Monday, June 7, 2010


Rickrolling is a bait and switch: a person provides a web link that he or she claims is relevant to the topic at hand (like this one), but the link actually takes the user to the 1987 Rick Astley video Never Gonna Give You Up. The URL can be masked or obfuscated so a future victim cannot determine the true source of the link without clicking (like this). If a dumb cluck does click and is led to a web page with the song, he or she is said to have been Rickrolled (also spelled Rickroll’d). It is a common opinion that the most attention-getting aspect of the video, is Rick’s unexpectedly deep voice. According to VH1’s PopUp Video, record executives who heard his recordings didn’t believe it was his voice at first.

It is also interesting to note that Family Guy had an episode that featured an entire school getting rick-rolled.

Tutorial demonstrating how to properly rick roll

Giant Enemy Crab


Kanye we- Im Happy For You and Imma Let you finish.


Cake Is a Lie


Sunday, June 6, 2010


Manbabies are simple photoshops. It involves swapping the head of the man and the baby. is a single-topic site dedicated to this particular type of photoshoping and was launched in April 2008. The site received press coverage from an Australian newspaper in May 2008. The Kansas Star wrote a similar piece in August ’08.

From the Age interview:

Launched late last month by the two 22-year-olds from St Louis in the US state of Missouri, Man Babies does nothing more than host photos of man and child with their heads switched.

“Chase found this [head swap] photo on the net and after laughing for 15 minutes straight we started making our own,” said Truitt in a telephone interview, recalling the night he and his friend hatched their idea.

The pair showed their handiwork to family and friends and before they knew it, they were pulling together a website.

However, manbaby shoops can be found on Flickr dating back to 2006, the oldest being the below “Baby holding Bush”, uploaded by Ed Alkema and tagged “man, baby, manbaby”.

Demotivational Posters

Demotivational Posters, or demotivators for short. As its name suggests, Demotivational Posters are typically designed to discourage one’s moral strength and diminish one’s self-esteem. It usually consists of a picture, centered and bordered in black, with all-cap title written in white, and in some cases, a tagline written in smaller font. Among the most prevalent cases of image macros in existence today, Demotivators can be likened to baseball cards of internet memes, only if everyone made them and nobody really bought them.

Despair Inc. is widely credited as the origin of Demotivational Posters and they began making spoofs of motivational posters (often found in corporate offices) since 1998. You can click here to check out the original collection of Demotivators made by Despair Inc. Over the years, they spread consistently across online discussion boards like 4chan as well as the blogosphere. Today, they’re notable for the insanely large volume in circulation and their off-track varieties/derivatives.

All Your Base Are Belong to Us

“All Your Base Are Belong to Us” is a classic internet meme that has been commonly used since 1998. Most of the early versions took the form of flash animations, although the meme has spread to Youtube videos as well.

The horrible grammar present in “All Your Base” is an example of Engrish. Engrish is a phrase that is originally written in an Asian language but translated badly into its closest English approximation. Typical Engrish replaces L’s with R’s. Quite often, instances of All Your Base are accompanied by the song “Attack of the Gabber Robots” by The Laziest Men on Mars; a song created using samples from the game.

The phrase and game footage used in the meme come from the 1989 side-scrolling arcade shooter Zero Wing.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

What exactly ARE memes?

Memes are anything you want them to be. They range from simple pictures and text critisizing certain things and actions. To reoccurring text that is either famous or infamous. An example of this is the famous Fresh Prince story. Which would start as an interesting story, usually relevant to the thread it is being posted in, and then finish with "I whistled for a cab and when it came near The license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror If anything I can say is that this cab was rare But I thought 'Man forget it' - 'Yo home to Bel Air".

Meme originated because of Richard Dawkins word play on the word gene. A meme is something that is distinct in a certain culture. Internet memes are most popular and have thousands of variations all over the internet. It is apparent that the internet has the most diverse culture and customs.