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Know Your Meme sat down with Lyle Drescher, aka Therapy Gecko, who is an internet personality, podcaster, and streamer who hosts a call-in livestream show and podcast where guests talk about problems or share stories from their lives. They discuss how he started the show in June 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, originally on the Reddit Public Access Network before expanding to Twitch, as well as many more things!

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You've surely seen the massive influx in the 'Nothing Stronger Than Family' memes featuring Vin Diesel from the Fast and Furious franchise all over your social media platform of choice. Well, we've got the scoop on just how and why these memes are stronger than ever.

Nothing Stronger Than Family refers to a catchphrase that is associated with the character Dominic Torretto from Fast and Furious who prioritized his family over anything.

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William Knight, also known as Oblivion NPC TikTok Guy, Grandrisingapp and There Is No Such Thing as a Coincidence, is the creator of Grand Rising self-affirmation app who became viral on social media due to his videos in which he talks about nothing being a coincidence and acts in a manner that resembling an NPC from the 2006 video game The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. After a video of Knight went viral on Twitter in June 2021, the clips gained popularity in edits.

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Has this chill mushroom been taking over your social media feeds recently? Shroomjak or Mushroom Wojak is a variation of the base Wojak character that resembles a mushroom, adorned with a smiling face. The Wojak was first posted to 4chan's /b/ board in January 2021, becoming popularized later in the year as it was shared around social media and spread to other platforms. For more info on Shroomjack: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/shroom...


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Recently,  Know your Meme sat down with Tay Zonday to discuss the creation of his viral hit "Chocolate Rain" which currently has over 130 million views. Tay also spoke about his life 13 years later including his struggles with mental health and being true to himself and his artistic vision. 

Chocolate Rain is a viral video and song written and produced by Tay Zonday. The video has been parodied and remixed in thousands of instances, eventually leading to Tay himself appearing on a number of television shows including being parodied on South Park.

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We caught up with Maggie Robertson, the actor who played the part of Lady Dimitrescu in RE8, to see how she reacted to this massive influx of attention toward her and her character over the last few months, as well as how the role came about. During our discussion, Robertson shared her thoughts on acting in a video game for the first time, dealing with her newfound fanbase and even some of her favorite Lady D memes. So without further ado, here's the scoop on the tall vampire lady from Lady Dimitrescu herself.

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Ted Dorfeuille reached out to us to set the record straight on the iconic "Disappointed Black Guy" meme, whose true identity has been a mystery since 2011 when it first emerged. We sat down with him to dig into the origins of his meme, so here's the never-before-seen truth behind one of the 2010s most widespread formats as we approach the 10-year anniversary of its inception.

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Know Your Meme investigates the curious case of Ernest Khalimov, a man whose inhuman musculature and perfect jawline earned him the name "GigaChad." It has been claimed that he is a Russian model and a bodybuilder, but is he actually a real person?

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The Trollface was originally drawn by Carlos Ramirez, an Oakland-based artist known by his DeviantART handle Whynne, as part of an MS Paint webcomic about the pointless nature of  trolling on 4chan's /v/ board. While the comic was first uploaded in 2008, it has made a huge resurgence in popularity starting in 2020 with memes such as "Cover Yourself in Oil." And Don Caldwell of Know Your Meme is here to explain why. 

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If you've been living under a rock and need some clarification, Smudge the Cat is a white cat who rose to fame online for appearing in a photograph seated in front of a salad plate from the Woman Yelling at a Cat meme, sometimes referred to as Confused Cat at Dinner. Smudge's fame has definitely eclipsed the fame of the meme - and Know Your Meme sat down with Smudge's owner, Miranda Stillabower, to learn exactly how he became an internet star and major meme. 

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Although Rage Comics have steadily declined since the early 2010s, their mark on internet culture will never be completely forgotten. One such Rage Face, known as "Me Gusta," has also had a significant impact on the internet, but like many ancient memes, its true origins are somewhat lost to the ages. What started out as another routine interview quickly transformed into some major, never-before-seen developments as we learn the true story of how Me Gusta first went viral on 4chan.

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Content creator and streamer Bradeazy is the man behind the super popular "Trade Offer" meme. He created his first version back in mid-March as a one-off video before it later became the most widespread variant across TikTok, Reddit and more. We caught up with him recently to see how it all came together, what he thinks of having his face in memes all around the internet, as well as more about who he is and what he's planning next after becoming the "CEO of Trade Offers."

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Back in 2012, London-based artist and taxidermist Adele Morse received a fox that met its end in a bear trap, left to fade away into the forest floor before it was packed in a box and shipped to her door. Giving it a new take on life, Morse decided to use the fox while honing her craft but found its mangled carcass less than ideal and troublesome to work with. Nevertheless, she did come up with something, although even she admitted it was a face only a mother could love, and thus the Stoned Fox was born. 

Sitting in obscurity before being auctioned off online, Morse's creation would send her on a whirlwind journey of insane events no one could've predicted, from death threats to Russian media attention that almost labeled her as a spy from MI5. To hear this enthralling tale, we caught up with her to dig into the full backstory of the Stoned Fox meme, as well as what she's currently up to.

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Silvia Bottini is an Italian-American actor who has appeared in numerous TV shows, movies and plays. However, most of us best know her as the crying stock photo model in the "First World Problems" meme. She breaks down how the photo was taken, how she dealt with becoming a meme, and what she's up to now. 

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We're pretty sure that most of you have heard about Dogecoin. The altcoin has soared this week, following an earlier rally around when the r/wallstreetbets and GameStop drama was at its peak. Now our timelines are filled with investors posting constantly about the coin making it to $1...or, as they love to say, to the moon. But how did this meme become the 5th most popular cryptocurrency? Don Caldwell of Know Your Meme is here to explain the whole phenomenon. 

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Another month has come and gone. And with it? Loads of fleetinglypopular memes. Thanks to Know Your Meme's researchers and community, we can safely say that these were the best memes that popped off in March.