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  • 06/10/13--21:16: Edward Snowden
  • About

    Edward Snowden is an American system administrator and a former employee of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who worked as a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) before leaking highly classified information on the agency’s top-secret PRISM surveillance program to the British newspaper The Guardian in June 2013.

    Online History


    This account is based on profile articles and interviews published by The Guardian[15]:

    In May 2004, Snowden enlisted in the United States Army as a special forces recruit but was discharged in September after suffering injuries on both of his legs while training. He then worked as a security guard for the National Security Agency’s covert facility at the University of Maryland, before joining the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as an IT security personnel. In 2007, Snowden was dispatched to Geneva, Switzerland, where he worked as a network security administrator with diplomatic cover. In 2009, he left the agency for a private contractor company and worked inside an NSA facility on a U.S. military base in Japan. Little is known is about Snowden’s whereabouts thereafter, but sometime between late March and early April 2013, he began working for U.S. defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton as a system administrator inside an NSA facility in Hawaii. In May 2013, Snowden took a temporary medical leave from his position. According to the real estate agents, Snowden and his girlfriend moved out of their home on May 1st.

    2013 NSAPRISM Scandal

    In January 2013, Snowden made contact with Laura Poitras, a Freedom of the Press board member and documentary filmmaker who previously reported on the NSA official William Binney’s whistleblowing for the New York Times in 2001, according to Poitras. In February, Snowden began working with The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald, followed by first direct contact with The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman in May. According to the journalists, Snowden communicated using encrypted mail under the codename “Verax,” Latin for “truth-teller,” and requested not to be quoted at length to safeguard identification by semantic analysis.

    The Guardian Interview

    On June 8th, three days after The Guardan published the story about NSA surveillance programs, Snowden revealed his identity to the public’s eye in an interview with the UK newspaper. In the video, Snowden provides a brief description of the agency’s data-mining infrastructure and its capabilities, such as intercepting e-mails, phone calls, passwords and credit cards.

    “Now increasingly we see that [clandestine intelligence gathering is] happening domestically and to do that they, the NSA specifically, targets the communications of everyone. It ingests them by default. It collects them in its system and it filters them and it analyses them and it measures them and it stores them for periods of time simply because that’s the easiest, most efficient, and most valuable way to achieve these ends. So while they may be intending to target someone associated with a foreign government or someone they suspect of terrorism, they’re collecting you’re communications to do so.”

    The Guardian also reported that Snowden first thought about exposing government surveillance in 2007, but Barack Obama’s election in 2008 gave him a sense of hope. However, Snowden became disenchanted after Obama “ultimately advanced the surveillance policies rather than reforming them.” When asked about the motive behind his whistleblowing, Snowden told The Washington Post that he wanted to raise public awareness of “surveillance state” that the country was becoming so they could decide.

    Online Reactions


    On June 9th, an online petition titled “Pardon Edward Snowden” was submitted to the White House[3], demanding the Obama administration to “issue a full, free and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have committed related to blowing the whistle on secret NSA surveillance programs.” The petition was quickly picked up by the news media and blogospher, reaching more than half of its signature goal of 100,000 in the first 48 hours. On June 10th, after The Guardian reported that Snowden may be seeking asylum in Iceland, a petition was submitted to[5] requesting the Icelandic government to grant asylum to Snowden. That same day, a crowdfunding campaign seeking to thank Snowden with a reward was launched on Crowdtilt.[10]

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    You Know What Really Grinds My Gears” is a memorable quote from the 2005 animated comedy film Family Guy Presents: Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story.[1] On the web, the expression is used to preface an airing of grievances in an advice animal image macro series featuring Family Guy protagonist Peter Griffin.


    While the phrase has been used as an English idiom to introduce one’s pet peeve since as early as 1987 in the comedy film Planes, Trains & Automobiles,[13] its online popularity can be largely attributed to a gag featured in the 2005 direct-to-DVD animated film Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story.

    In the film, Peter Griffin hosts a local access news program titled “You Know What Really Grinds My Gears,” in which he complains about things and people that irk him, including Lindsay Lohan, people who lived in the 19th century, and the lack of new jokes about priests and rabbis. The gag is a parody of the 1976 satirical film Network[2] that follows the story of a newscaster whose on-air rant causes ratings to skyrocket and ultimately save his job.


    As early as December 16th, 2005, complaint threads titled “What really grinds your gears?” began appearing on message boards including HeroClix Realms[4] and Xbox 360 Achievements.[5] In October 2007, a blogger named Gracie created You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?[6] (shown below, left), a personal blog journaling her pet peeves and other problems. In March 2008, another blog named This Is What Really Grinds My Gears[7](shown below, right) was launched, showcasing frustrations and personal problems submitted by the readers.

    On June 25th, 2011, a Meme Generator[9] page was created for “Grinds My Gears Peter Griffin,” using a still image of Griffin seated at a desk from the local access show scene in the movie. One of the first instances to be submitted to the /r/AdviceAnimals subreddit[14] was posted on August 23rd, 2012, suggesting that the poster was irked that the image macro series was not already established (shown below, left).

    Although a number of additional instances continued to appear throughout the rest of 2012, the advice animal character did not make the front page until May 15th, 2013,[15] paired with a complaint about people using images of mechanical gears that do not fit together with the expression (shown above, right).

    Notable Examples

    As of June 2013, there are more than 3,100 submissions of Grinds My Gears Peter Griffin on Meme Generator, with an additional 70 instances on Quickmeme.[10] Additional instances can be found on Reddit[11] and Tumblr.[12]

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  • 06/11/13--13:54: Creepshots
  • About

    A Creepshot refers to an image that has been photographed and uploaded online without the subject’s knowledge or consent.



    2012 Reddit Controversy

    Gawker’s ViolentAcrez Expose Controversy refers to an online dispute between Gawker’s staff writer Adrian Chen and community members of Reddit that erupted in October 2012, after the former wrote and ran a feature story exposing the identity of Reddit’s prominent moderator ViolentAcrez and his role as the curator of several controversial subreddit forums including /r/Jailbait.

    External References

    [1]Urban Dictionary – Creep shot

    [2]Urban Dictionary – Upskirt

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  • 06/11/13--14:58: Hachune Miku
  • About

    Hachune Miku (Japanese: はちゅねミク)[1] is a nickname givne to a fan-made Vocaloid character inspired by Hatsune Miku. This cute incarnation of Miku is the first milestone of official recognition and commodification of fan creations in the Vocaloid fandom.


    What put the character later called Hachune Miku out into the world was Miku’s parody video for Loituma Girl which was posted to the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) on September 4th, 2007[2], just 5 days after the release of Hatsune Miku the software. This song was composed by Otomania[3], Japanese music creator and flash animator who was well known for his many musical contributions in the 2channel Flash Movie movment in the first half of 2000s. And the comical illustration of Miku was drawn by Tamago (たまご)[4], also Japanese flash animator.

    On September 11th, 2007, Otomania announced in his blog post that they decided to call her “Hachune Miku”.[5]“Hachune” is a mispronunciation of “Hatsune”, which shows her childishness.


    Because of its cutenss, Hachune Miku succeeded to indicate various ways of Vocaloid creations not limited to songs, and she is one of the most iconic characters in the Vocaloid fandom. In the fandom, her personality is usually drawn like wild and big eater by the influence of these 2 early instances: MAD video featuring the raging voices of Angery German Kid (shown below, left)[6] and music video of she singing the names of foods along with the melody of The Tower of DRUAGA (shown below, right)[7]

    As of May 2013, over a thousand amount of videos and illustration featuring Hachune Miku are uploaded to NND[8], YouTube[9], pixiv[10], Piapro[11] and deviantART.[12]

    Swedish newspaper Yle Uutiset also covered Hachune Miku in their report for the Ievan Polkka meme in 2010.[13]

    Official Recognition

    Hachune Miku is the first fan-made character which was officially recognized by Crypton Future Media and became to be utilized in commercial media. Its debut as an official recognized character was the 373th episode in Toro Station published on November 16th, 2007, which was a push news delivery service in an online game for PlayStation3 console Mainichi Issho.[14] Her official recognision was also announced in this episode.

    Toro Station Ep. 373

    Then, a slapstick comedy manga featuring Hachune and other Vocaloid characters, Hatsune Miku no Nichijō Roipara, started on a monthly comic magazine by Otomania & Tamago in December 2007. It had continued to October, 2011, and released 4 volumes of books.

    Hatsune Miku no Nichijō Roipara Cover Arts

    Many kinds of Hachune Miku goods have been released in the official Vocaloid franchise lines. Not only figurines and plushies, her steamed meat bun called “Mikuman” was also released in the collaboration campaign with a convenience store group Famil Mart in 2012.

    Figurine, Plushie and Mikuman


    “Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru♪” and Leek Dance

    Hachune Miku gave a huge influence to the beginning of original song creations in the Vocaloid music scene because many amatuer composers who started composing with Vocaloid got an inspiration for lyrics from Miku’s personality which was being gradually consisted by the chain reaction of preceding fan creations. The leek swing by Hachune Miku had the biggest impact among those precursors.

    One of the most notable examples is the lryics of “Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru♪”[15], the first and biggest hit tune in the all-time Vocaloid music scene. Its line “Without any leek attachment, but I want one if I could” was not only featured in the 3D CGI music video (shown below, left)[16], but also derived to a comical dance called “Leek Dance” (ネギ踊り, Negi Odori), which was created by Nippori Honsha (日暮里本社), a flash movie creator famous for smooth animation in his flash movies (shown below, right).[17]

    When this song included to sega’s Vocaloid music game Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA[18] released in 2010, this Leek dance was partly ported to the game together.

    Character Item Memes

    By the example of “Miku and Leek” coupling excerted by Hachune Miku, people had continued to give the iconic item to each of subsequent Vocaloid characters and featured it in the fandom over the next several years. Famous examples are “Kagamine Rin/Len & Road Roller”, “Megurine Luka & Tuna Fish” and “Kaito & Ice Cream”.

    For more information about that particular phenomenon, please check the KYM entry for Vocaloid Character Items.

    Notable Examples



    Left: “Ode to Joy”[19] | Right: Heart Sutra Parody[20]

    SOMESAT Project

    The Social Media Satellite Development, SOMESAT, is a satellite-launching project which has been totally run by NICO-TECH, a user group of non-industrial engineers who love niconico since 2009.[21] And this project aims to launch a CubeSat[22] with a Hachune Miku figure and realize her leek swing in the outer space. As of June 2013, it’s still ongoing.

    Miku Miku Dance Promoting Movie for SOMESAT Project[23]

    On the other hand, its spin-off campaign “Miku to Venus”[24] succeeded to gather 14,000 signitures and include three aluminium plates of Hatsune/Hachune Miku illustrations to JAXA’s spacecraft Akatsuki[25] in 2010.[26]

    Aluminium Plates

    Hachune Miku Downsizing War

    In 2008, NICO-TECH engineers also began the competition to reproduce Hachune Miku’s leek swing in more smaller scale, which were called “Hachune Miku Downsizing War” (はちゅねミク小型化戦争, Hachune Miku Kogataka Sensou).[27] The war started with the swing by a 4-cm paper doll which was actuated by electric magnets (shown below, left).[28] Then, engineers passion broke millimeter and micrometer scale barrier partly by the help of highly abstraction. In April 2013, it had finally achieved reproducing the leek swing in 2 micro meters consisting of 200 nanometers plastic beads manipulated by optical tweezers (shown below, right).[29] It also reached to the smallest scale that could be caught by the limit performance of existing optical microscopes.

    Search Interest

    External References

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

    [1]Vocaloid Wiki – Hachune Miku

    [2]niconico Video – VOCALOID2 初音ミクに「Ievan Polkka」を歌わせてみた / Posted on 09-04-2007

    [3]Wikipedia – Otomania (Japanese)

    [4]Wikipedia – たまご (Japanese)

    [5] – 「はちゅねミク」に命名しました&ついでに壁紙を作りました / Posted on 09-11-2007 (Japanese)

    [6]niconico Video – たぴ・ぱん / Posted on 10-07-2007

    [7]niconico Video – 【初音ミク】ドルアーガの塔より「おなかすいたうた」 / Posted on 12-25-2007

    [8]niconico Video – Search results for はちゅねミク

    [9]YouTube – Search results for はちゅねミク

    [10]pixiv – Search results for はちゅねミク

    [11]piapro – Search results for はちゅねミク

    [12]deviantART – Search results for Hachune Miku

    [13]Yle Uutiset – Savitaipaleen polkka jälleen nettihitti Japanissa / 11-18-2010 (Swedish)

    [14]Wikipedia – Mainichi Issho

    [15]niconico Video – 【初音ミク】みくみくにしてあげる♪【してやんよ】 / Posted on 09-20-2007

    [16]niconico Video – 3DみくみくPV♪ / Posted on 10-25-2007

    [17]niconico Video – 【ネギ踊り】みっくみくにしてあげる♪【サビだけ】 / Posted on 10-31-2007

    [18]Wikipedia – Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA

    [19]niconico Video – はちゅねみく に 忘年会に来てもらった / Posted on 12-12-2007

    [20]niconico Video – はちゅねミクで般若心経(ネギ木魚) / Posted on 09-19-2007

    [21]NICO-TECH Official Wiki – ソーシャル・メディア衛星開発プロジェクト SOMESAT– PukiWiki (Japanese)

    [22]Wikipedia – CubeSat

    []niconico Video – 【第5回MMD杯本選】 ちょっと宇宙行ってくる!SOMESAT PV / Posted on 08-20-2010

    [24] – Signature project to place pictures of Hatsune Miku on Venus Explorer

    [25]Wikipedia – Akatsuki (spacecraft)

    [26]Miku to Venus – Top page (Japanese)

    [27]niconico Pedia – はちゅねミク小型化戦争 (Japanese)

    [28]niconico Video – 一般普及型マイクロはちゅね(1000円w) / Posted on 06-29-2008

    [29]niconico Video – 約2μmはちゅねミク / Posted on 04-29-2013

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    Creepy Animal Crossing Villager is a nickname given to the male protagonist character of Nintendo’s social simulation video game franchise Animal Crossing. Following the announcement of his inclusion as a new character for the Super Smash Brothers franchise in June 2013, fans of the game quickly began characterizing the Villager as a psychotic and ruthless killer through image macros and video remixes.


    During the Nintendo Direct broadcast at 2013’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, a promotional trailer for the Super Smash Brothers Wii U and 3DS games was revealed. The trailer, which begins with the Animal Crossing Villager opening his mailbox and discovering a letter sealed with the Super Smash Brothers logo, shows the character attacking Mario with an insect net, alongside the two additional characters Capcom’s Mega Man and Nintendo’s Wii Fit Trainer.


    Within two hours of Nintendo’s online broadcast, GIFs of the Villager’s in-game moves as shown in the trailer began appearing on Tumblr, with one of the earliest sets[2] gaining more than 21,000 notes in one day. Throughout the day, several posts vilifying the Animal Crossing character as a calculating, poker-faced killer started to emerge under the tag “The Villager”,[3] with many pointing out his stoic expression and perceived sinister glare during his melee combat and his unique ability to pick up and claim any weapons or objects thrown at him. Later that day, fan art illustrations similarly painting the Villager as a cold-blooded murderer began circulating on Tumblr. One of the earliest posts, drawn by El Sato[4], portrayed the Villager as Jack Torrance in the iconic scene from the 1980 horror film The Shining.

    Art depicting the Villager covered in blood also was shared on deviantART.[5] Several 4chan threads discusses the Tumblr personalization of the character on /co/[6] (Comics and Cartoons), /vp/[7] (Pokemon) and /sp/[8] (Sports). A number of the posts from Tumblr were also shared on Reddit, where two Villager-related posts hit the front page of /r/Gaming[9][10] on June 11th with more than 1,600 overall points each. Two additional front page posts about the Villager were made on the following day[11][12], with a GIF showing the character watering a tree while Samus and Mario fight behind him gaining more than 5,700 upvotes, 2,100 points overall and 250 comments within 11 hours.

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  • 06/12/13--11:22: Dunkin' Donuts Customer Rant
  • Overview

    Dunkin’ Donuts Customer Rant refers to a YouTube video of an enraged woman complaining about not receiving a receipt and directing various insults and racial epithets toward the coffeehouse chain staff.


    On June 8th, 2013, YouTuber sally salvenie uploaded a video featuring a woman demanding a free order for failing to receive a receipt at a Dunkin’ Donuts chain restaurant. In the video, she expresses concern that the employees will urinate, spit or defecate in her food and directs a racial slur toward a female employee (shown below).

    The same day, Redditor cryptical33 submitted the video to the /r/videos[2] subreddit, where comments were disabled after Redditors began posting her personally identifiable information. In the first four days, the YouTube video gained more than 87,000 views and the Reddit post garnered upwards of 890 up votes.

    Notable Developments

    On June 9th, 2013, the NewsMaster11 YouTube[1] channel uploaded a duplicate version, receiving over 500,000 views and 8,300 comments in the next 72 hours. In the following days, the video was highlighted by several news sites, including Guyism,[9] Gawker,[10] The Huffington Post,[11] UpRoxx[12] and the New York Daily News.[13]

    Customer’s Identity

    On June 10th, The Smoking Gun[3] published an article outing the woman as 27-year-old Florida resident Taylor Chapman,[8]who had previously appeared in marketing videos for a local Chinese food restaurant (shown below, left) and an auto repair business (shown below, right). By the next day, the Smoking Gun article had been posted on the /r/JusticePorn[5] subreddit, where it received upwards of 3,900 up votes and 1,100 comments in the first 24 hours.

    Dunkin’ Donuts Employee’s Identity

    Also on June 10th, The Smoking Gun[4] also identified the Dunkin’ Donuts employee who was filmed during the rant as Abid Adar, an 18-year-old who had recently graduated from high school at the time of the recording. Meanwhile, an Indiegogo[7]crowdfunding campaign for Adar and his coworker Nithi was subsequently created, which gained more than $1,100 of its $10,000 goal in the first 48 hours.

    Company’s Response

    Also on June 11th, Dunkin’ Donuts posted a tweet announcing that the company planned to recognize Adar for properly handling the incident.

    On June 12th, Gawker[7]published an article about Adar, which included a statement from Dunkin’ Donuts about his recognition:

    “We commend the franchisee’s crew member for handling this difficult situation with grace and patience. We believe this is a powerful example of great customer service and the respect our crew members have for our guests. The franchise owner of the restaurant has reached out to the crew member privately to express and demonstrate his personal appreciation.”

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  • 06/12/13--15:11: Bold Move Cotton
  • About

    Bold Move Cotton, or “Bold Strategy Cotton,” is an advice animal macro series based on a screen capture of two sports announcers from the 2004 comedy film Dodgeball. The captions typically describe a controversial or risky course of action undertaken by an individual or group, followed by the sarcastic phrase “It’s a bold move Cotton, let’s see if it pays off.”


    The original image comes from a scene in the movie Dodgeball in which ESPN8 sportscaster Cotton McKnight (played by Gary Michael Cole) announces that one of the finalist teams has forfeited the championship, to which his co-announcer Pepper Brooks (played by Jason Bateman) responds by calling the decision a “bold strategy” (shown below).

    “It’s a bold strategy Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for him.”

    On February 25th, 2012, a Quickmeme[2] page titled “Bold Move Cotton” was created, which featured a screen captured image from the Dodgeball scene. In the first 16 months, the page accumulated over 680 submissions.


    On April 19th, 2013, Redditor wingsofgod submitted an image macro to the /r/AdviceAnimals[1] subreddit, referencing the police arrest of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (shown below, left). Within the first month, the post gained more than 16,500 up votes and 130 comments. On April 25th, Redditor toxicdelights submitted an image macro to the /r/AdviceAnimals[5] subreddit, which joked about hitting the snooze button on an alarm clock while already late for an engagement (shown below, right).

    On April 28th, Redditor splad posted a video clip of the Dodgeball scene to the /r/videos[3] subreddit in an effort to correct image macros misquoting the word “strategy” for “bold.” In the following three weeks, the post received upwards of 680 up votes and 50 comments. On May 19th, Redditor oldswarlz submitted an image macro about a black minister who opened his sermon with a racial joke (shown below, left) to the /r/AdviceAnimals[4] subreddit, where it garnered over 7,200 up votes and 100 comments in the first month. On the following day, Redditor Ruri posted an image macro referencing the often combative restaurant owners on Gordon Ramsay’s reality television show Kitchen Nightmares (shown below, right).

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  • 06/12/13--20:38: Oo
  • Consists of people changing their profile picture to a picture of Donkey Kong and commenting “oo” on every post in their news feed.

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  • 06/13/13--10:44: Chris Hadfield

  • About

    Chris Hadfield is a retired Canadian astronaut who is best known for his active social media presence while serving as the commander of the International Space Station (ISS) from December 2012 through May 2013. In addition to his online recognition, Hadfield has received numerous awards and honors during his career over the last two decades.

    Online History

    In September 2010, the Canadian Space Agency appointed[1] Chris Hadfield as the commander for the 2012 ISS mission known as Expedition 35, becoming the first Canadian ever to command the space station. During his training and leading up to his flight, his sons helped him set up Facebook[2] and Twitter[3] accounts to document his experiences and answer followers’ questions about space. On April 9th, 2011, Hadfield participated in his first RedditAsk Me Anything (AMA) thread[8], moderated by one of his sons. In May 2012, The Daily Mail[4] published an article about Hadfield’s Twitter interactions, highlighting several personal photos he had shared during his training including physical preparations (shown below, left) and technology he was working with (shown below, right).

    World Tour Photo Challenge

    In June 2012, he launched the Chris Hadfield World Tour Photo Challenge[5], asking his followers and fans across the web to either photograph themselves with a printed 2D effigy of Hadfield or photoshop his likeness into digital images of their choice. The contest ran through Hadfield’s return to Earth on May 13th, 2013, during which 866 pictures were submitted by his fans around the world. The winning photo (shown below) was submitted by J.J. Curling Elementary School in Newfoundland Canada and received more than 11,000 viewer votes.

    2012 ISS Mission

    On December 12th, 2012, Hadfield launched a YouTube channel[6] where he uploaded several videos from his training. The following day, he completed his second Reddit AMA thread[7], which gained more than 23,000 upvotes, 4,100 points overall and 3,300 comments prior to being archived. Days later, on December 19th, 2012, Hadfield boarded the Soyuz ship with his two crew mates Roman Romanenko and Thomas Marshburn for their trip to the ISS.

    At the time of his departure from Earth in late December, Hadfield had a modest 20,000 Twitter followers. By January 2013, his follower count had shot up to nearly 200,000, as he began tweeting photos from space and continued to interact with fans and celebrities[9], even launching a Tumblr[14] on January 15th as another outlet for his photography. The astronaut also began to upload YouTube videos to the Canadian Space Agency channel[19] explaining how certain activities, like washing one’s hands or clipping one’s nails, were done in space.[10]Additionally, Hadfield recorded space sounds and uploaded them to his SoundCloud page.[18] In early 2013, his photos were featured on Maclean’s[11],[12] and TIME NewsFeed.[13]

    Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit

    On February 17th, 2013, Hadfield took part in a third Reddit AMA,[15] which gained more than 46,000 upvotes, 5,100 points overall and 7,600 comments prior to being archived, making it the 11th most popular AMA of all time as of June 2013. Following the AMA, his Twitter follower account had risen to more than 420,000.[16]

    Musical Collaboration: “Is Somebody Singing”

    In February 2012, Hadfield participated in the first Earth-to-space musical collaboration with Canadian pop group the Barenaked Ladies and the children’s choir, The Wexford Gleeks. The performance consisted of an original song titled "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing), celebrating music education in Canada.

    A Tribute to “Space Oddity”

    On May 12th, 2013, the day before his trip back to Earth, Hadfield posted a music video of himself covering David Bowie’s 1969 pop hit “Space Oddity” in the ISS (shown below). As of June 2013, the video has nearly 16 million views.


    On June 10th, 2013, Hadfield announced his retirement from the Canadian Space Agency after 35 years of government service, effective July 3rd. Initially revealed with a tweet[17] about saying goodbye to his coworkers, his official announcement was uploaded to YouTube (shown below) on June 12th.

    Personal Life

    Chris Hadfield was born on August 29th, 1959 in Sarnia, Ontario. He became interested in space when he was nine years old, after seeing the Apollo moon landing on television. After graduating high school, Hadfield joined the Canadian Armed Forces, during which he received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. After excelling in flight training, he served as a tactical fighter pilot, flying intercept missions for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). After serving as an exchange officer with the U.S. Navy, he was selected as one of four Canadians to join the Canadian Space Agency from a field of 5,330 applicants. He worked at Houston’s NASA Johnson Space Center, Russia’s Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center, and the Aquarius underwater laboratory prior to becoming commander of the ISS. Though he has announced his retirement, he continues to be active on Facebook[2] and Twitter[3], where he has more than 389,000 fans and 1 million followers respectively.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Space Ref Canada – Veteran Astronaut Chris Hadfield Selected as Space Station Expedition 35 Commander

    [2]Facebook – Col. Chris Hadfield

    [3]Twitter – @Cmdr_Hadfield

    [4]The Daily Mail – ‘We wear an absorbent garment underneath’: First Canadian to command the ISS uses Twitter to answer those questions you’ve always wanted to ask

    [5]Canadian Space Agency – The Chris Hadfield World Tour Photo Challenge

    [6]YouTube – Chris Hadfield’s Channel

    [7]Reddit – /r/IAmA: I Am Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Commander of Expedition 35.

    [8]Reddit – IAmAn Astronaut who has been to space twice and will be commanding the I.S.S. on Expedition 35. AMA.

    [9]Wired UK – The secrets of astronaut Chris Hadfield’s social media success

    [10]Babble – The 13 Coolest Things Commander Chris Hadfield Has Done In Space…So Far

    [11]Maclean’s – 60 of Chris Hadfield’s photos from orbit: ‘So much of the world’s beauty is simply art itself’

    [12] – Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s Amazing Photos of Earth From Space

    [13]TIME NewsFeed – PHOTOS: Astronaut Chris Hadfield Tweets Stunning Images from Orbit

    [14]Tumblr – Col. Chris Hadfield

    [15]Reddit – I Am Astronaut Chris Hadfield, currently orbiting planet Earth.

    [16]The Guardian – Chris Hadfield: the superstar astronaut taking social media by storm

    [17]Twitter – @Cmdr_Hadfield: To say goodbye to these good people today was much harder than I expected.

    [18]SoundCloud – ColChrisHadfield

    [19]YouTube – Canadian Space Agency’s Channel

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  • 06/13/13--11:44: Wii Fit Trainer
  • About

    Wii Fit Trainer is the computer animated personal trainer from the fitness video game Wii Fit for the Nintendo Wii console. The fitness instructor gained notoriety online after she was revealed as a playable character in the fighting game Super Smash Bros. unveiled at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).


    The video game Wii Fit was released for the Nintendo Wii console on December 1st, 2007, featuring a female virtual personal trainer that guides the player through various exercises. On June 11th, 2013, Nintendo announced that the franchise-crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Wii U consoles would launch in 2014 during their presentation at the E3 conference. In the reveal trailer, the Wii Fit personal trainer was presented as a new playable character (shown below).


    The same day, Redditor Tmoseley20 submitted a post to the /r/Games[1] subreddit about the Wii Fit Trainer’s inclusion in the upcoming video game, which gained over 1,800 up votes and 530 comments in the first 48 hours. On June 12th, 2013, Redditor MrBison123 submitted an image macro featuring a screen capture of the Wii Fit Trainer to the /r/gaming[2] subreddit, which included the caption “I’ll help make you fit / into a coffin” (shown below, left). Several hours later, Redditor lit0st submitted a gallery of Wii Fit Trainer image macros to /r/gaming.[3] Within the next 24 hours, both posts accumulated more than 1,000 up votes. Also on June 12th, the Cheezburger site Memebase[6] posted an image macro with the caption “first we will burn your calories / Then we will burn the rest of your body” (shown below, right).

    On June 13th, Redditor DoYouLikeMySweater submitted another image macro with the caption “Your ideal heart rate / is zero” (shown below, left) to /r/gaming,[7] garnering upwards of 17,000 up votes and 900 comments in the following 16 hours. The same day, Redditors MyLilDashie and herehaveamedkit submitted manga-style illustrations (shown below, middle, right) of the Wii Fit Trainer to the rule 34 subreddit.[4][5]

    Notable Examples

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  • 06/14/13--05:47: Street Performer Punches Man

  • About:

    The popular video shows that David Mudler was provoked by Aaron Jeffries while he is on performance.


    The original uploader of the video is oathyRICH. Holding 14,000,000 views and 61,000 Likes.


    Some Youtubers made some remixed videos for the viral video:



    David is facing investigation after attacking Aaron for assaulting him, some people disdains the investigation and believed that Aaron is wrong.

    AN official investigation has been launched into a Surfers Paradise busker who became an internet sensation after punching a drunken street pest in the mouth.

    Human statue David Mulder made world headlines after punching the passerby who was taunting him in Cavill Mall.

    After being poked, prodded and having a saliva-soaked finger stuck in his ear, Mr Mulder – a 50-year-old devout churchgoer – snapped and hit the young agitator who was left bleeding in front of stunned onlookers.

    A mobile phone video of the incident, posted to YouTube by a Brisbane university student, went viral and Mr Mulder was swamped with international media attention.

    Despite widespread public support, Mr Mulder has apologised for his actions and vowed to keep his cool from now on.

    But the Surfers Alliance, which hires street performers, said it was investigating.

    “While I sympathise with the busker, it’s clear both parties didn’t behave as best they could. Harassment and assault are not welcome in Surfers Paradise,’’ Alliance chair Laura Younger said.

    “We will be investigating the situation this week.

    Mr Mulder’s wife, Andrea, said her husband planned to meet with Alliance officials today to tell them his retaliation was a one-off.

    “He will tell them that this sort of behaviour is extremely rare and is not something he’d like to repeat,’’ she said, speaking on behalf of her husband who was back working in Cavill Mall yesterday.

    “He’s been hassled before but doesn’t normally come out swinging – it takes a lot to provoke him.

    “It happened in a split second – it was like ‘get out of my space’. He didn’t even think he was going to punch the guy but it just happened.

    “Dave certainly doesn’t condone his actions and isn’t proud of them.

    “He’d like to apologise to the young fellow he punched too – and maybe have him apologise to Dave – but he’s probably feeling a bit sheepish.’’

    Mrs Mulder said she normally kept a close eye on her husband while he was performing to ensure he was not harassed.

    She said it would be impractical to hire security guards to protect buskers but police were usually close by and Cavill Mall was also monitored by surveillance cameras.

    Mrs Mulder said her husband was receiving ‘overwhelming’ public support back out on the street.

    “He’s had comments like ’don’t mess with the statue’,’’ she said.

    Surfers Paradise Alliance boss Mike Winlaw could not be contacted for comment.

    Earlier, it was reported that the video of Mr Mulder punching the heckler in the face had gone viral and racked up more than 400,000 views in a matter of hours.

    In the 35-second YouTube video,Mr Mulder is shown doing his routine on Surfers Paradise shopping strip Cavill Ave, before being taunted by a male passer by.

    After being poked and prodded for 20 seconds, even receiving a saliva-soaked finger in his ear, Mr Mulder finally snaps and punches the young man in the face, to gasps from the crowd.

    The ultimate professional, Mr Mulder did not miss a beat and immediately resumed his statue routine.

    Mr Mulder was back at his post in Cavill Ave last night and said he was not proud of lashing out but could only take so much.

    “He was in the wrong, but at the same time I was in the wrong for striking out,” he said.

    “Violence is never vindicated.”

    He said he would even apologise to the man if they crossed paths again. Mr Mulder has been busking in Surfers Paradise for five years and has encountered few problems in the past.

    Other street performers said the bizarre incident was the inevitable result of years of tolerating antagonistic antics from hecklers and pests.

    “We put up with so much crap,” said one.

    “It was probably only a matter of time before somebody popped.”

    Brisbane student Richard Choeun, 21, said he was “shocked” to capture the incident while filming his 12-year-old cousin interacting with the busker on a family holiday last Saturday.

    “When it happened we stopped recording because we were a bit concerned, the guy was bleeding from the mouth,’’ he said.

    “He walked over to his friends, he stood there for a bit and then he just walked away. I think he knew he was being an idiot.

    “The busker pretty much just went back to his performance, he was great.

    “Everyone in the crowd was really shocked, they didn’t say anything, they were really surprised. I think they knew that he deserved it so they didn’t really care.’’

    Mr Choeun said he was "very surprised’’ when the video went viral, prompting phone calls and emails from global media organisations such as NBC and The Huffington Post.

    “I only uploaded it for fun to show my Facebook friends, then I wake up and there’s like 10,000 views on it and I’m being contacted by media,’’ he said.

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    Sebastian De La Cruz’s National Anthem Performance refers to a rendition of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” sung by an 11-year-old boy during a National Basketball Association (NBA) game that resulted in a barrage of racist tweets directed at the young Mexican-American singer.


    During the summer of 2012, De La Cruz appeared as a contestant on the talent show America’s Got Talent (shown below, left), managing to progress all the way to the show’s semifinal round. On June 11th, 2013, De La Cruz was invited to sing the the United States national anthem at an NBA Finals game between the San Antonia Spurs and the Miami Heat (shown below, right).

    Immediately following the broadcast of his performance, many Twitter users watching the broadcast began mocking the Hispanic heritage of De La Cruz with racial slurs. On June 12th, the Internet news site The Daily Dot[1] published an article about the racist tweets, highlighting several examples (shown below).

    Notable Developments

    San Antonio Mayor’s Reaction

    On the same day, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro tweeted words of encouragement to De La Cruz, telling him to not let the racist remarks bother him. In the first 48 hours, the tweet gained over 440 retweets and 200 favorites.

    De La Cruz’s Reaction

    Also on June 12th, De La Cruz was interviewed by Fox 29 news, during which he revealed that he was born and raised in San Antonio and that his father was in the United States Navy (shown below, left). On the following day, De La Cruz spoke with the KENS 5 San Antonio news station in which stated that he was not letting the racist remarks bother him (shown below, right).

    “With the racist remarks, it was just people how they were raised. My father and my mama told me you should never judge people how they look.”

    Encore Performance

    On June 13th, Cruz was invited to sing the anthem in a second NBA Finals game. That day, President Barack Obama published a tweet encouraging followers to watch the encore performance, which accumulated upwards of 2,500 retweets and 1,500 favorites in the next 24 hours.

    That evening, De La Cruz was introduced by San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro prior to singing national anthem (shown below). On the following day, several news site published articles praising De La Cruz for his courage, including NPR,[2] Gawker,[3] Fox Sports[4] and The Huffington Post.[5]

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  • 06/15/13--02:03: Twiface
  • About

    Twiface is an exploitable image of the character Twilight Sparkle from the cartoon My Little Pony Friendship is Magic starring at the viewer with a scrunched face and squinted eyes. The caption often has something that would be considered rude, violant, or sexual. It is often used with the phrase You Came to the Wrong Neighborhood, Motherfucker. or “Get out”


    On Episode 10 of Season 1 “Swarm of the Century”[1] there is a scene where Princess Celestia receives a welcome from the Mane 6 in the form of a bow, when Twilight Sparkle stands back up she has the scrunched face (shown below)


    In June 2012 the user Yurp uploaded an image[2] of the scene to Derpibooru with the caption “Varying degrees of want” receiving 20 votes up (shown below, left) the few people who commented noticed Twilights expression and commented about how the characters are in fear while she has a look of joy. In March 2012 a user uploaded a image[3] of a Facebomb with the Twiface, receiving 52 votes up (show below, right.) After which several users of Derpibooru began uploading images using the exploitable under the tag Twiface[4].

    Notable Examples

    External References

    [1]YouTube – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic – Season 1 Episode 10 Swarm of the Century [HD]

    [2]Derpibooru – Varying degrees of want

    [3]Derpibooru – Facebomb

    [4]Derpibooru – Twiface Tag

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  • 06/15/13--16:07: Iron man makes kid cry
  • iron man makes toddler cry

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  • 06/06/13--11:48: 2013 NSA PRISM Scandal
  • Overview

    NSAPRSIM Scandal is an ongoing controversy surrounding the U.S. National Security Agency’s data-mining operation of millions of customers from major telecommunications providers in the United States, as well as its clandestine electronic surveillance program known as PRISM.


    On June 5th, 2013, The Guardian[1] published an exclusive report that the U.S. National Security Agency is collecting the telephone records of millions of customers of Verizon. The article detailed a classified order from the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which was obtained by the U.K. daily newspaper and made publicly available on its website[2], directing Verizon’s Business Network Services to hand over all “telephony metadata” created by the mobile service provider within the United States and abroad.

    Notable Developments

    The Guardian’s leak of the court document was universally met by criticisms of the Obama administration from both ends of the political spectrum, as well as news media outlets[4][5][8][9][10][11] and civil rights advocacy groups.[12] That same day, the New York Times[7] published an editorial titled “President Obama’s Dragnet,” slamming the president’s abuse of executive power, especially in the light of another recent scandal that the Justice Department secretly monitored the Associated Press and Fox News, and adding that the Obama “administration has now lost all credibility.”

    Online Reactions

    On Facebook, The Guardian’s story was shared more than 103,000 times before 2 p.m. (EST) and the story was met by similar reactions of anger, confusion and even a few jokes about Verizon’s “share everything” plan and its ever-so-fitting catchphrase “can you hear me now?” On Twitter, the original story published by The Guardian was shared more than 10,200 times before 10 a.m. (EST) while the hashtag #NSA immediately shot up to the top trending topic of the day, leading to nearly 250,000 mentions in less than 24 hours.

    PRISM Program

    Also on June 6th, 2013, The Guardian[14] published an article reporting on a previously undisclosed government surveillance program called PRISM, which gives the NSA the power to gain direct access to search history, emails, file transfers and live chats from various Internet services, including those provided by Google, Facebook and Apple. The details of the program were revealed in a leaked PowerPoint presentation, which claimed the program was run with the assistance of the Internet companies involved.

    n response to questions about their involvement with the program, each company The Guardian contacted denied any knowledge of PRISM, including Google who released the following statement:

    “Google cares deeply about the security of our users’ data. We disclose user data to government in accordance with the law, and we review all such requests carefully. From time to time, people allege that we have created a government ‘back door’ into our systems, but Google does not have a back door for the government to access private user data.”

    The article noted that the program raised many concerns about due process, as it allows the NSA to directly access company servers to obtain information in complete secrecy. The director of ACLU’s Center for Democracy Jameel Jaffer criticized PRISM for being military surveillance of civilians:

    “This is unprecedented militarization of domestic communications infrastructure. That’s profoundly troubling to anyone who is concerned about that separation.”

    On June 7th, The Guardian[15] published a follow-up article, reporting that the United States Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed the existence of PRISM, but insisted that it only covered surveillance of communications with foreigners, not United States citizens.

    Official Response

    That same day, President Barack Obama held a press conference in which he defended the surveillance programs, arguing that they did not apply to United States citizens, were subject to Congressional oversight and required the authorization of federal judges (shown below).[16]

    Leaker’s Identity Revealed

    On June 8th, The Guardian[17] published an interview with Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA and employee of the defense contractor Booze Allen Hamilton, who revealed himself as the person responsible for leaking the NSA documents to the press. In the article, he described his early years of career rising through the the ranks of the United States army and Special Forces, where he went on to join the CIA working in technical security. After leaving the CIA, Snowden became an infrastructure analyst contractor at an NSA facility in Hawaii, where he gained access to classified documents detailing the agency’s various surveillance programs. In the interview, Snowden claims he never wished to be an anonymous source and had immediately fled the United States to seek asylum in Hong Kong.

    Snowden went on to reveal that he had risked a $200,000 salary, a girlfriend and a home in Hawaii to expose the programs but that he wishes to avoid the media spotlight to keep the public’s attention on the surveillance controversy. To avoid being spied on, he lined his hotel room door with pillows and covered his head and laptop while entering passwords. Snowden could potentially be extradited to the United States to be criminally prosecuted but hopes to receive political asylum in Iceland. On June 9th, a petition was created on the White House “We the People” website,[18] calling for the government to grant Snowden a full pardon. Within 24 hours, the petition gained over 19,000 signatures.

    Notable Parodies

    Verizon Wireless Parodies

    Shortly after The Guardian broke the story on June 6th, BuzzFeed ran an article titled “Help Us Reimagine Verizon Ads,” featuring a compilation of image macros parodying the Verizon Wireless advertisements and their well-known slogan “can you hear me now?” In the following days, additional jokes and wordplays centered around Verizon Wireless and its “Share Everything” data subscription plan continued to appear on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and Tumblr.

    Also on the day of the leak, American actor Jason Biggs tweeted a joke referencing Verizon’s advertising catchphrase “Can you hear me now?”, which received over 330 retweets and 130 favorites in the first 24 hours.

    Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain tweeted a sarcastic statement to Verizon customers, congratulating them on being spied on “without probable cause.”


    Other Twitter users began posting jokes about the scandal with the hashtag #NSAcalledtotellme.

    Obama is Reading Your E-mails

    On June 8th, the “Obama is Checking Your Email” Tumblr[29] blog was launched to mock the Obama administration’s involvement in the NSA surveillance scandal, highlighting various photographs of President Obama staring at computer monitors and smart phone screens as if he is spying on private citizens (shown below).

    Two days later on June 10th, several news and tech sites highlighted notable examples from the Tumblr blog, including BuzzFeed,[30] The Daily Dot,[31] Mashable[32] and the New York Daily News.[33] The same day, Redditor sligowaths posted a link to the blog on the /r/toosoon[34] subreddit, where it gained upwards of 820 up votes and 40 comments in the first 24 hours.


    Also on June 8th, Twitter user @Darth[19] asked his followers to submit parody titles of children’s books incorporating the NSA’s domestic surveillance scandal with the hashtag #NSAKidsBooks.[20] After more than 2,800 mentions of the hashtag over the weekend[21], @Darth used the submissions as his inspiration for a series of children’s book cover illustrations. (shown below)

    Operation Troll the NSA

    On June 10th, BuzzFeed staff writers Chris Baker and Mike Lacher launched a crowdsourced scheme titled “Operation Troll the NSA” with an objective to overload the spy agency’s surveillance system by transmitting a scripted email loaded with suspicious keywords en masse and all at the exact same time. The official website asks its readers to electronically send the scripted message to a friend at 7 p.m. (ET) on June 12th, 2013.


    Hey! How’s it going? I’m all right.

    My job is so shitty I wish I could overthrow my boss. It’s like this oppressive regime where only true believers in his management techniques will stay around. I work marathon-length hours and he’s made all these changes that have made it the worst architecture firm to work at in Manhattan. Like he moved the office to the Financial District and fired my assistant. She was the only one who knew where the blueprints were! I need access to those blueprints to complete my job! F my life, right? And he keeps trying to start all these new initiatives to boost revenue, but seriously we just need to stick to what we do best. There’s only one true profit center. I seriously feel ready to go on strike at any second.

    I just read this article about how these free radical particles can cause the downfall of good health and accelerate aging. These could actually cause death to millions of Americans. If these particles are flying around undetected everywhere, does that mean we’re all radicalized?

    Have you seen the second season of Breaking Bad? I just finished it. I couldn’t believe that episode where they poison the guy with ricin! That was the bomb! I won’t say any more because I don’t want to reveal the earth-shattering events to come.

    Oh! So I’ve been planning a big trip for the summer. I’m thinking of visiting all of the most famous suspension bridges in the United States. So probably like the Golden Gate Bridge, The Brooklyn Bridge, and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. I’m gonna bring my younger brother and I know he’ll want to go to bars, so I’m thinking of getting him a fake drivers license, but I hope that doesn’t blow up in my face.

    Okay, I gotta run! I’m late for flight school. I missed the last class where we learn how to land, so I really can’t miss another one. Talk to you later!

    PRISM Slideshow Redesign

    On June 11th, a few days after the Washington Post’s publication of the PRISM slideshow, Paris-based freelance designer Emiland De Cubber uploaded a slideshow file titled “Dear NSA, let me take care of your slides,” revamping nearly every aspect of the top-secret Powerpoint presentation to modern standards in visual communications design. Within the first 24 hours, Cubber’s slideshow gained more than 412,800 views on Slideshare (shown below).[24]

    According to Cubber[25], he initially took notice of the PRISM slideshow through a tweet mocking the poor sense of design posted by American data theorist Edward Tufte.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]The Guardian – NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

    [2]The Guardian – Verizon forced to hand over telephone data – full court ruling


    [4]New Yorker – THE N.S.A.-VERIZONSCANDAL

    [5]Google News – Stories about NSA-Verizon Scandal

    [6]BuzzFeed – Help Us Reimagine Verizon Ads

    [7]New York Times – President Obama’s Dragnet

    [8]Washington Post – Obama administration collecting huge number of citizens’ phone records, lawmaker says

    [9]Politico – Left, right radio fume at NSA report

    [10]Washington Post – U.S. intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program

    [11]Los Angeles Times – NSA, Verizon surveillance program: What you need to know

    [12]Electronic Frontiers Foundation – Timeline of NSA Domestic Spying

    [13]USA Today – Report: NSA siphons data from 9 major Net firms

    [14]The Guardian – NSAPRISM program taps in to user data of Facebook Yahoo and others

    [15]The Guardian – Clapper admits secret NSA surveillance program to access user data

    [16]The New York Times – Obama Calls Surveillance Programs Legal and Limited

    [17]The Guardian – Edward Snowden the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

    [18]White House – Pardon Edward Snowden

    [19]Twitter – @Darth’s Twitter Feed

    [20]Twtter – Search Results for #NSAKidsBooks

    [21]Topsy – Mentions of #NSAKidsBooks

    [22]The Guardian – NSA surveillance as told through classic children’s books

    [23]Washington Post – NSA slides explain the PRISM data-collection program

    [24]Slideshare – Dear NSA, let me take care of your slides

    [25]Fasco Design – A Designer Overhauls The NSA’s Atrocious Powerpoint Presentation


    [27]The Huffington Post – ‘Troll The NSA’ Hopes To Get Lots Of People To Send Keyword-Filled Email At The Same Time

    [28]Roll Call – NSA Is ‘Aware’ of Impending Trolling

    [29]Tumblr – Obama is Checking Your Email

    [30]BuzzFeed – Photos of Obama Reading Your Email

    [31]Daily Dot – Obama is reading your email and LOLing about it

    [32]Mashable – Obama is checking your email tumblr mocks NSA surveillance program

    [33]NY Daily News – Tumblr spoof page Obama Is Checking Your Email goes viral

    [34]Reddit – Obama is checking your email

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  • 06/17/13--09:48: Half-Life 3 Confirmed
  • About

    Half-Life 3 Confirmed is a catchphrase associated with the announcement and release of the fifth installment in the popular Half-Life franchise by Valve. Since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 in October 2007, fans have long anticipated the next installment in the franchise, which over time lead to numerous intentionally fake theories that have little to nothing to do with the games, alongside various stories which claim the release of the game to be coincident with the rapture.


    Valve’s Half-Life[14] franchise started on November 19th, 1998, and was as well the debut title of Valve Software. On November 16, 2004, Valve released Half-Life 2, the sequel to the original game. This was followed by Half-Life 2: Episode One on June 1, 2006, and Half Life 2: Episode Two on October 10, 2007. Originally, Valve intended to release the episodes 6 months apart. Instead, Episode Two was released over a year after Episode One, and Half-Life 2: Episode Three, which was supposed to follow 6 months after Episode 2, has been delayed indefinitely.[15][16]

    Since the episode’s announcement in 2006, and the release of a number of concept art images in 2008 (shown above), there have been a number of rumours and hoaxes regarding the supposed announcement of a release date for Episode Three, all of which have been denied by Valve.


    Prior to large gaming events, such as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, speculations on the announcement of Half-Life 3 are often made surrounding Valve’s presentation during the events, which are commonly later debunked by various gaming websites as it becomes clear the sequel won’t appear during the event.

    In early August of 2012, numerous rumors were released which speculated that Valve was working on a new gaming engine. This was later confirmed during a visit of 4chan’s /v/ (videogames) board at Valve in celebration of Gabe Newell’s 50th birthday (shown below) in early November of the same year. Both the rumors and the confirmation on the new engine lead to various websites speculating it to be the reason Half-Life 3 was delayed numerous times, such as VG 24/7,[1][2] Joystiq,[3] Eurogamer,[4] Trusted Reviews[5] and Now Gamer.[6]

    On June 8th, 2012,[12] and April 2nd, 2013,[13] Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman submitted 2 comics to the videogame humor sharing website Dorkly about the constant excitement of Half-Life 3 and the common release claims on April Fools’ day. As of June 17th, 2013, both comics received respectively more than 990 abd 5,400 Facebook likes.

    On June 10th, 2013, a picture appeared (shown below) on the r/gaming sub-Reddit[10] which showed a Half-Life 3 poster at the convention, which was subsequentally posted on FunnyJunk[11] the same day. Although the picture was proven fake pretty early, it managed to gain nearly 5000 upvotes on Reddit and more than 600 on FunnyJunk in less than a week.

    Notable Examples

    Additional examples can be found through the Tumblr tags “half life 3”[7] and “half life 3 confirmed”,[8] and through FunnyJunk by searching for “half life 3 confirmed”.[9]

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  • 06/17/13--11:39: The Geek Code
  • About

    The Geek Code is a series of letters and numbers contained in signature blocks[9] used by self-identified geeks to describe their interests, personalities, appearance, skills and opinions to other members of the geek community. The codes were initially used by newsgroup posters in their email signatures, later progressing to message board signatures and dedicated sections on homepages.


    The Geek Code was created by Robert A. Hayden of Minnesota State University, Mankato, who submitted the first version[10] to the Usenet groups alt.geek and rec.humor on August 11th, 1993. The code contained elements pertaining to a person’s vocation, dress style, political views, computer interaction, skills with Linux and Unix, education level, musical interests, physical shape, eating habits, living arrangements, friendships, vision status, weirdness, love of Star Trek, experience with role-playing and sex life.


    The geek code consists of several categories. Each category is labeled with
    a letter and some qualifiers. Go through each category and determine which
    set of qualifiers best describes you in that category. By stringing all of
    these ‘codes’ together, you are able to construct your overall geek code.
    It is this single line of code that will inform other geeks the world over
    of what a great geek you actually are.

    Some of the qualifiers will very probably not match with you exactly.
    Simply choose that qualifier that MOSTCLOSELY matches you. Also, some
    activities described in a specific qualifier you may not engage in, while you
    do engage in others. Each description of each qualifier describes the wide
    range of activities that apply, so as long as you match with one, you can
    probably use that qualifier.


    Geeks can seldom be quantified. To facilitate the fact that within any
    one category the geek may not be able determine a specific category,
    variables have been designed to allow this range to be included.

    @ for variable, said trait is not very rigid, may change with time or with individual interaction. For example, Geeks who happen to very much enjoy Star Trek: The Next Generation, but dislike the old 60’s series might list themselves as t++@.
    () for indicating “cross-overs” or ranges. Geeks who go from
    c+ to c--- depending on the situation (i.e. mostly “c+”) could

    use c+(---). Another example might be an m++(*). This would be a person who mostly listens to classical music, but also has an extensive collection of other types of works.

    @ is different from () in that () has finite limits within the category, while @ ranges all over.


    Geeks come in many flavors. The flavors relate to the vocation of the particular geek. To start a code, a geek must declare himself or herself to be a geek. To do this, we start the code with a “G” to denote “GEEK”, followed by one or two letters to denote the geeks occupation or field of study. Multi-talented geeks with more than one vocation should denote their myriad of talents with a slash between each vocation (example: GCS/MU/T).

    GB -- Geek of Business
    GCS -- Geek of Computer Science
    GE -- Geek of Engineering
    GM -- Geek of Math
    GMU -- Geek of Music
    GS -- Geek of Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc.)
    GSS -- Geek of Social Science (Psychology, Sociology, etc.)
    GT -- Geek of Theater

    GO -- Geek of Other. Some types of geeks deviate from the normal geek activities. This is encouraged as true geeks come from all walks of life.
    GU -- Geek of ‘Undecided’. This is a popular vocation with new freshmen.

    GAT- Geek of All Trades. For those geeks that can do anything and everything. GAT usually precludes the use of other vocational descriptors.
    Geeks come in many different types of dress.

    d I dress a lot like those in Walmart ads
    d+ I tend to wear trendy political messages like “Save the Whales” or “Free South Africa”.
    d++ I tend to wear conservative dress such as a business suit.
    d- I tend to wear trendy political messages like “Nuke the Humans”, “Question Authority”, or “Big Brother’s Watching”.
    d-- I wear jeans to work just to piss off my boss
    d--- At work, I have holes in my jeans and/or obscenities on my shirt.

    d? I have no idea what I am wearing right now, let alone what I wore yesterday.
    !d No clothing. Quite a fashion statement, don’t you think?
    d+ I wear the same clothes all the time, no matter the occasion, often forgetting to do laundry between wearings.
    Just as the Geek’s sense of fashion is varied, so is his/her political convictions.

    p Politics? I’ve heard of that somewhere but in all honesty I really don’t give a shit.
    p+ Let’s get the government off of big-business’s back
    p++ All in favor of eliminating free speech, say aye!
    p+++ Fuckin’ Minorities! Adolf Hitler is my hero!
    p- Bring back the 60’s
    p-- I’m still living in the 60’s
    p--- No taxes through no government

    p+ Don’t label me you moron! Both sides are equally fucked up!
    Most geeks identify themselves by their use of computers and computer networks. In order to quantify your geekiness level on computers, consult the following (consider the term ‘computers’ synonymous with ‘computer network’):

    c Computers are a tool, nothing more. I use it when it serves my purpose.
    c+ Computers are fun and I enjoy using them. I play a mean game of Wing Commander and can use a word processor without resorting to the manual too often. I know that a 3.5" disk is not a hard disk. I also know that when it says ‘press any key to continue’, I don’t have to look for a key labeled ‘ANY’.
    c++ Computers are a large part of my existence. When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is log myself in. I mud on weekends, but still manage to stay off of academic probation.
    c+++ You mean there is life outside of Internet? You’re shittin’ me! I live for muds. I haven’t dragged myself to class in weeks.
    c++++ I’ll be first in line to get the new cybernetic interface installed into my skull.
    c- Anything more complicated than my calculator and I’m screwed.
    c-- Where’s the on switch?
    c--- If you even mention computers, I will rip your head off!
    Linux is a hacker-written operating system virtually identical to unix. It runs on your standard 386/486 PC computers and offers multitasking support far superior to DOS. Because it is still a young OS, and because it is continually evolving from hacker changes and support, it is important that the geek list his Linux ability.

    l I know what Linux is, but that’s about all
    l+ I’ve managed to get Linux installed and even used it a few times. It seems like it is just another OS.
    l++ I use Linux almost exclusively on my system. I monitor comp.os.linux and even answer questions some times. I’ve aliased Linux FTP sites to make getting new software easier.
    l+++ I am a Linux wizard. I munch C code for breakfast and have enough room left over for a kernel debugging. I have so many patches installed that I lost track about ten versions ago. Linux newbies consider me a net.god.
    l- I have no desire to use Linux and frankly don’t give a rats ass about it.
    l-- Unix sucks. Because Linux = Unix. Linux Sucks. I worship Bill Gates.

    !l I don’t even use an 80×86 chip, so linux isn’t really a reality for me. (ie, Mac people).
    l? What the hell is Linux? I’ve never even heard of it.
    Just as geeks sometimes use Linux, a great many geeks also use generic Unix machines to accomplish their geeky ends.

    u I have a unix account to do my stuff in
    u+ I not only have a unix account, but I slam VMS any chance I get.
    u++ I’ve get the entire admin ticked off at me because I am always using all of the CPU time and trying to run programs that I don’t have access to. I’m going to try cracking /etc/passwd next week, just don’t tell anyone.
    u- I have a VMS account.
    u-- I’ve seen unix and didn’t like it. DEC rules!
    u--- Unix geeks are actually nerds in disguise.
    All geeks have a varying amount of education.

    e K-12, been on a college campus.
    e+ Started a B.S./B.A, plan to finish it some day.
    e++ Had not learned enough to know better not to go back and try for a master’s degree.
    e+++ Still pretty stupid, over qualified to work any job, went and got my Ph.D.
    e- Got my bachelors, escaped alive, and am making hoards of money writing unmaintainable (except by me) software.
    e-- The company I work for was dumb enough to fund my way through a masters degree, then started paying me even more money.
    e--- Achieved a Ph.D, have devoted my life to insignificant research, which my employer pays dearly for.

    e* I learned everything there is to know about life from the “Hitchhiker’s Trilogy”.
    Musical interests vary widely, also.

    m I occasionally listen to the radio
    m+ I own a tape or CD collection (records also count, but you would be admitting how old you really are).
    m++ I consider myself refined and enjoy classical and new-age selections
    m+++ I consider myself over-refined and grok that heavy-duty elevator music.
    m- Just play it loud
    m-- I play air-guitar better than anyone else.

    m* I am an expert on so many types of music that I can’t even keep them straight
    Geeks come in many shapes and sizes. Shape code is divided into two parts. The first indicates height, while the second indicates roundness. Mix each section to fit yourself. Examples include: s/+, s/, s+/--.

    s I’m an average geek
    s+/+ I’m a little taller/rounder than most.
    s++/+ I’m a basketball/linebacker candidate.
    +/++I usually have to duck through doors/I take up three movie seats.
    s-/- I look up to most people. Everyone tells me to gain a few pounds.
    s--/-- I look up to damn near everybody. I tend to have to fight against a strong breeze.
    s---/---I take a phone book with me when I go out so I can see to eat dinner. My bones are poking through my skin.
    Geeks usually consume food. Some eat everything they can grab while some others are quite conscious of their food. (Note: ‘n’ is used for nutrition as ‘f’ is used elsewhere.)

    !n Eh what? never mind the menu, give me something to eat!
    n+ I like food – especially when it is healthy.
    n++ I like the fibers in food
    n- Food? I just grab something from the shelves with meat in it.
    n-- I eat only the cheap things – even with artificial meat and vegetables.
    n--- I live on snacks and coke.

    h Friends come over to visit every once in a while to talk about Geek things. There is a place for them to sit.
    h+ Living alone, get out once a week to buy food, no more than once a month to do laundry. All surfaces covered.
    h++ Living in a cave with 47 computers and an Internet feed, located near a Dominoes pizza. See !d.
    h- Living with one or more registered Geeks.
    h-- Living with one or more people who know nothing about being a Geek and refuse to watch ‘Star Trek’.
    h--- Married, with the potential for children. (persons living with a fiance might as well label themselves h---, you’re as good as there already.)

    h* I’m not sure where I live anymore. This lab/workplace seems like home to me.
    Yes, it’s true; geeks do have friends. At least, some of them do.

    f Yeah, I have friends. Who told you?
    f+ I have quite a few really close friends. We get along great. They are all other geeks, though.
    f++ I have so many friends, I make other people jealous.
    f- I have a few friends. They barely seem to speak to me anymore.
    f-- I’ve got about one friend left in the world, who probably wants to shoot me.

    f? I think I have friends.
    f* Everyone is my friend.
    !f I have no friends. Get lost.
    Geeks have traditionally worn glasses.

    !g I have no glasses
    g+ I’ve got four eyes, what’s your point?
    g++ I’ve got four eyes and tape in the middle
    g+++ I have coke-bottle classes that I can use to start leaves on fire in the hot sun.
    g- I have contacts
    g-- I have colored contacts
    g--- I have those funky contact that have interesting designs on them such as happy faces or some such.
    Geeks have a seemingly natural knack for being “weird”. Of course, this is a subjective term as one person’s weirdness is another person’s normalness. As a general rule, the following weird qualifiers allow a geek to rate their weirdness.

    w I am not weird. I’m perfectly normal.
    w+ so? what’s your problem with weird.
    w++ I am so weird, I make Al Yankovic look sane.
    w+++ Mainstream? I heard of that once, I think.
    w- I’m more normal that most people normally are.
    w-- Isn’t everyone in the p+ group?
    Star Trek:
    Most geeks have an undeniable love for the Star Trek television (in any of its three forms). Because GEEK is often synonymous with TREKKIE, it is important that all geeks list their Trek rating.

    t It’s just another TV show
    t+ It’s a damn fine TV show and is one of the only things good on television any more.
    t++ It’s the best show around. I have all the episodes and the movies on tape and can quote entire scenes verbatim. I’ve built a few of the model kits too. But you’ll never catch me at one of those conventions. Those people are kooks.
    t+++ It’s not just a TV show, its a religion. I know all about warp field dynamics and the principles behind the transporter. I have memorized the TECH manual. I speak Klingon. I go to cons with Vulcan ears on. I have no life.
    t- Maybe it is just me, but I have no idea what the big deal with Star Trek is. Perhaps I’m missing something but I just think it is bad drama.
    t-- Star Trek is just another Space Opera. William Shatner isn’t an actor, he’s a poser! And what’s with this Jean-Luc Picard? A Frenchman with a British accent? Come on. I’d only watch this show if my remote control broke.
    t--- Star Trek SUCKS! It is the worst crap I have ever seen! Hey, all you trekkies out there, GET A LIFE! (William Shatner is a t---)
    Role Playing:
    Role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons have long been a part of the traditional geek life. Because geeks often become so involved in their role-playing that they lose touch with reality, include one of the following role-playing codes.

    r Role-Playing? That’s just something to do to kill a Saturday afternoon
    r+ I’ve got my weekly sessions set up and a character that I know better than I know myself
    r++ There is no life outside the role of the die. I know all of piddly rules of (chosen game). MY own warped rules scare the rest of the players.
    r+++ I worship E. Gary Gygax.
    r- Gosh, what an utter waste of time!
    r-- Role-Players worship SATAN!
    Geeks have traditionally had problems with sex (ie, they never have any). Because geeks are so wrapped up in their sexuality (or lack of sexuality for that matter), it is important that the geek be willing to quantify their sexual experiences.

    This code also is used to denote the gender of the geek. Females use ‘x’ in this category, while males use ‘y’. For example:
    x+ A female who has had sex
    y+ A male who has had sex.

    For those person who do not wish to give out any details of their sex life, the use of x? (where x is the gender code) will allow you to so.

    !x Sex? What’s that? I’ve had no sexual experiences.
    x+ I’ve had real, live sex.
    x++ I was once referred to as ‘easy’. I have no idea where that might have come from though.
    x- I prefer computer sex to real sex.
    x-- I was once referred to as a ‘cyberslut’, but I have no idea where that might have come from.

    x* I’m a pervert.
    x** I’ve been known to make perverts look like angels.

    x? It’s none of your business what my sex life is like (this is used to denote your gender only).

    * * * * * * * * *

    The Geek Code is copyright 1993 by Robert A. Hayden. All rights reserved. You are free to distribute this code in electronic format provided that the contents are unchanged and this copyright notice remains attached.


    The Geek Code was inspired by a number of similar codes used as signatures in dating and sex newsgroups to clearly announce one’s sexual preferences of fetishes. This may have been inspired by handkerchief code[8], a flagging system popularized in the 1970s to help members of different sexual subcultures identify each other in public. Participants would wear a colored handkerchief associated with their particular fetish (chart shown below). If a person wants to be on the receiving end, the handkerchief is worn on the right side of their person, often in the back pants pocket or on a belt loop. If they want to be on the giving end, the handkerchief is worn on the left side.

    The first online flagging system was The Bear Code[1], created on November 23rd, 1989 by Bob Donahue and Jeff Stoner. The code was used to help gay men who identify with the bear subculture[2] simply provide information about their physical appearance (i.e. amount of hair, weight and height) as well as aspects of their sexual interest, including touching, history and fetishes. In the early 1990s, discussion of the Bear Code appeared on a number of different newsgroups including[3],[4] and alt.personals.[5] In 1990, the Smurf Code[6] and the Twink Code[7] also began to circulate the web.


    As early as 1994, a second version of the code was shared via HTML web page[11], adding sections for information on one’s car and spoken language as well as experience with Perl, Windows, Mac and Cypherpunks. A third version was released in 1995, along with the first code generator[12], allowing users to select the aspects that described them with radio buttons and checkboxes, automatically creating a code for them at the end. This version adding in a number of entertainment sections, including ones for fans of the X-Files and the comic strip Dilbert. In March 1996, the final version of the code was released on the domain[13], where Hayden noted he wanted to write a new version for the America Online-era, but became overwhelmed. The final code had 34 sections, double the original 17.

    In 1998, Bradley M. Kuhn launched The Geek Code Decoder Page[14], a script that would easily provide an explanation of a person’s coded answers. Hayden’s Geek Gode was first defined on Urban Dictionary[15] in August 2005. A second decoder site[16] launched around Christmas 2006. Though mentions of the code tapered off in the late 2000s, in 2012, discussion of the code appeared on The Recruiters Lounge[17] and The Geek Anthropologist.[17]

    Derivative Codes

    As early as 1995, derivatives of the Geek Code began appearing on other Usenet newsgroups, tailored to other subcultures. That year, the Goth Code[19] and the Cat Code[20] were both created. Between 1996 and 2008, codes were created for furries[22], fans of Chip’n’Dale Rescue Rangers[23], swingers[24], Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans[25], hackers[26], knitters[27] and people with Autism.[28] A number of other codes were linked on The Goth Code’s[21] 1998 homepage.

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    External References

    [1]Resources for Bears – The Bear Code

    [2]Wikipedia – Bear (gay culture)

    [3]Google Groups Archive – bear codes… for fun and profit.

    [4]Google Groups Archive – Bear Code

    [5]Google Groups Archive – alt.personals: Bear Code key

    [6]QRDSmurfCODE™ 1.04

    [7]xMission – The Twink Code, version 1.12

    [8]Wikipedia – Handkerchief code

    [9]Wikipedia – Signature block

    [10]Textfiles – The Code of the Geeks v1.0.1

    [11] – The Geek Code, by Robert Hayden.

    [12] – The Generator for The Code of the Geeks v3.1

    [13]The Geek Code – Home

    [14] – The Geek Code Decoder Page

    [15]Urban Dictionary – Definition for “Geek Code”

    [16]The Geek Code Decoder – Home


    [18]The Geek Anthropologist – How geeky are you: the geek code and the geek test

    [19]PC’s Website – Goth Code Mini-FAQ

    [20]Microserve – Cat Codes (Archive from February 1999)

    [21]The Goth Code – Current Versions

    [22]WikiFur – Furry Code (1996)

    [23]Ranger Wiki – Ranger Code (1998)

    [24]Yehoodi – What’s Your Swinger Code? (2000)

    [25] – Buffy Geek Code (2003)

    [26]Stargrave – Hacker key guide (2003)

    [27]Knitty – The knitter’s geek code, v1.1 (2004)

    [28]United Against Neurelitism – AutCode

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  • 06/17/13--12:25: Feminist Taylor Swift

  • About

    Feminist Taylor Swift is a novelty Twitter account that parodies song lyrics of the American pop singer with feminist commentaries on romantic ideals that may be deemed patriarchal or heteronormative.


    On June 11th, 2013, Rhode Island-based blogger Clara Beyer[2] tweeted[3] (shown below, left) an idea for a single-topic Twitter feed called “feminist Taylor Swift.” The next morning, Beyer created the account @feministtswift[1] and tweeted a parody of lyrics from Swift’s 2009 hit “You Belong With Me” (shown below). Within five days, it had been retweeted more than 4,400 times and favorited nearly 1,900 times.


    On June 14th, a selection of tweets from the account were featured on Buzzfeed[4], who noted the account had accrued more than 7,100 followers with its first 19 tweets. The same day, additional tweets were featured on BroBible[5], Entertainment Weekly[6], Mashable[7] and PopHangover[8] and by the end of the day, the account had grown to 20,000 followers. On June 15th, Feminist Taylor Swift was featured on the Huffington Post[9], gaining another 27,000 followers overnight. Over the next 48 hours, the tweets were featured on the Washington Post[10], MSNNow[11], United Press International[12] and the Sydney Morning Herald.[13] By June 17th, Feminist Taylor Swift had accrued more than 76,000 followers. That day, Beyer was interviewed by The Daily Dot[14], during which she said that her motivation came from what she perceived as the “problematic nature of Top 40 lyrics” in general and trying to justify being a feminist while enjoying Swift’s music.

    Notable Examples

    Derivative: Feminist Kanye

    On June 14th, a similar novelty Twitter account called @FeministKanye[15] began tweeting Kanye West lyrics with feminist commentary. Though the owner of the account has yet to come forward, Feminist Kanye has gained more than 6,200 followers in three days. The following day, several tweets from the account were featured on Salon.[16]

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    Miss Utah 2013 Marissa Powell’s Flub refers to a fumbling answer about income inequality given by the Utah representative at the 2013 Miss USA beauty pageant. Shortly after its broadcast, a video of the incident was uploaded online and mocked in a similar fashion to the Miss Teen South Carolina clip from 2007.


    On June 16th, 2013, 21-year-old Marissa Powell competed as Miss Utah in the Miss USA beauty contest held in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the question portion of the competition, actress NeNe Leakes asked Powell about economic inequality between genders, to which the contestant responded with a fumbling and incoherent answer (shown below).

    NeNe Leakes: “A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?”
    Marissa Powell: “I think we can re … relate this back to education and how we are … continuing to try to strive to … [smiles] … figure out how to create jobs, right now. That is the biggest problem in … I think, especially the men, are, um … seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to try to figure out how to … create education better so that we can solve this problem.”

    Notable Developments

    Online Reaction

    That evening, the keywords “Miss Utah” became a trending topic on Twitter with over 9,500 mentions, according to the analytics site Topsy[8] (shown below).

    Many of the tweets mocked her grammatically incorrect statement “create education better”[8] and compared her to Miss Teen South Carolina’s fumbled response during the 2007 Miss USA pageant.

    On June 17th, 2013, Redditor sorzer submitted a clip of Powell’s answer to the /r/videos[1] subreddit, where it received over 3,600 up votes and 850 comments within the first 16 hours.

    News Media Coverage

    That same day, several news and Internet humor sites published articles about Powell’s appearance, including People,[3]MSN,[4] E Online,[5] The Huffington Post[6] and The Daily Beast.[7] Also on June 17th, the Gawker Media sports site Deadspin[2] posted a transcript of the beauty contestant’s answer, accompanied by the Ultimate Insult Man quote from the 1995 comedy film Billy Madison.

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    Not yet available.

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  • 06/18/13--11:23: eBay

  • About

    eBay[1] is an online auction and shopping site that allows its users to buy and sell a wide range of goods and services. Since its launch in 1995, the company has vastly expanded its operations in size and scope, facilitating localized auctions in more than 30 countries as of June 2013.


    eBay was first conceived as AuctionWeb[3] (shown below) on September 5th, 1995 by computer programmer Pierre Omidyar[4] as part of the homepage for his consulting firm Echo Bay. After making a humorous listing for a broken laser pointer as a test, it sold for $14.83 to a person collecting broken lasers.[5] AuctionWeb quickly became popular and after Omidyar had to upgrade his personal website to a business space, he began charging fees for users selling their items on the site. By 1996, Omidyar hired his first employee as well as a company president. That November, eBay mentions began appearing in the tech news blogosphere, with news of airline tickets being sold on the site.[6] The following month, AuctionWeb was named as a solution for getting rid of unwanted holiday presents.[7]

    In January 1997, AuctionWeb hosted 2,000,000 auctions, an 800% increase from 1996’s total of 250,000 auctions. The next month, Cnet[8] published an article about the popularity of AuctionWeb, citing that the site generates more than $3 million worth of sales per month. The first guide[9] to eBay transactions was posted on April 29th, 1997. That September, on the second anniversary of the site’s launch, the company officially changed the name of its auction services to eBay (shown below). Also in 1997, the company sold its 1 millionth item while serving 3 million daily page views for items in 371 different categories.[10]

    On September 23rd, 1998, eBay joined the stock market with an initial public offering (IPO) of $18 per share. They closed at $47.375, up 163% from its opening price.[11] With 3.5 million shares sold, the company raised more than $63 million that day and within two quarters, the stock grew 1000%.[12] In 1998, eBay also began acquiring other online auction and classified advertising companies, accruing 42 as of June 2013. By the end of 2000, eBay was serving 22 million registered users from seven different countries. The same year, the site introduced the “Buy It Now” option, allowing users to skip the auction in order to purchase an item from a seller. In June 2006, the eBay Wiki launched, described as the world’s largest commercial wiki.[13] However, it was taken down by 2008.


    eBay offers free accounts for people looking to bid on or purchase items. Sellers can list a certain number of items for free per month, based on the type of account. eBay also calculates a fee based on the final selling price of the item.[17] As of June 2013, there are 35 high-level categories[18] which are each broken down into dozens of more specific sections.



    The P-P-P-Powerbook was a fake Apple laptop computer created with a binder by Something Awful forum member Jeff Harris in retaliation to an eBay scammer in 2006. After Harris realized the person who had won the auction for his 19-day-old Powerbook, he enlisted the help of other Something Awful users to scam the buyer.

    Seven-Legged Spider

    The Seven-Legged Spider was a drawing completed by David Thorne as part of an October 2008 prank in which he attempted to use the drawing to pay his overdue utility bills. After the post documenting his prank went viral, Thorne attempted to sell the drawing on eBay for $10,000. Though a winning bid was made for $15,000, bidder Patrick Munoz declared he had no intention of actually paying for the drawing.

    Beyblades Auction

    The Beyblades eBay Auction was set up as a punishment for two young children on February 5th, 2011 after they had destroyed their parents’ bathtub with the toys. The photo that accompanied the listing depicted one of the children crying while the other held up a plastic bag containing the metal Beyblades. The link was shared on a number of gaming sites before it ended up on 4chan where users began to photoshop other items into the Beyblades bag. Within 24 hours, the auction page had been viewed more than 200,000 times. The next day, the auction was removed from eBay after a number of fake bids. The owner chose not to relist the item after receiving a number of harassing emails.

    Princess Beatrice’s Royal Wedding Hat

    Princess Beatrice’s Royal Wedding Hat had already been the subject of a photoshop meme immediately after the British royal wedding in April 2011. The following month, the unique hat designed by Philip Treacy was auctioned off to raise money for charity, with the proceeds split between Unicef and Children in Crisis. The auction ended on May 22nd, raising US $131,341.47.

    HP Touchpad Drawing Auction

    After HP dropped the price of their Touchpad tablets from $399 to $99, a Greenfield, Ohio resident placed a hand-drawn HP Touchpad up for auction beginning at $0.99. Within an hour, the auction was viewed more than 5,000 times and other eBayers began to put their own Touchpad drawings up for auction. As bids creeped up to $100,000, the item was the most-watched auction in the Art category, with more than 900 users monitoring its status. Three days before the auction was due to close, eBay removed the listing for violating the site’s terms and conditions.

    Stoned Fox

    The Stoned Fox (Упоротая лиса) is a Russian photoshop meme that began with an eBay auction for an anthropomorphic stuffed fox. In October 2012, British artist and taxidermist Adele Morse sold the fox on eBay for 330 pounds. Several days after the auction ended, she began receiving messages from Russian fans in appreciation of the fox. The next month, she learned the animal had become popular on the Russian web, where people began photoshopping it into well-known movie scenes and other images.

    Guinea Pig Armor

    In June 2012, Sean McCoy decided to auction off handmade Guinea Pig Armor after his pet Lucky passed away to raise funds for the Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue of Virginia. The armor, originally listed at $5, began to gain attention after an image of Lucky from the auction was shared on the /r/Funny subreddit. The photo gained more than 9,200 upvotes and 2,700 points overall within four days, causing a number of news sites including the Huffington Post and CNN to feature the story. As of June 18th, the auction has a high bid of $15,100 and is set to end on June 21st.


    As of June 2013, eBay has an Alexa[14] rank of 21 in the world and 7 in the United States. According to Quantcast[15], eBay serves 85.8 million unique visitors monthly and is also ranked #7 in the US. In the first quarter of 2013, eBay served 116 million users, selling $3.5 billion worth of items listed as clothing, shoes, health and beauty, accessories and jewelery, $4 billion in electronics and video games, $2.7 billion in home and garden items and $1.7 billion in vehicles.[16]

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