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  • 04/08/16--13:42: Planet 9
  • About

    Planet 9 is the nickname given to a massive hypothetical planet proposed as a possible explanation for a group of trans-Neptunian objects detected in the far outer Solar System within the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt. Some have speculated that the planet comes from another solar system and may have been responsible for triggering various extinction events on Earth.

    Origin

    In 2004, the trans-Neptunian object 90377 Sedna was discovered with a noticeably peculiar orbit, suggesting it interacted with some other large object to deviate away from the Kuiper belt. In 2008, other trans-Neptunian objects were discovered with odd orbiting patterns. In 2014, the science journal Nature published a paper by astronomers Chad Trujillo and Scott S. Sheppard, which proposed the existence of a large planet to explain the orbit patterns of the objects Sedna and 2012 VP113.[1] On January 20th, 2016, Caltech professors Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown (the same professor responsible for demoting Pluto from planet to dwarf planet) made a statement announcing the possibility of a ninth planet in the solar system.[8]



    Spread

    On January 20th, 2016, the Caltech YouTube channel interviews with Caltech University professors Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown discussing the evidence of Planet 9, estimating that it would be 10 times the mass and four times the diameter of Earth (shown below, left). That week, believers in the Nibiru cataclysm,[7] a predicted doomsday event involving the collision of a large planetary object with Earth occurring in the early 21st century, cited Planet 9 as the evidence of their claims.[6] On January 25th, Batygin and Brown participated in an “ask me anything” post on the /r/IAmA[4] subreddit, Brown claimed the planet was “too far away to have any but the most minuscule effects on the Earth.” Within three months, the video gained over 1.9 million views and 1,900 comments.



    On February 17th, the PBS Space Time channel uploaded a video about the planet titled “Planet X Discovered?” (shown below).



    On March 23rd, astronmer Alexander Mustill from the Lund Observatory in Sweden published a paper speculating that Planet 9 was an alien planet from a different solar system that entered into the oribit of our Sun.[2] On March 24th, Caltech astronmer Mike Brown tweeted that a new Kuiper belt object had been discovered, along with a graph of objects possibly orbiting Planet 9 (shown below).



    On April 6th, the New York Post[3] published an article titled “Newly discovered planet could destroy Earth any day now,” in which astrophysicist Daniel Whitmire claimed Planet 9 may have been responsible for various mass extinctions on Earth when generating comet showers while passing in orbit every 26 to 27 million years. Additionally, the article noted that some Nibiru cataclysm proponents were predicting the planet could collide with Earth as early as the end of April.

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  • 04/09/16--07:39: Koichi Pose


  • About

    The Koichi Pose refers to a still shot of the character Koichi Hirose during the opening intro of the animated adaptation of the japanese manga series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable. Due to the humorous nature and lengthy exposure of his pose, the shot became an exploitable on the JoJo fandom, spawning parodies and image edits.

    Origin

    The shot originated from the intro sequence of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable which first aired on April 8th, 2016. In the scene, Koichi performs a pose and stood still for around 3 seconds.


    One of the earliest mentions regarding the pose was on April 9th, 2016, in a thread on 4chan’s /a/ board.[1] On the same thread, one of the earliest edited images which depicts Koichi riding Dio Brando was posted by an anonymous user.[2]


    Spread

    WIP

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    None available.

    External References


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  • 04/09/16--12:05: Emily faked cancer
  • Background

    In 2012 the Runescape Twitch streamer Emily is pro told her stream that she was “diagnosed with chronic limpnodic leukemia” despite the fact that no such disease exists. Many people in the twitch community assumed that this was an attempt to get more donations. For a few years there are a rumor going around that she faked cancer but there was no solid proof.

    Exposed

    No one that had the video of her saying this uploaded it until early 2016. Once the original clip was uploaded it it sparked massive drama around the Runescape Twitch community. Initially the moderators of the Runescape subreddit were deleting posts about the issue but they eventually stopped for a period of time after being called “white knight beta fucks” and being told to “go back to Fally you piece of shit.” (Fally is short for Falador, a city in Runescape which is home to the white knights)



    The sound clip was also remixed into numerous songs that would get requested to both Emily and other streamers. People would also ask other streamers to say “Emily faked cancer”



    Rs Glory and Gold



    Ice Poseidon

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  • 04/09/16--14:46: Jastur Mille
  • About

    Jastur Mille is a content creator on YouTube who became infamous for offensive and disgusting videos he released on his channel during 2015 and 2016. Jastur Mille has made videos in English as well as in Finnish and is known for his aggressive replies to YouTube comments.

    Origin

    Jastur Mille, previously known as Jebber Jub, created his channel in 2015 after his old account, also named Jastur Mille, got deactivated for unspecified reasons. Mille tried to create a new personality for his YouTube channel but ultimately failing when people caught on and recognized his work.

    Spread

    After being featured on a gaming channel, SomeOrdinaryGamers, for his game “Mutahar.exe” (which he had released under alias “Khanoen” on GameJolt) his channel started gaining more publicity. Mille used this to his advantage and started freebooting from SomeOrdinaryGamers’ videos which in turn caused him to receive more negative feedback.



    2016 controversy

    Leading up to 2016, Jastur Mille had released a video making fun of 11/13/2015 Paris terrorist attacks which got removed after only being up for 12 hours. This was due to a misleading title as well as the expected offensive nature of the video. During 2016 Mille published yet another offensive video mocking a fatal car accident of a British rock group. This video has not been removed as it was titled as a reaction video, however it caused many people to unsubscribe leaving Mille with only a fraction of his previous subscriber count.



    External references

    YouTube channel – Jastur Mille
    Mutahar.exe – SomeOrdinaryGamers
    Jastur Mille – Viola Beach deadly accident footage (reaction)


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  • 04/10/16--18:51: Rey Holding Luke
  • About

    Rey Holding Luke refers to a hypothetical scenario where Star Wars character Luke Skywalker (portrayed by Mark Hamill) would piggyback ride off of Rey (portrayed by Daisy Ridley) as part of the latter’s Jedi training.

    Origin

    Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens ends with a scene where Rey (the protagonist of the Sequel Trilogy) and Luke (the protagonist of the Original Trilogy) meet for the first time after the latter’s self-imposed exile, leading Rey to wordlessly offer to become Luke’s Jedi apprentice. Fans were quick to joke that immediately after their meeting, Luke would make Rey carry him on her back as Yoda did with Luke in The Empire Strikes Back. One of the first instances of fan art portraying this scene was made by Alex Bing on December 22, 2015.[1]


    Spread

    On April 10, 2016, Mark Hamill posted a tweet of himself and Daisy Ridley re-enacting the proposed scene off the set of Star Wars Episode VIII. Hamill’s tweet proved to be immensely popular, garnering over 50,000 retweets and over 73,000 favorites. While images portraying Rey holding Luke were fairly popular beforehand, photoshops of the tweeted image became even more prominent as the image received a greater amount of attention.



    Notable Examples


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  • 04/11/16--10:55: Flower Pot
  • The Flower Pot meme is a meme originating from Tumblr. The meme consists of a Tumblr audio post, accompanied with a photo of a strange or unique flower pot as the album art. The audio, which is traditionally music from Nintendo’s “Mother” series, is fit to match the appearance of the flower pot. The meme is a very small and unpopular one, which is mainly contained in the EarthBound/Mother fandom, within a select group of Tumblr users. The meme eventually escalated to pictures of animals accompanied by happy or upbeat video game music.

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  • 04/11/16--13:56: MIDI
  • About

    MIDI is a sequence programming protocol, commonly used for composing music for computers and electronic musical instruements. Used as the techinical standard use across mutiple programs and appliances. It allows electronic musical instruments, computers and other devices to interact with each other.[1]

    History

    Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi proposed an idea of standardization in music to Tom Oberheim and Dave Smith, after two years of collaborations the project has been completed and announced to the public in a Keyboard magazine as the MIDI.

    Related Memes

    MIDI Animations

    Black MIDI

    MIDI to MP3 Remixes

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – MIDI


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  • 04/11/16--16:33: Yellow Diamond's Neck / Face
  • About

    Yellow Diamond’s Neck / Face refers to the fad of exaggerating the neck of Yellow Diamond, the biggest threat and major antagonist in the show as of the first two seasons.

    Origin

    The fad originated from leaked screencaps of Yellow Diamond in future episodes, who was then perceived by the fandom to have a neck much longer than originally anticipated. Such expectations can be sourced from the Official Extended Intro of the show, where Yellow Diamond’s neck was noticeably shorter. In the Steven Universe episode “Message Received” Yellow Diamond made a face of anger and exasperation before Peridot called her a “clod”, which is the most iconic scene used to apply the fad.

    Spread

    W.I.P.

    Various Examples

    W.I.P.

    Search Interest

    [not available]


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  • 04/12/16--16:24: Hey It's Your Uber Driver
  • About

    Hey It’s Your Uber Driver refers to an exploitable image featuring an iPhone-style text message notification bar paired with the image of a character or celebrity sitting in a car, implying that the person pictured is the Uber driver who has arrived.

    Origin

    It is unknown where this meme was first posted, but an early instance was first posted by the Weird Facebook page RIP Corey Taylor on April 6th, 2016. The image featured the text message superimposed on a photograph of Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker, who died in a car accident. The post received 65 likes and 37 shares, many of which were by other Weird Facebook pages with larger audiences.



    Another early instance was first appeared on April 8th, 2016, on Tumblr, where the image of the text message was paired with Natsu Dragion of the anime and manga series Fairy Tail. Originally posted by the user megaowlfeatherblog, the post received 400 notes by April 12th, 2016.



    Spread

    On April 7th, the RIP Corey Taylor group posted another superimposed photograph, this time of the American stunt artist Ryan Dunn, who also died in a car crash; this post received over 240 shares as of April 12th.



    Also on April 7th, the Facebook page “I play KORN to my DMT plants, smoke blunts all day & do sex stuff” posted an image of a woman dressed as a minion vaping from a car which had also been painted to look like a minion. The image received over 800 likes and over 300 shares. The page proceeded to share several more images in the same vein for the following three days.



    By April 10th, the image of the text from the Uber Driver was beginning to appear in Weird Facebook groups, on Tumblr, and in other meme communities. On April 11th, the Tumblr forestofravens posted an image of a Elder Scrolls Silt Strider with the text message overlaid. The post received over 8,400 notes.



    Notable Examples


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  • 04/12/16--17:24: Paper Jam Dipper
  • About

    Paper Jam Dipper is a character from Gravity Falls that Dipper tries to clone but got all wrong.

    Origin

    In the episode “Double Dipper” Dipper was trying to clone himself with a magic printer machine and one of the clone had a paper jam.

    Spread

    W.I.P.

    Examples

    W.I.P.


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    About

    Pennis and Also Dicke and Balls is a satirical sext message which is often considered a form of “shitposting” when used as a nonsensical retort on image boards, discussion forums and comment sections.

    Origin

    On July 30th, 2014, Tumblr[1] user bonerfart published a text post with the message “sexy: pennis and also dicke and balls.”



    Spread

    On February 22nd, 2015, the Michael Cera’s Mustache Facebook[3] page posted the status update “pennis and also dicke and balls.” On December 20th, YouTuber Requests Channel uploaded a video of himself saying the phrase into a camera (shown below).



    On January 17th, 2016, YouTuber uno farto uploaded a video featuring a fake tweet by Barack Obama with the message “pennis and also dicke and balls” spliced with footage of a Vince McMahon reaction GIF and a slowed version of the 1999 rock song “All Star” by Smash Mouth playing in the background (shown below).



    On March 17th, Redditor analfetuslunchbox submitted a photograph of an opossum titled “pennis and also dicke and balls” to the /r/braveryjerk[2] subreddit. On April 1st, Redditor AwesomerOrsimer submitted a post asking where the meme originated to the /r/answers[4] subreddit. On April 7th, and anonymous 4chan user replied to a thread on the /vp/ (Pokemon) board with the expression.

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  • 04/13/16--15:46: Fire Spray Challenge
  • About

    Fire Spray Challenge (also known by its hashtag #FireSprayChallenge) is a viral trend where teens use aerosols and lighters to create streams of fire, recording their own reactions for Snapchat or Instagram videos. After becoming popular, the trend was decried because of the danger involved, much in the same fashion as the Fire Challenge.

    Origin

    The first known Fire Spray Challenge video was uploaded on March 18th, 2016 by Instagram user freshtoatea, who received 4,352 likes as of April 13th. (Below is a GIF re-upload of the original video, which can’t be embedded.)


    View post on imgur.com

    Spread

    On March 21st, 2016, the Instagram account @firespraychallenge was created, devoted to posting only videos of people performing the Fire Spray Challenge. In order to have their videos posted to the account, teens filmed themselves performing the challenge and then sent them to the account for reposting. As of April 13th, the account has reposted 65 separate videos, and there are over 4,000 tags of people attempting the challenge on Instagram.

    On April 12th, the Daily Mirror wrote about the challenge, claiming that the teens were “using hairspray, Lysol, deodorant and air freshener” to set the flames. The next day, the Daily News wrote about the trend, claiming that the London Fire Department had issued a statement calling it “really stupid.”

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Instagram – @Freshtoatea’s Video

    fn2 Instagram – Tagged Results for #FireSprayChallenge

    [3]Twitter – Hashtag Results for #FireSprayChallenge

    [4]Instagram – @OfficialFireSprayChallenge’s Account

    [5]Mashable – Teens are accidentally setting themselves on fire during the #FireSprayChallenge

    [6]Mic – "The #FireSprayChallenge Has Teens Accidentally Setting Themselves on Fire on Instagram":mic.com/articles/140805/the-fire-spray-challenge-has-teens-accidentally-setting-themselves-on-fire-on-instagram#.mez86YwgM

    [7]Daily Mail – Not again: New version of the ‘Fire Challenge’ internet craze sees teenagers setting alight aerosol cans to create flame throwers

    [8]New York Daily News – Teens taking #firespraychallenge caught posing next to aerosol-fueled flames

    [9]MemeOrigins – Fire Spray Challenge


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    About

    Somebody get this hothead outta here! is a memorable quote uttered by police commissioner Peter Foley when addressing the character of John Blake in a scene from 2012 blockbuster movie Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. Online, proponents of the Baneposting meme began abusing the phrase as a way of calling out critics of the meme on message boards, specifically referring to them as “hotheads”.

    Origin

    In 2012 film Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, after a foot chase, commissioner James Gordon (played by Gary Oldman) becames trapped down the sewers of Gotham City because of an explosion, leading to a scene where police officer John Blake (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) pleads for his colleagues to go and help Gordon, to which commissioner Peter Foley (played by Matthew Modine) promptly retorts “Someone get this hothead outta here”. The scene was uploaded to YouTube on May 2nd 2014 (shown below).



    As early as October 1st 2012, a 4chan user on the /m/ (mecha) board used the phrase “Would somebody get this hot head out of here!” as a reply to another user[1]. Then, on November 21st, 2012, another user reused “SOMEBODYGETTHATHOTHEADOUTTAHERE” as a response towards a user who tried to debunk the misinterpreted dialogue behind the Baneposting meme[2], in a /tv/ (television & films) thread itself referencing the Bravo Nolan meme.

    Spread

    [wip]

    Various Examples

    [wip]

    Search Trend

    External References

    [1]4chanData – Kamen Rider thread archive [NSFW]

    [2]4chanData – Bravo, Nolan.


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  • 04/14/16--07:23: Dipper Face
  • About

    Dipper Face is a face reaction on the character Dipper From Gravity Falls.

    Origin

    W.I.P.

    Spread

    W.I.P.

    Examples

    W.I.P.


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  • 04/14/16--07:33: Sexting
  • About

    Sexting, a portmanteau of the words “sex” and “texting,” refers to the practice of sending sexually suggestive, enticing or explicit messages using SMS, IM or other messaging services.

    Origin

    In July 2005, the term “sexting” was coined in an article titled “The one and only” in the Australian Sunday Telegraph Magazine, where it was used in the context of sexually explicit text messages sent during an extramarital affair.[1]

    Spread

    In December 2009, the Pew Research Center[2] released a study titled “Teens and Sexting,” which found that increases in sexting among teenagers correlated with advances in mobile phone technology and adoption rates. On March 13th, 2009, YouTuber Hot For Nutrition uploaded a video in which she provides several opinions regarding the practice of sexting (shown below, left). Within seven years, the video garnered upwards of 10.8 million views and 4,300 comments. On December 23rd, 2010, the /r/sexting[3] subreddit was launched, describing itself as “a safe and welcoming environment for people to buy and sell Kik and Snapchat services.” On October 10th, 2011, the Howcast YouTube channel posted an instructional video on properly sending sext messages (shown below, left). In five years, the video gained over one million views and 330 comments.



    On March 1st, 2013, the Smosh YouTube channel uploaded a comedy sketch titled “Sexting Gone Wrong,” in which a couple threatens to release explicit photos of each other during a break up (shown below, left). Within three years, the video accumulated upwards of 15 million views and 27,600 comments. On August 12th, 2014, the BuzzFeedYellow YouTube channel posted a video titled “Everything You Need to Know About Sexting,” which received more than 1.9 million views and 1,100 comments in two years (shown below, right).



    On July 31st, 2015, the Comedy Central YouTube channel uploaded a Key & Peele sketch regarding a political sexting scandal (shown below, left). Over the next year, the video gathered over 2.8 million views and 530 comments. On February 10th, 2016, YouTuber The School of Life uploaded a video about the practice titled “The Joy of Sexting” (shown below, right).



    Weinergate

    On May 27th, 2011, former New York Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account mistakenly posted a link to a photo of a boxer brief clad man with a visible erection. The tweet was directed to a journalism student at a Washington State community college, who has since deleted both her Twitter and Facebook accounts.[1] The controversy surrounding the tweet was subsequently referred to as Wienergate.

    Related Memes

    Bae Come Over

    “Bae Come Over” is an expression typically used by teenage couples to invite one’s significant other (“bae”) over to his or her home, especially in the absence of parental supervision. On Tumblr, such call for intimacy, or more commonly referred to as “the booty call,” is most often parodied in the form of fictional dialogues in which the boyfriend undertakes a perilous journey to his girlfriend’s place upon being informed that her parents aren’t home.



    Straight White Boys Texting

    Straight White Boys Texting is a single topic blog featuring screen shots of unsolicited texts and instant messages sent from men that are aggressively sexual even in the face of an obviously uninterested recipient. In June 2014, the popularity of the blog rose dramatically after a series of feminist hashtags on the topic of harassment surfaced on Twitter.



    Pennis and Also Dicke and Balls

    Pennis and Also Dicke and Balls is a satirical sext message which is often considered a form of “shitposting” when used as a nonsensical retort on image boards, discussion forums and comment sections.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Sexting

    [2]Pew Research Center – Teens and Sexting

    [3]Reddit – /r/sexting


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  • 04/14/16--10:15: Stormpilot
  • About

    Stormpilot, also referred to as FinnPoe, is a nickname given to the slash pairing of Finn and Poe Dameron, two characters introduced in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the seventh film and the first installment in the sequel trilogy of the Star Wars saga.

    Origin

    One of the earliest known mentions of the slash pairing can be found in a fan speculation thread about a possible romantic relationship between Finn and Rey, the protagonist of the film, submitted to /r/StarWarsSpeculatlons by Redditor Asajj66 on September 17th, 2015. In the thread, another Redditor MagicWalrusO_o replied:

    “Personally, I’m still holding out hope for Finn and Poe.”

    Over the course of the next month, more speculations about a potentially bromantic relationship between Finn and Poe Dameron began to circulate on Star Wars fan forums and communities. Following the release of the last official trailer for The Force Awakens on October 20th, the fan theory rapidly snowballed into a popular subject of shipping across various fanfiction and fan art communities, most notably on Tumblr, DeviantART and Fanfiction.net.

    Spread

    In the months leading up to the premiere of The Force Awakens in December 2015, dozens of anticipatory fan art illustrations and fan fictions shipping the two characters continued to surface on the aforementioned sites under the hashtags “FinnxPoe,” "FinnPoe and “Stormpilot,” as well as a number of fan blogs dedicated to the ship on Tumblr. In addition, the emerging fandom behind the “Stormpilot” ship has been covered by various entertainment news sites and geek culture blogs, including Bustle, BuzzFeed, MTV, The Mary Sue and The Independent, among others.

    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Tumblr – Ok but how possible do u think canon finnpoe is

    [2]Tumblr – Mwah

    [3]Twitter – Tim Bowers’ Tweet

    [4]Tumblr – Any romance between these characters that we will see?

    [5]Tumblr – Tagged Results for #FinnPoe

    [6]Tumblr – Tagged Results for #Stormpilot

    [7]Twitter – Hashtag Results for #FinnPoe

    [8]Twitter – Hashtag Results for #Stormpilot

    [9]DeviantART – Tagged Results for #FinnPoe

    [10]DeviantART – Tagged Results for #Stormpilot

    [11]Tumblr – Fuck Yeah Stormpilot

    [12]Tumblr – FY Stormpilot

    [13]Tumblr – Storm-Pilot

    [14]Tumblr – The Stormpilot

    [15]Tumblr – Stormpilot Love

    [16]Tumblr – Boyfriend Poe

    [17]Tumblr – The Jacket Theory

    [18]Archive of Our Own – Poe Dameron/Finn

    [19]BuzzFeed – The Internet Has Decided On Its Favourite “Force Awakens” Couple

    [20]Bustle – Finn & Poe In ‘The Force Awakens’ Is A New Bromance For Star Wars Fans To Ship

    [21]Bustle – 9 FinnPoe Memes You Need In Your Life To Ship The Best Couple In ‘The Force Awakens’

    [22]Tumblr – My Fellow Finnpoe Shippers

    [23]Fanfiction.net – Surrender

    [24]Reddit – Is Finn Gay?

    [25]Star Wars News Net – SPECULATIONOFFICIALFINNDISCUSSIONTHREAD

    [26]Reddit – I haven’t seen a single thread or comment about Finn and Rey possibly being romantically involved since the teasers on this subreddit or any Star Wars related website. Do you know what that tells me?

    [27]The Independent – 39 shots from the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer analysed: From Rey being on the dark side to Jedi Finn

    [28]MTVTHE 13 BEST‘STAR WARS: THEFORCE AWAKENS’ RELATIONSHIPS, RANKED

    [29]MTVHIS IS THE‘STAR WARS’ COUPLE EVERYONE’S SHIPPING (HINT: IT’S NOTREYANDFINN

    [30]The Mary Sue – Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ John Boyega Denies Finn/Poe While Throwing More Fuel on the Fire

    [30]Tumblr – Tagged Results for ‘Finn x Poe’


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  • 04/14/16--11:22: RoastingKid1907
  • RoastingKid1907 is an underage YouTuber, pretending to “roast” other people, and objects. He rages at the person/object he talks about.
    He has talked about LeafyIsHere, Pyrocynical, Xbox and more.
    On April 14 2016, he launched his own country, named “Roasters Nation”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFJJmX-pU2g
    The anthem can be found in video above, or here (with lyrics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUqNTfkCKyo


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  • 04/14/16--11:47: Stephen Hawking
  • About

    Stephen Hawking is an English theoretical physicist known for authoring several best-selling popular science books, including A Brief History of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell.

    History

    On January 8th, 1942, Hawking was born in Oxford, England. Hawking was born with a rare form of amyotrophic lacteral sclerosis, which began showing signs as a student at Oxford University and gradually paralysed his body over many years. In the late 1960s, Hawking developed his famous singularity theorem, regarding the prediction from general relativity that gravitation creates singularities. In 1986, Hawking began using the program “Equalizer” to speak and write by pressing a switch to select various words and phrases (shown below).



    In 1988, Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time was released, which gives an overview of a broad range of cosmological topics, including the big bang, black holes and light cones. Over the next 20 years, the book sold over 10 million copies and remained on the London Sunday Times bestseller list for more than four years. In 1991, Errol Morris’ documentary film about Hawking titled A Brief History of Time was released (shown below).



    In 2001, the book The Universe in a Nutshell was released, in which Hawking discusses various subjects in theoretical physics in an attempt to “combine Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and Richard Feynman’s idea of multiple histories into one complete unified theory that will describe everything that happens in the universe.” In April 2010, The Telegraph[6] published an interview with Hawking in which he warned that intelligent alien civilizations may move from planet-to-planet harvesting resources.

    “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the American Indians.”

    Following the discovery of the Higgs boson during experiments run with the Large Hadron Collider in 2012, Hawking conceded that he had been wrong about insisting the Higgs boson did not exist. In September 2014, the British biographical romantic drama film The Theory of Everything was released, which centers around Hawking and his relationship with ex-wife Jane Wilde Hawking (shown below).



    In July 2015, Hawking signed an open letter calling for a ban on artificial intelligence weaponry referred to as “offensive autonomous weapons,” in an attempt to prevent a “global AI arms race” from starting.[5]

    Breakthrough Initiatives Projects

    In July 2015, Hawking and Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner announced a new program by Breakthrough Initiatives named “Project Listen,” which would invest $100 million into the search for intelligent life in the universe. On April 12th, 2016, Hawking and Yuri Milner announced the “Project Starshot” program by Breakthrough Initiatives, which plans to propel postage-sized space probes from Earth with a laser to investigate the Alpha Centauri star system. That day, the /r/starshot[1] subreddit was created for discussions about the project.



    Online Presence

    On April 4th, 2008, TED released a talk by Hawking titled “Questioning the Universe” (shown below, left). On March 30th, 2011, YouTuber Nice Peter uploaded an Epic Rap Battles of History music video in which Hawking competes against Albert Einstein (shown below, right). Over the next five years, the video received more than 102 million views and 340,000 comments.



    On Jule 16th, 2014, Redditor imjustadude90 submitted a multi-pane image of Hawking and John Oliver to /r/funny,[3] where it received upwards of 12,000 votes (98% upvoted) and 1,700 comments before it was archived.



    On July 27th, 2015, Hawking participated in an ""ask me anything"": (AMA) post on the /r/science[2] subreddit, which gained over 10,900 votes (98% upvoted) and 8,900 comments prior to being archived. On August 26th, Redditor alex_dlc submitted a post asking for readers to explain Hawking’s black hole theory to the /r/explainlikeimfive[4] subreddit, where it garnered more than 8,200 votes (96% upvoted) and 1,500 comments before it was archived.

    On January 27th, 2016, the IQIM Caltech YouTube channel uploaded a comedy sketch in which Hawking plays against actor Paul Rudd in a game of “quantum chess” (shown below). In three months, the video gained over 1.7 million views and 1,200 comments.



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    Overview

    Sprint had released an advertisement featuring the CEO of Sprint and customers from their other competitors. Things had escalated after a while when there was stuff flaming on Twitter because of the ad which made Sprint removed it.

    Background

    Sprint was acting like T-Mobile who likes to mess around with other US carriers. So they released this ad, and a white woman called T-Mobile “Ghetto.” They removed the ad, but someone by the name of Matthew Miller had reuploaded the video.


    The Rest of the Story

    CEO Marcelo Claure did not apologize when Sprint released the ad. But after it was removed, he had apologized. Here was the tweet non-apology tweet he sent.


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  • 04/15/16--12:31: Bread or Baby Arm?
  • About

    Bread or Baby Arm? is a photo fad in which infants are posed with an outstretched arm next to a stick of bread. The images, which began circulating among Japanese Twitter users in mid April 2016, bear many similarities to the “Puppy or Bagel” series of “Totally Looks Like” image galleries.

    Origin

    On April 14th, 2016, Twitter user @sn15papa[1] submitted a photograph of a baby’s arms held next to a stick of bread with the hashtag “#我が子の最強ちぎりパン画像”[11] (#MyBaby’sGotTheBestBreadPhoto in English) (shown below). Within 24 hours, the post gained over 13,300 likes and 10,600 retweets.



    Spread

    That day, other Japanese Twitter users began posting photos of their infant’s arms posed with bread snacks along with the “#我が子の最強ちぎりパン画像” hashtag, including a tweet by user @nzsk_Syo[12] which gathered more than 34,000 likes and 25,900 retweets (shown below, right).



    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the Japanese photo fad, including BuzzFeed,[2] UpRoxx,[3] NYMag,[4] The Sun,[5] The FW,[6] Mashable,[7] Metro,[8] Bustle[9] and Elite Daily.[10]

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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