Internet phenomenon

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An Internet phenomenon is akin to a fad, in which something relatively unknown becomes increasingly popular, but usually for a short duration of time. It is nearly impossible to accurately measure the depth of a phenomenon's popularity, and different groups of the Internet may participate more than others. The Internet's lack of physical boundaries leads to a much faster and wider spread of information and ideas, especially when the subject is based around humor or curiosity. Some point to this sort of Internet phenomena as good examples of memes. In literature, William Gibson's Pattern Recognition an interesting kind of Internet phenomenon — "the footage" — plays an important role.

Internet phenomena include:



  • Andy Milonakis — a teenage kid who rose to fame after releasing home webcam recordings of freestyle raps, silly and funny videos, and short films (such as the "Crispy New Freestyle" and "The Superbowl Is Gay") on the Internet.
  • Bad Day — a man takes out his rage on his computer.
  • Bill Gates Gets a Pie in the Face. Link to video here. (
  • Brian Collins, whose entertainingly bad performance as a sports anchor coined the phrase "boom goes the dynamite" and led to an appearance on CBS. (original video) (
  • Bubb Rubb — a man who rose to fame thanks to a humorous local TV broadcast where he was interviewed on the topic of whistle tips
  • "Call On Me" by Eric Prydz has had a popular video featuring a male in a female aerobics class, along with many spoofs. [1] ( The most famous spoof features a female in a male Naval aerobics class. [2] (
  • Chin2 — supposedly Korean kids dancing topless in front of a mirror
  • Chuckie Akenz — A Vietnamese Rapper, famous for his "You Got Beef" video, his website which has 1 million new visitors every day
  • Ellen Feiss — a teenage girl featured in an Apple Computer advertisement, whose slurred speech and disoriented eyes provoked speculation that she was under the influence of illicit drugs
  • Exploding whale — an old news story thought myth gets a second following with the postage of a news footage video.
  • Fan films — especially for Star Wars.[3] ( Fanfilms range from simple backyard antics to professional looking films such as "Duality" [4] (
  • Is This the Way to Armadillo — spoof music video of the song "Is This the Way to Amarillo" made by UK troops stationed in Iraq. Link to video here. (
  • More Cowbell — Saturday Night Live skit about cowbells and The Blue Oyster Cult. Link to Video here. (
  • Numa Numa — an overly enthusiastic kid (Gary Brolsma) singing along to a Romanian techno song (O-Zone's "Dragostei Din Tei")
  • Prophet Yahweh - video[5] ( of the prophet supposedly summoning UFOs, was widely circulated on the internet in June of 2005.
  • Rock Paper Saddam [6] (
  • The Star Wars Kid — a video digitally edited numerous times of a Québecois teenager (Ghyslain Raza) pretending to be Darth Maul
  • Stealth Disco — Videos of people rocking out behind unknowing victims.
  • STFU — A girl who does a bad job of singing, and then when she stops she is whacked from behind by a colleague who wants her to STFU. Link to video here. (
  • Video Game Pianist — Extremely talented piano player who plays both old and new video games' themes. Formerly called "The Blindfolded Pianist"





Shock sites

Personal sites

Fan sites


  • The Best Page in the Universe — 100 000 000+ visits to a website operated by a pirate. The individual articles from this site often spread memetically.
  • Currently Stationary — The original Engrish cult classic
  • Rachelle Waterman — "Just to let everyone know, my mother was murdered." Over 5,000 comments in her LiveJournal blog, before it was deleted. Mirrors still exist.
  • Tucker Max — Millions of hits as well as a cult following to a "man's man," whose skill with alcohol, women, and witty insults is "supposedly" unmatched.




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