What is an Internet Meme and what does it have to do with the Bayeux tapestry? More to the point, what does it have to do with Bayeux tapestry humor? A great question; and thank you for asking! The definition below is from the Webopedia…link follows the quotation…
“An Internet meme is a concept or idea that spreads “virally” from
one person to another via the Internet. An Internet meme could be anything from an image to an email or video file; however, the most common meme is an image of a person or animal with a funny or witty caption. www.webopedia.com/TERM/I/internet_meme.html”
An example of such a meme is the image from Willy Wonka; another
even simpler one, would be the three letters “LOL!”
For those of you not familiar with the Bayeux tapestry, it is actually an embroidery (for more on this embroidery versus tapestry distinction go to our post here) nearly 230 feet long and 20 inches tall. It is a depiction of William the conqueror’s conquest of England in 1066. According to our friends at Wikipedia, “The tapestry consists of some fifty scenes with Latin tituli, embroidered on linen with coloured woollen yarns. It is likely that it was commissioned by Bishop Odo, William’s half-brother, and made in England—not Bayeux—in the 1070s.” https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayeux_Tapestry
This wonderfully detailed tapestry serves as a rich source of amusing Internet memes. For reasons that will become clear should you decide in the future study the tapestry more closely, the penis is a popular image in Bayeux tapestry humor.
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