New Delhi: Viral memes, apart from creating subtle sarcasm and laughter, also aid in gaining a hefty amount of money. The recent top-five memes have been sold as NFTs.
Take a look:
Bad Luck Brian
The “Bad Luck Brian”, whose actual name is Kyle Craven has been associated with people’s misfortune since 2012. Many captions such as, “Stops, drops and rolls…into another fire”, “Looks on the bright side…goes blind”, “Opens a business…gets fired” accompany the poster of the red-headed, braces-laden face. However, the meme is now reaping the reward with an NFT sale of $ 36,000 in Ethereum. The face turned into a covetable meme NFT which sold over $30,000.
Chloe Clem’s unimpressed look flooded the internet as the meme-makers took the opportunity to make memes since 2013. Chloe was side-eyed to her mom in a video, as she was not excited to visit Disneyland instead of school. She showcased “um yeah…nope” emotion which the whole internet generation resonates with today. In September 2021, the “side-eyeing Chloe” meme NFT sold for $76,377.50. Reportedly, the family will use this money for their daughters’ education.
In 2005, the ‘Disaster Girl’ or Zoe Roth observed that the firemen on duty were extinguishing a house on fire. Like her, many kids looked at the bravery of the firemen. However, Roth’s father decided to take a picture of her during that moment. Her devilish smile and narrow eyes as the house burn down behind her gave her the title ‘Disaster girl.’ The photo has been taken all over the internet by meme-makers and is associated with situations such as Covid-19. In April 2021, she sold the meme NFT for nearly half a million dollars.
A pop cat farting a rainbow was created by Chris Torres in 2011. The meme NFT earned $590,000. In February 2021, Torres told Coindesk, “I’m very surprised with the success, but I think I’m most glad knowing that I’ve basically opened the door to a whole new meme economy in the crypto world.”
The expression of the kid has gone viral all over the internet and is widely used as a meme on various occasions. “Success kid,” clenching his fist and face in determination sold for $52, 586.85 of Ethereum.