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    [This entry is a WIP. Feel free to help out with some of the details.]

    Smite is a 3rd-person MOBA launched in 2014 by Hi-Rez Studios. The game distinguishes itself from other MOBAs with its reliance on skillshots and its characters, who are drawn from various mythologies and religions from around the world. Currently, the game’s lore encompasses Greek, Roman (which is considered the same as Greek in the game’s canon), Norse, Egyptian, Chinese, Hindu, Mayan, Japanese, and Celtic mythology.

    Beta

    Hi-Rez launched the original beta for Smite in 2012. The game originally toted under 20 gods from the Greek, Egyptian, Roman, Norse, Chinese, and Hindu pantheons. Since then, it has widely expanded its god roster, generally receiving a new god every other patch.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gsQkVbLU8o

    Reception and Fandom

    Smite has been widely received in a positive light, and currently boasts over 20 million players. In August 2015, the game held its 10 million player celebration, and distributed a limited Hercules skin voiced by Kevin Sorbo to players who accumulated 10 wins during the event. The game is nonetheless criticized for Hi-Rez’s generally unpopular balancing decisions, which tend to include leaving certain characters in a strong state without nerfing them for months on end.

    Impact

    Smite’s popularity resulted in the creation of other 3rd-person MOBAs by other developers. One of the more popular games of this variety is Paragon by Epic Games, which features verticality and high-end graphics.

    Memes

    667

    During a pro game, Odin’s Lunge-Raven Shout combo (often called the “bird bomb”) was observed dealing 667 damage to a target. The apparent lowness of this number combined with its closeness to 666, the devil’s number in Christian lore, resulted in its subsequent memehood.

    Swagni

    On June 3, 2014, YouTuber Schileru uploaded a montage parody featuring gameplay of Agni, the Hindu god of fire. This contributed to the popularity of the fan-given nickname “Swagni” for the god. Hi-Rez later implemented a skin of the same name as a homage to the meme after they re-designed Agni’s model, which resulted in yet another Schileru montage.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=111pZHjVwxA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBvee3HPHJU


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    About

    Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is an 2017 direct-to-video animated film where it was the crossover of cartoon series Tom and Jerry and 1971 musical fantasy film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory based on Roald Dahl’s novel[1][2].

    Origin

    In Apr 17, 2017 an YouTube video was uploaded by Movieclips Extras as it got about 171 thousands views but it earned about 2,000 dislikes by many audiences.

    Reception

    [Resceaching]

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  • 04/27/17--07:24: Beyonce Reading Menu
  • About

    Beyonce Reading Menu refers to a series of image macros using a photo from singer Beyonce’s Instagram of her reading off a restaurant menu to a server. The meme became popular on Twitter, where people captioned what they imagined Beyonce said to the server.

    Origin

    On April 26th, Beyonce posted a series of images to her Instagram[1] account, including one of the singer examining a menu with a restaurant server. The photo has received more than 2 milllion likes within the first 16 hours.



    Within minutes of Beyonce’s post, Twitter user @thetrillgent[2] posted the image to Twitter with the caption “I only had an appetizer & a water…” Within the first 16 hours, the post had received more than 3,700 retweets and 5,800 likes.

    Spread

    That night, Twitter user @animalfriespls[3] Tweeted the photo with the caption “I, as Beyoncé, will just have vegan icewater. The twins will have fried chicken, catfish nuggets, fries, mac & cheese, red beans & rice.” The tweet received more than 34,000 retweets and 64,000 likes in the first 13 hours.



    News media coverage

    Later that night, Twitter[8] published a Moment, documenting the meme. By April 27th, several news media outlets began covering the meme, including TIME,[4] Huffington Post,[5]NME,[6] The Fader,[7] and more.

    Notable Examples





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  • 04/27/17--07:59: Sly Duck
  • About

    Sly Duck refers to a picture of an indoutka, a bird native to the tropics of South America, caught looking at the camera. Due to the bird’s expression which people on Twitter interpreted as mischievous or sassy, it grew into a popular reaction image on the platform in late April, 2017. As of April 27th, 2017, there is no definitive name for the meme.

    Origin

    The picture of the indoutka comes from Russian site Kakprosto.ru.[1] On Twitter, the image appears to have been posted first by @whomstami,[2] who posted the photo with the caption “Why does this bird look like she has the tea on EVERYBODY I’m crying,” gaining over 1,800 retweets and 4,100 likes.



    Spread

    A half hour after @whomstami’s tweet, Twitter user @XLNB posted a series of tweets in a thread that would bring the picture its widest audience. His first,[3] captioned “When you grab the McDonalds and eat a little bit out of everybody’s fries then take the one you didn’t touch,” gained over 28,000 retweets and 46,000 likes in two days (shown below). He would then write 9 more tweets with the bird as a reaction image, many of which were included in a Twitter Moment[4] on the 27th.



    Various Examples



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    Overview

    Jesse Watters’ Microphone Joke Controversy refers to the online backlash toward a joke uttered by Fox News co-host Jesse Watters, who made a quip about the way Ivanka Trump was speaking into a microphone in late April 2017. While many interpreted the comment as sexual innuendo, Watters claimed he was joking that she seemed like a radio DJ.

    Background

    On April 26th, 2017, Twitter user @yashar tweeted a video of Watters discussing Ivanka Trump’s appearance at the W20 Summit in Germany during a segment on the Fox News program The Five, saying “I really like how she was speaking into that microphone” (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet gained over 3,700 likes and 2,200 retweets.




    Developments

    Watters’ Response

    Later that morning, Watters tweeted about the controversy, claiming he was making a comment about the way Ivanka’s voice “resonates like a smooth jazz radio DJ” and that it “was in no way a joke about anything else” (shown below).[1] That evening



    That evening, Watters revealed he would be taking a vacation over the next several days with his family (shown below).



    Online Reaction

    That day, Redditor ziptnf submitted a post about the incident titled “Fox News Reporter Jesse Watters Made a Blow Job Joke About Ivanka Trump on Air” to /r/politics.[2] The following day, Redditor sotiris_hangeul submitted another post about the controversy to /r/politics,[3] which gathered upwards of 900 points (94% upvoted) and 160 comments in less than five hours. Also on April 27th, Twitter published a Moments page collecting tweets about the incident.

    News Media Coverage

    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the online controversy, including USA Today,[5] Fortune,[6] Salon[7] and The Hill.[8]

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  • 04/27/17--09:00: Scar
  • About

    Scar (aka BobbyScar) is the alias of Super Smash Brothers Super Smash Bros. Melee competitor and personality Bobby Scarnewman, known for his personality and commentary in the competitive Melee community and matches respectively.

    Online History

    Bobby Scarnewman got his start in competitive Melee in 2007 by playing with other Philidelphia smashers in the scene. Besides his constant exposure to high level play, Scarnewman’s rise to recognition began with his self-branded combo video I Killed Mufasa, a title that pays homage to the disney villain, Scar, from The Lion King. He would later release two sequels to the combo video. Scar’s rise to prominence as one of the best Captain Falcon came at GENESIS, where he placed 6th out of 290 entrants (the largest entry list of any tournament at the time) and out-placed every other Captain Falcon main at the tournament. His 6th placing came from a tiebreaker match with Mew2King that he would end up losing.

    Personal Life

    Scarnewman was born on January 7, 1987. He is one of the founding members of Melee It On Me, a crew and podcast that discusses issues and upcoming events in the competitive Melee community. Scarnewman also works for the streaming platform Twitch where he manages the product of bits, a currency used in twitch chat for betting. Scarnewman is married with one child, to which they often refer to their son as “The People’s Baby” in reference to Scar’s self-entitlement of “The People’s Champ.”

    Scarnewman also runs a podcast with fellow commentator Kristopher “Toph” Aldenderfer called the “Scar and Toph Show” every other Monday where they invite other Smash personalities and occasionally other Fighting Game Community personalities on to the show to discuss happenings in the Smash Community and other FGC communities when appropriate. At the end of each show, Scar and Toph partake in a best of three set to see whose name gets mentioned first in the title for the next airing, in reference to the feud over who would get their name on first when reviving the series.

    Reputation

    Scarnewman’s reputation as a competitive Smash personality and commentator have made him well recognized in the competitive Smash scene, so much so that he, along with fellow commentators D1 and Prog, were invited to the Smash Smash Bros. lnvitational at E3 2014 to provide commentary for the matches that took place. Scarnewman has stated that his personality is inspired by actor and WWE star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, self-proclaiming to be “The People’s Champ” and “The Most Electrifying Man in Smash,” titles that parody that of his inspiration. Scarnewman’s personality has often been compared to that of Street Fighter competitor and figurehead, Mike Ross, known for his narcissistic tendencies and energy.

    Scarnewman’s reputation in esports goes beyond just Super Smash Bros. Melee; he also sports proficiency in Street Fighter as a Makoto main in Ultra Street Fighter IV, enough so that he was invited on to “The Excellent Adventures of Mike Ross and Gootecks” show for episodes 84-87, where Scarnewman showcased his skill with Makoto in online matches while exchanging banter with Mike Ross and Gootecks.

    Related Memes

    PeoplesChamp

    PeoplesChamp is a global Twitch Chat emote that represents Scarnewman’s face. The emote is often used in reference to Scarnewman or spammed when he is on screen.

    Scar Got 6th at GENESIS

    Despite his reputable placing at the at the time largest Melee, Scar often refutes the fact that he placed 6th and insists that he placed 5th, despite losing the tiebreaker match with Mew2King and lost. It has become a meme within the Smash community in mocking fashion towards Scarnewman for making a big deal out of being placed one spot below another player, despite essentially finishing in the same spot in the same bracket round. At GENESIS 3, a tiebreaker match was supposed to be played between players SFAT and PPMD in reference to the tiebreaker match from the first installment of the tournament series, but the latter opted out of the set, and was placed at 6th.

    “Yo! Did he just walk up slowly and down smash!?”

    “Yo! Did he just walk up slowly and down smash!?” is a copypasta/phrase originating from game 2 of Joseph “Mang0” Marquez vs Aziz “Hax” Al-Yami at the tournament “The Big House 4.” While Scar was on commentary with HomeMadeWaffles, Mang0 performs a hard read on Hax’s spotdodge shenanigans and takes one of his stocks. As this play happened, Scarnewman, in disbelief, spouts the phrase with HomeMadeWaffles responding with “He did! He really did though!” This phrase is often used in shock/mock shock of a someone performing any sort of act, sometimes spammed with PeoplesChamp emotes in between words.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Scar and Toph Show – Season 1

    [2]Excellent Adventures Series – Ep: 84-87

    [3]/r/smashbros – Scar AMA


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  • 04/27/17--09:37: Denny's
  • About

    Denny’s is an American casual breakfast chain restaurant. It is known for food like its Grand Slam meal, as well as for being open for 24 hours and not closing on holidays. Online, it is well known for its social media accounts, which often demonstrate literacy with memes and use them to advertise the chain.

    History

    Denny’s was founded in 1953 as “Danny’s Donuts” by Harold Butler and Richard Jezak in Lakewood California.[1] After 3 years, it was renamed Danny’s Coffee Shops and changed to 24-hour service. In 1959, it rebranded as “Denny’s Coffee Shops” to avoid confusion with Los Angeles chain Coffee Dan’s. By 1981, the company had restaurants in all 50 states.

    Notable Developments

    In the early 1990s, Denny’s was involved in several discrimination lawsuits filed by black customers who were denied service, forced to wait longer, or forced to pay extra money. In 1994, Denny’s settled a class action lawsuit for $54.4 million. After the settlement, Denny’s instituted a racial sensitivity program for all employees.

    Social Media Presence

    Online, Denny’s is notable for being one of the most meme-literate brands, regularly using social media platforms to advertise with popular memes. In 2011, it was voted the most engaged restaurant on Facebook.[2]

    Tumblr

    Denny’s began drawing significant attention when it hired 23-year old Amber Gordon, to oversee all their social media accounts. As the chain’s Facebook and YouTube channels were already established, Gordon focused on expanding Denny’s presence on Tumblr, launching an official account on April 9th, 2013.[3] By July, it had already earned enough media attention that The Daily Dot[2] covered the success of the Tumblr. The account has been praised for the way it advertises by engaging in meme culture without sounding out-of-touch, as is often the case when brands attempt to market to youths. Jokes from the Tumblr have been compiled in Cheezburger,[4] Pleated-jeans,[5] and Dorkly.[6]



    Twitter

    The meme-literate style of posting has also come to define Denny’s Twitter[7] account, as the brand regularly shitposts on their Twitter, oftentimes not relating to Denny’s products at all.

    Zoom In

    On March 1st, 2017, Denny’s uploaded their version of the Zoom In meme, landing on “has this distracted you from overwhelming existential dread lol”. The tweet, shown below, was massively successful, gaining over 119,000 retweets in one week.




    The tweet was successful enough that it generated significant media attention. Today, People, Business Insider, and many more covered the success of the tweet. adweek dubbed it one of the most successful brand tweets ever. In his interview with the publication, Denny’s Chief Marketing Officer explained that the Zoom In tweet was part of Denny’s effort to remain relevant online. “It’s critical that our content be current and relevant to the conversations that are happening across America," he said.

    Related Memes

    Nannerpuss

    Nannerpuss is an advertising mascot featured in a TV commercial for the chain restaurant Denny’s. The character can be best described as a banana with googly eyes and a mustache that is cut up to look like an octopus sitting atop a stack of pancakes.



    Nannerpuss first appeared in a commercial for Denny’s, which aired during 2009’s Super Bowl XLIII. A Twitter account was created for Nannerpuss on the day the commercial aired, replying to users who were tweeting in confusion about the commercial. The official Denny’s website made the video available for download, encouraging users to share the commercial spot. On February 6th, a YTMND was created from the commercial.



    John C. Miller

    While the Denny’s Tumblr account has been celebrated by some, it has also drawn significant backlash on Tumblr for the way the company appropriates memes for corporate purposes. On April 23rd, 2017, Tumblr user leviathan-supersystem tested the theory that Denny’s would appropriate any meme by attempting to start a copypasta that stated “John C. Miller, CEO and President of the Denny’s Corporation, is a capitalist running dog and his wealth must be seized and redistributed to the people.” Her post[8] gained over 38,000 notes (shown below).



    The copypasta was adopted into several memes over the next few days. On April 25th, the Denny’s Tumblr adopted[9] the meme into a chat-style text post that gained over 10,000 notes (shown below).



    Following Denny’s use of the meme, an-averaged-sized-person[10] suggested on April 26th that in its place, the new copypasta meme should be “Denny’s Is Racist And No Amount Of Dank Memes Will Change That,” referencing the company’s 90s racial discrimination lawsuits. Several people responded by adopting the phrase into image macros.



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  • 04/27/17--09:39: jukmifgguggh
  • About

    Jukmifgguggh refers to a joke that originated on Reddit as an example of Google’s ability to report an accurate number of search results. The word became challenge for Redditors who wanted to fill Google searches for “jukmifgguggh” with results.

    Origin

    On April 26th, 2017, Redditor pheonixs1234[1] posted “Google could be lying about how many search results it gives, noone’s going to actually check that far” to the subreddit/r/Showerthoughts. The post received more than 41,700 points (89% upvoted) and 1,600 comments within the first 19 hours. The most popular comment came from Redditor Guest_1337[2]. They said, “Challenge accepted: it’s true. ‘jukmifgguggh’ did not hold any result and it didn’t.” Other users began attempting to filling search results for “jukmifgguggh” by posting the collection of letters around the internet.



    Spread

    That day, Redditor rrr598[3] launched the subreddit /r/https://www.reddit.com/r/jukmifgguggh/, which garnered more than 3,500 subscribers within the first 24 hours. One post by Redditor landminedj, “Up vote so whenever you search ewrftghybgfvdcsx this comes up,” has received more than 7,400 points (80% upvoted) and 160 comments in the first 24 hours.

    Hours later, Redditor fireork12[5] posted about jukmifgguggh in the /r/OutOfTheLoop subreddit. The thread “What is /r/jukmifgguggh and why is it on all with no warning?” received more than 196 points (92% upvoted).

    Within hours, several videos regarding the pronunciation of “jukmifgguggh” began appearing on YouTube, receiving more than 1,000 views each.



    One video from YouTuber marter1234 gaming (shown below), “jukmifgguggh,” received more than 5,500 views by April 27th.



    Within the first 24 hours of the initial Reddit post, Google had more than 5,100 results for “jukmifgguggh.”



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    About

    What Are Your Intentions With My Daughter? is an image macro series featuring pictures of various store signs and product labels meant as sexual innuendo responses to a father asking about a young man’s “intentions” with their daughter.

    Origin

    On March 15th, 2017, the @CoonPost[1] Twitter feed posted a mock dialogue in which a girl’s father asks him “So what are your intentions with my daughter,” to which he replies with a picture of a package of nuts with the phrase “Nut After Nut After Nut” printed on the side (shown below).



    Spread

    On April 25th, 2017, Redditor Thememestealer99 posted a “Nut & Go” Nutella container with the caption “so what are your intentions for my daughter” (shown below, left). Within 48 hours, the post garnered upwards of 22,900 points (90% upvoted) and 130 comments on /r/dankmemes.[9] The following day, Redditor mussseorgsky submitted a picture of a “Smash and Dash” sign with the caption to /r/dankmemes,[2] where it gained over 15,400 points (89% upvoted) and 160 comments within 24 hours (shown below, right).



    On April 27th, Redditor Cyanide03 posted a photoshopped picture of a McDonald’s restaurant with a sign reading “Have sex with her and leave lol” (shown below). Within 15 hours, the post received upwards of 12,000 points (85% upvoted) and 120 comments on /r/dankmemes.[3] In the coming days, several threads about the image macros were submitted to /r/MemeEconomy.[4][5][6][7][8]



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  • 04/27/17--12:11: Twitch Emotes
  • About

    Twitch Emotes are emoticons displayed in Twitch chat which typically feature faces of notable streamers, Twitch employees or fictional characters used to express a variety of emotions.

    Origin

    In June 2011, public beta for the video-streaming site Twitch was launched. In June 2012, the site TwitchEmotes.com[4] was launched as a database for emoticons used in Twitch chat.

    Spread

    On July 14th, 2015, YouTuber Huwarf uploaded a satirical video titled “Twitch Emotes Explained,” featuring a text-to-speech program highlighting several situations to use various Twitch emotes (shown below).



    On October 21st, 2015, the poll analysis blog FiveThirtyEight[3] published an article about Twitch emotes, noting that Kappa dominated as the most popular global emotes on the service.



    Extensions

    The BetterTTV[6] and FrankerFacez[5] browser extensions provide users with additional emotes not available in Twitch global chat by default.

    Various Examples

    Kappa

    Kappa is an emote based on a grey-scale photograph of former Justin.tv developer Josh DeSeno, which is often used in Twitch chat as a symbol of sarcasm, mockery or light trolling (shown below).



    4head

    4head is an emote based off a photograph of League of Legends streamer Cadburry widely grinning, which is typically as an earnest or sarcastic reaction to humor.



    PogChamp

    PogChamp is an emote made from a screen capture of Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez making an odd face during an episode of the video game web series Cross Counter (shown below, left). The name “PogChamp” is taken from another Cross Counter video, in which Gutierrez beats opponent Mike Ross in a pog battle (shown below, right).



    The emoticon is typically used to indicate shock or celebrate a stunning victory.



    FrankerZ

    FrankerZ is a dog face emoticon used to convey sarcasm or playfulness in Twitch chat rooms, which is based on a photograph of Twitch streamer Ernest Le’s dog.



    Kreygasm

    Kreygasm is an emoticon featuring a portrait of Twitch streamer Kreyg,[8] which is often used in chats on the video streaming service to indicate an intense feeling of elation or pleasure.



    Jebaited

    Jebaited is an emoticon featuring a photograph of CEO Gaming founder Alex Jebailey, which is often used to describe “baiting” video game tactics in Twitch chat.



    BibleThump

    BibleThump is a graphic emoticon featuring the face of the character Isaac from the video game The Binding of Isaac, which is commonly used on Twitch to convey a feeling of sadness.



    MonkaS

    MonkaS is a BetterTTV 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.



    Kkona

    Kkona is a BetterTTV emote featuring a picture of the streamer Kkona wearing a newsboy cap. According to Redditor azathothcult, the Kkona emote is typically used in reference to the song “Brotherman Bill”, to something “extremely white or redneck-like” or to hats.



    Wutface

    Wutface is an emote based off a photograph of Twitch employee Alex Mendez manking an open-mouthed facial expression, which is often used to express incredulity or bewilderment.



    ResidentSleeper

    ResidentSleeper is an emote based on a screen captured image of streamer Oddler dosing off while trying to stream himself playing Resident Evil games for 72 hours straight. The emote is often used to indicate boredom or unrest.



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  • 04/27/17--12:17: Mall Ninja
  • About

    Mall Ninja is a slang term for a person who is overly enthusiastic about weapons, particularly firearms, and claim mastery over them despite having little or no experience with combat.

    Origin

    The term “Mall Ninja” comes from a since-deleted 2001 thread on gun-owner forum Glock Talk. According to a March 1st, 2006 post on lonelymachines,[1] the term was first applied to Glock Talk poster Gecko45, who posted to the thread asking a question about being properly protected with a bullet proof vest. It was later revealed he was a very over-enthusiastic mall cop who always carried firearms and wore a bullet-proof vest, believing himself to be a potential target of a shooting at all times. When people in the thread mocked him, he responded by getting more defensive (ex: below; bolded emphasis added).

    I do not understand the “joke” or the “Rambo.” I am in a high-risk job. It is not the Mall of America, but Ill tell you what its no podunk mall either.I am a responsible citizen who has made the choice to carry at all times. I defend others. If something happens at the Mall then I would be the hero, not those of you who are making fun of me for no reason. Yes Im not a Green Beret but guess what neither are you and unlike you I have to face unruly shoppers every day.My REAL problem is that, like any LEO, I have enemies because of my job. They may have access to high-powered rifles. My job starts and ends at the same time every day. Although I use four rotating routes to drive to and from work, I am still vulnerable during the walk to and from my car. This is the time that I load up on the trauma plates because I DO NOTWANT TO BE SHOTDEAD! Also, someone said that my Tac Team doesn’t get training. Not true. We meet at the range every night and shoot 400 rounds each through weapons that closely resemble our duty setup. We also practice unarmed combat. I am a Master of three martial arts including ninjitsu, which means I can wear the special boots to climb walls. I don’t think any of you are working as hard as I am to be prepared. I asked a serious question about tactical armor and I wanted a serious response. If you want to laugh at somebody, try laughing at the sheep out there who go to the mall unarmed trusting in me to stand guiard over their lives like a God.

    He would later go on to claim that in an operation, he saved the life and “possibly the virginity” of the mayor’s nephew, but the mayor had paid off the press so there was no scandal. Further posters chimed in in response to Gecko45 posts, though many in the thread suspected these were alternate accounts Gecko45 created to corroborate his story.

    Spread

    After the Gecko45 incident, the term “Mall Ninja” became an umbrella term for those who are overly enthusiastic about their weaponry and firearms. On February 27th, 2005, xd-40 provided a definition of “Mall Ninja” to Urban Dictionary[2] that gained 1148 upvotes (shown below).



    In late 2012, a subreddit devoted to mocking the “Mall Ninja” subculture, /r/mallninjashit,[3] was created by cowboy-up. As of April 2017, the subreddit currently has over 62,000 subscribers.

    The subculture has also been documented by RationalWiki,[4] who point out that in addition to firearms, Mall Ninjas can also be identified by their love of Japanese weaponry, particularly the Katana. The type of person associated with the I studied the blade meme would fit under the category of a Mall Ninja.

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Lonely Machines – Shrine of the Mall Ninja

    [2]Urban Dictionary – Mall Ninjas

    [3]Reddit – /r/mallninjashit

    [4]RationalWiki – “Mall Ninja:”http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Mall_ninja


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    About

    Hillary Clinton Watchmen Comic refers to an alternate universe comic imagining America during the Donald Trump administration as the Watchmen comic by Alan Moore. The comic, particularly the reverence with which it paints Hillary Clinton, became a target of mockery on Twitter after the publication of it’s second part, “Hillary’s Escape,” which imagines Hillary Clinton as the Watchmen character Dr. Manhattan.

    Origin

    On January 20th, 2017, The Outline[1] published the first part of a comic strip by Aaron Edwards and Arlen Schumer called “Who Watches the Men?” The first part imagines the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the beginning of Watchmen.



    On April 26th, The Outline published the second part of the comic, which compared the way Hillary Clinton has been scorned by some after the election to the way Dr. Manhattan is scorned after it is suggested his blue skin gives people cancer (shown below).



    Spread

    Shortly after its publication, the comic began to be mocked in Weird and Leftist Twitter for the reverence with which it imagines Clinton. Twitter user @ByYourLogic[2] (Felix Biederman of Chapo Trap House) tweeted about it shortly after publication, writing “What the fuck is this?” In response, Twitter user @futurecanon photoshopped a frame of Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen saying “Just Chillin In Cedar Rapids,” a reference to an infamous Vine by the Clinton Campaign,[3] gaining 423 retweets and over 2,200 likes.



    Several other photoshops were posted to Twitter over the following two days. Several threads were posted in /r/ChapoTrapHouse[4] mocking the comic as well.

    Various Examples



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  • 04/28/17--08:04: Spongebill
  • About

    Spingebill is the main protagonist in the Spingebill YTPs. He is a creepier version of SpongeBob SquarePants. He originally appeared in SantaWithTeeth’s videos. He is known to be gay, obsessed with his dick and poisoning drinks. Actually, he is the most traumatic character in YouTube Poop, because if you look at his eyes, you will be petrified with fear.

    Origin

    He originally appeared in SantaWithTeeth’s videos.

    Spread

    W.I.P.

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  • 04/28/17--08:19: VOICE "Alien" Hotline Prank
  • Overview

    VOICE“Alien” Hotline Prank refers to a series of phone calls received by the U.S. Department of Homeland’s Security’s immigrant crime hotline, VOICE, regarding faux UFO sightings. Callers attempted to flood VOICE hotlines as a means of protesting President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

    Background

    In his first speech to congress on February 28th, 2017, President Donald Trump announced the formation of VOICE (Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement), a special office charged with collecting the stories of victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.[2]



    On April 26th, the VOICE office opened a hotline for victims to call report their stories.[2] VOICE’s homepage expressed the groups aims:[3][4]

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) established the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office to acknowledge and serve the needs of crime victims and their families who have been impacted by crimes committed by removable criminal aliens.

    This office was explicitly called for in the President’s Executive Order titled, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” dated January 25, 2017.



    That day, after seeing #AlienDay (a reference to the 1986 James Cameron sci-fi film Aliens) trending on Twitter, Twitter user @AlexanderMcCoy4[5] tweeted (shown below) “Wouldn’t it be a shame if millions of people called this hotline to report their encounters with aliens of the UFO-variety.” Within two days, the tweet received more than 3,600 retweets and 5,900 likes.



    Developments

    That day, McCoy, an army veteran, described his first call to Buzzfeed.[6]

    They asked if I had reported the crime to law enforcement. I said yes. They asked who the victim was. I said me. They said they needed to collect my information and an “engagement officer” would follow up with me about my story, and they asked for my name, address, and phone number. I gave them fake information. [When asked what the crime was] I said I had been abducted by a UFO. There was a long pause. I heard them do a big sigh. And they closed out the conversation saying that they’d make a note of it and I should wait for the DHS to investigate my report. And hung up on me. I plan to call again tomorrow.

    McCoy later clairified his aims by saying to Snopes:[10]

    What is truly beyond the pale is this illegitimate administration’s attempts to use government offices to promote bigotry, spread fear, and divide our nation. The American people are speaking out and making our voices heard that we will not tolerate an office of racist propaganda exploiting the grief of victims of crime.

    Those victims are entitled to support and justice. VOICE provides neither, it merely collects stories to slander my neighbors, my friends, people who I served honorably alongside in the United States Marine Corps. Calling to report a UFO is absurd, but no more absurd than this unacceptable, un-American program, and we will not stop until it is shut down.

    According to reports[8] from within hours, people began calling the VOICE hotline. Twitter user @RobbieGamer[9] tweeted, “Trumps’ ‘VOICE’ Hotline set up for people to report on crime from illegal aliens was reportedly overloaded with calls about space aliens.” His tweet, shown below, received more than 20,900 retweets and 43,900 likes in the first two days.



    More people encouraged others to call on Twitter. One tweet (shown below) from @dubsteppenwolf, which reads "The # for Trump’s hotline to report “criminal aliens” is 855-48-VOICE. Please do not call this number to describe plots of X-Files episodes" received more than 5,600 retweets and 8,900 likes.



    On April 27th, the website Fusion reached out to ICE for comment on the prank calls. They responded via emails, saying:[7]

    The VOICE line remains in operation. As yesterday was its first day I can’t give you any sense of whether this group had any impact at all on wait times or call volume because there’s no prior data to compare.

    I hope you won’t dignify this group with the attention they are seeking. But if you choose to do so…this group’s cheap publicity stunt is beyond the pale of legitimate public discourse. Their actions seek to obstruct and do harm to crime victims; that’s objectively despicable regardless of one’s views on immigration policy.

    The VOICE Office provides information to citizens and non-citizens alike regardless of status, race, etc., whose loved ones have been killed or injured by removable aliens. VOICE provides access to the same information you and other reporters are already able to obtain. Yet this group claims it’s somehow racist to give the same to victims of all races and nationalities? That is absurd.

    Further, openly obstructing and mocking victims crosses the line of legitimate public discourse. VOICE is a line for victims to obtain information. This group’s stunt is designed to harm victims. That is shameful.

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  • 04/28/17--09:14: Fyre Festival
  • Overview

    Fyre Festival was meant to be an expensive music festival that was to take place on a private island in Exumas, Bahamas. However, due to poor planning, many performers backed out and attendees who had arrived early were left stranded with little food and shelter, essentially creating a disaster-zone in which fights and looting broke out over resources.

    Background

    Fyre Festival was produced by entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, who announced in December of 2016 that the festival would take place between April 28th-April 30th and May 5th-May 7th 2017.[1] Tickets for the event ranged from $1,500 to $250,000, with the more expensive packages including airfare and luxury villas. On January 12th, the Fyre Festival YouTube channel uploaded a trailer for the event featuring famous models.

    On April 2nd,[2] Ja Rule tweeted a flyer for the festival announcing the headliners, including Blink-182, Migos, Major Lazer, and more (shown below). The event was also highly publicized on social media by high-profile models and influencers including Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, and Bella Hadid.

    Developments

    On May 28th, one month before the festival was supposed to begin, Twitter account @FyreFraud[6] was created in order to bring attention to misleading claims made in Fyre Festival promotional material. A week later, the Wall Street Journal reported that Fyre had difficulty paying its musical acts on time.[4] On April 26th, the day before the festival was supposed to begin in earnest, after many attendees had already either departed for or arrived at the island, Blink-182 announced on Twitter that they were backing out.[3] The band explained that they believed their performance needs would not be met.

    Attendees noticed organizational problems soon after landing. Twitter user @WNFIV reported that travellers’ luggage was handled very poorly. Several people shared photos of the disappointing accommodations.

    Some pointed out the drastic difference between the tents attendees were promised compared to the ones they actually received, and others noticed that the tents used by Fyre Festival appeared to come from a brand called Relief Tents and are meant as temporary housing for those displaced by disasters.

    One of the most-shared photos of the event came from Twitter user @trev4president, who showed off the spartan meals given to attendees at what was supposed to be a luxury event.

    As reports about the disastrous event spread, @FyreFraud posted an image claiming that a lawsuit against Fyre Festival was imminent.[10] Hopeful festival goers found themselves unable to reach the venue as flights were cancelled by Fyre in order to prevent more problems on the island.[7]

    The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism tweeted a statement about the festival, expressing disappointment at the Festival and that they were intervening to help.[11] The US Embassy has been reported to be running military-rescue missions to retrieve attendees, though that is unconfirmed.[12] As of April 28th, 2017, it is unclear if patrons will be refunded, as the website for the festival states “All sales are final. There are no refunds.”[9] However, a tweet from @DylanACOP says that a “piece of computer paper” was going around the festival for people to sign so that they could get refunds (shown below).

    Social Media Reaction

    Social media users responded with schadenfreude, taking some glee in the conditions the rich attendees were facing. /r/fyrefestival was quickly filled with more trolling than genuine discussion about the event, so submissions started getting tagged as “verified” to help readers keep track.[8] Posters in 4chan threads about the event had difficulty distinguishing the fake reports from the real ones.[6] Some of the reactions on Twitter were covered in Telegraph.[9]

    On hipinion,[13] users compared the disaster to Dashcon, photoshopping that event’s infamous ball pit into pictures from Fyre Festival.

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  • 04/28/17--09:23: ARMS
  • About

    Arms is a fighting video game announced by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch.

    History

    Arms was first announced during the initial reveal of the Nintendo Switch on January 12,2017.

    Gameplay

    Arms as a fighting game differentiates itself from the standard as it can allow up to four players to choose a fighter and battle using a wide variety of extendable arms to knock out opponents in a three-dimensional arena.

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  • 04/28/17--10:37: Begone, Thot
  • About

    “Begone, Thot” is a slang expression used as a dismissal of someone who is considered a “thot”. Online, the phrase is often used to caption image macros featuring characters with glowing red eyes.

    Origin

    On April 28th, 2015, Twitter user @HollywoodHefner[6] tweeted a mock advertisement for a spray bottle labelled “Thot / Bitch be gone spray” (shown below). Within two years, the tweet gathered more than 820 retweets and 550 likes.



    Spread

    On January 5th, 2017, Redditor HanzK submitted a post titled “Begone, Thot Memes on the Rise” to /r/MemeEconomy.[3] On January 22nd, Malik Obama tweeted the phrase “Cucks and Thots begone!” (shown below). Within three months, the tweet gained over 3,100 likes and 1,500 retweets.



    On February 12th, YouTuber producesasan uploaded an edited video of Regie Fils-Aime shooting lasers out of his eyes at a woman while a deep voice says the phrase “Begone, thot” (shown below, left). On February 28th, DeviantArtist hakike--guro[1] uploaded a photoshopped picture of the character Fred Jones from Scooby-Doo with glowing eyes along with the caption “Be Gone / Thot” (shown below, right).



    On March 28th, YouTuber NVan Gaming uploaded a video in which a young man yells the phrase “Begone, thot!” while looking directly at the camera (shown below). Within one month, the video gained over 61,000 views.



    On April 3rd, 2017, Urban Dictionary[4] user Ztsd_🅱️ submitted an entry for “begone thot,” defining it as an “expulsion” or “banishment” of a thot. On April 14th, the NVan Gamingvideo was submitted to /r/YouTubeHaiku.[2]



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    [1]DeviantArt – To all the Papyton shippers

    [2]Reddit – Be Gone=

    [3]Reddit – Begone thot memes on the rise

    [4]Urban Dictionary – Begone thot

    [5]DeviantArt – Begone Thot

    [6]Twitter – @HollywoodHefner


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    About

    Rare Picture of Men Discovering Fire refers to a series exploitable photoshop images of two cavemen attempting to set a fire underneath the caption “rare picture of man discovering fire.” Online, people would photoshop different images, generally an album cover, into the center of the picture.

    Origin

    The photo of the two cavemen comes from a diorama found inside the National Museum of Mongolian History in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.[1][2]



    On January 24th, 2015, Twitter user @Karennnn_15 tweeted one of the earliest versions of this picture as a meme, photoshopping a small photograph of a woman into the picture. She captioned the tweeted “rare pic of men discovering fire.”



    Spread

    Later that day, two Twitter users posted the same caveman image with two different album covers photoshopped into the photograph. Twitter user @RAPUNXEL4EVER[3] tweeted the image (shown below, left) with album cover for Azealia Banks’ Broke with Expensive Taste becoming the focus, garnering more than 170 retweets and 230 likes, then user @dancenatic[4] tweeted the image (shown below, right)with Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint album cover taking focus, receiving more than 1,400 retweets and 1,700 likes.



    On June 23rd, Twitter user @LoganPaul[5] shared a variation (shown below) with the album cover for A$AP Rocky’s At Long Last A$AP in the center. The tweet garnered more than 330 likes and 950 retweets.


    On November 17th, 2016, Redditor din7[6] posted a variation to the subreddit /r/trippinthroughtime with The Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) cover. The post receive more than 7,200 points (92% upvoted) in five months.



    On February 14th, 2017, the Facebook group Pitbull Memes shared a varitation with Pitbull’s Original Hits cover. The image received more than 600 reactions and 26 shares.



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  • 04/28/17--11:19: 10 Bands I've Seen
  • About

    10 Bands I’ve Seen Live is a social game from Facebook social game in which the poster lists ten concerts they’ve attended, one of which is a lie, inviting their friends to guess which one they have not seen.

    Origin

    On April 25th, 2017, Facebook user Tommy Casserino[1] posted a status that read “Why not?
    10 bands that I’ve seen live – except I’m bullshitting about one of them. Which one is fake?” followed by ten bands (shown below).



    Spread

    Over the following day, the trend became a massive trend on Facebook, as users copied the format.



    However, the wide spread of the trend quickly generated backlash. CNN,[2] The New York Post,[3] New York Magazine,[4] and Slate[5] all claimed the meme was terrible and expressed their exhaustion with it. The frustration quickly inspired parody edits of the format, some of which were also covered by those publications.

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  • 04/28/17--12:11: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • About

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of fiction books written by the American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney. All the main books are the journals of the main character, Greg Heffley. Befitting a teen’s diary, the books are filled with hand-written notes and simple drawings of Greg’s daily adventures.

    History

    In January 1998, Diary of a Wimpy Kid officially began, when Kinney brought up an idea about a middle-school weakling named Greg Heffley, who wrote about his personal life. In May 2004, FunBrain and Kinney released an online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The website made daily entries until June 2005.

    Movie Series

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of films based on the series of books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. The series consists of four films: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) and the upcoming fourth film Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017).

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