Nowadays, the internet has developed to play a key part in modern-day life but many will remember the early days when the unforgettable dial-up tone sound rang each time you logged on.
With apps such as
being the popular social media apps at the time.
Looking back at this era, it also caused the earliest existence of memes - talk about historic.
And in case you didn’t already feel old today, infamous video meme
Badger Badger Badger
will be celebrating its 20th birthday on September 1st this year.
If you look back on these frolicking mammals with fondness, domain and hosting provider,
, takes a trip down memory lane at the era of long-lost memes.
Badger Badger Badger
Age: 20 years old
On its 20th birthday, Badger Badger Badger is an internet video meme that consists of badgers dancing to an electronic dance song.
After three loops of multiple badgers and mushrooms, a snake slithers through a desert and the animation starts again. A ridiculous notion perhaps, but it captured the attention of kids and tweens in the early internet days.
The original cartoon continues indefinitely, whereas the YouTube iterations sometimes only last a few minutes. Over the years, Badger Badger Badger has spawned numerous remixes and parodies and remains a fond favourite of early 90s kids.
Drawn on Microsoft Paint back in 2008, if you can believe it, to mock trolls.
Unfortunately, the image itself was hijacked by trolls and became very widely used, often alongside the phrase “U mad, bro?”.
Originating on 4chan, Trollface quickly jumped to Reddit and Urban Dictionary, before making its way to Imgur and Facebook.
Age: 13 years old
Many people have pondered what man’s best friend might be thinking, and this unassuming Shiba Inu dog allowed our imagination to come to life.
The Doge meme was overlaid with Comic Sans to relay the dog’s inner thoughts, often utilising poor grammar and spelling. Whether you Photoshopped Kabosu – the pooch’s name – used as a response or a standalone meme, Doge certainly made his mark on the world.
After all, what other meme do you know that inspired its own cryptocurrency?
Age: 12 years old
The internet is a wonderful place. And it’s the only place an 8-bit rainbow cat travelling through space would be watched by more than 150 million people.
Not only was Nyan Cat a YouTube sensation, but it crossed mediums easily with live recreations, video games, classical music covers, and fan art. Certainly one of the most popular of early MySpace and Bebo days.