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  • 08/02/17--08:43: Right In Front Of My Salad
  • About

    Right In Front of My Salad? is a quote said by a character in a gay pornographic film after she discovers that the two leads are having sex behind a kitchen counter upon which she’s eating a bowl of salad. The quote led to parodies and tributes online following its discovery in late July of 2017. It is used in various situations where one is indignant.

    Origin

    The quote is from the gay pornographic film Private Lessons 3, which was uploaded to Men.com on July 23rd, 2017. In the scene, two men are having sex behind a counter while attempting to converse with a girl on the other side of the counter. The girl slowly realizes what is going on, and indignantly asks “Are you two fucking? Are you serious? Right in front of my salad?!” The scene did not begin circulating online until July 29th, 2017. On that day, Tumblr user boymercuryx[1] uploaded GIFs of the relevant clip to the site in a post that gained over 51,000 notes (quote shown below). The following morning, user baghdadgaybar[2] uploaded the clip.



    Spread

    The video spread to Twitter shortly thereafter. Late on July 30th, Twitter user @ineedahitta[3] posted the video there, where it gained over 12,900 retweets and 25,000 likes. Meanwhile, the video quickly inspired parodies on Tumblr. On the 31st, user firstknivesclub[4] posted a It’s More Likely Than You Think edit with the phrase, gaining over 19,000 notes (shown below, left). On August 1st, Tumblr user theperksofbeingameme[5] added the quote to a GIF of reality television star Tiffany “New York” Pollard, gaining 600 notes (shown below, right).



    On both sites, the quote began seeing use as a reaction to any situation in which one might feel indignant. For example, a post by Tumblr user tbhhhhhhhhh[6] used the quote in response to Professional Wrestler Sami Zayn losing on Smackdown on the night of August 1st (shown below, left). On August 2nd, Twitter user @tedromeda[7] used the quote in response to people disrespecting Rihanna (shown below, right).



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Tumblr – boymercuryx

    [2]Tumblr – BaghdadGayBar

    [3]Twitter – @ineedahitta

    [4]Tumblr – firstknivesclub

    [5]Tumblr – theperksofbeingameme

    [6]Tumblr – tbhhhhhhhhh

    [7]Twitter – @tedromeda


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  • 01/27/15--20:27: Wario
  • About

    Wario is a fictional character from the Nintendo video game franchise Super Mario. Designed by Hiroji Hiyotake, Wario was designed to be Mario’s rival, a villainous inverse of the hero with similar clothes and certain characteristics. He was voiced by Charles Martinet. After appearing in the Super Mario Land series as a boss enemy, he later went on to become a Nintendo icon, spawning two of his own series, Wario Land and WarioWare.

    History

    Wario made his first appearance as the main villain in Super Mario Land 2: Legend of the Six Golden Coins in 1992.[1]



    Two years later, Wario starred in his own series of platforming games known as Wario Land. The game went on to become a hit on the Game Boy system and spawned many successful sequels, including Wario Land II, Wario Land III, Wario Land IV,Wario World,Wario Master Disguise, and Wario Land: Shake It!

    In 2003 a new franchise based around Wario’s character was released for the Game Boy Advanced titled WarioWare: Mega Microgame$! Instead of being a traditional Wario Land platformer, the game was instead a rapid series a mini games which the player had to solve in a short amount of time. The game was later on released for the GameCube in 2003 retitled WarioWare: Mega Party Game$! Just like the Wario Land franchise, the game was a commercial success and it went on to produce many sequels.



    Other Appearances

    Outside of Wario Land and WarioWare, Wario has appeared in many Nintendo games which feature many Nintendo characters in competition, such as MarioKart, Mario Party, Super Smash Brothers, and the Mario sports games. Wario also appeared in Wario Blast: Featuring Bomber-Man!, essentially a Bomber-Man game with the added ability to play as Wario. Wario also appeared in 1994 NES title, Wario’s Woods, a puzzle game in which you play as Toad trying to stop Wario by playing Tetris-like puzzle games.

    Online Presence

    Wario started in popularity online when he was featured as a new character in Super Smash Brothers Brawl. On January 14, 2008, The WarioWiki was created,[2] gathering over 172 articles since it’s creation. Wario has also been widely parodied by YouTubers in sketches and in Let’s Plays. For example, on April 16, 2013, YouTuber PewDiePie uploaded a video titled "MOST RANDOMGAMEEVER! – Wario Smooth Moves, the video involved PewDiePie and his girlfriend attempting to play WarioWare: Smooth Moves. The video has received over 13 million views since it’s upload (shown below, left). On January 31, 2013, YouTube channel Random Encounters uploaded a video titled “The Wario Rap.” The video was a song based around Wario explaining his daily life, while making references to his past game appearances, gaining over 602,000 views (shown below, right).



    Related Memes

    Doh I missed!

    “Doh I missed!” is a quote from Wario as he appeared in the original Mario Party. Wario is heard speaking this either when losing a star to Bowser, or losing a mini game. The quote started to spread, mainly being used as a reaction. The voice actor who said this line was not Charles Martinet, but in fact it was Thomas Spindler.



    Waluigi

    Waluigi is a character that also appeared in the Super Mario. series. He made his first appearance in 2000 with the release of Mario Tennis where Waluigi was featured as a partner character with Wario. Waluigi is based off of Mario’s brother Luigi, with his design over-exaggerating Luigi’s features such as his height and scrawniness. Waluigi is presumed to be Wario’s brother due to their similar genetic features, but Nintendo never confirmed that Waluigi is related to Wario, and even Waluigi’s voice actor Charles Martinet said that he didn’t know if Waluigi was related to Wario.

    Ashley’s Song

    “Ashley’s Song” is a song in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii that is a remix of Ashley’s Song from WarioWare: Touched! The song was praised for it’s Disney-esque tone and it’s upbeat and catchy lyrics. The song is what made Ashley an iconic WarioWare character, later appearing as an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS.



    Obey Wario, Destroy Mario!

    “Obey Wario, Destroy Mario!” is a quote spoken by Wario in the commercial for the Game Boy title Super Mario Land 2: Legend of the Six Golden Coins. In the commercial Wario stares at the screen with a spiraling background while speaking the famous quote as if he’s trying to brainwash you. The quote became popular after it was used to parody other memes and subcultures, such as Dinkleburg and Weegee.



    Fanmade Games

    On December 12, 2014 YouTube user Wwwwario uploaded a trailer for a fan made game titled “Five Nights at Wario’s” a parody of the popular Five Nights at Freddy’s. The game started trending when YouTube user Markiplier uploaded his reaction to it.



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Wario

    [2]WarioWiki


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  • 08/10/09--12:14: Internet Slang
  • About

    Internet Slang consists of a number of different ways of speaking, sub-languages, expressions, spelling techniques and idioms that have obtained most of their meaning on the Internet. These different kinds of language can be either known as chatspeak[15], SMS speak[16] or IM language.[17]

    Types

    Intentional Misspellings

    Intentional misspellings may have stemmed from space restriction on instant messaging and SMS services, including Twitter. However, some of these mispellings have come from accidental typographical errors that have been embraced by the community. One example of this is “Teh,” an error when typing “The.” Deliberate usage of Teh dates back to the late 1990s in real-time gaming chats and IRC channels and was later popularized as a term in LOLspeak.



    Phonetic Translation

    Coming straight from SMS language, this is a way of replacing entire words or bits of words by their phonetic equivalent embodied into single letters or figures and it is often found in 1337speak. Many memes tend to reuse these terms on their own, as can be seen by examples such as In Ur base or LOLcats.

    Disemvoweling

    Disemvoweling[19] is the practice of removing all vowels from a token word and is also found in SMS/IM language.

    The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

    would, after being disemvowelled, look like this:

    Th qck brwn fx jmps vr th lzy dg



    Leetspeak

    1337speak consists of replacing a letter by its closest figure’s look-alike, or by using various keyboard signs such as “+”, “(”, “[”, “/”, “_” and more to recreate that letter. A Russian form of 1337speak known as Padonkaffsky jargon or Olbanian[18] also exists and a Filipino equivalent known as Jejemon emerged in 2010.



    Letter Repetition

    More than a slang, it symbolizes a type of language, often pointed as being used by teenagers, consisting of the same letter in a word repeated several times for emphasis. Other spelling phenomena has been derived from it such as !!!111oneeleven as an ironic way to replace an exclamation mark or FUUUUUU to express great frustration, and coming directly from Rageguy.



    Acronyms and Initialisms

    Acronyms[20], the art of creating a neology through the association of letters and initials between them, exist on the Internet since the late 1980s.
    Starting with LOL, from laughing out loud and used to convey great hilarity, hundreds of others have been made since then. Among them can be found : OMG, BRB, RTFM or also tl;dr.

    Idioms

    The Internet is also the cradle of many expressions whose complete meanings can only be acknowledge and understood because of or in relation to the Internet. While some of them are used as synonymous of another word, the way Over 9000 can be viewed as a replacement in expressing lots or bucketload the same way win and fail are respectively meaning success and failure, others have their own meaning, such as DERP as a way to signify stupidity, or also Fag as a suffix which has a totally different meaning and doesn’t necessarily address homosexuals in a derogatory way.

    Academic Research

    [researching]

    Dictionary Recognition

    On August 28th, 2013, Oxford Dictionaries Online announced[1] they would be adding 43 new words, many of which were internet slang terms including “Bitcoin,” “Derp,” “Selfie,” “Twerk” and “tl;dr.” Between Twitter and Facebook, the announcement was shared more than 750 times. That day, dozens of news media outlets and internet culture blogs reported on the additions including Business Insider[2], Chicago Tribune[3], Forbes[4], Time NewsFeed[5], Mashable[6], TechCrunch[7], NPR[8] and the Huffington Post.[9] The Atlantic[10] also shared a satirical piece highlighting the use of every new word disguised as a memo from the Oxford Dictionary’s Word Selection Committee (shown below).



    That day, the additions were discussed at length on Twitter with more than 25,000 mentions[11] of “Twerk Dictionary”[12] and more than 42,000 mentions[13] of “Selfie Dictionary.”[14] Also on the 28th, actor Morgan Freeman was asked to read the day’s headlines, including the dictionary additions, during an interview on Headline News Morning Express (shown below). After reading the definition for “twerking” aloud, he admitted he had never heard the word before.



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    About

    The Undertaker Threw Mankind Off Hell in a Cell is a copypasta often seen on Reddit and Facebook, which is typically altered to fit the context of the post it is responding to. Redditor shittymorph is often credited with popularizing the message within various subreddits.

    Origin

    The exact origin of the copypasta is unknown. While many cite Redditor shittymorph with creating the copypasta, the earliest examples were found in a post on the NFL Memes Facebook page published on January 8th, 2017.[7]

    Spread

    On January 19th, 2017, Redditor shittymorph replied to a post on /r/pics[6] highlighting a portrait of Salt Bae made out of salt, urging readers:

    “don’t let this man distract you from the fact that in 1998, The Undertaker threw Mankind off Hell In A Cell, and plummeted 16 ft through an announcer’s table.”

    On February 6th, 2017, Redditor ScienceLivesInsideMe replied to a photograph of a dog on the /r/aww[1] subreddit with Scooby Doo-themed variation of the copypasta. In response, Redditor shittymorph replied explaining that the message was something he had been posting for weeks:

    It is something I have been posting for a few weeks – I usually adjust the statement to whatever the post is related to. I have been getting a laugh out of doing it and other people have seemed to enjoy it too – Anyway – since this is my post and I have been going around making variations of this comment people are now showing up here on my post with their own variations of the comment. I hope that clarifies things…. but please do not let this extensive clarification distract you from the fact that in 1998, The Undertaker threw Mankind off Hell In A Cell, and plummeted 16 ft through an announcer’s table."[2]

    The following day, Redditor pujolsrox11 submitted a post asking about the copypasta meme to /r/OutOfTheLoop.[4]

    On Februrary 11th, shittymorph replied with a “Cash Me Ousside” variation of the copypasta in response to a post highlighting her second appearance on Dr. Phil submitted to /r/videos.[3] On February 15th, Redditor MadDrewOB submitted video of The Undertaker throwing Mankind off the top of the Hell in a Cell from WWE to /r/videos[5] (shown below).



    On February 12th, a subreddit dedicated to the copypasta was created, gaining over 1,500 subscribers in less than two months.[8] On March 28th, shittymorph posted on r/shittymorph a gif version of a man reacting to the copypasta, originally created by reddit user ohyouresilly, gaining over 490 points in less than two days.[10] The next day, an edited version of the gif was uploaded to Imgur, gaining over 2.3 million views in less than 24 hours (shown below).[9]



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  • 01/17/12--10:13: Clock Man
  • About

    Clock Man is a stop-motion animated Czech short which aired on Nickelodeon’s Pinwheel show. This short follows the story of a girl who is taken on an unpleasant trip by a mysterious “clock man”, but is returned to her room just before sunrise.For years, discussions about the film circulated online despite no official record of its existence, with some dismissing the story as a creepypasta.. In mid-December 2017, the film was discovered by The Lost Media Wiki as the short animated film About Dressy Sally.

    Origin

    In 2012, The Flood Forums member Commander Santa submitted a thread about his search for a short film aired on Nickelodeon’s Pinwheel show he remembered from his childhood that continued to haunt him for years to come. Commander Santa described the short as follows:

    “This short animation was terrifying as a child. The scene is still burned into my mind (28 years later). It’s of a young boy sleeping in his bed. Above his bed is a ticking clock. All the lights in the room are off and it is very dark. Suddenly the clock begins to slow down it’s ticking and eventually it stops…on midnight. When the clock stops a Greenish/Bluish man climbs out of the clock. The boy wakes up just in time to see this man dressed in black grab him out of bed and kidnap him by carrying him through a window. The “Clock Man” takes the boy on some kind of terrifying adventure and brings him back to his bed before sunrise."

    Commander Santa also provided a sketch of what he remembered about the short(shown below)


    83c.jpg

    Initially fellow users were skeptical as Commander Santa’s story felt eerily creepypasta-like, especially when compared to Candle Cove. But with Commander Santa being a highly respected member of the forums, many tried to help in any way they could. In the first 24 hours, the thread received over 800 replies and several suggestions to what the animated short could have been.

    Spread

    Stories about the short film subsequently spread to other online communities, including 4chan’s /x/ (paranormal) board, the World of Warcraft TV Forums, Hippotank, Minecraft Forums, Yahoo Answers and the Bioware Social Network. Commander Santa subsequently consulted various cartoon collectors and universities, including the National Film and Television School, Vancouver Film School, University of California, Arizona State, Cornell and Brigham Young University.

    Lost Media Wiki Search

    On September 16th, 2016 The Lost Media Wiki, a website associated with the research and seeking of pieces of media considered ‘lost’ due to the difficulty of finding them, announced a shift in focus to the search of Clock Man specifically after the conclusion of its previous main focus, A Day With Spongebob Squarepants. That day, YouTubers BedHead Bernie and Dycate released videos detailing the search up to that point.


    That same day, the Lost Media Wiki released an infographic detailing information known about the short (shown below).


    http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/245/899/317.png

    Discovery

    On December 11th, 2017 the Lost Media Wiki announced that they discovered the short film was a 1976 animation by director Dagmar Doubková. The cartoon had been uploaded to YouTube by the AAA Studio – Animated movies in September (shown below).[5]


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  • 02/03/14--15:37: Rick and Morty
  • About

    Rick and Morty is an animated television series created by Community executive producer Dan Harmon and writer Justin Roiland[22] and broadcast weekly on Cartoon Network late-night programming block Adult Swim. The series is mainly centered around an alcoholic scientist-and-inventor named “Rick” and his long lost grandson “Morty” as they embark on dangerous and bizarre adventures together throughout space and time.

    History

    Season One

    The show concept for Rick and Morty was first announced during Adult Swim’s Upfront presentation in May 2012, followed by the commencement of the production for 10 half-hour episodes to be aired on Cartoon Network (not including the pilot) in October that year. On November 27th, 2013, the pilot episode of Rick and Morty was leaked via YouTube several days prior to its scheduled broadcast on Adult Swim, which premiered at 10 p.m. (ET) on December 2nd. In the episode, Rick takes his grandson Morty into another dimension to research “mega trees.”



    Season Two

    Rick and Morty season two premiered on July 26th, 2015 with the episode “A Rickle in time.” The season ran for 10 episodes and concluded on October 4th, 2015.[20]

    Season Three

    The third season of Rick and Morty surprised audiences when it aired on April 1st, 2017 on Cartoon Network. Appearing without notice or advertising, the episode played on a loop from 8pm to midnight.[21] The episode turned a 1998 McDonald’s promotion for the Disney film Mulan, szechuan sauce dipping sauce, into a viral sensation


    Fandom

    On May 19th, 2012, a few days after the announcement by Adult Swim, a subreddit community titled /r/rickandmorty[2] was launched, which gained over 16,900 subscribers in the following two years. On November 27th, 2013, Redditor theroboticdan submitted the leaked pilot episode to the /r/videos[1] subreddit, where it garnered upwards of 2,100 up votes and 220 comments in the first two months. As the series progressed over the next several months, subsequent episodes reached the front page of Reddit as well. Also on November 27th, a page for the show was created on the trope database website TV Tropes.[8] On December 10th, a Rick and Morty wiki[7] was created. On January 21st, 2014, /r/rickandmorty ranked in as the fastest growing non-default subreddit.[3] As of February 2014, Rick and Morty’s official Facebook page has accumulated more than 10,000 likes.


    Rick and Morty graph of popularity on Reddit

    Rich and Morto

    On November 15th, 2016, Redditor TheNiceBiscuit posted a message proclaiming an appreciation for the show “Rich and Morto,” followed by the phrase “wooba looba dick duck” (shown below). Within 72 hours, the post received upwards of 8,700 votes (87% upvoted) and 350 comments on the /r/rickandmorty[15] subreddit.


    Emily Levy posts onto reddit the famous Rich and Morto misquote

    That day, Redditor Wyntersun uploaded a “Rich and Morto” illustration to /r/rickandmorty,[18] where it garnered more than 5,600 votes and 130 comments in three days (shown below, left). On November 16th, Redditor MC_Labs15 posted a traced version of Wynersun’s drawing (shown below, right).[19]


    Rich and Morto crude penci drawingcrude rich and morto drawing fan art

    That day, Redditor ElderCunningham submitted a post asking about the origin of “Rich and Morto” to /r/OutOfTheLoop,[16] where Redditor finnegar cited TheNiceBiscuit’s post. Also on November 16th, the official Rick and Morty Twitter[17] account posted a tweet referencing the “Rich and Morto” meme (shown below).


    the official Rick and Morty twitter account responds to the Rich and Morto meme going around

    Fan Art

    On Deviant Art[10][12] and Tumblr,[11][13][14] fans of the series have featured original artwork inspired by the series.


    Fan art of Rick and Morty pointing those blasters right at yaRick and Morty looking very stoned out in fanartAnime style Rick and Morty fan art
    Goofy and cool Rick and Morty fanartdancing rick and morty fanartFan art of Rick and Morty with a lab vile

    What is Rick and Morty?

    On December 10th, Twitter user @sadgirlkms[25] posted a tweet which read “isnt rick and morty that thing you get when you die and your body gets all stiff”. The tweet gained over 68,000 retweets and 181,000 likes (shown below).



    This started a lengthy Twitter thread where a person would correct the above poster while offering another definition for Rick and Morty. For example, the top comment to @sadgirlkms, posted by poketrainer7[26] read "You’re thinking of rigor mortis. Rick and morty is when you get trolled into watching “never gonna give you up”." This continued for dozens of posts. The following day, Twitter user @Matt__nelson[27] tweeted several screenshots from the thread, saying “I’d like to personally congratulate each and every individual involved,” gaining over 26,000 retweets and 59,000 likes (screenshots shown below).



    A thread about the Twitter thread was posted to Reddit’s /r/rickandmorty, gaining over 20,000 upvotes.[28] The Twitter thread was also covered by Salon[29] and Twitter Moments.[30]

    Reception

    On January 28th, the entertainment news blog Vulture[4] reported that Rick and Morty had beaten NBC’s late night comedy programs in ratings. On the following day, Rick and Morty was renewed for a second season on Adult Swim.[5]

    After season 2, a 3rd season was released unannounced on April Fool’s Day and then fully released between July 31st 2017 thru Oct 1st 2017.[23] Deadline magazine published that Rick and Morty Season 3 set record ratings for Adult Swim.[24]

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  • 03/31/17--11:07: He Protec but He Also Attac
  • About

    He Protec but He Also Attac is an intentionally misspelled variation of the expression, “He protects, but he also attacks,” which is used online to caption various image macros featuring subjects preparing to defend against or engage an enemy.

    Origin

    On November 8th, 2016, the @fijichecks[4] Instagram posted photographs of a nude man wielding a light saber along with the caption “he protec / but he also attac” (shown below).



    Spread

    On February 5th, 2017, the b3pis Instagram[1] page posted a picture of a stuff cow toy wielding a knife with the caption “He protec. / but he also attac” (shown below). Within two months, the image received more than 2,800 likes. On February 13th, the sketchymemes Instagram page posted a similar image macro featuring screenshots from the film Cat in the Hat (shown below, right).


    cat in the hat version of He Protec but he Also Attac meme on instagram

    On March 15th, a 4chan user posted a Based Stickman variation of the image to a thread on /pol/ (shown below, left).[4] On March 30th, Redditor MrAdorDeplor submitted a post to /r/MemeEconomy[5] asking how “he protec” memes were doing “on the market,” along with a version of the image macro featuring comedian Lester Green (shown below, right).


    he protec abut he also attac meme of demonstrator with US flag on his wooden sheildblack man with his fists up and another shot of him with gloves on in a He Protec but he also Attac meme

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Instagram – b3pis

    [2]Instagram – sketchymemes

    [3]4plebs – Maga March Begins

    [4]Instagram – fijichecks

    [5]Reddit – How are he protec but he also atac memes


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  • 02/01/17--08:36: Whomst
  • About

    Whomst is a fake word used to signal ironic superior intelligence, similar to the me, an intellectualsnowclone. In early 2017, “whomst” images pairing the word with pictures of people photoshopped to have bright purple eyes a la Gordon Ramsay’s Lamb Sauce grew popular on meme-focused subreddits.

    Origin

    On June 2nd, 2016, lighting guy submitted a definition of “whomst” to Urban Dictionary[1] that reads, “For times when you want to ask ‘who or whom’, but need a fancier connotation.”



    The earliest known sarcastic use of the word was posted to Instagram on December 27th, 2016, by fkinsnapss,[2] who used it to caption of a video of a man walking with his pants extremely high up on his waist while the X-files theme music played (shown below).


    via SIZZLE


    Spread

    On January 21st, 2017, Instagram user b3pis[3] posted what would become the most popular example of the “whomst” meme. In the image, a boy shows increasingly pleased reactions to variations on “who,” ending with a glowing purple eyed reaction to “whomst’d” (shown below). The post has gained 2,669 likes on Instagram as of February 1st, 2017.



    The image set a precedent for “Whomst” memes to be used in a similar vein as the #UpgradeChallenge, where one image compares a small-minded “person who does X” with a comically large-brained “person whomst does Y” (ex: shown below).



    Other variations on the meme include making “whomst” even longer and more nonsensical, i.e. “whomst’d’ve.” On Janurary 31st, 2017, redditor Julien2000 posted a comment to /r/MemeEconomy of the original “whomst image” titled, “Whomst’d memes are on the rise! Whomst’d’ve’s’nd would not want to invest this in amazing offer! Buy! Buy! Buy! But beware of demand side inflation!”[4]

    Various Examples



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  • 06/13/17--08:56: Virgin vs. Chad
  • About

    Virgin vs. Chad, also known as Virgin Walk, refers to a series of illustrations comparing various “virgin” men with low self-confidence to their Chad Thundercock counterparts. After an MS Paint depiction of the walk began circulating online in March 2017, other illustrations of “virgin” behaviors began appearing on the /r9k/ board on 4chan.

    Origin

    On April 23rd, 2016, a 4chan user submitted a post titled “Virgin signs,” listing the “infamous virgin walk” as a way to identify a virgin on the /r9k/ board (shown below).[8] In the thread, the gait was described as someone walking with “hands in your pockets and always looking down.” On March 25th, 2017, an illustration depicting an example of the “virgin walk” was posted to /r9k/ (shown below).[7]


    infographic explaining the virgin walk

    Spread

    That same day, the “Virgin Walk” illustration was reposted on FunnyJunk.[3] On June 6th, 2017, a post urging viewers to “post all vi/r/gin memes” was submitted to /r9k/, in which various MS Paint illustrations were submitted depicting various behaviors associated with virgins juxtaposed with their “Chad” and “Wizard” counterparts, including the “virgin walk” image (shown below).


    infographic comparing virgin walk against the Chad walk and Wizard walk

    The following day, Redditor PyrusSolus submitted an Imgur gallery containing images from the 4chan thread to /r/4chan.[5] Meanwhile, a collection of the images were highlighted in a thread on the BodyBuilding Forums. On June 10th, Redditor hardflips submitted an image comparing the “virgin walk” to the “Chad stride” to /r/justneckbeardthings[4] subreddit.

    Various Examples


    infographic of the virgin mealinfographic meme of the Virgin Drive VS the Chad Plowinfographic of the Chad FeastVirgin Walk meme example The Virgin Cinema Going vs. The Chad Kinography Viewing

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  • 04/03/10--19:46: Here's Johnny
  • About

    “Here’s Johnny” is a quote from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, which aired from the 1962 to early 1992. At the beginning of each episode, Ed McMahon would introduce Carson with the line, “and now, heeeeeere’s Johnny!” The line was quoted in a famous scene in Stanley Kubrick’sThe Shining (1980) in which actor Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance breaks through a door. That scene has been parodied online in various video remixes and exploitableimage macros.

    Origin

    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson first aired October 1st, 1962. Prior to Carson’s appearance on each episode, Ed McMahon would announce “and now, heeeeeere’s Johnny!” (example shown below).



    The line became well known in pop culture and was famously referenced in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. In the film, Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance hacks down a door with an axe. Once there is a hole large enough for his face, he sticks his head through and sinisterly says “here’s Johnny!” (shown below). The scene would inspire future memes using the phrase.



    Spread

    The scene became one of the iconic moments of the film, and was widely parodied, both online and in pop culture. Online, an early LEGO parody of the scene was posted May 30th, 2007 by Dan Parks and gained over 1.1 million views (shown below, left). It was also parodied in a series of YouTube Poops. For example, on August 13th, 2008, an edit was posted by iContainFail, gaining over 13,000 views (shown below, right).



    The scene has also been parodied in several popular YouTube videos which feature different characters acting out the scene. For example, a Five Nights At Freddy’s animation posted by Crazy Is Crazy gained over 2.2 million views (shown below, left). A Source Filmmaker edit of the scene posted in June of 2015 by zombiller gained over 950,000 views (shown below, right).



    Another popular video trend on YouTube finds people reenacting the scene. Some popular versions include a video by YouTuber trentpekkala posted in November of 2009 that gained over 783,000 views (shown below, left). Another by Hive Mind Productions posted in 2014 gained over 142,000 views (shown below, right)



    Sparta Remixes

    Another popular trend in the late 2000s and early 2010s saw the scene applied to Sparta Remixes. For example, an upload of a Sparta Remix of The Simpsons by zonic19game in October 2010 gained over 139,000 views (shown below, left). A reupload of a Here’s Johnny Sparta Remix was posted by Spartan ReUploader on July 5th, 2012, gaining over 48,000 views (shown below, right).



    In Pop Culture

    The phrase has been referenced in dozens of pieces of pop culture, including films like Finding Nemo and television shows like Bob’s Burgers. On April 19th, 2017, YouTube channel iiAFX uploaded a compilation of “Here’s Johnny” references in pop culture, gaining over 5.5 million views (shown below).



    Various Examples



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  • 12/14/17--08:40: Ajit Pai
  • About

    Ajit Pai is the current Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) who has been widely criticized online for supporting the repeal of Obama-era regulations ensuring the protection of net neutrality.

    Career

    In February 2001, Pai became the Associate General Counsel at Verizon Communications Inc. In April 2003, Pai left his position at Verizon was hired as Deputy Chief Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. After the next eight years, Pai served in various positions at the Department of Justice and the FCC’s Office of General Counsel. In May 2012, Pai was appointed to the FCC by President Barack Obama at the recommendation of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell. In January 2017, Pai was appointed as chairman of the commission by President Donald Trump. In April, Pai proposed a repeal net neutrality rules enacted under the Obama administration. In July, protests were held against Pai’s proposal. In mid-November, the FCC revealed plans to hold a vote in December to end the Obama-era net neutrality rules.

    Online History

    On May 13th, 2017, the Independent Journal Review YouTube channel uploaded a video of Pai reading various insulting tweets directed toward him, mimicking a recurring comedy segment on the talk show



    In November, numerous image macros condemning FCC chairman Ajit Pai as greedy and beholden to corporate interests were submitted in the coming days, many of which reached the front page of the /r/dankmemes and /r/memeeconomysubreddits (shown below).



    On November 30th, PewDiePie uploaded a video about Pai titled ‘’The Most Hated Person on the Internet’’ (shown below). Within two weeks, the video gained over 3.03 million views and 15,400 comments.



    Federal Communications Bar Association Dinner

    On December 8th, 2017, a video was leaked online showing Pai’s speech held at the annual Federal Communications Bar Association dinner, in which he made several jokes about the net neutrality controversy and jokingly referred to himself as a “Verizon puppet” (shown below).



    The Daily Caller PSA

    On December 13th, the conservative news site The Daily Caller[3] published a video in which Pai performs the “Harlem Shake” after presenting a list titled “7 Things You Can Still Do on the Internet After Net Neutrality” (shown below).



    That day, various image macros mocking Pai’s apperance in the video reached the front page of /r/dankmemes (shown below).



    Ajit Pai Eating Popcorn

    On December 17th, 2017, Redditor Markmeoffended posted a video of Ajit Pai eating popcorn in front of a green screen to /r/MemeEconomy,[4] where it gathered more than 34,900 points (89% upvoted) and 560 comments within 24 hours. In the comments section, Markmeoffended replied with a Droste effect version of the clip (shown below).



    Over the next day, more edited versions of the clip reached the frontpage of /r/dankmemes and /r/MemeEconomy (shown below).



    Search Interest

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  • 12/26/15--12:35: Miraculous Ladybug

  • About

    Miraculous Ladybug (officially known as Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir in English, Lady Bug in Korea, and Miraculous overall) is a French-Korean CGI-animated action and adventure series created by Thomas Astruc. The series, which follows the exploits of Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste as they protect the city of Paris from evil under their superhero alter egos, Ladybug and Cat Noir, quickly gained a fanbase after the premiere of the English version in December 2015.

    Premise

    Set in modern day Paris, the show centers around teenagers Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste who, entrusted with the power of the magical jewelry of the Miraculous, become superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir respectively. The pair capture and purify akumas, corrupted black and purple butterflies created by the mysterious villain Hawk Moth, which are responsible for turning regular people into super villains, while Hawk Moth seeks Ladybug’s and Cat Noir’s Miraculouses and their powers for his own purposes.



    History

    The original concept of the series was conceived around 2005 by Thomas Astruc[1], who previously worked on other French animated shows in various production roles such as Code Lyoko and Wakfu[22], both of which he worked on as a storyboard artist for example, after working with a woman who had a ladybug design on her shirt. After drawing the initial character design on a sticky note (titled “The Mini Menace Ladybug”, shown below, left) and fleshing her out with mock-up fake comic book covers[30], he would eventually meet producer Jeremy Zag who helped turn it into a TV show. During production, the show would go through a number of revisions, ranging from a darker tone with political stories, similar to the tone of that of the mock-up comic book covers which were suited for more teenage and young adult audiences[12], to an unused team concept known as the “Quantic Kids.”[14] (sketch shown below, right)



    The concept was eventually first made public on September 5th, 2012 as a short 2D anime proof-of-concept video animated by Toei Animation and produced by Method Animation and Zagtoon[2] titled “Lady Bug Japanese version” originally uploaded to Youtube on August 30, 2012.[27] (shown below, left) which garnered notoriety and spread due to its anime aesthetic and comments about and comparisons to existing magical girl anime. The video was made private a few days later due to a mishap that accidentally made the video public, as it was intended for potential investors in the project. The video would later be re-uploaded by a few fans, one of which was titled “Ladybug PV” which has garnered over 6 million views as of September 2016. In October 2013, a new teaser trailer for the show was released, seeing a change from the anime art style that was used in the proof-of-concept video to CGI (shown below, right) animated by South Korean animation studio SAMG Animation.


    In late 2015, the show premiered, first in South Korea on September 1st on EBS, then in France on October 19th on TF1, and then in America on December 6th on Nickelodeon. On November 20, producer Jeremy Zag announced through Instagram that 2 more seasons of the show would be produced.[26] On December 22nd, Jeremy Zag confirmed through Instagram that a 2D OVA is in progress for Japan.[17] In early February 2017, the show’s first season premiered on Netflix for American audiences, with the show’s upcoming second season to premiere in spring of 2018[38] alongside a third season later that year[36]. This was also accompanied with the announcement that airing of the show would be moved from Nickelodeon to Netflix for American audiences only.[34] On May 17, it was announced that the show would get two more seasons.[37]

    Reception

    After the show first premiered in the US, the first episode garnered 1.4 million viewers.[20] The show has an IMDb rating of 9.0 out of 10 from 374 users as of May 2016.[3] and a 4 star rating out of 5 from Common Sense Media.[4] The show was also ranked at number 18 on Tumblr’s 2015 year-end list for “Most Reblogged Animated TV” alongside other animated TV shows.[13] Tumblr’s official Fandometrics blog also began listing Miraculous on their TV Shows fandom list, debuting at number 19 near the end of September.[15] before eventually reaching the top spot on the March 14 edition of the list.[29] As of May 2016, the show is currently ranked third.[16] Writing for the Los Angeles Times, television critic Robert Lloyd described the show as “clever, romantic, fun, the way some of us prefer our superhero stories.”[28] The show has also become a number-one animation show on France’s TF1.[21] Near the end of 2016, the show reached the second place spot for Tumblr’s year-end list for “2016’s Top TV Shows (Animated)”,[32] while also debuting at number 13 on Tumblr’s year-end list for “2016’s Top Ships” with the Ladynoir ship.[33]

    Online Relevance

    The show’s official Facebook page for the show has garnered over 13,700 likes as of May 2016,[5] while the show’s official Twitter account has accumulated over 10,200 followers.[6] Dedicated fan accounts for the show in various regions also exist, with the most popular, @Ladybug_Cartoon, having over 65,000 followers.[35] On March 5th, 2015, a dedicated wiki was created, gathering over 400 pages in the following months.[8] A Miraculous Ladybugsubreddit was created by user Yatalac on September 4th, 2014 which has garnered over 1,100 subscribers in the following months.[7] On October 18th, 2015, YouTuber headofporridge uploaded scenes from the show accompanied with the French opening as fanmade trailer, gaining over 360,000 views in the following two months. On December 21st, 2015, YouTuber Lulu uploaded a translated version of a Vocaloid promotional video featuring an alternate universe set in the 1700s, which gained over 34,000 views in the following five days. On September 27, 2016, an official Youtube channel was established, garnering over 27,000 subscribers in the following week.[31]



    Fandom

    Quickly after the release of the promotional short, the series gained a niche following that increased since its release, mostly on the microblogging network Tumblr.[10][11] As of April 8th, 2016, the artist community deviantART has over 12,000 results under the keyword “miraculous ladybug”.[9] The site Fanfiction.net has over 2,800 submissions for Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir,[18] and over 4,100 results for fanfiction on the website ArchiveOfOurOwn.[19] A separate fanon wiki was established on December 30th, 2015 getting 57 pages in the following months.[25]



    Related Memes

    Miracusonas / Akumasonas

    Miracusonas and Akumasonas refers to fanmade original characters used to represent characters with powers from Miraculouses[23] and akumas created by Hawk Moth.[24] Miracusonas are based off of a certain animal, have civilian and superhero identities, have a Miraculous and kwami, a weapon, and a special attack. Akumasonas also have civilian and supervillain identities along with powers and an item possessed by an akuma.



    “No Spoiler!”

    “No Spoiler!” refers to a phrase usually attributed to the creator of Miraculous Ladybug, Thomas Astruc. The phrase acts as a go-to response for any story related question fans of the show may have for Thomas, with a response usually being an image macro containing the phrase or a reply containing the phrase itself.



    Love Square

    The Love Square is an informal term given to the potential relationships between the two main characters, Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste, and their superhero alter-egos Ladybug and Cat Noir arranged in a square: with Marinette sharing non-mutual feelings for Adrien, Adrien sharing feelings for Ladybug and vice-versa, Cat Noir and Marinette sharing somewhat awkward feelings towards each other, and Cat Noir sharing unreciprocated feelings for Ladybug. The potential relationships from this love square has led to a number of in-jokes, shipping art and permutations with added characters, creating more complex figures such as a proposed “Love Octahedron”.



    Interview with Thomas Astruc

    3kole5: Can you please present yourself and your work, Thomas Astruc, for the people who may not know you?

    Thomas Astruc: I’m Thomas Astruc, 41, creator and director of Miraculous Ladybug. I live in Paris, and I love super-heroes, cats and cooking.

    3K: Did you expect Miraculous Ladybug to get the popularity it did?

    TA: We all thought “yeah, the show should work fine”, but we didn’t expect it to be this successful all around the world, and especially this fast.

    3K: What about your show do you think made it a success?

    TA: Probably because Miraculous is all about good vibes. Some people may think the show is corny, but I believe that such positivity is very refreshing and helps to deal with hard times. I also think that people can feel that there’s a deep mythology hidden in the show, and that they’ve only seen glimpses of it so far, which makes them curious. And of course, the romance!

    3K: How enjoyable of an experience is it to know that the cartoons you have worked on are enjoyed not only in your native France, but in many other countries around the globe?

    TA: I’m very happy to be able to share our culture with the rest of the world, and hopefully that people get to love France a little bit more. I’m also very happy to see that Miraculous bring people together, no matter the nationality or the age. That’s all an artist can hope for.

    3K: How has the success of the show and its increasing fanbase impacted your life, if any?

    TA: Well, it’s like Christmas comes on a daily basis, now. I receive a lot of mails and packages from fans. I apologize for not being able to answer to each and every one of them. I can’t thank them enough. These last years were exhausting. Their love and support really helped then, and still helps now.

    3K: Do you think that French animation has become a bit of a stronger force in the animation world in the past few years?

    TA: I think so. We started to build an animation industry at the end of the eighties, decades after US and Japan. And now we are the 3rd biggest country for animation. But we still lack of visibility. When people watch our shows, it’s difficult for them to guess where it comes from. Partially because we don’t have distinctive style, like japanese animation, or big motion pictures powerhouses owning big properties like America has. But mostly because unlike US and Japan, our animation industry is not used to create synergies with video games, comics and merchandising. But we will improve. We can count on our strengths: we have great schools, great artists (big up to the Miraculous team!) and we are at the crossroad of many cultures.

    3K: What are your opinions on the current quality of animation (both western and eastern)?

    TA: We’re very lucky to have so much quality animation these days, wherever it comes from. My only concern is for japanese industry who reached a point where it needs to open up internationally but seems struggle with this. I hope they’ll succeed.

    3K: Favorite part of the fanbase?

    TA: They can be writers, artists, cosplayers, musicians, or fans who simply enjoy the show, I love them all. They are so nice and always spread positivity. They really captured the essence of the show.

    3K: As a database referencing internet culture, we would like to ask you this: what do you think of the trends that have spawned from your show and from yourself such as the phrase “No spoiler” or the original characters that the fans are making, both hero and villain?

    TA: Is Miraculous “trendy”? I don’t realize. All I can say is that Miraculous seems to get a life on its own outside the show, which is great, because it means it has made its way to people’s heart.

    3K: Do you have any tips for aspiring animators in the world?

    TA: Two things. First: storytelling above all. Second: you don’t work for yourself but for the others.

    3K: Do you have anything you want to add to the readers at Know Your Meme?

    TA: “Try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations.” Big up to those who guess where this quotation comes from, and bigger up to those who live by it. Love!

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Twitter – Thomas Astruc

    [2]Crunchyroll – VIDEO: Toei Animation and French Company ZAGToon Collaborate on ‘Lady Bug’

    [3]IMDb – Miraculous Ladybug

    [4]Common Sense Media – Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir

    [5]Facebook – Miraculous

    [6]Twitter – @BeMiraculousLB

    [7]Reddit – /r/miraculousladybug

    [8]Miraculous Ladybug Wiki – Main page

    [9]deviantART – Search for miraculous ladybug

    [10]Tumblr – Search for miraculous ladybug

    [11]Tumblr – Tagged as miraculous ladybug

    [12]Google Docs – Miraculous – French Kit Translated

    [13]Tumblr – Most Reblogged Animated TV

    [14]Twitter – Thomas Astruc

    [15]Tumblr – TV SHOWS– Week Ending September 28th, 2015

    [16]Tumblr – TV SHOWS– Week Ending May 2nd, 2016

    [17]Instagram – @jeremy_zag Miraculous Ladybug working session at Toei Animation Japan

    [18]Fanfiction.net – Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir Fanfiction Archive

    [19]ArchiveOfOurOwn – Miraculous Ladybug – Works

    [20]ShowBuzzDaily – UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Update: 12.6.2015

    [21]Variety – ‘Little Prince’ Takes Soumache and Rassam’s ON to Another Level

    [22]Tumblr – Resume

    [23]Tumblr – Search for miracusona

    [24]Tumblr – Search for akumasona

    [25]Miraculous Ladybug Fanon Wiki – Main Page

    [26]Instagram – @jeremy_zag season 2 and 3 in progress

    [27]Internet Archive – Lady Bug Japanese version

    [28]Los Angeles Times – ‘Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir,’ a French turn on teenage superheroes

    [29]Tumblr – TV Shows – Week Ending March 14th, 2016

    [30]Miraculous Ladybug Wiki – The Mini Menace Ladybug

    [31]Youtube – Miraculous Ladybug

    [32]Tumblr – 2016’s Top TV Shows

    [33]Tumblr – 2016’s Top Ships

    [34]Twitter – Thomas Astruc

    [35]Twitter – @Ladybug_Cartoon

    [36]Zag Inc. – Release Dates

    [37]Periscope – rosiesinner

    [38]Licensing.biz – How is Zag America redefining the children’s entertainment market with Zak Storm?


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  • 08/10/17--09:06: Xavier: Renegade Angel
  • About

    Xavier: Renegade Angel was a CGI surrealist dark comedy series on Adult Swim produced by Wonder Showzen creators John Lee, Vernon Chatman, Jim Tozzi and Alyson Levy. The series centers around the absurdist adventures of the protagonist Xavier, a humanoid shaman with a bird beak nose and a sentient snake arm who embarks on various psychedelic, spiritual journeys.

    History

    On November 4th, 2007, Xavier: Renegade Angel premiered on Adult Swim, with the first episode titled “What Life D-D-Doth” (shown below). The show aired for two seasons, releasing a total of 20 episodes before ending on April 16th, 2009.



    Fandom

    On December 3rd, 2011, a page for the series was created on TV Tropes.[8] On September 8th, 2012, the /r/XavierRenegadeAngel[2] subreddit was created for discussions about the animated television series. In October 2016, a Change.org[1] petition was created to “Make Fox Broadcasting Air Xavier Renegade Angel Sunday Nights After NFL Football” (shown below).



    On May 22nd, Redditor BeauBWan submitted a photograph of a cosplayer dressed as Xavier to /r/adultswim (shown below).



    On 4chan

    In August 2017, threads about the television show were frequently submitted to various 4chan boards, including /v/,[4] /tv/,[6] /tg/[5] and /co/.[7] On August 8th, an 4chan user uploaded a photoshopped Virgin Walk comic comparing the show Rick and Morty to Xavier: Renegade Angel to /co/ (shown below).[3]



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Change.org – Make Fox Broadcasting Air Xavier Renegade Angel Sunday Nights After NFL Football

    [2]Reddit – /r/XavierRenegadeAngel

    [3]Archive.is – /co/ thread

    [4]Archive.is – /v/

    [5]Archive.is – /tg/

    [6]Archive.is – /tv/

    [7]Archive.is – /co

    [8]TV Tropes – Xavier Renegade Angel

    [9]Adult Swim – Xavier Renegade Angel


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  • 08/09/17--08:28: Lushsux
  • About

    Lushsux is a street artist from Melbourne, Australia who is best known for creating large, internet meme-themed murals.

    History

    In June 2011, the @Lushsux[4] Twitter feed was created, garnering more than 17,900 followers over the next six years. In July 2014, the @Lushsux[3] Instagram feed was launched, where the artist began sharing photographs of his murals painted on the side of trucks. On December 9th, the Lushsux Facebook[2] page was created, which gathered upwards of 36,800 likes within three years. On October 16th, 2015, the first internet meme mural was posted on the feed, featuring Pepe the Frog (shown below, left).[5] On October 29th, Lushsux posted a photograph of a Why the Fuck You Lyin’ mural (shown below, right).[6]



    On July 24th, 2016, Lushsux posted a photograph of a mural featuring Hillary Clinton wearing a stars and stripes monokini (shown below, left). That week, Instagram temporarily disabled Lushsux’s account. On July 28th, The Daily Mail[7] published an interview with Lushsux, who speculated that Instagram had censored his feed for posting the mural. On August 1st, the Instagram feed posted an updated version of the Hillary Clinton mural in which she is covered with a burqa (shown below, right). On August 10th, the fashion news site Hypebeast[1] published an interview with Lushsux.



    West Bank Mural

    In late July, Lushsux painted a mural on Israel’s separation wall in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Palestine based on an image macro of Donald Trump touching Jerusalem’s Western Wall with the thought bubble “I’m going to build you a brother” (shown below).



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Hypebeast – Street Art Is Dead

    [2]Facebook – Lushsux

    [3]Instagram – @lushsux

    [4]Twitter – @lushsux

    [5]Instagram – @lushsux

    [6]Instagram – @lushsux

    [7]The Daily Mail – Provocative street artist accuses Instagram of political censorship


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  • 03/16/12--12:20: Tails Gets Trolled
  • About

    Tails Gets Trolled is a ongoing Sonic the Hedgehogfan artwebcomic series posted to DeviantArt by user lazerbot.[1] Characters from Sonic the Hedgehog and other popular media like Super Mario Brothers and Warner Brothers Cartoons also appear in the comic. The plot of the comic is centered around an ongoing war between Sonic character “Tails” and the other characters versus a mysterious band of trolls. The comic is notorious for its poor spelling, grammar and gratuitous violent imagery.

    History

    On October 10th, 2011, DeviantArt user lazerbot uploaded the first page of “Tails Gets Trolled”[1]



    The comic rapidly gained infamy after it was discovered by Something Awful users.[2] On February 18th, 2012, a post about the comic was posted to the Something Awful forums by user Nunez. There, users began to mock and sarcastically appreciated the comic due to its poor quality. On March 25th, the YouTube channel tailsgetstrolled released a reading of the comic, gaining over 104,000 views (shown below).



    Meanwhile, users on the Something Awful forums produced fan art of the comic (examples shown below).[3]



    Online Presence

    The comic has been documented on TV Tropes.[4] The comic also has its own Wiki page[5] as well as a page on the Bad Webcomics Wiki.[6] As of January of 2018, lazerbot has written 11 chapters of the series.

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  • 02/22/16--14:46: Flat Earth Theory
  • About

    Flat Earth Theory is a hypothesis that states that there is no true evidence that the earth is round. While the hypothesis is often dismissed as a weak, easily disproved theory, several different organizations online boast subscribers to the hypothesis, who enjoy discussing whether or not the earth is flat.

    Origin

    People have believed that the Earth is flat since the beginning of humanity, but the modern Flat Earth hypothesis stemmed from an experiment called the Bedford Level Experiment, conducted in the mid-1800s by a man named Samuel Rowbotham.[1] Rowbowtham, who wrote a book named Earth Not a Globe, started the modern movement by debating scientists publicly and accumulating followers. In the experiment, Rowbowtham attempted to measure the curvature of the earth by observing the curvatures at a local river. He took his results as disproving the theory of a round earth, but future scientists have said that the results he obtained could be accounted for by the parallax effect.[2]



    A drawing from Rowbowtham’s experiment

    In 1956, Samuel Shenton created a more modern version of the Flat Earth Society, to collect a variety of followers of Rowbowtham’s experiments. When the first images of the earth taken from space were released, Shenton claimed that they were false. In the 1970s and 1980s, they released a newsletter called the Flat Earth News, which often debated NASA and other space agencies.

    Spread

    In 2004, the society was resurrected by a man named Daniel Shenton (no relation to Samuel), who created the Flat Earth Society forum, which as of February 2016 has over 8,200 members and 1.4 million posts.[3] In addition, the forum runs a Facebook page with over 14,000 likes,[4]Twitter,[5]Instagram,[6] and Tumblr profiles with several thousand followers each, and a Flickr profile[7] where they advertise a variety of different posters with proofs for why the world is flat. In addition, a variety of independent researchers have attempted to prove that the earth is flat, documenting their work in YouTube videos.[8]



    B.o.B. vs. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

    On January 25th, 2016 Atlanta rapper B.o.B., who has self-identified as a member of the Flat Earth Society, tweeted a photograph of himself against a skyline, then tweeted a screenshot from Flat Earth Movement literature that proclaimed that Polaris (the North Star) can be seen 20° south of the Equator. Neil DeGrasse Tyson answered the rapper’s question, writing “Polaris is gone by 1.5 deg S. Latitude. You’ve never been south of Earth’s Equator, or if so, you’ve never looked up.”



    Later that day, B.o.B. posted the track “Flatline” to his Soundcloud account dissing the physicist and reinforcing his belief in a flat earth.

    Other Celebrity Followers

    In January 2016, Tila Tequila posted a series of tweets claiming to believe the Earth is flat.



    Search Interest

    External References