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  • 11/18/16--11:08: Google Quick, Draw!
  • About

    Google Quick, Draw! is a a web application that uses machine learning algorithms connected to a neural network to predict what the user is drawing in real-time.

    History

    On November 15th, 2016, Google released the Quick, Draw! app[1] as one of the many artificial intelligence experiments. On the Quick, Draw! website, users are instructed to draw a specific thing in under 20 seconds, while the neural network attempts to guess what is being drawn. After completing six drawings, the application allows the user to select each to see how the algorithm attempted to recognize the image.



    That day, a promotional video for the app was released on YouTube (shown below).



    Reception

    On November 16th, Twitch user 097Aceofspades posted a “speed run”: video using Google Quick, Draw! (shown below).



    The following day, Redditor InternetProtocal submitted a screenshot of Google Quick, Draw! failing to recognize an illustration of a PS4 as a potato to /r/pcmasterrace,[3] where it garnered upwards of 7,700 votes (86% upvoted) and 280 comments within 24 hours (shown below). Meanwhile, Redditor Sledge_The_Operator highlighted the PS4 Quick, Draw! image in a post titled “Neutral Net Memes On the Rise!” to /r/MemeEconomy]



    The same day, Redditor aelx27 uploaded a screenshot of Quick, Draw! failing to recognize a picture of a plane flying into two towers (shown below). In one day, the post gained over 2,600 votes (88% upvoted) on /r/unexpectedjihad.[4] In the comments section, other Redditors posted additional Quick, Draw! screenshots. Also on November 17th, Redditor typicalemoboy submitted an Imgur gallery of Quick, Draw! screenshots taken from the /pol/ (politically incorrect) board on 4chan to the /r/4chan subreddit.[5]



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]WithGoogle – Quick, Draw!

    [2]Reddit – you were asked to draw potato

    [3]Reddit – /r/pcmasterrace

    [4]Reddit – /r/unexpectedjihad

    [5]Reddit – /r/4chan


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  • 11/18/16--11:12: Friday Lizard
  • About

    Friday Lizard is an image of a lizard appearing to thirst for a sip of beer. It is popularly shared on Fridays on Twitter in Australia.

    Origin

    On March 7th, 2013, Redditor misplacedcanuck posted the image to /r/pics[1] and titled it, “It’s so hot Down Under even the lizards need an ice cold beer.”



    Spread

    The image gained notoriety as the Friday Lizard when Alex McClintock, social media poster for Australia’s Radio International, began tweeting the picture every Friday.[2] The Friday Lizard did not gain widespread attention until McClintock paired with Perth social media editor Tal Waterhouse, who began photoshopping the lizard to reflect topical humor. Waterhouse first edited the lizard to have the sunglasses of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot on February 5th, 2015.[3]



    Following that, Waterhouse created new variations every Friday, which were tweeted by McClintock. In late 2016, Buzzfeed and Daily Dot[4] covered the spread of Friday Lizard. Waterhouse compiled a list of Friday Lizard edits on Twitter on October 14th, 2016.[5]

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Reddit – It’s so hot Down Under even the lizards need an ice cold beer

    [2]Buzzfeed – Here’s How A Lizard Drinking Beer Became A Beloved Meme

    [3]Twitter – "@iiTalW"https://twitter.com/iiTalW/status/563530938290671617?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

    [4]Daily Dot – The drunk Friday Lizard meme is ready for the weekend

    [5]Twitter Moments – The Friday Lizard Collection!


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  • 11/18/16--13:38: Operation #TrumpCup
  • About

    Operation #TrumpCup is an activist campaign encouraging supporters of Donald Trump to demand baristas label their cups with the United States President-elect’s name.

    Origin

    In April 2016, actor Scott Baio claimed a Starbucks barista




    Spread

    On November 17th, Prison Planet host Paul Joseph Watson posted a video in which a Starbucks employee refusing to put Trump on a cup of coffee and threatening to call the police (shown below), which gathered upwards of 11,000 likes and 9,200 retweets in 24 hours.




    The same day, the “Alex Jones”: YouTube channel posted a video about the Starbucks incident (shown below).



    On November 18th, 2016, Twitter user @bakedalaska tweeted a picture of himself holding a Starbucks cup with the name “Trump” written on it, along with instructions for followers to go to a Starbucks location and give the barista the name Trump (shown below).




    That day, the hashtag #TrumpCup began trending in the United States on Twitter, leading some to mock the campaign (shown below, left).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Twitter – @PrisonPlanet


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  • 11/18/16--14:36: Not my gumdrop buttons!
  • WIP. Feel free to request editorship

    About

    “Not my gumdrop buttons!” is a popular quote said by Gingy from the animated movie Shrek.

    Origin

    WIP



    Spread

    WIP

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  • 11/18/16--20:20: I can't see my forehead
  • About

    I can’t see a forehead is a memorable quote from the animated children’s show SpongeBob SquarePants. Online a screenshot of Patrick being angry because he can’t see his forehead, or the entire quote is altered so the text questions whether sometimething can be categorized as something it can not be categorized as.

    Origin

    On February 17, 2001 an episode of SpongeBob Squarepants aired titled “Patty Hype” witch featured Spongebob asking Patrick.



    Spread

    [researching]

    Various Examples

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]SpongeBob Wiki – Patty Hype


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  • 11/18/16--21:30: X but every Y is Z
  • About

    It’s led to believe that this meme originated from the “Nutshack Edit” meme, where everytime a certain word was said, particularly “nutshack” it would change the clip to another clip involving a different meme or Youtube Poop, but this has exceeded Nutshack edits and now similar edits are made of on the TV shows/Movies “We are Number One” from the childrens TV show LazyTown and the Bee movie.


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  • 11/10/16--09:37: Moving to Canada
  • About

    Moving to Canada is an idea often suggested by liberal American citizens in the wake of conservative victories in American government. Canada has more liberal institutions than the United States with regards to health care and LGBT laws.

    Origin

    As The Star[1] puts it, “As long as there has been America, there have been Americans moving to Canada,” citing how colonial loyalists fled to Canada after the Revolutionary War. It also cites how African Americans fled to Canada during the times of American slavery, Prarie pioneers went to Canada looking to settle its western territories, and draft dodgers who fled to Canada to escape fighting in the Vietnam war. The peak of American emigration to Canada came in 1974, when 27,932 Americans crossed the border.

    Spread

    Online, American emigration to Canada first had a swell after the 2004 Presidential Election, when George W. Bush defeated John Kerry. According to The Star,[2] the amount of hits on Canada’s immigration website was six times the normal amount the day following the election. In 2006, immigration to Canada reached a 30 year high. The popularity of the phrase led it to appear on popular satirical blog Stuff White People Like[3] in 2008. They described the phrase thusly:

    “It shows that (white people’s) dedication to their lifestyle and beliefs are so strong, that they would consider packing up their entire lives and moving to a country that is only slightly different to the one they live in now.

    2016 Presidential Election

    The phrase “move to Canada” spiked on Google trends[4] following Donald Trump’s victories on March 1st, 2016 (aka “Super Tuesday”) during the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary. Soon after, The Daily Dot,[5] Huffington Post,[6] Time,[7] and more published guides of how to move to Canada. The topic continued to be prevalent in the lead-up to election day, and featured a similar spike in media articles following Trump’s victory on November 8th, 2016. The night of the election, the Canadian immigration site crashed as it was flooded with visits.[8] In a monologue the night after the election, Stephen Colbert urged Americans to quit the "move to Canada rhetoric because “America is a family.”



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  • 11/10/16--10:46: Shadilay
  • About

    “Shadilay” is a 1986 Italo disco song by the Italian band P.E.P.E., which features an illustration of a green frog holding a magic wand in the album artwork for the single. After it was discovered by users on 4chan’s /pol/ board in September 2016, many hailed the song as proof of meme magic and the Prophecy of Kek due to the band’s name and frog illustration bearing similarities to Pepe the Frog.

    Origin

    In 1986, the music label Magic Sound released the single “Shadilay” by the band P.E.P.E. On November 17th, 2009, YouTuber Sinjanin Satirc uploaded the recording to YouTube (shown below, left). On September 13th, 2016, YouTuber breakintheline reposted the song under the title “/pol/ exclusive – P.E.P.E.- Shadilay” (shown below, right).



    Spread

    The following day, DJ Magaman uploaded a remix of the track to Soundcloud[1] (shown below).



    On September 15th, an article titled “The Truth About Pepe the Frog and the Cult of Kek” was released on Wordpress,[3] which described the song as “Kek/Pepe’s musical anthem.” The same day, YouTuber Soundae posted a vaporwave remix of “Shadilay” (shown below, left). On September 16th, YouTuber Succpapi uploaded another remix of the song playing in the background of an illustration of Donald Trump with animations of Pepe the Frog dancing in front of the words “Praise Kek!” (shown below, right).



    On October 19th, 2016, Urban Dictionary user kekmugwort submitted an entry for “shadilay,” defining it as a term used by followers of Kek to “praise the dark lord” (shown below).



    On November 9th, following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, a 4chan user submitted a post containing the song’s lyrics to the /pol/ board (shown below).



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  • 11/10/16--13:58: Brexit Toblerone
  • Overview

    Brexit Toblerone refers to an online backlash to the updated form of reduced-weight Toblerone chocolate bars, which some speculated were the result of surges in chocolate ingredient prices due to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union referendum.

    Background

    On October 15th, 2016, the Toblerone Facebook[4] page posted an announcement that they would be reducing the weight of two of their chocolate bars sold in the UK due to “higher costs for numerous ingredients” (shown below). Within one month, the post received more than 1,100 comments 1,000 reaction and 290 shares.



    Developments

    Online Reaction

    On October 29th, 2016, Twitter user Sharon Norman[8] posted a photograph of the new Toblerone shape along with the hashtags “#joke” and “#dissapointing” (shown below, left).[8] On November 8th, Twitter user James Melville[1] tweeted a photograph of the new Toblerone shape, comparing it to a “bicycle stand” and using the hashtag “#WeWantOurTobleroneBack”[6] (shown below, right). Within 48 hours, the tweet gathered upwards of 1,700 likes and 1,100 retweets.



    That day, other Twitter users began expressing disappointment with the chocolate bar’s update form factor, with some speculating it was the result of the Brexit referendum (shown below). Meanwhile, Redditor TOOSG submitted a post about the online reaction to the chocolate bar shape to /r/BritishSuccess,[5] where it received more than 8,300 votes (84% upvoted) and 350 comments in 48 hours.



    Toblerone’s Response

    On November 8th, Toblerone post a message on their official Facebook[2] page, claiming that the rises in the cost of ingredients forced the company to reduce their 400g chocolate bars down to 360g and their 170g bar to 150g. Within 48 hours, the post received more than 2,400 reactions, 1,000 comments and 300 shares.



    That day, the BBC published an article about the new chocolate bars, which included a statement from a spokesperson for the chocolate bar company claimingthe change “wasn’t done as a result of Brexit.” The following day, the company posted a photo to Facebook[3] showing what the new chocolate bar looks like, garnering upwards of 600 reactions and 120 comments over the next 24 hours (shown below).[3]



    News Media Coverage

    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the online backlash to the chocolate bar shape, including The Telegraph,[9]BBC[7] and The Verge.[10]

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  • 11/10/16--15:41: Andy's Coming
  • About

    “Andy’s Coming!” is a participatory video fad in which a group of people suddenly fall to the ground and play dead at the cue of someone yelling the memorable quote from the 1995 American computer-animated film Toy Story. The challenge went viral shortly after the Mannequin Challenge took off in early November 2016.

    Origin

    The “Andy’s Coming!” challenge initially surfaced on Pinterest as a viral hoax in March 2013, with an image macro featuring a group of Toy Story costumed characters at Disney World (shown below).



    According to the travel blog Temporary Tourist[2], the Toy Story crew at Disney World used to respond to the signal as a playful stunt while posing with visitors for souvenir photos, but the practice was apparently discontinued for safety reasons.



    Spread

    Between March and April 2013, several news sites and parenting blogs reported on the Disney World myth, including Orlando Sentinel. On October 30th, 2013, Viner Hunter Stricklin posted a clip of his friends recreating the scene while dressed in Toy Story character costumes for Halloween, which garnered over 77,000 views, 13,000 likes and 210 comments in the next three years (shown below).



    On February 21st, 2014, Snopes posted an article about the rumored stunt at Disney World, which classified the meme as an outdated practice, citing firsthand accounts from the employees at Disney World. In November 2016, the short-lived prank quickly transformed into a popular video fad on Vine, shortly after the viral takeoff of a similar meme known as the Mannequin Challenge. The spin-off challenge was subsequently covered by Mashable[6], Daily Dot,[7] and Tech Times,[8], among others.

    Various Examples



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  • 11/21/16--09:08: Yuri!!! on Ice
  • About

    Yuri!!! on Ice is a Japanese sports anime series about figure skating.[1] It follows the life of Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki who draws the attention of his idol, Russian figure skater Victor Nikiforov, after a secretly-recorded video of Katsuki doing one of Nikiforov’s routines is posted to the internet. Nikiforov decides to coach Katsuki as Katsuki takes on his rival, Yuri Plisetsky. The series is notable for its queer subtext in the homosexual undertones in the relationship between Nikiforov and Katsuki. The series is produced by MAPPA and directed by Sayo Yamomoto. It simulcasts on Crunchyroll as it airs in Japan.

    History

    The first trailer for Yuri!!! on Ice, shown below, appeared on Youtube on March 26th, 2016. The first episode of Yuri!!! on Ice aired October 5th, 2016. Currently, the show is in its first season. As of November 21st, 2016, seven episodes have been broadcast.



    Online Presence

    Yuri!!! on Ice quickly became popular in the anime community. On Twitter, @yurionice_pr[2] has over 174,000 followers. Two devoted Facebook fan accounts, “Yuri On Ice Anime”[3] and “Yuri On Ice Fans”[4] have over 74,000 and 24,000 likes, respectively.

    Reception

    Yuri!!! on Ice is extremely well reviewed. It currently has a rating of 4.9/5 on Crunchyroll,[5] where fans praise its accuracy with regard to competitive figure skating. This is due to the fact the show’s ice-skating routines are choreographed by retired ice dancer Kenji Miyamoto. Kotaku[6] credited the show’s popularity to the tender male relationship between the Nikiforov and Katsuki.

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  • 11/21/16--09:54: #NameAPenceMusical
  • About

    #NameAPenceMusical is a hashtag that spread following a performance of the musical Hamilton attended by Vice President-elect Mike Pence in which the cast of the show directly addressed Pence and asked him to be a president for all Americans, particularly people of color and members of the LGBTQ community. The hashtag takes the names of musicals and alters their titles to make fun of Mike Pence, particularly his conservative policies.

    Origin

    On the night of November 18th, 2016, the United States vice president-elect Mike Pence attended a showing of Hamilton with her daughter and her cousins at Richard Rodgers Theater in New York City. The Republican governor of Indiana’s attendance was met with mixed reaction from the rest of the audience, as seen in videos that later began circulating Twitter, as well as a special message from the cast of the show urging the incoming Trump administration to “work on behalf of all Americans.” The statement[1], which was spoken on-stage by actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Vice President Aaron Burr, read:




    “We, sir -- we -- are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” he said. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

    Shortly after the story spread on Twitter, the hashtag #NameAPenceMusical in which titles of popular musicals are altered so that they mock Pence’s conservative policies began spreading on Twitter. The first example of the hashtag was used by @WhizChem,[2] who noted the only musical Pence would be cheered at is “Springtime for Hitler,” the fake musical from the film The Producers.



    Spread

    The hashtag grew popular over the next two days as musical theater fans made puns marrying Pence’s conservative politics with names of musicals. The spread of the hashtag was covered by Buzzfeed,[3], Huffington Post,[4] Raw Story,[5] and more.

    Various Examples



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    About

    The National Registry for White Males is a satirical database project launched by Brooklyn resident Candace Thompson as a protest against the United States President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed plan to create a federal tracking system for Muslims living in the country.

    Origin

    In November 2015, Donald Trump stated he “would certainly implement” a database for tracking Muslims in the United States in an interview with NBC News (shown below).



    On November 15th, 2016, a week after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, Kris Kobach, the Secretary of State of Kansas who has been credited with designing anti-immigration laws in Arizona, said in an interview with Reuters that Trump’s immigration policy advisers have discussed drafting his controversial proposal of a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries. The next day, Carl Higbie, a former spokesman for a major Trump-supporting super PAC, further fueled the rumor of a religion-specific registry in the making by citing the mass internment of Japanese Americans during World War II as a legal “precedent” for the proposal during his appearance on Fox News.

    The Project

    That same day, Candace Thompson posted an announcement on Facebook[1] for her newly created, satirical registry for white men in the United States,[3] stating “Forgot the nation of Islam, our most immediate threat to domestic security is and always has been white, straight men.”



    “As you may or may not know, in America 57% of reported rapes and 64% of mass shootings were committed by white men,” she wrote. “Forty-five percent of all serial killers are white men. 1 in 3 women will experience some form of domestic violence during their lifetime, and 97% of those domestic violence perpetrators were men.”

    Spread

    That day, the AllWhiteMen[4] Tumblr blog and @allwhitemen[5] Twitter feed were launched to promote the art project. On November 18th, Thompson’s registry was posted in a thread on 4chan’s /pol/ (politically incorrect) board, where users discussed filling out the form with various fake names (shown below).[2]



    On November 21st, Thompson announced that 5,500 men had registered on the Google doc, noting that many had registered under the name “Hugh Mungus” (shown below). In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the art project, including The Huffington Post,[7] RT[8] and The Daily Dot.[9]



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  • 11/21/16--11:21: Team Nolan vs. Team Noah
  • About

    Team Nolan vs. Team Noah is a debate that spread through certain subreddits, particularly /r/teenagers, in the fall of 2016 after a user posted her sister’s list comparing her two crushes, Noah and Nolan.

    Origin

    On November 19th, 2016, user mgeagan19, who has since deleted her account,[1] posted a photograph to /r/teenagers of a list her 15 year old sister made comparing the positive qualities of Noah and Nolan in a thread titled “Lmao my sister’s comparison of her two crushes.”[2] She posted the second half of the list in a thread to “Part 2: lmao my sister’s comparison of her two crushes.”[3] The two photographs, shown below, gained nearly 4,000 points combined.



    Spread

    The threads generated much discussion on /r/teenagers as people debated whether Noah or Nolan were the better choice for this person to date. Users subscribed to the thread added “Team Noah” or “Team Nolan” to their handles. Some pointed out that because the writer of the list had already fantasized about the size of Noah’s penis, Nolan didn’t “stand a chance,” while others took into account that because Nolan is noted as “Not a Trump supporter,” he is the better option. A Strawpoll[4] was posted to the subreddit the same day by confused_aspie and generated over 3,000 votes in two days. As of November 21st, 2016, Nolan is winning 73%-27%. Reddit users also began making image macros based on the debate, and posts about the debate have populated the front page of /r/teenagers. A thread was posted to /r/OutOfTheLoop on the 20th by uberazn[5] asking about the origins of the Nolan vs. Noah debate and generated over 40 points.

    Various Examples



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  • 11/21/16--11:35: Low Cost Cosplay
  • About

    Low Cost Cosplay is a photo project by Bangkok, Thailand resident Anucha Saengchart, in which he is photographed wearing DIYcostumes created from various household items.

    Origin

    On December 17th, 2013, the Lowcostcosplay Facebook[1] page was launched, with the first post highlighting a photograph of Saengchart dressed as the character Spock from Star Trek (shown below). Within three years, the Facebook page gained over 1.42 million likes.



    Spread

    On March 12th, 2014, Kotaku[4] published an article about Saengchart’s photos titled “This Mans Terrible Cosplay Makes the Internet a Better Place.” On April 24th, 2015, Smosh[7] highlighted several notable Low Cost Cosplay photos. On November 24th, 2015 Redditor sundotkulangot uploaded a gallery of Saengchart’s cosplay photos to the /r/funny[2] subreddit, where it received upwards of 4,400 votes (82% upvoted) and 70 comments prior to being archived. On May 27th, 2016, the lowcost_cosplay Instagram feed was launched, with the first post featuring Saengchart dressed as the Overwatch character Tracer (shown below, left).[8] On October 10th, Tumblr user agito666[6] posted a comic titled “Low Cost Cosplay,” featuring the Overwatch character D.Va cosplaying as the character Sombra (shown below, right). That day, the comic was reposted to /r/Overwatch, where it gathered more than 1,800 votes (95% upvoted) within two months.



    On September 12th, 2016, the Lowcost Cosplay YouTube channel was launched, featuring instructional videos in which Saengchart demonstrates how to make the homemade costumes.



    On November 11th, Redditor Interestingasphuk posted a photograph titled “Low Cost Cosplay,” featuringa man wearing paintbrushes taped to his head to look like Adolf Hilter. Prior to being archived, the post gained more than 5,700 votes (87% upvoted) and 60 comments on /r/pics.



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  • 11/21/16--18:00: strawman balls
  • About

    Though its name is not agreed upon, being referred to as “meme ball”, “Strawman ball”, and “Picardia”, it is an image macro featuring strawman arguments against various political ideologies and beliefs. [1]

    Origin

    The original image used in the macro appears to originate the Argentinian website Taringa, where the image of a smiling face with sunglasses giving the “thumbs up” sign, known as “Picardía” and “Maquinola” became popular, featuring the character with text overlay on it.

    Spread

    The image was eventually used in An-Cap memes, to display strawman arguements against Anarcho-Capitalism. It eventually began to include various other ideologies, and even represents nations. [2]



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    WIP

    External References

    [1]archive.is – /pol/ thread discussing name of meme

    [2]archive.is – /pol/ thread featuring various examples


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  • 11/22/16--00:34: Hopeless dog
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    Overview

    Choi-Soo-Sil-Gate, also referred to as the Korean Rasputin Scandal in the Western media, is a major South Korean political scandal surrounding the incumbent president Park Geun Hye’s relationship with Choi Soon-Shil, a longtime friend of Park and the daughter of a shamanistic cult leader, who has been accused of multiple corruption charges and abuse of her influence as an unofficial special advisor to the president, including embezzlement, tax evasion and cronyism. Upon the public disclosure of Choi’s special relationship with Park in late October 2016, the news of the scandal immediately prompted a massive wave of protests across the country calling for the resignation of President Park.

    Background

    Choi Soon-sil has known Park Geun Hye since they were children in the early 1970s when Choi Tae-Min, Choi Soon-sil’s father and founder of South Korean pseudo-Christian cult Yongsae-Gyo, became a close mentor of Park’s father and the-then Korean military dictator Park Chung-Hee after the assassination of the First Lady in August 1974 (shown below).



    According to a quote attributed to Choi, the shamanic leader had claimed that he was able to communicate with Park’s dead mother. In the following decades, Choi continued to remain a core member of Park’s inner circle and gain political influence, which culminated after Park was elected the president of South Korea in 2013 and the subsequent appointment of her then-husband as the president’s chief of staff.



    The Expose

    The precise nature of the longtime friendship between Choi and President Park mostly remained under the radar until September 20th, 2016, when Korean news outlet Hankyoreh ran a profile article of Choi shortly after she was appointed the president of the Boards of Mir Foundation and K-Sports Foundation, two non-profit organizations that quickly rose to prominence with massive financial backings from the Federation of Korean Industries (KFI), a powerful corporate interest group.



    In the following weeks, many news outlets began raising questions about the nature of relationship between Choi and President Park, as allegations of wrongdoing against Choi came to public light, including abuse of her personal connections to blackmail public officials and embezzlement of public funds. By late October 2016, the news had been picked up by foreign news outlets, including the Associated Press[10], CNN,[8] The Washington Post[11] and The Guardian[9], many of which likened the controversy to a modern-day “Rasputinian” political scandal.

    Notable Developments

    Throughout mid-to-late October 2016, more testimonies from former staff members and aides of President Park’s administration accusing Choi of puppeteering and trying to influence the president’s decisions in domestic and international matters continued to emerge, coupled by a massive influx of online rumors about the mysterious shadow figure, which was largely fueled by the utter lack of information regarding her whereabouts.

    Allegations

    Some of the most damning accusations against Choi range from political puppeteering, embezzling more than $51 million (USD), coercing big businesses to donate money, money laundering, leveraging her influence to fill in key official positions and accessing classified and top secret documents without proper security clearance or authority, among others.

    Official Statement

    On October 25th, 2016, President Park Geun-hye publicly acknowledged her close ties with Choi. On October 28th, Park dismissed key members of her top office staff and Park’s opinion rating dropped to 5%, the lowest ever for any sitting South Korean president.

    Interview With Choi

    After months of hiding in Germany during the onset of the scandal, Choi spoke out in public for the first time in an exclusive interview with Naver News on October 27th, three days before she was called in for questioning by the federal prosecutors’ office.

    Investigation

    On November 20th, the South Korean prosecutors formally charged Choi on suspicion of interfering with state affairs and strong-arming companies into giving tens of millions of dollars to foundations and businesses under her control. Furthermore, the office revealed that it has reasons to suspect President Park Geun-hye had knowingly conspired in criminal activities, fueling the rumors of the opposition party’s motion towards impeachment.



    Impact

    Protests

    In the wake of the scandal, hundreds of thousands of South Korean citizens took their reaction to the streets with mass demonstrations in downtown Seoul, with many protesters calling for President Park’s immidiate resignation. On November 12th, an estimated crowd of over one million citizens attended the protest in Seoul, which has been since widely described as the nation’s largest anti-government protest since June 26th, 1987 during the dictatorship of Chun Doo-hwan.



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  • 11/22/16--08:28: Tweet Mashup
  • About

    Tweet Mashup[1] is a single-serving site created by Jonathan Adler with the help of Jess Eddy in which users can input the handles of two popular Twitter accounts and a generator will create a fake tweet mixing phrases from both accounts’ existing tweets.

    History

    Tweet Mashup was created by analytics engineer Jonathan Adler and designer Jess Eddy. The site launched on November 20th, 2016, when Adler announced the site was live on his personal Twitter account.[3] He posted a mashup of Jaden Smith’s Twitter account, @officialjaden, and @ch000ch, marking the first posted example of a Tweet mashup.


    The first mashup posted to twitter with the hashtag #TweetMashup came that day from @chitaqua.[2] It read “#TweetMashup getting too real @heatherklus http://tweetmashup.com : I miss Amanda every morning without fail and I’m ready to cry”.



    Spread

    The site spread quickly after its launch, as users found amusing accounts to mix together. Popular accounts to mash up include politicians such as Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Barack Obama, as well as popular Weird Twitter accounts @Dril and @tombrodude. On the 21st, the site was covered by The Daily Dot,[3] and on the 22nd, it was covered by The Next Web.[4]

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References


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