Memes have a powerful presence in this day and age. Young people spend up to 9 hours a day on social platforms, where memes have now become a form of communication. Meme’s offer plenty of laughs if they are done the right way and a good one can quickly become a worldwide sensation. We have seen it time and time again with shots like the angry baby shaking his fist or the famous shot of the little girl standing near the house that’s on fire.
Today you will learn a little about how those shots actually happened, along with some cases of updates on where they are and what they are up to now.
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Success Kid (Sam Griner)
The meme originated in 2007, after Laney Griner uploaded a photograph of her son Sammy trying to eat sand to Flickr. The meme gained initial popularity captioned “I Hate Sandcastles”, suggesting that the boy had just destroyed another child’s sandcastle. Laney disliked the “I Hate Sandcastles” meme as she felt it made her son – who in fact loved sandcastles – look like a bully, but she embraced the “Success Kid” concept. She said that her son gets embarrassed by his association with the meme.
Disaster Girl (Zoe Roth)
The photograph of the girl and the burning house was taken by Dave Roth in January 2004 during the local fire department’s live drill training two blocks away from his home in Mebane, North Carolina. While observing the fire, Dave caught his daughter, Zoe, smiling devilishly juxtaposed against the burning house. “I’d love for the meme to help me get into or pay for college somehow,” Zoe says. “But I ultimately want people to know me for me.”
Side-Eyeing Chloe (Chloe)
On September 12th, 2013, YouTuber KAftC uploaded a video titled “Lily’s Disneyland Surprise… AGAIN,” which shows two sisters, Lily and Chloe, reacting to the news of a surprise trip to Disneyland on their way to school. As the older sister, Lily, breaks into tears of joy, Chloe is briefly seen on camera with a disturbed look on her face that will forever be known as the ‘Side-Eyeing Chloe’.
Good Luck Charlie (Mia Talerico)
It’s a scene from the Disney Channel show “Good Luck Charlie”. The expressive girl is often used as a synonym for “I don’t know”
Overly Attached Girlfriend (Laina Morris)
In 2012 YouTuber Laina Morris uploaded a webcam video in which she performs a parody version of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” with personalized lyrics. The video was submitted in response to Bieber’s announcement of an online sing-off contest in promoting his celebrity perfume “Girlfriend”. But it wasn’t an easy trip from meme origin to YouTube success, Morris spoke about privacy issues following the meme’s success. “Strangers were finding my personal Facebook page and talking to my friends. They were finding where I worked and trying to access my college records” Morris recalls.
Trying To Hold A Fart Next To A Cute Girl In Class (Michael McGee)
On March 2nd, 2014, Redditor aaduk_ala submitted a photograph titled “Trying to hold a fart next to a cute girl in class” to the /r/funny subreddit. When asked whether he has felt any regret about his internet fame, McGee responded: “My take on being ‘internet famous’ is cool and all. But I regret not copyrighting the picture right away because I could have made a lot of money there!”
Ridiculously Photogenic Guy (Zeddie Smith)
“Ridiculously Photogenic Guy” is Zeddie Little running in the 2012 Cooper River Bridge Run. When asked about the appeal behind the meme, Little responded: “I really don’t know, but I kinda feel honored to be part of a joke that’s in good spirit because sometimes the Internet can be a little vicious or jokes can get bent the wrong way. But these are all kinda, for the most part, positive. It’s funny that everybody is kinda taking like to it. It’s, I guess, the most flattering way to get spread across the Internet.”