Are you a meme lover? Do you find humorous peace and sheer motivation in those memes that describes an unforgiving situation in the most kick-ass way? If yes, welcome to the dank memes cult.
(If you have come here to only peep at some of the dankest memes, scroll down to the bottom, otherwise keep reading).
The term ‘Dank Memes’ is actually a wide expression of the ongoing social media jokes. These are the memes that are intentionally made to squeeze out the comic value of any content to the maximum.
In other words, it’s a fresh and new meme which is cooler in comparison to the regular memes.
Wikipedia definition of ‘Dank memes’
Wikipedia defines dank memes as a sub-genre of memes which follow the memes format but uses a different approach to image macros. (An image macro is digital media featuring a picture, or artwork, superimposed with some form of text.)
Dank memes are referred to as cool memes that are “exceptionally unique or odd”. It defines these jokes as ‘internet in-jokes’ which goes viral to the extent that even if they are nonsensical, they become funny in the end.
Origin of word ‘Dank’
Middle English era, “danke”, was recorded in circa 1410 as noun, and related to Swedish dank (“marshy spot”). It’s strange but the idea of dank still remains same. Even after thousands of years the word dank is always referred to cool or cold.
Urban Dictionary describes the word Dank as an adjective which is over-used by people in general. This is commonly used word to describe something dark, sticky, gooey, and potent.
Originally it was used to describe places which are cold and damp. Places like cave etc. But later on people began describing different varieties of weed using this term. Hence, it became a popular word used in the stoner’s culture.
This was a word that differentiates between someone who is a part of the weed group and someone who tries to be a part of the stoner group (imposters). The word dank was associated with a comeback or an expression after you come across something cool or unusual.
Dank meme meaning – Reddit user OBLIVIATER Loop Fixer
This reddit user has a straightforward theory about the origin of dank memes culture.
“So the internet being the weird place that it is, places like /r/circlejerk exist. This is known to be more that little “circlejerky” which means anything that they think is slightly funny or overdone or gets OVERDONE for weeks. It all started with this picture.
As it started circulating, it really got popular because it’s just stupid enough to get popular. Users then started re-posting the memes everywhere and began using “dank” as an adjective for everything. It then started to leak out of a subreddit /r/circlejerk over to other popular subreddits as a satire or a joke.
Classical art dank memes
Throughout the 2000s, several iconic paintings became the content for meme makers. Monalisa, the last supper and the creation of Adam were the most common ones. But this led to the creation of dank memes which boosted the macro parodies.
Today there are thousands of parodies of famous paintings and classical arts replaced by one liners.
The felling of the paintings were overpowered with hilarious thoughts that suited the situation. A few of the most popular classical dank memes-
Pepe the frog-dank meme
Pepe the Frog (/ˈpɛpeɪ/) is a popular Internet meme that can be considered as a dank one. It is a green anthropomorphic frog with a humanoid body. Pepe originated in a comic by Matt Furie called Boy’s Club.
From there, it went on to become an Internet meme as its popularity steadily grew across Myspace, Gaia Online and 4chan in 2008.
By 2015, it had become one of the most popular memes used on 4chan and Tumblr. Different types of Pepe include “Sad Frog”, “Smug Frog”, “Angry Pepe”, “Feels Frog”, and “You will never …” Frog. Since 2014, “Rare Pepes” have been posted on the (sarcastic) “meme market” with new adaptations.
Grumpy Cat dank meme- Reddit
Tardar Sauce is the original name of the Grumpy Cat that you see in a number of meme. This meme was made by a Reddit user named Bryan Bundesen.
Ever since 2012, Tardar went on to become an American internet celebrity cat. She is known for her permanently “grumpy” facial expression that seems to be pissed all the time. This, however, is caused by an under bite and feline dwarfism. On September 22, 2012, Bryan (the brother of her owner Tabatha Bundesen) posted her picture with a caption – meet Grumpy Cat.
Most of the dank memes that were generated out of this source was cynical and super sarcastic. Late on it went on to become the perfect way to shut someone off with a meme that gave away the vibes of being pissed off and ‘I don’t give a fuck’.
By 2018, Grumpy Cat had 8.6 million total followers on Facebook, 2.5 million followers on Instagram and 1.5 million followers on Twitter.
The Couple thinking(I bet he’s thinking about other women) dank meme
The origin of this dank meme was from a different picture though. On December 17th, 2016, Twitter user @chochos posted a photograph of a woman staring at a man in bed captioned with mock internal monologues in which the woman thinks “seguro está pensando en otra” (“surely he is thinking of another” in English). This later on was replaced by a typical American couple.
This is yet another example of a meme that became very popular in the last few years.
From thinking about breads and sandwiches to wondering what’s wrong in Harry Potter movie, the husband is shown thinking random nonsensical thoughts. All the while, the wife remains skeptical that he must be thinking about girls. It eventually got popular as, ‘ I Bet He’s Thinking About Other Women’ meme.
Where can you get the best dank memes?
There are websites like Memecenter, cheezeburger etc. where you can find a lot of dank memes. But I am not sure if the content they are posting is original or not. I find a lot of it is picked from reddit. These websites create an ensemble of other people’s content. Unlike what I do here at Wotpost. I try to publish as much original content that you will only find on my website. Especially Indian memes.
Let me give you a meme that I picked from memecenter.
Take this meme for example. You very well understand that nothing of this sort was going on in the painting. Though, the meme brings out the humour and it seems everyone has shifted the attention to the speaker in the middle who is basically uttering bullshit. LOL.
Check out the meme I picked from cheezeburger.
Take this meme for example, if you have ever heard of the very famous American writer Edgar Allen Poe, you’ll understand the dankness of this meme.
For those of you who didn’t get it, it’s about the mysterious death of this writer. Many believe that the he could have very well transformed into a raven and is alive now. This raven trying to smoke a cigarette just portrays a human getting in touch with a ravens to find some info on Poe being alive in a raven’s body.
Reddit is the origin
Reddit is a very famous community that has some really talented folks bringing out the cleverest content and leading the meme business. Most of the memes are picked from here. Even websites like know your meme pick memes from here.One of the famous sub-community there to find dank memes is r/dankmemes
This is a sub-Reddit page that puts up some dope memes. From everyday things to political memes, you will find any thing that you can relate to. Also, if you are a fan of dark humour, you are going to love this page especially situations that you face on a day to day basis.
Like, have you ever farted in public? Or tried to stop a fart? Here is a meme from the page that you will relate to effortlessly.
9gag is another such website which is the oldest I believe in humour industry and has been sharing a lot of funny videos. Now, they share a lot of funny memes too.
Check out some of the dank memes (picked from r/dankmemes) that will give you a break from your fucked up routine:
Drake meme is the longest living meme so far.
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These websites come up with pure humour which anyone can easily relate to. Though it all comes down to the understanding, because the danker you are from within, the easier it will be for you extract fun out of the meme.
There are even sections specified on the websites for a particular topic. So, you can very well avoid feminism and real dark memes if you wish. But I feel, if you visit any of those websites, you’ll come back with tons of laughter and maybe some guilty vibes because you know that dank memes are the good kind of bad.