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The World’s First Meme Was Created In 1921!

We call it a meme but of course there was no such thing back then. Just check out the use of the word “flashlight” to signify a photograph in this comic from 1921!

A “flashlight” means a photo:

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Therefore, when we use the word “meme” today, we are talking about a phrase that was first coined by a fellow named Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book ‘The Selfish Gene’ in which he stated that a memes were “ideas that spread from brain to brain.” However, during these modern times, the Oxford English Dictionary defines memes as images, videos or text that are passed among internet users with apparent variations.

This meme was first published in Judge magazine in July 1921

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Therefore, a single image cannot be a meme. Only one that is copied and spread (or shared) with variations to the original image. In that way, they become a part of a creative collective that others get to enjoy either by relating to the meme or else, re-creating it with different variations. For example:

One internet user took the original meme above and substituted these words:

Therefore, one of these old comics, alone, is not a meme but when more than one is being printed in this same style, over and over again, it starts to take on the characterizes of a meme (in its earliest form) by using two panels and captions to create a contrast between expectation and reality. Here’s another example of a meme that came out in the early 1920’s in the Wisconsin Octopus:

Arranging A Date Meme:

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As you can see, the set-up is the same. A two panel contrast between expectation and reality is made with words to describe each panel. In this way, we can see that the creators of these comics were way ahead of their time!

18 Old Photos That Tell Us How Weird Life Used To Be!

As time passes, we begin to realize that our past is providing more evidence of our growth and that is absolutely true when it comes to these old photos. In fact, we are looking into a world that is radically different than our own and yet, not so much! Even so, these photos over the past century will have you in awe of all that we have been through and how far we have come. Take a look:

1. In 1933, officials needed proof that London’s double dutch busses weren’t a tipping hazard.

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Clearly, the world is convinced that this bus is not a tipping hazard.

2. Before 1913, two children were mailed by rail and postman and that’s why the parcel post was introduced in order to outlaw this.

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I guess these children needed to be somewhere else.

3. A mocking photo in 1919 about alcohol and prohibition.

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Look at those faces!

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Be Your Own Doctor – The Ralston Health Club

Dedication

“To the man or woman who is now sick, we would bring health and freedom from disease. To the one who is now well, we would offer continual protection against the dangers of illness. And to everybody we would teach the natural methods of right living which will bring about an ideal state of physical and mental well-being that will usher in a new era of happiness on earth. This is our dedication.

The Ralston Health Club”

They were not doctors, they had no patients and no individual cases. They had no medical practice and did not teach or prescribe medicine. However, the Ralston Health Club proved to be the most comprehensive analysis of health. Their goal was: To Get Well and Stay Well and it all began in 1876 and continued to influence all levels of society during the early part of the 1900s. They even had their own college in Washington D.C. and eventually became what we know today as Ralston Purina (which is NOTHING like The Ralston Health Club). Despite their widespread influence, many doctors denied all knowledge of Ralstonism, even as they made use of their principals “as though they were their own inventions.” In fact, many doctors today know very little of “the laws of life except as they come under the laws of medicine” and therefore, rarely recommend the diet and regime that provides perfect health because it denies doctors the revenue of keeping us sick. Besides, many patients (even today) are seeking a quick fix and are not truly interested in following the laws of Nature. In which case, those people will never find true health in their everyday lives.

However, those who seek this will be amazed to know that many of our health problems and concerns are easily managed with the approach that The Ralston Health Club provided (and still does!) in their many books of wisdom. According to Ralstonism, no medicine can cure a disease but “complete and absolute adoption of the suggestions made in our treatments will bring the cure.” Unfortunately, once cured, most people revert to their old ways of life and completely disregard the path that must be adhered to in order to maintain perfect health. A Ralstonite is someone who dedicates their life to this natural path and therefore transforms it into a supreme experience instead of a series of illnesses. According to them, a failure in health occurs when “some of nature’s laws have been violated.”

Some of the remedies that this books provides include:

Colds

Constipation

Mental Disorders

Rheumatism

Cancer

Diabetes

Gout

Insomnia

Bad Complexion

Depression and Melancholy

And More!

Many of which will be covered on this website as time permits! Please continue to check back as we continue to deliver this important information to you!

The One Meal That You Can Live On And Thrive Indefinitely!

Miss Norma’s Diary – February 16, 1962 – “he said, ‘Why don’t you go and sit up there with Mike?'”

Thursday

“Today I didn’t go to school at night. I went to the show with Barbara. Barbara and I went driving today. Mike, Barry, that fat guy, A.T., and a lot of other people were there. A.T. Kept looking at us. Barry didn’t pay attention to us until the last of the show. When we were going up the isle Mike called either Barbara or I a slut. But I’m pretty sure he said it to her. So is she. Barry came down and sat behind me, he kept kicking my chair, so I moved. Then he came up there and he said, ‘Why don’t you go and sit up there with Mike?’ I guess he was talking to me”. I don’t know. Barry is getting worse instead of better and pretty soon I don’t think I will care what the hell he does. I wish he wouldn’t go around with Mike. I called Barry a f**cker tonight because he said something to me. I think he called me a pig. I want to go to the show tomorrow night. Maybe Mike won’t be there. But maybe Barry won’t be either. But Ralph might be.”

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Miss Norma’s Diary – February 15, 1962 – “I want to get a nose job and I want to go to Modeling School”

Thursday

“Today I didn’t go to school I finished ‘Town Without Pity’. It sure was good. At night I stayed home and watched television. I sure wish I could get a job or something to get some money, cause I want to get a nose job and I want to go to Modeling School. But I sure would have to have a lot of money.”

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Miss Norma’s Diary – February 14, 1962 – “She got her driver’s license today”

Wednesday

“Today I didn’t go to school. I took a bath this morning. At night Barbara came over. She got her driver’s license today. She said last night when she was driving that this car drove by her and peeped. And the she said she saw that it was Ralph and Barry. At night I watched television and Barb and I talked about Ralph and Barry.”

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Miss Norma’s Diary – February 13, 1962 – “Barry was out there flipping coins”

Tuesday

“Today I went to school. After school we went down the street cause she didn’t go to get her (?). We didn’t see anybody we knew. When we were going home we went by Barry’s house. We didn’t see anybody there. So, I decided to go on to Barbara’s house. A few houses down from Barry’s, Barry was out there flipping coins. I don’t know if he saw us or not. I think he did but he didn’t pay any attention to us if he did. Barb said, ‘Maybe Barry doesn’t live where we thought he does.’ At night I stayed home and watched television.”

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Miss Norma’s Diary – February 12, 1962 – “Barry kept looking at us. He was so cute. I really got jazzed.”

Monday

“Today there was no school Barbara and I wet down the street about 3:00 o’clock. Paul and David followed us everywhere we went even in the store. Barb and I were getting dam mad and we (didn’t) see Barry or Charlie or Ralph or anybody. When it was about time to go home I saw Barry, he and Ralph and someone else drove by. Barry kept looking at us. He was so cute. I really got jazzed. Then we went home. At night I went down to Barbara’s house. Then I watched television.”

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Miss Norma’s Diary – February 11, 1962 – “At night Ian and Barbara and I went to the drive-in “

Sunday

“Today Mabel and Frank and I and Kenny drove up to Los Angeles. We stopped to see Margaret and Jerry and the kids and then we went to Beverly Hills to see the pretty homes up there. We got back about 6:00. Mommy and Daddy were home. They went to Yuma. At night Ian and Barbara and I went to the drive-in to see ‘Carosell’ and ‘The King and I’. We had fun. Saw Ralph’s car at the bowling alley tonight.”

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Miss Norma’s Diary – February 10, 1962 – “Barry walked by and he goosed me”

Saturday

“Today Barbara and I went down the street. We saw Charlie. Barry was in Thrifty’s Barbara started to walk out but I stayed. We went over to the counter. Barry was watching us. Barry walked by and he goosed me. Then he said, ‘Well, well, the Bobsee Twins.’ We both had our coats on. We saw Ralph today. He drove by us and he looked at us and he rolled down his window. Ian took us for a ride today. Ian told me that he had V.D four years ago. At night Barbara and I went to the show. Charlie was the only one there. He looked at us when he walked by.”

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