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  • 03/10/14--19:19: Dead Space
  • About

    Dead Space is a horror survival action game developed by EA Redwood Studios, now known as Visceral Games. The game takes place aboard a space mining ship known as the USG Ishimura, where an engineer known as Isaac Clarke must defeat twisted humanoid creatures known as “Necromorphs”.

    Plot

    Dead Space takes place aboard a space mining vessel known as the USG Ishimura, known as the largest in it’s class. The Ishimura found an artifact known as the Red Marker. The Red Marker slowly corrupted humans aboard the ship in to grotesque and mutated creatures known as “ecromorphs”. Isaac Clarke must defeat these necromorphs to escape the Ishimura and find his girlfriend, Nicole Brennan.

    Reception

    Dead Space has spawned two sequels, two downloadable content packs, and one iPhone spinoff game by the same name. The game received mostly positive reviews, and sold over 2 million copies.

    Sequel: Dead Space 2

    Dead Space 2 occurs three years after the events of the first game, on a large space station centered around the remains of the moon of Saturn, Titan, known as The Sprawl. Isaac is faced with another necromorph outbreak, and must battle through visions of his girlfriend, induced by a marker known as the Gold Marker.

    Sequel: Dead Space 3

    Dead Space 3 is set in 2514, on the ice planet known as Tau Volantis. Another force known as the SCAF, or the Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces, discovered the planet as well and were wiped out. Isaac and his comrade known as John Carver, who similarly suffers from visions reminiscent of Isaac’s. Clarke and Carver must battle through Unitology Militants, necromorphs, and other creatures to defeat the marker threat.

    Necromorphs

    Every necromorph in Dead Space has a specific function. The “Slasher” subclass is made as infantry, the “Spitters” as a long ranged artillery, the “Brutes” as a tank, and several others. The only way to destroy a necromorph is to dismember it. The arms are always a prime target, as to prevent injury.

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  • 03/10/14--22:48: "It's dead, Jim"
  • This is a popular catch phrase from the original Star Trek (infused into modern culture by it’s countless reruns) that is used as a pronouncement that something is no longer alive or working. Not only in just a physiological way, but also in an other mechanical, electrical, physical, or temporal sense not related to a biological system. As such, it has expanded from using the personal pronoun “he’s” to the general non gender pronoun “its” that might also could be humorously describe some unspecified alien life form at the same time (and hence a joke), though Dr. McCoy was careful to assign gender when he said the phrase. It represents something that needs a formal pronouncement that only a kindly, but yet firm and incorruptible country doctor could offer, as others stand around clueless, wondering what has happened or what needs to be done next. That, and the fact the viewer has no way of telling by themselves and need to be told outright. Most often seen with a comma after the “It’s dead” it truly represents the slow delivery and dramatic pause, as he looks up, given by the actor DeForest Kelley, with a very serious tone of voice.

    As an example of it’s increasingly widespread usage,

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/the-enable-capsulecrm-is-missing

    http://futurelawyer.typepad.com/futurelawyer/2014/01/its-dead-jim.html

    http://evilspeculator.com/?p=6244

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/be98e588-6bfd-4f68-9139-dd34b816dca2/its-dead-jim-boot-fails-without-errors?forum=w7itprogeneral

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv1OKw5aP80

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqG7nG3TJtc


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  • 03/11/14--03:29: Doog
  • Doog, is a slang term for “Dog” that is primarily associated with pictures of a Pomeranian pup with a odd facial expression.
    These photos may be photo-shopped to change the dog’s face and or to add accessory, such as hats, glasses, necklaces etc, they also consist of the words “Yiff Yiff” “arf” “woof” and “bark”

    Roughly one to two years ago, a photo of Doog was posted on tumblr, in this photo i quote, “hey Shut the fuck up” ( Photo listed in gallery )
    and shortly after someone decided to crop just the face of the dog and use it as a profile photo on Facebook, the trend has grown much more since then.

    Sadly not much else is know since this is relatively new.


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  • 03/11/14--09:07: Famitracker
  • About

    FamiTracker is a free program for Windows that allows the user to compose music for the Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom videogame system. It is often used to create remixes of popular musical tracks, which are most commonly found on YouTube. It was first available for download in 2005.

    Origin

    On December 2, 2005, Jonathan Liss published the first build of the Famitracker program.

    Spread

    The first known Famitracker cover posted to YouTube, uploaded on April 24, 2007, can be seen below.

    The trend of making tunes with Famitracker didn’t really take off until May 9, 2008, when this video was uploaded:

    Since then, there have been literally thousands of videos displaying songs made in Famitracker, some popular musical tracks, others completely original, all varying in quality.


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  • 03/11/14--10:26: Wonderwall
  • About

    “Wonderwall” is a rock song by the English band Oasis. Due to its popularity and easy chord progression it’s often played by young, beginning guitar players, and this reputation leads it to be mocked.

    Origin

    “Wonderwall” is the third track on Oasis’ sophomore album, (What’s the Story)Morning Glory, released on October 2nd, 1995.[1] Because of its popularity and easy chord progression it is often one of the first pop songs a young guitarist will learn. The stereotype that teens and college-aged guitarists would somewhat randomly or frequently pull out their guitar to play the song at gatherings led to the online memes mocking it.

    Spread

    Scumbag Amateur Guitar Player

    On March 14th, 2012, a photo of a smiling man with a guitar was captioned "I don’t know that one….here let me play “Wonderwall” again," on Weknowmemes.[10] The photo was titled “Scumbag Amateur Guitar Player” in reference to the Scumbag Steve meme. The image appeared on the same day on 9gag[12] and on September 17th, on FunnyJunk[11].



    London Olympics Closing Ceremony

    Liam Gallagher, the lead singer of Oasis performed “Wonderwall” with his new band Beady Eye at the closing ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on August 12th, 2012. The video was uploaded to the Olympic’s official YouTube channel[5] the same day. As of March 2014, the video has over 1.4 million views.



    One Direction Cover

    On August 14th, 2012, YouTuber Lori B[6] uploaded a video of the British boy band One Direction performing a cover of “WonderWall.” The cover has reported on by many sites such as Buzzfeed[7], The Huffington Post,[8] and Celebuzz.[9] Within two years the video has gained over 8 million views.



    Anyway, Here’s Wonderwall

    On December 10th, 2013, YouTuber Julia Banks uploaded a video to her channel[2] titled “Anyways Here’s Wonderwall,” which featured her introducing her ukulele cover of the song with that phrase, before launching into a parody that altered the song’s first line to “Today is gonna be the day that you’re gonna shut the fuck up about Christmas.” As of March 2014, the video has over 5,000 views.



    The phrase became a popular way to caption photos of people with guitars and other string instruments on Tumblr[4], even spreading to other sites like entertainment site IGN[3], where a photo of a character from The Walking Dead holding a guitar was captioned with the phrase.

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    About

    “Infuriated Egyptian Woman” is a video of a middle-aged Egyptian woman launching a hilarious and grammatically incorrect tirade against U.S. President Barack Obama.

    Origin

    During the February 2014 Egyptian Parliamentary Elections, a local news channel interviewed citizens on their opinions of candidates. A middle-aged woman who was being interviewed launched a tirade against U.S. President Barack Obama. She also voiced her support for Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, while denouncing ousted former President Mohammad Al-Morsi.

    Spread

    The video was posted on YouTube by As7abe Sarcasm Society and has become a huge hit in Egypt. It has also went viral on Keek and Instagram. It also spawned a remix of the woman’s tirade.

    Dialogue

    In Arabic
    This is a message for Obama!

    In English
    You are listen, Obama.
    We are Egyptian women!
    You are listen, Obama!
    Shut up your mouse, [mouth] Obama!
    Shut up your mouse, [mouth] Obama!
    Sisi, yes! Sisi, yes! Morsi, no! Morsi, no!
    Sisi, yes! Sisi, yes! Morsi, no! Morsi, no!

    External References

    [1]YouTube – رسالة لاوباما‬ – هتمووووووووووووت من الضحك / Posted on 3-7-2014

    [2]YouTube – Shut up your mouse Obama ****REMIX***** / Posted on 2-27-2014

    [3]ANSAmed – ‘Shut Up Your Mouse Obama’ video online hit in Egypt


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  • 03/11/14--15:18: Sgt Petr (Best of Peroro)
  • Sgt Petr (Best Of Peroro) is a series full of memes!


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  • 03/11/14--16:12: Whaling
  • About

    Whaling is a Vine video fad in which participants mimic a whale’s breaching behavior by thrusting their bodies backwards with their legs hidden behind a tabletop fixture or an object.

    Origin

    On March 7th, 2014, Viner Worldchamp Santwon uploaded a video with the caption “I think there’s a whale in McDonald’s,” in which a man is shown mimicking a breaching whale while positioned behind counters and tabletops at a McDonald’s restaurant (shown below).



    Spread

    On March 8th, Viner TreyLaNetta DAbricksha Jenkins posted a video in which he is shown whaling in several public locations, garnering upwards of 43,000 revines and 42,000 likes in the following four days.



    On March 9th, 2014, Viner StarsCHI_nHutch uploaded a video of himself diving backwards inside a grocery store under the hashtag #whaling (shown below). In the next 72 hours, the Vine received over 1,600 likes and 1,400 revines.



    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the new Vine trend, including The Daily Dot,[1]IBI Times,[2]CBC News,[3] Today[4] and Refinery 29.[5] Within the first week, the Vine “#whaling” list accumulated upwards of 400 Facebook shares and 340 tweets.



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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    In early 2014, comedian Nick Preuher went on multiple television networks, posing as a chef promoting a fake cookbook entitled “making a winner out of last nights dinner”. during these segments he made the hosts test out his creations (which he made up on the spot), and do other varying events, like making a host beatbox while he sung the recipie of one of his dishes. all of these segments were captured and uploaded to youtube, the original getting around 5 million views before being taken down for apparently infringing a tv stations copyright. the video was then reuploaded to youtube by a different channel, and is currently still there.


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  • 03/11/14--20:36: Squart Guy
  • About

    Squart Guy is the nickname of OKCupid user papapaka, who gained notoriety for his online dating profile describing his sexual fantasies in explicit details, combined with numerous spelling and grammatical errors. On Tumblr and other cringe-themed communities, screen captures of his profile pictures and quotes have been parodied in the form of fan art illustrations.

    Origin

    The pakapaka OKCupid[2] profile was last updated on May 23rd, 2012. In the various subsections, papapaka repeatedly mentions his interest in sex while boasting about the size of his genitalia and his ability to pleasure women.



    The nickname stems from one of his profile quotes in which the word “squirt,” a slang term for female ejaculation, is misspelled:

    “IF I’M GOING TO MAKEYOUSQUARTACROSSTHEROOM ,,,, NOWTHATTURNS MW ON :-)!!!!!!! NOTHINGLIKEHAVINGTHEBESTOEGAMIOM IN THEWORLDEVERYDAY,,,, YEABABY…..”

    Spread

    On August 12th, 2012, the Addicted to Cupid[5]Tumblr blog posted a screenshot of pakapaka’s profile, which garnered more than 2,200 notes in the first two years (shown below). On April 12th, 2013, Redditor hellpony submitted the same screenshot in a post titled “100% enemy” to the /r/cringepics[1] subreddit, where it received over 5,100 up votes and 380 comments prior to being archived.



    On January 13th, 2014, Mixed Martial Arts Forums[3] member Michael Washam posted a thread featuring papapaka’s OKCupid profile. On February 14th, DeviantArtist[6] xen-dance submitted a digital illustration of papapaka (shown below, left). On March 10th, the Draw Me the Squart Guy Tumblr[4] blog was launched, which highlights illustrations of papapaka’s profile photo (shown below, middle, right).



    On the following day, Tumblr user navyhuskie[7] posted the logo for the video game company Square Enix edited to read “Squart Enix” (shown below). In 24 hours, the post garnered upwards of 1,900 notes.



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Reddit – 100% enemy

    [2]OKCupid – pakapaka

    [3]Mixed Martial Arts – This Okcupid account is amazing

    [4]Tumblr – Draw Me the Squart Guy

    [5]Tumblr – Addicted to Cupid

    [6]DeviantArt – OEGAMIOM

    [7]Tumblr – Squart Enix


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    Overview

    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was a scheduled passenger flight which departed from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China on March 8th, 2014, before disappearing off radar with 227 passengers 12 crew members on board less than an hour after the take-off.

    Background

    On March 8th, 2014, 12:41 a.m. local time, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport en route to Beijing, China, carrying 227 passengers of 13 nationalities, including 153 Chinese nationals, and 12 Malaysian crew members. At around 1:30 a.m., less than an hour into the flight, air traffic controllers in Kuala Lumpur reported that they lost contact with the plane after the transponder signal went offline over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam.



    image courtesy: CNN | Google Maps

    According to the officials, there were no indications of bad weather, technical problems or a distress signal from the crew at the time of its disappearance. The trip was expected to last about six hours over the distance of 2,700 miles (4,350 kilometers).

    Notable Developments

    Search and Rescue Mission

    By 7:24 a.m., about an hour after the flight’s scheduled arrival time at the Beijing International Airport, Malaysia Airlines had issued a statement confirming that the plane is considered lost and a search-and-rescue operation is underway. In responding to the crisis, the Malaysian government and fourteen other nations dispatched dozens ships and planes to the area. In the following days, numerous sightings of potential plane debris and oil slicks were reported, but upon examination, they were determined to be insubstantial.




    Online Reactions

    Meanwhile on Twitter, people reacted to the news with messages of prayers and wishes for the passengers using hashtags #PrayForMH370 and #MH370[6], peaking at 800,000 and 1.2 million tweets per day[5] on March 8th. On Reddit, Redditor Mrgandaw began compiling the latest updates and official announcements in a series of posts titled “Comprehensive timeline: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370” on /r/news.[4]

    Hoaxes and Theories

    Shortly after the search mission began, various rumors about the fate of the passengers began to spread online in China, including a news article saying the plane had made a safe emergency landing in Nanning and mass speculations that passengers may have survived as indicated by their active cell phone signal and online status on instant messaging services. As the search mission continued for several days with little result, online discussions[8][9][10] about the flight ran amok with unfounded theories[10] surrounding its whereabouts and fate, including references to the ABC drama series Lost and the Bermuda triangle, as well as conspiracy theories involving aliens, Edward Snowden, the Iranians and the North Koreans and even the Illuminati.

    Crowdsearch Efforts

    On March 12th, Colorado-based commercial satellite firm DigitalGlobe[2] launched an online crowd-search mission where anyone can scour through aerial photographs of the region covering 1,235 square miles to look for signs of potential survivors, rafts or plane debris that would lead to any clues surrounding the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370’s disappearance. Shortly after its launch, the website reportedly became inaccessible as a result of a sudden and massive spike in traffic.


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  • 03/13/14--00:57: Pictures For Sad Children
  • About

    Pictures For Sad Children is a webcomic series by artist John Campbell known for its dark, absurdist humor. The comic ended abruptly in 2014 following several controversies surrounding a crowdfunding campaign for a Pictures for Sad Children book.

    History

    In 2007, the Pictures For Sad Children[1] site was launched, featuring webcomics focusing on the protagonist Gary, an office worker suffering from social anxiety and low self-esteem. Other characters included the ghost Paul Cho, Gary’s roommate Jeremy, Gary’s cousin Sara, Sara’s Husband Afsheen, their daughter Maddy, Gary’s coworker Mariana and her ex-boyfriend Simon.



    Reception

    In 2008, the webcomic was a 2008 Web Cartoonists’ Choice Awards finalist in the “Outstanding Newcomer” category.[3]

    Kickstarter Campaign

    In May 2012, Campbell launched a Kickstarter campaign for a printed collection of Pictures for Sad Children comics.[2] The page listed several unusual perks provided to backers of the campaign, including the receipt of an original comic drawn by Campbell while under the influence of the psychedelic drug DMT. On May 26th, the project was successfully funded with $51,615 pledged of the $8,000 goal.



    On September 19th, Campbell updated the Kickstarter[4] page with a post titled “I’ve been pretending to be depressed for profit and I’m sorry,” in which he announced he had faked sadness to mimic other artists suffering from clinical depression. On September 21st, Campbell posted another update titled “I’ve been pretending to be pretending to have depression for profit and I’m sorry,”[5] stating that the previous update was false and that he was actually suffering from depression. On February 27th, 2014, a final update was posted to the Kickstarter[6] page, announcing that 25% of the rewards for the campaign would not be sent out and that he would be ending the comic series. The post included a video in which Campbell is shown burning a pile of books, 127 copies of his book, claiming that he had burned one book for every message asking or complaining about the Kickstarter project and would continue to do so if more inquires were done (shown below).


    Along with the video, Campbell posted a message expressing how he saw the crowdfunding proyect to be a harming way to promote and support capitalism, the concept of money being a “joke”, and how his actions would work to give a lesson about the true value of things. This accompained by insults and claims of indiference towards some of his proyect supporters and what they might think of him, all of this among some insight to the justification behind his actions.

    The situation caused a serie of reactions from the backers that ranged from anger and frustation to understanding and even sympathy, and earnt Campbell the attention of multiple sites involved in the book publishing and comic industry, such as Mediabristo[7], BleedingCool[8], Comicbookresources[9], Slushpile[10] and even DnaInfo[11], a local news site that covers ocurrences on New york and Chicago, and Business Insider[12] an online business news blog.

    As of February 27th, the comic’s page[1] is just a blank space which marks the apparent end of the comic just as Campbell had announced.

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  • 03/13/14--07:59: Selena Gomez Crying
  • About

    Selena Gomez Crying is a reaction image and photoshop meme based on a still shot of American teen pop idol on the brink of crying during a radio interview in December 2013.

    Origin

    On December 9th, 2013, the LA-based radio show The Hot Hits uploaded a video to their official YouTube channel[2] featuring Selena Gomez. In the video, Gomez is presented with the winning video submission from the “biggest Selena Gomez fan” contest hosted by the program, which makes the singer emotional to the verge of tears. As of March 2014, the video has over 1 millions views.



    Then on January 1st, 2014, a newly launched Twitter account using the handle @SELENASADMEZ[1] tweeted a still of Gomez’s eyes welling up with tears from the interview clip, adding “when you open your christmas presents and its not concert tickets.” As of March 2014, @SELENASADMEZ has over 4,700 followers.




    Spread

    On January 1st, 2014, Twitter account @CryingGomez[3] sent out its first tweet, an image of Gomez crying with the caption “when you write a good tweet and it’s more than 140 characters.” Throughout January, the Twitter account continued to showcase photoshopped images featuring Gomez’s teary-eyed face (shown below). As of March 2014, the Twitter account has over 24,000 followers.



    On March 12th, BuzzFeed[4] published a post titled “The Selena Gomez Crying Meme Is Literally Applicable To Everything That Could Ever Happen," compiling the best use of the crying Gomez as a reaction face in text messages and tweets. On the following day, the international news site IB Times[5] also reported on the photoshop meme.

    Notable Examples

    All the Photoshopped photos below come from @CryingGomez with the exception of the GIF created by chuckmccarthy[6] and the Lana Del Rey parody created by @MattPolimeno.[7]



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  • 03/13/14--15:04: Let Me Take a Selfie
  • About

    Let Me Take a Selfie is a meme originating on Vine that involves lip-synching to a clip of The Chainsmokers’ “#Selfie” before making dramatic and often comic selfie poses.

    Origin

    The video for “Let Me Take a Selfie” was uploaded to The Chainsmoker’s official YouTube channel[1] on January 29th, 2014. As of March 2014, it has over 12.1 million views.




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    This entry is under W.I.P.. You may request for editorship if you know the meme, but please be reasonable. Thank you.

    About

    Oh, I’m Sorry, I Thought This Was X also known as their other names Oh, I’m Sorry, I Thought This Was America and Randy Marsh Arrested is a exploitable phrase by South Park character and fan favorite Randy Marsh when he gets arrested every time he fights with a opposite team’s father in S09E05 The Losing Edge.

    Origin / Episode

    The episode aired April 6th, 2005. In the episode The Losing Edge, the boys desperately wanted to lose a game of Baseball for the summer. During the game, Randy Marsh, father of Stan Marsh, is cheering for the team and trash talking to the opposite team to get a father parent angry. After he threatens to beat Randy up, Randy stands up to take off his shirt and provoke that father, and the fight begins. Every time South Park wins, Randy gets arrested by the cops and complains he thought this was America.

    Spread

    Randy Marsh is full of surprises waiting to become memes. In June 2009, his phrase Oh, I’m Sorry, I Thought This Was America became a exploitable meme in many meme generating websites as Oh, I’m Sorry, I Thought This Was X.

    Google Trends

    External References

    [1]South Park Studios – The Losing Edge

    [2]Meme Generator – South Park Randy Marsh

    [3]Quick Meme – 3onahs’ Randy Marsh memes


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  • 03/13/14--19:34: Fallout 3: Number's Station
  • Fallout 3: Number’s Station is about radio station in the game with its voice actor “3 Dog” is heard saying weird numbers and sentences such as “Have you watched my YouTube video yet, I uploaded myself kicking bums in the nuts” followed by the numbers 2, 4, 1, 6, 1, 2, 2, 4, 2, 0, 1, 2, . And other sentences such as “The Queen has died today. The world mourns, as on days like these, we are all Brits.” Followed by 4, 2, 3, 1, 9, 2, 0, 1, 4, when looked at closely it is shown the numbers are reveled to be dates the most strangest about this is 1, 2, 0, 5, 5, 2, 8, 2, 0, 1, 0, or 12:05 – May 28, 2010 the date and time of the death of Gary Coleman, The Other numbers are unknown if they can predict the future or not.


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  • 03/14/14--05:15: 4chan Cup
  • About

    4chan Cup is a series of twitch streams goes with football competitions between the boards on 4chan.
    Players are generally associated with popular phrases or memes.

    Origin

    WIP


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  • 03/14/14--07:08: Fix EU West
  • About:
    “Fix EU West” is a popular phrase coming from the League of Legends community that started around 2011.

    It comes into play literally all the time, whenever there is an issue with the servers for EU West, ruining people’s experience with the game and making people unable to log in for sometimes hours at a time.

    You can almost guarantee every top voted comment on League of Legends Facebook pages is going to be
    “Fix EU West!”, as it has gotten to a point where it is beginning to spiral out of control.

    It is starting to take over the entirety of the Help and Support forums on the official League of Legends website, and every single post posted by any League of Legends fan page has somebody instantly replying to anything they post with “Fix EUW!” or “Fix EU West!”, which always gets upvoted hundreds of times, staying the top comment, regardless of the current state of the server.

    The majority of replies to these posts are either “EU West is fine”, “What a surprise, EU West has problems” and “Welcome to EU West”

    Currently the comments are subsiding, but give it a full 5 minutes before the servers are down again and the community backlash with more “Dolan” style comics with what probably happened at the EU West servers.


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  • 03/14/14--08:36: First Kiss
  • About

    First Kiss is a viral video produced by director Tatia Pilieva for the fashion label Wren, featuring 20 actors and models who are filmed under the premise that they are kissing a stranger for the very first time.

    Origin

    On March 10th, 2014, Pilieva uploaded a video titled “First Kiss” to her YouTube channel, in which 20 people are shown kissing each other with the song “We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow” by Soko playing in the background (shown below). Within the first four days, the video gained over 47.1 million views and 28,000 comments.



    Spread

    The same day on March 10th, 2014, Redditor tehWKD submitted the video to the /r/videos[1] subreddit, where it accumulated more than 29,500 up votes and 3,800 comments in the next four days. On March 11th, several news sites highlighted the video, including Gawker,[2] Mashable[3] and People Magazine.[4] The same day, Slate[5] reported that the cast of the video consisted of actors and models. On March 12th, YouTuber Pimms Girl uploaded a parody titled “First Handjob,” in which people fake being manually masturbated by various strangers (shown below). The same day, the Bosh YouTube channel uploaded a video titled “First Sniff,” in which various dogs are filmed sniffing each other (shown below, right). Within 48 hours, the videos garnered upwards of 3.08 million and 295,000 views respectively.



    On March 13th, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon released a parody titled “First Lick,” featuring dogs and cats licking and playing with one another (shown below).



    On March 14th, the New York Times[6] reported that the song “We Might Be Dead Tomorrow” sold 10,000 copies within 48 hours of the video’s release and quoted Wren founder Melissa Coker’s claim that the company’s online store saw a “significant bump” in sales after the video began circulating online.

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  • 03/14/14--11:50: Merlin
  • About

    Merlin is a British fantasy drama that follows the adventure of Merlin and Prince Arthur as young teenagers as they protect Camelot. The show remained popular on Tumblr through its run and continued its popularity after the show’s finale in 2012.

    Premise

    Merlin is a very powerful sorcerer, but King Uther (Anthony Head) of Camelot has outlawed any kind of magic. Merlin (Colin Morgan) leaves his small village and his mother behind to live with Camelot’s court physician, Gaius (Richard Wilson), thinking it will be easier to hide his abilities in a large community than a small one. After saving Prince Arthur’s (Bradley James) life, Merlin becomes his personal servant. Though they initially clash, the two soon form a close, yet contentious friendship since Merlin must constantly use magic to protect Arthur but must also keep his abilities a secret. Throughout the series Arthur grows closer to a castle maid, Gwen (Angel Coulby), organizes a group of knights, and fights with his father the King, while Arthur learns from the last living dragon that he is destined to help Arthur make Camelot great.

    History

    The show was created by Johnny Capps, Julian Jones, Jake Michie, and Julian Murphy.[1] It premiered on BBC One on September 20th, 2008, and its season finale aired on December 24th, 2012 after five season and 65 episodes. The series’ first season was aired on NBC in the US, but moved to SyFy for its second season.

    Reception

    Merlin earned a score of 7.9 on IMDB and a rating of 59 on Metacritic.[2] The series was nominated for two BAFTA awards, winning one for Best Visual Effects in 2011.It was also nominated for a Saturn Award in 2013 for Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television.

    Online Presence

    As of March 2014, Merlin’s official Twitter account[3] has over 100,000 followers and its Facebook page[4] has over 1.2 million likes. All five seasons are available to watch for free on Hulu[5] and for subscribers on Netflix.

    Fandom

    There are numerous fan-run Tumblr blogs dedicated to the Merlin fandom, including merlin-gifs[6], whywelovemerlin[7], and merlinconfessions.[8] As of March 2014, there are over 17,000 Merlin fanfiction submissions on Fanfic.net[9] and more than 61,000 fan art submissions for the show on DeviantArt.[10]



    Merthur

    The most popular ship for fans of Merlin is Merther (Merlin and Arthur). Though shippers create fan fiction and art to express the ship, it’s also popular to take GIFs from the show that seem to suggest a romantic relationship between the two characters and hold it up as proof the relationship is canon. Fan fiction community Merthur Haven[11] is dedicated to fics about the pairing, as well as several Tumblr blogs such as oh-merthur[12] and fyeahbrolinandmerthur.[13]



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]IMDBMerlin

    [2]Metacritic – Merlin

    [3]Twitter – Merlin

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