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  • 11/10/12--14:33: Joan the Silencer
  • Origin



    Joan the silencer has become a meme based on a picture from the 2012 Republican National Convention, in which a delegate, known as Joan, holds a piece of paper in front of a delegate from Texas while he was announcing the vote count. It was largely expected to be very pro Ron Paul, as he is a congressman from Texas. The RNC establishment, who must be sadists, did not allow Ron Paul to speak or be nominated at the convention because he would have beaten Mitt Romney, and likely subsequently Obama.

    Spread


    The meme is subjective to show that free speech or outside ideas will be silenced by the “old guard”. It has blown up on Facebook and Twitter in response to the outcome of the 2012 election in which Mitt Romney lost by slightly more than the following Ron Paul had, causing many old school republicans to blame the Paulites, and to a lesser extent Gary Johnson.

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  • 11/11/12--00:03: The Cacaman
  • The Cacaman was an american artist that parodied songs to the theme of “Poop”.

    He started with a page on MySpace on May 13 2006 and released a Album there :
    “Shittin on the industry” with 17 Tracks which he got a little celebrity

    He created his Youtube account on July 30 2007 and made 4 videos :

    - The Cacaman – Ain’t Got Much of a Smile (Reached 577k views before deletion)
    - CRAPDAT!!!!!!!! (Soulja boy -Crank dat PARODY) by Cacaman (Reached 977k views before deletion)
    - The Cacaman – Nastycrap (Justin Timberlake -Sexyback PARODY) (Reached 210k views before deletion)

    The 4th was a Family Trip Road video that weren’t being popular (as is more a family video).

    The videos started to being popular around the web when suddenly on April 2008, the artist cleaned all his artists pages (Youtube, MySpace,…) and explain his reasons on his Myspace page ( http://www.myspace.com/cacamanmusic ) that he was ruining his life with his small career, that he wouldn’t continue to make angry Jesus and God…

    Since then, No more words has been heard from him. All it rest is his songs on small websites and Archives.


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  • 11/11/12--06:01: Operation Kinder

  • Overview

    Operation Kinder is an online contest to vote on the choice of an image of a child to be displayed on the boxes of Kinder chocolate bars in the country of Kazakhstan. The Russian website poll was subsequently raided by a by 4chan users, flooding the poll with votes for an image of a smirking child thought to be named ‘Victor’.

    Background

    On November 11th, 2012, an anonymous 4chan [1] user submitted a post calling for others to vote for ‘Victor’ using a chart with a step-by-step procedure and description on how to vote for ‘Victor’ in the poll, due to it being in Russian, with the hopes of getting him ranked #1 with over 8000 votes and subsequently put on the box.

    The image of ‘Victor’ has previously been associated with an image macro series called ‘Death Child’ [3], using a similar style to macros like PSTD Clarinet Boy and Vengeance Dad.

    On the same day, a link to the the procedural image was submitted to the /r/4chan [2] subreddit titled “Operation Kinder. It has already reached 25th place by the time this post was created.”. Hours later, a follow up link was submitted [5] titled “Operation Kinder Success” displaying the achievement of over 8000 votes and first place for the image.

    Notable Developments

    Still developing

    External References


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  • 11/11/12--06:31: Imgur
  • About

    Imgur (pronounced imager[10], stylised imgur) is an online image hosting service, launched in 2009 by Alan Schaaf[1]. It is primarily known for its free subscription-free hosting and heavy use by the news aggregation website reddit.

    History

    On February 23, 2009, Alan Schaaf created the image hosting Imgur. On the same day, Alan (Reddit handle MrGrim[2]) posted a thread on the /r/reddit.com subreddit on Reddit called “My Gift to Reddit: I created an image hosting service that doesn’t suck. What do you think?” containing a link to Imgur[3]. The post received over 2100 upvotes and over 670 comments since first posted. Within the first year of launch, Imgur has “sprouted into a hotbed of online culture”, serving almost 20 million pageviews a month[4].

    Traffic and Bandwidth

    According to Imgur’s monthly site statistics[5], for the monthly period between 11th of October to 10th of November, 61,627,977 images were uploaded and image views were 29,976,799,540. Bandwidth used has reached 3.67 petabytes. The site has an Alexa rank of 98 in November 2012[6].




    Features

    The most attractive feature of Imgur is its simple uploading feature, as opposed to competing image hosting services like Photobucket and Imageshack. Imgur also has an Application Programming Interface (API) where third-party developers can manipulate the full functionality of the site, to create their own services like web applications and mobile applications[7]. The site also has a PRO feature, which raises the image hosting limit to unlimited (as opposed to 255 images for standard accounts)[8]. Imgur also has some uploading tools for web browsers (Firefox and Chrome) and Content Management Services such as Wordpress[9].

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Imgur

    [2]Reddit – User MrGrim

    [3]Reddit /r/reddit.com – My Gift to Reddit: I created an image hosting service that doesn’t suck. What do you think?

    [4]MediaITE – Viral Sensation In One Year: A Q&A With Imgur Founder Alan Schaaf

    [5]Imgur – Site Statistics One Month

    [6]Alexa – imgur.com Site Info

    [7]Imgur – API

    [8]Imgur – Upgrade to Imgur Pro

    [9]Imgur – Uploading Tools

    [10]Imgur – Frequently Asked Questions – How do you pronounce Imgur?


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  • 11/11/12--11:43: Assassin's Creed
  • [This entry contains spoilers]

    About

    Assasin’s Creed[1] is an open world-type game. The Assassin’s Creed games take place in 2012, featuring the protagonist Desmond Miles, a bartender who is a descendant of several lines of prominent assassins; though raised as an assassin, he fled his nomadic family to seek out a more common lifestyle. He is initially kidnapped by the megacorporation Abstergo Industries, the modern-day face of the Knights Templar, who are aware of Desmond’s lineage.

    Origin

    The main games in the franchise were developed by Ubisoft Montreal, with the handheld titles developed by Gameloft and Gryptonite Studios, with additional development by Ubisoft Montreal. All games in the franchise are published by Ubisoft.

    Spread

    [Researching]

    First Game

    In Desmond’s case, they seek information about his ancestor Altaïr ibn-La’Ahad, an Assassin during the time of the Third Crusade. Within the Animus, Altaïr’s memories reveal that he was attempting to stop Robert de Sablé from taking an artifact from a temple, but broke all three of the Assassins’ Brotherhood’s tenets in the process. The Brotherhood leader, Al Mualim, demotes Altaïr to the rank of Novice, and assigns him the task of assassinating nine people, all of whom are Templars, to regain his former status.

    Assassin’s Creed won several awards at E3 2006. Game Critics awarded it “Best Action/Adventure Game,”; from IGN, “Best Action Game”, “PS3 Game of the Show”, “Best PS3 Action Game”, “Best PS3 Graphics”[5]; from GameSpot and GameSpy, “Best PS3 Game of the Show”; from GameTrailers “Best of Show”, and from 1UP.com, “Best PS3 game”. Creed was nominated for several other awards by X-Play and Spike TV. Assassin’s creed was listed by Game Informer at 143 in their list of the top 200 games of all time. It also received the editor’s choice award from GameSpot.

    Assassin’s Creed 2

    Assassin’s Creed : Brotherhood / Revelations

    Assassin’s Creed 3

    Fandom

    Fan Art

    On Tumblr

    Cosplay

    Shipping

    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Assassin’s Creed – Official Site

    [2]Reddit – Assassin’s Creed

    [3]DeviantArt – Search results

    [4]Assassin’s Creed – Wikia

    [5]Assassin’s Creed – ING article

    W.I.P.


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  • 11/12/12--10:26: Soul Searching Sophomore
  • About

    Soul Searching Sophomore is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photograph of a man standing alone in front of a group of college students. The captions typically include statements related to the philosophical notion of identity.

    Origin

    A stock photo featuring several students talking in the background with a lone student wearing a melancholy expression in the foreground (shown below, left) was uploaded to the stock photography website Big Stock Photo[2] on September 30th, 2011. Redditor jtkamp19 submitted a post titled “Soul Searching Sophomore” to the /r/AdviceAnimals[1] subreddit on June 11th, 2012, which featured the same stock photo accompanied by the caption “Would introduce myself / If I knew who I was” (shown below, right). Within the next five months, the post received over 12,500 up votes and 360 comments.



    Spread

    On June 12th, 2012, the “Soul Searching Sophomore” single topic blog was launched on Tumblr,[5] which reblogged Redditor jtkamp19’s image macro. The same day, the @SoulSearchSoph Twitter account was created, featuring captions from the image macro series.

    Also on June 12th, 9gag[4] user animuxurfy submitted an image macro with the caption “‘Sit with someone you don’t know’ / So I sat alone” (shown below, left) to the Internet humor site. Within five months, the post received over 22,800 up votes and 4,400 Facebook shares. On November 10th, Redditor heitsamp submitted a post titled “On my way to a first date” to the /r/AdviceAnimals[3] subrredit, featuring an image macro with the caption “‘Just be yourself’ / I would if I knew who I was” (shown below, right). Within 48 hours, the post received over 12,700 up votes and 400 comments.



    Notable Examples

    Additional examples can be found on Tumblr[6] under the tag “#soul searching sophomore.” As of November 12th, 2012, the “Soul Searching Sophomore” Quickmeme[7] page has accumulated over 200 submissions.



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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    David Howell Petraeus is an American former military officer and public official. He served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from September 6, 2011, until his resignation on November 9, 2012. Prior to his assuming the directorship of the CIA, Petraeus was a four-star general serving over 37 years in the United States Army. His last assignments in the Army were as commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) from July 4, 2010 to July 18, 2011. His other four-star assignments include serving as the 10th Commander, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) from October 13, 2008, to June 30, 2010, and as Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I) from February 10, 2007, to September 16, 2008. As commander of MNF-I, Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq.

    Extramarital affair and resignation:
    According to Petraeus associate Steven A. Boylan, Petraeus began an affair with Paula Broadwell, principal author of his biography, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, several months after his August 2011 return to civilian life. Petraeus ended the affair in the summer of 2012.

    The FBI began to investigate after Jill Kelley, a longstanding friend of Petraeus and an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base, which is home to the headquarters of the United States Central Command, complained of harassing emails she was receiving. After the emails were traced to Broadwell, investigators noted that Broadwell appeared to be exchanging intimate messages with an email account belonging to Petraeus, instigating an investigation into whether that account had been hacked into or was someone posing as Petraeus.

    At about 5 p.m. on November 6, 2012, the FBI advised James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, about the investigation. Clapper called Petraeus and, according to the Washington Post, “urged him to resign.” Clapper notified the White House on November 7. After being briefed on November 8, President Obama summoned Petraeus to the White House where Petraeus offered his resignation. Obama accepted the resignation on November 9, and Petraeus cited the affair in announcing that same day that he would be resigning as CIA Director

    [Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Petraeus]


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  • 11/12/12--12:03: Papa John's Boycott

  • Overview

    Papa John’s Boycott refers to an online campaign against the take-out and pizza delivery restaurant chain Papa John’s Pizza. The boycott was launched in November of 2012 in response to statements by Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter regarding the health care reform legislation known as Patient Protection and Afforable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”).

    Background

    On August 1st, 2012, Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter made several statements in a conference call regarding the potential costs to the company that may arise as a result of Obamacare legislation (shown below). On August 7th, the poltical blog Politico[2] published an article about the conference call titled “Papa John’s: ‘Obamacare’ will raise pizza prices.”



    “Our best estimate is that the Obamacare will cost 11 to 14 cents per pizza, or 15 to 20 cents per order from a corporate basis.”

    “We’re not supportive of Obamacare, like most businesses in our industry. But our business model and unit economics are about as ideal as you can get for a food company to absorb Obamacare.”

    “If Obamacare is in fact not repealed, we will find tactics to shallow out any Obamacare costs and core strategies to pass that cost onto consumers in order to protect our shareholders best interests.”

    Following Obama’s re-election on November 7th, the Floridia news site Naples News[3] quoted Schnatter saying he may cut employee hours to avoid paying for employee health insurance under the new health care reform laws.

    Notable Developments

    Online Reaction

    On October 4th, 2011, the first Facebook[8] group calling for a boycott of Papa John’s was created after a delivery driver turned in a medical marijuana user to the police.[9] The page has since been changed to reflect a boycott based on Schnatter’s Obamacare stance. Following Schnatter’s statements made in August of 2012, the first boycotts related to Obamacare were reported by several news media sites, including Salon[10], the Huffington Post[11], CNBC[12] and Twitchy.[13] Mashable[14] reported that Papa John’s score on the YouGov Brand Index, which averages positive and negative reviews of a brand on the web, had dropped from 100 to 49.



    On November 12th, the boycott was discussed in a thread on the Democratic Underground forums.[19] The controversy was also reported by several news sites and political blogs, including the Christian Post[20], Opposing Views[21] and Twitchy.[22] The conservative group Reboot USA[25] called for a National Papa Johns Appreciation Day to be held on November 16th[26], similar to the one organized for Chick-Fil-A in August during their gay marriage controversy.

    On Reddit

    On November 11th, Redditor Awkward_Arab submitted a post titled “Papa John’s House” to the /r/pics[4] subreddit, which featured an aerial photograph of Schnatter’s 40,000 square foot castle in a country club of Louisville, Kentucky (shown below). Within 24 hours, the post received over 25,900 up votes and 5000 comments.



    The same day, Redditor goforRepear submitted a post calling for a boycott of Papa John’s to the /r/politics[5] subreddit, which received over 21,400 up votes and 4,700 comments within the first 24 hours. On November 12th, Redditor Radioactive24 submitted a post titled “Good Guy Little Caesars” to the /r/AdviceAnimal[7] subreddit, featuring an image macro of the Little Caesar’s logo with the caption “Owners are Republicans / Give employees health insurance, 401K’s, and pizzas are still $5” (shown below, left). Several hours later, Redditor multile submitted a post titled “Good Guy Local Pizza Shop Owner,”[6] which included an image macro of a pizza restaurant worker with the caption “Isn’t a millionaire / makes better pizza than chain stores and sponsors local baseball team” (shown below, right).



    Scumbag John Schnatter

    Following Schnatter’s Obamacare statements in November of 2012, a "Scumbag John Schnatter Quickmeme[1] page was created, featuring a photograph of the Schnatter accompanied by captions portraying him as greedy and unethical (shown below).



    On Twitter

    Following Schnatter’s threats to cut employee hours due in November, the hashtags #BoycottPapaJohn,[16] #BoycottPapaJohns[17] and #PapaDouche[18] began circulating on Twitter. In response, fans of the chain proudly tweeted their praise, often including pictures of pizzas they ordered with the hashtag #IStandWithPapaJohns.[23][24]

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Quickmeme – Scumbag John Schnatter

    [2]Politico – Papa John’s – Obamacare will raise pizza prices

    [3]NaplesNews – Papa John’s CEO– Obamacare likely you raise costs

    [4]Reddit – Papa John’s House

    [5]Reddit – There are plenty of places to get cheap shitty pizza

    [6]Reddit – Good Guy Local Pizza Shop Owner The unsung hero of the pizza battle

    [7]Reddit – Good Guy Little Caesars – Winner of the Pizza Dispute

    [8]Facebook – Boycott PAPA Johns

    [9]Huffington Post – Medical Pot User Turned In By Pizza Delivery Man (VIDEO)

    [10]Salon – Papa John’s pizza extortion

    [11]Huffington Post – Papa John’s Pizza To Raise Prices Because Of Obamacare, CEO John Schnatter Says

    [12]CNBCPapa John’s CEO John Schnatter Blasts Obamacare

    [13]Twitchy – Papa John’s becomes latest boycott target after opposing Obamacare; class warfare ensues

    [14]Mashable – Papa John’s Obamacare Stance Spurs Social Media Attack

    [15]Fox News – CEO of Papa John’s says employees’ hours will likely be cut due to ObamaCare

    [16]Twitter – Tweets using #boycottpapajohn

    [17]Twitter – Tweets using #boycottpapajohns

    [18]Twitter – Tweets using #PapaDouche

    [19]Democratic Underground – About boycotts of Papa Johns, Applebee’s, etc. . . .

    [20]Christian Post – Papa Johns Boycott: Outrage Over Obama Reelection Job Threats

    [21]Opposing Views – Boycott Papa John’s Over Corporate Greed

    [22]Twitchy – Libs call for boycott of Papa John’s as CEO anticipates cut in workers’ hours

    [23]Twitchy – Lib boycott fail redux: Citizens stand with targeted Papa John’s, plan National Appreciation Day

    [24]Twitter – Tweets using #IStandWithPapaJohns

    [25]Twitter – @Reboot_USA

    [26]Fox News – National Papa John’s Appreciation Day


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  • 11/12/12--12:13: That's Cute
  • “That’s Cute” is an internet catchphrase commonly seen on image macros. The phrase usually applies to a comparison of two objects or individuals, with one being of a superior degree over the other in a particular aspect often followed by said phrase in a sarcastic manner. The phrase is also similar to, “Bitch please!” .

    The phrase can be applied to relatively anything, as it is not confined to one particular meme or image alone. In fact, it is commonly paired with the notorious Wonka meme, as the latter is also very sarcastic in nature.

    Spread

    Though the true origin of the meme is currently unknown, its initial spread began somewhere afterward between 2008-2009. (Also considering how the phrase may have been used even before the internet.) Several sites during this time introduced the quote, “You think I care? That’s cute!”, which may possibly have lead to the use of the phrase throughout the internet.

    Google search statistics show that searches of this particular phrase reached a peak in 2005, but the image macros had not appeared until a few years later.

    Notable Examples






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    [This is an open entry. If you would like to contribute to researching this entry, please request editorship. If all editorships are currently full, head over to the forum thread to further discuss the entry.]

    About

    Interior Monologue Captioning is a type of image captioning that is used by randomly dispersing text on an often unrelated image to reflect what the subject is thinking or feeling, often using Comic Sans font. The captions are mostly, if not always, used to achieve comedic effect. Most of the time, the words used in the caption are misspelled and poor grammar is used in them, adding to the comedy.

    Origin

    [Researching]
    Not much is known of the origin of this meme, but it is generally accepted that it started on the social mircoblogging site Tumblr.


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    About

    Claire Danes Cry Face Project is a Pinterest pinboard featuring screen captures of the actress Claire Danes[5] crying in various films.

    Origin

    In January of 2012, Pinterest user and Brooklyn-based writer Jessica Hulett[4] created The Claire Danes Cry Face Project[1] pinboard. The first pin featured a screen capture of actress Claire Danes crying as she appears in the Showtime television drama series Homeland, which was originally posted on the single topic blog The Cry Face[3] on December 15th, 2011 (shown below).



    Precursor

    On April 15th, 2010, a single topic blog titled “The Cry Face: Too Funny to Take Seriously” was created on Tumblr,[11] which featured photographs and screen captures of various actors crying. On October 12th, 2011, two screen captured images of Claire Danes were posted on the blog (shown below),[12] receiving over 260 notes within the next year.



    Spread

    The corresponding “Claire Danes Cry Face Project” Tumblr blog[2] was launched on October 5th, 2012. The first post was a reblogged photo of Danes playing Angela Chase in the 1990s teen drama series My So-Called Life. In the following week, images from the Tumblr blog and Hulett’s pinboard were highlighted on Slacktory[6], Buzzfeed[7], The Huffington Post,[8] The New Yorker[15] and The Daily Dot.[10] On October 31st, the entertainment blog Vulture[18] published a post titled “Dress Up As Claire Danes’ Cry Face for Halloween,” which featured a printable face mask of Claire Danes crying (shown below).



    Notable Examples




    Supercut

    On October 17th, Slacktory[9] published a post titled “The Claire Danes Cry Face: A Slacktory Supercut,” which featured an original supercut montage of Claire Danes crying in ten different films (shown below). On the following day, the video was highlighted by the women’s interest blog Jezebel,[14] Vulture[16] and the pop culture blog Grantland.[17]



    Saturday Night Live

    On November 10th, the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live aired a parody of the television drama series Homeland, in which the actress Anne Hathaway mocked the emotional instability of Danes’ character Carrie Matheson (shown below). On November 12th, the tech news blog Web Pro News[13] published an article about the skit titled “Anne Hathaway Takes on Claire Danes’ Cry Face.”




    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 11/12/12--21:52: Left 4 Dead
  • [Work in progress, help is appreciated.]



    ABOUT

    Left 4 Dead is a co-op first person shooter game developed by Turtle Rock Studios and published by Valve. It takes place in an apocalyptic world brought about by the “green flu” which causes those afflicted to suffer from grotesque mutations and aggression.



    HISTORY

    The game was released on November 17, 2008 for Micorsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and Mac OSX.


    GAMEPLAY

    The game has four game modes:

    • Campaign: Up to four players cooperatively play through different stages attempting to make it to rescue with safe points along the way.
    • Versus: Two teams, one consisting of the survivors trying to make it to the end of the level, and another consisting of the infected trying to stop them, fight against each other, switching off each chapter
    • Survival: Up to four players attempt to survive against an endless hoard of infected for as long as they can.
    • Single-player: Identical to the campaign only instead of other players, the other three survivors are Bots.


    CHARACTERS

    There are four characters in the game refered to as the Survivors.

    • Bill: A Vietnam veteran.
    • Francis: A biker.
    • Louis: A system’s analyst at an information technology company.
    • Zoey: A college freshman.



    SEQUEL

    On November 17, 2009, a year after the first game was released, Valve launched Left 4 Dead 2 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360.



    CHARACTERS

    In L4D2, a brand new cast of Survivors were featured.

    • Coach: A high school football coach.
    • Nick: A cynical gambler and con artist.
    • Rochelle: A low level productive assistant.
    • Ellis: A talkative mechanic who tells stories about his times with his friend Keith.



    MEMES

    Karma Charger

    Karma Charger is a term used to refer to a Charger that attacks lone players while teammates refuse to help, often as revenge for griefing by the victim, hence the name karma charger.

    What Happens When X gets Y/Grabbin’ Peelz

    What Happens When X gets Y or Grabbin’ Peelz are types of Gmod videos featuring characters from various games obtaining a certain item followed by an overreaction by the character while versions of a sound edit of Louis by Youtube user ASecondOpinion1501 plays in the backround.

    Francis Hates Things

    In the first L4D, the character Francis says that he hates a variety of things, such as stairs, elevators, doctors, lawyers, libraries, etc.


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  • 11/13/12--10:16: Scumbag Sam
  • This was created due to Mr. Biddle’s ignorance and unprofessional conduct in his reviews of products, his general tone and his arrogance in commenting.

    Hopefully he learns some humility and appreciate the humor that this image intends to share.

    It was first presented here http://gizmodo.com/5959912/?post=54221620

    It arose from 2 separate articles;

    First was his review of the Lumia 920 where he marred the entire review simply because the phone was “too heavy” and the next was from this genius of a thread in another article where he was called out for his double standards and obvious bias by many people.

    http://gizmodo.com/5958564/?post=54065288


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  • 11/13/12--12:47: Why is Idiots X
  • About

    Why is Idiots X is an internet catchphrase used to express a hypocritical sense of wonder in somebody’s thinking, or lack thereof.

    Origin

    Why is Idiots X originated on the Yahoo Answers “Religion and Spirituality” forum. A humble user made a question titled, “Why is idiots deny koran?” They followed it with a body of “Koran is of ultimates of all books and is most logicing book to ever write.”

    This spawned lots of feedback and general mockery of the user, named Wahālan.



    Popular Usage

    Why is Idiots X began to be used as a joking term to express your disbelief with somebody’s actions or feelings. It is often used in an intentionally hypocritical way, in the context that the question itself is filled with grammatical errors.


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    Background

    The Lance Armstrong Doping Controversy refers to allegations made against American professional cyclist Lance Armstrong[1] that led to his lifetime ban from the sport in 2012. The allegations date back to 2004, when sports journalist Pierre Ballester and The Sunday Times sports correspondent David Walsh published a French book titled L.A. Confidentiel[2], containing circumstantial evidence that Armstrong had been using performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career. Over the years, he has also been accused by a former employee and several other teammates, with breaking coverage provided by French sports newspaper L’Equipe and American news program 60 Minutes.[3] In 2012, United States Anti-Doping Agency stripped Armstrong of all of the titles he won from August 1st, 1998 through 2012 and banned him from competition for life[4], yielding much online reaction.

    Notable Developments

    August 2012: Titles Stripped

    In August 2012, after a lengthy investigation into a doping conspiracy involving the United States Postal Service professional cycling team, the United States Anti-Doping Agency ruled to strip Armstrong of his Tour De France titles and ban him from competing in, coaching or holding any position for any sport that follows the World Anti-Doping Code for the rest of his life.[15] Despite Armstrong’s denial that he ever was involved in drug use, he chose not to fight the charges.[14] On October 10th, after the full 202-page report was released, several cycling Twitter users and bloggers began parsing through the information, sharing highlights (shown below) via social networks.[17]USA Today[18] engaged Twitter and Facebook users in a discussion on whether or not stripping Armstrong’s titles was fair, yieiding dozens of comments from both sites.




    On October 21st, Armstrong gave a speech to participants at the Livestrong annual Ride for the Roses[21], noting that it had been a tumultuous time for him. That day, he was mentioned on Twitter 119,313 times.[22] The next day, Uproxx[19] curated a series of image macros and fan art made in the wake of the scandal. Most of these were originally shared on Tumblr on the Lance Armstrong tag.[20] Buzzfeed[23] also shared a series of humorous tweets in response to the scandal.

    November 2012: Jersey Photograph

    On November 10th, 2012, Armstrong tweeted[5] a photo of himself laying on a large couch in a room with seven yellow Tour De France jerseys from his wins between 1999 and 2005 hanging on the walls with the caption “Back in Austin and just layin’ around…”Within three days, it was retweeted more than 10,600 times, favorited more than 3700 times and the image was viewed more than 522,000 times on its host, Mobli.[6] The tweet and accompanying image was featured on several news sites including USA Today[7] and the International Business Times[8], Mashable[10], the Huffington Post[16] and Forbes.[11] The New York Daily News[12] noted that Twitter response was split, with people both supporting and disparaging Armstrong for the photo. On the 10th and 11th, there were nearly 34,000 mentions of Lance Armstrong on Twitter[13], although this is combined with mentions due to him resigning from his position with cancer research charity Livestrong. Additionally, some Twitter users began photoshopping the image, replacing the framed jerseys with images of drag paraphernalia, as featured on the Daily Mail.[9]




    Related Meme: Livestrong Bracelets

    Armstrong’s cancer research foundation Livestrong launched a line of yellow silicone bracelets in May 2004 as a fundraising technique for the charity.[24] That year, it become a popular fashion statement, with various celebrities, politicians and athletes photographed wearing it. By September, the company had sold 12 million bracelets.[25] The success of the Livestrong bracelet led to other causes creating their own support wristbands.[26][32] Following Armstrong’s title loss, several news sites including Gawker[27], CNN[28], the Huffington Post[29] and the Los Angeles Times[30] published articles on what to do with a Livestrong bracelet now that the cyclist had lost his merit. Gizmodo[31] hosted a photoshop contest for people to share images depicting the destruction of the wristbands. Additionally, The Onion webstore began carrying a parody bracelet with the words “Cheat to Win”[33] (shown below, right).



    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 11/13/12--14:25: Armen Balian
  • Armen Balian first originated over Facebook, from a account named “Armen Balian” commenting on rather sexual and pornographic images. The photo was quickly spread around, over Facebook, spawning Facebook accounts, pages and Twiitter accounts imating him. His famous saying is “i want sex”, as posting that one a photo of a half naked girl.


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  • 11/13/12--16:55: Screamer
  • About.

    A screamer is commonly a video or a flash game that in a point of it, an scary face will appear along with a loud scream noise
    The image never has something to do with the video, in fact, the most common sources are those with relax the viewer, or make it concentrate to discover differences or complete a hard game, one example of this is The Scary Maze.

    Reactions.

    Generally screamers make the viewer scream or in some cases fell from their chair or end up crying

    Famous Faces
    Coming up next are 5 of the most used screamers

    *Regan
    *Yoko
    *Chucky
    *Samara Morgan
    *Jeff The Killer

    Spread

    Screamers have been popular before 2004 and then having a constant search rating

    This entry is still researching. Feel free to ask editorship


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  • 11/13/12--19:33: 2deep4u
  • Note: Work in progress

    About

    2deep4u is an abbreviation of the phrase “too deep for you”. It is often use to mock the pretentious nature of the Hipster subculture, or as a trolling response to describe a product that has received critical acclaim, often time being art, music, or anime related.

    Origin

    [researching]

    The phrase has been around since 2010, with the earliest known postings of the phrase was being used as a tag in February 13th of that year, posted by Blogspot user Posthumous[1], in his music-blog “something about music”[2].

    Spread

    [researching]

    Search Interest

    External Reference

    [1]Blogger – Posthumous

    [2]something about music – Been meaning to post this for awhile


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    Green elephant – VHS era epic film from director Svetlana Baskova large volumes containing shit, eating shit, blood, and anal sex with the corpse of a male. Due to its very specific content considered a cult among fans of different trash. A remarkable example of Russian art house, with everything you need.

    Two rednecks, junior officers, are put into the brig, whose walls are painted a poisonous green. One of them (Sergey Pakhomov) tries to start a conversation with the other, but in a very strange manner, bringing the conversation to a discussion of how to “fuck for the first time,” as he poured “cum”, as well as where he shit, as it for military service almost “made by a fag.” Pakhomov offers to play cards, checkers, Made them out of the mud and paper. Trying to somehow entertain his companion.
    Interlocutor (Vladimir Yepifantsev) pretty fun at first, but the hero and all said Pakhomov said. The hero Epifantseva slowly running out of patience stock, and so not a giant. In all this, sorry, resulted, by checking the picture. Includes: cleaning the toilet with a fork, “sweet bread”, fiery dance, blowjob, reinforcing rod for the great justice, suicide and trachea as a way to establish subordination.


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  • 11/14/12--10:48: Seapunk

  • About

    Seapunk is a music and visual art genre that utilize imagery from 1990s cyberpunk culture, including dolphins, pyramids, bright colors, beach scenes and dreamscapes. The music often incorporates ocean sounds and electronic beats.

    History

    The term “seapunk” was coined by Brooklyn-based DJ Julian Foxworth[3], better known as Lil Internet.[1][2] He claims the term came to him in a surreal dream, which he tweeted to his followers on June 1st, 2011.The next month, the first seapunk record label, Coral Records Internazionale, established by Los Angeles-based producer Fire For Effect[11], launched a Bandcamp[5] page and Facebook fan page[4] where they shared links of other unaffiliated artists that exemplify the music they wanted to release.




    One of the earliest releases that specifically was classified as seapunk was Zombelle and Myrrh Ka Ba’s five song EP “Tropicult,”[6] (shown below) , made available to download for free on July 26th, 2011. That October, Coral Records held the first Seapunk showcase in Brooklyn[7], coinciding with that year’s College Music Journal Festival, featuring Lil Internet and five other DJs and performers.



    Reception

    Some of the earliest attention to the trend was a September 2011 post on Mishka NYC’s blog.[21] The next month, digital marketing consultant Luna Vega[22] posted an in-depth look at the styles and trends involved in the scene. One of the earliest press mentions of Seapunk occurred in January 2012 with a print aritcle in the British culture magazine _Dazed & Confused[9] and featured on news websites San Francisco Bay Guardian[13], the Chicago Reader[14] and SSG Music.[15] That February, a seapunk show featuring performances by Zombelle and Starscream was reviewed by the Village Voice.[16] Three weeks later, seapunk was featured in the Fashion and Style section of the New York Times[17], where it was billed “a web joke with music.” This led to response articles on Hipster Runoff[18], Stereogum[19] and Vice’s music blog Noisey[20], where the history of the term and scene were laid out via screenshots of tweets and Facebook posts.

    Impact

    Notable Videos




    Rihanna Controversy

    On November 10th, 2012, singer Rihanna used a seapunk-inspired background during her musical performance of “Diamonds” on Saturday Night Live (shown below, left). Her out of the ordinary performance was featured on Mashable[25], the Los Angeles Times[26], the Hollywood Reporter[27] and Popcrush.[28] However, Tumblr and Twitter users spoke out against the performance, comparing the backgrounds to the art and animation work of Jerome LOL[29] (shown below, right).



    In the first four days following the performance, the backlash from the sea punk community was reported on by internet culture and music blogs including Buzzfeed[30], Uproxx[31], The FW[32], the Atlantic[33], the Examiner[34], Salacious Sound[35], Flavorwire[36], Spin[37] and the Daily Dot.[38] On November 13th, a single topic Tumblr titled No Seapunk Rihanna Copyright[39] launched, compiling GIFs, photoshopped images and edited videos of the perfomance, as well as of rap artist Azealia Banks who was accused of co-opting sea punk musical styles in her June 2012 song “Aquababe.”[41] Nick Briz created a green screen version of the performance, encouraging artists to create their own backgrounds which he collected on a personal homepage.[40]




    Despite the backlash, on November 11th, 2012, Azealia Banks released the video for the song “Atlantis” which was also sea punk inspired.



    Fandom

    Fans collect on Tumblr with posts tagged “#seapunk”[11] and “#sea punk”[12] As of November 2012, a Facebook fan page[8] for Seapunk, created in September 2011, has more than 3300 likes. In March 2012, Sea Punk Gang[23] launched as an online collective to share new seapunk music, posting an exclusive mixtape every month. Their Facebook fan page[24] has 1670 likes as of November 2012.

    Search Interest




    External References

    [1]Twitter – @LILINTERNET

    [2]Soundcloud – @ LILINTERNET

    [3]Salacious Sound – Apocalyptic Retro Rave from Enigmatic DJ/Producer ‘LIL INTERNET’

    [4]Facebook – Coral Records

    [5]Bandcamp – Coral Records

    [6]Discogs – Zombelle & Myrrh Ka Ba ‎– Tropicult

    [7]Facebook – CORALRECORDSPRESENTSGENDERBLENDERAFTERHOURS

    [8]Facebook – Seapunk

    [9]Dazed and Confused – January 2012 Table of Contents

    [10]Earmilk – Introducing: Fire For Effect [Seapunk]

    [11]Tumblr – Posts tagged “seapunk”

    [12]Tumblr – Posts tagged “sea punk”

    [13]SFBGMermaids vs. unicorns

    [14]Chicago Reader – The week seapunk broke

    [15]SSG Music – What Is This Seapunk Business?

    [16]The Village Voice – This Weekend In New York: Parts & Labor Bid Farewell, Seapunk Washes Ashore

    [17]New York Times – Little Mermaid Goes Punk

    [18]Hipster Runoff – New York Times profiles seapunk genre. Has #seapunk arrived or is it just a dumb Tumblr hashtag?

    [19]Stereogum – NYTimes Profiles Seapunk

    [20]Noisey – SEAPUNKWASHES UP

    [21]Mishka Bloglin – Coral Records and the #Seapunk Movement

    [22]Luna Vega – Seapunk: The New Web and the Evolution of the Visual Music Genre

    [23]Tumblr – Sea Punk Gang

    [24]Facebook – Sea Punk Gang

    [25]Mashable – Rihanna Turns ‘SNL’ Stage Into Sensational Screensaver [VIDEO]

    [26]LA Times – Rihanna on ‘SNL’: Taking the good with the odd

    [27]Hollywood Reporter – SNL’: After Odd First Performance, Rihanna Debuts New Song ‘Stay’ (Video)

    [28]Popcrush – RIHANNASHINESBRIGHTLIKE A ‘DIAMOND’ DURINGTRIPPY‘SNL’ PERFORMANCE

    [29]Twitter – @JeromeLOL

    [30]Buzzfeed – Web Artists Are Furious At Rihanna And Azealia Banks

    [31]Uproxx – The Internet Is Pissed At Rihanna For Her Screensaver Performance On ‘SNL’

    [32]The FW – Rihanna’s ‘SNL’ Performance Sparks Internet Backlash

    [33]The Atlantic – How to Talk About Seapunk Like You Already Knew About It

    [34]Examiner – Rihanna accused of ripping off visuals for ‘SNL’ appearance, others defend her (Video)

    [35]Salacious Sound – Rihanna, Azealia Banks, and the Commoditization of Seapunk

    [36]Flavorwire – Do Seapunks Have a Right to Be Pissed at Rihanna?

    [37]Spin – Seapunks Salty Over Rihanna and Azealia Banks’ ’Net Aesthetics

    [38]The Daily Dot – Why Rihanna’s “seapunk” is about more than just dolphins

    [39]Tumblr – No Sea Punk Rihanna Copyright

    [40]NickBriz – Diamonds

    [41]Noisey – Azealia Banks: “Aquababe”


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