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  • 03/24/15--11:20: Bhutanese Passport
  • About

    Bhutanese Passport refers to an audio recording featuring a spoken word version of the “Bhutanese Passport” Wikipedia article. In January 2015, the recording generated controversy on the wiki site after it began circulating online, with some interpreting it as a racist joke while others defended it as an authentic reading by a Bhutanese speaker.

    Origin

    On May 31st, 2013, Wikipedia[1] user KuchenZimjah created an article titled “Bhutanese Passport.” On June 10th, the user uploaded a spoken word version of the article to Wikimedia Commons[2] (shown below). On KuchenZimjah’s Wikipedia page,[6] he claims to be a native of Thimphu, Bhutan who learned English while studying in New Zealand.



    Spread

    On September 24th, 2013, the Spoken Wikipedia YouTube channel uploaded the audio version of the Wikipedia article (shown below). In the first six months, the video gained over 299,000 views and 190 comments.



    In January 2015, several Wikipedia users posted comments to the “Bhutanese Passport” talk page accusing the recording of being a racist joke, while others argued that the recording was made by a native Bhutanese speaker with an accent.[5] On January 20th, Imgur[4] user HenryKissinger uploaded a screenshot of the Bhutanese Passport article titled “You won’t regret it,” highlighting the “Listen to this article” section of the page. Within two months, the image gathered upwards of 142,000 views and 280 comments. On the following day, the pop culture blog Fusion[3] published an article about spoken Wikipedia articles, which listed “Bhutanese Passport” as a notable example. On March 23rd, the file was nominated for deletion on Wikimedia Commons.



    Various Examples



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  • 03/24/15--13:22: Twizzler Challenge
  • About

    Twizzler Challenge (hashtag: #TwizzlerChallenge) is a social media dare game in which two participants must share a single stick of the licorice candy from the opposite ends and meet in the middle for a kiss. Launched in late March 2015, the challenge aims to benefit New York Collaborates for Autism NYCA), a non-profit organization devoted to addressing and fulfilling the special needs of people with autism, following the path of the Ice Bucket Challenge that raised millions of dollars in donation for the ALS foundation in 2014.

    Origin

    On March 9th, 2015, during the live broadcast of Comedy Central’s charity special program Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs, a viewer called in and requested Willie Geist, the host of NBC’s morning news program Today, and Uzo Abuda, a cast member of Orange is the New Black, to take on the challenge (shown below) for the benefit of medical research on Autism.



    The challenge can be seen as a tribute to the famous “spaghetti kissing” scene from the 1955 Disney animated romantic musical comedy film Lady and the Tramp (shown below).



    Spread

    In the following week, numerous TV personalities and celebrities shared their videos of participating in Twizzler Challenge, beginning with Willie Geist and Meredith Vieira, the host of NBC’s Meredith Vieira Show on March 12th (shown below), followed by Regis Philbin and Hoda Kotb on March 23rd.



    On March 18th, Instagram user Allison Williams shared a video that shows her and Lena Dunham taking the Twizzler Challenge with the official hashtag #NYC4A, which has garnered more than 8,500 likes in less than a week.


    A video posted by Allison Williams (@aw) on Mar 18, 2015 at 9:53am PDT



    News Media Coverage

    On March 18th, Jezebel[7] reported on the emerging trend in an article titled “The Twizzler Challenge: Because the Ice Bucket Challenge Wasn’t Enough,” followed by mainstream news outlets like Fox News[3], TIME[6], PBS[5] and NBC Today[9], as well as internet culture blogs and news sites, including Cheezburger[2], The Huffington Post[10] and Uproxx[4], among many others.

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  • 03/24/15--15:05: Ted Cruz
  • About

    Ted Cruz is a Republican Senator from Texas known for being the first Hispanic American to serve as a senator from the state.

    Political Career

    In 1999, Cruz served as a policy advisor for the George W. Bush presidential campaign. From 2003 to 2008, Cruz held the office of Solicitor General of Texas. In 2012, Cruz was elected as the first Hispanic and Cuban American to serve as a senator from Texas in the United States Congress.

    Online History

    Position on Net Neutrality

    On November 14th, 2011, the Texas Tribune[1] livestreamed an event where Cruz gave remarks on his opposition to Internet regulations and the net neutrality digital rights movement.

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  • 03/24/15--16:36: Le Reddit Army
  • About

    “Le Reddit Army” is an ironic nickname for YouTube commenters who post intentionally inflammatory statements on the video-sharing site, often using roleplay accounts parodying various online stereotypes.

    Origin

    The earliest known reference to “le Reddit army” was in a post submitted by Redditor abenji on September 7th, 2012, which compared those who leave “reddit army” comments on YouTube to the Squeeze Toy Alien characters from the Toy Story films. Prior to being archived, the post gained over 1,900 votes (93% upvoted) on the /r/funny[10] subreddit. In the comments section, many speculated that 4chan users were posting the “le Reddit army” comments on YouTube in an attempt to embarrass Redditors.

    Precursors

    In 2010, the French masculine singular definite article “le” became widely used on Reddit in rage comics. In 2011, 4chan users engaged in an online feud with 9gag users who referred to themselves as the “9gag army.”

    Spread

    On September 27th, 2012, the Le-Reddit-Army[11] Reddit account was created. On December 30th, 2013, YouTuber SwampLabs uploaded a video titled “Le Reddit Army,” featuring a slideshow of various subreddits and the site “9gag” repeated in the video description (shown below).



    On June 10th, 2014, the r/RedditArmie[1] subreddit was created, which typically features screenshots of YouTube roleplay accounts mimicking various infamous Internet stereotypes, including self-proclaimed nice guys, atheists, fedora-wearers, feminists, meme enthusiasts, men’s rights activists and Reddit evangelists.



    On September 3rd, the Berta Lovejoy[3] YouTube account was created, which leaves flamebait comments from the perspective of a feminist extremist on trending videos (shown below). On October 11th, Urban Dictionary[9] user KJFK submitted an entry for “le reddit army,” defining the members as “Reddit trolls” who comment on links submitted to the /r/videos subreddit.



    On November 12th, Redditor drumdiary released the “Hide Fedora” browser extension,[6] which automatically hides “le Reddit army” comments on YouTube. Several months later, the extension was featured in an article on The Daily Dot.[7] As of March 2015, the extension has over 67,000 users on Google Chrome and 7,600 users on Mozilla Firefox.



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  • 03/24/15--20:47: #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery
  • About

    #rapalbumsthatcausedslavery is a satirical hashtag focusing on changing the names of hip-hop and rap albums to become related to slavery and racism toward African-Americans. The hashtag was sparked by a discussion of the University of Oklahoma Racism Incident, which came to the conclusion that rap music was to blame for the incident.

    Origin

    On March 11, 2015, the news network MSNBC aired an episode of talk show Morning Joe , in which the members of the program discussed the University of Oklahoma Racism Incident. Commentators Bill Kristol and Mika Brzezinski in particular asserted that the incident was triggered by rap music, claiming that the perpetrators of the incident had picked up on the language from listening to the genre.[1]

    Spread

    Later that day, the hashtag was created as a reaction to the incident. Several tweets which used it were retweetedby hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, which helped spread the hashtag.[2] Its spread was noted by several news outlets.

    Examples








    Trends

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  • 03/25/15--07:32: Inside Gaming
  • (Note : Editors needed! I’m gonna need all the help i can get here.)

    About

    Inside Gaming is a brand by the company Machinima. Originally a Halo exclusive show under the name Inside Halo and later video game news show on the machinima main youtube channel, it later branch out into its own multimedia channel that covers gameplays, live action skits, Q&As, podcasts, reviews and previews. On January 27th, 2015, the inside gaming crew announced that they are leaving machinima to later officially join Rooster Teeth under the new name Funhaus.

    History

    Inside Halo

    On October 10th, 2007, Inside Halo was launched on the machinima website and later on the machinima youtube channel. Hosted by sodagod (Mike Rouse) and thedeadpixel (Adam Kovic), the show covered halo related news such updates and tournaments being held while adding skits in between segments. The show ran for 30 episode using the format of a halo machinima. On February 9th, 2009, Aam Kovic announced the renaming of the show into Inside Gaming to cover news from video games in general.


    Inside Gaming

    On February 22nd, 2009, the first episode of inside gaming was released. Using the same format as Inside Halo, the show retains the halo machinima format and skits while informing the latest news in the video game industry. The show is primarily hosted by Adam Kovic. Later episodes would abandon the machinima and skit format to favor a live action and direct comedy approach.


    Youtube Channel

    Though originally created on June 2008, the Inside Gaming youtube channel began uploading content on March 24th, 2013 previewing the 2013 PAX East event. From there, the channel began uploading daily content which are primarily gameplay videos, live action skits, Podcasts, and reviews. As of january 2015, the channel has garnered more than 700.000 subscribers.


    Departure from Machinima and Forming Funhaus

    On January 27th, 2015, The Inside Gaming crew announced that they are leaving machinima on their daily news program. The news was later covered by several gaming sites. The last episode of the daily was aired on January 30th as their farewell to the company.


    On February 5th, 2015, The crew announced that they are joining roosterteeth as part of the new los angeles branch under the new name Funhaus.


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  • 03/25/15--08:09: One-Hour Drawing Game
  • About

    One-Hour Drawing Game, also called “Midnight 60-Minute Serious Drawing Game” (Japanese: 深夜の真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負) or “One-Draw” / “1Draw” (ワンドロ, Wandoro) for short, refers to an online game of drawing an illustration in 60 minutes with a theme offered on Twitter. Since the middle of 2013, it has been a very popular practice among Japanese amateur illustrators.

    Origin

    This drawing game was started as an in-group game for training of a Twitter user @kuroneko262[1] and a few of his friends. The first game was started at 8:30 PM on May 14, 2013 with his two friends and the themes were their favorite Touhou Project characters: Koishi Komeiji, Nazrin or Kasen Ibaraki.




    Results for the first session

    Then, a hashtag“#Midnight60MinuteSeriousDrawingGame” (#深夜の真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負) has been used for this game since announcements for the 3rd session on May 15th.[2]

    Spread

    By the advent of the hashtag, this One-Hour Drawing game became to be known widely, and the sessions organized by @kuroneko262 almost everyday quickly increased its participants. And its themes were mostly chosen from Touhou Project characters because of the taste of the originator and his surroundings. A support web page 1draw[3] which automatically collects illustrations uploaded with this hashtag was also launched in July of that year.

    On the other hand, rapid increase of participants brought difficulty of the game management. Particularly in the early days, co-existing of Kantai Collection (KanColle) characters in this game which began by Touhou Project characters elicited many objections from both of titles’ hardcore fans. In this context, the originator retired from the organizer in 2 months. And according to a wiki page which archives events and troubles in the KanColle fandom, the subsequent organizers were also heavily criticized their KanColle-centric management which aimed to occupy the support page by KanColle illustrations. Additionally, their inconsiderate acts at that time became to remote cause of an another incident which this game for KanColle got collapsed temporally by trolls from 2channel’s /livejupiter/ board in March 2015.[4]

    Against this background, today One-Hour Drawing Game is practiced every night for each anime, manga, video game titles separately by utilizing its own hashtags and Twitter accounts for theme announcements, which are managed by many voluntary organizers. Those hashtags are usually named by the phrasal template“Midnight60MinuteSeriousDrawingGameXXEdition” (XX版深夜の真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負). And the first hashtag is used only for the game for Touhou Project. The participants works are often reuploaded to their pixiv pages under tags which are same as the Twitter hashtags (eg. Touhou Project[5], KanColle[6]) or the tag 1draw (ワンドロ)[7]. And many of them are reblogged to Tumblr as well.[8]

    Various Examples

    Twitter Feeds

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

    Touhou Project (Since May 2013)[9]


    Kantai Collection (Since July 2013)[10]


    Love Live! (Since December 2013)[11]


    Pokémon (Since December 2013)[12][13]


    JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Since April 2014)[14]


    Search Interest

    A large spike for the word “1draw” in March 2015 was caused by trolls invasion to the hashtag for KanColle One-Hour Drawing Game.

    External References

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

    [1]Twitter – 黒いもにょもけ・猫型 (@kuroneko262)

    [2]Twitter – 黒いもにょもけ・猫型: "#深夜の真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負 という訳で次回、定刻22:00に開催しまっしゅ お題は水橋 パルスィ 村紗 水蜜 姫海棠 はたて になります ルールは ① 足までちゃんと描く ② 一時間で出来るだけ描く ③ 何で描くかは自由 となっております 奮ってご参加ください!!" / Posted on 05-15-2013 (Japanese)

    [3]1draw #深夜の真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負

    [4]艦これオンリースレ★のまとめwikiカッコカリ – ワンドロ乗っ取り騒動 (Japanese)

    [5]pixiv – Search results for the tag 深夜の真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負

    [6]pixiv – Search results for the tag 艦これ版深夜の真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負

    [7]pixiv – Search results for the tag ワンドロ

    [8]Tumblr – Search results for the keyword 深夜の真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負

    [9]Twitter – 深夜の真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負お題告知 (@1draw_night) (Japanese)

    [10]Twitter – 艦これ版深夜の真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負 (@KC_1draw) (Japanese)

    [11]Twitter – LL版深夜の真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負 (@LoveLive_1draw) (Japanese)

    [12]Twitter – ポケモン深夜の真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負 (@pokemon_1draw) (Japanese)

    [13]Twitter – PT版深夜の真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負 (@Ptrainer_1draw) (Japanese)

    [14]Twitter – JO版深夜の真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負 (@JOJO_onedrow) (Japanese)


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  • 03/25/15--10:05: So Sad Today
  • About

    So Sad Today (@sosadtoday) is a novelty Twitter account run by an anonymous Los Angeles-based writer known only as Melissa[2]. Since launch in July 2012, the account has gained a large following online for its comically depressing tweets.

    Origin

    @sosadtoday tweeted for the first time on July 5th, 2012. The first tweet displays the unique style of the account: short sentences, written all lowercase.




    Spread

    Since 2012, @sosadtoday has tweeted on a regular basis usually on a schedule of 10-15 tweets per day. As of March 25th, 2015, @sosadtoday has over 193,000 followers and draws around 500 retweets per post on average. In addition, the account’s popularity has been further boosted through retweets by celebrities like Miley Cyrus.

    Her most popular tweet to date, posted February 3rd, 2014, received 4,984 retweets and 6,056 favorites.




    Since December 15th, 2014, @sosadtoday has written an advice column for Vice Magazine.[3]

    On March 19th, 2015, the parody account So NYPD Today[5] (@sonypdtoday) was created. The account tweets about police issues including brutality and community-relations, but in the lowercase, sarcastic style of @sosadtoday.

    Notable Examples








    Search Interest

    Note: A song by artist July Skies named “So Sad Today” was released in early 2010 and gained popularity in that year, pre-dating the Twitter account.

    External References

    [1]Tumblr – http://sosad-today.tumblr.com/

    [2]Rolling Stone – @SoSadToday: Twitter’s Secret Superstar Speaks for the FirstTime

    [3]Vice – Author Page: @SoSadToday

    [4]Favstar – @sosadtoday’s Most Popular Tweets

    [5]Twitter – @SoNYPDToday


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  • 03/25/15--10:58: Alpha as Fuck
  • About

    Alpha as Fuck is an expression used to describe a statement or action that can be characterized as overtly dominant or aggressive in nature. The phrase is often used ironically in green text stories or in reference to men who exhibit beta male behavior.

    Origin

    While the exact origin of “alpha is fuck” is unknown, the phrase appears to have been popularized through its usage on pickup artist discussion forums. On June 3rd, 2008, PUA Forums[1]member mrmtzyztplktehtrd replied to a thread about films and television series with assertive male protagonists by referring to the character Lt. Winters in the 2001 war drama miniseries Band of Brothers as “alpha as fuck” (shown below).



    Precursor: “As Fuck”

    In online conversations, the phrasal template“X as fuck” has been used as an intensifier to emphasize one’s statement or impression, with some of the most notable examples being “rich as fuck,” “high as fuck,” “awesome as fuck” and majestic as fuck.

    Spread

    On September 11th, 2009, Attraction Forums[7] member kyle990546 submitted a thread titled “Standing out among alpha as fuck standoutters.” On August 13th, 2011, YouTuber HappyCabbie uploaded a video titled “Alpha as Fuck,” in which he simulates sex with his computer desk chair (shown below).



    On November 22nd, an anonymous 4chan user posted a spaghetti story about a failed first date ending with the phrase “alpha as fuck” (shown below).



    On December 2nd, Urban Dictionary[3] user the weasel of change submitted an entry for “alpha as fuck,” defining it as an expression used to describe rude behaviors. On September 1st, 2012, Redditor OMIbro posted a screenshot of a green text story about a weight lifter wearing Pikachu onesie pajamas ending with the phrase “alpha as fuck” to /r/4chan[5] (shown below). Before the post was archived, it gained over 3,800 votes (95% upvoted) and 130 comments.



    On December 24th, Redditor djnewton123 submitted a green text story titled “Anon alpha as fuck” to the /r/4chan[4] subreddit, where it garnered more than 2,400 votes (93% upvoted) and 35 comments prior to being archived (shown below).



    On March 13th, 2013, a Facebook[2] page titled “Alpha as Fuck” was launched. On May 12th, 2014, Redditor The_Horse_Yeller posted a screenshot of a green text story in which God refers to himself as “alpha as fuck” and “omega as fuck” to /r/4chan,[6] where it accumulated upwards of 5,300 votes (96% upvoted) and 270 comments prior to being archived.



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  • 03/25/15--13:01: Over X Hours In Ms Paint
  • About

    Over X Hours in Ms Paint, sometimes shortened as Over X Hours In Paint, is a catchphrase and snowclone describing, often hyperbolically, the effort and time put into the creation of something, usually a picture made using popular tool Ms Paint. It has then become a typical summarizing sentence in titles and or/descriptions for an image creation.

    Origin

    While commenting on the time put into any creation is a recurring habit among people both outside of internet, one of the earliest online mentions of anyone genuinely describing the time they took in making a picture using Ms Paint was TRMK forum user Gororules, posting a thread on November 15th 2004 about sprites he made[1]. Then, its first online mention as an hyperbole can be found in a July 2005 thread made on the official Winamp website in which user commented that the image creation of a desktop by another user “[…] must have takenat (sic) least 500 hours in MS Paint”[2].

    Spread

    On September 4th 2005, “Newgrounds”: user MidnyteRayne sarcastically replied “5,000,000 hours in MS paint.” to a post asking what progams were used to make Canadian tv show ReBoot[3]. As early as 2011, the Lurkmore website began mentioning the usage of the phrasal template “x hours in MS Paint” as being commonplace on 4chan’s/b/ (random) board as well as being often mixed with the Over 9000 slang[4]. These common occurances were also reported on TvTropes, naming it “9001 hours in MS Paint” as an example of memetic mutation from 4chan related to the MS Paint software[5].

    [WIP]

    External References

    [1]TRMK forums – My sprite edit Stryker / 11/15/2004

    [2]Winamp forums – July 2005 Desktops / 7/4/2005

    [3]Newgrounds forums – Program used to make ReBoot

    [4]Lurkmore WIki – MS Paint

    [5]TVTropes – Useful Notes: MS Paint


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    About

    Wake Me Up Inside (Can’t Wake Up) are lyrics from the song Bring Me To Life by Evanescence. They are often associated with images of skeleton appearing to be screaming.

    Origin

    The song from which the lyrics originate is called Bring Me To Life, performed by an American group Evanescence. The song was recorded in 2002 and released on April 22, 2003.



    The image, with which the lyrics had become associated with the most, belongs to a wooden carved rocking chair made to look like a skeleton[1](pictured below, left). On May 13th, 2013, a Tumblr user maohshounen posted an image, edited to have a superimposed head of the skeleton with a red filter and glowing eyes, (pictured below, right) with a comment “ah yes my throne”[2].


    Spread

    The earliest example of the association between the image and the lyrics date back to February 11th, 2014[5]. On February 27th, 2014, an anonymous 4chan user posted a cropped screenshot of two files[4], both of them being the crops of the edited skeleton rocking chair image above. The filenames of those two files were WAKE ME UP INSIDE.PNG and (CAN’T WAKE UP).PNG respectively.


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  • 03/25/15--13:54: InfoSec Taylor Swift
  • About

    InfoSec Taylor Swift (@SwiftOnSecurity) is a novelty Twitter account (with Tumblr[1] accompaniment), comically posing as pop-star Taylor Swift, and claiming to “educate her fans” about cyber security and cyber warfare.

    Origin

    @SwiftOnSecurity tweeted for the first time on April 9th, 2014, about The HeartBleed Bug.




    Spread

    @SwiftonSecurity garnered followers early organically, and in August 2014 began to be retweeted by other popular Twitter accounts, including the well-known author William Gibson. Early popular tweets included photographs of the pop star performing on stage with notable cyber-security aphorisms photoshopped on to them.





    In September and October of 2014, following the Fappening/Celebgate, @SwiftOnSecurity was written about by several notable publications including Grantland[2], Boing Boing[3], and The Vine[4] wrote about @SwiftOnSecurity, adding to its following.

    @SwiftOnSecurity has been lauded by cyber security professionals for its “real, accurate, and helpful”[5] information and mainstream presentation.[6]

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Tumblr – Swift On Security

    [2]Grantland – Taylor Swift’s Timely Technoparanoia

    [3]BoingBoing – Infosec Taylor Swift’s cyber-philosophical musings

    [4]The Vine – New Faves: Taylor Swift is an expert on internet security

    [5]Security Intelligence – What Does Taylor Swift Know About Data Security?

    [6]SpiceWorks – Is Taylor Swift the best InfoSec voice on twitter?


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    About

    “Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted” is a memorable quote from the action video game series Assassin’s Creed, in which it is presented as the maxim of an ancient group of assassins known as The Assassin Order.

    Origin

    The quote is derived from the 1938 novel Alamut by Vladimir Bartol, which tells a fictional account of Hassan-i Sabba, the leader of the Ismailis branch of Shia Islam and founder of the Hashashin order. In the novel, the maxim of the assassin group is written as “Nothing is an absolute reality, all is permitted.” On November 13th, 2007, Assassin’s Creed was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles by the video game publisher Ubisoft, in which the maxim of an ancient order of assassins is introduced as “Nothing is true, everything is permitted.”



    Spread

    On January 22nd, 2011, Urban Dictionary[2] user Al Muslimo submitted an entry for the quote, which cited the Assassin’s Creed games as the origin. On February 15th, 2013, Redditor a photoshopped image of a student sleeping in a classroom with the caption “Student’s Creed / Everything is Due, Nothing is Submitted” was submitted to the /r/funny[6] subreddit, where it gained over 2,200 votes and 60 comments prior to being archived (shown below).



    On October 24th, Redditor MrQuicksilver posted an illustration with a quote about the maxim from the game Assassin’s Creed II to /r/gaming[5] (shown below). Before the post was archived, it received more than 1,400 votes (92% upvoted) and 65 comments.



    On May 1st, 2014, a Facebook[4] page titled “Nothing is true, everything is permitted” was launched. On July 2nd, Redditor EscoBlades submitted a post calling for a discussion about the meaning of the maxim to the /r/assassinscreed[5] subreddit. On March 20th, 2015, Ubisoft[3] tweeted a photograph of an Assassin’s Creed fan illustration along with the quote, gathering upwards of 1,800 favorites and 1,100 retweets in the first week (shown below).



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  • 03/26/15--04:50: Pepe the Frog


  • About

    Pepe the Frog is one of the main characters of the comic series Boy’s Club, created by Matt Furie. The character spawned various reaction faces.

    Origin

    Boy’s Club is a comic series created by Matt Furie on late 2005 and published by the defunct distributor Buenaventure Press since 2006.[1] The series stars four monsters: Pepe, Brett, Andy, and Landwolf, featuring situations where the main characters expell bodily fluids and use popular 90’s catchphrases like “Got Milk?” and “As if!”.[2]



    On early 2008, one page from the comic where Pepe pulls his pants down to urinate became viral on 4chan’s /b/, being related with the catchphrase ‘Feels good man’, the one Pepe recites on the original page. His face also became a exploitable (shown bellow, right)



    Spread

    On August 17th, 2009, a modified image of Pepe face was posted on Body Building Forums, featuring a sad version of it, which later was related with the catchphrase ‘Feels Bad Man’ (shown bellow, left). This version also derived on a smug version on 2011 (shown bellow, center) and a angry version on 2014 (shown bellow, right).



    More derivates appeared.



    Nu Pepe

    Nu Pepe is a Pepe variation. One of the first uses of it can be found on the Finnish imageboard Ylautia on December 9th, 2014, featuring a edited edition that resembles Javert from Les Misérables (shown bellow, left).[6] On January 24th, 2015, a message on the Russian imageboard Два.ч featured a Bane edit (shown bellow, center).[5] On March 1st, 2015 a thread on 4chan’s question and anwser board contained an unedited version of the image, calling it “nu pepe” and nominating it as “the official meme of /qa/” (shown bellow, right).[4] The next day, the shitposting board [s4s] stickied a nu pepe thread.[3]



    Poo Poo Pee Pee

    Poo Poo Pee Pee is the name given to a series of images and comics that feature Smug Frog committing various unethical acts, often towards Wojak, usually involving urine and/or feces. Most commonly used in 4chan’s /r9k/ board, the comics were created as a reaction towards the usage of Pepe’s likeness in various mainstream social media sites like Twitter. The first instance of the comics can be found on a /r9k/ thread posted on November 16th, 2014, featuring an image of a obese Smug Pepe with the message “Poo poo. Pee pee. Now mommy has to change me.”.[7] On November 28th, 2014, another thread on the same board featured a comic stared by Smug Pepe and Wojak, where Pepe excretes over Wojak.[8] The thread also featured other user-created comics. On December 24th, 2014, a dedicated Tumblr blog was created.[9]

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  • 03/26/15--07:46: Poi (っぽい)
  • About

    Poi (っぽい) is a Japanese word roughly translated to “supposedly,” which has become associated with the Kantai Collection character Yuudachi. Additionally, because of Kancolle’s focus on warships, the word has also become a commonly spammed word in the chat for the similarly-themed game World of Warships.

    Origin

    Kantai Collection was released in 2013.[1] In the game, the character Yuudachi was noted to use the word “poi” as a vocal tic many times, probably as a reference to the uncertain fate of the World War II warship the character was based on.[2]


    Spread

    On October 31, 2013, Nico Nico Douga user 零~ゼロ~ uploaded a “PONPONPON” parody based around Yuudachi and poi, which has gained over 700,000 views.[3] Upon the airing of the Kancolle anime in January of 2015, several supercuts of the many uses of poi in the show were made.



    World of Warships Trolling

    In March of 2015, users of the game World of Warships, reported instances of the game’s chat becoming spammed with poi, due to the game’s thematic connection to Kantai Collection.[4] This was later reported by websites such as Kotaku.[5]


    Search Interest

    References

    [1]Wikipedia – Kantai Collection

    [2]Kancolle Wiki – Yuudachi

    [3]Nico Nico Douga – Poi Poi Poi

    [4]World of Warships Forums- POIPOI

    [5]Kotaku – Anime’s Latest Catchphrase Leads To Superior Trolling


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  • 03/26/15--12:10: Germanwings Flight 9525
  • Overview

    The Germanwings Flight 9525 was a scheduled passenger flight operated by the German airline Lufthansa’s low-cost subdivision that departed from Barcelona, Spain and crashed in the French Alps while en route to Düsseldorf, Germany on the morning of March 24th, 2015. The disaster resulted in the deaths of all 144 passengers and six crew members.

    Background

    On March 24th, 2014, 10:01 a.m. local time, Germanwings Flight 9525 departed Barcelona-El Prat Airport en route to Düsseldorf, Germany, carrying 144 passengers of 18 nationalities and 6 Germanflight crew members. At around 10:40 a.m., less than an hour into the flight, air traffic controllers in France reported that they lost contact with the plane after the transponder signal went offline over the French Alps.[1]



    Notable Developments

    Investigation

    On March 26th, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin announced that evidence collected from the plane’s “black box” voice recorded suggested that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had deliberately started the plane’s descent after locking the pilot out of the cockpit.[10]

    Online Reaction

    Also on March 26th, the world news site Quartz reported that Lubitz’ Facebook page was being memorialized by the social networking site. Later that day, the page was taken offline. Meanwhile, several Reddit threads about the crash reached the site’s front page.[11][12][13][14] On Twitter, many mourned the deaths of those who were aboard the plane with tweets using the hashtag #germanwings.[15]

    Conspiracy Theories

    On /Bane/

    In the days following the crash, members of 8chan’s /bane/ board,[5][8] a board dedicated to Baneposting, quickly began drawing parallels between the Germanwings Flight crash with the memorable scene from The Dark Knight Rises, mainly due to their similarities in flight patterns and altitude changes, including “4U” in the airplane number, the name of the nearest city where the accident happened having “Bains” in it, photographs of French police officers on the spot who look like actors from the famous plane scene, and the plane crashing with no survivors. The board also managed to rise into the top 10 boards of 8chan on March 26th. In reply to this, the title of the board was also temporarily changed to the airplane number (shown below). Other boards that endorsed Baneposting as a result of the crash were the /pol/ (Politically Incorrect) and /tv/ (Television and Movies) boards on both 8chan and 4chan.



    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 03/26/15--12:12: Bertstrips
  • A series of captioned Sesame Street images.

    These came from the /r/Funny subreddit and can often be seen on 4chan’s /b/ (Random) board as well.

    These images consist of out of context or edited pictures of Sesame Street with inappropriate captions.

    They were created as a parody of BitStrips on facebook by Reddit user BillNyeDeGrasseTyson in November 2013 in this reddit thread.

    They have picked up steam on their own subreddit BertStrips which has over 40,000 subscribers as well as a following on 4chan’s /b/ board.


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  • 03/26/15--12:34: Hotline Miami
  • About

    Hotline Miami is a 2D action video game featuring a top-down perspective and pixel art graphics, created by Jonatan Söderström and Dennis Wedin of Dennaton Games and published by Devolver Digital. The game is known for its fast-paced and violent gameplay, as well as its retro 1980s aesthetic and synthpop soundtrack.

    History

    In October 2012, Hotline Miami was released, in which the player assumes the role of an unnamed assassin who clears stages by killing enemies with a variety of weapons. Prior to each stage, the player can select an animal mask which provides different bonuses and handicaps. On March 10th, 2015, the sequel Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number was released, which featured a new “hard mode” setting, additional animal masks and a total of 13 playable characters.



    Online Presence

    On October 22nd, 2012, the /r/hotlinemiami[3] subreddit was launched for discussions about the video game. On November 17th, YouTuber SoundtrackVideoGame uploaded the entire soundtrack from Hotline Miami, gathering upwards of 3.2 million views and 5,800 comments in the next three years (shown below, left). On June 13th, 2013, the Rooster Teeth YouTube channel uploaded a video featuring gameplay footage of Hotline Miami (shown below, right). In the next two years, the video accumulated more than 1.1 million views and 2,900 comments.



    On May 29th, 2014, YouTuber Markiplier uploaded footage of himself playing Hotline Miami (shown below, left). On March 14th, 2015, YouTuber jacksepticeye uploaded a video in which he plays Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (shown below, right). In the first two weeks, the video gained over 1.1 million views and 4,800 comments.



    Reception

    As of March 2015 on Metacritic,[1]Hotline Miami has received a score of 85 and Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has gained a score of 76.

    Related Memes

    Gotta Get a Grip

    In the final level of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, the character The Son takes an unknown substance and begins experiencing a psychedelic trip. After clearing part of the level, he hallucinates several men in white suits dying at a table and tells himself “Gotta get a grip” before being sucked into his own mouth (shown below).



    On March 15th, YouTuber Snipey McQuickscopes uploaded an edited clip from the The Room with the Hotline Miami 2 player on to the face of Tommy Wiseau (shown below). On the following day, the /r/gottagetagrip[2] subreddit was launched.



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Metacritic – Hotline Miami

    [2]Reddit – /r/gottagetagrip

    [3]Reddit – /r/hotlinemiami


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  • 03/26/15--13:50: Tom Cruise Clinging
  • About

    Tom Cruise Clinging is a photoshop series featuring a cut-out image of Tom Cruise, taken from a stunt he performed for his film Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, transposed into a variety of unlikely environments.

    Origin

    On March 23rd, 2015, Paramount Pictures released the full-length trailer for the film Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation[3]. The trailer featured a much-publicized shot where Tom Cruise clings to the side of a military jet as its flying, a stunt that he performed himself, with no green screen or stunt double.

    On March 25th, 2015, Vince Mancini of Uproxx.com[1] posted the first series of images created from the promotional poster He also posted a cut-out he created, so that others could use it as a template.



    Spread

    The article on Uproxx.com received 62 comments in 24 hours, many of them user-submitted additions to the photoshop meme. It was syndicated on other pop culture sites like Popist[2].

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    not yet available

    External References

    [1]Uproxx – ‘Tom Cruise Clinging’ Is The Photoshop Gift That Keeps On Giving

    [2]Popist – Tom Cruise Clinging: A Very Special Meme

    [3]The Vine – Watch Tom Cruise cling to the side of a plane as it takes off


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  • 03/27/15--01:40: Spot the Main Character
  • About

    Spot the Main Charater is a screen caption meme revolving around works of fiction (usually anime) wherein the main characters are in a large crowd but due to certain factors such as being the only people with colored hair or simply being drawn with much more detail than the rest of the characters onscreen, they are blatant and obvious.

    Origin

    [W.I.P.]

    Spread

    Various sites like rebloggy and Funnyjunk have screen caps of multiple anime submitted by users that fall under the titular phrase[1][2].

    Notable Examples


    Search Interests

    External References


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