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“That’s Cute” (otherwise known as “That’s Adorable”) is a sarcastic expression used to patronize or dismiss someone’s self-complacency or boastful statement, similar to the phrase “bitch, please.” It is typically used to juxtapose the capabilities or accomplishments of two comparable subjects, as seen in image macro series like Unimpressed Astronaut and Condescending Wonka.

Origin

The phrase “that’s cute” has been used as a colloquial expression for many years prior to its online adaptations. The first Urban Dictionary[1] entry was submitted by user sweetsean93 on February 2nd, 2010, defining the phrase as a sarcastic declaration used in response to an annoying comment or sophomoric statement.

Usage in Image Macros

On June 5th, 2011, Redditor eps101 submitted a post titled “Oh, Charlie” to the /r/pics[2] subreddit, featuring an image macro of Charlie Sheen bragging about the amount of drugs he had consumed, followed by a photograph of writer Hunter S. Thompson with the caption “You’re adorable” (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post received over 12,700 up votes and 700 comments.

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On March 10th, 2012, FunnyJunk[5] user ghostytrickster submitted a post titled “That’s Cute,” featuring an image macro comparing Ugandan guerilla leader Joseph Kony to the deceased German Nazi Party leader Adolph Hitler (shown below, left). On May 30th, Redditor bekbekbekaw submitted a post titled “That’s cute” to the /r/funny[4] subreddit, featuring an image macro of Miley Cyrus referring to herself as a “stoner” accompanied by the photo of Hunter S. Thompson from Redditor eps101’s image macro (shown below, right).

On August 31st, Redditor cockpunch25 submitted an image macro to the /r/funny[3] subreddit, featuring a photograph of pop star Justin Bieber complaining about growing up with divorced parents, followed by a picture of rapper Eminem with the caption “That’s cute” (shown below, left). Within two months, the post received over 6,800 up votes and 315 comments. On October 28th, the Cheezburger site Memebase published an image macro comparing the rapper Drake with the character Walt from Breaking Bad (shown below, right).

The phrase is often used in the Unimpressed Astronaut image macro series, in which a photograph of an astronaut walking on the moon is captioned with grievances about long-distance travel followed by a dismissive statement (shown below, left). The image macro series Advantages of Science uses the similar expression “That’s cool” in response to biblical understandings of natural phenomenon (shown below, middle). The phrase is also commonly used in the Condescending Wonka advice animal series, in which a screen capture of Willy Wonka (played by Gene Wilder) from the 1971 musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is captioned with patronizing and sarcastic statements.

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[1]Urban Dictionary – That’s Cute

[2]Reddit – Oh Charlie

[3]Reddit – That’s Cute, Justin

[4]Reddit – That’s cute

[5]FunnyJunk – That’s Cute

[6]9gag – You went skydiving today?

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Sometime in the late 20th century a naked man bent over, spread his ass and took a picture. Eventually that picture, known as Goatse, became one of the most venerable memes in internet history. Who is this man, and how did his ass take over the internet?

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For this week's Creepicute creature we have the Tibetan Fox, an animal who is absolutely adorable all over except its unsettling facial expression. Why so serious Fox? What kind of evil-genius plot are you hatching? What do you squeeps think, cuddly and cute, or mischievous and creepy?

Life's too short to avoid the *SPLORT*! Visit Daily Squee for your daily cuteness!

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Could all those LOLcats, advice animals, rage comics, and various memes you've spent hours laughing online at actually be a new form of artistic self-expression? After taking a look at things from the perspectives of famous artists and philosophers like Andy Warhol and Aristotle, PBS's Idea Channel thinks so, and discusses why in a truly upvote-worthy video.

"Creating images and sharing them with strangers for the purpose of communicating personal experiences? That my friends, is art."

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jojo_it writes "NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed a gigantic spot on the sun's corona, that takes the shape of a black triangle. The spot is visible on the AIA 193 channel [of NASA's solar dynamics observatory] since March 11th. 2012 doomsday-theorists should be delighted."


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TEDxSanDiego - 2011 - Martha Beck - The Four Technologies of Magic

In our time of rapid technological progression and increasing global challenges, Dr. Martha Beck guides us back to practicing the technologies of magic from ancient cultures. Through her research, she's identified 4 steps that people of traditional cultures all over the world have practiced: Wordlessness, Oneness, Imagination, and Forming. Dr. Beck's talk takes us through the African bush and across oceans to show how we can figure out what to do with our one wild and precious life.
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How do you remember where you parked your car? How do you know if you're moving in the right direction? Neuroscientist Neil Burgess studies the neural mechanisms that map the space around us, and how they link to memory and imagination.

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Holding onto intellectual property is part of the "holy grail" of being an independent games developer according to Stainless Games - but CEO Patrick Buckland admits the reality of the business is that studios are expected to give something up if they want funding.

Last week the debate over owning IP reignited when digital publisher RebelPlay suggested it was necessary to give up properties in exchange for cash - prompting a debate on GamesIndustry.biz with contributions from Monumental, Ninja Theory, Setgo and Red Redemption, amongst many others.

"It should be avoided if you can, but good luck with trying," Buckland told GamesIndustry.biz in an interview published today. "There are people we’re talking to at the moment, in terms of getting Carmageddon funded, who are saying 'no, no, we don’t want to take your IP from you anymore' – actually getting that into reality is a different matter.


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Where I Go At Night is a local two-player versus game that features both players controlling the same character. In the day time, player one controls a man as he puts up barricades and prepares his town for night-time. As the moons comes up, the man is transformed into a werewolf, and player two takes over, destroying the town and killing as many people as he or she can before the sun comes up.

The man needs to essentially put as many obstacles in the werewolf's way as possible to keep the kill count to a minimum, while also searching the nearby houses for potions which give him score. The werewolf needs to smash down as many doors as possible, as you'll find that villagers take refuge in houses at night.

After three rounds, roles swap and each player must then have three goes at being the other side of the carnage. It's a brilliant idea, and well worth grabbing a friend and sitting down together for. I'd absolutely love to see an online version of this created - in fact, it would possibly be great as a bigger title, with perhaps 8 players controlling 4 different characters as a 4v4 style of game. Make sure you check this out.

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