For the last few years, Google has put much less emphasis on their “do no evil” mantra. The company that started off as the underdog and grew through a combination of simplicity, innovation, and positive buzz has shifted their stances on these foundational concepts and turned towards a more general approach to being a business.
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.
Around The Web
Being a webmaster, there are a lot of things that demand your attention. You are responsible for how your website looks, how the site works, and how relevant the site remains in a ferociously competitive online market. And if you have more than one website under your purview, good luck to you. Here are five things every webmaster has to maintain as part of their duties.
Spam is a marketing monster and there are plenty of companies that have willing engaged its dark side. Of course, not all email marketing nightmares are dreamed-up intentionally, plenty of failed strategies are conceived by companies that think they can be their own email marketing service provider or hire a cheap one offering unbelievable bulk rates. Some snafus are entirely accidental, a culmination of bad decisions, or lazy marketing. Here are five notorious cautionary tales
Anyone who plays poker has their preference of playing in a traditional casino setting or playing in an online casino. The two may have the same objective of bringing in money while providing entertainment, but both are drastically different in their approach to maintain customers and the rules that go along with them.
Casinos bring in millions of dollars every year. Casinos spend tons of money by adding fluff to attract players into their venue. Most people in the United States recognize Las Vegas and Atlantic City as the casino capitals. The Native American areas also have a share in the traditional casino market. They will offer free drinks, hotel perks, and shows to get players in their casino and stay for a while putting money on the table or in the slots.
When someone wins big, everyone turns to see what happened. The excitement fills the room, and people are more likely to keep playing in the casino. Big crowds usually entice others to join in. When someone sees several people gathered by a table, it is human nature to be inquisitive and want to know what is going on. Many walk in wanting to win big bucks, but very few walk away with the big jackpot.
The popularity of online casinos is growing rapidly thanks to the ever expanding use of technology. Europe features the most online casinos among all seven continents. Most people do not know how many online casinos there are around the world. When it comes to the different countries that allow their citizens to join in online gaming, every continent has hundreds to thousands of online casinos available.
The online casino Australia community features over 400 sites for people to enjoy, whereas, the United States has over 1700 sites for players to put their skills or luck to use. Online casinos offer players comfort in their own homes and the ability to concentrate better by giving them control of their surroundings.
Differences in the Two Types of Casinos
Where traditional casinos hope to attract many people to their tables and slots, they also hope to gain revenue in their restaurants, shows, and hotels. In doing so, traditional casinos can offer many perks that online casinos do not. A lot of patrons, who play in the traditional casinos frequently, will receive many loyalty gifts.
They can earn free hotel stays and free food vouchers. Online casinos reward their patrons by providing invitation only tournaments and credits to keep playing. Almost all online casino sites will entice newbies with signup bonuses. There is less overhead with the online casinos making pay outs to players more likely. Players at a traditional casino will have a different strategy than players at a traditional poker table. Both casinos have the same agenda to bring in revenue; however their motives are carried out in different ways.