From dancing babies to funny cats and political photoshops, memes spread far and wide. They make us laugh, think, and come together. But what are memes? Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, known for his popular books on science and atheism, coined the term in his 1976 book "The Selfish Gene." The word itself is a combination of "gene" and a Greek word for imitation, and he claimed that culture was the means of transmission. Decades later, we're awash in entertaining and influential memes thanks to internet culture.
The BBC recently wrote about how memes are crucial in our daily lives, carrying news, ideas, and humor in one clever little packet. Memes can help us relax about serious subjects. They also spread like jokes to give us a humorous point of view. Iconic meme stars usually get the role unexpectedly, and like world-famous Grumpy Cat, they can capture our hearts.
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