The 4 Most Famous Memes

The term meme was first coined by none other than the noted scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins. He referred to memes as being like cultural genes. He proposed that a cultural idea, whether it be an ideology, a technology, or even a fashion movement, would self replicate, much like the genes within living creatures, and spread through the culture it arose in. As with genes, a meme can undergo a form of mutation and variations also appear.

Today the term is applied to internet memes: these are images, videos, websites or anything that exists on the internet and which is widely referenced by internet users. Memes have become popular tools for comedy and satire and many have evolved into unprecedented cultural phenomena. In this article we take a look at some of the most famous and recognizable internet memes in existence.

The memes on this list have been around for some time now. If you’re looking for some brand-new memes, then check out lolhit.com and give their meme generator a try.

The Dancing Hamster

The Dancing Hamster was one of the first ever internet memes and, as you might have guessed, it consists of a number of simple animations of a dancing hamster, alongside several other rodents, set to a sped-up loop of the song “Whistle Stop”, which first appeared in Disney’s Robin Hood. This early meme was successful in raising the number of visitors to the website from 4 visits a day up to a whopping 15,000.

Star Wars Kid

Star Wars Kid is one of the few memes which has transcended the internet and become recognisable elsewhere. It has been parodied on numerous TV shows, as well as in a number of feature films. The original meme consists of a home movie of a teenager wielding a pole as if it were a lightsaber and is set to music from the films.

Rick Rolling

Rick rolling is another meme which has spread far beyond the internet, but for those of us who remember its heyday, every time we clicked on a YouTube link we half expected to hear the opening notes of Rick Ashley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’. The idea of Rick Rolling soon spread beyond the internet and before long unsuspecting victims were being exposed to Never Gonna Give You Up on a regular basis. This has also proven to be one of the most enduring memes and many people still enjoy playing the prank today.

Prison Thriller

This meme was born in one of the most unlikely places, a Filipino prison. As part of a program instituted at the prison in 2007, the aim was to keep the prisoners physically fit and mentally occupied. Prisoners were filmed performing an accurate rendition of the dance to the Michael Jackson’s 1982 hit ‘Thriller’. The video of some 1500 prisoners rapidly became an internet smash hit in its own right.

The nature of memes has changed slightly over the years, but they remain fascinating cultural phenomena.

Four Brilliant Christmas Movies on Netflix to Snuggle Up with This December

For many of us, a big part of getting in a nice, Christmassy kind of mood is watching some fun, festive movies. Now, Netflix allows us to watch the movies we want on demand, meaning no matter what the networks are airing, you can get your fix of holiday cinema whenever you feel like relaxing!

If you want to find more great Netflix recommendations for the holidays and beyond, then a good site to check out is netflixguides.com, which lists all kinds of Netflix content by category, so whether you want a zombie movie or a family adventure, a classic sitcom or the latest Marvel superhero story, you’ll always be able to be in the know about the best things streaming in your region.

Here are just four of the fantastic Christmas movies you could be watching right now:

The Santa Clause

This 1994 movie starring Tim Allen is one that most millennials will remember as a part of their childhood, and it is still just as fun and endearing as it was back then.

Tim Allen’s character accidentally kills Santa Claus, and so as a result of the titular Santa ‘Clause’ has to take over his job and deliver all of the presents on Christmas Eve. This is a cute, family friendly romp, and if you enjoy it, there are two sequels also available on Netflix to extend the experience!

The Grinch

Jim Carrey’s representation of the character created by Dr Seuss who enviously steals a whole town’s Christmas presents, only to discover the joy of Christmas and give them back, became an instant classic when it was first released.

Now, The Grinch movie has become as big a part of a family Christmas as the book on which it is based, though it is a fun watch for adults too.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton’s animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas is a movie that is well suited for both Halloween and Christmas viewing. It was even nominated for a special effects Oscar – the first animation ever to receive a nomination in this category (though in the end Jurassic Park took home the trophy). Ideal for older kids or people who enjoy Burton’s unique, gothic take on the Christmas theme, this is a movie packed with memorable characters and songs.

Bad Santa

If you are looking for a less family oriented movie to watch on a Christmassy evening with your friends or partner and some mulled wine, then this comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton is a must. Playing a petty criminal who is posing as a mall Santa, Billy Bob’s character gets up to all kinds of amusing misbehavior before Christmas arrives.

Whatever your taste in movies and whoever you are planning to watch with, there is bound to be at least one movie here that will give you some Christmas enjoyment and get you in the mood for Christmas 2017. Why not fire up Netflix and get watching tonight?

Christmas, a time to share with those you love most

Christmas, a time of sharing.

Christmas is synonymous with celebration, music, good food, gifts, traditions, sharing, love and peace. It’s the time of year that both longs to be reunited with family and friends to show them through a bonus, a card or an embrace how much you love them.

The crib, the tree, the table full of plates of food, gifts under the tree, lights in every window and an excuse to have a party every day is what characterizes this month in almost all Latin cultures.

Each country and region has its own way of celebrating, customs that have come down from generation to generation and which over the years are impregnated more families. That’s why today we wanted to make a recount of some Christmas traditions that take place in some Latin American countries.

–          lights and wreaths on doors and windows: the houses begin to be decorated inside and outside days before beginning the month of December. The decor is a plan for the entire family, all strive to put ornaments on doors, windows, balconies, and even in the garden. The tree is assembled from late November, different from the Anglo-Saxon culture that only assembles the week of Christmas. The crib is another Christmas symbols that must be present in homes, as almost all countries practice Catholicism.

–          Special dates: it is normal for Christmas Latinos make plans for every day, important dates in the month that stand out above the others, for example in Colombia on December 7 is the Night of candles in honor of Our Lady of the Immaculate. Hence families comprise candles at the gate of their homes, but are also an excuse to get together with family and friends.

–          The Christmas novenas: 16 is the day they start novenas to the Infant Jesus, families often gather around the manger to pray for 9 days until the evening of 24. These days caroling, custard dishes like spread, chips, donuts, shortbread, among others.

 –          The 24: is the most awaited night of all, the arrival of Baby Jesus is celebrated at 12 pm everyone, especially children, receive their “brought”. Families gather at the table to share a meal, and in many homes gifts called “bonuses” are divided.

 –          The 31 or so year: 31 in turn is the most emotional time because it ends the year. In some households are carried out as omens of the 12 grapes to ask good wishes, flip the block at 12 pm with a suitcase for travel much the coming year; but what characterizes tonight is the embrace of “Happy New Year” that exist between all when the clock strikes twelve strokes, to give thanks, give good wishes and blessings.

–          The traditional foods: a party without food is not party, and the most representative, christmas dishes are donuts, sour cream, chips, blancmange, pork, suckling pig in Colombia, sweet milky Hallacas in Venezuela, tamales and punch in Mexico, Peru’s panetón hot chocolate, in Costa Rica the tamale, cake and corn oil are inevitable, and roast pork or turkey have also become habits. The dining tables are full of different dishes to cook together.

 –          The rumbas and the party: at Christmas any reason is an excuse to celebrate, to meet with the people you invite them to a glass of wine, some good passes Christmas mouths, and even organize a group outing to explore the Christmas lights of the most representative cities in each country. After the night of 24 and 31 is also customary for the family to get together for lunch together.

 –          The bonuses: the day of the bonuses is 16 but many families have chosen to deliver on the night of 24, where the Christmas tree is surrounded by gifts. It’s a way to show your loved ones love, gratitude and admiration you have them.