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The dress and llama drama just two latest to break the internet. What are the first two?

What is this “break the internet”? What does that even mean?

Hang tough for a sec.

First things first.

#thedress DID break the internet this morning.

CNBC reports this morning that:

A badly lit photograph of a $77 off-the-rack dress broke the Internet Friday, spawning arguments, memes and half-baked pseudo-scientific explanations over the viral frock’s real colors.

By some reckonings, Buzzfeed invented “viral,” but its deputy news director, Jon Passatino, appeared truly surprised by just how many clicks the dress generated. He tweeted that it broke the site’s traffic records, with more than 670,000 people viewing the post simultaneously at one point and garnering 16 million hits in six hours.

Neetzan Zimmerman, formerly an editor at another viral content machine, Gawker, and widely considered an expert in virality, tweeted that the dress is a “viral singularity.”

It appears to have started with a Tumblr post of the photo, headlined “what colors are this dress,” and spread from there as those who saw white-and-gold engaged in pitched battles with the blue-and-black camp.

So basically, the social-sphere aka viral singularity exploded in colorblind angst overnight.

Times a zillion.

In the event that you’ve been under a rock, while buried in a cave, located on top of a mountain and so you’ve missed it, here is the dress:

And then of course there was the internet breaking  #LlamaDrama that happened earlier yesterday when two therapy llamas made a run for it.

Therapy llamas?

That’s a thing now?

Apparently.  But the big thing is that the mom and youngster llamas were running around like crazy people:

The run-with-the-llama’s video could have gone bigger, but they were knocked out of greater internet breaking-ing-ness by #thedress.

WTF.

Really.

W.T.F. is happening?

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Suddenly everyone is talking about breaking the internet.  And the rise of Tumblr, instagram and our old friend Twitter makes it easier all of the time.

According to Time.com:

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said in October that surveillance programs like the NSA are “going to end up breaking the Internet,” because foreign governments won’t trust the United States not to snoop on their online activities. And according to The Guardian, sharks could “break the Internet” by nibbling at underwater cables.

Those events might change internet. But in the context of viral media content, “breaking the Internet” means engineering one story to dominate Facebook and Twitter at the expense of more newsworthy things. (Like, for example, the fact that humans have landed a probe on a comet for a first time in history.) So perhaps a more accurate term would be “hijacking the Internet,” since really these stories seem to be manipulating online fervor rather than shutting the whole thing down.

Oh.

Hijacking the internet.

Kim Kardashian anyone?

This from November of 2014:

Kim Kardashian Paper Magazine

Sorry. We’d all like to un-see that one.

Broken internet or not.

On a much more wholesome note; a month earlier BuzzFeed said that:

In September Taylor Swift “broke the Internet” when she wore a T-shirt saying “no it’s Becky,” a super-meta reference to a Tumblr post where a user insisted that a picture of young Taylor was, in fact, someone named Becky.

"no its becky" is an iconic Tumblr post in the Taylor Swift fandom.

 

Which collectively lost its shit overnight when Taylor herself appeared in New York City WEARING A "NO ITS BECKY" TEE.

I have to get out more. Or stay in more. #Oneofthose.

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“Don’t Jerk & Drive” Campaign has been pulled. No joke. Too soon?

Nothing like a good public safety campaign to make you cringe. Or laugh. Or cringe AND laugh.

You didn’t miss this Yahoo news story did you?

 South Dakota officials have canceled a public safety campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of jerking the steering wheel on icy roads, saying it’s too risque. 

Apparently, this jerking the wheel thing really does happen and is a legit prob in the frozen wind-swept icy land of South Dakota.

The Department of Public Safety has pulled the “Don’t Jerk and Drive” ads, which played on the double-meaning of the word “jerk.” Highway Safety Director Lee Axdahl told the big South Dakota newspaper The Argus Leader earlier this week that the double meaning was intentional, to grab people’s attention.

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Roger that.

Safety Director Axdahl  says the department would prefer drivers keep their cars out of the ditch and their mind out of the gutter. Afraid that ship has already sailed.

His boss, Public Safety Director Trevor Jones is cancelling the social media and television ads. He says he doesn’t want innuendo to distract from the goal of saving lives on the road.

Once a “public safety campaign” reaches Jon Stewart it’s safe to say that it isn’t about safety anymore.

South Dakotans aren’t alone in the public-safety-is-a-laughing-matter – maybe they are on to somethin’

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Blockbuster much? Jurassic Trailer at twelve million views in ONE day!

Know what’s better than fresh popcorn and good seats? If you are Stevie Spielberg it’s a movie so anticipated that twelve million people watch the trailer in the first twenty fours hours after the release.

The trailer.

Not. The. Movie.

Yeah. That’s happening.

Spielberg didn’t direct this Jurrasic movie, but he was the Executive Producer – read that creative control and lots of cash. So the trailer has been long awaited

Again, not talking about the movie but the TRAILER.

In case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know much about Jurrasic World; think Chris Pratt meets Disney World dino-style.

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Kind of a fun view. Watch this:

It’s a good trailer. CNN  raves about it:

Be sure to check out that water show involving what looks to be a basilosaurus leaping out of the water to devour a shark!

Allrighty then. Creatures eating sharks are always cool.

Just two small problems.

Haters gonna hate. Scientists are already pointing out the scientific shortcomings in the movie.

Because apparently we non-nerds were in danger of believing that the movie WAS REAL. And the fact lovers at CNN couldn’t resist and took the scientfic bait:

While the movie might not win any awards for scientific accuracy, the trailer has certainly built up a lot of anticipation for its summer 2015 release — not to mention the fact that we don’t get a good look at that genetically modified dinosaur that terrorizes many in the park.

Got it. The dinosaurs in the movie trailer aren’t real.

And then there are the trailer lovers. Millions of ’em. Vox.com sea the trailer greatness comes because the trailer reminds us of Jaws, ET, Alien, Hunger Games and oh yeah, Jurassic Park all rolled into one.

Therein lies the second problem.

The trailer is the whole movie…drama, emotion, dino-sized surprises and all. After joining the millions of people who’ve already watched the trailer you will feel like you’ve already seen the movie. Kind of flies in the face of what the trailer was supposed to do. Dontcha think?

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The tiny hamsters are killin’ it again. Tiny meals mean big numbers.

Cat videos are so 2010. Know what gets watched millions and millions and millions of times on YouTube these days?

Tiny hamsters. Eating tiny food.

When a tiny hamster ate a tiny burrito earlier this year the YouTube video got nine million views.

Just let that sink in for a minute.

Nine MILLION views.

Yeah. That is a tiny hamster eating a tiny burrito.
Yeah. That IS a tiny hamster eating a tiny burrito.

Sensing a tsunami of popularity the brains behind the videos, who happen to be an advertising/social media company called Hello Denizen followed with a tiny hamster eating tiny birthday cake. Boom. Nearly four million more views.

And every time a hamster-turned-mini-celeb eats a hot dog or birthday cake millions of peeps check out the vids. Tiny hamsters are so cool.

With turkey day in our sights, it can only mean one thing.Tiny thanksgiving for tiny hamsters.

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Unlike the burrito, birthday cake or hot dog eating, this is a whole meal. That’s gotta mean guests…it IS the biggest meal of the year after all. So two tiny hamsters shared the bountiful feast with a rabbit and a rat. Because why not? Everybodys gotta eat.

Great article in the WaPo about how the videos are made but the short version is trained hamsters (yeah, that’s a thing) hamster-safe recipes, 12 hour photo shoots and unmitigated cuteness.

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Best quote about why anybody would go to the time/trouble of devising recipes for the look-alike foods used in all of the videos?

Well, you can’t just plop a burrito down in front of a hamster and expect him to eat it.

No words. Really.