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- 05/09/17--13:33: _Mocking SpongeBob
- 08/20/09--17:28: No Items, Fox Only, Final Destination
- 07/11/17--11:30: Despacito
- 08/08/16--12:47: You Vs. The Guy She Told You Not to Worry About
- 08/11/15--10:56: It's Just a Prank
- 02/17/10--06:27: But Can It Run Crysis?
- 05/02/14--17:32: I Have Failed You
- 05/06/10--03:04: Hotel Mario
- 09/15/15--15:23: Joseph Stalin
- 12/25/16--16:38: You Know I Had to Do It to Em
- 08/07/15--10:07: Himouto! Umaru-chan
- 05/01/17--08:29: Grape-kun
- 06/24/11--16:41: True Capitalist Radio
- 07/20/14--11:29: Dedotated Wam
- 12/14/14--20:44: It's a Meme You Dip
- 06/24/16--12:21: Activated Almonds
- 05/09/17--13:33: Mocking SpongeBob
No Items, Fox Only, Final Destination is a catchphrase parodying the strict and “serious” behavior of competitive players of the video game series Super Smash Bros., or “Tourneyfags,” as they are known. The memetic phrase was turned into a series of MS Paint comics on 4chan in which these players interrupt other events. The phrase is commonly edited through the snowclone“No X, Y Only, Final Destination!”
In competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee, common tournament tier lists regularly rank the character Fox McCloud as the top rank, currently occupying his own special rank of SS over the 25 other characters.[`] This is commonly attributed to Fox’s high levels of versatility and speed, and is commonly proven to be a “jack of all trades, master of many.” This makes Fox a very popular character among tournament players, making high level tournament play include an overabundance of Fox, oftentimes creating an impression that Fox is the only character allowed to be played.
In competitive tournament play, the focus on skill over random chance and environmental exploitation oftentimes leads players to turn off randomly spawning items and impose self restrictions on many stages that provide any form of significant hazard banned from being played at events due to the unbalanced nature of the game. One of the most balanced stages in the game is Final Destination, which is simply a flat panel. These rules commonly leak into Casual Play, where open Stage Selection and Items are normally welcome, creating tension between the casual and tournament player.
In early 2007, MS Paint comics appeared on 4chan parodying the “Final Destination” player,
often creating a situation where one character says “No X, No Y, Final Destination” (examples shown below).
On December 18th, 2007 Youtube user Swordsman3003 uploaded the video “Final Destination,” featuring vocal readings of a number of the Final Destination comics. The video gained over 722,000 views. He has since made 2 (and a half) sequels to the video with other Final Destination comics.
For Glory Mode
During the Super Smash Brothers Nintendo Direct, series director Masahiro Sakurai revealed the included online modes for Super Smash Bros 4. One is a For Fun mode, with all stages and items turned on, while the other is For Glory. Drawing inspiration from the meme, For Glory turns Items off by default and limits the players to only playing on Final Destination. Sakurai, feeling that the common tournament play commonly restricted content such as the games soundtrack, added the ability to turn every stage into a flat, simple “Omega” mode that matches Final Destination in flatness and size.
Despacito is a song by Puerto Rican pop artist Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee. The song and a remix version featuring Justin Bieber grew immensely popular and inspired many parodies and remixes.
“Despacito” was released on January 13th, 2017 along with its music video, which has gained over 3.5 billion views and 20 million likes (as of September 2017), making it the most viewed and liked YouTube video of all time. (shown below)
“Despacito” became the fifty-fourth video to reach 1 billion views on April 20, 2017, doing so in 97 days; the twelfth video to reach 2 billion views on June 16, 2017; and the first video to reach 3 billion views on August 4, 2017, doing so in 204 days.
The song debuted in the United States at number 2 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. It also debuted at number 88 on the US Billboard Hot 100. On February 18th, 2017, the song hit number 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart and remained there for 22 weeks. In the United States, the song has gone 34x Platinum. On April 17th, a part-english remix version featuring Justin Bieber singing in Spanish for the first time in his career was released, contributing to the song growing popular in English-speaking countries. The audio of the song was uploaded to YouTube that day and has gained over 70 million views (shown below).
On May 24th, 2017, TMZ published a video of Bieber attempting to perform the song but instead of singing Spanish, was caught singing “Blah” (shown below). Bieber was harshly criticized for the performance.
The song has inspired numerous popular parodies, with some garnering tens of millions of views on YouTube. The most popular, posted by oRni on January 17th, 2017, gained nearly 27 million views (shown below, left). Another popular parody called “ESEGRINGO,” posted by werevertumurro on February 13th, gained over 24 million views (shown below, right).
The song has also inspired several popular remixes. One of the most popular, posted by the Trap Music channel, has over 4.9 million views (shown below, left). A remix by artist ThatBehavior and posted on the Chill Nation channel gained over 854,000 views (shown below, right).
Entertainment Weekly – Justin Bieber doesn’t know the Spanish lyrics to ‘Despacito’
You vs. The Guy She Told You Not to Worry About is a series of captioned images comparing two male subjects or fictional characters side-by-side, with the one on the right being the more desirable suitor of the two. In August 2016, the meme spawned hundreds of iterations after going viral on Twitter.
The earliest known instance of this kind of tweet was posted by @AmBlujay on October 25th, 2015, shown below. As of August 8th, 2016, the tweet has almost 4,000 retweets and 1,550 likes.
The tweet format was copied a few times in the following month, but became a Twitter fad on August 7th, 2016, when tweets using the joke format featuring pop culture references and meme icons like Harambeand Guy Fieri gained thousands of retweets. The spike in the trend made “you vs. the guy she told you not to worry about” a “Twitter moment.” On August 9th, The Daily Dot covered it, calling it “fragile masculinity as a meme.”
“It’s Just a Prank!” is an expression often uttered in prank videos when victims react violently when harassed. The phrase is often referenced online when mocking prank video creators for being abusive, threatening or unethical.
On May 14th, 2014, YouTuber DennisCeeTV uploaded a video titled “Selling Marijuana in the Hood Prank,” in which he says “it’s just a prank” when a victim pushes him for soliciting his table (shown below). In the next 15 months, the video gathered upwards of 1.1 million views and 650 comments.
On June 26th, 2014, the /r/ItsAPrank subreddit was launched for prank videos featuring violent confrontations. On September 2nd, 2014, YouTuber DennisCeeTV uploaded a video titled “Stepping on Jordans in the Hood Prank,” in which the pranksters yell “it’s just a prank” when victims react violently to having their feet stepped on (shown below, left). In the next year, the video reached over 4.2 million views and 9,400 comments. On September 6th, YouTuber le sticky man uploaded a clip of the 9/11 WTC terrorist attacks with several audio samples of the phrase “It’s just a prank” playing in the background (shown below, right).
On September 24th, YouTuber JusReign uploaded a parody video in which he pranks people by murdering them (shown below, left). On October 11th, YouTuber TheNaturalRants uploaded a parody video entitled “Just A Prank: Sleeping with Friend’s Girlfriend” (shown below, right).
On December 27th, the /r/JustAPrank subreddit was launched for violent prank video submissions. On January 29th, 2015, YouTuber moekazool uploaded a video compilation titled “It’s Just a Prank Bro,” highlighting clips of violent reactions in prank videos (shown below, left). On April 12th, 2015, an Urban Dictionary entry was created for “It’s just a prank bro!” On May 15th, the YouTube comedy group Alpacalypse Productions uploaded a parody lampooning prank video creators (shown below, right).
On December 11th, 2015, popular Youtuber FilthyFrank uploaded a video titled “IT’S JUST A PRANKBRO,” parodying and mocking pranking videos which feature unethical behavior while the prankers expect no backlash; featuring guest appearances of JonTron and h3h3 Productions. In the next 6 weeks, the video managed to gather over 2.6 million views.
But Can It Run Crysis? is a phrase referring to the 2007 Crytek first-person shooter Crysis, underscoring the reputation the game has obtained for it’s steep system requirements at the time of its release. The phrase has slowly evolved into a snowclone as years pass, substituting “But can it run X?” for the most recent and system-demanding title at the time.
Crysis was released on November 13th, 2007 by Crytek and Electronic Arts, and was developed on the (then) latest version of the CryEngine, which also powered Crytek’s first title, FarCry. It was amongst the first games to ever utilize Microsoft’s Direct X D3D10 API framework, which was exclusive to the Windows Vista operating system at the time, a feat prided by the Crytek developers, also stating that the game has over 1 million lines of code, uses over 1 GB of texture data, has over 85,000 shaders.
Since it’s release, Crysis has received universal acclaim, hailing it as the first true next-gen experience, with a Metacritic aggregated score of 91 and multiple game of the year awards.
One of the earliest uses of the phrase comes from the bit-tech.net article on the game posted December 15th, 2009, stating that “The question ‘Yeah, but can it play Crysis?’ [has become] a comical catchphrase addition to most graphics card reviews.” The article also questions the necessity of such taxing features on the game at release, and if this was a step in the right direction for gaming.
The phrase quickly became synonymous to PC gaming and was popular amongst many gaming outlets, with the phrase seeing use alongside queries of the user’s system specs. The phrase’s memetic status was also recognized by Crytek, inserting the phrase as an achievement in Crysis 2. The phrase was referenced in several image macros (examples shown below).
“But Can It Run Crysis” has slowly evolved into a snowclone phrase over the years, as PC gaming has become more widespread and accessible thanks to lower priced PC peripherals and graphical advancements plateauing. The phrase has been changed to accommodate for more recent graphical milestones, such as RSI’s Star Citizen , changing into “But can it run X” (Minecraft example shown below).
I Have Failed You is an exploitable meme that depicts a scene from the Cartoon Network animated TV series Dexter’s Laboratory in which the eponymous character looks up to a poster of Albert Einstein in his locker and says “I have failed you.” The picture is photoshopped to change Einstein to a character or person who is held in high regard by some groups.
In Season 1, Episode 3 titled “Dexter’s Rival,” originally aired on May 12th, 1996, a new student named Mandark Astronomonov arrives at Dexter’s school and reveals himself to be both academically superior and evil, eventually forcing Dexter to shut down his lab. Shocked, Dexter looks up at a drawing of Albert Einstein taped on his locker’s door and says “I have failed you”.
The template grew into an exploitable in the early 2010s. Several varieties of the original image have been produced and posted on sites such as DeviantArt and FunnyJunk.. One of the early edits posted to DeviantArt was posted by amamortuum on March 31st, 2013 and featured Dexter saying the line to Adolf Hitler (shown below, left) DeviantArt user ryanthescooterguy posted a template for future exploitables (shown below, right).
“Boner For a Living Human Girl”
In September of 2017, a trend on /r/dankmemes involved taking the exploitable and replacing the picture with an animated female character, adding the caption, “When you accidentally get a boner for a living human girl.” On September 19th, user cravinpineapple uploaded a version using a character from the film G-Force, gaining over 3,100 points (shown below, left). Another popular edit featured a character from Bionicle and gained over 1,400 points (shown below, right).
Hotel Mario is a puzzle game released for the Philips CD-I console in 1994. Many of the game’s cutscenes have been used in various parodies and remix videos on YouTube.
In 1994, Hotel Mario was released for the Philips CD-I to largely negative reception, with many mocking the cutscenes featured in the game. On August 28th, 2006, YouTuber Lilac Chicky uploaded a montage of the animated sequences, which gathered upwards of 862,000 views and 2,200 comments over the next nine years (shown below).
On February 3rd, 2008, YouTuber [ninjaxcad] uploaded a YouTube Poop video titled “This Is Hotel Mario!” (shown below, left). On January 2nd, 2010, YouTuber RedKing920 uploaded another YouTube Poop titled “Hotel Mario Deleted Cutscenes” (shown below, right).
On December 14th, 2011, YouTuber The RealHotelMario uploaded a parody of a Hotel Mario cutscene, in which the characters are dubbed with sexually explicit dialogue (shown below, left). On June 11th, 2012, YouTuber Themysteriouspirate uploaded a parody video titled “Hotel Mario – Ultimate Bloopers” (shown below, right). Over the next five years, the video accumulated over 2.3 million views and 4,400 comments.
On July 25th, 2015, YouTuber SpaceHamster uploaded footage of himself playing the game, which garnered upwards of 1.13 million views and 2,400 comments over the next two years (shown below, left). On December 6th, 2016, YouTuber Charriii5 uploaded a video about the game titled "Everything Wrong With Hotel Mario in 4 Minutes (shown below, right).
Sudden Hotel Mario
On September 21st, 2017, Twitter user @YayCocoa uploaded a clip from a SpongeBob Squarepants episode edited with Mario and Luigi from Hotel Mario walking up to the Krusty Krab restaurant (shown below). Within one week, the tweet received more than 13,000 likes and 7,000 retweets.
i loved this spongebob episode pic.twitter.com/HGMumBmABo— yaycocoa (@YayCocoa) September 22, 2017
On September 25th, Twitter user @MarOhyee tweeted a mashup of a Hotel Mario scene with a scene from Beavis and Butthead (shown below).
Who needs that old Hotel Mario Bros' walking when we have the best walking cycle in animation history pic.twitter.com/3wdtA7Nnqp— Big Boi O'Yee (@MrOhyee) September 25, 2017
On September 26th, Redditor King_of_Connaught submitted a photograph of Nazi Germany with Hotel Mario’s Mario and Luigi superimposed into the frame (shown below). Within four hours, the post gathered more than 8,600 points (89% upvoted) and 90 comments on /r/dankmemes.
Joseph Stalin was a Soviet revolutionary and political leader known for his dictatorial rule of the communist Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. While his ideals were a blend of Marxism and Leninism, his policies came to be known as Stalinism. Stalin is widely regarded as one of the most notable figures of the 20th century, both for establishing the Soviet Union as a superpower but also for the atrocities he and his government committed, including exiling political enemies and families to labor camps (“gulags”), executions, and repressions. Online, Stalin has been the subject of parodies and satires due to his notoriety and ideology.
Joseph Stalin was born December 18th, 1878 in Georgia. He joined the Marxist Russian Social Democratic Labor Party as a young man, and after the Bolsheviks took power in 1917, Stalin helped form the Soviet Union in 1922. That year, he became General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. After consolidating power, Stalin ushered in a centralized command economy, turning the Soviet Union from an agrarian society to an industrial power. From 1934-1939, Stalin organized “The Great Purge” in which he exiled or executed alleged “enemies of the working class,” including senior political and military officials. The executions numbered in the hundreds of thousands, and Stalin exiled millions. Under Stalin, the Soviet Union was able to defeat Adolf Hitler, capturing Berlin in May of 1945 and ending World War II. However, Stalin oversaw the start of the Cold War with America, developing a nuclear weapon as the Soviet Union emerged as a superpower. Stalin died on March 5th, 1953.
Much like Adolf Hitler, Stalin’s notoriety has led to a number of parodies and satires of him on various internet sites such as 4chan, Reddit, and more in the form of image macros and ironic communist posturing reframing Stalin in a positive light, similar to the Hitler Did Nothing Wrong meme.
Stalin Says is a template on Meme Generator created on June 25th, 2011. As of October 3rd, 2017, the template ranks 164th on the site. Memes created in the template generally reference Stalin’s Great Purge in parody or joke about his brand of authoritarian communism.
Dear Diary… is an image macro series featuring photographs of people scribbling on a page with captions written as if they are penning thoughts in a personal journal. As early as October 2010, a page was launched on the image macro creator website Meme Generator, featuring a photograph of Joseph Stalin with captions depicting him writing thoughts in a diary, many of which contain “OP is a faggot” punchlines (shown below).
Rainbow Stalin is a series of YTMND videos that center around the joke of hearing the lyric “Rainbow styling” from “All This Love” by Swedish pop group The Similou as “Rainbow Stalin.” A Rainbow Stalin YTMND usually consists of “All this Love”, the original or a remix, and an edited Soviet propaganda poster. The posters usually are brightly colored, and depict Joseph Stalin DJ-ing for a rave.
Handsome Stalin refers to a picture of Stalin in 1902 at the age of 23 that grew notable online as people found the photo of Stalin attractive.
One of the earliest known appearances of the photo was on the cover of Der Junge Stalin by German biographer Simon Sebag Montefiore. The photo has been edited in various ways to emphasize Stalin’s attractiveness (examples shown below).
Your/Our refers to a series of four-panel image macros that jokes about the singular possessive pronouns in company names, such as YouTube and MySpace, by juxtaposing them against angry-looking photographs of historical figures, particularly Stalin, whose political interests lie in community rather than selfish needs. The punchline of the joke comes in the bottom two panels, where a picture of the same figure smiling is shown next to the company’s name changed from a singular possessive pronoun (your) to a plural possessive pronoun (our). Similar to Drakeposting.
You Know I Have to Do It to Em is a photoshop meme based on a picture of Twitter user LuckyLuciano17k standing on a sidewalk wearing a light-colored shirt and shorts with the caption “You know I had to do it to em.”
On September 2nd, 2014, Twitter user LuckyLuciano17k posted the photograph of himself with the caption “You know I had to do it to em” (shown below). Prior to the Twitter account becoming private on December 22nd, 2016, the tweet received more than 1,700 likes and 1,700 retweets.
The tweet remained relatively unknown until July 1st, 2016, when Twitter user @ExhelonWinter reposted the photo with a mock caption depicting @LuckyLuciano17k as a snobby hip hop fan (shown below).
On July 7th, Tumblr user zonecassette posted an ad for the candy M&M featuring an M&M version of the television host Dr. Phil standing with his arms crossed along with the caption “You know I had to do it to em,” garnering more than 4,400 notes within six months (shown below, left). On July 26th, Tumblr user queenwhiskey reposted the original photograph. On December 5th, Tumblr user splooge-mcducc posted a photoshop of LuckyLuciano17k as the character Fred Flintstone from the cartoon The Flintstones (shown below, right). Within three weeks, the post gained over 18,000 notes.
On December 22nd, Tumblr user milkyboyhanzo posted a photoshop featuring the character Zenyatta from Overwatch (shown below, left). The following day, Tumblr user graffitidraws posted an illustration of the character Stingy from LazyTown based on the original LuckyLuciano17k photo (shown below, right).
The meme continued appearing in various iterations through October of 2017. On October 1st, Twitter user @lujgi posted a photoshop of the character as the twins from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, gaining over 8,400 retweets (shown below, left). The same day, Instagram meme maker adam.the.creator posted an image including Luciano in a “All the memes of September” collage (shown below, right).
Himouto! Umaru-chan (干物妹!うまるちゃん Himōto! Umaru-chan) is a manga and anime series written by Sankaku Head and published on the magazine Weekly Young Jump. The series follow Umaru Doma, a high school student who appears to be the ideal student with good looks, but when she gets at home she reverts into a layabout where she acts lazy, plays video games and depends on her older brother Taihei, to his dismay.
The series focus on the exploits of Umaru Doma, a high school student who lives with her older brother Taihei. At school, she appears to be the perfect student, with beautiful looks, top grades and excellence in everything she does; but once she gets home she reverts into a chibi version of herself who spends her time laying arround, eating junk food, playing video games, reading manga and watching anime, along with depending on Taihei for all kind of stuff. Umaru will use different alternate personalities to become friends with some of her classmates: Ebina Nana, an unconfident girl from the country who is in love with Umaru’s brother; Kirie Motoba, a shy girl who develops a yandere relation with Umaru; and Sylphynford Tachibana, a half-japanese overly entusiastic and competitve girl who sees herself as Umaru’s rival; while Umaru tries to balance those personalities in order to mantain her friendships.
From left to right: Kirie Motoba, Umaru Doma, Ebina Nana, Syplhynford Tachibana
The series started its serialization in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump on March 13th, 2013. On December 13th, 2014 a television anime adaptation was announced by the animation studio Doga Kobo (known for its works on other adaptations like YuruYuri). The anime officialy premiered on July 9th, 2015.
The anime series was licenced by the streaming website CrunchyRoll on July 8th, 2015, and the next day was licensed on North America by the animation company Sentai Filmworks. As August 3rd, 2015 the manga series has sold over 1,5 milion copies.
On July 8th, user Shadowflix submited a thread on /r/anime to discuss about the first episode of the anime series, gaining over 360 points (over 97% upvoted) and over 140 comments in a month. During the following month, several GIFs and fanart from the series was posted on the subreddits /r/awwnime and /r/animegifs. On August 4th, 2015 a wikia about the series was created, and the following day a subreddit dedicated to the series discussion was created. A MyAnimeList page for the anime series was also created after its announcement. On 4chan, the series became a hot topic after it became source for shitposting on the site, mostly on the boards /a/, /v/ and /r9k/ with Umaru Doma images, resulting in a growing hatebase over Umaru.
The series gained a huge following online after the anime premiere. As August 8th, 2015 the japanese artist community pixiv leads to over 1000 results under the tag “干物妹!うまるちゃん”, and over 390 results under the tag “土間うまる”. The artist community DeviantART leads to over 590 results under the keyword “umaru”. Fandom presence can also be found on other communities like Tumblr. 
The anime of the series was well received by the fans and also introduced many newcomers to the series, leading to a significant growth in the fandom. In February 2016, six months after the airing of the anime, the amount of fanworks on Pixiv and DeviantArt had increased to respectively over 4,100, 1,300 and 2,700.
Hamster Hoodie is the name given to the hamster kimurugi worn by Umaru Doma on her chibi form. As one of the most recognizable parts from her design, it has been featured on multiple crossover arts with some variations, in similar vein to the boob ribbon from Hestia. The official Young Jump site also released a “Umaru Maker”, to create own versions of the character.
Himouto! Umaru-chan Opening Parodies
Himouto! Umaru-chan Opening Parodiesrefer to a series of fanarts that take inspiration from two scenes from the anime opening: Umaru walking with a group of hamsters and Umaru playing maracas and dancing with her clones.
Umaru x Anzu
WHATTHEFUCK IS THATTHING
“WHATTHEFUCK IS THATTHING” is a catchphrase used in response to weird and deformed character images and adopted by Umaru Doma detractors as response to her images, usually accompained with a close-up picture of Ninja Brian from Ninja Sex Party. First used on /a/ post submited on July 23rd, 2015, soon it grew as a joke between the fanbase.
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Grape-kun was a penguin at the Tobu Zoo in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, who gained much online notoriety for his perceived interest in a cardboard cutout of the anthropomorphic penguin character Hululu from Kemono Friends after it was placed in his enclosure in late April 2017.
On April 21st, 2017, Twitter user @sisukaton tweeted two photographs of Grape-kun staring at a cutout of Hululu placed within his enclosure (shown below). Within 10 days, the tweet gained over 39,000 likes and 30,400
On April 25th, the Tobu Zoo’s official Twitter account posted a photograph of Grape-kun staring at Hululu, noting that he had been staring at her since earlier that morning (shown below, left). On April 27th, Twitter user @kyockcho posted a photograph of Grape-kun placed behind a fence away from the Hululu cutout (shown below, right). That day, Redditor yuriredfox69 posted the tweet to /r/KemonoFriends, saying “Grape-ojiisan is now isolated from Hululu.”
That day, Twitter user @mitsumotocs posted an illustration of Grape-kun and Hululu along with the caption “I wish they could talk to each other” (shown below). Within four days, the tweet received upwards of 11,900 likes and 6,100 retweets. Also on April 27th, theanime news site Goboiano published an article titled “Japan Puts Anime in Zoo and Penguin Adopts a Waifu.” On April 29th, Yahoo Japan published an article about Grape-kun, which contained a statement from zoo staff claiming he was placed behind the fence to prevent him from falling into the pool due to his old age.
That day, the Crunchyroll Facebook page posted a video about the online Grape-kun’s romance with the cardboard cutout, which gathered upwards of 1.5 million views, 30,000 reactions and 8,200 comments within the first 72 hours.
On May 20th, 2017, Grape-kun was visited by Chikuta Ikuko, the voice actress for Hululu in Kemono Friends, who also shared this experience alongside a picture on her Twitter. Within the next 5 months, the Tweet received over 13,000 retweets and 19,000 likes.
On October 10th, 2017, the Tobu Zoo tweetedan announcement that Grape-kun had been removed from display after noticing changes in his physical condition. Immediately after, Twitter users replied with well wishes for the penguin’s recovery.
On October 12th, the Tobu Zoo posted a photograph of Grape-kun along with a message revealing that he had passed away the previous day (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet gathered upwards of 118,000 retweets and 92,000 likes.
“The Humboldt penguin Grape-kun passed away yesterday. Sincere thanks to everyone for supporting him until now. Thank you also to Hululu, who watched over him until the very end. And thank you, Grape-kun, for all this time. Rest peacefully in heaven.“
That evening, the tweet was submitted to /r/anime, where it gained over 8,300 points (99% upvoted) and 620 commentswithin 13 hours. On Twitter, many mourned Grape-kun’s passing by posting fan arts dedicated to the penguin (shown below).
Additionally, Mine Yoshizaki, character designer for Kemono Friends, dedicated an illustration to Tobu Zoo in honor of Grape-kun; which was shared on Twitter by Tobu Zoo. Within 3 days, the tweet received over 46,000 retweets and 78,000 likes.
True Capitalist Radio is a podcast radio show airing on Blog Talk Radio, hosted by a Texan pundit known as Ghost. The show was originally titled True Conservative Radio but was changed to its current name in 2011. The radio show covers a variety of topics including markets and current politics.
The politically right-leaning radio show True Capitalist Radio mainly consists of the host giving his opinions on current topics, giving stock and investment advice, and a call in segment called Radio Graffiti. The show gained most of its popularity when a large group of 4chan users stared a raid on the call in segments of the show in an attempt to troll him. The prank calls generally play soundboards or YouTube videos, and accuse him of racism and homophobia. One of the earliest known raids took place on December 3rd, 2009 and a recording was uploaded to YouTube by user KinetiK001.
These raids continued, and before long the radio show became famous for the neverending stream of trolling attempts that would unfailingly drive Ghost to incoherent rage.
The show’s final episode aired on May, 15, 2012. The exact reason for the termination for the show was never made clear, but Ghost’s Twitter was hacked and rumors spread that the man was doxxed.
Ghost made an official goodbye stream for a few private users in his “capitalist army”. He goes on to talk about how he will focus more on his personal life and the entire stream was done out of character.
On November 13th, 2015 after 3 years of his hiatus ghost returned to the internet for an “emergency broadcast” originally uploaded on his Youtube channel
After this broadcast Ghost again went dark for another 4 months until March, 20, 2016 Ghost returned again to blog talk radio with a 30 minute show. At the end of this broadcast Ghost says he will return in April with full shows, a promise he fulfilled. This began the show’s second major run.
Second Hiatus and Possible Finale
The return of True Capitalist Radio lasted for approximately one year. On May 8th, 2017, Ghost officially terminated the show again, this time citing the large influx of fetishists in his listener base as the reason alongside a desire to rein in his alcoholism (A goal which hosting the radio show was obviously not conducive toward).
Ghost expressed a desire to eventually return, but any and all plans toward that have fallen through and the show remains on indefinite hiatus.
Those with musical talent will make remixes of songs with Ghosts voice or references to the show.
Melting Pot of Friendship
One of the most notable raids occurred on June 17th, 2011 and a recording of the event was uploaded to YouTube by user DarkRazorZ on June 19th. This raid featured Ghost proclaiming “I’m a melting pot of friendship!” (shown below).
The clip was posted to Reddit on June 19th in the /r/4chan subreddit and has received 1,452 up votes as of September 8th, 2011. It was subsequently posted to the Facepunch forums on June 22nd, and the Niketalk forums on June 24th. As of September 8th, 2011, the clip has received 207,611 views making it the most viewed Ghost raid recording on YouTube.
cans.wav is the fan nickname for the sound effect accompanying Ghost’s rages. Often, when Ghost becomes angered, the sound of empty cans being knocked around and against each other can be heard amidst the yelling, generally assumed to be a collection of beer cans on Ghost’s desk. Ghost has occasionally denied this, claiming it’s “just crap on [his] desk”, but one piece of merchandise sold by Ghost was autographed beer cans “used in cans.wav”, confirming their nature.
Often, trolls treat each successfully-induced instance of cans.wav as points in a scoring system. The True Capitalist Wiki includes a page documenting the highest scoring episodes in the show’s run.
Ghost commonly responds to prank callers by calling them all manner of derogatory terms, often racist or homophobic in nature (fruit bowls, g’damn Mexicans, internet buttstalker, the po’ (his term for black people or once every blue moon hippies)) the prank calls usually involve playing a sound clip from someone/something he hates; be it My Little Pony or the left wing politician du jour, remixing his voice clips into songs or self flagellating sentences, occasionally even sung live on the show and general trolling, derailing, insulting etc. When confronted with people that call him racist he usually flips out often time even resorting to “Guess the minority” if he believes they are “ethnic”, his little game that he swears isn’t racist. When he is particularly upset, a massive shuffling of cans can often be heard in the background. Ghost has spawned several catchphrases including “I’m an alcoholic”, “I’M A CAPITALIST!”, “Pooptickler? What kind of a name is Pooptickler?”, “I’m shooting pearls”, “TROLLTERRORISTS”, “You people will RUE the day…”, “I’m taking the necessary steps to ensure that… …PUNITIVEDAMAGESOUT OF YOURASS” and almost always before he rage quits during Radio Graffiti “Stick a fork in me, I’m done”.
Regular Callers, Trolls, And Characters
Ghost has many regular guests on his radio graffiti show. A lot of his trolls put on a persona or play exaggerated versions of themselves to make him angry. Ghost refers to many of these people as “Troll Terrorists” Some note worthy callers include:
Ghetto Capitalist– Ghetto Capitalist normally calls Ghost with the sound of a crying baby in the background. As his name suggests, he makes his living by scamming welfare programs such as food stamps and government assistance checks, to agitate Ghost’s capitalistic ideals.
h6. Tub Guy
Tub Guy– A caller who initially attempted to troll Ghost with a George Takei impression, but after Ghost mistook some background noise for the sound of bathtub water sloshing around, the character of Tub Guy was born. He will almost always call the show with a sexual remark followed by his catchphrase “OOOOH, MYYYY”.
Tri$ha- Tri$ha is a transsexual (or “trans-testicle”, a term Ghost coined) female who calls in with a very high raspy voice. She will often make sexual advances toward Ghost or talk about her post-op surgery which will usually get ghost ganging over the mic.
Asho– Asho (at the time) was a 14 year old kid who would call into the show with fake child abuse stories, which often set Ghost off into ranting about single mothers. After Ghost’s return in 2016, Asho developed a new trolling tactic of bootlegging True Capitalist Radio merchandise, much to Ghost’s frustration.
Internet Buttstalker– Often called up with sexual advancements toward Ghost, and was one of the first major trolls. Ghost gave him the nickname Internet Buttstalker after repeated calls.
Suck Mah Dick Guy
Suck Mah Dick Guy– His pranks started with him calling up and just repeating “suck mah dick”, but over time his troll tactics got more elaborate. Occasionally he would call in pretending to have a serious conversation with Ghost, only to revert to his catchphrase once Ghost’s guard was lowered. On other occasions he would impersonate other callers for a while before yelling for Ghost to suck his dick.
Xarahox- Also known as The Piano Man, calls into play a short song on his digital keyboard nearly every show. Though initially on Ghost’s good side, Xarahox eventually started playing songs that would set off Ghost, such as playing the Inspector Gadget theme the day after a particularly infuriating Inspector Gadget-themed audio splice.
Coodoo17– Calls up and sings parody songs to Ghost. Coodoo started trolling Ghost toward the end of the show’s original run, and would often cause Ghost to end the show early in sheer rage. After Ghost’s return, Coodoo developed the character of “Germit the Gay Frog”, a parody of Kermit the Frog who would, again, make unwanted sexual advances on Ghost.
Tzeki- Tzeki claims to be a part of Anonymous, and is known for being British, very calm and somewhat intellectual. Tzeki calls the show into the show to antagonize and insult other callers like GOOFY_BONE.
GOOFY_BONE -GOOFY_BONE is a long-time caller that claims he has been persuaded by Ghost’s broadcasts to identify himself as a capitalist, and has produced several rap music videos that are available on his YouTube channel STR8LOCRec . At one time GOOFY had his own podcast show on Blog Talk Radio where he would take calls and play pre recorded sound files of The Engineer pretending as if he was in the room with him.
The African Booty Scratcher
The African Booty Scratcher is a caller ostensibly from central Africa (actually from Ukraine) who primarily trolls Ghost by agitating his racial biases and making unwanted sexual advances upon both Ghost and his wife.
The Engineer is a character that can be heard in the background of the show who is supposed to screen Ghost’s calls for him and manage all of the technical aspects of the show. The Engineer’s voice is an unintelligible mumble. Notably, the Engineer and Ghost have never been heard speaking at the same time, leading most fans to speculate that the Engineer is just Ghost. Fans of the show coined the term “The Engineer is a spy” in reference to Team Fortress 2 and also because The Engineer sometimes takes part in trolling Ghost by allowing blocked numbers to be put on the air or playing unfavorable music on the broadcast. On some occasions, the Engineer has even taken over the show by taking calls after Ghost leaves the room for one reason or another.
Soundboards and remixes using clips of Ghost are often used to troll the show. Trolls will play songs over the microphone in order to anger Ghost. The most notable songs are Fuck You Texas,Boss Nigger,The My Little Pony theme song,My EBT, Various Eminem songs and many more. Trolls will often take audio clips of him talking and play them out of context. Trolls have made faked clips of him beating his children or saying racist remarks. Some examples:
Dedotated Wam is a mispronunciation of the phrase “dedicated RAM,” which was originally mispronounced by a young fan during a panel at the Minecon 2013 Minecraft conference. The video clip of the mispronunciation inspired many remixes on YouTube.
On November 2nd, 2013, YouTuber ZodiaxEU uploaded a video titled “Dedotated Wam?” which features a young boy, identified as Superkai64, attending Minecon 2013 on November 2nd, 2013. He asks a panel what the “dedotated wam” is required for his Minecraft server, obviously mispronouncing “dedicated RAM.” As of July 2014, the video has gained over 51,000 views.
On December 13th, 2013, YouTuber mudkipsservant uploaded a video titled “The Horrors of Dedotated Wam” which features the original clip edited so Superkai64 appears demonic. As of July 2014, the video has gained over 44,000 views.
On February 22nd, 2014, a Facebook page titled Dedotated Wam was created.
On March 2nd, 2014, YouTuber Will Murray uploaded a video titled " Dedotated Wam Dubstep Remix." As of July 2014, the video has gained over 18,000 views.
On June 21st, 2014, YouTuber PancakePvP uploaded a video featuring an interview with Superkai64. Within a month the video gained over 6,000 views. The video has since been no longer available due to unknown reasons. However, many interviews with SuperKai64 have been conducted since.
“It’s a Meme, You Dip” is a phrase from a viral YouTube video which has been adopted online as a response to someone who shows confusion towards a typically well known internet meme. The phrase is used both in a serious and satirical manner.
The phrase originated from the YouTube video “Kid has major freak out at school” (shown below), which was posted by YouTuber PatrickBobo29 on January 26th, 2013. In the video a middle-schooler is seen arguing with the camera man over Hello? Yes this is dog. The phrase was initially seen in a cringeworthy light. The boy argues about Internet culture, primarily the merits of 4chan, /b/, Reddit, Apple and more. The video has since been rmoved, but as of its final archiving on October 1st, 2014, it had been viewed more than 793,000 times.
On August 9th, 2014, an anonymous 4chan user linked the video on the site’s /b/ board. The thread entitled “So this is your average /b/tard? I am cringing so bad.” received more than 300 comments before being deleted.
On January 2nd, 2015 the original video was submitted to the /r/montageparodies subreddit. Five months later, the video was posted to the /r/4chan subreddit, receiving more than 300 points (87% upvoted) in two and a half years. The following year, on January 27th, 2016, Redditor McDodley posted it on the subreddit /r/CringeAnarchy.
“Activated Almonds” is a line from a food diary written by Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans, which was originally published in an issue of the Australian magazine Sunday Age in November 2012. The diary was widely mocked online for its bizarre descriptions of food items, including “alkalised water” and “activated almonds.”
On November 4th, 2012, the Melbourne, Australia newspaper The Sunday Age published a food diary by chef Peter Evans, in which he lists several bizarre food items eaten throughout the day, including “alkalised water,” “cultured vegetables,” “homemade coconut” and “activated almonds.” That day, Australian television host Marc Fennell posted a photograph of the dairy to his Instagram and Twitter feeds, where many mocked the foods listed within (shown below).
“7am: Two glasses of alkalised water with apple cider vinegar, then a smoothie of alkalised water, organic spirulina, activated almonds, maca, blueberries, stevia, coconut keffir and two organic, free-range eggs.
8.30am: Sprouted millet, sorghum, chia and buckwheat bread with liver pate, avocado, cultured vegetables plus ginger and liquorice root tea.
12.30pm: Fresh fish, sauteed kale and broccoli, spinach and avocado salad, cultured vegies.
3pm: Activated almonds, coconut chips, cacao nibs, plus green tea.
6.30pm: Emu meatballs, sauteed vegetables, cultured vegetables plus a cup of ginger and liquorice root tea.”
According to the website AustralianAlmonds,“activated almonds” are almonds that have been soaked in water for 12 hours.
The same day, Evans posted a response to the social media backlash on his Facebook page.
“I’m occasionally ridiculed because I choose to eat a nutrient dense diet, and I find it so bizarre as to why people sometimes find my food choice’s so offensive? All I know is that I’m well aware of the consequences of eating ‘dead’ food, and also I’m a father, and I take that privilege very seriously, so for me striving for optimum health whenever I can so that I can be a responsible role model for my daughters, and still be able to surf right up until the end, is the obvious choice for me."
In the coming days, many Twitter users continued to mock the terms used in Evans’ diary along with the hashtag “#activatedalmonds” (shown below).
On December 30th, 2013, Redditor thayguydan01 submitted a screenshot of a /fit/ post about the article to the /r/4chan subreddit, where it garnered more than 1,200 votes (93% upvoted) and 140 comments prior to being archived.
On February 1st, 2014, BodyBuilding Forums member GodsParticle submitted the article photo to the “Misc” board, where many joked about the use of the term “activated almonds.” On May 13th, The Guardian published an article titled “Activated almonds? Well yes, eating them might make you a pretentious git.” On August 30th, Redditor wsgy111 submitted a post titled “Have you activated your almonds today?”, featuring a montage of 4chan comments mocking the activated almonds article (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post gathered upwards of 3,800 votes (94% upvoted) and 270 comments on /r/4chan.
On June 25th, 2015, the Waking Up With Lisa Wilkinson YouTube channel uploaded footage from the Australian morning talk show Today, in which host the host asks if his cohost Lisa Wilkinson prepared “activated almonds” (shown below). On November 6th, 2017, Redditor SevenSixTwoZeroSeven submitted a post asking why commenters on Reddit and Steam say “that really activates my almonds” to /r/OutOfTheLoop.
Mocking SpongeBob, also known as Spongemock, refers to an image macro featuring cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants in which people use a picture of SpongeBob to indicate a mocking tone towards an opinion or point of view.
The image of SpongeBob used for this series comes from the episode of the animated comedy series SpongeBob SquarePants called “Little Yellow Book,” which first aired on November 25th, 2012. In the episode, Squidward reads SpongeBob’s diary, where he discovers that whenever SpongeBob sees plaid, he acts like a chicken.
The earliest iteration of the scene being used as a meme occurred on May 4th, 2017. Twitter user @OGBEARD posted a screenshot of the scene where SpongeBob acts like a chicken with the caption “How i stare back at little kids when they stare for too long.” The tweet (shown below) has received more than 73,000 retweets and 147,300 likes in five days.
On May 5th, Twitter user @lexysaeyang posted the same screenshot (shown below), adding a call-and-response element to the meme, creating the effect that SpongeBob’s face and the alternation of uppercase and lowercase text represents a mocking tone. The tweet, which put the SpongeBob picture next to a picture of a bird with arms, received more than 37,100 retweets and 86,600 likes.
On May 6th, Twitter user @DaniLevyyy posted a variation on the meme (shown below), which removed the second picture, and made a single image macro with the caption “Americans: I need healthcare because I have cancer and I’m dying. Republicans: I NeEd hEaLtHcArE bEcAuSe I hAvE caNcEr aNd iM dYinG.” The tweet received more than 86,900 retweets and 208,400 likes.
The Daily Dot – ‘Mocking Spongebob’ is the most insulting meme of 2017