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Every year has its moments — moments that will live on forever, as an icon of an era and a harbinger of the historical meaning of our times. Men on the moon, coding the human genome, the publication of Lolita...and a one solidly grumpy cat. In these trying times, it's impossible to be a citizen of the web without noticing the endless parade of viral jokes: Memes, as they shall henceforth be called. (Got a nice ring to it, no?)
These are the Internet memes that made our year, from secretaries of state sending you texts to art restoration disasters that left us laughing (and procrastinating) for hours on end. They might not be Hemingway or Shakespeare, but the millions of people who created these microcosms of popular web culture deserve a pat on the back for participating in an astounding phenomenon, the true effects of which will not be known for years. A few hundred tiny pixels on the Internet, one giant leap for mankind.
Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh.
According to Wikipedia, the world first met the pancake around the time that Aristotle was making a name for himself. Though, in our recollection, pancakes first came to prominence at IHOP. Or, was it during Mickey Mouse's heyday? Look, the point is, regardless of when you were first introduced to pancakes, the read
Yesterday, Kendell Jenner met up with fellow burgeoning model (and lifelong best friend) Hailey Baldwin for ice cream cones at Sprinkles in Los Angeles. The outing was notable for two reasons: First, because Jenner successfully wore white jeans in the middle of winter. Second, and perhaps even more impressive, because she read