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Lady Punch is a viral video based on a raw news footage shot in 1998 by KY3-TV, a local news station located in Springfield, Missouri. The scene takes place outside of a courthouse, where a reckless driver had been sentenced to five years in prison for killing two people and severely injuring another in a road accident. Immediately following the verdict, grieving families of the two victims exchanged unpleasant words outside of the court, which eventually ended up on a sour note, with one woman punching the other in the face.
For more information, please click this link to snopes.com’s page. One of the first websites that this video was posted to was Google Video, on April 3rd of 2006. This is the original video (the first time this video was posted to the web). The link for that video is here. The reason for the title of this meme being “Lady Punch” rather than “old lady punch” or “lady getting punched” is due to the fact that the original video was entitled Lady Punch.
Since the video’s release into the Internet wild, it has become a viral phenomenon. For example, it is on Greg Rutter’s list of THE 99 THINGS YOU SHOULD HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCED ON THE INTERNET UNLESS YOU’RE A LOSER OR OLD OR SOMETHING, and is number 47 on Urlesque’s list of the 100 most iconic Internet videos. Google Current analyzed this video on May 15, 2006.
Since the initial release of the video, many remixes and derivatives have been created.
Franz Ferdinand Remix
Slow Motion version
Smells Like Teen Spirit Remix
This is Sparta! Remix
Captain Falcon Punch
Searches spiked in April and May of 2006, due to the fact that that is when the original video was being posted and flying all over the web. Although one of the most popular was uploaded on April 3rd of 2006, a notable amount of searches did not start appearing until Friday, April 21, 2006. (Link.)
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