How to make your own deep thoughts memes

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Use the following exercise to brainstorm ideas for your deep thoughts:

Get a piece of paper and a pencil. Write down examples of the following:

  • The things you’re most pissed off about these days
  • All the little things that nettle you like a pebble in your shoe on a constant basis
  • The dumbest, stupidest things you’ve seen people do
  • Pop culture trends that you think are stupid
  • Things your friends bitch about and say are stupid
  • Stereotypes that you’re not allowed to say out loud
  • Examples of people being hypocrites (You can include things you’ve personally done in this list.)
  • People you’re disappointed in
  • Dating advice you’ve learned
  • The most profound observations you’ve had about life and society
  • General life advice you wish young people knew or that someone had told you
  • Things you find ironic
  • Things you find absurd
  • Mistakes you’ve made or seen other people make
  • Differences between men and women
  • Instances where people’s expectations don’t match reality

When you’re done making this list, set it in front of you and study it. Think about the things you’ve written and try to imagine them in your head.  Your goal is to articulate in two phrases why these absurdities are illogical.

There’s no single, right way to write a deep thought meme. As long as it has two lines of text and is witty, you’ve done it correctly. If you want a standardized format then use the font, “Baskerville.” Use a black font for the top sentence and a white font for the bottom sentence. Change the font size to make the words as big as possible while leaving as many words as possible on each line to make reading as easy as possible. It’s generally looks best if the words on top are bigger than the words on bottom, but if  the first sentence is long then the font will have to be small. If you make the second sentence’s font smaller than that it could be hard to read. In that case it would look better to make the bottom font bigger. You can also increase/decrease font size to add/subtract emphasis from the words.

As a general rule the first sentence will make a positive statement about a topic you feel negatively about. If you can’t think of anything positive to say about it then just find a way to point out that it exists. The second sentence will undermine or contradict the point made in the first sentence indirectly pointing out the quintessential flaw in the first sentence’s topic revealing a greater truth or at least the stark, embarrassing reality of the situation. If that sounded confusing, it’s actually surprisingly easy to do and understand. Here area few prompts to get you started:

“Oh, you’re a/an _____!?”

  • If the first line says, “Oh, you’re a vegan!?” the second line would directly or indirectly point out something idiosyncratic about vegans such as the fact that they have a notorious reputations for mention that they’re vegans within ten minutes of meeting them. In that case the second line could be, “I’m surprised it took you 10 minutes to tell me.” (No offence to vegans.)

“_________ just called. He/she/it wants their _____ back.” 

  • Find a flaw in something somebody is doing wrong. Then think of a popular or historical character or entity that is strongly related to that topic. The classic line is to point out wardrobe flaws and associate them with something embarrassing. For example, “M.C. Hammer just called. He wants his pants back.” That makes a good insult, but it addresses a personal truth, not a universal truth. The best deep thought memes should be able to stand alone and be relevant to an anonymous audience. For the joke to be funny on the internet you’d have to single-out a trend that everybody in your country or the world knows about.
  • Another variation of the “_______just called.” joke is to pick a person who is rolling in their grave right now and say that they just called in the first line. In the second line point out why they’re rolling in their grave. For example, “Abraham Lincoln just called. He just wanted to tell everyone thanks for keeping his legacy alive.” (Note: This joke requires a little context to understand. If your jokes cover topics that are more universal they’ll appeal to a wider audience.)

“Where did you get that ________?” “How much did you pay for _________.” “Is that a ___________?” 

  • The first line always raises a topic. The first sentence doesn’t have to be clever. It can be mundane, because the second sentence will make the first one clever. When that happens the contrast between the initial apparent mundanes of the sentence and the revealed deeper meaning makes the joke look even more clever. If you’re not a big fan of trucker hats you could say, “Where did you get that trucker hat?” “Hope you got a receipt.” If you’re not a fan of professional sports you could say, “How much did you pay for those season tickets?” “How about next time I just play Pong and you pay me to watch me?”

“What’s up _______ ? Not much, just __________.”

  • Point out something out of place, absurd or offensive (to you) and ask it what it’s doing. Then respond by stating what it’s doing. For example, “What’s up parking meter?” “Not much. Just scammin’.” (Note, this joke works better when used in conjunction with a photo of the actual object the joke is referring to.) This formula lends itself well to juvenile jokes. Just point out something crude and ask it what it’s doing. For example, “What’s up balls?” “Not much, just hanging.” You might not think that’s funny, but there are a lot of 14 year old boys who do.

“I love _______ said no _________ person ever.”

  • Do you hate homework? If so then ask yourself what kind of people hate homework. If sane people hate homework then say, “I love homework.” “Said no sane person ever.”

 “Did I say______?” I meant ________.”

  • Find something you don’t like, and then find an embarrassing analogy for it. Then mistakenly identify the thing you dislike as the analogous object and then apologize or correct yourself. If you don’t like neck ties you could say, “Nice dog leash.” “Did I say, ‘dog leash?’ I meant, ‘neck tie.'”

…and by ‘______’ I mean ‘_____.'”

  • Make a general statement in the first line that flatters a topic you feel does not deserve to be flattered. Your second line will pick out one or two key words from the first sentence and replace them with words that are less flatting and more true. For example, you could say, “That’s a really pretty diamond on your wedding band.” “And by ‘diamond’ I mean ‘blood diamond.'”

Follow these links to examples:

Deep Thoughts by The Wise Sloth # 1

Deep Thoughts by The Wise Sloth # 2

Deep Thoughts by The Wise Sloth # 3

Deep Thoughts by The Wise Sloth # 4

Deep Thoughts by The Wise Sloth #5

Deep Thoughts by The Wise Sloth #6

Deep Thoughts by The Wise Sloth #7

Deep Thoughts by The Wise Sloth #8

Deep Thoughts by The Wise Sloth #9


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