What Were the Worst Things on the Internet in 2013?

What a wild ride 2013 was, huh? So many memes, so many funny tweets, so many things on the Internet that infuriated us and made us think very hard about each other and also ourselves — particularly, “Why don’t we just delete all of our social media accounts so that we don’t have to see all of this stupid shit day in and day out?” (The answer: because we need it.) If you’re the kind of person who has ever dreamed about writing angry blog posts, you’re also the kind of person who watched with a combination of fascination and shame while the Internet made some weird attempt to self-destruct over the past 12 months. Let’s revisit some of the most annoying moments of the year; I apologize in advance for refreshing your short-term memory.

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Twerk Fail

This was the year that we both became obsessed with twerking (thank you, Miley) and public failures (thank you, Miley). When a video spread across the Internet depicting a young woman twerking upside down and then falling backwards onto her coffee table and catching on fire, many people wondered, “Why would this woman post a video of herself looking like a complete moron?” “Forget it, Jake, it’s Internettown,” was the general reply as we all shared it on Facebook and Tumblr and Twitter, expressing our glee in watching a white woman scream as she tried not to burn to death. And of course, it all turned out to be a hoax created by Jimmy Kimmel, who thankfully was here to teach us all a lesson about how viral videos work or something, but not about laughing at women who are on fire. Oh well, maybe next year!