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    Michelle Dobyne is a resident of the Casa Linda apartment complex in Tulsa, Oklahoma who was interviewed by local news station KOTV Channel 6 about a fire that broke out in her building and the subsequent emergency evacuation of its occupants. Upon the broadcast of the interview clip in early January 2016, the video quickly went viral online and garnered national attention, mainly due to the overly enthusiastic tone of Dobyne’s eyewitness account.

    Origin

    On January 10th, 2016, Oklahoma’s local news station KOTV[1] reported on a fire that broke out overnight at the Casa Linda Apartment complex in Tulsa, Oklahoma,[1] which resulted in an emergency evacuation of the building that is expected to leave more than 100 residents without power or heat for several days. According to the local officials and news reports, the fire burned the storage unit that houses the electrical panels and serves the entire building. Despite having to take refuge at a Red Cross shelter at a nearby church, KOTV reported that the general mood of the residents was cheerful and optimistic; among them were Michelle Dobyne, a mother of three children and resident in the complex, who offered a highly energetic eyewitness account in an interview with the news station’s photojournalist Ethan Pierce:



    “My friend came to the door she said, well, I was on the phone cooking me and my baby some breakfast, and she say, ‘Hey, something wrong, it’s poppin!‘. I said ’What!’ She said ‘Yeah,’ I said ‘Nah!’ So the girl come down stairs. She come out of her apartment with her baby with no shoes on. I said, ‘Ah, girl, it’s cold outside!’ She said, ‘Something ain’t right!’ I said, ‘Aw, man!’ She said, ‘Aw, man, the building is on fire!’ I said, ‘Nah, what?’ I grabbed my three kids, and we bounced out. Uh, uh. We ain’t gonna be in no fire! Not today!

    That same day, KOTV reporter and sports anchor Charlie Hannema uploaded a video clip of the interview to his Facebook page[16], where it accumulated nearly 16 million views and more than 413,000 shares within the first 24 hours.

    Spread

    Upon the publication of the article, Dobyne’s interview immediately became the talking point of the story, even within KOTV’s original report which noted that her humorous account had “[their] entire newsroom laughing.” In the next 48 hours, KOTV’s interview clip quickly began circulating the online circuit of local news stations in Oklahoma and across the country[2][6][7][11][12][13], with many articles hailing Dobyne as the latest “overnight internet sensation” and others drawing comparisons to Sweet Brown, an Oklahoma City resident who had garnered similar internet fame after her eyewitness account of an apartment fire went viral in April 2012. On January 11th, various links to video clips of Dobyne’s interview began surfacing on a number of internet culture news sites and social news aggregators, including Reddit[3][17], The Daily Dot[10], Mashable[8], eBaumsworld[9] and Break[15], as well as a few UK-based online news sites like The Sun[4] and Metro UK.[5]

    Examples

    Meanwhile on YouTube[14] and Vine, dozens of duplicate clips of the original interview were uploaded by numerous different users, as well as a handful of early-stage remix videos featuring the two most quotable lines said by Dobyne, “It’s poppin’” and “We ain’t gonna be in no fire! Not today!”



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    Denzel Washington’s Cringe Face refers to the reaction GIF of American actor Denzel Washington awkwardly chuckling in response to a joke made by fellow actor and comedian Jamie Foxx on stage during the 73rd Golden Globe Awards ceremony in late January 2016.

    Origin

    On January 10th, 2016, American actor and comedian Jamie Foxx made an onstage appearance at the 2016 Golden Globes ceremony to present the Best Original Score award, alongside his co-presenter English actress Lily James of Downton Abbey. As they began unsealing the envelope to name the winner, Foxx intentionally announced Straight Outta Compton as the recipeint of the award, shortly before retracting his statement with an apology as a playful roast of the gaffe originally made by Steve Harvey at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant (shown below).



    “I’m sorry, folks. I’ve made a mistake. It’s right here on the card. I take full responsibility.”

    The camera then quickly switched its angle to capture the reactions of several celebrity guests in the audience, including Denzel Washington, who initially grinned at Foxx’s shout-out to his goatee beard, though his smile quickly faded as the joke took an unexpected turn at the expense of Steve Harvey’s now-notorious faux pas (shown below).



    Spread

    Within seconds of Jamie Foxx’s awkward joke going live on-air, viewers at home quickly began pointing out Denzel Washington’s ambivalent reaction as a memeworthy moment on Twitter[1][2], instantly spawning a series of humorous tweets written in the style of the “my face when…” and “that moment when…” memes. By the time the ceremony was over, several entertainment news sites, including US Weekly[3], BuzzFeed[4], GQ Magazine[5] and Complex[6], had already published articles highlighting the short-lived moment with an animated GIF version of Washington’s reaction.

    Examples




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    Powerball Jackpot Redistribution Math refers to an equation that circulated around Instagram, Facebook, and Reddit during early 2016 when the jackpot of the American Powerball lottery was growing to an all-time high. The equation incorrectly divides the jackpot by the population of the United States, resulting in an answer that suggests that the total amount of the lottery’s jackpot is equal to more than 4.33 million dollars for each resident.

    Origin

    The image’s true origin is unknown, but the first recorded posting was by the Instagram user esteyban, who later deleted the post. While the mathematics is attributed to “Philipe Andolini,” the identity of that person is unknown. Esteyban later reinstated the meme with a 50% opacity over an image of Steve Harvey, as a reference to the actor’s “Miss Universe” gaffe, with the text (sic throughout): “I’m willing to live with my mistakes. I guess me and Steve @iamsteveharveytv have something in common. Lol We both can donate $4.33 to help the cause of #poverty and #homelessness. Sometime is takes a little humility and humor to start a conversation about an improtant topic. God bless and good luck to everyone on the next #powerball drawing. #oops #lottery #lotto #mvmntbk.”



    Precursor

    The mathematics in the image are very similar to an image macro that circulated in July of 2015 that featured an image of Giorgio A. Tsoukalos of Ancient Aliens. That image, which was posted to Imgur accompanied by screenshots of an ensuing “Who’s on First” type of conversation, was meant to parody the cost of Obamacare, and received 779,709 views on the image sharing site.



    Spread

    After its original posting by esteyban, the image was posted to Facebook on January 11th, 2016 by the musician Livesosa, who added a watermark on top of esteyban’s. That image was shared more than 1.08 million times in less than 24 hours. The popularity of the image was then written about in the mass media, including on Snopes, Gizmodo, and Time.

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  • 01/12/16--09:52: Space Oddity
  • About

    “Space Oddity” is a song written and performed by David Bowie and released as a single in July 1969. Since its initial release, the song, which is a musical tribute to the launch of fictional astronaut Major Tom into space, has inspired covers and tributes by musicians over the several following decades. In 2013, the song resurged into popularity after Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield performed an acoustic cover while aboard the International Space Station.

    Origin

    The song was released amidst the growing public interest in spaceflight and exploration, not long after the box office release of Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and only five days prior to the launch of the United States’ Apollo 11 mission. “Space Oddity” was extremely well received by the fans and critics alike, with the song becoming Bowie’s first UK Top 5 hit single and eventually his first UK No. 1 single upon its re-release in 1973.



    Spread

    Due to its mainstream popularity, a number of well-known musicians and bands have recorded or live-performed their own covers of the song, including Def Leppard, Steel Train and Smashing Pumpkins, among others. In December 2004, an acoustic cover of “Space Oddity” by Brazilian musician Seu Jorge was featured in the official soundtrack of Wes Anderson‘s adventure drama film Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. In July 2007, New Zealand’s comedy band Flight of the Conchords parodied the song, as well as several scenes from the original music video, in their eighth episode of the eponymous HBO comedy series. In September 2008, Cat Power’s cover of the song was featured in a TV commercial for the Lincoln MKS sedan. On October 6th, 2015, ClickHole ran a parody quiz article titled “How Well Do You Know The Lyrics To ‘Space Oddity’?”[7] featuring a series of “fill-in-the-blank”-style excerpts of the song’s lyrics with multiple-choice answers.

    Examples



    Andrew Kolb’s Illustrated Book

    In August 2011, Canadian illustrator Andrew Kolb released a free-downloadable children’s book inspired by “Space Oddity” via his website.




    Later that year in October, Boston-based animator Andrew Ruttan uploaded an animated music video tribute to the song based on the original illustrations by Kolb.



    Chris Hadfield’s Tribute

    On May 12th, 2013, Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and commander of Expedition 35 to the International Space Station, shared a music video of himself covering “Space Oddity” aboard the ISS the day before his trip back to Earth (shown below). Within the first year of its YouTube premiere, the music video garnered more than 22 million views.




    Dom Tower Church Bell Tribute

    On January 11th, 2016, the day after the death of David Bowie, Dutch Facebook user Marchal Molenaar uploaded a video recording of the Dom Tower, a 14th-century church tower in the town of Utrecht, Netherlands, ringing its bell to the tune of “Space Oddity” in homage to the artist. The video subsequently went viral on the social networking site, garnering almost a million views and over 24,300 shares within the first 24 hours.



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  • 01/12/16--13:02: Cortando o Botão do Youtube
  • About

    “Cortando o Botão do Youtube”(lit. Cutting the Youtube Button) is a brazilian viral video released by brazilian youtuber AruanFelix on December 22nd, 2015. The video shows the youtuber breaking and cutting the Youtube Silver Button(Given by Youtube when a youtuber or content producer reach 100k). The video was an absolute viral video in Brazil, and caused revolt and hatred.



    Origin

    The video “Cortando o Botão do Youtube” was posted by the brazilian youtuber AruanFelix on December 22nd, 2015, ten minutes after a Twitter message sent by AruanFelix, saying(translated to English) that “The video will have a ten seconds delay, but i think it’ll worth it. What do you guys think?” the twitter message showed an image of the youtuber looking to the camera, pointing an wooden stick to the Youtube Silver Button(the same image used as the icon for the entry)

    Spread

    In only one day, the video was an absolute viral. Thousands of people demonstrated revolt and repugnance with the attitude, and the video reached 50,000+ comments after ten hours. On December 23, 2015, the video reached 200,000 dislikes, receiving the award of most disliked video in shortest time period on Youtube. Many Youtubers made videos talking about AruanFelix’s attitude, and the video gained attention of the brazilian media. On December 26, 2015, the video reached one million of dislikes, becoming the first brazilian video to reach one million of dislikes(Observation: The former most disliked brazilian video was the currently unavailable video “Despedida de Solteiro” by the brazilian singer Latino, with a little more than 100,000 dislikes).

    The video had his popularity peak on December 26, 2015, and held an enormous popularity until December 31, 2015, when the video surpassed PSY’S Gangnam Style in number of dislikes, becoming the third most disliked Youtube video on the entire world.

    Reply

    5 days after the video’s release, and one day after the video reached one million of deslikes, AruanFelix made a video named “1 MILHÃO DE PESSOAS NÃO GOSTARAM”(lit. 1 MILLION OF PEOPLEDISLIKED) replying to the Youtubers that made a video criticizing him, and replying to the people that disliked the “CORTANDO O BOTÃO DO YOUTUBE” video. The video currently have over than 500,000 dislikes and almost 7,000,000 of views, less than the half of “CORTANDO O BOTÃO DO YOUTUBE” dislikes and views.

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  • 01/12/16--16:58: Pumpkin the Raccoon
  • About

    Pumpkin the Raccoon is a wild female raccoon that was adopted as a pet by a family in the Bahamas. After becoming house-bred, photographs of Pumpkin both by herself and with the dogs in the household became popular online.

    Origin

    Pumpkin fell out of a tree in the backyard of Rosie Kemp of the Bahamas in October 2014 as a baby. The local animal shelter would not take the raccoon, so Kemp and her daughter, Laura Young, began caring for the raccoon themselves in their home.[2] On December 30th, 2014, Young began posting on Instagram a photo diary of caring for Pumpkin, who immediately befriended her dogs, Toffee and Oreo. This first photo has received 6,498 likes as of January 12th, 2016.[1]



    Spread

    Pumpkin’s Instagram profile quickly began growing in popularity, partially because of the novelty of a pet raccoon, and partially because the raccoon was very cute. A reddit post to /r/aww titled “My friend rescued a baby raccoon. Meet Pumpkin, the raccoon who is too cute to handle!” on February 4th, 2015 received 3,006 points (95% upvoted) before it was archived.[5] Other photos of Pumpkin began to become popular in the forum as well.[6] In October 2015, CBS News online published an article about Pumpkin’s story;[2] by then, the raccoon already had over 77,000 followers. As of January 12th, 2016 Pumpkin has 514,000 followers on Instagram, over 50,000 likes on Facebook,[3] and over 3,200 followers on Twitter.[4]

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  • 01/12/16--17:45: Pony Island
  • About

    “Pony Island” is an independently developed game created by Daniel Mullins Games, and is presented behind a cheerful facade as a game about ponies, whereas it is actually about being trapped in limbo and escaping from a malevolent AI that harvests souls. The Steam description clearly states “It is not a game about ponies.”

    History

    This game was released on Steam on January 4th, 2016 and has been reviewed by notable figures such as Vinesauce, PewDiePie, and other top youtubers. A subreddit has also been dedicated to this game. It has been gaining popularity since it’s release. The official twitter page has more information.

    (Work In Progress)

    Extra Sources

    http://www.kotaku.com.au/2016/01/pony-island-is-one-seriously-twisted-game/
    http://www.destructoid.com/review-pony-island-333085.phtml
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pony+island+game


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  • 01/13/16--07:25: You Just Got Breaded
  • About

    “You Just Got Breaded” is a new internet fad started by YouTuber Casketking00[1], where one must take a loaf or a slice of bread, slap another individual with it, and say “You Just Got Breaded”.

    Origin

    The video was posted to YouTube[2] on Feb 20th, 2013 by the user Casketking00 in an attempt to create a “new internet fad”, where he also posts a couple of examples of him “Breading” people. His mother was the first to get “Breaded”, then he himself got “Breaded”, and finally his dog.


    Spread

    His video wasn’t exactly spread out too much, but those who did watch his video instantly gained an Ironic fanbase, multiple MLG montage parodies were made. But he gained more notoriety when a Nice Meme variation of him was made. (shown below)


    Notable Examples



    Bread Your Friends

    On April 30, 2015 Casketking00 published “You Just Got Breaded 2” where he slaps the camera with the piece of camera, then asks the viewer to share the video with friends.


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  • 01/13/16--16:15: GreenTeaNeko
  • Editor’s Note:Work in progress.

    About

    GreenTeaNeko is a webcomic artist from Singapore. He is primarily known for his MonGirl series of 4-panel comics, which focus on monster girls.

    Internet Presence

    GreenTeaNeko began drawing in 2007; he joined DeviantArt sometime afterward in July of 2008. Since then, this account has gained over 300,000 page views and over 6,000 followers.[1]

    In 2012 GreenTeaNeko created a Facebook page for himself, which has nearly 75,000 likes as of January 2016.[2] He also has a Pixiv account with over 200 images uploads.[3]

    GreenTeaNeko is a member of Collateral Damage Studios, a Singapore-based group of visual artists.[4][5] It is through this group that MonGirl is published.

    MonGirl

    MonGirl is an ecchi 4-panel comic created by GreenTeaNeko. The series focuses on monster girls. Many panels tend to be one-shots, although recurring characters occasionally appear.

    Personal Life

    GreenTeaNeko was born on April 19, 1989. He currently resides in Singapore,[3] and posts many of his comics in Chinese.

    Example Works

    Illustrations



    MonGirl




    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]DeviantArt – GreenTeaNeko

    [2]Facebook – GreenTeaNeko’s Moe Factory

    [3]Pixiv – 「greenteaneko」s Profile

    [4]Collateral Damage Studios – About

    [5]Collateral Damage Studios – Artists


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    About

    “Daily Struggle” is an exploitable comic featuring a character’s conflict to choose one of two contradicting actions.

    Origin

    The original comic was drawn by animator Jake Clark and uploaded to his tumblr on October 25, 2014 [1]. In it, a character is shown visibly shaken at having to decide between two buttons labelled “BE A DICK” and “DON’T BE A DICK[1]. Clark has noted his inspiration for the character being Sweating Towel Guy and Hank Nova from Timesplitters 2 [4]. Prior to February 2015, the upload received a little under 1,500 notes [1].

    Spread

    On February 1, 2015 the comic was submitted to Imgur by Robban39 under the title “Daily Struggle” and has been viewed over 1,275,000 time [3]. In the coming hours, redditor AcerRubrum posted the same Imgur submission to r/funny where it received 3738 points with a 91% upvote rate and 117 comments prior to being archived [2]. Clark’s original tumblr upload subsequently saw a rise in interest during this time and currently holds over 9,700 notes [1]. Users across sites responded to the comic by editing the button labels or adding their own captions, occasionally tagging their posts with the phrase “Daily Struggle.”

    Various Examples



    External References

    [1]Tumblr – The Original Comic / Posted on 10-25-2014

    [2]Reddit – Daily Struggle / Posted on 2-1-2015

    [3]Imgur – Daily Struggle / Posted on 2-1-15

    [4]Reddit – What is the Origin of the Meme of a Panicked Dude Trying to Decide Between Pressing Two Buttons? / Posted on 8-6-15


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    About

    It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is an American TV sitcom created by Rob McElhenney that premiered on FX on August 4th, 2005. The series follows a group of five underachieving twentysomethings who call themselves “The Gang” and run Paddy’s Pub, an Irish bar in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since its premiere, the show has garnered a cult following for its anti-heroic characters and open exploration of ethically controversial and offensive themes.

    History

    [researching]

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  • 01/14/16--13:37: Peach
  • About

    Peach is a social networking application released in 2016 by Byte, Inc. The social network immediately gained popularity due to its simple interface and fun “Magic Wand” commands.

    Release

    After Vine was acquired by Twitter, one of its co-founder, Dom Hoffman, created Peach. Released on January 8th, 2016 for iOS only, the app was meant to compete with sites like Facebook and Twitter. The application was immediately popular, reaching the top 10 most downloaded apps in the iTunes app store.

    Features

    Peach allows users to create a profile, like other social network messaging apps, and to friend other users; the other user must accept the friend request. Then, there are two ways users can interact; they can either issue a series of pre-built commands directly to one friend, like “Wave,” or Boop, or they can post an update, which will be seen in the feeds of all of their friends at once.



    Screenshots of the Peach app

    The app also includes a series of text commands which unlock features; for instance, the word “time” will add the time to the post, and the word “song” will use the phone’s microphone to identify a song being played nearby. These text commands are called “Magic Words.”



    The Magic Words used as text commands in Peach

    Reception

    Upon its release, Peach was covered widely in the press, with articles in many tech-based publications like Wired, Tech-Crunch, and CNet. Reception was mixed, with many interested in the new features that the app contained, but others worried that the app would quickly become obsolete, as had happened to other social networks like Ello. In addition, David Carroll, a professor of New Media at Parsons School of Design in New York, wrote that the app was a proprietary data catcher, and that it was bad for privacy:

    “Peach is a proprietary platform in every way, perhaps more than anything we’ve seen to date in the evolution of social media apps. It diverts our attention away from the Open Web and into a privately-owned walled-garden. It [is] fun and playful with clever magic words that induce you to share more meta data.”

    By January 11th, three days after the app’s initial release, some publications were saying that it was already on the decline, with the app store rank dropping from 85 overall to 129 in two days.

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  • 01/14/16--16:45: The Dab
  • About

    The Dab or Dabbing, not to be confused with the recreational use of hash oil that goes by the same name, is a style of hip hop dance that involves dropping one’s head with one arm raised and resting the face inside the elbow of the other arm, which essentially resembles the gesture of a polite attempt at muffling a loud sneeze. Originating from the hip hop scene in Atlanta, Georgia, the dance became mainstream popular after numerous professional football players adopted it as a celebratory gesture during games in August 2015.

    Origin

    While “The Dab” trend is generally believed to have originated from Atlanta, Georgia’s hip-hop scene sometime during the first half of 2015[1], the question of who invented the dance move remains in dispute among several Atlanta-based hip hop artists and collectives, many of whom are affiliated with the record label Quality Control Music, including Migos, OG Maco, Skippa Da Flippa and Rich The Kid. According to Migos’ member Quavo, the dance has been gaining traction in Atlanta’s local hip-hop scene since as early as 2013, although it didn’t reach the tipping point on Internet hip hop communities until the local rappers began releasing songs and music videos that either feature the dance or lyrical references to The Dab during the summer of 2015, most notably Skippa Da Flippa’s “How Fast Can You Count It" and Migos’ “Look at My Dab” (shown below).



    Etymology

    The name of the dance itself its etymology has also come under dispute; In November 2015, a local FOX affiliate news station in South Carolina mistakenly reported that “The Dab” was named after Clemson University’s head football coach Dabo Swinney, which was quickly pointed out as an erroneous report by the readers, while many others jumped to the misassumption that “The Dab” is a reference to the act of “dabbing,”[2] a homonymous slang term for an unrelated emerging trend of smoking high-concentrate hash oil. In December 2015, the latter misinterpretation was most infamously put forth by rapper Bow Wow in a Facebook video, which similarly prompted online backlash and ridicule from others looped in the online hip hop communities.



    Meanwhile, Quavo of Migos further added to the confusion by stating that the dance wasn’t even called “dabbing” during its onset:

    “It wasn’t even called dab. We didn’t even know it was called dab. Y’all just called it the dab.”

    Spread

    Tutorials

    On May 22nd, 2015, YouTuber T-Jay Hayes[8] uploaded one of the earliest tutorial videos for “The Dab” dance (shown below, left), racking up more than 2.3 million views within the first year. On July 30th, YouTuber Malik The Martian[9] uploaded another tutorial video in which Jay Pe$os demonstrates how to “hit the dab” (shown below, right).

    News Media Coverage

    On July 28th, music news site The Fader[7] reported on the emerging dance trend in an article titled “I Can’t Stop Watching These Videos Of Kids Dabbing In Atlanta,” which provided a description of the dance move and its brief history of origin, as well as a series of video examples that have been circulating on Instagram. On August 5th, hip hop news site XXLMag[3] also ran a similar article about “The Dab” craze, crediting Migos as the inventors of the dance move.

    Dispute Over Origin

    On the day after the publication of XXLMag’s article, a minor Twitter dispute arose between Migos[5] and their labelmate OG Maco[6] regarding the contentious issue of who came up with the Dab first. On August 6th, OG Maco tweeted a link to the XXLMag article and claimed that Skippa Da Flippa, another rapper signed with Quality Control Music, was the one that popularized The Dab, contrary to the article’s citation of Migos as the pioneer of the dance. In response, Migos tweeted back at OG Maco saying that Flippa is part of the Migos family, which sparked a brief yet awkward exchange of subtweets between the labelmates throughout the day.

    Participation

    Hip Hop Artists

    Since rising to national prominence in August 2015, a number of well-known celebrity hip hop artists have jumped on the bandwagon by dabbing on stage during live performances and in music videos, including Future, Rich the Kid and Metro Boomin, among many others. In October, Jay-Z performed a shy variation of the dance move on stage at the Tidal 10/20 concert, which was met with mixed responses from the fans on Twitter. In December, 2 Chainz began selling “Dabbin Santa sweaters” through the merchandise shop on his website, which reportedly brought in almost $2 million in revenue by the end of the year.

    Professional Athletes

    By mid-September, “The Dab” had reached yet another major turning point when numerous professional athletes began adopting it as their celebratory dance on camera, beginning with Cincinnati Bengals’ running-back Jeremy Hill dabbing on the field during the game against the Oakland Raiders on September 13th, although the most well-known performance of “The Dab” to date by a professional athlete has been attributed to the Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cameron Jerrell Newton dabbing after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks on October 18th. In the following months, the celebratory dance trend continued to draw participation from other players in the National Football League (NFL), as well as other well-known athletes in the National Basketball Association (NBA), most notably Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and D’Angelo Russell of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Lorenzo Cain of the Kansas City Royals in the Major League Baseball (MLB). In January 2016, the dance craze made its way across the Atlantic Ocean and caught on with European football players, including Paul Pogba of Italian football club Juventus and Jesse Lingard of English football club Newcastle United.

    Various Examples



    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – The Dab

    [2]Urban Dictionary – Dabbing

    [3]XXL Magazine – Atlanta’s Dabbin’ Dance Craze Is Taking Over Social Media

    [4]Complex – OG Maco and Migos Got Into It on Twitter Over the Dabbin’ Dance

    [5]Twitter – @MIGOS’ Tweet

    [6]Twitter – @G_That_Guy23’s Tweet

    [7]The Fader – I Can’t Stop Watching These Videos Of Kids Dabbing In Atlanta

    [8]YouTube – Dabbin Dance Official Video

    [9]YouTube – Jay Pe$os – Watch Me Dab

    [10]DJBooth – Answered: What is the Dab Dance?

    [11]Wikipedia – Yung Rich Nation

    [12]The Daily Dot – Your guide to dabbing, a ‘new’ dance craze that already peaked

    [13]Complex – LeBron Breaks Out the Dab Dance Before Cavaliers Scrimmage

    [14]Complex – To Understand Where Jay Z Failed at Dabbing, You Must First Understand the Dab

    [15]Stack – Introducing ‘Dabbin,’ the Dance Move All Your Favorite NBA Players Will Be Celebrating With This Season

    [16]Sports Illustrated – ‘Dab on them folks;’ A brief history of the Dab dance in sports

    [17]The Washington Post – Redskins don’t mind Cam Newton’s ‘dab’ dance

    [18]SB Nation – South Carolina FOX affiliate mistakenly credits Dabo Swinney with inventing the Dab

    [19]Vibe – Bow Wow Attempts To Explain The Origin Of “The Dab,” Gets Clowned By Migos

    [20]World Star Hiphop – "Migos On Bow Wow’s Comments On The Dab Dance! He Don’t Know What He Talking About… He Trippin

    [21]BETDeconstructing the Dab

    [22]Rolling Stone – 2015’s Hottest Dance Crazes: The Dab, Hit the Quan and Beyond

    [23]VH1 – And the Oscar for Best Dab Dance Goes to Tom Hanks

    [24]Reddit – Why are athletes / entertainers doing the “Dab” and what does the name mean?

    [25]CNNHillary Clinton dances on ‘Ellen’ again

    [26]The Washington Post – Hillary Clinton does ‘the dab’ and another dance craze bites the dust -- or does it?

    [27]YouTube – How To DAB (Dance) with Rich The Kid

    [28]Instagram – @Retro_Spectro’s Instagram

    [29]Instagram – @Beezy2fye’s Instagram

    [30]Facebook – Bow Wow’s Video

    [31]Forbes – 2 Chainz Conquers Christmas With ‘Dabbin’ Santa’


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  • 01/14/16--17:18: Oscar So White
  • About

    #OscarSoWhite also known as Oscars So White or Oscar Whitewash, is a hashtag used to protest the under-representation of people of color in the annual Academy Award nominations. The hashtag came into use during the 2015 award cycle, and re-appeared in 2016. The hashtag is used to make a joke in the following structure: “#OscarSoWhite he [did something only a white person would do].”

    Origin

    The hashtag was coined on January 15th, 2015, immediately after the 2015 Oscar nominations were announced, by the blogger April Reign.[1] Reign called for a boycott of the ceremony by those who cared about the fact that, besides a best picture nod for the Martin Luther King, Jr biopic Selma and a best director nomination for Alexander Iñarritu, there were no people of color in nominated in any of the major categories.[2] In an interview with MTV about the hashtag’s necessity, Reign said,[3]

    “It’s not because there’s a lack of quality films that star or feature people of color; that’s not the issue. There was an article in The Atlantic recently which indicated who the Oscar voters are. They are 94 percent white, 76 percent male, and the average age is 63 years old … and they might not be as interested in seeing ’Selma.”

    Spread

    In 2015, the hashtag was used thousands of times to protest that award cycle; in 2016, when the awards were announced on January 14th, the hashtag re-appeared when again, no actors of color were nominated. The hashtag’s popularity skyrocketed again, and it began trending in America that day.[4] In addition, the hashtag trended on Facebook,[5] and its popularity caused the media to write articles about the tweets in outlets like Vanity Fair,[6] Forbes,[7] and the New York Daily News.[8]

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    About

    CD flipping is a gif/video fad which involves people flipping CDs forward from the arms of their glasses to in front of their eyes.

    Origin

    The first known instance of CD flipping appearing online is a GIF on IMGUR titled You Won’t Believe This One Simple Trick – Opticians Hate Him! uploaded by user ArunisCharo in October 2015, which has had 1.8 million views to date. It was subsequently shared under the same title to r/funny on Reddit by charlierizzle, gaining 4546 upvotes. The gif was shortly shared by Brown Cardigan and Brain Magazine.

    Spread

    A number of copycat GIFs, videos and Vines soon followed. On January 5th Buzzfeed posted a video on Facebook title WTF: CD Glasses Flicking Is The First Weird Trend of 2016. A number of attempts soon followed on Vine, as documented in the below video.

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  • 01/15/16--10:19: Another One
  • About

    “Another One” is a catchphrase associated with the American producer DJ Khaled, who has been known to repeat the phrase several times in succession. Online, the expression is often used to caption a reaction image of Khaled seated in a car.

    Origin

    On May 12th, 2015, the DJKhaledVEVO YouTube channel uploaded the music video for Khaled’s track “How Many Times” featuring Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Big Sean. In the beginning of the video, Khaled orders a woman to give him a kiss, and requests several more by saying “another one” three times (shown below). In eight months, the video gained over 30 million views and 15,200 comments.



    Spread

    On May 25th, 2015, YouTuber h3h3productions posted a review of the “How Many Times” video, in which host Ethan Klein mocks its introduction sequence (shown below, left). On June 3rd, YouTuber Modded Media posted a looped clip of Khaled saying “another one” in the “How Many Times” video (shown below, right).



    On July 28th, Instagram user @randysavageaf[2] posted a screenshot of a text message conversation in which an image macro of Khaled with the caption “another one” is used to request nude photographs (shown below, left). On July 30th, the Internet humor site QuotesMeme[3] published a compilation of “DJ Khaled Another One Memes” (shown below, middle, right).



    On August 1st, Viner Jordan Tugrul uploaded a short video of himself repeating the phrase “another one” along with Khaled as he sits in a golf cart (shown below). In the next six months, the video received upwards of 26 million loops, 182,000 likes and 87,000 revines.



    On December 2nd, YouTuber Miss Dimplez uploaded a footage of Khaled delivering “motivational words of wisdom” in front of a white screen, in which he says various catchphrases including “another one” (shown below, left). On December 7th, YouTuber Mark Shark uploaded a looped clip of Khaled saying “another one” from the motivational video (shown below, right). On December 15th, Redditor toyladill posted a question about the “another one” catchphrase to the /r/OutOfTheLoop[1] subreddit, where it garnered more than 1,400 votes (87% upvoteD) and 200 comments in one month.



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  • 01/15/16--13:13: Academy Awards
  • Overview

    The Academy Awards, also known as The Oscars, is an annual televised ceremony honoring notable people in the film industry. The event is known for awarding winners with an Academy Award of Merit gold statuette nicknamed “Oscar.”

    Background

    On May 16th, 1929, the first Academy Awards was held as a private presentation for approximately 270 attendees at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. At the event, 15 awards were given to various professionals in the film-making industry for films produced from 1927 to 1928.

    Notable Developments

    2012

    On February 26th, 2012, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie arrived at the 84th Academy Awards’ red carpet ceremony in a strapless black Versace dress with a split revealing her leg. Being one of the most well-known celebrity runway events of the year, Jolie’s red carpet entrance became a much talked-about topic during and after the awards ceremony. After photographs of the dress were posted online, many internet users posted photoshopped variations referred to as “Angelina Jolie’s Leg”.



    That evening, actor Billy Crystal appeared in blackface in a skit while portraying Sammy Davis Junior. The performance was criticized in the social justice blogosphere before Crystal was defended by Junior’s daughter, who assured The Hollywood Reporter that her father had given Crystal his full blessing in portraying him.



    2013

    During the opening segment of the 2013 ceremony, television producer Seth MacFarlane performed a musical number titled “We Saw Your Boobs,” which contains lyrics about various nude scenes in which female celebrities exposed their bare breasts (shown below). The performance ignited a controversy online, with many accusing the performance as misogynistic while others defended it as harmless satire.



    That evening, actress Jennifer Lawrence stumbled while walking up stairs to accept the Best Actress award for her performance in the 2012 romantic comedy “Silver Linings Playbook.” A photograph of the fall subsequently inspired a series of GIFs and photoshops online.



    2014

    During the Academy Awards ceremony on March 2nd, 2014, American talk show host and the host of the ceremony, Ellen DeGeneres, approached renowned actress Meryl Streep for a photo opportunity in an attempt to break the record for most retweeted photo. As DeGeneres and Streep prepared to take the photo, other actors in the audience jumped in to photobomb the photo, which resulted in a supergroup selfie featuring DeGeneres, Streep, Jared Leto, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Lupita N’yongo and her brother, Kevin Spacey, Channing Tatum, and Angelina Jolie (shown below). The photo later inspired a series of parodies and photoshops featuring various other celebrities and meme characters.



    That same evening, actor John Travolta famously mispronounced the name of American singer-songwriter Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem” during the introduction of her live performance of “Let It Go”.



    2015

    On January 15th, 2015, AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs made an on-stage appearance at the Oscar Nominations ceremony to announce the nominees in upcoming 87th annual Academy Awards, scheduled to take place on February 22nd. While reading the list of nominees for the Achievement in Cinematography award, Issacs fumbled on the pronunciation of Dick Pope, the cinematographer for Mr. Turner, and referred to him as “Dick Poop”. Although she promptly corrected herself, Issac’s gaffe opened up a massive opportunity for toilet humor online.



    At the ceremony the following month, Lady Gaga was photographed on the red carpet wearing a pair of red leather gloves, which were subsequently mocked on Twitter for resembling a pair of dish washing gloves (shown below, left). That evening, actor John Travolta posed for a photograph with Johansson during the red carpet ceremony at the 2015 Academy Awards. That evening, Hollywod photographer Kevin Mazur released the photographs to the celebrity photo website WireImage[8] (shown below), inspiring a photoshop meme titled “Creepy Travolta”.



    Related Memes

    Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Snubbed By Oscar

    Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Snubbed By Oscar refers to a series of jokes surrounding the American actor Leonardo DiCaprio and his noticeable lack of recognition by the Academy Award, the world’s most prestigious accolade for excellence of cinematic achievements, despite having been nominated three times throughout his acting career.



    Brodyquest

    BRODYQUEST is an animated music video featuring an exploitable image of actor Adrien Brody going about his normal day set to catchy music, which uses footage of Brody receiving his first Oscar for Best Actor in 2003. Throughout the video, Brody continually walks from the left of the screen to the right of it while the scenery behind him changes in repeated cycle. The video became immensely popular on YouTube for its catchy tunes and psychedelic visuals, spawning a series of parodies and derivatives titled (X) Quest.



    Oscars So White

    Oscars So White also known as Oscars So White or Oscar Whitewash, is a hashtag used to protest the under-representation of people of color in the annual Academy Award nominations. The hashtag came into use during the 2015 award cycle, and re-appeared in 2016.

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  • 01/16/16--18:55: Top 10 Anime List Parodies
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    About

    Top 10 Anime List Parodies refers to a series of image edits of screenshots of various anime top 10 list videos, typically by WatchMojo, which replace the still from the video with another image for humourous effect.

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  • 01/11/16--21:40: Zuera
  • A zuera, or zueira (Sometimes misspelt as “zoera,” or “zoêra”) is a thing, situation, or person that can be made fun of. Though things can often be made fun of, it’s usually a person or their situation that is used with this word. The term “The Zuera Never Ends” is from when a person doesn’t get why they are being made fun of, so the way they react makes it ironically funnier.

    The word comes from the Portuguese verb “zoar,” which translates to “to joke.” The word originates from Brazil, and is usually used on the “Portuguese side of the Internet.” (How was I gonna word that out?) A zueiro is a person that makes fun of people.

    This article itself is a zuera, probably because it was written by a gringo. Here’s some info from people that aren’t gringos: https://www.quora.com/Brazil/What-does-the-brazilian-expression-Zuera-mean


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  • 01/17/16--03:47: #WasteHisTime2016


  • About

    #WasteHisTime2016[1] is a Twitter hashtag used by single women on Twitter to share various tips on honeypotting, or the act of using sex appeal to meet one’s end goal, their dates, as well as pick up art techniques like negging and ghosting. Since its emergence in early January 2016, the hashtag has caught on, particularly among women on Black Twitter, while some male users have expressed their disapproval for the malicious nature of the tweets.

    Origin

    The earliest use of the hashtag can be found on several tweets from January 6th, 2016, when several female users started posting ways to “waste the time” of men. The same day, a thread reporting the hashtag was created by user madness on the sport and hip-hop forum The Coli.[2]



    Spread

    In the following days, the emerging hashtag was picked up by several sites, like Vibe[3] and Distractify.[4] On January 7th, 2016, Complex ran a video report on the hashtag, which gained nearly 90,000 views in ten days. The next day, Redditor Shemarw1 submitted a post to /r/OutOfTheLoop asking for the hashtag.[5] On January 10th, YouTuber ALONZOLERONE uploaded a video of him reading to tweets with the hashtag, gaining over 190,000 in a week. A second part of the video was released on January 15th, gaining nearly 100,000 views in less than two days.



    #WasteHerTime2016

    In countering the original hashtag, several Twitter users decided to make a counter hashtag portraying situations where men trick women or make waste their time.[6]



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