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  • 01/10/14--14:30: Wolfjob
  • About

    Wolfjob is a picture of computer generated 3D models of a naked man having his genitalia pawed by a wolf.

    Origin

    On July 31st, 2013, the GameGrumps YouTube[1] channel featured the wolfjob photo in an episode of the series “Steam Train” (shown below).



    Spread

    Search Interest

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  • 01/10/14--21:17: Game Theory
  • About

    Game Theory is a video game web series created by Matthew Patrick (also known by his internet alias MatPat) that analyzes various fan theories based around video games and the scientific accuracy of different video game worlds. It originates on YouTube under the channel name MatthewPatrick13[1] and has reached roughly 1,000,000 subscribers and 75,000,000 views as of December, 2013[2].

    Online History

    Game Theory started on April 18th, 2011, with a promo for the show being uploaded four days prior. The first episode focused on the accuracy of time travel in the game Chrono Trigger.

    While the show’s early popularity grew at a slow pace, Game Theory started to gain a larger following when the series was uploaded to ScrewAttack[3] in January, 2012. One of his most popular videos of the time was his three-part video about the controversies of Pokémon.

    Game Theory’s fan base started to grow rapidly in late 2012 and throughout 2013. One of his more recent videos about The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, uploaded on November 9, 2013, reached over 2,000,000 views in under a month and is currently his most popular video on the channel.

    Partnerships

    MatPat has been known to endorse and promote fans of his, particularly those with similar shows on YouTube, since he started gaining popularity. In July 2012, Matthew Patrick partnered with fellow YouTubers Gaijin Goombah[4] and Digressing and Sidequesting[5], and features their videos on his channel. Collectively they are often referred to as The Game Theorists.

    Gaijin Goombah

    Gaijin Goombah’s show Game Exchange was created in April, 2012 and focuses on the cultural differences in video games. It looks into mythology and folklore to explain the origins of concepts and peculiarities from foreign games, particularly games linked to Japanese culture.

    Digressing and Sidequesting

    Digressing and Sidequesting is a show created by Ronnie “Oni” Edwards in December, 2011, that explores different aspects of game design and how they affect popular games, including Kid Iccarus, Super Mario Bros., and EarthBound.

    External References

    [1]YouTube-MatthewPatrick13’s channel

    [2]Youtube-Why You Play Video Games-1 Million Subscriber Special

    [3]ScrewAttack-Game Theory

    [4]YouTube-Gaijin Goombah’s channel

    [5]YouTube-DiggressingNSQ’s channel


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  • 01/11/14--13:48: The Impossible Quiz
  • About

    The game has you answering ridiculous questions by giving stupid answers. Some of the questions are difficult mini-games. In the first quiz you are given three lives, and there is only one power up: skips.


    A screenshot from The Impossible Quiz

    History

    Not many people know about the Demo, which only contains 30 questions, one life, no bombs or power ups. The Demo version was released in 2004.

    The Impossible Quiz 2 is the sequel of the game, which contains 120 questions and you have five lives. This quiz was released in 2007. There are two power ups: skips and Fusestoppers. If you press the tab key, a message appears saying “CHEATER! Tabbing is for twats” and it’s game over.

    Another Impossible quiz few people know about is The Impossible Quack. The game was an April Fool’s joke that was supposed the announcing of The Impossible quiz 3.

    The Impossible Quiz Book is a three-chapter book which has 150 questions and a new power up: life buoys. The game was released in 2009. All three chapters became available in 2012. Chris the cat is the star of the quiz. Other characters in the quiz include Mars, Frank, and Badly Drawn Dog.


    Chris the Cat from The Impossible Quiz

    Impact

    The Impossible Quiz spread like wildfire and made it to sites like Newgrounds and Armor Games. The game became so popular that recognizable YouTubers started playing the rage game. Unfortunately, The Impossible Quiz Book is the last quiz to be made according to Splap-Me-Do. The Quiz is slowly getting unpopular, but it is being made famous again by popular YouTube Channels.

    Search Interest

    Resource: http://impossible-quiz.wikia.com/wiki/The_Impossible_Quiz_Book


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  • 01/11/14--15:13: ~Uguu
  • About

    ~uguu” is a line uttered a large amount by the character Ayu Tsukimiya originally in the Japanese Erotic Romance game “Kanon”, released in 1999 for the Windows PC, also released for the Playstation, Playstation 2 and Playstation Portable. “Uguu” has gained a large bit of fame in the weeaboo community, and is used frequently.

    Origin

    Kanon was originally an adult visual romance novel released in 1999, following the exploits of a man named Yuichi Aizawa as he struggles with a form of amnesia. By meeting several woman, he slowly regains his memory. Since it’s release, Kanon has sold over 300,000 units worldwide.

    An anime by the same name was released in 2006 by Kyoto Animation.

    Beginning as a term

    Uguu was originally said in the anime by the same name as the novel released in 2006, however it is unknown when it began to gain fame on the internet. Uguu is a term to describe moaning or whining (from urban dictionary, “like eeeehh, but more original.”) Uguu has gained popularity in the Japanese community since.

    Related Character: Tsukimiya Ayu

    In the anime and the novel, Ayu Tsukimiya is one of the love interests for Yuichi Aizawa. She is defined by high voice and extreme shyness in general. Tsukimiya is the main heroine of Kanon, and therefore is very popular. Tsukimiya has received merchandise and other adaptations, such as fanart, including backpacks and lunchboxes.

    Related Term: “Am I Kawaii? Uguu…”

    “Am I Kawaii? Uguu…” comes originally from a character in the “What’s with all the racket up here, son?” meme comic, after the man’s father walks in on him watching anime. The character on the screen asks “am I kawaii, uguu…”, followed by a face of disgust from the man’s father. This term has gained popularity for it’s poking fun at weeaboos.

    Notable Video: Uguu Compilation

    Popularity


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  • 01/12/14--18:06: No Pants Subway Ride
  • Overview

    The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual flash mob event in which transit passengers ride trains without wearing pants in January. Organized by New York City-based comedy troupe Improv Everywhere since January 2002, the event has grown into an international holiday observed in over 60 cities around the world, as of January 2014.

    Background

    The inaugural event began as a small prank by a group of early members of Improv Everywhere on New York City subway train on January 5th, 2002. In this prank, each participant entered the same car without pants for seven consecutive stops on an uptown-bound 6 train, intriguing dozens of other passengers in the same car and even managing to upset a few. The hidden camera footage of the stunt was subsequently uploaded to YouTube.



    Precursor

    According to the Austin Chronicles, the earliest known “No Pants” holiday has been hosted by the Knighthood of Buh, a collegiate club at the University of Texas in Austin, and observed across the campus on the first Friday of May as an end-of-semester prank since the late 1990s.

    Highlights

    More information on the history of the annual event can be found on the official Improv Everywhere website.[1]

    2003

    The second event was staged by approximately 30 participants on a New York City subway train, with several people assuming characters for the first time. According to the report, the conductor eventually took notice of the prank and warned over the PA that “this train is not a playground.”



    2004

    The third annual event was staged by 40 participants and filmed by ABC News 20/20’s camera crew for a segment on Improv Everywhere, however, the footage was never aired.



    2005

    The fourth event was staged by around 50 people and filmed by Showtime’s This American Life for a segment on the group.



    2006

    The fifth event drew around 150 participants and took place on a New York City subway train on January 22nd, 2006. The event was highlighted in the news after it was abruptly halted by a police officer, leading to the arrest of eight participants on the 6 Train’s 59th Street platform. The charges were subsequently dropped in the court.



    2007

    The sixth event was staged by 300 participants on The event proceeded in a peaceful manner, with three police officers monitoring the assembly, and according to the group, it was the first year that “No Pants really started becoming diverse, with people of all colors, shapes, sizes, and ages participating.”



    2008

    The seventh annual event drew over 900 participants in New York and took place on three separate train lines. For the first time in its history, the event was observed elsewhere in nine cities, including Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Washington DC and Adelaide in Australia.



    2009

    The eighth annual ride drew 1,200 participants in New York and thousands of more in 21 other cities around the world. The event is noted for being the first No Pants day to take place during a winter storm in New York City.



    2010

    The ninth event was staged by 3,000 participants across six meeting points and ten subway lines in New York alone, while thousands of others took off their pants in 44 cities around the world.



    2011

    The 10th event drew more than 3,500 participants in New York and thousands more in 48 cities across the globe.



    2012

    The 11th annual event took place with nearly 4,000 participants in New York and tens of thousands more in 59 cities across 27 countries around the world. Several riders were reportedly arrested in Istanbul, Turkey.



    2013

    For the 12th annual No Pants Subway Ride, more than 4,000 people participated in New York and tens of thousands more in 60 cities, including debut rides in Shanghai and Hong Kong.



    2014

    The 13th annual No Pants Subway Ride took place with more than 4,000 participants starting from various meeting points over the city and converging on Union Square. Similar events were observed in 60 cities across 25 countries.

    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Improv Everywhere – The No Pants Subway Ride

    [2]Improv Everywhere – No Pants Day 2002

    [3]Wikipedia – No Pants Day

    [4]Austin Chronicles – Best of Austin 2003

    [5]YouTube – Improv Everywhere


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  • 01/13/14--02:40: toilet brush / Klobürste
  • After an attack on the policestation Davidwache the Police of Hamburg declared wide parts of Hamburg as a Danger Zone (Gefahrengebiet). They soon had to admit that the attack was made up but the Danger Zone was installed and kept up running.

    In the Danger Zone basic human rights are ignored. Without naming a reason cops are allowed to stop you, search you, identify you and detain you to a police station. As a kind of Protest people started walking through the Danger Zone equipped with a multitude of unnecessary things in there bags and pockets. One of the searches were filmed by the ARD (German Broadcast Network) and presented to the public.

    In this Video a young male had a toilet brush in his pants which was confiscated. This video spread through all channels (Twitter, Facebook, News, …). From this night on the toilet brush was the main symbol of resistance in the danger zone. Shops started to put them in the windows as a sign of support, all the people protesting against the Danger Zone had at least one toilet brush with them – from one day to another the streets were filled with toilet brushes.

    This phenomenon was soon recognized by the media. They filled their reports of the danger zone with pictures and videos of toilet brushes use as a sign of protest. Soon a deluge of streetart-pictures and various created pictures containing toilet brushes occured.

    More Informations / engl. Sources:


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  • 01/13/14--02:52: Magic and Sparkle
  • Magic and Sparkle, full title Believe in Magic and Sparkle, was an advertising campaign launched by British retailer Marks & Spencers in November 2013.

    With a commercial starring Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, David Gandy and Helena Bonham Carter, it became widely liked on YouTube (although its initial appearances were on ITV1 and Channel 4).

    The words Believe in Magic and Sparkle were written in a specific font designed for the company; https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/02/00/00/18/78/25/12/1878251222.jpg

    Their print advertisements which appeared in a few British newspapers were widely liked due to the pretty but unnamed female model who appeared in them (it was not, contrary to popular belief, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; she was only in the television adverts).

    Both went viral over a couple of weeks; adverts uploaded onto YouTube, the press adverts scanned and posted on female celebrity picture/showbiz photo sites.

    #MagicandSparkle was the Twitter hashtag widely used; there was an urban legend that Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift posted these, but it remains that.

    The advert was widely commented on over social media during Christmas 2013 and remains popular even past the Christmas season.

    Fans have been campaigning for more of the Magic and Sparkle, and see it as a brand name, although speculation remains as to whether there will be more adverts of this nature.


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  • 01/13/14--08:14: Hack 127.0.0.1
  • About

    “Hack 127.0.0.1” is an online expression used to taunt a self-proclaimed hacker in a mocking manner. The phrase originates from an IRC chat log in which a user named “bitchchecker” is tricked into attacking 127.0.0.1, an IP address that is typically designated for accessing the computer’s own network services, otherwise known as the localhost.

    Origin

    On April 6th, 2005, the German hip hop music site StopHipHop[12] posted a chat log from the #stophiphop IRC channel in which a user named “bitchchecker” enters the channel and threatens to hack another user named “Elch” for booting him, to which the latter responds by inviting him to attack the localhost[2] loopback IP address 127.0.0.1. Unaware of its consequences, Bitchchecker then ends up repeatedly crashing his own computer.

    Transcript

    On April 9th, Total Illusions Forums[1] member Cochrane posted an English translation of the German chat transcript:

    <bitchchecker> tell me your network number man then you’re dead
    <Elch> Eh, it’s 129.0.0.1
    <Elch> or maybe 127.0.0.1
    <Elch> yes exactly that’s it: 127.0.0.1 I’m waiting for you great attack
    <bitchchecker> in five minutes your hard drive is deleted
    <Elch> Now I’m frightened
    <bitchchecker> shut up you’ll be gone
    <bitchchecker> i have a program where i enter your ip and you’re dead
    <bitchchecker> say goodbye
    <Elch> to whom?
    <bitchchecker> to you man
    <bitchchecker> buy buy
    <Elch> I’m shivering thinking about such great Hack0rs like you

    • bitchchecker (~java@euirc-61a2169c.dip.t-dialin.net) Quit (Ping timeout#)

    bitchchecker (~java@euirc-a97f9137.dip.t-dialin.net) Quit (Ping timeout#)
    bitchchecker (~java@euirc-61a2169c.dip.t-dialin.net) has joined #stopHipHop
    <bitchchecker> why do you kick me
    <bitchchecker> can’t you discus normally
    <bitchchecker> answer!
    <Elch> we didn’t kick you
    <Elch> you had a ping timeout: * bitchchecker (~java@euirc-a97f9137.dip.t-dialin.net) Quit (Ping timeout#)
    <bitchchecker> what ping man
    <bitchchecker> the timing of my pc is right
    <bitchchecker> i even have dst
    <bitchchecker> you banned me
    <bitchchecker> amit it you son of a bitch
    <HopperHunter|afk> LOL
    <HopperHunter|afk> shit you’re stupid, DST^^
    <bitchchecker> shut your mouth WE HAVEDST!
    <bitchchecker> for two weaks already
    <bitchchecker> when you start your pc there is a message from windows that DST is applied.
    <Elch> You’re a real computer expert
    <bitchchecker> shut up i hack you
    <Elch> ok, i’m quiet, hope you don’t show us how good a hacker you are
    <bitchchecker> tell me your network number man then you’re dead
    <Elch> Eh, it’s 129.0.0.1
    <Elch> or maybe 127.0.0.1
    <Elch> yes exactly that’s it: 127.0.0.1 I’m waiting for you great attack
    <bitchchecker> in five minutes your hard drive is deleted
    <Elch> Now I’m frightened
    <bitchchecker> shut up you’ll be gone
    <bitchchecker> i have a program where i enter your ip and you’re dead
    <bitchchecker> say goodbye
    <Elch> to whom?
    <bitchchecker> to you man
    <bitchchecker> buy buy
    <Elch> I’m shivering thinking about such great Hack0rs like you
    bitchchecker (~java@euirc-61a2169c.dip.t-dialin.net) Quit (Ping timeout#)
    bitchchecker (~java@euirc-b5cd558e.dip.t-dialin.net) has joined #stopHipHop
    <bitchchecker> dude be happy my pc crashed otherwise you’d be gone
    <Metanot> lol
    <Elch> bitchchecker: Then try hacking me again… I still have the same IP: 127.0.0.1
    <bitchchecker> you’re so stupid man
    <bitchchecker> say buy buy
    <Metanot> ah, [Please control your cussing] off
    <bitchchecker> buy buy elch
    bitchchecker (~java@euirc-b5cd558e.dip.t-dialin.net) Quit (Ping timeout#)
    bitchchecker (~java@euirc-9ff3c180.dip.t-dialin.net) has joined #stopHipHop
    <bitchchecker> elch you son of a bitch
    <Metanot> bitchchecker how old are you?
    <Elch> What’s up bitchchecker?
    <bitchchecker> you have a frie wal
    <bitchchecker> fire wall
    <Elch> maybe, i don’t know
    <bitchchecker> i’m 26
    <Metanot> such behaviour with 26?
    <Elch> how did you find out that I have a firewall?
    <Metanot> tststs this is not very nice missy
    <bitchchecker> because your gay fire wall directed my turn off signal back to me
    <bitchchecker> be a man turn that shit off
    <Elch> cool, didn’t know this was possible.
    <bitchchecker> thn my virus destroys your pc man
    <Metanot> are you hacking yourselves?
    <Elch> yes bitchchecker is trying to hack me
    <Metanot> he bitchchecker if you’re a hacker you have to get around a firewall even i can do that
    <bitchchecker> yes man i hack the elch but the sucker has a fire wall the
    <Metanot> what firewall do you have?
    <bitchchecker> like a girl
    <Metanot> firewall is normal a normal hacker has to be able to get past it…you girl
    <He> Bitch give yourself a jackson and chill you’re letting them provoce you and give those little girls new material all the time
    <bitchchecker> turn the firewall off then i send you a virus [Please control your cussing]er
    <Elch> Noo
    <Metanot> he bitchchecker why turn it off, you should turn it off
    <bitchchecker> you’re afraid
    <bitchchecker> i don’t wanna hack like this if he hides like a girl behind a fire wall
    <bitchchecker> elch turn off your shit wall!
    <Metanot> i wanted to say something about this, do you know the definition of hacking??? if he turns of the firewall that’s an invitation and that has nothing to do with hacking
    <bitchchecker> shut up
    <Metanot> lol
    <bitchchecker> my grandma surfs with fire wall
    <bitchchecker> and you suckers think you’re cool and don’t dare going into the internet without a fire wall
    <Elch> bitchchecker, a collegue showed me how to turn the firewall off. Now you can try again
    <Metanot> bitchhacker can’t hack
    <Black<TdV>> nice play on words
    <bitchchecker> wort man
    <Elch> bitchchecker: I’m still waiting for your attack!
    <Metanot> how many times again he is no hacker
    <bitchchecker> man do you want a virus
    <bitchchecker> tell me your ip and it deletes your hard drive
    <Metanot> lol ne give it up i’m a hacker myself and i know how hackers behave and i can tell you 100.00% you’re no hacker..
    <Elch> 127.0.0.1
    <Elch> it’s easy
    <bitchchecker> lolololol you so stupid man you’ll be gone
    <bitchchecker> and are the first files being deleted
    <Elch> mom…
    <Elch> i’ll take a look
    <bitchchecker> don’t need to rescue you can’t son of a bitch
    <Elch> that’s bad
    <bitchchecker> elch you idiout your hard drive g: is deleted
    <Elch> yes, there’s nothing i can do about it
    <bitchchecker> and in 20 seconds f: is gone
    <bitchchecker> tupac rules
    <bitchchecker> elch you son of a bitch your f: is gone and e: too
    <bitchchecker> and d: is at 45% you idiot lolololol
    <He> why doesn’t meta say anything
    <Elch> he’s probably rolling on the floor laughing
    <Black<TdV>>
    <bitchchecker> your d: is gone
    <He> go on BITCH
    <bitchchecker> elch man you’re so stupid never give your ip on the internet
    <bitchchecker> i’m already at c: 30 percent
    bitchchecker (~java@euirc-9ff3c180.dip.t-dialin.net) Quit (Ping timeout#)

    Precursor

    On May 23rd, 2001, a comic was published on the webcomic archive User Friendly,[6] featuring a woman sitting at a computer who tricks a hacker into attacking his own IP address (shown below).



    Spread

    On April 27th, 2005, Slashdot[4] user RawGutts submitted a link to the original forum thread in a post titled “The Planet’s Most Moronic Hacker.”[4] On the following day, Museum of Hoaxes[5] user Alex created a page titled “Tale of a Clueless Hacker," in which the author questioned the authenticity of the chat log. On June 10th, Urban Dictionary[7] user thetron defined “127.0.0.1” as a practical joke that can be played on networking n00bs. On January 23rd, 2009, the tech news blog Slopjong[8] posted an article about the bitchchecker chat log. On June 11th, 2008, Ubuntu Forums[10] member Vivaldi Gloria posted the bitchchecker log. On July 28th, a profile article for bitchchecker was created on the Italian Language version of the wiki Uncyclopedia.[9] On November 14th, 2009, Toribash Forums[11] member hAsbroken posted a thread about the IRC chat log. On May 27th, 2011, the computer networking blog Network World[3] published an article titled “Worst Hackers Ever?”, which included the IRC log among several other hacking FAIL stories.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Karlsbakk – Hacker

    [2]Wikipedia – localhost

    [3]Network World – Worst Hackers Ever?

    [4]Slashdot – The Planets Most Moronic Hacker

    [5]Museum of Hoaxes – Tale of a Clueless Hacker

    [6]User Friendly – Cartoon for May 23

    [7]Urban Dictionary – 127001

    [8]Slopjong – 127001 hacked

    [9]Nonciclopedia – bitchchecker

    [10]Ubuntu Forums – The Bitchchecker Story

    [11]Toribash – The hack story of Bitchchecker

    [12]Stop Hip Hop – M4trix Trilogy – A hiphop Hacker Strikes!


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  • 01/13/14--10:27: E! Fun Facts
  • About

    E! Fun Facts are a series of photoshopped parodies that poke fun at E!‘s controversial pop-up trivia highlighting Michael J. Fox’s 1991 diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease as a “fun fact” during its online coverage of the Golden Globes red carpet ceremony in January 2014.

    Origin

    On January 12th, 2014, the American cable television channel E! livestreamed their red carpet coverage at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. During the webcast, several popup-style “fun facts” were displayed in the bottom-left corner of the screen, including two particularly off-color factoids about the actors Michael J. Fox and Robert Redford (shown below).



    Spread

    Immediately after it was displayed, the Daily Mail social media editor Amanda Lucci tweeted a screenshot of the Michael J. Fox “Fun Fact”:




    Several minutes later, The Daily Show writer Dan Amira tweeted a photoshopped version of the screenshot edited with a fake “fact” that 37 cats had died while filming the 2013 comedy-drama film Inside Llewyn Davis.




    Other Twitter users began posting other satirical “fun facts,” many of which contained comically tragic or disturbing statements. Also on January 12th, 2014, compilations of notable parody tweets were posted by several news sites, including Mediate,[3] The Huffington Post,[4]BuzzFeed[2] and Vulture.[5] Later that evening, E! issued a public apology for the incident in a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter.[1]

    “We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s diagnosis during our Eonline [sic] live stream. We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize.”

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 01/13/14--10:57: Saint Young Men
  • About

    Saint Young Men is a Japanese anime about Jesus and Buddha living together as roommates in present day Tokyo. The movie was based a manga by Hikaru Nakamura.

    Release

    Saint Young Men was released in Japan on May 10th, 2013.[2] The DVD was released in October 2013.


    Reception

    The film currently holds a rating of 7.5 on IMDB.com. A Facebook fan[3] page for the film has received over 9,000 likes as of January 2014. The DVD was the 7th highest selling DVD in Japan the week of its release.[7]

    Fandom

    Many fans of the anime share GIFs and fan art on Tumblr. Popular tags include #SaintYoungMen and #saint-oniisan (the Japanese title). The film also has an active fan base on DeviantArt[4] which hosts over 600 Saint Young Men submissions as well as a club, Saint Oniisan, devoted to the fandom.[5] On January 12th, 2013 actor Orlando Jones, who is very active in the fandom community (within and outside his own show, Sleepy Hallow) tweeted,


    I think I found my new fandom BTW– http://www.dailydot.com/fandom/saint-young-men-jesus-buddha-roommates-anime/ … #SaintYoungMen “What is God’s policy on transformative works, anyway?”

    Jones mentioned a Daily Dot article that examined the fandom, which attributed its increase in popularity on Tumblr to an increased use and awareness of Christmas GIFs from the film during the 2013 holiday season.[1]



    Shipping Controversy

    Because the main characters of the film are holy figures in two major religions (Christianity and Buddhism), fandom interpretations are controversial, especially shipping Buddha and Jesus. Some Tumblr users have condemned people who ship these two characters on the site. [6] Still others on Tumblr are quick to defend the show against those condemning it for religious reasons, user Lifeofachocoholic joked,

    “The Christian fandom shipped Adam and Eve so hard that they still do to this day. Some groups of the Christian fandom even split off and made AUs and tons of Headcanons.”[8]

    Fan Art



    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 01/13/14--15:49: Unicode trickery
  • About

    Unicode is the modern standard for working with text on computers.[1] It aims to cover all scripts used by humans and then some.

    Unicode is a very large set of standards and some of the features can surprise users who aren’t experts on the topic.

    Super combined characters

    Unicode includes characters that instead of acting like characters of their own add marks to other characters. This is intended for representing characters such as the Spanish ñ (even if the most common ones have dedicated values). However, some users have found that it is possible to stack lots of combining characters on top of a single base character. The result is creepy looking text with pillars of strange symbols above and bellow the characters.

    Control codes

    Unicode, like other character sets, include some control codes. They perform a special task instead of printing a character. The most basic example is the newline, but many others exist.

    RTL/LTR overrides

    Unicode allows the text to override the text direction, allowing for easy inclusion of text in the wrong direction. This can be used for griefing if the text direction is not correctly managed and included in a larger system such as a chat.

    Nospace joiner and friends

    Some of the control codes do absolutely nothing except technically counting as a character. They don’t print anything and they don’t consume any space visually. This can be abused to fool word filters and similar.

    Upside down text

    Unicode includes so many characters that people have been able to find characters that look similar enough to upside down versions of basic Latin characters.

    Dingbats

    Unicode includes many characters that are pictographical, they use a picture to represent a concept. Advanced emoticons take advantage of the rich character set.

    Precursors

    Special symbol fonts such as Wingdings and Marlett has previously been used to show text as symbols.

    Visually identical characters

    Unicode includes many characters that can easily be confused with each other, some even looking exactly identical in many fonts. This can be abused to cause confusion.[2]

    [1]Unicode Consortium
    fn2. Unicode Security Issues

    <!-- Be sure to send a formal request for the logo if accepted: http://www.unicode.org/consortium/logo.html -->


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  • 01/13/14--14:47: Neopets
  • About

    Neopets is a website that features virtual pets users can adopt and care for. The site was founded by Adam Powell and Donna Williams in 1999. Pet owners can open up virtual shops, play games, earn and spend money within the world of the game.

    History

    After two years of prep work by founders and college students Adam Powell and Donna Williams, Neopets.com was launched on November 15th, 1999.[4] The site expanded its languages to include German, Dutch, and Chinese, among others in 2004. In June 2005 Viacom bought Neopets for $160,000,000.[5] The site design, as well as the appearance of many of the pets were redone in 2007.[6] The site has the victim of a major identify theft scam in July 2009, when young users were convinced to leave the site to visit another that downloaded malware onto their computers.[7]

    Reception

    In August 2001 Neopets was the fourth most popular site on the web, ranked an entire eight spots above Google.[10] It was dubbed a “sticky” site because users tended to stay on the site for long periods of time.

    Traffic

    Neopets receives over 50,000 visitors a month from the United States alone as of Novemeber 2013.[8] 57% of their traffic comes from the United States, with 8.5% coming from Canada, 4.7% from Germany, and 4% from the UK.[9]

    Types of Neopets

    There are fifty-four species of Neopets including Poogle, Uni and Bruce. Thirty-one are trademarked.[1] Like Pokemon some types resemble animals (Bruce, for example, appears to be a penguin wearing a bow tie) while others, like Gnorbu aren’t similar to any animal. Each species has its own biography that explains its traits and what kind of environment it lives in. Neopet users may choose the animals color and name once it’s adopted.


    :https://blog.compete.com/2007/10/01/top-ranked-web-sites-popularity-2001/


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  • 01/14/14--01:20: Twelve days of Christmas
  • About

    Twelve days of Christmas is a classical Christmas song. Many people have written variations on it.

    C program with the lyrics

    Due to the highly repetitive lyrics structure, people have written programs to output the lyrics.

    #include <stdio.h>
    

    int main(int argc, char argv[]) {
    int i;
    for(i=0;i

    Exploitable

    <insert MIDI file here>


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  • 01/14/14--02:07: Im Chuck Bass


  • About

    A universal statement used to explain or excuse any incident or situation. To be most effective, phrase must be uttered matter-of-factly, with one’s eyes half-closed to signify as much smugness and mystique as possible. (Urban Dictionary)

    Origin



    Charles Bartholomew “Chuck” Bass is a fictional character in the Gossip Girl series of novels and the television series of the same name, in which he is portrayed by English actor Ed Westwick. Although he is a secondary, antagonistic character in the original book series, in the television series Chuck is portrayed as an anti-heroic character and is one of the main characters. The television series character is noted for his financial ambition, hedonistic lifestyle, and personal style. (Wiki)
    In the beginning of the series when Chuck is asked why he should be chosen to be an usher at an Ivy Week School Mixer he responds with “Why should I be chosen to be an usher?…. I’m Chuck Bass”. As the series progresses this becomes his catchphrase and even other characters mention “He’s Chuck Bass” as an explanation for his behavior (usually promiscuous).

    Spread

    As of today there are 65 posts about Ed Westwick and 22 posts about Chuck Bass in reddit’s /r/LadyBoners section
    ‘Three words every woman wants to hear… "I’m Chuck Bass."’ received 134 upvotes



    Notable Examples

    Google Trends


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  • 01/14/14--08:00: Dynamic signature images
  • About

    Most Internet forums allows the poster to attach a signature to their post. The signature typically contains an image. What some people have realized is that there is no rule saying that the image must be static.

    Instead some crafty people have written programs that dynamically generate an image on the fly each time someone views the signature.

    The classical viewer info sign

    The most typical type is an image that states information about the viewer, such as their IP address, their ISP and their webbrowser.

    Exploitable php code

    This code writes out the viewer IP address on a white background.


    <php
    $img=imagecreate(200,100);
    $white=imagecolorallocate($img,255,255,255);
    $black=imagecolorallocate($img,0,0,0);
    imagestring($img,0,0,0,$SERVER[’REMOTEADDR’],$black);

    header(‘Content-Type: image/png’);
    imagepng($img);

    Random image

    Some signatures just use a random image out of a premade set.

    Exploitable php code

    This code redirects to a random image file


    <php
    $nr=rand(1,5);
    header(‘Location: img’.$nr.‘.png’,false,303);

    View counter

    The most advanced type remembers each time it has been viewed and does something with that. The most obvious use is to just count each time the signature has been viewed.

    Special statistics

    It is rather simple to create an image that lists special statistics about an user, such as their performance in a game or what media they are viewing.


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  • 01/14/14--10:35: High School Musical
  • About

    High School Musical is a trilogy of musical films about teenage basketball star Troy Bolton, brainy Gabriella Montez, and classmates friends as they navigate high school.

    History

    High School Musical first aired on the Disney Channel on January 20th, 2006 . The film stared Zac Efron as Troy Bolton and Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez. It also stared Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, and Monique Coleman. The film follows new girl Gabriella as she enters East High School mid-year. She had met the school’s star basketball player, Troy, at a New Year’s Eve party when the pair sang a karaoke duet. When they accidentally try out for the school musical other students begin sharing their secret, out of character hobbies. Troy and Gabriella’s friends try to sabotage their relationship so they can focus on their primary after school activities (basketball and academic decathlon) but eventually they come clean and encourage them to attend a call back. They win their games and get the staring roles. On August 17th, 2007 the sequel, High School Musical 2 premiered on the Disney Channel. The movie followed the students of East High as they work summer jobs at a country club and prepare for the club’s talent show. The third and final film in the trilogy, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, was released in theaters on October 24th, 2008 and follows the students as they finish their final semester of high school and consider their futures after graduation.

    Reception

    The films have been overall, commercial but not critical successes. The first film’s premiere had over 7,000,000 views but scored a 56% on Rotten Tomatoes[7] and High School Musical 2 scored 57% on Rotten Tomatoes[8] while its premiere had over 17,000 million viewers. High School Musical 3: Senior Year, the only film to be released in theaters, earned a 65% on Rotten Tomatoes[9] and grossed over $90,500,000.[10] It’s popularity inspired many similarly themed movies such as Sunday School Musical[11} as well as a resurgence of musical movies aimed at kids and teens like Hairspray (2007), Fame(2009), and Camp Rock (2008).

    Fandom

    As the fanbase for High School musical ages the fandom has become nostalgic towards the films, able to mock it affectionately. Popular Tumblr blogs devoted to the films include alwaysawildcat[4], hsm-4ever[5], and highschoolmusicalconfessions.[6] and Common hashtags used by the fandom include #hsm and #wildcats. As of January 2014 Facebook’s Highschool Musical topics page[1] has gained over 5,200,000 likes, the High School Musical wikia[2] has over 200 pages, and Fanfic.net[3] has over 14,000 High School Musical submissions.

    Related Memes

    Troy Sings the Pokemon Theme Song

    On October 13th, 2007 Youtuber JAelliottCK uploaded a musical number from High School Musical (“Bet On It”) with the audio replaced with the Pokemon theme song. As of January 2014 the video has received 23,000 views, though a video with the same concept uploaded on May 27th, 2008 by Youtuber HSMusical05 has received over 500,000 views.



    On March 25th, 2008, Youtuber choirnerd uploaded the same scene from High School Musical 2 this time replacing the audio with “It’s Raining Men.” As of January 2014 the video has received over 80,000 views.



    Conflicted Troy and “Bet On It”

    Two stills taken from High School Musical 2’s musical number “Bet On It” that appear to show Efron desperately grasping at something can be captioned with two activities a user can’t decide between like “sleep or another episode” or “take a shower or eat breakfast.”

    Stills and GIFs taken from “Bet On It” are popular because of Efron’s dramatic dance moves and facial expressions.



    What team

    “What team?” has become a catch phrase for fans of High School Musical to use to see if the person they’re talking to is also a High School Musical fan. If they are they would reply “Wildcats,” the mascot of the basketball team in the film. Fans use this test when texting, in Tumblr comments, and even in "Chatroulette"http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/sites/chatroulette.



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Facebook- High School Musical

    [2]Wikia – “High School Musical”: http://high-school-musical.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

    [3]Fanfiction.net- High School Musical

    [4]Tumblr- alwaysawildcat

    [5]Tumblr- hsm-4ever

    [6]Tumblr- highschoolmusicalconfessions

    [7]Rotten Tomatoes- High School Musical

    [8]Rotten Tomatoes- High School Musical 2

    [9]Rotten Tomatoes- High School Musical 3: Senior Year

    [10]IMDB- High School Musical 3: Senior Year


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  • 01/14/14--11:17: Small Fact Frog
  • About

    Small Fact Frog is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photograph of a blue Uluguru forest tree frog and accompanied by captions highlighting a wide range of little-known factoids, in similar vein to Did You Know trivia posts.

    Origin

    On April 30th, 2013, photographer Daan de Vos uploaded a picture of a blue-colored tree frog (Leptopelis ulugurensis) to the photo-sharing site 500px[1] (shown below, left). On the same day, the photo was posted to the /r/aww[2] subreddit, where it gained over 4,300 up votes and 50 comments prior to being archived. On August 4th, Redditor grizzlyunicorn submitted the first image macro based on the photograph with a caption containing a frog-related pun to /r/AdviceAnimals[7] (shown below, right).



    On November 6th, Redditor Vacuitymechanica submitted another image macro to to /r/AdviceAnimals,[8] this time, with a caption claiming that the now-extinct mammoth animals were still alive when the pyramids in Egypt were built (shown below).



    Precursors

    Photographs of cute animals and general trivia had been previously paired through Reddit’s /r/Awwducational,[10] which was launched on November 8th, 2012. In the first two years, the subreddit accumulated more than 43,000 subscribers. On April 13th, 2013, Redditor lbrockma submitted an image macro based on a photograph of a wild red fox with a caption referring to the density of a cubic mile of fog (shown below) in an /r/AdviceAnimals[11] post titled “Introducing Fun Fact Fox.”



    Spread

    Also on November 6th, 2013, Redditor CFS5300 submitted an image macro claiming that squirrels are responsible for the planting of new trees (shown below, left) to /r/AdviceAnimals,[9] dubbing the series “Small Fact Frog." Prior to being archived, the post received upwards of 13,800 up votes and 290 comments. The series saw little activity on Reddit until January 8th, 2014, when Redditor VoiceOverDan submitted an image macro identifying the name of the dot over a lowercase “i” in an /r/AdviceAnimals[3] post titled “Small Fact Frog With a Tiny Fact” (shown below, right). In the first week, the post gathered more than 14,900 up votes and 350 comments.



    On January 12th, Redditor hammmy_sammmy submitted an instance claiming that cows become stressed when separated from their friends (shown below, left) to /r/AdviceAnimals,[4] where the post garnered upwards of 16,800 up votes and 460 comments in the following 48 hours. On the following day, Redditor IncorrigiblePorridge posted an instance informing readers how male honey bees die immediately after copulation (shown below, right) to the same subreddit.[5]



    The same day, Redditor MangoLemon submitted an instance to /r/AdviceAnimals[6] about the sleep habits of dolphins (shown below, left). Within the first 24 hours, the posts accumulated over 13,600 and 9,600 up votes respectively. On January 14th, Redditor notgayinathreeway posted an instance to /r/AdviceAnimals[12] incorrectly identifying the frog as a green tree frog lacking yellow pigment (shown below, right). In the comments section of the post, several users claimed that the frog was actually a member of the genus Leptopelis, a type of tree frog native to East Africa.



    Notable Examples



    Foul Fact Frog

    On November 6th, 2013, a variation of the series photoshopped with a red background was posted in the comment section of a Small Fact Frog post on /r/AdviceAnimals,[9] which contained captions with disturbing or sinister factoids (shown below).



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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    About

    Coachella Lineup Poster Parodies are satirical photoshopped variations of the lineup promotional posters for the Coachella music festival held annually in Indio, California.

    Origin

    On May 2th, 2008, Coachella Forums[1] member Xenocide submitted a thread titled “Coachella ’09 Lineup Announced!”, which highlighted a photoshopped lineup poster with the disbanded groups Led Zepplelin and The Doors headlining (shown below).



    Spread

    On January 19th, 2011, writer Ned Hepburn posted a parody Coachella poster (shown below) on his Tumblr blog.[2]



    On the following day, the Internet news blog Urlesque[4] published a compilation of notable fake Coachella posters, which included an Internet meme variation (shown below, left). On April 17th, 2012, Redditor mtthwhdl submitted a parody poster filled with deceased artists and disbanded groups (shown below) to the /r/Music[3] subreddit. Prior to being archived, the post gained over 2,800 up votes and 280 comments.



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 01/14/14--14:53: Not a Martyr
  • About

    “Not A Martyr” (hashtag: #NotAMartyr) is a social media campaign started by young men and women in Lebanon to voice their opposition to the ongoing violence in the region and euphemistic use of the term “martyr” by politicians to describe the innocent victims of terrorism.

    Origin

    On December 27th, 2013, a car bomb exploded in the busy central district of Beirut in Lebanon, killing six people and injuring at least 50 people. Among the victims of the attack were former Lebanese prime minister and opposition figure Mohamad Chatah, as well as a 16-year-old boy named Mohammad al-Chaar, who happened to be hanging with his friends near the site moments before the bomb went off. Shortly after al-Chaar was pronounced dead later that same day, a group selfie of al-Chaar and his friends taken right before the explosion and another picture of the bloodied aftermath began circulating on Twitter under the hashtag #RIPMohammadChaar (shown below).



    Spread

    The photographs quickly prompted thousands of tweets expressing condolences and outrage, while a Facebook page and a Twitter account were set up to call on other Lebanese youths to share selfies of themselves with personal messages against political martyrization of terrorist victims. As of January 2014, @notamartyrs Twitter feed[5] has over 400 followers, while the hashtag #notamartyr has appeared on Twitter over 4,000 times.[6] As of January 2014, the official Facebook page[7] has gained over 8,000 likes. The Facebook banner explains:
    “We refuse to become martyrs. We refuse to remain victims. We refuse to die a collateral death.”

    “We refuse to become martyrs. We refuse to remain victims. We refuse to die a collateral death.”

    News Media Coverage

    On January 6th, BBC News[4] covered the trending hashtag #notamartyr. On January 7th, The Huffington Post[3] wrote about the bombing and the subsequent launch of Twitter and Facebook campaigns. On January 8th, New York Daily News[2] covered the social media campaign.

    Notable Examples



    External References


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  • 01/14/14--18:35: LeBroning
  • About

    LeBroning is a Vine photo fad in which the participant stages an exaggerated dive after intentionally bumping into an unsuspecting passerby. It is named after the American pro-basketball player Lebron James, who has earned a reputation for frequently resorting to flop, or the act of intentional falling upon slightest contact with an opposing player in order to draw a personal foul call.

    Origin

    The neologistic gerund “Lebroning” has been used as a catchall term to mock Lebron James’ style of play since as early as 2010, with the highest rated Urban Dictionary[1] entry defining the term as a synonym for the sports idiom “choking under pressure.”




    In the following years, James gained notoriety for flopping on many occasions during play, ultimately prompting the National Basketball Association to fine him $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping policy in May 2013. The player’s flopping has been documented in a supercut compiled by The Roosevelts and uploaded on May 29th that same year.



    The earliest known recorded instance of “Lebroning” was uploaded by Vine user Ronnie[2] on May 30th, 2013. In the video, Ronnie is seen falling to the floor after brushing elbow with a friend walking in the opposite direction in a school hallway.



    Spread

    Ronnie’s Vine upload largely remained in obscurity until January 7th, 2014, when a slew of parody videos began to surface on Vine and Instagram under the hashtag “#Lebroning.” On January 12th, BuzzFeed[3] picked up on the Vine breakout in an article titled “The Amazing New Meme Mocking LeBron James,” and from there, the hashtag was reported on by numerous sports blogs, NBA fan sites and news media outlets, such as Deadspin[4], Bleacher Report[5], Uproxx[6], The Huffington Post[7], NBCSports[8] and FoxSports[9], among many others.



    Notable Examples

    Nearly all instances of “Lebroning” appears to have taken place so far in school hallways, though with some exceptions, such as Jordan Liggins’ Vine of Lebroning at a shopping mall.



    Search Interest

    Not yet available.

    External References


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