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- 05/03/14--17:00: Damn You Len
- 05/03/14--21:57: Ninja Sex Party
- 05/04/14--23:52: The Wicker Man
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- 05/05/14--08:47: Sad Kanye
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- 05/05/14--13:41: Net Neutrality
*"Why You Heff to be Mad?" is a memorable quote said by Russian professional ice hockey goaltender Ilya Bryzagalov in response to a journalist’s question about his fellow Anaheim Ducks teammate Chris Pronger during a post-game interview in 2006.
In 2006, Ilya Bryzagalov, the goaltender for the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks at the time, participated in a post-game interview with the Canadian sports news outlet The Score. During the interview, the reporter asked the athlete how he felt about his fellow teammate Chris Pronger who joined the Anaheim Ducks after a controversial departure from the Edmonton Oilers, to which Bryzagalov responded:
“That’s a hockey, ya know? It’s only game. Why you have to be mad? He’s a good guy. He may be tired to live here because here is a November month is a -32. Could you imagine? It’s a eight months and eight months and a year snow.”
On December 18th, YouTuber greyszee uploaded the interview clip in which Bryzagalov incredulously asks the question “why you have to be mad?” in a Russian accent. In the following seven years, the video gained over 900,000 views and 1,400 comments.
On December 1st, 2007, The Chicago Maroon student newspaper highlighted the video in a blog post titled “Why you have to be mad? It’s a hockey.” The clip remained relatively unknown until June 23rd, 2011, when HF Boards member Mosetter27 posted the video in a thread requesting an explanation of Bryzgalov’s statements. On November 10th, YouTuber meRyanP reuploaded the clip, gaining over 2.6 million views and 2,600 comments in the next three years. On February 23rd, 2012, YouTuber Emil Axelsson uploaded a video titled “EA Sports, it’s only a game!,” which featured an animated logo for the video game company EA Sports followed by the Bryzagalov clip (shown below, left). On August 6th, YouTuber tjeaton2405 posted a dubstep remix of the Bryzagalov clip (shown below, right).
On June 12th, Redditor Kablooey88 submitted YouTuber RyanP’s upload of the video to the /r/youtubehaiku subreddit, where it gathered upwards of 1,700 upvotes and 25 comments. On September 14th, a Facebook page titled “It’s only game, why you heff to be mad?” was launched.
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Wreck-It Ralph is a family computer animated film was About a Villain named Wreck-It Ralph that he was rebels against his role and dreams of becoming a hero. He travels between games in the arcade, and ultimately must eliminate a dire threat that could affect the entire arcade, and one that Ralph himself inadvertently started.
John Lasseter, the head of Walt Disney Animation Studios and executive producer of the film, describes Wreck-It Ralph as “an 8-bit video-game bad guy who travels the length of the arcade to prove that he’s a good guy.”. In a manner similar to Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Toy Story films, Wreck-It Ralph featured cameo appearances by a number of licensed video-game characters. For example, one scene from the film shows Ralph attending a support group for the arcade’s various villain characters, including Clyde from Pac-Man, Doctor Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog, and Bowser from Super Mario Bros. Rich Moore, the film’s director, had determined that for a film about a video-game world to feel authentic, “it had to have real characters from real games in it.”
Wreck-It Ralph (simply known as Ralph) is the main protagonist. Ralph is a heavy-handed “wrecking riot” with a heart. For 30 years, he’s been doing his job as the bad guy in the arcade game Fix-It Felix, Jr. But it’s getting harder and harder to love his job when no one seems to like him for doing it. Suffering from a classic case of “bad guy fatigue” and hungry for a little “wreck-ognition”, Ralph embarks on a wild adventure across an incredible arcade-game universe to prove that just because he’s a bad guy doesn’t mean he’s a “bad guy.”
Vanellope von Schweetz
President Vanellope von Schweetz was the central character of the video game Sugar Rush. Not only was she the lead character, she was also the world’s princess. However, at some point, an old racing video game character named Turbo, hijacked Sugar Rush, turned himself into a character named King Candy, and tried to delete Vanellope’s code (but couldn’t), turning her into a glitch. Once Vanellope became a glitch, King Candy was free to rule the kingdom, having all the inhabitants of Sugar Rush’s memories of Princess Vanellope locked away. However, if Vanellope was to ever cross the finish line in an official race, her codes will be restored and the throne will be hers once more. To prevent this from occurring, King Candy, with the help of his minion, and Vanellope’s former assistant, Sour Bill, had the citizens of the game believe having a glitch race could lead to the game being unplugged. Due to this lie, Vanellope was repeatedly tormented and ostracized by the game’s citizens, most notably the racers, led by Taffyta Muttonfudge. Vanellope was able to find sanctuary within Diet Cola Mountain, a volcano that towers over the land of Sugar Rush that also homes an unfinished bonus track.
Fix-It Felix, Jr.
Fix-It Felix, Jr. is the hero and the titular character of the arcade game Fix-It Felix, Jr., where he saves an apartment building, and its inhabitants, from being destroyed by a hulking man named Wreck-It Ralph. To everyone in Niceland, the town within the game, Felix is the poster boy for goodness. Felix himself is very polite and kind to everyone he meets, even Ralph. According to Ralph at the beginning of the film, Felix’s magic hammer was given to him by his father, Fix-It Felix, Sr. The hammer has the ability to fix anything and everything, and can even heal an injured character.
Sergeant Tamora Jean or T.J Calhoun serves as the non-playable protagonist in her first-person shooter arcade game Hero’s Duty, the newest arcade game in Litwak’s Arcade. According to her cohort, Kohut, Calhoun has been programmed with the “most tragic back story ever.” On the day of her wedding to her true love Dr. Brad Scott, Calhoun forgot to complete one of her highly important perimeter checks. As a result, a Cy-Bug breaks into the wedding chapel as they’re exchanging their vows and devours Brad, Calhoun screaming in anguish as she opened fire on the monster. The tragedy left Calhoun with a hardened heart and bitter outlook on life. Fortunately, her now-husband Felix manages to change her back into a very sweet and loving woman.
Left: King Candy | Right: Turbo
King Candy was originally known as Turbo, a video game character from an old unplugged racing game called TurboTime. He was considered an extremely popular racer that loved the attention from players, but when a new racing game called RoadBlasters got plugged in, that game got more attention than Turbo. Being jealous, Turbo abandoned his own game and decided to take over the new one, and as a result, he ended up causing both the new racing game and his own, to become unplugged for good. His actions were nicknamed “Game-jumping” and “going Turbo,” which was something that the video game characters were encouraged not to do (as dying in a game that a character is not native to results in their permanent death, and even worse abandoning his game and trying to take over another resulted in both being shut down), which is something that Ralph does later to try to become a good guy. Unbeknown to anyone, Turbo actually somehow escaped his game before it was unplugged, and thus escaped termination. He remained dormant until years later, where he hijacked Sugar Rush and turned himself into King Candy, with the aid of Sour Bill. He then began to tamper with the game’s codes by trying to delete Princess Vanellope’s code, but instead this turned her into a glitch. With Vanellope now a glitch, King Candy was free to rule the candy kingdom.
Wreck-It Ralph received generally positive reviews from critics. The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 86% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 163 reviews, with an average score of 7.4/10. The site’s consensus reads: “Equally entertaining for both kids and parents old enough to catch the references, Wreck-It Ralph is a clever, colorful adventure built on familiar themes and joyful nostalgia.” At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 72 based on 36 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews” . The film earned an “A” from audiences polled by CinemaScore .
Entertainment Weekly – Disney’s D23: Secret lives of video game characters revealed in ’Wreck-It Ralph"
The Science Side of Tumblr is a slang expression used on the popular microblogging site to request a scientific explanation for an inexplicable phenomenon from the scientifically literate population within the community. However, due to its increasingly indiscriminate usage by the userbase at large, the term has since become more closely associated with the concept of troll science.
The earliest known reference to the phrase can be found on the eponymous Tumblr blog The Science Side of Tumblr, blog  which was launched on April 9th, 2013 with a GIF post calling on the “science side of Tumblr” to explain the phenomenon of a slowly freezing soap bubble (shown below). Within its first year, the post gained more than 520,000 notes.
References to the science side of Tumblr collected slowly in 2013, with dunkindont’s post featuring a dog scientist, which was posted on November 11th, 2013, gaining over 22,000 notes and marauders4evr’s post on 3D geometrical GIFs, which was posted on August 14th, 2013, gaining over 100 notes as of April 2014.
Sometimes questions posed to the science side of Tumblr are asked in jest, like robocozz’s post which asks, “quick science side of tumblr why am i ugly,” and zofia-and-sloths’ post which asks, “science side of tumblr why does nobody love me?” Both posts where published on December 29th, 2013, with robocozz’s post gaining over 72,000 notes and zofia-and-sloths’ post gaining over 17,000 notes as of April 2014.
The Tumblr blog The-Science-Side-of-Tumblr, which collects images and GIFs with explanations from the science side of Tumblr, published its first post on January 11th, 2014.
In 2014, there were more than seven unique instances of posts which referenced the science side of Tumblr that accrued at least 1,000 notes including social-justice-wario’s post on memes, 2000yr’s post questioning the existence of the science side of Tumblr and skinjacket’s post on an animated dancing whale.
The first Urban Dictionary entry for the Science Side of Tumblr was submitted on February 14th, 2014, by user Star Stuff who defined it as:
“a small part of tumblr made up of intellectuals that doesn’t spend their time obsessing over fandoms or bands and instead tries to keep themselves scientifically literate by reading scientific articles and wants every body to be educated and care about science.”
Upworthy is a viral content site which focuses on highlighting news stories and media that address some of the more serious discussion topics on the Internet, including a wide range of social justice-related issues like racism, gender relations and economic inequality. Since its launch in 2012, the site has been credited with popularizing the two-phrase headline style, which has been widely criticized for its sensationalist and formulaic nature.
Upworthy was launched on March 26th, 2012 by former MoveOn.org executive director Eli Pariser and former managing editor of The Onion Peter Koechley. That day, Pariser and Koechley shared the site’s mission statement in their first post titled “Could This Be The Most Upworthy Site In The History Of The Internet?”, stating their goal to spread “important” and “meaningful” content on the web. The mission statement was also accompanied by a humorous infographic visualizing different types of viral content on the Internet (shown below, left) and a Venn diagram illustrating the type of content Upworthy aimed to focus on (shown below, right).
On October 16th, 2012, Upworthy announced they had raised $4 million in funding from the venture captial firm New Enterprise Associates and a collection of angel investors, including BuzzFeed co-founder John Johnson, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
ClickHole Parody Site
On April 29th, 2014, The Onion announced plans to launch a parody of viral content websites like Upworthy and BuzzFeed named “ClickHole” in June of that year. As of May 2014, the website contains an infographic image with instructions on how to click on links within a web browser (shown below) directly above a clickable “Click Me!” button with a live-updated counter.
Upworthy is often criticized for using formulaic, hyperbolic and sensational headlines referred to as “clickbait” to increase viewership. On December 5th, Upworthy published a blog post defending its headline style, arguing that Upworthy traffic is driven by sharing and posting quality content.
Upworthy Headlines are parody titles that mock those used for content highlighted on Upworthy, which often consist of two phrases with sensational and hyperbolic statements.
On June 7th, 2013, the business news site Fast Company published an article declaring Upworthy the “fastest growing media site of all time,” citing its rapid growth to 8.7 million monthly unique visitors within the first six months. In November, the traffic analytics service Quantcast reported that Upworthy had reached nearly 90 million people worldwide. Following changes to Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm in December, Upworthy visitors plummeted 46% within two months. As of May 2014, Upworthy has a Quantcast United States ranking of 38, reaching nearly 40 million people worldwide.
Jon Lajoie is a French-Canadian comedian known for his portrayal of the character Taco MacArthur on the FX comedy television show The League and for his YouTube channel featuring comedy sketches and music videos, including “Show Me Your Genitals,” “I Kill People” and the “2 Girls 1 Cup Song”.
Beginning in 2003, Lajoie was cast as the English-Canadian musician Thomas Edison in the French-Canadian sitcom L’Auberge du chien noir. In 2009, LaJoie was cast as the character Taco MacArthur in the sitcom The League (shown below, left). On March 5th, 2010, he performed standup comedy routine in an episode of Comedy Central Presents (shown below, right).
On June 11th, 2007, Lajoie uploaded his first YouTube video, in which he portrays a dim-witted Canadian politician named Brent Horse (shown below, left). On November 1st, Lajoie uploaded a music video titled “2 Girls 1 Cup Song,” which described the content of the “2 Girls 1 Cup” shock video as if it were a romantic expression of love (shown below, right). In the first seven years, the videos gathered more than 880,500 views and 12.3 million views respectively.
On May 31st, 2009, Lajoie uploaded a music video titled “Show Me Your Genitals,” in which he raps about disrespecting and sexually objectifying women (shown below, left). In the following six years, the video gained over 65.7 million views and 114,000 comments. On April 23rd, 2009, Lajoie uploaded a video titled “I Kill People,” in which he unconvincingly raps about how he murders people in the streets, accumulating more than 31 million views and 73,000 comments in five years (shown below, right).
On March 26th, 2010, LaJoie posted a song about seeing men masturbating on the video chatting site Chatroulette (shown below, left). In four years, the video gained over 3.4 million views and 5,400 comments. On February 11th, 2011, Lajoie released a music video titled “Super Famous,” in which his recurring rap character rhymes about having immense fame and wealth, which gathered more than 6.5 million views and 16,300 comments in three years (shown below, right).
On February 15th, 2012, Lajoie released a parody commercial for a dating service, in which a couple describes how they conceived a baby in a drunken stupor (shown below, left). In two years, the video reached upwards of 3.06 million views and 5,200 comments. On May 28th, 2013, Lajoie uploaded a Kickstarter parody video, in which he asks viewers to help him raise $500 million so he can be “super rich.”
On April 30th, 2014, LaJoie uploaded a music video titled “Please Use This Song,” which pleads for companies and organizations to use the song in television advertisements due to a dwindling music industry (shown below). Within 24 hours, the video gathered upwards of 525,000 views and 1,500 comments.
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Alien is a 1979 American science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. It is called a science fiction movie because the story takes place in outer space, and there are alien creatures called Facehuggers.
A highly aggressive and intelligent extraterrestrial attacks and hurts the crew of the spaceship Nostromo. The movie stars Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, Tom Skerritt as Captain Dallas, and Ian Holm as Ash.
Alien was a box office success . It led to a successful Hollywood franchise of books, video games, merchandise, and three official sequels . Along with launching the career of actress Sigourney Weaver, the movie is credited as being the first action movie to have a strong female heroine.
Alien has a large fandom on parts of the internet.
#WeNeedDiverseBooks is a hashtag campaign launched by a group of American writers and activists to raise awareness of the lack of diversity in children’s and youth literature, as well as to encourage readers to diversify their personal collections with books featuring characters of different races, genders, sexual orientations and abilities.
On April 26th, 2014, the Tumblr blog WeNeedDiverseBooks was launched by young adult author Ellen Oh and other diversity advocates. According to its announcement post, the campaign was inspired by increased news media coverage of the lack of diversity in the children’s book industry, citing the New York Times op-ed “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” and CNN’s op-ed “’Where’s the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss?’” which were published in March and April, respectively.
The post also instructed its supporters to bring further attention to the issue by participating in a three day campaign from May 1st to May 3rd. On May 1st, supporters would participate in a visual campaign by posting images using the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks on social media platforms like Twitter and Tumblr. On May 2nd, the focus would move to Twitter with further discussions based on the same hashtag, and on May 3rd, the campaign asks that people buy diverse children’s books as a way to “Diversify Your Shelves.” In less than a week, the post gained over 6,000 notes.
Though the campaign didn’t officially launch until May 1st, supporters began using the hashtag as soon as it was announced on April 26th. Many New York Times bestselling children’s and young adult authors tweeted out the hashtag including Gayle Foreman, Rainbow Rowell, Neil Gaiman and Jenny Han.
The hashtag #weneeddiversebooks was tweeted out over 64,000 times in the week following the announcement of the campaign. As of May 2nd, the official Twitter account for WeNeedDiverseBooks has over 1,000 followers. On May 2nd, in support of the campaign literary agent Michelle Witte introduced the hashtag #diversitywl so agents and editors could tweet out the kind of diverse stories they’re looking for.
On April 30th, 2014, book site BookRiot published a post titled “Jump into the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign, Help Change the World,” which explained the campaign. On May 1st, Slate published a post titled “#WeNeedDiverseBooks Goes Viral,” which focused on the campaign’s popularity and spread. On May 2nd, Buzzfeed posted a collection of photos focused on kids (shown below) from the WeNeedDiverseBooks Tumblr titled “18 Adorable Reasons We Need More Diverse Books.”
#Johning is a Twitter based photo fad that involves posing for a picture while lying on the floor with one’s legs over the footboard of a bed and a laptop on the stomach. It is a parody of a photograph of young adult author and vlogger John Green published by Hollywood Reporter in May 2014.
On May 1st, 2014, The Hollywood Report published an article titled “‘Fault in Our Stars’ Author John Green: Why He’s ‘Freaking Out’ About Hollywood Success,” which featured a photo of Green lying on the floor with his legs resting on a bed and his laptop on his stomach.
Proud that I utilise the same writing position as NYT best selling author
realjohngreen. Try it at home! #Johning pic.twitter.com/ArAXKEzVVM</p>— Charlie McDonnell (coollike) May 1, 2014
In less than 24 hours the tweet gained over 1,000 retweets and over 6,000 favorites.
On May 1st, 2014, Hank Green, John Green’s brother and co-host of YouTube channel Vlogbrothers, posted a collection of tweeted #Johning photos, as well as one of his own, on his Tumblr blog with the caption:
“Something just happened on Twitter…be careful while #johnning.
In less than 24 hours the post gained over 42,000 notes.
The same day John Green reblogged the post with the caption:
“When they were taking that picture, I was like, “If you use this, people are going to make fun of me.” But I had no idea it would be so wonderful.”
On May 2nd, the photo fad was covered by The Daily Dot with a piece titled “This awkward John Green photo is now a full-fledged Twitter meme.” In less than 24 hours the hashtag #Johning was tweeted out over 2,700 times.
The Hollywood Reporter – ‘Fault in Our Stars’ Author John Green: Why He’s ‘Freaking Out’ About Hollywood Success
Head Slap Prank is a practical joke in which an unsuspecting person is slapped in the back of the head by someone sitting directly next to him/her in such a covert way that the victim is unable to correctly identify the slapper. The deceptive element of the joke bears a similarity to that used in the wooden spoon prank.
On June 2nd, 2009, the Internet humor site KeepBusy highlighted a video of a Russian student who is repeatedly slapped in the back of the head by the boy sitting next to him, causing him to jump out of his seat, remove his shirt and slap the student sitting behind him (shown below). In the first five years, the video gained more than 117,000 views and 290 comments.
On June 7th, 2009, YouTuber Alistair Curtis reuploaded the head slap video, receiving over 218,600 views and 140 comments in the next five years. On December 9th, 2009, YouTuber randomdude54321 uploaded a video in which a man runs into a room, slaps a man in the back of the head and exits leaving a third man to take the blame for the slap (shown below).
On February 18th, 2010, Redditor Cutth submitted an animated GIF version of the Russian student slap, with captions depicting the three students as Al-Qaeda, Iraq and the United States to the /r/politics subreddit (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post gathered more than 4,400 upvotes and 560 comments.
On May 30th, 2012, YouTuber AN Zypp uploaded a video featuring a sleeping student who is repeatedly slapped in the back of the head by the student sitting next to him (shown below). In two years, the video gathered upwards of 1.2 million views and 1,000 comments.
On February 5th, 2014, Redditor BaconGristle reposted another animated GIF version of the Russian slap video to the /r/WastedGifs subreddit, where it garnered over 2,000 upvotes and 35 comments in two months.
Nature Valley Anime Tweets are a series of anime-themed messages posted by the official Twitter account for the American grain-snack brand Nature Valley.The tweets soon gained popularity, spawning many other parodies, featuring a variety of anime character interacting with the snack bars.
On April 27th, 2014, Twitter user @SuperRoyalLand posted a self-deprecative message about buying a Nature Valley granola bar while dreading about his lack of social life at school. On the next morning, @NatureValley, the official Twitter handle for the brand, responded to @SuperRoyalLand’s tweet with a message of encouragement suggesting that he should befriend some of their other followers who have expressed their love for anime.
SuperRoyalLand</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/galacticpixie">galacticpixie
Elkasaurus</a> We've met lots of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23anime&src=hash">#anime</a> friends who do exist right here in the Twitter-sphere. Befriend them!</p>— Nature Valley (NatureValley) April 28, 2014
Then on April 29th, @ER_nut tweeted at @NatureValley asking about their favorite character from the multimedia anime series Love Live! School Idol Project, to which the company responded:
As of May 2014, the tweet has garnered over 100 retweets and favorites. After the tweets, many different news sites picked up on the story, including Crunchyroll, Anime News Network and Anime Herald. The American anime licensing company Funimation also tweeted at the company using their twitter handle @Funimation, joking that their Senpai Had Noticed Them.
FUNimation</a> None of the above. But we did emerge from a long winter of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23polarvortexes&src=hash">#polarvortexes</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23icecaves&src=hash">#icecaves</a>. Thank you for noticing us, Senpai.</p>— Nature Valley (NatureValley) April 30, 2014
On April 30th, the handle retweeted a photoshopped image of the character Kokoro Akemi, from the anime Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, holding two nature valley bars from user @KokoroAkemi, adding an invitation for other users to do the same. The tweet received over 600 retweets and over 300 favorites.
Let the #NatureValley + #anime art fest begin. RT— Nature Valley (@NatureValley) April 30, 2014
KokoroAkechi</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/NatureValley">NatureValleypic.twitter.com/i5ieAUxHHy
The new official snack food of anime –
NatureValley</a> <a href="http://t.co/UHRl6L06EA">pic.twitter.com/UHRl6L06EA</a></p>— NΞØNTΛSTΞR (neontaster) April 30, 2014
— EsperP Arms (@PuellaRider) April 30, 2014
— Dan Cook (@dc_resistance) May 2, 2014
— S H I T L O R D (@mugis_husband) May 1, 2014
Anime News Network – Start Your Day Off Right with Some Granola Bar Social Media Fun
I Have Failed You is an Exploitable meme that depicts a scene from the cartoon Dexter’s Laboratory in which the eponymous character looks up to a poster in his locker and says :I have failed you". Using image editing software, the picture is usually changed to show a character or person who is held in high regard by some groups.
The original scene comes from the episode Season 1 episode “Dexter’s Rival”, in which Dexter looks up to a drawing of Albert Einstein.
Jack Douglass is a YouTube personality that’s most notable for his Your Grammar Sucks series, his Jackask series, which is a cynical QnA answering genuine or sarcastic questions, and his newest GamerGod88 videos which take Lets Plays as a video sketch form.
As well as on again, off again. PMS (Parody, Music, Sketch)
Jack first started his YouTube career as many others did, as a hobby. His first video, The Handy Pen, recently has 244, 291 views.
His later videos may not have the same amount as now, but a “sleeper hit” Currently Jack has 3-4 series going on, along with parodies to tide over his biches until he gets the anticipated video out.
Jack is also Intern 2 from the MyMusic webshow created by TheFineBros.
Jack has accumulated 1.4 million subscribers, 151k likes on FaceBook, and 248k followers on Twitter.
“Damn You Len” is a tumblr meme that originated on YouTube as a comment by user purplegirlove. “Len” refers to the VOCALOID character Len Kagamine. The original comment reads:
doctor: what happend to this girl?
Nurse: she fainted for a mega nosebleed
Doctor: thats the 5 one to day whats mking them have huge nosebleeds
Nurse: it from len * thinks about len * *nosebleed *
Doctor: damn you len
The comment was reposted as a screenshot on tumblr and gained thousands of notes, spawning several derivatives such as “Damn You X” and “Bless You Len” and many image derivatives, as well as its own tumblr tag.
The comment was reposted as a screenshot on tumblr and gained thousands of notes, spawning several derivatives such as “Damn You X” and “Bless You Len” and many image derivatives, as well as its own tumblr tag.
Ninja Sex Party is a comedy band duo that consists of Danny Sexbang (Leigh Daniel Avidan) and Ninja Brian (Brian Wecht). They are most famous for their comedic, sexual music videos along with contributions from many famous internet flash animators.
The band came into the public eye more when Danny became a member of the YouTube gaming channel Game Grumps replacing former grump Jonathan Jafari.
Ninja Sex Party started in 2009 after Danny and Brian they were introduced by mutual friends at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre. The first official Ninja Sex Party music video, “I Just Want To (Dance),” was uploaded onto Youtube on October 22nd, 2009 and as of May 4th 2014 has over 750,000 views.
They have also performed live at events such as the Women Comedy Festival in 2012.
So far Ninja Sex Party has released 2 albums, NSFW in 2011 and Strawberries and Cream in 2013, and is currently working on a third album titled Attitude City. As of May 4th, 2014, Ninja Sex Party has over 260,000 subscribers and over 22,000,000 views.
Danny and Brian along with Arin Hanson collaborated on Starbomb, an album that combines the musical style of Ninja Sex Party with the video game comedy of Egoraptor which was released in late 2013 to much praise and sales as well as over 10,000,000 hits on YouTube.
The Wicker Man is a Horror film was directed by Neil LaBute starring Nicolas Cage and it was been use for a Remake on the 1973 film of the same name. After when the film was released it received mainly negative reviews from film critics.
On Rotten Tomatoes the film was hold in 15% approval rating with 105 reviews. On At the Movies, The Wicker Man received two thumbs down from Richard Roeper and Aisha Tyler. The film garnered five Razzie Award nominations. However Gleiberman saying that director Neil LaBute brought some “innovation” over the original film. Christopher Lee was commented on this Film: “I don’t believe in remakes. You can make a follow up to a film, but to remake a movie with such history and success just doesn’t make sense to me.” .
How’d It Get Burned?
How’d It Get Burned? is also a Quote when that Edward saw a Burned Doll and then he ask to Sister Willow that he say’s “How’d It Get Burned?, How’d It Get Burned?!”. Like NOTTHEBEES it use for YTPMV’s.
The all mighty GOD and creator of the universe, DonutButt was born to destroy the evil of the devil flying spaghetti monster.
Sad Kanye is a photoshop meme similar to Sad Keanu based on an Instagram photograph of the American rapper Kanye West looking morose while sitting on a lawn chair in zip line gear.
On April 30th, 2014, Instagram user and photographer Alex Yenni posted an Instagram photo of a picture he found in a zip-lining office in Mexico which features a smiling Kim Kardashian with Kanye West sitting slightly behind them and looking sad (shown below). The photo’s caption reads:
“Bumped into Kim. Kanye wasn’t thrilled.”
In less than a week the photo gained over 100 likes.
The photograph was most likely taken in July 2012, as suggested by another photograph of West and Kardashian in the same outfits and gear tweeted out by Girls Gone Wild’s Joe Francis on July 31st, 2012 (shown below). The photoshop meme didn’t begin until May 1st, 2014, when Redditor loltatz submitted the picture to the subreddit r/pics. In less than a week, the photo gained over 16,000 upvotes.
Awesome vacation. Great pic with
KimKardashian @kanyewest pic.twitter.com/v7CBzcfH</p>— Joe Francis (RealJoeFrancis July 31, 2012
On May 2nd, 2014, the original photo was covered by The Huffington Post, followed by roundups of the best examples of the photoshop meme on Death and Taxes, Slate and SheKnows. Also on May 2nd, the single topic blog Sad Kanye Doing Stuff was created on Tumblr.
The Huffington Post – Sad Kanye West Simply Cannot Muster Any Excitement For Zip-Lining
Death and Taxes – Sad Kanye is the funniest meme you’ll be sick of in a week
Flash Mob Parties refer to large-scale social gatherings that are usually hosted at private locations, such as residential homes, and promoted publcly through social media platforms. Due to the overwhelming turnout in attendance, presence of underage drinking and as a result, concerns of public safety, flash mob parties have been often met by police crackdown.
On January 12th, 2008, high school student Corey Worthington threw a party while his parents were away at his house in the Narre Warren district of Melbourne, Australia. According to the Australian news site Crikey, Worthington publicized the event on the social networking sites Myspace and Facebook, which attracted a crowd of 500 youths who subsequently vandalized the neighborhood. Following the party, Worthington was interviewed by the television news program A Current Affair, in which he famously refused to take off his sunglasses stating they were “famous” (shown below).
May 2010: Kate’s Birthday
On May 1st, 2010, the birthday party of Australian resident Kate Miller was crashed by over 60,000 attendees after the public Facebook event was posted on several community websites.
September 2010: William Lashua’s Birthday
In September 2010, an event flyer for the 90th birthday of Massachusetts resident William Lashua was posted on 4chan, which subsequently spread to various community sites. After finding out about the event’s online circulation, Lashua’s grandson submitted a post to Reddit with instructions on where to send “cards and well wishes.”
June 2011: Thessa’s Birthday
On June 3rd, 2011, the 16th birthday party of a teenager named Thessa in Hamburg, Germany was crashed by upwards of 1,600 people who discovered the gathering through a public Facebook event page. 11 people were arrested, one officer was injured and several attendees were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning.
March 2012: Project X Film
On March 2nd, 2012, the comedy film Project X was released about a party held by several teenagers that escalates beyond control after being advertised on Craigslist and a local radio station. Following the film’s release, many flash mob parties began adopting the word “Project” for their event titles.
March 2012: Project M
On March 8th, 2012, an invite for a party dubbed “Project M” at a foreclosed home in Farmington Hills, Michigan was posted to Twitter by high school student Mike Vasovski, which was subsequently posted as an ad on Craigslist (shown below). The following day, the Detroit news site ABC 7 reported that Vasovski was offered a summer internship by the Gawker Media automotive blog Jalopnik for successfully marketing the event.
September 2012: Project X Haren
On September 6th, 2012, a 15-year-old girl from Haren, Groningen in the northeastern Netherlands launched a public Facebook event page in which she invited 78 friends to her 16th birthday party to be held on the 21st of that month. One of the invitees invited hundreds of additional Facebook users, which resulted in a total of 16,000 invites sent in the next 48 hours. After the Facebook page was deleted, people began spreading the event information on Twitter with the terms “Project X Merthe,” “Project X Stationsweg” and “Project X Haren”. A new Facebook page for the event was launched titled “Project X Haren,” through which over 30,000 people were invited by September 21st (shown below).
That day, the family was moved to a secret location as a precautionary safety measure. Later that evening, thousands of people descended upon their street, resulting in riots and vandalism. Additionally, a total of 36 rioters and 15 policemen were injured and an elderly man was assaulted inside his home.
September 2013: I’m Shmacked Party
On September 9th, 2013, a promoter for the YouTube series I’m Smacked posted a tweet urging University of Delaware students to retweet the message in order to throw an impromptu tour stop in Newark.
I need you to RT the tweet below. I have to prove to the Delaware venue we have a following there so we can come— I'm Shmacked (@ImShmacked) September 9, 2013
That evening, thousands of students rioted in the streets after police prevented the event from happening. Newark police reported that students vandalized public property, causing the town to call for reinforcements from across the state.
April 2014: Deltopia
On April 5th, 2014, the University of Santa Barbara’s annual springtime party Deltopia turned into a riot following wide-spread promotion of the event on sites like Instagram and Twitter. On the following day, the Internet news site The Daily Dot highlighted several notable tweets, photos and videos of the riots.
April 2014: #ProjectNat
On April 11th, 2014, a party was broken up by police is Salem, Oregon, which had reportedly been organized by teenager Nat Gray via Twitter. Prior to the event, the Marion County Sherrif tweeted at Gray warning him that he could face serious consequences for the party.
March 2014: #MansionParty
On May 2nd, 2014, a party for a 17-year-old in Ontario, Canada was promoted on social media under the hashtag #MansionParty, which was attended by 2,000 teenagers who caused an estimated $70,000 in damages. Canadian police reportedly broke up the party with 60 squad cars, canine and tactical units after receiving numerous complaints.
(Work in Progress)
Could Mozart Still Be Alive? is a question, associated with a conspiracy theory surrounding the whereabouts of a famous Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The theory originated from an Easter egg found in the first generation Pokemon games for GameBoy (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow). In the games, there are the legendary Pokemon: Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. By taking first few letters off each of their names, we get the word MOZART (MOltres, Zapdos, ARTicuno).
Though the Easter Egg had been already known as of September 22nd, 2010, the first known instance of the question being used in this context, was on January 30th, 2013, in a Gaia Forums thread, about whenever or not the Pokemon games are funded by the German government.
On March 7th, 2013, the earliest known example of a satirical image, featuring various video game Easter eggs, was posted on 4chan’s /a/ board. One of them was about the legendary Pokemon and their connection to Mozart, followed by a question “Could Mozart be still alive?”.
The question itself is often used as a punchline in various theories, some of them are usually related to Nintendo, and the video games made by them.
Net Neutrality is a network design principle which advocates Internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all Internet traffic equally in order to maintain an “open Internet.” The principle is in opposition to a “closed Internet” in which providers restrict access to content, filter content or use “traffic shaping” to degrade access to specific web services.
Although the basic concept of net neutrality is often credited with the open access movement and political activist Lawrence Lessig as early as 2001, the term was first coined by Columbia law professor Tim Wu in a 2003 paper titled “Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination.” The paper proposed that legislation be drafted to ensure ISPs allow unfettered communication between network applications and Quality of Service (QoS) traffic.
In February 2004, United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Michael Powell announced a list of “Network Freedom” principles, stating that consumers be given four freedoms, including “freedom to access content,” “freedom to run applications,” “freedom to attach devices” and “freedom to obtain service plan information.” On November 8th, 2005, Google published a blog post containing a letter to Congress promoting net neutrality by computer scientist Vinton Cerf.
Dear Chairman Barton and Ranking Member Dingell,
I appreciate the inquiries by your staff about my availability to appear before the Committee and to share Google’s views about draft telecommunications legislation and the issues related to “network neutrality.” These are matters of great importance to the Internet and Google welcomes the Committee’s hard work and attention. The hearing unfortunately conflicts with another obligation, and I am sorry I will not be able to attend. (Along with my colleague Robert Kahn, I am honored to be receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Wednesday at the White House for our work in creating the Internet protocol TCP/IP.)
In April 2006, the Save the Internet online activist organization was formed by the Free Press advocacy group, which includes a coalition of businesses and non-profit organizations aiming to protect net neutrality with a proposed “First Amendment” for Internet rights. On May 11th, YouTuber Ask A Ninja posted a video in which a man dressed in a ninja costume humorously explains the basics of net neutrality, gathering more than 1.1 million views and 600 comments in eight years (shown below, left). On June 5th, the YouTube channel Politicstv uploaded a video titled “Save the Internets,” in which the electronic musician Moby attempts to confront uninterested people on the street about net neutrality (shown below, right).
On November 5th, 2007, the Net Neutrality Squad activist group was formed to enlist Internet users to report any actions by ISPs deemed threatening to net neutrality. On November 14th, president Barack Obama gave an address at Google announcing his commitment to preserving network neutrality (shown below, left). On June 8th, 2008, YouTuber AtheneWins uploaded a video promoting the protection of net neutrality, gaining upwards of 3.06 million views and 4,200 comments in the first four years (shown below, right).
On September 30th, 2009, the /r/netneutrality subreddit was launched for discussions related to the controversial topic. On December 22nd, 2010, designer Mike Ciarlo created the website The Open Internet, containing an animated presentation arguing the case for net neutrality. Two days later, Redditor rednightmare submitted the site to the /r/technology subreddit, where it gathered over 2,500 upvotes and 370 comments prior to being archived.
On September 23rd, 2011, the FCC released rules stating that ISPs must disclose all network management practices, refrain from blocking any lawful content or discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic. On April 3rd, 2013, the website WhatIsNetNeutrality.org was created, which contains an interactive timeline outlining the history of net neutrality.
FCC Announces Proposed Internet “Fast Lane”
On April 23rd, 2014, the FCC announced their proposal to change net neutrality rules to allow content companies to pay Internet service providers for special “fast lanes” that would deliver content at increased speeds. The following day, a petition was created on the White House website We the People urging the Obama administration to reject the FCC’s plans to allow preferential treatment to content providers (shown below).
On May 3rd, Redditor dydorn submitted a post urging viewers to sign the petition and contact the FCC to fight the “fast lane” proposal to /r/technology, where it received upwards of 12,000 upvotes and 560 comments in the first 48 hours. On May 5th, YouTuber CGP Grey uploaded a video titled “Internet Citizens: Defend Net Neutrality,” which explained the basics of net neutrality and urged viewers to contact the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet as a “title II common carrier telecommunications service.” That day, Redditor Igore34 posted the video to the /r/videos subreddit, where it accumulated over 22,100 upvotes and 790 comments within 10 hours.
One of the most frequently debated issues in network neutrality concerns data discrimination, or the selective filtering of information by an Internet service provider. Proponents of the net neutrality assert that one class of customers should not be favored over another in treatment of traffic, as such prioritization would constitute a form of censorship and inequality in access to the Internet.
Yet another major point of debate in network neutrality addresses the issue of “double-dipping” by network owners, or the act of charging consumers twice for Internet access, at first by charging individual consumers for access to the network and then incurring additional costs by charging the service providers with a separate fee for their Internet access, the burden of which is usually passed onto the consumers in the form of price hikes.
The issue of innovation has often been brought up in discussions of net neutrality, as proponents of the principle argue that startups and small-time entrepreneurs would have to face higher entry barriers and costs under the framework of tiered-networks, which would ensure big companies and service providers to monopolize the “fast lanes” of the Internet.
Infringement of privacy has been another growing concern among the proponents of network neutrality. Because the current lack of legal safeguards enables the Internet service providers to directly control a user’s Internet connections and access the devices, some speculate that the profit-driven network providers could easily analyze what their subscribers are viewing and sell that information to the highest bidder.
Series of Tubes
On June 28th, 2006, former Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens told the world, “The internet is not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes,” among other odd choices of wording while trying to criticize an amendment that would have prohibited ISP’s from charging for a tiered Internet structure.