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  • 01/02/15--10:28: Monsquaz
  • About

    Monsquaz is an 3D model of a naked man and monsquaz.swf is a flash animation later made based on this image.[8] There is a censored and an uncensored version of the animation. In the censored version, a green arrow is covering the penis.

    Origin

    The original Monsquaz picture was made in the software Poser 6. On December 23rd, 2005, a 4chan user going by the name dusthillguy made monsquaz.swf. In a way it’s a successor to robind.swf (an earlier flash movie made by dusthillguy), with influences from Cyan Helkaraxe, Deven Gallo, Mr Bungle and a french amateur musician. The name Monsquaz comes from the song Mr. Bungle – Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz.

    Spread

    It’s website, www.monsquaz.com, originally featured the monsquaz.swf animation in fullscreen.[3] It has since been expanded to be more interactive. The monsquaz.swf video on youtube was uploaded on November 20, 2007, and currently has over 30,000 views.[1] Since the monsquaz.swf file has spread on various other websites such as swfchan[4] and other image boards, the exact view count is unknown. When youtube introduced higher quality video formats, it was reuploaded titled Monsquaz (HD).[2]

    During a LAN party in Gothenburg 2007, a Monsquaz Watching Contest was held where the contestants had to watch monsquaz.swf for as long as possible.[7] A video of the contest was hosted on Google Videos which is now unfortunately gone. Around 20 people joined the contest and the rules were strict, you had to keep your eyes on the screen. After four hours, one of the three remaining contestants suddenly had a nosebleed and had to leave. Then the two remaining contestants sat until 5 hours and 5 minutes when the guy who came second closed his eyes for too long as he was falling asleep, meaning the contest finally ended and the winner was declared.

    In 2009, an anonymous user made a post on the bunbunmaru image board about the sunset used as background in monsquaz.swf.[6] The following posts described further history, such as Deven Gallos involvement and how the idea spawned.

    On 11th February 2012, an album was released in honor of Monsquaz named Fackin’ Hardcore.[5]

    The Monsquaz community hangs out at #monsquaz @ irc.esper.net. Each year on 23 December, the day monsquaz.swf was created, they celebrate the International Monsquaz Watching Day (IMWD). In 2015, Monsquaz will celebrate 10 years and a large party is being planned.

    Notable Examples

    Search Interest

    Data not available at this time.

    External References

    [1]Youtube – Monsquaz

    [2]Youtube – Monsquaz HD

    [3]Wayback machine – monsquaz.com, July 2009

    [4]swfchan – monsquaz.swf

    [5]Bandcamp – #Monsquaz Collective – Fackin’ Hardcore

    [6]Bunbunmaru image board – Post about Monsquaz

    [7]Encyclopedia Dramatica – Monsquaz

    [8]CLOCKapedia – Monsquaz


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  • 01/02/15--16:05: Sarah Palin's Dog Step Stool
  • On January 1st, 2015, Sarah Palin decided to give PETA some new years heartburn by posting on her Facebook page, multiple images of her son Trig, who is 6 and has downs syndrome, using the family dog as a step stool.

    http://news.yahoo.com/sarah-palin-photos-son-stepping-dog-trigger-online-174330799.html


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  • 01/02/15--22:51: Oprah Winfrey
  • About

    Oprah Winfrey is an American actress, producer and philanthropist. She is best known for her syndicated daytime talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show (usually shortened to Oprah Winfrey or just Oprah).

    Online History

    The domain name for Oprah Winfrey’s official website, Oprah.com[1], was first registered on April 30, 1998.[2] The website contains recipes, video clips from from her show and household tips. Her Facebook page, set up in 2008, currently has over 10.6 million likes.[3] Oprah sent out her first tweet on April 17, 2009[4] and since then has accrued over 26.3 million followers.[5]



    Related Memes

    Over 9000 Penises

    Over 9000 Penises referes to an event that happened In 2008 when a troll, presumably from 4chan, posted a message on the Oprah message boards saying “we do not forgive, we do not forget, our group has over 9000 penises and they’re all raping little children”. After the comment was posted, it was discovered by Oprah herself who took it seriously and mentioned it on her talk show.



    Tom Cruise Jumps on Oprah’s Couch

    Tom Cruise Jumps on Oprah’s Couch referes to an appearance made by actor Tom Cruise on the May 23, 2005 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show who was there to promote his then upcoming movie The War of the Worlds but instead hopped up onto the couch and started to wildly profess his love for american actress and model, Katie Holmes.



    Oprah You Get a Car

    Oprah You Get a Car refers to the September 13, 2004 episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show where Oprah gave everyone in the studio audience a car. The scene spawned video remixes and an advice animal image macro series.



    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]Official Website – Oprah.com

    [2]WHOISOprah.com

    [3]Facebook – Oprah Winfrey

    [4]First tweet – Oprah Winfrey

    [5]Twitter – Oprah Winfrey


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  • 01/04/15--08:30: Lost Episodes
  • About

    A lost episode is a creepypasta story revolving around a disturbing and unseen episode of a TV series that creeped out and frightened its viewers. A typical lost episode creepypasta has the main character of a show acting out of the ordinary and doing paranomal and creepy things, like talking about an event that hasn’t happened yet.

    Origin

    The first lost episode creepypasta was Suicide Mouse, which was posted on YouTube[1] by user Nec1[2]. As of January 4th, 2015, the video has reached 981,281 views.

    Spread

    After the video went viral, the pasta was posted multiple times on 4chan’s /x/ board, leading users to create their own lost episode pastas. On January 19th, 2010, Dead Bart was posted in a Suicide Mouse thread on GameFAQs.com[3]. On April 6th, 2010, Squidward’s Suicide was uploaded to 7chan’s /x/ board by Reddit user SuicideSquidward[4].

    Popular Lost Episode Creepypastas

    Suicide Mouse– An old 1930s Mickey Mouse cartoon which features him walking down a poorly drawn street while random piano keys play in the background. After a minute the music turns into static and the video cuts to black. When it comes back it’s corrupted with a woman screaming, after a while you can see Mickey’s eyes roll off his head like two marbles in a fishbowl. In the end it displays Russian text.
    Squidward’s Suicide– The story is about an man who describes a disturbing episode he saw during his internship at Nickelodeon. The episode starts with Squidward Tentacles failing another clarinet recital. After the booing and some creepy minutes of Squidward looking at the camera, flashes of dead bodies and listening to murmurs, he walks home, points a shotgun at his face with screams in the background telling him to do it, and kills himself.
    Dead Bart– The story is about the death of Bart Simpson after getting sucked out of an airplane window.
    Happy Appy– A show about an apple who helps kids in need, it seemed suitable for Nick Jr. at first, but got darker as the show progressed. The narrator is a a man who wants to know more about the show, while being stalked by the show’s creator, Freddrick Gorgote, whom he dubs “Forenzik”.

    Search Interest



    [1]YouTube – Suicide Mouse – Unseen Freaky Footage

    [2]YouTube – Nec1

    [3]GameFAQs – Cartoons and Animation Message Board[Archive]

    [4]Reddit – SuicideSquidward

    [5]Creepypasta Wiki – Lost Episodes


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  • 01/05/15--10:38: King Ramses
  • About

    King Ramses is a one-episode character in the TV show Courage the Cowardly Dog.
    The episode “King Ramses’ Curse” starts with two feline thieves as they are being pursued by the police at night after they stole a slab from the tomb of King Ramses. They pull over in their car and bury the slab at the Bagge’s water-pump. In the morning, Courage digs up the mound the two cats made the night before and finds the slab. The slab contains symbols of Ramses, water, a record player, and locusts. Courage gives it to his owners, but Eustace tosses the slab out the window claiming it’s “garbage”. However, Eustace takes it back after learning from the Nowhere Newsman that it’s worth a million dollars. Professor Frith arrives and tries to reclaim the slab, but Eustace refuses. That night, the ghost of King Ramses returns, and this time threatens the Bagges. He orders Eustace to return the slab or “suffer three plagues, each worse than the last”. Eustace, thinking the ghost is the professor in disguise, still refuses. The ghost uses the first curse by flooding the house with water, the second curse by playing really loud, bad, disco music, and the third by summoning locusts to eat them and their house. The episode ends with Courage and Muriel now in the destroyed house, where on the TV, Professor Frith explains that the slab has been returned to Ramses’ tomb and will remain protected for all times. The end of the episode shows the tomb of King Ramses, where Eustace has now apparently replaced Ramses on the slab, as punishment for his greed.

    Origin

    During the whole episode, King Ramses repeats over and over “Return the slab!” while Eustace repeats “What’s your offer?”, trying to strike a deal with Ramses so he can get some money. When the second curse starts, a record player hiding behind a huge rock outside the house starts playing awful disco music and the characters start screaming and cover their ears. The repetitive lyrics are “The man in gauze, the man in gauze, King Ramses! The man in gauze, the man in gauze, he’s no Santa Claus!”
    In an interview with Cartoon Cartoon Fridays: The Fansite and the show’s music composer Jody Gray, he spoke about the song:
    CCF:The Fansite: What influenced the song in the episode King Ramses’ Curse?

    J. Gray: It’s a musical joke. When trying to visualize what would be musically so horrible that Eustace and Muriel would scream and writhe in agony, we came up with really bad disco.
    Here are the lyrics: “King Ramses, The Man In Gauze, He’s No Santa Clause, The Man In Gauze.” Vocals were done by myself and Andy Ezrin."

    Spread

    The episode is known as one that scared many as a child, and as one of the very few episodes that used CGI animation. Users began to upload “return the slab” and “what’s yer offer?” images and “The Man in Gauze” videos online, where the videos would mute the original song and overlay a different song such as Justin Bieber’s “Baby” or Rebecca Black’s “Friday” as the characters would suffer and cover their ears.

    Background

    The plot of the episode is most likely a reference to the Plagues of Egypt, where an unnamed Pharaoh kept Israelites in slavery while God tried to persuade him to free them by inflicting 10 different plagues onto Egypt. The 7th and 8th plagues (thunderstorm and locusts) are very similar to two of the plagues in the episode. It is possible that the real-life Pharaoh Ramses II was the Pharaoh in the story, and the one being mentioned in the episode.

    Notable Examples


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  • 01/05/15--10:55: Shawn Oakman Tweets
  • About

    Shawn Oakman Tweets refers to jokes on Twitter regarding the intimidating size of the 6’9" 280 pound Baylor Bears defensive end Shawn Oakman.

    Origin

    On January 1st, 2015, Twitter user Sam Garrison[5] posted a photograph of Oakman standing on a football field accompanied by a caption joking that he ate “3 human beings and a honeybun” for breakfast (shown below). In the first week, the tweets gained over 8,400 favorites and 7,500 retweets.



    Spread

    That day, Twitter user Jordan Ewings[6] posted the same photo with a mock dialogue in which Oakman intimidates a Chipotle employee, garnering more than 6,800 favorites and 5,600 favorites that week (shown below, left). On January 2nd, Twitter user Austin Gronau[7] tweeted the Oakman photo with a parody conversation between the football player and Liam Neeson in the 2008 thriller film Taken (shown below, right).



    In the coming days, several news sites highlighted notable examples of the Twitter meme, including Bleacher Report,[1] Jobs & Hire,[2] Daily Snark[3] and BuzzFeed.[4]

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 01/05/15--14:43: Jameis Winston's Fumble
  • About

    Jameis Winston’s Fumble is a photoshop meme based on various still images of the star quarterback for Florida State University dropping the ball in mid-play during their Rose Bowl college football match against University of Oregon on January 1st, 2015.

    Origin

    On January 1st, 2015, the University of Oregon and Florida State University football teams went head-to-head in the 2015 Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California. By halfway through the third quarter, the balance of the game had already begun to lean in favor of Oregon (39 – 20). With less than two minutes remaining, the defining moment for Oregon came when Florida’s quarterback Jameis Winston suddenly slipped and lost the grip while attempting a throw (shown below), which was then picked up by Oregon’s offensive tackle Tony Washington for a 58-yard run to the touchdown, sealing their advancement to the final of the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game.



    The match ended in Oregon’s 59 – 20 victory against Florida State, which also set a new record for most points ever scored in a Rose Bowl match.

    Spread

    As the game came to its end, Winston’s dramatic fall and fumble quickly became the talking point of the match among college football fans on Twitter, with several photoshopped parodies shared in rush delivery within the hour, many of them incorporating visual cross-references to other well-known memes in football fandom, most notably Lance Stephenson Blowing in LeBron James’ Ear and Randy Orton’s RKO (shown below).



    That same evening on January 1st, Bleacher Report reported on Twitter’s reaction to Winston’s Rose Bowl fumble, dubbing it a “stumble-fumble.” On the following morning, online parodies of Winston’s fumble were scooped up by many sports news sites and blogs, including New York Daily News[6], New York Post[12], USA Today[4], Sports Illustrated[11] and the Huffington Post.[3] According to Topsy Analytics[1], “Jameis Winstons” was mentioned at least 118,568 times on the night of the game.

    Notable Examples

    Other cross-references to football memes include Manti Te’O’s Catfish Girlfriend, Odell Beckham Jr’s Catch and and Ndamukong Suh’s Kick, as well as non-sports memes like This is Sparta! and Lifecall Infomercial.




    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 01/05/15--17:37: The Finest Squad
  • Overview

    The Finest Squad is a group of white hat hackers that are situated in the Netherlands.
    They were the ones to release the information of the black hat hacker group Lizard Squad[1] during the December attacks of Sony’s PSN, and Microsoft’s Xbox Live.

    Origin

    On December 2nd 2014, the twitter account @FinestSquad[2] was created because of the recent Machinima.com and Xbox live hacks done by Lizard Squad.

    Notable Operations:

    Shutdown of Lizard Squad websites

    On the same day, @FinestSquad twitter account posted an image showing that they were able to shutdown a main Lizard Squad website.

    Release of Lizard Squad member’s information

    On the night of December 25th 2014, Finest Squad released a website, which contained all of the I.P’s of the members of Lizard Squad, as well as all of their skype names.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Know Your Meme – Lizard Squad Hacks

    [2]Twitter – Finest Squad


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  • 01/06/15--19:44: Expansion / Inflation
  • Note: This entry is a W.I.P.


    About

    Expansion / Inflation is a common type of paraphilia where a particular part of the subject’s body suddenly grows, expanding like inflatable balloons. It is generally focused on the breasts, butt, belly, and full body.

    Origin

    While a specific origin regarding when an interest in this fetish began, it’s origins among the online community can be traced to an email list that was formed in 1994. Among popular media, some say the earliest sources of Expansion / Inflation include cartoons involving cartoon characters being pumped up like balloons, or the movie adaptation of Roald Dhal’s famous book Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (the 1970s adaptation changing the name to Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory), in which a girl named Violet Beauregarde tries a failed experimental gum which causes her body to inflate full of blueberry juice. It is often these forms of media where some people first discover they have a liking for this particular fetish, often at a young age due to said media being of a “family friendly” nature.

    Breasts

    The most common and popular Expansion / Inflation of them all is the breasts. The popularity of this specific form of expansion can even be seen among those who normally would not consider themselves fans of the inflation fetish as a whole, as large breasts are often seen in real life as a major sexual turn on. This is also a form of expansion a person can do in real life via means of plastic surgery, but of course in the realm of art most characters depicted usually have their breasts expanded by various means. Some overlap among lactation fetishism can be found here as well, as a semi-popular method of breast expansion among artwork or fictional stories is a character has a large build up of milk within their breasts.

    Butt

    Legendary American rapper Sir-Mix-A-Lot released his album Mack Daddy with his famous song Baby Got Back on May 7, 1992. A music video of Baby Got Back was aired on MTV, including the earlier episodes of Beavis & Butt-Head. Nearing the end of the music video shows a 80’s style woman standing, with her butt suddenly expanding. You can say that Sir-Mix-A-Lot is the creator of butt expansion.

    Belly

    This Expansion / Inflation is mostly about rapid pregnancy and sometimes stuffing in 70s and 80s horror and comedy movies.

    Body

    One movie that possibly birth body expansion / inflation is the aforementioned infamous blueberry scene from character Violet Beauregarde, played by Denise Nickerson in 1971 musical fantasy film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

    Spread

    When deviantART was created, this type of art spread like wildfire, and later Tumblr. Searching for “inflation” on deviantART alone presently brings up over 100,000 results, with “expansion” increasing that amount to over 122,000. An imageboard dedicated specifically to inflation fetish artwork, photo manipulations, etc, also exists under the name of Inflatechan, which only disallows the posting of “paid content” from its boards.

    Notable Artists

    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]BEArchives (NSFW)

    [2]Wikipedia – Baby Got Back

    [3]deviantART – Axel-Rosered


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  • 01/07/15--05:48: Smug Frog
  • About

    Smug Frog, also known as Smug Pepe, is an image originally based off the character Pepe in Sad Frog / Feels Bad Man pictures. This specific instance depicts a smug looking frog, looking directly at the viewer.

    Origin

    The oldest known archived post containing the original derivative (pictured below)[1] can be dated back to June 2nd, 2011, to a thread on 4chan’s /tv/ (television and film) board, whose purpose was to make fun of the TV show’s Big Bang Theory humor.


    Spread

    The image had been used on 4chan throughout 2011 to 2013[2]. However, in 2014 the image became used much more frequently than in the previous years, and numerous derivatives based off it had been spawned.

    Notable Examples


    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]archive.moe – Original Post

    [2]archive.moe – Usage since 2011


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    About

    The 2015 Charlie Hebdo Terrorist attack was a mass shooting that took place on January 7th 2015 inside and outside of Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters in Paris, France, resulting in at least 12 deaths and many more wounded, including major journalists and cartoonists from the satyrical weekly as well as its director of publication. The armed men then fled the scene.

    Background

    At around 11.30 a.m (GMT), two hooded men equipped with Kalachnikov rifles stormed the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, a French left-wing satirical weekly newspaper existing since 1970, and opened fire, resulting in the deaths of at least 3 police officers and 9 employees including Cabu (Jean Cabut), 78 and Georges Wollinsky, 80, cartoonists and co-founders of the newspaper, as well as Charb (Stéphane Charbonnier), 47, cartoonist and Charlie Hebdo’s director of publication and Tignous (Bernard Verlhac), 47, another famous cartoonist[1].
    In a cell-phone video from a witness that took refuge on the roof of a building (shown below), the attackers are heard yelling Allahu Ackbar. Others showed them yelling that they avenged the Prophet Mahomet[2].


    VIDEO. Des images de l'attaque au siège de…par francetvinfo

    Preliminary reports state that there were 3 allegedly Muslim men responsible for the attack and that they claimed to be part of Al-Quaïda. According to French newspapers, this is the deadliest terrorist attack on French soil since 1978[4].

    Previous Incidents

    In 2011, Charlie Hebdo’s previous headquarters were set ablaze by a molotov[5]. In 2012, following Mahomet caricatures published in the newspaper, several Muslim associations condemned it[6].

    Notable Development

    Online Reaction

    On Twitter, the hashtag #Jesuischarlie (I am Charlie) was launched for netizens to show their support for the victims[3]. The Facebook page “Je suis Charlie” has gained more than 47 000 likes and counting in the first hours of its creation, calling for peaceful demonstrations through out the world[7] and inviting everyone to change their profile avatar to a picture of “Je suis Charlie”.



    French President’s speech

    As soon as the attack was acknowledged by the French government, president François Hollande made a speech condemning it, expressing his shock, mourning the tragic loss of lives and organizing a meeting to reevaluate France’s vigipirate plans to defend the country against foreign threats[8] (shown below).

    International Reaction

    Within hours of the ordeal, several news sites relayed public statements from countries around the world, especially from the US White House and John Kerry[9]. It also includes several Muslim organizations (such as the French CFCM) speaking against the attack and condemning it[10].

    Notable Images



    External References (in French)


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    About

    I will find you and I will kill you, also known as the Taken meme is a memorable quote from 2008 thriller movie Taken. Online, it has been reused in image macros as a reaction towards anything that could trigger the urge of wanting to kill someone.

    Origin

    The line itself is uttered by Bryan Mills (played by Liam Neeson) in 2008 thriller film Taken while being on the phone with the people who kidnapped his daughter. An extract from the scene was uploaded to Youtube on April 4th 2009 (shown below), gaining more than 800 000 views in the first five years.

    The full transcript says:

    I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.

    Spread

    A screenshot of the scene first found itself on memegenerator on January 30th 2012, titled “liam neeson taken”[1], using the catchphrase as a punchline dealing with everyday and social media annoyances. The macro ranked #256 on the site and garnered over 32 000 parodies displayed on 28 pages over the course of three years. Through out 2012 alone, It spawned other entries on the site, such as “Taken meme”[2] and “I will find you and kill you”[3], using different screenshots of Liam Neeson talking on the phone. The popularity of the macro reached other macro-loving hubs such as ImgFlip[4] and Quickmeme[5].

    Notable Examples



    Templates



    External References

    [1]Meme Generator – liam neeson taken

    [2]Meme Generator – taken meme

    [3]Meme Generator – I will find you and kill you

    [4]Imgflip – I Will Find You And I Will Kill You

    [5]Quickmeme – Taken


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  • 01/07/15--13:22: Faustão
  • (I need some help with this one… again, specially with wording.)

    About

    Fausto Silva, Nicknamed as “Faustão” (“Big Fausto”) is the host of the famous Brazilian audience show “Domingão do Faustão” (Big Fausto’s Big Sunday), he started his television career in 1983 in the show “Balancê” as an announcer. He also made a movie along with another Brazilian celebrity, Sérgio Mallandro, which is one of the many popular instances of Faustão in the internet.

    Related Memes

    Remote Controlled Grill

    One of the most popular scenes from Faustão’s show is when he was presented to a Barbecue Grill which is activated by a remote controller, however, it didn’t work properly and they had to put out the fire manually.



    Dumb People at Faustão’s “Suffocation” game

    There was a time that in Domingão do Faustão, there was a block called “Sufoco” (Suffocation) where people had to collect hints and answer the question. One day, 3 people got to answer a question about a country with these hints:

    1. It’s an European country

    2. Invaded Brazil in the past

    3. It’s the land of flowers and windmills

    4. Took down Brazil in the last World Cup (considering it was 2011)

    5. At the end of that World Cup, lost to Spain

    6. Its language is Dutch.

    The three people had, respectively, 4, 5, and 6 hints, and they answered, respectively, Spain, France and Italy.



    Inspector Faustão and the Mallandro

    In 1991, Fausto Silva, along with Sérgio Mallandro, made a movie called “Inspetor Faustão e o Mallandro” (Inspector Faustão and the Mallandro), various phrases said by Faustão in the movie were marcant enough to be also used in YouTube Poops and other things, including the music “O Rap do Ovo” (The Rap of the Egg). The video below contains the famous scenes + The Rap of the Egg



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest


    External References


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  • 01/07/15--15:45: Only One Controversy
  • W.I.P, feel free to request editorship


    About

    Only One refers to a song by American rapper Kanye West featuring Beatles singer Paul McCartney which received criticism from both Beatles fans and Kanye West fans. Alongside, various tweets made by fans of West confused by the identity of McCartney managed to gain notable spread.

    Origin

    In late August 2014, Kanye West announced that he would join with the former member of The Beatles, Paul McCartney, in the future to create an album. This announcement was met with criticism and was seen as a controversial decision on many social media sites.



    On January 1st, 2015, the song “No One”, a Ballard sung by Paul McCartney and Kanye West was released over iTunes and announced via Kanye West’s twitter page.




    Controversy

    After the announcement of Kanye West and Paul McCartney joining together to make an album, fans of The Beatles criticized this decision which resulted in a negative backlash amonst Beatles fans. Following the release of the song, Kanye West fans proceeded to respond to the criticism with multiple tweets questioning Paul McCartney´s fame and claiming Kanye West will make him famous, which multiple articles have displayed.[1][3][4] The Tweets also managed to gather negative responses from angry fans of The Beatles.[5]




    Notable Images



    Search Interest


    External References


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  • 01/08/15--10:44: PES
  • About

    PES is the nickname of American director and animator Adam Pesapane, who is best known for his short stop motion animated films like “Western Spaghetti” and “Fresh Guacamole.”

    History

    In 2002, PES released his first animated short film “Roof Sex,” in which two chairs engage in simulated sex acts on top of a roof (shown below, left).[1][2] That year, the short won the Annecy International Animated Film Festival’s “Best First Film” award. In 2004, PES released the stop motion short film “KaBoom!”, featuring various toys and other objects engaging in battle (shown below, right).



    In 2006, PES recreated death scenes from classic arcade games with various food products in a short film titled “Game Over” (shown below, left). On December 5th, 2007, the PESfilm YouTube channel was launched, which gained over 78 million video views and 488,000 subscribers over the next eight years. On July 5th, 2008, PES released the film “Western Spaghetti,” in which various household items are used to cook a spaghetti dish (shown below, right). Within seven years, the video gathered more than 18.8 million views and 16,500 comments. On November 3rd, Time Magazine[5] ranked “Western Spaghetti” as #2 in their “Top 10 Viral Videos” list.



    In December 2010, Showtime broadcast the PES short film “The Deep” in Episode 1 of the television series Short Stories (shown below, left). In March 2012, PES released the short film “Fresh Guacamole,” featuring a man making a bowl of guacamole dip out of various items, including a hand grenade, dice, baseball and a pin cushion (shown below, right). On March 7th, 2013, the film was uploaded to the PESfilm YouTube channel, where it accumulated upwards of 9.3 million views and 4,800 comments over the next two years.



    Social Media Presence

    As of January 2015, PES has over 27,000 likes on Facebook,[6] 4,200 followers on Twitter[7] and 2,200 followers on Instagram.[8]

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Archive.org – Making of Roof Sex_

    [2]IMDBRoof Sex

    [3]Wikipedia – PES

    [4]YouTube – PESfilm

    [5]Time – 2. Western Spaghetti

    [6]Facebook – PES

    [7]Twitter – PES

    [8]Instagram – PESfilm


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  • 01/08/15--12:59: Mia Khalifa Death Threats
  • Overview

    Mia Khalifa Death Threats is the ongoing feud between conservative Muslims on Twitter and Lebanese-American adult film actress Mia Khalifa, who became a target of slut-shaming harassments and death threats for performing sex acts while wearing the hijab, a traditional covering worn by Muslim women, in early January 2015.

    Background

    On November 27th, 2014, an animated GIF of a scene from one of Khalifa’s adult films was submitted to the /r/NSFW_GIF[2] subreddit, where it gained over 2,100 votes (90% upvoted) in the first two months. On December 28th, Khalifa became the most popular adult film star on PornHub.[1]



    On January 3rd, 2015, the Lebanese news site Lebanese Examiner[10] reported that Beirut-based newspapers had written articles criticizing Khalifa for wearing a hijab during sex scenes, leading Khalifa to tweet[4]“Doesn’t the Middle East have more important things to worry about?” (shown below). In one week, the tweet garnered more than 1,200 retweets and 1,000 favorites.



    Notable Developments

    Threatening Tweets

    Also on January 3rd, Khalifa responded to a tweet informing her that she will “be the first person in hellfire” by joking that she wanted to “get a little tan recently” (shown below).[12]



    On the following day, Khalifa responded to a tweet written by Twitter user @abdallahbakrr threatening that her “head will be cut soon” with “long as it’s not my tits” (shown below).[13]



    On January 5th, Twitter user Hussein Annan[3] posted a photoshopped screenshot of an Islamic State decapitation video with Khalifa’s face superimposed over that of deceased journalist Steven Sotloff (shown below).



    Timeflies Tribute Song

    On January 6th, 2015, the electro-pop duo Timeflies released a song titled “Mia Khalifa” in support of Khalifa (shown below).



    News Media Coverage

    The news of the death threats against the actress, which coincided with the religiously-motivated terrorist attack carried out by armed Jihadists at the headquarters of French satirical news magazine Charlie Hebdo that same week, was instantly picked by dozens of English and French-language news media outlets and blogs, including The Daily What,[8]MTV,[5]CNN,[6] The Independent[7] and The Washington Post.[9] That same day, Newsweek[11] published an interview with Khalifa in which she discussed the backlash she faces in her home country and revealed that her family was no longer speaking to her.

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  • 01/08/15--10:51: Je suis Charlie
  • About

    Je suis Charlie (both “I am Charlie” and “I follow Charlie” in English) is a statement and an internet movement in support of the victims of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting in which 12 people were killed at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The statement identifies the speaker with those who were killed at the Charlie Hebdo shooting, and by extension for freedom of speech and resistance to armed threats. Some journalists embraced the expression as a rallying cry for the freedom of self-expression.
    As a result, demonstrations were launched in France and around the world in favor of the movement, and to protest against barbaric acts and terrorism on a larger scale.

    Origin

    On January 7th 2015, two armed men entered the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris and opened fire, killing 12 people inside and near the building. As French news stations drew attention to the tragic event, Joachim Rocin, art director and music journalist for Stylist magazine, about a little over 1 hour after the incident, posted a picture on Twitter of a black background with the three white and grey words Je suis Charlie[1], mimicking Charlie Hebdo’s printing style (shown below).



    Spread

    Around the same time this image appeared, an hashtag was launched reusing the catchphrase[2]. It was mainly used as an act of simpathy towards families of the victims. However, as many followers came in and it was reused more than 610 000 times on twitter before the end of the day, the mainstream media began highlighting the hashtag in various discussions about freedom of speech and freedom of press after the attack[3]. The official Charlie Hebdo website reposted it on its twitter account as well.
    A Facebook page was launched later that day[4], escalating to more than 260 000 likes in the first two days of its creation and inviting everyone to change their Facebook avatars to the black picture.
    On January 9th, some internet retailing sites began selling products featuring the phrase, such as T-shirts, mugs, ect.. to the dismay and shock of many netizens[11].

    Demonstrations

    On the afternoon and night of January 7th, calls for peaceful demonstrations all around France were made via the hashtag and the Facebook page in order to pay tribute to the victims[5].
    The day after, on January 8th, these calls were extended throughout the globe and many foreign countries join in to show their support[6] (an example shown below).

    The demonstrations, as of January 10th, are still ongoing and planned for the week-end as well as the following week.

    Photographs from around the world

    Dozens of photographs were curated from various news agencies and amateur photographers (shown below).



    Homage from Google

    Google paid tribute to the victims by creating a doodle displaying a black ribbon on the front of its search homepage[6] (shown below). On January 8th, the ribbon was replaced with the black picture “Je suis Charlie”.


    #jesuispolicier and #jesuisahmed

    In addition to the first hashtag, another, #JeSuisPolicier (from Je Suis Policier, meaning I am a Police Officer in English) was launched to pay tribute to two police officers who were killed in cold blood while on duty during the massacre, as well as the woman police officer who died after the January 8th shooting in Montrouge[7].
    #JeSuisAhmed[8] is also an hashtag related to one of the deceased police officer, Ahmed Merabet who was a French Muslim of Algerian origin, as a counterpoint against Muslim-bashing messages online following the attack as well as acts of violence in real life against the Muslim community.

    Criticism

    In reaction towards Charlie Hebdo’s image as a satirical weekly who was prone on doing caricatures of every political and social group, the hashtag #JeNeSuisPasCharlie[9] (I Am Not Charlie) was launched for people who wanted to pay tribute to the victims while also condemning perceived racist, islamophobic, homophobic, sexist and/or transphobic characteristics associated with the magazine[10].

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  • 01/09/15--21:19: Pikmin
  • About

    Pikmin is a game series developed by Shiguru Miyamoto of Nintendo. The series main installments are Real Time Strategy games, where the point of it all is to command 100 small creatures called Pikmin to take down enemies and collect various things.

    History

    The exact start of the franchise’s inception is somewhat tricky to pinpoint. There were two original ideas that are known to have eventually spawned off into what the franchise has become now. The first was a game called “Adam and Eve” where the player would watch the development of two different human beings. However, the game was too uninteractive, and was retooled.

    It later made the appearance as a tech demo at Spaceworld 2000 known as Super Mario 128, showing off how many models the Gamecube could handle at the time. It also did various other things that showed up in other Nintendo games, not relating to Pikmin.

    The first installment of the franchise came out in 2001, as a launch title for the Gamecube, alongside Luigi’s Mansion. The main plot was about an alien employ of a company called Hocotate Freight named Olimar getting crash landed on a strange world with a poisonous atmosphere, and having to survive by using the small creatures he finds called Pikmin to find missing ship pieces scattered across the globe within a thirty day time limit, which is when his spacesuit’s systems will fail and he will become susceptible to the harsh oxygen of the world.

    About three years later, a sequel was spawned, this time the Hocotation landing back onto his homeworld just after the events of the first game. However, when he comes back, his company goes bankrupt due to the president’s loan. However, one of the souvenirs that Olimar brings back turns out to be worth quite a lot of money, and so the President orders Olimar, and new character Louie, to go back to the Pikmin planet to retrieve more treasure to pay off the loan, this time with no time limit to hassle down any exploration. Once the loan has been repayed and Olimar returns back to Hocotate, it turns out that Louie was left behind, leading Olimar and the President to have to go back and rescue him.

    The in between time for Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3 was a longer period, however this did not mean that Pikmin would go unnoticed by anyone. Olimar was a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and New Plus Control versions of the first two Pikmin games came out in 2008 and 2009, respectively. This led people to believe that a Pikmin 3 was coming around to be made for the Wii, considering how the NPC versions were deemed the definitive versions of the game, however, Pikmin 3 had to wait until the next console to see the light of day.

    In 2013, Pikmin 3 finally came out, staring three new characters from the planet Koppai. Alph, Brittany, and Charlie, were three captains sent to the Pikmin planet, now dubbed PNF-404, to gather food supplies for their homeworld, which had run out of foodstuffs, due to an increasing appetite, and a basic lack of planning. However, their ship, the S.S. Drake, crash lands, with only a single important component missing leading the three to have to work together with the Pikmin to gather food, and find said missing component. As the game went on, it turned out that both Olimar and Louie had also returned to the Pikmin planet to gather treasure for unknown reasons.

    In 2014, the Pikmin also received three short films that can be downloaded on Nintendo’s E-shop for a small fee. It has also been said that while there are no clear plans at the moment, this isn’t the last we’ll see of the Pikmin franchise.

    Reception

    The Pikmin franchise was received well upon conception, with the first installment selling more then 101,000 copies at launch, and favorable reviews all across the board for the games in the series.

    Which game is considered the best, however, varies from fan to fan. The first game focuses on time management and tries to get you to use every second wisely, which is not the best for more explorative type players. The second game, however, is non-existent, and allows you to focus on exploration, but some fans felt that some of the reason to play Pikmin relies on the pressure of the time limit, even if it was a longer time limit. The third game sought out to try and rectify these both ends, by tying the two together. The more fruit you were able to collect, the longer you were able to play and this supported looking around, and exploring, while at the same time keeping the pressure of the first game as well.

    Related Memes

    Steve

    Steve is the name of a red leaf Pikmin in famous Let’s player Chuggaaconroy

    Named in the first episode as a joke, he later appeared as a Pikmin showing extreme loyalty, trying to carry back a dead Firey Blowhog back to base all by himself. He was labeled as a trooper, and later became his own little meme, much to Chugga’s dismay. If you find a red pikmin with a sinlge leaf on his head, expect it to be named Steve by the fandom.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Pikmin Wiki – Main Page


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  • 01/10/15--18:01: Let Me Love You
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    About

    Let Me Love You is an expression that is often paired with out-of-context images of one character moving aggressively towards another.

    Origin

    The phrase “Let Me Love You” has been the title of several songs. The first of these to become popular on an international level was an R&B song released by the American artist Mario in 2004, charting in first place in the US, New Zealand, and several countries in Europe.[1]



    Spread

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    Warning: A lot of crack. Viewer discretion is advised.

    About

    [W.I.P.]

    On January 10th, 2015, the New England Patriots faced the Baltimore Ravens in a battle to clinch the spot in the AFC championships. During one play, Tom Brady (#12 Patriots) passes the football to Robert Gronkowski (#87 Patriots) while Raashan Melvin (#39 Ravens) in an attempt to tackle Gronk tries to seize his legs. Melvin’s move caused Gronkowski’s pants to show the tight end’s “tight end.” To top it off Melvins head is facing Gronk’s ass. The Patriots beat the Ravens 35-31 and has won the spot for the AFC championship.

    Origin

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    Spread

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    Many of Patriots nation are taking to social media sharing images and screenshots of the incident. Twitter users felt compelled to tweet about #gronkbutt

    Rob Gronkowski, nor the New England Patriots have yet to comment on this.

    Examples

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    External References

    [1]BCD Wire – Gronk Butt


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