Drink Bleach, Get Punched, Roll Safe

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November 15: Drink Bleach, Get Punched, Roll Safe


An edgy insult “Drink Bleach” and the classic punching game “The Circle Game” go head to head in this middle school version of "This Day in Meme History." But maybe the most iconic meme born on this day is one of Black Twitter’s greatest reaction images, “Roll Safe.” That’s all without mentioning the heartfelt sentiment “S[he] Be[lie]ve[d] (Sbeve)”, which was wonderfully woven out of a lover’s quarrel on this day as well. 

As a bonus in today’s newsletter, we’re debuting the new “Know Your Trends” section that’ll fill you in on some of the latest internet happenings and trends from recent weeks, so you can watch meme history happen right before your very eyes every day!
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Drink Bleach: Not Advised

Bleach Drinking refers to a creative way to commit sudoku that was popularized online, but it more commonly used as a creative way to tell someone to "croak". It’s arguably not very chill, but the phrase “Drink Bleach” was first added to Urban Dictionary 17 years ago today. It’d later be used as a subject of YouTube videos and used within 4chan messageboards. It would also go on to inspire the idea of Brain Bleach / Eye Bleach. Read more.
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The Circle Game: I Just Need To Tie My Shoe

Don’t look down, dude. The iconic “Circle Game” has a humble origin story traced back to an Ohio teenager. However, it wasn’t popularized until a Malcolm in the Middle episode that aired on this day back in 2000. Going forward within image macros, the dreaded OK Symbol was snuck into multiple Zoom In images across Facebook and Reddit. Read more.
 
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Roll Safe: Think About It

This iconic image macro has been circulating Black Twitter since 2016, when the character “Roll Safe” from the BBC TV show #HoodDocumentary first put his finger to his brain. His smirk and handsome eyes were irresistible to Twitter users trying to convey all the smart ways they were getting out of things or convincing their girlfriends of. Read more.
 
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Sbeve: What Does It Mean?

When this piece of internet slang was first uttered as a 2008, blog post comment, the author was being completely sincere. A year later, it was used again earnestly in an Inspirational Photo Quote. However, going forward, internet users proceeded to dunk on the trite statement, ironically asking, “What is Sbeve?”. And the rest is meme history. Read more.
 
 
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Shadman Arrested For Assault

Shadman Arrested For Assault refers to the crime allegedly committed by Shaddai Prejean, also known online as Shadman, a digital artist and provocateur known for his NSFW art. The arrest was made on October 26th, 2021, with his bail being posted on November 9th, 2021, and the hearing expected to be on November 15th, 2021.

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Original ➡ Fanart

Original → Fan Art refers to a participatory trend participants of which share original images of various characters and then their own fan art of these characters, usually created by them in the past. The trend gained popularity with artists on Twitter in mid-November 2021.

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Infamous Internet Digital Artist Shadman On Bail For Assault With A Deadly Weapon Arrest

The NSFW digital artist Shadman was arrested back in October on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. His release on bail was noticed by the internet, which started to swirl with a myriad of rumors about him and his circumstances.

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Tighten Staring refers to an image macro of Hal Stewart / Tighten from Megamind staring, often with a black filter with the song Never Forgive Me, Never Forget Me from the game Silent Hill playing in the background. The image of Tighten staring has been used in a similar fashion to Traumatized Mr. Incredible. [...]
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