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- 08/24/15--20:05: _Ladybeard
- 08/24/15--20:26: _Inklingification
- 08/25/15--10:17: _2NE1
- 08/25/15--13:13: _Today You, Tomorrow Me
- 08/25/15--15:11: _Megyn Kelly
- 08/25/15--17:30: _BigCatDerek
- 08/25/15--17:45: _Politwoops
- 08/25/15--22:33: _MOM HOLY FUCK
- 08/24/15--20:05: Ladybeard
- 08/24/15--20:26: Inklingification
- 08/25/15--10:17: 2NE1
- 08/25/15--13:13: Today You, Tomorrow Me
- 08/25/15--15:11: Megyn Kelly
- 08/25/15--17:30: BigCatDerek
- 08/25/15--17:45: Politwoops
- 08/25/15--22:33: MOM HOLY FUCK
Ladybeard is the stage name of Australian professional actor, heavy metal singer, wrestler and martial artist Richard Magarey, whose peculiar stage persona as a five-year-old girl often crossplaying in little girl costumes made him an internet sensation in Asia circa 2011. In mid-2015, he joined Japanese Pop-Metal band LadyBaby and his online popularity soared worldwide when the clip of their debut song Nippon Manju was released to Youtube.
Richard Magarey was born in 1983 in Adelaide, Australia. He graduated from the Flinders University of South Australia Drama Centre in 2004 with a Bachelor of Creative Arts. Since 2011, he lives in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2006, he moved to Hong-Kong and travelled around Asia starring in a number of flicks and commercials (shown below), both as an actor and stuntman.
Around the same time he arrived in Hong-Kong, Magarey started performing with the Hong Kong Wrestling Federation in which he created his Ladybeard character, also known as WuSoLui, mixing his muscular bear-like stature with the persona of a pop singer little girl usually wearing dresses and pigtails (example shown below).
More than his stage name, Ladybear was also the name of a metal band in which he performed as the vocalist.
His popularity among Southern Asian people was so impressive that he conducted several interviews, including one for Hong-Kong TVB J2 in the summer 2011 (shown below).
In Japan, Magarey began pursuing a career in modeling using his persona. On August 11th 2014, Japanese news site Girls Walker interviewed him about the release of his first pin-up dvd. The story was picked by videogame and Japanese culture site Kotaku on August 14th, noting that some photographs take place in a well-known Japanese location (shown below).
Ladybeard has his own official website as well as an official Facebook page with over 57 000 likes and a Twitter account with over 83 000 subscribers. During the course of 2014, he collaborated with Hideaki Kobayashi, also known as the “Sailor Suit Old Man” and another Japanese internet sensation, in various photographs (shown below).
On July 4th, 2015, Japanese Pop-Metal band LadyBaby released their debut song Nippon Manju, featuring vocalist Ladybeard (shown below). The Youtube clip accumulated over 6 700 000 views in the next two months.
Soon after, news websites such as Forbes, Mashable] and The Daily Mail issued pieces about the phenomenon, highlighting this weird combination of a western hairy muscular man with pigtails and a wide range of costumes performing among Japanese young girls.
Editor’s note: Extremely work in progress.
Splatoon was released in various parts of the world between May 28 and 30 of 2015. Prior to the release of the game, several pieces of artwork were released featuring a crossover between the game and the manga series Shinryaku! Ika Musume, which may have sparked some inspiration for later fanmade crossovers.
Ponification is the trend in which various characters are reimagined as ponies from the My Little Pony series. The trend caught on in late 2010 when the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic became popular.
2NE1 is an all-female musical group from South Korea, consisting of CL, Minzy, Dara (Sandara Park), and Park Bom. Since their debut in 2009, the group has garnered an international following for their K-POP style of music with a "hip hop"::http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/subcultures/rap-hip-hop influence, as well as their edgy, bright appearance.
Debut and Early Career
2NE1 were officially formed in 2009 by the South Korean company YG Entertainment, and their first single was a collaboration with another group on the YG label, Big Bang, for a song called “Lollipop,” which was created as a commercial for a new LG mobile phone. Between its upload date of May 15th, 2009 and August 2015, the song has received over 56 million views on YouTube. It also sold over 3.3 million digital copies and topped the Gaon musical chart in April 2009.
Their first single by the group, released in May 2009 and titled “Fire,” incorporated many hip hop elements into a K-pop song written by producer Teddy Park. The group released two videos for the single, a “Space” version and a “Street” version. The “Space” version is more popular, with over 39 million views, while the “Street” version has over 12 million views. The single topped all of the Korean charts.
Japanese Debut and Later Albums
The group planned to debut in Japan in 2011, but after the 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami the group released their record 2NE1 with no promotion or fanfare. Despite this, the record still reached number 36 on the Japanese charts, and the group performed for relief fundraisers with many other Korean stars.
2NE1 produced the group’s most popular single, “I Am the Best (내가 제일 잘 나가)”, which was first uploaded to YouTube on June 27th, 2011 and between then and August 2015 has received more than 130 million views and the single topped the world digital sales charts in 2014 after it was used in advertisement for the Microsoft Surface 3 tablet.
World Tour and Drug Scandal
In 2014, 2NE1 released a full length record entitled Crush and embarked on the “All: Or Nothing” world tour, which gained them more international notoriety; in addition, they released “I am the Best” in America, where it became popular.
During the tour, news broke that Park Bom had attempted to smuggle 82 pills of medical narcotic amphetamines into South Korea in October of 2010. Prescribed the amphetamines by a doctor in the United States, where they are legal, Bom nonetheless attempted to use international mail to illegally transport the pills to South Korea. Although the incident was only discovered four years later, Bom withdrew her participation from all awards ceremonies in 2014, and only re-emerged to the public in 2015 after a long reclusive period.
Three members of 2NE1 are currently pursuing solo careers in addition to their work through the group. Park Bom has released two singles independently of 2NE1 that have reached number one on the Gaon Singles Chart, titled “You and I” and “Don’t Cry”. “You and I” is the most downloaded single by a solo female artist in the history of YG Entertainment. Dara works frequently as an actress and model, having appeared frequently on Korean television in a variety of cameo and speaking roles.
CL began releasing solo music in 2013, scoring an international hit with “나쁜 기집애 (The Baddest Female).” As of August 2015 CL is managed by Scooter Braun, who also manages American pop stars like Justin Bieber, and has announced that her debut American album, where she raps and sings in English, will be released in fall of 2015, following the debut of her initial single “Doctor Pepper” on August 14th, 2015.
2NE1 maintains profiles on all Western social media sites, including Facebook, where they have over 9 million likes, and Instagram where they have barely posted but still have over 375,000 followers. Their fans are called Blackjacks, as an allusion to the number 21 in the name of the group, and club maintains official fan club web sites in English and Japanese as well as an official Twitter and a subreddit. There are also localized profiles in other regions, including Japan and China, where they have an official Weibo with over 800,000 followers.
In addition, each member has their own official western profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The official 2NE1 YouTube account has 312 videos and almost 2.9 million subscribed as of August 2015; 90 of those videos have over 1 million views. 
“Bad Blood” Controversy
In July of 2015, several media outlets, most vocally Jezebel, began discussing the visual similarities between Taylor Swift’s“Bad Blood” music video, which had been nominated for several MTV Video Music Awards, and the video for 2NE1’s “Come Back Home.” “Bad Blood” was directed by a Korean-American filmmaker named Joseph Kahn, and some writers assumed that this fact and the visual similarities, which occurred in several different scenes could make a valid case for plagiarism.
Joseph Kahn responded to the allegations made by Jezebel by saying that the allegation was slanderous:
“The implication your writer is making is explicit: I am a foreigner born overseas and I am trying to reconnect with my birth country and have obvious motive to copy it.
I do not listen to Kpop. I am American. And this is an unethical, slandering article."
“Today You, Tomorrow Me” is a memorable quote from a heartwarming anecdote told by Redditor Jason Horner about a Mexican immigrant who refused to take $20 in exchange for giving him roadside assistance.
On December 13th, 2010, Redditor MD786 submitted a post titled “Have you ever picked up a hitch-hiker?” to the /r/AskReddit subreddit, which subsequently reached the front page with over 2,500 votes (97% upvoted) prior to being archived. In the comments section, Redditor Jason Horner (a.k.a. rhoner) posted a story about a Mexican immigrant couple who selflessly helped him on the side of the road with a blown out tire. When Horner insisted on giving the couple $20 for their aid, the man refused and said “Today you, tomorrow me.”
Just about every time I see someone I stop. I kind of got out of the habit in the last couple of years, moved to a big city and all that, my girlfriend wasn’t too stoked on the practice. Then some shit happened to me that changed me and I am back to offering rides habitually. If you would indulge me, it is long story and has almost nothing to do with hitch hiking other than happening on a road.
This past year I have had 3 instances of car trouble. A blow out on a freeway, a bunch of blown fuses and an out of gas situation. All of them were while driving other people’s cars which, for some reason, makes it worse on an emotional level. It makes it worse on a practical level as well, what with the fact that I carry things like a jack and extra fuses in my car, and know enough not to park, facing downhill, on a steep incline with less than a gallon of fuel.
Anyway, each of these times this shit happened I was DISGUSTED with how people would not bother to help me. I spent hours on the side of the freeway waiting, watching roadside assistance vehicles blow past me, for AAA to show. The 4 gas stations I asked for a gas can at told me that they couldn’t loan them out “for my safety” but I could buy a really shitty 1-gallon one with no cap for $15. It was enough, each time, to make you say shit like “this country is going to hell in a handbasket.”
But you know who came to my rescue all three times? Immigrants. Mexican immigrants. None of them spoke a lick of the language. But one of those dudes had a profound affect on me.
He was the guy that stopped to help me with a blow out with his whole family of 6 in tow. I was on the side of the road for close to 4 hours. Big jeep, blown rear tire, had a spare but no jack. I had signs in the windows of the car, big signs that said NEED A JACK and offered money. No dice. Right as I am about to give up and just hitch out there a van pulls over and dude bounds out. He sizes the situation up and calls for his youngest daughter who speaks english. He conveys through her that he has a jack but it is too small for the Jeep so we will need to brace it. He produces a saw from the van and cuts a log out of a downed tree on the side of the road. We rolled it over, put his jack on top, and bam, in business. I start taking the wheel off and, if you can believe it, I broke his tire iron. It was one of those collapsible ones and I wasn’t careful and I snapped the head I needed clean off. Fuck.
No worries, he runs to the van, gives it to his wife and she is gone in a flash, down the road to buy a tire iron. She is back in 15 minutes, we finish the job with a little sweat and cussing (stupid log was starting to give), and I am a very happy man. We are both filthy and sweaty. The wife produces a large water jug for us to wash our hands in. I tried to put a 20 in the man’s hand but he wouldn’t take it so I instead gave it to his wife as quietly as I could. I thanked them up one side and down the other. I asked the little girl where they lived, thinking maybe I could send them a gift for being so awesome. She says they live in Mexico. They are here so mommy and daddy can pick peaches for the next few weeks. After that they are going to pick cherries then go back home. She asks if I have had lunch and when I told her no she gave me a tamale from their cooler, the best fucking tamale I have ever had.
So, to clarify, a family that is undoubtedly poorer than you, me, and just about everyone else on that stretch of road, working on a seasonal basis where time is money, took an hour or two out of their day to help some strange dude on the side of the road when people in tow trucks were just passing me by. Wow…
But we aren’t done yet. I thank them again and walk back to my car and open the foil on the tamale cause I am starving at this point and what do I find inside? My fucking $20 bill! I whirl around and run up to the van and the guy rolls his window down. He sees the $20 in my hand and just shaking his head no like he won’t take it. All I can think to say is “Por Favor, Por Favor, Por Favor” with my hands out. Dude just smiles, shakes his head and, with what looked like great concentration, tried his hardest to speak to me in English:
“Today you…. tomorrow me.”
Rolled up his window, drove away, his daughter waving to me in the rear view. I sat in my car eating the best fucking tamale of all time and I just cried. Like a little girl. It has been a rough year and nothing has broke my way. This was so out of left field I just couldn’t deal.
In the 5 months since I have changed a couple of tires, given a few rides to gas stations and, once, went 50 miles out of my way to get a girl to an airport. I won’t accept money. Every time I tell them the same thing when we are through:
“Today you…. tomorrow me.”
On December 22nd, 2010, Urban Dictionary user Rahxephon000 submitted an entry for “Today you, tomorrow me,” defining it as an expression “used to ‘justify’ acts of kindness toward strangers.” On March 4th, 2011, The New York Times Magazine published a version of the story rewritten by Horner titled “The Tire Iron and the Tamale.” That day, the story was submitted to the /r/reddit.com subredit, where Horner replied with an explanation of how the story was chosen for publication. On June 24th, 2012, Vimeo user Ravi Shankar uploaded a short film based on Horner’s story (shown below).
On September 28th, 2014, Redditor WebClinger66 submitted a rage comic titled “Today you, tomorrow me,” in which a spider snipes a burglar after being rescued by the homeowner (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post received upwards of 1,800 votes (72% upvoted) on the /r/funny subreddit.
On February 13th, 2015, Quora user Rubail Birwadker cited “today you, tomorrow me” as “one of the most popular and often referenced” stories on Reddit. In March 2015, filmmaker Edan Cohen launched a Kickstarter campaign for a series of short films titled “Today You Tomorrow Me.” On March 29th, the project did not meet it’s funding goal of $12,000.
Megyn Kelly is a news pundit and television host on the Fox News channel. Online, Kelly has gained notoriety for various gaffes uttered over the years as well as a public feud with entrepreneur and Presidential candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
In 2003, Kelly was hired at the ABC affiliate news station WJLA-TV in Washington, DC as an assignment reporter, covering national and local events. In 2004, Kelly contributed to various legal segments on the Fox New channel. In February 2010, Kelly was selected as the host of the Fox New show America Live. On October 7th, 2013, Kelly began hosting the Fox News program The Kelly File.
Santa Claus is White
On December 10th, 2013, Slate published a column by writer Aisha Harris titled “Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore,” which argued that Santa Claus should be depicted as a penguin rather than the traditional image of an “old white male.” On the following day, Kelly discussed the article on her The Kelly File, during which she argued vehemently against against the idea of an image makeover for the mythical figure and claimed that both Santa Claus and Jesus were White (shown below). Kelly’s remark was subsequently met with punchlines from the late-night pundit circles and criticisms of race-baiting.
2015 Republican Presidential Debate
On August 6th, 2015, the first debate for the 2016 Republican presidential primary was hosted by Fox News at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The main debate was moderated by Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace, with candidates Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and John Kasich. During the debate, Kelly questioned Trump regarding various insults he has directed at women, to which Trump responded that he didn’t appreciate the way Kelly had treated him in the past (shown below).
On August 24th, Trump posted several tweets disparaging tweets toward Kelly about an interview segment on The Kelly File, referring to her as “the bimbo” and professing a preference for her temporary replacement while she was on vacation (shown below). On August 25th, Fox News executive Roger Ailes released a statement describing Trump’s attack on Kelly as “unacceptable” and “disturbing.”
Social Media Presence
Megyn Kelly Essentially
Megyn Kelly Essentially, also known as “Euphemism Megyn Kelly”, is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photo of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly captioned with dismissive statements trivializing acts of violent crime and human rights violations.
Megyn Kelly was born on November 18th, 1970 in Syracuse, New York. She received her undergraduate degree in political science at Syracuse University before earning a J.D. from Albany Law School in 1995.
BigCatDerek is the screen name of Derek Krahn, the operations director of the Center for Animal Research and Eductation (CARE) located in Bridgeport, Texas. He has become famous on various websites such as Youtube and Vine for posting videos of the various big cats in the center’s compound.
Derek Krahn, originally from Wisconsin, moved to Texas in 2006 to be a weekend volunteer at CARE. He would eventually become part of the board of directors a year later, and would also go on to marry Heidi: the executive director and founder of the
In December of 2013, Derek would start posting videos of the big cats at the center, the earliest one featuring one of the cougars named Cassie.
Walk Around the Compound
Walk Around the Compound is a series that Derek started on his Youtube account, with the first episode posed on July 24, 2014. The series basically features Derek filming Derek walking around CARE’s facility and talking about various topics while interacting with the various big cats.
The series helped popularize Derek’s reputation further, and the series would go on to make over 100 episodes. Derek also would add captions to videos to explain various things as well be humorous, by using the persona “Editor Derek”. Several catch-phrases and words also helped with the popularity, such as “peets”, “crazypants” and “KillPlayKillPlayKillPlay”.
Aside from Derek himself, the big cats that have been featured in his videos have gained popularity. Some of the most notable cats include:
Derek has now become well known for his work, earning over 35,000 subscribers on Youtube and over 1 million followers on Vine, he has since given the name to his followers “The Pride”. According to the 119th episode of Walk Around the Compound, Derek has enjoyed how his content has been featured on various sites such as iFunny and Imgur. He has also started two other series on his Youtube account: Compound Karaoke, where he sings songs in front of other cats, and The Conservation Equations, where he talks with experts about conserving exotic animals.
Other Videos and Vines
Politwoops is a web application and a network of connected websites devoted to archiving the deleted tweets of government officials. The tool operated between June 2012 and August 2015, and was widely cited by political journalists.
Politwoops was launched on May 30th, 2012 by the Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit devoted to transparent government practices. Using Twitter’s developer API, the site tracked the Twitter accounts of all the members of Congress in the United States, as well as President Barack Obama, and the accounts of candidates running for president in 2012]
According to Sunlight Foundation employee Nicko Margolies, the site would track when the politician deleted the tweet, how much time elapsed between when it was posted and when it was deleted, and include screenshots of any links to external sites. Upon its launch it already had an archive of over 3,000 tweets; by the end of the site, three years later, it had archived over 15,500.
Cessation of Service
On June 3th, 2015, Twitter contacted the Sunlight Foundation and informed them that the exception being made to the Twitter Terms of Service that allowed Politwoops to collect and archive the tweets of politicians would no longer be honored. Twitter claimed in a statement to Gawker that “Honoring the expectation of user privacy for all accounts is a priority for us, whether the user is anonymous or a member of Congress.” However, this is in direct opposition to the law, which says that what American elected officials say publicly (Twitter is considered a public forum) is a matter of public record. 
The Sunlight Foundation claimed to have not received any warning of the decision. In fact, according to the Christopher Gates, the president of the foundation, Twitter had actually cut the feed to their application three weeks before any communication had occurred between the two. Gates stated, “. . .We were told that their decision was not something that we could appeal, and, most surprisingly, they were not interested in reviewing any of the email conversation from 2012. Clearly, something changed -- and we’re not likely to ever know what it was.”
The cessation of Politwoops – first in America, and then with the 30 worldwide affiliates that used the same software – was covered in most major news publications, including the Guardian , the Washington Post, and the New York Daily News. In addition, many Twitter users involved in the political sphere on both the conservative and progressive sides of government publicly stated their support for the tool using Twitter, resulting in over 5,000 tweets using their name.
Jeff Miller’s Birther Tweet
Upon its launch in on May 30th, 2012, one of the tweets recorded by Politwoops came from Florida Congressman Jeff Miller, who asked “Was Obama Born in the United States?” and linked to a Facebook poll asking the same question, indicating that the representative was supportive of the Birther Movement. Miller’s staff, when asked about the deleted tweet by Slate reporter Jeremy Stahl, said that the Congressman did not support the movement and that the tweet had been sent by mistake. Miller deleted his Twitter account that day.
Bowe Bergdahl Release Tweets
After the release of prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban, many politicians tweeted to express happiness that Bergdahl had been returned to his home country. However, when Republicans began to criticize the Obama administration for exchanging five high-level Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl, who many believed defected from his base, members of the GOP began deleting their congratulatory tweets. The members of the goverment who deleted tweets collected by Politwoops included Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA), Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV), and Joni Ernst, GOP Senate candidate in Iowa.
MOMHOLYFUCK is a quote from a fan made Phineas and Ferb comic. In the series, the older sister of the main characters, Candance, tries to tell their mother of her brother’s exploits. In the fan comic, many of the common features of episodes in the series are parodies or overblown. The panel of Candance kicking a door open and yelling “MOMHOLYFUCK” is the most well received part of the comic, with many parodies with other characters, as well as the quote being used frequently out of context of this scene.
On June 21st 2013, Tumblr user Juniorbizarre uploaded part of a parody Phineas and Ferb comic from their sketchbook. The comic poked fun at parts of the series, with the characters acting over the top compared to their canon counterparts. This posted gained over 275,000 notes in two years 
On June 28th of the same year Juniorbizzare later posted the full comic, and said “this was just a silly thing i did quite a while ago to make myself laugh :D i’m so glad other people think it’s funny too omg” The artist also refers to the comic as the “crumpets comic” due to one of the odd quotes that the character Ferb says in the comic.
On November 20th, 2014 Tumblr user Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuurdock uploaded a version they had made from an anonymous request about the the then upcoming Marvel movieAvengers: Age of Ultron. Later that same day, the actor for the Avengers’ Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr. posted this image, with the caption “The most accurate portrayal of Tony in Age of Ultron I’ve seen.” and linked back the orginal tumblr blog. This Facebook post gained over 178,000 likes in less than a year. On April 30th, 2015, artist and voice actor Kylee Henke uploaded to his personal Tumblr blog a dramatic reading of the catchphrase, getting over 51,000 notes during the following four monhs.