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Russian and Eastern European Memes Research

Last posted Nov 19, 2012 at 02:15PM EST. Added Jan 19, 2011 at 09:38PM EST
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Even if we may talk less about them, memes created on the Russian Internet (such as Preved Medved or PhotoExtrem) and Eastern European countries like Poland with Ala Urwa must be considered as well.

We have had a few on them in submission, waiting to be confirmed. But before that, most of them need work and, as you may have noticed, many of us aren’t really good with foreign languages.
I’m sure there is a bucketload of phenomena coming from Russia or other countries we may have missed, mainly because of language barrier.

So, if anyone of you knows a little about Russian or Slavonic languages in order to gather around a small group of researchers in this thread, please come in!

Jan 19, 2011 at 09:38PM EST
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Bbl when i have more time, but i thought i’d post two polish youtube fads i found a while back.

Daj Kamienia:




Paweł Jumper:



Both of which have been subject to numerous parodies and remixes. Also, terminal said the first one is apparently a “classic,” beloved meme by Polish internet users, while the second one is “annoying.”

Jan 19, 2011 at 10:01PM EST
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Look up russian internet meme on google, find this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preved

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2010/12/28/russia-author-of-wildfires-internet-meme-is-prosecuted-by-police/

Yeah thats russia for you, at least its not like soccer/football games in russia.

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2010/08/06/russia-fires-rynda-and-putin-create-internet-meme/

A meme called rynda.

Last edited Jan 19, 2011 at 10:30PM EST
Jan 19, 2011 at 10:19PM EST

Jordak wrote:

Why hasn’t photoextreme been confirmed yet?

Because it lacks everything. No info on spread, no info on a possible origin. No examples aside from 3 photos.
That’s why those threads are launched, to get people to form groups of researchers and get work done, just like the Japanese Research thread.

Jan 20, 2011 at 02:24PM EST
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http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&u=http://world.en.cx/Addons.aspx%3Faid%3D340&ei=-x2dTM72JMK5jAfosIiADQ&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBwQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://world.en.cx/Addons.aspx%253Faid%253D340%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG

This may be helpful…also, there is information in the comments part of the photoextrem page that should be added to the article.

Jan 30, 2011 at 01:22PM EST
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Dammit, the Latin American Meme research thread auto-locked itself…
Don’t let the other ones die!

Mar 06, 2011 at 04:48AM EST
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Come on people.
Does anyone have some more info about those memes, or know new ones we don’t have any entry on?
I think Greek memes can be discussed here as well.

Apr 01, 2011 at 05:58AM EDT
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Czech President steals a pen

Not yet a meme, but as a viral it is going huge. And also, funny as hell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpe4T0lXZcE

Apr 14, 2011 at 04:27PM EDT
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REEEEEEEVIVAL!!!!!

Hello there! Found a meme for researching! Really need help, this thing is quite huge apparently.

It’s name is Будь мужиком, блеать, and any attempts at translating these pages would be much appreciated.



From what I can tell, it seems to mean somehting along the lines of Be a Man, and it seems to be a exploitable template, like X ALL the Y. This things got whole pages devoted to it and a page on the Russian Lurkmore.

Last edited Jul 27, 2011 at 03:58PM EDT
Jul 27, 2011 at 03:54PM EDT
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Bump.

Jul 28, 2011 at 07:26AM EDT

Ok, apparently due to a very helpful person on Deviantart, the russian text stand for “Be the man(male, hombre), mazafacka!” + add your words". So yeah, a lot like X all the Y, it’s edited to say other words with appropriate drawings for them.

Jul 28, 2011 at 11:48AM EDT
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Drpepperfan #1 Fan Of Osaka wrote:

Goddanit I can’t read this shit. Urgh I need a russian.

Aug 04, 2011 at 07:22PM EDT
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Hey guys, I’m Russian, and I would help you out with some of the most popular memes we have.
Or anything else you need regarding the Russian internet sphere.
And the man with the fist, as explained before, is saying “BE A MAN, (blyad isn’t really a translatable word, but its like a filler swear for russians, mutherfakka will do) and the original meme was F*CK HER” It was in reply to some guy who was having chick issues (obviously).
And then it evolved, It doesnt even have to have “BE A MAN” in it, but it has to have BLYAT in the end, no matter what. Any topic can be used, and the man gets altered according to the topic.
So there is your basic Russian meme.

Aug 17, 2011 at 04:39AM EDT
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Oh my god, finally a russian person to help! YEEES!

OK Deadlenin, if I create a stub of a page, can you work on it please? Adding some of the info from that Lurkmore page would be mighty helpful! :D

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Aug 17, 2011 at 04:49PM EDT
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Upyachka… can’t really be explained.
Sadly that is all the info I can give.

Sep 03, 2011 at 06:10AM EDT
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DeadLenin wrote:

Upyachka… can’t really be explained.
Sadly that is all the info I can give.

Upyachka, as far as I understand, is a Russian internet movement founded in 2007 and based on trolling people that “fail” at the Internet by raiding their website/DDoS attacks. Am I correct?
It’s a Russian version of Anonymous in a way so I guess there are some sekret-klubhouse rules about it. The thing is, there are videos of people doing the Stick-figure dance and I’ve also seen those frog gif animations a lot.
It’s in great need of being documented because it seems to be a big Russian phenomenon, whether the members of that website like it or not.
It seems Leprosorium.Ru helps them sometimes and they also have their own radio at 42fm.ru.

(They also apparently attacked the Ukraine National Bank website in 2008)

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Sep 03, 2011 at 10:28AM EDT
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Pointless documenting it now. It’s become too mainstream ( as much as I hate that word) and most people who use the typical upyachka phrases have no idea what it is/was.

Sep 04, 2011 at 08:22AM EDT
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Well, we documented Preved Medved even if it fell into oblivion long ago.
What matters is bound to Internet relevance and I’m all for memetic archeology actually. Upyachka has been big at least from April 2007 (first post on their website) to the end of 2009. I understand how you feel about a movement that may have lost its true initial meaning but there are enough empirical evidences (and documentation) to outline the major events that happened there.

I must add I’m in favor of documenting old/almost dead/dead Internet phenomena, not for trying to revive them, that would be silly, pointless, going against the true purpose of KYM and would anger many people including myself. I think it worths documenting it because of the impact it had on a somewhat big part of the Internet at one point in time.

If you have a little bit more of hindsight about what the upyachka phrases really mean, that would provide a more accurate depiction of the ideology behind the website and people would certainly understand it more, I think.

Sep 04, 2011 at 12:49PM EDT
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Well, all the phrases consist of horrid grammar such as “ANIMAL WUT WUT UPYACHKA I AM AN IDIOT SOMEONE PLEASE KILL ME” The someone please kill me I’m an idiot, is kind of like a catchphrase.
The site is full of viruses, and what looks to most people like insane gibberish. But it’s all part of the beauty of it. And yes, all of it started after an attack on Habr, a blog like forum.

Sep 04, 2011 at 05:18PM EDT
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Also, I’m going to translate a poem about upyachka:
Добро пожаловать в наш блог!
(Не будем требовать залог)
Вас сегодня ошмелит,
Закрабит и сфоминит
Наша ЛЕПРОЗОРИЯ!

Мы два юзера-xbost’а!
Ну, а я -- упячкомэн!
Мы вас облапошим просто
И уныло зафлудим!
Пепяки мы везде засунем,
Ерунду поговорим!
Даже не пепякодансьте,
Всё равно мы убежим!

Это ЛЕПРОЗОРИЯ!
Чудеса вас ждут, друзья!
unab0mber мем ваяет,
Ну, а Клинтон джаз играет!
Это ЛЕПРОЗОРИЯ!

Welcome to our blog
(We won’t demand a ransom)
Today you’ll be stung
Crabbed and fommed (untranslatable)
By our LEPROSY!

We are two xbost users
And I’m Upyachkaman
We’ll just (untranslatable) you!
And sadly flood you
Ppk we’ll stick everywhere
We’ll talk nonsense
Don’t try to code us
We’ll still run away.

This is LEPROSY!
Wonders await you my friend
Unib0mber promotes this meme
And Clinton plays jazz
This is LEPROSY!

Sep 04, 2011 at 05:31PM EDT
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Thank you vey much DeadLenin!

Sep 04, 2011 at 06:25PM EDT
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Okay, in the meantime when I get both the time and motivation to make an entry about upyachka if not one wants to take the lead, I’ve found a possible Russian dance meme:

It seems to be a musical genre called “Hard Bass” or “Хард Басс” with a dance close to Jumpstyle.

It seems to have a strong following.

Do you guys know a little more about it?

Sep 07, 2011 at 03:11PM EDT
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HARDBASS! The bydlo dance craze that became cool for the “in croud”.
There are different types of hardbass, from straight edge, to neo-nazi. The lyrics are mostly about wearing sports clothes (adidas, nike) and dancing while NOT being intoxicated ( a VERY rare thing here in Russia).
Kolbasa/kolbasit/kolbaseri- means to just party hard. The word kalbasa actually means sausage or weenie, but it’s context changes in these thoughtful lyrics.
The dance, as you can see in the videos posted above, consists of jumping/stomping/crouching around to the sound of some pretty heavy techno beats.
This… thing… is quickly spreading away from Russia and former soviet states, there are Venezuela hardbass videos, and I myself have planned to do a hardbass Oslo. Some (mine included) of these are done ironically, because the originals, where the teenage boys are being pseudo serious about the message thats being spread, are downright hilarious, from the video effects, to the dancing, to the clothes these young men wear ( notice the tight sports pants and overall awkward style, typical for males their age in Russia)
SO there you have it, hope that helps. This trend is a strange one, but I like it, because we get to make rather undercover fun of bydlos.

Sep 08, 2011 at 05:53AM EDT
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Also, the typical hand gesture while doing this dance, is as if you’re showing a phone with your fingers ( pinky and thumb sticking out).

Sep 08, 2011 at 05:57AM EDT
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Do you know which video is the original, by any chance?

Sep 09, 2011 at 10:58AM EDT
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DeadLenin wrote:

HARDBASS! The bydlo dance craze that became cool for the “in croud”.
There are different types of hardbass, from straight edge, to neo-nazi. The lyrics are mostly about wearing sports clothes (adidas, nike) and dancing while NOT being intoxicated ( a VERY rare thing here in Russia).
Kolbasa/kolbasit/kolbaseri- means to just party hard. The word kalbasa actually means sausage or weenie, but it’s context changes in these thoughtful lyrics.
The dance, as you can see in the videos posted above, consists of jumping/stomping/crouching around to the sound of some pretty heavy techno beats.
This… thing… is quickly spreading away from Russia and former soviet states, there are Venezuela hardbass videos, and I myself have planned to do a hardbass Oslo. Some (mine included) of these are done ironically, because the originals, where the teenage boys are being pseudo serious about the message thats being spread, are downright hilarious, from the video effects, to the dancing, to the clothes these young men wear ( notice the tight sports pants and overall awkward style, typical for males their age in Russia)
SO there you have it, hope that helps. This trend is a strange one, but I like it, because we get to make rather undercover fun of bydlos.

Wow interesting. Hard Bass craze reached Norway. Can I ask some questions?
You used the word “bydlo”. Does it simply mean “working class people”? Or is it a music genre or something?
Also I’m looking for the lyrics of the song. Do you have any idea how to find it?

Sep 16, 2011 at 09:14PM EDT
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Bydlo is a word meaning redneck, sort of.
But rich people can be bydlo, anyone can be bydlo. Bydlo means that the people are sheep like, uninteresting, typical, not very intelligent, know nothing of the world, and act aggressive.

Раз раз раз это хардбасс,
Все в спортивках адидас,
И на найке пацаны
Слушают хардбасс басы.

Этот стайл любим мы,
Жгем все в ритме колбасы,
150 ударов тут,
Пацаны в спортивках жгут.

Школа танцев учит вас
Правильно плясать Хард Басс
В клубе до утра топтать
И ниче не принимать

Бутераты и спиды
Наши злейшие враги
На плащадках мы под квас
Отожгем для вас Хард Басс!

The translation is pretty much unnecessary. Just telling you how awesome hardbass is, how lame drinking is, and how purely godlike the brands Adidas and Nike are.

Sep 18, 2011 at 08:53PM EDT
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How many songs are there of Hard Bass to which East European people dance to?

I hear a woman singing what is labled “Hard Bass”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6V0y0M8lQA&feature=autoplay&list=FL4-nj_0kPnl5lN-w3wjkdrw&lf=autoplay&playnext=2

I see another lyric which is similar to what you’ve quoted:

Band: hard bass
Song name: Без названия
йо йо йо
с вами школа колбасы!
мы не пьём бутират
…………..

I guess “Hard Bass” is a band’s name, and a sort of musical genre. But is there Wikipedia article for it? I’m puzzled!

Sep 19, 2011 at 05:55AM EDT
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teleostomi wrote:

How many songs are there of Hard Bass to which East European people dance to?

I hear a woman singing what is labled “Hard Bass”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6V0y0M8lQA&feature=autoplay&list=FL4-nj_0kPnl5lN-w3wjkdrw&lf=autoplay&playnext=2

I see another lyric which is similar to what you’ve quoted:

Band: hard bass
Song name: Без названия
йо йо йо
с вами школа колбасы!
мы не пьём бутират
…………..

I guess “Hard Bass” is a band’s name, and a sort of musical genre. But is there Wikipedia article for it? I’m puzzled!

Partially you are right. This project is called “Hard Bass School”(Школа Танцев Хардбаса) and made ​​for lulz. But it also has social value, ie healthy lifestyle is contrasted with the traditional drug abuse and drunkenness among the club bydlo, so-called “ob’ebos”(объебос) and other subgroups bydlo.

Hard Bass as music genre is a Pumping House originating from “Klubbheads – Kickin’ Hard” with about 142--158 bpm.
Sorry for my MOTHERFUCKING ENGLISH.

Oh, yeah, links:
Project page on Russian myspace for DJs:
- http://hardbass-school.pdj.ru/
I think there are all the songs and you can download for free.(This is not advertising)

Another project by the same authors – a typical ob’ebos
- http://zhostik.pdj.ru.
Video to understand the whole essence:
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDTdleEluLY

Russian Lurkmore ob’ebos meaning:
– http://lurkmore.ru/Объебос

//*Оригинальная мысль на нативном языке до перевода слабо обученным надмозгом и машинами:
«Частично вы правы. Этот проект называется “Школа Танцев Хардбаса” и сделана для лулзов. Но также имеет и социальное значение, т.е. здоровый образ жизни противопоставляется традиционной наркомании и пьянству среди клубных быдло, так называемых “объебосы” и иных подгрупп быдло.»//

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Oct 23, 2011 at 07:40PM EDT
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Hey, laticq!
Do you know exactly when it began as a dance trend actually?

Oct 23, 2011 at 07:47PM EDT
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Tomberry wrote:

Hey, laticq!
Do you know exactly when it began as a dance trend actually?

This flashmob or the music style?
Popularize the style in Europe has grown together with the popularity of French House since about 1997. In Russia, from 2004.
The dance trend has begun somewhere with 2010.

Oct 23, 2011 at 08:12PM EDT
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hey what about "elfing? =) http://vk.com/protivdurakov

Эльфинг -- разновидность троллинга. Заключается в написании комментариев, в которых эльф активно соглашается и хвалит свою жертву.

which means

Elfing – a kind of trolling. Is to write a comment in which Elf actively agrees and praises his victim.

seems legit. any more information about this? I already heard few russian videos using this term.

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Apr 15, 2012 at 03:38PM EDT
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Кто-нибудь помогите мне с Доктором Поповым/Somebody,help me with Doctor Popov
knowyourmeme.com/memes/people/doctor-popovдоктор-попов

lurkmore.to/Доктор_Попов

и Зелёным Слоником/and Green Elephant
knowyourmeme.com/memes/green-elephantзелёный-слоник

lurkmore.to/Зелёный_слоник

Nov 19, 2012 at 02:14PM EST
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И про Гамаза сделайте нормальную статью!

lurkmore.to/Иван_Гамаз

Nov 19, 2012 at 02:15PM EST
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