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  • 09/10/15--10:50: *Takes a Deep Breath*
  • About

    *Takes a Deep Breath* is a series of mock conversations based on a copypasta in which the speaker, assuming the role of the poster, is preemptively interrupted by the listener who readily goes on to scold the former’s obsession with a particular subject or franchise in popular culture.

    Origin

    On July 21st, 2015, Tumblr user sugaawaras[1] published a mock conversation in which he is chastised by a friend for repeatedly expressing his love for the character Sugawara Koushi from the anime series Haikyuu (shown below). Within three weeks, the post gathered upwards of 2,200 notes.



    Spread

    On August 10th, Tumblr user xtrmeosaurus-rex[3] published a version of the conversation substituting the cryptid creature Mothman for Sugawara Koushi, garnering more than 3,000 notes in the first month (shown below).



    On August 31st , Tumblr user kiohne[4] posted a variation of the template substituting Nicki Minaj for the object of the user’s affection (shown below).



    On September 5th, 2015, Meme Documentation[2] published an explanation of the conversation posts. On September 9th, Tumblr user sardanax[5] published a mock conversation in which he is scolded for expressing his appreciation for the linguistics (shown below).



    As of September 10th, a search query for “takes a deep breath”[6] yields more than 400 instances of the copypasta on Tumblr.

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

    [1]Tumblr – sugaawaras

    [2]Tumblr – Meme Documentation

    [3]Tumblr – Xtremeosaurus-rex

    [4]Tumblr – kiohne

    [5]Tumblr – sardanax

    [6]Tumblr – takes a deep breath


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  • 09/10/15--12:48: Alex Jones
  • About

    Alex Jones is an American talk show host of the syndicated radio program The Alex Jones Show and founder of conservative news website Infowars. Online, Jones has earned a reputation as a vocal libertarian and right-wing conspiracy theorist after accusing the United States government of secret involvement in historical events and human-made disasters.

    History

    In the 1990s, Jones hosted the talk show The Final Edition on the radio station KJFK in Austin, Texas. In 1996, Jones launched the libertarian political news site Infowars.com,[1] which often features articles about conspiracy theories and government corruption.[3] In the 2001 drama film Waking Life, Jones appears as a rotoscoped animation ranting about the corporate control of government while driving a car with a public address system attached to the hood (shown below).



    On February 11th, 2008, the Alex Jones YouTube[4] channel was launched, which gathered upwards of 557 million views and 1.1 million subscribers in the next eight years. On September 10th, 2009, the channel posted a video message from Charlie Sheen directed toward United States President Barack Obama regarding questions about the official account of the September 11th, 2001 attacks (shown below). In the next six years, the video gained over 3.9 million views and 60,300 comments.



    On May 9th, 2013, the YouTube channel uploaded footage of a 12-year-old boy confronting a police officer for parking illegally on a sidewalk (shown below). Within three years, the video received upwards of 8.1 million views and 15,500 comments.



    Social Media Presence

    As of September 2015, Jones has over 914,000 Facebook[5] likes and 314,000 followers on Twitter.[3]

    Reputation

    Jones has gained a reputation for promoting a variety of conspiracy theories, many of which have been criticized for being based on flimsy or anecdotal evidence. He has accused the United States government of being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing, the September 11th attacks and for staging NASA’s Apollo program moon landings. Additionally, Jones made several hotly-debated statements against gun control in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (shown below).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Infowars.com – Alex Jones Infowars

    [2]SootMagazine – Viral Suspicion

    [3]Twitter – @AlexJones

    [4]YouTube – Alex Jones

    [5]Facebook – Alex Jones


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  • 09/10/15--14:46: Rare Pepe
  • About

    Rare Pepes are unique illustrations and photoshops of the character Pepe the Frog which are ostensibly valued as if they are trading cards based on their relative saturation on the web. After a collection was posted for sale on eBay in March 2015, Rare Pepes have been frequently listed by users on other online marketplaces.

    Origin

    In March 2015, users on the /r9k/ (robot9000) board on 4chan began referring to original illustrations and photoshops of Pepe the Frog as “Rare Pepes,” some of which were posted with watermarks to retain their value (shown below).



    Spread

    On March 28th, 2015, an anonymous 4chan user submitted a thread to the /r9k/[2] board, which confessed to stockpiling “rare Pepe” images in order to “flood the market” and depreciate their value (shown below).



    On March 31st, a post was submitted to /r9k/[3] highlighting an Imgur gallery[15] with over 1,200 pictures of Pepe. In the first week, the gallery received more than 260,000 views. In early April, the collection of Pepe images were listed on eBay, where it reached a price of $99,166 before being removed from the site (shown below).



    On April 1st, the /r/rarepepemarket[13] subreddit was launched for discussions about the images. On April 3rd, the Internet humor site Smosh[4] published an article about the rare Pepe images. The same day, YouTuber mustard uploaded a video titled “1,200 Rare Pepe Memes for Sale,” featuring a slideshow of Rare Pepe images (shown below).



    Also on August 3rd, Redditor QuahogBay submitted a post asking for an explanation of the Rare Pepe phenomenon to the /r/OutOfTheLoop[7] subreddit, garnering upwards of 1,200 votes (92% upvoted) and 200 comments in five months. By April 9th, there were over 230 “rare Pepe” listings on eBay.[5] On April 12th, The Daily Dot[8] published an article about the origins of the Rare Pepe meme. On May 11th, BuzzFeed[6] published an article about Rare Pepes online. On May 18th, YouTuber ayy caramba uploaded a clip from an Israeli television show with fake subtitles discussing a Rare Pepe economic crash (shown below).



    Online Listings

    In the coming months, additional postings selling Rare Pepes were postings on eBay,[9] with over 230 active listings as of September 2015. Additionally, ads for Rare Pepe collections were created on Craigslist.[10] On August 13th, 2015, an ad titled “Seeking Rare Pepe Trader – Third Roomate” was created on the Chicago Craigslist board.[11] On September 9th, a request to buy Rare Pepes for $50 was placed on the New York City Craigslist[10] board (shown below). The same day, The Daily Dot[12] published an article about the Craigslist listings.



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    About

    “If You Can’t Handle Me at My X, You Don’t Deserve Me at My X” is a snowclone of the phrase “If you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best,” which is most often used in the early stages of romance. The phrase is often mutated or used in parody.

    Original

    The quote’s original source is unknown, but it is often misattributed to Marilyn Monroe in the following form:

    “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”[1]

    Spread

    With the advent of online dating, the phrase, both the original and slightly mutated versions, became widely used on personal profiles, often as a warning to potential suitors. Multiple posts on reddit refer to this phenomenon, including highly upvoted ones in the subreddits /r/tinder, /r/okcupid, and /r/circlejerk.[2][3][4] In addition, the phrase was used on reddit to refer to images of domestic violence in both the /r/imgoingtohellforthis.[5] In addition, between 2009 and 2011, several images with the quote written on photographs of Marilyn Monroe went into wide circulation on Tumblr.[6]



    Left: Tinder profile example; right: standard Marilyn Monroe misquote image.

    Later, as mutations became stranger, image macros featuring very outlandish versions became more and more popular on Tumblr, while the original quote fell out of favor. Some of the more popular versions reference celebrities, television characters, or anime characters, and are posted on Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram.[7][8][9]

    You Don’t Deserve My At My Dootiest

    One of the most popular mutations, “If You Can’t Handle Me at My Spookiest, Then You Don’t Deserve Me At My Dootiest,” originated in the Skull Trumpet subreddit, /r/ledootgeneration in a post titled “If you can’t handle me at my flootiest you don’t deserve me at my dootiest” by DonTori, posted on July 12th, 2015.[10] The post featured a GIF of a skeleton playing a flute made of bone, and received 2,914 points (92% upvoted). The post’s format was then copied over 60 times by members of the subreddit, with different words always substituting for the “word” “flootiest,” but the word “Dootiest” staying the same in each post.[11] In addition, the popular form of the mutation became a common skeleton-relatedcopypasta.



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    External References

    [1]Elle – MARILYN MONROE’S BESTQUOTE WASN’T BY MARILYN MONROE":http://www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/a15424/marilyn-monroe-misquotations/

    [2]/r/tinder – if you can’t handle me at my worst

    [3]/r/okcupid – If I ever come across the “If you can’t handle me at my worst…” line in a profile, I’m sending them this. Okilly-dokilly?

    [4]/r/circlejerk – Last week my girlfriend said “If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best” so I killed her. Reddit, in what other ways are you a gay rights activist?

    [5]/r/imgoingtohellforthis – If you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best

    [6]Google – Search: if you can’t handle me at my worst

    [7]Pinterest – Search: if you can’t handle me at my

    [8]Tumblr – Search: if you can’t handle me at my

    [9]Instagram – #ifyoucanthandlemeatmyworst

    [10]/r/ledootgeneration – If you can’t handle me at my flootiest you don’t deserve me at my dootiest

    [11]/r/ledootgeneration – "if you can’t handle me at my ":https://www.reddit.com/r/ledootgeneration/search?q=if+you+can%27t+handle+me+at+my+&restrict_sr=on&sort=relevance&t=all#page=1


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  • 09/10/15--20:33: Sonic Boom
  • Editors Note: This entry is been under construction, feel free to request editorship


    About

    Sonic Boom is an 2014 CGI-animated children’s television series that it was an spin-off the video game series Sonic the Hedgehog with the protagonist’s Sonic, Tails, Amy and Knuckles to stop Doctor Eggman by his evil plans,[1] later an video games is been released on 2014 titled Rise of Lyric on the Nintendo Wii U[2] and Shattered Crystal on the 3DS[3].

    History

    Television series


    [Researching]

    Video games

    Left: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on Wii U, Right: Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal on 3DS


    [Researching]

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  • 09/11/15--01:41: Is It Porn?


  • About

    Is It Porn? is a web application designed to analyze the visual and textual content within any user-submitted image and determine whether it is pornography, more specifically, the degree of its likelihood in percentage. In early September 2015, the app gained a lot of traction on 4chan for its poor accuracy in performance, in similar vein to the popularity of the website How-Old.net.

    History

    The website,[1] which is powered by a content filter made of machine learning algorithms, was launched by the company Indico in July 2015. However, the site mostly went unnoticed until late August, when a Facebook page for the app was created on August 27th, 2015 featuring a picture of a guy in a speedo (shown bellow, left).[6] Two days later, an anonymous user posted a fan art picture of Lilliput on a thread submitted on 4chan’s Pokémon board /vp/, making that other users started posting analysed pictures and mocking on the poor accuracy of the app (shown bellow, middle).[5] The same day, a Touhou thread on /v/ also used the app (shown bellow, right).[7]



    In the following days, the site still remained little known and din’t gain traction until September 5th, 2015, when a dedicated thread about the site was created on /v/ (video games) board,[8] with the original post featuring a screencap of the videogame Dead or Alive. Soon, other boards from the site also started threads about the app,[2] including /h/,[9] /vp/,[10]/co/[11] and /mlp/,[12] before spreading to other memetic hubsites like Tumblr,[4]Twitter[3] and reddit.[13] As of September 11th, 2015, the website has received over 40,000 submissions.



    Various Examples



    External References

    [1]Is It Porn? – Main page

    [2]archive.moe – Search for itisporn

    [3]Twitter – Search for itisporn

    [4]Tumblr – Search for itisporn

    [5]archive.moe – Grass princess thread

    [6]Facebook – Is it porn?

    [7]archive.moe – Touhou thread.

    [8]archive.moe – Go to https://isitporn.com

    [9]archive.moe – Go to https://isitporn.com/

    [10]archive.moe – go to isitporn.com

    [11]archive.moe – Let’s get this started /co/.

    [12]archive.moe – What do you get?

    [13]reddit – Search for itisporn


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  • 09/11/15--12:22: Jason Silva
  • About

    Jason Silva is a television personality, filmmaker and public speaker known for hosting the National Geographic reality series Brian Games and the YouTube web series Shots of Awe. Silva often speaks about philosophy, emerging technologies and futurism, including the concept of the technological singularity.

    Career

    In 2005, Silva was cast as a presenter on the television channel Current TV where he was a host and producer for 5 years. On April 12th, 2012, The Atlantic[6] published an article about Silva titled “A Timothy Leary for the Viral Video Age.” In June 2012, Silva premiered a video titled “Radical Openess” at the TEDGlobal conference, in which Silva performs a monologue about creativity, technology and the Richard Dawkins’ concept of memes (shown below, left). In 2013, he was cast as the host of the reality show Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel, which explores various topics in neuroscience, psychology and cognition (shown below, right).



    Online History

    On March 16th, 2012, Know Your Meme published an interview with Silva, in which he discussed a variety of topics, including the technological singularity, Internet memes, psychedelic drugs and virtual reality. On April 9th, 2013, Silva appeared as a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast (shown below).



    Shots of Awe

    On May 22nd, 2013, Silva launched the “Shots of Awe” YouTube[1] channel as part of the Discovery Digital Networks TestTube, which features weekly monologue videos of Silva rapidly discussing various topics in science, technology and philosophy. That day, the channel posted a video titled “Awe,” in which Silva passionately expresses his appreciation for the experience of feeling inspired (shown below).



    On September 10th, an episode titled “Existential Bummer” was uploaded to the channel, which explores how to emotionally confront the impermanence of existence (shown below, left). Within two years, the video gained over 2.9 million views and 1,800 comments. On September 2nd, 2015, the channel reposted a Facebook video of Silva holding a baby while expressing various musing about the miracle of human life (shown below, right).



    Social Media Presence

    As of September 2015, Silva has more than 293,000 Facebook[4] likes, 112,000 Twitter[2] followers and 35,000 Instagram[3] followers.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]YouTube – Shots of Awe

    [2]Twitter – @JasonSilva

    [3]Instagram – @jasonsilva

    [4]Facebook – Jason Silva

    [5]ThisIsJasonSilva.com – Jason Silva

    [6]The Atlantic – A Timothy Leary for the Viral Video Age


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  • 09/11/15--12:30: Where Were You
  • About

    Where Were You, often expressed as the hashtag #WhereWereYou, is a question asked by Americans each anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 Attacks to share their memories of what they were doing at the exact moment they found out about the collisions.

    Origin

    On November 7th, 2001, country singer Alan Jackson released the song “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning,” a memorial song about the September 11th, 2001 attacks months before. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 2002 and Song of the Year from many different country music song associations. As of April 2015, the song has sold 368,000 digital copies in the United States.[1]


    Spread

    Every year on the anniversary of the attacks, the song experiences a peak in popularity. In 2015, the hashtag first appeared in this context overnight between September 9th and 10th, with people beginning to tweet about their experiences.[2] The top tweet was from Speaker of the House John Boehner, who attached a video his office had prepared for the occasion:



    His tweet received 56 favorites and 62 retweets. Other political figures, like former New York Governor George Pataki,[3] also shared their stories, along with many people who claimed to be past and present residents of New York City and many who claimed that the event had changed their entire lives in some way.[4] By 2 pm EST on September 11th, 2015, the hashtag had been used almost 10,000 times.[5] The spread and use of the hashtag was covered in both NBC News and online magazine Heavy.[6][7] In addition, there are at least 150 different “Where were you on 9/11” threads on Reddit, and the question is commonly asked on other forums as a “serious” type of inquiry.[8]

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  • 09/11/15--20:06: Sonic's Arms Are Not Blue


  • About

    “Sonic’s Arms Are Not Blue” is a remark by some members of the Sonic the Hedgehog fanbase in response to ilustrations that despict Sonic’s arms being blue instead of having a peach color. The quote also became associated to Sonichu creator Christian Weston Chandler, after it was used by Chandler on his Facebook posts complaining about Sonic Boom redesign.

    Origin

    On October 3rd, 2014, Christian Weston Chandler posted a rant to his Facebook timeline (shown below) about how the character Sonic the Hedgehog’s arms were blue in the Sonic Boom media franchise as opposed to his more peach color in previous incarnations.[1] Since the original post Chandler has made several others, as well as preforming acts of vandalism as a form of protest against the change.[2]


    Sonic's Arms Are Not BLUE!!! You all continue to make me most Angry with this Most Criminal Of Changes In History…

    Posted by Christian Weston Chandler on Thursday, October 2, 2014

    Spread

    On January 17th, 2015, YouTuber Based Tyrone, a side channel of the Fiverr star Gordan Hurd, uploaded a video titled “Tyrone Declares Chris Chan’s Innocent” in which Sonic’s arm color is discussed (shown below, left). On February 2nd, 2015, YouTuber Blues uploaded a video titled “Sonics Arms Aren’t Blue” (shown below, right).



    On June 10th, 2015, the Sonic_Hedgehog official Twitter account answered to a question on Twitter if Sonic Boom would have Chandler’s infamous fan character, Sonichu, available for play;[3] to which the account answered that it could be possible if they redesigned him to have blue arms. Within the next 3 months, the tweet gathered over 2,200 retweets and 3,200 favourites.



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

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  • 09/12/15--14:18: "Baton roue" Edits
  • About

    “Baton roue” Edits are edits of a comic by the French artist Corentin Penloup which features a man who crashes after putting a stick in the front wheel of the bicycle he is riding. Edits of the comic typically feature characters or people taking the place of the man on the bike who blame others for crashing.

    Origin

    The original comic, titled “Baton roue” (French, “wheel stick”), was first published on Penloup’s personal art blog on January 23, 2011.[1]



    Spread

    On October 16, 2012, Reddit user muthafuckenbeetroots posted the comic to the subreddit /r/funny, where it gained over 1500 upvotes.[2] On September 11, 2015, Tumblr user lonely-and-the-infinite-sadness posted a screenshot of a Donald Trump edit, which gained over 110,000 notes.[3]



    Example Images




    Search Interest

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  • 09/13/15--04:36: Mathematics


  • About

    Mathematics is the study of quantities, particularly as applied to concepts such as change. It is one of the oldest human academic disciplines and is occasionally described as a field of science, though the appropriateness of this label is debated. It is frequently referenced on the internet and has spawned many notable memes, most of which are based around either peculiarities found within mathematics, or the perceived difficulty of the subject itself.

    History and Background

    Work in progress

    Mathematics consists of several sub-fields and overlaps with other disciplines. Pure mathematics is generally thought to be comprised of number theory, algebra, analysis, and geometry; applied mathematics includes statistics and links to the physical sciences, particularly theoretical physics; finally, the study of the superstructure of mathematics itself, including fields such as metamathematics and mathematical logic, forms the link between modern mathematics and its roots in philosophy.

    Online History

    Work in progress

    On August 26th, 2014, the science-themed blog I Fucking Love Science published a compilation of GIFs explaining and demonstrating common concepts in mathematics,[1] including Pascal’s triangles, circle measure, and basic trigonometric functions (shown below).



    Related Memes, Events, and Sites

    Divide By Zero

    Division by zero is considered an impossibility within mathematics, and hence any operation involving it is a mathematical error. “Divide by zero” is frequently used as a colloquial expression on the internet to describe impossible or paradoxical actions or occurrences.



    #EdexcelMaths

    #EdexcelMaths is a Twitter hashtag associated with various jokes and complaints regarding a perplexing statistics problem known as “Hannah’s sweets" which appeared in the United Kingdom’s General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) Math exam distributed by the Edexcel exam board in June 2015.



    48÷2(9+3) = ?

    48÷2(9+3) = ? is an arithmetical mathematics problem that leads to two different answers -- either 288 or 2 -- depending on the order of operations used. It is typically employed as a method of trolling with the intention of inducing an argument.



    9 + 10 = 21

    9 + 10 = 21 refers to a video of a young boy giving an incorrect answer to a mathematics problem that was posted on Vine and quickly became a fad within the Vine community, later spreading to various other internet communities.



    Ah, The Scalene Triangle

    Ah, The Scalene Triangle is an expression associated with a video in which the narrator seductively repeats the phrase “ah, the scalene triangle” while zooming in on an illustration of the geometric figure.



    LOLgraphs

    LOLgraphs are statistical representations and visual aids typically designed to explain a wide range of non-academic and mostly trivial topics for humorous effect. In similar vein to Demotivational Posters, the format and concept of LOLgraphs has spread a unique genre of internet humor.



    Pi Day

    Pi Day is an international holiday observed annually in celebration of the Pi (π), one of the most well-known mathematical constants typically approximated as 3.14159, which corresponds to the calendar date March 14th in its numeric format (3/14). Online, the Pi Day is widely celebrated through discussions, homophonic wordplays, such as throwing or eating baked pies, and other creative interpretations of the irrational number.



    Pi Symbol Trademark Controversy

    Pi Symbol Trademark Controversy refers to the removal of several T-shirt designs bearing the mathematical constant “π” from online retailer, Zazzle, after being issued a cease-and-desist letter from a lawyer representing Paul Ingrisano, a New York City artist who obtained the trademark on the Greek letter, in May 2014.



    Wolfram Alpha

    Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine created by Wolfram Research, which provides answers to factual queries submitted by the user using vast amounts of curated computable data and semantic indexing of text. Outside of computational usage, the site became popular for their implementation of the “Fictional Character Curves” feature which attempted to recreate characters through graphical reconstruction and the “Image Identification Project” which attempted to identity the subject in any image submitted to the site.



    xkcd

    xkcd is a webcomic created by Randall Munroe, an ex-NASA robotics expert and programmer. The series’ main subject matter revolves around math, science, and Internet culture and features characters drawn as stick figures. Many of the comics feature graphs, charts, and statistical numbers as the basis for their jokes.



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  • 09/13/15--06:22: Such A Lust For Revenge
  • Editor’s Note: This entry includes spoilers for Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain. Also get to work, Triple Zed >:(

    About

    Such a Lust For Revenge or Who?! is a memorable quote uttered by the main antagonist Skull Face in the 2015 stealth action game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The quote gained notoriety online due to its cheesy delivery by voice actor James Horan, simillar to They Played Us Like A Damned Fiddle! in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.

    Origins

    In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Skull Face is the main antagonist and leader of XOF in which Main Character Venom Snake seeks revenge against for destroying Mother Base 9 years earlier during the events of Ground Zeroes. The quote was uttered at the end of mission 30 of the game, where Skull Face became surprised when Metal Gear Sahelanthropus went out of control, noting that there was an individual with a greater lust for revenge than himself. On September 6th, 2015, youtuber jaguar200 uploaded the scene where the line is uttered, gaining over 33,000 views in a week.



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    Search not availaible.

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    About

    “Hello Darkness, My Old Friend” is the opening lyric from the 1964 soft rock song “The Sound of Silence” performed by the American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. Online, the introduction of the song is often used as background music in a variety of parody and remix videos for dramatic effect.

    Origin

    In October 1964, Simon and Garfunkel released the song “The Sound of Silence” as a track on their debut studio album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., which features the lyrics “hello darkness, my old friend” in the first verse.



    Hello darkness, my old friend
    I’ve come to talk with you again
    Because a vision softly creeping
    Left its seeds while I was sleeping
    And the vision that was planted in my brain
    Still remains
    Within the sound of silence

    In May 2013, Season 4 of the American sitcom Arrested Development was released on Netflix, which contained several scenes featuring the song when the character Gob experiences a moment of deep regret (shown below). Following the season’s release, search interest for the phrases “hello darkness” and “hello darkness my old friend” saw a dramatic spike on Google Trends.



    Spread

    On July 8th, 2014, YouTuber Joe Bell uploaded a clip of the Sad Brazilian Fan with “The Sound of Silence” playing in the background (shown below, left). On July 30th, YouTuber convulsion0inc uploaded footage of electronic dance music producer David Guetta performing at the Tomorrowland music festival with “The Sound of Silence” dubbed in the background (shown below, right). The following day, Redditor dragonsky posted the video to the /r/youtubehaiku[4] subreddit. Within two years, the videos received upwards of 7.1 million views and 1.3 million views respectively (92% upvoted).



    On January 27th, 2015, Redditor larperdoodle submitted a post titled “Hello dankness my old friend” followed by the phrase “I’ve come to browse your memes again” to the /r/dankmemes[6] subreddit. The same lyric was subsequently used in a page on the humor site DankMayMays[7] featuring the Gnome Child with “The Sound of Silence” playing in the background (shown below).



    On February 7th, the /r/TheSoundofSilence[3] subreddit was launched, featuring various YouTube videos with the song edited into the background audio. On March 14th, YouTuber rockwillor uploaded footage of feminist protester Chanty Binx with “The Sound of Silence” verse playing at the end of the clip (shown below, left). On May 1st, YouTuber TeamZoo uploaded a video of a man appearing expressionless while riding a reverse bungee thrill ride with “The Sound of Silence” playing in the background (shown below, right). In four months, the video gained over 1.2 million views and 580 comments. On July 25th, Redditor beet111 submitted the video to the /r/videos[2] subreddit, where it received more than 5,700 upvotes (89% upvoted) and 700 comments in two months.



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  • 09/13/15--17:29: Reimu's Armpits
  • About

    Reimu’s Armpits, also known as Touhou Armpits, refers to a partialism towards the armpits of the main character in the Touhou Project videogame series, Reimu Hakurei. The fetish’s dominating presence in Touhou fanart compared to fanart of other series made it an infamous characteristic for the Touhou fandom.

    Origin

    Touhou Project’s iconic main character Reimu Hakurei,[1] the shrine maiden of the Hakurei Shrine, was first introduced in the first game in the series, Highly Responsive to Prayers,[2] which was released in 1996 for the Japanese PC-9801 platform. Initially Reimu’s outfit shared its design with a traditional shrine maiden outfit (shown below, left),[1] but her design made a change by the 6th installment in the series, Embodiment of Scarlet Devil,[3] first released in August 2002, when the series switched to Windows. Since then Reimu’s outfit is a more custom shrine maiden outfit, composed of a sleeveless red sailor fuku top alongside a pair of white detached sleeves, which leave a wide arm-gap revealing her armpits and the side of her sarashi bra (shown below, middle & right).[4]



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    Reimu has remained one of the Touhou Series’ main characters since the first installment in the series, and thus has become one of the series’ most well known and iconic characters. Due to Touhou’s large fandom, Reimu is often seen as the catalyst for the rise in popularity of the armpit fetish in anime fandoms; although the partialism is still commonly associated with the Touhou fandom. On Google Trends, the search trends for both “reimu” and “armpit porn” started around the same period and have both been gradually growing since.



    On the online image boards Danbooru[5] and Gelbooru,[6] searching for the combined tags of “hakurei_reimu” and “armpits” yields respectively over 1,800 and 5,700 images, taking up roughly a third of content when searching for “touhou” and “armpits”. On January 5th, 2015, the Facebook page Reimu’s Delicious Armpits launched,[7] which lists itself as a religious organisation and managed to gather over 5,200 likes in the next 9 months. The Uncyclopedia page for Reimu Hakurei[8] describes her backstory as a quest for an armpit-hair remedy.

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    External References

    [1]Touhou Wiki – Reimu Hakurei

    [2]Touhou Wiki – Highly Responsive to Prayers

    [3]Touhou Wiki – Embodiment of Scarlet Devil

    [4]Touhou Wiki – Reimu Hakurei Design

    [5]Danbooru – Search ‘hakurei_reimu’ + ‘armpits’+ [NSFW: Explicit Content]

    [6]Gelbooru – Search ‘hakurei_reimu’ + ‘armpits’[NSFW: Explicit Content]

    [7]Facebook – Reimu’s Delicious Armpits

    [8]Uncyclopedia – Reimu Hakurei


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  • 09/13/15--20:24: iPad
  • About

    The iPad is a tablet computing device created by Apple using the iOS mobile operating system, which is capable of running a variety of applications downloaded off the Apple App Store.

    History

    On January 27th, 2010, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the iPad at a press conference in San Francisco (shown below, left). In April, Wi-Fi and 3G versions of the device were released, selling over one million units by the following month. On March 2nd, 2011, Jobs unveiled the iPad 2, a thinner version of the tablet device with upgraded processors and cameras (shown below, right).



    On October 23rd, 2012, Apple announced an updated 4th generation iPad with improved hardware and a 7.9 inch iPad Mini tablet. On October 22nd, 2013, Apple announced the iPad Air tablet equipped with a Retina Display. In October 2014, the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 devices were released.

    iPad Pro

    On September 9th, 2015, Apple announced the upcoming iPad Pro tablet device along with the Apple Pencil digital stylus (shown below).



    Online Presence

    On January 27th, 2010, the /r/ipad[2] subreddit was launched for discussions about the mobile device. On January 29th, YouTuber jacksfilms uploaded a parody of the iPad announcement titled “The Magical iPad” (shown below). Within six years, the video gained over 3.7 million views and 7,700 comments.



    On October 29th, 2012, YouTuber JLE uploaded a parody promotional video for the iPad Mini (shown below, left). On November 2nd, YouTuber Tobuscus uploaded a parody commercial for the iPad mini (shown below, right). In three years, the videos gathered upwards of 2.7 million views and 4.6 million views respectively.



    On September 10th, 2015, YouTuber Ben Bigg uploaded a parody video titled “WTF is an Apple Pencil,” which mocked the Apple Pencil device unveiled for the iPad Pro (shown below, left). That day, YouTuber jacksfilms uploaded a mock review for the iPad Pro (shown below, right).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – iPad

    [2]Reddit – /r/ipad


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    About

    Women Laughing Alone With Salad is a stock photo cliché and single topic blog devoted to collecting instances in stock photography where women are pictured laughing and eating or holding salad. The cliché has become a popular and humorous criticism of the depiction of women in media.

    Origin

    The first collection of photos of was created by blogger Edith Zimmerman on January 3rd, 2011, on the feminist blog The Hairpin. The post was titled “Women Laughing Alone With Salad” and featured 18 photos illustrating the trend with no accompanying text. As of September 2015, the post has been shared on Facebook over 206,000 times and on Twitter 15,400 times, and it has 730 comments.



    Two photos from the original 18

    h2. Spread

    Reflecting the viral impact of “Women Laughing Alone with Salad,” several other variations on the theme surfaced in the following months, most notably “Men Laughing Alone with Fruit Salad,” “Women Proud Of Their Two Apples,” “Women Resisting Delicious Cakes and Pies” and “Women Struggling to Drink Water.” The trend of men or women doing awkward things in stock photography was covered by various online communities and publications, such as 4chan[7], Reddit[4], The Huffington Post[3], UpRoxx[2], The Daily What[5] and The Hairpin.[6] In addition, a Tumblr single-topic blog titled Women Laughing Alone With Salad was created the same day as the original Hairpin post, and has continued to post through 2015.[8]

    On September 7th, 2015, the Wooly Mammoth Theater in Washington premiered the play Women Laughing Alone With Salad. Written by Sheila Callaghan, the play was based on the photo series of the same name, originally featured on the blog the Hairpin. Callaghan told the Washington Post that “Nobody likes salad that much; it’s not built for that. And the notion that you’re supposed to feel that way -- [salad] will never be that kind of satisfying.” The play depicted three female leads discussing these types of false emotional standards, and used over 6,000 pieces of prop lettuce. It was set to run until October 4th, 2015.[9]

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  • 09/14/15--12:44: Tony Abbott
  • work in progress

    Overview

    Tony Abbott is an Australian politician and the former Prime Minister of Australia.

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  • 09/14/15--13:07: Choo-Choo
  • About

    Choo-Choo is an anthropomorphic pink cat character from the 1960’s animated television series Top Cat. On Tumblr, the character gained a significant following in late August 2015, appearing in posts containing animated GIFs and photoshopped images.

    Origin

    From September 1961 to April 1962, the animated series Top Cat was produced by Hanna-Barbera studios and broadcast on the ABC network. The show centered around a gang of anthropomorphic New York City alley cats, including the titular Top Cat, Fancy-Fancy, Spook, Benny the Ball, Brain and Choo-Choo.



    In the show, the character Choo-Choo is depicted as naive member of the group who often exhibits signs of neuroticism and anxiety. On April 25th, 2011, a page for Choo-Choo was created on the Top Cat Wiki.[6]

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    In May 2013, the deactivated Tumblr user cinderblockdota[5] posted a photograph of of a television screen with Choo-Choo from the episode " Dibble Sings Again"[10]. The image was uploaded with the caption: “This fucking cat has been stuck on my tv for 12 hours” (shown below). Over the next three years, the post gathered upwards of 16,500 notes.



    On August 9th, 2015, the RelatablePicturesOfChooChoo[7] Tumblr blog was launched, highlighting screencaptured images of the Top Cat character. On August 27th, Tumblr user crappyhomemadegifs[1]Top Cat video clip featuring Choo-Choo wearing a sign to promote “Jazz’s Bingo Party.” Within three weeks, the video gained over 16,400 notes. On August 10th, Tumblr[2] user terriamon posted an edited version of the CADbortion comic with Choo-Choo superimposed into the panels (shown below, left). On August 29th, Tumblr[3] user zombieself[3] highlighted a photoshopped image of Choo-Choo wearing a sign with the phrase “Down With CIS (shown below, right).



    On September 13th, Redditor _Gain submitted a post titled “What is this cat mean? Is it a new meme?” to the /r/OutOfTheLoop[4] subreddit, accompanied by a photoshopped comic with Choo-Choo edited into the bottom panel (shown below). Within 24 hours, the post accumulated more than 1,900 votes (89% upvoted) and 160 comments.



    Various Examples

    Photoshopped images of Choo-Choo and other Top Cat characters are frequently posted to Tumblr under the tags “choo choo”[8] and “topcat.”[9]



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  • 09/14/15--13:22: Sad Virginia Fan
  • About

    Sad Virginia Fan is the nickname given to a supporter of the University of Virginia’s collegiate football team Virginia Cavaliers who became the subject of photoshopped parodies online for his reaction to the game-winning touchdown by the University of Notre Dame’s quarterback DeShone Kizer during the last minute of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) match between the two teams on September 12th, 2015.

    Origin

    On September 12th, 2015, the FBS football season match[2] between Virginia Cavaliers (University of Virginia) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish (University of Notre Dame) kicked off at Scott Stadium in Scottsville, Virginia. While most college football fans and experts anticipated an easy win for Notre Dame, Virginia Cavaliers outperformed the expectation of many by securing a one-point lead with less than two minutes remaining in the last quarter. However, Notre Dame’s backup quarterback DeShone Kizer managed to flip the lead and ultimately seal the victory with a 39-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds remaining in the game.



    Immediately after Notre Dame’s game-winning touchdown, ESPN turned the camera to a Cavaliers supporter in the seating area heavily slouched over the brick wall in dismay. Following the broadcast, a screenshot of the fan’s reaction entered circulation on Twitter after the image was near-simultaneously tweeted by sports columnists Timothy Burke[15] and Erik Malinowski[16] at 5:01 p.m. (EST).



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    In the following hours, numerous sports news sites and college football blogs began highlighting the screenshot to summarize the fans’ reaction to the outcome of the game, including Deadspin[18], SB Nation[8], ESPN[19], Sports Nation[20], Bleacher Report[14] and GameDayr.[9] By 5:13 p.m., a novelty Twitter account had been launched in honor of the newly-dubbed “Sad Virginia Fan,”[13] garnering over 360 followers in the matter of a few hours. Throughout the weekend, a slew of photoshopped parodies featuring a cutout of the slouched fan began to emerge on Twitter.[12]

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  • 09/14/15--16:14: Odell Beckham Jr's Hair
  • About

    Odell Beckham Jr’s Hair refers to a series of comparison images featuring the hair of professional American football player Odell Beckham Jr, especially those created during the first game of the 2015 football season. Beckham Jr’s hair is known for its color and shape which often bears similarity to other characters and products.

    Origin

    Odell Beckham Jr’s hair has been a subject of discussion online since his first year in the NFL playing for the New York Giants. On August 28th, 2014, it was announced that he signed an endorsement deal with shampoo brand Head & Shoulder’s drawing even more attention to his hair.[1] In addition, during the summer of 2015, a photograph surfaced that was rumored to picture Beckham Jr performing cunnilingus on the model Amber Rose; Beckham Jr was recognizable, in theory, by his hair (view this image in the gallery).[2] He denied that the photo was of him by posting a photo of his more current hairstyle to Instagram with the caption “Pray the real last forever man, pray the fakes get exposed,” a lyric from a song by Drake.



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    On September 13th, 2014, the 2015 football season began with Beckham Jr on the starting bench for the New York Giants. That evening, a photograph of him on the bench, helmet removed, was tweeted by user RYANFALCONE, referencing his connection with Amber Rose.[3]



    The original tweet received 56 retweets and 28 favorites, and other tweets began circulating using the same photograph, often with comparisons to a character or product that his hair resembled, including Troll Dolls and Maruchan Ramen Noodles.[4] The image comparisons were written about in Bleacher Report,[5] the Dallas Morning News,[6] and NJ.com.[7]

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