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This is a list of phenomena specific to the Internet, such as popular themes and catchphrases, images, viral videos and more. Such fads and sensations grow rapidly on the Internet because its instant communication facilitates word of mouth. In the early days of the Internet, phenomena were primarily spread via email or Usenet discussion communities. Today, many of these phenomena are also spread via popular, user-based or social networking Web sites, including (but not limited to) 4chan, Digg, Facebook, Fark, Flickr, Myspace, Slashdot, Something Awful, or YouTube. Search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, or Bing may also amplify the propagation of these phenomena.

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Animation

  • "Caramelldansen" — A spoof from the Japanese visual novel opening Popotan that shows the two main characters doing a hip swing dance with their hands over their heads imitating rabbit ears, while the background song plays the sped up version of the song Caramelldansen sung by the Swedish music group Caramell. Also known as Caramelldansen Speedycake Remix or Uma uma dance (ウマウマダンス) in Japan, the song was parodied by artists and fans who then copy the animation and include characters from other anime performing the dance.[1][2][3]
  • Charlie the Unicorn  — A three-part series of videos involving a unicorn who is repeatedly hoodwinked by two other unicorns, who bring him on elaborate adventures in order to steal his belongings or cause him physical harm.[4]
  • Dancing baby — A 3D-rendered dancing baby that first appeared in 1997 by the creators of 3D Studio MAX, and became something of a late 1990s cultural icon in part due to its exposure on the television series Ally McBeal.[5]
  • Homestar Runner — A Flash animated Internet cartoon by Mike Chapman and Craig Zobel, created in 1996 and popularized in 2000, along with Matt Chapman. The cartoon contains many references to popular culture from the 1980s and 1990s, including video games, television, and popular music.[6]
  • Joe Cartoon — Alias of online cartoonist Joe Shields. Best known for his interactive Flash animations Frog in a Blender[7] and Gerbil in a Microwave,[8] released in 1999.[9] Two of the first Flash cartoons to receive fame on the internet.[10]
  • Loituma Girl (also known as Leekspin)[11] — Loop of Orihime Inoue from Bleach twirling a leek set to the music of Loituma.
  • This Land is Your LandFlash animation produced by JibJab featuring cartoon faces of George W. Bush and John Kerry that parodies the United States presidential election, 2004. The video became a viral hit and viewed by over 100 million, leading to the production of other JibJab hits, including Good to be in D.C. and Big Box Mart.[12]
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny — A lethal battle royal between many notable real and fictitious characters.[13]
  • Happy Tree Friends — A series of flash cartoons featuring cute cartoon animals experiencing violent and gruesome accidents.[14]
  • "so i herd u liek mudkips" — A phrase originating on another website, members of 4chan adopted it as an in-joke. Since then, the meme has grown steadily, now including thousands of Mudkip tribute videos on Youtube and has been named by the Wall Street Journal as one of 4Chan's "Greatest Hits".[15]
  • Candlejack - A nefarious character from the 1995 animated television series Freakazoid!. The meme often involves eerie parodies in which an abruptly interrupted statement is mysteriously left unfinished whenever somebody mentions Candlejack's name.[16]

E-mail

  • Bill Gates E-mail Beta Test — An e-mail chain-letter that first appeared in 1997 and was still circulating as recently as 2007. The message claims that America Online and Microsoft are conducting a beta test and for each person you forward the e-mail to, you will receive a payment from Bill Gates of more than $200. Pseudo-realistic contact information for a lawyer appears in the message.[17][18]
  • Mouse Ball Replacement Memo — A memorandum circulated to IBM field service technicians detailing the proper procedures for replacing mouse balls, yet filled with a number of sexual innuendos. The memo actually was written by someone at IBM and distributed to technicians, but it was distributed as a corporate in-joke, and not as an actual policy or procedure. On the Internet, the memo can be traced as far back as 1989.[19]
  • Neiman Marcus Cookie recipe — An e-mail chain-letter dating back to the early 1990s, but originating as Xeroxlore, in which a person tells a story about being ripped off for over $200 for a cookie recipe from Neiman Marcus. The e-mail claims the person is attempting to exact revenge by passing the recipe out for free.[20][21]
  • Goodtimes virus — An infamous, fraudulent virus warning that first appeared in 1994. The e-mail claimed that an e-mail virus with the subject line "Good Times" was spreading, which would "send your CPU into an nth-complexity infinite binary loop", among other dire predictions.[22][23]

Films

  • 300 — The film 300 originated a series of image macros featuring variations of the "This is sparta" phrase associated with images of disparate situations, often superimposing the film's main character's face onto people in the image.[24][25]
  • The Blair Witch Project — The first film to use the Internet for astroturfing. Its makers spread rumors that the material they shot was authentic and that the three protagonists really disappeared in Burkittsville.[26]
  • Brokeback Mountain — inspired many online parody trailers.[27]
  • CloverfieldParamount Pictures used a viral marketing campaign to promote this monster movie.[28]
  • Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus — The theatrical trailer released in mid-May 2009 became a viral hit, scoring over one million hits on MTV.com and another 300,000 hits on YouTube upon launch, prompting brisk pre-orders of the DVD.[29]
  • Party Girl — First feature film shown in its entirety on the Internet (June 3, 1995).[30][31]
  • Snakes on a Plane — Attracted attention a year before its planned release, and before any promotional material was released, due to the film's working title and seemingly absurd premise. Producers of the film responded to the Internet buzz by adding several scenes and dialogue imagined by the fans.[32]

Games

Images

  • Ate my balls — An early example of an Internet meme. Created to depict a particular celebrity or fictional character eating testicles.[37]
  • Baidu 10 Mythical Creatures — A popular meme in the People's Republic of China regarding a series of mythical creatures, with names which referred to various Chinese profanities.[38][39] Seen as a form of protest against increased Internet censorship in China introduced in early 2009.[40][41]
  • Bert is Evil — A satirical website stated that Bert of Sesame Street is the root of many evils. A juxtaposition of Bert and Osama Bin Laden subsequently appeared in a real poster in a Bangladesh protest.
  • Crasher Squirrel — A photograph by Melissa Brandts of a squirrel which popped up into a timer-delayed shot of Brandts and her husband while vacationing in Banff National Park, Canada, just as the camera went off. The image of the squirrel has since been added into numerous images on the Internet.[42][43][44]
  • Goatse.cx — A shock image of a distended anus.[45][46]
  • Heineken Looter Guy — An Associated Press photo taken in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, under the caption, "A looter carries a bucket of beer out of a grocery store in New Orleans." – the original photo shows a black man in waist-deep waters carrying a tub full of bottles of beer. This image and the man's face were incorporated into a parody of a Heineken magazine advertisement.[47]
  • Islamic Rage Boy — A series of photos of Shakeel Bhat, a Muslim activist whose face became a personification of angry Islamism in the western media. The first photo dates back to his appearance in 2007 at a rally in Srinigar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. Several other photos in other media outlets followed, and by November 2007, there were over one million hits for "Islamic Rage Boy" on Google and his face appeared on boxer shorts and bumper stickers.[48][49]
  • Little Fatty — Starting in 2003, the face of a student from Shanghai was superimposed onto various other images.[50][51]
  • LOLcat — A collection of funny image macros featuring cats with misspelled phrases, such as, "I Can Has Cheezburger?".[52] The earliest versions of LOLcats appeared on 4chan, usually on Saturdays, which were designed, "caturday", as a day to post photos of cats.[53]
  • O RLY? — Originally a text phrase on Something Awful, and then an image macro done for 4chan. Based around a picture of a "surprised" owl.[citation needed]
  • Oolong — Photos featured on a popular Japanese website of a rabbit that is famous for its ability to balance a variety of objects on its head.[54]
  • The Saugeen Stripper — A female student at the University of Western Ontario performed a striptease at a birthday party and dozens of digital images of the party ended up on the Internet.[55]
  • Tron Guy — A husky, 48-year-old computer consultant, Jay Maynard, designed a Tron costume, complete with skin-tight spandex and light-up plastic armor, in 2003 for Penguicon 1.0 in Detroit, Michigan. The internet phenomenon began when an article was posted to Slashdot, followed by Fark, including images of this costume.[56]

Music

People

Trading

Videos

See also

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This is a list of phenomena specific to the Internet, such as popular themes and catchphrases, images, viral videos and more. Such fads and sensations grow rapidly on the Internet because its instant communication facilitates word of mouth. In the early days of the Internet, phenomena were primarily spread via email or Usenet discussion communities. Today, many of these phenomena are also spread via popular, user-based or social networking Web sites, including (but not limited to) 4chan, Reddit, Facebook, Fark, Flickr, Myspace, Slashdot, Something Awful, or YouTube. Search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, or Bing may also amplify the propagation of these phenomena.

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E-mail

  • Bill Gates E-mail Beta Test – An e-mail chain-letter that first appeared in 1997 and was still circulating as recently as 2007. The message claims that America Online and Microsoft are conducting a beta test and for each person you forward the e-mail to, you will receive a payment from Bill Gates of more than $200. Realistic contact information for a lawyer appears in the message.[24][25]
  • Mouse Ball Replacement Memo – A memorandum circulated to IBM field service technicians detailing the proper procedures for replacing mouse balls, yet filled with a number of sexual innuendos. The memo actually was written by someone at IBM and distributed to technicians, but it was distributed as a corporate in-joke, and not as an actual policy or procedure. On the Internet, the memo can be traced as far back as 1989.[26]
  • Neiman Marcus Cookie recipe – An e-mail chain-letter dating back to the early 1990s, but originating as Xeroxlore, in which a person tells a story about being ripped off for over $200 for a cookie recipe from Neiman Marcus. The e-mail claims the person is attempting to exact revenge by passing the recipe out for free.[27][28]
  • Goodtimes virus – An infamous, fraudulent virus warning that first appeared in 1994. The e-mail claimed that an e-mail virus with the subject line "Good Times" was spreading, which would "send your CPU into an nth-complexity infinite binary loop", among other dire predictions.[29][30]

Films

  • 300 – The film 300 originated a series of image macros featuring variations of the "This is Sparta" phrase associated with images of disparate situations, often superimposing the film's main character's face onto people in the image.[31][32] This has itself since been parodied with a scene from Spongebob Squarepants featuring an enraged Patrick screaming "This is Patrick".
  • The Blair Witch Project – The first film to use the Internet for astroturfing. Its makers spread rumors that the material they shot was authentic and that the three protagonists really disappeared in Burkittsville.[33]
  • Brokeback Mountain — inspired many online parody trailers.[34]
  • CloverfieldParamount Pictures used a viral marketing campaign to promote this monster movie.[35]
  • Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus – The theatrical trailer released in mid-May 2009 became a viral hit, scoring over one million hits on MTV.com and another 300,000 hits on YouTube upon launch, prompting brisk pre-orders of the DVD.[36]
  • Party Girl – First feature film shown in its entirety on the Internet (June 3, 1995).[37][38]
  • Snakes on a Plane – Attracted attention a year before its planned release, and before any promotional material was released, due to the film's working title and seemingly absurd premise. Producers of the film responded to the Internet buzz by adding several scenes and dialogue imagined by the fans.[39]

Games

  • "All your base are belong to us" – Badly translated English from the opening cut scene of the European Sega Genesis/Mega Drive version of the 1989 arcade game Zero Wing, which has become a catchphrase, inspiring videos and other derivative works.[40]
  • Giant Enemy Crab – The embarrassing Sony conference from E3 2006 in their promotion of the PlayStation 3, particularly focusing on Kaz Hirai's presentation and the demonstration of Genji 2; the presentation coined such phrases as "Giant Enemy Crab", "599 US Dollars" and "Riiiiiidge Racerrrr!"
  • Leeroy Jenkins – A World Of Warcraft player charges into a high-level dungeon with a distinctive cry of "Leeeeeeeerooooy... Jeeenkins!", ruining the meticulous attack plans of his group and getting them all killed.[41]
  • Line Rider – A Flash game where the player draws lines that act as ramps and hills for a small rider on a sled.[42]
  • I Love Bees – An alternate reality game that was spread virally after a 1 second mention inside a Halo 2 advertisement. Purported to be a website about Honey Bees that was infected and damaged by a strange Artificial Intelligence, done in a disjointed, chaotic style resembling a crashing computer. At its height, over 500,000 people were checking the website every time it updated.
  • Vanishing Point - In what is claimed to be the largest Internet puzzle game, Microsoft created an online game in 2006 to promote the launch of Windows Vista, with a grand prize of a trip to space.[43] Originally advertised with cryptic messages, the game received much attention in online forums where people would work together to solve the challenges.[44]

Images

  • Ate my balls – An early example of an Internet meme. Created to depict a particular celebrity or fictional character eating testicles.[45]
  • Allison Stokke - A high school track athlete who in 2007 had a year-old picture of her adjusting her hair at a track meet in New York had made its way across the Internet. She had more than 1,000 new messages on her MySpace page. A three-minute video of Stokke standing against a wall and analyzing her performance at another meet had been posted on YouTube and viewed 150,000 times.[46]
  • Baidu 10 Mythical Creatures – A popular meme in the People's Republic of China regarding a series of mythical creatures, with names which referred to various Chinese profanities.[47][48] Seen as a form of protest against increased Internet censorship in China introduced in early 2009.[49][50]
  • Bert is Evil – A satirical website stated that Bert of Sesame Street is the root of many evils. A juxtaposition of Bert and Osama Bin Laden subsequently appeared in a real poster in a Bangladesh protest.[51][52]
  • Crasher Squirrel – A photograph by Melissa Brandts of a squirrel which popped up into a timer-delayed shot of Brandts and her husband while vacationing in Banff National Park, Canada, just as the camera went off. The image of the squirrel has since been added into numerous images on the Internet.[53][54][55]
  • Goatse.cx – A shock image of a distended anus.[56][57]
  • Heineken Looter Guy – An Associated Press photo taken in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, under the caption, "A looter carries a bucket of beer out of a grocery store in New Orleans." – the original photo shows a black man in waist-deep waters carrying a tub full of bottles of beer. This image and the man's face were incorporated into a parody of a Heineken magazine advertisement.[58][59]
  • Islamic Rage Boy – A series of photos of Shakeel Bhat, a Muslim activist whose face became a personification of angry Islamism in the western media. The first photo dates back to his appearance in 2007 at a rally in Srinigar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. Several other photos in other media outlets followed, and by November 2007, there were over one million hits for "Islamic Rage Boy" on Google and his face appeared on boxer shorts and bumper stickers.[60][61]
  • Little Fatty – Starting in 2003, the face of a student from Shanghai was superimposed onto various other images.[62][63]
  • LOLcat – A collection of funny image macros featuring cats with misspelled phrases, such as, "I Can Has Cheezburger?".[64] The earliest versions of LOLcats appeared on 4chan, usually on Saturdays, which were designated "Caturday", as a day to post photos of cats.[65]
  • O RLY? – Originally a text phrase on Something Awful, and then an image macro done for 4chan. Based around a picture of a snowy owl.[66]
  • Oolong – Photos featured on a popular Japanese website of a rabbit that is famous for its ability to balance a variety of objects on its head.[67]
  • The Saugeen Stripper – A female student at the University of Western Ontario performed a striptease at a birthday party and dozens of digital images of the party ended up on the Internet.[68]
  • Tron Guy – A husky, 48-year-old computer consultant, Jay Maynard, designed a Tron costume, complete with skin-tight spandex and light-up plastic armor, in 2003 for Penguicon 1.0 in Detroit, Michigan. The Internet phenomenon began when an article was posted to Slashdot, followed by Fark, including images of this costume.[69]

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Charlie the Unicorn is an comedy flash video made an internet phenomenon by websites like Youtube, Newgrounds, and Google Video. The video is roughly four minutes long. On Youtube alone the video over a million views. It humorously dipicts the story of three unicorns' trip to Candy Mountain. The title comes the unicorn named Charlie.

Plot


Charlie the unicorn begins with the Blue and Pink Unicorns waking up Charlie to try to convince him to go to Candy Mountain with them. Originally Charlie says he would rather sleep and denies the existence of Candy Mountain. The Blue Unicorn then jumps on him until he agrees to go. Along the way, as the Blue and Pink Unicorns continue to get on Charlie's nerves, they encounter a liopleurodon and a "magical bridge of hope and wonder." Upon reaching Candy Mountain, Charlie is suprised to see it really exists. Charlie grudgingly enters the Candy Mountain Cave after some encouragement from the Pink and Blue Unicorns and a song from the letters on the Candy Mountain sign. When he enters, however, he is suprised when the entrance mysteriously closes and someone comes up and knocks him out. Upon awakening some time later in the meadow, Charlie finds that his kidney has been stolen.

Songs


There are a few songs in Charlie the Unicorn.

Blue and Pink Unicorn Songs


First, the Blue and Pink Unicorns sing "lalala" on the way to the liopleurodon. When the Charlie and the Pink and Blue Unicorns arrive at Candy Mountain the Blue Unicorn sings "Candy Mountain! Candy Mountain! You fill me with sweet, sugary goodness!"

Candy Mountain Song


When Charlie and the Pink and Blue Unicorns arrive at Candy Mountain the letter "Y" off of the sign which read "CANDY MOUNTAIN" sings a song while "C","A","N", and "D" dance in attempt to get Charlie to enter the Candy Mountain Cave. These are the lyrics ot the song:

"Oh, when you're down and looking for some cheering up

Well just head, right on up, to the Candy Mountain Cave!

When you get inside you'll find yourself a cheery lamb

Such a happy and joy-filled and perky merry lamb

They've got lollipops and gummy-drops and candy things

Oh so many things that will brighten up your day

It's impossible to wear a frown in Candy Town

It's the mecca of love, the candy cave!

They've got jellybeans and coconuts with little hats

Candy rats, chocolate bats, it's a wonderland of sweets

Ride the Candy Train to Candy Town and hear the Candy Band

Candy Bells, it's a treat, as they march across the land

Cherry ribbons stream across the sky and to the ground

Turn around - it astounds! It's a dancing candy tree

In the Candy Cave imagination runs so free

So now Charlie, please will you go into the cave?"

At this point the letters all hit each other and explode.

Characters


Charlie, the main chararacter, is a white unicorn who likes to sleep in the meadow. He is always extremely annoyed by the Pink and Blue Unicorns. Intially Charlie doesn't believe in Candy Mountain, but immediatly recognizes its existence when he sees it.

The Pink and Blue Unicorns are almost identical. The two unicorns voices are almost identical. Whenever either of them wants Charlie's attention, which is quite often, they yell, "Chaaarlie" always lengthening the "a" sound. The Blue Unicorn has the ability to either telport itself or jump very quickly as shown when they jump on Charlie and when the three unicorns first get to Candy Mountain.

The Liopleurodon lays in the middle of a deciduous forest on a huge rock. It is described as magical by the Pink and Blue Unicorns, although it has not exibited any magical abilties. The Liopleurodon has an odd roar, but apparently the Pink and Blue Unicorns can understand its language.

The Letters "C", "A", "N", "D", and "Y" previously lived on the sign for Candy Mountain. Each letter had red arms, legs, hands, and feet made of small circles, and two eyes. The only exception is "A" who had one eye. When Charlie arrivedat Candy Mountain they sang a song to convince to enter the Candy Mountain Cave. This worked, but at the end of their attempt they ended up running into each other and exploding.

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