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21 Backstories of The People Behind The Memes

Viral memes tend to get out of control. So much to the point you never really know where the origin even came from! Well, here are 21 viral memes you've probably seen, but have probably never known where it came from! 


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    Jacket - Sexy Mugshot Guy PLEIN HP Photo: Jeremy Meeks/Instagram Jeremy Meeks - aka the Hot Convict - became an Internet sensation after his smokin' hot mugshot appeared in 2014. After his release from prison in 2016, he was signed as a male model with Santa Monica-based Blaze Models because of his criminally good looks. In 2017, Meeks walked his first runway at New York Fashion Week for designer Philipp Plein Before his new career took off, Meeks was in and out of prison for gun charges and gra
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    Text - Disaster Girl 38 Photo: Imgur Despite seeming like the portrait of a child arsonist, "Disaster Girl" actually has fairly normal origins. In 2004, Zoe and her dad, Dave Roth, were watching their local fire department perform a training exercise, and Roth snapped a perfectly timed picture. Even though Disaster Girl has grown up into a Disaster Young Woman, she still gives us the creeps.
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    Tartan - Overly Attached Girlfriend and the Kid That Needs to Fart ON ON CW Photo: Reddit Apparently they went to the same high school. AND
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    Text - Ermahgerd Girl Photo: Imgur The "Ermahgerd Girl" meme began when a 16 year-old kid from Canada was browsing a public Facebook photo gallery, and decided to post a weird photo that he saw on Reddit Three years later, the Ermahgerd Girl was on a backpacking trip in India when one of her friends messaged her to let her know that she had become a meme. Now, Maggie Goldenberger, the Ermahgerd Girl, is a nurse in Phoenix, Arizona.
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    Text - First World Problems Girl Photo: Pinterest The woman behind the first world problems meme, Silvia Bottini, is an Italian born model and actress who's been in a ton of commercials, and she even offers a public speaking course. She's basically the perfect person to represent the First World Problems meme.
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    Text - Overly Attached Girlfriend ITS NOT YOUR PENIS ITS OUR PENIS Photo: Imgur Because the Internet moves so fast, a lot of people don't remember that the Overly Attached Girl meme was created to poke fun at the clingier aspects of Justin Bieber's single "Boyfriend." The original lyrics are a little creepy "If I was your boyfriend, never let you go/ Keep you on my arm girl, you'd never be alone." Lana Morris, a YouTuber, decided to do a parody song called "Girlfriend" in which she made fun of h
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    Text - Scumbag Steve CALLS-IN SICK COMES IN DURING SHIFT TO PICK UP PAYCHECK Photo: Imgur Scumbag Steve, the meme everyone loves to hate, is actually named Blake Boston and really is kind of a scumbag. The original photo is from his mom's 2006 Myspace page. According to Boston, he could have "stopped everything" going on with his photo being used by a meme, but didn't want to seem "uncool." In other news that will surprise no one, the real Scumbag Steve is a not-so-great rapper.
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    Facial expression - Bad Luck Brian Photo: Imgur When Kyle Craven's friend posted a yearbook outtake photo of his to Reddit, things got very real, very quickly. The photo in question was actually taken as a joke. In an interview with the Washington Post, Kyle said that "Picture days were always fun days for me," and that he rubbed his face to make it red, squinted his eyes, puffed out his jaw and took what he thought would be a funny photo. Little did he know that a goof like that would make him
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    Child - Success Kid Photo: Imgur When a photo of Laney Griner's son Sammy became one of the most popular web memes ever, she wasn't happy. But a few years later, she used the unwanted popularity of the meme to help raise $100,000 for her husband's dialysis, and to pay for his kidney transplant. See? The Internet isn't all bad.
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    Hair - Attractive Convict STEALS YOUR HEART AND YOUR WALLET Photo: Imgur In 2010, Meagan Mccullough was arrested for a DUI. Three years later, her mugshot made its way to Reddit, where basement-dwellers the world over fell in love with her stunning good looks. A bunch of dudes contacted Mccullough, and professed their undying devotion to her. However, this hot criminal is kind of over that mugshot photo. She even said, "I don't think it's that good a picture - there are other ones I would prefer
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    Hair - Attractive Convict STEALS YOUR HEART AND YOUR WALLET Photo: Imgur In 2010, Meagan Mccullough was arrested for a DUI. Three years later, her mugshot made its way to Reddit, where basement-dwellers the world over fell in love with her stunning good looks. A bunch of dudes contacted Mccullough, and professed their undying devotion to her. However, this hot criminal is kind of over that mugshot photo. She even said, "I don't think it's that good a picture - there are other ones I would prefer
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    Text - Stop Girl am The Stop Photo: Imgur The "Stop Girl" meme all started at a college football game. During a 2010 game between the University of Arizona and lowa, Sarah - the student who would soon become Stop Girl - had a camera trained on her as she watched the game in agony. Her request that the camera man stop filming her lead to a bunch of weirdos on Reddit falling in love with her. Sarah is understandably weirded out by the whole thing, and hopes that she can put the Internet's fascinat
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    Product - College Freshman MAKES A JOKE EVERYONE LAUGHS AT KEEPS MAKING SHITTY JOKES BECAUSE HIS CONFIDENCE IS UP Photo: Imgur The guy behind the "College Freshman" meme is named Griffin Kiritsy, and he's totally on board with the Internet making fun of him. According to Kiritsy's blog, the photos were taken by a Reader's Digest photographer for an interview he gave to the magazine.
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    Text - Sheltering Suburban Mom Photo: Imgur Carly Phillips was already sort of famous. You probably don't know her name, but she's made a mint writing the romance novels that you pass every day in the grocery store and the airport. Although at first she didn't really understand meme culture, she has now accepted this part of her life. In an interview with the Daily Dot she said, "I do think I'm rational and reasonable and I appreciated the people who took the time to explain - and I learned some
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    Facial expression - Ridiculously Photogenic Guy WS EXCLUSIVE ULOUSLY PHOTOGENIC GUY" AN EVERYONE LOVES Photo: Imgur Ridiculously Photogenic Guy is the meme that haunts men's dreams. Zeddie Little, the man behind the meme, had his photograph snapped by amateur photographer Will King during a marathon. King posted the photo to his Flickr account and captioned it, "Ridiculously Photogenic Guy" Little responded on Facebook with: "What the? I'm officially famous."
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    Text - Watermelon Vine Guy Photo: Imgur If the most beautiful thing you've ever seen in your life is watermelon inside of another watermelon, then you just might be Chaz Smith, a student at Penn State who went viral in 2013 while losing his mind over a watermelon on Vine. Chaz (who majored in Cinema Studies) began working on short films to help survivors of sexual assault.
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    Text - Successful Black Man I'M GOING TO GET FRIED CHICKEN AND GRAPE SODA OFF THE SCHOOL LUNCH MENU AND REPLACEIT WITH HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVES Photo: Reddit According to the kind folks on Reddit, the guy featured in the "Successful Black Man" meme is actually an electrical engineer who lives in Texas and works for General Electric. He has also competed in several body building competitions.
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    Text - Skateboarding Professor "YOU HAVE TO APPLY OYID B 43 3C C1SAO es YOURSELFIN THIS CLASS "YOU CANT JUST SKATE BY Photo: Imgur What might be the best meme on the Internet became even better when the "Skateboarding Professor" agreed to an interview with Mashable. Tom Winter, the Skateboarding Professor, says of his fame: "You can roll, but you can't hide."
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    Text - Senior College Student ASSIGNED AS YOUR LAB PARTNER DIES uickmer Photo: Imgur Nola Ochs is not only the Guinness Book of World Records holder for being the oldest college graduate, but she's also incredibly inspiring. After graduating, she was hired by Princess Cruises as a guest lecturer on a 9 day Caribbean cruise. Then, after helping her family with their wheat harvest, she returned to Fort Hays State University to earn her Masters Degree.
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    Facial expression - Annoying Facebook Girl Photo: via Twitter We've all seen the "Annoying Facebook Girl" meme, but you probably never realized that there was a real person behind that crazy face. Fortunately for Internet lurkers everywhere, there's an ongoing debate about who this person is. Obviously the debate about "Jess," the annoying Facebook girl, began on Reddit but it has since spilled over into other areas of the Internet.
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    Text - McKayla is Not Impressed rica peil DUNTRY ey's eri Con Photo: via Pinterest McKayla Maroney should have been super stoked to be in the 2012 Olympics, especially when she won a silver medal. But Maroney was incredibly disappointed that she didn't win the gold medal, and during the medal ceremony, her face was locked in a grimace. That side-mouthed look became a meme, and even President Obama got in on the action. London
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