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    About

    “How Creative People See the World” is a short series of comics that were intended to show creativity which seemed to be lacking in quote “ordinary” people. These comics were the source of parody and ridicule by many, due to the comic’s perceived pretentiousness.

    Origin

    The original comic was posted on Brightside in 2016[1] (exact date unknown). The series of comics consists of duel panels where is has two similar subject manners, labeling one as seen by supposed “Ordinary People” and the other by “Creative People” while incorporating fantasy element into the prior one.





    Spread

    Despite being posted in 2016, the comic gained didn’t gain much attention until April 2017. It was then that the comic was was posted in the Facebook Group “thank mr banky”[2] which shared and mocked the comics. The website College Humor created a post about the comic on April 28th 2017[3] posting people’s reactions to the comics, as well as several tweets that had made their own joke versions mocking the comics. Cheezburger also created a simmilar post a few days later[4]

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    About

    “I LOVE” is a quote from a QVC ad for a Nonstick Miracle Meatloaf Pan Commercial, it gained popularity when Glove And Boots shared it on their first live stream.

    Origins

    The orignal video was Published on Feb 22, 2015 by QVCtv on youtube, the orignal video was to advertise a Meatloaf pan.

    Spread

    on May 1, 2017, Popular Youtube channel Glove and Boots[1] performed their first livestream.[2]
    around 40 minutes into the stream, Fafa brings up a video they watched while looking for products to test on one of their skits on the channel. They shared this Miracle Meatloaf Pan commercial and everyone was laughing at how disgusting the product looked.

    Soon after that, they cut to about 5 mins into the video where they point out the man in the video named David Venable expresses how much he likes the meatloaf.

    They then mimic their mouth movements to the guy saying “I LOVE

    Many people on the stream were quoted as saying “Best new meme of 2017” to which Mario and Fafa even showed joy in the fact people enjoyed that clip:
    We had laughed at this video for so long, we didn’t know if it was just us or it was actually funny

    External References

    [1]Glove and Boots Youtube Channel
    fn2. Glove and Boots – Our First Live Stream!


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  • 05/03/17--06:32: The Soviets as a 4th race
  • The meme was a short lived meme where one would advocate for a fourth race in StarCraft remasterd witch would be the Soviets


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  • 05/03/17--07:49: Melania Trump
  • About

    Melania Trump is a Slovenian-born model married to President Donald Trump. She is the First Lady of the United States.

    History

    Melania Trump, born Melania Knauss, was born in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, then part of Yugoslavia.[1] She began modeling at age 5 and began doing commercials at age 16. She moved to New York City at age 26 and appeared on the covers of In Style Weddings, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, and more. She became a lawful permanent resident of the United States in 2001. She began seeing Donald Trump in 1999 and married him in 2005. In 2006, she gave birth to her only son, Barron Trump.

    Political Career

    Melania played a small role in her husband’s campaign in the 2016 United States Presidential Election compared to most spouses of political candidates. As first lady, she has pledged to make one of her signature efforts combatting bullying in schools and cyberbullying. In February of 2017, she sued The Daily Mail for $150 million for an August 2016 article that said she had worked as an escort in her modeling days.

    Speech Plagiarism

    On July 18th, 2016, Melania delivered the keynote speech for the opening night of the RNC, which immediately drew accusations of plagiarism from journalists and the social media for lifting entire passages from Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, as well as bemusing speculations from internet news blogs[2] on whether Melania inadvertently or knowingly rickrolled the audience by saying “he will never give up and, most importantly, he will never, ever let you down.” On the 20th, Trump staff writer Meredith McIver took responsibility for lifting the passage from Michelle Obama’s speech. The incident led to the hashtag#FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes in which people attributed famous historical quotes to Melania Trump (shown below).


    Nude Photo Leak

    On July 30th, 2016, The New York Post[8] published leaked photographs of Melania Trump from a nude photoshoot she did in 1995. Gawker[9] wondered if this was a planted by Donald Trump as a distraction from the Khzir Khan Controversy" Trump had embroiled himself in at the time.

    Slut-shaming Debate

    Melania Trump’s past as a model had become a subject of debate in the campaign, as some found it unsightly that a potential future first lady had posted nude in magazines. This led to a debate on whether or not it was okay to slut-shame Melania Trump. In February of 2017, model Emily Ratajkowski tweeted a series of statements that said regardless of politics it is never okay to slutshame someone. These were covered by The Huffington Post,[10] US News,[11] and more.

    Tweet Favorite Controversy

    For 45 minutes on the evening of May 2nd, 2017, Melania Trump’s personal Twitter[3] account had favorited a tweet by @AndyOstroy[4] that read “Seems the only #Wall @realDonaldTrump’s built is the one between him and @FLOTUS #Melania #trump.” Twitter instantly took notice that the tweet, only the second-ever tweet liked by Melania’s account, implied that she hated her husband.



    The like was removed by 10:53 that evening with no comment.[5] Nevertheless, the moment led to speculation as to what the like meant. Bloggers from Select All, Gizmodo,[6]BBC,[7] and more wondered if it was done by one of Trump’s social media employees, or if the tweet was favorited in earnest, falling in line with the #FreeMelania hashtag that spawned after the Inauguration of Donald Trump.

    Related Memes

    #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes

    #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes is a satirical hashtag used to falsely attribute famous quotes and popular song lyrics to Melania Trump, the wife of the presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in mocking her speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention, which quickly came under intense media scrutiny and accusations of plagiarism due to its similarities to a speech given by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

    On July 18th, 2016, Melania Trump delivered a speech in support of her husband’s candidacy for president at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Following the speech, many accused her of plagiarizing portions of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech (shown below).



    That evening, actor Jesse Williams launched the hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrump quotes, which mocked Trump by falsely attributing famous quotes and song lyrics to her (shown below).



    #FreeMelania

    #FreeMelania and #SaveMelania are hashtags often accompanied by jokes that Donald Trump’s wife Melania is a prisoner that is in need of being saved from her husband. During the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20th, 2017, Melania Trump was filmed briefly smiling at her husband before making what appeared to be a frown immediately after he turned away (shown below). Following the ceremony, a video clip of the moment began circulating online, with many speculating that Melania Trump was unhappy in her marriage.



    On January 24th, Twitter user @Istanbul_Themes posted the clip of Melania Trump frowning at her husband’s inauguration with the caption “#FreeMelania Blink twice if you want us to save you” shown below.




    First Lady Portrait

    Melania Trump’s First Lady Portrait refers to the first official portrait of the First Lady of the United States Melania Trump, which was widely discussed and photoshopped online following after being posted to Twitter in early April 2017. On April 3rd, 2017, Melania Trump tweeted her official portrait as First Lady of the United States (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet gained over 57,000 likes and 11,000 retweets.



    That day, Redditor Steve-2112 submitted the portrait in a post urging viewers to “show this wonderful FLOTUS some love” to the /r/The_Donald subreddit, where it gained over 9,100 (89% upvoted) and 220 comments in 24 hours. Meanwhile, Redditor Elelegante101 submitted the portrait to /r/photoshopbattles, where several users replied with photoshopped versions of the picture (shown below).



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  • 05/03/17--09:15: I Have The High Ground
  • About

    “I Have the High Ground” is a catchphrase based on a line said by Obi-Wan Kenobi in the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith. Online, the phrase is often used in Prequel Memes, i.e. jokes regarding Star Wars: Episodes I, II and III.

    Origin

    “I have the high ground” is a line from the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith. During the film’s climax, in which the characters Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) duel on the fire planet Mustafar, Obi-Wan leaps over Anakin’s head and onto a nearby hill. There he yells, “It’s over, Anakin. I have the high ground.”



    The line has become a fan favorite inspiring memes, jokes, and other media. One of the earliest iterations comes by way of a Lego-themed webcomic on the website Irregular Webcomic,[1] published February 24th, 2006 (shown below).



    Among the first versions of the line as a meme is a Demotivational Poster,. On November 9th, 2009, Motifake user Bartimus[2] posted an image from the scene with the caption “You’ve Lost.”



    Spread

    Since 2013, the phrase “I have the higher ground” has been a popular catchphrase on 4chan’s /tv/ board with users referring to it in conversation about Obi-Wan or the prequel trilogy.[6][7][8][9]

    On May 26th, 2016, the stop-motion animated television series Robot Chicken parodied the “high ground” scene by having the the character Obi-Wan refer to his ownership of the high ground to justify his morally questionable behavior. Within one year, the clip has more than 2 million views on YouTube.



    “I have the high ground” has become very popular on the subreddit /r/PrequelMemes,[5] where the quote is frequently inserted into other meme forms. On February 12th, 2017, Redditor yeezus-christ-[3] shared an Increasingly Verbose Meme (show below, left) using the line, garnering more than 1,300 points (96% upvoted) and 30 comments. That day, another user, ItsJonesyy,[4] posted a three-panel combining the “high ground” scene with images from The Avengers. The post received more than 1,200 points (98 upvoted) and 20 comments in two months.



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  • 05/03/17--10:25: Lord Forgive Me
  • About

    Lord Forgive Me is a phrasal meme associated with sarcastically edgy pictures in which the subject is praying for God’s forgiveness that he/she will be returning to a life of sin and violence. The pictures are often deep fried and feature children’s cartoon characters.

    Origin

    On November 10th, 2015, Reddit user suctionpolecat uploaded an image macro of Bugs Bunny from Looney Toons holding a gun accompanied with the phrase “Lord Forgive Me But Its Time To Go Back To The Old Me” to /r/terriblefacebookmemes.[1] This suggests the image appeared on Facebook before suctionpolecat’s post, but has likely since been deleted. The post gained 102 points (shown below).



    Spread

    In the coming years, the phrase was accompanied with various cartoon and children’s characters such as Mario and Luigi, as well as a photo of a piece of art by Banksy, and more. There were also edits that turned the caption into a snowclone. For example, one found a picture of Fred Flinstone captioned “Forgive Me For What I Must Yabba Dabba Doo”was posted to me_irl on July 24th, 2016 (shown below).



    Various Examples



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    External References

    [1]/r/terriblefacebookmemes – Thugs Bunny


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  • 05/03/17--12:08: I Am the Senate
  • About

    I Am The Senate is a quote from Chancellor Palpatine in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith that grew into a popular phrasal meme in Star Wars-related subreddits.

    Origin

    In Star Wars Episode III, Chancellor Palpatine is approached by Mace Windu who intends to arrest him. After telling the Chancellor, “The senate will decide your fate,” Palpatine replies, “I am the Senate” (shown below).



    Spread

    The quote had commonly been used in sheev posting in the years following the film. For example, on September 2nd, 2016, an image macro was uploaded to me_irl[3] referencing the joke. On September 15th, 2016, the Facebook page Just Jedi Things[2] posted a 3 Drinks Later variation using Palpatine captioned “I Am The Senate.” On December 27th, 2016, TheDSTudge[1] posted a 3 Drinks Later meme using an image macro of Palpatine saying he is the Senate to /r/prequelmemes. This was one of the earliest examples of what would grow into wide spread of “I Am The Senate” memes (shown below).



    At the beginning of 2017, many more variations of “I Am The Senate” memes were posted on various meme-focused subreddits such as /r/dankmemes, /r/prequelmemes, and /r/me_irl. On January 27th, The Daily Dot[4] included “I Am The Senate” in a list of several memes taken from Revenge of the Sith that had been growing popular on Reddit that month. On April 16th, user DreadfortLord uploaded one of the most popular “I Am the Senate” memes, gaining over 2,400 points (shown below).



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  • 05/03/17--12:30: Prequel Memes
  • About

    Prequel Memes refer to a subset of memes that deal exclusively with images, lines, or content from the Star Wars prequel films: Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith.

    Origin

    On May 19th, 1999, the first Star Wars prequel, Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace opened worldwide. One of the most anticipated films of all time, the film became an immediate source of debate and criticism, resulting in more than $1 billion at the box office[1] but a 55% on Rotten Tomatoes.[2] The amount of conversation about the movie made an instant source of online jokes, particularly regarding the character of Jar Jar Binks.

    However, the one of the earliest (if not the first) prequel meme is Darth Vader’s Noooooooooooo! from Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith. On May 20th, 2005, the YTMND user Redily[7] created the YTMND“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!”[8] which depicted a still from the newly released Star Wars Episode III, along with the sound byte of Darth Vader saying the phrase ‘Nooooo!’



    Four years later, in December 2009, Red Letter Media released their infamous 70-minute review of The Phantom Menace. The video has since received more than 7.7 million views on YouTube. The produciton company has gone on to produce reviews of the other two prequels as well.



    Spread

    Prequel Memes have been especially popular on Facebook, where groups and communities share memes. One of the earliest Star Wars prequel fan pages, Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Society," launched on April 30th, 2013.[5] Beginning in 2015, numerous Prequel Meme-specific pages began launching on Facebook. On May 5th, Kit Fisto-core began posting, making it among the earliest Prequel Meme communities. Other popular pages include Star Wars Shit Posting,[9] Star Wars Prequel Memes,[10] Star Wars Battle Front II-core,[12] Star Wars Sithposting,[13] and Younglings-Core,[11] which boasts more than 40,000 likes and 40,000 followers. Many Facebook pages contain the suffix “-core” presumably to both differentiate it as a meme site as well as making a reference to the Episode I character Boss Nass’ delivery of the like “the planet core” (shown below).



    On December 27th, 2016, the subreddit /r/PrequelMemes launched. Within four months, the board had garnered more than 199,600 subscribers. A month after the launch of the subreddit, a thread by Redditor Squarefight in the subreddit /r/OutOfTheLoop asked about the rise of Prequel Memes, which received more than 170 points (90% upvoted) in three months.[5] On March 13th, 2017, Vice’s Motherboard covered a meme war between /r/PrequelMemes and /r/SequelMemes, a subreddit which started about two weeks after /r/PrequelMemes.[3][4] On April 24th, the film website IndieWire published an article on /r/PrequelMemes, indicating that memes may be changing people’s opinions on the movies.[8]



    Various Examples

    Now This Is Podracing

    Now This Is Podracing is a memorable quote uttered by the character Anakin Skywalker (played by Jake Lloyd) in the 1999 science fiction film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, the fourth installment of the space opera film series Star Wars. The quote is often mocked online for being emblematic of Lloyd’s poorly received performance in the film.



    I Am the Senate

    I Am The Senate is a quote from Chancellor Palpatine in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith that grew into a popular phrasal meme in Star Wars-related subreddits.



    Execute Order 66

    Execute Order 66 is a line said by Chancellor Palpatine in _Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith that sparked numerous image macros in the years following its release and resurfaces amidst the Star Wars Episode III meme revival in early 2017.



    I Have The High Ground

    I Have the High Ground is a catchphrase based on a line said by Obi-Wan Kenobi in the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith. Online, the phrase is often used in Prequel Memes, i.e. jokes regarding Star Wars: Episodes I, II and III.



    The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis The Wise

    The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis ‘The Wise’ is a copypasta originating from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Online, it has gained popularity as a meme among Star Wars fans.



    You Were The Chosen One!

    You were the chosen one! is a quote from the 2005 science fiction film Star Wars: Episode III– Revenge of the Sith that is used to express disappointment in someone or something that was once previously seen as promising. On the web, the quote is often referenced in the form of an image macro based on a still shot of Obi-Wan Kenobi from the corresponding scene in the film.

    Well Whadya Know

    Well Whadya Know is a memorable quote uttered by the alien character Dex in the film Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones. Online, the phrase is frequently used in conjunction with screenshots from the film to express feigned surprise, or used as the subject line for Star Wars-related posts.



    Sheev Posting

    Sheev Posting is the act of parodying the Star Wars villain Darth Sidious, whose birth name was revealed to be Sheev Palpatine in the 2014 novel Tarkin. Similar to the practice of Baneposting. among the fans of The Dark Knight films, sheev posting typically takes the form of image macros and photoshopped parodies based on still images of the character as portrayed in the franchise, most notably scenes from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith wherein Palpatine reveals himself as a Sith Lord.



    This is Where the Fun Begins

    This is Where the Fun Begins is an image macro series featuring a screen capture of the character Anakin Skywalker from a scene in the 2005 film Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith.



    Another Happy Landing

    Another Happy Landing refers to a quote uttered by the character Obi-Wan Kenobi in the film Star Wars: Episode III-- Revenge of the Sith. This piece of dialogue has been the frequent subject of jokes via image macros and YouTube remixes, emphasizing actor Ewan McGregor’s speedy line reading.



    I Don’t Like Sand

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

    Obi-Wan Hates

    Obi-Wan Hates AKA Force Push started as a YTMND fad using an exploitable scene taken from the 1999 film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The animated gifs used in many of these YTMNDs have also spread to 4chan, and a number of the YTMND Compilation videos can be found on Yotube.

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  • 05/03/17--13:23: When You Unlock a New Skin
  • About

    When You Unlock a New Skin is an image macro series juxtaposing pictures of various people or characters to suggest that they are video game characters equipped with different skins to alter their appearance in-game.

    Origin

    In many single player and online games, players can unlock new skins for their characters by progressing in the game, completing achievements or purchasing with in-game currency. On May 1st, Redditor _Meme_Sauce submitted photographs of Adolf Hitler wearing two different colored outfits with the caption “When you unlock a new skin for your character” to /r/dankmemes[2], where it received more than 2,900 points (98% upvoted) within 48 hours (shown below).



    Spread

    On May 2nd, Redditor venb0y submitted a picture of Kim Jong-un next to “Psy”: with the caption “when you unlock a new skin for your character” (shown below, left). Within 24 hours, the post gathered upwards of 3,900 points (98% upvoted) and 20 comments on /r/dankmemes.[1] The following day, Redditor atr2718 posted an image macro juxtaposing Adolf Hitler with PewDiePie, accumulating more than 4,500



    Meanwhile, Redditor Bill_Cosby666 submitted the Kim Jong-un and Psy image to /r/MemeEconomy, asking the community if the “When you unlock a new skin memes” were a “good short term investment.” In less than 24 hours, the post gained over 6,300 points (96% upvoted) and 45 comments.

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  • 05/03/17--14:23: Issa
  • Issa is a phrase, slang for “it’s a,” popularized by rapper 21 Savage when he used it in an interview with VladTV in 2016.

    Origin

    The phrase can be heard at 5:47 in the original interview on YouTube. He used the phrase “issa knife” when asked what the “cross” on his head signified.


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  • 05/03/17--16:00: Homer Like Button
  • Origin

    The “Homer Like Button” meme is a meme that originates from the site MemeCenter by an user Anth depicting Homer slamming on a button reading “Like Button” which gives Homer lens flare eyes and a distorted effect in the next image. The meme is also a sub-division of the Smash the like meme from which it lends it’s comedic value and joke from.

    Further exposure

    The meme got further exposure in the Facebook meme groups where multiple photoshopped variation of the content can be found in comments sections to react towards certain situations fitting with what is displayed on the button. The further edited images also appear to be slightly cropped to make the image fit better under a comment and to crop a watermark.


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  • 05/03/17--18:18: Korey's Gamecube
  • About

    Korey’s Gamecube is a meme of a sponsor advertisment Gamefly from the youtube channel Double Toasted.

    Origin

    On September 5, 2016, Double Toasted[1] uploaded a video a movie review on Yoga Hosers, in which it has a sponsor Gamefly Korey mentioned about his broken gamecube.

    Spread

    Due to it’s continuous playing in their videos. Youtube comments have started to poke fun of the advertisement.

    Fan Art

    Fan art has been made due to it’s recent popularity.

    External References

    [1]Youtube Channel- TDouble Toasted

    [2]Site – Double toasted

    [3]Twitter – Tom Cruise’s Twitter


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  • 05/04/17--02:16: Car Sensitivity
  • Classic symptoms of car sensitivity

    • Takes ‘excessively’ good care of the car and is very touchy around it.
    • Is afraid that something will happen with their car and is therefore often overprotecting.
    • Has trouble driving others around in their car.
    • Is convinced that authorized auto repair workshops are far too expensive and fully fail to visit them.
    • Always washes and polishes the car by hand.
    • Has a ban on bringing food and drinks in the car. The same goes for dirty clothes and shoes.
    • Removes pebbles from tires.
    • Parks far from other cars in parking spaces.
    • Refrains from driving in the rain.
    • Never lends their car to kids and other family members.
    • Uses protective covers whenever possible.


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  • 05/04/17--03:09: Car Sensitive
  • Classic symptoms of car sensitivity

    • Takes ‘excessively’ good care of the car and is very touchy around it.
    • Is afraid that something will happen with their car and is therefore often overprotecting.
    • Has trouble driving others around in their car.
    • Is convinced that authorized auto repair workshops are far too expensive and fully fail to visit them.
    • Always washes and polishes the car by hand.
    • Has a ban on bringing food and drinks in the car. The same goes for dirty clothes and shoes.
    • Removes pebbles from tires.
    • Parks far from other cars in parking spaces.
    • Refrains from driving in the rain.
    • Never lends their car to kids and other family members.
    • Uses protective covers whenever possible.

    There are certain ways to adverse the symptoms, such as car covers, shoe covers, nano technology and simply never driving the car. But there’s really only one true cure, which is visiting an authorized auto repair workshop to learn that the car is in good hands and it won’t cost a fortune to receive great service.


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  • 05/04/17--03:37: CarSensitive
  • There are certain ways to adverse the symptoms, such as car covers, shoe covers, nano technology and simply never driving the car. But there’s really only one true cure, which is visiting an authorized auto repair workshop to learn that the car is in good hands and it won’t cost a fortune to receive great service.


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  • 05/04/17--04:01: CarSensitivity
  • The disorder is usually caused by a conviction that taking your car to an authorized auto repair workshop is either too expensive or the service is too poor.

    This leads to car owners being uncommonly protective around their cars and the disorder often reaches such a level, that it inflicts other peoples lives in a negative way.


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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.

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    [1]Lonely Machines – Shrine of the Mall Ninja

    [2]Urban Dictionary – Mall Ninjas

    [3]Reddit – /r/mallninjashit

    [4]RationalWiki – Mall Ninja


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    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.

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