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  • 04/13/17--00:58: BWOAH
  • “Bwoah” or “Mwoah” is a catchphrase of Finnish F1 racer Kimi Raikkonen, by which he begins his every interview.
    Origin
    Kimi Raikkonen is Finnish F1 racer. Many memes about him can be found on Internet.


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  • 04/13/17--07:26: MonkaS
  • About

    MonkaS is a Better Twitch TV emote featuring an illustration of Pepe the Frog appearing frightened while sweating, which is typically used in Twitch chat during moments of high tension in video game matches to express anxiety.

    Origin

    The earliest known archived 4chan thread in which the sweating, nervous Pepe the Frog illustration appeared was submitted to the /lit/ (literature) board on July 16th, 2011.[6] On September 24th, 2016, the emote was added to the FrankerFaceZ Twitch extension (shown below).[1]



    Spread

    On February 17th, 2017, Redditor kucykzaglady submitted a picture of the emote to the /r/forsen[3] subreddit. That month, monkaS was added to the TwitchQuotes[4] database. On April 1st, the /r/forsen[5] subreddit attempted to place a monkaS emote on Reddit’s /r/place pixel art canvas(shown below). On April 10th, Redditor Rekipp submitted a post asking “What does slang word ‘monkas’ mean?” to /r/OutOfTheLoop.[2]



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]FrankerFaceZ – monkaS

    [2]Reddit – What does slang word monkas mean?

    [3]Reddit – monkaS

    [4]Twitch Quotes – monkaS

    [5]Reddit – Nani is making monkaS in /r/place

    [6]Warosu – /lit/ Literature


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  • 04/13/17--08:07: Ludacris' Fake Abs
  • About

    Ludacris’ Fake Abs refer to jokes made about poorly-CGI’d abdominal muscles on rapper Ludacris in his video for the song “Vitamin D.”

    Origin

    On April 10th, 2017, World Star Hip Hop premiered the music video for Ludacris’ “Vitamin D” (shown below).



    In the beginning of the video, Ludacris walks into a room of beautiful women with his shirt unbuttoned, revealing a CGI’d torso.



    Spread

    Immediately, Twitter users began making jokes about Ludacris’ torso in the video. Many compared it to that of different video game characters. @GinoTheGhost[1] compared him to a Grand Theft Auto character in a tweet that gained over 2,900 retweets and 6,600 likes (below, left). Buzzfeed employee @elliesunakawa[2] tweeted the most popular joke about Ludacris’ abs, comparing them to bread rolls. Her tweet (below, right) gained over 12,000 retweets and 33,000 likes.



    The jokes were compiled in a Twitter Moment[3] that day. Many pointed out that Ludacris has a history of morphing his body with exaggerated CGI in videos, as he did in the videos for songs “Stand Up” and “Roll Out,”[4] and the poorly-CGI’d abs were intentional. Ludacris responded to the jokes by pointing this out[5] and responding to several tweeted jokes in good humor.



    The Daily Dot,[6] Fact Mag,[7] Oxygen,[8] and more covered the jokes. Ludacris later went on Late Night with Conan O’Brien to discuss the video and the jokes around it.



    Various Examples



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  • 04/13/17--08:28: Steve Bannon
  • About

    Steve Bannon is a former executive chair of the far-right website Brietbart and the current White House Chief Strategist to the Trump administration.

    Background

    Breitbart

    Stephen Bannon is the former executive chairman of Breitbart. He served in this position from March 2012 to August 2016. There, he is credited as forming the ideology for what would become the alt-right. On August 17th, 2016, he was appointed to the position of Chief Executive in Donald Trump’s 2016 United States Presidential Election campaign. On November 13th, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon would be serving as his Chief Strategist and senior adviser, an appointment which drew sharp criticism from the anti-defamation league for Bannon’s ties to anti-semitism and white nationalism.[2]

    Allegations of White Supremacy

    In a July 2016 interview,[9] declared that Breitbart was “a platform for the alt-right.” He continued:

    “Look, are there some people that are white nationalists that are attracted to some of the philosophies of the alt-right?” he said. “Maybe. Are there some people that are anti-Semitic that are attracted? Maybe. Right? Maybe some people are attracted to the alt-right that are homophobes, right? But that’s just like, there are certain elements of the progressive left and the hard left that attract certain elements.”

    Bannon’s ex-wife also claimed that Bannon made anti-semitic remarks in a 2007 court filing.[7] However, Bannon denied making the comments.[8]

    Steve Bannon has been accused of courting white supremacists within the alt-right by former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro.[6] Prominent Democratic politicians, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Elizabeth Warren, have accused Bannon of being a white supremacist as well.



    Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner Feud

    On April 6th, 2017, The Daily Beast[10] reported that anonymous sources in the Trump administration claimed Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon called Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner a “cuck” and “globalist" during a White House feud. That day, Twitter posted a Moments[11] page titled “Infighting between Kushner and Bannon has devolved into ‘alt-right’ name-calling.” Meanwhile, Redditor themessias1001 submitted The Daily Beast article to /r/politics,[12] where it received more than 5,500 votes (95% upvoted) and 1,200 comments within four hours.

    Online Presence

    #StopPresidentBannon

    #StopPresidentBannon is a Twitter hashtag launched in protest Donald Trump’s appointment of Chief Strategist Steve Bannon to the National Security Council in January 2017.

    On January 28th, 2016, United States President Donald Trump signed a memorandum to reorganize the National Security Council (NSC), adding his chief strategist Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, while removing the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. That day, Interim Dean Will Mebane of St. Paul’s Episcospal Cathedral tweeted the hashtag #StopPresidentBannon, which gained over 180 likes and 150 retweets within 48 hours (shown below).



    On April 6th, Seth Meyers produced “A Closer Look” segment on the “President Bannon meme. After premiering on _Late Night with Seth Meyers,” Late Night uploaded the segment to YouTube, where it garnered more than 2.3 million views.



    #RoastBannon

    On April 12th, the Twitter account @RogueSNRadvisor[3] tweeted (shown below) a poll, which said, “Tomorrow, let’s roast a WH staffer all day. Who should we pick on? (Pres is too easy).”



    The following day, @RogueSNRadvisor published two tweets (shown below), asking users to tweet jokes about Steve Bannon using the hashtag #RoastBannon.



    Throughout the day, users tweeted roasts of Steve Bannon under the hashtag #RoastBannon.



    Several news media outlets covered the meme, including Uproxx[4] and The Wrap[5].

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    Overview

    Why I Don’t Date Hot Women Anymore is an article published by the New York Post that discusses the dating habits of several New Yorkers who have found that when they date very attractive people, they find them shallow and vapid, so have decided to start dating less attractive people to find deeper connections. The article grew into a target of mockery on social media.

    Background

    On April 12th, 2017, the New York Post[1] published an article called “Why I won’t date hot women anymore” by Christian Gollayan. The article begins by talking about private equity executive Dan Rochkind who dated many attractive when he moved to New York but was disappointed by the fact he thought them shallow. He decided to date someone less-attractive, Carly Spindel, and he is now engaged to that person.



    The article goes on to interview men and women who have made similar decisions, citing a study[2] by Harvard University, University of La Verne and Santa Clara University researchers that found that beautiful people are more likely to be involved in unstable relationships.

    Developments

    The article was instantly mocked on Twitter for its portrayal of the struggles of beautiful people, the language used to describe attractive and so-called unattractive people, and the methodology of its study.



    The mockery of the article was compiled in a Twitter Moment,[3] Huffington Post,[4] and NYMag.[5] Carly Spindel took to Instagram[6] to chastise the article for allegedly twisting the words of her fiancee to make him look bad.



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  • 04/13/17--13:51: "Forced To Do Muslim Prayer"
  • About

    “Forced To Do Muslim Prayer” refers to a conspiracy theory purported in a tweet, which incorrectly stated that pictures of American schools performing tornado drills were actually forcing students to perform Muslim prayers.

    Origin

    On April 10th, 2017, Twitter user @cuckpatroller posted a series of photographs (shown below) of elementary school students performing tornado drills under the caption, “AMERICANMIDDLE-SCHOOLCAUGHTFORCINGSTUDENTS TO DO MUSLIMPRAYERS 5 TIMES A DAY. TIME 2 REVOKEFUNDING! RT!!” The account has since been suspended.



    The photographs were obtained from a number of sources. The first comes from the Danville, VA Public School website,[1] in which they posted the date of their March 20th, 2012 tornado drill.



    The image on the top right comes from an April 2013 news broadcast about tornado drills in a Miamisburg, OH elementary school.[2]



    The final image can be found on a KGWN news story about tornado drills in Cheyenne, WY public schools.[3] Twitter user @JiggaRay also used the picture on April 4th, 2017, when he tweeted the photo under the caption “In 2017, schools close down for possible tornado warnings. Back in the 90s, they still made us go to school and do this just in case.” The tweet received more than 8,500 retweets and 11,600 likes.



    Spread

    On April 12th, Twitter user @ariscott[4] posted a screenshot of @cuckpatroller’s original tweet alongside a response to the tweet under the caption “When twitter is good.” The tweet received more than 30,000 retweets and 56,000 likes.



    On April 13th, the viral content websites Someecards[5] and Distractify[6] both covered the exchange.

    That day, Redditor TheKingTodo posted one of the photos to the /r/dankmemes subreddit. The post received more than 360 points (96% upvoted).



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  • 04/13/17--14:21: Pepe the Frog OK Symbol 👌
  • About

    Pepe the Frog OK Symbol refers to what some have described as a re-purposed version of the OK hand gesture[7] and the 👌 emoji, which is often associated with supporters of the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump. Many have speculated that the gesture is meant to mimic the Smug Frog depiction of Pepe the Frog, although it is currently unproven.

    Origin

    On April 9th, 2015, conservative Viner Pizza Party Ben[1] posted a video of himself making an OK hand gesture while saying “We should chill” with the description “White guys be like” (shown below, left). Sometime during the 2016 United States presidential election, Pizza Party Ben and Milo Yiannopoulos began making the gesture together at various events supporting the candidacy of Donald Trump (shown below, right).



    Spread

    On November 9th, 2016, Yiannopoulos posted a photograph of himself standing with a young man making the hand gesture at Donald Trump’s election night party following the 2016 United States presidential election (shown below).



    On February 13th, 2017, Gateway Pundit founder Jim Hoft tweeted a photograph of himself and White House correspondent Lucian Wintrich standing behind the White House press briefing room lectern while making the hand gesture (shown below). That day, the progressive media watchdog group Media Matters[3] published an article about the photograph, accusing the gesture of being a “hate symbol.” Meanwhile, the official Media Matter Twitter account tweeted the article, calling the gesture a “racist Pepe hand signal.” That day, several Twitter users mocked Media Matters for labeling the gesture a symbol of hate.[4]



    On March 7th, 2017, the news site Mediaite published an article titled “Is That Cute Kid Trump Met at the White House Today Making the Pepe Symbol?,” highlighting a video of a young student making the hand symbol while visiting the White House (shown below, left). On March 10th, Twitter user Ian Miles Chong tweeted photographs of several celebrities making the gesture, along with the joke “Look at all these white supremacists giving the ‘white power’ sign smh” (shown below, right).



    On April 11th, 2017, YouTuber FaceLikeTheSun uploaded a satirical video about conservative writer Mike Cernovich, claiming that the OK gesture was a symbol for the satanic number “666” (shown below).



    Search Interest

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  • 04/14/17--08:12: MOAB
  • About

    MOAB is an initialism for Massive Ordnance Air Blast or Mother of All Bombs, which became the subject of an image macro series and photoshop meme after the United States dropped the weapon on ISIS forces in Afghanistan in mid April 2017.

    Origin

    On April 13th, 2017, the United States dropped a MOAB in the Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan, marking the first time the device had been used in combat.



    That day, Twitter user @JackPosobiec[4] tweeted a picture of an explosion along with the Shortly after, a screenshot of the tweet reached the front page of /r/dankmemes,[2] where it gained over 9,500 points (86% upvoted) and 100 comments in less than 24 hours.



    Spread

    Shortly after, several other MOAB-related image macros reached the front page of /r/dankmemes[5][6][7] (shown below). That day, Redditor jokmor submitted a post asking “What is the ‘MOAB’ and what are the ramifications for using it?” to /r/OutOfTheLoop.[1] Meanwhile, several threads speculating that “MOAB memes” were “on the rise” were submitted to the /r/memeeconomy[3] subreddit.



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  • 04/14/17--09:02: Hungry Hungry Humans
  • About

    Hungry Hungry Humans refers to a life-size version of the tabletop game “Hungry Hungry Hippos” played using dolly carts, baskets and plastic balls.

    Origin

    “Hungry Hungry Humans” is a variation on the Milton-Bradley tabletop game Hungry Hungry Hippos. Designed in 1967 by toy inventor Fred Kroll, Hungry Hungry Hippos was introduced in 1978.[1] In the game, players collect marbles using one of four colorful, plastic hippopotamuses, operating their mouths and necks with a lever. The player who collects the most marbles using the hippos mouth wins.



    On August 28th, 2009, YouTuber Taliver Heath published one of the earliest iterations of Hungry Hungry Humans on the internet. Their video, shown below, in which players at an office carnival booth, play a life-sized version of the tabletop game has received more than 2,500 views.



    On April 3rd, 2013, YouTuber animjason published one of the earliest versions of the game in its current form. The video “Hungry Hungry Humans” (shown below) has garnered more than 145,300 views.



    Spread

    On August 23rd, 2016, the YouTube account for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon published a segment from the show entitled “Hungry Hungry Humans with the Final Five and Donald Glover.” In the clip, the 2016’s USA Olympics gymnastics team and actor and musician Donald Glover play a life-size game of Hungry Hungry Hippos. The video has received more than 1.9 million views.



    On October 15th, YouTuber HobbyKidsTV published “BIGGEST Hungry HIPPO Game!” and received more than 2.1 million views.



    Between 2015 and 2017, the game became a popular event in school pep rallies and gym classes. On April 14th, 2017, Twitter published a moment, archiving the various “Hungry Hungry Humans” videos on the site.[2]

    Search Interst

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Hungry Hungry Hippos

    [2]Twitter – If your school doesn’t do Hungry Hungry Humans, it should


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  • 04/14/17--09:54: DJ PANDAMONIUM
  • Local Albuquerque New Mexico artist DJ Pandamonium!


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  • 04/14/17--10:34: Bloons Tower Defense
  • About

    Bloons Tower Defense is a series of tower defense games developed by the Ninja Kiwi games studio. While initially launched as a flash browser game, subsequent games in the series have been released on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, PlayStation Portable, Xbox One and Nintendo DSi platforms.

    History

    In late 2007, the game Bloons TD was released as a free flash browser game, in which players would place monkeys along a track to pop various colored balloons. In 2008, the sequel flash game Bloons Tower Defense 2 was released, featuring additional maps, towers, bloons and difficulty settings.



    In October 2008, the game Bloons TD 3 game was released, followed by a mobile version of the game in October 2009 for iOS devices. In December 2010, an iOS version of Bloons TD 4 was released. In December 2011, Bloons TD 5 was released, which was subsequently released on iOS, Android and Steam. In the coming years, the spin-off games Bloons TD Battles (2012) and Bloons Monkey City (2013) were released.

    Bloons TD 6

    On March 28th, 2017, Bloons TD 6 was announced as an upcoming game to be released on the iTunes app store, Google Play and Amazon App Store sometime over the next year.[1]

    Online Presence

    On June 5th, 2009, the Bloons Wiki[3] was launched, gathering more than 1,700 pages over the next eight years. On February 7th, 2016, YouTuber DanTDM uploaded a video showing a game of Bloons Tower Defense playing inside Minecraft (shown below). Within 15 months, the video gained over 2.9 million views and 7,800 comments.



    Image Macros

    On April 13th, Redditor AlreadyRedditEarlier posted a picture of an M.O.A.B. Bloon[3] in reference to the Shayrat missile strike to /r/dankmemes[4] (shown below, left). The following day, Redditor IKindaLikeFish submitted a chemical weapons-themed Bloons image macro to /r/memeeconomy, where it received upwards of 2,800 points (94% upvoted) and 50 comments within 11 hours (shown below, right). Meanwhile, several posts about Bloons memes reached the front page of /r/MemeEconomy.



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  • 04/14/17--12:32: Petty
  • About

    Petty is an English adjective generally used to describe a small-minded person focused on trivial matters as a point of hostility or contention. The word spiked popularity in 2016 on Black Twitter, where it became frequently associated with a series of reaction images, generally of someone giving a close-mouthed smile.

    Origin

    According to Merriam-Webster, petty comes from the Middle English word “pity,” first used in the 14th century. [1]

    On June 8th, 2005, Urban Dictionary[2] user Little Lauren defined “petty” as, “When someone takes a small subject and blows it out of proportion.”

    Spread

    On February 16th, 2016, the Twitter account Meninist posted a tweet stating “when you brought your A game to the argument and now your girl over there crying” above a photo of famed Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, Kobe Bryant, sitting in a chair with a smug smile, and the Larry O’Brien trophy, which is given to the NBA Finals winning team. [3] . The post gained more than 3,500 retweets and 10,000 likes.

    Petty Kobe Bryant is a reaction image of famed Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, Kobe Bryant, sitting in a chair with a smug smile, and the Larry O’Brien trophy, which is given to the NBA Finals winning team. The photo gained popularity on Black People Twitter, along with other reaction images, similar to Petty Skai Jackson, and ‘New York’ in a bed.

    On February 16th, 2016, popular Twitter account, @Meninist,[3] posted a tweet stating “when you brought your A game to the argument and now your girl over there crying.” The post gained more than 3,500 retweets and 10,000 likes.



    On April 4th, 2016, the actress Skai Jackson tweeted a photo of herself waiting in the green room of the New York City Fox affiliate before an appearance on the morning news show Good Day New York.[4] The tweet received more than 2,700 retweets and 4,800 likes.[5]


    The image became popular used in combination with dialogues or descriptions of social interactions illustrating common acts of pettiness and pretentiousness driven by perfectionism, particularly within the Black Twitter community.



    On November 9th, 2016, Republican candidate Donald Trump was projected to receive over the 270 electoral votes needed to become president-elect of the United States. The following day, Twitter user Mollie Goodfellow posted a photograph of Joe Biden peering out the window captioned with a mock dialogue in which the vice president threatens to assault Donald Trump (shown below, left).[6] Two hours later, Goodfellow tweeted a picture of Biden holding captioned with a scheme to throw the ball at Trump (shown below, right).[7] Over the next four days, the tweets gained over 93,000 and 100,000 likes respectively.



    On February 2nd, 2017, Vice[8] published an article about the meaning of the many meanings of the word. In the article, Anne H. Charity Hudley, associate professor of linguistics and Africana studies at the College of William and Mary, ""[Now], it’s kind of a noun--it’s something you do. In [the way that it’s being used currently in] Black culture, it’s a state of being. You’re not being petty, you are petty."

    Notable Examples





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    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Merriam-Webster – Petty

    [2]Urban Dictionary – Petty

    [3]Twitter – when you brought your A game to the argument and now your girl over there crying

    [4]Good Day New York – “Skai Jackson” http://www.fox5ny.com/good-day/116585767-video

    [5]Twitter – @skaijackson’s Tweet

    [6]Twitter – @hansmollman

    [7]Twitter – @hansmollman

    [8]Vice – The Power of ‘Petty’: How One Small Word Came to Represent Black Resistance


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  • 04/14/17--13:26: Bone Hurting Juice
  • About

    Bone Hurting Juice is an anti-meme image macro series and photoshop meme based around a type of juice that causes pain in the drinker’s bones after consumption, often causing them say “oww oof my bones.”

    Origin

    On July 8th, 2016, the Fun Silly Drawings for Fun Silly People Facebook[3] page posted a Sweet Jesus, Pooh! comic in which Pooh says “owww my bones hurt a lot oww oof my booones” after drinking “bone hurting juice” (shown below).



    Spread

    On December 18th, 2016, a thread about bone hurting juice was started on the image board 420Chan[1] (shown below). On August 11th, 2016, the Bone Hurting Juice Facebook[5] page was launched.



    On February 19th, 2017, Urban Dictionary[2] user WeeabooLord submitted an entry for “bone hurting juice,” defining it as “Juice that hurts your bones” (shown below, left). On April 7th, 2017, the /r/bonehurtingjuice[4] subreddit was launched for various anti-meme submissions. On April 14th, Redditor voomroom submitted a



    Various Examples



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  • 04/14/17--20:35: Need For Madness
  • About

    Need For Madness (NFM) is a 3D browser Racing Game developed by Radical Play. Because of it’s popularity, it received a sequel and an added online multiplayer mode.
    The game is now available for download for Windows, Mac and Linux systems.[1]

    Origin

    The game is a spiritual successor to an earlier game made by the Radical Play founder Omar Waly, called Maniac Racers, a 2D top-down racing game that was available to play on the Radical Play website from 2003 to 2008.[2]

    The concept of the game paved the way for the future game to be made in the form of a 3D java coded racing game.

    Gameplay

    With it’s simple 3D graphics, this along with it’s sequel and multiplayer mode, you’re given a selection of cars to choose to race varying from different performances and sizes to take part on a deserted race track full of obstacles.

    You have two ways to win the race, you either go through all the checkpoints in order and finish in first place, or to smash the other opponents until they get wasted.

    Personal Touch

    This game was the shit like For real. This made my childhood and it was the icing on the cake for me. Throwback to when life was awesome and games didn’t suck are 11 stages in total and are listed at the bottom of this article. It is ultimately your decision to race or waste. Racing refers to passing and clearing all checkpoints. Clearing all the checkpoints in the proposed order will complete a lap. Finishing all the laps in first place is a way to complete the stage and unlock even more stages. Every two stages completed will unlock a new car. Wasting refers to smashing and crashing into opponents by making contact with their car. The three cars that dominates the game include: El King, Radical One and Dr. Monstaa.Need For Madness? Wikia page[3]

    NFM, 1, 2 and Online Multiplayer

    The first game features around 11 challenging stages with each one having a main boss to beat in the race in order to unlock their car out of the ten car list.

    It’s sequel, Need For Madness? TooOo? (NFM2) is an updated and more difficult version of the original game with 17 stages and extra cars (e.g: Kool Kat, Drifter X, M A S H E E N) with updated, more complex visuals.[4]

    Need For Madness Multiplayer allows you make or join clan groups and pit against other players in any of the stages of the first two games and in custom tracks either made by you or by other users using the Stage Maker.
    You are also able to create your own custom car from scratch with it’s own unique characteristics to share and drive online with Car Maker.

    Steam Release

    The multiplayer game was released on Steam on 26 February 2015, but was removed later on 2 March 2015. The reason of the game’s removal from Steam was due to a violation of terms and agreements as it did not implement the Steam mechanism for the in-game purchase of the game.
    A day after the removal, Omar has stated that he is attempting to correct this and get the game back on Steam.[5]

    Online Presence

    Few YouTubers dedicated to the game, such as Ultimato, showcase some online events of the multiplayer mode.[6]

    SilvaGunner

    On July 11, 2016, SilvaGunner uploaded a bait and switch video playing the “The Introductory Stage” theme from the original NFM remixed with the Flintstones theme. It has over 8000 views and 300 likes.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Need For Madness – Official Page

    [2]Need For Madness Wikia – Maniac Racers

    [3]Need For Madness Wikia – Need For Madness Development and Features

    [4]Need For Madness Wikia – Need For Madness? TooOo?


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  • 04/15/17--19:57: Nergaluigi
  • This brilliant portrait is a result of Nergal’s surgery to imitate his role model, Waluigi. His transformation exponentially increased his desire to destroy Elibe.


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  • 04/15/17--21:43: The Adventure Zone
  • w.i.p.


    About

    The Adventure Zone (sometimes shortened as TAZ) is a fantasy, comedy podcast featuring the McElroy brothers Travis, Justin, Griffin and their father Clint playing Dungeons and Dragons. Originally intended as a special episode of My Brother, My Brother, and Me, the series quickly expanded into a standalone podcast series covering an original adventure authored by Griffin.

    History

    My Brother, My Brother, and Me is a comedy podcast in which the McElroy brothers respond and give humorous advice to Yahoo answers and emails from fans. On April 8, 2014, a special episode titled “The Adventure Zone” was released in which Justin, Travis, and their father, Clint played a game of Dungeons and Dragons run by Griffin. The episode was well received and on December 3 the episode was given its own podcast series with a second episode the following day and new episodes every other week.

    The adventure follows Taako the elf wizard , Magnus Burnsides the human fighter, and Merle High-Church the dwarven cleric (Justin’s, Travis’s, and Clint’s characters, respectively) working alongside the mysterious Bureau of Balance to gather the Grand Relics, powerful artifacts that threaten the balance of their world.

    Reception

    As of 2017, the Podcast holds a five-star rating out of more than 4,120 reviews on iTunes.

    Fandom

    The Adventure Zone has gathered a considerable fan following. Aside from a few defining characteristics, the characters true appearance is up to the lister’s interpretation, being a strictly visual medium

    Fans have also created animated and story board depictions of scenes from the podcast. These can range from line art story boards with audio (below, left) to fully rendered, colored animated shorts (bottom, right)

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  • 04/16/17--06:03: Channel-tan


  • About

    Channel-tans are anthropomorphized versions of television channels and media broadcasts, mainly those dedicated to cartoons. Since its conception in 4chan’s cartoon and comic board /co/ in mid 2016, it has gained a substantial fanbase of artists and writers that has inspired an expanded universe.

    Origin

    The earliest concepts of channel-tans come from a /co/ drawthread submitted on June 4th, 2016, where an anonymous user requested anthropomorphized versions of Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Later in the thread, artist aipiepo[2] submitted as an anonymous user the art request, featuring three girls with their designs inspired on the three channels (shown below).[1] In the same thread, more requests for channels were submitted. The same day, aipiepo submitted the art on their personal Tumblr account, gaining over 26,000 notes in the following 10 months.[3]



    Spread

    The same day the art was posted, a thread dedicated to creating more anthropomorphized channels was created.[4] This started a series of threads where several designs were created, not only for TV channels but also for networks, broadcast companies and animation studios. This led to the creation of the /ctg/ (Channel-tan general) threads, submitted every Saturday and Sunday so artists and writers could upload their material.[7]



    Click in the image the expand

    On June 9th, 2016, a danbooru-like image board was created in order to store the fan art created in the general threads, gaining over 4,000 posts in the following ten months.[6] Channel-tans also have presence on other 4chan boards[5] and Tumblr.[8]



    External References

    [1]Desuarchive – CO/ GENERALDRAWTHREAD

    [2]Tumblr – aipiepo

    [3]aipiepo.tumblr – cartoon network, disney channel, and nickelodeon

    [4]Desuarchive – Channel-tans

    [5]Desuarchive – Search for channel-tan

    [6]Channel-Tan Booru – Index(Warning: NSFW)

    [7]Desuarchive – Search for /ctg/

    [8]Tumblr – Search for channel-tan


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  • 04/16/17--08:35: Battle for Berkeley
  • Overview

    The Battle for Berkeley refers to a violent riot that occurred at a pro-Trump rally between Trump supporters and counter-protesters in Berkeley, California in mid April 2017.

    Background

    On April 15th, 2017, a pro-Trump rally was held in Berkeley, California, which turned violent during a clash with Antifa counter-protesters. Over the course of the day, nine people were injured, with six requiring hospitalization.

    Developments

    That day, the WeAreChange YouTube channel posted footage of a female counter-protester being punched in the face by a man wearing a blue button down shirt (shown below).



    Shortly after, the man in the video was identified as Identity Evropa founder Nathan Damigo, a white nationalist and former United States Marine corporal. According to a Los Angeles Times[2] article published in September 2016, Damigo became a white supremacist while in prison for armed robbery. Meanwhile, The Ralph Retort[3] published an article purportedly showing a social media post made by the woman in the video, in which she announced she was “determined to bring back 100 Nazi scalps” prior to attending the counter-protest.



    Later that day, journalist Tim Pool uploaded footage of fireworks exploding during the riot, noting that he witnessed Antifa protesters throwing M-80 explosives into crowds of Trump supporters (shown below, left). Meanwhile, YouTuber The Last Stand uploaded footage of a man offering a Pepsi to Antifa counter-protesters as a peace offering, in reference to Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi ad (shown below, right).



    Meanwhile, Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer tweeted a video in which he questions a police officer about their lack of involvement (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet gained over 7,000 retweets and 6,600 likes.




    During the riot, police arrested Kyle Chapman (a.k.a. Based Stickman), leading to several posts calling for his release on Twitter and 4chan.



    Pepsi Cop

    Also on April 15th, Redditor dinoclub posted a photograph of a police officer holding a case of Pepsi at the rally, which subsequently received more than 56,300 points and 2,000 comments on /r/pics[6] (shown below, left). Shortly after, Redditor vizakenjaro submitted the photo to /r/photoshopbattles,[7] where several photoshopped versions of the image were posted in the comments.



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  • 04/16/17--13:03: April the Giraffe Birth
  • Overview
    April the Giraffe Birth refers to when the Giraffe at Animal Adventure Park that gave birth in Mid April of 2017. Animal Adventure Park is located in Harpursville, NY which was Live Streamed by the Park’s YouTube Channel.

    Background
    On April 15th, 2017 it had been announced by the Animal Adventure Park Staff that April had gone into labour. The Calf was born at about 9:54 am EST and on April 16th, was weighed in at 5’9" in height and weighed in at about 129lbs.

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  • 04/16/17--15:43: Dart Guy
  • About

    Dart Guy refers to Jason Maslakow, a visiting Toronto Maple Leafs fan who rose to prominence after being shown several times on the Sportsnet broadcast of Game 2 in the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal between the Maple Leafs and the host Washington Capitals on April 15, 2017.

    Maslakow, who drove from Waterloo, Ontario to Washington, D.C. to see the game donning a mohawk in the shape of the Stanley Cup, blue and white face paint, a dyed-blue beard and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, quickly became a working class icon for Leafs fans across social media avenues.

    Origin

    Having only played one playoff series between 2005 and 2016, the Maple Leafs were considered one of the NHL’s premier up-and-coming teams, but given very little chance to be a serious contender in the 2017 playoffs, especially as they were matched up with the powerhouse Capitals in the opening round.

    However, because of Toronto’s hockey history, the team’s corporate support and its playoff drought, tickets were far more expensive in Toronto than anywhere else.

    Before the series, the cheapest seat on Stubhub went for $45 USD for Game 2 in Washington, with the cheapest seat for Game 3 in Toronto at $285 USD.

    Maslakow, who was celebrating a friend’s birthday at Game 2 in Washington, was featured in the pre-game programming on Sportsnet in Canada showing off his Stanley Cup mohawk and Leafs-based face paint. He and his friends were among many Leafs fans who descended on Washington, travel and ticket prices combined still a cheaper alternative to attending a game in Toronto.

    Throughout the game, Sportsnet continued to pan over Maslakow.

    During an in-game mini feature on playoff beards, the broadcast compared Maslakow’s beard to the lack of facial hair on the Leafs’ young stars. Maslakow was seen sporting a sinister grin and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, an image that began being posted on Twitter.

    Spread

    Much alike the use of Pepe the Frog amongst Donald Trump supporters during the 2016 American Election, countless Leafs fans used the image of Maslakow with the cigarette, and Photoshop edits of it, as their profile photos on Twitter and Facebook.

    As the underdog Leafs won the game 4-3 in double-overtime, tying the series at one game apiece, Maslakow was identified by Washington Post reporter Dan Steinberg.

    Twitter user @LeafsMaz20 identified himself as “Dart Guy”, posting photos the next day of his trip home from Washington, albeit with no face paint or facial hair dye. He claimed to have been offered tickets to Game 3 by the Maple Leafs, and was invited by Q107 radio host John Derringer to join him at Game 4.


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