Go wayback with these memes that informative and funny, what a combo!
And take a look at last weeks history memes for more.
It's no secret that we love history memes, but we have to admit that ancient history sometimes doesn't get enough attention. And so we've curated this gallery of Ancient Greek-specific memes for those who want 'em. If you're someone who's more interested in generic history memes, eBaum's World has you covered!
Listen, we know that we are privileged when compared to the people of the past. Scientific advancement has allowed us to live longer and accomplish more than many could have ever imagined. But 2020 absolutely stinks. And we'd rather poke fun at history via memes than read about the horrible things that are happening in the present.
This fun Tumblr thread takes a quick look at some iconic moments in the history of the internet that could likely make civilizations that are thousands of years old, still laugh. Some things are just funny no matter what kind of societal conditioning you've had. Check out another interesting moment from Tumblr with this thread about "Thomas the Pain Engine."
Believe it or not but it turns out the very first cat memes were created over 100 years ago, thanks to a photographer named Harry Whittier Frees. Harry Whittier Frees dressed up cats and posed them with props, just the way one would photograph a human. He basically did what people do today before it was cool.
Frees was born in 1879, Reading, Pennsylvania. In an interview with LIFE magazine, it was told he took his first "lolcat" photo completely by accident! The year was 1906 when his family gathered for dinner and brought a paper hat. They passed around the hat from head to head until it was placed on the head of Frees' cat. At that moment he took a photo of a cat with a hat. The source mentions how admired the shot was so he began to take more photos of cats in outfits and props.
These photographs were taken in the early 1900s with a camera speed of 1/5th a second. As as we all know, cats (especially kittens) move constantly. Especially when you're trying to take a picture of them! So you can imagine how difficult it must have been and reportedly, two-thirds of the negatives had to discarded due to their blurriness.
Honestly, it just makes the following images that much more impressive! Feast your eyes on the world's earliest cat memes:
Think the world seems absolutely screwed beyond repair these days? Why not escape into the marvelous world of history memes! You'll be reminded that the world suffered long before 2020. And those suffering didn't have the luxury of being able to use the internet all day.
Sometimes someone comes up with a design so simple, elegant and effective that it becomes the de facto item for that use in perpetuity. It must feel good to have created something that does something the best. In the other direction, here are inventions that are now used for something other than their intended purpose.
Remember those Time Machine memes we covered last week? Well, they haven't shown any sign of disappearing from our timeline. The very gender-oriented format plays with many themes, but most often imagines men and women doing very different things with time-traveling technology. While the format often imagines doing something just and noble with the time machines, sometimes the boy (or girl) in question chooses to do something entirely pointless. Either way, we're loving the memes. We've put together some of favorite new iterations, but you can read more about the format (and enjoy more examples) over at Know Your Meme
While some of you may have flunked history a couple times, there's no getting around it: the happenings of the past make for some seriously good memes. And this gallery of memes hilariously covers many historical moments. You've got a few memes roasting Henry VIII's marriages and desire from and heir, as well as plenty of memes covering imperialism and war. They may not be entirely educational, but they're better for your brain than some of those deep fried ironic memes. Happy scrolling.
Tumblr did a good thing with this fun and wild little story about a Professor who dodged ultimate danger, with some skimpy clothing and kindness. Seriously, whether this story is real or not, it is amazing. Just picturing a bunch of laughing, smiling dudes out on an adventure, dancing and entertaining for their kicks at night, taking none of it seriously, is enough to warm the heart. Glad to hear that they managed to avoid a perilous predicament.
Take in some more fun from Tumblr with this post about how dwarves have intelligent super beards.
If you didn't pay much attention during history or hate reading dumb books, these memes might help you seem smarter. They won't help you write an award-winning essay, but they might help you in random conversation or when you're trying to impress someone who is only moderately intelligent. So who said memes have no educational value?