The 6 Most Dank Memes of 2018

A look at the dankest memes on the web

Ned Stark meme with text "one does not simply make a dank meme"
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A dank meme is a joke that’s been repeatedly run into the ground; a viral phenomenon way past its expiration date; often so meta. The best dank memes are about dank memes and whether the meme is dank enough. Don't try to take too much meaning from these memes; they're not meant to make sense. The desired reaction is usually either cackling laughter or a blank stare. 

What Do Dank Memes Mean?

These memes don't usually mean much of anything, but dank often refers to a terrible joke or another viral meme that's run its course.

How Are Dank Memes Used?

Dank memes express themselves in many ways: as a corny joke or, more often, as a statement about dank memes in general.

Examples of Dank Memes

Example #1: 
Image: A pixelated figure with a psychedelic background
Text:  Born too late to explore the earth; Born too soon to explore the galaxy; Born just in time to browse dank memes.
Meaning: The point of a dank meme is that there isn't a meaning. This meme is one of the earliest, if not the first dank meme, though.

Example #2:
Image: Young girl in a police uniform writing a ticket
Text: ur gettign a ticket sir, that meme wasnt dank enough
Meaning: This is also an early dank meme, in which the recipient of the said meme hasn't gone dank enough. The typos are intentional.

Example #3: 
Image: Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince of Belair
Text: When no one in your school knows about dank memes, so you have to go along with all the normie memes.
Meaning: This one takes the dank concept even farther lamenting the situation when your peers don't understand dank memes.

For even more examples, including links to the originals, check out our full list of the six funniest dank memes:

Pixelated figure with a psychedelic background: "Born too late to explore the earth; Born too soon to explore the galaxy; Born just in time to browse dank memes.
Screenshot: Imgur

One of the first known dank memes shows a gnome-like character celebrating the fact that he was born at just the right time.

Young girl in police uniform "ur gettign a ticket sir, that meme wasnt dank enough"
Screenshot: knowyourmeme.com

Where there are memes, there are meme police, and when your memes aren't dank enough, you've gotta pay. 

Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince of Belair: "When no one in your school knows about dank memes so you have to go along with all the normie memes."
Screenshot: Pinterest

Uncle Phil is none too pleased to be alone in his affinity for dank memes.

Titanic ship: "If the Titanic really hit an iceberg, then how come no pieces of an iceberg were ever found in the wreckage?"
Screenshot: Reddit

This meme sounds like a Dad joke, and those can undoubtedly get dank. So where is the iceberg evidence anyway?

Police officer talking to driver: ur car smells like marijuana. Me: whoever smelt it dealt it. Cop: gosh dangit Me: ur under arrest
Screenshot: Reddit

This juvenile joke about passing gas gets a marijuana inspired spin. Dank is also a slang term for good weed, so there are all sorts of dank-ness going on here.

Does anyone else feel like their being watched? CIA: "They're"
Screenshot: Reddit

This meme has everything: grammar nerdiness, "big brother" paranoia, and a side of Dad joke. Dank af.