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  • 09/24/14--09:20: French Youtube Celebrities
  • About

    As Youtube has been growing in popularity worlwide since 2005, it gave birth to many internet celebrities, such as RayWilliamJohnson, TomSka or Lindsay Sterling, who inspired a lot of people to create their own podcasts using Youtube.
    In France specifically, the rise of internet and vlogs as an entertaining medium motivated several people to start their own Youtube shows and series, from webseries and viral videos to gaming and movie reviews.

    Stand-up Comedians

    Cyprien

    Cyprien Iov, also known as Cyprien and Monsieur Dream[1] is one of the first French vloggers to use the concept of internet podcasts by dealing with daily subjects. He first posted his work on dailymotion and then on Youtube in 2007 with his first video Qu’est-ce que Ouedan ? (French for What is Ouendan). His Youtube channel[2] has gained more than 6 million subscribers as of september 2014 and his videos average 10 million views. A sister channel, Cyprien Gaming[3], was born in 2013 in which Cyprien can be seen playing videogames with various guests.
    Due to his popularity on the French web, Cyprien began making appearances on French television as a guest but also a commentator, especially on the NJR12 channel. he also launched his own clothing brand, named Narmol[6], a French slang for “normal” that became one of his most famous catchphrases.

    Norman

    Norman Thavaud[4], also known as Norman is a comedian who does podcasts in similar ways and about similar themes as Cyprien. The same way, his debut was on dailymotion before reaching Youtube in 2011 with his channel Normanfaitdesvideos[5] (French for Norman is doing videos). As of september 2014, he has gained more than 5 million subscribers and his videos average 5 million views. His increasing popularity allowed him to make appearances on TV as well as starring in french movie Pas très normales activités (the title can be translated to not that much normal activity in English) in 2012. He also performed as a stand-up comedian touring around France in 2013.

    Hugo Tout Seul

    Hugo Tout Seul (Hugo All Alone in English) is a French podcaster and comedian doing videos in the same style as Cyprien and Norman. He made humoristic videos with Norman and Cyprien with their group “Le Velcrou” in 2008 before breaking up in 2010 and he joined Youtube in 2011. His channel[7] has reached more than 1 500 000 subscribers as of september 2014 and his videos average 2 million views.

    Viral Videos

    Salut Les Geeks

    Salut Les Geeks (Hello Geeks in English), often abbreviated as SLG[8], is a Youtube show presented by Matthieu Sommet in which he reviews three different videos he gathered from the web with satire and humor. Created in 2011, his show is known as being the first French equivalent of the Equals Three, a format popularized by RayWilliamJohson. As of september 2014, his channel[9] has gained more than 1 million subscribers and his videos average 1 million views.

    What The Cut

    What The Cut is a Youtube show presented by Antoine Daniel reusing the same format as the Equals Three. Starting in 2012, The show features Antoine Daniel analysing three strange videos he gathered from the web. His channel[11], as of september 2014, has gained more than 1 700 000 subscribers and his videos average 2 million views.

    Video Games

    Le Joueur du Grenier

    Le Joueur du Grenier is a French Youtuber specialized in reviewing retro video games, in same vein as the AVGN, since 2009. More info can be found in his respective Know Your Meme article.

    Squeezie

    Squeezie is a French Let’s Player well-known for his funny reactions and humorous antics. He started his channel in 2011, featuring him playing a wide variety of videogames. As of September 2014, his channel[12] has gained more than 2 800 000 subscribers and his videos average 1 million views. he is also a recurring guest in Cyprien’s sister show Cyprien Gaming.

    Movies

    Le Fossoyeur de Films

    Le Fossoyeur de films ( Movies’ Grave Digger in English), presented François Theurel, is Youtube show about movie reviews and all sort of themes revolving around movies in general. Starting in 2012, his channel[13] has accumulated a little over 280 000 subscribers as of september 2014 and his videos average 200 000 views.

    Miscellaneous

    Linksthesun

    Linksthesun is a Youtuber that started his channel[14] in 2006. As of september 2014, he has gained over 750 000 subscribers and his videos average 1 million views. He is well-known for two of his shows in particular:
    - The first one called Point Culture (Culture Point in English) in which he adresses 20 points surrounding a token cultural theme.
    - The second one called Non mais t’as vu ce que t’écoutes ? (Did you see what you’re listening to? in English) that deals with French current popular songs that he analyses and critics with humor and satire.

    Benzaie

    Benzaie, real name Benjamin Daniel, is a French Youtuber primarly known for his work as a podcaster on the TGWTG website. He launched his own channel on Youtube, BenzaieTV[15], in 2011. Most of his work ranges from game reviews to movie reviews in his “Hard Corner” shows but he also produces X in 5 seconds videos. His channel has accumulated about 300 000 subscribers as of september 2014 and his videos average 200 000 views. In similar vein as the AVGN, he produced a movie about his Hard Corner show that was released on April 1st 2014.

    Webseries

    Le Visiteur du Futur

    Le Visiteur du Futur[16] (Visitor from the Future) is a webseries directed by François Descraques about a ordinary young man who is constantly disturbed by a time traveler trying to stop catastrophies. Starting in 2009 on Dailymotion, the series expanded itself to 4 seasons, books and comics strip and it won 4 awards that the 2013 Los Angeles WebFest. As of september 2009, the Youtube channel WatchTheVisitor[17] has gained over 140 000 subscribers and its videos average 300 000 views. They also were broadcasted on television, on No-life channel.

    Noob

    Noob[18] is a webseries directed by Fabien Fournier that focus on people playing an imaginary MMORPG, in similar vein as webseries “The Guild”, and showing actual characters the players control interacting with each others. It started in 2008 and expanded to 5 seasons, books, comic strips. Noob started a crowdfucking campaign in 2013 in order to raise money for a movie project. The campaign became the most funded one in Europe with more than 681 000 euros achieved. In response, Fournier announced an upcoming movie trilogy. Noob also won an award at the 2014 Los Angeles Streamy Awards for “Best International show”. As of september 2014, the Olydri production channel[19] has gained over 180 000 subscribers and its videos average 30 000 views. They were also broadcasted on television, on No-life channel.

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia (French article) – Cyprien

    [2]Youtube – Monsieur Dream channel

    [3]Youtube – Cyprien Gaming

    [4]Wikipedia – Norman Thavaud

    [5]Youtube – Norman Fait Des videos channel

    [6]Narmol

    [7]Youtube – Hugo Tout Seul channel

    [8]Wikipedia (French article) – Salut Les Geeks

    [9]Youtube – Matthieu Sommet channel

    [10]Wikipedia (French article) – What The Cut

    [11]Youtube – What The Cut channel

    [12]Youtube – Squeezie channel

    [13]Youtube – Le Fossoyeur de Films channel

    [14]Youtube – Linksthesun channel

    [15]Youtube – Benzaie channel

    [16]Wikipedia (French Article) – Le Visiteur du Futur

    [17]Youtube – Watch The Visitor channel

    [18]Wikipedia (French article) – Noob

    [19]Youtube – Olydri channel


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  • 09/24/14--17:05: Ello
  • About

    Ello is social networking platform currently in an open beta testing phase. Ello was created as a competitor to site’s like Facebook, with founders claiming they will never mine user’s data or display ads to users.

    History

    Ello[1] was originally created in 2013 for a private group by founder Paul Budnitz, the graphic design firm Berger & Fohr and the creative technologist collective Mode Set.[4] The site’s FAQ claims it was made as a alternative to social networks which base their revenue on advertising.

    “We built Ello because virtually all the other social networks were cluttered, ugly, and full of ads. We began to feel manipulated by the networks themselves -- many of our posts were never seen by our friends at all, because ads had taken priority. We came to realize that a social network that has ads is a social network created for advertisers, not for people. Every move we made was tracked and recorded, and every post we made was read and sold to other companies so they could show us more ads.”

    On March 21st, 2014, The Daily Dot[5] published an article about Ello titled “What is this mysterious, anti-Facebook, social network?” On March 24th, the Vice tech news site Motherboard[3] published an interview with Budnitz, who argued that sites like Facebook and Tumblr were “advertising platforms” and not real “social networks.”

    Facebook Exodus

    On September 10th, 2014, drag performer Sister Roma posted an announcement that she was considering shutting down his personal Facebook profile to focus on her drag persona “fan page.”



    The following day, The Daily Dot[6] published an article about the Facebook policy. On September 12th, The Daily Dot[7] published a follow-up article titled “Facebook’s real name policy is dangerous for LGBT users.” On September 19th, executive director at Radar Productions Michelle Tea submitted a post asking what alternatives to Facebook existed, to which several users replied linking to Ello.



    On September 22nd, The Daily Dot[8] published an article titled “The Great Gay Facebook Exodus Begins,” noting that many LGBT Facebook users were abandoning Facebook for Ello. On September 23rd, a page selling Ello invites for $500 each was launched on eBay.[2] On the following day, Laughing Squid founder Scott Beale tweeted that one of the invites had been sold.[9]

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  • 09/24/14--23:43: Perfectly Looped Gifs
  • About

    Perfectly Looped GIFs are animated images created with the first and final frames matched up to create a seamless loop.

    Origin

    On June 17th, 2012, Redditor djloreddit launched the /r/perfectloops subreddit for submissions of seamlessly looping animations.



    Spread

    On October 8th, 2013, CollegeHumor highlighted 23 perfectly looping GIF examples.

    On January 22nd, 2014, BuzzFeed posted a compilation of notable perfectly looped GIFs.

    Notable Examples



    Cinemagraphs

    Cinemagraphs are partially animated photographs in which a subtle movement action occurs, many of which are seamlessly looped. The effect is produced by taking a series of continuous shot photographs or a video recording and compositing the frames into an animated GIF file.



    Droste Effect

    Droste Effect refers to an artistic technique that creates a recursive picture in which a smaller version of the image is placed inside itself repeatedly. In still images, the recursion is limited by the fixed resolution of the picture but can repeat as an infinite loop in animations.



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  • 09/25/14--08:53: Joseph Gordon Levitt
  • About

    Joseph Gordon Levitt is an American actor best known for his roles 500 Days of Summer and 3rd Rock From the Sun.


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  • 09/25/14--09:22: Will Smith
  • About

    Will Smith is an American actor best known for his roles as Will Smith on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness.

    Acting Career

    In 1990 Will Smith was cast as the lead in the NBC comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. The show ran for six seasons, ending in 1996. Smith starred in several action films in the late 1990s including Independance Day (1996), Men in Black (1997) and Wild Wild West (1999). In 2002 he was nominated for his first Oscar for his starring role in Ali (2001), and in 2007 he was nominated for a second Oscar for his role in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006).



    Online History

    Fresh Prince of Bel Air Remixes

    Fresh Prince of X is a series of mash-ups based on various songs set to the vocal track from the theme to the American sitcom series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as performed by Will Smith. The remix song series is derived from the bait-and-switch copypasta Bel-Air which initially became widespread through 4chan’s /b/ as early as in 2004.



    Woll Smoth

    Woll Smoth refers to a photoshop technique that involves using the warp tool to drastically shrink the eyes and mouth of a subject in a photograph. The name is taken from an intentional misspelling of Will Smith, whose photo was the first to be photoshopped in this manner on the imageboard 4chan.



    “Aw Hell Naw”

    Aw Hell Naw is a catchphrase used as a way to react to negative situations that may be unbelievable or highly humorous. One of the earliest pop culture uses of the phrase can be found in the 2004 Smith film I, Robot.



    Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing

    On February 17th, 2014, the official YouTube channel for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon[6] uploaded a video titled “Evolution of Hip-Hop Dance” which featured Fallon and Smith performing hip-hop dance moves from the different decades such as “The Doogie” and “The Fisheye.” The video was covered by several sites including The Hollywood Reporter[7] and TIME. As of September 2014, the video has gained over 19.3 million views.



    Fandom

    As of September 2014, DeviantArt[2] has over 330,000 pieces of fan art tagged Will Smith. Fan run Tumblr blogs dedicated to Smith include gabbyloveswillandjaden[6] and fuckyeahwillsmith.[3] As of September 2014, Smith’s Facebook page[4] has gained over 72.6 million likes.



    Personal Life

    Smith married fellow actress Jada Pinkett Smith in 1997. Smith has three children: Trey Smith, actor Jaden Smith and rapper Willow Smith.

    Willow Smith

    Willow Smith first rose to fame with her hip-hop song Whip My Hair Back and Forth. The music video for the song was uploaded to her Vevo channel[9] on October 18th 2010, as of September 2014, the video has gained over 100 million views.



    Jaden Smith

    Jaden Smith[10] made his on screen debut as Reggie on All of Us guest starring for six episodes. He made his film debut in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness, which he starred in with Smith. He also starred with Smith in the 2013 film After Earth.

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  • 09/25/14--11:24: Brazilian Slutwalk Flasher
  • About

    The Brazilian Slutwalk Flasher refers to an unidentified male exhibitionist who tried to taunt a crowd of feminist activists by flashing his penis during the Marcha_das_Vadias (March of Bitches) held in Brasília in May 2012.

    Origin

    On May 26th, 2012, Brazilian feminists and LGBT activists staged mass demonstrations in major cities in observing Marcha das cadias (March of Bitches), as part of the international SlutWalk campaign which simultaneously took place across 20 cities around the world. During the march in Brasília, an unidentified middle-aged man was arrested for obscenity after verbally taunting the crowd as they marched by and allegedly exposing himself in defiance. The flashing stunt instantly led to angry and violent reactions from the mob of demonstrators, the footage of which was subsequently uploaded by YouTuber Diogo Ramalho later that same day. In the first three years, the YouTube video of the crowd’s reaction gathered more than 530,000 views and 6,200 comments.



    Spread

    On the same day, YouTuber Rafael Ayan Ferreira uploaded a video showing police arresting the man and putting him in the back of a police vehicle. Also on May 26th, the Brazilian news site Globo[7] published an article about the incident, noting the man was arrested for performing an obscene act.



    On October 26th, 2012, Redditor RedditReposter submitted a photograph in which the man is shown laying on incline wall as a woman with an airhorn blasts it in his face to the /r/pics[1] subreddit (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post gained over 2,400 votes (91% upvoted).



    On the same day, BodyBuilding Forums[4] member irishmickk posted the photograph in a thread, remarking that it would make a great Facebook cover photo. On November 4th, IGN Forums[5] member Beyerdynamic posted a photograph of the Brazilian man with the caption “Are you not entertained?” (shown below).



    On August 21st, 2014, Redditor NateTheGreat26 posted a photoshopped version of the photo in which soccer uniforms are superimposed on the crowd titled “What it feels like to be a Liverpool fan right now” to the /r/LiverpoolFC[3] subreddit (shown below).



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 09/25/14--14:12: Els
  • https://www.facebook.com/TattasBeLike/photos/pb.703328699691902.-2207520000.1411679212./847787291912708/?type=3&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/TattasBeLike/photos/pb.703328699691902.-2207520000.1411679212./846705462020891/?type=3&theater


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  • 09/26/14--09:58: #TheDailyShowGoneTooFar
  • Overview

    #TheDailyShowGoneTooFar is a hashtag protest started by One Direction fans against Comedy Central’s late-night TV talk show following the broadcast of a satirical news segment implicating the popular British boy band with global terrorism.

    Background

    On September 23rd, 2014, The Daily Show aired a segment in which they poked fun at the frequent splintering of terrorist groups into smaller, potentially more violent groups. During the segment Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams says:

    “Just as you were talking, a new terrorist group formed, with one member each from ISIS, al-Nusra, Al Qaeda, Hamas, One Direction and the Zetas drug cartel.”




    Many One Direction fans interpreted[1] this as an insult directed at One Direction member Zayn Malik, who is of Pakistani descent.

    Notable Developments

    Hashtag Introduction

    On September 26th, Twitter user 1D_Updates_EU[2] tweeted at The Daily Show’s official twitter feed criticizing the joke; Twitter user ihavetwoHAZ[3] responded by introducing the hashtag #TheDailyShowGoneTooFar. In less than 24 hours the hashtag was tweeted out[4] over 95,000 times.



    Added Hashtags

    Also on September 26th, Twitter user drunkl3wis[5] introduced the hashtag #ZaynSavesNotKills, in less than 24 hours the hashtag was tweeted out[6] over 10,000 times.



    The same day Twitter user shutupKatelynn[8] introduced the hashtag #ZaynDefenseSquad, in less than 24 hours the hashtag was tweeted out[7] over 17,000 times.



    All three hashtags were trending in the US on September 26th.

    Media Coverage

    On September 26th, Vulture published a post titled “One Direction Fans Can’t Even With The Daily Show Right Now.” The conflict was covered by many websites the same day including the LA Times[10] and The Daily Dot.[11]

    External References


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  • 09/26/14--10:15: Coldsteel The Hedgeheg
  • [Work In Progress]


    About

    Coldsteel the Hedgeheg is a fan-made character from the Sonic the Hedgehog universe. It is notorious for being a stereotype of an overly edgy OC, as well for its hilariously bad portrayal, which is full of grammar errors and 4th wall breaking descriptions.

    Origin

    The origin of the character is unknown, as the artist of the name in the original picture no longer exists or probably had never existed in the first place. The earliest known appearance of the original picture can be dated back to May 29th, 2013, to a Twitter post by Granfallogna[1].


    Spread

    Psssh… Nothin Personnel… Kid…

    Examples

    Search Interest

    [unavailable]

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  • 09/26/14--11:07: Alibaba
  • About

    Alibaba is a Chinese-based Internet e-commerce business made of several websites, payment services a search engine and cloud computing services.

    History

    In December 1998, Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma[4] collaborated with 17 other founders to create the online retailer “Alibaba Online.”

    According to Ma, he came up with the name “Alibaba” while sitting in coffee shop in San Francisco.

    One day I was in San Francisco in a coffee shop, and I was thinking Alibaba is a good name. And then a waitress came, and I said, “Do you know about Alibaba?” And she said yes. I said, “What do you know about Alibaba?”, and she said, “Alibaba and 40 thieves”. And I said, “Yes, this is the name!” Then I went onto the street and found 30 people and asked them, “Do you know Alibaba?” People from India, people from Germany, people from Tokyo and China … they all knew about Alibaba. Alibaba -- open sesame. Alibaba is a kind, smart business person, and he helped the village. So … easy to spell, and globally known.

    [1]

    On April 4th, 1999, Ma launched Alibaba.com[3] as a business-to-business website to link Chinese manufacturers and overseas buyers. That year, Alibaba Group raised $25 million in investment from various banks and institutions, including Softbank, Goldman Sachs and Fidelity. In 2003, the Alibaba Group launched the Chinese online shopping platform Taobao Marketplace. In 2004, Alibaba made the Alipay online payment and escrow service. In October 2005, Alibaba partnered with Yahoo! Inc to operate China Yahoo! In April 2008, Alibaba created the Tmall online retailer platform. In September 2009, the Alibaba Cloud Computing platform was launched. In 2010, the online retail service AliExpress was created. On May 10th, 2013, Ma stepped down as the Alibaba Group chief executive officer (CEO) to become executive chairman, being replaced by Jonathan Lu as the company’s new CEO.

    IPO

    On September 5th, 2014, Alibaba was priced at $60 to $66 per share for its initial public offering (IPO) in a regulatory filing by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. On the following day, Big News Network[2] reported that the listing was expected to reach upwards of $20 billion on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to become the largest tech listing in U.S. history. On September 22nd, the Alibaba IPO was raised to $25 billion after Alibaba’s underwriters announced they would be selling investors more shares than originally planned. As of September 26th, Alibaba Group has a NYSE share price of $89.47 (shown below).



    Controversies

    Gold Supplier Memberships

    Alibaba.com provides “Gold Supplier” memberships to sellers that have been verified as authentic and reputable. In February 2011, the Alibaba Group announced that it had supplied 2,236 Gold Supplier memberships to sellers that subsequently defrauded customers.

    Illegal Uranium Sale

    In August 2013, Alibaba seller Patrick Campbell was arrested for attempting to export 1,000 tonnes of yellowcake uranium from Sierra Leone after an United States law enforcement agent posed as a broker seeking to purchase the radioactive material.

    Traffic

    According to the traffic analytics site Alexa,[5] Alibaba.com has a global rank of 63 and a rank of 24 in China as of September 2014.

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  • 09/26/14--11:41: iPhone 6 Bendgate
  • Overview

    The iPhone 6 Bendgate refers to the widespread online rumor about a potential durability issue surrounding Apple‘s sixth-generation smartphone after several users reported that their devices were bent within days of purchase, presumably due to its slim design. The rumor was instantly picked up by many gadget reviewers and tech bloggers, as well as Internet comedians and critics of iPhones who jumped in on the opportunity to mock Apple’s botched launch of what is quite possibly the most highly anticipated smartphone product of 2014.

    Background

    On September 21st, only days after the release of the iPhone6, Macrumors Forum[1] user hanzoh published a new thread titled “iPhone 6 Plus slightly bent after 2 days” describing a potential durability issue with Apple’s latest device:

    “I received my iPhone 6 Plus 64GB spacegray at about 3pm on Friday and set it up, but haven’t worn it out that day, so it wasn’t in my pocket.

    Yesterday, I left at 10am with the iPhone in my left FRONT pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner etc but also 2-3 hours of dancing. I left at 2am and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back.

    So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly.

    As I lay it on the coffee table and sat down on the couch to relax from the drive (yes, sitting again ), I saw the reflection of the window in the iPhones slightly distorted. Now I lay it flat with the display side on the table, take a look."


    That same day, Twitter user Wario64[2] tweeted out a link to the Macrumors forum thread, to which Twitter user SeanPincombe[3] responded by introducing the Twitter hashtag #bendgate. Within a week, the hashtag was tweeted[4] out over 37,000 times.



    Notable Developments

    Media Coverage

    On September 23rd, The Daily Dot[5] published an article titled “Apple fans’ tight pants are bending the iPhone 6 Plus,” which highlighted several tweets diagnosing the issue as a byproduct of sporting skinny jeans and tight pants, while the gadget unboxing and review series Unbox Therapy uploaded a video testing the durability of iPhone 6 Plus (shown below). In less than 24 hours, the video garnered more than 7.4 million views. On the following day, the hashtag and problem were covered by Mashable[6] and Newsday.[7]



    On September 25th, Mashable[10] published a list titled “16 Things That Bend More Than the iPhone 6 Plus.”

    Parody Ads

    Several brands tweeted photos which poked fun at #bendgate, either highlighting their ability to bend or their resilience against it, including Kit Kat, Heineken and Pringles.



    Apple’s Statement

    On September 25th, Apple issued an official statement[9] to the Huffington Post[8] explaining that an iPhone 6 bending is unlikely, saying:

    “Our iPhones are designed, engineered and manufactured to be both beautiful and sturdy. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature a precision engineered unibody enclosure constructed from machining a custom grade of 6000 series anodized aluminum, which is tempered for extra strength. They also feature stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high stress locations and use the strongest glass in the smartphone industry. We chose these high-quality materials and construction very carefully for their strength and durability. We also perform rigorous tests throughout the entire development cycle including 3-point bending, pressure point cycling, sit, torsion, and user studies. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus meet or exceed all of our high quality standards to endure everyday, real life use.

    With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus. As with any Apple product, if you have questions please contact Apple."


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  • 09/26/14--13:50: Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • About

    Pumpkin Spice Latte is a coffee drink served at the American global coffeehouse chain Starbucks during the fall season. Online, it is often mocked as a stereotypical drink consumed by “basic” white women.

    Origin

    Starbucks debuted the “Pumpkin Spice Latte”[6] in October of 2004. The following month, Starbucks sales grew 11%, which CEO Jim Donald credited to the success of the new coffee drink.[1]

    “The very successful debut of Pumpkin Spice Latte, which has been enthusiastically received by our customers, is creating momentum as we head into the holiday season.”

    Spread

    On August 4th, 2014 the “Pumpkin Spice Latte” Twitter[5] feed was launched, which posts tweets written from the perspective of the coffee drink. Within two months, the feed gained over 93,500 followers. On August 8th, the “The Real PSL” Tumblr[8] blog was launched, which highlights notable Pumpkin Spice Latte-related images. On August 25th, the food blog Food Babe[7] published an article and infographic denouncing the ingredients used in the coffee drink.



    On September 4th, BuzzFeed published a listicle titled “25 Things All Basic White Girls Do During The Fall,” which included “Get on that Pumpkin Spice Latte grind” as #1 on the list.



    On September 12th, the pop culture blog Flavorwire[4] published an article highlighting tweets mocking white women for purchasing Pumpkin Spice Lattes (shown below).



    On September 22nd, BuzzFeed published a photo log of an attempt to recreate the Starbucks drink for scratch, referring to it as “the sacred elixir of basic white girls everywhere.” The same day, the BuzzFeed video YouTube channel uploaded a video in which a man reviews the Starbucks coffee drink (shown below).



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  • 09/26/14--14:03: Men's Logic
  • About

    Men Logic is a term primarily used by women to describe a range of behaviors and thought processes that would be seen as distinctly male. Within pop culture, the concept of men’s logic has been employed as a comedy trope to explain various differences between men and women.

    Origin

    Spread

    On July 11th, 2012, The Chive[1] published a post titled “Man Logic (20 Photos).”

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]The Chive – Man Logic


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  • 09/26/14--14:46: Tattas Be Like
  • About

    Tattas Be Like is a Dutch series of “X Be Like” image macros typically used as a preface to describe various cliché behaviors and catchphrases associated with caucasian Dutch people.

    Origin

    The Facebook page Tattas be like[1] was launched by Cid, allround creative at Vice, on January 3rd, 2014. According to Cid, in an interview with HP De Tijd,[2] he made the page in a flash after he saw an image on tv of a woman with an aggressive dog with the subscript “Tattas be like.. hij doet niets, aai ‘m maar” (translation: He does nothing, go pet him) and started making several variations himself which he shared over Facebook.



    Tattas

    Tattas is a term used by Dutch immigrants and non-caucasians to describe caucasian Dutch people. The term originated from the Surinam word “patatas”, which means potatoes, after which urban slang turned it into tattas.

    Spread

    [Researching]

    Cid’s original images he posted on his own Facebook page managed to quickly spread, reaching thousands of likes within hours. The Facebook page managed to get over 30.000 likes within a day according to Cid,[2] and passed 100.000 likes within a week with thousands of contributions send to the page. During that week, many Dutch news outlets and blogs wrote about the page, including Flabber,[3] Elsevier,[4] Geenstijl,[5] De Nieuws BV[6] and Girlscene.[7] In an interview with his employer Vice,[8] Cid shared his positive reaction towards the page’s popularity.

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  • 09/26/14--15:29: Bruh
  • <!-- wip. part of a series on vine -->

    About

    Bruh is a phrase commonly used in the Vine community as a way of exaggerating nervousness. Its use quickly spread after the April 2014 release of the initial vine.

    Origin

    Tony Farmer, a former high school basketball star from Ohio who was accused of kidnapping and assaulting his ex-girlfriend, collapsed on the floor after hearing his three-year prison sentence.


    Viner CallHimBzar[1] took the clip and posted it to Vine, and added a “Bruh” sound effect which was actually said by another Viner named Headgraphix[2] that implies “bruh, you’re a 6’7, 220-lb guy, and you beat the s*** out of your girlfriend, quit acting like a b****”[3]. The video received over 440,000 loops as of September 2014.


    Spread

    While the Farmer clip originated the phrase, use of the clip did not receive mass use until the spawn of KingAlex’s Vine[4] which depicts a boy’s unfortunate haircut. This exploitation of the clip managed to put “Bruh” on the map and, as of September 2014, the Vine received over 35,000 loops.


    CallHimBzar and Headgraphix realized the popularity of the phrase and decided to start the #BruhMovement.

    Headgraphix also made a self-titled song featuring Lil Homie Town and DillyBeatz about the phrase. The song has over 120,000 views on YouTube since September 2014.


    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Vine – CallHimBzar

    [2]Vine – Headgraphix™

    [3]BroBible – #BruhMovement?

    [4]Vine – KingAlex


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  • 09/27/14--06:12: The Disney Princesses
  • About

    The Disney Princess franchise is a media franchise of women and/or princesses from disney animated films. The franchise was created by Andy Mooney of the Disney consumer products in the late 90s. The line-up of consists of feature female heroines in Disney animated films who has mainly appeared in various Disney brands. Current Princesses includes 11 women from animated Disney films such as Snow White and Cinderella, who are currently on the line-up.

    History

    The Franchise was created by the Disney Consumer Product chairman Andy Mooney in the late 90s. The original Line-up consisted of 9 women including Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Mulan, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Aurora, and Tinker Bell(Who was replaced by Tiana from “The princess and the frog” movie). The current roster now consists of 11 women with now adding Rapunzel, Merida, and Belle. Princess Anna from the 2013 movie, “Frozen”, is expected to join the line-up.

    Official Princesses
    -Snow White
    -Cinderella
    -Belle
    -Aurora
    -Ariel
    -Tiana
    -Mulan
    -Jasmine
    -Pocahontas
    -Rapunzel
    -Merida

    Reception

    Over the years the franchise has received generally neutral reception, from the beginning sales that climbed the consumer Products branch in 2001 to 300 million to 3 Billion in a year. Most critics of the franchise state how most of the women in the franchise are viewed in a stereotypical way regarding gender roles in society. Doug Walker(The Nostalgia Critic) exlpained this in a video titled, “Nostalgia Critic Editorial-What’s with all the Princes Hate?”


    Fandom

    The franchise has a booming fanbase on the internet. The tumblr blog waltdisneyonfessions, mainly concerning princess films, is a fan page with 1200 pages of notes and confessions by disney fans. The official Facebook page has over 6 milllion likes.

    Related Memes


    Hipster Ariel

    Hipster Ariel is an image macro series of Ariel from the 1989 movie,“The Little Mermaid” poking fun at hipsters similar to hipster kitty.


    Hipster Disney Princesses

    Similar to Hipster Ariel, Hipster Disney Princesses is an image macro series that depicts and poke fun at hipsters and other topics.


    Gaston

    Gaston is the main antagonist in the disney movie “Beauty and the beast” and is commonly known on the internet for his image macros, youtube poops, and discussion.


    Search Interest

    References

    Wikia – Disney Princess Wikia
    Facebook – Disney Princesses
    Wikipedia – Disney Princess
    Disney – Disney Princess
    Tumblr – waltdisneyconfessions


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  • 09/27/14--06:49: Carnevale
  • {WIP}

    About

    A Carnevale is a Italian word for Carnival. In 4chan it is used as a spam to post endless images of carnival goers in masks in many threads. It’s often used when a thread of Tom Preston started due to his fear of Carnevale masks.

    Origin

    {WIP}

    Spread

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    Search Interest

    External References

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  • 09/27/14--08:51: Mr. Bean
  • This article is W.I.P


    About

    Mr. Bean is a British TV show created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis. The first episode was broadcast on January 1st, 1990


    Related Memes

    If you know what I mean

    If you know what I mean is a reaction image, used in the form of sexual innuendo.






    If Mr. Bean was…

    If Mr. Bean was… consists of images of characters combined with the face of Mr. Bean.





    The answer to every question in the universe

    The answer to every question in the universe is a scene from the movie Bean of Mr. Bean saying the word “Magic”. It is smiliar to the meme 42.


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  • 09/27/14--16:59: Hide The Pain Harold
  • [Major rewrite coming though]


    About

    Hide The Pain Harold, and sometimes just “Harold”, is the name given to an old man from stock photos, whose face appears to indicate a certain amount of pain and/or uncomfortableness.

    Origin

    The earliest known archived thread, where Harold first got attention, can be found on Facepunch, dating back to 2011. On September 13th, a user Greenen72, posted stock photos with the old man[1], originally from the site DreamsTime due to pictures having the site’s watermark on them.

    Spread

    However he began to shine again when a memecenter user in 2012 called craftypasta began to use his face as a caption meme and being used mostly for sex/rape jokes, he began to spread out the site to hugelol, redit and more sites when finally turned a religion in memecenter and hugelol.
    http://www.memecenter.com/craftypasta
    http://facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1124864

    External References

    [1]Facepunch – original post


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    About

    Kitchen Gun & Toilet Grenade are a series of YTPs and YTPMVs that are based on an infomercial parody preformed by comedian Peter Serafinowicz.

    Origin

    The original “Kitchen Gun” skit was preformed by Peter Serafinowicz on his self titled show “The Peter Serafinowicz Show” in an episode that aired late 2007 on BBC Two.


    Positive audience response from the original skit later lead to a similar infomercial parody later in the season titled “Toilet Grenade.”


    Spread

    The first know remix of the video came from a skateboarding video posted by YouTube user deanlearner and was titled “THEKITCHENGUNEDIT.”


    YTPMV Derivatives

    The first YTPs and YTPMVs of the video began appearing in 2012 with some appearing as late as 2014.

    YTPs

    YTPMVs


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