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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.

Notable Examples


Search Interest

External References

[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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Women Logic (also known as “Female Logic”) is a term primarily used by men to describe a range of behaviors and thought processes that would be seen as distinctly feminine. In realms of popular culture, such concept of woman’s logic has been employed as a comedy trope to explain various differences between men and women and sometimes for misogynistic humor. On the web, the trope has been adapted into a variety of image macros and rage comics since early 2011.

Origin

The concept of women’s logic as having a separate value system unfathomable by men has been explored through romance comedy films, TV shows like Seinfeld (shown below) and many stand up comedians as early as since the 1990s.

In the news media, “woman’s logic” and “female logic” have been used in a number of editorial columns and articles, with the earliest known example found in the introductory paragraph of a sports column published in The Independent[2] on December 12th, 1999. In the early 2000s, a list-style copypasta of common English idioms and phrases translated accordingly to the female logic (shown below) began to spread across several discussion forums and personal blogs.[1]

Original Text

* “Yes” = No
* “No” = Yes
* “Maybe” = No
* “I’m sorry” = You’ll be sorry
* “We need” = I want
* “It’s your decision” = The correct decision should be obvious by now
* “Do what you want” = You’ll pay for this later
* “We need to talk” = I need to complain
* “Sure go ahead” = I don’t want you to
* “I’m not upset” = Of course I’m upset, you moron!

* “You’re so manly” = You need a shave and you sweat a lot
* “Be romantic, turn out the lights” = I have flabby thighs
* “This kitchen is so inconvenient” = I want a new house
* “I want new curtains” = and carpeting, and furniture, and wallpaper
* “I heard a noise” = I noticed you were almost asleep
* “Do you love me?” = I’m going to ask for something expensive
* “I’ll be ready in a minute” = Just going to wash my hair
* “You have to learn to communicate” = Just agree with me
* “Are you listening to me!?” = Too late, you’re dead
* “How much do you love me?” = I did something you’re going to hate

Spread

The term “woman’s logic” continued to appear in discussion threads about relationships and gender differences on various forums, including on Airline Crew forum[17] in December 2004, SoSuave forum[3] in May 2006 and the Bungie forum[4] in September 2009 among elsewhere. The first Urban Dictionary entry for the term “female logic”[6] was submitted on March 5th, 2008, which is defined as:

An oxymoron of the greatest magnitude. Male logic (or just plain logic) follows a direct path, clearly tying the consequences of action to the actor. Female logic doesn’t follow a direct path. Female logic always contains a patsie, something to blame her actions on just in case something goes wrong. This is why whenever a girl screws up, it’s never her fault – she’s used female logic to cover her ass.

Another Urban Dictionary definition for “Women Logic”[7] submitted on December 24th, 2011 defines it in a similar tone:

The un-logical decision, that eaither is a contridiction to the original decision or dosent make sense.

The earliest known Reddit post related to the keyword “Women Logic” was submitted by user theKalash on September 17th, 2011, which featured a picture of Hillary Clinton with the quote “Women have always been the primary victims of war. Women lose their husbands, their fathers, their sons in combat.” Four days later on September 21st, the first known instance of rage comic illustrating the concept (shown below) was submitted to the /r/f7u12 subreddit by lockster.

Not surprisingly, women’s logic as a discussion topic has been most prevalent on male-centric communities like 4chan[9][10][11][12] and Reddit[13] as well as internet humor sites like FunnyJunk[8] and The Chive[15], where hundreds of rage comics and image macros remain in active circulation as of June 2012. In addition, similar iterations based on the trope can be found on Tumblr[14] under the tag #women logic.

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Notable Derivative: X Logic

The term “logic” has gained common usage in general for mocking the behavior, acts or thought processes of other subjects, varying between videogames, animals, objects, etc. Images of these can often be found on Reddit and have also spawned numerous Advice Animal style image macros on Quickmeme. Popular subjects include Men’s Logic[20], Dog Logic[21][22]Cat Logic[23] and Grand Theft Auto Logic [19].

Related Memes

Crazy Girlfriend Praying Mantis

Crazy Girlfriend Praying Mantis is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photo of a praying mantis set against a blue and teal colorwheel background. The overlaid text typically describes what an overbearing, irrational or obsessive girlfriend might say to her significant other.

Irrational Black Woman

Irrational Black Woman is an advice animal image macro series featuring an African American woman wearing a business suit. The series is heavily influenced by the stereotype of irrational expectations set by certain African American females in popular films and TV shows, especially in regard to romantic interests and interactions with significant others.

Friend Zone Fiona

Friend Zone Fiona is an advice animal image macro series with a stock photo of a laughing girl. The caption technique is similar to Successful Black Man, where the top refers to something a girl would say romantically followed by the bottom text confirming that she is just a friend.

Feminist Nazi

Feminist Nazi is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photograph of Australian reality TV star Layla Joyce Subritzky from the ninth season of Big Brother Australia. The captions typically depict a naive approach to stereotypical feminist ideas, in a similar manner to College Liberal.

Overly Attached Girlfriend

Overly Attached Girlfriend is an advice animal image macro featuring webcam picture of a girl and various captions portraying her in the stereotype of an overprotective and clingy girlfriend.

Good Girl Gina

Good Girl Gina is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photograph of a smiling girl and various captions portraying the subject as a considerate and sometimes overly compliant girlfriend. The character can be seen as the anthesis of Scumbag Stacy.

Scumbag Stacy

Scumbag Stacy is an advice animal style image macro series featuring a photo of a scantily clad young woman posing in a bedroom. The overlaid text typically consists of unethical, selfish and sadistic behaviors that are meant to represent the female counterpart to Scumbag Steve.

Search Interest

External References

[1]Clan of Idiots Forum – For Men’s Eyes Only!!!

[2]The Independent – Fishing Lines: Just what I always wanted – a split-cane rod

[3]So Suave – Women’s thought processes vs. men’s

[4]Bungie – Post Women Logic

[5]PPRune Forum – Women’s logic!!

[6]Urban Dictionary – Female Logic

[7]Urban Dictionary – Women Logic

[8]FunnyJunk – Search Results for Women Logic=

[9]4chan – ITT Women Logic

[10]4chan – Intelligence of Men and Women

[11]4chan – Lol women trying to pass off their slutiness as our fault

[12]4chan – ITT women have no idea what they want

[13]Reddit – Search Results for Women Logic

[14]Tumblr – Tagged Results for Women Logic

[15]The Chive – Women’s logic: Redefining thousands of years of science

[16]Huffington Post – ’Women’s Logic’: The Game Show Sparking Debate About Gender In Georgia

[17]Airline Crew Forum – What Women Really Mean

[18]D2JSP Forums – Women Logic

[19]Quickmeme – GTA Logic

[20]Quickmeme – Men Logic

[21]Reddit – Search: ‘Dog Logic’

[22]Quickmeme – Dog Logic

[23]Reddit – Search: ‘Cat Logic’

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“The Song of My People” is a catchphrase typically associated image macros and animated GIFs in which the subject is singing, shouting or playing a musical instrument.

Origin

On July 11th, 2007, a photograph of a loin-clothed street musician playing the violin was submitted to 4chan with the caption reading “I shall sing you the song of my people."

Percursors

The phrase “I should like to teach you the dance of my people” was featured in a collection of East African fairy tales published in 1913.[11] In the story “The Warrior and the Irimo,” a warrior is captured by an enemy tribe and offers to dance for them:

While the fire was being made the warrior said, “I am tired of life as all my companions have been killed, so am quite willing to die. Before you kill me, however, I should like to teach you the dance of my people.” The Irimo were very pleased, as they were fond of learning new dances, and agreed that he should dance to them.

One of the earliest instances of the phrase “the song of my people” was featured in the 1977 British comedy film Carry on at Your Convenience,[7] according to a post on the Q&A website ChaCha[6] on December 6th, 2010.

Spread

On July 3rd, 2008, Flickr[1] user beerorkid uploaded an image macro of a man in his underwear playing a flute, with the caption reading “I shall play you the song of my people” (shown below, left). On January 18th, 2009, Yahoo Answers[12] user hyungiskim submitted a request in search of an image macro with the description fitting Flickr user beerorkid’s image. During the 2010 World Cup tournament in South Africa, the expression became widely used to caption photographs of local spectators and supporters using loud traditional stadium horns called “vuvuzelas” (shown below, right).

On November 15th, 2011, FunnyJunk[13] user tonlynx uploaded a photoshopped GIF of a spider playing the bongos with the caption “I shall play you / the song of my people” (shown below, left ). On June 1st, 2012, a compilation of “songs of my people” image macros was featured on the viral content site BuzzFeed.[14] On July 25th, the Cheezburger site Memebase[15] posted an animated GIF titled “Let Me Play You The Song of my People,” which featured dancing characters from the animated television show King of the Hill (shown below, right)

Notable Examples

Additional examples can be found on Tumblr under the tag “the song of my people.”[2]

Derivative: The Dance of My People

“The dance of my people” is a variation of the phrase used to caption image macros in which the subject is posing or flailing in an awkward manner.


Search Interest

External References

[1]Flickr – I-shall-play-you-the-song-of-my-people

[2]Tumblr – The song of my people

[3]LOL.com – The song of my people

[4]Mononail – The song of my people

[5]Icanhascheezburger – The song of my people

[6]ChaCha – Where did the quote ‘Let me play for you the song of my people’ come from?

[7]Internet Movie Database – Carry on at Your Convenience

[8]Early example – The Chocolate Rain thread.

[9]Scribd – The 1913 document.

[10]PDF via JSTOR – The 1913 document (Requires password)

[11]Archive.org – Man

[12]Yahoo – Does anyone know the

[13]FunnyJunk – The song of my people

[14]BuzzFeed – 10 Most Annoying Songs of My People

[15]Cheezburger – Let Me Play You The Song of my People

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“Stop Posting” is an online expression commonly used on discussion forums and imageboards in response to another participant’s spam or post that is deemed uninteresting or irrelevant to the thread topic. The phrase has since evolved into a reaction GIF series featuring various subjects grimacing in frustration or pleading out of desperation.

Origin

“Stop posting” is a commonly used phrase that has its root in Usenet newsgroups and discussion forum, where a participant may spam or flood the same post repeatedly and derail conversations. The earliest known instance of “Stop Posting” image macro appeared on October 21st, 2005 via Subchat Forum[1] where forum member Flatbush41 told another user AIM:

Spread

The same image has been since re-used on popular imageboards like 4chan[5] and other forums including FARK[2], Newgrounds[3] and eBaumsworld[4], as well as several non-English language forums. The Google Insights data indicates that the meme began to see significant spike in popularity with the circulation of this particular animated GIF file beginning sometime in late 2008:

In October 2009, a Facebook Page[6] called “Stop Posting Crap Every 2 Seconds” was launched. Another notable derivative emerged sometime in 2009, featuring a kitten’s paw placed over a person’s hand and the caption that read: “it’s time to stop posting.” The image also spawned a spin-off instance featuring Pinkie Pie following the emergence of of Bronies and My Little Pony fandom on 4chan imageboards in late 2010.

Notable Examples



Search Interest

External References

[1] Subchat – Re: UH OH! Here we go again!

[2]FARK Forum – Sup Dawg, we heard you like universes, so we put the Universe in a universe so you can divide by zero when you divide by zero

[3] Newgrounds Forum – How Do You Shave Your Gooch?

[4] eBaumsworld Forum – Call centre worker from India bombards female customer with amorous text messages

[5] 4chanarchives – Prude Chan (NSFW)

[6] Facebook – I hate liking a page then it posting loads of crap on my wal

[7] Tumblr – b4chan

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