There’s always been a meme. From cave drawings to the hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt, people have been using humor and satire to communicate ideas and observations about the world around them. The Internet has only amplified this tradition, giving rise to a new generation of hilarious memes that are shared and enjoyed by millions. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the funniest always has been memes out there!
Two astronauts are in space. One astronaut looks at Earth and sees that it is different than what they were expecting. They ask the other astronaut, “Wait, isn’t it all ?” The other astronaut says, “Always has been,” and prepares a rifle.
On December 11th, 2016, Redditor Wiegand6 posted this MSPaint drawing of two astronauts gazing upon a flat planet to the /r/dankmemes subreddit. One astronaut exclaims, “What the heck is it flat!!!!” “Sorry, folks,” says the other astronaut as he waves a revolver at his companion. The joke received over 485 points in less than four years (97 percent upvotes).
On August 7th, 2018, an anonymous 4chan member submitted the original template which America was a surprise.
The template was not frequently used until almost a year later when “Ohio” became a popular variant of the template’s punchline, which coincided with the creation of Ohio vs. the World variants. In October of 2019, user iOhioian published an edit to iFunny that featured MS-Paint alterations. This post accumulated over 46,000 responses and 1,700 comments in less than a year. This was also shared on Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, and Instagram. Additional modifications were inspired by the image.
After Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first men to walk on the moon in 1969, many other astronauts followed them. However, they did not all look like the real ones. Some people started to dress them more realistically. On June 7th, 2020, someone on Reddit earned almost 33,000 points by posting an example. On June 19th, 2020, Twitter user @Alexis Grump used Bugsnax. On July 14th, Ebaumsworld published a gallery of popular cases of the meme.