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  • 03/21/14--05:23: Wake Up
  • The “wake up” meme started as a creepypasta that has become a meme involving seemingly normal and generally positive sentences that suddenly write “wake up” in larger lettering.

    It is unknown where this meme originated but one could assume that it was created for a creepypasta site and adapted on sites such as tumblr, facebook etc.

    There are many similar texts that follow the same theme, but this is one of the original texts:
    It has been reported that some victims of torture, during the act, would retreat into a fantasy world from which they could not wake up. In this catatonic state, the victim lived in a world just like their normal one, except they weren’t being tortured. The only way that they realized they needed to wake up was a note they found in their fantasy world. It would tell them about their condition, and tell them to wake up. Even then, it would often take months until they were ready to discard their fantasy world and please wake up.

    this version of the text cannot be called the ‘original’ as stories similar to this have been around for a long time and the true original seems to be buried in the old corners of the internet.

    other adaptations apply for their respective websites, such as the tumblr version that is about rape, the facebook version about a coma and various other unfortunate predicaments.

    the meme itself can involve anything from long texts that slowly start to give readers an uneasy feeling by saying “wake up” in increasing frequency, to short jokes that put a little too much emphasis on the “wake up”.

    the optimal “wake up” meme will include no reference to rape, comas, or torture and will seem to appear out of nowhere, barely noticed by the viewer.

    Please, wake up.


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  • 03/21/14--08:01: Sellotape Selfie
  • About

    Sellotape Selfies is a photo fad in which individuals take pictures of themselves after wrapping their faces in adhesive tape as to appear grotesque in a contorted and squished manner. Each Sellotape selfie is then uploaded to Facebook with an invitation for a friend to take one, in the same style as neknominate.

    Origin

    On March 19th, 2014, Brighton University student Lizzie Durley created the Facebook[2] page “Sellotape Selfie.” Durley explained to The Daily Mail[1] that she got the idea from a scene from the 2008 film Yes Man in which the character of Carl Allen, a bank loan officer-turned-robber played by Jim Carrey, wraps and distorts his face with clear tape as to avoid being recognized. The Facebook page gained over 50,000 likes within five hours.



    Spread

    On March 20th, Durley’s selfie Facebook page was picked up by the Mirror[3], E!Online[4], and The Huffington Post[5] among others, with many of the articles describing the phenomenon as the latest unpleasant social media craze. On the following day, Karl Stefanovic, host of the Australian morning show Today, wrapped entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins’ face in tape on the show. He then took a picture of Wikins’ and himself and tweeted it:




    The trend has caught on among British and Australian users on Facebook and Twitter, with Durley’s page earning more than 120,000 likes and the hashtag #sellotapeselfies[6] mentioned over 5,700 times in less than 72 hours.

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    [not available yet]

    External References


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  • 03/21/14--12:57: Red Solo Cup
  • About

    The Red Solo Cup refers to a line of disposable beverage cups manufactured and sold by Solo Cup Company. It’s a party symbol in the United States. In the same way thick, black rimmed glasses have been forever linked to hipster culture) by pop media and the Internet, it has become impossible to see a red Solo Cup without thinking of the bro culture of fraternities.

    History

    The Solo Cup Company was founded in the 1940s, but they didn’t begin manufacturing their signature red Solo Cups until the 1970s.[1] The Solo Cup Company was acquired by Dart Container[8] on May 4th, 2012. It was first portrayed in pop culture as a staple of American parties in the 1999 teen comedy American Pie. The red Solo Cup was featured heavily in the film’s party scenes.



    Reception

    Many online news and culture sites have written reports and commentary on the red Solo Cup and what it means to Americans, and specifically youth party culture. On October 10th, 2011, Slate[1] published an article titled “The Solo Cup” that examines the cup’s history and rise to popularity. On November 5th, 2011, NPR[10] published an article titled “The Red Solo Cup: Every Party’s Most Popular Guest” that looked at its rise to popularity and the 2009 change to its design when it moved from a round base to a square base. On July 2nd, 2013, Buzzfeed[9] published a post titled “25 Examples America Is Obsessed With The Red Solo Cup” which features a collection of pop culture references to the cups and red Solo Cup themed products. The red Solo Cup accounts for about 60 percent of the company’s sales, vastly outperforming the blue cup.

    Measurement Marks

    On June 13th, 2012, Gizmodo[5] published an article titled “What the Lines of a Red Solo Cup Actually Mean.” The article pointed out that the groves in each red Solo Cup mark where you should stop filling the cup for certain types of alcohol. The first line marks a volume of one ounce for liquor, the second marks five ounces for wine, and the third marks 12 ounces for beer.



    After it was published they added an update after the Solo Cup Company contacted them and clarified:

    “Although the lines on our Solo cups match up pretty closely with common liquid measurements, they aren’t meant for that.”


    On April 7th, 2013, Redditor orcat started a thread on the subreddit /r/ExpectationVsReality[6] titled “Red Solo Cup” to discuss the meaning behind the lines. A link to a Business Insider[7] article published on June 11th, 2012, which confirmed Solo never meant for the lines to be used for alcohol measurement (though colleges sometimes use them for that purpose) quickly became the top comment on the thread.

    Drinking Games

    Beer Pong

    The players are divided into two teams that stand at opposite sides of a table. On each side of the table are cups of beer laid out in a triangle formation. Players try to toss a ping pong ball into one of their opponents cups. If the ball lands in the cup, a member from that team must drink the beer, and the cup is removed.

    Flip Cup

    Two equal-numbered teams face each other with a cup of beer in front of each player. The first player from each game begins by simultaneously drinking their beers. Once the players have drunk their beer they put the base of the cup half on and half of the table, then using only one hand they attempt to flip the cup onto the table, bottom up. Once the first member of the team has succeeded the next member may try, and so on down the line until the first team has flipped all their cups.

    Four Corners

    Corners is played in the same manner as Beer Pong, though the setup is a player throws the balls from each of the four corners of the table. Teammates are diagonally across from each other and shoot continuously. Once one team gets a ball into the cup, that cup is passed onto the opposing team, who must drink the beer and flip the cup before they can continue playing. The first team to discard all their cups wins.

    Nemesis[11]

    Nemesis is played much like Beer Pong, though their are still two teams each player is matched up with a nemesis whose scores they drink. Each pair may only play their designated ball, and the game ends when one team is left with no cups.

    On YouTube

    On October 11th, 2011, the music video for country singer Toby Keith’s song “Red Solo Cup” was uploaded to his official YouTube channel TobyKeithVEVO[2]. As of March 2014, the video has over 23 million views.


    On December 11th, 2011, YouTuber OnMusicGlee[3] uploaded a cover of the song performed on the musical comedy show Glee on an episode titled “Hold on to Sixteen.” As of March 2014, the video has gained over 600,000 views.



    Related Memes

    Lulu & The Lampshades Cover

    Lulu and the Lampshades Cups Covers are videos in which the subject performs a cover of the song “You’re Gonna Miss Me” by the band Lulu and the Lampshades using a plastic cup (often a red Solo Cup) to create a beat. The covers became extremely popular after the lead character in the 2012 teen comedy Pitch Perfect (played by Anna Kendrick) uses the song for her a cappella audition (shown below, top left).



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]Slate – The Solo Cup

    [2]YouTube – TobyKeithVEVO

    [3]YouTube – OnMusicGlee

    [4]Drinking Game Zone – Civil War

    [5]Gizmodo – What the Lines of a Red Solo Cup Actually Mean

    [6]Reddit – Red Solo

    [7]Business Insider – "Red Solo":The Lines On A Solo Cup Actually Mean Something":http://www.businessinsider.com/the-lines-on-a-solo-cup-actually-mean-something-2012-6#ixzz2wdIgqMTS

    [8]Dart – Dart Containor Closes on Aquisition of Solo Cup Company

    [9]Buzzfeed – 25 Examples America Is Obsessed With The Red Solo Cup

    [10]NPRThe Red Solo Cup: Every Party’s Most Popular Guest

    [11]Drinking Game Zone – Nemisis


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  • 03/21/14--15:08: Titanfall
  • About

    Titanfall is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts for the Windows, Xbox 360 and Xbox One platforms. In the game, players can pilot mecha robot machines known as “Titans” or use more conventional weapons to battle each other across a variety of maps set on an alien planet.



    History

    On March 1st, 2010, the video game company Activision terminated the Infinity Ward co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella for “breaches of contract and insubordination.” On April 12th, the Los Angeles Times[2] reported that West and Zampella had formed the video game company Respawn Entertainment with several former Infinity Ward employees. In 2011, Respawn Entertainment began pre-production of Titanfall as the company’s first video game title. In June 2013 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Respawn Entertainment showed an official Titanfall gameplay demo (shown below). The game was released on March 11th, 2014 in North America and two days later in Europe.



    Online Presence

    On June 6th, 2013, the /r/titanfall[3] subreddit was launched for discussions about the video game, receiving upwards of 31,300 subscribers in the following nine months. On the following day, the Titanfall Wiki[4] was created. On June 16th, Redditor WhiteAsCanBe submitted a Titanfall gameplay screenshot to the /r/gaming[6] subreddit, where it gained over 5,300 up votes and 690 comments prior to being archived. On October 22nd, the Titanfall-Community[5] discussion forum was launched. On September 9th, 2013, Redditor North_Shore_Pokemon posted an image macro to /r/gaming[10] speculating that Titanfall would outperform games in the Call of Duty franchise (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post gathered more than 6,800 up votes and 1,000 comments.



    On February 16th, 2014, YouTuber VanossGaming uploaded a montage of comical Titanfall gameplay moments, which accumulated upwards of 2.8 million views and 4,100 comments in the next two months (shown below).



    On the same day, Redditor Unt4medGumyBear submitted an image macro mocking the game for not being sold on the Steam software distribution service to the /r/pcmasterrace[8] subreddit, receiving over 4,400 up votes and 780 comments in one month (shown below, left). On March 14th, Redditor Upstart Duke submitted a “first world problems”Titanfall image macro to /r/gaming,[9] gathering upwards of 7,200 up votes and 300 comments in one week.



    On March 17th, Redditor phoenyx1980 posted a photograph of a Titanfall-themed window dressing at an electronics store, which accumulated more than 11,900 up votes and 400 comments (shown below) in the first four days.



    Reception

    Titanfall won more than 60 awards at the 2013 E3 reveal. As of March 2014, Titanfall has accumulated a Metascore of 86 on the review aggregator site Metacritic.[2]

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 03/21/14--15:55: Phnar Said
  • “Phnar Said” is a meme where you can say what ever you like to someone, as long as you say “Phnar Said” at first. For example, “Phnar said you need to lose weight you fat bitch”, but in reality Phnar did not say it, but it’s you saying it for maximum troll!


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  • 03/22/14--00:03: Zuul, Motherfucker, Zuul!
  • “Zuul, motherfucker, Zuul!” is a phrase used in the popular webshow, The Nostalgia Critic. Each time a demonic being appears, the Critic would utter the phrase in a low pitch voice.

    Origin

    It’s a variation of the phrase, “There is no Dana, only Zuul.” It comes from the 1984 comedy film Ghostbusters in which Dana Barrett (played by Sigourney Weaver) is possessed by the Gatekeeper Zuul.

    The Nostalgia Critic

    The phrase was first heard in his review of the TV series, Gargoyles.

    This became a running gag in the series, in which he would say the line every time a ghost or a monster appears. Sometimes, whenever a character escapes the being’s grasp, he would say “Zuul, motherfu-HEY!” In his Alone in the Dark review, he said the phrase half-heartedly, as if the monster just didn’t care anymore.

    External References

    [1]YouTube – ZUUL Mothafucka, ZUUL!!! / Posted on 10-16-2013

    [2]YouTube – Nostalgia Critic: Gargoyles / Posted on 10-12-2012


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  • 03/22/14--11:22: Lucid Dreaming
  • (w.i.p.)

    About

    Lucid Dreaming is the phenomena of knowing when you are dreaming, and being able to control your dream. It is a popular hobby of much of the internet community, and there are several websites devoted to the phenomena.

    Origin

    It is not entirely clear when Lucid Dreaming was “discovered”, but lucid dreaming as we know it may have originated as Yoga nidra, a spiritual practice that originates from ancient Hinduism and Buddhism. One modern man who was thought to have experienced yoga nidra in modern times is Swami Satyananda Saraswati, who described yoga nidra as a state of mind between wakefulness and sleep that opened deep phases of the mind.

    The first man to recognize the scientific potential of Lucid Dreams was Marie-Jean-Léon, Marquis d’Hervey de Saint Denys, who, in 1867, published his book ‘Dreams And The Ways To Direct Them: Practical Observations’. It made an extensive study on the phenomena of Lucid Dreaming.

    Spread

    There are several sites devoted to Lucid Dreaming, including Dreamviews,LD4all,Lucidipedia, and World of Lucid Dreaming. These sites offer ways to share your dream experiences, learn how to Lucid Dream, or talk with others about Lucid Dream techniques for induction and control.

    In Film

    Filmmakers have realized the potential to use the Lucid Dreaming as a plot framing device in movies, and thus there have been several films in recent years that are based on or share elements of Lucid Dreaming, including Inception,Waking Life,Vanilla Sky, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

    Search History

    External References

    Wikipedia – Lucid Dream
    Dreamviews – Introduction Zone
    Dreamviews – Induction Methods & Techniques


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  • 03/22/14--12:01: Fullmetal Alchemist


  • About

    FullMetal Alchemist (sometimes abbreviated to FMA) is a Japanese Manga series created by Hiromu Arakawa, and later animated by Studio BONES. After it’s creation the series gained a large online fandom, both in Japan and in America, with the series going on to become one of the most successful anime and manga of all time.

    History

    Fullmetal Alchemist first started out as a manga series, written by Hiromu Arakawa, which serialized in Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine between August 2001 and June 2010. The series follows the adventures of Edward and Alphonse Elric who, after losing their bodies trying to resurrect their dead mother using the science of Alchemy, go in search of a Philosopher’s Stone, in order to restore their bodies. As well as the manga series, an anime series directed by Studio BONES also aired from October 4, 2003 to October 2, 2004, which followed an original story separate to the manga. The anime adaptation received mass critical acclaim, spawning a large fandom both in Japan and in America. As well as this, the dubbed version of the show is widely considered to be one of the few dubs which is superior to the original Japanese, as well as bringing popularity to the voice actor Vic Mignogna. A movie based on the original series was also created, titled FullMetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shambala, which followed on from the ending of the show. Due to the popularity of the original series, a second version also by Studio BONES aired from April 5, 2009 to July 4, 2010, which instead followed the story of the manga rather than the original show. This version also received a spin-off movie, titled Fullmetal Alchemist: Sacred Stars of Milos, which followed an original, unrelated story.

    Online Relevance

    The Fullmetal Alchemist series in has garnered a significant online following since it’s original creation. The series has a significant presence on sites such as Tumblr[1], Reddit[2], 4chan‘s /a/ (Anime and Manga) board[3], Fanpop[4], My Anime List[5], FanFiction.net[6] and DeviantART[7][8]. There are numerous sites holding information of the series, such as the Fullmetal Alchemist wiki[9], TV Tropes[10] and Anime News Network[11][12]. The Fullmetal Alchemist Facebook page also has over 78,000 likes[13]. Despite this large fandom, however, the show’s spread in regards to user generated content could be seen as limited, due to the strict copyright holding by the anime content owner Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment, as well as MBS.

    Notable Sub-Memes

    ニーサン/Pimping Ed/Ed Relaxing

    ニーサン ( Meaning ‘nii-san’, also known as Pimping Ed or. Ed Relaxing) is an exploitable meme, featuring an image of Edward Elric, slouching on a bench with his arms spread out, with a relaxed posture. The meme gained popularity within the fandom, spawning many parodies.




    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Tumblr – Fullmetal Alchemist

    [2]Reddit – r/Fullmetal Alchemist

    [3]4chan – /a/ Anime and Manga

    [4]Fanpop – Fullmetal Alchemist

    [5]My Anime List – Fullmetal Alchemist

    [6]Fanfiction.net – Fullmetal Alchemist

    [7]DeviantArt – Fullmetal Alchemist art

    [8]DeviantArt – Fullmetal Alchemist Groups

    [9]Full Metal Alchemist Wiki – Main Page

    [10]TV Tropes – Fullmetal Alchemist

    [11]Anime News Network – Fullmetal Alchemist

    [12]Anime News Network – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    [13]Facebook – Fullmetal Alchemist fan page


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    About

    On January 2nd, 2014, American science educator, Bill Nye, and the founder and president of the Creation Museum, Ken Ham had a debate arguing over the legitimacy of Creationism. Nye argued that the Earth was created billions of years ago and its life forms developed millions of years ago through the processes of evolution and natural selection while Ham debated that the Earth was created 6,000 years ago by the Christian God and that all life forms on Earth are the same now as they were when they were first created. The debate was streamed live by debatelive.org[6] and occurred at the Creation Museum[7] in Petersburg Kentucky.



    Anticipation

    Before the debate actually occurred, the event was announced on January 2nd, 2014, by the Christian evangelist website Answers in Genesis.[2] Later that day, the announcement was posted to the subreddit /r/skeptic[7]. The post received over 1,000 upvotes and 220 comments during that month. On January 16, the Richard Dawkins Foundation[8] posted an article including reasons on why Nye shouldn’t debate Ham, which included the opinion that arguing with Creationists legitimizes their arguments.

    Spread

    The debate spawned various image macros based off of screen captures taken from the event on Reddit that reached the front page.[10][11][12]



    On February 5th, the viral content site BuzzFeed published an article[13] including 22 images of Creationists who viewed the debate holding up handwritten signs including messages that they would like to address to people who believe in evolution.[4]



    External Resources


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    About

    I Have Done Nothing Productive All Day is a reaction face gif that describes a poster’s situation. The idea has caught hold in the Brony community and has since had numerous MLP related gifs created around the phrase.

    Origin

    Though the phrase itself may be older, the first known image macro was posted to the Reddit /r/gifs on June 25, 2012, in a thread titled “Ah…Summer.” and has gained 4,217 upvotes and 2,978 downvotes since March 23, 2014.[1]

    Sources

    [1]Reddit – Ahh…summer.


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  • 03/23/14--13:55: Dril
  • About

    @Dril is a novelty Twitter account which gained a large fan following through its seemingly nonsensical tweets, similar to the Horse_ebooks Twitter account.

    Origin

    The Twitter account @dril posted its first tweet on September 15th, 2008, with a simple message only reading “No” (shown below). The identity of the account’s author remains unknown, however, the profile description links to a mysterious website at Wint.co.[5]



    As of March 2014, the account has posted over 4,000 tweets and managed to garner nearly 95,000 followers. The mostly random tweets by the account often rack up hundreds of retweets and favorites, and screen captures of the tweets are often shared on other platforms such as Tumblr.[19][20]

    Spread

    While the account already gained popularity and attention on Twitter and other platforms, one of the first websites to pick up on the novelty Twitter account was the entertainment website Head of Rothchild[3][4] on October 19th, 2011, where he became their first and eventually only inductee to their Twitter hall of fame, and was again mentioned in a tribute on February 5th, 2013. Throughout 2012, the Twitter handle gained more attention and was mentioned in various top Twitter account rankings, such as on Mashable,[8] Bite.ca,[9] The Daily Dot[10] and Complex.[7] That same year, @dril was also mentioned on the IGN forums[11] and in a Something Awful Twitter Tuesday post.[6] Tweets attributed to the account have been featured on the Twitter: The Comic Tumblr blog on at least two occasions, the first on December 26th, 2012 (shown below, left),[12] and the second on June 13th, 2013 (shown below, right).[13] The comics managed to gather 250 and 5,800 notes respectively, as of March 2014.



    Starting in 2013, the total number of @Dril’s followers began to grow exponentially, as shown in a The Daily Dot article[10] in October 2012, at the time of which the Twitter still had only 23,000 followers. @Dril also managed to gain various awards on Favstar.fm[14] and belongs to the top 0.5% of social media users on Twtrland.[15] The most popular tweet by the account was made on July 28th, 2013,[16] with over 6,800 favorites and 6,200 retweets as of March 2014 (shown below).



    Identity

    Not much is known about the identity of the Twitter handle. Following the revelation[17] of the owner of the Horse_ebooks Twitter handle being Buzzfeed employee Jacob Bakkila on September 24th, 2013, Bakkila claimed to know the identity behind dril. Bakkila shared that he was hired by dril in the past for a project, that dril was possibly a graphic designer and lived in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut). Bakkila also connected Buzzfeed to dril where they got him to participate in an oral history of Weird Twitter accounts,[18] in which dril attempted to dispel various myths surrounding the account.

    Ok, I was considering sending a response “in character”, but I thought that this would probably be a good opportunity to let people know who I am and what exactly I’m trying to do. People seem to have the idea that I’m this really “wacky” guy who behaves rather similarly to his offbeat twitter persona in real life, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Please allow me to dispel some of the myths out there and let people know what I’m all about.



    Twitter, as I understand it, is a sort of “Hell” that I was banished to upon death in my previous life. In this abstract realm, the only thing I am certain of is that my cries are awarded “Favs” or “RTs” when they are particularly miserable or profane. These ethereal merits do nothing to ease my suffering, but I have deliriously convinced myself that gathering enough of them will impress my unseen superiors and grant me a promotion to a higher plane of existence. This is my sole motivation.

    As for this “Weird Twitter” phenomenon, I believe it’s simply a label that many people in social media loosely attach to a movement of ironic, satirical posts pioneered by the account “@kfc_colonel”. Nobody knows who operates this account, but for years he has been impersonating a dead fast food mogul and asking his followers bizarre personal questions, usually regarding their consumption of KFC products. His influence inspired comedians to further the movement by creating accounts of a similar vein, such as “@Pepsi”, “@Pizzahut”, and “@mtn_dew”, to name a few. I would suggest checking these guys out if you’re into some real subversive social commentary.

    Thank you for this opportutnity, and good luck with your article. I give you full permission to post this on every blog and forum that exists on the web. Please send a check for $400 to “Dirty Ass” at Crimetown, NJ . Piss Piss Piss PIss 69 Piss Ass Shit . Bye

    Notable Tweets


    Search Interest


    External References


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  • 03/24/14--09:49: GrandmaBetty33
  • About

    GrandmaBetty33, whose real name is Betty Simpson, is an 80-year-old woman from Jeffersonville, Indiana, battling lung cancer who has gained a large following on Instagram after her great-grandson created the account GrandmaBetty33 for her. Simpson has been dubbed the “Instagranny” for the popularity of her Instagram account and the stark age difference between the average Instagram user and herself.

    History

    On January 3rd, 2014, Simpson’s 18-year-old great grandson Zach Belden[1] registered her for an Instagram account[2] and began posting photographs and videos of Simpson as she fights lung cancer. As of February 20th, the account had gained over 2,000 followers.



    On February 24th, Simpson posted a video of herself dancing to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” As of March 2014, the video has over 34,000 likes.



    Williams followed Simpson the same day the video was posted, and he posted a message on his Instagram account[3] on March 17th, which read:

    “Let’s help @grandmabetty33 get to 100K followers! All the love and support on her Instagram account brings a smile to her face as she fights cancer. Happiness is a human right. Let’s keep @grandmabetty33 smiling”


    On March 13th, The Huffington Post[6] covered Simpson’s Instagram account.

    The same day, the Twitter account[4] @GrandmaBetty33 was created, though @GrandmaBetty33’s Instagram account confirmed the Twitter account was not created by or for Simpson. The account posts links to the media coverage surrounding Simpson, and as of March 2014, it has gained over 4,000 followers. As of March 14th, @Grandma Betty’s Instagram account had gained over 23,000 followers.



    On March 14th, Simpson was featured on ABC Nightly News.[7] When speaking about her cancer in the interview she explained:

    “I don’t even think about it.”




    ABC US News | ABC Business News

    On March 20th, @GrandmaBetty33 revealed the account’s official logo (shown below) created by @1FaceWatch.[5]



    Reputation

    As of March 24th, 2014, Simpson has gathered over 430,000 Instagram followers.

    Search Interest

    c

    External References


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  • 03/24/14--11:31: pwner
  • i am pwner, don’t even think about fucking with me


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  • 03/24/14--12:36: Despicable Me
  • About

    Despicable Me is an animated children’s comedy film about a supervillain who adopts three girls as part of his evil master plan. It is the first film of a trilogy.

    History

    Despicable Me was released on July 9th, 2010.[1] The film stars the voices of Steve Carell as supervillian Gru, Jason Segel as Gru’s rival Victor Perkins, Julie Andrews as Gru’s mom, and Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario, Gru’s scientist friend.

    Premise

    Reception

    Upon its release, Despicable Me was a critical and commercial success. The film earned a rating of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 72 on Metacritic.[3] During its theatrical run the film grossed more than 540 million dollars worldwide. The success promoted three follow up films: Despicable Me 2 (2013), Minions (2015), and Despicable Me 3 (2017).

    Accolades

    The film was nominated for a 2011 Golden Globe for Best Animated Film. It was nominated for seven 2011 Annie Awards and one 2011 BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film.

    Online Presence


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  • 03/24/14--13:38: Naruto
  • [w.i.p. I’m back! Now it’ll be finished, promise]



    About

    Naruto is a Japanese manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto, and published in Shounen Jump. The story follows Naruto Uzumaki, a ninja who searches for recognition, and dreams to become the Hokage, the ninja in his village who is acknowledged as the leader as well as the strongest of all. The series has garnered a large fan following online, spawning many parodies.

    History

    Online Relevance


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  • 03/24/14--14:15: Wolverine Crush
  • About

    Wolverine Crush is a two-panel exploitable comic series featuring the Marvel superhero Wolverine gazing longingly at picture frame, which often contain various humorous images superimposed over the original photograph.

    Origin

    In Season 1 Episode 5 of the animated television series X-Men, originally aired on January 30th, 1993, the character Wolverine is shown jealously looking at a picture of the superheros Cyclops and Rogue (shown below).



    The earliest known instance of the exploitable comic featured a nude selfie of actress Scarlett Johansson and was submitted by Redditor Jamy18 to the /r/funny[5] subreddit on September 18th, 2011 (shown below, right). Prior to being archived, the post accumulated over 1,000 up votes and 20 comments.



    Spread

    On April 10th, 2012, BuzzFeed[1] highlighted a Wolverine Crush image featuring a superimposed photograph of Ridiculously Photogenic Guy. On the following day, Redditor xchaos submitted a comic of Wolverine holding a photograph of Valve founder Gabe Newell to /r/gaming[2] (shown below, right).



    On July 8th, 2013, Reddit Samisneat submitted a comic of Wolverine caressing a picture of actor Nicolas Cage to the /r/onetruegod[3] subreddit, where it gained more than 1,700 up votes and 15 comments before it was archived. On September 10th, Redditor dinojoe posted a Wolverine Crush image featuring a photograph of marijuana to the /r/trees[4] subreddit, garnering upwards of 2,800 up votes and 45 comments prior to being archived.



    Notable Examples




    Search Interest

    External References


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    Overview

    Kira Hudson’s Facebook Lesson refers to a social media experiment featuring a photograph of a teenager launched by Colorado resident Kira Hudson in order to demonstrate to her daughter how quickly an image can spread once it is posted on the social networking site Facebook. Shortly after the photograph was posted on Facebook in March 2014, it subsequently drew the attention of users on 4chan and spawned a number of parodies.

    Background

    On March 18th, 2014, Hudson posted a photograph on Facebook[1] of her 12-year-old daughter Amia holding a sign reading “Mom is trying to show me how many people can see a picture once it’s on the Internet” (shown below). In the next 48 hours, the post reportedly gained close to one million likes before it was removed.



    bq. My 12-year-old daughter doesn’t understand why she can’t have an Instagram or Facebook account… Please “like and share”… She just doesn’t get it! Make sure to first click on the picture, and then hit “share”, and change the setting to “public.” That way, I get a clear number :) Thank you!


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    On 4chan

    Later that same day, 4chan users began spreading the image on the /b/ (random) board, including several variations with photoshopped signs mocking the Facebook post and the Hudson’s purported address (shown below). According to The Daily Dot,[3] the Hudsons received several pizza deliveries and prank calls at their Colorado home.



    Hudson’s Response

    On March 21st, The Huffington Post[2]updated their article with a statement from Hudson, who claimed 4chan users mistakenly discovered an old address and telephone number for the family.

    I am very grateful to all of the parents who have messaged my daughter and me, letting us know that because of our “experiment,” they were able to teach their own children more about Internet safety. This was one lesson that both my daughter and I learned very quickly! I had not anticipated it gaining momentum as fast as it did. It certainly opened my eyes to the fact that I thought my own private Facebook was secure. It was not as secure as I thought. Luckily for us, the information that was gathered by others was not my current residence or phone number.
    I would like to apologize to the family who is living at our old address and let them know that I hope this hasn’t caused them much distress and the next pizza will be a gift from me. This whole thing has really proven the point, and I am hopeful that even though there have been a few bumps, others can continue to learn from our experience.

    News Media Coverage

    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the viral Facebook post, including The Huffington Post,[2] The Daily Dot,[3]WHNT News,[6] The Australian[4] and CNET.[5] On March 25th, the TomoNewsUS YouTube channel published an animated video about the controversy (shown below).



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  • 03/25/14--10:09: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • About

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an animated children’s show from the late 1980s which follows four ninja turtles living in the sewers beneath New York City. Action figures and other forms of merchandise based on the show became popular in the late ’80s and early ’90s. A live action adaptation of the show ran in from 1997 to 1998, and the cartoon was resurected in 2012.

    History

    The original TMNT[2] animated show premiered December 11, 1987, and ran for 10 seasons airing its series finale on November 2, 1996. The live action series, titled Saban’s Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation[3], ran for one season premiering on September 12, 1997, and airing its series finale on March 20, 1998. The animated series returned for seven seasons on February 8th, 2003, and aired its finale on May 23rd, 2009. Its most recent incarnation[5] premiered on Nickelodeon on September 29, 2012. As of March 2014, two seasons have aired. A feature length film[7] starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett is scheduled to be released on August 8th, 2014.

    Premise

    The four teenage mutant ninja turtles are all named after famous renaissance artists: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael. They live in the sewers beneath New York City with their adoptive father Splinter (a rat). They are sometimes joined in their adventures by former lab assistant April O’Neil, and they fight against their enemy, a rat and ninjutsu master called Shredder.

    Reception

    The original 1980s cartoon earned a score of 8 on IMDB, while the most recent cartoon earned a 8.3. The most recent cartoon’s premiere had over 3.9 million viewers[6].

    Accolades

    Online Presence

    As of March 2014, the Facebook page[8] for TMNT has over 1.2 million likes and its Twitter account[9] has over 11,000 followers. The five most recently aired episodes are available for subscribers on Hulu[10], while the ’90s live action series is available for subscribers on Netflix.[11]

    Fandom

    In addition to its official social media presence, fan sites for TMNT include The Technodrome[21], a fan blog from the perspective of the TMNT villains, and ninjapizza[22] which features news and updates about the franchise. Tumblr blogs dedicated to TMNT include tmnt-central[22], tmntconfessions[23], and tmntmaster.[24] Popular tags used for the show on Tumblr include TMNT[18] and #TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.[19] There are over 1,300 submission under Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Fanfiction.net[16] and over 54,000 submission on DeviantArt.[17]



    Related Memes

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Noses

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Noses is a photoshop meme that involves drawing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mask over the tip of the subject’s nose, typically in photographs of celebrities.The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Noses” (TMNN) Tumblr[1] page was created on October 2nd, 2011. The first image featured on the blog was a photo of a child with drawings on his face, including a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mask on his nose.



    Tributes and Parodies

    On January 25th, 2006, comedy YouTube channel Smosh[13] uploaded a skit based on TMNT and set to its theme song (below, left). As of March 2014, the video has gained over 10 million views. On December 9th, 2010, YouTuber Ploobers[14] uploaded a video featuring a shot by shot live action recreation of the original TNMT’s opening theme (below, right). As of March 2014, the video has gained over 1.3 million views.



    On July 13th, 2011, YouTuber nmckaig[12] uploaded a capella cover of the TMNT theme song (below, left). As of March 2014, the video has gained over 160,000 views. On January 17th, 2004, YouTube comedy channel Annoying Orange[15] uploaded a video titled “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turnips” (below, right). As of March 2014, the video has gained over 690,000.



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    Overview

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Vogue Cover refers to a controversial cover for the April edition of the fashion magazine Vogue featuring the celebrity couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

    Background

    On March 21st, 2014, Vogue[1] published an article revealing the cover for their upcoming April magazine, which featured rapper Kanye West embracing his wife Kim Kardashian from behind (shown below).



    Notable Developments

    Online Reactions

    The same day, actress Sarah Michelle posted a tweet that she would be cancelling her subscription to Vogue.




    Also on March 21st, actor James Franco posted a photoshopped version of the cover with both his and actor Seth Rogen’s faces superimposed over West and Kardashian to his Instagram[2] feed (shown below). In the first four days, the post received over 233,000 likes.



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  • 03/25/14--14:31: #RuinaChildrensBook
  • About

    #RuinaChildrensBook is a hashtag game played on Twitter that involves altering or adding to the title of a classic children’s book that would make the book unpleasant or distasteful.

    Origin

    Spread

    With 24 hours of the episode airing the hashtag #RuinaChildrensBook[3] was tweeted out over 126,000 times. On March 25th The Daily Dot[1] covered the hashtag. The same day Bustle[4] published an article titled “#RUINACHILDRENSBOOK and 8 Other Hilarious Bookist Hashtags.”

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