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  • 01/16/15--18:17: Zero Punctuation
  • Work in progress, please request editorship if you’d like to help


    About

    Zero Punctuation is a weekly video review game web series on The Escapist made by English-Australian comedy writer and video game journalist Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw in 2007. Episodes consist of Yahtzee criticizing a game for five minutes, giving insightful thought on the game… or smashing it to pieces.

    Origin

    The first known Zero Punctuation episode was posted Jul 24, 2007 it was a first impressions video on the demo version of The Darkness



    Spread

    [WIP]

    Submemes

    [WIP]

    PC Master Race

    This is an exploitable meme that was made in the review/first impressions ZP of The Witcher:



    Press X not to die



    This was a quote from the review of Prince of Persia sand of Time. It makes fun of quick time and is as a joke on many sites like TvTropes, Urban Dictionary, and many game journalist sites.

    Imps

    Spunkgargleweewee

    This a term in the used in web series to describe generic, America loving, war games.
    This term first came in is Medal of Honor Warfighter Review



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  • 01/16/15--18:18: Teen Titans
  • Heavy W.I.P.


    About

    Teen Titans is a comic book superhero team who appear in comic books published by DC Comics, often in an eponymous monthly series. It has also has an animated series with the same name.
    Researching

    History

    Researching

    Reception

    Researching

    Impact

    Researching

    Fandom

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  • 01/17/15--12:49: Kazoo Covers
  • About

    Kazoo remixes are parody soundtracks including various musics have been covered with the old instrument kazoo. These covers are often created due to satire its instrumental usage similar to the airhorn remixes.

    History

    According to the internet site nationalkazooday.com[1], it’s invention has been made by the Alabama Vest in the 1840’s America and presented nearly 10 years later at the Georgia State Fair. Since its creation and presentation, the instrument have been used as a popular instrument on various country musics.

    Online Presence

    Kazoo has been frequently used as an instrument by online communities such as soundcloud artists or youtubers. Users are kazoo covering popular soundtracks with video editing techniques, like multitracking or multipaning the kazoo samples. (Such as Mysteryguitarman)

    Another example can be seen through the Dragon Ball parodies made by the youtuber OneyNG covering the dragonball soundtracks with the kazoo instrument.

    References

    [1]Nationalkazooday – History

    [2]Noisey.Vice – So wait. Are kazoos cool?

    [3]Reddit – r/Kazoo

    [4]Kazoos.com – About


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  • 01/17/15--13:59: NFL Erotica
  • About
    On December 30, 2014, Lacey Noonan’s A Gronking To Remember: Book One in the Rob Gronkowski Erotica Series, became available for the Kindle on Amazon. It was written as a satire of the erotica genre. In an interview with Slate Magazine, Noonan stated, “I’ve really been trying to write a 50 Shades of Grey bodice-ripper this whole time, but I haven’t been able to. I just can’t bring myself to do it. The erotica genre is just so self-serious that I have to come at it at a funny angle.”

    Spread
    In the weeks following Noonan’s publication, Slate jokingly released previews for several new books. Gilbert Gottfried has also done a dramatic reading for it.

    Reception
    As linked above, Slate Magazine has run a couple of articles on Lacey Noonan’s novella. The Boston Globe ran an article about its removal from Amazon. It has since been put back up.
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    Search Interest


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  • 01/18/15--01:54: Terrible Tiger
  • Work in progress


    About

    Terrible Tiger is an advice animal series featuring an image of a tiger resting its head on a rock and gazing lazily towards the viewer. The captions typically follow a bait-and-switch model to the opposite effect of Successful Black Man; a seemingly innocuous, amiable, or admirable top caption, followed by a dark twist in the bottom caption.

    Origin

    [WIP}

    Spread

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    Notable Examples

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    [WIP}


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  • 01/19/15--09:25: Nekopara
  • About

    Nekopara is a kinetic visual novel by doujin artist Sayori based on a hentai doujin by the same artist and released on December 29th, 2014. The novel follows main protagonist Minaduki Kashou as he moves out of his parents’ place to start a patisserie while taking care of his two pet catgirls, Chocola and Vanilla. Following its release, the game’s appeal and use of an E-mote System managed to gain a lot of praise on Steam and other sites.

    History

    Nekopara[1] is based on a hentai doujin titled Neko Para (shown below) by doujin artist Sayori,[3] which was first released on August 11th, 2013.[2] Although the doujin was released in 2013, Sayori already created original character content of the title’s due, Chocola and Vanilla, as early as 2008, with the earliest tracable piece on the English being found on Danbooru from April 15th of that year.[5] However, the main website of Sayori’s studio, Neko Works,[4] was already created in February 2003,[6] making it unclear when the characters were first created.



    On November 11th, 2014, an unannounced trial version of Nekopara was released to the public.[7] The next month, on December 29th of that year, the complete version of the game was released and made available for purchase. Although the main site[1] featured the complete game, other areas, such as Valve’s Steam store,[8] only offered a version with the explicit content removed.

    Gameplay

    Nekopara focusses on main protagonist Minaduki Kashou and the catgirl heroines Chocola and Vanilla. Kashou finds himself forced to take care of Chocola and Vanilla right as he plans to start a patisserie. To do this he gets the help of his sister and their four other pet catgirls. Nekopara is a kinetic visual novel, making it different from the average visual novel in that it offers no choices to the player and thus has only one possible outcome where Kashou gets into a relationship with both Chocola and Vanilla.



    Reception

    Following its release, the game was met with a large amount of praise. 3 weeks after the release, the game had a positive feedback of 97% out of more than 1,500 reviews on Steam.[8] Gametactics[9] gave the game a score of 7.3/10 and HardcoreGamer[10] reviewed it at 3.5/5. The game stands at a Metacritic[11] score of 7.5 as of January 19th, 2015. The doujin also has a score of 7.58/10 on MyAnimeList[2] and more than 3,200 favorites on Fakku.[12] A game feature that was quickly made fun of was the “chest bounciness” option made available through the game’s E-Mote system (shown below), which allowed its players to determine how often the chests of the female cast would bounce.



    Online Presence

    Prior and after the game’s release, fanart of the characters was already shared on image sharing websites. The game features more than 40, 55 and 70 images on Danbooru,[13] DeviantArt[14] and Zerobchan[15] respectively as of January 19th, 2015, although most of these images are official artworks such as CG art and wallpapers. The official DeviantArt page[16] for Neko Works, which was created in September 2010, has more than 430 members and 68,000 pageviews as of January 19th, 2015.

    Fanart



    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]Nekopara.com(NSFW: Explicit Content)

    [2]MyAnimeList – Neko Para

    [3]Danbooru Wiki – Sayori

    [4]Sayori.sabori.com

    [5]Danbooru – Chocola

    [6]Who.is – Sayori.sabori.com

    [7]Tsundere.me.jp – Nekopara Trial

    [8]Steam Store – Nekopara

    [9]Gametactics – NekoPara vol. 01 Review

    [10]HardcoreGamer – Review: Nekopara Vol. 1

    [11]Metacritic – Nekopara Vol. 1

    [12]Fakku – Neku Para 01(NSFW: Explicit Content)

    [13]Danbooru – Search: ‘Nekopara’(NSFW: Explicit Content)

    [14]DeviantArt – Search: ‘Nekopara’

    [15]Zerochan – Search: ‘Neko Para’

    [16]DeviantArt – Neko Works FC


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  • 01/19/15--12:11: #DeflateGate
  • Overview

    #DeflateGate refers to the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots’ alleged use of deflated footballs towards the team’s advantage during their American Football Conference (AFC) Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in January 2015. The accusations of foul play has prompted an investigation from the National Football League (NFL).

    Background

    On January 18th, 2015, the New England Patriots won a landslide victory (45-7) against their long-time rival team Indianapolis Colts at one of the two conference championship games that determine which two teams will complete at the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX on February 1st. With their victory, the New England Patriots secured their place at the annual NFL championship game, along with the defending champions Seattle Seahwks. The following day, the Indiana news site WTHR[1] reported that a source inside the NFL revealed the Patriots were being investigated for intentionally deflating footballs during the game to gain a competitive advantage over the Colts. While the measurement of the pressure of the ball used in the game remains unknown, the pressure of the regulatory-compliant football must be within the range of 12.5 to 13.5 pounds per square inch and weight between 14 and 15 ounces.

    Notable Developments

    On Twitter

    On January 19th, sports columnist Bob Glauber tweeted[3] that NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed that the Patriots were being investigated (shown below).



    That day, many Twitter users posted jokes and photoshopped images mocking the investigation with the hashtag #DeflateGate, including CBS Sports radio host Jim Rome,[4] Bleacher Report writer Tyler Brooke[5] and the retail store chain Bed Bath & Beyond[6] (shown below). According to the Twitter analytics site Topsy,[2] the hashtag was tweeted over 7,800 times in the first 24 hours.



    Patriots’ Reaction

    Also on January 19th, the Boston Herald[7] reported that Patriots coach Bill Belichick announced the team was cooperating with the NFL’s investigation but had no knowledge of deflated footballs prior to that morning. Meanwhile, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called the accusations “ridiculous” during an appearance on the Boston-based radio show Dennis and Callahan.[8]

    News Media Coverage

    In the coming days, several news sites reported on the investigation and accompanying hashtag, including Fox Sports,[9] Washington Post,[10] Twitchy,[11] Christian Science Monitor,[12] Mashable[13] and The Daily What.[14]

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 01/19/15--14:40: Glenn Beck
  • About

    Glenn Beck is an American conservative television and radio host. Like political commentator Ann Coulter, Beck is often described as resembling an Internet troll due to his perceived attempts at intentionally generating public outrage.

    History

    In 1983, Beck began his career in radio at the station KZFM in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1985, Beck moved to Louisville, Kentucky to be the lead DJ of the morning-drive radio show “Captain Beck and the A-Team” on the station WRKA. From 1987 to 1989, Beck hosted a “morning zoo” program in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was criticized for mocking a rival radio show host’s miscarriage live on the air. In 1995, Beck’s radio station WKCI was forced to apologize for a racist segment in which Beck mocked a Chinese-American caller by performing a mock Chinese accent and playing gong sounds. In 2000, Beck launched the Glenn Beck Program on the WFLA station in Tampa, Florida. In 2006, Beck began hosting the nightly news-commentary show Headline Prime on CNN (shown below, left). In 2009, Beck left CNN to host the show Glenn Beck on the Fox News Channel.



    Online Presence

    Beck’s website GlennBeck.com[1] features content from his podcast, his television news network TheBlaze, videos, merchandise and a clothing store. On November 23rd, 2008, Beck launched an official Facebook[2] page. That same month, Beck created the @glennbeck[3] Twitter feed. In the next seven years, the Facebook page generated over 3.2 million likes and the Twitter feed garnered upwards of 933,000 followers.

    Blenn Beck Rape & Murder Hoax

    Did Glenn Beck Rape And Murder A Young Girl In 1990 is an Internet hoax and grassroots smear campaign which began as the satirical website GlennBeckRapedAndMurderedAYoungGirlIn1990.com in September of 2009. The hoax began as a parody of public perception of Glenn Beck’s over-the-top interview antics on his self-titled television show Glenn Beck, wherein he frequently asks his guests to disprove highly speculative and often outrageous assertions.

    “Restoring Honor” Rally

    On August 28th, 2010, Beck promoted the “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to promote religious faith and patriotism. In response, satirical news hosts John Stewart and Stephen Colbert launched the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” held on October 30th (shown below, right).



    Boston Bombing Statements

    Following the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred on April 15th, 2013, Beck identified Saudi national Abdulrahman Alharbi as a participant in the attacks and claimed the United States government was engaging in a cover-up. On March 28th, 2014, Alharbi filed a defamation suit against Beck for the claims.



    Reputation

    Beck has earned a reputation for being an outspoken critic of the Obama administration and progressive politics, for defending traditional American values and for promoting conspiracy theories. Critics have accused Beck of using incendiary rhetoric to increase ratings and for being culturally insensitive to minority groups.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]GlennBeck.com – Glenn Beck

    [2]Facebook – Glenn Beck

    [3]Twitter – Glenn Beck


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  • 01/19/15--16:09: Aesthetic
  • About

    Aesthetic refers to a series of abstract images, photos and art that are known for feeling oddly perfect, either by having a running theme, following certain patterns or having color palettes that blend well with each other, it is normally described by outsiders as 2deep4u due to the abstract natures of it.



    Aesthetic images tend to have a nostalgic underwater pattern, often including objects from the past (specifically he 80´s, 90´s) like videogame consoles, windows 98´s icons and desktop, as well as busts and columns with japanese letters and 80´s filters, however this is only one form of aesthethic (as well as the most common one) popularized by the music movement Vaporwave

    Origin

    The earliest instance of the use of the word aesthetic in that certain context dates back to 2010[1] with the start of the vaporwave music movement, a genre that includes 80´s elevator music slowed down, as well as certain covers that consist of japanese characters, busts and windows icons,which were then called aesthethics.

    Spread

    After the increase in popularity of vaporwave, multiple blogs on tumblr appeared[2][3], taking pictures within the same branch of vaporwave covers, soon they started to branch off to create their own types of aesthetic images, which could be described as oddly satisfactory and nostalgic.

    This popularity was seen as more types of music outside of vaporwave would take on to its trends and bear similarities, one of which would include swedish rapper Yung Lean (shown below, left)



    Soon after, multiple images parodying the original aesthethic started appearing on 4chan and tumblr[4][5], mainly where the vaporwave movement started, normally mocking it with an overload of its own characteristics

    On Jul 21, 2014, Youtube user FrankJavCee uploaded a satirical video on how to make Vaporwave, in which he heavily mentions the use of aesthetics, and describes it as a “pretentious hipster way of saying beautiful” (shown below).



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest


    External References.

    [1]Wikipedia – Vaporwave

    [2]Tumblr – vhs-80´s blog

    [3]Tumblr – bestofmidi´s blog

    [4]Tumblr – polyjerk´s blog

    [5]Tumblr – insidemycar´s blog


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    About

    “That’s Enough Internet for Today” is an expression typically used in comment sections of online communities to emphasize the disturbing, bizarre or offensive nature of a particular media content uploaded by the original poster, in similar vein to the use of the phrases like what has been seen cannot be unseen and I’m in that weird part of YouTube.

    Origin

    While the exact origin of the idiomatic expression “that’s enough for today” remains unknown, the earliest recorded use of the phrase in the context of Internet browsing can be found in the title of a video uploaded by Vimeo user Ionut Puiu on August 20th, 2009. Dubbed “Trust me… You had enough Internet for today,” the video shows a cat pawing its owner’s typing hand on the keyboard in the style reminescent of Stop Posting reaction images (shown below).



    Spread

    On September 21st, 2011, Redditor GodOfAtheism launched the /r/EnoughInternet[2] subreddit for bizarre NSFW images and video. On November 9th, 2012, Redditor Lugozi submitted an animated GIF of Jerry Seinfeld with the caption “Well, that’s enough Internet for today” to the /r/funny[5] subreddit, where it received more than 1,100 votes (82% upvoted) before it was archived.



    On September 11th, 2013, BuzzFeed[1] published a compilation of animated GIFs titled “68 GIFs That Prove You’ve Had Enough Internet For Today.” On February 22nd, 2014, a photoshopped image of Side Eyeing Chloe and Doge titled “Enough Internet for today” was submitted to the /r/funny[4] subreddit, where it gained over 2,800 votes (87% upvoted) prior to being archived (shown below).



    On June 20th, a Facebook[3] page titled “That’s Enough Internet For Today” was launched, which garnered upwards of 180,000 likes within the next year. On December 12th, 9gag[6] user Tobelebo9 submitted a webcomic titled “Enough Internet for today…,” in which a man demonstrates how to perform various types of farts (shown below).



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    [W.I.P.]

    About

    Captain America: Civil War 4-Pane (also known as Captain America vs Iron Man) is an exploitable, vertical comic that attempts to predict the events that will lead to the upcoming Marvel film, Captain America: Civil War, normally trought mundane or trivial occurances.

    Origin

    On October 28, 2014, Marvel producer Kevin Feige announced “Captain America 3: Serpent Society” during the Marvel cinematic keynote at Comic Con] After teasing the audience, Feige announced the name for the movie would actually be “Captain America: Civil War” and brought out actors Chris Evans (Captain America) and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) to quarrel as a teaser for the movie (shown at 21:00 below).



    After the hype of the announcement, the 4 panel comic was created in early 2015 from a quarrel scene between Captain America and Iron Man in the original Avengers movie (shown below).



    Spread

    on January 16, 2015 the site Memecenter posted a compilation of the comics following the first format made for it[7]

    After multiple images of the comic surfaced tumblr and 4chan, it gained popularity 3 days later when multiple news sites like Smosh[2], International Business Times[3] and Uproxx[5], as well as Hypable on the following day[4] started writing about it, as well as making their own compilations

    Planet Hulk

    in january 18, 2015, a thread was posted on 4chan comics and cartoon´s board /co/[8] asking for more comics of the meme, trought the thread a new template was formed, using the same format. the comic will go hulk saying an unpopular opinion, as to which the avengers will look at him in a condescending manner, which would be followed by an image of planet hulk, a story in which hulk gets exiled from earth.

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  • 01/20/15--13:43: #BillGate
  • Overview

    #BillGate refers to the controversy surrounding the Microsoft entity Bill Gates, and the authenticity of his existence. The accusations have led Microsoft to the suspending of hundreds of Twitter users in late 2014.

    Background

    On October 29, 1955, Bill Gates, a well-known Microsoft mascot and spokesperson, was supposedly born. Legend has it that as a child, Bill was a prodigy with computers, and often got in trouble for his computer mishaps. In 1975, Gates founded Microsoft, now a multi-billion dollar computer enterprise and original creator of the Windows operating system and Xbox line of consoles.

    In November of 1985, Microsoft released Windows 1.0, a multi-window operating system based off the MS-DOS infrastructure. Since 1987, new editions of Windows have been released, as recent as Windows 8.1 in mid-2013. With the release of Windows 95 in 1995, many people blamed Bill Gates for the slow operation of the OS and the poor performance.

    The Melinda & Gates Foundation charity was “formed” by Melinda Gates and Bill Gates in 2000, now with an endowment of over 42.3 billion USD as of November 24, 2014. According to the Forbes 500, Bill Gates was ranked as the 7th richest person alive in 2014.

    On October 2, 2014, during a Microsoft key event, Bill Gates did not show up. Over the next 24 hours, over 7,800 tweets were posted about Gates’ absence.

    Notable Developments

    On Twitter

    On October 5, Microsoft posted a tweet in retaliation of the #FakeGates and #BillGate hashtags, including a picture of Bill Gates at his computer reading Twitter.

    W.I.P.

    Bill Gates’ Reaction

    On October 31st 2014, Bill Gates responded by posting a tweet about his stance in the scandal, considering it almost downright ridiculous.

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    About

    Justin Bieber’s Calvin Klein Ads refer to a series of black-and-white print advertisements and a video commercial for the American fashion company Calvin Klein featuring pop star Justin Bieber.

    Origin

    On January 6th, 2015, Calvin Klein released a black-and-white advertisement in which Bieber is shown playing the drums and embracing model Lara Stone (shown below).



    The same day, Bieber posted several print ads from the Calvin Klein campaign on Instagram[1] (shown below).



    Spread

    On January 7th, 2015, the Yes It’s Funny YouTube channel uploaded a parody of the Calvin Klein ad, which gained over 160,000 views and 45 comments in the first month (shown below).



    On the following day, the pop culture blog BreatheHeavy[4] published a leaked unretouched photo from one of the Calvin Klein ads, which showed Bieber’s crotch and musculature had been enlarged with photo editing software. The images were subsequently removed from the article, which claimed Bieber’s legal team sent a cease and desist letter threatening legal action.



    On January 9th, a GIF featuring the before-and-after retouched Calvin Klein ad was submitted to the /r/gifs[5] subreddit. On January 10th, Redditor Notvfunny submitted a post calling for viewers to photoshop one of the Bieber ads to the /r/photoshopbattles[3] subreddit, where it gathered more than 3,700 votes (85% upvoted) and 1,100 comments in two weeks.



    On January 17th, Saturday Night Live featured a sketch mocking the Calvin Klein ad, in which actress Kate McKinnon impersonates Bieber while wearing a white tank top and Calvin Klein underwear (shown below).



    Search Interest

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  • 01/21/15--02:34: High Impact Sexual Violence
  • Work in progress


    About

    High Impact Sexual Violence is a series of image macros featuring close-ups of the faces of characters, typically animated, with the phrase “High Impact Sexual Violence” photoshopped onto the bottom of the image as a caption.

    Origin

    [WIP]

    The earliest example of an image macro related to the meme can be traced back to a thread[1] on 4chan’s /v/ board discussing Australia’s classification of the PSP version of the 2010 role-playing video game Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland as having an R-18+ rating, a significant leap from the rating of PG that was previously given to the non-PS Vita version. The thread resulted in the creation of an image captioned “High Impact Violence.”[2]

    Spread

    [WIP]

    Notable Examples

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    External References

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    Overview

    Miss Universe Selfie Photobomb Fiasco refers to a backlash against Miss Lebanon, Sally Greige, for appearing in a selfie photograph with Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, in January 2015.

    Background

    On January 11th, 2015, Matalon posted a photograph on her Instagram[2] feed in which she is seated next to Greige along with two other women (shown below). In the first 10 days, the post gained over 2,000 likes and 320 comments.



    Notable Developments

    Miss Lebanon’s Response

    After the photo was posted, the Lebanese television station Al Jadeed joked that Greige should have known that Lebanon and Israel are enemies.[1] On January 17th, Greige published a Facebook[3] status update claiming that Matalon jumped into her photo and took a selfie without her permission.

    “was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia and myself; suddenly Miss Israel jumped in, took a selfie, and put it on her social media.”

    Miss Israel’s Response

    On January 18th, Matalon posted a screencaptured image of a news headline about the controversy to Instagram, along with a statement expressing her disappointment with Greige (shown below). Within 72 hours, the post gathered more than 1,700 notes.



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]NBC News – Oh Snap Miss Lebanon Slammed

    [2]Instagram – doronmatalon

    [3]Facebook – Sally Greige

    [4]Instagram – doronmatalon


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  • 01/21/15--10:58: Bee Shrek Test in the House
  • WIP. Feel free to request editorship

    About

    Bee Shrek Test in the House is a parody fandom from an hypothetical crossover of Shrek, Bee Movie, Johnny Test and Cory in the House.

    Origin

    Bee Shrek Test in the House was created as a counter to the SuperWhoLock fandom, an union from Supernatural, Doctor Who and Sherlock fandoms.


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    Overview

    2015 State of the Union Address was the annual presidential speech delivered by the United States President Barack Obama to a joint session of the 114th U.S. Congress at the House of Representatives chamber on January 20th, 2015.

    Background

    On January 20th, 2015, President Obama delivered his last annual State of the Union Address as the incumbent leader of the United States, which was broadcast on television and livestreamed online. During the speech, Obama discussed a wide range of governmental agendas and initiatives to tackle issues and concerns at home and overseas, such as the revitalization of the American economy, containment of extremist terrorist groups like the Islamic State (IS) and easier access to higher education programs, as well as a new tax policy on the Wall Street.



    Notable Developments

    Improvised Quip

    Obama momentarily deviated from the speech script after receiving applause from Republicans for saying he had “no more campaigns to run,” adding “I know, because I won both of them” (shown below).



    Proud Joe Biden

    During the address, a screen capture of Joe Biden wearing a smug facial expression began circulating on Twitter (shown below).



    That day, Viner Dorsey Shaw uploaded a clip of Biden making the proud-looking face, which received upwards of 290,000 plays within 24 hours (shown below). That evening BuzzFeed[2] published a compilation of “Proud Joe Biden” tweets.



    Ernest Moniz’ Hair

    At one point during the speech, the Funny Or Die Twitter feed posted a screen captured image of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz with the caption “Please show this guy again. #SOTU” (shown below, left). In less than 24 hours, the post garnered more than 3,100 favorites and 2,700 retweets. Other Twitter subsequently tweeted photos of Moniz, with many joking about his unique hairstyle (shown below, right).[4]



    Bread Bag Story

    Following the address, Republican Senator Joni Ernst delivered the GOP rebuttal, during which she described wearing bread bags on her feet while walking to school as a child:

    “You see, growing up, I had only one good pair of shoes. So on rainy school days, my mom would slip plastic bread bags over them to keep them dry. But I was never embarrassed. Because the school bus would be filled with rows and rows of young Iowans with bread bags slipped over their feet.”

    On Twitter, many users joked about the bizarre story (shown below).[5][6]



    News Media Coverage

    In the coming days, several news sites reported on the Internet’s response to the address, including The Daily What,[3] Time,[7]USA Today[8] and Vibe.[9]

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    About

    ISIS Crappy Collage Grand Prix (Japanese: ISISクソコラグランプリ) refers to the hashtag for photoshopping craze on Twitter that mock at Islamic State (IS), better known as their previous name ISIS in Japan. On January 2015, some silly Japanese Twitter users joined onto this controversial fad with no firm beliefs or concerns about victims.

    Origin

    On January 20th, 2015, Islamic State released a new video on YouTube that a masked member says the two Japanese hostages, Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa, will be killed within 72 hours unless Japan pays $200 million in ransom.[1]



    In response to this video, Japanese Twitter users began posting parodying photoshopping images mocking at IS around that day’s evening. One of the earliest instances made by @AKID_0831 had retweeted 7,700 times and got over 5,000 favorites within first 7 hours.[2]



    Background: Japan’s “self-responsibility” thought

    Unlike Euro-American people, Japanese people tend to lack a sense of reality to Middle East issues since this non-christianity country doesn’t have considerable Muslim or Islamic immigrants issues and both Japan and Japan’s Self Defence Force in UN’s peacekeeping operations haven’t come under Islamic terrorism attack.

    Additinally, one of the several reasons why Japanese people gave a cold response to those hostages was their “self-responsibility” thought cultivated throughout 2000s by several hostage crisis happened in Iraq or Afghanistan. Some of these incidents victims were not journalists, but radical peace/political activists or young thoughtless travelers, and hence they had no supportable causes to go to Middle East with ignoring the government’s adjurations. On the web, heavy criticisms to blame them as irresponsible idiots under the slogan “self-responsibility”, and even dead victims had few sympathetic responses.

    Therefore, the sympathy toward to these two hostages which IS would expect didn’t grow among Japanese people, especially internet users keeping anonymity on the web, so much.

    Spread

    Just few hours after the photoshopping fad started, the hashtag “#ISISCrappyCollageGrandPrix” (#ISISクソコラグランプリ) was spontaneously born.[3] As well as previous Crappy Collage fads, many young thoughtless twitter users joined onto this bandwagon just for fun. Some of them provoked IS by sending those photos to Twitter accounts assumed to be IS members one, and drew these responses.



    This crazy online storm was quickly covered even in English news media[4][5] and English Al Jazeera[6] in the following day.

    Various Examples

    Twitter Feed

    Editor’s note: This Twitter Feed may include explicit contents.


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  • 01/22/15--00:38: Quake
  • Work in progress


    About

    Quake is a FPS game created by the developing company id Software with the help of John Romero, composer Trent Resnor as well as Nine Inch Nails, and Publishers GT Interactive. The Game was released for the MS-DOS, Steam, MAC OS, Sega Saturn, Nintendo 64, and Linux.

    In the single player campaign the game is an FPS game that is in which players must fight their way through maze type levels while encountering various monsters using various weapons and using various weapons. In the online multiplayer mode players that played on a myriad of different servers used their own computer to fight each other in an arena mode known as deathmatch and play a multiplayer version of the single player mode.

    According to Metacritic Quake has received positive reviews, getting a 94/100 as of now.

    History

    Reception

    Quake II

    Quake II is the sequel to the FPS game Quake unlike the first on the sequel was published by Activision and not GT Interactive. Quake II was composed by Sonic Mayhem, Bill Brown, Jer Sypult, and Brown and Rob Zombie. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, MAC OS, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Steam, and Linux.

    The gameplay is similar to the first quake with the exception of the fact that the player is slower and can crouch. In Quake II New guns were added such as the blaster, Machine Gun, Chain Gun, Hyperblaster, Railgun and BFG10K. The game also has the inclusion of new power ups such as Invulnerability, Bandolier, Ammo Pack, Enviro-Suit, Rebreather, and Silencer. The game includes a HUB system and has much larger levels than the original game, the game also features CGI cutscenes. The game also includes the option for players to further customize their character.

    The multiplayer in Quake II consists of multiple different gameplay styles which include free-for-all deathmatch game, a cooperative version of the single-player game, a 1 vs 1 match, or a Capture the Flag Mode.

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  • 01/22/15--11:58: Public Freakout Videos
  • About

    Public Freakout Videos are recorded footage of private individuals exhibiting extremely emotional or bizarre behavior in public, typically featuring loud arguments, mental breakdowns, vitriolic rants or intoxicated rambling.

    Origin

    One of the earliest public freakout videos was posted to YouTube on June 2nd, 2008, which featured what appears to be security camera footage of a man destroying several cubicles in an office (shown below). The video was later revealed to be a marketing hoax designed to promote the then-upcoming 2008 action thriller film Wanted.



    Spread

    On November 6th, 2011, YouTuber Lazy TV uploaded a video clip of a child throwing a tantrum at a Toys R Us retail store after his mother refuses to purchase Pokemon cards (shown below). Within four years, the video garnered upwards of 860,000 views and 3,000 comments.



    On October 12th, 2013, the /r/PublicFreakout[1] subreddit was launched to share footage of “people freaking out, melting down, losing their cool or being weird in public.” In the first year, the subreddit gained over 56,700 subscribers. On May 24th, 2014, YouTuber Ben Videography uploaded a video titled “Public Freakout Compilation,” featuring clips from more than 30 different freakout videos (shown below, left). On July 27th, the /r/skateparkfreakout[2] subreddit was created for videos featuring people angrily confronting skateboarders in public. On August 6th, the tech news site Motherboard[3] published an article titled “The Internet is Losing its Shit Over Moms Losing Their Shit at Skate Parks,” which referenced the two subreddits. On September 8th, YouTuber Ben Videography uploaded a second public freakout compilation (shown below, right).



    Notable Examples

    Jason Russell’s Breakdown

    Jason Russell’s Breakdown refers to video footage of co-founder of the nonprofit organization Invisible Children Inc. and the KONY 2012 movement Jason Russell ranting while naked on a sidewalk in San Diego, California (shown below).



    Epic Why Guy

    Following the 2010 G-20 Toronto summit, a man was filmed yelling outside of a shopping center demanding to be told why it was closed. After noticing he was being filmed, he confronted the cameraman and asked not to be filmed.


    Crazy Rhubarb Lady

    Crazy Rhubarb Lady is the nickname given to a woman who rose to viral fame for her hostile, foul-mouthed rant after being confronted about stealing a neighbor’s rhubarb in a town in Iowa. A recording of the confrontation began circulating on the Internet after it was uploaded to YouTube in July of 2013.



    Transit Fight Videos

    Transit Fight Videos are amateur footage of altercation or arguments that take place while on public transportation. These videos are usually disseminated through video-sharing sites like LiveLeak and World Star Hip Hop, where the guidelines for content submissions tend to be less strictly enforced than that of YouTube.

    Dunkin’ Donuts Customer Rant

    Dunkin’ Donuts Customer Rant refers to a YouTube video uploaded in June 2013, featuring an enraged woman complaining about not receiving a receipt and directing various insults and racial epithets toward the coffeehouse chain staff.



    Cheektowaga Mom’s Racist Rant

    Cheektowaga Mom’s Racist Rant refers to a YouTube video uploaded in June 2014 of an enraged woman yelling racial slurs at a man in the parking lot outside of a dollar store after he allegedly scared her children by starting his car (shown below).



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