Hayes reflects on the plastic baby prank
Sitting on pencil sharpeners, hanging off white boards, hiding in vents. These are all places that students have found tiny, plastic babies.
The small plastic baby figures started popping up around the school throughout the end of September and early October and the fad has the whole school mesmerized.
“I remember sitting in Mr. Lambs room and I looked up and there were three babies along the white board,” sophomore Elijah Shireman said.
Although most of the school is aware of the plastic babies, many have no idea who put them there in the first place. There has been speculation and rumors, but no one has claimed responsibility for the act.
“[Students] are all just asking ‘where are these babies coming from?’ and then they start looking online for where you buy these little babies,” English teacher Ariel Uppstrom said.
The babies around the school can currently be found on Amazon where they sell for around ten dollars. These packs usually come with around babies and vary in color.
Whomever is responsible for dispersing this babies throughout the school may have been inspired by social media. Beginning in the spring of , many teenage YouTubers have posted videos about buying the same figurines from Amazon and hiding them around their schools.
Most of the school agrees that, although strange, the hidden babies are a good prank.
“It doesn’t destroy anything, it’s funny, it’s quirky, it’s unique, it’s clever, I like it,” Uppstrom said. “I think it’s funny [and] it’s way better than letting crickets go in the hallways or something.”
The prank has gone so well that even teachers have been able to join in on the fun. Shireman recounted how every time someone would ask his Geometry teacher, Joshua Lamb about the babies in his classroom, he would put a tally mark on the board. This started a running gag of students asking both about the babies and the tally marks.
“It’s a little dumb I will say, but I mean it’s like you’re super concentrated on one of your classes and you see a baby and it’s a good chuckle,” Shireman said.
Some students have even made a mission of finding as many babies as possible. Freshman Reagan Connar was able to find five babies throughout the school, but currently only three remain.
“Some people have taken mine, so I used to have more,” Connar said.
Although Connar and others have had their share of fun with the hidden babies, they have started to disappear.
“I really haven’t heard much about it this week,” Uppstrom said. “It was like an explosion of discussion about it then it faded away.”
With the teachers noticing their absence, students agree that the joke is getting old.
“I do think the meme will die,” Shireman said. “The babies in Lamb’s room are gone and I haven’t seen babies anywhere else.”
Connar also pointed out how “they’re not that popular anymore.”
Even with the decline of the prank, it’s likely that the appearance of plastic babies will be looked back on and laughed at.
“It’s weird, but really kind of funny and clever,” Uppstrom said.
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Donald Trump's Small Hands refers to a series of jokes referring to the supposedly smaller-than-average hand size of President Donald Trump.
In , Graydon Carter, writing for Spy Magazine, referred to Trump as a "Short-fingered vulgarian" as a way to get under Trump's skin.
Carter recalled the jab in a Vanity Fair editorial published November, , which re-introduced the idea that Trump has small hands to a national audience. According to Carter, the jab did in fact get under Trump's skin, as Carter reports occasionally receiving an envelope from Trump with a picture of himself torn from a magazine in which his fingers are circled with the comment "Not so short!" On February 1st, , Mother Jones published a playful article that investigated what Trump's finger-size would mean for his presidency. Vanity Fair published a list of photographs in which Trump's hands look small a few weeks later.
Trump's small hands became a talking point during the Presidential Republican Primary when Marco Rubio lashed back at Trump's insult for him, Little Marco. At a campaign rally on February 29th, , Rubio said that though Trump is 6'2", he doesn't understand why Trump has hands the size of someone who is 5'2". He went on to possibly suggest Trump has a small penis, saying "You know what they say about guys with tiny hands," pausing before he clarified, "You can't trust them!"
On March 3rd, at the Republican Primary Debate in Detroit, Michigan, Trump responded to Rubio's quip by assuring Americans his penis was of an unproblematic size, saying "I guarantee you, there's no problem." The national discussion of Trump's hands inspired a series of jokes and photoshops about Trump's tiny hands. On June 17th, NPR reported on a small Super PAC, Americans Against Insecure Billionaires With Tiny Hands, devoted to making fun of Trump's hands that had filed on March 3rd. On August 3rd, Hollywood Reporter discovered via a handprint of Trump's cast in bronze at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum that Trump's hands were in fact smaller than 85% of American men. On August 4th, DailyKos published an article with list of Trump's hands memes created by the author. The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and Washington Post are among some of the major media outlets that have covered Trump's hand size.
On January 27th, , New York Observer writer Dana Schwartztweeted a claim that President Trump's White House staffers had digitally enlarged the size of his hand in a photograph that he hung in the White House to make it seem bigger, citing a two-panel size comparison of President Trump's left hand as seen in the White House photograph of him embracing President Obama before his departure on Inauguration Day and a Getty Images photograph of the same scene. Within two hours, the tweet gained more than 21, retweets and 29, likes.
Throughout the afternoon, Schwartz's tweet prompted a social media inquiry into the authenticity of her claim, with both skeptics and believers offering a range of conclusions based on image analysis, including cluding an overlay comparison GIF of the two images from Twitter user @Joabaldwin who suggested that the image had been digitally edited using the warp deformation feature.
That early afternoon, several news sites, including Washington Post, The Daily Dot and Next Web, reported on Schwartz' claim, as well as a compilation of tweets speculating whether or not Trump's White House staffers had altered the photo to make his hands look bigger. However, by close to p.m. (EST), Washington Post followed up with a conclusion that the photo had not been digitally manipulated, citing a size comparison GIF of Trump's hand as seen in the Gettys Image photo and an ABC news video clip of the moment shot from the same angle.
Tiny Hand Font
On October 17th, , BuzzFeed News published a piece of satire entitled "An Exclusive And Completely Factual Snapshot Of Donald Trump's Speech Notes." The piece featured a font by Mark Davis called "Tiny Hands," which was used to mimick Trump's handwriting.
The following day, BuzzFeed announced that the font was available to download.
On November 21st, , the font went viral for a second time, after it was reported on Boing Boing and tweeted about by Fast Company.
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Fact Check-Picture of 'my first vape' toy is a meme and not authentic
A picture of a baby’s toy titled “my first vape” is a meme created in and is not an authentic toy for children, despite confusion on social media.
Examples of the image can be viewed (here), (here) and (here). It shows a box with a picture of a baby printed on the side. The baby is holding an object which has “my first vape” emblazoned across the front.
In comments left beneath the picture on social media, users have expressed confusion over whether the image was authentic. One writes: “Wow really how dumb. Let’s teach our kids to smoke before they can even walk, why would anyone even buy this for their kid.”
Another social media user asks: “Is this a joke or real?!”
The toy is not real, and the meme was first shared by the New York-based marketing professional, Adam Padilla, in
Padilla’s Twitter name, ‘adam.the.creator’ appears on the left-hand side of the box, in grey print.
Padilla tweeted the image in August , with text that reads: “Damn they got vapes for babies now” (here), while the image was also shared on his official Facebook account (here).
Padilla has created similar memes in the past, including a meme of a toy for children titled ‘soul crushing meeting,’ (here) and a ‘plastic surgery playset’ (here).
Satire. An image depicting a baby’s toy titled “my first vape” is not authentic. The image is a meme created in
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Hands plastic meme baby
Most memes are lucky if they live to see a second day. An image of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at Wednesday's inauguration, sitting with his arms crossed and wearing a mask and big mittens, is proving to be an exception. Since Inauguration Day, it's been shared and tweaked endlessly -- and even inspired a bobblehead figurine. And it's still going strong days after it emerged.
What is this mittens meme anyway?
On the remote chance you haven't seen the photo, it shows Sanders wearing a familiar winter jacket, a blue face mask and gigantic mittens that were a gift to him from Vermont teacher Jen Ellis.
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"I made Bernie's mittens as a gift a couple years ago," Ellis tweeted on Wednesday. "They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece (made from recycled plastic bottles)."
Now, Bernie is everywhere
Sanders' casual clothing and presumed grumpy, dadcore appearance have inspired creative types to pop his image into all kinds of scenes, from The Sopranos and Forrest Gump to historical photographs. He's showed up in Game of Thrones, The Shining, Star Trek and The Bachelor, on Chicago's El, with Batman and as the fly on Mike Pence's head from the October vice presidential debate. He's even been painted onto fingernails.
Site lets you put Bernie anywhere
Swapping Sanders into new places got even easier when NYU grad student Nick Sawhney created a website that lets users place the image in any Google Street View photograph. Sawhney told Wired magazine that the site took off well beyond his expectations, and he panicked as its popularity brought him increased fees. (He's accepting donations and made a deal with the cloud platform that hosts the site, and says he has enough cash on hand to keep the site alive for another week or so, Wired reports.)
Chairman Bernie sweatshirt sold out
On Thursday, Sanders' official site began taking preorders for a crewneck sweatshirt showing the image of a grumpy Sanders in the chair, with the "Bernie" logo. It's $45 but sold out right away. The site dubbed the shirt the "Chairman Sanders crewneck" and advertises it as showing, "Vermont jacket, Vermont gloves, Vermont common sense." The site adds that % of proceeds go to Meals on Wheels Vermont.
And mittened Bernie is going 3D. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which apparently exists, is making a bobblehead of the moment. You can preorder it now for $25, though it's possibly by the expected May delivery you'll have forgotten why it was even funny.
The image has also found its way on to stickers.
The senator speaks
Sanders was absolutely true to himself when asked to comment. First, he defended his outfit to Gayle King on CBS This Morning. "In Vermont, we know something about the cold, and we're not so concerned about good fashion," he said. "We want to keep warm, and that's what I did today."
He also told CNN reporter Ali Zaslav he was glad the viral photo "makes people aware that we make good mittens in Vermont" and praised his state's coat-making abilities, and no, that sentence is not made up.
No mittens for you
Ellis told The Jewish Insider she doesn't have any more mittens to sell.
"There's no possible way I could make 6, pairs of mittens, and every time I go into my email, another several hundred people have emailed me," she said in the interview. "I hate to disappoint people, but the mittens, they're one-of-a-kind and they're unique and sometimes in this world, you just can't get everything you want."
Best of the Bernie meme
Here are 10 personal favorite early versions of the meme. Your mileage may vary, of course.
1. The unnecessary meeting
"When you get invited to a meeting but it should have been an email." What office employee can't relate?
2. 'Joe's thing'
Slightly different photo, but this one's a winner for the perfectly phrased faux schedule for Sanders' day, including "drop off dry cleaning," "Joe's thing" and "swing by the post office."
3. Prepared pockets
Every grandpa's jacket is like this. The caption reads, "You cannot tell me these pockets are not absolutely stuffed to the brim with crumpled tissues and receipts."
4. Bernie in Nighthawks
Sanders has been edited into plenty of famous images, including many paintings, but somehow his stubbornly solitary figure fits right in to Edward Hopper's Nighthawks.
5. Steal his look
Fashion magazines love to tell readers how to re-create a certain outfit. The best part about this is the manila envelope.
6. Envelope of mystery
BuzzFeed's Ruby Cramer reports that the manila envelope Sanders is clutching in one image holds his inauguration tickets. OK, that seems plausible, but other ideas are funnier, including this one that claims that "inside the envelope is an article Bernie cut out of the newspaper that he thought Biden would find interesting."
7. The heat is on
Back in , Sanders became a meme for "once again, asking for your financial support." The "once again" meme met the "Grandpa Bernie in a chair" meme with this one, which features Sanders ""once again asking for a space heater." Look, DC gets cold in January.
8. Bernie with Deadpool
This one makes the list solely because Ryan Reynolds, who plays Deadpool, shared it.
9. Merch table Bernie
Something about this setting just rocks. Maybe because it's been so long since any of us have been to live concerts. "No, we don't have the gray shirt in an XL!"
Places to go, things to do
And we're back to the manila envelope image for this classic, where Sanders' patience for a lengthy formal affair is running thin. It reads, "Bernie dressed like the inauguration is on his to-do list today but ain't his whole day."
The dove has landed
Sanders wasn't the only inauguration meme, though he was definitely the biggest. Lady Gaga also inspired some sartorial remarks. She wore an enormous gold dove pin as she sang the national anthem, and she explained its meaning in a tweet she shared that had a close-up photo of the pin. "A dove carrying an olive branch," she wrote. "May we all make peace with each other."
But some thought the pin looked more like the mockingjay, a fictional bird worn as a pin by heroine Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games book and movie series.
"Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the 1st Hunger Games," wrote one Twitter user.
"Gaga's wearing the mockingjay if you go by the book rather than the movie," wrote another.
A moment that followed the swearing-in ceremony caught the attention of some. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer presented the new president and first lady Jill Biden with photographs of the just-completed events, which led to some jabs at the government's technology knowledge.
"LOL, McCarthy & Hoyer give Biden & Harris instaphotos of the inauguration, like they've just gotten off the hot new roller coaster at Six Flags," wrote Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post.
And the night ended with a gigantic firework display that had some viewers marveling at the sheer amount of pyrotechnics.
"Whoever was in charge of gathering fireworks should get on vaccines," said comedian Jordan Klepper.
Another person had some thoughts on the elaborate display, writing, "So, we don't need to spend any of the inauguration budget on port-a-potties, additional Mall security, custodial services, etc? So we can spend it on something else? Say, like, fireworks?"
The most hated Nintendo game ever exposes 1 ugly truth about fandom
On December 8, , video game website IGN published an article that would change the gaming world forever.
The post in question is a review ofImagine Party Babyz, a Ubisoft-published Nintendo Wii game that’s notable for its bizarre box art featuring real infants in party hats. While it looks like your typical lates shovelware, the review declares “Imagine Party Babyz is one of the finest mini-game compilations to ever grace Nintendo's home console,” to the critic’s own surprise. But it’s the final score that sent gamers into a year tizzy: Imagine Party Babyz receives a out of
For comparison, that’s higher than the site reviewed Marvel’s Avengers, Alien: Isolation, and the entire Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series. The largest dedicated video games news site around, IGN has long been accused of giving overly generous review scores to keep advertisers sweet, even if there’s very little hard evidence to support this notion.
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Suddenly, a game about rambunctious toddlers became a point of controversy. In the years since, the review has morphed into a meme where gamers share shocking side-by-side comparisons of games that IGN has rated below a Various Twitter accounts and Tumblr pages spring up with the goal of cataloging “what IGN thinks is worse than Imagine Party Babyz.” Just like that, a forgettable children’s game becomes a rallying cry in a one-sided war between gaming fans and critics.
The game’s persistent mythological status has made it the subject of constant “fun policing” from the internet. That raises a curious question over a decade later: Is Imagine Party Babyz really bad enough to warrant 13 years of smug ridicule? To find out, I’d have to do the one thing that many participants of the collective dogpile haven’t dared to do.
I’d have to actually play it.
Anatomy of a meme
Before diving into the game, it’s important to understand the meme itself. The template is simple: a screenshot of IGN’s Imagine Party Babyz review on the right and a shot of another game that scored lower on the left. The most infamous example shows the site’s review of the polarizing PS2 beat-em-up God Hand, which received a dreaded
Mafia 2? Worse than Imagine Party Babyz. Half-Life: Blue Shift? Not quite up to the standards of Imagine Party Babyz. Death Stranding? Almost there, but not on Party Babyz’ level.
The meme seeks justice for underappreciated games, but also attempts to create a “gotcha!” effect that chips away at the credibility of “gaming expertise.” The logic is fundamentally flawed — the metrics by which someone judges a couch co-op party game for kids and a high-budget spectacle with lofty narrative ambitions are not the same. It’s like comparing a YouTube make-up tutorial to an Ingmar Bergman film.
That hasn’t stopped the internet from remixing the meme over the years, the actual quality of the game be damned. The entire joke hinges on people judging a book by its admittedly creepy cover. To investigate any further is to disrupt the myth. It’s much more convenient to imagine how bad the babyz are than to actually attend their party.
Imagine no more
By some cosmic miracle, I was able to secure the second-to-last copy of Imagine Party Babyz available on Amazon. Seeing the perfectly plastic-wrapped box in person — one that I’d only seen in Facebook meme groups for over a decade — felt a little surreal. It wasn’t just an internet legend, but a regular old game. It’d be like meeting s meme icon Scumbag Steve in person and realizing he’s just some guy. (I went to high school with him, and can confirm that’s the case.).
It was time for the moment of truth. I dug my weirdly sticky Wii U out of storage, replaced the exploded batteries in my ancient Wiimotes, and slotted the disc in. The screen lit up and the sound of unsettlingly distorted baby laughter shot out of my soundbar.
Themost immediate sin of Imagine Party Babyz is, bizarrely, its casual racism. The loading screen features babies in costumes based on racial stereotypes, which can be unlocked by placing first in mini-games. The screen shows an infant in crane stance while wearing a conical straw hat, and a dated hip-hop outfit complete with a backward baseball cap and gold chain. Certainly not a promising start.
The game itself comes from an awkward era of Nintendo Wii game design where the only idea anyone had for motion controls was “make players waggle the damn thing.” That shows in the mini-games. You’ll shake the Wiimote to pedal a tricycle, fill up a bottle of milk, or perform the dreaded “Baby Dance.” Other mini-games are more clever, approaching Mario Party quality. A diaper-changing game requires players to rotate the Wiimote at just the right angle to properly change their toddler. There’s also a weirdly genius version of competitive Snake where the babies lay out a trail of toilet paper and try to box opponents out.
I’ll be honest; I’m just now realizing how insane all of these games sound when described in written form. It’s easy to understand why gamers are so eager to write this game off as a punchline. Babies dig up colored orbs and deliver them to a man in a lion costume so he can shower them with kisses. It’s exactly the kind of “WTF” experience that YouTube channels like Game Grumps can spin into millions of views.
Dispelling the myth
Here’s where I’m going to burst some bubbles: Imagine Party Babyz is fine. It does exactly what a party game should do. A friend and I spent a good hour or two laughing hysterically as we flailed around, cursing out our digital infants (perhaps I wouldn’t make a great dad, after all). It’s easy to picture young kids in having a short but sincere blast flinging themselves around the living room.
The line between “good” and “bad” media is always blurry, and that’s especially true for games. If something is fun, it doesn’t really matter how refined it is. Who cares if Death Stranding is a technical masterclass if the person playing it is bored to tears? And who are we to police anyone’s individual experience anyways?
The irony of the meme is that gamers deploy it to validate their personal feelings at the expense of someone else’s, reducing enjoyment to a sort of linear hierarchy. It perpetuates the very thing that the running joke is designed to lash out at. The shitposters come out looking like the biggest babyz of all.
This isn’t an impassioned defense of a throwaway Wii game — if I had to give it a score, it’s a generous 6. Imagine Party Babyz is a timeless reminder that dogpiling on harmless opinions is a self-defeating fool’s errand. The original IGN review says it best, almost predicting the endless storm of misguided backlash in the author’s final takeaway:
“Yes, Imagine Party Babyz features dancing toddlers on the cover. Get over it.”
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