Five years ago, three college girls on a Caribbean vacation got a serious case of the heebeejeebies when a stingray photobombed their “say cheese” moment. The hilarious photograph could have ended up as just a fond vacay memory if it weren’t for a friend, who shared the image on Reddit in September of this year.
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Holy smokes, Internet, you treated us to a bucket of laughs this year. High-profile events like the Summer Olympics and U.S. presidential election provided an abundance of meme-able moments. But not every highly shareable piece of web culture debuted on a big stage.
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After consulting a jury of highly respected cats and corgis, we put together a list of picks for the top 12 memes of 2012. If our selections make you ermahgerd in disbelief, tell us your favorites in the comments below.
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