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  • 10/21/16--12:32: Nintendo Switch
  • About

    The Nintendo Switch is a video game console to be released by Nintendo in March of 2017. It is a hybrid console featuring a tablet that can dock for living room gaming and be moved for portable gaming. It also features two controllers known as “Joy Cons” that can be detached from the side of the tablet, and there is optional “pro” controller support as well. The Switch will play DS-like gaming cartridges instead of discs.[1]

    History

    Nintendo began leaking the follow-up to the Wii U on March 23rd, 2015.[2] Known by the name “NX,” Nintendo president Satoru Iwata mentioned that the new hardware would not be an expansion on old hardware, and that it focused on “changing each person’s video gaming life.” After over a year’s worth of speculation and announcements of games coming to the Nintendo NX, Nintendo announced via trailer on October 20th, 2016, that the new console would be called the Switch.



    Nintendo also announced an expansive list of developers who had partnerships with the Switch, one of the most notable being Bethesda.



    The following day, Nintendo confirmed there would be no backwards compatibility on the Switch,[4] but did not comment on the battery life, nor about whether the tablet portion of the console would be a touch screen.

    Online Reaction

    Online reaction to the Switch has been mostly positive,[3] as commenters on Twitter, Tumblr, and Reddit posted excitement and jokes regarding the ad. Users joked about how the console looked like a dog, how it totally outshines the Wii U, and Nintendo’s impressive list of developer partnerships.


    On Youtube, many vloggers responded to the trailer positively, including Angry Joe Show (below, left) and AlphaOmegaSin (below, right) in videos that gained over 360,000 and 71,000 views, respectively. Angry Joe did express concerns that he and many others have about the small size of the JoyCon controllers.



    Online Presence

    The Switch generated incredible hype online almost instantly. It’s Facebook[5] page gained over 3 million likes in less than two days. A subreddit[6] devoted to the Switch gained over 30,000 subscribers in the same time.

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  • 10/21/16--14:07: Mr. Hudson
  • Mr. Hudson is a meme character created for his Facebook page “Hudson Memes”, created by students known only as Lucy, Skelton, and Dante. The picture is used to parody the actions of High School principals all across the country.


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  • 10/21/16--22:20: Quality Queen
  • About

    Quality Queen is a mocking nickname used by fans of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga and anime series in reference to the low quality animation during the reveal of the stand Killer Queen (sometimes called Deadly Queen) during episode 21 of anime adaptation of the forth arc of the manga, Diamond is Unbreakable.

    Origin

    The name was created shortly after the release of Diamond Is Unbreakable episode 21 “Yoshikage Kira Just Wants to Live Quietly” to criticize the low quality art of both Killer Queen and Kira. The term has continued to be used as other instances of low quality involving in scenes involving Killer Queen have occurred.

    Examples

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  • 10/22/16--09:04: Manterrupting
  • About

    Manterrupting is a piece of slang defining a distinctive behavioral pattern happening in the workplace of men unnecessary interrupting women. Alongside Bropropriating, defined as stealing a woman’s idea and taking credit for it, both terms gained popularity online, especially following the 2016 United States Elections debates, as a way to further point out perceived common sexist behaviors on a societal level, in same vein as mansplaining. While the term have been widely embraced by feminist circles, they came under criticism from various anti-feminism websites.

    Origin

    On January 14th, 2015, Time Magazine writer Jessica Bennett posted a piece titled “How Not to Be ‘Manterrupted’ in Meetings”[1]. Using the video segment of classic meme Kanye Interrupts as an example, she coined the terms “Manterrupting” and “Bropropriating” to respectively define “unnecessary interruption of a woman by a man”. and “taking a woman’s idea and taking credit for it”, relying upon a January 12th article from the New York Times by Sheryl Sandberg and Wharton business school professor Adam Grant who conducted a study revealing a trend in the workplace of men interrupting or reappropriating ideas from their female co-workers[2].

    Spread

    In the late January 2015, various outlets reacted to the articles, offering advice in avoiding unnecessary interruption of women at work. It included an article by Behance’s writer Kathleen Edison on January 20th[3] which was reposted to the Women You Should Know website on January 22nd[4].
    The first Urban Dictionary definition was posted on January 16th, 2016[7], written as the following:

    Manterrupting: a sexist display of male “dominance”. A trait that has not yet been lost despite decades of evolution. When men interrupt women because they “believe” that what they have to say is somehow more important.

    Boy: why aren’t you joining in on the conversation any more? Talk wth us!

    Girl: I would love to, but anytime I try to say to chime in, but your buddies keep manterrupting me.

    On March 8th, 2016, Time-affiliate magazine Fortune ran a piece on the slang, interviewing The Walking Dead producer Glen Mazzara on staff diversity and his experience working on tv show “The Shield”, which was an example quoted in Wharton’s and Grant’s study[5] (shown below).



    On September 22nd, Glamour Magazine issued a piece titled "Yup, Science Confirms “Man-terrupting” Is Real"[6], citing different studies from 1975 to 2014 seemingly confirming the everyday existence of “manterrupting” as a behavioral pattern in modern societies.

    2016 United States Elections Debates

    In late September 2016, during the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, several news outlets, including The New York Times[11], The Huffington Post[12], The Telegraph[13] and Bustle[14], pointed out how often Trump interrupted Clinton’s speeches, stating that it was a nationwide example of the manterrupting slang in action.

    Criticism

    On Urban Dictionary, several others definitions were made through out the years in order to mock the term for its alleged petty nature and how it is difficult to make a difference between a gendered issue and a common rude behavior existing as a whole between men and women[8].
    On Reddit, Men’s Rights subs also reacted to the slang, among others, claiming they were bigoted insults aimed at men[9][10].

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  • 10/22/16--16:55: CrowbCat
  • [This article is a W.I.P]

    About

    CrowbCat is a YouTube channel who’s known for his videos criticizing the quality of most anticipated/hyped video games (Most known by his Watch_Dogs video and his latest No Man’s Sky video), E3 conferences and video game companies conventions.

    Online Presence

    On November 22 of 2013, Crowbcat uploaded his first video called “Xbox One optical drive issues” showing a compilation of people having issues with the recently released Xbox One console which was released in the same day.


    Following up with his most viewed video from that time of his channel with 3.6 million views named “Most awkward moments at Minecon 2013” showing cuts of kids making question to the Devs, including the Dedotated Wam kid.


    Popular Videos





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  • 10/23/16--13:49: Stepmania
  • W.I.P

    About
    Stepmania is a game similar to Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution created for the Pc and Mac in 2001. Since then it has grown to form a cult following on the internet

    Gameplay
    The game has you press the arrows in time with the music.

    Fan Made files
    In addition to being able to play official files from games like DDR and ITG, the game has the ability for players to create their own files. This has spawned many files based on a variety of different songs. From mainstream pop, to anime themes, video game music, and meme songs.

    Fan sites
    Some sites include stepmania online, flash flash revolution, and z-i-v.

    Memes
    Dump files – files that are just randomly placed arrows everywhere known for being very hard and over low quality. These have become a joke among certain circles.


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  • 10/23/16--15:51: Binky Listens to X
  • About

    Binky Listens to X comes from a season 17 episode of the children’s TV series Arthur.

    Origin

    The scene originates from the episode “Binky’s Music Madness”, which first aired in Australia on May 2, 2013,[1] and the scene was first uploaded to YouTube on May 8, 2014.

    Spread

    On May 14, 2014, the same day the episode aired in the United States, the YouTuber skeletalhero posted a video titled “pleb experiences true patrician music” where the original song was replaced with Death Grips’ “Get Got”.

    YouTuber F L A C / F O R E S T posted a very similar video on September 20, 2015, this time using the song “Lisa Frank 420 / Modern Computing”.

    Various Examples



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    ABOUT

    This meme is a comic featuring social commentary about “shipping” in the Voltron: Legendary Defenders fandom. Pre existing conflict has been an issue in the young fandom before, with the ages being confirmed a few months prior to the posting of the comic many pairings and ships had been confirmed as pedophilia.

    Since there very few adult characters in the show, there are not many options to pair the main adult character Shiro with. This gave way to many people defending the pairings despite the ages and even many arguments over whether or not the confirmed ages were valid.

    Many of these people tried to buff up their arguments by making condescending or mocking comics or content directed towards the people who disagreed with them.

    ORIGINANDSPREAD

    This meme came to fruition when popular tumblr user Elentori posted a comic featuring the cast of Voltron: Legendary Defenders beating up and supposedly “killing” the tumblr logo. The comic was posted in response to the negativity directed towards pedophilic pairings within the Voltron: Legendary Defenders fandom.

    Elentori is an artist who has been terminated from tumblr for offenses such as child porn distribution and expressing sexual interest in children. Since this is a well known fact, people started mocking the artist for her predictability in making the comic. With many people were torn between finding the comic humorous or offending, and this gave way to many parodies within a short period of time.

    The original comic contains dialogue as follows:

    TUMBLRLOGO: You’re problematic!!
    LANCE: Keith, sword!!!
    KEITH: Got it.
    SHIRO: Hunk, Lance, hold us steady.
    -the tumblr logo crumples to the ground-
    HUNKANDPIDGE: The evil has been defeated!
    SHIRO: Finally I can experience love!

    The end panel, which has since been deleted by tumblr user elentori but remains well known within the tumblr community, looked like this, but with the aforementioned dialogue from Shiro replacing it.

    USAGE

    The meme has become something of a contextual copypasta, with the format as the joke. Many people are simply using this as a replacement for the text post function on tumblr, by editing their post over the pre existing dialogue of the comic.

    VARIOUSEXAMPLES

    what was the best zelda game by gamerphobic


    Elentori is defeated by yootsart (contextual meme)

    Radical by ghoulluras


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  • 10/24/16--09:05: Kahoot!
  • About

    Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform played electronically via the internet. They generally take place in classrooms around a screen. In order to play, first a person must make a quiz game, called a “Kahoot,” on the Kahoot website.[1] When the Kahoot is launched, it gets a unique pin number. Players join the game by entering the pin number on the Kahoot website or iOS app with their mobile device or laptop.[2] Once all players have joined, the leader starts the game, which consists of trivia questions with four multiple-choice answers that appear both on a communal screen and on the mobile devices. Points are awarded based on how accurately and quickly players answer the questions. A leaderboard is displayed on screen showing the top five players in the game.

    History

    Kahoot! was launched in August 2013 by Johan Brand, Jamie Brooker, Asmund Furuseth and Morten Versvik. The technology platform itself is based on the research conducted by Morten Versvik for his Master’s degree at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and based on research carried out by Professor Alf Inge Wang and his colleagues at NTNU. The game has rapidly grown in popularity. On September 17th, 2015, Wired[4] reported that the game was being played by over 50 million people worldwide. In April 2016, the New York Times[5] reported that of the 55 million students in the American elementary and secondary school systems, 20 million had used Kahoot in the previous month. As of October 24th, 2016, there are over 10 million unique Kahoots.[3]

    Online Presence

    Kahoot! has nearly 14,000 Facebook likes,[6] 50,000 Twitter followers,[7] and a subreddit with 413 readers.[8]

    Related Memes

    Kahoot! has inspired the creation of many memes. On September 1st, 2016, a Facebook page devoted to Kahoot memes[9] launched and gained nearly 80,000 likes in two months. On October 2nd, 2016, Kahoot memes began appearing on /r/dankmemes,[10] which then drew a poster on /r/OutOfTheLoop[11] wondering what is Kahoot. On October 23rd, 2016, a commenter in the facetious meme-tracking subreddit /r/memeeconomy[12] asked if Kahoot memes were “a worthy investment.” Most Kahoot-related memes apply other popular memes like Caveman Spongebob, Nut Button, and Advice Animals to Kahoot-related jokes.



    The music that plays in the Kahoot “lobby” and the music that plays during the 30 seconds of time to answer a question have both inspired a series of remix videos.



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  • 10/24/16--10:00: Smugglypuff
  • About

    Smugglypuff is the nickname given to a University of Toronto student and activist who became a target of online ridicule after she was filmed on camera denying having witnessed the assault of Canadian conservative and libertarian vlogger Lauren Southern during a LGBT rights protest held on campus in mid-October 2016. The moniker, which is a portmanteau of the Pokémon character Jigglypuff and the word “smug,” is derived from “Trigglypuff”:/memes/trigglypuff, a nickname given to a Hampshire College student and social justice activist in April 2016.

    Origin

    On September 17th, 2016, University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan B. Peterson released a video on political correctness, in which he expresses concerns about new “hate crime” criteria that would criminalize hate speech based on gender identity or expression in the proposed Bill C-16 to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (shown below). Additionally, Peterson stated he would not “recognize another’s person’s right to determine what pronouns I used to address them.”



    On October 11th, 2016, LGBT activists at the University held a protest against Peterson’s statements. The following day, the Rebel Media YouTube channel uploaded footage of a student protester striking the microphone held by conservative host Lauren Southern before disappearing into the crowd. Immediately after the incident, a woman wearing a yellow beanie tells a nearby police officer that he “didn’t see anything” while grinning. Within two weeks, the video gained over 335,000 views and 3,700 comments.



    Spread

    That day, the video was posted on the /pol/ (politically correct) board on 4chan,[6] where one user posted a photoshopped picture of the Pokemon Jigglypuff with the yellow beanie student’s face superimposed over the character (shown below).[6]



    Also on October 12th, the video reached the frontpage of several subreddits, including /r/PublicFreakout, [1]/r/KotakuInAction[2] and /r/rage,[3] where many commenters referred to the student in the yellow beanie as “Smugglypuff.” On October 13th, the This Is YouTube channel uploaded footage of Southern being blocked by several students while chasing after the yellow beanie student for stealing her phone (shown below, left). The same day, YouTuber Morphing Reality uploaded a remix of the protest footage mixed with scenes from the “Safe Space” song in Season 19 Episode 5 of the animated television show South Park (shown below, right).



    Also on October 13th, Rebel Media uploaded extended footage from the protest (shown below).



    On October 16th, Redditor the1_action_bastard posted a series of illustrations of the student nicknamed “Smugglypuff” to the /r/4chan[7] subreddit. On October 20th, Vice[5] published an article reporting that trans students at the University were “being targeted by threats of violence online.”



    Arrest

    On October 22nd, the news site The Blumpkin[4] reported that the student had been arrested for obstruction of justice and assault. On October 23rd, YouTuber MundaneMatt uploaded a video discussing the student’s arrest (shown below).



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  • 10/24/16--11:42: Tim Kaine
  • About

    Tim Kaine is an American attorney and politician. He is currently serving as a senator for the state of Virginia and is the Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 United States Presidential Election.

    History

    Kaine was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, raised in Overland Park, Kansas, graduated from the University of Missouri, and earned a law degree from Harvard Law School in Massachussetts before becoming a professor at University of Richmond School of Law in Virginia.[1] He was elected Mayor of Richmond in 1998, and served in that position until 2001, when he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.

    In 2005, he was elected Governor of Virginia. Among his successes were keeping Virginia running through the 2007-2008 national economic crisis, fulfilling a campaign promise to protect Virginia land from development, and became one of the first southern governors to ban smoking in restaurants and bars.

    His successes helped which helped move him to the national stage of American politics. In 2006, he gave the Democratic response to President George W. Bush’s State of the Union Address. In 2008, it was speculated that he was “very, very high” on Barack Obama’s shortlist for potential Vice President picks, though Obama ultimately chose Joe Biden.

    Kaine was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009-2011, and was elected Senator for Virginia in 2012. There, he built a progressive record and formed good relations with both Democratic and Republican senators. In 2013, he became the first Senator to deliver a speech on the Senate floor not in English when he voiced his support for an immigration bill in Spanish.



    2016 Presidential Election

    After endorsing Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president, Kaine was rumored to be on the shortlist for Clinton’s running mate. On July 22nd, 2016, Clinton announced that she had chosen Kaine to be her running mate. He is the first Virginian to be on a major party ticket since Woodrow Wilson. The pick received some criticisms from Democrats who wanted Hillary to pick a woman, such as Elizabeth Warren, or a minority such as Julian Castro, who were both also on the short list.[5]

    During his acceptance speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Kaine gave a speech in which he demonstrated his ability to speak Spanish and needled Republican nominee, Donald Trump.


    At the 2016 Vice Presidential Debate, Kaine drew criticism for frequently interrupting Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump running mate, Mike Pence.

    Online Presence

    Kaine has over 202,000 Facebook likes,[2] 377,000 Twitter followers,[3] and 61,600 Instagram followers.[4]

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  • 10/24/16--12:53: David S. Pumpkins
  • About

    David S. Pumpkins is a character played by Tom Hanks in a Saturday Night Live sketch. Pumpkins is an eccentric part of a Halloween ride who appears with two skeletons dancing next to him.

    Origin

    On October 22nd, 2016, Saturday Night Live aired a Halloween-theme sketch featuring host Tom Hanks. Hanks appears in a sketch called “Haunted Elevator.” In it, two people get on an amusement park ride called “100 Floors of Frights.” Hanks’ character, “David Pumpkins,” appears in a suit covered in pumpkins, introduces himself, and then smiles as two men dressed as skeletons dance next to him. This befuddles the riders, who don’t understand the character.



    Spread

    The sketch quickly became a hit among fans and critics. Uproxx[1] wrote “When we see the ‘best of ‘SNL’ Halloween,’ shows, we will now be seeing David S. Pumpkins for eternity.” The Washington Post[2] dubbed it “a rarity… a sketch that made you giggle uncontrollably that wasn’t about politics at all.” In the days following the sketch, AV Club[3] reported that David Pumpkins costumes had sold out at costume store Spirit and on Amazon. On Twitter, Pumpkins was the target of a mashup by @Papapishu, who uploaded the sketch with the song You’re Gonna Have a Bad Time from Undertale in a tweet that has gained over 180 retweets as of October 24th, 2016.




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  • 10/24/16--12:55: Member Berries
  • About

    Member Berries are a fictional superfruit that utter nostalgic, homophobic and racist phrases to people while they are being eaten in Season 20 Episode 1 of the animated television series South Park.

    Origin

    On September 14th, 2016, Comedy Central aired the South Park episode titled “Member Berries,” in which the character Randy Marsh is shown eating talking purple berries mention various nostalgic pop culture icons, before asking if he could remember times when there were fewer Mexicans around, gay marriage was illegal and Ronald Reagan’s presidency (shown below).



    Spread

    That day, the @MemberBerries[3] Twitter feed was launched, featuring tweets written from the perspective of the fictional purple berries. Also on September 14th, a Facebook[4] page titled “Member Berries” was launched, garnering upwards of 2,700 likes over the next two months. The following day, a page titled “Member Berries” was created on the South Park Wiki.[10] On September 16th, Urban Dictionary[2] user isblueacolor submitted an entry for “member berries,” defining them as “tasty morsels of organic nostalgia.” That day, a GIF of the South Park scene was uploaded to 9gag[1] (shown below).



    Also on September 16th, Tumblr user TheMeghaMind posted a photograph of an Old Orchard for Kids grape juice bottle with smiling purple grapes with the caption “Member berries IRL” (shown below, left). On September 17th, the Memesallovertheplace Tumblr[6] feed posted a screen capture of the berries with the caption “’Member / Harambe” (shown below).



    On September 26th, Redditor joegofett posted a member berries image macro with the caption “member when / Southparkstudios had all the episodes for free” to /r/southpark,[9] where it gathered more than 8,500 votes (87% upvoted) and 890 comments within one month (shown below, left). On October 1st, a “Member Berries” message board was created on GameFAQs.[5] On October 8th, Tumblr[8] user dirty-south-park-confessions posted a photoshopped screen capture from the 1994 animated film The Lion King while a member berry superimposed over the lion Mufasa and the caption “Member who you are, Simba” (shown below, right).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]9gag – Could memberberries be a new meme?

    [2]Urban Dictionary – member berries

    [3]Twitter – @MemberBerries

    [4]Facebook – Member Berries

    [5]GameFAQs – Member Berries

    [6]Tumblr – memesallovertheplace

    [7]Tumblr – meghamind

    [8]Tumblr – dirty-south-park-confessions

    [9]Reddit – member berries

    [10]South Park Wiki – Member Berries


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  • 10/25/16--08:25: Conceited Reaction
  • About

    Conceited Reaction is a reaction image in which the rapper Conceited is shown looking off camera while pursing his lips, which is typically paired humorous captions to indicate feelings of anxiety or disapproval.

    Origin

    On January 13th, 2013, YouTuber G-Unit Asia uploaded footage of a rap battle between rappers Conceited and Jesse James, in which he Conceited is shown pursing his lips and rolling his eyes during James’ verse (Shown below).



    Spread

    On September 15th, 2016, Twitter user Bekgurk[8] tweeted a GIF of Conceited from the rap battle captioned with a joke comparing how someone looks in a mirror compared to an iPhone camera (shown below). That day, Conceited retweeted the GIF, which gathered upwards of 32,500 likes and 27,400 retweets within two months.




    On October 10th, 2016, Twitter user @WiseGuy_wes27[3] reposted the GIF along with a mock conversation featuring a white person’s reaction to being asked “would you trade skin with a person of color?” (shown below). The following day, Redditor MGLLN submitted a screenshot of the tweet to /r/BlackPeopleTwitter.[2] Over the next two weeks, the tweet gathered upwards of 20,200 likes and the Reddit post received more than 4,500 votes (82% upvoted).



    Throughout the rest of the month, image macros featuring the Conceited reaction regularly hit the front page of /r/blackpeopletwitter (shown below).[4][5][6] On October 22nd, Redditor Black_Gotenks submitted a post noting that the “reaction face meme” of Conceited was gaining traction on Black Twitter to /r/MemeEconomy.[7]



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  • 10/25/16--09:27: Jack Chick
  • About

    Jack Chick was an American cartoonist who came to fame through his Christian fundamentalist comic pamphlets, known as “Chick Tracts.” Despite criticism of Chick for his staunchly racist, homophobic, anti-feminist views and his pamphlets that used debunked or one-sided arguments, the outlandish and campy nature of the pamphlets made him popular among fans of outsider-art.

    History

    Chick was born on April 13th, 1924, in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in the Southern California area.[1] He served in the Pacific Theater in World War II. Afterwards, he met his wife, Lola Lynn Priddle, whose family introduced him to the Charles E. Fuller radio show, the Old-Fashioned Revival Hour, which Chick credits as converting him to Christianity.

    From 1953, Chick drew a single-panel comic called “Times Have Changed?”, which was syndicated in the Los Angeles area. Chick wanted to do missionary work, but was shy about talking to people about Christianity. While creating illustrations for presentations he would give to prisoners as part of his missionary work, he came up with the idea for “Chick Tracts.”

    Chick self-published his first tract, Why No Revival?, in 1960. Christian bookstores were reluctant to pick up Chick’s work, but it was popular among missionaries and churches. In 1970, Chick Publications was officially established. The company published 23 full-color “Chick Comics,” which addressed topics such as the occult, Biblical prophecy, evolution, Islam, Mormonism, and more. The comics were also notorious for their negative portrayal of Catholicism, claiming Catholics were responsible for the Holocaust, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, starting the World Wars, and more.



    Chick Publications also spread “Chick Tracts,” which often focused on criticizing elements of pop culture, including Dungeons and Dragons, Harry Potter, rock music, homosexuality, etc. Chick often connected his negative opinions on the subjects to the Roman Catholic Church.


    As Chick’s work spread, it was widely criticized for its arguments and political views, but it did begin to grow popular among enthusiasts of outsider art.[2] The Smithsonian Natural Museum of American History included some Chick Tracts in an exhibit on pop culture. In the late 90s, Brill’s Content described Chick Tracts as “American folk art, or even a form of religious pornography, titillating and somewhat dangerous. Chick is the ultimate underground artist: single-minded and self-published, passionately committed to his message without regard for external social forces.”[4]

    Death

    Chick died in his sleep on October 23rd, 2016. He was 92. Media companies with and without religious affiliation, including The Los Angeles Times, Christianity Today,[3] Jezebel,[5] and more published obituaries decrying his views while acknowledging the pop culture fascination with his work.

    Online Presence

    Chick’s presence online mostly came from people sharing their fascination with his art and ridiculing it. One of his most popular works online was “Dark Dungeons,”[7] his pamphlet warning against the table-top role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons. In the comic, two Christian girls go to college but are drawn into the world of Dungeons and Dragons, which is portrayed as the gateway to a plot to summon the evil deity, Cthulu.



    The comic grew notorious for its outlandish portrayal of the Dungeons and Dragons fandom. The comic inspired a film version of Dark Dungeons, which portrays the events of the comic. Because the film was true to the source material, critics interpreted the film as satire. JonTron uploaded a video review of the film on August 28th, 2016, which has gained nearly 3 million views as of October 25th, 2016.



    Chick is also the artist of the image used in the Sandwich Chef meme that was popular in the late 2000s.



    Chick Tracts’ Facebook page has less than 1,000 likes.[6]

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  • 10/25/16--12:15: Welcome to Die!
  • About

    Welcome to Die! is a memorable quote uttered by the villain Magneto in the 1992 arcade game X-Men.

    Origin

    On February 12, 1992 Japanese video game company Konami released an arcade game based on a 1989 television pilot that would later go on to become a 1992 television series. In one part of the game, the X-Men are tasked with saving Kitty Pryde, who has been kidnapped by Magneto and taken to a cave on Island M. Before you reach the end of level boss, Wendigo, Magneto appears, laughs and says “X-Men, Welcome to die!” before destroying the ground beneath your feet and starting the boss fight.

    Spread

    On November 12, 2005 YTMND user ArtemusWolfwood created a page with the quote against a background depicting Magneto from the opening cutscene. As of October 25, 2016 the page has received over 25,000 views.[1] On April 22, 2006 single-serving site WelcomeToDie.com was created featuring a similar layout to the YTMND site albeit with flashing red and blue text and a sprite of Magneto from the game that follows the visitor’s mouse cursor around.[2] On November 23, 2008 YouTube user wackywikivideos uploaded a video of the scene and as of October 25, 2016 it has received over 464,000 views.[3]

    Search Intrest

    External References

    [1]YTMND– Welcome to DIE

    [2]WHOIS– WelcomeToDie.com”http://whois.domaintools.com/welcometodie.com

    [3]YouTube – X-Men (Arcade Game) – Welcome to Die


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  • 10/25/16--12:20: Hugh Neutron Conspiracy
  • About
    Meme circles around Hugh Neutron, father of main character of the series, of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. It is mainly seen to “uncover” some of the plots and conspiracy theories.

    Origin

    Jimmy Neutron’s father, Hugh Neutron is portrayed as a clueless, dimwitted, but good-natured, and fatherly person who is obsessed with ducks and his wife’s pies. He is a typical father who has a piece of advice ready for Jimmy. He loves to collect figurines of ducks and display them around the house and it is also his favorite hobby. Hugh also loves his wife Judy’s pies, and once in the series invented a holiday called “Pule” (a combination of Pie and yule) when Jimmy accidentally causes Christmas to be replaced by messing with Santa’s atoms.

    according to one of the reddit users: “A long while back, Seinfeldspitstain made a notorious Jimmy Neutron parody that got immensely popular, mostly across Reddit and Tumblr. Since then, numerous memes have risen about Jimmy Neutron and the show had gained a small cult following. Starting at Tumblr, people began to acknowledge how strange Hugh Neutron is and how little kids didn’t acknowledge how funny of a character he really is, which led to various memes and shitposts about him.”

    Main theme of these are notorious conspiracy theories and the are widespread trough internet, primary on 4chan.org/pol


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  • 10/25/16--13:31: Deadass
  • About

    Deadass is a slang term that means “Seriously.” It spiked in popularity in the fall of 2016 thanks to use in memes on Black Twitter.

    Origin

    The origins of “Deadass” are unknown, though it is believed to have come from New York City.[1] The first known online definition of “Deadass” appeared on Urban Dictionary on June 30th, 2003.[2] User Tai defined “Deadass” as:

    To be completely and honestly serious.
    A reply used by people who have been questioned on the truth of their comment.
    To be truthful and not lie.
    A truncation of the phrase “dead ass serious”.

    The post, shown below, has 5194 upvotes and 2389 downvotes as of October 25th, 2016.



    Spread

    Similar definitions appeared on other websites in the following years.[3][4] Dictionary.com[5] has a slightly different definition, in which the word can be used as an adverb to mean “completely, totally,” or be used as a noun to describe “A stupid, boring person; an absolute dullard.” However, online uses generally tend to mean “to be completely serious.”

    “Deadass” is particularly on /r/BlackPeopleTwitter. For example, an August 5th, 2015 post by Wafflezlolqt[6] defining the word as “A question, reaction, and confirmation in NY” gained 443 points in a year.



    The slang began growing popular on /r/BlackPeopleTwitter in late 2016 following the word’s use in image macros and photoshops alongside similar slang like “Facts” and Timbs. On October 18th, 2016, Eldest219 took to /r/OutofTheLoop[7] asking the definition. Dozens of memes featuring “Deadass” appear on meme-aggregate site Sizzle.[8]

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikitionary – Deadass

    [2]Urban Dictionary – Dead Ass

    [3]Internet Slang – Dead Ass

    [4]Online Slang Dictionary – Dead Ass

    [5]Dictionary.com – Deadass

    [6]/r/BlackPeopleTwitter – deadass definition

    [7]/r/OutOfTheLoop – What is Deadass, B, and NY Niggas referring to?

    [8]Sizzle – Deadass Memes


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  • 10/25/16--20:15: Kamata-kun
  • Editor’s note: This article contains some spoilers for Shin Godzilla/Godzilla Resurgence



    About

    Kamata-kun (Japanese: 蒲田くん) is a nickname given to a character appearing in the 2016 Godzilla film Shin Godzilla, also known as Godzilla Resurgence.[1] This creature has gained a cult-following within the fanbase for his cute, and somewhat derp-like appearance.

    Origin

    Kamata-kun refers to the 2nd form of Godzilla in the film. The first instance calling the form as Kamata-kun is a tweet by Twitter user @pasinpasin on July 29th, 2016 (shown below)[2], which Kamata[3] and Shinagawa[4] come from the names of the neighborhoods of the first landing points of each forms.



    Translation:

    From now, I call Godzilla by these names:
    2nd Form: Kamata-kun
    3rd Form: Shinagawa-kun
    4th Form: Shin Godzilla
    Tokyo Station ver. : Sleeping Godzilla

    Spread

    The popularity of the movie through the summer of 2016 gave a huge visibility to the 2nd form of Godzilla. Alongside, “kamata-kun” in that user’s casual tweet quickly became to be the nickname for the creature among Japanese viewers, and also became to be used as a hashtag for fan works on Twitter. [5] Following the trend, Japanese illustrators communities Pixiv[6] and Nico Nico Seiga[7], where the users had proposed an euphemistic expression “That Dude in Kamata” (蒲田のあいつ) as the creature’s tag prior to the popularization of the nickname, have introduced Kamata-kun into a tag name for fan illustrations. In addition, Shinagawa-kun (品川くん) is also used as the nickname for the 3rd form, and in the same manner, the 4th & final form which made a landfall in Kamakura[8], Kanagawa prefecture, has been given a nickname Kamakura-san (鎌倉さん).

    Kamata-kun has also been gaining visibility in the English-speaking web since the film’s release in the North America in October. Twitter’s hashtag #kamatakun owns many fan works[9], and fan illustrations are also uploaded to English illustrators community DeviantArt.[10] Many fan illustrations featuring Kamata-kun also feature the character Hiromi Ogashira, a minor human character from the film who has also obtained a cult following among fans.

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

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  • 10/26/16--10:14: The Legs
  • About

    The Legs refers to a photograph of a woman’s legs with white paint streaked across them, creating an optical illusion of a shiny, reflective surface. The picture sparked an online debate over whether the legs were oily or covered in white paint, similar to the viral #TheDress photograph.

    Origin

    On September 15th, 2016, Instagram[1] user leonardhoespams posted a photograph of her legs with the caption “i like the feeling of paint on my skin” (shown below). Within five weeks, the post gained over 540 likes and 160 comments.



    Spread

    On October 23rd, 2016, @leonardhoespams[1] reposted the photograph with the caption “this is my fucking legs” and asking people to stop posting it to “meme pages” without crediting her (shown below).



    On October 25th, Twitter user @kingkayden tweeted the legs photo, asking “are these legs shiny and oily or are they legs with white paint on them” (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet gained over 8,500 likes and 7,200 retweets.



    That day, many Twitter users began commenting about the ambiguous photograph (shown below). In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the viral photograph, including The Daily Dot,[2] BuzzFeed,[3] Mashable,[4] The Sun[5] and NewStatesman.[6]



    Search Interest

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