Julia Schillo
Julia Schillo

10 Internet Memes Illustrated in Peeps

Julia Schillo
Julia Schillo

Marshmallow Peeps are everywhere! The stores are full of them, and so are Easter baskets. Better stock up now if you use them as an art medium. Plenty of people do for the Peeps diorama competitions held each year. And every year I pick some of those best, centered around a theme for your entertainment. More and more of the dioramas feature internet themes and memes, social networking, and popular videos.

1. JK Wedding Dance

A Peeps version of the 2009 super-viral JK Wedding Entrance video made semi-finalist in the Washington Post diorama competition in 2010.

2. What People Think Peeps Are

Megan Hustings and Rachel Hamilton adapted Peeps to the What People Think I Do meme. Their effort, entitled "What People Think Peeps Are: Six different perspectives on the memening of Peeps," made them finalists in the Washington Post's Peep Show in 2012. Watch a video about this project.

3. Charlie Sheen's Tiger Blood

Natalie and Bob Brown from Alexandria took advantage of Charlie Sheen’s troubles to create this scene illustrating the concept of “Tiger Blood.” This was an entry in the WaPo contest in 2011.

4. Twitter

Anna Yoshida De La Paz made finalist in the Seattle Times contest in 2010 with a rendering of the Twitter logo in Peeps.

5. Pinterest

"Peepterest: The Loss of American Productivity" by Karlyn Owens and Dave Owens puts the social networking site Pinterest into the world of Peeps. Or maybe it's the other way around.

6. Nyan Peep

The meme of the year in 2011 was Nyan Cat. The Peep analog, Nyan Peep, was entered into the Washington Post diorama contest in 2012 by Julia Schillo. 

7. Peepnam Style

Not so much of a diorama as a collage, this Peep scene is a parody of the PSY video of the song "Gangnam Style" that became the biggest meme of 2012. Jason Loul of Seattle entered this one in last year's Seattle Times Peep Contest.

He wasn’t the only one who had the idea, as this one from Noelle Stanley and David Stanley was entered into the Washington Post competition last year.

Molly Zuzek of Forest Lake, Minnesota, entered her version into the 2013 Pioneer Press Peeps contest.

8. The Book of Bunny Suicides

Carolyn Whitton created the above diorama in honor of Andy Riley's first Book of Bunny Suicides for the Washington Post competition in 2010.

9. Peeps from Hillary

Jane Lieberman of Minneapolis recreated the meme Texts from Hillary as Peeps From Hillary for the Twin Cities Pioneer Press competition in 2013.

10. IKEA Monkey

The Twin Cities contest from last year also had a reference to the IKEA Monkey story that captivated the internet for a brief time in late 2012. This rendering from Katie MacInnes of St. Paul turned the monkey into a marshmallow bunny for the contest last year.

And what about those contests for this year? The Winners of the Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest of this year will not be revealed until April 20th. The Twin Cities Pioneer Press is holding their contest this year, but have not announced the winners yet. The York Daily Record will announce their contest winners on April 18th. The Seattle Times has not yet announced the winners, but you can see the entries in this year’s competition.

See a lot more creative uses for Peeps in our previous articles.

There's Now a Faster, Easier Way to Send GIFs Via Text Message

Responding to text messages with the perfect reaction GIF can be a laborious process, but those days may be over thanks to GIPHY KEYS, a keyboard app that lets users toss out a word or phrase prompt to receive a series of well-matched GIFs to choose from—all without leaving a conversation.

The tool is already integrated into Twitter, Tinder, Facebook, Gmail, and other apps, according to GIPHY, but with the new iOS keyboard, users can take full advantage of the "infinite library" of mini moments to help express what words alone never could. The GIPHY KEYS keyboard also includes a Trending Feed of popular images if you just want a random slice of internet goodness. The app—whenever you're ready to have your emotions visually represented—is available for free download now.

[h/t Tech Crunch]

Images via GIPHY

What If Rickrolling Is Just Karmic Retribution For Rick Astley Not Getting To Celebrate His One Major Award?

In 1987, Rick Astley was a baby-faced 21-year-old with an unexpectedly deep baritone who was having a really stellar year. Not too long before, he’d been a teenage drummer on the club circuit who was scouted as a singer by the up-and-coming songwriting and production team of Stock Aitken Waterman (who were responsible for the recent hits "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" and "Venus"). Astley's new studio groomed him to be a star, and his first solo single, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” was an instant success.

Released in August, the song immediately dominated five weeks on the UK charts. It quickly spread, becoming a global number one hit in 25 countries, and eventually topping four U.S. Billboard charts. By year's end, it was named the best-selling British single of the year.

And yet, when awards season rolled around, only Astley's native Great Britain took notice. Though the song was a hit and its album, Whenever You Need Someone, eventually went double-platinum in the States, Astley was shut out of the Grammys. But at the Brit Awards, the singer was nominated for Best British Male Artist, Best British Newcomer, and Best British Single.

On February 8, 1988, just two days after Astley’s 22nd birthday, he won the only major award of his career: Best British Single, for what would become his signature song. Astley had been seated in a box at the Royal Albert Hall, though, rather than at one of the tables on the floor. And, as televised awards shows are wont to do, the show was in danger of running over time. With The Who scheduled to close out the show—it had been a significant feat to get them to perform together for just the second time in six years—former BPI chairman Rob Dickins decided to storm the stage to save time.

“I said we had to cut the last award to get The Who on stage,” Dickins recalled last year. “The producers and [the host] Noel Edmonds said no … and I flipped.” In footage from the night, you can see Dickins nervously stepping around the side of the stage, wanting to rush the presentation to make way for The Who, while Edmonds begins introducing the category. While the prerecorded footage of the five Best Single nominees rolled, Dickins made it clear that they would not be making time for the winner to come to the stage. Edmonds got the hint, and after announcing Astley’s win, immediately called Dickins to the podium.

“I went on stage, as the clock was ticking towards the news, and said: ‘The winner is Rick Astley. I am accepting on his behalf. Please welcome The Who,’” Dickins recalled. “I don’t think Rick has ever forgiven me.”

“Poor Rick Astley never got to collect his award for best single, and ended up in tears,” host Noel Edmonds later said.

Poor Rick Astley indeed. He continued to release new material and still makes appearances at festivals and fundraisers, and though his next nine singles all hit the UK Top 10, he largely fell from the mainstream in the U.S. after his single "Together Forever" topped the U.S. charts in the summer of '88. That is, until 2007, when a 4chan user created everyone's favorite Internet prank: Rickrolling. By 2008, the meme had gone viral, and suddenly any important story or video you thought you were going to see was suddenly hyperlinked to the very '80s video featuring Astley's rich vocals and sweet dance moves.

"It’s funny," Astley told the Los Angeles Times in 2008. "It makes me laugh—I’m sure it really annoys a lot of other people—but it’s made me laugh occasionally."

And perhaps it's for the best that Astley is getting his last laugh now. Because even if his one big award show moment was stolen from him, at least he's living on in Internet infamy, and, in a sense, stealing the spotlight from … Who knows?


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