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  • 08/05/15--04:12: Foku Me
  • About

    Foku me is phrase used in appearance of a young gypsy slovakian boy. The boy starts beatboxing and rapping in Slovanglish with using of some slovakian words.

    Spread

    The video of himself started to appear on czech and slovak social pages and websites[1] during the year 2010, where became popular among internet users.

    First four years was foku me only known in Czech and Slovak Republic, where people made hundreds of remix songs. Suddenly, in 2014 new video appeared[2], which has been “ice-breaking” into the internet. People started to ask for more videos and they were still coming from random users among the internet. Probably the third popular video [3] started to spread even in abroad countries. The Hardcore DJ from Prague, know as Hungry Beats made in july 2015 a record with Foku me background.

    Lyrics

    Sokomemofee, mona pitsa geňo foku mé
    Mon foku méé, moj rep yaeh fucking ne more tchikepaju foku méé
    A teraz:
    beatbox
    yeah yeah onumerugo yeah yeah, ma pfeezy, ehm ehm
    ma lov you, ehm ehm, ma pfeezy, ehm ehm, in the bottle ehm ehm

    Monu foku méé tsu, wua feez zum so, sitting on my baby
    amen um so, tsu maj feat man, I’m fuck on, beef fuck me, fuck so
    I’m true man, mon fokut sea, more rap jyeah fuck sea, I’m true me, more tchunky peau
    True me, true me, true me
    Dobre?

    Related videos


    Original video can not be inserted, the original can be found here[4]

    [2]

    [3]

    Remixes

    Just few examples of a strong fan community of this young boy.

    Search Interest

    [1]An article in czech newspapers – Blesk.cz

    [2]Second popular video – YT.com

    [3]Third popular video – YT.com

    [4]Originial video on YT.com


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  • 08/05/15--10:24: Baseball
  • work in progress. using this stub for media uploads for now.

    Overview

    Baseball is an American sport that involves players hitting a ball with a bat in order to round the bases and score runs. The sport has had a huge following in not just the United States, but also in Canada, Mexico, Caribbean countries like Cuba and the Dominican Republic, and Asian countries like South Korea and Japan. On the web, baseball has spawned many memes, most notably photoshop memes of various players.

    Background

    The sport was established in the United States in 1839 when it was invented in Cooperstown, New York. The game was inspired by the British sports of rounders and cricket. Sometime during the U.S. Civil War, baseball became professional and more popular in America. In the 1880s, the National League was formed as the Cincinnati Reds became the first Major League Baseball team to be founded. In 1903, the Boston Americans (now the Red Sox) defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in MLB’s first World Series, which was named after New York World Paper. The next year, the American League was formed as the World Series consisted of a seven game series between the National League and American League champions. During the early days of MLB, African Americans would play separately in the Negro League until Jackie Robinson began the integration of MLB when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. When more African-American players began integrating into MLB, the Negro League was disbanded. Today, MLB is played with 30 teams (15 teams in each league) and consist of many players from around the world.

    Online Presence

    Baseball has gained a huge following across the web as the official Facebook page for MLB has 6.2 million likes and the official Twitter account for MLB has 5.1 million followers. Although people have expressed their like and interest for baseball, others have expressed their dislike of the sport by claiming that the game is boring to watch and have sometimes accused baseball of being a rip-off of other sports like cricket.

    Notable Memes

    [WIP]

    They Don’t Think It Be Like It Is But It Do

    [WIP]

    Ceremonial First Pitches

    [WIP]

    Phillies Tased Fan

    [WIP]

    One Strike Away

    [WIP]

    Complacent Reynolds

    [WIP]

    Winnie The Pooh’s Home Run Derby

    [WIP]

    That’s A Clown Question Bro

    [WIP]

    Bartolo Colon at Bat

    [WIP]

    Marlins Man

    [WIP]

    Hunter Pence Signs

    [WIP]

    #FerrellTakesTheField

    [WIP]

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 08/05/15--11:39: Trophy Hunting Controversies
  • Overview

    Trophy Hunting Controversies are the online backlashes against the hunting of wild game animals, many of which were spurred by the circulation of trophy photographs on social media websites.

    Background

    In Africa, trophy hunting is legally practiced in many countries and is considered a major part of the tourism industry. According to a 2009 report by the World Bank, trophy hunting generates $201 million per year on the continent.[2] In March 2012, several trophy hunting photos featuring Donald Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr. began circulating online from the hunting website Hunting Legends, with many criticizing the brothers for killing the wild animals (shown below).



    On March 14th, Donald Trump Sr. told Access Hollywood[8] that he did not approve of hunting and would be talking to his sons about the incident:

    “I’ve never liked it (hunting). I’ve never liked that they like it… I’m going to talk to them about it. I’m not a fan of the whole situation.”

    Notable Developments

    Melissa Bachman’s Lion Hunting Photo

    On September 30th, 2013, Minnesota-based TV show presenter Melissa Bachman shared a photo of her smiling and posing with a dead lion via Facebook and Twitter[1], adding “an incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion…what a hunt!” (shown below). After being initially met with positive feedback from her Twitter followers, the photograph was widely criticized after being posted by comedian Ricky Gervais.



    Kendall Jones’ Hunting Photo

    In February, 2014, an online backlash rose against Kendall Jones, a student and cheerleader at Texas Tech University, for posting souvenir photographs of herself posing with endangered wild animals killed during a safari hunting trip in Africa.



    Rebecca Francis’ Giraffe Photo

    On April 13th, 2015, comedian Ricky Gervais posted a tweet criticizing a photo of hunter Rebecca Francis posing next to a dead giraffe (shown below). In the first four months, the tweet gained over 49,000 retweets and 40,000 favorites. On April 14th, The Independent reported that Francis had received a “barrage of death threats” regarding her hunting images. As of August 2015, the Facebook[6] page she used to share her hunting photographs has been deleted.



    Cecil the Lion

    On July 1st, 2015, Cecil, the treasured lion of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, was found dead on the outskirts of the habitat, skinned and beheaded after being fatally wounded by a hunter with an arrow and rifle bullet. The news of Cecil’s gruesome death was met with public outrage in Zimbabwe and the international conservation communities overseas, as the lion was well-known for his natural flair in human interactions. In the ensuing investigation by the Zimbabwean officials, two men were charged with poaching, Theo Bronkhorst and Bushmen Safaris, the owners of the bordering properties where the lion was killed. On July 27th, The Telegraph published an exclusive report identifying Cecil’s killer as Walter James Palmer, an American dentist and avid hunter from Bloomington, Minnesota. Palmer subsequently went into hiding following his identification as Cecil’s killer and Zimbabwe placed an indefinite ban on big game hunting in the region.



    Sabrina Corgatelli’s Photos

    On July 26th, 2015, Idaho resident and hunter Sabrina Corgatelli posted several photographs from her recent trophy hunting trip in Africa to her “ItalianHuntress” Instagram feed. The posts received many negative comments from those who found the pictures distasteful.



    On August 3rd, Richard Dawkins posted several tweets mocking Corgatelli for claiming to love and respect the animals she killed (shown below).[5] On August 4th, Corgatelli became a trending topic on Facebook.[3] By August 5th, her fan page[4] on the site gained over 24,000 likes.



    Search Interest

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  • 08/05/15--12:19: Worms Dancing to Music
  • About

    Worm Dancing to Music, also known by the hashtag #WormDancingtoMusic, is a video editing meme where a video of a violently spasming worm is combined with different songs so that the beginning of the spasm coincides with the song’s drop or climax.

    Origin

    The worm video was first posted to Tumblr sometime during the spring of 2014. The original post has been deleted, but a post by user unacclimated, reblogged from the original poster, received over 75,000 notes by August 2015.[1]


    Spread

    The video was used in several smaller YouTube videos and posts on Reddit and Imgur throughout the beginning 2015.[2][3] One such post on Imgur was captioned with “When I try to make something in gmod” and received 3,092,447 views between its post date on May 2nd, 2015 and August 5th, 2015.[4]

    On August 3rd, 2015, users began repurposing the video on Vine, pairing it with different types of music to create a humorous effect. In two days, there were over 1,000 of these types of videos, many with more than 100,000 loops.[5]

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    not yet available

    External References


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  • 08/05/15--12:48: Hideki Kamiya
  • About

    Hideki Kamiya is a Japanese Video Game developer, as well as one of the original founders of games studio Platinum Games. As well as this, he is also known for his work as director on a number of Video Game franchises, such as Bayonetta, Devil May Cry and Wonderful 101. Online, he is also known for his interactions with fans over social media site Twitter, as well as his alienating treatment of some fans.

    Biography

    Early Career

    Kamiya’s work as a game director first started in 1994, when he was hired by Capcom to work as a planner for the first instalment in the Resident Evil franchise for the PlayStation. Later, he went on to work as the game director for the game’s sequel, Resident Evil 2 , helping to make the game feel more cinematic in order to boost the game’s popularity. As well as this, he also went on to work as director on the first instalment in the Devil May Cry franchise, and then later the first game in the Viewtiful Joe franchise.

    Work at Clover Studio

    After the release of the first Viewtiful Joe, the studio behind it’s release, known at the time as “Team Viewtiful”, was changed into the Capcom funded Independent game studio Clover Studio. While at the studio, Kamiya worked on a number of titles, including writing the story for the two sequels to the original Viewtiful Joe, titled Viewtiful Joe 2 and Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble, released in 2004 and 2005 respectively. His last work at the studio was as director on the Playstation 2 game Okami, which was released in 2006, before the studio was shut down by Capcom in the same year.

    Work at Platinum Games

    After the closure of Clover Studio, Kamiya along with a number of his co-workers went on to found studio Platinum Games, then named Seeds inc on August 1, 2006, before being renamed to Platinum games. The first game Kamiya directed while at this studio was hack and slash game Bayonetta, which was published by Sega in 2009 as a spiritual successor to the Devil May Cry series. As well as this, Kamiya also went on to direct games such as The Wonderful 101, which was published by Nintendo in September 2013 for the Wii U, as well as Scalebound, which is planned to be published by Microsoft Studios in 2016 for Xbox One. As well as this, he also served as supervisor to the sequel to Bayonetta, which was published by Nintendo for the Wii U in October 2014.

    Online Relevance

    On Twitter

    On Twitter, Hideki Kamiya is known under the handle @PG_kamiya[1], first joining in February 2010, and has over 90,000 followers as of August 2015. As well as this, he is also well known for his tendency to block and berate other users frequently, garnering much controversy. A tumblr blog dedicated to posting a number of Kamiya’s tweets, titled “Kamiya Tweets” was also created[2].



    On 4Chan

    On January 11, 2014, Kamiya began making a series of posts on 4chan’s /v/ Video Games board[3], under the name pg_kamiya, in a thread dedicated to getting his attention[4], sparking a significant fan reaction from the community. He later confirmed that this was him via Twitter[5],



    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Twitter – 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya

    [2]Tumblr – Kamiya Tweets

    [3]4chan – “/v/ Video Games”:

    [4]Archive.Moe – thread #226724984

    [5]Twitter – @PG_kamiya


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  • 08/05/15--14:50: Baby Sinclair
  • Baby Sinclair is the youngest member of the Sinclair family in the television series Dinosaurs. He hatched from his egg in the premiere episode, “The Mighty Megalosaurus”.

    His catchphrases include “I’m the baby, gotta love me!” and “Not the mama!” The latter is often spoken to his father, Earl Sinclair, whom he repeatedly bashes with a frying pan, though they form a slightly friendlier relationship over time. The toddler’s relationship with his mother, Fran Sinclair is more affectionate, but the dinosaur child’s wisecracks are also aimed at his siblings – Robbie and Charlene. His grandmother, Ethyl often reads to him, the pair both rejoicing in Earl’s foolishness.

    Also, Baby Sinclair is quite intelligent for his age, being able to speak and spell at a very young age. Never formally named until near the end of the second season, the infant Sinclair is briefly named “Aaah Aagh I’m Dying You Idiot,” the result of the then-Chief Elder keeling over during the official christening. By episode’s end, he has been legally named “Baby Sinclair.”

    As a hand puppet creation and the smallest member of the show’s core regular cast, the character was portrayed by Kevin Clash, with the eyes operated by John Kennedy and the arms operated by Terri Hardin (replaced by Julianne Buescher for the final season).


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    About

    What She Says, What She Means is a series of sarcastic posts on Tumblr which juxtapose the phrase “I’m fine” with a humorous translation describing the statement’s implicit meaning.

    Origin

    [Researching]

    Spread

    On January 18th, 2015, the Meme Documentation Tumblr reblogged a “what she says” post[3] referencing The Brady Bunch-inspired “skule” meme (shown below).



    On April 29th, Tumblr user homuratrash[2] published a “what she says” post featuring a verbose description of a Spongebob Squarepants episode. In the next three months, the post gained over 125,000 notes. On June 3rd, Tumblr user kotoricchi[4] posted an example containing a referencing a moderator for the Tumblr blog SFRJ-News (shown below). In one month, the post received upwards of 10,100 notes.



    Various Examples

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

    [1]

    [2]Tumblr – homuratrash

    [3]Tumblr – Meme Documentation

    [4]Tumblr – kotoricchi


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  • 08/05/15--21:04: ESL Adderall Controversy
  • Overview

    ESL Adderall Controversy refers to the controversy surrounding the discovery of the use of the ADHD medication Adderall as a performance enhancing drug within the e-sports team Cloud9. The controversy convinced pro-gaming network ESL to install strict anti-drug rules onto their players and teams.

    Background

    The idea of performance enhancing drugs, or PEDs, within professional e-sports had been a topic for many years, and various claims of the use of PEDs had been reported on by various gaming news sites, such as NowGamer,[1] New Scientist,[2] as well as several others.[3][4][5][6] However, there was no substantial proof to these claims, and, as such, no official action was taken by any major gaming network.

    On July 12, 2015 YouTuber LAUNDERSCSTRIKE uploaded an interview he had with former Cloud9 player Kory “Semphis” Friesen in which he had stated that he and the rest of Cloud9 had taken the ADHD medication Adderall to boost their performance during a professional Counter Strike competition called ESL One Katowice (shown below).



    Notable Developments

    Following the release of the interview several news sites were quick to report on the matter, including SegmentNext,[7] BreitBart,[8] Kotaku,[9] and several others.[10][11][12] Several YouTubers and YouTube gaming news shows also reported on the story including Richard Lewis (shown below, left) and Machinima ETC’s parody gaming news show TUGS (shown below, right).



    ESL Response

    On July 20th, 2015, head of communications at ESL, Anna Rozwandowicz, told gaming news site Wired, that they had begun work on new stricter rules to police the use of PEDs within the gaming network, which would include randomized drug testings for the player within the ESL.[13] Other news sites also reported on the Wired article.[14][15][16] Later on July 23rd, 2015, ESL announced that it had partnered with the NADA (Nationale Anti Doping Agentur) to create a fair anti-PED policy for the gaming network.[17] Several news sites reported on the ESL’s response including The New York Times,[18] The Wall Street Journal,[19]ESPN,[20] as well as several others.[21][22][23][24] Several YouTubers and YouTube gaming news shows also reported on the announcement, including Force Gaming (shown below, left), as well as being featured in a second episode of TUGS (shown below, right).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]NowGamer – Are eSports Stars Using Performance Enhancing Drugs?

    [2]New Scientist – Esports: Doping is rampant, industry insider claims

    [3]Softpedia – Study: eSports Players Have Physical Advantages over Normal Players

    [4]News of Legends – Anti-Doping Rules – should eSports be concerned about performance enhancing drugs?

    [5]BoingBoing – Is drug use a problem for eSports?

    [6]Eurogamer – Winners might use drugs

    [7]SegmentNext – Drug Abuse in Competitive Gaming is Turning Into a Menace

    [8]BreitBart – QUESTIONSABOUTPERFORMANCE-ENHANCINGDRUGS IN ESPORTSRAISEDAGAIN

    [9]Kotaku – Pro Counter-Strike Player: ‘We were all on Adderall’

    [10]TechnoBuffalo – Pro Counter-Strike player says everyone takes Adderall at eSports competitions

    [11]Game Rant – CS:GO Pros Admit to Adderall Use During Tournaments

    [12]CheatSheet – Drugs and Competitive Gaming: It’s Already Happening

    [13]Wired – ESL responds to esports doping controversy

    [14]PCGamer – ESL preparing new anti-doping rules following Katowice Adderall controversy

    [15]VG24/7 – ESL looking to implement random drug testing after recent Adderall scandal

    [16]LazyGamer – eSports organizations to toughen up drug rules following player doping admission

    [17]ESLESL leads anti-PED initiative for esports with the support of NADA

    [18]The New York Times – Drug Testing Is Coming to E-Sports

    [19]The Wall Street Journal – Now Coming to E-Sports: Random Drug Testing

    [20]ESPNESL announces plans to test for PEDs

    [21]The Denver Post – Electronic Sports League to begin random drug tests

    [22]Fortune – Just like with regular sports, eSports athletes will be tested for drugs

    [23]arstechnia – Winners can’t use drugs: Anti-doping tests are coming to eSports [Updated]

    [24]PCGamer – After drug scandal, ESL says ‘esports needs to mature’


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  • 08/06/15--03:24: Witch House
  • Work in progress. Feel free to request editorship




    About

    Witch House is a electronic musical genre and visual aesthethic, influenced by chopped and screwed hip-hop soundscapes, and industrial and noise experimentation, and features use of synthesizers, drum machines, obscure samples, droning repetition and heavily altered, ethereal, indiscernible vocals. The visuals of the genre usually include occult, witchcraft and shamanism, with a significant use of Unicode symbols in order to keep the scene underground and make harder to search on the Internet. The genre gained a following in early 2010’s, often being described as a “joke genre” on communities like /mu/.

    History

    Reception

    On December 15th, 2010, a subreddit dedicated to witch house’s discussion was created, gaining over 2,900 subscribers in less than five years.[1] In October 2012, the music blog /mu/essentials[4], run by members of 4chan’s music board, posted a graphic for “Essential Witch House” (shown bellow).



    On October 16th, 2014, youtuber FrankJavCee uploaded a video titled “HOW TO MAKEWITCHHOUSE”, where explains the history of itch house and how to recreate the aesthethic and make a witch house-like sound. The video gained over 85,000 views in less than 10 months.



    Impact

    Notable Videos



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Reddit – /r/witchhouse

    [2]Rebecca Black Tech – Search for witch house on /mu/

    [3]Tumblr – Search for witch house

    [4]Mussentials – Essential Witch House


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  • 08/06/15--11:57: Fitbit
  • About

    Fitbit, also known as the Fitbit Tracker is a type of wearable technology used to track fitness metrics like daily step counts, heart rate, and more. Because the devices include a social network as part of their operating system, their use has grown a subculture of self-quantification and personal metric tracking.

    History

    Fitbit was developed in 2007 in San Francisco, CA, by James Park and Eric Friedman. Their mission is “To empower and inspire you to live a healthier, more active life. We design products and experiences that fit seamlessly into your life so you can achieve your health and fitness goals, whatever they may be.”[1]

    The first Fitbit was designed to be a small device with a clip-like design, meant to be worn on the body at all times by sliding it over the edge of a pocket or on a bra strap. It was equipped with a pedometer and a sleep tracker, and equipped with a transmitter that sent the data to an application on a desktop computer. Since it was developed at the same time as the iPhone, the first generation did not have an app.[2] Fitbits record steps by using a 3-axis accelerometer, and sets a default goal of 10,000 steps per day for each user.[3]



    Two models of Fitbit

    The device sparked even more interest when the second generation, dubbed the Fitbit Ultra, was introduced. The newer device introduced an altimeter, so that the device could track stair climbing, an even more efficient exercise than walking. The Ultra also contained a stopwatch and the ability to display small messages.[4] Later models, including the Flex and the Charge, have integrated the Fitbit capabilities into a small watch-like device, so users can wear them at all times, even when they change their clothes. There are now nine different types of Fitbits including the Fitbit Aria, which is a scale that records metrics like body mass index when it interacts with a user’s Fitbit tracker.[5]

    Fitbit sold 200,000 devices in 2011, 1.3 million in 2012, 4.5 million in 2013, and 10.9 million in 2014.[6] It sold 1.6 million during the first three months of 2015; in addition, users who subscribe to its app with a premium service number more than 10 million as of the time Fitbit, Inc filed for their initial public offering for $100 million in May 2015.[7]

    Online Presence

    While Fitbit maintains its own private social network for its over 10 million users, there are also several public forums where Fitbit users share statistics and other Fitbit-related items. On Reddit, the subreddit /r/fitbit has 11,294 readers, many of whom share screenshots of their achievements or daily life workouts, or discuss how to get motivated and other fitness tips.[8]



    A USPS Mail Carrier’s Fitbit Metrics

    Fitbit maintains several corporate Twitter accounts, including @Fitbit, with over 200,000 followers, @FitbitSupport, with over 62,000 followers, and @FitbitUK, with over 24,000 followers.[9][10][11] The corporate Facebook account has over 930,000 likes and the Instragam has over 114,000 followers.[12][13] All of these accounts are used to distribute general health tips and other promotional material. In fitness-related forums, the devices are discussed frequently; for instance, there are 77 threads about Fitbits on the Bodybuilding.com forums, and the main thread has over 25,000 replies in the discussion.[14]

    Notable Developments

    Fitbit Force Recall

    In February 2014, Fitbit announced a voluntary recall of its Fitbit Force wristband tracker, due to 1.7% of customers experiencing a negative skin reaction after wearing the band for an extended period. The reaction was initially thought to be an allergy to nickel used in the wristband, but Consumer Affairs noted that the symptoms were inconsistent with an allergy and that one wearer had a reaction even after wrapping the band in electrical tape.[15]

    Search Interest



    External References


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    About

    “Oh Look. It’s THIS thread again” is a weary expression indicating that a topic of conversation has appeared many times before within an online discussion forum. The remark is often used to caption reaction images featuring exhausted or annoyed-looking characters.

    Origin

    The earliest known use of the phrase “It’s this thread again” in an online discussion was posted by DIYAudio Forums[1] member SteveCallas, on December 5th, 2006, when replying to a thread regarding subwoofer loudspeakers.

    Spread

    On October 9th, 2009, GiantBomb Forums[2] member rjayb89 posted the earliest known reaction image containing the expression, which featured a man looking perturbed while resting his head in his hand (shown below, left). On April 3rd, 2010, the 4chan media archive site Chan4Chan[3] collected an image of a man resting his head on his hand at a computer with the same caption (shown below, right)



    On June 5th, 2011, a thread about the phrase was created on the League of Legends Forums.[10] On February 29th, 2012, a thread titled “Oh look, it’s this thread again” was posted to the World of Warcraft Forums regarding a common complaint about the game’s loot mechanics. On July 27th, 2015, the phrase was used in a post discussing mechanics in the ranked mode of the online card game Hearthstone in the /r/hearthstone[11]subreddit.

    Various Examples




    This Will Be The Sixth Time We Have Made A Thread About It

    “This will be the sixth time we have made a thread about it” is the caption of a reaction image conveying a similar sentiment, which features a close-up picture of actor Helmut Bakaitis as The Architect in the 2003 film Matrix Reloaded. On February 17th, 2011, the image was posted to the /r/pics[9] subreddit with the full caption “This will be the sixth time we have created a thread about it and we have become exceedingly efficient at it” (shown below). In the comments section, Redditor Fish9 claimed the image was originally posted by user snipawolf before his former account was deleted.



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 08/06/15--18:21: Silent Hill
  • About

    Silent Hill is a series of survival horror games owned by the company Konami. The series started with 3 critically lauded games, but has become infamous for it’s waning quality over the years, and Konami neglecting the series, patricularly with it’s handling of the “Silent Hills” game.

    Origin

    Silent Hill was release for the Playstation on January 31, 1999, garnering high acclaim from critics. More games in the series have followed, but after the fourth game in the series, “The Room”, many fans and critics noticed the quality of the games dropping drastically with each installment.

    PT and Silent Hills

    On August 14th, 2014, an unexpected demo named “P.T.” appeared on the Playstation Store, revealing itself to be a “playable teaser” for the new game “Silent Hills”. This was a joint development between Hideo Kojima and film director Guillermo del Toro. The teaser received praise for it’s engaging storyline and 2spookyness, prompting hype for the new Silent Hills game.
    Due to Hideo Kojima’s falling out with Konami in April 2015, Silent Hills was canceled and PT was taken off the Playstation Store, prompting largely negative reactions from fans and critics alike. PS4s with PT installed were sold for high prices on eBay, and the popular opinion of Konami became hostile.

    Pachinko

    On August 4th, 2015, Konami announced a pachinko machine for the Japanese market based of the Silent Hill series, garnering extremely negative reactions from the press and fans.



    Search Interest


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    Search Interest


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    About

    TIME’s Virtual Reality Magazine Cover refers to the cover of the August 17th issue of TIME magazine, which featured Oculus founder Palmer Luckey wearing an Oculus Rift and standing in a bizarre pose. The image was quickly parodied by many across various websites.

    Origin

    Early on August 6th, 2015, TIME unveiled the cover for their upcoming August 17th issue which would focus on virtual reality, specifically on the Oculus Rift (shown below).[1] The official Twitter account for TIME then tweeted an animated version of the cover.[2] Following the reveal, many noted the ridiculousness of the image across various social media platforms.



    Later that same day Twitter user Ryan Evans tweeted a photoshopped image of the Luckey featured on the cover onto a horse in the middle of a field (shown below). Within several hours the tweet gained nearly 200 retweets and over 200 favorites.


    Spread

    Various news sites began to report on the magazine cover, as well as the photoshopped parodies, such as Forbes,[3] VG24/7,[4] as well as several others.[5][6][7][8] Following the onslaught of the parody images TIME released a list of their 37 favorite Photoshop parodies.[9]

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    Not Currently Available

    External References


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  • 08/07/15--09:49: Ronald Raven
  • About

    “Ronald Raven” is a mispronunciation of the former United States president Ronald Reagan said by former governor of Texas and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry during the first Republican primary debate held in early August 2015.

    Origin

    On August 6th, 2015, former governor of Texas and the second-time Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry participated in the Republican Party’s first primary-stage debate for the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Upon being asked about his policy plans on immigration reform, Perry took the unusual path of taking a critical tone with Ronald Reagan, one of the most revered politicians of American conservatives in recent memory, by tracing the root of the issue back to the legislation of Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 under the late Republican president’s administration:



    “For 30 years this country has been baited with half-hearted measures designed to lower the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States," he said. “All the way to when Ronald Raven signed a piece of legislation that basically allowed for amnesty for over 4 million people and the border is still not secure.”

    Spread

    Within minutes of Perry’s response, many viewers at home were quick to point out the candidate’s tongue-tied mispronunciation of Ronald Reagan via Twitter and other social media outlets. At 5:32 p.m. (EST), Viner Erik Malinowski submitted a soundbite clip of Perry uttering the word “Ronald Raven,” followed by a series of photoshopped parodies featuring President Reagan’s head superimposed over the body of a raven. By 5:39 p.m., a novelty Twitter account personifying “Ronald Raven”[16] had been created.



    At 5:46 p.m., Twitter user Tim Mak shared a screenshot of a puppet character named “Ronald Raven” that was featured in a satirical news segment titled “Puppet Pundits with Ronald Raven” during the 2012 presidential election season.



    News Media Coverage

    The jokes about Rick Perry’s “Ronald Raven” pronunciation on Twitter was quickly picked up as one of the highlights of the night by nearly all major U.S. news media outlets, including ABC News, USA Today and The Week, as well as many political blogs and news sites covering the event, such as Slate, The Hill,, Mediate, Salon, Talking Points Memo and PolicyMic, among many others. On the morning of August 7th, Lucy Nashed, the campaign spokeswoman for Rick Perry, flat out denied the gaffe by telling ABC News that he “clearly said Ronald Reagan.”

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  • 08/07/15--10:07: Himouto! Umaru-chan
  • Work in progress. Feel free to request editorship


    About

    Himouto! Umaru-chan (干物妹!うまるちゃん Himōto! Umaru-chan) is a manga and anime series written by Sankaku Head and published on the magazine Weekly Young Jump. The series follow Umaru Doma, a high school student who appears to be the ideal student with good looks, but when she gots at home she reverts into a layabout where she acts lazy, plays video games and depends on her older brother Taihei, to his dismay.

    Premise

    The series focus on the exploits of Umaru Doma, a high school student who lives with her older brohter Taihei. At school, she appears to be the perfect student, with beautiful looks, top grades and excellence in everything she does. But once she gets home she reverts into a chibi version of herself who spends her time laying arround, eating junk food, playing video games, reading manga and watching anime, along with depending on Taihei for all kind of stuff. Umaru’s alternate personalities help her to become friends with some of her classmates, who will also discover Umaru’s personality.

    History

    The series started its serialization in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump on March 13th, 2013. On December 13th, 2014 a television anime adaptation was announced by the animation studio Doga Kobo (known for its works on other adaptations like YuruYuri.) The anime officialy premiered on July 9th, 2015.



    Reception

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  • 08/07/15--10:49: Shimoneta
  • About

    Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist (下ネタという概念が存在しない退屈な世界 Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai), abbreviated as Shimoseka, is Japanese manga and anime series set in a dystopian future where citizens are prohibited from using lewd language by wearing computerized monitoring devices around their necks. The series follows the protagonist Tanukichi Okuma, a high school student who inadvertently becomes involved with the terrorist organization SOX to spread sexually suggestive materials across his city.

    History

    On July 18th, 2012, the first volume of Shimoneta was released by the publisher Shogakukan. Over the next three years, eight additional volumes were released.

    Anime

    On July 4th, 2015, an anime adaptation of the manga produced by the Japanese animation studio J.C.Staff was released. Over the next month, a total of five episodes in the series were broadcast.



    Online Presence

    On February 19th, 2015, the /r/shimoseka[1] subreddit was launched for discussions about the series. On July 4th, Redditor Shadofix posted a thread about the show’s first episode to the /r/anime[3] subreddit, where it gained over 720 votes (99% upvoted) and 320 comments in one month. The following day, the Shimoseka Wiki[9] was launched, which accumulated more than 20 pages in the first month. On July 12th, Redditor Tsundere_Doge submitted a compilation of animated GIFs from the anime to the /r/anime[2] subreddit (shown below).



    On the same day, a page for Shimoneta was created on TV Tropes.[5] That month, entries for the show was created on the anime databases MyAnimeList[6] and Anime News Network.[8] On Twitter, screen captures from the show are often posted under the tags #shimoneta[4] and #shimoseka.[7]

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Reddit – /r/Shimoseka

    [2]Reddit – GIFs Shimoneta

    [3]Reddit – Shimoneta Episode 1 Discussion

    [4]Twitter – #shimoneta

    [5]TV Tropes – Shimoneta

    [6]MyAnimeList – Shimoneta

    [7]Twitter – #shimoseka

    [8]Anime News Network – Shimoneta

    [9]Wikia – Shimoseka


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  • 08/07/15--14:51: Bartolo Colón
  • (work in progress, tying in to the Baseball entry)

    Overview

    Bartolo Colón (born May 24, 1973) is a Dominican-American professional baseball pitcher currently playing for the New York Mets. He has recently become popular among baseball fans and internet fans for his age (42, much older than most other players in the game), his large and un-athletic body, and his awkward batting methods.

    Background

    Colón made his Major League debut in 1997 with the Cleveland Indians, and throughout his career has played for 8 different teams. He spent most of his career in the American League, where he was an All-Star 3 separate times and won the 2005 Cy Young Award for being the AL’s best pitcher that season.[1]

    After 17 years in the AL, Colón agreed to a contract with the New York Mets in the National League prior to the 2014 season. Due to the Designated Hitter rule in the AL where pitchers do not have to bat for themselves, Colón very rarely had to come up to the plate in the AL. But now with the Mets in the NL he has to bat for himself… and the results have been spectacular.

    Colón’s awkward batting stance and wild swing (which often knocks off his helmet or spins him around) has led to many media outlets such as Deadspin[2] posting photos and writing articles about Colón, some to laugh at him for his ineptitude and entertainment at the plate, and some to praise him for the times he gets a hit or does something else good. Despite Colón’s unorthodox batting, he has 6 hits (as of this entry’s creation) in the 2015 season so far.[1]

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  • 08/07/15--15:14: Lenny Kravitz' Penisgate
  • Overview

    Lenny Kravitz’ Penisgate refers to an incident in which singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz accidentally exposed himself on stage during a performance in Stockholm, Sweden.

    Background

    On August 3rd, 2015, Kravitz’ leather pants split down the middle during a performance of the song “American Woman” at a concert in Stockholm, Sweden (shown below). Immediately after, several photos and video of the incident began circulating online.



    Notable Developments

    Kravitz’ Response

    On August 4th, Kravitz tweeted[1] a screenshot of a text sent from Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler joking about the incident with the hashtag #penisgate (shown below). Within 72 hours, the tweet gained over 25,700 favorites and 19,800 retweets.



    Legal Action

    [Researching]

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Twitter – @LennyKravitz

    [2]

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    About

    Floral Shoppe, also known as フローラルの専門店, is a 2011 vaporwave album by the electronic artist Vektroid released under the alias Macintosh Plus. As one of the most well-known vaporwave albums, it has had a large influence on the genre, and in turn has become memetic.

    Origin

    Floral Shoppe was released on December 9, 2011 on the music streaming/marketplace website Bandcamp on the record label Beer on the Rug. The album primarily consists of slowed down and edited versions of various songs, notably funk and R&B spanning from the 1970s to the 1990s.[1][2]



    Spread

    The album has had a mixed reception among critics; while review websites such as Tiny Mix Tapes and Sputnikmusic gave the album praise for what they saw as a deconstruction of pop music, other reviewers such as Anthony Fantano, who gave the album a rating of 4/10, were more critical.[3][4] Nevertheless, the album found its fans; a YouTube upload of the full album has been viewed over 1 million times.[5] It has also spawned two unofficial sequels, both titled Floral Shoppe 2, as well as a nightcore version which restores the songs to their original speeds.[6][7][8] The album has been discussed on 4chan’s /mu/ (Music) board since 2012, and has since been mentioned nearly 5,000 times.[9] The album also has a large following on Tumblr. Although it was not the first vaporwave album, it is one of the most well known in the genre, influencing both the popular perception of the genre as well as its overall aesthetics, including popularizing common visual traits such as Japanese text and ancient Greco-Roman busts.



    Notable Sub-memes

    リサフランク420 / 現代のコンピュー

    “リサフランク420 / 現代のコンピュー” (trans. “Lisa Frank 420 / Modern Computing”) is the second track off of Floral Shoppe, and is arguably its most well known track, with over 1,300,000 views on YouTube, surpassing that of Floral Shoppe itself. It is an edited and slowed down version of the song “It’s Your Move” by R&B artist Diana Ross. Because of this, vaporwave is sometimes jokingly described as “slowed down Diana Ross songs”. The song itself is occasionally covered or remixed; the most popular remix of the song is a Death Grips Mashup which has over 350,000 views on YouTube.




    Cover Art Parodies

    The album’s cover art has inspired numerous parodies. The Roman bust of Helios in particular has been a common subject of edits.




    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Bandcamp – FLORALSHOPPE

    [2]Wikipedia – Floral Shoppe

    [3]Tiny Mix Tapes – Favorite 30 Albums of 2012

    [4]Sputnikmusic – Macintosh Plus – FLORALSHOPPE

    [5]YouTube – Macintosh Plus – Floral Shop Full Album

    [6]Bandcamp – FLORALSHOPPE 2

    [7]Bandcamp – FLORALSHOPPE 2

    [8]Bandcamp – FLORALSHOPPE

    [9]Rebecca Black Tech – Floral Shoppe


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  • 08/08/15--13:54: Knotting / Take the Knot


  • About

    Knotting / Take the Knot is a phrase used by both individuals who identify as being sexually attracted to animals as well as members of the furry fandom to describe a person receiving the bulbus glandis at the base of canine’s phallus that swells up upon ejaculation.

    Origin

    The earliest known use of the phrase in a sexual context was posted on the alternative sex story site, asstr.org, on March 8th 2002.[1]

    Spread

    On Urban Dictionary an entry was made for “knotting” was made on August 2nd, 2003.[2] A second entry for “the knot” was created on March 29, 2006,[3] and a third for “taking the knot” on April 17th, 2006.[4] On “Tumblr”: there are various posts tagged under “take the knot”,[5] as well as at least two Tumblr blogs dedicated to erotic furry artwork showcasing characters who have a knot.[6][7] On January 26th, 2012, furry electronic music producer, Futret released an album entitled “DON’T EVERPAYMONEYFORTHISALBUM [FORSERIOUS]” which included a song entitled “TAKETHEKNOT [VARKA’S LAMENT]” (shown below).[8]



    On furry pornography image board e621 there are various posts tagged under “knot”.[9] On March 19th, 2012, YouTuber MrSuperGeep uploaded an analysis on the “The Legend of Korra”: protagonist Korra, discussing whether or not she could take receive Naga’s “knot” if Naga were a male (shown below). An article discussing “knotting” was posted to Gawker affiliate the news site Jezebel on July 18th, 2014.[10]



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Alt Sex Stories Text Repository – NSFWThe A List

    [2]Urban Dictionary – knotting

    [3]Urban Dictionary – knot

    [4]Urban Dictionary – taking the knot

    [5]Tumblr – NSFWPosts tagged under ‘take the knot’

    [6]Tumblr – NSFWKnot Safe for Work

    [7]Tumblr – NSFWFun Box of Knots

    [8]Ask.fm – NSFWDON’T EVERPAYMONEYFORTHISALBUM [FORSERIOUS]

    [9]e621 – NSFWPosts tagged under ‘knot’

    [10]Jezebel – ‘Knotting’ Is the Weird Fanfic Sex Trend That Cannot Be Unseen


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