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  • 06/14/12--21:55: All Right Gentlemen
  • All Right Gentlemen is a comic strip originated from a webcomic made by hiimdaisy.

    Link of original source


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  • 06/15/12--09:42: What Have I Done?
  • My nephew had his first birthday party and we brought his cake to him. He looked at it funny and wasnt sure what it was with the bright colors of the icing. We fed him some of the icing which he clearly didnt like and looked horrified at all of us standing over him. The horrified look he gave was hilarious. The picture looks more like as if he just realized that he had done something really bad.


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  • 06/27/12--08:47: Drunk Baby
  • Work in progress. Feel free to request editorship

    About

    Drunk Baby is an advice animal series featuring images of babies that appear to be drunk or with hangover.

    Origin

    Researching

    Spread

    Researching

    Search Insights


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  • 06/27/12--10:22: Screenshots of Despair



  • About

    Screenshots of Despair is a single topic blog showcasing screen captures of frequently encountered status notifications or pop-up messages that can be interpreted as socially alienating or disparaging by the reader, particularly in regard to one’s self-esteem or social status. The images gained attention in the news media and the blogosphere for its affiliation with New Aesthetic[14], a term which refers the blending process of virtual and physical worlds and languages.

    Origin

    The blog[1] was started on February 28th, 2012 by Josh Kimball[2], an executive editor of a consumer trend reporting firm in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Three images were shared on the first day, featuring screenshots from the iPhone Game Center (below left), Facebook (below right) and music player Spotify.



    Precursor

    The blog was inspired by Rob Walker’s Gallery of Default Anonymity[3], a compilation article of default profile avatars taken from social media platforms like Facebook, Tumblr and Vimeo, that was published via his personal blog in 2009. Similar screenshots have also been seen in self-deprecating rage comics, specifically ones featuring Forever Alone and Okay Guy. These instances focus on the reactions of the characters after encountering these social networking notifications.



    Spread

    The first article about Screenshots of Despair was posted on Design Observer[4] on March 21st, 2012. The article was written by Rob Walker, who did not know at the time that his 2009 blog post was part of the reason the Tumblr blog existed.[5] Between March 22nd and 26th, the blog was featured on Gawker[6], culture blog Refinery 29[7], the Verge[8], the Washington Post[9], Neatorama[10], TechCrunch[11], Laughing Squid[12] and the Huffington Post.[13]

    Notable Examples




    Search Interest



    External References


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    About

    Girls That Looks Like Skrillex (GTLLS) is a single topic blog featuring photographs of women with one side of their head shaved in a style reminiscent of the electronic music producer Skrillex.

    Origin

    The Tumblr blog “Girls That Look Like Skrillex”[1] was launched on April 2nd, 2011, with the first post calling for viewers to submit photos of women with Skrillex’ hair style. The same day, four photos were published of women with one side of their head shaved.



    Precursor

    The trend of opposite gender lookalike blogs began with the “Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber”[12] blog launched on March 2nd, 2010. The posts featured photographs of women with short side-swept hair-styles resembling pop star Justin Bieber, mocking the subject’s androgyny. As of June 27th, 2012, the blog has published a total of 1,794 posts.



    Spread

    On April 4th, 2011, the GTLLS Tumblr was linked in a thread on the electronic music forum Plur Life[7], where several members replied with additional photos from the blog. The same day, Skrillex posted a link to the Tumblr via his official Twitter[11] account (shown below).



    On October 24th, LA Weekly[10] published a post titled “Top Five Girls Who Look Like Skrillex”, listing several notable women who wore the undershave hairstyle. On November 8th, YouTuber ElectricValentineVid uploaded a music video titled “You Got Skrillex Hair”, featuring lyrical references to men rejecting women for wearing the undershave hair-style.



    On December 20th, BodyBuilding Forums[4] member ShortStacks submitted a post titled “Girls that Look Like Skrillex (I dont even)”, which received over 40 replies within 24 hours.
    On January 2nd, 2012, the pop culture blog Stuiff You Will Hate[8] published a post criticizing the trendy hair-style and referred to the women as “hipster trash.” On January 7th, a compilation of notable photos from the GTLLS blog were published on the Internet humor site The Chive.[9] On January 10th, the “Girls That Look Like Skrillex” Facebook[5] page was launched.



    On February 11th, the YouTuber Noisey uploaded a video titled “Girls That Look Like Skrillex” (shown above), which featured several people discussing the GTLLS and “Cooking With Skrillex” blogs. On February 15th, Redditor BrianTheLady submitted the Tumblr to the /r/Skrillex[3] subreddit in a post titled “Girls That Look Like Skrillex: one of the best tumblrs ive seen.”

    Notable Examples




    Search Interest

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    About

    You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means is a phrased used be the fictional character Inigo Montoya in the 1987 movie The Princess Bride.

    Origin

    [Vizzini has just cut the rope The Dread Pirate Roberts is climbing up]

    Vizzini: HE DIDN’T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE.

    Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    Notable Examples



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  • 06/27/12--15:18: MissHannahMinx
  • About

    This entry is still being made.

    MissHannahMinx (real name Hannah Minx) is a YouTube personality and celebrity who creates videos which are meant to teach people basic Japanese language, culture, and travel tips. Since her YouTube debut in 2009, she has proved herself to be popular, having over 350,000 subscribers and a combined video view total of over 10,000,000. She is well-known for having anime-like features such as large eyes and very large breasts.

    Online History

    Minx’s first YouTube video, entitled “Bikes in Tokyo”, was uploaded on March 18th, 2009. The video describes her point of view about the bicycles in Tokyo. As of June 2012, the video has over 450,000 views.

    Criticism

    Due to the fact that she wears outfits that display large amounts of cleavage, she has been accused of being a slut.


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  • 06/28/12--06:47: Bombshell Bartender
  • Capitalizing upon the easy success of posting memes based upon attractive women, the “Bombshell Bartender” possesses the merits of being immediately eye-catching while also easily referencing sexuality and alcohol.


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  • 06/28/12--07:15: Idol Step Series
  • About

    Idol Step Series, also known as Idol Step with Mojipittan (Japanese: もじぴったんでアイドルステップ, Mojipittan De Aidoru Suteppu)in Japan, refers to a series of hand-drawn animated dance videos featuring “Futari no Mojipittan (fine c’est la mix)” which is the remixed version of the theme sound track for Namco’s word puzzle game series Kotoba no Puzzle: Mojipittan[1].

    Origin

    The remix version of the theme song “fine c’est la mix” is composed by a Japanese famous music producer Yasutaka Nakata.[2]

    The first instance of this series was uploaded to Nico Nico Douga (NND) on April 8th, 2008, titled “Kamo-Pittan”.[3] The guy performing typical dance step of Japanese idols is Kamotaro Ito from a Japanes anime/manga series Gintama.[4]



    According to an article for this series in Nico Nico Pedia[5], this dance step is inspired by a Japanese idol Aya Matsuura.[6]

    Spread

    Other amatuer illustrators soon began mimicking the video style by using the audio track with various characters because its editing style was quite convenient. As of January 2012, the amount of videos related to this series on NND is over 240.[7]

    In additon, by the popularity of this series, this dance step is included to the other hand-drawn animation fad Tamifluriver Dance.

    Notable Examples

    For more videos, check out the videos section in this entry.



    Left: Touhou Project[8] | Right: Pokemon[9]

    Left: THE iDOLM@STER[10] | Right: EarthBound / Mother[11]

    Search Interest

    [Not Available]

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

    [1] Wikipedia – Kotoba no Puzzle: Mojipittan

    [2] Wikipedia – Yasutaka Nakata

    [3] Nico Nico Douga – 【手書き金魂】かもぴったん【銀/魂】 / Posted on 04-08-2008

    [4] Wikipedia – Gin Tama

    [5] Nico Nico Pedia – もじぴったんでアイドルステップ (Japanese)

    [6] Wikipedia – Aya Matsuura

    [7] Nico Nico Douga – Search results for もじぴったんでアイドルステップ

    [8] Nico Nico Douga – 【東方】地霊殿ぴったん / Posted on 10-19-2008

    [9] Nico Nico Douga – 【手描きポケモン】アイドルステップっぽいもの【BW+α】 / Posted on 05-02-2011

    [10] Nico Nico Douga – 【アイドルマスター】プチ小鳥さんがアイドルステップ【ドット絵】 / Posted on 11-12-2008

    [11] Nico Nico Douga – 【ネス】まざぴったん【リュカ】 / Posted on 06-03-2008


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  • 06/28/12--07:46: Rolling Series
  • About

    Rolling Series, also known as Rolling with Rolling Girl (Japanese: ローリングガール転がってみた, Rolling Girl Korogatte Mita), refers to a style of hand-drawn animated videos that various kind of characters are literally rolling with a popular Vocaloid song “Rolling Girl”.



    Origin

    The first instance of this fad was uploaded to Nico Nico Douga (NND) to celebrate the 4th anniversary of Miku Hatsune by a user Gagame (ががめ) on August 31st[1] and September 1st[2] of 2010.



    The 1st video (shown left) uses a singing cover. The 2nd one (shown right) uses the original Miku Hatune version.

    Spread

    Both video were able to reach a large audience partly due to it’s incorporation of Miku Hatsune phenomena. Then, other amatuer illustrators began mimicking the video style by using the audio track with various characters. As of January 2012, the amount of videos in this series on NND is about 200[3] and many of them are uploaded to YouTube.[4]

    Notable Examples

    For more videos, check out the videos section in this entry.


    Left: Puella Magi Madoka Magica[5] | Right: Dance(?) Cover[6]


    Left: Miku Miku Dance[7] | Right: Billy Herrington[8]

    Search Interest

    [Not Available]

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.


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  • 06/28/12--14:13: Brand Spirit


  • About

    Brand Spirit is a single topic blog featuring a collection of 100 well-known consumer products painted entirely white.

    Origin

    Brand Spirit[1] was created by New York based branding and design strategist Andrew Miller[2] in March 2012. His goal was “to reduce the object to its purest form” by removing all labels and markings from the item. The first post was made on March 13th, showing a Heinz ketchup packet.



    Precursor

    In the 1980s, several companies began experimenting with a “no brand” marketing strategy[16] by manufacturing their items in a way that resembled the the simplified packaging of generic brands.[17] In Japan, no-brand brands have been popularized by Muji[18], a retail company known for the minimalist designs and lack of name on their products. Since there is no specific “brand,” the company does not spend a lot on advertising, relying on word of mouth for their success.[19]



    Spread

    Design and internet culture blog PSFK[3] was the first to report on Brand Spirit on March 21st, 2012. The article encouraged users to go through the images and see if they were still able to identify the items. Throughout May, the blog was featured on Gizmodo[4], The Next Web[5], Trendland[6] and design blog Swiss Miss.[7] The coverage continued from April through June, recieving mentions on the Huffington Post[8], Hypebeast[9], art blog Minimalissimo[10], Digital Trends[11], Business Insider[12], AdWeek[13] and FastCo. Design.[14]

    Interview

    On June 28th, 2012, Brand Spirit was featured on Tumblr’s editorial blog Storyboard[15] along with an interview with the artist, Andrew Miller. He revealed that he started the project while attending the School of Visual Arts in New York after reading about Sao Paulo, Brazil’s ban on outdoor advertising. He also noted that he created these pieces to inspire viewers into asking themselves why we buy the things we do and what it means to live in a consumer-driven world. Since the project ended on June 19th, 2012, Miller has thought about turning the objects into a photography project, placing them in contextual scenes where the items would be found in everyday life.

    Notable Examples




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    Overview

    Mario Balotelli’s Goal Celebration refers to a memorable goal ceremony staged by Italian-Ghanaian football player Mario Balotelli in the UEFA Euro 2012 semifinals match between Italy and Germany in June 28, 2012.

    Background

    In the 35 minute of the match, Riccardo Montolivo passed the ball to Mario Balotelli, which he then ran to the penalty box and shot a goal. This was Balotelli’s second goal of the match. By celebrating his second goal, he took off his shirt and stood with an angry facial expression. His pose became a part of photoshop parody pictures.



    Online Popularity

    [Missing and Researching Information]

    Notable Examples




    Templates



    Search Interest

    The search for “mario balotelli” picked up in late June 2012.



    External References


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  • 06/29/12--09:39: One Tiny Hand
  • About

    One Tiny Hand is a single topic blog that features edited photographs of celebrities with one hand reduced in size.

    Origin

    The “One Tiny Hand” Tumblr[1] blog was launched on March 11th, 2012, with its first post featuring an edited photo of singer-songwriter Beyoncé Knowles cradling her pregnant stomach with one hand photoshopped to appear smaller than the other.


    Precursor

    On October 4th, 2008, the sketch comedy television show Saturday Night Live parodied the 1970s televised variety show The Lawrence Welk Show, in which actress Kristen Wiig played a physically deformed member of a sister act with tiny doll-sized hands.



    Spread

    On March 19th, Redditor redslate linked to the Tumblr in a post to the /r/pics[7] subreddit titled “One tiny hand… A friend just created this photoblog.” Within three months, the post received over 11,000 up votes and 390 comments. The same day, BuzzFeed[13] staff member Peggy Wang published a post titled “Kim Jong Il, Emasculated By One Tiny Hand”, which featured an edited photo of the deceased former leader of North Korea Kim Jong Il (shown below).



    On March 20th, the Internet culture blog Up Roxx[6] published a post titled “The 10 Most Subtly Creepy One Tiny Handed Celebrities”, which featured a slideshow of notable examples from the series. The same day, blogger Jason Kottke[3] published a post titled “One Tiny Hand”, including an edited photo of the cast from the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls (shown below).



    On March 21st, the Internet humor site Funny or Die[14] published a compilation of edited photos in a post titled “7 People With One Tiny Hand.” On March 29th, the tech news blog Mashable[2] published a post titled “Bizarre Tumblr ‘One Tiny Hand’ Pokes Fun at Celebs”, reporting that the Tumblr had received over 800,000 hits since launch. As of June 29th, 2012, the @onetinyhand Twitter[4] account has received over 175 followers and a Facebook[15] page for “One Tiny Hand” has received over 400 likes.

    Notable Examples




    Pringles Ad

    On May 29th, 2012, a leaked advertisement for the potato chip brand Pringles was uploaded to YouTube. The video, created by the ad agency Grey Mexico, featured an anthropologist interacting with an indigenous tribe that can shrink their hands to fit inside a Pringles’ can.



    The same day, the ad was highlighted by several websites including BuzzFeed[12], Mashable[8] and The Daily Dot[11], who noted that the premise was strikingly similar to the Tumblr blog. On May 30th, the advertising news blog Ad Week[9] published a post titled “Pringles Ad Accused of Ripping Off ‘One Tiny Hand’ Tumblr”, which included a statement by Grey Mexico claiming they did not authorize the ad to be broadcast. The following day, the advertising news blog Ad Land[10] published a post defending Grey Mexico, citing several other ads that were based around people with small hands.

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 06/29/12--10:09: The Kitten Covers


  • About

    The Kitten Covers is a single topic blog featuring album covers from classic records with cats photoshopped into the scene, replacing an element of the original artwork.

    Origin

    The Kitten Covers[1] was created by musician and designer Alfra Martini[2] while home sick from her day job in October 2011. While sifting through online record catalogs, she pictured British musician David Bowie as a kitten. She chose the cover from his 1973 album Aladdin Sane, replacing Bowie’s face with a white kitten wearing similar makeup. Her boyfriend liked the images so much, he suggested she make more and start a Tumblr blog to showcase them.



    Precursors

    Before the launch of the Kitten Covers, record album covers have been used in numerous photoshop memes and art projects, beginning in 2008 with the sleevefacing" photo fad, which involves masking one’s own face with a record sleeve. In August 2010, a single topic blog called Album Tacos[5] began featuring photoshopped record covers in which the subjects are replaced with tacos and other Mexican dishes. In August 2011, another blog LIVE![10] began curating classic album covers in which the deceased were removed from the scenes.



    Spread

    The Kitten Covers was featured on Buzzfeed[14] and I Can Has Cheezburger[16] on November 3rd, 2011. The same day, the link was shared on MetaFilter.[15] Over the course of November, photos from blog were featured on Vulture[4], Laughing Squid[17], animal blog PetSide[18], culture blog HelloGiggles[19], CBS News[22] and NPR.[20] On November 15th, TIME Newsfeed[21] named the Kitten Covers the Tumblr of the Week. User-generated instances have also appeared on Tumblr with the tags “the kitten covers”[23] and “kitten covers”[24], though the blog is not accepting submissions as of June 2012.

    Interviews

    Alfra Martini was first interviewed about the Kitten Covers by Humor in America[3] in February 2012. During the interview, she revealed that her boyfriend, Zachary Cale, is a record collector and plays a large part in choosing the covers she photoshops. She also stated that she had no idea the blog would attract so many viewers, with the pressure from her growing Tumblr follower count driving her to have “nightmares about kittens.” In a second interview with DC-based music blog Fuzzy Logic[25] in April 2012, Martini noted that her favorite creations were the cat versions of Parliament’s “Mothership Connection” (below left) and AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” (below right).



    Notable Examples




    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 06/29/12--12:11: Passion Yara
  • About

    Passion Yara (パッション屋良), real name Yara Chobyo (屋良朝苗), is a japanese comedian born in July 23, 1976. His performances in the comedian TV show called Maseki Geinosha, which he also is a part of it, became popular visual sources for MAD videos on Nico Nico Douga.

    Origin

    In 2007, he performed live stages in Maseki Geinosha.

    In October 20, 2008, the first MAD has been submitted with the title “屋良のカービィスーパッションデラックスに洗脳された”. The song in the background is called “Sky High” from the Kirby Star game.

    Spread

    Other users followed the style of the video. The chest-beating, a part of his comedy routine and the part where he sang to a rocket are the main remixing uses for the Passion Yara MADs.

    Notable Examples


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    The U.S. Healthcare Reform, informally known as Obamacare, refers to the legislation of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA) that were signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama in March 2010. The constitutionality of PPACA was subsequently challenged by a majority of the U.S. states and organizations in federal court, which came to a closure on June 28th, 2012, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the mandate was a tax and therefore fell under Congress’ taxing authority.


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  • 06/29/12--13:59: Pyro's Mind is Full of X
  • On June 27th, 2012, Valve released its final Meet the Team video, Meet the Pyro


    This video contained a particular scene in which the Pyro was imagining himself in a fantasy land where he was playing with Cupidesque imitations of the BLU team when in reality he was viciously slaughtering the aforementioned team.

    Before long, other users started making parodies in which the Pyro has a different hallucination, some of the earlier users doing so being Supermariogalaxy13 and Mistermild



    http://youtu.be/BXelSyTtAwk

    The former made a template that can be used with greenscreen editing to make their own version, so others starting popping up, creating a fad


    Some examples









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    During the Movie “Finding Nemo” The fish Marlin a clown fish, must save his son, Nemo. During the ending scenes Dorthy and Marlin are being swallowed by a Crane, But another Crane named Nigel recognizes him, But before they can do anything a flock of seagulls are watching them. The 2 fish start to flop about and all the seagulls start saying MINE, MINE, MINE. and a chase begins.
    This caught in in video games such as minecraft when someone throws down a diamond in a crowd of new players, or in Battlefield 3 when the match starts everyone goes for the vehicles.
    This has started to gain a large following on many social sites including Facebook. It has its own Facebook page with over 25,000 Likes.
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Seagulls-MINE-MINE-MINE-MINE-MINE/277092758594




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  • 06/29/12--19:51: The Midnight Man
  • “The Midnight Game” is an urban legend/test of bravery game that got around on 4chan daring users to attempt the game. It is said that it’s origin is an old pagan ritual used mainly as punishment for those who have broken the laws of the pagan religion in question. While it is mainly used as a scare tactic to not disobey the gods, there is still a very existent chance of death to those who play the Midnight Game and there is an even higher chance of permanent mental scarring. It is highly recommended that you DON’T PLAY THE MIDNIGHT GAME!
    But, for those few thrill seekers searching for a rush or for those delving into obscure occult rituals; these are simple instructions on how to play. Do so at your own risk…

    There are rules to the Midnight Game that MUST be followed precisely for the ritual to work. These Rules are as follows:

    Prequisites: It must be exactly 12:00 AM when you begin performing the ritual, otherwise it will not work. Materials required include a candle, a wooden door, at least one drop of your own blood, a piece of paper, matches or a lighter, and salt. If you are playing with multiple people, they will need their own of the aforementioned materials and will have to perform the steps below accordingly.
    Step 1: Write your full name (first, middle, and last) on a piece of paper and put at least one drop of blood on the paper. Allow it to soak into the paper.

    Step 2: Turn off all the lights in the house. Go to your wooden door (It has to be wooden) and place the paper with your name on it in front of the door. Now take the candle and light it. Place it on top of the paper with your name on it.

    Step 3: Knock on the door 22 times (the hour must be 12:00 AM upon the final knock), then open the door, blow out the candle, and close the door. You have just allowed the “Midnight Man” to enter your house.

    Step 4: Immediately relight your candle.

    This is where the game begins. You must now lurk around your now completely dark house with the lit candle in your hand. Your goal is to avoid the Midnight Man at all costs until 3:33 AM. Should your candle ever go out, that means the Midnight Man is near you. You must relight your candle in the next 10 seconds. If you are not successful in doing this, you must then immediately surround yourself with a circle of salt. If you are unsuccessful in both of your actions, the Midnight Man will create a hallucination of your greatest fear, and rip your organs out one by one. You will feel it, but be unable to react. If you are successful in relighting the candle, you may proceed. If you are successful in creating the circle of salt, you must remain in there until 3:33 AM. You must continue to 3:33 AM without being attacked by the Midnight Man, or being trapped inside the circle of salt to win the Midnight Game. The Midnight Man will then leave your house at 3:33 AM and you will be safe to proceed with your morning.

    Addition: Indications that you are near the Midnight Man include sudden drop in temperature, seeing a pure black, humanoid figure through the darkness, and very soft whispering coming from an indiscernible source. If you experience any of these, it is advised that you leave the area to avoid the Midnight Man.

    DO NOT turn on any lights during the Midnight Game

    DO NOT use a flashlight during the Midnight Game

    DO NOT go to sleep during the Midnight Game

    DO NOT attempt to use another person’s blood on your name

    DO NOT use a lighter as a substitute for a candle. It will not work.

    AND DEFINITELY DO NOT attempt to provoke the Midnight Man in ANY WAY

    Even when the game is over, he will always be watching you…

    Good Luck, you’re going to need it.


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  • 06/30/12--07:31: 淡定
  • [working in progress]
    淡定 is a phrase used to describe calmness, usually associated with the emoticon ˊ_>ˋ, and the usage of Black Tea.

    Origins

    The original story was posted to the Taiwanese BBS board PPT on May 9, 2012[1]. The story, translated from a French story [citation needed] and posted a person’s Plurk account, accounted an encounter of a quarreling couple. The man involved was oddly calm, facing the almost hysterical girlfriend.

    [1]PCMAN


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