Some of the biggest YouTube and meme stars of the year had nothing to do with Bieber fever or "Gangnam Style" but with adorable, curious, and grumpy cats. Whether it's because they got us giggling in true LOL Cat fashion or made our hearts melt with tales of courage, take a look back at the most memorable feline stars of 2012.
Meme makers are proof that the Internet lords love us and want us to be happy. Reddit and Tumblr, the two largest distributors of the Internet's most viral hits, provided LOLs all year long by making it easy for the average Joe or Jane to upload image macros, advice animals, and horses with bayonets.
From Grumpy Cat to The Queen Is Not Amused, there were plenty of cyber sensations that gave us fits of uncontrollable laughter in 2012. We've rounded up the funniest memes for every month of the year, and don't forget to vote for your favorite in our best meme of 2012 poll!
Perry Ellis once said that "fashion dies when it is taken too seriously," but if the social commentary the industry has gotten this year is any indication, there's no danger of that happening anytime soon. In fact, if the memes spawned in 2012 say anything, it's that the public's interest in fashion has never been so high. A look at some of the best examples — from Balenciaga Did It First to Your LL Bean Boyfriend — here in the gallery.
On the Internet, all is fair in love and meme. No topic went untouched by a viral web sensation this year. From a very grumpy cat to texts from Madame Secretary, the Internet had no shortage of LOL-worthy plays on the year's funniest characters. So, tell us: between binders full of women and a ridiculously photogenic marathoner, what takes the top spot as the best meme of 2012?
"Ho ho ho" turns into "ha ha ha" with the Internet Meme Ornament Kit ($12) by Subversive Cross Stitch. Socially Awkward Penguin, Business Cat, the always rambunctious Joseph Ducreux, and others make their mark in cross-stitch in the Ehmahgerd Ernaments DIY packs, which come with a color pattern, 18-count material, needle, 3.5-inch circular ornament, ribbon, and a set of instructions. Click on for more cross-stitched memes to can hang on the tree this holiday season.
The finishing touches of your Internet meme costume are ready for Halloween, but is your favorite feline properly suited up? For a look that would be just as perfect at Comic-Con, the team at Stellar Four dressed their cat, Lilly, as spunky My Little Pony Rainbow Dash.
If Lilly looks familiar, it's likely you couldn't take your eyes off her in last Halloween's cuddly ewok costume.
Go viral this Halloween and dress up as your favorite web meme. Whether it's the year's newest sensations like NASA's Mohawk Guy or Binders Full of Women, we've got you covered. Though, there's no doubt that the tried and true memes of double rainbow or hipster Ariel will get you instant recognition. Earn some lolz with these 10 Internet meme costumes just in time for All Hallows' Eve.
Today, May 4, is the unofficial Star Wars day, which invites reason enough to assemble our favorite Star Wars memes. No matter what time of year, the movies endlessly inspire meme-makers, cartoonists, Tumblr parodies, you name it. After all, Darth Vader is always the perfect villain to mock, and the Jedi lightsabers are still some of the coolest weapons around. In honor of the Fourth of May, allow these hilarious Star Wars memes to send you off to have a force-filled weekend.
As we wrap up the last weeks of 2011, it's time to tell us what brought you the most laughs online this year. The Internet is constantly full of Internet memes for guaranteed LOLZ during the workday. Which of these inside web jokes was your favorite to forward to friends?
Be sure to check out the rest of our Best of 2011 coverage across the PopSugar Network!
The origin of a web meme may be difficult to identify; the images with funny captions and viral videos seem to pop up overnight. Watch as memes get passed from friend to friend and make up 21st-century water cooler chatter. For those that can't get enough cat lolz and YouTube laughs, check out these five popular memes that wouldn't be too difficult to bring to life this Halloween.