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  • 09/13/13--11:32: Cake Farts
  • About

    Cake Farts is a shock site featuring a video clip of a woman breaking wind on a frosted cake. Since its online release in 2008, the footage has led to the creation of dozens of reaction videos on YouTube.


    On July 17th, 2008, the single serving site was launched with a video clip of a nude woman expelling gas on to a variety of cakes. As September 2013, the original site is no longer in operation, however, there are several mirror sites and duplicate uploads available online.


    Prior to the creation of, Brazilian Fart Porn fetishizing flatulence had been circulating through the shock site since as early as January 2005 and YouTuber whiteshaw had uploaded a similar video showing a person breaking wind over a cake (shown below) in December 2006.


    On July 22nd, 2008, Smogon Forums[3] member Sir Spranky posted a link to, receiving over 55 replies within the first month. On July 24th, Vice[2] reported on the shock site in an article titled “Cake Farts -- An Appreciation.” On July 27th, YouTuber IanandCharlie uploaded a cake farts reaction video (shown below, left). On July 29th, Know Your Meme cofounder Jamie Wilkinson uploaded a video with designer Tikva Morowati in which they are filmed reacting to the cake farts video (shown below, right).

    On August 27th, YouTuber blankthevideo uploaded a video titled “Cake Farts: The Music Video,” featuring clips from the cake farts montage edited with black-and-white footage of icing being smeared on a cake (shown below, left). On April 2nd, 2009, YouTuber Jason Bowers uploaded a video featuring a group of women reacting to cake farts (shown below, right).

    On July 10th, 2009, the cake farts video was highlighted during a segment on the G4TV[4] show Web Soup. On February 13th, 2010, the Internet humor blog Drunk at the Wheel[5] posted the cake farts video. On November 8th, 2011, YouTuber Megan Medellin uploaded video featuring model Ariana Loken’s cake farts reaction (shown below, left). On February 5th, 2012, model Heather Doss uploaded a video inviting viewers to vote on whether she should film a cake farts reaction video (shown below, right)

    On July 13th, 2013, the Game Grumps YouTube channel uploaded a video in which hosts DannySexBang and Egoraptor discuss the cake farts video while playing the video game Mega Man 2 (shown below, left). On July 22nd, 2013, YouTuber Thomas Rhodes uploaded an animated tribute to Game Grumps’ episode on cake farts (shown below, right).

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Mike is God – Cake Farts

    [2]Vice – Cake Farts – An Appreciation

    [3]Smogon – Cake Farts

    [4]G4TV – Cant Un See Cake Farts

    [5]Drunk at the Wheel – Cake Farts

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  • 09/13/13--11:34: Ghetto Tracker
  • About

    Ghetto Tracker[1] is a travel advisory website offering maps that define “safe” and “unsafe” regions within the United States based on crowdsourced information and user ratings. Upon its launch in August 2013, the site was quickly admonished by several internet news sites and blogs for its perceived implication of racism.


    Though was registered in November 2009, the URL was parked[2] as recently as June 11th, 2013. The site launched as early as August 31st, 2013, when a Twitter account with the handle @GhettoTracker[3] made its first tweet, linking to the site and noting they were receiving “several reports of #ghettos in #Tallahassee.” The home page of the site originally featured a photograph of a smiling all-white family (shown below), describing itself as a tool that can help determine the “safe” areas of a new city. The following day, the site launched an anonymous feature, allowing anyone to rate cities without logging in using data from Google Maps.

    Name Change

    On September 3rd, 2013, tech blog Pando Daily[4] posted a piece on Ghetto Tracker, calling it “the worst site on the Internet.” Author David Holmes also noted that the site populated a thumbnail of two black men reaching into a car trunk when he attempted to share the URL on social networking sites. He also contacted the site’s owner about whether or not the site was intended to be satirical and he responded by saying its “functionality is very real and serious” while the name was intended to be tongue-in-cheek. The same day, the site was discussed on The Week[5] before the owner briefly changed the name of the site to “Good Part of Town” and made the image on their about page shuffle through stock photos of black and Latino families.

    Temporary Closure

    Despite the name change, on September 4th, screenshots from their deleted Facebook page illustrating “ghetto” stereotypes (shown below) were posted on the single topic Tumblr blog Public Shaming.[6] The same day, Gawker[7] reported the owner had not expected to receive such backlash for using the word “ghetto” and stated he “can’t be held responsible for the assumptions people may make in regards to factors like race and income.” Later that evening, the creator deleted the site altogether, stating it wasn’t “worth the trouble.”[8] However, it was back up[9] the following day.

    News Media Coverage

    Beginning on September 5th, discussion of Ghetto Tracker appeared on Complex Tech[10], Uptown Magazine[11], CNN[12], The Atlantic[13] and Digital Trends[14] among others.

    Creator’s Identity Revealed

    On September 8th, a local Fox news affiliate in California[15] identified the creator of Ghetto Tracker as Tallahassee resident David Foster[16], CEO of the marking platform Hubze. Foster told reporter Tia Ewing over email that he was inspired to create the website by his wife, who often travels to unfamiliar areas as part of her pharmaceutical sales job. He claimed that he had outsourced his Facebook marketing and immediately shut down the page after seeing its offensive content. He also noted that if the site became profitable, he would be donating 20% of its profits to charities that serve impoverished communities. The following day, Foster was interviewed by journalist Ben Swann[17] (shown below) where he said he was keeping the name Ghetto Tracker thanks to positive feedback from users.

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  • 09/13/13--15:48: Cyberbullying
  • About

    Cyberbullying is the act of using the internet, social media and related technologies to intentionally harm or harass people in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner by an individual or group. As cyberbullying became a more common issue in society, and more people falling victim to it, legislation and awareness campaigns have arisen to combat it.


    According to the Australian National Center Against Bullying (NCAB), the term was first coined[2] by Canadian Politician and the President of the Canadian anti-bullying website,, Bill Belsey.[1] Although it’s unknown when exactly Belsey coined the term, the earliest reference to it is shown through Belsey’s website,[3] which he launched on March 3rd, 2003.



    Related Events


    Cyberbully, stylized as “Cyberbu//y”, is an ABC Family movie which premiered on ABC on July 17th, 2011. It was marketed as part of a campaign against cyberbullying to “delete digital drama”. The film tells the story of a teenage girl who is bullied online on the fictional social site “Cliquester”, eventually leading up to her attempting suicide.

    The film quickly became a target for jokes on websites such as 4chan and Tumblr. Specific scenes in the film also grew to become memes on their own. The most notable of these being “Ur a liar lindsay”, a melodramatic close up of a computer screen which became the target of a large quantity of photoshopped versions (shown below, left); and “I can’t get the cap off”, a phrase originating from an overdramatized scene in which the movie’s protagonist, Taylor, fails to open a child-proof bottle as she attempts to commit suicide (shown below, right).

    Rehtaeh Parsons’ Death

    Rehtaeh Parsons was a Canadian teenager who committed suicide in April 2013 as a result of the events following the distribution of an X-rated viral photo. Her death was covered by countless media outlets and a Facebook memorial page managed to gain nearly 30,000 likes within four days. The four suspects who allegedly gang raped Parsons and took the photo were however not prosecuted due to a lack of evidence. This later lead to Anonymous launching the operation #OpJustice4Rehtaeh, calling for the Canadian law enforcement officials to resume the investigation while threatening to publicly release the names of the alleged assailants if no further actions were taken.

    Amanda Cummings’ Death

    Amanda Cummings was a teenager who was reported dead after throwing herself in front of a city bus in December of 2011. After the report of her death, the Facebook memorial page for Cummings, “R.I.P. Amanda Cummings”, was vandalized with organised offensive comments on the wall (shown below, left), which lead to news media coverage, anti-cyberbullying petetions (shown below, right), and the sponsoring of a bill by Senator Jeffrey D. Klein that would create harsher penalties for cyberbullies.

    Amanda Todd’s Death

    Amanda Todd was a Canadian teenager who was reported dead in October of 2012. A month prior to her suicide, Todd uploaded a video to Youtube in which she revealed the long string of online and offline harassment she had to go through. The video and the suicide made her death a subject of many conversations online about the issue of cyberbullying. However, the coverage of Todd’s suicide also brought forth controversy regarding various other victims of cyberbullying who went by unnoticed when they commited suicide, claiming the large coverage and mourning of Todd’s suicide was undeserved (shown below).

    Search Interest

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  • 09/14/13--12:48: Totoro Bus Stop Parodies
  • About

    Totoro Bus Stop Parodies are popular pieces of fanart that parody the bus stop scene from Studio Ghibli’s 1988 animated film My Neighbor Totoro, often doing crossovers with other works of animation and anime.


    Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, My Neighbor Totoro was released in 1988 and has received much critical acclaim, and has received a 92% rating on the movie review compiler site Rotten Tomatoes[1]. The scene which has become the subject of parody has the two main characters, Satsuki and Mei, waiting for their father’s bus to arrive while it rains. As they wait, the character Totoro arrives at the bus stop as well, with only a leaf on his head to shield himself from the rain. Satsuki then gives Totoro the umbrella they had been saving for their father to help protect him from the rain.


    Parodies of the bus stop scene have become popular on sites such as deviantART[2], Tumblr[3], and Zerochan[4]. Due to the movie being an anime film, crossovers with anime series are very popular. Some of these series include Attack on Titan, One Piece , and Azumanga Daioh. Video games are also popular subjects for Totoro Bus Stop Parodies, with examples from series such as Pokemon, Bioshock , and Megaman.

    Notable Examples

    External References

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  • 09/15/13--17:46: Shinmachi
  • About

    Shinmachi” (Japanese: 新町) is a ballad song by Japanese singer & songwriter called Hiroyā the last poet in Aomori (青森最後の詩人ひろやー, Aomori Saigo no Shijin Hiroyā). In the autumn of 2010, he suddenly got much of a cult following among the Japanese internet users due to the song’s ridiculous but too honest lyrics.


    This song was written by the independent artist in 2008 and it was included to his music album “Tsugaru Mandara” (津軽曼荼羅) released in November of thay year. Its title “Shinmachi” refers to a town name known as the bustling area in Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture[1] which is on edge of north in Honshu island and has a severe winter and slumping economy.

    And, this song is fully consisting of Hiroyā’s impassioned plea for “Sex”.

    JapaneseTranslation_Ah, Ah, Shitaiyo SEX! Orion-za no Shita de… SEX!_
    Ah, Ah, Shitaiyo SEX! Orion-za no Shita de…

    Ah, Shitaiyo SEX! Orion-za no Shita de… SEX!
    Orion-za no Shita de…

    Shitaiyo Seikousyou, Orion-za no Shita de… SEX!
    Shita-iyo Seikousyou, Orion-za no Shita de…

    Ah, Ah, Shitaiyo SEX! Orion-za no Shita de… SEX!
    Orion-za no Shita de…

    Ah, Ah, Shitaiyo SEX! Orion-za no Shita de… SEX!
    Ah, Ah, Shitaiyo SEX! Orion-za no Shita de…

    Ah, Shitaiyo SEX! Orion-za no Shita de… SEX!
    Orion-za no Shita de…

    Ah, Shitaiyo SEX! Orion-za no Shita de…

    Omaera wa… Omaera wa SEX no Buta Nandayo!
    Omaera wa SEX no Buta Nandayo!

    Omae wa SEX! Ore wa SEX!
    Omae wa… Omae wa SEX!

    Ore wa SEX! Ore to SEX!
    Omae wa SEX! Ore to SEX!
    Omae to SEX! Omae wa SEX!

    Ushi to SEX! Omae to SEX!
    Ushi to SEX! Uma to SEX!
    Uma to SEX! Inu to SEX!
    Buta to SEX! Inu to SEX!
    Uma to SEX! Buta to SEX!
    Omae wa SEX no Buta Nandayo!

    Ore wa SEX! Ore wa SEX!
    Omae wa SEX! Ore to SEX!

    Omae wa SEX!
    Omae wa SEX no Buta Nandayo!!!!!!Ah, Ah, I wanna have SEX! under the Orion… SEX!
    Ah, Ah, I wanna have SEX! under the Orion…

    Ah, I wanna have SEX! under the Orion… SEX!
    under the Orion…

    I wanna have sexual relations under the Orion… SEX!
    I wanna have sexual relations under the Orion…

    Ah, Ah, I wanna have SEX! under the Orion… SEX!
    under the Orion…

    Ah, Ah, I wanna have SEX! under the Orion… SEX!
    Ah, Ah, I wanna have SEX! under the Orion…

    Ah, I wanna have SEX! under the Orion… SEX!
    under the Orion…

    Ah, Ah, I wanna have SEX! under the Orion…

    You are… You are a pig of SEX!
    You are… a pig of SEX!

    You are SEX! SEX is Me!
    You are… You are SEX!

    SEX is Me! SEX with Me!
    SEX is You! SEX with Me!
    SEX with You! SEX is You!

    SEX with a Cow! SEX with You!
    SEX with a Cow! SEX with a Horse!
    SEX with a Horse! SEX with a Dog!
    SEX with a Pig! SEX with a Dog!
    SEX with a Horse! SEX with a Pig!
    You are a pig of SEX!

    I am SEX! I am SEX!
    You are SEX! SEX with Me!

    You are SEX!
    You are… a pig of SEX!!!!!!


    The original YouTube video was uploaded on January 2009 (shown above). It finally became to catch an attention when it was reprinted to Nico Nico Douga (NND) with the title “I found an awesome song” on September 29th 2009.[2], and it had earned about 700,000 page views in its first month.

    Some of NND users inspired by his quite surreal performance, singing ridiculous lyrics in painfully sad voice and shouting “SEX!” 42 times in one song, had created dozens of parodies, remixes and mashups featuring his passionate singing.[3] This song soon became to be dubbed “Orion Chart No.1 Song” among them, which was a pun for ORICON[4], a Japanese famous pop music chart.

    Creator’s Responce

    Hiroyā posted a blog entry titled “Orion chart No.1” on October 3rd, 2010, 4 days later the video uploading, in which he seemed to receive the 2 year-old song’s sudden popularity favourably.[5] Moreover, a nationwide album release tour playing in 5 cities was suddenly announced in the middle of that month despite of the album was released in 2 years ago.[6]

    On December 1st, a Japanese gossip newspaper catching his wierd popularity on the web published an interview with him and a report of his last performance in the tour at Shimokitazawa, Tokyo on November 18th, where he shouted “SEX!” 171 times at that night.[7] In the interview, he also answered the reason why he made that song, and it was “My thought went around the universe.”

    Notable Examples

    Left: Mashup with Vocaloid Song “Rolling Girl” | Right: Remixed by Camellia
    Left: Hiphop Mix | Right: Handzup Mix

    Search Interest

    External References

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

    [1]Wikipedia – Aomori, Aomori

    [2]niconico Video – すごい歌見つけた / Posted on 09-29-2010

    [3]niconico Video – Search results for 青森最後の詩人ひろやー OR 新町

    [4]Wikipedia – Oricon

    [5]ハードコアの流れる喫茶店 – オリオンチャート1位 / Posted on 10-03-2010 (Japanese)

    [6]Rooftop – ニコニコ動画などネット上で現在話題沸騰中! 青森最後の詩人ひろやーのツアーが決定 / 10-15-2010 (Japanese)

    [7]THEREALLIVEWEB下北沢で171回セックスと叫んだ男 青森最後の詩人ひろやー / 12-01-2010 (Japanese)

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    Thin Hair Chin Man is a meme created in the Finnish imageboard Ylilauta’s /int/ board around 2012, revolving around an Icelandic teenager named Haraldúr Jón Hanneson with blond hair and a very thin chin. It has since spawned countless spin-offs.


    While there are many versions of the story about how this meme was created, the correct one is:

    A Brazilian poster created a thread on Ylilauta’s /int/ board, asking people to suggest memes he could force on Krautchan’s /int/ board, since that board is hated by most Ylilautan posters due to the posters there being “Assburgers”.

    Haraldúr himself (under an anonymous Icelandic poster name and icon) posted his picture on that thread, telling the OP and other posters to force it as much as they could. Most people thought that picture was the best one to force, considering how amusing it was, so they immediately started doing so on Krautchan’s /int/. However, it wasn’t successful. A German poster from Krautchan (under the name “that Singen autism”,), that people suspected was one of the admins there, went to Ylilauta’s /int/, and started forcing Haraldúr’s picture there (along with other spin-offs he created himself) as much as he could, probably as “payback” for the raids Ylilauta had done on Krautchan in the past.

    The meme actually caught on in Ylilauta, thus leading to most users embracing it, and naming it “Thin Hair Chin Man”. Nowadays, the meme spawns countless spin-offs, and is one of the most popular memes in Ylilauta.


    After the meme had become a success, some posters decided to try and find out who was the person behind all these pictures, and perhaps contact him. Even though they weren’t successful, many Finnish posters started leaking multiple personal photos of Chin Man onto Ylilauta’s /int/, along with his real name, thus exposing his true identity. In fact, one Icelandic poster recognized him from the street.

    After many months of searching for Haraldúr, they finally found his Facebook page on July 23-24, 2013, after he had accepted many friend requests from Ylilautan posters. Sadly, when they tried to contact him and tell him he was a huge meme, he revoked all friendship acceptances, stating that he “knew about the chin”, and that he wanted people to respect his privacy.

    On the 9th August, 2013, he finally appeared in Ylilauta, posting for the first time after he posted his picture, much to posters’ joy.

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    On September 3rd, 2013, the YouTube channel for social movement organization Because I Said I Would released a video[1] titled “I killed a man," which begins with a mosaic-censored white male confessing to hitting and killing a 61-year-old man named Vincent Canzani while driving drunk on the night of June 22nd, 2013. After revealing that his attorneys advised him to lie in order to get his blood test thrown out in court, the speaker reveals his face and identifies himself as a 22-year-old Matthew Cordle, stating that he intends to plead guilty once charges were filed. In less than two weeks, the video was viewed more than 2.1 million times.

    Because I Said I Would

    Because I Said I Would[25] is a social movement non-profit organization launched by Ohio resident Alex Sheen after losing his father to lung cancer in September 2012. Since his father was a man who always kept his promises, he launched the movement with the intent of helping others hold on to their commitments with the use of “promise cards”[26] (shown below) on which participants can write down their pledge and make their intent be publicly known through social media.

    Notable Developments

    News Media Coverage

    On September 5th, 2013, the video was featured on a number of news media outlets including the Huffington Post[3], Yahoo! News[4], Crime Library[5], Betabeat[6] and dozens of local news stations including WCPO Cincinnati[7], Cleveland’s Sun News[8] and the Las Vegas Sun[9], among others. The following day, the video was also featured on Buzzfeed[10], Slate[11], the Wall Street Journal[12], Fox News Insider[13], the National Post[14], New York Daily News[15] and CBS News.[16]

    Canzani’s Daughter Responds

    On September 6th, Vincent Canazi’s daughter Angela responded to the video[24] after she had seen it on the news. She felt as if the confession should have been shown to her family and police prior to being released online and believed that he made the video with the intention of getting a lighter sentence. After the hearing on September 11th, she again told reporters[23] that the video is detracting from the gravity of the situation and despite its message, nothing will bring her father back to life.


    On September 9th, Cordle was arrested and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence, facing a maximum sentence of eight and a half years in prison.[17] A number of viewers suggested that the video may have been an attempt to get a more lenient sentence from the judge[18], however his attorneys asserted that they did not advise the video’s production.[19]

    Not Guilty Plea

    On September 11th, Cordle entered a preliminary plea of not guilty despite the assertions made in his video. His lawyer, George Breitmayer, claimed this plea was just a formality in order to ensure the case would be assigned a random judge[20] and that they would be changing the plea to guilty on September 18th.[21] That day, Sheen posted a video update[22] to Because I Said I Would (shown below), in which he noted that he called the Assistant County Prosecuter, Keith McGrath, who explained that Ohio law dictates a Not Guilty plea is necessary for a random judge assignment so people cannot game the legal system.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]YouTube – “I killed a man.”

    [2]The Columbus Dispatch – Gahanna man identified as victim in I-670 wrong-way crash

    [3]The Huffington Post – Matthew Cordle Confesses To Killing Man In Crash (VIDEO)

    [4]Yahoo! News – Ohio man confesses in video killing man in crash

    [5]Crime Library – Man Confesses to Drunk Driving Death on Youtube to Promote Startup

    [6]Betabeat – Man Confesses to Killing Someone in Promotional Video for New Startup

    [7]WCPO Cincinnati – Columbus man admits in YouTube video to killing other man while drunk driving

    [8] – Ohio man’s video confession to deadly drunk driving accident goes viral

    [9]Las Vegas Sun – Hearing for Ohio man who confessed to DUI in video

    [10]Buzzfeed – Ohio Man Confesses In Video To Killing A Man In Drunk Driving Crash

    [11]Slate – A Drunk Driver’s YouTube Confession: “I Killed a Man”

    [12]Wall Street Journal – Man Confesses on Camera to Drunk Driving Killing

    [13]Fox News Insider – VIRAL: Ohio Man Posts Video Confession to Killing Vet in DWI Crash

    [14]National Post – Driver Matthew Cordle confesses to killing Navy vet in chilling YouTube video

    [15]NY Daily News – Ohio man Matthew Cordle confesses in shocking video to killing Vincent Canzani while drinking and driving

    [16]CBS News – Matthew Cordle, Ohio man, confesses in online video to driving drunk, causing deadly crash

    [17]CNNMan indicted on homicide charge after DUI video confession

    [18]CNNYouTube confession: Sincere or slick manipulation?

    [19]ABC News – Ohio Man Who Confessed ‘I Killed a Man’ in YouTube Video Indicted

    [20]NBC News – Despite viral video confession, Ohio man pleads not guilty to DUI charge

    [21]The Huffington Post – Matthew Cordle Hearing: Ohio Man Who Confessed To DUI In Video Enters Preliminary Not Guilty Plea

    [22]Because I Said I Would – “Matt has no choice on how the court process works.”

    [23]New York Daily News – Drunk driving crash victim’s daughter says focus should be father, not YouTube confession

    [24]NBC News – Crash victim’s daughter challenges suspect’s ‘confession’ video

    [25]Because I Said I Would – About Us

    [26]Because I Said I Would – What are promise cards?

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    Pat Robertson’s Gay AIDS Ring refers to a video clip of the conservative Christian talk show host claiming that some in San Francisco’s gay community intentionally try to spread the HIV virus by cutting each other with special rings. The video saw a surge in popularity in late August 2013 after Robertson failed to have it removed from YouTube, resulting in the blowback phenomenon known as the Streisand effect.


    On August 27th, 2013, the left wing news blog Right Wing Watch[1] published an article highlighting a video clip of Robertson from his Christian Broadcasting Network program The 700 Club in which he claims that gay men in San Francisco infect one another with the AIDS virus by cutting themselves with spiked rings while shaking hands (shown below). Immediately after, the video was submitted to the /r/atheism[2] subreddit, where it gained over 2,400 up votes and 450 comments in the first three weeks.

    Notable Developments

    On the same day, Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) filed a copyright claim to have the video clip taken down from YouTube, as well as removing Robertson’s remarks altogether from the original broadcast.

    Also on August 27th, The Atlantic Wire[4] published an article about the controversy, which included a statement from Robertson who defended his claims by citing a warning he received from security officers in San Francisco:

    “In my own experience, our organization sponsored a meeting years ago in San Francisco where trained security officers warned me about shaking hands because, in those days, certain AIDS-infected activists were deliberately trying to infect people like me by virtue of rings which would cut fingers and transfer blood.”

    On August 28th, CNN host Anderson Cooper showcased the controversial clip and criticized Robertson’s comments in a segment called The Ridiculist on his show Anderson Cooper 360 (shown below).

    On the same day, Redditor DrCE submitted Robertson’s video to the /r/cringe[5] subreddit, where it garnered more than 700 up votes and 240 comments in less than three weeks. On September 13th, Right Wing Watch[3] published a follow-up article reporting that the YouTube clip has restored after the website filed a counter claim asserting that their upload is protected under fair use. On September 15th, Redditor Archaeopterygidae resubmitted the video to the /r/videos[6] subreddit, noting that Robertson unsuccessfully attempted to have it removed from the Internet. In the first 24 hours, the post accumulated upwards of 13,600 up votes and 1,100 comments.

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

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    2014 Miss America Twitter Backlash refers to a series of angry, racist messages that were prompted in response to the crowning of Miss New York Nina Davuluri, who became the first Indian-American contestant to win the title of Miss America in September 2013.


    On September 15th, 2013, Miss New York Nina Davuluri was crowned as the 87th Miss America, becoming the first woman of Indian descent to hold the title. Shortly after Davuluri was crowned, a slew of racist comments and insults directed towards the pageant contestant began surfacing on Twitter.


    News Media Coverage

    At about 12:33 a.m. on September 16th, BuzzFeed staff Ryan Broderick first reported on the racist backlash in a compilation post titled “A Lot Of People Are Very Upset That An Indian-American Woman Won The Miss America Pageant,”[5] highlighting nearly two dozens of tweets that are either gravely misinformed or plainly racist.

    Throughout the day, additional screenshots of angry tweets targeted at Davuluri were featured on CNN[8], International Business Times[6], CBS News[1], NPR[3], The Village Voice[9] and The Huffington Post[2], as well as a number of news media outlets in India and the Middle East.

    Search Interest

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    External References

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  • 09/17/13--10:59: Pleb
  • About

    “Pleb” is a shorthand for the English noun “plebeian,” an outdated term which originally referred to a commoner belonging to a lower socioeconomic class in ancient Rome. Online, the term has been often used as a pejorative label for someone who is considered unsophisticated or uncultured.


    According to the Online Etymology Dictionary,[1][2] the earliest known appearance of the word “plebeian” in English was used in the 1530s to describe the class of citizens who were not members of the ruling class in ancient Rome. Meanwhile, The earliest appearance of the colloquial shorthand “pleb” can be found in Irish writer John O’Keefe’s 1795 comedic play Life’s Vagaries, as cited by the Oxford Dictionaries[6] blog:

    “You’re under my roof, you pleb.”


    On April 15th, 2000, The Guardian[9] published an article titled “Are you a snob or a pleb,” which discussed various examples of friction setting the “old money” and “new money” apart within the wealthy class. On December 28th, 2001, GenForum[10] member Annie posted a thread asking for the definition of the word “pleb” in the context of a baptism certification. On February 10th, 2004, Urban Dictionary[5] user Win submitted an entry for pleb, defining it as a “member of a despised social class.” The word was seldom used online until September 30th, 2011 with the launch of the website PLEBTalks,[8] which parodies the talks given at the global TED conferences.

    In September of 2012, United Kingdom Conservative Party Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell was rumored to have used the word pleb as an insult during a confrontation with law enforcement officers.[7] On September 16th, Redditor J0j2 submitted a screenshot of a 4changreen text story about having pleb friends as a Roman aristocrat (shown below) to the /r/4chan[4] subreddit. Prior to being archived, the post gained over 3,200 up votes and 30 comments.

    On September 25th, The Oxford Dictionaries log[6] published an article noting a surge in popularity for searches for the word “pleb” on the dictionary website following the Andrew Mitchell incident (shown below). On October 23rd, FunnyJunk[12] user unusualrex submitted a screenshot of a 4chan green text story ending with the expression “pleb as fuck” (shown below, right) On January 16th, 2013, a post was submitted to the /lit/ (literature) board on 4chan[11] asking for users to clarify the definition of the word pleb.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Online Etymology Dictionary – pleb

    [2]Online Etymology Dictionary – plebeian

    [3]Oxford English Dictionary – pleb

    [4]Reddit – My on having Pleb Friends

    [5]Urban Dictionary – pleb

    [6]Oxford Dictionaries – Pleb or Snob

    [7]BBCAndrew Mitchell sorry over police row

    [8]PLEBTalks – PLEB Ideas Worth Nothing

    [9]The Guardian – Are you a snob or a pleb?

    [10]GenForum – What does pleb mean

    [11]4chandata – what defines a pleb

    [12]FunnyJunk – Pleb

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  • 09/17/13--15:35: Modern Seinfield

  • About

    Modern Seinfeld (@SeinfeldToday[1]) is a novelty Twitter account that offers hypothetical plot lines for modern-day episodes of the 1990s American TV sitcom Seinfeld[2] if the series was still running to this day.


    The Twitter account @SeinfeldToday was created in December 2012 by Los Angeles-based writer Jack Moore[3] and New York-based comedian Josh Gondelman.[4] The tweets typically keep in line with Seinfeld’s “postmodern” elements and the main characters’ strange quirks, however, with a unique twist of various technological advancements that were made after the finale of the series in 1998. The account’s first tweet (shown below) projects that Cosmo Kramer, the main character’s eccentric neighbor, would find someone with his name on Twitter and become preoccupied with their life. Additionally, Newman, the main character’s arch-nemesis, would get weight loss surgery that fails. As of September 2013, the account has made more than 420 tweets and has gained more than 644,000 followers.


    On December 10th, the Twitter account was featured on dozens of internet culture blogs and news media sites including Gothamist[6], Mashable[7], the Atlantic[8], Wired[9]ABC News[10], Laughing Squid[11], Entertainment Weekly[12], Uproxx[13], Boing Boing[14] and the Huffington Post.[15] The following day, The Hollywood Reporter[16] noted the account had broken 120,000 followers. Also on December 11th, Moore and Gondelman began crossposting their tweets to a Facebook fan page[5], which has gained more than 3,800 likes as of September 2013. On December 24th, a screenshot of one of the tweets was posted to /r/Funny[17], where it gained 14,237 upvotes, 2,038 points overall and 254 comments prior to being archived. In March 2013, TIME[18] named @SeinfeldToday one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013.

    Jack Moore’s Job Offer

    On August 1st, 2013, former Buzzfeed writer Jack Moore revealed that the Twitter account had helped him land a staff writing gig on the upcoming Fox comedy Us & Them[20], an American spin on the award-winning BBC series Gavin & Stacey. Moore told The Hollywood Reporter[19] that the Modern Seinfeld Twitter account was a huge help to him, as it was a way for him to publicly pitch storylines, which is a necessary skill for a television writing job. The show is set to premiere sometime in 2014.

    Notable Examples

    Derivative Accounts

    On December 12th, New York-based screenwriter Matt Grasso launched the Twitter account @BCSeinfeld[21], placing the show’s characters in a prehistoric time period. Sometime in 2013, the account @Seinfeld2000[22] was created, using spelling errors and Weird Twitter-style absurd comedy to poke fun at people laughing at @SeinfeldToday’s tweets. The account gained more than 3,700 followers before temporarily closing in February.[23] The account was eventually reactivated, gaining more than 16,000 followers. On September 16th, 2013, the creators of @Seinfeld2000 collaborated with Chris Baker and Mike Lacher to release SeinQuest2000[24], a short film based on the account’s tweets.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Twitter – @SeinfeldToday

    [2]Wikipedia – Seinfeld

    [3]Twitter – @JackPMoore

    [4]Twitter – @JoshGondelman

    [5]Facebook – Modern Seinfeld

    [6]Gothamist – Modern Seinfeld Yada Yada Yada Your New Favorite Twitter Feed

    [7]Mashable – Seinfeld Twitter Account Shows Hilarious Modern-Day Plot Lines

    [8]The Atlantic – Behind the New Modern Seinfeld Twitter Account, Which Is Not About Nothing

    [9]Wired – ‘Modern Seinfeld‘ Twitter Imagines Sitcom With Contemporary Tech Problems

    [10]ABC News – New Twitter Account Takes On ‘Modern’ Seinfeld

    [11]Laughing Squid – Modern Seinfeld Imagines Modern Day Seinfeld Episodes on Twitter

    [12]Entertainment Weekly – ‘Modern Seinfeld’ Twitter account imagines Jerry and co. in the digital age

    [13]Uproxx – 10 ‘Modern Seinfeld’ Episodes We’d Set Our DVRs For

    [14]BoingBoing – Modern Seinfeld Twitter account pitches episodes for the Facebook age

    [15]Huffington Post – SeinfeldToday Twitter Imagines What The Sitcom Would Be Like If It Were Still On The Air (TWEETS)

    [16]The Hollywood Reporter – Modern Seinfeld Twitter Feed Imagining New Episodes Goes Viral

    [17]Reddit – /r/funny: Modern Seinfeld

    [18]TIMEThe 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013: Seinfeld Today

    [19]The Hollywood Reporter – Modern Seinfeld Twitter Account Lands Creator a Sitcom Job

    [20]Wikipedia – Us & Them

    [21]Twitter – @BCSeinfeld

    [22]Twitter – @Seinfeld2000

    [23]The Daily Dot – A final tribute to @Seinfeld2000, Weird Twitter’s parody about nothing

    [24]SeinQuest2000 – Home

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  • 09/18/13--16:24: Novelty Reddit Accounts
  • (work in progress)


    Novelty Reddit Accounts refer to profiles on the site Reddit that are dedicated to one consistent task or type of comment. These topics can include illustrations, short stories, photoshopped images and songs. Additionally, there are dozens of automated novelty accounts run by bots including ones that can mirror websites, translate captions from image macros and tip other users Bitcoins.


    One of the earliest novelty accounts on Reddit was GeorgeWBush[16], a parody of former President George W. Bush created on September 17th, 2006. Though the account last posted in January 2009, it accrued more than 16,000 comment karma while it was active.



    Shitty_Watercolour is the handle of a United Kingdom-based painter who has been illustrating people’s submissions and comments on Reddit since February 15th, 2012.


    Notable Examples


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    Stereotypical Characters







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    External References

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  • 09/19/13--00:35: Arise Chickun
  • So, like, Rule 15 on says that ponies shall be limited to the /mlp/ board, but there was this dude named Smokey Meadows who said “nah man” and posted ponies on /b/ anyways cause’ he probably thought it was funny or annoying or something.

    The actual image and caption is kinda like a semi-ironic lame three way joke. Scootaloo is like this horse who gets called a chicken a lot, the intentionally lame MSPaint-sy eye is a nod to the opening to some show called “Robot Chicken”, and the line is taken from some episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

    Well this made /b/ pretty steamy so they banned Smokey. Joke’s on them; Smokey merely ban evades and returns to make an “Arise Chickun” thread mostly every night. His reputation is notorious for his consistent and unchallenged ban evasions and his seemingly unstoppable will to make these threads.

    I dunno.

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  • 09/19/13--07:43: That Pool
  • About

    That Pool (Japanese: 例のプール, Rei no Pool or あのプール, Ano Pool) is a nickname given to an indoor swimming pool in Hana Zono Room, a luxury apartment-style studio located in Tokyo, Japan. On the web, the studio has become a popular monument of Japanese pornography due to its frequent usage as a location set by idol agencies and adult entertainment companies.


    Owned and operated by Japanese real estate company P Studio, Hanazono Room[1] was built in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district sometimes in the early 2000s. Due to its proximity to Japanese model agencies and production companies, the studio’s indoor pool became frequently used as a backdrop for swimsuit photo shoots and adult films, especially low-budget productions with limitations on location shoots. However, it is unclear exactly when people took notice of the location or coined the nickname “That Pool.”


    Sometime in the mid-2000s, a few of users on BBSPINK, 2channel‘s sister board community for adult contents, began to take notice of an indoor pool commonly featured in idol magazine spreads as well as a few adult films. Several BBSPINK threads for talking about this pool were posted in 2005[2] and 2007.[3] During this period, BBSPINK users were able to identify the pool’s location as Hanazono Room and began referring to it as “That Pool,” though it mostly remained an in-joke within the community.

    Shift-JIS Art for “That Pool” by 2channel user

    Throughout the first half of 2009, discussions and mentions of “That Pool” saw a visible increase in online presence through male Japanese internet bloggers and Twitter users. By early 2010, the infamous pool had been used as the backdrop for erotic parodies of Miku Miku Dance videos on Nico Nico Douga, as well as illustrations on pixiv[6] and Nico Nico Seiaga.[7] In addition, the pool has been occasionally rented by amateur photographer for Doujin cosplay photo shoots.

    Cosplay Photo Shooting Event at “That Pool”

    Nowadays, even news outlets openly refer to this pool as “That Pool”.[8] In an article published on September 6th, 2012, Taiwanese news site NOWnews[9] introduced “That Pool” as one of the rooms recognized by more than 90% Taiwanese men. in In summer of 2013, Nico Nico Douga’s official gift-exchanging event for premium users listed the right to join in a shooting event at “That Pool” in one of the present items.[10] This event was live-broadcasted by Nico Nico Live on August 29th[11] and reported in an online article by a Japanese gossip magazine on September 5th.[12] The article also described the growing presence of “That Pool” on the web, noting that “every Japanese men has definitely watched it.”

    Notable Examples

    “That Pool” has been used in Miku Miku Dance videos since after its stage model data was uploaded to Nico Nico Douga on December 20th, 2009.[13]

    【ニコニコ動画】【第4回MMD杯本選】爆乳音頭を踊ってみた\ パイ↑パ~イ↓/【ニコニコ動画】Tda式Appendミクを水着にしてみた
    Left: “Big Boobs Dance”(爆乳音頭) by Bakunyu Sangokushi | Right: Hatsune Miku (Ver. Tda)
    Left: Hatsune Miku (ver. LAT) | Right: THE iDOLM@STER

    Photos & Illustrations

    Search Interest

    External References

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

    [1]pstudio – pstudio 136 Hanazono Room (Japanese)

    [2] – あのプールが出てくる作品をまとめるスレ / Posted on 10-10-2005 (Thread Archive, Japanese) [NSFW!!]

    [3] – ☆なぞのプール あの女優がここでチョメチョメ☆ / Posted on 09-29-2007 (Thread Archive, Japanese) [NSFW!!]

    [4]Wikipedia – Kōji Ishizaka

    [5]niconico Video – Search results for 例のプール

    [6]pixiv – Search results for 例のプール

    [7]Nico Nico Seiga – Search results for 例のプール (Japanese)

    [8] – "あのプール"で恵比寿マスカッツのTシャツに水鉄砲を噴射してきた!! / 12-21-2011 (Japanese)

    [9]NOWnews – 台灣有一個 90%以上男人都認得的房間? / 09-06-2012 (Mandarin Chinese)

    [10]ITmedia News – 「例のプールで撮影会」「マグロ解体ショー」「神崎かおりオフ会」――ニコニコ感謝祭のプレゼントがカオス / 06-26-2013 (Japanese)

    [11]nico nico Live – 【例のプールから生放送】鶯谷フィルハーモニー 第5回 / 08-29-2013 (Japanese, Closed)

    [12]日刊SPA! – 男なら知っている!「例のプール」でチュートリアル徳井も大興奮 / 09-05-2013 (Japanese)

    [13]niconico Video – 【MMD】あのプール / Posted on 12-20-2009

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  • 09/19/13--15:31: Parks and Recreation

  • About

    Parks and Recreation is an American comedic sitcom that premiered on NBC on April 9th, 2009. The show stars former Saturday Night Live cast member Amy Poehler as the central character Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat who is introduced in the beginning as the deputy director of the Parks and Recreation department, before working her way up to an elected city council member in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. The show is filmed in a single-camera mockumentary style similar to that of The Office, with an ensemble supporting cast.


    In 2007, The Office’s lead writer Greg Daniels was invited to create a spin-off series for his show. After spending months trying to decide whether or not to actually create a spin-off or start with something fresh, Daniels signed Amy Poehler, known for her work with Chicago improv troupe Upright Citizens Brigade in the 1990s and on Saturday Night Live from 2000 to 2008. With Poehler, The Office alumna Rashida Jones and comedian Aziz Ansari on board, Daniels began to write a political sitcom about a beaureaucrat (Poehler) and her subordinate (Ansari) helping a civilian (Jones) transform an empty pit outside of her home into a park.[9] After attending local city council meetings and talking with Californian elected officials and city planners, the pilot script was written in 2008 and the show premiered on April 9th, 2009. As of September 2013, the series has aired five seasons, with a sixth scheduled to premiere on September 26th.


    The first season received mixed reviews, only scoring 59/100 on MetaCritic[11] with many reviewers calling Poehler’s character Leslie Knope too similar to The Office’s Michael Scott.[10] This criticism led the writing team to hone the characters and storylines, resulting in a successful second season that received 72/100 on MetaCritic.[12]


    The show and its cast have been nominated for dozens of awards since 2010[13] including the Emmy Awards, the People’s Choice Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. As of September 2013, the series has won Outstanding Individual Episode at the 2010 GLAAD Media Awards, Best Comedy Series at the Comedy Awards in 2012, and Outstanding Comedy at the 2013 Gracie Awards. Poehler has also won several awards for her portrayal of Leslie Knope including Best Comedy Actress in TV at the Comedy Awards in 2012, Best Actress in a Comedy Series at the 2012 Critics’ Choice Television Awards and Outstanding Female Actor at the 2013 Gracie Awards. Nick Offerman also won Individual Achievement in Comedy at the 2011 TCA Awards for his portrayal of Ron Swanson.

    Online Presence

    NBC maintains a number of official social media accounts for the show including a Tumblr blog[3], Twitter account[2], Google+ profile[13], a Pinterest account[14], Instagram page[16] and YouTube channel.[15] As of September 2013, their Facebook fan page[4] has accrued more than 1.1 million likes.


    Online, many of the characters have developed a cult fan following, including Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson[35] and Aubrey Plaza’s April Ludgate.[36] In March 2009, the first Parks and Recreation fan community launched on LiveJournal[37] and has since posted more than 1,200 entries. The subreddit /r/PandR[5] launched in January 2011, accruing more than 40,000 readers as of September 2013. That May, Fuck Yeah Parks and Rec[6] was establish on Tumblr, followed by the A Softer World parody blog, A Softer Pawnee[7] (shown below), that August.

    In December 2011,[8] was created as a fan news source for show updates. As of September 2013, there are dozens of Parks and Recreation themed Tumblr blogs, many of which are linked on Fuck Yeah Parks and Rec.[38] Additionally, there are more than 3,200 pieces of fan art for the show on deviantART{39] and more than 350 works on fanfiction on Archive of Our Own.[40]

    Fan Art

    Related Memes

    Treat Yo Self

    Treat Yo Self” is a catchphrase first uttered in the season four episode “Pawnee Rangers” which originally aired on October 13th, 2011. In the episode, Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) and Donna Meagle (Retta) are celebrating their annual “Treat Yo Self” day, in which they splurge on expensive goods and services including fancy clothes and massages. The show premiered to 4 million U.S. viewers.

    The same day, a Facebook fan page[17] for Treat Yo Self Day was created, gaining nearly 3,000 likes as of September 2013. The corresponding hashtag #TreatYoSelf is also frequently used on Twitter[19], Tumblr[20] and Instagram[21], where there are more than 93,000 photos that use the tag. Additionally, a number of fashion and lifestyle websites including Self[23], Style[24], One Fine Day[25] and Rookie[26] have used “Treat Yo Self” for titles of editorial pieces. NBC has also launched an official Treat Yourself online game[18] and maintains an official Pinterest board[22] for the phrase, featuring photos of items Donna or Tom would purchase.

    Tom Haverfoods

    Tom Haverfoods is the name of a single serving site inspired by a scene in the third season episode “Soulmates,” which originally aired on April 21st, 2011. After Knope invites Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) out to eat, he asks if she will buy “apps and zerts,” his personal slang terms for appetizers and desserts respectively. The camera then cuts to a talking head of Haverford alone, where he lists off a number of other slang terms he has coined including “chicky chicky parm parm” for chicken parmesan and “big ol’ cookies” for cakes.

    On April 25th, the generator[27] launched, offering other slang terms made up as an homage to Haverford’s style. Corresponding Tumblr[28] and Twitter[29] accounts launched the same day. The following week, the site was featured on Vulture[30], The Frisky[31], Eater[32], The Laugh Button[33] and Trend Hunter.[34]

    Ron [Paul] Swanson

    On January 1st, 2012, a single topic blog titled Ron [Paul] Swanson[41] was created, pairing photos of retired U.S. congressman and then-presidential candidate Ron Paul with quotes from likeable Libertarian Ron Swanson, a character from the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. The site was featured on Uproxx[8] and the Atlantic Wire.[9]

    Patton Oswalt’s Star Wars Filibuster

    In April 2013, Patton Oswalt guest-starred in an episode of Parks and Recreation as a filibustering citizen who pitches his multi-verse script for the upcoming Star Wars film in a non-stop, nine-minute-long improvised speech. The clip, which was uploaded via YouTube as a sneak preview on April 17th, has received more than 2.3 million views in the first five days.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]WIkipedia – Parks and Recreation

    [2]Twitter – @parksandrecnbc

    [3]Tumblr – NBC Parks and Rec

    [4]Facebook – Parks and Recreation

    [5]Reddit – /r/PandR

    [6]Tumblr – Fuck Yeah Parks and Recreation

    [7]Tumblr – A Softer Pawnee

    [8] – Home

    [9]The New York Times – It’s Not ‘The Office.’ The Boss Is a Woman.

    [10]Wikipedia – Parks and Recreation: Reviews

    [11]MetaCritic – Parks and Recreation: Season 1

    [12]MetaCritic – Parks and Recreation: Season 2

    [13]Google+ – Parks and Recreation

    [14]Pinterest – Parks and Rec

    [15]YouTube – Parks and Recreation

    [16]Instagram – nbcparksandrec

    [17]Facebook – Treat Yo Self Day

    [18]NBC Parks and Recreation – Treat Yourself Game

    [19]Twitter – Tweet Results for #treatyoself

    [20]Tumblr – Posts Tagged #treat yo self

    [21]Statigram – Photos Tagged #treatyoself

    [22]Pinterest – nbcparksandrec: Treat Yo Self

    [23]Self – Treat Yo Self… Like Retta of Parks and Recreation

    [24]Style – Treat Yo’ Self

    [25]One Fine Day – Three Words: Treat Yo Self!

    [26]Rookie – Treat Yo Self

    [27] – Home

    [28]Tumblr – Tom Haverfoods

    [29]Twitter – @TomHaverfoods

    [30]Vulture – Check Out the ‘Tom Haverfood’ Snack-Name Generator

    [31]The Frisky – New Obsession: Tom Haverfoods

    [32]Eater – Website of the Day: Tom Haverfoods

    [33]The Laugh Button – Tom Haverfoods: It’s Aziz Ansari Meme Time

    [34]Trend Hunter – ‘Tom Haverfoods’ is a Site for Tom Haverford of Parks & Recreation

    [35]Tumblr – Posts Tagged #Ron Swanson

    [36]Tumblr – Posts Tagged #April Ludgate

    [37]LiveJournal – Parks and Recreation Fan Community

    [38]Fuck Yeah Parks and Rec! – Parks and Rec related Tumblrs

    [39]deviantART – Search Results for “parks and recreation”

    [40]Archive of Our Own – Parks and Recreation Works

    [41]Tumblr – Ron [Paul] Swanson

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  • 09/20/13--11:37: Henrying
  • About

    Henrying is a photoshop meme based on an image of French professional football player Thierry Henry celebrating after scoring a goal by leaning against the goal post with one arm resting on his hip.


    On September 8th, 2013, during the Major League Soccer (MLS) season match between New York Bulls and Houston Dynamo, New York Bulls’ captain Thierry Henry scored a goal at 47 minutes into the first half of the game, breaking his recent streak of no goals in six consecutive games. Upon scoring, Henry immediately got up on his feet and leaned against the goal post to celebrate his goal. Then on September 14th, Henry once again staged the same ceremony after scoring the first goal during a season match against Toronto FC.

    On September 19th, The YouTube sportscast channel KICKTV[1] tweeted an illustration breaking down the elements of Henry’s unenthusiastic goal ceremony, dubbing the pose “Henrying” in similar fashion to the previous photo fads based on athletes.


    Although KICKTV’s tweet seemed to be aimed at jump starting a photo fad, soccer fans on Twitter soon began sharing photoshopped images of the New York Bulls forward inserted into famous photographs in modern sports history, including pictures of American boxing legend Muhammed Ali’s 1965 fight against Sonny Liston, retired Argentinian football star Diego Maradona’s 1986 “Hand of God” incident and British marathoner Mo Farah at the 2012 Summer London Olympics (shown below). In less than 24 hours of KICKTV’s post, at least 30 unique photoshopped instances surfaced under the tag #Henrying[2] on Twitter.

    By September 20th, Henrying had been picked up by several sports news sites and soccer fan blogs, including Bleacher Report[4], Sports Illustrated[3], Yahoo Sports[5] and NBC Sports[6], as well as the official Major League Soccer website.[8] In addition, the New York Bulls fan blog Empire of Soccer[7] reported that Thierry Henry reacted in bemusement after he was shown some of the photoshopped images.

    Notable Examples

    Search Interest

    [not yet available]

    External References

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  • 09/20/13--11:50: Homeless Good Samaritan
  • Overview

    Homeless Good Samaritan is the nickname given to Glen James, is the nickname given to Glen James, a homeless man from Boston who found and returned a backpack containing $42,100 in September of 2013. Immediately after the story began circulating online, a fundraising campaign for James was launched, raising over $130,000 within the first week.


    On September 15th, 2013, CBS Boston[1] reported that a homeless man had turned in a backpack filled with $2,400 in cash and $39,500 in travelers checks to the police. On the following day, Redditor DougBolivar submitted the news story to the /r/offbeat[2] subreddit, where it gained over 2,900 up votes and 220 comments in the first four days. The man was later identified as Boston resident Glen James, who had been homeless for five years.

    Notable Developments

    Police Citation

    On September 16th, Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis awarded James with a citation and praised his “extraordinary show of character and honesty.”[4] In a handwritten statement, James revealed why he did not take the backpack:

    “Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny of the money found. God has always very well looked after me.”

    According to the Boston Globe,[4] when James was asked if he would like anything immediately after the ceremony, he responded “No War.”


    On September 17th, Virginia resident Ethan Whittington created a donation page for Hilbrand on the site Go Fund Me,[3] aiming to reward James for selflessly returning the found backpack. In just four hours, the page raised more than $3,000.[4]

    “A homeless man by the name of Glen James found $40,000 yesterday and promptly returned the backpack with all of its contents. Lets all chip in and help this man change his life. Every little donation helps.”

    On September 18th, Redditor Russelltaylor posted a news story about the fundraiser to the /r/news[5]subreddit, where it gathered over 14,100 up votes and 780 comments in the next 48 hours. Throughout the week, the fundraiser was reported on by several news sites, including ABC News,[6]PBS,[7] The Daily Dot,[8]CBS News,[9]BBC[10] and NY Daily News.[11] As of September 20th, the campaign has received over $131,000 in donations.

    Search Interest

    External References

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  • 09/20/13--17:58: Nostalgia critic YTPMVs
  • NOTE: Being worked on

    Nostalgia critic YTPMVs are youtube poop music videos that use the source "Nostalgia critic 50 impressions in 50 seconds. Many of these have appeared on YouTube. Some of the impressions that appear in most of these videos includes Brightman, Pavarotti, Murphy, Dresher, and Frankenstein.


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  • 09/20/13--21:08: Hot Choclety Milk
  • About

    Hot Choclety Milk is a drawing of a spider offering the viewer chocolate milk that has reached considerable popularity on Tumblr.




    The spider became popular due to its strangeness, and Photoshops of the spider were made, along with an audio track of the spider asking about chocolate milk.



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  • 09/22/13--01:40: Andrea Diprè
  • About

    Andrea Diprè is an Italian Internet phenomenon, a megalomaniac man who claims to “bring justice” to unknown artists by showing their works to the great public.

    He says he is an art critic, but he never got any official title for it. He is in reality a lawyer, though someone says he has been disbarred.


    Andrea Diprè was born in Tione di Trento, a town in the northern italian region of Trentino-South Tyrol, in 1974. Very little is known about his life, except that in 1998 he was candidated with two centre-left political parties: the Daisy and the Olive Tree. After his candidation was refused, he moved to the right-wing, federalist party of Lega Nord.

    But it is not for politics that Andrea Diprè is widely known in his country. Andrea Diprè has started the career of art critic. He started with some local networks, where he talked about art with a nude model at his side. After that, he started his own site[1] and he rented two Sky channels, to interview and introduce unknown artists to the public.

    One of Andrea Diprè’s “recruiting” videos


    Diprè’s interviews, starting from 2011, were also posted on the three official Diprè’s YouTube channels.

    Diprè’s interviews are divided in three columns:
    *Le scelte di Andrea Diprè (Andrea Diprè’s choices): where he interviews the unknown artists who contact him,
    *Andrea Diprè per il sociale (Andrea Diprè for society): where he interviews poor people who just want a job. In this column he also interviewed Giuseppe Simone.
    *Diprè per il sacro (Diprè for the sacred)
    *Diprè per lei (Diprè for her): where he interviews italian porn actresses and showgirls. The most famous actress he ever interviewed on this column was the former porn actress Sasha Grey.

    His popularity came from the interview he had in January 2013 with the artist Osvaldo Paniccia. The very low voice tone of the old artist, contraposed to the overly hyped critic, made an instant laugh factor amongst the Internet community, so Diprè and Paniccia started being featured in Italian YouTube Poops and other videos.

    After this success, Diprè started to interview the craziest people around, like people who appear on his column just to say that they don’t care about art, quirky mistresses, theories about vegan aliens that cut the testicles off of non-vegans and others.

    He also managed to interview somewhat famous people, like the aforementioned Sasha Grey, and the Italian showgirl Sara Tommasi, who’s known in the Internet community for her poorly acted porn videos.

    Fancazzisti ANOnimi

    Between May and June 2013, Andrea Diprè appeared as a guest star in two videos from the Italian youtuber group “Fancazzisti ANOnimi”. One is a tour on Chatroulette, and the other is Diprè’s reaction to the notorious shock video 2 girls 1 cup.

    Diprè’s reaction to “2 girls 1 cup”. His final comment will be: “I’ve seen worse paintings than this video”.

    External references

    [1]Andrea Diprè – Andrea Diprè’s official website

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