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- 03/18/14--12:06: _Natalia Poklonskaya
- 03/19/14--12:27: _Darude - Sandstorm
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- 03/19/14--15:55: _2048
- 03/20/14--10:09: _Would you kindly?
- 03/20/14--13:11: _Tech Support Gandalf
- 03/20/14--13:14: _Davidope
- 03/21/14--02:46: _EVE Online: The Blo...
- 03/21/14--05:23: _Wake Up
- 03/21/14--08:01: _Sellotape Selfie
- 03/21/14--12:57: _Red Solo Cup
- 03/21/14--15:08: _Titanfall
- 03/21/14--15:55: _Phnar Said
- 03/22/14--00:03: _Zuul, Motherfucker,...
- 03/22/14--11:22: _Lucid Dreaming
- 03/22/14--12:01: _Fullmetal Alchemist
- 03/23/14--00:22: _Bill Nye vs. Ken Ha...
- 03/23/14--06:14: _I Have Done Nothing...
- 03/23/14--13:55: _Dril
- 03/18/14--12:06: Natalia Poklonskaya
- 03/19/14--12:27: Darude - Sandstorm
- 03/19/14--12:49: Dad Runs Through Window / Running Dad Comic
- 03/19/14--14:11: That Changes Everything
- 03/19/14--15:55: 2048
- 03/20/14--10:09: Would you kindly?
- 03/20/14--13:11: Tech Support Gandalf
- 03/20/14--13:14: Davidope
- 03/21/14--02:46: EVE Online: The Bloodbath of B-R5RB
- 03/21/14--05:23: Wake Up
- 03/21/14--08:01: Sellotape Selfie
- 03/21/14--12:57: Red Solo Cup
- 03/21/14--15:08: Titanfall
- 03/21/14--15:55: Phnar Said
- 03/22/14--00:03: Zuul, Motherfucker, Zuul!
- 03/22/14--11:22: Lucid Dreaming
- 03/22/14--12:01: Fullmetal Alchemist
- 03/23/14--00:22: Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham Creationism Debate
- 03/23/14--06:14: I Have Done Nothing Productive All Day
- 03/23/14--13:55: Dril
Natalia Poklonskaya is a 33-year-old former Ukrainian official who gained international fame online following her appointment as the chief prosecutor of the newly-created Autonomous Republic of Crimea in March 2014.
According to the Turkish news site National Turk, Poklonskaya had previously served as the chief prosecutor of the Crimean region within the Ukrainian Attorney General’s Office. On March 11th, 2014, Poklonskaya was appointed as the Prosecutor General of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea during the independence movement in the former Ukrainian region. According to the Turkish news site National Turk, Poklonskaya had previously served as the chief prosecutor of the Crimean region within the Ukrainian Attorney General’s Office. Later that day, she made her first appearance at a press conference, during which she reportedly called the Ukranian officials “devils from the ashes,” and the footage was subsequently uploaded by YouTuber Andrey Russian on the next day (shown below).
On March 13th, 2014, the same clip was re-uploaded to the Japanese YouTube channel YouTubi News, where it received upwards of 228,000 views and 120 comments in the first four days.
On March 15th, the Japanese news blog RocketNews24 highlighted several photographs of Poklonskaya (shown below) and reported that a fandom surrounding the prosecutor had formed among Japanese netizens.
On March 16th, Lowyat Forums member Mustadio created a thread about Poklonskaya, referring to her as “Putin’s new sexy prosecutor.” On the following day, a Facebook community page titled “Natalia Poklonskaya” was launched, highlighting notable photographs and illustrations of the Crimea prosecutor. In the first 20 hours, the page garnered upwards of 1,400 likes. On March 18th, a thread about Polonskaya was created in the /int/ (international) board on 4chan.
Sandstorm is 99’s trance genre music had been made by the finnish producer Darude. Song is mostly being used for the bait trolling on the questions about the music sources on videos or streams in Twitch or Youtube.
According to one of the Reddit thread, song become popular on twitch streams and viewers often ask the source of the music. Then other streamers started to bait commentary on twitch and describe every music source as “Darude Sandstorm”
Running Dad is a series of comics, featuring a kid talking to his dad about some private matters, which in turn causes the dad to jump out of the window and run away afterwards.
The original comic was created by Belgian Cartoonist Jeroom Snelders and was first shared online on the Facebook page of his company Jeroom, which specialices in creating comics featuring a lot of dark and deadpan humor, on June 19th, 2012. The comic features a young boy asking his father about the location of the g-spot in women, to which his father becomes nervous and runs off by jumping through the window.
Kid: “Dad, where lies the g-spot in the woman?”
Dad: “Uhm… Uh…”
Sometime around May 27th, 2013, a 4chan user created the template of the comic, of which the edits started to be created all around various 4chan’s boards. Some of those edits were later posted on Reddit, where they got over 1850 upvotes. Later day, they were also posted on TheMaveSite Forums. On May 31st, 2013, an edit named “Dad… I’m a libertarian” was posted on /r/libertarianmeme sub-Reddit, where it got over 350 thumbs up. The same year, on August 16th, the image was posted Ron Paul Forums, and, on December 12th, it was posted on Funnyjunk.
TheMaveSite Forums – 4chan completes the cartoon: Dad runs through window
That Changes Everything is a comic exploitable featuring a dad holding and yelling at his underage daughter with mostly random and offensive slurs often related to controversional topics such as racism and child molestation.
The original comic was created by the Belgian company Jeroom, which creates comics for various magazines featuring a lot of dark and deadpan humor and was first started by Belgian cartoonist Jeroom Snelders. The comic was first seen in the Belgian magazine Humo and later shared online on the website of the magazine on October 20th, 2011. The single panel features a dad telling his daughter that you can’t get AIDS from a musquito bite, only to afterwards reply that it becomes a different case if the musquito is a homosexual.
Dad: “No honey, you can’t get AIDS from a musquito bite.”
Daughter: “Even if the musquito is a homophile?”
Dad: “That changes everything!”
On July 8th, 2012, Tumblr user welcometothedankside posted an edit of the comic panel featuring the father attempting to persuade his daughter into smoking marijuana by saying “420 blaze it faggot” (shown below). Within the next seven months, the post received over 48,300 notes.
2048 is a single player puzzle game in which the player combines tiles on a grid with matching numbers in order to create a single tile with the value 2048.
On March 5th, 2014, developer Gabriele Cirulli published the game 2048 on his Github repository. To win the game, the player presses directional keys to add new tiles to the board and merge tiles of matching numerical values into a new tile of their combined value. To win the game, the player must form a tile with the number 2048.
On March 13th, 2014, co-founder of the citizen advocacy group LaQuadrature du Net posted a tweet linking to the game with a warning about its addictive nature.
In the coming days, several sites published articles about the game’s viral success, including The Daily Dot, The Wall Street Journal, Epoch Times and City AM.
Warning! Spoilers ahead!
“Would you kindly?” and “a man chooses, a slave obeys” are both quotes from the 2007 first-person-shooter science-fiction videogame, “BioShock”.
After Atlas directs Jack, the protagonist, to Andrew Ryan’s mansion, he fights his way to Ryan’s personal office. Andrew Ryan, casually playing mini-golf, explains how Jack is his illegitimate child who was taken by Fontaine, placing him on the surface as opposed to the underwater city of Rapture and genetically modifying him to age much faster. Fontaine was planning to use Jack in a war with Ryan, using his genetics to access systems such as the bathysphere, locked out long ago. Andrew Ryan then commands Jack around the room using the phrase “Would you kindly?”, showing the effect it has on him. The game then cuts to a montage of all the times one of the characters, Atlas, has used the phrase “Would you kindly?” to mind control Jack, finishing with a slide of him saying “Would you kindly head over to Ryan’s office and kill that son of a bitch?”. Realizing how Fontaine fooled Jack, Ryan then hands him his golf club, commanding Jack to kill him whilst repeating the phrase “a man chooses; a slave obeys…”, showing how he was dying of his own will and not as he was defeated. After Jack delivers the final blow to Andrew’s head, wedging some of of the club into it, Atlas contacts him and reveals himself to be Fontaine. Fontaine, realizing his war against Ryan was over, takes over his systems and releases security drones into his office, to finish off Jack.
After BioShock’s release in 2007, the phrase became popular, being used in many forum posts and comments, mainly 4chan.
Another first-person-shooter game, Far Cry 3, references the “Would you kindly?” phrase in one of the achievements.
Tech Support Gandalf is an advice animal character based on a behind-the-scene photograph of British actor Ian McKellen using a laptop computer while dressed in his Gandalf costume on the set of the 2012 epic fantasy film The Hobbit. The series portrays the actor as a tech support agent who offers various troubleshooting tips and wisdoms in the voice of Gandalf.
On March 15th, 2014, Redditor Miraclefish submitted a photo of British actor Ian McKellen dressed in his Gandalf costume from the Lord of the Rings film series using a Mac laptop to Reddit’s /r/pics subreddit. As of March 20th, the photo has over 29,000 upvotes.
On March 16th, Redditor Lazyboyn97 submitted the photo to the /r/AdviceAnimals subreddit with this phrase superimposed over it:
" One does not simply walk into Mordor. Google Maps has three bus routes."
The joke referenced the popular Lord of the Rings meme “one does not simply walk into Morder”. As of March 20th, the photo has over 17,000 up votes.
On March 17th, 2014, The Huffington Post reported on the meme with a compilation of notable image macro instances, dubbing it “Technology Gandalf,” followed by Cheezburger and Uproxx that same day, with the latter dubbing the series “Tech Support Gandalf.”
On March 18th, Neatorama published a collection of the best examples of the meme, and on the same day, The Mary Sue published a post titled “Things We Saw Today: Tech Support Gandalf, Our New Favorite Meme.”
The Huffington Post – ‘Technology Gandalf’ Is The Only Meme We’ve Ever Needed
On March 21st, 2007, Szakaly created the @davidope Twitter feed. On December 2nd, 2008, Szakaly launched the DvdP Tumblr blog, which initially highlighted still images for the first six months. On July 5th, 2009, Szakaly published his first original GIF featuring water flowing out of a storm drainage pipe (shown below, left). On October 9th, he posted a GIF of a black-and-white sun shifting into a crescent moon, gathering more than 590 notes in the first five years (shown below, right).
On November 1st, Szakaly published a set of black-and-white GIF animations featuring complicated three dimensional objects, a style of animation he later became associated with (shown below).
On August 19th, 2010, the art and design blog I Want You highlighted several of Szakaly’s animated GIFs. On September 21st, Szakaly uploaded a video to his YouTube channel titled “From the visual chinatown of davidope,” which featured several of his original animated GIFs accompanied by a variety of low and high pitched background noises (shown below).
On May 18th, 2011, Szakaly published an animated GIF homage to the “feathered” flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, which was subsequently highlighted on the Internet news blog BoingBoing the same day (shown below, left). On October 11th, 2012, the arts and culture blog Societe Perrier published an interview with Szakaly, who described how he began publishing his animated works on Tumblr. On December 24th, 2013, Redditor lisacolnett submitted a Davidope GIF resembling a Christmas tree to the /r/gifs subreddit, where it garnered upwards of 16,700 up votes and 240 comments in the first two months (shown below, right).
Societe Perrier – Davidope Creates a Loop Life with His Animated Gifs
Policy Mic – "This is what happens when a graphic designer turns gifs: http://www.policymic.com/articles/85739/this-is-what-happens-when-a-graphic-designer-turns-gifs-into-art
The Bloodbath of B-R5RB is considered to be one of the largest, if not the largest PvP (player-versus-player) battle to have ever played out in a videogame. It also marks the largest battle to date in the EVE Online universe, a space-themed MMORPG developed by icelandic CCP. The battle, led between the two player coalitions N3/PL and CFC/RUS, pitted 7500 players against each other in a battle that saw the destruction of 75 Titan-class ships, the largest type of capital ship available in the game. In total, the Bloodbath of B-R5RB lasted for 21 hours, with an estimated value of $300 000 worth of materiel destroyed.
EVE Online is an MMORPG where players can pilot starships and engage in a variety of tasks, such as mining, exploring the universe for hidden artefacts, manufacturing and fighting each other. Players have the ability to band together as corporations (the EVE equivalent of a WoW guild) to further mutual interests. These corporations can band together into alliances, who in turn can form a much larger coalition of players that number in the thousands of players. These coalitions own entire regions of space, and often try to conquer each others’ “land” through warfare, diplomacy and/or sabotage. The political landscape in EVE is tenuous, and often leads to violent conflicts between power blocs, such as the Great Wars.
One of these conflicts erupted around a year ago, when the two coalitions N3 and Pandemic Legion formed up as the supercoalition N3/PL to drive the predominantly russian SOLAR Fleet alliance out from their territory together, while simultaneously gain control over a piece of territory called the Dronelands; a stretch of space ideal for the construction of the largest ships in EVE. The Clusterfuck Coalition (CFC) maintained a neutral approach to the conflict until N3/PL allied with their old adversaries, TEST Alliance Please Ignore, and started a minor war with the CFC. In turn, Clusterfuck formed an alliance with the russians out of necessity. The conflict, known as the Halloween war, eventually became a war of attrition between the two sides: the CFC and russians outnumbered N3/PL by a large amount, but the latter often managed to bring larger amounts of firepower to the field.
Taking a solar system from the hands of the enemy in EVE Online is no easy feat, and neither is maintaining it under your control. Owners of a system must pay a monthly fee to the game’s NPC police (CONCORD) to maintain sovereignty. Fail to pay on time, and you lose control of the system and any stations you might own in it, meaning that anyone else might swoop in and take control of your former assets. N3/PL used the B-R5RB system as a staging area for their operations against the CFC. Staging systems are of vital importance to coalitions, as they contain hangars holding hundreds of ships for their pilots, and are an important logistics centre and meeting area for their owners.
On january 27th, however, the bill for maintaining ownership of B-R5RB was not paid on time.
This proved to be a huge blunder for N3/PL. CFC took notice as they lost control of the system and rushed to capture everything they could with the help of their russian allies. N3/PL retaliated, sending a whole fleet of capital ships, including the massive Titans, to stop the CFC. Unexpectedly, the CFC responded by fielding an equally large force. As the two massive fleets engaged each other, reinforcements were called in on both sides to aid in the battle until it escalated out of proportions previously unseen.
And thus, the largest battle in EVE Online began due to a clerical error.
As more and more players arrived on the scene to fight, CCP’s servers in London were struggling to bear the massive load without crashing the server node. Since EVE Online differs from other MMO in having all players assembled on a single shard instead of spreading them out across different servers, CCP had to develop different ways of handling large battles like the one of B-R5RB. For this purpose, a concept called Time Dilation was implemented, slowing down time on the node to 10% of normal game speed while keeping the rest of the nodes running normally. This feature was also used for the famous Battle of Asakai last year, as well as the battle for 6VDT. Ironically, this enabled both N3/PL and CFC/RUS to call in reinforcements quicker than they were being depleted, thus increasing server load.
While smaller ships skirmished close to stargates and neighbouring systems in an attempt to halt reinforcements, the main bulk of the fighting was carried out by both sides’ capital fleets, involving ships measuring several kilometres long such as carriers, dreadnoughts, supercarriers and the infamous Titans. Titans are the largest, most time consuming and most expensive ships to build in-game, and are valued due to being able to take huge amounts of punishment, deploy portals that can teleport entire fleets across several solar systems at once, and for their ability to fit doomsday weapons that can vaporize most ships in a single shot before going on a ten minute cooldown period. With Time Dilation active however, Titan pilots had to wait an entire hour in real time before being able to fire their doomsdays again.
As news of the fighting spread across the EVE universe, opportunists and curious third parties alike rushed to the scene, either to simply witness the massacre, record it and upload footage on YouTube, or simply steal as much loot from the shipwrecks as they could. The player Nick_Fuzzeh, among others, managed to livestream large parts of the battle on Twitch.
After twelve hours of fighting, it became clear for N3/PL leadership that they were losing badly and would have to retreat. As they struggled to evacuate as many capital ships as they could – easier said than done, as both sides had deployed interdiction bubbles that prevents any ship caught within from warping away – the CFC attempted to kill off as many retreating ships as they could. Although the main capital ship fight was drawing to a close, it would take many more hours before the rest of the fighting between smaller fleets and skirmishes died down – only to stop when the servers went on maintenance downtime, 21 hours after the battle had started.
The resulting losses were on a scale previously unseen in EVE Online. A total of 7548 unique characters in total participated in the battle, involving 717 corporations as a part of 55 alliances. Both sides lost a total of 370 dreadnoughts, 123 carriers and 13 supercarriers. But the most staggering losses were the total amount of Titans destroyed; 75 in total, of which 59 belonged to N3/PL and 16 were CFC/RUS.
Since EVE players can buy PLEX (a card offering 30 days of game time) either through money-based subscription ($15 a month) or through in the game currency isk (~600 million isk for a single PLEX), it offers a rough estimate on the real-life value of spaceships in EVE. Using this estimate, the total cost for the battle lands at 11 trillion isk, or $330 000, with each individual Titan costing around $3000, or 200 PLEX cards.
In recognition of the massive battle, CCP has elected to erect a monument in B-R5RB at the location of the battle. The monument, called Titanomachy, was implemented on January 31st and appears in the game as a ship graveyard that can be visited in space.
The battle was a major source of discussion on Reddit, themittani.com and other gaming websites, but also garnered attention on the mainstream media, such as the BBC and the Huffington Post. According to Kotaku, the fighting got so big the Associated Press even sent out a war correspondent to record the events.
BBC News Technology – Eve Online virtual war costs $300 000 in virtual damage
Huffington Post – Who Knew Interstellar War Could Look This Amazing?
Rock, Paper, Shotgun – EVE Online’s Largest Battle To Be Marked By Ship Graveyard
The “wake up” meme started as a creepypasta that has become a meme involving seemingly normal and generally positive sentences that suddenly write “wake up” in larger lettering.
It is unknown where this meme originated but one could assume that it was created for a creepypasta site and adapted on sites such as tumblr, facebook etc.
There are many similar texts that follow the same theme, but this is one of the original texts:
It has been reported that some victims of torture, during the act, would retreat into a fantasy world from which they could not wake up. In this catatonic state, the victim lived in a world just like their normal one, except they weren’t being tortured. The only way that they realized they needed to wake up was a note they found in their fantasy world. It would tell them about their condition, and tell them to wake up. Even then, it would often take months until they were ready to discard their fantasy world and please wake up.
this version of the text cannot be called the ‘original’ as stories similar to this have been around for a long time and the true original seems to be buried in the old corners of the internet.
other adaptations apply for their respective websites, such as the tumblr version that is about rape, the facebook version about a coma and various other unfortunate predicaments.
the meme itself can involve anything from long texts that slowly start to give readers an uneasy feeling by saying “wake up” in increasing frequency, to short jokes that put a little too much emphasis on the “wake up”.
the optimal “wake up” meme will include no reference to rape, comas, or torture and will seem to appear out of nowhere, barely noticed by the viewer.
Please, wake up.
Sellotape Selfies is a photo fad in which individuals take pictures of themselves after wrapping their faces in adhesive tape as to appear grotesque in a contorted and squished manner. Each Sellotape selfie is then uploaded to Facebook with an invitation for a friend to take one, in the same style as neknominate.
On March 19th, 2014, Brighton University student Lizzie Durley created the Facebook page “Sellotape Selfie.” Durley explained to The Daily Mail that she got the idea from a scene from the 2008 film Yes Man in which the character of Carl Allen, a bank loan officer-turned-robber played by Jim Carrey, wraps and distorts his face with clear tape as to avoid being recognized. The Facebook page gained over 50,000 likes within five hours.
On March 20th, Durley’s selfie Facebook page was picked up by the Mirror, E!Online, and The Huffington Post among others, with many of the articles describing the phenomenon as the latest unpleasant social media craze. On the following day, Karl Stefanovic, host of the Australian morning show Today, wrapped entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins’ face in tape on the show. He then took a picture of Wikins’ and himself and tweeted it:
The dickie selfie pic.twitter.com/OVBwautHko— Karl Stefanovic (@karlstefanovic) March 20, 2014
The trend has caught on among British and Australian users on Facebook and Twitter, with Durley’s page earning more than 120,000 likes and the hashtag #sellotapeselfies mentioned over 5,700 times in less than 72 hours.
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The Red Solo Cup refers to a line of disposable beverage cups manufactured and sold by Solo Cup Company. It’s a party symbol in the United States. In the same way thick, black rimmed glasses have been forever linked to hipster culture) by pop media and the Internet, it has become impossible to see a red Solo Cup without thinking of the bro culture of fraternities.
The Solo Cup Company was founded in the 1940s, but they didn’t begin manufacturing their signature red Solo Cups until the 1970s. The Solo Cup Company was acquired by Dart Container on May 4th, 2012. It was first portrayed in pop culture as a staple of American parties in the 1999 teen comedy American Pie. The red Solo Cup was featured heavily in the film’s party scenes.
Many online news and culture sites have written reports and commentary on the red Solo Cup and what it means to Americans, and specifically youth party culture. On October 10th, 2011, Slate published an article titled “The Solo Cup” that examines the cup’s history and rise to popularity. On November 5th, 2011, NPR published an article titled “The Red Solo Cup: Every Party’s Most Popular Guest” that looked at its rise to popularity and the 2009 change to its design when it moved from a round base to a square base. On July 2nd, 2013, Buzzfeed published a post titled “25 Examples America Is Obsessed With The Red Solo Cup” which features a collection of pop culture references to the cups and red Solo Cup themed products. The red Solo Cup accounts for about 60 percent of the company’s sales, vastly outperforming the blue cup.
On June 13th, 2012, Gizmodo published an article titled “What the Lines of a Red Solo Cup Actually Mean.” The article pointed out that the groves in each red Solo Cup mark where you should stop filling the cup for certain types of alcohol. The first line marks a volume of one ounce for liquor, the second marks five ounces for wine, and the third marks 12 ounces for beer.
After it was published they added an update after the Solo Cup Company contacted them and clarified:
“Although the lines on our Solo cups match up pretty closely with common liquid measurements, they aren’t meant for that.”
On April 7th, 2013, Redditor orcat started a thread on the subreddit /r/ExpectationVsReality titled “Red Solo Cup” to discuss the meaning behind the lines. A link to a Business Insider article published on June 11th, 2012, which confirmed Solo never meant for the lines to be used for alcohol measurement (though colleges sometimes use them for that purpose) quickly became the top comment on the thread.
The players are divided into two teams that stand at opposite sides of a table. On each side of the table are cups of beer laid out in a triangle formation. Players try to toss a ping pong ball into one of their opponents cups. If the ball lands in the cup, a member from that team must drink the beer, and the cup is removed.
Two equal-numbered teams face each other with a cup of beer in front of each player. The first player from each game begins by simultaneously drinking their beers. Once the players have drunk their beer they put the base of the cup half on and half of the table, then using only one hand they attempt to flip the cup onto the table, bottom up. Once the first member of the team has succeeded the next member may try, and so on down the line until the first team has flipped all their cups.
Corners is played in the same manner as Beer Pong, though the setup is a player throws the balls from each of the four corners of the table. Teammates are diagonally across from each other and shoot continuously. Once one team gets a ball into the cup, that cup is passed onto the opposing team, who must drink the beer and flip the cup before they can continue playing. The first team to discard all their cups wins.
Nemesis is played much like Beer Pong, though their are still two teams each player is matched up with a nemesis whose scores they drink. Each pair may only play their designated ball, and the game ends when one team is left with no cups.
On October 11th, 2011, the music video for country singer Toby Keith’s song “Red Solo Cup” was uploaded to his official YouTube channel TobyKeithVEVO. As of March 2014, the video has over 23 million views.
On December 11th, 2011, YouTuber OnMusicGlee uploaded a cover of the song performed on the musical comedy show Glee on an episode titled “Hold on to Sixteen.” As of March 2014, the video has gained over 600,000 views.
Lulu & The Lampshades Cover
Lulu and the Lampshades Cups Covers are videos in which the subject performs a cover of the song “You’re Gonna Miss Me” by the band Lulu and the Lampshades using a plastic cup (often a red Solo Cup) to create a beat. The covers became extremely popular after the lead character in the 2012 teen comedy Pitch Perfect (played by Anna Kendrick) uses the song for her a cappella audition (shown below, top left).
Business Insider – "Red Solo":The Lines On A Solo Cup Actually Mean Something":http://www.businessinsider.com/the-lines-on-a-solo-cup-actually-mean-something-2012-6#ixzz2wdIgqMTS
Titanfall is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts for the Windows, Xbox 360 and Xbox One platforms. In the game, players can pilot mecha robot machines known as “Titans” or use more conventional weapons to battle each other across a variety of maps set on an alien planet.
On March 1st, 2010, the video game company Activision terminated the Infinity Ward co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella for “breaches of contract and insubordination.” On April 12th, the Los Angeles Times reported that West and Zampella had formed the video game company Respawn Entertainment with several former Infinity Ward employees. In 2011, Respawn Entertainment began pre-production of Titanfall as the company’s first video game title. In June 2013 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Respawn Entertainment showed an official Titanfall gameplay demo (shown below). The game was released on March 11th, 2014 in North America and two days later in Europe.
On June 6th, 2013, the /r/titanfall subreddit was launched for discussions about the video game, receiving upwards of 31,300 subscribers in the following nine months. On the following day, the Titanfall Wiki was created. On June 16th, Redditor WhiteAsCanBe submitted a Titanfall gameplay screenshot to the /r/gaming subreddit, where it gained over 5,300 up votes and 690 comments prior to being archived. On October 22nd, the Titanfall-Community discussion forum was launched. On September 9th, 2013, Redditor North_Shore_Pokemon posted an image macro to /r/gaming speculating that Titanfall would outperform games in the Call of Duty franchise (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post gathered more than 6,800 up votes and 1,000 comments.
On February 16th, 2014, YouTuber VanossGaming uploaded a montage of comical Titanfall gameplay moments, which accumulated upwards of 2.8 million views and 4,100 comments in the next two months (shown below).
On the same day, Redditor Unt4medGumyBear submitted an image macro mocking the game for not being sold on the Steam software distribution service to the /r/pcmasterrace subreddit, receiving over 4,400 up votes and 780 comments in one month (shown below, left). On March 14th, Redditor Upstart Duke submitted a “first world problems”Titanfall image macro to /r/gaming, gathering upwards of 7,200 up votes and 300 comments in one week.
On March 17th, Redditor phoenyx1980 posted a photograph of a Titanfall-themed window dressing at an electronics store, which accumulated more than 11,900 up votes and 400 comments (shown below) in the first four days.
Titanfall won more than 60 awards at the 2013 E3 reveal. As of March 2014, Titanfall has accumulated a Metascore of 86 on the review aggregator site Metacritic.
Titanfall-Community – Titanfall an unofficial forum for the Titanfall community
“Phnar Said” is a meme where you can say what ever you like to someone, as long as you say “Phnar Said” at first. For example, “Phnar said you need to lose weight you fat bitch”, but in reality Phnar did not say it, but it’s you saying it for maximum troll!
“Zuul, motherfucker, Zuul!” is a phrase used in the popular webshow, The Nostalgia Critic. Each time a demonic being appears, the Critic would utter the phrase in a low pitch voice.
It’s a variation of the phrase, “There is no Dana, only Zuul.” It comes from the 1984 comedy film Ghostbusters in which Dana Barrett (played by Sigourney Weaver) is possessed by the Gatekeeper Zuul.
The Nostalgia Critic
The phrase was first heard in his review of the TV series, Gargoyles.
This became a running gag in the series, in which he would say the line every time a ghost or a monster appears. Sometimes, whenever a character escapes the being’s grasp, he would say “Zuul, motherfu-HEY!” In his Alone in the Dark review, he said the phrase half-heartedly, as if the monster just didn’t care anymore.
Lucid Dreaming is the phenomena of knowing when you are dreaming, and being able to control your dream. It is a popular hobby of much of the internet community, and there are several websites devoted to the phenomena.
It is not entirely clear when Lucid Dreaming was “discovered”, but lucid dreaming as we know it may have originated as Yoga nidra, a spiritual practice that originates from ancient Hinduism and Buddhism. One modern man who was thought to have experienced yoga nidra in modern times is Swami Satyananda Saraswati, who described yoga nidra as a state of mind between wakefulness and sleep that opened deep phases of the mind.
The first man to recognize the scientific potential of Lucid Dreams was Marie-Jean-Léon, Marquis d’Hervey de Saint Denys, who, in 1867, published his book ‘Dreams And The Ways To Direct Them: Practical Observations’. It made an extensive study on the phenomena of Lucid Dreaming.
There are several sites devoted to Lucid Dreaming, including Dreamviews,LD4all,Lucidipedia, and World of Lucid Dreaming. These sites offer ways to share your dream experiences, learn how to Lucid Dream, or talk with others about Lucid Dream techniques for induction and control.
Filmmakers have realized the potential to use the Lucid Dreaming as a plot framing device in movies, and thus there have been several films in recent years that are based on or share elements of Lucid Dreaming, including Inception,Waking Life,Vanilla Sky, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
FullMetal Alchemist (sometimes abbreviated to FMA) is a Japanese Manga series created by Hiromu Arakawa, and later animated by Studio BONES. After it’s creation the series gained a large online fandom, both in Japan and in America, with the series going on to become one of the most successful anime and manga of all time.
Fullmetal Alchemist first started out as a manga series, written by Hiromu Arakawa, which serialized in Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine between August 2001 and June 2010. The series follows the adventures of Edward and Alphonse Elric who, after losing their bodies trying to resurrect their dead mother using the science of Alchemy, go in search of a Philosopher’s Stone, in order to restore their bodies. As well as the manga series, an anime series directed by Studio BONES also aired from October 4, 2003 to October 2, 2004, which followed an original story separate to the manga. The anime adaptation received mass critical acclaim, spawning a large fandom both in Japan and in America. As well as this, the dubbed version of the show is widely considered to be one of the few dubs which is superior to the original Japanese, as well as bringing popularity to the voice actor Vic Mignogna. A movie based on the original series was also created, titled FullMetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shambala, which followed on from the ending of the show. Due to the popularity of the original series, a second version also by Studio BONES aired from April 5, 2009 to July 4, 2010, which instead followed the story of the manga rather than the original show. This version also received a spin-off movie, titled Fullmetal Alchemist: Sacred Stars of Milos, which followed an original, unrelated story.
The Fullmetal Alchemist series in has garnered a significant online following since it’s original creation. The series has a significant presence on sites such as Tumblr, Reddit, 4chan‘s /a/ (Anime and Manga) board, Fanpop, My Anime List, FanFiction.net and DeviantART. There are numerous sites holding information of the series, such as the Fullmetal Alchemist wiki, TV Tropes and Anime News Network. The Fullmetal Alchemist Facebook page also has over 78,000 likes. Despite this large fandom, however, the show’s spread in regards to user generated content could be seen as limited, due to the strict copyright holding by the anime content owner Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment, as well as MBS.
ニーサン/Pimping Ed/Ed Relaxing
ニーサン ( Meaning ‘nii-san’, also known as Pimping Ed or. Ed Relaxing) is an exploitable meme, featuring an image of Edward Elric, slouching on a bench with his arms spread out, with a relaxed posture. The meme gained popularity within the fandom, spawning many parodies.
On January 2nd, 2014, American science educator, Bill Nye, and the founder and president of the Creation Museum, Ken Ham had a debate arguing over the legitimacy of Creationism. Nye argued that the Earth was created billions of years ago and its life forms developed millions of years ago through the processes of evolution and natural selection while Ham debated that the Earth was created 6,000 years ago by the Christian God and that all life forms on Earth are the same now as they were when they were first created. The debate was streamed live by debatelive.org and occurred at the Creation Museum in Petersburg Kentucky.
Before the debate actually occurred, the event was announced on January 2nd, 2014, by the Christian evangelist website Answers in Genesis. Later that day, the announcement was posted to the subreddit /r/skeptic. The post received over 1,000 upvotes and 220 comments during that month. On January 16, the Richard Dawkins Foundation posted an article including reasons on why Nye shouldn’t debate Ham, which included the opinion that arguing with Creationists legitimizes their arguments.
On February 5th, the viral content site BuzzFeed published an article including 22 images of Creationists who viewed the debate holding up handwritten signs including messages that they would like to address to people who believe in evolution.
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I Have Done Nothing Productive All Day is a reaction face gif that describes a poster’s situation. The idea has caught hold in the Brony community and has since had numerous MLP related gifs created around the phrase.
Though the phrase itself may be older, the first known image macro was posted to the Reddit /r/gifs on June 25, 2012, in a thread titled “Ah…Summer.” and has gained 4,217 upvotes and 2,978 downvotes since March 23, 2014.
The @dril Twitter made its first tweet on September 15th, 2008, with a simple tweet only reading “No” (shown below). Most of the tweets by the account share the opinion and follow seemingly random events by the fictional owner of the account as he goes through his daily life struggles with common topics such as the internet and politics. The actual identity of the account is still unknown, and only shares a connection with the website wint.co which only shows an email and its Twitter handle.
— wint (@dril) 15 september 2008
As of March 2014, the account has made over 4,000 tweets and has managed to gather nearly 95,000 followers. The mostly random tweets by the account often gather hundreds of retweets and favorites, and screencaps of the tweets are often shared on other platforms such as Tumblr.
While the account already gained popularity and attention on Twitter and other platforms over the years, one of the first websites to pick up on @dril was the entertainment website Head of Rothchild on October 19th, 2011, where he became their first and eventually only inductee to their Twitter hall of fame, and was again mentioned in a tribute on February 5th, 2013.
Throughout 2012 the Twitter handle gained more attention and was mentioned in various top Twitter account ranking, such as on Mashable, Bite.ca, The Daily Dot, and Complex. That same year, @dril was also mentioned on the IGN forums and in a Something Awful Twitter Tuesday post. Two tweets of the account were also featured in comics by the Twitter: The Comic Tumblr blog. The first on December 26th, 2012(shown below, left), and the second on June 13th, 2013 (shown below, right), which managed to gather respectively over 250 and 5,800 notes.
Twitter the Comic – oh nothin, i was just buying some ear medication for my sick uncle
Twitter the Comic – obama and his crack team of nsa crooks watching me shit