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Gone viral: The memes and videos that defined 2013

Nick Mediati | Jan. 2, 2014
Such memes. Very viral. So Internet. Much wow.

What do you have planned for 2014, Miley?

(Don't answer that.)

Best resignation letter ever
If you're going to quit your job, do it in style. Marina Shifrin worked at a company that focused on producing news videos. Concerned about a reduced focus on quality work, Marina decided to leave her job. But instead of handing her boss a traditional letter of resignation, Marina put hers in video form, complete with Kanye West and interpretive dance. Seventeen million views later, it's a YouTube sensation.

Jean-Claude Van Damme: Certified badass
Every now and then, something comes along that makes everyone go, "how the @#$% did they do that?" And this year, that honor goes to this fairly epic Volvo Trucks ad featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme. The video features Van Damme doing the splits while being supported by two big-rig trucks that are in motion. In reverse. Holy carp. The video has over 60 million views and counting as of this writing, and it's only about a month and a half old.

So meme, such Doge
After years and years of cats dominating the Internet, dog lovers were finally thrown a bone in 2013 with the emergence of the Doge meme. The meme typically features photos of Shiba Inu dogs with internal thoughts overlaid in brightly colored Comic Sans. And it's frickin' awesome. You might find yourself spontaneously speaking in doge. Such language. So words. Very thought. Wow.

Of course, Doge wasn't the only dog meme to capture the Internet's attention in 2013. Meet Menswear Dog, an unreasonably fashionable Shiba Inu who probably dresses better than you do. So fashion. Such trend. Also doge. Much wow.

But even though dogs may finally be getting some online love, I think we've established that the Internet is made of cats. Internet cats never go out of style, and their legend only grew in 2013.

Take a look at the meteroic rise of Grumpy Cat. This humble surly-looking feline otherwise known as Tardar Sauce went from mere meme and YouTube sensation to a cultural phenomenon. She made an appearance at SXSW, became a spokescat for Friskies, and even has her own line of coffee drinks. Come to think of it, Grumpy Cat kind of sold out in 2013. But that's okay--we still love her.

And then there's Lil Bub, the painfully adorable little kitteh that took the Web by storm in 2012, but continued to elicit d'awws from the masses in 2013. Take, for example, the fact that she got her own "talk show" back in June. And then when Lil Bub met Grumpy Cat in August, well, I think we're all a little surprised the Internet didn't just end right then and there.


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