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  • 04/02/14--10:27: BioShock
  • W.i.p. feel free to request editorship.

    About

    The BioShock is a FPS (First Person Shooter) game. Developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K games. The first istallment of the series was released to PC, Xbox 360 and then later to Apple’s Mac OS X, and Playstation 3

    History

    The first BioShock game (BioShock) was released on August 21, 2007 and it’s gained positive reviews from the critics[1]. The game itself is considered to be the spiritual successor to System Shock. The game’s art style is Steampunk and Art Deco[2].

    Gameplay

    In the first two games of the series the player is exploring a fictional city, Rapture, first in 1958 when the Civil war broke out[3], the second is in ’66, eight years after the fall of Rapture but in the second game the player is assumes the role of Subject Delta, an Alpha series Big daddy[4]. In both games the player uses a special items called Plasmids to gain superhuman-like powers like Telekinesis or Pyrokinesis. In the third installment of BioShock, BioShock Infinite the main area of gameplay is in an another fictional city Columbia. Which is the opposite of Rapture with the fact Rapture is an underwater city while Columbia is a floating city on the sky. The game sets in 1912 however the Vigors (the modified version of Plasmids) is created after the discovery of ADAM the source of Plasmids, which was after some years of the creation Rapture.

    Fandom

    The BioShock instantly became the favourite among the System Shock fans. Among the many fan blogs there are some fan clubs in the US, Germany, France and Hungary. There are links on the 2k’s official fan site The Cult of Rapture[5].

    Fan art

    Many fan arts had spawned about the Big Daddies and Little Sisters, also about the protagonists, antagonists and the Vigors/Plasmids too.

    Related Memes

    Would you kindly?

    The Would you kindly? is a chatchphrase from the first BioShock game where if this sentence has spoken every order said after it will force the protagonist Jack to do it. This quote is became a running joke among the fans and also it is frequently used on the official wiki too.

    External References

    [1]Metacritic – BioShock

    [2]Wikipedia – Art Deco

    [3]BioShock wiki – Rapture Civil War

    [4]BioShock wiki – Big Daddy

    [5]The Cult of Rapture – Spread the Word


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  • 04/02/14--11:20: Kagerou Project
  • About

    The Kagerou Project (lit. Heat Haze Project) is a series of Vocaloid music videos, novels, and manga created by Vocaloid producer Shizen no Teki-P, a.k.a. Jin.

    The project tells the story of a group of youths known as the Mekakushi Dan, who each have an eye-related power tied to the snakes in the hair of a Medusa-like woman named Azami. The overarching story follows two paths: Route 1, the true ending, and Route XX, the bad ending.

    History

    On May 30, 2012, Shizen no Teki-P (Jin) released the first song in the series, “Jinzou Enemy” to the Japanese video sharing site Nico Nico Douga where it became the third most viewed video on the site. However, the project didn’t truly take off until the third song in the series, “Kagerou Days” which remains Jin’s most popular song to this day.

    (Currently under heavy construction.)


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  • 04/02/14--11:43: Yeet
  • About

    Yeet is a choreographed dance stylized by dipping one’s shoulder in rhythmic steps with both hands out in front and knees bent as if the performer is riding a bicycle. It became popular in February 2014 after footage of people performing the dance were uploaded to the video-sharing sites Vine and YouTube.

    Origin

    While little is known as of yet about the story behind the dance, Houston, Texas-based producer and video blogger Marquis Trill[5] has credited five individuals @1ballout__ @Thefuhkinmann@KronicCaviar@AXXXXJXY@JollyceM@SmashBro_KB as the creators of the Yeet. The earliest known video of someone performing the yeet dance was uploaded by YouTuber Milik Fullilove on February 12th, 2014 (shown below).



    Spread

    On February 28th, 2014, the hip hop song “Yeet” by Quill featuring Showtime & Yeet Squad was uploaded to YouTube (shown below).



    On March 1st, 2014, a Facebook[1] page titled “Yeet Dance” was launched, gaining over 29,000 likes in the first month. On March 14th, YouTuber MarQuis Trill uploaded a video demonstrating how to perform the yeet dance (shown below, left). On the same day, YouTuber Denzel Meechie uploaded a music video titled “Official #Yeet,” featuring the purported creators of yeet identified by their Twitter feeds @1Ballout_[3] and @SmashBro_KB[4] (shown below, right).



    Lil Meatball Vine

    On March 20th, Viner Jasmine Nicole uploaded a Vine video of a young boy nicknamed “Lil Meatball” performing the dance at a school track (shown below). Within two weeks, the video gathered upwards of 122,000 revines and 104,000 likes.



    On March 29th, Viner Noe Vazquez uploaded a remix of the vine dubbed with part of the rap song “A Milli” by Lil Wayne (shown below, left). On April 1st, Viner amvzinrnc uploaded a version of the video with guns edited into Lil Meatball’s hands (shown below, right).



    On the same day, the hip hop news blog Hip Hop Wired[2] posted a compilation of notable photoshopped images featuring an exploitable cutout of Lil Meatball from the Vine video (shown below).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Facebook – Yeet Dance

    [2]Hip Hop Wired – Yeet Dance Inspires Meme Craze

    [3]Twitter – 1Ballout__

    [4]Twitter – @SmashBro_KB

    [5]Twitter – Marquis Trill’s Tweet


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  • 04/02/14--13:06: Clash Of Clans
  • About and history

    Clash Of Clans is a free to play village attack/defense game where you train troops and build defenses (and other buildings) to attack other villages and defend yours. You also join clans so that others can donate troops to you (that, unlike others, can defend too). It was published by a Finnish company called ‘Supercell’ and it was released on August 2nd 2012 on IOS and September 30th 2013 on Android.

    Gameplay

    In CoC, when you start out, you have a town hall, a builder hut, and a gold mine. You get other stuff like cannons, air defense, elixer, dark elixer and heroes (See them as ‘mega’ troops) later on. Successfull attacks and defends give you trophies which increase your rank and allows better bonusses. You join clans to get donated troops by clanmates and climb up the ranks. You can also attack the goblins for small amounts of gold and elixer to help that ‘final push’ to build/upgrade something. gems buy special items and boost production of spells, troops and currency.

    Reception

    Clash Of Clans sparked quite the community that post videos and screenshots of their villages and record any really good attacks/defenses. They also make many beginners guides to help newbies get in the game, strategies for both the novice and professional and even some fanmade media like music videos. It’s widely considered one of the best IOS games and strategy games ever by the fans.

    Search interest (interest over time)

    Search interest (by country)

    Other links

    Official site
    Wikia page


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  • 04/02/14--14:08: Eraser Challenge
  • About

    The Eraser Challenge is a dare game that involves rubbing a rubber eraser against one’s skin while reciting the English alphabet. Although it has been played by teenagers for years, the challenge drew attention from the news media and school officials in April 2014 after a Connecticut middle school principal alerted the parents about the dangers of the game.

    Origin

    The hashtag #eraserchallenge[2] was first tweeted out on January 29th, 2012, by @StayTrueee_:




    The first Eraser Challenge video was uploaded to YouTube on March 25th, 2012, by YouTuber Rose Samples.[1] The video titled “Eraser Challenge” showed her furiously rubbing a pencil’s eraser onto her arm while listing off words for each letter of the alphabet. As of March 2014, the video has gained over 30,000 views.



    Spread

    Eraser Challenge videos continued to spread through YouTube throughout 2012 and 2013, with some videos focusing on the injuries inflicted by the game rather than recording the game itself. On October 18th, 2012, YouTuber Bryson Sakacsi[7] uploaded a video titled “What happened to me when I did the eraser challenge” (below, left) in which he advises against trying the challenge and shows off his eraser burn scars. As of March 2014, the video has gained over 3,000 views. On April 25th, 2013, YouTuber Ryan Martinez[8] uploaded a video titled “Eraser challenge (painful)” (below, right) which features the large red burn he got from the challenge. As of March 2014, the video has gained over 3,000 views.



    The game gained new attention after a middle school principal in Bethel, Connecticut warned parents of the game and the concern was covered by local news station WTNH[3] on March 28th, 2014. The game was subsequently covered by sites like UpRoxx[4], The Huffington Post[5], and Medical Daily.[6]

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 04/02/14--14:19: Juxtaposition
  • About

    Juxtaposition is mentioned when two or more objects, images or things; mean or imply something when they closed together.

    Related Consepts

    Totally looks like

    Totally Looks Like, also known as “separated at birth”, images place two different photos side-by-side to suggest that they share similar physical characteristics. They often feature celebrity look-a-likes, but can compare a wide variety of things including animals, fictional characters, and inanimate objects.

    Sleeveface

    Sleeveface (also known as “LP Portraits”) is a participatory photo meme that involves placing a record sleeve in front of one’s face and taking a profile picture, which reveals a “hybrid face” of the subject and famous person depicted on the vinyl cover.

    Forced Perspective

    Forced Perspective is a photography technique in which an optical illusion is created by strategically placing a subject or object to appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is.

    External References

    [1]Wikitonary – Juxtaposition

    [2]Dictionary.Reference – Juxtaposition


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  • 04/02/14--14:26: Hodor
  • About

    Hodor is a minor character in George R. R. Martin’s series of novels A Song of Ice and Fire and the adapted HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones. He is known for assisting the character Bran Stark following a crippling injury and his singular catchphrase “Hodor.” Online, the character has developed a notable fan following among viewers of the HBO series.

    Origin

    In the HBO series Game of Thrones, Hodor is only capable of saying his own name and is often shown in the company of the crippled boy Bran Stark.



    Spread

    On July 8th, 2012, Redditor Von_Skyhawk submitted an image macro featuring three doors above a screen capture of Hodor to the /r/gameofthrones subreddit, where it gained

    Fandom

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 04/03/14--06:58: Tenimyu
  • About

    Tenimyu (Japanese: テニミュ) is an abbreviated name of Musical The Prince of Tennis (ミュージカル テニスの王子様, Musical Tennis no Ouji-sama)[1], a musical franchise for the Japanese manga The Prince of Tennis by Takeshi Konomi.[2] It also refers to a big misheard phrase/fake subtitle meme happened on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) in 2007.

    Origin

    The seed of this meme was a singing scene in “Musical The Prince of Tennis: Imperial Match Hyoutei in Summer”[3], the 7th performance in this musical series played by the 2nd generation cast in August 2005 and released in DVD on November of that year. This scene is based on the manga’s episode of Ryoma Echizen’s game against Wakashi Hiyoshi in Kanto Tournament, which is included in chapter 154-157. Then, it came to get the first attention by a YouTube video which was submitted to NND in beta service on January 18th, 2007.[4] This video, called “Aitsu Koso ga Tennis no Oujisama” (あいつこそがテニスの王子様, lit. “He Will Be The Prince of Tennis”), had been watched about 700,000 times in its first three weeks, and deleted by copyright infringement in the following month.



    Japanese (Romanized)English TranslationIke Echizen omae no yuku teni ni waGo, Echizen! There is our worldOretachi no sekai ga aruIn the road you walkTobe Echizen nanimo osorenuJump, Echizen! Don’t show fear!omae no COOL na GUTS wo misetekureShow them your cool guts!  Soko da Echizen inazuma to mimagouIt’s there, Echizen! It’s like looking at lightningTWIST SERVE de kimeroLet’s decide it with twist serveIi zo Echizen meni moto maranuIt’s good, Echizen! It doesn’t stay in the eyesSPEED wo motsu SMASH wo puchikamaseHit it with a smash of great speed  GO Echizen kakan na taido deGo, Echizen! In a resolute attitudeAtarashii waza ayatsureManipulate the new techniqueALRIGHT Echizen hirumun janai yoAlright, Echizen! Don’t be afraidOmae ni fukanou na koto wa nanimo naiNothing is impossible for you  Arayuru hito doumoku saseruMake all the people stare at youOmae no TENNIS wa shikou no wazaYour tennis is a supreme techniqueOmae wa Seigaku no hashira ni nareYou must become a pillar of SeigakuOretachi no eikou wo michibikeAnd lead us to our glory  Gekokujou daze tsubuseIt’s gekokujou! Crush him!Noshiyagaruze choujou madePush your way to the topOikakeru no ga kaikan dazeChasing is a pleasureOitsuite buttsu bushite yaruAnd it catches up in no time  Gekokujoutte iu kedoThough he says it’s gekokujouOre ni wa kankei nai saIt has nothing to do with meTeki ga tsuyokereba tsuyoi hodoThe stronger the opponent is, the stronger I getTaitou ni butsu kariau dakeLet’s compete with each other equally  Gekokujou daze Gekokujou dazeIt’s gekokujou! It’s gekokujou!Tsubuse!Crush him!  Aikawarazu dane Echizen RyomaIt’s still the same, isn’t it? Echizen RyomaNan i do no takai TECHWith a difficult techniqueDe shiai wo moriageruBringing the match to the highestOmae wa boku wo atsukusuruYou make me passionateOmae wa hito wo hikitsukeruYou attract the audienceBEST TENSIONBEST CONDITIONBest tension, best conditionYOU ARETHE BESTYou are the bestYOU ARETHEPRINCE OF TENNISYou are the prince of tennis  Omae no shinshi na taido wa mukatsuku hodo dazeYour sincere attitude makes people feel sickShikashi hito no kokoro wo ugokasu sono AURA wa nandaHowever, it moves a person, what aura is this?  Ore ni ninsei wo kangae saseruYou made me look back on myselfTsuyosa yue no kibishisaI become strict because of strengthSona kouki na kagayaki niThe noble shine makes peopleHito wa mabataki wo wasureruForget to even blink  Terekusai hodo no yobinaga niauIt’s like the given nameOmae wa masashiku TENNIS no OujisamaYou are an exact prince of tennisYOU ARETHEPRINCE OF TENNISYou are the prince of tennis  BESTTENSIONBEST CONDITIONBest tension best conditionYOU ARETHE BESTYou are the bestYOU ARETHEPRINCE OF TENNISYou are the prince of tennis

    via. Kumikyoku Wiki[5]

    The Musical

    Musical The Prince of Tennis, running since 2003, is a quite unique “sports manga” musical played by young male actors only. Supported by many female fans, it has grown to a very succeeded musical franchise that has drawn 1.7 million of spectators in the first decade. Even English wiki page for this show has been launched by fans in overseas.[6]

    This musical’s another characteristic is its actor selection process which chooses casts by whether their looks fit to the original characters’ image out of consideration of their actual acting carrier or skills. So, there are a few of strange moments in this show caused by young actors’ impassioned but immature performances. However, it’s the biggest enjoyment for fans to watch the growth of their favorite actors throughout the shows.



    Spread

    By the great help of NND’s comment feature working as subtitles and decoration, funny misheard/fake phrases by users went quite well with actors’ bad pronunciations/singing even if those were slightly unmatch. Led by those user comments, this video immediately became to one of the killer contents in that newborn video sharing service. Though copyright holders tried removing for several times, users have continued re-uploading since after NND’s relaunching on March 6th 2007.[7][8][9] As of March 2014, the fourth reincarnation of this video (shown below) had earned over 4.5 million views[10], and the total view count of all of the reprints has reached over 6 million. The amount of related videos tagged under “Tenimyu” has reached over 4700 as well.[11]


    【ニコニコ動画】Aitsu koso ga Tennis no Oujisama (あいつこそがテニスの王子様)

    Original Phrases
    (Translation)Misheard Phrases
    (Translation)Omae no yuku teni ni wa
    (There is our world)Omae no yaku cherry pie
    (A cherry pie that you’re baking)Are wa “Zero Shiki”!
    (That’s “Zero Style”!)Anal Zero shiki!
    (Anus Zero style!)Gekokujou daze! Tsubuse!
    (It’s gekokujou! Crush him!)Nekokujo daze! Tuuhuusei!
    (Extermination of cats! Ventilation power!)Noshiyagaruze choujou made
    (Push your way to the top)Rosia Garu de JoJo Mane
    (Russian girl spoofing JoJo)Hito wa mabataki wo wasureru
    (Forget to even blink)Hito wa nagasaki wo wasuresu
    (People forget Nagasaki [Prefecture])Best tension, best conditionPlaystation, Best Sony Shou
    (Playstation, Best Sony Award)You’re the bestYuasa desu
    (I am Yuasa. [family name])You’re the Prince of Tennis!You’re the Prince of Penis!Omae wa boku wo atsukusuru
    (You make me passionate)Omae wa boku wo atsuku surū
    (You passionately ignore me)Hyoutei! Hyoutei! Hyoutei!・・・Doutei! Doutei! Doutei!・・・
    (Cherry Boys! Cherry Boys! Cherry Boys!・・・)


    Tenimyu meme is also dubbed as “The First Great Three” (初代御三家) together with Let’s Go! Onmyouji and Kishimen, and known as one of the most important memes that established NND’s unique comment style in the earliest days of that video sharing service. In a reflection of the popularity, this song has been included in many niconico medleys created in later years.

    Notable Examples

    Different from many other NND memes, Tenimyu is a simple meme to enjoy comments on the musical’s original videos. It hasn’t derived so many parody videos like MAD videos memes.


    【ニコニコ動画】有機VS人参【ニコニコ動画】カナダ☆レモン 
    Left: “Organic vs. Carrot” | Right: “Canada☆Lemon”
    【ニコニコ動画】空耳ミュージカル 「たこ焼きライス」【ニコニコ動画】空耳ミュージカル 「パワー忍者です」
    Left: “Takoyaki Rice” | Right: “I’m a Power Ninja”

    Search Interest

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

    [1]Wikipedia – Tenimyu

    [2]Wikipedia – The Prince of Tennis

    [3]Wikipedia – List of The Prince of Tennis Musicals # The Imperial Match Hyoutei Gakuen

    [4]niconico Douga – Aitsu koso ga Tennis no Oujisama (YouTube) / submitted on 01-18-2007 (Internet Archive, Japanese)

    [5]KumikyokuWiki – You are the Prince of Tennis

    [6]TeniMyu Wiki

    [7]niconico Douga – Aitsu koso ga Tennis no Oujisama / Posted on 03-06-2007 (sm27, deleted)

    [8]niconico Douga – Aitsu koso ga Tennis no Oujisama (あいつこそがテニスの王子様) / Posted on 12-21-2007 (sm1830469, deleted)

    [9]niconico Douga – Aitsu koso ga Tennis no Oujisama (あいつこそがテニスの王子様) / Posted on 12-24-2007 (sm1857727, deleted)

    [10]niconico Douga – Aitsu koso ga Tennis no Oujisama (あいつこそがテニスの王子様) / Posted on 12-24-2007

    [11]niconico Douga – Search results for テニミュ


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    About

    Game of Thrones House Sigil Parodies are a series of fan artworks illustrating the heraldic badges of various groups, both real and fictional, in the style of the coats of arms featured in the HBO fantasy drama TV series.

    Origin

    The earliest known collection of Game of Thrones sigil parodies was submitted by DeviantArt[10] user Lokiable on May 6th, 2012. The set featured Game of Thrones-style emblems for a variety of other popular TV shows, films and video game franchises, including Captain Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean and Spider Man. In December that year, Lokiable’s pop culture sigils were reposted by The Laughing Squid[11], The FW[12] and The Mary Sue.[13]



    Spread

    On June 7th, 2012, College Humor[2] published “Game of Thrones House Sigils for Other TV Families.” The post featured house sigils for popular shows such as Downington Abbey and The Walking Dead. The College Humor TV sigils were reposted by many sites including UpRoxx[3], io9[4], and Buzzfeed.[5]



    On March 23rd, 2013, Redditor CerebralBypass submitted a collection of house sigils for the characters of the science fiction television show Firefly to Reddit’s /r/geek/[6] thread. As of March 2014, the submission has over 300 upvotes.



    On March 29th, 2013, College Humor[7] published “12 Game of Thrones House Sigils for the Internet” which created sigils for popular websites such as Twitter and Facebook. The sigils were reposted by several sites such as The Laughing Squid[8] and Kotaku.[9]



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 04/03/14--11:59: James Franco
  • About

    James Franco is an American actor best known for his leading role as the underachieving high school student “Daniel Desario” in the short-lived 1999 TV series Freaks and Geeks and other appearances in a number of award-winning films, most notably the 2001 TV biopic film James Deen, the Spider-Man film trilogy and his Academy Award nominated performance in the 2010 drama film 127 Hours, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.

    Acting Career

    In 1999, Franco was cast as Daniel Desario in the television series Freaks and Geeks, which gathered a cult following despite being canceled after only eight episodes (shown below, left). In 2001, Franco was cast for the title role in the biographical film James Dean (shown below, right).



    In 2002, Franco portrayed the character Harry Osborn in the 2002 superhero film Spider-Man (shown below left) and went on play the same role in Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). In 2008, Franco co-wrote and co-starred in the stoner comedy film Pineapple Express (shown below, right).



    In 2010, Franco starred in the survival drama film 127 Hours for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor (shown below, left). In 2012, Franco portrayed the rapper Alien in the comedy drama film Spring Breakers (shown below, right).



    Online History

    In February 2011, Franco created verified accounts on both Facebook[2] and Twitter,[3] gaining over 6.4 million likes 1.95 million followers in the next four years respectively. On February 18th, 2011, Franco posted a video to his social media profiles as evidence of his identity (shown below).



    On January 24th, 2012, Franco launched a personal Tumblr[4] blog. On May 16th, 2012, Franco published an article on The Huffington Post[6] defending himself against an article by New York Observer[7] writer Drew Grant, which mocked the actor’s blog posts.

    “Bound 3” Music Video Parody

    On November 25th, 2013, Franco and actor Seth Rogen released a shot-for-shot remake of the music video “Bound 2” by rapper Kanye West (shown below). Within five months, the video gathered upwards of 7.9 million views and 11,000 comments. As of April 2014, Franco has received more than 1.5 million followers on Instagram.[5]



    h4. Kimye Vogue Cover Parody

    On March 21st, James Franco posted a photoshopped parody of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s Vogue magazine cover featuring himself and fellow actor Seth Rogen to his Instagram[2] feed (shown below). In the first four days, the post received over 233,000 likes.



    Minor Soliciting Scandal on Instagram

    On April 1st, 2014, Instagram[1] user Lucy Clode posted a video of James Franco outside the stage door of the Broadway show Of Mice and Men. That evening, Clode uploaded several screenshots of direct messages and text messages purportedly sent by Franco in a Imgur photo gallery (shown below). During this exchange, Franco asked Clode if she wants to meet in a hotel room, even after learning that she is 17-years-old, and sent selfie photos of himself as proof of his identity (shown below), .




    On April 2nd, Franco posted a tweet telling parents to “keep their teens” away from him. In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the scandal, including D Listed,[9] The Daily Dot,[10] The Huffington Post,[11] BuzzFeed,[12] E Online[13] and Gawker.[14] Additionally, the women’s interest blog Jezebel[8] speculated that the controversy may be a viral marketing stunt for his upcoming film Palo Alto, in which Franco portrays a soccer coach who becomes romantically involved with his 14-year-old babysitter.




    Personal Life

    Franco was born on April 19th, 1978 in Palo Alto, California and was raised in a secular and politically liberal household. He has been romantically connected to actresses Marla Sokoloff and Ahna O’Reilly.

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  • 04/03/14--12:08: Bartolo Colon at Bat
  • About

    Bartolo Colón At Bat is a photoshop meme based on an image of the New York Mets pitcher in an awkward batting stance screen-captured during a season match against the Washington Nationals in April 2014.

    Origin

    On April 2nd, 2014, Dominican professional baseball player Bartolo Colón made his debut appearance in the MLB National League as the starting pitcher for the New York Mets in the team’s second season match against the Washington Nationals. During his six-inning pitch on the mound, Colón allowed three runs on nine hits in a 5 – 1 loss to the Nationals. In addition to his pitching duties, Colón also had to step up to the batter’s plate, a rule of the game that he has long been exempt from under the American League’s “designated hitter” provision.



    In one of his chances at batting, Colón was seen on camera standing in an extremely slouched position, which soon caught the attention of Lana Berry[1] on Twitter:



    Spread

    Within minutes of @Lana’s tweet, Texas-based sports blogger @NickPants[2] responded to the screenshot with a photoshopped parody of Colón posing in the batting stance with a fishing rod next to a pond.




    By 11 p.m. (ET) that evening, a handful of photoshopped spoofs in which Colón is placed into other sports had surfaced on Twitter.[8] On the following day, the meme was picked up by numerous sports news sites, beginning with SB Nation[5], Sports Grid[4], Yard Barker[3] and USA Today’s FTW blog[6], as well as the Major League Baseball’s official Tumblr blog.[7]

    Notable Examples




    External References


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  • 04/03/14--13:31: The Nae Nae
  • About

    The Nae Nae is a choreographed dance stylized by holding one arm in the air and one arm by your side as you rock back and forth on slightly bent knees. It became popular in January 2014 after footage of people performing the dance were uploaded to the video-sharing sites Vine and YouTube.

    h2.Origin

    On October 8th, 2013, WeAreToonz, a group credited with creating the dance loosely based on the dance style of the character Sheneneh Jenkins from the 1990s comedy television show Martin[2] (shown below, left), uploaded a tutorial video which explains how to dance the Nae Nae (shown below, left) to their Youtube channel.[1] As of March 2014, the video has gained over 7.5 million views.



    On October 11th, 2013, they uploaded a video featuring their new song “Drop That NaeNae.” As of March 2014, the video has gained over 7.6 million views.

    Spread

    On November 19th, WeAreToonz announced a YouTube contest to find the best high school, US, and International dancers performing the Nae Nae, with the winner given the opportunity to perform in the official “Drop That NaeNae” music video.




    Top performing videos included StockBridge High School’s entry[4] (shown below, left), which was uploaded on November 21st, 2013, and has gained over 3.5 million views as of March 2014, and


    A Facebook page[3] for the dance was created on January 6th, 2014. As of March 2014, the page has gained over 196,000 likes.

    As of March 2014, the hashtag #dropthatnaenae has been tweeted out over 2.8 million times.

    Search Interest

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  • 04/03/14--14:26: 90s Kids
  • WIP


    About

    90s Kids is the name for the generation that grew up in the 1990s, and reminiscence about television programs, video games, and other media from their childhood.

    Origin

    90’s Kids, more commonly known outside the internet as Millenials, were the first generation to grow up with the Internet. Therefore, they began to use the internet as a way to connect and share their nostalgia of media.

    Some notable media that were popular with the 90s childhood were Doug,The Powerpuff Girls,The Legend Of Zelda (Ocarina of Time in particular), Pokemon and Grunge Music.

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    As of April of 2014, there are countless Facebook pages dedicated to 90’s Nostalgia, including Things 90’s Kids Realize,You Know You’re A 90s Kid If, and 90’s Kids Only.

    The blog Things 90’s Kids Realize was created in 2010.

    On August 21st, 2011, BuzzFeed published the article 25 Ways To Tell You’re A 90’s Kid.

    Influence on Other Subcultures

    Several modern subcultures may have been influenced by 90’s nostalgia. Besides the aforementioned Pokemon and Zelda fandoms, members of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fandom may have wanted to join because the show’s creator, Lauren Faust, was a writer for The Powerpuff Girls. The Furry Fandom as we know it today may have its roots in the Sonic The Hedgehog fandom, as well as cartoons such as Tiny Toons or Animaniacs (see video below).

    Criticisms

    Some have criticized 90s kids for not being accepting of new media. 90s kids that act in this manner are often referred to as Nostalgiatards or Nostalgia Brats.

    In the Pokemon fandom, the term Genwunner is often used to describe those who only like the first generation of Pokemon games, and openly dislike all others.

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    The Legend Of Zelda
    Pokemon
    Sonic the Hedgehog
    Super Mario
    Genwunner
    PlayStation
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Arthur
    Ed Edd ‘n’ Eddy
    Full House


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  • 04/03/14--15:57: Marine Todd
  • About

    Marine Todd is a copypasta story about a United States marine who violently assaults a college professor for challenging the existence of God. While numerous variations of this story have been circulating for over a decade, the meme resurged in April 2014 after Twitter users began parodying the original story in satire of various American conservative and right-wing ideologies.

    Origin

    According to the tech news blog Technology Tell,[1] an email copypasta telling a story about a marine who hits a college professor in the head after offending him for challenging the existence of God began circulating as early as 2004. On March 20th, 2014, an image macro variation of the copypasta was posted by Facebook user Earl Dibbles Jr, which gained more than 283,100 shares and 241,000 likes in the first three weeks.





    A Marine was taking college classes between his deployments to Afghanistan.

    One of his courses had a professor that was an atheist and a member of the ACLU. One day the professor shocked everyone by walking into class, looking up and stating "God, if you are real, I want you to come down and knock me off this platform, I will give you 15 minutes.

    Several minutes tick by in silence, when the 15 min. time almost expired the Marine gets up from his seat, approaches the professor and punched him in the face knocking him off the platform and out cold. The Marine simply went back to his seat.

    The professor came to, visibly shaken and asked the Marine, “What the heck did you do that for?!”

    The Marine said, “God was busy protecting America’s military who are out protecting your right to say stupid shit like that, so he sent me to fill in.”

    Spread

    On March 21st, 2014, Redditor NibblyWibbly submitted the image macro to the /r/cringepics[2] subreddit, where it garnered upwards of 7,900 up votes and 600 comments in two weeks. On March 22nd, Twitter user @dankmtl[3] posted the image macro, to which writer Luke O’Neil replied with a parody version of the copypasta written in the Comic Sans font.




    On March 27th, Twitter user @jdcrowley posted another parody written in Comic Sans about a marine who successfully seduces a woman at a bar.




    On March 29th, Salon politics editor Elias Isquith tweeted a parody version of the copypasta, in which Marine Todd kicks a professor for saying “America deserved 9/11.” In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the copypasta parodies, including Gawker,[5] Mediaite,[6] Technology Tell[1] and Thought Catalog.[7]




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  • 04/04/14--06:35: concon
  • About

    concon is a popular soundtrack from a Japanese arcade music video game jubeat[1], which is produced by KONAMI as a part of BEMANI line.

    This electric pomp styled song was used in many MAD on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) in 2009.

    Origin

    concon was written by a Japanese composer S-C-U for the first rhythm game of jubeat, that was released on the Japanese arcade on July 24, 2008.



    Spread

    The earliest instance in this series had been already uploaded to NND in the 5th Music Rhythm Game MAD contest, a small user-organized online MAD video event mostly dedicated to BEMANI songs in November 2008. It was a derivative of Jaka Jaka Jan.

    Notable Examples

    For more videos, check out the videos section in this entry.

    MADs


    Nichijou(featuring It’s Salmon!!!)
    Shuzo Matsuoka

    YTPMVs


    My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
    Donkey Kong


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  • 04/04/14--10:17: #ButtFlix
  • About

    #Buttflix is a hashtag game on Twitter that involves altering movie titles with off-color jokes and toilet humor.

    Origin

    The hashtag was introduced by Chris Hardwick during a segment on his Comedy Central late-night show @midnight that aired on April 2nd, 2014. In the segment, Hardwick held a contest in which guests on the show were awarded points for listing movie titles with jokes about rear ends (shown below).



    Spread

    Following the broadcast on April 2nd, 2014, @midnight writer Jordan Morris tweeted a #ButtFlix parody title using the 1992 comedy film Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. According to the Twitter analytics site Topsy,[1] there were over 50,000 tweets containing the hashtag “#Buttflix” that evening.




    On April 3rd, 2014, Hardwick posted a #Buttflix tweet featuring a parody title for the 1998 dark comedy film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In 24 hours, the tweet received more than 370 favorites and 75 retweets. In the coming days, several news sites and blogs highlighted notable #Buttflix tweets, including The Daily Dot,[2] The Dish[3] and Social News Daily.[4]




    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

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  • 04/04/14--11:04: Jon Hamm
  • About

    Jon Hamm is an American actor best known for his role on the AMC period drama Mad Men. His guest spots on shows like Saturday Night Live and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon has lead to him staring in several viral videos.

    Acting History

    In 2001 Hamm won his first major role in a movie, Kissing Jessica Stein.[1] He appeared in several television shows throughout the 2000s including Providence, Gilmore Girls, and The Division. In 2007 he was cast in his breakout role, Don Drapper on the AMC period drama Mad Men. In its seventh and final season as of April 2014, the show has earned Hamm four Golden Globe nominations and one win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama) as well as eight Primetime Emmy nominations. He has also had prominent roles in several movies during Mad Men’s run including Friends with Kids (2011), Bridesmaids (2011), and Million Dollar Arm (2014).

    Fandom

    As of April 2014, Jon Hamm’s Facebook page[24] has over 24,000 likes. There are several Tumblr blogs dedicated to Hamm including jonhammmancrush[21],jonhammyhammham[22], and jonhammsome.[23] Fans of Hamm also gather on his FanPop[20] page.

    Online History

    On December 12th, 2008, Funny or Die[13] published a video featuring Hamm on the mock talk show Between Two Ferns. As of April 2014, the video has gained over 6.7 million views.



    On May 8, 2012, Rookie Magazine, an online teen magazine, uploaded a video to their YouTube channel[19] titled “Ask a Grown Man with Jon Hamm” which featured Hamm answering questions from their teenage (predominantly female) readers. As of April 2014, the video has gained over 930,000 views.



    On an episode of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon which aired on March 10th, 2014, Fallon and Hamm photobombed unsuspecting tourists who were taking pictures at Rockefeller Center. The stunt was uploaded to the show’s official YouTube Channel[16] that same day, and as of April 2014, it has gained over 1.2 million views.



    On April 3rd, YouTube channel Lighthearted Entertainment[14] uploaded a clip from a 1996 episode of The Big Date game show that featured a 25-year-old Jon Hamm as a contestant. In less than 24 hours the video gained over 56,000 views and was covered by many sites such as Buzzfeed[17] and Slate.[18]



    On April 4th, Lighthearted Entertainment uploaded a video[15] that featured the entire episode.

    Penis Jokes

    On September 9th, 2012, celebrity gossip blog The Superficial[5] published a post titled “Oh Yeah, That’s Jon Hamm’s Penis” which featured a photo of the actor in thin pants through which the outline of his penis was clearly visible. The photo was covered by many sites such as Gawker[6] and The Huffington Post.[7] On September 14th, a Facebook page[8] titled “Jon Hamm’s Penis” was created, it has gained over 1,900 likes as of April 2014.



    On March 27th, 2013, Heavy[9] published a post titled “The Top 5 Tumblrs Obsessed with Jon Hamm’s D*ck” which featured Tumblr blogs such as Jon Hamm’s Wang[10] and 50 Shades of Hamm[11] that focus on the actor’s penis. The same day Rolling Stone[12] published an interview with Hamm in which he expresses anger at that particular kind of attention saying,

    ""They’re called ‘privates’ for a reason. I’m wearing pants, for fuck’s sake. Lay off. I mean, it’s not like I’m a fucking lead miner. There are harder jobs in the world. But when people feel the freedom to create Tumblr accounts about my cock, I feel like that wasn’t part of the deal … But whatever. I guess it’s better than being called out for the opposite."


    Related Memes

    Sad Don Draper

    Sad Don Draper is a photoshop meme that involves taking a screen shot of Don Draper (played by Hamm) crying and putting it over a photo of something sad (or comically not sad). On September 5th, 2010, an episode of Mad Men titled “The Suitcase” aired. During one scene in the episode Don Draper breaks down sobbing, a screenshot of that scene is used for the meme. On September 7th, the Tumblr blog saddondraper[2], which collects and posts Sad Don Draper photos, was created. On the same day Refinery29[3] reported on the meme and on September 8th, Funny or Die[4] compiled the best of the meme.



    Personal Life

    Jon Hamm was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 10th, 1971. He attended the University of Texas, but graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in English. He has been with his girlfriend actress Jennifer Westfeldt since 1997.

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    Overview

    Romanian Thug Swings Elderly Woman refers to a video clip of a Romanian youth grabbing and swinging an elderly woman by her collar in an outskirt village of Bucharest, Romania. Upon being shared on Facebook by the bully himself in April 2014, the footage quickly went viral in the Romanian social media and overseas, eventually prompting a police investigation by the authorities.

    Background

    According to the Daily Mail[2], a video was uploaded to Facebook on April 3rd, 2014, which showed a young man harassing an elderly woman outside of a bar in the village Jilava near Bucharest, Romania (shown below). In the video, the elderly woman is shown being grabbed by the collar of her dressing gown before being lifted off of the ground and spun in circles, during which she can be heard yelling in distress. Shortly after letting the woman escape, the same man runs up to her again and spins her a second time.



    Notable Developments

    On April 4th, Redditor ch0ding submitted a YouTube-hosted version to the /r/videos[1] subreddit, where it gathered more than 1,900 up votes and 1000 comments in the next seven hours. The video was immediately removed for violating YouTube’s terms of service, though not long before another version was subsequently re-uploaded to eBaum’s World,[5] where it accumulated upwards of 53,000 views and 250 comments in the following five hours.

    Identity of the Bully

    On April 4th, the Daily Mail[2] reported on the social media outrage in reaction the controversial video, noting that Facebook users were quickly able to identify the bully as a Romanian man named Geo Jitat.

    Jitat’s Response

    After being identified, Jitat commented on a Facebook uploaded of the video and criticized those who denounced his actions:

    “Why the f*** do you write these comments, you slaves? I’ll p*** on you! What the f*** is it with these comments? It was just a joke. She wasn’t dying.”[5]

    Also on April 4th, the polish news website Sfora[4] highlighted a photo from Jitat’s Facebook page in which is shown posing with the same woman with the caption “That’s me with my girlfriend” (shown below).



    Police Investigation

    A spokesperson for Romanian police announced that they were attempting to identify all parties involved with in the incident and would be consulting prosecutors to determine if charges would be filed.

    “We want to know when this video was shot, where it was shot and who the people were in the video. A report will then be prepared for prosecutors who will decide what action to take.”[2]

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    About

    “Hear What You Want” Parodies are video parodies of a series of commercials for Beats brand headphones in which various professional sports players use a pair of headphones to ignore being harassed by mobs of angry sports fans.

    Origin

    On November 24th, 2013, Beat by Dre released a commercial titled “Hear What You Want” in which professional basketball player Kevin Garnett dons a pair of Beats headphones to drown out the sound of fans of a rival team throwing taunts at him with the song “The Man” by Aloe Blacc playing in the background (shown below, left). On December 8th, the Beats by Dre YouTube channel uploaded a second “Hear What You Want” commercial, in which American football quarterback Colin Kaepernick uses a pair of Beats headphones to ignore insults by a mob of angry rivals (shown below, right).



    Spread

    On March 25th, 2014, the Comedy Central YouTube channel uploaded a “Hear What You Want” parody for the Internet comedy show Tosh.0, in which Daniel Tosh wears a pair of Beats headphones to ignore protestors while taking his girlfriend to an abortion clinic (shown below, left). Within two weeks, the video garnered upwards of 690,000 views and 550 comments. On April 3rd, Redditor freshestpr1nce submitted the parody to the /r/videos[1] subreddit, where it accumulated over 12,100 up votes and 990 comments in the first 24 hours.



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  • 04/04/14--18:05: Forgive English, I am Russia
  • About

    Forgive English, I am Russia was a copypasta where the poster would tell a story, often outrageous and explicit in nature, in broken English, not to be confused with Engrish.

    Origin

    The copypasta originated in February 28, 2011 on a thread[1] in the Bodybuilding.com forum[2] by someone who goes by the username, Tank107[3]. In the thread, Tank107, in broken English, says to be a very religious, presumably Christian, closet homosexual studying Fashion at an university in the United States. In his post, Tank107 describes his same-sex relationship with an American who is also studying Fashion and his guilt of being gay. Unable to take said guilt any longer, he called his mother in Russia and came out to her. Tank107 and his lover felt embarrassed about the experience and Tank107 still felt guilty about his homosexuality. Despite that, he continued his relationship with his American lover.



    Spread

    The title of the thread, “Forgive english, I am russia”, has since spread to 4chan[4] with many variations appearing such as “forgive me I am Russia”. Earliest evidence of spread to other websites was in 2012 on 4chan’s notorious /b/[5] board and on Railpage Australia’s MSTS forums[6].

    Notable Examples



    External References

    [1]Bodybuilding.com – Original Thread

    [2]Bodybuilding.com – Forum

    [3]Bodybuilding.com – Tank107’s Profile Page

    [4]4chan

    [5]4chan – /b/ – Random

    [6]Railpage – Railpage Australia’s MSTS Forums


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