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  • 06/03/14--02:00: Rikka's Finger Spin
  • About

    Rikka’s Finger Spin refers to a series of hand-drawn animated GIFs/videos which are tributes to an adorable finger spin by Rikka Takanashi, a main character in a Japanese light novel/anime Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions. It was a poular subject for fan creations on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) and illustrators community pixiv in 2012-2013.

    Origin

    Rikka’s finger Spin appears on the opening movie of the 1st season for the TV anime series aired in October to December 2012. This opneing movie itself also became to a popular subject for the op parodies on NND. The finger spin is inserted in the beginning of the climax part of the song. However, its length is just 2 seconds.



    Spread

    Despite a quite short footage, her adorable finger spin caught a much attention among viewers. On YouTube, this part was used in a video titled “WOOP WOOP”, made and uploaded on October 4th, 2012 by user jgsfgs (shown below, left) and it was the first fandom. It has been watched over 200,000 times during 3 months of the anime’s airing period. And the finger spin reached more recognition, when a NND user 01 made a Fukkireta fad response and uploaded it on October 12th, 2012 (shown below, right). The video was also the trigger for Fukkireta videos featuring this dance and character were also re-drawed. As seen on Opening Parodies, the finger spin is also re-drawed in these.


    Niconico 吹 っ 切 六 花

    More than 100 of parody/tribute videos for Rikka’s Finger Spin had been posted to NND during the airing period.[1] Additionally, dozens of the finger spin illustrations/animated-GIFs are also found on Nico Nico Seiga[2] and pixiv[3] as well as deviantART.[4] On these Japanese online communities, Rikka’s finger Spin fan creations are usually tagged by a Shift-JIS art “(σ回ω・)σ←↖↑↗→↘↓↙←↖↑↗”.

    Notable Examples


    Niconico F U K K I R I K K ANiconico 吹 っ 切 咲 夜
    Left: Rikka’s another edition | Right: Sakuya Izayoi from Touhou Project
    Niconico 【手書き】中二病でもバスケがしたい!【黒バス】Niconico 【トレスMAD】吹 っ 切 蘭 子
    Left: Tetsuya Kuroko from Kuroko’s Basketball | Right: Ranko Kanzaki from THE iDOLM@STER

    Illustrations




    Search Interest

    [Not Available]

    External References

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

    [1]niconico Douga – Search results for the tag (σ回ω・)σ←↖↑↗→↘↓↙←↖↑↗

    [2]nico nico Seiga – Search results for the tag (σ回ω・)σ←↖↑↗→↘↓↙←↖↑↗

    [3]pixiv – Search results for the tag (σ回ω・)σ←↖↑↗→↘↓↙←↖↑↗

    [4]deviantART – Search results for finger spin


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  • 06/03/14--07:44: Mewtwo vs. Greninja
  • About

    Greninja vs. Mewtwo is a popular debate topic among fans of Nintendo’s upcoming Super Smash Bros. crossover fighting game, similar to Ridley is Too Big.

    Origin

    On April 8, 2014, Nintendo released their newest trailer for the new Smash Bros, unveiling the Pokemon characters Charizard and Greninja.

    Although Charizard was revealed early in the video, Greninja was shown as a mysterious silhouette for a large portion, which bore an uncanny similarity to another Pokemon, Mewtwo. Mewtwo had been a popular character in Super Smash Bros. Melee, an earlier game in the series, and many fans had been clamoring for his return.

    Upon seeing the silhouette, many viewers immediately assumed it was Mewtwo, an assumption bolstered by the blue energy the mysterious figure produced. However, upon the reveal of the figure as the newcomer Greninja, waves of shock rippled through the Smash Bros community.

    Spread

    Viewers were quick to upload their reactions, with many videos relating to Greninja’s reveal appearing on YouTube within one to two days, with the most popular having over 220,000 views as of June 2014.

    Example

    These reactions were not limited to YouTube, either. Debates raged across sites such as Reddit and the Smash Boards on whether Greninja’s inclusion was a better idea than Mewtwo’s inclusion. Many of the Mewtwo supporters are fans of the older game, Melee, whereas most Greninja fans are rather new to the series. In addition, speculation about Mewtwo not being off the table yet is thrown in the mix. Until the Smash Bros full roster is released, debate regarding Mewtwo will likely continue.

    Notable Examples

    Search Interest

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  • 06/03/14--09:22: @Everyword
  • About

    @Everyword is a novelty Twitter account which tweets out one word every 30 minutes from an alphbetical list of over 100,000 English language words. Launched in November 2007, the account is scheduled to complete the list in June 2014.

    Origin

    The Twitter account @Everyword[1] sent out its first tweet on November 30th, 2007, which featured the first word in the English language, “A.” The account was created by poet and computer programmer Adam Parrish[3][12] as his graduate project for the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University.



    The account is run by a Python script that consistently tweets one word every thirty minutes. It gets the words from a list Parrish found online which contains 109,229 words.[4] As of June 2014, the account has tweeted more than 109,0000 words in the English language and managed to gain over 95,000 followers. The account is scheduled to complete its task on June 7th, 2014.

    Spread

    On October 8th, 2011, Gawker[6] published a profile of @Everyword creator Adam Parrish titled “One Man’s Quest to Tweet Every Word in the English Language.” In it, Parrish explained his motivation for beginning the account saying:

    “It began as kind of a snarky stunt---a parody of (what I perceived to be) the needless verbosity of Twitter. ‘You like posting words on Twitter? Well, here’s a thing that is posting EVERY word! ha HA!’”


    On April 24th, 2012, Nick Bilton[7] wrote about @everyword in a blog post titled “The Letter “P” and the Everyword Bot,” which revealed that, at the time of the writing, the account’s most shared favorited tweets all began with the letter “P," possibly due to an exceptionally visible presence of profane language in them. However as of June 2014, the three most shared and favorited tweets[13] are sex, weed and vagina.



    On September 4th, 2013, Artcritical[8] published a post titled “The Geeky Singularity is Near: Carla Gannis Shares Her Bookmarks,” which included @Everyword. On May 23rd, 2014, The Washington Post published an article titled “What happens when @everyword ends?” which examined the account’s history and legacy in light of its upcoming completion. In early June 2014, several websites reported on the account’s end date, including Buzzfeed[2] and The Wall Street Journal.

    Notable Examples


    SearchEveryWord

    On April 19th, 2013, John Holden[10], self described “projectist,” launched searcheveryword/for-sentences[11], a search engine for @Everyword tweets which allows the user to enter a sentence and see the @Everyword tweets containing the words which make up the sentence. A few months before the sentence search engine was launched, Holden released a basic, single word search[9] for @Everyword tweets.



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  • 06/03/14--09:31: Albert Einstein Copypasta
  • About

    Albert Einstein Copypasta, also known as “Malice of Absence,” is a fictional account of a philosophical debate on the benevolence of God between a religious-skeptic professor and a student of faith, the latter of whom is revealed to be the world-renowned scientist Albert Einstein. Online, the last line in the story is often referenced in discussion threads and comments to mock hyperbolic statements or tall tales.

    Origin

    According to Snopes,[1] an early version of the copypasta began circulating via e-mail as early as 1999. In the story, a college professor asserts that God must be evil if evil exists in the world, to which a student responds that “evil is simply the absence of God.” The final line reveals the student’s identity as Albert Einstein.


    Does evil exist?

    The university professor challenged his students with this question. Did God create everything that exists? A student bravely replied, “Yes, he did!”

    “God created everything? The professor asked.

    “Yes sir”, the student replied.

    The professor answered, “If God created everything, then God created evil since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are then God is evil”. The student became quiet before such an answer. The professor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.

    Another student raised his hand and said, “Can I ask you a question professor?”

    “Of course”, replied the professor.

    The student stood up and asked, “Professor, does cold exist?”

    “What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?” The students snickered at the young man’s question.

    The young man replied, “In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat.”

    The student continued, “Professor, does darkness exist?”

    The professor responded, “Of course it does.”

    The student replied, “Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton’s prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn’t this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present.”

    Finally the young man asked the professor, “Sir, does evil exist?”

    Now uncertain, the professor responded, “Of course as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.”

    To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is not like faith, or love that exist just as does light and heat. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.”

    The professor sat down.

    The young man’s name -- Albert Einstein.


    Snopes determined that the copypasta was fictitious based on biographical information about Einstein and his expressed views on the subject of religion which have been described as “agnostic.”

    Spread

    According to About.com,[2] a similar version of the story began spreading via email in 2004. On April 14th, 2008, the story was posted on the yoga blog Sahaja Power.[7] On November 10th, 2009, Hyperacusis Network Forums[8] member DanMalcore submitted the copypasta in a thread titled “Misphonia, 4S and Albert Einstein.” On April 14th, 2012, Facebook user Cory Jones posted a variation of the story, which gained over 402,600 shares in the next three years.





    On October 21st, 2013, Redditor i_forget_my_userids submitted a joke in which science professor Carl Sagan is revealed to be Albert Einstein to the /r/circlejerk[6] subreddit, where it accumulated more than 1,400 upvotes and 75 comments prior to being archived.

    “‘Neil Degrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins agonized for years over how to wear a fedora. it was Carl Sagan who came up with the answer: God isn’t real. That Sagan’s name? Albert Einstein.’ --Michael Scott”

    Notable Examples

    Liberal Muslim Homosexual ACLU Professor

    According to Rational Wiki,[3] a parody of the Einstein copypasta about a “liberal Muslim homosexual ACLU” professor who asks his class to pray to Karl Marx originated on 4chan sometime in 2011. On November 15th, 2011, the story was posted by Tumbler user Tossiblog,[5] gathering more than 3,600 notes in the next three years.

    A liberal Muslim homosexual ACLU lawyer professor and abortion doctor was teaching a class on Karl Marx, known atheist
    “Before the class begins, you must get on your knees and worship Marx and accept that he was the most highly-evolved being the world has ever known, even greater than Jesus Christ!”

    At this moment, a brave, patriotic, pro-life Navy SEAL champion who had served 1500 tours of duty and understood the necessity of war and fully supported all military decision made by the United States stood up and held up a rock.

    “How old is this rock?”

    The arrogant professor smirked quite Jewishly and smugly replied “4.6 billion years, you stupid Christian”

    “Wrong. It’s been 5,000 years since God created it. If it was 4.6 billion years old and evolution, as you say, is real… then it should be an animal now”

    The professor was visibly shaken, and dropped his chalk and copy of Origin of the Species. He stormed out of the room crying those liberal crocodile tears.

    The students applauded and all registered Republican that day and accepted Jesus as their lord and savior. An eagle named “Small Government” flew into the room and perched atop the American Flag and shed a tear on the chalk. The pledge of allegiance was read several times, and God himself showed up and enacted a flat tax rate across the country.

    The professor lost his tenure and was fired the next day. He died of the gay plague AIDS and was tossed into the lake of fire for all eternity.

    Semper Fi

    On April 16th, 2012, Redditor Waja_Wabit submitted a screenshot of the copypasta to the /r/atheism[4] subreddit, where it received upwards of 6,000 upvotes and 690 comments prior to being archived. In the comments section, Redditor wolfchimneyrock referenced the original Albert Einstein story.

    Marine Todd

    Marine Todd is a similar copypasta story about a United States marine who violently assaults a college professor for challenging the existence of God. While numerous variations of this story have been circulating for over a decade, the meme resurged in April 2014 after Twitter users began parodying the original story in satire of various American conservative and right-wing ideologies.

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  • 06/03/14--12:55: Guys With Zoe Eyes
  • About

    Guyswithzooeyes is a single topic Tumblr blog featuring photos of male celebrities with actress Zooey Deschanel’s eyes photoshopped to replace their own.

    Origin

    The Tumblr blog was created on May 20th, 2014. The first photo it posted featured Park and Recreation’s Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) with Zooey Deschanel’s eyes. As of June 2014 the post has gained over 200 notes.


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  • 06/03/14--14:32: Noot Noot
  • About

    “Noot Noot” is the sound made by the titular character from the British-Swiss children’s TV series Pingu. Due to its frequent utterance throughout the series, the soundbite of the catchphrase has been incorporated into a variety of pop music mash-ups and photoshopped images on Tumblr.

    Origin

    The Show

    Pingu[4]is a British-Swiss stop-motion claymation TV series about a family of penguins in the South Pole that premiered on Swiss channel SF DRS on May 28th, 1986 and ran for six seasons over two decades, before concluding with the finale episode on March 3rd, 2006. In the series, the characters speak a made-up language known as “Penguinese,” one of the most well-known phrases being “noot noot,” which is mainly associated with the titular character.

    The Phrase

    While various clips from Pingu have been used as a popular sample within the YouTube Poop community since as early as 2008, the catchphrase “noot noot” didn’t gain momentum online until 2011. The first Urban Dictionary[2] entry for “Noot Noot” referencing its Pingu origin was posted on June 23rd, 2011, by user Enw Ffug who defined it as:

    “Pingu’s main method of communication.”


    Spread

    On August 20th, 2011, YouTuber SoloWooper~![1] uploaded the first known compilation of scenes from Pingu in which the character says “noot noot.” In less than three years, the video gained more than 140,000 views.



    On July 23rd, 2011, the Facebook page “Having a ‘Noot Noot’ Sesh With Pingu,” was created. As of June 2014, the page has gained over 47,000 likes.

    On March 13th, 2013, YouTuber Richmeister[10] uploaded a video (below, left) titled “Nice legs, Daisy Dukes, makes a man go NOOTNOOT,” which features the Starstrukk song “3OH!3” edited so the song’s whistles are replaced with “Noot Noot.” On March 6th, 2014, YouTuber Annon Yek[9] uploaded a Noot Noot compilation (below, right). As of June 2014, the video has gained over 90,000 views.



    On March 13th, 2014, the Tumblr blog noot-noot-mother-fucker[11] was launched. The blog features pop songs such as Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty to Me” and ‘Let it Go’ with key phrases replaced with “Noot Noot,” which sparked a “Noot Noot” remix trend on Tumblr. On March 26th, the “Noot Noot” themed Tumblr blog officialnoot[10] was created. In 2014 there were several Tumblr posts tagged Noot Noot which have gained over 6,000 notes, including furbearingbrick’s[4] daffodil post (below, left), randombosmer’s[5]Frozen post (below center) and holy-dildo’s[6]Death Note post (below, right).



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]YouTube – SoloWooper~!

    [2]Urban Dictionary – Noot Noot

    [3]Facebook – Having a ‘Noot Noot’ Sesh With Pingu

    [4]Tumblr – furbearingbrick

    [5]Tumblr – randombosmer

    [6]Tumblr – holy-dildo

    [7]YouTube – jena4

    [8]IMDBPingu

    [9]YouTube – Annon Yek

    [10]Tumblr – officialnoot

    [11]Tumblr – noot-noot-mother-fucker


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  • 06/04/14--09:56: UVB-76 Mystery
  • About

    The UVB-76 Mystery refers to investigations and theories surrounding the Russian UVB-76 shortwave radio station (also known as “The Buzzer”) on the 4625 kHz frequency, which is known for broadcasting a repeating buzz tone for 24 hours a day along with rare Russian voice transmissions.

    Origin

    According to a UVB-76 document titled “The Buzzer Primer”[12] by the international radio enthusiast group Priyom,[12] the first reports of UVB-76 transmissions ranged from 1976 to 1982. The earliest known recording of a UVB-76 broadcast was taken by Netherlands resident Ary Boender in January 1982 (shown below).



    Purpose

    The purpose of the transmissions is unknown. An academic paper[7] published by the Borok Geophysical Observatory claims that the signal comes from a scientific observatory that measure changes in the ionosphere. Conspiracy theorists have speculated that the station serves as part of a hypothetical “Dead Man Switch” automated system capable of launching a counter-strike upon a devastating nuclear attack. Others speculate that the station serves as a simple military communication system for western Russia.

    Spread

    On December 24th, 1997, the first recorded voice message broadcast on the station was taken by Polish resident Jan Michalski, which read the sequence “УЗБ-76 180 08 БРОМАЛ 74 27 99
    14” (shown below).



    On November 3rd, 2001, a Russian conversation was mistakenly transmitted according to The Buzzer Primer.[12] On November 14th, Michalski launched a Geocities[1] page documenting the UVB-76 radio station. On September 1st, 2008, YouTuber MrDrSmithJr uploaded a UVB-76 recording playing over a satellite photograph of the radio station, which gained over 1.25 million views and 1,000 comments in the first six years (shown below).



    On August 25th, 2010, Redditor Quady submitted a link to the UVB-76 Wikipedia entry to the /r/technology[8] subreddit, where it garnered upwards of 1,700 upvotes and 580 comments prior to being archived. In September, the station was moved from a Russian military base near the town of Povaroo and switched to the identification MDZhB. On November 11th, an hour-long phone conversation was mistakenly transmitted (shown below).



    On October 8th, 2011, Wired[3] published an article about the mysterious radio station. On March 7th, the Russian urban exploration blog Kwasd[5] published a report of a group’s investigation of the abandoned Povaroo base, which claimed to have discovered a log book of UVB-76 message broadcasts. On October 1st, 2012, Redditor bottlebob32 participated in a “ask me anything” (AMA) post on the /r/IAmA[11] subreddit, where he claimed to have visited Povarovo and provided photo galleries of his trip. On October 12th, a thread was created in the /k/[4] (weapons) board on 4chan, which noted that several bizarre transmissions were broadcast over the station earlier that month. On January 25th, 2013, the station broadcast the order “Command 135 initiated” (“OBYaVLENIYA KOMANDA 135” in Russian).



    On August 27th, 2013, The Kernel[6] published an article about the online fascination with UVB-76 transmissions, which noted that the new location of the transmitter may be near the Russian villages Kirsino, Pskov Oblast or Kolpino. On March 10th, 2014, Redditor mwguthrie submitted a photograph of the abandoned UVB-76 station in Povaroo to the /r/AbandonedPorn[10] subreddit, where it gathered more than 1,000 upvotes and 50 comments in two months (shown below).



    Less than 10 hours after Crimea voted to join the Russian Federation on March 18th, the voice message “T-E-R-R-A-K-O-T-A. Mikhail Dmitri Zhenya Boris. Mikhail Dmitri Zhenya Boris. 81 26 T-E-R-R-A-K-O-T-A” was broadcast from the radio station.



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  • 06/04/14--10:15: Ducking
  • About

    Ducking is a slang word which is a common autocorrect spelling and predictive text suggestion of the swear “f**king.”

    Origin

    The earliest appearances of “ducking” in the place of “f**king” came in the late ’90s on cell phones using T9 predictive text, which would complete words for you based on what it was likely to be. One of the earliest mentions of predictive text suggesting ducking was featured in the comments section of a post on the blog Ma.tt on February 14th, 2005, titled “T9 Tip.” User Jay Allen commented:

    “Also there is a certain curse word that is spelled the same with T9 as “ducking”.


    The earliest Urban Dictionary[2] entry for ducking was added on August 30th, 2007, by user Kayne M. Dewhurst who defined it as:

    “The suggested word that predictive text on your cell phone writes when you try and say “f**king”


    Spread

    On December 1st, 2007, Youtuber yaragn[1] uploaded a video titled “History of the Predictive Text Swearing,” which featured a clip from the British sketch comedy show The Armstrong and Miller Show. The sketch imagined the people behind predictive text suggestions were purposefully suggesting words like “ducking” to avoid text swears.



    On December 5th, 2008, Gizmodo[4] published an article titled “How to Fix the Ducking iPhone Puritanism,” which explained how to fix an iPhone’s autocorrect so it wouldn’t autocorrect swears such as “f**cking.”

    On October 18th, 2011, College Humor[6] uploaded a video titled “Auto-Correct Love Song,” which is a comedic song which features a text conversation between two people interested in going on a date which features the autocorrect ducking.



    On August 13th, 2013, the Facebook page[3]“I Ducking Hate Autocorrect” was created. On April 12th, 2014, Twitchy[5] published a post titled “‘Duck off, autocorrect!’ Do you ever feel like your ‘ducking’ iPhone doesn’t know you at all,” which featured a collection of tweets in which Twitter user expressed their frustration with autocorrect changing their swears to ducking.

    Notable Examples



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    About

    “Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen” is a memorable quote uttered by the character Regina George in the 2004 teen comedy film Mean Girls when discouraging her friend Gretchen from using the slang term “fetch.” The quote inspired the creation of an image macro series using the snowclone template “Stop trying to make X happen / It’s not going to happen.”

    Origin

    In a scene in Mean Girls, released on April 30th, 2004, the character Regina George (played by Rachel McAdams) scolds her friend Gretchen Wieners from using the term “fetch.”



    Gretchen: “That is so fetch!”
    Regina: “Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen! It’s not going to happen!”

    On January 27th, 2013, Redditor TrueWarrior submitted an image macro mocking Internet Explorer’s constant attempts to make itself the default web browser using a screen capture of McAdams in Mean Girls (shown below).

    Spread

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  • 06/04/14--13:41: The Fault In Our Stars
  • About

    The Fault in Our Stars is an American drama film based on the 2012 novel of the same name, which follows two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group and fall in love. Due to the popularity of the book and its author vlogger John Green, the movie generated a large amount of pre-release hype.

    History

    Related Memes

    It’s a Metaphor

    It’s a Metaphor is a memorable quote from a dialogue scene in from a teaser for the upcoming 2014 teen drama film The Fault in Our Stars. Upon the release of the teaser in April 2014, this quote, which is said by the male protagonist Gus to analogize an unlit cigarette in his mouth to a test of will, spawned a parody photo fad and a photoshop meme on Tumblr.

    #Johning

    #Johning is a Twitter based photo fad that involves posing for a picture while lying on the floor with one’s legs over the footboard of a bed and a laptop on the stomach. It is a parody of a photograph of young adult author and vlogger John Green published by Hollywood Reporter in May 2014.





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  • 06/05/14--08:51: Critters Posting On 4chan
  • About

    Critters Posting on 4chan is a two-pane image series combining screenshots of 4chan posts defending various creatures with illustrations of the animal seated at a computer as if they were responsible for typing the sensitive comment.

    Origin

    On May 14th, 2009, a post was submitted in the /v/ (video games) board on 4chan arguing that the majority of spiders are harmless and urging readers to “man the fuck up.” A two-pane image was subsequently created featuring a screenshot of the post accompanied by an illustration of a giant spider angrily typing on a computer keyboard (shown below).


    Spread

    On May 25th, 2009, Felarya Forums[4] member /Fish/ submitted the two-pane comic in a spider photography thread. On July 26th, 2012, a post defending sharks was posted on 4chan, which was combined with an illustration of a shark seated at a keyboard (shown below).



    On October 3rd, 2013, a post defending hornets as “total bros” was posted on 4chan along with a call for readers to “man the fuck up.” A screenshot of the post was added to a two-pane image featuring a hornet seated a computer desk (shown below).



    On April 24th, 2014, a 4chan user defended scorpions as “docile, loyal” pets on the /v/ board, which inspired the creation of an image matching the post with an illustration of a scorpion typing on a computer keyboard (shown below, left). On May 29th, an image was posted in a thread on the /v/[5] board combining an angry assertion that the 18th century classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was “not alive” with a painting of the deceased musician (shown below, right).



    Notable Examples




    External References

    [1]Foolz – Example #1

    [2]Foolz – Example #2

    [3]Foolz – Example #3

    [4]Felarya – Eww Spiders are Gross

    [5]Deniable Plausibility – Is this actually true


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    Overview

    Cheektowaga Mom’s Racist Rant refers to a YouTube video of an enraged woman yelling racial slurs at a man in the parking lot outside of a dollar store after he allegedly scared her children by starting his car.

    Background

    On June 3rd, 2014, Narvell Benning, a 36-year-old resident of Cheektowaga, New York who goes by the handle IAMOYAB[1] on YouTube, uploaded a video clip of a woman screaming racial slurs and other obscenities at him for scaring her children in the parking lot outside of a local dollar store.



    In the video, the woman tells the man that her husband is on his way to confront him, and upon realizing that the conversation is being recorded on camera, she taunts that the video wouldn’t get her in any legal trouble, quoted as saying:

    “He knows the cops? How many cops have I stripped for?”


    The same day the video was uploaded, Redditor crunchy_noodles submitted the video to the /r/videos[2] subreddit, where comments were disabled shortly after Redditors began posting the woman’s personally identifiable information, but not before they identified her as Janelle Ambrosia and uncovered her Facebook account. In less than 48 hours, the video gained over 4.2 million views.

    Notable Developments

    In the following days, the video was highlighted by several news sites including The Daily Mail,[7] The Daily Dot[8] and The Huffington Post.[9] On June 4th, a Facebook page[13] titled “Janelle Ambrosia is racist” was created, gaining over 14,000 likes in less than 48 hours.

    Radio Interview with the Woman

    On June 4th, Buffalo, New York radio station WBLK[3] uploaded a video to their YouTube channel[4] featuring a phone interview they had conducted with the women from the video, who identified herself as Janelle Ambrosia. The interview was arranged after she contacted the station with a desire to share “her side of the story.” During the interview Ambrosia alleges the man videotaping the incident had almost hit her son with his car and had called her a “Crackheaded cracker.” She went on to say that her ex was trying to use the video as means to gain custody of their children, and insisted several times that she is not a racist.



    In less than 48 hours the video gained over 500,000 views, and was been featured on several websites including Gawker[5] and Mediate.[6]

    Radio Interview with the Driver

    On the next day, the station uploaded a video of an on air interview with the man behind the camera, Narvell Benning, which had aired the previous night during a show called Brian’s World. During the interview Benning refutes Ambrosia’s claims he had called her names, and claimed he had only scared her children by starting his car, but did not nearly hit them. He also expressed disappointment that her children had witnessed her tirade.



    Fake Twitter Account

    On June 4th, 2014, several websites reported Amborsia was continuing her racist tirade through her Twitter account[10], including Jezebel[11] and Heavy.[12] However the same day at 6:47 PM EST the account sent out a tweet confirming it was a parody account not run by Ambrosia.



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  • 06/05/14--10:19: Slime Man
  • About

    “Slime Man” is an automated signature used in a series of text messages posted on Tumblr in February 2014 which subsequently became an in-joke on the microblogging site.

    Origin

    On February 24th, 2014, Tumblr user batreaux[1] submitted a post quoting a text message conversation between himself and a girl in which he denies having an automated signature after being confronted for ending each message with “……………….slime man” (shown below). In the first four months, the post gained over 60,600 notes.



    Spread

    On May 23rd, Tumblr user wolfcola[2] posted a screenshot of a series of text messages in which he denies using “……………….slime man” as a signature on his phone (shown below). Within two weeks, the post garnered more than 3,300 notes.



    On June 4th, the meme saw a resurgence on Tumblr after user groudonconfirmed[4] submitted a post with the “…………… slime man” signature, garnering upwards of 13,600 notes in 24 hours. On the following day, DeviantArtist[3] cloudyday posted a screenshot of a DeviantArt comment page in which he repeats “………slime man” (shown below).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Tumblr – Me hey whats up slime

    [2]Tumblr – wolfcola

    [3]DeviantArt – ………slime man

    [4]Tumblr – groundonconfirmed


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  • 06/05/14--12:25: #GetWoodyHome
  • Overview

    #GetWoodyHome is a hashtag campaign created in June of 2014, after a Twitter user found a lost Woody doll, in order to find the child who had lost the toy and reunite them.

    Background

    On June 4th, 2014, Twitter user HarrietScottie[1] sent out a tweet featuring a picture of a Woody (a character from the Pixar film Toy Story) doll which she explained she had found after it had fallen out of a car. She noted it had Liam written on its foot. She introduced the hashtag #GetWoodyHome in order to try to find the child who had lost the toy so she could return it. In less than 48 hours the tweet gained over 5,000 retweets, including one from Toy Story writer Andrew Stanton.[6]



    Notable Developments

    In less than 48 hours the hashtag[2] was tweeted out over 6,000 times.

    Media Coverage

    On June 4th, Metro UK[3] published an article titled “Real life Toy Story: Help reunite lost Woody doll with owner ‘Liam’ #GetWoodyHome,” which explained Twitter user HarrietScottie’s real name is Bev McNeill. She explained when she found the doll by the side of the road it wasn’t safe to retrieve him, but she made a mental note of the spot and went back seven weeks later. She would like to see Woody and his owner reunited saying:

    “It would be wonderful to see little Woody and Liam reunited. I bet Liam is really missing him.”

    The hashtag was covered by The Today Show[5] the same day and Digital Spy[4] the following day.



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  • 06/05/14--14:52: Turn Down for What
  • About

    “Turn Down for What” is a trap song by artists DJ Snake and Lil Jon which celebrates being “turnt up,” an excited state of being typically used in the context of partying.

    Origin

    On October 14th, 2013, Urban Dictionary[1] user Blair Waldourf submitted an entry for “turn down for what,” defining it as a “rhetorical question” used to indicate a desire to continue partying. On December 18th, 2013, the track “Turn Down for What” was released as a single by DJ Snake and Lil Jon. By the last week of that month, the song made the top 10 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic chart.

    Music Video

    On March 13th, 2014, the DJSnakeVEVO YouTube channel uploaded the music video for the track, in which several residents in an apartment building burst through the floors below them while performing violently sexual dance moves. Within three months, the video gained over 55.5 million views and 45,800 comments.



    Spread

    On April 23rd, 2014, YouTuber TDFWFail uploaded a video of several people falling down in a speedboat accompanied by “Turn Down for What?” playing in the background (shown below, left). Within six weeks, the video gathered upwards of 2.1 million views and 650 comments. On April 25th, YouTuber Laina Morris (a.k.a. Overly Attached Girlfriend) uploaded a vlog in which she confesses to several minor transgressions followed by clips of Lil Jon yelling “Turn Down for What” (shown below, right).



    On March 22nd, Redditor Wonderbotz submitted the “Turn Down for What” music video to the /r/videos[3] subreddit, where it garnered over 16,200 upvotes and 900 comments in two months. On May 4th, TheFineBros YouTube channel uploaded a video in their Teens React web series featuring several teenagers responding to the “Turn Down for What” music video (shown below, left). In the next month, the video accumulated more than 4.2 million views and 17,500 comments. On May 29th, YouTuber Katz uploaded a video of two kittens bobbing their heads in sync to the beat of “Turn Down for What” (shown below, right). On June 5th, Redditor Bpods submitted the video to the /r/videos[4] subreddit, where it gained over 3,500 upvotes and 110 comments in the first five hours.



    Notable Examples



    TD4W Button

    The single serving site TD4WButton features a clickable blue button that plays the chorus from “Turn Down for What” (shown below).



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  • 06/06/14--10:13: My Daguerreotype Boyfriend
  • About

    My Daguerreotype Boyfriend is a single topic blog featuring late 1800s black-and-white and daguerreotype photographs of handsome men.

    Origin

    Daguerreotype[1] is a photographic process introduced in 1839 in which an image is formed on a polished silver surface on top of a metal substrate like copper or brass.



    On May 29th, 2011, editor Michelle Legro launched the Tumblr blog “My Daguerreotype Boyfriend”,[5] with the first post reblogging an early photograph of Russian physician and author Anton Chekhov (shown below).



    Precursors

    On October 21st, 2010, the Blogspot blog Bangable Dudes in History[2] was created, featuring photographs and portraits of historical figures accompanied by pie graphs illustrating notable character traits and accomplishments (shown below).



    On September 11th, 2010, the first episode in a “My Dead Historical Boyfriend” web series was uploaded to YouTube, in which a woman dates the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates (shown below).



    Spread

    On June 16th, 2011, several black-and-white photographs from the Tumblr blog were highlighted on BuzzFeed.[3]
    On July 21st, the Tumblr blog My Historical Portrait Boyfriend was launched, featuring notable paintings and portraits of attractive figures throughout history.



    In November, 2012, the 2013 My Daguerreotype Boyfriend Calendar[4] was released on the My Daguerreotype Boyfriend blog, featuring photographs of attractive Union and Confederate and soldiers from the American Civil War (shown below). On August 24th, 2013, the blog was featured on the Internet news site Boing Boing.[6]



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  • 06/06/14--12:45: Caging
  • About

    Caging is a type of practical joke that involves taping photographs of the American actor “Nicolas Cage”: over someone else’s belongings without their knowledge.

    Origin

    The earliest known documented case of someone pranking a friend with Nicolas Cage photos was uploaded by YouTuber youjustgotcaged on February 11th, 2011.



    Spread

    On December 9th, 2011, DeviantArtist[1] Pau-Norontaus uploaded a montage of photographs featuring his sister’s room covered in Nicolas Cage photos (shown below, left). On July 6th, 2012, the You’ve Been Caged[8] Tumblr blog was launched, with its first post highlighting photographs of an airplane seat back with a picture of Nicolas Cage taped to it (shown below, right).



    On November 20th, Urban Dictionary[3] user The Cage Queen submitted an entry for the term “Caged,” defining it as a practical joke in which someone’s Facebook profile pictures and interest are changed to Nicolas Cage. The same day, Redditor the_riles posted a series of photographs of his coworker’s Caged office desk to /r/funny,[4] where it gathered upwards of 12,600 upvotes and 250 comments before it was archived (shown below, left). On December 27th, Redditor falconfalcone posted an album of photos featuring 200 nicolas cage photographs placed around his house for his roommates to find after he moved out to the /r/onetruegod[2] subreddit (shown below, right). Prior to being archived, the post garnered more than 2,800 upvotes and 55 comments.



    On February 5th, 2013, a screenshot of a greentext story about pranking a girlfriend with a picture of Nicolas Cage taped to a mannequin was submitted to /r/4chan,[7] where it received over 6,500 upvotes and 45 comments before it was archived (shown below).



    On April 10th, 2014, Redditor njmc2 submitted a photo of a cut-out of Nicolas Cage’s face taped to the bottom of his mouse to /r/funny,[5] where it garnered upwards of 7,500 upvotes and 130 comments in the next month. On June 5th, Redditor Sacred_Donut posted a image album containing photographs of an elaborate Caging prank in which hundreds of cut outs of the actor’s face were pasted on various objects throughout a friend’s house (shown below, middle, right). In the first 24 hours, the post gained over 16,500 upvotes and 500 comments.



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    [w.i.p. Don’t complain until it’s done. I promise I’ll finish this one, hopefully that is]

    About

    Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions is a Japanese Light Novel series first written by Torako, and later animated by Kyoto Animation. Ever since it’s original conception, the series has garnered a notable online fandom, spawning a number of fan works and deviations.

    Premise

    The story of Chunibyo follows Yūta Togashi, a boy who suffered from what is known as ‘Chunbyo’ (中二病?, lit. “second year middle schooler syndrome”, or “delusions of grandeur”), leading him to believe he had supernatural powers. Despite overcoming this before joining high school, he finds this aspect to be embarrasing, and attempts to move on. However, he eventually meets a girl named Rikka Takanashi in his class, who still suffers from these delusions, and is soon roped in to becoming friends with her.

    History

    Online Relevance

    Fandom

    Related Memes

    Rikka’s Finger Spin

    Chunibyo Opening Parodies

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  • 06/06/14--15:46: Matty B
  • About

    Matty B and MattyBRaps are the stage names of tween rapper Matthew David Morris, who gained much notoriety online with the launch of his YouTube channel in May 2010.

    History

    According to the Celebriki,[1] Morris became interested in hip hop music as a five year old and began making rap songs with his cousin Charles Manning (a.k.a. Mars). On May 31st, 2010, the MattyBRaps YouTube channel was launched. In the first four years, the channel gained over 922 million video views and 2.37 million subscribers. The first video uploaded to the channel featured Matty B’s cover of the 2010 dance pop song “Eenie Meenie” by Justin Bieber and Sean Kingston (shown below).



    On May 9th, 2012, Matty B uploaded a cover of the song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen to YouTube, which received upwards of 93.6 million views and 85,000 comments in the next two years.



    Reputation

    Personal Life

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Celebriki – MattyBRaps

    [2]MattyBRaps Wiki – MarsRapes

    [3]


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  • 06/06/14--18:19: Guilty Gear
  • (Work in Progress. I can only do a little at a time. Tman2bard)



    About

    Guilty Gear is a series of competitive fighting games by Arc System Works and designed by artist Daisuke Ishiwatari. The first game in the series was published in 1998, and spawned several sequels. It was also adapted to other media such manga and drama CD. Guilty Gear has generally received praise from video game reviewers for its graphics, soundtrack, and mainly for its characters.

    Premise

    In 2010, mankind discovered an unlimited energy source of incredible power, which was labeled magic. Despite providing a solution for world energy crisis, wars continued. The power of magic was combined with humans and other creatures creating living weapons known as “Gears”. Eventually, the Gears turned on the human race, beginning a century-long global war known as the Crusades where the Sacred Order of Holy Knights , defeated Justice, leader of the Gears. With Justice having been locked away in a dimensional prison, all other Gears seemingly ceased to function, bringing end to an age of conflict. Five years after the war’s end, a Gear called Testament planned to free Justice. In response, the United Nations heralded a tournament of fighters capable of defeating the resurgent enemies, Testament and Justice. Ultimately, a bounty hunter named Sol Badguy defeated Justice, giving way to another uneasy peace


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