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Popular culture, entertainment and the arts[edit]

Ha ha ha... ha... gulp.
C'est Le Pétomane – who "performed" for royalty.
How far would you go to save yourself?
The Aristocrats A joke considered to be both "the world's funniest" and "the world's worst". Also a 2005 documentary of the same name.
VHEMT A group of people trying to get everyone to stop reproducing.
Bigipedia A unique experiment in "broadwebcasting", Bigipedia is the website on your radio. In association with Chianto—"Officially recognised by the EU as a wine-type product or by-product".
Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them! controversy T-shirt slogan aimed towards young women, rocks aimed towards young men.
George P. Burdell A fictitious student officially enrolled at Georgia Tech in 1927, and, except for his "service" in World War II, has been continuously enrolled at the school ever since.
Hundeprutterutchebane Translates to Dog Fart Switchback. It is a flatulence-themed roller coaster.
Featured article The Bus Uncle A Hong Kong resident gets into an uncomfortably tense argument with a fellow passenger—all caught on video.
Conan the Librarian A perennial parody of Conan the Barbarian that has appeared in film, television, comics, and fan fiction.
Croydon facelift A hairstyle peculiar to parts of England.
Cultural depictions of Napoleon Fictional characters believing they are Napoleon are often used to suggest mental ill health.
Cuteness in Japanese culture It's not just Hello Kitty and Pikachu.
Evil clown A recent development in American popular culture in which the playful trope of the clown is rendered as disturbing through the use of dark humor and horror elements.
Evil Overlord List How to avoid the movie clichés.
Flash mob Wherein a group of people quickly meet up, engage in a random action such as a pillow fight, then disappear just as quickly.
Fuck for Forest Do your bit to save the rainforest—have an orgy!
Garden hermit In case you are in need of some backyard friends.
Ghost-riding One of the latest trends to be popularized by hyphy culture.
Great Stork Derby What could possibly be in the will of a notorious practical joker?
Gurn A Western term for creating odd appearances of the face.
Human rainbow A huge gathering of colours.
Issei Sagawa Writer, commentator, minor celebrity, murderer, and cannibal.
Kayfabe In professional wrestling, the portrayal of events within the industry as real.
Killer toys When children's toys attack!
Love padlocks A fence in the southern Hungarian town of Pécs where lovers clamp padlocks.
Masturbate-a-thon It's okay – it's for charity!
Meta-joke A joke that refers to itself as the joke.
Metafiction Fiction about fiction.
Mooning the Cog Bad weather isn't the only reason to avoid the summit of Mount Washington.
Nazi chic The approving use of Nazi-era style, imagery, and paraphernalia in clothing and popular culture.
No soap radio A prank joke intended to fool one of its listeners into believing that it is a joke.
Obay A fictional mind-control drug that's at the center of a viral marketing campaign.
Pen spinning An activity in which assorted tricks are used to manipulate a pen in aesthetically pleasing ways.
Le Pétomane A French entertainer famous in Victorian times for being able to break wind at will. Practitioners of this... art are called flatulists.
Aron Ralston One tough guy who, to escape from death, cut off his own arm with a dull knife after a boulder fell on it.
Real-life superhero All you need is a cape and a dream.
Sardarji jokes Popular jokes in India, based on stereotypes of Sikhs.
List of school pranks Have you tried them all out?
Treacle mining The fictitious mining of treacle (molasses) in a raw form similar to coal.
Larry Walters Successfully piloted a lawn chair to 16,000 feet (4,900 m) over Los Angeles.
The World Famous Bushman A street entertainer in San Francisco who makes a living by pretending to be a bush.
You kids get off my lawn! I'm gonna call your parents, you kids!


New York is not the only Big Apple.
Artist's Shit A quite literal and humorous meta-art.
A Woman Hitting a Neo-Nazi With Her Handbag A very famous photo taken in Sweden.
Australia's big things Giant folk art as tourist traps.
Banksy A graffiti artist who smuggles his works into world-class museums.
Bog Standard Gallery It's a museum... inside a portable toilet.
Boll Weevil Monument The only known monument built to honor an agricultural pest.
Bottle Rack A modern art piece created by Dada artist Marcel Duchamp. His sister, who mistook it for trash, threw it out.
Chamber of Art and Curiosities A cabinet of curiousities created by Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria in the 16th century.
Earring Magic Ken How Barbie's boyfriend, in an attempt to look cooler, became a gay icon.
Dinny the Dinosaur A larger-than-life, 150 ton sculpture of a brontosaurus in the desert of Southern California west of Palm Springs. Dinny's companion is "Mr. Rex," a 150 ton sculpture of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Fourth plinth, Trafalgar Square The horse is missing.
Fremont Troll An 18 foot, 13,000 pound concrete sculpture of a troll clutching a VW beetle located in Fremont.
Garden gnome liberationists Vive la révolution des gnomes!
Gävle goat A giant straw Yuletide goat that is the target of frequent arson attacks and vandalism.
Hahn/Cock A giant blue cock in Trafalgar Square.
The Headington Shark Oxford man has had a 25-foot (7.6 m) long sculpture of a shark embedded headfirst into the roof of his unassuming house since 1986.
Howard Hallis An artist who attempted to draw the "Picture of Everything", a massive painting containing drawings of thousands of people and items, both real and imaginary.
Katrina refrigerator Loot this! Free meal inside!
Knitta Please NY Hip hop graffiti knitters.
La Princesse A 15-metre (50 ft) mechanical spider which stomped about Liverpool in 2008.
Le Rêve A Picasso painting that purportedly would have sold for a record price had its owner, Steve Wynn, not accidentally poked a hole in it, and which eventually did sell for a different record price.
Largest photographs in the world Includes information on print and digital photos that are reputedly the world's largest.
List of fictional colors Surprisingly exhaustive.
Mexican Perforation A French artistic movement that expresses itself in underground places.
Featured article Museum of Bad Art A Museum "dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of really awful artwork".
Paintings by Adolf Hitler The Nazi dictator and perpetrator of one of the worst genocides was also a painter.
Phallic architecture Does the Washington Monument, Ypsilanti Water Tower or Peoples Daily building remind you of something?
Portland International Airport carpet A carpet design so famous that it gained a cult following.
Pink Lady In 1966, a woman secretly painted a 60-foot (18 m) tall portrait of a nude woman over a tunnel and sued when the county tried to take it down.
Abel Ramírez Águilar A Mexican sculptor who made a name for himself in ice and snow sculpture after winning gold at the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Roundabout dog Seen any dog on the loose while out driving lately? Chances are it's a roundabout dog.
Sacred Cod There's also a "Holy Mackerel", Batman.
Scandinavian Institute of Comparative Vandalism Mine is better than yours.
Superlambanana A statue in Liverpool that's half-lamb, half-banana.
Tillie An odd painting of a grinning face, that used to be on the Palace Amusements building in Asbury Park, New Jersey before it was demolished.

Comics and animation[edit]

Jenny Everywhere – at your service and in your hands.
Acme Corporation Their products have been used and endorsed by all the best cartoon characters.
Afghanis-tan Central Asian history has never been cuter. (Osama bin Laden makes an appearance as a turban-wearing stray cat.)
Archie Meets the Punisher The team-up you thought would never happen....
Arseface A comic book character from none other than DC Comics.
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo Name of a Japanese manga (comic) whose subject matter is as surreal as its title.
Cartoon physics In animation, humour takes precedence over the ordinary laws of physics.
Censored Eleven A group of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons pulled from syndication due to their racist depictions of black people.
Clan McDuck A fictional family in the style of a Scottish clan, from which a great number of Walt Disney Company's comic book characters held their origin..
Comic book death Comic book characters have a tendency to rarely, if ever, stay dead.
Goofy holler A stock Disney sound effect.
Gorillas in comics A curious abundance of gorillas in comic book plots during the Silver Age of Comics.
Homosexuality in the Batman franchise For half a century, Batman and Dick Grayson have been rumored to have a relationship.
Jenny Everywhere An open-source webcomic character.
The Metric Marvels Nothing says 1970s in the USA more than a spinoff of Schoolhouse Rock with superheroes who teach the metric system.
Moe anthropomorphism In this time and age even a washing machine can be the girl of your dreams.
Mr. Immortal A Marvel Comics superhero with no special powers except immortality, who has been killed in ways including crushing, burning, self-impalement on giant novelty scissors, bear trap, cannon, chainsaw, piranhas, ferrets, spear, and python, and alcohol poisoning (three times). Prone to fits of rage upon returning to life.
Tentacle erotica Human-cephalopod sexual relations, popular in hentai.
Uncle Grandpa An animated series. About everyone in the world's magical uncle and grandpa. Think about that.


"Shíshì shīshì Shī Shì, shì shī, shì shí shí shī... help!!
Reading this list is its own reward.
T-rexes getting frisky, possibly with the help of dinosaur erotica
112 Gripes About the French A handbook produced to help American soldiers understand the French.
Aldiborontiphoskyphorniostikos Published in 1825 as a Victorian children's book and described as "a round game for merry parties", the object of the game was to quickly recite alphabetical tongue-twisting mock-Latin gibberish.
Anthropodermic bibliopegy The practice of binding books in human skin.
Atlanta Nights A group of science fiction authors get together and deliberately write an absolutely horrible novel to fool and embarrass a "vanity publisher".
The Book of Heroic Failures A book which glorifies failure. Started off The Not Terribly Good Club of Great Britain. The book was a success and thus declared a "failure as a failure".
Featured article Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year Who can forget such classics as Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers, How to Avoid Huge Ships or Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Power: How to Increase the Other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts?
La Bougie du Sapeur A French newspaper published every February 29th.
Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest A contest to find "the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels".
Dinosaur erotica Have you ever been Taken by a T-Rex or Ravished by a Triceratops?
Lyttle Lytton Contest Like the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, but "Lyttler"
Death poem The urge to have famous last words, taken to its logical, carefully rewritten extreme.
Fart Proudly An essay written by Benjamin Franklin about flatulence.
Henry Darger Writer of a 15,000-page manuscript along with several thousand watercolor paintings and other drawings illustrating the story, who went to Mass several times daily.
Early American editions of The Hobbit Now collectors' items because of their printing differences.
English As She Is Spoke A 19th-century PortugueseEnglish conversational guide and phrase book that is regarded as a classic of unintentional humour since it was apparently the product of translating a Portuguese–French phrase book by non-English-speaking Portuguese with the help of a French–English phrase book.
Evil laugh "Mua-ha-haha-ha-haaa" and the like.
The Eye of Argon An infamously bad heroic fantasy novella, written in 1970 by Jim Theis and circulated anonymously in science fiction fandom since then.
The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women A 1558 diatribe by John Knox against Mary, Queen of Scots and Mary Tudor.
"For sale: baby shoes, never worn" Supposedly the shortest story possible in the English language, though Ernest Hemingway had nothing to do with it.
Gadsby A 50,110-word long book famous for not using the letter "e".
Grammarians' War At the start of the 16th century, British schoolmasters were insulting one another. In Latin, of course.
Hitler Diaries A sensational discovery in 1983, which turned out to be an elaborate hoax.
I, Libertine A non-existent novel that was the subject of a hoax intended to criticize the manner in which best-seller lists are determined.
Lecherous Limericks Dirty limericks... by Isaac Asimov.
Lesbian vampire They don't bite...necks.
"Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den" A poem written by a Chinese poet in Classical Chinese. It can be read and understood by all who understand the language, even though it consists entirely of the word "shi" repeated 92 times in different tones.
List of works with the subtitle "Virtue Rewarded" For some reason the "Virtue Punished" books never sell....
Lobby Lud "You are ____ and I claim my five pounds".
Magical negro A racist stock character who helps out white protagonists.
Marlovian theory A theory which states that Christopher Marlowe's unnatural death was a hoax and that he continued to write and publish under the pseudonym "William Shakespeare".
William McGonagall A writer widely held to be the worst poet in the English language.
Men in Aida A homoerotic homophonic translation of Homer: "Men in Aida, they appeal, eh? A day, O Achilles."
Naked Came the Stranger Journalists prove a point when their intentionally awful sex novel becomes a bestseller. Later the basis of a porn film starring Darby Lloyd Rains.
Order of the Occult Hand "It was as if an occult hand had edited this Wikipedia article."
On Bullshit A very serious essay by Harry Frankfurt sketching a philosophical theory of, well, bullshit.
Ossian "The greatest poet that has ever existed", according to Jefferson. But he didn't.
Philip M. Parker Writer of “The 2007-2012 Outlook for Tufted Washable Scatter Rugs, Bathmats and Sets That Measure 6-Feet by 9-Feet or Smaller in India” and thousands of other works... by means of a computer program.
Political interpretations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Understanding the political context of the mid-to-late 1890s in the United States will give you a different understanding of the gold, silver and emerald symbolism, among other things.
Rolling Stone (Uganda) The Uganda version of Rolling Stone is kinda different from the US version. It doesn't cover music, but does list the names of alleged homosexuals, calling for their deaths.
Amanda McKittrick Ros The McGonagall of prose. J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis competed as to who could read her longest without laughing.
Saddam Hussein's novels Crimes against literature?
Shakespearean authorship A great conspiracy that concealed the identity of the true author of "Shakespeare's" works, implying that all contemporary references to Shakespeare's authorship were fraudulent or mistaken.
Shakespeare Apocrypha Anti-Stratfordians can take heart that there really are works attributed to Shakespeare that weren't written by him!
Striking and Picturesque Delineations of the Grand, Beautiful, Wonderful, and Interesting Scenery Around Loch-Earn Angus McDiarmad, a native Scots-Gaelic speaker, writes a book on a Scottish Highland area with the help of an English dictionary to great comic effect and is termed "the world's worst author".
Le Train de Nulle Part A French novel, 233 pages long, written without verbs.


Have some time on your hands?
Example of an instrument recently added to the inventory.
Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music – joke, grudge or conceptual art? All three, probably.
Purveyor of the worst music of all time?
2001 Clear Channel memorandum America banning "Learn to Fly" by Foo Fighters from radio airplay after 9/11 is an odd choice. Though "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong brings to mind more questions.
27 Club A number of prominent musicians have died at this age, though statisticians attribute the "club" to apophenia - seeing patterns in random data. See also the related white lighter myth.
4′33″ A three-piece movement composed by John Cage in which the instruments are instructed not to play a single note
Animutation The practice of taking lyrics of foreign songs, "mishearing" them into English, and producing a Flash video to go along with it.
As Slow As Possible A piece of music by John Cage to be performed until 2640.
Bleach (American band Bleach album)
Bleach (Japanese band Bleach album)
What happens to Wikipedia article titles when two different bands with the same exact name both release self-titled albums.
The Boy Bands Have Won Actually, this album's full title is "The Boy Bands Have Won" followed by a further 151 words. As of August 2009, it holds the record for the longest album title.
Rosemary Brown A spiritualist who claimed that dead composers dictated new musical works to her.
Cat organ A keyboard instrument in which the keys cause cats to miaow.
Rodolfo Chikilicuatre A Spanish comedian's most popular character who, thanks to a TV network and an online voting system, managed to make it to the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 finals with his parody song "Baila el Chiki-chiki".
Chillwave A genre coined on a sarcastic blog post. The joke was on music journalists who tend to confabulate "the next big thing". Ironically, music journos then wrote about chillwave as "the next big thing".
Cigarettes and Valentines An entire record by Green Day whose master tracks were stolen.
Collapse of Smile The Beach Boys' legendary album Smile was to be a "teenage symphony to God"—psychedelic children's songs involving spiritual rebirth, cartoons, American imperialism, LSD, and eating right. The tapes were purportedly destroyed after bandleader Brian Wilson thought they were causing buildings in Los Angeles to burn down.
Curse of the ninth The superstition that any composer of symphonies, from Beethoven onwards, will die soon after writing their own Ninth Symphony.
Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Present: Dark Night of the Soul Due to a legal dispute, this album was released with a blank CD-R.
Dark Side of the Rainbow What happens when you mix Pink Floyd and The Wizard of Oz?
Das erste Wiener Gemüseorchester An Austrian orchestra whose musical instruments are made solely from vegetables.
"Don't fuck with the formula" Mike Love's plead for Brian Wilson to get back to writing songs about girls and surfing.
Earworm It's got a hook in you.
Electroencephalophone A musical instrument controlled by brainwaves.
Escopetarra The Colombian gun-guitar.
Elvis sightings There are many who still believe.
Elvis' Greatest Shit Not the one he was trying to pass the night he allegedly died.
Euro-Vision The Belgian entry of the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 whose lyrics spoke precisely of the event in which they took part.
Hatebeak The thing that should not beak.
Joyce Hatto A pianist who had many doctored recordings falsely attributed to her long after she stopped performing in public.
Helikopter-Streichquartett A string quartet by Karlheinz Stockhausen that must be played in four circling helicopters, the sound remixed, chopper sounds and all, for an audience on the ground.
"Hitler Has Only Got One Ball" Was der Führer only half a man?
Industrial musical A musical production performed for the employees of a business, intended to create a feeling of being part of a team, and/or to educate and motivate the management and salespeople to improve sales and profit.
Bobby Jameson Mercurial hippie outcast of the Hollywood music biz that never received financial compensation for his songs and records. Thought to be dead after the 1960s, but then resurfaced with a blog in 2007 aiming to set the record straight about his life story.
Jandek A prolific and pseudonymous singer/songwriter active since 1978 who only grants the occasional interview and has never provided any biographical information.
"Jeg har set en rigtig negermand" A Danish #1 single from 1970, extolling the virtues of racial equality while calling a "negro man" "black as a bucket of tar".
Florence Foster Jenkins An American soprano famous for her singing ability or lack thereof.
Leck mich im Arsch A canon, whose title translates as "Lick Me in the Arse", by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The Lillywhite Sessions Never officially released, and yet fans and critics can argue that it's the best "album" by the Dave Matthews Band.
List of musical works in unusual time signatures What's the most absurd time signature you can imagine? 59/48? ⅔/2? How about 32/2/4?
List of silent musical compositions Not to be confused with "The Sound of Silence", these songs don't have really much to hear.
List of songs topping polls for worst songs We built this city on not being very good.
Literal music video What happens when you replace the lyrics in a music video with lyrics that describe what's actually happening in the music video? Hilarity ensues.
Loudness war Why recorded music is getting "louder" over time.
Manualism The little-known art of playing music by squeezing air through the hands.
Metal Machine Music A 1975 album by Lou Reed that consists of 64 minutes of audio feedback, widely believed to have either been an elaborate joke, or an attempt by Reed to escape from a record label contract.
Microgenre With names like "distroid", "hardvapour", and "shitgaze", it's getting harder to take new genres seriously.
The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief A three-sided LP.
Moondog A blind composer, theoretician, poet, and inventor of musical instruments who dressed like a viking and lived as a street musician in New York between the 1940s to 1970s.
"More cowbell" I got a fever, and the only prescription... is more cowbell!
The Most Unwanted Song Featuring operatic rapping, a children's choir urging listeners to go to Wal-Mart, bagpipes, cowboy music, and political slogans shouted through a bullhorn.
MP4 Rock music and politics do mix.
Musical saw The least favourite instrument of Ronnie Wood, The Hollies and The Screaming Trees.
Musikalisches Würfelspiel A system written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in which the musical piece is decided randomly by playing dice.
My Way killings You can get killed for singing Frank Sinatra's signature tune in the Philippines.
"Never Learn Not to Love" The Beach Boys recorded a song by aspiring folk musician Charles Manson and cheated him out of an official credit. His songwriting career was soon cut short after he was convicted for murder conspiracy.
"Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah" If you can see someone's underwear, here's the tune to tell them by.
P Funk mythology The whimsical universe surrounding the P Funk all stars.
"Paul is dead" Was Paul McCartney replaced by a lookalike in the 1960s?
Pink Floyd pigs The band's recurring props and references.
PopMart Tour Take an unfinished studio album, hold a press conference at Kmart, and put on a show in countries around the world, complete with a spinning mirrorball lemon, a giant martini olive, a large golden arch, and the largest video screen ever toured. That would be U2's 1997–98 tour in a nutshell.
Publius Enigma A mystery wrapped in an enigma related to Pink Floyd, which has remained unsolved since it appeared on Usenet in 1994.
"Ready 'N Steady" A song mentioned in a top songs list of a notable magazine, that was long-believed by some to be non-existent because collectors were unable to find a recording or further information on it until 33 years after it was written.
The Shaggs None of this band's members really wanted to form a band, nor did they really have any musical talent, but hey, a fortune teller predicted success, so off they went...
William Shatner's musical career His rendition of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds regularly wins radio station competitions to find the "worst music of all time".
Sleepify Silence is golden, especially when you're trying to fund a world tour.
William Stirrat A man who claimed to have written "Unchained Melody" under the pen name Hy Zaret, despite the fact that Zaret was an actual person who did write the song.
Thai Elephant Orchestra An orchestra of elephants playing specially designed instruments.
"To Anacreon in Heaven" An 18th-century drinking song whose melody was later adopted for "The Star-Spangled Banner".
Tromboon An unusual instrument, with an even more unusual About this sound sound .
Ugly stick An instrument in Newfoundland, an insult everywhere else.
"Up to eleven" This article is one louder.
"Ventolin" Abrasive single by Cornish electronic musician Richard D. James, otherwise known as Aphex Twin.
"You Suffer" At a full 1.316 seconds in length, the shortest song of all time.
The Zimmers A rock band made up of elderly musicians. As of 2017, the oldest member had lived to 101.
Zombeatles Paul is undead.


Now starring in a horror film not near you.
"[yawn]... Yup, it's still there."
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn A movie about a director who makes a bad movie, but can't remove his name from the credits because his real name is Alan Smithee. In reality, the movie about the movie was so bad that director Arthur Hiller was credited as Alan Smithee to disguise himself from the production.
Big Dumb Object A mysterious object (usually of extraterrestrial origin) in a film that is there simply to cause a sense of wonder.
Blue Harvest The best way to keep away the paparazzi away from your movie: give the movie a fake title, like this one used by George Lucas for Return of the Jedi.
The Canadian Conspiracy A mockumentary released in 1985 that asserts that Canada is subverting the United States by taking over its media.
Conspiracy 58 A mockumentary that claimed that the 1958 World Cup was never actually held. Despite being revealed as a hoax at the end, people still believed it.
The Cure for Insomnia A movie that runs for 85 hours. Not the longest movie ever screened though (see below).
The Day the Clown Cried A notorious unreleased film about the Holocaust – hey, it's a comedy!
Dump months Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's favorite time of the year
Empire A film by Andy Warhol consisting entirely of eight hours of still footage of the Empire State Building.
First on the Moon Proof that the Soviets got there, thirty years before Armstrong and Aldrin didn't.
I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney "I knew I wanted to be a director, and I did a couple of short films, and this is the only one that haunts me." —Ben Affleck, Academy Award winner
Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter What happens when you mix Jesus, lesbians and vampires in a film?
Kin-yan Lee A Hong Kong actor repeatedly cast in Stephen Chow films as a nose-picking, bearded transvestite.
Logistics (film) The world's longest movie ever made, it follows the entire five week process of making and selling a pedometer in reverse chronological order.
The Longest Most Meaningless Movie in the World A movie that runs for 48 hours. Despite its title, it isn't the world's longest movie, but the jury's still out on whether it's the most meaningless....
Manos: The Hands of Fate A low-budget film created by a fertilizer salesman from Texas, which is largely considered to be the worst film of all time.
Modern Times Forever (Stora Enso Building, Helsinki) The second longest film ever shot: ten whole days of one decaying building Life After People-style and first screened in front of itself. The directors have a point.
Monster a Go-Go The film that was released to drive-ins when it was only halfway completed. In order to get around this, the ending consists of narration explaining what happened to the main characters and the titular monster.
Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2: In Shocking 2-D As if that wasn't bad enough, it spawned a sequel.
Oscar bait There are certain rules one follows when making an Oscar film. Including mental illness, the Holocaust and Meryl Streep in your film also helps.
Pulgasari A Godzilla-esque film, supposedly an allegory for unchecked capitalism, created by Kim Jong-il and a director whom he kidnapped.
Roundhay Garden Scene The first ever moving picture, which lasted for an epic two seconds.
Shaken, not stirred Why 007 prefers his martini shaken.
Space Nazis "Take me to your Führer!"
Spaghetti trees Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.
SSSSSSS Dirk Benedict and snakes. Long before the day of Samuel L. Jackson.
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Large marshmallow mascot seen in the film Ghostbusters.
Stinking badges Something nobody needs. Possibly the most frequently quoted and misquoted line from a movie ever.
Surf Nazis Must Die A film for anyone who thought the Space Nazi trope was insensitive.
Taylor Mead's Ass A film consisting entirely 70 minutes of Taylor Mead's buttocks.
Wilhelm scream A stock sound effect first recorded in 1951 and used in dozens of films (including all seven Star Wars films, two Lord of the Rings films and Kill Bill).


The end of you(r sitcom) looms.
The Mull of Kintyre. Almost indecent, apparently.
Al Murray's Compete for the Meat A British game show where the top prize is a frozen chicken and the second prize is some sausages.
Alternative 3 An April Fools joke by an ITV science show leads many to believe that scientists were being kidnapped to prepare for the colonization of Mars.
Anti-Barney Humor An article for all Barney & Friends haters.
Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos Forget Turn-On – this never even made it to the end of its only episode.
Good article "Dennō Senshi Porygon" An episode of the "harmless" Pokémon cartoon that caused seizures in almost 700 children.
Flemish Secession hoax Our regular programming is now interrupted to declare independence from Belgium.
Friday night death slot Where TV shows go to die.
Guy Goma A man who came to the BBC for a job interview is instead interviewed on its news channel about the Apple Corps v. Apple Computer lawsuit.
Greg Packer A man on the street, no matter which street you're talking about.
Heil Honey I'm Home! Hitler has his own sitcom.
I Wanna Marry "Harry" Would Prince Harry need a reality TV show in the USA to find a wife? The contestants thought so.
Judaism in Rugrats A Maccababy's gotta do what a Maccababy's gotta do.
Jumping the shark Metaphor for the point at which one can speak of a TV show as having had its best days behind it.
K Foundation Burn a Million Quid Why did the K Foundation burn a million pounds in cash?
Michael Larson A man who won over $100,000 in an American quiz show because he was able to notice a pattern in the flashing lights on the "Big Board."
Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion incident TV signals in Chicago are twice overpowered on 22 November 1987 by broadcasts featuring a person (possibly a male) disguised as the 1980s virtual TV character Max Headroom. The source of the broadcasts and the people involved remain unknown. Ten years previously, the sound during a broadcast by the UK's Southern Television is replaced by a voice claiming to be an extraterrestrial named "Vrillon".
Monkey Tennis Hypothetically, the worst television programme it is possible to make.
Mull of Kintyre test When can a human penis be shown on British television?
Odagiri effect Turns out that women find sexy men on TV shows quite appealing.
Smell-O-Vision A system designed to enhance films with odors. Used once for the 1960 film Scent of Mystery and never again.
Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome A tragic condition suffered by some young characters on soap operas.
Tomorrow's Pioneers A Palestinian children's show produced by Hamas and co-hosted by various costumed characters, including one resembling Mickey Mouse. Most of said costumed characters are killed by Jews in some violent manner.
Turn-On An ABC comedy series that was cancelled even before the first episode had finished.
Very special episode A genre of television episodes with controversial life lessons interweaved into the storyline, popularized by Blossom.
Wank Week A Channel 4 project for all those who think there aren't enough jerks on TV.
Tommy Westphall How a child with autism, and Detective Munch, are responsible for more than 200 TV series.
TV pickup Britons regularly cause massive power surges by simultaneously making tea during program breaks.
Steve Wiebe The star of a film about him setting the world's high score... for Donkey Kong.
Who's your Daddy? To win $100,000 adoptees have to pick their biological father out of twenty five men.

Video games[edit]

ET and Pac-Man's final resting-place?
Atari video game burial Are your video games not selling? Why not do what Atari did—bury them in a New Mexican landfill?
Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing A racing video game that is considered one of the worst of all time due to its opponents that don't move, the ability to drive through buildings and accelerate infinitely in reverse, and a notorious "YOU'RE WINNER !" [sic] message after each race.
Boss key A special key or key combination used in computer games to quickly hide the game from superiors or coworkers.
CleverPet Inc Ever had a dog bored at home and jealous of your game playing? Try this video game console for dogs that rewards pet treats for winning puzzles!
Communist Mutants from Space A Cold War Space Invaders clone in which you do battle with the Mother Creature, driven mad by radioactive vodka.
Corrupted Blood incident An unintentional virtual epidemic in World of Warcraft, which became an important medical case study.
Don't Buy This A rare example of truth in advertising.
Gibs The little bits of gore you get when someone or something in a video game explodes.
Great Giana Sisters A game that was withdrawn from the shelves virtually as soon as it went on them.
Hong Kong 97 A video game where the dead Deng Xiaoping is a weapon of mass destruction.
JFK: Reloaded A video game released in 2004 where the player gets to assassinate president John F. Kennedy.
Good article Kanye Zone Can you keep the disembodied head of rapper Kanye West out of his "zone"?
Featured article MissingNo. A Pokémon species that only appears as the result of a glitch, and has since been the subject of many sociological studies.
Phalanx Who knew that putting an old man playing a banjo in a video game that had nothing to do with him would make for an effective marketing campaign?
Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors A compendium of computer games all created to allow the owner to scam his or her friends. Includes "Desert Bus": a painstakingly realistic 8 hour bus journey from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas through a featureless desert in real time.
Polybius An arcade game that supposedly causes its players to go insane.
Tetris effect A psychological effect where Tetris players start arranging blocks in the real world.
Video games notable for negative reception And we were so sure Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis would be a hit!

Internet memes and online culture[edit]

You can find this guy on talk pages filled with contentious discussions.
All your base are belong to us A phrase that originated in the 1989 video game Zero Wing and sparked an Internet phenomenon in 2001 and 2002.
Boobquake Female users of social networking websites agree to determine whether their scandalous clothing can cause earthquakes.
Bronies You thought My Little Pony could never be loved by rugged grown men. Wrong. An erotic(?) website devoted to women trying to free their cars from various obstacles.
Cute cat theory of digital activism "Web 1.0 was invented to allow physicists to share research papers. Web 2.0 was created to allow people to share pictures of cute cats." — Ethan Zuckerman
Every time you masturbate... God kills a kitten If that's not a good enough reason why you shouldn't, I don't know what is.
Getting to Philosophy All links lead to Philosophy.
Godwin's law Every long, protracted online discussion always ends with comparisons of others to Hitler. Really...
The Hampster Dance A web page featuring dancing hamsters set to music. The music (itself a sample) was sampled in a song, and made No.4 in the United Kingdom in 1999.
How does one patch KDE2 under FreeBSD? An Internet meme in Russian internet culture. Various heads of state at Internet press conferences were asked this question – here are their answers.
Internet Watch Foundation and Wikipedia Talk about a major violation of WP:CENSOR and WP:POINT...
Numa Numa Or how a fat kid dancing to the O-Zone song "Dragostea din tei" in front of his computer became very popular.
O RLY? The sarcastic owl image that is becoming increasingly ubiquitous on the 'net.
OS-tan A small Internet phenomenon where certain types of software (including various Microsoft and Linux operating systems) are depicted as young anime women.
Polandball A comic genre with balls and other bits for different countries doing what real countries do.
Rickrolling Careful: that link you're about to click on might take you to a video of Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up.
Mark V Shaney A fake Usenet user whose computer-generated postings were created using Markov chain techniques.
Shock site Don't look! (No, really.)
John Titor The name of a purported time traveller from the year 2036. He posted on several time travel-related Internet bulletin boards during 2000/2001.
Tourist guy The picture of a Hungarian man on 9/11.
Unusual eBay listings Those strange things people sell on the Internet...
Very erotic very violent How erotic and violent would it be?

See also List of Internet memes.


One from Schroeder's collection?
Testicle Festival "Would you like to supersize those?"
Kanamara Matsuri A phallus festival in Kawasaki, Japan.
Toy piano festival A concerto of toy pianos.
Mexico City Alebrije Parade Parade and contest of giant alebrijes ("colorful monsters").
See also