There’s a tremendous irony that exists at the core of meme culture. A web-savvy generation of people looking to use the online world as a platform for instant fame will spend countless hours attempting to piece together the right combination of funny piece of media and clever, irreverent quip to launch their meme to popular, widespread recognition.

Among the hundreds of thousands of photos shared around the web and on social media sites each day, there are bound to be some pretty good, interesting and noteworthy ones. Some pictures can even reveal a compelling nugget that the photographer behind the image never realized was there. It is these instances that can produce the greatest memes, where the photo depicts something that seems unplanned and spontaneously remarkable rather than forced and manipulated.

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