When I look back on 2010 I won’t remember it as the year of the earthquake in Haiti, the US elections or the Chilean miners rescue. Rather, I’ll remember 2010 as the year Christine O’Donnell told the world she’s not a witch, the year double rainbows went viral and the year Brett Favre sang ‘Pants on the Ground’ in the Vikings locker room. After all, what better way is there to remember a year than by recounting the top Internet memes of that year? We’ve put together a massive list of the top 30 memes of 2010, so take a seat and get ready for a wild ride through bed intruders, crazy flight attendants, HOPAs and more.
When Antoine Dodson went off in a news clip after an intruder came into his Alabama home and tried to assault his sister, saying the now infamous like, “Hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband ’cause their raping everyone out here”, the most popular Internet sensations of 2010 (if not of all time) was born.
The Gregory Brothers, aka Schmoyoho, auto-tuned Dodson’s news interview to create the ‘Bed Intruder Song’, which blew up on YouTube, was covered by a ton of musicians, and even made the Billboard Hot 100, earning Dodson enough money that he was able to buy his family a new (and hopefully more secure) house!
Betty White became a meme at the beginning of 2010 after her Super Bowl commercial went viral.
Following the airing of the commercial there was a sudden outburst of support for the Golden Girl. A Facebook page surfaced trying to get ‘Betty White to Host SNL (please)!’ and the campaign was a success. Betty White merchandise also started to pop up all over the web this year, from shirts and bags to pins and more.
JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater
And who could forget JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater, who cursed out passengers, quit his job, grabbed two beers and then slid down the emergency escape chute and headed home? Steven Slater became an instant Internet star/meme/hero and even had several songs written about him. Check out the video below to see just what sort of impact the Steven Slater meme has had on the web, and the world.
“Yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-oooh-oh-oh-oh-ohhhhh!” The Russian song ‘Indeed, I am very glad that I finally am returning home’, which has become known as the ‘Trololo song’ is one of the strangest memes of 2010 if you ask me. Eduard Khil’s 1963 performance of the song was uploaded to YouTube at the end of 2009 and started going viral in early 2010.
Because of the odd lip synching nature of this clip, lots of people have uploaded clips of themselves and even their pets singing along to the song. Trololo guy look-alike contests have abounded, a single-serving Trololo website launched and the Trololo guy was even a popular 2010 Halloween costume. Edward Khil himself, 44 years later, even watched and commented on all the Trololo parodies and called upon fans to write their own lyrics to the song!
Continue reading on the next page for more of the top memes from 2010!
When Mark Pain, photographer for UK’s Daily Mail, took an awesome photo of Tiger Wood’s golf ball heading straight for his camera at the 2010 Ryder Cup the picture started spreading around the web like wildfire. At first, the picture spread because it was an awesome golf shot. But soon, people began to take notice of a guy standing in the crowd behind Tiger, wearing a brown wig and a fake moustache and smoking a cigar.