But the idea of “jumping the shark” shouldn’t just be limited to television. It happens on the Internet, too, when beloved running jokes and memes wear out the welcome and start to get stale. Typically, there is a lot of debate about when exactly TV shows have their shark-jump moment. Did “The Simpsons” start to wind down in Season 8? 10? Or even later? (I think we can all agree it’s now a shell of its former self.) With Internet jokes, however, the timeline is much tighter, and the meme mention that would have made you a comment thread hero only days – even HOURS earlier–- will now get you downvoted to hell.
This list attempts to break down the exact moments when some of the favorite memes of the past few years lost their luster and became lame