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All posts tagged "Memes"

  • #WengerOut meme evolves to #EmeryOut as Arsenal loses to Man City

    Arsenal is a massive football club, but there's one thing even bigger than it: #WengerOut. The hashtag has become something of a global meme since it began as a way for fans to show displeasure towards their long standing manager's, Arsene Wenger, tactics. Hell, it even has a Know Your Meme page, and has been spotted at protests (including those against former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe last year). While Wenger finally left the club before the 2018/19 season began, he was replaced by Spanish manager Unai Emery. But it seems that Arsenal fans just can't find a manager they like. Because memes...

  • Trump, Merkel and other world leaders star in new G7 Summit meme

    You just can't keep US President Donald Trump out of the meme world for too long. Well, at least him and German chancellor Angela Merkel. On Friday, Merkel's social media team published the image to Instagram, where it received more than 65 000 likes and 4700 comments. From there, it found its way onto Twitter, where users highlighted the indifferent expressions of the world leaders. The scene itself is straight out of a baroque painting. Angela Merkel's office has released this photo taken today at the G7, which tells you a lot about how things went. pic.twitter.com/IXX6K3ayys — David Mack (@davidmackau) June 9,...

  • Indulge in 5 of the best SONA 2018 memes

    This past Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa demonstrated that the State of the Nation Address (SONA) can go on without Jacob Zuma. And South Africa's meme game (like its currency) was stronger than ever. So what were some of the gems that were inspired by this year's address? Sit back and enjoy the five best memes from this year's SONA. SONA 2018 meme #5: Ministers of Unemployment Widely believed to be replaced as the Minister of Twitter Minister of Police in the coming days, Fikile Mbalula took to Twitter Friday to rubbish claims he was afraid of Ramaphosa's potential plans. But instead of opposing...

  • The who, what and why of the Ugandan Knuckles meme

    The internet is an odd and confusing place, and the gaming world's latest meme is solid proof of this. If you haven't yet heard of VRChat, Sonic The Hedgehog's marsupial friend Knuckles, and his insulting Ugandan-accented equivalent, take a seat, because there's a lot to explain. All in all, throw these into a casserole dish, simmer for a few months on the internet, season liberally with shares, likes and overuse, and you have yourself the Ugandan Knuckles meme. VRChat Let's begin with what has become the meme's primary vehicle thus far -- VRChat. It's a free-to-play game that lets users interact in a virtual...

  • #Ophelia: Ireland prepares for storm by posting memes on Twitter

    The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia is currently battering the south-western coastline of Ireland, but much of the country doesn't seem to be taking it very seriously. #Ophelia is currently trending worldwide on Twitter at present, and obviously in Ireland. But while that hashtag does include updates on the storm, alerts and citizen reports, it also includes a healthy dosage of memes. The snarky comments emanating from the emerald isle is as humourous as it is worrying, considering that Ex-Ophelia (as the UK Met Office is calling her) is still packing wind gusts in excess of 170km/h. This must be a the strongest...

  • #AppleEvent: the highs, the lows and the memes from Apple’s iPhone X launch

    Today at its headquarters in Cupertino, Apple announced a refreshed product lineup including a number of new iPhones, a new Apple TV and a shiny new Apple Watch, and Twitter users were (sure enough) reporting live from their armchairs. For all the technical specifications and more, you might want to visit our sister site Gearburn. But over here, we took a deeper, introspective look at social media's reaction to Apple's launch event, from start to finish. Sit back, and enjoy the memes, joy and jibes from the bleachers. The buildup... The hype pre-event was palpable, with many readying getting those stacks of dollars. #AppleEvent Tim...

  • #NotMyPepe: Profits from pulled alt-right children’s book to go to charity

    Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie has long been fighting the appropriation of his character by the US far right, and he just won a minor battle, Motherboard reports. A children's book that touted Islamophobic and anti-immigration views has been pulled from Amazon after Furie sued him for copyright infringement, and the profits (US$1521) will be donated to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim-American advocacy group. The book, written by former Texan assistant principal Eric Hauser, told the story of two friends -- Pepe and Pede -- who fought to keep evil alligator Alkah out of their home, Wishington Farm. Alkah -- just...

  • South Africa, here’s what Twitter finds most annoying about you

    It's Monday. But instead of throwing that alarm clock out of the window and cowering beneath the covers, why not take some time to bitch about how short the weekend was? And where better to do just that than Twitter. Feeling the bone-chilling embrace of the new work week, South African Twitter is today talking about the little things that annoy them to no end. #101ThingsIFindAnnoying began trending countrywide late morning, thanks to an initial tweet by Twitter user Sheldon Cameron. #101ThingsIFindAnnoying Stores advertising things and when you get there dololo stock. pic.twitter.com/eYTDW39ngC — Sheldon Cameron (@Sheldon_Cameron) July 24, 2017 Soon enough, the rest of...

  • Why don’t South Africans create their own GIFs for memes?

    Citizens of South Africa are no strangers to creating their own memes -- from cheeky hashtags to images that ire Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, they know how to start a trend. But despite the amount of original content, there is one thing South Africans do not have control over: the GIFs they use. Sure, GIFs are still a big part of South African Twitter, but they aren't locally made and often make use of American content. Hlaudi - "I don't want to respond to the wind." 😂😂💩#CountryDutypic.twitter.com/3CLTMqKstx — SnoopyBez (@SnoopyBez) July 18, 2017 There are few reasons why South Africa may still rely on internationally...

  • YouTuber Jake Paul ires neighbours, uses two-year-old memes

    YouTuber Jake Paul has fallen under the scrutiny of his local community, who say he has made their street in West Hollywood a living hell. Local news outlet KTLA aired a piece on the social media star's antics, corroborating neighbours' claims that Paul is a nuisance to the public. In the clip, journalist Chris Wolfe describes how Paul has set furniture alight in an empty pool, attracts dozens of fans to his street daily, and obstructs traffic for the thrill of it. "It used to be a really nice, quiet street," a neighbour said. "Now we're just this, like, war zone. We're...

  • Happy birthday to the GIF: 30 iconic GIFs for 30 years

    It's difficult to imagine a world of communication without the wonder of GIFs, but that's how people had to live just 30 years ago. Today, 15 June, is the 30th birthday of the GIF and we thought it an apt time to pool together some of the most iconic looped images in celebration. It's party time. Dancing Banana Dancing banana came from web classic Peanut Butter Jelly Time and we owe so much of "random xD" culture to it. A blessing and a curse, but today we love you, banana. Perfectly looped rap battle This beautiful GIF feels like its been around since the world's existence, but somehow...

  • One year on, Cincinnati Zoo still hated by the internet for Harambe’s death

    It's been one whole year without Harambe, internet. Sunday marked 365 days since the silverback gorilla was shot at the Cincinnati Zoo after a four-year-old fell into its enclosure. The incident has become an iconic moment in pop culture, drawing criticism from both sides of the argument. While some blame the child's parents, others believe it was right to shoot the gorilla. A swathe of others believed that the Zoo should bear the brunt of the legal charges. But the internet doesn't forget, especially when Harambe is the topic of conversation. One Year Ago Today: We lost a great one. RIP Harambe pic.twitter.com/loTqPM2VGO — Gentleman's...

  • A tweet about chicken nuggets just broke Twitter’s all-time retweet record

    It's not often Twitter users see more than 1000 retweets for a single tweet, let alone 3.5-million, but that's what internet famous nugget-loving teenager Carter Wilkerson achieved this week. Ousting previous record holder Ellen DeGeneres for posting the most retweeted tweet of all time, Wilkerson has single-handedly turned the humble chicken nugget into a meme. HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3 — Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) April 6, 2017 In total, his tweet now boasts over 3.5-million retweets, compared that 2014 Oscar selfie with 3.4-million retweets. While he's still nowhere near that 18-million retweet milestone Wendy's set for "a year of free...

  • 9GAG buries the ‘memeist’ monument ever made to confuse future humans

    Memes, by their very nature, don't last forever on the wide expanse of the internet or popular culture... but they could last a rather long time. That is, if you etch them on a stone monolith and bury them deep beneath the earth. That's exactly what meme aggregator and humour site 9GAG did to celebrate its seventh birthday. When the future generations find it, they will know humans were really funny. #FunLegacy #9GAG Discover the full story on our app (link in bio) A post shared by 9GAG: Go Fun Yourself (@9gag) on May 2, 2017 at 7:46am PDT The site asked its...

  • Reddit briefly down across the world after maintenance

    Websites, like people, often need a little lie down from time to time. But when its unscheduled and one of the most trafficked sites on the internet, people get worried. And that's exactly what happened with Reddit today. The social aggregation network was due to perform scheduled maintenance today which involved "swapping out three databases". But after the "short" maintenance period ended around 7am SAST, the site remained inaccessible. This morning, users who visited the site's front page or subreddits were still greeted by the above maintenance page. "We're working on the errors," the company acknowledged on its status page around 7.30am...