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  • 03/26/14--14:28: Peter Oakley
  • About

    Peter Oakley was a English pensioner known by his YouTuber vlog handle geriatric1927, who was YouTube’s most subscribed user in mid-2006. Oakley died in March 2014 due to complications with a cancer too advanced to warrant treatment.

    Online History

    On August 5th, 2006, Oakley launched his geriatric1927 YouTube channel with a video titled “first try” (shown below, left). Within the first eight years, the video gained over 2.9 million views and 10,000 comments. On the same day, Oakley uploaded another video titled “second try,” in which he expresses his intent to vlog about current events and things that “annoy” him (shown below, right).

    Telling It All Series

    On August 11th, 2006, Oakley uploaded the first video in his autobiographical vlog series titled “Telling It All” (shown below).

    On August 13th, The Guardian[2] published an article about Oakley’s videos, noting that he had reached the top of YouTube’s most-subscribed list. On February 16th, 2007, Oakley was interviewed on the BBC television show The Money Programme, in which he discussed his YouTube fame relationship with his fans (shown below).

    On February 12th, 2014, Oakley posted his final video, which concluded the second series of “Telling It All” (shown below). Over the course of eight years, Oakley had uploaded a total of 443 videos to the site.

    Illness and Death

    On February 27th, 2014, the blog AskGeriatric[1] reported that Oakley had been transferred to a nursing cure facility and was not expected to live due to an advanced stage of cancer. On the morning of March 23rd, Oakley died due to complications with cancer.

    Popular Videos

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Ask Geriatric – Peters condition

    [2]The Guardian – Pensior tops web video clips


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  • 03/27/14--09:43: I, Too, am Harvard
  • About

    I, Too, Am Harvard is a photo project that features African American students at Harvard University holding whiteboards with racist and insensitive comments that have been said to them because of their race. The project was started in part to promote a play of the same name written by Harvard sophomore Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence. After the project became popular online minority students at other colleges began similar photo projects.


    On March 1st, 2014, the Tumblr blog itooamharvard[1] was created. Its homepage described the Tumblr and the project saying,

    “A photo campaign highlighting the faces and voices of black students at Harvard College. Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned-- this project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here. This place is ours. We, TOO, are Harvard. The #itooamharvard photo campaign is inspired by I, Too, Am Harvard, a play based on interviews with members of the black community exploring and affirming our diverse experiences as black students at Harvard College.

    All 63 photos in the collection were posted on March 1st, though a video for the project was posted on March 3rd. The video was uploaded to YouTube by AhsantetheArtist[2], the Harvard student who created it, the same day. As of March 27th, the video has more than 160,000 views.

    On March 7th, Matsuda-Lawrence’s play premiered at Harvard’s Black Arts Festival.


    In less than 72 hours the Tumblr received over 19,000 pageviews. On March 3rd, 2014, Buzzfeed[6] published an article titled “63 Black Harvard Students Share Their Experiences In A Powerful Photo Project” which featured every photo from the project as well as quotes from Matsuda-Lawrence on her experiences as a person of color at Harvard and her experiences talking with other students for the project. As of March 27th, the post has gained over 1.1 million views. The project was profiled by several major newsites on March 5th, including The Washington Post[11], USA Today[12], and NowThisNews.[13]

    In less than a month the hashtag #Itooamharvard[3] was tweeted out over 4,200 times. As of March 27th, I, Too, Am Harvard’s Facebook page[4] has gained over 2,500 likes and its Twitter account[5] has over 900 followers.

    I, Too, Am Oxford

    On March 10th, 2014, the Tumblr blog Itooamoxford[7] launched, which features ethnic minority students from the English university holding whiteboards with racist comments that have been directed at them in the same style as ItooamHarvard. The blog credit’s Harvard’s photo project as their inspiration, saying,

    “Our project was inspired by the recent ‘I, too, am Harvard’ initiative. The Harvard project resonated with a sense of communal disaffection that students of colour at Oxford have with the University. The sharing of the Buzzfeed article ‘I, too, am Harvard’ on the online Oxford based race forum, ‘Skin Deep’ led to students quickly self organising a photoshoot within the same week.”

    The blog was covered by Buzzfeed[8], The Independent[9], and The Guardian.[10]

    The photo project has been picked up by many other universities such as Ohio State University[14] and NYU.[15]

    Notable Examples

    Search Interest

    External References

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    I see you have a nice pair of shoes
    It would be a shame if someone
    Stole them

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  • 03/28/14--09:55: #CancelColbert
  • Overview

    #CancelColbert is a Twitter hashtag campaign launched to rally up support for the cancellation of Comedy Central’s satirical news show The Colbert Report in March 2014 after the show host Stephen Colbert tweeted a joke that was perceived as racially insensitive towards Asian Americans on Twitter.


    On the March 26th, 2014, The Colbert Report featured a segment titled “The Sport Report” in which Stephen Colbert mocks Daniel Snyder, the owner of the NFL team Washington Red Skins, for starting a foundation to support Native Americans while maintaining his team’s offensive name. In lampooning Snyder’s contradictory stance on racial relations, Colbert proposed that he would start his own offensively named charity, saying:

    “I am willing to show Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

    On March 27th, the Twitter account @ColbertReport[1], which is an official Comedy Central account but not handled by Colbert or the show’s writers, tweeted the quote (shown below). It was removed less than 24 hours later.

    About two hours after @ColbertReport sent out the tweet Twitter user @Suey_Park[4] re-introduced the hashtag #CancelColbert, which was first used on May 21st, 2013, by @DRM4GOD[3] who was angered when Colbert seemed to make light of the Benghazi scandal, in a tweet calling the remark racist.

    In less than 24 hours the hashtag[5] was tweeted out over 49,000 times.

    Notable Developments

    Colbert’s Response

    About six hours after the initial tweet, @ColbertReport sent out a tweet to clarify their connection to the show, saying,

    An hour later they followed up with a further clarifying tweet which read,

    Shortly after on March 28th, Colbert tweeted from his official Twitter account @StephenAtHome[6] jokingly throwing his support behind #CancelColbert and again pointing out @ColbertReport is not controlled by the show,

    In less than 24 hours the tweeted gained over 1,900 retweets and over 2,500 favorites.

    News Media Coverage

    The story was picked up by major news media outlets on March 28th, including TIME[7], The Huffington Post[8], and USA Today.[9]

    The same day, Suey Park, who started the hashtag trend, appeared on the live stream news show Huff Post Live[6] to discuss her issues with Colbert’s remarks and the hashtag.

    Several major websites also published essays and think pieces about the larger context of the Twitter outrage, including Jezebel’s[12]“What We Can Learn From the Embarrassing #CancelColbert Shitstorm,” which outlined what fans should do when they believe their favorite show or celebrity is being unfairly attacked online, and Salon’s[11]“Twitter killed Stephen Colbert’s joke," which defended Colbert’s quip as a “totally legitimate dig,” while questioning whether the joke, taken out of its context, was well-suited for the shortform microblogging service.

    Search Interest

    External References

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  • 03/28/14--11:15: X-Files
  • W.i.p, just keep calm and request editorship


    The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine seasons and 202 episodes. The series revolved around FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) agents Dana “Katherine” Scully (Played by Gillian Anderson) And Fox “William” Mulder (Played by David Duchovny) investigating the X-Files, marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena.

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  • 03/28/14--16:41: Goat Simulator
  • Work in progress


    Goat Simulator is a third person perspective video game in which the player roams an open world assuming the role of a goat.



    On February 3rd, 2014, Coffee Stain Studios released a video featuring alpha gameplay footage of the video game (shown below).

    On March 26th, the official launch simulator for the game was released on YouTube, which parodied the trailer for the 2011 survival horror game Dead Island.



    Online Presence

    Search Interest

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  • 03/29/14--06:29: Physical Fitness
  • work in brogress


    Physical fitness is the state on humans and other animals of being able to perform well in sports and other occupations[1]. Followers of physical fitness have been described in showing pride in their achievements and progress and also for having a subculture of their own. The Internet has always being a hub for fitness enthusiasts, with several related memes being born and spread.

    Online Presence

    The pursue for physical fitness through bodybuilding has occupied humans for centuries, with stone-lifting traditions being practiced in ancient Greece and Egypt. Numerous forums and websites exist where followers of physical fitness can discuss issues and share their progress, such as the forums[2] and reddit’s /r/fitness[3].


    Related Memes

    I’m 18 Do I Have Potential? (BadBoy2)

    I’m 18 Do I Have Potential? is a question posted by Forums member BadBoy2 on the 30th of October 2005. The post featured a man flexing in front of a window. The photo has become the subject of editing and image manipulation on the forums:

    Do You Even Lift?



    Skipping Leg Day


    Related People

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Dwane Johnson (The Rock)

    Mark Rippetoe

    External References

    [1]WIkipedia – Physical fitness

    [2] – Forums

    [3]reddit – /r/fitness

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  • 03/29/14--11:42: #CockInASock
  • [Researching]


    #CockInASock is an Instagram hashtag campaign, which depicts images of men taking semi-nude selfies with their genitals covered by a sock, often having a comical undertone. The campaign was launched in March 2014 order to raise awareness (as well as donations) for testicular cancer research.


    Inspired by Red Hot Chili Pepper’s ‘cocks in socks’ routine, the campaign was started by UK cancer charity Balls to Cancer in order to raise awareness for testicular cancer research. [1]

    Search Interest

    External References

    fn1. Nerve – Talking to the People Behind the Huge #CockInASock Instagram Meme 3/27/14

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  • 03/30/14--03:39: Toy Story
  • About

    Toy Story is an Computer Animated was made by Walt Disney and Pixar in 1995. These Film have a positive reviews by many critics to be one of the best animated films ever made

    Origin and Development

    Toy Story (1995)

    Director John Lasseter’s first experience with computer animation was during his work as an animator at Disney, when two of his friends showed him the lightcycle scene from Tron. It was an eye-opening experience which awakened Lasseter to the possibilities offered by the new medium of computer-generated animation. Lasseter tried to pitch the idea of a fully computer-animated film to Disney, but the idea was rejected and Lasseter was fired. He then went on to work at Lucasfilm and later as a founding member of Pixar, which was purchased by entrepreneur and Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs in 1986. At Pixar, Lasseter created short, computer-animated films to show off the Pixar Image Computer’s capabilities, and Tin Toy (1988) --a short told from the perspective of a toy, referencing Lasseter’s love of classic toys-- would go on to claim the 1988 Academy Award for animated short films, the first computer-generated film to do so. Tin Toy gained Disney’s attention, and the new team at Disney--CEO Michael Eisner and chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg in the film division --began a quest to get Lasseter to come back. Lasseter, grateful for Jobs’ faith in him, felt compelled to stay with Pixar, telling co-founder Ed Catmull, “I can go to Disney and be a director, or I can stay here and make history.” Katzenberg realized he could not lure Lasseter back to Disney and therefore set plans into motion to ink a production deal with Pixar to produce a film.

    Toy Story 2 (1999)

    Talk of a sequel to Toy Story began around a month after the film’s opening, in December 1995. A few days after the original film’s release, Lasseter was traveling with his family and found a young boy clutching a Woody doll at an airport. Lasseter described how the boy’s excitement to show it to his father touched him deeply. Lasseter realized that his character no longer belonged to him only, but rather it belonged to others, as well. The memory was a defining factor in the production of Toy Story 2, with Lasseter moved to create a great film for that child and for everyone else who loved the characters.
    Ed Catmull, Lasseter, and Ralph Guggenheim visited Joe Roth, successor to recently ousted Jeffrey Katzenberg as chairman of Walt Disney Studios, shortly afterward. Roth was pleased and embraced the idea of a sequel. Disney had recently begun making direct-to-video sequels to its successful features, and Roth wanted to handle the Toy Story sequel this way, as well. Prior releases, such as 1994’s Aladdin sequel, The Return of Jafar, had returned an estimated $100 million in profits.
    Initially, everything regarding the sequel was uncertain at first: whether stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen would be available and affordable, what the story premise would be, and even whether the film would be computer-animated at Pixar or traditionally at Disney. Lasseter regarded the project as a chance to groom new directing talent, but top choices were already immersed in other projects (Andrew Stanton in A Bug’s Life and Pete Docter in early development work for a film that would eventually become Monsters, Inc.). Instead, Lasseter turned to Ash Brannon, a young directing animator on Toy Story whose work he admired. Brannon, a CalArts graduate, joined the Toy Story team in 1993. Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios officially announced the sequel in a press release on March 12, 1997

    Toy Story 3 (2010)

    In January 2006, Disney bought Pixar in a deal that put Pixar chiefs Edwin Catmull and John Lasseter in charge of all Disney Animation. Shortly thereafter, Circle 7 Animation was shut down and its version of Toy Story 3 was cancelled:1 The character designs went into the Disney archives. The following month, Disney CEO Robert Iger confirmed that Disney was in the process of transferring the production to Pixar. John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unkrich visited the house where they first pitched Toy Story and came up with the story for the film over a weekend. Stanton then wrote a treatment. On February 8, 2007, Catmull announced Toy Story 2’s co-director, Lee Unkrich, as the sole director of the film instead of John Lasseter (who was busy directing Cars 2), and Michael Arndt as screenwriter. The release date was moved to 2010. Unkrich said that he felt pressure to avoid creating “the first dud” for Pixar, since (as of 2010) all of Pixar’s films had been critical and commercial successes.


    You’ve got a Friend in Me

    “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” is a song written and first recorded by Randy Newman. Originally written as the theme song for the 1995 Disney/Pixar animated film Toy Story, it has since become the theme song for its sequels, Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010). The song was nominated for both the 1996 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the 1995 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song but lost both to another Disney song, “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas.
    Like many other Disney theme songs, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” has been covered numerous times. Cover versions featured in the three Toy Story films include a duet with Newman and Lyle Lovett in Toy Story, a version by Robert Goulet and an instrumental by Tom Scott in Toy Story 2, an Italian language version by Riccardo Cocciante, and a Spanish language version by the Gipsy Kings in Toy Story 3.


    Robot Chicken is made a Parody of Toy Story 4 that it have a +20,000 Likes and 5 Million Views. In Oct 6, 2012 Glinko made a Parody video of BUZZLOOK AN ALIEN!!! in GMod Version with a +2 Million Views and 58,000 Likes for Woody is Raping at Buzz.

    YouTube Poops

    In 2007 the First YouTube Poop with Toy Story Called Toys Gone Wild was made by Boogidyboo. In Every Years everyone use Toy Story as a YTP that have Ton’s of Views when their made it.


    BUZZ, LOOK AN ALIEN!! is a series of YouTube Poop and YTPMVs. The earliest YTPMV that used this scene had been already posted to there in December 2009. However, it seems that it couldn’t get much attention enough to start a fad.
    Meanwhile, the triggering video that started this fad in YTP communities was uploaded by YouTube user avojaifnot in May 19th, 2010. This video uses a remix of Can’t Beat Air Man! for its source music.

    X, X Everywhere

    X, X Everywhere is a phrasal template typically used for a wide range of cultural references, from quotable lines heard in popular films and TV shows to more obscure things found in viral videos and games. Many instances of “X Everywhere” may be seen as an indicator for emerging trends, while some should be read as a grievance or complaint against them, depending on the context.

    Hentai Woody / 変態ウッディー

    Hentai Woody (Japanese: 変態ウッディー), also known as “Creepy Woody”, is a series of photos featuring a Revoltech Woody action figure posed in erotic, creepy and perverted scenarios. In 2006, Japanese toy company Kaiyodo released their Revoltech line of collector-oriented toys that consisted mainly of Anime figures. In 2010, Kaiyodo broadened their variety of toys with a new subline called the Sci-Fi (Tokusatsu) Revoltech series. This line focused on iconic characters from Japanese and American film and television series like Mothra, Gamera, the Alien, Jack Skellington, and Batman. In March of 2010, Kaiyodo unveiled prototypes of Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody from the Toy Story movies. Like most Revoltech toys, the Woody figures had an alternate faceplate to choose from.

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  • 03/30/14--09:37: Snacklish
  • About

    Snacklish[1] is a site which allows translating words or phrases into Snickers language, replacing syllables with words related to chocolate and candy.


    The site was originally launched in 2009 by Snickers, as part of an advertisement campaign. On March 3rd, 2009, the site was mentioned by The New York Times in the article[2] about advertisement. The site was also featured on Jimmy Kimmel[4], which, according the site creators, brought 800% increase in traffic[3].

    On February 5th, 2013, the site was noticed by 4chan and several threads on various boards were created, asking to insert some name or a quote and then post the results[5].


    Aside from translating the phrases, the site also allows downloading the images containing the said phrases. This in turn, allowed people to superimpose the translations onto the images, from which the translated quote originated. The quotes might come from known franchises, such as Metal Gear, and Deus Ex, or internet memes, George Costanza Reaction Face, and Navy Seal Copypasta.

    Notable Examples

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Snacklish – Main Page

    [2]The New York Times – The Vocabulary of Snacking, Lightly Sweetened


    [4]YouTube – Snacklish on Jimmy Kimmel

    [5]Foolz – snacklish Search

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  • 03/31/14--08:09: 2014 California Earthquakes
  • About

    2014 California Earthquake refers to a series of seismic activities that occurred in the state’s northern and southern regions, including the city of Los Angeles, beginning in early March 2014. Similar to the online reception of the 2011 Virginia earthquake, the event quickly led to humorous reactions from the local residents mockingly exaggerating its minimal impact.

    Notable Developments

    KTLA Newscast

    On March 17th, 2014, at 6:25 AM (PST), Los Angeles news station KTLA’s morning news program was suddenly interrupted during live broadcast by the earthquake, prompting one of the news anchors Chris Schauble to yell “earthquake” in urgency before ducking under the desk for cover with his co-anchor Megan Henderson. That same morning, the dramatic newscast clip was uploaded via KTLA’s YouTube Channel.[3] Within two weeks, the video has gained over 14.2 million views. The quake, which lasted less than a minute, interrupted a number of other LA-based morning news programs.

    The video was covered the same day by many sites including Gawker[5], Buzzfeed[6], and E!Online.[7] Also that day Schauble made a still of his surprised expression from the clip his Twitter avatar.[4] Many on Twitter used the still to comment on the March 28th aftershock.

    On Twitter

    In the two weeks following the first earthquake, the hashtag #LAEarthquake[11] was tweeted over 12,000 times, with many California residents expressing disinterest in the quake and others weighing in that the seismic activity hadn’t been very strong.

    Many celebrities living in California tweeted about their own experiences with the earthquake and the aftershock on March 17th and March 28th. Several websites posted collection of these celebrity reaction tweets including The Huffington Post[8], E! Online[9], and The LA Times.[10]

    News Media Coverage

    The initial earthquake and aftershock was covered by many major news sites including The Huffington Post[12], The Washington Post[13], and ABC News.[14] While most covered the facts including magnitude and coverage of the minimal damage, others discussed the recent relative lack of earthquakes in the area prior and the possibility more could be to come.

    Notable Examples

    Soon, several image macros and “destruction photos” began to emerge in mocking commemoration of the earthquake, including photographs of various consumer goods fallen from their store shelves and other scenes of negligible damages and minor inconveniences that resulted from the event.


    External Links

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  • 03/31/14--10:30: The Matrix
  • About

    The Matrix is an American science fiction film about a computer hacker who learns some hard truths about his own reality. It is the first film in the trilogy.


    The Matrix was released on March 31st, 1999.[1] The film stars Keanu Reeves as computer hacker Neo, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, Neo’s teacher of sorts, and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, Neo’s love interest.


    Upon its release The Matrix was a critical and commercial success. The film earned a rating of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 73 on Metacritic.[3] During its theatrical run the film grossed more than 463 million dollars worldwide.[4] The success prompted two follow up films, The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003).


    The film won four Academy Awards in 2000 for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing and Best Effects, Visual Effects. It also won two 2000 BAFTA Awards for Best Sound and Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects.

    Online Presence

    As of March 2014, The Matrix’s Facebook page[5] has over 6.2 million likes. The film is available to watch in its entirety on YouTube for $1.99 through Warner Brother’s YouTube channel.[6]


    Neo (Keanu Reeves) is a computer hacker contacted by a fellow hacker who offers to explain a phrase he’s seen online, “The Matrix.” Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) explains knowing the truth is dangerous, but Neo chooses to learn the truth anyways, in spite of the fact he’s being pursued by Agent Smith and his co-agents. Morpheus then explains that Neo has lived as a power source to machines his whole life, as has everyone in the human race since 1999, and his world is really a virtual reality. Morpheus believes Neo could be the one to unplug everyone and end the machine’s control. Though a prophet called the Oracle implies Neo is not the one who will unplug everyone, he continues to pursue the fight. After saving Morpheus, who had been captured by the agents, Neo gets a confidence boost and displays great powers. He is killed, but uses his powers to come back to life, and kills Agent Smith.


    In addition to the branded social media presence, there are numerous fan sites for the film such as[16] and the Matrix page on FanPop.[17] There are several Tumblr blogs dedicated to the film such as the-matrix[11], fuckyeahthematrix[12], and dewsmatrixfanpage.[13] As of March 2014, the[14] page for the film has more than 2,700 submissions and DeviantArt[15] has over 6.8 million submissions for the film.

    Related Memes

    Video Parodies

    On July 2nd, 2006, YouTuber AwkwardKnob[9] uploaded a video titled “Matrix No. 5” (below, left) which features a violent action scene from The Matrix synched up with the 1999 Lou Bega song “Mambo No. 5.” As of March 2014, the video has over 180,000 views. On March 6th, 2007, How It Should Have Ended[10] uploaded a HISHE video for The Matrix (below, right). As of March 2014, the video has gained over 4 million views.

    On November 11, 2008, College Humor[8] uploaded a video (below, left) titled “Matrix Runs on Windows XP,” which imagines The Matrix if it had to deal with all the bugs of the Windows operating system. As of March 2014, the video has over 10.4 million views. On October 1st, 2013, Screen Junkies[7] uploaded an Honest Trailer for The Matrix (below, right). As of March 2014, the video has gained over 4 million views.

    Red Pill / Blue Pill

    Red Pill/Blue Pill refers to the choice Morpheus gives to Neo between living in his untroubled ignorance (by taking the blue pill) or learning the painful truth about reality (by taking the red pill). Photos on Tumblr depicting two things, one blue and one red, are often tagged #red pill/blue pill[18] and are accompanied by jokes referencing The Matrix. It can also be used as a slang phrase to reference a difficult decision (or to cast aspersions on a decision that should morally be easy, but an individual is struggling with).

    Matrix Morpheus

    Matrix Morpheus is an advice animal image macro series featuring a screen capture of the fictional character Morpheus. The captions typically follow a two line format with the first line reading “What if I Told You,” followed by a revelation that often belittles futile or petty behavior, in a similar vein to the advice animal characters Conspiracy Keanu and Sudden Clarity Clarence.

    Notable Examples

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]IMDBThe Matrix

    [2]Rotten Tomatoes – The Matrix

    [3]Metacritic – The Matrix

    [4]Box Office Mojo – The Matrix

    [5]Facebook – The Matrix

    [6]YouTube – warnervod

    [7]YouTube – Screen Junkies

    [8]YouTube – College Humor

    [9]YouTube – AwkwardKnob

    [10]YouTube – HISHE

    [11]Tumblr – the-matrix

    [12]Tumblr – fuckyeahthematrix

    [13]Tumblr – dewsmatrixfanpage

    [14] – The Matrix

    [15]DeviantArt – The Matrix

    [16]Matrix Fans – Matrix Fans

    [17]FanPop – The Matrix

    [18]FanPop – red pill/blue pill

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  • 03/31/14--10:57: Misleading Thumbnails
  • About

    Misleading Thumbnails are images that appear to resemble something else entirely after they have been reduced in size, creating a type of optical illusion. These are not to be confused with the contextually misleading thumbnails associated with YouTube vloggers known as “Reply Girls”, which contain sexually suggestive images meant to increase video view counts.


    On February 13th, 2005, the “Misleading Thumbnails” Flickr[1] group was launched, featuring photographs which could misinterpreted as a picture of something else when viewed as a small thumbnail on a gallery page.


    On March 23rd, 2008, Ebaumsworld[6] posted a photograph of a lamp that appears to be the underside of a woman wearing bikini bottoms in the thumbnail (shown below).

    On April 1st, 2011, YouTuber FluffeeTalks uploaded a video in which he discusses a misleading photograph of canyon that resembled a woman’s genitalia (shown below). In the next three years, the video received more than 290,000 views and 2,500 comments.

    On April 16th, a page titled “Misleading Thumbnail” was created on the Internet culture wiki Encyclopedia Dramatica,[3] which highlighted misleading cropped photographs from social networking and dating site profile pages. On July 12th, BuzzFeed[5] highlighted 15 examples of images that appear to be sexual in nature when cropped or viewed in a reduced size (shown below). On October 1st, Redditor Metal321 submitted a visually misleading photograph of several pigs titled “Its not what it looks like” to the /r/funny[4] subreddit, where it gained over 3,100 up votes and 200 comments (shown below, bottom right). On December 21st, the /r/misleading[2] thumbnails subreddit was launched, which gained upwards of 31,200 subscribers in the following three years.

    Notable Examples

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

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  • 03/31/14--11:51: You Were The Chosen One!
  • About

    “You were the chosen one!” is a quote from the Star Wars franchise that is often used to express disappointment or displeasure towards something undesirable occurring with an individual or company.


    In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi is tasked with defeating his former apprentice Anakin Skywalker, who has led a genocide against the Jedi in spite of his prophecized role to bring an end to the Sith. When Obi-Wan defeats Anakin, he cries out “You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them. You were to bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness. You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you.”[2]



    The quote rose to popularity in 2011, wherein it was used as an Image Macro.

    In addition to the main quote, variants upon “You were my brother, Anakin.” also experienced a surge of popularity. It contains the same meaning as the original quote, but also adds an undertone of personal betrayal to the message.

    Search Interest

    External References

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  • 03/31/14--12:44: Hanami Trace
  • About

    Hanami Trace (お花見 トレス in Japanese), also known as “I’m the Only One From 5AM” (俺だけ5時から in Japanese), is a digital art meme featuring various depictions of a young Japanese man playing a handheld gaming device while participating in the springtime cherry blossom viewing tradition hanami.


    In March of 2014, a Japanese television station interviewed people who had gathered outdoors to partake in “hanami,” the practice of viewing cherry blossoms in spring. During the segment, a man laying by himself wearing a green jacket revealed he had arrived at 5 a.m. that morning to find a spot to view the flowers. On March 29th, Twitter user @_kazuka_ tweeted several screen captures from the interview segment (shown below). Within the first 48 hours, the tweet gained over 16,800 retweets and 8,700 favorites.

    Q. When are you holding this place from?
    A. A little before 5AM.

    Everyone was like, ’Let’s get there at around noon"

    But only my meeting time was 5AM.

    Background: Hanami Spot War

    In Japan, Hanami is a quite special event that allow people drinking during office hours in broad daylight. It’s usually held by offices mates or college circles And one of the most typical sights in Hanami, particularly in urban area, is people who try saving a good hanami drinking place from early morning or previous night. This task is usually enforced to the most vulnerable position in groups: underlings in office, push-overs who can’t refuse someone’s ask, or mere cheated people.

    So, this man, lying on blue sheets from 5AM, was not an outcast being told a different time, but he was forced to do this miserable task from his friends. And because all Japanese can understand his unfortunate situation at a glance, many people shared this picture from a sense of sympathy to the victims of this annual war.


    Later that day on March 29th, 2014, other Twitter[1][2][3] users began posting illustrated parodies of the screen captured images, many of which featured Japanese anime and manga characters (shown below).

    Those posting illustrated depictions of the man began referring to the meme as “hanami trace” (お花見 トレス in Japanese) and “I’m the only one from 5am.” According to the Twitter analytics site Topsy, there were over 1,170 tweets containing the keywords “お花見 トレス” posted on March 29th.

    On March 30th, YouTuber IbisPaintUser049 submitted a hanami trace speed painting video (shown below). On March 31st, the video game news blog Kotaku[5] published an article highlighting several notable examples from the series.

    Notable Examples

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

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  • 04/01/14--01:10: 2014 April Fool's Day
  • Background

    Keeping with internet tradition, on April 1st, 2014, numerous websites and online services released gag videos, blogs, and features in honor of April Fool’s Day.

    Notable Examples


    The Internet and software giant Google continued its annual pranking with fake product announcements across several of its platforms, including a Pokemon challenge on Google Maps and a celebrity photobombing enhancement tool for Google+’s auto awesome application.

    In addition to the Pokemon Challenge, Google also unveiled a number of other tongue-in-cheek product concepts, such as Google Japan’s Magic Hand device, which superfluously allows its user to operate a touchscreen smartphone or tablet device via USB-connected, joystick-controlled mechanical hand, and Gmail’s Shelfie service, which allows its users to share screenshots of their custom themed inboxes.


    Meanwhile, YouTube took a satirical jab at its own viral media culture by offering a mock forecast of up-and-coming viral trends in 2014, such as Clocking, a parody of Planking and other photo fads, Baby Shaming, a parody of Dog Shaming and Glub Glub Water Dance, a music video parody advertised as the Gangnam Style of 2014.

    Since 2005, YouTube’s staff has worked tirelessly behind the scenes, meticulously crafting the viral videos and Internet memes you’ve come to know and love. From mainstream hits like Gangnam Style and Harlem Shake to your obscure web forum favorites, our staff of writers, producers and directors has shaped the pop culture moments that matter in our digital lives. And this year, we’ve got a big, special announcement. For the first time, we’re looking to you, the YouTube community, to submit your own viral trend ideas.


    Reddit released a motion-tracking webcam service known as “Headdit,” with the “head” being short for “Hand Equivalent Action Detection,” offering its users a hands-free way to browse and navigate around the site by moving their heads or making specific facial expressions. In the official blog announcement, a handful of action cues and gestures were provided in GIF form, including the frown (for downvoting), the look of surprise (for opening a link), the repeated nod (for upvoting) and even a “Cat Mode.”


    Tumblr unveiled a premium membership known as Tumblr Pro. The membership was presented as a “free” option on user profiles and upon upgrading, users were presented with this video.

    After the video played, user gained a top hat on the upper left-hand corner of their profile picture.


    DeviantArt also partook in the day’s activities with their concept of “ThoughtArt.”



    TV Tropes

    Users who tried to edit articles on TV Tropes were greeted with a Clippy-style lamp shade that would give off random facts.


    XKCD used the day’s festivities to post a “Suggest a Line” feature for it’s comic “Lorenz.”[10] The comic featured multiple story lines that users could choose from in a multiple choice stye pick. Many of the different story lines included references to Pokemon, Kerbal Space Program, Dinosaur Comics, and other in-site jokes. When users arrive at the last panel of their chosen story line, they are presented with the option to “Suggest A Line” which implies that the comic would receive permanent user suggested lines at some future date.


    Users who navigated to the YTMND homepage on April 1st, 2014, were meet with an apparent obituary paying respect to the actor Sean Connery even though the actor was still alive.

    The joke continued on their news post titled “Amazing Grace” which explained that this day was the 10th anniversary of YTMND and that Sean Connery spoke the phrase in the digital trailer for Finding Forrester which led to the creation of the original site.[9]


    Crowdfunding company Crowdtilt unveiled a project titled “Silicon Island” which made claims of being a utopia for tech startups.[8\ The island was claimed to be located 65 miles off the coast of California. The page also claimed that Dubstep would be played on the island 24 hours a day, there would be no kitchens thanks to Soylent, Bitcoin would be the official currency of the island, and food would be brought in by drones on Fridays. Through out the day, the progress meter continued to show significant donations towards their goal of $25 million.

    Upon clicking the “Reserve Your Spot” button to fund it, users were reminded it was April Fools day and Crowdtilt expressed their apologies in gif.

    Dinosaur Comics

    The webcomicDinosaur Comics featured a statement above its comics declaring that the site would no longer feature “pictures that never change”, but would then on feature pictures that “constantly change”. All of the comics departed from their standard use of the same pictures and featured a many other images that replacing the T-rex, which included references to other web comics such as “XKCD”:, Penny Arcade, Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff, Problem Sleuth, and even actor Adrien Brody. Upon clicking the hyperlinked words “pictures that never change” users were given a version of the site that only featured the regular dinosaur comics images. Upon clicking “constantly change” users were directed to a version of the site where the images change much faster in a seizure inducing manor.

    Notable Accounts


    External References

    [1]blog.Reddit – Headdit

    [2]Official Google Blog – Auto Awesome Photobombs

    [3]Official Gmail Blog – Introducing Gmail Shelfie

    [4]Official Google Maps Blog – Become a Pokemon Master w/ Google Maps

    [5]Official Google Chrome Blog – Emojifiy the Web

    [6]Official YouTube Blog – Viral Video Trends for 2014

    [7]TV Tropes Forums – Office Assistant?

    [8]Crowdtilt – Silicon Island

    [9]YTMNDNews: Amazing Grace


    [11]Steam/Payday 2 – Introducing 3 New Classes

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  • 04/01/14--09:02: Nope
  • About

    “Nope” is an informal variant of the negative response “no.” Online, the expression is used to indicate fear, disgust or general distaste and is typically associated with spiders and arachnophobia.


    According to the Online Etymology Dictionary,[2] the word “nope” as an emphatic form of “no” was used as early as 1888. It is unclear when the word was first used in association with fear and disgust online. On October 19th, 2010, the /r/nope[1] subreddit was launched featuring photographs of spiders, accumulating more than 5,400 subscribers in the first four years.


    On November 11th, 2011, Redditor oddfuture445 submitted a photograph of a person holding a black widow spider titled “Nope Nope Nope D:” to the /r/WTF[9] subreddit, receiving upwards of 1,700 up votes and 200 comments before being archived (shown below).

    On April 21st, 2012, Redditor jeth submitted a photograph of an engorged tick titled “Just pulled this off my dog. NOPENOPENOPENOPENOPE” to the /r/pics[4] subreddit. In the comments section, Redditor KaptainKarmel replied with an original animated GIF of a man sitting at a computer who hits a red “Nope” button and is disintegrated by a laser shot from space (shown below, left). On April 23rd, Redditor raisin_bran_submitted KaptainKarmel’s GIF in a post titled “So I found out there’s such a thing as /r/spiders” to the /r/funny subreddit, where it gained over 21,300 up votes and 700 comments prior to being archived. On June 13th, Redditor wendus Zuckerberg submitted an animated GIF of an octopus walking across an ocean floor with the caption “nope nope nope nope” to the /r/funny subreddit, garnering upwards of 3,100 up votes and 40 comments (shown below, right)

    On August 9th, FunnyJunk[6] user wotyoulewkinat submitted a photograph of a gun pointed at a spider with the caption “nope,” receiving more than 21,300 views and 600 up votes in the following two years. On April 26th, 2013, Imgur[7] user redwytnblak uploaded an album of notable nope GIFs. On June 18th, BuzzFeed highlighted several images and animated GIFs of spiders and other insects titled “15 Things That Will Make You Say Nope.”

    Notable Examples

    Animated GIFs containing the caption “nope” often feature a person or animal fleeing a scene in a similar vein to “abandon thread” GIFs.


    Nope.avi is a short video clip featuring a BLU Engineer character from Team Fortress 2 saying “nope.” Because of its abrupt nature, the video is most often used humorously as a negative response or a curt dismissal in discussion forums and comment threads.

    Nope! Chuck Testa

    “Nope! Chuck Testa” is a catchphrase associated with taxidermist Chuck Testa from Ojai Valley, California. The expression became popular after an advertisement for his services, produced by filmmakers Rhett McLaughlin and Charles “Link” Neal, was posted to Reddit in September of 2011.

    Search Interest

    External References

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  • 04/01/14--14:56: The Action Movie Kid
  • About

    The Action Movie Kid is the nickname of Dreamworks animator Daniel Hashimoto’s son James, who stars in videos on his father’s YouTube channel featuring a variety of special effects.


    On February 18th, 2014, Hashimoto launched the “Action Movie Kid” YouTube channel, with his first video featuring his son James seated at a kitchen table and launching a bolt of energy from his hand (shown below, left). The same day, he uploaded a video of his son standing in a living room editing to look like a scene from the 1999 action film The Matrix (shown below, right).


    On March 30th, Good Morning America aired a segment about Hashimoto’s videos

    Search Interest

    External References

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  • 04/02/14--09:42: Plants vs. Zombies
  • About

    Plants vs. Zombies is a Tower Defense game made by Popcap Games. The game is exactly as it says in the title. You are using a giant plant force consisting of a whopping 49 plants to fight giant hordes consisted of twenty five different kinds of zombies. Examples of plants are Sunflower, Peashooter, Kernel-pult and Citron.


    Plants vs. Zombies was planned to be a sequel to the less-famous game Insaniquarium. For unknown reasons, this idea was canned, and replaced by a tower defense games. Popcap Games thought up several name ideas such as Lawn of the dead, Bloom and Doom and Mr. Toad’s Wild Lawn (As shown on Slideshare[1]). until going with the simplest choice: Plants vs. Zombies.

    On August 15th, 2013, The sequel to Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time, was released worldwide for all Apple and Android devices. On December 11th, 2013, the game was changed drastically.


    The gameplay features you planting plants to protect your home against many different zombies. You can but items from the store and do minigames as well. You unlock many new plants as you play through the game.


    The original Plants vs. Zombies gained over 30 Game of the Year rewards. So many that a remake for the game was made for GOTY, with several new features.

    The Plants vs. Zombies iOS app received 1 million dollars within the first week, and ranked number 1 app for a good amount of time.

    Plants vs. Zombies 2 received an average rating of 4 in the iOS store, and 4.5 on the Android store.


    PvZ’s fanbase consists of expert players. Many of them post videos for minigames, Survival Endless and Endless/Challenge zones.

    Fan art

    Much like other Subcultures, Plants vs. Zombies have a fair share of Fan Art.

    Have Some Iceberg Lettuce! by MajesticBlueCocoa on deviantART
    #01 Peashooter by Morellato on deviantART
    merry christmas from plants vs zombies por fede by ezequielsosa on deviantART

    Search Interest

    Plants vs. Zombies is most notably searched at August 2013, hitting 100 searches.

    External References

    [1]Slideshare – The making of Plants vs. Zombies / posted on 8-1-2010

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  • 04/02/14--09:48: Y'all Got Anymore of...
  • About

    “Y’all Got Anymore of…” is an expression typically used on discussion forums to request for additional information on a particular topic of interest, or more generally, to indicate one’s intense craving for something. Originally quoted by the drug fiending character Tyrone Biggums in Chappelle’s Show, the phrase is often iterated as a reaction image based on a still shot of Dave Chappelle’s character and the phrasal template "Y’all any more of them / X?”


    As early as June 2010,[5] image macros featuring the character Tyrone Biggums in front of a green and white color wheel background were submitted to Meme Generator[6] under the title “Crackhead.”


    The meme had its first break-out in December 2013, when Redditor abdullah10 submitted an image macro joking about asking for WiFi passwords to the /r/AdviceAnimals[1] subreddit, where it gained over 1,400 up votes in three months (shown below, left). On January 4th, 2014, Redditor Baddabink posted a Tyrone Biggums image macro to /r/AdviceAnimals[7] mocking the practice of constantly refreshing Reddit while it is down (shown below, right). In two months, the post accumulated more than 13,000 up votes and 90 comments.

    On February 28th, Redditor jlmawp submitted a Dave Chappelle Crackhead image macro complaining about cold weather in Chicago, Illinois to /r/AdviceAnimals[2] (shown below, left). On March 4th, Redditor mathemagician117 posted a low-resolution image macro with the caption “Y’all got any more of them / pixels” to /r/AdviceAnimals[4] (shown below, right). In the first month, the posts garnered upwards of 33,600 and 11,900 up votes respectively. On March 7th, Redditor mathemagician117’s image macro was reposted on 9gag.[11]

    On March 18th, Redditor Masshole224 submitted an image macro criticizing conspiracy theories regarding the missing Malaysian Airlines flight to /r/AdviceAnimals,[12] gathering over 11,200 up votes and 190 comments in two weeks (shown below, left). On April 1st, Redditor aakme posted an image macro joking about asking his female roommates to set him up with their friends to /r/AdviceAnimals[13] (shown below, right). In less than 24 hours, the post accumulated upwards of 16,200 up votes and 400 comments.

    Notable Examples

    As of April 2014, two additional pages have been created on Meme Generator[9][10] and a template titled “Dave Chappelle – Y’all Got Any More” was launched on the image-captioning site Livememe.[8]

    Search Interest

    External References

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