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  • 12/27/12--16:34: Kate Upton
  • [Work in progress. Feel free to request editorship!]

    About

    Kate Upton is a model and actress who has starred in several viral videos and animated GIFs in which she wears sexually provacative clothing.

    Online History

    On August 4th, 2011, YouTuber donaldwhiteman1 uploaded a video titled “Kate Upton Slow Motion,” which featured slowed-down footage of Upton walking down a runway at a fashion show wearing various swim suits (shown below). Within 16 months, the video received over 1.42 million views and 1,300 comments.



    cat daddy

    Reputation

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 12/28/12--05:25: The Fleg (Belfast City Hall)
  • In late 2012, Belfast City Council made the controversial decision to vote on taking down the Union flag (fleg) from the City Hall, apart from on designated days of the year. This produced outrage in Loyalist and some Unionist communities within Northern Ireland, resulting in protest and even riots to voice opposition to the decision.
    During one such protest, a middle aged woman came up to the doors of City Hall and shouted the popular Unionist slogan of “No Surrender”, in a high pitched voice, through a pane of broken glass in the door. This prompted videos to be spliced together of the footage with scenes from “The Shining” and “Elf”, incorporating the footage.
    As well as this, separate memes were made up of Liam Neeson starring in “Taken 3 – This time they took the Fleg”, among others.

    Other popular images included one of protesters/rioters holding up a sign stating that “Democracy doesn’t work”, protesting the fact that the decision had been taken by a narrow majority vote in the council.


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  • 12/28/12--11:22: Captain Kitteh
  • About

    Captain Kitteh is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photograph of a cat sitting in a box dressed in a flight captain’s uniform. The captions are typically written from the perspective of a commercial airline pilot who happens to be a cat, in similar vein to other anthropomorphic feline characters like Business Cat and Aristocat.

    Origin

    On February 22nd, 2012, Redditor toastercookie submitted a post titled “Captain Kitteh” to the /r/aww[1] subreddit, featuring a picture of a cat dressed in a captain’s uniform (shown below, left). Prior to being archived, the post received over 8,100 up votes and 210 comments. The same day, Redditor khdutton submitted an image macro using toastercookie’s photo to /r/AdviceAnimals[2] with the caption parodying an airline captain’s flight safety announcement before takeoff (shown below, right). The post received over 10,900 up votes and 95 comments prior to being archived.



    Spread

    On February 23rd, 2012, FunnyJunk[6] user stroef reposted Redditor khdutton’s image macro, receiving over 82,000 views and 5,300 up votes within the next 10 months. The same day, the image was shared again by 9gag[7] user zenox, which gained more than 56,100 up votes and 4,900 Facebook shares in 10 months. On the following day, the Internet news blog UpRoxx[3] published a slideshow of notable Captain Kitteh image macros. On February 26th, the Cheezburger site Animal Memes[4] highlighted a Captain Kitteh image macro bearing the caption “Fasten your seatbelts / that cloud looks like a ball of yarn” (shown below).



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 12/28/12--12:16: Expression Meme
  • Editor’s Note: Work in Progress



    About

    Expression Meme refers to an illustration fad on online artist communities which depicts characters facial expressions in various situations in accordance with the instructions of a fill-in-the-blanks template image.

    Origin

    In cartoons and animations, creators usually make model sheets of characters designs and facial expressions to keep them consistent. And, depicting characters in various situations is an essential training for them to improve their drawing skills. Based on these cultural backgrounds and by the help of online art sharing services, “Expression Meme” has spread amatuer illustrators since late 2000s.



    The earliest instance of this kind of fad found on the web was “25 Essential Expressions Challenge” submitted to deviantART by napalmnacey[1] on May 17th, 2007 (shown below, left).[2] As shown by its title, that is an image template which has 25 panels for essential facial expressions.

    On the other hand, Expression Meme is called as “Expression Practice” (Japanese: 表情練習, HyōJō Renshū)[3] in the Japanese online artist community pixiv. And it is known as the first fad utilizing pixiv’s “Illustration Response” feature which is equal feature to YouTube’s “Video Response”. This fad was originated by Hide (秀)[4] on December 5th, 2008.[5] That is a fill-in-blank template to practice their favorite characters face by drawing his/her facial expression in 12 situations into it. Its English-translated version was submitted to deviantART by NotSoFluent on July 1st, 2009 (shown below, right).[6]





    Spread

    [Editor’s Note: Researching]

    As the manner in deviantART users that calls something popular a meme, this kind of image templates for exercises of facial expressions is known as “Expression Meme” on the English web.

    “Expression Practice” had received more than 250 illustration responses in its first month, and succeeded to show the possibility of this feature. The amount of them had increased to 1200 in its first year. Then in December 2012, it had surpassed 3400.[7] And, its English-translated version has become to one of the standard templates of “Expression Meme” in there.

    In addition, several variations of “Expression Meme” templates which have different number of panels of situations have been created. Some of them have more specific theme than that of the original.



    Other Blank Templates for Expression Meme

    As of December 2012, the amount of illustrations related to this fad on deviantART is more than 8000.[8]

    Aftermath

    Under the influence of this fad’s success, many illustration fads with the same format, answering the theme set on a blank template, have been created and practiced in both online communities. Famous instances in those are “Bottle Meme”, “If You Know 80% Of These You’re My Friend”, “Reactions when he/she is told “I love you”” etc… In particular, one response featuring Princess Zelda from the Nintendo video game series The Legend of Zelda in "Reactions when he/she is told “I love you”" was imported to Westerner’s web and reincarnated to an exploitable fad "Zelda's Response To…" on 4chan in 2012.

    Notable Examples

    Derivatives

    Style Meme (画風イメレス, Gahu Imeresu; lit. Drawing Style Image Response)[9]



    Painting Meme (塗り方を練習してみよう!, Nurikata wo Renshuu shite Miyou!; lit. Let’s Practice Painting!)[10]



    Hairstyles Meme (素晴らしき嫁の髪型, Subarashiki Yome no Kamigata; lit. Hairstyles of my Wonderful Wife)[11]



    10 Ways of Flirting Meme (イチャイチャ10, Icha Icha Ten; lit. Flirting 10)[12]



    Blushing Faces meme (照れ顔いろいろイメレス9!, Teregao Iroiro Imeresu 9!)[13]



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]deviantART – 25 Essential Expressions by *napalmnacey / Posted on 05-17-2007

    [2]deviantART – napalmnacey

    [3]pixiv Encyclopedia – Expression Practice

    [4]pixiv – 「秀」's Profile

    [5]pixiv – 「表情練習用」/「秀」 / Posted on 12-05-2008

    [6]deviantART – Pixiv Expression Meme: English by ~NotSoFluent07-01-2009

    [7]pixiv – Illustration Responses for 表情練習用

    [8]deviantART – Search results for Expression Meme

    [9]pixiv – Illustration Responses for 画風イメレス

    [10]pixiv – Illustration Responses for 塗り方を練習してみよう!

    [11]pixiv – Illustration Responses for 【企画】素晴らしき嫁の髪型【テンプレ】

    [12]pixiv – Illustration Responses for 【カップル】イチャイチャ10のイメレス【イメレス】

    [13]pixiv – Illustration Responses for 【イメレス】照れ顔いろいろイメレス9!【表情:照れ顔】


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  • 12/29/12--19:25: Orvillecopter/Helicopter Cat
  • The Orvillecopter is a quadcopter creation of Bart Jansen, a Dutch artist. The Orvillecopter is created from taxidermied dead cat skin (Orville), two Stock LotusRC orange propellers and two Stock LotusRC blue propellers, and is based mostly on the LotusRC T580 quadcopter as it’s frame mostly consists of it.

    Origin

    Bart Jansen decided to create a ‘half cat half machine’ after his pet cat Orville (whom is named after Orville Wright) got struck by a car. After the mourning of the dead cat, he began to stuff the cadaver, and he enlisted the help of a radio control helicopter flier which is Arjen Beltman. Currently, the Orvillecopter itself resides at the KunstRAI art festival in Amsterdam, the Dutch capital. The Orvillecopter does not fly right and is facing weak engines and propellers, thus he is going to reconstruct the Orvillecopter with better, more powerful engines and rotors for a more steady flight. The Orvillecopter is presented but it got negative feedback as most people see this as animal cruelty and shameful. Graffiti was written as “kill the animal killers” and “shame” was written on the convention center as a complaint to see a beloved family member be created into a helicopter. Other major animal groups disliked this such artistry that other countries of animal groups disliked his creativity to turn this cat into a ’copter as well.

    The Orvillecopter recieved a song aswell.

    Google Insights

    The Orvillecopter was widespread near early June 2012 but lost popularity somewhat. Still googled but not as often.

    External Links

    [1]Orvillecopter Site – Bart’s Official Site

    [2]Telegraph News – Half cat, half machine: Dutch artist turns dead cat Orville into the Orvillecopter

    [3]Encyclopedia Dramatica – Orvillecopter™

    [4]Huffingtonpost – Orvillecopter: Artist Bart Jansen Turns His Dead Cat Into A Helicopter


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  • 12/31/12--08:31: First date
  • Used in various situations of first date, ending with the boy and/or the girl alone, regretful, laughing and/or having sex. It became popular in Brazilian Facebook profiles around December 2012.


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    It started when Caine Monroy, a nine year old boy with an imaginative mind, spent his summer vacation at his dad’s auto parts store. Caine used leftover cardboard to build an arcade. Caine sells normal tickets, which are $1.00, and Fun Passes, which are $2.00, but allows the customer to play 500 times. The games there were quite like you would see in an actual arcade including a claw machine Caine made. Normally Caine never got any customers. But his first customer was so astonished by it, and he shared about the place on Facebook and other sites, leading to a surprise flash mob at Caine’s Arcade.


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  • 01/01/13--02:05: Magic the Gatheing
  • work in progress
    About
    Magic the Gathering is a very popular trading card game the envolves summoning monsters and casting a wide verairty of spells to deplete the opponent’s 20 life points to 0

    on the internet it has a cult following, an large online community, and an endless amount of image macros and photoshops of the cards to combine them with other memes.

    Origin
    Richard Garfield was a doctoral candidate at University of Pennsylvania when he first started to design the game. During his free time he worked with local volunteer playtesters to help refine the game. He had been brought on as an adjunct professor at Whitman College in 1993 when Peter Adkison (then CEO of Wizards of the Coast games company) first met with Garfield to discuss Garfield’s new game RoboRally. Adkison saw the game as very promising, but decided that Wizards of the Coast lacked the resources to produce it at that point. He did like Garfield’s ideas and mentioned that he was looking for a portable game that could be played in the downtime that frequently occurs at gaming conventions. Garfield returned and presented the general outline of the concept of a Trading Card Game. Adkison immediately saw the potential of this idea and agreed to produce it. Magic: The Gathering underwent a general release on August 5, 1993.

    While the game was simply called Magic through most of playtesting, when the game had to be officially named, a lawyer informed them that Magic was too generic to be trademarked. Mana Clash was instead chosen to be the name used in the first solicitation of the game. Still, everybody involved with the game continued to refer to it as Magic. After further consultation with the lawyer it was decided to rename the game to Magic: The Gathering, thus enabling the name to be trademarked.

    Usage
    On the internet, Magic: the Gathering has a very strong presence on the internet. ranging from the actual online variations of the game and it’s communities to an endless amount of parodies and image macros.

    The fans themselves are often a subject of redicule and parodies as they are stereotyped as the ‘no life basement dwellers’

    joke cards
    the strogest parody of the cards thus far is the acto of photoshopping cards as internet memes as though the memes are playble cards. these photoshops range from just about anything: popular memes, random real life objects and even cartoon characters.

    examples:

    this kind of parodies also exist in other trading card games like Yu-gi-oh and Pokemon put in much smaller amount and notibility
    examples

    (any suggestions to add anything will be greatly appriciated


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    About

    Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows is a series of YouTube videos that feature the song by the same name. The videos are often animated, and can feature covers or remixes of the song.

    Origin

    On November 11, 2010, YouTuber Andrew Huang[1] uploaded the video “PINKFLUFFYUNICORNSDANCING ON RAINBOWS” to his channel as a response to a comment on his previous video:

    The video has since gained over 3 million views.

    Notable Instances

    External References

    [1]YouTube – songstowearpantsto


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  • 01/01/13--21:33: Chocolate Milk Threads
  • (This is a work in progress. Please help expand and develop by requesting editorship and/or adding pictures to the gallery)

    About

    Chocolate Milk Threads is a type of recurring thread on message boards, most notably 4chan’s /b/. It is usually about telling 4chan to keep an eye on a glass of chocolate milk while OP is away.

    Origin

    On January 31st, 2008, a thread is posted on /b/ about an Anonymous user who admitted that he loves chocolate milk. More Anonymous users follow as they post that they love chocolate milk too. Unfortunately, one Anonymous user posted “I prefer regular.” and suddenly got banned for the post.
    On December 19, 2010, in response to an Anonymous user asking “Hey /b/, I’ve got some chocolate milk here, what should I do with it?”, a user uploaded a photo of himself dumping chocolate milk down his sink drain. He was promptly banned for the reply.

    Spread

    Screenshots of chocolate milk threads on 4chan are taken and post them on other related sites such as funnyjunk.com and ohinternet.com to share with other people just for laughs.

    External References

    [1]Google Images – 4chan chocolate milk


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  • 01/02/13--11:48: Fiscal Cliff
  • About

    “Fiscal Cliff” is a term referring to the potential consequences of tax increases and spending cuts on the United States budget deficit. It became a major talking point of the congressional debate as well as online discussions and parodies during the bipartisan negotiation process in December 2012.

    Origin

    According to an article on the BBC,[1] the phrase “fiscal cliff” was first used in a New York Times article from 1957, in which writer Walter Stern used the term in reference to the financial consequences of people buying their first home. On February 29th, 2012, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke popularized the term when speaking to the House Committee on Financial Services when warning about the effects of spending cuts and tax increases in 2013.

    “Under current law, on January 1st, 2013, there is going to be a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases. I hope that Congress will look at that and figure out ways to achieve the same long run fiscal improvement without having it all happen at -- at one date.”

    Spread

    On December 4th, 2012, the AnimationonFox YouTube channel uploaded a video showing the character Mr. Burns from the animated TV show The Simpsons explaining the fiscal cliff (shown below). Within one month, the video received over 3.4 million views and 6,000 up votes.



    On December 31st, the “Les Fiscal Miserables” Tumblr[5] blog was launched, which highlighted image macros referencing the Broadway musical Les Miserables with politicians working to solve the fiscal cliff economic crisis. The same day, The Huffington Post[3] published an article featuring a slideshow of notable examples from the blog (shown below).



    Bipartisan Agreement

    On January 1st, The Daily Mail[4] published an article titled “Fiscal ‘Cliff’ Bars, Dr. Fiscal ‘Cliff’ Huxtable and Les Miserables all get the hilarious Internet meme treatment,” which featured several image macros using the fiscal cliff crisis as a punchline. On the following day, the United States House of Representatives approved a bill to avert the fiscal cliff, which maintained tax cuts for people earning less than $400,000 per year and raised taxes for anyone making more. Several “Scumbag Congress” image macros were created on Quickmeme[7] referencing the way Congress handled the fiscal cliff threat (shown below).


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    Also on January 2nd, a video of President Barack Obama explaining the fiscal cliff agreement was uploaded to YouTube (shown below).



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References


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    About

    Stoned Fox (Упоротая лиса) is a Russian photoshop meme in which a cutout image of a stuffed fox is superimposed into different base images of various humorous contexts. The nickname has been approximately translated as “Stoned Fox” and “Autistic Fox.”

    Origin

    On October 4th, 2012, British artist and taxidermist Adele Morse placed a stuffed fox for sale on the online auction site eBay. On October 14th, the fox was sold to a resident of Manchester, England for 330 pounds. According to an interview with Morse in Wales Online,[10] she began receiving messages from Russians within a couple of days telling her they loved the fox and wished to have one.



    Spread

    OOn November 27th, 2012, Morse published a post on her personal blog[1], announcing that she had been contacted by several Russians informing her that the fox had become an Internet celebrity on the Russian web. The same day, Livejournal[8] user al_stager published a post titled “A stuffed fox: Investigation,” revealing that he had informed Morse about the fox meme. On November 28th, slideshows of notable examples were featured in the Russian edition of Metro[7] and the Russian news site Lenta, [4] as well as several pages on the Russian social networking site VK,[3] one of which accumulated over 1,850 followers within the next three months (shown below).



    On November 28th, the Russian news site Lenta[4] published a slideshow of notable examples of the photoshop meme. On November 30th, Livejournal[9] user rhunwolf published a post revealing that a woman photographed wearing a Stoned Fox t-shirt was Anna Veduta, the press secretary for Russian politician Alexsey Navalny.



    The same day, the Russian television news station Russia 2 ran a report on the meme (shown below, left). On December 8th, YouTuber Ilya Korotin uploaded a slideshow of notable examples from the series (shown below, right).



    On December 17th, Lenta[5] published an article reporting that Moscow State University student Alexei Nevzorov was raising funds to purchase the Stoned Fox to display in an exhibition at the Centre for Contempary Art in Moscow. Within the next month, 24,900 rubles of the 74,000 goal had been raised.[6] By early January 2013, the popularity of the meme had been picked up by the English-language tech news blog Read Write Web.[2]

    Notable Examples




    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 01/02/13--18:10: Date Specific Memes
  • Work in progress. Heavy research still needed

    About

    Date Specific Memes are memes that are more prominent during certain days of the year. A lot of them are fandom-related, but are spread quickly to other internet users due to the heavy volume of the image, phrase, or macro appearing.

    Origins

    (researching)

    Notable Dates

    October 3 – Commonly associated with the Mean Girls fandom. In the movie, the date October Third is given special significance as it is the first instance of two characters talking to each other.

    November 5 – Associated with V for Vendetta and anonymous. The phrase “Remember, remember, the fifth of November” is prominent.

    November 1 – Associated with The Nightmare Before Christmas. In the movie, a character says “We only have 365 days till next Halloween!” and another character corrects him with “364!”

    April 30 – The phrase “It’s gonna be May” is thrown around. It is usually seen in the form of an image macro containing Justin Timberlake

    May 4 – Commonly celebrated by Star Wars fanboys, accompanied with the phrase “May the Fourth be with you”, in reference to the Force.


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  • 01/03/13--12:29: Deep Web
  • [W.I.P]

    About

    The Deep Web (also called the Deepnet, the Invisible Web, the Undernet or the hidden Web) is World Wide Web content that is not part of the Surface Web, which is indexed by standard search engines.

    Searching on the Internet today can be compared to dragging a net across the surface of the ocean: a great deal may be caught in the net, but there is a wealth of information that is deep and therefore missed. Most of the Web’s information is buried far down on dynamically generated sites, and standard search engines do not find it. Traditional search engines cannot “see” or retrieve content in the deep Web--those pages do not exist until they are created dynamically as the result of a specific search. The deep Web is several orders of magnitude larger than the surface Web.

    TOR

    Tor (short for The Onion Router) is a system intended to enable online anonymity. Tor client software directs internet traffic through a worldwide volunteer network of servers to conceal a user’s location or usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis. Using Tor makes it more difficult to trace Internet activity, including “visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages and other communication forms”, back to the user and is intended to protect users’ personal freedom, privacy, and ability to conduct confidential business by keeping their internet activities from being monitored.

    The Silk Road

    The Silk Road is a hidden TOR black market service. This service includes illegal drug, pornography, armory and secret book dealing with bitcoin.

    The Hidden Wiki

    The Hidden Wiki is a website that uses hidden services available through the Tor network. The site has a collection of links to other .onion sites, and encyclopedia articles in a wiki format.As a hidden service, The Hidden Wiki operates through the .onion pseudo top-level domain and can be accessed only via the Tor network. The site provides a range of links in a wiki format to other hidden services and sites on the clearnet (sites that can be accessed in a standard browser). These include links to child pornography sites, sites selling drugs and other contraband such as the Silk Road.

    2011 Anti-Child Porn Operation

    As known as Operation Darknet (also known as #OpDarknet) is the codename for a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks carried out by Anonymous on Lolita City, a child pornography sharing website that is accessible in anonymity via The Tor Project’s encrypted service. This campaign is not to be confused with two earlier Anonymous operations that have shared the same name, one from January 2010 to provide a solution to the censorship threatened by the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement) and another initiative from April 2011 to inform Anonymous members to start using I2P to protect their anonymity.

    [1]- Chanarchive Deep web threads


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    About

    Suneo’s Bragging Theme, usually called “The song played when Suneo is bragging” (Japanese: スネ夫が自慢話をするときに流れている曲, Suneo ga jiman banashi wo surutoki ni nagareteiru kyoku) in Japan, is the nickname given to a background audio track with no name in Doraemon[1] which is one of the most popular Japanese TV anime series running over decades.

    It is also a tag associated with the musical remixes of this song in the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND).

    Origin

    The audiotrack with no name was written by Japanese compopser Shunsuke Kikuchi. It had been often played in scenes of ordinary situations in Doraemon TV anime series from 1970s to mid 2000s. And, those situations included braggings by Suneo Honekawa (骨川スネ夫), one of the main characters in this series who is always proud of richness of his family.[2] This song was also included as a part of a medley track in a compilation CD album for his audio works in the anime series which was released in 2001.[3] However, this song itself had never stood out in people’s memory because it wasn’t particularly impressive for all watchers.



    Suneo Honekawa

    According to niconico Pedia[4], this song was first uploaded to NND on August 28th, 2008. Then, during it reprinting again and again between NND and YouTube, its video title became to change into “The song played when Suneo is bragging”. And, this song came to light when this video was reprinted again with this title from YouTube to NND on August 29th, 2009.[5]



    Spread

    The reason why this video triggered the fad on NND was its supreme naming sense which powerfully evoked everyone’s memories about Doraemon. Anybody who had watched the TV anime series couldn’t help reminding of Suneo’s annoying bragging which was appeared on many episodes by hearing this almost forgotten song with this title. This video soon rocked up NND’s hourly/daily chart.

    Then as usual, some of NND users good at composing began setting this song to a subject for musical remixes and competing its quality. Its popularity was shown by the fact that the amount of those remixes had reached over 300 within its first week. The naming style of all music remixes in this series was unified like “The song played when Suneo is X-ing”, which was a homage to the original video title. In addition, Dowango, the parent company of NND, also released the ringtone version of this song with the title “The background music when Suneo is bragging” on September 10th of that year.[6]

    However, the fad of “Suneo’s bragging Theme” was soon overwritten by another big musical remix movement "Family Mart Jingle Remixes" began in September 4th, 2009. Although over 450 remixes had been posted to NND in its first year[7], it may be no exaggeration to say that the fad itself was ended in only 7 days.

    Notable Examples

    For more videos, check out the videos section in this entry.


    The song played when Suneo is spreading bullet curtain
    (Touhou Project style mix)[8]
    The song played when Suneo is dancing hard
    (Happy Hardcore mix)[9]
    The song played when Suneo is headbanging heavily
    (Heavy Metal mix)[10]
    The song played when Suneo is careering
    (Dutch Trance mix)[11]Niconico スネ夫がファミコンをするときに流れている曲(フル)The song played when Suneo is playing NES
    (Chiptune mix)Niconico スネ夫がスタジアムで踊っているときに流れている曲(フル)The song played when Suneo is dancing on the Stadium
    (Trance mix by Hiroyuki ODA)

    Search Interest

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.


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  • 01/03/13--18:15: Retsupurae
  • About

    Retsupurae is a web show dedicated to lampooning mediocre-to-lackluster Let’s Play videos. Though Retsupurae was initially started by slowbeef (one of the first creators of Something Awful LPs), a number of other channels have begun their own Retsupurae videos, notable among them ChipCheezumSA, LesBeardly, LargeMentalBlock, and The StrawhatNO! The logo for the original channel includes the Japanese characters for “Failure”, and the name of the series itself is written in Engrish.

    History

    As it was mentioned previously, slowbeef had created Let’s Plays on the Something Awful forum, including theveryfirst Video LPs. Initially, the concept of recording video for a Let’s Play was met with some ridicule by Something Awful users, but it was gradually accepted over time. When YouTube was created, a number of Goons began uploading some of their own Let’s Plays on that site, introducing dozens of people to the concept of recording videos of themselves playing video games for the internet.

    One day, slowbeef came across a YouTube LP of Super Mario All-Stars: Super Mario Bros. 3 that he felt was so bad that making fun of it was an opportunity that simply couldn’t be passed up. He teamed up with fellow Goon Sinix to perform an MST of the video while they watched it, and posted the video in the “Sandcastle” sub-board of the Something Awful Forums. The video was met with some acclaim, leading to slowbeef’s creation of an actual thread entitled “Let’s Play With Youtube”, creating the “Retsupray” channel in the process. The channel would later be suspended due to controversy (see “Spread”), but eventually slowbeef and company would make a “Retsupurae” channel.

    Since Sinix wasn’t available, slowbeef began working with other Goons who were prominent in Let’s Play, including proteus4994, Dave_O, and Psychedelic Eyeball. The most important Goon that would guest-star on the channel would be Diabetus, who has since co-starred in nearly every video, and has even taken over for slowbeef on some occasions.

    Aside from their entertainment value, Retsupuraes tend to point out some of the problems that are plaguing Let’s Plays. Some of the problems that irk the Retsupuraers include bad video and audio quality, singing along with the video game’s music, deliberately exaggerated commentary, playing games immediately after release with little-to-no-experience at the game, spouting memes for no reason, and not editing out repetitive gameplay or long pauses for things like phone calls.

    Spread

    Though Retsupurae was something of a hit on Something Awful, a number of YouTube users initially expressed disdain for the group. Many of these users were fans of the people who were riffed on, with some incorrectly stating that the Goons never made LPs of their own, and others going as far as making (admittedly ineffectual) death threats. Sometimes, the creators themselves attack the videos. Early on, enough people flagged the parodied videos to get the “Retsupray” account suspended. To counter this, slowbeef made an account called “Retsupurae”, that had mirrors of the original videos.

    Over time, a number of YouTube users have come to embrace the parodies. As of January 2013, Retsupurae has over 57,000 subscribers and over 29,000,000 views. A number of Retsupurae’s targets have outright said that they were glad to have been spoofed, such as SSoHPKC.

    Furthermore, some of Retsupurae’s fanbase have swarmed the videos that have been riffed on, posting comments such as “This just got Retsupuraed!” to comments that condemn the creator of the original video. Interestingly, slowbeef does not encourage the latter.

    Retsupurae has repeatedly run into trouble when Let’s Play users put their faces into the videos. In fact, a spoof of Christopher “The Irate Gamer” Bores’s ghost-hunting show is what earned them a temporary suspension. The suspension was stopped only by an appeal by a Goon to the Youtube staff that lead to the restoration of the account. Diabetus and slowbeef have found ways to get around this by uploading the offending videos elsewhere and even partially censoring videos.

    Spin-Offs

    NAViGtR/George Wood/Gaming In The Clinton Years/Flights Of Fantasy

    Some time in 2008, proteus4994, slowbeef, and Diabetus came across a video that purportedly aired in the 1990’s on a video game show , reviewing Mega Man 8. The group frequently made fun of the narrator’s false enthusiasm and outlandish statements, eventually deciding to riff on thirteen more of his videos.

    Two comments of his have become somewhat memetic among the Retsupurae fanbase. The first is the following:

    “Donkey Kong Country is truly perfect. If you do not get this amazing new generation of Donkey Kong Country madness, you are stupid. Yes, I know it’s insulting, but that’s also the truth. If you’re a true video game fan, you will not hesitate in the slightest bit to buy this piece of gaming history.”

    The second is described in more detail below, under “Related Memes”.

    Retsufrash

    Eventually, slowbeef decided to expand on the channel’s horizons and start spoofing various Flash Games and Movies found on Newgrounds, dubbing this practice as Retsufrash. The Arise tetralogy is among one of the more popular series in Retsufrash, along with the Trapped series.

    Wrongpuraes

    Wrongpuraes are riffs on longplays, which are extended playthroughs of various games. In short, they are more-or-less Let’s Plays where someone else is playing the game. The first one, Last Alert, was made when Diabetus ran into slowbeef while on a business trip without anything to riff on. The most popular among these is the Wrongpurae of Darkseed 2, which has spawned a considerable amount of in-jokes and fanart.

    Occasionally, some of these Wrongpuraes mock games that the duo actually like, such as the original Darkseed and I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream. They claim that the former suffers from overly-complicated puzzles, and the latter for its glitches.

    Retsutalk

    Diabetus had the idea to record conversations with him and slowbeef concerning matters regarding their work, video games, . Thus, Retsutalk was created, featuring a wide variety of guests and a number of theme songs. Some of the podcasts can be found on the channel, but all of them can be found on this mirror channel.

    Related Memes

    BillyMC

    Before the original channel was shut down by YouTube, the RP crew came across an enthusiastic LPer known as BillyMC. Though they frequently mentioned that he had some serious self-esteem issues, they eventually decided that they actually liked him for his determined and largely optimistic personality. Since then, the Goons have made several jokes describing BillyMC as a total badass. Fans have even made statements about BillyMC that resemble Chuck Norris Facts. Billy has been the subject of over a dozen videos, and has been discussed in others.

    George Wood’s Challenge

    In his review of Tomb Raider 2, George Wood had the nerve to post a challenge for the developers of the series:

    “We have a challenge to EIDOS. In Tomb Raider 3, create a storyline in which Lara gets breast cancer. Imagine the drama of a vulnerable Lara Croft still persisting on her wordly adventures despite her illness. It needs fleshing out, no pun intended, but we guarantee the gaming world would be shocked, stunned, and moved by the effort to make Lara’s character more meaningful.”

    Diabetus and slowbeef reacted with shocked laughter at Wood’s proposal, repeatedly pointing out that he really thought that this was a good idea. Fans would later alter the suggestion into a snowclone, featuring outlandish scenarios where video game characters are afflicted with terrible diseases, such as Minecraft’s Steve developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.


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  • 01/04/13--02:09: Kefka's Smack!
  • “I’m afraid the mouse is SMACK! Dab in the middle of enemy territory.”
    _Kefka informing Zidane where Bartz has been taken. (Dissidia Final Fantasy)

    Dissidia Final Fantasy

    A fighting game spin-off of the Final Fantasy series released for the PlayStation Portable. It includes the protagonist from each game in the main series (numbered games) face off against their respective antagonist. One of the villains in particular, Kefka from Final Fantasy VI, is a very insane lunatic clown that exhibits eccentric, over-the-top mannerisms.

    Origin

    During one of the games cutscenes, he utters a a very loud and somewhat out-of-place “SMACK!” when he tells Zidane (from Final Fantasy IX) where his companion Bartz (from Final Fantasy V) has been taken to while referring to Bartz as a “mouse”.



    SMACK!

    That one line was so amusing to so many people that it showed up in many images on the internet and Youtube Poops. The videos on Youtube have also been used as part of manipulating the voiced lines even more so that it can be used on other characters in the scene.






    Above are some cartoon and photoshopped images that point out reference to the famous line.





    Youtube Poop examples edited with both the English dubbed and original Japanese cutscenes.

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  • 01/04/13--07:26: Mic Spam
  • About

    Many online multiplayer video games feature a voice chat system, in an effort to foster greater communication and teamwork between players. However, such a system can be frequently abused for entertaining purposes, commonly known as mic spam. Mic spam is defined by the Urban Dictionary as “Annoying, entertaining, or just out right stupid sounds, music, and such,” and can be performed either by a player making noise into their computer’s physical microphone or by using third party software as an internal microphone. The latter is used to broadcast sound files or music.

    Mic spam is generally received negatively by other players, and as such is frequently performed solely for the entertainment of the spammer.

    Background

    Games based on Valve’s Source Engine, such as Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike, are among the most popular for mic spam. The Source Engine made its debut with the 2004 release of Counter-Strike: Source and Half Life 2, and remains under active development. Several third party programs have been designed with mic spamming on the Source Engine in mind, such as Half Life Sound Selector and Half Life DJ.

    Team Fortress 2 was released on October 10, 2007. The game received widespread acclaim for its graphical style and balanced and entertaining gameplay, as well as its dedication to coordinated teamwork, and the game continues to maintain a large fan base, which has only grown since the game was made available as a free-to-play title on June 11, 2011. Team Fortress has become so popular for mic spam that entire servers have been dedicated to its practice, with players taking turns spamming music or other audio files.

    Mic spam can also be seen on console titles, such as Call of Duty and Battlefield, as well as those games’ PC counterparts.

    Examples

    Google Search Trends

    Google Trends show a lack of interest until early 2008, shortly after the release of Team Fortress 2, with search volume peaking in July 2011, the same month Team Fortress was released as a free-to-play title.

    References


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  • 01/04/13--13:20: Mega Man / Rockman
  • WORK IN PROGRESSASKFOREDITORSHIP

    Mega Man is a series of video games created by the video game company Capcom. The franchise has yielded many different series including Mega Man, Mega Man X, Mega Man Battle Network, Mega Man Zero, Mega Man ZX, and Mega Man Star Force. The game features an incantation of a robot named Mega Man (aka the Blue Bomber), who utilizes his Mega Buster to fight various forms of evil including Dr. Wily and Sigma. The series has sold over 29 million copies worldwide and has a strong presence on the internet

    History

    Mega Man (Original Series)

    The first Mega Man series started on the NES in 1987 with Mega Man. The game features the original Mega Man fighting 6 robot masters owned by the game’s villain Dr. Wily. By defeating a robot master, Mega Man acquires an ability of that robot master which can be used to defeat another robot which is weak to the ability. After defeating all robot masters, Mega Man would enter Dr. Wily’s skull castle, facing off against huge bosses, having a rematch with all robot masters, and a final showdown with Dr. Wily. Later installments had 8 robot masters instead of 6.

    The series yielded 10 games with the Mega Man 1 to 6 on the NES, Mega Man 7 on the SNES, Mega Man 8 on the Playstation and Sega Saturn, and Mega Man 9-10 both on downloadable gaming services for the Wii, PS3, and XBox 360.

    Online Presence

    WIP

    Memes

    WIP

    Gutsman’s Ass

    WIP


    Gutsman’s Ass is a YouTube Poop meme that originated from a YouTube video uploaded by Kajetokun. Since it’s relese, it has gotten fairly popular with the YTP community. The clip is from the animated series Mega Man episode 2-25: “Bad Day at Peril Park.” In the original scene, Rush, Mega Man’s robot dog sidekick, tore off the the tail of a Kangaroo disguise, revealing Gutsman.

    Rejected Mega Man Villains

    WIP

    WHAT AM I FIGHTINGFOOOR!

    WIP

    Can’t Beat Air Man! / Air Man ga Taosenai

    WIP

    110 Million Memories! / Okkusenman!

    WIP

    Green Biker Dude

    WIP

    You Got Mega Man

    WIP


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    About

    University Compliment Pages are anonymous Facebook communities where students at a specific university are invited to privately message a compliment about another student which gets publicly posted by the main page. The posts are often genuine compliments directed at a specific person or group of people, but sometimes include inside jokes within the school community similar to University Meme pages.

    Origin

    On September 12th, 2011, a group of four undergraduates at Queen’s College in Kingston, Ontario, Canada started a Facebook account titled Queens U Compliments[1] (sic) with the idea that other Queen’s University students could send a message to the profile’s inbox sharing positive praise of someone else on campus. One of the four creators, Rachel Albi, Erica Gagne, Jessica Jonker or Amanda Smurthwaite, would then publish the comment from the account. As of January 2013, the account has 5000 friends and 208 additional subscribers.



    Spread

    Shortly after the Queens U Compliments took off, the creators started a private group called University Compliments[2] as a hub space for other universities and institutions. By November 14th, the Facebook trend had been picked up by various college newspapers including Yale[3], Penn State[4], Tufts[5], University of Arizona[6] Princeton University[8] and New York University.[7] Many of these articles discussed the pages in a positive light, but a few doubted whether or not the students at their universities would abuse the anonymity as a platform for veiled harassment or mean-spirited discourse disguised as a compliment.

    News Media Coverage

    Facebook University Compliment pages saw their first boost from news media coverage on November 29th, 2012, when TIME’s tech blog[9] featured an article about the Queen’s University page. Following this report, similar articles about Facebook Compliment pages were featured on the Huffington Post[10], CBC News[11], NBC News[12], New York Daily News[13], The Observer[14] and Seventeen Magazine.[15]

    Notable Examples

    Messages





    Pages

    • Arizona State University[31]
    • Bates College[20]
    • Boston College[19]
    • Brown University[24]
    • Chapman University[16]
    • Drew University[29]
    • New York University[22]
    • Penn State[28]
    • Rider University[25]
    • Rutgers University[36]
    • Santa Clara University[35]
    • Stanford Compliments[26]
    • State University of New York Geneseo[34]
    • Swarthmore College[27]
    • Tufts University[23]
    • University of Arizona[33]
    • University of British Columbia[32]
    • University of Calgary[17]
    • University of Massachusetts Amherst[18]
    • University of Southern California[30]
    • Yale University[21]

    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Facebook – Queens U Compliments

    [2]Facebook – University Compliments

    [3]The Yale Herald Bullblog – Ways Yale kids are gonna ruin Yale Compliments

    [4]Onward State – “Penn State Compliments” Page Spreads Happiness

    [5]The Tufts Daily – Tufts Free Compliments helps promote positive psychology on Facebook

    [6]Daily Wildcat – UA Compliments page on Facebook gaining popularity

    [7]NYU Local – Can NYU Have A Successful Facebook ‘Compliments’ Account?

    [8]The Daily Princetonian – With anonymity, students compliment each other on Facebook

    [9]TIMEAll You Need Is (Facebook) Love: ‘Compliments’ Accounts Go Viral at Colleges and Universities

    [10]Huffington Post – University Compliments Pages Spread Kindness And Good Cheer

    [11]CBC News – Queen’s University Facebook page sparks anonymous compliments trend

    [12]NBC News – Cyber-graciousness: Students set up Facebook sites for compliments

    [13]Daily News – Cyber-graciousness? New craze in Facebook pages allows users to anonymously post compliments about community members

    [14]The Observer – Spreading happiness, one compliment at a time

    [15]seventeen – students spread happiness on facebook!

    [16]Facebook – Chapman University Compliments

    [17]Facebook – U of C Compliments

    [18]Facebook – UMass Amherst Compliments

    [19]Facebook – Boston College Compliments

    [20]Facebook – Bates College Compliments

    [21]Facebook – Yale Compliments

    [22]Facebook – NYU Compliments

    [23]Facebook – Tufts Free Compliments

    [24]Facebook – Brown University Compliments

    [25]Facebook – Rider Compliments

    [26]Facebook – Stanford Compliments

    [27]Facebook – Swarthmore Compliments

    [28]Facebook – Penn State Compliments

    [29]Facebook – Drew Compliments

    [30]Facebook – University of Southern California

    [31]Facebook – ASU Compliments

    [32]Facebook – UBC Compliments

    [33]Facebook – UA Compliments

    [34]Facebook – Geneseo Compliments

    [35]Facebook – SCU Compliments

    [36]Facebook – Rutgers Compliments


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