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  • 02/23/15--13:12: Kreygasm
  • About

    “Kreygasm” is an emoticon featuring a portrait of Twitch streamer Kreyg,[8] which is often used in chats on the video streaming service to indicate an intense feeling of elation or pleasure.

    Origin

    The exact origin of “kreygasm” is unknown. According to a Twitter exchange with Twitch employee Hassan Bokhari[2] held in July 2014, Kreyg submitted the original kreygasm photo to the video streaming service several years prior (shown below).



    On September 3rd, 2011, a thread about Twitch emoticons was updated with several new faces that had been added, which included the kreygasm face.[6]



    Spread

    On July 10th, 2013, a Facebook[5] page titled “Kreygasm” was launched. On August 15th, a document containing an ASCII art version of the kreygasm face was uploaded to Pastebin[3] (shown below).[3] In October, the ASCII was highlighted on the Twitch ASCII blog.[4]

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    On August 8th, 2014, the tech news blog Mashable[7] mentioned the kreygasm face in an article about Twitch chat emoticons. On October 5th, YouTuber Tomasla uploaded a video titled “SingSing – Kreygasm,” featuring footage from the game Defense of the Ancients 2 in which the video game streamer Sing Sing moans during after performing a winning move (shown below). On October 9th, Urban Dictionary[1] user Rawrchi submitted an entry for “kreygasm,” defining it as an emoticon used to “show intense emotion similar to an orgasm.”



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Urban Dictionary – kreygasm

    [2]Twitter – Hassan Bokhari

    [3]Pastebin – Kreygasm ASCII Twitch TV

    [4]Blogspot – Twitch ASCII

    [5]Facebook – Kreygasm

    [6]Twitch – Twitch Emotes

    [7]Mashable – Twitch Emoticons

    [8]Twitch – kreyg


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  • 02/23/15--15:50: Inappropriate Joe Biden
  • About

    Inappropriate Joe Biden refers to a number of photographs and animated GIFs in which United States Vice President Joe Biden is shown as being overly affectionate to women during press conferences and events at the White House.

    Origin

    On January 6th, 2015, Vice President Joe Biden swore in the newly and re-elected members of the U.S. Senate, including Chris Coon, the second-term senator of Delaware from Biden’s home state. As part of the custom, each senator’s oath of office is usually followed by a group photo opportunity with his/her family and the vice president. As Biden, Coon and his family awkwardly posed for the photo op, the vice president was seen whispering something to Coon’s daughter before trying to give her a kiss on the cheek, which she coyly fended off by pulling away. The animated GIFs of the awkward exchange was quickly entered circulation online via Twitter, as well as political news blogs like Mediate and BuzzFeed.



    On February 17th, 2015, Redditor gaylord__focker uploaded a photograph of Biden whispering into the ear of Stephanie Carter, the wife of the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, in a post titled “Biden strikes again at new Def Sec swearing in speech” to the /r/cringepics[1] subreddit (shown below, left). Within one week, the post gained over 5,000 votes (96% upvoted) and 700 comments.



    Spread

    On February 18th, Redditor Maxb176 posted a collection of photographs in which Biden is whispering into a woman’s ear titled “Joe Biden: Serial Whisperer” to /r/pics,[5] where it accumulated upwards of 5,600 votes (96% upvoted) and 2,700 comments in six days (shown below, left). On February 19th, Redditor GodTroller submitted an image of Biden titled “Inappropriate Joe Biden” to /r/NSFWFunny[4] (shown below, right).



    On February 20th, Tumblr user makibanzai[3] posted several photoshopped images of Biden touching and whispering into the ears of various female anime characters (shown below). In four days, the post garnered more than 8,000 notes. On the following day, Redditor Raymond Lawrence posted an Imgur gallery of the anime photoshops titled “Joe Biden and his waifus” to the /r/justneckbeardthings[2] subreddit, where it gained over 1,600 votes (96% upvoted) and 60 comments in the first 72 hours.



    Search Interest

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    External References


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  • 02/23/15--19:20: Snoo
  • About

    Snoo, also colloquially called “The Reddit Alien” or “The Reddit Robot”, is the mascot of the social networking site Reddit. The mascot has reached popularity across the website, and has become a symbol of both the website and Internet culture.

    Origin

    Snoo was created by Reddit co-founder Alex Ohanian, and has stood as the mascot of Reddit since the site’s initial launch on June 23, 2005.[1][2] It is often used in the website’s design, including in the header and 404 pages.[3] The name Snoo comes from ’Snew.com, a working name for Reddit from before its launch.[8]

    Spread

    As Snoo appears in the header of many pages on Reddit, it has become a widely seen logo ubiquitous with Reddit. Several subreddits dedicated to Snoo exist, including r/snoo, r/bizarrosnoo, and r/snoovatars.[4][5][6] The official Reddit Store sells official Snoo merchandize, including figurines, dolls, and T-shirts.[7] Many miscellaneous pieces of fanart also exist.

    Notable Examples


    Search Interest

    References

    [1]Reddit Blog -What’s Snoo?

    [2]Wikipedia – Reddit

    [3]Reddit – 404 Page

    [4]Reddit – r/snoo

    [5]Reddit – r/bizarrosnoo

    [6]Reddit – r/snoovatars

    [7]Reddit Gifts – Reddit Store

    [8]The Next Web – The Very First Digital Drafts of the Reddit Alien


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  • 02/24/15--11:30: Cwasont


  • About

    Cwasont, also referred as cwosont, kwassol or qwassol is a mispronunciation of a multilingual noun croissant said by slightly obese character from a CGI cartoon based on a Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius movie from 2001, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius television series, airing from 2002 to 2006 on Nickelodeon, Carl Wheezer.[1] It is being commonly used in YouTube Poop videos.

    Origin

    The original phrase Are you going to finish that croissant? used by Carlton Ulysses Wheezer was featured in Episode 1 of Season 3, Lights! Camera! Danger! in response to series’ villain Professor Calamitous, impersonating Quentin Smithee, allusion to Quentin Tarantino and Alan Smithee.



    The another related scene used in cwasont videos comes from Jimmy Neutron movie from 2001, scene after children are set free from parents, Carl Wheezer eats high amount of donuts and verbalizes: I’m stuffed now. I couldn’t have ano… OK, one more. I’m gonna have one more and then that’ll be it. The movie is available on YouTube legally for purchase or rent.



    Spread

    First Croissant Dreams video was made on YouTube on March 11, 2012 by user pivotman111.[2] However, the most notable and second video The Adventures of Carl Wheezer was uploaded on March 13 by thatdarnaccount parodying the Everyone Else Loves Flanders from The Simpsons television series. It gained over 170 000 views up to date.[3]



    On July 15, 2012, Cwasont site was created on YTMND website by DragonWarriorXtreme.[4] Lots of artwork and videos can be found on #are you going to finish that croissant and #carl wheezer tags on Tumblr or on /r/CarlWheezer on Reddit] [6][7] In September 2014, Are you going to finish that croissant? blogger joined on Blogspot.[8] On October 30, Are you going to finish that croissant? video was linked on Reddit, /r/DeepIntoYouTube. It had received 427 votes (95% upvotes).[9]

    Notable Examples



    Video Examples


    Left: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney | Right: Dr. House with a Boombox

    Left: Riverside | Right: Take A Closer Look At That Snout

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  • 02/24/15--12:21: John Travolta Lurker
  • About

    John Travolta Lurker, also known as Creepy John Travolta, is a photoshop meme based on an image of actor John Travolta awkwardly kissing actress Scarlett Johansson on the red carpet at the 87th Academy Awards in February 2015.

    Origin

    On February 22nd, 2015, Travolta posed for a photograph with Johansson during the red carpet ceremony at the 2015 Academy Awards. That evening, Hollywod photographer Kevin Mazur released the photographs to the celebrity photo website WireImage[8] (shown below).



    During the ceremony, Travolta’s overly affectionate gestures became one of the talking points of the evening, as he was also seen kissing Idina Menzel on the forehead while making a joint appearance on stage to redeem himself for last year’s “Adele Dazeem” flub.

    Spread

    On the following day, Redditor -RickGrimes uploaded one of the red carpet photos to the /r/photoshopbattles[1] subreddit, inviting viewers to submit digitally edited versions of the image. Within 24 hours, the post gained over 3,500 votes (93% upvoted) and 500 comments, including a variety of notable photoshopped examples (shown below).



    The same day, Mashable editor Christine Erickson tweeted an edited image featuring Travolta, Kanye West and United States Vice President Joe Biden crowding around Johansson on the red carpet.[7] In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the photoshop meme, including Yahoo,[2] The Inquisitr[3], Mashable,[6] E! Online[4] and The Daily Mail.[5]



    Notable Examples




    Search Interest

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  • 02/25/15--06:09: Jissouseki
  • About

    Jissouseki (Japanese: 実装石; lit. “Installation Stone”), sometimes called “Jissou” for short, is a creature derived from Suiseiseki, one of the main characters in Japanese manga and anime Rozen Maiden. This creature has grown its own creepy and retarded personality throughout horrific creations by some demonish users in the Japanese anonymous imageboard community Futaba Channel (2chan) since the end of 2004.

    Origin

    This meme began from a poorly-drawn fan illustration for Suiseiseki which was posted to Futaba by an anonymous user circa Autumn of 2004 (Shown below, left). Due to tis funny look, this character quickly became popular in Futaba’s threads related to Rozen Maiden which first TV anime series were gaining much popularity amongst the users, and it was originally given a nickname “Half-remembered Suiseiseki” (うろ覚え翠星石, Uro-oboe Suiseiseki). Then, the name “Jissouseki” was given to this character after that illustration was used in the “What operations installed” panel in a Suiseiseki version of the Tree Swing Cartoon Parody (shown below, right), which name is a compound word of Suiseiseki and “Jissou” (実装), a Japanese translation of “Install”. According to Jissouseki wiki, this Suiseiseki version was posted on December 30th, 2004.



    Spread

    In the early days, Jissouseki was utilized as a cute mascot in Rozen Maiden fanfiction against a backdrop of large popularity of the anime. However, it gradually forced to lead a checkered life by some people who are fond of mercilessly abusing fictional characters in their weird short novels and illustrations which draw the mascot like a creepy & incapacious creature that eats its own feces and increase like maggots. In addition, Jissouseki became to a trolling tool because those “weird creature” creations were particularly loved by the trolls, and it had been continually used over the next several years even after the enthusiasm for the anime was gone from the imageboard community.

    By these weird practices, Jissouseki has established its own strange and surrealistic world which has no relationship to Suiseiseki anymore. A huge amount of Jissouseki creations is hosted in multiple private archives and wiki pages for Jissouseki supported by Futaba users, and Jissouseki doujin comic books has continued being released at an annual fan-convention dedicated to Futaba since 2007. Also, Jissouseki creations have been posted to the outside of Futaba since after YouTube[1], niconico[2][3] and pixiv[4] were launched in late 2000s. Moreover, Jissouseki illustrations are also found on DeviantArt[5] though its amount is a few.

    Jissouseki’s article are submitted to Japanese online encyclopedias/glossaries[6][7][8] and Encyclopedia Dramatica[9] in English.

    Various Examples

    Illustrations

    Larval Jissouseki is literally called ""Maggot Jissou" (蛆実装, Uji Jissou).[10]




    Videos



    Jissoujin

    Jissoujin (実装人) is a subgenre of Jissouseki fandom which derived from Jissouseki abuse creations hosted in a private archive. Its main character, Jissoujin, is a human-shaped intelligent life which evolved from that maggot-like Jissouseki and has built a civilization on the earth after all animals annihilated and the human race abandoned the planet. Different from Jissouseki works, depiction in Jissoujin creations is rarely gruesome except for that of the original Jissouseki. Jissoujin archives are hosted by Futaba users as well, and many hundreds of illustrations are also uploaded to the online illustrators community.[11]



    Search Interest

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Futaba-relating websites usually prohibit people from leaking its existence to outside. Do not write its URLs in articles or comments. Please use search engines instead.

    [1]YouTube – Search results for the keywords 実装石 OR Jissouseki

    [2]niconico Douga – Search results for the tag 実装石

    [3]Nico Nico Seiga – Search results for the tag 実装石

    [4]pixiv – Search results for the tag 実装石

    [5]DeviantArt – Search results for the keyword Jissouseki

    [6]Hatena Keyword – 実装石 (Japanese)

    [7]Nico Nico Pedia – 実装石 (Japanese)

    [8]pixiv Encyclopedia – 実装石 (Japanese)

    [9]Encyclopedia Dramatica – Jissouseki[NSFW!!]

    [10]pixiv – Search results for the tag 蛆実装

    [11]pixiv – Search results for the tag 実装人


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  • 02/25/15--09:23: MLK Didn't Die For This
  • About

    MLK Didn’t Die For This” is an expression used to denounce an act or display of racial prejudice by implying that it goes against the wishes of Martin Luther King Jr., the renowned American civil rights activist who was assassinated while leading the civil rights movement in the 1960s. On Twitter and Vine, the phrase is more often used in jest to highlight images and videos that can be interpreted as unintentional metaphors for racism against black people, in a similar vein to the use of “that’s racist”.

    Origin

    One of the earliest comedic uses of the phrase dates back to a comment posted by LurkerFAQs[1] forum member SADsyn in a thread titled “breasts” on June 22nd, 2011. In the thread, forum member SADsyn wrote:

    Why are you guys discriminating against hairy breasts? MLK didn’t die for this. For people to have this type of mentality. That hairy breasts shouldn’t be accepted along with the hairy breasts. You all ought to be ashamed with yourselves.

    On August 29th, 2013, The first notable pairing of the phrase with an image was submitted by Twitter user @ambessadc[4], which featured a photograph of an automatic pencil sharpener with a sticky note that reads “No Colored Pencil” (shown below).



    Other Usage

    On January 17th, 2013, on the day of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Briana Ford wrote a post titled “MLK Didn’t Die For This” on her blog Black And Married With Kids[2], which criticized the trend of commercially exploiting the civil rights activist’s images among club promoters. On August 15th, 2013, Bossip[3] published an interview article titled “Scrappy Urges Blacks To Stop Killing Each Other Because Whites Want Us Gone ‘MLK Didn’t Die For This!’” featuring a public service announcement against black-on-black violence by rapper Lil’ Scrappy.



    Spread

    On September 1st, 2013, Redditor PenguinBallZ submitted the image of the pencil sharpener to Imgur[6] and /r/funny[5], where it garnered more than 916,000 views and over 1,660 upvotes prior to its archival. But the phrase didn’t see its first major breakout until January 2014, when Twitter users began using the phrase as a caption for “accidentally racist” images. On January 7th, 2014, Redditor TheTrueMuffinMan submitted a screen-captured tweet of two cake batter mix packagings for vanilla and chocolate flavors respectively named “white” and “devil’s food” in a /r/teenager[14] post titled “MLK didn’t die for his. 2Chainz didn’t rap for this. Mandela didn’t fight for this,” garnering over 1,800 upvotes. On January 20th, American reality TV celebrity Kylie Jenner[8] tweeted a photograph of an ice cream pint with unequal chocolate and vanilla-flavored portions along with the caption (shown below, right), racking up over 3,600 retweets and 6,800 favorites.



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  • 02/25/15--10:37: Star vs. the Forces of Evil
  • About

    Star vs. the Forces of Evil is an upcoming American animated Disney created by Daron Nefcy, about the adventures of Star Butterfly, a princess from an alternate dimension who has been sent to Earth by his parents after destroying their kingdom with a magic wand. After a special preview of the first episode on Disney Channel, the series garned some following.

    Premise

    The show follows Star Butterfly (voiced by Eden Sher), the princess from the alternate dimension of Mewni, who is given a magic on her 14th birthday, but she can’t handle it’s powers and sets the kingdom on fire with it in under a day. After that, Star’s parents decide to send her daughter to Earth, so she can learn how to use her wand, arriving in the town of Echo Creek to live with Marco Diaz (voiced by Adam McArthur) and his family, while they fight against villains throughout the universe to protect the wand.

    History

    According to Daron Nefcy, she planned doing an animated series when she was a fourth grade student. The first designs of Star were created at her college years, and although the desgin was never modified the story changed during the years. At first, the series was about a girl who though who has magic powers, but this was dropped for the actual plot.[6] The series was announced on 2014 Comic-Con, and the first episode was premiered on January 18, 2015 as an special preview. On February 12, 2015 was announced a second season for the good reception of the first episode[1], and on February 23, 2015 another episode was released on WATCHDisneyXD.com by popular demand.

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    About

    “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams” is an assertion made by September 11th, 2001 attack conspiracy theorists that the burning fuel from crashed planes would not have been able to melt the supporting beams of the World Trade Center. The claim is widely mocked online for being based on flawed evidence.

    Origin

    On April 13th, 2005, the first installment of the Loose Change[1] film series was released, which argued that the September 11th, 2001 attacks were orchestrated by the United States government. The film claims that the burning fires within the World Trade Center towers would not have been hot enough to compromise its structural integrity, alleging that a controlled demolition actually brought down the two buildings.



    Spread

    On April 7th, 2010, Popular Mechanics[2] published an article titled “Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report – The World Trade Center,” which provided evidence that burning jet fuel can melt steel. On November 8th, 2014, Redditor Sir-SmokesALot submitted a version of the “I Wish I Could Talk to Ponies” webcomic titled “Things a pony would say,” in which a horse informs a young girl that “jet fuel can’t melt steel beams" (shown below). In three months, the post gained over 4,400 votes (92% upvoted) and 950 comments on the /r/funny[6] subreddit.



    On December 31st, 2014, YouTuber danwanster uploaded a satirical video titled “Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams,” featuring footage of a German shepherd dog driving a car (shown below).



    On January 27th, 2015, Redditor Lust_In_Phaze submitted a post titled “The Revelation,” featuring a photo of a man with legs resting on his shoulders along with the caption “When you’re about to cum but you realize jet fuel can’t melt steel beams” (shown below, left). In the first month, the post gathered upwards of 5,000 votes (92% upvoted) and 500 comments on the /r/BlackPeopleTwitter[5] subreddit. On February 5th, Redditor JollyToaster uploaded an edited four-panel comic featuring cartoon character Winnie the Pooh telling an Illuminati pyramid that “jet fuel can’t melt steel beams” to the /r/funny[4] subreddit (shown below right).



    On February 20th, FunnyJunk[3] hankhillofthe uploaded a music video titled “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams,” featuring lyrics referencing various memes on the Internet humor site (shown below).


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    “Dank memes make the world go ‘round it seems, jet fuel can’t melt steel beams.”

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Loose Change

    [2]Popular Mechanics – Debunking the 9/11 Myths

    [3]FunnyJunk – Jet Fuel Cant Melt Steel Beams

    [4]Reddit – Oh Bother

    [5]Reddit – The Revelation

    [6]Reddit – things a pony would say


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  • 02/26/15--05:36: Honobono Shrine Remixes
  • About

    Honobono Shrine Remixes (Japanese: ほのぼの神社アレンジ) refers to a series of musical remixes featuring a famous song in Cookie☆, the infamous fan-made animated drama for Touhou Project. In spite of the situation where most of the elements in the drama are mercilessly mocked and parodied by the fans of the Japanese gay porn phenomena A Midsummer Night’s Lewd Dream, only this song has been keeping humorous and creative momentum on niconico Douga (niconico) since 2011.

    Origin

    The song “Honobono Shrine” (ほのぼの神社, Honobono Jinja; lit. “A Delightful Shrine”) was created by an amateur composer Saichousei-no-Hito (再調整の人) for a doujin animated drama “Alice and Marisa’s Cookie Kiss”, better known as the dishonorable nickname “Cookie☆”, which was published on niconico on February 15th, 2010 (shown below, left).[1] This song itslef is a remixed version of “Dichromatic Lotus Butterfly ~ Ancients” (shown below, left)[2] in Shuusou Gyoku[3], the first installment in doujin shoot em’ up game series Seihou Project.[4] It was composed by the Touhou creator ZUN in 2000 for a theme song for Reimu Hakurei which made a guest appearance in that title developed by a doujin circle formed by his juniors in college.



    Spread

    Throughout the heavy online storm of Cookie☆, “Honobono Shrine” became famous as a sort of its theme song since it is the background music for the first scene in the drama and has been reused in numerous MAD videos ridiculing the voice actresses’ poor acting. However, the composer received it favorably and uploaded the audio track to niconico in the following year for the gay porn fans.


    Niconico 【クッキー☆】ほのぼの神社【東方アレンジ】

    Many niconico composers got addicted to this just 16-bar song by his lenient attitude, and a creative and non harmful musical remix movement featuring this song immediately started on the video sharing service. The amount of remixes increased rapidly and had reached to almost 1000 in its first 4 years.[5] Those are listed in both a wiki page dedicated to the movement[6] and the niconico playlists made by the original creator.[7]

    Various Examples


    Niconico ラスボス神社.mp4Niconico ロシア民謡神社.мп4
    Left: J-RPG Battle Music Style | Right: Russian Folk Music Style
    Niconico ネオクラシカルメタル神社.mp4Niconico アートコア神社
    Left: Neoclassical Metal | Right: Artcore (Drum’n’Bass)
    Niconico ダブステップ神社.ZomboAu5Niconico UC神社
    Left: Dubstep | Right: Slow Loris’ Victory Pose with UC

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    External References

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

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

    [2]Touhou Wiki – Shuusou Gyoku/Music # Extra Stage Boss #2 – Reimu Hakurei’s Theme

    [3]Touhou Wiki – Shuusou Gyoku

    [4]Touhou Wiki – Seihou Project

    [5]niconico Douga – Search results for the tag ほのぼの神社アレンジ

    [6]ほのぼの神社アレンジ Wiki*

    [7]niconico Douga – Playlists for the remixes: ほもほも and ほもほもⅡ


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    About

    Little Einsteins Remix Vines are vine video fad which people dancing to the remix theme of the Disney cartoon show Little Einsteins[1].

    Origin

    Little Einsteins is an educational cartoon series aired by the Disney company. The series including 4 main characters Leo, Annie, June and Quincy in a set of the exploration and learning, similar to the Magic School Bus and Dora the Explorer.

    Spread

    The show mostly notable by its theme song. The original theme has been uploaded by Skye Roach on Mar 17, 2009(shown bellow left). The trap remix of the which is been frequently used on vine videos has been made by 886Beatz on Jan 18, 2014(shown bellow right).

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Little Einsteins


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  • 02/26/15--09:18: The Lego Movie


  • About

    The Lego Movie is a 2014 animated film based on the popular children’s toy, LEGOs. The film’s subject matter, animation, and soundtrack lead it to become one of the highest grossing films of 2014 and earned it several honorable awards and nominations.

    History

    The LEGO Movie was conceived in 2008 by Dan Lin, who brought the idea to fellow co-producer Roy Lee.[1] The film was green-lit by Warner Bros. in November 2011, and written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.[2] Cast as voice actors for the film were Chris Pratt as “Emmet”, Will Ferrell as “Lord Business”, Liam Neeson as “Good Cop/Bad Cop”, Elizabeth Banks as “Wyldstyle”, and Morgan Freeman as “Vitruvius”. Animation of the film was designed to imitate fan-made Brickfilms and real legos although the actual media was computer generated. (seen below)



    The film premiered February 1, 2014, and was released in theaters February 7, 2014.

    Plot

    From iMDB:[4]

    The wizard Vitruvius attempts to protect the “Kragle”, a superweapon, from the evil Lord Business. He fails to do so, but warns Lord Business of a prophecy where a person called the “Special” will find the Piece of Resistance capable of stopping the Kragle.

    8 and a half years later, Emmet Joe Brickowski, an ordinary construction worker with no special qualities, comes across a woman, Wyldstyle, who is searching for something after hours at Emmet’s construction site. When he investigates, Emmet falls into a hole and finds the Piece of Resistance. Compelled to touch it, Emmet experiences vivid visions and passes out. He awakens elsewhere, with the Piece of Resistance attached to his back, in the custody of Bad Cop, Lord Business’ lieutenant (whose head sometimes turns around to reveal his other side, Good Cop). There, Emmet learns Business’ plans to destroy the world with the Kragle. Wyldstyle rescues Emmet and takes him to Vitruvius, who explains that he and Wyldstyle are “Master Builders” capable of building anything they need, both with great speed and without instruction manuals. Years ago, Lord Business rose to power, his disapproval of such anarchic creativity resulting in him capturing many of them. As the “Special”, Emmet is destined to defeat him, yet Wyldstyle and Vitruvius are disappointed to find Emmet displays no creativity.

    Lord Business plans to use the Kragle (a tube of Krazy Glue with some of the logo’s letters rubbed out) to freeze the universe perfectly in place. Bad Cop tracks down Emmet and Wyldstyle, who are rescued by her boyfriend, Batman. He takes them to a meeting of the remaining Master Builders. Unimpressed with Emmet, they refuse to fight Lord Business. Bad Cop and his forces attack and capture all the Master Builders except for Emmet and a few others. Emmet believes the Master Builders’ weakness is that their individual creativity prevents them from working together. He devises a team plan to infiltrate Lord Business’ headquarters. As Emmet and his allies are captured and imprisoned, Vitruvius attempts to fight back but is killed; with his dying words he admits the prophecy was made up. Business throws the Piece of Resistance off the edge of the universe, sets his headquarters to self-destruct, and leaves with the Kragle while leaving Bad Cop behind. Vitruvius’ ghost tells Emmet that even if the prophecy isn’t real, Emmet can still save the world. Emmet, tied to the self-destruct mechanism’s battery, sacrifices himself for his friends, flinging himself off the edge of the universe.

    Inspired, the Master Builders escape and rally with the help of Bad Cop. Soon, Lego people across the universe are building their own creative weapons. The Master Builders lead the charge against Business.

    Emmet finds himself in the real world, where the events of the story are being played out within the imagination of a boy, Finn. His father “The Man Upstairs” chastises his son for ruining his father’s Lego set by mixing characters with the wrong playsets, and originating hodgepodge creations. Finn argues that Lego are for children, but his father prefers to Krazy Glue his perceived perfect creations together permanently, as this is how adults play with Lego. In the Lego world, Lord Business’ forces gain the upper hand. Realizing the father will glue all the Lego in place, Emmet wills himself to move and falls off the table, gaining Finn’s attention. Finn returns Emmet to the Lego set, where Emmet builds a massive robot to assist his friends before confronting Lord Business. In the real world, Finn’s father looks at his son’s creations again and finds himself impressed. Realizing his son based the evil Lord Business on him, the father has a change of heart and allows his son to play with his Lego however he sees fit. In the Lego world, Emmet convinces Lord Business that Business, too, is special, as is everyone. Moved by Emmet’s speech, Business destroys the Kragle and unfreezes his victims.

    With the world saved, Emmet celebrates with his friends, and Wyldstyle, whose real name is Lucy, becomes his girlfriend. However, alien Duplo beings beam down, announcing their intentions to invade, due to the father allowing Finn’s little sister to play with his Lego set as well. Then at the end they get captured by the Duplo toys.

    Reception

    On Rotten Tomatoes,[3] the film received a 96% fresh rating, as well as a critic rating of 8.1/10, and an average user rating of 4.3/5. On iMDB,[4] the film received an average user rating of 7.8/10, as well as a metacritic score of 83. Opening weekend, the film grossed $69,050,279 and was #1 in the US box office for three straight weeks and the 5th highest grossing film in the US during 2014.[5] Worldwide, the movie grossed a total of $468.1 million and was the 16th highest grossing film worldwide.[6]

    Sequel

    After the success at the box office, a sequel was announced and set to be May 2017.[7] After the popularity of Batman’s appearance in the film, a Lego Batman spin-off film was reportedly set to be released the same year.[8]

    Fandom

    Though notably popular among kids, causing a Lego shortage during the Christmas shopping 2014 year,[9] the movie gained a strong online following. As of February 2014, the official Facebook page for The Lego Movie[10] has 2,012,529 likes. The verified Twitter account for the film[11] has 65.3k followers and was created August 2012. As of February 2014, DeviantArt search results for “The Lego Movie” returns over 9,000 deviations created by fans.[12]

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    Everything is Awesome

    Everything is Awesome is the theme song of The Lego Movie, sung by Tegan & Sara and featuring The Lonely Island. It was uploaded to the Warner Bros. YouTube channel Febuary 7, 2014, and gained 30.6 million views within a year.



    Though featured several times throughout the movie, the song was also used in the end credits during a brick animation sequence.[13] During the 2015 Oscars, Everything is Awesome was preformed live and featured dancers dressed up as characters from the film, as well as LEGO Oscars handed out to the audience.



    The song has numerous YouTube covers[14] and the phrase was frequently used in or as a working title for much of the fan art dedicated to the film.[15]

    Everything is Not Awesome

    Everything is Not Awesome is a cooperate shaming campaign started by Greenpeace in 2014. The campaign aimed at getting the LEGO group to end it’s partnership with Shell for plans to drill in the arctic for oil. The video was covered by many websites including The Guardian[16] and Forbes.[17] In less than a week the video gained over 3.1 million views.



    Although not dissuaded to end their current obligations to the contract, public attention pushed the LEGO group to announce[18] they would not be renewing the contract with Shell once it expired.

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  • 02/26/15--10:12: Kappa


  • About

    Kappa is an emoticon commonly used on a approved live streaming video platform Twitch.tv. It strongly indicates irony, sarcasm or either trolling.

    Origin

    Twitch has added an amount of 4 emotes of Kappa overall: Kappa (), Keepo (), MiniK () and KappaHD (). The original photograph exposes former Justin.tv employee and software creator Josh DeSeno.[1] Picture can be seen below.


    Spread

    The average number of usage is 900 000 per 24 hours.[2] On February 18, 2012, r/kappa/ subreddit was established.[3] It has got over 13 900 readers. On July 13, 2014, first submission for Kappa on Urban Dictionary was made.[4] There’s also a popular ASCII used as a replacement for emoticon variantion:

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    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]AngelList – Josh DeSeno

    [2]Twitch Emotes – Kappa

    [3]reddit – Kappa

    [4]Urban Dictionary – Kappa


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    About

    My Desires Are Unconventional, alternatively My Interests Are Very Singular, is a series of exploitable images from the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. It typically features a series of still frames from the scene where Grey introduces Steele to his room of BDSM gear, with the shot of the actual room replaced by a reference to a different fandom.

    Origin

    The earliest notable example of the meme was created by Patrick King and posted to his Tumblr blog on July 25th, 2014.[1] It features an edit of the movie’s trailer, replacing Grey’s BDSM room with a room filled with merchandise from the My Little Pony franchise. The post was linked to on the /r/mylittlepony subreddit on the same day,[2] garnering 512 points (92% upvoted) before being archived.



    Spread

    On February 10th, 2015, Vox published an article[3] titled “There are more than 50 shades of grey. This meme proves it”, showcasing multiple tweets related to the meme, with examples from as early as July 2014.




    On February 12th, Buzzfeed published a similar compilation of tweets and image-based examples in an article titled “This Meme Mocking “Fifty Shades Of Grey” Is Just Fantastic.”[4]




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  • 02/26/15--13:01: The Barber
  • About

    The Barber, also known as Just Fuck Me Up, is a series of captioned images featuring photographs of people with botched haircuts or bold hairstyles and transcripts of mock conversations between the subject and their barber.

    Origin

    On August 13th, 2012, rapper Tyler, The Creator posted a tweet mocking Miley Cyrus’ new short haircut, joking that the pop star requested her stylist to “fuck me up real quick” (shown below). The following day, Cyrus responded to the tweet by insulting the rapper’s face but complimenting his music (shown below).[9] The tweets were subsequently deleted.



    Spread

    On June 7th, 2014, Twitter user @TheHuzlers[4] posted a photograph of the back of a man’s freshly-shaved head with the message “Nigga sat at the barber chair and said ‘Just fuck me up bruh’” (shown below). On June 20th, 2014, Twitter user tf_i_looklike[5] reposted the same photograph, which accumulated more than 10,700 retweets and 5,600 favorites over eight months.



    On December 11th, Twitter user @RiqqiXNX[1] tweeted a photograph of an advertisement for Cleveland-based dentist Gino DiGiannantonio,[8] along with a mock conversation between DiGiannantonio and his barber (shown below, left). In three months, the tweet gathered over 5,400 favorites and 4,600 retweets. On the same day, the @WorldStarFunny[10] Twitter feed posted a photograph of a man with a circular haircut blended into his facial hair with the caption “he sat in the barber’s chair and just said ‘fuck my whole life up fam’” (shown below, right). In three months, the tweets gathered over 4,600 and 7,100 retweets respectively.



    On December 15th, Redditor DickHardwoodJohnson submitted a screenshot of the DiGiannantonio tweet to the /r/funny[7] subreddit, where it received upwards of 4,900 votes (96% upvoted) and 1,900 comments in two months. On December 17th, the /r/justfuckmyshitup[6] subreddit was launched for notable examples of the captioned image meme. On February 12th, 2015, the @BarberPosts[2] Twitter feed was launched, which highlights notable photographs of botched haircuts accompanied by mock barber conversations. On February 19th, Urban Dictionary[3] user holiday1432 submitted an entry for “Just fuck me up,” defining it as “putting the fate of your hair into someone else’s hands.” On February 25th, the men’s interest blog Brobible[11] published a compilation of notable examples of the meme.

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Twitter – @RiqqiXNX

    [2]Twitter – @BarberPosts

    [3]Urban Dictionary – Just fuck me up

    [4]Twitter – @TheHuzlers

    [5]Twitter – @tf_i_looklike

    [6]Reddit – /r/justfuckmyshitup

    [7]Reddit – I dont even care anymore

    [8]Dr. Gino DDSMeet Our Team

    [9]Twitter – @MileyCyrus

    [10]Twitter – @WorldStarFunny

    [11]Brobile – This Just Fuck My Shit Up Barber Meme


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  • 02/26/15--14:01: #LllamaDrama
  • Overview

    #LlamaDrama is a Twitter hashtag that came out of a police pursuit of two llamas that broke loose from the rest of their group in Sun City, Arizona on February 26th, 2015. The highway chase, which lasted for at least half an hour before the capture of the animals, was widely covered in the news and extensively discussed in the social media in real-time.

    Background

    On the morning of February 26th, 2015, a white llama and a black llama got away from their group shortly after a mobile petting zoo event at the Carillons Assisted Living Center in Sun City, Arizona. According to the animals’ owner Bub Bullis, there were initially three animals got spooked and ran away near 103rd Avenue and Grand, and after about an hour of unsuccessful attempt at capturing the animals, he called the 911 for help at around 11:55 a.m, local time (1:55 p.m. EST). By 12:45 p.m., the local authorities’ llama chase had been picked up by several local news stations and several major news networks. The pursuit was broadcast and livestreamed in real-time, with news station helicopters following the llamas as they ran around the streets of Sun City and managed to evade capture for almost an hour before being lassoed under control.

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  • 02/26/15--17:51: What Color Is This Dress?
  • About

    What Color Is This Dress? refers to a Tumblr post in which viewers were asked to identify the color of a dress, which appeared to be either white and gold or black and blue. The question sparked an Internet-wide debate in late February 2015, launching the competing hashtags “#WhiteAndGold” and “#BlackAndBlue.”

    Origin

    On February 25th, 2015, Tumblr user swiked[1] posted a photograph of a dress asking the science side of Tumblr to help identify its colors, noting that her friends were torn between it being white and gold or black and blue. Within 48 hours, the post gained over 400,000 notes.



    Spread

    On February 26th, 2015, BuzzFeed[2] posted a poll asking readers to decide what color the dress really was. Within 10 hours the poll received more than 1.8 million votes, with 72% selecting “white and gold” (shown below).



    Later that evening, BuzzFeed published a second post[7] revealing that the dress was actually blue after finding it available for purchase on United Kingdom-based online retailer Roman Originals,[8] which listed it as a “Royal-Blue Lace Detail Bodycon Dress” (shown below).



    On February 27th, Redditor AskScienceModerator submitted a post about the dress to the /r/AskScience[15] subreddit, where experts from a variety of fields offered explanations of the color perception phenomenon. In the first 12 hours, it gained over 2700 votes (84% upvoted), 3,600 comments and reached the front page of the social news site. Meanwhile, Redditor Sooprman posted an image of the Black and Blue Power Rangers to /r/Funny[16] with the accompanying caption “The White Ranger / and Gold Ranger,” garnering upwards of 3,000 votes (86% upvoted) in the first five hours (shown below).



    On the same day, XKCD webcomic author, Randall Munroe, used his Friday update to illustrate the differences that background lighting effects had on the perception of the dress’ color and included the following statement as the comic’s alt-text:



    “This white-balance illusion hit so hard because it felt like someone had been playing through the Monty Hall scenario and opened their chosen door, only to find there was unexpectedly disagreement over whether the thing they’d revealed was a goat or a car.”[21]

    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the dress debate, including Gawker,[3] Wired,[4]CNBC,[5] Business Insider,[6] Mashable[17] and Time.[18] Several celebrities also commented on the dress on Twitter, including Taylor Swift,[9] Melissa Joan Hart,[10] Kim Kardashian,[11] Anna Kendrick,[12] Ellen DeGeneres[13] and many more.[14]



    #TheDress

    On Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, users chimed in on the color of the garment using the hashtag “#TheDress,” with the opposing sides using the accompanying hashtags “#WhiteAndGold” or “#BlackAndBlue.” Within 12 hours, #TheDress had reached over 400,000 tweets, and #WhiteAndGold lead with a ratio of 3:1 tweets over #BlackAndBlue. By the end of 24 hours, tweets containing #TheDress had jumped to over 1.2 million while the competing sides maintained a similar ratio.



    Scientific Explanation

    Many experts have cited the color constancy[19] feature of the human color perception system, which attempts to make colors appear consistent under varying types of illumination, as being responsible for the different colors identified in the photograph.[4][20] If the viewer assumes a white illuminant, the dress appears blue and black, but if a blue illuminant is assumed, the dress appears white and gold.



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  • 02/27/15--09:45: #WhoIsBeck
  • WIP

    Overview

    #WhoIsBeck is a Twitter hashtag launched after singer-songwriter Beck Hansen won Album of the Year at the 57th Grammy Awards in February 2015. Beyoncé fans upset at her loss started the tag when Academy members chose the alternative rock singer over better selling pop artists and fellow nominees Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, and Sam Smith for the award.

    Origin

    The 57th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 8, 2015.[5] The Album of the Year award was given to musician Beck for his album Morning Phase, beating out several other albums, most notably pop artist Beyoncé Knowles’ self-titled album. The move was seen as strange by critics, as Beck had kept a fairly low profile in the popular eye since his peak in the 1990s.

    Spread

    The same night the award was given, Buzzfeed posted an article compiling tweets made my individuals who had not heard of Beck prior to the event.[2] On February 9, the day after, the hastag #WhoIsBeck began to trend, which was noted by several websites, including Billboard.[1][3][4]


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  • 02/27/15--11:48: Normies
  • WIP

    About

    Normies is a term for “normal” or well-adjusted people usually used in a derogatory sense by those aware of their social awkwardness. In recent times the term has come to be associated with 4chan’s /r9k/ board.

    Origin

    An Urban Dictionary definition for “normies” was submitted in 2004.[1] One of the earliest known uses of “normies” on 4chan was in a post in a thread on the Japanese Culture (/jp/) board in 2008.[2] The earliest known use of “normies” on /r9k/ was made in 2012.[3]

    Spread

    WIP

    Related Memes

    Angry Pepe

    The Angry Pepe reaction image is often used in conjunction to the “normies” phrase, often accompanying rants about non-socially awkward people.

    Search Interest

    References

    [1]Urban Dictionary – normies

    [2]Archive.moe – /jp/ – Otaku Culture

    [3]Archive.moe – /r9k/ – ROBOT9001

    [4]Archieve.moe – Search for ‘normie’


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  • 02/27/15--16:04: French Girls
  • About

    French Girls is a mobile application that allows users to upload selfies for other random users to draw an illustration of the photograph. The app is named after the memorable quote from the 1997 period drama film Titanic, in which the character Rose (played by Kate Winslet) tells her love interest “Draw me like one of your French girls”.

    History

    On March 23rd, 2013, the mobile software company APPEK released an iOS[4] app titled “French Girls,” which allows its anonymous users to draw sketch portraits of strangers and upload their own photos for others to draw.



    Online Presence

    On January 9th, 2014, the Fresh Girls App Tumblr[3] blog was launched, which highlights notable example drawings made with the application.

    On July 7th, the Internet humor blog Smosh[1] highlighted 29 humorous illustrations created with the iPhone app (shown below). On March 1st, The Daily Dot[2] published an article about French Girls, referring to it as “the best selfie app.”

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