From dancing foxes to shark-filled storms, here’s our list of the top five memes that ruled the Internet in 2013:
1. Solid lyrics like ‘Dog goes woof. Cat goes meow?’ sent Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis to stardom with their ‘The Fox’ video this fall. The forest rave parody has been viewed more than 275 million times since its September release.
2. 'The Harlem Shake,’ a nonsensical, pelvis-thrusting dance set to techno became a sensation last winter. This odd meme, which starts with a lone person dancing and gets progressively weirder, was mimicked hundreds of times by everyone from firefighters to grandmas.
3. French Canadian food blogger Alexis Brault caused a sensation in July when he launched a Tumblr page called Hot-Dog Legs. The idea? Take a photo of someone's legs by the pool and occasionally replace it with hot dogs to see if people can tell the difference.
4. The made-for-television B-movie Sharknado about a water spout that brought a storm of sharks to Los Angeles became a surprise hit in July. Social media buzz around the movie, which originally aired on the Syfy network, even prompted a limited release of the film in movie theatres.
5. Football player Manti Te'o touched the world when he told the sad tale of his girlfriend and grandmother dying hours apart in the fall of 2012. By January 2013, it was revealed the girlfriend story was a hoax, which sparked the meme, Te'oing, where men posed with imaginary girlfriends.