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  • 06/30/12--07:31: 淡定
  • [working in progress]
    淡定 is a phrase used to describe calmness, usually associated with the emoticon ˊ_>ˋ, and the usage of Black Tea.

    Origins

    The original story was posted to the Taiwanese BBS board PPT on May 9, 2012[1]. The story, translated from a French story [citation needed] and posted a person’s Plurk account, accounted an encounter of a quarreling couple. The man involved was oddly calm, facing the almost hysterical girlfriend.

    [1]PCMAN


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  • 06/30/12--07:47: The Majesty
  • About

    The Majesty (Japanese: 陛下, Heika), sometimes translated as Emperor simply, is the oldest parody picture collage meme in Futaba Channel (2chan). He is also counted as the top of “Nijiura Magnificent Ten” (虹裏十傑集, Nijiura Jukketsu Shu) that are most important and earliest 10 memes of 2chan’s /b/ (Nijiura) board.

    Origin

    Around the beginning of 2003, Futaba was still just an online forum for some Otaku people. There wasn’t creative momentum though people were talking aggressively all over the night on the boards.

    According to the article for Futaba in Wikipedia[1], this situation began changing in the end of that January by an old men’s picture posted to a thread in /b/ board by an anonymous user. The old man with gentle looks and a strange costume said to other anonymous users who were engaging in a heated discussion in the midnight: “Gentlemen, Go sleeping” (お前ら、もう寝なさい, Omaera, Mou Nenasai)



    “Gentlemen, Go Sleeping”

    The Man

    The old man in the picture is Torinomias The 3rd, the emperor of planet S-1 in the Japanese cult minor TV anime series Space Warrior Baldios.[2] This dovish emperor has not much of a presence because he is assassinated in the first 10 minutes in the 1st episode.

    And due to its incorporation of quite minor popularity of the TV anime series, even hardcore anime Otakus hardly knew him in those days.

    Spread

    The combination of enigmatic character’s unclouded eyes and nerveless remark brought surrealistic lulz to midnight’s enthusiastic discussions. People were soon fascinated by him while complaining “Who is this old coot?” (誰このジジイ, Dare Kono Jijii). This picture with the catchphrase soon became one of the typical reaction faces in the Nijiura board, and he became to be called “The Majesty”.

    Then, Nijiura users also began posting funny collages and GIF animations reusing his picture, and competing its funniness. At one time, many of those hundreds creations was listed in archive pages for The Majesty.

    Nowadays, he is known familiarly as the emperor of Glaska in the planet ZUN from Space Warrior Balroy, which are fake settings given by Nijiura users themselves. And “Who is this old coot?” has been also a schtick for the response to his picture in Nijiura board.[3]

    Besides, it is said that their activity in this emperor collages is the first creative movement and the seedbed of subsequent memes/fads in Futaba. This GIF animation of The Majesty shaking his head is one of the earliest instances in this fad and is told as the great milestone of Futaba’s culture.


    Appearance in Super Robot Wars

    In 2008, Baldios was first included in the video game for PlayStation 2 Super Robot Wars Z[4], which is in the Japanese popular tactical role-playing video game franchise Super Robot Wars series. Though he was a quite minor charecter in the anime, Takanobu Terada, the producer of this game series, said “We’ve prepared the illustration for The Majesty.” at the official pre-release event for this title held in Akihabara on June 28th, 2008.[5]

    True to his words, Torinomias The 3rd appears at the beginning of 17th episode in the game and is soon killed as same as the original TV anime series. Moreover, one of 4 lines staffs gave to him is “What happened? Now it’s time for me to sleep”.



    This episode is known as one of the evidences of how this meme spread, and is described in Nico Nico Pedia.[6]

    Examples

    Photo Collages & Illustrations





    GIF animations





    M.U.G.E.N Character

    In full M.U.G.E.N game “NIjikaku”, Futaba users give 2 incarnations to The Majesty: Heika (shown left) and Heika SS (shown right).



    Search Interest

    The term “Go Sleeping” (もう寝なさい) recorded the highest peak in September 2008 when Super Robot Wars Z was released in that month.



    External References

    Editor’s Note: Futaba relating websites basically prohibit people from introducing their URLs in the external. Do not write the URLs in articles or comments. Please use search engines.

    [1] Wikipedia – ふたば☆ちゃんねる (Japanese)

    [2] Wikipedia – Space Warrior Baldios

    [3] アニヲタWiki – 陛下(宇宙戦士バルディオス) (Japanese)

    [4] Wikipedia – List of Super Robot Wars games

    [5] 俺専用スーパーロボット大戦Z @ ウィキ – 寺田宴発言 (Japanese)

    [6] Nico Nico Pedia – 陛下(虹裏) (Japanese)


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    [w.i.p. Major research regarding Origin and Spread needed. Request editorship if you can help]

    About

    Let Me Tell You Why That’s Bullshit” Is a phrase commonly used to correct people after they have made a mistake, or said something stupid. It is often used as a caption in an image macro.

    Origin

    4chan.[1]

    Spread

    The phrase soon became popular on other sites, with Image Macros using the phrase starting to appear. It is common on many internet forums.

    Examples

    Sources

    1. chan4chan archive


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  • 07/01/12--17:55: Pyro's Mind is full of X
  • About

    Pyro’s Mind is Full of X is a series of exploitable videos resulting to the vision of the possible footage inside the mind of the Team Fortress 2 character called “Pyro”. It results the use of the actual footage of zooming inside in Pyro’s mind and then showing a different footage from a video game, a show or another viral media within the view in Pyro’s binocular.

    Origin

    The two footages at the beginning and at the end of such videos come from Valve’s latest video upload on YouTube. The video is called “Meet the Pyro” and was released on June 27, 2012. In this video it’s about finding out, what inhuman thoughts lie in Pyro’s mind. But after zooming in in Pyro’s mind, it shows joy and happiness.

    Spread

    In the same day, YouTube users “SUPERMARIOGALAXY13” and “MisterMid” created videos, which they show different footages in Pyro’s mind. In July 2, 2012 MisterMid’s video gained over 35.000 views, but the exploitabilty didn’t start until SUPERMARIOGALAXY13 uploaded his parody and immediately the first fad response has been submitted by “adamtheamazing64”. The idea of making a meme was inspired by this video and SUPERMARIOGALAXY13 uploaded a green screen template video at the same day, that every user used.

    Examples

    Left: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic / Right: Terry Crews: Old Spice

    Left: Mario’s Head / Right: Remove Kebab

    Template


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  • 07/02/12--11:44: Did You Know?
  • About

    “Did You Know?” is a single topic blog featuring various trivia and factoids on a wide range of subject topics, as well as odd news stories and popular misconceptions that are factually inaccurate. This blog has led to creation of several other spin-off blogs on Tumblr, ranging from parody blogs to single topic blogs focusing on niche interests.

    Origin

    The Tumblr blog “Did You Know?”[1] was launched on April 30th, 2011 with a post titled “10 Facts About You” directly addressing the reader.[2] The blog wasn’t updated again until May 19th with a post stating that if the reader reblogged the image and clicked on it, the social networking site MySpace would appear differently than before. The blog began posting daily images on May 21st.



    Precursors

    Beverage company Snapple began placing “Real Facts”[10] on the inner label of their drink caps sometime in the 1990s. In 2006, a rumor[11] that half of the facts on the caps were fake began circulating online with an image of a cap labeled “Real Fact #0." In 2009, Snapple retired the first 675 facts[6] and began posting image macros[13] (shown below left) and flash animations[14] (shown below right) illustrating their new facts designed as an Easter egg for people who search the web for facts they found on Snapple caps.



    Other websites containing factoids have existed since the early 2000s, when the website didyouknow.org[4] was created on February 18th, 2002. The site originally sorted the facts into more than 20 categories[12], hosting jokes and inspirational quotes as well. In 2008, Mameshiba animated shorts began appearing on Japanese television, featuring anthropomorphized characters resembling beans and nuts who come alive shortly before a person is about to eat them. Upon waking up, the character says “Did you know?” followed by a random fact that ruins the person’s appetite. The cartoons were uploaded to Nico Nico Douga and YouTube shortly after airing. In December 2009, the website did-you-knows.com[5] was created, specializing in facts presented within one sentence.



    Spread

    Many of the “Did-You-Kno” trivia images have spread to other image-sharing communities such as Pinterest[29] and Instagram with the tag #didyouknow.[19] Additional examples have been featured on design blog Untitled[20] and religious blog Drops of Knowledge.[21] As of July 2012, the Tumblr blog receives a monthly average of 155,900 U.S. visitors, 308,400 global visitors [22] and 220,854 page views. The Facebook fan page[28] for the blog has 258,072 likes.

    Notable Examples


    Spin-Off Blogs

    The first spin-off blog DidYou-Know[16] was created on August 2nd, 2011, publishing 225 factoids in the first month. Two more, 1000 Did You Knows[17] and Interesting Facts[18] were both created in March 2012. The following month, Did Yuo Know?[9] began publishing blatantly false or exaggerated factoids using the “Did-You-Kno” style of image macros, in an attempt to troll unsuspecting readers into believing they came from the original blog.



    Did You Know Gaming?[7], which focuses on video game trivia, began in May 2012. Their posts are also shared on their sub-reddit[8] and Facebook[15] fan page, which has 18,712 likes as of July 2012. Other notable “Did You Know” trivia blogs include the Pokemon-related site Did You Poke-know[30] and the music trivia sites Metal Did You Know[31] and Did You Know One Direction.[32]



    Outside of Tumblr

    On Facebook[23], there are several different Did You Know? themed pages, with the largest page[24] accruing 162,635 likes since its creation in May 2011. On Twitter, the largest Did You Know? account[25] @iTweetFacts[26] has more than 460,000 followers and the hashtag #didyouknow[27] has been used to share random facts.



    Search Interest

    The tag “Tumblr” has been added to the search terms to avoid results unrelated to the blog.

    External References


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  • 07/03/12--10:31: Symphony of Science
  • About

    Symphony of Science is a music video remix project started by electronic artist John Boswell in September of 2009. The videos feature remixed documentary footage of famous scientists, educators and philosophers that have been pitch corrected using the Antares plugin Auto-Tune.

    Origin

    Boswell uploaded his first music video remix to YouTube on September 7th, 2009, which featured infomercial footage of the television personality and pitchman Billy Mays (shown below, left). On September 17th, Boswell uploaded a video titled “Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking (Symphony of Science)”, including clips from Carl Sagan’s 1980s television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage and the documentary film Stephen Hawking’s Universe (shown below, right). Within three years, the video received over 7.6 million views and 27,000 comments, as well as being ranked as one of the top rated videos of all time in the music category on YouTube.



    Spread

    On September 23rd, 2009, the tech culture blog Geeks Are Sexy[9] highlighted the Carl Sagan remix, calling it a “musical tribute to two great men of science.” On the following day, the video was posted on the viral content site BuzzFeed[8] and the psilocybin enthusiast Shroomery Forums.[10] On September 25th, Carl Sagan’s son Nick praised the video in a post on his personal blog[1], proclaiming that his father would have loved the video. On October 7th, Boswell launched the site Symphony of Science[13], which featured his collection of remix videos, audio downloads and a web forum.



    On October 19th, Boswell released a new video titled “We Are All Connected” (shown below, left), including additional Carl Sagan footage as well as clips of physicist Richard Feynman, astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson and educator Bill Nye. On November 22nd, 2010, Boswell uploaded “Symphony of Science – A Wave of Reason”, featuring clips of famous scientists, educators and philosophers promoting scientific reasoning while eschewing pseudoscience and superstition. The following day, the video was posted to the Discover Magazine[12] blog and the techno-culture blog io9.[11] Within two years, the video received over 800,000 views and 4,500 comments.



    On March 23rd, 2011, Boswell uploaded a video titled “Ode to the Brain!” (shown below, left), featuring remixed footage of several TED talks about neuroscience. On March 2nd, 2012, TED commissioned Boswell to remix footage from the TED 2012 lectures (shown below, right). As of July 3rd, 2012, the official Symphony of Science Facebook[2] page has received over 28,000 likes and the @musicalscience[3] Twitter account has accumulated over 8.500 followers.



    Notable Examples



    Mister Rogers Remix

    On June 7th, 2012, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) uploaded a video to YouTube titled “Mister Rogers Remixed”, which featured a commissioned auto-tune remix by Boswell using footage from the children’s television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The same day, Redditor doogie92 submitted the video to the /r/videos[7] subreddit in a post titled “PBS discovers Symphony of Science on YouTube, commissions a remix of Mister Rogers.” Within one month, the video received over 5.3 million views and 18,000 comments.



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 07/03/12--18:19: Booty Break
  • ((Work in Progress, help appreciated))

    Origin

    On July 3, 2012, tumblr user fabu-lass posted a link [1] with the title “NEW FAVORITE SITE, AW YES”. The link lead to the website “Booty Break” [2], a website created by Vichy Laboratories in order to advertise the product “CelluDestock”. [3] The product is advertised to diminish the appearance of cellulite.

    Spread

    The original post quickly gained notes, and within five hours had over 13,000 notes. Several screencaps and gifs were created from the content on the website.

    External Links

    [1] Tumblr – fabu-lass – NEW FAVORITE SITE, AW YES

    [2]Booty Break

    [3] Vichy Laboratories – CelluDestock

    [4] Tumblr – Tagged: Booty Break


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  • 07/03/12--18:41: Bronycon Orgy
  • ((Work in Progress, help appreciated))

    Origin

    On July 3, 2012, tumblr user cardiganponi made a post titled “IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT BRONYCON ORGY[1]. The message in question was to warn other bronies about the possibility that crabs was contracted by several members of the orgy.

    Spread

    Rumors and speculation about whether or not the orgy actually happened spread quickly, along with several posts confirming that it did in fact happen.

    External Links

    [1] Tumblr – "cardiganponi – IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT BRONYCON ORGY

    [] Tumblr – tagged – Bronycon Orgy


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  • 07/04/12--00:38: FADED365
  • On July 3rd of 2012, Newgrounds.com user ‘the-balance’ posted a thread on the General section of their forums, informing the site that their logo had been stolen by clothes company FADED, which runs the site www.faded365.com.

    http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1310239

    Newgrounds user XenonMonkey contacted the site via e-mail and informed them about Newgrounds’ claims, only to have them repeatedly denied by FADED site manager Sergio Deleon.

    The owner of the site was trolled by numerous Newgrounds users across the FADED site as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages. The owner of FADED denied all claims.

    Eventually, Newgrounds founder Tom Fulp became involved with the incident, and threatened to sue if they did not immediately take down the products. The lawsuit is still in progress at the time of writing.

    The incident spawned various catchphrases among Newgrounds users, such as ‘Stay Fresh’, ‘Lay off the drugs, I could find over 200 robots that look similar’ and ‘Fresh All Day Every Day’. The situation is being dealt with by the staff of Newgrounds.


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  • 07/04/12--09:09: But I Poop From There
  • About

    “But I poop from there”, often followed by its answer “Not right now you don’t!” are segments of dialogue and bits of footage taken from a peculiar scene of a late 90s porn movie that became an Internet meme for its funny-sounding actors and overall weird scene.

    Origin

    The initial scene itself comes from a porn movie entitled Young and Anal 15 released in 1999 and featured actors Anne Howe (Melissa Ashley) and Buck Adams. The segment reused in the meme refers to the following dialogue between the two:

    “I’m gonna stick it up your arse.
    - But I poop from there!
    - Not right now you don’t.

    - Is it gonna hurt?”

    A censored version of the scene first found itself on YTMND. According to the YTMND wiki[1], the initial site that started the fad is “But I poop from there!” made by YTMND user BTape[2] on January 7th 2007 and which attracted over 428 000 views as of July 2012. However, it’s marked as a “restored” version of the site, meaning that an older version may have existed prior.
    This is confirmed by several parodies of the site existing from 2004 to 2006, like the Superman one[3], dating back to March 28th 2006 and gaining more than 73 000 views to date.
    A fad then took hold on YTMND, curating over 90 sites.[4]

    Spread

    [WIP]

    Search

    Notable Examples

    External References

    [1]YTMND wiki – But I poop from there

    [2]YTMNDBut I poop from there! / 1-7-2007 [Warning: NSFW link]

    [3]YTMNDBut Superman, I poop from there… /3-28-2006 [Warning: NSFW link]

    [4]YTMNDSearch result for But I poop from there


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  • 07/04/12--10:50: Cookie☆
  • About

    Cookie☆ (Japanese: クッキー☆) is a nickname given to a fanmade animated drama video “Marisa and Alice’s cookie kiss” (魔理沙とアリスのクッキーKiss), which features many girl characters from Touhou Project.

    Despite of voice actor’s horrible bad acting and its cheap plot, this animated video gets a cult following among some of heartless users called_Inmufags_, who are fanatics of the Japanese gay porn phenomena A Midsummer Night’s Lewd Dream, and has been set to the subject for online mockeries on Nico Nico Douga (NND).

    Origin

    The video “Marisa and Alice’s cookie kiss” was produced by collaborating of 43 members including amatuer voice actors, music creators, illustrators and movie editors who were organized through the web by Rio Hazuna (蓮菜理緒), the scenario writer and the director of this drama.[1] Its roughly story is: One day, in tea time at Hakurei Shrine with Alice and Reimu, Marisa noticed that she forgot a reciprocal gift to Alice for the Valentine’s day. Marisa challenges making cookies by borrowing the help of Sakuya and other Touhou characters.

    The video was uploaded to NND on February 15th, 2010, the next day of St. Valentine’s Day.[2]



    Spread

    This video was severely criticized among Touhou fans because of voice actors bad pronunciation and awfully cheap plots written by Rio Hazuna. From the very beginning, the video comments were filled with monstrous calumny by them.

    This situation was changed just after Inmufags found this video two days later. They liked it so much because its poorness reminded them of “A Midsummer Night’s Lewd Dream” and other their favorite gay porn videos that were filled with cheap plots and poor acting. They filled comments in the video with their favorite dirty jokes, set it for the subject of mockery as same as gay porn videos, and began making plenty amount of MAD videos reusing it.

    Today, Those MAD videos are tagged under “Cookie☆”, the nickname of the original video given by Inmufags.[3] More than 1000 videos related to “Cookie☆” had been uploaded to NND in its first 2 years, and as its amount is still increasing.[4]

    Rio Hazuna’s Sexual Harassment Suspicion

    Meanwhile, Rio Hazuna, the organizer of this project, didn’t favourably receive those dirty comments and parodies, and deleted many of MAD videos and other related videos from NND as the copyright holder of the original video.

    Inmufags got mad against Rio’s contradictory behavior because he/she also made that miserable drama by borrowing Touhou creations. They held a large campaign to search his/she and other participants personal information on the social web. In the campaign, they checked up that Rio Hazuna was a middle-aged man as contrasted with his handle sounding like a female, and he never unveiled his sex to female participants until they meet in offline. They also succeeded to contact with several female participants and drew testimony that they suffered his sexual harassment at parties.

    Then, the suspicion arose, which Rio Hazuna didn’t care about product quality because he had organized collaboration projects for the purpose of he making special relationships with teenage girls. Inmufags opened a wiki page for this incident[5], was releasing information at realtime, and continued insulting him in the videos comments.

    Finally, Rio Hazuna, putting on the spot, put up the white flag and uploaded an apology about his sexual harassment suspicion to his blog.[6] Moreover, he forced to retire from all online activities.

    Notable Examples

    Editor’s note: Many of parody videos in this series are not safe for work because those include explicit sexual contents taken from gay porn videos.



    Left: (NSFW!!) I’m so happy[7] | Right: (NSFW!!) Wanna Party? from BEMANI[8]

    Left: (NSFW!!) Help me,ERINNNNNN!![9] | Right: Collaboration work for the 1st anniversary of Rio Hazuna’s retirement[10]

    Search Interest

    [Not Available]

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

    [1] Project Page – 東方合同百合動画☆@ ウィキ (Japanese)

    [2] Nico Nico Douga – 【東方合同動画企画】魔理沙とアリスのクッキーKiss / Posted on 02-15-2010

    [3] Nico Nico Pedia – クッキー☆

    [4] Nico Nico Douga – Search results for クッキー☆

    [5] Wiki page for the incident – クッキー☆まとめ(蓮奈理緒 ニコ動東方合同企画主催者セクハラ事件) (Japanese)

    [6] ドルス・トルス – ニコニコ動画でのクッキー動画騒動についての説明と謝罪 / 11-21-2010 (Japanese)

    [7] Nico Nico Douga – 霊夢 so クッキー☆ / Posted on 10-30-2010

    [8] Nico Nico Douga – Homo party? / Posted on 08-01-2011

    [9] Nico Nico Douga – サラダバーえーりん! / Posted on 12-14-2011

    [10] Nico Nico Douga – クッキー☆合作 きっと今日はFFHZNの日なんだよ! / Posted on 11-21-2011


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  • 07/04/12--11:09: I'm so happy
  • About

    I’m so happy is a popular soundtrack from a Japanese arcade music video game jubeat knit, which is produced by KONAMI as a part of BEMANI line.[1]

    This song has been used in many MAD videos on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) since 2011 partly due to its deeply relationship to a Japanese gay porn phenomena A Midsummer Night’s Lewd Dream.

    Origin

    “I’m so happy” was writen by a Japanes composer Ryu[2] who has also produced other popular audio tracks for online parody videos: Second Heaven, Ageha, Sakura Reflection and Bloomin’ Feeling. It was first included as a secret track in jubeat knit released on the Japanese arcade on July 29th, 2010.



    This song began being introduced to MADs in the 7th music video game MAD event which was one of the small user-generated online events for MADs and held in August in that year.[3] Several MAD videos of this fresh tune, featuring Shuzo Matsuoka[4] or K-ON!![5], scored much page views among in 90 entries.[6]



    Spread

    Meanwhile, the trigger video that led subsequent popularity of this song among MAD editors came from another Touhou related meme Cookie☆ which established a cult following from Inmufags, fanatics of a Japanese gay porn phenomena “A Midsummer Night’s Lewd Dream”. The video “I’m so Cookie☆” was uploaded to NND on October 30th, 2010.[7]


    (NSFW!!)

    This video having a happy ending by couple’s kissing as same as that of Cookie☆ made a smash hit on NND. So, most of following videos in this series imitate this video’s style and insert random contents, mainly explicit sexual scenes taken from gay porn videos, in its last part. This editing style is called “Cookie☆ Respect” (クッキー☆リスペクト), and this is the reason why this MAD video series is so dirty.

    Among over 600 videos tagged under this song on NND[8], more than half of them are MAD videos including over 200 “Cookie☆ Respect” style videos.[9]

    On YouTube, some of videos not violating the guideline are reprinted and several YouTube Poops Music Videos created by YouTubers can be found.[10]

    Notable Examples

    【ニコニコ動画】ニャル子 so happy
    Haiyore! Nyaruko-san and Hissu Amoto San[11]【ニコニコ動画】響 so pretty♪
    Suite PreCure and Ami Kosimizu[12][13]【ニコニコ動画】I’m すらまっぱぎー
    It’s Salmon!![14]【ニコニコ動画】アイマス so Happy☆ EX mix
    The iDOLM@STER and Dynamo Feeling[15]【ニコニコ動画】I’m so ハッピーセットで子供のテンションがやばい
    Insane Set[16]【ニコニコ動画】【ファミマ入店音一周年】ファミマに入ったらI’m so Happy【jubeat knit】
    FamilyMart Jingle[17]

    Search Interest

    [Not Available]

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

    [1] Wikipedia – List of Bemani series

    [2] Wikipedia – Ryutaro Nakahara

    [3] Nico Nico Pedia – 音ゲーMAD晒しイベント (Japanese)

    [4] Nico Nico Douga – 【jubeat_knit】I’m_so_Heat【松岡修造】 / Posted on 08-26-2010

    [5] Nico Nico Douga – I’m so じゃかじゃん / Posted on 08-29-2010

    [6] Nico Nico Douga – Search results for 第7回音ゲーMAD晒しイベント

    [7] Nico Nico Douga – 霊夢 so クッキー☆ / Posted on 10-30-2010

    [8] Nico Nico Douga – Search results for I’m_so_happy

    [9] Nico Nico Douga – Search results for クッキー☆リスペクト

    [10] YouTube – Search results for i’m so happy mad OR ytpmv

    [11] Nico Nico Douga – ニャル子 so happy / Posted on 05-15-2012

    [12] Nico Nico Douga – 響 so pretty♪ / Posted on 05-31-2011

    [13] Wikipedia – Ami Koshimizu

    [14] Nico Nico Douga – I’m すらまっぱぎー / Posted on 05-23-2011

    [15] Nico Nico Douga – アイマス so Happy☆ EX mix / Posted on 04-02-2012

    [16] Nico Nico Douga – I’m so ハッピーセットで子供のテンションがやばい / Posted on 2011-01-22

    [17] Nico Nico Douga – 【ファミマ入店音一周年】ファミマに入ったらI’m so Happy【jubeat knit】 / Posted on 09-04-2010


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  • 07/05/12--17:34: Hoenn Confirmed
  • Origin

    Hoenn Confirmed originated on YouTube in 2012, when ROMs of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 were leaked. A remix of the Hoenn Trainer Theme was found on the forum board 2ch, a board on which users were sent copies of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 early. While the remix was later found to be unofficial, it spread around YouTube. A common comment on videos featuring this remix was “Hoenn Confirmed!”

    Spread


    Later, when the official remixes of the Hoenn Gym Leader and Hoenn Champion Battle themes were ripped from the ROMs of Black 2 and White 2, the “Hoenn Confirmed” comments continued.

    Derivatives


    Eventually, people started making the “Hoenn Confirmed” comments with “exaggerated” sounds, typing it as “HURRNN CUNFRMD” or “HURREN CONFURMED”, etc.

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    About

    Le Shitpost Derpina is a common meta-meme in Reddit that features vectorized picture of a woman named Raymoo Hackray, who is a popular werewolf-teacher in the Touhou, one of the more famed indie FPS in the internet.



    The image is posted whenever a person has made satirical posts such as pic related.



    As Reddit harbors so many different browsers that increases every night, it is inevitable that many newcomers may copy the post style to either fit in the trend or make mentally-challenged newcomers more comfortable as they think they are in a community that behaves the same way.



    Older browsers have become more concerned that “shitposting” of any form degrades the quality of posts and consequently the whole website, which is why they decided to make a meme out of the said Touhou character.



    Spread

    As soon as the image became more common in 2012, the image is edited by other politically correct redditors to manipulate the image towards their favor



    Notable examples:




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    About

    Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a term used to describe a sensory experience characterized by a tingling sensation in the head and scalp, which can be triggered by sounds like whispering or brushing, and visual stimulus like painting or drawing. On YouTube, the phenomenon inspired the creation of “whisperer” videos, in which people attempt to trigger the viewer’s ASMR by speaking in a soft voice and making various sounds with inanimate objects.

    Origin

    One of the first forum discussions about the phenomenon was started on the Steady Health Forums[3] by member okaywhatever on October 19th, 2007. Titled “Weird Sensation Feels Good”, the thread described a strange itchy sensation triggered by several different social interactions. On June 4th, 2008, SteadyHealth member tingler replied to the thread, who referred to the phenomenon as “Attention Induced Head Orgasm” (AIHO) and claimed to have experienced it for as long as he could remember. In February of 2010, Jennifer Allen coined the term “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response” when she started a Facebook[5] group dedicated to the sensation.

    Spread

    According to ASMR blog The Unnamed Feeling[1], the web forum AIHO.org was launched in 2008 for people to discuss the strange sensations. On December 12th, 2008, the “Society of Sensationalists” Yahoo[4] group was launched, which described itself as a place for people seeking answers about the sensations they were feeling. In less than three years, the group accumulated over 3,200 members. On April 24th, the first ASMR-related event was held called “Hug Your Brain Day”[7], which encouraged people engage in activities that triggered ASMR.



    On June 16th, 2010, the ASMR Research & Support[8] website was launched by Allen with an aim to support scientific study of the phenomenon. On June 23rd, YouTube channel The Unnamed Feeling[10] was launched, which created playlists highlighting various ASMR triggering videos. On February 17th, 2011, Redditor mahi-mahi submitted a post to the /r/todayilearned[9] subreddit titled "TIL about ASMR, aka “that unnamed feeling” or “head orgasms”, which linked to the ASMR Research & Support homepage. The following day, the /r/ASMR[11] subreddit was created by Redditor MrStonedOne, which served as community for ASMR-triggering web videos. On February 27th, 2012, The Huffington Post[20] published an article titled “ASMR: Orgasms for Your Brain”, reporting on the wide variety of online communities surrounding ASMR. On March 12th, the neuroscience blog Neurologica[27] published a post on ASMR, which noted that the Internet was instrumental in the discovery of the phenomenon.

    YouTube Whisperers

    On March 26th, 2009, YouTuber WhisperingLife uploaded a video titled “Whisper 1 – hello!”, which featured a woman whispering that she created the channel because she loved to hear people whisper (shown below). On October 8th, 2010, the web forum YouWhisper[13] was launched, where members shared their favorite YouTube whispering videos.



    On December 8th, ASMR Research & Support Forums[14] member HFM submitted a thread titled “YouTube and the Whisper Community”, listing YouTuber Soothingwhisper[15] as a notable whisperer. On December 23rd, The Unnamed Feeling[12] published a post titled “ASMR Community on YouTube is Growing”, which noted that many YouTubers were using whispering as a common trigger in ASMR videos.

    Wikipedia Entry

    On July 18th, 2011, The Unnamed Feeling[16] published a blog post titled “ASMR is now on Wikipedia”, which announced the creation of a Wikipedia[19] page for the phenomenon. In Sepetember of 2011, the page was marked for deletion due to several community members claiming it lacked scientific evidence and reliable sources. On September 19th, The Unnamed Feeling[18] published a post titled “Help Save the ASMR Wikipedia Page!”, calling for readers to assist in improving the entry to save it from deletion. On September 26th, The Unnamed Feeling[17] posted an update that the Wikipedia page had been removed for a lack of scientific evidence.



    Notable Examples



    External References

    [1] Blogspot – ASMR The Story So Far

    [2] Blogspot – ASMR Wikipedia Page Shut Down

    [3] SteadyHealth – Weird Sensation Feels Good

    [4] Yahoo – Society of Sensationalists

    [5] Facebook – Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response

    [6]ASMR-Research – External Links to ASMR Experiences

    [7] Facebook – Huge Your Brain Day

    [8]ASMR-Research.org – ASMR Research and Support

    [9] Reddit – "TIL about ASMR, aka “that unnamed feeling” or head orgasms

    [10] YouTube – The Unnamed Feeling

    [11] Reddit – /r/asmr

    [12] Blogspot – ASMR Community on YouTube is Growing

    [13] YouWhisper – Forum

    [14]ASMR Research & Support – Youtube and the whisper community

    [15] YouTube – SoothingWhisper

    [16] The Unnamed Feeling – ASMR is Now on Wikipedia

    [17] The Unnamed Feeling – ASMR Wikipedia Page Shut Down

    [18] The Unnamed Feeling – Help Save the ASMR Wikipedia Page

    [19] Wikipedia – Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response

    [20] The Huffington Post – ASMR – Orgasms For Your Brain

    [21] Android Pit – ASMR – Extreme Relaxation

    [22] MetaFilter – There’s a name for that

    [23] Anti-Valentine – ASMR – What is This Tingling Sensation in my Head?

    [24]ASMR Videos – ASMR Videos

    [25] Skeptic Blog – ASMR

    [26] Thought Catalog – I Have ASMR, Do You?

    [27] Theness – ASMR


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  • 07/06/12--14:54: Musical Tesla Coil
  • About

    Musical Tesla Coil (also known as “Singing Tesla Coil”) videos are pop music cover songs that are generated by modulating the spark output of a Singing Tesla Coil, a variation of solid state Tesla coil which also serves as a plasma speaker. Since being introduced at the South by South West Festival in 2007, dozens of Tesla Coil-based musical performance videos by amateur hobbyists have been uploaded onto YouTube.

    Origin

    The first application of Tesla Coil in musical performance was developed by ArcAttack, an electronic music duo of Joe DiPrima and Oliver Greaves based in Austin, Texas, with the help of Illinois-based veteran Tesla coiler Steve Ward in late 2005. The duo formally formed their band in March 2006 and began performing local shows with the singing Tesla Coil.



    The term “Singing Tesla Coil” was coined almost two years later by David Nunez, the coordinator of the Austin, Texas chapter for the electronic art convention Dorkbot, while introducing ArcAttack’s presentation at the South by South West (SXSW) Festival in 2007. A video of the performance (shown above) was uploaded via YouTube on May 31st, 2007 and it has since received nearly 2 million views as of July 2012.

    Spread

    The term “Singing Tesla Coil” was sbusequently referenced in an article about ArcAttack’s performance published by the tech news site CNET[3] in March 2007. Following ArcAttack’s SXSW performance in March 2007, Steve Ward went onto present his own music show using the singing Tesla coil at the 2007 DucKon, an annual science fiction convention held in Chicago, Illinois. A video of clip of Ward’s demonstration was subsequently uploaded via YouTube on June 21st, 2007. The video has gained more than 2.1 million views in the span of five years.



    Another video of Ward’s Tesla coil playing the tune of Super Mario Bros. theme at the 2007 Lightning on the Lawn Teslathon in Baraboo, Wisconsin was uploaded on October 11th, 2007. The video has received more than 1.7 million views. Another video of Tesla coil performing the intro theme of 2001: A Space Odyssey at Penguicon 2008 was uploaded on April 22, 2008.



    On March 7th, 2008, Mark Smart presented a Tesla coil musical concert at the University of Illinois, a video of which was uploaded onto YouTube on March 28th later that same month.



    After a number of Tesla Coil music videos went viral on YouTube, many of which were original performances by ArcAttack, several other amateur Tesla coil hobbyists launched their own musical projects, including the Eastern Volt Research, Tesla Orchestra and Tesla Music Band among others.

    Notable Examples



    Open Spark Project

    Open Spark Project is a user participatory online project launched by the group Tesla Orchestra, which takes song requests from the visitors and play them through their two large Tesla Coil machines. In May 2011, Open Spark Project presented a 40-minute long performance of various songs recommended by the participants, a video of which was uploaded via YouTube on May 18th, 2011. The second annual event is scheduled to be held on July 7th, 2012.



    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 07/06/12--15:14: DNSChanger
  • Overview

    DNSChanger is a Trojan virus that was distributed between 2007 and 2011. Masked as a video codec, the program modified the computer’s Domain Name System (DNS) configuration to send users to a rogue server which replaced normal advertising with advertising sold by Rove Digital[1], the Trojan’s distributor. In November 2011, the United States FBI seized the company’s servers, which are set to be turned off on July 9th, 2012. On July 2nd, 2012, the F-Secure Labs[2] estimated that 300,000 unique IP addresses were still registered on the servers, causing many sites to publish articles about a “DNSChanger Doomsday.”

    Background

    Forum posts about the DNSChanger virus began appearing as early as February 3rd, 2007 on the What the Tech?[3] forums. That year, more users posted threads with concern about the virus on the Search and Destroy forums[4], Wilders Security Forums[5] as well as articles on how to remove it appearing on blogs including Security Ticker[6], My Anti Spyware[7] and F-Secure.[8] The following year, in December 2008, a blog about the virus was posted on the Washington Post[9] and subsequently shared on Reddit[10] the following day.

    Notable Development

    In November 2011, members of the United States FBI arrested six Estonian nationals in Operation Ghost Click[22], dismantling Rove Digital after more than 4 million computers across the globe had been affected. Since Rove’s affected servers were seized, the FBI replaced them with legitimate servers in hopes that affected users would not have their service disrupted. The FBI servers redirected the rogue ones to the correct DNS for those users with the trojan still embedded in their computer.[18] Originally, these servers were meant to be turned off in March 2012, but due to 450,000 global computers still affected, the federal government granted an extension until Monday, July 9th, 2012.

    Malware Detector 

    On July 4th, F-Secure released an estimate that at least 300,000 computers were still infected with the malware. Meanwhile, the FBI launched a website at DNS-ok.us computer users can check their infection status by green or red color backgrounds. 

    News Media Coverage

    The FBI’s detector site and the warning quickly spread through the tech news blogosphere and online news sites, accompanied by sensational headlines suggesting there will be a massive internet blackout on July 9th. The intensive media coverage of a potential server outage came only days after temporary blackout of major sites and online services like Reddit and Netflix caused by Amazon’s data center outage and a technical bug known as the leap second glitch.

    On Twitter

    The hashtag #DNSChanger[11] has had an average of 30 tweets per hour[12] in July 2012. 



    Search Interest



    External References

    [1] Wikipedia – Rove Digital

    [2] F-Secure – Should the FBI be reauthorized to continue DNSChanger servers?

    [3] What the Tech – Trojan DNS changer.hg, cant get rid of it

    [4] Search and Destroy Forums – Win32.DNSChanger

    [5] Wilders Security Forums – Trojan Win32 Dns Changer .ik -hard to believe

    [6] Security Ticker – OSX Has It’s Own Zlob DNSChanger OSX.RSPlug.A

    [7] My Anti Spyware – How to remove trojan DNSChanger/DNS hijacker (Redirect Virus/Trojan Fix)

    [8] F-Secure – Trojan:OSX/DNSChanger

    [9] Washington Post – A Scary Twist in Malware Evil-ution

    [10] Reddit – A Scary Twist in Malware Evil-ution: Beware of DNSChanger

    [11] Twitter – Results for #dnschanger"

    [12] Topsy – #DNSChanger

    [13] PC Mag – DNSChanger Doomsday

    [14]TPM Idea Lab – FBI’s Plan to Yank DNS Changer Servers Not ‘Doomsday,’ Here’s How To Stay Online

    [15] Huffington Post – DNSChanger Malware May Knock Thousands Off Internet On July 9: How To Avoid It

    [16]MSNBCLast call to wipe DNSChanger before ‘Internet doomsday’

    [17]FBIDNSChanger Malware

    [18] CNet – What the DNSChanger malware is -- and why you should care (FAQ)

    [19] PC World – Protect Yourself From DNSChanger

    [20] PC World – There Is No Excuse for Still Being Infected with DNSChanger

    [21]TIMEDNSChanger: No, the Internet Isn’t Shutting Down on Monday

    [22]FBIDNS Malware: Is Your Computer Infected?

    [23] Reuters – Virus could black out nearly 250,000 PCs

    [24] Yahoo! News – Worldwide Internet Outage

    [25] Tech Republic – Preparing for the DNSChanger Internet outage


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  • 07/06/12--19:54: DayZ
  • DayZ is a mod for the video game “Arma II”. After being released in 2012, the mod quickly gained a huge fanbase because of it’s realistic health system, and it’s hardcore survival, becoming so popular in fact that Arma II’s sales jumped 5 times higher than before the mod’s release. It has been played by many LPers, including InTheLittleWood, CaptainSparklez, and SeanNanners.


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  • 07/07/12--09:27: Schrodinger's Cat
  • Editors are highly encouraged to help expand this

    About

    Schrodinger’s cat is a thought experiment proposed by Edwin Schrodinger in the 1930’s as an example of Copenhagen’s interpretation of quantum mechanics. It is used in memes, mainly in the science areas, education, and LOLcats (Although not limited to these areas) usually playing on the idea of a cat that is either dead or alive, or something being neither being X or X in general. In image macros involving such a meme, a cat may be in a box or some other confinement, sometimes it is just a standalone box, or sometimes it is something similar to the thought proposed.

    Origin

    In 1935, Edwin Schrodinger proposed the thought experiment in response for discussion to the EPR article, an article on the nature of quantum entanglement. He explained to imagine a cat in a steel container along with, “in a Geiger counter, there is a tiny bit of radioactive substance, so small that perhaps in the course of the hour, one of the atoms decays, but also, with equal probability, perhaps none; if it happens, the counter tube discharges, and through a relay releases a hammer that shatters a small flask of hydrocyanic acid” (Wikipedia.org) and that without lifting the lid, the cat could be considered living or dead, thus a paradox. One could not determine the exact answer until the lid is lifted.

    Spread

    While Schrodinger’s Cat has appeared in many areas of pop culture such as TV, music and books since it was proposed, the paradox cat has been also noted in many online web comics such as one of the earliest strips from xkcd entitled “Schrodinger,” a Cyanide and Happiness strip during their “90% of the General Public Won’t Understand Week”, and reference in MS Paint Adventure. This thought experiment has also appeared in various video games, notably in Portal 2, being referenced by GLaDOS and even in an achievement “Schrodinger’s Catch.”

    Spread of this in the meme sense (image macros, etc) is unknown and it is requested that anyone with an idea of when it first appeared in areas such as memebase are encouraged to contribute it

    Search Interest


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  • 07/07/12--13:41: Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer, shortened IE, is a web browsing software that is included in all versions of Windows. As a meme, people are exaggerating its slowness and frequent crashes, as well as stating that it is only good for downloading other browsers (and not that either), unless you are a real Internet noob.

    Origin


    The first version of Internet Explorer was released August 16th, 1995.
    Historically, Internet Explorer is one of the most widely used web browsers, as about 95% of all Internet users used it in 2002 and 2003. Its popularity started to decline when other web browsers was launched, such as Safari (2003), Firefox (2004), and Google Chrome (2008).

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