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  • 04/09/17--14:50: Easter Toad

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    About

    Paid $40 For This. Did I Get Ripped Off? is a meme popular on 4chan which involves a user posting an image of a silly object and saying how much they paid for it, then sarcastically asking fellow commenters to give their input on whether or not they were overcharged for the product.

    Origin

    On June 2nd, 2015, Twitter user @sam_reginald[3] tweeted an image of a small green bird, asking, “what kind of weed is this?” The tweet gained over 28,000 retweets and 40,000 likes.



    That picture was used in the first post to use the “Did I Get Ripped Off?” joke format. On January 9th, 2017, an anonymous 4chan user posted the picture of the bird, saying that he had paid $20 for it and wondering if he had been “ripped off.” Though the thread is lost, the image is timestamped on January 9th and was posted to funnyjunk[1] on January 14th (shown below).



    Spread

    Over the following months, the joke would appear in various other formations, sometimes in reference to marijuana, though it grew to incorporate other objects. On April 6th,[2] the joke was posted with a small amount of marijuana.



    It continued to appear on 4chan through the 10th, when several variations were posted to 4chan’s s4s (Shit 4chan Says) board.

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    Unavailable

    External References

    [1]Funnyjunk – 4chan screenshot

    [2]TheBArchive – “Did I Get Ripped Off?”https://thebarchive.com/b/thread/728200243

    [3]Twitter – @sam_reginald tweet


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  • 04/10/17--05:46: Drawfee
  • About

    Drawfee is a web-series created by Caldwell Tanner and Nathan Yaffe (of Collegehumor fame) wherein they “Take dumb ideas and make even dumber drawings”. The series got its start on Collegehumor’s official Facebook page but spun off into its own channel in 2014. Since then the channel has amassed over 500,000 subscribers and nearly 40,000,000 views.

    Series

    What Should We Draw?



    What Should We Draw? is Drawfee’s spin-off podcast on the Headgum network. The series launched in 2016 and aimed to “Use the art of conversation to make art about a conversation”, using their time on the air to come up with a comic idea that would be drawn and posted to whatshouldwedraw.com, after the episode has aired. This series regularly features guests such as Adam Conover from “Adam Ruins Everything” and Magnolia Porter notable for her work on “Undertale”.

    Drawfee Beans


    Drawfee Beans are a series of unedited videos posted to the Drawfee Facebook page every weekday. The series was originally meant to be Facebook exclusive but episodes occasionally release on the Drawfee YouTube channel when Drawfee’s main hosts are on vacation.

    Drawga


    Drawga is a series with an ongoing storyline started by Drawfee in 2015. While the first season took on a “choose your adventure format” (tabulating votes after each episode to determine where the story picks up in the next), season 2 is based on Dungeons and Dragons with Drawfee regulars, Nathan, Julia, and Jacob serving as party members and Caldwell serving as Dungeon Master.




    Knock-Offs


    Knock-Offs is a series wherein the Drawfee crew create bad versions of characters from popular cartoon, video game, and movie series. The series started off in 2016 with a video called “Knock-Off Steven Universe Characters” but has since gone on to feature knock-off versions of Gravity Falls, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Adventure Time, Suicide Squad, Rick and Morty, Spongebob Squarepants, The Fairly Oddparents (with series creator, Butch Hartman, as a guest) and The Legend of Zelda.

    Pokémon From Memory



    Pokémon From Memory is a series wherein the Drawfee hosts must draw species of Pokémon based only on name and a few vague hints. The first episode in this series has amassed over 2,000,000 views and sits as The Drawfee Channel’s most popular video to date.

    Bad JRPG



    Bad JRPG is a series wherein the Drawfee hosts brainstorm various elements (characters, classes, enemies, etc) of their terrible fictional (for now) RPG, “The Legend of Krys”.

    Draw Class


    Draw Class is a series of educational videos done by Drawfee meant to teach viewers how to draw.

    Characters

    Porfo


    Porfo is a recurring character on The Drawfee Channel, first appearing in the episode “We Play Apples to Apples #5”. He started off as a member of a boyband called Favboi’s but has since devoured the rest of the band to produce a solo album and a holiday movie called “Porfo Saves Christmas”. You can read more about Porfo’s lore (or “lore-fo”) on The Drawfee Wiki.

    Spheal


    Spheal was created on the first episode of “Drawing Pokémon From Memory” when series co-host, Julia Lepetit, tried to draw the Pokémon of the same name. He has a job working at Kiosk in the mall


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  • 04/10/17--05:58: Neoliberalism

  • About

    Neoliberalism refers to a school of economic and political thought that arose during the early twentieth century, favoring free market and free trade solutions to problems. The term is frequently used in a derogatory manner by skeptics of free market-orientated philosophies, particularly that of Weird Twitter progressives and socialists, but has also been adopted by several online communities.

    Background

    One of the first definitions of neoliberalism, formalized in 1938 by the Colloque Walter Lippmann,[1] was as a doctrine involving “the priority of the price mechanism, free enterprise, the system of competition, and a strong and impartial state”. Neoliberalism shares many social goals with progressivism, but splits on economics due to the former’s support for corporations and free trade agreements such as the TPP. To this end it shares many priorities with libertarianism, however the two ideologies also have irreconcilable differences due to neoliberalism’s belief in the necessity of statism and occasional government intervention.

    Related People and Events

    Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party candidate in the 2016 United States Presidential Election, has frequently been described as a politician with neoliberal beliefs and/or neoliberal allies.[2][3]

    Trans-Pacific Partnership

    The TPP was a multilateral free trade agreement often cited as a priority of neoliberal advocates of economic globalization.

    Criticisms

    Neoliberal is often criticized by progressives and socialists as being hypocritical, as right-wing economics cause the social issues the philosophy claims to care about. One popular tweet by @crushingbort mocks the idea of being “fiscally conservative but socially liberal.”



    In general, neoliberalism has also been the target of leftist sections of twitter and Weird Twitter, particularly several pundits and news publications. Frequent neoliberal targets of criticism include New York Times writer Paul Krugman, New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait, Vox writer Matty Yglesias, and Vox in general.



    Related Memes

    While a majority of memes revolving around neoliberalism portray it in a negative light, on reddit, the /r/neoliberal[4] subreddit has made ironic and sincere memes portraying it in a positive light. Examples of both negative and positive memes shown below.



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  • 04/10/17--06:40: #KushnerAtWar
  • About

    #KushnerAtWar is a hashtag referring to a series of photographs of White House Senior Adviser and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner visiting Iraq. The pictures depicting Kushner in a suit and bulletproof vest are generally accompanied by jokes about Kushner’s wealth in juxtaposition to war.

    Origin

    On April 2nd, 2017, Jared Kushner landed in Iraq[1] to meet with military officials regarding their fight against ISIS. Two days later, while visiting Qayyarh West Airfield in Iraq, Kushner was photographed wearing sunglasses and a bulletproof vest while wearing a blazer, button-up shirt, and khakis. Many online found the dichotomy between Kushner’s physical appearance and his surroundings a reflection of his inexperience regarding military situations, despite being an adviser on such matters.



    Spread

    On April 6th, a backlash regarding Kushner’s attire in the photographs started on Twitter. Users online found Kushner’s dress inappropriate.[2]



    Two days later, journalist Louise Mensch[3] tweeted a photograph from Kushner’s meeting, requesting captions under the hashtag “#KushnerAtWar.”



    Throughout the day on April 8th, #KushnerAtWar trended as users posted photographs of Kushner’s trip with captions that generally took a war-related film or book and inserted a reference to Kushner’s wealth and privilege.[4]



    Notable Examples





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    Overview

    The iBUYPOWER Match-Fixing Scandal refers to the controversy surround the former Counter Strike:Global Offensive team, Team iBUYPOWER, who had deliberately lost a CEVO Professional League match versus NetCodeGuides.com. Later, it emerged that the players and managers had used the skins betting site CSGOLounge to place large bets against themselves[1]. The resulting fallout lead to Valve permanently banning 7 individuals from its sponsored tournaments, which has sparked debate over the harshness of the bans, as well as numerous jokes about the players and the throw.

    Background

    Team iBUYPOWER

    iBUYPOWER entered the competitive CSGO scene in late 2013, with a team consisting of the US players Skadoodle (Tyler Latham), DaZeD (Sam Marine), anger, adreN, and Canadian player AZK (Keven Lariviere)[2]. The roster changed multiple times over the course of 2014 – At the time of the NetCodeGuides.com match, their roster included swag (Braxton Pierce) and steel (Joshua Nissan) replacing adreN and anger. They enjoyed success in American tournaments, winning CEVO Season 4 and 5, as well as the ESEA Global Finals Season 15, and were tipped as the “North American Super-team”. However, their performance at majors was disappointing, failing to make the playoffs in all 4 major events they attended. steel left the team in November 14, and the entire squad was disbanded at the start of 2015, with rumors that some of the squad were to form a new team under the organization Evil Geniuses.

    Match versus NetCodeGuides.com

    On the 21st of August 2014, iBUYPOWER faced off against NetCodeGuides.com in the Group Stage of the CEVO Professional league, on the map de_season[3]. Despite being heavy favourite, iBP were beaten thoroughly 16-4. Immediately, spectators of the game noticed unusual behaviour from the iBP players. Accusations of a throw were made by some, but the event was largely ignored until January 2015. iBUYPOWER went on to win the entire tournament[4].



    Notable Developments

    Richard Lewis’ Article

    On the 16th of January, esports journalist Richard Lewis published an article on the match in question on the Daily Dot website[5]. In the article he revealed various pieces of leaked evidence showing that iBUYPOWER members had placed high value bets against themselves and deliberately lost the match. He and CSGOLounge employee Courtney Timpson were able to identify a large number of unusually high volume bets by Duc “cud” Pham and Derek “dboorN” Boorn, who were connected to members of iBP. The article was confirmed by Cloud9 player “ShahZaM” (Shahzeeb Khan) who had been advised by Netcodeguides.com founder Casey Foster that the match would be thrown and had also placed a bet against the team.

    Valve’s Bans

    On January 26, 2015, Valve released a commentary on the incident, Integrity and Fair Play[6], which announced the indefinite bans of four of the iBP players in addition to the orchestrators of the fix. Valve was able to confirm details in the article by Lewis through inspection of inventories and transactions, noting that many high value items won during bets were transferred through to the banned individuals. In all, seven individuals were indefinitely banned from participation in any capacity in Valve-sponsored events. Valve clarified that the bans are permanent on January 5, 2016, in A Follow Up to Integrity and Fair Play[7]. Numerous websites reported on the bans including Kotaku[8], Rock Paper Shotgun[9], PC Gamer[10] and various others. The original Daily Dot article was linked to the r/GlobalOffensive subreddit, where it received ~4000 upvotes[11].

    The individuals permanently banned from Valve-sponsored events includes:

    Duc “cud” Pham
    Derek “dboorN” Boorn
    Casey “caseyfoster” Foster
    Sam “DaZeD” Marine
    Braxton “swag” Pierce
    Keven “AZK” Larivière
    Joshua “steel” Nissan

    Skadoodle was the lone iBP player to remain unbanned, as he had declined to share a profit in the throw.

    On August 31, 2015, Richard Lewis published an open letter to Valve on Daily Dot, in which he condemned Valve for leaving the players in a state of uncertainty regarding the future of their careers due to the “indefinite” nature of the bans[12].

    CSGO Community Reacts

    Community reactions to the bans were mixed. While some praised Valve for working to stamp out match-fixing, others were critical of the harshness of the bans. One critisism was of Braxton “swag” Pierce’s ban, with some claiming that his permanent ban was unjustified given his younger age and that he was likely pressured into the throw by his more experienced teammates. Youtube channel Nerdgazm CSGO published a video from CSGO caster Semmler’s stream, where he discussed the iBP bans, saying that ‘Steel and DaZeD should burn’ for being the ringleaders, as well as ‘ruining’ swag’s career, who was tipped as a future star player.

    Other parts of the community were quick to make jokes about the ex-iBP squad. On July 31st 2015, youtube channel Vital CSGO published a video titled ‘When I’m iBuyPower’ – a spin-off of ‘When I’m Bored. In just under 2 years, the video accumulated over 500,000 views and ~4,900 likes.



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  • 04/10/17--07:30: Laundry Sauce
  • About

    Laundry Sauce is a slang term for laundry detergent. After being used in a viral tweet in the fall of 2016, it became the subject of jokes in various popular meme templates at the beginning of 2017.

    Origin

    While “laundry sauce” had been used as a name for homemade laundry detergent products prior to the fall of 2016,[1] it did not begin spreading as a meme until September 14th, 2016, when Twitter user @BRENTHOR[2] tweeted “Who the fuck call laundry sauce ‘detergent’? Ok mr scientist lmao.” The tweet, shown below, has gained over 41,000 retweets and 69,000 likes as of April 10th, 2017.



    Spread

    As the tweet went viral, it was applied to various meme templates. The first few popular examples were made using 10 Guy, aka “Stoner Stanley.”



    At the start of 2017, Laundry Sauce memes began appearing in popular meme templates on various meme-focused subreddits. On February 14th, alecdude16 posted an Expanding Brain joke to /r/dankmemes,[3] where it gained over 600 points (shown below).


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    Laundry Sauce jokes have also been used with Sleeping Shaq and Who Would Win? templates. The original tweet has also been referenced on Twitter as people refer to detergent as “laundry sauce.”

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Budget101 – Mom’s Super Laundry Sauce

    [2]Twitter – @BRENTHOR

    [3]Reddit – Laundry Sauce


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    Overview

    United Airlines Force Passenger Removal refers to the controversial ejection of a passenger from a United Airlines flight, after the airline informed the plane that they would be randomly selecting ticket-holders to give up their seats.

    Background

    On April 9th, 2017, a video of police forcing a United Airlines passenger off of flight 3411 went viral on Facebook and Twitter. After boarding the plane at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the airline overbooked the flight and requested four ticket-holders give up their seats for four United employees. When no one volunteered, United randomly selected four passengers for removal. One of those passengers claimed to be a doctor who needed to get to Kentucky to meet with patients. When he refused to give up his seat, police forced him out of his seat and dragged him off the plane.

    Twitter user @JayseDavid,[1] a passenger on the flight, posted a video of the removal to Twitter (shown below). In the post, he writes, “@United overbook #flight3411 and decided to force random passengers off the plane. Here’s how they did it.” The tweet received more than 29,000 retweets and 18,000 likes.



    @JayseDavid tweeted about the incident and described the man as being knocked out during the removal.



    Developments

    Within hours of the event, the video was number one on the /r/videos subreddit,[10] receiving more than 49,000 points (93% upvoted) and 6,500 comments.

    On April 10th, United Airlines released a statement to Business Insider,[2] They wrote:

    “Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologize for the overbook situation. Further details on the removed customer should be directed to authorities.”

    Later that day, United CEO Oscar Munoz released a statement on Twitter.[7]



    Twitter published a moment regarding the event, documenting videos and reactions to the incident.[8] The video and reactions were covered by major press outlets, such as The Washington Post,[3] BuzzFeed,[4] Uproxx,[5] The New York Times,[6], and NPR.[9]

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  • 04/10/17--10:27: #SpicerSpinsMoviePlots
  • About

    #SpicerSpinsMoviePlots is a Twitterhashtag used to mock the way White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer offers a positive viewpoint on bad news surrounding the administration of President Donald Trump during his press conferences by offering positive viewpoints on famous characters and scenes from popular films.

    Origin

    On April 5th, 2017, @2GirlsAndATag[1] tweeted “Sean can spin any Press Briefing to the GOP’s favor. How about movies? Let’s play… #SpicerSpinsMoviePlots via @HashtagRoundup.” The tweet gained modest spread, but the hashtag quickly began to trend on Twitter.



    Spread

    According to Keyhole,[2] over the following week, 703 tweets were shared with the hashtag, reaching over 1.3 million users (shown below).



    The most popular examples tended to be about major blockbuster films, such as Star Wars, Titanic and The Lion King (examples shown below). The hashtag was covered by The Daily Dot[3] on April 7th.



    Various Examples



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  • 04/10/17--10:43: Inter-Dimensional-Space-Port
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  • 04/10/17--12:18: Eric Monkman
  • About

    Eric Monkman is a Canadian economics student at Wolfson College in Cambridge, England, who gained much online notoriety as a passionate and intense contestant on the British quiz show University Challenge.

    History

    On September 19th, 2016, Monkman appeared as a contestant on University Challenge, during which he served as captain for his team from Wolson College (shown below).



    Online Presence

    That evening, fans of Monkman began posting tweets about his appearance on the show (shown below).



    Also on September 19th, 2016, YouTuber wtpcomedy uploaded a montage of Eric Monkman clips with the 1984 electropop song “Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler playing in the background (shown below). The following day, the internet humor site Unilad[3] and the news site Daily Mail[4] posted articles about the online reaction to Monkman.



    On February 20th, 2017, the Eat.Edit.Repeat channel posted a remix video featuring edited clips of Monkman’s University Challenge appearances (shown below, left). That day, The Huffington Post[5] published an article about Monkman’s online fame, noting that he begins trending on Twitter every time he appears on University Challenge. On March 26th, the Eat.Edit.Repeat channel uploaded another Monkman remix video (shown below, right).



    On April 1st, Redditor thank-you-raymond uploaded a fan illustration of Monkman to the /r/BritishTV[1] subreddit (shown below, left). Two days later, Instagram user @traffors[7] posted a parody of the Obey Giant graffiti with an illustration of Monkman (shown below, right). On April 8th, The Telegraph[6] published an article highlighting notable internet memes featuring photographs and depictions of Monkman. As of April 2017, Monkman has accumulated upwards of 10,000 followers on Twitter.[2]



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  • 04/10/17--14:41: Who The Fuck Is Twatical
  • “Who The Fuck Is Twatical” is a widely spread meme over the Pacifist Duck / Let It Grow (The Lorax) community. Twatical is a YouTuber with over 3000 subscribers and makes a variety of memes on YouTube(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKEzqCvqYXv7ea548x07KPQ)
    The orgin of this meme comes from popular YouTuber Pyrocinical (http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/people/pyrocynical) and also on DIscord. When YouTuber Pacifist Duck (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3Afj8DuNUu2PV74fJGw-Fw) invited Pyro to his Discord server, Pyro went on a voice channel and Pacifist Duck asked if he knows Twatical. Pyro responds and says the line " Who The Fuck Is Twatical?"
    The spread of this meme came from YouTuber Pacifist Duck. On Feb 17, 2017, he uploaded a video called “Who f*ck is Twatical.mp4” which has 3000 views at the time.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDC-S1zWets
    after that, people started spamming the line to Twatical on twitter, and he wanted people to stop.
    On Feb 24, 2017, Pacifist Duck uploaded ANOTHERVIDEO called “who the fuck is Twatical? [POORLYDRAWN/ANIMATEDEDITION]” which has 2000 views at the time.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX35c0ehtsk
    but for real, subscribe to Twatical. he has amazing memes.


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    Overview

    The 2017 French presidential election is the upcoming election that will designate the next President of the French Republic, who will have to succeed to incumbent president François Hollande. The election will consist of a direct popular vote in two rounds, the first one will take place on April 23rd, 2017 and the second one on May 7th, 2017. There are a total of eleven candidates running for the first round.[1]

    Background

    2016 Republican primary election

    the “Open primary of the Right-Wing and Centre” is the primary round for the french conservative right-wing (dominated by the party “Les Républicains”, the republicans) to nominate their candidate for the general election. There were seven candidates competing for the nomination : former President Nicolas Sarkozy, former Prime Minister François Fillon, Mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppé, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Bruno Le Maire, Jean-Frédéric Poisson and Jean-François Copé. On November 27, 2016, after a two rounds vote, François Fillon was proclaimed winner of the primary election.[2]

    2017 Left-Wing primary election

    The “Citizen primary of 2017” is the primary round which decieded the presidential candidate of the governing Socialist Party and the liberal Left-wing. There were seven candidates competing : Incumbent Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Benoît Hamon, Arnaud Montebourg, François de Rugy, Vincent Peillon, Sylvia Pinel and Jean-Luc Bennahmias. On January 29th, 2017, Benoît Hamon was proclaimed winner of the primary election.[3]

    Official candidates announcement

    On March 18th, 2017, the Constitutional Council published the list of the 11 candidates who recieved the 500 endorsement sponsorships required to officially run for the general election :

    • François Fillon (party : Les Républicains / The Republicans)
    • Marine Le Pen (party : Front National / National Front)
    • Emmanuel Macron (movement : En Marche! / Onward!)
    • Benoît Hamon (party : Parti Socialiste / Socialist Party)
    • Jean-Luc Mélenchon (movement : La France Insoumise / Rebellious France)
    • Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (movement : Debout la France / Arise France)
    • François Asselineau (movement : Union Populaire Républicaine / Popular Republican Union)
    • Jacques Cheminade (party : Solidarité et Progrès / Solidarity and Progress)
    • Nathalie Arthaud (party : Lutte Ouvrière / Workers’ Struggle)
    • Philippe Poutou (party : Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste / New Anticapitalist Party)
    • Jean Lassalle (movement : Resistons! / Let’s Resist!)




    (all the presidential candidates, from left to right, top to bottom : Jean Luc Mélenchon, Benoît Hamon, Emmanuel Macron, François Fillon, Marine Le Pen, Nathalie Arthaud, Philippe Poutou, Jean Lassalle, Jacques Cheminade, François Asselineau, and Nicolas Dupont-Aignan)

    Penelopegate

    The Penelope Fillon case, also known as Penelopegate is a corruption scandal surrounding the Republican candidate François Fillon.[4] According to this case, Mr Fillon is suspected of embezzlement of over 800 000 € of public money, by illegaly hiring his wife Penelope Fillon for a fake job of parliamentary assistant between 1998 and 2007. After the scandal was revealed in the satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné on january 25th, 2017, it triggered an enormous backlash from the public opinion against Mr Fillon. However, Mr Fillon announced that he would keep running for the election, refusing to answer any formal Police inquiry.[5]

    Presidential televised debates / “Le Grand Débat”

    The presidential debates, also known as “Le grand débat” (the great Debate) were a series of two televised debates opposing the presidential election candidates. The first one took place on channels TF1 and France 2 on March 20th, 2017 and only opposed the five main candidates, i.e. Fillon, Macron, Mélenchon, Hamon and Le Pen, while the second one, which was broadcasted on channels CNews and BFMTV on April 4th, 2017, gathered all of the eleven candidates. Those kind of debates, which were totally unprecedented for any french presidential election,[6][7] were widely discussed on social media[8] and showed a peak of sympathy from the public opinion for several “independant” candidates, such as Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Jean Lassalle[9] or Philippe Poutou.[10][11]


    Notable developpements

    Sylvain Durif running announcement

    On December 6th, 2016, french 2012 doomsday conspiracy theorist and Internet celebrity Sylvain Durif announced on his (now deleted) Youtube channel his intention to run for the 2017 Presidential. The announcement spawned hilarity on the french internet as well as in mainstream media.[12] The following days, several photoshops were made, displaying Mr Durif in place of the official portrait of President Hollande.[13][14] Some Geek-culture-themed news sites like Hitek.fr[15]even joked by speculating if his future cabinet would include french internet celebrities, such as Antoine Daniel,le Joueur du Grenier,Rémi Gaillard or Le Logeur du Daesh.





    Sarkozy’s “Double ration of fries” gaffe

    On November 7th, 2016, Republican primary candidate and former President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed during a public meeting to offer a “double ration of french fries” in school restaurants for muslim kids who can’t eat pork meat. The announcement, that many observers deemed as totally absurd and inappropriate, especially from someone who led very controversial anti-muslim policies during his presidential term, became ridiculed on french social media.[16][17][18]

    Warning : Gallery Work in Progress





    Ali Juppé / Farid Fillon

    Ali Juppé and Farid Fillon are nicknamed given to Republican Primary candidates Alain Juppé and François Fillon by far right wing nationalist supporters online. During the republican primary campaign of november 2016, those nicknames were associated with a series of photoshops displaying Mr Juppé and Fillon as stereotypical muslim fundamentalists.[19][20]



    Obama 2017

    Obama 2017 is a humorous fake campaign, launched late February 2017, intending to make former US president Barack Obama compete for the french presidential election. The petition lauched on the campaign’s site gathered over 49 000 signatures[21]. The initiative has met hilarity from the french[22] as well as american news media[23][24].



    Pepe Le Pen

    Pepe Le Pen is an interpretation of Smug Pepe representing french nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen. After the election of Donald Trump in the US, the Pepe Le Pen edits grew in popularity on far-right wing discussion threads online, with several associations with the meme wars. These associations were widely commented by news media online.[25][26]



    Mélenchon’s Hologram meetings

    On February 5th, 2017, Presidential Left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon held a meeting simultaneously live on stage in the city of Lyon and broadcast via hologram projection in Paris, invoking the “spirit of science and sharing” behind this technology. This use of this uncommon medium, that many percieved as over the top, spawned hilarity on social media, especially among his supporters, who generated several Star Wars themed photoshop edits under the hashtag #Hologramme. However, after the success of the first meeting, Mélenchon announced that he would hold another holographic meeting on april 18th, this time live on Stage in Dijon and via hologram in six cities : Nancy, Nantes, Clermont-Ferrand, Montpellier, Grenoble and Le Port (Reunion Island)



    Can’t Stenchon the Mélenchon

    “Can’t stenchon the mélenchon” is a catchphrase derived from Can’t stump the trump used by Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s supporters online. It is frequently associated with photoshopped communist propaganda parodies or video montage parodies showing Mr Mélenchon roasting his opponents during televised debates. After it timidly started on jeuxvideo.com forums on november 2016, the catchprhase, along with the sentence “Yes we Canchon” (parodying Obama’s“Yes we Can” ) knew a peak of popularity in early 2017 after it became aknowledged and embraced by Mélenchon himself.





    Marine Le Pen holding a paper

    Marine Le Pen holding a paper is a photoshop meme based on a photo of Nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen holding a piece of paper during the first presidential debate. During the live broadcast of the debate on march 20th, 2017, she showed to the audience a piece of paper with a graph on it, intending to prove the negative impact of the euro on the french industrial production. However, several twitter users parodied the picture by photoshopping various humorous captions on the paper.[27][28][29]



    Mélenchon Réaction

    Mélenchon reaction is a reaction image taken from an interview on radio channel Europe 1 displaying presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon in an expression of complete shock and disbelief. Following the interview’s broadcast on March 15th, 2017, the animated GIF version of the reaction became viral on Twitter, and led users to associate it with various humorous captions under the hashtag #melenchonreaction.



    Philippe Poutou looking back

    Poutou looking back is a picture of independant left-wing candidate Philippe Poutou taken from the live footage of the second Presidential debate (that took place on April 4th), on which he appears to turn away from the camera to speak with his campaign staff behind him. The picture became associated with several humorous captions on Twitter, where users were encouraged to imagine the dialogue between Mr Poutou and his staff.[30][31]



    Search Interest

    External references

    [1]Wikipedia – french presidential election 2017

    [2]Wikipedia – french republican primary 2016

    [3]Wikipedia – french socialist primary 2017

    [4]The Guardian – Summary on Penelope Fillon case

    [5]The New York Times – François Fillon vows to run despite inquiry

    [6]Wikipedia – french presidential debates 2017

    [7]The Guardian – French presidential debate proves a marathon of egalité in action

    [8]twitter – #legranddebat

    [9]the Huffington Post – Jean Lassalle, le candidat romantique

    [10]The New York Times – Poutou bursts french political elite’s bubble

    [11]The Guardian – Poutou emerges as star of TV debate

    [12]Le Figaro – Le Grand Monarque de Bugarach, candidat loufoque pour 2017

    [13]Hitek.fr – Sylvain Durif, le Christ cosmique, se présente aux présidentielles

    [14]Journal du Buzz – Le Grand Monarque est candidat à l’élection présidentielle

    [15]Hitek.fr – L’éventuel gouvernement de Sylvain Durif

    [16]Buzzfeed – 15 tweets brillants sur les frites de Sarkozy

    [17]Konbini – double ration de frites – le grand n’importe quoi des réseaux sociaux

    [18]20 Minutes – Sarkozy offre une belle tranche de rigolade aux internautes

    [19]the Huffington Post – How the far-right wing wants to kick ‘Ali Juppé’ out of the primary

    [20]Le Figaro – After ‘Ali Juppé’, far-right-wing targets ‘Farid Fillon’.

    [21]Obama 2017.fr – official site of the campaign

    [22]Le Parisien – 40 000 signataires rêvent d’une candidature de Barack Obama

    [23]CNNyes we can… elect Obama president of France?

    [24]Time – Petition calls for Obama to run as french president

    [25]Newstatesman – can Alt-right really meme Le Pen to victory?

    [26]Les Inrockuptibles – From Pepe the Frog to Pepe Le Pen, how a frog became a symbol of the fascist side of the Internet

    [27]Hitek.fr – Top 20 des meilleurs détournement de Le Pen au débat

    [28]20 Minutes – Twitter détourne le graphique de Marine Le Pen

    [29]Topito – Top 14 des meilleuurs détournements de Le Pen pendant le débat

    [30]Hitek – Top 10 des meilleurs tweets de Poutou se retournant

    [31]Buzzfeed – Poutou se retourne pendant le débat et c’est devenu un mème


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  • 04/10/17--17:04: Google Murray Bookchin
  • While its origins are uncertain, the meme Google Murray Bookchin began appearing on 8chan, Reddit, and Facebook approximately towards the end of 2016. The meme suggests the reader should Google the political philosopher Murray Bookchin.


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  • 04/11/17--06:39: Text Door Neighbor
  • About

    Text Door Neighbor is a mobile social game in which players send a text message to the phone number with its last digit one numeral higher or lower than their own. For example, if their phone number is 555-5555, then their text door neighbor is 555-5554 or 555-5556.



    Origin

    On August 11th, 2008, Urban Dictionary user dan_the_01[1] defined “Text Door Neighbor” as:

    “The people who are a digit either side of your phone number- Many a friendship has been struck up by saying hi to a text door neighbour.

    Woody- ‘Hey Dan, what happened when you got in touch with your text door neighbour?’
    Dan- ‘Absolutley nothing witheither of them- both were nutters!’"

    Spread

    On January 4th, 2016, the Mirror[2] published an article about Text Door Neighbor. Other publications soon followed, including The Daily Mail,[4] Metro,[5] and Distractify.[6]



    On January 5th, 2016, the subreddit /r/textdoor[3] launched. The subreddit allows users to post their experiences messaging their text door neighbors.

    Boing Boing published “Have you texted your textdoor neighbor?” on April 8th, 2017. The article pointed to /r/textdoor and the re-emergence of the trend.

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  • 04/11/17--08:20: Chuck E. Cheese Stare
  • About

    Chuck E. Cheese Stare is a reaction image and image macro series featuring photographs of an animatronic Chuck E. Cheese restaurant mascot looking to the side before staring directly at the camera. The images are often used online to convey feelings of shock or terror.

    Origin

    On November 16th, 2014, Tumblr[7] user thehouseofmario posted a video of a Chuck E. Cheese robot suddenly glaring at the camera while being filmed (shown below). Over the next three years, the post garnered more than 126,000 notes.



    Spread

    On January 25th, 2015, Imgur[3] user wavetree uploaded a GIF of the video titled “A nope from my childhood” (shown below). Within three years, the post gained over 11,200 views, 10,700 points and 560 comments. On January 26th, 2015, Redditor Alstorp reposted the GIF /r/creepy.[2]



    On May 30th, 2015, Twitter user @leviwrfel[1] tweeted the Chuck E. Cheese photographs along with the caption “when the white kid in class punches his desk and whispers something under his breath” (shown below, left). The following day, Twitter user @jen_allen[6] posted the images along with a Netflix and Chill joke (shown below, right). Within two years, the tweets gained over 12,000 and 20,900 retweets respectively.



    On April 9th, 2017, MemeDroid user SLVRDLLR uploaded an image macro joking about the Shayrat Air Base missile strike (shown below, left). That day, Redditor thedeathtouch reposted the joke to /r/ImGoingToHellForThis.[5] On April 11th, Redditor Theboss12312 submitted an image macro with the caption joking about the United Airlines passenger removal controversy (shown below, right). Within six hours, the post gained over 1,000 points (97% upvoted) on /r/dankmemes.[4]



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  • 04/11/17--09:11: Dance Till You're Dead
  • About

    Dance Till You’re Dead is a lyric from “Heads Will Roll,” an upbeat dance song by New York City indie rock band The Yeah Yeah Yeahs off their 2009 album, It’s Blitz! The song’s opening line, “Off with your head / Dance till you’re dead,” became a popular source for YouTube remix videos in the mid-2010s.

    Origin

    It’s Blitz! was released on March 6th, 2009.[1]“Heads Will Roll” is the second track off the album, and was the album’s second single, released June 29th, 2009.[2] The track charted well in Europe, peaking at #89 in the UK and #1 in Belgium’s Dutch charts.



    Spread

    A remix of the song by A-Trak was featured in 2010’s DJ Hero 2 and the 2012 film Project X. That remix has gained over 51 million views on YouTube, over 17 million more than the original song’s music video.



    In 2015, musician JVH-C released a remix on Soundcloud that would become the remix used in popular YouTube remix videos. As of April 11th, 2017, it has over 983,000 plays on Soundcloud and a YouTube upload of the track[3] has over 675,000 views.



    On October 21st, 2016, YouTube user Poly Fox uploaded a video remix of the Brazil Dog Dance that utilized JVH-C’s remix of “Heads Will Roll.” The video (shown below) gained over 2.8 million views. A 10-hour remix of the video[4] gained over 9.2 million views.



    Following Poly Fox’s popular upload, several other remixes using JVH-C’s remix began appearing on YouTube.

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  • 04/11/17--09:43: I Don't Like Sand
  • About

    “I don’t like sand” is a memorable quote spoken by the character Anakin Skywalker in the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones. Online, people frequently point to the line as a negative criticism of the Star Wars prequels.



    Origin

    The line comes from a scene in 2002’s _Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones_. In the film, Anakin Skywalker, charged with protecting Senator Padmé Amadela, falls in love with Padmé. During one of their meetings, Anakin says, " I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth."



    In his May 10th, 2002 review, film critic Roger Ebert[1] cited the line as an example of the film’s problems, specifically in regards to the romantic subplot, screenwriting, and acting. He wrote:

    “Too much of the rest of the film is given over to a romance between Padme and Anakin in which they’re incapable of uttering anything other than the most basic and weary romantic cliches, while regarding each other as if love was something to be endured rather than cherished. There is not a romantic word they exchange that has not long since been reduced to cliche.

    No, wait: Anakin tells Padme at one point: “I don’t like the sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating--not like you. You’re soft and smooth.” I hadn’t heard that before."

    Spread

    Since the film’s release, the line has been included on lists of the worst parts of Episode II. On October 1st, 2002, the website ChefElf.com[4] included “I don’t like sand” on a list of "64 Reasons to Hate Star Wars: Episode II. On October 2nd, Enterntainment Weekly included it in the article “Here’s what should be cut from ‘Attack of the Clones.’”{2]

    On April 14th, 2004, user BuriedAlien posted “I don’t like sand…” to the TheForce.net Jedi Council Forums,[3] defending the line.

    An early meme of the phrase appeared on the Tumblr dopemanyoongi[5] in a variation of the I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing meme.



    “I don’t like sand” is frequently the subject of parodies on YouTube. On April 25th, 2015, YouTuber Andy Pratley published a video entitled “Anakin Skywalker really doesn’t like sand,” re-editing the final scene of Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith to add the lines from Attack of the Clones and a square of sand super imposed over Padme’s head. The video has received more than 134,000 views. On January 18th, 2016, YouTuber Gooman130 published a parody version (shown right) of the “I don’t like sand” scene, featuring a brief electric guitar solo when Anakin is rejected in the clip. The video received more than 36,600 views.



    On March 3rd, the Facebook page LIT Fiasco posted a variation of the meme to their page (shown left).[6] The post received more than 1,600 reactions and 640 shares. The Facebook page Best of Star Wars Memes[7] posted a screen shot of the “I don’t like sand” scene with the caption “When you get invited to the beach and you have to decline” (shown right). The post received more than 5,400 reactions and 600 shares.



    On June 13th, 2016, tumblr user esamitch[8] published the photo “Sandakin.” The picture received more than 75,500 notes.



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  • 04/11/17--09:52: Motion Blurred Astronaut
  • About

    Motion Blurred Astronaut refers to three images of an astronaut in a photography textbook taken to demonstrate the effect shutter speed can have on motion blur. It began being used in memes in April 2017 due to its aesthetic similarity to other popular memes of the time which use motion-blur and distortion effects.

    Origin

    On April 2nd, 2017, Tumblr user the-captains-on-shore-leave[1] uploaded a picture of a photography textbook demonstrating the effects shutter speed has on motion blur by showing three different pictures of an astronaut. They captioned the post, shown below, “i can’t stop laughing like i know it’s supposed to be educating me on shutter speed but it just looks like a fucking meme.” The post has gained over 35,000 notes as of April 11th.



    Spread

    On April 8th, a screenshot of the post was posted to /r/tumblr,[2] captioned “TFW when the centripedal force kicks in.” It gained over 900 upvotes. Two days later, that image was posted to me_irl,[3] where it gained over 14,000 upvotes (shown below).



    This led to the creation of several popular posts on the subreddit that used the Motion Blurred Astronaut in a similar way to Expanding Brain memes.

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  • 04/11/17--11:25: Shoebill Stork
  • About

    Shoebill Storks (Balaeniceps rex) are a species of bird known for their tall height (up to 5 feet) and wide-set bills. Online, shoebills are often discussed for their bizarre appearance and behavior.

    Origin

    One of the earliest known online discussions about the bird’s strange appearance was launched in a Democratic Underground Forums[4] thread titled “Behold! It’s the ugly ass shoebilled stork thread!” submitted by user Guy Fawkes on March 16th, 2006 (shown below).



    Spread

    On March 27th, 2014, Redditor tricky3737 uploaded a GIF of shoebill turning to look at a camera titled “What the fuck did you say to me?” (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post received more than 2,500 points (91% upvoted) and 300 comments on /r/funny.[6]



    On May 10th, 2015, YouTuber Ben Wright uploaded footage of a shoebill bowing with a man as a display of dominance (shown below, left). On March 2nd, 2016, the BBC Earth YouTube channel uploaded a clip of shoebill chicks aggressively fighting each other from the Planet Earth television series (shown below, right). On March 18th, the /r/shoebillstorks[2] subreddit was launched.



    On July 23rd, Redditor ArkadiusBear uploaded a GIF of a shoebill fluttering its wings titled “The Shoebill stork is one sassy animal” to /r/gifs,[1] where it gathered upwards of 11,500 points and 500 comments prior to being archived. On August 8th, Imgur[7] user Aivovuoto posted a gallery of shoebill photographs titled “This goofy-looking motherfucker here is the Shoebill.”



    On September 2nd, Joe Rogan posted a photograph of a shoebill on his Instagram[5] page, describing it as “the freakiest” bird with “a death stare that makes you wonder what it would have been like to lock eyes with a velociraptor” (shown below, left). On February 14th, 2017, the anime Kemono Friends aired an episode featuring an anthropomorphic shoebill character (shown below, right).



    On April 4th, Redditor HopeSandoval posted a GIF of a shoebill bathing in a post titled “The Shoebill Stork is a living Pokemon” to /r/gifs,[3] where it garnered more than 47,600 points (86% upvoted) and 1,400 comments within one week. Two days later, Redditor Michaelgamesss submitted a post asking “Why are shoebill storks suddenly so popular?” to /r/OutOfTheLoop,[8] to which Redditor Supersace56 cited the Kemono Friends episode.



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