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    About

    “This isn’t even my final form” is a catchphrase commonly associated with image macros or videos depicting oddly shaped or deformed looking characters.

    Origin

    The phrase was originally uttered by the villain character Frieza in the Japanese anime series Dragon Ball Z. During his pinnacle battle scene against the protagonists, Frieza boasts his capacity of strength by saying “You FOOL! This isnt even my final form! Wait until you see my TRUE power! HYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!” before morphing into his next level incarnation.



    Although unclear exactly when or where the phrase began to gain significance as a popular catchphrase, its earliest known instance can be found in the comments section of a Rule34 post submitted on January 1st, 2011. The post featured an image of a mixed media sculpture that consists of Disney’s Toy Story character Woody and a wall of plastic boobs. The image was captioned with the phrase “this isn’t even my final form” months later and uploaded onto FunnyJunk on September 24th, 2011 (shown below).



    Spread

    Throughout 2011, the phrase gradually evolved into a caption for image macros depicting oddly shaped or crudely drawn characters in popular culture. There are hundreds of image macros bearing the caption available on well-known image sharing platforms like 4chan, Tumblr and Reddit, as well as internet humor blogs FunnyJunk, Memebase and Memecenter among others. The phrase has been also used as the title of YouTube videos, typically in boasting one’s own skills. Due to its reference to the evolutionary process or metamorphosis, the quote has been also associated with Pokemon and RPG fandom.

    Notable Examples




    Search Interest



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    [Very WIP Editors needed]

    About


    Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP for short, is a trade agreement to liberalize the the economies of Asia-Pacific region.
    The law has gained controversial status due to it’s clauses and it’s secret negotiations.
    The law tightens the punishment of breaking copyright’s and is said to provide more notable intellectual property restraints than in ACTA.


    According to the website Stop The Trap the TPP will:

    • Criminalize some of your everyday use of the Internet,
    • Force service providers to collect and hand over your private data without privacy safeguards, and
    • Give media conglomerates more power to fine you for Internet use, remove online content including entire websites and even terminate your access to the Internet.
    • Create a parallel legal system of international tribunals that will undermine national sovereignty and allow conglomerates to sue countries for laws that infringe on their profits.

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    Overview

    Bic’s “For Her” Pen is a line of disposable ballpoint pens designed for female consumers, produced and sold by the French manufacturer company Société Bic (BIC). Although the pens were introduced in June 2011, they became a trending topic in the news and blogosphere after tongue-in-cheek customer reviews of the product began to emerge on the online shopping site Amazon, in similar vein to the ironic appreciation of The Mountain’s Three Wolf Moon t-shirt.

    Background

    In June 2011, a new line of BIC ballpoint pens dubbed “For Her” was introduced on Amazon.[2] Available in several “feminine” colors like pink and purple, the product was initially released in Europe but became available through online shopping sites in the United States. According to BIC’s product description[1], the pen’s notable features includes tinted thin barrel for a better handling for women and matching plug and ink colors.



    BIC’s release of “For Her” products was initially picked up by women’s gossip blog Jezebel in an article titled “Bic For Her: Finally, a Pen Ladies Can Use”[4] on March 11th, 2011. Though written in a satirical tone similar to the Amazon reviews that came more than a year later, the product largely remained in obscurity until August 2012.

    Notable Development

    On August 15th, 2012, Amazon user Happyshopper submitted a customer review of the product in a post titled “The pen for women that lets them KNOW they are women!”[3] featuring a tongue-in-cheek anecdote of how the pen significantly improved her sense of womanhood and inner femininity.



    In the following days, hundreds of other sardonic customer reviews followed suit on the product page, many of which poked fun at the superflous nature of gender-specific writing utensils.







    The sudden influx of customer review parodies was once again reported via Jezebel on August 27th, followed by other Gawker Media-affiliated blogs like io9[5] and Gawker[6], as well as the viral culture news site BuzzFeed[7] on August 28th. The phenomenon also drew attention from major news outlets like ABC[8] and advertising industry blogs, including AdAge[9], AdWeek[10] and eConsultancy.[11]

    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 08/29/12--20:06: Cult of the Dead Cow
  • Researchers needed!

    Cult of the Dead Cow, also known as CDC, is an American computer hacking and DIY media organization founded in 1984 in Lubbock, Texas. The group maintains a weblog on its website, featuring thoughts and opinions of the group’s members. Two offshoot groups, Hacktivismo and Ninja Strike Force, have since been formed.

    Origin

    At a slaughterhouse in Lubbock, the group was founded in June 1984 by three BBS SysOps.


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  • 08/30/12--19:01: Loadsa Money
  • Loadsa Money is a song recorded in 1988 by Harry Enfield, which further popularized his “Geordie” character, who claims he has “Loadsa Money”. The song was posted to Youtube on April 4, 2008, receiving little popularity until the song was used in numerous killing floor videos.The song is also popular to use in many GMOD and Team Fortress 2 gaming and parody videos, including The Vicious Cycle of Dosh .This has led to Harry getting his own DLC character Killing Floor, named “Harold Lott”. The song has recently had a boom in popularity, with the video skyrocketing in views since June of 2010, going from 1,000 to over 1,000,000 in only a year.


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    Overview

    Clint Eastwood’s Empty Chair Speech refers to a speech given by American actor and director Clint Eastwood[1], who appeared as a guest speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention on August 30th.[2] During his time on stage, Clint Eastwood turned to an empty chair as if Barack Obama was sitting there and mockingly interviewed him on behalf of the Republican Party. This straw man respresentation of Obama was later given the nickname Invisible Obama.

    Background

    On August 30th, 2012, American actor Clint Eastwood appeared on stage at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, to give an endorsement speech for the Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. While Eastwood’s speech was met by mixed reception in the news media and the blogosphere, the most memorable moment of the speech came when he began asking a series of questions to an empty chair alongside his podium that were rhetorically directed at President Obama.



    Notable Developments

    As the speech aired on television, Twitter and Google+ users reacted by posting jokes about Eastwood’s mock interview, many of whom used the hashtag #invisibleobama. From 12 pm (ET) on August 30th to 12 pm (ET) on August 31st, approximately 93,204 tweets were posted about Clint Eastwood[3], with 78,272 of them occurring during the hour of 11pm on August 30th. The speech also made it to Iran the following day, where people were even more baffled. The speech has become a notable American topic among Iranians on Facebook and other sites.[4]



    The following day, the speech made its way onto The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, with Colbert doing a parody debate with a chair.



    @BarackObama’s Response

    At 10:19 pm (ET), the Twitter parody account @InvisibleObama[5] tweeted for the first time, using a picture of an empty chair as its user profile icon. At 12:29 am, President Obama’s official Twitter account responded to Eastwood’s speech by saying “This seat’s taken,” followed by a photo of Obama seated in a chair labeled “The President, January 20th, 2009.” As of 12 pm, August 31st, @BarackObama’s photo tweet has been retweeted 36,140 times and favorited 14,025 times.




    Photo Fad: Eastwooding

    Salt Lake Tribune reporter Robert Gehrke[11] posted the first Eastwooding image on Twitter of his coworker political reporter Thomas Burr (@ThomasWBurr) pointing to an empty chair while attending the Convention. The hashtag #Eastwooding[7] quickly took off after @RobertGehrke’s tweet and generated more than 7,100 related tweets[8] within the first hour.




    By noon the next day, there had been 25,325 tweets associated with the hashtag, including ones from celebrities like actor Zach Braff, actress Mia Farrow and comedian Hal Sparks Additionally, more than 850 Instagram photos were tagged #Eastwooding[9] and a tag with the same name[10] was created on Tumblr. At 12:34 am (ET), Buzzfeed[6] published a series of Eastwooding photos collected from Twitter and Instagram. By the next day, Eastwooding photos were featured on the Atlantic[12], the Huffingon Post[13], Gothamist[14], New York Daily News[15], Mashable[16] and Fox News.[17]

    Notable Examples




    Search Interest

    [Not yet available]

    External References


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  • 08/31/12--01:09: Do The Needful
  • Doing the Needful:

    International Technical support teams often receive written or emailed requests from foreign companies to “Do the needful”. More often than not, this phrase is the final statement in a failure description which includes none of the information required to actually understand the problem, and which does not explain precisely what their expectations are relating to their request. It has become a humorous catch phrase which suggests the requester has provided completely useless information, and has not requested a specific action, but has probably submitted the issue as a high priority problem. In most circumstances, they will also include a bad phone number (or a number to a phone where they cannot hear you talking), and will not respond to your emails for several days.

    “Please do the needful”, Kindly do the needful", and “Do the needful” have become the support person’s equivalent of “Oh, good, it’s time to pull at my hair and scream”…

    Example:

    Hello team, Some of the links on the site are working. We have tested others not with satisfaction. There are other links as well. This is Priority High. Please do the needful and confirm also the site. Thanks

    Origin:

    “Do the needful” is an archaic expression which means “do that which is necessary”, with the respectful implication that the other party is trusted to understand what needs doing without being given detailed instruction.

    The expression is currently used mainly in South Asian English (Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lankan). The expression was current in both British and American English well into the early 20th century. In later years it was sometimes used as a parody example of contemporary South Asian English.

    Reference Links:

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_the_needful
    • http://www.jeremygilby.com/?p=1043
    • http://barnson.org/node/571
    • http://shop.cafepress.com/do-the-needful
    • http://dotheneedful.jerseyslogans.com/
    • http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=do%20the%20needful
    • http://dotheneedful.ws/
    • http://www.zazzle.com/kindly_do_the_needful_tee_shirts-235781210265926253
    • http://thedramakingscourt.blogspot.com/2007/10/kindly-do-needful.html
    • http://www.englishforums.com/English/RequiredModernSentence/lppn/post.htm
    • http://www.cnngo.com/mumbai/life/10-indianisms-652344
    • http://www.proz.com/kudoz/english/linguistics/1201660-kindly_versus_please.html
    • http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=1305271
    • http://vaniquotes.org/wiki/Do_the_needful_(Letters,1947_-1972)
    • http://lordbaddkitty.com/2012/08/31/do-the-needful/


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  • 08/31/12--14:21: Dipper Goes To Taco Bell
  • Editors Note: This fanfic contains a large amount of gore, read at your own discretion.


    About

    Dipper Goes To Taco Bell is a fanfic which takes place in the universe of the 2012 animated cartoon series Gravity Falls. The fanfic and its contents became notorious within the fanbase for its highly gore-filled narrative. It is often compared to other notorious shockfics from the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fandom such as Cupcakes and Sweet Apple Massacre.

    Origin

    The fanfiction was first posted on the online fanfiction database Fanfiction.net[1] and later on Pastebin[5] on August 25th, 2012. The version on fanfiction.net was later removed on August 30th for unknown reasons.

    [Researching]

    Plot

    The story centers around the character Dipper, who goes to Taco Bell to get food. Arriving at the Taco Bell, he orders a taco and takes a bite before suddenly suffering from diarrhea. Going to the bathroom, Dipper ends up getting turned on by his various bodily fluids. After a while, Dipper accidentally cuts himself and dies from bloodloss. Later his sister Mabel discovers his corpse and ends up getting killed by a Taco Bell employee, who afterwards cleans up the bathroom stall and disposes of the corpses by turning them into tacos.

    Spread

    After its release, the fanfic became known within the fanbase as one of the most gruesome fanfics ever created, although often laughed at as well for being so-bad-its-good. Images surrounding the fanfic often contain photoshops of Dipper and a Taco Bell or Dipper discovering and/or reading the fanfic. Meanwhile, various phrases directly taken from the fanfic also gained popularity, most notably ““AHA HAHA HA HAHA HA HA” said Grunkle Stan. He was laughing” and HALP! I BIT MY DICK OFF!”



    Reactions and feedback towards the fanfic often contain shocked and gruesome reactions. They can commonly be found with the tag “dipper goes to taco bell” on Tumblr[2], DeviantArt[3] and Youtube[4]. A post showing an image of Uncle Stan in the style of Shit, I’m Late For School was posted by Morearmsthanyourbodyhasroomfor[6] on August 26th posted on Tumblr (shown above), depicting the unexpected result of creating a dramatic reading of the fanfic, it reached over 2400 notes as of August 31st. A reaction post by Somethinghorrible[7] on August 29th (shown below) in which he replied to himself to not read Dipper Goes To Taco Bell reached over 1600 notes as of August 31st.




    A remix mixing the main theme of Gravity Falls and the 2009 song “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” by alternative hip hop group Das Racist was created by Drawingguitarist[8] and posted on Tumblr on August 30th. The post received over 2700 notes and 10,000 plays within 36 hours after being posted.

    Notable Images


    Search Interest


    External References

    [1] Fanfiction.net – Dipper Goes to Taco Bell [NSFW: Gore] (Currently Removed)

    [2] Tumblr – Search ‘Dipper goes to Taco Bell’

    [3] DeviantArt – Search ‘Dipper goes to Taco Bell’

    [4] Youtube – Search ‘Dipper goes to Taco Bell’

    [5] Pastebin – Dipper Goes To Taco Bell [NSFW: Gore]

    [6] Tumblr – Morearmsthanyourbodyhasroomfor

    [7] Tumblr – Somethinghorrible

    [8] Tumblr – Drawingguitarist


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  • 09/01/12--02:56: Venus the Two Faced Cat
  • Venus the Two Faced Cat is a viral cat upon the internet due to its appearance of one side being black coloured with a green eye and the other side being orange coloured and having a blue eye.

    Origin

    The first appearance had appeared upon the internet were pictures of the cat which resulted in people claiming that it is fake and the photos were possibly photoshopped. However under the name VenusMommy, videos of the cat started to appear on the channel proving to the world and the internet that the images were not edited and that the cats appearance is real.

    Terminology

    The name for the cat is from the name of ‘Venus: The Two Faced Goddess’ which includes the story of Venus where here appearance is differed from the Day and the Night.

    Popularity

    The cat had started to recieve popularity over the internet as being one of the recent most searched cat over the internet with its own FaceBook page, which the cats owner had decided to upload more videos of her.

    The cat had recently appeared on the Today Show.

    Medical Condition of the Cat

    The cats appearance was mentioned on the National Geographic which showed the solution to the mystery of the double, faced cat by Leslie Lyons who is a professor at the University of California, Davis, who studies the genetics of cats.

    Within her studies, she mentions that:

    “She is extremely, extremely rare, but you can explain it and you can understand it.” Many reports about Venus refer to the cat as a “chimera.” In mythology, a chimera is a mishmash monster made up of parts of different animals. A feline chimera is a cat whose cells contain two types of DNA, caused when two embryos fuse together.

    "Among cats, “chimeras are really not all that rare,”. In fact, most male tortoiseshell cats are chimeras. The distinctively mottled orange and black coat is a sign that the cat has an extra X chromosome."

    “But female cats, said Lyons, already have two X chromosomes so they can sport that coat without the extra X. That means Venus is not necessarily a chimera.”

    With the mystery of the eyes:

    “Absolute luck,” One theory: perhaps the black coloration was randomly activated in all the cells on one side of her face, while the orange coloration was activated on the other, and the two patches met at the midline of her body as she developed."


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  • 09/01/12--03:01: Fan Art
  • Work in progress. Feel free to request editorship

    About

    Fan art is artwork that is based on a character or story that was created by someone other than the creator, or a fan of a specific thing. It comes in a large variety of designs and styles, such as alternate universes, ponification, rule 34 and 63, and lots more.

    History

    Pre-Internet History

    Fan art grew popular between the 60’s and the 70’s, at the time where Star Trek and Star Wars Fandoms started to grow,

    Online

    Reception

    Impact

    Fandom

    Sub memes

    Ponification


    This form of fan art revolves around adapting characters to the style of the series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

    Rule 63

    Rule 63 revolves around flipping the gender of someone or something specific, often giving them an anime-like appearance.

    Rule 34

    Alternate universe

    Search Insights


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  • 09/02/12--11:02: Prince Harry's Naked Army


  • About

    Prince Harry’s Naked Army refers to a Facebook photo fad that began with members of the British armed forces stripping naked or to their underwear and offering a military-style salute in support of British Prince Harry of Wales.

    Origin

    On August 21st, 2012, celebrity gossip site TMZ released nude photos of Prince Harry of Wales[15], the third-in-line for the British throne, playing strip billiards while on vacation in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1] The story was subsequently picked up by many mainstream news sources, including CNN[2], The New York Times[3] and The Huffington Post[4] among others. The photographs were met by mixed reactions, with TMZ’s poll revealing that 65 percent of 208,002 readers found the photo to be “awesome” rather than “disgraceful,” while The Guardian[21] speculated that the royal aids may urge the British media not to republish the photographs in respecting the prince’s privacy.



    Shortly after the TMZ post began to spread online, former Royal Marine Lee Kirton and former member of the King’s Royal Hussars[5] Jordan Wylie created a Facebook group page entitled “Support Prince Harry with a naked salute!”[6] The page asked supporters of Prince Harry to salute the Prince in the nude but to “cover your crown jewels” when sending in photos. As of September 4th, 2012, more than 35,600 people have joined the group and at least a hundred photos have been submitted to the group.



    Spread

    Soon, supporters of the often controversial Prince Harry began posting semi-nude pictures of themselves via Twitter[19] and Tumblr[20] with the hashtag #Salute4Harry. On August 22nd, a fan page[8] for the photo fad was created on Facebook, gaining more than 2,647 likes in the span of two weeks. On August 26th, five days after the inception of the Facebook fan page, Kirton and Wylie started a separate website for the fad titled Salute4Harry.[7] They noted that in those five days, the Facebook group gained more than 26,000 supporters as well as 25,000 additional requests pending approvals. Furthermore, the two former British military servicemen launched a fundraising site[16] in the name of Salute4Harry with a promise to to donate any proceeds to Walking With the Wounded, a charity designed to assist wounded veterans and their families that has been supported by Prince Harry himself.[9] On August 28th and 29th, selected photos were featured on the The Huffington Post[10], Yahoo News[11], MSN[12],TIME Newsfeed[13], the New York Daily News[17], the Los Angeles Times[18] and HLN:



    Military Controversy

    On September 2nd, 2012, British news site The Telegraph published an article entitled “Army anger as troops strip naked in support of Prince Harry.”[14] An anonymous source told the site, “Everyone sees the funny side but there are people at senior levels in the Army who do not consider this to be appropriate. They will be thinking ‘Does this really shows us in the professional light we want to be seen in?’” The Telegraph article also predicted that the “Prince is expected to be reprimanded when he returns to the Army Air Corps in a few weeks time.”

    Notable Examples




    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]TMZPRINCE HARRY NAKED PHOTOS During Vegas Rager / Posted on 8-21-2012

    [2]CNNPhotos of naked Prince Harry surface in Las Vegas / Posted on 8-23-2012

    [3] The New York Times – For Prince Harry, Vegas Exploits Didn’t Stay There / Posted on 8-23-2012

    [4] The Huffington Post – Prince Harry Nude Pics Surface From Las Vegas Trip / Posted on 8/21/2012

    [5] Salute4Harry.co.uk – The Remarkable Story / Posted on 8-28-2012

    [6] Facebook – Support Prince Harry with a naked salute! / Posted on 8-23-2012

    [7] Salute4Harry.co.uk – Salute4Harry / Posted on 8-28-2012

    [8] Facebook – Support Prince Harry with a naked salute / Posted on 8-23-2012

    [9] US Weekly – Prince Harry Supports Wounded Soldiers’ Attempt to Climb Mount Everest / Posted on 8-27-2012

    [10] The Huffington Post – ‘Naked Salute’ To Prince Harry Facebook Page Has Supporters Stripping Down In Solidarity / Posted on 8-29-2012

    [11] Yahoo News – Facebook users salute nude Prince Harry / Posted on 9-28-2012

    [12]MSNSoldiers go commando, with a naked salute to fab Prince Harry / Posted on 9-2-2012

    [13] Time NewsFeed – Attention! British Troops Unveil Nearly-Naked Salutes for Prince Harry / Posted on 8-29-2012

    [14] The Telegraph – Army anger as troops strip naked in support of Prince Harry / Posted on 9-2-2012

    [15] Wikipedia – Prince Harry of Wales

    [16] Just Giving – Salute4Harry Fundraising

    [17] New York Daily News – Prince Harry fans give him naked salutes

    [18] Los Angeles Times – Prince Harry pics draw a flood of complaints -- and naked salutes

    [19] Twitter – Search results for #Salute4Harry

    [20] Tumblr – Posts tagged #Salute4Harry

    [21] The Guardian – Naked pictures of Prince Harry published by gossip website


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  • 09/04/12--13:38: Wall of Text


  • About

    Wall of Text refers to needlessly long text posts that are often found without line or paragraph breaks. Walls of text can be found in a wide range of online conversations from spam emails and webcomic dialogue to blog posts and comment sections.

    Origin

    One of the earliest mentions of the phrase “wall of text” appeared in the title of a spam message posted on three unrelated newsgroups on November 21st, 1996 by a company named Valucard International. The post, “Wall of text with subtle picture,” was shared on alt.books.phil-k-dick[1], alt.sci.time-travel[2] and alt.ascii-art[3] with the summary “ascii art disguised as screenful of mumblejumble” and a keyword, “oh my god.”

    Etaoin Shridlu opened the book to where his thumbnail had randomly parted
    the pages and began reading from the center of the page but noticed something
    strange about the pattern of the rivulets of space around the words and soon
    had lost all comprehension of the literal meaning of the passage when a picture…


    clearly asserted itself in the apparently meticulously intricate typing which
    was simultaneously a long unpunctuated nonsensical run on sentence and yet a
    photograph perfectly halftoned into dots shaped as letters of the alphabet
    no doubt generated by a cybernetic system that creates fractal branched
    sentences which never end but instead sort of parenthesize and go for a ways
    and then change course usually by going into detail in a tangential sort of
    stackpush that never pops but instead keeps zooming in yet another level
    each line or so like an infinite inwards motion that doesn’t even need
    punctuation and takes the reader on a one-way trip forwards into
    progressively refined images much like the incredible shrinking man or
    Fantastic Voyage except that it just keeps on going so actually the effect
    is more like the colored oilslick breakdowns in 2001 and if you could get
    the wave action of the text into just the right peristaltic contractions in
    sync with the eye and mind of the audience it could get pretty awesome like
    nanotech cities living on the bark of redwood trees in undulating valleys of
    forests on nonspherical fiberspace membranes extruded by femtopicotek
    nested-space 3.2-dimensional manifolds “bigger at the small end of the
    scale” provided you have senses which don’t peter out when things get subtle
    thus allowing you to encode information in the very borderlines of its very
    existence thus relying on the viewer’s idiosyncrasies more than on his
    common-ness because things which are on the edge of not being there at all
    are going to probably excite a set of simultaneous responses which don’t
    triangulate or intersect or agree or synergize in an unambiguated crisp
    singleness and are also somewhat partial and even flickering or dynamic or
    changing rapidly with time which requires their mind(s) to choose from a
    bifurcating multiplexing divergence of (mildly) resonant rapidly-evolving
    attractors forming a ghostly community of evaporatory cooperative “temporary
    friends” sharing fleeting memories because a localized continuity of thought
    is maintained on more than one level


    hAIry 14:41 tue21nov96 “fractal fuzzybushes of worlds: godhead datastructor”
    --

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

    May the best hallucination win.


    I want a God who takes responsibility for His mistakes.

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------


    In Literature

    Though the phrase may not have entered online usage until 1996, a similar concept has been used in the literary device known as stream-of-consciousness since the 18th and 19th centuries, when authors would write paragraphs that continue on for pages at a time.[4] This technique was used several times in James Joyce’s 1922 novel Ulysses[5], as highlighted in the final chapter “Penelope.” Also known as Molly Bloom’s Soliloquy[6], the chapter consists of eight sentences, one of which is 4,391 words long. This was the longest sentence in English literature until 2001, when a 13,955-words long sentence was published in Jonathan Coe’s novel The Rotters’ Club.[7]



    Spread

    In 2002, walls of text was mentioned on UseIt.com’s list of that year’s Top Ten Web-Design Mistakes[8], which described this type of text as intimidating, boring and hard to read. On August 31st, 2005, the first definition for the phrase was added to Urban Dictionary[9] and two years later, it was added to Uncylopedia[10], which presents the entry in one lengthy paragraph instead of the normal article format. In 2010, it was added to the Online Slang Dictionary.[14]



    Bloggers also use the phrase to denote especially verbose posts on Tumblr[11] and LiveJournal[12], which yields more than 137,000 search results for “wall of text.” In April 2008, walloftext.net[13] was registered as a secondary domain name to someone’s personal blog, which was updated with wordy posts until February 2012. The phrase can also be used to refer to a negative trait that appears in webcomics, when artists would write in unnecessarily long dialogues that encroach on the comic’s art.[16] Subnormality[15] (shown below), a webcomic blog launched in 2007, is known for its lengthy dialogue scenes.



    Search Interest

    Search volume for “wall of text” peaked in September 2008, coinciding with the creation of the TV Tropes[4] page for the phrase.



    External References

    [1] alt.books.phil-k-dick – Wall of text with subtle picture

    [2] alt.sci.time-travel – Wall of text with subtle picture

    [3] alt.ascii-art – Wall of text with subtle picture

    [4] TV Tropes – Wall Of Text

    [5] Wikipedia – Ulysses (novel)

    [6] Wikipedia – Molly Bloom’s Soliloquy

    [7] Wikipedia – The Rotter’s Club

    [8] UseIt – Top Ten Web-Design Mistakes of 2002

    [9] Urban Dictionary – Wall of Text

    [10] Uncyclopedia – Wall of Text

    [11] Tumblr – Posts tagged “wall of text”

    [12] LiveJournal – Search results for “wall of text”

    [13]Wall Of Text

    [14] The Online Slang Dictionary – Wall of Text

    [15] Wikipedia – Subnormality

    [16] Bad Web Comics Wiki – The Wall of Text


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  • 09/04/12--23:29: Liu Xiaobo's Empty Chair
  • About

    Empty Chair for Liu Xiaobo refers to a vacant seat placed on the podium for imprisoned Chinese writer and dissident Liu Xiaobo during the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony held in Oslo, Norway. The image of the empty chair quickly became a symbol of protest against the Chinese government’s political oppression and spawned a photo fad on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo.

    Origin

    [researching]


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  • 09/05/12--21:37: Brazilian Fart Porn
  • About

    Brazilian Fart Porn is another shock site on the internet. This shock video contains Brazilian models farting on each other’s faces and smelling their farts for pleasure. This type of shock is also heard on Comedy Central’s animated series South Park titled “Over Logging” (or “The Day the Internet Stood Still”)[1], the sixth episode of the twelfth season, where Randy Marsh decides to sneak inside to use the computer with internet secrecy, looking up bizarre sexual fetishes including Brazilian Fart Porn along with “Japanese girls puking in mouth”, and bestiality.

    Spread

    The spread on Brazilian Fart Porn went on YouTube where people react to the video. Unlike the other reactions to other shock videos and shock sites, this one gets a mixed reaction of finding it gross and hilarious.

    Search Insights

    External References

    [1] Wikipedia – South Park Episode


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  • 09/07/12--14:11: Gina Rinehart Poverty Gaffes
  • Background

    On August 23rd, the Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart uploaded a video to YouTube urging Australian government to lower minimum wage restrictions, citing African laborers who are willing to work for $2 a day.



    “Africans want to work and its workers are willing to work for less than $2 a day. Such statistics make me worry for this country’s future.”

    On August 30th, 2012, Rinehart wrote about Australian socialist policies in her regular column for the Australian Resources and Investment magazine.[4] While defending government deregulation of corporations and lowering taxes for the wealthy, Reinhart made the following statements regarding those who fell below the poverty line:

    “If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself – spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working.”

    Rinehart’s Career

    Georgina Hope Rinehart is the heiress of the Hancock Prospecting Australian mineral exploration and extraction company that owns land leases in large regions of holding iron ore deposits in Western Australia. Rinehart became the Executive Chairman of Hancock Prospecting following the death of her father in March of 1992. On March 17th, 2011, the International Business Times[2] reported that Rinehart was the wealthiest person in Australia. On May 23rd, 2012, The Australian[1] reported that Rinehart’s net worth totalled A$29.17 billion. On July 6th, 2012, The International Business Times reported that Rinehart has become the richest woman in the entire world.

    Notable Developments

    Media Coverage

    On August 30th, the statements made in Rinehart’s controversial column were quoted by various news websites including Courier Mail[11], The Telegraph[12]ABC News[13], The Huffington Post[15] and the women’s interest blog Jezebel.[14] Much of the coverage reported on the negative public reaction to the column and the Australian Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan calling the editorial “an insult.” On September 5th, the growing outrage about Rinehart’s statements regarding minimum wage reduction were reported by The Daily Mail[16], New York Daily News[17], National Public Radio[18] and the LA Times.[19]

    Online Reaction

    On August 31st, 2012, Redditor mrana submitted a post to the /r/AdviceAnimals[5] titled “Presenting Spiteful Billionaire”, which included an image macro featuring a photograph of Rinehart with the caption “Poor people don’t work hard enough / Inherited billions.” Within seven days, the post received over 8,200 up votes and 490 comments.



    On September 6th, Redditor SneakyPete27 submitted a post titled “Befuddled Billionaire”[10], which featured another photograph of Rinehart with the caption “Why don’t poor people / just inherit more coal” (shown below, left). Within 24 hours, the post received over 19,100 up votes and 1000 comments. The caption may have been inspired by the Mitt Romney image macro “Why don’t poor people / just buy more money?” (shown below, right).



    The same day, the Internet culture news blog The Daily Dot[6] published an article titled “Befuddled Billionaire: Gina Rinehart’s unflattering meme”, which cited a “Scumbag Gina Rinehart” Quickmeme[8] page and a “Dumb Whore Gina Rinehart” Meme Generator[9] page.



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  • 09/09/12--15:00: My Boyfriend Does My Makeup
  • About

    My Boyfriend Does My Makeup is a series of YouTube videos in which female uploaders record males, commonly those they are in a relationship with, applying their makeup. These videos are commonly shared for the sake of humor at the male’s inexperience and the often bad end result.

    Origin

    While tutorial videos for applying makeup on oneself have been around since the beginning of Youtube, the first videos where males apply makeup on others only began to appear in 2010. The first video that featured this was uploaded on January 23, 2010 by juicytuesday[1], titled" “BOYTOY DOES MY MAKEUP!!”[4] The video featured juicytuesday’s friend Aaron, a professional makeup artist applying the makeup.


    The first video to feature a male unfamiliar with applying makeup was uploaded on December 23rd, 2010, by user andreeaaababy.[2] In the video, andreeaaababy also encourages others to try this with any person who does not know how to apply makeup, in an attempt to start a tag for these type of videos.

    Spread

    Andreeaaababy’s video didn’t took off until March and April 2011, when it was referenced in the related video section of multiple other makeup videos involving males.


    On April 20th, 2011, MTV Style posted an article titled “The Best Of ‘My Boyfriend Does My Makeup’ On The Internet”, in which they gave a list of personal favorites.

    Notable Examples

    Google Insights

    The tag “my boyfriend does my makeup” gained a small peak in April 2011, which was around the same time as these videos started to appear more often on Youtube. It then became quiet again a few monts later in July, before receiving interest again in December 2011. After that the interest in the tag has shown a steady raise.

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    The Tito Sotto Plagiarism Controversy refers to an issue involving Filipino actor-turned-senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto regarding some of his recent speeches being plagiarised from a blog entry by Sarah Pope, an American home economist blogger, and more recently, Robert Kennedy’s South Africa speech, to which it was delivered verbatim by the senator.

    Tito Sotto

    Vicente “Tito” Castelo Sotto III (born August 24, 1948) is an actor, musician, television personality, and politician in the Philippines. He was especially known for his film and television appearances alongside his brother Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon. He along with de Leon and Vic, appeared as co-hosts in the noontime show Eat Bulaga.

    Controversy

    Sotto was accused of plagiarism in 2012 when it was found out that his recent speeches criticising the Reproductive Health Bill were lifted from Pope’s blog entry “How The Pill Can Harm Your Future Child’s Health” He asserted that he was “actually” quoting Natasha Campbell-McBride who was referenced in the blog post. It was, however, pointed out by some users that McBride was a fringe “scientist” who believed that autism, among other things, was caused by gut bacteria.

    Sarah Pope later decried Sotto on the controversy upon learning about the allegedly unattributed quote. She later remarked in an interview on the Philippine newscast The World Tonight that the senator was “acting as though he’s above the law, that he is above copyright law” and that Filipinos should “think about this” during the next elections.

    The issue further escalated in September when it was found out by Twitter user Michel Eldiy that Sotto’s closing speech was taken verbatim (albeit merely translated in Tagalog) from a speech made by Robert F. Kennedy in 1966:

    Reaction

    Lulz ensured on Philippine social media soon after the speech’s origin was discovered, with users on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere humorously criticising the senator, plastering images of him on image macros, or juxtaposing him on various photoshopped images for effect:



    Soon enough, people called him through various demeaning names, like “bobo”, a derogatory Tagalog term for “dimwit” or “dumbass”, along with his surname, along with derivatives like “sinotto”, “nang-sotto” or “nanotto” becoming a slang word for copy-pasting content without attribution.


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  • 09/10/12--08:46: Obama Bear Hug
  • President Barack Obama made an unannounced stop at Big Apple Pizza and Pasta in Ft. Pierce. There, the shop’s owner, Scott Van Duzer, lifted the president off the ground. The picture and story was picked up nationally and has been all over the Internet.


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  • 09/12/12--13:55: Priority Peter
  • About

    Priority Peter is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photograph of a teenage boy holding a calculator surrounded by several young women wearing bathing suits. The captions typically consist of puns involving mathematical jargons and suggestive double entendres, some of which are set up so the last word in the top caption rhymes with the last word in the bottom caption.

    Origin

    The photograph (shown below, left) was originally submitted to the /r/pics[1] subreddit by Redditor ti84power on November 7th, 2011. Titled “TI84 + like a boss,” the post received over 27,500 up votes and 1,300 comments prior to being archived. Since then, the image has been re-submitted to the /r/funny[3] subreddit on two separate occasions in March and September 2012, the latter of which accumulated over 12,000 up votes and 600 comments within two days. On September 11th, 2012, the first captioned instance based on the photograph was submitted to the /r/AdviceAnimals[2] subreddit, featuring the caption “Sorry, ladies… when the calculator’s clickin’ / there can be no dickin’” (shown below, right).



    Spread

    That same day, various compilations of notable examples from the series were highlighted on the Internet humor sites Pop Hangover[7], The FW[8], BuzzFeed[4] and UpRoxx[11] among others. On the following day of September 12th, additional compilations were posted on the Internet humor sites Barnorama[9] and FunnyJunk[10] while a Facebook[6] page was launched for the “Priority Peter” advice animal series. As of September 12th, 2012, the “Priority Peter” Quickmeme[5] page has accumulated over 1,200 submissions.

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  • 09/12/12--14:37: Fake Photosets
  • About

    Fake Photosets are still images or animated GIFs that are sectioned into multiple frames with white margin space in order to give the appearance of a photo set post on the microblogging platform Tumblr.

    Origin

    On July 14th, 2011, Tumblr introduced a new type of posts known as “photosets” to allow its users to publish a collection of images as a single blog post. The earliest known instances of a fake photoset were created more than a year later by Tumblr user oh-totoro on August 3rd, 2012, comprised of several animated GIFs taken from the 1986 animated feature film Laputa: Castle in the Sky.[1]



    The GIF photoset was met by positive reception within Tumblr community, gaining more than 32,300 notes within the first month. Throughout the month of August, oh-totoro continued to curate similarly framed GIFs featuring various scenes from Japanese animation films.

    Spread

    Oh-totoro’s fake photoset collection quickly caught on with the rest of Tumblr community, particularly among fandom-specific blogs, and spawned hundreds of “frame jumping” or “frame breaking” GIF artworks taken from a wide range of source videos, from animations and cartoons to music videos and scenes from movies. Following the initial influx of fake photoset GIF posts on Tumblr, some bloggers began posting still images framed in white border as satirical commentaries the overwhelming popularity of the trend.



    On September 6th, Tumblr’s influential blogger Frogman introduced fake photosets to a broader audience with a two-pane GIF featuring his ambivalent feelings towards the trend (shown below). The post performed quite well and gained more than 64,000 notes within the first week.


      

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