Archive for the ‘Memes’ Category

Xzibit Yo Dawg | Know Your Meme

Posted: May 21, 2011 in Memes

Origins

Xzibit is the host of the MTV show Pimp My Ride and is well known for putting awesome things like fishtanks, clothes dryers, and even fireplaces in the back of your car. Pimp.

The “Yo dawg” or “Sup dawg” image macro first appeared on the ’chans in early 2007 and experienced a resurgence in late 2008 on Reddit, Tumblr, and other mainstream forums & blogs. It follows a simple format:

Standard: {yo,sup} dawg, I herd you like X, so I put an X in your Y so you can VERB while you VERB
Repetitive: {yo,sup} dawg, I herd you like X, so I put an X in your X so you can X while you X
Abstract: {yo,sup} dawg, I herd you like X, so I put an Y in your Z so you can VERB while you VERB

Media

The following image is widely considered the original image macro:

The photo used in the original macro is from this promo photoshoot for the movie “Gridiron Gang”

Trending

“yo dawg” (blue), “sup dawg” (red) “i heard you like”

Nesting, recursion

The Yo Dawg image macro has a unique characteristic in being recursive. This multi-layered structure in the Yo Dawg formula makes it reminiscient of the “strange loops” described in Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach.

Xzibit’s reaction

The explosive popularity of microblogging service Twitter has reached celebrities, Xzibit included.

In one of his first tweets he decries his embodiment as a meme: View Tweet

…which led to the creation of this image macro:

Several days later, he rescinded his criticism, saying “i’m not mad @ you”: View Tweet

In the final stage of celeb-o-meme — “acceptance” — Xzibit embraces the yo dawg, attempting to his own: View Tweet

Forever Alone | Know Your Meme

Posted: May 10, 2011 in Memes

About

Forever Alone is an exploitable rage comic character that is used to express loneliness and disappointment with life. On Memegenerator, Forever Alone is on the Demigod Tier.1

Origin

It is currently unclear where the comic began, as Rage Guy mutations have been popular on not only 4chan, but Tumblr, FunnyJunk, and many other memetic hubs for quite some time. It is believe to have first appeared in April of 2010 according to the meme entry’s original poster, but no link was provided to verify this claim.

Spread

On June 27th, 2010 a Forever Alone image was posted to Funny Junk 2 that claims to be the original comic, but some users in the comments claim this was a repost. As of September 16th, 2010, there are over 23,000 results for “Forever Alone” on Funnyjunk.com 3 and over 50,000 on Tumblr.4

On October 4th, 2010, Geekosystem posted an article titled “Forever Alone Meme”.5

Forever Alone Flash Mob

Beginning on March 22nd, 2011, 4chan and Reddit users started plotting an “involuntary” flash mob event by creating fake dating profiles on OKCupid and setting up a false rendezvous for single males at the Times Square, New York City at 7:30pm on May 13th, 2011.6 According to Urlesque 7, various flyers explaining the action plan were posted in the forums and blogs like The Mainboard 8, NYMag 9, Social Spew 10, Skim Online Forums 11 and Dating Service Reporter 12:

Cereal Guy | Know Your Meme

Posted: May 10, 2011 in Memes

About

Cereal Guy is a stick figure character commonly used on imageboards and discussion forums as a multi-purpose reaction face.

Origin

The original comic was posted by graphic designer Bob Averill (aka Lego_Robot) on the SomethingAwful forums sometime in 2007. Depicting a long-distance couple’s argument over the phone, the comic strip served as a parody of TV commercials for Reese’s Puffs cereal featuring the tagline “Candy?!… For breakfast? It’s Reese’s!” The popularity of the comic prompted Averill to start his own webcomic series Lego Robot Comics, now known as Plastic Brick Automaton.

4chan’s Cereal Guy

In late 2009, Averill’s character resurfaced as a reaction face on 4chan where he received the name “Cereal Guy”. For some time, the images were referred to as “STFU when I’m talking” through a successful 45 GET— however that name ultimately did not catch on.

Following the generally positive reception of Cereal Guy, a number of derivative instances were introduced by other users on 4chan, such as Cereal Guy 2.0 the polished version of original MS paint image, Bubble Pipe Cereal Guy who appears to be taking a break from eating cereal and Cereal Guy Ninja doing a roundhouse kick:

There is also a single topic blog titled Fuck Yeah, Cereal Guy!, which is dedicated to answering various people’s questions with counterpoints in character of Cereal Guy.

Paranoid Parrot | Know Your Meme

Posted: May 9, 2011 in Memes

About

Paranoid Parrot is a memegenerator image macro popular on Tumblr (see: Tumblr search results), specifically the single-topic Tumblr blogs fyeahparanoidparrot.tumblr.com. It is unknown who took the original photo of the parrot.

Spread

Since it’s start, Paranoid Parrot now has several websites dedicated to nothing but the Paranoid Parrot. It also has its own Twitter account. Paranoid Parrot is on the Demigod Tier on Memegenerator. It is also one of the most popular memes on Memebase.com.

Yoda+dog=Yodawg!

Posted: May 9, 2011 in Memes

I put an Error In your Error

Posted: May 9, 2011 in Memes

Trolling can be an art

Posted: May 8, 2011 in Cars, Memes