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"Rules of the Internet" is a loose collection of rules and aphorisms spawned by the infamous 4chan Image Board. Depending on who you ask, they are either not meant to be taken seriously or very Serious Business. Most of them don't apply except for within the community they originated from, and the list is continuously changing but through Memetic Mutation a handful have become well known.

Some of the more notable rules[1] include:

Tropes associated with the Rules of the Internet:


  1. For values of "notable" that are extremely arbitrary but being referenced elsewhere helps
  2. "Officially" Rule 51, but generally cited as Rule 36; the alternate Rule 36 is (in polite terms): "No matter how messed up what you've just seen is, there is always worse." Considering the originators of the list, this ties in quite nicely.
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