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  • 10/28/14--12:15: Production Logo Parodies
  • About

    Production Logo Parodies are spoofs of vanity cards used by film and television production companies, which are typically shown in the opening or closing credits to brand content.

    Origin

    The earliest known production logo parody was made by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) in a spoof of their own Leo the Lion logo shown in the opening of the 1935 Marx Brothers comedy film A Night at the Opera (shown below).[2]



    Spread

    In the 1961 Tom and Jerry cartoon “Switchin’ Kitten,” Leo the Lion is substituted with the cat Jerry in the MGM production logo (shown below).



    In the 1971 Monty Python film And Now for Something Completely Different, a version of MGM’s Leo the Lion logo is shown with a rabbit substituted for the lion (shown below).



    On March 28th, 2007, YouTuber Aslam Husain uploaded a parody of the Universal Studios opening production logo (shown below, left). On September 16th, 2008, YouTuber VJGeorgeFraggle uploaded a music remix video using the 20th Century Fox opening logo (shown below, right).



    On October 15th, 2011, YouTuber ChampmaniacPictures uploaded the 20th Century Fox opening production logo sequence with a saxophone playing the background music (shown below, left). On January 31st, 2012, YouTube BaconGitt15 reuploaded the saxophone video with the addition of a recorder flute playing the background music (shown below, right). On May 24th, a compilation of 20th Century Fox production logo parodies were highlighted on the Internet news blog Slacktory.[1]



    On April 30th, 2013, YouTuber syujsunil1989 reuploaded the recorder flute version of the 20th Century Fox video, receiving more than 1.69 million views and 770 comments in two years. On July 8th, YouTuber fatawesome uploaded a comedy sketch in which the Universal Studios production logo circles the entire earth and blocks out the sun (shown below, left). On September 10th, CollegeHumor uploaded a parody of the Pixar opening production logo animation, in which a jumping lamp murders the letter “I” (shown below, right). In the next year, the video gathered upwards of 5.4 million views and 16,600 comments.



    Notable Examples



    Scary Logos

    Scary Logos refer to a variety of vintage television production company logos that were used as bumper sequences between the 1960s and early 1990s.



    Search Interest

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    Introduction

    In late October, 2014, demonstrations started to be held in Budapest, Hungary, which were triggered by the government’s announcement of a proposal about an Internet tax to be entered in 2015. The ruling right-wing coalition’s larger party, the conservative Fidesz made their proposal public on October 21, as part of the modified “Taxation Law” meant to extend the existing telecommunications tax to Internet usage. The proposal designates a 150 forint/GB tax rate (with 150 forint being around 62 US cent, 38 British penny and 49 eurocent). This idea, possibly coupled with other current issues surfacing around the government prompted multiple, generally peaceful demonstrations in Budapest and in other cities in and outside Hungary.



    A Facebook page named Százezren az internetadó ellen (“Hundred Thousand Against the Internet Tax”)[1] was created on the same day the proposal was made public by Balázs Gulyás, a 27 year old political blogger.[2] A week later, on the 28th, the page had more than 225,000 likes.



    Gulyás acted as the main organizer of the two Budapest demonstrations, also making speeches to the crowd. The first event was on the 26th in the early evening hours, and instantly got international media coverage. According to mainstream news portals, tens of thousands of people gathered, and while the demonstration’s intention was peaceful, hundreds of people attacked the Fidesz party headquarters after the event finished. The building’s fence was toppled and its windows were broken in, many people hurled broken computer equipment at the building, including monitors. The day ended with no riot police intervention, though they were assigned to the scene after some time.



    Despite the demand of the demonstrators, Fidesz made it clear they will enter the new tax next year, but they proposed an amendment to cap the tax at 700 forint/month/subscriber for home users and 5000 forint/month/subscriber for business users, while stating they intend the tax to be paid by the ISPs rather than the end users. The demonstrators, not finding this satisfactory, gave an “ultimatum” to the government to abandon the plan in the next 48 hours or they would face another mass demonstration. Since Fidesz didn’t retract their idea, another demonstration was held on the 28th in the early evening hours. Simultaneously, similar events took place in multiple cities in Hungary, and also in Warsaw, Poland. All these later events ended without any vandalism, although riot police was guarding the Parliament building. Reuters estimated the number of people around 100,000 at the second Budapest demonstration, which was concluded with Gulyás saying that “this is only the beginning”, and projected another gathering for November 17, the day the parliament will vote on the modified Tax Law.



    Background

    Some media outlets speculated about the possible reasons behind the fact that the demonstrations are the largest anti-government events since the protests in 2006 against then-ruling socialist party MSZP. Fidesz won the elections in 2010 with a large majority, making them being able to pass laws without hindrance from other political forces, and they also won the 2014 election. Party chairman and prime minister Viktor Orbán used this political power to introduce several changes according to his political visions, like opening towards Eastern nations outside the European Union, notably Russia. Fidesz also crafted the new constitution of Hungary on the basis that the existing one existed as a legacy of the fall of communism 1989.



    Possible reasons for the demonstrations’ popularity include Fidesz’s austerity measures and new taxes affecting the telecommunication, energy, and banking sectors, the dissolution of the private pension fund system, the adoption of a new constitution crafted solely by Fidesz, the approval of the new “Media Law”, the decision accepting a Russian loan to support the expansion of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant, and the supposedly shady nationalization of tobacco shops. Two focal issues which demonstrators are well aware of are the corruption accusations of government-related officials by the US government, and the fact that Fidesz itself opposed and criticized a similar Internet tax when rival MSZP considered it in 2008.

    Online reactions

    On Twitter, multiple hashtags became associated with the tax and the demonstrations, the most widely used is #internetado (“Internet tax”). Others include #netado (“net tax”) and #internettax.

    The Százezren az internetadó ellen page and other online forums received images which mocks and ridicules Fidesz and the idea of the Internet tax, generally by using an already established meme, but sometimes with sarcastic photoshops. In contrast to this, some images poked fun at the fact that people decided to go out protesting only when an Internet tax was considered by the government which they dislike.

    Notable examples of memetic reactions

    Search interest


    External references


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  • 10/28/14--14:59: Fiverr
  • About

    Fiverr is an online marketplace where freelancer workers offer a variety of services ranging between $5 and $500.

    History

    Fiverr[1] was launched in February 2010 by founders Micha Kaufman and Shai Wininger.

    Features

    In January 2012, the “Levels” reputation-based promotion system was implemented which grants sellers advanced tools after completing transaction milestones.

    Highlights

    Rog and Tyrone

    Rog and Tyrone are nicknames given to Roger Stockburger and Gordon Hurd, respectively, a pair of video testimonial spokesmen on the online marketplace Fiverr who are often enlisted to create humorous anime-related videos by users in the /a/ (anime) and /s4s/ (shit 4chan says) boards on 4chan.



    Traffic

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Fiverr – Fiverr

    [2]

    [3]


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    About

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is an idiomatic expression that is often used in image form on the internet to present and contrast the characters or aspects of a particular media franchise.

    Origin

    The expression originated from the 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western movie, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.[1] One of the posters[2] used to promote the film (shown below) has since become an iconic example of film advertising, and is the stylistic basis for many of the meme’s derivations.


    Spread

    Being a pre-internet meme, the popularity of the phrase was strongly tied to the success of the film, which propelled it to idiomatic status. Although the film was originally strongly criticized for its depiction of violence, it has since been reevaluated and declared a masterpiece,[3] establishing it as a classic of the Western genre and the phrase as a popular expression.

    Notable Examples



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  • 10/29/14--00:20: Shrekt
  • About

    “Shrekt”, a portmanteau of Shrek and rekt, is a term associated with the animated film character Shrek often featured in montage parody videos.

    Origin

    On April 17th, 2013, YouTuber Battlecruiser Plays uploaded a montage parody video titled “Shrekt.wmv,” which featured various images and video clips of the ogre character Shrek (shown below).



    Spread

    On December 3rd, 2013, YouTuber RossBoomsocks uploaded a video titled “Get Shrekt,” featuring a 3D model of Shrek dancing to the 2013 EDM song “Animals” by Martin Garrix (shown below, left). On April 2nd, 2014, YouTuber Vagabonds uploaded another montage parody video titled “Shrekt,” featuring scenes of the character Shrek fighting in a boxing ring in the 2001 film Shrek (shown below, right).



    On April 4th, uploaded a video titled “Get Shrekt!”, featuring footage of a modded version of the game Goat Simulator using a playable Shrek character (shown below, left). On April 16th, a Facebook[2] page titled “You’re About to get Shrekt” was launched. On June 14th, Urban Dictionary[1] user Flamekeeper submitted an entry for “Shrekt.” On October 2nd, thecreatuehub YouTube channel uploaded a Let’s Play video titled “Get Shrekt,” featuring footage from the game Shrek Super Party (shown below).



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Urban Dictionary – shrekt

    [2]Facebook – Youre About to Get Shrekt


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  • 10/29/14--10:28: Chaika Face / Mwee
  • About

    Chaika Face (or sometimes referred as mwee) is a photoshop meme orginated from a stillshot frame of the main character Chaika Thrabant from the anime “Coffin Princess” episode 4. The template reaction face has been included as a faceswap fad on the many websides.

    Origin

    The awkward looking reaction of the anime character Chaika comes from the 4th episode of the anime Coffin Princess when the heroine Dominica Škoda stares and grins at her.

    When one of the 4chan user asked why the fad had became popular recently and where the fad came from, another anonymous user claimed that the 2chan users have ignited the trend[1].

    Spread

    wip

    Template

    External References

    [1]Archieve Moe – Related Thread

    [2]Tumblr – Chaika Face


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  • 10/29/14--11:02: Ellen DeGeneres
  • About

    Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian and host of the daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres show, which has featured interviews with several prominent viral video stars since its launch in 2003.

    Career

    In the early 1980s, DeGeneres began performing stand-up comedy at clubs in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1982, she was awarded the title of “Funniest Person in America” by the American cable television network Showtime. In 1989, played the role of impressionist Margo Van Meter in the short-lived television sitcom Open House (shown below, left). From 1994 to 1998, Ellen starred as the neurotic bookstore owner Ellen Morgan in the television sitcom Ellen (shown below, right).




    In 2001, DeGeneres starred in the sitcom The Ellen Show as the character Ellen Richmond (shown below, left). In September 2003, DeGeneres began hosting the daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show (shown below, right).



    Online History

    In December 2006, DeGeneres interviewed Sammy Stephens, the star of the Flea Market Montgomery commercial (shown below, left). On September 14th, 2007, DeGeneres interviewed Daft Hands creator Austin Hall, who performed a live version of the hand dance on the show (shown below, right).



    On April 25th, 2012, DeGeneres read several passages from the erotic fiction novel Fifty Shades of Grey (shown below, left). On September 11th, 2014, DeGeneres interviewed Noah Ritter, a five-year old who was nicknamed “Apparently Kid” for starring in a local news segment at the Wayne County Fair in Pennsylvania (shown below, right).



    Oscar Selfie

    During the Academy Awards ceremony on March 2nd, 2014, DeGeneres approached renowned actress Meryl Streep for a photo opportunity in an attempt to break the record for most retweeted photo, a title previously held by a photo of President Obama and the first lady embracing tweeted after his re-election in November 2012.[13] As DeGeneres and Streep prepared to take the photo, other actors in the audience jumped in to photobomb, which resulted in a group selfie featuring DeGeneres, Streep, Jared Leto, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Lupita N’yongo and her brother, Kevin Spacey, Channing Tatum, and Angelina Jolie.



    Social Media Presence

    As of October 2014, The Ellen DeGeneres Show has more than 16.6 million Facebook[1] likes, 33.7 million Twitter[2] followers and 10 million YouTube[3] subscribers.

    Personal Life

    DeGeneres was born on January 26th, 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana. In February 1997, DeGeneres came out as a homosexual during an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show.



    DeGeneres has been romantically linked with actresses Anne Heche, Alexandra Hedison and Portia de Rossi. On August 16th, 2008, DeGeneres and de Rossi were married at their home in Beverly Hills, California.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Facebook – The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    [2]Twitter – @TheEllenShow

    [3]YouTube – TheEllenShow


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  • 10/29/14--11:19: YO-KAI Disco
  • About

    YO-KAI Disco” is an audiotrack from a Japanese shoot’em up game Mamorukun Curse! (Japanese: まもるクンは呪われてしまった!) developed by G.rev and Gulti.[1] This song has been a popular musical reource for MAD videos and Youtube Poop Music Videos (YTPMV’s) on YouTube and Nico Nico Douga (NND) since 2013.

    Origin

    Mamorukun Curse! was released for the Japanese arcade in 2008, and then ported to XBOX360 in 2009 and to PlayStation3 in 2011. Additionally, it was localized and released in the North America in July 2013. This song “YO-KAI disco” is written as background music for the stage “Entrance to the Netherworld” by a Japanese composer Yousuke Yasui.[2] This electro-pop tune played with nostalgic age-old sounds is known as the representative song of this game.



    Spread

    The earliest instances in this MAD video series were uploaded to NND in 2010 which features A Certain Scientific Railgun[3] and El Shaddai.[4] Meanwhile, the video that led to a substantial increase in popularity of the series was “HAPPY Disco” which parodies Ryuho Okawa[5], the founder of Japanese new religious group Happy Science[6] known for his passionate speeches and incomprehensible interviews with guardian spirits. The original post in January 2012[7] was soon taken down due to the copyright infringement, but its reprint posted in December in that year (Shown below) finally became popular on NND and succeeded to earn many followers.[8] Because of this, subsequent MAD videos uploaded after the following year usually use the sped-up version of this song as same as this video.


    Niconico HAPPY Disco

    In addition, “YO-KAI Disco” has been occasionally used in YouTube Poop Music Videos (YTPMVs) since the middle of 2013.[9]

    Various Examples


    Niconico はっ!自分は家畜以下のミーナ・カロライナでありますっ!!
    Left: Attack on Titan | Right: Kotoura-san

    Left: Team Fortress 2 | Right: Boxxy

    BLU-RAY Disc Series

    BLU-RAY Disc Series (BLU-RAY Discシリーズ) is a series of Yo-kai Disco MAD videos fearturing anime Blu-ray/DVD TV commercial movies. The trigger of this small fad was a MAD video uploaded to NND on May 24th, 2014, which features a Blu-ray/DVDTVCM for anime Saki.[10]


    Niconico 【咲-saki-全国編】BLU-RAY Disc

    Dozens of videos following this video’s style have been uploaded on NND.[11]


    Niconico 【まど☆マギ】BLU-RAY DiscNiconico 【イカ娘】BLU-RAY Disc
    Left: Puella Magi Madoka Magica | Right: Squid Girl

    Search Interest

    [Not Available]

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

    [1]Wikipedia – Mamorukun Curse!

    [2]VGMdb – Yousuke Yasui

    [3]niconico Douga – YO-KAI Kuroco【音MAD】 / 09-13-2010

    [4]niconico Douga – イーノックンは呪われてしまったが大丈夫か?【エルシャダイ】 / 09-29-2010

    [5]Wikipedia – Ryuho Okawa

    [6]Wikipedia – Happy Science

    [7]niconico Douga – HAPPY Disco / Posted on 01-21-2012 (defunct)

    [8]niconico Douga – Search results for the tag YO-KAI_Disco

    [9]YouTube – Search results for the keywords yo-kai disco ytpmv

    [10]Wikipedia – Saki (manga)

    [11]niconico Douga – Search results for the tag BLU-RAY_Discシリーズ


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  • 10/29/14--12:54: Space Sushi
  • About

    Space Sushi is a novelty Twitter account which tweets out pictures of sushi set on space themed background.

    Origin

    The SpaceSushiPicTwitter account[2] was created on July 21st, 2014. As of October 2014, the account has gained over 19,000 followers.



    Spread

    On September 26th, a Space Sushi Tumblr blog[1] was created. On October 29th, io9[3] covered the Twitter account.

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 10/29/14--15:02: You See Ivan...
  • About

    You see Ivan refers to a series of images of Russian soldiers superimposed with humorous text, often in broken English. The image macros typically convey an attitude of reckless enthusiasm for war or weaponry.

    Origin

    The original picture was created on February 3rd, 2013, on 4chan’s /vg/ (video game general) board’s S.T.A.L.K.E.R. thread[4]. The image was created by superimposing a comment post on a screenshot, making fun of a bug where a character holds a pistol like a rifle.



    Spread

    The original picture under the title “You must aim like this”, was uploaded to FunnyJunk on October 31st, 2013[1]. A compilation of images related to the meme was uploaded to Imgur on August 4th, 2014, titled “Another Russian Comp, Comrade”.[2] This was followed by another compilation titled “You see Ivan…” on October 28th.[3]



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 10/29/14--18:23: Pac-Man
  • About

    Pac-Man is an arcade video-game published by Namco in 1980. It consists a yellow character that eats dots while escaping from ghosts in a blue maze. Pac-Man is considered one of the most popular video-games, having generated more than $2.5 billion by the 1990s.



    History

    When Toru Iwatani[1] started to develop his project in 1979, the idea was to make something different from space shooters and the game was aimed for girls. The character concept was inspired by a pizza missing a slice.


    Impact

    Pac-Man has been referenced in numerous of games and sites. An example is the Google interactive doodle (shown left) and the easter egg from Bioshock Infinite (shown right):



    Fan Art


    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Wired – Q&A: Pac-Man Creator Reflects on 30 Years of Dot-Eating


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  • 10/29/14--23:03: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Editor’s Note: This entry is currently being worked on

    About

    Manoj Night Shyamalan (also name M. Night Shyamalan) is an movie director who made some a film of: The Sixth Sense, Signs and The Last Airbender[1].

    History

    [WIP]

    Spread

    [WIP]

    Related Memes

    What a Twist!

    “What a Twist!” is an expression referencing the signature plot twists. The phrase was originally quoted in an episode of the Adult Swim cartoon show Robot Chicken titled “The Twist,” aired on April 17th, 2005. In the episode, a clay-animated character parodying M. Night Shyamalan says the line after a twist ending is revealed.

    I See Dead People

    “I See Dead People” is a memorable quote from the 1999 supernatural horror film The Sixth Sense. On the web, both the original line and its snowclone variations have been used to mock a particular group of people for their behaviors or stereotypes.

    Racebending

    The Last Airbender Casting Controversy (known as Racebending) began in December of 2008, when Entertainment Weekly published the a list of the leading cast members for the upcoming film The Last Airbender , based on the Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender . Many fans were outraged to see that director had chosen an all-white cast to play the leading characters, who were all reputably Asian and Inuit in the cartoon version. This is a common Hollywood tactic known as “whitewashing”. A few months later, pop singer Jesse McCartney, who was to play the main antagonist Zuko, was replaced by Dev Patel due to the filming conflicting with McCartney’s tour dates. Many speculated that this would end the race controversy, since Patel was Indian. However, Patel’s addition to the cast only fuelled the controversy, as fans cited that the only leading minority was cast as the film’s villain.

    Search Interest

    External Links

    [1]Wikipedia – M. Night Shyamalan


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  • 10/30/14--09:29: Gizoogle
  • About

    Gizoogle is a website that lets you translate almost everything on the internet into gangsta slang by replacing the text with ebonics.

    History

    The website was created in 2005 by John Beatty after being inspired by Brandon Yoders’ over-use of gangster slang on Istant Messanger.

    In an interview[2], John said the following:

    Just to humor this one individual person I made the site in 2 days time. These little projects for fun would help me improve my knowledge of Regular Expression formulas and the PHP language. In doing so I learned how to make the code understand the use of consonants and vowels words and determine intelligently where to place alterations in the words and sentences. I’m really regretting scrapping that code after all these years now!

    Although later he claims that he also got inspired by Snoop’s TV show, Doggy Fizzle Televizzle[1], which aired on MTV in 2002 and 2003.

    Popularity

    Despite not being popular at first, and not being available due to crashes until 2011, Gizoogle’s popularity grew in 2013 as Trollpasta Wiki users started using the translator to create gangsta-fied versions of popular creepypastas, such as Smile.jpg, 1999, Jeff the Killer and more.

    Search Interest



    [2]Gizoogle 2.0 – Gizoogle’s original creator shares insight on recent popularity, Gizoogle.com.

    [1]Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – Doggy Fizzle Televizzle


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  • 10/30/14--11:36: When Mama Isn't Home
  • About

    When Mama Isn’t Home is a video remix series based on a clip of a father playing the trombone while his son slams an oven door repeatedly to a drum a beat.

    Origin

    On October 6th, 2014, YouTuber bauerbirds uploaded a video titled “When Mama Isn’t Home,” featuring a father and son wearing sunglasses while performing a short song in the kitchen using a trombone and oven door for a kick drum (shown below). In the first month, the video gained over 560,000 views and 340 comments.



    Spread

    On October 22nd, 2014, Redditor Ricklo submitted the video to the /r/youtubehaiku[1] subreddit, where it received more than 3,700 votes (95% upvoted) in one week. On October 26th, YouTuber Jaanis Hallman uploaded a remix on the video in which the duo perform a song to the background music of an outdoor EDM concert (shown below, left). The same day, Redditor mocfusing posted the video to the /r/videos[2] subreddit. Within four days, the video gathered upwards of 1.08 million views on YouTube and 5,200 votes (94% upvoted) on Reddit. On October 27th, YouTuber Copy Cat Channel uploaded a “Goatified Remix,” featuring clips of yelling goats edited over the original “When Mama Isn’t Home” video (shown below, right).



    On the online image board Tumblr, various users recreated the scene using fictional character from various popular shows and other origins through the “#when-mama-isn’t-home” tag,[3] such as Fire Emblem,[4] Homestuck,[5] Neon Genesis Evangelion[6] and Feel Guy.[7]



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 10/30/14--13:31: 10 Hours of Walking in NYC
  • About

    10 Hours of Walking in NYC refers to a viral video of a woman walking through the streets of New York City while being cat called, harassed and followed by various men.

    Origin

    On October 28th, 2014, the Street HarassmentVideo YouTube channel uploaded a montage video by the advocacy group Hollaback featuring footage of a woman walking around New York City while being cat called and followed by various men (shown below).



    Spread

    On October 29th, The Young Turks YouTube channel uploaded a discussion about the Internet reaction to the video (shown below, left). On October 30th, Funny or Die posted a parody video in which a white man is shown receiving praise and special treatment while walking around New York City (shown below, right).



    Criticism

    Following the release of the original Hollaback video, many criticized the creators for showing clips of men belonging to minority groups.

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

    [1]Hollaback – Hollaback

    [2]

    [3]


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  • 10/31/14--02:56: That's Forbidden Love
  • About

    “That’s Forbidden Love” is a phrase used to describe a taboo relationship, usually between two women or girls. It is often associated with a related phrase “Girls Can’t Love Girls”.

    Origin

    The quote was originally said by Hitomi Shizuki, a character from a Japanese anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which aired in 2011. On January 29th, 2011, a screencap of the character from the show, with the comment “But that’s forbidden love” was posted on 4chan’s /a/ (anime and manga) board[1].


    Spread

    On March 10th, 2011, an image macro (pictured below, left) based of the original post surfaced on 4chan’s /a/ board[2]. On February 12th, 2012, a similar image macro (pictured below, right) with a caption “Girls can’t love girls”, a line which appeared in the English dub of the anime, was posted on /a/[3].


    Notable Examples


    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]foolz – Earliest example

    [2]foolz – Macro #1

    [3]foolz – Macro #2


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  • 10/31/14--06:28: Ghost (Mystery Skulls)

  • About

    Ghost is a 2014 song from the indie pop/electronica band Mystery Skulls. An animated music video of the song was commissioned to YouTuber MysteryBen27 (Ben Mangum) and quickly gained online notoriety after it’s October 2014 debut.

    Origin

    Ben Mangum first gained subscribers on YouTube though his 2011 fan animated videos of My Little Pony. Later in 2012, MysteryBen27 uploaded an animated video titled “The Turntable Turnabout (Mystery Skulls – Money)”[1] which featured the artist Mystery Skulls and animated characters from the Phoenix Wright Attorney video games. Mystery Skulls then later contacted channel owner Ben Mangum to produce another animated video for the upcoming song Ghost.[2]



    Spread

    Mangum uploaded his finished copy of Ghost to his YouTube channel on October 26th, 2014, where it gain over 25K thumbs up and 500K reviews within a week.[3]

    Lewis The Skeleton

    Lewis is the fictional skeleton character which became popular on deviantART and Tumblr with fanart, cosplay and plushies content being in constant production since the video was first posted on YouTube. Alternatively, people have taken to calling him ‘Bara Skeleton’, which is in reference to his masculine size and shape. As of October 31, 2014, DeviantART host hundreds of original sketches and drawings related to Lewis and his former partners.[4]

    Notable Examples




    External References


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  • 10/31/14--12:12: Eclectic Method
  • About

    Eclectic Method is the stage name of British electronic musician and producer Jonny Wilson, who is most well-known for creating audio-visual remixes and mashup music videos by splicing together a variety of video clips and soundbites sampled from popular films and TV shows. While the act originally began as a trio consisting of Wilson and two other artists, Geoff Gamlen and Ian Edger, Wilson is the only remaining member as of October 2014.

    History

    Eclectic Method was formed in London in 2001, using Wilson’s experience with Sony Vegas video editing software to make audio-visual mashup music videos. The group began performing live using Pioneer DVJ-1000 turntables at various venues across the world.

    Online History

    On August 27th, 2006, the first video was uploaded to the Eclectic Method YouTube channel, featuring a music video remix using clips from the American crime drama television series The Sopranos (shown below, left). On September 25th, Eclectic Method released a music video featuring clips from the comedy television series Entourage (shown below, right).



    On November 12th, 2008, the group uploaded a remix of President Barack Obama’s victory speech titled “Obama’s White House Puppy” (shown below, left). On January 9th, 2009, Eclectic Method published a music mashup using clips from an interview with copyright activist Lawrence Lessig on the Comedy Central satirical news program The Colbert Report (shown below,right).



    In February, the @EclecticMethod[2] Twitter feed was created. On August 25th, the “Eclectic Method” Facebook[1] page was launched. On March 2nd, 2011, the group released a remix featuring interviews with actor Charlie Sheen (shown below, left). On August 19th, 2012, Eclectic Method posted a music remix using clips of actor Bill Murray from various films (shown below, right).



    On March 11th, 2014, Eclectic Method published a music video remix featuring scenes from the 2013 black comedy film The Wolf of Wall Street (shown below, left). In the first seven months, the video gathered upwards of 2.2 million views and 790 comments. On October 28th, the group released a remix made from scenes in the 1984 comedy film Ghostbusters (shown below, right).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Facebook – Eclectic Method

    [2]Twitter – @EclecticMethod


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  • 10/31/14--14:12: Hand Me the Aux Cord
  • About

    “Hand Me the Aux Cord” is an expression used to request an auxiliary audio input cable in order to play music off a mobile device. On Twitter, the expression is often used to caption images of flaming vehicles, indicating that the music was so hot it set the car ablaze.

    Origin

    On August 17th, 2014, the WorldStarHipHop Twitter feed @WSFights[3] posted photographs of a burning car with the caption “When the homie hand me the AUX cord” (shown below). In the first two months, the tweet gained over 1,200 retweets and 750 favorites.



    Spread

    On August 28th, 2014, Redditor spacymushroom submitted a 3-pane image of the Pokemon character Ash Ketchum turning his hat backwards titled “When someone hands me the AUX cord in the car” to the /r/funny[1] subreddit (shown below).



    On October 23rd, Urban Dictionary[2] user USAFmondesir submitted an entry for “Aux Cord,” defining it as the “blood and lifeline of a car trip.” On October 29th, Twitter user @KingRyin[5] posted a photograph of a flaming airplane with the caption “when the pilot hands me the AUX cord,” garnering upwards of 3,400 retweets and 2,600 favorites in 48 hours (shown below). On October 31st, Redditor Pikey7 submitted a photograph of a burning car titled “When you give me the aux cord” to the /r/teenagers[4] subreddit.



    According to the Twitter analytics site Topsy,[6] the keywords “aux cord” received over 400,000 mentions during October 2014.



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

    [1]Reddit – When someone hands me the AUX cord in the car

    [2]Urban Dictionary – Aux Cord

    [3]Twitter – @WSFights

    [4]Reddit – When you give me the aux cord

    [5]Twitter – @KingRyin

    [6]Topsy – aux cord


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  • 10/31/14--15:10: #IAmPerfect
  • Overview

    #IAmPerfect is a Twitter hashtag campaign started by a group of British university students in response to the “Perfect Body” advertising campaign launched by American lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret in late October 2014. The hashtag is accompanied by an online petition at Change.org, which demands an official apology and revision of the ad copy from the company. Within 72 hours of its launch, the petition has gained over 16,000 signatures, or roughly two thirds of the supporters required to reach its goal.

    Background

    On October 13th, 2014, Victoria’s Secret introduced a new line of bras under the label “Body,” along with several poster advertisements featuring a group of slim-bodied models in underwear and the tagline reading “Perfect ‘Body,’” with the word “Body” wrapped in quotations to highlight the name of the line. Throughout October, the advertisements were placed on storefront display in several British stores, as well as on the company’s U.S. website; However, the campaign mostly remained out of controversy until October 28th, when an online petition was submitted to Change.org by Frances Black, a 22-year-old student at Leeds University, who decided to seek an official apology and revision of the tagline after spotting one of the adverts while walking through Trinity Shopping Centre.

    Notable Developments

    #IAmPerfect

    As the Change.org petition began to take off in the social media and the news, many critics of the company’s ad campaign took their messages on Twitter with the hashtag #IAmPerfect. According to Topsy, the hashtag was used more than 4,300 times in the first 72 hours of the petition’s launch.

    Search Interest



    External References


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