I find the viral nature of the internet fascinating. Somethings seem to catch on. Some are funny or just plain bizarre; others are uplifting. What I didn't know was that they are called Internet memes.
At its most basic, an Internet meme is simply the propagation of a digital file or hyperlink from one person to others using methods available through the Internet (for example, email, blogs, social networking sites, instant messaging, etc). The content often consists of a saying or joke, a rumor, an altered or original image, a complete website, a video clip or animation, or an offbeat news story, among many other possibilities.
The one below is currently sweeping the world:
Below is a timeline of some of the internet memes: