One of my love languages is finding and sending the perfect meme for a friend or family member. What random pop culture reference or hilarious video will make them crack up?

Nowadays, memes are essentially cultural least for millennials and Gen Z.

For those who love to LOL at a good meme, there's actually a historical connection between them and the state of Iowa.

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The official definition of a meme according to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary is,

" amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online especially through social media."

The very first meme might just have been created in Iowa. A few years back, someone on social media shared what they thought was the first recorded meme.

Public Domain
Public Domain

The old-time meme started getting attention on the internet in 2018 when a Tumblr account posted this interesting find. As people on the internet are wont to do, new captions and alterations were being made to the image to make it apply to present-day culture.

This comic was published in a 1921 issue of the University of Iowa's satirical magazine 'The Judge.'

According to reports, the original meme was credited to another college magazine called the 'Wisconsin Octopus' but for the rest of my life I will continue to say that the very first meme was created right here in the great state of Iowa.

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With the infinite number of memes scattered across the internet, it's hard to keep track. Just when you've grasped the meaning of one hilarious meme, it has already become old news and replaced by something equally as enigmatic. Online forums like Tumblr, Twitter, 4chan, and Reddit are responsible for a majority of meme infections, and with the constant posting and sharing, finding the source of an original meme is easier said than done. Stacker hunted through internet resources, pop culture publications, and databases like Know Your Meme to find 50 different memes and what they mean. While the almost self-replicating nature of these vague symbols can get exhausting, memes in their essence can also bring people closer together—as long as they have internet access.

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