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BEST OF THE BEST OFS: Internet Memes 2011
December 29, 2011
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The term "meme" has been attributed to evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, who used it in his 1976 book "The Selfish Gene" to refer to an idea that spreads through a culture, propagating itself by infiltrating all corners of our collective consciousness.

From such a lofty concept we have arrived at the era of the internet meme: the clever play on an item of common cultural knowledge that spreads across the web via social media, email and the guy sitting next to you at the office.

So what were the internet memes that made for the best workplace distractions in 2011? Here is our roundup of some of the top year-end lists. To see the lists in full, click on the title links:

Know Your Meme Best Memes of 2011

1. Rebecca Black's "Friday"
2. First World Problems
3. Occupy Wall Street
4. Planking
5. Scumbag Steve

The Influential Rebecca Black

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First World Problems

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Know Your Meme's 2011 Highlight Video

The Next Web 2011: The Top 5 Memes

1. Scumbag Steve
2. All The Things
3. Nope! Chuck Testa
4. Pepper Spray Cop
5. First World Problems

Scumbag Steve

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All The Things!

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BuzzFeed The 40 Best Memes of 2011

1. Scumbag Steve
2. First World Problems
3. Rebecca Black
4. Futurama Fry
5. Pepper Spraying Cop

Pepper Spraying Cop

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Ranker The 50 Greatest Internet Memes of 2011

1. Scumbag Steve
2. New Advice Animals
3. Rebecca Black
4. Nyan Cat
5. Charlie Sheen and #winning

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Smosh The Top 10 Memes of 2011

1. Nyan Cat
2. Rebecca Black
3. Everyday I'm Shuffling
4. Honey Badger
5. Dat Ash

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CBC Live's 5 Best Memes of 2011

1. Ryan Gosling's "Hey Girl"
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Noses
3. Nyan Cat
4. Planking (and Owling, Coning, Batmaning and Stocking)
5. Shit Girls Say

Ryan Gosling's "Hey Girl"

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Honourable Mentions

As you can see, these are all fine collections of the year's best photo manipulations and video pranks. But we'd be remiss if we didn't mention a few of our own favourites that also deserve recognition, such as ...

PhotoShopLooter's scenes from the London riots

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Kim Jong-il Dropping the Bass on Tumblr

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Cute Pictures of Vladimir Putin With Animals

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