Cooks Source infringement controversy — An advertising-supported publication's dismissive response to copyright infringement complaint causes online backlash. Elf Yourself allows visitors to upload images of themselves or their friends, see them as dancing elves ,   and includes options to post the created video to other sites or save it as a personalized mini-film.
Ads featured the tagline, "HeadOn. Apply directly to the forehead", stated three times in succession, accompanied by a video of a model using the product without ever directly stating the product's purpose.
The ads were successively parodied on sites such as YouTube and rapper Lil Jon even made fun of it. It eventually led to a popular viral marketing campaign which had Mustafa responding to various Internet comments in short YouTube videos on Old Spice 's YouTube channel.
Starting in , the character in the commercial, "Mac Tonight" was utilized in videos where he is depicted promoting violence against minorities and promoting the KKK with racist parodies of rap songs. The commercial drew criticism for its concept and the performances of its actors. Though originally designed to be used to ease storyboard development for filmmakers, the site quickly became popular after videos made with the tool, including "iPhone 4 vs HTC Evo", became viral.
Friendship Is Magic grew from its 4chan roots. The form is said to have launched the use of Flash for inexpensive animations that are now more common on the Internet. The format is either a freeze frame with text over Homer, Bart, and the chair or a remix video where Homer's scream is replaced   Badger Badger Badger — A hypnotic loop of animal calisthenics set to the chant of "badger, badger, badger", created by Jonti "Weebl" Picking.
Also known as Caramelldansen Speedycake Remix or Uma uma dance in Japan, the song was parodied by artists and fans who then copy the animation and include characters from other anime performing the dance. The cartoon contains many references to popular culture from the s and s, including video games, television, and popular music.
The song clip soon enjoyed overwhelming popularity as a ringtone, with most of the young urban population aware of the "Yak zup zop" lyrics. Friendship Is Magic — Hasbro 's animated series to revive its toy line was discovered by members of 4chan and subsequently spawned a large adult, mostly male fanbase calling themselves " bronies " and creating numerous Internet memes and mashups based on elements from the show.
The meme usually replaces Peter's screams of pain with other sounds. The meme is manifested in a large number of online comics, where countries are presented as spherical personas that interact in often broken English, poking fun at national stereotypes and international relations, as well as historical conflicts.
Certain images from rage comics are known by specific titles, such as "trollface" a widely grinning man , "forever alone" a man crying to himself , or "rage guy" a man shouting "FUUUUU Salad Fingers — A Flash animation series surrounding a schizophrenic green man in a desolate world populated mostly by deformed, functionally mute people.
To differentiate between the two homonymous shorts, the first short is often referred to as Jesus vs. Frosty , and the second short as Jesus vs. Fox executive Brian Graden sent copies of Jesus vs.
Santa to several of his friends, and from there it was copied and distributed, including on the internet, where it became one of the first viral videos. These memes include "Surprised Patrick ",  " Mr. Set to a song of the same name, written and performed by Neil Cicierega under his musician alias, "Lemon Demon. Banana Sprite challenge — a challenge to quickly eat two bananas and drink one can of Sprite  without vomiting. There are other versions of the challenge, but the suggested premise is that the body cannot digest both substances at the same time.
It went viral on social media during August—September The Book Bucket Challenge involves people to share the names of 10 books that inspired them on their social networking pages or donating books to the needy and sharing those photos with friends in social networking sites. Charlie Charlie Challenge — A ouija -emulating ritual in which the spirit of a fictitious Mexican demon named "Charlie" is invoked via two pencils in the shape of a cross and the words "yes" and "no" written on paper in a square.
Social media users began circulating videos of pencils moving to the word "yes" when asking if the demon is present. The objective of the challenge is to film oneself swallowing a spoonful of ground cinnamon in under 60 seconds without drinking anything,  then upload the video to the Internet.
The challenge involves inserting a latex condom into the nostril and snorting it into the nasal cavity and back through the throat to be coughed out of the mouth. The term "condom challenge" was coined in May following the widespread popularity of the cinnamon challenge , but the idea is several years old and videos of challenge attempts date to at least The stunt poses potential choking hazards.
The aftermath is then posted to social media sites. These may occur as part of competitive eating or as an online challenge. Food stamp or SNAP challenge — a trend in the United States popularized by religious groups, community activists and food pantries , in which a family of means chooses to purchase food using only the monetary equivalent of what a family that size would receive in the US federal government Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP , colloquially called food stamps.
The participant may attempt to damage other objects as they throw the bottles, or fall into the resultant spill and seek the assistance of customers to help them up. Participants of this challenge often sustain injuries and frequently face punishment from legal authorities, including the two teenagers who originally started the phenomenon.
As the challenge propagated, it tagged various celebrities and people with large numbers of social followers, causing the challenge to grow in a viral manner. The activity is considered harmful, both from bruising and dis-figuration of the lips, and the potential for the vessel to shatter and cut the person.
It became especially popular with sports teams and athletes. The challenge is recorded and posted on YouTube or other forms of social media. The challenge gained attention in late and early , and quickly was addressed by several health-related organizations, as the chemicals in the packet are poisonous and toxic to humans. These agencies sought to warn users and strongly discourage the challenge after dozens of cases of poisoning were reported within the first few weeks of , while YouTube took action to remove videos related to the challenge to further stop its spread.
It spawned a fictional band complete with its own CD album release. In such videos, one person is dancing or acting strange among a room full of others going about routine business. After the drop in the song and a video cut, everyone starts dancing or acting strangely.
The attempts to recreate the dance led to a viral spread on YouTube. Paul, Minnesota , choreographed to the song " Forever " by Chris Brown. Popularized on YouTube with 1. Virus hoax and Chain-letter Bill Gates Email Beta Test — An email chain-letter that first appeared in and was still circulating as recently as Realistic contact information for a lawyer appears in the message. Variations of the plea for greeting cards sent out on his behalf in are still being distributed through the Internet, making the plea one of the most persistent urban legends.
The email claimed that an email virus with the subject line "Good Times" was spreading, which would "send your CPU into a nth-complexity infinite binary loop", among other dire predictions.
Navy ship and a Canadian who insists the naval vessel change a collision course , ending in the punchline. This urban legend first appeared on the Internet in its commonly quoted format in , although versions of the story predate it by several decades.
The original email is attributed to an individual who used the name "Dave Rhodes", who may or may not have existed. The email claims the person is attempting to exact revenge by passing the recipe out for free. The scam claims the sender is a high-ranking official of Nigeria with knowledge of a large sum of money or equivalent goods that they cannot claim but must divest themselves of it; to do so, they claim to require a smaller sum of money up front to access the sum to send to the receiver.
The nature of the scam has mutated to be from any number of countries, high-ranking persons, barristers, or relationships to said people.