As has been noted extensively, 2016 was a rotten, no-good year, and easily the worst in recent history. That said, some fantastic things emerged from the heaping pile of flaming garbage, like more amazing music than anyone has time to listen to in just 12 months and a year’s worth of mostly great memes. Of those memes, one refers specifically to the bad year that was.
“Me at the beginning of 2016 vs me at the end of 2016” consists of two images of the same celebrity or character juxtaposed next to each other in order to show one at a happier, younger stage next to one near-death or especially haggard stage. For example, here’s Minnie Mouse at the beginning of the year looking happy hopeful next to Minnie Mouse at the end of the year looking despondent and drunk while sitting next to a garbage can.
Here’s a young, healthy Daniel Radcliffe in the first Harry Potter movie at the beginning of 2016 compared to Daniel Radcliffe playing a dead character who can’t stop farting in Swiss Army Man at the end of 2016.
Me at the start of 2016 // me at the end of 2016 pic.twitter.com/zCeIfieI1s
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) December 10, 2016
Luke Skywalker in A New Hope Vs Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens
You get the gist. Here are seven other perfect examples of “me at the beginning of 2016 vs me at the end of 2016.”
The Original Fresh Prince Vs Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness
Me at the beginning of 2016 vs me trying to make it in these last few weeks. pic.twitter.com/i6fepmyqei
— ✨Steph✨ (leave a message at the beep) (@Steph_I_Will) December 10, 2016
Titanic Leo Vs The Revenant Leo
Young Rose Vs Old Rose
me at the beginning of 2016 vs me at the end of 2016 pic.twitter.com/ijmJQhTyvR
— keely flaherty (@keelyflaherty) December 8, 2016
Milhouse Lego Vs Skeleton Lego
Me at the start of 2016 / Me at the end of 2016 pic.twitter.com/HqCvR9vkyl
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) December 15, 2016
Handsome Nick Nolte Vs Rugged Old Nick Nolte
Lincoln Daniel Day Lewis Vs Gangs of New York Daniel Day Lewis
Me at the start of 2016 vs. Me at the end of 2016. pic.twitter.com/hEF1Xxyowa
— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) December 10, 2016
Happy Uma Vs Overdosed Uma