10 Internet Moments of 2015 That We Wish We Could Forget

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10 Internet Moments of 2015 That We Wish We Could Forget

'The dress' rose a storm and divided the internet because nobody, absolutely nobody, could decide what colour it was.


Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks. But this is the Internet, so let's be a little bit bitter for a moment before returning the the spirit of the season.

This year, as happens every year, many many things have happened online that were bad or annoying or depressing. We have covered some of those bad things here at The Washington Post. There was a viral dress. There was a dentist who killed a lion. There were all sorts of things.

Below is a list of some of those things - in particular, the ones we wish we could forget the most. Please feel free to argue about our choices in the comments.

1. Cecil the Lion

Cecil was killed in early July by American dentist Walter Palmer. (AFP Photo)

Big-game hunting raises a lot of issues worth discussing. But the reaction to the death of one lion, at the hands of a Minnesota dentist, went nuts and hung around the top of the news cycle for days. The reaction included a massive attempt to avenge Cecil by leaving bad Yelp reviews for the dentist's practice.

2. When the Internet upstaged a bride

The viral photograph of a man proposing to a woman at someone else's wedding.


A viral photograph of a man proposing to a woman at someone else's wedding rode across the Internet on a mighty wave of outrage earlier this year. Except ... the bride - whom everyone assumed would be furious about being upstaged - had proposed the idea herself, she later said. The lucky woman receiving the proposal was the bride's sister, and neither she nor her future husband deserved the shaming they received.

3. Peeple

Peeple founders ulia Cordray (r) and Nicole McCullough (l).


The founders of a terrible idea for an app - sort of a "Yelp for people," where users could rate other human beings like they were a restaurant - seemed to have only the best of intentions. And that, paradoxically, made the whole idea of Peeple seem even worse.

4. The Dress

The dress that went viral on the internet after some saw it as black and blue while others perceived it to be gold and white.

IS IT BLUE AND BLACK OR WHITE AND GOLD?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?

5. Shaming people for talking about The Dress.

A white and a black llama lead a dozen of US police a merry dance on the streets of Phoenix, Arizona.

It is OK to dislike The Dress. The Dress became a topic of international intrigue on the same slow news day that a bunch of llamas escaped and ran around free in an Arizona town, and something about that prompted a bunch of people to shame anyone discussing either dumb topic, instead of more serious discussions. As it turns out, humans are capable of paying attention to more than one thing at the same time.

6. Weaponized crowdfunding

Family owned pizza restaurant falls victim to culture war, it became an inescapable addition to a series of social issues.


Do you remember Memories Pizza? The Indiana restaurant whose owners said that the business would not, hypothetically, cater a gay wedding? Do you remember how supporters donated $800,000 to its GoFundMe campaign? The case of Memories was just one example of something we called "weaponized crowdfunding," and it became an inescapable addition to a series of social issues debates for a period of several months this year.

7. Social media star sex scandals
 The young community of our planet's Vine stars was embroiled in a really bleak sex scandal over the summer, after a video leaked showing Carter Reynolds repeatedly pressuring his underage girlfriend into performing oral sex.

At around the same time, the Ashley Madison leak swept up Sam Rader of Sam and Nia, a Christian vlogging couple. The pair had recently become extra famous, and extra controversial, after posting a video where Sam surprised Nia with the news of her own pregnancy. Sam confessed to opening an Ashley Madison account, and said that his wife and God had forgiven him for it.

8. Pizza rat

A rat tries to bring slice of pizza down subway station stairs.

14 seconds of a rat carrying a slice of pizza down some good old New York subway steps captured the internet's attention for a hot 24 hours.

9. Red cups

Red cups became viral after a video encouraging people to "prank" Starbucks by giving their name as Merry Christmas.

Most Christians don't actually seem to care whether Starbucks' holiday cups have snowflakes or other Christmas-y symbols on them. But that fact didn't stop a controversy over a new, minimalist red cup design from becoming a Big Huge Issue earlier this month after a pastor posted a viral video encouraging people to "prank" Starbucks by giving their name as Merry Christmas, in protest of the less Christmasy cups.

10. The blogger who lied about having cancer

Belle Gibson who admitted that she had lied about curing terminal cancer with a healthy whole-food diet.


Belle Gibson, an Australian health blogger, admitted that she had lied about curing terminal cancer with a healthy, whole-food diet, a narrative that was the basis of her business as a health writer.


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