RuneScape Rises, Egg Breaks Record, Cicada 3301 Appears

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January 4: RuneScape Rises, Egg Breaks Record, Cicada 3301 Appears


On this day in meme history, “RuneScape” was gifted to gamers, giving them a vast world full of quests, creatures and noobs buying GFs to enjoy. A “Garry’s Mod” player’s squeaker scream “Delet This!” echoed across the web, inspiring a lasting catchphrase. An image of an egg, crowned the “World Record Egg,” became the most-liked image on Instagram. Finally, the mysterious Cicada 3301 puzzle began on 4chan, sending the internet on a scavenger hunt.
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RuneScape: The Only MMO With Gnome Children

In 2001, the massively multiplayer online RPG “RuneScape” officially launched, letting players experience the medieval fantasy world of Gielinor for the first time. Since then, over 280 million accounts have been made on the game, which has spawned a massive community filled with memes. For example, the “buying GF” meme, based on the very real phenomenon of players trying to buy in-game girlfriends, or the “Gnome Child” meme, inspiring an image that will go down in history. Read more.
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Delet This: The Squeak Heard Web-wide

In 2004, a “Garry’s Mod” player posted a video where they bury a player alive using in-game objects as he screams in a typical squeaker voice, “Delete this!” which went viral as a perfect example of gamer rage. The phrase “Delet This,” misspelled for unclear reasons, has since become a meme catchphrase used when someone wants you to delete something, whether it be a cringeworthy meme, a bad comment or a failed attempt at a ratio. Read more.
 
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World Record Egg: Setting A World Record Together

In 2019, the Instagram page world_record_egg posted a simple image of an egg to their page, asking everyone that saw it to like and share so the egg could become the most-liked image on the site, a record held by Kylie Jenner at the time with 18 million likes. Astonishingly the plea worked and the image skyrocketed past Jenner’s post, then just kept on going. At the time of writing world_record_egg’s image is still the most liked on Instagram with over 55.6 million likes. Read more.
 
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Cicada 3301: 4chan’s Mysterious Scavenger Hunt

In 2012, an image of a puzzle was posted to 4chan’s /x/ board coming from someone claiming to be looking for “highly intelligent individuals,” sparking a scavenger hunt across the board known as Cicada 3301 due to the number “3301” at the bottom of the post. 4chan users quickly started to crack the code, finding a hidden link to a wooden duck, a secret phone number and a strange image of a cicada, becoming one of the web’s most puzzling events. Read more.
 
 
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