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  • 05/13/14--23:09: Screamer Sites
  • Note : Help Needed!
    +I don’t know if anne,jpg is really silent since I never visited it, but my friend tells so. If you have personal experiences with the site, you could help by confirming if it is silent or not.

    About

    A screamer is a practical joke that is meant to scare the viewer abruptly. Such sites often include screaming noises and pop-up scary pictures. Due to it’s nature, several reaction videos can be found all over YouTube in which the common form is jump scare. Screamers are a very common trolling schemes used often in bait-and-switch.
    Screamers fall into different categories:
    Flash – Created using flash player:
    Example : Scary Maze Game
    Video – Screamer presented in video:
    Example : Ghost Car
    GIFs – A screamer in GIF format:
    Example : anne.jpg+

    Origin

    The earliest known screamer currently is Kikia. uploaded in the year 2003, the video has been passed around China and Taiwan until the whole world. Ever since then, more screamers are being made such as the Scary Maze Game.

    Flash

    These types of screamers are usually created using flash player. The most common form of flash screamers are ones that are presented as a game, where the game makes a player concentrate into a certain spot, and after a while a scary picture will suddenly pop-up along with a scream.

    Scary Maze Game

    This is one of the most famous screamer in the internet, originated in year 2003, it makes the player play a maze, upon level 3, the player will focus on the tight lines, and upon passing through it, a picture of Regan McNeil (played by Linda Blair) in the 1973 horror film The Exorcist appears. For the full article click here.

    Color Blind Test
    It makes the player focus on several Ishihara Tests, after a while, the pop-up will appear.

    Video

    These certain screamers are presented in video, that can be found throughout YouTube. Usually they are calm in the start, but will scare the viewer in the end.

    Kikia
    One of the very first known screamers, and like the usual ones, it starts peacefully, a little boy sitting in a poorly drawn field, the animation continues, then a face from the game Fatal Frame II is shown, along with blood curling scream.

    Ghost Car
    This is also a famous screamer, the ghost car is one of the several k-fee commercials, it features a car peacefully driving, then the car disappears and a zombie pop-ups in the screen. Full article : Ghost Car.

    GIFs

    These screamers are presented in GIF, they are usually silent although some contains sound.

    Reaction Videos

    Due to the scary nature of these screamers, several reaction videos have been posted on YouTube.

    External References


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  • 05/14/14--10:18: Vinesauce
  • (WIP)

    About

    Vinesauce is a Twitch– based video game streaming website which features a group of gamers commentating on a wide variety of games. They are famous for often playing bizarre games and their use of black comedy.

    Origin

    The original Vinesauce YouTube page[1] was created in February of 2010 by the streamer known as Vinny. The name “Vinesauce” originally comes from Vinny’s experience playing Mario Party, in which, playing a minigame, a joke arose between him and his friends that the vines in the minigame looked like they were coming out of an ass. [2] The streaming site[3] was created in May of 2010.

    Vinesauce Today

    Today, Vinesauce has a total of streamers, [4] including Vinny (Vinesauce), MentalJen, Joel, KY, RevScarecrow, Fred, Limes, FearGingers, Imakuni, Darren (VicariousGaming), Bobito, Hootey, and StudyGuy.

    In addition, there is a TV Tropes page[5] for Vinesauce., as well as Twitter[6] and Tumblr[7] pages.

    Related Memes

    Bonzi Buddy

    Bonzi Buddy is an infamous adware program designed for Windows XP. It recieved a boost in popularity in February of 2014 after streamer Joel featured it prominently in his “Windows XP Destruction” video. [8]

    Supra Mayro Kratt

    Mayro is a poorly drawn version of the famous video game character Mario, who stars in his own surrealistic series of fan games. Vinny commentated a fan game called Super Mayro Kratt[9] on August 27, 2012.

    Sanic

    Sanic, much like Mayro, is a poorly drawn version of a successful video game character, this time Sonic The Hedgehog. Vinesauce has used the character’s fan games in videos, such as Sanic R. [10]

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]YouTube – Vinesauce

    [2]Vinesauce – FAQ

    [3]Vinesauce – Main Page

    [4]Vinesauce – Meet the Streamers

    [5]TV Tropes – Vinesauce

    [6]Twitter – Vinesauce

    [7]Tumblr – Vinesauce

    [8]YouTube – Joel – Windows XP Destruction

    [9]YouTube – Vinny – Supra Mayro Kratt

    [10]YouTube – Vinny – Sanic R


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  • 05/14/14--10:19: Sad Batman
  • About

    Sad Batman is a photoshop meme based on a black-and-white photograph of actor Ben Affleck posing as the sullen-looking protagonist on the set of the upcoming Batman film. Similar to Sad Keanu and Sad Kayne, the meme involves editing a cutout exploitable of Ben Affleck’s Batman into the background of images that accentuate his apparent loneliness.

    Origin

    On May 13th, 2014, Zack Snyder,[1] the director of the Man of Steel sequel tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman (2016), tweeted the first picture from the set of the movie featuring Batman (played by Ben Affleck) standing next to the Batmobile. Within 48 hours, the photo gained over 44,000 retweets and over 24,000 favorites.



    About half an hour later, the hashtag #SadBatman was introduced by Twitter user Willhanafin,[2] and in the following 48 hours, the hashtag #SadBatman[3] was tweeted out over 1,000 times.



    Spread

    On the same day as the photo was tweeted, The Daily Dot[4] published an article titled “Why is Ben Affleck such a sad Batman? Here are some answers” and Blastr[4] published an article titled “That didn’t take long: ‘Ben Affleck is Sad Batman’ memes already rolling in.” The meme was also covered by several sites on May 14th, including SlashFilm[6], Metro[7] and Yahoo Movies.[8]
    Within 48 hours, the hashtag #SadBatman[3] was tweeted out over 1,000 times.



    Notable Examples




    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 05/14/14--15:07: Parrots
  • About

    Parrots are a type of bird that can be found in subtropical and tropical areas. There are three types of parrots: New Zealand parrots, true parrots and cockatoos. Because of their ability to imitate human voices and non human sounds viral videos of parrots mimicking have spread rapidly online.

    Online History

    One of the earliest viral videos about parrots was uploaded on July 2nd, 2006, by YouTuber Autograph Authentic,[1] which features a parrot beatboxing. The video was featured on many sites including Neatorama[8] and CreatedDigitalMusic.[7] As of May 2014, the video has gained over 8.7 million views.



    One of the highest viewed parrot video was uploaded on November 8th, 2010, by YouTuber peachy525.[11] The video features a parrot singing the 2001 Drowning Pool song “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor.” As of May 2014, the video has gained over 8.4 million views.



    The height of parrots’ search interest came in December 2012. The most popular video from this time period is titled “Parrot Dances Gangnam Style (Rosie),” which features a parrot dancing to the 2012 PSY song ‘Gangnam Style.’ The video was uploaded on December 24th, 2012 by YouTuber auntphibian.[10] As of May 2014, the video has gained over 600,000 views.



    Fandom

    The subreddit r/parrots[9] has over 6,000 subscribers as of May 2014. As of May 2014, a search query for “parrot” on YouTube[5] yields more than 350,000 results and Facebook’s topic page[6] on parrots has gained over 60,000 likes. Parrot GIFs, photos, and videos frequently circulate through Tumblr and popular Tumblr blogs focused on parrots include fyeahparrots[2] and hellyeahparrots.[3] As of May 2014, there are over 100,000 fan art submissions tagged “parrot,” on DeviantArt.[4]



    Related Memes

    Paranoid Parrot

    Paranoid Parrot is an advice animal image macro series featuring a blue and yellow parrot looking over its shoulder. The captions often relay a mundane scenario or an everyday situation (ex: “save game file”) followed by an irrational response driven by paranoia.




    External References


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  • 05/14/14--23:03: Allstate Mayhem
  • Editor’s Note: This entry is currently being worked on, feel free to request editorship

    About

    [w.i.p.]

    The Allstate Mayhem is a advertising character from Allstate Corporation Commercials in 2010. After when the Commercials is been shown it was become as a Cult Following.

    History

    [w.i.p.]

    Search Interest




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  • 05/14/14--23:31: Stephen Sutton

  • Editor’s Note: this entry is currently being worked on, feel free to request editorship

    About

    Stephen Sutton was a British blogger/charity activist who was best known for his Stephen’s Story blog and his fundraising efforts for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity, he died on May 14th 2014 while he was sleeping at the age of 19 from colorectal cancer

    Online History

    He was diagnosed with stage B3 colorectal cancer [1] when he was 15 and went through aggressive radiation and chemotherapy treatments, the cancer was deemed incurable after it spread to the lungs and liver two years after he was diagnosed and Stephen was hospitalized due to a collapsed lung and was put on life support

    Teenage Cancer Trust

    Stephen Sutton began participating in Teenage Cancer Trust events after he was diagnosed and began fundraising [2] with them, reaching for a goal of £10,000 and was eventually raised to £1,000,000, multiple celebrities also supported Stephen Sutton

    Campaigns

    Stephen Sutton launched the campaign “#thumbsupforSteven” and asked people to post selfies of themselves promoting his campaign, he also started the “Stephen’s Story” blog on Facebook

    Discharged

    After his goal was met on April 23rd 2014, he was discharged from the hospital due to improvements in his condition, he met Prime Minister David Cameron also, and broke the record for the most number of people making heart shaped gestures.

    Death

    On the early hours of May 14th 2014, Stephen Sutton had died in his sleep from colorectal cancer, he was 19 years old, he had raised £3.44 million around the time of his death, Prime Minister David Cameron had praised him for his “spirit and bravery”, following his death, a spark of tributes spread across Twitter and Facebook



    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Colorector cancer

    [2]JustGiving – Stephen’s fundraising page


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  • 05/15/14--03:33: Duct tape
  • W.i.p and do not ask about the tags, right?

    About

    the Duct tape or Duck tape is a scrim- or cloth-backed tape often coated with Polyethylene[1]. It comes in different color and size.

    History

    The exact time of creation of Duct tape is set back to the second World War while a cloth called Duct tape was in use since the start of 20th century and it was used as decoration and shoe fixing, the Brooklyn bridge’s steel cables were covered with this material too before they were laid in place[2].

    During World War II, Revolite, then a division of Johnson & Johnson, developed an adhesive tape made from a rubber-based adhesive applied to a durable duck cloth backing. This tape resisted water and was used as sealing tape on ammunition cases during World War II.[1]The first material called “duck tape” was long strips of plain cotton duck cloth used in making shoes stronger, for decoration on clothing, and for wrapping steel cables or electrical conductors to protect them from corrosion or wear[1].

    Variations

    The Duct tape has many variations. These are the:

    • Scotch tape
    • Gaffer tape
    • Surgical tape
    • Friction tape

    Fandom

    Major W.i.p spot

    External references

    [1]Wikipedia – Duct tape

    [2]Wikipedia – Brooklyn bridge


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  • 05/15/14--11:06: Airbnb
  • About

    Airbnb is an online marketplace in which users can rent, rate and review housing properties.

    History

    In October 2007, entrepreneurs Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia initially came up with the concept of the Airbnb site during a conference held by the Industrial Designers Society of America. In February 2008, technical architect Nathan Blecharczyk joined the team as a third co-founder. On August 11th, the site Airbedandbreakfast.com was launched, which initially focused on providing accommodations near large-scale events. As a promotion for the site, special edition presidential candidate breakfast cereals were sold for $40 each, raising the company more than $30,000.



    In January 2009, the founders were invited to join the Y Combinator’s incubator for three months of training and given a $20,000 investment. In March, the site domain was shortened to Airbnb.com and was expanded to provide accommodations for a wide variety of properties. In November 2010, the site raised $7.2 million in Series A funding. By February 2011, one million listings were booked on the site. In May, the German competitor site Accoleo was acquired by Airbnb, launching the company’s first international operation.

    Features

    Airbnb users create profiles as either a “host” or a “guest” using official government issued identification. Accounts have the ability to place properties up for rental, post reviews and rate other rentals and establish social connections with other users.



    Highlights

    Orgy Scandal

    On March 15th, 2014, comedian Ari Teman published an open letter to Airbnb titled “Dear Airbnb, No thank you for the XXX Freak Fest” on his Tumblr[1] blog, which explained how he discovered that a man named David had organized an orgy at his apartment after renting it on Airbnb. After becoming suspicious about the renter, Teman searched the provided phone number on Google and found a tweet advertising a “freak fest” at his apartment building. In the coming days, the story was reported on by several news sites, including Gawker,[2] The Huffington Post,[3] New York Post,[4] The Daily Mail[5] and Time.[6]



    You’re Gonna Die Here

    On May 13th, 2014, the single topic blog “You’re Gonna Die Here” was launched on Tumblr, which highlights unsettling and disturbing photographs from Airbnb listings. The same day, several examples from the blog were highlighted on Gawker.[7]



    Traffic

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 05/15/14--12:06: Jews vs. Nazis Beer Pong
  • About

    Jews vs. Nazis Beer Pong is a variation on the popular drinking game in which the plastic cups are arranged in the shapes of a Star of David, a symbol of Judaism, and a swastika, a controversial symbol associated with Nazism. Since its emergence through social networking sites in 2011, the game has gained both popularity and notoriety for its controversial nature.

    Origin

    The Daily Dot[1] has traced one of the first mentions of Jews vs. Nazis Beer Pong to a photo tweeted by Twitter user Pure_Nonsense[2] on November 7th, 2011.



    Spread

    On January 24th, 2013, Redditor TrepidaciousFatGuy[5] posted a photo of the game along with detailed rules, which contained many insensitive references to the Holocaust such as:

    “The Jews have the ’Anne Frank Cup,” and this ability allows them to pick any one of their cups and hide it anywhere in the room, but it has to be shootable, obviously."




    The photo was featured on Coed[8] the same day and on Viral Viral Photos[7] on January 25th. The photo and game were featured in a post published on BroBible[6] on May 28th, 2013, titled “Jews vs. Nazis Beer Pong Exists and The Rules Are Pretty F*cked Up.” On February 19th, 2014, the rules to the game were added to Drinking Game Zone’s[10] Drinking Game Encyclopedia.

    The game came to the attention of online news sites again in 2014, when the same photo was tweeted out by HSConfessionaI,[3] supposedly by a student from Cape Coral High School in Florida, on April 27th, 2014.[3] Within a month the photo had gained over 1,000 retweets and over 3,000 favorites.



    On May 7th, Florida’s Fox4[9] published an article about the game which featured an interview with local Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz. He commented on the game, saying:

    “As a rabbi, I like to look at the world as a beautiful place. So, my first assumption is let’s assume it’s just children that are immature with no ill intent, not trying to be malice. This is a wake up call. We are not doing enough of a job educating people to be nicer, kinder, more polite.”


    On May 9th, 2014, Heeb Magazine published an article titled “Hot New Drinking Game: Jews vs. Nazis!” The game was featured on several sites on May 15th, including The Jewish Daily Forward[11] and The Daily Mail.[12]

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 05/15/14--13:24: Crossfit
  • About

    Crossfit is a fitness company which promotes itself as a physical exercise lifestyle and competitive fitness sport, which sells licenses to affiliated gyms across the world. Crossfit athletes are often associated with various types of weightlifting, body weight exercises, high-interval training and unorthodox fitness routines.

    History

    Crossfit was founded by entrepreneur Gleg Glassman in 2000, with the first affiliated gym located in Seattle, Washington. The Crossfit company licenses its name to gyms for an annual fee and provides a certification program for Crossfit trainers. Workouts include gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, running and endurance. The “Crossfit Games” event has been held every summer since 2007, in which participants compete in a variety of fitness challenges. As of March 2014, there are over 9,000 Crossfit gyms around the world.[6]



    Pregnant Weightlifting

    Several Crossfit gyms incorporate weightlifting programs for pregnant women. On May 12th, 2014, the Barcroft TV YouTube channel uploaded an interview with Crossfit athlete Megan Leatherman, who continued performing various barbell lifts up to her ninth month of pregnancy (shown below).



    Reception

    Many athletes praise Crossfit for bolstering an inspirational and motivating fitness community, urging members to push themselves and make healthy lifestyle choices. Critics often accuse Crossfit of being too lax with certifications for trainers and cite a high prevalence of injuries among Crossfit enthusiasts.[5]

    Online Presence

    On July 2nd, 2008, a Facebook[2] page titled “Crossfit” was launched. On December 25th, the /r/crossfit[1] subreddit was launched for discussions about the fitness company and affiliated gyms. In the first six years, the Facebook page gathered upwards of 1.5 million likes and the subreddit gained over 25,100 subscribers. On February 16th, 2012, YouTuber Jenny Morgan uploaded a video titled “Shit Crossfit Girls Say,” mocking stereotypes associated with female Crossfit athletes (shown below, left). In three years, the video gathered more than 1.03 million views and 590 comments. On February 19th, 2013, YouTuber durianrider uploaded a compilation of workout FAIL videos mocking Crossfit techniques (shown below, right).



    On November 11th, Redditor mikemulloy submitted an image macro of himself performing stand-up comedy captioned with a joke about Crossfit athletes talking too much about the fitness company to the /r/standupshots[4] subreddit (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post accumulated upwards of 5,500 upvotes and 175 comments.



    On December 5th, the BroScienceLife YouTube channel posted a video titled “What is Crossfit?”, in which host Dom Mazzetti mocks the fitness company for focusing on endurance training over heavy lifting (shown below). In six months, the video received over 2.4 million views and 2,800 comments.



    Fandom

    Related Memes

    Crossfit GIFs

    Animated GIFs of people performing bizarre or unorthodox exercises have been created that are often captioned with flashing “Crossfit” text, some of which mock the Crossfit-style “kipping” pullup which uses swinging and jerking movements to pull oneself up on a bar (shown below, middle, right).



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 05/16/14--03:01: Run! It's Godzilla!
  • Editor’s Note: This entry is currently being worked on, feel free to request editorship

    About

    Run! It’s Godzilla! is an memorable quote from the 2002 American spy comedy Austin Powers in Goldmember.

    History

    [w.i.p.]


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  • 05/16/14--05:51: Hypernova
  • (Work In Progress)


    About

    Hypernova or Hypernova Yourself![3] is an online photo editor which most notably allows users to apply a “Hypernova” effect from Kirby: Triple Deluxe, which involves a swirly colored overlay and a Spherize effect. Aside from applying the Hypernova effect, the site also allows to add various Kirby-related stickers on the pictures.

    History

    The site first appeared on April 22nd, 2014, as an advertisement for an upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Kirby: Triple Deluxe[4]. In the game, the Hypernova ability amplifies Kirby’s signature inhale ability, allowing him to inhale larger objects and projectiles.



    On May 2nd, 2014, the same day when the US version of the game was released, the link to the site was posted on 4chan’s /tv/[1] (Television & Film) and /a/[2] (Anime & Manga) boards. It is highly likely that the link was originally posted on /v/ (Video Games) board, but at the time the board’s activity had not been properly archived.

    Highlights

    Since the time when the link to the Hypernova site was posted on 4chan, the users had created a staggering amount of pictures, using the editor. The images include characters from a variety of franchises, like Sonic the Hedgehog, Shrek, Donkey Kong, etc.

    Notable Examples


    Search Interest

    [Unavailable]

    External References

    [1]Foolz – First appearance /tv/

    [2]Foolz – First appearance /a/

    [3]kirby.nintendo.com – Hypernova Yourself!

    [4]Wikipedia – Kirby Triple Deluxe


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    About

    Featuring Dante From The Devil May Cry Series is a phrase taken from a seal placed on the cover of the European release of the video game Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer’s Call to promote the addition of Dante, the main protagonist from the Devil May Cry series into the game. The addition of the seal on the European release, which wasn’t present on the releases of the game elsewhere, became a target of mock by the gaming community due to Dante’s rather trivial part in the game’s plot.

    Origin

    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne[1] marks the third installment in the Megami Tensei series. The original game was only released in Japan in February 2003, but was followed by a director’s cut edition a year later in 2004 in January for Japan and October for North-America. The director’s cut edition of the game featured an additional ending and included Devil May Cry’s Dante as a guest character after Atlus (the creators of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne) was allowed to use Dante in the game by Capcom (the creators of the Devil May Cry series). It would however take until July 2005 before the game was released in Europe, where it was published by British video game publisher Ghostlight. The European version of the game was renamed to Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer’s Call and used a different cover which also promoted the inclusion of Dante (shown below, left).



    Spread

    [Researching]

    Tracing back on the 4chan archive Foolz[2] shows that the phrase started picking up in popularity in the first half of 2012, often referenced in discussions related to the series or the publisher on 4chan’s /vg/ (video game generals) board.

    On March 30th, 2014, a Tumblr blog related to the phrase was created,[3] although it got inactive again after making 15 posts that same day.

    Notable Examples


    Search Interest

    [Not Available]

    External References


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  • 05/16/14--09:39: Shailene Woodley
  • About

    Shailene Woodley is an American actress best known for portraying Tris in the adventure film trilogy Divergent and Hazel Grace in the teen drama The Fault in Our Stars. Online she has developed a fan base and general interest around her unusual homeopathic habits.

    Acting Career

    Woodley began his acting career[2] in the early 2000s through minor roles on TV series before landing a recurring role on The OC from 2003-2004. In 2008 she landed the lead on the ABC teen drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager which concluded in 2013 after five seasons. She received critical acclaim for her roles in the dramatic films The Descendants (2011) and The Spectacular Now (2013) and truly rose to high profile fame after being cast in the film adaptations of two young adult novels, Divergent (2014) and The Fault in Our Stars (2014).

    Online History

    Woodley became more visible online as she began doing press events and interviews for Divergent in Fall 2013. Many sites began to focus their coverage on her “hippie persona,” as she often spoke about using natural medicine and food and living simply. On October 11th, 2013, Buzzfeed published an article titled “The 9 Most Wonderfully Hippie Things That Shailene Woodley Has Said.”

    Feminist Backlash

    On May 5th, 2014, TIME[4] published an interview with Woodley titled “Shailene Woodley on Why She’s Not a Feminist.” When asked, “Do you consider yourself a feminist?” she explained:

    “No because I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance. "


    There was an immediate backlash against her assertion and incorrect definition of feminism on Twitter



    Several websites ran pieces highlighting her incorrect definition and examining what her confusion could mean for feminism in general. On May 6th, Hello Giggles[5] published an article titled “Shailene Woodley Feminist Just Doesn’t Know It.” The same day BUST, who had Woodley as their cover model for their February 2014 issue, published “An Open Letter To Shailene Woodley From BUST Magazine,” which dissected the TIME’s quote and explained her misconceptions about feminism. On May 7th, New York Magazine[6] published an article titled “I Was Shailene Woodley: I Used to Say I Wasn’t a Feminist.”

    Fandom

    As of May 2014, Woodley’s Facebook page[9] has over 140,000 likes and her Twitter account[10] has over 590,000 followers. Fans have created several Tumblr blogs to her including Shailenewoodleydaily[12] and Shailenewoodleysource.[13] DeviantArt[11] has over 800 fan art submissions featuring Woodley as of May 2014.



    In The Fault in Our Stars

    On January 29th, 2014, 20th Century Fox’s posted a trailer for The Fault in Our Stars, narrated by Woodley, on their official YouTube[2] channel. On May 7th, the broke the record for most liked YouTube video,[3] passing the previous record holder, the trailer for the One Direction concert film 1D: This is Us. As of May 2014, the video has gained over 280,000 likes and 18.1 million views.



    Personal Life

    Woodley was born on November 15th, 1991 in Simi Valley, California. She attended Simi Valley High School.

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 05/16/14--10:05: #MyStealthyFreedom
  • Overview

    #MyStealthyFreedom is a social media campaign launched by Iranian women to protest against the enforcement of the hijab, a veil covering the head and chest worn by Muslim women, in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

    Background

    On May 3rd, 2014, Iranian journalist and writer Masih Alinejad launched a Facebook page titled “Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women” urging other Iranian women on the site to share photographs of themselves without the headscarves to challenge the mandate. Over the course of two weeks, the Facebook page garnered more than 232,006 likes and hundreds of photographs submitted by the supporters.



    Laws in Iran

    The movement came amidst ongoing tensions between religious hardliners and reformists in the Islamic Republic of Iran, where women are required by the law to cover their heads and much of their body to obscure their figures. With the heat of the summer approaching, however, the hijab has become a contentious issue.

    Notable Developments

    Pro-Hijab Protest

    On May 7th, more than 4,000 conservative Iranian men and women rallied in Tehran to demand a strict enforcement of the hijab, a policy that has been somewhat loosened since October 2013, when the newly-elected President Hassan Rohani asked the police to be more lenient on the issue.



    #MyStealthyFreedom

    As of May 16th, 2014, at least 200 Iranian Facebook users from all over the world have shared photographs of themselves without the mandated headscarves. Facebook is banned in Iran, but it is believed that as many as four million Iranians use the social networking site on a regular basis.



    News Media Coverage

    On May 9th, the Facebook campaign was first reported on by French newspaper Le Figaro in an article titled “Iranian women take off their veil on Facebook,” and in the following days, the story subsequently spread across the French and French-Canadian news sites. On May 13th, several UK and U.S.-based news sites began covering the campaign, including BBC, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, TIME and Huffington Post.

    External References


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  • 05/16/14--10:29: Hero Cat
  • About

    Hero Cat is the nickname of a family cat who was filmed saving a boy from being attacked by a neighborhood dog in May 2014.

    Origin

    On May 14th, 2014, YouTuber Roger Triantafilo uploaded a video titled “My Cat Saved My Son,” featuring surveillance camera footage of a dog viciously attacking his son Jeremy while riding his tricycle in the driveway, followed by the family cat Tara lunging at the canine to chase it away (shown below). In the first 48 hours, the video gained over 16.8 million views and 18,000 comments.



    Spread

    On the same day, Redditor manufaktor submitted the video to the /r/videos[1] subreddit and Redditor immorta1 posted an animated GIF of the video to /r/gifs[2] (shown below). In two days, the posts gained more than 1,200 and 49,100 upvotes respectively.



    Also on May 14th, TMZ[3] reported that after the canine was picked up by animal control and continued its aggressive behavior, the decision was made to euthanize the dog. On May 15th, the Triantafilo family was interviewed on the morning talk shot Today, where they recounted the incident and praised their cat Tara for defending their son (shown below).



    On May 15th, the Bakersfield, California news channel ABC 23[4] reported that Tara would be throwing out the first pitch in an upcoming Bakersfield Blaze baseball game. In the coming days, several news sites reported on the incident and nicknamed Tara “Hero Cat,” including CBS News,[5] The Huffington Post,[6] LA Times,[7]Gawker[8] and Mediate.[9]

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 05/16/14--13:20: Kevin Durant Can't Watch
  • About

    Kevin Durant Can’t Watch is a photoshop meme based on a picture of American professional basketball player Kevin Durant sitting on the court and facing the opposite direction as his Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russel Westbrook threw three foul shots during the final seconds of their NBA Playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers in May 2014.

    Origin

    On May 13th, 2014, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers in an NBA Playoff match with three foul shots by Thunder guard Russell Westbrook during the last minute of the game. As Westbrook took his shots on the free throw line, Thunder’s small forward and star player Kevin Durant sat down on the basketball court and looked the other way.



    In the early hours of the next morning, NBA writer Matt Moore challenged Twitter users to photoshop a picture of Durant seated on the court.




    Spread

    The same day, Twitter user Alessandro Miglio replied to Moore with a photoshopped picture of the Hindenburg disaster[1] with Durant superimposed into the foreground.




    Several hours later, managing editor of the sports blog SBnation tweeted an edited version of a 1964 photograph of professional boxer Muhammad Ali standing over downed opponent Sonny Liston with Durant seated in the boxing ring. In the coming days, several news sites published compilations of notable Durant photoshops, including Mashable,[3] Fox Sports,[4] Bleacher Report[5] and News OK.[6]




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  • 05/17/14--03:00: Dorito Pope
  • About

    Dorito Pope is a nickname given to gaming journalist Geoff Keighley following an interview between Keighley and LevelSave.com. The effusive amount of product placement for Mountain Dew and Doritos during the interview led to large amounts of criticism and made the interview to become a notorious example of the state of gaming journalism.

    Origin

    On October 18th, 2012, Canadian video game journalist Geoff Keighley[1] held an interview with video game website LevelSave.com[2] to talk about his experience with with Comic-Con, Halo 4, and Mtn Dew and Doritos XP. During the course of the interview, Keigley was surrounded by product placement for Mountain Dew and Doritos promoting Mtn Dew and Doritos XP,[4] a promotion event between PepsiCo and Microsoft where gamers could get double experience for Halo 4 through codes placed on Mountain Dew and Doritos products. As of May 17th, 2014, the video has nearly 50,000 views and over 1,200 downvotes against just 125 upvotes.



    Spread

    On October 24th, 2012, Eurogamer.net writer Rab Florence posted an article titled “Lost Humanity 18: A Table of Doritos,”[5] writing about the state of gaming journalism which was sparked after Florence noticed Keighley’s interview being shared on the internet in the week following the interview. The article specifically pointed out Keighley in the first few paragraphs and went on to spark the Doritosgate controversy. Two days later, on October 26h, Youtuber PewpewVIDEOGAMES uploaded a video titled “Double your Gaming Journalism with Geoff Keighley™” (shown below), which cut out the section in which Keighley talks about Halo 4 and the Mtn Dew and Doritos XP event and combined it with multiplayer footage from Halo 3 showing a player tea-bagging a dead teammate.



    On January 1st, 2013, Youtube channel AngryJoeShow listed the interview and Doritosgate as his number 3 of his top 10 gaming controversies of 2012, only being beaten by The Mass Effect 3 ending and the Arma III espionage arrests.[3]



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  • 05/17/14--06:05: Doritosgate
  • Overview

    Doritosgate was a controversional event aimed at gaming journalists and their notorious reputation with product advertising. The controversy was sparked by writer Rab Florence in an article posted on Eurogamer.net covering the shortcomings of video game journalism and how he believes they are influenced by ad revenue.

    Background

    On October 24th, 2012, writer Rab Florence posted an article titled “Lost Humanity 18: A Table of Doritos”[1] on Eurogamer.net. In the article, Florence comments on the state of gaming journalism due to his personal experiences with the Games Media Awards 2012[3] a week prior on October 18th and after seeing an image of Geoff Keighley surrounded by product placement (shown below) from that same date spread on the internet. In the article, Florence is especially critical towards gaming journalists and their relation with product advertising, specifically Doritos and Mountain Dew. The article was edited after its release by the Eurogamer staff due to a libel complaint, but an unedited version can still be found on NeoGAF.[2]



    Notable Developments

    Following the publishing of the article, journalist Lauren Wainwright, who was quoted in the article for several tweets she made during the GMAs 2012, filed a libel complaint towards Eurogamer together with her employer Intent Media, the organisor of the GMAs. This lead to Eurogamer to remove the specific sections in the article where Wainwright was quoted a day after the publishing, which was also explained through an official tweet from Eurogamer (shown below).




    On October 25th, following the decision of Eurogamer to edit the article, Rab Florence decided to leave Eurogamer by his own accord. Alongside his departure, Florence tweeted that he didn’t blame Eurogamer because of the pressure of legal action they were placed under and was aware which parties were to blame for the events that happened (shown below).




    In the days following the above mentioned events, various news and gaming websites reported on it alongside their stance on shortcomings in video game journalism. Many of these shared Florence’s message and were displeased with the legal threat by Wainwright, such as Forbes,[4] Rock Paper Shotgun,[5] Penny Arcade,[7] Destructoid[8] and CinemaBlend.[9] Kotaku, a gaming blog often accused of posting biased reviews based on ad revenue, didn’t share Florence’s opinion.[10] On October 30th, Eurogamer’s Tom Bramwell, the person who edited Florence’s article, also made an aftermath article[6] to cover his view and opinion towards the events. In the weeks following the publishing of the article, both the article and the events that followed were commonly discussed on NeoGAF.[11] On November 25th, Geoff Keighley, the person who held the initial interview that led to Florence’s article, shared on Twitter that he would reply to Doritosgate (shown below), but never followed through with this.



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  • 05/17/14--11:26: Sword Art Online
  • [W.I.P. It’ll be done when it’s done, don’t complain just yet. That is, unless, you’re complaining about how awful the series is, which is perfectly okay]

    About

    Sword Art Online (Often abbreviated to SAO) is a Japanese Science-Fiction series created by Raka Kawahara. Ever since it’s creation, the series has spawned a significant fandom, as well as a significant anti-fandom, mainly due to the themes presented in the series.

    Premise

    The series takes place in the world of Sword Art Online, an MMORPG released in 2022, controlled using Virtual Reality helmets which allow players to play their onscreen avatars using their minds. However when players log in for the first time, they find that they are unable to log out, with the only way of escaping being to beat the final boss on the 100th floor of the in-game tower. However, also find out that if a player is to die in-game, they also die in real life. The series follows the adventures of Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya, one of the chosen beta-testers for the game, joined by female player named Asuna, who tries to stop the game’s creator and free all the other players.

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