At the dawn of U.S. history, little George Washington cut down a cherry tree and refused to lie about it. Except he didn't. Actually, very little is known about the father of our country, because he did his best to avoid generating memes.
So what's a meme? Why is "binders full of women" now elevated to the position of the leading meme of the day, rather than simply another example of what happens to a panicked mind that, under intense pressure, is forced into revealing itself?
As long as there are people with Photoshop skills, social media know-how and a twisted sense of humor, there will be political memes. And thank God -- sometimes it takes a picture of school supplies full of women to make you think about the issues.
What's Trending presents your complete guide to the best of the "Shit Girls Say" meme, starting with the original video that started it all. In Decem...
Learn about the beginnings of the "Shit Girls Say" phenomenon from the fake girls behind it!
At first, when you're on tour, it's surprising, then tiring -- but eventually it's funny, and sometimes even offers you material for your next book. All the comments on this list have been offered to me or author friends of mine.
The chronological mashup stretches all the way from 2008 to present, covering the top viral moments of Obama's time in the media spotlight.
How do we deal with a virus? Large organisms like humans only became possible when they evolved immune systems. Similarly, elaborate culture of a modern human kind seems to require the existence of some mechanism for filtering out bad behaviors.
The topic for this post is "buzz" -- what is it, how to create it -- from the creative force behind the viral phenomenon, "Texts from Hillary."
Thanks to the brilliance of tweeter @PaulRyanGosling, who took the Ryan Gosling "Hey Girl" to a whole new level over the weekend by mashing up Ryan Gosling with Paul Ryan, the ball was already rolling when GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan came to town.
I caught up with Bobak to learn more about his rise to online stardom, his eccentric hairstyles, and, of course, what it takes to land on Mars.
Everyone tries to express empathy, but many times the best way is through asking questions and listening, rather than saying, "I know how you feel."
All of these voter suppression laws are really targeting minorities, students and the elderly, as well as voters with disabilities. We need to prevent bad legislation from preventing people to vote in the 2012 U.S. election.
Frank Ocean's Channel Orange and Louis C.K.'s Louie are rare examples of great art that succeed because of -- not in spite of -- their willingness to provide endless grist for the social media mill.
This question originally appeared on Quora. By Cris...
In honor of a year together, our team at What's Trending created a retrospective of the top 60 memes of the past year in a minute.