If you’re not active on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter or Google+, you may be missing out on the joy of Internet memes. A meme (rhymes with cream) is “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture” [Merriam Webster]. An Internet meme can be as short as a catch-phrase or as complex as a video clip. A lot of memes are simple graphics which are altered to suit different topics. When a meme is hot, you can be sure there will be variants related to birds or birding.
An Internet meme based on the Dos Equis beer The Most Interesting Man in the World campaign probably began sometime in late 2007. The standard text reads, “I don’t always x, but when I do, I y,” which parodies the ad campaign slogan, “I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis.”
The Most Interesting Man in the World: Cooper’s Hawk vs. Sharpie [hat tip Jeff]
The Most Interesting Man in the World: Chum Scrum [hat tip Corey]
The Most Interesting Cat in the World: Cats Indoors
The following image, which doesn’t follow the standard meme protocol, is the only other bird-related variation on this meme I could find.
The Most Interesting Man in the World: Birds Watch Him
If you know of any other bird- or birder-related variations on this meme, I would love to add them to this post. Please let me know!
Stay thirsty, my friends!