Singer Beyonce's rousing reunion with Destiny's Child at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California over the weekend made headlines from California to Kalamazoo. And it wasn't long until the performance, now being dubbed #Beychella, was accused of breaking the internet.
Now you can break your diet, you can break the law, but you can't really break the internet, despite what.
Still, whenever there's a huge news event or viral photo or meme that seems to be everywhere, you'll hear that it "broke the internet," which strangely seems to bounce back just in time to break again over the next big event.
Internet-breaking topics actually go back to before the term "broke the internet." Some say news of singer Michael Jackson's sudden death in 2009 was an early internet-breaker, and as an old person who was sitting at her desk at a website in 1998, I can tell you the release of the Starr Report online pretty much stopped all work for an entire day. If we'd known to say it broke the internet back then, we probably would have.
Here's an inevitably incomplete list of just some of the events that have been accused of breaking the internet.
Ellen's Oscar selfie
At the Academy Awards in March 2014, host Ellen DeGeneres crammed a host of celebs, from Brad Pitt to Meryl Streep to Bradley Cooper to Jennifer Lawrence, into a selfie-heard-round-the-world. Peter Nyong'o, brother of actress Lupita Nyong'o, who was attending the Oscars with his sister, also made the shot.
The Ice Bucket Challenge
In the summer of 2014, people were dumping buckets of ice water over their heads, challenging others to do the same, and filming the result for YouTube. While it might seem like just an extreme reaction to the heat of summer, it was all for a good cause -- those doing the dumping were collecting donations to fight ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known commonly in the US as Lou Gehrig's disease. Everyone from Bill Gates to Oprah Winfrey took the plunge.
Kim Kardashian's Paper magazine cover photo
This is the only Kardashian moment you'll find on this list, and it's only here because it was one of the earliest uses of the hashtag #breaktheinternet.
Maybe the most unlikely item to ever supposedly break the internet was a that was either white and gold or blue and black depending on how your eyes perceived the photo. Those who saw it one way simply couldn't comprehend that anyone saw anything different, .
A gutsy New York rodent decided he was going to or die trying, teaching many a lesson about determination. And then he abandons it, which maybe teaches an even more important lesson. Give up!
Llamas on the loose
Save the drama for your ... llama? In 2015, a pair of llamas hightailed it around Sun City, Arizona, and the resulting memes were beautiful. (They were safely corralled in the end.)
And the Oscar goes to ... not you. In the most embarrassing mistake ever made by the Academy Awards, the final award of the . Actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope and thus read out "La La Land" as the winner, only to later discover "Moonlight" actually won the prize. Nothing gold can stay.
In March 2017, Professor Robert Kelly's two kids decided to visit him while he was giving a live BBC interview, earning him the title BBC Dad and the resulting video 27 million views.
April the giraffe gives birth
Jordan Patch, the owner of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, had no idea what he was in for when he put a camera in the pen of his pregnant giraffe April in February 2017. April didn't give birth till her namesake month, so for weeks people from all over the world tuned in to watch the mama gestate. 500,000 people watched the baby boy, later named Tajiri, and safely slide six feet to the ground.
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