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  • 11/14/12--12:26: Above Top Secret
  • [WORK IN PROGRESS]

    ABOUT

    Above Top Secret is a website founded as a forum for conspiracy theories.

    HISTORY

    The site was founded in 1999 by Simon Gray. After the September 11th attacks on the world trade center, the site received a dramatic increase in membership and has undergone many changes over the years.

    FEATURES

    Alongside the forum, Above Top Secret has a weekly online streaming show called ATS Live, and an ATS Video section with videos about recent conspiracy theories and news stories.


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    Overview

    United States Secession Petitions refers to a series of requests filed on the United States government’s “We the People” website for several states to secede from the Union following the reelection of United States president Barack Obama in November of 2012.

    Background

    On November 7th, 2012, following Barack Obama’s victory in the United States presidential election, a petition was filed on the White House’s “We the People”[1] website asking for the Obama administration to “peacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government” (shown below). Within seven days, the petition received over 33,000 signatures. According to the site’s “Terms of Participation” page,[19] the White House will issue a response to the petition if it reaches 25,000 signatures within 30 days.



    Notable Developments

    Additional Petitions

    On November 9th, a second petition[2] was created calling for the White House to grant the state of Texas secession from the United States, which received over 100,000 signatures within five days. The same day, a petitition[10] was created to grant a pizza party to the rest of the United States of America if the State of Missouri successfully seceded from the union. Also on November 12th, a counter-petition[6] was submitted to “deport everyone that signed a petition to withdraw their state from the United States of America,” receiving over 17,000 signatures within 48 hours. A similar petition[17] for the city of Austin Texas to withdraw from the state of Texas was submitted the same day. By November 14th, petitions to secede had been filed on the White House website for each of the United States 50 states.

    Media Coverage

    On November 10th, the political blog Red Alert Politics[8] published an article reporting that 15 states had issued White House petitions asking for permission to secede. On November 12th, Gawker[3]published an article by staff writer Neetzan Zimmerman, which noted that unilateral secession had been previously ruled unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court. The same day, Yahoo News[9] reported that 20 states had filed secession petitions. On November 13th, The Daily Show mocked the petitions with a clip from the 1971 musical film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in which the character Willy Wonka apathetically pleads “stop, don’t, comeback” (shown below).



    On November 14th, the news site WND[11] published an article reporting that there were a total of 40 state petitions to secede and The Daily Caller[12] noted that over 675,000 site members of We The People had signed petitions. The same day, the U.S. politics blog America Blog[15] published a post titled “Let the South Secede,” noting the disproportionate amount of federal money received by Southern states that traditionally vote Republican (see also: Jesusland).

    Governor Reactions

    On November 13th, The Dallas Morning News[13] published an article reporting that Texas Governor Rick Perry did not support the secession petition and that he “believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it.” The same day, the governors of Tennessee and Alabama both rejected the secession petitions. On the following day, The Times-Picayune[14] quoted Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal saying the state’s petition to secede was “silly.”

    Online Reaction

    On Reddit

    On November 13th, Redditor magicclubpresident submitted a post titled “A Helpful Chart to Put the Texas Secession Petition in Perspective” to the /r/texas[5] subreddit, which featured a a pie chart showing the amount of Texans who signed the petition compared to those who didn’t (shown below, left). The same day, Redditor haydennt submitted a post titled “ELI5: what will happen if Tennessee or Texas secede” to the /r/explainitlikeimfive[18] subreddit, which received over 1,000 up votes and 820 comments within 24 hours. Also on November 13th, Redditor skinnymojo submitted a post to the /r/PoliticalHumor[7] subreddit, featuring a photoshopped image of “Faux Nooz” reporting that Glenn Beck was elected president of a new country made up of the seceded states (shown below, right).



    Search Interest

    Search queries for the keywords “secession united states” saw a significant increase following the United States presidential election in November of 2012.

    External References


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  • 11/14/12--19:49: Blew Boy or Swimmer Boy
  • Blew Boy or Swimmer Boy. I have seen this meme a few times, but the name isn’t clear. It will say something like..
    This kid blew me
    (then say)
    away with his swimming skills


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    About

    Nicole Westbrook’s “Thanksgiving” is a 2012 pop song and music video produced by Ark Music Factory, the production company behind Rebecca Black’s Friday, in which 12-year-old Nicole Westbrook sings about the traditional American holiday Thanksgiving.

    Origin

    Both the song and the music video for "It’s Thanksgiving” were written and produced by Ark Music Factory founder Patrice Wilson[1], who also uploaded it via his YouTube channel on November 7th, 2012. Starring 12-year-old Nicole Westbrook from Lake Balboa, California, the video accumulated over 7.7 million views and 68,700 comments within eight days.



    Oh oh oh. Oh oh oh. Oh yeah.
    Oh oh oh. Oh oh oh. Alright. Come on.
    I’m wide awake. And I should take. A step and say thank you, thank you.
    The things you’ve done. And what you did. Oh yeah. Oh, yeah.

    December was Christmas. January was New Year. April was Easter. And the 4th of July, but November’s Thanksgiving.

    Oh oh oh it’s Thanksgiving. We are gonna have a good time.
    Oh oh oh it’s Thanksgiving. We are gonna have a good time.
    With a turkey, mash potatoes, and we are gonna have a good time.

    School is out, I can shout, thank you, thank you.
    No matter how you do, no matter what you say, this is my favorite.

    Yo. It’s Thankgiving giving and I’m trying to be forgiving.
    Nothing is forbidden. You know what I gotta have.
    I gotta give thanks to you, and you, and you.
    Gotta be grateful, can’t be hateful.
    Mash potatoes on my on my table.
    I got ribs smelling up my neighbor’s cribs.

    Spread

    On November 9th, the viral content site BuzzFeed[2] highlighted the video in a post titled “The Only Thanksgiving Song You’ll Need to Hear,” which included several animated GIFs of Patrice Wilson (shown below).



    The same day, the video was reposted on the women’s interest blog Jezebel,[3] the Internet news blog UpRoxx,[4] Time[5] and The Huffington Post.[6] Also on November 9th, Redditor Humanstein submitted the video in a post titled “This is why there isn’t Thanksgiving music” to the /r/cringe[8] subreddit. On November 11th, YouTuber The Jevoski uploaded a cartoon parody of the video, featuring a sexually explicit Lil Wayne rap (shown below, left). The same day, YouTuber Stevop uploaded a Hitler Reaction video in which the former German Nazi Party leader rants about the content of Westbrook’s music video (shown below, right).



    ABC Interview

    On November 12th, ABC News[7] published an interview with Westbrook, in which she admitted she was “OK” with being compared to Rebecca Black. On November 15th, Westbrook performed the song live on the entertainment news television show Access Hollywood (shown below). As of November 15th, 2012, 15 Facebook[9] pages have been created for Nicole Westbrook.



    Notable Examples

    Several YouTubers uploaded responses to the music video, many of which mocked the song’s lyrics and Patrice Wilson’s production.



    Search Interest

    External References


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    origin

    Reddit user AlphaF posted a picture titled “Mom was worried about my trip to the Grand Canyon, I sent her this picture.”. It featured her, a solid seven out of ten, pretending to be about to fall to her death in an attempt to troll her mother, who I’m assuming is a four to five out of ten. Within hours it became an epic meme

    derivatives


    More to come

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  • 11/16/12--11:21: Astronaut Sloth
  • About

    Astronaut Sloth, sometimes known as Space Sloth, refers to a photoshopped image of a sloth’s head superimposed on a space suit. The image gained notoriety through sites like Tumblr and Reddit after users began pranking people in real life by replacing their framed photos or desktop wallpapers with Astronaut Sloth.

    Origin

    Titled “Sloth on the Moon,” the photoshopped image was created by digital artist Pedro Dionísio and uploaded to his deviantArt[3] account on January 17th, 2012.



    Spread

    The day after the photo was shared on deviantArt, Dionísio reposted it to his Tumblr[4], where it earned a modest number of 112 notes. It was reposted to Tumblr by queenofsloths[1] on February 8th, 2012, where it was far better received with 9,237 notes over the course of ten months. Two days later, it was shared on the /r/Trees subreddit[5] with the title “Smoking hash out of my friends bong, how I feel at a [9].” The post earned 3,345 upvotes and 1,170 points overall. On February 17th, the photo was featured as part of a caption contest on Cheezburger’s Animal Capshunz[6] site. Ten days later, a novelty Twitter account for the sloth[7] was created. Two Facebook fan pages[8][9] were created in May and June that same year with just over 100 likes between them as of November 2012. The original photo as well as its derivative instances (shown below) can be found on Tumblr under the tags space sloth[10], astronaut sloth[11] and astrosloth.[12]



    On October 29th, Tumblr user alpacalypse[13] made a post stating that her father got mad at her for changing all of his account photos and device backgrounds to the sloth photo. Thirty minutes later, she noted[14] that his phone was password protected so she placed a framed photo of the sloth on his desk (shown below, left). The following day, a screenshot of her post was shared on Reddit[15], gaining 27,581 upvotes and 2,045 votes overall. On November 2nd, another Redditor posted a photo[16] claiming he switched out his boss’ family photos with Astronaut Sloth (shown below, right).



    Search Interest

    The term “space sloth” picked up search volume prior to the image’s first posting due to the single topic Tumblr Sloth in Space[2], which launched in November 2011. This blog only made ten posts and solely featured images of sloths photoshopped over nebulae.



    External References


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  • 11/16/12--11:57: Movember
  • Overview

    Movember is an annual event in which men grow moustaches for the entire month of November to raise awareness about cancers affecting men. The name is a portmanteau of the words “moustache” and “November.”

    Background

    On November 30th, 1999, the Australian news program Seven Nightly News aired a report about a group of Adelaide residents who coined the term “Movember” after deciding to grow moustaches during the month of November for charity (shown below).



    According to an article in The Huffington Post,[1] the official Movember Foundation[2] charity began in Melbourne, Australia in November of 2003, when organizers set a goal for 30 men to grow moustaches for 30 days to raise awareness about men’s cancers.

    Notable Developments

    On November 16th, 2007, The Dominion Post[3] reported that the Scots College in Wellington, New Zealand had threatened to bar a pupil from taking exams for growing a Movember moustache on the grounds of violating the school’s appearance guidelines. That same year, according to Wikipedia,[4] the Australian tabloid television program Today Tonight accused the Movember Foundation of spending a disproportionate amount of donations on high salaries for its directors.

    On November 14th, 2011, the International Business Times[7] reported that the Australian airline Qantas had begun painting moustaches on the front of planes in honor of Movember. The same year, the web browser Google Chrome released a video in support of Movember, featuring a montage of websites and videos dedicated to the annual event (shown below, left). The original video has since been made private. On October 30th, 2012, the shoe company Toms Shoes uploaded a video to YouTube titled “United We Grow,” which lauded the moustache as a facial hair style in their support of the Movember campaign[6] (shown below, right).



    Nick Offerman Videos

    On October 24th, 2012, a public service announcement parody video starring actor Nick Offerman, known for his role as Ron Swanson in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, was uploaded to YouTube by the men’s interest blog Made Man.[5] In the video, Offerman lists several tongue-in-cheek methods for growing a moustache in honor of Movember. Within one month, the video accumulated over 904,500 views and 300 comments. On November 13th, Made Man uploaded a follow up video titled “Your Mo Will Get Fuller,” in which Offerman urges Movember participants to keep growing their moustaches (shown below, right), in similar vein to the “It Gets Better” project videos.



    Notable Videos

    Many YouTubers have created videos in honor of the annual event, many of which aimed to raise awareness of men’s cancers.



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 11/16/12--13:57: Mikudayo-
  • About

    Mikudayo- (Japanese:ミクダヨー, Mikudayō) is a nickname given to the human-size mascot/full-body costume of Nendoroid[1]Hatsune Miku by Good Smile Company (GSC), which was made in 2011. She has gained a cult following from fans as the overbearing creature separated from Miku. Her persona was established by photo collages in Futaba Channel (2chan), and now it’s feedbacked to the official Hatune Miku product lines.

    Origin

    This costume was first appeared in a video game convention Tokyo Game Show 2011[2] as a promoting mascot for SEGA’s Vocaloid video game for Nintendo3DS Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai.[3] Because this video game featured Nendoroid-style vocaloid characters, this costume was produced in super-deformed style. However, its awkward body shape always leaning forward, thin bunches (Twin Tails) hairstyle like plywood and iris-less eyes, hardly resembled to the original Nendorid. Everyone felt the costume didn’t quite feel like the real Miku.


    At the beginning, this costume was called as Kigurumiku (着ぐるミク), a pun for Kigurumi (着ぐるみ, full-body costume) and Miku (ミク), and its poor quality was mocked in the Japanese internet communities. In particular, Futaba users deeply favored it and made many of its parody photo collages.

    Then, similar to HOME Haruka and Nonowa, this costume had gained an overbearing personality of her own throughout their works. And around February 2012, she eventually became to be called as a nickname “Mikudayo-” (ミクダヨー) in that imageboard site, which came from Japanese “I am Miku” (ミクだよ, Miku dayo). The reason why it is written as “ミクダヨー” in Katakana character is writing words by Katakana characters explains dubious impression in the Japanese text representation.



    Hey, May I start killing from this dude?

    Not a few Futaba users call her as Mikudayo-san (ミクダヨーさん) in awe.

    Spread

    The popularity of Mikudayo- outside Futaba began to be increased quickly in the next March by many affiliate blogs reprinting her photo collages.[4][5][6] As a result of this, a manager in SEGA’s Hatsune miku project team noticed and tweeted about this on 28th of that month.[7]

    Transcript:

    I asked Google “WHAT is Mikudayo-?”. My mind is filled with a sort of apology.

    Though this could be seen as a sad tweet, other staffs didn’t think so. When several staffs in GSC and SEGA attended at a Nico Nico Live program broadcasted on April 8th, 2012, they called their mascot as “Mikudayo-”.[8] Besides, even in online news media reports for events where the mascot attended at, it became to be written as “Mikudayo-”.[9][10]

    At that moment, Mikudayo- already spread widely and it was considered as the half-official name of her on the Japanese web.

    Feedback to the Official

    On July 29th, 2012, it made a headline on the Japanese web that GSC, the production maker of Nendoroid series, announced the release of Nendoroid Mikudayo- in the next winter at Wonder Festival 2012 Summer.[11] Moreover, at the launching of the official product page of Nendoroid Mikudayo- on November 5th[12], it was also announced that Mikudayo- would appears on the package of Fujiya’s Pop Candy from next December as a collaborating campaign with Japanese confectionery maker Fujiya.[13]



    Meanwhile, on October 22nd, it was revealed that SEGA, GSC and Crypton Future Media, Inc. applied for an application for trademark registration of “Mikudayo-” in union on September 24th.[14] This companies’ decision was basically recieved favourably among internet users though some of them expressed discomfort with a commercial use of Mikudayo-, which might inhibit users free creations.



    Photo Collage by the official on Hatsune Miku Facebook Page[15]

    As of the end of November 2012, any continued announcements hasn’t come yet, but their attitude tells that they attempt to franchise “Mikudayo-” products in more various markets.

    Mikudayo-2

    In August 2012, SEGA prepared a new full-body costume of Hatsune Miku as a promoting mascot for a video game for PlayStation Vita Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F.[16] Its official codename was “Hatsune Miku Costume No.2” (初音ミクの着ぐるみ2号), but it was usually called as Mikudayo-2 (ミクダヨー2号, Mikudayō Nigou) among fans and media because it gave people the same impression they felt to the first Mikudayo- even though it was a quite different shape from the first one.



    She was also known as well as Mikudayo-, but wasn’t utilized in parodies so much.

    Notable Examples

    Photo Collages


    Ahh, I didn’t hear anything. Say that again.
    Squirts, Don’t lose your head!!
    I WANTSUPREMESUSHISONLY!!
    You’re a funny guy. I like you.
    That’s why I’ll kill you last.
    (Commando Parody)
    WHO’S NEXT!?

    Compilation

    【ニコニコ動画】ミクダヨーさん

    Videos

    On Nico Nico Douga (NND), there are many Mikudayo- parody videos mostly utilizing Miku Miku Dance models for her.[17] Compared to Futaba’s photo collages, NND videos render Mikudayo- as more creepy/scarly monster.

    <!-- For more videos, check out the <a href=“#videos”>videos</a> section in this entry. -->

    【ニコニコ動画】[実写合成]ミクLOVESセブンキャンペーンCM[フィクション]Hatune Miku & FamilyMart Collaborating Campaign Parody【ニコニコ動画】【MMD】スリラー・Thriller【ミクダヨー】
    Michael Jackson’s Thriller【ニコニコ動画】【MMD】コロガルヨー【ローリンガール】
    Rolling Series【ニコニコ動画】【MMDホラー】ミクダヨーが迫ってくるだけ【夏なので】
    Horror Movie Style

    Illustrations

    Many illustrations of Mikudayo- are posted to the Japanese illustrators community pixiv[18] and Nico Nico Seiga, an image uploader section in niconico.[19]




    Search Interest



    External References

    Editor’s Note: Futaba relating websites basically prohibit people from introducing their URLs in the external. Do not write the URLs in articles or comments. Please use search engines.

    [1]Wikipedia – Nendoroid

    [2]Wikipedia – Tokyo Game Show

    [3]Wikipedia – Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai

    [4]Ahogesokuhou – ミクダヨーさんの暴走が止まらない… 攻めまくる2頭身の初音ミク コラまとめ Posted on 03-17-2012 (Japanese, deleted)

    [5]ネタ画像置き場 – 【ミクダヨー】不穏な雰囲気漂う着ぐるみミクさんのコラ画像集 Part1(70枚 / Posted on 03-26-2012 (Japanese)

    [6]ネタ画像置き場 – 【ミクダヨー】不穏な雰囲気漂う着ぐるみミクさんのコラ画像集 Part2(70枚) / Posted on 03-26-2012 (Japanese)

    [7]Twitter – nakanohito_1go: ミクダヨーって何じゃ?と思ってgoogle先生に聞 … / Posted on 03-28-2012 (Japanese)

    [8]niconico Live – 『初音ミク and Future Stars Project mirai 』を関係者で "ホドヨク" 遊んでみよう! / 04-06-2012 (Out of Service)

    [9]Weekly Ascii Plus – でかすぎミクダヨーも来たよー! グッ鉄カフェで桜ミクフェア始まる / 04-07-2012 (Japanese)

    [10]ASCII.jp – ニコニコ超会議ってボカロのイベントでしょ?あれ、違うの?|桂ァ!いま写真何枚ィ!? ニコニコ超会議2012 まとめレポート / 04-28-2012 (Japanese)

    [11]ASCII.jp – まだまだグッスマのターン! ミクダヨーがまさかのフィギュア化|ワンダーフェスティバル2012[夏]レポート / 07-29-2012 (Japanese)

    [12]Good Smile Company – Nendoroid Mikudayo-

    [13]Kotaku JAPANタベロヨー? 『ミクダヨー』と不二家ポップキャンディがコラボを発表! / 11-05-2012 (Japanese)

    [14]Kotaku JAPAN株式会社セガが『ミクダヨー』を商標登録!? つまり…公式名称になったってこと!? / 10-22-2012 (Japanese)

    [15]Facebook – Hatsune Miku: “Who are you !?!?” “Miku Dayo-”

    [16]Wikipedia – Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F

    [17]niconico Video – Search results for ミクダヨー

    [18]pixiv – Search results for ミクダヨー

    [19]Nico Nico Seiga – Search results for ミクダヨー


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  • 11/16/12--14:17: Hostess Bankruptcy
  • Background

    On November 16th, 2012, the bakery company Hostess[1] announced that the company had filed a motion in United States Bankruptcy Court to obtain permission to cease business and sell off their assets. The news came amidst a worker’s strike that had taken hold of approximately 6,600 employees in 24 of its 33 baking plants across the United States. A closure message was put up on their website[3], directing vistors to a new page[4] outlining the details of their liquidation. Online, fans of the brand reacted on social media and began selling the company’s products on auction sites looking to make a profit.



    Financial History

    Founded in 1930, the Interstate Bakeries Corporation launched and acquired dozens of other brands over several decades, including the 1995 acquisition of Taggart Bakeries, the original creator of Wonder Bread and Hostess snack cakes including Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos. After recovering from its first bankruptcy that lasted over five years from 2004 to 2009, the company rebranded itself as Hostess Brands, Inc. However, just over two years later in January 2012, the company filed for a second Chapter 11 bankruptcy. After some executive changes, the company had to reevaluate their employees’ wages and benefits, attempting to make large cuts in their employees’ pay in order to save their pensions.[2] However, these talks did not go well and in November, approximately 6,600 employees who are members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union went on strike.

    Notable Developments

    On Twitter

    As the news broke, Twitter users began tweeting in dismay, with 26,807 tweets mentioning Hostess between 9:15 AM EST and 10:15 AM EST on November 16th.[5] Tweets about Twinkies, one of the company’s most well-known brands, peaked between 11:14 AM EST and 12:14 PM EST with 20,371 mentions.[6] Several internet culture blogs and news sites featured stories on the Twitter response to Hostess’ shutdown including Mashable[7], The Times-Picayune[8], the Detroit Free Press[9] and the New York Times.[10] Politico[11] compiled a series of tweets from politicians and journalists, including one from Senator John McCain (shown below).




    On Tumblr & Reddit

    With the tags Hostess[17] and Twinkies[18], Tumblr users expressed their displeasure with the company’s folding via image macros. Additionally, a single topic blog called RIP Twinkies[20] launched, sharing photos of the cream-filled sponge cake and its mascot, Twinkie the Kid. A handful of posters used content from the 2009 comedic horror film Zombieland[19], in which Woody Harrelson’s character Tallahassee (shown below) spends most of the film searching for the last box of Twinkies left after a zombie apocalypse.



    eBay Auctions

    Buzzfeed[12] published a series of 31 Instagram images of either stock piles of Hostess goods or empty shelves in stores where they would normally be found. As some people began hoarding the snack cakes, others began selling them online via auction sites like eBay. As of 7:30 PM EST on November 16th, there were 3,044 results for “twinkies” on eBay[13], with the most expensive auction priced at $2,500,000.00. Despite many of the auctions beginning at $0.99, some price gougers sought to sell the products from anywhere from $5000[14] (shown below, left) to $200,000 (shown below, right).[15] However, a Hostess spokesperson stated that they plan on selling the brands[15], hoping they would continue to be produced by other companies.



    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 11/16/12--18:34: Kuledud3
  • About:
    Kuledud3 is a well know youtuber and Machinima member who make various gaming videos and his loud, high-pitched screams.
    Origin:
    Kuledud3’s youtube account was created on August 6, 2011. He posts videos of himself playing games such as Minecraft, Guncraft, Amnesia, SCP containment Breach, and other various games.
    Spread:
    Kuledud3 is well known for his Minecraft “Newbies” videos. Newbies is about two minecraftians, Joe and an unnamed Newbie and their adventures in MInecraft. Joe, who is an “expert” at Minecraft meets a newbie and decides to help him learn the basics of MInecraft. Turns out the Newbie is pretty bad at Minecraft, and usually doesn’t listen to Joe. The Moderator will teleport in to help them out, shouting his catchphrase, “DIDSOMEBODYSAYMODERATOR?” Newbies episodes include: Newbies, Newbies Return, Newbies Night, Newbies Nether, and countless others. Kuledud3 gained a lot of fans (called Sexy Blawks) and popularity from his Newbies videos and is planning on continuing the series.
    Kuledud3’s Face:
    Kuledud3 posted a video titled MY FACE on July 13th, 2012. Before then, nobody knew what Kuledud3’s face looked like. Now that Kuledud3 had shown his face, he could do vlogs, and facecams. Kuledud3 has also started Splatterday, where he opens fan mail, answers questions, and gives updates on his future videos. Kuledud3 posted other videos with fellow youtubers BurtGasm, BR3TON, and Hot_tub, too.


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  • 11/16/12--19:03: What I Know About X
  • [WiP]


    About

    What I Know About X are intentionally low quality slideshow presentations giving bad explanation of what’s supposedly the author’s knowledge about the specific topic if he/she only had a vague resource to rely on, created in the style of the presentation software Microsoft PowerPoint.[1] On the microblogging social network site Tumblr, these presentations are often used to explain popular subjects present on Tumblr such as fandoms. The presentation commonly contains features such as low quality copy & pasting, randomly placed narration and comic sans.

    Origin

    [Researching]

    Spread

    These slideshow presentations are most commonly shared on the microblogging social network Tumblr. They can most commonly be found under tags such as Powerpoint,[2] What I Know[3] and What I Know About.[4] On November 11th, 2012, Tumblr user JinnyMoose created a post titled “What I Know About Tumblr” (shown below), containing a slideshow giving an explanation about Tumblr itself and well know subjects present on the blogosphere.[5] Within 5 days, the post gained of 33,000 notes and also resulted in JinnyMoose creating a second part earlier on November 15th,[6] although this version didn’t receive as many notes.



    External References


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    Thefantasio974 and BobLennon, most known as Fanta & Bob, is a duo made famous by their Minecraft, then video games-related Let’s Play and Playthroughs

    Online History

    TheFantasio974 solo career

    TheFantasio974, nicknamed Fanta, started his Youtube Channel Thefantasio974 [1] on March, 29 2010, with his series “Le guide pour bien débuter à Minecraft” (Guide to get started with Minecraft), which greatly contributed to make Minecraft popular in francophon countries. Fanta is currently remaking the videos to fit with the current Minecraft version. The first video on the series topped nearly 3 millions views post-hack (explained later)

    Besides making the tutorials, Fanta made others video series, like Freestyle Fanta Show ( non-tutorial adventure or server visits) or Fanta vs The Island (adventure map playthrough)

    Encounter with Bob Lennon

    On the tenth episode of Freestyle Fanta Show, Fanta visited the Minefield server, especially the Azur city

    Azur’s mayor is BobLennon, a charismatic player with a strong tyrant gimmick. He’s known for his building skills, equals to his character’s ego. Bob also hosts a humoristic podcast names “Bob Lennon Show”, about the Minefield server.

    BobLennon quickly became loved by Fanta fans, some of them saying that he nearly shadows him. Bob will appear on Freestyle Fanta Show 15 and 19 before the definitive formation of the duo.

    Career as a Duo and Diversification

    Fanta & Bob will host numerous shows, like D&Cube (Minecraft house-making, 3 seasons ) Fight Cube (Minecraft competition with Biloulette and Elarcis, other famous french minecrafters) but most importantly Fanta Bob Show (map and server visiting), which will make the most success.

    On march 2011, Fanta’s channel has been hacked, all 80 videos erazed. All the videos were re-uploaded in 2 weeks. On June 2012, the channel will also be hacked, but without any consequences.

    On April, 20 2011, the channel Fantabobfriends was created. It purpose is to discover new Minecraft videomakers [2].

    On June 2011, French website jeuxvideo.com offered them to have a chronicle, similar to Fanta Bob Show, with remuneration. The show, named “Fanta et Bob : Les Aventuriers de Minecraft” (Fanta & Bob : Adventurers of Minecraft) will air during the summer of 2011 [3], before the duo decided to not renew the contract.

    The 14 of October 2011, the duo opened the FantaBobGames Youtube channel [43], to make video games videos, temporary stopping their Minecraft Activities. Among the most influencial videos, the Skyrim Playthrough by BobLennon (nearly 200 episodes), the Batman Arkham City Playthough by Fanta, but also the Tribes Ascend presentation by Fanta, which will make Fanta a “Celebrity Recruiter” in the game, with more than 500 referrals. ( [5])

    As of November 2012, TheFantasio974 channel had more than 76 millions views and 347 000 suscribers, and FantaBobGames 56 millions and 230 000.

    Gaming Gimmicks

    Fanta defines himself as a coward and a bad player and failer. However, his game panel is very large, making his viewers discover non-mainstream games, like Natural Selection 2 and Crusader Kings 2. BobLennon, especially on his Skyrim Playtrough, acts as a “Pyrobarbarian” : An violent warrior with an overwhelming ego who loves to burn everyone. On every game, BobLennon is known to be very enthousiastic, accompanying every great move with taunts and shouts.

    Personal Lives

    Fanta’s real name is Gabriel Chevillard. He lives on La Réunion island, which prevents him to attend as many conventions as he wants on the European continent. On FAQ videos, he likes to show where he lives.

    BobLennon real identity is unknown on his demand, which explains that we don’t know much of him IRL. He lives in Grenoble, have 2 cats. His girlfriend is named Kelly.

    Search Interests

    Parodies

    External References

    [1]TheFantasio974 Channel

    [2]FantaBobFriends Channel

    [3]Jeuxvideo.com’s Chronicles

    [4]FantaBobGames Channel

    [5]TheFantasio974 Official Referral Award

    French Minecraft Wiki Entry for TheFantasio974


    French Minecraft Wiki Entry for BobLennon

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  • 11/17/12--08:02: Metal Gear Solid: Alert (!)
  • About

    Understandable in the stealth action video game Metal Gear Solid, the alarm sound is an onomatopoeia and general signature for being detected by enemies. The sound is mostly accompanied with a red exclamation mark. The sound became a popular source for YouTube Poop videos, Metal Gear Solid parody videos and other videos.

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    [OP isn’t good at such things. Request editorship]


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  • 11/17/12--13:06: Willy Bum Bum
  • About

    Willy Bum Bum is the name of a viral youtube video by AlienRedWolf, aka Daniel Fowler, currently hosted under the alternate name willybumbumcartoon. The animation and accompanying song make up a delibrately crude depiction of the protagonist exploring a somewhat surreal relationship with his genitalia. As of, November 2012, the video had over 7,000,000 views.

    Spread

    The video is unusual compared with other newer memes of its era in that its spread seems to have been via facebook, youtube and simple word of mouth, as opposed to more ‘traditional’ meme-spreading communities such as Reddit and 4chan. It has nonetheless spawned numerous remixes and remakes, from dubstep to classical, and is referenced in many other videos besides, the earliest of which seems to have been posted around 2 years ago, giving some idea of the time for which the subject has been popularly known.


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    About

    The creation of alternate art for the album No Love Deep Web is a fad within various music communities on the web, most notably the /mu/ board on 4chan, starting after the guerrilla release of experimental band Death Grips album No Love Deep Web. The art was created in response to the explicit art released with the album, that of an erect penis with the words No Love Deep Web written upon it.

    Origin

    Spread

    With various threads on 4chan’s /mu/ board as well as one on Reddit, this fad created many pictures.

    On 4chan – Images spread primarily through NLDW Alt Art threads on /mu/

    On Reddit – Images spread primarily through threads on /r/hiphopheads, primarily collected from /mu/

    On Tumblr- Images spread primarily through the #nldw and #no love deep web tags

    An article on music website Vice[1] covers the phenomenon of the alternate NLDW art.

    External References

    [1]Vice – The Internet Can’t Handle the Penis on No Love Deep Web


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  • 11/17/12--19:10: The Only Choice Is To Die
  • About

    The Only Choice Is To Die (死ぬしかないじゃない) is a remark spoken by the fictional character Tomoe Mami in episode 10 from the TV Anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The scene became a source for MAD videos on Nico Nico Douga and a photoshop fad on pixiv due to her sudden crazy appearence, when she was attempting to kill her friends.

    Origin

    The episode I Won’t Rely On Anyone Anymore was aired on May 11, 2011 in MBS, TBS and CBC.

    The Plot:

    The episode looks at an alternate timeline in which Homura is a shy transfer student who makes friends with the cheerful Madoka. Lacking confidence in herself, having been in hospital for the past six months, Homura is attacked by a witch but is rescued by Madoka and Mami, both of whom are magical girls. When both Madoka and Mami are killed in the battle against Walpurgisnacht, Homura makes a contract with Kyubey to send her back in time so that she can protect Madoka. She joins Madoka and Mami and learns how to use her magical powers. However, following the battle against Walpurgisnacht, Homura witnesses Madoka transforming into a witch and realizes Kyubey had been deceiving everyone. She attempts to tell the others during the next time loop, but they do not believe her. When Sayaka becomes a witch that the others are forced to kill, Mami kills Kyōko and attempted to kill Homura to prevent them from becoming witches. However, just before she kills Homura, Madoka kills Mami to save Homura. Later, Madoka and Homura face Walpurgisnacht. With their Soul Gems depleted, Madoka uses her last Grief Seed on Homura, begging her to return to the past to keep her from being fooled by Kyubey before asking to be killed so she will not turn into a witch. Returning to the past again, now with a colder personality, Homura attempts to keep Kyubey from making contact with Madoka in the first place and decides to fight against the witches herself. However, this ultimately fails, and she continues to travel through many timelines in the hope of saving her.

    The scene was featured after 13 minutes of the episode.

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    MAD videos

    Under the tag “死ぬしかないじゃないシリーズ” (The Only Choice Is To Die Series) there are currently 192 videos on Nico Nico Douga. Becoming a subject for MAD videos has been started after July 1, 2011, when NND user “bonosan / 12229562” uploaded a video titled “絶望信号機(巴マミ)”.

    【ニコニコ動画】絶望信号機(巴マミ)

    It received over 223.000 views, as of November 18, 2012.

    pixiv

    On the japanese image sharing site for illustators, there are 292 images submitted under the tag “まさにマミさん” (Exactly Mami).

    External References


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    About

    Chuck from the Bronx or thebronx19740 is a man in YouTube named Chuck Saragossi. He attempts YouTube challenges from other YouTubers who dares him to perform a variety of different stunts.

    Origin

    Chuck from the Bronx started uploading his YouTube videos on March 25th, 2012. His first videos were stories which did not get much attention. It wasn’t until a viewer dared him to eat a ghost pepper on camera where his views began to really increase.

    Challenges

    Ever since Chuck’s Ghost Pepper Challenge was posted to YouTube on April 21, 2012, he has been performing all kind of dangerous and funny stunts. He has also eaten a raw onion, cayenne pepper, attempted the 240 warhead challenge, ate the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper, surstromming, and satan’s taint (hottest beef jerky in the world).

    Spread

    Chuck’s Ghost Pepper video was posted on Gawker’s site and the Huffington Post and came to an instant success. Other media outlets like MTV, RTL Television, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno quickly asked Chuck to make appearances.


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  • 11/18/12--13:37: Daddy Dearest
  • About
    Daddy Dearest is an incestual shockfic in the Homestuck Fandom. It is well known because of the somewhat distubing childish tone it is written in.

    Full Fanfiction

    Daddy Dearest

    John is a good boy.

    And he loves his daddy.

    John loves making his daddy happy.

    He always makes good grades in school so his daddy will smile and pat him on the head.

    He learned to bake even though he hates cakes so his daddy would praise him and give him hugs.

    He never uses bad words and is always polite so his daddy gives him kisses.

    John loves how his daddy still lets him sit in his lap.

    And he loves how his daddy’s arms hold him close, all snug and warm.

    John loves how his daddy undresses him for bathtime.

    And he loves that he’s allowed to undress his daddy.

    John loves sitting in the bathtub with his daddy.

    And that his daddy is careful to wash him everywhere.

    He loves how his daddy wraps him in a big fluffy towel and picks him up.

    And he loves how his daddy lays him very gently on his bed.

    John loves when his daddy kneels over him and starts gently touching him, carresing him.

    And he loves the soft murmurs of encouragement he gets when he moans softly, like a mewling kitten.

    He loves when his daddy gently spreads his legs, hands so gentle like he’s afraid he’ll break John.

    And he loves when his daddy’s slick fingers press inside of his little hole, finding this little spot that makes him shudder and mewl and vision go white.

    John loves how his daddy gently strokes his small cock as he pulls his fingers out.

    And he’s careful to take deep breaths like his daddy says, keeping himself relaxed.

    John has no problem relaxing and even smiling softly as his daddy presses the head of his cock to his stretched hole; he knows it hurts a little at first, it always does.

    But John trusts his daddy, and his daddy never hurts him on purpose.

    And it does hurt, and John clenches his daddy’s shoulders, trying not to cry.

    And his daddy softly murmurs what a good boy he is and strokes him gently, rubbing his sides and back where he can reach to comfort John.

    His daddy waits, patiently still, until John has adjusted and is nodding to move.

    And his daddy thrusts into him, soft and slow.

    Until John starts mewling and squirming, pressing the softest kisses to his daddy’s cheeks and neck, then his daddy thrusts a little faster, and just a little harder.

    And he hits that little spot again, and John arches up into his daddy’s touch.

    And his daddy keeps up his steady pace, stroking John in time, until John clenches his hands again, moaning loudly as he ‘cums’ (as his daddy calls it).

    His daddy shudders and kisses him lightly, as he cums inside of John, which feels warm and wet but nice.

    John falls limp on his bed, giving a small, weak mewl as his daddy pulls out of him.

    His daddy cleans him up with the towel from his bath, and kisses his forehead, and tells John that he did good, and he loves him.

    And John smiles up at his daddy, as sweetly as he can manage, and tells his daddy that he loves him too, before yawning softly and kittenishly, rubbing at his eyes.

    His daddy tucks him snuggly into bed, brushing his hair back and kissing his forehead again, whispering goodnight.

    John whispers goodnight back, and his daddy leaves, turning off his light and closing the door.

    John snuggles down in his bed, soft little fingers curling gently in his sheets as he drifts off to sleep with only one thought in his head;

    He loves his daddy.

    Spread
    Many reaction videos have been posted on Youtube, as well as numerous dramatic readings an tumblr, and later gaining it’s own tag, #daddy dearest.


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  • 11/19/12--06:35: ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
  • About

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) is an emoticon created with unicode character symbols. The face is often used to spam forums and image boards, similar to the Japanese word “desu”.

    Origin

    The exact origin of the emoticon is currently unclear. On November 18th, 2012, 4chan users raided the /r/Israel[4] subreddit with posts spamming the “( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)” face (shown below), with some users referring to the emoticon as “le Palestine face.”



    Spread

    The same day, mods banned several 4chan users for spamming the emoticon on the site’s various image boards (shown below).



    Redditor Dogcatcher1979 submitted a post titled “So I guess this is a thing now?” to the /r/4chan[2] subreddit, which included a screenshot of the face being used in a 4chan thread (shown below). In the post, Redditor 8-bit_d-boy commented that the face resembled the children’s television show character Bob the Builder.



    Also on November 18th, World of Warcraft Forums[5] member Kuallius submitted a post titled “The Sha of Casuals ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)” and YouTuber cubegoat uploaded a video titled “( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)” (shown below, left). On the following day, cubegoat uploaded another video titled “Fresh ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) of /b/el Air,” featuring various animated versions of the emoticon accompanied by the theme song for the 1990’s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (shown below, right). As of November 19th, 2012, there are more than 50 Facebook pages containing “( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)” in the title on Facebook.[1]



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

    [1]Facebook – ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    [2]Reddit – So I Guess This is a Thing Now

    [3]Reddit – ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    [4]Reddit – /r/Israel

    [5]World of Warcraft – The Sha of Casuals


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    About

    Can You Please Photoshop The Sun Between My Fingers? (often accompied by “Hey X”, with X representing a site or community) is a phrase that refers to a picture of a male failing at an attempt to take a forced perspective photo of himself in which the sun is placed between his fingers. The results of this request commonly feature intentionally bad or incorrect photoshops.

    Origin

    [Researching: Believed to first appear around late 2011.]



    Spread

    From December 10th to December 12th, 2011, over 20 image macros and demotivational posters (shown below) were created for the image on Cheezburger.[8] Although they quickly lowered after that, with new variations only appearing once every few months.



    On September 4th, 2012, Tumblr user Scarvenrot made a post[6] containing a drawing of the character Dirk Strider of the webcomic Homestuck in the style of the original image (shown below, left). On September 8th, Tumblr user Cheese3d posted a similar drawing[7] using the characters John Egbert and Dave Strider from Homestuck (shown below, right). As of November 19th of the same year, the posts gathered respectively over 2,600 and 3,700 notes.



    On October 28th, 2012, Tumblr user securethevictory made a post containing a collection of 7 intentionally incorrect photoshops (shown below) of the original image.[1] As of November 19th of the same year, the post has accumulated over 71,000 notes. The post was collected into a Imgur folder the next day, which has acumulated over 1,300 points as of November 19th.[2] In the following weeks, the same collection made its way onto numerous humor blogs and sites such as DamnLol,[3] Funri[4] and Uber Humor.[5]



    On November 1st, 2012, Tumblr user DirkStrider made a post[8] containing the correct photoshop with the sun placed between the man’s fingers, along with the comment “THISPICTUREHADBEENBOTHERING ME FORFARTOOLONGTHEJOKE IS OVER”. As of November 19th of the same year, the post has gathered over 2,000 notes.



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