‘Disaster Girl’ Is All Grown up and Selling Original Photo Behind Viral Meme for $473K

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Sometimes we forget that behind our favorite classic memes are real-life people, living ordinary lives, so we’ve picked out our favorite memes to show you who’s really behind the picture.

Including one girl, who’s meme has made her very rich…



But first, let’s take a look at some of our favorites…

This iconic face has been around since 2007, and is the perfect way to celebrate even life’s little victories.

The kid’s name is Sam Griner, and his mom recreated the image in 2017 when he turned eleven years old.

His mom claims she originally disliked the meme, as it made her son look like a bully, but has now embraced it – although Sam still gets embarrassed from time to time.

20. Gavin

Nephew of Vine star Nick Mastodon, Gavin, rose to fame on the now-defunct video app in 2013.

via : Vine

After his Vine appearances, a YouTube video was launched of a compilation of Gavin appearances.

It has to be when most-followed Twitter user Katy Perry called Gavin her favorite celebrity!



In a now-viral 2013 video, one small child had a rather hilariously skeptical response to the announcement she was going on vacation to Disneyland.

Chloe and sister Lily have continued growing up online, with a joint Insta-account run by their parents.

Although a quick scroll through the page reveals she’s still highly capable of giving her signature side-eye.



This excellent “IDK” response came from the Disney Channel show, Good Luck Charlie, which aired between 2010 and 2014.

She’s now eleven years old – and still highly proficient at shrugging.

But at her young age, she has a whole career ahead of her. We can only imagine the excellent meme content to come.

The fabulous dog photo became the backdrop to a million canine reactions since it surfaced in 2010.

Rescued Shiba Inu dog Kabosu belongs to a Japanese kindergarten teacher named Atsuko Sato, who still documents his life online.

And although no image has surfaced that’s as iconic as the original…

The account is still well worth a follow if you’re into cute pets.

Back in 2012, YouTuber Laina Morris created a parody of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” and struck fear into the hearts of men everywhere.

But Morris claimed overnight fame wasn’t easy to deal with, citing online harassment as a pernicious issue.

And there’s no denying she can still pull that terrifyingly hilarious face.

In 2012, a photographer captured this moment during the Cooper River Bridge Run, and the internet noticed something unusual.

The man in question was Zeddie Little, and he quickly became a famous face in the meme world.

“But these are all kinda, for the most part, positive. It’s funny that everybody is kinda taking a like to it. It’s, I guess, the most flattering way to get spread across the Internet,” he’s said.

This image went viral in 2014 when Redditor aaduk_ala uploaded it to the site with the now infamous caption.

He claims, “my take on being ‘internet famous’ is cool and all.”

“I regret not copyrighting the picture right away because I could have made a lot of money there!” McGee laughs.

This snowshoe cat (real name Tardar Sauce) rose to fame in 2012 on Reddit, thanks to her signature irritated expression.

If you ever needed a reaction that signified deep annoyance, Grumpy Cat had your back.

Sadly, Tardar Sauce passed away, but her grumpy legacy lives on, online, forever.

This infamous pic surfaced on Reddit in 2012 and became the backdrop to all manner of unfortunate situations.

The original image (an outtake from a yearbook shoot) was uploaded online by a pal of Craven’s.

Craven estimates he’s made over ten thousand dollars off of Bad Luck Brian merch – so perhaps he’s not so unlucky, after all!

This image emerged online in 2012 and was the perfect reaction to any intensely overexciting situation.

She says she took the image back in fourth grade during an intense game of dress-up.

But if you look closely, she’s still recognizable as the face of a classic meme.

The stock image of an unrealistically crying woman quickly gained traction once it was superimposed with some of the biggest non-problems out there.

But it became the perfect way to poke fun at privilege wherever it cropped up.

Although Silvia Bottini is probably still best known for her role as a meme. We wonder how she feels about that?

This image of the quintessential douchebag came to fame on Reddit in 2011, and became the meme to back up any scumbag move.

The dodgy outfit was captured by his mother, although Boston claims to have no regrets about his internet fame.

Truly, the internet is a weird and wonderful place.



The reaction shot became an incredible response to any “shocking” moment since it was first recorded in 2013.

The game designer was shocked when such a tiny reaction became such a huge internet hit – but such is the nature of memes!

He’s using his meme notoriety to raise money by biking for MS – truly, an internet success story.

This image of the classic intimidating coffee shop worker went viral in 2011, at the height of the hipster coffee phenomenon.

And it seems he doesn’t find the meme so funny. In at interview, he claimed, “I do find it discouraging and disappointing that there was so much exposure brought to an attempt at making a joke of a culinary industry and the professional barista.”

“On the other hand, the whole thing only makes me want to work harder at my job, make better coffee, serve my customers better, and bring more positive exposure to both the company I work for, the barista profession, and specialty coffee as a whole.” For once, it seems the meme is actually 100% accurate.

The image first surfaced on Reddit in 2011 and became the perfect reaction to any moment of horrific realization.

He posted the above image on Reddit, with the caption, “A true moment of clarity.”

Although neither of these students are from Australia, where the original photo was taken – meaning it’s still something of a mystery.

In 2016, a clip from Braziliantelenovela, Senhora do Destino became the perfect reaction image to depict total confusion.

via : 9gag

The meme rose to fame particularly on 9gag, where it was imposed over all manner of puzzling situations.

But it’s likely confused math lady remains her most famous role to date.



This classic reaction shot rose to fame on Twitter in 2016.

It featured actor Kayode Ewumi portraying the character Reece Simpson (a.k.a. “Roll Safe”) in the web series Hood Documentary.

And it quickly became to go-to response to anyone having an essentially kind of terrible idea.

He even starred in British comedy series Enterprice.

This incredible stock photo model rose to fame on Facebook for his unique facial expressions.

The stock photo model was discovered to be a Hungarian man named András Arató. That facial expression was undeniable.

In 2018, an Instagram user ran into him in Manchester, UK. He’s even done his own Ted Talk!

This image was first posted to Twitter in 2018. It was posted by an Instagram star laughing at her own exhaustion after posing for a shot.

Here’s the actual photo.

The image quickly became shorthand for overexertion, with captions like, “Me looking at the menu knowing I’m gonna get the same damn thing I always get.”

Kalin Elisa is a popular Instagram influencer, whose reach has only been extended thanks to her ingenious meme.

1. Disaster Girl

This meme first surfaced in 2004, and was the perfect visual aid for those who just want to watch the world burn.

The picture was taken by her father during a fire drill in their hometown of Mebane, North Carolina.

“But I ultimately want people to know me for me,” Zoe explains.

Well, it seems like she’s cashing in on her fifteen minutes of fame.

Sixteen years since her meme went viral, she is selling the original photo for $473,000

“Disaster Girl” is now a non-fungible token (NFT), a unique digital signature, allowing the meme to be sold like a piece of art.

“I’m a part of history,” said Roth.

The meme was sold to a collector known as @3FMusic.

It has been reported that the buyer is Farzin Fardin Fard, CEO of a Dubai-based music production company.

The owner has released a statement regarding the NFT…

“Our management team is always in cooperation with some highly knowledgeable and experienced art advisers who believe that we must grow with technological movements that help us to not only promote our business but also to support artists and the art market.”

The meme first won Dave JPG magazine’s “Emotion Capture” contest in 2008, where it soon went viral.

Roth, now twenty-one, said: “The best part was being flown to LA to be a part of National Geographic’s series on the history of the internet.”

Determined to try and make some money on the meme, they turned “Disaster Girl” into an NFT…

Which now means Roth and her dad get 10% of profits any time it is sold online.

Roth is apparently “researching nonprofits” she can donate some of the money to.

“Being able to sell it just shows us that we do have some sort of control, some sort of agency in the whole process,” she said.
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