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  • 05/13/13--11:43: Princess Monster Truck
  • About

    Princess Monster Truck is a female Persian cat who was born with a disformed lower jaw causing a severe underbite. She rose to internet fame in April 2013 after her owners Tracy Timmons and Joseph Bryce launched an Instagram account for her photos.

    Origin

    According to a Buzzfeed[1] interview, Princess Monster Truck was found by New York City-based artists Tracy Timmons and Joseph Bryce[2] on the streets of Brooklyn. They led the cat to their home, where they cleaned her up and decided to keep her as their pet. Timmins began posting photos of the cat to her personal Instagram account[3] (shown below, left) on December 12th, 2012. On April 9th, 2013, they launched a separate account[4] just for the cat. As of May 13th, 2013, Princess Monster Truck has more than 8,1000 Instagram followers.



    Spread

    On May 7th, 2013, Buzzfeed[1] posted a compilation of Princess Monster Truck’s photos to their animal site. In less than a week, the post was viewed more than 375,000 times with more than 67,000 Facebook likes. The same day, the photos from the Buzzfeed article were reposted to the Tumblr blog Pussykatzen[5], where they gained more than 9,100 notes within the same time frame. Over the course of the next three days, photos of Princess Monster Truck were featured on People Pets[6], Laughing Squid[7], Pleated Jeans[8], Uproxx[9], Buzz Patrol[10], AOL On[11] and Catster.[12] On May 9th, a photo of the cat was submitted to the /r/Pics subreddit[13] where it gained more than 300 upvotes and 240 points overall.

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  • 05/13/13--13:40: Shiteyanyo
  • About

    Shiteyanyo (Japanese: シテヤンヨ), sometimes spelled “Shiteyan’yo” in English-speaking web, is a nickname given to a Vocaloid fan character which derived from Miku Hatsune. This bizzare mutant has its own popularity separated from Miku herself in online illustrators communities.

    Origin

    An illustration, later called Shiteyanyo, was created by pixiv user Ryūsei (リューセイ)[1] on Febuary 2nd 2010.[2] Its original title of the illustration “Mikku Miku ni Shiteyanyo” comes from the lyrics of a very popular Vocaloid song “Miku Miku ni Site Ageru” (みくみくにしてあげる♪).[3]



    Precursors

    This kind of idea had been already shown in several early works in vocaloid fandom. But those super-deformed Miku[4] or KAITO[5] didn’t spread.



    Spread

    The creature’s creepy body shape with weird simile gave a huge impact to viewers. Shorty after, people became to call this creature “Shiteyanyo” by getting inspiration from its title. Less than 4 hours later, the 3D artist Deino posted a gif animation of Shiteyanyo’s CGI model to piapro.[6] Moreover, many other illustrators had joined onto online event of drawing Shiteyanyo proposed by another user in the following day.[7]



    As a result of this, Shiteyanyo had gathered more than 100 illustration responses in its first month[8], and the amount of illustrations related to Shiteyanyo in pixiv had increased to 400 till it was officially approved by Crypton Future Media on April in that year.

    Shiteyanyo also became popular in the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND). Miku Miku Dance (MMD) model for Shiteyanyo was soon posted to NND on February 21st, 2010[9], and them it has been used in many users MMD videos.



    As of May 2013, there are over 300 videos and 1700 illustrations realated to Shiteyanyo in NND[10] and pixiv.[11]

    Besides, the style of Shiteyanyo, creatures that have only head walking by hair-legs, has derived to other anime/manga franchisie fandom. This kind of bizarre creatures is occasionally called “Philogradentia” (髪行類, Hatsukōrui)[12], a fictitious animal taxonomy with a nuance of homage to “Rhinogradentia”.[13]



    Left: K-ON! Azusa’s “Yatte Yaru Desu” (ヤッテヤルデス)[14] | Right: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Mami Tomoe’s “Kowakunai” (コワクナイ)[15]

    Official Approval

    On April 6th, 2010, the creator Ryūsei announced on his twitter that he struck a licensing deal of Shiteyanyo with Crypton Future Media for the sake of producing its official character goods in Vocaloid franchises[16], which was the same kind of licencing deal of Tako Luka and Akita Neru.




    By the help of internet users enthusiasm, Shiteyanyo succeeded to join onto the official vocaloid character line in just two months. Official licensed goods for Shiteyanyo have been released on online stores, figure conventions and CFM’s mobile Vocaloid card game Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection.[17]




    Notable Examples

    Illustrations




    Videos



    Left: Vocaloid Song[18] | Right: MMD Dance Video[19]

    Left: Horror Movie Style[20] | Right: Cosplay[21]

    Relationships with other creature fandoms

    Shiteyanyo constitutes special relationships with other user-generated creepy characters. Famous ones are “The Three Miserable Creatures” (御惨家, Gosanke)[22] consisting of she, HOME Haruka and KimeeMaru (shown below, left), and “The Three Miserable Sisters” (惨姉妹, Sanshimai)[23] consisting of she, Tako Luka and Larval Rin (shown below, right). They sometimes appear together in users videos in NND.



    Left: smooooch ・∀・[24] | Right: Robot Anime style Comedy Sketch[25]

    Search Interest

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

    [1]pixiv – 「リューセイ」's Profile

    [2]pixiv – ミックミクニシテヤンヨ / Posted on 02-02-2010

    [3]Vocaloid Wiki – みくみくにしてあげる♪ (Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru♪)

    [4]pixiv – あ!やせいのミクがとびだしてきた! / Posted on 01-28-2009

    [5]piapro – KAITO / Posted on 11-14-2009

    [6]piapro – イラスト「シテヤンヨ」 / Posted on 02-03-2010

    [7]pixiv – 【企画】シテヤンヨ描かないか? / Posted on 02-04-2010

    [8]pixiv – Illustration responces for ミックミクニシテヤンヨ

    [9]niconico Video – 【MikuMikuDance】 シテヤンヨできたんよ 【モデル配布】 / 02-21-2010

    [10]pixiv – Search results for シテヤンヨ

    [11]niconico Video – Search results for シテヤンヨ

    [12]pixiv Encyclopedia – 髪行類 (Japanese)

    [13]Wikipedia – Rhinogradentia

    [14]pixiv Encyclopedia – ヤッテヤルデス (Japanese)

    [15]pixiv Encyclopedia – コワクナイ (Japanese)

    [16]Twitter – x_RYUSEI_x: シテヤンヨが7月のワンフェスで立体化します!それを踏まえ、ク … (Japanese)

    [17]piapro official blog – 【ミクコレ】シテヤンヨ・ザ・ゴッド降臨 / Posted on 05-03-2013 (Japanese)

    [18]niconico Video – 【初音ミクオリジナル】わたしのかわいいシテヤンヨ【PV】 / Posted on 03-01-2010 (Deleted)

    [19]niconico Video – 【第6回MMD杯本選】セクシーなシテヤンヨのこっち向いてBaby / Posted on 02-14-2011

    [20]niconico Video – \シテヤンヨ/ / Posted on 01-19-2011

    [21]niconico Video – シテヤンヨでコスプレ / Posted on 07-08-2010

    [22]niconico Pedia – 御惨家 (Japanese)

    [23]niconico Pedia – 惨姉妹 (Japanese)

    [24]niconico Video – 御惨家smooooch・∀・ / Posted on 05-25-2010

    [25]niconico Video – 【第5回MMD杯本選】創聖のミクエリオン / Posted on 08-23-2010


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  • 05/14/13--09:55: Choo Choo Motherfucker


  • About

    “Choo Choo Motherfucker” is a catchphrase used to characterize a popular opinion or sentiment as a force of momentum that cannot be slowed down or opposed. Often paired with other railway metaphors such as the Hype Train and the Rape Train, the phrase may be used in a positive light to tolerate someone else’s reckless behavior or conversely, to dimiss the opposition as being futile.
    h2. Origin

    The phrase “Choo Choo Motherfucker” was used on 4chan since as early as March 25th, 2009 when it was used in a thread on /a/[1] (Anime and Manga). While discussing a leaked image of Link in a conductor suit from the game The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks[2], a user criticized the choice of including a train aspect to the game.



    Spread

    In April 2010, “Choo Choo Motherfucker” appeared on 4chan’s /tg/ (Traditional Gaming) board[3], paired with a photoshopped image of a train with the Angry /v/[4] rage face, making a joke about another poster boarding the Rage Train. That September, the phrase appeared outside of 4chan for the first time on the Penny Arcade forums[5] in response to someone speaking negatively of the League of Legends playable character, Malzahar.



    In May 2011, the subreddit /r/ChooChoo[6] was created to share humorous pictures and videos of trains. In February 2012, a photo of a train on fire (shown below) with “Choo Choo Motherfucker” as a caption was posted to Tumblr[7] for the first time. Three months later, it was reposted to We Know Memes[10], where it was shared on Facebook more than 3,600 times. This photo of a train on fire was later used as a template on Quickmeme[8] and Meme Generator[9] under the name “Choo Choo.” In October 2012, two separate Facebook fan pages titled Choo Choo Motherfucker[15][16] launched, gaining more than 200 likes between them as of May 2013. In 2013, the phrase has also become popular on Reddit[17], where it is often associated with users quickly gaining karma for a post.



    Use in Buzzkilling

    By August 2012, the phrase began to be used in hipster edit image macros in response to images depicting people walking on or sitting by train tracks. Between August and December 2012, these image macros were shared on We Know Memes[11], Meme Center[12], FunnyJunk[13] and 9gag.[14]



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  • 05/14/13--10:25: Everyone Loses Their Minds
  • About

    “Everyone Loses Their Minds” (sometimes known as “Joker Mind Loss”) is an image macro series based on a screen capture of the villain Joker (played by Heath Ledger) from the 2008 superhero film The Dark Knight. The captions typically juxtapose two thematically related events or actions that lead to drastically different public reactions.

    Origin

    In a scene in The Dark Knight, the Joker disguises himself as a nurse to meet with the character Two-Face while he is in the hospital. Upon visiting him, the Joker mocks how differently the citizens of Gotham react to his threats of violence depending on who the targeted victim is (shown below).



    “If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all ‘part of the plan’. But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!”

    On April 14th, 2012, a Quickmeme[1] page titled “Joker Mind Loss” was launched, featuring a screen captured image from the scene accompanied by various captions ending with the phrase “everyone loses their minds!”

    Spread

    On February 26th, 2013, Redditor Damien submitted an image macro to the /r/Advice Animals[2] subreddit, which mocked the European horse meat scandal (shown below, left). Within three months, the post gained more than 4,800 up votes and 95 comments. On March 28th, Redditor n2bass submitted an image macro suggesting that Reddit swap the regular front page with the new submissions page for April Fools Day to the /r/AdviceAnimals[5] subreddit (shown below, right), which received over 9,500 up votes and 110 comments in the next two months.



    On May 8th, Redditor clever_belle submitted an image macro commentary on how women are treated on Reddit to the /r/AdviceAnimals[4] subreddit (shown below, left), garnering upwards of 5,600 up votes and 530 comments within one week. On May 10th, Redditor davidsjo complained about the American public’s reaction to high-speed rail transportation using a Joker Mind Loss image macro on /r/AdviceAnimals[3] (shown below, right). In the first 72 hours, the post accumulated over 9,500 up votes and 110 comments.



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    Overview

    Amy’s Baking Company PR Scandal refers to an online feud that erupted between a restaurant owner in Arizona, United States and members of Reddit over an episode of Fox reality show Kitchen Nightmares aired in May 2013.

    Background

    As early as August 2010, Scottsdale, Arizona restaurant Amy’s Baking Company[2] began receiving poor reviews on Yelp,[3] which became the focal point of a local news story (shown below) about the restaurant and its online notoriety. That same month, owner Amy Bouzaglo responded to the backlashes on the Yelp page[12], calling an unhappy reviewer names including “loser” and “moron” under the guise of a five-star review.



    Kitchen Nightmares

    In 2013, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay went to the failing restaurant for an episode of his reality television show Kitchen Nightmares[1], which aired on May 10th, 2013. Owners Samy and Amy Bouzaglo blamed their poor business on “haters” who were commenting on the restaurant’s Yelp page. Despite this, the owners were depicted reheating and serving prepared food and pocketing the wait staff’s tips. During the episode, Ramsay walked out, refusing to continue helping a client for the first time in the show’s history.[4]



    Notable Developments

    On Reddit

    One day prior to the show’s national airing, a clip from the episode was shared on the /r/Videos subreddit[5], billed as the “craziest restaurant owners” in the show’s history. The post gained 7,784 upvotes, 2,966 points overall and nearly 1,000 comments before it was removed from the subreddit and commenting was disabled.

    Facebook Meltdown

    On May 13th, Redditor dojosnail submitted a screenshot of Amy’s Baking Company’s Facebook page (shown below) to /r/CringePics[6], claiming that the owners were having a public meltdown over criticism from the Kitchen Nightmares episode. The post gained more than 9,200 upvotes, 2,800 points overall and nearly 2,800 comments within 48 hours. On March 14th, two additional screenshots were submitted to /r/CringePics[7][8] by two different Redditors, each gaining more than 1,400 points each. That evening, all three posts were removed with most of their comments hidden.[9]



    Hacking Claim

    At around 6pm EST on May 14th, all of the offending posts had been removed from their Facebook page. The owners left a status update[13] claiming their website as well as all of their social media accounts had been hacked and they would be working with the FBI to track down the perpetrators.



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    Ahmed Angel’s Modeling Photos are a series of retouched photographs featuring Iraqi student and aspiring male model Ahmed Angel. His pictures have been mocked for being cringe-worthy and absurdly photoshopped on various community web sites.

    Origin

    On March 29th, 2012, Ahmed Angel began uploading photographs of himself to his profile on the Russian social networking site VK[6] (shown below).



    Spread

    On October 13th, 2012, user pelmeshechka on the Russian Internet humor site Pikabu[5] submitted a photograph of Ahmed with a link to his VK profile. On February 14th, 2013, Redditor illskillz1 submitted a post to the /r/cringepics[3] subreddit, featuring a link to an Imgur gallery containing several photographs of Angel from his VK profile (shown below). Within three months, the post received over 9,700 up votes and 800 comments.



    The same day, Body Building Forums[7] member Battalion Beast submitted a discussion thread highlighting many of the photos from the Imgur gallery, accumulating upwards of 165 replies in the following month. On February 26th, NeoGAF[8] member Kraftwerk started a forum thread with several photographs of Angel, which received over 80 replies in the first 24 hours. On March 1st, the “Ahmed Angel” Facebook[4] page was launched. On March 5th, YouTuber Ahmed Angel uploaded a video titled “Ahmed Angel is planet,” featuring an animated slideshow of Angel’s modeling photos (shown below). Within two months, the video gained more than 10,000 views and 55 comments.



    On March 29th, the /r/ahmedangel[2] subreddit was created. On May 13th, the viral content site BuzzFeed[1] published a post titled “Meet The Most Beautiful Man In The World,” featuring several notable photographs of Angel taken from his Facebook page.[12] The following day, the International Business Times[9] published an interview with Angel, who revealed himself as an 18-years-old Iraqi student studying medicine in Belarus.

    “The most important thing in my life is to study medicine! And I’m not a model but I’m Top Model!”

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  • 05/16/13--02:51: Album covers parodies
  • About and origin
    Album covers parodies are images parodying famous album artwork in a grotesque, random or mocking form. This type of parody originates from “Hamster Jovial et ses louveteaux” (Hamster Jovial and his little wolves). This is a comic strip published between december 1971 and june 1974 in a French music monthly “Rock & Folk”, subsequently published as a standalone album in 1977. It was created by Gottlib (Marcel Gottlieb). Hamster Jovial is a scout instructor, a sort of parody of Baden-Powell. He is passionate for pop music and tries to pass this love to his young proteges – three kids: two boys and a girl, who couldn’t care less. One boy is usually kissing the girl, while the other is picking his nose with one hand and trying to place the other hand under the girl’s skirt. [1]

    Notable examples
    In the history of music there were numerous famous album covers. Needless to say, those albums have the highest number of parodies. Amongst them are (for full article, click on the link in the title):

    Hamster Jovial original series examples


    From left to right: Joe Cocker’s “Mad Dogs & Englishmen”, Bob Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline”, The Rolling Stones’ “Sticky Fingers” and King Crimson’s The Court of the Crimson King

    The Beatles’ Abbey Road

    Original cover:

    Example parodies:



    Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon

    Original cover:

    Example parodies:



    Gorillaz’ Demon Days

    Original cover:

    Example parodies:


    External References
    fn1. Wikipedia – Hamster Jovial et ses louveteaux(French)


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    The “Sans X, il n’y aurait pas Y / Si X n’avait pas fait Z, il n’y aurait pas Y” is a meme where Steven Blaney, Canadian minister of Veteran Affair, talk about the Canada history with a funny conclusion at the end of the memes.

    Origin

    The May 5th 2013, after the Battle of the Atlantic’s ceremony at Quebec City, the Minister of Veteran Affair Steven Blaney tried to explain why the Conservative Gouvernment celebrated this event. His awser was:


    “La Corée, c’est une autre démonstration éclatante de l’importance de connaître la contribution des Canadiens dans les grands conflits internationaux. On entend beaucoup le Gangnam Style et il n’y aurait jamais eu de Gangnam Style si ce n’était pas des Canadiens qui sont allés là-bas pour combattre le communisme.[1]

    After this statement, Mr. Blaney was ridiculed by the leader of the official opposition in the House of Commons, the leader of the New Democratic Party, Thomas Mulcair. The latter told the minister of Veteran Affairs that : “Une chance […] que le ridicule ne tue pas parce qu’il y a quand même une limite à la bêtise.[2]

    Media reaction

    Some Canadians columnists and journalists was suprised about the Blaney’s declaration and tweeted the fact it was stupid to say that. Aaron Wherry, from the Maclean’s, was one of them. At 12:50 PM, he had an awser from the minister’s press secretary, Jean-Christophe de La Rue, tweeted this answer[3]:



    The meme

    The Tumblr page Histoire du Québec memes[4] start to make memes about Steven Blaney[5]. On their Facebook page, they invite the fans to make some Blaney memes[6].

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  • 05/16/13--11:36: The Office
  • (This is a stub entry! If you’d like to help out please request editorship!)

    About

    The Office is an American comedic sitcom that began airing on NBC in March 2005. The series is a mockumentary about a group of employees at the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

    History

    Precursor: The Office UK

    Reception

    Impact

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    Strong Black Woman Who Don’t Need No Man is a chain copypasta message that is often ironically posted on blogs, discussion forums and social networking sites for comedic effect. The phrase is closely associated with the “sassy black woman” stock character found in films and television shows.[2]

    Origin

    On September 30th, 2010, Sputnik Music Forums[5] member Tyler created a thread titled “Repost this is you are a beautiful strong crack whore who don’t need no man,” which received over 5,000 responses in the following year.

    Spread

    On June 11th, 2011, a Facebook[3] page titled “Being an independent black woman who don’t need no man” was launched, garnering more than 47,000 likes in the next three years. On August 6th, Body Building Forums[8] member twdy started a thread featuring an ASCII art variation of the “strong black woman” copypasta (shown below).


    ╔═════════════════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ════════════════╗
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Repost this if ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
    ~ ~ ~ ~ you are a beautiful strong black woman ~ ~ ~
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ who don’t need no man ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
    ╚═════════════════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ════════════════╝


    On October 4th, YouTuber Liz Charles uploaded a video of a young white man jokingly saying “I’m a strong black woman I don’t need no man” (shown below). On November 22nd, Yahoo Answers[7] user Ghetto Booty submitted a question asking “Do you know of any strong black women who don’t need no man to make theyselves [sic] happy?”



    On November 22nd, Yahoo Answers[7] user Ghetto Booty submitted a question asking “Do you know of any strong black women who don’t need no man to make theyselves [sic] happy?” On February 8th, 2012, Redditor karmanaut posted the ASCII copypasta to the circlejerk subreddit,[4] receiving more than 3,200 up votes and 145 comments prior to being archived. In the comment section, karmanaut posted a variation of the message featuring an ASCII art of a semi-trailer truck (shown below).


    ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ▄ ▌ ▐ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▌
    ─ ─ ─ ▄ ▄ █ █ ▌ █ ░ ♥ REPOST IF YOU’RE A BIGBEAUTIFUL TRUCK▐
    ▄ ▄ ▄ ▌ ▐ █ █ ▌ █ ░ ♥ ░ WHO DON’T NEED NO MAN░ ♥ ░ …░░ ░ ▐
    █ █ █ █ █ █ █ ▌ █ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ▌
    ▀ ()▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ()()▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ▀ ()▀ ▘


    On May 25th, a Quickmeme[1] page titled “Strong Independent Black Woman” was created with image macros of a black woman wagging her finger (shown below, left). On July 30th, Tumblr[7] user huntersnet posted a screenshot of a female character in the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with the caption “Reblog this if you’re a strong Nord woman who don’t need no man” (shown below, right).



    On February 22nd, 2013, the TV Tropes[2] page for “Sassy Black Woman” was edited to include the line “Strong, independent examples who don’t need no man!” above the trope examples list.

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  • 05/16/13--14:10: Bitch I Might Be
  • Work in progress.

    Origin

    During a court appearance, rapper Gucci Mane when being asked if he was guilty of assaulting a soldier, allegedly said “Bitch I Might Be” to the judge in the courtroom. This however, is not what Gucci Mane actually said. It is an internet hoax in which the original headline of “Prosecutors brought up rapper’s criminal history” was changed with some simple photoshopping.

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  • 05/17/13--09:20: Majestic as Fuck
  • About

    “Majestic as Fuck” is an expression often used to describe photographs of people or animals in extravagant, intimidating or graceful poses. The phrase is sometimes used sarcastically to describe pictures in which the subject appears awkward or uncoordinated.

    Origin

    On October 25th, 2011, photographer Beth Saravo uploaded a photograph of a dog titled “Majestic as Fuck” to her Flickr[1] account (shown below).



    Spread

    On October 18th, 2012, Redditor HubertVonCockGobbler submitted a post to the /r/pics[2] subreddit, which referred to a n HDR photograph of his chocolate lab as “majestic as fuck” (shown below, left). Prior to being archived, the post received over 450 up votes and 15 comments.On November 30th, Redditor Dabmann submitted a post titled "Majestic as F*ck* to the /r/funny[3] subreddit, highlighting a photo of a man prancing in mid air while holding a large sheet (shown below, right). Within six months, the post gained more than 21,300 up votes and 240 comments.



    On December 5th, Redditor Shabobi posted an animated GIF titled “Majestic as fuck” (shown below, left) to the /r/gifs[4] subreddit, which accumulated upwards of 5,000 up votes and 45 comments in the first five months. On February 18th, 2013, the “Fun From 4chan” Tumblr[5] blog posted a photoshopped image of a giant Grumpy Cat looking across a field with the caption “Majestic as Fuck” (shown below, right).



    On April 3rd, FunnyJunk[6] user deficiency uploaded an image macro titled “Majestic as Fuck,” which compared two photos of a bald eagle (shown below, left). Within the first six weeks, the post gained over 24,300 views and 400 up votes. On April 10th, Redditor DantzigWithMyself submitted a photograph of a running cat titled “Majestic as Fuck” (shown below, right to the /r/aww subreddit, garnering more than 7,000 up votes and 90 comments in the next five weeks. On April 12th, a Facebook[7] page titled “Majestic as Fuck” was launched, which received over 1,200 likes in the following month.



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  • 05/17/13--11:17: Cat Beards


  • About

    Cat Beards is a photo fad in which people pose with their cats, in such a manner so that the cat appears to be a beard.

    Origin

    The earliest example of a cat beard photo was uploaded to the tumblr Catasters on July 28, 2011[1], showing a man touching noses with his tabby cat (see below). The image was posted on the subreddit /r/pics two days later by user asternemeraldink[1], receiving nearly a thousand upvotes. The image spread to other humor blogs, such as Neatorama[3], Tastefully Offensive[4], Buzzfeed[5], and the Huffington Post[6].



    Spread

    After the original image was posted and spread in 2011, few new examples were posted. The fad began to gain some traction in 2012, with the creation of cat-beard.com[7], and when the Huffington Post UK posted an example on May 1, 2012[8]. The fad started to gain more notoriety, and has been posted about on humor blogs such as TheFW[9], Flotsam and Catsam[10], the Daily Dawdle[11], and theysmell.com[12]. The fad has spread across tumblr[13], with one post[14] on May 16, 2013, gaining over 50,000 notes in one day.

    Notable Examples




    External References

    [1]Tumblr – Catasters – Cat Beard

    [2]/r/pics – What the internet is for, #2

    [3]Neatorama – Cat Beard

    [4]Tastefully Offensive – Cat Beard

    [5]Buzzfeed – Cat Moustache

    [6]Huffington Post Comedy – The Cat Moustache

    [7]Tumblr – Cat-Beard.com

    [8]Huffington Post UK – Picture of the Day: May 1, 2012

    [9]TheFW – 10 Awesome ‘Cat Beards’

    [10]Flotsam and Catsam – Cat Beard- Human Hat?

    [11]Daily Dawdle – Cat Beard Photos

    [12]Theysmell.com – Cat Beard

    [13]Tumblr – Posts tagged ‘cat beard’

    [14]Tumblr – What do I do when I’m sick? I google “cat beards”


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    About

    A picture of someone holding a sign or an image macro with the tag “This is what I was wearing. Tell me I asked for it. I DARE You.”

    Origin

    During SlutWalk in New York a picture was taken of a young boy holding a sign that reads “This is what I was wearing. Tell me I asked for it. I DARE You.”
    The picture went viral on sites like Pinterest,[1] Facebook,[2] and Tumblr.[3] It is also featured as a part of Slut Shaming.




    Spread

    The first and most notable of the parodies was a part of That Really Rustled My Jimmies.




    Other variations have been popping up on Reddit,[4] QuickMeme,[5] and mainly 4chan.

    Notable Examples



    External References

    [1]Pinterest – i saw the sign

    [2]Facebook – we are legitimate

    [3]Tumblr – famouse

    [4]Reddit – Not asking for that

    [5]QuickMeme – Walking Dead


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  • 05/18/13--10:35: Les Appendices
  • Les Appendices are an absurd comedy group founded in 2006 in Montreal with Dave Bélisle, Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, Sonia Cordeau, Julien Corriveau, Jean-François Chagnon, Dominic Montplaisir and Jean-François Provençal. They have a tv show called “Les Appendices” at Télé-Québec[1] since 2009.

    History

    Les Appendices started their career at the TV show Le Sketch Show at TVA as the authors[2] in 2006.

    In 2009, Télé-Québec gave to the group the opportunities to have their own TV show. After 5 seasons, they win the Olivier for the best comedy tv show in 2013[3].

    Cultural reference

    Monsieur Mousteille

    In October 2012, Julien Corriveau played the first meme of the group, the character Monsieur Mousteille. This character gives tip to decorate the house.



    Following the release of the sketch, a Facebook meme page was created in honor of the specialist interior design named C’est trop poreux ça. This is some memes about the sketch:







    Later on the season, Monsieur Mousteille strike again with some nutrition information.



    This sketch will not create the same phenomen that the Trop poreux.

    Cool-Gar

    The Cool-Gar is a sketch featuring David Bélisle, Jean-François Chagnon as the role the citizens and Jean-François Provençal as the Cool-Gar. The citizens walk on the wood and they understand a cougar scream. After the other scream, the David’s character said: “Oh no, it’s not a cougar, it’s a Cool-Gar”.



    They did a t-shirt with the Cool-Gar.



    Musical career

    In 2012, Les Appendices releasted their first album with Grosse Boîte record[4]. The songs come from the tv show song.

    This is some songs we will found on the album:









    Une fille inoubliable



    In 2010, Les Appendices did a cover of the song “Une fille Inoubliable” a fail video phenomen in Quebec[5].

    This is the original:



    This is Les Appendices’ version:



    Search Interest



    External References

    Note: Most links are in French.

    [1]Télé-Québec – Les Appendices

    [2]Wikipedia – Le Sketch Show

    [3]Le Huffington Post – Les gagnants du 15e Gala Les Olivier

    [4]Grosse Boîte – Les Appendices

    [5]Les Interweb – Une fille Inoubliable, hommage par Les Appendices


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  • 05/19/13--12:15: Yahoo Buys Tumblr

  • Background

    On May 16th, 2013, the tech news site AllThingsD[1] reported that Yahoo! may be seeking to acquire Tumblr for as high as $1 billion, citing multiple anonymous sources that are close to the situation. Later that same day, the rumor was picked up by AdWeek[13], Forbes[3] and The Atlantic.[14] By early afternoon on May 19th, AllThingsD[5], The Wall Street Journal[18] and many other tech-related news blogs reported that the boards of both companies had approved the deal for $1.1 billion in cash, followed by their official announcement via Tumblr on May 20th.

    Notable Developments

    Online Reactions

    Most news reports and blog commentaries[4][5][6][9] interpreted Yahoo’s latest acquisition as a strategic maneuver to expand its appeal to younger and hip demographics while dispelling its corporate image as the web giant of the dot-com era. Meanwhile, the news of the deal almost immediately spawned negative reactions and grievances from users on Tumblr, where many were quick to express their disappointment at what they perceived as an unlikely pairing and a “sell-out” deal for the microblogging service.




    On May 19th, BuzzFeed compiled the highlights of Tumblr users’ reactions in an article titled “No One’s Happy That Yahoo is Going to Buy Tumblr.”[8]




    iPetition

    As early as on May 17th, an anonymous user created an iPetition page[19] titled “Stop Yahoo! from buying Tumblr,” urging its readers to sign the petition and stand against Yahoo’s acquisition of the microblogging service. In the following 72 hours, the petition accumulated more than 168,000 signatures, though it remains unexplained as to how or whether petitioning will have any impact on the deal.



    Fake Company Accounts

    [researching]

    External References


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  • 05/20/13--02:11: Larval Rin
  • About

    Larval Rin (Japanese: リンの幼虫, Rin no Youchuu,) is a nickname given to a fan-made Vocaloid character inspired by Kagamine Rin. This mutant has developed a following in many online illustrator communities.

    Origin

    Larval Rin was created by pixiv user mossan (もっさん)[1] on December 17th, 2009.[2] In the description, the creator left a comment about this mutant consisting of Rin’s too-long head with legs “It might evolves at Lv.14.”.



    Spread

    This creepy mutant has gained a favour of some amatuer illustrators and movie creators. Their illustrations and videos, usually utilizing Larval Rin’s Miku Miku Dance (MMD) models, are uploaded to pixiv[3], piapro[4] and the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND).[5] In addition, a few of Larval Rin fanarts are also found on deviantART.[6] In those fan works, Tako Luka often appears with other user-generated “creepy” characters in NND mashup videos, which group is called “The Three Miserable Sisters” (惨姉妹, Sanshimai)[7] consisting of she, Tako Luka and Shiteyanyo.

    However, Larval Rin hasn’t spread so much compared to previous fan characters such as Hachune Miku or Tako Luka. This is because more shocking mutant, Shiteyanyo, came shortly after Larval Rin, and fan made Vocaloid characters have been getting predictable in the fandom.

    Official Approval

    A Japanese model sculptor circle Qvinta Essentia released Larval Rin figures on the Japanese garage kit convention Wonder Festival[8] in July 2010.[9] Due to its release, mossan and Crypton Future Media made an agreement for Larval Rin ’s character licensing deal. A similar licensing deal had previously been made with the creators of the fan characters Tako Luka, Shiteyanyo and Akita Neru. At that moment, Larval Rin joined the official recognized Vocaloid characters. Larval Rin character goods have been released in Doujin market or figure conventions under this license.



    Besides, SEGA has released Larval Rin wallpapers designed by mossan for Vocaloid rhythm game Hasune Miku: Project DIVA Arcade[10] since 2011 and included Larval Rin figure in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F[11] released in August 2012.



    Notable Examples

    Illustrations





    Videos



    Left: Vocaloid Song “Matryoshka” | Right: Animated Music Video for Vocaloid Song “Toeto”[12]

    Left: Soaring Dance[13] | Right: MMD Comedy Skit[14]

    Search Interest

    External References

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

    [1]pixiv – 「もっさん」's Profile

    [2]pixiv – 「リンの幼虫」/「もっさんさんさんさん」のイラスト> / Posted on 12-17-2009

    [3]pixiv – Search results for リンの幼虫

    [4]piapro – Search results for リンの幼虫

    [5]niconico Video – Search results for リンの幼虫

    [6]deviantART – Search results for Larval Rin

    [7]niconico Pedia – 惨姉妹 (Japanese)

    [8]Wikipedia – Wonder Festival

    [9]Qvinta Essentia ものづくり部 – WF2010[夏]新作:リンの幼虫 / Posted on 07-14-2010 (Japanese)

    [10]Wikipedia – Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Arcade

    [11]Wikipedia – Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F

    [12]niconico Video – 【リンの幼虫さんで】トエト【描いてみた】 / Posted on 12-08-2011

    [13]niconico Video – 【MMD暗黒舞踏会】深夜3時過ぎにひっそりとみなぎるリンの幼虫の動き / Posted on 04-24-2010

    [14]niconico Video – 【第7回MMD杯本選】おや、幼リンちゃんの様子が… / Posted on 08-20-2011


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  • 05/20/13--06:58: Wooden pc
  • (work in progress)

    about

    ‘Wooden PC’ is a common slang term on the internet and online games for PC’s (Personal Computers) with bad performance lag issues and slow loading times.

    origin
    (unknown at the moment)

    usage

    The catchphrase is very often use to criticize one’s game machine when he has performance issues such as “nice loading time, you have a wooden PC?”

    and common retort to people who with lag problems who ask not to be left behind “it’s not our fault you have a wooden PC”

    on the internet is the phrase is mainly used in image macros such as this:

    (further help on the article will be greatly appreciated)


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  • 05/20/13--11:18: Drake in Dada / Drake Lean


  • About

    Drake Wearing Dada refers to a photoshop meme based on a photograph of the Canadian rapper and entertainer Drake[1] taken during the shoot of his upcoming music video “No New Friends” in May 2013. The photograph quickly drew attention from his fans and hip hop music communities alike, mainly for the rapper’s wardrobe choice of Damani Dada, an athletic apparel and shoes company that was once popular among hip hop musicians in the 1990s, as well as his leaning posture

    Origin

    On May 15th, 2013, several behind-the-scene photographs from Drake’s music video shoot for “No New Friends"[3] were leaked to a number of music blogs,[2] including one that showed the entertainer in a leaning pose while dressed in a Dada short suit (shown below, left). Many fans immediately took to Twitter[4] and rap message boards to point out his throwback fashion style. That same day, a forum thread encouraging people to remix Drake’s photo surfaced on the hip hop message board The Coli[5], leading to several pages of discussion about the rapper’s outfit as well as photoshopped images (shown below, right).



    Spread

    On May 18th, another photoshop thread was launched on Boxden’s hip hop forum[6], resulting in 23 pages of replies within 48 hours. On May 19th, additional threads were posted on Hip Hop Stan[7] and Kanye To The[8], each yielding dozens of contributions in photoshopped images. The same day, the momentum behind the photoshop meme continued to snowball on Twitter[9], where the phrase “Drake photoshop” was mentioned more than 20,000 times according to Topsy Analytics.[10]



    On May 20th, notable examples from the threads were featured on internet culture and hip hop news blogs, such as Rolling Out[11], The Source[12], Uproxx[13], MTV RapFix[14] and All Hip Hop[15] among others. Also on the 20th, Drake responded to the frenzy by sharing a photoshopped instance from The Coli thread via Instagram,[16] (shown below), where it gained more than 135,000 likes and 5,600 comments within seven hours.



    Notable Examples

    Additional instances can be found on Tumblr[17] and Instagram[18] under the #Drake tag.




    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 05/20/13--11:22: Y U Do Dis?
  • About

    “Y U Do Dis?” is a shorthand for “why did you do this?" that is used in a similar vein to the interrogative phrase “Y U No”.

    Origin

    On April 24th, 2008, the video gaming blog GameFront[1] posted an article reporting that the developers of Grand Theft Auto IVwere disappointed to find out that a leaked copy had been downloaded tens of thousands of times via torrent sites, which was accompanied by a LOLcat image macro with the caption “y u do dis?” (shown below).



    Spread

    On March 29th, 2010, a Facebook[2] page titled “y u do dis?” was launched. On September 27th, FunnyJunk[3] user HollyWobbles uploaded a “Y U No Guy” image macro featuring the caption “U read dis in funny accent / y u do dis?!” (shown below). In the next three years, the post received over 11,900 views and 175 up votes.



    On April 14th, 2011, BodyBuilding Forums[4] member yelojackt posted a thread containing an image macro of a monkey with the caption “y u do dis?” (shown below, left). On October 28th, Redditor AnonymousAutonomous submitted the “y u do dis” kitten image macro to the /r/trees[8] subreddit in response to those who did not support marijuana legalization. Prior to being archived, the post accumulated more than 1,000 up votes and 40 comments. On April 20th, 2012, the Cheezburger site Memebase[6] posted a Dolan-style comic featuring characters from the animated television series Scooby Doo, in which a poorly drawn Shaggy asks “y u do dis skubby” (shown below, right).



    On January 3rd, 2013, Redditor ryanger3 submitted an image macro to the /r/funny[5] subreddit, which paired a photo of a man attempting to catch a baseball bat with the caption “Y, Bat? / Y u do dis?” (shown below, left). Within four months, the post gained upwards of 14,000 up votes and 100 comments. On May 7th, Redditor shirox91 submitted a Dolan comic with a poorly drawn Spiderman asking Dolan “y u do dis” (shown below, right) to the /r/funny[7] subreddit, where it garnered over 960 up votes and 15 comments in less than two weeks.



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References


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