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  • 06/30/12--07:47: The Majesty
  • About

    The Majesty (Japanese: 陛下, Heika), sometimes translated as Emperor simply, is the oldest parody picture collage meme in Futaba Channel (2chan). He is also counted as the top of “Nijiura Magnificent Ten” (虹裏十傑集, Nijiura Jukketsu Shu) that are most important and earliest 10 memes of 2chan’s /b/ (Nijiura) board.

    Origin

    Around the beginning of 2003, Futaba was still just an online forum for some Otaku people. There wasn’t creative momentum though people were talking aggressively all over the night on the boards.

    According to the article for Futaba in Wikipedia[1], this situation began changing in the end of that January by an old men’s picture posted to a thread in /b/ board by an anonymous user. The old man with gentle looks and a strange costume said to other anonymous users who were engaging in a heated discussion in the midnight: “Gentlemen, Go sleeping” (お前ら、もう寝なさい, Omaera, Mou Nenasai)



    “Gentlemen, Go Sleeping”

    The Man

    The old man in the picture is Torinomias The 3rd, the emperor of planet S-1 in the Japanese cult minor TV anime series Space Warrior Baldios.[2] This dovish emperor has not much of a presence because he is assassinated in the first 10 minutes in the 1st episode.

    And due to its incorporation of quite minor popularity of the TV anime series, even hardcore anime Otakus hardly knew him in those days.

    Spread

    The combination of enigmatic character’s unclouded eyes and nerveless remark brought surrealistic lulz to midnight’s enthusiastic discussions. People were soon fascinated by him while complaining “Who is this old coot?” (誰このジジイ, Dare Kono Jijii). This picture with the catchphrase soon became one of the typical reaction faces in the Nijiura board, and he became to be called “The Majesty”.

    Then, Nijiura users also began posting funny collages and GIF animations reusing his picture, and competing its funniness. At one time, many of those hundreds creations was listed in archive pages for The Majesty.

    Nowadays, he is known familiarly as the emperor of Glaska in the planet ZUN from Space Warrior Balroy, which are fake settings given by Nijiura users themselves. And “Who is this old coot?” has been also a schtick for the response to his picture in Nijiura board.[3]

    Besides, it is said that their activity in this emperor collages is the first creative movement and the seedbed of subsequent memes/fads in Futaba. This GIF animation of The Majesty shaking his head is one of the earliest instances in this fad and is told as the great milestone of Futaba’s culture.


    Appearance in Super Robot Wars

    In 2008, Baldios was first included in the video game for PlayStation 2 Super Robot Wars Z[4], which is in the Japanese popular tactical role-playing video game franchise Super Robot Wars series. Though he was a quite minor charecter in the anime, Takanobu Terada, the producer of this game series, said “We’ve prepared the illustration for The Majesty.” at the official pre-release event for this title held in Akihabara on June 28th, 2008.[5]

    True to his words, Torinomias The 3rd appears at the beginning of 17th episode in the game and is soon killed as same as the original TV anime series. Moreover, one of 4 lines staffs gave to him is “What happened? Now it’s time for me to sleep”.



    This episode is known as one of the evidences of how this meme spread, and is described in Nico Nico Pedia.[6]

    Examples

    Photo Collages & Illustrations





    GIF animations





    M.U.G.E.N Character

    In full M.U.G.E.N game “NIjikaku”, Futaba users give 2 incarnations to The Majesty: Heika (shown left) and Heika SS (shown right).



    Search Interest

    The term “Go Sleeping” (もう寝なさい) recorded the highest peak in September 2008 when Super Robot Wars Z was released in that month.



    External References

    Editor’s Note: Futaba relating websites basically prohibit people from introducing their URLs in the external. Do not write the URLs in articles or comments. Please use search engines.

    [1] Wikipedia – ふたば☆ちゃんねる (Japanese)

    [2] Wikipedia – Space Warrior Baldios

    [3] アニヲタWiki – 陛下(宇宙戦士バルディオス) (Japanese)

    [4] Wikipedia – List of Super Robot Wars games

    [5] 俺専用スーパーロボット大戦Z @ ウィキ – 寺田宴発言 (Japanese)

    [6] Nico Nico Pedia – 陛下(虹裏) (Japanese)


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    [w.i.p. Major research regarding Origin and Spread needed. Request editorship if you can help]

    About

    Let Me Tell You Why That’s Bullshit” Is a phrase commonly used to correct people after they have made a mistake, or said something stupid. It is often used as a caption in an image macro.

    Origin

    4chan.[1]

    Spread

    The phrase soon became popular on other sites, with Image Macros using the phrase starting to appear. It is common on many internet forums.

    Examples

    Sources

    1. chan4chan archive


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  • 07/01/12--17:55: Pyro's Mind is full of X
  • Pyro’s Mind is Full of X is a series of exploitable videos resulting to the vision of the possible footage inside the mind of the Team Fortress 2 character called “Pyro”. It results the use of the actual footage of zooming inside in Pyro’s mind and then showing a different footage from a video game, a show or another viral media within the view in Pyro’s binocular.

    Origin

    The two footages at the beginning and at the end of such videos come from Valve’s latest video upload on YouTube. The video is called “Meet the Pyro” and was released on June 27, 2012. In this video it’s about finding out, what inhuman thoughts lie in Pyro’s mind. But after zooming in in Pyro’s mind, it shows joy and happiness.

    Spread

    In the same day, YouTube users “SUPERMARIOGALAXY13” and “MisterMid” created videos, which they show different footages in Pyro’s mind. In July 2, 2012 MisterMid’s video gained over 35.000 views, but the exploitabilty didn’t start until SUPERMARIOGALAXY13 uploaded his parody and immediately the first fad response has been submitted by “adamtheamazing64”. The idea of making a meme was inspired by this video and SUPERMARIOGALAXY13 uploaded a green screen template video at the same day, that every user used.

    Examples

    Left: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic / Right: Terry Crews: Old Spice

    Left: Mario’s Head / Right: Remove Kebab

    Template


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  • 07/02/12--11:44: Did You Know?
  • About

    “Did You Know?” is a single topic blog featuring image macros containing facts, occasionally also featuring factoids and misconceptions. These facts vary on various topics such as internet, science, history, or just fun facts.

    Origin

    The Tumblr blog “Did You Know?”[1] was launched on April 30th, 2011, with a post containing ten “facts” about the person reading the post.[2] The blog then stayed silent until the next month on May 19th, with a post about MySpace reblogs. In the days follwing to that, the blog showed a significant rise in the number of posts on a daily base.

    Precursors

    Sites containing useless and fun facts already existed before the launch of the blog. So was the website didyouknow.org[4] created on February 18th, 2002, and focusses on fascinating facts and interesting stories. The website did-you-knows.com[5] was created on December 28th, 2009, and is more specialised in short facts. Director of Technology Karl Fisch has also created Did You Know’s on topic’s such as information technology as early as early as August 2006[6] and has shared these on his personal blog, updating them over time. Tea and juice drink manufacturer Snapple has has also placed a series of “Real Facts”[10] on the bottom of their caps since [Date Researched], many which later turned out to be factoids or even fake.[11]

    Spread

    [Researching]

    Notable Examples


    Spin-Off Blogs

    The popularity of the original blog has resulted in multiple spin-off blogs. So does Did You Know Gaming?[7] focus on facts found in video games, which are also shared through their own sub-reddit[8]. Did Yuo Know?[9] uses the same style of image macros as the original blog, only they replace the facts and factoids by obvious false facts and lies for a humerous effect and trolling purposes.



    Search Interest

    The tag “Tumblr” has been added to the search terms to avoid results unrelated to the blog.

    External References


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  • 07/03/12--10:31: Symphony of Science
  • About

    Symphony of Science is a music video remix project started by electronic artist John Boswell in September of 2009. The videos feature remixed documentary footage of famous scientists, educators and philosophers that have been pitch corrected using the Antares plugin Auto-Tune.

    Origin

    Boswell uploaded his first music video remix to YouTube on September 7th, 2009, which featured infomercial footage of the television personality and pitchman Billy Mays (shown below, left). On September 17th, Boswell uploaded a video titled “Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking (Symphony of Science)”, including clips from Carl Sagan’s 1980s television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage and the documentary film Stephen Hawking’s Universe (shown below, right). Within three years, the video received over 7.6 million views and 27,000 comments, as well as being ranked as one of the top rated videos of all time in the music category on YouTube.



    Spread

    On September 23rd, 2009, the tech culture blog Geeks Are Sexy[9] highlighted the Carl Sagan remix, calling it a “musical tribute to two great men of science.” On the following day, the video was posted on the viral content site BuzzFeed[8] and the psilocybin enthusiast Shroomery Forums.[10] On September 25th, Carl Sagan’s son Nick praised the video in a post on his personal blog[1], proclaiming that his father would have loved the video. On October 7th, Boswell launched the site Symphony of Science[13], which featured his collection of remix videos, audio downloads and a web forum.



    On October 19th, Boswell released a new video titled “We Are All Connected” (shown below, left), including additional Carl Sagan footage as well as clips of physicist Richard Feynman, astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson and educator Bill Nye. On November 22nd, 2010, Boswell uploaded “Symphony of Science – A Wave of Reason”, featuring clips of famous scientists, educators and philosophers promoting scientific reasoning while eschewing pseudoscience and superstition. The following day, the video was posted to the Discover Magazine[12] blog and the techno-culture blog io9.[11] Within two years, the video received over 800,000 views and 4,500 comments.



    On March 23rd, 2011, Boswell uploaded a video titled “Ode to the Brain!” (shown below, left), featuring remixed footage of several TED talks about neuroscience. On March 2nd, 2012, TED commissioned Boswell to remix footage from the TED 2012 lectures (shown below, right). As of July 3rd, 2012, the official Symphony of Science Facebook[2] page has received over 28,000 likes and the @musicalscience[3] Twitter account has accumulated over 8.500 followers.



    Notable Examples



    Mister Rogers Remix

    On June 7th, 2012, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) uploaded a video to YouTube titled “Mister Rogers Remixed”, which featured a commissioned auto-tune remix by Boswell using footage from the children’s television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The same day, Redditor doogie92 submitted the video to the /r/videos[7] subreddit in a post titled “PBS discovers Symphony of Science on YouTube, commissions a remix of Mister Rogers.” Within one month, the video received over 5.3 million views and 18,000 comments.



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 07/03/12--18:19: Booty Break
  • ((Work in Progress, help appreciated))

    Origin

    On July 3, 2012, tumblr user fabu-lass posted a link [1] with the title “NEW FAVORITE SITE, AW YES”. The link lead to the website “Booty Break” [2], a website created by Vichy Laboratories in order to advertise the product “CelluDestock”. [3] The product is advertised to diminish the appearance of cellulite.

    Spread

    The original post quickly gained notes, and within five hours had over 13,000 notes. Several screencaps and gifs were created from the content on the website.

    External Links

    [1] Tumblr – fabu-lass – NEW FAVORITE SITE, AW YES

    [2]Booty Break

    [3] Vichy Laboratories – CelluDestock

    [4] Tumblr – Tagged: Booty Break


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  • 07/03/12--18:41: Bronycon Orgy
  • ((Work in Progress, help appreciated))

    Origin

    On July 3, 2012, tumblr user cardiganponi made a post titled “IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT BRONYCON ORGY[1]. The message in question was to warn other bronies about the possibility that crabs was contracted by several members of the orgy.

    Spread

    Rumors and speculation about whether or not the orgy actually happened spread quickly, along with several posts confirming that it did in fact happen.

    External Links

    [1] Tumblr – "cardiganponi – IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT BRONYCON ORGY

    [] Tumblr – tagged – Bronycon Orgy


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  • 07/03/12--22:19: Forever Available
  • About

    Forever available is a derivative of the popular meme forever alone,
    featuring a face with the same build as forever alone only with a more attractive face
    and the more positive phrase: forever available.

    Origin

    The meme itself is based of forever alone but the earliest comic was
    posted to Funnyjunk February 15, 2012 by User “Reepsixtythree”.

    Spread

    The phrase and the face have appeared on both reddit and
    Stuckpixel’s Funny pics.

    Reference

    http://www.funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/3322524/Forever+available/
    http://www.reddit.com/search?q=Forever+available


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  • 07/04/12--00:38: FADED365
  • On July 3rd of 2012, Newgrounds.com user ‘the-balance’ posted a thread on the General section of their forums, informing the site that their logo had been stolen by clothes company FADED, which runs the site www.faded365.com.

    http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1310239

    Newgrounds user XenonMonkey contacted the site via e-mail and informed them about Newgrounds’ claims, only to have them repeatedly denied by FADED site manager Sergio Deleon.

    The owner of the site was trolled by numerous Newgrounds users across the FADED site as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages. The owner of FADED denied all claims.

    Eventually, Newgrounds founder Tom Fulp became involved with the incident, and threatened to sue if they did not immediately take down the products. The lawsuit is still in progress at the time of writing.

    The incident spawned various catchphrases among Newgrounds users, such as ‘Stay Fresh’, ‘Lay off the drugs, I could find over 200 robots that look similar’ and ‘Fresh All Day Every Day’. The situation is being dealt with by the staff of Newgrounds.


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  • 07/04/12--09:09: But I Poop From There
  • About

    “But I poop from there”, often followed by its answer “Not right now you don’t!” are segments of dialogue and bits of footage taken from a peculiar scene of a late 90s porn movie that became an Internet meme for its funny-sounding actors and overall weird scene.

    Origin

    The initial scene itself comes from a porn movie entitled Young and Anal 15 released in 1999 and featured actors Anne Howe (Melissa Ashley) and Buck Adams. The segment reused in the meme refers to the following dialogue between the two:

    “I’m gonna stick it up your arse.
    - But I poop from there!
    - Not right now you don’t.

    - Is it gonna hurt?”

    A censored version of the scene first found itself on YTMND. According to the YTMND wiki[1], the initial site that started the fad is “But I poop from there!” made by YTMND user BTape[2] on January 7th 2007 and which attracted over 428 000 views as of July 2012. However, it’s marked as a “restored” version of the site, meaning that an older version may have existed prior.
    This is confirmed by several parodies of the site existing from 2004 to 2006, like the Superman one[3], dating back to March 28th 2006 and gaining more than 73 000 views to date.
    A fad then took hold on YTMND, curating over 90 sites.[4]

    Spread

    [WIP]

    Search

    Notable Examples

    External References

    [1]YTMND wiki – But I poop from there

    [2]YTMNDBut I poop from there! / 1-7-2007 [Warning: NSFW link]

    [3]YTMNDBut Superman, I poop from there… /3-28-2006 [Warning: NSFW link]

    [4]YTMNDSearch result for But I poop from there


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  • 07/04/12--10:50: Cookie☆
  • About

    Cookie☆ (Japanese: クッキー☆) is a nickname given to a fanmade animated drama video “Marisa and Alice’s cookie kiss” (魔理沙とアリスのクッキーKiss), which features many girl characters from Touhou Project.

    Despite of voice actor’s horrible bad acting and its cheap plot, this animated video gets a cult following among some of heartless users called_Inmufags_, who are fanatics of the Japanese gay porn phenomena A Midsummer Night’s Lewd Dream, and has been set to the subject for online mockeries on Nico Nico Douga (NND).

    Origin

    The video “Marisa and Alice’s cookie kiss” was produced by collaborating of 43 members including amatuer voice actors, music creators, illustrators and movie editors who were organized through the web by Rio Hazuna (蓮菜理緒), the scenario writer and the director of this drama.[1] Its roughly story is: One day, in tea time at Hakurei Shrine with Alice and Reimu, Marisa noticed that she forgot a reciprocal gift to Alice for the Valentine’s day. Marisa challenges making cookies by borrowing the help of Sakuya and other Touhou characters.

    The video was uploaded to NND on February 15th, 2010, the next day of St. Valentine’s Day.[2]



    Spread

    This video was severely criticized among Touhou fans because of voice actors bad pronunciation and awfully cheap plots written by Rio Hazuna. From the very beginning, the video comments were filled with monstrous calumny by them.

    This situation was changed just after Inmufags found this video two days later. They liked it so much because its poorness reminded them of “A Midsummer Night’s Lewd Dream” and other their favorite gay porn videos that were filled with cheap plots and poor acting. They filled comments in the video with their favorite dirty jokes, set it for the subject of mockery as same as gay porn videos, and began making plenty amount of MAD videos reusing it.

    Today, Those MAD videos are tagged under “Cookie☆”, the nickname of the original video given by Inmufags.[3] More than 1000 videos related to “Cookie☆” had been uploaded to NND in its first 2 years, and as its amount is still increasing.[4]

    Rio Hazuna’s Sexual Harassment Suspicion

    Meanwhile, Rio Hazuna, the organizer of this project, didn’t favourably receive those dirty comments and parodies, and deleted many of MAD videos and other related videos from NND as the copyright holder of the original video.

    Inmufags got mad against Rio’s contradictory behavior because he/she also made that miserable drama by borrowing Touhou creations. They held a large campaign to search his/she and other participants personal information on the social web. In the campaign, they checked up that Rio Hazuna was a middle-aged man as contrasted with his handle sounding like a female, and he never unveiled his sex to female participants until they meet in offline. They also succeeded to contact with several female participants and drew testimony that they suffered his sexual harassment at parties.

    Then, the suspicion arose, which Rio Hazuna didn’t care about product quality because he had organized collaboration projects for the purpose of he making special relationships with teenage girls. Inmufags opened a wiki page for this incident[5], was releasing information at realtime, and continued insulting him in the videos comments.

    Finally, Rio Hazuna, putting on the spot, put up the white flag and uploaded an apology about his sexual harassment suspicion to his blog.[6] Moreover, he forced to retire from all online activities.

    Notable Examples

    Editor’s note: Many of parody videos in this series are not safe for work because those include explicit sexual contents taken from gay porn videos.



    Left: (NSFW!!) I’m so happy[7] | Right: (NSFW!!) Wanna Party? from BEMANI[8]

    Left: (NSFW!!) Help me,ERINNNNNN!![9] | Right: Collaboration work for the 1st anniversary of Rio Hazuna’s retirement[10]

    Search Interest

    [Not Available]

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

    [1] Project Page – 東方合同百合動画☆@ ウィキ (Japanese)

    [2] Nico Nico Douga – 【東方合同動画企画】魔理沙とアリスのクッキーKiss / Posted on 02-15-2010

    [3] Nico Nico Pedia – クッキー☆

    [4] Nico Nico Douga – Search results for クッキー☆

    [5] Wiki page for the incident – クッキー☆まとめ(蓮奈理緒 ニコ動東方合同企画主催者セクハラ事件) (Japanese)

    [6] ドルス・トルス – ニコニコ動画でのクッキー動画騒動についての説明と謝罪 / 11-21-2010 (Japanese)

    [7] Nico Nico Douga – 霊夢 so クッキー☆ / Posted on 10-30-2010

    [8] Nico Nico Douga – Homo party? / Posted on 08-01-2011

    [9] Nico Nico Douga – サラダバーえーりん! / Posted on 12-14-2011

    [10] Nico Nico Douga – クッキー☆合作 きっと今日はFFHZNの日なんだよ! / Posted on 11-21-2011


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  • 07/04/12--11:09: I'm so happy
  • About

    I’m so happy is a popular soundtrack from a Japanese arcade music video game jubeat knit, which is produced by KONAMI as a part of BEMANI line.[1]

    This song has been used in many MAD videos on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) since 2011 partly due to its deeply relationship to a Japanese gay porn phenomena A Midsummer Night’s Lewd Dream.

    Origin

    “I’m so happy” was writen by a Japanes composer Ryu[2] who has also produced other popular audio tracks for online parody videos: Second Heaven, Ageha, Sakura Reflection and Bloomin’ Feeling. It was first included as a secret track in jubeat knit released on the Japanese arcade on July 29th, 2010.



    This song began being introduced to MADs in the 7th music video game MAD event which was one of the small user-generated online events for MADs and held in August in that year.[3] Several MAD videos of this fresh tune, featuring Shuzo Matsuoka[4] or K-ON!![5], scored much page views among in 90 entries.[6]



    Spread

    Meanwhile, the trigger video that led subsequent popularity of this song among MAD editors came from another Touhou related meme Cookie☆ which established a cult following from Inmufags, fanatics of a Japanese gay porn phenomena “A Midsummer Night’s Lewd Dream”. The video “I’m so Cookie☆” was uploaded to NND on October 30th, 2010.[7]


    (NSFW!!)

    This video having a happy ending by couple’s kissing as same as that of Cookie☆ made a smash hit on NND. So, most of following videos in this series imitate this video’s style and insert random contents, mainly explicit sexual scenes taken from gay porn videos, in its last part. This editing style is called “Cookie☆ Respect” (クッキー☆リスペクト), and this is the reason why this MAD video series is so dirty.

    Among over 600 videos tagged under this song on NND[8], more than half of them are MAD videos including over 200 “Cookie☆ Respect” style videos.[9]

    On YouTube, some of videos not violating the guideline are reprinted and several YouTube Poops Music Videos created by YouTubers can be found.[10]

    Notable Examples

    【ニコニコ動画】ニャル子 so happy
    Haiyore! Nyaruko-san and Hissu Amoto San[11]【ニコニコ動画】響 so pretty♪
    Suite PreCure and Ami Kosimizu[12][13]【ニコニコ動画】I’m すらまっぱぎー
    It’s Salmon!![14]【ニコニコ動画】アイマス so Happy☆ EX mix
    The iDOLM@STER and Dynamo Feeling[15]【ニコニコ動画】I’m so ハッピーセットで子供のテンションがやばい
    Insane Set[16]【ニコニコ動画】【ファミマ入店音一周年】ファミマに入ったらI’m so Happy【jubeat knit】
    FamilyMart Jingle[17]

    Search Interest

    [Not Available]

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

    [1] Wikipedia – List of Bemani series

    [2] Wikipedia – Ryutaro Nakahara

    [3] Nico Nico Pedia – 音ゲーMAD晒しイベント (Japanese)

    [4] Nico Nico Douga – 【jubeat_knit】I’m_so_Heat【松岡修造】 / Posted on 08-26-2010

    [5] Nico Nico Douga – I’m so じゃかじゃん / Posted on 08-29-2010

    [6] Nico Nico Douga – Search results for 第7回音ゲーMAD晒しイベント

    [7] Nico Nico Douga – 霊夢 so クッキー☆ / Posted on 10-30-2010

    [8] Nico Nico Douga – Search results for I’m_so_happy

    [9] Nico Nico Douga – Search results for クッキー☆リスペクト

    [10] YouTube – Search results for i’m so happy mad OR ytpmv

    [11] Nico Nico Douga – ニャル子 so happy / Posted on 05-15-2012

    [12] Nico Nico Douga – 響 so pretty♪ / Posted on 05-31-2011

    [13] Wikipedia – Ami Koshimizu

    [14] Nico Nico Douga – I’m すらまっぱぎー / Posted on 05-23-2011

    [15] Nico Nico Douga – アイマス so Happy☆ EX mix / Posted on 04-02-2012

    [16] Nico Nico Douga – I’m so ハッピーセットで子供のテンションがやばい / Posted on 2011-01-22

    [17] Nico Nico Douga – 【ファミマ入店音一周年】ファミマに入ったらI’m so Happy【jubeat knit】 / Posted on 09-04-2010


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  • 07/27/12--12:45: OKCupid
  • About

    OkCupid is a free dating website that pairs registered members based on their compatibility score determined through a series of survey questions. The site includes a public forum, instant messaging system and an official blog analyzing statistics from various user interactions.

    History

    Harvard University students Chris Coyne, Christian Rudder, Sam Yagan and Max Krohn launched the literary website TheSpark[10] on January 7th, 1999. The site included a beta app called “SparkMatch”, which allowed registered users to take a “Match Test” and search for and other users to contact. Their main project eventually became known as the educational study guide website SparkNotes[1] and was sold to the company iTurf Inc. in 2000 and subsequently purchased by Barnes & Noble in 2001. The founders continued to work on SparkMatch, eventually changing its name to OkCupid before launching the site on March 4th, 2004.



    InterActiveCorp Acquisition

    On February 2nd, 2011, the company InterActiveCorp (IAC), owners of the competing dating site Match.com, announced in a press release[15] that they had acquired OkCupid for $50 million in cash. The same day, an OkCupid blog post criticizing the dating sites Match.com and eHarmony was removed from the site. In an interview with The Observer[16], OkCupid CEO Sam Yagan claimed they were not asked by Match.com to remove the post but that it seemed like the “common sense thing to do.”

    Features

    Anyone over the age of 18 may join the site and begin searching for other members based on various criteria including location, age, relationship status and “match %.” Members can obtain the “A-list” status by paying a monthly fee, which allows them to bypass all advertising and provides several more filtering options. When browsing other user profiles, free-of-charge members’ names remain visible to the profile owners, while A-list members can elect to browse anonymously.

    CrazyBlindDate

    On November 6th, 2007, OkCupid launched the website CrazyBlindDate[13] for users in Boston, New York City and San Francisco. The dating site used used an algorithm to match users based on simple personal questions and set up dates for them. In April of 2010, Time Out[14] reported that the site was taken down for construction.



    OkTrends Blog

    On July 7th, 2009, OkCupid launched the OkTrends blog, which analyzed and graphed data received from its registered users. Based on their answers to survey questions, the blog described how people from different races, ethnicities, geographic locations and socio-economic status viewed political, ethical, romantic and other issues.



    Traffic

    As of July 27th, 2012, OkCupid.com has a Quantcast[3] rank of 394, an Alexa[4] rank of 211 and a Compete[5] rank of 1,828. Compete reported that the site received over 1 million unique visitors in the United States in June of 2012.



    Online Presence

    On November 17th, 2009, the /r/OkCupid[11] subreddit was created, in which Redditors share profile critiques, dating experiences and relevant media. Several Tumblr blogs with themes related to the site have been launched, including “This is Not Ok Cupid”[7], “Ok Cupid Kill Me”[8] and “Fuck no ok cupid.”[9] On May 31st, 2012, the Tumblr[6] blog “OkCupid Enemies” was launched, which featured photos of OkCupid members accompanied by screenshots from disturbing or humorous sections of their profiles. The first post included a photo of a man giving the camera his middle finger, captioned with a section of his profile which read, “…when I was 17 I had a seizure and died it wasn’t very fun” (shown below). As of July 30th, 2012, the OkCupid Facebook[18] has received over 11,000 likes and the OkCupid Twitter[19] account has received over 17,000 followers.



    Highlights

    Alyssa Bereznak’s Gizmodo Article

    Alyssa Bereznak’s Gizmodo Article was an article published in August of 2011 to the tech news blog Gizmodo, which featured intern Alyssa Bereznak’s OkCupid date with the world champion Magic: The Gathering player Jon Finkel. In the article, Bereznak insulted Finkel for playing the card game and revealed that she would not have dated him if she were aware of the hobby beforehand. After the story was submitted to Reddit, Bereznak was inundated with attacks from various Redditors and Finkel participated in an “ask me anything” thread on the social news website.



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1] Spark Notes – Spark Notes

    [2] The Atlantic – Why Match.com Shouldn’t Have Purchased

    [3] Quantcast – www.okcupid.com

    [4] Alexa – www.okcupid.com#

    [5] Compete – www.okcupid.com

    [6] Tumblr – OkCenemies

    [7] Tumblr – This is Not Ok Cupid

    [8] Tumblr – Okcupid, kill me

    [9] Tumblr – Fucknookcupid

    [10] Wayback Machine – TheSpark

    [11] Reddit – /r/OkCupid

    [12] Tech Crunch – Meet Potential Lovers Over a Drink with CrazyBlindDate

    [13] CrazyBlindDate – CrazyBlindDate

    [14] WebCite – Time Out – The Date in Dating Website

    [15] PRNewsWire – IAC’s Match.com Acquires OkCupid

    [16] The Observer – We Didn’t Censor Our Match.com-Bashing Blog Post

    [17] Blog.OkCupid.com – OkTrends

    [18] Facebook – OkCupid

    [19] Twitter – OkCupid


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  • 07/27/12--15:45: One Is Not Amused
  • About

    One is not Amused is an emerging image macro series based on a photograph of Queen Elizabeth II looking disgruntled during her appearance at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony in London, United Kingdom. The phrase “One is Not Amused” is derived from another LOLcat image macro series known as X is Not Amused.

    Origin

    On July 27th, 2012, Queen Elizabeth II attended the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics at the Olympic Stadium. Her entrance to the event was nothing short of a spectacle and a departure from her public image, featuring a pre-recorded film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond and the Queen herself, followed by a live parachuting performance high above the stadium by a stuntman double. In contrast to her energetic arrival, however, she appeared to be bored or even disgruntled at times, particularly during the procession of nations (shown above, left).



    Within the hour, some candid photographs of the dour-faced Queen began circulating across internet news sites and blogs. At around 10 p.m. local time, while the ceremony was still ongoing, Redditor tf2fan submitted an image post titled “The Queen isn’t enjoying the Olympic Ceremony” to /r/AdviceAnimals, featuring a photograph of the scornful looking Queen in the V.I.P section with the caption “Kill them all, Phillip. Kill them all” (shown above, right). Meanwhile, the title “One is Not Amused” had been previously used to describe photos of unhappy looking Queen Elizabeth II in an article published by DailyMail in October 2008.

    Spread

    The original image gained nearly 250,000 views in the first 24 hours, spawned dozens of variations on Quickmeme and quickly spread across the Tumblr blogosphere after it was picked up by Sherlock fan blog Deduce Me Doctor Watson and reblogged by the British stereotype blog You Know You’re British When. The original Tumblr post gained more than 10,000 notes in the first 24 hours. Other derivatives began to surface on Reddit and Tumblr as well, most notably the one captioned “look at all these countries I used to own,” in allusion to the days of the British colonial empire many centuries ago. The image was posted by Redditor Google_vs_Bing and spread across Tumblr, where it gained more than 100,000 notes in the first 24 hours.

    Notable Examples




    External References


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  • 07/27/12--17:14: KabiKiller Commercials
  • About

    Kabikiller (Japanese: カビキラー, which means “Mold Killer”) is a chlorine mold-remover for bathrooms and kitchens produced in Japan by SC Johnson since 1982.[1]

    Nowadays, its TV commercial movie (TVCM) is one of popular subjects for MAD videos on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) because of its manly sound logo.

    Origin

    TVCMs for Kabikiller have been aired in Japan since 1980s, changed several times and continued telling people its strong bactericidal power annihilating all molds by the roots. In late 2000s, new TVCMs started to be aired, which were narrated by a middle-aged male’s voice and set his shouting of “Kabikiller” to the sound logo for the product. For example, this video below is a bath room version.



    Transcript:

    Gomu pakkin no kabi wa nega Hukai. (Molds are deeply digging into rubber seals.)

    Dakara ochinainda… (Indeed. so hard to remove…)

    Konnna tokini wa Kabikiller no shintouryoku (On such occasions, take Kabikiller’s strong penetrating power)

    Kabi no ne no oku no oku made kyouryoku shintou (Deeply penetrates to the roots of molds)

    Gomu pakkin mo sukkiri (Cleans up even molds in rubber seals.)

    Sintouryoku nara Kabikiller (Kabikiller, the best penetrating power)


    On NND, 2 early instances of MAD videos reusing this TVCM series were already uploaded in late 2008. One was a derivative of the Paffendorf Dance[2], the other was a musical remix with a soundtrack from Kirby’s Dream Land 3.[3] Each of them rendered surrealistic lulz by a little manly shouting of the sound logo.

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    Spread

    Meanwhile, the trigger of this fad on NND was a ranking-style compilation video for surrealistic MAD videos posted on January 17th, 2010.[4] Since it introduced Kabikiller’s Te-Te-Te- remix, these TVCMs began to spread among many other NND users.[5]



    Many MAD editors continues producing video remixes of Kabikiller even though the warning notation, a cliche for chlorine detergents, says “Danger! Do not Mix”. As of July 2012, the amount of videos in this series is more than 300.[6]

    Notable Examples

    For more videos, check out the videos section in this entry.


    THE iDOLM@STER Song KirameKirari[7]

    Lanka Lee’s Interstellar Flight (Kira Pose)[8]

    Quenn’s Killer Queen[9]

    Vocaloid Song DEAD END[10]


    Search Interest

    [Not Available]

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

    [1] SC Johnson – カビに浸透 カビキラー (Japanese)

    [2] Nico Nico Douga – カビキラーでイネイネ / Posted on 11-09-2008

    [3] Nico Nico Douga – 星のカビ / Posted on 11-17-2008

    [4] Nico Nico Douga – 人類には早すぎるランキング~2ndシーズン~ / Posted on 01-17-2010

    [5] Nico Nico Douga – かびきらっらっらー / Posted on 11-06-2009

    [6] Nico Nico Douga – Search results for カビキラー

    [7] Nico Nico Douga – カビキラメキラリ / Posted on 03-27-2011

    [8] Nico Nico Douga – 浸透飛行【カビキラーッ☆】 / Posted on 02-18-2010

    [9] Nico Nico Douga – Killer Kabeen【キラークイーン×カビキラー】 / Posted on 12-20-2010

    [10] Nico Nico Douga – 黴音キラの消失 -DEAD END- / Posted on 07-17-2010

    [11] Nico Nico Douga – Kakakakakabikiller! / Posted on 01-19-2011

    [12] Nico Nico Douga – 愛犬ロボ「カビキラー」 / Posted on 04-20-2011


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  • 07/27/12--21:02: Game Grumps
  • (WiP)

    About

    Game Grumps (also spelled “GameGrumps”) is a collaboration channel on YouTube between JonTron[1] and Egoraptor[2], where videos are uploaded of the two playing video games while chatting with each other, either about the game itself or tangential content. The channel features many difference games being played, and has quickly developed a fanbase from a combination of the two YouTuber’s audiences.

    Spread

    On July 18, 2012, two videos were uploaded, one to each YouTuber’s channel, explaining the creation of the new channel.

    The same day, the first video was uploaded to the main channel[4], featuring gameplay of “Kirby Super Star” for the SNES. The video has since gained 290,000 plus views. The duo has also uploaded videos of “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past”, “Mega Man VII”, “Goof Troop”, and “Pokemon Emerald”. The channel itself currently has over 4 million video views and over 130 thousand subscribers.

    Remixes

    Because the two hosts have done multiple segments where they sing spontaneously, dance and EDM tracks have begun to appear using these sound bytes for vocals. Started by WaterFlame[3], they usually feature a short segment or single joke from one of the videos uploaded by the duo.

    Notable Examples

    External References

    [1] YouTube – JonTronShow

    [2] YouTube – egoraptor

    [3] YouTube – waterflame89

    [4] YouTube – GameGrumps


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  • 07/27/12--23:47: Gangnam Style
  • About

    Gangman Style (강남 스타일) is a 2012 dance pop single written and performed by Korean pop singer PSY. Since the release of the song and its highly entertaining music video in mid-July 2012, the video has gained more than 8 million views in the span of two weeks and spawned numerous parodies and copycat dance videos on YouTube.

    Origin

    The song “Gangnam Style” was written and recorded as the title single of the sixth studio album Psy 6 (Six Rules), Part 1 by Korean singer PSY, who is best known for his quick-witted sense of humor and comical dance moves. The song was released on July 15th, 2012, along with the music video which made its online debut via PSY’s official YouTube channel on the same day.



    Upon its release, the song took off on virtually all Korean billboard charts, portal search sites and online music stores, but it began garnering international attention after the video went viral on YouTube during the third week of July 2012. its signature dance move known as “the horse-riding dance” which combines the stylistic elements of shuffle dancing and hand movements resembling the posture of a horseback rider. The dance was previously introduced through the debut single of another Korean K-pop girl group Girl’s Day in 2010.



    PSY Doing the “Horse Riding Dance” in “Gangnam Style” M/V

    Terminology

    The Korean neologism “Gangnam Style” refers to the lavish and high-roller fashion and nightlife associated with young clubgoers in Seoul’s Gangnam district, which is widely regarded as the most affluent part of the metropolitan area. Although “Gangnam Style” is a broadly defined term vaguely associated with expensive lifestyle and trendy fahsion, it is somewhat comparable to the English slang terms “swag” or “yolo”.

    Spread

    The video caught earned the coveted title of “viral video” within days after its release and received intensive coverage from various English-language K-POP blogs and news sites like AllKPop[8], KPopStars[3] and KoreaBoo[16] among others, as well as other regional Asian news sites including Yahoo! Philippines News[17] and New Zealand music sites Mai FM[9] and Geroge FM.[10]


    In the following week, the music video began picking up notable mentions from a number of internet humor and pop music sites, such as BuzzFeed[11], FunnyJunk[12], Metafilter[13] and PopDust[14] among others. On July 27th, the song even picked up a celebrity endorsement from the British pop singer Count Robbie Williams[15], who posted a link to PSY’s music video with the description “P.S Try watching this and not smiling I dare you… (Not even a lip curl)." In addition, the song’s chorus line “Oppa Gangnam Style” became notable among the English-speaking audiences for its misheard lyrics erroneously referred to as “Open Condom Style” or “Open Gundam Style,” which also went onto inspire several image macros and top-voted comments on the YouTube video page.

    Reaction Videos

    Meanwhile on YouTube[6], some viewers began uploading their reaction videos to the bizarre music video, praising it as a prime example of “Asian WTF humor” that has proven to fare well in the Western blogosphere. The YouTube community’s reaction to the music video in turn led to extensive coverage and analysis of its international popularity in the Korean news media, bringing hundreds of thousands of views to some of the most notable response videos. All three videos shown below received over 40,000 views within the first week of upload.



    Notable Examples

    Parodies




    GIF Images

    The video also caught on with Tumblr’s K-pop fanbase, spawning numerous reaction GIFs and image macros depicting PSY’s horse dance or other memorable scenes from the music video under the tag “Gangnam Style.”[7]




    Search Interest



    External References


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    “American Purpose Quotes” are snippits of lyrics, inspirational phrases, and often times cheesey love quotes, superimposed over pensive photographs of people, landscape, sunsets, couples, etc. They are very popular on Tumblr and have spawned a slew of imitators. The most common style involves the quotes pasted in Photoshop in a block letter sans seriff font with a drop shadow added for effect. The most popular font used is called American Purpose, thus the expression American Purpose Quotes.

    Some of the more popular Tumblr blogs employing this type of content are HpLyrikz and ReminiscingOurMoments, as well as KushAndWizdom and KushAndLyrikz. The photos often have a vignette or translucent dark layer added to give a hazy look that makes the bold white letters pop out above the photo. The user’s name is often added in a different font with a smaller size underneath the quote in hopes of generating more followers when said photo is reblogged.


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  • 07/28/12--20:50: Nobody Cares, Apostolate
  • [Work in progress]

    About

    Nobody Cares, Apostolate are a series of Gifs and image macros used to indicate disregard and mocking reddit user Apostolate.

    Origin

    On July 25, 2012, reddit user brundle_fly submitted the question "I hate the movie “Avatar.” What do you hate that everyone else seems to enjoy?" on the r/AskReddit subreddit[1], one of the replies was “HIMYM. Awful, awful show.”[2], to which Apostolate replied with a Barney Stinson Gif calling him a jerk.



    User Drunken_Economist posted a Gif of himself with a deck of cards with one with the words “Nobody Cares, Apostolate” written on.[3]

    Spread

    The post was resubmitted to the r/BestOf subreddit under the name “Nobody Cares, Apostolate”, the post received 2,775 upvotes as of July 28, 2012.[4] People started making their own Gif reactions with the catchphrase “Nobody Cares, Apostolate”. The subreddit r/NobodyCaresApostolate was created afterwards[5]



    External Links


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    About

    There’s no f**king seat for you! (Japanese: おめーの席ねぇから!, Omee no Seki Neekara!) is the most impressive remark in 2007 live-action TV drama series for Life (ライフ), a Japanese manga of bullying in a high school which was written by Keiko Suenobu.[1] It has been lionized among MAD video editors in Nico Nico Douga (NND) due to its cheap rendition and the actress’s too-powerful yell.

    Origin

    This TV drama was aired from July 2007 to September 2007, and its thoughtless depictions of insidious bullying got much negative reputations. A Japanese wikipedia article for this manga describes that the TV station caught more than 2000 complaints from viewers during the program.[2] Because of this, in contrast to usual Japanese dramas which are frequently re-aired in weekday afternoons, this TV drama has never been re-aired in terrestrial channels.

    Meanwhile, the remark “There’s no f**king seat for you!” was appeared 2 times in the drama. One was given from Manami Anzai, the antagonist and the leader of a bullying group, to Ayumu Shiiba, the protagonist of this drama, after she threw Ayumu’s seat and textbooks from a terrace to the ground. This was an opening bell for bullying in the end of the 1st episode.

    The other, the source scene of this fad, was in the end of the final episode that was aired on September 15th, 2007. Manami got it from Midori Iwamoto, a quite minor character, by much more dirty manlike yell.



    This was the original ending of TV drama series, which was totally opposed to that of original manga series that Manami made peace with Ayumu and chose the path of atonement.

    Spread

    Its stereotyped plot, the bully went to be bullied on herself, gave awfully poor impression to viewers. Besides, the too powerful yell by Midori Iwamoto in that scene was completely unexpected to them because she had never took any important part throughout the story. Because of these, this ending scene looked very epic and ridiculous for many Japanese people.

    It immediately started to be parodied on the Japanese hub sites as usual. 2channel users gave a Shift-JIS art to her, and NND users set it to a subject for MADs.[3]



    Among those hundreds of MAD videos, this Kirby Sky High style video below is the most succeeded video that led subsequent increase in popularity to this series. It was uploaded on October 9th, 2008, and have been watched over 2 million times in total.[4]



    Notable Examples

    For more videos, check out the videos section in this entry.

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    Nico Nico Meteor Storm[6]

    THE iDOLM@STER Song Girls, be Ambitious![7]

    Those Who Fight Further[9]

    Perfume’s One Room Disco[10]


    Search Interest



    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

    [1] Wikipedia – Life (manga)

    [2] Wikipedia – ライフ (漫画) (Japanese)

    [3] Nico Nico Douga – Search Results for おめーの席ねぇから!

    [4] Nico Nico Douga – スーパー「おめーの席ねぇから!」デラックス / Posted on 10-09-2008

    [5] Nico Nico Douga – Li.fe.のドラマはイジメドラマなのか? 最終鎖国男カツミ・S / Posted on 06-22-2008 (deleted)

    [6] Nico Nico Douga – おめーの流星群ねぇから! / Posted on 01-27-2009

    [7] Nico Nico Douga – おめーの大志ねぇから!!【アイドルマスター】 / Posted on 03-20-2009

    [8] Nico Nico Douga – 太陽曰く燃えねぇから!【這いよれ!ニャル子さん】 / Posted on 04-30-2012

    [9] Nico Nico Douga – 更におめーの席ねぇから! 更に闘う者達×おめぇの席ねぇから / Posted on 11-21-2008

    [10] Nico Nico Douga – ワンルーム・ネエカラ / Posted on 01-16-2010


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