During the 2012 Summer Olympic Game in London, the camera cut to Queen Elizabeth II watching the opening ceremonies with what can only be described as a grimace on Her Royal face. Before the ceremony had even ended, internet users had taken a screen grab and fit Her Majesty into the "X is not amused" meme database. "One is not amused" features the sour-looking Queen with funny pop culture-relevant captions such as, "Let the Hunger Games begin!" and "Look at all of these countries I used to own."
This catchy earworm of a song hit the charts in late 2011, but a February 2012 lip dub video tribute featuring teenage celebrities Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, and (known Carly Rae Jepsen fan) Justin Bieber put this meme on the map. The smash pop song generated many parodies, covers, and lip dub videos on YouTube, most notably the digitally-produced video of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama singing the song in a car for a segment on The Tonight Show.
The "Call Me Maybe" meme also spun off into image macro territory, spawning countless images with the caption, "Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, but (fill in the blank), so call me maybe?"
3. Skeptical Third-World Kid
This is yet another meme that originated from Reddit, in June 2012. The photo shows a third world child who is incredulous over our pathetic North American "problems." Internet users uploaded their own captions into their favorite Meme Generator. Countless Skeptical Third World Child images can now be found on all of the popular image sharing sites, with more being created every day.
In 2012, the only other song that was more overplayed than "Call Me Maybe" has to be "Somebody That I Used To Know," by Gotye. "Somebody" is the quintessential break-up song, centering around a nostalgic guy who doesn't understand why breaking up with his girlfriend means that he doesn't see her anymore. The lyrics, which are as catchy as they are mournful, speak of heartache, yearning, and regret. Those are pretty sad concepts, right? Never fear, the internet is here to make it a little less sappy.
The Gotye meme surfaced in August of 2012, and it featured still shots taken from the song's strange music video. Most of the captions center around one particular line of the song, for instance, "You didn't have to cut me off," or "Now you're just somebody that I used to know." Check out some funny examples of the Gotye meme here.
"Sudden Clarity Clarence" is an image of a young man at a concert who appears to be having an epiphany. Clarence is having a "light bulb moment," though the stuff he realizes is usually pretty mundane. This is a series of advice image macros that hit the web when Redditor NorthernSkeptic grabbed a stock photo from the Australia Associated Press and dubbed it "Sudden Clarity Clarence." Early in 2012, several online publications featured Clarence, and since its inception there have been nearly 4,000 new Clarence memes created by users on Quickmeme.