CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. - As 2012 comes to a close, NEWS10 is taking a look at some of the year's top "internet memes" - a photograph on concept that spreads rapidly from person to person via the internet.
Created by Stacy Lambe and Adam Smith, the "Texts from Hillary" Tumblr blog featured the secretary of state "texting" with politicians and celebrities with internet slang, pasted over a photograph of Clinton checking her Blackberry.
The meme was discontinued after the duos creation drew so much attention that Hillary Clinton herself met with them.
"After a week that included 32 posts, 83,000 shares on Facebook, 8,400 Twitter followers, over 45K Tumblr followers, news stories around the world, Renee Montagne from Morning Edition saying "ROFL," a Maureen Dowd column, and a tweet from ?uest Love, we think it's time to stop while we are ahead," the last post on the website reads.
Laina Walker posted a funny video in response to a Justin Bieber contest in June – and when that video was sent to Reddit and other social sharing sites, she was dubbed the face of "Overly Attached Girlfriend," a meme featuring a stereotypical clingy girlfriend.
Walker continued to portray the character online, eventually landing a spot in a Samsung ad. In September, Reddit and Walker joined forces to debut a softer side of "Overly Attached girldfriend" with a meme named "Misunderstood Girlfriend."
This memorable meme of U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney's face after a fall caused her to get the silver, rather than the gold in the 2012 Olympic Vaulting competition – became so viral even the president was caught doing his best "not impressed" impression.
A photograph of a girl holding Goosebumps books and in a perpetual state of embarrassing surprise debuted on Reddit in March and soon inspired hilarious memes using Ermahgerd talk (or Berks speak).
(*In all honesty we tried looking up an official definition of "berks speak" and after five minutes of utter web confusion – we gave up. Basically you try and mimic the vocal patterns of a 10 year old with gum stuck in their braces.)
Former Gov. Mitt Romney's views on pay equality for women were challenged by incumbent Obama in the last presidential debate before the 2012 election - leading to Romney's infamous "Binders full of women" quip.
"I went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks,' and they brought us whole binders full of women," Romney said.
The man so handsome, not even sweat would dare mar his beauty!
When he's not busy looking beautiful while mid run, Ridiculously Photogenic Guy moonlights as Zeddie Little, a 25-year-old Charleston, S.C., native and current NYC resident.
According to the Charleston City Paper, the photo was taken by Will King, a computer programmer at the Medical University of South Carolina while Little was running a 10K race called the Cooper River Bridge Run in South Carolina.
After uploading the image to Facebook, King's friend left a comment dubbing Little "Ridiculously Photogenic Guy."
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Union hockey player Shayne Gostisbehere made his professional hockey debut at the Adirondack Phantoms game Friday night. Gostisbehere hit the ice for the first time all season withoutMore >>
Union hockey player Shayne Gostisbehere made his professional hockey debut at the Adirondack Phantoms game Friday night.More >>
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – The Adirondack Phantoms played their last ever home game at the Glens Falls Civic Center Friday night. The Phantoms sold out the arena for the fifth time this season. For many, itMore >>
The Adirondack Phantoms played their last ever home game at the Glens Falls Civic Center Friday night.More >>
SARATOGA COUNTY – The Saratoga County Sheriff has confirmed a single car accident in the area that left no survivors. He says the vehicle hit a tree, but will not confirm at this time how many peopleMore >>
A fatal single car accident in the area Burgoyne Road between Hayes Road and DeGarmo Road is under investigation. More >>
CHESTERTOWN, N.Y. – A Brant Lake teen is under arrest after police say he impersonated an officer. The Warren County Sheriff's Office arrested Tyler Eves, 18, for Criminal Impersonation. On April 12,More >>
A Brant Lake teen is under arrest after police say he impersonated an officer.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany Police Department is currently investigating a shooting. Officers responded to a report of an assault around 11:30 p.m. Thursday in the area of Garden Street and Raymo Street.More >>
The Albany Police Department is currently investigating a shooting.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – Officials say Jesse Sawyer Jr. is scheduled to appear in federal court on Friday in Albany. Sawyer, 25, has been in police custody in Florida since the end of March. The Troy man is accusedMore >>
Jesse Sawyer Jr. appeared in federal court on Friday in Albany. More >>
HUDSON, N.Y.—State Police arrested a Youth Safe Center employee after an investigation that took place in March. Sheldon Ridley, 32, of Hudson had allegedly been sexually abusing a female resident at theMore >>
State Police arrested a Youth Safe Center employee after an investigation that took place in March.More >>
SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—The search for a missing woman with symptoms of dementia has come to an end after police confirm she has been located. Wilma Trotter, 60, was missing for over a week before she was located.More >>
The search for a missing woman with symptoms of dementia has come to an end after police confirm she has been found alive. More >>
ALBANY, N.Y.—Two Albany men were arrested on counterfeiting charges after a seven month long investigation. During a traffic stop on Wednesday, April 16, investigators were conducting surveillance on twoMore >>
Two Albany men were arrested on counterfeiting charges after a seven month long investigation.More >>