We're revisiting ten pivotal moments in internet history that permanently changed the way we use it. These memes, videos, and gifs are among the most notable among the many others that have had a significant impact. If we missed your personal favorite, please let us know via email and we'll be sure to include it.
1. Da Vinci Surgical System: Surgery On A Grape
This memorable moment remains etched in our minds. An example of the internet embracing absurdity can be seen in the viral video of a grape undergoing surgery. This is the quintessential example of the trend.
Edward Hospital developed a precision surgical system and demonstrated its capabilities by performing surgery on a grape. This video marked the first known use of a meme and sparked a trend that continues to shape the internet today.
2. Zombie Kid Likes Turtles
Jonathan's "zombie" interview has become an enduring legend on the internet. A Portland news station interviewed him after he had his face painted to resemble a zombie. Jonathan's response is considered one of the best in the history of television interviews.
3. That's A Lotta Damage Commercial (The Bucket Test) | Flex Seal
Before Flex Seal and Phil Swift, we struggled to fix leaks. The enthusiastic spokesperson captured our hearts with his advertisements and demonstrations, but his most iconic moment was when he used a chainsaw and knife to cut through a plastic bucket to showcase the effectiveness of Flex Seal.
4 Supa Hot Fire - The Rap Battle Parody
I strongly recommend watching the entire video if you haven't already. It is one of the most hilarious online sketch comedy videos and has since become a meme classic.
5. I Don't Care That You Broke Your Elbow
This brings back memories of Vine's early days when videos were limited to six seconds or less. It was a simpler time, when apps were more enjoyable. The video of a man in a yellow shirt nonchalantly stating he doesn't care if another child breaks their elbow went viral. The altercation was reportedly over a Nintendo DS.
6. Father Christmas Isn't Being Very Nice To Me!
We couldn't leave out the viral video of the British child, aged 45, arguing with his father about being on the "naughty list." The video, which was shared in 2018, has become a holiday tradition. The young boy presents convincing arguments for being on the "nice list." It's safe to say, one wouldn't want to misbehave in his presence.
7. You Know I Had To Do It To 'em
It's unclear what exactly Lucky Luciano was trying to accomplish, but this meme became extremely popular online. Another version of the meme that portrayed Luciano as a "cooler than you" hip-hop fan quickly gained popularity. The meme was so well-liked that the location where the photograph was taken became a destination for meme enthusiasts.
Both the location and caption have gained a life of their own and will remain a part of internet history.
8 Charlie Bite Me...
Without further ado, "Charlie bit my finger" is a worthy entry into YouTube's hall of fame and should be a first-ballot selection. Even though we've all watched this iconic video countless times, it's still worth revisiting.
9. Walmart Yodeling Kid
Want to know the secret to success in the music industry? Just ask Mason Ramsey, also known as the "yodeling child from Walmart." He was signed to Big Loud Records after a video of him yodeling and singing Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" in his local Walmart went viral. He is currently on tour with rapper Yung Gravy.
We will never forget, never forget. We often don't realize the value of something until it's gone. That is the legacy of Harambe, who taught us this lesson. Up until the fateful day in the summer of 2016, the western lowland gorilla lived a contented life.
Harambe, a western lowland gorilla, was shot and killed by staff at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2016 after a child entered his enclosure. The incident sparked a global controversy and outpouring of grief. The death of Harambe was attributed to the negligence of the child's parents.
"Dicks out for Harambe" became a popular catchphrase in the wake of Harambe's death.
But it was just the beginning. The outpouring of support and memes for Harambe continued to flood the internet.
Even a youth baseball team paid tribute to him by wearing jerseys with Harambe's anniversary.
For millennials, Harambe's death serves as a reminder of the many tragic events we have witnessed, such as 9/11, a pandemic, and the loss of one of the most compassionate beings our world has ever known. Rest in peace, sweet prince.