I actually think about this a lot.
We've entered an era of "information saturation", where jokes, references, etc constantly feed back on each other.
Looney Tunes constantly referenced the pop culture of it's own era, the way Family Guy and Rick & Morty do today. This was just one throw-away gag of Bugs mocking Elmer Fudd, who had a fatter design in this particular short.
I wonder what other single frames will catch fire and spread as the 21st century goes on.>>113613226
This image effect is another interesting example.
Horror movie effects teams would have loved this in the 70s and 80s, but now datamoshing is something that can be done almost by accident.
I wonder if the programmers who came up with the video compression algorithms knew it would be used this way.