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  • 01/11/15--18:11: Transformation / TF
  • About

    Transformation, or TF, is a type of fetish featuring a character developing, or “transforming” from their own species into an animal or an inanimate object. This fetish is most common in furries and cartoon fans. TF art is usually drawn in a sequence or a comic, showing the stages of a transformation, although a single-pane mid-transformation picture is also common.

    History

    Origin

    The idea of transformation has existed for centuries, and can go back as far as the stories of skin-walkers in Native American legends or the Selkies in Northwestern Europe mythology. The idea of lycanthropy and vampires also contributed to the origins of transformation, as did fairy tales like the Frog Prince. In modern times, various cartoons and films of the 1980’s and 1990’s like Street Sharks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rock-a-Doodle and An American Wolf in London played a great factor in the development of the internet-age TF fandom.

    The earliest known transformation-related website is the Transformation Story Archive[1] which was created by Thomas Hassan in 1995[2] to archive amateur TF work. From 1996 to 2001, the 54-part children’s book series Animorphs, written by K.A. Applegate was published, inspiring further development in the fanbase and is known by many as the reason for joining the fandom.

    Spread

    In 1997, the TF archive site “Transfur” was established, and in September of 1999 the cartoon TF archive website “Shadowlord Inc.” was created. As early as 2003, transformation art has been put onto DeviantArt, and since the creation of the website FurAffinity in 2005. The first Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games were released in late 2006, drawing further development of younger TF fans and attributing greatly to the “Pokémon” subset of TF. Many cartoon-oriented bureaus also focus on transformation art. Transformation has also been known as a focus of the webcomics “El Goonish Shive” and “The Wotch”.[3]

    Inanimate TFs

    Inanimate TFs are a specialized subset of TF featuring one or more victims transforming into an inanimate object, like dolls, plushies, or crystal statues, possibly influenced by stories with unusual polymorphs.

    Notable Examples

    Notable Artists

    References

    [1]Wikipedia – Transformation Story Archive

    [2]Transformation Story Archive

    [3]WikiFur – Transformation fiction – Transformation enthusiasts


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  • 01/12/15--04:47: Snoop Dogg
  • Work in progress


    About

    Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion (real name: Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.) is an American rapper, singer-songwriter and actor, with over 30 million albums sold worldwide. He is known for laid-back rapping style, using -izzle for rhyming and re-popularizing the use of it[4] and his association with “weed culture”.

    History

    He began his music career in 1992 by collaborating with Dr. Dre on his solo debut album The Chronic and on the theme song of the movie Deep Cover. Snoop’s debut album, Doggystyle was released in 1993, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming certified 4x Platinum in 1994[1].



    After the success of Doggystyle, he would go on to make several more albums and collaborate with many artists, such as Tupac Shakur, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams. He is currently married to Shante Broadus, and has three children. His reported net worth is 135 million dollars[2].

    Online Presence

    He has a large online following due to his music being universally acclaimed by reviewers and rap fans. Due to his association with marijuana, Snoop Dogg is most often associated with “weed culture” and its habits. He is also used in many montage parodies.



    Fandom

    (Work in progress)
    He has several blogs dedicated to him on tumblr, like fuckyeahsnoopdogg[5] and Snoop Dogg Doing Awesome Things[6]. He also has a sub-reddit[7] and has done a AMA on the IAmA sub-reddit, using the alias “Here_Comes_The_King”[8]



    “Smoke Weed Everyday”



    Smoke Weed Everyday is a lyrical part from the 2000 rap single “The Next Episode”[3] by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. The phrase has gained usage in numerious image macros, music remixes and YouTube Poop Music Videos .

    Snoop Lion/Conversion to Rastafari Movement


    In 2012, after a trip to Jamaica, he announced that he had converted to the Rastafari Movement and had decided on a new alias, Snoop Lion. Under the alias, he released a new studio album called Reincarnated[1].

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 01/12/15--11:14: Chrissy Teigen's Cry Face
  • About

    Chrissy Teigen’s Cry Face refers to the emotional reaction of American fashion model Chrissy Teigen captured on camera as her husband and singer-songwriter John Legend gave an acceptance speech for the “Best Original Song” award at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, which quickly went viral on Twitter as an exploitable template for reaction image and photoshopped parodies.

    Origin

    On January 11th, 2015, singer-songwriter John Legend and rapper Common were given the award for “Best Original Song” for the song “Glory” off the soundtrack for the 2014 historical drama film Selma. During the acceptance speech, Legend’s wife Teigen was filmed crying while watching him speak (shown below).



    Immediately after the speech, the Entertainment Weekly Twitter[1] feed posted a screencaptured image of Teigen crying (shown below).



    Spread

    That evening, Twitter users began posting the photo of Teigen’s face along with humorous captions about what could cause the expression (shown below).



    Meanwhile, Teigen responded to the reaction by tweeting that she didn’t have a chance to practice her “cry face” and noted that she had become “a meme” (shown below, left).[3][4] Additionally, Teigen posted a photo in which she is shown posing with her husband while wearing cry faces on Instagram[2] (shown below, right). Within 17 hours, the post gained over 102,000 likes.



    On January 12th, Twitter user @JAndre_Oh[5] posted a photoshopped mouth eyes version of the cry face image (shown below). In less than 24 hours, the tweet received more than 630 favorites and 130 retweets. In the comings days, several news sites published articles about Teigen’s cry face, including NY Daily News,[6] In Touch Weekly,[7] E! Online,[8] The Huffington Post,[9] People[10] and MTV News.[11]



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 01/12/15--12:33: Je Suis Nico
  • About

    Je Suis Nico (I Am Nico in English with Nico being diminutive of Nicolas) is a hashtag and exploitable image of former French president and current UMP leader Nicolas Sarkozy trying to sneak his way towards the front of the January 11th rally that took place in Paris, France, in order to pay tribute to the victims of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo Shooting. Because his action was seen as out of place and rude by news outlets and French netizens, he triggered a series of parodies online portraying him crashing into a wide variety of settings, from historical events to tv shows and movies in a manner similar to Sarkozy was there.

    Origin

    On January 11th 2015, an official silent rally was organized in Paris in homage to the Charlie Hebdo victims and to protest against terrorism as a whole. It was led by French president François Hollande and featured many important foreign politicians, a few examples being German Chancellor Angela Merkel or even Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photos of the event were taken by news magazine Paris Match[1] in which they noticed that former president Nicolas Sarkozy made his way to the front of the rally (shown below) before giving his place when the whole rally stopped and observed one minute of silence in memory of the victims.



    Spread

    The photograph reached Twitter that same day in an update by news site l’Important[2]. From then on, the hashtag #JeSuisNico came to light, following the popularity of Je Suis Charlie, leading to dozens of amateur parodies involving Nicolas Sarkozy inviting himself into various settings, historical or fictionnal. A Tumblr page was created as well, on January 12th[3].
    The parodies eventually caught the attention of various news websites reporting on it, such as Minute Buzz[4], Le Nouvel Obs[5] or even 20 Minutes[6].

    Notable Examples



    External References


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  • 01/12/15--14:22: 200% Mad
  • Origin

    200% Mad is a reaction image expressing violent anger against something, usually showing a character displaying such feeling. The modus operandi behind the picture and its peculiar way of cutting letters to form words were inspired by the Expand Dong meme. It led to an impressive amount of parodies dealing with various reactions and different percentages associated with them.

    Origin

    Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is an action hack and slash video game from the Metal Gear franchise that was published from February 2013 for game consoles to January 2014 for PC. In it, the main protagonist, Raiden, has to fight his ways through a series of villains, one of them being Senator Armstrong, well-known for another meme involving nanomachines. In one of the cutscenes, the senator appears shirtless and grinning in anger towards Raiden, glowering at him with redish eyes (shown below in a screenshot from September 2014).



    An anonymous user got the idea to mix 200%, corresponding to Raiden’s life bar in the picture, with the grinning face and the letters MAD as a reference to the well-known U mad vernacular (shown below).



    Spread

    As early as January 26th 2014, the picture was used as a reaction in a 4chan thread from the /v/ (video games) board[1] in which the user asked if there was a way to play Sam, another character from the game, into the main game. Through out 2014, the image would find itself reused on other 4chan boards[2][5], Funnyjunk[3] or Tumblr[4] where it began to be parodied.

    Notable examples


    [archive from 4chan : may contain NSFW content]


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    About

    Super Smash Bros. Character Announcement Parodies, also known as “Super Smash Bros. Challenger Approaching Parodies”, “Fake Smash Bros. Reveals”, and “(X) Confirmed for Smash Bros.”, is an image macro series featuring various photoshopped images of Super Smash Brothers character introductions, where a character is introduced while referencing a quote and/or action the character says and/or does. It is used in very similar ways to A Challenger Appears and the “Super Smash Bros. Challenger Approaching” screens. However, it is also used as a satirical joke to troll people and/or to inflict humor on other people. It is used to make references to one another as well.

    Origin

    On June 11, 2013, two trailers for the upcoming game “Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS/Wii U” were revealed during a Nintendo Direct presentation. One trailer was for announcing the game, while the other announced “Villager” from Animal Crossing as a newcomer.[1] As Villager captures Nintendo mascot Super Mario in his net, the screen then turns orange as the words “Villager Comes to Town!” appear on the screen.

    Spread

    [W.I.P.]

    On June 17, 2013, gaming site Kotaku posted an article regarding the image macro series gaining popularity shortly after the conclusion of E3 2013 where many images of characters “joining” the battle were photoshopped and posted online.[2]

    On April 23rd, 2014, Funnyjunk user “jackpott” posted a photoshopped image of Shrek in front of a green background with the words “Shrek Takes Ogre!” beside it. As of January 2015, the image has gained 67 positive reputation points and 2 favorites.[3]

    On Tumblr[4][5], there are over 100+ total search results for posts that contain “challenger approaching” and “confirmed for smash bros”. On Twitter, there are more than 2,000+ search results for tweets that contain “confirmed for smash bros” between October 23rd, 2014 and January 12, 2015.[6]

    Notable Examples


    Search Interest

    External References


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    About

    Michael Jackson eating popcorn is a gif animation and reaction image used in forums and comment threads to denote that the poster is going to enjoy watching a complex argument or discussion topic unfold, in similar vein as Dis Gon B Gud. As the popularity of the animation grew, image macros featuring various famous characters interacting with Michael Jackson and his popcorn were made.

    Origin

    The animated gif was taken from a scene of the famous music clip for Michael Jackson’s hit song Thriller, released in 1982. The peculiar segment shows Michael Jackson delightfully eating popcorn while watching a horror movie in a theater (shown below).



    Spread

    Usage

    As early as September 2nd 2007, YTMND users were the first to make parodies about Michael Jackson enjoying pop-corn with a site[1] made by Chiyoumen. As of January 2015, it has gained over 5 000 views. Between 2007 and 2013, three more sites were made dealing with the same joke[2]. As a reaction image in particular, individual animated gifs of the scene seems to exist as early as April 2008[3] which were often used in forums and boards to show that the poster is enjoying a peculiar heated debate between other posters. A 2011 post from themetapicture.com[4] showed how the gif may work as an ideal reaction when witnessing a Facebook argument, for instance. On Reddit, Michael Jackson is the main icon of the r/popcorngif sub-reddit dealing with various animated gifs of people eating popcorn[5].

    I came here to read the comments

    As the gif became more and more widely used as a reaction, image macro versions were made with the caption “I came here to read the comments”, sometimes reduced as “I’m here to read the comments” (shown below).



    An entry for macros was submitted to Meme Generator on April 3rd 2014[6]. As of January 2015, over 9 000 parodies were made.
    This led to new macros featuring the catchphrase on other people.



    Because the original gif and macros were so used when dealt with arguments online, a new trend emerged featuring various other famous macro memes interacting with Michael Jackson and his beloved popcorn (shown below).



    External References


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  • 01/13/15--09:20: O.T Genasis - CoCo
  • About

    CoCo is a Hip Hop/Trap single by Belizean rapper O.T Genasis (Odis Flores) that has gathered viral[1] attention trough a series of vines.

    Origin

    The Song was released as a single on October 27, 2014, it features O.T Genasis talking about buying and selling “Coco” (Cocaine) and his love for it, the single has received negative responses for its simplicity.

    The song has received 49,688,803 views and 367,846 likes on youtube.

    Spread

    After the release of the song, multiple vines featuring the song started appearing with the tags #Coco and #Iminlovewiththecoco , normally poking fun at Genasis pronuntiation of cocaine by associating it with Cocoa Chocolate and CoCoa Puffs, as well as his pronunciation of “Baking Soda” (shown in compilations below)

    On November 26, 2014, internet music reviewer Anthony Fantano released a parody of the song under his alter ego Cal Chuchesta, talking about Cocoa (shown below) along with a remix featuring internet celebrity Filthy Frank and his alter ego Pink Guy.[2]

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 01/14/15--10:46: Look At Him And Laugh
  • About

    Look At Him And Laugh is a catchphrase and reaction image, depicting characters laughing while pointing at things, that invite people to mock on someone who showed or said something found to be stupid, in a typical Schadenfreude way.

    Origin

    As a reaction image, the first macro displaying the catchphrase was part of the 60s Spider-man macro meme that took over 4chan in 2009. It depicts Spider-Man pointing at something and two police officers laughing with the capion “Look at him Look at him and laugh” underneath (shown below). While there is no archive pinpointing an exact date of its use on the imageboard, its earliest mention was from a Tumblr page[1] cataloguing reaction images, dated April 6th 2011.



    Spread

    Through out the following years, the Spider-man picture became a widely used reaction on imageboards and forums alike, making appearances on 4chan[2], Funnyjunk[3], forum threads such as Gamespot’s[4] and comment sections such as Gizmodo’s[5] or even Fark[6].

    [WIP]

    Notable Examples



    External References


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  • 01/14/15--11:17: Trompe-L'œil
  • About

    Trompe-L’œil (“trick of the eye”) is an optical illusional technique employed across various disciplines of visual arts to make two-dimensional works appear to be three-dimensional from a specific vantage point by combining the stylistic elements of photorealism and forced perspective photography.

    Origin

    Optical illusions involving 3-dimensional perspectives were used since the ancient Greek and Roman times, typically in mural paintings. During the Renaissance period, many Italian painters employed perspective illusion techniques in ceiling paintings (shown below). The phrase “trompe l’oeil” was coined in the Baroque period when perspective illusion ceiling paintings grew in popularity in Belgium and the Netherlands.[1]



    Spread

    Many tropes used in cartoons have employed trompe-l’oeil, including the Looney Tunes character Wile E. Coyote who painted a 3-dimensional tunnel on a cliff face in an attempt to catch the Road Runner (shown below, left). In the 1954 musical film Singin’ in the Rain, a scene featuring the character Cosmo Brown (played by Donald O-Connor) running up a wall features a trompe-l’oeil mural (shown below, right).



    On February 16th, 2002, the art blog Trompe-L-oeil-Art.com[3] was launched, which highlights notable examples of trompe-l’oeil. In August 2005, graffiti artist Banksy painted a series of images on the Palestinian side of the Israeli West Bank wall, which included a trompe-l’oeil painting of two children playing below a hole revealing a tropical beach (shown below).



    On September 14th, 2013, Redditor odinsraven232323 posted a photograph of a trompe l’oeil painting at an abandoned castle in Italy to the /r/AbandonedPorn[4] subreddit, where it gained over 1,100 votes (95% upvoted) prior to being archived. On May 11th, 2014, Redditor sunrays6 submitted before-and-after photographs of a wall with a trompe-l’oeil mural to /r/pics[5] (shown below, right). On June 17th, the art blog Creative Bloq[2] published a listicle featuring 22 examples of trompe-l’oeil illusions.



    Forced Perspective

    The forced perspective photography technique creates an optical illusion by strategically placing a subject or object to appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. While the technique has been employed by various professional photographers and artists for many decades, it became a widespread practice among amateur photographers in the early 2000s with the emergence of inexpensive digital cameras and photo-sharing platforms like Flickr.



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Trompe loeil

    [2]Creative Bloq – 22 amazing trompe loeil illusions

    [3]Trompe-L-oeil-Art.com – Trompe Loeil

    [4]Reddit – The bath and trompe

    [5]Reddit – Trompe-loeil before and after


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  • 01/14/15--15:00: David Lynch
  • About

    David Lynch is an American director best known for his surrealist-style works containing disturbing, confusing and bizarre imagery, including the films Eraserhead, Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive as well as the 1990s drama television series Twin Peaks.

    History

    In 1966, Lynch made his first short film titled “Six Figures Getting Sick” while attending the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (shown below, left). In 1977, Lynch released his first feature film Eraserhead, which tells the story of man’s experience caring for a deformed child.



    In 1984, Lynch’s film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel Dune was released, revolving around the protagonist Paul Atreides and his experiences on the desert planet Arrakis (shown below, left). In 1990, the pilot episode of Lynch’s television drama series Twin Peaks premiered, which follows the investigation of a murder of a small town’s homecoming queen (shown below, right).



    On January 25th, 1997, Lynch’s psychological drama film Lost Highway was released, telling the story of a jazz musician who is accused of his wife’s murder (shown below, left). On May 16th, 2001, the neo-noir mystery film Mulholland Drive was released, featuring an aspiring actress who moves into a strange apartment complex in Los Angeles, California (shown below, right).



    Twin Peaks Revival

    On October 6th, 2014, Showtime revealed that a limited series of Twin Peaks would air on the cable television network in 2016, which would include nine new episodes written by Lynch and Mark Frost with actor Kyle MacLachlan returning to the show.[2]

    Online Presence

    Parody Trailers

    On August 8th, 2007, YouTuber Cody R uploaded footage from the 1995 Disney animated film A Goofy Movie edited in the style of a David Lynch film (shown below, left). In eight years, the video gained over one million views and 1,300 comments. On September 22nd, 2008, YouTuber kaflickastan uploaded a Lynch-inspired parody trailer for the 1987 romantic comedy film Dirty Dancing (shown below, right).



    On May 10th, 2013, YouTuber Patrick Willems uploaded a parody of various scenes from the 1991 action film Point Break made in the style of directors Wes Anderson, Tommy Wiseau, Joe Swanberg and David Lynch (shown below, left). On May 19th, 2014, YouTuber C-Spit uploaded a parody trailer for the 1983 science fiction film Star Wars: Return of the Jedi as if it were directed by Lynch (shown below, right).



    Larry David Lynch

    On December 14th, 2014, the Larry David Lynch Tumblr[1] blog was launched, featuring multi-pane comics made from screenshots of Twin Peaks and Lynch’s films captioned with dialog from the television sitcoms Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld (shown below).



    Personal Life

    Lynch was born on January 20th, 1946 in Missoula, Montana. Lynch has stated that he thinks of himself as a libertarian politically, but aligns himself with the Democratic party in the United States. Lynch is an advocate of the practice of Transcendental Meditation and its ability to provide aid in the creative process.

    Search Interest

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  • 01/15/15--12:04: Joey Wheeler's Creepy Chin
  • About

    Joey Wheeler’s Creepy Chin refers to a series of exploitable images based creepy shots of the character from the 1998 Anime Yu-Gi-Oh[4] (遊☆戯☆王 Yū-Gi-Ō!?, lit. “Game King”), the exploitables mostly stem from japan via twitter, although it has recently gained popularity on america.

    The images are normally an example of QUALITY in anime

    Origin

    The meme originates from multiple still scenes taken from the first incarnation of the Yu-Gi-Oh anime released in 1998, which feature Joey Wheeler with a creepy smile and a pointy chin


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    Spread

    Dispite the images existing for a decade, and gaining usage as a reaction image throughout the years, it wouldnt be until late 2014 that the images would gain memetic traction and spawn multiple exploitables, which include replacing Joey Wheeler with characters from other media, as well as photoshopping his chin on multiple anime characters.

    On November 17, 2014, the popular culture news site Kotaku[1] wrote an article about the meme, which features multiple images of Joey´s chin photoshopped on random anime characters. On November 18th of the same year, the site SGCafe[2] wrote a similar article with more examples. The exploitables have trended in japan on twitter under the Hashtag #城之内顎クソコラグランプリ.[3]

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    Not available

    External References


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  • 01/15/15--13:03: Julie Taylor Test
  • About

    Julie Taylor Test is a method used to gauge the quality of a television actor’s performance by imagining the character’s inner life compared to the rest of the cast. The test was inspired by the perceived bland portrayal of the character Julie Taylor from the television drama series Friday Night Lights.

    Origin

    On February 3rd, 2013, the news site Salon[1] published a recap of the British period drama Downton Abbey by staff writer Willa Paskin, which criticized actress Elizabeth McGovern’s portrayal of the character Cora Crawley in the series. The author claimed McGovern failed what they referred to as the “Julie Taylor test”:

    “The test is as follows: Is it possible to imagine the inner life of this character? If no, is it possible to imagine the inner life of the characters surrounding him or her?”

    Spread

    On May 5th, 2013, Salon published an article titled “The Julie Taylor Test: How to tell if a TV actor is bad,” which listed several other examples of characters who failed the author’s Julie Taylor test, which included Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones. In the coming days, several news site published articles about the test, including Jezebel,[2] Refinery29[3] and Clear Eyes Full Shelves.[4]

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 01/15/15--13:06: Dick Poop
  • [Work In Progress. Any help will be appreciated.]


    About

    Dick Poop is a mispronunciation of cinematographer Dick Pope, said by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Hours after the phrase was uttered, the phrase “Dick Poop” became popular on social media sites.

    Origin

    [WIP]

    Spread

    [WIP]

    Search Interest

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  • 01/15/15--14:49: Sensible Chuckle
  • About

    Sensible Chuckle is a reaction gif a man laughing while reading a magazine titled “Sensible Chuckle” from a scene in the Australian comedy show Danger 5.

    Origin

    On February 27th, 2012, Danger 5 premiered on the Australian public television network SBS One, featuring a group of international spies attempting to assassinate Adolf Hitler during World War II. In Season 1 Episode 3, originally aired on March 5th, 2012, the character Tucker (played by Sean James Murphy) laughs to himself while reading a copy of the fictional magazine “Sensible Chuckle” (shown below).



    On April 18th, 2013, Redditor[1] ARealHuman posted an animated GIF of the scene to the /r/reactinogifs[6] subreddit, where it gained over 3,900 votes (96% upvoted) and 80 comments prior to being archived.



    Spread

    On the same day, the /r/SensibleChuckle[7] subreddit was launched. On February 3rd, 2014, Redditor Turkish_Farmer submitted the GIF as a reaction to news that the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks football teams would be playing against each other the following year to the /r/reactiongifs[3] subreddit. On July 7th, Redditor gaedikus submitted the GIF to express his reaction when seeing a picture of his ex on Facebook to the /r/TrollYChromosome[2] subreddit. On August 27th, YouTuber Dinosaur uploaded an interview with Sean James Murphy in which he responded to a question about the “Sensible Chuckle” magazine scene (shown below).



    On January 13th, 2015, Redditor TheWhyteMan submitted an edited version of the Sensible Chuckle GIF with clips of laughing celebrities appearing to read the magazine to /r/funny[4] (shown below, left). On the following day, Redditor TheWhyteMan submitted an extended version of the GIF with several added laughing celebrities titled “Have I gone too far? (OC)” to the /r/funny[5] subreddit, where it garnered upwards of 4,100 votes and 950 comments in the first 24 hours. Also on January 14th, TheWhyteMan’s GIF was reposted on FunnyJunk,[8] where it gathered more than 27,500 views and 760 upvotes that day.



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  • 01/15/15--18:27: #OperationFaceplateNA
  • About

    #OperationFaceplateNA is a hashtag used by Nintendo fans in North America to voice their concern over the release of the standard size New Nintendo 3DS in North America, instead only releasing its larger counterpart, the New Nintendo 3DS XL. The name refers to interchangeable faceplates that were a selling point for the system, but are only available with the standard size New Nintendo 3DS.

    Origin

    On January 15, 2015, Nintendo released a Youtube video on their channel advertising the New Nintendo 3DS XL in the US. No advertisement was given for the standard size system. Users in the comments section voiced their concern, and several people started using the phrase #OperationFaceplateNA. Soon, several people started posting links to the petitions and Nintendo of America’s contact information telling people to voice their opinions to them under the hashtag #OperationFaceplateNA

    Spread

    Within hours of the videos posting, several petitions appeared on change.org calling for Nintendo to release the standard size new 3DS in America. The largest one has garnered around 1000 signatures as of January 15.


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  • 01/15/15--20:32: BDSM
  • I know very little about this particular topic, and the other mods would rather have it deadpooled until its viability as a meme can be confirmed, so please apply for editorship if you think you can help. Thanks. ---Particle Mare


    About

    BDSM, an initialism for Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and submission and Sadism and masochism is a variety of erotic practices involving dominance, submission and roleplaying.

    History

    The term BDSM dates back to 1920s-1960s (disputed), but the origin of the term is unclear and has been believed to have been formed by joining the term B&D (bondage and discipline) with S&M ( sadomasochism). The BDSM community can consist of cross-dressers, extreme body modders, animal players, latex or rubber fetishists and more.

    One of the oldest proofs of sadomasochistic activities is found in the Tomb of the Whipping which dates back to 5th century BC. Inside the tomb there is a fresco which portrays two men whipping a woman with a cane.

    Online Origin

    In the late 1980s a usenet group alt.sex.bondage was created. When that group became too cluttered with spam the community moved to soc.subculture.bondage-bdsm in 1990. In addition to online sex shopping, there has also been a growth of online adult toy companies that specialized in leather/latex/BDSM gear.

    The internet nowadays has a large community of BDSM fetishists and those who are interested in the subject. These groups often offer comprehensive background and health related information (NSFW) for people who are interested in the fetish.

    Spread

    BDSM and fetish items have spread into some odd places, such as avant-garde fashion, heavy metal, goth culture and some science fiction TV series. While it was mainly confined to the punk and BDSM subcultures in 1990s, it has since spread into the wider parts of society.

    Sadomasochism

    Sadism and Masochism, sometimes shortened into the portmanteau Sadomasochism, is the pleasure in causing and receiving pain, respectively. Although similar in name, the phrases have different meanings than their psychological counterparts due to the former usually being performed with consent.

    The terms Sadism and Masochism stem from the authors Marquis de Sade, who featured sexual violence in his novels, and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch,a masochist himself. Psychologist Sigmund Freud described the paraphernalia as diseases caused by a ubpar upbringing. In modern times, the practice of sadism or masochism frequently falls under the category of BDSM.

    Reception

    W.I.P

    Search Interest


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  • 01/16/15--09:46: Touchdown Tom
  • About

    Touchdown Tom is a meme based on Tom Brady, starting quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. It tends to be used whenever the Patriots – and by extension, Tom Brady – are losing, with commentators claiming, “Never count out Touchdown Tom.” This is due to repeated come-from-behind victories orchestrated by Brady over his fifteen years in the league.

    Origin

    Tom Brady is the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots, a team in the AFC East division of the National Football League. Drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft, Brady has led the Patriots to five Super Bowls (along with three victories) and has won two Most Valuable Player trophies along the way. [1] The meme was created late in the 2013 NFL season by SB Nation writer Jon Bois, [2] who gave Tom Brady a nickname that was so banal, no actual sportswriter would even think of it. [3] This is due to Brady’s ability to throw a lot of touchdowns, a skill to which is not exclusive to him. While its inception came about in November of 2013, the full explanation was not told until January 9, 2014, when Bois explained it in his most recent (at the time) Breaking Madden article, “Breaking Madden: Never count out ‘Touchdown’ Tom Brady”. On November 24, 2013, the Denver Broncos were beating the Patriots 24-0 at halftime, while Jon Bois insisted via Twitter to “not count out Touchdown Tom.” After his final tweet on the subject sometime in the third quarter, Brady brought the team back to tie it up by the end of regulation, and oversaw an overtime victory. [4]

    Breaking Madden

    While the nickname Touchdown Tom originated in November 2013, it was more fully explained on January 9, 2014, when Jon Bois included it in his Breaking Madden series, articles he was writing for SB Nation about different scenarios he had concocted up in Madden 25 (the latest Madden at the time). [5] This mini-series would turn into three parts.


    Never count out ‘Touchdown’ Tom Brady


    The first episode (Never count out ‘Touchdown’ Tom Brady, season 1 episode 16) [6] debuted January 9, 2014 (though the video previewing it came out three days earlier, January 6, 2014). In it, Bois created a team of all Tom Bradys using the Madden creation tools, and had them face off against the Indianapolis Colts, who were given great defense in the first half, but terrible defense in the second half in order to try and facilitate a comeback. By the end of the first half, the Colts were staked to an impressive 74-0 lead, but a second half comeback led to Touchdown Tom and the Patriots winning 77-74 (the score is not shown at the end, though a touchdown is recorded, so the score can be believed to be either 77-74 or 78-74).


    Edge of Tom-orrow


    The next chapter (Edge of Tom-orrow, season 2 episode 7) [7] debuted in the second season of Breaking Madden. The title is a reference to the Tom Cruise-starring movie Edge of Tomorrow, which premiered in theaters June 6, 2014. [8] The episode’s theme was based around the movie’s premise, where Cruise must continually relive the same day over and over again until the necessary outcome is reached. In this case, the outcome is a quarterback sneak from the opponent’s one yard line for a touchdown. While Bois admitted the task seemed impossible, Touchdown Tom was able to successfully QB Sneak on the 344th try.


    The Touchdown Tom Trilogy concludes


    The end of the trilogy (The Touchdown Tom Trilogy concludes, season 2 episode 15) [9] is the latest episode of Breaking Madden. To conclude the trilogy, Bois brought back the team of Touchdown Toms from Never count out ‘Touchdown’ Tom Brady while giving the opponents (who, coincidentally, were once again the Colts) 7’0", 400 pound defenders with zero awareness. Despite having no awareness of where they were or who they were supposed to be, the Colts’ defense ran roughshod on the Toms, while the Colts’ offense (which remained unchanged), was able to comeback and lead 36-18 with less than eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter. With even Touchdown Tom himself ready to count himself out, the resurrection of Clarence BEEFTANK (who had been retired in the previous episode, The quest for 18,356 rushing yards in one game) brought the Toms to yet another comeback and an alleged comeback victory. However, the video footage ends with one of the Toms running for what would’ve been the second touchdown. Though the score was not shown, that would have left the Patriots down 36-32. The true fate of the game was left unknown, though most viewers believe that Touchdown Tom secured that final comeback victory.

    Spread

    Though there had been references to ‘Touchdown Tom’ since October 2007, the official acknowledgement of the phrase (and its creator’s self-confirmation of it being a ‘meme’) came in November 2013. Since that point, the nickname gained a minor following, with its popularity spiking highest in October 2014, when the Edge of Tom-orrow episode came out. Its popularity waned since, though another spike began to occur due to the release of the trilogy’s conclusion. Because of its American origins, the ‘Touchdown Tom’ nickname has appropriately not spread out past the United States.

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    The Brady Bunch is an American TV sitcom about a large step-family consisting of three girls and three boys that originally aired from September 1969 to March 1974 on ABC. While the series is typically remembered by older generations as one of the last old-style family sitcoms from the early 1970s, The Brady Bunch gained much of its online traction through a sudden and large-scale influx of animated GIFs from the show on Tumblr in January 2015.

    History

    The Brady Bunch premiered on September 26th, 1969 on the ABC television network, which starred Mike Brady (played by Robert Reed) and Carol Ann Martin (played by Florence Henderson), a remarried couple who live with their children from previous marriages. Brady’s three sons include Greg (played by Barry Williams), Peter (played by Christopher Knight) and Bobby (played by Mike Lookinland), while Martin’s three daughters include Marcia (played by Maureen McCormick), Jan (played by Eve Plumb) and Cindy (played by Susan Olsen). The family lives in Los Angeles, California in a two-story home, which they share with their live-in housekeeper Alice Nelson (played by Ann B. Davis).



    Satirical Comedy Films

    On February 17th, 1995, the comedy film The Brady Bunch Movie was released, in which the 1970s Brady family is placed in a 1990s setting, unaware that their style and behavior is anachronistic (shown below, left). On August 23rd, 1996, a sequel titled A Very Brady Sequel was released, in which a man claiming to be Carol’s long lost husband returns in an attempt to con the family out of a rare statue (shown below, right).



    Online Presence

    On October 26th, 1996, The Brady Bunch fansite BradyWorld[1] was launched, featuring trivia, news and video dedicated to the show. On May 1st, 1997, the fansite BradyBunchShrine[6] was released online. On May 27th, 2008, the Brady Bunch Wiki[2] was created, gathering upwards of 240 pages over the next seven years. On January 19th, 2011, a Facebook[5] page titled “The Brady Bunch” was launched, which received more than 295,000 likes in the following four years.

    Sküle

    In A Very Brady Movie, the character Jan lies about having a boyfriend named George Glass, to which her sister Marcia replies “I’ve never heard of a George Glass at our school” (shown below). The scene is an homage to The Brady Bunch episode “The Not-So-Ugly Duckling,” originally aired on November 20th, 1970.



    Jan: “No I mean Glass, George Glass.”
    Marcia: "That’s funny. I’ve never heard of a George Glass at our school.
    Jan: “That’s because he’s a transfer student. He came in the last week of school. He’s really good looking and he thinks I’m super cool.”
    Marcia: “Sure, Jan.”

    On January 15th, 2015, Tumblr[7] users began mocking Marcia’s pronunciation of “school” with image macros of the character captioned with the phonetic spelling “sküle” (shown below, left). Additionally, other screencaptures from A Very Brady Movie began circulating on the microblogging site (shown below, right).[3]



    The same day, Tumblr user benstben[4] uploaded the music video for the 2014 electropop song “Break the Rules” by Charli XCX with Marcia’s “school” clip edited into the chorus (shown below).



    Meanwhile, Tumblr user homoluluhawaii posted an It’s More Likely Than You Think image macro with Marcia along with the caption “George Glass? In our skule?” (shown below). In the first 24 hours, the post gained over 45,200 notes.



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    External References

    [1]BradyWorld – BradyWorld

    [2]Brady Bunch Wiki – The Brady Bunch

    [3]Tumblr – awkward cameron

    [4]Tumblr – benstben

    [5]Facebook – The Brady Bunch

    [6]Brady Bunch Shrine – Brady Bunch Shrine

    [7]Tumblr – skule


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    Overview

    Westport Car Dealership Tipping Fiasco refers to the online backlash against the staff at F&R Auto Sales, an automobile dealership located in Westport, Massachusetts, that erupted after a surveillance video footage of sales associates hassling a pizza deliveryman to return a small sum of $7 in change was uploaded to YouTube in January 2015.

    Background

    The video footage, originally recorded on a security camera installed in the office of the dealership, was initially uploaded to YouTube by Frank Correiro, the manager of F&R Auto Sales, with the title “irate pizza driver” on January 10th, 2015. In the video, several sales associates are seen confronting and accusing a pizza delivery man of taking $7 in “change,” to which the courier responds by insisting that he had assumed the money was gratuity for the service.



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