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    About

    “Michigan J. Frog Dance” refers to a dance preformed by the Merry Melodies character Michigan J. Frog. The dance typically consists of a character with a top hat and cane kicking their legs up, and the dance is frequently paired with the line “Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal”.

    Origin

    The dance originates from a scene in the 1955 Merry Melodies episode “One Froggy Evening”,[1] where the character Michigan J. Frog preforms the dance throughout the episode.



    Spread

    On March 8th, 2015 a post of an image frog singing was paired with the title " Hello my baby, hello my darling, hello my rag-time gaaal!" was posted to /r/funny.[2] The post gained over 4,092 points (92% upvoted) as of February 27th, 2016.

    A video of the character Peridot from Steven Universe was posted to tumblr on January 23rd, 2016. The post has gained over 4,900 notes as of February 27th, 2016.[3]

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 02/28/16--05:11: It Ain't Me
  • About

    It Ain’t Me is a nickname given to the song “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. It is based on the misconception about the title of the song as they repeat the phrase “It ain’t me” during the chorus.

    Origin

    In September 1969 the American rock-band Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) released their single “Fortunate Son”.

    The track reached #14 on the United States chart in November 22nd 1969 and peaked at #3 5 weeks later.

    References

    https://archive.4plebs.org/tv/thread/41000663/#41001770
    https://archive.4plebs.org/sp/thread/22079787/#22079787
    https://archive.4plebs.org/sp/thread/22663418/#22663734
    https://archive.4plebs.org/tv/thread/31800988/#31802449
    https://m.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3jwkph/whats_with_fortunate_son_suddenly_being_a_meme_on/


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  • 02/28/16--18:28: The Magic Conch Shell
  • WIP
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    About

    “The Magic Conch Shell” refers to an item from the show Spongebob Squarepants. The item is frequently parodied due to the prophetic nature of the item, and how the characters in the show trust it without doubt.

    Origin

    The item originates from the Season 3 Spongebob episode “Club Spongebob”[1], first debuting in 2002. In the episode Spongebob, Patrick and Squidward ask the conch various questions.



    Spread

    A video of the magic conch shell combined with the sound from fuck her right in the pussy was uploaded to youtube on June 1st, 2014. As of February 28th, 2016 the video has gained over 300 thousand views.



    On June 3rd two posts were submitted to tumblr from two parts of a scene where a park ranger holds out the magic conch shell. As of February 28th, 2016, both posts have gained over 140,000 notes.[2]

    Various Examples

    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Wikia – Club Spongebob

    [2]Tumblr – Stridering


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  • 02/28/16--19:59: Yes - Roundabout


  • About

    Roundabout is a song by the English rock band Yes. Its usage in the first two arcs of the popular anime Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure lead to the song being frequently combined with “To Be Continued” jokes. This exploitable is most commonly used in Vines and short videos, usually at the climax of the video for a comedic effect and to keep the viewer on edge at the same time.

    Origin

    The song’s name is “Roundabout”[1] released by the band “Yes”[2] in 1971 for their album “Fragile”.


    But it gained it’s popularity through the 2012 adaptation of the manga series Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure[3]. The song was used during the final few minutes for the “Phantom Blood”[4] and “Battle Tendency”[5] arcs to get the viewer hyped up for the next episode, before being replaced by “Walk like an Egyptian”[6] in “Stardust Crusaders”[7].

    Spread

    The earliest known usage of this meme is from “Danksmash” version of the Squidward Dab which was uploaded to vine on the 27th of January, 2016



    The Vine has over two million loops, and so this encouraged people to make one for both Marge Krumping, and Spoons Rattling

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    Notable Examples

    <== TO BE CONTINUED==

    Search Interest

    External References

    <== TO BE CONTINUED==


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  • 02/29/16--09:44: Make Donald Drumpf Again
  • About

    Make Donald Drumpf Again is a parody campaign that aims to rebrand Donald Trump with his family’s original un-Americanized last name of “Drumpf.” The campaign, which was launched by John Oliver, included a popular hashtag and parody web site.

    Origin

    On February 28th, 2016, the HBO show Last Week Tonight, which stars political comedian John Oliver, aired an episode devoted to Donald Drumpf’s 2016 Presidential Campaign. The episode focused on Drumpf’s credibility and demeanor, both of which Oliver criticized. In the last few minutes of his monologue, Oliver disclosed that Drumpf’s ancestral family name was Drumpf as claimed in a previous biography and in the Boston Globe in 2015.[5] Oliver cast this name as a less dignified and wealthy-sounding name. A YouTube upload of the segment had 460,000 views less than 12 hours after it was uploaded.



    As part of the disclosure, Oliver launched the campaign web site MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain.com, which sold hats designed to parody Drumpf’s Make Donald Drumpf Again merchandise, encouraged the use of a hashtag by the same name, and announced the creation of a Google Chrome Extension novelty content filter that would change all mentions of Drumpf to Drumpf.



    A comparison of DonaldJDrumpf.com and DonaldJTrump.com

    Spread

    As of February 29th, the hashtag #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain was trending on Twitter in the United States, with over 111,000 tweets as of 1:30 pm.[3] In addition, the Chrome extension had over 115 five-star reviews in less than 12 hours after its release.[2]

    The official video uploaded to Facebook had over 8 million views, and the hashtag was also trending on Facebook.[4] A redirect was created on Wikipedia, causing an entry for Donald Drumpf to redirect to the main page for Donald Drumpf,[6] and several already-existing parody Twitter accounts changed their handles to Donald J Drumpf.[7][8]

    Donald Drumpf supporters contested the editing of the Wikipedia entry of Frederick Drumpf to include the Drumpf moniker, claiming that the name change happened much a much longer time ago than detailed by contemporary critics, and that it was not Frederick who changed it. A post in the subreddit /r/The_Donald detailed the anti-Drumpf case and received 709 points (70% upvoted).

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    not yet available

    External References


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  • 02/29/16--11:27: Ted Cruz Zodiac Killer
  • About

    Ted Cruz Zodiac Killer refers to a mock conspiracy theory suggesting that the 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is the unidentified serial killer nicknamed the “Zodiac Killer,” who claimed to have killed 37 people in a series of anonymous letters in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

    Origin

    On March 14th, 2013, the Twitter feed @RedPillAmerica[2] posted a a tweet claiming that an upcoming Cruz speech would be titled “This is the Zodiac Speaking” (shown below).



    Spread

    On November 10th, 2014, Twitter user @Flash2844[6] tweeted that Cruz’ deathbed confession would be “I am the Zodiac Killer” along with the hashtag “#TedCruzIsTheZodiacKiller” (shown below).



    On December 15th, 2015, a Facebook[8] page titled “Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer” was launched, garnering upwards of 9,400 likes over the next two months. On January 20th, 2016, Twitter user @Lindzeta[10] posted a fake quote of Cruz confessing to the Zodiac Killer murders (shown below, left). That evening, Twitter user @ZeppoWilbury[5] tweeted that Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada and that the Zodiac Killer’s first victims were named “Cal and Gary” (shown below, right).



    On February 13th, 2015, Twitter user @vrunt[1] tweeted for readers to Google the phrase “Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer” en masse for the phrase to appear on Google Trends. That day, he posted a screenshot of the phrase displayed during a CBS broadcast of that evening’s Republican presidential debate with the caption “holy shit we did it” (shown below).



    On February 17th, activist Tim Faust began selling t-shirts printed with a depiction of Cruz as the Zodiac Killer (shown below).[9] On February 20th, Twitter user Tim Nunley pointed out that Cruz was born after the killer’s infamous murders.[4] On February 26th, NPR[3] reported that many of the people involved in popularizing the meme think Cruz is “creepy.” On February 23rd, the On February 26th, the news site The Verge[7] published an article about the history of the theory.



    Search Interest

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  • 02/29/16--14:33: Black History Month
  • Overview

    Black History Month is an annual month-long observance of notable people and events related to the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated during the month of February in the United States and Canada and during October in the United Kingdom.

    History

    In 1926, historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History created “Negro History Week” held during second week of February, which focused on teaching African American history in public schools in the United States. The week was initially selected due to coinciding with the birthdays of both 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist movement leader Frederick Douglass. In February 1970, leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University led the expansion of Black History Month. In 1976, the expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the United States government. In October 1987, the first Black History Month was held in the United Kingdom. In 1995, the government of Canada recognized the month of February as Black History Month.

    Notable Developments

    In February 2010, the /r/BlackHistory subreddit was launched. In February 2016, PBS launched the #MyBlackHistory[2] campaign in honor of Black History Month. The website African American History Month[1] is hosted by the United States Library of Congress and contains information and media related to the annual observance.

    Soul Food Menus

    In early 2010, a cellphone photograph of an NBC commissary menu honoring Black History Month with a selection of soul food items, including fried chicken and collard greens, was widely circulated online after it was tweeted by drummer Questlove (shown below).[4]



    In February 2014, the Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, Indiana apologized for serving soul food items in celebration of Black History Month (shown below, left). In February 2015, a Black History Month-themed menu at Ohio’s Wright State University was widely criticized online, leading University President David Hopkins to publicly apologize for the display (shown below, right) .



    Criticisms

    Morgan Freeman’s Comments

    In December 2015, actor Morgan Freeman called Black History Month “ridiculous” during an interview on the CBS news show 60 Minutes with host Mike Wallace (shown below).





    Wallace: Black History Month, you find …
    Freeman: Ridiculous.
    Wallace: Why?
    Freeman: You’re going to relegate my history to a month?
    Wallace: Come on.
    Freeman: What do you do with yours? Which month is White History Month? Come on, tell me.
    Wallace: I’m Jewish.
    Freeman: OK. Which month is Jewish History Month?
    Wallace: There isn’t one.
    Freeman: Why not? Do you want one?
    Wallace: No, no.
    Freeman: I don’t either. I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
    Wallace: How are we going to get rid of racism until …?
    Freeman: Stop talking about it. I’m going to stop calling you a white man. And I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You’re not going to say, “I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.” Hear what I’m saying?
    2016 Academy Award Ceremony

    On January 20th, 2016, actress Stacey Dash criticized proposed boycotts of the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony and called for an end to BET Awards and Black History Month (shown below). Dash was widely criticized for the remarks, with many arguing she failed to recognize the importance of black awards ceremonies and Black History Month celebrations.



    During the Academy Awards ceremony on February 28th, host Chris Rock introduced Dash as the director of the Oscar’s new “Minority Outreach Program.” After walking onstage, Dash proclaimed “happy Black History Month” (shown below).



    Related Memes

    MLK Didn’t Die For This

    MLK Didn’t Die For This” is an expression used to denounce an act or display of racial prejudice by implying that it goes against the wishes of Martin Luther King Jr., the renowned American civil rights activist who was assassinated while leading the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

    Search Interest

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  • 02/29/16--17:09: FilmCow
  • About

    FilmCow is an online video company created by Jason Steele[12], creator of famed internet series such as Charlie the Unicorn and Llamas with Hats.[13] The company creates goofy animations and merchandises references to them.

    Online History

    The FilmCow website was made in 2003 by FilmCow’s producer Jason Steele and went through multiple significant design changes between then and 2011.[11]

    Notable Developments

    The company was thrown into the internet’s spotlight when it uploaded the classic animation and meme: Charlie the Unicorn. The animation was mildly popular on Newgrounds[2] but was massively popular in its reupload to Youtube where it gained 26,503,000 views and 38,000 comments as of February 29th, 2016.[14] Other comparably massive successes by FilmCow include Llamas With Hats and Marshmallow People which both greatly impacted the landscape of internet culture. On February 23rd, 2016, FilmCow created a Kickstarter campaign under the account Jason Steele[6] to fund a 30-minute finale episode of the Charlie the Unicorn series which has since raised well-beyond its initially desired goal of $35,000.[1]

    Online Presence

    FilmCow has a significant online presence. YouTube channel FilmCow, run under the username SecretAgentBob,[3] has accumulated 1,383,000 subscribers and 411,927,000 video views.[9] Facebook account FilmCow has 34,000 likes.[8] Twitter account @FilmCow has 20,000 followers.[7] Instagram account @therealfilmcow has a measly 659 followers.[10] The official FilmCow site also has a store for merchandise.

    Notable Series

    Charlie the Unicorn



    charlie teh unicron



    Llamas with Hats



    Marshmallow People



    Spatula Madness



    Ghost House



    Hit It With a Car



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Kickstarter – Charlie the Unicorn

    [2]Newgrounds – Charlie the Unicorn

    [3]YouTube – FilmCow

    [4]FilmCow – Blog

    [5]Newgrounds – TypeQueen

    [6]Kickstarter – Jason Steele

    [7]Twitter – Jason Steele

    [8]Facebook – FilmCow

    [9]YouTube – FilmCow

    [10]Instagram – FilmCow

    [11]FilmCow – Welcome to the new FilmCow!

    [12]The Benfer Wiki – Jason Steele

    [13]FilmCow Wiki – Welcome to the FilmCow Wiki

    [14]YouTube – Charlie the Unicorn

    [15]FilmCow – Store


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  • 02/29/16--21:36: Ticket Pony
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    About

    “Ticket” is the name of a pony OC with a golden color scheme. The OC is commonly mocked for being forced and a mary sue.

    Origin

    While the exact origin is unknown, the Gyropedia Wiki[3] lists the creators of Ticket as users “Gastlie” and “Da Krager” on Ponychan.

    Spread

    The character has gained a large amount of fanart. As off February 31st, 2016, the search for the character on Derpibooru yields over 900 results,[1] and the search for the character on Deviantart yields over 150 results.[2]

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Derpibooru – OC:Ticket

    [2]Deviantart – Golden Ticket OC

    [3]Gyropedia Wiki – Ticket


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  • 02/29/16--21:49: Tirek's Outstretched Arms
  • About

    Lord Tirek’s Outstretched Arms is an exploitable image from the television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It depicts Tirek, the antagonist of the two part special he appears in, standing on a cliff with his arms stretched out. Due to widespread nature of such a pose, fans of the show have used the image to place Tirek in humorous situations.

    Origin

    The pose first appears in Season 4, Episode 26 of the show. After tracking down the newly empowered princess Twilight Sparkle, Tirek announces his presence by stating that she has something that belonged to him, stretching out his arms in a dramatic fashion.

    Spread

    After the release of the episode, fans of the show immediately started to create parodies of the scene. The first image with the tag “Lord Tirek’s Outstretched Arms” was uploaded on May 11, 2014. There are currently over 100 examples on Derpibooru, with the score ranging from the negatives to +400 approvals. The exploitable has also been used in MLG parodies due to Tirek’s pose being similar to the “Well, What is It” gesture from Dark Souls.

    Various Examples


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  • 02/29/16--22:47: Rarity vs Giant Crab
  • About

    Rarity vs Giant Crab is a recurring theme in various works of fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. As the title implies, it portrays Rarity, a main character of the show, engaging an enormous crustacean in combat. Due to the odd circumstances and implications surrounding it, it has become a relatively popular subject for creative projects.

    Origin

    Though the exact reasons for its creation are unknown, it is known that the first instance was created by an artist as part of a request. The fan art consists of Rarity wielding a spear against an animal reminiscent of the pokemon Krabby.

    Spread

    Due to the ridiculous situation Rarity was in, viewers of the original image have made many more examples of her fighting absurdly large crustaceans, ranging from the size of a pony to as colossal as a city to Zoidberg. Common variations include Rarity fighting in a mech or riding an adult Spike.

    Various Examples


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  • 03/01/16--10:14: Potato Parcel
  • About

    Potato Parcel is a web site that allows users to mail a potato to another person, sans box or wrapping, with a personalized message engraved into the potato’s skin.

    History

    Precursors

    The idea of mailing a potato has circulated around the web for some time. Forum posts dating back to 2008 indicate that people have celebrated, ironically or not, a “National Mail a Potato Day” on November 1st.[1] On March 14th, 2010, a Yahoo! Answers question was created asking “How many stamps should I use to mail a potato?”, which received three replies.[2] On August 5th, 2013, the Reddit user magoo_ posted a photo (below) of a potato covered in stamps in the /r/pics subreddit. The post, which was titled “my brother mailed me a potato. . .again,” received 2,694 points (95% upvoted). [3]



    The first web service set up to send potatoes through the United States Postal Service was Mail a Spud, launched in 2014.[4]

    Potato Parcel

    Alex Craig of Dallas, Texas founded Potato Parcel in May of 2015.[5] According to Mashable,[6] the web site sold over 3,000 potatoes in the first three months, grossing over $30,000. In August 2015, Potato Parcel expanded into the United Kingdom, allowing users to ship potatoes there as well. Craig sends the potatoes anonymously, packaged in a beige envelope. The user’s message is written on them using a pen. In addition to a written message, users may also send a potato with an image pasted to it, or a potato in a burlap sack (these options cost extra).



    Potato Parcel was covered in the national media, including on USA Today,[7] Playboy,[8] and CNBC.[9] One Cosmopolitan author sent herself a potato to test the service, and deemed the experience “sad.”[10] In addition, Craig appeared on the Steve Harvey Show to promote his service.



    Other Potato-by-Mail Sites

    After the success of Potato Parcel, several other web sites where users could send potatoes by mail were founded, including Potato.Gift, Mystery Potato, Brick or Potato (which gives users the choice of the two), Potato in the Post, Text a Potato (which allows users to send the potato by text message), Anonymous Potato, and Coolballz.net.



    Search Interest



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  • 03/01/16--15:18: It's Been 3000 Years...
  • About

    “It’s been 3000 years…” is an exploitable reaction image featuring AZ, a character from Pokemon X and Y, retrieving an object from the sky and solemnly declaring that three thousand years have passed. The image is used to express melancholy upon an arrival after long delay.

    Origin

    Pokemon X and Y are paired games for Generation VI of the Pokemon franchise. At the end of the game a man named AZ encounters a unique Floette, a Pokemon, known as The Eternal Flower. He falls to his knees, crying and proclaiming “It’s been 3000 years…”

    The earliest known use as a reaction image was posted to the r/pokemon subreddit by user Kyouya in a thread titled “When PokeBank arrives gif”[1] on December 30, 2013. This was in response to the delayed release of the Pokémon Bank, which experienced an amount of traffic that overwhelmed the servers it was being hosted on, forcing Nintendo to halt the full release until much later.[2] Before it was archived the post accumulated 1680 upvotes and 99 comments.

    Spread

    The most popular posting of this image on Tumblr was made by user monadontriy on July 17, 2014, with regards to a Homestuck update. The post has accumulated over 4,400 notes.[3]

    On October 30, 2014 Kyouya used an edited gif of the scene once again on Reddit, this time reacting to the release of the Pokemon games Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. This post gained 658 upvotes and 47 comments.[4]

    Examples

    References

    [1]Reddit – When PokeBank arrives gif

    [2]Bulbapedia – Pokémon Bank

    [3]Tumblr – Whenever the gigaupdate comes we be like

    [4]Reddit – It’s been 3000 years…


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    Help i accidentally build a shelf! is a meme about people accidentally building a shelf(Note that “build” in past tense is “built”, but this meme says “build”.).
    Not much is known about it currently, but a lot of people were seeking help, and saw this google search sentence finish, and started making more content about it.
    The earliest known instance of this meme is on June 11 2013.


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  • 03/01/16--19:21: Zootopia
  • Editors Note: This entry is a WIP. If you know something about this that is not currently in the entry, and/or think you can help, please suggest a change or request editorship.


    About

    Zootopia is a 2016 Disney 3D computer-animated comedy film. It takes place in a world where animals have intelligence akin to humans, and humans don’t exist. The movie follows Judy Hopps, a bunny police officer, and Nick Wilde, a fox con artist, in their attempt to solve a missing persons case.

    History

    The Walt Disney Company announced the production of Zootopia in 2013. Described as taking place in a world without humans, the film would present animals living together in a civilized society[3]. Marketed in the United States with the tagline “Welcome to the Urban Jungle[4], the movie heavily emphasizes both the social relationships between different members and species of society and the urban environment that they inhabit. The film debuted in various countries throughout February, 2016, its primary and domestic release date scheduled for March 3rd, 2016[5].
    h2. Reception

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    Impact

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    Fandom

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    Searching “zootopia” on DeviantArt returns over 3,500 results,[1] while searching it on YouTube returns over 190,000 results.[2]

    Related Memes

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  • 03/02/16--00:36: Young Conker Controversy
  • W.I.P.

    About

    The Young Conker Controversy refers to the online backlash against the new redesign of the protagonist Conker from the popular 2001 video game Conker’s Bad Fur Day for the upcoming video game Young Conker by Rareware as one of the starter games for the development edition of Microsoft HoloLens.

    Background

    On February 29th, 2016, Microsoft HoloLens uploaded a YouTube video of the making and gameplay of Young Conker as part of promoting the Microsoft HoloLens. This cause gamers and fans who remember the original Conker to react in a negative way. The video has over 100K views with over 10K downvotes a day later.



    Criticism

    After the Young Conker video was posted by Microsoft HoloLens, people are not very pleased for what they did to the Conker everyone knows. Reaction videos and gaming articles about Young Conker were quickly posted. YouTuber AlphaOmegaSin posted a reaction / rant video about Young Conker on March 1st, 2016. The video gain over 200K views in less than 24 hours.



    Search Interest

    Not Available Yet

    External References

    [1]Google search – Young Conker


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  • 03/02/16--07:04: Dave Strider
  • Biography

    The mostly ironic and sometimes-but-not-always true to himself character is an enigma in itself, much like Homestuck, the webcomic from which he originates from. Dave, at the beginning of the story, is 13 years, 4 months, and 10 days old, being born on December 3, 1995. He was “born” in Houston Texas.

    Personality

    He bases most of his philosophy on irony, and the goal of achieving a level of irony so high that it’s somehow not hilarious. He cares a lot about his friends, and it seems he has a certain fondness for Karkat Vantas, his best bro.


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  • 03/02/16--08:03: Sheev Posting
  • WiP

    About

    Sheev Posting is an umbrella term used references and parodies surrounding specific elements about the Star Wars character Sheev Palpatine both before and after the reveal of his name in the 2014 novel Tarkin, most notable of these being the scene where Palpatine faces off against Mace Windu.

    Origin

    While various jokes surrounding Palpatine were prevalent online for years prior to the Tarkin novel, the term “Sheev Posting” did not come into use until after the revelation of the character’s first on October 14th, 2014 by an editor on the Wookipedia article titled “Darth Sidious.” Following this, various forums and image boards began to give their thoughts on the name.

    Spread

    On December 13th, 2014, YouTuber diccolopick uploaded a video titled “Star Wars: Sheev vs Dindu” parodying the scene in which Palpatine is confronted by several Jedi Masters, led by Mace Windu (shown below).



    On January 15th, 2015 reddit user big_guyforu posted an image of various screenshots from a /tv/ thread as well as a video with audio of a man doing a Palpatine impression while his significant other awakens annoyed (both shown below).[1]



    Various Examples



    Notable Submemes

    Let The Hate Flow Through You

    Let The Hate Flow Through You is a phrase from the film Return of the Jedi and is often used online as a reaction to others who appear angry or upset.



    Do It

    Do It refers to a phrase in the film Revenge of the Sith uttered by Palpatine to Anakin Skywalker in an attempt for coerce him into killing Count Dooku. The phrase and scene have been used and parodied online as a way to express one’s wanting for an individual to do a certain task.



    Sheev Spin

    Sheev Spin refers to a clip from a scene in Revenge of the Sith where Palpatine is confronted by several Jedi Masters and attacks them by lunging at them while spinning through the air and emitting an otherworldly scream. The clip is widely mocked and parodied on sites such as 4chan and reddit.



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    [Work in progress]

    About

    “Hey, I know! I’ll use my trusty frying pan as a drying pan!” is a memorable line of dialogue, spoken by the character Brock, from the English-language version of the feature-length special episode of the Pokémon anime, Mewtwo Returns.

    Origin

    Although originally broadcast in Japan on 30th December 2000, the English dub which contains the line was not released until a year later, direct-to-DVD on 5th December 2001.[1]

    On 1st March 2010, a YouTube user uploaded a clip of the line, which has received over 7 million views in that time.[2]

    Spread

    The line has taken off as a meme in online subculture, particularly within the Pokémon fandom. The “Drying Pan”, as it is affectionately known, is often featured in gifs, image macros and fanart featuring Brock and even in some cosplay (as displayed in the examples further down on this page).

    Searching on Google for the term “drying pan” immediately links the embedded video as well as producing over 19,000,000 results. There has since been an entry added to Urban Dictionary which lists Pokémon as the source[3], and many results are tagged under the term on Tumblr, featuring edits or captioned gifs of the scene in question.[4]

    Fanfiction.net has received a submission featuring a joke ship between Brock and his frying pan.[5]

    TV Tropes lists the quote on their meme sub-page for Pokemon[6], as well as referring to it on their trope entry “Improvised Umbrella”, wherein it is referred to as “Brock’s infamous Drying Pan”.[7]

    Examples

    Search Interest

    Google search interest for the term “drying pan” yields consistently strong results since mid-2011.

    References

    [1]Bulbapedia – Mewtwo Returns

    [2]YouTube – Brock’s Best Line Ever

    [3]Urban Dictionary – Drying Pan

    [4]Tumblr – tagged/drying-pan

    [5]Fanficion.net – The Drying Pan

    [6]TV Tropes – Memes/Pokémon

    [7]TV Tropes – Infamous Drying Pan


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  • 03/02/16--09:13: Now This Is Podracing
  • About

    “Now This Is Podracing” is a memorable quote uttered by the character Anakin Skywalker (played by Jake Lloyd) in the 1999 science fiction film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace ,the fourth installment of the space opera film series Star Wars. The quote is often mocked online for being emblematic of Lloyd’s poorly received performance in the film.

    Origin

    On May 19th, 1999, The Phantom Menace was released in theaters, centering around the discovery of the young force sensitive slave Anakin Skywalker on the desert planet Tatooine. While flying a space ship during a battle sequence, Skywalker utters the phrase “now this is podracing” while fleeing several enemies (shown below).



    On November 1st, 2010, YouTuber Donny Estee uploaded an video featuring an image macro of Skywalker with the caption “Now This / Is Podracing” accompanied by audio mimicking The Phantom Menace scene playing in the background (shown below).



    Spread

    On May 25th, 2012, a clip of The Phantom Menace scene titled “Now This is Podracing” was uploaded to YouTube.[11] On November 16th, 2013, the Internet humor site Ifunny[10] posted an image of a woman driving a pair of cattle with the caption “Now This / Is Podracing” (shown below).



    On July 26th, 2015, Redditor koleye submitted a Polandball comic titled “Now this is podracing” to the /r/polandball[7] subreddit, where it received upwards of 4,600 votes (93% upvoted) and 360 comments prior to being archived.



    On January 12th, 2016, Redditor Bacon_is_not_france submitted an image of Skywalker with the caption “Now this is / shitposting” to /r/meirl[8] (shown below).



    Jake Lloyd’s 2015 Arrest

    On June 21st, 2015, TMZ[5] reported that Jake Lloyd had been arrested after fleeing police in an “insane car chase” that went on for several miles, which ended when Lloyd drove into several trees. That day, Tumblr user xizor14[4] posted Lloyd’s mugshot along with the caption “Now THIS is podracing,” garnering upwards of 2,700 notes in the next eight months (shown below).



    Meanwhile, several Twitter users posted podracing-related jokes about the incident (shown below).[6]



    Search Interest

    External References


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