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  • 04/11/15--21:03: SpongeBob's Hype Stand
  • About

    SpongeBob’s Hype Stand is a series 4-panel comics based off of edited screenshots from the children’s animated television show SpongeBob SquarePants. The screenshots are usually used to show some kind of hype for something, usually a video game.

    Origin

    The screenshots used in the comic are taken from two different episodes of SpongeBob; the leftmost two are taken from the episode Bubblestand, whereas the remaining two are taken from the episode Patty Hype.[1][2] The first known use of the comic was by Spanish-language Facebook humor page Jose-JP on July 26, 2014.[5]



    Spread

    The most popular edit of the comic, based on Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series, was posted to /r/funny on September 12, 2014, where it gained over 3,000 upvotes; this version of the comic is usually used to make further variants.[3] An edit of the comic was posted to the subreddit /r/spongebros on January 20, 2015, where it became the second most upvoted image on the subreddit.[4] The meme is also popular on the Spanish-speaking web.



    Example Images




    Search Interest

    currently unavailable

    References

    [1]SpongeBob SquarePants Wikia – Bubblestand

    [2]SpongeBob SquarePants Wikia – Patty Hype

    [3]/r/funny – The new smash bros

    [4]/r/spongebros – EVO

    [5]Facebook – Jose-JP


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  • 04/12/15--03:15: Nazism
  • Editor’s Note: This entry may be offensive to some users. View it with your own discretion.


    About

    Nazism, otherwise known as Nationalsozialismus (National Socialism in English), is a fringe political ideology that became prominent as a result of World War II-era Germany. Typically identified as being totalitarian right-wing on the political compass, it explicitly opposes the ideas of liberalism, socialism, communism, and all forms of anarchy. It advocates nationalism, racial/ethnic purity, social Darwinism, antisemitism, and the Organic Theory of the State. It is closely related to fascism, another extreme ideology that developed at around the same time in the 20th century.

    History

    The roots of Nazism can be traced back to prominent ideas of Germanic nationalism and militarism in the 19th century. During this historical period, the Germanic people was divided across more than two dozen states. Intent on creating a united German nation that could stand against other European powers, an influential populist movement formed and rapidly took hold, in the process developing an ideology based strongly around ethnic loyalty.[1]

    Nazism in its modern, organized form was born during the 1920s, during a time of extreme hardship, economic downturn, and political unrest. This was particularly true in Germany, which was experiencing the consequences of the Treaty of Versailles. The official Nazi Party of Germany was formed in 1920, but it was not until 1932 that it became the dominant political party in Germany, its popularity spurred by the onset of the Great Depression and the rise in extremist politics that came with it.[2]

    Adherence to Nazi doctrine after the end of the Third Reich is typically referred to as Neo-Nazism.

    Prominent Nazis

    Adolf Hitler

    See related memes

    Heinrich Himmler

    Reichsführer-SS of the Nazi party who was one of the people directly responsible for the Holocaust. Himmler, in addition to being one of the most well-known in Hitler’s inner circle, was one of the most powerful men in Germany.

    Hermann Fegelein

    High ranking Nazi and Hitler’s brother-in-law through his marriage with Hitler’s wife’s sister. Fegelein became more well known with the numerous parodies of Downfall.

    Dr. Josef Mengele

    Nazi scientist and doctor that performed experiments on the prisoners of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

    Online Reputation

    W.I.P.

    Related Memes

    Adolf Hitler

    Adolf Hitlerwas the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party) and the dictator of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. He is often associated with the Nazi movement, World War II, and the Holocaust.



    Godwin’s Law

    Godwin’s Lawis an internet adage that is derived from one of the earliest bits of Usenet wisdoms, which goes “if you mention Adolf Hitler or Nazis within a discussion thread, you’ve automatically ended whatever discussion you were taking part in.”. The Law was coined by the American attorney and author Mike Godwin.



    Nazi

    Online, the term nazi has often been used a synonym of fanatical follower of an idea. Some notable examples of its use are the term Grammar Nazi,refered to someone who habitually corrects grammar and / or spelling mistakes made by others in conversation, and Feminist Nazi,an advice animal series, with captions that typically depict a naive approach to stereotypical feminist ideas.



    Secret Nazi

    Secret Naziis a YTMND photoshop fad depicting swastikas and other Nazi-related symbols that are “accidentally found” in public places. The most notable example is the picture of a swastika forest somewhere in Brandenburg, Germany (shown bellow).



    Jews vs. Nazis Beer Pong

    Jews vs. Nazis Beer Pongis a variation on the popular drinking game in which the plastic cups are arranged in the shapes of a Star of David, a symbol of Judaism, and a swastika, a controversial symbol associated with Nazism. Since its emergence through social networking sites in 2011, the game has gained both popularity and notoriety for its controversial nature.



    /pol/

    Politically Incorrect,abbreviated as /pol/, is a board dedicated to current events and political discussion on the imageboard 4chan. It is one of the most popular boards on the internet dedicated to politics, and has gained a reputation as a hotbed for fringe beliefs.



    My Greatest Dream Is a World Without Jews

    My Greatest Dream Is a World Without Jews is a troll quote often misatributted to relevant personalities or characters as a obituary.



    Search Interest


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  • 04/12/15--03:15: Judaism
  • Editor’s Note: This entry may be offensive to some users. View it with your own discretion.




    About

    Judaism refers to the religion, philosophy, culture and way of life of the Jewish people, a an ethno-cultural and ethnoreligious group originating from the Israelites of the Ancient Near East.

    History

    According to the Hebrew Bible, The Israelites descend from the Patriarchs Abraham, his son Isaac and Isaac’s son, Jacob. Around the 18th century BCE, Abraham migrated from Sumeria to Canaan, the Land of Israel,[5] and later Jacob and his family migrated to Ancient Egypt, where their descendants were slaved until the Exodus led by Moses, commonly dated on 13th century. The return of the descendants to Canaan and it’s conquer created the Land of Isreal, composed by twelve tribes, but after king Solomon’s death the a civil war between then ten northen tribes, the Tribe of Judah and the Tribe of Benjamin erupted, splitting the nation into Israel (north) and Judah (south). Both kingdoms were destroyed after various conquest by other empires (mainly Babylonic and Roman), making its inhabitants spread to other regions. During the following centuries Jews were persecuted through called pogroms, mainly by Christians. The biggest persecution against the Jews occurred during the Third Reich by the Nazi government, where approximately six million Jews were killed in what would be known as the Holocaust, often referred to as one of the biggest genocides and most horrific in human history.[16]



    On 1947, United Nations Assembly reccomended a Partition Plan for Mandatory Palestine, a geopolitical entity under British administration, to give the Jewish a state, consequently creating the State of Israel and the State of Palestine. In modern time, both states have regular conflicts over who has the right to the territory, mutual recognition and security, as well as other issues.[14][15]



    Online Reputation

    Judaism is currently the twelfth largest religion in the world.[7] Various pages on social networking sites have been made for Judaism on Twitter,[9][10][11]Facebook,[8] Tumblr,[12] and Reddit.[1][13] Online, judaism also has been starred on various conspiracy theories, that often feature jews as media manipulators or being against white race, as well as the use of some stereotypes, like being greedy or having big noses, as trolling, being often featured on pages like 4chan’s board /pol/.[6]

    Related Memes

    Happy Merchant

    Happy Merchantis the nickname given to a cartoon portraying a male Jew based on anti-Semitic views, giving it characterizations such as greed, manipulative, and the need for world domination. Mainly posted on political imageboards such as 4chan’s /pol/ and 4chon’s /new/, it is used both ironically and seriously.



    Oy Vey

    Oy Vey is a Yiddish (language from some jew communities on central and east Europe) expression used to articulate dismay or exasperation, being “oh, woe!” an accurate translation of it.[2][4] Online, the phrase is often been used to parody jews.[3]



    JIDF

    JIDF, also known as Jewish Internet Defense Force[18] is a social justice internet organization against anti-Semitic internet activities or online terrorism.[17][19] Its online activism against websites and pages on Facebook have been criticized by several sites and especially by the political incorrect humor board /pol/. JIDF is often mentioned in any anti-Semitism related discussion on 4chan, usually as an accusation that posters who disagree with anti-Semitic posts are actually covert JIDF members, often in the form “JIDF pls go”.[20]



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Reddit – /r/jews

    [2]Urban dictionary – Oy Vey

    [3]Archive.4plebs – Search for oy vey on /pol/

    [4]Wikipedia – Oy Vey

    [5]Judaism 101 – The Land of Israel

    [6]Archieve.4plebs – Search for jew on /pol/

    [7]Wikipedia – List of religious populations

    [8]Facebook – Jews News

    [9]Twitter – Jewish Daily Forward

    [10]Twitter – JTA | Jews News

    [11]Twitter – Haaretz

    [12]Tumblr – Search for judaism

    [13]Reddit – /r/judaism

    [14]BBCA history on conflict, Israel and the palestinians

    [15]Wikipedia – Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    [16]History.com – The Holocaust

    [17]Reddit – JIDF

    [18]Wikipedia – JIDF

    [19]Urban Dictionary – JIDF

    [20]Encyclopedia Dramatica – JIDF


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  • 04/12/15--06:48: Revolver Ocelot Posting
  • Note: Revolver Ocelot (Revolver Ocelot)

    About

    Revolver Ocelot Posting is form of shitposting that refers to an edited screenshot of the character Revolver Ocelot from the action stealth game Metal Gear Solid 1. The joke involves screenshots of overlapping posts from various sites which are only saying “Revolver Ocelot” with the edited screenshot being the original post.

    Origin

    The screenshot originated from a scene in the 1998 videogame Metal Gear Solid 1. As main protagonist Solid Snake attempts to save ArmsTech President Kenneth Baker, he is immediately greeted by Revolver Ocelot which prompt his introduction and beginning the first boss fight in the game.



    Spread

    The first archived post from April 16, 2009 can be found on /a/ – Animu & Mango board of 4chan.[4] It has been reused on the same board, on November 21, 2009.[5] After a long pause, it was used in the exact same context on /v/ – Video Games, on April 1, 2012 and it gained more notability this year.[6]


    Around late march – early April, 2014, Imgur user SHANNERS uploaded one of the first instances of the overlapping posts which suggest the original post started in 4chan on March 31st, 2014 and was later reposted on facebook. As of April, 2015, the image has gain more than 1.400 views with 17 points[1]. The image was later reposted on Funnyjunk by user alruneia on April 10th, 2014 which as April, 2015, has gathered over 674 points and more than 34.000 views[2].


    Notable Examples



    External References

    [1]Imgur – Revolver Ocelot

    [2]Imgur – Revover Ocelot

    [3]FunnyJunk – Revolver Ocelot

    [4]4chan – /a/

    [5]4chan – /a/

    [6]4chan – /v/


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  • 04/12/15--16:24: Anton Maiden
  • About

    Anton Maiden was the stage name of the late Swedish Internet celebrity Anton Gustafsson. Gustafsson rose to fame in the late 90s with his album Anton Gustafsson tolkar Iron Maiden, and can be considered an early example of Internet phenomena.

    Internet Presence

    Before the release of his album, Gustaffson had been known by his friends for his covers of songs by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden; after some persuasion, he released an album of covers 1999 under the pseudonym Anton Maiden.[1] The album received mixed critical reviews; Gustaffson, however, became an Internet celebrity in his home country of Sweden. Gustaffson created his own website presumably in 1999.[2]


    Death and Legacy

    Gustafsson committed suicide in 2003 after a struggle with depression. A fansite was created, which has over 100,000 views as of April 2015.[3]

    Search Interest

    References

    [1]Wikipedia – Anton Maiden

    [2]Anton Gustafsson – Home Page

    [3]Altervista – Anton Maiden 4ever


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  • 04/13/15--09:24: Domanik Green's case
  • Overview

    Domanik Green’s case refers to the arrest of Domanik Green, an eighth-grader at Paul R. Smith Middle School. The reason of such action was an offense against a computer system and unauthorized access.

    Background

    On march 31st Green logged onto the school’s network using a password of administrator (which was the teacher’s last name) and changed the wallpaper to the picture of two homosexual men kissing. One of the computers he accessed also had downloaded 2014 FCAT questions stored on it, though the sheriff said that Green didn’t view any of these.

    Even though some might say this is just a teenage prank, who knows what this teenager might have done,– Sheriff Chris Nocco said. The sheriff said also that Green’s case should be a warning to other students: If information comes back to us and we get evidence (that other kids have done it), they’re going to face the same consequences.

    So I logged out of that computer and logged into a different one and I logged into a teacher’s computer who I didn’t like and tried putting inappropriate pictures onto his computer to annoy him, Green said. He also claims that he discovered the password by watching the teacher type it in.

    Green received a 10-day school suspension. It is currently unknown if he’ll return to Paul R. Smith to complete the school year after the suspension.


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  • 04/13/15--10:13: Mug-Holding Shinji
  • About

    Mug-Holding Shinji is an exploitable image based on an image of the character Shinji Ikari from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion holding a mug.

    Origin

    The image used in the exploitable is based off of a screenshot from the Evangelion episode a human work during a scene in which Ikari confronts his guardian Misato Katsuragi at breakfast time.[7]



    Spread

    Several real-life mugs have been available to purchase with variations of the Shinji image.[2]

    researching


    Example Images




    Search Interest

    currently unavailable

    References

    [1]EvaGeeks – Episode 7

    [2]Redbubble – Shinji With a Coffee Mug


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  • 04/13/15--11:29: Deez Nuts
  • About

    Deez Nuts is a video remix series containing a clip of Internet personality WelvenDaGreat saying the phrase “deez nuts” into a phone, which is often added as the punchline into a variety of videos on Instagram and Vine.

    Origin

    On May 20th, 2015, Instagram user WelvenDaGreat[1] posted a video clip of himself speaking to a friend on the phone, in which he tells a joke that “deez nuts” arrived in the mail (shown below). In the first month, the video gained over 58,000 likes.




    Spread

    On March 24th, 2015, YouTuber Javalicius uploaded an extended version of WelvenDaGreat’s video, garnering upwards of 490,000 views and 290 comments in the next three weeks (shown below).



    On April 4th, the Mykleeproduction Instagram[3] feed posted an edited clip from the children’s television series Blue’s Clues with the “deez nuts” video added at the end (shown below).




    On April 11th, Viner Khadi Don posted a scene from the 2002 superhero film Spider-Man with the “deez nuts” clip dubbed over the original audio (shown below, left). The same day, the Co Vines YouTube channel uploaded a compilation of notable “deez nuts” Vine remixes, accumulating more than 126,000 views and 70 comments in 48 hours (shown below, right).



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Instagram – welvendagreat

    [2]Vine – #deeznuts

    [3]Instagram – deez nuts


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  • 04/13/15--13:44: Unexpected Jihad
  • warning: this entry contains videos that are potentially offensive.

    About

    Unexpected Jihad are a series of YouTube remixes that typically begin with some sort of found or otherwise unrelated footage. Often, the sound of a typical Islamic prayer song, or Nasheed, is added, followed by the phrase “Allahu Akbar” and an explosion. The remix style is similar to that of Unexpected Thug Life.

    Origin

    The first two videos using the term “Unexpected Jihad” were uploaded to YouTube on January 16th, 2015. Both titled “Unexpected Jihad Life”, the two videos feature the Nasheed but not the phrase or the explosion. The more popular of the two, below left, is by user DataManagementGroup, and as of April 2015 it has more than 80,000 views. The less popular one, below right, is by user Joshua Weininger, and as of the same time period it has garnered more than 29,000 views.





    The subreddit /r/unexpectedjihad[1] was created the next day and has more than 53,000 subscribers as of April 2015.

    Spread

    In less than a month, /r/unexpectedjihad had over 1,000 submissions, and the meme had garnered significant media attention from publications like tech blog Motherboard[2], who called it “problematic” and Digg[3], who filed their post about it under the category “Disturbing and Potentially Offensive.”

    In the meantime, several videos in the style reached hundreds of thousands if views, including one titled “Birthday party.” by YouTube user Jemiide, which as of April 2015 has over 650,000 views.



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Reddit – /r/unexpectedjihad

    [2]Motherboard – The Terrorist Parody Video Is Now a Problematic Meme

    [3]Digg – Why Do These Viral Videos Keep Ending With 9/11 Footage?


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  • 04/13/15--17:51: Russian Anti-Meme Law

  • About

    The Russian Anti-Meme Law refers to the Russian government’s ban on impersonating or sharing doctored images of public figures that are deemed out-of-context in relation to their personality or reputation in real life. The policy was introduced in early April 2015 as a direct result of a court decision in Moscow which ruled the unauthorized use of Russian singer Valeri Syutkin’s images as an internet meme to be an infringement of his privacy.

    Background

    On April 7th, 2015, Roskomnadzor, the Russian government’s media bureau, issued an official statement on the online networking site VK[1] to declare the ban of social media activities that involve misrepresenting public figures, such as assuming false identities or appropriating their images to misportray them out of context of their “personality.” The announcement of the policy came off the heels of a court decision in Moscow earlier that month which ruled that Russian celebrity singer Valeri Syutkin’s privacy had been violated as a result of an internet meme pairing his image with an offensive phrase (shown below).


    The meme in question features a photograph of Syutkin, who commands a large female following in Russia for his romantic, gentle persona, captioned with “BBPE,” an acronymic reference to an offensively misogynistic lyric from another Russian musician Nambavan’s 2005 album Sex, Drugs, and Russian Girls, which stands for “Bei Babu Po Ebalu” (English: “smack the bitch in the face”). According to the Russian meme wiki Lurkmore, [10] the “BBPE” meme initially surfaced on the image board site 2ch.ru as a frequently said insult in 2008, before gradually evolving into a popular troll quote misattributed to a number of Russian celebrities, including Valeri Syutkin, as well as pop star Phillip Kirkorov and actor Aleksey Panin.

    Notable Developments

    Following the announcement of the initiative, many in Russia believed that Kremlin’s new policy was directed at suppressing online satires and memeification of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, both the court ruling and the anti-meme policy were met with heavy scrutiny from the news media in the West, while prompting an upsurge of Putin-related memes from the critics of Vladimir Putin in the social media overseas.



    Search Interest


    External References


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  • 04/14/15--08:15: Manga
  • Work in progress.

    About

    Manga (Japanese: 漫画 Manga) is a Japanese term used to refer to any comic, although outside of Japan it has been mainly associated to the comics made in Japan, and the style they often use.

    History

    Although manga can be tracked on 18yh century, modern manga was born during United States’ occupation on Japan after WWII.

    Online Relevance

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    Fandom

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    Related Memes

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    Search Interest

    External Links


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    About

    Yet Another Unrealistic Standard (for men/women) is the phrase most often associated to humorous images featuring badly proportioned bodies. The subject of this meme are often mannequins that went wrong, poorly manufactured dolls, and photos of actual people that have been extremely distorted via Photoshop.

    Origin

    The phrase is popular in feminism when discussing body types deemed acceptable by society. The phrase has been overused to the point that it has become trivial and has been associated with humorous images that are clearly unrealistic.

    Spread

    The instance of the meme can be seen in several sites such as Tumblr, Imgur, and Funnyjunk.

    On June 20,2014, the Internet news site Buzzfeed posted an article titled 25 Completely Unrealistic Expectations Of Women In Today’s World that pokes fun at the various images uploaded all over the internet. The article currently has 807,696 views[1].

    Various Examples


    Search Interest

    not available

    External References

    [1]Buzzfeed – 25 Completely Unrealistic Expectations Of Women In Today’s World


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  • 04/14/15--11:52: David "Elsewhere" Bernal
  • About

    David Bernal (born August 2nd 1979), also known by his alias “Elsewhere”, is an American performer and illusionary dancer who became an internet celebrity after a video of his moves in a talent show went viral. He has then been featured in a wide variety of commercials as well as he appeared in movies, most notably as Johnny Depp’s double during the “Futterwacken” dance scene from Tim Burton’s 2010 movie Alice in Wonderland.

    Rise to fame

    On October 6th, 2001, Bernal participated in the annual Korean-American talent show Kollaboration that took place in California, in a competition called “Freestyle Dance” which he won by showing off impressive dance moves to the tune of Expo 2000 by Kraftwerk. A video recording of the event depicting a previous dancing contestant followed by his appearance on stage, sporting an orange shirt and white pants, began circulating online as early as April 1st 2002 on website Albinos Black Sheep[1] (a YouTube upload from the official Kollaboration channel can be seen below).

    Popularity

    Through the years onward, the video would be heavily reposted to video-sharing websites such as French Koreus[2] On December 1st 2003 or even Meta Café[3] on May 23rd 2004, where it accumulated over 3 millions views as of April 2015. A first YouTube upload followed on August 17th 2005[4] before it became reposted an impressive amount of times on the site. On November 27th 2006, BBC News made an article about the ten most viral videos of the time[5] which included Bernal’s video, known under the name “Kolla2001”, reaching over 200 millions views overall and ranking 8th ahead of Afro Ninja.
    Following his newborn fame, Bernal was hired in several mainstream commercials. Most notably, these included Wolkswagen Golf GTI’s parody of Singing In The Rain by Gene Kelly (shown below, left) and beer drink Heineken (shown below, right).



    In addition to the commercials, Bernal was also a guest on the Jay Leno Show in 2009 (shown below, left) and performed the “Futterwacken” dance from 2010 film Alice in Wonderland (shown below, right).



    External References


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  • 04/14/15--11:58: Marco Rubio
  • About

    Marco Rubio is a Republican Senator from Miami, Florida who announced his bid to run for the Republican nomination in the 2016 United States Presidential election. Prior to his announcement in April 2015, Rubio has been previously mocked online by critics for his gaffes, most notably for circumventing a question about the age of the Earth during a media interview in 2012, as well as an awkward pause he took to drink from a water bottle while delivering the Republican Party’s response to the State of the Union Address in 2013.

    Political Career

    In January 2000, Rubio was elected to the 111th House District in the Florida House of Representatives, where he was subsequently reelected in 2002, 2004 and 2006. In November 2010, Rubio was elected to the United States Senate.

    Online History

    “I’m Not a Scientist”

    In November of 2012, GQ[2] published an interview with Rubio, in which he was asked, “How old do you think the Earth is?” In his reply, Rubio flippantly remarked “I’m not a scientist”, which subsequently became a way to poke fun at someone’s ignorance or avoidance of a topic.

    “I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute among theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist.”

    Water Break Video

    On February 12th, 2013, Rubio delivered the GOP’s rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. While speaking to the camera, Rubio nervously reached over to drink from a bottle of water before continuing on with the speech. Rubio’s awkward “water break” was broadcast live across the country and an isolated clip of the blooper was subsequently uploaded online by YouTuber dkostv (shown below). Within three years, the video gathered upwards of 2.4 million views and 6,000 comments.



    Presidential Run Announcement

    On April 13th, 2015, Rubio announced he was joining the 2016 United States presidential race during a press conference in Miami, Florida (shown below).



    The same day, Rubio tweeted[6] that he had joined Snapchat, urging followers to add him on the mobile photo and video messaging service (shown below).



    Also on April 13th, Redditor theombudsmen submitted an article criticizing Rubio in a post titled “Marco Rubio is the Most Disingeuous Republican Running for President” to the /r/politics[5] subreddit, where it gathered more than 1,800 votes (86% upvoted) and 450 comments within 24 hours. Meanwhile, BuzzFeed writer Daniel Kibblesmith[7] posted a joke tweet rearranging Rubio’s name into “Birac Uboma,” accumulating upwards of 9,000 favorites and 6,800 retweets over the next day (shown below).



    Social Media Presence

    As of April 2015, Rubio has gained over 750,000 likes on Facebook,[1] 718,000 followers on Twitter.[4]

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 04/14/15--14:27: High Tail Hall
  • Note: This entry is under construction; editorships and researchers are welcome (damn furries don’t document anything)



    About

    High Tail Hall (abbreviated as HTH) is an adult furry Flash game series created by furry artist Crowchild[1] through his production company, HTH Studios[2].

    Origin

    The original game was uploaded to Newgrounds on July 21, 2004[3] and was intended to be a heterosexual centered spin-off of the yaoi game The Tail Underground[4]. Crowchild intended to regularly update the game, but a fire in his studio destroyed all data for the game. Several years later, on March 6, 2008[5], High Tail Hall 2 was launched. The game would go through various redesigns and production delays until entering its current state in 2011.

    Online Relevance

    The game a large following within the furry community. The main website garners around 300,000 unique visitors per month[6], and the official Fur Affinity page[7] has over a million views, while the official SoFurry[8] page has over 900,000. The original upload to Newgrounds has over 10 million views as of April, 2015. A wiki for the game and it’s character is operated and run by Crowchild and has over 5,000 views[9].

    References

    [1]WikiFur – Crowchild

    [2]HTH Studios NSFWFront Page

    [3]Newgrounds NSFWHigh Tail Hall

    [4]WikiFur – The Tail Underground

    [5]Furaffinity – High Tail Hall 2 is LIVE!

    [6]Similar Web – HTHstudios

    [7]Furaffinity NSFWCrowchild

    [8]SoFurry NSFWCrowchild

    [9]Similar Web – HTH Wikia


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  • 04/14/15--14:51: Food Stamp Challenge
  • About

    Food Stamp Challenge, also known as the SNAP Challenge, is a public awareness campaign in which participants challenge themselves to budget their daily expenses based on the monetary equivalent of what the U.S. federal government provides for the eligible beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or more commonly known as the “food stamp” program.

    Origin

    In September 2008, executive director of the non-profit public health organization Food Outreach[1] Greg Lukeman launched the earliest known food stamp challenge as part of “Hunger Action Month,” during which he challenged friends to eat for a week on just $25.38.



    Spread

    In February 2009, CNN reporter Sean Callebs spent an entire month eating food on a budget of $176, the maximum amount possible provided by SNAP in New Orleans, Louisiana (shown below).



    In October 2010, the documentary Food Stamped was released, in which a family live on food stamps for one week (shown below).



    Cory Booker SNAP Challenge

    On November 19th, 2012, Twitter user @MWadeNC[30], a 39-year-old married woman from North Carolina, made a comment to Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker asking why children need school lunches provided to them if their families already have access to food stamps. Booker then challenged @MWadeNC to try to live on food stamps for a week or a month in New Jersey, which is known for its high cost of living.[31] On December 3rd, Booker began the SNAP Challenge, alloting himself $33 per week for groceries. He was met with some criticism, as food stamps are supposed to be a supplemental and not a person’s only source of money for food. Booker offered a rebuttal on CNN (shown below), noting that many Americans unfortunately cannot survive without the SNAP program.



    Other Politician Challenges

    In May 2013, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy[3] from Connecticut participated in a week-long challenge in which he lived on a budget of $4.80 per day. On May 24th, Murphy tweeted[3] that he lost six pounds in the first four days of the challenge (shown below).



    In June, Republican Congressman Steve Stockman’s communications director Donny Ferguson participated in the challenged in an attempt to prove that the SNAP program could be cut by as much as 12%. Fergusion ended up going over budget by 14% and purchased mostly processed foods high in sugar and sodium.[4]

    Gwyneth Paltrow’s Challenge

    On April 9th, 2015, actress Gwyneth Paltrow began the #FoodBankNYCChallenge[5] after being encouraged by celebrity chef Mario Batali and tweeted[6] a photograph of groceries she purchased for her budget of $29 that week (shown below). In the first week, the tweet gathered upwards of 2,000 retweets and 1,600 favorites.



    The following day, the women’s interest blog The Frisky[7] published an article criticizing Paltrow’s food choices for not being “calorically significant.” Meanwhile, some Twitter users denounced Paltrow for participating in the challenge (shown below).



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  • 04/14/15--20:02: Grieve-Tan
  • About

    Grieve-tan is an alternate interpretation of the character General Grievous from the Star Wars franchise. The character has risen in popularity on 4chan’s /co/ (Comics and Cartoons) board.

    Origin

    General Grievous first appeared in the 2003 animated series Star Wars:Clone Wars as one of the major antagonists.[1] In 2012, pixiv user ヒコロウ uploaded an image of a humanized version of Grievous represented by a girl with four arms, glasses, and braces.[2]



    Spread

    The first thread on /co/ focusing on Grieve-tan was posted on September 26, 2012.[3] Fans of the character soon began creating fanfiction, including an expanded alternate universe based off of the character. A page on The /co/nservatory Wiki was created on September 28, 2012.[4]

    Example Images



    Search Interest

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    References

    [1]Wikipedia -General Grievous

    [2]Pixiv – 栗鱸先輩

    [3]archive.moe – /co/ – Comics and Cartoons

    [4]The /co/nservatory Wiki – Grieve-tan


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  • 04/14/15--20:25: Keong Racun
  • About

    Keong Racun is an Indonesian viral video created by amateur videographer Sinta Nurmansyah and Jovita “Jojo” Adityasari in which they lipsynch over the 2008 indonesian song of the same name (translated as Toxic Snail) by Arjos-klakah Anak Kampungan. Since its online debut on June, 2010, the video has gain significant fame with many online and offline parodies.

    Origin

    On June 18th, 2010, Youtube account Starky Aji uploaded the video titled “SINTAANDJOJOKEONGRACUN.flv”[1] where Sinta and Jojo lipsynch over the song “Keong Racun”. As of April, 2015, the video has gathered more than 8 million views.



    The original song was created by veteran song writer Subur Tahroni in 2008 which according to his son was inspired by his friend who was a notorious playboy[2]. The song that was used for the viral video was played by local indonesian pop group Arjos-klakah Anak Kampungan.


    Dasar kau keong racun
    Baru kenal eh ngajak tidur
    Ngomong nggak sopan santun
    Kau anggap aku ayam kampung
    Kau rayu diriku
    Kau goda diriku
    Kau colek diriku
    Eh ku takut sekali
    tanpa basa basi kau ngajak happy happy
    Eh kau tak tahu malu
    Tanpa basa basi kau ngajak happy happy

    Mulut kumat kemot
    Matanya melotot
    Lihat body semok
    Pikiranmu jorok
    Mentang-mentang kau kaya
    Aku dianggap jablay
    Dasar koboy kucai
    Ngajak check-in dan santai
    Sorry sorry sorry jack
    Jangan remehkan aku
    Sorry sorry sorry bang
    Ku bukan cewek murahan

    Rough Translation

    Why you toxic snail
    We just met and you want to take me to bed
    You speak impolitely
    You think of me as a village Chicken
    You Persuaded me
    You Seduced me
    You Touched me
    Oh i’m so afraid
    To the point you ask me to happy happy (have sex)
    Oh you don’t know decency
    To the point you ask me to happy happy

    Moaning mouth
    Eyes coming out
    See a sexy body
    You have a dirty mind
    Just because you’re rich
    You think i’m a slut
    You’re such a bad boy
    Asking to check-in and relax
    Sorry sorry sorry jack
    Don’t you underestimate me
    Sorry sorry sorry bang
    I am not a slut

    Spread

    The video quickly became viral as it was shared on social media sites. A facebook page dedicated to Sinta and Jojo currently has over 23.000 likes as of April, 2015[3]. The video also spawned several parodies on Youtube. On August 3rd, 2010, Youtube user ralp87ufr uploaded a video titled “Keong Racun – Bule Version” (Shown bottom left) in which the lipsynch is done by foreigners. As of April, 2015, the video has gathered more than 1.2 million views. On October 3rd, 2010, Youtube user Gondai Yosuke uploaded a video titled “spongebob – keong racun” (Shown bottom right) in which he remixed the song with footages from the Cartoon series Spongebob Squarepants. As of April, 2015, the video has gathered more than 513.000 views.


    The fame of the video has also cause a rise of popularity in the song with many singers and bands playing their own versions of it.


    Around early August, 2010, Indonesian band ST12 released a cover of the song. This version has received criticism due to the lyrics being changed.


    Media Coverage

    The popularity of viral video was covered by various Indonesian news site such as Viva[4], Kapanlagi[5], Antara News[6], Republika[7], and Berita Terkini Online[8]. Youtube user Kanal dioncool88 uploaded a video on July 30th, 2010 that shows MetroTV reporting on the phenomena.


    Commercial Deals

    The viral success of the video has also cause Sinta and Jojo to be featured in several Television commercials.


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  • 04/14/15--21:53: Meet and Fuck
  • About

    Meet and Fuck refers to a series of adult flash games that have become notorious online for their lack of quality, cringeworthy comments, and stealing of art from popular visual novels.

    Origin

    On May 23, 2008, the original game, Meet and Fuck Leila[1] was posted to Newgrounds. The first comment on the game was posted by user Sacky later that same day (shown below).



    Criticism

    [wip]

    Online Relevance

    As of April 2015 the series on Newgrounds has a total of nearly 195 million page views, with the single most viewed game, “Meet’N’Fuck Detective RPG[2],” having over 22 million views. Following the original game’s release on September 24, 2008, YouTuber, LazyPillow uploaded a video entitled RWD: MEET’N’FUCK as a parody of the series (shown below).


    On February 26, 2013, YouTube channel Retsupurae uploaded a reaction video to playing the game Meet’N’Fuck Kingdom[3] (shown below, left). The following year the channel uploaded a second reaction video this time to Meet’N’Fuck Star Mission[4] (shown below, right).



    External References

    [1]Newgrounds NSFWMeet and Fuck Leila

    [2]Newgrounds NSFWMeet’N’Fuck Detective RPG

    [3]Newgrounds NSFWMeet’N’Fuck Kingdom

    [4]Newgrounds NSFWMeet’N’Fuck Star Mission


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  • 04/15/15--10:17: Graffiti Research Lab
  • About

    Graffiti Research Lab is the collaborative international project created by artist-hackers Evan Roth and James Powderly, devoted to providing graffiti artists, protestors, and hackers with open source technologies for creating large-scale urban messaging. The group is well-known for inventing the LED Throwie and conceptualizing and publicizing the use of projection as a valid method of public protest.[1]

    Origin

    Evan Roth and James Powderly met as residents of New York City’s Eyebeam OpenLab, an open-source art initiative, in 2005 and they began working as the Graffiti Research Lab there. It has since expanded to include different operational cells worldwide, including Rotterdam and Hong Kong.[2]

    LED Throwies

    One of the groups first popular inventions was the LED Throwie. One throwie consists of an LED and battery epoxied to a small rare earth magnet; thus the LED can be thrown in the air to attach it to a metal surface.[3]



    Graffiti Research Lab published an Instructable[4] on how to create LED Throwies in 2006, and as of 2015, the Instructable has garnered almost two million views and more than 1300 comments.

    L.A.S.E.R. Tag

    L.A.S.E.R. Tag is a computer vision system paired with a high-lumen projector that allows for writing on walls at a great distance using a laser pointer. After collaborator James Powderly posted a YouTube video of the system in action in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in February of 2007, the work became popular with graffiti writers and protestors alike. As of 2015, the below video has 1.6 million views.



    The method was used in early 2007 to support a group action in favor of Dennis Kucinich’s legislation to impeach then Vice President Dick Cheney for fabricating the causes for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. This is the earliest known use of the group’s open source software in political protest.



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    External References

    [1]Graffiti Research Lab

    [2]Wikipedia – Evan Roth

    [3]Wikipedia – LED Thowies

    [4]Instructable – LED Throwies


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