Watch this video clip:
This is the moment when the “Happy”ness of “Happy Days” died for the audience.
It was so bad, in fact, that it coined an entire term based on the scene above. And this term was “jumping the shark”.
According to Wikipedia, foremost authority on stuff, Jumping the Shark is an idiom, employed to describe a moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality that is beyond recovery.
Although this term was originally used primarily for television, nowadays anything can jump the shark. And in today’s list of the day, internet memes jump the shark.
Case in Point: The Double Rainbow Guy
In case you lived under a rock in 2010, a guy with the username Hungrybear9562 uploaded a video of what he thought was the most amazing thing in the world (probably while on shrooms). Here’s the original video:
After it went viral, people started using “full on”, “all the way across the sky” and making “what does this mean?” jokes all over the internet. There was even a popular and (warning!) catchy song that was made to commemorate Hungrybear’s excitement.
And this was awesome, funny and really illustrated how the entire internet is one huge international world community, making each other laugh.
And then the mainstream media ruined it by wearing out the joke waaayyy after it was popular, driving it into the ground and reminding us that the joke was, unfortunately, over. Permanently.
The list of the day chronicles the Top 9 Worst Times Internet Memes Jumped the Shark: When the Laughter Died.