Memes throughout time

Katerina Pappas

A group of students start making a gesture, laughing all the way. They pinch their fingers together in one fluid motion and twist their wrist just slightly to the side. They flick their wrist with passion and yell a loud “Mamma Mia!” Another shouts out that the gesture is overrated, but eventually joins them in chorus.

The Italian hand meme started in the early months of 2017, following a trend of viral memes. The concept of memes is not new and has been around for more than the past couple of years. Here is a timeline below highlighting the most popular memes over the past 19 years.