(Pocket-lint) - The Oxford English Dictionary defines "meme" as "an image, video, piece of text, typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by internet users, often with slight variations."
And if you've spent any time on Reddit or Buzzfeed then you'll probably find many who believe this is what the internet was made for.
Well, they say laughter is the best medicine so crack a smile at some of the best, stupidest and most famous memes we've found from around the web.
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Change my mind
In the early days of 2018, comedian Steven Crowder posted a photo of him sitting at a table with a sign that read "Male privilege is a myth, change my mind."
His actions were designed to spark debate outside a Texas University for his Podcast and Youtube channel. The results were interesting.
The photo quickly became a template for many memes with people changing the words on the poster, but also Photoshopping someone else behind the desk. The meme also proved incredibly popular on the Subeddit /r/dankmemes.
Success kid (also known as "I hate sandcastles") became popular in around 2008 when a photo of a smug baby at the beach was used across the web on social media, mainly as personal profile photographs.
Later, the photograph was Photoshopped and turned into thousands of different memes in the animal advice style or referencing his apparent hatred for sandcastles.
Success kid goes by the real name Sammy Griner and has now aged a few years, but still seems just as pleased with himself in all the recent photos we've seen. His fame also helped to successfully pay for his father's new kidney after a plea for funding for a transplant went online in the middle of 2016. So maybe he is successful after all!
In 2012, a post titled "Just a book owner's smile…" was submitted to Reddit and, shortly after, the glory that is Ermahgerd girl was born. Featuring a young girl, awash with nerdy excitement and brandishing a trio of Goosebumps books, the photo soon became synonymous with "oh my God" levels of excitement.
Some say the misspelling of "oh my God" as "ermahgerd" is meant to represent the difficulty that would come speaking with teenage braces. As a result, the text accompanying these memes is often misspelt along the same lines.
Ermahgerd spawned many spin-off memes in the form of various excited animals eying up treats and tasty morsels.
The girl in the original photograph was eventually found. Maggie Goldenberger was actually just playing dress-up with friends when the snap was taken and found it hilarious many years later when told about the meme.
Shut up and take my money
Animated science-fiction series Futurama features a down-on-his-luck delivery boy Philip J. Fry who finds himself trapped somewhere in the 31st Century after an unfortunate incident with a cryogenic freezing machine.