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  • 04/03/14--12:08: Bartolo Colon at Bat
  • About

    Bartolo Colón At Bat is a photoshop meme based on an image of the New York Mets pitcher in an awkward batting stance screen-captured during a season match against the Washington Nationals in April 2014.

    Origin

    On April 2nd, 2014, Dominican professional baseball player Bartolo Colón made his debut appearance in the MLB National League as the starting pitcher for the New York Mets in the team’s second season match against the Washington Nationals. During his six-inning pitch on the mound, Colón allowed three runs on nine hits in a 5 – 1 loss to the Nationals. In addition to his pitching duties, Colón also had to step up to the batter’s plate, a rule of the game that he has long been exempt from under the American League’s “designated hitter” provision.



    In one of his chances at batting, Colón was seen on camera standing in an extremely slouched position, which soon caught the attention of Lana Berry[1] on Twitter:



    Spread

    Within minutes of @Lana’s tweet, Texas-based sports blogger @NickPants[2] responded to the screenshot with a photoshopped parody of Colón posing in the batting stance with a fishing rod next to a pond.




    By 11 p.m. (ET) that evening, a handful of photoshopped spoofs in which Colón is placed into other sports had surfaced on Twitter.[8] On the following day, the meme was picked up by numerous sports news sites, beginning with SB Nation[5], Sports Grid[4], Yard Barker[3] and USA Today’s FTW blog[6], as well as the Major League Baseball’s official Tumblr blog.[7]

    Notable Examples




    External References


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  • 04/03/14--13:31: The Nae Nae
  • About

    The Nae Nae is a choreographed dance stylized by holding one arm in the air and one arm by your side as you rock back and forth on slightly bent knees. It became popular in January 2014 after footage of people performing the dance were uploaded to the video-sharing sites Vine and YouTube.

    h2.Origin

    On October 8th, 2013, WeAreToonz, a group credited with creating the dance loosely based on the dance style of the character Sheneneh Jenkins from the 1990s comedy television show Martin[2] (shown below, left), uploaded a tutorial video which explains how to dance the Nae Nae (shown below, left) to their Youtube channel.[1] As of March 2014, the video has gained over 7.5 million views.



    On October 11th, 2013, they uploaded a video featuring their new song “Drop That NaeNae.” As of March 2014, the video has gained over 7.6 million views.

    Spread

    On November 19th, WeAreToonz announced a YouTube contest to find the best high school, US, and International dancers performing the Nae Nae, with the winner given the opportunity to perform in the official “Drop That NaeNae” music video.




    Top performing videos included StockBridge High School’s entry[4] (shown below, left), which was uploaded on November 21st, 2013, and has gained over 3.5 million views as of March 2014, and


    A Facebook page[3] for the dance was created on January 6th, 2014. As of March 2014, the page has gained over 196,000 likes.

    As of March 2014, the hashtag #dropthatnaenae has been tweeted out over 2.8 million times.

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  • 04/03/14--14:26: 90s Kids
  • WIP


    About

    90s Kids is the name for the generation that grew up in the 1990s, and reminiscence about television programs, video games, and other media from their childhood.

    Origin

    90’s Kids, more commonly known outside the internet as Millenials, were the first generation to grow up with the Internet. Therefore, they began to use the internet as a way to connect and share their nostalgia of media.

    Some notable media that were popular with the 90s childhood were Doug,The Powerpuff Girls,The Legend Of Zelda (Ocarina of Time in particular), Pokemon and Grunge Music.

    Spread

    As of April of 2014, there are countless Facebook pages dedicated to 90’s Nostalgia, including Things 90’s Kids Realize,You Know You’re A 90s Kid If, and 90’s Kids Only.

    The blog Things 90’s Kids Realize was created in 2010.

    On August 21st, 2011, BuzzFeed published the article 25 Ways To Tell You’re A 90’s Kid.

    Influence on Other Subcultures

    Several modern subcultures may have been influenced by 90’s nostalgia. Besides the aforementioned Pokemon and Zelda fandoms, members of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fandom may have wanted to join because the show’s creator, Lauren Faust, was a writer for The Powerpuff Girls. The Furry Fandom as we know it today may have its roots in the Sonic The Hedgehog fandom, as well as cartoons such as Tiny Toons or Animaniacs (see video below).

    Criticisms

    Some have criticized 90s kids for not being accepting of new media. 90s kids that act in this manner are often referred to as Nostalgiatards or Nostalgia Brats.

    In the Pokemon fandom, the term Genwunner is often used to describe those who only like the first generation of Pokemon games, and openly dislike all others.

    Search Interest

    Related Articles

    The Legend Of Zelda
    Pokemon
    Sonic the Hedgehog
    Super Mario
    Genwunner
    PlayStation
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Arthur
    Ed Edd ‘n’ Eddy
    Full House


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  • 04/03/14--15:57: Marine Todd
  • About

    Marine Todd is a copypasta story about a United States marine who violently assaults a college professor for challenging the existence of God.

    Origin

    According to the tech news blog Technology Tell, an email copypasta telling a story of a college professor who challenges God to knock him off a podium causing a a marine to hit him in the head began circulating as early as 2004. On March 20th, 2014, an image macro variation of the copypasta was posted by Facebook user Earl Dibbles Jr, which gained more than 283,100 shares and 241,000 likes in the first three weeks.





    A Marine was taking college classes between his deployments to Afghanistan.

    One of his courses had a professor that was an atheist and a member of the ACLU. One day the professor shocked everyone by walking into class, looking up and stating "God, if you are real, I want you to come down and knock me off this platform, I will give you 15 minutes.

    Several minutes tick by in silence, when the 15 min. time almost expired the Marine gets up from his seat, approaches the professor and punched him in the face knocking him off the platform and out cold. The Marine simply went back to his seat.

    The professor came to, visibly shaken and asked the Marine, “What the heck did you do that for?!”

    The Marine said, “God was busy protecting America’s military who are out protecting your right to say stupid shit like that, so he sent me to fill in.”

    Spread

    On March 21st, Redditor NibblyWibbly submitted the image macro to the /r/cringepics[2] subreddit, where it garnered upwards of 7,900 up votes and 600 comments in two weeks. On March 29th, Salon politics editor Elias Isquith tweeted a parody version of the copypasta, in which Marine Todd judo kicks a professor for saying “America deserved 9/11.”




    On the same day, several other Twitter users began posting humorous variations of the story.




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  • 04/04/14--06:35: concon
  • About

    concon is a popular soundtrack from a Japanese arcade music video game jubeat[1], which is produced by KONAMI as a part of BEMANI line.

    This electric pomp styled song was used in many MAD on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) in 2009.

    Origin

    concon was written by a Japanese composer S-C-U for the first rhythm game of jubeat, that was released on the Japanese arcade on July 24, 2008.



    Spread

    The earliest instance in this series had been already uploaded to NND in the 5th Music Rhythm Game MAD contest, a small user-organized online MAD video event mostly dedicated to BEMANI songs in November 2008. It was a derivative of Jaka Jaka Jan.

    Notable Examples

    For more videos, check out the videos section in this entry.

    MADs


    Nichijou(featuring It’s Salmon!!!)
    Shuzo Matsuoka

    YTPMVs


    My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
    Donkey Kong


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  • 04/04/14--10:17: #ButtFlix
  • About

    #Buttflix is a hashtag game on Twitter that involves altering movie titles with off-color jokes and toilet humor.

    Origin

    The hashtag was introduced by Chris Hardwick during a segment on his Comedy Central late-night show @midnight that aired on April 2nd, 2014. In the segment, Hardwick held a contest in which guests on the show were awarded points for listing movie titles with jokes about rear ends (shown below).



    Spread

    Following the broadcast on April 2nd, 2014, @midnight writer Jordan Morris tweeted a #ButtFlix parody title using the 1992 comedy film Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. According to the Twitter analytics site Topsy,[1] there were over 50,000 tweets containing the hashtag “#Buttflix” that evening.




    On April 3rd, 2014, Hardwick posted a #Buttflix tweet featuring a parody title for the 1998 dark comedy film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In 24 hours, the tweet received more than 370 favorites and 75 retweets. In the coming days, several news sites and blogs highlighted notable #Buttflix tweets, including The Daily Dot,[2] The Dish[3] and Social News Daily.[4]




    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 04/04/14--11:04: Jon Hamm
  • About

    Jon Hamm is an American actor best known for his role on the AMC period drama Mad Men. His guest spots on shows like Saturday Night Live and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon has lead to him staring in several viral videos.

    Acting History

    In 2001 Hamm won his first major role in a movie, Kissing Jessica Stein.[1] He appeared in several television shows throughout the 2000s including Providence, Gilmore Girls, and The Division. In 2007 he was cast in his breakout role, Don Drapper on the AMC period drama Mad Men. In its seventh and final season as of April 2014, the show has earned Hamm four Golden Globe nominations and one win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama) as well as eight Primetime Emmy nominations. He has also had prominent roles in several movies during Mad Men’s run including Friends with Kids (2011), Bridesmaids (2011), and Million Dollar Arm (2014).

    Fandom

    As of April 2014, Jon Hamm’s Facebook page[24] has over 24,000 likes. There are several Tumblr blogs dedicated to Hamm including jonhammmancrush[21],jonhammyhammham[22], and jonhammsome.[23] Fans of Hamm also gather on his FanPop[20] page.

    Online History

    On December 12th, 2008, Funny or Die[13] published a video featuring Hamm on the mock talk show Between Two Ferns. As of April 2014, the video has gained over 6.7 million views.



    On May 8, 2012, Rookie Magazine, an online teen magazine, uploaded a video to their YouTube channel[19] titled “Ask a Grown Man with Jon Hamm” which featured Hamm answering questions from their teenage (predominantly female) readers. As of April 2014, the video has gained over 930,000 views.



    On an episode of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon which aired on March 10th, 2014, Fallon and Hamm photobombed unsuspecting tourists who were taking pictures at Rockefeller Center. The stunt was uploaded to the show’s official YouTube Channel[16] that same day, and as of April 2014, it has gained over 1.2 million views.



    On April 3rd, YouTube channel Lighthearted Entertainment[14] uploaded a clip from a 1996 episode of The Big Date game show that featured a 25-year-old Jon Hamm as a contestant. In less than 24 hours the video gained over 56,000 views and was covered by many sites such as Buzzfeed[17] and Slate.[18]



    On April 4th, Lighthearted Entertainment uploaded a video[15] that featured the entire episode.

    Penis Jokes

    On September 9th, 2012, celebrity gossip blog The Superficial[5] published a post titled “Oh Yeah, That’s Jon Hamm’s Penis” which featured a photo of the actor in thin pants through which the outline of his penis was clearly visible. The photo was covered by many sites such as Gawker[6] and The Huffington Post.[7] On September 14th, a Facebook page[8] titled “Jon Hamm’s Penis” was created, it has gained over 1,900 likes as of April 2014.



    On March 27th, 2013, Heavy[9] published a post titled “The Top 5 Tumblrs Obsessed with Jon Hamm’s D*ck” which featured Tumblr blogs such as Jon Hamm’s Wang[10] and 50 Shades of Hamm[11] that focus on the actor’s penis. The same day Rolling Stone[12] published an interview with Hamm in which he expresses anger at that particular kind of attention saying,

    ""They’re called ‘privates’ for a reason. I’m wearing pants, for fuck’s sake. Lay off. I mean, it’s not like I’m a fucking lead miner. There are harder jobs in the world. But when people feel the freedom to create Tumblr accounts about my cock, I feel like that wasn’t part of the deal … But whatever. I guess it’s better than being called out for the opposite."


    Related Memes

    Sad Don Draper

    Sad Don Draper is a photoshop meme that involves taking a screen shot of Don Draper (played by Hamm) crying and putting it over a photo of something sad (or comically not sad). On September 5th, 2010, an episode of Mad Men titled “The Suitcase” aired. During one scene in the episode Don Draper breaks down sobbing, a screenshot of that scene is used for the meme. On September 7th, the Tumblr blog saddondraper[2], which collects and posts Sad Don Draper photos, was created. On the same day Refinery29[3] reported on the meme and on September 8th, Funny or Die[4] compiled the best of the meme.



    Personal Life

    Jon Hamm was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 10th, 1971. He attended the University of Texas, but graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in English. He has been with his girlfriend actress Jennifer Westfeldt since 1997.

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    Overview

    Romanian Thug Swings Elderly Woman refers to a video clip of a Romanian youth grabbing and swinging an elderly woman by her collar in an outskirt village of Bucharest, Romania. Upon being shared on Facebook by the bully himself in April 2014, the footage quickly went viral in the Romanian social media and overseas, eventually prompting a police investigation by the authorities.

    Background

    According to the Daily Mail[2], a video was uploaded to Facebook on April 3rd, 2014, which showed a young man harassing an elderly woman outside of a bar in the village Jilava near Bucharest, Romania (shown below). In the video, the elderly woman is shown being grabbed by the collar of her dressing gown before being lifted off of the ground and spun in circles, during which she can be heard yelling in distress. Shortly after letting the woman escape, the same man runs up to her again and spins her a second time.



    Notable Developments

    On April 4th, Redditor ch0ding submitted a YouTube-hosted version to the /r/videos[1] subreddit, where it gathered more than 1,900 up votes and 1000 comments in the next seven hours. The video was immediately removed for violating YouTube’s terms of service, though not long before another version was subsequently re-uploaded to eBaum’s World,[5] where it accumulated upwards of 53,000 views and 250 comments in the following five hours.

    Identity of the Bully

    On April 4th, the Daily Mail[2] reported on the social media outrage in reaction the controversial video, noting that Facebook users were quickly able to identify the bully as a Romanian man named Geo Jitat.

    Jitat’s Response

    After being identified, Jitat commented on a Facebook uploaded of the video and criticized those who denounced his actions:

    “Why the f*** do you write these comments, you slaves? I’ll p*** on you! What the f*** is it with these comments? It was just a joke. She wasn’t dying.”[5]

    Also on April 4th, the polish news website Sfora[4] highlighted a photo from Jitat’s Facebook page in which is shown posing with the same woman with the caption “That’s me with my girlfriend” (shown below).



    Police Investigation

    A spokesperson for Romanian police announced that they were attempting to identify all parties involved with in the incident and would be consulting prosecutors to determine if charges would be filed.

    “We want to know when this video was shot, where it was shot and who the people were in the video. A report will then be prepared for prosecutors who will decide what action to take.”[2]

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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    About

    “Hear What You Want” Parodies are video parodies of a series of commercials for Beats brand headphones in which various professional sports players use a pair of headphones to ignore being harassed by mobs of angry sports fans.

    Origin

    On November 24th, 2013, Beat by Dre released a commercial titled “Hear What You Want” in which professional basketball player Kevin Garnett dons a pair of Beats headphones to drown out the sound of fans of a rival team throwing taunts at him with the song “The Man” by Aloe Blacc playing in the background (shown below, left). On December 8th, the Beats by Dre YouTube channel uploaded a second “Hear What You Want” commercial, in which American football quarterback Colin Kaepernick uses a pair of Beats headphones to ignore insults by a mob of angry rivals (shown below, right).



    Spread

    On March 25th, 2014, the Comedy Central YouTube channel uploaded a “Hear What You Want” parody for the Internet comedy show Tosh.0, in which Daniel Tosh wears a pair of Beats headphones to ignore protestors while taking his girlfriend to an abortion clinic (shown below, left). Within two weeks, the video garnered upwards of 690,000 views and 550 comments. On April 3rd, Redditor freshestpr1nce submitted the parody to the /r/videos[1] subreddit, where it accumulated over 12,100 up votes and 990 comments in the first 24 hours.



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  • 04/04/14--18:05: Forgive English, I am Russia
  • About

    Forgive English, I am Russia was a copypasta where the poster would tell a story, often outrageous and explicit in nature, in broken English, not to be confused with Engrish.

    Origin

    The copypasta originated in February 28, 2011 on a thread[1] in the Bodybuilding.com forum[2] by someone who goes by the username, Tank107[3]. In the thread, Tank107, in broken English, says to be a very religious, presumably Christian, closet homosexual studying Fashion at an university in the United States. In his post, Tank107 describes his same-sex relationship with an American who is also studying Fashion and his guilt of being gay. Unable to take said guilt any longer, he called his mother in Russia and came out to her. Tank107 and his lover felt embarrassed about the experience and Tank107 still felt guilty about his homosexuality. Despite that, he continued his relationship with his American lover.



    Spread

    The title of the thread, “Forgive english, I am russia”, has since spread to 4chan[4] with many variations appearing such as “forgive me I am Russia”. Earliest evidence of spread to other websites was in 2012 on 4chan’s notorious /b/[5] board and on Railpage Australia’s MSTS forums[6].

    Notable Examples



    External References

    [1]Bodybuilding.com – Original Thread

    [2]Bodybuilding.com – Forum

    [3]Bodybuilding.com – Tank107’s Profile Page

    [4]4chan

    [5]4chan – /b/ – Random

    [6]Railpage – Railpage Australia’s MSTS Forums


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  • 04/04/14--21:12: Tor Anonymous Browsing

  • About

    Tor Anonymous Browsing is free software[1] which allows users to browse the internet in an anonymous fashion in order to protect online privacy and bypass censorship of the internet using a middle-man encryption method.[2]Tor is widely known as one of the easiest methods for accessing the deep/dark web as well. The browsing software works by using a network of relays which transports users to routers at a quick speed so the original computer accessing the internet cannot be detected, increasing the difficulty for tracking network usage throughout the web.


    The software is maintained by the non-profit organization The Tor Project, which had a budget of about $2 million dollars in 2012. 80% of this amount was provided by US government organizations.[3]

    Origin

    Tor began as new routing technology first developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory who were concerned with protecting government communications. The alpha version of the TOR software was announced via FreeHaven.net[4] mailing list on September 20th, 2002, followed by its presentation at the 13th USENIX Security Symposium on August 13th, 2004. Eventually, the software was released for at home use on December 2006 by “The Tor Project”. Tor was originally an acronym for “The Onion Router”, but it is now referred to as simply “Tor”. The “Onion” part of the name referred to the way in which data packets were encrypted before being sent over the web. Each node would unencrypted a part of the packet, making the packet similar to the layers of an onion. The final layer would then reveal the packets destination.

    Notability

    Silk Road

    Tor became widely noted when the Silk Road marketplace started making headlines due to the nature of products offered on the site. The Silk Road could only be accessed via Tor browsing and thus brought attention to the browser itself. Concern over the security of Tor began to take place when the founder of Silk Road, Ross William Ulbricht (a.k.a. DPR), was arrested with the connection of running the marketplace.

    NSA Concerns

    Concern of the security of Tor users began to take place once it was relieved the NSA had been using a security bug to de-anonymize users of the Firefox web browser who then also used Tor. Documents noting an attack codenamed “Egotistical Giraffe” showed that the NSA was using vulnerable software on computers to monitor Tor traffic on the user’s end.[5]

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  • 04/05/14--03:48: John Is Kill, no
  • About

    John is kill is a popular copypasta comes from a thread on 4chan. In the original post, OP asked other users what were they doing when the famous musician John Lennon died.

    apology for poor english

    when were you when john lenin dies?

    i was sat at home eating smegma butter when pjotr ring

    ‘john is kill’

    ‘no’

    Original thread can be seen below.

    Click the image for the full text

    References

    [1]Funnyjunk – John Is Kill

    [2]Battlefield Forums – Related topic

    [3]Yahoo Answers – When were you when john lenin dies?

    [4]Archive Foolz – /sp/ , /tv/


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  • 04/05/14--12:33: Texting Etiquette
  • Texting Etiquette


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  • 04/05/14--17:27: Steven Universe
  • About

    Steven Universe is an American animated children’s show broadcast on Cartoon Network. It was created by Rebecca Sugar, a former storyboard artist for Adventure Time. The story centers around the Crystal Gems and their various adventures, while Steven gradually learns how to use his gem power.

    Main Characters

    Steven Universe

    Steven is the show’s protagonist. He is a cheerful, optimistic young boy with a red gem on his bellybutton, inherited from his mother, Rose Quartz. As a result, he also has Gem powers, but has not yet discovered their full potential. Steven lives with the Crystal Gems in Beach City.

    Greg Universe

    Steven’s father. He owns a car wash in Beach City and is always nearby to help Steven with various emotional/magical crises.

    Garnet

    The leader of the Crystal Gems. She has two garnets embedded in her palms, and has the ability to summon a pair of gauntlets to fight. Garnet is laconic, saying little. When she does talk, she’s usually defending Steven.

    Amethyst

    A laid-back girl with a purple gem in her chest. She has the ability to summon a whip and to combine with Pearl to form Opal, a huge, powerful Gem. Amethyst shapeshifts more than any of the other Gems, mostly for the sake of pranks or joking with Steven.

    Pearl

    Team mom and perfectionist. She has the ability to summon a spear from the pearl in her forehead. While she can merge with Amethyst to become Opal, she doesn’t do it very often due to their personalities clashing. Pearl is the Gem that acts as a strict, motherly figure for Steven.


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  • 04/06/14--08:24: No Fun Allowed
  • About

    No Fun Allowed is a phrase used in forums, usually used to make fun of posters who want to stick strictly to the discussion, as if it were serious business.

    Origin

    The phrase had been around for quite some time, but on the Internet it is often attributed to an image of a SWATbot from Sonic the Hedgehog comics hammering a sign into the ground, saying “No Fun Allowed” (pictured below). The earliest archived usage of the image can be dated back to October 16th, 2008, on 4chan’s /jp/ (Japanese Culture) board[1]. The phrase itself, though, was already used several time before that[2].


    Spread

    Over the years, the image had also appeared on other sites, such as Reddit[5], Giantbomb[6], The Escapist[4], Newgrounds[3], and more. The image had also spawned numerous derivatives, featuring characters from franchises like Pokemon and My Little Pony.

    Notable Examples


    Anti-Mage

    The phrase is also often attributed to the Anti-Mage from DOTA 2, sometimes as a variation “The Fun Ends Here”. The reason for that is because he was an extremely powerful hero at the game release, and most of his abilities were designed to disable spellcasters, and therefore taking away all the “fun”.[7]


    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Foolz – First Use on /jp/

    [2]Foolz – No fun allowed search

    [3]Newgrounds – Example 1

    [4]The Escapist – Example 2

    [5]Reddit – Example 3

    [6]Giantbomb – Example 4

    [7]Reddit – Anti-Fun Anti-Mage?


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  • 04/06/14--15:52: Josh White Dude
  • Josh white is a surfer dude
    gnarly


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    About

    “They played us like a damn fiddle!” is a memorable quote from the 2014 action-adventure video game Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes said by the supporting character Kazuhira Miller[1] to the protagonist, Big Boss.

    Origin

    In the main campaign of Ground Zeroes, Kazuhira Miller (voiced by Robin Atkin Downes)[2] is introduced as second-in-command for the private military corporation Militaires Sans Frontières (MSF) who oversees his superior’s mission while preparing its offshore stronghold (known as Mother Base) for an upcoming inspection from the United Nations. However, upon the completion of Big Boss’ mission, the inspection is revealed to have been a Trojan Horse for a surprise attack on Mother Base, which catches the MSF soldiers off guard and sinks the base to the bottom of the ocean. Though he barely escapes with his life, Miller rendezvouses with Big Boss and tries to explain the situation, at which time he utters the aforementioned quote.


    Upon the game’s release in March 2014, the quote, along with Downes’s delivery of it, quickly gained notoriety for its obtuse placement in such a serious dialogue, soon giving rise to a series of online mockeries on Metal Gear fan forums. IGN columnist Lucy O’Brien criticized the game as being fraught with “gaudy dialogue,”[3], referencing the quote as an example.

    Spread

    On March 23rd, 2014, YouTuber F1NG3RSMUSIC uploaded a remix of the scene (shown below, left), which garnered over 21,000 views and more than 840 likes. Encouraged by the positive reception of the the remix, F1NG3RSMUSIC released an extended version on March 31st (shown below, right).


    On March 24th, F1NG3RSMUSIC also posted a screen capture of a very similar quote said by Big Boss in the prequel title Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker via his Tumblr blog.[7]



    Meanwhile on Reddit, the quote began to gain momentum on /r/metalgearsolid/ after Redditor SleepingInsomniac submitted a link to YouTuber F1NG3RSMUSIC’s remix video on March 27th.[4] On April 1st, another thread featuring an image of Kazuhira Miller playing a violin was posted.[5]



    Also that same day, Tumblr user sciencejuice0 performed a comedic fiddle-based monologue based on Miller’s lines from the upcoming sequel (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain), accompanied by music from said game.[6] The audio attained over 230 notes over the course of five days. On April 3rd, Twitter user lastcody took a picture of a Kazuhira Miller action figure in a similar position to the character’s portrayal in Ground Zeroes. The tweet obtained 4 “Favorites”.



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  • 04/07/14--04:11: Words you must never search
  • Editor’s note: Work in Progress

    About

    Words you must never search (Japanese: 検索してはいけない言葉 or ググってはいけないキーワード, lit “Keywords you must never Google”) are keywords that may inflict deep trauma on users who search them using search engines. It’s kind of like a Japanese equivalent of searching shock sites.

    Origin

    “Words you must never search” began to be compiled in the Japanese anonymous text board community 2channel. Threads for gathering keywords which search results have extreme gore, computer viruses, shocking facts, and deeply depressing stories had been occasionally posted to 2channel since early 2000s. But the first succeeded thread in this series was born in 2channel’s /occult/ board in January 2008.[1]

    Spread

    These keywords are often shared on sites such as Naver[2] and YouTube[3] and are also spread word-of-mouth as well as on social networking sites. There is also a wiki dedicated to these keywords [4].

    Notable Examples

    Note: It’s a tradition to avoid directly linking the content to the keywords when introducing them. The user must search it themselves.

    • モーターサイクル(モタ男)[Gore]: A gory photo of a man who lost his face
    • 愛の妖精ぷりんてぃん; A very Denpa[5] website
    • exe ファイル 捨てたい: Malware that will leak your personal information
    • 先行者: Senkōsha
    • POSO[Gore]: A video footage of a religious war that occurred in Indonesia from 1998 to 2001[6]

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  • 04/07/14--10:42: Pajama Kid
  • About

    Pajama Kid is a photoshop meme featuring a yearbook photograph of a young boy wearing SpongeBob Squarepants-themed pajamas with a resigned expression on his face.

    Origin

    On April 4th, 2014, Redditor KillerKenyan posted a photograph of a child wearing Spongebob Squarepants pajamas to the /r/funny[1] subreddit, claiming that his friend’s mom mixed up “pajama day” with “picture day” at her son’s school (shown below, left). In the comments section of the post, Redditor CastleRuler[2] posted a photoshopped version of the 1930 American Gothic painting by Grant Wood superimposed with the faces of Pajama Kid and Side Eyeing Chloe (shown below, right). In the first 72 hours, the post gained over 54,700 up votes and 1,580 comments.



    Spread

    On April 5th, 2014, Redditor fanjama posted an edited version of the photo in which Pajama Kid is dressed in a suit and holding a lit cigar to /r/funny[3] (shown below, left). The same day, Redditor theataraxian posted a side-by-side comparison of Pajama Kid and the character Michael Bolton (played by David Herman) from the 1999 comedy film Office Space to /r/funny[5] (shown below, right). Within 48 hours, the posts gathered more than 49,100 and 36,700 up votes respectively.



    On April 6th, the @Pajamakld[4] Twitter feed was launched, featuring captioned images and photoshops using the Pajama Kid photo. Within 24 hours, the feed accumulated upwards of 3,500 followers. On April 7th, Redditor Digimule submitted a Pajama Kid image macro titled “Worst Birthday Ever” to /r/AdviceAnimals,[6] where it garnered over 6,900 up votes and 220 comments within the first five hours.



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  • 04/07/14--10:50: Hail Hydra

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    <!-- ****As noticed by Marvel’s Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe writer Stuart Vandal, HYDRA is an incorrect way of writing Hydra which just happened to stick (mainly because in the comics every text is in capital letters), thus the correct and proper way to write it is “Hydra”, not "HYDRA"**** -->

    “Hail Hydra” is a catchphrase taken from the motto of the fictional terrorist organization Hydra (alternative spelling: HYDRA) in the Marvel Universe. While the quote has appeared in a number of Marvel franchises since 1965, it spawned an image macro series of two characters, one whispering to the other, shortly after the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in April 2014.

    Origin

    “Hail Hydra” is the salute used by the fictional terrorist organization of the Marvel Universe named Hydraand the opening line of the group’s official motto, which reads: “Hail Hydra! Immortal Hydra! We shall never be destroyed! Cut off one limb and two more shall take its place! We serve the Supreme Hydra, as the world shall soon serve us!” It was first used by the organization’s members in the very same issue of Hydradebut appearance, Strange Tales #135 published in August 1965, which also marked the introduction of S.H.I.E.L.D., the counter-terrorist organization nemesis of Hydra).



    (Hydra soldiers from Captain America (Vol. 6) #5, February 2012)



    On April 4th, 2014, the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier[1], part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise and sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), was released. In the film, Captain America discovers that S.H.I.E.L.D., the peacekeeping organization he has been working for, had been infiltrated by Hydra decades ago. The scene parodied by this meme features the reveal to the audience that the character of Senator Stern (portrayed by Garry Shandling) is a Hydra member when he whispers to fellow agent Jasper Sitwell (portrayed by Maximiliano Hernández) the Hydra salute after a meeting.



    (Garry Shandling portraying Senator Stern in Iron Man 2)

    On April 6th, Twitter user Avinash Gupta[2] tweeted out the first image macro, which shows a doll of the Sesame Street character Ernie whispering “Hail Hydra,” to a Bert doll.




    Spread

    In less than 24 hours, the hashtag #hailhydra[3] was tweeted out over 2,200 times. On April 6th actor Clark Gregg[9], who plays Phil Coulson, a big fan of Captain America in several Marvel films, retweeted an example of the meme featuring “My Little Ponies.” On April 7th, MTV[4] published an article titled “‘Hail HYDRA’ Is The Best Meme From ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’” which explains the meme and collects some of the best examples. On Tumblr users tag their examples #hailhydra[8], with one popular post[7] featuring the original Sesame Street example gaining over 2,000 notes in less than 24 hours. The same day AMC’s official Twitter account[5] tweeted out examples of the meme including ones featuring stills from Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Lion King and The Dark Knight Rises.



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]IMDBCaptain America: The Winter Soldier

    [2]Twitter – Avinash Gupta

    [3]Topsy – #hailhydra

    [4]MTV‘Hail HYDRA’ Is The Best Meme From ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

    [5]Twitter – AMC Theaters

    [6]Twitter – Strange Tales

    [7]Tumblr – Journey Into Suspense

    [8]Tumblr – hailhydra

    [9]Twitter – Clark Gregg


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