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  • 12/17/17--23:04: Chat Disabled for 3 seconds
  • ‘Chat disabled for 3 seconds’ Has been popular on YouTube comments and games such as Rocket League. In RL when you spam the same thing for more than three times. A message will come up saying ‘Chat Disabled for 3 Seconds’. This is most common in Console versions of RL. The console versions of Rocket League has a feature called ‘Quick-Chat’. Where you get to Congratulate people on goals and apologize if you Hit the ball into the wrong goal. Sometimes, a lot of people spam the chats with What a Save! What a Save! What a Save! And then they will receive a Cooldown saying ‘Chat Disabled for 3 (or more or less) Seconds’. Meaning that you can’t chat for the following number of seconds shown. It’s very common on Rocket League but other games have it. Such as ROBLOX. ‘Chat Disabled for 3 seconds’ Is also very common on YouTube comments. They could be spamming stuff like. What a Vid, What a Vid, What a Vid, Chat Disabled for 3 Seconds.

    The Chat Disabled For 3 Seconds thingy is also known as Chat Cooldown


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  • 12/18/17--07:51: These 4 Useless Things
  • About

    These 4 Useless Things is a series of four-pane exploitable images that features three illogically designed objects and one thing that the meme’s author dislikes.

    Origin

    On November 6th, 2016, Facebook[1] user Dalmatiaball posted a four-panel expoitable that features a watering can with the spout pointing back into itself, a pair of sunglasses with only one lens, a ping-pong paddle with a hole in the center and the Serbian flag. The picture was captioned “The most usless things of all time.” Dalmatiaball commented on the post, “Here’s an original meme from me can we make it trend the countryball pages ? :)” The post (shown below) received more than 30 reactions in 13 months.



    Spread

    Three months later, on February 7th, 2017, Instagram[2] user @1_riot_1_ranger posted a variation of the meme, adding a pair of toeless galoshes, a chain-linked fork and an image reading Bards College. The post (shown below, left) received more than 200 likes in less than one year.

    Later that year, on June 6th, Redditor[3] sudden_potato psoted a variant that criticizes free-range farming in the /r/vegancirclejerk subreddit. The post (shown below, center) received more than 200 points (98% upvoted) in six months.

    Less than a week later, on June 12th, Facebook[4] user Labourball posted another variation with a picture of British Prime Minister Theresa May in the fourth panel. The post (shown below, right) received more than 150 reactions and 20 shares in six months.



    On August 23rd, the Facebook[5] account memeextremeofficial posted a variation with the word “Me” in the fourth panel. The post (shown below) received more than 4,600 reactions and 1,800 reactions.



    Various Examples




    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 12/18/17--08:10: I Eat Bees
  • About

    I Eat Bees is an exploitable video remix meme in which a person walks into a room and points to a spot, which then displays text. In the original, the text read “I eat bees.” Variations on the format have altered the text.

    Origin

    On September 29th, 2017, Instagram user lylatcruise[1] uploaded a video in which he walks into a room and points to a spot, whereupon text appears that reads “I eat bees.” The video gained over 8,400 views (YouTube embed shown below).



    Spread

    On November 3rd, 2017, lylatcruise[2] posted a variation which had the text read “I Love You.” This gained over 22,000 views. The following day, he uploaded a blank version for others to make their own examples.[3] Exploitable variations soon followed. On November 6th, a compilation of edits was posted to YouTube by user CamSam62 (shown below, left). Another compilation edit was posted by Memehub the following day (shown below, right). They gained over 3,200 and 1,700 views, respectively.



    By December, edits began appearing on Tumblr. For example, on December 10th, Tumblr user hebbes[4] uploaded a version featuring Cuphead, which gained over 6,700 notes (shown below). Meme Documentation covered the Tumblr spread of the meme on December 16th, 2017.[5]


    http://hebbez.tumblr.com/post/168404289259

    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Instagram – lylatcruise video

    [2]Instagram – lylatcruise I love you example

    [3]Instagram – lylatcruise blank example

    [4]Tumblr – hebbes

    [5]Meme Documentation – I Eat Bees


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    About

    If You Play This Song On New Year’s Eve refers to a snowclone popular on Twitter in which users say that if one starts a song at a specific time on New Year’s Eve, then a specific moment in the song will happen the moment the new year begins.

    Origin

    On December 16th, 2017, Twitter user @tmcripple[1] posted a tweet which stated that if a person begins playing Evanescence’s Bring To My Life at 11:59:08 on New Year’s Eve, the “Wake Me Up” part of the song will play at midnight exactly. The tweet gained over 77,000 retweets and 189,000 likes (shown below).

    Spread

    Various Examples

    Search Interest

    Unavailable

    External References

    [1]Twitter – tmcripple


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  • 12/18/17--10:01: It Be Ya Own Niggas
  • About

    It Be Ya Own Niggas is a catchphrase used to express feelings of betrayal by a friend. It is commonly used online as a the caption to a picture that could be interpreted as depicting disloyalty.

    Origin

    The earliest known usage of the phrase comes from the album Raw and Uncut by the rapper Turk, which was released on October 21st, 2003. During the outro of the song “Letter from This World,” Turk begins to rant about being betrayed by friends who turned him into the cops. He says:[1]

    Ain’t this cold, these niggas ain’t silent no more
    They be ‘round FEDs, ya heard me
    It be ya own niggas, ya heard me
    Gotta watch these niggas, ya heard me
    Niggas’ll turn state, ya heard me
    They ain’t ‘bout doin no time
    They shouldn’t do no crime, ya heard me
    You understand, I’ma take my lick
    You understand, nigga talkin ‘bout he gon’ be silent"



    Spread

    Seven years later, the phrase began being used on Twitter, where it would come to prominence in the Black Twitter community. On January 10th, 2010, Twitter user @DecVeryOwnShari tweeted, “It be you OWNNIGGAS,” making the known usage on the site.



    The phrase would be use sporadically on Twitter over the seven years. However, on May 19th, 2017, Twitter[3] user @ShenaeCurry retweeted a Barstool Sports tweet that reads “11 year old kid calls the cops on his dad because he found grugs.” The user added the comment, “It be your own niggas. Smh.” The post (shown below, center) received more than 2,800 retweets and 2,900 likes in seven months.

    The following month, Imgur[5] user iDarkend posted a series of photographs of Disney Goofy and Minnie Mouse kissing unaware that Mickey Mouse is watching them. The post (shown below, center) received more than 3,500 views in less than one year.

    Later that year, Twitter[4] user @lordflaconegro tweeted a picture of actor Leonardo DiCaprio as a teenager holding a teddy bear juxatposed against a picture of him being attacked by a bear in the film The Revenant. They captioned the post “It be your own niggas.” The post (shown below, right) received more than 54,000 retweets and 129,000 likes in two months.



    On December 6th, 2017, Redditor[6] BigPoppaCharan posted a tweet of Barney from the animated sitcom The Simpsons pointing a gun at himself. They posted the tweet in the /r/BlackPeopleTwitter subreddit with the comment “It be ya own niggas,” received more than 4,700 points (97% upvoted) in less than two weeks.



    Various Examples




    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 12/18/17--11:13: She Mask
  • About

    She Mask refers to photoshops and fanart illustrations of female celebrities and fictional characters depicted as if they are wearing the magical green mask from the 1994 comedy film The Mask.

    Origin

    On July 29th, 1994, the film The Mask was released by New Line Cinema, which features the protagonist Stanley Ipkiss who discovers a green, wooden mask near the city harbor, which transforms him into a powerful, chaotic trickster upon placing it on his face (shown below).



    The earliest known fanart featuring a female character wearing the green mask was uploaded to DeviantArt[4] by user EmperorNortonII on February 13th, 2008 (shown below).



    Spread

    On September 21st, 2009, DeviantArtist[5] wonderstories32 submitted a short story titled “The Legend of She Mask.”

    On February 13th, 2010, a DeviantArt[1] group titled “The Shemask Club” was created, which received more than 530,000 pageviews, 440 subscribers and 270 members over the next eight years.

    On September 11th, 2011, an entry for “She-Mask” was created on The Mask Wiki.[2]

    On December 11th, 2017, Twitter user @hairoline[3] posted examples of several female celebrities photoshopped with green faces, referring to the photoshop practice as “masking” (shown below). Within one week, the tweet gathered more than 14,400 likes and 3,400 retweets.



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]DeviantArt – The She Mask Club

    [2]Wikia – She-Mask

    [3]Twitter – @hairoline

    [4]DeviantArt – Lady Mask

    [5]DeviantArtist – The Legend of She Mask


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  • 12/18/17--11:33: GTA Guitar Bro
  • About

    GTA Guitar Bro refers to a viral video in which a person leaves an angry voice message over Xbox Live and concludes it by playing the opening riff of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” on his guitar. The video became an exploitable in which people would play different music at the end of the video.

    Origin

    On May 14th, 2014, YouTuber Ingrownsage posted the original video. In the video, the user receives a voice message from a user named xDeAdxFaCtOrx who says “You’re just mad cuz I’ll be able to do something with my guitar hands that you’ll never be able to achieve in your entire life. So yeah, you’re gay.” He then plays the opening riff to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” The video gained over 677,000 views (shown below).


    Spread

    Three days later, YouTuber OMGTSN uploaded a remixed version of the video in which the music played at the end is a MIDI sound clip from Mega Man. That gained over 243,000 views (shown below, left). Two years later, Siivagunner parodied that clip by having the music that played be a MIDI version of the Flinstones theme play, gaining over 20,000 views (shown below, right).



    On December 14th, 2017, Twitter user @SEMITOXIC posted a variation on the video which features several poorly played instruments, gaining over 400 retweets and 1,000 likes (shown below). This led to the meme being inquired about on /r/OutOfTheLoop.[1]




    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    Unavailable

    External References


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  • 12/18/17--13:17: Youthquake
  • About

    Youthquake is a word used to describe a significant cultural, political or social movement caused by young people. In 2017, the word was chosen as Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year,” commemorating the political influence of young people throughout the year.

    Origin

    The word was coined by Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland in the magazine’s January 1965 edition. In the article entitled “Youthquake,” which focused on the baby boomer generation’s period of social growth and entrance into politics, she wrote, “The year’s in its youth, the youth in its year. … More dreamers. More doers. Here. Now. Youthquake 1965.”[1]



    Spread

    On December 15th, 2017, Oxford English Dictionary named “youthquake” their word of the year. The dictionary describes the word as representative of the awkeneing of political activism by millenials and generation z, who participated in various political and social movements throughout 2017. This include the surprising success of British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in England’s snap election in 2017, as well as the French election between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen that year.

    The word was not met with positive reaction as some online took issue with the choice, especially in compared to the shortlist, which included Antifa and Milkshake Duck. On December 15th, Twitter[2] user @TheMichaelMoran tweeted, “‘Youthquake’ is the Oxford Dictionary word of the year. Kind of ironic, given that 2017 didn’t belong to young people who care about the future. It was dominated by miserable old sods who want to plunge us back into their fantasy of what the past was like.” The tweet (shown below, left) received more than 100 retweets and 270 likes in three days. Twitter[3] user @alistaircoleman tweeted, “‘Surely you’ve remembered the word ‘youthquake’? It’s such a common word,’” which received more than 370 retweets and 800 likes in three days.

    Finally, Twitter[4] user @pixelatedboat, who coined the term “Milkshake Duck,” checked his username to “‘Youthquake’ isn’t even a word” and tweeted, “The ACTUAL worst thing that happened today is Milkshake Duck got shortlisted for the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year but lost to ‘youthquake.’” The tweet (shown below, right) received more than 240 retweets and 1,900 likes in four days.



    Several news media outlets covered the word, including CNN,[5] The Washington Post,[6]USA Today[7] and more. On December 15th, Twitter[8] published a Moments page on the word.
    h2. Search Interest

    External References


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  • 12/18/17--14:10: ppe btw lel xD
  • ppe btw lel xD” is a phrase that became viral inside the community of a game known as Realm of the Mad God. It is a combination of the two acronyms “ppe” (Pet-player experience, see Origin), “btw” (by the way), and the two slangs “lel” “xD”. The meme became viral within the community after the creation of a joke video claiming that all “knights” (see Origin) are notorious for spamming “lel xD” in the chat. “ppe btw” has no clear origin.

    Origin and Spread

    Realm of the Mad God is an mmo rpg which consists of 14 different classes to play from. One class which was notoriously considered to be overpowered at the time, was the knight. On September 14, 2016, a RotMG youtuber named YinYarn’s Barn posted a joke video about the knight class.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH8ewmEsjs4

    In this video, he claimed that knights are notorious for spamming “lel xD” in the chat over and over. Because this claim was false before the video, viewers instantly began to adopt the joke onto the RotMG subreddit and ingame and eventually started “lel xD” memes.
    The exact origins of the “ppe btw” portion is still not fully pinned down, but it is believed that at the same time “lel xD” became a subreddit meme, the game community also began to see many players attempt to do a type of gameplay known as Pet-player experienced, or PPE for short. The general rule for PPEs is that the player must build a pro-character without any help except for the player’s pet, which is a permanent companion that helps players in battle. Therefore, players began to believe that succeeding in PPEs prove that they are professional players. As PPEs became more popular, many players began to disregard those who claim to be doing a PPE, often being cited as saying “no one cares if you’re ppe”. In response, many players began to post reddit jokes depicting players holding rich items and shouting “ppe btw” (which means that they are claiming that their character is a PPE character, whether that is true or not, usually if the character actually isn’t doing a PPE.) and doing the exact same thing ingame to annoy them. Eventually most of the community picked the joke up and made it a meme.
    For unknown reasons, players eventually decided to combine the two meme phrases “lel xD” and “ppe btw” into “ppe btw lel xD”.

    Usage

    “ppe btw lel xD” memes are often either said ingame or put on cartoon templates. Their usage is extremely wide, but usually depict two players talking while one says “ppe btw lel xD” and the other then does something negative against him.

    Various Examples




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  • 12/18/17--16:24: Soddy-Daisy Walmart
  • About

    “The Soddy-Daisy Walmart Raid” is the unofficial name given to the raid coordinated by various users of the meme-sharing app, iFunny. Swarms of users began leaving joke comments and reviews on the Walmart in question, most of which were meme/copypasta related.

    Origin

    Beginning December 14, 2017, iFunny user Jews wrote the following comment, “We should review every Walmart with one star and ‘epic’”, on a seemingly unrelated picture on the popular image-sharing app. In reply to this comment, user assman suggested the titular Walmart as a target, stating it was “full of meth heads”, effectively commencing the attack on the Soddy-Daisy Walmart’s review and Q&A pages.

    Spread

    Another iFunny user, New_California_Republic, began spreading the word by means of a screenshot, directing users to the targeted Walmart with the caption, “Y’all know what’s up”. Other users republished this information, spreading like wildfire throughout the app’s users. The image received over 60,000 total views, garnering a large amount of attention in a short time span.

    Effect

    Beginning with a 4.0/5 rating and 432 reviews, the Soddy-Daisy Walmart was rapidly bombarded by hundreds of iFunny users leaving a review containing the word “epic”. The attack significantly lowered the store’s ratings (well below 3 stars) and resulted in over 1,000 reviews on the Walmart. Its Q&A section did not go untouched, however, and was crammed to the brim with memes and copypastas, some of which the employees of the Walmart participated in. This event inadvertently led to the creation of The Lingerie Copypasta, which filled much of the Walmart’s reviews as well as iFunny’s comment system for several days.

    Several days after the initial attack on the Soddy-Daisy Walmart, the staff began expunging all joke reviews, deleting all but a few that they deemed legitimate (although they were still memes).

    Pictures

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  • 12/18/17--20:08: Ear Exploder 9000
  • Summary

    Ear Exploder 9000 was a loud ear rape audio from the website Roblox.com. The audio was used for Trolling. It got extremely popular when youtuber, Albertsstuff, played Ear Exploder 9000 in a ‘Club/party game’ in his video ‘THE MOSTINAPPROPRIATEGAME in ROBLOX. A lot of players got so annoyed.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5pzQmMyq7mU

    Origin

    Ear Exploder 9000 was an audio from ROBLOX.com. It was used a lot in Roleplay games such as Meepcity, Adopt an Raise a cute kid, Life in Paradise, (ETC) Youtuber, Albertsstuff made a video called THEMOSTINAPPROPRIATEGAME in ROBLOX which was made on the 22/10/2016. Near the end of the video, he played the Ear Exploder 9000 audio in front of a lot of players in the Club game, Club Tesla. The audio includes a kid screaming like a girl loudly.
    Click the link below this paragraph to watch Albert’s Video. Unfortunately, This year, Ear Exploder 9000 got banned.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KlH76ZWO15w

    The memes

    The memes are mostly Lazy Town memes but some are different.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lTbrtb8S27E

    As known. Ear Exploder 9000 got banned by the ROBLOX admins and staff due to it being Loud audio. As people in the comments of the audio, saying W E W A N T E A R E X P L O D E R B A C K.


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  • 12/19/17--01:17: The Lingerie Copypasta
  • Copypasta

    Epic. Was shopping for lingerie with my cousin when a man with no teeth offered me a surprise. Being the surpise-lover that I am, I graciously accepted his offer. His body then tore open, revealing hundreds of thousands of fleas that immediately flew up my nose. I am the new host. I am truly blessed to shelter such divine creatures as these. Together we shall spread our love across the galaxy, uniting all under our rule. What a wonderful existence this is.

    1/5 would not shop again

    Origin

    During the events of the Soddy-Daisy Walmart Raid, hundreds of users submitted various memes and copypastas in an attempt to lower the overall review score of the aforementioned Walmart. At this time, one of the reviewers, Leocayn, submitted the copypasta as a joke review to the Soddy Daisy Walmart page.

    Spread

    The short copypasta spread quickly, with many reviewers partaking in the Walmart Raid beginning to paste it themselves. Dozens of instances of the story began appearing in the Walmart’s review sections before spreading onto the social media app, iFunny. From there, it began filling the comment section of the initial image that coordinated the attack in the first place. The story continued to be pasted into the Walmart reviews until its staff eventually removed every iteration of the copypasta from their pages. The copypasta did continue to circulate throughout iFunny, however.


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  • 12/19/17--06:05: Sebastián Piñera
  • W.I.P

    About

    Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique is a Chilean politician and businessman. He was President of Chile between 2010 and 2014 and is president-elect of Chile in 2017.

    History

    Political Career

    Piñera declared that he voted No in the 1988 plebiscite on whether Augusto Pinochet should stay in power until 1997. Piñera offered his support for the Christian Democrat Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle in his pre-candidacy for president. in 1989 Sebastián Piñera headed the presidential campaign of Hernán Büchi, a former finance minister of the Pinochet government. During the same election process, Piñera was elected as Senator for East Santiago and soon after, joined the center-right National Renewal Party. In 1998, Piñera opposed the arrest and detention of Augusto Pinochet, in London, initiated by Baltasar Garzón, arguing that it was an attack on the sovereignty and dignity of Chile. Piñera was president of his party from 2001 to 2004. He tried to run for Senator in 2001, but resigned his campaign after the presidential candidate of his alliance and member of the allied party, the Independent Democratic Union (UDI), Joaquín Lavín made it clear he would not support candidates from Piñera’s party. On May 14, 2005, Piñera announced his candidacy for the 2005 presidential election. He has described his political philosophy as Christian humanism. In the first round of the election, on December 11, he obtained 25.4% of the vote, which placed him in second place. Since no candidate achieved an absolute majority, a runoff election was held on January 15, 2006, between himself and Michelle Bachelet of the governing coalition. Bachelet won the presidency with over 53% of the vote.

    Chilean Elections 2009-10

    Piñera ran for President of Chile in the 2009–2010 election[1]. Since August 2009, he led in opinion polls, competing with Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, Marco Enríquez-Ominami and Jorge Arrate; all of whom are left-of-center candidates. In the December 13, 2009 election, Piñera placed first in the results with 44.05% of the votes, while Frei placed second with 29.6% of the votes. That evening, the third and final preliminary results were announced by the Deputy Interior Ministry. These showing accounted for 99.77% of the total ballot boxes. Of the votes, Piñera received 51.61% and Frei received 48.39%. Eduardo Frei conceded after the first preliminary results, making Sebastián Piñera the new President-elect of Chile. Piñera’s campaign released a national TV spot on YouTube featuring a male gay couple (shown below).



    Presidency

    Piñera was sworn in as the 35th President of the Republic of Chile on March 11, 2010. On October 12, 2010, Piñera rallied his countrymen in the rescue of 33 trapped miners, all of whom were rescued after 70 days following a mining accident. In January 2011 he faced the protest in Magallanes Region in response to a proposed increase in the price of natural gas by 16.8% in that region. Amidst the severe 2011 Chilean student protests[2] Piñera shuffled his cabinet and removed Joaquín Lavín from the post of minister of education. With respect to the protest, Piñera has defended for-profit activity in education and proposed to legalize it, rejecting the students demands for the public ownership of educational establishments. Piñera has expressed support for the Argentine claim on the Falkland Islands. After the Chilean presidential election in 2013, Piñera leaves La Moneda Palace to give the presidency to Michelle Bachelet[3].

    Chilean Elections 2017

    Piñera ran in the Chile Elections in 2017[4]. In November 19, Piñera wins 36,6% in the first round, against other 7 candidates, being only Piñera and Alejandro Guillier. In December 17, Piñera wins the Elections with 54.57% against Alejandro Guillier 45.43% in the second round. Piñera celebrated with a speech (shown below). Piñera will be president again on March 11, 2018.



    Related Memes

    Marepoto

    After the 2010 Chile earthquake, in March 21 Piñera make a speech mentioning the word Marepoto, Poto means ass in Chile and other Latin American countries (shown below).



    Through the years, the word Marepoto was parodied in multiple remixes (shown below).



    Piñera Fall

    On August 30, 2013, Piñera suffered a fall among the rubble of the buildings built in the town of Bajos de Mena, Puente Alto commune. (shown below).



    A photographer recorded the exact moment of the accident, and his photographs were quickly viralized and generates various edits (shown below).

    Piñera in The Oval Office

    On June 4, 2013, during a visit to the White House and a meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, Piñera left the protocol of the meeting, proceeding to sit at the desk Resolute (shown below).



    [1]Wikipedia – Chilean presidential election, 2009-10

    [2]Wikipedia – 2011–13 Chilean student protests

    [3]Wikipedia – Chilean general election, 2013

    [4]Wikipedia – Chilean general election, 2017


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  • 12/19/17--06:05: THINK YOU CAN TAKE ME
  • THINKYOUCANTAKE ME? is a catchphrase spawned from Xenoblade Chronicles 2. In the game, the Ardanian Soldier is an enemy encountered throughout various places within its vast world.

    During battles, the player’s characters will yell signature cool phrases such as “Anchor Shot!” and “Prominence Revolt!” as they announce the moves they’re about to perform. However, the Ardanian Soldiers are limited to a strict vocabulary of battle cries that include only a few phrases which are emphatically expressed during battle repeatedly and intrusively.

    These phrases namely include “THINKYOUCANTAKE ME?”, “YA DONE?”, and “DON’T FORGET ME”.

    The phrase has proliferated especially over at Twitter and Reddit, where fans have had no reserve with referencing it.


    It is unclear where the meme began, but it has certainly been universally acknolwedged.


    One twitter user got on to it quickly.


    News sites like Switchaboo) have also posted their own satirical content.

    It is unclear whether there is currently an equivalent Japanese meme at present, as the game can be played with voiceovers in either language.


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  • 12/19/17--08:07: Ernie Gang
  • About

    Ernie Gang refers to a loose collective of people who identify as Ernie from Sesame Street in the video game VR Chat who then raid other servers and pester the users there, saying it’s property of “Ernie Gang.”

    Origin

    On November 22nd, 2017, YouTuber Alpharad began the raid in a stream of VR Chat in which he convinced other online players to adopt the Ernie skin and go to other rooms. He first posted about the gang on that day in a tweet (shown below).



    Spread

    A week later, on November 29th, 2017, Alpharad uploaded a video devoted to Ernie Gang. The video gained 315,000 views (shown below, left). The same day the video was posted, YouTuber WindyAura uploaded a parody of Gucci Gang called “Ernie Gang,” which gained over 25,000 views (shown below, right).



    The video apparently inspired a group of discord users to raid other chat rooms as Ernie Gang. This was brought to Alpharad’s attention, and on December 1st, 2017, he tweeted telling his followers to stop doing that[1] (shown below).



    Various Examples





    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Twitter – @Alpharadtv


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    About

    Trump Hall of Presidents Robot refers to a series of jokes, references and image macros to the introduction of the animatronic representation of President Donald Trump at the Disney World stage show “The Hall of Presidents.”

    Origin

    On December 18th, 2017, the website Walt Disney World Magic released a video of the “Hall of Presidents” theme park attraction at Walt Disney World following a year of renovations.[1] The video featured the before unseen animatronic puppet representation of President Donald Trump, which according to Thomas Smith, editorial content director for Disney Parks, includes audio comments recorded by President Trump.[2] The video by WMW Magic (shown below) received more than 270,000 views in less than 24 hours.



    Spread

    Shortly after the video was uploaded, it began receiving a negative reaction online, particularly in regards to the animatronic’s appearance. Some online compared the Trump animatronic to actor Jon Voight. That day, Twitter[3] user @2xUEss posted a side-by-side picture of the animatronic and a picture of Voight with the comment, “Disney gave the job of Trump in the Hall of Presidents to Jon Voight and I can’t stop laughing.” The post (shown below, left) received more than 1,200 retweets and 4,300 likes in less than 24 hours.

    Others online made similar comments, joking that the Trump animatronic looks very similar to Jon Voight.



    Some also commented on the appearance of the other president animatronics on stage, interpreting their stares toward the Trump animatronic as negative. Twitter[4] user @goldengateblonde tweeted a picture of the other animatronics percieved reactions with the comment “Disney finally put Trump in the Hall of Presidents and the others are all ‘can you believe this schmuck.’” The post (shown below) received more than 2,600 retweets and 8,300 likes in less than 24 hours.



    Several media outlets covered the release and reaction to the Trump animatronic, including USA Today,[5] The Daily Beast,[6]CNN,[7]Fox News, [8]CBS[9] and more. Twitter[10] published a Moments page to archive the reaction to the of animatronic.

    Various Examples

    Search Interest

    Not Available.

    External References


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  • 12/19/17--09:40: Mozilla Firefox
  • About

    Mozilla Firefox is a free, open-source web browser available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It was developed by the Mozilla Corporation, and is considered a spiritual successor to Netscape Navigator. It uses the Gecko layout engine. Once the most popular web browser online, Firefox has been surpassed by Google Chrome in recent years, though it is still the most popular web browser in certain areas of the world.

    History

    Firefox began as an experiment started by Dave Hyatt, Joe Hewitt, and Blake Ross of the Mozilla team, who believed the Mozilla suite which came with Netscape Navigator had “software bloat.”[1] The product was originally called Phoenix, a reference to how the browser “rose from the ashes” of Netscape Navigator after it was killed off by Internet Explorer. The project was renamed Firefox in 2004, and version 1.0 was released on November 9th, 2004.



    In 2009, Firefox had 32% of the internet’s web browser usage, making version 3.5 the largest search engine in the world at the time. As of September of 2017, Firefox has between 5.9 and 13.6% of the internet’s web browser usage, putting it second behind Google Chrome. Since the release of version 5.0, a rapid-release cycle has been implemented, with a major update implemented every six weeks.[2] As of December 19th, 2017, Firefox is running on version 57.0. In 2016, Firefox introduced “Quantum,” an addition to Firefox that aimed to make Firefox run faster in comparison to Google Chrome.

    Mr. Robot Plug-in Controversy

    On December 13th, 2017, Firefox implemented a plug-in called “Looking Glass” tying in with a web-based game based on the television show Mr. Robot.[3] However the cryptic rollout of the plug-in--it’s description only read “my reality is different than yours”--disturbed Firefox users, some of whom uninstalled the browser on the spot.[4] After receiving intense backlash on the way the way the add-on was simply added to Firefox users’ browsers with no choice given to the user, a practice Firefox has lamented from their competitors. The backlash to Firefox led to a question posted to /r/OutOfTheLoop[5] that gained over 8,600 points.

    Related Memes

    Firefox has been the subject of image macros and fan art, particularly at the height of its popularity in the late 2000s, meaning many Firefox memes are in the form of advice animals and demotivational posters (examples shown below).



    Much of the fan art surrounding Firefox involves drawing it as characters from other pieces of media. For example, a common trope is to draw Firefox as Fennekin from the fourth generation of Pokémon (shown below, left). Various other characters have been illustrated as Firefox as well (examples shown below).



    Online Presence

    Online, Firefox has a devoted subreddit which has over 39,000 subscribers.[6] The product also has over 18 million likes on Facebook.[7]

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    About

    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are characters in the Christian bible who bring about the end times. Online, they are parodied in image macros which show four people or characters who are jokingly labeled the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

    Origin

    The Four Horsemen appear in the last book of the New Testament of the Christian bible.[1] They are usually known as Conquest, War, Famine, and Death. They are known as the harbingers of the Last Judgment. A common definition of the Four Horsemen online was posted to Urban Dictionary on July 2nd, 2005.[2] On June 5th, 2007, a joke definition was posted there (shown below).



    Spread

    Online, the pictures of four people or characters paired together are joked about as being representative of the Four Horsemen. For example, an early version of the joke, posted to weknowmemes[3] on November 11th, 2011 featured pictures of Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Bill Murray, and Christopher Walken (shown below).



    An early meme version of the joke was posted to Memecenter in 2013 by user Detergent[4] and featured popular memetic characters such as Grumpy Cat and Pedobear (shown below).



    In the coming years, the meme would take on a more shitpost-like quality, as people created variations with more obtuse characters. For example, on November 16th, 2016, Facebook meme page They Boot Too Big For They Gotdamn Feet[5] uploaded a variation showing four digitally-manipulated photos of a dog (shown below, left). An edit labelling roombas with weapons strapped to them was posted to /r/funny[6] on October 13th, 2016 (shown below, right).



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

    [2]Urban Dictionary – Four Horsemen

    [3]Weknowmemes – The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

    [4]Memecenter – "https://www.memecenter.com/fun/2325979/the-four-horsemen-of-the-apocalypse

    [5]Facebook – They Boot Too Big

    [6]/r/funny – The Four Horsemen


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    Overview

    Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP) refers to investigations conducted by the United States government into various unidentified flying objects, which ran from 2007 to 2012.

    Background

    In 2007, U.S. Senator Harry Reid initiated the AATIP along with support from the late Senators Ted Stevens and Daniel Inouye. The program ran until 2012 with a budget of $22 million.

    Developments

    Media Disclosure

    On December 16th, 2017, The New York Times[1] and Politco[2] published articles about the program, noting many of the unexplained phenomena investigated. The New York Times article including a video of a Navy FA-18 Super Hornet combat jet encountering an object traveling at incredibly high speeds, while Navy pilots can be heard discussing the flying object in the background audio (shown below).



    Online Reaction

    That day, Harry Reid tweeted a link to the New York Times article along with the message “The truth is out there. 🛸Seriously” (shown below). Within 72 hours, the tweet gained over 2,900 likes and 1,700 retweets.[5]



    Also on December 16th, the To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science YouTube channel reuploaded the Navy video of the glowing UFO (shown below). Within 72 hours, the video gained over 1.13 million views and 580 comments.



    Meanwhile, Redditor cloudform submitted the New York Times video to /r/videos,[6] where it gathered upwards of 7,300 points (93% upvoted) and 1,900 comments within the next three days. On December 18th, Redditor psy_raven submitted a post about the Times article to /r/conspiracy,[3] claiming that the Pentagon was admitting to spending money on UFO research “because they need to come up with an explanation for trillions of missing dollars.” On December 19th, Redditor _____D34DP00L_____ submitted a post to /r/OutOfTheLoop asking about the project.

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  • 12/19/17--12:09: #WokeCharlotte
  • About

    #WokeCharlotte is a hashtag under which people have the character Charlotte from Sex and the City correct other characters’ dialogue which would be considered politically incorrect in modern society.

    Origin

    The concept was introduced by Instagram account everyoutfitonsitc[1] on November 10th, 2017. The original #wokecharlotte post gained over 47,000 likes (shown below).

    Spread

    Various Examples

    Search Interest

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