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  • 08/27/17--23:59: Acharya JP Singh
  • Best Astrologer in Delhi, Yes that’s the one you are looking for? Acharya JP Singh is india’s one of the most experienced and expert astrologer in Delhi. Who is known for his outstanding prediction and solutions. Call now +91- 9811558158 to book your appointment.


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  • 08/28/17--07:45: Look What You Made Me Do
  • About

    Look What You Made Me Do is a song by American recording artist Taylor Swift. The song, a dance-pop song with European dance-hall chorus, is a stark departure from the lighter pop works of Swift’s past. The song instantly generated intense negative criticism and jokes. It’s video, released at the 2017 Video Music Awards, did the same.

    Origin

    Swift released “Look What You Made Me Do” on August 24th, 2017 with a lyric video on YouTube that has gained over 41 million views in less than four days. Members of the band Right Said Fred have songwriting credits, as the song’s chorus interpolate’s the rhythm of the Right Said Fred song “I’m Too Sexy.”[1]



    Spread

    The song polarized critics. While some praised the song’s stylistic departure from Swift’s previous work, more vocal critics reviewed the song negatively. Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone[2] argued the song continued the singer’s feud with Kanye West. In the previous year, West had released the song Famous, in which he said he wondered if he might still have sex with Swift. The first lyric of “Look What You Made Me Do” reads:

    I don’t like your little games
    Don’t like your tilted stage
    The role you made me play
    Of the fool, no, I don’t like you

    The reference to a “tilted stage” has been interpreted as a direct reference to West, who performed on a suspended, tilted stage during his tour for The Life of Pablo. [3] Other lyrics in the song have been interpreted to be references to Swift’s ongoing feud with Katy Perry as well as previous songs of hers including “Blank Space.” A preview of the upcoming music video posted on August 25th to Swift’s Instagram[4] had many fans thinking Taylor was attempting to reference Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’. [5] That and lyrics in the song itself, notably an interlude in which Swift pretends to be on the phone and says “I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, ‘cause she’s dead!” led to jokes mocking Swift online.



    Video Release

    On August 27th, 2017, Swift premiered the music video at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. In less than 24 hours, the video accumulated over 21 million views (shown below).



    The video is very self-referential. It features Swift emerging from a grave, signifying the death of “Taylor Swift’s Reputation.” Swift also acknowledges the meme that she is a snake and parodies popular music videos by Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Beyoncé. She also references characters she’s played in previous music videos in a final scene where all the characters talk to each other and echo criticisms lobbed at Swift at various points in her career. Jokes about the video spread online following its premiere.



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  • 08/28/17--07:50: 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • Overview

    Hurricane Harvey is a tropical cyclone which caused major flooding in southeastern Texas in late August 2017.

    Background

    In early August, a tropical wave was discovered off the coast of Africa. On August 17th, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded the weather disturbance to Tropical Storm Harvey. On August 24th, the storm began intensifying and was upgraded to a hurricane. On August 26th, the hurricane approached Rockport, Texas and moved to Copano Bay. On August 26th, Harvey was downgraded to a tropical storm.

    Developments

    Online Reaction

    On August 24th, Twitter user @zwearts posted a photoshopped picture of the hurricane with comedian Steve Harvey’s face photoshopped in the center (shown below). That day, Redditor Trippstarr21 posted a news station’s aerial photograph of a car driving the opposite direction of traffic evacuating a hurricane area with the caption “Forgot my charger” (shown below, right). Within 72 hours, the post gained over 13,000 points (94% upvoted) and 260 comments on /r/funny.[1]



    Harvey the Hurricane Hawk

    On August 25th, 2017, Houston cab driver William Bruso uploaded a YouTube video of a Cooper’s hawk in the passenger seat of his taxi, speculating that the bird was seeking refuge from the hurricane (shown below).



    Over the next 24 hours, Bruso uploaded several update videos to YouTube about the status of the bird, nicknaming him “Harvey the Hurricane Hawk” (shown below). The following day, Bruso handed the hawk over to the TWRC Wildlife Center (shown below, right).



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  • 08/28/17--08:45: Boatsex
  • Editor’s note: This entry contains spoilers for season seven episode seven of the HBO series Game of Thrones.


    About

    Boatsex or “epic boatsex” refers to the shipping theory that the characters Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen will have sexual intercourse while on boat during the seventh season of HBO’s fantasy television series Game of Thrones. Following spoiler leaks leading up to the seventh season, which hinted at love scenes between the characters, fans, especially on Reddit, began referring to their scene as “boatsex.” Their speculation was later confirmed in the season finale of season seven.

    Origin

    In October 2016, spoilers for the seventh season of Game of Thrones leaked onto the internet to much speculation and fervor. On October 17th, 2016, Redditor[1] maureencreates layed out the known spoilers in a timeline, predicting what episode they would occur in the /r/FreeFolk subreddit. For the section on episode seven, they wrote:

    “Jon and Dany have sex for the first time on a boat headed North.”

    The post received more than 750 points (99% upvoted) and 640 comments before archiving. “Boat sex” became one of the most widely discussed spoilers on the subreddit.

    On October 19th, Instagram[4] user @kortajarenajon[4] posted a picture fro the marketing materials of Game of Thrones with the caption “So proud of having these talented people filming in my hometown. It has been delightful meeting you @dunmug #GameOfThrones #Euskadi.” The post (shown below) received more than 24,000 likes and spurred more speculation about the scene in the /r/freefolk subreddit.[5]



    Later that month, On October 27th, 2016, Redditor[2] matserban a leaked video of the scene they share in the subreddit /r/freefolk. The video has since been removed, but this is among the earliest mentions of the phrase “boat sex.”

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    Several days later, on October 31st Redditor Edmures_Floppy_Fish posted on a thread about the spoliers, referring to their scene as “boat sex.” They wrote, “CLEGANEBOWL happens after the dragon pit scene, while Jon and Dany have boatsex.”

    As the seventh season approached, more interest and references to boatsex emerged on Reddit. On July 26th, Redditor[6] petyr_b posted a series of captioned images of Jon and Daenerys meeting for the first time in a thread entitled “32 days until Boatsex” in the /r/freefolk subreddit. The post (shown below, left) received more than 11,700 points (94% upvoted) and 395 comments.

    The following day, Redditor[7] iampissed0ff posted an image of Jon landing on a beach with a behind-the-scenes photo of Daenerys expressing excitement. The post (shown below, right) received more than 4,100 points (95% upvoted) and 100 comments.


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    [1]Reddit – "My ‘awayforthelads’ Season 7 ‘Spoiler’ Timeline’:https://www.reddit.com/r/freefolk/comments/57w3yw/my_awayforthelads_season_7_spoiler_timeline/?st=j6w9e2u6&sh=b13f8817

    [2]Reddit – [Spoilers] Daenerys-Jon boat sex scene leaked online

    [3]Reddit – Will the dragonpit meeting escalate into CLEGANEBOWL? This could be the last opportunity.

    [4]Instagram – @kortajarenajon’s Post

    [5]Reddit – it’s 100% confirmed now!

    [6]Reddit – 32 days until Boatsex

    [7]Reddit – When Jon Snow arrives at Dragonstone


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  • 08/28/17--10:28: Lorde's VMA Dance
  • About

    Lorde’s VMA Dance refers to a performance by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Claiming that she had the flu during the performance, Lorde did not sing the song “Homemade Dynamite” because of her illness and instead danced in an improvisational manner while wearing a silver dress that many online regarded as humorous and confusing.

    Origin

    On August 27th, 2017, MTV aired the 2017 Video Music Awards, which honored the best music videos of the year. Singer-songwriter Lorde was set to perform during the live broadcast. However, because of the flu, she was not able to sing her hit song “Homemade Dynamite,” and therefore, just danced as the song played over the speakers.

    That night, MTV posted the video of the performance (shown below) on their official YouTube account. The post received more than 400,000 views in less than 24 hours.



    Spread

    Following the performance, various media outlet began posting gifs of the performance. Entertainment Weekly[1]tweeted a gif of Lorde dancing with the caption "When your song comes on. The tweet (shown below, left) received more than 500 retweets and 1,800 likes. Giphy[2] tweeted a different gif with the caption “Walking up to the club like:” The post (shown below, center) received more than 660 retweets and 2,400. Jezebel[3] tweeted a gif with the caption “Just… WTF, Lorde.” The post (shown below, right) received more than 270 retweets and 1,000 likes.



    Other users posted video of other weird dances from popular culture and social media. That night Twitter[4] user @platingomez posted a video of a runway model dancing awkwardly with the caption “loved lorde’s performance at the #VMAs.” The post (shown below) 1,500 retweets and 4,000 likes within 24 hours.




    That night, Twitter[9] account @LordeDancing launched, which posted various remix videos of Lorde dancing, replacing the msuic to which she dances (example below).




    Several media outlets covered the performance and reaction to Lorde’s dance, including Pitchfork,[5]BuzzFeed] Vox[7] and more. Twitter[8] published a Moments page about the performance and reaction, which received more than 1,000 likes in less than 24 hours.

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  • 08/28/17--11:01: Shut Up, Carol
  • About

    Shut Up, Carol is a catchphrase used in hypothetical dialogue jokes on Twitter that imagine a character named Carol who offers pedantic advice and platitudes, to which the poster aggressively rejects the advice by saying “Shut up, Carol.”

    Origin

    The character “Carol” first came into popular Twitter lexicon following a tweet by @elklien[1] that read "old people coming for me like “you’re too young to be tired” well OK Carol, you’re too old to still be alive yet here we are." The tweet gained over 18,000 retweets and 19,000 likes (shown below).



    Spread

    As the tweet spread, the “Carol” character began appearing in more jokes in which she offered various platitudinal advice to the poster’s dismay. On November 8th, 2016, @BellaAshlynn[2] tweeted “Why do people in the workout videos ask you questions like you gonna hear me answer through the computer screen like shut up carol,” gaining 12 retweets and over 100 likes (shown below, left). Another tweet by @emily_cox25[3] read "I hate cashiers that comment on what you buy. Like “ooh lettuce someone eats healthy”. Shut up carol just scan it." (shown below, right). On August 22nd, 2017, Buzzfeed[4] compiled over two dozen “Shut up, Carol” tweets.



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  • 08/28/17--13:02: Welcome To My Twisted Mind
  • About

    Welcome to My Twisted Mind is a popular title given to blogs by teenagers who believe they post edgy content. The ubiquity of the phrase made it a subject of parody on blogging platforms, particularly Tumblr.

    Origin

    The phrase was first used in earnest by teenagers who believed they were posting dark or edgy content (example blog shown below).



    Tumblr meme-documenting blog Meme Archives[1] traces the origin

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    About

    Taylor Swift Reputation Cover Parodies refers to the album cover for the singers sixth album Reputation, set to be released November 10th, 2017. Newspaper headlines of Swift are superimposed over half of her face, which is a reference to the large amount media attention the singer receives. The album cover lead to parodies where Taylor Swift is photoshopped out and replaced with a different character or person. The cover also lead to jokes about the drama surrounding Swift.



    Origin

    On August 23rd, 2017, Taylor Swift dropped the album cover photo for her highly anticipated sixth album on Instagram[1]. The photo reached 2 million likes in just two days. The black and white photo features the album title Reputation and Swift seriously gazing to the camera, donning dark lips and a choker with her hair in curls and slicked back. The serious persona Swift portrays in the photo caused the internet to poke fun and parody the cover.

    Jason O. Gilbert[2] shared his thoughts on twitter by writing “Very excited for this [squints] straight-to-Hulu documentary about the sensational murder trial of a mysterious babysitter.” The tweet reached 14k likes and 3.5k retweets in just two days.



    Spread

    Fans, critics, and media outlets took to twitter to share their thoughts of the album cover. Parodies of the cover immediately popped up after its release on Swift’s Instagram[1].



    Various Examples.




    External References

    [1]Instagram – Taylor Swift

    [2]Twitter – Jason O Gilbert


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  • 08/25/17--11:50: Bielodesph
  • Bielodesph is a member of the Lapfox Trax / Halley Labs discord.
    They have opinions and a weird cat avatar, and a lot of persons love to use this cat avatar to make shitpost webcomics.

    Here’s the bielo meme.


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  • 08/25/17--10:05: Dobby Pussy Indulgence
  • About

    Dobby Pussy Indulgence refers to a CGI animated video of the elf Dobby from the Harry Potter franchise dancing in a circle to the 2016 reggaeton song “Traicionera” by Sebastián Yatra. On Tumblr, users often reference the video as a nonsequitur joke.

    Origin

    On May 8th, 2017, Tumblr user m86[3] uploaded a CGI video of the character Dobby dancing to the 2016 reggaeton song “Traicionera” by Sebastián Yatra (shown below). On May 10th, Tumblr user tripropellant reblogged the video along with the caption “Dobby Pussy Indulgence” Within three months, the post accumulated upwards of 68,000 notes.


    http://tripropellant.tumblr.com/post/160526435483/dobby-pussy-indulgence

    Spread

    On July 29th, 2017, Tumblr user wlworm posted an audio clip of a woman reading a passage about a pope demanding a “Dobby pussy indulgence” (shown below).


    https://wlworm.tumblr.com/post/163550078974/dobby-pussy-indulgence

    On August 18th, YouTuber The Bittercold uploaded a video slowly zooming in on Dobby’s face while a voice says “Dobby pussy indulgence” in the background (shown below).



    On August 20th, Twitter user @komadalings[2] tweeted “i dont know what ‘dobby pussy indulgence’ means but im begging yall to stop making me look at it.” On August 23rd, Tumblr user dronevariations[4] posted a “Distracted Boyfriend”: captioned with jokes about reblogging “Dobby pussy indulgence” (shown below). Within 48 hours, the post gained over 3,600 notes.



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    [1]Tumblr – tripropellant

    [2]Twitter – @komadalings

    [3]Tumblr –
    m86":http://m86.tumblr.com/post/160461111854/me-alone-in-my-bedroom-at-3am-on-a-tuesday

    [4]Tumblr – dronevariations


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    Overview

    ESPN’s Robert Lee Switch Controversy refers to the online backlash toward the sports television channel ESPN for switching sports announcer Robert Lee from a University of Virginia football game due to the similarity between his name and Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

    Background

    On August 22nd, 2017, ESPN released a statement announcing that the company had moved Robert Lee from announcing a University of Virginia football game “simply because of the coincidence of his name” following the violent Unite the Right rally held earlier that month.[9]



    Developments

    Online Reaction

    On August 23rd, 2017, Redditor BBQCopter submitted a post about the controversy to /r/KotakuInAction.[5] That day, the hashtag #RobertLee began trending on Twitter, while posts erroneously claiming Lee had been “fired” for his name began appearing on Facebook.[7] That day, Snopes[8] published an article refuting the social media posts.



    ESPN’s Response

    On August 22nd, 2017, USA Today[3] published an article which included a statement from an anonymous ESPN executive, who claimed Lee chose to switch assignments after being given the option by ESPN. The following day, CNN correspondent Brian Stelter tweeted an internal memo written by ESPN President John Skipper regarding the decision to switch Robert Lee (shown below).[6]



    News Media Coverage

    On August 23rd, the libertarian news site Reason[4] published an article titled “ESPN’s Robert Lee Decision Should Be Wake-Up Call About the Perpetual Outrage Machines.”

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  • 08/25/17--07:41: My Mom Made This Meme
  • About

    My Mom Made This Meme refers to a popular tweet in which a Twitter user shared an image macro made by the user’s mother, as well as their text conversation. The tweet went viral, appearing on numerous media outlets.

    Origin

    On August 21st, 2017, Twitter[1] user @Junglefushimi tweeted “My mom made this meme don’t let her down.” Along with this caption, she posted the meme, an image macro of the superhero Cyclops from the X-Men film series, who is known for wearing sunglasses that keep his powerful laser-sight vision contained. The picture is captioned “When you wear special glasses to protect the Eclipse from your eyes,” referencing the frequent warnings to not stare at the sun during the 2017 solar eclipse. Next to the picture is a text conversation between the Twitter user and her mother, in which the mother takes credit for the meme and says, “Hope it goes viral even though I didn’t put my name on it lol.” The tweet (shown below) received more than 92,000 retweets and 211,000 likes within four days.



    Spread

    The following day, @Junglefushimi tweeted[2]“Update: I let my mom know what you all think and she is very pleased and has also decided she wants to be known as ‘memer mom.’” In addition, she posted a screenshot of their text conversation with her mother, expressing her surprise at the popularity of the meme. The post (shown below) received more than 1,000 retweets and 7,500 likes in three days.



    The tweets became very popular on Twitter. Several media outlets covered the tweets Mashable,[3]BuzzFeed] Elite Daily,[5] Refinery29[6] and more.

    On August 24th, Redditor[7] Theboss12312 tweeted a parody, replacing the picture of Cyclops with an image of Patrick from SpongeBob SquarePants eating and the caption “When my autistic son finds out we’re having chicken for dinner.” The post (shown below) received more than 1,400 points (94% upvotes).



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  • 08/25/17--09:57: Jonaerys
  • Editor’s note: This entry contains spoilers for season seven of the HBO series Game of Thrones.


    About

    Jonaerys refers to fan speculation, shipping theories and fan-fiction centered on the romantic relationship between the Game of Thrones characters Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen.

    Origin

    While speculation about the two characters could date back as far as the book A Song of Fire and Ice’s publication, when they were introduced, the earliest mention of their relationship online occured on May 7th, 2011. Game of Thones fan site Westeros.org[1] user CornCornSnow posted in the message board “Would Daenerys find John Snow attractive?” The post (shown below) received more than 390 comments.



    “Hi all,

    Longtime GRRM fan, rekindled by the HBO series and the impending release of ADWD. Love the site.

    I see a lot of posts where people predict Daenerys ending up with Jon Snow. My question: assuming R + L = J, why would Daenerys want to be with Jon Snow? I think she’s beyond duty already (i.e. the duty to marry another Targ), and I think she will stay unconventional as the story progresses.

    Her first love was the barbaric horselord Drogo, and now she is attracted to the gaudy blue-and-gold Daario Naharis.

    What makes anyone think she would go for a boring, adolescent Jon Snow? Or any Westerosi for that matter? Her taste in men seems decidedly Eastern."

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    On June 22, 2011, YouTuber[2] ladysnow1988 posted a fan-made music video of clips from the series entitled “Jon & Dany – On Course.” The post (shown below) received more than 122,000 views in six years.



    On February 5th, 2016, Instagram[10] @peggysirota posted an image of the actors Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke, who portray Jon Snow and Daenerys, respectively, kissing. She captioned the photo “This moment was unforgettable. It was a small crew on that day, just a few of us out in the field. The chemistry between these four was huge, as you can see… I asked them to kiss, I suppose love was in the air, & I was just lucky enough to be there. 💋💨” The post (shown below) received more than 7,800 likes in a year and a half.



    On July 28th, MTV[3] published an article entitled “WILLDAENERYSMARRYJONSNOW? AND 12 MOREGAME OF THRONESQUESTIONS.” The article asserts the theory that Daenerys and Jon Snow will come together as a means of perserving the Targeryan bloodline. The write:

    “Targaryens were known for inbreeding. They wanted to keep their bloodlines pure. However, this had some unforeseen consequences, including madness. Since Daenerys seems to have marriage on her mind after ditching Daario in Meereen, it could make sense for her to align herself with the King in the North to defeat the Lannisters once and for all. (Although, it’s not like the Lannisters have any allies left at this point. Walder Frey’s death will surely be blamed on Jaime.)”

    Interest in their relationship piqued in summer 2017, when the television series featured their meeting. On July 30th, the culture magazine Vulture[5] published the article “Is It Gross to Ship Daenerys and Jon Snow?” The article brings up a common criticism of their shipping, the fact that Daenerys and Jon Snow are related.

    On Twitter] users began posting images of them together, along with theories and comments about how they will become romantically involved. On July 31st, 2017, Twitter user @SohaniTT posted a series of pictures of them together from the season seven episode “The Queen’s Justice.” She tweet (shown below), “What Daenerys said: ‘You better get to work Jon Snow’ What I heard: ‘KISS ME ALREADY!!💋’”



    Following the season seven episode, “Beyond the Wall” in which Daenerys and Jon Snow share an emotional moment, even more speculation spurred. People on Twitter began tweeting their excitement about their relationship (examples below).

    Several media outlets covered the popularity of the fan theory, including MTV,[6] Heavy,[7] Bustle,[8]TIME magazine[9] and more.



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  • 08/25/17--09:59: The 45
  • About

    The 45 is a nickname given to President Donald Trump by his critics as a way to refer to him and the administration without invoking his actual name. The number 45 signifies the ordinal number of Donald Trump’s presidency in counting order since the establishment of the office in 1789.

    Origin

    The association between the number 45 and Donald Trump was established shortly after his victory in the presidential election in November 2016. One of the earliest notable instances can be attributed to Trump himself, who was seen sporting a custom edition of his iconic Make America Great Again red baseball cap with “45” embroidered on the side while leaving his Florida resort on November 27th, 2016.



    However, the widespread usage of “45” as a pejorative nickname for President Trump was first introduced by American actor Laurence Fishburne during his guest appearance on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Trevor Noah on January 26th, 2017.




    Fishburne: We… we don’t need to spend any more time worrying about what 45 is doing, or what 45 and his administration is doing--

    Noah: Wait, that’s hilarious, you don’t call him by his name?

    Fishburne: 45.

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    The day after the airing of The Daily Show. Urban Dictionary HipWaldorf submitted an entry defining “45” as a pejorative alias used to refer to Donald Trump.



    On February 24th, 2017, Redditor EverySingleImage submitted a discussion thread to /r/EnoughTrumpSpam, urging people to stop calling Trump the “45” and arguing that using the shorthand more or less legitimizes his presidency. In the following months, a number of signs bearing the number 45 began appearing at major protests and rallies against the Trump administration.



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  • 08/28/17--21:48: Russian Bias
  • Russian Bias

    Russian Bias is a term and meme used by tank game communities to express frustration towards a seemingly unfair balance favoring vehices of russian origin, usually accompanied by a soviet era propaganda poster or the Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

    Meaning

    Russian Bias is a perception in which vehicles of Russian origin are seen as woefully overpowered and unbalanced compared to their other historical counterparts. The popular example is the T-34 tank whose characteristics as a fast and well armored vehicle (combined often with an often lack of accounting for crew conditions by the game it is in) and a high powered gun in almost all it’s iterations make it extremely difficult to stop with an uncoordinated team. Whether it is the fault of the game or the players the T-34 and other vehicles like it have gotten an infamous reputation among th WT and WoT communities.

    Stalinium

    Along with the meme, the term Stalinium was coined to explain the unfair advantage of russian armor and cannon shells. Stalinium is a fictional metal that is ultra dense and extremely durable, resistant to all but very high power guns. Stalinium shells are believed to bypass all armor, usually leaving a nuke or two behind, and it’s armor form is jokingly “stronk” enough to survive naval artillery.

    Sounds of the Soviets

    To match the strength of the meme, equally strong music was selected by the game communities to accompany it. Following on the existing earrape meme, Russian Bias’ version is Soviet Russia’s national anthem played at a extremely high volume, sometimes with the intent of deafening or breaking hearing for added humor. Another track often used is Russia’s theme music from 2008’s Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 where the piece’s foreboding and harbinger theme coupled with the march and chorus promotes fear and surrender to the powerful Soviet armies.

    [Let our voices be heard, end the oppression, someone else please add on or finish this entry]


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    About

    Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a crossover video game starring characters from Nintendo’sSuper Mario franchise and Ubisoft’s Raving Rabbids franchise. It is a turn-based tactical role-playing game developed by Ubisoft and released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

    History

    Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was first presented to Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto in December of 2014.[1] Miyamoto reportedly liked the concept of seeing Mario in an unfamiliar setting. It was developed by Ubisoft’s Milan and Paris teams, who wanted to blend a Nintendo-like experience with the more ridiculous elements of the Raving Rabbids universe. Rumors of the game leaked as early as November of 2016.[2] The title was confirmed in May of 2017,[3] and the game was officially announced with a trailer (shown below) at E3 2017.



    Gameplay and Plot

    The game features turn-based combat. It features eight characters: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi and four Rabbids dressed as the Nintendo characters. The characters wield guns and square off in various maps. In the game’s story, a young girl scientist accidentally creates the hybrid Rabbids via a SuperMerge helmet. The hybrid Rabbids invade the Mushroom Kingdom and one is kidnapped by Bowser Jr., leading the Mario characters to go searching for the captured Rabbid.

    Release and Reception

    The game was released on August 29th, 2017 to positive reviews. As of the 29th, the game has a score of 85 on Metacritic.[4] Kotaku[5] writer Patricia Hernandez said the game “is a turn-based tactics game similar to, say, Fire Emblem or Advance Wars, except unlike most games in the genre, Mario + Rabbids combines humor with hardcore strategy.” The site also praised the games visual design, saying “the characters’ animations oozed so much personality that, dozens of hours in, I still stopped to appreciate them.” The Verge[6] noted that Luigi’s Death Stare had been included in the game as an attack. They also wrote the game had “some genuinely funny writing,” and “plenty of visual gags.”

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    About

    When Your Custom Character Is in a Cutscene is a series of image macros and videos mocking bizarre-looking customized characters that players can create in various role-playing video games.

    Origin

    [Researching]

    Spread

    On May 2nd, 2016, the Independent Journal Review Vine[1] channel uploaded a short clip of a man with a blue beard wearing large bug eye sunglasses at a Bernie Sanders rally. On May 12th, 2016, Imgur user RadicalPenguin reuploaded the clip with the titled “When you see your customizable character in a cutscene” (shown below).


    When you see your customizable character in a cutscene

    On December 28th, YouTuber ProZD uploaded a short comedy sketch titled “Cutscenes that keep the stupid clothes you put on your character” (shown below). Within eight months, the video received more than 1.44 million views and 810 comments.



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  • 08/29/17--09:25: Jim
  • About

    Jim, also referred to as Jime and sometimes Jimbo , is a divine being in a cult going by the name of “Sons of P’taah”. Jim can take on many forms, as evidenced by the proof in the cult’s first video “ptaah is jime??? (from 2009)[1] and their third upload “Nurul AZAM∗Praise jim∗ resurrection from[1827][2]. In certain Discord circles, the image of Jim can provoke extreme laughter due to its ironic comedic value. On Instagram , posts are more often accompanied by a reference to “p’raise” (example) rather than an image of Jim himself. “To p’raise X” where X is Jim/Jime/Jimbo is a phrase primarily associated with the cult and Jim’s inherent power and status in it and is often used in insanely ironic contexts. Because of this, Normies have a very hard time relating to Jim and the memes surrounding his existence.

    Origin

    It is rumored that Jim’s creation took place on a Discord server. While ironically jeff’ing, user Ebnetboy [3] replaced the name “Jeff” with “Jim”, prompting extensive humourous responses. A quick google search revealed that Jim actually existed [4] under the name “Jim DeFede” and looked like this:

    Following this revelation, Jim was promptly incorporated into the “Sons of P’taah” cult lore. He has become a recurring figure, his name being uttered or his photo being displayed in almost every video posted [5].

    Lore

    In “ptaah is jime??? (from 2009)”, the Indian narrator and high priest of “Sons of P’taah” proposes that Jime may actually be the God P’taah himself [1], using a modified Game Theory intro to emphasize his point. As proof the narrator suggests that Jim and P’taah have never been sighted in the same room in the same dimension. He further maintains that because no-one knows how Jim looks like in real life, it is not inconceivable that Jim is in fact P’taah. He makes his last point explaining that it is common knowledge that P’taah has harnessed time travel, and therefore, Jim may be P’taah from the past, given that it is unknown what P’taah has been doing in this timeline.

    In the cult’s second video “tribute to jime”, various images of Jim are shown [6]. The video ends with the message “happy new year 2006”, presumably a reference to the meme of 2017 or “current year”.

    In the following video “Nurul AZAM∗Praise jim∗ resurrection from[1827]” the classic narrator discusses the surfacing evidence that Jim may indeed have been reincarnated as Nurul Azam. [2] He retold the common folk tale that Jim “went into full ascending mode in the year 2006 and ascended into the upper heavens of the earth within the 26th dimension of earth in 2017 as we know it today”. After this incident, z’Hansrüedi collected the remaining three parts of Jim’s body and tried to revive him. It is then theorized that z’Hansrüedi did in fact succeed In bringing Jim back to life, but in the form of Nurul Azam – who was born at that exact moment. The narrator goes great lengths to prove this, overlaying a picture of Nurul with the famous image of Jim. Astonished by the perfect match of the two photos, the narrator excitedly exclaims that “it is actually the same person!” This concludes the search for scientifically valid proof. The narrator heralds the newly-created Nurul as a part of the eternal trinity and expresses his hope that the latter is able to defeat the evil forces of Windows XP with the help of Ashtar Sheran. Nevertheless, he advises the followers of the cult to “p’raise”.

    In “tHree relics of trinity EXPLAINED!!!!!‘’ ! (new world’s wisdom of 2076)” the narrator comments on the sacred trinity mentioned in “Nurul AZAM∗Praise jim∗ resurrection from[1827][7]. Each member of the trinity acts as a guardian for a sacred relic. In Jim’s case, this is Lidl. Lidl was created by Jim when he was “ascending into the divine dimension which is now the residence of P’taah” (From this information it can be deduced that after this ordeal, Jim had to be revived by z’Hansrüedi and was reborn as Nurul Azam). It is explained that P’taah also watches over the relic from his dimension’s secret location. Lidl possesses insane attributes: The narrator notes that “it is the second most powerful relic and it represents life”.

    It is currently unknown whether Jim is directly involved with Divine V’ideo Films.

    Spread

    Jim, together with other “Sons of P’taah” memes, has primarily spread through Discord. He is popular on servers akin to the “BlazinSkrubs Fanbase server”, which at times can be an especially cancerous, but paradoxically immensely ironic environment. Users of this meme are of a rare breed and preferably communicate through memes which exhibit multiple layers of irony. Oftentimes the same crowd also enjoys deep-fried, nuked or surreal memes and may break into tears when presented with a stock image of basic objects or materials, such as a glass of water.
    References to Jim and “Sons of P’taah” have also been detected on Instagram [8], albeit to a far lesser extent. Discord remains the primary propagation ground for this meme; perhaps because it represents a home for the audience of said and related memes.

    Notable Examples







    External References

    [1]Sons of P’taah – ptaah is jime???

    [2]Sons of P’taah – Nurul AZAM∗Praise jim∗ resurrection from[1827]

    [3]Ebnetboy – Youtube

    [4]Jim DeFede – CBS Miami

    [5]Sons of P’taah – Youtube

    [6]Sons of P’taah – tribute to jime

    [7]Sons of P’taah – tHree relics of trinity EXPLAINED!!!!!’’!

    [8]Dr. Moimoi – Instagram


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  • 08/29/17--09:53: Chopped
  • About

    Chopped is an American reality television cooking competition show that airs on the Food Network. The show is hosted by Ted Allen and features four contestants. The contestants, usually professional chefs (though some episodes feature amateur chefs), are tasked with cooking a dish in an allotted time frame using four mystery ingredients which usually do not pair well together. The chefs then present their dishes to a panel of three judges who are culinary experts. The judges cut, or “chop,” the contestant they feel made the worst dish after each round. There are three rounds: Appetizer, Entrée, and Dessert. After three rounds, the judges pick a winner based on all three dishes the remaining two competitors have made that day. The winner receives $10,000 unless another cash prize is announced. Online, the show’s immense popularity has led to fans making jokes in several meme formats spoofing the show’s various tropes.

    History

    Chopped was developed by executive producer Linda Lea, as well as Dave Noll and Michael Krupat.[1] Its first episode aired on January 13th, 2009, and has run fairly consistently since. As of August 29th, 2017, there have been 34 seasons of the show and 424 episodes, as well as 21 special episodes (YouTube embed of a full episode shown below). Regular judges on the show include Alex Guarneschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian, Scott Conant, Marc Murphy, Amanda Freitag, Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Samuelsson, and more.



    A spinoff show featuring competitors aged 9-15, Chopped Junior, was released in 2015.[2] International spinoff shows include Chopped: Canada and Chopped: South Africa. The show was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2012.

    Online Presence

    The show has an active social media presence, with over 985,000 likes on Facebook, [3] though it has no official Twitter account. The Chopped subreddit[4] has 486 readers as of August 29th, 2017.

    Related Memes

    As there are over 400 episodes of the show, people have picked up on and jokes about several tropes on the show. For example, Mallory Ortberg of The Toast[5] wrote an article in 2014 titled “Signs That A Contestant Is About To Lose On Chopped,” in which she simply listed quotes often said by contestants about to make a costly mistake, such as “I think I’ll use the ice cream machine" (the ice cream machine is notoriously fickle on the show) and “So I go to the pantry, and I see some lentils, and I think they would make a great addition to the dish. There’s only twenty minutes left, but I think that’s enough time to cook them thoroughly.” Buzzfeed has published several articles[8][9][10] either lightly mocking silly moments from the show or posting compilations of Tumblr users mocking the show.

    People have taken to joking about these tropes in various meme formats. For example, a post by Redditor ajplee to /r/me_irl[11] joking about Chopped gained over 1,700 points (shown below, left). A popular post by Tumblr user youngjaelesbian[6] posted August 24th, 2017, used the Distracted Boyfriend template with a Chopped reference, gaining over 18,000 notes on the site (shown below, right). Three days later, Twitter user @hannahberry17[7] tweeted the image and her post gained over 28,000 retweets and 92,000 likes.



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 08/29/17--10:22: Pregnant Luigi
  • About

    Pregnant Luigi refers to a series of fan-created images and videos of the Super Mario Bros video game character Luigi depicted as pregnant with child. Luigi drawn with the large, round stomach reminiscent of a pregnant woman has become a popular interpretation of the character on the fan-art websites and Mpreg art communities.

    Origin

    On March 30th, 2008, YouTuber[1] Tipnman posted a YouTube poop video with the earliest known reference to pregnant Luigi. The video, entitled “Mama luigi gets pregnant and dies,” remixes an episode of the Super Mario Bros Super Show called Mama Luigi, in which the character cares for a Yoshi egg and takes on maternal characteristics. The video (shown below) received more than 15,200 views in nine years.



    Precursor

    The meme has roots in the final episode of the Super Maro Bros. Super Show, “Mama Luigi,” which aired on December 7th, 1991.[2] In the episode, Luigi tells of how they found Yoshi, who, as a baby, kept referring to Luigi as “mama.” The episode became a popular inspiration for YouTube poop videos, such as the one above.

    Spread

    On August 13th, 2009, DeviantArt[3]user BigWuff posted a picture of Luigi with darkened colors and a large belly. They captioned the picture (shown below), “I was bored, so I photoshopped luigi by changing his colours and making his belly bigger. Enjoy.”

    Another user, on June 17th, 2011, responded to the picture “He’s PREGNANT!!!!!!”

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]YouTube – Mama luigi gets pregnant and dies

    [2]Mariowiki – Mama Luigi

    [3]DeviantArt – Luigi


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