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  • 01/04/15--08:30: Lost Episodes
  • About

    A lost episode is a creepypasta story revolving around a disturbing and unseen episode of a TV series that creeped out and frightened its viewers. A typical lost episode creepypasta has the main character of a show acting out of the ordinary and doing paranomal and creepy things, like talking about an event that hasn’t happened yet.

    Origin

    The first lost episode creepypasta was Suicide Mouse, which was posted on YouTube[1] by user Nec1[2]. As of January 4th, 2015, the video has reached 981,281 views.

    Spread

    After the video went viral, the pasta was posted multiple times on 4chan’s /x/ board, leading users to create their own lost episode pastas. On January 19th, 2010, Dead Bart was posted in a Suicide Mouse thread on GameFAQs.com[3]. On April 6th, 2010, Squidward’s Suicide was uploaded to 7chan’s /x/ board by Reddit user SuicideSquidward[4].

    Popular Lost Episode Creepypastas

    Suicide Mouse– An old 1930s Mickey Mouse cartoon which features him walking down a poorly drawn street while random piano keys play in the background. After a minute the music turns into static and the video cuts to black. When it comes back it’s corrupted with a woman screaming, after a while you can see Mickey’s eyes roll off his head like two marbles in a fishbowl. In the end it displays Russian text.
    Squidward’s Suicide– The story is about an man who describes a disturbing episode he saw during his internship at Nickelodeon. The episode starts with Squidward Tentacles failing another clarinet recital. After the booing and some creepy minutes of Squidward looking at the camera, flashes of dead bodies and listening to murmurs, he walks home, points a shotgun at his face with screams in the background telling him to do it, and kills himself.
    Dead Bart– The story is about the death of Bart Simpson after getting sucked out of an airplane window.
    Happy Appy– A show about an apple who helps kids in need, it seemed suitable for Nick Jr. at first, but got darker as the show progressed. The narrator is a a man who wants to know more about the show, while being stalked by the show’s creator, Freddrick Gorgote, whom he dubs “Forenzik”.

    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]YouTube – Suicide Mouse – Unseen Freaky Footage

    [2]YouTube – Nec1

    [3]GameFAQs – Cartoons and Animation Message Board[Archive]

    [4]Reddit – SuicideSquidward

    [5]Creepypasta Wiki – Lost Episodes


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  • 01/05/15--10:38: King Ramses
  • About

    King Ramses is a one-episode character in the TV show Courage the Cowardly Dog.
    The episode “King Ramses’ Curse” starts with two feline thieves as they are being pursued by the police at night after they stole a slab from the tomb of King Ramses. They pull over in their car and bury the slab at the Bagge’s water-pump. In the morning, Courage digs up the mound the two cats made the night before and finds the slab. The slab contains symbols of Ramses, water, a record player, and locusts. Courage gives it to his owners, but Eustace tosses the slab out the window claiming it’s “garbage”. However, Eustace takes it back after learning from the Nowhere Newsman that it’s worth a million dollars. Professor Frith arrives and tries to reclaim the slab, but Eustace refuses. That night, the ghost of King Ramses returns, and this time threatens the Bagges. He orders Eustace to return the slab or “suffer three plagues, each worse than the last”. Eustace, thinking the ghost is the professor in disguise, still refuses. The ghost uses the first curse by flooding the house with water, the second curse by playing really loud, bad, disco music, and the third by summoning locusts to eat them and their house. The episode ends with Courage and Muriel now in the destroyed house, where on the TV, Professor Frith explains that the slab has been returned to Ramses’ tomb and will remain protected for all times. The end of the episode shows the tomb of King Ramses, where Eustace has now apparently replaced Ramses on the slab, as punishment for his greed.

    Origin

    During the whole episode, King Ramses repeats over and over “Return the slab!” while Eustace repeats “What’s your offer?”, trying to strike a deal with Ramses so he can get some money. When the second curse starts, a record player hiding behind a huge rock outside the house starts playing awful disco music and the characters start screaming and cover their ears. The repetitive lyrics are “The man in gauze, the man in gauze, King Ramses! The man in gauze, the man in gauze, he’s no Santa Claus!”
    In an interview with Cartoon Cartoon Fridays: The Fansite and the show’s music composer Jody Gray, he spoke about the song:
    CCF:The Fansite: What influenced the song in the episode King Ramses’ Curse?

    J. Gray: It’s a musical joke. When trying to visualize what would be musically so horrible that Eustace and Muriel would scream and writhe in agony, we came up with really bad disco.
    Here are the lyrics: “King Ramses, The Man In Gauze, He’s No Santa Clause, The Man In Gauze.” Vocals were done by myself and Andy Ezrin."

    Spread

    The episode is known as one that scared many as a child, and as one of the very few episodes that used CGI animation. Users began to upload “return the slab” and “what’s yer offer?” images and “The Man in Gauze” videos online, where the videos would mute the original song and overlay a different song such as Justin Bieber’s “Baby” or Rebecca Black’s “Friday” as the characters would suffer and cover their ears.

    Notable Examples


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  • 01/05/15--10:55: Shawn Oakman Tweets
  • About

    Shawn Oakman Tweets refers to jokes on Twitter regarding the intimidating size of the 6’9" 280 pound Baylor Bears defensive end Shawn Oakman.

    Origin

    A picture of him surfaced on Twitter of Oakman on the giant video board towering over his opponents. The picture started to spread and “has become a new internet meme” [1]

    Spread

    [Researching]

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Bleacher Report – Baylor’s Shawn Oakman Becomes Internet Meme Due to Massive Frame Jan/2/2015

    [2]Jobs and Hire – Photos Of Massive College Football Player Goes Viral On Social Media

    [3]Daily Snark – "":http://dailysnark.com/baylors-shawn-oakman-memes-blowing-internet/

    [4]BuzzFeed – "":http://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/twitter-discovered-that-sean-oakman-can-do-whatever-he-wants#.bgpnw6R4d

    [5]


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  • 01/05/15--14:43: Jameis Winston's Fumble
  • About

    Jameis Winston’s Fumble is a photoshop meme based on various still images of the star quarterback for Florida State University dropping the ball in mid-play during their Rose Bowl college football match against University of Oregon on January 1st, 2015.

    Origin

    On January 1st, 2015, the University of Oregon and Florida State University football teams went head-to-head in the 2015 Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California. By halfway through the third quarter, the balance of the game had already begun to lean in favor of Oregon (39 – 20). With less than two minutes remaining, the defining moment for Oregon came when Florida’s quarterback Jameis Winston suddenly slipped and lost the grip while attempting a throw (shown below), which was then picked up by Oregon’s offensive tackle Tony Washington for a 58-yard run to the touchdown, sealing their advancement to the final of the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game.



    The match ended in Oregon’s 59 – 20 victory against Florida State, which also set a new record for most points ever scored in a Rose Bowl match.

    Spread

    As the game came to its end, Winston’s dramatic fall and fumble quickly became the talking point of the match among college football fans on Twitter, with several photoshopped parodies shared in rush delivery within the hour, many of them incorporating visual cross-references to other well-known memes in football fandom, most notably Lance Stephenson Blowing in LeBron James’ Ear and Randy Orton’s RKO (shown below).



    That same evening on January 1st, Bleacher Report reported on Twitter’s reaction to Winston’s Rose Bowl fumble, dubbing it a “stumble-fumble.” On the following morning, online parodies of Winston’s fumble were scooped up by many sports news sites and blogs, including New York Daily News[6], New York Post[12], USA Today[4], Sports Illustrated[11] and the Huffington Post.[3] According to Topsy Analytics[1], “Jameis Winstons” was mentioned at least 118,568 times on the night of the game.

    Notable Examples

    Other cross-references to football memes include Manti Te’O’s Catfish Girlfriend, Odell Beckham Jr’s Catch and and Ndamukong Suh’s Kick, as well as non-sports memes like This is Sparta! and Lifecall Infomercial.




    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 01/05/15--17:37: The Finest Squad
  • Overview

    The Finest Squad is a group of white hat hackers that are situated in the Netherlands.
    They were the ones to release the information of the black hat hacker group Lizard Squad[1] during the December attacks of Sony’s PSN, and Microsoft’s Xbox Live.

    Origin

    On December 2nd 2014, the twitter account @FinestSquad[2] was created because of the recent Machinima.com and Xbox live hacks done by Lizard Squad.

    Notable Operations:

    Shutdown of Lizard Squad websites

    On the same day, @FinestSquad twitter account posted an image showing that they were able to shutdown a main Lizard Squad website.

    Release of Lizard Squad member’s information

    On the night of December 25th 2014, Finest Squad released a website, which contained all of the I.P’s of the members of Lizard Squad, as well as all of their skype names.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Know Your Meme – Lizard Squad Hacks

    [2]Twitter – Finest Squad


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  • 01/06/15--19:44: Expansion / Inflation
  • Note: This entry is a W.I.P.


    About

    Expansion / Inflation is a common type of paraphilia where a particular part of the subject’s body suddenly grows, expanding like inflatable balloons. It is generally focused on the breasts, butt, belly, and full body.

    Origin

    While a specific origin regarding when an interest in this fetish began, it’s origins among the online community can be traced to an email list that was formed in 1994. Among popular media, some say the earliest sources of inflation/expansion include cartoons involving characters being pumped up like balloons, or the movie adaptation of Roald Dhal’s famous book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (the 1970s adaptation changing the name to “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”), in which a girl named Violet Beauregarde tries a failed experimental gum which causes her body to inflate full of “blueberry juice.” It is often these forms of media where some people first discover they have a liking for this particular fetish, often at a young age due to said media being of a “family friendly” nature.

    Breasts

    The most common expansion / inflation of them all, it is as it says: inflation/expansion of the breasts. The popularity of this specific form of expansion can even be seen among those who normally would not consider themselves fans of the inflation fetish as a whole, as large breasts are often seen in real life as a major sexual turn on. This is also a form of expansion a person can do in real life via means of plastic surgery, but of course in the realm of art most characters depicted usually have their breasts expanded by various means. Some overlap among lactation fetishism can be found here as well, as a semi-popular method of breast expansion among artwork or fictional stories is a character has a large build up of milk within their breasts.

    Butt

    Legendary American rapper Sir-Mix-A-Lot released his album Mack Daddy with his famous song Baby Got Back on May 7, 1992. A music video of Baby Got Back was aired on MTV, including the earlier episodes of Beavis & Butt-Head. Nearing the end of the music video shows a 80’s style woman standing, with her butt suddenly expanding. You can say that Sir-Mix-A-Lot is the creator of butt expansion. This expansion / inflation is used often in music videos and comedy.

    Belly

    W.I.P.

    Body

    One movie that possibly birth body expansion / inflation is the aforementioned infamous blueberry scene from character Violet Beauregarde, played by Denise Nickerson in 1971 musical fantasy film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

    Spread

    When deviantART was created, this type of art spread like wildfire, and later Tumblr. Searching for “inflation” on deviantART alone presently brings up over 100,000 results, with “expansion” increasing that amount to over 122,000. An imageboard dedicated specifically to inflation fetish artwork, photo manipulations, etc, also exists under the name of Inflatechan, which only disallows the posting of “paid content” from its boards.

    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]BEArchives (NSFW)

    [2]Wikipedia – Baby Got Back


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  • 01/07/15--05:48: Smug Frog
  • About

    Smug Frog, also known as Smug Pepe, is a reaction image of a smug-looking frog based on an original cartoon illustration of Pepe, better known as Feels Good Man and Sad Frog, drawn by webcomic artist Matt Furie.

    Origin

    The oldest known archived post containing the original derivative (pictured below)[1] can be dated back to June 2nd, 2011, to a thread on 4chan’s /tv/ (television and film) board, whose purpose was to make fun of the TV show’s Big Bang Theory humor.


    Spread

    The image had been used on 4chan throughout 2011 to 2013[2]. However, in 2014 the image became used much more frequently than in the previous years, and numerous derivatives based off it had been spawned. Despite having a similar origin, Sad Frog and Smug Frog are often considered to be two different characters. While Sad Frog is often depicted as a friend or a companion of Wojak a.k.a. That Feel Guy, Smug Frog is shown to be abusive or antagonistic towards him.

    Poo Poo Pee Pee Comics

    Poo Poo Pee Pee is a name for a series of images and comics most commonly used in 4chan’s /r9k/ board. The comics depict Smug Frog committing various unethical acts, often towards Wojak, usually involving urine and/or feces. The comics were created as a reaction towards the usage of Pepe’s likeness in various mainstream social media sites like Twitter.

    Notable Examples




    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]archive.moe – Original Post

    [2]archive.moe – Usage since 2011


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    About

    Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack was a mass shooting that took place inside and near the headquarters building of the French weekly satirical news magazine in Paris in early January 2015, which resulted in the deaths of at least 12 people, including many staff journalists and cartoonists, as well as police officers, and left many more wounded. Following the attack, the unknown group of armed assailants fled the scene and the suspects still remains at large (as of 4:30 pm, EST).

    Background

    At around 11.30 a.m (GMT) on January 7th, 2015, two hooded men equipped with Kalashnikov rifles stormed the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, a French left-wing satirical weekly newspaper that has been in active circulation since 1970, and opened fire, killing at least three police officers and nine employees[1], including the two most senior cartoonists and co-founders of the newspaper, Jean Cabut (better known as Cabu) and Georges Wollinsky, as well as the publication’s director Stéphane Charbonnier (Charb) and renowned cartoonist Bernard Verlhac (Tignous). In a cellphone video footage of the attack captured by a witness who took refuge on the rooftops of a nearby building (shown below), at least two armed attackers dressed in black were seen shooting firearms in the middle of an empty street while yelling Allahu Ackbar (Arabic: “God is greater”), while in another video footage of the scene, one of the armed assailants was apparently heard yelling “[they] avenged the Prophet Muhammad.”[2]



    Notable Development

    Images From the Scene



    Online Reaction

    On Twitter, the hashtag #Jesuischarlie (I am Charlie), created by Stylist magazine journalist Joachim Roncin[5] was launched for netizens to show their support for the victims[3]. The Facebook page “Je suis Charlie” has gained more than 70,000 likes within the first hours of its creation, calling for peaceful demonstrations everywhere in France and through out the world[7], as well as inviting everyone to change their profile avatar to a picture of “Je suis Charlie”. On the night of January 7th, French news outlets reported that thousands of demonstrators took their grievance against senseless violence to the streets in many cities and towns across the country.[11]



    Official Response

    As soon as the attack was acknowledged by the French government, president François Hollande made a speech condemning it, expressing his shock, mourning the tragic loss of lives and organizing a meeting to reevaluate France’s vigipirate plans to defend the country against foreign threats[8] (shown below).



    International Reactions

    Within hours of the ordeal, several news sites relayed public statements from countries around the world, especially from the US White House and John Kerry[4][9]. It also includes several Muslim organizations (such as the French CFCM) and Muslim netizens speaking against the attack and condemning it[10] (shown below).



    Homage from Google

    Google paid tribute to the victims by creating a doodle displaying a black ribbon on the front of its search homepage[6] (shown below).


    External References


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    About

    I will find you and I will kill you, also known as the Taken meme is a memorable quote from 2008 thriller movie Taken. Online, it has been reused in image macros as a reaction towards anything that could trigger the urge of wanting to kill someone.

    Origin

    The line itself is uttered by Bryan Mills (played by Liam Neeson) in 2008 thriller film Taken while being on the phone with the people who kidnapped his daughter. An extract from the scene was uploaded to Youtube on April 4th 2009 (shown below), gaining more than 800 000 views in the first five years.

    The full transcript says:

    I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.

    Spread

    A screenshot of the scene first found itself on memegenerator on January 30th 2012, titled “liam neeson taken”[1], using the catchphrase as a punchline dealing with everyday and social media annoyances. The macro ranked #256 on the site and garnered over 32 000 parodies displayed on 28 pages over the course of three years. Through out 2012 alone, It spawned other entries on the site, such as “Taken meme”[2] and “I will find you and kill you”[3], using different screenshots of Liam Neeson talking on the phone. The popularity of the macro reached other macro-loving hubs such as ImgFlip[4] and Quickmeme[5].

    Notable Examples



    Templates



    External References

    [1]Meme Generator – liam neeson taken

    [2]Meme Generator – taken meme

    [3]Meme Generator – I will find you and kill you

    [4]Imgflip – I Will Find You And I Will Kill You

    [5]Quickmeme – Taken


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  • 01/07/15--13:22: Faustão
  • (I need some help with this one… again, specially with wording.)

    About

    Fausto Silva, Nicknamed as “Faustão” (“Big Fausto”) is the host of the famous Brazilian audience show “Domingão do Faustão” (Big Fausto’s Big Sunday), he started his television career in 1983 in the show “Balancê” as an announcer. He also made a movie along with another Brazilian celebrity, Sérgio Mallandro, which is one of the many popular instances of Faustão in the internet.

    Related Memes

    Remote Controlled Grill

    One of the most popular scenes from Faustão’s show is when he was presented to a Barbecue Grill which is activated by a remote controller, however, it didn’t work properly and they had to put out the fire manually.



    Dumb People at Faustão’s “Suffocation” game

    There was a time that in Domingão do Faustão, there was a block called “Sufoco” (Suffocation) where people had to collect hints and answer the question. One day, 3 people got to answer a question about a country with these hints:

    1. It’s an European country

    2. Invaded Brazil in the past

    3. It’s the land of flowers and windmills

    4. Took down Brazil in the last World Cup (considering it was 2011)

    5. At the end of that World Cup, lost to Spain

    6. Its language is Dutch.

    The three people had, respectively, 4, 5, and 6 hints, and they answered, respectively, Spain, France and Italy.



    Inspector Faustão and the Mallandro

    In 1991, Fausto Silva, along with Sérgio Mallandro, made a movie called “Inspetor Faustão e o Mallandro” (Inspector Faustão and the Mallandro), various phrases said by Faustão in the movie were marcant enough to be also used in YouTube Poops and other things, including the music “O Rap do Ovo” (The Rap of the Egg). The video below contains the famous scenes + The Rap of the Egg



    Notable Examples

    Diverse YTPs and YTPMVs were made with these materials.



    Search Interest




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  • 01/07/15--15:45: Only One Controversy
  • W.I.P, feel free to request editorship


    About

    Only One refers to a song by American rapper Kanye West featuring Beatles singer Paul McCartney which received criticism from both Beatles fans and Kanye West fans. Alongside, various tweets made by fans of West confused by the identity of McCartney managed to gain notable spread.

    Origin

    In late August 2014, Kanye West announced that he would join with the former member of The Beatles, Paul McCartney, in the future to create an album. This announcement was met with criticism and was seen as a controversial decision on many social media sites.



    On January 1st, 2015, the song “No One”, a Ballard sung by Paul McCartney and Kanye West was released over iTunes and announced via Kanye West’s twitter page.




    Controversy

    After the announcement of Kanye West and Paul McCartney joining together to make an album, fans of The Beatles criticized this decision which resulted in a negative backlash amonst Beatles fans. Following the release of the song, Kanye West fans proceeded to respond to the criticism with multiple tweets questioning Paul McCartney´s fame and claiming Kanye West will make him famous, which multiple articles have displayed.[1][3][4] The Tweets also managed to gather negative responses from angry fans of The Beatles.[5]




    Notable Images



    Search Interest


    External References


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  • 01/08/15--10:44: PES
  • About

    PES is the nickname of American director and animator Adam Pesapane, who is best known for his short stop motion animated films like “Western Spaghetti” and “Fresh Guacamole.”

    History

    In 2002, PES released his first animated short film “Roof Sex,” in which two chairs engage in simulated sex acts on top of a roof (shown below, left).[1][2] That year, the short won the Annecy International Animated Film Festival’s “Best First Film” award. In 2004, PES released the stop motion short film “KaBoom!”, featuring various toys and other objects engaging in battle (shown below, right).



    In 2006, PES recreated death scenes from classic arcade games with various food products in a short film titled “Game Over” (shown below, left). On December 5th, 2007, the PESfilm YouTube channel was launched, which gained over 78 million video views and 488,000 subscribers over the next eight years. On July 5th, 2008, PES released the film “Western Spaghetti,” in which various household items are used to cook a spaghetti dish (shown below, right). Within seven years, the video gathered more than 18.8 million views and 16,500 comments. On November 3rd, Time Magazine[5] ranked “Western Spaghetti” as #2 in their “Top 10 Viral Videos” list.



    In December 2010, Showtime broadcast the PES short film “The Deep” in Episode 1 of the television series Short Stories (shown below, left). In March 2012, PES released the short film “Fresh Guacamole,” featuring a man making a bowl of guacamole dip out of various items, including a hand grenade, dice, baseball and a pin cushion (shown below, right). On March 7th, 2013, the film was uploaded to the PESfilm YouTube channel, where it accumulated upwards of 9.3 million views and 4,800 comments over the next two years.



    Social Media Presence

    As of January 2015, PES has over 27,000 likes on Facebook,[6] 4,200 followers on Twitter[7] and 2,200 followers on Instagram.[8]

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Archive.org – Making of Roof Sex_

    [2]IMDBRoof Sex

    [3]Wikipedia – PES

    [4]YouTube – PESfilm

    [5]Time – 2. Western Spaghetti

    [6]Facebook – PES

    [7]Twitter – PES

    [8]Instagram – PESfilm


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  • 01/08/15--12:59: Mia Khalifa Death Threats
  • Overview

    Mia Khalifa Death Threats is the ongoing feud between conservative Muslims on Twitter and Lebanese-American adult film actress Mia Khalifa, who became a target of slut-shaming harassments and death threats for performing sex acts while wearing the hijab, a traditional covering worn by Muslim women, in early January 2015.

    Background

    On November 27th, 2014, an animated GIF of a scene from one of Khalifa’s adult films was submitted to the /r/NSFW_GIF[2] subreddit, where it gained over 2,100 votes (90% upvoted) in the first two months. On December 28th, Khalifa became the most popular adult film star on PornHub.[1]



    On January 3rd, 2015, the Lebanese news site Lebanese Examiner[10] reported that Beirut-based newspapers had written articles criticizing Khalifa for wearing a hijab during sex scenes, leading Khalifa to tweet[4]“Doesn’t the Middle East have more important things to worry about?” (shown below). In one week, the tweet garnered more than 1,200 retweets and 1,000 favorites.



    Notable Developments

    Threatening Tweets

    Also on January 3rd, Khalifa responded to a tweet informing her that she will “be the first person in hellfire” by joking that she wanted to “get a little tan recently” (shown below).[12]



    On the following day, Khalifa responded to a tweet written by Twitter user @abdallahbakrr threatening that her “head will be cut soon” with “long as it’s not my tits” (shown below).[13]



    On January 5th, Twitter user Hussein Annan[3] posted a photoshopped screenshot of an Islamic State decapitation video with Khalifa’s face superimposed over that of deceased journalist Steven Sotloff (shown below).



    Timeflies Tribute Song

    On January 6th, 2015, the electro-pop duo Timeflies released a song titled “Mia Khalifa” in support of Khalifa (shown below).



    News Media Coverage

    The news of the death threats against the actress, which coincided with the religiously-motivated terrorist attack carried out by armed Jihadists at the headquarters of French satirical news magazine Charlie Hebdo that same week, was instantly picked by dozens of English and French-language news media outlets and blogs, including The Daily What,[8]MTV,[5]CNN,[6] The Independent[7] and The Washington Post.[9] That same day, Newsweek[11] published an interview with Khalifa in which she discussed the backlash she faces in her home country and revealed that her family was no longer speaking to her.

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 01/08/15--10:51: Je suis Charlie
  • About

    Je suis Charlie (both “I am Charlie” and “I follow Charlie” in English) is a statement and an internet movement in support of the victims of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting in which 12 people were killed at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The statement identifies the speaker with those who were killed at the Charlie Hebdo shooting, and by extension for freedom of speech and resistance to armed threats. Some journalists embraced the expression as a rallying cry for the freedom of self-expression.
    As a result, demonstrations were launched in France and around the world in favor of the movement, and to protest against barbaric acts and terrorism on a larger scale.

    Origin

    On January 7th 2015, two armed men entered the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris and opened fire, killing 12 people inside and near the building. As French news stations drew attention to the tragic event, Joachim Rocin, art director and music journalist for Stylist magazine, about a little over 1 hour after the incident, posted a picture on Twitter of a black background with the three white and grey words Je suis Charlie[1], mimicking Charlie Hebdo’s printing style (shown below).



    Spread

    Around the same time this image appeared, an hashtag was launched reusing the catchphrase[2]. It was mainly used as an act of simpathy towards families of the victims. However, as many followers came in and it was reused more than 610 000 times on twitter before the end of the day, the mainstream media began highlighting the hashtag in various discussions about freedom of speech and freedom of press after the attack[3]. The official Charlie Hebdo website reposted it on its twitter account as well.
    A Facebook page was launched later that day[4], escalating to more than 260 000 likes in the first two days of its creation and inviting everyone to change their Facebook avatars to the black picture.
    On January 9th, some internet retailing sites began selling products featuring the phrase, such as T-shirts, mugs, ect.. to the dismay and shock of many netizens[11].

    Demonstrations

    On the afternoon and night of January 7th, calls for peaceful demonstrations all around France were made via the hashtag and the Facebook page in order to pay tribute to the victims[5].
    The day after, on January 8th, these calls were extended throughout the globe and many foreign countries join in to show their support[6] (an example shown below).

    The demonstrations, as of January 10th, are still ongoing and planned for the week-end as well as the following week.

    Photographs from around the world

    Dozens of photographs were curated from various news agencies and amateur photographers (shown below).



    Homage from Google

    Google paid tribute to the victims by creating a doodle displaying a black ribbon on the front of its search homepage[6] (shown below). On January 8th, the ribbon was replaced with the black picture “Je suis Charlie”.


    #jesuispolicier and #jesuisahmed

    In addition to the first hashtag, another, #JeSuisPolicier (from Je Suis Policier, meaning I am a Police Officer in English) was launched to pay tribute to two police officers who were killed in cold blood while on duty during the massacre, as well as the woman police officer who died after the January 8th shooting in Montrouge[7].
    #JeSuisAhmed[8] is also an hashtag related to one of the deceased police officer, Ahmed Marabet who was muslim and Algerian, as a counterpoint against muslim-bashing messages online following the attack as well as acts of violence in real life against the Muslim community.

    Criticism

    In reaction towards Charlie Hebdo’s image as a satirical weekly who was prone on doing caricatures of every political and social group, the hashtag #JeNeSuisPasCharlie[9] (I Am Not Charlie) was launched for people who wanted to pay tribute to the victims while also concemning perceived racist, islamophobic, homophobic, sexist and/or transphobic characteristics associated with the magazine[10].

    Notable Images



    External References (in French)


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  • 01/09/15--21:19: Pikmin
  • About

    Pikmin is a game series developed by Shiguru Miyamoto of Nintendo. The series main installments are Real Time Strategy games, where the point of it all is to command 100 small creatures called Pikmin to take down enemies and collect various things.

    History

    The exact start of the franchise’s inception is somewhat tricky to pinpoint. There were two original ideas that are known to have eventually spawned off into what the franchise has become now. The first was a game called “Adam and Eve” where the player would watch the development of two different human beings. However, the game was too uninteractive, and was retooled.

    It later made the appearance as a tech demo at Spaceworld 2000 known as Super Mario 128, showing off how many models the Gamecube could handle at the time. It also did various other things that showed up in other Nintendo games, not relating to Pikmin.

    The first installment of the franchise came out in 2001, as a launch title for the Gamecube, alongside Luigi’s Mansion. The main plot was about an alien employ of a company called Hocotate Freight named Olimar getting crash landed on a strange world with a poisonous atmosphere, and having to survive by using the small creatures he finds called Pikmin to find missing ship pieces scattered across the globe within a thirty day time limit, which is when his spacesuit’s systems will fail and he will become susceptible to the harsh oxygen of the world.

    About three years later, a sequel was spawned, this time the Hocotation landing back onto his homeworld just after the events of the first game. However, when he comes back, his company goes bankrupt due to the president’s loan. However, one of the souvenirs that Olimar brings back turns out to be worth quite a lot of money, and so the President orders Olimar, and new character Louie, to go back to the Pikmin planet to retrieve more treasure to pay off the loan, this time with no time limit to hassle down any exploration. Once the loan has been repayed and Olimar returns back to Hocotate, it turns out that Louie was left behind, leading Olimar and the President to have to go back and rescue him.

    The in between time for Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3 was a longer period, however this did not mean that Pikmin would go unnoticed by anyone. Olimar was a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and New Plus Control versions of the first two Pikmin games came out in 2008 and 2009, respectively. This led people to believe that a Pikmin 3 was coming around to be made for the Wii, considering how the NPC versions were deemed the definitive versions of the game, however, Pikmin 3 had to wait until the next console to see the light of day.

    In 2013, Pikmin 3 finally came out, staring three new characters from the planet Koppai. Alph, Brittany, and Charlie, were three captains sent to the Pikmin planet, now dubbed PNF-404, to gather food supplies for their homeworld, which had run out of foodstuffs, due to an increasing appetite, and a basic lack of planning. However, their ship, the S.S. Drake, crash lands, with only a single important component missing leading the three to have to work together with the Pikmin to gather food, and find said missing component. As the game went on, it turned out that both Olimar and Louie had also returned to the Pikmin planet to gather treasure for unknown reasons.

    In 2014, the Pikmin also received three short films that can be downloaded on Nintendo’s E-shop for a small fee. It has also been said that while there are no clear plans at the moment, this isn’t the last we’ll see of the Pikmin franchise.

    Reception

    The Pikmin franchise was received well upon conception, with the first installment selling more then 101,000 copies at launch, and favorable reviews all across the board for the games in the series.

    Which game is considered the best, however, varies from fan to fan. The first game focuses on time management and tries to get you to use every second wisely, which is not the best for more explorative type players. The second game, however, is non-existent, and allows you to focus on exploration, but some fans felt that some of the reason to play Pikmin relies on the pressure of the time limit, even if it was a longer time limit. The third game sought out to try and rectify these both ends, by tying the two together. The more fruit you were able to collect, the longer you were able to play and this supported looking around, and exploring, while at the same time keeping the pressure of the first game as well.

    Related Memes

    Steve

    Steve is the name of a red leaf Pikmin in famous Let’s player Chuggaaconroy

    Named in the first episode as a joke, he later appeared as a Pikmin showing extreme loyalty, trying to carry back a dead Firey Blowhog back to base all by himself. He was labeled as a trooper, and later became his own little meme, much to Chugga’s dismay. If you find a red pikmin with a sinlge leaf on his head, expect it to be named Steve by the fandom.

    Search Interest

    External References

    http://www.pikminwiki.com/Main_Page


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  • 01/10/15--18:01: Let Me Love You
  • Work in progress


    About

    Let Me Love You is an expression that is often paired with out-of-context images of one character moving aggressively towards another.

    Origin

    The phrase “Let Me Love You” has been the title of several songs. The first of these to become popular on an international level was an R&B song released by the American artist Mario in 2004, charting in first place in the US, New Zealand, and several countries in Europe.[1]



    Spread

    Notable Examples




    Search Interest


    External References


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    Warning: A lot of crack. Viewer discretion is advised.

    About:

    On January 10th, 2015, the New England Patriots faced the Baltimore Ravens in a battle to clinch the spot in the AFC championships. During one play, Tom Brady (#12 Patriots) passes the football to Robert Gronkowski (#87 Patriots) while Raashan Melvin (#39 Ravens) in an attempt to tackle Gronk tries to seize his legs. Melvin’s move caused Gronkowski’s pants to show the tight end’s “tight end.” To top it off Melvins head is facing Gronk’s ass. The Patriots beat the Ravens 35-31 and has won the spot for the AFC championship.

    Spread:

    Many of Patriots nation are taking to social media sharing images and screenshots of the incident. Twitter users felt compelled to tweet about #gronkbutt

    Rob Gronkowski, nor the New England Patriots have yet to comment on this.

    Examples

    Sources

    BCD Wire – http://www.bdcwire.com/gronk-butt/
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    About

    Take A Closer Look At That Snout is a phrase spoken over a video of an Elephant shrew. After the phrase is spoken, the Elephant shrew opens its mouth seeming to scream, though no sound can be heard. The video has become the subject of many parodies, often inserting different sounds when the animal opens its mouth.

    Origin

    The oldest known video was uploaded to YouTube on April 27th, 2010 by user LiLAH4.[1] The true origin source of the video is currently unknown, but it is likely to be a nature documentary.



    Despite being the origin for the meme, the video only accumulated less than 300,000 views nearly 5 years. By comparison, a Tumblr video version of the source video gained over 65,000 notes in 30 days.[2]

    Spread

    The oldest know variant of the video was uploaded on May 12th, 2014 by YouTube user ZippAgain.[3] The video shows the original clip, and inserts the classic Godzilla roar sound effect, as well as a blue beam emitting from the Elephant Shrew when its mouth opens.



    The video remixes also became popular on blog site Tumblr[4] in the later half of 2014, often utilizing the Tumblr Video Player which was released on October 23rd, 2014. The most popular one was posted by Tumblr user “Trained-Chimpanzee” which gained over 140,000 notes in ten days [5].

    Various Examples




    External References


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  • 01/11/15--10:21: Vore
  • [WIP]

    About

    Vorarephilia ("vore:) is a paraphilia, characterized by the erotic desire to consume or be consumed by another person or creature [1] or to spectate another person or creature be eaten. The character being eaten is commonly referred to as the “Prey” while the character doing the eating is often referred to as the “Predator” (often shortened to pred). Traditionally vore is depicted as an oral act, however variations involving other orifices exist.

    History

    Stories of characters being eaten alive have existed long throughout history such as the biblical story of Jonah and The Whale and Cronus of Greek Mythology devouring his children [2]. In 1997 the now defunct Vor-Com, a furry oriented website that focused on soft-vore, was created as one of the earliest websites dedicated to vore [3].

    Major Categories

    Soft

    In soft vore the prey is consumed alive and whole. After being consumed the prey may be released, held for a time, or be digested. The prey may or may not be revived after digestion and in either case graphic scenes of digestion are either skipped or made painless. As such this is the most common form of vore depicted due to not portraying the end result as being something possibly deadly.

    Hard

    Hard-vore is typically less common than soft-vore. In Hard-vore physical injury to the prey occurs, whether by chewing and/or tearing of flesh and bone or by violent digestion in the stomach’s acids. Because of this, connections towards guro fetishism are inevitable when dealing with hard vore artwork, so some artists avoid hard vore entirely due to not wishing to be classified as “guro artists” as well.

    Subcategories

    [WIP]

    Oral

    Same-Size

    In same-size vore the predator and prey are are roughly the same size. Artwork depicting
    same-size vore often shows the predator’s gut being stretched to unnatural extremes, similar to Body Inflation. As such there is occasional overlap with inflation fetishism with some vore artists, who will do a mixture of both fetishes seen across their online art galleries.

    Macro

    Macro vore combines macrophilia and vore by featuring a predator much larger than the prey, often large enough for the prey to be bite sized. A very common type of vore art, especially among artists who do not wish to do artwork displaying the predator’s midsection becoming very distended.

    Non-Oral (NSFW artwork)

    Cock

    A method of vore which involves the prey being taken into the predator by means of the penis. While the predator in these situations is typically male, occasionally some artists will depict this method of vore using futanari characters (girls with male genitals). Quite common among furry artists who do very NSFW vore art.

    Anal

    A method of vore in which the predator devours the prey through the anus. Sometimes called “reverse vore” due to the prey being taken in through the exact opposite of where one normally devours something (orally). Not terribly common, but can be seen among furry and non-furry artists who do NSFW art with characters of any gender.

    Unbirthing (Vaginal)

    This method of vore involves the prey being taken into the predator by way of the predator’s own birth canal, often ending up in the womb, hence the name “unbirth.” Considered the female equivalent of cock vore, this one is also semi-common among both furry and non-furry NSFW vore fetish artists.

    Online Presence

    Searching “Vore” DeviantArt results in over 84,000 results [4] and over 64,000 images on Fur Affinity. In 2005 Two vore sites, strega.aryion.com and artists.aryion.com, merged and renamed Eka’s Portal under the domain name //aryion.com [5] and is now one of the largest vore communities on the internet. In 2011 the subreddit /r/vore was created [6].

    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 01/11/15--14:08: Macrophilia
  • About
    Macrophilia (or macro for short) is a fascination with or a sexual fantasy involving giants, more commonly expressed as giantesses (female giants) The fantasy is typically based around one or more larger beings dominating a smaller being. Many fantasies include the macrophile shrinking before a normal sized woman or keeping his or her normal height while the partner grows in size. Others involve partners who naturally have a significant difference in size.

    History
    One of the earliest known possible inspirations for macrophilla was the 1958 Sci-fi/ Fantasy film “Attack of the 50 foot woman” [WIP]

    Examples
    [WIP]

    Online Presence
    Macrophile.com and giantessworld.net are the 2 main Macrophile websites. Also noted Furaffinity.net has over 100,000 results regarding macrophilia [WIP]

    Notable Artist

    Alef-gp
    Stampy
    Illogical
    Cougr


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