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    Overview

    The 2017 Las Vegas Strip Shooting was a mass shooting that occurred during a country music concert in early October 2017, in which 58 people were killed and an additional 515 were injured. The shooter was later found dead due to a self-inflicted gunshot and was identified as 64-year-old Nevada resident Stephen Craig Paddock.

    Background

    At around 10:08 p.m. (PST) on October 1st, 2017, Paddock began shooting from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort at people attending a country music festival across from him on the other side of the Las Vegas strip. According to initial reports, 58 people were confirmed dead, including one off-duty police officer, and an additional 515 people were wounded, marking the event as the deadliest shooting in modern American history.

    Developments

    Videos

    That evening, Instagram user @vincestagramen posted video showing people diving to the ground to avoid gunfire, which can be heard in the background (shown below).




    Online Reaction

    That evening, Redditor TeaGuru submitted a post titled “Active shooter/s at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas” to /r/news,[1] where it received upwards of 8,700 points (98% upvoted) and 6,400 comments within the next 10 hours.

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  • 10/02/17--09:49: Don't Pause Disney Movies
  • Disney Movies are films for the whole family to enjoy. The only thing you want to do is make sure everyone used the bathroom before the movie started. Pausing Disney Movies has made some weird “different from intended” frame freezes.


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  • 10/02/17--09:50: Jock-Nerd/Prep-Goth Charts
  • About

    Jock-Nerd/Prep-Goth Charts are an exploitable type of two-axis model wherein people place pop-culture characters on the spectrum between “Jock/Nerd” and “Prep/Goth.” It is primarily popular on Tumblr. The meme operates in a similar fashion to Political Compass exploitables and Dungeons and DragonsAlignment Charts.

    Origin

    On February 4th, 2017, Tumblr user heyitspj[1] posted a text post that read “New alignment chart: chaotic/neutral/lawful + jock/prep/goth.” The post gained over 30,000 notes (shown below). Meme Documentation[2] cites this as the inspiration for the spread of the meme.



    Spread

    On May 13th, 2017, Tumblr user iapislazuli[3] posted a triangular version of the chart featuring Steven Universe characters with “Goth,” “Prep,” and “Jock” at the axes. The post gained over 6,000 notes (shown below, left). Shortly after, posts that made the axis square and added “nerd” began appearing on Tumblr. A version which used the characters from “_Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valencia”_:/memes/subcultures/fire-emblem was posted by user rorovak[4] on the 17th and gained over 1,400 notes (shown below, right).



    Over the following months, many more edits began appearing on Tumblr with various characters from pop culture. Some of the more popular examples include a version posted by kingofredlions[5] that aligned several Legend of Zelda games and gained over 9,000 notes (shown below, left). Another popular edit posted by gghero[6] aligned all the villains from the Pokémon video game series and gained over 4,600 notes (shown below, right). The meme was documented by Meme Documentation on September 30th, 2017.[2]



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    Unavailable

    External References

    [1]Tumblr – heyitspj

    [2]Meme Documentation – Explained: jock–nerd/prep–goth meme

    [3]Tumblr – iapislazuli

    [4]Tumblr – rorovak

    [5]Tumblr – kingofredlions

    [6]Tumblr – gghero


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  • 10/02/17--10:25: Skull Comparisons
  • About

    Skull Comparisons refers to a series of image macros that parody diagrams that compare skulls of the different stages of human evolution. However, instead of the different skulls of humanity’s growth, all of the skulls look the same except for one, which the meme’s author denotes as less evolved based on the opinion or action described in the skull’s captioning text.

    Origin

    The earliest known example of the Skull Comparison parody was posted by an anonymous 9GAG[1] user on June 19th, 2016. The post features seven skulls, including that of man, woman, white, black, etc. The final skulls, however, is that of an early human, which is denoted as the skull of “people that think 30 FPS acceptable today.” The post (shown below) received more than 11,400 points and 450 comments as of October 2017.



    Spread

    On June 20th, 2016, Imgur[2] user weirdnorwegianguy “People who say ‘jif’ instead of ‘gif.’” As of October 2017, the post (shown below) received more than 30,000 views and 1,500 points.



    Several months later, an anonymous 9GAG[3] user posted the a variation with the final skull reading “people think that the Earth is flat.” The post (shown below, left) receive more than 27,000 points and 420 comments as of October 2017.

    The following year, on May 11th, 2017 the Facebook[4] account succmymeme posted a variation with the eighth skull reading “people who don’t like memes.” Within a year and a half, the post (shown below, right) received more than 2,400 reactions, 875 shares and 200 comments.



    Several months later, on September 10th, 2017, Tumblr user warpath-dazin [4] posted a variation in which the final skull reads “people who bring infants to see movies.” Within a year, the post (shown below) received more than 40,900 notes.



    Various Examples




    External References

    [1]Skulls of Truth – "

    [2]Imgur – I’m not racist but..

    [3]9GAG – That’s Right

    [4]Tumblr – stareadactyl’s Post


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  • 10/02/17--12:43: Big Water
  • About

    Big Water refers to a popular catchphrase based on a speech made my United States President Donald Trump while explaining the difficulties with sending aide to Puerto Rico, following Hurricane Maria.

    Origin

    On September 29th, 2017, President Trump delivered a speech at the National Association of Manufacturers, where he discussed the government’s relief efforts towards Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.[1] During the speech, he said:

    “All of appropriate departments of our government, from Homeland Security to Defense, are engaged fully in the disaster, and the response and recovery effort probably has never been seen for something like this. This is an island. Surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water.”



    Spread

    Shortly after the president made the comments, people online began posting jokes and image macros, using the phrase “big water, ocean water” as a caption. That day, New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff tweet[1] a picture of the water level from _ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island_ and the caption “This is an island. Surrounded by water. Big water, ocean water.” Within three days, the post (shown below, left) received more than “This is an island. Surrounded by water. Big water, ocean water.”


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  • 10/03/17--07:24: Papyrus
  • About

    Papyrus is a widely used and available typeface that was created to mimic and evoke of ancient text on papyrus paper/ The font, however, has been criticized for its overuse in graphic design, particularly on the signs of small businesses, and was the subject of mockery after its inclusion in the logo and marketing materials for 2009’s Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time.

    Origin

    In 1982, graphic designer Chris Costello developed papyrus at the age of 23. The designer described[1] the process of developing the font as:

    “I designed the font when I was 23 years old. I was right out of college. I was kind of just struggling with some different life issues, I was studying the Bible, looking for God and this font came to mind, this idea of, thinking about the biblical times and Egypt and the Middle East. I just started scribbling this alphabet while I was at work and it kind of looked pretty cool.”

    Spread

    The following year, in 1983, the company Letraset, who produced sheets of typefaces and other art supplies, released the font.

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  • 10/03/17--08:28: Billie Bell
  • About

    Billie Bell,also known by his general account handle “mrbilliebell”, is a musician/comedian known for producing music videos flavoured with comedy. After years perfecting his skills in sound engineering, animation and photography, Billie decided it was time that he started wasting his talents creating internet memes.

    Online History

    On August 26th 2017, Billie Bell launched his mrbilliebell website and YouTube channel. One month later he released his first full-length comedy music video titled “Vegetabeaux” which was picked up and promoted on social media by the likes of 9GAG, UNILAD, LADBible & ViralThread, racking up an impressive 12 million views within the first 7 days.

    Personal Life

    Billie Bell was born on September 14 1994 in Chatham, England, but decided to leave the UK and move to Germany in 2015, at the age of 22.


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  • 10/03/17--09:26: Tom Petty's Death
  • Overview

    Tom Petty was an American rock and roll singer-songwriter, musician and producer best known as the frontman for band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. In early October 2017, Petty passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles, California.

    Background

    On October 2nd, 2017, Petty suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles, California, and was rushed to the University of California-Los Angeles’ Santa Monica hospital, where he was subsequently pronounced dead.

    Developments

    Online Reaction

    That day, several posts about Petty’s condition and tributes to the musician reached the frontpage of various subreddits, including /r/music,[2] /r/news,[3] /r/Guitar[4] and /r/The_Donald.[5] Also that day, the TMZ YouTube channel uploaded the 911 call made by Petty’s wife after discovering her husband unconscious (shown below). The video was heavily downvoted by viewers, with many commenting that publishing the call was disrespectful.



    Tributes

    Following news of Petty’s death, many notable rock and roll musicians paid tribute to Petty’s memory, including Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Slash, Joey Kramer, Joe Elliott, Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, John Mellencamp, George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen and Elton John.[6][7] Meanwhile, the band Coldplay performed a cover of Petty’s 1989 hit single “Free Fallin’” at a concert in Portland, Oregon (shown below).



    That evening, Petty’s official Twitter account posted a statement from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers manager Tony Dimitriades, which gathered upwards of 122,000 likes and 70,700 retweets (shown below).



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  • 10/03/17--09:40: Hurricane Maria
  • Overview

    Hurricane Maria is a Category 5 storm responsible for more than 60 confirmed deaths and $58 billion in damages. The storm caused a humanitarian disaster in Puerto Rico, where millions were left without clean water, food and electricity, causing wide-spread efforts to provide aide to the country, as well as criticism of the United States government’s slow response to the crisis. Many compared the U.S. response to Maria’s destruction to the U.S. government’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, with some saying that the government’s, and particularly President Donald Trump’s, delayed response was due to racial, social and economic reasons.

    Background

    Less than a month after Hurricane Irma, another Category 5 storm, on September 16th, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall. Over the few days of the storm, Maria intensified from tropical storm to a Category 5 storm. It eventually reached winds of 175 miles per hour and became the 10th most intense storm in the history of the Atlantic.



    Online Reaction

    Leading up to the storm reaching land, people online began making jokes about the storm’s name, “Maria,” drawing comparisons to characters in the films The Sound of the Music and West Side Story. On September 19th, Heavy.com[12] published a list of some of the memes about Hurricane Maria (examples below).



    Developments

    On September 20th, Hurricane Maria reached Puerto Rico, where some 80,000 people were already without power, following Hurricane Maria. The storm destroyed the power gird there, taking electricity from about 3.4 million people. The governor said that it would take months to repair.[1]

    Comparisons to Katrina

    As the press continued to report on the damage caused by Hurricane Maria, some remarked on the similarities to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Throughout the week, some reporters started referring to the storm as Trump’s Katrina, indicating that the size of the damage, death toll and slow response could be a political disaster for the presidency.[7]

    Criticism of U.S. Relief Efforts

    In the immediate wake of Maria’s destruction, little in the way of response that had been offered to recent hurricanes in Florida and Texas could be seen. The U.S. president had yet to wave to the Jones Act, which he done for the prior two storms, that would have allowed aide to be sent to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. As of September 25th, Puerto Rico residents claimed that they have seen little to know federal aide in the country. Some described it as a warzone, as if a “bomb went off.”[3] Over the next week, the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital, Carmen Yulin Cruz began pleading for assistance for her most vulnerable citizens.[2]

    On September 28th, President Trump waived the Jones Act, which would allow aide to be sent. The following day, he delivered a speech at the National Association of Manufacturers, where he discussed the government’s relief efforts towards Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. During the speech, he said:

    “All of appropriate departments of our government, from Homeland Security to Defense, are engaged fully in the disaster, and the response and recovery effort probably has never been seen for something like this. This is an island. Surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water.”



    That day, Mayor Cruz also held a press conference in which she compared the lack of response “close to genocide.” In the speech she said:

    bq, "I am done being polite, and I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell because my people’s lives are at stake. I’m asking members of the press to send a mayday call. We are dying here. If we don’t solve the logistics, we are going to see something close to a genocide.”



    The next day, President Trump tweeted[4] about the mayor (shown below), saying, “The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump. Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.”



    That day, Cruz responded to Trump’s tweets.[5]

    “The most powerful man in the world is concerned with a 5-foot-tall, 120-pound little mayor of the city of San Juan," she said. " I don’t have time for politics. There is a mission, and that is to save lives."

    The following day, Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who led the U.S. military’s response during Katrina in 2005, responded to the president’s tweets, as well resports that the president was attending a golf tournament over the weekend, as oppose to helping with the humanitarian efforts in Puerto Rico. He said, “The mayor’s living on a cot, and I hope the President has a good day at golf.”[9][10]

    As criticism of Trump intensified, a list of Government Emergency Aid went viral (shown below). However, according to Snopes,[11] the list is only partially true. For example, the 140 helicopters the lists claimed was only partially true. However, there is no evidence of army field hospitals being used and the same was true for nuclear submarines.



    On October 3rd, Trump arrived in Puerto Rico to asses the damage, where he said that the country the U.S. budget “a little out of whack.”[6]

    Related Memes

    #PuberMe

    #PuberMe is a hashtag campaign started by comedians Nick Kroll and Stephen Colbert in which they challenge celebrities to tweet awkward photos of themselves from their teenage years. For every photo tweeted with the hashtag, Colbert will make a donation from his AmeriCone Dream Fund, which Kroll will match, to aid Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

    Big Water

    Big Water refers to a popular catchphrase based on a speech made my United States President Donald Trump while explaining the difficulties with sending aide to Puerto Rico, following Hurricane Maria.

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    Overview

    The 2017 Catalan Independence Referendum refers to a vote in favor of Catalan’s independence from Spain held in early October 2017. Following a majority vote in favor of independence, a constitutional crisis occurred leading the Spanish government to launch a police operation halting the referendum.

    Background

    On September 20th, 2017, the Government of Spain launched Operation Anubis to halt the referendum, through which 16,000 police and military police officers were sent to various cities in Catalan, leading to protests in front of government buildings in the region.

    On October 1st, 2017, Spanish police raided polling stations throughout Catalonia, and firing rubber bullets and hitting voters with batons. According to the Catalan health ministry, 844 people were injured.

    Developments

    Police Brutality Videos

    On October 1st, The Exposer YouTube channel uploaded footage of riot police attacking Catalonian protesters (shown below, left). Meanwhile, the Lelk TV channel uploaded similar footage of police clashing with demonstrators (shown below, right).



    Response

    In response to the police operation, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said, “police brutality will shame forever the Spanish state.”

    Online Reaction

    On October 1st, Redditor pipsdontsqueak submitted a post about the referendum to /r/worldnews[3] titled “Catalonia has ‘won the right to statehood’”, which received more than 73,00 points (79% upvoted) and 11,500 comments over the next 24 hours. That day, a post about Catalonia firefights protecting referendum voters from riot police reached the front page of /r/worldnews.[4] Meanwhile, the /r/worldnews[6] subreddit launched a live thread about the independence referendum. On October 2nd, Redditor GallowBoob submitted a photograph of tractors blocking streets placed by farmers to block riot police in Catalan to /r/pics[5] (shown below).



    That day, Redditor PrinceOfPontecorvo posted a photograph of Spanish riot police in Catalan with the caption “No one expects the Spanish Inquisition” to /r/dankmemes[1] (shown below, left). On October 3rd, Redditor Master_Jopa posted a composite image of comedian Steve Harvey with a joke about the referendum to /r/dankmemes[2] (shown below, right).



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  • 10/03/17--11:31: Spooky Skeleton
  • About

    Spooky Skeleton refers to a series of image macros and reactions featuring a picture of a cartoon skeleton grabbing its skull before tearing the skull from its neck and throwing it. Online, the image reflects frustration towards other people’s posts on message boards and social media.

    Origin

    The image of the skeleton comes from the animated film Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, which was released on September 19th, 1987. In the opening credits to the film, a number of ghoulish and ghostly images haunt the characters Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, including a skeleton that takes its skull off and tosses it.[1]

    On November 20th, 2010, YouTuber [2] Ander0072originalv2 uploaded the opening credits to YouTube. As of October 2017, the video (shown below) has received more than 170,000 views.

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  • 10/03/17--12:07: Stardew Valley
  • About

    Stardew Valley is an indie farming simulation video game developed by Eric Barone and released for PC in February of 2016. In the game, players control a former office worker tending his grandfather’s old farm, manage the character’s time and energy, plant on the farm, and talk to residents of the titular Stardew Valley. After becoming a massive critical and financial success, the game was ported to several other systems, and was eventually announced to be coming to the Nintendo Switch in October of 2017.

    History

    Stardew Valley was developed by Eric Barone in an effort to improve upon games in the Harvest Moon series.[1] He announced the game in September of 2012 on Steam’s Greenlight Platform. During the development, Barone was approached by the director of Chucklefish, who offered to publish the game upon its release. Barone worked on every aspect of the game, including the music, and as a result, the game took several years to complete. The game was released on February 26th, 2016 for Microsoft Windows. It would later have ports for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and OS X.On October 2nd, 2017 it was announced that a port of Stardew Valley would be available for the Nintendo Switch on October 5th, 2017.[4]


    Reception

    The game was extremely well received upon its release. It has a score of 89/100 on review aggregator site Metacritic.[2] Critics lauded the game’s display of craftsmanship and heart. The game was nominated for several gaming awards in 2016, including Best Indie Game at the 2016 Joystick Awards. It has “overwhelmingly positive” user responses on Steam.[3] By April of 2016, the game had sold over 1 million copies.

    Online Presence

    Stardew Valley has had an active online community since its development stage, as Barone often interacted with fans and supporters to get feedback. The game enjoys a strong modding community.[5] The game is also popular on social media, with a dedicated subreddit[6] that draws over 118,000 readers. On Facebook,[7] the game’s page has over 49,000 likes.

    Fandom

    The game has a very strong fandom on Steam, with “Overwhelmingly Positive” user reviews.[3] Additionally, fandoms on Tumblr[8] and DeviantArt[9] find people drawing fan art inspired by the game (examples shown below).



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  • 10/03/17--12:37: Stuck in the Elevator
  • About

    Stuck in the Elevator is an exploitable four-panel comic series in which a man begins to panic while trapped in an elevator after the woman he is confined with says a variety of things he finds distasteful.

    Origin

    On January 14th, 2015, the webcomic site ToonHole[1] published a comic titled “Elevator,” in which a man panics in an elevator after discovering the woman he is trapped with is into “Crossfit”: (shown below).



    Spread

    On September 26th, 2015, FunnyJunk user aizeinstein posted an edited variation of the comic in which 4chan’s /pol/ board reactis to the woman saying “Israel is a good place” (shown below, left). Within two years, the post gathered upwards of 32,500 views and 890 upvotes. In the comments section, other users posted photoshopped variations along with a blank template of the comic (shown below, right).



    On October 2nd, Redditor Weegeeisboss submitted a version of the image in which the woman reveals she is “really into 9gag and iFunny” to /r/dankmemes,[3] where it received upwards of 1,100 points (94% upvoted) and 20 comments within 24 hours. In the coming days, several posts about the meme were submitted to /r/MemeEconomy, including a variation featuring a joke about “traps” (shown below, right).[4][5][6]



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]ToonHole – Elevator

    [2]FunnyJunk – No Escape

    [3]Reddit – New meme concept

    [4]Reddit – /r/MemeEconomy

    [5]Reddit – /r/MemeEconomy

    [6]Reddit – /r/MemeEconomy


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  • 10/03/17--12:48: GoFundMe
  • About

    GoFundMe is an online crowdfunding platform used to raise money for personal projects, necessities and life events, ranging from healthcare costs and charity projects to graduations. Similar to Kickstarter.



    History

    On May 10th, 2010, Brad Damphousse and Andrew Ballester founded GoFundMe, originally based on the idea “CreateAFund” the two had in 2008. Since its launch, GoFundMe has raised more than $4 billion, receiving more than that $140 million in donations per month and more tahn 40 million donors. The site has raised money on more than 2 million individual campaigns.[1]

    News Coverage

    Numerous news outlets have covered GoFundMe and its various projects, including The New York Times,[2][3]CNN,[4] The Atlantic[5] and more.

    Social Media Presence

    On February 9th, 2010, GoFundMe launched their Twitter[6] account, garnering more than 580,000 followers in seven years.

    On April 16th, 2012, GoFundMe’s Facebook[7] page launched. Within five years, the page has received more than 1.1 million likes and follows. Additionally, the company’s Instagram[8] account has more than 22,000 followers.

    Features

    A GoFundMe account can be set up for free either through the user’s email address or Facebook account. On the sign-up page, the company lays out its fees, requiring 5% for each donation and a processor fee of 2.9% + $.30 per donation.[9] Once signed in, users can start a fundraiser. The website walks through four steps, including creation, sharing, accepting donation, and results.[10]



    GoFundMe breaks the projects down into different categories, including education, medical, charity, emergencies, animals, memorials, volunteer, sports, wishes, competitions, newlyweds, faith, travel, creative, community, events, business and family.

    Highlights

    Top Grossing Projects

    The top-funded campaign on GoFundMe went towards the project Support Victims of Pulse Shooting. Started on June 12th, 2016, the campaign raised more than $7.8 million. With more than 90,000 people contributing to the campaign, GoFundMe waved transaction fees for the campaign.[11]

    On October 3rd, 2017, CNN[14] reported that a GoFundMe launched for the mass shooting in Las Vegas collected more than $3.2 million in less than 48 hours, making it the second most successful campaign in the site’s history.

    Healthcare Costs

    On Jun 15th, 2017, Quartz[12] reported that $930 million of the $2 billion raised between 2010 and 2016 went health-related causes. Bloomberg[13] said, “Crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe and YouCaring have turned sympathy for Americans drowning in medical expenses into a cottage industry.”

    Traffic

    According to Alexa,[15] GoFundMe has a global rank of 1,372 and a United States rank of 379 as of October 2017.

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  • 10/04/17--07:37: Centrist Dad
  • About

    Centrist Dad is a derogatory slang term for older, predominantly male
    Twitter users, particularly in England, who ascribe to centrist and neoliberal beliefs and condescend to leftists as being unrealistic.

    Origin

    While the exact moment “Centrist Dad” went from being a descriptor to a slang term is unclear, one of the earliest known tweets to use “Centrist Dads” as a trope was posted April 4th, 2017 by Twitter user @daniel_orton[1] (shown below).



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    External References

    [1]Twitter – @daniel_orton


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  • 10/04/17--08:24: Skeletor Peekaboo
  • About

    Skeletor Peekaboo refers a series of four-panel exploitables featuring two reaction images of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe character Skeletor. Similar to Drakeposting, in the top panels, an image of Skeletor with his hands over his eyes is juxtaposed against something the meme’s author disapproves of. Underneath, in the bottom two panels, an image of Skeletor smiling while holding the alien puppy Relay is juxtaposed next to a picture of something the author likes.

    Origin

    The images of Skeletor comes from He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special, a Christmas television special based on the animated television series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and its spin-off She-Ra: Princess of Power,[1] which aired on December 25th, 1985. In the special, Skeletor kidnaps two children and an alien puppy named Relay. When the Skeletor saves the children from the dangert, they call him “wonderful” and he smiles (shown below, left). Minutes later, when he saves the children again, Skeletor puts his hands to face and says, “I don’t think I feel well.”



    Spread

    While the images have been used as reaction images and for other references in the past on Twitter[2] and Tumblr, [3] it’s first occurrence as a four-panel exploitable was posted on October 4th, 2017 on the subreddits/r/dankmemes and /r/MemeEconomy. That day, Redditor gillmcil posted the format next to the templates for Drakeposting and, in a meta joke, itself. The post (shown below) received more than 2,100 points (97% upvoted) on /r/dankmemes[4] and 300 points (96% upvoted on /r/MemeEconomy.[5]


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    About

    Donald Trump’s Paper Towel Toss refers to jokes about footage of the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump throwing out rolls of paper towels to “Hurricane Maria”: victims during his visit to Puerto Rico in early October 2017.

    Origin

    On October 3rd, 2017, Associated Press photographer Evan Vucci photographed Trump shooting rolls of paper towels as if they were basketballs into a crowd hurricane victims in Puerto Rico (shown below).



    Spread

    That day, the @FullFrontalSamB Twitter feed tweeted a photograph of Trump throwing a paper towel along with a joke about Republicans who find kneeling during the National Anthem offensive (shown below).



    Meanwhile, Redditor RaboKarabek posted the photo of Trump to /r/photoshopbattles, where several users posted photoshopped variations in the comment section (shown below).



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  • 10/04/17--10:09: When every second
  • Used when someone is not that good at his job – mocking them by giving exaggerated examples.

    Example:
    When you’re a baker and every second cake is pizza.
    When you’re a roofer and every second roof is a floor.


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  • 10/04/17--10:44: Fake Avatar Lines
  • About

    Fake Avatar Lines refers to a social game on Twitter in which people post incorrect quotes from James Cameron’s film Avatar after it was announced that the film’s sequels would be the most expensive of all time. At the challenge posed by a Twitter user to quote a line from the film, people posted incorrect quotes from the film.

    Origin

    On September 29th, 2017, Variety[1] reported that Fox executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch stated that sequels to James Cameron’s Avatar would be “the most expensive films of all time.” On October 1st, Twitter user @xtop[2] quoted Variety’s tweet about the news and stated “I dare anyone following me to, without cheating, quote a line from AVATAR, the top grossing movie of all time that no one cares about.” The tweet gained over 2,000 retweets and 5,700 likes, as well as 1,800 replies.



    Spread

    People responded to @xtop’s tweet with incorrect lines from the film made in parody of Avatar. A large amount of the jokes centered on taking famous quotes from other films and shoehorning Avatar into them. For example, Twitter user @cushbomb inserted Avatar into a famous line from Snakes on a Plane (shown below, left). User @MrAlAnderson quoted lyrics from Eiffel 65’s “Blue,” in reference to _Avatar_’s blue Navi (shown below, right). @xtop’s tweet has been quote-tweeted hundreds of times with different lines[3] and the jokes were covered by The Daily Dot.[4]



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  • 10/04/17--10:50: Big Toblerone
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    Big Toblerone refers to references and jokes based on a scene from the Netflixanime series Neo Yokio, in which the protagonist, Kaz Kaan, courts another by gifting her an oversized Toblerone candy bar.

    Origin

    On September 7th, 2017, all six episodes of the first season of Neo Yokio premiered on Netflix. In episode two, the character Kaz (voiced by Jaden Smith) decides to bring Helena (voiced by Tavi Gevinson) a big Toberlone in hopes that she’ll go to a ball with him (clip below).



    Precursor

    The big Toberlone is a real product sold by Mondelez International.[1] It weights approximately 9.9 lbs and is 2.62 ft long. On September 4th, 2010, at the Toblerone Schoggifest 2010, the world’s largest Toblerone was unveiled, weighing approximately 224lbs.[2]



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