When Tim decided to ask Audrey to marry him, he had to consider his options. Choosing to do it by meme wasn't quite as random as it may appear. He knew that his girlfriend loved them! She was forever on Reddit or 9Gag forwarding the ones which made her laugh. Once his friend Angela had prompted the idea that he propose with the 'Y u no Guy', Tim knew he'd found the key.
It took him hours to select the right memes to include in his marriage proposal. The actual boards he created can be found in his FlickR stream, but here are those memes in full.
Oh Crap/Rage Face
In the fast paced world of internet memes, it can seem like the Oh Crap Face has been around forever. Surprisingly, the origin appears to have been in a Reddit Rage Comic posted in early 2010.
It is used whenever a poster wishes to express astonishment, outrage, fear or a profound realization (to a given value of 'profound' in many cases).
Tim began his meme proposal with a board depicting Oh Crap Face, alongside the words, 'Marriage scares the f*** outta me!!!'.
Socially Awkward Penguin
Socially Awkward Penguin started circulating on 4Chan from May 2010. It is based on a photograph taken by George F Mobley for National Geographic. As the name suggests, the legends tend to concentrate upon issues of discomfort and nervousness.
Tim used it to communicate to Audrey, 'This is awkward, but bear with me'.
F*** That Guy
In 2009, the basketball player Yao Ming was interviewed for a sports program. The artist Downlow used the footage to create a comic version of the athlete's face.
After it was posted to Reddit, a year later, someone commented that Ming's expression seemed to say, 'Dumb B****'. It soon became an internet meme, with the most popular legend mutating into 'f*** that'.
Tim used it to state, 'B**** please! Marriage is not 4 me.'
Japanese comedian Ayumu Kato was captured in a still-shot from the television program Panic Face King.
Since its inception as an internet meme, from YouTube in January 2010, it has bore the caption, 'Impossibru!' This is an Engrish (Japanese-English mix) of the word 'impossible' and its Japanese translation 'imposhiburu'.
Impossibru is used whenever anyone wishes to convey surprise, shock or astonishment. Tim used it without any customization.
Sam Smith originally designed his velociraptor print for t-shirts. It was registered on Lonely Dinosaur in 2008.
Since then it has appeared with various captions conveying pearls of wisdom. This dinosaur is, after all, a philosopher!
Tim added the words, 'Nobody makes me happy like she does', to his version of the meme.
Like A Boss
Saturday Night Live was the American television show, which gave the internet the 'Like a Boss' meme.
In 2009, it featured in a parody song of the same name, performed by Andy Samberg and Seth Rogen. The lyrics claimed that a string of outlandish achievements were performed daily by the hero. When asked how he did them, the response was always, 'like a boss'.
Since then any exclamation of supremacy or superiority (including nervous bravado) has seen 'Like a Boss' slapped onto any picture chosen by the poster. On this occasion, Tim was communicating that Audrey made him happy 'like a boss'.
Y U No Guy
The 'Y U No Guy' was originally based upon a figure from the Japanese manga Gantz. It has been a popular meme since 2002, after being heavily circulated upon the 4Chan boards. Typically the legend will begin with the question 'y u no' (Leet for 'why do you not') with the remainder customized for each individual's needs.
Tim incorporated yet another popular reference by quoting the Beyonce song Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it). His legend read, 'If you like it, y u no put a ring on it'.
Lolcat is one of the longest running, most firmly established internet memes of all time.
The idea that cats with captions can be entertaining is as old as photography, but the name 'lolcat' to describe the practice dates from 2006. This was when posting lolcats (lol = laugh out loud + cats) became popular on 4Chan.
This old favorite was the clear choice for Tim to utilize, when he had to find a meme to pop that all important question.
Success Kid shows 11 month old Sammy Griner at the seaside. It has been around since 2007 alongside various legends proclaiming triumph. Tim used it to announce that Audrey had accepted his wedding proposal.
But what if Audrey had turned him down? Tim had one more meme board, which he fortunately didn't have to use.
The Forever Alone Guy was popularized by the site 4Chan. Since 2010, it's been used to signify disappointment in love (or, indeed, life) and general loneliness.
Tim had customized his version with the legend, 'Asked Audrey to marry me. She said no'.