With Vine 2 on the horizon, Vine references are seeing a resurgence. Stay in the loop by brushing up with these essential, though underappreciated Vines.
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So, whether you were on the frontline of Vine at its peak, or you’re just now joining the party like myself, here are some underrated Vines that are worth referencing. These may not have sparked any revolutionary memes, copycat videos or slang terms that received Merriam Webster-level recognition, but they are iconic in their own right and are necessary to show that you’re well-versed in the app and its less obvious offerings.Tipping your cap to these Vines will show you to be a worthy and gripping conversationalist, and put you on a more intimate plane with other docents for this finely aging brand of dumb humor.
1. “F— it up, Kenneth”
Kenneth Knox became a popularity after his “F— It Up Kenneth” vine (Image via Twitter)No one has ever served a look quite like Kenneth did that day: Whether it was his first day back after summer vacation or just another school day, he was killing it – fresh threads and poses included.Referencing this Vine is also the perfect opportunity to show appreciation for those in your life who slay; simply emulate the speaker’s words of encouragement for young Kenneth by being as avid a supporter of a friend’s aesthetic. Not only will you have a good laugh, but also a confidence boost for your pal.
2. “I’m Liberian”
Shakespearean-level wordplay, an uncomplicated setup and a punchline that’s a bit of a thinker: Is this not what Vine embodied all along?
3. “There’s only one thing worse than a rapist…” / “A child”
This one is a classic from the serious setup and dumb payoff to the stern commitment with which the punchline was delivered. Whispering “a child” as an answer to select in-conversation questions will never be unfunny.
Such a stoic and oddly inappropriate response to being woken up by having water poured on your face. I really just hope she’s all right, but, even if not, I’m glad she greeted a liquid like she would any person she didn’t immediately recognize.
5. “I don’t even know which way the Quizno’s is”
It haunts me how good this guy is at his job and how tepid a response he’s met with. I’ve never seen anyone spin a sign at this velocity and with such agility and precision, but the individual filming was unmoved, and confused even.Snubbing the man’s talents, they commented instead on the lone counterproductive effect that his gift has on the root of his job (which, I concede, is directing patrons to Quizno’s). It’s sad, but hysterical that she zags this way and brings the attention to his one flaw rather than his many strengths.
15. “You know this boy got his free taco—”
With Vine, even a fallen taco can catapult your popularity. (Image via Youtube)Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Admit it, you were rooting against this guy from the moment he opened his mouth. He did nothing but brag about his free taco (while sporting a less-than-PC mock accent) and, truthfully, got exactly what was coming to him. Layer the somber Enya song over the incident and you’re engrossed in a fully realized narrative.
16. “This b—- empty; yeet”
Same! Honestly, what more is there to comment on other than the fact that Vine had gotten self-referential by this point, with “yeet” appearing in different iterations independent of one another? Oh, and whoever got hit with the can – I hope they realize how worth it their pain was.
17. “Yo, drink this vodka, down the hatch; come on”
Same, still. Yet another kid who went in cockily and quickly learned he’d overestimated himself. I’m sure most can extend some empathy his way; however, it’s best he find out as early in life as he can just how dreadful vodka is.Also, there’s some mystery shrouding the person filming this Vine; it could be an equally clueless kid around his age or someone older who’s egging him on for kicks. Either way, the takeaway from this, and a number of other Vines, is that the abuse of one’s white privilege by co-opting traditionally black linguistic features will instantly come back to bite you. On Vine, justice lives on in the form of fallen, free-of-cost tacos and vodka someone had to spit out.
What makes things even more dad-like is that these aren’t even relevant dances anymore; referencing this long-outdated Vine exactly as it is should bring you that much closer to fatherhood.
23. “I like that laugh”
First of all, journalists have some of the toughest jobs. I’m sure this interviewer didn’t go into work that day thinking Justin Bieber would make fun of how she laughed, but she undoubtedly thought about it for her entire ride home. Does she have a terrible laugh? Absolutely, but the whole world didn’t have to know that, Justin.While I’m thinking about it, this also serves as proof that Justin Bieber was never well-socialized; the interviewer probably thought very briefly, “Wow, this pop icon is about to pay me a compliment!” but saw soon after that he had a more childlike appreciation for her laugh, thinking of it as actually being pretty stupid. At the end of the day, no one came out of this one smelling like roses.
24. “(Futuristic exercise space for elderly folks, with sonically identical music)”
Any Vine that leaves you asking more questions than you went in with gives it an enigmatic, artistic spin that makes it more a short film than a Vine.What are they doing? What’s going on? Where is this? Who built this park? Or is it a playground? What’s its function? Where can I do this same activity locally? Surrealism at its best. Also, the first guy swinging side to side is enough on its own to warrant passing this Vine down to future generations.
25. “Why are you running? Why are you running?”
The surrealist side of Vine strikes again. For the second time, I’m left to wonder: Is she okay? (She can’t be – she’s running sideways but also backwards and screaming.) What led to this exchange? What’s his accent? Where is this from? Why is she running? With each question posed, it becomes more of an art installation than a video.
26. “(Raccoon attack; funny)”
Who isn’t afraid of those vicious raccoons? (Image via Youtube)To round out this surrealist trio: How’d that raccoon fling itself so leisurely at that guy? Did it have a spring-board on-hand behind the car? Did a buddy of the guy’s throw it at him? Is the guy who got hit with the raccoon alive? Was all of this planned ahead of time? Also, the guy filming wildly overreacted; stop running and help your friend!
27. “Ghost credit; I’m gonna get a Subaru!”
Credit even for the dead means hope for us all. I must admit, though, that in my earliest binge viewings of this Vine, I was iffy about it because of the first half, but what will always win me over is the delivery of the last line; that ghost so gleefully has a plan in place now and a method of getting itself in a Subaru before the day’s over, swaying gently with excitement over it all. Also, like, why a Subaru? Comedy – get into it.
28. “You didn’t tape my birth video? …I was gonna watch it on the way there”
Before diving into this one, I should stress that I’ve shown it to a few people in the flesh and what I’ve gathered is that it’s somewhat of an acquired taste. For me, the subtlety of the camera angle, the Viner making herself laugh and the specificity of the audience to whom this is funny create a gut-busting combination.It’s so damn funny in part because of the rollercoaster ride she takes you on; you think she’s going to be devastated due to not having her entrance into the world documented, but instead she calls back to bratty kids who didn’t have the specific video they wanted to watch on a long car ride. It’s niche, it’s nuanced and if you reference it and are met with silent glares, I’ll laugh from afar.
29. “I can’t swim”
What you’ve got here is maybe the single purest moment ever recorded on film. I usually don’t buy what Vines with kids in them are selling, but this one’s different: Raven’s loved ones are exuberant, raising her up and memorializing her big day through sand writing. Raven cutely crashes their party, reminding them that no one ran it by her beforehand to confirm whether or not she could swim.Why, then, since she can’t swim, did they bring her where that would matter most? They dropped the ball in that respect, but out of it they got a precious moment and a good reference for you to whip out in the event that someone you don’t like invites you to the beach.
30. “Y’all ugly”
If this isn’t a mood, I’m not sure what is. The beauty here is that this Vine fits almost any situation wherein you’re outnumbered by those you dislike who also don’t meet your same standard of objective attractiveness – great for a class in which people annoy you, for a party or work, if you find your coworkers less than savory.For the full effect, practice witchcraft enough to the point that you can physically zap yourself right out of any snag.