Meme Monday: Success Kid

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For those of you that are a little more internet savvy and understand what a meme is, I can guarantee that you encounter a number of them every single day. They are everywhere, with thousands of different inside jokes, but I bet you know very little about how they actually come about. No clue? Thought so.

Introducing: Success Kid

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Now, I am sure you have seen this little guys face plastered across your news feed a number of times, but have no idea who he is. Say hello to Sam Griner. Sammy wasn’t even a year old when his Mom, Laney Griner, snapped a picture of him at the beach with sand in his hand in 2007. She initally tagged the picture “Why I oughta…” but of course the internet had different plans for it. Today this meme is known as “Success Kid” and is a universal symbol of achieving something no matter how big or small.

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Apparently Virgin Media purchased image usage rights so that they can use the image on billboards in the UK, but I couldn’t find any pictures of it up yet. Here is the little guy 5 years later.

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If this kid isn’t awesome enough, how about watching the interview Mashable did with him and his mom, or go and take a read of the AMA Laney did on Reddit. #Winning