spirits and negative energies. A little creepier than a dreamcatcher.

Top 10 stories behind famous memes, we finally know where they come from

4. The “Confused Black Girl” Meme

Ever since this photo appeared on 9Gag in 2014, everyone has been wondering what got this girl drunk and who deserved that look of contempt. In 2021, we finally had the answer since Nabria Jackson, the girl in question, tweeted on the subject 8 years later. She explained that she was annoyed at the time because people were having a food fight, which is indeed pathetic.

Top 10 stories behind famous memes, we finally know where they come from

5. The meme of Patrick Bruel who plays poker

In 2020, the meme of Patrick Bruel who plays poker was becoming a trend on social networks. With his headphones and his sunglasses, we see that Patoche is not at his first attempt and it is true that he is a great poker player. In 1998, Bruel won a prize at the World Poker Championships in Las Vegas by eliminating 111 players. He continues to try his luck every year to win the competition’s highest prize, a check for one million dollars.

6. The same “KEKW”

If you’ve never seen this man’s hilarious face, you’ve probably missed a lot on the internet in recent years. In 2007, Spanish actor Juan Joya Borja was on TV and burst out laughing in the middle of the interview. In 2019, a Twitch user created an emote with the face of this man and since that day, the whole world knows him.

Top 10 stories behind famous memes, we finally know where they come from

7. JNR Meme

Remember that pissed off face ready to kick ass? It is that of JNR, a little known French rapper at the time. When YouTuber Greg Gulllotin was preparing a new video for his series The Worst Intern, he chose to trap JNR by being absolutely undrinkable with him. So inevitably, JNR was quite annoyed.

Top 10 stories behind famous memes, we finally know where they come from

8. The meme from Holland looking elsewhere

In 2014, François Hollande is still president and he travels to Wales for the NATO summit. A photo of the event is posted on the NATO Twitter account. Country leaders attend a flypast and, unluckily, Hollande is the only one looking the wrong way which doesn’t look good on his brand image. In fact, planes were leaving from both sides and in the uncut photo, we see that Angela Merkel is looking in the same direction as François Hollande.

9. The “Success Kid” Meme

The “success kid” was one of the most famous memes on the internet around 2010 and inevitably, the child has grown a lot since then. The child in question is called Sammy Griner and he told a great story to his fans: thanks to his notoriety, he was able to earn money and pay for his sick father’s kidney transplant. If that’s not a happy ending…

Top 10 stories behind famous memes, we finally know where they come from

10. The “Guy Blinking Nervously” Meme

You must have already seen the face of this guy, whether in GIF, in meme or in video. On the other hand, you have probably never seen the entire video which explains the context. In 2013, an American journalist named Drew Scanlon appeared in a GiantBomb gaming video and we see him in the corner of the screen. When Jeff Gerstmann, who is playing a game, says a completely inappropriate phrase (“farming with my hoe”), Drew Scanlon blinks and becomes a meme.

Top 10 stories behind famous memes, we finally know where they come from

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