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  • 08/17/12--00:51: PsychicPebbles
  • W.i.P

    Zach Hadel, known online as PsychicPebbles, is a YouTube and Newgrounds user known for his comedic Flash animation videos, which both parody popular culture phenonema and contain elements of random comedic sketches.

    Origin

    PsychicPebbles joined Newgrounds in 2008 and started to upload his flash animations to YouTube within 2011 which his first upload has about YouTube Vloggers which received over 1.1 million views

    Popularity

    His other videos did not receive him the popularity from some of his later videos but had created a popular status around YouTube as well as Newgrounds

    His most watched video, “Arrow to the Knee”, has reached over 12 million views on YouTube.

    Other Notable Videos


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  • 08/17/12--15:19: Electro Swing
  • Work in progress. Feel free to request editorship

    About

    Electro Swing is a sub-genre of Electronic Dance Music[1] (or EDM) that uses samples of swing or jazz music mixed with dance-style percussion and electronic effects, such as repeated sound bytes or electronic sounds. Many artists also incorporate rap, hip hop, or dubstep into their songs, an example of the last being “ghetto swing”, a sub genre of Electro Swing that uses the same style of synthesized sound for a break down.

    Origin and Spread

    The solidity of Electro Swing as a genre is attributed to Parov Stelar[2], who developed the style of music in 2005. It developed popularity through bands such as Caravan Palace[3] who based their music off of Stelar’s original experimentation. Eventually, the genre grew in popularity in European countries such as Britain and France, hitting a peak in 2010.

    Internet Presence

    Many well-known artists in the genre have used Soundcloud as their starting point, and a strong number of organized collaborations have been started on the site, as well.

    Catgroove

    One of Stelar’s most notable songs, Catgroove has been widely used in many different places, including YouTube and Reddit as background music.

    Notable Examples

    External References

    [1] Wikipedia – Electronic Dance Music

    [2] Wikipedia – Parov Stelar

    [3] Wikipedia – Caravan Palace


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  • 08/17/12--17:38: Lil Bub

  • About

    Lil Bub is a female “perma-kitten” house cat born with several genetic mutations causing dwarfism, polydactylism and disformed lower jaw. Bub rose to fame online after videos of her began being uploaded to YouTube in November of 2011.

    Origin

    Lil Bub was born on June 21st, 2011 in the state of Indiana. On November 8th, 2011, a video titled “good job bub.3gp” was uploaded by YouTuber LilBubBub, featuring a video of the cat stalking the camera before pouncing on it. The same day, the Lil Bub Tumblr[1] blog was launched, which highlighted the same YouTube video in the first post.



    Spread

    On May 18th, 2012, the design blog Jakprints[2] published a post titled “Jakprints Loves Lil’ Bub”, which highlighted a sticker featuring a photograph of Lil Bub licking an ice cream cone.



    On May 27th, the official Lil Bub Facebook[6] page was created, receiving over 40,000 likes within four months. On May 30th, an online store[7] was launched, featuring Lil Bub t-shirts, tank tops, tote bags, buttons and post cards. On June 1st, the @IamLilBub[4] Twitter account was created, which accumulated over 1,800 followers within three months. On June 21st, YouTube PhilDiehlTV uploaded a tribute video titled “Happy Birthday, Lil Bub!”



    On June 30th, the viral content site BuzzFeed[3] published a post titled “Meet Lil Bub, Nature’s ‘Happy Accident’ Who is About to Win Your Heart”, which featured several images and video (shown below) of the cat. Within one month, the post received over 193,000 views, 800 responses and 6,000 Facebook shares.



    On July 1st, the Internet humor blog TheFW[5] published a post titled “Cute Kitty Lil Bub is Nature’s Most Precious ‘Happy Accident’.” On July 4th, the women’s internet blog Jezebel[10] published a post titled “And Then Dwarf Cat Lil Bub Happened And Everything Changed”, referring to the cat as “one of the weirdest cutest, Mogwai-looking motherfucking cats you will ever see.” On July 24th, Vice[11] published an article titled “Vice Loves Bub More Than You Do”, revealing that several Vice employees had Lil Bub postcards on their desks. On July 31st, The Huffington Post[12] published an article titled “Perma Kitten Lil Bub Goes to Park”, which highlighted a video of the cat laying in grass (shown below). As of August 17th, 2012, the Lil Bub Pinterest[8] page has 170 pins and the “LilBubBub” YouTube[9] channel has over 1.2 million video views.



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    Search query volume for the keywords “lil bub” increased significantly in June of 2012.

    External References


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  • 08/18/12--17:36: I Hope Senpai Will Notice Me


  • About

    “I Hope Senpai Will Notice Me” is a catchphrase commonly associated with anime shows and manga books that can often be found on the microblogging site Tumblr. Images utilizing this catchphrase will sometimes feature superimposed cherry blossoms, meant to represent romance[10], and anime-style facial expressions.

    Origin

    Senpai[1], sometimes spelled “sempai”, is a Japanese honorific term used when speaking to someone of an elevated social status in schools, dojos or sports clubs. The term is usually reserved for mentors, and does not apply to authority figures such as teachers or bosses. Romantic anime and manga often feature stories involving infatuations with senpai.[2] While the senpai concept had already been mentioned on Tumblr[3], the specific catchphrase did not appear until August 8th, 2012, when the single serving site “Has Senpai Noticed Me Yet?”[4] was created.



    Spread

    Following the launch of the “Has Senpai Noticed Me Yet?” blog, Tumblr users began utilizing the tags senpai[3], sempai[11] and “I hope senpai will notice me”[5] to share text posts and image macros with the phrase. On August 12th, an ask blog from the point of view of Senpai[6] was created. Over the next three days, blogs titled “I Am Senpai And I Just”[7], “Your Senpai Noticed You And”[8] and “Senpai Noticed You Then”[9] were created with the intention of utilizing Tumblr’s notification feature to make joke sentences when liking and reblogging posts found on the senpai tag.



    Notable Examples




    Search Interest

    Though “senpai” is a common word that has seen an increase in search query volume since 2005, the keyword reached an all-time high in August of 2012, when the phrase began appearing on Tumblr.



    External Links


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  • 08/19/12--11:08: Wizard Obama
  • This article is a work in progress. Feel free to request editorship

    About

    Wizard Obama is an image series that uses a picture of President Barak Obama to imply that the president has magical powers. This is because the picture used features a stage light behind the president that gives the look of him holding a crystal ball or creating an orb of energy.

    Origin

    [researching]

    On August 13, 2012, President Obama stopped in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to talk to voters about his campaign. As he was speaking, photographer Carolyn Kaster of the Associated Press took a picture of him with his hands in front of him. Her angle combined with the president’s gesture created an image that looked as if the stage light behind the president, shining directly at the camera, were instead a bright orb in the president’s hands.

    Edits began to appear, making references to franchises like Harry Potter, Street Fighter, and Lord of the Rings.


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  • 08/19/12--11:11: Kill it before it lays eggs
  • About

    “Kill it before it lays eggs!” is a popular catchphrase used to playfully express disgust and repulse often used in image macros.

    Origin
    The origin of this meme is unknown, but it’s was around for a long time, no one really knows where and when the cartchphrase was first used but it’s safe to say it is most likely originated from the 80’s when there was a large wave of alien horror movies in which the cretures typically were abled to quickly multiply by laying eggs.

    Usage

    The meme is ofren used in reaction to someone/something disgusting and scary, and also in image macros, typically, also, in pictures of something repulsive or scary or plain wierd jokingly implying that the picture is inhuman. it’s usage is quite similar to “this is not even my final form!” image macro.

    This meme however, is rather different from the ‘Kill it with fire!’ because the latter usually is expressed a a negative phenomenon, a bad group, and usually used to express hatered, unlike this meme which is focused more around humerous repulse and disgust.

    examples:


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    The Banana Potato Song is a song sung by the minions in the teaser trailer for the second Despicable Me film. Similar to Madagascar 3’s Circus Afro, it gained so much popularity that it spawned a number of spoofs and covers of the song. There have even been videos of kids showing their appreciation for the trailer


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    [W.I.P]

    About

    Kirbyfication, is a term used when a character is drawn to look like Kirby, the main character of the Nintendo game series of the same name (see also, Pokefication and Ponification )

    Origin

    Kirby, is a videogame series created by HAL Laboratory[1] and Nintendo. One of the main elements of the game is the fact that Kirby can inhale his enemies, thus absorbing their abilities to use for himself. However, this element wasn’t introduced until the second game in the series, Kirby’s Adventure[2].

    Notable Examples


    External References

    [1] Wikipedia – HAL Laboratory

    [2] Kirby Wiki – Kirby’s Adventure


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  • 08/19/12--18:04: Marvel's The Avengers
  • Work in progress. Feel free to request editorship

    About

    “Marvel’s The Avengers” is a 2012 American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios, distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, directed by Joss Whedon and starred by Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. It is based on the comic series of the same name published by Marvel Comics since 1963 featuing a number of super heroes of the same company as a team to “fight the foes no single super hero could withstand”. The original line-up of the team consisted of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and Wasp and was formed in the first issue of the series, in order to battle Thor’s half-brother Loki. Other classic members of the team are Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Black Panther and Vision.

    In the movie, Nick Fury (Jackson), director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man (Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) along S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) to stop Loki (Hiddleston) from his plans to conquer Earth. The movie was premiered on April 11, 2012, at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.



    Reception

    The film received positive reviews from most film critics, because of its accurancy to the comic books, story, dialogue and humor, and set or tied numerous box office records, including the biggest opening weekend in North America and the fastest film to gross $1 billion worldwide. With a worldwide total gross of over $1.46 billion, The Avengers ranks as the third highest-grossing film of all time behind James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic[1]. The film is scheduled to be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on September 25, 2012. A sequel to be written and directed by Whedon is scheduled for release on May 1, 2015.[2]

    According to the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 92% approval rating with an average rating of 8/10, based on an aggregation of 279 reviews. It offers the consensus: “With a script that never forgets its heroes’ humanity and no shortage of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype--and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.”[3]

    Online Presence

    Thanks to its wide fandom, the Avengers were constantly referenced in different websites such as Memebase[4][5], 9gag[6] and others[7], usually creating mash-ups of the characters of this movie with other popular memes and fictional figures such as Angry Birds and Pokémon, or parodying many lines and dialogues from the movie and different concepts used on it through captions or fan arts.

    Notable Examples

    Used as topic to create different memes:

















    Fan arts and parodies using characters and concepts from the movie:






















    External References

    [1] http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=avengers11.htm

    [2] http://marvel.com/news/story/19240/marvels_the_avengers_sequel_coming_may_1_2015

    [3] http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/marvels_the_avengers/

    [4] http://memebase.cheezburger.com/superheroes/tag/Avengers

    [5] http://memebase.cheezburger.com/tag/Avengers

    [6] http://9gag.com/search?query=avengers

    [7] http://gingerhaze.tumblr.com/tagged/comics


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  • 08/20/12--14:13: Yaoi Hands


  • About

    Yaoi Hands, also known as “Yaoi hand syndrome”, is a term for aggrandized hands that can be found in Yaoi[1], a homoerotic fictional media intended for female consumption. The trope bears similarities to several other anime devices, including exaggerated breasts[2] and gag boobs[3] as seen in Mega Milk / Titty Monster.

    Origin

    The earliest known mention of Yaoi hands appeared on the Otaku message board MangaFox[4] on March 23rd, 2010, in reference to art featured in the manga Junjou Romantica: Pure Romance.[5][6] While the image is no longer accessible, the description pointed out the oversized hands depicted on the characters Usami and Misaki.



    Spread

    On April 14th, 2011, another image of exaggerated Yaoi hands was posted to the Cheezburger site Memebase.[7] On May 19th, a single topic Tumblr blog titled “Hands of Junjou Romantica”[8] was launched. On October 9th, the blog WTF Yaoi Anatomy[9] was created, focusing not only on hands but other non-traditional body proportions featured in this type of manga. On March 29th, 2012, a third blog, Yaoi Hands[10] was created, this time focusing on aggrandized hands created by a variety of manga artists. This was followed by another hands-specific blog Hot Yaoi Hands[11] on July 7th.

    Oversized hand art, as well as criticism of the style, continue to be posted to Tumblr under the tags “#yaoi hands”[12] and “#yaoi hands syndrome.”[13]

    Notable Examples




    Search Interest



    External Links


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  • 08/20/12--14:21: Minor Character Fandom


  • About

    Minor Characters, also called “generic characters” or “background characters”, are featured in many types of media, including television, video games and comic books. Though they often play little to no role in the official story, fans often apply their own ideas to these characters, creating a fandom around them.

    Minor characters can range from having little to no canon name, personality or backstory to those who appear with specific characteristics or a few lines. Sometimes they are shown taking on various occupations, furthering the plot line without becoming involved in it.[1] They can observe the main plot events as if bound by the Bystander Effect[2], the psychological phenomenon where people do not help in emergency situations when other people are present.



    Background characters are also used frequently in live-action television shows where large casts are required. Sometimes, their repeated inclusion can become a running gag within the show itself; this is common in The Simpsons [1][3][4] with characters like “Yes!” guy (shown below, left), the crazy cat lady (shown below, center) and Hans Moleman (shown below, right).



    History

    Redshirts

    An early example of fan-named minor characters are the “Redshirts” from Star Trek: The Original Series. These nameless characters were designated as generic crewmen on the Starship Enterprise and often accompanied more important characters on dangerous missions. The Redshirts were typically killed off immediately, as they were used to demonstrate the physical danger that the main cast was in. The fandom picked up on this and began to make jokes about how wearing a red shirt was “bad luck.”. This was later referenced within spin-off shows, where characters would make similar jokes on screen.[6]



    Reception

    While these characters are usually not intended to be integral to the story, some background characters have attracted the attention of fans. Fans may apply a name to the character based on his or her physical characteristics, and may even build a personality and backstory surrounding the character.[1][4][5] One of the most notable examples of this practice is the character Derpy Hooves, who eventually landed a speaking role in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.


    In some cases, the fandom surrounding background characters becomes so large that the shows that first featured them begin to reference them more frequently, and sometimes even give them more on-screen personality. In this way, fan- driven content can be featured in the show itself, which can build a rapport between the show creators and the fandom. However, it does not please all fans who may look at the practice as the show’s creators bowing down to fan pressure.

    Notable Characters

    Figwit

    Figwit is an example of an entirely fanon personality from the Lord of the Rings series. After his appearance as an extra in the 2001 movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the character was given much fan devotion, and has been the subject of fanart, trading cards, action figures, and even a documentary. His name was bestowed by a college student in 2002 as a made-up acronym for “Frodo Is Great … Who Is That?”, meant to convey the distraction felt by viewers upon seeing his face in the film. The appreciation led to actor Bret McKenzie reprising his role with dialogue in the third film The Return of the King as a nod to the fans.



    Glen Coco

    Glen Coco is a background character from the 2004 comedy film Mean Girls, who is shown receiving four Candy Cane-grams from a character named Damian dressed up as Santa. Despite the seconds-long mention and little screen time for the character, the phrase continues to come up on Tumblr[9], Twitter[10] and Facebook[11], where a fan page for the character has more than 4100 likes as of August 2012.



    Community

    The American comedic sitcom Community is well-known for its recurring minor characters. These include Fat Neil[12] (shown below, left), who was mentioned solely by name three episodes before taking on a small role, Star Burns[13] (shown below, center), known for his star-shaped sideburns, and Magnitude[14] (shown below, right), who does not have many lines outside of his catchphrase “Pop pop.”



    My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

    A large number of background characters from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic have been given fan attention. Most notable amongst them are Derpy Hooves, Vinyl Scratch, Doctor Whooves, Lyra and Octavia. While each of these characters have only a minor role on-screen, fans have given them personalities, backstories and large amounts of fanart based around their coloring and cutie marks, tattoo-like symbols located on the ponies’ flanks meant to represent their personality or talent. The creators of the show, Hasbro, have included a number of small nods to the fanon personalities, most famously culminating in a scene where Derpy Hooves interacts directly with one of the main characters.



    Left to right: Lyra, Octavia, Screwball

    Poorfag-chan

    Poorfag-chan first appeared as a faceless character seated in the back of a classroom in a scene of the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica. It was brought to the attention of 4chan users on /a/ (anime) in January 2011 as she is the only student depicted without a laptop. Several backstories, including one where she lives in a cardboard box and another where she is an evil character secretly involved in the series’ main plotline, were created on 4chan and YouTube that year.



    Cabbage Merchant

    The Cabbage Merchant[8] is a minor character from animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Originally meant to have a one-time appearance, his popularity lead to him returning several times as a salesman who specializes in selling cabbages. However, he was often plagued by misfortune when running into the main cast of the series. In the sequel series, The Legend of Korra, the cabbage merchant makes an indirect return when it is told he was able to create the Cabbage Corp, a company specialized in creating automobiles.



    Marauder Shields

    Marauder Shields is the final enemy that appears in Bioware’s Mass Effect 3. After the poor reception of the game’s ending sequence, a 4chan thread was created, suggesting that this enemy was placed there specifically to stop players from reaching the ending. In that thread, he was given the name Maurader Shields for the default name that appeared when the main character, Commander Shepard, went to fight him.



    Search Interest



    External References

    [1] Wikipedia – Generic character

    [2] Wikipedia – Bystander effect

    [3] Listverse – Top 10 Iconic Background Characters

    [4] TV Tropes – Recurring Extra

    [5] TV Tropes – Memetic Bystander

    [6] Wikipedia – Redshirt

    [7] iFanboy – Scott Snyder Uncovers Bizarre Background Character Mystery

    [8] Avatar Wikia – Cabbage Merchant

    [9] Tumblr – Posts tagged “Glen Coco”

    [10] Twitter – #glenncoco

    [11] Facebook – 4 For You Glen Coco! You Go Glen Coco!

    [12] Community Wiki – Fat Neil

    [13] Community Wiki – Alex “Star Burns” Osbourne

    [14] Community Wiki – Magnitude


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  • 08/20/12--16:38: Lacey Vicich
  • About

    Lacey Vicich is an attention whore and a troll on 4chan, who managed to enrage many anonymous users of the /b/-board.

    Maybe next time you faggots should show a woman respect!

    Origin

    Somewhere in august 2012, Lacey created a thread on 4chan’s /b/-board with a picture and a timestamp saying “Post ending in 69 decides what I show, tits or pussy.” Many of 4chan’s users replied by stating the usual “TITS OR GTFO!” and “OP is an attention whore”. Eventually a postnumber that ended in 69 appeared, but instead of fullfilling the request, Lacey (and her boyfriend) responded in a way Anonymous did not expect.



    Lacey posted pictures with timestamps that stated “10/10 Troll, U Mad?” and “You will never reveal my true identity.” She also stated that it would only be possible to see nude pictures of her if people payed for it on a site called “Mygirlfund.com”. This caused rage amongst many anons, who started an “epic quest”(citation needed) to find Lacey’s personal information and pornographic pictures and videos of her. Many users started claiming they found information of Lacey, but she responded a few times by stating that the information was false and /b/ would never find her last name and other personal information. This only fuelled the rage. Responding to the claims, however, was one of the biggest mistakes Lacey could’ve made, because she accidentally revealed her location because of her rather unusual choice of words in some of the posts. Many people didn’t understand what Lacey meant by “you jits”, but it was later revealed that it was a common saying or perhaps insult used by people who live in Florida.

    About nine hours after Lacey originally posted 4chan would never find out who she actually is, 4chan found out who she actually is. A lot of users on /b/ wanted to take “revenge” on Lacey for her “insulting” posts, so they tried and are currently still trying things to make Lacey’s life terrible. They started by sending pizza’s to her and her relatives’ houses, and spammed her facebook account. Anonymous also tried to find a way to get her kicked out of her local university.

    About a day or two later Anonymous also found Lacey’s nude pictures and videos. They are currently still finding ways to use it against her.





    More backstory:
    http://pastebin.com/nkQ63yAg
    https://encyclopediadramatica.se/Lacey_Vicich

    Spread

    Lacey isn’t a meme (yet). Maybe she doesn’t even deserve an entry page on Know Your Meme. Lacey is, however, the subject of almost every thread on /b/ right before and after the 420 Million GET. She will be remembered as a highly annoying attention whore and troll, who asked /b/ to ruin her life.

    (This article isn’t finished. It needs some serious work done. I apologize if anything offended you.)


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    Background

    On August 19th, 2012, the United States Representative for Missouri’s 2nd congressional district Republican William Todd Akin was interviewed by the St. Louis television station KTVI-TV during his campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate. During the interview, Akin was questioned about his position on abortion in cases where the woman was impregnated due to sexual assault, to which Akin replied that he believe the female body is able to prevent itself from being impregnated in cases of “legitimate rape.”



    “Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”[1]

    Akin’s statements were immediately met with criticism about the insensitive and inaccurate views on sexual assault. In a statement to the Fox 2[1] news television station, Akin’s opponent Senator Claire McCaskill (D, Missouri) was quoting saying, “It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape."

    Notable Developments

    Media Coverage

    The same day Akin was interviewed, the story was immediately picked up by news media including Forbes[2], The New York Times[4] and The Guardian.[11] On August 20th, the controversy was reported by Fox News[12], The Huffington Post[13], CBS[14], The Wall Street Journal[15], ABC News[16] and CNN.[17] The same day, the satirical news publication The Onion posted an article titled “Pregnant Woman Relieved to Learn Her Rape Was Illegitimate”, which mocked Akin’s statements with a fictional account of a woman who is happy to discover that she was not actually sexually assaulted since she became pregnant afterwards. The same day, The Onion[7] published another article parodying Akin’s apology titled “I Misspoke -- What I meant to Say is ’I Am Dumb As Dog Shit and I am a Terrible Human Being.”

    Akin’s Response

    On August 20th, 2012, Akin defended himself by saying he “misspoke” during the interview, and apologized for the poor choice of words.



    Obama’s Response

    On August 20th, United States President Barack Obama condemned Akin’s remarks during a White House press conference, saying “rape is rape” and that “the views expressed were offensive.”



    GOP Pulls Funding

    On August 20th, The Washington Post[6] reported that the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) ruled that the national GOP will pull funding from Akin’s Senate campaign as a consequence of the controversial statements the congressman made regarding female sexual assault. The article went on to report that NRSC chairman John Cornyn warmed Akin that he was potentially harming the ability of Republicans retaking majority in the Senate.

    Online Reaction

    On August 19th, Redditor are_politics_funny submitted a video of the KTVI Akin interview to the /r/politics[10] subreddit titled “Todd Akin, GOP candidate for US Senate seat from Missouri, justifying his position on abortion.” Within 24 hours, the post received over 1,450 up votes and 230 comments. On August 20th, stand up comedian Phoebe Robinson wrote a post on her personal blog Blaria[8] titled “If You Are a Woman & Still Vote Republican, You’re a Moron”, which featured criticism of Akin’s statements paried with humorous animated GIFs.



    The same day, the Internet humor blog Jest[9] published a post titled "Sex Education According to Todd Akin, which featured mock human anatomy text book pages parodying the congressman’s statements regarding sexual assault and pregnancy.



    On Tumblr

    On August 20th, 2012, the “Talking to Doctors” Tumblr blog was launched, which featured image macros with a superimposed photo of Todd Akin on various source images accompanied by captions with the snowclone “It seems to me first of all, from talking to doctors, if it’s a legitimate X, then Y has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.” The first instance posted on the blog featured a screen capture of the Death Star space station from the science fiction film series Star Wars with the caption “It seems to me first of all, from talking to doctors, if it’s a legitimate death star, then Alderon has ways to try to shut that whole thing down” (shown below, left).



    The same day, the women’s interest blog Jezebel[19] linked to the blog in an article titled “Other Things Todd Akin Learned ‘From Talking to Doctors’.” On August 21st, the Internet culture news blog UpRoxx published a post titled “What Else Did Todd Akin Learn ‘From Talking to Doctors’?”, highlighting several notable examples from the Tumblr blog. The same day, the Discovery[20] channel published a blog post titled “Akin’s Rape Comments Goes Meme.”

    On Twitter

    On August 20th, Akin canceled plans to appear on the CNN talk show “Piers Morgan Tonight”, which prompted host Piers Morgan to film an empty chair during the show and refer to Akin as a “gutless little twerp.” The same day, the @AkinEmptyChair Twitter account was created, parodying the Piers Morgan stunt and tweeting criticisms toward Akin.



    Notable Examples




    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 08/21/12--10:37: Office Thoughts
  • About

    Office Thoughts is an image macro series featuring a stock photograph of a man wearing a white shirt and blue tie reclining in a chair while seated at a desk. The captions typically narrate the man’s inner monologue, which includes thoughts about day dreaming, procrastination and slacking off at work.

    Origin

    Redditor Wade_W_Wilson submitted a post titled “Office Thoughts”[1] on August 16th, 2012, which included an image macro with the caption “If I set this building on fire / I wonder which coworkers would escape” (shown below). Within five days, the post received over 9,850 up votes and 150 comments.



    Spread

    On August 17th, 2012, the Internet humor blog Pleated Jeans published a post titled “Best of the Office Thoughts Meme”, which included 14 notable examples from the series. The same day, the Internet humor site Runt of the Web[9] published “The Wandering Mind of Office Thoughts.” On August 18th, the Cheezburger site Memebase[8] posted the same image macro submitted to Reddit by Wade_W_Wilson. On August 20th, the Internet news blog UpRoxx[4] published a post titled “Meme Watch: We Can Related to ‘Office Thoughts’”, citing Reddit as the origin of the meme. The same day, the meme was reblogged on the Internet humor sites The FW[5] and Brobible.[6]

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 08/22/12--15:31: Dogshaming
  • About

    Dogshaming is a single topic blog featuring photographs of dogs with signs displaying transgressions performed by the animal.

    Origin

    The “Dogshaming” Tumblr[1] blog was launched on August 16th, 2012, with its first post featuring a photograph of a black and tan dachsund with a sign that read, “I am an underwear eating jerk!” (shown below). Within six days, the post received over 940 notes.



    Spread

    On August 21st, 2012, the Internet news blog The Daily Dot[2] published an article titled ""Tumblr’s Dogshaming Documents Dogs Behaving Badly", which featured two notable examples from the blog (shown below).



    The same day, the MSN blog Digital Life[3] reblogged The Daily Dot in a post titled “Pups ‘confess’ their bad behavior on new Dogshaming blog.” On August 22nd, the Dogshaming Tumblr was featured during a segment on The Today Show:



    The same day, The Huffington Post[4] published an article titled “Dogshaming Tumblr Goes Viral As Owners Pan Naughty Pooches”, which included a quote from Tumblr editorial director Chris Mahoney claiming he came up with the idea for the photograph series.

    “It was a half-baked joke that I didn’t think would amount to much beyond a few hours’ amusement,” he told The Huffington Post via email on Wednesday. “It came from one reblogged post on my dash that had four doghsaming pics from various sources, so I reblogged the original one and posted all four (with sources) as individual posts.”

    Also on August 22nd, Nine MSN[6] news published an article titled “Dog Owners Publicly Shame Their Naughty Pets”, which speculated that the blog was inspired by parents making their children wear signs in public admitting their transgressions. The Daily Dot[5] published a followup article the same day, which revealed that Mohney had passed control of the Dogshaming Tumblr over to the creator of the original dogshaming photograph.

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  • 08/23/12--07:07: Botched Ecce Homo Painting
  • Overview

    Botched Ecce Homo Painting, also known as “Potato Jesus”, refers to the failed restoration of a century-old Spanish devotional fresco, executed by an elderly amateur art restorer. The result of the botched restoration spawned a photoshop meme, in which the ruined painting was edited on to other famous works of art.

    Background

    On August 21st, 2012, the Spanish publication Heraldo[2] published an article about a failed painting restoration performed by an elderly woman named Cecilia Jiménez. Jiménez wished to restore a damaged fresco created by Spanish painter Elías García Martínez named Ecce Homo (“This Man”), which was donated to the Santuario de Misericordia Church in the Spanish town of Borja. According to the church, Jiménez restored the painting without permission, though she claimed the priest had allowed her to do so. After assessing the damage caused by the restoration, the church announced they would be hiring a professional restorer to attempt to undo the botched job.



    Notable Developments

    Online Reaction

    On August 21st, 2012, Redditor rolmos submitted a post to the /r/pics[5] subreddit titled “An old church in Spain needed to restore a worn out painting. They hired the wrong person”, which included photographs of the painting before and after it was altered. Within two days, the post received over 11,000 upvotes and 750 comments. Redditor donosti replied to the post with an edited version of the failed restoration made to appear as if it were an illustration of a lion (shown below, left). On August 22nd, a 4chan thread featured the painting referring to it as “Potato Jesus” (shown below, right), which referenced the I Can Count to Potato image macro series. The thread has not yet been archived.



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  • 08/23/12--15:49: Colibritany
  • Colibritany is the nickname given to [future site of this information], who appears in Youtube videos and, because of her popularity, on various social networks and webpages.

    About

    Colibritany is a 15 years old girl from Coyococ, México. She appears to be a steryotypical naca, a uneducated and kind of vulgar person who tends to do ridiculous activities or lifestyle thinking it is cool. She fisrt appeared in her music video “Mi sexy chambelán”, a “Quinces” party preparation parody that was uploaded in Sofia Vergara´s Youtube Channel nuevon. The video had more than 1 million views in his first week and it got 4265706 views as on August 2012. Because of her popularity, another video was uploaded: “El Meikup”, but it was not as famous as his first video, receiving only 231843 and lots of dislikes. Sofia Vergara gave her the oportunity to make her own weekly videoblog.

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    Colibritany´s official Facebook fan page
    Colibritany´s official Twitter account
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    Latin America E! Online News about Colibritany


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  • 08/23/12--17:20: So true
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    Background

    On August 26th, 2012, major news media outlets in the United States began reporting on the impending arrival of Tropical Storm Issac on the Gulf Coast. During the live coverage of the storm’s predicted trajectory path, the Weather Channel erroneously referred to the state of Mississippi as “the land mass” between New Orleans, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama.



    Coinciding with the anniversary of the deadly Hurricane Katrina which inflicted heavy damages to the state of Mississipi, the on-air gaffe by the weather forecast network instantly led to an outpour of criticisms and mockeries from Facebook users who perceived the label “the land mass” as negligent practice of journalism.

    Notable Developments

    Within hours of the The Weather Channel’s report, Facebook users began posting angry reactions to the news station’s official Facebook and Twitter, criticizing its use of the term “land mass” as an utter deficiency of basic understanding in the U.S. geography.



    Later that same day, an independent Facebook page titled “The Land Mass Between NOLA and Mobile” was launched as a place for Mississippian Facebook users to cope with their state being neglected by the news media. By Monday afternoon, the Facebook page had reportedly gained more than 34,000 likes and accumulated nearly 200 user-generated images poking fun at the awkward phrase.



    On August 31st, 2012, the urban dictionary chose “Landmass” as their word of the day:
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Landmass&defid=6734307

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  • 08/27/12--19:26: Shit, I'm Late For School


  • About

    “Shit, I’m Late for School” is a photo fad stemming from a trope in anime in which students are shown rushing to school with toast in their mouths. Participants typically make an exaggerated running motion while carrying something representative of a specific fandom or an ethnic stereotype in their mouth, accompanied by the snowclone caption “Shit, I’m late for X school!”

    Origin

    On August 6th, 2012, Tumblr user badcgijosh posted[1] a picture of himself posing as if he was running with a piece of toast in his mouth followed by the caption, “Shit, I’m late for anime school.” As of August 28th, the post has 44,961 likes and reblogs.



    Roots In Anime

    As early as August 1st, 2010, members of Anime forum Mabinogi World[2] were discussing the origin of characters depicted as rushing for school while eating toast, noting its popular use in Shoujo[3] manga written for a female audience. In October 2011, a single topic Tumblr named “Fuck Yeah Animu Toast”[5] was created to celebrate images of anime characters running with toast. As of August 2012, TV Tropes[4] lists nearly 50 instances of “running late for school” characters in Anime/Manga and points out that it is so overused, many manga-drawing guides advise against using it.



    Spread

    The day after the first image was posted by Tumblr user Badcgijosh, Fuck Yeah Anime Toast reblogged the photo[9] but parodies of this image did not begin appearing until August 27th with one of the first derivatives showing Tumblr user minsterofsass[10] being late for Canadian school while holding a bottle of maple syrup with his teeth (shown below). That evening, dozens of derivatives began appearing on Tumblr with the tags “late for school”[11], “shit I’m late for school”[12], “shit I’m late”[13] and “late.”[14] The following day, the Daily Dot[15] published a collection of eight instances of the photo fad.



    On August 27th, Tumblr user Badcgijosh expressed negative feelings[7] about the photo fad, stating that he does not “like encouraging people to be lazy about their humour … there are things that are exponentially funnier to be said by anyone without using a template I literally spent ten seconds planning.”[8] That same day, Tumblr artist payface[6] posted a comic (shown below) to express badcgijosh’s displeasure over people overusing the joke.



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