Smartphones Replaced With Butter

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“We’ve secretly replaced the fine smartphones they usually serve with sticks of butter. Let’s see if anyone can tell the difference!”

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Oculus execs defend founder's support of Nazi propaganda machine

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Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey was exposed last week backing a pro-Trump "meme factory" that churns out Nazi-themed images and anti-Hillary Clinton propaganda—then spotted at a Trump rally wearing one of the nativist candidate's T-shirts. He at first walked back his involvement, but Luckey now has the backing of top colleagues at the Facebook-owned virtual reality startup.

"Everyone at Oculus is free to support the issues or causes that matter to them, whether or not we agree with those views," Oculus CEO Brendan Trexler Iribe wrote on Facebook. "It is important to remember that Palmer acted independently in a personal capacity, and was in no way representing the company."

Another executive, Jason Rubin, said that the company did not "condone, or spread hate."

"I take him at his word. Those of you who have known me before I joined Oculus know that I would not work in a place that I thought condoned, or spread hate. Nor would I remain silent if I saw it raise its head. I have always believed that games, and now especially VR, have the potential to bring people together. My view is unwavering. I continue to believe that Oculus can make the world a better place."

However, the company itself has remained silent on the matter, reports Ars Technica, offering no response to their inquiries.

Luckey, a near-billionaire thanks to the Facebook buyout, used some of the cash to juice Nimble America, an organization dedicated to shitposting memes that generally involve offensive stereotypes of politicians, pundits, racial minorities, Jews and other typical targets of the far right. Read the rest

Dad joke turns into a Hugh Mungus meme

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Depending on whom you ask, a crazy lady got bent out of shape over a dad joke, or a pro-cop token sexually harassed a peaceful protester. Below are both versions of this modern-day Rashomon. Like Harambe, the Hugh Mungus meme works for all political persuasions.

(image: Block The Bunker Facebook event)

Background:

Seattle held raucous City Council meetings over plans to build an expensive new police precinct opponents call "The Bunker." Emotions ran high. This much everyone agrees on.

During the chaos, local news teams were interviewing attendees, including resident Rudy Pantoja. Pantoja expressed appreciation and support for the police, who had helped his daughter get help with her personal and legal problems. Protester Zarna Joshi felt the press was not covering the event proportionally, and began to film Pantoja's interview to show that his views were not representative of the protesters. After the interview, Pantoja saw Joshi was filming him. What happens next is an Abbott and Costello routine for the modern era. The transcript below honors Pantoja's nom de guerre, "Hugh Mungus."

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Viral Chinese video: "Who cares?"

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The day that the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled that China had been stealing islands in the South China Sea, the Chinese Communist Party Youth League shared this viral video of young Chinese patriots saying "South Sea arbitration, who cares?" Read the rest

China bans mentions of newly discovered species of beetle from social media

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The Rhyzodiastes (Temoana) xii is a newly classified species of beetle, indigenous to China's Hainan Island, whose name is a tribute to Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Read the rest

Pause for Dog Meme, Please

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Sometimes the simplest things in online life are the most sublime

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“FOUND: Lost Photos in Zimbabwe.” A real life viral mystery video by Joe Sabia.

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“i found an SD card in the middle of zimbabwe. now I am trying to find the card's owner.”

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Classic internet weirdness: “What What (In The Butt),” Samwell (2007)

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With all the talk of Kanye West, Amber Rose, butt play alleged and butt play denied, it's a good time to revisit one of the great internet memes of yore. Internet sensation Samwell's “What What (In The Butt),” with a music video produced by Brownmark Films.

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'Just gonna leave this massive Star Wars spoiler here'

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Hurr durr. Read the rest

Cute little green grape has a red raspberry beard

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It's even a little Santa-y, with Christmasy colors of red and green.

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Veronica Belmont on being overtaken by a meme

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A long time ago, Veronica Belmont was featured in a blooper reel for her old TV show in which she clowned around with a Cthulhu t-shirt, wiggling back and forth and saying "So lifelike." A creepy Internet person turned the moment into a GIF that has followed her around ever since, so that other creepy Internet people post it every time she opens her mouth online, and creepy Internet porn companies use it in their ads. Read the rest

White supremacist graphic design standards fall short

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Courtesy of Gawker comes a look at "the shitty memes of the KKK," which might be funny were it not the output of the 21st-century vanguard of a violent white supremacist hate group.

The semiotics ricochet between "use every font", "9gag", and "Parade Magazine advertisement for a gold-rimmed plate depicting a white wolf." Pictured above, a charming example of intersectionality. Read the rest

Tweens are smarter than you think: the wonderful, true story of the ERMAHGERD meme

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Maggie Goldenberger and her fourth- and fifth-grade pals used to amuse themselves by dressing up in weird clothes, doing crazy stuff to their hair, and posing for polaroids holding funny objects and making weird faces. Years later, Goldenberger uploaded some of her favorites to her Myspace and Facebook accounts, which led to Jeff Davis, who she didn't know, posting it to Reddit, where a Redditor called Plantlife ganked it and captioned it with "GERSBERMS. MAH FRAVRIT BERKS" -- and a meme was born. Read the rest

Internet man sits and smiles at camera for hundreds of hours

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For more than a year, once every week or so, Benjamin Bennett sets up his video camera, sits in front of it, and smiles at it for four hours straight while recording.

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Why Impact is the "meme font"

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Vox explains how the stout 1965 typeface became the text of choice for internet silliness: because is was included with Windows, and by the time anyone had a choice, "the meme font had itself become a meme." Read the rest

Feminist Mad Max meme is an MRA’s nightmare

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The Tumblr Feminist Mad Max combines the feminist charms of the Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” meme with the feminist charms of Mad Max: Fury Road. Read the rest

Hello Kitty Avengers

The amazing Hello Kitty Avengers meme started back in (at least) May, but has only picked up steam since then, growing to encompass many other Supers. (via Wil Wheaton)

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