But every year, some time-honored topics are resuscitated, while new, offbeat or just downright bizarre themes spring seemingly out of the ether.
We won’t announce the winner and runners-up until Wednesday, but here are some of the best and worst memes from this year’s contest entries.
1. We the Peeple.
Peeps in powdered wigs should be funny, by all estimates, but these historical takes on the founding fathers rarely make it to the semifinals.
2. Samuel Pepys
Rule of thumb: A play on words might be precise and direct, but that doesn’t make it good.
3. Sgt. Peeper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Please make it stop.
1. Thieving Peeps
Art-themed dioramas have become hugely popular, due to the success of past entrants. This year, dioramas of Peep burglars stealing works of art offered a refreshing change of pace.
2. Shameless Peeps
The number of adults who made dioramas based on “Twilight,” and weren’t ashamed to admit it.
3. Classic TV Peeps
Several dioramas dusted off throwback topics, such as the Flintstones, the Muppets, and Scooby-Doo, proving the ageless power of pop culture.
4. Tiger Blood Shortage
A shocking lack of Charlie Sheen-related dioramas. But we did get this one:
Surprisingly Ineffective Themes:
1. The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
People holding witty signs = funny. Peeps holding witty signs = not so much.
2. Lady Gaga
The pop star presents endless opportunities for satire, but so far, not a single diorama has captured her wonderful weirdness.
Don’t ask us why — it just doesn’t work.
And check back with The Buzz for a daily dose of Peepsy goodness, leading up to the big reveal of the “Peeps Show 2011” contest winner next week.