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  • 04/24/17--16:13: Big Smoke
  • About

    Melvin Herris,mostly known as Big Smoke,is one of the main characters of Grand Theft Auto San Andreas,the seventh game of the Grand Theft Auto.
    The character is a fan favourite due to his personality and several lines that he says throughout the game.

    Origin

    Big Smoke is a high-ranking member of the Grove Street Families,he makes multiple references to his desire to be remembered after his death.
    He has a close relationship with the members of the gang and helps the main character Carl Johnson in several missions of the game.

    Spread

    Big Smoke popularity started in 2010 when YouTuber qwert50 uploaded a video titled “Follow the Damn Train CJ,”
    The video gathered over the years more 311.00 views.

    His popularity highly increased in 2016,when Youtuber Jonm uploaded a video where it shows Big Smoke’s moaning in slow during the initial cutscene of the first mission of the game,comparing it with the noise that the Youtuber Customgrow420.On March 25 2016 Youtuber Pyrocynical used the video which caused an higher increase of popularity.

    The overall insterest about the character started when the Youtuber FlyingKitty uploaded a remix of the scene where Big Smoke orders at Cluckin’ Bell restaurant with a remix of the song “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” and later uploaded other song remixes with Big Smoke which gained individually over one million views.

    Related Memes

    Follow The Damn Train CJ!

    Follow the Damn Train a quote uttered by Big Smoke whenever the player fails the mission “Wrong Side of the Tracks”.

    Big Smoke Order

    Big Smoke Order is basically a scene during the mission “Drive-Thru”,where he makes an order at a fast restaurant Cluckin’Bell,It’s known for being an insane amount of food.

    Voice Comm: Can I take your order please?
    Big Smoke: Carl, what do you want? You gotta eat to keep your strength up, man.
    CJ: Ey, I’ll take a number 9, fat boy.
    Ryder: Give me a number 9, just like him.
    Sweet: I’ll have a number 6 with extra dip.
    Big Smoke: I’ll have two number 9s, a number 9 large, a number 6 with extra dip, a number 7, two number 45s, one with cheese, and a large soda.

    “Aaaaaaaw”/Big Smoke’s Moan

    Big Smoke ‘Moan refers to a noise uttered by Big Smoke during the first cutscene of the mission “Big Smoke”.
    The moan is part of the line "Aaaaw,My dawg,what’s up?" and is referred to CJ when he recognized him,after he tried to hit him with a baseball bat.


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  • 04/25/17--02:35: Infinity Train


  • About

    Infinity Train is an animated pilot made by Owen Dennis and released on the official Cartoon Network YouTube channel on November 2nd, 2016.

    History

    [W.I.P.]

    Reception

    Since its release the pilot got a huge amount of views. On December 8th, 2016 it reached a million views and on April 16th, 2017 it reached 2 million views. On November 3rd, 2016 an online petition was started for Cartoon Network to greenlight the show. The petition reached 30,000 signatures on March, 2017.[1]

    The pilot was aired on Cartoon Network ar 6:00AM on Fabruary 11th, 2017 with 0.703 million viewers and a P 18-49 rate of 0.28[2]

    [W.I.P.]

    Online presence

    On November 3rd, 2016 a subreddit about the show was made.[3] The subreddit has currently over 2,000 suscribers.

    [W.I.P.]

    Fandom

    [W.I.P.]

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 04/25/17--06:49: Smug Wendy's
  • About

    Smug Wendy’s, also known as Wendy-chan, is an anime-style anthropomorphic personification of the @Wendys Twitter feed, which gained much online notoriety for its funny and sarcastic responses to customer complaints and questions. The character is based on the restaurant’s mascot Wendy Thomas.

    Origin

    In 2012, Wendy’s VP of Advertising, Brandon Rhtoen hired Amy Brown to run Wendy’s social media accounts. According to an interview with Mashable,[6] Rhoten hired her to be a “challenger with charm…the intent of the social media team is to represent the brand’s voice as best as they can. When folks say, ‘roast me,’ we’re going to have fun with that.” The Twitter account went viral in 2017 after an infamous interaction with a disgruntled customer who took issue with their slogan “fresh, never frozen,” leading to media coverage and praise from other Twitter users. In March of that year, Brown left the Wendy’s corporation and resigned as their social media manager, but the feed continued to post tweets in a similar playful voice (shown below).



    On April 14th, 2017, Twitter user @professorSugoi[1] tweeted several illustrations of an anime depiction of the @Wendys Twitter feed, along with the caption “100% convinced that @Wendys is a smug anime girl” (shown below). Within 10 days, the tweet gained over 16,600 likes and 7,900 retweets.



    Spread

    On April 18th, Redditor CarnivorousL submitted @professorSugoi’s illustrations to the /r/awwnime[2] subreddit. On April 22nd, Twitter user @coralus_SF[4] tweeted a Smug Wendy’s illustration with the caption “She’s beauty, she’s grace, she’s savage” (shown below, left). The same day, Tumblr user kyotemeru-arts[5] posted an animated GIF of the character along with the caption “Have some frosty for that sick burn 🔥🔥🔥” (shown below, right).



    On April 25th, the internet humor blog Dorkly[3] published an article titled “The Internet Turned Wendy’s Twitter Into a Smug Anime Girl,” highlighting several examples of Smug Wendy’s fan art. That day, Redditor Skeletoonz submitted a post about the illustrations to /r/MemeEconomy,[7] urging readers to “invest with caution.”

    Various Examples



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  • 04/25/17--07:32: All Life Is Precious
  • About

    All Life Is Precious is an exploitableOwl Turd Comix panel in which a person is holding a spider. Electing to bring it outside rather than kill it, the person says, “All life is precious.” The spider then says something offensive to the person, leading the person to squish it. In the exploitable, what the spider says changes.

    Origin

    Owl Turd Comix[1] posted the original on April 22nd, 2017. In the original version, the spider says, “I post art without crediting the artist.” The comic, shown below, has gained over 24,000 notes on Tumblr as of April 25th, 2017.



    Spread

    Shortly after the comic was published, it was turned into an exploitable popular on the /r/dankmemes subreddit. One of the earliest variations, posted on the 23rd by two_number_9s,[2] featured the spider saying Dicks Out For Harambe, gaining 294 points (shown below).



    Over the following two days, the template was employed in dozens more variations on /r/dankmemes. On Meme Economy, a variation was posted by Vipe777[3] and received over 21,200 points, though users noted the similarity between the comic and similar exploitables Will We Find Intelligent Life? and Oh No, It’s Retarded.



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    Unavailable

    External References


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    Overview

    American Airlines Stroller Incident refers to a viral video of an American Airlines flight attendant arguing with a passenger over the alleged mistreatment of another passenger and her infant child.

    Background

    On April 21st, 2017, Facebook user Surain Adyanthaya[1] posted a video (shown below) to Facebook of an altercation between an American Airlines flight attendants and a passenger allegedly incited by the mistreatment of another passenger and her baby.



    Adyanthaya captioned the video:

    OMG! AA Flight attendant violently took a stroller from a lady with her baby on my flight, hitting her and just missing the baby. Then he tried to fight a passenger who stood up for her. AA591 from SFO to DFW.”

    Within four days, the video has received more than 15,000 reactions, 34,700 shares, and 7.3 million views.

    According to other passengers,[2] the incident started when the attendant attempted to remove a stroller from the plane. He allegedly struck the passenger and narrowly missed the baby. In the video, a male passenger stood up and confronted the attendant, leading to the attendant repeatedly saying, “Hit me.”

    Development

    American Airlines Statement

    Later that day, American Airlines delivered this statement to NBC News:[3]

    “We have seen the video and have already started an investigation to obtain the facts. What we see on this video does not reflect our values or how we care for our customers. We are deeply sorry for the pain we have caused this passenger and her family and to any other customers affected by the incident. We are making sure all of her family’s needs are being met while she is in our care. After electing to take another flight, we are taking special care of her and her family and upgrading them to first class for the remainder of their international trip. The actions of our team member captured here do not appear to reflect patience or empathy, two values necessary for customer care. In short, we are disappointed by these actions. The American team member has been removed from duty while we immediately investigate this incident.

    Flight Attendants Union Statement

    On April 22nd, Associated Press airline reporter David Koenig tweeted[4] a statement from the Flight Attendant’s union on Twitter (shown below).



    Online Reaction

    The controversy reached Reddit on April 21st, prompting a thread by Redditor ebrake[9] in the /r/Dallas subredddit, which garnered more than 590 points (89% upvoted) and 590 comments. A thread on the subreddit /r/OutOfTheLoop posted by greentable_redtomato[10] received more than 4,500 points (89% upvoted) and 650 comments.

    Online, people on Twitter joked about the similarities between the American Airlines controversy and the United Airlines Passenger Removal, which happened only a few weeks prior.



    News Media Coverage

    Several news media outlets covered the story, including Mashable,[5]NBC,[3]CNN,[6]CBS,[7] The New York Times,[8] and more.

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  • 04/25/17--09:27: Fidget Spinners
  • About

    Fidget Spinners are triangular toys that can be spun on on the finger tips thanks to a bearing at the center. Online, people have uploaded trick videos of people performing finger stunts using the spinner.

    History

    Oh January 7th, 1997, Catherine A. Hettinger patented the invention of the Fidget Spinner, which she filed May 28th, 1993.[2][3]

    Precursor

    In October 2016, Antsy Labs set up a Kickstarter to fund the Fidget Cube,[4] a cube-shaped, stress-relieving toy designed for people to direct their fidgeting. The fidget cube included a spinning bearing, buttons, and switches. The fidget cube became the 9th most-funded project and the second highest backed in Kickstarter’s history, brining in over $6.4 million.



    Online Presence

    On July 19th, 2016, YouTuber Sam KenKnight uploaded a video (shown below, left) of Spinner Tricks to YouTube, receiving more than 590,000 views in the firs nine months. A little over a month later, YouTuber EpicSnuggleBunny uploaded a video (shown below, right) introducing the Fidget Spinner, entitled “Hand Spinner – Fidget Toys,” which received more than 3.3 million views in the first year.



    On November 4th, Redditor xMinti[5] founded the subbreddit /r/FidgetSpinners. The community as of April 2017 has more than 10,000 subscribers.

    During the first third of 2017, Fidget Spinner videos, both which explain and exhibit the spinner, started appearing frequently on YouTube. YouTuber Giaco Whatever uploaded one (shown below) on January 29th, 2017, entitled “99999+ RPM Fidget Spinner Toy.” Within four months, the video had received more than 9.9 million views.



    Notable Examples





    News Media Coverage

    Several news outlets covered the trend, including Popular Mechanics,[6] Fox,[7]CBS,[8] Forbes,[9]CNET,[10] and more.

    Search Interest

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  • 04/25/17--10:03: Surreal Memes
  • About

    Surreal Memes are a subgenre of Ironic Memes that are artistically bizarre in appearance and whose humor derives from their absurd style. Though the difference between Surreal Memes and Deep Fried Memes and Dank Memes is subtle, certain qualities and characters, such as Layers of Irony, Meme Man, Mr. Orange, and a minimalist style, are frequent markers of a Surreal Meme.

    Origin

    Before “Surreal Memes” became an umbrella term for the style, several memes and characters had been employed in surreal ways, later becoming staples of genre.

    Meme Man

    “Meme Man” refers to a poorly made 3D head which functions as the mascot of the Facebook page “Special meme fresh.” He was later used in one of the most widely-known examples of a surreal meme, the “Layers of Irony” comic (shown below). The comic was posted October 24th, 2015, to Special Meme Fresh.



    On June 15th, the Green de la Bean Facebook page posted a “Meme Man”: comic in which the character is quoted saying Angery after accidentally eating a vegetable (shown below). Following the post, “angery” began becoming a staple of ironic memes.



    Mr. Orange

    Mr. Orange, also known as Orang Min, is a digital illustration of an anthropomorphic orange. After being used in certain dank meme videos and contexts, the character began appearing in more surreal contexts.



    /r/surrealmemes

    In 2016, a subreddit[1] devoted to Surreal Memes was created by user magicsdevil. Though the origin date of the subreddit is unclear, the earliest mention of the subreddit by magicsdevil came on April 6th, when he linked to the subreddit in a post on me_irl.[2]

    Spread

    On January 9th, 2017, Imgur user badaboombap posted a “dump” of surreal memes,[3] many of which feature Meme Man. Meanwhile, the /r/surrealmemes subreddit remained relatively small over the course of 2016. However, it surged in the beginning of 2017. According to a post by moderator choccy milk,[4] the subreddit had 3,000 followers on February 7th. As of April 25th, the subreddit has 19,000 followers. The subreddit also maintains a Google Doc[5] cataloguing examples of surreal memes. This spike in popularity for surreal memes led to an explainer video posted by Aztrosist on April 18th that emphasized the deep “Layers of Irony” concept that surreal memes are based on. That video, shown below, gained nearly 50,000 views in a week.



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

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    About

    Light Jacket Day / The Perfect Date is a mock holiday celebrated on April 25th and based on a line from the 2000 comedy film Miss Congeniality, in which a beauty pageant contestant mistakes a question about her ideal romantic rendezvous for her literal favorite day of the year.

    Origin

    Light Jacket Day, also known as “The Perfect Date,” comes from a line of dialogue heard in the 2000 comedy film Miss Congeliaty.[2] Released on December 22nd, 2000, Miss Congeniality stars Sandra Bullock as an undercover FBI agent posing as a beauty pageant contestant. In the film, a beauty pageant host asks a contestant about her “perfect date.” Misunderstanding what the host means by “date,” she responds, “April 25th because its not too hot and not too cold. All you need is a light jacket”



    On April 26th, 2012, the website WeKnowMemes[4] published a screen cap of the scene (shown below).



    Spread

    On April 25th, 2016, the Instagram account @girlssthinkimfunny[3] posted a variation inserting Beyonce into the scene with the caption “🎶I’m having girl problems feel bad for me son,I got 100 problems cuz now Beyoncé’s one!🎶🍋 #fabsquad #april25 #badphotoshopsonpurpose #prayforjay.” The post received more than 13,000 likes in its first year.



    On January 6th, 2017, Instagram user @happybucky posted a variation of the meme, featuring Chris Evans delivering the lines. Within four months, the post had over 740 likes.


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    News Media Coverage

    On April 25th, 2016, The AV Club[1] published an article about Light Jacket Day, point out that the weather doesn’t match what the character describes.

    The following year, on April 24th and 25th, 2017, several news media outlets covered the popularity of the date, including Mashable,[5]TIME,[6] and more. Twitter published a Moment[7] commemorating the day.

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 04/25/17--11:10: Humanity's Worst Fear
  • About

    Humanity’s Worst Fear is a video remix series featuring a scene from the anime series Attack on Titan in which the character Reiner discovers a variety of humorous characters or disturbing scenes when opening a large wooden door.

    Origin

    On April 22nd, 2017, YouTuber punpun uploaded a video titled “Humanity’s Worst Fear,” featuring a scene from Attack on Titan Season 2 Episode 4, in which the Reiner investigates a room behind a wooden door to find a kid who yells “Kid the fuck out of my room I’m playing Minecraft” (shown below). In the description, punpun linked to a green screen version of the clip for others to make their own remixes.[1]



    Spread

    On April 23rd, YouTuber kmlalt uploaded a remix of the scene in which a man wearing a bunny costume is discovered behind the door (shown below, left). Meanwhile, YouTuber Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tubeman posted an edit featuring the character Shrek (shown below, right).



    Also on April 23rd, YouTuber Dolan Darker posted a remix in which Reiner discovers Michael Stevens from Vsauce behind the door, who proceeds to smash the wood and stick his head out while saying “Hey, Vsauce, Michael here” (shown below). Within 48 hours, the video gained over 134,000 views and 1,100 comments.



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

    [1]YouTube – green screen


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  • 04/25/17--12:10: 8values
  • About

    8values is a website that surveys its users with 60 questions asking whether the user agrees or disagrees with a statement. At the completion of the survey, the site generates a graph detailing where the user falls on four political spectrums based on their answers.

    History

    8values[1] began being developed for GitHub[2] on April 16th, 2017. The site measures users values on four political spectrums: Equality vs. Wealth, Might vs. Peace, Tradition vs. Progress, and Authority vs. Liberty.



    Spread

    The quiz began spreading widely through the internet on April 21st, 2017. That day, it was posted in an 8chan thread[3] and onto Supforums.[4] In the following days, popular threads were posted to /pol/[5] and other forums, while political types posted their results on Twitter.[6]



    Parodies

    As the quiz grew more popular, several parody edits appeared on Twitter. One of the most popular, posted by @adultblackmale,[7]photoshopped each result to read a humorous action taken by those on certain points of the spectrum (shown below).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]8values

    [2]GitHub – 8values history

    [3]8chan – 8values thread

    [4]Supforums – Supforums Thread

    [5]/pol/ – pol

    fn6 Twitter – 8values search

    [7]Twitter – @adultblackmale


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  • 04/25/17--14:50: A Fucking Leaf
  • About

    “A Fucking Leaf” is a slang expression used on 4chan when referring to commenters residing in Canada to mock the country’s maple leaf flag.

    Origin

    On the 4chan boards /pol/ and /int/, a country’s flag associated with the approximate location of the poster is prominently displayed above their post next to the title. Sometime in mid-2015, 4chan users began mocking the maple leaf symbol on the Canadian flag, referring to it as “a fucking leaf.” The earliest archived post using the expression was submitted to /pol/ on August 5th, 2015 (shown below).[1]



    Spread

    On August 31st, 2015, FunnyJunk[2] user actualsingaporean uploaded a Polandball comic in which a Canadaball chooses “a fucking leaf” for their flag (shown below).



    On August 27th, 2016, a post titled “Canadian Unite: Sick and Tired of the Damn Leaf comments,” was posted on /pol/, which complained about 4chan users writing “Hurr a fucking leaf” when replying to Canadians (shown below).



    On October 23rd, 2016, YouTuber Teezy uploaded footage of a man stabbing a while yelling “fuck you leaf!” (shown below, left). On December 2nd, YouTuber Chuck Chucker uploaded a Look at This Dude remix titled “A Fucking Leaf,” featuring various pictures of the Canadian flag and maple leafs (shown below, right).



    On January 16th, 2017, a post mocking the Canadian flag as “the fucking leaf” was posted on 4chan (shown below).



    On April 6th, 2017, YouTuber John B posted a video of Gordon Hurd laughing about the Canadian flag while calling it “a fucking leaf” (shown below).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]4plebs – earliest 4chan thread

    [2]FunnyJunk – A fucking leaf

    [3]4plebs – Canadian united


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  • 04/25/17--18:40: Paladins
  • About

    Paladins is a free to play class based first person shooter created by Hi-Rez Studios. Although the game still in open Beta, it has gained increasing popularity and has risen to being one of the top free to play games on steam since its open beta release.

    History

    The first trailer for Paladins was uploaded in September 23, 2015 on the official Youtube channel. On October 29 of the same year, HiRezStew announced on Twitter the closed beta release date in November 17, later to be released for open beta on steam in September 16, 2016.

    Gameplay

    Paladins pitches two 5 man teams against each other in a variety of game modes to accomplish certain objectives. Game modes include:

    • Siege: The most popular mode, both teams must fight to capture a control point in the center of the map that would spawn a payload for the successful team to push to the enemy base. Points are rewarded for capturing a point, succeeding a push, or succeeding a defense. The team that reaches 4 points wins the match, however the final point cannot be won by a successful defense. This game mode is the only game mode used in their competitive ranked mode.
    • Payload: Much similar to Team Fortress 2, Both teams play attack and defense as the attackers push their payload to the enemy team’s base under a fixed time with no checkpoints, alternative respawn points or overtime.
    • Survival: Newly added game mode, both teams must eliminate all players on the enemy team while trying to survive the round as there are no respawns between rounds. A deadly fog slowly envelops the arena over time forcing players to eliminate each other quickly or the fog will damage them and quickly kill them. The first team that wins 5 rounds wins the match.

    The game features a card deck loadout system that allows pre-designed loadouts that provide augments and stat changes unique to each champion, allowing players to fine tune a champion to their own preferred playstyles or to best adapt to a matchup. An in-game item shop is also featured in Paladins in the same manner as Moba’s, allowing players to spend the points earned during a match as currency to purchase a variety of perks that provide stat benefits that can be further upgraded.

    Champions

    Paladins currently features 25 champions in their roster that are split up into four class types: Front Liners, Supports, Damage Dealers, and Flankers. Some champions in the roster include:

    • Fernando: A Spaniard knight who wields an energy shield to protect his allies, a flame throwing lance, and can provide immortality to him and nearby allies for a short duration.
    • Ying: A spellcaster who uses her illusory mirror to summon illusions of herself mirror that can heal allies, or can be fractured to go towards enemies and detonate for large burst damage.
    • Viktor: A lone soldier armed with an assault rifle, frag grenades, and a pair of binoculars to call down an artillery barrage on enemies.
    • Evie: An ice witch who can teleport or soar around the map on her mechanical broomstick, shoot powerful ice blasts, and summon a blizzard to cripple her enemies.
    • Bomb King: A majestic robotic king who can throw sticky bombs that can stick onto enemies, as well as bombs that can stun or propel himself or enemies into the air, or transform into a king bomb that rolls into his enemies and explodes for massive damage and stun.
    • Skye: An assassin who can turn stealth and surprise her enemies with her wrist mounted weapon that shoots crystal needles, poison darts, or she can throw time bomb that detonates for massive area damage.
    • Makoa: An Ancient sea turtle that wields a cannon and an anchor to catch and reel in enemies who dare try and challenge his ancient powers.
    • Mal’Damba: A Snake charming Shaman who can heal his allies with the aid of his spirits and medicines, or can use them to bring dread and suffering to his enemies.

    Videogamedunkey’s Video

    In September 17. 2016, just a day after the games open beta release on steam, videogamedunkley made a satirical video on Paladins by parodying how the characters are similar to those from Overwatch, making it the most viewed Paladins related video on Youtube.

    Unintentionally, the video has sparked a large uproar within the Overwatch community, causing groups of players within the community to accuse the game for being a clone of Overwatch.

    Criticism of Similarity to Overwatch

    Since videogamedunkey’s video, Paladins and Hi-Rez Studios have been the center of online controversy from various gaming media outlets and communities. The developers were being accused for making Paladins an Overwatch clone due to some similar character designs, game modes, and character abilities. This has caused a lot of arguments and discussions on various media outlets such as reddit and youtube videos and comment sections, causing videos of various youtubers to voice out their thoughts on the whole debate.

    In September 21, 2016, Co-founder & COO of Hi-Rez Studios Todd Harris made a response to the allegations in the Official Paladins Reddit going over the history of Paladins development before and after Overwatch. The thread post caused further discussion and debates as it was covered by online media sites such as IGN, The Know., and Youtube as more Youtubers upload their own responses to the Reddit post.

    Online Presence

    Paladins remains are one of the top free to play games on steam since its open beta release, being underneath Valves Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2. On march 14 2017, Paladins was also launched into closed beta for console players on Both the Xbox One and Playstation 4 marketplace, further expanding the game’s audience. With a dedicated forums and its recent closed beta for consoles, Paladins continues to grow as Bi-weekly updates each patch covers various changes to the game’s character roster, new cosmetics, test maps, and balancing issues. The fandom for Paladins continues to grow as the game develops, creating more fanart of the game to be created, cosplayers to cosplay as some of the various champions, and even creating memes that make fun of the Overwatch/Paladins debates.

    Search Interest


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  • 04/26/17--07:16: Scared Patrick
  • About

    Scared Patrick refers to an exploitable template from the Spongebob Squarepants episode “Hall Monitor.” In the template, Patrick Star is being interviewed by police, who show him something which scares him, leading to an exaggerated reaction.

    Origin

    The image comes from the Spongebob Squarepants episode “Hall Monitor,”[1] which aired August 28th, 1999 (shown below).



    On April 24th, 2017, the template image was posted to /r/dankmemes by ariambe,[4] gaining over 3,000 points (shown below).



    Spread

    It grew into a popular format on /r/dankmemes on April 25th, 2017. One of the earliest, most popular variations, posted by RoznosicielCiast,[2] used the template in a similar way to Sleeping Shaq (shown below). The post gained over 1,500 points in one day.



    Following RoznosicielCiast’s post, dozens more variations were posted to /r/dankmemes with various objects or phrases causing Patrick to scream. RoznosicielCiast’s post was copied to /r/MemeEconomy,[3] where commenters were split on its potential staying power. User Eikkaaaaa wrote “This meme is a great investment because it is extremely versatile. I can see it becoming popular in the meme market in near future, and thefore (sic) being a solid investment for some quick profit.” User tardcrusher commented that the meme was simply a variation on other, similar templates, writing “Topics will be low effort and cover the following jokes: Holocaust, 🅱️, upvotes, school shooting, pedophilia, mods are gay, 2 genders, and possibly cancer. Once the punchline of these jokes have been copied and pasted from another meme onto this format it will most likely become old and stale.”

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    Unavailable

    External References

    [1]Spongebob Wikia – Hall Monitor

    [2]Reddit – RoznosicielCiast Post

    [3]Reddit – /r/MemeEconomy Repost


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  • 04/26/17--08:04: Diglett Gravestone
  • About

    Diglett Gravestone is an exploitable “Who’s That Pokémon?” comic in which various characters guess that a silhouette is the Pokemon Diglett, before it is revealed to be a gravestone for one of their dead loved ones.

    Origin

    On October 15th, 2016, DeviantArtist[6] FemFantasy posted a comic of 60’s Spider-Man saying “fuck you” after incorrectly guessing that his deceased Uncle Ben’s gravestone was the Pokemon Diglett (shown below).



    Spread

    On January 12th, 2017, FunnyJunk[1] user ronrod reposted the image, garnering more than 32,000 views and 1,400 upvotes in three months. On January 27th, 2017, Redditor ElChapoIsMyDad submitted a similar comic in which Peter Parker (played by Toby Maguire) in the 2002 film Spider-Man discovers the hidden Pokemon is actually Uncle Ben’s grave (shown below, left). Within two months, the post received upwards of 4,900 votes (97% upvoted) and 20 comments on /r/me_irl.[3] On February 8th, the @superheroalliance[5] Instagram page posted a Batman-themed version of the comic, gathering over 8,000 likes within two months (shown below, right).



    On April 24th, Redditor Joeobo submitted a version of the comic in which the Star Wars character Anakin Skywalker discovers the grave of his dead wife Padmé Amidala to /r/PrequelMemes,[4] where it received more than 52,200 votes (85% upvoted) and 250 comments within 48 hours (shown below, left). The following day, Redditor bananasareyummy posted a version in which Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty is shown the gravestone of the character Birdperson (shown below, right). Within 24 hours, the post gained upwards of 18,100 votes (79% upvoted) and 120 comments on /r/MemeEconomy.[2]



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 04/26/17--09:16: SheaMoisture Ad Controversy
  • Overview

    SheaMoisture Ad Controversy refers to the backlash against cosmetics company SheaMoisture for a commercial featuring two white women from black consumers who viewed the commercial as a betrayal of the company’s longstanding black and African-American consumer base.

    Background

    SheaMoisture was created in the early 90s and earned a reputation as a brand for black women, as its products were one of the few created specifically for black women’s natural, textured hair.[1] On April 24th, 2017, the brand released a minute-long advertisement that featured one black woman and two white women talking about how SheaMoisture helped them embrace their natural hair (shown below).



    Developments

    The advertisement was instantly met with backlash from the black community who felt betrayed that SheaMoisture was seemingly attempting to reach a global market and leave black women behind. SheaMoisture trended on Twitter that day as hundreds of people responded to the controversy.[3] One tweet with the ad saying “SheaMoisture is CANCELLED!” posted by @girlswithtoys[2] has been retweeted over 9,600 times (shown below).



    Several prominent media outlets covered the controversy. Both The Cut[1] and Fader[4] ran pieces about the controversy written by black women, who offered the perspective that since society has long deemed natural black hair inferior to white, to have a “black” brand attempt to market to white people felt like a betrayal. Snopes,[5] US Weekly,[6] and more also covered the controversy.

    The brand later took down the ad and apologized in a Facebook post,[7] saying they “really f---ed up” (shown below).

    Wow, okay – so guys, listen, we really f-ed this one up. Please know that our intention was not – and would never be – to disrespect our community, and as such, we are pulling this piece immediately because it does not represent what we intended to communicate. You guys know that we have always stood for inclusion in beauty and have always fought for our community and given them credit for not just building our business but for shifting the beauty landscape. So, the feedback we are seeing here brings to light a very important point. While this campaign included several different videos showing different ethnicities and hair types to demonstrate the breadth and depth of each individual’s hair journey, we must absolutely ensure moving forward that our community is well-represented in each one so that the women who have led this movement never feel that their hair journey is minimized in any way. We are keenly aware of the journey that WOC face – and our work will continue to serve as the inspiration for work like the Perception Institute’s Good Hair Study/Implicit Association Test that suggests that a majority of people, regardless of race and gender, hold some bias towards women of color based on their textured or natural hair. So, you’re right. We are different – and we should know better.
    Thank you all, as always, for the honest and candid feedback. We hear you. We’re listening. We appreciate you. We count on you. And we’re always here for you. Thank you, #SheaFam, for being there for us, even when we make mistakes. Here’s to growing and building together…

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  • 04/26/17--09:23: Bookface
  • About

    Bookface is a participatory photo game in which people place a book cover in front of their face to reveal a “hybrid face” of the subject and the image on the cover of the book. Bookface bears many similarities to other face-obscuring photo fads, including sleeveface and moneyface.

    Origin

    The earliest known iteration of the use of the term bookface in relation to the act of placing in front of one’s head happened on March 14th, 2012. That day, Twitter user @nikeshshukla[1] posted a picture of himself bookfacing (shown below) with the caption: “Remember #sleeveface last year? Anyone wanna play #bookface with me?”


    Precursor

    Sleeveface (also known as “LP Portraits”) is a participatory photo meme that involves placing a record sleeve in front of one’s face and taking a profile picture, which reveals a “hybrid face” of the subject and famous person depicted on the vinyl cover. See also: Money Face.

    The term “Sleeveface” was coined in April 2007 by Welsh DJ Carl Morris after pictures were taken of him and his friends holding record sleeves to their faces while Djing at a bar in Cardiff, UK. His friend John Rostron subsequently posted the images online and created a group on Facebook, where it turned into a popular craze.



    The official Sleeveface blog[5] was launched by Morris and Rostron on January 21st, 2008 and the instructional YouTube video on “How to make a sleeveface” was uploaded on February 3rd, 2008.

    Spread

    On October 4th, the Twitter account for Waterstones Cribbs bookstore tweeted a picture (shown below, left) of an employee bookfacing with Arnold Schwarzanegger’s autobiography. Schwarzenegger[3] retweeted the picture (shown below, right), writing, “This is absolutely fantastic. ‘@WaterstonesCC: We love the new @Schwarzenegger biog so much we’ve started #bookface.’”



    That month, @WaterstonesCC tweeted more Bookface images, which seemed to the beginning of the trend theor bookstores and libraries performing bookface as a promotional tool.



    On May 1st, 2015, The New York Public Library[4] started the hashtag #bookface on Instagram in celebration of Free Comic Book Day. One photo shared by @NYPL from the Cherry Hill Public Library, shown below, received more than 2,500 likes.



    Library Mollat

    On April 26th, 2017, the website Mashable[7] wrote an article that highlighted the ongoing bookface campaign by the French book store “Library Mollat,” the first independent bookstore in France, which opened in 1896. The bookstore’s instagram[8] currently has over 21,000 followers.



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  • 04/26/17--09:57: I Have 3 Dollars
  • About

    I Have 3 Dollars, occasionally formatted as I Have Three Dollars or I Have $3, is an image macro meme in which the Spongebob Squarepants character Patrick Star expressing his lack of financial clout is used to react to costly scenarios or items.

    Origin

    The meme originates from the Spongebob season 3 episode “One Krabs Trash” aired on February 22 2002, in a scene during which Patrick barters with the character Mr. Krabs and ends up overspending on a toilet plunger.[1] The original line Patrick actually says is “I only have seven” but as he holds up three physical notes, the meme generally uses the number three.


    Spread

    On May 22 2012, the YouTube user Aaron Pietsch uploaded a clip of the scene (shown above) and it has amassed 21,000 views since then.

    The meme can be dated to around August 2014. Meme Generator created a generator for the macro on August 6 2014, which they refer to as “Patrick Star Three Dollars”, and it has been used to create over 390 posts since then.[2] On September 15 2014, an image was submitted to WeKnowMemes.com featuring the line in reaction to “trying to buy the iPhone 6”.[3]

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    References

    [1]Spongebob Wiki – One Krabs Trash

    [2]MemeGenerator – Patrick Star Three Dollars

    [3]WeKnowMemes – iPhone Example


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  • 04/26/17--10:23: I Lived Bitch
  • w.i.p

    About

    I lived bitch is an image of a iPhone messaging screen, containing an image of someone in a hospital bed with a follow up message of ‘I lived bitch’. It is usually captioned with text suggesting that the person in the picture was up until recently considered dead.

    Origin

    Twitter user posted an image of a man in a hospital bed who they claim to be there step-father recovering from surgery.

    Later, the picture was re uploaded with the caption suggesting that the person had just woken up from a three month coma.

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  • 04/26/17--11:55: Simpsons Shitposting
  • About

    Simpsons Shitposting is a large Weird Facebook community devoted to posting memes, image macros, and remix video shitposts related to the long-running animated comedy, The Simpsons.

    History

    The page was created by Geddy Lean Johnson on March 15th, 2015.[1] In his first post, he posted an image of Krusty the Clown (shown below).



    The group quickly grew very popular. According to an article by The Daily Dot[2] posted in August of 2016, the group had grown to over 150,000 members in a little over a year. As of April 2017, the group has over 180,000 members.

    Developments

    Simpsons Shitposting has been largely praised and admired by onlookers and participants. In March of 2017, Splitsider[3] praised the way the group recontextualized the jokes, as well as its inclusive “about” section, which reads:

    A freeflowing definition.
    A simpsons shitpost has no regard for quality nor is it defined by how shit it is.
    Post because you want to.
    Post what you want to.
    No agenda.
    No ulterior motive.
    No care for how terrible it may be.
    No care for how many likes it may garner.
    NO NSFW
    NO EDGELORDS
    Just shitpost the simpsons.
    Art is Subjective.

    Sale to Macedonian Company

    In the Summer of 2016, Geddy Lean Johnson sold the page to a Macedonian company for $3,500.[2] This led to the page being flooded with spam posts unrelated to The Simpsons. When members of the group reacted poorly and reported the new posts, Johnson told the group to “Fall in Line or Fuck Off.” This in turn led to various splinter groups being created, including “Four thousand dollars Macedoniaposting,” “Simpsons shitposting II,” and “Geddyposting.”



    The unpopularity of the new ownership led the Macedonian company to threaten to delete the page. A user named Tea Black then bought the page back for $1,200, and users paid her back via a GoFundMe page. Geddy Lean Johnson was banned for his participation in the event, but returned in December of 2016.

    Related Memes

    Marge Krumping

    Simpsons Shitposting is responsible for the Marge Krumping meme, in which Marge is seen dancing. The earliest known use of the exploitable comic can be found in a two-panel image of Marge trying to krump after looking at a digital clock that displays “420”, which was posted on January 26th, 2016, to The Simpsons Shitposting page on Facebook (shown below). The post garnered 1,800 likes and 1,000 shares within the first week.



    Now Do Classical Gas

    Now Do Classical Gas is a quote from The Simpsons character Lenny in the episode “Last Exit to Springfield.” In the scene, Lenny asks Lisa, who is playing acoustic guitar, to play the piece “Classical Gas” by Mason Williams. The scene became the subject of YouTube Poop remix videos popular on Simpsons Shitposting, after a video of Lenny asking Lisa to play “Classical Gas,” only to have her go into Walter Murphy’s “A Fifth of Beethoven” was posted to Simpsons Shitposting by Trent Black on February 18th, 2017.



    Delet This

    Though not responsible for the phrase “delet this,” the phrase has grown popular in the group as a copypasta comment and as a way to indicate that someone should be banned.



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  • 04/26/17--13:00: Over the Hedge
  • About

    Over the Hedge is a syndicated comic strip and computer-animated film about several animals coming to terms with the encroaching development of suburbia on their woodland home.

    History

    Created, written, and drawn by Michael Fry and T. Lewis, Over the Hedge debuted as a comic strip debuted in June 1995.[1]



    On May 19th, 2006, DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Pictures released a computer-animated film adaptation, which starred Bruce Willis, Garry Handling, Steve Carell, William Shatner, Wanda Sykes, and Nick Nolte.



    Reception

    The film adaption received a 75% fresh rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes[2] and grossed $336 million worldwide[3].

    Online Presence

    Online, Over the Hedge has been the inspiration for various fan communities, including an Over the Hedge wiki,[13] a TV Tropes entry,[14] and a FanFiction group.[12]

    Fandom

    In December 2016, several Redditors began posting Over the Hedge memes on the /r/dankmemes subreddit. On December 24th, Redditor Corsacain[18] posted a variation of the Drakeposting meme, which received more than 450 points (96% upvoted) within four months.



    That month, numerous users on the subreddit /r/MemeEconomy made threads discussing the rise of Over the Hedge memes.[15][16][17]



    Impact

    Steve The Aurora

    In July 2016, the Facebook group Albert Aurora Chasers,[8] a collection of Canadians who share photographs and information about aurora borealis, discovered an unusual strip of light too far south to be part of the northern lights.



    Because little was known about the phenomenon, one of the Alberta Aurora Chaser members, Chris Ratzlaff named the light “Steve,” after a scene from the film Over the Hedge. In the scene (shown below), the sudden appearance of a towering shrub causes the animals to name the identified object. They name it “Steve.”[4]



    Ratzlaff said, “It’s a completely meaningless name, which is really useful for things that aren’t understood.”[6]

    Online, people took to the name, prompting jokes and praise on Twitter.



    On April 23rd, Redditor cyanocittaetprocyon[10] posted the thread “Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve” to the /r/NotTheOnion subreddit. The post received more than 5,200 points (94% upvoted) and 150 comments in the first three days. Another post about Steve on the /r/AskScience subreddit received more than 3,300 points (91% upvoted) within 24 hours of posting.[11]

    Several media outlets covered Steve, including The New York Times,[4] Inverse,[5]CBC,[6]USA Today,[7] and more. On April 25th, 2017, Twitter published a Moment to document the discovery.[9]

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