Can’t find yesterday’s meme on Instagram today? Don’t worry about it. You’re covered.
Humor website 9GAG engraved the most famous internet images and memes into a 13-foot-tall slab of stone, and on April 19 buried it in a secret location in an unknown desert.
Built to commemorate 9GAG’s ninth anniversary celebration, the meme slab is a monument to the humor that developed when mankind invented online communication.
And boy, is it ever dumb. It’s a 24-ton rock with Doge and Salt Bae carved into it. When the last remaining members of the human race scour the earth for drinkable water or radiation-free plants to graze, they are sure to curse us for wasting so much time on rage comics.
Or, they’re more likely to tell a quick joke to take their minds off the situation at hand. Even in the face of death, people still want to feel good. We’ll always search for distractions. How the hell do you think we’ve survived three-plus months of Donald Trump? By laughing to keep from crying.
Memes arose at a time when comedy was readily accessible. Every comedian this side of MacDougal Street has a show out now, not to mention the endless streaming available through Netflix. Still, meme-based websites like 9GAG thrive, and friends share the funniest images they find online. It takes an hour to watch a stand-up special; it takes a second to look at a meme.
If nothing else, this silly slab in the ground will hearken back to a moment in time where the dumbest things made the most people laugh and distracted us from unstable leaders, climate change, overarching surveillance, and other blaring signs of our imminent doom. For all the history to be written about the pain of the present, there’s value in commemorating what brought us joy, no matter how dumb or fleeting.
Besides, which will you remember more fondly, Donald Trump or Dick Butt?