December 7, 2012 Leave a comment
Fortnight on the Internets is preparing for our epic 2012 finale, in which we will count down the Top 20 Internet items of 2012! In this quest, we seek the assistance of our wise Likers! That’s right, YOU are being invited to cast your vote to determine the ultimate in web magic for what will undoubtedly be considered the authoritative countdown that all others will pale in comparison to. Many of you weighed in when we called for nominations, and still more lent your wisdom to us throughout 2012 in programming the podcast from which we culled so many of these gems. We thank you humbly for your support! Now it’s time to vote. All nominees are outlined below with links and other goodness to refresh your memory…
When you’re ready, CAST YOUR BALLOT HERE.
Now, on to the glorious nominees!
OUR FIFTY NOMINEES
“100 Riffs: A Brief History of Rock N’ Roll”
As discussed in episode 9. An exhilarating journey with Alex of the Chicago Music Exchange.
“29/31″ by Garfunkel and Oates
Ashli Gay confronts her haters
I have no idea what’s going on here, but as JSB put it, “Hype mom is the new hype man.”
Bad Lip Reading
“Bottles Beware!” starring Will Keith
“Collective Soul Cat”
As discussed on episode 13. Apparently this is Girl Talk’s cat?!
“A Conversation with My 12-Year-Old Self”
As discussed in episode 9. A time-release masterpiece.
Daym Drops & “Oh My Dayum”
“Dumb Ways to Die” by Tangerine Kitty
“Durt Purz” by City on Film feat. Andrea Estella
The meme that keeps on giving. Find the full story at Know Your Meme.
Epic Rap Battles of History (Season 2)
So hard to pick just one, but Bill Gates’ first verse is FIRE (but of course I think that, this podcast is made on a PC). Check out all the ERB hits here.
FiveThirtyEight (Nate Silver)
“Gangnam Style” by Psy
As discussed on episode 12 and everywhere around the muh’fuckin globe. (Though I will note that we went deep on this jam a few weeks before it hit SNL, a month before my downstairs neighbors started cranking it after a night at the club, and at least 8 weeks before my middle aged co-workers started asking me if I’d heard of “gag-num style”?) A K-pop cut by an artist completely unknown in the West that racked up a mind boggling NINE HUNDRED MILLION Youtube views off a crazy, hilarious viral video and went to #1 on the Billboard charts. I don’t want to unfairly bias the balloting any more than I already have, so I will just leave it at that.
“Gungan Style” (Funny or Die)
As discussed in episode 16. It isn’t what you think. An existential masterpiece for the internet meme age from Funny or Die.
“Hot Cheetos and Takis” by Y.n. RichKids
As discussed on episode 12. This afterschool program puts all others to shame.
“I Just Want to Ride Bikes With You” by Jacqueline Richey Krieger
In My G4 Over Da Sea
“It’s Thanksgiving” by Nicole Westbrook feat. Patrice Wilson
As discussed on episode 17. Fat Usher of “Friday” infamy returns in triumph!!
“Just Kidding!” Neil & John feat. Joshy
Another great video from three friends of the podcast. My favorite line is “Fat baby???!!!???”
Kate Upton GIFs
Kim Jong DJ
The late dictator drops the bass on an amazing Photoshop-fueled tumblr.
As discussed on our very first episode! Yeah, I probably should have linked the original (94 million views and counting) KONY 2012 video but let’s face it, Jason Russell’s naked meltdown on the streets of San Diego was the amazing apex of this carnival of horrors that featured such terrible people as a crew of evangelical Christians trying to change the world, the gay-bashing Ugandan government, and Joe Kony and his army of child soldiers.
The basement-dwelling rapper who we originally dissed before seeing the error of our ways through the intervention of Liker Doan. Although Krispy isn’t really an Alabamian dumbass (he’s actually a valedictorian from Michigan), the track above is one of the greatest rap tracks of 2012. TRUTH.
Les Miserables Wedding Surprise
Are we SURE this isn’t extremely devious viral marketing for the movie? After all we’ve learned this year about the tricksy ways of the Internets, it definitely should not be ruled out.
“Look At This Instagram”
An amazing parody by CollegeHumor that actually manages to rehabilitate a Nickelback sludge-anthem. The vocal production is outstanding.
McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed
As discussed on episode 11. A gold-medal winning meme that went all the way to the top of our nation’s org chart and made the world’s best vaulter (silver medal notwithstanding) an all-time Olympic legend in our hearts.
Mo Farah Running Away From Things
Another outstanding Tumblr inspired by the London Olympiad.
Amazing photos of long-forgotten Hollywood romances (like Brooke Shields and Liam Neeson, above). We talked about this on episode #0, our never-released pilot. Maybe some day it’ll come out in a 25th anniversary box set.
Olympic Diving Funny Faces
This collection of hilarious photos really requires no explanation. Hee hee!!!
As discussed on episode 18. The geniuses at The Onion take down TED Talks with vicious wit.
Pitbull exiled to Kodiak, AK
An inspired campaign by David Thorpe, aka @arr, which we discussed on episode 8 while it was still underway. Well, it succeeded, and the internet prankster who forced the Cuban-American rapper to travel to the frozen north was compelled to accompany him on the journey — as captured in this hilarious article.
As discussed on episode 18. An absolutely brilliant webseries from The Onion that starts as your basic reality show parody and spirals to darker and weirder worlds. The last two episodes are sheer perfection.
“Shit Girls Say”
Yeah, this dropped in December 2011, but it was certainly a 2012 phenomenon. Another item from our never-released pilot, in which Alpine revealed that he found the star of this video kind of attractive in drag.
“Reading Rainbow” feat. DMX
As discussed on episode 13. This is so funny, you can just explain it to somebody without even showing it to them and they will start laughing.
Rom Com 2012
This brilliant tumblr mixes awkward Romney headshots with romantic comedy movie posters. More well-conceived than the man’s presidential campaign!
“Driving in Russia” (Car Crash Compilation)
A recent find that led our Liker Christine to exclaim, “This is the most unreal thing I have ever seen in my entire life!!!”
Screenshots of Despair
Songs of the Presidents
As mentioned in episode 17. This series appears to have stalled out in the mid-20th century, but it was truly inspired while it lasted.
Sweet Brown (“Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!”)
It’s hard to believe that this is real…but reality is stranger than fiction, especially on local news.
Tard the Grumpy Cat
What a glorious scowl!
Texts from Hillary
As discussed on episode 3. A pool photographer’s photo inspired a tumblr that grew so viral, the Secretary herself submitted an entry, whereupon the creators dropped the mic and walked off stage. If only all internet memes could end with such gracious closure.
The Wire! The Musical
As discussed in episode 7, with music composed by friends of the podcast. This Funny or Die joint featured tons of actors from the best show ever, but what made it truly sing was the audacity to stage an ingenious takedown of a sacred cow.
What Should We Call Me
“AFTER STUDYING FOR FIVE MINUTES”
Discussed on episode 2. One of 2012’s definitive blogs. The GIF-based tumblr to end all GIF-based tumblrs, it inspired a legion of copycats — someone even got a TV deal out ripping this site’s creators off. Masterminds of WSWCM, we salute you.
“Why Doesn’t MTV Show Music Videos Anymore?”
A complete evisceration of anyone who has ever uttered those words.
Your LL Bean Boyfriend
A tumblr that fantasizes about what life would be like in the arms of a studly Mainer. Ayuh.
Twitter Feed of the Year
Twitter users, weigh in! What feed touched your soul in 2012?
- @CoryBooker — Newark’s absurdly plugged-in Mayor
- @DadBoner — The sage of Grand Blanc, MI
- @fart — Something Awful columnist and constant inspiration to this podcast
- @lenadunham — A voice of a generation
- @NancyGraceHLN — Queen of the hashtag, scourge of Tot Mom
- @openculture — “A wealth of serious thinking available online” (NYTimes)
- @robdelaney — Romney tormentor and perhaps Twitter’s top comic
- @SamuelLJackson — The gold standard in conjugation of “motherfucker”
- @sweden — An account taken over by a new Swede every week
- @the_ironsheik — Profane wrestling legend outbursting daily
Instagram Feed of the Year
Mouse over for names, click for feeds.
Our Musical Guests
What FOTI musical guest rocked you this year? Listen to ’em all on this Spotify playlist and pick yer favorite! — That’s everything. Time to VOTE.