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More LOLspeak. It's Over 9000! About “Over 9000” is a popular catchphrase derived from the Japanese manga anime series Dragon Ball Z that is typically used as an innumerable quantifier to describe a large number of something like “several”, “lots”, “butt loads” and even the metric “ass tonne”.

It's Over 9000!

Origin Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール Doragon Bōru) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. With the ending of Dragon Ball, Toei Animation quickly released a second anime television series, Dragon Ball Z. In the 28th episode titled “Goku’s Arrival,” the main protagonist character Goku returns to the Earth after intense training in the Other World to square off against Saiyan warriors Vegeta and Nappa, who had killed his friend Piccolo right before his arrival. The scene from the episode was eventually uploaded by 4chan user and YouTuber Kajetokun on October 17th, 2006.

Power Level. COMBO BREAKER. About Combo Breaker, sometimes seen as C-C-C-C-Combo Breaker!


Anonymous. About Anonymous is an ad-hoc group of Internet users who are often associated with various hacktivist operations, including protests against Internet censorship, Scientology and government corruption.


History. Rules of the Internet. About Rules of the Internet is a list of protocols and conventions, originally written to serve as a guide for those who identified themselves with the Internet group Anonymous.

Rules of the Internet

The list serves as a summation of popular catchphrases and axioms commonly associated with 4chan. Since there are numerous drafts and editions in circulation, the rules fluctuate in number and the validity of each rule remains debatable. Despite this, several of the rules including Rule 34 and Rule 63 are agreed upon across internet communities. RULE 34. About Rule 34 is an Internet adage in the “Rules of the Internet” list of protocols and conventions which asserts that if something exists, there is porn of it.


The humorous concept is commonly illustrated through fanart and fanfictions in which fictional TV and cartoon characters engage in sexual behavior, in similar vein to the Ruined Childhood meme. Origin According to the Lurkmore Wiki, Rule 34 originated from a comic posted on the website Zoom-Out, which was cached by Google as early as October 5th, 2004. In May of 2009, Something Awful user Electric Eggs posted a thread titled “Ask me about inventing Rule 34”, in which he claimed to have created the comic with his sister after learning the adage in an IRC chatroom.

Spread On March 30th, 2006, the first Urban Dictionary definition for “Rule 34” was submitted by user Nukeitall, who claimed the adage was commonly used on a variety of message boards. Rule 34: There is porn of it, no exceptions. Notable Examples Rule 63 Search Interest. Godwin's Law. About Godwin’s Law is an internet adage that is derived from one of the earliest bits of Usenet wisdoms, which goes “if you mention Adolf Hitler or Nazis within a discussion thread, you’ve automatically ended whatever discussion you were taking part in.”

Godwin's Law

Origin Mike Godwin coined his observation as a “natural law of Usenet” in 1990. For more information about Godwin’s Law, check out the original FAQ page. According to the online slang dictionary Jargon File: Spread While Godwin’s Law was originally conceived for the Usenet newsgroup discussions, the humorous rule remains just as applicable today in any threaded online discussion, such as message boards, chat rooms, comment threads and wiki talk pages. Relation to Internet Memes In Mike Godwin’s 1994 Wired article, Meme, Counter-meme he explains how he ‘seeded’ the Law as a trivialization/counter-point to the gratuitous Nazi comparisons found on Usenet groups.

Notable Examples. POOL'S CLOSED. LOLcats. About LOLcats are image macros consisting of humorous photos of cats with superimposed text written in a form of broken English known as lolspeak.


The LOLcat meme gained much of its traction through the weekly ritual of Caturday on 4chan and I Can Has Cheezburger. Origin According to an article in The Star, LOLcats originated on the imageboard 4chan sometime in 2005, when an anonymous user submitted a picture of a relaxed cat waiting for “Caturday.” In a blog post on Time Magazine’s TechLand, writer Lev Grossman published an email claiming that Caturday was created in 2005 as a protest to “Furry Friday” threads.

“There is more than enough EXIF data scattered around the internet to prove that cat macros are ancient, by internet standards. Precursors In the 1870s, photographer Harry Pointer took black-and-white photographs or cats posed in a variety of different situations, adding humorous text referencing the context of the photo (shown below, left). Spread researching. Happy Cat. About Happy Cat is the subject of a series of image macros and exploitable images, and among the most well-known of LOLcats..

Happy Cat

Happy Cat achieved fame via Something Awful in 2003, when forum user FancyCat is speculated to have original posted the image, although new inforamtion regarding the account brings this fact into question. NEDM. Background In July 2005, a video of a cat being burned alive was uploaded to the forum site, evoking strong reactions from other forum users as well as the administrators.


Following an official investigation led by the site, the Belgian teenager who uploaded the video was eventually arrested and the man who actually commited the crime eventually turned himself in. Shortly thereafter, a YTMND site was created out of the video featuring music from the PC game DOOM. YTMND user Titanium-Gecko was outraged to find that some users had given the site 5 stars. He then proceeded to under-rate any sites created by users that had done so. Keyboard Cat. About Keyboard Cat is the nickname given to an orange tabby cat named Fatso, filmed in the mid-1980s by his owner, Charlie Schmidt.

Keyboard Cat

It has been used as an indicator of failure on forums and communities. X Y is X (Redundant Adjectives are Redundant) About (X) (Y) is (X) (“redundant adjectives are redundant”) is a common sentence structure in online conversations which follows a basic format that enhances redundancy. 4chan. About 4chan (site domain: is the most popular English-language imageboard community with over 700,000 posts per day made by roughly seven million daily visitors.

The site consists of 56 topical imageboards that are sectioned into six major categories: Japanese Culture, Interests, Creative, Adult Content and Miscellaneous and Others. History was launched in late 2003 by Christopher Poole, a.k.a moot, who modeled the site after the popular Japanese image-board Futaba Channel (2chan). In the early stage of 4chan, the imageboards consisted of /a/ (anime), /b/ (random), /c/ (cute), /h/ (hentai) and /y/ (yaoi manga) boards. Features Topical Imageboards. Read This in My Voice. About Read This in My Voice is a popular pastime on imageboards in which the OP (original poster) uploads a picture of an iconic character with a caption that reads: READ THIS IN MY VOICE. Upon seeing the image, viewers often find themselves subconsciously reading the text in the signature voice of each character portrayed.

Origin The first known example of “You Are Reading This in my Voice” occurred on May 29th, 2009 in an epic 4chan thread #138566834 started by moot featuring Boxy Brown from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Jessi Slaughter. Boxxy. Tabby. About Tabby is an Internet celebrity that rose to fame on 4chan’s /b/ board. She is currently a YouTube partner, and makes videos on the Tabbs24x7 and Tabbs24x7Official YouTube channels. An Hero. VTEC just kicked in, yo! VTEC just kicked in, yo! Is a catchphrase often used on 4chan (namely, /b/ and/p/) referring to sudden velocity expericened by a car with a VTEC motor.

Since the situation is similar to entering warpspeed in Star Wars, jumping to Slipspace in Halo, or other sudden-velocity changing scenarios, this became a popular image macro representing speed in 2005. From First started on /p/ (photo board) in response to a picture of a Honda, VTEC refers to Honda’s variable valve timing system, which is used to increase horsepower at higher RPMs. Get the cake ! Xbox 360 kid. Yotsuba Koiwai (404 girl) Slowpoke. Epic Fail Guy. Rickroll. About Rickrolling is a bait-and-switch practice that involves providing a web link supposedly relevant to the topic at hand, but actually re-directs the viewer to Rick Astley’s 1987 hit single “Never Gonna Give You Up.”