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  • 08/25/13--09:51: Will Sasso's Lemon Vines


  • About

    Will Sasso’s Lemon Vines are Vine videos in which Canadian actor and comedian Will Sasso[1] is shown completing a normal activity before surprisingly spitting out a lemon.

    Origin

    Sasso uploaded his first lemon Vine titled “Facing personal challenges head-on.” on February 19, 2013, depicting him looking at the fruits displayed in the grocery store. After returning to his car with a bag of lemons, he is shown spitting one out of his mouth seemingly out of nowhere. As of August 2013, he has uploaded multiple other videos of this nature, however lemons are not always present prior to his final spit.

    Spread

    On February 27th, one of Sasso’s lemon videos was chosen as a Vine Editor’s Pick.[4] As early as March 3rd, other comedians on the site began to parody these vines including Adam Goldberg[2] and James Urbaniak.[3] On March 5th, entertainment blog Splitsider[5] declared the lemon videos Vine’s first meme. Also in early March, Sasso’s lemon Vines were featured on Animal NY[6] and Vulture.[7] On March 19th, YouTuber Alex Davidson uploaded a compilation video featuring a montage of Sasso’s lemon Vines, which has accrued more than 4.7 million views as of August 2013.



    The compilation was reposted to CollegeHumor[8] the following day before being shared on the /r/Videos subreddit[9] on March 21st, where it gained 16,269 upvotes, 2,481 points overall and 936 comments before being archived. Over the next two days, the video was shared on Viral Viral Videos[10], Gawker[11], WebProNews[12], The Huffington Post[13] and Laughing Squid.[14] On April 3rd, 2013, Cartoon Network uploaded a parody video of Sasso’s vines featuring the Adventure Time character Earl of Lemongrab (shown below, left) appearing as both the lemons Sasso spits out and Sasso himself. Three months later, on July 4th, the lemon Vines were featured in an episode of YouTubers React by The Fine Brothers (shown below, right).



    Notable Examples




    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 08/25/13--17:24: X Story
  • About

    X Story refers series of YouTube Poop Music Videos (YTPMVs) where people generally use the Cave Story’s main theme music by Nicalis and Studio Pixel.[1]

    Origin

    The very first upload is made by the youtube user “mssnor”. After the deactivation of the mssnor’s account, origin video is reuploaded by vbictor97.

    Spread

    Lots of ytpmv remixes can be found on youtube.[2]

    Need expert

    Examples


    Left:Jack Black’s Octagon/Right:Old Spice Commercials


    Left:My Little Pony/Right:Snoop Dogg

    References


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  • 08/26/13--12:00: Miley Cyrus


  • About

    Miley Cyrus is an American actress and recording artist best known for her role as the title character in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana between 2006 and 2011.

    Online History

    [researching]

    Death Hoax

    In September 2008, members of Anonymous began to spread an internet death hoax rumor that Cyrus had been killed in a car accident. The rumor was paired with a screenshot of a fake Yahoo! News story[33] (shown below) and persisted via edits to her Wikipedia page and a front-page link on Digg.



    Sex Tape Facebook Scam

    As early as December 2010, Facebook scammers have conducted phishing schemes that use a fictional sex tape allegedly containing Cyrus as bait. The scam has since resurged on several occasions, most recently throughout September and October 2012.



    We Can’t Stop

    On June 3rd, 2013, Miley Cyrus released “We Can’t Stop”, the lead R&B single from her upcoming fourth studio album Bangerz. The music video premiered on the MileyCyrusVEVO YouTube channel on June 19th, which has accrued more than 157 million views as of August 2013. Parodies of the video began appearing on YouTube as early as July 6th, 2013.



    When the song was released, many critics interpreted one of the lines in the chorus as “dancing with Molly,”[1] a reference to a slang term for the drug methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (MDMA). Initially, a representative from the song’s production company Mike WiLL Made It[3] and Cyrus herself[5] insisted that the lyric was not a drug reference, however, Cyrus later confirmed that it was about drugs in July[4], stating “You can Google me and you know what I’m up to, you know what the lyric is saying.”

    Controversy

    Drug Use

    In December 2010, TMZ[34] obtained a video of Cyrus allegedly smoking salvia from a bong on her 18th birthday. The video quickly went viral and her father criticized her actions publicly on Twitter.[35] In a February 2011 interview, Cyrus stated that she made a mistake and was upset with herself for disappointing her fans and not thinking about the people who see her as a role model.[36] In July 2013, she spoke with Style Australia about her marijuana use[37], claiming she enjoyed it more than drinking.



    2013 VMA Performance

    On August 5th, 2013, Cyrus performed a medley of pop songs at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, including “We Can’t Stop,” “Blurred Lines” and “Give It 2 U” with singer Robin Thicke and rapper 2 Chainz.



    Photographs and GIFs of celebrities reacting to the performance from the crowd began to spread on Twitter, Tumblr and gossip blogs[16], including a still image of Will Smith and his family[8] watching the Lady Gaga performance that was erroneously attributed as a response to Cyrus. While her performance was airing on the East Coast, there were more than 306,100 tweets per minute about the VMAs, while Cyrus was mentioned a total of 4.5 million times during the entire broadcast.[9] That night, Buzzfeed[10] compiled 15 GIFs from the performance which was viewed more than 1.8 million times in less than 24 hours. Additionally, a handful of GIFs and other pieces of fan art were featured on Tumblr’s curated LOL tag[11][12][13], gaining more than 100,000 notes each.



    That night, Twitter users began criticizing the way Cyrus’ latex outfit made her behind look with the hashtag #MileyAssSmallerThan[31], creating image macros comparing it to raw chicken or the backside of King of the Hill character Hank Hill. Within 24 hours, the hashtag was used more than 166,000 times.[32] The following day, a number of news media sites and internet culture blogs wrote about the performance as well as the online reaction including the Los Angeles Times[14], the Chicago Tribune[15], Mashable[17], Uproxx[18] and Slate.[20] Additionally, The Onion[25] criticized this coverage with a satirical opinion piece explaining why traditional news sites covered the event. The Daily Dot[21] reported on the sexist backlash Cyrus was receiving from people across social networks while a reporter at Vulture[19] suggested that the performance was a “minstrel show,” exhibiting an appropriation of “ratchet” culture.[22] The racism debate was countered on The Daily Beast[23] and Mediaite[24], who both argued that Cyrus’ twerking was nothing more than a dance move.

    Personal Life

    Destiny Hope Cyrus was born on November 23rd, 1992 to Letitia Jean “Tish” (née Finley) and Billy Ray Cyrus[26], a country singer best known for his 1992 hit single “Achy Breaky Heart.” Her nickname “Miley” is a shortened form of “Smiley,” which her parents dubbed her as an infant for her happy disposition. After the success of Hannah Montana, Cyrus signed a four-album deal with Hollywood Records and released her debut studio album in June 2007, as part of a 2-disc album with the soundtrack to the second season of Hannah Montana. Her first single, “See You Again” (shown below), peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and later was certified Platinum.



    In 2009, she transitioned into film roles and launched a Walmart exclusive clothing line with Max Azria. In 2012, she announced her engagement[27] to actor Liam Hemsworth. Cyrus’ fourth studio album, Bangerz is expected to be released on October 4th, 2013 and she maintains active Twitter[28], Instagram[29] and Facebook[30] accounts as of August 2013.

    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Rap Genius – Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop lyrics

    [2]Spin – Miley Cyrus’ Molly Song ‘We Can’t Stop’ Isn’t About Molly

    [3]TMZMiley Cyrus Not Singing About Ecstasy … Says Producer

    [4]TMZMILEYCYRUS:
    Of Course I’m Singing About Ecstasy, You Idiots

    [5]Rolling Stone – Miley Cyrus Talks Drugs and Alcohol

    [6]USA Today – Miley’s VMA performance shocks celebs

    [7]ABC News- Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Stuns Crowd

    [8]Business Insider – Will Smith And His Kids Had The Greatest Reaction Ever To Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance

    [9]NBC News – Miley Cyrus twerks her way to top of Twitter at 300,000 tweets per minute

    [10]Buzzfeed –

    [11]Tumblr – gamebrah: you broke my achy breaky heart

    [12]Tumblr – thegreencorgi: Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejui….

    [13]Tumblr – rihlouded

    [14]Los Angeles Times – Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance: Media reacts in shock

    [15]Chicago Tribune – Miley Cyrus gives racy performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards

    [16]E! Online – Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance: See Taylor Swift, Rihanna, One Direction and More Stars’ Reactions

    [17]Mashable – Watch Miley Cyrus’ Childhood-Ruining VMAs Performance

    [18]Uproxx – Memes: The Internet Roasts Miley Cyrus’ Vma Performance And Rightfully So

    [19]Vulture – Rosen: The 2013 VMAs Were Dominated by Miley’s Minstrel Show

    [20]Salon – Best reactions to Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance

    [21]The Daily Dot – Is the sexist backlash to Miley Cyrus worse than her twerking?

    [22]NY Mag – Ratchet: The Rap Insult That Became a Compliment

    [23]The Daily Beast – Miley Cyrus’s VMA Performance Was Ridiculous, But It Wasn’t Racist

    [24]Mediaite – Embarrassing: Columnist Sees ‘Racism’ in Miley Cyrus’ Twerking ‘Minstrel Act’

    [25]The Onion – Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning

    [26]Wikipedia – Billy Ray Cyrus

    [27]People – Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth Are Engaged

    [28]Twitter – @MileyCyrus

    [29]Instagram – MileyCyrus

    [30]Facebook – Miley Cyrus

    [31]Twitter – Tweet Results for #MileyAssSmallerThan

    [32]Topsy – Tweet Statistics for #MileyAssSmallerThan

    [33]HoaxSlayer – Miley Cyrus Death Hoax

    [34]TMZMiley Cyrus Bong Video Partying with a Bong

    [35]LA Times – Miley Cyrus bong-smoking video has dad Billy Ray ‘so sad’

    [36]Billboard – Miley Cyrus Opens Up About Salvia Bong Hit

    [37]Huffington Post – Miley Cyrus Smoking Weed Comes As A Shock To No One


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    Overview

    The Max Headroom broadcast intrusions were a series of break-ins to two television stations in Chicago by a man imitating and wearing a mask of the character Max Headroom, as well as mocking political figures and the networks he hijacked on November 22, 1987. The broadcast pirate and his accomplices have never been found, nor have the police ever named any suspects or witnesses.


    Close-up of a Max Headroom mask, the same kind that the hijacker wore in the video

    WGN-TV (channel 9)

    The first and lesser-known occurrence happened during the WGN Nine O’Clock news, in which anchor Dan Roan was recapping the highlights of the recent Chicago Bears game, which was the hijackers primary and, at the time (debatably) sole target. The intrusion lasted (approximately) 25 seconds and there was no audio but a low buzzing sound. It only lasted as long as it did because the engineers switched the frequencies of their studio links, effectively terminating the intrusion. When the broadcast returned to anchor Dan Roan, he befuddledly stated, “If you’re wondering what just happened (laughing) so am I.”

    No official recording by a casual person has been found, but a (condensed) version found on news reports of the event has been uploaded to YouTube.

    WTTW (channel 11)

    Two hours later (at roughly 11:15 PM), on PBS member station WTTW, a re-run of the British series Doctor Who’s Horror of Fang Rock serial was hijacked with a similar Max Headroom video, only this time the audio was working, and the engineers had no way of getting rid of it. What followed was 90 seconds of the Max Headroom impersonator making fun of WGN anchor Chuck Swirsky, Max Headroom’s ill-fated “New Coke” advertisements, giving the finger with a rubber extension, as well as mocking Chicago’s newspaper, Clutch Cargo, and putting on a glove then claiming his brother has the other one.

    After this it cuts to Max bending over, bare-buttocked, in front of a woman(?) in old-fashioned attire with a fly-swatter. The woman proclaims, “Bend over, bitch!” and hits him repeatedly, followed by Max screaming in agony. The video then cuts out, with Doctor Who resuming as normal.

    There are many full recordings of this particular incident, the one included is the highest quality copy able to be found.

    Aftermath

    The next day, the incident received widespread national headlines, and was reported on the CBS Evening News, among other affiliates. WTTW received many calls from people wondering exactly what was occurring as early as the last few seconds of the hijacking.

    The incident was parodied by WMAQ-TV. The station inserted clips of the hijacking (without sound) during a newscast of Mark Giangreco’s highlights. They go on to state that the FCC and FBI will likely never catch the culprit.

    In 2011, an AMA Reddit article by user bpoag claimed that he “may know who was behind the hijacking”. The article gained some media attention and received over 200 comments. None of the claims are proven (and the author even says he doesn’t know for sure if they are behind it) and the identities of the supposed hijackers were protected as to not disrupt their current lives. He has no idea where or what they are doing today and the author has not come in contact with them for a number of years.

    Another Reddit article article confirms the author’s naming of places and the kind of people involved, but he as well did not diverge any personal info.


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    [Work in progress]
    (Warning: This entry contains spoilers.)

    About

    Walt’s confession , also known as “Hank and Marie watch” is a series of parody videos based on a scene from Confessions, the eleventh episode of the fifth season of the AMC drama series Breaking Bad.

    Origin

    The episode was aired on August 25, 2013 at 9PM EST and received ratings of 2.5 (4.85m)[1]. The episode received widespread critical acclaim and has been cited to be one of the best of the series.[2] The episode features a scene with Walt giving his in-laws a DVD of his “confession”. Playing it at home, Hank and Marie discover it is really a form of blackmail accusing Hank of being the mastermind of the Heisenberg empire and forcing Walt to cook meth for him.

    Spread

    On August 26, Tumblr user conanofallon submitted a photo set with the caption “Hank and Marie react to Miley CyrusVMA performance”[3]. That same day, LiveLeak user swollen submitted the video “Heisenbergs a dick!”[4] which features the scene with the music video of Never Gonna Give You Up playing on the television.



    On reddit, user TheHumbleVeteran posted “Hank & Marie Watch The Video Music Awards”[5], the post received 32,227 as of August 27, 2013. The next day, user barrywu998 posted another remix with the caption “Walt gives Hank the wrong CD”[6].



    Notable examples



    External Links


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    About

    The Internet Cat Video Film Festival is an annual festival dedicated to cat videos shared online. The first festival was originally organized by blogger Katie Czarniecki[23] at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 30th, 2012, but expanded to multiple locations in 2013 due to its popularity.

    Background

    On May 31st, 2012, blogger Katie Czarniecki announced[1] that she would be hosting a film festival dedicated to online cat videos at the Walker Art Center, a reputable modern art museum located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Anyone could submit a video for consideration through July of that year. By August, nearly 10,000 submissions had been received.[3]



    Notable Developments

    News Media Coverage

    Between June and August 2012, news about the upcoming event gained the attention of various news outlets on both local and national levels, including BBC[4], CBS[5], ABC[6], Salt Lake Tribune[7], Huffington Post[8], Philadelphia Daily News[9], Buzzfeed[10], Gawker[11] and Mashable.[12]

    First Internet Cat Video Film Festival

    The outdoor screening event was held on August 30th, 2013 during a cultural festival known as Open Field[2] at the Walker Art Center. In total, 79 videos spanning more than an hour in length were shown, featuring various categories including comedy, documentary, animated and foreign, among others. Due to the nature of the festival, leashed cats were also invited to attend. The event drew in an estimated 10,000 people and was covered by the New York Times[13], Buzzfeed[14], StarTribune[15], CBS[16] and Babble.[17] After the event, Walker Art Center compiled the videos into a YouTube playlist[24], which has been viewed more than 1 million times as of August 2013.



    The event also included a People’s Choice award to honor popular cats in internet culture. Nominations included Maru, NONONONO Cat, Kitten Hugging Mom Cat, Dubstep Cat, Nyan Cat and the Talking Cats. The grand prize went to “Henri, Paw de Deux” (shown below, left), the second installment of the Henri, Le Chat Noir series. The creator, William Braden, received the Golden Kitty Award (shown below, right).[18][19]


    2013 Cat Film Festivals

    In the fall following the first festival, the organizers held mini-festivals in Boston, San Diego and Memphis[29] before expanding to larger festivals held in Oakland[30] and Portland in early 2013, along with a panel about the success of the first festival held at South By Southwest.[28] The second annual Internet Cat Video Festival was held at the Minnesota State Fair on August 28th, 2013 with 70-minutes worth of videos shown to an estimated 10,000 attendees[34] The videos were simultaneously streamed online by Animal Planet.[33]



    Many well-known internet cats attended the festival, including Lil Bub and Pudge. The event was covered by The Telegraph[35], Global News[36] and Today[37], among others. For 2013, there were five nominations[38] for that year’s Golden Kitty Award, which was awarded to Grumpy Cat[39] (shown below, left) for her first video. Two Lifetime Achievement awards were also awarded to Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat (shown below, right). The 2013 videos are scheduled to be shown at 15 local festivals and events including ones in Brooklyn[31], Chicago, San Francisco, Michigan[32] and Ireland throughout the rest of the year.



    Twitter Feed

    The official Twitter Account for the Internet Cat Video Film Festival is @catvidfest[20], whereas tweets related to the various festivals also make use of the hashtag #catvidfest[21], which has been used on Twitter more than 3,800 times as of August 2013.[25] #Catvidfest can also be found as a tag on Tumblr[26] and Instagram.[27] The hashtag was also used during the 2012 first Cat Video Film Festival so viewers could send in votes for the Best in Show, using corresponding numbers of the submissions that were shared on the blog of the Walker Art Center.[22]



    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]Internet Cat Video Film Festival – Announcement

    [2]Walkerart.org – Open Field

    [3]Open Field Program – Internet Cat Video Film Festival

    [4]BBCCat video film festival to celebrate web’s furriest virals

    [5]CBSWalker Art Festival: The Cat’s Meow

    [6]ABCMinneapolis to Host Internet Cat Video Film Festival

    [7]Salt Lake Tribune – Cat videos get their moment at Minneapolis film festival

    [8]Huffington Post – Internet Cat Video Film Festival To Be Held In Minneapolis

    [9]Philadelphia Daily News – Tattle: Internet Cat Video Film Festival debuts at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

    [10]Buzzfeed – Finally! An Internet Cat Video Film Festival

    [11]Gawker – And So It Begins: Internet Cat Video Film Festival to Take Place Next Month in Minneapolis

    [12]Mashable – Internet Cat Video Film Festival Underway in Minnesota

    [13]New York Times – At Cat Video Film Festival, Stars Purr for Close-Ups

    [14]Buzzfeed – The First Annual Cat Video Film Festival

    [15]StarTribune – Internet Cat Video Film Fest draws 10,000 people

    [16]CBSMore Than 10,000 Attend Walker’s Cat Video Fest

    [17]Babble – Who Won at the Cat Video Film Fest

    [18]Time Newsfeed – Angsty Cat Henri Wins Top Award at the Internet Cat Video Film Festival

    [19]Mashable – Sad French Kitty Wins ‘Best Cat Video on the Internet’

    [20]Twitter – @catvidfest

    [21]Twitter – Hashtag: #catvidfest

    [22]Walker Art Center Blog – #catvidfest: Vote for ‘Best in Show’

    [23]MNArtists – Katie Czarniecki

    [24]YouTube – WalkerArtCenter: #catvidfest 2012

    [25]Topsy – Tweet Statistics for #catvidfest

    [26]Tumblr – Posts Tagged #catvidfest

    [27]Statigram – Photos Tagged #catvidfest

    [28]South By Southwest – #catvidfest: Is This the End of Art?

    [29]Walker – The Nine Lives of the Internet Cat Video Festival

    [30]Oakland Cat Video Fest – Home

    [31]Gothamist – Internet Cat Video Film Festival Coming To Brooklyn, Where It Belongs

    [32]ArtPrize – Walker Art Center’s The Internet Cat Video Festival is Coming to ArtPrize!

    [33]Animal Planet – INTERNETCATVIDEOFESTIVAL

    [34]My Fox Twin Cities – STATEFAIR: Internet Cat Video Festival draws 10,000

    [35]The Telegraph – Best viral cat videos celebrated at US festival

    [36]Global News – 2nd annual Internet Cat Video Festival gets underway in Minnesota

    [37]Today – Viral felines escape the Internet, star in cat video festival

    [38]MNArtists Blog – GOLDENKITTY 2: The Internet Cat Video Festival People’s Choice Vote is Open

    [39]Yahoo! Finance – Walker Art Center Internet Cat Video Festival Golden Kitty Awarded to the Original Grumpy Cat


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  • 08/28/13--15:00: X Shakes Cola
  • About

    X Shakes Cola (Japanese: コーラを振るだけ) refers to a series of hand-drawn animations featuring various characters dancing while shaking and spraying a bottle of soda at their partner, while being set to a remix of the 1998 Japanese rock song “HOTLIMIT” by T.M. Revolutions.[1]

    Origin

    The original soda-shaking animation was created by Nico Nico Douga user 竹林の民, and was uploaded to the site on October 14th, 2012. It was initially shown as bonus footage for a “”http:" />smooooch ・∀・" parody video (shown below, left) featuring the 2channel characters known as Yaranaio.[2] An extended version of the animation, which also included a pie fight between the characters, would be uploaded to NND by its creator a week later, on October 22nd, 2012. (shown below, right)


    【ニコニコ動画】【手書き】やらない夫でsmooooch・∀・【やっつけ】【ニコニコ動画】【手描き】やらない夫がコーラを振るだけじゃなくなった【やっつけ】

    Spread

    The video was positively received with users in the site, helping it amass over 500 thousand views as of August 2013. It would eventually prompt other amateur animators on the site to try their hand in recreating the video with characters from anime, manga, and video game series. Additionally, the original video would also be remade with a more fluid animation, and being uploaded to NND on January 28th, 2013.[3] The video is the most viewed in the series, with it gaining over 600 thousand views in just seven months.



    In all, over 480 videos relating to the series has since been posted to NND[4] as of August 2013, where many of them has been reprinted to YouTube.[5] And though it’s limited, illustrators on pixiv[5] and Nico Nico Segia[6] also began creating and uploaded stillshots based on the videos on the art-sharing sites.

    Notable Examples


    Touhou Project[8]
    Ib.[9]
    Dangan Ronpa[10]
    No More Movie Thief[11]

    Search Interest

    External References

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

    [1]Wikipedia – HOTLIMIT (Japanese)

    [2]Nico Nico Pedia – やらない夫 (Japanese)

    [3]Nico Nico Douga – 【手描き】やらない夫がコーラを振るだけを動かしてみただけ / Posted on 1-28-2013

    [4]Nico Nico Douga – Search results for コーラを振るだけ

    [5]YouTube – Search results for コーラを振るだけ

    [6]pixiv – Search results for コーラを振るだけ

    [7]Nico Nico Segia – Search results for コーラを振るだけ

    [8]Nico Nico Douga – 【手描き】フランちゃんがコーラを振るだけじゃなくなった【東方】 / Posted on 12-22-2012

    [9]Nico Nico Douga – 【手書き】メアリーちゃんがコーラを振るだけじゃないかも / Posted on 2-25-2013

    [10]Nico Nico Douga – 【手描き】田中眼蛇夢がコーラを振るだけ【完成版】 / Posted on 5-26-2013

    [11]Nico Nico Douga- 映画泥棒がコーラを振るだけじゃなくなった【手描き】 / Posted on 12-24-2013


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  • 08/30/13--13:50: The Gay Club
  • The Gay Club refers to a popular tumblr post involving a Skype call from a group named the gay club with the caption “Are they finally accepting my submission?!”
    It is also known for tumblr user benthebreaker getting angry over the amount of notes the post has gotten


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  • 08/21/13--13:09: What is it, Eren?

  • Please help with this entry- I have little to no experience with KYM formatting. Thanks!

    About

    What is it, Eren? is a phrase from a panel in the Attack On Titan / Shingeki No Kyojin manga, said by Jean Kirschtein. The panel in which the phrase is included is often isolated and used in many ways. Sometimes, the panels leading up to it are also included. Popularity is most likely due to the style of the drawing, including the perspective used and the strange expression on the character’s face.


    History

    It is unclear where the meme surfaced. However, it quickly became popular on Tumblr, where entire blogs have been dedicated to it, such as this one.

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest


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  • 09/01/13--16:04: A Softer World
  • About

    A Softer World[1] is a webcomic created by Joey Comeau and Emily Horne in 2003.[2] The comic usually consists of three panels featuring different photographs or pieces of the same image spread over the frames with overlaying text. The text often relays descriptions of relatable situations and end in absurd or dark humor, with additional commentary provided when a reader hovers over the strip. As of September 2013, the comic is updated three times per week and syndicated on Tumblr[13] and LiveJournal.[14]

    History

    In 2001, the first iteration of A Softer World was published in a zine using photographs taken by Horne and text written by Comeau.[22] It transitioned to the web on February 7th, 2003, with a comic of a black kitten asking an unseen higher power if its parents were ever going to come home.



    By 2006, A Softer World began appearing on other blogs including Hype Machine[17], Comic Book Resources[18], This Magazine[19] and Make Use Of.[20] By May 2008, the comics began appearing in print issues of The Guardian.[21] As of September 2013, A Softer World has more than 21,000 Facebook fans[24] and sells merchandise through Topatoco.[25]

    Books

    The first A Softer World book, titled Truth and Beauty Bombs, was released in 2006, with 20 never-before-seen comics. They released two more books, Second Best Isn’t So Bad and Everybody Gets Got in 2009 and 2012 respectively. On July 30th, 2013, Comeau and Horne launched a Kickstarter[3] to fund a fourth book, titled Let’s Do Something Wrong (shown below). By the end of the campaign, they raised $78,587, 314% of their original $25,000 goal.



    Reception

    Some time prior to July 2004, English author Warren Ellis shared a link to the webcomic with his email list Bad Signal, causing a large spike in traffic. Soon after, Comeau received a call from his web hosting service stating that the site had seen 5 gigs of traffic in one hour.[16] In 2005, A Softer World was named one of the year’s best webcomics on The Webcomic Examiner.[15] In 2007, it won the first Web Cartoonists’ Choice Award for photographic webcomic. PC Mag[23] also named it the #1 Best Unsung Webcomic.

    Fan Art and Remixes

    As early as 2007, fans began remixing A Softer World strips with their own photography or text, inspired by the comic’s dark humor. One of the earliest posts (shown below) was uploaded to Flickr[26] on May 20th, 2007 and shared with the hashtag #aswfanart.[27] In 2009, InfiniteComic.com[28] was created, allowing people to input keywords to generate an A Softer World-style strip.



    Since May 2010, blogs dedicated to remixing the original comics around specific fandoms have been created on social networking sites. That month, A Skating World[6] was created on LiveJournal, replaces the photos taken by Horne with pictures of figure skaters (shown below). By November 2010, the trope had begun to appear on Tumblr with A Hetalia World.[29]



    Notable Examples

    Traffic

    As of September 2013, Asofterworld.com has an Alexa [11] rank of 23,812 in the United States and 85,287 globally. Additionally, their Quantcast[112] rank is 448,526 in the US.

    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 09/02/13--04:47: Stylish Yankee Doodle
  • About

    Stylish Yankee Doodle (Japanese: スタイリッシュいちまんじゃく, Stylish Ichiman Jaku) refers to a series of hand-drawn animated videos on Nico Nico Douga (NND) where various characters strike stylish posing while playing the Japanese version of a well-known Anglo-American song “Yankee Doodle”.[1]

    Origin

    This 17th century Anglo-American song is given original Japanese lyrics taken from fatherless mountain lovers’ song about Japanese North Alps[2] and has been familiar to Japanese people as a lively mountain song “Alps of 10,000 shaku[3]” (アルプス一万尺, Arupusu Ichiman Jaku). Besides, it’s a popular hand-crapping song among Japanese children since 1960s (shown below, left).

    Meanwhile, the trigger of this fad was a hand-drawn animated video titled “Stylish Ichiman Jaku” where Archer and Tokiomi Tohsaka from Fate/Zero, a prequel to Fate/Stay Night by Type Moon, strike “stylish” posing and a smug look along with the song (shown below, right). This video was posted to NND by female user Kei (けい)[4] on December 3rd, 2011. The creator said in the video’s description[5] that she made it to introduce this very stylish and elegant hand game invented by a frined of hers and share it with other people.


    【ニコニコ動画】スタイリッシュいちまんじゃく、踊ってもらった【手描きFate】

    Translation:

    Arupusu Ichimanjaku Koyari no Ue de Arupen Odori wo Saa Odorimasho! (Hey!)
    (On the height of 10,000 shaku in the Alpine mountains, let’s dance to Alpine music!)

    Lalalala Lalala Lalalala Lalala Lalalala Lalalala Lalalalala・・・

    Spread

    The video was positively received with NND users, especially female users who had enjoyed hand games in their young days. It soon became to the subject of mimicking among those female users as same as other hand-drawn animation fads. On NND, there are about 300 videos of recreating this stylish hand game by hand with their favorite Anime, Manga or Game characters.[6] And dozens of source illustrations used in the videos are uploaded to Japanese illustrators community pixiv.[7]

    Notable Examples


    【ニコニコ動画】【進撃の】すたいりっしゅいちまんじゃく【巨人】【ニコニコ動画】【緑間】スタイリッシュいちまんじゃくなのだよ【高尾】
    Left: Attack on Titan / Shingeki No Kyojin | Right: Kuroko’s BasketBall
    【ニコニコ動画】【手描きペルソナ】番長とキタローでスタイリッシュいちまんじゃく【ニコニコ動画】【手描きIb】スタイリッシュいちまんじゃく、踊ってもらった
    Left: Megami Tensei – Persona | Right: Ib
    【ニコニコ動画】【ホリデイ岡山】スタイリッシュいちまんじゃく踊ってみた【優雅に】【ニコニコ動画】【タイバニコスで】スタイリッシュいちまんじゃく【やってみた】
    Left: Dance Cover | Right: Cosplay for Tiger & Bunny

    1st Anniversary Edition

    On December 3rd, 2012, Kei posted the 1st anniversary edition of a self dance cover for this stylish hand game, and it included a tutorial of she and her friend demonstrating the game as a bonus track.


    【ニコニコ動画】【一周年】スタイリッシュいちまんじゃく、踊らせていただいた【本家】

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    External References

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

    [1]Wikipedia – Yankee Doodle

    [2]Wikipedia – Japanese Alps

    [3]Wikipedia – Shaku (unit)

    [4]niconico – けい's user page

    [5]niconico Video – スタイリッシュいちまんじゃく、踊ってもらった【手描きFate】 / Posted on 12-03-2011

    [6]niconico Video – Search results for スタイリッシュいちまんじゃく

    [7]pixiv – Search results for スタイリッシュいちまんじゃく


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  • 09/02/13--14:51: Mighty No. 9
  • W.I.P. Help would be greatly appreciated.

    About

    Mighty No. 9 is an 2.5D action-platform video game currently in development by Comcept[1] and directed by producer Keiji Inafune, best known for working on titles such as Onimusha, Dead Rising and the Mega Man series. The plot of the game is set in the future, where the creation of highly advanced robots has become possible. The most advanced and powerful of those are a set of nine robots called the Mighty Numbers. But a computer virus of unknown origins attacks machines around the world, including the Numbers, infecting them and making them go evil. The player assumes control of Beck, the titular Mighty No. 9, and the only unaffected one out of the line, now must destroy his rogue “siblings” and discover the evil mastermind behind the crisis. The creation of the game relies on the online crowdfunding website, Kickstarter. Mighty No. 9 is intended to closely resemble the aforementioned Mega Man, another Inafune creation, in both gameplay and character design. This is due to Capcoms, the company that owns the rights to Mega Man, poor treatment of the franchise in recent years and Inafune wanting to give the fans a new Mega Man title, if all but in the name.

    History

    Mighty No. 9 was announced in a conference at the 2013 Penny Arcade Expo by Inafune and his team. A Kickstarter campaign[2] for the project launched on August 31, 2013. Barely two days later, on September 2nd 2013, the minimum Kickstarter goal of 900,000$ has successfully been funded. The game is set to be released on Spring 2015.

    Reception

    The game received an amazing amount of positive reaction from gamers[4], especially Mega Man fans. Many fans of the Blue Bomber freely admits to consider Beck as a spiritual successor to the franchise, even dubbing him the “New Bomber”. In the short time since Inafune revealed it at PAX 2013, Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter was covered by many video game sites and publicists. There’s also a growing amount of fan art on deviantart[3].

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    About

    “I Don’t Like You at All, Big Brother!!” Ending Parodies, better known as “Ochinko ED Parodies” (Japanese: おちんこEDパロ) in Japan, refers to a series of parody videos of reproducing the ending movie for a Japanese TV anime series I Don’t Like You at All, Big Brother! (お兄ちゃんのことなんかぜんぜん好きじゃないんだからねっ!!, Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!)[1], usually shortened into “Ochinko” (おちんこ) among Japanese fans, which is the same pronunciation of “Penis” in Japanese.

    Origin

    The anime series was aired between January and March in 2011 and its ending theme song “Ari Ari Mirai” was sung by Japanese voice actors Erika Kitamura, Marina Inoue and Kazusa Aranami. However, it had totally fallen behind Puella Magi Madoka Magica the huge succeeded TV anime aired in the same season. Instead, it caught an attention among anime Otakus due to its out-of-date character design, characters’ too long neck, and the ending movie in which almost all scenes were made only by scrolling stock images (shown below, left).

    This quite cheap and strange ending movie soon became to a topic on the Japanese web, and people began to post many parody videos to the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) after this Pokemon version was uploaded around the middle of February 2011 (Shown below, right).


    【ニコニコ動画】お兄ちゃんのことなんか・・・ED【ニコニコ動画】ごしゅじんさまのことなんかぜんぜん好きじゃないんだからねっ!!
    Editor’s note: this ending movie isn’t the original, but an extended version made by a NND user.

    Spread

    Many NND users had joined onto the bandwagon of this parody video fad because it was too easy for them to mimic the ending movie by MAD video style, NND users’ favorite video editing manner. In addition, a template video[2] prepared in quite early days of this fad spurred the increasing of those videos. As of September 2013, there are more than 630 parody videos for Ochinko ending movie on NND[3], and about 330 of them had been created in its first 3 months. All videos in this series is given name by the phrasal template“I Don’t Like You at All, (X)!!” (◯◯のことなんかぜんぜん好きじゃないんだからねっ!!).

    However, this fad is hardly confirmed on other video sharing services such as YouTube because of the original anime’ low popularity in the oustside of Japan.[4]

    Notable Examples


    【ニコニコ動画】【第6回MMD杯予選】お兄ちゃんのことなんか~【ED再現】【ニコニコ動画】お兄ちゃんのことなんか全然ポポポポ~ン!!
    Left: Miku Miku Dance Cover by Vocaloid Characters | Right: Greetings Are Magic
    【ニコニコ動画】けいやくのことなんてぜんぜんきにしてないんだからね【ニコニコ動画】ディオのことなんかぜんぜん憧れないんだからねッ!! 【ジョジョ】
    Left: Puella Magi Madoka Magica | Right: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
    【ニコニコ動画】お兄チャンドンゴンのことなんかぜんぜんスキジャナインダカラー!!【ニコニコ動画】「覇王翔吼拳」のことなんかぜんぜん使わざるを得ないんだからねっ!! ED
    Left: Jang Dong-gun's Japanese Speech | Right: I must use “Haoh Sho Ko Ken.”

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    External References

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

    [1]Wikipedia – I Don't Like You at All, Big Brother!

    [2]niconico Video – お兄ちゃんのことなん~のEDパロ素材っぽいもの / Posted on 02-27-2011

    [3]niconico Video – Search results for おちんこEDパロリンク

    [4]YouTube – Search results for おちんこED


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  • 09/03/13--13:33: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club


  • About

    Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club is a 2013 sports-centric anime series created by Kyoto Animation, based on a light novel by author Kōji Ōji. After a commercial related to the series was released in March 2013, the series gained a large fandom among female yaoi fans known as Fujoshi, especially on Tumblr.

    History

    The show was originally spawned from a light novel, titled High Speed!, by author Kōji Ōji. The story was entered into the second annual Kyoto Animation Awards, in which it won an honorable mention, before being published on July 8, 2013. In April 2012, Kyoto Animation subsidiary Animation DO advertised a new project based on a swim team composed of 4 boys, and later followed this with a studio commercial in March, 2013. After the commercial rose to popularity, a 12 episode show was announced during a livestream on April 26th and began airing on July 4, 2013. To promote the series, an online radio show titled Iwatobi Channel began airing on June 17, 2013, followed by a series of CD compilations starting on August 21, 2013. As well of this, a series of Drama CDs were created, with the first volume being released on August 21, 2013.

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    Online Relevance

    The series has a large presence among the Fujoshi fandom, on particular sites such as Tumblr[1], DeviantART[2][3], Fanfiction.net[4] and Fanpop[5], as well as a large anti-fandom on 4chan’s /a/ Anime board[6]. As well as this, sites such as the Free! wiki[7], Anime News Network[8] and TV tropes[9] hold information on the series. There are also a number of videos on both Youtube[10] and Nico Nico Douga[11] about the series, and the Facebook fanpage for the show has over 7,000 likes[12].

    Swimming Anime

    Swimming Anime is the name fans gave to the original commercial after the video was posted to Youtube by YouTuber CureSumika on March 6th, 2013. (shown below).



    After the video was posted, the commercial grew a large fan-following on Tumblr[17], sporting Fanfictions, Fanart, Shipping, Ask Blogs, as well as it’s own Dating Sim[13] and Twitter account[14]. As well as this, Anime streaming site Crunchyroll also started a Change.org petition in order to entice Kyoto Animation into creating a show based of the project[15]. Despite the large fandom the commercial spawned, it also gathered a large anti-fandom from male Otaku, who believed that the project was too drastic a change for the company, who were known previously for their Moe shows such as Nichijou, Lucky Star and K-On!.

    Notable Sub-Memes

    Free! Ending Dance Parodies / Splash Free!

    Free! Ending Dance Parodies, refers to a number of Anime Ending MADs based of a dance performed by the cast during the Ending animation for the show. The parodies gained notoriety on Nico Nico Douga[16], with many users replacing the boys with characters from different series.



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    WARNING. VIDEOANDIMAGESECTIONMAYINCLUDESNSFWCONTENT

    About

    Alexander Pistoletov is a russian pornstar and singer who known with his naughty contented youtube videos. In the songs he covers, he generally swings his penis similar as meatspin.

    Online History

    need expert and source

    Doncopter Pirate

    The original video was taken down by youtube guidelines in March 2012[2]. Since the original video had taken down, other users reuploaded the video. Many mirrors have been taken down and reuploaded. Some users missused titles to prevent flagging, such as renaming as Cirno’s Perfect Math Class

    Left : NSFW Mirror | Right : SFW With Lyrics

    WIP

    [1]Alexander Pistoletov’s – Youtube Channel

    [2]Encyclopedia Dramatica’s – Article


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  • 09/04/13--03:17: Zoolander X for ants
  • About

    “What is this, an X for ants?” is a snowclone used to describe an unusually small object/image. It is often sarcastically used in forums in response to posts that are too small to read.

    Origin

    In the 2001 comedy film Zoolander, the main character, Derek Zoolander (played by Ben Stiller), responds in anger after being shown a model of the Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good, saying, “What is this? A center for ants?”, thinking that the model is the actual center.

    Derek Zoolander: What is this? [smashes the model for the reading center] A center for ants?
    Mugatu: What?
    Derek Zoolander: How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read… if they can’t even fit inside the building?
    Mugatu: Derek, this is just a small…
    Derek Zoolander: I don’t wanna hear your excuses! The building has to be at least… three times bigger than this!
    Mugatu: He’s absolutely right you know.

    On March 29, 2010, YouTube user Mike Jones uploaded a clip of the scene.[1]

    A subreddit called “r/thingsforants” was created in February 2013.[2]

    Search Interest

    [1]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ffj8SHrbk0

    [2]http://www.reddit.com/r/thingsforants


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    This is a meme that first started on september 3rd 2013, cold night. And it all started because of a Facebook fanpage fail. Somehow almost every user from Guadalajara, Jalisco, México had a “residencia” change, in english it is shown as “Lives in…”. So it changed to “Hospital Civil de Guadalajara” which i don’t think there is need for a translation to english, it’s pretty obvious.

    Everybody started taking it as a joke, also it was almost impossible to change the “residencia” thing. So… memes started and we “Tapatios” started drinking tequila and have fun.

    i’ll just put the article about facebook fail in Guadalajara here
    Por falla de Facebook, usuarios tapatíos residen en el Hospital Civil

    Why did everybody from Guadalajara changed it’s “live in…” status to Hospital Civil de Guadalajara?
    Well aparently it is because when we choosed our place where we live in, we added a Guadalajara Facebook Fanpage, suddenly the fanpage owner change it’s name to “Hospital Civil de Guadalajara” and therefore all tapatíos now live in this Hospital.

    reference: Por qué Facebook cambió tu ciudad a “Hospital Civil de Guadalajara”


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  • 09/04/13--13:33: Headcanon
  • About

    Headcanon is an idea, belief, or aspect present in a piece of fanwork that does not correspondent with the information present in the canonical material, because it’s not present the canonical story or explained differently. Fans and authors often add their headcanon to their works. In certain cases, a specific headcanon can evolve into fanon, which is when a specific fandom belief gets accepted to a point it turns into a widely accepted concept.

    Origin

    In fiction, canon refers to the conceptual material accepted the work is based on, being the overall set of storyline, premises, settings, and characters offered by the source work, and the specific incidents, relationships, or story arcs that take place within the overall canon. The canon is often used as a base layout in fanworks based on the fictional work. These fanworks are however considered non-canon because they add elements not present in the canon. English writer Ronald Knox first used the term in the context of fiction to differ the orginal Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with others in a 1911 essay “Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes”.

    Spread

    [Researching]

    Headcanon Blogs

    Fanon

    Fanon is a portmanteau of fan and canon. The term is considered an elevated form of the concept of headcanon. Although headcanons are mostly only accepted as plausible by a small group of people and are almost never never regarded as canonical, certain ideas may receive enough attention or popularity that they become influential or widely accepted within the fandom. At this point fandoms refer to the idea as fanon, looking at them as fan-produced canon. To appeal to the fans, the authors of those works at times use fanon as a source for ideas and can reference them in the canonical work.

    Related Memes

    Headcanon Accepted

    Head Cannon

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  • 09/04/13--13:48: Bill Nye
  • About

    Bill Nye is an American science educator, best known as the host of the children’s educational television show Bill Nye the Science Guy which aired on PBS from 1993 – 1998.

    Online History

    Bill Nye launched his personal homepage[13] on July 9th, 1996. His Facebook fan page[17] was created on December 4th, 2008 and has since attracted more than 1.3 million fans. He joined YouTube[14] in April 2009, where he has uploaded 26 videos, accrued nearly 15,000 subscribers and gained more than 3.6 million views, averaging more than 278,000 views per day as of September 2013. Nye also maintains an active Twitter[15] account where he has more than 930,000 followers. In June 2013, Nye participated in an Ask Me Anything thread on Reddit, which gained 58,904 upvotes, 3,257 points overall and 8,076 comments prior to being archived.

    Related Memes

    Bill Nye the Science Guy Remixes

    Bill Nye the Science Guy Remixes are a series of remix songs based on the theme song from his PBS television show. They often appear as recut music videos featuring footage from other memorable television shows, movies or video games. Though clips from the song were used in YTMND sites as early as May 2004, the first full-length remix of the song was posted via YouTube on January 7th, 2006, which infused hardcore techno beats into the theme (shown below).



    @Bill_Nye_Tho

    @Bill_Nye_Tho was a novelty Twitter account based on Nye’s persona that launched in early 2012. The tweets were mostly about science factoids, but from the perspective of a person who was stoned. On July 17th, a corresponding single topic Tumblr[1] for the Twitter account was created to archive the tweets. Five days later, 20 of these tweets were curated into a listicle on Buzzfeed.[2] In August, more of @Bill_Nye_tho’s tweets were featured on The Chive.[3]



    However, the account was suspended in September 2012, following a temporary suspension that July. At the time of the suspension, @Bill_Nye_tho had attracted nearly 200,000 followers[4] and was gaining between 2,000 – 3,000 retweets per update.[5] It was revealed that month the account was run by Laughspin writer Lucas Gardner[6] who told Betabeat[7] that he had no intention in pursuing the account again after its second suspension. As of September 2013, the account is still suspended, despite a Change.org petition[8] to save it. While many of @Bill_Nye_tho’s original tweets have been archived on Favstar.fm[9] and Tumblr[10], a Facebook fan page[11] and secondary Twitter account[12] attempt to keep the joke alive, gaining more than 60,000 likes and 15,000 followers respectively as of September 2013.

    Personal Life

    Bill Nye was born in Washington D.C. on November 27th, 1955. He studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University, where he took classes with Carl Sagan. He then spent time working at Boeing in Seattle before getting a recurring spot on a local sketch comedy show where he earned the nickname “Bill Nye the Science Guy” after correcting the host’s pronunciation of “gigawatt.” The success of his local segment led to 100 episodes of his science-themed show on PBS in the 1990s. He has dedicated the rest of his career to educational entertainment and science work. As of September 2013, he resides in Los Angeles and is an avid swing dancer. In September 2013, he announced that he would be joining the cast of the 17th season of Dancing With the Stars.[18]



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  • 09/04/13--15:57: Dubstep Cat
  • It’s a cat dancing on Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go – Cinema (Skrillex Remix).
    The origin of the meme is from a video by the youtube channel wbowerproductions (https://www.youtube.com/user/wbowerproductions?feature=watch). He made a video called ‘’Dubstep Cat’’ and he get a lot of view in a small time laps.

    Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQeIDhz-_eg


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