25 Hilarious Dank Memes: You surely don’t want to miss these insanely hilarious dank memes, you know why, because I am really smart that’s why, oops not that it is because they are pretty funny, just see for yourselves
Using network science and data science methods to forecast the popularity of Internet memes, we have added our article to a growing body of research that has been published in recent years (Weng et al. 2012; Maji et al. 2018; Tsur and Rappoport 2015; Wang and Wood 2011). We examine the popularity of coronavirus memes using data from Reddit, the world’s biggest social news and entertainment website, which has 129,326 records. It is possible to summarise the most important contributions of this study as follows:
We conduct a content-based study of what makes a meme popular, taking into account numerous characteristics from both text and picture data, using sophisticated machine learning methods (such as convolutional neural networks, gradient boosting, and random forest).
We distinguish ourselves from previous writers by examining whether the success of a meme can be predicted only on the basis of its content, without taking into consideration social network variables.
We not only investigate what causes a meme to become viral, but we also investigate the additional predictive value that image-related characteristics have over textual characteristics in predicting the popularity of viral memes.
Our research offers a window into the thinking of Internet users who were affected by the COVID-19 epidemic during that time period.
The term “dank meme” originally appeared in 2013 on message boards on 4chan and Reddit that were devoted to parodying existing memes and criticising meme culture, respectively.
In one noteworthy early use of the term, according to Know Your Meme, a so-called Gnome Child (a character from the online game Runescape) was shown with the caption: “born just in time to browse dank memes.” An other image depicts a baby disguised as a police officer issuing a ticket, with the message “ur getting a ticket sir that meme wasn’t dank enough.”
Memes that make use of the phrase dank memes, as demonstrated by the examples above, are often purposefully unusual, self-referential, and brimming with in-jokes that poke fun at meme creators who believe they are offering new takes on memes but who have, in fact, fallen behind the internet’s rapidly changing times and tastes. As a result, referring to anything as a dank meme implies a wider criticism of the precipitous rise and collapse of viral material in general. “This meme was hilarious and great until it became very famous,” to put it another way.
According to Ryan Milner’s 2016 book, The World Made Meme, the term has been hoisted on its own petard: “The insult [dank meme] is every bit as memetic as the person to whom it is directed.” “The phrase ‘Memes are dead’ has become a well-worn meme in and of itself.”
Since its introduction in 2014–15, the word dank meme has gained widespread recognition, thanks in part to a Facebook group called Bernie Sanders’ Dank Meme Stash, which produced memes in favour of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during the 2016 US presidential election (internet users frequently refer to a collection of dank memes as dank meme stashes). During a radio programme in May 2016, an Australian journalist drily defined the term “damp meme,” much to the meta-delight of many internet users.
The dank in dank meme is a parody of the slang word dank that is popular on the internet. According to lexicographer Jonathon Green, in the 1980s, black, campus, and drug slang started repurposing the term dank, which originally meant “uncomfortably wet or humid,” as “outstanding” or “first-rate,” particularly in relation to high-quality marijuana. As we’ve seen, the term “dank meme stash” also refers to the term “dank” in relation to marijuana.