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  • 08/07/17--08:26: "Milk and Honey" Parodies
  • About

    Milk and Honey Parodies refers to images made in parody of the poetry book Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. The book’s relatively straightforward presentation of poetry influenced the parodies, as people edited pages of the book to include texts from popular memes.

    Origin

    Kaur originally self-published Milk and Honey on Amazon in 2014.[1] The book was re-released on October of 2015 after being picked up by Andrews McMeel Publishing. It was on the New York Times Bestseller list for a full year and has sold over 1 million copies (excerpt shown below).



    As the book grew very popular, it became the subject of parodies on Twitter from those who did not find the poetry as appealing as others. One of the early popular parodies was posted by @ricardojkay[2] on June 24th, 2017, gaining over 19,000 retweets and 44,000 likes (shown below).



    Spread

    In the coming months, more parodies would appear online either in text posts or in photoshopped images of the book’s pages. A noticeable trend in the jokes is the use of the texts from popular Vine videos in the parodies. Two Vines often quoted are “What the fuck is up Kyle?”[3] and “Miss Keisha”[4] (examples shown below).



    Other popular uses of the meme involve taking text from viral videos and memes and making it appear as though it were a poem from the book by inserting line breaks. For example, on August 5th, @implicittrees[5] uploaded a parody using the text from the Two bros chillin’ in a hot tub meme, gaining over 5,000 retweets and 13,000 likes (shown below, left). On August 6th, @EmilyEssex15[6] uploaded a version using the text from I Love This Woman and Her Curvy Body (shown below, right).



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Rupi Kaur

    [2]Twitter – @ricardojkay

    [3]YouTube – Step Up Kyle

    [4]YouTube – Miss Keisha

    [5]Twitter – @Implicittrees

    [6]Twitter – @EmilyEssex15


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  • 08/07/17--09:36: Donald Trump's Real News
  • About

    Donald Trump’s Real News refers to a Trump-branded video in which an anchor reports on the president’s supposed accomplishments. Online, many have commented on the factual accuracy of the video as well as the implications of a president-run news report.

    History

    On July 30th, 2017, President Trump shared a video on his official Facebook[1] of his daughter-in-law Laura Trump reading what she refers to as “the real news” about Trump’s accomplishments in office, a reference to his opposition to the mainstream media, which he refers to as fake news. The video (shown below) received more than 2.3 million views, 49,000 reactions and 16,900 shares in one week.



    The following week, on August 5th, former CNN commentator Kayleigh McEnany, who spent time on CNN as a Trump surrogate during the 2016 presidential election, tweeted[2]“While I have enjoyed my time at CNN, I will be moving to a new role. Stay tuned next week!”The tweet (shown below) received more than 1,100 retweets and 5,100 likes in two days.



    On August 6th, the Twitter[3] account @TeamTrump shared the next installment of “the real news,” which featured McEnany as the anchor. In this episode, she reports on Trump’s recent jobs report. They caption the tweet “Join @kayleighmcenany​ as she provides you the news of the week from Trump Tower in New York! #MAGA #TeamTrump.” The video (shown below) received more than 3,700 retweets and 8,400 likes. When shared on Facebook[5], the video received more than 1.2 million views, 8,700 shares and 36,000 reactions in 24 hours.




    Reception

    Following the release of the inital video, CNN[4] reported that Trump had launched a “real news” video series. They claim that the series is uncommon for U.S. presidents, writing:

    Presidents and lawmakers have used websites and social media platforms for years to promote their achievements, but the “real news” series goes further, seeking to discredit the mainstream media and advertising what purports to be a reliable alternative.

    Impact

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 08/07/17--10:10: In a Heartbeat
  • About

    In A Heartbeat is an animated short film created by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, following the story of a young boy and his crush on a popular boy from his school. Following the film’s release onto YouTube in August 2017, the film received widespread acclaim for it’s representation of a young gay romance, as well as spawning a notable fan following on social media.

    History

    Online Relevance

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 08/07/17--11:25: Piss Jello
  • About

    Piss Jello refers to jokes that spread around Tumblr in early August 2017 about a user in the @/bpdconcept Discord server who allegedly ate jello made from his own urine.

    Origin

    On July 31st, 2017, Tumblr user @ectorobotic[1] posted a text post that read:

    do not join the @/bpdconcept discord server as there is, and im not joking, constant talking of bodily fluids including one member taking pictures of themselves eating gelatin made from their own piss. they also made a joke claiming that “bpd stands for big piss drinkers” and i dont know about you but i would not like my mental disorder which could cause serious problems to be demoralized and compared to piss drinkers.

    The user then posted screenshots of the conversation in question (shown below).

    Spread

    Various Examples

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Tumblr – ectorobotic


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  • 08/07/17--15:19: All of the skillz
  • When you want to start a band but have no friends.


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  • 08/07/17--22:10: Promo Code BSJ
  • Professional Dota 2 player BananaSlamJamma worked with a company named GameLeap. He provided guides on how to become a better player and gave his viewers a discount code. Promo Code: BSJ

    Promocode BSJ was popularized by Dota 2 player ChiLongQua on his Twitch stream. In his stream, ChiLongQua continually made amazing plays and credited GameLeap for learning how to play so well and to use Promo Code BSJ when signing up.

    This became popular on r/Dota2. When a person posts an amazing play they did or saw there would always be a wave of comments saying Promo Code BSJ. Twitch chat would also spam this phrase when a good play was made.

    BananaSlamJamma’s pro team even created a shirt with the logo Promo Code BSJ.


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  • 08/08/17--08:28: This Is My OWN Conclusion
  • About

    This Is my OWN Conclusion refers to a series of tweets made in parody of a theory put forth on Twitter by comedian Jen Kirkman that Bernie Sanders was a paid “chaos agent” employed by the Russians in the 2016 United States Presidential Election.

    Origin

    On August 7th, 2017, comedian Jen Kirkman began a tweet thread in which she attempted to lay out her theory that Bernie Sanders was a paid agent by Russia to sabotage the 2016 Presidential Election for Hillary Clinton. She tweeted:

    1. Here’s the deal. I believe in my heart Bernie is a KNOWING chaos agent paid by Russia in 2016 election. This is my OWN conclusion.

    Her tweet was shortly deleted thereafter, but a screenshot is shown below.



    Spread

    The tweet was instantly mocked for the outlandishness of the theory, and soon, people began parodying the tweet by turning it into a snowclone that follows the template, “Here’s the deal. X. This is my OWN conclusion.” The first version of these tweets was posted by @sam_ianuzzi[1] 45 minutes after Kirkman’s tweet (shown below).



    Popular tweets parodying Kirkman’s inserted other popular memes into the snowclone, such as I Love This Woman And Her Curvy Body (example shown below, left). The most popular example, posted by Twitter user @leyawn[2] referenced the Chaos Emeralds from Sonic the Hedgehog, gaining over 750 retweets and 4,500 likes (shown below, right).



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    Unavailable

    External References

    [1]Twitter – @sam_ianuzzi


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    Here’s a pictograme that represents the potential difference between individuals who has grown with a unique personality. It also depicts how some people categorize others in social groups and how some do not take part in these groups.

    Oh, and it looks like a dick.


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    About

    Please. My Wife. She’s Very Sick. refers to a phrasal template that is generally matched by an image of the subject cradling another in their arms. The template most commonly used follows the phrase “Please, my X, their very sick” with slight variations.

    Origin

    Most commonly, the template is matched by a popular picture of a raccoon standing upright and cradling a cat in its arms. The picture (shown below) first appeared on a Japanese blog called nobukatsu[1] on December 15th, 2009. Three years later, on February 6th 2012, Redditor [2] crayclaycray posted the picture on Reddit, where it garnered more than 560 points (79% upvoted) and 50 points. Snopes[3] has since debunked the picture, claiming that it was indeed photoshopped.



    On January 2nd, 2015, Twitter[4] user @lanyardigan posted the picture of the raccoon and cat with the caption “Please. My wife. She’s very sick.” The post (shown below) has since been deleted, however, Blogspot[5] user joannecasey posted a screenshot on January 15th. At the time of the screenshot, the picture (shown below) had received more than 7,100 retweets and 11,000 likes.



    Spread

    The following day, Imgur[6] user Astralsleeps posted the picture with the caption "Please. My wife. She’s very sick. on Imgur, where it received more than 6,800 points and 3.3 million views. Five years later, Redditor[7] thehighendtheorist posted the picture with the same title. The post received more than 58,700 points (75% upvoted) and 815 comments in four months.

    On January 16th, 2016, Twitter[8] user @OmegasaurusRex posted a gif of a raccoon pulling a baby raccoon in a red wagon. They captioned the gif (screen shot below, left) “Please … my son… he’s very sick.” Three weeks later, on February 8th, Imgur use posted the picture on Imgur, where it received more than 2,200 points and 219,000 views as of August 2017.

    Later that year, Twitter[9] user @mweeedman posted a picture of a crocodile with a croc shoe in its mouth and the caption “Please…my son. He’s very sick.” The tweet (shown below, right) received more than 21,900 retweets and 45,600 likes as of August 2017.



    On January 2nd, 2017, Twitter user @memeprovider posted a picture of celebrity chef Guy Fieri holding a giant hot dog in his arms. They captioned the picture “Please…my son. He’s very sick.” The post (shown below) received more than 15,000 retweets and 35,000 likes in eight months.



    Various Examples




    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 08/08/17--09:58: Starbucks Dreamer Day Hoax
  • Overview

    Starbucks Dreamer Day Hoax refers to a plot orchestrated by users on 4chan’s/pol/ board to circulate false rumors on social media that the coffee chain Starbucks would grant discounts to undocumented immigrants as part of a “#BorderFreeCoffee” promotion.

    Background

    The plot was hatched on August 2nd, 2017, by an anonymous user on 4chan’s /pol/ board.[1] The user suggested:

    How about we meme “Undocumented Immigrant Day” at Starbucks into existence? Announce free coffee for all illegals on a certain date. August 11? 11 looks like II (for Illegal Immigrant). I’m open to suggestions there. Name a liberal place for all illegals to go at once and demand free stuff.
    Thoughts?

    Other users in the thread suggested getting ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) involved so that they could deport those that showed up.

    Developments

    The same day, Twitter user @VenantDeserod[4] tweeted a fake poster advertising the event (shown below, left). The following day, another anonymous 4chan user posted a poster[2] they had created to spread on social media, detailing that the offer was that all undocumented immigrants would receive a 40% discount on all Starbucks products on August 11th, 2017 (shown below, right).



    The poster and news of the holiday began being spread in earnest on social media. Buzzfeed,[3] who first reported on the hoax on August 6th, posted screenshots of since-deleted tweets of people celebrating the event (shown below).



    Once Starbucks caught wind of the hoax, they began to respond to people spreading the rumor, denying the event was taking place. According to Buzzfeed, the company is investigating the source of the ads.



    After the hoax was picked up by Buzzfeed, other media outlets began to write about it. Daily Dot,[5] Fortune,[6] Teen Vogue,[7] and more wrote about the hoax.

    Search Interest

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    Pretty Woman is a video depicting a bizarre looking man lip synching along to the hit song “Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison. The video gained significant attention after the backstory was revealed.

    Origin

    The video is one of many videos uploaded by registered sex offender Edward Muscare. Even though police have forbbied Muscare from using the Internet, he continued to upload videos online. One of these is of him lip synching to “Pretty Woman”. Eventually, the police found out and took him into prison. The video sits at over 3 million views today.

    Other videos from Muscare include Feel The Music and Backscratcher.

    Spread

    Soon after Muscare’s arrest, the video received attention for its creepy nature, many confusing him for a random, creepy YouTuber than his true self. Reaction videos and parodies began to surface slowly.

    It has been occasionally used on Omegle as well for pranking purposes.


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  • 08/08/17--11:39: Starbucks
  • About

    Starbucks is an extremely popular coffeeshop chain. Since starting in Seattle in the late 1970s, Starbucks has opened over 24,000 locations globally as of 2016, becoming one of the most recognizable fast food chain restaurants around the world. Their headquarters are located in Seattle, Washington.

    History and Impact

    The first Starbucks was opened on March 31st, 1971[1] in Seattle, Washington by Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl, and Gordon Bowker. The company’s name is taken from the chief mate of Moby Dick, Starbuck. The company was sold to Howard Schultz in 1987, who served as the company’s CEO from 1987-2000, and again from 2008-2017, before stepping down as Ken Johnson assumed the role. During Schultz’ tenure, the company widely expanded, with its first store outside of the United States opening in Tokyo, Japan in 1996. Its logo is a twin-tailed mermaid, or “siren.”

    Notable Products

    Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Pumpkin Spice Latte is an espresso coffee drink made with a variety of traditional fall spice flavors (usually cinnamon, nutmeg and clove), pumpkin pie spice and steamed milk. Since its introduction by the American global coffeehouse chain Starbucks in 2003 as a seasonal special product for the last quarter of each year, the coffee drink and other pumpkin spice-flavored products have enjoyed commercial success for over a decade. Online, it is often mocked as a stereotypical drink consumed by “basic” white women.

    On August 4th, 2014 the “Pumpkin Spice Latte” Twitter feed was launched, which posts tweets written from the perspective of the coffee drink. Within two months, the feed gained over 93,500 followers. On August 8th, the “The Real PSL” Tumblr blog was launched, which highlights notable Pumpkin Spice Latte-related images. On August 25th, the food blog Food Babe published an article and infographic denouncing the ingredients used in the coffee drink.



    On September 4th, BuzzFeed published a listicle titled “25 Things All Basic White Girls Do During The Fall,” which included “Get on that Pumpkin Spice Latte grind” as #1 on the list.



    Unicorn Frappucino

    Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino refers to a popular, limited time-only beverage item sold at Starbucks Coffee. Online, the Unicorn Frappuccino has generated a range of reactions, from praise to outrage, particularly from Starbucks baristas.

    The earliest mentions of the Unicorn Frappuccino began about a week before its release, when baristas began posting about it on various websites. On April 11th, 2017, Instagram user @super_hiro_pope posted a picture of the Unicorn Frappaccuino with the caption, “If you don’t believe in Unicorns, it’s ok, cause the #unicornfrappuccino is coming to a #Starbucks near you. Launching 4/19-4/23!!!”



    On April 12th, Reddit user outside_the_madness posted a bag of “Pink Powder” (shown below, left) to the /r/starbucks subreddit. The next day, Reddit user Hellabummed posted a photo (shown below, right) of a blue powered labeled “Unicorn Dust” to the thread “Unicorn frapp topping.” Cosmopolitan reported that Starbucks would be releasing the Unicorn Frappuccino.



    On April 19th, Starbucks released the Unicorn Frappuccino, a caffeine-free, bright pink and blue beverage that would only be available until April 23rd. Easter describes it as:

    “A crème Frappuccino blended with pink powder and mango syrup. It’s got a sour blue topping and pink powder dusted whipped cream on top. The inside of the drink has a purple hue at first, but as you mix all the stuff together it turns pink.”

    By April 20th, baristas began posting on the /r/subreddit their problems with making the drink. One Redditor, zeph_yr[6] their problems in the thread “Day 1 of Unicorn Frappuccino and I wanna die.” They write:

    We’re almost out of the blue mucus. Our cold bar counter is bright purple. One of our blenders shattered while making a unicorn with extra unicorn shit. One of my partners is screaming.
    Edit 5:30 pm: Out of blue unicorn mucus. Putting in extra blue unicorn dandruff instead. As one customer said, “as long as it looks the same!”
    Edit 7:35pm: The unicorn is dead. RIP unicorn. People are rioting outside.

    On April 20th, Kotaku posted an article “Starbucks Workers Unprepared For Unicorn Frappuccino Armageddon.” The article outlined the complaints baristas waged on Reddit, collecting the following complaints.



    Online Relevance

    Controversies

    Dumb Starbucks

    Dumb Starbucks Coffee is the name of a coffee shop that opened in Los Feliz, California as a parody of the American global coffeehouse chain Starbucks. Upon its opening in February 2014, the store gained much notoriety online after photographs of the storefront began circulating on various social media sites. As part of the store’s promotional event for its grand opening, all drinks were served to customers free of charge. In addition, the store offered a “frequently asked questions” sheet, which cited the fair use law as legal protection for parodying the Starbucks coffee chain stores.



    On February 10th, comedian Nathan Fielder, known for his “If you think you gave an STD and “2 grams for $40” Twitter pranks, made an announcement in front of the store revealing that he had orchestrated the Dumb Starbucks store claimed that he was not worried about legal action since the coffee house was an art project and that he planned to open a second location in Brooklyn, New York. The same day, the Dumb Starbucks YouTube channel uploaded a video in which Fielder explains that Dumb Starbucks is a “real business I plan to get rich from” (shown below). The stunt later appeared in an episode of his show, Nathan For You.



    Red Holiday Cup Controversy

    Starbucks Red Holiday Cup Controversy refers to the backlash directed toward the Starbucks coffee company for their 2015 red holiday cup design, which some Christians found offensive and part of The War On Christmas for not including traditional Christmas imagery. On November 1st, 2015, Starbucks unveiled their new solid red holiday cup design (shown below).



    On November 5th, Christian vlogger Joshua Feuerstein posted a video to Facebook asking viewers to provide the name “Merry Christmas” to Starbucks baristas and to post the results online with the hashtag “#MerryChristmasStarbucks” (shown below). Within five days, the video gained over 500,000 shares, 178,000 likes and 51,900 comments. The same day, the conservative news site Breitbart published an article titled “War on Christmas: Starbucks Red Cups Are Emblematic of the Christian Cleansing of the West.”


    Starbucks REMOVEDCHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus … SO I PRANKEDTHEM… and they HATE IT!!!! #shareUse #MERRYCHRISTMASSTARBUCKSFollow --> Joshua Feuerstein

    Posted by Joshua Feuerstein on Thursday, November 5, 2015

    #RaceTogether

    #RaceTogether is a promotional Twitter hashtag launched by the American global coffeehouse chain Starbucks to encourage its customers to engage in conversations about the state of race relations in the United States. Upon its launch in March 2015, the campaign immediately became a target of criticisms and mockeries online for its provocative nature.

    On March 16th, 2015, Starbucks, in partnership with USA Today, announced a new co-op initiative called “Race Together,” which aims to tackle the issue of race in the United States by encouraging its employees at 12,000 locations to “spark customer conversation on the topic of race." According to the USA Today’s article, Starbucks baristas at participating locations will serve drinks in cups bearing the hashtag #RaceTogether, along with a “Race Together” pamphlet co-written by the coffeehouse chain and the daily newspaper.



    On the morning of March 17th, dozens of Starbucks customers took their reactions to the #RaceTogether campaign on Twitter, with many poking fun at the company’s less than subtle attempt at incorporating the ongoing racial tension into their latest PR campaign, while others jeered that the company should instead focus on getting the customers’ names right. According to Topsy, the Twitter hashtag garnered more than 67,000 mentions within the first 48 hours of the campaign launch.




    Operation #TrumpCup

    Operation #TrumpCup is an activist campaign encouraging supporters of Donald Trump to ask Starbucks baristas to label their coffee cups with the United States President-elect’s name. In April 2016, actor Scott Baio posted a photograph of a Starbucks cup with the name “Trump” printed on it in a tweet claiming that the barista “refused to call out” the name (shown below). Within seven months, the tweet garnered more than 2,800 likes and 1,800 retweets.



    On November 18th, 2016, Twitter user @bakedalaska tweeted a picture of himself holding a Starbucks cup with the name “Trump” written on it, along with instructions for followers to go to a Starbucks location and give the barista the name Trump (shown below, left). Within 24 hours, the tweeted received more than 9,700 likes and 6,200 retweets. The same day, @bakedalaska tweeted an open letter to Starbucks, announcing that #TrumpCup was “not a ‘protest’” (shown below, right).



    That day, the hashtag #TrumpCup began trending in the United States on Twitter, leading some to mock the campaign (shown below). Meanwhile, Snopes published an article about the #TrumpCup posts, noting that while the campaign was widely being reported as a “protest,” those participating in the hashtag did not seem "to indicate they were objecting to anything.



    Starbucks Dreamer Day Hoax

    Starbucks Dreamer Day Hoax refers to a plot orchestrated by users on 4chan’s/pol/ board to circulate false rumors on social media that the coffee chain Starbucks would grant discounts to undocumented immigrants as part of a “#BorderFreeCoffee” promotion. The plot was hatched on August 2nd, 2017, by an anonymous user on 4chan’s /pol/ board. The user suggested:

    How about we meme “Undocumented Immigrant Day” at Starbucks into existence? Announce free coffee for all illegals on a certain date. August 11? 11 looks like II (for Illegal Immigrant). I’m open to suggestions there. Name a liberal place for all illegals to go at once and demand free stuff.
    Thoughts?

    Other users in the thread suggested getting ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) involved so that they could deport those that showed up. The same day, Twitter user @VenantDeserod tweeted a fake poster advertising the event (shown below, left). The following day, another anonymous 4chan user posted a poster they had created to spread on social media, detailing that the offer was that all undocumented immigrants would receive a 40% discount on all Starbucks products on August 11th, 2017 (shown below, right).



    Once Starbucks caught wind of the hoax, they began to respond to people spreading the rumor, denying the event was taking place. According to Buzzfeed, the company is investigating the source of the ads.



    Related Memes

    15 Minutes Late With Starbucks

    15 Minutes Late With Starbucks is an expression used to mock someone who shows up late to a meeting or event because he or she appears to have stopped for coffee on the way. On September 3rd, 2012, Twitter user emre published a tweet which claimed that pop singer Taylor Swift looked like someone who would show up late to class with Starbucks. Within the next six months, the tweet received over 1,000 retweets and 700 favorites.





    Starbucks Name FAIL

    Starbucks Name FAIL is a series of photographs documenting misspelled names of customers written on the side of cups at the global coffeehouse chain Starbucks. In September 2005, Starbucks enacted a new policy requiring baristas to write the names of customers on the side of their cups. On May 13th, 2010, a Tumblr blog titled “Starbucks Got My Name Wrong” was launched, which highlights photographs of misspelled names written on Starbucks cups (shown below).



    Starbucks-chan


    Gashi-gashi’s Starbucks-chan, also referred to as Stb-chan, is an anime-inspired cartoon character based on the multinational coffee chain Starbucks’ iconic green siren logo. It is also inspired by the controversy of Starbucks’ temporary revival of its original logo between 2006 and 2008.

    In 2006 and early 2008, the Starbucks’ company reintroduced a revamped version of their original brown logo of the twin-tailed Siren. The logo featured the full-body of the Siren in a Navasana pose, topless, with her upper body covered in flowing hair, leaving only her naval visible. In response to the change, many Christian groups boycotted the company for having,

    “…a naked women on it with her legs spread like a prostitute…The company might as well call themselves, Slutbucks.” – Mark Dice, Founder of the Resistance



    Original Starbucks Logo – 1971

    On March 10th, 2017, Twitter user @uejini, a.k.a Gashi-gashi, posted an anime-like illustration of the siren based off her Navasana pose within the logo along with the caption, “i love coffee”. The post accumulated 49 comments, 1.2k shares and 4.7k likes over the past months. Two days after the original image was posted, @uejini posted another illustration of STB-chan holding a coffee cup with the phrase, “Drink it,” in the foreground.



    In the following months, Gashi-gashi as well as many other artists began posting more illustrations of his design of STB-chan on sites such as DeviantArt and Twitter. Gashi-gashi’s Starbucks-chan was also featured on a mega thread on /co/ following the creation of Smug Wendy’s.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Starbucks


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  • 08/08/17--11:51: Not Tim and Eric
  • About

    Not Tim and Eric refers to a popular description for things that resemble the lo-fi, surreal humor of the comedy team of Tim and Eric but are not affiliated with the duo.

    Origin

    On February 14th, 2012, Redditor animal_backwards launched the /r/NotTimAndEric subreddit.[1] The board specializes in the type of off-kilter, surreal comedy found on the comedy television series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! However, the videos posted are not affiliated with the comedy team.

    The page’s content guide describes the type fo content they are looking for:

    This is subreddit for videos that are similar to content that could be found on the Tim and Eric show.

    The Tim and Eric show is an absurdist anti-humour comedy show which is heavily influenced by kitsch and the aesthetics of public access television and relies on awkward presentation to over-stimulate and/or unseat their audience. While Tim and Eric employ these devices intentionally to create a surreal comedic environment, these elements are also active in other content (whether they are applied intentionally or not)--/r/nottimanderic is a home for that content.
    If you are still unsure as to what type of content you should be submitting you can check out the first few pages of our top all-time submissions.

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  • 08/05/17--19:47: Protegent Antivirus
  • About

    Protegent Antivirus refers to a series of YouTube remixes based on the commercials for the Indian antivirus software Protegent. The advertisements have been criticized for their animation, characters and song choice, which features a belabored rap about the software. Many online have claimed that the antivirus is malware because the character of Proto looks very similar to Whyatt from the animated children’s telelvision series Super Why!.

    Origin

    On August 18th, 2013, the YouTube account for Unistal,[1] Protegent’s parent company, uploaded a three minute commercial for their Protegent software. In the video, four cartoon men discuss their issues before being approached by Proto, Protegent’s superhero mascot. As of August 2017, the video (shown below, left) has been viewed 5,500 times.

    The following year, on February 25th, Unistal[2] uploaded another Proto-based commercial in which the character raps. This video inspireed a large number of the remixes involving Protegent (shown below, right).



    Spread

    On September 9th, 2016, Protegent uploaded another commercial under the name Unistal Systems Pvt Ltd. The commercial, which features two Protos, one with a mustache, talking about the product, (shown below) received more than 30,000 views in less than a year.



    On July 22nd, Vinesauce Joel came upon the Protegentor commercials during a Windows Destruction livestream on Twitch] In the video, Vinesauce Joel downloads numerous malware and malicious software onto his computer. The livestream has since been viewed more than 11,000 times and seems to be the first of the wider exposure to Proto and Protegentor commercials. The following day, YouTuber S_ur uploaded the stream to YouTube, where the video (shown below) received more than 73,000 views in two weeks.



    The following day, YouTuber[5] DarkGabbz uploaded one of the first remixes of the commercial, complete with harsher noises and visual effects. The video (shown below, left) received more than 4,500 views in two weeks. Additionally ahat day, YouTuber PajamaFrix uploaded a midi remix of the commercial. The video (shown below, right) received more than 16,000 views in two weeks.



    Notable Examples




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    Although videos of the original commercial are difficult to find (as seen by this low-quality version here), the commercial for Space Bag, and “As Seen On TV” product that is a vacuum-sealable bag for storing clothing and linens.

    The commercial has a voice-over of a woman declaring in a strange echo-effect that there was “Too much stuff, not enough space!” over low-color contrast examples of people attempting (and failing) to place things in closets.

    The eccentric quality of the commercial, as well as the incessant repetition of the phrase (“Too much stuff, not enough space!”) several times throughout the commercial spawned a small, somewhat popular base of fans for the product for purely ironic reasons.

    Meme makers have created twists of the catch phrase by way of “Too Much X, Not Enough Y,” where X is one object/person/action, and Y is another.

    Examples are to come.


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    About

    We Need to Stop Testing Our Products on Animals is a captioned stock photo series in which corporate employees discuss why they need to stop using animal testing. Examples from the image macro series typically use variations of the “phrasal template” “We need to stop testing our products on X.”

    Origin

    On January 31st, 2017, Instagram user @gucci.gameboy[1] submitted a stock photograph of three people seated at a corporate board room table, captioned with a mock conversation in which a boss asks why their company needs to cease animal testing if the practice is done by shampoo manufacturers, to which the employee replies “Ya but we make dildos” (shown below). Within seven months, the post gained over 15,500 likes.



    Spread

    On August 7th, Redditor AsapMcQueen1017 submitted an edited version of the image, featuring a gun company that tests its products on schools to /r/dankmemes[6] (shown below, left). That day, Redditor truitex47 posted a Bush Did 9/11-themed version to /r/dankmemes[3] )shown below, right). Wtihin 24 hours, the posts gathered upwards of 14,300 points (86% upvoted) and 1,800 points (96% upvoted).



    On August 8th, Instagram user @donny.drama[2] posted a version of the image macro in which the employee says “Ya but we make hammers” (shown below). In six hours, the post gained over 8,000 likes. That day, Redditor gener_memelord submitted an Opium Wars-themed variation of the image macro to /r/dankmemes[5] (shown below, right). Meanwhile, Redditor dope_fallacy submitted a post asking if the series was worthy of investment to /r/MemeEconomy.[4]



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

    [1]Instagram – @gucci.gameboy

    [2]Instagram – donny.drama

    [3]Reddit – /r/dankmemes

    [4]Reddit – /r/MemeEconomy

    [5]Reddit – /r/dankmemes

    [6]Reddit – Bang Bang


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  • 08/08/17--14:36: Princess Kony
  • Princess Kony is a fan joke in a Roblox game called “Sekaiju” that was started during a party when someone brought up the joke of a Sekaiju boss called “RocketDemonKony”. The joke was Kony as a girl and then it quickly spread into the Sekaiju Group Discord’s only bot being renamed to Princess Kony then to a loading screen tip saying that Princess Kony was Fabulous


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  • 08/08/17--15:24: Normal Boots / Hidden Block
  • About

    NormalBoots and Hidden Block are two closely affiliated groups. Their members consist of popular YouTubers with video game-related content.

    Online History

    Beginning

    The group began as a “hub” where ScrewAttack and YouTube users PeanutButterGamer and JonTron could upload content and make ad revenue.[1]

    Eventually, on January 2011, YouTubers Indie Games Searchlight and Cold Morning (now called comopro) joined the site.[2] (Cold Morning’s video is shown below.)



    On June 2011, YouTube show Continue? joined the site.[3] Soon after, in August 2011, YouTuber Underbelly also joined the group.[4]

    Around October 2011, Cold Morning left the circle for unknown reasons, making the channel the first to leave NormalBoots.[5] He was soon replaced by That One Video Gamer, also known as The Completionist on November 2011.[6]
    Later, on June 2012, Underbelly left the group as well.[7] He was quickly replaced by YouTuber Did You Know Gaming? on July 2012.[8]

    Shutdown

    On November 2012, the group disbanded because they thought YouTube advertisements were enough and that they didn’t need the site. If someone were to visit the website during the shutdown, they would be greeted by the image shown below.

    Screen_shot_2017_08_08_at_1_15_11_AM

    Hidden Block

    W.I.P.

    Reboot

    On January 25, 2014, NormalBoots got relaunched, with every member besides Indie Games Searchlight returning. With the rebirth came a contest, in which potential new members would submit videos to see if they would get accepted on the NormalBoots team. The winners of the contest were ProJared and Satchbag’s Goods. [9]

    Re-Reboot

    After a long while, on May 17, 2017, the people at NormalBoots decided that they were drifting apart as a team, and needed to get back on track as a community. It was also at this time in which they launched an official NormalBoots YouTube channel. At the same time, co-founder JonTron decided that he wanted to put all of his focus on his own show, so he decided to leave the group.[10]

    Members

    NormalBoots

    Current
    PeanutButterGamer

    PeanutButterGamer is a video gaming channel run by Austin Hargrave, the co-founder NormalBoots. While the channel is most popular for its reviews, which generally are for obscure games, there are also plenty of Top 10s and hacking videos.[11] The channel has over 1.7 million subscribers as of August 2017.[12]

    Continue?

    The Continue? Show is Let’s Play-like show in which Nick Murphy, Paul Ritchey, and Josh Moschitti play a game for one episode, then decide if they want to keep playing (continue), or quit (game over).[13] The channel has over 220,000 subscribers as of August 2017.[14]

    That One Video Gamer

    That One Video Gamer, also known as The Completionist, is a channel run by Jirard Khalil, where he completes a game 100%, then writes a review based on his experiences. The show was also co-founded by Greg Wilmot, who had later left the show after arguments ensued with Jirard.[15] The Completionist is now run by Jirard and his friend Alex Faciane. The channel has over 760,000 subscribers as of August 2017.[16]

    Did You Know Gaming?

    Did You Know Gaming? is a channel run by Shane Gill about various video game facts and trivia. Despite being run by Shane, he has yet to voice a single video, instead relying on various YouTube personalities for the job. Shane was the last YouTube channel to join before the shutdown, and he also founded As of August 2017, Did You Know Gaming? has over two million subscribers.[18]

    ProJared

    ProJared is a video game reviewing channel run by Jared Knabenbaur. He joined the site due after the reboot. Besides the main reviews, Jared also has a popular series called “One Minute Reviews” where he reviews an entire game in under a minute.[19] As of August 2017, ProJared has just under a million subscribers.[20]

    Satchbag’s Goods

    Satchbag’s Goods is a channel run by Satchell Drakes. He joined the site after the reboot. The channel focuses on analyzing and discussing certain parts of video games. He does also have a review show, where he lists games under “Dope”, “Okay”, or “Meh”.[21] The channel has over 85,000 subscribers.[22]

    Retired
    JonTron

    JonTron is a channel run by Jon Jafari, a co-founder of NormalBoots. While he started only doing video game reviews, he has since branched out to other things like movie reviews. On May 2017, JonTron decided that he wanted to put all of his focus on his show, and so he quit NormalBoots. As of August 2017, the channel has over three million subscribers.[23]

    Cold Morning

    Cold Morning, now called comopro, is a comedy skit channel run two friends. The channel also ran a series called “Gentleman’s Chat”, a podcast series about video games. On March 31, 2014, the group uploaded their last video before quitting YouTube. The channel has just over 600 subscribers as of August 2017.[24]

    Underbelly

    Underbelly is a video game channel run by a large group of people. It features comedic skits, and two other series called “Informative Episodes” and “Event Coverage”. Underbelly quit NormalBoots soon before the shutdown. The channel has just under 60,000 subscribers as of August 2017.[25]

    Indie Games Searchlight

    Indie Games Searchlight is a video game reviewing channel run by Mark Carr. This channel focuses solely on indie games, because they are “outside the mainstream”. Indie Games Searchlight is interestingly the only channel to be in the group when it was shut down, but not return on the reboot. As of August 2017, the channel has over 13,000 subscribers.[26]

    Hidden Block

    W.I.P

    Balrog
    Brutalmoose
    Caddicarus
    Jimmy Whetzel
    SpaceHamster
    Yungtown

    Search History

    External References

    [1]NormalBoots Archive – Nov 15, 2010

    [2]NormalBoots Archive – Jan 22, 2011

    [3]NormalBoots Archive – Jun 5, 2011

    [4]NormalBoots Archive – Aug 5, 2011

    [5]NormalBoots Archive – Oct 6, 2011

    [6]NormalBoots Archive – Nov 6, 2011

    [7]NormalBoots Archive – Jun 20, 2012

    [8]NormalBoots Archive – Jul 4, 2012

    [9]NormalBoots Archive – Jan 26, 2014

    [10]Twitter – NormalBoots Update

    [11]NormalBoots Wiki – Austin Hargrave

    [12]YouTube – PeanutButterGamer

    [13]NormalBoots Wiki – The Contunue? Show

    [14]YouTube – Continue?

    [15]YouTube – Greg leaves The Completionist

    [16]YouTube – That One Video Gamer

    [17]NormalBoots Wiki – Shane Gill

    [18]YouTube – DidYouKnowGaming

    [19]YouTube – One Minute Review

    [20]YouTube – ProJared

    [21]NormalBoots Wiki – Satchell Drakes

    [22]YouTube – Satchbag’s Goods

    [23]YouTube – JonTronShow

    [24]YouTube – comopro

    [25]YouTube – Underbelly

    [26]YouTube – Indie Games Searchlight


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  • 08/08/17--18:42: Broccoli
  • Broccoli is a rap by artist D.R.A.M. featuring Lil’ Yachty, which gained popularity online soon after its initial release.

    Origin

    The track was first released on April 6, 2016 as the lead single from D.R.A.M.’s album Big Baby D.R.A.M., and received positive reviews from critics and listeners, though some criticize its reference to the Columbine school shooting. The song is well known for its flute hook during the chorus.

    An official video was released for the track in July of that year. This video currently sits at over 2 million views and over 1 million likes.

    Spread

    Not long after the warm reception, the track was embraced by the Internet and has notably appeared in dank meme compilations.

    Various other videos that feature covers or parodies of the song have since appeared, too.


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  • 08/09/17--07:19: Temmie
  • hOI! I’m Temmie! And tis iz mah meem n-tree!


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