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- 12/06/17--14:17: _Los Angeles Wildfires
- 12/06/17--20:47: _Plague Of Gripes
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- 12/07/17--08:14: _Thai Political Cris...
- 12/07/17--10:17: _The National Brexit...
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- 12/07/17--11:17: _What's the deal wit...
- 12/07/17--11:54: _The last Jedi brazzers
- 12/07/17--13:28: _Spotify Wrapped Par...
- 12/07/17--13:29: _Sam Seder MSNBC Ter...
- 12/07/17--15:35: _Mr. Lemon
- 12/05/17--15:16: _Poortugal
- 12/05/17--11:18: _#UnfollowMcCain
- 12/07/17--19:13: _#TankTheRewind/EmpL...
- 12/07/17--22:14: _Cryptocurrency
- 12/08/17--07:00: _Oh Pillow Mushrooms
- 12/06/17--08:50: Rick Perry in Saudi Arabia
- 12/06/17--11:56: Russia's 2018 Winter Olympics Ban
- 12/06/17--12:12: Sahar Tabar's Plastic Surgery Hoax
- 12/06/17--14:17: Los Angeles Wildfires
- 12/06/17--20:47: Plague Of Gripes
- 12/07/17--06:31: "I Will Survive" anti-abortion Zootopia comic
- 12/07/17--07:26: Welcome to the Gang / Crimes Johnson
- 12/07/17--08:14: Thai Political Crisis Breakup
- 12/07/17--10:17: The National Brexit Impact Photoshops
- 12/07/17--10:49: perfect spot for a mirelurk den
- 12/07/17--11:17: What's the deal with pls
- 12/07/17--11:54: The last Jedi brazzers
- 12/07/17--13:28: Spotify Wrapped Parodies
- 12/07/17--13:29: Sam Seder MSNBC Termination Controversy
- 12/07/17--15:35: Mr. Lemon
- 12/05/17--15:16: Poortugal
- 12/05/17--11:18: #UnfollowMcCain
- 12/07/17--19:13: #TankTheRewind/EmpLemon Vs. Youtube Rewind 2017
- 12/07/17--22:14: Cryptocurrency
- 12/08/17--07:00: Oh Pillow Mushrooms
Rick Perry in Saudi Arabia refers to a series of jokes, image macros and references to a series of pictures of Rick Perry in the country of Saudi Arabia. One picture in particular, of Perry sitting barefoot in the desert, got significant attention online.
On December 4th, 2017, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid A. Al-Falih tweeted a series of pictures from United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry’s visit to the country. Pictures feature the two spending time together, as well as one picture (shown below) of Perry sitting barefoot in the desert. The tweet received more than 900 retweets and 1,000 likes in less than two days.
Within 24 hours of the pictures appearing online, people began posting jokes about Perry. Twitter user @GMPaiella tweeted the picture with the caption “Rick Perry’s an Instagram Thot now.” The post (shown below, left) received more than 440 retweets and 2,500 likes in less than 24 hours. Twitter user @AnthonyAdragna tweeted, “Guys, I think @SecretaryPerry might drop an album.” The post (shown below, center) received more than 800 retweets and 3,300 likes in 24 hours. Twitter user @K_Hubbs
Russia’s 2018 Winter Olympics Ban refers to the controversy and punishment surrounding Russia’s state-run doping program implemented during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Following more than a year of investigation, the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Thus, any Russian athlete will appear in a neutral uniform, the Russian flag will not be flown and the record books will forever show that Russia won zero medals. In addition, a number of medals won at Sochi will be revoked.
On May 12, 2016, The New York Times reported that Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi were part of a state-run doping program, which led to at least 15 medals at the games. According to the Times, Grigory Rodchenkov, who ran the lab responsbile for the doping, said that he “he developed a three-drug cocktail of banned substances that he mixed with liquor and provided to dozens of Russian athletes, helping to facilitate one of the most elaborate -- and successful -- doping ploys in sports history.”
On December 6th, 2017, following an investigation that lasted more than a year and a half, the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The banning meant that the Russian flag or national anthem would not be present at the games, instead, athletes from Russia that were allowed to participate in the Winter Games would wear a neutral uniform bearing the Olympic logo and the Olympic theme would be played during any necessary ceremonies. Athletes will from Russia will also compete as “Olympic Athlete from Russia” or “OAR.” In addition, the IOC has begun rescinding medals for past athletes who have been found guilty of doping.
The committee has banned 25 Russians and stripped 11 medals, as of December 6th.
“to take the appropriate measures that should be strong enough to effectively sanction the existence of a systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia, as well as the legal responsibility of the various entities involved (i.e., including uniform, flag and anthem);
while protecting the rights of the individual Russian clean athletes; and
to take into consideration the multiple costs incurred by the two IOC DCs, in particular those linked to the investigations, the various expertise and the re-analysis of the samples of the Olympic Games."
After discussing and approving the Schmid Report, the IOC EB took the following decision:
To suspend the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) with immediate effect.
To invite individual Russian athletes under strict conditions (see below) to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. These invited athletes will participate, be it in individual or team competitions, under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)”. They will compete with a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic Flag. The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony.
Not to accredit any official from the Russian Ministry of Sport for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
To exclude the then Minister of Sport, Mr Vitaly Mutko, and his then Deputy Minister, Mr. Yuri Nagornykh, from any participation in all future Olympic Games.
To withdraw Mr Dmitry Chernyshenko, the former CEO of the Organising Committee Sochi 2014, from the Coordination Commission Beijing 2022.
To suspend ROC President Alexander Zhukov as an IOC Member, given that his membership is linked to his position as ROC President.
The IOC reserves the right to take measures against and sanction other individuals implicated in the system.
The ROC to reimburse the costs incurred by the IOC on the investigations and to contribute to the establishment of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) for the total sum of USD 15 million, to build the capacity and integrity of the global anti-doping system.
The IOC may partially or fully lift the suspension of the ROC from the commencement of the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 provided these decisions are fully respected and implemented by the ROC and by the invited athletes and officials.
The IOC will issue operational guidelines for the implementation of these decisions.
First of all, we need to say straight that to some extent we are guilty ourselves because we gave pretext for this. Second, I think this pretext was used in a not completely honest way, to say the least.Undoubtedly, we will not declare any blockade, will not prevent our Olympic athletes from participating, if any one of them wants to participate in their personal capacity.
Many on Twitter reacted to the news by ironically tying the banning to the ongoing Russiagate controversy, posting gifs and pictures from the world of politics, specifically in regards to President Donald Trump (examples below).
Elite Daily published an article that focused on the memes and image macros associated with the banning.
The New York Times – Russian Insider Says State-Run Doping Fueled Olympic Gold
The Wall Street Journal – Putin Blasts Olympic Committee for Banning Russia From 2018 Games
The New York Times – Russia Won’t Keep Athletes Home, Putin Says After Olympics Ban
Sahar Tabar’s Plastic Surgery Hoax refers to a hoax orchestrated by Iranian teenager Sahar Tabar, who used makeup and photoshop to claim she had received 50 plastic surgeries to look like actress Angelina Jolie.
On November 29th, 2017, the Americo Sperandio Facebook page posted several photographs of Tabar, claiming she received 50 plastic surgeries to look like actress Angelina Jolie (shown below).
On November 30th, the news site The Sun published an article about Tbar, featuring several photographs taken from her Instagram feed (shown below).
On December 5th, Behind the Meme uploaded a video about Tabar (shown below).
Los Angeles Wildfires refer to fires affecting Southern California that began the morning of December 6th, 2017, affecting prominent areas of Los Angeles, including Bel Air, Brentwood, and Mandeville Canyon.
Plague Of Gripes is a furry artist who is best known in the meme world for creating No Way Fag
I Will Survive is an anti-abortion webcomic created by DeviantArtist Bolba starring the 2 main characters from Zootopia. First published in March 2017, the comic has become a popular exploitable in early December of that year.
Welcome to the Gang, otherwise known as Crimes Johnson, is an exploitable Owl Turd comic featuring a young man who is introduced to a gang of criminals, who are typically captioned with various humorous descriptions of their criminal acts.
On December 4th, 2017, Owl Turd released a comic in which a gang of criminals is introduced to a young boy, including “Stealin’ Steve,” “Murderin’ Mike” and “Crimes Johnson.” After asking what Crimes Johnson had done, it is revealed that he “made a really bad tweet” (shown below).
Shortly after the comic was posted, it was deleted by Owl Turd creator Shenanigansen. In a post on Tumblr, Shenanigansen revealed that he “just wasn’t feeling it” and that the only part of the comic he liked was Crimes Johnson (shown below).
Also on December 4th, Redditor ThatFluxNerd posted a variation in which Crimes Johnson is accused of saying “traps aren’t gay” (shown below, left). That same day, Redditor RomoSSJ5 submitted an edited version of the comic to the /r/GuildWars2 subreddit (shown below, right).
On December 5th, Redditor DoesntLikeSand posted a variation of the comic referencing the Respect Women meme to /r/memeeconomy (shown below, left). Meanwhile, Know Your Meme user Guy with Opinions uploaded a My Bike Got Stolen Recently parody of the comic (shown below, right).
On November 3rd, 2017, Facebook user cartoonfartcat posted a four-panel webcomic of a man deciding not to have sex with a woman after noticing a picture of Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban on her dresser. As the man walks away outside, former Prime Minster Thaksin Shinawatra watches the man from his window. The comic is a political cartoon about the Thai Political Crisis. The post (shown below) received more than 1,700 shares, 400 comments and 10,000 reactions in a little over a month.
On December 4th, the website Plaenta Neperiano posted a photoshopped version of the comic, where the third panel features pictures of sexually explicit anime and a sex toy. The post (shown below) received more than 390 views and 20 reactions on Facebook in three days.
On December 6th, Redditor DrizXzX posted the meme in the "/r/MemeEconomy subreddit. This variant features a copy of the video game Star Wars: Battlefront II in the third panel. The post (shown below, left) received more than 41,000 points (94% upvoted) and 700 comments in 24 hours.
Shortly after, Redditors on the /r/dankmemes subreddit began posting variations. Redditor Trending Memes posted a variation with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in the third panel. The post (shown below, right) received more than 4,000 points (95% upvoted) and 40 comments in 24 hours.
The National Brexit Impact Photoshops is a series of photoshopped based on a blank newspaper cover by the National, a Scottish newspaper who challenged readers to fill in the blank cover in regards to the impact of the U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union.
On December 6th, 2017, The National newspaper tweeted a picture of a blank cover for the publication. They captioned the post “It’s over to you, readers! What will the impact of Brexit be? Help the UK Government out by writing or drawing on tomorrow’s front page box, then tweet us a picture of it.” Within 24 hours, the tweet (shown below) received more than 1,300 retweets and 2,000 likes.
Shortly after the tweet was made, followers began filling in the blank cover with humorous images. Twitter @BigPoppaTotoro posted an image from the animated sitcom The Simpsons of Homer disproportionately dividing space in his bedroom. The flags of the England and the E.U. are photoshopped over the characters’ heads. The post (shown below, left) received more than 80 retweets and 470 likes in 24 hours.
Twitter user @StuieDonaldson photoshopped the This Is Fine comic onto the cover (shown below, center), receiving more than 350 retweets and 1,400 likes in 24 hours. Twitter user @ChrisMcPhail posted the cover with the I Don’t Know LOL emoitcon (shown below, right), received more than 200 retweets and 900 likes in 24 hours.
That day, Twitter published a Moments page regarding the cover.
Twitter – “https://twitter.com/BigPoppaTotoro/status/938532936391028736@BigPoppaTotoro’s Tweet”:
When exploring Thicket Excavations with a certain companion in fallout 4 he says “Perfect spot for a mirelurk den”
When oxhord made a video about Thicket Excavations his companion keeps saying “perfect spot for a mirelurk den”
Since the dawn of time, man has asked the question, hey what’s the deal with that?
This meme seeks to provide an answer to this question.
The Whats The Deal With meme responds with a nuanced pun, deconstructing the original question and providing a whole new level of context and insight. In comedy, this term is called a paraproskidian, and is commonly used in prank phone calls such as “hey, is your refrigerator running?”“well, you’d better go catch it.”
Obviously, this format doesn’t go all the way to telling a full joke. Instead, it just throws out elements of a joke and leaves the reader to assemble the rest.
There is also a plea at the end of the bad joke, asking for something -- this is left for interpreation, but is assumed to be an upvote, like, positive comment feedback, something of that nature. Like a comedian asking the audience to please laugh.
“What’s The Deal With” memes originated on a 4chan thread of last year, in which the OP made an ironic attempt to force a meme. Luckily, the community responded and began joining in with more variations.
the last jedi trailer brazzers
Spotify Wrapped Parodies refer to a series of photoshopped image featuring humorous mock-ups of the music streaming service Spotify’s year-end user statistics.
On December 5th, 2017, Spotify began offering their users year-end statistics, allowing them to see what genres and artists they listened to most in the past year, as well as how much time they spent using the service.
Sam Seder MSNBC Termination Controversy refers to the firing of MSNBC contributor Sam Seder over a tweet he made in satire of long-standing Roman Polanski sexual assault allegations in 2009. MSNBC faced criticism after the tweet was interpreted by alt right figure Mike Cernovich as a rape joke, claiming it was a media double standard that Seder was allowed to contribute to MSNBC with these views. MSNBC soon cut ties with Seder but rehired him after backlash from people who saw MSNBC as misreading the tweet in bad faith.
In 2009, Sam Seder tweeted “Don’t care re: Polanski, but i hope if my daughter is raped it is by an older truly talented man with a spectacular sense of mise-en-scene” (shown below).
Mr. Lemon (or Sour lad) is a lemon-man with a bowtie. He is the sour cousin of Mr. Orange. He doesn’t understand the stupid things that you can say.
The Poortugal map meme, also known as Redtugal, is a fake picture of a global map data where Portugal is red in order to make people believe that Portugal is a third world
On January 1st 2015 the New Zealander who keeps posting drinking shitty water threads on 4chan’s /int/ board has included portugal in red on the map for the first time 
Australian shitposters had fun and some Portuguese got butthurt
#UnfollowMcCain refers to Twitter users unfollowing Arizona Senator John McCain after he tweeted that he was 74 followers away from 3 million, and was hoping to reach that number. This led to thousands of Twitter users unfollowing McCain, presumably in response to their displeasure that McCain voted for the controversial Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
On December 4th, 2017, Senator John McCain tweeted that he was 74 followers away from 3 million, and implored his followers to spread the word so that he could reach that number. The tweet gained 1,600 retweets and 4,700 likes. It also received over 25,000 replies, giving it an abysmal Ratio.
Twitter users responded to the tweet expressing their disappointment at McCain, who had recently voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Shortly after McCain’s tweet, Twitter user Jon Cooper tweeted his disappointment at McCain using the hashtag #UnfollowMcCain, gaining 7,300 retweets and 9,100 likes (shown below).
Twitter users unfollowed McCain en masse in response to McCain’s tweet, many of whom voiced their reason for doing so was McCain’s vote. Twitter user @staygold8512 tweeted such a reason and gained over 580 retweets and 6,500 likes (shown below, left). User @montyboa99 did the same and gained 490 retweets and 720 likes (shown below, right).
As of December 5th, 2017, McCain has lost over 13,000 followers. The story was covered by dozens of news sites including The Verge, Arizona Central, Complex, Belfast Telegraph, HipHop Wired, San Francisco Gate, New York Daily News, Washington Examiner, Tucson.com, Sputnik News,, Mashable, Fortune, Gizmodo, and Daily Dot.
Arizona Central – Middle class gets shafted; John McCain gets ‘unfollowed?’
The Youtube Rewind
YouTube uploaded a video for 2017’s Youtube Rewind. This video included celebrities such as Jake and Logan Paul, as well as recalling the dead trend that is the fidget spinner. There was no “slightly controversial” content, and many YouTubers that really did make up 2017 events were excluded. The feedback is negative in the community, simply having a silent majority of likes (at time of writing). The like/dislikes are 1M and 806K respectively. Due to #TankTheRewind, the dislike number is increasing rapidly.
YouTuber EmpLemon uploaded a video called YouTube Rewind Reality Check 2017 #TankTheRewind which was a rant video. This video called out how fake the YouTube Rewind was, in it’s use of celebrities and fake smiles. EmpLemon said “YouTube is gonna provide the masses with a glossy and colorful facade all while sweeping their massive gaping problems under the rug…” And so they did. They ignored all the drama, such as PewDiePie, Idubbbz, and IHE, as well as Jake/Logan Paul (while making a small reference with the paint splattering)‘s drama, and the insanity they stirred up in the community. He also talks about Casey Neistat’s charity video on the Vegas shooting being removed. Casey wanted to donate all the ad revenue to the Vegas Shooting victims. YouTube gave him a YouTube-style comment (vague, lying, misleading) and blatantly ignored Jimmy Kimmel blaming the people for the shooting, letting him rack in millions for himself. We haven’t even reached the youtube system problem as a whole. EmpLemon also complains about the subscriber issue, the notification bell (which didn’t even fix the subscriber issue), the LGBT censorship (with YouTube claiming to support them, while still censoring them) the demonetization for basic offenses, and the complete cesspool that was the Spiderman/Elsa Videos. EmpLemon ends with a goal in mind: *Make the Youtube Rewind of 2017 the Most Disliked Video of All Time.
This was the message of EmpLemon’s response, to make the Rewind the most disliked video ever. The goal is not very far off, due to the blatant outrage of YouTubers and YouTube users alike. The reason this affects the viewers is because of the YouTubers who use YouTube as their main source of income. If they are demonetized, they cannot create videos for the viewer. The comments section on the Rewind is also being spammed with #TankTheRewind.
Cryptocurrency is a digital currency which is generated by users and traded among a network using a variety of cryptography technologies. Cryptocurrencies began trading in 2009, and saw a number of derivative spin-offs towards the end of the following decade, some of them reaching high real world trade values for physical currencies.
Need for a digital currency based in cryptography was proposed in two separate academic papers published in 1993 by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California. Five years later, Wei Dai published a framework for a digitally traded currency which he called “B-money”. This idea was introduced to the Cypherpunks mailing list, in which Dai suggested a system where currency would be both regulated and created through crowdsourced cryptography, thus eliminating the risk of double-spending altogether. Dai’s idea was later expounded upon by computer scientist Nick Szabo in a blog post titled “Bit gold”.
Bitcoin is the first virtual cryptocurrency regulated by a peer-to-peer network that creates a time-stamped register yielding chains of valid transactions. This crytocurrency debuted in 2009 after a Japanese American physicist named Satoshi Nakamoto distributed a paper solidifying this idea into a nine-page proposal for something called “Bitcoin” via the Cryptography Mailing List.
Dogecoin is an alternative cryptocurrency based on the popular Shiba Inu meme Doge and launched as a satire of the Bitcoin boom in late December 2013. Similar to Bitcoin and its derivatives, Dogecoin can be mined and exchanged for goods and services among the participants, though it is programmed to level out at a higher threshold of up to 100 billion coins and prevent any use of special bitcoin-mining equipment like ASICs.
Coinye is an alternative cryptocurrency featuring the face of the American celebrity rapper Kanye West and launched by an anonymous group which aims to simplify the mining process through a front-end platform called “CoinyeMiner” and thus bring cryptocurrency to the masses. Coinye was scheduled to be released for public use on January 11th, 2014, however, the co-founders were forced to abandon the project during the days leading up to the launch, soon after receiving a cease-and-desist letter, followed by the subsequent filing of a trademark infringement suit.
RonPaulCoin is an alternative cryptocurrency featuring the face of the retired libertarian congressman Ron Paul and based on Litecoin’s SCRYPT-based protocol. In comparison to other leading alternative cryptocurrencies, RonPaulCoin is decisively limited in its scope and circulation volume with a market threshold of up to 2.1 million coins, about one tenth of Bitcoin’s 21 million cap.
NyanCoin is an alternative crypto currency which uses the cartoon Internet meme Nyan Cat as its mascot. On January 2nd, 2014, two different cryptocurrencies named “NyanCoin” were launched on the same day, though one of them quickly fell out of favor after it was accused of having been pre-mined, or the often-deceptive practice of allocating a certain portion of the currency’s total volume to the founders or early adopters prior to its public release. By January 6th, Nyan Cat creator Chris Torres had officially endorsed the non-premined version and the founders of the currency announced their partnership with Torres for the first “officially licensed cryptocurrency" in the BitCoin Talk Forums. Powered by the Scrypt algorithm, the official licensed NyanCoin has a total of 337,000,000 coins with 337 coins per block and a difficulty retarget time of three hours.
On January 13th, the /r/NyanCoin subreddit was launched for discussions regarding the altcoin. On January 23rd, The Register  published an article about the new cryptocurrency. On January 27th, The Daily Dot published an article outlining the history of NyanCoin, which included statements from Torres and the NyanCoin creators.
Bitcoins are the only currency accepted on Silk Road, an online black market that can only be accessed via The Onion Router (TOR). Though the site launched in February 2011, the site did not receive mainstream attention until Gawker published an expose on it in June of that year. Silk Road allows people to buy a number of items including drugs, apparel, books, digital goods, drug paraphernalia, erotica and forgeries. In July 2012, it was estimated that more than 1.2 million dollars US in sales were being generated monthly by the site.
Carnegie Mellon – Cryptography: It’s Not Just For Electronic Mail Anymore [pdf]
Cornell University Library – Traveling the Silk Road: A measurement analysis of a large anonymous online marketplace
The Register – Cryptocurrencies now being pooped out by cartoon cat
“I just let Fajos the two Fajoses in the garage” – The first thing he says in his first video talking about how he let Fajos and Fud into he garage.
“EEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEEH” – In the video you this weird sound that is supposed to be the pillows.
“Pretty nice day out here. Pretty nice day” – After saying that he let his pillows in the garage he says how it is a nice day.
“WHATTHE” When he goes into the garage he says this when he sees the mess they made.
“Did you make this mess”
“Alright guys. This is OhPillowMushrooms”- In the middle of the video he says the channel name and says he is going to start his new channel.
“This is the little mischievous one”- Talking about the behavior of one of his pillows.
“This one is just sitting here like ‘It wasn’t me’” – Talking about the other pillow.
“Hey, stop attacking the camera” – In many of his videos he says this whenever the pillows attack the camera.
“This means you mean to eat more vitamins” What he says when he finds out faros has really low blood pressure
“Fajos has really low blood pressure” “What?” “Really low blood pressure” – Him talking to snoopy (The doctor)
“How would you like this, PIE IN THEFACE” – When he is pranking faros by pieing her face
“AGHAGHAGH” – Weird sound he makes when laughing after pieing Fajos in the face.