The Best Internet Phenomena of 2015
February 2015 was a contentious time. All across the land, friendships were broken, families were torn apart and sanity was questioned as we all coped with #TheDress. We waged a war over whether a dress that was first seen in a post on Tumblr was black and blue or gold and white. Scientists eventually offered up rational explanations for the visual inconsistency that sparked such irrational debate, but no one who gazed upon the enigmatic image will ever truly be the same.
NETFLIX AND CHILL
What once described an innocent pasttime is now everyone's favorite euphemism for hooking up. These days you can't even mention plans to stream without someone making a sex joke. Thanks, Internet.
Apparently there was some kind of football game played on the night of Feb. 1, 2015, but all the Internet cared about was a wayward dancer in a shark costume. Katy Perry's choreographically challenged backup fish proved that you don't need to be perfect – or mediocre, or even remotely prepared – to leave your mark on the world.
The video for Drake's latest single turned him into perhaps the most celebrated dancer of our generation, as the rapper's grandpa-esque dance moves were endlessly edited across the Internet.
New York City: if you can make it here, you might see a rat hauling a giant slice of pizza down subway stairs. Alternatively, you can watch the viral video from the comfort of your (hopefully) vermin-free home.
WHAT ARE THOSE?!
Adele released the emotional video for her first single in four years in October, and the Internet released a flood of memes, skits, covers and parodies in response.