Viral trends of 2018


2018 came chalked full of crazy internet sensations that kept more than a few of us distracted at work.

In today’s year-end review we take a recap of what went viral in 2018.

Did you hear Yanny or Laurel? Which one was it?

The fact that nobody really knows was the fuel that propelled this bizarre audio recording to viral stardom.

Since no one could agree, it became 2018’s “Blue-gold dress” 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words but for a couple of paintings, it was more like thousands of tweets!

In February, Michelle and Barack Obama both had paintings unveiled for the national portrait gallery.

The former first lady’s was met mostly with praise, with one little girl’s awestruck reaction going viral.

But it was the former president’s likeness shrouded in greenery that incited a meme explosion.

Twitter outdid itself with endless renditions of artist Kehinde Wiley’s vision.

It just proves if you give the internet something nice you can expect something snarky in return.

They say one man’s trash is another’s treasure.

Well in 2018, a treasure was literally trashed by its creator for all to see.

At a London auction, iconic artist Banksy’s latest work nabbed an impressive $1.4 million

And then, without warning, promptly self destructed in front of everyone

The whole thing turned out to be a stunt, orchestrated by Banksy himself.

Who built a paper shredder into the artwork’s frame and had a cohort trigger it on site.

The art world was nevertheless stunned by the oh-so-unique and oh-so-Banksy performance

A so-called “hot duck” took the internet by storm.

#hotduck, the colorful mandarin was first spotted in New York’s Central Park.

And became an overnight sensation.

With pics popping up all over the internet, on t-shirts, and even on dogs?

Ny magazine called him “New York’s most eligible bachelor”

Fans flocked to catch a glimpse of the dazzling duck locals call “Mandi”

But the internet dubbed him #hotduck

If you’re a gamer or you know a gamer, then you’ve probably heard the name Fortnite 

The online multiplayer shoot-em-up was the game to play in 2018.

How popular was it?

Consider this, a version of the game is actually free to download.

However,  in April alone, in-game purchases, like extra outfits and weapons totaled nearly $300 million.

Fan fervor led to things like schools banning the game, player threats, scams and arrests.

A tiny raccoon’s epic journey to the top of a Minnesota skyscraper became a viral sensation in 2018.

The critter was spotted scaling UBS tower, one of St. Paul’s tallest buildings.

The little daredevil stopped short of the top, taking a siesta outside the 23rd floor.

While the raccoon rested, the internet went bananas.

In no time, the furry free-climber’s story was a top trending twitter topic.

Later that night, the raccoon made it to the top.

Where animal control officials were waiting to trap, feed and safely relocate.

The furry little hero that 2018 needed, but didn’t deserve.

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