Back in the day, a girl named Maggie Goldenberger's passion for the spooky YA book series Goosebumps gifted the world one of its most endearing memes -- "Ermahgerd!" We share her excitement to this day.
2012 brought us an Olympic-level viral moment involving gymnast McKayla Maroney's unimpressed reaction when she received the silver medal at the summer games in London, England. Her image has served as a fitting reaction to moments that fall short of amazing ever since.
One look and it was clear: Little Chloe's reaction during a car ride was bound for internet gold.
2013 Winner: "Surprise, B*tch"
Fans of American Horror Story: Coven will remember that, in the eighth episode of the season, Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) revealed to Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange) that she was back from the grave, proclaiming: "Surprise, b*tch. I bet you thought you saw the last of me." The moment was destined to be shared for years to come.
2014 Runner-Up: Alex From Target
Alex from target guys. He's just a hot guy that works at some target. This is the Internet. This is 2014. 😐 pic.twitter.com/URLMk2wh14
GIFs of this former Sports Illustrated cover girl and current Twitter fave crying doesn't have an expiration date.
2015 Winner: #TheDress
It all began with the posting of the garment online and a simple question: "What Color Is This Dress?" In no time, it took over news cycles and fueled endless posts with some claiming it was white and gold and others positive it was black and blue.
2016 Runner-Up: Math Lady
Sometimes memes manage to sum up the confusion and/or anticipation related to upcoming events and such is definitely the case with this gem.
2016 Winner: Arthur's Fist
I don’t know why they are the way they are but when my family comes to visit they take over every inch of my house. It’s a mess. They are like an ooze slowly spreading through my house. I’ve been walking around with a perpetual Arthur fist bc everywhere I turn is mess. pic.twitter.com/p8GNhp8DH5
Meme-worthy stock photography? Yessir. This object labeling meme illustrating the shiny new thing pulling our focus became so popular that it was featured on the front page of the New York Times business section and shot the models featured into stardom.
These year was so meme-ful that we couldn't choose just one runner-up. Who would have guessed that enthusiastically sprinkling salt on a steak would inspire millions of views and a bona fide viral moment? Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, perhaps.
Another year of top-notch memes, 2019 gave us Peter Parker's "I Don't Feel So Good." Thanks to Avengers: Endgame, users everywhere adopted the "disintegration" meme mimicking the "dusting" or "snap" in the film. Like Thanos' gauntlet, this meme is one formidable tool.
This year, Keke Palmer agreed to a lie detector test during a Vanity Fairinterview, where she admitted that she didn't recognize former Vice President Dick Cheney. The moment was chopped into a shareable clip and quickly trumped Mariah Carey's "I Don't Know Her" of yesteryear.
2019 Scene Stealer: Baby Yoda Drinking Soup
Just when we thought Keke Palmer's "Sorry to This Man" would take the cake for 2019, The Mandalorian's cutest character swooped in. Yiddle -- more popularly known as Baby Yoda -- has taken over the internet as the reigning cutest Star Wars character. (Sorry, Porgs.) Condolences are also due to another beloved character, Kermit, as Baby Yoda's soup meme has become the new go-to for any "sips tea" moment.
Here's hoping the next decade gifts us with a new arsenal of weird and wonderful memes for all occasions.