Important Lessons We Can All Learn from Memes

Meme culture has turned into a viral phenomenon that now seems to appear everywhere and anywhere, even in politics. They can be as strange as they are hilarious, but some can also impart valuable lessons for our day-to-day lives. So let’s have a look at some dank memes and what we can learn from them and their many layers of irony.

Shut up and take my money

This classic number is taken directly from a scene in the animated series Futurama where the main character Fry is desperately after the latest phone from a company that is pretty much Apple.

The image has then been used to express an unyielding want for any kind of upcoming product or service. For example, the Electronic Entertainment Expo just announced a number of new games and consoles, to which one could easily reply:

The lesson

What can we learn from this modern hieroglyph? That our frivolous consumerism is all-encompassing and never-ending. It is a window into the constant yearning for material goods that our society values more than the important societal and environmental ideals required for the world to function in any sort of meaningful way.

Or, on a lighter note, stop spending so much dang money on things you don’t need ya silly idiot!

Doggy de-paws-it

This delightful little fella is attempting to put some of his hard earned bones (lel) into a bank account, but feels that the teller has not taken his request seriously.


I feel for the poor guy. He’s worked hard for those bones only to have it shrugged off as a silly prank. Fuck you, Jessica. You’ve offended not only a kind denizen of the bank you represent, but the esteemed world of finance overall.

The lesson

The financial lives of all species must be respected and employees like Jessica must be reprimanded for their ignorance.

Annnd it’s gone!

In the classic South Park episode Margaritaville, Stan’s dad Randy is trying to teach him the importance of saving. After depositing $100 that Stan got from his grandmother, the teller tells him it didn’t do too well on the market aannndd it’s gone. Classic.

The screenshot has since been used in a number of hilarious ways, just like this one.

The lesson

Savings and investment are important, but you should know where your money is going before you invest it. Whether it’s a volatile portfolio or a dodgy investor, avoid throwing your money into the toilet.

I know guac is extra

Originally from the film The Wolf of Wall Street, the scene shows Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) throwing cash off his luxury boat. A screenshot of the scene was then overlayed with “BITCH, I KNOW GUAC IS EXTRA”, among other similar phrases.

The image is used by many to showcase their perceived wealth and ability to afford extra guacamole at popular Mexican fast food outlets.

The lesson

Wealth is guacamole.

Cat boat

According to the website Know Your Meme, “I Should Buy a Boat Cat, also known as “Sophisticated Cat” and “Fancy Cat,” is an image macro series featuring a photograph of a cat wearing a suit while seated at a table reading a newspaper. The captions typically describe various epiphanies and desires, often using the snowclone template “I should buy a X.”

Apparently the image was taken from the 2005 film clip for ‘Triumph of the Heart’ by singer-songwriter Bjork.

The lesson

Life’s too short not to do what you want. Have an epiphany during a cup of coffee and chase it with the meaningful vigour of a wild cat.

Dat boi

Arguably the latest meme to reach high popularity, this green little fella has likely graced your screen already.

According to the Know Your Meme page, “Dat Boi”, a colloquial pronunciation of “that boy,” is a phrase associated with various images featuring a 3D character model of a green frog on a unicycle, which are typically accompanied by the captions “here comes dat boi!” and “o shit waddup!”

The lesson

Buy a unicycle, they’re dope.


I have no fucking idea. Make of this what you will.