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  • 05/06/16--11:47: #RapedAtSpelman
  • Overview

    #RapedAtSpelman is a sexual assault controversy surrounding a detailed account of an alleged gang rape incident at Morehouse College posted by an anonymous freshman student at Spelman College on Twitter in early May 2015.

    Background

    On May 2nd, 2016, the @RapedAtSpelman[1] Twitter feed was launched by an anonymous person claiming to be a freshman enrolled at Spelman College, a historically black women’s liberal arts school and part of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Consortium, in Atlanta, Georgia. On the ad-hoc Twitter account, the author revealed a story of how she was recently gang raped by several students from Morehouse College, a historically black all-male college and a fellow member school of the AUC Consortium, and further explained that she decided to come forward through an anonymous Twitter account out of fear of retaliation from other students.[2] In addition, the author also claimed that the dean of the school told her that “Spelman & Morehouse are brother & sister” and she should “give them a pass” (shown below) during a meeting with the Dean in the wake of the incident.



    Notable Developments

    Following the creation of the account, Twitter users outraged by the allegations began posting messages in support of the anonymous student along with the hashtag #RapedByMorehouse[3] and #RapedAtSpelman[4] (shown below). Additionally, several protests were held by students at both Spelman and Morehouse.



    On May 4th, BuzzFeed News published an article about the online reaction to the Twitter account. The same day, Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell posted an open letter[5] to students of the university, announcing that the college had found a new Title IX and compliance director. The same day, Morehouse College President John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. released a statement[7] claiming that “the information anonymously shared on Twitter was our very first indication of this incident” and that the college would “pursue the investigation to the fullest extent possible.” On May 5th, Twitter user @iAmRoyal[8] posted a statement purportedly written by the creator of the @RapedAtSpelman account (shown below).



    The same day, NBC Los Angeles[9] reported that no police report had been filed and no investigation was being conducted by Atlanta police because no one had come forward to report the crime. In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the rape allegations, including NY Daily News,[6] Jezebel,[10] The Washington Post,[11] The Daily Dot,[12]NBC News[13] and CNN.[14]



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  • 05/06/16--12:05: Ponyo Loves Revolution
  • About

    “Ponyo Loves Revolution” refers to an exploitable animated six panel comic with the character Ponyo from the Studio Ghibli movie of the same name. The comic is commonly edited or redrawn to contain various characters.

    Origin

    The comic was drawn and posted by tumblr user middlefish on February 12, 2014. [1] In the comic Ponyo lists the things she loves while her eyes bulge out, ending with her stating she loves revolution after seeing her father.



    Spread

    On January 10th, 2016, tumblr user alice-lexxen posted an image of the comic redrawn to include Steven Universe characters. The post gained over 35,000 views in 3 months. Later, on February 19th, 2016, CoolTaff16 uploaded a voice over to YouTube. The video has since gained over 20,000 views in under 3 months.



    Various Examples



    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]tumblr – i have midterms tomorrow and here i am


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  • 05/06/16--15:25: Space Patrol Luluco
  • [Work in Progress]

    About

    Space Patrol Luluco (also known by its original Japanese title, 宇宙パトロールルル子 Uchuu Patrol Luluco) is a 2016 anime series which is written and directed by Hiryouki Imaishi and produced by by Studio Trigger.[1]

    Premise

    Space Patrol Luluco tells the story of 13-year-old Japanese middle schooler, Luluco, and her failure to maintain a “normal life” following the extremely abnormal happenings that affect her life after she is forced to take her father’s place as an employee in the eponymous Space Patrol.

    History

    The series began airing on 1st April, 2016, and immediately picked up a global following for being traditionally constructed in the Trigger style, making use of bizarre concepts, over-the-top imagery and performances, and wacky characters.

    Reception

    The series has been reasonably well-received following its airing, receiving a score of 7.07 on MyAnimeList at time of writing.[2] It is often compared and contrasted with Kiznaiver, another Trigger show airing simultaneously, with a very different and more serious feel to their usual output. Matthew Lundy of The Odyssey Online described it as “one crazy ride you won’t want to miss”[3]. Norbert Daniels Jr. of Otaku USA was more sceptical at the series’ outset, but summed the series up by saying, “Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Trigger took the sillier parts of Kill la Kill and made a whole show in that style?”[4] Alex Jones of UK-Anime.net was also complimentary, writing, “In a few short episodes Luluco has managed to build itself an alien-filled world that’s simple yet fascinating, as well as fill it with a varied cast that work well together.”[5] Most reviewers noted the similarity to previous works such as Kill la Kill.

    Online Relevance

    A wikia site for the series has been created[6], as has a TV Tropes page[10]. Commentators on Reddit were immediately hopeful for a vast array of reaction images, given the series’ deliberate style which one user described as “So Trigger it hurts”[7]. Fans were also quick to speculate in coming weeks over the show’s connection to other universes, as it has featured references to other Trigger works, including Inferno Cop and the aforementioned Kill la Kill, especially concerning certain relationships between the principle characters, and the character of Over Justice, who was suggested to be connected to Inferno Cop via a Japanese Twitter user.[8][9]

    Fandom

    The series quickly found itself in receipt of fan art across the internet. As of 7th May 2016, Japanese fan art site Pixiv has 275 submissions under the tag “宇宙パトロールルル子”[11], and DeviantArt has 76 submissions under “Space Patrol Luluco”.[12] The fandom can be seen present in other online communities such as 4chan[13] and tumblr.[14]

    Related Memes

    Over Justice



    Over Justice is one of the characters in Space Patrol Luluco, and is the chief of Space Patrol. He quickly drew attention from fans for his nearly identical appearance to Inferno Cop wearing a pair of Kamina Glasses, which are references to Studio Trigger productions Inferno Cop and Gurren Lagann respectively.

    “You’re Under Arrest”/”You’re Free to Go”



    “You’re Under Arrest” is a scene from the first episode featuring Over Justice repeatedly attempting to arrest Luluco and then set her free became very popular among viewers, and has since been quoted in discussion threads on the series.

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    Overview

    United Kingdom Withdrawal From the European Union, colloquially known as Brexit (short for “British Exit”), refers to the potential withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU), a regional political-economic union that the country has been a member of since joining its precursor organization, European Economic Community (EEC), in 1973.
    While the UK’s membership status within the EU has been a long-standing topic of debate in the country for many decades, the public interest surrounding the issue has gained significant momentum during the years leading up to its upcoming EU referendum in June 2016.

    Background

    Following the end of the World War II in 1945, many European countries called for a closer political and economic integration at the regional level. During the early years of the discussions, the United Kingdom played a vital role in paving the road for several regional organizations in Europe, beginning with the Treaty of London in 1949 which established the Council of Europe, followed by the admission into the European Economic Community (EEC), the official predecessor to the EU, alongside Denmark and Ireland in 1973. Two years after joining the EEC, the UK held a referendum to decide whether the country should remain in the organization, which resulted in a 67% approval of a continued membership.

    Euroscepticism

    In the following decades, euroscepticism began to grow, especially in the Conservative Party, at that time headed by renowned British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. In 1992, the UK was forced to withdraw the pound from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism on September 16, a day that has since become known as “Black Wednesday” in the UK. Also in 1992 was the signing of the Maastricht Treaty, which created the European Union. The UK secured opt-outs from the Euro and social chapter, meaning that the EU would not govern on these areas in the UK, and that the UK would not have to join the single currency. In 1991, the eurosceptic Anti-Federalist League was founded as a response to the upcoming signing of the Maastricht Treaty. It would later, in 1993, rename itself the UK Independence Party (UKIP). The opt-out regarding the social chapter was abolished when Tony Blair came to power in 1997. The signing of the Lisbon Treaty in 2007, which gave the EU considerably more power, and the financial crisis starting in 2007, caused euroscepticism to grow in the population and in the Conservative Party. In january 2013, David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK, announced that if he were to be Prime Minister after the 2015 UK General Election, he would hold a referendum on whether or not the UK should continue as a member of the EU. Cameron succeeded in winning the general election. In febuary 2016, Cameron re-negotiated several aspects of the UK’s membership and announced that the referendum would be held on june 23rd.

    UK EU Membership Referendum

    On June 23rd, 2016, the United Kingdom will hold a referendum on it’s membership of the European Union. The referendum will determine whether or not the United Kingdom will stay as a member or leave the EU completely.
    h2. Developments

    Developments

    Campaigns

    There are two official campaigns designated by the Electoral Commission in april 2016.

    “Vote Leave”

    Vote Leave is the official campaign for the Leave vote. It was founded in October 2015 and is a cross-party campaign featuring members from the Conservative Party, UKIP and Labour. Infighting between Vote Leave and Leave.eu let to the creation of another campaign, Grassroots out.[1] However, Vote Leave was chosen was the main campaign by the Electrol Commision in april 2016. It has over 340.000 likes on Facebook as of may 2016[2]

    “Britain Stronger in Europe”

    Britain Stronger in Europe is the official campaign for the remain vote. It has over 385.000 likes on Facebook as of May 2016.[3]

    Notable People, Parties, Media and Organizations supporting a ”Remain” vote

    Organizations
    Britain Stronger in Europe
    Political Parties
    Conservative Party

    - David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

    - George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer

    - Theresa May, Home Secretary

    Labour Party

    - Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party

    Liberal Democrats

    - Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    - Nick Clegg, former leader of the Liberal Democrats

    Green Party of England and Wales

    - Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party

    Scottish National Party (SNP)

    - Nicola Sturgeon, Leader of the SNP

    Media
    Financial Times
    The Economist
    Celebrities

    - Emma Thomson, British actor[4]

    - Jeremy Clarkson, former host of Top Gear[4]

    - Stephen Hawking, Scientist[5]

    Notable People, Parties, Media and Organizations supporting a ”Leave” vote

    Organizations
    Vote Leave
    Grassroots out
    Leave.eu
    Political Parties
    Conservative Party

    - Boris Johnson, Former Mayor of London

    - Michael Gove, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

    - Daniel Hannan, MEP

    UK Independence Party (UKIP)

    - Nigel Farage, Leader of UKIP

    - Dougles Carswell, MP

    Labour Leave

    (While Labour is officially advocating a Remain vote, a few Labour MPs is advocating for a Leave vote.)

    - Kate Hoey, MP
    - Kelvin Hopkins, MP
    - Graham Stringer, MP

    Media
    Daily Mail
    Daily Express
    Celebrities

    - Sir Michael Caine, British actor[4]

    - Sir Ian Botham, Cricket player[4]

    - Sol Campbell, former football player[6]

    Online Presence

    On february 22th, 2016 Mandy Boylett, candidate for UKIP in Stockton North At the 2015 General Election, uploaded a video to youtube featuring her appearing as two women, one with a blond wig, singing a pro-brexit parody version of the song “Three Lions”, the official anthem of the English football team. The video was covered by major news media such as Daily Mail,[7] Huffington Post, which called it the worst song to come from british politics yet,[8] and Daily Express.[9] One of the singers of the original song, David Baddiel, said that while he and Frank Skinner, the other singer, did not give permission for the parody to be made, they might have done it due to it being “brilliantly naff”.[10] As of may 2016, the song has over 575.000 views on Youtube.



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  • 05/09/16--09:52: Marisaface
  • About
    Marisaface is mocking the expression Marisa Kirisame made in Touhou 15 Lolk due the odd art style ZUN has, Also Many fans deform or edit Marisa’s body into odd photoshop creations in these edits the extra boss Hecatia Lapislazuli is the subject to bullying.




    Origin
    The origin of Marisaface is unknown but the earliest example of Marisaface seems to be in Japanese Touhou fanblog post[1].

    Spread
    Marisaface spread the Touhou western fandom around 2016 in 4chan /jp/[2].

    Various Examples




    Template


    Google Trends
    WIP Work in progress

    External References

    [1]Livedoor"Marisaface Origin":http://blog.livedoor.jp/coleblog/archives/52047675

    [2]4chan"Marisaface Spread":https://webrecorder.io/record/http://boards.4chan.org/jp/thread/15070892


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  • 05/09/16--10:19: Corn Drill Challenge
  • About

    Corn Drill Challenge is a dare game that involves eating an entire corn on the cob as quickly as possible by sticking it on the end of a power drill and spinning it across one’s teeth. While videos of people attempting the challenge have been circulating on YouTube since as early as 2012, it received mass exposure after a Chinese woman’s failed attempt went viral in May 2016.

    Origin

    On November 29th, 2012, YouTuber Vinnie Mac uploaded a video titled “How to Ear Corn in 10 Seconds,” featuring footage of a young man eating a corn on the cob off a spinning power drill (shown below).



    Spread

    On June 11th, 2015, the Good Mythical Morning YouTube channel uploaded a video titled “Corn on the Drill Contest,” in which hosts Rhett & Link attempt to eat corn spinning on power drills (shown below, left). Within one year, the video gained over 2.8 million views and 5,600 comments. On September 29th, 2015, YouTuber merrelltwins uploaded a video of themselves eating corn on the cob from a power drill, garnering upwards of 1.2 million view and 2,800 comments in wight months (shown below, right).



    On May 3rd, 2016, the People’s Daily, China YouTube channel uploaded a clip of food blogger Eater Yang eating corn spinning on a drill (shown below, left). On May 4th, a video of the same man eating a corn on the cob covered in sriracha off a power drill was posted to /r/gifs.[1] Within four days, the post gathered upwards of 9,000 votes (78% upvoted) and 1,500 comments.



    Hair FAIL Video

    On May 7th, YouTuber Tyson Coughlan uploaded footage of a Chinese woman accidentally ripping out a patch of hair while eating corn off a drill (shown below, left). That day, a GIF of the video was submitted to the /r/instant_regret[2]subreddit, where it gained over 6,800 votes (84% upvoted) and 540 comments in 48 hours. On May 8th, Tyson Couglan uploaded a video of the woman receiving treatment on her bald spot (shown below, right).



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  • 05/09/16--14:39: [Press A] to Let Go
  • About

    Press [A] to Let Go is a reaction image featuring a close-up screenshot of the protagonist Link in the video game The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker along with instructions for the player to “Press [A] to let go.”

    Origin

    On April 10th, 2014, Redditor dogHD submitted a screenshot looking up at the character Link in the game The Wind Waker with the caption “A to let go” to /r/gaming[6] (shown below). Before the post was archived, it garnered more than 3,500 votes (90% upvoted) and 140 comments.



    Spread

    On June 6th, 2014, Know Your Meme user Gippo Dudee posted the reaction image to Reaction Images photo gallery, where it received upwards of 280 upvotes and 160 favorites over the next two years. On September 21st, Twitter user @Linkstagram[2] posted a cropped version of the reaction image with the caption “when u accidentally switch to ur front camera” (shown below). Over the next two years, the tweet gathered upwards of 8,600 likes and 6,700 retweets.



    On October 11th, Redditor JamesMcSam submitted the reaction image to the /r/gaming[3] subreddit, where it garnered upwards of 4,100 votes (89% upvoted) and 290 comments prior to being archived. In November 2015, the online retailer RedBubble[1] began selling merchandise printed with the reaction image (shown below).



    On March 19th, 2016, Instagram[4] user nintendotho posted two screenshots of Link with the “A to Let Go” instructions with a joke about getting “upset”: about a past event (shown below). On May 8th, Redditor seakladoom reposted the image to the /r/BlackPeopleTwitter[5] subreddit, where it gained over 6,100 votes (91% upvoted) and 70 comments in the first 24 hours.



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

    [1]RedBubble – Press A to Let Go

    [2]Twitter – @Linkstagram

    [3]Reddit – Let go

    [4]Instagram nintendotho

    [5]Reddit – All of that bullshit for just one rupee

    [6]Reddit – Let Go


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  • 05/10/16--08:54: Techno Interests Me
  • About

    “Techno Interests Me” is a memorable quote uttered by Finnish DJ Antii Salonen while being photographed by photographer Liisa Jokinen in Helsinki, Finland. After the photograph was posted online in late 2011, it subsequently circulated as an in-joke among electronic music enthusiasts on various communities online.

    Origin

    On October 26th, 2011, Jokinen posted a picture of Salonen wearing all black on the photography website Hel-Looks.[5] In the sidebar of the page, the quote “Techno interests me” was placed directly under Salonen’s name (shown below).



    Spread

    On October 30th, the Hel-looks Tumblr[4] blog reposted the photograph. On January 25th, 2012, Redditor patrickgun posted the photograph page on the /r/electronicmusic[6] subreddit. On February 16th, 2015, a “I Wish I Was At Home” comic featuring a parody of the Salonen photograph was submitted to the /r/Techno[1] subreddit (shown below).



    On July 11th, 2014, a Matrix Morpheus image macro with the caption “What if I told you / techno interests me” was created on Meme Generator[7] (shown below, left). In November, an OKCupid[8] account named antti25 was created, which featured the photograph of Salonen along with various references to techno music in the profile sections (shown below, right).



    In March 2015, a Facebook[2] page for an event titled “Techno Interests Me” in Helsinki, Finland was launched. On May 9th, 2016, the Vice music site Thump[3] published an interview with Salonen, who discussed his taste in music and revealed that he found the meme “very funny.”

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  • 05/10/16--12:20: TechCrunch
  • About

    TechCrunch is a technology industry news blog and online publisher owned by AOL, which hosts several annual Disrupt conferences and maintains the startup ecosystem database CrunchBase.

    History

    On June 11th, 2005, founders Michael Arrington and Keith Teare launched TechCrunch.com.[3] On September 28th, 2010, AOL announced it had acquired TechCrunch for an undisclosed sum. That day, Business Insider[1] reported that an “AOL insider” claimed the site had been purchased for $25 million.

    Social Media Presence

    In March 2007, the @TechCrunch[4] Twitter feed was created, garnering upwards of 6.77 million followers within 10 years. In June 2009, the TechCrunch official Facebook[13] page was launched, which gathered more than 2.1 million likes over the next seven years.

    Features

    CrunchBase

    In 2007, Arrington launched CrunchBase[11] as a “simple crowd sourced database to track startups.”[10] Since its foundation, Crunchbase has grown into a comprehensive start-up industry database comprised of around 500,000 entries profiling a wide range of companies, people, investment funds and events, largely powered by a user base of more than 50,000 active contributors and moderated by an editorial staff. In November 2013, the CrunchBase[5] blog disclosed that the database was receiving two million users per month.

    Crunchie Awards

    In 2007, the first Crunchies award ceremony was held, which honors notable startups and tech innovations of the year. On January 10th, 2010, FacebookCEO Mark Zuckerburg was interviewed by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington at the 4th Annual Crunchies Awards (shown below, left). In 2012, the Crunchies were hosted by comedian John Oliver (shown below, right).



    In February 2016, the 9th Annual Crunchies were held, during which comedian Chelsea Peretti performed an opening stand-up comedy set (shown below).



    Disrupt Conferences

    TechCrunch Disrupt is an annual conference where technology startups present themselves to an audience of potential investors, media and other industry professionals. In 2011, the first conference was held in San Francisco, California and subsequent conference have been held in New York City, London and Beijing. During each conference, a different start-up company is declared that year’s “winner,” which has included the companies Qwiki (2010), Getaround (2011), Shaker (2011), YourMechanic (2012), Layer (2013), Enigma.io (2013), Alfred (2014) and Agrilyst (2015).

    2016

    On May 8th, 2016, Disrupt NY held a hackathon contest, which granted the winner AlexaSite a prize of $5,000 (shown below, left).[6] The following day, the official Disrupt NY event began in Brooklyn, New York. During the conference, the team behind Apple’s Siri software presented a “next-gen” artificial intelligence assistant named “Viv” (shown below). The 2016 Disrupt San Francisco[8] conference is slated to be held from September 12th to the 14th and the 2016 Disrupt London[9] event is scheduled for December 5th to the 6th.



    Controversies

    Crunchgate

    In 2011, TechCrunch was criticized for publishing positive news coverage about startups that the publisher’s CrunchFund had invested in. In September, Arrington resigned from TechCrunch amid the controversy.[12]

    Traffic

    As of May 2016, TechCrunch.com has a global rank of 727 and a United States rank of 533 on the traffic analytics site Alexa.[2]

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Business Insider – AOL Insider Says TechCrunch Price Only $25 Million

    [2]Alexa – TechCrunch

    [3]TechCrunch – TechCrunch

    [4]Twitter – @TechCrunch

    [5]CrunchBase – Crunchbase People+ EFF

    [6]TechCrunch – Hackathon Winners

    [7]TechCrunch – Disrupt NY 2016

    [8]TechCrunch – Disrupt SF

    [9]TechCrunch – Disrupt London

    [10]CrunchBase – About

    [11]CrunchBase – CrunchBase

    [12]The Guardian – Does the AOL Crunchgate spat mark the end for TechCrunch?

    [13]Facebook – TechCrunch


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  • 05/10/16--23:20: Meme Lord / Meme Master
  • W.I.P.

    About

    A Meme Lord is an internet slang term used to refer to someone who shows a strong passion for memes.[2] The alternate term Meme Master is often used as a synonym.

    Spread

    On December 14th, 2014, a video titled COTWPRETEENMEMEMASTER was uploaded to the TooDamnFilthy YouTube channel in which YouTube celebrity Filthy Frank rants about a cringe-worthy kid he refers to as the ‘meme master’ who gets into an argument about memes (shown below, left). As of May 11th, 2016, the video has received 1.1 million views and 36k likes.[3] On August 13th, 2015, a video titled DON’T LETYOURMEMES BE DREAMS | Shia LaBeouf Meme Master Dating Sim was uploaded to the jacksepticeye YouTube channel in which YouTube celebrity Sean McLoughlin commentates a Let’s Play and mentions the term ‘meme master’ several times throughout the video (shown below, right). As of May 11th, 2016, the video has received 2.1 million views and 60k likes.[5]



    On December 4th, 2015, a video titled Undertale Repainted, omega memelord battle was uploaded to the SuperWiiBros08 YouTube channel in which an Omega Flowey Edit made entirely of meme references is shown battling the player (shown below, left). As of May 11th, 2016, the video has received 305k views and 3.7k likes.[4] On May 10th, 2016, a video titled Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse: Breaking Stuff – PART 8 – Grumpcade (Ft. Ray Narvaez Jr.) was uploaded to the GameGrumps YouTube channel in which Ross says “Ray’s a fuckin’ meme lord” to his co-host Ray Narvaez (shown below, right at 2:00). As of May 11th, 2016, the video has received 41k views and 2k likes.[1]



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  • 05/11/16--09:06: Daily Sax Thread
  • In a thread remotely linked to sex, someone posts DAILY, someone else posts SAX, and a third person posts THREAD


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  • 05/11/16--09:38: Bernie Sanders Glowsticks
  • About

    Bernie Sanders Glowsticks is a viral hoax image aimed at tricking supporters of the 2016 Democratic presidential primary candidate Bernie Sanders into making chlorine bombs by providing false instructions for making homemade luminescent light sticks.

    Origin

    On March 8th, 2016, Tumblr[4] user defense-of-the-gathering posted an image purportedly offering instructions to make “Bernie Sanders Glowsticks,” along with a warning that it would “release chlorine gas which can kill you” (shown below). The image falsely advises readers to combine alcohol and chlorine tablets in plastic bottles to make a glowing liquid, which would actually cause an explosive reaction when mixed together. While the it is unclear where the image originally surfaced, the Tumblr post contained a tag suggesting that it was discovered on Facebook. Within two months, the post gained over 89,600 notes.



    Spread

    On March 10th, 2016, the image was posted on the /pol/ (politics) board on 4chan.[2] The same day, the image was reposted on the imageboard Ponychan (shown below, left). On May 6th, another thread featuring the image titled “Feel The Literal Bern” was posted on /pol/[3] (shown below, right).



    On May 10th, Snopes[1] published an article about the viral image titled “Bernie’s Blow Sticks,” which highlighted several YouTube videos demonstrating the explosive reaction between chlorine and alcohol (shown below).



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  • 05/11/16--12:53: #StarringJohnCho
  • About

    #StarringJohnCho is a photoshop meme featuring various movie posters edited with actor John Cho added to the cast, which is aimed at promoting the casting of Asian and Asian-American actors for lead roles in Hollywood films.

    Origin

    On April 28th, 2016, the @StarringJohnCho[1] Twitter feed was launched, which posted a photoshopped poster for the 2012 superhero film The Avengers with Cho’s face superimposed on to Captain America (shown below).



    Spread

    On May 5th, 2016, StarringJohnCho.com[5] was launched to promote the photoshop meme and Asian diversity in film.



    The following day, the @Fusion Twitter feed posted a video about the Twitter hashtag and photoshop meme.




    On May 7th, actor Ki Hong Lee retweeted the hashtag along with an article about the photoshop meme (shown below, left).[3] The following day, Redditor TheWallClock submitted a post about #StarringJohnCho to the /r/AsianMasculinity[2] subreddit, highlighting several notable photoshop examples. On May 9th, Cho posted a heart emoji in a tweet directed toward the @StarringJohnCho feed (shown below, right).[4]



    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the photoshop meme, including Refinery 29,[6] The Hollywood Reporter,[7]Jezebel,[8] The New York Times[9] and CNN.[10]

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  • 05/11/16--14:40: Stunned Paul Allen
  • About

    Stunned Paul Allen is a reaction image featuring the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers and co-founder of Microsoft looking dumbfounded with his mouth agape on the sidelines during the team’s semifinal match against the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

    Origin

    During Game 4 of the Portland Trail Blazer’s NBA Playoff semifinals against the Golden State Warriors on May 9th, 2016, Paul Allen was captured on camera with his mouth open in astonishment as the opponent team’s star point guard Steph Curry scored a three-pointer during the overtime portion of the match (shown below). The game resulted in the victory of the Golden State Warriors (132 – 125).



    Spread

    Later that evening, ESPN2 host Jemele Hill tweeted[1] a photograph of a television screen showing Paul Allen seated at the game, along with the caption “When they said he was doubtful one day then he basically ended your season the next day” (shown below). Within 48 hours, the tweet gained over 3,200 retweets and 3,000 likes. Meanwhile, Twiter user @cjzero[2] posted an animated GIF of Allen’s reaction titled “Stunned Paul Allen in slo-mo,” garnering more than 1,400 retweets and 1,300 likes over the two days (shown below, right).



    On May 10th, The Daily What[6] published a post about the event, highlighting photoshopped images of Allen as Crying Michael Jordan (shown below, left) and the character Mr. Krabs from Spongebob Squarepants (shown below, right). In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the reaction image, including UpRoxx,[3] TechInsider[4] and SB Nation.[5]



    Search Interest

    Not available.

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  • 05/11/16--17:12: Noble / Lost Pause

  • About

    Lost Pause, also known as Noble, is a YoutubeAnime centric gaming channel run by Noble, who frequently posts videos daily, which mainly focus on reaction videos, stream highlights, video game playthroughs centered around anime, and other miscellaneous video types. He on occasion does collabs with friends such as The Anime Man, Misty Chronexia, Einshine, and Akidearest.

    Online History


    Early Career

    Noble first created his channel under the name of “Lost Pause” on December 29th, 2013[1], his first video being “New Super Mario Bros. Wii – Part 1 (AKA Lost Pauses First Episode),” which is now deleted[2], and his earliest available video (as of May 5th, 2016) was uploaded on February 6th, 2014, under the title of “Noble Sh!T: Man Mode Hearthstone,” which consists of Noble playing the game Hearthstone

    He later uploaded on July 10th, 2014 a video titled “Sakura Spirit – Ep 1 – Sack of Potatoes,” which focused on Noble playing the Visual Novel “Sakura Spirit”being his first video centered around Anime, and quickly began to focus on that specific topic, while also giving breaths of fresh air with other video games not focused upon Anime.



    Notable Videos


    “Hey, Guess What?”


    At the beginning of Noble’s Video “FUNNYMONTAGE #9” we see Noble (#2) barging into his room while saying “Hey, guess what?” and then see another Noble at his computer, and upon closer inspection see that he was watching the hentai “Boku no Pico,” which is heavily regarded as being very gross and disturbing, and then see Noble (#2) slowly close the door to exit the awkward situation. This small scene has then been spoofed a lot by either changing the image on the monitor, or both the monitor and faces of both Nobles[3].


    Lily the Mechanic


    On February 7th, 2016, Noble revealed that Winged Cloud (famous for creating the Sakura series) drew for Noble 3 avatars, two being himself with and without headphones, and the other being Lily (as shown above), and one large CG of Lily working on the underside of an unidentifiable machine, hence the name “Lily the Mechanic.”

    Fans then almost instantly began to make fan art of Lily, with constant new drawings being made every day.




    Noble’s Quotes


    One thing that Noble has been known to do in his videos is quote himself on the various sentences he states while recording by editing in the sentence of what he said, followed by “-Noble (year stated, i.e. 2016),” and he has even made an entire video called “100 FUNNYOUT-OF-CONTEXTNOBLEQUOTES” dedicated to 100 of his various, out-of-context, quotes, which was uploaded on March 6th, 2016 on his second channel, Lost Pause 2.


    Some examples of these quotes could be, for example:[4]

    • “That’s how I read my books…..fuck clothes.”
    • “I wouldn’t mind suckin’ up to somethin’ if ya know what I’m sayin’…but the cat beat me to it.”
    • “I’d say this is a 100 accurate super % realist portrayal of me. Jiggle physics included.”
    • “It’s been on my mind for thousands of years…..yes, I’m over 1,000 years old.”
    • “I thought you were a boy…YOU’RE NOT A BOY!”
    • “What is Bill Cosby doing with that magical wiener?”


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    External References

    [1]Youtube – Lost Pause – About / Posted on 12-29-2013

    [2]Lost Pause Wiki – Noble / Posted on n.d.

    [3]Meme Center – Always Make Sure The Monitor Is Facing Away From The Door / n.d.

    [4]Wikitubia – Lost Pause / n.d.


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  • 05/12/16--00:00: Civilization
  • About

    Civilization (officially known as Sid Meier’s Civilization) is a franich of turn-based strategy 4X video games and tabletop board games mainly produced by Canadian designer and developer Sid Meier. In all titles within the franchise, the player must explore uncharted territories, train and utilize a wide range of units, construct a network of cities, research new technologies and compete against or forge alliances with other civilizations through different times of history on a macro-scale, from the prehistoric era up to the near future. The end objective of most games in the series is to win by military conquest, cultural dominance, scientific breakthrough in interstellar exploration and other achievements of supremacy.

    History

    In 1980, Francis Tresham designed the Civilization board game and published it through his company Hartland Trefoil, and in 1981, Avalon Hill obtained from Hartland Trefoil a license to sell the Civilization board game in the United States. In 1991, MicroProse, a video game publishing company founded by Canadian developers Sid Meier and Bill Stealey, obtained the license from Avalon Hill to use the name “Civilization” for their game.

    Civilization

    Civilization, a turn-based single- and multiplayer strategy video game and the original title in the franchise, was created by Sid Meier and Bruce Shelley and published by MicroProse in 1991, initially for DOS on PC and subsequently ported to various platforms, including Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, Atari ST, PlayStation and Super NES, among others. The game was designed with an objective to “build an empire to stand the test of time,” with its arc and mechanics of gameplay heavily influenced by history of civilization spanning from the ancient times in 4000 BC to modern and near-future eras in the post-21st century.

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    Nuclear Ghandi

    Nuclear Gandhi is the nickname given to the Indian historical figure Mahatma Gandhi as portrayed in the Civilization franchise. Among the fans of the games, Gandhi has gained much notoriety for his obsessive nuclear warmongering, in stark contrast to the pacifist reputation of the real life counterpart.



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  • 05/12/16--07:56: Whitewashing
  • About

    Whitewashing refers to the practice of casting White actors in historically non-White character roles in television and film.

    Origin

    According to the Online Etymology Dictionary,[4] the term “whitewash” was originally coined in the late 1500s to describe the process of washing a surface with a white liquid. The entry lists the earliest figurative use of the term in 1762 as “to cover up, conceal” or “give a false appearance of cleanness.” The first examples of whitewashing in film are often cited as the blackface and yellowface caricatures of Black and Asian minorities portrayed by White actors in Hollywood films throughout the 1930s.

    Spread

    On March 29th, 2006, Urban Dictionary[2] user Ten10am submitted an entry for “white wash,” defining the term as description of a non-white person who is perceived as “neglecting their culture and assimilating to a white, western culture.” On January 2nd, 2009, the CommentaryTheMusical YouTube channel uploaded a song titled “Nobody’s Asian in the Movies” (shown below).



    On October 6th, 2015, the BBC[3] published an article titled “When White Actors Play Other Races,” which explored possible causes of the continued prevalence of whitewashing in Hollywood. On February 23rd, 2016, the television show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver aired a segment on whitewashing in Hollywood films (shown below, left). On April 24th, YouTuber That Japanese Man Yuta uploaded a video in which he asks Japanese people what they think of White actors portraying Japanese fictional characters (shown below, right). On April 28th, the photoshop meme #StarringJohnCho was launched in protest of whitewashing and promoting the casting of Asian and Asian-American actors in film.



    Controversies

    The Last Airbender Casting

    In December 2008, Entertainment Weekly released the list of the cast members for the 2010 film adaptation of Nickelodeon’s animated TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which drew much ire from the fans of the show for casting white actors in the leading roles that were of East Asian and Inuit descent in canon. The backlash led to the coinage of the satirical term “racebending,”, playing off on the Avatar characters’ ability to manipulate, "or “bend,” the classical elements of water, earth, fire, and air.

    Dragonball Evolution Casting

    In April 2009, Dragonball Evolution, the live-action film adaptation of Akira Toriyama’s Japanese manga and anime series Dragon Ball, premiered in North America. In the months leading up to its box office release, many fans of the series criticized the casting of Caucasian actor Justin Chatwin for the leading protagonist role of Goku, who is assumed to be of Japanese descent in canon, as random and untrue to the spirit of the original work.

    Ghost in the Shell Casting

    In January 2015, the casting of Scarlett Johansson as the lead role in the 2017 live-action film adaptation of the Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell was met with accusations of whitewashing. On April 14th, the first photograph of Johansson portrayal of the film’s protagonist was released online (shown below).



    That day, actress Ming-Na Wen tweeted[6] she was “against this whitewashing of Asian role,” gaining over 13,800 likes and 12,700 retweets in the following month (shown below). On April 15th, the blog ScreenCrush[5] reported that various sources involved in the film claimed that the studio had “commissioned visual effects tests” in post-production to make Johansson appear more Asian.



    Steven Universe Whitewashing

    On August 27th, 2015, a thread was submitted to 4chan which called for viewers to “make Tumblr explode” by digitally altering fan art of Steven Universe characters to “make everybody white” (shown below).



    On September 3rd, Imgur user FLCrox posted a collection of whitewashed Steven Universe characters along with angry Tumblr reactions (shown below). On May 11th, 2016, Redditor ManPlan78 submitted the image gallery to /r/TumblrInAction,[1] which gained over 6,900 votes *88% upvoted) and 1,700 comments in the next 24 hours.



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  • 05/12/16--13:26: Azealia Banks
  • About

    Azealia Banks is an American rapper best known for her 2012 debut extended play (EP) 1991. Online, Banks has been involved in several controversies on Twitter, where she has drawn criticism for defending Bill Cosby, attacking various celebrities and posting racial and homophobic slurs.

    Online History

    In May 2010, Banks launched the @azealiabanks[3] Twitter feed, garnering upwards of 564,000 followers in the next six years. On September 12th, 2011, the music video for the song “212” was uploaded to the Azealia Banks YouTube channel, where it garnered upwards of 113 million views and 67,000 comments in the next five years. In December, the track was released as the lead single for her EP 1991. The song received critical acclaim, and subsequently ranked on various “best tracks of 2011” lists published that year.



    On August 8th, 2012, Banks released the music video for the song “Liquorice” on the AzealiaBanksVEVO YouTube channel, receiving more than 13 million views and 12,800 comments in four years (shown below, left). On November 14th, 2014, she released the video for the song “Chasing Time” (shown below, right). Over the next two years, the video accumulated over 5.2 million views and 7,800 comments.



    On March 27th, 2015, Banks released the music video for her track “Yung Rapunxel” (shown below, left). Later that week, she released the video for her single “Ice Princess” (shown below, right). Over the next 14 months, the videos received upwards of 1.47 million and 3.7 million views respectively.



    Controversies

    Homophobic Statements

    In January 2013, Banks engaged in a Twitter dispute with entertainment blogger Perez Hilton, during which she referred to him as a “messy faggot” and subsequently told him to “gobble a dick” and commit suicide.[6] On January 2nd, 2015, Vice[7] published an article by staff writer Mitchell Sunderland titled “My Bizarre Twitter Beef with Azealia Banks and Her Homophobia,” which highlighted an insulting Twitter exchange between Sunderland and Banks. In September, Banks purportedly called a Delta Air Lines flight attendant a “fucking faggot” during a confrontation on a flight to Los Angeles, California.



    Bill Cosby Defense

    On December 4th, 2014, Banks posted a tweet commenting on the Bill Cosy rape allegations, stating “them bitches frontin’ like they wasn’t trying to get some of the pudding pop!” (shown below).[4] Many subsequently criticized Banks for the tweet, accusing her of victim blaming.[5]



    Donald Trump Endorsement

    On February 1st, 2016, Banks tweeted that she planned to vote for 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, subsequently adding that “Trump is the only one who truly has the balls to bust up big business” and that “Donald Trump is evil like America is evil and in order for America to keep up with itself it needs him.”[2]



    Zayn Malik Twitter Rant

    On May 9th, 2016, pop singer Zayn Malik from One Direction released the music video for his song “Like I Would” on YouTube (shown below). Within three days, the video gained over 3.4 million views and 22,100 comments.



    The following day, Banks posted a multi-pane image comparings stills from the “Like I Would” to her 2015 music video for the song “Yung Rapunxel,” along with the caption “I’m not mad about this though. Zayn is a cutie pie” (shown below).



    Following the Instagram post, Malik posted two tweets which some speculated were responding to Banks Instagram post (shown below).



    That same day, Banks posted a series of tweets attacking Malik, referring to him as a “curry scented bitch,” “sand nigger” and “faggot.” Meanwhile, Banks began arguing with Skai Jackson as well, during which she called the Disney actress as “little black bitch.” That day, her Twitter account was suspended and her Instagram page was made private.

    Personal Life

    Banks was born on May 31st, 1991 in Manhattan, New York. In a 2012 Q&A with Rolling Stone,[1] Banks revealed she identifies as bisexual. In December 2014, Banks publicly declared support for $100 trillion to be paid to African Americans as financial reparations for slavery in the United States.

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  • 05/12/16--20:59: Rabb
  • About
    Rabb refers to an image featuring a hand-drawn rabbit with its face severely distorted in a manner making it appear stretched to one side, a condition referred to as “advanced”. Thus, it is referred to as Advanced Rabb,

    Origin
    In mid May 2016, the first instance of Rabb was posted on the Facebook meme page “Fresh” (https://www.facebook.com/freshmemesandotherproducts/) featuring a drawing of a rabbit on the top, with plain text saying “This is Rabb.”, and at the bottom, the same rabbit with its head stretched, captioned “This is ADVANCEDRABB.” The meme appears to have no inspiration, nor does it currently have any traceable creator (although it is assumed one of the admins of Fresh at the time is responsible for the idea)."


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  • 05/13/16--08:30: It's High Noon
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    About

    It’s High Noon or simply High Noon is a quote spoken from a hero from Overwatch named “McCree” whenever he initiates his ultimate named High Noon.

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