I chose this meme because I wanted to learn more about its origins. I always seemed to laugh at the non-verbal connection with the text. After a little research, I found that the origin of this meme comes from a show on the History Channel called Ancient Aliens, in which “alien expert” Giorgio Tsoukalos tries to explain the inexplicable as a result of aliens. People found his fake tan, wacky hairstyle, and even some of his explanations to be very humorous, so they took a screenshot and made a meme out of it.
Eventually, this meme evolved to explain situations based on stereotypes. Basically, any group would be put in text at the bottom of the meme and that would be a response meme to explain something that has been posted. For example, if there was a crazy scene with college kids running around or being passed out drunk it may show this meme below it:
For some reason this meme seems to visually work to explain almost any situation that seems out of the ordinary. I like how universally it fits and how it can be applied to ridiculous situations. I think that’s why mainstream memes are memes in the first