14 People Who Inspired Viral Internet Memes.

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Yao Ming is a retired Chinese basketball player and is the face of the oh-so popular “Pff!” meme.

Imagine what it would be like if someone used your photo every time they wanted to illustrate something funny, or outrageous? You’d become the laughing stock of humanity, and there’s nothing you would be able to do about it. Well, if you’re lucky, or unlucky enough to be one of these people, then your face has probably gone viral through these memes. Just ask these iconic faces, who were nothing but regular Joes, leading regular lives when suddenly, they became internet sensations.

Anyone who has devoted more than fifteen minutes to the internet has probably seen these memes floating around. But have you ever wondered who the people behind the memes are? Well, wonder no more because this what the people from your favorite memes look like now.


Ming played for the Shanghai Sharks, but he became immortalized when someone caught this facial expression after his teammate Ron Artest walked out in the middle of an interview during a press conference in 2009.

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