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Memes

  • From meme to big screen: yes, Grumpy Cat is getting a movie

    Tardar Sauce is going to Hollywood. A talent agent for the grumpy feline, who specialises in representing internet memes, confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that the cat's owners had signed a deal to have a once-off movie made featuring the famous fluff. The film will be produced by Broken Road Productions, the team behind films like 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice', 'Knight and Day', and '13 Going on 30', and some reports suggest it may even be a Garfield-style animation movie. Talent manager Ben Lashes, who was hired by Tadar Sauce's owners to sustain their cat's popularity on the fast-moving...

  • The Miss Korea contestant meme: freezing the gif

    A recent Reddit post of Miss Korea contestants titled “Korea’s plastic surgery mayhem is finally converging on the same face” led to a gif that has been meming its way around the net and provoking some heated discussion: (These are actually Miss Daegu contestants, not Miss Korea finalists as netizens claimed – I will spare you my rant on the need for fact-checking in social media.) After the pics went viral, Korean beauty practices yet again fell under the digital spotlight. Many commenters, including the original poster, blamed plastic surgery for the uniformity in their looks. Their opinion is not unwarranted,...

  • Is White Men Wearing Google Glass potentially a killer meme?

    The "White Men wearing Google Glass" is a killer meme, a potential product killer. A friend who is a prominent geek, always a bit of a rebel and very comfortable with self-promotion, is very concerned about posting a picture of himself wearing Google Glass. He just got them and was super excited to finally have them, and he told all his social networks about it days in advance. When they finally arrived he told his friends he couldn't post a photo of himself wearing them for fear of turning up on rapidly proliferating sites specializing in photos of "White Geeks wearing...

  • Warner Bros taken to court by Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat creators

    The memes are striking back. Warner Bros is being taken to court for using Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat in a game without their respective owners' permission. The authors of the two feline memes claim that their property was used without their permission in the game Scribblenauts, published in 2009. The game's developer 5th Cell is also named in the suit. Keyboard Cat is the older of the two memes. Uploaded to YouTube in 2007, it consists of a video from 1984 of a cat called "Fatso" wearing a blue shirt and "playing" an upbeat rhythm on...

  • How China’s first bipedal robot sparked one of Japan’s longest-running memes

    This is one of those long-forgotten gems that occasionally make their way back to your computer screen after some accidental digging up on the web. Some of you might remember China’s race to create its first humanoid robot back in the eighties -- a time that, according to PC Mag, “witnessed a rare explosion in American robot mania.” China was one of many countries eager to be part of the boom in this exciting field of science. Its ambitious project took off after seeing Japan and America’s robots at the Expo 85 world fair in Tsukuba, Japan, these being the two...

  • Brace yourselves, here comes the Darth Pistorius meme

    We're not quite sure what to make of this. A meme has emerged comparing Oscar Pistorius, who stands accused of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, with the plot-line of the Star Wars prequels. On the one hand, we know that memes are becoming an important means of disseminating news. It's not news as we know it though, as objectivity isn't even a consideration. In comparing the recent events surrounding Pistorius to those which drove Anakin Skywalker to become Darth Vader, this particular meme is very deliberately aligning itself with a particular version of the story. If you haven't...

  • 9 of our favourite iPhone 5 launch memes

    So there was a little launch yesterday. You might have heard of it. Apple, iPhone 5, ring any bells? Anyway, the biggest launch in tech was bound to generate the odd meme. Judging by what's out there at the moment, it looks like large portions of the internet agree with my assessment that Apple missed the boat with this launch. To save you the monumental effort of having to trawl through the cess-pits of the web, we've gathered together some of the best memes around the launch. At least one person called Apple out on the fact that the...

  • Chad’s Dad: 8 things we can learn about likeability from Bert Le Clos

    If there were an Olympics of likeability, Bert Le Clos would stand a very good chance of getting gold. Deadspin deemed his BBC interview “the media moment of the games” at the time, and to date it has scored over 353 000 views. #chadsdad trended in the UK and Bert became part of the cultural lexicon: Considering asking Bert Le Clos to form a Government.— Prince Charles (@Charles_HRH) August 3, 2012 In fact, his only serious rival would probably be Oscar Pistorius, who manages to be inspiring, humble and nice (and very pleasant to look at too) which makes his a...

  • 9 of our favourite images from the ‘NASA mohawk guy’ meme

    Unless you've just woken up from a coma, or have been tracking dangerous animals in wild over the past few days, you're probably aware that NASA's Curiosity Rover landed on Mars. Millions watched the live stream, the NASA geeks went wild and people sent out some funny tweets. Standing out above them all though was Bobak, 'mohawked NASA dude' Ferdowski. The flight director, who changes his hairstyle for every new mission, has captured hearts around the world. And of course, once he came to the internet's attention, he became a meme. Memeburn picked out nine of our favourite images from...

  • 8 of our favourite ‘Spear of the Nation’ memes

    The media has been obsessed with the developments in South African president Jacob Zuma's Lenin-esque nude portrait saga. Brands and consumers alike have meanwhile taken to social media with offerings of their Spear of the Nation memes. Below is a selection of our favourites. 1. Gabriel's image is hard to absorb Gabriel employs shock tactics. 2. John Terry A meme within a meme. 3. Helen Zille Tit for tat: the leader of the opposition is unknowingly pulled into the paint-slinging affair. 4. Spear Spies Sports meets politics. Springbok rugby star Pierre Spies' surname coincidentally translates to 'spear'. 5. Britney The celebrity pun meme is one of our favourites...

  • Are memes the future of news?

    Comic-meme creation and consumption has taken internet culture by storm and seems to be only increasing in frequency and engagement. Memes come in all types but in this case ‘LOL cats’ and ‘Rage comics’ are being produced at a rate never seen before. Ben Huh wants to turn this mechanic into news delivery. In a recent interview the man behind I can haz cheezburger spoke of how he sees ‘meme-mechanics’ as the future of news content distribution. His argument centers on how subjectivity is king when it comes to content on the internet and a cultural shift is taking place,...

  • North Korea’s rocket fails, the memes roll in

    You could sense a nervous tingle as North Korea announced plans to send a rocket into space. Was it real, or just a front for deploying intercontinental nuclear missiles? Then one of the world’s most isolated nations invited foreign press in for the launch. It was hoping to show off in a big way. It all suddenly seemed legit and, for some, a little more frightening. Then the whole thing blew apart...

  • Kony 2012: Cause célèbre to internet meme

    If there’s one thing the internet does really well, it’s compressing a serious issue into a captioned picture. The Stop Kony 2012 campaign is a case in point. The campaign gave new meaning to the word viral, with Jason Russell’s documentary getting over 30-million views across Vimeo and YouTube in just two days. Then came the counter-arguments. People pointed out that the Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) hadn’t been active in Uganda for the past five years. Others criticised Invisible Children for its apparently militant stance. Some even went so far as to suggest that the intervention it was...

  • Memorable memes of 2011

    The year 2011 saw the web become the great democratic tool it's always had the potential to be. That does not, however, mean it stopped doing what it's best at: providing us hours of meaningless entertainment with meme, after meme, after meme. And while nothing in 2011 was able to unseat the cat as the king of the internet, more than a few put up a spirited fight for that top position. So here you go: some of the most noteable memes of 2011. Rebecca Black She was just a girl trying to make her mark in the music industry,...

  • Is the Sneaky Hat meme something we need to worry about?

    Early this month, a bunch of kids in Queensland, Australia, created a Facebook fan page called "Sneaky Hat". The original page has since been taken down, but it has quickly been replaced with alternatives such as this one. If you thought Planking or HorseManing were weird, I have to warn you that clicking on a Sneaky Hat link while at work may be somewhat risky. The new photo fad started with young men taking photographs of themselves naked except for a carefully placed hat covering their genitals. Of course, not to be outdone, young women adapted the fad to...