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  • 06/02/12--15:23: Audiosurf
  • About

    Audiosurf is a rhythm pc game created by Dylan Fitterer for the american video game developer “Invisible Handlebar”. The goal of this game is to control a ship and “surf” it to the lane to collect the coloured blocks until the end of the music file. There are several videos uploaded on many video sharing sites.

    Origin

    The game was released on Febraury 15, 2008 with the digital game distribution platform “Steam” by Valve

    Spread

    [research]

    Google Search Insight


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    About

    The “What The Hell Am I Doing” Series" (original title on japanese: 何やってんだ俺シリーズ) is a video tag in Nico Nico Douga videos refering to a series of MAD videos by showing a character bouncing it’s breasts and a text showing up in the background.

    Origin

    The first video titled “うにゅ”[2] was uploaded first by the creator “roah”[1] on July 30, 2011 on Nico Nico Douga. The video is showing the Touhou Project character “Utsuho Reiuji” with grey hair and bouncing for 20 seconds her breasts, while a text is showing “Caution !! Caution !! Caution !!”. The song in the background is a soundtrack from the first stage level from the NES video game “Spelunker”.

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    Spread

    The video gained until beginning June 2012 over 200.000 views. The parodies can be found under the tag.[3]

    Two days later, a video titled “さなぱぃ” (english: The Pie)[4], which is also a fad response to the fanfiction series さなぱい / The Pie (Attention! NSFW), was uploaded by Nico Nico Douga user “琴吟どう 夢路”[5]. Many users copied the style of the video by showing another object appearing up on the bottom left.

    After August 9, 2011, the YouTube user “Kamen8211E”[6] re-uploaded 13 Nico Nico Douga videos but with another titles with the snowclone “Caution!! X Bounce!!”. The video, that gained the most popularity with over 30.000 views until beginning June 2012, is the Nico Nico Douga video “おムネが穣子っ” and the YouTube user entitled the video to “Caution!! Minoriko Bounce!!”.

    Then other YouTube users also created their parodies and used the snowclone. But not much parody videos have been uploaded from YouTube users.

    Notable Examples

    YouTube user’s parodies

    Nico Nico Douga user’s parodies

    External References

    [1] Nico Nico Douga User’s Profile – roah

    [2] Nico Nico Video – うにゅ

    [3] Video Search Under Tag on Nico Nico Douga – 何やってんだ俺シリーズ

    [4] Nico Nico Video – さなぱぃ

    [5] Nico Nico Douga User’s Profile – 琴吟どう 夢路

    [6] YouTube User’s Profile – Kamen8211E


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  • 06/03/12--14:29: R.I.P. Man Fan
  • Man Fan is a meme spawned by a topic on GameFAQs’ Current Events message board titled “Man fan died at the room shot up to 97 degrees” Another user said “R.I.P. Man Fan” many users found this to be hilarious, Sticksnrocks (The Topic Creator) is known for his frequent and terrible trolling of CE, and was unhappy that this topic was mocked so much, he locked the original topic when it reached 470 posts, the maximum number of posts on GameFAQs is 500. Now, any time the word “Man” is used in a topic title someone says “R.I.P. Man _____” for example “Man, Taco Bell is awesome!” the first post in the topic is generally “R.I.P. Man Taco”.


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    Chacarron Macarron (usually shortened to Chacarron) is a hit song by Panamanian artists Rodney Clark and Andy De La Cruz. Clark is known as “El Chombo.” The song has gained popularity on the Internet because of its nonsense lyrics (which are nothing but gibberish consisting of various onomatopoeic sounds, such as the “nuh” noise, earning him the nickname of “El Mudo” [The Mute] and odd music video (which contains similar elements to Will Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” video, and The Black Eyed Peas’ Hey Mama video), with an excerpt featured on many sites.

    Origin

    Popularity

    BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills started a campaign on October 30, 2006 to get the song to #1 in the UK singles chart. A link was put up on the BBC website to the video on YouTube. Although the song did not reach the top, the campaign pushed the song all the way up to #20, which became its peak.

    A similar song, “Chacarron Macarron”, appeared as the first track of Yahari’s album Las + Bailables de …. Yahari.

    It is one of the current at-bat songs of Miami Marlins shortstop José Reyes, Cleveland Indians third baseman Andy Marté, and Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus. Additionally, Arizona Diamondbacks Catcher Miguel Montero used this song in the 2007 season.
    The song contains a sample from “The Breaks” by Kurtis Blow.

    Garry’s Mod

    The song is best knwon for its use in Garry’s Mod within the popular video “The Idiots of Garry’s Mod”


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  • 06/04/12--08:50: We'll bang, OK?
  • “We’ll Bang, OK?” is a phrase said by the male Commander Shepard in mans1ay3r’s Gamer Poop series of Mass Effect 3. On March 24th, 2012, the Youtube user “mans1ay3r”, the maker of the Gamer Poop series, uploaded the first video of his Mass Effect 3 Gamer Poop series. Commander Shepard, after being put in a suggestive situation often said “We’ll bang, OK?” to end the conversation. After this, images of Shepard captioned “We’ll bang, OK?” appeared on funnyjunk. Every episode of the series has since had him saying it, except the fourth.

    There is also an Ask Commander Shepard tumblr titled “We’ll bang, ok?” as well as a Facebook page.


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  • 06/05/12--09:47: Cosplay
  • About

    Cosplaying (“cosplay” being short for “costume play”) is the act of donning a costume in order to represent a character or idea. The most popular source for costumes is usually characters from anime, video games, or comic books.

    Origin

    The history of cosplay predates the creation of the internet. Though cosplay is believed to have started in Japan, it is believed to have grown popular through Western science fiction conventions[1].

    Online Prescence

    Though cosplay takes place off the internet, many cosplayers share their creations online through outlets such as Deviantart[3]. There is also a large variety of sites online dedicated to the sharing of one’s creations.

    External References

    [1] www.cosplay-ftw.com – “What is Cosplay”:http://www.cosplay-ftw.com/what-is-cosplay.html
    [2] Deviantart – “Cosplay”: http://browse.deviantart.com/photography/people/cosplay/


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  • 06/05/12--10:55: Reggie
  • Reggie told the audience that he could hear people laughing at him. He heard you.


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  • 06/05/12--16:34: Circus Afro
  • About



    Circus Afro is refers to a sequence/song from the movie Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted in which one of the characters does a dance dressed in a rainbow-colored wig and clown suit. It is known for being extremely annoying and obnoxious to many people.

    Origin

    The Circus Afro scene first appeared online in the trailer for Madagascar 3, released on YouTube[2] in December of 2011. The scene in question features character Marty the Zebra, voiced by actor/comedian Chris Rock, in a polka-dot suit and rainbow-colored wig dancing around, singing, and generally being ridiculous.



    While the actual advertisement has been floating around for several months, it attracted the attention of the internet, specifically that of fans of the animated series The Legend of Korra, on June 2nd, 2012. The commercial appeared several times over the course of the show when it aired on the Nickelodeon TV network. Soon after the show, internet users began commenting on the frequency of the ad and its overall irritating nature on websites such as Tumblr and Reddit. One specific instance of this came with a thread on r/TheLastAirbender entitled “The only thing Korra fans hate more than Tarrlok right now…”[3], which expressed popular sentiment towards the obnoxious advertisements.

    Spread



    References

    [1] Wikipedia – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

    [2] YouTube – ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ Trailer HD

    [3] Reddit – The only thing Korra fans hate more than Tarrlok right now…


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  • 06/05/12--17:28: Meme Dad
  • About

    Meme Dad is an image macro series featuring a photograph of of a man laughing to the verge of tears with captions offering one-line explanations of various internet memes.

    Origin

    The image of the laughing man was submitted via Reddit in a thread titled “My dad recently discovered memes. He’s 38 and he’s laughing so hard that he’s crying”[1] by user shecabuge on June 1st, 2012.

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    Spread

    [researching]

    External References


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  • 06/05/12--21:48: IPv6
  • About

    IPv6 is the newest version of the Internet that launched on June 6, 2012. It will allow for more IP addresses than the previous IPv4. Our current Internet addressing system, IPv4, only has room for about 4 billion addresses -- not nearly enough for the world’s people, let alone the devices that are online today and those that will be in the future: computers, phones, TVs, watches, fridges, cars, and so on. More than 4 billion devices already share addresses. As IPv4 runs out of free addresses, everyone will need to share.[1]

    An IPv6 address is represented by 8 groups of 16-bit hexadecimal values separated by colons (:). For example:
    2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334.[2]

    Origin

    Statistics

    http://www.google.com/ipv6/statistics.html

    External References

    [1] Google – Overview

    [2] Wikipedia – IPv6


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    About

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) (stylized PeTA) is an American animal rights organization based in Norfolk, Virginia, and led by Ingrid Newkirk, its international president. A non-profit corporation with 300 employees and two million members and supporters, it claims to be the largest animal rights group in the world. Its slogan is “animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.”[1]

    Origin

    Founded in March 1980 by Newkirk and fellow animal rights activist Alex Pacheco, the organization first caught the public’s attention in the summer of 1981 during what became known as the Silver Spring monkeys case, a widely publicized dispute about experiments conducted on 17 macaque monkeys inside the Institute of Behavioral Research in Silver Spring, Maryland.

    The case lasted ten years, involved the only police raid on an animal laboratory in the United States, triggered an amendment in 1985 to that country’s Animal Welfare Act, and established PETA as an internationally known organization.[2]

    Since then, in its campaigns and undercover investigations, it has focused on four core issues--opposition to factory farming, fur farming, animal testing, and animals in entertainment--though it also campaigns against fishing, the killing of animals regarded as pests, the keeping of chained backyard dogs, cock fighting, dog fighting, and bullfighting.[3]

    Criticism

    The group has been the focus of criticism from inside and outside the animal rights movement. Newkirk and Pacheco are seen as the leading exporters of animal rights to the more traditional animal protection groups in the United States, but sections of the movement nevertheless say PETA is not radical enough--law professor Gary Francione calls them the new welfarists, arguing that their work with industries to achieve reform makes them an animal welfare, not an animal rights, group.

    Newkirk told Salon in 2001 that PETA works toward the ideal, but tries in the meantime to provide carrot-and-stick incentives. There has also been criticism from feminists within the movement about the use of scantily clad women in PETA’s anti-fur campaigns, and criticism in general that the group’s media stunts trivialize animal rights. Newkirk’s view is that PETA has a duty to be “press sluts”.

    PETA has also produced various Flash games showcasing their campaigns, including parodies of Cooking Mama,[4] Super Mario Bros.,[5] and Super Meat Boy.[6]

    A game released in November 2011 features a skinned tanuki chasing Mario to reclaim its fur from him. This was widely criticized as “absurd and unresearched” by the gaming community, prompting PETA to claim that it was a tongue-in-cheek effort to draw attention to the real-life issue of tanuki being skinned alive.

    Other campaigns are less confrontational and more humorous. In 2008, it launched the “Save the Sea Kittens” campaign to change the name of fish to “sea kittens” to give them a positive image, and it regularly asks towns to adopt a new name. It campaigned in 1996 for a new name for Fishkill, New York, and in April 2003 offered free veggie burgers to Hamburg, New York, if it would call itself Veggieburg.

    PETA sometimes issues isolated statements or press releases, commenting on current events. After Lady Gaga wore a dress made of meat in 2010, PETA issued a statement objecting to the dress.[58] After a fisherman in Florida was bitten by a shark in 2011, PETA proposed an advertisement showing a shark biting a human, with the caption “Payback Is Hell, Go Vegan”. The proposed ad drew criticism from relatives of the injured fisherman.[59]

    In August 2011, it was announced that PETA will be launching a soft pornography website in the .xxx domain. PETA spokesperson Lindsay Rajt told the Huffington Post, “We try to use absolutely every outlet to stick up for animals,” adding that “We are careful about what we do and wouldn’t use nudity or some of our flashier tactics if we didn’t know they worked.”

    PETA also used nudity in its “Veggie Love” ad which it prepared for the Super Bowl only to have it banned by the network. PETA’s work has drawn the ire of some feminists who argue that the organization sacrifices women’s rights to press its agenda. Lindsay Beyerstein criticized PETA saying “They’re the ones drawing disturbing analogies between pornography, misogyny and animal cruelty."[50]

    Rants

    External References

    [1] PeTA – Mission Statement

    [2] I Am an Animal – WIkipedia

    [3] PeTA – Mission Statement

    [4] PeTA – Cooking Mama – Kotaku

    [5] New Super Chick Bros – Kotaku

    [6] Super Tofu Boy – Kotaku


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  • 06/06/12--08:59: Satoru Iwata Holding Bananas

  • About

    Iwata Holding Bananas refers to a pre-recorded clip of Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata staring intently at a banana bunch that was screened during Nintendo’s 2012 E3 press conference. The random placement of Iwata silently looking at the bananas struck a chord with the E3 audiences and many viewers on the web, triggering a series of photoshopped images, parodies and remix videos on various gaming forums and imageboards.

    Origin

    On June 5th, 2012, Nintendo held a press conference[8] at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), officially unveiling the Wii U’s tablet controller GamePad and launch titles including the New Super Mario Bros and Nintendo Land, a theme-park party game made of 12 minigames based on multiple franchise characters. The conference event was immediately followed by Nintendo’s preview reel of upcoming releases, which opened with a gag clip of Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata staring at a bunch of bananas in silence.



    Spread

    Later that afternoon, the indie video game blog Destructoid[2] featured the banana clip in a post titled “Bananas Win E3.” a thread titled “Iwata Banana” was posted on the international gaming community GBA Temp forums[3], which included a screenshot of Iwata staring at the bunch of bananas. Soon, the usual photoshop threads based on Iwata’s banana video followed on Giant Bomb[1], Neo GAF forums[7] and the /r/gaming subreddit.[11]



    On June 6th, the gaming blog Lazy Gamer[6] highlighted an edited video of Iwata staring at Nintendo America’s president Reggie Fils-Aimes, who acknowledged his quote My Body is Ready during the pre-conference event earlier that week. As of 10:30pm, approximately 20 derivative videos based on Iwata’s banana have been uploaded to YouTube.[10]



    Later that day, gaming news blogs Kotaku[5] and Lazy Gamer[6] wrote about the parodies of the clip and heralded it as an internet meme.

    Notable Examples

    Images



    Videos



    Search Interest

    Not yet available.

    External References

    [12] Quickmeme – Nintendo Banana


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  • 06/06/12--09:48: BodyBuilding.com

  • About

    Bodybuilding.com is a website which features editorial content related to the bodybuilding and fitness industries, an online store for supplements and a web forum where people can discuss bodybuilding and fitness-related topics. The forum has had a significant impact on Internet culture, with the creation and proliferation of several Internet memes.

    History

    The domain Bodybuilding.com[1] was registered by Idaho resident Ryan R. DeLuca when he was 21-years-old on February 16th, 1999. In the coming years, the site became a successful online retailer selling a variety of sports supplements and nutritional products. The site’s community was expanded with the creation of profile pages and increased use of the various discussion forums.

    Commercial Success

    On September 28th, 2005, the e-commerce news blog Internet Retailer[14] reported that BodyBuilding.com was expecting to reach $48 million in sales in 2005. In July of 2006, a majority interest in the site was purchased by Milestone Partners for an undisclosed amount, which Wall Street Journal estimated as more than $100 million. Also that year, the website was ranked at No. 230 on Inc.‘s 500, a list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. On July 25th, 2007, the business news blog Inc[6]published an article titled “Catching Up with the 2006 30 Under 30 Alumni”, which included a statement from DeLuca claiming that the site had reached over $65 million in sales and employed a staff of 235 workers. On January 7th, 2008, the international news agency Reuters[2] published an article reporting that Liberty Media Corporation had purchased a controlling stake in the site.

    Features

    Online Store

    The site’s main source of revenue comes from its online store selling various supplements and nutritional products. The site’s “Body Space” and “SuperSite” sections offer workout instructions, videos, photo galleries and other editorial content related to bodybuilding and fitness.

    Forum

    The BodyBuilding community forums contain boards for discussions about supplements, workout programs, bodybuilding and weight lifting subcultures, pictures, competitions and other fitness-related topics. The /misc/ (miscellaneous) board is a prominent hub of internet memes, from reaction faces (Didn’t Read LOL, U Jelly and Come at me Bro) and advice animals to male-centric humor (Brazzers, Bitches Love X, 2/10 Would Not Bang) and asnine copypastas (Tree Fiddy, Spaghetti Stories) .



    Controversy

    On December 21st, 2004, USA Today[13] published an article titled “Sales up as andro ban nears,” in which DeLuca claimed a looming federal anti-steroid law was resulting in a massive increase in sales on the site. On April 10th, 2012, The Washington Examiner[12] news blog published an article titled “Bodybuilding.com CEO admits selling steroids”, which reported that DeLuca agreed to a plea deal to pay $500,000 in fines for the site’s sale of products that contained anabolic steroids.

    Highlights

    Do You Even Lift?

    The condescending expression do you even lift? is often used on the BodyBuilding Forums to question the legitimacy of another member’s fitness expertise or weight lifting routine. On February 16th, 2002, the earliest known use of the phrase was posted by BodyBuilding Forums member Chris C during an argument with forum member bubbaT. It is now often associated with an image macro featuring Iron Sport Gym co-founder Steve Pulcinella.



    Dat Dere Celltech

    On September 6th, 2004, eight-time Mr. Olympia bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman answered an email inquiring if he was “natural” with the response “No I take dat dere Celltech”. The phrase became popular on the BodyBuilding[16] forums after a screenshot of the exchange was submitted by forum member TRICK D on February 6th. 2005.



    I’m 18, Do I Have Potential?

    On October 30th, 2005, BodyBuilding[15] forum member badboy2 posted a thread titled I’m 18, do I have potential?, which featured a photo of a man flexing in front of a window. Shortly after, other forum members began replying with edited versions of the photo, putting the man various humorous contexts and dressing him in different outfits.



    Zyzz

    The Australian amateur bodybuilder Zyzz created a BodyBuilding.com[8] profile on October 11th, 2005. He became an active member of the /misc/ (miscellaneous) board, where he posted videos of himself and frequently trolled other members of the community. Prior to his death on August 5th, 2011, Zyzz posted 839 times on the BodyBuilding forums and had over 400 pages worth of members listing him as their inspiration.[9]



    Curlbro

    The perjorative slang term curlbro is often used in the BodyBuilding forums to criticize other member’s workout routines that do not include enough compound exercises or leg training. It is also used to mock those who inappropriately perform curl excercises in the squat racks.

    Traffic

    The business news blog StreetInsider[7] reported that BodyBuilding.com had over 100,000 daily and 3,100,000 monthly unique visitors in November of 2007. As of June 6th, 2012, the site holds an Alexa[3] rank of 723, a Compete[4] rank of 919 and a Quantcast[5] rank of 973.



    Search Interest

    External References


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    About

    Pinkie Pie Breaking The 4th Wall refers to the character Pinkie Pie[1] of the animated tv-series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic being able to cross dimensions and other antics by breaking the so-called 4th wall[2].

    Origin

    The idea of Pinkie Pie being able to break the 4th wall is taken directly from the show itself. Although most characters’ abilities in the during the episodes are limited to what should be physically possible in show[3], Pinkie Pie, who is already known for her random nature, has had several instances where she shows awareness to the cinematic and cartoon elements of the show. Reacting to fade-outs and iris-wipes, and often looks directly at the audience. Other ponies do this as well, but more for the convenience of breaking out into song. Unlike Pinkie Pie who does it at a normal, non-spectacular, basis.


    The Fourth Wall

    The Fourth Wall[4] is the imaginary “wall” which supposedly seperates fiction from reality. The idea of the fourth wall is the concept that the characters are unaware of the fact that they’re fictional characters in a work, the audience observing them, and whatever medium conventions occur inbetween the two. When a character acknowledges their fictionality, this by for example speaking directly to the audience watching the show, is referred to as “breaking the fourth wall”.[5] This is often combined with other special abilities such as being able to jump between places or dimensions.


    Spread

    Fans have noticed Pinkie Pie’s abnormal behavior and made her 4th wall awareness[17] and made it one of Pinkie Pie’s character traits. Creating images and comics where this ability is pushed even further. On the brony imageboard Ponibooru, searching for either “fourth wall”[6] or “4th wall”[7] turns up over 250 images as of June 6th, 2012. Although not all of these feature Pinkie Pie, she does take up the large majority. On DeviantArt, searching for “Pinkie Pie 4th Wall”[8] results in over 500 images and “Pinkie Pie Fourth Wall”[9] over 350. Some of these images are shared amongst both search terms, but there is also plenty of variety to be found. Equestria Daily has also featured Pinkie Pie’s 4th wall antics multiple times on topics such as art[12][16], videos[13], music[14] and fanfiction[15]. Tv Tropes’ article on Toon Physics[3] also uses Pinkie Pie as an example.

    "Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic has many toony abilities no other pony is capable of. These almost never amount to any practical effect, however, and are generally accepted as “Weird things that Pinkie Pie does, just ignore it” by anyone around to witness them."

    Creator Response

    One of creators of MLP:FiM also reacted to questions about Pinkie Pie’s 4th wall antics on his DeviantArt.[10] Claiming it were animation errors all along they didn’t missed. The moments where Pinkie is looking at the audience, she is actually looking at a pony off screen. This was also covered by Equestria Daily on March 3th, 2011.[11]


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    Poltergeist Bilboard

    In the beginning of October 2011, a My Little Pony bilboard was spotted on the 101 freeway in Hollywood.[18] The bilboard featured Pinkie Pie sitting in front of a tv showing static in the style of the 1982 movie Poltergeist while looking at the viewer. The banner was created to celebrate the launch of the second season of the show on September 17th and for Halloween which takes place on October 31st.



    Notable Examples


    External References

    [1] Friendship is Magic Wiki – Pinkie Pie

    [2] Wikipedia – Fourth Wall

    [3] TvTropes – Toon Physics

    [4] TvTropes – Fourth Wall

    [5] TvTropes – Breaking the Fourth Wall

    [6] Ponibooru – Search: ‘fourth wall’

    [7] Ponibooru – Search: ‘4th wall’

    [8] DeviantArt – Search: ‘Pinkie Pie Fourth Wall’

    [9] DeviantArt – Search: ‘Pinkie Pie 4th Wall’

    [10] DeviantArt – MissSinger

    [11] Equestria Daily – Pinkie Pie’s 4th Wall Antics Denied

    [12] Equestria Daily – Comics: Panel Play

    [13] Equestria Daily – PMV’s and Trailers: Pinkie Pie Breaks the Fourth Wall for the Last Time

    [14] Equestria Daily – Vocal/Remix Music: The Fourth Wall

    [15] Equestria Daily – Story: The Breaking of the Wall

    [16] Equestria Daily – Comic: The Error of my Ways

    [17] Super Power Wiki – 4th Wall Awareness

    [18] Equestria Daily – Ponygeist Billboard Spotted


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  • 06/07/12--11:30: Are You Frustrated?
  • About

    Are You Frustrated is an image macro/photoshop fad in which characters faces are elongated using the stamp tool in Photoshop and often combined with the phrase “Are You Frustrated?”

    Origin

    The first image was made from the face of Siegfried Kircheis from Legend of the Galactic Heroes[1].

    Originally a subbed version of the scene, the face was elongated and twisted around, much in the same was as the arms in Rage Comics, for comedic effect.

    Origin being researched

    Spread

    This image was often used as a reaction image on 4chan, but over time became a photoshop fad when other faces from scenes containing the words “Are You Frustrated” began to be elongated as well.

    Spread being researched

    External References

    [1] Wikipedia – Legend of the Galactic Heroes


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  • 06/07/12--12:56: Overly Attached Girlfriend
  • About

    Overly Attached Girlfriend is an advice animal image macro featuring webcam picture of a girl and various captions portraying her in the stereotype of an overprotective and clingy girlfriend.

    Origin

    On June 6th, 2012, YouTuber wzr0713 uploaded a webcam video titled “JB Fanvideo”[1] in which she performs a parody rendition of Justin Bieber’s latest single “Boyfriend” with personalized lyrics. According to Gawker’s article[2], the video was submitted in response to Bieber’s announcement of an online sing-off contest[3] in promoting his celebrity perfume “Girlfriend.”



    If I was your girlfriend / I’d never let you leave / without a small recording device / taped under your sleeve
    I’ll always be checking up on you / Hey, boy, who you talking to? / Spend a day with your girl, I’ll be calling you my husband.”

    YouTuber wzr0713’s parody song, marked by its clingly, stalker-like lyrics, instantly drew attention from the viewers on YouTube and Reddit, many of whom wondered about the girl’s true intention behind making the video. In less than 48 hours of upload, the video received more than 1.35 million views.

    Spread

    On the following day of June 7th, Redditor yeahhtoast submitted a link to the YouTube video in a thread titled “Overly Attached Girlfriend,”[11] which generated more than 800 comments in the span of seven hours as well as a Quickmeme page[7] for an advice animal character bearing the same name.



    Meanwhile, many Redditors and YouTubers commented that the advice animal character of “Overly Attached Girlfriend” was nearly identical to an older image macro series known as Crazy Girlfriend Praying Mantis.



    Both the video and online reactions were subsequently picked up by numerous internet culture blogs like The Daily What[13] Guyism[4], BuzzFeed[6], Jezebel[5] and Daily Dot[12], not to mention its viral spread on Tumblr[13] and Facebook. Later that same day, a parody Twitter account[8] (@attachedGF) was launched to curate some of the notable captions from the series and a similar single topic Tumblr blog[9] was created on the following day.

    Notable Examples






    h2. Search Interest

    [not available]

    h2. External References


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  • 06/07/12--13:53: Eyeless Phineas
  • About

    Eyeless Phineas is a series of fan arts depicting the character Phineas, from the animated television show Phineas and Ferb, without his eyes.

    Origin



    On January 10, 2012 user Sydzilla uploaded the first image of Eyeless Phineas to the Phineas and Ferb wiki. Around January 28, 2012 tumblr first started getting results for Eyeless Phineas. On Feb 23, 2012 FlytrapDog posted a comic featuring Eyeless Phineas on Deviant Art. In June 2012 a Google search for Eyeless Phineas yealds about 134,000 results.

    Spread

    Eyeless Phineas may have started on tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/eyeless+phineas) but it is also mentioned on TV Tropes and has a few submissions on deviant art.

    Notable Submissions







    External References

    http://flytrapdog.deviantart.com/art/Eyeless-Phineas-286727168
    http://phineasandferb.wikia.com/wiki/File:Phineas%27s_eyes!.png
    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Memes/PhineasAndFerb
    http://noshamehere.deviantart.com/art/Eyeless-Phin-Meme-290950469
    http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&client=firefox-a&tbo=1&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmdo=1&tbm=isch&tbnid=tkK69PM5duiIZM:&imgrefurl=http://ay-gent-p.tumblr.com/post/23086371012/wikitiki-what-happened-to-eyeless-phineas&docid=JlRF7P18w-tcLM


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  • 06/07/12--16:41: Over-Educated Problems
  • About

    Over-Educated Problems is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photo of a man glumly looking out a window on to a rainy street. As a spin-off of the First World Problems series, the captions typically include frustrations associated with being “too well educated” compared to one’s peers.

    Origin

    The original image comes from a stock photo titled “Sad Man And Rain” (shown below, left), which is available for download on the royalty free stock photo website Public Domain Pictures.[1] On June 4th, 2012, Redditor RPShep submitted a post titled “Over-Educated Problems”[2], which featured the photo captioned with “Don’t know whether to use correct pronunciation / or common pronunciation” (shown below, right). Within three days, the post received over 16,800 upvotes and 1,650 comments.



    Spread

    On June 5th, 2012, the men’s humor blog Guyism[5] published a post titled “New Meme You Should Know: Over-Educated Problems”, which featured a slideshow of notable examples from the series. On June 6th, NeoGAF[4] forums member shanshan310 posted several image macro examples in a thread titled “Pics that make you laugh.” On June 7th, the Internet humor site Tickld[8] posted an image macro with the caption “I have a large vocabulary / that I can’t use around my half-retarded friends” (shown below, left). The same day, Redditor greekish submitted a post titled “How I feel about the over educated problems meme”[7], which featured a Matrix Morpheus image macro with the caption “What if I told you / you won’t think you’re so smart after college” (shown below, right). The meme has continued to spread on sites like Pinterest[3] and Tumblr[6] under the tag “#over-educated problems.”



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  • 06/07/12--23:24: Non Specific Action Figure


  • About

    Non-Specific Action Figure (NSAF) is a digital companion character for Nintendo’s upcoming gaming system Wii U.[1]

    Origin

    The character was introduced in a promotional video for Nintendo’s Mii Universe, a new user-interface that will be available on the Wii U system, screened as part of the Nintendo Direct live broadcast[2] event on June 3rd, 2012.

    The trailer begins with a video gamer playing a zombie game and attempting to use the Mii Universe for tips on how to beat the boss he is stuck with. Throughout the clip, the gamer talks to a blue, yellow, and red action figure he calls “Non-Specific Action Figure.” Later that day, the video was uploaded to YouTube on a handful of different channels, including Nintendo World Report[3] and IGN[4] in addition to individual user uploads.



    Spread

    Discussion about the Non-Specific Action Figure began appearing immediately on gaming forums including The Wii U Forums[4] and GameFAQs.[5] Later that day, “Non-Specific Action Figure” became a trending topic on Twitter.[9] Also on June 3rd, a Twitter novelty account[6], Facebook page[7] and single topic Tumblr[8] were created to celebrate the oddly named character. GoNintendo[10] published an article on why Non-Specific Action Figure should be a character in the next Super Smash Brothers game.

    On June 4th, Nintendo Gamer[11] published a tongue-in-cheek article with a faux history of the character and photoshopped images placing the figurine in a variety of historical events to argue that he had been around since the 1940s.



    On June 7th, Nintendo’s official YouTube channel uploaded a video of Nintendo executives Satoru Iwata, Shigeru Miyamoto and Reggie Fils-Aime in their last meeting before the end of E3 2012. In the video, Iwata tells Miyamoto and Fils-Amie that they did a good job, before the camera pans out to show he had been covering the ears of Non-Specific Action Figure. After uncovering them, Iwata tells the toy that it did the “best job.” Following its release on YouTube, a handful of fan art has appeared on deviantArt.[12]



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    Overview

    Brian Presley and Melissa Stetten Twitter Scandal refers to a series of live-tweets by model Melissa Stetten claiming that married actor Brian Presley was harassing her while intoxicated on a flight in June of 2012.

    Background

    On June 6th, 2012, model Melissa Stetten began live-tweeting her interactions with actor Brian Presley while aboard a flight from Los Angeles, California to New York, New York. In the tweets, Stetten claimed that Presley denied being married, removed his wedding ring while in the bathroom and became intoxicated after drinking several alcoholic beverages. Additionally, Stetten retweeted an article in the religious blog Christianity Today[15] detailing Presley’s recovery from years of alcoholism. Within two days of the incident, Stetten gained over 14,000 new Twitter followers.

    Notable Developments

    Online Reaction

    On June 6th, 2012, the story was published on several sites including the men’s interest blog Manolith[13], the tech news blog Now Public[2] and the pop culture blog Hyper Vocal.[14] The same day, the viral content site BuzzFeed[1] posted Stetten’s live-tweets as well as Presley’s last tweet prior to the incident, which read:

    On June 7th, the “Oh No Polio” Tumblr[10] blog posted screen shots of the tweets, which received over 21,000 notes within 24 hours. The same day, the Tumblr post was subsequently submitted in a post to the /r/funny[12] subreddit by user vanwyngarden, which received over 19,800 up votes and 2,700 comments within 24 hours. Also on June 7th, Redditor Nacho_Average_Libre submitted a post titled “Bad Luck, Brian”[9], which included a head shot of Presley comparing him to the Bad Luck Brian advice animal. Within 21 hours, the post received over 7,700 up votes and 400 comments. Within 21 hours, the post received over 7,700 up votes and 400 comments.

    Presley’s Response

    On June 8th, 2012, Presley denied Stetten’s claims in a post on his official Facebook[11] page, affirming that he was sober and remained dedicated to his wife and children. The same day, Stetten tweeted a screenshot of Presley’s Facebook post with the description “Now THIS is funny.”

    Also on July 8th, Gawker[5] writer Neetzan Zimmerman published an article titled “Married Actor Denies Trying to Hit On Live-Tweeting Model During Red Eye Flight”, which noted Stetten’s previous relationship with shock jock Anthony Cumia from The Opie and Anthony Show.

    Brian Presley

    Brian Presley is an American actor who has appeared in Beverly Hills, 90210, Any Day Now and 7th Heaven. From 1999 to 2003 Presley played the character Jack Ramsey on the soap opera Port Charles. He played high school football star Scott Murphy in the 2011 film Touchback. He is married to actress Erin Hershey Presley and has two children.



    Melissa Stetten

    Melissa Stetten is a model who lives in New York, New York. On May 15th, 2012, she published a post on her personal blog[16], which described her experience moving to New York and break up with former boyfriend Anthony Cumia of the satellite radio show The Opie and Anthony Show.



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