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  • 06/24/15--09:20: Wet Hot American Summer
  • About

    Wet Hot American Summer is a 2001 live-action satirical film set in a 1980s American summer camp. The film follows a group of camp counselors as they attempt to find love on the last day of camp, and has become a cult hit based on its raunchy, nostalgic humor and all-star cast.

    History

    The film was released on July 27th, 2001, and starred a large ensemble of different actors and actresses, most of whom would go on to become more famous after the film. These stars included many of the cast members of MTV’s The State and Saturday Night Live, including Ken Marino, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Michael Showalter, Janeane Garofalo, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, and Bradley Cooper.

    Netflix Prequel Limited Series

    After years of rumors of the film being revived for a sequel or prequel, Netflix confirmed in January of 2015 that not only would it be filming a prequel series called Wet Hot American Summer: The First Day of Camp, but that most of the original cast was set to return and play their original parts.[8] A video they released to confirm the cast received more than 1.85 million views between January 27th, 2015 and June 24th, 2015.



    The premiere of the series, which will feature 8 episodes all released on the same day via Netflix, was set for July 31st, 2015. The first official trailer was released on June 23rd, 2015, and received more than 500,000 views in 24 hours.[9]



    Premise

    Meant to be a satire of 1980s teen sex romp films, Wet Hot American Summer is set in 1981 at Camp Firewood, a Jewish summer camp in Maine, and follows the ensemble as they are preparing for the last day of summer camp. Several different story lines ensue with the cast as each member attempts to secure one last chance at love before they all have to go home to where they are from. Camp director Beth (Janeane Garofalo) falls in love with a physics professor (David Hyde Pierce) attempting to save the camp from the fall of Skylab. The camp’s theater directors, Susie (Amy Poelher) and Ben (Bradley Cooper), are trying to prepare the campers to put on a talent show. Three other counselors, Coop (Michael Showalter), Katie (Marguerite Moreau), and Andy (Paul Rudd) are engaged in a love triangle, while another counselor, Victor (Ken Marino), engages in a wild chase to get back to camp from a field trip in time to sleep with Abby (Marisa Ryan). All the while, the camp’s chef, Gene (Christopher Meloni), a Vietnam Veteran, is engaged in a match of wits against a talking tin can (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin).[1]

    Reception

    The film initially was only shown in limited release, and received mostly incredibly negative reviews. Famously, the renowned film critic Roger Ebert wrote his extremely negative review as a poem, to the tune of the old Allen Sherman camp song “Hello Muddah Hello Faddah.”[2]


    I want to escape,
    Oh mudduh faddah--
    Life’s too short for cinematic torture.
    Comedies like this,
    Oh mudduh faddah--
    Inspire in me the critic as a vulture.

    The film has a cumulative score of 31% on Rotten Tomatoes and 42% on Metacritic.[3][4] Some critics, including that for Entertainment Weekly, praised the film, but it was still a flop at the box office, and never went into wide release in theaters. It was released on VHS and DVD in 2002.

    Soon after the home video release, it became clear that this video was going to be a cult hit. The first user reviews written in 2002 and 2003 on both Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes are overwhelmingly positive. On Metacritic, used JudS gave the film a 10, writing “Okay, look. I can see why the critics don’t like it. Showalter-Wain comedy is so far out of the mainstream, that I don’t think it will ever be universally accepted. Yet, in a strange way, these guys are on the cutting edge of modern comedy.”[5] The film began screening at midnight showings and other cult outlets. Many actors and media personalities, including Jesse Thorn and Kristen Bell of Veronica Mars, have called Wet Hot American Summer their favorite film of all time, and almost every member of the cast has gone on to have wide career success in Hollywood.[1]

    Online Presence

    The official Wet Hot American Summer web site is a portal for reviews and showtimes from the original 2001 release.[14] For their relaunch, Netflix has created an alternate web hub on Netflix.com. In addition, the film has official Twitter and Facebook profiles which appear to be run by promotional teams. [15][16]

    Fandom

    Wet Hot American Summer doesn’t have a distinct user community or fandom online, but many jokes, GIFs, and other details have obtained widespread popularity. A subreddit exists, but it has only 13 readers; however, there are many posts on reddit about the film that have achieved 1000+ upvotes, including clips, GIFs, and the announcement of the upcoming Netflix relaunch.[6][7]

    GIFs and catchphrases from the film are popular on Tumblr, especially on fan blogs devoted to the stars, like Christopher Meloni or Elizabeth Banks.[10][11][12] In addition, a search of Giphy returns 194 different GIFs featuring scenes from Wet Hot American Summer.[13]



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  • 06/24/15--11:24: Shy Guy
  • About

    Shy Guys are antagonists in the Super Mario franchise known for wearing hooded robes and white masks with large eye holes.

    Origin

    On July 10th, 1987, Shy Guys were first introduced with the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game Super Mario Bros. 2, in which they serve as minions of the primary antagonist Wart. The character, and much of the entire game, had been remade from the Japanese Famicom game Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic.[2] The character later appeared in subsequent games in the Super Mario franchise, including the Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Party series.



    Spread

    On December 11th, 2005, a Shy Guy page was created on the Mario Wiki.[1] On June 19th, 2006, a page for “Shy Guy” was launched on the Nintendo Wiki.[3] On June 9th, 2011, artist Mike Puncekar posted a horror-themed illustration of Shy Guy on his personal blog[10] (shown below).



    On January 31st, 2012, the tech news blog Venture Beat[5] published an article regarding various fan theories about the fictional origins of the Shy Guy character. On August 8th, SmashBoards Forums[4] user Ghirahilda submitted a thread titled “What is behind Shy Guy’s Mask?” On September 14th, 2012, DeviantArtist[8] QuadForceFive uploaded a comic in which Shy Guy goes on a date with the Super Mario character Boo (shown below).



    On October 11th, Redditor JayBowls submitted the QuadForceFive comic to /r/gaming,[9] where it gained over 2,500 votes (95% upvoted) and 350 comments prior to being archived. On November 16th, 2014, YouTuber Koopa Kart uploaded a video titled “What is Under Shy Guy’s Mask?,” featuring a Shy Guy animation and scenes from various Super Mario games with speculation about the character’s true face (shown below).



    On February 5th, 2015, Redditor Mr. Lovenstein submitted an original webcomic about an unmasked Shy Guy to the /r/comics[7] subreddit, where it received upwards of 5,300 votes (91% upvoted) and 185 comments in the first four months (shown below). On February 8th, a page for Shy Guy was submitted to the Giant Bomb Wiki.[6]



    Shy Gal

    Shy Gal is a rule 63 female depiction of the Shy Guy character, which can be found under the tag “#shygal”[11] on DeviantArt. On September 29th, 2014, YouTuber BotanicSage uploaded a Shy Gal GIF by artist Minus8 with the 1992 hip hop song “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot playing in the background (shown below, left). On December 17th, 2014, YouTuber CreamBRabbit uploaded a speed drawing of a Shy Gal (shown below, right).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Mario Wiki – Shy Guy

    [2]Mario Wiki – Yume Kojo Doki Doki Panic

    [3]Nintendo Wiki – Shy Guy

    [4]Smash Boards – Whats Behind Shy Guys Mask?

    [5]Venture Beat – 6 theories concerning the origins of the elusive Shy Guy

    [6]Giant Bomb – Shy Guy

    [7]Reddit – Shy Guy

    [8]DeviantArt – Shy Guy Adventures – The Big Date

    [9]Reddit – Shy Guy Adventures – The Big Date

    [10]Blogspot – MPuncekar

    [11]DeviantArt – #shygal


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  • 06/24/15--13:11: Dollar Shave Club
  • About

    Dollar Shave Club is an online store which ships customers various personal grooming products, including a monthly razor blade delivery service. The company gained a significant following online following the success of several viral commercials on YouTube, bearing many similarities to the Isaiah Mustafa Old Spice advertisements.

    History

    In July 2011, the company was launched by founders Mark Levine and Michael Dubin in Venice, California, with assistance from the start-up incubator Science Inc. The company has received millions in funding from a variety of investors, including Felicis Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Andreessen Horowitz, Shasta Ventures, Forerunner Ventures, Venrock, Comcast Ventures, New World Investors and Battery Ventures.

    Online Presence

    On March 6th, 2012, the company uploaded a commercial to YouTube titled “DollarShaveClub.com – Our Blades Are F***ing Great,” in which a man named Mike promotes the Dollar Shave Club razor delivery service while walking through a warehouse filled with various sight gags (shown below). That day, Redditor JustMadMike submitted the video to the /r/videos[3] subreddit, where it gathered upwards of 6,500 votes (97% upvoted) and 1,000 comments prior to being archived. In the first four years, the video gained over 19 million views and 4,000 comments.



    On November 1st, the company launched an official page on Facebook,[2] which gathered upwards of 1.8 million likes over the next three years. On June 4th, 2013, the Dollar Shave Club YouTube channel uploaded a video titled “Let’s Talk About #2,” promoting the One Wipe Charlie sanitary wipes (shown below). In the next two years, the video garnered upwards of three million views and 1,300 comments.



    Parodies

    On September 5th, 2012, the Evike.com Airsoft YouTube channel uploaded a promotional video for their air rifle online store, done in the style of the Dollar Shave Club commercial (shown below, left). On October 15th, 2014, the ArrangementFinders YouTube channel uploaded a parody advertisement for the ArragenmentFinders.com dating website (shown below, right).



    Dollar Beard Club

    In January 2014, the site DollarBeardClub.com was launched, which sells various facial hair grooming products, including oil, wax and brushes. On June 23rd, 2015, the Dollar Beard Club YouTube channel uploaded a commercial for the website, which mimicked the style of the original Dollar Shave Club ad (shown below).



    Traffic

    Following the release of the “Our Blades Are F***ing Great” video, the site received 12,000 orders in the following 48 hours. As of June 2015, DollarShaveClub.com has a United States rank of 3,110 on the traffic analytics site Quantcast.[4]

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]DollarShaveClub – Dollar Shave Club

    [2]Facebook – Dollar Shave Club

    [3]Reddit – DollarShaveClub

    [4]Quantcast – DollarShaveClub

    [5]DollarBeardClub – Dollar Beard Club


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  • 06/24/15--23:59: It's Not a Phase
  • About

    It’s not a phase (occasionally expanded into It’s not a phase mom, this is who I really am) is a sarcastic phrase that has been associated with various images that poke fun at individuals –often teens– that have made questionable lifestyle or fashion choices. Depicted in this meme are often goths, emos, queers, otherkin and furries due to their edgy and cringeworthy nature.

    Origin

    The phrase is presumably often said without irony by rebellious teenagers who are antagonized by authority figures, like parents or teachers, regarding a particular (long-term) choice. Multiple submissions in urban dictionary aptly define the word phase.[1] The earliest known instance of the phrase trending online is on 2010, the same year that Scene Wolf– an advice animal that often makes use of the phrase – began spreading.


    Spread

    At least 15 posts featuring the phrase have received more than 1000 points on Reddit[2]. One of the most popular was a post to /r/gaming, featuring a reference to an American television comedy called “Raising Hope” where a teen goes through a punk phase and calls himself “Drakkar Noir,” the name of a cologne famous for its strong scent.[3] In addition, the phrase frequently employed as a caption to images on Tumblr.[4]

    Another popular image combines the image macro of Scene Wolf, seen above, with that of the image from which Scene Wolf’s hair was taken, a popular emo girl named Vanna Venom. On Funnyjunk, this image has over 18,000 views and 79 comments since its original posting on November 27th, 2015. [5][6]

    Various Examples



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    Overview

    The 2016 Republican Presidential Primary is the preliminary round in the Republican party’s candidate selection process for the upcoming 2016 general election for the presidency of the United States. The series of state caucuses and primaries will begin in February 2016 and end the following June.

    Background

    Following the defeat of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to Barack Obama in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, the Republican National Committee passed new party rules to condense the period of primary elections by nearly half, from six months to three-and-a-half, due to widespread concerns that a longer season could harm the leading candidate’s campaign. On April 6th, 2014, The Washington Post[1] published an article about the potential Republican party candidates for the upcoming election, noting they were beginning to “quietly study up on issues and cultivate ties to pundits and luminaries from previous administrations.”

    Notable Developments

    Official Candidate Announcements

    On March 23rd, 2015, Ted Cruz declared his bid for the Republican Party nomination in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election (shown below, left). On April 7th, Rand Paul announced his candidacy for presidency (shown below, right). That day, Paul’s Twitter feed began encouraging supporters to tweet photographs of themselves holding signs with the hashtag “#StandWithRand.”



    On April 13th, Marco Rubio announced he was joining the presidential race during a press conference in Miami, Florida (shown below, left). On May 5th, former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee declared his bid in the 2016 election (shown below, right).



    On May 27th, Rick Santorum announced his plans to run for president from a factory in Cabot, Pennsylvania (shown below, left). On June 14th, former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush tweeted a teaser logo for his upcoming presidential campaign, featuring the name “Jeb” followed by an exclamation point. The following day, Bush officially announced his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination in the 2016 United States Presidential election.



    On June 16th, Donald Trump announced his bid for the Republican nomination (shown below, left). On June 24th, Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal announced his presidential bid and uploaded a video to YouTube in which he tells his children about his decision to run for president (shown below, right).



    Potential Candidates

    Additional Republicans who have yet to officially announce candidacy but have publicly shown interest or formed an exploratory committees include Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, Governor of Ohio John Kasich, Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker, former Governor of Maryland Bob Ehrlick, former Governor of Virginia Jim Gilmore and New York congressman Peter T. King.

    Debates

    In January 2015, the Republican National Committee released the schedule for the upcoming Republican presidential debates, the first of which will be held on August 6th, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.[2]

    Primaries and Caucuses

    The first caucus will be held on February 1st, 2016 in Iowa.

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  • 06/25/15--11:45: No Flex Zone
  • About

    “No Flex Zone” is a trap song released as the debut single for the American hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd. The track was a commercial success, reaching number 36 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and receiving multiple remixes by notable artists, including Waka Flocka Flame[1], Nicki Minaj and Pusha T.[2]

    Origin

    On May 18th, 2014, the song was released by EarDrummers and Interscope Records as the first single off Rae Sremmurd’s debut album SremmLife.[3] On August 11th, 2014, the RaeSremmurdVEVO YouTube channel uploaded the official music video for the track, which gained over 111 million views, 500,000 likes and 49,500 comments over the next year.

    Spread

    On July 25th, 2014, YouTuber SpikeFe released a “No Flex Zone” parody video (shown below, left). On August 15th, YouTuber Tpindell uploaded a parody music video titled “No Sex Zone,” garnering upwards of 800,000 views and 1,200 comments in 10 months (shown below, right).


    On August 31st, the RaeSremmurd SoundCloud channel uploaded a remix of “No Flex Zone” featuring Nicki Minaj and Pusha T (shown below). In the next 10 months, the remix gained over 4.7 million plays and 62,000 likes.



    On September 26th, 2014, a music video for a “No Flex Zone” remix by the hip hop duo Karmin and rapper George Watsky was uploaded to YouTube (shown below, left). Within nine months, the video accumulated more than 2.5 million views and 34,100 likes. On October 16th, the Karmin and Watsky video was submitted to the /r/listentothis[5] subreddit. On December 15th, YouTuber ADoseofBuckley ranked Rae Sremmurd’s original version of “No Flex Zone” as the 4th worst song of 2014 (shown below, right).

    Notable Examples

    Solange Knowles’ Choreographed Dance

    On November 17th, 2014, Vimeo user Charlotte Hornsby uploaded footage of singer-songwriter Solange Knowles performing a chereographed dance to “No Flex Zone” following her wedding with music video director Alan Ferguson in New Orleans (shown below). In the coming days, the video was reposted by various news sites, including Gawker,[6]BuzzFeed,[7] Noisey[8] and Perez Hilton.[9]



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  • 06/25/15--11:52: Don Lemon

  • About

    Don Lemon is an American journalist best known for his show on CNN, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon and his work as an African American television journalist during the era of police brutality controversies in the United States.

    Career

    Lemon moved to New York City in 1991 to attend Brooklyn College, where he acquired an assistant position at WNYW while still in school. Lemon reported in Saint Louis, Birmingham, Philadelphia, and New York, and was a co-anchor on a local station in Chicago before returning to New York City to become a reporter for CNN in 2006.[1]

    During Lemon’s time as a reporter, he has reported on stories such as the death of Michael Jackson, the explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia, the inauguration of Barack Obama, the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, and most recently the shooting death of Michael Brown and the subsequent riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and the homicide of Freddie Gray and the resulting riots in Baltimore, Maryland. CNN Tonight with Don Lemon is currently the second-highest rated show, after Sean Hannity’s similar Fox News program, receiving over 1 million views per night as of June 2015.[11]

    Online History

    Lemon’s reporting and television show can be seen online at CNN.com.[4] Don Lemon maintains and active presence on Twitter, where he has over 278,000 followers; Reddit where has over 14,435 comment karma (and where he’s said his favorite subreddit is /r/firstworldproblems); and Facebook, where he has over 373,000 followers.[5][6][7][8]

    Controversies

    Criticism of CNN

    Don Lemon has been critical of CNN, especially before beginning his tenure as the host of CNN Tonight. In July of 2011, Jon Stewart prepared a media criticism segment for The Daily Show entitled “Don Lemon Appears to Not Really Care for CNN”, which Lemon claims to have watched.[9] Later that year, in December of 2011, Lemon admitted in Atlanta’s Creative Loafing magazine that he thought that CNN wanted him “to be the good-looking black guy.”[10]



    Discussions of the N-Word

    Don Lemon has said that he believes the N-word should be used by journalists and not censored, a position which has caused controversy. In July of 2013, Lemon hosted a CNN roundtable about the subject with Buck Davis, Mark Lamont Hill, and Wendy Walsh about the use of the word and other trigger words in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s Death and Paula Deen’s racial slur allegations. The broadcast was notable for its lack of censorship.



    In 2015, Lemon again used his show as an opportunity to discuss the N-Word, which resulted in the related meme Don Lemon’s N-Word Sign (see below).

    Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 Black Hole Theory

    On March 18th, 2015, Don Lemon prepared a segment for CNN in which he assembled a panel of experts to debate whether or not the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 could have been caused by a black hole. Mary Schiavo, a former Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation and not an expert in outer space phenomena, answered, “A small black hole would suck in our entire universe, so we know it’s not that.”



    Coverage of Bill Cosby Rape Allegations

    On November 16th, 2014, the entertainment news blog Hollywood Elsewhere published an account written by journalist Joan Tarshis, who claimed Bill Cosby raped her when she was 19-years-old in 1969. On November 13th, Bowman appeared on CNN, where she discussed her past experiences with Cosby with anchor Don Lemon (shown below, left). On November 18th, Tarshis was interviewed by on CNN by Lemon, who was criticized for asking her if she had considered biting Cosby’s penis (shown below, right).



    Coverage of Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland Riots and the Charleston, South Carolina Church Shootings

    Don Lemon has been assigned to cover the riots and uproar resulting from the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland; and the shooting of nine African American churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. In all of these situations, Lemon has found himself embroiled in controversy.

    On August 21st, 2014, Lemon got into an on-air argument with rapper Talib Kweli about the coverage of the first round of Ferguson riots (below, left). On November 24th, 2015 in Ferguson, Missouri, during a riot, he famously quipped that “Obviously, there is a smell of marijuana in the air.” (below right) The comment inspired a heavy backlash on social media, inspiring the hashtag #DonLemonReporting, which is used sarcastically to criticize Lemon.[13] The reporter told TMZ that he didn’t understand the backlash, explaining that “the guy was smoking a joint!”[14]



    On April 27th, 2015, while reporting on similar riots in Baltimore, Maryland, following the death of Freddie Gray, Lemon interviewed Maryland governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. During the heated interview, both the mayor and the governor walked out on Lemon.



    In Charleston South Carolina, while recording a segment on the shooting of nine African American church goers by white supremacist Dylann Storm Roof, a woman walked onto the camera and started yelling at Lemon, calling him an “Uncle Tom.”



    Related Memes

    Don Lemon’s N-Word Sign

    Don Lemon’s N-Word Sign, also known as Don Lemon: Does This Offend You? refers to a sign featuring the ethnic slur “nigger” held up by the American TV news anchor while discussing the propriety of using racially insensitive words and symbols during a special segment on the nightly news program CNN Tonight, aired in late June 2015. Immediately after its broadcast, screenshots of Lemon holding up the sign were turned into a photoshop meme with many participants superimposing alternate messages over the original sign.



    Personal Life

    In 2011, Lemon came out as gay in his memoir, Transparent.[3] He also admitted that he had been molested as a child in the book.

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  • 06/25/15--19:30: I speak 4 languages
  • I speak 4 languages is a meme that has many variations with the same text. The text is: “I speak 4 languages. English, Profanity, Sarcasm, and Real Sh*t.” This is a tough meme to pinpoint, but for convenience, this is the first one that could be found: http://www.memes.com/img/59672.


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  • 06/26/15--03:18: Calle Borjesson / Quentin
  • Work in progress. Feel free to request editorship




    About

    Calle Borjesson is a 4chan user, better known as Quentin due his tripcode Quentin !!p3mpBqBwOeY, notorious for his threads and posts on the boards /lit/ and /v/ and his opinions on various topics, especially regarding cannabis consumption, and a series of MS Paint comics created by him.

    Online History

    Comics

    Quentin is known for a series of poorly made MS Paint comics, where he is depicted as Adrian Veidt “Ozymandias” from the 2009 live action movie adaptation of the comic series Watchmen (played by Matthew Goode) In those comics, Quentin mostly ridicules marijuana consumers (mostly known as “stoners”) and atheists, usually portraying himself as someone superior to them, or portraying stoners as depraved human beings.



    Doxing and Shooting Hoax



    Diamond Dogs

    Impact

    I seriously hope you guys don’t do this

    Search Interest

    External Links

    [1]Vidya Wiki – Quentin

    [2]archive.moe – Search for quentin

    [3]Twitter – Quentin from /v/

    [4]DeviantART – goyQuentin


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  • 06/26/15--08:39: Hoverboard
  • About

    A Hoverboard is a levitating panel that resembles a skateboard without wheels, which was introduced as a future personal transportation device in the 1989 science fiction comedy film Back to the Future Part II.

    Origin

    On November 22nd, 1989, the film Back to the Future Part II was released, featuring a memorable scene in which the protagonist Marty McFly flees a group of teenage hooligans by stealing a young girl’s pink hoverboard after traveling in time to the year 2015 (shown below).



    Spread

    On April 3rd, 2007, YouTuber Aaron Shovlar uploaded a video featuring a mock Back to the Future II-style hoverboard floating in a backyard using special effects (shown below).



    On January 30th, 2010, YouTuber Matthew Fagen uploaded a video titled “Hover Board,” featuring people riding on a hovering disc propelled by a leaf blower (shown below, left). In the following six years, the video received more than 3.4 million views. On May 26th, the whiteoffice YouTube channel posted footage of a hoverboard designed by artist Nils Guadagnin, which could levitate on its base using magnetic repulsion but could not carry a load (shown below, right).



    On February 4th, 2015, YouTuber MagicofRahat uploaded a video titled “Hoverboard Prank,” in which he uses an illusion to trick pedestrians into thinking he has a functioning hoverboard (shown below, left). In the first five months, the video gathered upwards of 2.2 million views and 2,100 comments. On May 22nd, the Guiness World Records YouTube channel released a video of inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru breaking the world record for the “farthest flight by hoverboard” (shown below, right). In the first month, the video received more than 6.2 million views and 3,100 comments.



    Various Examples

    HuvR Hoax

    On March 3rd, 2014, a YouTube channel for a company called HUVr was launched with a promotional video featuring Back to The Future actor Christopher Lloyd, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, electronic musician Moby and pro football player Terrell Owens riding airborne skateboards modeled after the Back to the Future Part II board (shown below, left). The same day, HUVrTech uploaded a second video explaining how the skateboard uses a magnetic field to float in the air (shown below, right). In the first 48 hours, the videos received upwards of 3.6 million and 500,000 views respectively.



    Shortly after the videos began circulating online, many expressed skepticism about the boards after recognizing various comedy actors in the footage. On March 5th, 2014, Funny or Die admitted they were responsible for the hoax and posted a video in which Lloyd apologizes for being a part of the “fake hoverboard video” (shown below).



    Hendo Hoverboards

    In October, 2014, a prototype hoverboard that levitates using magnets was unveiled by inventor Greg Henderson with a Kickstarter campaign for the device. To function, the board could only be used on a non-ferromagnetic surface, like copper or aluminum. That month, the campaign gained over $510,500 in funding. In an interview with The New York Times,[2] Henderson revealed that he had no personal interest in skateboarding and that the hoverboard Kickstarter was more of a publicity stunt to spark interest in magnetic levitation technology.



    Lexus Hoverboard

    On June 23rd, 2015, the automobile manufacturer Lexus uploaded a video titled “Lexus has created a real, rideable hoverboard,” which featured footage of a levitating board on a sidewalk with smoke coming off of it (shown below). The company claimed the board was fully functional and used liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors with magnets, but still required special magnetic surfaces to levitate. In the first 72 hours, the video gained over 4.7 million views and 1,400 comments.



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Kickstarter – Hendo Hoverboards

    [2]The New York Times – Hoverboard? Still in the future

    [3]Wikipedia – Hoverboard


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  • 06/26/15--11:44: Binge-Watching
  • About

    Binge watching, alternately spelled binge-watching, refers to the practice of watching several episodes of a serial television show in one sitting, as opposed to on a weekly or staggered schedule. The practice came into favor when online streaming services Netflix and Hulu began to provide access to complete runs of television shows in the early 2010s, allowing people to watch them continuously with minimum effort.

    Origin

    Though a snowclone of binge drinking, the exact origin of binge watching as a term is unknown. The Oxford English Dictionary claims that it was first used in the circles of general television fandom in the 1990s, when television shows first began to be released in full DVD sets.[2] They further claim that 2013 was the year that the word went into wide circulation.

    Spread

    A 2011 article in the Washington Post suggests that the practice of binge watching was common on college campuses nationwide at that time, indicating that student television viewing habits were being “transformed.”[3] By July 2012, Slate author Jim Pagels was declaring binge watching a “pandemic.”[4]

    In late November, 2013, Netflix surveyed its viewers on their watching habits, and found that 61% of streamers who used the service regularly were likely using it to binge watch. In addition, they felt positively about the activity – according to PR Newswire, “Nearly three quarters of TV streamers (73%) say they have positive feelings towards binge streaming TV.”[5]

    Wired Magazine has published a weekly “Binge-Watching Guide” since September 2014[6] and Entertainment Weekly magazine regularly surveys celebrities on what they like to watch.[7] Mentions of binge watching on social media tend to rise around the release of either Netflix original programming or the acquisition of new shows by Netflix and Hulu; for instance, as of June 2015, the last peak usage occurred during the surprise release of the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, when the term was tweeted more than 15,000 times in one day.[8]

    Controversy

    Some television critics have decried binge watching. Karl Puschmann of the New Zealand Herald called binge watching “empty” and said that “Weekly viewing is one of the few shared audience experiences left.”[9] Jim Pagels of Salon said that binge watching diminished key aspects of how television is written, especially suspense and cliffhangers.[4]

    On February 9th, 2015, a study was published by many news outlets that said that people who binge watch are more likely to be depressed. According to Mic.com,

    As it turns out, binge-watching has more in common with binge-eating and binge-drinking than one may think. Sung, Kang and Lee[the study’s authors] polled 316 young people between the ages of 18 and 29 on the frequency with which they watched TV, how often that was binge-watching and the regularity with which they experience feelings of “loneliness, depression and self-regulation deficiency.”

    The researchers found that depression and binge-watching were very much connected: The more lonely and depressed the participants were, the more likely they were to devour giant chunks of TV programming. Subjects most often used this activity to avoid negative feelings, which is behavior also favored by binge-eaters and binge-drinkers.

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    Overview

    In June 2015, the LGBT community’s fight for marriage equality reached a major milestone when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the Constitution requires all states to recognize same-sex marriage as a valid union.

    Background

    Hawaii Ruling

    In 1993, the Hawaii Supreme court declared in Baehr v. Lewin that the state’s prohibition of same sex marriage was unconstitutional.

    Massachusetts Ruling

    On November 18th, 2003, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that same-sex couples had the right to marry in the state of Massachusetts. On May 17th, 2004, the state became the first in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage.

    Notable Developments

    Supreme Court Ruling

    On June 26th, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the U.S. Constitution requires all states to recognize same-sex marriage. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, and was joined by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

    “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

    Dissenting Opinions

    The dissenting Justices John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito authored their own opinions. Roberts argued that the ruling demonstrated the Court had overreached its role as constitutional enforcer and that it would serve a setback for supporters of same-sex marriage who had been successfully persuading the public through the “democratic process.”

    “Understand well what this dissent is about: It is not about whether, in my judgment, the institution of marriage should be changed to include same-sex couples. It is instead about whether, in our democratic republic, that decision should rest with the people acting through their elected representatives, or with five lawyers who happen to hold commissions authorizing them to resolve legal disputes according to law.”

    Justice Scalia wrote a separate dissent in which he criticized other Justices for being “activists” and accused the Court of being a “threat to American democracy.” Justice Thomas argued the majority were misinterpreting the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause. In Justice Alito’s dissent, he asserts that the Due Process Clause did not protect gay marriage and that the “majority facilitates the marginalization of the many Americans who have traditional ideas.”

    Following the ruling, many mocked the opinions of Scalia and Thomas with image macros and animated GIFs (shown below).[1]



    Online Reaction

    That day, the official White House Twitter feed changed its profile picture to a rainbow-colored illustration of the White House building (shown below).



    Also on June 26th, the hashtags #MarriageEquality and #LoveWins began trending on Twitter and Facebook along with messages praising the Supreme Court’s decision. Meanwhile, several posts about the ruling reached the front page of Reddit,[3][4][5][6] including an animated GIF on /r/dataisbeautiful[2] displaying the legal history of same-sex marriage in the United States (shown below).



    Fewer than seven hours after the news of the decision, the hashtag #LoveWins had been tweeted 2.71 million times, and the secondary hashtag #MarriageEquality had been tweeted more than 170,000 times.[7] When users tweeted using the #LoveWins hashtag, Twitter automatically added a rainbow heart-shaped emoji.




    In opposition, the hashtag #OneManOneWoman was being used by those in opposition to the decision. It was used almost 800 times in the same time frame. Many tweeting using this hashtag were responded to by marriage equality advocates.




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  • 06/26/15--15:36: Same-Sex Marriage
  • About

    Same-Sex Marriage refers to the ritually recognized union or legal contract between two people of the same sex. The legal recognition of same-sex marriages has been a long-running contested issue worldwide, with the first laws allowing its practice appearing in the mid-1990s.

    History

    Why same-sex pairings have been recorded throughout human history, marriages and other ritually or legally recognized unions have been rare. The legal recognition of same-sex marriages has been a long-running contested issue worldwide, with the first laws allowing its practice appearing in the mid 1990s. In 1993, the Hawaii Supreme court declared in Baehr v. Lewin that the state’s prohibition of same sex marriage was unconstitutional. In 2001, The Netherlands became the first country to recognize same-sex marriage nationwide.

    Massachusetts Ruling

    On November 18th, 2003, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that same-sex couples had the right to marry in the state of Massachusetts. On May 17th, 2004, the state became the first in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage.

    International Rulings

    From 2003 to 2014, many countries around the world ruled to legally recognize same-sex unions, including Belgium (2003), Spain (2005), Canada (2005), South Africa (2006), Norway (2009), Sweden (2009), Portugal (2010), Iceland (2010) Argentina (2010), Denmark (2012), Brazil (2013), France (2013), Uruguay (2013), New Zealand (2013) and the United Kingdom (2014).

    Impact

    Red Equal Sign

    Red Equal Sign is a banner image of an equality sign based on the official logo of The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest LGBT equality-rights advocacy and lobbying group in the United States. In March 2013, more than 10 million Facebook and Twitter users replaced their profile avatars with the logo in support of same-sex marriage.

    Online Support

    Human Rights Campaign’s new profile photo quickly spread across the social networking site, reaching more than 9 million people and 77,000 shares directly from the group’s Facebook page. In the following hours, several celebrities and public figures picked up on the trend by switching their profile photos on Facebook and Twitter, from actor George Takei and singer Lance Bass to Maryland governor Martin O’Malley and at least 13 United States Congress members.



    Facebook Analysis

    On March 29th, Facebook data scientist Eytan Bakshy[9] reported 2.7 million users on the site changed their profiles on Tuesday, March 26th, a 120% increase from the Tuesday prior. Many of these updates occurred after 1 PM EST, when the Human Rights Campaign made their first status update about the profile photos. Bakshy also found users close to 30 years old had the greatest increase in photo changes, with 3.5% of all 30-year-old Facebook users switching out their profile photo for a Red Equal Sign variant. Additionally, in the United States, counties hosting college towns saw larger amounts of support than counties hosting large cities including Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City (shown below).



    Supreme Court Ruling

    In June 2015, the LGBT community’s fight for marriage equality reached a major milestone when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the Constitution requires all states to recognize same-sex marriage as a valid union. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, and was joined by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

    “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

    Dissenting Opinions

    The dissenting Justices John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito authored their own opinions. Roberts argued that the ruling demonstrated the Court had overreached its role as constitutional enforcer and that it would serve a setback for supporters of same-sex marriage who had been successfully persuading the public through the “democratic process.”

    “Understand well what this dissent is about: It is not about whether, in my judgment, the institution of marriage should be changed to include same-sex couples. It is instead about whether, in our democratic republic, that decision should rest with the people acting through their elected representatives, or with five lawyers who happen to hold commissions authorizing them to resolve legal disputes according to law.”

    Justice Scalia wrote a separate dissent in which he criticized other Justices for being “activists” and accused the Court of being a “threat to American democracy.” Justice Thomas argued the majority were misinterpreting the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause. In Justice Alito’s dissent, he asserts that the Due Process Clause did not protect gay marriage and that the “majority facilitates the marginalization of the many Americans who have traditional ideas.”

    That day, the official White House Twitter feed changed its profile picture to a rainbow-colored illustration of the White House building (shown below).



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  • 06/26/15--17:28: MILF
  • About

    MILF is an acronym meaning “Mom I’d Like to Fuck”. The term has gained popularity on and offline

    Origin

    Although the concept has existed for a very long time, the term in of itself is believed to have first been used in America Pie to describe Stiflers mom

    Spread

    It is very popular in online pornography and has spawned the meme Milftails which is apart of the Pokeparents series

    The term was featured in a popular song Stacy’s Mom

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  • 06/26/15--22:41: Sudah Kuduga
  • About

    Sudah Kuduga (roughly translated as I Knew It) is a series of Indonesian image macros of a man in a photo sweet pose. The image is often accompanied with captions about making correct assumptions and guesses with the bottom caption normally remaining consistent, being “Hmmm.. Sudah Kuduga”.

    Origin

    The original image came from the profile picture of the now defunct Dion Cecep Supriadi Blogspot[1] which dates back to May, 2005.


    Spread

    On May 18th, 2015, the image macro was submitted to Meme Generator.[5] On May 19th, 2015, entertainment news site Kapan Lagi posted an article titled “Kumpulan Meme ‘Sudah Kuduga’ Yang Bikin Dunia Maya Geger” which highlights various examples of the image macro.[2] On the same day, the article was reposted on a thread in the indonesian forum site Kaskus which gained 165 replies in a month.[3]

    News Media Coverage

    On June 19th, 2015, Viva reported that several users on twitter began investigating the origin of the image macro which led to the individual’s identity to be Dion Cecep Supriadi, an employee at an automotive company.[4] On June 22nd, 2015, Cecep made an appearance in Trending Topic Metro where he talks about how he discovered his online fame and his displeasure with it. Cecep stated that the original image used in the macro was a photo taken during his time as a university student back in 2005.


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  • 06/27/15--03:38: Assassination Classroom
  • About

    Assassination Classroom (暗殺教室/ Ansatsu Kyōshitsu) is an action, supernatural, and comedy manga/anime series created by Yūsei Matsui in July 2, 2012 [1]. The series has since gain a following, especially in 2015.

    Premise

    A mysterious octopus-like creature destroys the moon, making it stay as a crescent shape for all eternity. The creature then threatens to blow up the world similar to the moon a year later. However, he gives the human race a chance under certain conditions: if he can get a job as a homeroom teacher, and if his students can assassinate him before the school year is over.

    The creature (later named Koro-sensei) teaches at Kunugigaoka Junior High School to a class named 3-E, the class with the lowest grades or behavioral problems. The Japanese government will reward the student that manages to kill him ¥10 billion (100 million USD). Koro-sensei can move at the speed of Mach 20 (15,224.141 mph), which makes the task nearly impossible to complete.

    As the story progresses, more is revealed about Koro-sensei and his past. He helps the students keep their grades up, and other things such as self-esteem. The students come to love him more.

    Class E-3

    History

    As previously stated, the manga was first published on July 2, 2012. An OVA was made on October 6, 2013. The anime series ran from January 9, 2015 to June 20, 2015. A second season has been greenlit and premieres in 2016. A game titled Assassination Classroom: Koro-sensei Dai Hōimō was released on March 12, 2015 for the 3DS. A live action film was released on March 21, 2015.

    Reception

    On the website MyAnimeList, the series got a rating of 8.1/10 by around 30,000 votes and ranked #420 on the website [2]. IMDb gave it and 8.2/10 by 167 users [3]. According to AnimeNewsNetwork, Assassination Classroom was the 7th top-selling manga of 2013 [4].

    Online Presence

    On the Internet, the series has spawned a significant following. There is an official page on Tumblr for it simply named Assassination Classroom, that contains some blogs and other things for the series [5]. On fanfiction.net, the series has almost 500 fanfictions on that site alone [6]. There is much fan art for the series, as well.


    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia- Assassination Classroom

    [2]MyAnimeList- Ansatsu Kyoshitsu

    [3]IMDb- Assassination Classroom"

    [4]AnimeNewsNetwork- Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2013

    [5]Tumblr- Assassination Classroom

    [6]FanFiction.net- Assassination Classroom Archive


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  • 06/27/15--04:30: Nazi Ponies
  • About

    Nazi Ponies refers to media depicting characters of the Hasbro animated franchise My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic as sympathetic with the ideology of Nazism, typically through attire or display of the swastika symbol.

    Origin

    Although the exact origin of the concept is unclear, the earliest image (shown below) to be tagged as “Nazi” on the MLP hosting site Derpibooru was submitted on January 6th, 2012.[1] The artist, wolfjedisamuel, had uploaded it to their DeviantArt gallery on June 10th, 2011.[2]



    The first Nazi-related direct edit of a scene from the show was uploaded to Derpibooru on July 4th, 2012,[3] featuring Pinkie Pie with a Nazi armband and Hitler mustache being carried by other ponies (shown below).



    Spread

    The Tumblr blog Nazi Ponies, which posted examples of the meme, was created in March 2013.[4] A similar group was created for the European social networking site VK[5] who also have a Twitter account.[6] On August 26th, 2012, Youtuber dunsparcedisco uploaded a video (shown below, left) titled “My Little Pony: Nazism is Magic”, featuring multiple examples of the meme.[7] On August 22nd, 2013, GeRaiDah uploaded a YouTube Poop video (below, right) titled “Button is a Satanic Nazi”, which includes a brief example of the concept.[8]



    Aryanne

    Aryanne is of the most notable examples of a Nazism-inspired pony original character. She is universally depicted as a snow-white pony with blonde hair, blue eyes, and a cutie mark consisting of a red heart with a pink swastika inside of it. Considered to be the ponification of Nazi Germany or Nazism in general, she is seen as an example of /pol/ culture influencing /mlp/.



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    External References

    [1]Derpibooru – Original Image

    [2]DeviantArt – Original Image

    [3]Derpibooru – Hitler Pinkie

    [4]Tumblr – Nazi Ponies

    [5]VK – Nazi Pony

    [6]Twitter – Nazi Pony

    [7]Youtube – My Little Pony: Nazism is Magic

    [8]Youtube – Button is a Satanic Nazi


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  • 06/27/15--11:39: Bethesda Softworks
  • Work in Progress, Will have pics and links very soon


    About

    Bethesda Softworks, LLCis a subsidiary of Zenimax Media and is a video game developer and publisher best known for developing titles such as “The Elder Scrolls” series and the later instalments of the “Fallout” series.


    History

    Bethesda Softworks was founded in 1985 by Christopher Weaver in Bethesda, Maryland. At that time the company was best known for creating games for the Amiga and Atari ST systems, their best known title at this time being “Wayne Gretzky Hockey”. In 1990 the company moved to Rockville, Maryland and since then have been creating video games for numerous platforms with DOS and eventually Windows being the primary platform for their games.




    With regards to the name of the company, Company President Vlatko Andonov recalls; "Weaver had originally wanted to call the company “Softworks”, but found the name taken. So, our founder, sitting at his kitchen table in Bethesda decided after laborious thought to add Bethesda to Softworks and there you have it!"

    In 1993 Bethesda released the first game in what would be a turning point for the company and what started its most well known franchise, The Elder Scrolls: Arena. The inital launch of the game however was plauged by various issues such as poor reviews, bugs and the game being demanding on user hardware. But regardless of this, it grew a cult following and spawned a sequel in 1996 with The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. This sequel began what would become standard across most games created in house at Bethesda Softworks, a fan driven modding scene.




    In 1999, the company was acquired by ZeniMax Media Inc., a company founded by Bethesda Softworks founder, Christopher Weaver and Robert A. Altman. During this time between 1999 and 2001, Bethesda Softworks created and published mostly sport simulators and racing games. Due to the limited success of these titles, Bethesda Softworks was nearing bankruptcy by the beginning of 2002.

    In May 2002, a subsidiary of Bethesda Softworks, “Bethesda Game Studios” released what became Bethesda Softworks most successful title at that time and what saved the company from bankruptcy; The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. It was lauded by critics for its breadth of scope, player freedom and visuals. The game eventually sold over four million copies.

    In 2004, After being petitioned by Todd Howard who was project lead for Morrowind, Bethesda Softworks bought the rights to the Fallout IP from Interplay Entertainment, and started development on Fallout 3 the same year.




    Since then Bethesda Softworks has grew into a multi-studio publisher with many different franchises under their brand. These studios include “Bethesda Game Studios” (The Elder Scrolls, Fallout), “Arkane Games” (Dishonoured), iD Software (Doom, Quake), “Machinegames” (Wolfenstein).


    Notable Members

    Todd Howard


    Todd Howard was the Project Lead of “The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind” and since then has been Executive Producer of every “The Elder Scrolls” and “Fallout” game developed by Bethesda Game Studios.

    Howard has been the public face of Bethesda Game Studios since The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and is the spokesman for every game which is either being revealed by Bethesda Game Studios or awarded too. Due to this, some of his sayings have spawned memes used by the Bethesda fan community and to a lesser extent, the internet in general.


    Notable Series


    The Elder Scrolls

    The Elder Scrolls is a first person sandbox role-playing video game series that takes place in the fantasy land of Nirn. It has be lauded by critics for its breadth of scope, player freedom and visuals and has a place as one of the highest selling game series of all time.


    Fallout

    Fallout is a role-playing video game series originally created by Interplay Entertainment and Black Isle Studios and currently developed by Bethesda Softworks. The games take place in a retro-futuristic 22nd and 23rd century in North America where humanity is trying to survive in a world devastated by the effects of full nuclear war. Its story and artwork are heavily influenced by the post-World War II nuclear paranoia of the 1950s.


    Dishonored

    Dishonored is a first person stealth-action game developed by Arkane Studios, creators of Arx Fatalis and Dark Messiah of Might & Magic. The project is headed by Harvey Smith (Co-creative director), the lead designer of Deus Ex, and Raph Colantonio, the founder of Arkane Studios. Viktor Antonov, the visual design director, who also designed most of the style of City 17, the Combine architecture, and their technology in Half-Life 2, has said that the game has a Lovecraftian feel to it, and draws some inspiration from Half-Life 2.


    Doom

    Doom is a first-person shooter video game series created by id Software. In the game, the player assumes the role of a space marine who fights against hordes of demons to thwart an invasion from Hell.


    Related Memes


    “Todd Howard tells me lies.”

    Todd Howard tells me lies (or Todd the Liar) is a YouTube video fad which started in early 2012. Its creation and spread was caused by Todd Howard of Bethesda Games Studio stating that the supported modding tools for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim would be released in early January 2012. Bethesda Game Studios then missed this deadline which caused YouTube User “newtee2” to release a video titled “Creation Kit to be released in January” with consisted of pictures of Todd Howard with the song Little Lies by Fleetwood Mac playing over the montage.

    This has lead to other Bethesda Fans to copy the style of the video with other titles poking fun at Bethesda’s previously missed deadlines and missing features in their games.


    See “X”? you can “X”

    See “X”? You can “X” is a saying which has been used by the Bethesda fan community to poke fun at the gameplay freedom associated with Bethesda Game Studio games. This came about due to Executive Producer Todd Howard’s phase during the gameplay reveal of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Howard when speaking about the Mountains in the game stated that “See That Mountain? You Can Climb It.”.
    Members of the community started referring to this choice of words by changing the words into humorous combinations. i.e. “See those guns, You can shoot them.”, “See those games, You can play them”.


    It Just Works

    It Just Works is a phase used by Todd Howard during the Fallout 4 gameplay reveal. Fans of the series have began using the phase to refer to the fact each Bethesda Games Studio game in the past have been released with a fair number of bugs making the phase “It Just Works” unintentionally Humorous.



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    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Bethesda Softworks

    [2]Wikipedia – Bethesda Game Studios

    [3]Reddit – Bethesda Reddit

    [4]Twitter – Bethesda Twitter

    [5]Webpage – Bethesda Softworks


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    About

    “Be Attractive, Don’t Be Unattractive” is an expression typically used as a tongue-in-cheek response to people asking for dating advice on the Internet, suggesting that the only important quality for romantic success is one’s level of physical attractiveness.

    Origin

    On April 16th, 2005, Season 30 Episode 17 of Saturday Night Live aired, which featured a mock harassment training video titled “Sexual Harassment and You.” In the sketch, football player Tom Brady demonstrates how to properly ask a woman out at work, ending with the advice to “be handsome, be attractive and don’t be unattractive” (shown below).



    Spread

    On December 14th, 2011, Redditor Brokim submitted a post to the /r/AskReddit[5] subreddit compiling examples of cliche Reddit advice, which included “Be attractive, don’t be unattractive” at the top of the list. Prior to being archived, the post gathered upwards of 2,500 votes (93% upvoted) and 3,700 comments.



    On April 18th, 2012, Redditor backgainer submitted the SNL sketch to the /r/videos[4] subreddit. On May 23rd, 2013, Redditor Cryptic_Spooning submitted a post lamenting the overuse of the “be attractive, don’t be unattractive” joke on the /r/malefashionadvice[2] subreddit. Prior to being archived, the post gained over 2,100 votes (80% upvoted) and 430 comments. On June 23rd, 2014, Redditor anrole submitted an Advice Mallard image macro which refuted the “be attractive, don’t be unattractive” expression to /r/AdviceAnimals[3] (shown below). On April 22nd, 2015, Redditor starman905 submitted the question “How accurate is ‘be attractive, don’t be unattractive’” to the /r/AskMen[1] subreddit.



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  • 06/27/15--21:20: Nazi Furries
  • About

    Nazi Furries (also known as “Nazi Furs”) refers to both members of the furry fandom whom either idolize the Nazi party, as well as art which depicts anthropomorphic animals as members of the Nazi state.

    Origin

    On March 22, 2005 the LiveJournal group nazi_furs (officially: “Specilized German WW2 Uniform Fetish” Furs) was created.[1] The group’s given history states:

    The legacy of the Nazi Furs can be traced back to Allied-occupied, post WW2 Germany. With the fall of the Nazis and the end of the Lollercaust, Adolf Hitler initiated one last tactic to preserve The Third Reich before quitting IRL forever!!! The SS-Werewolves, a loose band of furries and otherkin, dressed as normal, Wienerwurst-sucking Krauts in the daytime yet at night donned their fursuits and ravaged the villages in Guerrilla style yiffing. The insurgency campaign struck the Allied troops hard but was unsuccessful in the end when the demoralized SS-Werewolves disbanded after a US bombing of a furry porn server. Even so, Hitler went to the grave knowing The SS-Werewolves would rise again to further his vision.Sixty years later, the SS-Werewolves began regrouping under the title “Nazi Furs,” a minor niche amongst the larger furry fandom. Despite the fandom’s taboo on social acceptance no matter how strange or tactless the fetish, the Nazi Furs have endured conflicts with rainbow-shitting, transvestite wannabes who perceive the group as a threat to their furry faggotry.
    It should be noted that this description is the same that is given on the “Nazi Furs” Encyclopedia Dramatica page.[2]

    Online Relevance

    On the Furry wikia, Wikifur, a page for the Nazi Furs group was created on January 22, 2008.[3][4] On Reddit there are several posts about Nazi Furries on the WTF and CringeAnarchy subreddits.[5][6] On June 25, 2010 YouTuber RNCoyote uploaded a clip of a woman arguing with a group of Nazi Furries (shown below, left). On June 6, 2012 YouTuber TheTehruler3 uploaded a compilation of various Nazi Furry artwork (shown below, right).


    Furzi

    Furzi[7] was a Nazi Furry group with in the online virtual world Second Life. The group came to mainstream attention when they came into a confrontation with Jewish Second Life players which resulted in the deletion of the group, all members’ inventories, the perma-ban of the group’s leader, and the arrest of another member.[8][9]

    Various Examples




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    External References

    [1]LiveJournal – nazi_furs

    [2]Encyclopedia Dramatica – Nazi Furs

    [3]Wikifur – Nazi Furs

    [4]Wikifur – Nazi Furs

    [5]Reddit – [NSFW] Nazi Furry

    [6]Reddit – Nazi/Furry Convention

    [7]Wikifur – Furzi

    [8]Jewish Defense League of Secondlife – Victory over the Nazi Furs

    [9]VnnForum – Goofy story – Nazis and Jews clash in Second Life virtual world


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