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 -
What are the successors to photo memes as new forms of online comment/humor? [more inside]
posted by pete_22
on Jun 18, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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
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 -
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 -
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 -
Looking for research on the human brain's susceptibility to suggestion/environmental cues? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia
on Mar 6, 2010 -
"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.
posted by dorgla
on Jan 23, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What's the origin of the phrase "special (little) snowflake?" [more inside]
posted by dw
on Oct 5, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -