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- 05/07/14--10:21: _WorldStarHipHop
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- 05/07/14--13:32: _Best. Day. Ever.
- 05/07/14--20:51: _Kevin Durant MVP Sp...
- 05/07/14--13:46: _#BadPrequels
- 05/08/14--09:24: _Diet Coke's "You're...
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- 05/08/14--14:59: _#RedBallonsForRyan
- 05/08/14--15:34: _2 Chainz
- 05/08/14--17:11: _Mayro
- 05/08/14--20:44: _Hellbenders
- 05/09/14--10:10: _Virginity Auctioning
- 05/09/14--10:14: _100 Happy Days Chal...
- 05/09/14--12:14: _Perry Bible Fellowship
- 05/09/14--14:45: _Reverse GIF
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- 05/09/14--16:39: _Daggering
- 05/10/14--04:07: _Twitch Sandwich Cha...
- 05/10/14--17:11: _Spiny Shell
- 05/07/14--10:21: WorldStarHipHop
- 05/07/14--10:44: Emily Letts' Abortion Video
- 05/07/14--13:32: Best. Day. Ever.
- 05/07/14--20:51: Kevin Durant MVP Speech
- 05/07/14--13:46: #BadPrequels
- 05/08/14--09:24: Diet Coke's "You're On" Ad
- 05/08/14--10:55: Monica Lewinsky Scandal
- 05/08/14--14:10: Special Edition Xbox Controller Parodies
- 05/08/14--14:59: #RedBallonsForRyan
- 05/08/14--15:34: 2 Chainz
- 05/08/14--17:11: Mayro
- 05/08/14--20:44: Hellbenders
- 05/09/14--10:10: Virginity Auctioning
- 05/09/14--10:14: 100 Happy Days Challenge
- 05/09/14--12:14: Perry Bible Fellowship
- 05/09/14--14:45: Reverse GIF
- 05/09/14--15:12: Poorly Made 3D Animations
- 05/09/14--16:39: Daggering
- 05/10/14--04:07: Twitch Sandwich Challenge
- 05/10/14--17:11: Spiny Shell
WorldStarHipHop is an entertainment news and content aggregation site that features a variety of videos relating to hip hop music and urban culture, including freestyle battles, music videos and interviews with celebrity rappers, though it is most well known for hosting a large collection of public fight videos.
In 2005, WorldStarHipHop was launched by Queens, New York resident Lee ‘Q’ O’Denat as a hip hop mixtape distribution site. However, the website was destroyed by hackers shortly after its launch, prompting O’Denat to re-design and re-launch WorldStarHipHop as a shock content aggregation site for uncensored videos of public fights and sexually explicit acts. On November 8th, 2008, the WorldStarHipHopTV YouTube channel was created, gathering upwards of 21 million video views and 96,000 subscribers in the following six years. On April 23rd, 2010, the WorldStarCandy adult website was launched to host sexually explicit images and video. On March 31st, 2012, the /r/bestofworldstar subreddit was launched, which highlights notable videos from the website. On May 7th, 2014, Adult Swim announced they were collaborating with WorldStarHipHop for a new a live-action comedy show.
Many YouTubers have filmed parodies mocking WorldStarHipHop public fight videos. On January 21st, 2013, YouTuber RoadToHollywoodTV uploaded a video titled “That Moment You Hear WorldStar,” in which a man subdues his attackers after realizing he is being filmed for a WorldStarHipHop video (shown below, left). On February 12th, YouTuber 4YallEntertainment posted a parody titled “He Sleep” in which a man cradles another man to sleep while the audience chants “WorldStar” (shown below). In the first two years, the videos gained over 320,000 and 980,000 views respectively.
On November 17th, the finale of the comedy television series Eastbound & Down was broadcast, in which the character Stevie Janowski (played by Steve Little) chants “WorldStar” while filming protagonist Kenny Powers (played by Danny McBridge) punch network executive Ronnie Thelman (played by Sacha Baron Cohen).
Chopper City Suit
Chopper City Suit refers to a suit worn by aspiring rapper Young Choppa in a video uploaded to WorldStarHipHop on March 9th, 2009, in which he insults rival rapper Elliot Ness whom he competed against in the MTV reality television show Making Da Band.
Scarlett Johansson Leaked Nudes
Scarlett Johansson Leaked Nudes refer to nude photographs of actress Scarlett Johansson that were disseminated on WorldStarHipHop in September 2011.
Public fight videos uploaded to WorldStarHipHop often contain references to the website by those filming the incident. The earliest known example was uploaded on November 7th, 2011, which featured a woman saying “WorldStar, baby!” at :49 seconds into a video of a man being beaten by three other men on a subway train in New York City (shown below).
On February 8th, 2012, ABC News published an article which noted how the website is referenced by those filming many of the fight videos hosted on the website:
“The theme is common in many of the fight videos, where bystanders egg on attackers and yell ‘World Star Hip Hop’ as the incident is ongoing, as if the purpose of the violence were to make it onto the website.”
On March 29th, 2012, CBS Atlanta published an article about the website titled “CNN Of The Ghetto,” noting how the phrase “WorldStar” is repeated by those filming fight videos for the site.
Chicago Teens Beating Video
Chicago Teens Beating Video is a fight video showing six young men beating an Asian male to the ground outside a school in Chicago, which was initially posted to WorldStarHipHop on January 16th, 2012.
Sharkeisha Fight Video
Sharkeisha Fight Video is a video clip of a young woman referred to as “Sharkeisha” sucker-punching an unsuspecting victim in the face in the middle of a heated argument, which was prominently featured on WorldStarHipHop after initially being uploaded to Instagram in November 2013.
Shovel Fight Video refers to an amateur recording which shows a teenage girl striking another girl in the back of her head with a shovel during a physical brawl. A full-length version of the video was posted to WorldStarHipHop in May 2014.
As of May 2014, WorldStarHipHop has a global rank of 769 and a United States rank of 210 on the traffic analytics site Alexa.
Emily Letts’ Abortion Video refers to a short documentary film shot by a New Jersey abortion clinic counselor as she underwent an early term abortion in November 2013. Due to the polarized public opinion surrounding this practice, the video, which focuses on the woman’s reaction from the chest up throughout the procedure, inevitably led to an online debate between the pro-choice and pro-life camps in the American political blogosphere.
On March 14th, 2014, Emily Letts uploaded a video titled “Emily’s Abortion Video” to her YouTube channel (shown below). In the video, she explains her occupational background as a patient advocate at Cherry Hill Women’s Center in New Jersey and how she had made the decision to end her early-stage pregnancy. The video also shows Letts’ reaction from the chest up throughout the course of the procedure.
“I just want to show woman there is such a thing as a positive abortion story.”
In late March 2014 , she won the Abortion Care Network’s Abortion Stigma Busting Video Competition. As of May 2014, the video has been viewed over 530,000 times.
News Media Coverage
Though Letts’ video was uploaded in March, it didn’t gain widespread attention online until Cosmopolitan published her personal essay “Why I Filmed My Abortion,” on May 5th, 2014. In the piece, she explains that she was inspired to record her experience after watching YouTuber Angie AntiTheist’s video of herself intaking Mifepristone (RU486), at which point she realized there wasn’t a similar video online showing a surgical abortion. On May 5th and 6th, he video was covered by several sites including Think Progress, Buzzfeed and Salon. Letts received positive feedback from sites like Autostraddle which published a piece titled “Emily Letts’ Decision to Film Her Abortion is Brave, Informative, Important,” and Policy Mic’s“One Woman Destroyed The Biggest Pro-Life Myth By Filming Her Own Abortion,” both published on May 6th.
Because of the politics surrounding abortion, Letts video prompted many angry articles on conservative websites and blogs. On May 5th, 2014, Gateway Pundit, a “right-of-center” news site, published a post titled “HORROR! Far Left Activist FILMS Her Own Abortion!” The same day USA Backlash, which describes itself as a “Backlash Against Government Corruption & Hypocrisy,” published an article titled “Skanky New Jersey Abortion Clinic Councilor Emily Letts Films Murder of Own Baby to Show How ‘Cool’ It Is.” On May 6th, Fox News published a post titled “Dr. Manny: Video of woman filming her own abortion fails to tell the whole story,” which criticizes the video for not addressing the possible complications of the procedure. On May 7th, The Huffington Post published a post titled “Emily Letts’ Abortion Video Garners Angry Reaction From Right-Wing Media,” which featured a roundup of the backlash towards the video.
The Huffington Post- Emily Letts’ Abortion Video Garners Angry Reaction From Right-Wing Media
“Best. Day. Ever.” is an expression of joy associated with Tenso-style multi-pane image macros of happy looking animals and people, accompanied by a period punctuation after each word for added emphasis. It has the opposite meaning of the expression “Kill Me.”
In Season 3 Episode 11 of the American science fiction television series Heroes, originally aired on December 1st, 2008, the character Hiro Nakamura says the phrase “Best. Day. Ever.” after teleporting into a comic book shop to recover his memory (shown below).
On November 10th, 2006, Season 4 Episode 20 titled “Best Day Ever” of the animated television series Spongebob Squarepants was broadcast, which featured the eponymous song “The Best Day Ever” (shown below).
On November 24th, 2010, the computer animated musical Tangled was released, in which the character Rapunzel exclaims “Best. Day. Ever!” while playing on a tire swing (shown below).
On July 5th, 2011, a page titled “Its the Best Whatever, Ever” was launched on TV Tropes, which listed many examples of the phrase “Best. Day. Ever.” used in popular culture. On September 13th, Tumblr user andersholmvik submitted a post titled “Phrase to Retire: Best. (Blank). Ever.”, which criticized the phrasal template for being unfunny and overused. On October 14th, an entry for “Punctuated! For! Emphasis!” was created on TV Tropes. On July 6th, 2012, the 5secondfilms YouTube channel uploaded a video titled “Best. Day. Ever.”, in which actors John Travolta and Tom Cruise beg actress Kelly Preston to pull a car over to receive free massages (shown below, left). On YouTuber Mr. Arturo Trejo uploaded a video titled “Best. Day. EVER!”, in which he takes his son on a day trip to the Hoover Dam (shown below, right).
On April 27th, 2014, Redditor amazingbrowncow submitted a four-pane image macro of television host Steve Irwin posed with a crocodile with the caption “OMG Steve Irwin / Best / Day / Ever” to the /r/funny subreddit (shown below). In nine days, the post garnered upwards of 26,300 upvotes and 330 comments.
In an MVP Presentation, Kevin Durant won against Lebron James for MVP. Beating him out 1,232 points and being voted number #1 by 199 people. During the speech Kevin Durant talks about his upbringing, struggles, team mates, coach, God, his love of the game, and his mother and how much she went through to help Kevin and his brothers.
After Durant had his speech media was buzzing and people were impressed and could understand his words.
It’s gaining more and more attention by the minute, soon leading his speech to go viral making it a 2014 NBA hit on YouTube.
It’s relatively new but the stuff surrounding it in a few days is something to marvel coming from how MVP speeches like these don’t come around often and have so much heart.
(More will be added soon)
Kevin got a LOT of respect from social media sites and NBA players alike. His ability to sound sincere and thank his mother one of the best ways he can with just a few days away from Mothers Day, made his speech that much more impactful.
#BadPrequels is a hashtag game which asks Twitter users to create the title of a fictional prequel to a well-known film that sounds far less interesting than its original counterpart. The hashtag was introduced on the Comedy Central show @Midnite in May 2014.
On May 6th, 2014, the hashtag #BadPrequels was introduced during a segment called Hashtag Wars on the Comedy Central show @Midnite. The idea for the hashtag was sparked by the release of the trailer for the Batman prequel Gotham. Guest comedians Scott Aukerman, @Willieforcrack and James Adomain offered their #BadPrequel titles before Twitter users were called to play.
In less than 48 hours, the hashtag #badprequels was tweeted out over 100,000 times. On May 7th, 2014, Buzzfeed published a compilation of movie poster parodies created by Twitter user @BiscuitAhoy based on popular #badprequel tweets (shown below). On May 8th, Australian site News published a similar roundup titled “Bad Prequels posters are doing the rounds on Twitter, actually pretty funny.
#AddAWord is a type of hashtag-based word games in which an extraneous word must be added into the title of a famous book, film or song to make it sound irreverent or humorously out of its original context.
Finding Nemo Dead #addawordruinamovie— Colleen Hawkins (@Lady_Colleen) October 4, 2013
Diet Coke’s “You’re On” was an advertising campaign for the sugar-free brand of Coca Cola which featured the tagline “Diet Coke. You’re On.” Upon its launch in April 2014, the advertisements quickly became a target of online parodies and ridicule due to the ambiguous placement of the phrase “you’re on” directly above the Diet Coke brand logo, giving rise to the misinterpretation of the tagline as a reference to cocaine use (“you’re on Diet Coke”). The campaign was discontinued in May 2014.
Diet Coke’s “You’re On” campaign was created by agency Droga5 and was introduced in February 2014. The print ad campaign featured a list of challenges that can be met with the help of Diet Coke concluding with the tagline “Diet Coke. You’re On.”
Drug Reference Controversy
On March 2nd, 2014, Gothamist published a post titled "Diet Coke’s Latest Ad Strategy: “You’re On Coke” New Yorkers." which features a roundup of tweets questioning the ad campaign and how the tagline can appear to read “You’re on Coke,” as well as copy for parody ads actually about taking cocaine.
On March 3rd, The New York Observer published an article titled “Badvertising: Doctors Horrified by Coca-Cola’s New Ads Mocking Cocaine Addiction.” The article quotes addiction specialist Dr. Arnold Washton who explained:
““It sounds a little strange to me. To my ears it’s like nails on a chalkboard, because obviously I’ve worked with people dealing with addiction.”
“This advertising is one part of the new campaign for Diet Coke, which is called ‘You’re On.’ It celebrates ambitious young achievers from all walks of life and reminds them that Diet Coke is there to support them in the moments when they are at their best. Every single day, young people around the world experience ‘You’re On’ moments big and small. It could be a job interview or a national TV interview, a first date or a final exam, a presentation to your boss or a performance in front of thousands. The Diet Coke logo is the centerpiece of the ad campaign. Diet Coke in no way endorses or supports the use of any illegal substance.”
On March 9th, a group of advertising students from Creative Circus uploaded a parody (below, right) of the “Diet Coke: You’re On,” commercial featuring Taylor Swift (below, left), to a YouTube channel named for the original ad agency Droga5. The original commercial was uploaded to Diet Coke’s YouTube channel on April 11th. As of May 2014, the original video has gained over 620,000 views and the parody video has gained over 9,000 views.
On May 7th, 2014, Coke announced they would be replacing the campaign and tagline for one they ran in 1983, “Just for the taste of it.” The same day they uploaded a new commercial for the new campaign to their YouTube channel. The video gained over 1,000 views in less than 24 hours.
The Huffington Post – Diet Coke Actually Trying To Act Like This Isn’t A Cocaine Joke
Monica Lewinsky Scandal was a political sex scandal that emerged from an extramarital affair between United States President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The news of the scandal was first reported on by the news aggregation website Drudge Report in January 1998, which marked the first time that an online news publication provided exclusive coverage of breaking news before any other newspaper and the print media.
In 1995, Lewis & Clark College graduate Monica Lewinsky was hired as an intern during Clinton’s first term as President of the United States. During the course of her internship, Lewinsky told friend Linda Tripp in several secretly-recorded telephone conversations that she had been involved in a sexual relationship with Clinton. In January 1998, Tripp gave tapes of the conversations to Independent Counsel investigator Kenneth Starr after consulting literary agent Lucianne Goldberg. On January 17th, 1998, the news site Drudge Report broke that story in an article titled “Newsweek Kills Story on White House Intern,” reporting that the news magazine Newsweek had refused to run a story about a sexual affair between Clinton and a young White House intern. On January 21st, 1998, The Washington Post was the first mainstream news media outlet to report on the story.
On January 26th, 1998, Clinton famously denied the accusations at the end of a White House press conference (shown below).
“Now, I have to go back to work on my State of the Union speech. And I worked on it until pretty late last night. But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people. Thank you.”
On the following day, Clinton’s wife Hillary was interviewed on the Today Show by host Matt Laeuer and claimed that the allegations against her husband were part of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” (shown below).
After receiving transactional immunity in exchange for grand jury testimony regarding her relationship with Clinton, Lewinsky gave Starr investigators a blue dress stained with Clinton’s semen to provide DNA evidence of their encounter. On August 17th, Clinton admitted to having an “improper physical relationship” with Lewinsky during a taped grand jury testimony. That evening, Clinton admitted to the relationship in a nationally televised address to the American people (shown below).
On September 11th, 1998, Starr’s report on Clinton was released to the public online, which alleged that Clinton denied several meetings with Lewinsky and a conversation with adviser Vernon Jordan under oath and that Clinton obstructed justice by witness tampering and delaying testimony for seven months. CNN reported that hits to the website hosting their copy of the report peaked at an estimated 340,000 per minute, America Online saw a 30% increase in overall traffic and the Associated Press website was hit with 20 times as many visitors.
On December 19th, 1998, the United States House of Representatives impeached Clinton on one charge of perjury and one charge of obstruction of justice. On January 7th, 1999, the Senate trial began and concluded on February 12th with both charges defeated.
On February 1st, 1999, a biography of Lewinsky titled Monica’s Story by writer Andrew Morton was released, for which Lewinsky received $500,000. On March 3rd, Lewinsky was interviewed on the ABC television news program 20/20 by host Barbara Walters (shown below, left). ABC subsequently announced that the interview received 70 million viewers, breaking the show’s previous records. In 2000, Lewinsky began starring in commercials for the weight loss and nutrition company Jenny Craig (shown below, right).
Inappropriate Timing Bill Clinton
Inappropriate Timing Bill Clinton is an image macro series featuring a photograph of an enthusiastic-looking former United States President Bill Clinton walking into the White House Briefing Room to join President Barack Obama. The macros are typically captioned with lewd punchlines in reference to the Lewinsky scandal.
Vanity Fair Essay
On May 6th, 2014, Vanity Fair magazine published a preview of an essay written by Lewinsky, in which she discusses the scandal and her life afterward. In the piece, Lewinsky mentions how the Internet played a role in her public “humiliation.”
“thanks to the Drudge Report, I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.”
In the coming days, several news sites reported on the essay, including Salon, The Daily Beast,CNN, Us Weekly,NPR, The Washington Post and NY Mag. The full essay is set for release on May 8th on Vanity Fair’s
Drudge Report – Former White House Intern Sex Relationship With President
Special Edition Xbox Controller Parodies are photoshopped illustrations of custom button configurations for limited editions of the Microsoft Xbox controller that poke fun at various professional sports teams and athletes. Each visual features a unique set of made-up action commands that reflect the negative characteristic of the team or athlete in question.
On September 28th, 2012, the Liverpool Position blog posted several mock-up renderings of Xbox and PlayStation button configurations for the then-upcoming football simulation game FIFA 13 which poked fun at a number of the English Premiere League football clubs and star players.
On December 26th, 2012, Twitter user @NFL_Memes posted a custom Xbox button configuration chart poking fun at the poor season performance of the NFL football team New York Jets. In the first two years, the tweet gained over 1,180 retweets and 540 favorites.
New York Jets controller released! pic.twitter.com/EBCyGtXk— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) December 27, 2012
On the following day, Redditor KyleKoolaid reposted the New York Jets controller to the /r/gaming subreddit. On May 19th, 2013, Twitter user SCNotTopTen posted a photoshopped Xbox controller taunting NBA basketball player Carmelo Anthony (shown below). Within one year, the tweet gathered more than 1,600 retweets and 660 favorites.
Brand new Carmelo Anthony XBOX controller! pic.twitter.com/D1zDJOz0Tn— SC Not Top Ten (@SCNotTopTen) May 19, 2013
On December 10th, a Facebook page titled “Dallas Cowboys Meme” was created with a profile photo featuring a photoshopped Xbox controller mocking the Dallas Cowboys professional American football team (shown below).
On April 24th, 2014, Redditor iwilding posted an illustration of an Xbox controller made to look like a map to the /r/gaming subreddit (shown below, left). In the following two weeks, the post gathered upwards of 9,700 upvotes and 220 comments. On May 5th, the ILoveCharts Tumblr blog posted a “Roy Hibbert Edition Xbox Controller,” mocking the professional basketball player’s ability to sink shots, rebound and box out smaller players (shown below, right). In the first 72 hours, the post gained over 285 notes.
#redballoonsforryan is a hashtag used to solicit memories of and kind messages for the parents of three-year-old Ryan Saldana, who was hit by a truck and died on May 2nd, 2014.
On May 2nd, 2014, Ryan Saldana was playing in his cousin’s yard in Alta Loma, California when he ran into the street and was hit and killed by a passing truck. The hashtag #redballoonsforryan was created by Alissa Circle, a friend of Ryan’s mother Jacqui Saldana, who introduced it on a post on her blog Diary of An Addict published on May 5th. In the post she explains the hashtag can be a way to ensure Ryan will not be forgotten. In less than a week the hashtag was tweeted out over 6,000 times.
On May 6th, 2014, Kelly Frances Garrett created a GoFundMe page for Ryan’s family to, “help alleviate ryan’s family of some of the funeral costs and loss of income during their time of grief.” The goal was set at $25,000, and within 48 hours the page had raised over $50,000.
Diary of An Addict- #RedBalloonsforRyan Goes Viral After 3-Year-Old Killed
2 Chainz, formerly known as Tity Boi, is an American hip hop recording artist. After receiving commercial succes, 2 Chainz has come to be regarded by many as a rap icon.
Based on a T.R.U. Story.
On August 14th, 2012 2 Chainz released his debut album, Based on a T.R.U. Story. The album included the singles “No Lie”, “Birthday Song”, and “I’m Different.” In many of the songs on the album, 2 Chainz gives his iconic cry of his own name. This cry became so popular that it became used in rap culture and as a meme.
“No Lie” is the first single on Based on a T.R.U. Story. It rose to 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and to the number one spot on both the US Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs and the US Hot Rap Songs. The song has spawned the memes Smoking on that Gas, and 2 Pac Without a Nose Ring among others.
“Birthday Song” is the second single on Based on a T.R.U. Story. This song has gotten the most Internet fame out of all of 2 Chainz’ songs, with the popular memes She Got a Big Booty so I Call Her Big Booty, It’s Your Birthday, Yams Everywhere, When I Die Bury Me Inside the Gucci Store, and Bad Bitch Contest emerging on the Internet.
This entry is not yet completed and will take several days for me to research the Mayro meme and finish the entry.
Mayro, being a purposeful misspelling of “Mario”, is a poorly drawn version of Mario. Mayro is the main character of Supra Mayro Bross and Supra Mayro Kratt. Supra Mayro Bross is a poorly drawn flash game with difficult to handle controls and a hard to cope with camera consisting of 3 short levels. Supra Mayro Kratt is a polygonal racing game that introduced 2 new characters, Lugee and Joshy(Mayro renditions of Luigi and Yoshi). Supra Mayro Kratt still has bad controls and poorly made graphics. Many people like to consider Mayro as Mario’s version of “Sanic”.
On Facepunch.com, a user named eric95 made a post linking to a page with nothing but a flash game called “Supra Mayro Bross Legend Of The Lost Kingdom”.
On August 27, 2012, YouTuber vinesauce uploaded a video called “[Vinesauce] Vinny – Supra Mayro Kratt”. The video shows footage of VInny playing Supra Mayro Kratt while giving commentary on the game. In nearly 3 years, the video achieved over 393,000 views and 1,100 comments.
THEORIGIN OF A CANCELEDADULTSWIMCARTOON
PILOT: The Hellbenders pilot was made in late 2011. And the first official episode was published on October 7th 2012.
LATE 2013: December of 2013, Hellbenders was going to be Airing on Adult Swim. But the idea was rejected. Mainly because at that time, they were working on a lot of shows about Hell, And we’re on,y going to air one of them.
MAY 2014: Hellbenders was never brought up again… They weren’t going to make new episodes, No storyboards… No nothing. It was dead, The People who worked on Hellbenders didn’t care anymore…
But they did say, It might… Just might… Air on a different adult cartoon station.
So now, You know the origin of Hellbenders…
You can still watch the few episodes they made for adult swim on youtube
Virginity Auctioning is the practice of placing one’s claimed virginity up for an online auction under the premise that the winning bidder will be able to engage the auctioneer in sexual intercourse.
The earliest known virginity auction was reported by the tabloid Weekly World News on January 4th, 2004, claiming that 24-year-old Cathy Cobblerson was selling her virginity online for $100,000 to pay off debt. The story is considered fictional as no evidence ever came to light.
In 1998, the hoax website Our First Time was launched, which featured American actors Ty Taylor and Michelle Parma under the premise that the couple would be losing their virginity together on the site. In July that year, site was revealed to be a hoax by entrepreneur and actor Ken Tipton, who claimed a company planned to charge viewers of the site a $5 “age-verification” fee prior to the fake couple backing out having sex at the last minute.
January 2004: Rosie Harmen
In January 2004, the British tabloid News of the World reported that Bristol University student and aspiring sex therapist Rosie Harmen had placed her virginity up for an Ebay auction to pay for school, though it was subsequently removed from the site. The website RosieHarmen.com was subsequently launched to facilitate the auction.
March 2005: Graviela Yataco
In March 2005, Peruvian model Graviela Yataco reportedly placed her virginity up for auction before withdrawing the offer after receiving an offer for $1.5 million from a Canadian man. She was subsequently accused of orchestrating a publicity stunt.
July 2007: Carys Copestake
On July 1st, 2007, the British tabloid When the People reported that student Carys Copestake had placed her virginity for auction for 10,000 pounds on a sex worker website.
September 2008: Natalie Dylan
On September 9th, 2008, Sacramento State graduate Natalie Dylan announced during a radio broadcast of The Howard Stern Show that she planned to sell her virginity in an auction on the website for the Nevada brothel Moonlite BunnyRanch. On November 3rd, Dylan appeared on the Tyra Banks Show and discussed her plans to pay for graduate school with the money received from the auction (shown below). On May 17th, 2010, AOL News published an article about virginity auctions, which contained a statement from Moonlite BunnyRanch owner Dennis Hof who claimed that Dylan made $250,000 out of the deal without having to actually go through with the auction.
September 2008: Raffaella Fico
On September 16th, 2008, Italian model Raffaella Fico announced she would sell her virginity for a total of one million Euros, for which she later revealed was a publicity stunt.
March 2009: Alina Percea
On March 24th, 2009, The Daily Mail reported that Romanian teenager Alina Percea placed an add for her virginity on a German-language dating site for £50,000. On May 20th, The Daily Mail published a follow-up article reporting that Percea had gone through with the auction with a 45-year-old Italian businessman for £8,800, with whom she had unprotected sex after flying out to Venice.
January 2010: Belfast Telegraph Investigation
On January 25th, 2010, the Belfast Telegraph published an article about an ad discovered on the trading website Gumtree auctioning the virginity of a 16-year-old girl. After a Belfast Telegraph reporter investigated the ad by meeting the girl posed as a wealthy businessman, she claimed the whole auction was “a joke” after he revealed himself as a journalist.
February 2010: Unigirl
On February 3rd, 2010, The Australian reported that a New Zealand student had successfully auctioned her virginity for more than NZ $45,000. On January 22nd, 2012, The New Zealand Herald published an follow-up article reporting that the auction may have been an “elaborate and long-running hoax,” after discovering that the Facebook photo used by the contact had been English supermodel Agyness Deyn.
August 2010: Miss Spring
On August 5th, 2010, Metro reported that a Hungarian teenage girl identifying herself as “Miss Spring” had sold her virginity to a British man for £200,000 after her auction page was removed from eBay. On September 2nd, the Australian Times reported that she had cancelled the auction after being visited by four men who visited her at her home and beat her.
May 2011: Noelle
On May 5th, 2011, The Daily Mail reported that Belgian student Noelle had sold her virginity in an online auction for £45,000 on the Yantra Amsterdam-based escort agency website. The winning bidder was later revealed to be Italian actor Paolo Calabresi, who posed as an Italian businessman wearing a wire to determine Noelle’s authenticity. Noelle subsequently backed out of the auction after being intimidated by press coverage.
October 2012: Catarina Migliorini and Alexander Stepanov
On October 24th, 2012, auctions were concluded for the virginity of Brazilian Catarina Migliorini and Russian Alexander Stepanov for Australian director Justin Sisely’s documentary film Virgins Wanted. Migliorini’s virginity was sold for $780,000, while Stepanov’s bid at $2,600. On July 9th, 2013, The Huffington Post reported that Migliorini had backed out of the deal, claiming that Sisely was trying to “defraud” her. On October 25th, The Huffington Post published an article reporting that Sisely had changed the format to a reality show and that the results of Stepanov’s virginity auction would not be revealed until the show aired the following year. On December 16th, a trailer for the show was uploaded to YouTube.
November 2012: Rebecca Bernardo
In November 2012, Brazilian Rebecca Bernado uploaded a video to YouTube announcing that she would sell her virginity to pay for her mother’s medical bills. The original video has since been deleted. On January 2nd, 2013, The Daily Dot published an article about the auction, reporting that Bernardo had received a bid of $35,000. On March 21st, 2014, The Huffington Post reported that it is unknown whether the deal was completed.
October 2013: Shatuniha
On October 30th, 2013, an auction was placed on the Russian trading site 24au.ru for the virginity of a Siberian woman identifying herself as “Shatuniha.” On November 1st, the Siberian Times reported that the auction was closed at 900,000 roubles (US $27,950) and that the same woman appeared to have attempted to sell her virginity in April that year.
March 2014: Elizabeth Raine
On March 21st, 2014, medical student Elizabeth Raine announced she would be auctioning her virginity starting at $400,000 to the highest bidder, promising to donate 35% to a charity for women’s education in developing countries. On May 8th, Raine canceled the auction after bidding closed at $801,000.
Belfast Telegraph – Northern Ireland teen seeling virginity to highest bidder
100 Happy Days (hashtag: #100HappyDays) is a social media experiment which challenges people to take a picture of one thing a day that makes them happy and share it through a social media platform or the project’s website.
The 100 Happy Days project was launched on December 30th, 2013 by 27-year-old Zurich resident Dmitry Golubnichy who started the project and the website after realizing he needed to remember what makes him happy. He launched the project and website, which allows you to sign up for the challenge and outlines the ways you can share your 100 happy pictures:
* Share your picture via facebook, twitter or instagram with a public hashtag #100happydays;
* Come up with your own hashtagto share your pictures with to limit publicity. (Don’t forget to tell us how to find your pictures though ;) )
*Simply send your pictures to myhappyday (at) 100happydays.comto avoid any publicity.
As of May 2014, 71% of people who signed up for the challenge have failed, most citing a lack of time.
In 2004, American web developer George Taylor McKnight began taking a photo every day as a personal challenge for himself as well as a way to hone his photography skills. The initiative eventually became known as the Photo-A-Day Project.
On January 3rd, 2014, Buzzfeed published a post titled “39 Reasons To Be Happy Every Day For 100 Days,” which featured a roundup of #100happydays Instagram photos and tweets. As of May 2014, it has gained over 130,000 views. While most coverage of the challenge was positive or neutral, there was some backlash against the idea. On January 31st, 2014, LinkedIn published a post titled “#100happydays: why I stopped at Day 10,” and on March 31st, Thought Calalog published a post titled “6 Reasons Why I Think #100HappyDays Is A Waste Of Time.” Several celebrities have joined the challenge including actress Emmy Rossum, who started her challenge on March 7th, 2014
On April 10th, 2014, The Huffington Post UK published an article titled “100 Happy Days Challenge: Empowering or a Waste of Time?,” which focused on the rules, pros and cons of the challenge. As of May 2014, the hashtag #100happydays has been used on Instagram over 9.2 million times.
100 Happy Days – 100 Happy Days
HLNTV– #100HappyDays: Who is behind the challenge?
Gramfeed – #100happydays
Buzzfeed – 39 Reasons To Be Happy Every Day For 100 Days
Twitter – Emmy Rossum
The Huffington Post- 100 Happy Days Challenge: Empowering or a Waste of Time?
LinkedIn- #100happydays: why I stopped at Day 10
Thought Catalog- 6 Reasons Why I Think #100HappyDays Is A Waste Of Time
The Perry Bible Fellowship is a webcomic, which originated as a print comic, created by cartoonist Nicholas Gurewitch. The comic often features puns, religious and geek-related humor.
Gurewitch originally published the comic in the Syracuse University school newspaper The Daily Orange. The comic earned Gurewitch multiple Web Cartoonist’s Choice Awards, an Eisner award, and a Harvey.
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Weeaboo is an English slang used to describe a person (typically of non-Asian descent) who prefers Japan and all things in Japanese over one’s indigenous culture. The term is a successive mutation of “Wapanese,” a derogatory slur referring to western Japanophiles with a strong bias towards Japanese cultural and tech imports. From late 2003 and onwards, usage of Wapanese became alarmingly visible on 4chan, often leading to unpleasant exchanges between anime/manga fans and those who were far less interested in their subcultures.
At the peak of its abuse in mid-2005, 4chan moderators devised a creative intervention using the word-filter, replacing every instance of Wapanese with “Weeaboo,” which was a fictitious term originally coined by Nicholas Gurewitch in his Perry Bible Fellowship comic strip (date unknown, comic #62):
Box of Hate
Box of Hate is a photoshop meme based on a Perry Bible Fellowship comic titled “Box of Hate,” which features a boy putting a note reading “spankings” into a box mark “things I hate,” which is followed by a frame of him being spanked. The comic was first uploaded to the Perry Bible Fellowship site on July 4th, 2007.
Spanking can be replaced with any word or image for examples of the meme, but the rest of the comic remains the same.
Reverse GIF refers to an animated GIF in which each frame is played in reverse chronological order to reveal an alternative narrative that is drastically different from the original.
On January 14th, 2009, a reversed GIF featuring a prank from the comedy television show Trigger Happy TV, in which a man feeding pigeons is attacked by another man dressed in a giant pigeon costume, was uploaded to the site GIFbin (shown below).
This humorous concept has been previously iterated through a series of reverse chronological interpretations of popular film narratives based on the snowclone template If you watch (x) backwards, it is about. One of the earliest instances of flipping a movie’s narrative appeared on the SomethingAwful forums on May 20th, 2006, which re-imagined Star Wars, Titanic, The Lord of the Rings, Batman Begins and Carry on Camping.
In May 2010, the website Reverse GIF was launched, which features an app that reanimates uploaded GIFs in reverse.
On August 28th, 2011, Redditor monochrome_sketch linked to an animated GIF of a man saying “That’s a Penis” from the television show How I Met Your Mother in a post on the /r/funny subreddit. In the comments section of the post, Redditor Tyba11s posted a reversed version of the GIF (shown below). Prior to being archived, the comment gathered over 1,200 up votes.
On June 23rd, 2012, the /r/reversegif subreddit was launched for posts containing links to reversed GIF animations. On December 19th, BuzzFeed published a compilation of notable reversed GIFs. In May 2013, additional reversed GIF examples were highlighted on UpRoxx and Imgur. On September 3rd, the Reverse My GIF Tumblr blog was launched. On February 3rd, 2014, Redditor kittenology asked for others to submit their favorite reversed GIFs in a post on /r/AskReddit, where it gained more than 1,800 upvotes and 740 comments in three months.
Poorly made 3D animations are videos or gifs featuring animations made in programs such as Blender or Daz which pertain a poor quality. They are known for being surreal and often humorous.
During the 1990s, animations were introduced to ten-pin bowling alleys and would play on the leader board every time someone bowled. While these did not circulate the internet, they were also known for their poor quality and surrealism.
One of the first poorly made 3D animations was ’Colin’s Bear Animation’, an animation made by Colin Sanders for his final assignment for an Animation Arts class. It features a bear dancing to the song “Funky Monkey Dance” from the Nintendo game Mother 3. Sanders friend uploaded the video to Youtube in December 2007 and as of May 2014 it has over 2,250,000 views.
The video was one of the first poorly made animations which was both surreal and considered humorous.
In 2009 Youtube user ‘wendyvanity’ (now ‘madcatlady’) began uploading poorly-made animations made in the 3D animation program Daz, due to the bizarre nature in the videos (which included text-to-speech voice acting) she gathered a small following.
Her most popular video so far is “meow! sad toy cats.wmv” which as of May 2014 has 700,000 views on Youtube. Her videos “Meow meow I am a cat” and “Tom R. Toe” are also quite popular.
Numerous other Youtube users have since uploaded many surreal videos using text-to-speech to Youtube. Some popular ones include ‘seinfieldspitstain’ and ‘ratboygenius’.
Daggering is a Jamaican dance which resembles simulated sex and wrestling moves.
On July 14th, 2008, YouTuber Jay Will uploaded a music video for the reggae song “Daggering” by Mr. Vegas (shown below, left). On November 20th, YouTuber Fame Ous uploaded a video featuring Skerrit Bwoy, a former hype man for the reggae group Major Lazer, daggering off a ladder in a dance hall (shown below, right). In six years, the videos gathered upwards of 2.3 million and 890,000 views respectively.
On May 14th, 2010, the MajorLazerVEVO YouTube channel uploaded a daggering instructional video (shown below, left). On July 22nd, YouTuber HotReggaeDances uploaded a video featuring daggering dances at a Jamaican dancehall (shown below, right). In four years, the video gained over 1.5 million views and 360 comments.
On February 28th, 2014, YouTuber Jammin oneluv uploaded a video of Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt daggering with a woman in Trinidad (shown below, left). On March 11th, 2014, the Grenas Inc Entertainment YouTube channel uploaded a daggering montage video with dubbed commentary from the professional wrestling organization WWE (shown below, right.
Twitch Sandwich Challenge was developed when people got hungry and wanted to make a referential game challenge.
It is a quote from a character in League of Legends. It happened one day when people noted Twitch wanted a sandwich. His quote being: “I demand a sandwich!” His quote: "I demand tribute also played a part in it. This lead to certain fans attempting to make sandwiches based of team death or kills. The amount of kills or deaths is proportional to the sandwich(es). (One sandwich or layer for a kill or death.)
The phrase is mainly a League of Legends phrase and has yet to be seen out of the game fan base.
The Spiny Shell (also commonly referred to as the Blue Shell) is an item originating from the Mario Kart series. Since it’s original appearance in Mario Kart 64, it has become infamous due to it’s habit of hitting racers just before the finish line on the final lap of a race, making them most likely lose the race.
The Spiny Shell original appeared in Mario Kart 64. which was released on December 14, 1996 in Japan. In the game, the Spiny Shell would target the person in first place, making them immobile for a few seconds after being hit. It has appeared in every single Mario Kart game since then and has even appeared in other games of the Mario franchise. Originally it appeared without wings, but this was changed in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! In Mario Kart 7, the Spiny Shell was changed back into being wingless.
Due to it’s tendency to often hit players near the finish line in the third lap, usually costing the racer first place victory, it has become infamous and is often said to be. GamesRader included Spiny Shell in article “The Top 7… Worst Parts of Best Games”, stating “The blue shell is Nintendo at its worst”. Kotaku included the Spiny Shell in their article Our favorite jerk moments in games stating that it punishes one for doing well. A comic on xkcd titled “Fucking Blue Shell” featured a chart, showing that the comic drawer mostly cursed when playing Mario Kart, presumingly because of being hit by the Spiny Shell.
Hideki Konno, the producer of the Mario Kart series has defended the Spiny shell however. In an interview with Kotaku Konno stated that the reason it was originally included in Mario Kart 64 was to make the race more unpredicable.
On the internet, there exist many guides and tactics on how to dodge a Spiny shell. One of the more famous one is using either a mushroom or a mini-turbo just before the Spiny shell hits. Another one is simply driving off the edge of the racetrack as the Spiny Shell approaches.
The Spiny Shell has also being made into merchandise such a plush toy and a keychain. Fans of the the Mario Kart series has also made a Spiny Shell hat. On March 6 2014, it was announced that people who lived in Europe and Australia could pre-order a limited edition of Mario Kart 8 and recieve a Spiny Shell statue. Later, the offer was made available for people buying the game from the Nintendo World Store in New York City.