Random Thursday: The Meme Edition


  1. an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.
  2. A crutch used by lazy, non-creative bloggers who are unable to come up with any original content.

So, today is National Beer Day, but it’s also National Alcohol Screening Day, but it’s also National Burrito Day. It’s inconceivable, therefore, that it’s not also National Cognitive Dissonance Day.

But that’s neither here nor there. What today may or may not be is National Meme Day. I’ve done an extensive Google search on when, exactly, this important observance occurs and I’ve reviewed literally three references that state authoritatively that NMD occurs on either April 13th, August 21st, or November 15th.

Frankly, I don’t care, because according to the second definition of a meme shown above, every day is potentially Meme Day here at the Gazette. And especially today.

I recently came across a Facebook Group entitled The Potentially Inappropriate Memebrary for Historians and Literaries, and being the rebel that I’ve always thought myself to be, I joined despite being neither an Historian nor a Literarian. (For the record, I’m a Baptist.)

Membership in that august group has entitled me to steal borrow images (which, frankly, have already been stolen borrowed by the Facebook posters) and put them here in place of any meaningful content. Therefore, being relieved of the obligation of spending any time in actual thought, I’m happy to share with you some of the bounty I’ve harvested from that page.

Here are ten carefully curated memes designed to illuminate in a meaningful way the human condition. Also, I think they’re funny.

A Summation of My Approach to Blogging

Meme: Using big words inappropriately to sound smart

An example of why English is the hardest language in the world to learn

Meme: A list of contronyms

Nothing is certain except, well, you know…

Meme: The IRS flexes

For Fans of the Classics

Meme: Odysseus being brutally honest

What Women Really Want

Meme: Just tell her what you would say if you were her

Cat Selfies Are a Real Thing Nowadays

Meme: Cat cameras never lie

The Importance of Proper Enunciation Cannot Be Overstated

Meme: Wedding vowels

The Condiment Whose Name Shall Not Be Spoken

Meme: Worcestershire Sauce -- It's what's for, uh...

Some might call this a false equivalence…but not me.

Meme: 20 open tabs are a sure sign of mental illness

And, last but by no means the least…

Blogs > Facebook, because we don’t need no stinkin’ facts

Meme: Facebook says this meme is only partially factual. That's fair.