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- 08/04/17--14:09: _Mark Zuckerberg
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- 08/04/17--16:45: _FuckMEK
- 08/05/17--04:33: _Hire a Samurai
- 08/05/17--07:48: _Nick Robinson
- 08/03/17--09:34: _Corn Cobbed
- 08/05/17--11:51: _WaterGuy12
- 08/05/17--14:45: _Performance Olivier...
- 08/05/17--19:47: _Protegent Antivirus
- 08/06/17--05:39: _Box-chan
- 08/06/17--07:45: _Dzivdzan zbori
- 08/06/17--08:47: _Google Manifesto
- 08/06/17--10:52: _Logo Remixes
- 08/06/17--19:04: _Are You Well?
- 08/06/17--19:31: _Dev Jyoti
- 08/06/17--23:54: _Night Trap
- 08/04/17--07:55: _Hello, This Is Daen...
- 08/07/17--07:10: _Pickle Rick
- 08/07/17--07:22: _The Wyoming Incident
- 08/04/17--14:09: Mark Zuckerberg
- 08/04/17--14:54: Stingy Claims Everything
- 08/04/17--16:07: Dining Room or There is Nothing
- 08/04/17--16:45: FuckMEK
- 08/05/17--04:33: Hire a Samurai
- 08/05/17--07:48: Nick Robinson
- 08/03/17--09:34: Corn Cobbed
- 08/05/17--11:51: WaterGuy12
- 08/05/17--14:45: Performance Olivier de Sagazan
- 08/05/17--19:47: Protegent Antivirus
- 08/06/17--05:39: Box-chan
- 08/06/17--07:45: Dzivdzan zbori
- 08/06/17--08:47: Google Manifesto
- 08/06/17--10:52: Logo Remixes
- 08/06/17--19:04: Are You Well?
- 08/06/17--19:31: Dev Jyoti
- 08/06/17--23:54: Night Trap
- 08/04/17--07:55: Hello, This Is Daenerys
- 08/07/17--07:10: Pickle Rick
- 08/07/17--07:22: The Wyoming Incident
Mark Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur who co-founded the social networking site Facebook.
Zuckerberg launched Facebook at Harvard on February 4, 2004 with the help of his college roommates and other Harvard students. Facebook first spread to other large University campuses and quickly expanded to 1 billion users in 2012. Zuckerberg currently acts as the Facebook’s chairman and chief executive officer.
August 2013, Zuckerberg founded the Internet.org, a project that aims to provide Internet access to 5 billion people who do not have access. The project implements a three-tier strategy which will create new jobs and open up new markets.
In the early years of Facebook, Zuckerberg received a lot of hate and criticism due to the legal battles he experienced with the other co-founders of Facebook over its shares. The film The Social Network, did little to improve his reputation and did not entirely portray him in a positive light. Recently, Zuckerberg has been receiving a more favorable reputation among the public with the help of his philanthropic projects.
As of August 2017, Zuckerberg has a net worth of 72.7 billion.
Presidential Campaign Rumors
Rumors of Zuckerberg’s potential campaign for presidency began December 2016 when he began a year long tour of each state in the nation. Although Zuckerberg has denied plans to run for presidency twice, his decision to hire multiple political strategists has sparked more speculation of his potential campaign.
In 2015, Zuckerberg as received criticism after announcing he planned to give away 99% of his Facebook shares during his lifetime through his LLC, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Many criticized the use of an LLC, also known as a limited liability company, saying Zuckerberg would still have control over the LLC’s money.
Harvard Commencement Speech
Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard Commencement Speech refers to a speech Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave to the graduating class of 2017 at Harvard University, his alma mater. Online, the event was notable for jokes made about pictures of Zuckerberg’s speech and for a hack of Harvard’s paper, The Crimson, which was briefly filled with puns and photoshopped images of Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg’s VR Photo
Zuckerberg’s VR Photo is a photograph of Mark Zuckerberg walking past a mass seated audience using VR Technology completely unaware of his presence. The photo is often photoshopped to emphasize existentialism and was first tweeted by by user @Ndebock. with the caption "is this picture an allegory of our future ? the people in a virtual reality with our leaders walking by us.”
Zuckerberg was born in White Plains, New York, on May 14th, 1984. He began attending Harvard University in 2002, but dropped out in 2004. Zuckerberg began dating his future wife Priscilla Chan his sophomore year at Harvard in 2003. The couple married in 2012 and welcomed their daughter Maxima Chan Zuckerberg on November 30th, 2015. In March 2017, Zuckerberg announced his wife’s pregnancy with their second daughter.
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This is a meme.
Probably originated from asdfmovie. It is where Stingy claims everything a person says. All claimed things are censored.
Dining Room or There is Nothing refers to a minute long short film that features a girl sitting at a dining room table, and things get weirder from there.
The short film was created by David B. Earle and uploaded to his YouTube channel in 2006. It depicts a gray skinned girl sitting at the dining room table with spoon in hand. In the background, a fire is visible through the window. She starts off with her eyes closed, before opening them, where she proceeds to talk nonsense to the viewer (this phrase is actually backwards). As she does this, the camera zooms slowly out down the table. As we move back, the girl faceplants in her bowl. After a while the camera stops moving, and it lingers on the scene for a bit until the scene starts reversing. The girl ends up getting back to her previous position and speaks clearly “There is nothing”. She then closely her eyes again, ending the film.
The film was meant to show a scenario that can be looped infinitely.
The video was a viral hit. On his website, Earle states that the download file for the film has over 3,000 downloads now.
In recent years, the video has been the subject of reaction videos, explanation videos, and general parodies. Many videos related to scary videos have brought up this video quite a bit, too.
On 1st April each year Reddit hosts an April fools themed event, and in 2017 that was the creation of pixel placing game called /r/place. It consisted of a large white canvas, on which Reddit users could place individual pixels of colors of their choice. There was a time delay between each pixel placing meaning a user could only place one pixel every 10 minutes.
Fuck Me v Fuck Mike
Two groups of users were attempting to write two different words at the same position of the canvas. One group of users were attempting to write “Fuck Me” and another were trying to write “Fuck Mike”. As a result of the battle between the two groups, the words Fuck Mek appears to have become a compromise between the two parties. During the battle, the subreddit /r/fuckmek was used as a way of coordinating the defenses against ‘the blue corner’.
A period of silence
/r/place lasted for 72 hours, after which the canvas was frozen and the sub /r/fuckmek fell into disuse. In late August 2017 one of /r/fuckmek’s moderators /u/-Yiffing posted a message entitled
If this post reaches 2 upvotes /r/FuckMek will become a Mek-hating subreddit.
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) and related content
MEK is a chemical solvent that is used for various applications, including as a cement in model building. Initial content on imgur and reddit was mock cautions about the dangers of MEK, frequently using the skeletal formula, which resembles a stick man, as part of image macros.
Content developed from mock cautions to variations on existing popular memes, mostly created by members of the /r/fuckmek reddit community.
Skeletal Formula for MEK, commonly used as the base for early MEK memes
On February 2nd, 2016, musician and animator Bill Wurtz uploaded a video titled “History of Japan”, where he briefly summarizes Japan’s history. Around two minutes into the video, Wurtz begins discussing people hiring samurai, saying “How are you supposed to protect your shit, from criminals? Hire a Samurai”.
After the original video, the line was used in many ways in images and videos. The first image was on Tumblr, by user shitaphbelarusdoes.
The phrase later was used in word replacement remixes. On May 13, 2017, YouTube user Memyselfandpi 2 uploaded a video which replaced each Jingle with “Hire a Samurai”. The video has over 164,000 views as of August 4, 2017. On May 25, 2017, BionicJohn upload a video on YouTube which replaced each joke on the Emoji Movie trailer with the phrase. This video has over 131,000 views.
Nick Robinson is a gaming journalist most known for his work for gaming website Polygon. In 2017, he became the center of a sexual harassment controversy.
Robinson’s journalism career began in 2011 when he worked as an intern for gaming website Giant Bomb. In 2012, he became a writer and host for the YouTube channel Rev3Games; this continued until 2014 when the channel ceased operations. In 2013, he started the Podburglars podcast with cohosts Matt Kessler and Ben Pack; a previous incarnation of the podcast was created in 2011 under the name “Internal Affairs.” He joined Polygon in February of 2015. In 2016, he created a Vine profile which gained over 80 million Vine Loops.
Sexual Harassment Controversy
On August 2, 2017, Robinson began a Twitter thread which criticized the Nintendo Switch port of the video game Overcooked. Several users found Robinson’s complaints to be hostile in nature, which was considered odd. On August 3, Twitter user Bloody Honey posted a tweet proposing that Robinson was too busy messaging female game developers. Following this tweet, several others tweeted about receiving harassment from Robinson; a NeoGAF thread compiling some of these tweets was created on August 4. The same day, Polygon Editor-In-Chief announced via Twitter that Robinson had been suspended from the website.
Robinson currently lives in San Francisco, California. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from University of North Carolina at Asheville.
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Corn Cobbed is slang term meaning to lose a social exchange and insist that you have not lost the exchange. It is used synonymously with owned. It gained notoriety in 2017 when centrist political pundits, accused of being “corn cobbed,” decried the term, misunderstanding it as homophobic. It has also become a pejorative for political centrists for this reason.
On November 10th, 2011, Weird Twitter user Dril posted a tweet that read “’i’m not owned! im not owned!!’, i continue to insist as i slowly shrink and transform into a corn cob” (shown below). The tweet gained over 5,300 retweets and 10,000 likes.
Similar to Milkshake Duck, the tweet remained a popular reference in the followin years before it became a slang term in its own right. “Corn cobbed” began becoming popular slang towards the end of June of 2017 as it caught the attention of political pundits who did not understand the meaning of the term. On June 26th, 2017, Twitter user @_Chilladelphia responded to a thread by centrist pundit Candice Aiston regarding health care with an image of her eyebrows replaced by corn cobs (shown below, left). Aiston responded by dismissing the poster as a Berniebro. User @ironghazi reposted her tweet with the label “CORNCOBBEDONLINE” written over it (shown below, right).
The following day, journalist John Stoehr brought further attention to the term when he tweeted “What is ‘binch’? What is to be ‘corn cobbed?’” (shown below, left). He later tweeted “Funny how socialists reach for homophobia imagery so easily” (shown below, right). Both tweets have since been deleted. While it’s unclear why Stoehr thought the term was homophobic, it is possible he looked up the term on Urban Dictionary, where all the definitions for “corn cob” have to do with various sex acts.
Discourse around the term grew popular again in the beginning of August of 2017. On August 2nd, journalist Yashar Ali tweeted an image of Kamala Harris, a rumored democratic candidate for the 2020 Presidential Election, that called her the “Centrist Corncob” candidate. Ali noted how it was remarkable how the “Bernie Sanders Crew” had mobilized against Harris (shown below, left). Centrist pundit Al Giordano quoted the tweet stated that the term had homophobic and rape culture origins (shown below, right). The same day, Neera Tanden, a chief strategist on the Hillary Clinton campaign in the 2016 United States Presidential Election did the same. Both were mocked for misunderstanding the term.
WaterGuy12 is a Reddit user who gained fame on the r/me_irl after his post on the subreddit on July 29th, 2017.
On July 29th, 2017, WaterGuy12 posted on the r/me_irl subreddit, where he talks about how he is going to a place without WiFi for two weeks (until August 14th), and asked the people of the sub reddit to tag him on any good memes so that he “doesn’t miss out”. In the following 6 days, the post accumulated over 9000 upvotes.
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Over the next five days, users of the me_irl subreddit tagged WaterGuy12 in almost every single post on it. Some even created bots to help them tag WaterGuy in every post.
On August 4th, 2017, an user by the name of FireGuy12 submitted a post to the subreddit, claiming that the user would set the subreddit ablaze if people did not give him upvotes. The post accumulated over 11 thousand upvotes over the course of the next 24 hours.
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On the next day, FireGuy12 made another post, requesting even more upvotes in exchange for not setting the subreddit ablaze. The post gained over 9 thousand upvotes.
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FireGuy’s posted started a barrage of posts from various users, who began siding with either WaterFĢuy or FireGuy. Along with that, many different accounts were created, with every username being simply some item followed by “Guy12”. These users began posting images, asking users of the subreddit for upvotes in exchange for some action or event happening (usually involving the defeat of FireGuy12). Many users began posting other images referencing the war between FireGuy and WaterGuy. Along with that, many jokes appeared in the comments of images related the war.
Performance Olivier de Sagazan is an artsy video created by the man in the title that mostly revolves around his creative uses of clay. Soon after, the video would receive attention due to its association with the creepypasta Gateway of the Mind.
The video originally appeared on Olivier de Sagazan’s website in 2008, where it would be uploaded to YouTube on his own channel the same year. The video starts off with Olivier taking a seat in a front of a grey background in what appears to be a studio. Shortly after, he starts taking off all his clothes, at which point he starts bathing himself in clay. As soon as his full frontal body is covered, he takes out a small paintbrush and dabs black eyes for himself. He also makes a mouth with this paint as well. He even gets a yellow wig for hair. He continues to repeat the process multiple times, using water to splatter everything so he can start over, until the end where he finally shakes everything off his face before it abruptly cuts off.
Many more similar videos can be found on his YouTube channel and website.
Two years later, the creepypasta Gateway of the Mind was written, which focused on a group of scientists cutting off the senses of an individual in an attempt to contact God, only for multiple voices (dead spirits) to essentiality end up in his head. He ends up dying after weeks of this.
Accompanying the creepypasta is black and white footage of Olivier’s performance, which is claimed to be footage of the man going crazy from all the voices in his head. This “footage” soon grew popular with the Creepypasta community.
In modern years, Olivier’s act became subject to many videos like reactions, as well as recreations.
Protegent Antivirus Refers to a fake antivirus, which has a high possibility of being from India. It is most notably known for it’s advertisements, which are made, and animated poorly. The main character in these advertisements, Proto, appears to be an edited version of Wyatt from Super Why!.
The first video about this antivirus, was posted on July 21st, 2016. The video itself, contained horrible animation, and a bad rap. The videos didn’t get a lot of attention until they were featured in Windows Vista Destruction by Vinesauce Joel .
One of the first videos of this was posted by DarkGabbz, which was sometime after Vinesauce’s video. The video was edited to have louder noises. Eventually, other videos followed.
Box-chan is a female character, created by imouto#7185 on Discord.
She is used to defuse random or bad situations that can not be handled. When a situation like this happens, you send an image of Box-chan to the person, and this is a way to tell the person that you want to stop whatever was happening, and put the situation or problem away in the box, and leave it be.
However, she may also be used as a way to give something to someone. That something, being the contents of the box.
Though, if used like this, it’s best to show the contents poking out, or being shown through a hole in the box.
Box-chan was posted to the Random server on Discord on August 3rd 2017. They were posted along with a couple more images of drawings that imouto had drawn with their sister, though no comments were made on any of the drawings other than Box-chan.
The character began as a circle imouto had drawn for their sister (most likely just the body), before imouto said that they were going to mess it up, and then, messed it up.
The original image featuring Box-chan depicts the character holding out a box and saying, “box desu” (with “desu” being written in Japanese characters), though other users thought it it said, “box?”.
A few hours after imouto posted the original image, another user, 𐍄he𐍂eal𐍃miley, posted a pixel art version of the original image.
Talk started to drum up about what was actually inside of the box that the character was holding. Jokes were passed back and forth about this, such as; the box containing another box, the Japanese character for ‘Ah’, a cat, and Box-chan herself.
Dzivdzan zbori (eng. Sparrow speaks), is an image macro that appeared in Serbia with the starting of the facebook page of the same name. It features a sparrow holding a coffee cup in one hand and a saucer in the other. The top and bottom text usually share folk wisdom from Serbia. Later a few variations of the original design appeared: a female version of the meme features a typically female haircut, multiple variations with different hats and backgrounds.
The meme was inspired by the twitter page “Teška priča” https://twitter.com/podjiodsebe
Google Manifesto refers to a controversial anti-affirmative action manifesto sent by an engineer at Google, who argued that the gender disparity in the tech industry could be partially caused by biological differences between men and women, rather than discriminatory hiring practices.
On August 5th, a software engineer at Google sent an internal document, which argued that men may be more driven toward technology industry jobs due to biological differences between men and women. That day, Motherboard reported that the manifest had gone “internally viral.” Shorlty after, Gizmodo published the manifesto.
Reply to public response and misrepresentation
I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes. When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions. If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem. Psychological safety is built on mutual respect and acceptance, but unfortunately our culture of shaming and misrepresentation is disrespectful and unaccepting of anyone outside its echo chamber. Despite what the public response seems to have been, I’ve gotten many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude for bringing up these very important issues which they agree with but would never have the courage to say or defend because of our shaming culture and the possibility of being fired. This needs to change.
Google’s political bias has equated the freedom from offense with psychological safety, but shaming into silence is the antithesis of psychological safety.
This silencing has created an ideological echo chamber where some ideas are too sacred to be honestly discussed.
The lack of discussion fosters the most extreme and authoritarian elements of this ideology.
Extreme: all disparities in representation are due to oppression
Authoritarian: we should discriminate to correct for this oppression
Differences in distributions of traits between men and women may in part explain why we don’t have 50% representation of women in tech and leadership. Discrimination to reach equal representation is unfair, divisive, and bad for business.
On August 5th, Motherboard published an article containing Google employee responses to the memo on the anonymous discussion app Blind, which ranged from condemnation to support. Additionally, some users on Blind claimed Google management demanded employees be “ideologically aligned with the majority” or be “labeled a ‘poor cultural fit’”, preventing them from being hired or promoted.
I’m Danielle, Google’s brand new VP of Diversity, Integrity & Governance. I started just a couple of weeks ago, and I had hoped to take another week or so to get the lay of the land before introducing myself to you all. But given the heated debate we’ve seen over the past few days, I feel compelled to say a few words.
Many of you have read an internal document shared by someone in our engineering organization, expressing views on the natural abilities and characteristics of different genders, as well as whether one can speak freely of these things at Google. And like many of you, I found that it advanced incorrect assumptions about gender. I’m not going to link to it here as it’s not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages.
Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our values and the culture we continue to cultivate. We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company, and we’ll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul. As Ari Balogh said in his internal G+ post, "Building an open, inclusive environment is core to who we are, and the right thing to do. ’Nuff said. "
Google has taken a strong stand on this issue, by releasing its demographic data and creating a company wide OKR on diversity and inclusion. Strong stands elicit strong reactions. Changing a culture is hard, and it’s often uncomfortable. But I firmly believe Google is doing the right thing, and that’s why I took this job.
Part of building an open, inclusive environment means fostering a culture in which those with alternative views, including different political views, feel safe sharing their opinions. But that discourse needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment found in our Code of Conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws.
I’ve been in the industry for a long time, and I can tell you that I’ve never worked at a company that has so many platforms for employees to express themselves--TGIF, Memegen, internal G+, thousands of discussion groups. I know this conversation doesn’t end with my email today. I look forward to continuing to hear your thoughts as I settle in and meet with Googlers across the company.
Logo Remixes are videos that take existing company logos and replace their soundtrack with another’s, often with the alternate soundtrack fitting well with the visual.
The first user to do these kinds of videos is British YouTuber Malpass93. He released 48 videos that feature British identification logos (from outlets such as ITV, BBC, BSB, Sky, and more) with their soundtracks replaced with other logos’ music. An example is the first one, where Channel 4’s old “blocks” ident was given HTV’s 80s music.
Malpass93’s videos received decent views, and lead to others making their own versions. An example is taking Konami’s old logo and replacing the soundtrack with Sega’s MD music.
Due to the origin of the meme, British logos are often used, but this isn’t always the case.
Are You Well? Is a reaction image based off of a panel in the comic Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together. The image itself is taken from volume 4, page 9, after Scott is hit in the head with a volleyball.
The first known use of the meme was on June 3rd by Imgur user “alflikestoeatcats”, with a post saying “question for imgur?” along with the image.
The image has been used as a reaction image on sites such as 4chan and Reddit, and has been the subject of many photoshops.
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Night Trap is a 1992 interactive movie video game developed by Digital Pictures and released by Sega for the port in Sega CD as one of the first video game with full motion interaction video game.
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Night Trap on the Sega CD was received mix to positive reviews by critics praising for the game’s B movie like quality, humor, and smooth full motion video, but it was been criticized for the gameplay. Later in December 9, 1993 the game was bring a massive controversy from United States senate along with Midway’s Mortal Kombat for the gratuitous violence and promoted sexual aggression against women in one clip as the character from the game Lisa is been captured and killed by the vampiric Augers as they carry her off camera.
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Hello, This Is Daenerys refers to a series of image macros that feature behind the scenes photographs Game of Thrones actors Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington in costume on their cellphones. Online, people have captioned the picture with hypothetical phone calls between their two series characters Daenerys Targaren and Jon Snow, respectively, generally focusing on Daenerys and Snow meeting.
On July 23rd, 2017, HBO aired the second episode of the seventh season of the hit series Game of Thrones entitled “Stormborn.” Toward the end of the episode, the characters Daenerys and Jon are set up to meet, igniting fan excitement.
That night, Twitter user @dasassenach posted two behind the scenes of Clarke and Harrington talk on their phones on the set of season seven. They captioned the post “‘E aí, já saiu de casa?’ ‘Calma tia, já to chegando’ #GOTS7 #GameOfThrones” (translation: "’Have you left the house?’ ‘Relax. I’m on my way’). The post (shown below) received more than 270 retweets and 440 likes as of August 4th.
Minutes later, another Twitter user @FilipeTois posted a variation with the caption “com quem eu falo? com quem eu falo? jon querido é a daenerys, a daenerys mulher, a rainha” (translation: “‘Who am I speaking to?’ ‘This is Daenerys, the Queen’”). The post (shown below, left) received more than 5,300 retweets and 6,300 likes.
The following day, Twitter user @bttlborn posted two behind the scenes of Clarke and Harrington talk on their phones on the set of season seven. He captioned the post, “alo jonas? aqui eh a daenerys…daenerys menina a mãe dos dragão” (translation: “-Hello Jon? This is Daenerys … Daenerys, the mother of Dragons”). The post (shown below) received more than 270 retweets and 440 likes as of August 4th.
That day, Twitter user @fillcarvalho posted another variation with similar joke. It was captioned “- alô aqui é daenerys nascida da tormenta e quero q vc se junte ao meu exército pra gente dá uma peia nos lannisters – dá o que? – nerys.” The post (shown below) received more than 30,000 retweets and 39,000 likes.
After the next episode airs the following week on July 30th, the meme changed to feature specifics about the characters’ meeting in which Daenerys demands Snow “Bend the knee” and pledge allegiance under her leadership. On July 30th, Twitter user @Daenerys posted the image with the caption “Jon: ‘Hello?’ Me: ‘Bend the knee!’ Jon: Hangs up” The post (shown below, left) received more than 7,400 retweets and 16,000 likes in less than a week.
On August 1st, Twitter user @hitsvash uses the picture to create a prank phone call between the characters. He captions the post “‘Hello, who’s this?’ ‘BEN’ ‘Ben who?’ ‘Ben D. Knee’ hangs up” The tweet (shown below, center) started a trend featuring “Ben D. Knee.” On August 3rd, Twitter user @SerLlorah posted a similar joke with the caption "-Hello, who´s this? -Ben -Ben who? -Ben D. Knee. The post (shown below, right) received more than 6,200 retweets and 9,900 likes in less than 24 hours.
Twitter – “@dasassenach’s Tweet”https://twitter.com/dasassenach/status/889311082661253120
Pickle Rick refers to a series of images and references to the episode of Rick and Morty entitled “Pickle Rick,” which sees the character of Rick being turned into a pickle.
On July 22nd, 2016, Adult Swim updated an exclusive sneak preview from San Diego Comi-Con of the third season of Rick and Morty. In the clip, Rick is shown as a pickle-shaped being, who murderers a rat and steals its brain. The video (shown below) received more than 3 million views in one year.
On April 2nd, 2017, before the surprise premiere of Rick and Morty season three, two teaser trailers of the series aired.
The Wyoming Incident refers to a video that claims to show a television hijacking from the late 80s, much like the Max Headroom incident.
The video was first uploaded to YouTube on September 10, 2007 by the user_ jonrev_. The video starts off with a presidential election speech before the video cuts to static, where it then shows various personal questions on black backgrounds, and every now and then, strange faces appear with distorted music in the background. The description of this original upload confirms that the video is in fact fictional: An ARG– alternate reality game. This is a compilation I made (eons ago, forgive the craptastic editing) containing the original videos, presented as they might appear in a real broadcast intrusion. I suppose we can now consider this as up for archival purposes, as most of the original uploads have vanished. The last one in this may not even be part of the original ARG. The music during the “SPECIALPRESENTATION” bit? WGBH ident played backwards and slowed-down. I threw this together in late-2007 and I am pretty sure that clip just happened to be whatever suitable result came up when I searched “Wyoming news”. Only an idiot would think this video is some kind of political endorsement.
Since 2015, the video has gained over 2,000,000 views.
The video gained attention for its nature. A few years after the video’s release, a creepypasta based on the video was released, which has since been given a well known reading by CreepsMcPasta. Various other parodies have since surfaced, such as a version that incorporates elements from LazyTown.
Multiple explanation and reaction videos have surfaced as well.