As Internet connection speeds have steadily improved, and as Internet video has emerged as a viable entertainment medium, technology and entertainment observers have written thousands of pages about the impending death of the Cable Television industry. What is the industry itself doing to prepare for that change? Surprisingly little, and here’s why.
Ah, memes. They can be funny, sometimes ridiculous, informative–but oftentimes downright terrible. There are a lot of bad memes out there. A lot. However, even when something is so bad it’s sometimes good, there has to be a worst of the worst. Sometimes the meme should have never existed. Sometimes it just gets out of control. No matter how they came to be, they’re here and this is the 5 worst memes to ever grace the internet.
1. The Hamster Dance
Everyone knows the hamster dance, and just the name brings back horrible memories from the late 90′s. By the time 1999 rolled around, this obnoxious and totally useless meme was getting one quarter of a million of hits per day–every single day. The music started leaking into mainstream pop music (at least in Cuba). There was no escaping it and it’s traumatized millions of people.
2. Chuck Norris “Facts”
Who knows how this got started, but an influx of Chuck Norris “fact” memes were everywhere in the early aughts. The facts were obviously ridiculous, and somehow Chuck Norris moved into cult icon status. Supposedly, it all began with an innocent thread in the Something Awful forums and led to hundreds of roundhouse kick memes taking over the internet. Some people are still recovering.
3. I Can Has Cheezburger?
The I Can Has Cheezburger? cat is still around, albeit now it’s more a vintage goodie than anything else. There’s no telling where this monster originated from. It was never funny, it was never smart and yet it took over the internet just like trolls can. Of course, everyone loves animals and cheeseburgers, so putting them together makes sense. It wasn’t until the Hoff became famous for his own cheeseburger indiscretions that attention was shifted from cat to man.
4. Star Wars Kid
Ghyslain Raza, a 14-year-old kid from Canada, became famous in 2002 when he videotaped himself madly using a golf club as a light saber. He was clearly a Big Bang Theory kid in training, and his friends helped him become internet viral fodder. The video was shared on Kazaa and had millions of hits within a couple of weeks. He’s since become famous and references to the “Star Ward kid” can be caught on numerous well-known sitcoms.
Back in the day, a duckroll was when someone posted a link in a forum and it led to something completely different. It evolved into the Rickroll, where the link was to a video of “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. It quickly got out of hand.
Narrowing down the worst memes ever is tough, and there are plenty of honorable mentions out there. Of course, it’s also possible (and unfortunate) that the worst are yet to come.
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If you’re like me, buying a car is only the first step in owning a car. While the salesman is ranting on about this feature and that benefit (I know, I know, it’s his job) I’m looking around planning the custom work I’m going to do. There are rims and window tinting, and of course a good sealant (see http://www.cenano.net/automotive-application/ for my favorite). But what’s the first and most important change that I – and many, many others like me – will make when we drive our new ride off the lot?
The next time you receive a text or read a tweet, think about how often you do the same. Someone could be on the toilet and checking your Facebook status while you’re checking out his! Turns out, we’re all taking our mobile devices to the bathroom more and more, for a multitude of reasons including making work-related calls.
It’s pretty rare for a sports car to bring mainstream excitement the way that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray has brought to the automotive world this year. As Digital Trends puts it, it’s “The ‘Vette Chevy should have built a decade ago.”
In an age dominated by touch screens, handheld all-in-one devices that can do everything from locate a restaurant, make a reservation, call a cab to take you there, and provide suggestions on what to wear while inviting an elite group of friends to come and join you, an age where the cellular phone is actually the digital phone, there are still those items that make everyone’s inner Luddite breathe a little sigh of relief, objects that still hold some resemblance to familiar objects of our past, even if they serve a new purpose in the digital age.