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  • 03/22/17--13:05: So Long Gay Bowser
  • About

    “So Long, Gay Bowser” is a misheard voice line uttered by the protagonist Mario during boss fights in the 1996 platform video game Super Mario 64.

    Origin

    During several boss fights in Super Mario 64, players must grab the antagonist King Bowser by the tail and spin him around several times before tossing him into a bomb (shown below). With each toss, Mario can be heard saying “So long, Bowser” in an Italian accent, which many have misheard as the line “So long, gay Bowser.” On August 17th, 2005, YTMND user Wizard created a page titled “So long, gay Bowser!“, featuring a GIF of Mario throwing Bowser along with audio of the voice line playing in the background



    Spread

    On May 26th, 2010, YouTuber SergeiEisenstein uploaded a video titled “So long, gay Bowser!”, featuring an edited gameplay clip of Mario repeatedly throwing Bowser while uttering the line in the boss fight (shown below).



    On August 1st, 2011, GameFAQs[1] member me4554 submitted a post titled “Does Mario really say ‘so long, gay bowser’?” to the Nintendo 64 forums. On November 16th, 2013, Tumblr user ryderremade[3] posted a photograph of a gravestone with the name “Bowser” engraved along with the caption “so long… gay bowser wipes tears” (shown below).



    On February 18th, 2014, a green text story about a child murdering a cat by throwing it against a wall while yelling “So long, gay Bowser!” was posted on 4chan (shown below). On June 29th, 2016, Redditor Somethingfishy4 posted a screenshot of the 4chan green text story to /r/greentext,[2] where it received upwards of 1,300 points (95% upvoted) and 50 comments prior to being archived.



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  • 03/22/17--14:29: Click By Adam Sandler
  • Click By Adam Sandler is a meme trend started by ROBLOX users Astralworks (Lionel LeBlanc), GetRogered (Charlie Bell), and Toni_Vercetti (Michael Le Memer). The meme involves taking the cover of the movie Click (2006) by Adam Sandler and cropping out the text and remote and replacing it with stupid things such as a Spider, a piece of wood, corn cob, pizza, etc.

    The name is always either the name of the object or something associated with it. The text in the top right (What if you had a Universal Remote… that controlled your Universe?) is replaced with (What if you had (blank)). Other memes sparked this including dancing Adam Sandler to the Minecraft theme song, Rob Schneider is the stapler, etc.

    The meme is spread by one person saying to another, “Have you seen Click by Adam Sandler?” and then proceeding to show them Click photoshop memes.

    Rob Schneider derp dee derp. Derp dee derpity derpy derp. Until one day, de derp da derpity derp derp. Derp da derp, ta teetley tum! (AAhh ahhhh!) From the creators of Der, and Tum ta tittally tum ta too, Rob Schneider is, Da derp dee derp da teetley derpee derpee dumb. Rated PG-13


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  • 03/22/17--17:53: Aloof Muslim
  • About

    [Researching]

    Origin

    That day, Twitter user @SouthLoneStar[2] tweeted a photograph of a woman wearing a head scarf while walking past an injured person, claiming she “pays no mind to the terror” (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet gained over 1,800 likes and 1,600 retweets.



    Spread

    On 4chan, users began photoshopping the picture, with many referring to her as “Aloof Muslim” and “Muslim Bitch” (shown below).

    Meanwhile, a photograph of a man walking past a similar scene from the attack was posted by the @Impeach_D_Trump[3] Twitter feed, suggesting that the photo of the woman was spreading due to Islamophobia (shown below). The following day, News.com.au[1] published an article about the online reaction to the photo.



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  • 03/23/17--08:05: Brad's Wife
  • Overview

    Brad’s Wife refers to the massive trolling of the social media accounts for American casual-dining chain Cracker Barrel after a man named Brad wrote a post on the Cracker Barrel Facebook page asking why his wife, Nanette, had been fired. It was later discovered that his wife had worked there for 11 years and was fired on his birthday, leading to massive, semi-sincere support of Brad and his wife.

    Background

    On February 27th, 2017, Bradley Reid Byrd announced on his personal Facebook page that his wife, Nanette, had been fired.[9] His post reads:

    “To say I’m pissed off would be an understatement. After 11 years, those low lifes at Cracker Barrel let my wife go. I would really like to know why and those of you who know me these days, know that I WILL find out. In the mean time, if any of you would like to know also, please go to their Facebook page and ask them. I would really appreciate it. Their half assed excuse was that she wasn’t working out. After 11 YEARS? Come on. This old boy is STORMING!!!! You can’t even get people to work 40 hours these days and her AVERAGE week was 50 to 60. Needless to say, we WILL be seeing an attorney soon. If anybody knows a good labor attorney, please let me know. Thank you. I’d better quit now before I go too far. By the way. The low life who fired her was Gwen Alexander.”

    On March 8th, 2017, Byrd posted a a comment to the Facebook page of Cracker Barrel saying “Today is my birthday. Why did you fire my wife?”[1] On March 14th, 2017,[2] he posted another comment on the Facebook page of Cracker Barrel asking “Why did you fire my wife?” While that original post is inaccessible, a screenshot is shown below.



    Developments

    After the second post, Byrd received support from fellow commenters who also wanted answers. A few commenters began responding to every Cracker Barrel post demanding justice for Brad’s Wife.



    Over the course of the next week, more commenters began responding to Cracker Barrel updates with jokes and wordplay that would turn every update into a query about Byrd’s wife. The ordeal went viral on March 22nd following a Facebook post by comedian Amiri King[3] that outlined the situation with dozens of screenshots of people trolling the Cracker Barrel Facebook page. That post gained over 34,000 likes and reactions and was shared over 76,000 times. This led to coverage from People Magazine,[4] Inquisitr,[5] BoredPanda,[6] an /r/OutOfTheLoop[7] inquiry, and more. It also led to jokes about Brad’s Wife and Cracker Barrel gaining thousands of likes in their Facebook page comments. A Change.org[8] petition demanding justice for Brad’s wife has nearly 10,000 signatures at the time of posting.



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  • 03/23/17--10:46: 2017 Westminster Attack
  • Overview

    The 2017 Wesminster Attack was a terror attack carried out by 52-year-old United Kingdom resident Khlaid Masood, who drove an automobile into pedestrians and fatally stabbed a police officer at the Palace of Westminster in London, England in late March 2017.

    Background

    On March 22nd, 2017, Masood drove a grey Hyundai car into several pedestrians and police officers near the Westminster Bridge in London. After exiting the car, Masood fatally stabbed police officer Keith Palmer, leading two plainclothes officers to fatally shoot him. A total of four people were killed in the attack, including two passers-by, one police officer and Masood.

    Developments

    Online Reaction

    ISIS

    Followers on several ISIS social media channel celebrated the attack, with many attributing it to retaliation for British airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.[5][6] That day, an ISIS-run Twitter account claimed responsibility for the attack, tweeting “A soldier for the Islamic State carried out the operation in answer to calls to target the people of coalition states.”



    We Are Not Afraid

    Following the attack, a London Underground logo with the phrase “We Are Not Afraid” written through the center began circulating online (shown below).[1]



    Additionally, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May addressed Parliament about the attack, echoing the phrase “we are not afraid” (shown below).




    Muslim Woman Photograph

    That day, Twitter user @SouthLoneStar tweeted a photograph of a woman wearing a head scarf while walking past an injured person, claiming she “pays no mind to the terror” (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet gained over 1,800 likes and 1,600 retweets. Meanwhile, a photograph of a man walking past a similar scene from the attack was posted by the @Impeach_D_Trump[4] Twitter feed, suggesting that the picture of the woman was spreading due to bigotry and Islamophobia (shown below, right).



    On 4chan, users began photoshopping the woman into photographs from other tragic events, with many referring to her as “Aloof Muslim” and “Muslim Bitch” (shown below).[7][8][9] The following day, News.com.au[2] published an article about the online reaction to the photo.



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  • 03/23/17--12:40: Bamboozle
  • About

    Bamboozle is a word which means “to deceive by underhanded methods” and “to confuse, frustrate, or throw off thoroughly or completely.”[1] It became popular slang on /r/me_irl in late 2016 in posts that asked for upvotes, as users made posts that said if the post gets a certain amount of upvotes, they will perform an action. In such posts, posters include “no bamboozle” to make it known their promise is sincere.

    Origin

    According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of “bamboozle” was in 1703. According to Wikitionary,[2] it’s an extension of the 17th century vernacular word “bam,” which means to trick or con. In 1710, famous author Jonathan Swift wrote an article on “the continual Corruption of our English Tongue” in which he complained about the word “bamboozle.” In internet history, the word first appeared on Urban Dictionary[3] on October 23rd, 2003 and gave a similar definition to the Merriam-Webster dictionary (shown below).



    Spread

    In Pop Culture

    Before gaining traction online, the word had some notable uses in popular culture. For example, in the Friends episode “The One With the Baby Shower,” the character Joey prepares to audition for a new game show called “Bamboozled.” Ross and Chandler help him by pretending to be contestants and though the game’s rules seem needlessly complex, they all get very into the game (shown below).



    There was also an alternative rock music festival named “The Bamboozle”[6] that went on annually from 2003-2012 in New Jersey. Both a board game[4] and a trivia-question app[5] have the name “Bamboozle.”

    Doggo Usage

    The word also grew popular as a slang word used in Doggo and Stop It Son You Are Doing Me a Frighten images as a word for “confuse.”



    me_irl Usage

    “Bamboozle” became a popular word on me_irl in posts asking for upvotes following a December 15th, 2016 post by user lordtuts[7] that claimed if his post got over 10,000 upvotes, he would get the next day’s top post on me_irl tattooed on his butt. The post gained over 72,000 upvotes. However, lordtuts did not follow through with his promise. On December 17th, he made another post calling the subreddit fools for thinking he’d get a tattoo on his butt for “fake internet points.” He then called the subreddit “easily bamboozled” (shown below).



    This started a wave of using the word “bamboozle” on the subreddit in posts promising actions in exchange for upvotes, as posters assured subreddit users that they would not “bamboozle” them as lordtuts did. This also inspired the creation of /r/NoMoreBamboozles, a subreddit devoted to monitoring such upvotes-for-action posts.[8] On March 22nd, user WhyNotFerret[9] posted a contract to me_irl to ensure a reduction in bamboozles.



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    External References

    [1]Merriam Webster – Bamboozle

    [2]Wikitionary – Bamboozle

    [3]Urban Dictionary – Bamboozle

    [4]Board Game Geek – Bamboozle

    [5]Google App Store – Bamboozle – Trivia Quiz Game

    [6]Wikipedia – The Bamboozle

    [7]Reddit – lordtuts post

    [8]Reddit – /r/NoMoreBamboozles

    [9]Reddit – No Bamboozlement Contract


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  • 03/23/17--12:56: Choose One Pill
  • About

    Choose One Pill is an image macro series featuring pictures of multicolored pills accompanied by descriptions of various super powers they will endow, which are often captioned with instructions for viewers to select only one of the pills.

    Origin

    On October 16th, 2012, an image titled “Which Pill Do You Choose” was highlighted on the internet humor blog electricrelaxation,[1] featuring eight different colored pills with descriptions of various super powers they provide (shown below).



    Spread

    On September 16th, 2015, an inforgraphic featuring different pill illustrations labelled with super powers was uploaded to the /r/teenagers[5] subreddit (shown below, left). On September 19th, a similar pill infographic was uploaded to 9gag, where it received upwards of 9,800 points and 1,800 comments over the next two years (shown below, right).



    On March 11th, 2016, an image featuring pills with both super powers and handicaps was uploaded to the internet humor site Memes.com[6] by user falcongiddy (shown below, left). On January 22nd, 2017, the Doggo de la froggo de la Snek Facebook[4] page posted a variation featuring photographs of dogs (shown below).



    On March 5th, Redditor JannsCo uploaded Choose One image featuring a purple pill with the description “kill every child under the age of 10 who owns an iPhone” to /r/dankmemes[2] (shown below, left). The following day, Redditor SnoeTheLeopard submitted an image featuring four different pills, with one providing the ability to “Ban ’you’ve been visited by’ posts“ to /r/me_irl[3] (shown below, right). Within three weeks, the posts gained over 23,400 points (91% upvoted) resepectively



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  • 03/23/17--13:18: Woody Woodpecker
  • About

    Woody Woodpecker is an anthropomorphic woodpecker, inspired by the acorn woodpecker and also resembling the pileated woodpecker, who appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz animation studio and distributed by Universal Pictures. Though not the first of the screwball characters that became popular in the 1940s, Woody is one of the most indicative of the type.

    History


    Pantry Panic (1941)


    Pantry Panic is the third animated cartoon short in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on November 24, 1941, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is also on 50 Classic Cartoons Volume 1.

    Who’s Cooking Who? (1946)


    Who’s Cookin’ Who? is the 17th animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on June 24, 1946, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures.

    Hypnotic Hick (1955)


    Hypnotic Hick is the 50th animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on September 26, 1953, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal International. It was Universal Pictures’ first animated project released in 3D.

    The New Woody Woodpecker Show (1999)


    The New Woody Woodpecker Show is an animated television series based on the original cartoon by Walter Lantz, produced by Universal Cartoon Studios and aired from 1999 until 2002 on Fox Kids (United States) and CBBC (UK). It is an updated version of The Woody Woodpecker Show with characters from the original series and a few new ones appearing in their own segments.


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    About

    Donald Trump’s Truck Photographs refer to pictures of President Donald Trump pretending to drive a truck in the White House driveway. The enthusiasm Trump seemed to show inspired jokes on Twitter.

    Origin

    On March 23rd, 2017, President Donald Trump met with leaders of the American Trucking Associations to have a listening session on health care.[1] The meeting came while a scheduled vote in the House of Representatives on repealing the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare, and passing the American Health Care Act was postponed due to lack of support. At the meeting, Trump was photographed wearing a button that read “I <3 Trucks,” and was later photographed pretending to drive and honk the horn of a truck parked in the White House driveway.



    Spread

    Immediately, Twitter users began joking about the photos, commenting on Trump’s apparent childlike enthusiasm for trucks while his party’s health care bill faced huge setbacks in congress. One of the more popular jokes was comparing the photograph of Trump pretending to drive intensely to the film Mad Max: Fury Road (example shown below).



    The jokes received a sizable amount of media attention that afternoon and the following morning, gaining coverage from Twitter Moments,[2] Daily Dot,[3] Select All,[4] and more.

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  • 03/24/17--08:34: The Worst Trade Deal
  • About

    The Worst Trade Deal is an image macro series featuring a screen captured image of Donald Trump captioned with the phrase “This has been the worst trade deal in the history of trade deals, maybe ever,” which is often accompanied by descriptions of humorous scenarios involving exchanges between two people.

    Origin

    During the first 2016 presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump held on September 25th, 2016, Trump described NAFTA“the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere” (shown below).



    On January 7th, 2017, Twitter user @tatummoleski[1] posted a screenshot of Trump captioned with “This has been the worst trade deal in the history of trade deals, maybe ever” along with the description "When you send him your highest quality nudes and all you get back is an ‘oh nice’ (shown below).



    Spread

    On January 21st, 2017, the @dabmoms[5] Instagram feed posted an image macro about splitting a check with a friend at a restaurant (shown below, left). On February 3rd, Redditor inlegit posted the Trump image along with a caption joking about receiving socks and underwear as Christmas gifts to /r/funny[4] (shown below, right).



    On March 22nd, Redditor Jaredrap posted the image with a joke about sending a “dick pic” to /r/dankmemes[6] (shown below, left). That same day, Redditor Ender14 submitted the image with the caption “When you send her your best quality memes but she replies with nudes instead of memes” to /r/dankmemes[3] (shown below, right). Within 48 hours, the posts gained over 32,000 votes (89% upvoted) and 3,900 votes (97% upvoted) respectively. Meanwhile, Redditor spanish_hello submitted a post asking if they should “invest” in the image macro series to the /r/MemeEconomy[2] subreddit.



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  • 03/24/17--10:31: Pepe Silvia
  • About

    Pepe Silvia is a reference to one of the most famous scenes of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia in which the character Charlie goes on a conspiratorial rant about how he believes a person named “Pepe Silvia” does not exist. The scene has gone on to be a favorite in the Always Sunny fandom and has found use as a reaction image on Twitter.

    Origin

    In the episode “Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack,”[1] which first aired on October 30th, 2008, characters Mac and Charlie get jobs in an office building in an attempt to gain on-the-job health insurance. Charlie works in the mail room of the building. Later in the episode, Mac goes to talk to Charlie in the mailroom and discovers Charlie visibly stressed about a supposed conspiracy involving someone named “Pepe Silvia.” According to Charlie, he has been receiving mail for a person named “Pepe Silvia,” who he believes does not exist (scene shown below).



    Spread

    The scene was an instant hit with Always Sunny fans. A month after it aired, IGN user russianhoodlum[2] posted a thread declaring it one of the best Always Sunny scenes to date. Shortly after the airing, a theory began to spread that Charlie, who is illiterate, was reading “Pennsylvania” as “Pepe Silvia,”[3] though that is unconfirmed. The rant grew popular enough it became the subject of some Always Sunny merchandise in 2016.[4]

    Fan Tributes

    The notoriety of the scene made it a popular subject for fan tributes in the form of fan art, animated renderings of the scene, and more. For example, on January 4th, 2010, YouTube user dominiqueDesign posted a Kinetic Typography Animation of the scene that gained over 62,000 views (shown below).



    On March 14th, 2017, YouTube musician David Dockery uploaded a video of himself playing drums along to the Pepe Silvia scene. The video went viral, gaining over 2.8 million views on Facebook,[6] as well as 440,000 views on YouTube.



    Twitter Use

    On Twitter, a screenshot of Charlie during the Pepe Silvia rant has grown as a popular reaction image when joking about conspiracy theories.

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    About

    It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Title Card Parodies are spoofs applying the title-card joke in It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia to various other situations. In the show, the title cards appear after a cold open and are often worded humorously to directly contradict the last line said before its appearance. In the parodies, an Always Sunny-esque title card is added to a non Always Sunny scene or quote, mimicking the dramatic irony of the show’s title-card joke.

    Origin

    The first episode of Always Sunny“The Gang Gets Racist,” aired on August 4th, 2005.[1] At the beginning of the show, the cast of characters meets a black man and the male characters attempt to prove to him that they’re not racist, leading to the punchline, a title card which reads “The Gang Gets Racist.”



    While it’s unclear when the parodies started, one of the earliest known examples was posted to Tumblr by balphesian[2] on July 27th, 2013, in a post that gained over 47,000 notes and referenced actor Always Sunny actor Charlie Day’s role in the action film Pacific Rim (shown below).



    Spread

    In the coming years, dozens of image and video parodies appeared online. In each example, the humor stems from the fact the viewer understands the outcome, and this dramatic irony is referenced in the title card. On July 25th, 2015, Redditor senntenial[3] posted a generator to the Always Sunny subreddit one could use to make their own title card. One of the most popular examples, posted by Jose Anaya, uses the card with the Star Wars prequels as its source material and gained over 1.5 million views (shown below).



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  • 03/24/17--13:57: Super Mario Run
  • About

    Super Mario Run is a Nintendo side-scrolling, auto-run video game for iOS and Android mobile devices, in which players control various characters in the Super Mario universe as they run through different 2D levels to collect coins.

    History

    On December 15th, 2016, Super Mario Run was released for iOS devices.[3] In the game, players control Mario as he runs through different levels by tapping the screen to make him jump in order to collect coins and avoid obstacles. Additionally, players can purchase items with in-game coins to customize their personal castle. On March 22nd, 2017, an Android version of the game was released on Google Play.[4]



    Online Presence

    On September 7th, 2016, the /r/SuperMarioRun[1] subreddit was launched for discussions about the game. That day, a page for Super Mario Run was created on the Mario Wiki.[2]

    On YouTube

    On November 24th, 2016, YouTuber Lele Pons uploaded a live-action Super Mario Run parody video, which gathered upwards of 19 million views and 9,900 comments within four months. On December 9th, YouTuber Crafting Guys uploaded a Minecraft-themed parody of Super Mario Run (shown below, right).



    On December 15th, YouTuber Trap Music NOW. uploaded a Super Mario Run-themed “trap music”: remix (shown below, left). On January 14th, 2017, YouTuber Shutter Authority uploaded another live-action parody titled “Super Mario Run In Real Life” (shown below, right). Within two months, the video gained over 4.88 million views and 440 comments.



    Reception

    Within one week of release on Apple’s app store, the game was downloaded more than 50 million times, making it the fastest-growing app in iOS history. Initially, the game was met with criticism for its $10 price and the requirement that players have a working internet connection to play the game.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Reddit – /r/SuperMarioRun

    [2]Mario Wiki – Super Mario Run

    [3]iTunes – Super Mario Run

    [4]Google Play – Super Mario Run


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  • 03/16/17--11:18: Harimau Lucu
  • About

    Harimau Lucu (“Cute Tiger”) is a nickname given to the statue of a grinning tiger that had been on display at the entrance of a military base located in the small village of Garut, West Java. While the statue was meant to reflect the mascot of the Indonesian military division in garrison, it became a widespread subject of online parodies due to the tiger’s cartoon-like appearance in March 2017. Shortly after the tiger statue went viral, it was replaced with another sculpture of a tiger by the Indonesian military.

    Origin

    The statue of the tiger (shown below, left) was originally erected in 2011 at the entrance of the Indonesian Army’s Siliwangi Military Command base in Garut, West Java. On March 11th, 2017, Twitter user Vincent Candra uploaded a photograph of the statue along with the caption “what the hell is this tiger?” (shown below, left). The tweet soon went viral, bringing the little known statue out of its obscurity and into the spotlight of the Indonesian social media, where many joked about its inadequate and even comical portrayal of the Indonesian army division’s official mascot (shown below, right).



    According to a statement released by the division commander Maj. General Herindra, the tiger was sculpted by a local artist “a long time ago in Cisewu district,” though much of the details remain unknown.

    Spread

    In the following days, the tiger statue became a popular subject of jokes and photoshopped parodies, ultimately giving rise to nicknames like Harimau Humanis[3] (Tiger Humanist) and Harimau Lucu (Cute Tiger). On March 13th, Indonesian comic illustrator @JukiHoki tweeted several photographs of other awkwardly sculpted tiger statues on display at various military bases across the country, garnering nearly 400 retweets in four days.

    Removal of Statue

    On March 12th, a reporter for the Indonesian news site Brilio reached out to the Indonesian Army on Twitter for comments regarding the viral popularity of the statue. That same day, an Indonesian Army spokesperson acknowledged by replying that it was indeed funny, though it has been since deleted from the account.[2] Meanwhile, Colonel Desi ARH of the Siliwangi Military Command released a statement announcing that the tiger statue will be replaced.



    On March 13th, the statue was physically removed from the site of display by the Indonesian Army. Later that day, several photographs of Indonesian military personnel demolishing the tiger with chisels were uploaded to Twitter by @flutulangng.[2]


    Online Reaction

    Following the removal of the statue, many Indonesians who partook in the joke responded with tongue-in-cheek commentaries and posthumous tributes, while some expressed sadness and guilt for partaking in a joke that ultimately resulted in the disappearance of the tiger. The Facebook page Kementerian Humor Indonesia (Indonesia’s Humour Ministry) posted a cartoon in homage to the fallen tiger.[5]



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  • 03/26/17--08:24: Lighting McQueen's Death
  • About

    Lightning McQueen’s Death refers to the first trailer for the 2017 film Cars 3 which shows the main character, Lightning McQueen, being involved in a severe accident during a race. Due to the tone of the trailer and the severity of the accident, jokes were made saying that Lightning McQueen had died.

    Origin

    The scene is first shown in the first Cars 3 trailer, posted on YouTube on November 21st 2016.



    Spread

    The next day, tumblr user speedmifune posted a series of black-and-white stills of Lightning McQueen, including of the crash, with the words “Rest In Peace Shitlips” over them and the caption “Lightning McQueen 2006-2017” (shown below).[7] In 4 months it received over 17,000 notes.




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  • 03/27/17--06:40: Dr. Alexis Leskinen
  • About

    Dr. Alexis Leskinen (アレクシス・レスキネン in Japanese) is one of the supporting characters in the Visual Novel Steins;Gate 0. He is the head of the neuroscience division at Viktor Chondria University in America and throughout the story continues to help on the Amadeus AI project. He is well known by the Steins;Gate community for his obsession with Japanese Shaman Girls and a series of memorable quotes.

    Origin

    Leskinen first appears in the first chapter of Steins;Gate 0, Absolute Zero. During the first chapter, he presents Amadeus, the ground-breaking new AI that can backup and utilize the memories of humans, along with his assistant Maho Hiyajo. It is during this sequence when it becomes apparent that Leskinen has underlying perversions, as he pokes a variety of sexual jokes at her. Later in the game, it is revealed that Leskinen has a severe obsession with miko-clothed females when he becomes agitated with the protaganist, Okabe Rintaro, after missing the Shaman Girls at Yanabayashi Shrine.

    Spread (SPOILERS)

    On December 23, 2016, redditor darksoulflame posted an image of Leskinen pointing a gun while asking his most infamous phrase, “Where are the Japanese Shaman Girls, Lintahlo?” The post received 116 upvotes and is considered to be the grandfather of the current Leskimeme uprising. On January 7, 2017, redditor immallama received 123 upvotes for a small comic depicting Leskinen trying to pry the location of the Shaman Girls from an infant. In addition, his other quotes like “Holy Cow! So I said we should come soon.” and “Awesome! He’s really something!” have also been memed because of their subpar grammar.

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  • 03/27/17--07:59: #NotMyRodrick
  • Overview

    #NotMyRodrick is a social media hashtag protesting the casting of actor Charlie Wright as the character Rodrick Heffley in the upcoming film Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.

    Origin

    The team behind the original three Diary of a Wimpy Kid films previously stated that there were no plans to create a fourth film in the series due to the aging of the actors. On July 29th, 2016, a fourth movie in the series with an entirely new cast was announced. On March 16th, 2017, the 20th Century Fox YouTube channel uploaded a trailer for the upcoming film Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, in which Wright (shown below).



    In the comments, many lamented that Wright had replaced actor Devon Bostick for the role of the character Rodrick Heffley. Additionally, the trailer gathered upwards of 11,300 dislikes against 1,800 likes over the next 10 days.

    Spread

    In the coming days, Twitter users began protesting Wright’s casting in tweets with the hashtag #NotMyRodrick,[3] a parody of the anti-Trump hashtag #NotMyPresident (shown below).



    On March 23rd, a petition titled “Not My Rodrick” was created on iPetitions,[1] which complains that Wright “looks like Johnny Depp Willy Wonka.” Over the next 72 hours, the petitions gained over 10,000 signatures.



    On March 25th, YouTuber Myth upload a video titled “Not my Rodrick #Notmyrodrick” (shown below, left). The following day, YouTuber mitchell kim uploaded a clip of Bostick wishing Wright “all the best” as the new Rodrick in the film series (shown below, right). Meanwhile, Redditor Fisbian submitted a post claiming that “Not My Rodrick” memes were “a hot investmen” to /r/MemeEconomy.[4] On March 27th, The Sun[2] published an article about the #NotMyRodrick campaign.



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    Please Do Not Swear On My Profile Thanks is a phrasal meme added onto profile pictures on Instagram and Facebook sarcastically asking visitors to not use curse words in comments on their page.

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    The first picture to use “Please Don’t Swear On My Profile” placed the text in impact font over an angry-looking pre-teen boy, YouTuber sammyclassicsonicfan (shown below). The earliest recorded post was by the Instagram page meme_plug[1], who posted it on January 21st, 2017.



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    On February 21st, Instagram meme page croissant_memes_for_sale[2] posted a picture of Joe Swanson from Family Guyphotoshopped onto Peter Griffin’s body with the text (shown below).



    According to Buzzfeed News,[3] this image inspired Jack Salamanders of Weird Facebook page Senate Salamander to create a filter using Facebook’s Camera Effects tool[4] that puts “Please Do Not Swear On My Profile Thanks” in an oval shape over users’ profile pictures (ex: shown below).



    The filter was spread widely through Facebook in late March.

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    Spider-Man 2 Pizza Delivery Theme is a series of remixes based around the background music of the pizza delivery missions on the console version of the Spider-Man 2 video game.

    Origin

    On June 28, 2004, in preparation for the theatrical release of the Spider-Man 2 film, the video game tie-in for the film was released. The game involved Peter Parker, as Spider-Man, traversing through New York City where he stops crime, helps citizens in peril, take pictures for the newspaper “The Daily Bugle” and performs other series of tasks, all the while keeping in pace with the plot of the Spider-Man 2 film, along with some added characters from the comic series as padding for the story.
    One of the side missions Parker is able to partake in is a series of pizza delivery missions for Mr. Aziz. Parker must deliver the pizzas to potential customers, while trying to keep the pizzas intact as Spider-Man. During the missions, the infamous theme plays as Spider-Man delivers the pizzas to his customers.

    The track itself is an arrangement of Neapolitan song “Funiculì, Funiculà,” composed by Luigi Denza in 1880, with lyrical accompaniment given by Peppino Turco. The track itself was remixed into the Spider-Man 2 video game soundtrack specifically for the pizza delivery missions.

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    Usage of the Spider-Man Pizza Delivery Theme began turning up in early summer of 2016 and modestly appearing over the course of the year in other remixes. The meme itself wouldn’t gain traction until late January to mid February, with remixes spawning on YouTube at a more common rate, utilized in Italian stereotyping and replacement remixes.

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    Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell is a song by Satirical Hip-Hop group Das Racist in which the group repeats the lyric “I’m at the Pizza Hut. I’m at the Taco Bell. I’m at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” over and over. The song’s humorous nature inspired image macros and snowclones referencing the song.

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    The line first appeared on the Kool AD song “I Zimbra,”[1] released on November 16th, 2006. According to the band, while performing the song at one of their first shows, the crowd began chanting the line, inspiring the creation of the song.[3]“Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” began circulating online in 2008[2] and began generating interest over the following two years. In June 2009, the group was interviewed by The Village Voice and talked about the creation of the song, and said:

    “The line actually comes from an older song of mine called “I Zimbra,” and at one of our first shows, we were doing that song and then just started repeating that line over and over, and people seemed to like it, because people seem to like dumb shit. I know I like dumb shit. We did it in one take on the same mic in our friend’s basement like a week later. There are always a number of substances involved."

    It was later included on Das Racist’s 2010 debut mixtape, Shut Up, Dude.



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    The song began becoming a reference in jokes on Tumblr in 2012. On June 19th, bunnytier-blog[4] posted a joke satirizing the Hey Girls, Did You Know meme by saying ones boobs belong at the Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in a post that gained over 14,000 notes.



    Around the same time, the Steven Universe fandom included references to “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” as part of the Dipper Goes to Taco Bell meme.



    Over time, “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” became a snowclone on Tumblr and Twitter in which either Pizza Hut and Taco Bell are replaced. Tumblr meme documentation blog memearchives[5] on August 26th, 2015.

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