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  • 12/15/15--14:23: Brock Lesnar
  • (everything should be done now, just let me know if there’s anything you think could be added or changed)

    About


    Brock Lesnar is an American Professional Wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment. While most known for his time in WWE, he also wrestled when he was at the University of Minnesota, and later competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and attempted to play football in the National Football League. His most notable accomplishments include being a 4-timr WWE Champion, winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship and a Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Championship, and ending the Wrestlemania undefeated streak of The Undertaker.

    History

    First WWE run – “The Next Big Thing”


    Brock Lesnar first made his mark on WWE in 2002, winning the King of the Ring tournament and then defeating The Rock to win the WWE Championship (at the time known as the Undisputed Championship) within 6 months of his debut. Alongside his manager Paul Heyman, he continued to defend the championship for months until he lost the title (thanks to Heyman betraying him) to The Big Show. Lesnar recovered and won the 2003 Royal Rumble match, securing a title shot at Wrestlemania 19 against the champion Kurt Angle.



    The most notable moment of Lesnar’s title match was his attempt at a Shooting Star Press (see the above gif) off the top rope, an aerial move usually done only by much smaller wrestlers. Brock had landed the move many times while training in developmental, but when he attempted the move against Angle at Wrestlemania he botched the move and landed awkwardly on his head and neck. Despite the impact causing him a concussion, he and Angle finished the match and Lesnar won the WWE Championship for the second time in his career.

    The rest of Lesnar’s initial run with WWE consisted of various rivalries, including notable ones against The Undertaker, Vince McMahon and a young up-and-coming star named John Cena. Knowing that he was leaving the WWE after Wrestlemania 20 to attempt to play in the NFL, his final match was at the event against Goldberg, which was considered a disappointment and one of the worst matches of either one’s career.

    NFL and UFC careers – “Future Endeavors”


    After leaving WWE, Brock Lesnar attended the 2004 NFL Combine and then tried out for his hometown team, the Minnesota Vikings. He had a strong showing at training camp and made the practice squad, but was the last player cut from the roster before it was finalized. Having not made the team, Lesnar declined an offer to play football in Europe and instead returned to the world of Fighting.



    After a short stint back in wrestling, which culminated with Lesnar winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in Japan, Lesnar began training for Mixed Martial Arts and eventually signed to UFC. He lost his debut fight to Frank Mir, but afterwards went on a winning streak that included defeating future UFC hall-of-famer Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight Championship and then defeating Frank Mir in a rematch to retain it.


    Lesnar’s title reign and UFC career were cut short by him suffering from an intestinal disorder known as diverticulitis, which required surgery to fix and sapped him of some of his strength over the next couple years. He was able to retain against Shane Carwin by submission, but lost the title to Cain Velasquez. Later, a failed comeback attempt led to him getting beat down by Alistair Overeem and Lesnar announcing his retirement from UFC. Though he is not as well-known or as memetic for his NFL and UFC days as he is in WWE, these are still important and very proud moments in Lesnar’s storied athletic career.

    Second WWE run – “The Conquerer”


    Brock Lesnar made his surprise return to WWE in 2012, attacking John Cena the night after Wrestlemania 28. After a match with Cena, Lesnar re-united with his long-time manager Paul Heyman and entered feuds against Triple H and CM Punk later. He defeated Triple H in two of their three matches (the only loss coming at Wrestlemania 29) and then defeated CM Punk at the following Summerslam.


    Despite his dominant victories, Lesnar was denied a WWE Championship opportunity, and instead was booked in a match at Wrestlemania 30 against The Undertaker. Undertaker entered the match with a 21-0 undefeated streak at Wrestlemania, one of the greatest accomplishments in wrestling history, and most thought he would never lose on that stage. After a dramatic and brutal match, Lesnar pinned Undertaker and ended the Streak. Needless to say, the fans who were upset by Undertaker’s loss spawned many notable reaction images.




    Following this win, Lesnar then challenged John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the next Summerslam and won the title in a dominant victory. After a continued feud with Cena and later Roman Reigns, he held the title until Wrestlemania the next year, where he lost the title when Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase during the title match between Lesnar and Reigns. Lesnar received a rematch against Rollins for the title later in the year, where his attempt to regain the title was ended by interference from The Undertaker wanting revenge.



    Lesnar had two more matches against Undertaker to conclude their feud from Wrestlemania 30. The first was a submission loss at Summerslam (pictured above) where Undertaker used a low blow to get Lesnar in the hold and make him pass out. The other was a bloody victory at Hell in a Cell to end the feud with Lesnar on top.

    Reputation


    Brock Lesnar has always been considered a physical freak of nature due to his immense size and athleticism. He was a strong competitor in both WWE and UFC, something that no other man has managed to match, and is considered one of the most dominant pure athletes of all time. His freakish size and noted arrogant smugness, along with his oddly unfitting voice and accidentally funny moments, has also led to fans thinking of him as sort of a ‘meathead’. His moments of accidental hilarity when he speaks for himself (instead of Paul Heyman speaking for him) have made him very popular on the internet even outside of his WWE/UFC fanbases.

    Online Presence


    Brock Lesnar has a dedicated twitter account, but much of his interaction with social media is done through his manager and advocate, Paul Heyman. He is a big part of Heyman’s Youtube channel as well.

    Related Memes

    - Bork Laser



    Bork Laser is a misspelled nickname given to Brock Lesnar, similar to the Dolan meme. The nickname, along with others for various wrestlers, originated from WWE matched being illegally posted on Youtube. To avoid takedowns and keep the videos on longer, the names of wrestlers were changed in odd and funny ways. Many of these nicknames have remained popular on wrestling message boards and have been incorporated in jokes similar to the Dolan comic posted above. Some examples of these nicknames include:


    Undertaker = “Nudertaker”
    Kane (or fake Kane) = “Jand”
    Chris Benoit = “Chrispin Wah”
    Hulk Hogan = “Hull Kogan”
    Kurt Angle = “Kirk Angel”
    Big Show = “Bog Show”

    -“MY CLIENTBROCKLESNARCONQUEREDTHE UNDERTAKER’S UNDEFEATEDSTREAK AT WRESTLEMANIA!”



    “My client Brock Lesnar conquered The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania!” is a catchphrase that Paul Heyman said (and it was said many, many, many times) after the events at Wrestlemania 30. Following his victory over Undertaker, Lesnar and Heyman continued to brag about the victory every chance they got, using this line and others such as EAT! SLEEP! CONQUER! REPEAT!” to show how dominant and powerful Lesnar is. The exact line, as well as the general idea of a challenger conquering a long winning streak, has since been parodied for other streaks being broken.




    Examples (seen above) include the Milwaukee Bucks ending the 28-game winning streak of the Golden State Warriors in the 2015 NBA basketball season and Seagull Joe upsetting multiple-time Smash Bros 4 champion ZeRo at a major Smash tournament.

    -SUPLEXCITY, BITCH!”



    “Suplex City Bitch!” is another catchphrase often associated with Brock Lesnar, and references his repeated use of the German Suplex move to torture and punish his opponents in the ring. Though he first said the line during his Wrestlemania title match with Roman Reigns, his repeated use of the suplexes was first displayed in his Summerslam title victory over John Cena. Since his match with Reigns, fans have started bringing Suplex City signs and counting the number of suplexes Brock does in each of his matches.


    The line has also been turned into EAT! SLEEP! SUPLEX! REPEAT!” by Paul Heyman in a way similar to the previous meme. Plus it has been parodied online and even been remixed into songs (such as the one posted above) on Youtube.

    - Undertaker’s Screaming Face



    Undertaker’s Screaming Face is a photoshop meme that arose during Brock Lesnar’s Summerslam 2015 match with Undertaker. Though obviously not the star of this meme, it was Lesnar’s imitation (and mocking laughter afterwards) of Undertaker’s signature sit-up that triggered Undertaker to react in the way he did and make the original TakerFace that would become this meme.

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  • 12/26/15--09:42: Undertale Mashups
  • About

    Undertale Mashups refer to remixes of the official soundtrack of Undertale, which was composed by Toby Fox, in which various songs are arranged to follow the rhythm of the soundtrack. These are commonly found on SoundCloud.

    Origin

    One of the earliest known remixes was “undertale temmie get money for colege” by archdiggle, a combination of “Tem Shop” and Hail Mary Mallon’s “Whales”, which gained over 485,000 views and 11,500 likes in three months. Because of the track’s popularity, it inspired various other remixes of the soundtrack, as well as a series of remixes of MIDI songs with the soundfont “Boyband” used in the song “Temmie Village”, which came to be known as Temmie Covers.


    Spread

    Following the release of archdiggle’s remix, “#undertale” became an increasingly popular tag on SoundCloud. Popular songs that were the subjects of mashups include “Death by Glamour”, “Spider Dance”, “Megalovania” and “Metal Crusher”. As a result of the popularity of Undertale mashups, a collaborative collection of mashups has been released on Bandcamp, with 121 tracks, all made by various SoundCloud users.


    Notable Examples




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  • 12/26/15--12:35: Miraculous Ladybug


  • About

    Miraculous Ladybug (officially known as Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir in English, Lady Bug in Korea, and Miraculous overall) is a French CGI-animated action and adventure series created by Thomas Astruc. The series, which follows the exploits of Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste to protect the city of Paris from evil under their alter egos, Ladybug and Cat Noir, quickly gained a fanbase after the premiere of the English version in December 2015.

    Premise

    Set in modern day Paris, the show centers around Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste who, entrusted with the power of the magical jewelry of the Miraculous, become Ladybug and Cat Noir respectively and capture akumas, creatures responsible for turning regular people into supervillains which are created by Hawk Moth, a man who seeks the Miraculous and its powers for himself.



    History

    The original concept of the series was conceived by Thomas Astruc[1], who previously worked on shows such as Code Lyoko and Wakfu. The show was first made on September 5th, 2012 as a short 2D anime proof-of-concept video animated by Toei Animation[2] (shown below, left) which was made private a few days later due to a mishap that made the video public when in actuality the video was meant to be private. The video was then re-uploaded by a few fans. In October 2013, a new teaser trailer for the show was released, seeing a change from the anime art style that was used in the proof-of-concept video to CGI (shown below, right) animated by SamG Animation. In 2015, the show premiered, first in South Korea on September 6th on EBS, then in France on October 19th on TF1, and then in America on December 6th on Nickelodeon.

    Reception

    The show has an IMDb rating of 8.1 out of 10 from 25 users as of December 2015.[3] and a 4 star rating out of 5 from Common Sense Media.[4]

    Online Relevance

    The show’s official Facebook page for the show has garnered over 4,200 likes as of December 2015,[5] while the show’s official Twitter account has accumulated over 1,300 followers.[6] On March 5th, 2015, a dedicated wiki was created, gathering over 170 pages in the following months.[8] A Miraculous Ladybugsubreddit was created by user Yatalac on September 4th, 2014 which has garnered over 200 subscribers in the following months.[7] On October 18th, 2015, YouTuber headofporridge uploaded scenes from the show accompanied with the French opening as fanmade trailer, gaining over 360,000 views in the following two months. On December 21st, 2015, YouTuber Lulu uploaded a translated version of a Vocaloid promotional video featuring an alternate universe set in the 1700s, which gained over 34,000 views in the following five days.



    Quickly after the release of the promotional short, the series gained a niche following, which increased since its release, mostly on the microblogging network Tumblr.[10][11] As of December 26th, 2015, the artist community deviantART leads to over 2,000 results under the keyword “miraculous ladybug”.[9]



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  • 12/26/15--15:19: Marcus Dibble
  • About

    Marcus Dibble is an Australian YouTuber/Facebook Personality well known for his comical videos appealing mainly to an Australian audience.

    History

    Dibble’s earliest traced video, titled Making Mum Rage ep.2 (scary maze prank) was uploaded on June 21, 2011. It shows him trying to jumpscare his mother by making her play Scary Maze Game.

    Dibble’s popularity grew in 2014 when he uploaded a series of videos, entitled “My Name is Jeff On Acid”. These use elements of common Montage Parodies as well as frequent references to Hahaha Pingas and My Name is Jeff.




    His popularity grew further when he began uploading “Callout videos”, exposing and slandering Internet personalities notorious for actions such as stealing content, faking videos, having huge egos, unnecessarily ranting etc. Victims include Percy Inglis and SoFloAntonio.





    Reputation

    Dibble is mainly known for his Callout videos and My Name is Jeff on Acid series. Additionally, people have taken note of his Jesus impersonations (Jesus Dibble), Muzz dancing and use of other memes throughout his videos.

    Dibble runs 5 Youtube channels: Marcus Dibble (Comedy), Marcus Dibble Media (Legacy and professional work), MDMLGS (Montage Parodies and memes), DibbleGames (Gaming) and DibbleVlogs (Vlogs and personal life). His main comedy channel has racked up 228,612 Subscribers as of December 27, 2015.

    Personal Life

    Dibble lives in Perth, Western Australia (formerly Albany, WA). He lives in a sharehouse in which he does all of his videos, as of December 2015.

    External References

    https://www.youtube.com/user/MarcusDibbleComedy/videos


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  • 12/27/15--10:31: PC Music


  • About

    PC Music is a record label/artist collective established in London by English electronic musician A. G. Cook in 2013. The label has gained notoriety for their releases due to their pitch-shifted vocals, cyberculture influences, and artist personas, along with the polarizing reception that is received as a result.

    History

    Musician A. G. Cook began PC Music as a successor to a previous so-called “pseudo-label” he started known as Gamsonite while studying at Goldsmiths, University of London[1], along with the intention of embracing an A&R role[2]. The label put out its first release, “Bobby” by GFOTY (shown below, left) in 2013 and has since not put out a physical single, making most of their releases free downloads until November 2014 with the release of “Every Night” by Hannah Diamond on iTunes. In March 2015, PC Music made its live debut in America with a showcase at SXSW described by Cook as a “rebirth moment” for the label in a BBC Radio 1 interview (shown below, right).



    On October 21, 2015, PC Music announced through Facebook a partnership with major record label Columbia Records. The first release from this partnership is an EP from fellow PC Music artist Danny L Harle titled “Broken Flowers” released November 20, 2015[3].

    Reception

    The label has received polarizing and divisive reception from critics. The Guardian’s Sam Wolson described the record label as “contemptuous parody,”[4] whereas Vice’s Clive Martin questioned whether or not they were “really the worst thing ever to happen to dance music”[5] and The Atlantic described the label as “gloriously tacky”[6]. On the contrary, the label has received year-end accolades in 2014. The Huffington Post gave PC Music a spot in their “Underrated Albums – 2014” list at number 3[7], while Fact named PC Music the best label of 2014[8].

    Online Relevance

    PC Music’s official Facebook page has garnered over 21,000 likes since its creation[9] while their official Twitter account has garnered over 13,000 followers[10] as of December 2015. A PC Music subreddit created by Redditor a_complete_cock on August 26, 2014 has received 1,125 subscribers[11] while PC Music’s official Soundcloud account has received the most growth with over 47,000 followers[12]. The label has also garnered a following on Tumblr[13][14], along with a more polarizing following on 4chan’s /mu/ board[15].

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    About

    “There is no war in Ba Sing Se” is a phrase from the 2005 American animated television show Avatar the Last Airbender. The phrase has become a sarcastic expression that implies the aforementioned statements are undoubtedly false.

    Origin

    The phrase was first mentioned in the 14th episode of the 2nd season of the show, titled “City of Walls and Secrets”.[1] Jet, a drifter and acquaintance of the protagonists, engaged in a brawl in a tea shop, which prompted him to be captured by the corrupt, clandestine Ba Sing Se city officials. Jet’s unruly behavior disrupts the artificially designed peace within the city walls and thus was subdued to brainwash in the sunken chambers of the city’s lake, where a hypnotic lamp revolved around the restricted drifter as an agent continuously repeats, “There is no war in Ba Sing Se”.

    Spread

    W.I.P.

    A subreddit that revolves around the show’s concept of a city veiled in a false sense of security exists with 2,709 subscribers.[2] TVTropes.com listed the phrase in its Avatar The Last Airbender Memes page.[3]

    Various Examples

    W.I.P.

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  • 12/28/15--06:49: Metalcore
  • Work in Progress. Suggest a Change if you have any information or suggestions.

    About

    [Work In Progress]

    Metalcore is a fusion of Extreme Metal and Hardcore Punk.

    History

    [Work In Progress]

    Metallic Hardcore

    Metallic Hardcore refers to hardcore bands from the 90’s who added elements of extreme metal to hardcore punk such as Integrity, Shai Hulud and Earth Crisis.



    Melodic Metalcore

    Melodic Metalcore refers to metalcore bands taking influences from melodeath such as Killswitch Engage, Trivium and As I Lay Dying.



    Electronicore

    Electronicore refers to a fusion of Metalcore and Electronic music such as Attack Attack!, Asking Alexandria and Issues



    Reception

    [Work In Progress]

    Online History

    [Work In Progress]

    Related Memes

    [Work In Progress]

    Crabcore

    Crabcore is a faux-genre label given to eurodance influenced screamo bands that are strictly defined by the body contortion of the band’s guitarists during performance.

    Suffergram

    Suffergram is a subset of FAIL videos depicting unfortunate events or incidents that typically result in someone getting physically injured, accompanied by the metalcore band Heart of a Coward’s song “Shade” in the background.

    X Saved My Life

    [Work In Progress]

    About That Life

    [Work In Progress]

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  • 12/28/15--12:58: Emo Kylo Ren
  • Editor’s Note: This entry may contain light, character-related spoilers.


    About

    Emo Kylo Ren is a parodic anonymous Twitter account where the supposed user is the character Kylo Ren from the film Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, except with the inflection of an emo teen. Following the popularity of the film, the Twitter account became very popular.

    Origin

    In the film, Kylo Ren is played by Adam Driver, most well-known for his previous role in the television show Girls as an angsty, millennial love interest of the main character. In addition, the character wears all black and has long hair that can be compared to the style of hair worn by those in the emo subculture.[2] The character of Emo Kylo Ren was created using the account name @KyloR3n; the account’s first tweet was posted on December 21st, 2015 and by December 28th had received over 1,100 retweets and 3,000 likes.[1]



    Spread

    As of December 28th, 2015, Emo Kylo Ren has over 386,000 followers. The account has been lauded for its humor in a wide variety of publications, including USA Today,[3] the Daily Dot,[4] and Business Standard.[5]

    Notable Examples



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  • 12/28/15--13:18: Elon Musk
  • About

    Elon Musk is a Canadian-American entrepreneur known for co-founding the companies Zip2, PayPal and Tesla Motors and founding the aerospace manufacturer SpaceX.

    Career

    In 1995, Musk co-founded the web software company Zip2. In 1999, Musk co-founded the online financial services company X.com, serving as CEO of the company until October 2000. In 2001, the company merged with Confinity to become PayPal. In June 2002, Musk founded the aerospace manufacturing company SpaceX. In 2004, Musk became a co-founder of Tesla Motors, leading the automotive and energy storage company’s Series A round of investment. In July 2006, the energy service provider SolarCity was founded by brothers Peter and Lyndon Rive, who were inspired to create the company based on a suggestion from Musk. In 2008, Musk became CEO of Tesla Motors. In 2015, Musk unveiled the not-for-profit artificial intelligence (AI) research company OpenAI,[3] which aims to create open-source friendly AI technology that is helpful for humanity.

    Online History

    In June 2009, Musk created the @elonmusk[2] Twitter account, garnering upwards of 3.14 million vollowers in the next seven years. In February 2013, TED released a video in which Musk discusses many of his projects (shown below).



    On January 6th, Musk participated in an “ask me anything” (AMA) thread on the /r/IAmA[4] subreddit, where it accumulated more than 8,600 votes (97% upvoted) and 11,200 comments. On May 1st, YouTuber VideoMisery uploaded footage of Musk presenting the Tesla Powerwall rechargeable battery, which stores electricity for domestic use (shown below). In seven months, the video received upwards of three million views and 2,900 comments.



    SpaceX Rocket Landing

    On December 22nd, 2015, SpaceX successfully landed a rocket used for an orbital launch in history. A video of the landing was subsequently uploaded to YouTube, where it gained over 2.7 million views and 2,600 comments within one week (shown below).



    Personal Life

    Musk was born on June 28th, 1971, in Transvaal, South Africa. Musk received a degree in physics from the Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences and a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, Musk attended the Burning Man festival in Nevada, where he originally thought up the idea for SolarCity. In 2008, Musk married Canadian author Justine Musk, with whom he had six sons before separated in 2008. In 2010, Musk married English actress Talulah Riley.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Elon Musk

    [2]Twitter – @elonmusk

    [3]Wikipedia – OpenAI

    [4]Reddit – I am Elon Musk


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  • 12/28/15--13:40: #HillaryNewLogo
  • About

    #HillaryNewLogo is a satirical Twitter hashtag and a series of parody images poking fun at Hillary Clinton‘s custom-themed logos for the 2016 presidential election campaign that are conspicuously designed to celebrate the African-American culture. The Democratic presidential candidate’s Twitter account initially drew criticism with the unveiling of the commemorative logo for Rosa Parks Day on December 1st, 2015, which only intensified after the introduction of another controversial logo designed in honor of Kwanzaa, a week-long celebration of African heritage in the United States and elsewhere.

    Origin

    Rosa Parks Day Tribute

    On December 1st, 2015, the avatar image of Hillary Clinton’s official Twitter account was updated with a custom-designed version of the original campaign logo featuring a cartoonified figure of Rosa Parks, the renowned African-American Civil Rights activist, sitting on an H-shaped bus seat (shown below, right).



    While the custom avatar was intended to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks Day, the day on which the Alabama resident was arrested for refusing to obey the state’s bus segregation laws, it was quickly met by backlash on the social media, particularly from Black Twitter, where it was perceived as insensitive cultural appropriation of the African-American heritage and Civil Rights Movement.

    Spread

    The social media backlash surrounding Hillary Clinton’s logo tribute to Rosa Parks Day was picked up by a number of well-known news sites and blogs, including Daily Mail[1], Mashable[2] and The Daily Caller[9], among others.

    Kwanzaa Tribute

    Several weeks later, Hillary Clinton’s Twitter account was updated with another custom-themed avatar, this time, featuring a Kwanzaa-inspired image of a kinara with seven candles (Mishumaa Saba) decorated in the tricolor themes of the Pan-African banner: red, black and green (shown below).



    Upon its debut on December 26th, which coincided with the beginning of Kwanzaa, Clinton’s seasonal tribute to the African-American holiday once again backfired and prompted backlash on Twitter under the hashtag #HillaryNewLogo[3], with many criticizing the logo as a conspicuous attempt at pandering votes from the black constituents.

    Examples

    In the following 24 hours, over a dozen of parody logo designs featuring various objects that are stereotypically associated with popular black culture emerged on Twitter.




    Search Interest

    [not yet available]

    External References


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    About

    Trying to Hold a Fart Next to a Cute Girl in Class is a meme based off of an image of a male student in class straining his body to the point where veins start popping out and he looks very uncomfortable. It was first posted on Reddit in 2014.

    Origin

    Trying to Hold a Fart Next to a Cute Girl in Class was posted to Reddit’s /r/funny subreddit on March 2nd, 2014, the OP choosing to host the image on image hosting service Imgur. It received 1960 points (88% upvoted) prior to archiving.

    Spread

    The photo has gained large notability around many social networking sites such as Twitter and Instagram, where users often post the picture along with its original caption, or as a Photoshopped version where the student has a red-dyed stereotypical feminist bowl cut and exaggerated makeup, and often a feminism symbol on their chest. This version often has captions such as “When you haven’t accused a man of rape in 8 minutes” or “When all men are pigs and you haven’t told anyone in 8 minutes”.

    Other captions used with the original version include “When it’s been 7 minutes and you haven’t told someone you’re vegan”.

    Notable Examples

    Notable examples include a post by popular Instagram account @Daquan on December 28th, 2015, using the Feminist edition of the meme (source), which had approximately 92.6K likes as of December 28th, 2015 (8:32 PM EST), Twitter account @theLADbible on March 3rd, 2014, using a slightly modified version of the original caption (source), which garnered 2739 retweets and 2877 likes (favorites at the time of the tweet) as of December 28, 2015 (8:32 PM EST), and 9gag post (source) which, as of December 28th, 2015 (8:32 PM EST), has 22,305 points.

    Images of notable examples:

    Daquan (Instagram):



    theLADbible (Twitter):



    9gag:



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  • 12/28/15--18:16: #NotMyAbuela
  • About

    #NotMyAbuela is a hashtag used to reference a blog post by 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in which she named a series of ways that she is just like a Hispanic grandmother. The post was seen as offensive to Hispanic communities, who accused Clinton of pandering for their votes.

    Origin

    On Dec 21st, 2015 a Hillary Clinton campaign staffer named Paola Luisi published the article “7 things Hillary Clinton has in common with your abuela,”[1] which talked about the ways that Clinton, who had just heard the news that she was going to become a grandmother for the second time, was just like an ordinary grandmother. The post, which used the Spanish word for grandmother in the title and other Spanish terms sprinkled throughout, was originally called “8 Ways Hillary Clinton Is Like Your Abuela” according to the URL, but at some point the list was shortened to seven. Some of the reasons included GIFs or quotes from Clinton’s Twitter profile.

    “She worries about children everywhere …”;
    She knows what’s best …
    She reacts this way when people le faltan el respeto [when people disrespect her] …


    The following day, the MicNews reporter Matthew Rodriguez tweeted “Hillary Clinton is #NotMyAbuela.” The tweet received 246 retweets and 340 likes as of December 28th, 2015.[2]

    Spread

    The hashtag #NotMyAbuela trended in the United States.[3] According to the Tweetbinder Politics hashtag tracker, over 5,700 people contributed to the hashtag, creating over 77 million impacts.[4] The story of the backlash hashtag was picked up by a variety of news sources, including the New York Times,[5] the Washington Post,[6] and NPR.[7] The Clinton campaign said in a comment to Buzzfeed that “Luisi wanted to do something because Clinton reminds her of her abuela and because of the news Monday that Clinton was going to be a grandmother again.”[8]

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

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  • 12/29/15--10:10: PC Bro
  • About

    PC Bro is a shorthand for “politically correct bro”, which was coined during the 19th season of the animated television show South Park in reference to members of a social justice warrior fraternity. In the show, PC bros aggressively enforce political correctness through violence and intimidation, often referencing controversial identity politics topics like microaggressions, cultural appropriation, safe spaces, triggering and privilege.

    Origin

    On September 16th, 2015, the South Park episode “Stunning and Brave” was broadcast, which introduced the character PC Principal and his fraternity house of social justice warrior brothers. Throughout the show’s 19th season, members of the fraternity often pose the question “you PC bro?”, when determining someone’s commitment to social justice. The following day, YouTuber SocialJustice 123 uploaded a clip from the South Park episode in which a group of PC fraternity brothers sing a chant about social justice (shown below).



    Spread

    On September 17th, the men’s interest blog BroBible[2] published an article about the episode, which praised the comparison of social justice warriors to fraternity brothers. On September 19th, Redditor dudeomfgstfux posted a PC master race-themed GIF titled “You PC Bro?” to the /r/southpark[3] subreddit (shown below).


    View post on imgur.com

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Stunning and Brave

    [2]BroBible – You PC Bro

    [3]Reddit – you pc bro


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  • 12/29/15--14:09: Emo

  • Overview

    Emo and its subclass Screamo are subgenres of hard rock music typified by the possession of deeply confessional or emotional lyrics. While it first attained popularity in the early 2000s, the genre has continued to exist as an appreciated subculture, especially by young teenagers or pre-teens. The genre is also well-known for the distinctive fashion of its fans, which often combines goth and punk tendencies with aspects of cuteness or occasional bright flashes of color. In addition, “to be emo” is a way of describing those who want to look tough on the outside but have deep internal turmoil that they express in a variety of ways. Members of the emo subculture are often ridiculed by other subcultures, often for being depressed or engaging in self-harm by cutting.

    History

    Like much modern metal or rock music, Emo can originally trace its roots back to the 1980s, when bands combined hardcore music with emotional lyrics, resulting in “emocore,” a snowclone of the two words. [1]



    It continued to grow during the 1990s, when many American groups like Sunny Day Real Estate, Saves the Day, and Jawbreaker pioneered the genre with underground success,[3] and in the 2000s, the genre began creating platinum-selling groups like Jimmy Eat World, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, and Fallout Boy, which all rose to extreme popularity and were regularly featured on MTV and other music outlets.[2]



    Fashion

    The distinctive style associated with emo, which is also sometimes referred to as “scene,” began developing in the 1990s alongside the underground scene. Originally, the fashion typically included tight-fitting jeans and tee shirts, often with a band name or graphic on it. Many would wear all black, in a similar manner to goths, but with brightly colored accents including white belts or bright bandannas wrapped around the neck. Hair was typically worn in a jagged cut of various lengths, often longer on men and sometimes short on women.[4] The hair could be dyed black or with brightly colored streaks, and was often teased for an exaggerated effect, similar to the hairstyles worn by many characters in anime, although the subcultures have no official connection.[5] Much emo clothing and accessories was made available in the 1990s and 2000s through a chain store called Hot Topic.[6]



    Two variations on emo style

    Online Presence

    Communities who like discussing emo have formed extensively on Tumblr,[7] DeviantArt,[8] and Reddit. The emo typology is often combined with other aspects of fandom, as in the posts related to the tag Emo Poetry on Tumblr[9] and DeviantArt.[10] The subreddit /r/emo was created in October of 2011, and has over 5,700 readers as of December 2015.[11]



    Two works of emo poetry.

    Related Memes

    Emo Dad

    Emo Dad is an image macro series centered around various profile pictures posted by MySpace user CrisXcruX, who appears to be a middle-aged man dressed in a “scene” or “emo rock” fashion that is usually associated with teenagers and youth music scenes.



    Emo Chin

    Jennifer Da Costa (Formerly known as Xxprincesspunkxx), is a 20 year old college student from Canada. She Gained notoriety through a video she made about a FOX news report on emo/scene kids when she was 15. Her abrupt rage, and comparing being scene/emo to being born black/gay, and calling people from different cliques out while contradicting herself with the ‘stop the violence’ speech, soon caught the attention of /b/tards and anon.



    Emo Peter Parker

    Emo Peter Parker is a nickname for the events in the movie Spiderman 3 when Peter is affected by the symbiote substance. Due to this, he ends up getting an emo fashion sense, yet he constantly starts to talk in slang and be all crazy with dancing moves.



    Emo Kylo Ren

    Emo Kylo Ren is a parodic anonymous Twitter account where the supposed user is the character Kylo Ren from the film Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, except with the inflection of an emo teen. Following the popularity of the film, the Twitter account became very popular.



    WHEN I WAS

    WHEN I WAS started out as a forced meme on 4chan, involving mainly image macros of Gerard Way from the rock band My Chemical Romance (or any other person) holding one’s grasping arm out as they dramatically start a first-person narrative sentence. The sentence is usually finished by the next post, or continued throughout the entire thread.



    MySpace Suicide Fad

    Joshua BallardAKAjloveb was a 17 years old boy from Orange County, California, who committed suicide on November the 29th 2005 by shooting himself in the head with a gun.
    What would have been another tragic teenager’s death became instantly viral on the web for one simple reason : Joshua had posted a peculiar bulletin on his MySpace profile predicting that he was going to end his life several minutes before he carried out his fateful intent.

    It’s Not a Phase

    It’s not a phase (occasionally expanded into “It’s not a phase mom, this is who I really am”) is a sarcastic phrase that has been associated with various images that poke fun at individuals –often teens– that have made questionable lifestyle or fashion choices. Depicted in this meme are often goths, emos, queers, otherkin and furries due to their edgy and cringeworthy nature.


    Scene Wolf

    Scene Wolf is an Advice Animal image macro series that typically parodies teenage girls who fit into a trendy subculture known as “scene”. The overlaid text often takes the form of an argument between a daughter and one of her parents about her lifestyle choices.



    My Immortal / The Worst FanFiction Ever

    My Immortal is a Harry Potter-inspired fanfiction that is centered around Ebony “Enoby” Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way, a 17-year-old vampire who attends the “Hogwarts School” in England. Upon its digital publication in 2006, the story became notoriously known as “the worst fanfiction ever written” for its large number of spelling and grammatical errors, as well as unwarranted depictions of sexual acts and allusions to popular emo rock bands such as My Chemical Romance and Evanescence. As a result, My Immortal has led to a series of copycat fanfictions and dramatic readings of the original manuscript.

    Teen Werewolves

    Teen Werewolves is an internet meme based on a popular news viral video from TV station KENS5 of San Antonio, Texas. The news report, called “Teen Werewolves”, focused on groups at some San Antonio High Schools who believed themselves to be “Werewolves” (creatures that shift between man and wolf). Most of them wore things such as fangs and tails, to show their “Wolf side”. Besides that, their apparel was basically standard “emo-kid” clothes.



    Conor Oberst Rape Allegations

    Conor Oberst Rape Accusations were false claims of sexual assault of a minor made by North Carolina woman Joanie Faircloth against the singer-songwriter of American indie rock band Bright Eyes. The scandal first broke out in December 2013, when she publicly accused the singer of raping her at age of 16 in the comments section of an article published on the women’s interest site XoJane.

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    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Emo

    [2]The Top Tens – The Top Ten Greatest Emo Bands

    [3]Emily Seawell – The History of Emo

    [4]Wikihow – How to Look Emo

    [5]Urban Dictionary – Emo

    [6]Hot Topic – Emo Emoji Tee

    [7]Tumblr – Emo

    [8]DeviantArt – Emo

    [9]Tumblr – Emo Poetry

    [10]DeviantArt – Emo Poetry

    [11]Reddit – /r/emo


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  • 12/30/15--02:18: The Ol' Spicy Keychain
  • About

    The Ol’ Spicy Keychain is an exploitable image by illustrator and comic artist Will Laren. The image shows one person pranking the other by giving them the “spicy keychain”, meaning to heat another person’s keychain (or other belongings) using an oven. The original illustration has been parodied and reposted on many sites.

    Origin

    The original drawing was uploaded on November 9, 2010 on Will Laren’s blogspot.[1] Similar to Laren’s other illustrations, it only features a dialogue by a single person, traditionally drawn and watercolored. It depicts a man crying to his brother who gave him the “ol’ spicy keychain”, much to his demise. The original image was also posted on Laren’s Tumblr[2] and Flickr.[3]


    Spread

    The earliest known spread of the image was on the sports imageboard (/sp/) of the website 4chan. An anonymous user sent an email to the creator, saying it became “sort of a meme” to the board. The user also sent Laren an image from the thread, which is a photoshopped version of the famous “Why Can’t I Hold All These Limes?” meme with the exploitable.[4]


    It further rose to popularity on Reddit when it was posted on /r/funny by Reddit user bjester on October 12, 2011 with 107 upvotes[5], and on /r/WTF by mansizerooster on May 9, 2012 which was frontpaged, having 1159 upvotes. A definition of “Spicy Keychain” was also added on Urban Dictionary by attractivecryingman on December 16, 2011.[7]

    Notable Examples




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    I’m leaving this to edit for tomorrow, as I don’t see a “Save Draft” button. Obviously a Work In Progress, feel free to request editorship.

    h4.About

    Monster Musume: Everyday Monster Girls Online is an online game based on the series Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou. Although the game is based upon the manga, it features an original story and characters, where the player participates as a Home Stay host for monster girls.

    h4.Gameplay

    Monster Musume Online comprises of going on outings, where you


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  • 12/30/15--13:58: How Should a Dog Wear Pants?
  • About

    How Should a Dog Wear Pants? is an illustration of a dog wearing pants on all four legs juxtaposed with the same dog wearing pants on his hind quarters, asking viewers which style would be correct. The image was widely circulated across a variety of social media platforms in late December 2015.

    Origin

    On December 28th, 2015, the Utopian Raspberry – Modern Oasis Machine Facebook[1] page posted two illustrations of a dog wearing pants with the caption “If a dog wore pants would he wear them like this or like this?” (shown below). Within 48 hours, the post gained over 4,800 shares, 1,500 likes and 400 comments.



    Spread

    That evening, Jared Keller, deputy editor of the men’s interest publication Maxim, posted the image on Twitter.[6] In two days, the tweet garnered more than 35,900 likes and 31,000 retweets. That evening, Keller revealed that 81% of Twitter responses voted that the dog should wear the pants on two legs (shown below).[7]



    The following day, Redditor boobsareforever reposted the image to the /r/funny[2] subreddit, where it received upwards of 5,300 votes (94% upvoted) and 1,800 comments in the first 24 hours. Also on December 29th, Redditor flooid submitted an edited version of the image titled “If a man wore pants,” featuring a human substituted for the dog in the illustration (shown below). In less 24 hours, the post gained over 4,000 votes (82% upvoted) and 900 comments on /r/funny.[8] In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the meme, including the Washington Post,[3] Business Insider[4] and the IBI Times.[5]



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  • 12/30/15--14:16: Find The Panda
  • “Find The Panda” is an internet challenge where the user must locate a Panda Bear in a still image. In said image, the content is usually an repeated use of black and white objects, such as snowmen, so it will take a considerable amount of skill to find said Panda. There have been multiple spin offs and parodies of the Find the Panda challenge, the origin is currently unknown. Help would be greatly appreciated so add to this entry if you can.


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  • 12/30/15--18:37: Tamir Rice's Death
  • Overview

    Tamir Rice was a 12 year-old boy in Cleveland who was killed November 23rd, 2014, while playing with a toy gun in a park, after the police responded to a 911 call where someone thought that the gun was real.

    Background

    Tamir Rice was a 12 year-old boy who lived near the Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland, Ohio.[1] He was 5’7" and 195 pounds, but he still had a childish appearance. After a nearby resident called 911 saying that someone who was “probably” a child and “probably” had a fake gun was walking around, pointing it at everyone and scaring them.[2] However, it is likely that the police officers who responded to the call never heard that information.[3]

    Rookie Officer Timothy Loehmann, and his training partner Officer Frank Garmback, pulled into the park and up to Tamir. When he didn’t run, nor respond to calls to drop his gun. Loehmann shot him in the abdomen within two seconds of arriving at the scene, and didn’t administer first aid for four minutes after the shot was fired.[4] Rice died by internal bleeding caused by the gunshot wound after being in the hospital for a day. The entire incident was caught on surveillance video, which was later released to the public.

    Note: This video is graphic and may be disturbing to some viewers.



    The gun was later discovered to be an airsoft gun, given to Rice by a friend, which was missing the orange tip it was usually sold with that would indicate it was a replica gun. In the weeks and months after Tamir’s death, his face and story were often mentioned at protests of police brutality, often led by the Black Lives Matter movement, that also featured mentions of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

    Notable Developments

    Samaria Rice Moves to Homeless Shelter

    During the more than a year it took to determine whether charges would be filed in the case, Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, spoke in public many times about the situation and how she believed she was being treated by the police after they killed her son. In a court filing from May 4th, 2015, Samaria Rice claimed that the prolonged pace of the investigation was causing her family undue distress, including the need for them to relocate to a homeless shelter so as not to be near the place where Tamir was killed.[5] She transitioned out of the shelter later that year after she received support from her family.[6]

    Grand Jury Refuses to Indict

    On December 28th, 2015, the Grand Jury in Cuyahoga County decided against indictments for the officers involved in the shooting. The prosecutor, Tim McGinty, called the situation a “perfect storm of human error,” and said that the officers could not have known that they weren’t pulling up to a dangerous older man brandishing a real gun.[7] The prosecutor said that he had informed Samaria Rice of the grand jury’s decision before releasing it to the public; in return she released the following statement through her lawyer: [8]

    “Prosecutor McGinty deliberately sabotaged the case, never advocating for my son, and acting instead like the police officers’ defense attorney. In a time in which a non-indictment for two police officers who have killed an unarmed black child is business as usual, we mourn for Tamir, and for all of the black people who have been killed by the police without justice.”

    The lack of indictments led to a massive outcry both in the press and on social media. Protests in Cleveland shut down the highways there and continued for several days.

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    About

    Australia’s Got Talent Promo Guy is the nickname of a man featured in a promotional video for the Australian reality television talent show Australia’s Got Talent, who gained much notoriety online for making several shocked-looking expressions while seated in the audience.

    Origin

    In late December 2015, Australia’s Got Talent released a promotional video for the 2016 season of the show, featuring a man making exaggerated facial expressions while watching an unknown performance (shown below).



    Spread

    On December 28th, Redditor circusactone uploaded an animated GIF from the video titled “Ever go full Magikarp?” to /r/gifs,[1] where it gained over 5,700 votes (95% upvoted) and 1,100 comments in the first 72 hours.


    Those lips tho.

    On December 30th, Redditor teasider posted a Shoop Da Whoop-style animated GIF of the promo guy shooting lasers out of his eyes and mouth to /r/HighQualityGifs,[4] where it received more than 4,700 votes (90% upvoted) and 140 comments in 24 hours.


    some more eyes, some right-ear lasereven some glowing snot and ear-fuel particles.

    The same day, The Daily Mail[2] published an article about the Internet’s reaction to the promo video, which highlighted several Totally Looks Like images featuring the promo guy (shown below).



    Identity

    On December 31st, The Daily Mail[3] identified the promo guy as 21-year-old dance instructor Josh Saunders from Sunbury, Victoria, including several flattering photographs (shown below). In a statement to the news site, Saunders joked “They say that the camera adds 45 kilos, well I think I got the raw end of the bloody stick.”



    Search Interest

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