Toward the end of 2012, Panorama mode made taking quick panoramic shots on your phone easy. By 2013, panoramic shots gone wrong were sprouting up everywhere. Elongated bodies, morphed faces and floating heads maintained their humor through the year, and when time this image popped up in November, it quickly went viral, seeing over 1 million views in the first 7 hours after submission. It's now up to 2.2 million. Check out the rest of the year's most viral panoramas here: http://imgur.com/blog/?p=3469
This Napoleon wrasse and diver captured the hearts of 1.5 million with their matching expressions. You just can't teach side eye like that. The shot was captured on a diving trip to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where this endangered fish species is said to be friendly with humans. They're also apparently friendly with the camera, as multiple other users were prompted to share their own images with this beautiful blue fish.
u/Broodle put it best: "I like the fact, as a species, we've reached the point where we can write jokes in the clouds if we want to." In February, Kurt Baunohler successfully funded via Kickstarter this sky writing project for no other reason than just to do it. The message was written in the sky over Los Angeles in March and lasted about 20 minutes. It regained life on the Internet in May, receiving over 2.5 million views–12x the daytime population of Los Angeles!
It wouldn't be a complete Imgur list without a great cat image, and the pure terror and betrayal on kitty's face had us captivated from the start. Nearly 2 million people laughed at this poor cat's expense. The little guy was bathed again six months later (http://imgur.com/gallery/Xj6SKKB), and that was the last time OP was ever heard from.
Halos are produced by the ice crystals in cirrostratus clouds. The crystals behave like prisms and mirrors, refracting and reflecting sunlight between their faces, sending shafts of light in particular directions. These amateur sky-watchers were lucky enough to spot some outside their home in Finland, and in doing so, captured one of the most beautiful images this year. The halo images caught the attention of media outlets worldwide. Yeah, science!
Yes, we are all sick of hearing about Miley Cyrus, but she did have a huge year on the Internet. Credit where credit is due! After her infamous performance at the VMAs, a multitude of mockeries spawned, including this image, which went on to be the second most viewed image of 2013 at 7,800,358 views (this is the first most viewed: http://imgur.com/gallery/dAtcCfH). That's 2.07 TB of data transferred and over 3x the views of any other image on this list. Miley also helped bring twerking, another contender for word of the year, to the forefront of pop culture this year. Let's hope that one stays in 2013.
The safe wins the award for biggest disappointed of 2013. While we waited for OP to deliver and finally open the thing, it became a running joke among the Imgur and Reddit communities. Safe references appeared almost daily in comments and safe spin-off posts appeared all through our 9 month waiting period. The word "safe" alone elicited bad feelings. 2.2 million people were sucked into the mystery of the safe. This December, OP finally cracked it and revealed the contents–nothing. You could basically hear the hopes and dreams of a collective community shattering into a million pieces. The safe has since been repurposed for alcohol storage.
This image of a toddler locked out of Washington's National Zoo became the defining image of this year's government shutdown, which lasted 16 days in October, shutting down national monuments and parks. Posted to Imgur 9 days into the shutdown, the image circulated quickly on social media and became known as the "shutdown's saddest image."
Doge has been around for years, but the wow intensified in 2013 when it became one of the most widely spread and well-recognized memes of the year. Doge was photoshopped into just about everything (http://imgur.com/gallery/klb812s), Doge GIFs invaded (http://imgur.com/gallery/q7VKiiK), and pretty soon even our internal monologues had been translated to Doge (http://imgur.com/gallery/z4MPTZb). You can even type "doge meme" into YouTube and get a full doge takeover. Such Shibe. Much meme. Wow.
You can almost hear the, "WUP, sorry!" as this man accidentally photobombs a proposal at Disney World. After the poorly timed image was submitted in July, the man dubbed In The Way Guy instantly became a subject of countless Photoshopped mockeries. He continues to pop up anywhere an important event is taking place (http://imgur.com/gallery/Xpxjc). A meme is born!
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