Much like New York City, the internet never sleeps.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone’s social media feeds have been loaded with vaccine information (by the way, get the shot) and new COVID variants. But, thanks to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, the world has found some comic relief. In no ranking order, here are the seven best, funniest memes of 2021.
In January, many moments caught our eye. But, nothing was more noteworthy than Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders grouchily relaxing at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Honestly, this is some of the best Photoshop I’ve ever seen.
“This could’ve been an email” pic.twitter.com/kn68z6eDhY
— Ashley K. (@AshleyKSmalls) January 20, 2021
The best Bernie memes I saw pic.twitter.com/mwq6stLV7Z
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) January 21, 2021
The Weeknd’s Halftime SuperBowl Show
No doubt, The Weeknd put on a show at the Superbowl in February. But, the lights from his performance were, well, blinding. In one video, the singer was in a swirling vortex of light bulbs, and a blurred image of his face created the perfect, funny screenshot. After seeing this, it wasn’t long before people pulled out their Twitter fingers.
what my pizza rolls see from inside the microwave pic.twitter.com/GavZzw7cQR
— Ryan Schocket (@RyanSchocket) February 8, 2021
— Ashley Flanagan (@ashleyflanny) February 8, 2021
How It Started vs. How It’s Going
How is everyone’s year going? When we thought we would get a break from 2020, we ran into 2021. This year has been significantly better than last year, slightly.
Twitter users shared their break-ups, highs, lows, and personal growths with some humor and a few laughs. People also shared iconic moments from shows like The Office and Friends.
How it started: How it ended: pic.twitter.com/ywh2dobB74
— autumn (@Autie_Radig) October 9, 2020
How it started. How it ended. pic.twitter.com/41IH3MtNds
— The Office Memes (@OfficeMemes_) October 9, 2020
how it started how it‘s going pic.twitter.com/IqhdYaVZ3V
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) October 7, 2020
When Social Media Shut Down
A day Mark Zuckerburg and the crew want to be erased from time: The day Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp abruptly went down. Without these apps, it seemed like people went into confusion. No one could vibe on their IG stories or post memes they found on their timeline. Luckily, Twitter was there to save the day, providing humor and temporarily becoming a place Facebook and Instagram users came to whine.
Twitter holding social media after whatsapp, Instagram and Facebook went down…… pic.twitter.com/Y6wtW4c9qY
— Plo Sigei (@PloSigei) October 4, 2021
Instagram and Facebook users who don’t use Twitter: pic.twitter.com/0ANAWhGR2w
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) October 4, 2021
Happy vs. Sad Bus Passenger
Thanks to the internet, what was once an inspirational image to uplift people somehow became a meme. An originally posted 2013 image meant to brighten people’s day with optimism, now brightens smiles because it’s so funny.
lmao this is sending me pic.twitter.com/E7ksAhJGDt
— Dr. Penis Boob (@DoctorPenisBoob) November 27, 2021
— لا حولَ (@ibs_indistress) November 22, 2021
The Delta Variant
The internet is masterful at creating lemonade with lemons. In August, when the Delta variant of the coronavirus suddenly appeared, spoiling everyone’s summer, delaying vacations, and ruining fall plans, the internet came through, providing the funny we all needed.
My fall plans The Delta variant pic.twitter.com/FmPS4tyVPn
— Carlos Aguilar (@Carlos_Film) August 12, 2021
My fall plans / The Delta variant pic.twitter.com/ZWBCrRaWim
— PDX HYPE SQUAD (@kdubinthisclub) August 11, 2021
When The Stimulus Check Hit
Thanks to President Joe Biden, nearly everyone had money. When that $1,400 from stimulus checks hit bank accounts, everyone was feeling themselves. So, instead of Twitter comedians tweeting self-deprecating jokes and talking about how they’re broke, everyone had a field day cracking jokes about their stimmy.
direct deposit: $1400
me at chick-fil-a on sunday: open it
— navi (@prettyboynavi) March 13, 2021
Direct deposit: $1400
Me at Target: Give me the large kickballs outside pic.twitter.com/Q7tlq0zApg
— Drew (@DrewSkywalker) March 13, 2021
If you’re anything like me, you’ll be looking forward to seeing what memes get created in 2022. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
By Jeremiah Griffith, Junior, Noble Academy