4chan has been called many things over the course of its existence, many of them so obscene that they are really only appropriate to say on a site like 4chan. The infamous image board created by the almighty moot has been around for nine years, as of today, and it has ruffled more than a few feathers during that time (recent estimates peg the number of ruffled feathers at over 9000).
Among all the sexism and racism, the site has done some good, too–and I’m not talking about the revenge its users exact on cat abusers. 4chan’s users have (sometimes unintentionally) pushed forward ideas about the importance of anonymity and openness in a connected, online world.
Perhaps most significantly, though, is the site’s contribution to popular culture in the 2000s. As much as its users want to think they are part of some secret clique, the meme culture that arose from 4chan has become the prevailing culture on the Internet.
Below, we take a look at some of the most epic threads in 4can’s nine years of existence.
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