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Here’s Where Our Favorite Meme Stars Are Now



 The internet meme, a cultural phenomenon that began in the mid-nineties, gained significant traction with the advent of social media platforms. Memes found their origin with the debut of YouTube in 2005, marking an era where ordinary individuals transformed into overnight online celebrities. While the memes themselves are timeless, it's easy to overlook the individuals behind these viral sensations. What are they up to now, and how have they evolved? Fear not; we've got you covered with an in-depth look at some of our favorite meme stars.

Success Kid

In 2007, Laney Griner uploaded a photo of her son Sammy attempting to eat sand, creating what could be considered the first globally popular meme. Despite the enduring nature of the "Success Kid" meme, Sammy, now grown, still occasionally grapples with the embarrassment associated with his meme fame.

Disaster Girl

This enduring meme, still relevant today, originated in 2004 when Dave Roth unintentionally captured his daughter Zoe with a devilish grin during a Mebane fire department training practice. Zoe, now hoping the meme might assist with college expenses, reflects on her unexpected internet fame.

Side-Eyeing Chloe

Derived from a YouTube video titled "Lily's Disneyland Surprise... AGAIN," the meme features sisters Lily and Chloe reacting to a surprise trip. Chloe's expressive side-eye has made this meme a timeless and versatile choice for conveying various emotions.

Good Luck Charlie

Mia Talerico, who played Charlie Duncan in Disney Channel's "Good Luck Charlie" (2010-2014) as an 11-month-old, now boasts over a million Instagram followers thanks to the meme's widespread use as a symbol for "I don't know."


The iconic 'doge' meme featuring Shiba Inu dog Kabosu originated in 2010 when Japanese teacher Atsuko Sato shared photos on her blog. The meme showcases Kabosu with a perplexed look, becoming a beloved internet sensation.

Overly Attached Girlfriend

Originating from a parody video by YouTuber Laina Morris in 2012, the meme led Morris to address privacy concerns as strangers intruded into her personal life.

Ridiculously Photogenic Guy

Zeddie Smith, known as the "Ridiculously Photogenic Guy," gained fame from a 2012 photo taken during the Cooper River Bridge Run. Smith appreciates the positive and humorous attention the meme brought.

Trying to Hold a Fart Next to a Cute Girl in Class

Created by Michael McGee, this meme captures a relatable moment. McGee, enjoying his internet fame, jokingly regrets not copyrighting the photo.

Grumpy Cat

The famous 'Grumpy Cat' meme featuring Tardar Sauce garnered sponsorship deals, book contracts, merchandise, and even a video game before the cat's passing in 2019.

Bad Luck Brian

Originally Kyle Craven's 2012 yearbook photo, the 'Bad Luck Brian' meme highlights various forms of dark humor associated with Craven's expressions.

First World Problems

The meme, using a stock photo of Italian actress Silvia Bottini crying, humorously portrays minor irritations in the context of 'first-world problems.'

Scumbag Steve

Blake Boston, known as "Weezy B," embraced his meme fame with no regrets, appreciating the humor associated with the image taken by his mother in 2011.

Blinking Guy

Originating from a 2013 live stream with Drew Scanlon, the 'Blinking Guy' GIF meme captures a moment of surprise during a gaming broadcast.

Hipster Barista

Dustin Mattson, aka "Dirty South," discussed the 'Hipster Barista' meme in an interview, expressing frustration at the joke made at the expense of the culinary industry.

Sudden Clarity Clarence

Despite its popularity, very little is known about the individual in the 'Sudden Clarity Clarence' meme, adding an air of mystery to this internet sensation. As we delve into the lives of these meme stars, we uncover the unique stories that have unfolded beyond the viral images, providing a comprehensive view of their journeys in the ever-evolving landscape of internet culture.


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