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  • 02/07/14--07:59: Teen Wolf
  • About

    Teen Wolf is an American fantasy drama TV series that follows the story of high school outcast Scott McCall, whose life takes a dramatic turn after he is bitten by a werewolf and becomes one himself. Upon its premiere on MTV in June 2011, the show quickly developed a large online following, particularly on Tumblr.

    Premise

    High school student Scott (Tyler Posey) is bitten by a werewolf just before the new school year. He tries to figure out how to control his new powers with the help of his best friend Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) and another werewolf in town, Derek (Tyler Hoechlin). He develops a crush and pursues a relationship with new girl Allison (Crystal Reed), who comes from a family of werewolf hunters. Over the course of the three seasons, they find new supernatural abilities among their group and their fellow students, and battle threats from monsters, hunters, and rival werewolf packs.

    History

    The show was conceived by screenwriter and producer Jeff Davis as a serial adaptation of the 1985 eponymous fantasy comedy film starring Michael J. Fox and premiered right after that year’s MTV Movie Awards[1] on June 5th, 2011. Its first season consisted of 12 episodes, with its season finale airing on August 15th. Its second season premiered on June 3rd, 2012, and concluded on August 13th after 12 episodes. Its third season consists of 24 episodes broken up into two parts, the first half running from June 3rd to August 19th in 2013 and the second half running from January 6th to March 24th in 2014. At the 2013 New York Comic Con, MTV announced the renewal of the series for another season with 12 new episodes.[2]

    Reception

    Teen Wolf earned a 7.7 on IMBD[10] and a 61 on Metacritic.[11] Its series premiere had 2.17 million viewers, its second season premiere had 2.11 million viewers, and its third season premiere had 2.36 million viewers.[12][13][14] It was nominated for eleven Teen Choice Awards between 2011 and 2013, winning two in 2012 for Choice Summer TV Show and Choice Summer TV Star: Male (for Tyler Posey).

    Online Presence

    As of February 2014 Teen Wolf’s official Twitter account[3] has over 670,000 followers and its Facebook page[4] has over 3.4 million likes.

    Fandom

    There are numerous fan-run Tumblr blogs dedicated to the Teen Wolf fandom, including fyteenwolf[7], allteenwolf[8], and teenwolf-cast.[9] As of February 2014, there are over 7,900 Teen Wolf fanfictions on Fanfic.net[5] and more than 23,100 fan art submissions on DeviantArt.[6] The fandom’s most popular ship is Sterek, in which Scott’s best friend Stiles and the other mysterious werewolf Derek are portrayed as a couple.

    Sterek

    Many Teen Wolfshippers think Scott’s best friend Stiles and fellow werewolf Derek should be in a romantic relationship. A Twitter account[16] for Sterek shippers, @Team_Sterek, has over 8,000 followers as of February 2014, and Sterek has over 5,000 submissions on DeviantArt[17] In 2012 Sterek won gay entertainment site AfterElton’s Ultimate Slash Madness Tourney for favorite same sex TV ship and in 2013 won E! Online’s Fantasy TV Couple poll.[15][19]


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    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Zap2It – ‘Teen Wolf’:MTV Announces a Premiere Date

    [2]Hollywood Reporter – MTV Renews ‘Teen Wolf’ for Season 4, Launches Aftershow

    [3]Twitter – MTV teen wolf

    [4]Facebook – MTV teen wolf

    [5]Fanfic.net – Teen Wolf

    [6]DeviantArt – Teen Wolf

    [7]Tumblr- FY Teen Wolf

    [8]Tumblr- allteenwolf

    [9]Tumblr- teenwolf-cast

    [10]IMBD- Teen Wolf

    [11]Metacritic- Teen Wolf

    [12]Zap 2 It Sunday Cable Ratings: ‘MTV Movie Awards’ Leads Night, ‘Game of Thrones’ Series High, ‘Real Housewives,’ ‘ABDC’ & Lots More

    [13]Zap 2 It- Sunday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs + ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale, MTV Movie Awards, ‘Sister Wives’, ‘The Glades’, ‘Longmire’ + More

    [14]Zap 2 It Monday Cable Ratings:NBA Basketball Dominates + ‘Love & Hip Hop’, ‘Monday Night RAW’, NHL Hockey, ‘Teen Wolf’ & More

    [15]The Backlot- Ultimate Slash Madness Tourney. And the Winner Is…

    [16]Twitter- Team Sterek

    [17]DeviantArt- Sterek

    [18]Fanfic.net- Sterek

    [19]E! Online- Fantasy TV Couples: And the Winner Is…


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  • 02/07/14--11:20: Jeopardy!
  • About

    Jeopardy! is an American game show that first aired in 1964, though its current version premiered in 1984. The game involves three contestants providing the questions to trivia answers.

    History

    Jeopardy! had first aired in 1964, though the current revival premiered on September 16th, 1984. Alex Trebek has acted as the show’s host since 1984, and is expected to retire after his contract expires in 2016.[14] The show has aired over 6,000 episodes since the relaunch, and has won 30 Daytime Emmys and received two nominations for People’s Choice Awards.[15]

    Game Play

    Jeopardy! is a thirty-minute quiz show that consists of two rounds, first round and the Jeopardy round, and concludes with final Jeopardy. There are three players each game and the game is run by a host who calls on contestants and reads the clues. The first round consists of six categories with five answers each (worth, 200, 400, 600, 800, and 1,000 dollars, respectively). When a clue is read each contestant who knows the answer tries to buzz in first. If the first buzzer gets it incorrect, another contestant may try. When a clue is answered correctly (and in the form of a question) the player gains its dollar amount, if they guess it incorrectly or buzz in and fail to answer at all, that dollar amount it deducted from their score. The contestant who answers the clue correctly gets to select the next category and question. Hidden throughout the game are “Double Jeopardy!” questions. These can be answered only by the contestant who selects them, and the contestant may wager any amount of money they have. After every question in the first round has been answered, the game moves onto the Jeopardy round, where another six categories with five answers are revealed, though the dollar amounts they’re worth have been doubled. The Jeopardy round is played under a time limit, meaning all the clues might not be played before time runs out. At the end of the Jeopardy round the category for double Jeopardy is revealed. Contestant decide how much of their money they want to wager depending on the category. Once the clue is revealed, the contestants have thirty seconds to write their response. The person with the most money at the end wins, which means a contestant can win the game even if they do not answer Final Jeopardy correctly.

    Online History

    Jeopardy’s official Twitter account[1] has over 41,000 followers and its Facebook page[2] has over 760,000 likes.

    Ken Jennings and the Watson Super Computer

    In the summer and fall of 2004 Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings won 74 games and over 2.5 million dollars, beginning his run on June 2nd, 2004, and ending his winning streak on November 30, 2004.[3] His streak was made possible by a rule change made in 2003 that stated a winner could continue to return until they were beaten, the previous limit had been five consecutive wins.[6] Jennings returned to Jeopardy to play in a special three-day game from February 14th to February 16th, 2011, against fellow Jeopardy! champion Brad Rutter and IBM super computer Watson. Watson won the game, while Jennings came in second.[5] In February 2013 Kennings gave a TED talk on Jeopardy! and Watson.[4]



    Related Memes

    Shit Tyrese

    Shit Tyrone, Get It Together is a catchphrase expression typically used to indicate that significant improvement needs to be made. The phrase is often accompanied by a screen shot of a Jeopardy! contestant named Tyrone, whose negative balance of -$ 1,500 clearly stood out from the other participants’ positive scores. Tyrone Rogers, appeared on Season 25, Episode #5727[9] of Jeopardy!, which aired on June 30th, 2009.



    The original instance of “Shit Tyrone, Get It Together” image macro was reportedly posted on 4chan, according to various accounts on Tumblr.[10] The image was reblogged by humor sites Monorail[11] and Funny Junk[12] on September 13th, 2009 and later picked up via Stumbleupon.[13]



    Dankey Kang

    Dankey Kang refers to a two-pane image that consists of a Jeopardy! question describing Sonic the Hedgehog and a screenshot of a contestant erroneously answering “Dankey Kang,” a misspelling of Nintendo’s iconic gorilla character Donkey Kong. Though it was subsequently debunked as a photoshopped hoax, the image went viral on Twitter anyway, wrongly labeled as an example of FAIL humor.



    Arthur Chu

    Arthur Chu is a Jeopardy! contestant who has received criticism from fans for his methods of play. Chu won over $100,000 over the course of four wins in the first week of February 2014.[7] While traditionally Jeopardy! contestants select clues by going down a row, Chu jumps around, searching for the Daily Double. He searches for the Daily Double even in categories he isn’t comfortable with, just to prevent the other contestants the opportunity to find them. Chu stands by his tactics, explaining,

    “I admit I was upset when I first saw some of the things people were saying about me. But eventually, my wife just started shoving it in my face, retweeting all these racist tweets with responses that shamed the tweeters. And that made me start getting into it….I decided I’d take Richard Sherman’s angle and play up that image. If they’re going to paint me as a Jeopardy thug, then fine, I’ll own it. I’ll bring the swagger.”


    [8]



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    Overview

    Ethan Couch’s Affluenza Defense refers to a legal defense argued by the attorneys of North Texas teenager Ethan Couch during his December 2013 trial for injuring and killing several pedestrians while driving under the influence of alcohol.

    Background

    On December 10th, 2013, Judge Jean Boyd sentenced 15-year-old Ethan Couch to 10 years probation for killing four people and injuring 11 others while driving his father’s Ford F-350 with a blood alcohol content of .24% along with traces of the prescription tranquilizer Valium. Couch’s legal defense hired psychologist G. Dick Miller who testified that the boy was unable to understand the consequences of his behavior due to his wealthy upbringing. According to WFAA News,[1] the defense cited an incident in which Couch’s parents failed to discipline him after he was ticketed by police who discovered him with an unconscious 14-year-old girl undressed in a pickup truck.



    Notable Developments

    Following the trial, Eric Boyles, who lost his wife and daughter in Couch’s crash, criticized the verdict for being influenced by the Couch family’s wealth.

    “Had he not had money to have the defense there, to also have the experts testify, and also offer to pay for the treatment, I think the results would have been different.”

    On December 11th, CNN broadcast an interview with Boyles (shown below), which was subsequently submitted to the /r/videos[2] subreddit where it received over 4,300 up votes and 1,500 comments in the first month.



    On December 13th, 2013, The Daily Dot[5] reported that 4chan users launched a raid against Couch following his probation sentence, sending pizzas to his house and calling his phone number repeatedly.



    On December 16th, The Daily Mail[4] reported that Couch’s parents had been accused of more than 20 crimes and traffic violations. Fred Couch (shown below, left) had been cited for speeding, theft and assault, while Tonya Couch (shown below, right) had paid a $500 fine for driving another motorist off the road.



    On December 20th, Business Insider[3] reported that Judge Jean Boyd had sentenced a black teen to 10 years imprisonment after killing a man in March 2012. On February 5th, 2014, Judge Boyd delivered the terms for Couch’s 10-year probation and rejected the prosecutions request to give Couch jail time on two intoxication assault counts.[7] According to NBC,[8] Boyd ordered that Couch be sent “to a rehabilitation facility paid for by his parents, but didn’t require a minimum amount of time to be spent there.”

    OpJustice

    On February 6th, a 4chan thread was created for OpJustice, an operation which urged 4chan users to sign a Change.org[6] petition to remove Judge Boyd from the bench, discredit psychologist G. Dick Miller and disseminate an image macro of Boyd across social media platforms (shown below, right). On February 7th, The Daily Dot[9] published an article about the new operation, noting that the petition had received over 25,000 signatures.



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  • 02/07/14--14:41: IRIS/ZDK12
  • ((Work in progress))

    About

    IRIS, also known as ZDK-12 is a supposed learning artificial intelligence built by a team of students from ASU. IRIS is known for posting cute replies to questions it receives

    Origin

    On February 5, 2014, the tumblr blog zdk12 was set up. The first post claimed that IRIS was a “semi-conscious intelligent robot”.

    Spread

    Within the first two days, IRIS received 7000 followers on their blog. Several tumblr users are fond of its responses to questions and its odd affinity for Gibson Guitars.

    External Links

    [1]xdk12

    [2]xdl12 – first post

    [3]tumblr – tagged: xdk12

    [4]tumblr – tagged: IRIS


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  • 02/06/14--14:09: Space☆Dandy


  • About

    Space Dandy (スペース☆ダンディ Supēsu Dandi) is an anime series created by Studio Bones, and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, also known for his work on the series Cowboy Bebop. After the series first aired, it gained a significant online fandom, due part to the fact that the show’s world premiere occurred on the Toonami programming block.

    History

    Space Dandy originated as a tv anime directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, of Cowboy Bebop fame, and produced by Studio Bones. The show chronicled the adventures of Space Dandy, a bounty hunter who searches for undiscovered alien species on his personal space ship, the Aloha Oe, along with his robot assistant QT and an alien nicknamed ‘Meow’, who they bring along after mistaking him for a new species. The series first premiered in English on Adult Swim’s Toonami block, on January 4, 2014, before premiering in Japan the day after. Due to the show airing in America before in Japan, it garnered attention from both anime fans and casual viewers alike. A manga series based on the show also began airing in Square Enix’s Young Gangan magazine on December 20, 2013. A Free-To-Play mobile game for iOS and Android based of the Galaga series is also being developed by Bandai Namco games for release in early 2014.

    Online Relevance

    Space Dandy has garnered a significant online following. The show has a significant presence on sites such as Tumblr[1], Reddit[2], 4chan’s /a/ (Anime and Manga) board[3], My Anime List[4] and DeviantART[5]. There are numerous sites holding information of the series, such as the Space Dandy[6], TV Tropes[7] and Anime News Network[8].

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Tumblr – Space Dandy

    [2]Reddit – r/Space Dandy

    [3]4chan – /a/ Anime and Manga

    [4]My Anime List – Space Dandy

    [5]DeviantART – Space Dandy

    [6]Space Dandy Wiki

    [7]TV Tropes – Space Dandy

    [8]Anime News Network – Space Dandy


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  • 02/08/14--11:56: Pentatonix
  • About

    Pentatonix is a five member a cappella group on YouTube known for its covers of popular songs. The group is comprised of Scott Hoying, Kristie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan, and Kevin Olusola. Since joining YouTube, the group has gained over four million subscribers and 300 million views.

    Origin

    (researching)

    On September 10, 2011, the Pentatonix YouTube channel, PTXofficial[1], was created. Nine days later, the group’s performance on the third season of The Sing-Off[2] was broadcast on NBC. They performed five different covers of well-known songs, including “Victory” as their final song after winning:

    The group earned a recording contract with Sony, and have since released two albums.

    Notable Works

    References

    [1]YouTube – PTXofficial

    [2]Wikipedia – The Sing-Off (season 3)


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  • 02/09/14--14:41: Cowboy Bebop


  • About

    Cowboy Bebop is an anime series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and produced by Sunrise. Since the series first aired in 1998, the show garnered widespread critical acclaim, and is often heralded as one of the best anime of all time. It is due to this that the show has garnered a significant online following.

    History

    Cowboy Bebop first originated as a 26-episode tv anime directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and produced by Sunrise, which aired from October 24,1998 to April 24, 1999, after an aborted first run from April 3 to June 26 of the same year. The show chronicled the adventures of the crew of the spaceship Bebop, consisting of ex-hitman Spike Spiegel, former ISSP officer Jet Black, amnesiac con artist Faye Valentine, preteen computer hacker Edward and Welsh Corgi Ein. Throughout the series, each of the crew members are forced to deal with unresolved issues from their pasts, with the show regularly showing flashbacks to illustrate the history of the said characters. After the success of the show, two manga series based on it started circulation, airing from May to October 1998 and April 1999 to April 2000. Two video games based on the series were also created, being released in Japan on the Playstation and Playstation. An animated film based off the series was also created in conjunction with Studio BONES, which aired in Japan in 2001 and in America in 2003.

    Live-Action Movie

    On July 22, 2008, Sci-Fi website If posted an article on it’s website about a rumour of a live action adaptation of the Cowboy Bebop series, to be developed by 20th Century Fox. This rumour was later confirmed, along with the announcement that Spike Spiegel would be played by Keanu Reeves[1]. After the announcement, many fans of the series were quick to show their displeasement at the announcement, criticising the decision. On October 20, 2013, Reeves later went on to state in a Reddit AMA that it would be unlikely for him to star in the movie by that point[2]. The movie, however, went on to linger in development hell.



    Reception

    Cowboy Bebop has become one of the most critically acclaimed and most popular anime of all time, winning a number of awards both in Japan and in America. The series has been praised for it’s soundtrack and voice acting, and is one of the few anime considered to be superior in English rather than in the original Japanese. The series is also heralded as one of the main reasons for the surge in popularity of anime in the west, after it became the first anime title to be shown as part of the launch of Adult Swim on September 2, 2001.

    Online Relevance

    The Cowboy Bebop series has garnered a significant online following since it first aired, with a significant presence on sites such as Tumblr[3], Reddit[4], 4chan’s /a/ (Anime and Manga) board[5], Fanpop[6], My Anime List[7], FanFiction.net[8] and DeviantART[9][10]. There are numerous sites holding information of the series, such as the Cowboy Bebop wiki[11], TV Tropes[12] and Anime News Network[13]. The Cowboy Bebop Facebook page also has over 100,000 likes[14].

    Related Sub-memes

    Cowboy Bebop Opening Parodies/Tank!



    Cowboy Bebop Opening Parodies referes to a series of Anime OP/ED Parody MADs based around the opening of the Cowboy Bebop anime. The parodies, usually featuring visual from other popular series, grew in popularity after parodies were posted to video sharing websites such as YouTube and Nico Nico Douga.

    Cowboy Bebop Ending Title Card Parodies



    Cowboy Bebop Ending Title Card Parodies refers to a series of parodies revolving around the phrases featured at the end of each episode on the ending title card (Most notably ’You’re Gonna Carry That Weight’ and ‘See You, Space Cowboy’). The phrases have spawned many parodies and mentions among fans, causing them to become popular.

    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Anime News Network – Keanu Reeves Hopes to Star in Live-Action Cowboy Bebop

    [2]Reddit – Keanu Reeves AMA

    [3]Tumblr – Cowboy Bebop

    [4]Reddit – r/Cowboy Bebop

    [5]4chan – /a/ Anime and Manga

    [6]Fanpop – Cowboy Bebop

    [7]My Anime List – Cowboy Bebop

    [8]Fanfiction.net – Cowboy Bebop

    [9]DeviantART – Cowboy Bebop art

    [10]DeviantART – Cowboy Bebop groups

    [11]Cowboy Bebop Wiki – Home

    [12]TV Tropes – Cowboy Bebop

    [13]Anime News Network – Cowboy Bebop

    [14]Facebook – Cowboy Bebop fanpage


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  • 02/09/14--16:35: For The Last Time

  • About

    For The Last Time is a YTMND fad revolving around a menacing figure standing outside of a window at night. The scene is often accompanied with ominous music, usually the track “The Darkness That Lurks In Our Mind” from Silent Hill 2.[1]

    Origin

    The original image of a red-eyed Baboon staring into a dark kitchen is said to have originated in one of 4Chan’sLegendary Creepy Threads, although it is not clear which Imageboard it was posted under. The image was allegedly inspired by a recurring nightmare that a person had as a child.[2]

    On October 3rd, 2006, YTMND user Kacen uploaded a site called |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||3||||||||||||||||||||||||||| featuring the image in question with music from the Silent Hill series. The YTMND went on to gather over 900 votes (with a site average of 4.09/5.00), over 140 favorites, over 300 comments, over 69,000 views, and a $38.54 sponsorship from another user.[3]

    Spread

    Following the creation of the website, user extremejon created another site in the same style, placing a photoshopped version of Happy Cat in the window.[4] In addition, extremejon uploaded a site including the You Forgot Poland fad called “You have forgotten for the last time!” giving the fad an official name.[5] Following the creation of these sites, the fad took off with dozens of variants.[6]

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    About

    Special Feeling (Japanese: 特別な気分, Tokubetsu na kibun), also referred to as “Special Mood”, refers to a series of illustrations parodying a Japanese couple being interviewed during a snowstorm in Tokyo. It’s also referred to by the phrase “Being in the snow with my lover like this immerses me in a special feeling. I like it.” (恋人といる時の雪って特別な気分に浸れて僕は好きです), which was said by the man during the interview.

    Origin

    On February 8th, 2014, Japan was hit by one of the heaviest snowfalls since January 1994. Tokyo received 8.7 inches of snow, with Matsumoto getting buried with the heaviest amount at over 19 inches. Following the storm, Japanese TV stations repeatedly aired emergency news programs on the heavy snowfall in the Kantou and Touhoku regions.

    Amongst all the disruptions and traffic paralysis, Japanese Twitter users found themselves being amused by a TV interview in front of Shibuya station, Tokyo, in which a young man embarrassed his girlfriend. The man told the interviewer that he enjoys being together with a loved one during a snow storm. The tweet by user @HOMOMANKO,[1] which showed a picture of the interview, managed to gain over 36,000 retweets and 15,000 favorites within the first few days. @HOMOMANKO also added an insulting comment to the interview in his tweet, in which he calls the man a “(F**king) Four-Eyes,” parodying Levi from the Japanese manga/anime Attack on Titan, who uses a similar insult in the anime.

    Translation:

    “Being in the snow with my lover like this immerses me in a special feeling. I like it.”

    SHUT UP, F**KING FOUR-EYES.

    However, a different tweet made on January 14th, 2013,[2] shows this screenshot was taken in another news report about a snow storm a year prior to the one striking Japan at that time, making the screenshot unrelated to the snowfall in February 2014.

    Spread

    Many viewers of the tweet felt consent in @HOMOMANKO’s insulting comment to the man due to the people who were forced to struggle with the heavy snow, likewise to singles who hold an intensely jealousy against couples. This caused the the screenshot to go viral on Twitter immediately, in spite of it being never related to a snow storm at that time. It also evoked people’s imagination to the couple’s illicit relationship that only the girl is wearing a ring on her wedding finger and she covers her face throughout the interview.

    Following its large presence on the web, the screencap caused a large amount of image parodies to be created of the couple among Japanese amateur illustrators. Dozens of twitter posts containing parody illustrations were quickly posted and collected in Togetter[3] or Naver Matome[4] posts. In addition, more than 800 illustrations parodying the couple had been uploaded to Japanese illustrators communties pixiv[5] and Nico Nico Seiga.[6] Many of these image were also reblogged onto Tumblr.[7] In these illustration-sharing services, the common tag used on the parodies is “Special Feeling” (特別な気分), which refers to the emphasised text in the subtitles of the interview.

    This online phenomena got its own article on Nico Nico Pedia[10] and pixiv Encyclopedia[11] and was also reported by several Japanese online gossip news media.[12][13]

    On the English-speaking web, this fad on the Japanese Twitter was immediately covered by threads in 4chan’s /u/[14] (Yuri) and /a/[15] (anime & manga) boards and a news article by Crunchyroll published on February 9th, 2014.[16]

    Notable Examples

    Reflecting the popular trend in Japanese fan fiction with shipping in the years prior to the event, many illustrations in the series feature Yaoi[8] or Yuri[9] couples.



    Left: Touhou Project | Right: Kantai Collection



    Left: Neon Genesis Evangelion | Right: Kill la Kill



    Left: The Avengers | Right: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Twitter – そらまる兵長(´へωへ`*) (HOMOMANKO)

    [2]Twitter – lolikongauti: 絶対に許すな … / Posted on 01-14-2013 (Japanese)

    [3]Togetter – 恋人といる時の雪って特別な気分に浸れて僕は好きです まとめ / Posted on 02-09-2014 (Japanese)

    [4]Naver Matome – 「恋人といる時の雪って特別な気分に浸れて私は好きです」 パロディ画像まとめ / Posted on 02-09-2014 (Japanese)

    [5]pixiv – Search results for the tag 特別な気分

    [6]Nico Nico Seiga – Search results for the tag 特別な気分 (Japanese)

    [7]Tumblr – Search resultsf for 特別な気分

    [8]Wikipedia – Yaoi

    [9]Wikipedia – Yuri (genre)

    [10]Nico Nico Pedia – 恋人といる時の雪って特別な気分に浸れて僕は好きです (Japanese)

    [11]pixiv Encyclopedia – 特別な気分 (Japanese)

    [12]Togech – 「恋人といる時の雪って特別な気分に浸れて僕は好きです」冬のパロディ画像祭り! / 02-09-2014 (Japanese)

    [13]otakei.otakuma.net – 大雪ニュースに登場した「特別な気分」カップル→触発された絵師らによりパロディ画像大量発生 / 02-10-2014 (Japanese)

    [14]FoolFuuka – /u/ – Yuri » Thread #1514778 / Posted on 02-09-2014 (4chan’s Thread Archive)

    [15]FoolFuuka – /a/ – Animu & Mango » Thread #101807806 / Posted on 02-10-2014 (4chan’s Thread Archive)

    [16]Crunchyroll – Japanese Couple’s Snow Storm Interview Inspires New Meme / 02-09-2014


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  • 02/10/14--09:39: Ashley Wagner's Angry Face
  • About

    Ashley Wagner’s Angry Face is an emerging photoshop meme based on a photograph of U.S. Olympic figure skater Ashley Wagner wearing an outraged expression after being handed a disappointing score for her short program routine performance at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

    Origin

    On February 8th, 2014, American figure skater Ashley Wagner made her Olympics debut in the short program for team figure skating event. Wagner’s performance was praised by the U.S. commentators as promising, and the 22-year-old skater herself seemed optimistic as she came off the ice, especially in following Japanese figure skater Mao Asada’s tumble during her routine.



    But upon seeing a score of 63.10, which put in the fourth place, Wagner was seen on camera shaking her head in disbelief before muttering “that’s bullshit.”[3] Nonetheless, Wagner’s score advanced the U.S. team to the medal round.



    Spread

    Throughout the day, GIFs of Wagner’s disappointed reaction to her score began circulating on Twitter[4], Tumblr[3] and Reddit[2], where she was promptly declared the next Mckayla Maroney, an American gymnast whose visible frown in disappointment of having missed the gold medal became the subject of a photoshop meme during the 2012 London Summer Olympics.


    According to Topsy’s social analytics data, the figure skater’s name was mentioned on Twitter more than 10,000 times on February 8th, in comparison to just a few dozens of mentions per day in the week leading up to the event. On February 9th, the single topic blog Ashley is Not Impressed[2] was launched on Tumblr.

    News Media Coverage

    Soon, Ashley Wagner’s reaction GIF was subsequently picked up by Deadspin, The Wire, The Daily Dot, Mashable The Wire and BuzzFeed, among others, with many declaring it the first meme of The Sochi Olympics.

    Notable Examples



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  • 02/10/14--09:43: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • About

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American fantasy dramedy television series that follows Buffy Summer, a vampire slayer, and her friends as they fight evil while attending high school and eventually college. It ran from 1997 to 2001 on the now defunct station the WB before moving to UPN for its final two seasons.

    Premise

    Buffy Summers, the world’s only living vampire slayer, transfers to Sunnydale High in the middle of her sophomore year after accidentally burning down her old school gym fighting vampires. There she meets up with her watcher, Giles, and her two best friends Xander and Willow. The four band together to fight supernatural creatures and evil forces through high school graduation and continue once they enter college.



    History

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer was created by Joss Whedon as a story of a “chosen one,” a girl who would be responsible for fighting the world’s supernatural evil. The show premiered on the WB on March 10th, 1997, and ran there for five seasons. It premiered on its new station, UPN, on October 2nd, 2001, where it ran for two seasons. The series concluded at the end of its seventh season on May 20th, 2003. After its third season one of its main characters, Angel, got his on self-named spin off, which ran for five season concluding on May 19, 2004.

    After the conclusion of the TV series Dark Horse comics continued the story in the form of comics. Season eight published its first issue on March 14th, 2007.[10]

    Reception

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer earned a 8.2 on IMBD[1] and a 80 on Metacritic.[2] It was nominated for one Golden Globe in 2001 for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Drama (Sarah Michelle Gellar). It was also nominated for 14 Primetime Emmys ,winning two in 1998.

    Online Presence

    As of February 2014 Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Facebook page has over 1.6 million likes.[3]

    Fandom

    There are numerous fan-run Tumblr blogs dedicated to the Buffy fandom, including buffyconfessions[7], fuckyeahbuffythevampireslayer[8], and btvs-reaction-gifs.[9] As of February 2014, there are over 32,000Buffy fanfictions on Fanfic.net and more than 18,000 fan art submissions on DeviantArt.[6]


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    Related Memes

    Buffy Kills Edward



    On June 19th, 2009 YouTuber rebelliouspixels[4] uploaded a video titled “Buffy vs Edward: Twilight Remixed -- [original version].” The video takes clips from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the vampire fantasy film Twilight and cuts them together so it seems like Buffy slays the main vampire in Twilight, Edward. As of February 2014 the video has over 3.5 million views.

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]IMBDBuffy the Vampire Slayer

    [2]Metacritic – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    [3]Facebook – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    [4]YouTube – Buffy vs Edward: Twilight Remixed -- [original version]

    [5]YouTube – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    [6]DeviantArt – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    [7]Tumblr – buffyconfessions

    [8]Tumblr – fuckyeahbuffythevampireslayer

    [9]Tumblr – btvs-reaction-gifs

    [10]Dark Horse Comics – Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 8


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  • 02/10/14--10:48: The Day We Fight Back
  • Overview

    The Day We Fight Back is an upcoming online protest against the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Internet surveillance programs scheduled to take place on February 11th, 2014. Participants will be placing banner images on websites to encourage viewers to contact their representatives about the importance of Internet privacy and to urge United States lawmakers to pass the USA Freedom Act to restrict telephone data collection.

    Background

    On January 10th, 2014, TheDayWeFightBack[4] website was launched, which provides instructions on how to participate in the Internet-wide protest on February 11th. The event was organized by former Democratic congressman and executive director of the Internet activism organization Demand Progress David Segal.



    The event was organized by former U.S. congressman and executive director of the Internet activist group Demand Progress David Segal and formally announced on January 10th, 2014, coinciding with the one year anniversary of Internet activist Aaron Swartz. That day, the official website for The Day We Fight Back[4] was launched with detailed instructions on how to participate in the Internet-wide protest, as well as a promotional video featuring footage of Swartz speaking about the dangers of government surveillance (shown below).



    Notable Developments

    Mobilization

    Immediately following the announcement, the /r/thedaywefightback[3] subreddit was launched as a discussion forum for the upcoming protest, while Segal and a group of other activists, including Cory Doctorow, Brian Knappenberger, Peter Eckersley and Sina Khanifar, participated in an “ask me anything” thread on the /r/IAmA[6] subreddit to promote the event. Within one month, the AMA post garnered upwards of 14,300 up votes and 1,100 comments. Throughout that week of January, a number of other well-known Internet tech companies joined the call to action, including Reddit, Mozilla, Free Press, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and BoingBoing.

    News Media Coverage

    On January 14th, the IBI Times[5] published an article about the event, noting that several large Internet companies had pledged to participate in the protests. On February 6th, The Guardian[7] reported that the protest had been backed by a diverse group of organizations outside of Internet activism, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the conservative organization FreedomWorks.

    Search Interest

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    Background

    On February 9th, 2014, a one and a half year-old giraffe named Marius was euthanized, cut into pieces, and fed to a lion in front of a crowd of onlookers at the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark.[1] The fact that this process was conducted as a spectacle to a crowd that included children, as well as questions over whether the death of the giraffe was necessary in the first place, caused widespread controversy.



    Scientists at the zoo explained the giraffe was being euthanized because it did not have the high quality genes that would make him ideal for breeding. Though other zoos offered to house the giraffe those at the Copenhagen Zoo said a transfer wouldn’t be an option because it would lead to inbreeding.

    Notable Developments

    The Petition Site

    On February 8th, 2014, Maria Evans started a petition titled “Save Marius the giraffe from the bolt gun NOW” on The Petition Site.[2] She set a goal of 28,000 signatures and gained just over 27,000. After Marius death she added a statement saying:

    “Thank you to everyone who signed the petition to save Marius the giraffe. Sadly, the Copenhagen Zoo went ahead with its plans and, on Sunday, February 9, Marius was killed. He was publicly dissected in front of visitors to the zoo and then his remains fed to the lions.

    You can still take action by signing this petition calling for the Copenhagen Zoo to remove Bengt Holst from his position as scientific director."


    Notable Developments



    External References


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  • 02/10/14--12:50: Dumb Starbucks
  • Overview

    Dumb Starbucks Coffee is the name of a coffee shop that opened in Los Feliz, California as a parody of the American global coffeehouse chain Starbucks. Upon its opening in February 2014, the store gained much notoriety online after photographs of the storefront began circulating on various social media sites.

    Background

    On February 7th, 2014, a coffee shop named “Dumb Starbucks Coffee” opened for business in Los Feliz, California. The same day, the store launched the @DumbStarbucks Twitter feed, featuring photographs of the storefront.




    As part of the store’s promotional event for its grand opening, all drinks were served to customers free of charge. In addition, the store offered a “frequently asked questions” sheet, which cited the fair use law as legal protection for parodying the Starbucks coffee chain stores.



    Notable Developments

    On February 8th, the @DumbStarbucks Twitter feed posted a photograph of their full menu, which features Starbucks-style beverages prefaced with the word “dumb.”




    The same day, actor Rainn Wilson from the television sitcom The Office posted several photographs of the store on his Instagram feed,[3] which received over 11,400 likes in the first 48 hours.



    Starbucks’ Response

    On February 9th, Southern California Public Radio[1] (SCPR) quoted Starbucks spokesperson Megan Adams who said the company was looking into taking legal action against the store. On the following day, SCPR[2] published a follow-up article which included a statement from spokeswoman Laurel Harper:

    “We are evaluating next steps, and while we appreciate the humor, they cannot use our name, which is a protected trademark.”

    News Media Coverage

    In the coming days, many news sites published articles about the new coffee shop, including the LA Times,[4] Time,[5]USA Today,[6] The Hollywood Reporter,[7] BuzzFeed,[8] The Daily Mail[9] and Gawker.[10]

    Search Interest

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  • 02/10/14--15:23: Missed Connections
  • About

    Missed Connections is a sub-section of Craigslist under the Personal section. It allows people to post personal ads that tell stories of chance meetings that never had an exchange of contact information in the hopes the other party will read it and contact the writer.

    Origin

    Related Memes

    Illustrated Missed Connections

    Almost on the L

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/memecore/hipster-missed-connections-1ea9


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  • 02/11/14--12:48: Full House
  • About

    Full House is an American sitcom that follows a father as he raises his three daughters with the help of his best friend and his brother-in-law after the death of his wife. The series premiered on ABC on September 22nd, 1987, and concluded after eight seasons on May 23rd, 1995. Helped in part by ’90s nostalgia and reruns of the show playing constantly on ABC family in the late 90s and early 2000s, the show has a large online following.

    Premise

    Danny Tanner invites his best friend from childhood, Joey, and his late wife’s brother, Jesse, to move in with him to help him raise his three young daughters, DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle. As the children grow up their family expands as Jesse marries and has his own two children, though his new family lives in the Tanner house as well.



    History

    Full House was created by Jeff Franklin.[1] The series concluded its run in 1995, but ran in syndication on ABC Family from 2003 to 2013 and on Nick at Nite from to 2009.

    Reception

    Full House was nominated for many awards during its eight season run including two Kids’ Choice Awards and 23 Young Artist Awards.

    Online Presence

    As of February 2014 Full House’s Facebook page[2] has over 4.3 million likes.

    Tom Hanks Full House Poetry

    On October 23rd, 2012, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon uploaded a video of actor Tom Hanks reading a slam poem based on Full House he read on the show. As of February 2014, the video has over 2.2 million views.



    Reunions

    25th Anniversary Reunion

    On September 22, 2012, the cast of Full House (except Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who shared the role of the youngest daughter) met up in LA for the shows 25th Anniversary. Actress Andrea Barber, who played Kimmy, the Tanner’s neighbor, tweeted a photo from the reunion featuring Candace John Stamos, Cameron Bure , Lori Loughlin, Jodie Sweetin, Scott Weinger, and Dave Coulier.[7] Many sites such as Buzzfeed[8] and People[9] reported on the reunion.




    Jesse and the Rippers Reunion

    Jimmy Fallon Reunion

    On January 29th, 2014, the three male leads from the show John Stamos, Dave Coulier, and Bob Saget appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform a skit dressed as their Full House characters in a recreation of the show’s youngest daughter’s bedroom (with Fallon filling that role). It was uploaded to the show’s YouTube channel[3] that day and as of February 2014, it has over 8.2 millions views.



    Related Memes

    Dave Coulier a Day

    On November 21st, 2011, the Tumblr blog Same Pic of Dave Coulier[4] was created. The blog features the same picture of Coulier, who play Joey, in one of the very loud sweaters he often wore on Full House uploaded every day. The Tumblr was covered in posts by Cracked[5] and Buzzfeed.[6]



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]IMDBFull House

    [2]Facebook – Full House

    [3]YouTube – Full House" Guys Reunite On Jimmy Fallon (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)

    [4]Tumblr – samepicofdavecoulier

    [5]Cracked – 6 Ridiculous Tumblrs That Yahoo Just Paid $1 Billion For

    [6]Buzzfeed – Dave Coulier + Same Picture + Every Day

    [7]Entertainment Weekly- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen skip ‘Full House’ reunion, we wonder why

    [8]Buzzfeed- The Cast Of “Full House” Reunited

    [8]People- Full House Cast Reunites for 25th Anniversary


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  • 02/11/14--14:12: Operation Trololol
  • Operation Trololol, or Operation Balkhi was a raid in the Talibans official Twitter, @ABalkhi. Over 80+ forumers of 4chan or ‘’Imperial Guards’’ participated in the event, with the attempt to make the Talibans shut down their Twitter.

    On 5th of January of 2014, a forumer posted in 4chan’s /b/ board, pointing out that the Talibans have Twitter. People remarked that the Talibans should shut it down, thus making images of invitations, posting it in Anonymous sites like ChatRoulette, GloPoll, Omegle, etc.

    The attack consisted of 5 hours, divided into 5 sections. First was a moderate amount of posts with the username ’’ImperialGuard’’ with numbers.With time, names 0-99 were taken, and the forumers were forced to input different variations, such as 1A, 1B, 2A, etc.

    The second hour was a mass posting of the same posts ‘’Stop right there, Criminal Scum!…’’ and pictures of dead talibans.
    The third, consisted of a full overload of posting, and almost every forumer was making 3 posts per minute, calculate that, how many would over 100 do? Yes, alot.

    Fourth hour was when ‘’shit would hit the fan, if they didnt shut it down yet’’ , according to an anonymous forumer. This one consisted of pornographic pictures, and even MORE Imperial Guards submitted to the cause yet.

    Fifth Hour wasn’t really planned, they thought the Twitter would be shut down until then, so they had to do it manually.
    Mass requests of /b/ackup were sent to 4chan’s /b/ board, in wich lots, lots of more guards tried to shut down the Twitter themselves, via brute force hacking the password, and deleting the account once and for all. However, the attack failed at this time, as the password was too hard to brute-force break, and the Twitter Staff Team took place at that time, and banned most of the Imperial Guards present. The Imperial Guards hopped on onto ImperialGuard19’s (Named below) alternate accounts, and tried again, wich resulted even worse. Until now, 2 of the main accounts are still on foot (01 and 1B)

    None of these Imperial Guards shall be named, and may remain Anonymous. However, there are ImperialGuards more important than others, such as 01 (Creator of the Raid) 19(Made alternate accounts for everyone, in case of a ban.) and 1B (Established an IRC chat network with a name yet to be discovered.)


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  • 02/11/14--20:00: Animated Text
  • About

    Animated Text is a hashtag used to describe a 3D text banner that has been animated and looped in GIF form. On Tumblr, it is used to place an extra emphasis on one’s opinion or statement, much akin to the use of reaction images. In terms of aesthetics, animated text is quite similar in appearance to a WordArt object found in Microsoft Office.

    Origin

    The single topic blog AnimatedText was created by Brooklyn-based designer Catherine Frazier on November 30th, 2012.

    External References

    [1]Tumblr – Animated Text

    [2]Frazier Design – Catherine Frazier

    [3]The Daily Dot – AnimatedText makes pop culture phrases actually pop


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  • 02/12/14--08:27: IceJJFish
  • About

    IceJJFish is the pseudonym of singer-rapper Daniel Mcloyd who gained notoriety online for his YouTube music videos and off-key vocals.

    Online History

    On December 20th, 2011, Mcloyd uploaded his first video to YouTube, which featured his cover of the 1999 hip hop song “Back That Ass Up” by Juvenile (shown below). On December 27th, he uploaded a rap song titled “DMoney – Higher Than an Airplane” (shown below, right).



    On January 11th, 2012, IceJJFish uploaded a video titled “The Best Singer Ever to Live,” in which he sings a song in a high-pitched voice while drumming a beat with his hands (shown below, left). On January 20th, he uploaded a similar-style video titled “The Most Talented Singer Ever” (shown below, right).



    On November 18th, 2013, Mcloyd posted a cover of the 2013 R&B song “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake (shown below, left). In the following three months, the video accumulated upwards of 555,000 views and 2,200 comments. On December 3rd, Mcloyd launched a Facebook[2] page titled “The Famous Ice JJ Fish,” which gained over 25,600 likes within two months. On January 6th, 2014, the IceJJfish YouTube channel uploaded a music video for the song “No Topping You,” in which a shirtless Mcloyd is shown embracing a woman while serenading her (shown below, right).



    On the Floor

    On February 6th, 2014, IceJJFish uploaded the music video for his track “On the Floor,” in which he is shown wooing a young woman in a variety of locations (shown below). The following day, Redditor mrpinenutz submitted the video to the /r/videos[1] subreddit, where it gained more than 1,700 up votes and 280 comments. On February 9th, The Huffington Post[3] highlighted the music video and mocked the video’s description claiming that Mcloyd was “comparable to the second coming of Jesus.. maybe even 2pac.”



    Popular Videos



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 02/12/14--08:45: Rejected Candy Hearts
  • About

    Rejected Candy Hearts are a series of images parodying Sweethearts, a type of small heart-shaped candies sold around Valentine’s Day, with custom generated messages that are unromantic, off-putting or suggestive in nature. As it is with the actual candies, Rejected Candy Hearts can be seen as a seasonal meme on Twitter that peaks around Valentine’s Day each year.[3][4]

    Origin

    On February 13th, 2009, Buzzfeed[8] reported on the ACME Heart Maker[9], a website that allows visitors to create customized candy hearts with messages that are two lines long with no more than four characters per line.

    Spread

    On February 13th, 2011, rejected candy hearts went viral on Twitter, spawning a large collection of Sweethearts parodies with custom-generated messages under the hashtags #rejectedcandyhearts and #candyheartrejects. In the following 24 hours, several internet humor sites and blogs ran compilation posts highlighting the best of #rejectedcandyhearts, including Funny or Die[1] and The Huffington Post.[2] Around the same time in February 2014, a web-based app called Cryptogram[5] was launched to allow easy creation of Sweethearts parodies, which was subsequently picked up by Geekosystem[6] and Geek Sugar[7] on February 13th.



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Funny or Die – 13 Rejected Candy Hearts

    [2]The Huffington Post – Candy Heart Rejects On Twitter: The Funniest Tweets

    [3]Cafe Mom – 10 Hilarious ‘Candy Heart Reject’ Tweets Will Make You LOL

    [4]Salon – Rejected candy heart sayings

    [5]Cryptogram- hearts

    [6]Geekosystem- This Website Lets You Make Your Own Candy Hearts, So We Made Some Nerdy Ones for You

    [7]Geek Sugar- Make Your Own Rejected Candy Hearts

    [8]Buzzfeed- Uncomfortable Hearts

    [9]Acme- Heart Maker


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