Let’s face it folks, 2013 was a year for the history books.
So many things happened that we probably couldn’t even recite half of them to you if we tried. While there were some rather monumental, uplifting things that took place, in the midst of all that, there were also some annoying and crazy trends that popped up and lingered around for a little longer than we would have liked.
When talking to our grandparents, we can’t help but agree with them every single time they mention the fact that, in some ways, society has taken a turn for the worst.
This will definitely be a year that future generations look back upon and exclaim, “WTF?”
The One Million Likes Facebook Post
This trend seems to have started with some kids trying to get their parents to buy them a puppy. Then it devolved into strange attempts. Really, really strange attempts.
Just stop. Seriously. Stop right now. We have friends and family members who constantly create and post these little comic strips. We hate them. We just haven’t told them, yet.
A gender-neutral phrase for a person who uses too many hashtags within a Twitter message or a someone who uses hashtages on sites other than Twitter, where they don’t really hold any relevance. Actually, the majority of excess hashtags are completely pointless outside of marketing purposes. Despite having been born out of the need to create a discussion and engage people around a particular topic, they are just annoying. The photo or message should speak for itself, don’t you think?
This year, everyone and their grandmother seemed to jump on the selfie bandwagon. Aside from just celebrity and sexy selfies being posted on every social media platform in the universe, some people even chose to take the trend to an entirely new level with funeral selfies, suicide-attempt selfies, and extremely naughty selfies. The list goes on and on. Sometimes, we make exceptions.
“What Does The Fox Say?”
After being convinced to watch this Ylvis music video, we seriously regretted it. After only the first few seconds of watching, we wanted to close that tab and move on to something meaningful, but somehow… we couldn’t. We were locked into the void. Then, we continued watching until the very, very end. Should we have smoked a joint first? How did something this insanely annoying become a hit? Thanks, Ellen, for having our back on this one.
Can someone explain this concept again for the millionth time? So, it’s real money…but technically it’s not?
The Harlem Shake
This ridiculousness began when YouTube comedian Filthy Frank took “Harlem Shake” by Brooklyn-based Latino producer Baauer and played off the wild dubstep drop 15 seconds into the song. It’s just people making idiots of themselves. Oh, Internet.
Keep Calm and _____ .
“Keep Calm and Carry On” is a catchphrase that originally appeared on a World War II-era British public safety poster. However, it has recently become a popular slogan and has taken on all sorts of endless parodies. First, it appeared on a poster in 2001, then made its way onto everything from T-shirts, mugs, aprons, and hats. The variants are in the thousands. Literally. And this year, the slogan was pounded into our daily lives at such an alarming rate that we could die happy if we never saw this phrase (in any context) ever again.
Mustaches and Beards
Men who want to be trendy and modern appear to have picked up on this one. Everywhere we turn there seems to be someone donning a crazy, oddly-styled mustache or peach fuzz that they hope will one day grow into an actual beard. Spoiler alert: It’s not hot when you look like a creepy hipster douchebag.
Ladies, there’s nothing that makes your butt and thighs look bigger than having a constellation on them.
Tabatha Bundesen has been banking on the fact that her cat, Tardar Sauce, was born with a grumpy facial expression due to dwarfism. Grumpy Cat became an Internet celebrity overnight and there are countless people out there who would trade their beloved pet in to be the proud owner of this feline. That’s just sad.
There’s really not much to be said about this trend except, “WTF?”
The “Knockout Game”
This is where a group of teens or an individual approaches an unsuspecting victim and punches them in the face with the intent of knocking them unconscious. The “game” has reportedly already caused seven deaths. What is society coming to?
The act of pretending to trip in a grocery store while throwing gallons of milk or juice to the floor.
Animal masks became popularized this year when that soft vinyl and latex horse head mask began making its rounds. Great way to creep out your friends and family? Sure, go ahead.
Isn’t it wonderful to brag about how great you feel because you’ve been juicing for two straight weeks while sitting there starving and watching your co-worker eat In-n-Out? Yum. Get it together and go work out like a real person. Or at least stop bragging about the fact that you drank two pounds of kale in one sitting.
Should I buy 20 boxes of pizza or pay rent? Yolo. It’s an acronym that stands for you only live once. And it’s played out. Sorry, Drake. We still love you.
Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber
Like… why do people care so much? Oh, wait… that’s what we’re doing right now.