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Best and worst of 2009: Internet finds

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Teeing off: The popular wolf shirt. (Antonia Neshev - Themountain.com)
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1. Neda Proof that memes can be meaningful, the video and Twitter tributes to a young Iranian woman's death galvanized a movement -- online and in real life.

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2. "Total Eclipse of the Heart": Literal Video Version If you're not giggling by the falsetto lyrics "Spin around, Ninjas!" then the Internet is possibly not meant for you.

3. Michael Jackson tribute dances From mass "Beat It" re-creations to Filipino inmates' stirring rendition of "I'll Be There," the late King of Pop would have been proud.

4. "United Breaks Guitars" The twangy ditty prompted by incompetent baggage handling became the anthem that disgruntled travelers everywhere wished they'd written.

5. "I'mma let you finish . . . " Turns out, inserting Kanye West's VMA outburst into any Web site or existing video made for really good Internet.

6. "Tiger Woods Voicemail Slow Jam Remix" Arriving at the peak of Tiger infidelity watch, this smoove music video managed to mock both the story and our obsession with it.

7. Hitler's "Downfall" Who knew that this stern German film was actually a comedy? This meme -- making the character of Hitler a buffoon by dubbing his dialogue with sputtering reactions to current events -- began in 2008, but reached its full absurd, inappropriate glory early this year.

8. All the Single Babies We thought nothing could top last year's infectious videos of men dancing to Beyoncé's hit. Then the babies came. Look at dose chubby widdle wegs.

9. The Three Wolf Moon Short Sleeve Tee This ridonkulously hokey T-shirt became one of Amazon's best-selling items, thanks to fervent user reviews such as the one declaring it spun by Zeus "from his own chest hair."

10. "Guy Catches Laptop With His Butt" A cheeky (but G-rated!) response to last year's "Guy Catches Glasses With Face," this one features a spandexed dude doing, uh, what the title says in increasingly elaborate scenarios. Fake? Probly. But hilarious and winkingly self-referential.


"JK Wedding Entrance Dance" 33 million YouTube viewers might disagree, but something as stunty as a choreographed wedding march should have been either a whole lot better or a whole lot worse.

"Disneyland Musical Marriage Proposal" This elaborately choreographed proposal could have been like the truly great Improv Everywhere videos ("The Sound of Music" in a train station!), but instead drowned in a whirlpool of cheese.

"David After Dentist" Ultimately, the comedic value didn't win out over the bad parenting. Post-oral surgery, 7-year-old David turns to his dad's camera and loopily asks, "Is this real life? Why is this happening to me?" Indeed, David. Indeed.

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