The Internet is thirsty for meme-able moments these days. One-off photos of a celebrity walking or looking sad on a bench can enter web infamy for a lifetime if they catch on. For the past few years, the most popular Internet moments have been elevated even further into the upper echelons with the help of the annual HallowMEME party.
This year for the first time, HallowMEME went bicoastal. Two parties were held last night in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, and Internet denizens did not disappoint. Were there official winners? Yes, of course there were. HallowMEME is nothing but a creativity contest, and here's how it shook out:
First place went to Lauren Thompson, who went as "Media Criticism of Renée Zellweger's New Face."
Ryan Broderick, who dressed as "Every Man on the Internet," came in second.
Gem Stone took third place as "But That's None of My Business."
Really, though, when you click through these photos from HallowMEME 2014, you'll see that everyone's a winner. Ahead, take a stroll through the year in Internet virality. Such meme. Much wow. No doge.
Lauren Thompson's first-prize costume, "Media Criticism of Renée Zellweger's New Face."
Ryan Broderick won second place for his costume, "Every Man on the Internet."
Third place went to Gem Stone for "But That's None of My Business."
An Internet classic: The Biting Pear of Salamanca.
The health department may have shut it down, but Dumb Starbucks lives on at HallowMEME.
No...no...notorious (Ruth Bader Ginsburg is. She is.)
Ellen's Oscar selfie
Pitbull at the World Cup and the Ebola Czar.
Potato salad Kickstarter guy
The Internet in a nutshell
"It's going down. I'm yelling 'Tinder.'"
The Prancercise lady
Beyoncé and Jay Z at the Mona Lisa
The shadow that looks like soccer star Lionel Messi.