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Behind the Memes: Unmasking the Real Faces of the Internet’s Biggest Memes

    In the last decade, a new juicy piece of culture has emerged: the meme as we know it. As you most likely know, memes feature a picture accompanied by a caption that aims to satirize something ironic or funny. The term “meme” was coined by legendary biologist Richard Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene. Originally he intended “meme” to be the cultural equivalent of “gene”, meaning a bundle of info that gets passed on down the generations.

    But at some point, memes took on a life of their own, and they took the internet by storm! Some memes feature cartoons, some have funny sketches, but most feature real people. And a decade of these peoples’ faces being plastered all over the internet it has made a lot of them into superstars. Who are these people? How did they become memes? And where are they now? Stay tuned for the full lowdown.