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When internet virals are treated as classic full length films, this is what their posters could look like. Meme Movie Posters project was constructed by London base artist and graphic designer Stefan van Zoggel. We’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the hilarity, sadness, and plain insanity of these videos. Van Zoggel has turned used-to-be internet trash into artistic treasure. We hope you will enjoy this playful and creative collection!
Note: Some of the following videos are NSFW.
Video of a dog chasing deer in Richmond Park, London, and its owner’s attempts to call it off. The video was taken by the owner’s 13-year-old son and gained over 800,000 hits on YouTube in November 2011.
Paul the Octopus
‘Paul is an octopus that lives at the Aquarium Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, and was extremely successful in predicting the outcomes of Germany’s 2010 World Cup matches. Paul was presented with two boxes containing food. One box would be marked with the German flag, and the other was marked with their opponent for the next match. Paul has correctly predicted the winner of every German World Cup 2010 match.’
“Trololo song”, is a Soviet-era pop song composed by Arkady Ostrovsky, performed by Edward Hill (AKA Edward Khill, Eduard Khil), a nationally-honored Russian singer since the late 1960s. Due to much exploitable elements of the music video, it became known as a popular bait-and-switch video, in similar vein to the more notorious usage of Rickroll.
Technoviking is the star of a viral video from Berlin’s annual techno event known as the “F**kparade” in July of 2000. The video features an unruly man shoving a woman before being grabbed by a shirtless man with a beard who pushes him away. The shirtless man is then handed a water bottle before walking down the street dancing to techno music.
Vancouver Riot Kiss
The Vancouver Riot Kiss is a photoshop meme based on a news photograph of a couple kissing on the ground during the Vancouver street riots that erupted after the final round of the Stanley Cup on June 15th, 2011.
The 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riot took place on Wednesday June 15th after the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. During the riots, a photo of a couple kissing on the ground with several riot police in the frame was taken by photographer Richard Lam for Getty Images.
Nyan Cat, also known as Pop Tart Cat, is an 8-bit animation depicting a cat with the body of a cherry pop tart flying through outer space. While such absurd themes like flying kittens and pastry cats have been around for some time, the surreal humor behind this particular combination has captivated YouTubers and online art communities, spawning dozens of fan illustrations as well as receiving some mainstream coverage in April 2011.
Tyson is a bulldog that is famous for his ability to skateboard. He has appeared on numerous TV shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and Rob & Big , and has been featured on Internet video sites such as YouTube. His owner, Jim Blauvelt says that the dog was self-taught, starting in Huntington Beach, California in 2001. He appeared in the two movies: Lords of Dogtown and Undiscovered in which his performance was considered to be “outstandingly gifted”. When performing, he earns over $1000 a day.
‘Cats That Look Like Hitler is a website featuring photographs of cats that bear an alleged resemblance to Adolf Hitler. The site was founded by Koos Plegt and Paul Neve in 2006, and became widely known after being featured on several television programmes across Europe and Australia. As of February 2007, the site contained photographs of over 800 cats.’
The video was put on Youtube on September 15, 2009 by a Youtuber of the username “alonzochadwick”. The video is of alonzo’s sister sitting on the toilet and repeating the phrase “sitting on the toilet”. The video currently has more than 8 million views, and its view count is still growing.
Chocolate Rain is a viral video created by Tay Zonday featuring a performance of his song “Chocolate Rain” that he wrote and produced. The video has been parodied and remixed in thousands of instances, eventually leading to Tay himself appearing on a number of television shows and being parodied on South Park. At one point the video was among the top 50 most viewed YouTube videos of all time, but as of April 21st, 2011 at 65 million views, it is ranked #96 of all time.
Shake Weight is an infomercial fitness product that is a version of the classic dumbell that has been modified to shake vigorously. The lengthwise shaking motion that the Shake Weight produces has been mocked for resembling the motion made during male masturbation. The Shake Weight was created by the company Fitness IQ in July of 2009, and was marketed as a fitness tool to reduce female arm flab. According to the Shake Weight website, the motion that the dumbbell produces is called “Dynamic Intertia”: A commercial advertising the female Shake Weight was uploaded to YouTube on February 19th, 2010. It has received 2.1 million views as of August 2011.
Double Rainbow is a homemade video uploaded by YouTube user Hungrybear9562 in which he declares feelings of awe and wonder after witnessing a rare “double rainbow” in Yosemite National Park. In the video, he can be heard crying in the background, which was apparently inspired by the radiance and vividness of the rainbow. The video “Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10” was uploaded to YouTube on January 8th, 2010, by YouTuber Hungrybear9562, whose real name is Paul Vasquez. The video sat dormant in obscurity for months before it was discovered by the talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.’
Planking (or the Lying Down Game) is an activity consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. Both hands must touch the sides of the body and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the Internet is an integral part of the game. The term planking refers to mimicking a wooden plank. Rigidity of the body must be maintained to constitute good planking.
Since early 2011, many participants in planking have photographed the activity on unusual locations such as atop poles, roofs and vehicles.’
Keyboard Cat is the nickname given to an orange tabby cat named Fatso, filmed in the mid-1980s by his owner, Charlie Schmidt. It has been used as an indicator of failure on forums and communities. The original VHS footage of Fatso was recorded by performance artist Charlie Schmidt in 1984. He put the cat in a shirt belonging to his son Cody and manipulated his paws to make the cat appear to be playing the keyboard. On June 7th, 2007, Schmidt uploaded the video to his YouTube channel, originally titled “Cool Cat” where it sat in relative obscurity for another two years.
Kevin Antoine Dodson is a Huntsville, Alabama resident recently interviewed by NBC affiliate WAFF-48 News in a news clip about the local police searching for a man who broke into the Dodsons’ home and then tried to assault one of his sisters in bed. On July 28th, 2010, North Alabama’s NBC affiliate WAFF-48 News reported that local police are searching for a man who broke into a home then got into bed with a woman.
According to the news story, that Wednesday morning, Kelly Dodson woke up to an intruder in her bed. The woman’s brother, Antoine Dodson, rushed to her room after hearing his sister scream. After a brief struggle, the intruder escaped through a window. Antoine said the suspect left behind his shirt and fingerprints.
“Well, obviously we have a RAPIST in Lincoln Park. He’s climbin’ in your windows, he’s snatchin’ your people up, tryin’ to rape ‘em. So y’all need to hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband cause they’re rapin’ everybody out here.”
The Angriest Guitar Player In The World!!!
The video clip of the The Angriest Guitar Player In The World warns the viewer and discretion is advised, swearing and self inflicted violence is in this clip. He goes by the name of The Treeman and hails from Liverpool. He tries to play the intro to his song ‘Ghost of Love’ which has frustrated him to the point were he has broke 3 guitars, almost chewed his hand off and smashed his house to smithereens.
Rebecca Black is an amateur YouTube musician who soared into the public eye for her music video “Friday.” The song gained significant online notoriety in March 2011 for its monotonous lyrics accompanied by heavy use of auto-tune. According to Black’s profile on the Ark Music Factory website, she’s a 13-year-old aspiring entertainer who has “landed the lead role in her school musical, Oklahoma!
Epic Beard Man
Epic Beard Man is the nickname for Oakland resident Thomas Bruso that was coined after a viral video showing him repeatedly punching a younger black man, identified only as Michael, was spread in February of 2010.
Coke & Mentos
A Soda and Candy eruption (also known as a Coke and Mentos eruption or a geyser) is a reaction of carbonated beverage and Mentos candies. The numerous small pores on the candy’s surface catalyze the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas from the soda, resulting in the rapid expulsion of copious amounts of foam. When the candies come into contact with the liquid, a reaction causes the formation of foam at a rapid rate.
A 2006 episode of the television show Mythbusters concluded that the potassium benzoate, aspartame, and CO2 gas contained in the Diet Coke, in combination with the gelatin and gum arabic ingredients of the Mentos, all contribute to formation of the foam. The structure of the Mentos is the most significant cause of the eruption due to nucleation. Mythbusters reported that when fruit-flavored Mentos with a smooth waxy coating were tested in carbonated drink there was hardly a reaction, whereas mint-flavored Mentos (with no such coating) added to carbonated drink formed an energetic eruption, affirming the nucleation-site theory.
I like Turtles
On May 31st, 2007, ten-year-old Jonathan Ware was visiting the Rose Festival in Portland, Oregon. While at the fair, Jonathan had his face painted to look like a Zombie, and was soon approached by KGW correspondent Nancy Francis. When asked to comment about his face paint on camera, Jonathan responded with “I like turtles.” As of May 2011, the video has received over 29 million views.
Will it Blend
Will It Blend is a viral marketing campaign / infomercial series for a line of mixer/blenders starring Tom Dickson, the founder of Blendtec. In each episode of the series, Dickson attempts to blend all sorts of items that can fit inside the container, from Chuck Norris action figures and Barbie dolls to iPods and camcorders. Since its debut, Blendtec’s videos have colleted a total of 83 million plus views (an average of 1 million views per video) on YouTube.
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