The World Cup is here whether you're paying attention or not, America. You may be having flashbacks to the Olympics -- unsure how the game works, who anyone is, and why the men aren't smashing into each other as hard as they can -- but we promise you can find a way to enjoy the world's most popular sport.
You know what'll make you feel right at home? Memes. Good old-fashioned God-fearing memes. And an errant big red balloon has given us one of the best of the World Cup so far.
The Pop Heard 'Round the Internet happened at a match between Brazil and Switzerland. A massive red balloon floated its way down to the field (the match ended with a 1-1 tie if you care about this beyond the dank memes, by the way), and Brazilian goalie Alisson Becker took decisive action. He mercilessly stopped on and popped the balloon.
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And the internet was pleased. Soon, there were classic, life-is-hard-and-things-are-bad memes.
There were actual soccer memes, most about where Becker will head next.
Then the inevitable invert-the-premise meta-meme, which is the sign that a meme has truly made it.
And finally, the use-the-inverted-premise-as-a-whole-new-meme meme.
See, soccer isn't so different. Memes are the same in any sport and any country.
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