The 35 Greatest Memes That 2017 Gave Us

2017 was a crazy year for, well, everything, and the craziness only brought about further craziness.

But throughout all the chaos there was one thing that thrived. The memes. Maybe it’s because that’s what memes feed of off, or because… No. It’s definitely it. 

And as 2017 comes to a close now seems like the perfect time to go back and look at all our favorite memes from this year. Hopefully some of you will return in 2018.

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Cole Sprouse Sends His Twin Brother Unsettling And NSFW Christmas Gift—And Everyone Has Questions

Former Disney stars and current beloved social media favorites Dylan and Cole Sprouse grew up right before our eyes. They’re not Zack and Cody anymore, they’re big adults who give each other extremely adult gifts, apparently. And it’s a bit alarming.

On Thursday, Cole tweeted a text conversation he had with his twin, Dylan, about a Christmas gift from the former. Dylan seems more confused than mad, but Cole claims he didn’t appreciate this present. 

It’s a bisected penis drawing.

Huh, that is what this is, isn’t it:

Very informative! Sort of threatening as well. 

Naturally, folks have questions, though they’re not all about the anatomy lesson:

My question is, “Does the d*ck joke get more sophisticated when it’s anatomically correct?”

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Ivanka Trump Just Followed Rihanna On Twitter—And Her Fans Are Not Having It

She was recently called a hypocrite for praising US workers as being “the best”, while using foreign workers to produce her goods. She also gave a talk about female empowerment in India, while employing factories that violated human rights of workers.

Then there’s the whole messy business of the Trump name being tied to White Supremacy, something that doesn’t sit well with a lot of Americans. 

Which is probably why a lot of Rihanna’s fans are upset that Ivanka Trump started following the pop star on Twitter.

Rihanna’s been pretty vocal about her distaste of Donald Trump and his policies.

Back in January of 2017 when Trump implemented the unconstitutional travel ban, Rihanna was pretty vocal about how she felt regarding the ruling.

Then there was the singer’s criticism of how Trump handled the crisis in Puerto Rico.

So people are really flustered as to why Ivanka would elect to follow BadGirlRiRi.

People are waiting in anticipation to see how she’s going to react to her new follower.

They’re hoping it’s along the lines of this:

How do you think Rihanna will react? Is this a huge media opportunity the singer won’t be able to pass up?

Or should be drop the ban hammer?

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Man Goes On Twitter Rant About Trump's Recent New York Times Interview—And We Agree

Arguing on the internet is oftentimes about as useful as peeing against the wind. Sure, you might really need to get it out, but it almost always ends up spraying back in your face.

People’s opinions rarely change no matter how much evidence you bring to them. No matter how many good points you make, no matter how many other issues you present that are way more important to focus on than the inconsequential, often sensationalized issues they choose to focus on – you won’t change someone’s mind on the internet.

Oftentimes, merely criticizing someone’s point or questioning them will have them cry “persecution” and that you’re being unfair to them. It’s a trait tons of dictatorial regimes have utilized in discrediting media agencies for catching them in lies and exposing the weak points in their propaganda.

Trump’s popularized the term “fake news” and used it as a blanket statement to try and discredit any news agency that questions and disproves many of the President’s erroneous claims. 

The divisive nature of Trump’s election has left people with very strong opinions on how the press should treat him. However, the objective of traditional press has always been to provide factual evidence and question individuals on the facts. The media in America was expected to be a watchdog of the government to keep our elected officials honest, since the earliest days of our democracy.

Washington Star correspondent Daniel Dale offered an interesting take on the role journalists should take when interviewing Donald Trump and politicians like him who constantly lie in a manner that doesn’t destroy the entire q & a.

Dale stresses professionalism and politeness.

It’s much more powerful to allow a lying politician, President or not, acknowledge their lie in a follow up answer and just carry on with the interview.

He also highlighted the difference between interview and print lies.

It’s all about maintaining composure.

He stressed that basic questioning is a journalist’s job, there’s nothing “gotcha” about it.

Ultimately, Dale just wanted to highlight the correct way to interview someone like Trump who has a penchant for making wild claims without evidence in his q & a’s.

Some people responded to the thread by pointing out some of the worst lies Trump’s told in his interviews.

And how journalists let him get away with it.

Do you feel like the media needs to be tougher on Trump? Or is it a losing battle at this point?

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A Guy Asks What Men Would Do If Their GF Got Them This Gift And The Replies Are Hilarious

Relationships get torn apart by gift giving season. You either get a confirmation that our partner loves and understands you, or you get something horrible, like socks. Some of te people reading this have probably been looking over at their boyfriend or girlfriend and wondering where they went wrong all week. Christmas is a minefield.

Twitter user Chris Plug decided to stir the pot a little more by throwing out a hypothetical. This is actually a good quiz for couples. How you respond to this question might determine your compatibility. Plug shared photos of a Croc shoe, but one emblazoned with a picture of TV chef and Times Square mainstay Guy Fieri. Also flames, just in case you didn’t know these shoes were from hell. Then he asked the fellas what they’d do if they found these things in a box on Christmas morning.

Weirdly, the answer across the board is “MARRY HER.” Is this really what you want, guys?

I’ve never understood Fieri’s popularity, and reading these replies makes me feel like I’m living on a completely different planet from the men of America. This is what you want to wake up to on Jesus’s birthday?! I guess on the upside, a lot of women know how they’re gonna get that ring. It’s yours if you can stand the humiliation of purchasing these shoes the Devil fashioned. 

Honey—it’s not worth it.

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Questionable Photos Of Lewis Hamilton Emerge Online After Transphobic Statement

Lewis Hamilton is someone I had never heard of in my life before he was getting raked over the coals for shaming his nephew on Instagram. 

That’s because he’s British and races cars, which are two things I have no connection to. I do, however, hate when people are mean to kids, especially when the kids are just having an innocent good time. 

Hamilton has deleted the video that sparked the initial controversy, but it’s been captured for posterity online. In it, he yells at his nephew for asking for a princess dress for Christmas. The boy seems to be having fun, and giggles shyly when his uncle turns the camera on him. 

It’s hard to know if he is damaged by this interaction, but it kinda sucks that Hamilton is working out his gender issues on a kid for no reason. Yelling at someone won’t make them not want the princess dress; it’ll only make them feel bad about it. 

Hamilton has since apologized, but many people think it’s too little too late.

So they’ve brought out the big guns—the photos of Hamilton in his own ridiculous outfits.

Now I know four things about Hamilton. He’s British, he races cars, he is kinda homophobic, and he’s a godawful dresser. Which everyone on Twitter is having fun pointing out:

Other users just blasted Hamilton in general. 

Look, I don’t care what Lewis Hamilton wears anymore than I care if a boy wants to wear a dress. Even if he does look like a big tasteless doof. 

Leave the kids alone, ya doof. 

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Man's Bizarre Holiday Decoration Causes Neighbors To Call 911, And We Can See Why

There’s a neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado, that is getting freaked out by one man’s holiday decorations. Chris Olson has had concerned community members rush into his yard, greeted both the police and the fire department, and made it onto the local news for his work here, and he seems thrilled about it.

Olsen spoke with KUSA about the dummy hanging from the edge of his roof which is so convincing, people contacted the authorities. It’s actually kind of touching that people care so much, but when it looks like someone is about to fall to their death from a roof, folks step up.

Olsen used his own clothes, stuffed with yet more of his clothes, and he got a lot of the details nailed down perfectly. Gloves, hat, warm parka. This dummy is dressed better than I am.

Up close you may not be convinced, but from a distance, it really does look like a guy was stringing up his lights, then took a tumble:

Olsen says that he and his wife have had to go out in the yard to reassured freaked out Good Samaritan’s that the dummy is fine and not a real person. 

They also say that if they do it again next year (they will), they plan to contact the local police so they know not to rush over with the fire trucks. Apparently, the officers who responded to the emergency call were amused, and didn’t even ticket Olsen. 

Guess it’s slow around Christmas?  

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This Candid Picture Of The Royal Family Is Cuter Than The Official Photos

Every since Prince Harry’s engagement to actress Meghan Markle was announced, Royal Family fever has swept America. He’s marrying that beautiful woman from Suits! She is one of us, only far more cool!

I’ve never particularly cared about the UK’s symbolic figureheads. A queen? Who cares. Being born into the royalty just seems like the luck of the draw. Being married into it, however, is an accomplishment. Taking an interest in what’s going on with queenie and her crew is new to me, but plenty of people have made it into their hobby. A mom named Karen Murdoch got up early on Christmas day to catch a glimpse of the royals leaving St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, where they traditionally celebrate. 

And she caught the perfect picture:

Don’t they look incredible? You really couldn’t have staged a better image. And people tried. As a comparison, here’s a picture from Getty:

It’s not a bad image, but so stiff and formal in comparison to Murdoch’s candid. Her picture has gone wildly viral, and the replies are full of people congratulating her and also telling her to be careful. Everyone wants a piece of this photo’s action.

Murdoch told the Telegraph that she took the picture on an iPhone and all she did was shout the season’s greetings at the group to get those smiles.

“I’m just very bubbly by nature and I was with my daughter and I got a bit excitable, I suppose,” she said. “I was just sort of shouting and I just went, ‘Merry Christmas!’ like an idiot. I was fan-girling.”

She was there with her daughter, and hopes she’ll get some money for the image to send her kid to school. I hope she does, too! It’s fed my interest in Markle’s upcoming nuptials for another day.

The early bird gets the pic. 

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President Trump Just Tweeted Another Violent Image At CNN—Happy Holidays!

Christmas is a time of family, joy and reflection when we all gather to revel in merriment and reconnect with loved ones we haven’t seen in awhile. Carols are sung, eggnog is poured and time is taken to evaluate the lessons learned in the prior year to better utilize them during the next.

President Donald Trump on the other hand, has taken this opportunity to further his WAR on CNN, whom he considers the leader of the “Fake News” mafia.

Yes, the president chose Christmas Eve as the perfect time to retweet a blood-spattered shoe meme with the caption “WINNING,”  attacking CNN.

The original tweet was sent by a staunch supporter of 45’s, whom the President felt needed a larger audience.

Stay classy.

Well if that doesn’t scream ‘Happy Holidays!’, I don’t know what does.

CNN’s “State of the Union” anchor, Jake Tapper, first noticed the tweet and replied:

Twitter was equally disgusted…

Is anyone keeping score? Do we know who this round goes to? It’s certainly not the American people.

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President Trump's Official Presidential Coin Leaks Online―And Our Eyes Are Rolling

You may not have heard of the presidential “challenge coin” but indeed, presidents have had these coins made in order to hand out as mementos to people they meet, particularly members of the military.

In the past, these coins have generally been inscribed with the motto ‘E Pluribus Unum’ or “out of many one.” But this year the challenge coin got a makeover…

…of the Trumpian variety…

As The Washington Post puts it:

The presidential seal has been replaced by an eagle bearing President Trump’s signature. The eagle’s head faces right, not left, as on the seal. The 13 arrows representing the original states have disappeared. And the national motto, “E pluribus unum” — a Latin phrase that means “Out of many, one” — is gone.

Instead, both sides of the coin feature Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”The changes don’t stop there. In addition to his signature, Trump’s name appears three times on the coin, which is thicker than those made for past presidents. 

And forget the traditional subdued silver and copper: Trump’s coin, a White House aide marveled, is “very gold.”

Very. Gold.

It’s a minor interruption from a larger program of Trumpian headscratchers, but the internet is not on board with this – the AV Club wrote an article on the subject called ‘Big, Stupid Man Now Has His Own Big, Stupid Coin’. 

Twitter was pretty much on board with that assessment…

Nope, not The Onion, we wish.

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