Trends and fads and memes and other things that get popular and spread around — every year is full of them! And 2011 was no different. Now if you don’t remember anything popular in 2011, good. That year aimed to be the most annoying year to date and only now can we safely reflect on its fads of 2011, since no one cares about them anymore. Here are the dumb things we somehow gave a crap about in 2011:
Ah yes, the famous trend of lying down as flat as a plank on any random surface. After planking came owling, where you would squat in different places, which was popular but didn’t catch on as fast as planking did. I’m glad we left this trend in 2011.
After planking died down, cone-ing was born. Someone would order a vanilla ice-cream cone from McDonald’s and when that poor drive through employee handed it to them, they would grab it by the ice-cream and shove the whole thing in their mouth. McDonald’s employees aren’t paid nearly enough to watch multiple people grab ice-cream by their hand and eat it like it was their last meal.
3. Nyan Cat
When that Poptart-based, rainbow-pooping cat appeared on YouTube in 2011, there were only two possible reactions — you either said, “Oh my god! I love this galactic cat! I’m going to get it tattooed on my body!” or you heard the first five seconds and turned it off. This little cat was probably the biggest trend of 2011, but the life cycle of a meme is limited, and sadly, its nine lives ran out. R.I.P Nyan cat. We will never forget you, as your theme song has been stuck in our heads for the last three years.
4. Charlie Sheen
We cared so much about Charlie Sheen in 2011 because he kept saying “Winning!” during interviews and that was very meme-able. Sheen is rarely talked about now, if at all. I don’t know where Charlie Sheen is now but I hope wherever he is he’s winning at… whatever it was he wanted to win at.
5. Rage Comics
I honestly didn’t know what rage comics were or why they were so popular, but they’re most likely the internet’s greatest mistake. People used these guys as reaction images to EVERYTHING. They were around long before 2011, but that year looks like the time their popularity began to wane, until they became nothing more than a trend we look back on and regret.
2011 brought about the last real Fred video before he was replaced by a new Fred. Now the channel is used as a community channel for parents and kids. The Fred character died in 2011, and once he stopped uploading videos we all stopped talking about him (even though he will always be classic YouTube).
These lyrics became the Facebook status of every 10- to 18-year-old’s Facebook in 2011. Rebecca Black made herself into a meme, creating a video and song so awful, she basically invited the internet to make fun of her. With the video now sitting at two million dislikes and only 500,000 likes, you can’t help but feel like Rebecca deserves more. I mean, she created a meme that will outlive us all! But no matter how horrible the video was, “Friday” will always hold a place in my heart as one of the greatest pieces of internet culture.
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