Let’s face it, 2018 was a wacky year with some really wacky stories. I mean we are living in a day and age where Post Malone can create his own line of Crocs and not only were they not a joke or super niche specialty item, they managed to sell out within ten minutes.
And although fashions and trends change from year to year, or even week to week these days, there’s one obsession that isn’t going away for a long time, and that’s memes. There’ve already been some great memes in 2018 already, but it wasn’t until the end of the year that a bunch of memes started surfacing that captured the essence of 2018 — and is known as #2018in5Words on social media.
Especially now that it’s winding down, people on Twitter decided to share the #2018in5words hashtag to succinctly sum up their reactions to 2018 as a whole. Some people of course provided snarky remarks. While others really hit some hot-button issues: like outrage culture.
Without delving too deep into specifics, it’s been a pretty tumultuous and unbelievable, borderline-insane year for news headlines. Things that you would’ve never expected to occur in government or spoken by elected officials went down.
In fact, a lot of the stuff that went down is beyond parody because it’s parody itself. It seems like every single day something crawls up from the political sphere that makes you question if we’re living in the Matrix or not, or we’re all part of large-scale episode of Punk’D.
There were references to the mass fire in California as an appropriate metaphor for the way this year went down, along with references to popular YouTube drama.
Like remember the time Logan Paul exploited a dead body for views?
Although 2018 has had its fair share of absurd headlines, some of the most absurd ones weren’t intentionally written. Like this unfortunate one-letter typo that led to a very different interpretation of a story about Julia Roberts.
Then there was the whole Tanacon fiasco, which was basically a repeat of the dumpster fire that was the Fyre Festival.
Out of all the #2018in5words memes that popped up on Twitter though, I have to say this smoke detector one caught my attention because it was so random.
The biggest fight of 2018 was inarguably the epically built-up MMA bout between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Did Conor lose to the Dagestani bear-wrestler? Yes. Yes he did, and there were some amazing memes about it.
Also, we unfortunately lost some amazing human beings to 2018, RIP to these absolute champions.
If 2018 wasn’t a good year for you, well, there’s still some time for you to turn it around and get some good $#*! flowing into the next year. We all know that “New Year, New Me” is all a bunch of malarkey, but maybe you can start doing something with the same old you from now that’ll make you not feel like that weird plush in the tweet above.