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Feb 18 2009   1:29PM GMT

Overheard – Top 10 Internet Memes

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Here’s my list of the Top 10 Internet Memes.  Want to know how these people felt about becoming an Internet phenomenon? So did I.

1. Dancing Baby
OO-ga-chuka. OO-ga-chuka.  Michael Girard’s software demo creeped people out even as they wondered — how did he make that???

2. Cookie Recipe from Neiman Marcus
True or False: After a woman and her daughter are ripped off dining at the Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas, they use the Internet to exact revenge.

3. Blair Witch Project
Before the film even opened, there were fan sites and Usenet Groups. BWP demonstrated the power of the Internet to create a buzz, no matter how bad your movie was.

4. LOLcats — I can has cheeseburger?
You can thank Eric Nakagawa for starting this digital photo craze.

5. Bad Day at the Office
We didn’t know his name back then, but Vinnie Licciardi did what a lot of us would have liked to.  He was the original Mad Man.

6. LonelyGirl15
Is Bree real or is she some new kind of TV program on the Internet? Over two million people tuned in to find out.

7. RickRoll
When you’re RickRolled, it’s like you open a door on the Internet and your whole family jumps out and yells “SURPRISE!”   Even the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade got RickRolled.

8. Thriller Wedding Dance
If you’ve been to a wedding lately, you may have noticed the trend towards a choreographed first dance. No, it’s not because of Dancing with the Stars.

9. Miss South Carolina
Dumb blonde? Nope — just a fascinating look at panic.

10. Here It Goes Again
Tired of your band playing in the garage? Put that gym equipment to good use.

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