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  • 08/12/15--20:35: Tom Brady's Courtroom Sketch
  • About

    Tom Brady’s Courtroom Sketch is a photoshop meme based on a coarsely drawn portrait of the New England Patriots’ star quarterback in a courtroom sketch produced at the first court appearance of Brady in a settlement lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL) for his four-game suspension penalty in the aftermath of Deflategate.

    Origin

    On August 12th, Tom Brady appeared at a public hearing in a New York City courtroom to discuss a potential settlement with the NFL regarding his involvement in Deflategate and the penalty of a four-game suspension. During the proceedings, several sketches of the both parties were drawn by New York City courtroom sketch artist Jane Rosenberg, one of which featured a moody and self-resigned looking portrait of Tom Brady.




    At 10:11 a.m. (EST), Boston-based reporter Jim Armstrong[16] for CBS-affiliate WBZ tweeted the images of Brady from the courthouse.



    Background

    On May 11th, 2015, the NFL announced the suspension of Tom Brady for the first four games in the upcoming season after ruling the athlete was involved in the intentional deflation of regulation footballs towards the team’s advantage. The decision was promptly appealed by the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) on behalf of Brady, however, on July 28th, it was upheld by the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The next day, Tom Brady and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) filed an injunction against the NFL in federal court in order to prevent the league from enforcing the four-game suspension of the Patriots’ star quarterback.

    Spread

    By early afternoon, shortly after the adjournment of the public portion of the hearing, football fans and others following the news story began poking fun at the hand-drawn depiction of Brady in one of the courtroom sketches, particularly for his skeletal appearance and saddened facial expression. At 1:36 p.m. (ET), SB Nation[3] highlighted the courtroom sketch in an article titled “Tom Brady’s face melted at the DeflateGate hearing, according to this courtroom sketch,” which included the original drawing and a couple of photoshopped parodies that emerged on Twitter shortly after its publication. In the following hours, dozens of photoshopped parodies featuring the portrait of Tom Brady continued to surface on the microblogging platform.

    News Media Coverage

    Several sports news blogs,[1][2][7][8][9] viral news sites[3][4][5][6] and major U.S. news publications[10][11][12][13][15] covered the courtroom sketch as a side story spun off from the NFL court hearing with many comparisons made to the Botched Ecce Homo painting that went viral in 2012. Later that same day, Vice[11] and The Boston Globe[14] interviewed the courtroom sketch artist Jane Rosenberg about her drawing, during which she was quoted as saying:

    “Tell Tom Brady, I’m sorry. He’s a very good looking guy and if I didn’t make him look good enough, I’ll try harder next time.”

    “I don’t tend to flatter people and make them look beautiful.”

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

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  • 08/13/15--02:06: 20% Cooler
  • Work in progress

    About

    20% Cooler, shortened from It Needs to be About 20% Cooler, is a memorable quote by the character of Rainbow Dash from the Hasbro animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It is frequently featured in fan-made images, videos, and animations. It is considered one of the most popular examples of Bronyspeak, and is often used as a snowclone in the form of “20% X”.

    Origin

    The original phrase is taken from the fourteenth episode of the first season of MLP, “Suited For Success”, in which Rainbow Dash says the phrase in response to her friend Rarity asking for feedback on a dress design.[1]



    Spread

    Researching

    Notable Examples




    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]MLP Wiki – Suited For Success

    [2]

    [3]


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  • 08/13/15--08:05: The Mandela Effect
  • About

    The Mandela Effect is a theory of parallel universes, based in the idea that because large groups of people have similar alternative memories about past events. Advocates of the theory claim that for these collective experiences to be true, the fabric of reality must have shifted at some point in the past, and that therefore not only do parallel, inhabitable universes exist, but that we are constantly switching between them.

    Origin

    The Mandela Effect was first described online in 2010, by a blogger named Fiona Broome. Broome described an experience at a convention called Dragon Con, where she discovered that others had a false memory similar to hers, which was that Nelson Mandela had died during his imprisonment in the 1980s.[1]

    See, I thought Nelson Mandela died in prison. I thought I remembered it clearly, complete with news clips of his funeral, the mourning in South Africa, some rioting in cities, and the heartfelt speech by his widow.

    Then, I found out he was still alive.

    Fiona recounted discovering many widely held alternative memories, including those of Star Trek episodes that had never actually existed, and the death of the Reverend Billy Graham.

    In 2012, another blogger named Reece, who wrote on the Blogger site Woodbetweenworlds, expressed a similar idea, but this time about the spelling of a popular children’s book series, The Berenstain Bears. [2]

    And then I saw the book covers. The ones in the squiggly bubble letters from the childhood. The ones I saw a hundred times a month from the formative ages of 5 to 9. The ones that every 20-something in the world will tell you read “Berenstein Bears”.

    Except they don’t read “Berenstein”. They read “Berenstain”.

    Reece is a physicist, and he went on to describe a theory of the universe that would account for the Mandela Effect, based on a 4-dimensional universe.

    I propose that the universe is a 4-dimensional complex manifold. If you don’t se habla math jargon, that means I propose the 3 space dimensions and the 1 time dimensions are actually in themselves complex, meaning they take values of the form a+ib, part “real” and part “imaginary”. Within this 4D manifold, there are sixteen hexadectants (like quadrants, but 16 of them), corresponding to whether we consider only the real or imaginary part of each of the four dimensions. In our particular hexadectant, the three space dimensions are real, and the time dimension is imaginary.

    Spread

    Both the original post by Fiona Broome and by Reece have received hundreds of comments, and the Mandela Effect has received a significant amount of media attention, first by Buzzfeed in 2014 and then by many other media outlets in 2015, including Vice, The Onion A.V. Club, Seventeen Magazine, and WGN-TV. The reddit community /r/mandelaeffect was created in December of 2013, and has since grown to 5,163 readers; this area and the comments section of the Mandela Effect blog are where many users go to share their alternate group memories and seek out new ones.

    Some of the most popular false group memories include:

    • The death of Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment in the 1980s
    • The spelling of the children’s book series “Berenstain Bears” as “Berenstein Bears.”
    • The countries of Sri Lanka and New Zealand being located in different places on the planet.
    • The number of American states being 51 or 52.

    In addition, many users have tried to find proof of past information that would have given them the false memories. They claim that the proof either vindicates their memory as the “correct” version, or that it proves the above theory of the universe.



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  • 08/13/15--11:30: Google Self-Driving Car
  • About

    Google Self-Driving Car, also known as the Google Driverless Car, is a technology developed by Google to make autonomous automobiles driven by the company’s Google Chauffeur software.

    History

    In 2009, Google began developing its self-driving car program[5] in secret at the company’s Google X facility. In June 2011, Nevada passed a law to permit self-driving vehicles. On March 28th, 2012, the Google YouTube channel posted a video of a Google self-driving car being tested on public roads (shown below). In the first three years, the video gained over seven million views and 16,300 comments.



    In April, Florida allowed testing of automonous cars on the state’s public roads, followed by California and Michigan over the next year. In May, the first license was given to an automonous Google-modified Toyota Prius by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. On May 27th, 2014, Google unveiled a new prototype driverless vehicle without a steering wheel or foot pedals (shown below, left). The same day, the Google Self-Driving Car Project YouTube channel uploaded a video explaining the project (shown below, right).



    Online Presence

    On June 26th, 2012, the /r/SelfDrivingCars[3] subreddit was launched for discussions about autonomous vehicles, including the Google self-driving car project. On May 13th, 2013, the Free Art and Technology Lab (F.A.T. Lab) posted a video featuring a fake Google self-driving car riding around New York City (shown below, left). On May 24th, 2015, the Rooster Teeth YouTube channel uploaded a parody video featuring a self-driving car by Bing (shown below, right).



    On July 17th, Redditor modern-era submitted an animated GIF of a Google self-driving car being rear-ended at an intersection to the /r/gifs[4] subreddit, where it gathered upwards of 5,200 votes (96% upvoted) and 760 comments in the first month (shown below).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]IEEE– "":http://spectrum.ieee.org/transportation/advanced-cars/how-googles-autonomous-car-passed-the-first-us-state-selfdriving-test

    [2]Fffff.at – Google Driverless Car

    [3]Reddit – /r/SelfDrivingCars

    [4]Reddit – Google self-driving cars first injury crash

    [5]Google – Self-Driving Car Project


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    About

    “How do you do, fellow kids?” is a reaction image commonly used to respond to users pretending to be part of a community that they are clearly unfamiliar with. The image features the actor Steve Buscemi dressed youthfully and holding a skateboard, and is usually subtitled with the tag line. The image is often photoshopped to adapt to a particular subculture, and the phrase is often used in conversation without the image.

    Origin

    The reaction image first aired as part a scene in episode 401 of the NBC television show 30 Rock, first aired on October 15th, 2009. In the show, Steve Buscemi plays a private detective hired as a strike buster.[1] In a scene where the detective is describing his prior investigations, he flashes back to a scene where believes he successfully masqueraded as a high school student.



    Much of the scene’s humor comes from Buscemi’s grizzled appearance in contrast with his silly approximation of high school attire, including a backwards hat, a skateboard worn over his shoulder, and a t-shirt that reads “Music Band” in the style of the classic AC/DC logo.

    Spread

    A subtitled screen capture first began to appear online in spring of 2012, just as 30 Rock was about to air its last episode, because the moment was featured on many viewer’s lists of best jokes from the show.[2] From there, it spread as a reaction image. The phrase is used frequently on Reddit, where the subreddit /r/fellowkids has more than 50,000 readers as of August 2015. The subreddit is used to share examples of people or corporations trying to “be cool” and “blend in,” often expressed through overuse of internet slang or emoji]

    The phrase is in frequent use on 4chan, where, for example it has 57 uses on the /v/, or video games, board.[4] The gif is more popular on Tumblr, and there are four separate blogs titled “How do you do, fellow kids.”[5] Several versions of the gif and image have more than 100,000 views on Imgur.[6]

    On several web sites, including RedBubble and Skreened, the t-shirt Buscemi wears in the scene is available for sale.[7]

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  • 08/13/15--15:42: Tom Brady
  • About

    Tom Brady is an American football player and current quarterback for the New England Patriots in the National Football League (NFL).

    History

    In the late 1990s, Brady was a quarterback for the Wolverines at the University of Michigan

    Online Presence

    In June 2011, the @TomBradysEgo[2] parody Twitter feed was launched, featuring tweets written from the perspective of Brady. Within four years, the account gained over 236,000 followers. On May 27th, 2012, Funny or Die released a parody video featuring in which a retail store employee accuses Brady of having a thick Boston accent (shown below).



    On November 24th, 2013, the Fox Sports YouTube channel uploaded a segment from the Fox NFL Kickoff show, in which football cornerback Richard Sherman discusses an image macro in which he is depicting as saying ""U mad bro?"": to Brady (shown below). Within two years, the video received more than 3.9 million views and 4,000 comments.



    On January 24th, 2014, the /r/tombradygifs[1] subreddit was launched for animated GIFs of Brady. On September 15th, a Tom Brady Facebook[3] page was launched, which gathered upwards of 3.2 million likes in the next year.

    Related Memes

    Touchdown Tom

    Touchdown Tom is an online nickname for Tom Brady, which is typically used when the team is performing poorly in reference to the many unexpected victories orchestrated by Brady over his 15 years in the National Football League (NFL).

    Be Attractive, Don’t Be Unattractive

    “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. The phrase comes from an episode of Saturday Night Live, in which Tom Brady demonstrates how to properly ask a woman out at work (shown below).



    Bradying

    Bradying is a photo fad that involves taking pictures of oneself sitting on the floor with the head lowered and hands clasped between the legs. The pose was inspired by a photograph of Brady on the football field following his team’s loss against the New York Giants at the Super Bowl XLVI.



    #DeflateGate

    #DeflateGate refers to the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots’ alleged use of deflated footballs towards the team’s advantage during their American Football Conference (AFC) Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in January 2015. The accusations of foul play has prompted an investigation from the National Football League (NFL), leading to the suspension of Brady for the first four games in the 2015 season. On January 30th, 2015, the schmoyoho YouTube channel uploaded an auto-tuned version of a press conference in which Brady discusses the Deflategate controversy (shown below).



    Tom Brady’s Courtroom Sketch

    Tom Brady’s Courtroom Sketch is a photoshop meme based on a coarsely drawn portrait of the New England Patriots’ star quarterback in a courtroom sketch produced at the first court appearance of Brady in a settlement lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL) for his four-game suspension penalty in the aftermath of Deflategate.



    Personal Life

    Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr. was born on August 3rd, 1977 in San Mateo, California. Brady is married Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, with whom he has two children: Benjamin and Vivian.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Reddit – /r/tombradygifs

    [2]Twitter – TomBradysEgo

    [3]Facebook – Tom Brady


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  • 08/13/15--21:22: Oliver Sin Piernas


  • About

    “Oliver Sin Piernas” (lit. “Legless Oliver” in Spanish) is a urban legend which claims that the main character of the anime series Captain Tsubasa, Tsubasa Ozora, wakes up during the last episode, and realizes that all of his football (soccer) career was a dream, lying in a bed without his legs. This legend is mostly localised in spanish-speaking networks, where there’s a widespread belief that this event actually happened in the anime, however, it never did. [1]

    The legend also inspired an exploitable image, normally used to indicate that someone is living a delusion. This makes it common among “trolling” Facebook groups that dedicate to make jokes about current events, especially those involving sports. The image is sometimes captioned, and Tsubasa/Oliver’s face is frequently edited to show the face or logo of the target that is supposed to be deluded.

    Origin

    Captain Tsubasa (Japanese: キャプテン翼 Kyaputen Tsubasa), also known as Flash Kicker, is a popular long-running Japanese manga, animation, and video game series, originally created by Yōichi Takahashi in 1981. The series mainly revolves around the sport of Association football.[2] Captain Tsubasa is better known as Supercampeones in Latin America, and as Campeones: Oli y Benji in Spain.[3] This anime was massively popular in both regions, and inspired prominent footballers such as Hidetoshi Nakata, Alessandro Del Piero, Fernando Torres, Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Messi, Alexis Sánchez and Andrés Iniesta to play football and choose it as a career.[4]

    The exact website where this particular template originated is unknown, as is the origin of the widespread myth of the “legless Oliver”. However, Google Trends makes it clear that the myth appeared around 2007, because no references to Tsubasa/Oliver being a leg amputee are available at earlier dates.

    Spread

    Even though this myth is relatively recent, considering that the original anime was transmitted during the eighties and nineties in the aforementioned regions, it is prevalent among both Latin American football (soccer) fans and otakus.

    There are several videos on YouTube showing edited clips of the anime, supposedly showing the moment where Tsubasa/Oliver is in his hospital bed after the amputation of his legs (shown bellow). The exploitable version of this meme is most commonly found on Facebook groups dedicated to football jokes, used with other memes such as Bad Luck Brian and rage comics. [5]



    Various Examples

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  • 08/14/15--05:02: Dan Vs.


  • About

    Dan Vs. is an American flash animated television series that originally aired on “The Hub”.[1] The series has gained a large fan presense on the internet, in a similar manner to another show that airs on The Hub: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, starting a series of crossovers between the two series.

    Premise

    The story follows Dan, a jobless misanthrope with a soft spot for animals, who is constantly peeved at small things and feels asif the whole world is conspiring against him. Each episode starts off with Dan going through his daily routine only to find out that something misfortunate has happened to either him or his belongings. Most popularly his car. Dan has now got a vendetta and must get revenge to those that have caused the misfortune, along side his best friend Chris.



    History

    The series was created by Dan Mandel and Chris Pearson (who’s names are also of the two main characters) originally for Adult Swim as a live action comedy. But the idea was scrapped and the two went for a more cartoon like show. The series creator Chris Pearson also described Dan’s personality to be as “Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes) grown up, if his life had gone wrong somewhere.”

    Reception

    The show was very well praised, and Imdb[2] gave the show a rating of 8.1/10 the show also won an emmy for “outstanding directing in an animated programme” in 2013. There are numerous tumblrs about Dan vs. But the most popluar tumblr is a crossover tumblr with Fluffle Puff, and another tumblr called Dan Vs FIM[3]. There are also plenty of fan art of the characters and show if searched on DeviantArt[4].



    Online Relevance

    [WIP]

    Dan Vs Ponies

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    *[WIP]

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    *[WIP]


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    [This entry is in the works. Feel free to ask editorship]

    About

    BRRRT is a term that describes the noise of twin engine ground-attack aircraft A-10 Thunderbolt II firing its cannon GAU-8 Avenger.

    Origin

    [Still researching]

    Online Relevance

    [Still researching]

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  • 08/14/15--10:19: 2015 Tianjin Explosions
  • Overview

    Tianjin Chemical Warehouse Explosion were large detonations that occurred at a storage container station at the Port of Tianjin in the Binhai New Area of Tianjin, China in mid August 2015.

    Background

    On August 12th, 2015, a warehouse building owned by the logistics company Ruihai Logistics, a facility known to house hazardous chemicals, erupted with at least two explosions, the second of which caused an enormous shockwave across the surrounding area. The exact cause of the explosion is unknown, but experts have speculated that the explosion was initially ignited by an acetylene blast that subsequently detonated a large amount of ammonium nitrate.[10] As of August 14th, the Tianjin government has reported more than 50 deaths and 700 injuries from the blasts.[4] In the aftermath of the explosion, thousands of people were left homeless following the destruction of surrounding buildings.



    Notable Developments

    Online Reaction

    In the coming days, several amateur video recordings of the incident were uploaded to YouTube, many of which reached the frontpage of Reddit (shown below).[11][12][13][14][15][16] Additionally, Imgur[3] user PizzaThrowingWalterWhite posted a gallery of images and information regarding the explosions According to the Twitter analytics site Topsy,[1] the keyword “tianjin”[2] was tweeted over 133,000 times in the first 48 hours.



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  • 08/14/15--11:18: Young Thug
  • About

    Young Thug is the stage name of Atlanta trap rapper Jeffrey Lamar Williams known for his eccentric style of rapping and high pitched slurred voice[1], who rose to prominence with his mixtape 1017 Thug, the single following, titled Danny Glover, his odd lyrics and internet personality, as well as his piece in the rap supergroup Rich Gang.

    Online History

    In 2011-2012 Young Thug released his Came From Nothing mixtape series. The series caught the eye of rapper and record label owner, Gucci Mane, who signed him to his 1017 Brick Squad Label. In his time with the label, he released a mixtape titles 1017 Thug, which received praise from critics, including a spot in Pitchfork’s Honorable Mentions[8], and Complex Magazines 100 best albums of the year[9]. Other music sites that wrote it include Rolling Stones[10] and The Guardian. [11]

    In 2013, Young Thug released a song titled Danny Glover. The song was acclaimed by fans of his music, receiving 4,000,000 views on YouTube, as well as artists in the music industry, receiving remixes by rappers Waka Flocka Flame and Nicki Minaj among others.

    Lifestyle

    After a series of collaborations with Birdman’s label (which Young Thug signed a management deal with, not a record deal), Young Thug appeared on the first single of the second Rich Gang album “Rich Gang 2” titled “Lifestyle”. The song received 166,000,000 views on YouTube. The song was well met by critics, being featured on a number of year end lists. However, the song received negative attention by people on the internet, citing it’s unintelligible and poorly written lyrics.

    Smoking Penises

    On December 22nd, 2011, as well as January 14th, 2012, Young Thug posted two tweets in which he mentions “smoking penises” (shown below), along with a no homo in the beginning of the 2nd tweet. The tweets have caused fans of Young Thug to theorize whether he is homosexual[3], as well as becoming a common joke with the rapper.



    According to an Urban Dictionary definition, written July 15th, 2006, “Penis Smoke” refers to "Crack pipe smoking. Smoke from a “glass dick”"[4]. On January 16, 2015 a similar line appeared on the leaked song Friend Of Scotty that goes “No homo, but my blunt look like a dick”[5].

    On April 13, 2015 YouTube channel FILNOBEP made a video titled “Young Thug Disses Lil Wayne + Rich Homie Quan Ain’t Gay” (shown below) playing a parody on Young Thug’s questionably homosexual lyrics and mentions the line

    The song received over 700,000 views. An alternate version of the video received over 25,000 views.

    Carter 6/Barter 6 controversy

    On April 7th, 2015, Young Thug revealed the release date and artwork of his new album Carter VI a title that pays homage to Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter series[12]. However, Lil Wayne and his daughter felt disrespected that the name of the series was taken without Wayne’s permission[6]. Young Thug , later changed the title of the album to Barter 6, using the Blood gang style of replacing words starting with C, and replace it with the letter B.

    Personal History

    In July of 2015, he was arrested twice in 24 hours, once for threatening to kill a mall officer[13], and later for drug and gun charges after a raid in his home[14].

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  • 08/14/15--12:05: Weather Forecast Fails
  • work in progress

    About

    Weather Forecast Fails refer to screen captures, GIFs, or videos of weather forecasts that had some sort of unfortunate or humorous mistake or situation. Since most weather forecasting is performed on the local news station in front of a green screen, much of the humor comes from the relative unawareness of the weather forecaster to the joke.

    Origin

    Weather broadcasting as part of the local news broadcast began after World War II, along with the invention of television. In the late 1970s and early ‘80s, John Coleman, the first weatherman on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, pioneered the use of on-screen weather satellite information and computer graphics for television forecasts before going on to found the Weather Channel, the first 24-hour weather broadcast network, in 1982.[1] The use of this technology quickly propagated throughout local broadcasts worldwide, creating many opportunities for fails.



    John Coleman at a later weather broadcast position

    One of the earliest weather forecast fails was uploaded to eBaum’s World on February 26th, 2008, in the style of a Demotivational Poster. The photo they used, which was probably found elsewhere online, features an image screen captured from the weather broadcast of WBNS-10TV, in Columbus Ohio, where the weatherman appears to be gesturing towards a storm which coincidentally looks like a penis]



    Spread

    Weather forecast fails can be found throughout all image sharing site, especially Reddit and Imgur, where there are hundreds of examples, many of which have independently accrued thousands of views.[4][5] Weather fails can be found in the Failblog community under the “weather” tag.[6]

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  • 08/14/15--15:47: Ghosting
  • About

    “Ghosting” is an Internet slang term referring to the practice of suddenly ceasing all communication with another person or disappearing from an event without saying goodbye. In recent years, the term has become largely associated with casual dating.

    Origin

    On August 29th, 2006, Urban Dictionary[1] user pfidr34 submitted an entry for “ghosting,” defining it as “the act of disappearing on your friends without notice.”



    Spread

    On November 27th, 2013, Urban Dictionary[2] user Ghostface Illa submitted an entry for “ghosting,” which defined the term as a way to break up with someone by ending all contact. On March 24th, 2014, the dating blog The Date Report[6] published an article titled “And Then I Never Heard From Him Again: The Awful Rise of Ghosting,” which speculated that matchmaking applications like Tinder were responsible for an increase in ghosting in casual relationships. The following day, The Daily Dot[5] published an article titled “Are dating apps to blame for ‘ghosting’?” On June 26th, 2015, The New York Times[3] published an article about breaking up with a romantic partner via ghosting. On July 2nd, The Daily Dot[4] published an article defending the practice of ghosting in certain circumstances. On July 22nd, The Independent[7] published an article titled “Ghosting: what to do if you’ve been a victim,” describing how to deal with being ignored by a love interest.

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    About

    Google “[Your Name] The Hedgehog”, Post Result is an online forum game inviting people to use the Google search engine for images by typing their first name followed by “the hedgehog”, in reference to the famous Sonic The Hedgehog franchise, and then link the result to the thread. The main purpose of this game is to highlight the amount of fan-made artworks (also known as OC) mostly coming from art site Deviant Art and based on the Sonic universe, that are deemed cringeworthy

    Origin

    On September 11th, 2010, IGN member Kirby-Star started a thread title “Google (Your Name) The Hedgehog”[1]. Most of the replies involved either a link to or an actual image of a fan-made character from the Sonic series sporting the user’s first name. The thread led to 17 posts prior to being archived and is the earliest documented instance of the game.

    Spread

    On November 14th, 2010, a similar game thread was posted to the Sega forums[2] and led to four pages of replies, as of August 2015. On November 29th, the game found itself in the VG Box Art forums[3], extending six pages. This time, however, the original poster pointed Deviant Art as a primary source of research for finding Sonic The Hedgehog fan-made characters. These kinds of threads began to pop up quite a lot on various famous forums, including Neogaf’s[4] and BodyBuilding.com’s[5]. The game’s increasing popularity reached BuzzFeed when BuzzFeed Staff member Cates Holderness posted an article titled Find Your “Sonic The Hedgehog” Doppelgänger[6] on August 30th 2013.

    Google “[Your Name] The Pony”, Post Result

    A variation of the game emerged following the online popularity of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic tv show. Because it led to a major increase in fan-made pony characters, which may have been made easier due to specific pony creator tools, game threads using the “[Your name] + the pony” formula started appearing as early as 2011. Such examples can be seen on The Escapist forums[7], LukerFAQs[8]4chan[9] and even Reddit[10].

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  • 08/15/15--04:17: That's Real Fuckin' Neato
  • About

    “That’s Real Fuckin’ Neato” is an image macro used as a reaction image, featuring Bert from Sesame Street, wearing a stereotypical cool get up and leaning against a wall.

    Origin

    The original image is crop of a picture from one of the pages in a Sesame Street storybook Just Like Ernie, published in 1988 by Western Publishing[1]. Though is unknown when exactly the original macro appeared, the earliest archived examples appear on 4chan’s /jp/ board and date back to April 26th, 2009[2].


    Spread

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    Search Interest

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  • 08/14/15--13:58: Gjallarhorn


  • About

    Gjallarhorn is a fictional rocket launcher weapon introduce in the 2014 first-person shooter Destiny. The weapon is considered to be the strongest rocket launcher in the entire game that can be obtained either by purchasing it from Xur or as a random item drop in the game’s weekly strike missions.

    Origin

    On September 9th, 2014, Bungie released Destiny, where players can acquire Gjallahorn primarily via random item drop in the game’s weekly strike missions. The rocket launcher was designed by Feizel Crux as gift for the Guardians who fought at the battle of Twillight Gap. The weapon itself was forged using the armor of the Guardians who fell in battle. The rocket launcher can only be used by players who have reached level 20 or above and can be upgraded to increase the weapon’s stats.


    Spread

    Since its appearance, Gjallarhorn has been widely discussed on various websites, including Tumblr,[1] 4chan,[2] and reddit.[3] On May 14th, 2015, Urban Dictionary user Kirito x 78 submitted an entry regarding the rocket launcher.[4]
    On June 20th, 2015 the Daily Destiny Videos Youtube channel posted a video of their top 5 funny reactions of players who obtained Gjallarhorn. The video gathered over 518.000 views in a month. On August 14th, 2015, Youtuber Mr. Fruit Gaming Channel posted a 60 second review of the rocket launcher which gathered over 138.000 views.


    Gjallarhorn Day

    On August 14th, 2015, it was discovered that Xur, one of weapon vendors in Destiny, was selling Gjallarhorn for the low price of 17 strange coins until August 16th. The discovery was reported by a number of news sites including Gamespot,[5] Kotaku,[6] The Verge,[7] and VG24/7.[8]


    On the Destiny subreddit, users begun dubbing August 14th to be Gjallarhorn Day to celebrate the sell.[10] On August 15th, redditor ghost posted stats regarding the subreddit’s traffic during the sell which gathered over 472 points (94% upvoted).[9]

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  • 08/15/15--10:59: Ow The Edge


  • About

    “Ow The Edge” is a catchphrase used in response to images, videos or posts that seem to fit in the edgy stereotype. The line has been heavily associated to the Sonic the Hedgehogcharacter Shadow the Hedgehog and the 2005 video game of the same name, and inspired a series of Expand Dong-styled images.

    Origin

    The earliest instance of the catchphrase comes from a block thread on 4chan’s video game board /v/, where users try to highlight some words or sections from video games covers by blocking parts of it. A post made on September 22nd, 2012 featured an edited version of the 2005 video game Shadow the Hedgehog cover, highlighting the words “OW THEEDGE”.[3]



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    Soon, the catchphrase started being used as response to posts that were noted as edgy on 4chan, being the first use registered a post on /v/ on October 5th, 2012.[2] The catchphrase also started being used as a ironic way to call Shadow and the video game title.[1] In middle 2013, a Expand Dong-styled image using the highlighted words started being used, though the exact origin of it is unknown (shown bellow).



    On May 17th, 2014, youtuber Skeluigi uploaded a video titled “Ow the Edge”, featuring a scene from Shadow the Hedgehog with the song Bodiesin the background. The video gained over 10,000 views in a year. On December 24th, 2014, youtuber Tails’ Channel uploaded a video titled “Ow The Edge”, featuring a 3D model of Shadow “dancing”. As August 15th, 2015, the video has gathered over 69,000 views.



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    WIPWIPWIPWIPDEARGODSWIP-- I simply wanted to get the skeleton out so I can add images to the gallery rather than linking to other sites for images


    About

    “These Aren’t The Droids You Are Looking For” is a sarcastic phrase often used to jokingly assert that an object/statement is, in fact, not what it appears to be---despite any and all evidence that it certainly is what it appears to be. The ctahphrase has inspired the phrasal template“These Aren’t the X You’re Looking For”.

    Origin


    The phrase is a quote from the 1977 movie “Star Wars”, spoken by Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi (Played by Alec Guinness) after being stopped by Stormtroopers when traveling into the city of Mos Eisley in search of the smuggler Han Solo.

    As of August 2015 there are multiple videos on youtube of the scene, the most popular of which currently sits at roughly 740,000 views.

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    An Urban Dictionary[1] entry for this phrase was first created on July 09, 2010 and as August 2015 has 63 upvotes and 57 downvotes although the “Top Definition” was created on January 20, 2011 and has 137 upvotes and 69 downvotes

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    [1] Urban Dictionary – These Aren’t The Droids You’re Looking For


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  • 08/15/15--18:07: Hell March
  • About

    “Hell March” is a soundtrack song written by Frank Klepacki for the 1996 Command & Conquer game Red Alert. The song was so widely loved by the Command & Conquer community that some rendition of it has appeared in every Red Alert game since. Additionally it has been used as a theme for videos featuring everything from military force, to simply marching.

    Origin

    “Hell March” was released along with Command & Conquer: Red Alert on October 31, 1996 by Westwood Studios[1].



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    On Feb 13, 2006, YouTuber Daggersquad uploaded a video with various photographs of Joseph Stalin, Soviet troops and vehicles, Soviet propaganda, and war scenes with “Hell March 2”, the Red Alert 2 version of the song playing. The video got 318,281 views, 550 likes, and 114 comments.




    On May 31, 2006, YouTuber strongmike uploaded a video featuring verious British armed forces and captions with anti terrorist statements (shown below, right). The video got 119,175 views, 397 likes, and 858 comments.



    On August 26, 2014, the Youtuber Rodrigo Xavier uploaded a video featuring people in Pikachu suits marching to Hell March 2, the video got 593,897 views, 4,717 likes, and 466 comments.




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  • 08/16/15--00:27: Watership Down
  • This entry is still working in process and you can feel free to request editorship


    About


    Watership Down is an classic adventure novel were the rabbits must get to the meadow known as the Watership Down to get pass an very dangerous quest[1], the novel is written by English author Richard Adams in 1972, later in six years an animated film adaptation titled Watership Down released in 1978[2].

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    Title IMDb Score Rotten Tomatoes Rating
    Watership Down 7.7[3] 81%[4]


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    [1]Wikipedia – Watership Down

    [2]Wikipedia – Watership Down (film)

    [3]IMDb – Watership Down (1978)

    [4]Rotten Tomatoes – Watership Down (1978)


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