Oh, you know what they are, memes.
While the memes you're most likely familiar with run to the internet variety like Rickrolling and Technoviking, the word meme itself was coined by author and scientist Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene. Dawkins was inspired to create his now famous word by the works of geneticist L. L. Cavalli-Sforza, anthropologist F. T. Cloak and ethologist J. M. Cullen.
It was Dawkins' contention that evolution depended not on the chemical basis of genetics, but on the existence of a self-replicating "unit of transmission." While in a biological sense that unit may indeed be a gene, Dawkins saw a larger picture in which the "meme" could be any self-replicating unit with the potential to explain human behavior and cultural evolution.
Now CGTrader.com is taking the internet variety of the meme to the competitive arena in offering up the Meme 3D Printing Challenge. The site is calling on 3D modeling professionals to come up with a 3D printed version of anything "BIG on internet during the last few years."
The Prize Pool is pretty tasty and "such much wow" indeed. The Best Meme 3D Printable Portfolio uploaded to their site during the challenge period wins a TAZ 3 3D printer from Lulzbot, a $200 gift card to shop on Sculpteo, a $300 shopping credit from CGTrader, a $100 gift card to shop on Protoparadigm, filaments from 3D 2Print and a CGTrader T-shirt.