Know Your Meme Episodes

Resident internet scientist Forest investigates.

Joseph Ducreux

Joseph Ducreux (also known as Archaic Rap) is an image macro series featuring archaic paraphrasis of modern rap lyrics superimposed over the eccentric self-portrait of the eighteenth century French painter Joseph Ducreux. Reminiscent of Bayeux Tapestry image macros, this highly verbose joke provides a satisfying challenge of “decoding” the corrupted lyrics back into to the original verses.

Published on 04/13/10


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.

Published on 04/06/10


Phonetic Translations

Phonetic Translation is the practice of transcribing foreign lyrics into another language by their proximity in phonetics, mainly for comedic effect. Literal Music Videos are similar in form, but instead use newly recorded audio to interpret the visuals of the video.

Published on 03/04/10


Advice Dog

Advice Dog is an image macro series featuring a a cute puppy’s face against a color-wheel background, usually accompanied by unrelated advices and ridiculous instructions (EX: Do the Laundry / Rob a Bank). Since its debut on 4chan’s /b/ in 2006, the series has spawned several spin-offs, most notably the Philosoraptor, Courage Wolf and Socially Awkward Penguin.

Published on 01/29/10


Balloon Boy

Ballon Boy is the nickname given to Falcon Heene, a 6 year-old boy who reportedly climbed into a helium-filled balloon which was meant to hover only 20 feet above the ground, but took off.

Published on 11/18/09


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