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- 11/19/13--16:07: _The Nightmare Befor...
- 11/19/13--18:12: _Melissa Bachman's L...
- 11/19/13--19:33: _uwu Culture
- 11/20/13--11:09: _Swiggity Swag
- 11/20/13--13:10: _Ice up, son!
- 11/20/13--14:36: _Shantae
- 11/20/13--16:02: _Ricky Gervais
- 11/21/13--11:06: _REMOVE HORROR
- 11/21/13--11:21: _#ArmaniCaptions
- 11/21/13--15:05: _AsapSCIENCE
- 11/21/13--16:52: _Brittany Murphy Con...
- 11/21/13--17:02: _Fanta Commercial Pa...
- 11/22/13--00:55: _SpartanM's Twitch.t...
- 11/22/13--12:09: _Cosmo Wright
- 11/22/13--17:10: _Samsung Vs. Apple
- 11/23/13--04:17: _Dream test paranoia.
- 11/23/13--04:51: _Only in Battlefield
- 11/23/13--16:00: _Clone High
- 11/16/13--19:50: _The Ostrich Dance
- 11/18/13--11:29: _Batkid
- 11/19/13--16:07: The Nightmare Before Christmas
- 11/19/13--18:12: Melissa Bachman's Lion Hunting Photo Controversy
- 11/19/13--19:33: uwu Culture
- 11/20/13--11:09: Swiggity Swag
- 11/20/13--13:10: Ice up, son!
- 11/20/13--14:36: Shantae
- 11/20/13--16:02: Ricky Gervais
- 11/21/13--11:06: REMOVE HORROR
- 11/21/13--11:21: #ArmaniCaptions
- 11/21/13--15:05: AsapSCIENCE
- 11/21/13--16:52: Brittany Murphy Conspiracy Theories
- 11/21/13--17:02: Fanta Commercial Parodies
- 11/22/13--00:55: SpartanM's Twitch.tv Stream
- 11/22/13--12:09: Cosmo Wright
- 11/22/13--17:10: Samsung Vs. Apple
- 11/23/13--04:17: Dream test paranoia.
- 11/23/13--04:51: Only in Battlefield
- 11/23/13--16:00: Clone High
- 11/16/13--19:50: The Ostrich Dance
- 11/18/13--11:29: Batkid
The Nightmare Before Christmas / Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is a classic and popular stop-motion holiday musical fantasy animation movie directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim Burton in 1993.
In 1982 when Tim Burton was working for Disney as a animator he wrote The Nightmare Before Christmas as a poem. Disney’s consideration started developing as a short film or a 30 minute television special. Tim Burton made a deal with Disney in 1990, and in 1991 the production started in San Francisco. Due to the movie to be dark and scary and not recommended for little children, Disney decided to release the film under Touchstone Pictures.
The movie became highly successful and widespread after the release. According to Rotten Tomatoes, 96% of the critics enjoyed watching The Nightmare Before Christmas.
On September 30th, 2013, Minnesota-based TV show presenter Melissa Bachman shared a photo of her smiling and posing with a dead lion via Facebook and Twitter, adding “an incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion…what a hunt!”
Bachman’s photo was initially met with positive feedback from her followers on Twitter, racking up nearly 500 retweets and 240 favorites, though the tone of the reception began to change rapidly on November 15th, when the British comedian Ricky Gervais retweeted Bachman’s photo with a cleverly-phrased insult calling her a derogatory slur (shown below).
MelissaBachman</a>: incredible day in South Africa! Stalked this male lion...what a hunt! <a href="http://t.co/Gerc9AfmGo">pic.twitter.com/Gerc9AfmGo</a>” spot the typo</p>— Ricky Gervais (rickygervais) November 14, 2013
That same day, Elan Burman from Cape Town, South Africa, submitted a Change.org petition demanding the South African government to refuse entry Melissa Bachman. Within the first week, Burman’s petition attracted more than 315,000 signatures. Also on November 14th, a Facebook community page titled “Stop Melissa Bachman” was launched with a message against animal-hunting as an outdoor leisure.
Melissa Bachman has made a career out of hunting wildlife, for pure sport. Her antics are captured extensively on her personal website: http://www.melissabachman.com/. She is an absolute contradiction to the culture of conservation, this country prides itself on. Her latest Facebook post features her with a lion she has just executed and murdered in our country.
Huffington Post – Lion-Hunting U.S. TV Host Has South Africa In An Uproar
The Independent – Melissa Bachman’s lion photo: So much for education by Twitter
(looking for editors, this entry needs a lot of help!)
uwu Culture refers to the backlash surrounding the use of the emoticon“uwu” on the blogging platform Tumblr. The term began appearing in November 2013 after a poster suggested older men were using the emoticon and typing styles deemed kawaii to manipulate teenage girls.
“Swiggity Swag” is catchphrase expression originally quoted in the cartoon television series Ed, Edd n Eddy, which is often used to create rhyming captions in image macros.
The phrase originates from Season 1 Episode 2b from the animated television series Ed, Edd n Eddy, originally aired on January 11th, 1999, Ed says the phrase “swiggity swag, what’s in the bag?” while trying to sound “cool” (shown below). However, the phrase didn’t enter widespread usage until sometime in late 2012, shortly after the slang term
swag began to rise in popularity.
On October 24th, 2012, YouTuber Aussie Jordan uploaded a video titled “Swiggity Swag” featuring a 3D animated character walking with a song titled “N*gg* N*gg*” playing in the background (shown below). In the first 13 months, the video gained more than 560,000 views and 3,000 comments.
On May 29th, 2013, Tumblr user donechesters posted an image macro featuring pop star Katy Perry captioned with a swiggity swag parody of the lyric “do you ever feel like a plastic bag” from her 2010 single “Firework” (shown below, left). On the same day, Tumblr user theinfernaldevices posted a swiggity swag image macro of the villain Darth Vader from the Star Wars science fiction franchise (shown below, right). In the following five months, the posts received upwards of 96,000 and 66,000 notes respectively.
On June 8th, the Internet humor blog Smosh published a compilation of notable swiggity swag image macros. On June 21st, Urban Dictionary user kimjongamazing submitted an entry for “swiggity swag,” defining it as a term used to mock the slang term “swag”.
On November 18, 2013, the Carolina Panthers (6-3) hosted the New England Patriots (7-2) for NFL’s Monday Night Football at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.
Throughout the course of the game, Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith and Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib had multiple scuffles; however none led to any personal fouls. Talib would leave the game in the fourth quarter due to aggravation of an existing hip injury, and the Panthers would go on to win the game 24-20 in a controversial last play.
When Smith was interviewed after the game on the way to the locker room, he had the following to say:
Albert Breer: Well Steve, what’s happening in the huddle on that last drive?
Smith: Hey, we were just preparing. They look like they were hoping to win, hoping to make a play. We knew we were going to make a play. Uh, Cam did a great job. What you’re seeing right now is watching uh, a young great quarterback develop and becoming that, and uh, and Carolina Panthers came out with a win.
Breer: What happened on the touchdown?
Smith: Aw, poor tackling, haha.
Breer: What happened between you and Talib on the field earlier in the game?
Smith: I dunno, you go and ask him ‘cause he didn’t finish the game. Ice up, son! Ice up.
Charlotte, NC-based Bojangles jumped on the opportunity to capitalize on this moment for marketing dsplaying an image of a large iced tea with the slogan “ICE UP, SON!” (source: https://twitter.com/Bojangles1977/status/402834977533861888/photo/1)
Shantae is a platform video game series that started in 2002 by WayForward Technologies. Despite the first installment’s critical acclaim, the whole series is ironically known for its obscurity among gamers.
The first game, Shantae, was developed by WayForward and released on June 2002 for the GameBoy Color by Capcom. The game has been responded with acclaim from critics, including IGN (9.0/10)  and GameSpot (7.7/10) . Despite the acclaim, Shantae had limited sales due to the GameBoy Advance being released one year earlier--in other words, the game was released at the end of the GameBoy Color’s era. On July 18, 2013, the game was re-released in the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge
Matt Boson, the game’s developer, planned a sequel for Shantae. The sequel was originally known as Shantae 2: Risky’s Revolution and was planned to be released for the GameBoy Advance, but was later scrapped due to the lack of a publisher. When the Nintendo DSi debuted, along with its DSi Ware, the sequel was planned to be released for a DSi download. On October 4, 2010, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge was finally released on the DSi Ware. Just like its predecessor, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge has received positive reviews, including those from Metacritic (85/100)  and Gamerankings (86%) . The game was also released for the iOS, and it also received positive reviews.
Two Shantae games are currently being planned for release. The first is Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse. This third installment is planned for a Nintendo 3DS eShop release in Winter 2013 .
The second is Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. This installment initiated its Kickstarter on September 4, 2013 for a goal of $400,000 . The Kickstarter ended on October 4, 2013, receiving 18,558 backers and $776,084 during the course. Since the original goal is exceeded by more than $300,000, DLCs have also been funded, such as extra missions and costume changes. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is currently in development without a set release date.
In a peaceful land known as Sequin Land lives a half-genie named Shantae. She is regarded as a guardian genie by the locals, and when the evil pirate Risky Boots arrives and plans to take over the land, Shantae proves her heroic deeds to those who look up to her.
Shantae uses generic platformer mechanics, such as those used by Castlevania and Metroid. The main mechanics of the series is hair-whipping and belly dancing. Shantae uses her ponytail as a powerful whip to attack enemies; she also uses belly dancing to transform into certain animals for certain tasks, such as a monkey to climb walls, an elephant to smash rocks, etc. Shantae also has main levels known as labyrinths, similar to the dungeons in The Legend of Zelda series.
Impact on Gamers
Here are some examples of fanart and other pictures featured on DeviantArt.
These videos involve a track that is recognized in the Shantae games called “Burning Town.”
Shantae has its highest Search Interest in late 2013.
Ricky Gervais is an English comedian and actor best known for his portrayal of the character David Brent in the British sitcom The Office. Since joining Twitter in 2011, the actor has been associated with numerous hashtag memes and controversial incidents on the social networking and microblogging site.
In 1983, Gervais formed the New Wave pop band Seona Dancing with fellow University College London student Bill Macrae. The pair released two singles “More to Lose” and “Bitter Heart” (shown below) under the record label London Records.
After disbanding in 1984, he worked as an assistant events manager at the University of London Union, where he met friend and collaborator Stephen Merchant. In September 1998, Gervais’ made his first mainstream television appearance on a series of pilots for the show Comedy Lab. In September 2000, Gervais hosted the chat show Meet Ricky Gervais, which was poorly received and only ran until October 27th that year. From July 2001 to December 2003, Gervais played the role of the paper company regional manager David Brent on the United Kingdom version of the television sitcom The Office (shown below, left). From July 2005 to December 2007, Gervais co-starred with Merchant in the British sitcom Extras (shown below, right), centered around actors working as background extras in television and films.
From February 2010 to July 2012, HBO and Channel 4 broadcast the animated series The Ricky Gervais show (shown below, left), containing animations of audio podcasts and audiobooks featuring Gervais, Merchant and their friend and colleague Karl Pilkington. In November of 2011, Gervais and Merchant collaborated with actor Warwick Davis to create the sitcom mockumentary program Life’s Too Short (shown below, right), in which the trio play fictionalized versions of themselves.
On April 12th, 2012, the pilot episode of the British television comedy-drama series Derek aired on Channel 4, in which Gervais stars as a nursing home employee (shown below). The series began streaming on Netflix in September 2013.
On July 5th, 2005, Urban Dictionary user Riteous Mango submitted an entry for “Ricky Gervais,” citing the actor’s roles on the television shows The Office and Extras. On November 22nd, 2006, the Ricky Gervais Channel was launched on YouTube, which highlights notable videos featuring the actor. In the first seven years, the channel received more than 22 million video views and 345,000 subscribers. On March 19th, 2010, the /r/rickygervais subreddit was launched for discussions related to the English actor. On August 21st, 2012, the “Ricky Gervais in his Bath” single topic blog was created on Tumblr, highlighting photographs of Gervais submerged in a bath tub (shown below).
On June 6th, YouTuber GervaisArt uploaded a remix video titled “If everybody laughed like Ricky Gervais,” highlighting the comedian’s iconic laughter by dubbing it over various video clips of laughing celebrities (shown below). In the following five months, the video gained over 770,000 views and 200 comments.
On August 4th, the official Ricky Gervais Facebook page was created, receiving more than 535,000 likes in the next three months. On September 4th, Gervais participated in an “ask me anything” (AMA) post in the /r/IAmAsubreddit, which garnered upwards of 27,000 up votes and 6,000 comments prior to being archived. On November 15th, Gervais retweeted a photograph of Minnesota-based TV presenter Melissa Bachman smiling and posing with a dead lion, while implicitly calling her a derogatory slur with a carefully worded commentary. In the first week, the tweet gathered more than 3,300 retweets and 1,700 favorites .As of November 2013, the @rickygervais Twitter feed has accumulated upwards of 5.28 million followers.
2011 Golden Globes
On January 16th, 2013, Gervais hosted the 68th Golden Glove Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Immediately after the event, YouTuber J.D. Funari uploaded Gervais’ controversial opening monologue (shown below), which received more than 8.5 million views and 17,000 comments in the first three years. The same day, Gawker published an article calling the speech “extremely uncomfortable.”
Oklahoma Tornado Tweet
On May 21st, 2013, Gervais responded to a tweet from the @MTV Twitter account listing celebrities who sent prayers to the victims of the Oklahoma tornado, quipping that he felt dumb for only sending money. The same day, a screenshot of the tweet was shared on the /r/atheism subreddit, where it gained over 10,600 up votes and 500 comments within five hours.
MTVNews</a>: Beyoncé, Rihanna & Katy Perry send prayers to <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Oklahoma&src=hash">#Oklahoma</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PrayForOklahoma&src=hash">#PrayForOklahoma</a>” I feel like an idiot now...I only sent money.</p>— Ricky Gervais (rickygervais) May 21, 2013
I Could Eat a Knob at Knight
I Could Eat A Knob At Night is a memorable quote uttered by radio producer Karl Pilkington during an episode of The Ricky Gervais Show released via Podcast on December 19th, 2005.
#nowthatchersdead is a Twitter hashtag that can be read either as “Now Thatcher’s dead” or “Now that Cher’s dead” depending on its capitalization. The hashtag was tweeted by Gervais and several journalists on April 8th, 2013, further propagating the hoax that Cher was dead.
Some people are in a frenzy over the hashtag #nowthatchersdead. It's "Now Thatcher's dead". Not, "Now that Cher's dead" JustSayin'— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 8, 2013
Melissa Bachman’s Lion Hunting Photo
On November 15th, Gervais retweeted a photograph of Minnesota-based TV presenter Melissa Bachman smiling and posing with a dead lion, referring to her with a derogatory slur. In the first week, the tweet gathered more than 3,300 retweets and 1,700 favorites.
MelissaBachman</a>: incredible day in South Africa! Stalked this male lion...what a hunt! <a href="http://t.co/Gerc9AfmGo">pic.twitter.com/Gerc9AfmGo</a>” spot the typo</p>— Ricky Gervais (rickygervais) November 14, 2013
Gervais was born on June 25th, 1961 in Whitley, Berkshire, England where he was raised with his two brothers Larry and Bob and sister Marsha. He is an outspoken atheist and claims to have lost his belief in Christianity when he was eight years old. Gervais is an animal lover who has condemned fox hunting and bull fighting.
What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments section! – duke_bilgewater
#ArmaniCaptions is a Twitter hashtag accompanying various photographs of black celebrities who are intentionally misidentified as another seemingly unrelated black actor of the opposite gender, in a similar vein to troll quote image macros. The hashtag was adopted by the Black Twitter community in November 2013, after the Italian fashion house Armani shared an Instagram photograph confusing actress Alfre Woodard with actor Idris Elba.
On November 18th, 2013, the official Armani Instagram feed posted a photograph of actress Alfre Woodard at the 5th annual Governors Awards (shown below). After several Instagram users pointed out the error, Armani amended the caption.
Immediately after Armani shared the photo, the African American culture blog The Root published an article containing a screenshot of the gaffe, criticizing the fashion company for confusing two black people of different sexes. On the same day, Twitter users began tweeting photos of intentionally misidentified black celebrities with the hashtag “#armanicaptions.”
— A$AP Feminist (@FeministaJones) November 19, 2013
— Talisha (@charmful) November 19, 2013
In the coming days, several news sites reported on the Armani Instagram incident, including The Grio, Vibe,UpRoxx, Complex, Jezebel and IBI Times. According to the Twitter analytics site Topsy, tweets containing the hashtag reached over 12,200 mentions on November 16th (shown below).
— جان فارين (@Califarrenicate) November 19, 2013
— T. (@iN3RT_) November 19, 2013
— Rusty Redenbacher (@rustymk2) November 19, 2013
AsapSCIENCE is a YouTube channel that offers scientific explanations on a wide range of subject topics through its weekly science-educational animated web series.
The AsapSCIENCE YouTube channel was launched on May 28th, 2012 by Canadian biologists Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, who aimed to create videos that would inspire people to take an interest in science. On June 6th, the channel released its pilot episode, which explains how the static noises we hear on the radio are partially caused by the cosmic microwave background, a type of thermal radiation left over from the Big Bang (shown below, left). On June 27th, the channel uploaded a video offering a number of scientifically proven hangover remedies. Within the first year and a half, the videos gained over 640,000 and 1.75 million views respectively.
On December 9th, the AsapSCIENCE Tumblr blog was launched, highlighting videos from the YouTube channel and other science-related news items. On January 19th, 2013, Moffit and Brown participated in a live Google Hangout to receive feedback from fans on how to proceed with the web series (shown below, left). On May 17th, AsapSCIENCE uploaded a music video for the song “The New Periodic Table Song,” which celebrates the periodic table of chemical elements (shown below, right). In the following five months, the video gathered upwards of 2.74 million views and 7,800 comments.
On the same day, a page titled “AsapSCIENCE Music” was created on the music-sharing website Bandcamp, featuring a digital album containing “The New Periodic Table Song” and other music tracks from various AsapSCIENCE videos. On August 5th, the channel posted a video in which Moffit and Brown answer fan-submitted questions about themselves and the web series (shown below, left). On August 13th, AsapSCIENCE uploaded a hearing test playing sounds at increasing frequencies to gauge the age of the listener’s ears (shown below, right). Within three months, the videos gained over 430,000 and 6.5 million views respectively.
On September 26th, 2013, the entertainment blog Crave Online published an article highlighting several notable AsapSCIENCE videos. By October 8th, the channel had grown to over one million subscribers. As of November 2013, the AsapSCIENCE YouTube channel has garnered upwards of 148 million video views and the @AsapSCIENCE Twitter feed has received over 53,000 followers.
Other Notable Episodes
Crave Online – AsapScience explains orgasms marijuana and zombie viruses
The Daily Dot – AsapSCIENCE answers lifes most pressing questions on YouTube
Actress Brittany Murphy died in 2009, and the causes were speculated to be anything from anorexia, to drug abuse, to mold. Her husband died of similar symptoms 5 months later. Brittany claimed that she was being stalked. Her father, still alive, was taken in for a toxicology report. Recently, forensics have found something similar to rat poison in her tissue. Now, the internet is abuzz with all sorts of conspiracy theories about the government and the mafia that her father was apparently connected to.
Fanta Commercial Parodies refer to a series of spoofs and remixes based on a series of Japanese adverts for the Coca-Cola brand soft drink Fanta. The quirky-ness of these commercials helped inspired these remixes during the first few months on the video-sharing sharing site Nico Nico Douga.
The promotional campaign for the flavored soft drink Fanta, titled “Fanta School: Teacher Series” (ファンタ学園 先生シリーズ, Fanta Gakuen Sensei Series) began airing on television stations in Japan and South Korea during 2002 to 2004, which showcased a cast of teachers with unique personalities, along with the opening of each advert being a parody to the famous Japanese drama series Kinpachi-sensei. The campaign was positively received during it’s airing, winning the gold prize at the ACC CM Festival for three consecutive years. A compilation of these commercial would be sharing online via YouTube as early as July 2006, and would also be subtitled (shown below), and uploaded on August 11th, 2006, where it would receive over 2.1 million views in just seven years.
Half a year later, these commercials would then be uploaded to Nico Nico Douga for the first time on March 10th, 2007. Eventually, one of the first known parodies would be created Nico Nico Douga user ryuun, using scenes from the anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, (shown below) and uploaded it two weeks later, on March 24th, 2007. The video would received over 140,000 views, and helped inspired other users to create parodies by using recut scenes from various anime series.
Users also began creating hand-drawn parodies of the adverts, after a video featuring the characters of the Touhou Project series (shown below) was created by user 4×1000, and uploaded on September 18th, 2007, where it would become the most popular in the series, amassing over 1.5 millions since it’s upload. Since then, over 300 videos relating the series has since been uploaded Nico Nico Douga of November 2013.
Additionally, these commercials have also been featured in a number of online blogs throughout the years, including Serious Eats in 2008, and on Japan Central in 2012, mainly due to the English-speaking web’s fascination to weird Japanese commercials.
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Japan Central – Japanese Commercials: The Good, The Bad & The Weird
SpartanM’s TwitchTV was a livestream done by SpartanM. It was known for being extremely home-made. It was recorded via the PS4.
Cosmo ‘Cosmowright’ Wright is one of the most well-known speedrunners in the game. A runner of various classics such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, CastleVania 64, The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker, Commander Keen, and Paper Mario, Cosmo has cemented himself as the premiere speedrunner on Twitch.tv. His stream regularly attracts 4000-6000 viewers. His popularity has reached such greatness that popular 4chan community /srg/ (speedrunning general) has christened Cosmo as their ‘queen.’
As of November 22, 2013, Cosmo holds the world recKoords (WRs) in Ocarina of Time (any%) and Windwaker (any%).
Kiss the nails.
Samsung Vs. Apple refers to a series of lawsuits between the electronics companies Apple Inc. and Samsung regarding various designs for smartphones and tablet computers.
On January 5th, 2007, Apple, Inc. filed several design patents for the shape of the iPhone four days before its market release. In June, the company submitted a large graphical user interface patent containing 193 iPhone screen shots. On April 15th, 2011, Apple filed a 38-page federal complaint against Samsung Electronics alleging that several of Samsung’s Android smartphones and tablets infringed on Apple’s intellectual property.
On April 22nd, 2011, Samsung counter-sued in Germany, Japan and South Korea claiming that Apple infringed on patents for mobile-communication. In June, Samsung filed additional suits against Apple in the British High Court of Justice, the United States Distrcit Court for the District of Delaware and the United States International Trade Commission.
On September 9th, 2011, a German court ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringed on Apple’s intellectual property, resulting in a sales ban on the tablet device.
In August 2012, the Seoul Central District Court ruled that Apple infringed two of Samsung’s patents and that Samsung infringed one of Apple’s. That same month, The Tokyo District Court determined that Samsung had no violated. On November 21st, 2013, a United States jury awarded Apple $290 million in damages.
This happens to me a lot!
Only in Battlefield is a Youtube videos series uploaded on Battlefield channel. Videos include short interviews where testers from ‘’recent focus group’’ for Battlefield 4 talk about some epic moments in the game with the goal of promoting the game and new Frostbite game engine. The video is followed by famous Battlefield drums theme.
After releasing open beta on 4th October and full game on 29th October EA and DICE were targets of some criticism beacuse of annoying in-game bugs and game crashing. After the release of full game, Battlefield channel continued to upload more ‘’Only in Battlefield’’ videos which became targets of series of sarcastic comments that were mocking them.
Users would mimic the drum theme ’’dumdumdumdumdumdumdum’’ and would write a somewhat ordinary situation relevant or irrelevant to the game and add that it was epic and would finish the comment with same drum theme ’’dumdumdumdumdum’’.
Some comments change the ‘’Rated M for mature’’ text for something random and irrelevant like ‘’Rated N for noodles’‘.
’’Dun dun dun dun dun dun "So I bought Battlefield 3 two years ago on release and I was like ‘I don’t have enough money to buy DLC. But, I bet it ain’t worth it.’ When BF4 came they said it’s basically the same game. When I realized I was right, I was like ‘Wow’. Dun dun dun dun dun dun.’’
So I was just running to the objective then the game crashed
Clone High (sometimes refered to as Clone High U.S.A.) was an adult cartoon sitcom that aired for one season (November 2002 – April 2003) on MTV and Teletoon. It was created by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Bill Lawrence. The show is set in a high school that is actually a secret military project run by a government office known as The Board of Shadowy Figures. The school is entirely populated by teenage clones of famous historical figures, with the intent of having their various strengths and abilities harnessed by the United States military. The series focuses on Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Mahatma Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, and Cleopatra. Much of the show’s comedy stems from it being an exaggeration of typical high schools in teen dramas, along with many ironic historical references.
Because of the series’ cancellation in 2003, it quickly fell into obscurity, especially in the United States. However, it has garnered a large fanbase through the Internet and still reruns on Teletoon’s Teletoon at Night block and formerly on Razer in Canada. Many websites (including Television Without Pity, New York Daily News, Freakin’ Awesome Network, TV.com, and IMDb) commended the show for its original concepts, messages, and plot. Clone High is also often noted for its almost exclusive use of alternative rock along with many obscure bands for its soundtrack.
A large part of Clone High’s popularity growth was due to it’s early cancellation, which left the series at a cliff hanger finale and was never resolved. This sudden cancellation was a result of the outrage in India on the discovery of Gandhi’s portrayal in the show. On January 30, 2003, the 55th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, approximately 150 protesters (including members of parliament) gathered in New Delhi and vowed to fast in response to Clone High. MTV offered a quick apology, stating that “Clone High was created and intended for an American audience,” and, “We recognize and respect that various cultures may view this programming differently, and we regret any offense taken by the content in the show.” The show’s reception in India ultimately led to its downfall. The cancellation was met by outrage of its own, namely by the show’s dedicated fanbase. Dozens of petitions for a second season popped up on the Internet, many of which gathered notable support. Many e-mails, messages, and letters were written, expressing the fans’ anger and despair. These petitions, letters, and e-mails failed in starting the creation of a second season.
The Ostrich Dance, also known as the Sweatshirt Monster, is a video fad that involves putting one’s legs through the sleeves of a hooded sweatshirt and dancing awkwardly to hip hop music. In September 2013, the fad began to spread on Vine and Tumblr in the form of short-length video clips and GIFs.
The dance has been circulating on YouTube since as early as in 2010, with the earliest known instance uploaded by YouTuber SydandJord123 in a video titled “The Sweatshirt Dance” on August 6th, 2010.
The fad continued to make in roads on YouTube in the following years, though for the most part, it remained a minor-scale development until early September 2013, when Vine user Brenton Thurman submitted a short video clip of himself doing the Ostrich Dance on top of a pool table (shown below). Within the first two months of upload, Thurman’s Vine clip has accrued more than 1.4 million views.
Throughout September and October 2013, a slew of copycat videos attempting the Ostrich Dance were uploaded to Vine.
Batkid is the nickname given to Miles Scott, a child cancer patient who ventured across the city of San Francisco dressed as Batman as part of an event orchestrated by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in November of 2013.
On November 15th, 2013, the Make-A-Wish Foundation produced an event for Miles Scott, a 5-year-old cancer patient who has been battling leukemia, in San Francisco, California, by transforming parts of the city into the fictional Gotham and re-enacting memorable scenes from the Batman franchise with fictional villains Riddler and Penguin in various locations. According to the foundation, the event drew about 13,000 people to cheer him on along the way. That same day, San Francisco Chronicle uploaded a video footage of the event to Vimeo (shown below), where it received more than 367,000 views and 3,000 likes in less than 72 hours.
Meanwhile, other Redditors reacted to the event with image macro commentaries and GIFs, including an Insanity Wolf instance joking that Scott’s parents must be killed for him to become the true Batman in canon (shown below, left) an Everyone Loses Their Minds example scolding Redditors for moving on so quickly from the sufferings in the Philippines in the wake of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan (shown below, middle) and a reactionGIF of an animated Batman crying (shown below, right).
On November 16th, The White House posted its first Vine clip featuring a congratulatory message from President Barack Obama to BatKid for “saving the Gotham.”
Batman Actor Reactions
Also on November 16th, English actor Christian Bale, who portrayed Batman in the films Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), praised Scott in an interview with the tech news site Vulture.
“This little kid, oh my God -- what a wonderful day for the little fella! It’s just fantastic, seeing all those people who were out there to support it.”
In addition, other Batman actors applauded Scott and the foundation on Twitter, including Adam West from the 1960s Batman live action television series and Ben Affleck, who was recently cast in a Superman-Batman crossover film set for release in 2015.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) November 16, 2013
New Media Coverage
In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the Make-A-Wish event, including The Guardian,NPR, E! Online,CNN, The Daily Mail, NY Daily News and The Huffington Post.