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The Hilarious Stories Behind 12 Iconic Meme Pictures

By Tiffany White

Ever share a meme and then wonder who the person making the ridiculous face in the picture is? Do they enjoy being a meme or are they annoyed by it? And on that note, how did their picture become an internet phenomenon to begin with? It turns out every meme has a story. From the hilarious to the almost-tragic (Doge died?!), here's a look back at how your fave memes were born.

1. "Ermahgerd Gersberms" Girl

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A picture of a nerdy girl with an arm full of Goosebumps books was everywhere back in 2012, usually emblazoned with text like, "ERMAHGERD GERSBERMS" or "ERMAHGERD MERSHED PERDERDER." The girl in the picture was later revealed to be Maggie Goldenberger, a nurse who lives in Phoenix. The picture of her that turned into a meme was taken when she was 11. While dressing up as funny characters with her friends, Maggie tied her hair in pigtails, put in her retainer, grabbed some random books, and posed for a hilarious photo. She later uploaded the photo to Facebook where it was seen by a Reddit user. Once the picture spread to Reddit, it sprouted a life of its own. Maggie didn't even realize she went viral until months later. 

"I just can't believe this is my 15 minutes of fame," she told Vanity Fair. "I was hoping it would come in another form. But I guess you have to take what you can get.” 

She's also not a fan of Goosebumps!