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Memes -The Internet’s Inside Joke

Greetings Universe!

Tis I, Adri (Missy Hatter), here again with another post for all you wonderful weirdos out there.

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Meme 
noun
  1. an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.
    • a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.
Have you ever seen one of these odd images online and wondered: What on God’s green earth even is this? 
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Memes are these strange images or phrases that circle around again and again, getting stranger and stranger as time goes by. Suddenly, there’s a bandwagon full of thousands of people expanding on this one odd thing. (You all know them, you’ve all seen them and a good bit of you know them well)_91408619_55df76d5-2245-41c1-8031-07a4da3f313f
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So where do these things come from, and more importantly, why are they being made and going so viral?

 Let’s start simple. Go back to something other than just internet culture….
Ever had some friends all laugh at something strange, something not as much funny as it made no sense at all? Ever had someone spew seemingly random phrases, yet those around them acted like they understood it perfectly? Or  have you maybe jumped in a group where everyone seemed to have their own language?
Then you, like many others, have experienced being on the outside of an inside joke.
It’s pretty annoying isn’t it? Or at the very least makes you feel left out. You’ve no doubt had your own share of inside jokes as well; whether from a group of friends or a favorite tv show/movie/book where only other fans would understand the reference. captainamerica1_zps8c295f96
But just as bad as it feels to be out of the loop, it feels just as great to be caught up with what everyone’s talking about.
And now more than ever, that seems to be what people most care about; being caught up to date with everything relevant. This isn’t new, by any means, just look how long news has been a thing, and gossip has been around since the creation of man.
We, as people, like to understand each other. We’re social creatures, so we crave being a part of something. Curiosity is also something we humans (or whatever mythical creature you identify as) share. So, when you see these pictures float around, it’s natural to want to know what it is. That fueled by our craving to be a part of something, drives us to help further these things which would, objectively,  be rather silly.
It’s not about the subject matter. It’s not about the dinosaur, dove, song, movie, frog, or whatever else it happens to be. It’s about being a part of the conversation. It’s about feeling like you belong, riding that bandwagon, and feeling like someone who knows something.
Whether you hate them, love them, know them, or know nothing about them. You’ve seen these around, and you still will in the future.
Culture is everywhere; in where you live, who you hang out with, and even on the internet. So remember, while you have fun out there being a part of something, that there are still people feeling left out. And I believe there are plenty of ways to use culture to share love and kindness as well as we do oddities and as easily as we do gossip.
Stay tight, my friends.
~ Adrianna
Books

Why a Raven is like a Writing Desk

 

Greetings Universe! I’m Adrianna, or Adri for short. I’m also known, among some in the realm of Legion, as the Hatter. Which is why it is only befitting for my first post to reflect my title and my love for the works of Lewis Carroll.

I also would like to apologize for the lateness of the post. I take full responsibility, as you see, I’m always late.

So I’m sure many of you are curious as to why exactly a raven is like a writing desk, considering Mr. Carroll never did elaborate the answer of such a riddle. (or possibly you sit snickering in your chair, believing you already know the answer)

The riddle is used to make a point in the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s brought up by none other than the Mad Hatter at the insane tea party, celebrating an un-birthday. Usually, when one offers up a riddle they already know the answer, and await for the one hearing the riddle to guess, or more likely be amazed by the witty solution. But what answer is poor Alice given? “I haven’t the slightest idea.” 

This none-existent answer is meant to draw to the fact that, well, this is all mad. Things don’t go by order, and jokes have no pay-off.

But you don’t care about that, do you? So now to what everyone’s been waiting for:


Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?


Truth is: I haven’t the slightest idea.

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Jk. (but if you want it to be a secret forever; stop reading)

There are lots of answers, most are quite funny. One that Lewis Carroll had given in the preface of the 1896 version of was:

“Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front”

(Yes yes, nevar was meant to be spelled that way. Lewis Carroll seemed to like himself some puns  *hint* it’s raven spelled backwards )

Here’s one that was proposed in Heartless by Marissa Meyer: (yes I know someone else already covered the Lunar Chronicles here, I just really did enjoy that book. I blame the unicorn)

“Because they both have quills dipped in ink.”

-originally from David N. Jodrey Jr. in The Annotated Alice)

“Because a writing-desk is a rest for pens and a raven is a pest for wrens,”

( -Tony Weston 1991)

In the spirit of nonsense:

“Because there is a ‘b’ in both and an ‘n’ in neither.”

or “Because neither is ever approached without caws”

Though my personal favorite has to be:

“Because Poe wrote on both”

*bows*

That’s it for now! Till next time, fellow weirdos!