This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
CNET Top 5: Internet memes
About Video Transcript

CNET Top 5: Internet memes

3:54 /

Many viral crazes have swept over the Internet in its history. These are the tops.

Welcome to CNET Top 5, where each time we meet, we count down another hot CNET list. I'm Tom Merritt. Even before Mahir kissed you, the Internet has been good at spreading ideas. Some of them change the world, others are just weirdly entertaining. We loosely call these memes. Whether it's Dramatic Chipmunk, Keyboard Cat, or the Lololo guy, they all share the fast- moving viral features that spread them at the speed of em-ail and the weirdness that insures you'd only find them in the Internet age. Let's count down the Top 5 Internet memes. At No. 5, the Dancing Baby. Created in 1995 as a demonstration of 3D graphics, it gained a big boost when it was featured on Ally McBeal. It's frightening that there are still people just discovering and chuckling at this odd gyrating infant. Coming in at No. 4, All Your Base Are belong to us. An unfortunate Japanese game translation of Zero Wing led to a dance remix and hilarity for all. It really helped us all make our time. Up to No. 3, LOLCats. Their origins are shrouded in mystery. Did they arise from 4Chan's Caturday pictures. Why was lolcats.com registered on June 14, 2006? Were the SomethingAwful forums at fault? Whoever is responsible we're grateful cat. Sliding in at No. 2, the Rickroll. A variant on the practice of Duckrolling, according to Wikipedia, the first known instance of the Rickroll occurred on the 4Chan video game board in May 2007. A link to the new GTA IV trailer instead led to a Rick Astley video. A meme was born, and the Internet will never give it up. Before we get to No. 1, it's time for another lame prize. This week, you compete for the Tatooine Accessory Kit? Why? Maybe it will become a meme. Here's the question Who coined the term meme and in what book? Be one of the first 10 people to answer correctly on the post for the Top 5 at blog.cnettv.com and you could win the Tatooine Accessory Set. All right. Let's get to our No. 1. The top Internet Meme of all time. One that hasn't lost steam yet and has become an alternate definition int he dictionary. The greatest most dominant meme of all time At No. 1, it's... Spam. Yeah. You forgot that was a meme didn't you? It started in BBS's and MUDs in the 1980s when referring to the Monty Python Spam sketch, jokesters would type Spam repeatedly to scroll everyone else off the screen. Later on Usenet it came to refer to excessive multiple posting of one message to several groups at once. Many examples of this spamming were "Make Money Fast" messages. Eventually it came to refer to e-mail being sent to multiple addresses at once without approval. And we still fight it today. Well That's it for this edition of CNET Top 5. Don't forget to answer the lame prize question at blog.cnettv.com for a chance to win the Tatooine Accessory Set. Make that meme happen! I'm Tom Merritt. See you next time.

New releases

The Armor A60 portable drive can...
2:10 October 24, 2014
CNET editor Dong Ngo did some blah blah talking and then a real-world drop test on the Silicon Power Armor...
Play video
Macan: Meet the very different...
21:47 October 24, 2014
Porsche Macan marks the beginning of several chapters for the carmaker, plus a new list of the safest cheap...
Play video
Help battling robots cause even...
6:03 October 24, 2014
This week on Crave, we take a closer look at the Hendo hoverboard, fly on a Virgin Galactic spaceship, and...
Play video
Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2: A...
2:00 October 24, 2014
The C5 Series 2 sounds better than the original and is one top in-ear headphones for less than $200.
Play video
Mr. Coffee gains some smart home...
2:27 October 24, 2014
The $150 Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew Smart brews 10-cups at a time and can be controlled by the Wemo mobile a...
Play video
The Philips 100W Equivalent LED...
1:20 October 24, 2014
We tested this bulb to see if it's a better buy than GE or Cree
Play video
Breaking open iPads, Groupon's...
2:54 October 24, 2014
The iFixit team reveals the secrets inside the new iPads, Groupon mimics Yelp, and Microsoft kills the free...
Play video
Vizio P series: Good and cheap...
2:31 October 24, 2014
The highly anticipated Vizio P series is among the cheapest 4K TVs available and delivers a very good picture,...
Play video