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Feeling too good about life? Then head on over to Reddit, the Internet’s misanthropic answer to Buzzfeed’s heart-warming listicles. One thread is currently attracting particular attention: ‘What is the creepiest Wikipedia page?’ Most entries are predictably about serial killers, rapists and necrophiles, but here are some which are genuinely uncanny. Abandon all hope, ye who read on.

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There is an infamous attack ad from the 1970s that opens with a montage of a devil, a vampire, and Frankenstein's monster — and then shifts to a terrifying, anthropomorphized cable box. The angry cable box has red eyes and a wide row of shark-like teeth, which it gnashes as a paternal-sounding announcer warns viewers to stay away from cable: "Don’t let pay TV be the monster in your living room!

The broadcast television industry has fought — in court, in Congress, and in the media — to block every major innovation in the delivery of its content. Broadcasters fought the upstart cable companies that figured out that a physical connection could deliver a clearer picture than a TV antenna. They fought the VCR and the DVR all the...

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Broadwell's entry in one of the leaked Stratfor documents.

Paula Broadwell, the biographer and reported mistress of CIA director David Petraeus, appears to have been a subscriber to the "private intelligence" firm Stratfor—and that means that her Stratfor login account and its hashed password were hacked and released last year by Anonymous.

The Stratfor hacker, who the US government says was Chicago-based Jeremy Hammond, obtained a complete roster of all corporate client accounts. These were released online in a massive file called stratfor_users.csv. Inside that file appear the details for one paulabroadwell@yahoo.com, whose hashed password is listed as "deb2f7d6542130f7a1e90cf5ec607ad1."

It's not clear whether the leak was meaningful—Broadwell's Stratfor password and her actual Yahoo e-mail password might have differed—but the prevalence of password reuse raises the possibility that hackers could have accessed her Yahoo e-mail or perhaps even the Gmail account she allegedly used to correspond with Petraeus.

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Bad Luck Brian is an image macro series featuring a photo of a blonde teenage boy wearing a plaid sweater vest and braces, accompanied by captions that describe a variety of embarrassing and tragic occurrences.

Origin

On January 23rd, 2012, the first Quickmeme[4] submission was uploaded with the caption “Takes driving test / gets first DUI” (below left). It was subsequently posted to Reddit[5] where it received less than 5 up votes. Later that day, another macro was posted to Reddit[2] with the caption “Tries to stealthily fart in class / shits” (below right) which reached the front page of the /r/adviceanimals subreddit accumulating over 3,300 up votes in less than 2 months.

Spread

On January 29th, 2012, a collection of notable examples were posted on the digital marketing blog Twenty Something.[11] On March 12th, the series saw a resurgence in popularity when Redditor Very_Juicy submitted a macro to the /r/adviceanimals[3] subreddit with the caption “Falls asleep in class / wet dream.” Within one week the post had received more than 2,900 up votes.

On March 19th, this instance was reposted to humor site 9gag[8] where it received more than 48,000 likes within 24 hours. The same post was subsequently pinned on the social photo sharing website Pinterest[10] the same day. Later that month, additional collections were hosted on Buzzfeed[13] and Funny or Die.[14]

The series has continued to spread on sites like FunnyJunk[7], Tumblr[7] and the /r/adviceanimals[12] subreddit. As of June 2012, the Quickmeme[1] page has received more than 104,047 submissions. Several Facebook pages have also been created for the character, with the largest[15] having more than 29,000 likes and the second[16] having more than 24,000.

Motif: Incontinence

Like other advice animals Bear Grylls and College Freshman, a caption trend arose in which the text on the bottom remains consistent. After the “Tries to stealthily fart in class / shits” macro was submitted to Reddit, many other derivatives were produced with “shits” as the bottom caption.

Notable Examples

Many examples in the series describe embarrassing situations involving sexuality, bodily functions or current events.

Identity Revealed

On April 11th, 2012, a Redditor claiming to be Bad Luck Brian attempted to do an AMA thread in the Ask Me Anything subreddit, but the thread was removed. The moderator who removed the post left a lengthy comment[18] explaining why, which received more than 35,000 downvotes, making it one of the most downvoted comments on Reddit of all time. Redditor coyotecarl came back on May 8th with an AMA thread[17] on the Advice Animals subreddit. The post received 24,722 upvotes and 2017 points overall.

During the thread, he revealed his name is Kyle and the photo was taken as his seventh grade school photo, but the principal made him take it over again because he was under the impression Kyle was making the face on purpose. Over the course of the 3763 comments, Redditors quickly made Bad Luck Brian instances based on stories Kyle told. He also stated that he’s had relatively good luck in his life, once winning an XBox 360 and a PSP within two weeks (below left), he was recognized by actor Seth Rogen in public (below center) and played the hand chimes. (below right)

Template

Search Interest

Search query volume for “bad luck brian” picked up in January of 2012, the same month the first Quickmeme submissions were created.

External References

[1] Quickmeme – Bad Luck Brian

[2] Reddit – Bad Luck Brian

[3] Reddit – Bad Luck Brian

[4] Quickmeme – Takes driving test gets first dui

[5] Reddit – Bad Luck Brian

[6] FunnyJunk – bad luck brian

[7] Tumblr – Bad Luck Brian

[8] 9gag – Bad Luck Brian

[9] Pinterest – bad luck brian\

[10] Pinterest – Fact

[11] Twenty-Something – Meme dump bad luck brian

[12] Reddit – bad luck brian

[13] Buzzfeed – The Best Of The Bad Luck Brian Meme

[14] Funny or Die – The Funniest Examples of The Bad Luck Brian Meme

[15] Facebook – Bad Luck Brian 1

[16] Facebook – Bad Luck Brian 2

[17] Reddit – IAm Bad Luck Brian AMA

[18] Reddit – Removal comment

[19] QuickMeme -

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“YOLO” is an acronym for the phrase “you only live once”, which is often used as a hashtag on Twitter to bring attention to exciting events or excuse irresponsible behaviors. The acronym was popularized in 2011 after being featured in the hip hop single “The Motto” by Drake. In November 2012, the Oxford American Dictionaries included the slang term “YOLO” in its shortlist for the 2012 English Word of the Year.

Origin

The earliest known use of the acronym is attributed to Adam Mesh from the third season of the NBC reality show The Average Joe. Mesh launched the “You Only Live Once” (YOLO) clothing line on March 20th, 2004.[2]

Spread

The first Urban Dictionary[1] definition was submitted by user Colin on April 6th, 2004. The promotion website for San Francisco’s nightlife event YoloSF[5] was launched on November 10th, 2005. In July of 2006, the American indie rock band The Strokes launched a promotional campaign called “Operation YOLO” prompting fans to request their 2006 single “You Only Live Once” (shown left) on radio stations. The life coaching site YOLO Coaching[4] was registered on June 1st, 2007. On March 14th, 2008, YouTuber JCVdude uploaded a video titled “YOLO ‘you only live once’ JCV” (shown right) outlining his philosophy of living life to the fullest.

On October 4th, 2009, the weather forecast site Weather Underground[6] blogger Beachfoxx published a post titled “Friends……YOLO – You Only Live Once.” On July 27th, 2010, an infant bodysuit with the words “YOLO You Only Live Once” screenprinted on the front was submitted to the online retailer Cafe Press.[7] On December 16th, 2011, The Huffington Post published a photo of the American actor Zac Efron with “YOLO” tattooed on his right hand. A Facebook[3] page for the acronym has 3,725 likes as of March 5th, 2012.

  

The Motto

The acronym was used in the 2011 hip hop single “The Motto” by Canadian recording artist Drake featuring Lil Wayne. On October 23rd, 2011, Drake posted a tweet using the word accompanied by a photo of himself standing on a balcony.

The now defunct Twitter analytics site Trendistic reported that tweets with the keyword “yolo” rose significantly on October 24th, one day after Drake tweeted the photo from his balcony. In addition, Google Insights graph also indicates that search queries for the keyword “YOLO” began to rise drastically between October and November 2011. The song was officially released on November 29th and was followed by the official music video on February 10th, 2012. In just 21 days, the video accumulated over 450,000 views.

“Now she want a photo, you already know, though
You only live once: that’s the motto nigga, YOLO”

Criticisms

On November 29th, 2011, YouTuber iBeChucks uploaded a video (shown left) complaining about the use of the word soon after the release of Drake’s song. On February 29th, 2012, YouTuber ThisIsACommentary (shown right) uploaded a video titled “Yolo These Days” in which he criticized the word’s sudden rise in popularity and compared it to the word swag.

Notable Examples

Parodies

On June 17th, 2012, Redditor pigpen5 submitted a post titled “This is the first ad for an Anti-Yolo campaign a friend of mine is trying to start”[8], which highlighted a picture of a woman looking at a pregnancy test with the caption “Nine months from now #YOLO Just wont be as cool as you thought it was.” Within one month, the post received over 16,000 up votes and 700 comments. In the following days, the image was reposted to the viral content site Buzzfeed[10] and the Cheezburger site FAIL Blog.[9]

On June 28th, 2012, BuzzFeed[11] published a post titled "10 Phrases You Can Say Instead of “YOLO”, which included several alternative expressions with similar meanings to the acronym. On July 8th, BuzzFeed[12] published a post titled “20 Different YOLO-stragrams”, which highlighted several Instagram photos that have been tagged “#yolo.”

On July 14th, the Internet humor site Cracked[14] published a blog post titled “5 Reasons the YOLO (You Only Live Once) Meme is Wrong”, which included an infographic with fictional characters who have lived more than once. On July 20th, the New York Times[13] published a blog post titled “#YOLO”, which highlighted several tweets mocking the use of the hashtag on Twitter.

Twitter Feed

Search Interest

External References

[1]Urban Dictionary – Yolo

[2]Alexander Interactive – Yolo Clothing launches online store

[3]Facebook – Y.O.L.O

[4]YOLO Coaching – Yolo Coaching

[5]YoloSF – Yolo SF

[6]W Underground – YOLO – You Only Live Once

[7]Cafe Press – YOLO you only live once

[8]Reddit – This is the first ad for an antiyolo campaign

[9]FAIL BLog – Parenting Fails No YOLO

[10]BuzzFeed – Anti-YOLO Campaign

[11]BuzzFeed – 10 Phrases You Can Say Instead of YOLO

[12]BuzzFeed – 20 Different YOLO-stragrams

[13]New York Times – #YOLO

[14]Cracked – 5 Reasons the YOLO (You Only Live Once) Meme Is Wrong

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Unimpressed Astronaut is an advice animal image macro series depicting an astronaut walking on the moon. Delivered in a patronizing tone similar to that of Condescending Wonka, the captions juxtapose typical stories or grievances about long-distance traveling with the modern scientific milestone of the Moon landing.

Origin

Stemming from the Advantages of Science series on Reddit, the Unimpressed Astronaut is solely centered around the 1972 photograph of NASA astronaut John Young saluting the American flag during his Apollo 16 mission[1] in 1972. Following his journey to the Moon, Young went on to command the Space Shuttle Columbia’s maiden flight as well as the first Spacelab mission, STS-9, and spent 835 total hours in space.

The first instance of the image macro was posted to Reddit[3] on December 1st, 2011, linking to a Quickmeme[4] page for the macro. The original caption “Oh, you spent 6 weeks abroad in Europe? That’s nice.” is derived from a stand-up skit by comedian Brian Regan. At the end of his monologue, he talks about how he wished he was an astronaut so when friends recount their stories, he could respond, “that’s nice, I walked on the moon.”

Spread

In the span of a few days in early December, several more threads[5] were submitted to both the Advice Animals and Atheism subreddits. It was submitted to FunnyJunk on December 3rd, 2011[2], the same day instances began to be shared on Tumblr.[6] In the following days, various compilations of Unimpressed Astronaut images were posted on humor blogs and news sites like The Atlantic, Pleated Jeans and The Chive. On December 8th, the single topic blog Unimpressed Astronaut was launched to curate notable examples of the image macro series. Additional images can be found on Memebase, BuzzFeed and 9gag among others, as well as under the Tumblr hashtag “Unimpressed Astronaut.” As of July 2012, the Quickmeme page hosts more than 2,500 instances of the meme.

Notable Examples


Search Interest

External References

[1]NASA – From Gemini to Shuttle: John Young Retires

[2] FunnyJunk – Unimpressed Astronaut

[3] Reddit – Reddit, I Present Unimpressed Astronaut

[4] Quickmeme – Unimpressed Astronaut

[5] Reddit – Search for Unimpressed Astronaut

[6] Tumblr – Posts tagged “Unimpressed Astronaut”

[7] The Atlantic – Unimpressed Astronaut Meme

[8] Pleated Jeans – Best of Unimpressed Astronaut

[9] The Chive – The Unimpressed Astronaut Meme

[10] BuzzFeed – The Unimpressed Astronaut Meme

[11] Memebase – Unimpressed Astronaut

[12] 9gag – Unimpressed Astronaut

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[10] Guy (also known as “Really High Guy” and “Stoner Stanley”) is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photo of a young man who appears to be under the influence of marijuana. The captions typically portray stereotypical stoner behavior, similar to Stoner Dog, such as giving invalid answers to misunderstood questions and craving junk food.

Origin

On November 25th, 2011, Redditor randomdave posted a photo of a red-faced young man (shown left) to the marijuana enthusiast r/trees subreddit titled “Being at a [10] is not always pretty.”[10] The same day, the picture was submitted by redditor Ahahaha__10 with the caption “Texts the person next to them / ‘I want hopsital’” (shown right) in a post titled “The happened to a friend of mine on his first ever bong rip.”[1]

Etymology of [10]

The name is derived from the scoring system used by members of the r/trees[16] subreddit, also known as “ents”, that indicates the relative level of intoxication with [1] being the lowest and [10] being the highest.

Spread

Shortly after Redditor Ahahaha__10 submitted the first image macro, Redditor vivalocaaa created a Quickmeme[3] page using the photo called “[10] Guy.” On November 30th, 2011, a post titled “10 Guy ordering a cheeseburger” reached the front page of Reddit, accumulating over 3,000 up votes within 6 days.

On December 2nd, compilations of “Really High Guy” examples were posted to the Body Building[6] forums and the Internet humor site BuzzFeed.[7] On December 5th, a slideshow of 10 Guy image macros was posted to the media hosting site Sharenator[8] titled “High High Schooler.” On March 31st, 2012, additional photos of 10 Guy surfaced on the “Stoner Comics”[12] Tumblr blog.

On April 6th, 2012, several examples were posted to the Internet humor site Ebaumsworld[11] by user yzman87.

The meme continued to spread on sites like FunnyJunk[13], Memebase[15] and Tumblr under the tags “10 guy”[4] and “really high guy.”[9] As of April 20th, 2012, the Quickmeme page has over 10,400 submissions and a Facebook[14] page for “10 Guy” has 133 likes.

Notable Examples

[10] Keanu

The face of 10 Guy has been photoshopped into the Conspiracy Keanu template.

Search Interest

Search query volume for “10 guy” rose in November of 2011, the same month the images began circulating on Reddit.

External References

[1] Reddit – The happened to a friend of mine on his first ever bong rip

[2] Reddit – 10 Guy returns, with food on his smoked out mind

[3] Quickmeme – 10 Guy

[4] Tumblr – 10 Guy

[5] Reddit – 10 Guy ordering a cheeseburger

[6] Body Building Forum – Really High Guy Meme

[7] BuzzFeed – Best Of The Really High Guy Meme

[8] Sharenator – High High Schooler

[9] Tumblr – really high guy

[10] Reddit – Being at a [10] is not always pretty

[11] Ebaumsworld – 10 Guy

[12] Tumblr – 10 Guy

[13] FunnyJunk – 10 guy=

[14] Facebook – 10 guy

[15] Memebase – high

[16] Reddit – /r/trees

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Scumbag Brain is an advice animal image macro series featuring a photo of a brain that is sometimes seen wearing the Scumbag Steve hat, with captions that describe self-conflicting psychological experiences like sudden realizations, awkward dreams and persistent memories. The situations presented are similar to Oh God Why rage comics.

Origin

The earliest known Scumbag Brain image macro was posted to the suicide support r/suicidewatch subreddit in a thread titled “Fucking Scumbag Brain”[1] by Redditor Jackist on March 24th, 2011, received only 198 upvotes prior to being archived.

Spread

Compilations of the series were posted to the humor blog Pleated Jeans[8] on July 21st, 2011 and to the viral content site BuzzFeed[7] on August 9th, 2011. On October 10th, 2011, the web comic site The Oatmeal[9] published a comic titled “If my brain were an imaginary friend” that featured an annoying brain that is able to remember complex information from several years ago, but cannot remember where it put a set of car keys. A single-topic blog, ScumbagBrain.org[10] was created in March 2012. The same month a series of instances was featured on PopHangover.[12]

Additional derivatives can be found on Memebase[5], Tumblr[4] and Reddit[11], where there are more than 3800 instances. A Memegenerator[3] page has received 280 submissions, the Quickmeme[2] page has received more than 20,000 submissions and a Facebook[6] fan page has accumulated 203 likes as of May 2012.

Notable Examples

Search Interest

Search queries for “scumbag brain” began rising in July of 2011, the same month the Quickmeme page was created.

External References

[1] Reddit r/suicidewatch – F*cking Scumbag Brain

[2] QuickMeme – Scumbag Brain

[3] memegenerator.net – Scumbag Brain\

[4] Tumblr – #scumbag brain

[5] Memebase – scumbag brain

[6] Facebook – Scumbag Brain

[7] BuzzFeed – The 25 Best Of The Scumbag Brain Meme

[8] Pleated Jeans – The Best of the Scumbag Brain Meme

[9] The Oatmeal – If my brain were an imaginary friend

[10] ScumbagBrain.org – Home

[11] Reddit – Scumbag Brain search results

[12] Pophangover – Scumbag Brain Meme

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Conspiracy Keanu is an advice animal image macro series featuring a still photo of the Canadian actor Keanu Reeves wearing a frightened expression from the 1989 comedy film Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The images are typically captioned with paranoid conjectures and shallow philosophical questions that show similarities to the Paranoid Parrot, Philosoraptor and Stoner Dog advice animal series.

Origin

On December 11th, 2008, New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog[3] published a slideshow titled “Vulture’s Complete Field Guide to the Facial Expressions of Keanu Reeves” that consisted of screen captures of Reeves from various films. The 22nd slide featured an image of Ted (played by Keanu Reeves) taken from the 1989 comedy film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure in a scene where Ted is being chased by medieval knights.

The image was subsequently used as a reaction face with the earliest known instance occuring on the Fark[1] forums (shown left) on September 17th, 2010. The first image macro (shown right) was posted to the r/funny subreddit[2] with the caption “What if we CAN breathe in space / and they just don’t want us to escape” on June 2nd, 2011, which accumulated 6,847 up votes prior to being archived.

Spread

An instance with the caption “What if all the specs we see in the light / are all miniature universes?” was submitted to the humor site FunnyJunk[11] on September 24th, 2011.

In November of 2011, Conspiracy Keanu image macros began to spread on a larger scale with the launch of a Facebook fan page[10] on November 19th and compilations were posted to various sites including BuzzFeed[13], Pleated Jeans[14] and the web culture blog UpRoxx[5] within the next few days. On December 15th, the web culture blog Smosh[16] published a “Best of Conspiracy Keanu” post. The domain for the single topic blog ConspiracyKeanu.com[12] was registered on December 18th. Additionally, derivatives have been posted to FunnyJunk[6], Tumblr[7], Troll.me[9] and Reddit.[8] A Quickmeme[4] page has 23,294 submissions and a Facebook[15] page has 1,221 likes as of Febraury 28th, 2012.

Notable Examples

Template

Search Interest

External Links

[1] Fark – China plans to lead world in eco-friendly cars. Haven’t they lead enough?

[2] Reddit – Conspiracy Keanu

[3] NYMag – Vulture’s Complete Field Guide to the Facial Expressions of Keanu Reeves

[4] Quickmeme – Conspiracy Keanu

[5] UpRoxx – Conspiracy Keanu Puts A Meme To What Keanu Reeves Is Thinking

[6] FunnyJunk – conspiracy keanu

[7] Tumblr – #conspiracy keanu

[8] Reddit – conspiracy keanu

[9] Troll.me – conspiracy keanu

[10] Facebook – Conspiracy Keanu

[11] Funny Junk – What If

[12] ConspiracyKeanu.com – Conspiracy Keanu

[13] BuzzFeed – The 21 Best Conspiracy Keanu Meme Images

[14] Pleated Jeans – Best of the Conspiracy Keanu Meme

[15] Facebook – Conspiracy Keanu

[16] Smosh – Best of Conspiracy Keanu!

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