Social Media’s Favorite Memes

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In a world where there’s always a new fad such as “Keep Calm” it can be hard to keep up with what exactly each meme means. So here at Growing Social Media we’ve decided to give you the low-down on the REAL meaning of your favorite social media memes. You know.. in case you have been living under a rock. 🙂

Success Kid

success kid

Used to display an unusually positive outcome of a negative situation, success kid had humble beginnings as a family photo that photographer mother, Laney Griner took on a beach outing in 2007.

Some notable examples include;

success kid notable example late to work

success kid notable examples test question



The Most Interesting Man in the World

most interesting man in the world commercial

Based off an advertising campaign for Dos Equis beer this meme follows the pattern

“I don’t always X but when I do, I Y

most interesting man in the world meme voice

the most interesting man in the world smartphone


Grumpy Cat

grumpy cat original

The real Grumpy Cat (not the picture on your screens) is owned by Arizonian Tabatha Budesen who posted the photo of her cat, Tardar Sauce on Reddit in September 2012. Used to display everyday/funny ‘grumpy’ moments.

Noteable examples;

grumpy cat red dot

grumpy cat fun


Scumbag Steve

scumbag steve original


Used to describe a dodgy situation where a friend takes the low-road, Scum Bag Steve can usually be identified by the sideways cap, used in spin-offs such as Scumbag Brain. The original image comes from the album “Ma Gangsta” by Beantown Mafia, featuring “Weezy B” (Blake Boston).

Some noteable examples are;

scumbag steve pay next week



Good Guy Greg

Good Guy Greg Original Image

Used as the opposite of Scumbag Steve, Good Guy Greg shows the moments where someone takes the high road.

Some notable examples are;

good guy greg grammar

good guy greg song


First World Problems

Used to display problems that only occur in the “First World”, it is used as a tongue in cheek poke at meaningless inconveniences.

Some notable examples are;

first world problems eating

first world probles disagree

Ryan Gosling – Hey Girl

For obvious reasons, my favorite has to be the Ryan Gosling meme.

While we don’t how it came about, it’s safe to say that it’s probably got something to do with him playing the hearthrob in most movies, and his heart-arrhythmia-inducing performance in The Notebook.

Ryan Gosling memes usually begin with “Hey Girl”.

Some notable examples are;

ryan gosing boyfriend material

ryan gosling bookmark



Some other favorites include:

– One Does not Simply

– Willy Wonka

– Skeptical Third World Kid

These are our favorite memes – what are yours?

Let us know in the comments below!

By G+ Author: Erin Washington.

via Know Your Meme

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