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  • 04/16/14--03:14: Robot Chicken
  • W.I.P. Feel Free to Request Editorship



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    About

    Robot Chicken is a stop-motion animation series created by Seth Green. The series continuously parodies other forms of media such as movies, video games, television series, anime, and well-known figures. Throughout the show’s series, several central characters are introduced, such as the Nerd, the Mad Scientist, the Chicken, the Humping Robot, Composite Santa Claus, and more. The show overall has gained three Emmy Awards over its entire run thus far.

    History

    Originally starting off as a comic strip dubbed “Twisted ToyFare Theater”, Robot Chicken eventually made its way onto Sony website Screenblast as a production called Sweet J Presents. After twelve episodes, the series ended and reappeared onto Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block as Robot Chicken. Under claims of cancellation by the end of the first season (later revealed to be an inside joke by writers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich), the show’s second season was premiered on April 2, 2006, with 20 more episodes.

    The series was renewed for a 20-episode third season, which ran from August 1, 2007, to September 28, 2008. After an eight month hiatus during the 3rd season, the show returned on August 31, 2008, to air the remaining 5 episodes. The series was renewed for a fourth season which premiered on December 7, 2008, and ended September 20, 2009. In early 2010, the show was renewed for a 5th and 6th season (40 more episodes total). Season 5 premiered on December 12, 2010. The second group of episodes began broadcasting on October 23, 2011. The 100th episode aired on January 15, 2012. In May, 2012, Adult Swim announced they were picking up a sixth season of Robot Chicken, which began airing in September 2012. The seventh season is set to premiere on April 13, 2014.

    Reception

    Related Memes

    My Only Weakness!

    “My Only Weakness!” is a phrase shouted by character Composite Santa Claus. During a fight between Dragonball Z heroes Goku and Gohan, where upon after avoiding a blast, Composite Santa’s snowman half melts, causing him to yell out, “Temperatures over thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit! My only weakness!” The expression has been used to caption photos depicting surrender or dismay, followed by a quote for the cause.



    What a Twist!

    “What a Twist!” is another phrase in the show stated by M. Night Shyamalan. Finding himself to be on the moon somehow, the camera zooms onto him, where he claims happily, “What a Twist!” before aliens begin to invade his yard. He repeats the phrase throughout the segment as ironic events unfold during his stay on the moon.



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  • 04/16/14--03:48: Where did you learn to fly?
  • This Entry is Work in Process

    About

    Where did you learn to fly? is a Quote in the infamous video game called: Cybermorph was Released on November 23, 1993 by Atari Jaguar. When you hit the plane at the Mountains and then the Green Head is Appeared and say’s “Where did you learn to fly?”


    In the Angry Video Game NerdAtari Jaguar and a Review of Cybermorph. After the Review AVGN is been chase at the Green Head that keep saying “Where did you learn to fly?” Over and over and then AVGN Shot at the Green Head with a Super Scope and he say’s “Where you learn to be an asshole?!”



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  • 04/16/14--11:00: Six Second Film Festival
  • Overview

    Six Second Film Festival is an annual competition by the Tribeca Film Festival which selects winning six second Vine submitted by participants in a variety of categories.

    Background

    On March 19th, 2013, the Tribeca Film Festival[1] posted a call for entries in their first annual “#6secfilms” Vine competition for the #Genre, #Auteur, #Animate and #Series categories. To enter the contest, participants had to create and upload a video to Vine tagged in one of the four categories by April 7th the following month.

    Notable Developments

    2013 Winners

    On April 26th, 2013, the Tribeca Film Festival[2] announced the winners of the first #6SecFilms contest. In the #Genre category, Viner @Matt Swinky won with the submission “#LazerAndDonald Close Shave,” in which a man tied in a chair has his throat slit (shown below, left). In the #Auteur category, Viner #KevyPizza won with his stop motion video “There is No Sunny-Side to This Story,” featuring a carton of eggs that is shot by an army figurine (shown below, right).



    In the #Animate category, Viner @Jethro Ames won for his short film “How to Clear Your Garage From a Scary Ghost,” in which hand removes a ghost from a garage by moving objects form several forced perspectives (shown below, left). In the #Series category, Viner @Chris Donlon received the award for his trilogy “The Book Beetle,” featuring an animated bug that inhabits a book (shown below, right).



    2014 Competition

    On February 24th, 2014, the Tribeca Film Festival announced the opening of submissions for the second #6SecFilms contest in the #Genre, #Drama, #Animation, #Comedy and #AudienceAward categories. Participants could submit their Vines up until March 27th, which were featured on Tribeca Film[4] website to be voted on by viewers.

    2014 Winners

    On April 15th, the winners of the contest were announced on the Tribeca Film[3] website, with each receiving a 30-minute meeting with the marketing agency GrapeStory as their prize. In the #Animation category, Viner @yelldesign won for his stop motion video “The Wrap Dancer,” featuring a tortilla that morphs into an animated break dancer (shown below, left). In the #Drama category, Viner j_e__s___s won the award for her video “Addiction,” depicting a woman suffering from drug withdrawal (shown below, right).



    In the #Comedy category, Viner @Simply Slyvio was awarded for the video “Slyvio Lets Go,” in which a gorilla writes a self help book after accidentally breaking his favorite mug (shown below, left). In the #Genre category, Viner @Lawrence Becker won for his submission “The Vortex Finds a Host,” featuring a stop motion animated snow ball that invades the body of a man lying in the snow (shown below, right).



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  • 04/16/14--12:46: Hogwarts is Here
  • About

    Hogwarts is Here is a Harry Potter -themed fan portal site and virtual community inspired by Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the fictional British school attended by witches and wizards in JK Rowling’s fantasy novel series. The site offers a massive open online course program that any registered user can enroll in and take magic classes, as well as a magical library and a common room where users may chat with each other about their studies.

    History

    Built by voluntary developers who are fans of the series, HogwartsisHere.com was officially launched on April 14th, 2014. Within 24 hours of launch, the site was quickly picked up by several fandom-related news sites, including Buzzfeed[2], People[3] and the AV Club.[4]

    Features

    When users (students) enroll in the site they are asked to select one of the four Hogwarts Houses (Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor and Slytherin). They are also asked to set up their Gringotts bank account into which wizard currency (101 Galleons, 7 Sickles and 4 Knuts) is automatically deposited. They can then explore the site and begin their classes.

    Classes

    Following the course restrictions of Hogwarts, first year students at Here at Hogwarts can sign up for seven courses: Astronomy, Charms (syllabus shown below), Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, History of Magic, Potions and Transfiguration.



    Students are divided up into groups of 100 within their house for each course. When students reach their third year of study after completing the fourteen courses required for first and second year students and pass the course’s exams to prove their proficiency they are allowed to register for elective courses and gain access to Hogsmeade, an additional section of the sight modeled after the town filled with shops located by Hogwarts in the world of Harry Potter. The third year of study is also when students begin to tailor their class selection to their desired magical career, for example Hogwarts professor or Auror (wizard police). Students may earn House points by completing their assignments.

    Library

    As of April 2014, Hogwarts is Here’s library contains 11 textbooks, many of which correspond with titles mentioned in the Harry Potter series, for example A Beginner’s Guide to Transfiguration and A History of Magic.



    While users may browse through the textbooks in the library, to read them they are directed to the bookstore Flourish and Blotts to purchase them with the money from their Gringotts’ account.

    The library also contains non-textbook titles like Quidditch that students may read for free.

    Student Life

    Common Room

    Each of the four house common rooms feature a leaderboard showing the top 10 students who have earned the most points for their house. They also feature a thread where students can introduce themselves and get to know each other. Students can also join dorms within their houses by requesting a specific dorm already filled with their friends or requesting a random placement. Dormmates are able to get to know each other by posting on the dorm’s thread.

    The Daily Owl

    The Daily Owl is a student newspaper written by and for those enrolled at Hogwarts is Here. The newspaper is scheduled to launch in mid-April 2014.

    Online Presence

    As of April 2014, Hogwarts is Here’s official Twitter account[5] has over 8,000 followers and its official Facebook page[6], which they were given by defunct Harry Potter fan site MyHogwarts, has over 33,000 likes.

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    About

    TotalBiscuit is a British video game critic, commentator, professional youtuber, and let’s player.

    Online History

    Starcraft

    WTF is…

    TotalBiscuit does a first impressions video series called “WTF is…” on newly released PC games.
    Day One Garry’s Incident

    Content Patch

    Terraria with Jesse Cox

    The Game Station/Polaris Podcast

    Totalbiscuit Has Co-hosted The Game Station Podcast since its conception; along with presshearttocontinue and Jesse Cox. Currently he hosts the now renamed Co-Optional podcast on the Polaris main channel. The podcast has featured several guests of note including: Adam Sessler, Jim Sterling, JonTron, and Angry Joe.

    Reputation


    TotalBiscuit has a very identifiable sarcastic attitude in his commentary style. He is also known for his sometimes brutally honest opinions.

    Personal Life


    John met his wife Genna at Blizzcon 2005 and married soon after. He also has a stepson named Orion.

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    About

    Carl Brutananadilewski Exploitables refer to photoshops of a variety of fictional characters edited in such a way to resemble Aqua Teen Hunger Force character Carl Brutananadilewski.[1] This meme is often called “Yo, Fryman!” in a reference to the way the character addresses one of of the protagonists, Frylock, and usually accompanied by a snowclone based on lines associated with both Brutananadilewski and the modified character.

    Origin

    Brutananadilewski first appeared in the pilot of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, “Rabbot”, which first aired in 2000.[2] The episode featured the first appearance of his trademark scowl, which would serve as the basis for the meme. In 2010, an anonymous user on 4Chan posted a black-and-white image of Brutananadilewski on /a/ with the request for other users to create images in a similar style.[3] The thread spawned a meager four derivatives, though it would not be the last thread to revolve around the character, as users on /v/ would eventually create their own alternate versions of Brutananadilewski.


    Spread

    Although the initial thread was not successful, additional threads on the character garnered popularity on /v/, eventually leading to a resurgence of popularity on /a/.[4][5][6] Brutananadilewski is known for being an irate and demanding character, so the images are often used as a Reaction Face to indicate frustration or disdain. A thread about edits to the character was created on Youtube Poop website YouChew on November 21st, 2011, amassing over 30 replies.[7] A thread creating images of Carl was made for Facepunch on October 8th, 2013 and contained a total of 140 responses.[8] A Tumblr blog dedicated to collecting (and creating) many of these images was created on February 5th, 2014.[9]

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    About

    I Was Only Pretending To Be Retarded is a phrase used to show that a person was acting as mentally deficient on purpose, in order to troll someone. It is also used in greentext to call out retreating trolling techniques.

    Origin

    The origin of the phrase may be attributed to the comic (picture below), originally posted somewhere in 2009, where a stick figure is acting like a retard in front of two others. The one of them calls out a retard, but then he reveals the he was only pretending. The earliest archived example of the comic can be traced back to November 29th, 2009, on 4chan’s /a/ (Anime and Manga) board[1].


    Stick Figure #1:HEYGUYSLOOKHOWRETARDED I AM HURDURRRRRRRR
    Stick Figure #2: fuck off retard
    Stick Figure #1:JOKES ON THEM I WASONLYPRETENDING

    Spread

    On 4chan, the phrase is most often used in greentext to make fun of people who use trolling as an excuse to back down from their opinion[5], or call out opinions which, which could be identified as obvious troll bait[6].



    Over the years, the original comic had been posted on sites like Reddit[2], Epicmafia[3], and 888chan[4]. It also spawned several parodies (pictured below), featuring characters from franchises like Metal Gear and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, or being adapted with other memes like Bayeux Tapestry Parodies.



    Several derivative images had also been made, which do not fully follow the original comic’s format, but still convey its message.

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  • 04/17/14--01:51: Wander Over Yonder
  • Neve’s note: Work in Progress… Please request editorship and help this article out!


    History

    Wander was created back in 2003-2004ish by Craig McCracken, and was in sketchbooks, clothes and patches that McCracken sold at conventions. Craig has said on Twitter he doesn’t know the exact date but it might be 2004. According in a interview, Jack McBrayer called McCracken’s client and said he loved cartoons and wanted to meet him, but when Craig met him, he felt like he would be the voice of Wander, and bring the character to life so finally it was made. The first trailer aired on July 19, 2013 during Teen Beach Movie.

    Craig made his first tweet on Twitter a few days later on July 22, which said the following statement: “RAAAA! From the depths of the sea I come forth to bring you a brand new cartoon WANDEROVERYONDER on Disney Channel” with a picture of a poster for the show that was handed out at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con. “The Picnic” was shown as a sneak peek on August 16, 2013 after Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel.
    W.I.P


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  • 04/17/14--02:03: ADoseofBuckley
  • About

    Canadian born YouTube personality Adam Buckley, or just Buckley, is a straight forward satirical reviewer of famous subjects such as music, news, and general buffoonery. He started out as a Radio personality for a few years but eventually started using YouTube as a way to deliver his content easily.

    Online History

    Buckley first started his hobby on his website ADoseofBuckley.com which just gave views on topics such as the London Transit Strike and Tiger Woods. To start on YouTube he made a parody of Leather Daddy’s furniture selling out furniture to people in a TV style commercial. This then lead up to him uploading a rant about Tiger Woods and his opinions on the man.
    Buckley gained a mass of new fans and views when he created The Ten Worst Songs of X series with each having a million+ view. His review of the music and what was wrong with it lead to a mixed reaction from people who view his material.
    To fireback he made Hate Comments The Ten Worst Songs of 2010/2011 making fun of the way the comments used grammatical errors and ignorance.

    Buckley has stated before he doesn’t do this for money, only to provide some entertainment.
    Even now, his only attempt to make money from it was by making Nerd Rants. Talking about his view on nerd cultures favorite things for $2.50 CAD.

    Series

    The Top Ten Worst Songs of 20XX

    His most synonymous project, saying what he thinks were the worsts song of that year while saying what the songs did that
    made them earn their spot. It targets lyrics, production, meaning, and if they’re repetitive.


    Advice No One Asked For

    Probably his oldest series. Buckley takes advice columns that have people ask strange, dumb, or confusing things and Buckley tackles them giving a reasonable response and not just saying what they’d want to hear.


    Musical Autopsy

    Using some assets from the Top Ten series but focusing on one song that got very popular and whether or not it deserves it.

    Scumbags of the Internet

    Using social medias as a tool for showing off people who are scumbags and serve no purpose except to annoy.
    (This series may be discontinued)


    Tweeting Rainbow

    Buckley uses assets from Hate Comments but use Twitter and people(namely celebrities) who can’t use correct spelling or grammar.

    Buckley pokes at making new series’ from time to time but they’re not serious.

    Reception

    Buckley so far has gained an influx of 440,031+ subscribers, 65,651,563+ views on YouTube, 23,000+ followers on Twitter, and 45,446+ likes on Facebook.

    Buckley won a London Music Award for Favorite Print, Internet, Radio, TV or other Media Personality and has been nominated for another.


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    About

    Dashing Black Man Holding Dangerously Large Doritos is a miscellaneous image taken from one of the doritos commercial. The image series are often being incomprehensibly photoshoped (also check our KYMdb: Picture Unrelated ), used as an out of context reaction face or generally being used to derail topics on forums, threads or discussions.

    Origin

    The original video was actually a spoof Doritos advertisement of the Apple electronic company. (seen below)

    WIP


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  • 04/17/14--09:11: The World's Toughest Job Ad
  • Overview

    The World’s Toughest Job Commercial is a video advertisement for the international greeting card manufacturer American Greeting featuring a series of mock job interviews for the position of director of operation at Rehtom Inc., which is eventually revealed to be an elaborate prank staged in homage to motherhood. Upon its release in April 2014, the advertisement sparked an online debate surrounding the perception of mothers in the media and emotionally manipulative marketing stunts.

    Background

    On April 14th, 2014, American Greeting’s CardStore YouTube channel[1] uploaded a commercial produced by the advertising company Mullen[2] titled “World’s Toughest Job – #worldstoughestjob,” in which they explain they placed a fake ad for a position online and in newspapers, and invited candidates to interview for the position through video conferencing. The interviewer explained the position’s duties and lack of salary, and when the candidates balked at the long list of duties they would have to perform for free, the interviewer pointed out mothers already performed them for free. Within 72 hours, the video gained over 10.4 million views.



    Notable Developments

    Online Reactions

    Within 72 hours of the videos release, the Twitter hashtag included within the video’s title, #worldstoughestjob[3], was tweeted out over 17,000 times. The video itself gained over 7,000 YouTube comments within the same time period. On April 16th, Redditor pixelpants posted a link to the Salon article and began a discussion about what the ad means about perceptions of motherhood on the subreddit /r/childfree/[8]. In less than 24 hours the thread had gained over 500 upvotes and over 100 comments.

    News Media Coverage

    In the next several days, articles about the ad and its virality were published on several news sites, including CNN[5], TIME[6] and USA Today,[7] as well as commentaries and editorials on the qualification of the mother being the world’s toughest job.

    Commentaries

    On April 15th, Salon[4] published a post titled “Motherhood isn’t the ‘world’s toughest job’,” in which the author, a mother herself, explains not only are there many more jobs more grueling than motherhood, being a mother is hard work, but not a job. The next day, TIME[9] published an article titled “Here’s What’s Wrong With That Viral “World’s Toughest Job” Ad,” which accused the ad of “fetishizing” the work of mothers at their expense and the expense of stay-at-home fathers. That same day, Policy Mic[10] published an article titled “Why That Viral ’World’s Toughest Job’ Video Actually Undermines Women,” which argues that the ad makes it seem like “motherhood is the be-all, end-all for women.”

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  • 04/17/14--10:16: Underloaf
  • About

    “Underloaf” is a slang term for a fictional part of the human anatomy that can be used to stir confusion in health and medical-related discussions on Reddit.

    Origin

    On April 14th, 2014, Redditor Please_Stop_PMing_Me submitted a Success Kid image macro to the /r/AdviceAnimals[1] subreddit, which confessed to tricking his girlfriend into thinking he had irritated a made up body part called the “underloaf” (shown below). In the first 72 hours, the post gained over 13,700 up votes and 700 comments.



    Spread

    The same day on April 14th, 2014, Redditor John_McCuddles submitted a Bad Luck Brian image macro in which Brian is told he has underloaf cancer when visiting the doctor to /r/AdviceAnimals[3] (shown below, left). In the next 72 hours, the post gathered more than 11,600 up votes and 180 comments. On the following day, Redditor NeutrinosFTW submitted a “So I Got That Goin’ For Me” image macro joking that his “underloaf is great” to /r/AdviceAnimals,[6] accumulating upwards of 4,300 up votes and 60 comments in the following 48 hours (shown below, right).



    Also on April 15th, Redditor DisRuptive1 submitted a post titled “Underloaf?” to the /r/OutOfTheLoop[2] subreddit, where he asked why the term was being referenced on the site. Meanwhile, Redditors kluanelaker[4] and TheTrueFlexKavana[5] posted comments joking about medical conditions concerning the underloaf.

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  • 04/17/14--11:11: Creepy White Guys
  • About

    Creepy White Guys is a single topic blog that collects and features politically incorrect, racially insensitive or otherwise off-putting pick up lines sent from Caucasian men to Asian women on online dating and social networking sites.

    Origin

    Creepy White Guys[1] was launched by an anonymous Tumblr user on February 2nd, 2013. According to the blog’s profile description, she started the project as a personal inquiry into the “Asian fetish” that has been known to be prevalent among white men.

    “Every Asian girl who has ever tried online dating, whether on POF, OKCupid, or Match has experienced it: messages from Creepy White Guys with Asian fetishes. I just got back into the dating scene and am already being bombarded with some absolutely horrifying messages. I’ve collected some of the best ones here, and I welcome any additions to my collection.”


    While the blog’s content was initially limited to off-putting messages that the blogger herself had received on dating sites, it quickly began featuring screenshots of chat logs submitted by other Tumblr users.



    Spread

    In April 2013, the “Creepy White Guys” blog was covered by several online news sites, beginning with BuzzFeed’s “10 Ridiculously Offensive Things People Tell Asian Women On OkCupid"[2] and Kotaku’s “White Guys Creeping Out Asian Women on Dating Sites”[9] on April 8th.

    Analysis

    On November 20th, 2013, marketing website Quartz[6] published a piece titled “The uncomfortable racial preferences revealed by online dating.” Their data, which they compiled from the messages sent and received through the Facebook dating app Are You Interested, showed that:

    “Unfortunately the data reveal winners and losers. All men except Asians preferred Asian women, while all except black women preferred white men.”




    Coverage of the date focused in and highlighted the preference for white men to seek Asian women, with NPR[7] publishing an article titled “Odds Favor White Men, Asian Women On Dating App” and The Telegraph[8] publishing “Why do ‘creepy white guys’ only want to date Asian girls?”

    #CreepyWhiteMen

    On April 17th, 2014, Twitter user @lolitainmyarms[3] tweeted an example from the Creepy White Guys Tumblr using the hashtag #creepywhiteguys.[4] It less than 24 hours the hashtag was tweeted out more than 11,000 times.




    The same day Social News Daily[5] reported on a backlash against the hashtag by white men who believed the hashtag was offensive.




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  • 04/17/14--14:11: Microsoft
  • About

    Microsoft is an American consumer electronics company founded by Bill Gates and known for its Windows personal computer operating system.

    History

    Windows

    Microsoft was officially established by founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4th, 1975, with Gates as the company’s CEO. In 1979, the company moved its headquarters to Bellevue, Washington. In 1980, Microsoft released a version of the Unix operating system called Xenix.

    MS Paint

    Paint (sometimes called Microsoft Paint or MS Paint) is a graphics painting program developed by Microsoft. It has been included in all versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system from version 1.0 (as Paintbrush)[1]. Its simplicity of usage and the lack of advanced image manipulation features made the art created on the program distinct due to its amateurishness and lack of detail.

    Microsoft Office

    Comic Sans

    Clippit, better known as Clippy, is the default animated character in the English Windows version of Microsoft Office Assistant, an interactive user’s guide that came pre-installed with Microsoft Office bundles from 1997-2003.

    Internet Explorer

    Internet Explorer (often abbreviated as IE) is a web browsing software that is included in all versions of Microsoft Windows Operation Systems since Windows 95. Though once regarded as the most widely used web browser, being utilized by more than 95% of all web browsers at its height in 2002 and 2003, the popularity of Internet Explorer began to decline after the launch of other browsing applications like open source Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Google Chrome in the following years. Due to its enduring association with novice Internet users, or noobs, Internet Explorer has been a popular subject of parodies and ridicule on the web.

    Xbox

    Xbox is a gaming brand distributed by Microsoft that was launched in 2001, with consoles in the sixth through eighth generations. The brand also incorporates an online service known as Xbox Live, which allows users to play multiplayer games over the server as well as download new content.

    Reception

    Online Presence

    Fandom

    Related Memes

    Blue Screen of Death

    Blue Screen of Death (also shortened as “BSoD”) refers to the notorious “stop error” message displayed in Microsoft Windows operating systems. Because the BSoD message indicates an unrecoverable system crash or freeze and leaves the user no option but to reboot the computer, the blue screen has been both feared and ridiculed by Windows OS users ever since its introduction through Windows 3.1 in March 1992.

    Delete System 32

    Delete System32 is a popular trolling scheme used to hoax inexperienced PC users into deleting the Windows system directory called System32. It is essential to the running of Windows OS and without it, the computer would not work at all.

    Microsoft Sam Can’t Say Soi

    Microsoft Sam Can’t Say Soi is a series YTMND pages and YouTube videos mocking the Microsoft Sam text-to-speech application’s inability to say the word “soi.”

    Microsoft XP Bliss Wallpaper

    Microsoft XP Bliss Wallpaper refers to edits and parodies made to the image of a rolling green hill and a blue sky that acts at the default Microsoft XP desktop background image.



    h4. Steve Ballmer Monkey Dance

    Steve Ballmer Monkey Dance refers to video footage of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer jumping around enthusiastically during the opening of his presentation at Microsoft’s 25th Anniversary event in September 2000. Along with another conference footage of Ballmer repeatedly chanting the word “developers!” on stage, the video was uploaded onto YouTube in March 2006 and has since spawned a number of remixes and parodies mocking Ballmer’s over-the-top delivery.

    Windows 7 Launch Party

    Microsoft Ad Photoshop Controversy

    Microsoft Photoshop FAIL Controversy refers to an incident involving a photoshopped Microsoft advertisement in which a black man’s head was replaced with a white man in the Polish version of the ad. The discrepancy between the images caused many to accuse the multinational corporation of racism and inspired the creation of many photoshopped variations of the image.



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  • 04/17/14--16:50: Bonzi Buddy
  • About

    Bonzi Buddy is a malware designed to look like an aiding and organizing program with the ability to tell jokes, organize events, etc. Bonzi Buddy has became famous for it’s annoying voice (utilizing the Microsoft text-to-speech capabilities), random and interrupting conversations with the viewer, etc.

    Origin

    Bonzi Buddy was made by an organization known as Bonzi Software in the early 2000s. The program was originally meant as an ad ware, but summarily became a spyware/malware tool. The software existed until 2004, when Bonzi Software went out of business. However, Bonzi Buddy can still be downloaded from a fan site (link unavaliable for virus protection).

    Vinesauce

    In February of 2014, Joel from the internet streaming site Vinesauce featured a video in which the streamer destroyed an emulated Windows XP computer utilizing multiple viruses and malwares, including Bonzi Buddy. The program was the reason for the destruction of said computer by deletion of system 32, after the program told a joke.

    Childs Protection lawsuit

    On February 18th, 2008, the Federal Trade commission instructed the company of Bonzi Software to pay over 75,000$ for violating the terms of the Childrens Online Privacy Protection act by collecting information from children under the legal age described in the act.

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  • 04/18/14--08:46: It's a Metaphor
  • About

    It’s a Metaphor refers to a photo meme inspired by a scene from the 2014 teen drama The Fault in Our Stars. The meme involves

    Origin

    On April 13th, 2014, a clip from the teen drama The Fault in Our Stars was played at the MTV Movie Awards. The film is an adaptation of the John Green young adult novel[1] which was released on The clip features Gus, a teenager at a cancer support group, puts a cigarette in his mouth in the company of Hazel Grace, a teenager with lung cancer. When Hazel expresses digust that he would smoke, Gus explains:

    “It’s a metaphor see. You put the thing that does the killing right between your teeth, but you never give it the power to kill you.


    The clip was uploaded to Mega Trailers’ YouTube channel[2] on April 14th. In less than a week the video gained over 270,000 views.



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  • 04/18/14--11:23: MAGCON Tour
  • About

    MAGCON (Meet and Greet Convention) was a planned tour event featuring a group of teenage comedians and musicians on the video-sharing site Vine. After touring for six months, the organizer announced in April 2014 that the remainder of the tour schedule had to be cancelled as a result of the group’s disbandment, prompting hundreds of thousands of fans to lament the breakup of the Vine supergroup on Twitter.

    History

    MAGCON[1] was created by Bart Bordelon[2] in September 2013, after he met and became friendly with a young Vine star. In addition to a way for Viners to meet with their fans, the Con was started as a way to support an Anti-Bullying Campaign. As of April 2014, the tour has made stops in eight US cities: Houston, Dallas, Orlando, Washington DC, Nashville, Bay Area, Chicago, and San Diego. The tour began by stoping in Houston, Texas on September 28, 2013. Tickets are grouped into three tiers of admission: general admission, priority admission, and VIP Experience. General admission allows ticket holders to enter the Main Event Room to watch Viners perform and purchase merchandise, but does not allow them to meet the Viners. Priority admission allows ticket holders all the privileges of general admission and a meet and greet with the Viners, if there’s time. VIP Experience allows ticket holders to have a guaranteed meet and greet, one MAGCON Signature T-Shirt, and a general admission ticket for the opposite day.

    Members

    The tour group is made up of 12 Vine stars, both comedians and musicians.

    • Cameron Dallas[3] -3.9 million followers
    • Mahogany LOX[4]- over 320,000 followers
    • Aaron Carpenter[5]-over 550,000 followers
    • Jack and Jack[6]-3.2 million followers
    • Shawn Mendes[7]- 2.1 million followers
    • Matthew Espinosa[8]-3 million followers
    • Nash Grier[9]-7.2 million followers
    • Hayes Grier[10]-2 million followers
    • Carter Reynolds[11]-2.5 million followers
    • Jacob Whitesides[12]-over 250,000 followers
    • Taylor Caniff[13]-1.1 million

    Notable Development

    The Tour

    Between September 2013 and March 2014, the tour made stops in eight US cities: Houston, Dallas, Orlando, Washington DC, Nashville, Bay Area, Chicago, and San Diego, during which the members continued to update their Vine feeds with videos from the events (shown below).



    Tour stops featured photo opportunities with the Viners for fans, a dance party featuring DJ Mahogany LOX, performances by the musician Viners that sometimes gave the opportunity for fans to come on stage, and the opportunity for fans to buy merchandise.


    Notable Development

    Breakup

    On April 17th, 2014, a few member of the MAGCON announced the tour would be disbanding. Carter Reynolds tweeted that he would miss his fellow Viners, saying:




    Other MAGCON members tweeted about the tour disbanding, included Jack Johnson[17].

    Fan Reactions

    That same day, fans began using the hashtag #cutformagcon[15], a call to post self harm photos (often staged) similar to #cuttingforbieber. In less than 24 hours, the hashtag was tweeted out over 20,000 times. Other related trending hashtags included #RIPMagcon[16], which was tweeted out over 66,000 times, and #Magcon[20], which jumped from approximately 52,000 mentions on April 16th to more than 731,000 mentions on the morning of April 18th.

    Nash Grier’s Response

    Also on April 18th, Nash Grier[19] posted a video to his YouTube channel titled “MAGCON ENDING!?” (shown below). In the video, Grier explains that because his management team, which consists of his father and two family friends, could not reach an agreement with the director of MAGCON, the tour under that name would be disbanding, though he still plans on touring with his fellow Viners because of his desire to spend time with them and to meet his fans. He ended the video with a long list of assurances that the group would still be creating content together while Bob Marley’s “Everything is Going to be Alright,” played in the background.



    Search Interest

    The keyword “MAGCON” was ranked the fifth most searched term on Google on April 18th.



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  • 04/18/14--11:27: 4chan Best Book Read Raid
  • Overview

    4chan Best Book Read Raid was a prank orchestrated by members of 4chan which targeted an online poll ranking life-changing books by the website Best Book Read.

    Background

    On April 7th, 2014, the website Best Book Read[1] published a promotional video for their online poll ranking books that “transformed your life forever.”



    On April 17th, 2014, a thread was submitted to 4chan which urged users to vote the 1925 autobiographical manifesto Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler to the top of the Best Book Read poll.



    Notable Developments

    The same day on April 17th, Redditor majorwtf submitted several screenshots of the Best Book Reads poll to the /r/4chan[2] subreddit, where it gained over 1,700 up votes and 230 comments in the first 24 hours. The images showed Mein Kampf topping the the poll at #1, with subsequent titles referencing Nazis, pedophilia, suicide, 4chan’s founder moot and racial and homophobic slurs (shown below).



    The same day, Redditor majorwtf submitted the Best Book Read poll to the /r/offbeat[4] subreddit, where it gathered more than 1,700 up votes and 200 comments. Also on April 17th, the Internet news site The Daily Dot[3] published an article about the prank, comparing it to a raid on Mountain Dew’s “Dub the Dew” contest in 2012. On April 18th, the Best Book Read website began forwarding to the Mindvalley Academy online university website.

    Search Interest

    Not available.

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  • 04/18/14--13:26: #PotToBlame
  • About

    #PotToBlame is a Twitter hashtag started by television personality Nancy Grace in a series of tweets vilifying the use of marijuana as a recreational drug. Upon its introduction in April 2014, days before the annual celebration of cannabis culture on April 20th, the hashtag was promptly hijacked by marijuana enthusiasts on Reddit and turned into a catchall term for sharing positive stories and inspirational messages.

    Origin

    On April 16th, 2014, Grace posted several tweets with the hashtag #PotToBlame, referencing reports that Denver resident Richard Kirk shot and killed his wife after ingesting marijuana .




    Spread

    On the same day, actor Seth Rogen replied to one of Grace’s #PotToBlame tweets, calling the television personality a “fucking dumbass.” In the first 48 hours, the tweet gained over 22,700 favorites and 19,300 retweets.




    On April 17th, the @NancyGraceHLN Twitter feed sent a reply to Rogen which thanked him for watching Grace’s tweets.




    On the same day, Redditor sillywill posted a screenshot of Rogen’s tweet to the marijuana enthusiast subreddit /r/trees,[1] where it accumulated upwards of 8,000 up votes and 400 comments in the following 24 hours. On April 18th, Redditor SoNerdy submitted a post to the /r/trees[2] subreddit urging subscribers to takeover the #PotToBlame hashtag with stories about harmless side effects associated with marijuana consumption. Within 18 hours, the post received more than 5,300 up votes and 580 comments. On the same day, the /r/pottoblame[3] subreddit was launched for discussions regarding the hashtag takeover. Also on April 18th, Redditor wishful_synic posted a screenshot of several notable tweets parodying the #PotToBlame hashtag to /r/trees,[5] where it gained over 11,800 up votes and 270 comments in six hours (shown below).



    Search Interest

    Not available.

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  • 04/18/14--14:30: Kiss Stir Fry
  • About

    Kiss Stir Fry, also known as difficultly kissing contest (Chinese: 高难度接吻大赛) and “pattern kiss contest” (Chinese: 花样Kiss大赛), is a Chinese video fad in which a person is bent over in front of a partners waist who proceeds to flip them over into a seated position and kisses them on the lips. Recordings of the maneuver are often shared online in the form of animated GIFs on the Chinese social networking and microblogging site Weibo.

    Origin

    On April 17th, 2014, the Guangzhoi Daily Weibo[3] feed highlighted GIF examples of young Chinese residents attempting to perform the Kiss Stir Fry manuever (shown below).



    Spread

    On April 18th, 2014, the Chinese news blog The Nanfang[1] published an article about the trend, highlighting several animated GIFs showing both successes and fails of the Kiss Stir Fry.



    That same day, the social media news site SocialNewsDaily[2] reported on the Chinese video fad.

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