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Magazine covers that accidentally reference NSFW memes?

My aunt went into a nursing home. As I was sorting through her stuff, I found a copy of the Time magazine whose cover illustration inescapably recalls the highly NSFW goatse meme. I don't know if it was a coincidence or an inside joke, but it got me thinking... Are there other examples of magazine covers that inadvertently reference NSFW memes?
posted by Gamera4President on Nov 20, 2016 - 2 answers

Help Selecting a Charity

Hope me; I made a thing that is Popular On The Internet, people are asking for prints/t-shirts, and I want to give to charity any money from selling such products. But WHICH CHARITY? [more inside]
posted by TangoCharlie on Oct 20, 2016 - 21 answers

Where do frat boys get their Internet memes?

I used to think everything came from either Reddit, which is nerdy but seems mostly nice, or 4-Chan which just seems like this nasty dark corner for the real weirdos, or maybe The Chive, which seems like Howard Stern type stuff for a little older crowd. But none of these seem like the source of Harambe jokes that the bros in American flag tank tops are into. Is it just corners of Facebook and Instagram?
posted by andrewzipp on Aug 2, 2016 - 11 answers

Cruelty-free meme sites?

My 13-year-old loves memes, the kind that are a photo with amusing text over them. Unfortunately if he starts looking for them, they quickly become racist, sexist, degrade people with disabilities, etc. Is there anywhere safe to look for this kind of humor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2016 - 10 answers

Ideas may die, but how do you kill them?

CGPGrey explained how internet arguments are self-selecting in order to symbiotically grow two opposing sides who mostly just badmouth the other side with increasingly inaccurate stories. That wouldn't be a problem, except sometimes the process spirals out of control and spills over into harassment, doxxing, violence, etc. So, if we understand how the process works, how do you stop it? Is there actually an effective way to treat the angry thought-germs CGPGrey described?
posted by jsnlxndrlv on Jun 4, 2016 - 10 answers

Thing & Thing & Thing & Thing

This feels unbelievably trivial, but its ungoogleable nature is driving me crazy. What is the origin of the meme-ish thing where there are four or five characters grouped together with ampersands? The one I see most often involves the Game of Thrones direwolves, but I don't think it originated there. I feel like it's making reference to something I don't understand, and I should understand all the references. Help me out?
posted by missrachael on Apr 23, 2015 - 13 answers

And sometimes the blonde likes to wear...

I can't believe I'm burning a question on this, but in the last few months, one of those cartoon style text and picture... thingies was going around Facebook. It featured a women who was lamenting people who expect there to be guy and a girl in same-sex relationships, and (I think) ended in a panel that said "And sometimes the blonde likes to wear the strap-on." Does anyone have a link to it? (As y'all can imagine, while the Google results for this particular query are highly interesting, they're not very useful to the particular question at hand. Thanks, all!)
posted by joycehealy on Apr 8, 2014 - 5 answers

What's the Latest Oolongs are Belong to Me?

This Threadless contest got me wondering: What are the cool, fun mêmes now? Are there any? They just can't be as cool as Oolong and AYBABTU and such from the day, and Know Your Meme seems to confirm this. [more inside]
posted by Shane on Oct 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me figure out the term for this

In popular culture, there's a "meme" of sorts involving a person helping another push someone over. I've seen it in goofy images and comics: someone kneels down on all fours behind the victim's legs (often smiling) while a person in front pushes the victim. Is there a term for this?
posted by swizzle_stik on Aug 27, 2013 - 7 answers

New types of online humor/commentary

What are the successors to photo memes as new forms of online comment/humor? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Jun 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Pictures of celebrities riding public transit?

We're looking for photos of famous people riding public transit for a Facebook page that fights prejudice against public transportation. [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Mar 25, 2013 - 30 answers

Seeking good writing/research on Internet memes

Authoritative\scholarly sources for the history and culture of Internet memes? [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Nov 9, 2012 - 1 answer

Getting the Memes Out of My Facebook News Feed?

Is there a way one can prevent people sharing a Facebook page's photos on your newsfeed -- either using Facebook's native settings or a Firefox extension or Greasemonkey userscript? I'm trying to weed out the memes and sassy e-cards. Can I block the pages like I would a person? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Nov 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Duck, duck, horse

Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck? That's not my question (much as I might like it to be). I'm trying to find the origin of this question, which was asked to President Obama recently. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Oct 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Big in 2012

What cultural fads and crazes have hit the big time in 2012? In other words, what are the ZUMBA, Atkins diet and Crocs shoes of today? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on May 28, 2012 - 54 answers

I want more stories like these

I want to keep track of things like Paul Christoforo vs. Penny Arcade, Kony 2012 and Woody Harrelson's Reddit-fail, but also successful marketing memes like Ikea's Herding Cats ad. Examples where marketing meets or collides with the fickle internet mob. Which websites should I be following?
posted by Omnomnom on Apr 1, 2012 - 1 answer


I'm heartbroken, and need some distraction. Ridiculously involved, dorky stories stories and youtube junk preferred. [more inside]
posted by soft and hardcore taters on Oct 6, 2011 - 20 answers

What is the source movie for the "Hitler finds out..." meme?

You know those "Hitler finds out..." videos that are cropping up everywhere? What movie is that clip from? [more inside]
posted by sramsey on Oct 5, 2011 - 15 answers

GIF Archaeology

I'm writing a paper on (animated) GIFs and am trying to track down some of the most (in)famous. I suppose I am talking memes, but I'm more interested in the GIF as an archaeological reference point. I frequent sites like dump.fm, tumblr etc. so am quite tuned in to the glitchy/kitschy side of GIF culture. How theoretical have people got on these wonders of the web? How does one trace the history of an animated GIF? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 16, 2011 - 11 answers

What should my teeny-bopper pop song be about?

I've been tasked with writing an 'original pop song teenagers will like and want to dance to.' The music does not worry me. It's choosing something to write about that's got me hung up. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Nov 4, 2010 - 27 answers

8-) Deal with it?

I'm looking for an animated GIF of someone sending a series of texts that are an ASCII representation of the "Deal With It" meme. Where did I see this?
posted by joshuaconner on Sep 16, 2010 - 3 answers

Study on suggestibility?

Looking for research on the human brain's susceptibility to suggestion/environmental cues? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Mar 6, 2010 - 5 answers

"Nothing good will come of this" ???

"Nothing good will come of this" is popping up a lot lately, but my Google+fu has failed to yield the origin of this catchphrase. Got clues?
posted by dorgla on Jan 23, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me make a compilation of songs made popular via Youtube.

I am looking to make a compilation of music that consists of songs that owe their popularity to Youtube. What songs does the hive mind recommend? [more inside]
posted by theButterFly on Nov 10, 2009 - 34 answers

TECHNOVIKING doesn't dance to the music, the music dances to TECHNOVIKING

What is the music that Technoviking is dancing to?
posted by jimfl on Nov 9, 2009 - 5 answers

Wag more bark less baffles me.

Where did the "Wag More, Bark Less" bumper sticker meme start? My own sightings of them have gone from extremely rare to many cars seen in every single trip I take. Is it a dog owner/pet store promotional item? Is it a political thing? Something on Oprah I missed?
posted by mathowie on Oct 26, 2009 - 29 answers

Can you help me find an Aerosmith quote about the song "St. John"?

Can you help me find an Aerosmith quote about the song "St. John"? I'm writing an article about how certain songs and other media are catchy and/or sticky. I remember reading somewhere a quote from Stephen Tyler of Aerosmith saying, in effect, that he was surprised that the song "St. John" from "Permanent Vacation" wasn't a monster hit, because it sure seemed catchy to them. Attempts to google search for it just finds me scads of web sites of ring tones and lyrics. Anyone know where I might have seen the quote?
posted by Ubiq on Jul 26, 2009 - 1 answer

The Hermeneutics of 4chan: A Deconstructive Analysis of Teh Lulz

Academia must have discovered the Internets by now... right? I'm interested in finding some academic, long-form journalism, or just generally "high-thought" articles about "low" Internet culture, from memes to 4chan to Anonymous to Second Life. Halp?! [more inside]
posted by Keter on May 6, 2009 - 16 answers

What's the joke thas hase the punchline "what and give up show business"

What's the original joke that has the punchline "what, and give up show business?" Google doesn't help, since it's such a common reference, most links are using the line assuming you know the joke.
posted by bonecrusher on Mar 27, 2009 - 10 answers

What's the history of the demotivational poster?

What is the origin of the "demotivational poster" internet meme? [more inside]
posted by hpliferaft on Mar 6, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me thread the needle.

Over the past year or two, I've noticed an increasing use of the phrase "thread the needle" in news stories and blog entries. The problem is, I don't know exactly what "thread the needle" means, and it appears in a variety of contexts that don't appear entirely consistent with each other. [more inside]
posted by Powerful Religious Baby on Jan 11, 2009 - 16 answers

I accidentally the whole conversation?

Does anyone know of a working mirror with all the "I accidentally the whole fleshlight" conversations? [more inside]
posted by hobbes on Oct 29, 2008 - 1 answer

Were there unwilling/accidental celebrities before the Internet?

Looking for examples of accidental/unwitting/unwilling celebrities, before the Internet. Help me find the Star Wars Kids, Afroninjas, and Tay Zondays of the pre-1990s. [more inside]
posted by waxpancake on Jul 25, 2008 - 45 answers

Help me get my head on straight about a political idea

How can a person who doesn't even have a blog start a meme like thing, a cultural change or influence based on word play? [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Oct 25, 2007 - 18 answers

You entitled kids get off my lawn!

What's the origin of the phrase "special (little) snowflake?" [more inside]
posted by dw on Oct 5, 2007 - 19 answers

Whence the beatings?

What is the origin of the phrase "the beatings will continue until morale improves". Google has failed me on this, only the hive mind will save me.
posted by bumpkin on Mar 30, 2007 - 12 answers

Are memes just the extended phenotype?

How are memes anything other than an extension/expression of the extended phenotype? [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla on Mar 11, 2007 - 20 answers

Kids know the darndest things

Where do all those (American?) childhood memes come from? Who wrote the "Miss Lucy had a steamboat" song? Who was the first person to punch people when they saw VW Beetles? [more inside]
posted by one_bean on Dec 3, 2006 - 30 answers

Where Is Your God Now?

What is the origin of the "Where Is Your God Now?" Burger King meme/joke?
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Oct 4, 2006 - 21 answers

foo bar baz; alice bob mallory; aphla ateb

foo bar baz [1, 2]; alice bob mallory [3]; aphla ateb [4] [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke on Apr 15, 2006 - 13 answers

In Soviet Union, $noun $verbs you!

In Soviet Union, $noun $verbs you! What is the origin of this meme? It's everywhere online. Searching google and mefi/askmefi havn't helped... someone must know!
posted by adzm on May 6, 2005 - 11 answers

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