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  • 01/17/16--08:21: Mp3 to MIDI Remixes
  • About

    A MIDI file is a type of file format designed to hold music compositions made in a program that supports it. Aside from the many advantages of using this format, one can visit a website that converts mp3 files to MIDI files, which usually results in a badly renditioned version of the mp3 that seemingly replaces all instruments and voices with piano sounds.
    This idea was popularized when streamer Vinesauce Joel converted an mp3 of John Cena’s “My Time Is Now” into a MIDI file on one of his Windows Destruction streams, which made the song sound like somebody was mashing piano keys to create the song.

    Spread

    Shortly after the publication of the stream to Youtube, many videos were created that feature a popular song that is
    converted into a MIDI file, to give it the piano-like notes replacing everything in it. This makes the remixed song
    “So Bad It’s Good” and generates comments that reference Joel’s stream.

    (Work In Progress)
    (Some videos in the gallery would be appreciated)


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    About

    When Your Parents Ask Where All Your Money Went is a phrase commonly associated with promotional images featuring Zac Effron in a shrugging-like pose, indicating the money was already spent. Although the phrase initially just featured Efron’s pictures as a reaction, eventually people started to include merchandise and other related items which they tend to overspend on.

    Origin

    The specific pictures of Zac Efron feature him in his role of the male lead in High School Musical, Troy Bolton. The promotional stills originate from the second installment in the films, originally released in August 2007, and can be found on the online catalog of movie stills MovieStillsDB.[1]



    Tweets using the pictures of Efron in combination with the phrase first started appearing in early October 2015. The first tweet was made by the @ColIegeStudent Twitter account,[2] an account build around the Lazy College Senior series of Advice Animals, on October 2nd. The tweet combined the images with the phrase “When you’re a college student and your parents ask where all your money went.” As of January 17th, 2016, the Tweet has received over 15,000 retweets and 17,000 likes.



    Precursor

    In May 2015, the phrase already appeared in combination with 2 pictures of a child sitting at a bench with a confused look. The earliest tweets by popular Twitter accounts sharing the images can be found for May 14th.[6][7][8]



    Spread

    That same day, @CollegeStudent’s Tweet was also made by the Twitter accounts @FreddyAmazin,[3] @meanpIastic,[4] and @FunnyPicsDepot;[5] which managed to receive respectively over 16,000, 3,900 and 2,800 retweets as of January 17th; of which respectively @FreddyAmazin and @meanplastic removed the college student part of the original tweet to create the phrase “when your parents ask where all your money went.”



    The images are frequently combined with items people tend to overspend on, most commonly objects related to video games. On October 9th, Redditor Cryptosporidium_ shared a version on the r/Amiibo sub-Reddit (shown below, top row, left), which managed to gather over 850 points on Reddit[9] and 84,000 views on Imgur[10] as of January 17th.[9] On November 15th, Tumblr user fe-behindthescenes[11] posted a version featuring the special edition of Fire Emblem: Fates, which managed to gather over 5,400 notes in the following 2 months (shown below, top row, right). A version featuring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has also been shared a lot on the internet (shown below, bottom row, left). The earliest notable example dates back to 9GAG[12] on October 13th, which managed to gather over 33,500 points in the following 3 months; but which cannot be confirmed as the original due to different lower-quality versions being shared as well, implying 9GAG’s watermark was added at a later time. Another version was posted on 9GAG on December 27th,[13] featuring Valve’s Steam Holiday Sales (shown below, bottom row, right), which managed to gather over 30,000 points in the following 3 weeks.




    Search Interest


    External References


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  • 01/17/16--19:36: Dead.
  • [Currently Dead]


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  • 01/18/16--10:32: Vinesauce Joel
  • About

    Joel (also known as Vargskelethor or Exinthevatican) is a Vinesauce streamer from Sweden. As of January, 2016, he has 210,000 subscribers[1] on Youtube and 55,000[2] followers on Twitch. He’s known for his fanaticism of skeletons and stories that he tells on his streams.

    Online History

    Joel began his Youtube channel in 2011 and his Twitch channel in 2012, around the same time he joined Vinesauce. His first streamed game ever was of DOOM, and his career kicked off from there. In 2014, he created another Youtube channel where he uploads his full streams[3]. The first video on his channel featuring Joel himself was a Grand Theft Auto clip of him dying (shown below) uploaded on May 31st, 2011.

    The most popular videos by far on Joel’s channel are his Windows destruction videos, which are very notable for the stories he tells in them and the act of destroying the operating system itself. On February 1st, 2014, Joel uploaded his Windows XP Destruction video, gaining 2.4 million views (shown below, left). And on September 13th, 2014, he uploaded the Windows 7 Destruction video, gaining 1.2 million views (shown below, right).

    Channel Hijack

    On November 4th, Joel’s Youtube and Twitch channel had been hacked by someone under the alias of Towel. Under his control of the channel, Towel uploaded three Vlogs in which he mocked the subscribers and banned people who commented about it on the video. Towel went on to delete every video on Joel’s channel, but after six days under Towel’s control Joel regained his channel, making a video about it (shown below, right) and restoring all of his other videos.


    Fandom

    Joel is the second most popular member in terms of amount of subscribers on Youtube, and has gained a significant following himself as well as many fan creations from art to animations[4]. On DeviantArt, searching for Vinesauce Joel yields over 800 results[5].



    Related Memes

    Bonzi Buddy

    Bonzi Buddy was an infamous malware software before it was discontinued in 2008. Bonzi Buddy became infamous in the Vinesauce community after Joel streamed his destruction of a Microsoft Windows XP operating system, which featured the ape.

    MP3 to MIDI Remixes

    MP3 to MIDI Remixes is a trend of remixing songs into MIDI files, which often make the song into a mess of piano noises. Joel helped popularize the meme via featuring many MIDI songs on his streams, such as Skrillex’s Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites and John Cena’s theme

    Joel’s Father

    Joel’s Father is a running gag in the Vinesauce community who whenever mentioned by Joel is often depticted as Kermit the Frog with a silly imitated voice. Many fan creations follow this joke and include Kermit in their works with Joel[6][7]. His father is also notable in the community due to a story told during his Windows XP breakdown video, in which Joel’s father asks Joel if he “was downloading boobs again”.

    Personal Life

    Joel Johansson was born on August 29rd, 1993. His life has been mostly told from stories he shares on his streams. His childhood being the main focus of the stories, many of which involve his father and a strange experience. Joel is an avid fan of death metal and “manime” such as JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

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  • 01/18/16--12:36: Osomatsu-San
  • About

    Osomatsu-San is a 2015 comedy anime series, directed by Yoichi Fujita and animated by studio Pierrot. The series acts as a sequel to the original Osomatsu-Kun gag comedy manga, first released from April 15, 1962 to January 15, 1969, as well as to act as a tribute to honour the anniversary of the original author, Fujio Akatsuka’s death.

    Premise

    Osomatsu-San follows the lives of the Matsuno sextuplets, 10 years after their original appearance in the original Osomatsu-Kun manga. Now all grown up, the show follows the group’s attempts to try and adjust to life, as well as their attempts to get a job.

    History

    Osomatsu-San first originated as a sequel to the original Osomatsu-Kun gag comedy, first written by Fujio Akatsuka on April 15, 1962 and ran for 34 volumes before ending on January 15, 1969. An anime adaptation based of the original manga, sharing the same name, also ran for 60 episodes from February 5, 1966 to March 25, 1967, and later for another 88 from February 13, 1988 to December 30, 1989. The Osomatsu-San anime revival, directed by Yoichi Fujita, also known for his work on the Gintama franchise, and animated by Studio Pierrot, most well known for their work on series such as Tokyo Ghoul and Naruto, was created to act as a memorial for the series’ original author, who would have turned 80 that year, first airing on October 5, 2015.

    Online Relevance

    In North America, the Osomatsu-San anime is available for streaming on Crunchyroll[1]. The series has gained a large online following on many sites, including on Tumblr[2], Reddit‘s r/anime subreddit[3], 4chan’s /a/ (Anime and Manga) board[4] and My Anime List[5]. There are numerous sites that provide episodic information about the series, such as the Osomatsu-Kun wiki[6], which has over 200 pages, TV Tropes[7] and Anime News Network[8]. In addition, the Osomatsu-San Facebook page also has over 4,000 likes[9].

    Fandom

    The Osomatsu-San series has spawned a significant online fanbase since it’s creation, which has created much fanart and fanfiction. On the Japanese fanart site Pixiv, there are over 85,800 images tagged under “おそ松さん”[10], as well as over 6,000 videos on the video sharing website Nico Nico Douga[11]. On DeviantART, there are also over 1,100 images tagged related to the series[12].

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Crunchyroll – Mr Osomatsu

    [2]Tumblr – Osomatsu-San

    [3]Reddit – r/anime

    [4]4chan – /a/ Anime and Manga

    [5]My Anime List – Osomatsu-San

    [6]Osomatsu-Kun Wiki – Home

    [7]TV Tropes – Osomatsu-San

    [8]Anime News Network – Mr Osomatsu

    [9]Facebook – Osomatsu-San

    [10]Pixiv – おそ松さん

    [11]Nico Nico Douga – おそ松さん

    [12]DeviantART – Osomatsu-San


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  • 01/18/16--15:32: Vinesauce Vinny
  • UNDERCONSTRUCTION

    About

    Vincent Lange (better known as his online name, Vinesauce Vinny) is the founder of the streaming community known as Vinesauce.

    Online History

    Before becoming a streamer, the original Vinesauce YouTube page was created on February 20th, 2010. Initially, Vinny used the channel to serve small recordings of video game playthroughs and amateur videos (the first being a live rendition of Davy Grey’s “Now your a man.”)

    It was during this time that Vinny was a prominent Twitch viewer. During this time, Vinny noticed a deterioration in quality throughout the live streaming community. He felt that he could do the medium the justice it deserved.

    On May 11th, 2010, Vinny launched the Vinesauce website, and started his own Twitch stream. About a year in, he started to recruit full-time streamers, and would occasionally allow a guest to stream. It was from 2011 to 2013 that he would be joined by several additional streamers, including KY, Joel, Fred, MentalJen, Limes, Darren, Studyguy, Rev, Hootey, Imakuni and FearGingers. On April 13th, 2013, a page for “Vinesauce” was created on TV Tropes. Four days later, the Vinesauce Tumblr blog was launched. On January 25th, 2014, a Vinesauce Facebook page was created, gained over 2,100 likes in the first four months.


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    About

    “SM64 – Watch for Rolling Rocks – 0.5x A Presses” is a video uploaded by the Super Mario 64 glitch exploiter pannenkoek2012, where he obtains one of the game stars by using several exploites on the game. After the commented version of the video was released, it went viral on 4chan’s video game board /v/ due its complex analysis and the peculiar phrases used on it, most notably “But First, We Need to Talk About Parallel Universes”.

    Origin

    On January 12th, 2016, the original gameplay was uploaded, featuring pannenkoek2012 using a Tool Assisted Software to obtain the star “Watch for Rolling Rocks” from the level Hazy Maze Cave using “a half” of a jump (by keeping the A button pressed), and gaining over 13,000 views in the following week (shown bellow, left). The same day, a commented version was released, explaining in detail the exploits used in the run, being the most notable one the use of “parallel universes” (invisible versions of the level that are found arround the map and can be accesed with high speed values). The commented version gained over 190,000 views in the following week.



    Spread

    The same day as it was released, the video was posted on /v/, where some users quickly picked up the parallel universes quote.[1] Though other threads about it were created,[4] the video didn’t catch up until a thread from January 17th, where the catchphrase was featured along a distorted image of Mario’s head image.[3] Prior being archived, the thread gained over 500 replies.



    Soon after, threads began to be created on 4chan, flooding the board with jokes related to the video (shown bellow, left).[2] On January 18th, YouTuber João Mostarda uploaded a voice remix of the video titled ""Henry" builds speed for over 12 hours in order to cross the extent of QPUs to shitpost on Youtube", which gained over 2,000 views in less than a day.



    Related Memes and In-Jokes

    Scuttlebug

    In the video, pannenkoek2012 uses a Scuttlebug (spider-like enemy) to reach the star, first attracting it in order to place it into the correct spot. Due this, Scuttlebug has gained some fan following.



    Build Up Speed for Twelve Hours

    One of the largest parts of the video is when pannenkoek2012 builds up speed over the course of 12 hours in order to be able to travel the parallel universes and reach the star. Due the absurd ammount of time employed to gain speed, it has become a notable joke.



    TJ “Henry” Yoshi

    TJ “Henry” Yoshi is a YouTube user who appeared in the video, questioning how the “A” button could be pressed half a time, through a comment. His likeness has been used in the threads as a sort of archnemesis to Pannenkoek.



    TJ Yoshi’s YouTube channel has seen an influx of spamming in the comments of his videos, with remarks pertaining to the original video. On January 18th, he uploaded a video in reference to those comments.



    External References


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  • 01/19/16--05:49: Bollywood
  • About

    “Bollywood” is the nickname given to the Hindu Film Industry, and is the counterpart to the more well known “Hollywood”. Bollywood not only includes films, but also includes, Hindi songs, dances, and theatrics, and can be dated back to times like 1913. Bollywood is so huge that it has become a part of the Indian culture.

    History

    The term “Bollywood” itself is a play on words, as most of the films produced were from Bombay (Mumbai’s old name). So they replaced the “H” in “Hollywood” with a “B”, but unlike Hollywood, Bollywood itself is not a physical place. The earliest known Indian film was a silent film called “Raja Harishchandra”[1] (1913) directed by “Dadasaheb Phalke”[2], but the first Indian movie with sound was called “Alam Ara”[3](The Ornament of The World)(1931), which was a major commercial success. Many of the Indian made movies include a singing segment (Like Disney), to make use of the sound technology that was granted to them years ago, and to this day, song segments are still popular, and commonly used in almost every Indian Movie.

    Weird Action Scenes

    What really makes Bollywood stand out from the rest is it’s over the top fighting scenes in certain movies. The most popular being “Dabangg”[4], “Singham”[5], and “Ghajini”[6]. Where almost all laws of physics are disregarded. This trend had started long ago by the famous Tamil actor “Rajinikanth”[7], who is considered to be Chuck Norris of India, and many jokes in similar fashion to Chuck were made about Rajinikanth.



    Literal Translations

    Due to the fact that India has over a hundred different languages, so some languages are hard to pick up on. Which is why “Literal Translations” started popping up on YouTube[8]. Literal Translations are adding english subtitles to foreign songs, most popularly Indian songs. (as shown below)


    Notable Examples


    Search Trend

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Raja Harishchandra

    [2]Wikipedia – Dadasaheb Phalke

    [3]Wikipedia – Alam Ara

    [4]Wikipedia – Dabangg

    [5]Wikipedia – Singham

    [6]Wikipedia – Ghajini

    [7]Wikipedia – Rajinikanth

    [8]YouTube – Literal Translations


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  • 01/19/16--06:43: Face With Tears of Joy
  • About

    Face With Tears of Joy, and also known as Laughing Crying, is an emoji used to convey the emotion of laughter to the point of tears. The emoji has become incredibly popular as an offhand expression, like LOL or LMAO, leading it to become the first emoji added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

    Origin

    The Unicode Consortium, the international board that selects and approves new emoji from submissions, selected the Face with Tears of Joy for release in 2010 for version 6.0, released in Unicode standard.[3] This emoji set was adopted as the first emoji available standard for Apple’s iOS and OS X. Like all emoji, the character was created from a suggestion sent in by a user.

    Spread

    Use of the Face with Tears of Joy has generally exploded since its inclusion in the emoji set. On Instagram, the emoji has ben used over 1,138,000 times.[4] While it’s impossible to search for the emoji by use on Twitter, other sources, like the subreddit focused on Black Twitter,[5] which allows for text searching, record thousands of uses. On November 16th, 2015, Oxford Dictionaries published an article where the emoji was picked to be the 2015 Word of the Year[2]; by partnering with the data firm SwiftKey the dictionary’s board determined a series of usage statistics for the emoji in context. “SwiftKey identified that [Face with Tears of Joy] made up 20% of all the emojis used in the UK in 2015, and 17% of those in the US: a sharp rise from 4% and 9% respectively in 2014.”



    In addition, the Face with Tears of Joy merchandise has become popular along with the use of the emoji.[6]

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Emojipedia – Face With Tears of Joy

    [2]Oxford Dictionaries – Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is…

    [3]Unicode – Full Emoji List

    [4]Instagram – Tags: []

    [5]/r/blackpeopletwitter – Search:[]

    [6]Google Shopping – Cry Laughing emoji shirt


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  • 01/19/16--07:30: LISA
  • Spoilers below!

    About

    LISA is a series of three games created by Dingaling Productions, focusing on the story of three separate characters. Online, the games have developed a following for their emotional stories and dark humor.

    Gameplay

    LISA is a traditional turn-based party RPG in a 2D side-scrolling world with various characters that can be swapped in for the player’s party, with each character having a different style of usage. Choices throughout the game have a permanent effect on the main character, altering the main character’s appearance, and/or his party members.


    Screenshot of gameplay from LISA: The Painful.

    History

    The series consists of three installations, chronologically being LISA: The First, LISA: The Painful (most commonly referred to as Lisa) and LISA: The Joyful, which is DLC content for The Painful.

    The first game in the series, LISA: the First, is a Yume-Nikki styled exploration/puzzle RPG Maker game based on the titular character, Lisa Armstrong. The game was released on September 10th, 2012 on RPGMaker.net[1].


    Screenshot from LISA: The First

    On November 2013, a Kickstarter was made by Austin Jorgensen AKA Dingaling Productions as a sequel to The First[2], titled “LISA: The Painful”. The Kickstarter originally aimed for $7000, but received a little over $16000, which lead to the creation of the DLC, LISA: The Joyful. The second game was released on December 15th, 2014, with the DLC being released on August 25th, 2015.


    LISA: The Painful and LISA: The Joyful, respectively.

    Online Relevancy

    The series has developed a following on multiple websites, including a sub-reddit for the second game[3], as well as fanart and discussion for the series on Tumblr[4] and 4chan[5]. Several Let’s Plays have been made for the series as well[6]. The series also has a fan-made wiki[7].

    Fanart

    Search Interest

    Note: The name Lisa is a regular name. As such, it won’t be used for search results.

    External References


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  • 01/19/16--10:22: Kendrick Lamar
  • THISDICK AIN’T FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    About

    Kendrick Lamar (real name Kendrick Lamar Duckworth) is an American hip-hop artist known for his two albums, Good Kid M.A.A.D City and To Pimp A Butterfly, both of which are critically acclaimed . Online, the musician has amassed a large following and his music is frequently used in mashups.

    History

    Music Career

    The Compton-based musician released his first mixtape titled Youngest Head Nigga in Charge (Hub City Threat: Minor of the Year) in 2003 under the alias “K-Dot[1]. After releasing the mixtape, he was signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, where he released several mixtapes and collaborated with many music artists, such as A$AP Rocky, Jay Rock and Taylor Swift.

    In 2012, Kendrick Lamar released Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, leading to his first widespread exposure to the public, with five singles supporting the album’s release[2]. The album sold 1.4 million copies[3] and was certified platinum, as well as receiving 4 Grammy Award nominations and being universally acclaimed by critics, receiving a 91 aggregate on Metacritic[4].

    Backseat Freestyle and Swimming Pools (Drank), respectively, from the album Good Kid M.A.A.D City.


    In 2015, he released another album titled To Pimp A Butterfly, which was even more critically acclaimed than his previous release, with a Metacritic aggregate of 96[5], as well as earning Kendrick 11 nominations at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards[6]. The album was supported by 5 singles.

    King Kunta and Alright, respectively, from To Pimp A Butterfly.


    Online Presence

    The rapper is highly notable on social media sites, such as his Facebook page having over 7,6 million likes[7] as well as having over 6 million followers on Twitter[8] as of January 19th, 2016. He has his own sub-reddit[9]. There are several single-topic Tumblr blogs dedicated to the rapper, such “fkyeahkendricklamar”[10] and “kendricklamargod”[11] and has several posts on Tumblr[12] and 4chan’s /mu/ board[13] related to him.

    Related Memes

    King Kunta Mashups

    “King Kunta” Mashups are mashups that use the single “King Kunta” from the album To Pimp A Butterfly as part of the mashup. There are many mashups using the song, most notably a mashup between the Super Mario Bros theme and Seinfeld theme (shown below).

    This Dick Ain’t Free.

    “This Dick Ain’t Free” is a lyric from the song “For Free? (Interlude)” from the album To Pimp A Butterfly, repeated throughout the song. Due to the oddity of the lyric, it is often used on /mu/ for shitposting[14].

    Ya Bish

    is a bastardization of the phrase “you bitch” repeated throughout the song “Money Trees” from the album Good Kid M.A.A.D City, it became a signature phrase for Kendrick after the release of the song, often used in clothing pieces, posters or images depicting Kendrick.

    Search Results

    External References


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  • 01/19/16--12:44: Make Anime Real
  • About

    “Make Anime Real” is an expression used in tongue-in-cheek endorsements of political candidates, indicating they will magically transform anime characters into real life people if elected to office.

    Origin

    In September 2012, the restinpower Tumblr[1] blog posted a photoshopped composite image of Ron Paul, an anime character and a cosplayer with the caption “Ron Paul / Will Make Anime Real” (shown below). Over the next four years, the post gained over 9,200 notes.



    Spread

    On July 29th, 2015, FunnyJunk[4] user strokemysolidsnake submitted a photoshopped image of Donald Trump with various anime characters in front of an American flag with the caption “Donald Trump / Will Make Anime Real” (shown below, left). On August 12th, the Barnie Sandlers Facebook page posted an image macro featuring a woman wearing anime-style makeup with the caption “I am the only candidate who promises to make anime real” (shown below, right).



    On August 29th, a Change.org[7] petition titled “Make Anime Real” was launched. On September 4th, YouTuber Craig has Dysentery uploaded a YouTube poop video featuring interview footage of Trump titled “Donald Trump Declares War on Anime” (shown below).



    On October 2nd, Redditor Tea-Party-Warrior submitted an image macro of Bernie Sanders with the “make anime real” caption to the /r/justneckbeardthings[5] subreddit, where it received more than 770 votes (90% upvoted) in three months.



    On January 17th, 2016, an anonymous 4chan user submitted a thread to the /pol/[6] (politics) board titled “Based Donald Will Make Anime Real” (shown below). That day, Redditor CarterRobinson submitted a post asking about image macros of Trump with the caption “make anime real” to /r/OutOfTheLoop.[3]



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  • 01/19/16--15:10: Quiz Kid
  • About

    The Quiz is an exploitablewebcomic popular on 4chan. specifically the boards /int/ and /pol/.

    Origin

    The Quiz originates as a comic strip[1] by an author called the Perry Bible Fellowship on pbfcomics.com.

    Search Interest

    None Available

    External References

    [1]Perry Bible Fellowship – Quiz Kid


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  • 01/19/16--16:34: Lemon Yellow Diamond.
  • view image : http://prntscr.com/9non7a UNACCEPTABLE!


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  • 01/20/16--08:24: Cis White Male
  • About

    White CIS Male refers to a phrase associated with white males who identify as their born bodily sex. Originally, the term had been used by radical Social Justice Warriors to discriminate against white males due to their perceived privilege, but over time, it began to be used for mocking radical feminists due to its association with overly-politically correct culture.

    Origin

    work in progress

    Precursor

    The term CIS (a shorthand term for “cisgender”) is a gender identification term used for people who identify as their bodily sex.

    Urban Dictionary’s most popular definition for the term is[1]:

    A derogatory term used by members of the trans community to refer to all the disgusting people in this world who don’t hate their genitalia.

    CIS Scum” was a term used by radical social justice warriors to derogatorily refer to people who identified as cisgendered.

    In 2009, a definition was submitted for the term “CIS Male” on Urban Dictionary, reading as follows:

    A non-transgendered male. A naturally-born man or boy whose psychological gender identity is socially male also.

    However, the earliest discussion of the privileges associated with white CIS males were already discussed in 1998 by Peggy McIntosh in an article titled “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”[2] For more information on Privilege Checklists, refer to this entry.

    However, the phrase wouldn’t gain traction until 2011, when phrases such as Die CIS Scum became existant.

    Spread

    work in progress

    In 2011, an article by the website It’s Pronounced METROsexual made an article about CIS privilege[3], as well as a Yahoo! Answers topic made about CIS Males[4] and an Advocate.com article made describing the privileges white CIS males were perceived to have[5]. On September 24th, 2013, a Kongregate forum topic was made asking if “being a white, CIS, heterosexual male is a bad thing”[6]. There are multiple search results on Tumblr relating to the term[7].
    During late December 2013, the searches for White CIS Male increased rapidly, reaching a high point in August 2015.

    Search Results

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  • 01/20/16--08:35: The Super Bowl Shuffle
  • About

    The Super Bowl Shuffle is a 1985 rap song performed by members of the Chicago Bears football team, which was released to critical acclaim and inspired numerous parodies and imitations.

    Origin

    In 1985, the Chicago Bears football team released a music video for their rap song “Super Bowl Shuffle,” in which various players rhyme about their future game wins and athletic prowess (shown below). That year, the song won a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance. Over the next several years, other sports teams released imitations and parodies of the song, including the Kansas Wesleyan football team, the Boston College Men’s Ice Hockey team and the Houston Rockets basketball team.[2]



    Spread

    On January 31st, 2006, YouTuber Kerri Miller uploaded a 1980’s promotional video for the Southern Food Brokerage Corporation, in which the company’s sales representatives perform a parody of the song titled “Super Broker Shuffle” (shown below, left). On January 22nd, 2007, Ebaum’s World[1] posted the original Chicago Bears music video, which gained over 58,000 views and 65 comments in nine years. On June 30th, YouTuber superLINUSxxx uploaded a “Super Bowl Shuffle” parody by the American Wrestling Association titled “The WrestleRock Rumble” (shown below, right).



    On November 30th, 2009, YouTuber Scott Gairdner uploaded a parody video titled “Sex Offender Shuffle,” featuring actors portraying sex offenders forced to rap about their convictions (shown below, left). Within six years, the video gained over 2.9 million views and 5,000 comments. In February 2010, Boost Mobile released a commercial featuring a parody version of the “Super Bowl Shuffle” (shown below, right).



    On August 11th, 2011, YouTuber bow2tragic uploaded a remix of the “Super Bowl Shuffle” (shown below, left). On September 26th, 2013, Key and Peele released a parody video in which rival football players make competing rap music videos (shown below, right). On August 23rd, 2014, the “Sex Offender Shuffle” parody video was submitted to the /r/NotTimeAndEric[3] subreddit.



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  • 01/20/16--10:14: Golden Frying Pan
  • About

    Golden Frying Pan refers to a weapon in the popular online FPSTeam Fortress 2, which has developed a memetic status in the game’s community due to its extreme rarity.

    Origin

    The weapon was introduced in an update to the game called “The Two Cities Update”[1], which added “Australium”[2] reskins of weapons to the the drop system of the Mann Vs. Machine game mode, which would reskin the weapons model in a golden finish. The only way to attain the weapons are participating in a pay-to-play mode called “Operation Two Cities”. Finishing the operation grants the player a chance to win a rare “Australium” weapon, with an even rarer chance of winning a Golden Frying Pan.

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    The rarity of the item (as well as being related to the Frying Pan) lead to the item being highly priced within the community’s economic system[3]. On the Steam forums for the game, the term “Golden Frying Pan” has been mentioned frequently[4]. On November 26th, 2013, two videoes, uploaded by the Youtubers known as Strife and TheUnknown Venom, reported that the first Golden Frying Pan to have dropped had been sold for $5500, which lead to multiple videos discussing the price of the pan’s selling price.


    First videos uploaded discussing the weapon’s selling price


    On January 11th, 2015, the first Golden Frying Pan was deleted by its owner Auricom5, apparently due to all the attention they had received via owning it[9], which lead to multiple discussions and videos being made about its deletion[5][6][7][8].


    Original video of the deletion was taken down


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    About

    Green Man Hits Dee With a Volleyball refers to an animated GIF based on a memorable scene from the American TV sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia wherein the character of Charlie Kelly, dressed in a green lycra suit as his alter ego Green Man, tries to ambush a burly man with a volleyball, but gets intimidated by his physique and instead strikes his friend Sweet Dee in the face before fleeing the scene. Online, the GIF has been used as a photoshop template to illustrate various situations in which a third-party gets scapegoated for the failure or misdeed of another.

    Origin

    The scene was featured in Episode 3, Season 4 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, “America’s Next Top Paddy’s Billboard Model Contest.”[8] In the episode, Charlie and Sweet Dee attempt to forcefully stage a viral video in the style of the “Grape Lady” newscast as a way to promote Paddy’s Pub by going out in public as their alter ego characters, “Green Man” and “Martina Martinez,” during which Charlie derails from the original plan and throws a volleyball at Sweet Dee’s face before running away from the scene (shown below). The episode originally aired on September 26th, 2008.



    One of the earliest known GIFs of the scene was submitted by Tumblr user IHeartFamke to the official Tumblr blog[1] of the TV show on October 17th, 2009 (shown below).



    Spread

    In October 2010, Tumblr user Sirgoodtoaster posted another animated GIF instance of the scene, which was subsequently reblogged by the fan blog FuckYesItsAlwaysSunny[2] on October 22nd. However, the GIF didn’t quite take off until it began circulating on Reddit a couple years later, with the earliest known instance submitted by Redditor Acidyo[3] on February 12th, 2012 and the first notable instance submitted by Redditor Scopolamina in a /r/funny post titled “Choose Wisely”[4] on August 8th, 2012. Meanwhile, one of the first photoshopped variations based on the GIF was submitted to /r/gaming by Redditor Linone in a post titled “DRM for Dummies”[5] on July 1st, 2012 (shown below).



    In the following two years, the DRM edition of the animated GIF was re-submitted by various Redditors in at least 17 unique posts[6], with many of them posted during the onset of the controversy that arose over Electronic Arts’ digital rights management (DRM) restrictions implemented in the 2013 edition of SimCity. On December 21st, 2013, Redditor Psada re-submitted the original GIF to /r/unexpected in a post titled “You Dare?”[7], garnering more than 1892 votes prior to its archival.

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    Preston Garvey is an NPC from the Role Playing Game Fallout 4. Garvy as part of the Minuteman Faction quests provides unlimited randomly generated quests for the player to complete. Due to the abundance of similar quests, Garvey can often be heard repeating the same lines for issuing analogous quests, the most well known of which is “Another settlement needs our help”.


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  • 01/20/16--23:16: Punklight Sparkle
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    About

    Punklight Sparkle refers to an unusual hairstyle worn briefly by the character Twilight Sparkle from the Hasbro animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Its appearance spawned a variety of tributes, including a large volume of fan art.

    Origin

    The hairstyle is featured in episode 3 of season 5 of the Friendship is Magic series, “Castle Sweet Castle”.[1] Twilight Sparkle appears wearing it briefly during a scene in a bathhouse (shown below).



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    External References

    [1]MLP Wiki – Castle Sweet Castle

    [2]Derpibooru – Punklight Sparkle

    [3]DeviantArt – Punklight


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