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  • 01/27/15--17:33: RPG Maker Crossovers
  • About

    RPG Maker Crossovers refer to the profound slew of crossover fan arts revolving around protagonists of eerie rpg-horror games. The most prevalent games to be a subject of crossovers are Ib, Mad Father, and Yume Nikki.

    Origin

    All the games originate from the RPG Maker software which was first released in 1988[1]. The fact that the games come from this software is one of the factors for the crossovers to be a popular theme for artists. The first game to become famous and to have its own fandom is Yume Nikki by Kikiyama, which was released in 2004[2].

    Spread

    By 2011-2012, multiple hit rpg maker games were released such as Ib by Kouri, The Witch’s House by Fummy, and Mad Father by Sen.[3][4][5] These games were popularized by Let’s Players such as Markiplier and quickly gained a following. The fact that these games are all uncannily similar (all of the protagonists are young female characters and the games themselves are horror-esque in which puzzles riddled with death traps must be solved,) is yet another factor as to why the games are often drawn together.


    On April Fool’s Day 2014, animator Mike Enel (popular for the Gravity Falls Anime video,) uploaded a fake trailer crossover of Ib, Mad Father, and The Witch’s House.


    An RPG Maker Wiki exists which documents information on any game made in the RPG Maker software. It currently has 216 pages[6].

    Notable Examples


    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – RPG Maker

    [2]Wikipedia – Yume Nikki

    [3]RPG Maker Wiki – Ib

    [4]Wikipedia – The Witch’s House

    [5]RPG Maker Wiki – Mad Father

    [6]RPG Maker Wiki – RPG Maker Wiki Homepage


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  • 01/28/15--06:09: SuperWhoLock
  • About

    SuperWhoLock is the name of the fandom that is an inexplicable conjoining of three other large fandoms, namely: Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock. It is infamous on Tumblr for being what is known as what has been the largest most prevalent fandom in the site.

    History

    Supernatural is a show from CW that begun airing in 2005, while BBC’s Sherlock aired in 2010, and Doctor Who has been around since 1963, but truly began to shine in today’s pop culture when it was relaunched in 2005[4][5][6].

    Reception

    The internet news site The Daily Dot wrote an article titled WTF is Superwholock?” which aptly defined the super fandom as a massive crossover spewing multiple fan-art and fanfiction[1].

    On the April Fool’s Day of 2014, news site Hypable published an article titled “The BBC and CW announce joint ‘SuperWhoLock’ show coming in 2014” which hyped the fans with a fake article about the shows coming together for a 10 episode mini series[2].

    Impact

    As SuperWhoLock is a combination of three different fandoms, the three have impacted each other greatly. As a tumblr superpower, it has affected the various fandoms within the site as well. Some of Urban Dictionary’s definitions of the term criticize Superwholock is “the Bermuda Triangle of Tumblr” and the fandom is “nothing more than a bunch of egotistical pricks who think they run Tumblr and try to shove it down your throat[3].”

    Fandom

    Tumblr

    [W.I.P.]

    Notable Examples


    Related Memes

    [W.I.P.]

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  • 01/28/15--09:05: Lewd
  • About

    Lewd is an adjective often used to describe something of erotic nature, or otherwise obscene or indecent.

    Origin

    According to Merrian-Webster dictionary, the first known usage of the word can be dated back to 14th century England[1]. The word lewed, meaning “vulgar”, originated from an Old English word lǣwede, meaning “laical” or “ignorant”.

    Spread

    As of 2008, the word had already been used in various anime and manga discussions on 4chan’s /a/ (Anime and Manga) and /jp/ (Otaku Culture) boards[2].

    Notable Examples

    [In Progress]

    External References

    [1]Merrian-Webster – Lewd

    [2]archive.moe – Oldest examples of ‘lewd’


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  • 01/28/15--11:10: I Love Living In
  • About

    “I Love Living In”, or “I Love Living Near”, is an expression indicating an appreciation for residing in close proximity to a geographic location, which is often used in photo titles submitted to Reddit with the phrasal template“I love living in X because I can take pictures like this half an hour from my house.”

    Origin

    On January 26th, 2015, Redditor maverick__7 submitted a photo of an elk in front of a mountain titled “I love living in Colorado because I can take pictures like this half an hour from my house” to the /r/pics[1] subreddit (shown below). Within 48 hours, the post gained over 5,000 votes (95% upvoted) and 1,500 comments.



    Spread

    The same day, Redditor acourtem posted a screen captured image from the 2014 science fiction film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes titled “I love living in San Francisco because I can take pictures like this half an hour from my house” to /r/pics[2] (shown below, left). Also on January 26th, Redditor murdering_time posted a photograph of a woman vomiting into a garbage can titled “I love living in Las Vegas because I can take pictures like this half an hour from my house” to /r/funny[3] (shown below, right). Within 48 hours, the posts gathered more than 3,800 votes (86% upvoted) 4,100 votes (92% upvoted) respectively.



    On January 27th, Redditor Striperman submitted a photograph featuring members of the Islamic State (IS) holding pistols and IS flags titled “I love living near Paris, because I can take photos like these 30 minutes from my house” to the /r/ImGoingToHellForThis[4] subreddit (shown below, left). The same day, Redditor csquaredisrippn posted a screen captured image of a South Park character beating a dead horse titled “I love living near Reddit, because I can take photos like these 30 minutes from my house” to the /r/funny[5] subreddit, where it garnered upwards of 3,700 voted (86% upvoted) in the first 24 hours (shown below, right).



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 01/28/15--14:37: Super Bowl XLIX
  • Overview

    Super Bowl XLIX is an upcoming Nation Football League (NFL) championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots scheduled for February 1st, 2015.

    Background

    Halftime Show

    On November 23rd, 2014, the NFL confirmed that pop artist Katy Perry would be performing during the halftime show. That day, the Pepsi YouTube channel uploaded a promotional video for the upcoming performance (shown below).



    Season Championship Winners

    On January 18th, 2015, the New England Patriots won a landslide victory (45-7) against the Indianapolis Colts at during their American Football Conference (AFC) Championship game. Following the game, accusations that the Patriots used deflated football to gain a competitive advantage over the Colts prompted an investigation by the NFL. The same day, the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers (28-22) in their National Football Conference (NFC) Championship game.

    Notable Developments

    Skittles Commercial

    On January 26th, the Skittlesbrand YouTube channel uploaded a commercial featuring Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch answering questions from reporters in front of a Skittles backdrop (shown below). Within 48 hours, the video gathered more than three million videos and 1,400 comments.



    Media Day

    During a press conference that day, Marshawn Lynch replied to each question with the answer “I’m here so I won’t get fined” (shown below). A video of the conference was subsequently submitted to the /r/videos subreddit, where it gained over 4,800 votes (93% upvoted) within 24 hours.



    That day, The Daily What[1] published a round-up of notable media day incidents.

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  • 01/29/15--11:36: Le Toucan
  • About

    Le Toucan is a tropical bird often depicted in ASCII art with the message “le toucan has arrived” in Twitch chat during livestreams of the multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends, similar to other reaction emoticons associated with e-sports like Franker Z and “ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ raise your dongers ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ”.

    Origin

    On December 12th, 2013, an ASCII art depiction of a toucan bird was posted in an avian-themed thread on the 4chan /s4s/ (shit 4chan says) board (shown below).[5]

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    The exact origin of the expression “le toucan has arrived” on Twitch is unknown. The earliest known mention was in a DOTA 2 thread on the NeoGAF forums[4] by member Randdalf, who cited “le toucan has arrived” as his “current favorite Twitch copy pasta.”



    Spread

    On December 1st, the toucan ASCII art was archived on The Best of Twitch[1] copypasta site. On December 9th, a thread titled “Le Toucan has arrived” was submitted to the General Discussion board on the League of Legends Forums.[2] On December 27th, YouTuber and Twitch streamer scarra uploaded a clip from a League of Legends livestream in which he professes his love for viewers that “spam le toucan” (shown below). That day, the video was submitted to the /r/leagueoflegends[3] subreddit. On January 5th, 2015, the ASCII art was submitted to the TwitchQuotes[6] archive from user Forsenlol’s stream.



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Best of Twitch – The Best of Twitch Chat

    [2]League of Legends Forums – Le Toucan has arrived

    [3]Reddit – Scarra vs Le Toucan

    [4]NeoGAF – I think le toucan has arrived

    [5]4plebs – ratite

    [6]Twitch Quotes – Le Toucan has arrived


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    About

    Peppa Pig “Grown Up Music” Videos are edited versions of a clip from the children’s show Peppa Pig, in which music played over a radio in the cartoon is replaced with other music, usually of a coarse or bizarre nature.

    Origin

    Peppa Pig is a British children’s cartoon which began airing in 2004. [1] In one episode of the show, which featured a segment where the characters discuss musical preference, Peppa begins playing “Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” on a radio in response to being asked what kind of music she likes. [2]

    On June 8, 2014, YouTuber Phorky Phork uploaded an edited version of this scene in which the radio plays the song “Ass-N-Titties” by DJ Assault. [3]

    Spread

    While the original video was not widely seen, only gaining slightly over 30,000 views, other variations were. On August 30, YouTuber Adam Hamrus posted an edit with the song being replaced by “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj. [4] On September 20, YouTuber Homestar1998 created a parody which made the characters out to be radical Islamic militants. [5] On September 22, a MontageParody version was created by YouTuber Kek Speckle. [6] On November 14, the YouTube account Mamilos Molengas uploaded a parody video which featured the trend. The video later gained over 4 million views. [7]


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  • 01/30/15--08:00: Selfie Stickheads
  • About

    The term “Selfie Stickheads” refers to the people who take “selfies” with “selfie sticks” in all manner of locations and situations. Often times these ‘selfie stickheads’ look incredibly awkward or obnoxious doing so.

    Origin

    In response to the explosion of selfie stick users at tourist destinations around the world there were numerous articles posted online during 2014 featuring pictures of people taking pictures of themselves with a selfie stick. The vast majority of these articles were aimed at deriding the user of the selfie stick. In January 2015 the term ‘selfie stickhead’ was coined and the domain name www.selfiestickheads.com was registered.

    Spread

    On June 24th, 2014 Forbes released an article featuring numerous awkward pictures of people taking photos with selfie sticks[1]. From here, the selfie stick shaming trend continued on a few other websites. Some calling it ‘the peak of narcissism’[2] and others linking it to mental disorders[3]. So large was the backlash against selfie sticks that on November 27, 2014 France24 reported[4] that in South Korea there could be huge fines or jail times for selfie stick vendors. Then on January 2nd, 2015 a piece appeared on an Australian news site[5] lamenting the fact that selfie stick users (a.k.a. selfie stickheads) are more interested in taking a selfie than actually appreciating the tourist attraction they are visiting. On January 16th, 2015 famous podcaster Adam Curry (known for his hatred towards the selfie phenomenon) featured the selfiestickheads.com website on his personal blog[6].

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Forbes – The Selfie-Stick Backlash Involves Awkward Photos Of People Using Selfie Sticks Posted on 6-24-2014

    [2]Return of Kings – Have We Reached Peak Narcissism With The “Selfie Stick”?? Posted on 7-17-2014

    [3]Disclose.tv – Selfies Are Linked To Mental Disorders Posted on 12-12-2014

    [4]France24 – Selfie sticks could bring jail time in South Korea Posted on 11-27-2014

    [5]ABC Radio Australia – The scourge of the selfie stick Posted on 1-2-2015

    [6]Curry.com – SELFIESTICKHEADS Posted 1-16-2015


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  • 01/30/15--13:16: Andy Baio
  • About

    Andy Baio is an Internet entrepreneur and blogger best known for his commentaries and analysis on the web culture through his personal website Waxy.org, as well as his involvement in a number of start-up ventures and events, most notably for serving on the board of directors of Kickstarter and co-founding the annual arts and technology conference XOXO.

    History

    Waxy.org

    Baio registered the domain Waxy.org[1] on June 2nd, 2000. The site contained a placeholder image with the words “Generic Website” until April 14th, 2002, when it was converted into a personal blog.[3]



    On April 29th, 2003, Baio highlighted the “Star Wars Kid” viral video on Waxy.org as one of the earliest websites to spread the footage. On July 16th, 2003, following the video’s mass exposure, Baio and over 400 fans of the video raised $4,334.44 in donations and sent Raza a 30GB iPod, a gift certificate for an electronics store and a “Thank You” letter[6] (shown below).



    Upcoming

    On September 19th, 2003, Baio launched the social event calendar site Upcoming.[4] In October 2005, Yahoo acquired the site for an undisclosed amount, hiring Baio as the technical director for the website. In April 2013, Yahoo announced the site would be discontinued. On May 8th, 2014, Baio created a Kickstarter[8] campaign to relaunch the site, which successfully raised over $104,900 within the same month, tripling its initial goal of $30,000.


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    Supercuts

    On April 11th, 2008, Baio published a post on Waxy titled “Fanboy Supercuts, Obsessive Video Montages,” which defined the term “supercut” as:

    “(A) genre of video meme, where some obsessive-compulsive superfan collects every phrase/action/cliche from an episode (or entire series) of their favorite show/film/game into a single massive video montage.”

    On November 1st, 2011, Andy Baio announced the relaunch of the website Supercut.org[11] into a supercut video database with several different categories where users could upload their own videos.

    Kickstarter

    In September 2008, Baio became a member of Kickstarter’s board of directors and was hired as the crowdfunding platform’s chief technical officer (CTO) in July 2009. In November 2010, Baio left Kickstarter to work at the non-profit technology incubator Expert Labs.

    XOXO Festival

    On May 24th, 2012, Baio and co-founder Andy McMillan launched a Kickstarter[5] campaign for the XOXO Festival, an annual arts and technology conference held in Portland, Oregon. By June 15th, the campaign raised over $175,500 of it’s $125,000 goal.



    Reputation

    Stance on #GamerGate

    On September 16th, 2014, Baio tweeted[7] about the 4chan ban on GamerGate discussion, noting his amusement that users were speculating founder Christopher Poole was swayed by attending that year’s XOXO Festival (shown below).



    On October 27th, Baio released an analysis of the #GamerGate Twitter hashtag on the blog-publishing platform Medium.[9] In the article, Baio disclosed “a strong anti-GamerGate bias” due to his relationships with Anita Sarkeesian and video games journalist Leigh Alexander. Baio claimed that a majority of #GamerGate tweets came from newly-created accounts, were retweets and that the opposing groups were largely echo chambers (shown below). On November 19th, Baio was added to a Pastebin[2] document containing a list of people “actively working against GG.”



    Defense of Internet Archive

    On January 28th, 2015, Baio published an article on Medium[10] about Google shifting priorities away from archiving the web, which praised the Internet Archive and TextFiles founder Jason Scott for their efforts in preserving Internet content.

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  • 01/31/15--03:52: Sarcastic Bear
  • About

    Sarcastic Bear is an advice animal series consisting of an image of a bear with an irreverent and sardonic facial expression, captioned with a statement that is typically presented in a sarcastic or derisive tone. The nature of the meme is similar to that of Condescending Wonka.

    Origin

    The series originally began as a post by Redditor RuggedlyHandsome to the /r/funny subreddit on May 28th, 2014, titled “bear looks sarcastic as fuck”,[1] featuring a photograph of the bear with no captions (shown below).



    The subreddit’s commentators promptly predicted that it would spawn a new image macro-based meme, with the first use of the phrase “Sarcastic Bear” appearing in the comments section of the post.[4] The post also saw the creation of the meme’s first image macro examples.[5]

    Spread

    A large number of images related to the meme were created almost immediately after the initial /r/funny post. The most popular of these (shown below, left) was posted to Imgur by ShoopSythe on May 30th, garnering over 300 points.[2] On September 23rd, user KillerDorin submitted an example of the meme which criticizes people who obsess over whether or not an image is a repost, reaching Imgur’s front page with over 7,000 points.[3]



    Sarcastic Bear images frequently reference Confession Bear, and the two are often used together. On January 31st, 2015, Imgur user omgwhatamidoing made a post[6] mocking a perceived misuse of the Confession Bear meme using Sarcastic Bear (shown below), reaching the front page of Imgur.



    Notable Examples




    Search Interest


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  • 01/31/15--15:58: Diaper/Infantilism
  • W.I.P
    P.S I do not have a diaper fetish I just made this because we didn’t have one yet and to see the comments section burn to fuel my lulz

    A diaper fetish is when someone is aroused by imagining wearing a diaper, seeing somebody wear a diaper or actually wearing a diaper.


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  • 02/01/15--08:01: Steam
  • About

    Steam is an internet-based digital distribution, digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer, and social networking platform developed by Valve Corporation. Steam provides installation and automatic updating of games on multiple computers and community features such as friend lists and groups.[1]

    History

    Shortly before 2002, Valve began development on Steam. On March 22th, 2002, at the “Game Developers Conference”, Steam was revealed to the public as a solid distribution network. In January 2003, Steam was first made available for beta testing during the beta of “Counter-Strike 1.6”. On September 12th, 2003, Steam was officially launched following a successful beta test period. In 2004, “Half-Life 2” was released and became the first game to require installation of the Steam client to play, even for retail copies. The first third-party games began to appear on Steam in 2005, followed by an announcement from Valve that it had become profitable due to highly successful Valve games.

    Features

    Steam’s primary service is to provide downloadable games and other software the user possesses in their virtual software libraries to their local computers as game cache files. In September 2007, Valve launched the Steam Community website. As of February 2015, there have been 13 million accounts on the site and 150 games have been made available. In September of 2008, a year later, Valve began support for Steam Cloud, a service that can automatically store saved games and related custom files on Valve’s servers, which can be accessed by users from any machine running the client. Major updates came in late 2011 and much of 2012, such as the additions of the Steam Workshop and Steam Greenlight.

    Highlights

    There are many running gags and jokes within the Steam userbase. After Valve introduced Steam Reviews, which enabled users to post their reviews and opinions on the game, many satirical user reviews began spreading around the community in 2013. Also noting that none of Valve’s titles have the number “3” included, with the exception of “Half Life 2: Episode Three”, people have started to joke about Valve (or more specifically, Gabe Newell) being unable to count to 3. Even the annual discount events that take place on Steam, in which many prices are temporarily lowered, has become a running gag as many Steam customers tend to overspend and make impulse purchases. The ASCII art titled Valve, Add This Please! has been widely used in response to most likely a game that has been submitted to the Steam Greenlight and is well requested to be added as a Steam game.

    Traffic

    On the “Alexa” network trafficking site, the Steam Community website has a global ranking of the 301st most popular site as of February 2015[2], which also ranks #196 in the United States alone. There are 4.96 daily pageviews per visitor and almost all visitors are male.

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  • 02/01/15--09:39: Monster Hunter
  • WIP. Feel free to request editorship

    About

    Monster Hunter is a video game franchise developed by Capcom, where you control a hunter who completes quests by hunting monsters.

    History

    The first game was released on PlayStation 2 on 11th March, 2004 on Japan and the 21st September on the same year for North America.

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    About

    The Left Shark, also known as the Super Bowl Halftime Shark, is a nickname given to one of the stage dancers dressed in a shark costume during Katy Perry’s halftime performance at the Super Bowl XLIX on February 1st, 2015.

    Origin

    On November 23rd, 2014, NFL announced that Katy Perry will perform the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLIX on February 1st, 2015, starring special guests Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott.[154][155] During the performance of her song “Teenage Dream,” one of the backup dancers dressed as a shark and dancing to the left side of the singer was seen screwing up a routine while on stage. Shortly after the conclusion of the halftime show, the awkwardly dancing “left shark” quickly emerged as a trending topic on Twitter and elsewhere.

    Spread

    At 8:23 p.m. (EST), rapper Snoop Dogg tweeted a joke claiming that he was one of the sharks dancing next to Katy Perry.[1] Within matter of just a few hours, the tweet gained nearly 100,000 retweets.




    At 9:08 p.m. (EST), BuzzFeed ran a character survey asking its readers “Which Katy Perry Halftime Show Shark Are You?”[2]



    Various Examples




    Search Interest

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  • 02/02/15--00:43: Rotten.com
  • About

    Rotten.com[1] is a shock site dedicated to showcasing photographs depicting uncensored graphic medias such as extreme gore, violence, autopsies, physical deformities, and absurd sex acts. It was created by Thomas E. Dell of Soylent Communications, a website hosting company.[2]

    History

    Rotten.com was registered on July 23, 1996[3] after Dell wrote a program that listed all available domain names. He selected the domain from about 12 that showed up and launched the website in 1997 as, as he put it, a “what should I do with this domain now that I blew a hundred bucks on it” exercise.[4]

    Features

    The main page contains links to the latest images as as well as to ancillary sites (some of which are now defunct), for example Mugshots.org,[5] a website that contains mugshots of famous criminals and celebrities, and the Notable Names Database,[6] a website that provides information on various notable individuals such as politicians, celebrities, criminals, and athletes.

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  • 02/02/15--08:00: Filter Bubble
  • About

    A Filter Bubble is a Internet phenomenon caused by web service algorithms that personalize search results and news feeds tailored to what the viewer would like to see, which is typically based off the user’s web history, geolocation and other personal information. Filter bubbles have been criticized for preventing Internet users from being exposed to opposing viewpoints, creating online echo chambers and political extremism.

    Origin

    In June, 2010, the former president of the liberal non-profit organization MoveOn.org Eli Pariser gave a presentation at the conference PdF 2010 titled “Filter Bubble, or How Personalization is Changing the Web” (shown below). In the talk, Pariser warned that personalized algorithms were “sublty destroying the notion of common public space.”



    Spread

    In March 2011, Pariser gave a TED talk titled “Beware online ‘filter bubbles’,” which gained over 3.1 million views in the next four years.[1] On May 12th, Pariser released the book The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You.[3]



    On June 6th, 2011, the website DontBubble.us was launched, featuring an infographic about filter bubbles. On September 10th, the science news site Nature published an article on Pariser’s book, which was subsequently submitted to the /r/technology[4] subreddit, Prior to being archived the post gathered more than 1,300 votes (90% upvoted). On November 29th, 2013, the tech news site Technology Review[5] published an article titled “How to Burst the ‘Filter Bubble’ that Protects Us from Opposing Views,” reporting that computer scientists were working on ways to use recommendation engines to expose people to alternative viewpoints. In August 2014, the app Random[2] was released on the iOS store, which aimed to combat filter bubbles by adapting to users to show them unexpected content.

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  • 02/02/15--14:30: Big Boss Salute
  • The Big Boss salute is an reaction image used to express a sadness or sorrow for something. It comes from the ending of Metal Gear Solid when the protagonist salutes the grave of his former mentor.


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  • 02/02/15--21:10: Kid Icarus
  • About

    Kid Icarus is a action-platforming game with role playing elements released in December 19th, 1986, for the Nintendo Famicom. The game takes the role of Pit, a young angel who is given a bow and arrow from the goddess of light, Lady Palutena, who ruled the Earth as the goddess of light, alongside the goddess of darkness, Medusa. When Palutena saw that Medusa was turning the human’s crops into stone she was furious and banished her to the underworld, in which out of revenge, Medusa conspired with the monsters of the underworld to take over Palutena’s rule at the Sky Temple. Palutena was then defeated and imprisoned inside the Sky Temple. Throughout the story of the game, Pit finds the Three Sacred Treasures and equips himself with them in order to stop Medusa and rescue Palutena. The game later went on to sell close to two million copies, and gained a large fan base, the game firmly planted itself as an iconic Nintendo IP.

    History

    The original Kid Icarus was released back in December 19th, 1986, for the Nintendo Famicom, and later released in July, 1987 for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America, the game’s design, story, and characters take inspiration from Greek mythology, with the title of the game being based of the Greek myth, Icarus. The game was well praised for it’s challenging difficulty and it’s mixed gameplay elements from different genres and became a cult classic on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game later received a sequel in November, 1991, for the Nintendo Game Boy titled Kid Icarus: of Myths and Monsters which was mostly the same game with not that many notable differences. In 2010, Nintendo announced at E3 2010 that there was going to be a new Kid Icarus game for the Nintendo 3ds titled Kid Icarus: Uprising, the game was run and gun/rail shooter, being developed by Super Smash Brothers series creator, Masahiro Sakurai. The game was delayed multiple times until it finally released in March 22nd, 2012. The game went on the become a major success, being called by many players one of the best 3ds games. After Pit’s appearance as a newcomer in Super Smash Bros.: Brawl and after the huge success that was Kid Icarus: Uprising, Kid Icarus went on to become an iconic Nintendo franchise.

    Online Presence

    Kid Icarus was rarely seen on the internet due to there only being two games in the series that where released nearly twenty years ago, and the fact that they where old NES and Game Boy games, they where not very well known outside of hardcore Nintendo fans. Kid Icarus did not start tending on the internet until Pit appeared in the Super Smash Bros.: Brawl E3 2006 trailer, where he was showcased as a newcomer alongside Meta Knight, Zero Suit Samus, Wario, and Solid Snake. Pit was seen as an annoying character to fight in Super Smash Bros.: Brawl due to his side B attack being a multi-hit, damage racking attack, that when activated, causes Pit to yell in a loud voice which irritated many players. He was also considered annoying due to his amazing recovery and his spammed arrows. Pit was also popularized by appearing in Brawl in The Family and Awkward Zombie. Kid Icarus also became popular due to Kid Icarus: Uprising, where the game’s characters such as Dark Pit, Viridi, Hades, and Palutena where seen as quotable characters due to their lines, and they where mainly used as Reaction Images, and Expand Dong.

    Related Memes

    Floor Ice Cream

    “Floor ice cream gives you health” is a quote from Pit in the game Kid Icarus: Uprising, in a conversation with Palutena. The quote was liked by fans due to it’s sheer randomness and it’s message.

    Palutena’s Revolting Dinner

    Palutena’s Revolting Dinner is an animated short, animated by Shaft. Inc. It was the last episode in a short series of a Kid Icarus anime. The video was praised due to it’s high quality animation and it’s overall silliness.

    Dark Pit.

    Dark Pit, also known as Pitto is an important character in Kid Icarus: Uprising, he is a flawed clone of Pit created by the Mirror of Truth. Dark Pit is a rival to Pit with a portrayal of an anti-hero type of personality. Dark Pit later caused allot of controversy in the Super Smash Brothers community when he was featured as playable clone character as Pit in Super Smash Brothers: for Wii U/3ds.

    Search Interest

    External References

    Wikipedia- Kid Icarus Wiki

    Kid Icarus Uprising Website – Kid Icarus Uprising: Official Site

    Reddit – r/kidicarus

    4chan – /v/ Video Games

    FanPop – Kid Icarus


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  • 02/03/15--09:35: We Can Do It!
  • About

    “We Can Do It!” is an American propaganda poster depicting a female worker flexing her right arm. In modern days, this poster is often associated with feminism and female empowerment.

    Origin

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  • 02/03/15--10:09: Hold My Unicorn
  • About

    “Hold My Unicorn” is an online slang expression said in jest as an alternative reading of the acronym “hmu” in lieu of its far more commonly accepted meaning, “hit me up.”

    Origin

    The acronym HMU, which stands for “hit me up,” first entered colloquial usage online sometime in 2009, with the earliest known Urban Dictionary entry for the term submitted on April 19th.

    HMU: AIM acronym for “hit me up.”
    I’m bored. someone HMU.

    On September 17th, 2010, Urban Dictionary user UnicornLover238 submitted an entry for “HMU,” defining it as an acronym for “Hold my unicorn.” Within five years, the submission became the top-voted definition for the abbreviation with over 13,500 up votes.

    HMU: Hold my unicorn.
    Hey, what’s up? Can you hmu? I need to tie my shoe.

    Spread

    In December 2010, Facebook identified the acronym as the top globally trending keyword in status updates of the year, which further boosted the subversive effort to change its meaning.



    In early 2009, the acronym HMU was virtually unheard of. Only a few posts a day contained HMU, and half of them were probably typos. By May, however, it started to grow slowly and was averaging about 20 posts a day. The volume roughly doubled every month, and by the end of 2009 it had risen to 1,600 posts a day--too modest of a number to be on our radar for last year’s list. However, HMU continued to grow aggressively throughout 2010, increasing by about 75 percent each month. By the end of summer, HMU reached 80,000 mentions per day.

    On May 28th, 2011, Sodahead Forums[3] member marahtovish responded with “hold my unicorn” to a user asking what the acronym “hmu” stood for. On June 27th, Tumblr user immaculate-minds[5] posted a list of alternative expansions for the acronym “hmu,” which included the phrase “hide my unicorn” (shown below).



    On November 18th, 2012, a Facebook[4] page titled “Hmu means Hold My Unicorn” was launched. On September 14th, 2013, Wordreference Forums[2] member Wanda_Brown submitted a thread to the Spanish-English vocabulary board asking “What does hold my unicorn mean?” On January 26th, 2014, electronic producer Inquisitive released an electro house track titled “Hold My Unicorn” on SoundCloud (shown below).



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    External References

    [1]Urban Dictionary – HMU

    [2]Wordreference – Hold my unicorn

    [3]Sodahead – What does hmu mean

    [4]Facebook – Hmu means hold my unicorn

    [5]Tumblr – immaculate minds


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