Most Americans would be more than satisfied to qualify for the Olympics, much less place in them. But not gymnast McKayla Maroney. While standing on the podium accepting a silver medal for the vault, her face, perhaps unknowingly, adopted a rather disappointed disposition. It wasn't long before the internet took her "not amused" face and sought to find hundreds of other fantastic human feats that failed to pass her approval. This meme came full circle when President Obama showed off his lack of amusement with Maroney during her visit to the White House in November.
4. Binders Full of Women
What first started as a minor gaffe ballooned into one of the defining moments of the second presidential debate. Asked by an audience member what he would do to "rectify the inequalities in the workplace," Romney recounted his time as governor when, unsatisfied with the number of women in the state government positions, he "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." Not only was the story badly phrased, but there was significant doubt cast on Romney's retelling of the events. In addition to parody Twitter accounts and images, the meme jumped offline as binders full of women became a popular Halloween costume.
5. Killing Big Bird
"I like PBS. I love Big Bird. Actually, I like you, too," Romney said to debate moderator Jim Lehrer, the host of PBS's NewsHour. "But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for." Thus the "Kill Big Bird" meme was born, helped in no small part when President Obama joked about it in his stump speeches and even produced an ad urging voters to save the Sesame Street character.
6. Grumpy Cat