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    Mar 20, 2020

    17 Memes That Are Seared In Your Memory If You Were On Tumblr In 2014

    What a dark time.

    I've brought you all here today to talk about something important. Something we do not talk about enough. Something we like to pretend did not happen...and that is our Tumblr activity during the early 2010s.

    I know, I know. It's painful to go back. But how can we move forward if we don't deal with our pasts?

    1. First and foremost, it is with a heavy heart that I remind you of Tumblr Prom.

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    Did anyone actually do this?? I'm not here to judge you. This is a safe space.

    2. As well as Dashcon.


    Real Tumblr fans will remember this Tumblr/fandom themed event, which quickly descended into chaos and became the Fyre Fest of 2014. Sad.

    3. I know we all still shudder at any mention of shoelaces.

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    Once again, I would like to know if anyone tried this in real life. If so, I am sorry.

    4. If you were a Superwholock, you had an especially bad case of Tumblr obsession.

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    The Superwholocks (fans of Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock) were a very large and important part of Tumblr's history. Their contributions to the site will not be forgotten.

    5. It is with chills that I recall....MISHAPOCALYPSE.


    One day, long before my innocence was shattered, I signed onto tumblr dot com as usual. Only to find it completely spammed with Supernatural star Misha Collins' face.

    Why did this have to happen? Such a cruel event must've been preventable.

    6. We all, at one point, complained about the post limit.

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    How dare Tumblr try to restrict us from sharing Twilight gifsets with the world??

    7. Don't lie: you, too, mourned the death of at least one (1) fictional character as if they were real.

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    I still have not gotten over the death of Allison Argent. It's a sensitive topic in my household.

    8. Need I remind you of the dark, dark days when Tumblr and 4chan went to war over the phrase "What is air?"


    "What is air?" was a way to express that something was funny. It was used so Tumblr users could identify each other on omegle. Somehow, 4chan got annoyed, and declared war on Tumblr. WAR. They even managed to shut down the site for a bit by spamming it with gore and porn (this happened multiple times, as I recall). Tumblr returned fire by spamming 4chan with "what is air?" and kitten photos.

    As much as we want to forget, this was a real, actual thing that happened. Know your history, kids.

    9. We have never come together so wholeheartedly as when we tried to decipher this photo.

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    Future historians will study this photo, and they, too, will be baffled.

    10. Regretfully, I must remind you of the earliest memes we reblogged, which included MS Paint drawings such as le sad face, Rage Guy, Trollface, Forever Along Guy, and Feels Guy.


    Many of these were comics depicting sad or infuriating situations. Some of them were funny, but overall these faces haunt even my most frightening nightmares.

    11. I must also bring up the focus on "ships" and "OTPs". Friendships were ruined over this. Families torn apart. All that mattered was our ship.

    My OTP was Chair (Chuck and Blair), if anyone's wondering. I will never get back those years I spent writing horrible fanficiton.

    12. It has been far too long since we've discussed My Immortal's place in our sordid history.

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    If she doesn't remember My Immortal, AKA the most infamous Harry Potter fanfiction to ever exist, she's too young for you, bro.

    Oh, Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way. How I wonder what happened to her after that cliffhanger.

    13. This one is bittersweet. As much as I miss our jokes about Leonardo DiCaprio's missing Oscar, I am glad the universe was set right and he finally got one.

    I remember these memes almost as fondly as I remember My Immortal.

    14. It's time to revisit our obsession with the man, the myth, the legend: Benedict Cumberbatch.

    If you had it really bad, you called yourself a Cumberbitch. Thankfully, I never went that far.

    15. It's time to reveal the truth: you thought doge was peak comedy.


    This Shiba Inu truly started a movement.

    16. You surely, at one point, called Tumblr "our world" or discussed how it could not be exposed to the public.

    It's time to own up to it.

    17. You – yes, you – 100% posted something about never going outside.

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    Bonus points if you acted like you had never done so in your life.

    Ah, I seem to have hit my (mental) post limit. Thank you attending my tour down memory lane. I'm sure I missed some key early fandom Tumblr obsessions — feel free to add your own memories in the comments!

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