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  • 02/25/15--09:23: MLK Didn't Die For This
  • About

    MLK Didn’t Die For This” is an expression used to denounce an act or display of racial prejudice by implying that it goes against the wishes of Martin Luther King Jr., the renowned American civil rights activist who was assassinated while leading the civil rights movement in the 1960s. On Twitter and Vine, the phrase is more often used in jest to highlight images and videos that can be interpreted as unintentional metaphors for racism against black people, in a similar vein to the use of “that’s racist”.

    Origin

    One of the earliest comedic uses of the phrase dates back to a comment posted by LurkerFAQs[1] forum member SADsyn in a thread titled “breasts” on June 22nd, 2011. In the thread, forum member SADsyn wrote:

    Why are you guys discriminating against hairy breasts? MLK didn’t die for this. For people to have this type of mentality. That hairy breasts shouldn’t be accepted along with the hairy breasts. You all ought to be ashamed with yourselves.

    On August 29th, 2013, The first notable pairing of the phrase with an image was submitted by Twitter user @ambessadc[4], which featured a photograph of an automatic pencil sharpener with a sticky note that reads “No Colored Pencil” (shown below).



    Other Usage

    On January 17th, 2013, on the day of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Briana Ford wrote a post titled “MLK Didn’t Die For This” on her blog Black And Married With Kids[2], which criticized the trend of commercially exploiting the civil rights activist’s images among club promoters. On August 15th, 2013, Bossip[3] published an interview article titled “Scrappy Urges Blacks To Stop Killing Each Other Because Whites Want Us Gone ‘MLK Didn’t Die For This!’” featuring a public service announcement against black-on-black violence by rapper Lil’ Scrappy.



    Spread

    On September 1st, 2013, Redditor PenguinBallZ submitted the image of the pencil sharpener to Imgur[6] and /r/funny[5], where it garnered more than 916,000 views and over 1,660 upvotes prior to its archival. But the phrase didn’t see its first major breakout until January 2014, when Twitter users began using the phrase as a caption for “accidentally racist” images. On January 7th, 2014, Redditor TheTrueMuffinMan submitted a screen-captured tweet of two cake batter mix packagings for vanilla and chocolate flavors respectively named “white” and “devil’s food” in a /r/teenager[14] post titled “MLK didn’t die for his. 2Chainz didn’t rap for this. Mandela didn’t fight for this,” garnering over 1,800 upvotes. On January 20th, American reality TV celebrity Kylie Jenner[8] tweeted a photograph of an ice cream pint with unequal chocolate and vanilla-flavored portions along with the caption (shown below, right), racking up over 3,600 retweets and 6,800 favorites.



    Various Examples




    Search Interest

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  • 02/25/15--10:37: Star vs. the Forces of Evil
  • About

    Star vs. the Forces of Evil is an upcoming American animated Disney created by Daron Nefcy, about the adventures of Star Butterfly, a princess from an alternate dimension who has been sent to Earth by his parents after destroying their kingdom with a magic wand. After a special preview of the first episode on Disney Channel, the series garned some following.

    Premise

    The show follows Star Butterfly (voiced by Eden Sher), the princess from the alternate dimension of Mewni, who is given a magic on her 14th birthday, but she can’t handle it’s powers and sets the kingdom on fire with it in under a day. After that, Star’s parents decide to send her daughter to Earth, so she can learn how to use her wand, arriving in the town of Echo Creek to live with Marco Diaz (voiced by Adam McArthur) and his family, while they fight against villains throughout the universe to protect the wand.

    History

    According to Daron Nefcy, she planned doing an animated series when she was a fourth grade student. The first designs of Star were created at her college years, and although the desgin was never modified the story changed during the years. At first, the series was about a girl who though who has magic powers, but this was dropped for the actual plot.[6] The series was announced on 2014 Comic-Con, and the first episode was premiered on January 18, 2015 as an special preview. On February 12, 2015 was announced a second season for the good reception of the first episode[1], and on February 23, 2015 another episode was released on WATCHDisneyXD.com by popular demand.

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    About

    “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams” is an assertion made by September 11th, 2001 attack conspiracy theorists that the burning fuel from crashed planes would not have been able to melt the supporting beams of the World Trade Center. The claim is widely mocked online for being based on flawed evidence.

    Origin

    On April 13th, 2005, the first installment of the Loose Change[1] film series was released, which argued that the September 11th, 2001 attacks were orchestrated by the United States government. The film claims that the burning fires within the World Trade Center towers would not have been hot enough to compromise its structural integrity, alleging that a controlled demolition actually brought down the two buildings.



    Spread

    On April 7th, 2010, Popular Mechanics[2] published an article titled “Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report – The World Trade Center,” which provided evidence that burning jet fuel can melt steel. On November 8th, 2014, Redditor Sir-SmokesALot submitted a version of the “I Wish I Could Talk to Ponies” webcomic titled “Things a pony would say,” in which a horse informs a young girl that “jet fuel can’t melt steel beams" (shown below). In three months, the post gained over 4,400 votes (92% upvoted) and 950 comments on the /r/funny[6] subreddit.



    On December 31st, 2014, YouTuber danwanster uploaded a satirical video titled “Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams,” featuring footage of a German shepherd dog driving a car (shown below).



    On January 27th, 2015, Redditor Lust_In_Phaze submitted a post titled “The Revelation,” featuring a photo of a man with legs resting on his shoulders along with the caption “When you’re about to cum but you realize jet fuel can’t melt steel beams” (shown below, left). In the first month, the post gathered upwards of 5,000 votes (92% upvoted) and 500 comments on the /r/BlackPeopleTwitter[5] subreddit. On February 5th, Redditor JollyToaster uploaded an edited four-panel comic featuring cartoon character Winnie the Pooh telling an Illuminati pyramid that “jet fuel can’t melt steel beams” to the /r/funny[4] subreddit (shown below right).



    On February 20th, FunnyJunk[3] hankhillofthe uploaded a music video titled “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams,” featuring lyrics referencing various memes on the Internet humor site (shown below).


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    “Dank memes make the world go ‘round it seems, jet fuel can’t melt steel beams.”

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Loose Change

    [2]Popular Mechanics – Debunking the 9/11 Myths

    [3]FunnyJunk – Jet Fuel Cant Melt Steel Beams

    [4]Reddit – Oh Bother

    [5]Reddit – The Revelation

    [6]Reddit – things a pony would say


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  • 02/26/15--05:36: Honobono Shrine Remixes
  • About

    Honobono Shrine Remixes (Japanese: ほのぼの神社アレンジ) refers to a series of musical remixes featuring a famous song in Cookie☆, the infamous fan-made animated drama for Touhou Project. In spite of the situation where most of the elements in the drama are mercilessly mocked and parodied by the fans of the Japanese gay porn phenomena A Midsummer Night’s Lewd Dream, only this song has been keeping humorous and creative momentum on niconico Douga (niconico) since 2011.

    Origin

    The song “Honobono Shrine” (ほのぼの神社, Honobono Jinja; lit. “A Delightful Shrine”) was created by an amateur composer Saichousei-no-Hito (再調整の人) for a doujin animated drama “Alice and Marisa’s Cookie Kiss”, better known as the dishonorable nickname “Cookie☆”, which was published on niconico on February 15th, 2010 (shown below, left).[1] This song itslef is a remixed version of “Dichromatic Lotus Butterfly ~ Ancients” (shown below, left)[2] in Shuusou Gyoku[3], the first installment in doujin shoot em’ up game series Seihou Project.[4] It was composed by the Touhou creator ZUN in 2000 for a theme song for Reimu Hakurei which made a guest appearance in that title developed by a doujin circle formed by his juniors in college.



    Spread

    Throughout the heavy online storm of Cookie☆, “Honobono Shrine” became famous as a sort of its theme song since it is the background music for the first scene in the drama and has been reused in numerous MAD videos ridiculing the voice actresses’ poor acting. However, the composer received it favorably and uploaded the audio track to niconico in the following year for the gay porn fans.


    Niconico 【クッキー☆】ほのぼの神社【東方アレンジ】

    Many niconico composers got addicted to this just 16-bar song by his lenient attitude, and a creative and non harmful musical remix movement featuring this song immediately started on the video sharing service. The amount of remixes increased rapidly and had reached to almost 1000 in its first 4 years.[5] Those are listed in both a wiki page dedicated to the movement[6] and the niconico playlists made by the original creator.[7]

    Various Examples


    Niconico ラスボス神社.mp4Niconico ロシア民謡神社.мп4
    Left: J-RPG Battle Music Style | Right: Russian Folk Music Style
    Niconico ネオクラシカルメタル神社.mp4Niconico アートコア神社
    Left: Neoclassical Metal | Right: Artcore (Drum’n’Bass)
    Niconico ダブステップ神社.ZomboAu5Niconico UC神社
    Left: Dubstep | Right: Slow Loris’ Victory Pose with UC

    Search Interest

    External References

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

    [1]niconico Douga – 【東方合同動画企画】魔理沙とアリスのクッキーKiss / Posted on 02-15-2010

    [2]Touhou Wiki – Shuusou Gyoku/Music # Extra Stage Boss #2 – Reimu Hakurei’s Theme

    [3]Touhou Wiki – Shuusou Gyoku

    [4]Touhou Wiki – Seihou Project

    [5]niconico Douga – Search results for the tag ほのぼの神社アレンジ

    [6]ほのぼの神社アレンジ Wiki*

    [7]niconico Douga – Playlists for the remixes: ほもほも and ほもほもⅡ


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    About

    Little Einsteins Remix Vines are vine video fad which people dancing to the remix theme of the Disney cartoon show Little Einsteins[1].

    Origin

    Little Einsteins is an educational cartoon series aired by the Disney company. The series including 4 main characters Leo, Annie, June and Quincy in a set of the exploration and learning, similar to the Magic School Bus and Dora the Explorer.

    Spread

    The show mostly notable by its theme song. The original theme has been uploaded by Skye Roach on Mar 17, 2009(shown bellow left). The trap remix of the which is been frequently used on vine videos has been made by 886Beatz on Jan 18, 2014(shown bellow right).

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Little Einsteins


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  • 02/26/15--09:18: The Lego Movie


  • About

    The Lego Movie is a 2014 animated film based on the popular children’s toy, LEGOs. The film’s subject matter, animation, and soundtrack lead it to become one of the highest grossing films of 2014 and earned it several honorable awards and nominations.

    History

    The LEGO Movie was conceived in 2008 by Dan Lin, who brought the idea to fellow co-producer Roy Lee.[1] The film was green-lit by Warner Bros. in November 2011, and written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.[2] Cast as voice actors for the film were Chris Pratt as “Emmet”, Will Ferrell as “Lord Business”, Liam Neeson as “Good Cop/Bad Cop”, Elizabeth Banks as “Wyldstyle”, and Morgan Freeman as “Vitruvius”. Animation of the film was designed to imitate fan-made Brickfilms and real legos although the actual media was computer generated. (seen below)



    The film premiered February 1, 2014, and was released in theaters February 7, 2014.

    Plot

    From iMDB:[4]

    The wizard Vitruvius attempts to protect the “Kragle”, a superweapon, from the evil Lord Business. He fails to do so, but warns Lord Business of a prophecy where a person called the “Special” will find the Piece of Resistance capable of stopping the Kragle.

    8 and a half years later, Emmet Joe Brickowski, an ordinary construction worker with no special qualities, comes across a woman, Wyldstyle, who is searching for something after hours at Emmet’s construction site. When he investigates, Emmet falls into a hole and finds the Piece of Resistance. Compelled to touch it, Emmet experiences vivid visions and passes out. He awakens elsewhere, with the Piece of Resistance attached to his back, in the custody of Bad Cop, Lord Business’ lieutenant (whose head sometimes turns around to reveal his other side, Good Cop). There, Emmet learns Business’ plans to destroy the world with the Kragle. Wyldstyle rescues Emmet and takes him to Vitruvius, who explains that he and Wyldstyle are “Master Builders” capable of building anything they need, both with great speed and without instruction manuals. Years ago, Lord Business rose to power, his disapproval of such anarchic creativity resulting in him capturing many of them. As the “Special”, Emmet is destined to defeat him, yet Wyldstyle and Vitruvius are disappointed to find Emmet displays no creativity.

    Lord Business plans to use the Kragle (a tube of Krazy Glue with some of the logo’s letters rubbed out) to freeze the universe perfectly in place. Bad Cop tracks down Emmet and Wyldstyle, who are rescued by her boyfriend, Batman. He takes them to a meeting of the remaining Master Builders. Unimpressed with Emmet, they refuse to fight Lord Business. Bad Cop and his forces attack and capture all the Master Builders except for Emmet and a few others. Emmet believes the Master Builders’ weakness is that their individual creativity prevents them from working together. He devises a team plan to infiltrate Lord Business’ headquarters. As Emmet and his allies are captured and imprisoned, Vitruvius attempts to fight back but is killed; with his dying words he admits the prophecy was made up. Business throws the Piece of Resistance off the edge of the universe, sets his headquarters to self-destruct, and leaves with the Kragle while leaving Bad Cop behind. Vitruvius’ ghost tells Emmet that even if the prophecy isn’t real, Emmet can still save the world. Emmet, tied to the self-destruct mechanism’s battery, sacrifices himself for his friends, flinging himself off the edge of the universe.

    Inspired, the Master Builders escape and rally with the help of Bad Cop. Soon, Lego people across the universe are building their own creative weapons. The Master Builders lead the charge against Business.

    Emmet finds himself in the real world, where the events of the story are being played out within the imagination of a boy, Finn. His father “The Man Upstairs” chastises his son for ruining his father’s Lego set by mixing characters with the wrong playsets, and originating hodgepodge creations. Finn argues that Lego are for children, but his father prefers to Krazy Glue his perceived perfect creations together permanently, as this is how adults play with Lego. In the Lego world, Lord Business’ forces gain the upper hand. Realizing the father will glue all the Lego in place, Emmet wills himself to move and falls off the table, gaining Finn’s attention. Finn returns Emmet to the Lego set, where Emmet builds a massive robot to assist his friends before confronting Lord Business. In the real world, Finn’s father looks at his son’s creations again and finds himself impressed. Realizing his son based the evil Lord Business on him, the father has a change of heart and allows his son to play with his Lego however he sees fit. In the Lego world, Emmet convinces Lord Business that Business, too, is special, as is everyone. Moved by Emmet’s speech, Business destroys the Kragle and unfreezes his victims.

    With the world saved, Emmet celebrates with his friends, and Wyldstyle, whose real name is Lucy, becomes his girlfriend. However, alien Duplo beings beam down, announcing their intentions to invade, due to the father allowing Finn’s little sister to play with his Lego set as well. Then at the end they get captured by the Duplo toys.

    Reception

    On Rotten Tomatoes,[3] the film received a 96% fresh rating, as well as a critic rating of 8.1/10, and an average user rating of 4.3/5. On iMDB,[4] the film received an average user rating of 7.8/10, as well as a metacritic score of 83. Opening weekend, the film grossed $69,050,279 and was #1 in the US box office for three straight weeks and the 5th highest grossing film in the US during 2014.[5] Worldwide, the movie grossed a total of $468.1 million and was the 16th highest grossing film worldwide.[6]

    Sequel

    After the success at the box office, a sequel was announced and set to be May 2017.[7] After the popularity of Batman’s appearance in the film, a Lego Batman spin-off film was reportedly set to be released the same year.[8]

    Fandom

    Though notably popular among kids, causing a Lego shortage during the Christmas shopping 2014 year,[9] the movie gained a strong online following. As of February 2014, the official Facebook page for The Lego Movie[10] has 2,012,529 likes. The verified Twitter account for the film[11] has 65.3k followers and was created August 2012. As of February 2014, DeviantArt search results for “The Lego Movie” returns over 9,000 deviations created by fans.[12]

    Related Memes

    Everything is Awesome

    Everything is Awesome is the theme song of The Lego Movie, sung by Tegan & Sara and featuring The Lonely Island. It was uploaded to the Warner Bros. YouTube channel Febuary 7, 2014, and gained 30.6 million views within a year.



    Though featured several times throughout the movie, the song was also used in the end credits during a brick animation sequence.[13] During the 2015 Oscars, Everything is Awesome was preformed live and featured dancers dressed up as characters from the film, as well as LEGO Oscars handed out to the audience.



    The song has numerous YouTube covers[14] and the phrase was frequently used in or as a working title for much of the fan art dedicated to the film.[15]

    Everything is Not Awesome

    Everything is Not Awesome is a cooperate shaming campaign started by Greenpeace in 2014. The campaign aimed at getting the LEGO group to end it’s partnership with Shell for plans to drill in the arctic for oil. The video was covered by many websites including The Guardian[16] and Forbes.[17] In less than a week the video gained over 3.1 million views.



    Although not dissuaded to end their current obligations to the contract, public attention pushed the LEGO group to announce[18] they would not be renewing the contract with Shell once it expired.

    Search Interest

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  • 02/26/15--10:12: Kappa


  • About

    Kappa is an emoticon commonly used on a approved live streaming video platform Twitch.tv. It strongly indicates irony, sarcasm or either trolling.

    Origin

    Twitch has added an amount of 4 emotes of Kappa overall: Kappa (), Keepo (), MiniK () and KappaHD (). The original photograph exposes former Justin.tv employee and software creator Josh DeSeno.[1] Picture can be seen below.


    Spread

    The average number of usage is 900 000 per 24 hours.[2] On February 18, 2012, r/kappa/ subreddit was established.[3] It has got over 13 900 readers. On July 13, 2014, first submission for Kappa on Urban Dictionary was made.[4] There’s also a popular ASCII used as a replacement for emoticon variantion:

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    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]AngelList – Josh DeSeno

    [2]Twitch Emotes – Kappa

    [3]reddit – Kappa

    [4]Urban Dictionary – Kappa


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    About

    My Desires Are Unconventional, alternatively My Interests Are Very Singular, is a series of exploitable images from the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. It typically features a series of still frames from the scene where Grey introduces Steele to his room of BDSM gear, with the shot of the actual room replaced by a reference to a different fandom.

    Origin

    The earliest notable example of the meme was created by Patrick King and posted to his Tumblr blog on July 25th, 2014.[1] It features an edit of the movie’s trailer, replacing Grey’s BDSM room with a room filled with merchandise from the My Little Pony franchise. The post was linked to on the /r/mylittlepony subreddit on the same day,[2] garnering 512 points (92% upvoted) before being archived.



    Spread

    On February 10th, 2015, Vox published an article[3] titled “There are more than 50 shades of grey. This meme proves it”, showcasing multiple tweets related to the meme, with examples from as early as July 2014.




    On February 12th, Buzzfeed published a similar compilation of tweets and image-based examples in an article titled “This Meme Mocking “Fifty Shades Of Grey” Is Just Fantastic.”[4]




    Notable Examples



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  • 02/26/15--13:01: The Barber
  • About

    The Barber, also known as Just Fuck Me Up, is a series of captioned images featuring photographs of people with botched haircuts or bold hairstyles and transcripts of mock conversations between the subject and their barber.

    Origin

    On August 13th, 2012, rapper Tyler, The Creator posted a tweet mocking Miley Cyrus’ new short haircut, joking that the pop star requested her stylist to “fuck me up real quick” (shown below). The following day, Cyrus responded to the tweet by insulting the rapper’s face but complimenting his music (shown below).[9] The tweets were subsequently deleted.



    Spread

    On June 7th, 2014, Twitter user @TheHuzlers[4] posted a photograph of the back of a man’s freshly-shaved head with the message “Nigga sat at the barber chair and said ‘Just fuck me up bruh’” (shown below). On June 20th, 2014, Twitter user tf_i_looklike[5] reposted the same photograph, which accumulated more than 10,700 retweets and 5,600 favorites over eight months.



    On December 11th, Twitter user @RiqqiXNX[1] tweeted a photograph of an advertisement for Cleveland-based dentist Gino DiGiannantonio,[8] along with a mock conversation between DiGiannantonio and his barber (shown below, left). In three months, the tweet gathered over 5,400 favorites and 4,600 retweets. On the same day, the @WorldStarFunny[10] Twitter feed posted a photograph of a man with a circular haircut blended into his facial hair with the caption “he sat in the barber’s chair and just said ‘fuck my whole life up fam’” (shown below, right). In three months, the tweets gathered over 4,600 and 7,100 retweets respectively.



    On December 15th, Redditor DickHardwoodJohnson submitted a screenshot of the DiGiannantonio tweet to the /r/funny[7] subreddit, where it received upwards of 4,900 votes (96% upvoted) and 1,900 comments in two months. On December 17th, the /r/justfuckmyshitup[6] subreddit was launched for notable examples of the captioned image meme. On February 12th, 2015, the @BarberPosts[2] Twitter feed was launched, which highlights notable photographs of botched haircuts accompanied by mock barber conversations. On February 19th, Urban Dictionary[3] user holiday1432 submitted an entry for “Just fuck me up,” defining it as “putting the fate of your hair into someone else’s hands.” On February 25th, the men’s interest blog Brobible[11] published a compilation of notable examples of the meme.

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Twitter – @RiqqiXNX

    [2]Twitter – @BarberPosts

    [3]Urban Dictionary – Just fuck me up

    [4]Twitter – @TheHuzlers

    [5]Twitter – @tf_i_looklike

    [6]Reddit – /r/justfuckmyshitup

    [7]Reddit – I dont even care anymore

    [8]Dr. Gino DDSMeet Our Team

    [9]Twitter – @MileyCyrus

    [10]Twitter – @WorldStarFunny

    [11]Brobile – This Just Fuck My Shit Up Barber Meme


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    Overview

    #LlamaDrama is a Twitter hashtag that came out of a police pursuit of two llamas that broke loose from the rest of their group in Sun City, Arizona on February 26th, 2015. The highway chase, which lasted for at least half an hour before the capture of the animals, was widely covered in the news and extensively discussed in the social media in real-time.

    Background

    On the morning of February 26th, 2015, a white llama and a black llama got away from their group shortly after a mobile petting zoo event at the Carillons Assisted Living Center in Sun City, Arizona. According to the animals’ owner Bub Bullis, there were initially three animals got spooked and ran away near 103rd Avenue and Grand, and after about an hour of unsuccessful attempt at capturing the animals, he called the 911 for help at around 11:55 a.m, local time (1:55 p.m. EST).



    By 12:45 p.m., the local authorities’ dramatic chase after the two llamas had been picked up by several local news stations and several major news networks. The pursuit was broadcast and livestreamed in real-time, with news station helicopters following the llamas as they ran around the streets of Sun City and managed to evade capture for almost an hour before being lassoed under control.



    Notable Developments

    In the following hour, the two llamas at large were nicknamed the White Llama[13] and Black Llama[14], inspiring Twitter accounts for each escapee, and several trending hashtags related to the developing story, including #Llamas, #LlamasonTheLoose[16] and #LlamaDrama.[17]




    Media Coverage

    The online reactions to the news story were quickly picked up by nearly all notable internet culture news sites and blogs, including BuzzFeed[5], The Daily What[8], Gawker[4], Mashable[15], Slate[2], The Verge[1], among many others.

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  • 02/26/15--17:51: What Color Is This Dress?
  • About

    What Color Is This Dress? refers to a Tumblr post in which users debated the color of a dress, which appeared to be either white and gold or black and blue, depending on the viewer.

    Origin

    On February 25th, 2015, Tumblr user swiked[1] posted a photo of a dress asking the science side of tumblr to help her decide what color it was, noting that her friends were torn between it being white and gold or black and blue.

    http://swiked.tumblr.com/post/112073818575/guys-please-help-me-is-this-dress-white-and

    Spread

    On February 26th, Buzzfeed[2] posted a poll asking readers to decide what color the dress really was. Later that evening, they made a second post[4] discerning that the dress was in fact blue after finding it available for purchase on UK shop Roman’s online store.[5]

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  • 02/27/15--09:45: #WhoIsBeck
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    Overview

    #WhoIsBeck is a Twitter hashtag launched after singer-songwriter Beck Hansen won Album of the Year at the 57th Grammy Awards in February 2015. Beyoncé fans upset at her loss started the tag when Academy members chose the alternative rock singer over better selling pop artists and fellow nominees Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, and Sam Smith for the award.

    Origin

    The 57th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 8, 2015.[5] The Album of the Year award was given to musician Beck for his album Morning Phase, beating out several other albums, most notably pop artist Beyoncé Knowles’ self-titled album. The move was seen as strange by critics, as Beck had kept a fairly low profile in the popular eye since his peak in the 1990s.

    Spread

    The same night the award was given, Buzzfeed posted an article compiling tweets made my individuals who had not heard of Beck prior to the event.[2] On February 9, the day after, the hastag #WhoIsBeck began to trend, which was noted by several websites, including Billboard.[1][3][4]


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  • 02/27/15--11:48: Normies
  • WIP

    About

    Normies is a term for “normal” or well-adjusted people usually used in a derogatory sense by those aware of their social awkwardness. In recent times the term has come to be associated with 4chan’s /r9k/ board.

    Origin

    An Urban Dictionary definition for “normies” was submitted in 2004.[1] One of the earliest known uses of “normies” on 4chan was in a post in a thread on the Japanese Culture (/jp/) board in 2008.[2] The earliest known use of “normies” on /r9k/ was made in 2012.[3]

    Spread

    WIP

    Related Memes

    Angry Pepe

    The Angry Pepe reaction image is often used in conjunction to the “normies” phrase, often accompanying rants about non-socially awkward people.

    Search Interest

    References

    [1]Urban Dictionary – normies

    [2]Archive.moe – /jp/ – Otaku Culture

    [3]Archive.moe – /r9k/ – ROBOT9001

    [4]Archieve.moe – Search for ‘normie’


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  • 02/27/15--16:04: French Girls
  • [Work in progress]

    About

    French Girls is a mobile application that allows users to upload selfies for other random users to draw an illustration of the photograph. The app is named after the memorable quote from the 1997 period drama film Titanic, in which the character Rose (played by Kate Winslet) tells her love interest “Draw me like one of your French girls”.

    History

    On March 23rd, 2013, the mobile software company APPEK released an iOS[4] app titled “French Girls,” which allows its anonymous users to draw sketch portraits of strangers and upload their own photos for others to draw.



    Online Presence

    On January 9th, 2014, the Fresh Girls App Tumblr[3] blog was launched, which highlights notable example drawings made with the application.

    On July 7th, the Internet humor blog Smosh[1] highlighted 29 humorous illustrations created with the iPhone app (shown below). On March 1st, The Daily Dot[2] published an article about French Girls, referring to it as “the best selfie app.”

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 02/27/15--17:11: Sample Text
  • [W.I.P]

    About

    Sample Text is the default preset of generated text media for video and film editing software Sony Vegas Pro. It is most popularly used in montage parodies and is likely added for no convenient reason.

    Origin

    On January 25th, 2003, Sony Creative Software released version 1.0 of Sony Vegas Pro, along with text media. The default preset of the text media upon attempting to generate new text in the video happens to read “Sample Text”.

    Spread

    On November 21st, 2013, YouTuber iTheRainbowDash uploaded a montage parody including the sample text before quickscoping another player in Call of Duty. Since February 2015, the video has garnered 15,000+ views and 100+ likes. (shown below)[1]

    Since February 2015, there have also been 1,000+ search results for Tumblr posts tagged “sample text”.[2] On June 27th, 2014, YouTuber Fapplet uploaded another montage parody featuring the sample text, which has scooped up 148,000+ views and 2,100+ likes. (shown below)[3]

    Notable Examples

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    External References


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  • 02/28/15--11:24: Snail Mutsu
  • About

    Snail Mutsu (Japanese: り陸奥たか, Rimutsutaka) is a fan-made creature inspired by Mutsu[1], a fleet girl from Japanese online trading card game Kantai Collection (KanColle). As well as Plasma-chan and The 1st battleship of the Kongou-class from Jamaica, this funny-looking creature has been one of the famous fan-made characters in the KanColle fandom since the end of 2013.

    Origin

    In the KanColle players community, Mutsu’s horn-like headgear, which represents the original Nagato-class battleships’ booms for maritime signal flags, is sometimes compared to a snail or slug due to the resemblance. Even on the English-speaking web, she’s sometimes called as “Mutslug” among fans. Inspired by this iconic item of her, an amateur illustrator blew[2] posted an illustration of a snail version of Mutsu to both Nico Nico Seiga[3] and pixiv[4] on November 17th, 2013 (shown below, left). Then, this creature was named “Rimutsutaka” on his next post (shown below, right) in the following month[5], which name comes from a pun for a backward reading of “かたつむり” (Ka-ta-tsu-mu-ri), a Japanese word meaning of snail, and the name of the battleship girl “陸奥” (Mu-tsu).



    Spread

    This funny-looking creature soon became to a popular character in the KanColle fandom, and many fan illustrations and Miku Miku Dance videos for it has been posted to pixiv[6], Nico Nico Seiga[7] and niconico Douga[8] since early 2014. Meanwhile, explanations in Rimutsutaka fandom sometimes takes the appearance of documentary like SCP Foundation because those following works depict it like a giant monster or UMB (Unidentified Mysterious Battleship) living in Rabaul waters in Papua New Guinea.

    Various Examples

    Videos


    Niconico 【MMD艦これ】「陸奥」「り陸奥たか」でNyanyanyanyanyanyanya!Niconico 【MMD艦これ】うちの泊地でも増えてた【り陸奥たか】
    Left: Nyanyanyanyanyanyanya! | Right: smooooch ・∀・

    Illustrations




    Search Interest

    External References

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

    [1]Kancolle Wiki – Mutsu

    [2]pixiv – 「blew@り陸奥たかの人」s Profile

    [3]Nico Nico Seiga – かたむつり / Posted on 11-17-2013

    [4]pixiv – 艦これ落描き / Posted on 11-17-2013

    [5]Nico Nico Seiga – り陸奥たか / Posted on 12-23-2013

    [6]pixiv – Search results for the tag り陸奥たか

    [7]Nico Nico Seiga – Search results for the tag り陸奥たか

    [8]niconico Douga – Search results for the tag り陸奥たか


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  • 02/28/15--17:02: Terra Formars Censorship
  • W.I.P

    About

    Terra Formars Censorship refers to a controversy caused by the crude removal of gore scenes in the anime adaptation of the manga series Terra Formars, which consisted of poorly edited black screens and circles[1][2][3]. This caused negative reactions from fans of the manga, and subsequently a series of photoshops mocking the crude censors.

    Origin.

    Terra Formars (Japanese: テラフォーマーズ Hepburn: Tera Fōmāzu) is a manga series written by Yū Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana, known for its extreme depictions of gore and violence. The manga features a fight between humans with special powers and humanoid roaches with extreme hatred for human beings as main antagonists called “Terraformars” in a struggle for the planet Mars. The anime adaptation first aired on September 26, 2014, which was heavily criticized for its poor censorship.

    One of the most iconic scenes features a Terraformar ripping the head off the russian soldier Elena Perepelkina, which was censored on the anime version with 2 black circles. This and other poorly made censorships like blacking the screens lead to multiple photoshops mocking it.



    Spread

    After the release of the episode, sites like Kotaku[3] wrote articles criticizing the poor censoring, as well as feature the many exploitables made of it.

    Notable Examples



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    External References


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  • 02/28/15--20:30: Baskin' Robbin
  • Origin

    Baskin Robbin a 8chan based meme used commonly in a YLYL thread or just a random picture for good use. Commonly known on 8chan and 4chan it has also made appearances as well on tumblr and twitter. The edgy nature of this meme caused mass spread on the internet as well used by trolls and just common edgy people.

    Meaning

    Deriving from the ice cream franchise the purpose of this meme is to tease about the death of Robin Williams a common way to be edgy on most of the internet. Although not commonly used in text or statements the picture has mass meaning and hysteria to those who like edgy things find this a complete overhaul on easy based edgy memes.

    Spread

    On February 2nd, 2015 the first known sighting of this meme was on 8chan and cause mass spread all over threads and the website in general, finding its way on tumblr and 4chan. Although most people who don’t go onto 8chan and 4chan probably won’t know this picture the little that do will exactly confirm its hilarity.


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  • 03/01/15--06:14: Lamakust
  • This gif show a lama eating with a cute japanese girl, with the caption “Make Me A Sandwich”. Taken from “Aoi Yamazaki – Futari de Arukeba” music video.


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  • 03/01/15--06:56: Fat Logic
  • Warning: This entry contains content that might be deemed offensive


    About

    Fat Logic (sometimes written as Fatlogic) is a term used online to describe notions often used by overweight individuals to justify certain lifestyle choices. In popular culture, the term is often used for “fat shaming” and in opposition to the Fat Acceptance Movement

    Precursor: Fat Acceptance and Health At Every Size movements

    Main entry: Fat Acceptance Movement

    Fat Acceptance Movement (often abbreviated as FA) is a social movement to combat “fat shaming” (or “fatphobia”) from popular culture such as social media and gaming. The movement was deemed controversial, sparking the creation of groups going against the movement in social hubs like reddit.

    Origin

    Although the actual origin of the term “fat logic” is unclear, the earliest known instance of the term is found to be with the creation of the reddit subreddit /r/fatlogic in April 2013[1].

    Spread

    On the 19th of May, the Twitter handle @FatLogic submitted its first tweet, “It’s my THYROID!!!!”[3]

    Urban Dictionary user Galanity submitted a definition for the term “fatlogic” on the 21st of July 2013, defining it as “The astounding mental gyrations obese people use to justify their size. Fatlogic never, ever includes eating too much and exercising too little.”[2]

    On the 30th of July 2014, /r/fatlogic created an Imgur album called “fatlogic reposts” listing various images that are posted often on the subreddit[4].

    The hashtag #fatlogic is often used on social media sites like Twitter and Tumblr to tag images and posts relating to fat logic[5][6].

    Search Interest

    References

    [1]reddit – /r/fatlogic. Disabling the subreddit’s CSS reveals that the subreddit was created on the 17th of April 2013.

    [2]Urban Dictionary – Fatlogic

    [3]Twitter #FirstTweet – @FatLogic

    [4]Imgur – fatlogic reposts

    [5]Tumblr – #fat logic

    [6]Twitter – #fatlogic


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