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    About

    “The Screaming Sun”, also known as Squanch Spoofs, is a series of parody videos featuring a screaming sun from the season 2 finale of the cartoon seriew Rick and Morty, in which a sun from another source material (or other round objects) is replaced by the screaming sun for comedic effect.

    Origin

    On October 4, 2015, Adult Swim aired the season 2 finale of the show Rick and Morty. The episode revolved around Rick Sanchez and his family travelling to the Planet Squanch to attend the Wedding of Rick’s best friends: Bird Person and his girlfriend, Tammy. After Tammy reveals she is an undercover agent of the Galactic Federation sent to arrest Rick and all of his friends and family for crimes against the galaxy (and shoots Bird Person dead), a shoot out ensues between the Galactic Federation and Rick’s Freedom Fighters. Rick and his family escape during the shoot-out, and begin looking for a new planet to settle, hidden from the Galatic Federation. After seeing two planet choices (a tiny planet and a planet where everything is on the cob), they finally seem to find the ideal planet. Morty points out that the sun of the planet is rising, only to reveal that the planet’s sun has a face and is constantly screaming when it is in rotation. A clip of the screaming sun planet was posted on Youtube on October 5th, 2015, and has gained 156,679 views in less than a month.



    The “Squanch Parody” name comes from the episode’s title, “The Wedding Squanchers”[1], which itself is a parody of the tile of the film “The Wedding Crashers”.

    Spread

    On October 7th, shortly following the episode’s premire and the clip being uploaded to youtube, a video tiled “The Circle of Life” by the user NoodleLu was uploaded.[2] The video features the screaming sun, where it replaces the rising sun from the opening of the Disney film “The Lion King”. The video has since gained 591,390 views.



    It was then featured on the Official Rick and Morty Facebook page on the same day, with the post gaining 25,575 likes, 6,403 shares and 1,932 comments.[3]



    Various Examples

    Since the first video was uploaded to Youtube, many other videos have followed,[4] where a sun is replaced by the screaming one, or other round objects are replaced by the screaming sun.



    Search Interest


    External Links

    [1]Rick and Morty Wiki – The Wedding Squanchers

    [2]Reddit – Rick and Morty Lion King

    [3]Facebook – Rick And Morty Facebook Post

    [4]A.V. club – Inserting Rick And Morty’s screaming sun into stuff is a thing now, apparently


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  • 10/30/15--17:31: NeoGAF Asshole
  • About

    NeoGAF Asshole is an advice animalimage macro featuring a photograph of a young man wearing a pair of glasses and various captions portraying him in the stereotype of the controversy of NeoGAF.

    Origin

    On December 20th, 2011, NeoGAF member 24FrameDaVinci submitted a link to a Quickmeme page with the photograph titled “NeoGAF Asshole”. The captions feature references to video games and inside jokes within the controversy of the NeoGAF community. Although the members finds it offensive, NeoGAF owner Tyler Malka finds it and quote “Shitty forced meme” and then locks the forum.

    Spread

    On April 2013, the Quickmeme page has received upwards of 1,000 submissions and counting.

    External Links

    [1]Know Your Meme – NeoGAF

    [2]NeoGAF – NeoGAF, Meet NeoGAF Guy!

    [3]Quickmeme – NeoGAF Asshole

    [4]Google Image Search – neogaf asshole

    [5]NeoGAF – Where did “Neogaf Asshole” originate from?

    [6]Voat – NeoFAG – NeoGAF Asshole Meme

    [7]Gaffots – NeoGAF Asshole Meme

    [8]Meme Generator – NeoGAF Asshole


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  • 10/30/15--19:18: What The Fuck Australia?!
  • WORK IN PROGRESSFEELFREE TO ADD

    About

    “What The Fuck Australia?!” or “WTF Australia” is a reply to information or images dealing with living in Australia, Seen as being a harsh and “deadly” place to live, most information is focus on the problems and issues that the people there deal with. Which has also lead to the saying “Everything in Australia is trying to kill you” and have many links to “Damn nature you scary”

    History

    Some of the earliest images started popping up in 2009. The “Australia wall spider” being one of the most notable.


    Online Presence

    Search Interest


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  • 10/31/15--07:23: Kin-iro Mosaic / Kinmoza!
  • Work in progress.



    About

    Kin-iro Mosaic (きんいろモザイク Kin’iro Mozaiku; literally Golden Mosaic), also known by its shortened title Kinmoza!, is a Japanese slice-of-life yonkoma (four-panel) manga written and illustrated by Yui Hara, later adapted into an animated series by Studio Gokumi.

    Premise

    The series follows the daily life occurrences of Shinobu Oomiya and her best friend from England, Alice Cartelet, who comes to stay with her and attend school in Japan following their becoming friends during Shinobu’s homestay at Alice’s house in England. They are joined in their exploits by Shinobu’s friends Aya and Youko as well as Alice’s half-Japanese friend from England, Karen.


    History

    The series was first published in June 2010, in the seinen (young adult men) magazine Manga Time Kiara Max.[1]

    Reception

    The series is available to purchase on DVD and Blu Ray in the USA subtitled by Sentai Filmworks, but ironically is not technically licensed for release in the UK and must be imported. Alternatively viewers in some regions can watch it legally on Crunchyroll.[2]

    Online Presence

    The series became known among the anime & manga subculture for its unusual combination of British and Japanese cultural jokes, as an example of celebrating both one’s own culture and the culture of others, relatively judicious use of English, and for its strong lesbian overtones (referred to as “yuri genre” by anime & manga fans). Alice represents the western Japanophile, often referred to as weeaboo in online communities, while Shinobu reverses this concept with her “Britaboo” xenophile tendencies which manifest most commonly as a “blonde hair fetish” (to which the kin-iro in the title refers).

    The version of England that appears in the series has been highly researched by the manga author and series creators; Alice’s house is based on a real bed & breakfast, and her home town is strongly implied to be Castle Combe, Wiltshire, which scored highest on a 2015 list of most beautiful British towns by British newspaper The Daily Mail.[3] One Reddit user on r/anime explained in detail the degree to which the town has been recreated.[4]

    During a Reddit discussion on the second season, in full spirit of cross-cultural communication, English-speaking users were contacted by Japanese users from r/japan_anime. It did not take long for users to begin posting their favourite GIFs from the show.[5] r/japan_anime continues to use a Kinmoza banner to this time of writing (31/10/2015).[6]

    A TV Tropes page for the series has been created.[7]

    Related Memes

    I Don’t Have Anything To Give You, So I’ll Sing You X

    “I Don’t Have Anything To Give You, So I’ll Sing You X” refers to refers to a series of MAD videos on the video-sharing website Nico Nico Douga.


    Karen Kujou

    Karen Kujou is a half-English, half-Japanese character who has become highly memetic in anime fandom online. She accounts for significant memetic content from the series due to her memorable outfit featuring a Union Flag jacket, her overly-energetic tendencies (a common anime character type which TV Tropes calls the “Genki Girl”[8]), bizarre reactions, and her ironically having much worse command over the Japanese language than the fully-English Alice. It is worth noting that Karen even causes in-story memes among the other characters, such when the rest of her class start mimicking her mispronunciation of the Japanese for “good morning”. Karen is a popular character for use in reaction images and shitposting for these reasons.


    Remember to Have Just 1 Waifu

    Remember to Have Just 1 Waifu refers to a memorable caption edit of fan-favourite character Karen Kujo which attained popularity due to the varied reactions online to the concept of waifus. This edit appears to have first surfaced circa June 2014. The image has received several edits and snowclones featuring characters such as the notably waifu’d Gardevoir from Pokemon.


    Show Me the Booty

    Show Me The Booty is a caption edit from an episode of the series, in which Karen appears as a pirate during a story told largely through a song by the characters. The image appears to have surfaced roughly in April 2015 and received positive reaction, which may be because of its pun in relating to memetic expressions revolving around a hunt for “booty” similar to expressions such as Dat Ass and “Do She Got a Booty?”


    Vibrating Karen

    Vibrating Karen refers to a vibrating GIF of Karen Kujou which is frequently captioned in a way that snowclones or references other memes such as the Navy SEAL copypasta or [Intensifies]. [Editor’s Note: These images may be uncomfortable to view for people who find rapidly-moving imagery difficult to see.]


    Search Interest

    Search interest for Kin-iro Mosaic shows a sharp spike following the televising of the anime’s first season in 2013.


    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Kin-iro Mosaic

    [2]Crunchyroll – Kinmoza!

    [3]Daily Mail Online – 19 Idyllic Villages

    [4]Reddit – Kinmoza Discussion

    [5]Reddit – Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic!

    [6]Reddit – r/japan_anime and their Kinmoza banner

    [7]TV Tropes – Kin-iro Mosaic

    [8]TV Tropes – Genki Girl


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  • 10/31/15--11:47: Tweek X Craig
  • About

    Tweek X Craig is the fictional pairing of Tweek and Craig in southpark by the new asian students in their Yaoi art which eventually became reality.

    Origin


    “Tweek X Craig” was a 2015 episode of South Park that premiered on October 28th. The episode parodies slash fiction genre of yaoi art which is about forbidden love and the LGBT lifestyle. It has gained a significant fanbase on Tumblr due to the significance of LGBT in the episode and its frequent references of Yaio.


    Spread


    The first tumblr page made about the pairing can first is Tweek x Craigalicious which started posting and reblogging in Febuary of 2014.

    Notable Examples




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  • 11/02/15--07:05: I'm Just Saiyan
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    About

    I’m Just Saiyan is a catchphrase often used by fans of the popular anime and manga series Dragon Ball as a wordplay on the expression “I’m just saying” and the fictional Saiyan race which exists within the Dragon Ball universe.

    Origin

    Spread

    On September 28th, 2010, the phrase was used by the abridging group Team Four Star in the 18th episode of their series Dragon Ball Z Abridged (shown below).



    Various Examples

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    Search Interest

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  • 11/02/15--10:31: Birds
  • About

    Birds are two laegged winged animals in the Class Aves. As a common domestic pet, birds have long been celebrated in popular culture and online

    Online History

    [WIP]

    Related Memes

    Birb

    Birb is an internet slang term to refer to birds; usually featuring birds that are exceptionally cute, humorous, and most notably smol. The first known use of the word birb in this context was on November 17th, 2012, when it was tweeted by the popular bird-themed Twitter BirdsRightsActivist.[1] The tweet received 87 retweets and 83 favorites in three years.



    On April 16th, 2014, the user teh3mo submitted a post to the subreddit /r/funny entitled “We are birb. We must dance.” featuring a GIF of a blue parakeet reacting to a stuffed parakeet.[2] The post received 3,181 points (94% upvoted). On October 2nd, 2014, Birb was first defined in this context in Urban Dictionary; the poster defined birb as a term related to Doge and LOLcats] The birb subreddit /r/birbs was founded on December 14th, 2014, and as of November 2015 has over 10,000 subscribers.[4] The subreddit defines birbs as “Birbs are birds that are being funny, cute, or silly in some way.” In the Steven Universe fandom, the term “birb” has become closely affiliated with the main character Pearl; whose facial features have gotten her the nickname “Bird Mom” (shown below).



    Birb is in common use in social media as a way to refer to cute bird videos or posts. On Tumblr, thousands of posts have been created with the hashtag.[5] There are 1,670 video results on Vine,[6] and over 13,600 tagged posts on Instagram.[7] As of November, 2015, the word birb is tweeted about 250 times per day, averaging around 7,000 uses per month. [8][9] On DeviantArt, there are over 10,000 deviations tagged with #birb.



    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Twitter – BirdsRightsActivist’s Status

    [2]/r/funny – We are birb. We must dance.

    [3]Urban Dictionary – birb

    [4]Reddit – /r/birbs

    [5]Tumblr – Search: birb

    [6]Vine – Search: birb

    [7]Instagram – #Birb

    [8]Topsy – #Birb

    [9]Twitter – Birb

    [10]DeviantArt – Search: Birb


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  • 11/02/15--15:26: Sportsball
  • Work In Progress

    Overview

    Sportsball is an online slang term for any sport that is often ridiculed for being boring, generic, and overrated. The term has often by used by people or communities who either dislike any sports or have no care in them such as online gamers or nerds.

    Spread

    On March 3, 2007, Urban Dictionary submitted a definition of Sportsball in which they stated:

    A generic term for any form of sport involving a ball, and especially those with “ball” in their name. Often derogatory.

    Throughout the 2010s, Sportsball has been shown in various webcomics such as The Oatmeal and xkcd in which they mock the commentary and gameplay of any sport or sporting event. Sportsball also had its own share on merchandise such as t-shirts. In 2015, Rooster Teeth used the term for their own sports web show.

    References


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  • 11/03/15--08:14: Bob Ross
  • About

    Bob Ross (1942 – 1995) was an American painter best known for his instructional television show The Joy of Painting, which aired on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations from January 1983 to May 1994.

    Background

    The Joy of Painting was an American half-hour instructional television show hosted by Ross. During each episode, Ross would complete an imaginary landscape using a variety of tools and brushes while using the wet-on-wet oil painting technique; instructing viewers regarding the techniques so anyone could follow along.



    Prior to his painting career, the Florida-raised Ross was a member of the United States Air Force which brought him to Alaska, inspiring the first snow and mountains that would become a theme in his artwork. Ross also had an affection for small animals, which he raised and set free; occasionally bringing them with him in the show. He was known for several catchphrases coined on his show, including “happy little trees” and “there are no mistakes, only happy accidents”;[1] alongside his afro haircut and soothing voice became notable characteristics associated with him.

    Online History

    The Joy of Painting is still frequently syndicated by PBS stations nationwide, and there have been several events of online newsworthiness featuring the painter and his show. Clips of Ross frequently show up in YouTube Poop and montage parody videos (see below video parody section), and even PBS’ own Digital Studios has remixed Ross videos to create a viral hit, entitled “Bob Ross Remixed” (shown below, left). Since its original posting in July of 2012, this video has acquired over 8.92 million views. In addition, the online series “Epic Rap Battles of History” featured a Bob Ross vs. Pablo Picasso battle (shown below, right); since it’s posting in November of 2013, that video has gained over 26 million views.



    On April 14th, 2014, the popular statistics blog FiveThirtyEight released an analysis they’d created of Bob Ross’ painting catalog. They found that Ross painted trees, mountains, and clouds more frequently than any other types of objects, and used the painter’s oeuvre to explain several statistical methods.[3] This analysis proved to be a viral hit for the site, and the work was covered by mainstream press outlets like The Verge,[4] Laughing Squid,[5] and the AV Club.[6]

    Twitch Marathon

    To celebrate the launch of their new channel called Twitch Creative, the streaming site Twitch streamed every episode of The Joy of Painting in a 400 hour, 8.5 day marathon, complete with their traditional chat structure.[7] The stream, which began on October 29th, 2015, averaged about 40,000 views at any given time, and as of November 3rd, 2015, had acquired over 2.3 million total views and over 314,000 likes. The stream was controversial both because of the mainstream, non-gaming community that were pulled to the site,[8] and also because of the mainstream’s reaction to the Twitch chat group, which, for instance, reacted negatively when Ross had a female guest on to paint.[9]



    During the stream, various phrases gained memetic usage during notable sections in the show: Such as viewers saying “RUINED” whenever Bob Ross painted over an earlier done section and saying “GG” at the end of each episode. Twitch itself also appealed to the site’s memes by introducing KappaRoss, a variation of Twitch’s highly popular Kappa emoticon edited to have Ross’ characteristic afro; likewise the stream’s image prior to starting also featured an image of Josh DeSeno, the face of Kappa, as Bob Ross (shown below).



    Related Memes

    Photoshop Bob Ross

    Photoshop Bob Ross is a photoshop meme using an image template of the celebrity painter standing in front of a blank canvas. Taken from a promotional photograph for his instructional television program The Joy of Painting, it is most often used as an exploitable to frame various images in the blank canvas as if they were drawn by Ross.



    Video Parodies

    In addition to the photoshop meme, there are several video parodies and tributes to Ross’ show, The Joy of Painting. This can be attributed to the show’s continued syndication on public access television networks.




    Search Interest



    External References


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    Overview

    The 2015 Volkswagen Emission Scandal, also known as #DieselGate, refers to the German automaker Volkswagen Group’s intentional programming of turbocharged direct injection diesel engines to provide fraudulent nitrogen oxide emissions results during laboratory testing. An estimated 11 million cars produced between 2009 and 2015 are estimated to have included programs known as “defeat devices” to manipulate data in order to meet government auto emissions requirements around the world.

    Background

    In May 2014, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) provided a study on live road test emissions from diesel cars to the California Resources Board, which led to regulatory investigations of Volkswagen in several countries. On September 18th, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that Volkswagen had installed defeat devices in vehicles produces from 2009 to 2015 in order to provide favorable emissions results.[7]

    Notable Developments

    Volkswagen’s Response

    Initially, Volkswagen claimed the emissions discrepancies were the result of technical glitches. After being confronted with evidence that the cars contained “defeat devices” in early September 2015, the auto company admitted to manipulating data in emissions testing during a conference call with the United States EPA. On September 22nd, Volkswagen Groups of America CEO Michael Horn stated that the “company was dishonest with the EPA” and claimed that the board of directors only found out about the wrong doing when it became public.[1] The following day, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned from the company.

    Vehicle Recall and Fines

    On September 29th, Volkswagen announced it would refit 11 million vehicles involved in the scandal starting in January 2016. Additionally the company could face up to $18 billion in fines from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

    Online Reaction

    Following the outbreak of the scandal in mid September, Twitter users began posting about the controversy using the hashtag “#Dieselgate”[6] (shown below).



    On September 18th, YouTuber Jaxwagen uploaded a Hitler reacts video featuring subtitles referencing the Volkswagen scandal (shown below).



    On September 21st, Redditor bulbaplup submitted a post about the scandal to the /r/worldnews[2] subreddit, where it received upwards of 8,200 votes (98% upvoted) and 5,100 comments in the next six weeks. On September 23rd, the auto news blogs Wheels24[4] and CarThrottle[5] published articles about the online reaction to the scandal. On October 1st, Redditor beet111 uploaded a GIF titled “meanwhile at Volkswagen,” featuring a man blasted in the face with soot out of a car’s exhaust pipe (shown below). In one month, the GIF received upwards of 5,700 votes (92% upvoted) and 350 comments on the /r/funny[3] subreddit.



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 11/03/15--15:06: Jeb Can Fix It
  • About

    “Jeb Can Fix It” is a political slogan launched by the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Following its launch in late October 2015, the motto was widely mocked online with photoshops and image macros accompanied by the hashtag “#JebCanFixIt.”

    Origin

    On October 26th, 2015, the Bush campaign announced a new “Jeb Can Fix It” tour starting the first week of November in Tampa, Florida.[1] On October 29th, Twitter user @JohnGort[4] tweeted a screenshot of the character Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants along with Bush’s new campaign slogan (shown below).



    Spread

    On October 30th, Texas entrepreneur Jimmy Flannigan[3] launched the parody site JebCanFixIt.com,[3] where he claims Bush stole his slogan from his 2014 run for Austin City Council.



    On November 2nd, 2015, Bush delivered a speech at a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida, where he debuted the new “Jeb Can Fix It” campaign slogan (shown below).



    The same day, Twitter user @Memeographs[11] posted a photoshopped image of Bush holding various tools in front of the new motto (shown below, left). Meanwhile, Twitter user @TheBaxterBean tweeted mugshots of Bush’s daughter noting that she had been arrested multiple times for drug possession without serving jail time along with the #JebCanFixIt hashtag (shown below, left). Within 24 hours, the tweet gained over 1,500 retweets and 1,000 favorites.



    That day, #JebCanFixIt[9] became a trending hashtag on Twitter.[5] In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the hashtag, including MotherJones,[5] Breitbart,[6] The Observer[7] and The Daily Mail.[8]

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 11/03/15--20:32: Crystal Pepsi
  • Crystal Pepsi is a soft drink made by PepsiCo. from 1992 to 1993. It is a crystal-clear variety of Pepsi Cola, but does not contain any caffeine.

    History

    In the early 1990’s, a marketing fad equating clarity with purity began with the remake of Ivory soap from its classic milky solution. The idea had spread to many companies, including PepsiCo. David C. Novak, Chief Operating Officer of Pepsico. at the time, is credited with introducing the Crystal Pepsi concept.

    Crystal Pepsi was marketed as a caffeine-free “clear alternative” to normal colas, equating clearness with purity and health. Its marketing slogan was “You’ve never seen a taste like this.” In 1992, PepsiCo. introduced Crystal Pepsi to test markets in Denver, Sacramento, Dallas, and Providence, and the product generated a positive response. Pleased with the results, PepsiCo. launched the cola on April 12, 1992, and began to sell it nationwide in 1993.

    A large marketing campaign was launched, for which the company invented the world’s first photo-realistic, computer-generated bus wrap printing. A series of television advertisements featuring Van Halen’s hit song “Right Now” premiered on national television on January 31, 1993, during Super Bowl XXVII. Another marketing ploy was to give out full sized sample bottles with the Sunday paper deliveries such as the Boston Globe in Massachusetts. In its first year, Crystal Pepsi captured a full percentage point of U.S. soft drink sales, approximately $474 million. Coca-Cola followed suit by launching Tab Clear on December 14, 1992.

    Initial sales were good but quickly fell. By fall 1993, Pepsi pulled the drink off the market, and the final batches were delivered to retailers during the first few months of 1994. Pepsi returned several months later with a reformulated citrus drink titled Crystal From Pepsi, but this was short-lived as well.

    According to Coca-Cola Chief Marketing Officer Sergio Zyman, “Tab Clear was an intentionally ‘suicidal,’ ‘kamikaze’ effort to create an unpopular beverage that was positioned as an analogue of Crystal Pepsi in order to ‘kill both in the process.’” The “born to die” strategy included using the poor-performing Tab brand, rather than Coke, labeling the product as a “sugar free” diet drink to confuse consumers into thinking Crystal Pepsi had no sugar, and marketing the product as if it were “medicinal.” Zyman had said that “Pepsi spent an enormous amount of money on the brand and, regardless, we killed it. Both of them were dead within six months.”

    In 2007, Novac was interviewed, and when asked about Crystal Pepsi, he stated that, “[In retrospect,] it was a tremendous learning experience. I still think it’s the best idea I ever had, and the worst executed. A lot of times as a leader you think, ‘They don’t get it; they don’t see my vision.’ People were saying we should stop and address some issues along the way, and they were right. It would have been nice if I’d made sure the product tasted good. Once you have a great idea and you blow it, you don’t get a chance to resurrect it.”

    Cult following

    In September 2014 The Coca-Cola Company re-introduced the soft drink Surge, leading to speculation in the public (and amongst media) about the return of Crystal Pepsi.

    Beginning in April 2015 and continuing throughout the year, an online campaign, spearheaded by the online personality, “the L.A. Beast,” generated enough interest for a call-in and email campaign, circa 37,000 Change.org petition signatures, tens of thousands of Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram tagged comments, 15 billboards erected around the Los Angeles area, and a commitment to ride a mobile billboard truck at Pepsi’s Purchase, New York headquarters with a gathering of supporters at a park nearby on June 15-16, 2015. The interest from this campaign led to an official response by Pepsi Co. on June 8, 2015, which indicated that Crystal Pepsi may be making a comeback.

    In October, L.A. Beast said on Twitter that Crystal Pepsi is going to be online for sale in December. On his Periscope live stream, he states that, “If the sales go well when they are released in December, they would possibly be released in 20oz. bottles in stores in 2016.”


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  • 11/04/15--03:31: Get Dunked On
  • Work in progress. If anyone knows something not mentioned in the article, feel free to contact me so I can complete it. -Fukua
    Contains spoilers for the video game Undertale.

    About

    “Get dunked on!”, (sometimes stylized as “geeettttttt dunked on!!”), is a quote of unknown origins first seen in 2009 for a Snickers commercial, and made popular by a ridiculous and incorrect guide to Master Yi, a League Of Legends character in 2012, where “get dunked!” would be spoken after each kill, then revived in 2015 by Sans, a character from the video game Undertale, showing up at the game over screen if the player falls for Sans’ attempt to “Spare” him during the fight against him.
    This quote is closely related to “you’re going to have a bad time”, as both were uses by Sans in the final battle.

    Origin

    The earliest appearance of the quote is from a Snickers commercial featuring the basketball player Patrick Chewing, where he breaks a hoop and backboard on top of someone eating Snickers, and the quote is featured as a catchphrase at the end of the commercial. While it sparked interest around 2009, it seems to have died out.



    It is unknown if the more recent uses of the quote in League Of Legends and Undertale is related to this commercial.

    On League of Legends

    The first recorded widespread use (under the form “Get dunked”, omitting the “on”) on the Internet stems from the “pro as heck guide to master yi”, a video guide created by Youtube user “notue” pretending to explain how to use the League Of Legends character Master Yi, but instead gives incorrect and ridiculous info along with making up new names for items and monsters. Whenever he kills someone, the catchphrase “Get dunked!” is used.



    On Undertale

    Undertale is a RPG video game released in September 2015 where players can win battles against monsters without having to kill them. However, if the player decides to kill every monster that can be encountered in the game, the player will achieve the Genocide Route (also called No Mercy route) and several events in the game will change, most notably Sans being fought at the end of the game, something that never happens in the other routes.

    The battle against Sans is considered to be one of the most memorable of the game for its high difficulty, dialogue from Sans revealing major plot points and the music playing.

    After a few turns of fighting, Sans will comment on the player’s behavior and offer to “Spare” him, which is the action normally used to end a fight in Undertale without having to kill the enemy. If the player chooses to Spare Sans, Sans will use an unavoidable attack that will kill the player in a few seconds.



    Instead of the usual Game Over screen telling the player to “stay determined”, the music will be different, being a sped-up version of another song and Sans will address the player, starting with the now memetic quote.

    Spread

    Some of League Of Legends’ champions reference the “pro as heck guide to master yi” video, one outright shouting “Get dunked!” when using her ultimate ability.
    The word “Dunking” also became a common term when speaking about champions with a damaging leap ability. There also have been official references to “Dunking” in the form of the “Dunkmaster Bundle”, which includes champions with leaping abilities, along with a “Dunkmaster Darius” skin, depicting the champion Darius as a basketball player.

    The quote has also seen spread in the Undertale fandom as an euphemism for brutal defeat, either against Sans, or for failure at something, and is also strongly associated with Sans as a whole.
    Due to the term “dunked on” and some of Sans’ attacks often being equated to slamming the player against the floor and/or wall, Sans is often associated with basketball and, sometimes, by extension with the song “Dunked On” by Froggy Fresh.



    Various Examples


    Google Trends

    The 2009 spike in search appears to be related to the Patrick Chewing commercial, and the 2015 spike corresponds to the release of Undertale.

    External links


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    Warning : Work in Progress

    Overview

    Robert Ménard’s Anti-Kebab Controversy refers to the online backlash against the rants of Robert Ménard, the mayor of the town of Béziers, southern France, in which he announced his intention to ban kebab restaurants from his town. The said announcement was perceived by numerous french netizens as an attempt to gather far-right wing conservative voters against the immigrant population as a reaction to the european migrant crisis.

    Background

    Robert Ménard[1] is a french politician and former journalist, co-founder of the organization Reporters without borders[2]. In 2014, he was elected as mayor of the town of Béziers, in southern France, with the support of the far-right wing nationalist party “Front National” (despite running as an independant). Since his election, he took many controversial decisions that appeared in most mainstream media as directly targeted against the muslim immigrant population of the town.[3]

    On october 29th, 2015, Mr. Ménard declared in an interview given to the TV news magazine “Envoyé Spécial”[4] his intention to forbid any new Kebab restaurant to open in downtown Béziers.

    extracts of the TV news show “Envoyé Spécial”

    In the said clip, he also claimed that there were too much immigrants in the country and that “France is a country of judeo-christian tradition, that’s hard, but you’ll have to deal with it”.

    Spread

    Following the airing of the TV report, the announcement became widely mocked on the mainstream and social media[5][6][7], most users criticized the announcement for appearing as ridiculously inappropriate and racist-oriented, and beginning to exchange kebab-themed photoshopped images, and inviting other users to “replace a word in a famous book title by kebab” [8].

    On october 30th, Mr. Ménard officially reacted via his twitter account :



    Translation : “I assume it, I don’t want Béziers to become the capital of kebab. Those shops don’t have anything to do with our culture!

    Notable Developments

    “Béziers’ International Kebab Festival”

    On October 31, 2015, Facebook user Baptiste Fluzin organized an ironical event called “Festival international du kébab”[9], expected to be held in Béziers, on May 6th, 2016, in which participants are invited to come to Béziers, and eat oriental food and celebrate oriental traditions. Within the following days, the event’s Facebook page gathered over 44,000 participants, nearly reaching half of Beziers’ population[10].


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    Essena O’Neill’s Anti-Social Media Stunt refers to former Australian model Essena O’Neill’s public denouncement of social media for promoting false depictions of reality in late October 2015. While many praised O’Neill for her statements about unhealthy social media practices, others speculated that the stunt was a disingenuous viral marketing ploy meant to promote her new website.

    Background

    On October 31st, O’Neill launched the blog LetsBeGameChangers,[1] containing posts about the dangers of social media and a “Support Me” page for viewers to provide donations. The first post on the blog featured a Vimeo video in which O’Neill announces that she is “quitting social media” (shown below).



    On November 2nd, O’Neill uploaded a video to YouTube titled “Why I Really am Quitting Social Media,” in which she emotionally rants about how deceptive social media practices gave her low self esteem and other mental health issues (shown below). The YouTube channel was subsequently deleted.



    Meanwhile on Instagram, O’Neill removed 2,000 photos, renamed her feed to “Social Media Is Not Real Life” and changed the captions of several photos to various behind-the-scenes anecdotes (shown below). Within 48 hours, the Instagram page was deleted.



    Notable Developments

    Hoax Claims

    On November 3rd, 2015, the NinaAndRanda YouTube channel uploaded a video titled “Essena O’Neill Quitting Social Media is a Hoax,” in which two of O’Neill’s friends from Los Angeles criticize her anti-social media stunt for being disingenuous and factually incorrect (shown below, left). Additionally, they claim O’Neill did not have any issues with social media prior to an emotional break up with her boyfriend. The same day, YouTuber Word From Willie uploaded a video refuting several of O’Neill’s claims made in her videos (shown below, right).



    O’Neill’s Response

    That day, O’Neill responded to NinaAndRanda’s video, asking them to please refrain from talking about her “personal life” online (shown below).



    Meanwhile, O’Neill uploaded a video titled “Let’s Talk About Something More Important Than Me, Please?” to Vimeo, in which she urges viewers to discuss things other than her personal life (shown below).



    4chan Raid

    Also on November 3rd, a 4chan user submitted a thread about O’Neill, referring to her as an “attention whore” and urging viewers to raid her website’s forum. That day, her forum was temporarily shut down after being flooded with posts.[2]



    News Media Coverage

    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the stunt, including The Guardian,[3] Time,[4] Today,[5] Elle[6] and BBC News.[7]

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  • 11/04/15--14:02: Screaming Marmot
  • About

    Screaming Marmot is a video clip of a mountain marmot making a loud squeak while standing on a fence. The clip has been featured in many remix videos on YouTube and Vine, many of which feature dubbed screams over various music videos in a similar vein to “goat edition” remixes.

    Origin

    On July 14th, 2015, Instagram user @lonegoatsoap[2] uploaded a video of a marmot making a loud squeaking noise while standing upright at Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, British Columbia (shown below).




    Spread

    On July 25th, the video was reuploaded to YouTube,[1] where it gathered upwards of 1.3 million views and 400 comments in the next four months. On August 10th, YouTuber tooloudchannel uploaded a version of the clip dubbed with a man yelling over the marmot (shown below).



    On August 27th, the original screaming marmot video was submitted to the /r/youtubehaiku[3] and /r/videos[4] subreddits. On October 15th, Viner Dank Memes uploaded a clip of the marmot mixed with the 2011 hip hop track “Guillotine” by “Death Grips”: (shown below, left). On October 20th, Viner Jordan Morris uploaded a clip of the marmot dubbed with a loud screech (shown below, right).



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  • 11/04/15--14:06: Karl Pilkington
  • [The entry is still in the works. Feel free to request editorship]

    About

    “Karl Pilkington” is an English comedian coming from Manchester. He’s best known for the works such as Ricky Gervais Show, An Idiot Abroad and The Moaning Of Life. He frequently works with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

    Backround

    He started working at XFM when he moved to London. At one point, he made Gail Porter leave the station in tears after criticizing her performance.

    Online History

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    Reputation

    Karl Pilkington has been notable for his rather unusual view on the world, his calm and cynical demeanour and many misadventures he’s been put by his co-workers Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (such as in An Idiot Abroad).

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    I Could Eat A Knob At Night


    I Could Eat A Knob At Night is a phrase uttered by aforementioned Karl Pilkington in an episode of Ricky Gervais Show, when they were talking about eating animal genitalia.

    Head Like a Fucking Orange

    Head Like a Fucking Orange is a phrase making fun of Karl’s round head, comparing it to an orange.

    Personal Life

    Karl Pilkington was on 23rd of September, in year 1972. He’s been in a relationship with Suzanne Whiston, the producer at the BBC.

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  • 11/04/15--21:09: Adam Crish
  • Mountain View

    VIAGRA is the trade name for a drug called Sildenafil. Viagra is one of a
    class of drugs known as PDE-5 inhibitors. Viagra and the other PDE5 inhibitors are a good choice for men with erectile dysfunction (male impotence) by enhancing the erectile response when a man is sexually excited. VIAGRA works for men with erectile dysfunction (ED) by growing blood flow to the penis so you can get and keep an erection hard enough for sex. Individual results may vary. It’s been proven to help guys with all degree of ED. VIAGRA usually starts to work within 30–60 minutes. And you only take it when you need it. VIAGRA works only when you are sexually stimulated. You may take it up to four hours before sexual movement. So don’t be anxious. There’s plenty of time to be spontaneous with your partner. After sex? Your erection should go away. In the rare event of an erection lasting more than 4 hours, seek immediate medical help to avoid long-term injury.

    CIALIS medication is used to treat male sexual function problems – erection problems and impotence (A man is impotent if he can’t get or maintain an erect penis for sexual activity) that works just like Viagra, only it gives us quick results, has a higher success rate, lasts up to 40 hours longer, and causes fewer unpleasant side effects! According to a current news release by Bayer, ninety percent (90%) of men reported improved erections when taking CIALIS.

    LEVITRA is a Vardenafil hydrochloride tablet. It is a potent molecule that needs patients to consume a smaller dosage for the same or fuller action. Scientists have pointed out that the ingredient in generic LEVITRA is stronger than ingredients like Tadalafil and Sildenafil. Generic Levitra is a wonder drug for men who have had failed experiences with other types of erectile dysfunction drugs. Research has time and time again confirmed this by conducting regular studies. The element – Vardenafil hydrochloride is said to be a boost to diabetes patients. Diabetes patients are at a higher risk of having erectile dysfunction. This is because they normally have uncontrolled sugar in their blood system, which slows down the flow of blood to the penis. Even in difficult situations such as diabetes type 2 and high blood pressure, when other ED drugs have not worked their wonders, Levitra has proved effective.

    Generic Viagra for Female is effective in treating female sexual dysfunction, effective in helping female, help women to increase sexual drive, valuable in women to increase sexual excitement, effective in helping female improve and boost women sexual arousal, effective in helping female treat sexual arousal disorder that lasts for 24 hours up to 4 hours, help women to increase the stage of testosterone in the blood in women to increase women’s libido, effective in growing sexual encounter recall, effective in helping female, women improve sensitivity to sexual stimulation, effective in helping women to have surprising and several orgasms and several sexual climaxes.


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  • 11/05/15--10:28: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • About

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Ginsburg is well known for her progressive positions, as well as having a straightforward way of expressing herself and her opinions. Online, Ginsburg is also respected and regarded as a pop culture icon by many feminists and progressives.

    Background

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1933. She was educated at Cornell, Harvard, and Columbia, and worked as a law clerk for other judges, a professor of law, the general counsel for the ACLU, and the editor of law journals before becoming a judge herself by appointment by Jimmy Carter in 1980. In 1993, she was nominated for the Supreme Court of the United States by President Bill Clinton, and she was confirmed by a 93 to 6 vote of the Senate. She is the second female Supreme Court Justice and the first Jewish female Justice.[1]

    During her career as a Justice, Ginsburg has written many famous opinions, including most recently the dissent in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision of 2014 and the dissent in the Bush v. Gore decision of 2000, which famously ruled that the recount of Florida’s votes should cease and that George W. Bush could become President without it.

    Online History

    Justices of the Supreme Court do not maintain online presences of their own, however, there is evidence online of a fandom of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. For instance, an algorithmically-generated Facebook page for the Justice has over 23,000 likes as of November 2015,[2] and in the month of October 4th 2015-November 4th, 2015, there were over 6,000 mentions of the Justice on Twitter.[3] There are over 3,000 posts using the hashtag #ruthbaderginsburg on Instagram[4] and there are over 10,000 videos mentioning or featuring the Justice in some way on YouTube.[5] In addition, the social justice fan blog Notorious R.B.G. (see below) has acquired a substantial following.

    Related Memes

    Notorious R.B.G.

    Notorious R.B.G. is a social justice blog depicting U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a “badass,” gangster-like figure. The trend has spawned a variety of macros, paraphernalia, and books.



    Dissent of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

    Burwell v. Hobby Lobby is a United States Supreme Court case between the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell and Oklahoma-based arts and crafts store chain Hobby Lobby which examined whether closely held private corporations are required to cover the costs of contraception for female employees as part of the health care coverage mandated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In June 2014, the case became a heated topic of bipartisan debate in the social media after the Supreme Court ruled that family-owned corporations are exempt from such regulations under the protection of the U.S. Constitution and federal laws concerning religious freedom. Ginsburg wrote a famous and much-quoted dissent of the decision, for which she was lauded by progressives and women’s rights advocates, some of whom created widely-disseminated fan art.



    Sleeping at the State of the Union

    On two occasions, in 2010 and 2015, Ginsburg has been photographed napping at the President’s yearly State of the Union address. In 2015, Ginsburg was asked about whether or not she had fallen asleep, and she admitted that before the speech, she and the other justices had gone out for “dinner and drinks” and that she was not “100% sober” during the proceedings. The incident was covered in many major publications, including USA Today[6] and Politico.[7]



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    Courtney Barnes’ #PieceOfBurger Interview refers to a viral news clip featuring Jackson, Mississippi resident Courney Barnes describing a car accident. After the video began circulating online in early June 2015, many viewers found the interview remarkable due to Barnes’ animated responses, colorful hair and striking makeup.

    Origin

    On June 8th, 2015, a police officer was badly injured after crashing into a police cruiser during a high speed pursuit. Following the incident, the Mississippi news station MS News Now broadcast an interview with bystander Courtney Barnes, who described the crash in vivid detail. In the interview, Barnes explains that he was on his way to get a “piece of burger from Burger King” prior to witnessing the incident. On June 10th, the WLBT 3 Facebook[2] page posted the video, where it received upwards of 11.9 million views 369,000 shares and 69,000 comments in the next six months.


    Must-see eyewitness description

    SHARETHISGREATUPDATE!: Police Officer injured in crash could be released from the hospital today.We now have a better idea exactly how the wreck happened thanks to a MUST-SEE description from a person who claims to have witnessed the whole thing>http://shout.lt/5zC7Read more about the new Internet sensation>>http://bit.ly/1KuvBl7

    Posted by WLBT 3 On Your Side on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    Spread

    The same day, YouTuber BestNewsBloopers[1] reuploaded the interview clip, gathering more than one million views and 860 comments in six months. Meanwhile, Barnes uploaded videos of the crash scene to his Instagram feed, which has since been removed. On Twitter and Instagram, users began referencing the video in posts accompanied by the hashtag #PieceOfBurger.[3] Also on June 10th, YouTuber otinanismos uploaded a music remix of the Barnes interview (shown below, left). On June 11th, YouTuber Vine Virals uploaded a compilation of Vine videos featuring Courtney Barnes cosplays (shown below, right).



    On June 13th, YouTuber MaximBady uploaded a video titled “The Greatest Human Discovery of The Decade,” in which he argues that Barnes is actually an extraterrestrial (shown below, left). On June 19th, Imitation Beats uploaded another music remix of the interview (shown below, right).



    Arrest

    On June 11th, Barnes turned himself in to the Ridgeland Police Department for two contempt of court charges for $1,688 in unpaid traffic violations.



    Barnes was subsequently sent to the Jackson Police Department, where he was charged with shoplifting a hat an other items from the apparel store Swell-O-Phonic after being recognized on television by the store’s owner. five weeks prior, the store’s Instagram[4] page posted screen captures from surveillance camera footage of an alleged thief bearing a striking resemblance to Barnes (shown below).



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