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Memes

  • ‘Harambe’ lives on as emoji in Apple’s iOS 10.2 update

    Good news, internet. Harambe might be making a triumphant return to your Apple mobile device in the form of an emoji. Although many Apple mobile users currently run iOS 10.1, version 10.2 is just around the corner. And with it, comes a slew of new emoji. 72 emoji are included in Apple's latest developer preview build of iOS, with male and female counterparts providing the bulk of the new items. But one particular emoji is causing a bit of a stir on the internet. If iOS 10 doesn't have a Harambe emoji I'm going to be so disappointed. — Harambe (@_The_Harambe) September 12,...

  • Clown porn searches spike thanks to creepy clowns

    We've seen numerous reports of dodgy clowns in the news but, when combined with the proximity to Halloween, it seems like clown porn is enjoying an uptick in popularity. According to adult streaming website Pornhub, clown-related searches have grown by as much as 213% over the past few weeks. There have been over 100 000 clown-related searches in the past 30 days, Pornhub said, but added that clown porn isn't anything new. The combination of creepy clowns and Halloween makes for an uptick in clown porn searches "The most popular search is 'clown porn' followed by 'clown girl' and 'clown gangbang'," the Pornhub Insights...

  • 10 highlights from Pikotaro’s 9GAG AMA

    Make what you will of Japan's latest online sensation, but Pikotaro is a name you'll probably hear a lot this year. Singer and songwriter of the now-infamous Pen Pineapple Apple Pen (which you're singing in your head right this instant), Pikotaro recently took to 9GAG to conduct an Ask Me Anything session with his slew of fans. So what did we find out about Pikotaro from his chat with the internet? Here are some of the highlights. 1. Why was PPAP made in the first place? 2. How does it feel to "become a meme"? 3. Are there more songs heading the internet's way? 4....

  • PPAP star Pikotaro to host AMA on 9GAG this week

    Like it or loathe it: it's damn difficult get away from the pineapples, apples and pens flooding the internet right now. That's perhaps thanks to one Japanese singer-songwriter in particular, Pikotaro. PPAP, and the video behind it, isn't everyone's cup of tea. After other internet-infamous hits such as Tay Zonday's Chocolate Rain, Rebecca Black's Friday, and Ylvis's What Does The Fox Say? you'll be forgiven for thinking that this is just another passing fad. Surprisingly, it's not that simple. After Pikotaro published the video on his equally-zany YouTube channel a month ago, PPAP has racked up over 24-million views. It's only now...

  • #MustFall: the meme that changed SA in 2015

    On 9 March 2015, UCT student Chumani Maxwele threw human faeces at a statue of Cecil John Rhodes which had stood on the campus since 1934. As Maxwele, together with a dozen-or-so other students, toyi-toyi'd around the contentious colonialist they could not have known that they were at the vanguard of a movement that would change the face of South African politics for good. At the start of 2015, few observers would have guessed this would be the case. At that stage it seemed that the country's political direction would be determined by parliament. It was, after all, livelier...

  • Delta Airlines uses all the memes for new safety video

    Over the years, we've seen airlines employ a number of interesting tactics to get people interested in their safety instruction videos. Air New Zealand has made extensive use of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit tie-ins. Virgin America meanwhile put together one set to an elaborate song and dance routine which features contortionists, sassy child singers and a rapping pre-teen. And now US-based Delta Airlines has brought together as many memes as possible for its safety video. Everyone from Double Rainbow Guy to Nyan Cat and Overly Attached Girlfriend make an appearance. It's not just memes from recent history...

  • Seinfeld with a cast of millions: what #TheDress tells us about internet culture today

    Twitter is a giant episode of Seinfeld with a cast of millions. That was my first reaction to the conversation around #TheDress when I checked my timeline on Friday morning. With the whole of the US entranced by the #llamadrama the previous night, it was a golden 24 hours in social media - one that read like plot lines in a sitcom that dominated the 1990s with its comedy “about nothing”. Last week, half of the online world argued about the colour of a dress worn by the bride’s mother to a wedding in a remote corner of Scotland....

  • Here are 10 awesome #MugabeFalls memes made by Memeburn readers

    After forcing journalists to delete pictures and suspending 27 of his body guards, Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe's fall, or just #MugabeFalls, blew up in his face and became a viral hit of wonder. From dropping sick moves on the dance floor to clever soon-to-be merchandise, our readers sent us a bunch of their own memes last week. Here's a list of our favourite so far: Lost in space Mugabe I'm sure this is how Mugabe must feel like when he visits the International Criminal Court, European Union or just the cafe down the road really. @Anatinus @CurateZAR @memeburn pic.twitter.com/pkPTQE8oPW— African Jimmy Fallon (@AfricanFallon)...

  • From Kardashian to Barry Roux: 10 of the web’s most popular memes of 2014

    Yes, humans of the internet, pop culture has an interesting way of playing itself out in our modern age. From light topics such as bendable luxury smartphones and Kim Kardashian's butt, to satirical ones like loadshedding and Oscar Pistorius, we love to express ourselves using memes. In 2014, memes reached a nadir, evolving along with the events they concerned themselves with. We've rounded-up some of the ones which stood out the most over the last 12 months. DeGeneres selfie Twitter dubbed this the most popular selfie of 2014, and it was certainly the most retweeted tweet of all time. TV host...

  • The world’s new favourite meme? That would be Jack White’s resting bitchface

    He might be one of the most celebrated musicians of our age, but that doesn't mean that Jack White can't be the subject of a popular new meme. The subject of the meme is the resting face the artist -- best known for fronting bands like the White Stripes and The Raconteurs -- pulled while in the crowd for a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. While the game only took place on Tuesday, this looks like the kind of meme that's going to stick around for a good while, so expect to see it in your work email...

  • Luis Suarez’s bite memes are why the World Cup and Twitter belong together

    Yesterday's FIFA World Cup match between Uruguay and Italy will be remembered more for an incident involving teeth and less for footballing tactics. During the second half, everyone's favourite footballing villian Luis Suarez, took a large, unsubtle bite of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder. No caution or disciplinary action was issued, leading to internet-based uproar across the world, no less in Italy. The incident is pictured below thanks to Pete Blackburn's TwitPic page. However, this isn't the first time Suarez munched on an opponent. Last year while playing for Liverpool, he was banned for ten matches after biting Chelsea defender...

  • Ain’t nobody got time for that: what do memes mean for your brand?

    It’s fascinating how a meme can become so integrated into so many aspects of our lives. In order to understand that, one needs to grasp the concept of a meme. The trouble I often have is explaining to people what exactly a meme is. For those of who you are a little unclear, according to Wikipedia, a meme is: an element of a culture or system of behavior passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means. an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users,...

  • What Barry Roux and Neknominations teach us about the power of memes

    Let me put it to you: “The dominant media at any given time in a society strongly shapes both the individual and collective life” – Marshal McLuhan What has dominated the South African social media space especially in these last few weeks, was not the elections and the long awaited release of the Public Protector’s Nkandla report. Instead it’s been humorous constructs around Advocate Barry Roux in the Oscar Pistorius trial and the trend of NekNominations evolving into RakNominations. Known as memes, these are just two examples of the most recent topics that have taken on a life of...

  • Deal with it, Joffrey: Grumpy Cat usurps the Iron Throne at SXSW

    No, posing with Ian Somerhalder isn't enough for this fluff. The grumpiest feline known to mankind has now joined her internet fame with the popularity of the most pirated show on television. Yes, we're talking Game of Thrones. Grumpy Cat dropped by the Game of Thrones exhibit at the South by Southwest festival, and spent some time resting on the series' iconic Iron Throne. The moment was subsequently photographed, overlaid with text which combined the TV show's memes with Grumpy's own standard 'awful' and 'good' and sent out for fans of both the series and the cat to appreciate....

  • #Neknomination and 5 other really silly memes that could get you killed

    Internet peer pressure is the worst. Every now and again someone comes up with yet another silly thing in a drunken moment that goes viral and, before you know it, everyone else is doing it. The latest in the world of silly things the internet could do without? #neknomination. Neknomination is an extreme online drinking game. The idea is simple: film yourself drinking alcohol (usually beer) in an extreme fashion, say a toilet bowl perhaps, and then nominate a friend of yours to out-do your best efforts. Things have gotten out of hand with the deaths of two Irish teenagers suspected...