Japan’s Obsession with KFC for Christmas

By Joel García

Japan can’t get enough KFC on Christmas Day

In Japan little boys and girls put on their fancy coats, the twinkle of anticipation in their eyes. Keeping the tradition alive, they will go with their families to feast at … the popular American KFC. Oddly Christmas isn’t a national holiday in Japan. Only about one percent of the Japanese population is Christian—yet a bucket of “Christmas Chicken”, is the go-to meal on the big day, of December 25th and it’s all thanks to the insanely successful “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (Kentucky for Christmas!) Marketing campaign started in 1974. When a group of foreigners couldn’t find turkey on Christmas day and opted for fried chicken instead, the company saw this as an opportunity and launched its first Christmas meal that year: Chicken and wine for 2,920 yen ($10) which was pretty pricey for the mid-seventies. Today the Christmas chicken dinner goes for about 3,336 yen ($40).

These days, KFC records its highest sales volume each year on Christmas Eve. Back office staff, presidents and execs come out to help move the lines along. Fried chicken and Christmas have become synonymous in Japan. KFC’s advertisements feature major pop cultural figures chomping on drumsticks, the company website even has a countdown until Christmas. They opened a three-story restaurant at the south entrance of Shimokitazawa station in Tokyo which offers the company’s first-ever, fully stocked whiskey bar– that their website claims gives visitors a taste of “Good ‘ol America.”



Memes of the Months

Every month of every year, we see a mass flood of memes on the internet. Occasionally one meme tends to “stick.” The internet will generally decide on what the meme of the month is, but you might have a different favorite.
1.) January – SPONGEBOB MEMES

               This was a month in which SpongeBob memes dominated twitter, with multiple pictures being captioned differently by different users

2.) February – Just right
               This meme comes from a television cartoon named The Emperor’s New Groove, in which the character “Pacha” makes a pose that the internet just HAD to create funny captions to. With difference variations including different pop culture idols or other cartoon characters in the same pose.
3.) March – Ted Cruz

               This is one of the more subjective memes. When Cruz was attempting to run for President, many in the internet believed that he bared many similarities to the infamous Zodiac Killer. Many going to twitter and including side to side pictures or hashtags such as, “#TedCruzIsTheZodiacKiller.”
4.) April – Confused Mr. Krabs
               This meme is one of the more memorable mems of the year. While the exact origin of the image is unknown, it appears to be a manipulated screenshot from the SpongeBob SquarePants episode “Patty Hype,” in which Mr. Krabs is surrounded by a mob of angry residents.
5.) May – HERE COME DAT BOI

               Originating from popular website Tumblr, it first had a completely different person being represented. It wasn’t until more users uploaded their own images with the same caption, that it began to spread. The one that stuck was what we see as meme of the month
6.) June – Spongegar/Caveman SpongeBob

               On December 31st, 1999, a primitive version of Squarepants depicted with long canines and wearing a loincloth was introduced. Its mass spread, however, started in March, with people on social media adding different captions to the well-known image

7.) July – Arthur’s First/Harambe

               This is one of two months that had a clash of memes. The mass spread of Arthurs fist can be credited to a Twitter user, with the caption, “This is just a pic of Arthur’s fist but idk how I feel that it’s just so relatable. So many emotions in one fist.” This lead to an increasing amount of users adding their own relatable captions to the picture of Arthur’s first. The next meme is about Harambe the Gorilla. On May 28th, 2016, a 4-year-old boy crawled into the enclosure of the Western lowland gorilla Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo, and well, the rest is history with the memes being well known.

8.) August – Rick Harrison/Pawnshop
               I’m Rick Harrison and This Is My Pawn Shop is a copypasta and video remix series based on the opening scene from the reality television series Pawn Stars, which is often altered to include a variety of other contexts using the phrasal template “I’m X and this is my Y.” This may not have been as popular as others on the list, but it grabbed the attention of websites like Twitch.tv, Tumblr, and Twitter.

9.) September – Meme of the Month not available

               It seems that this is the only month of the year, as of writing this article, that the internet did not decide on what is the #1 meme.

10.) October – AUX Cord

               This meme, as seen in the picture below, is an expression used to request an auxiliary audio input cable to play music off of a phone. On Twitter, the expression is often used to caption images of either areas that are being destroyed, things that are melting or being destroyed, fire, or the man dancing.

11.) November – Joe Biden

               Joe Biden is an American politician who has been serving as the 47th Vice President of the United States since entering the office along with President Barack Obama in 2009. However, his memes usually involve user made captions about him being a prankster, acting childish, or inappropriate.

12.) December – Evil Kermit/Bee Movie

               This is the second month in which two memes were extremely popular at the same time. In this case, it’s between Kermit the Frog memes and the Bee Movie memes. Evil Kermit is a captioned image series featuring a screenshot of the Muppet character Kermit the Frog talking with his nemesis Constantine dressed as a Sith Lord from Star Wars, who instructs him to perform various indulgent, lazy, selfish and unethical acts. This meme is most popular on website like Twitter and Tumblr, unlike the Bee Movie, which is more underground. Despite its moderate commercial success and mixed critical reception, the film gained a significant ironic fandom on YouTube and Tumblr. This meme has so many iterations that its best that you go online and find your favorite.

This being a completely subjective list, don’t take it to heart if your favorite meme wasn’t listed. Instead, enjoy the fact that memes bring the internet together, in the most ironic way. 

The Christmas Devil

      By Allen Chavez

Who or what is the Christmas Devil? Krampus is the name of a mythical creature described as a “half-goat, half-demon” unlike Santa. He punishes children who have misbehaved throughout the year. The name Krampus derives from the German word Krampen, which means claw. His appearance resembles the stereotypical devil, with dark hair, hooves, and the horns of a goat. He is often portrayed with fangs, a long-pointed tongue, and chains.

 

Krampus was created to counter St. Nicholas, who rewarded children. As punishment the creature would “swat wicked children and take them away to his lair.” Other stories describe Krampus with a sack or basket strapped to his back to take the evil misbehaved children to drown, to be eaten, or even to hell. If you believe in Krampus, and you’re alive to read this, then you’ve been good because he visits on the eve of December 5th, known throughout Europe as “Krampusnacht”.

 

The Mandela Effect

The Mandela Effect is the moment you realize that something you believed happened for so long turns out to be a false memory. The name comes from people remembering Nelson Mandela’s death in prison during the 80’s, but his actual passing occurred in 2013. Some people even believe they saw his funeral on television. If something like this has happened to you, you are most likely a victim to the Mandela Effect as well.

            For example, the famous hot dog brand Oscar Mayer, is thought by most to be spelled M-e-y-e-r not M-a-y-e-r. Also, the tip of Pikachu’s tail is not black at all, yet, that’s not how many remember it. Some people claim that the cartoon character Curious George, has a tail all along, although no images show him with one. Another poplar example, is the Volkswagen logo, in which some people remember the V and W as connected, while the actual logo has a gap between the two letters. The list goes on and on.

            One theory is that this happens because some people have travelled to a parallel universe in which all these things were true i.e. Nelson Mandela’s death really occurred in the 80’s. Another popular theory, is that our memory may not be that precise at all, which would lead us to believe Pikachu’s tail tip was black, or that curious George never had a tail. Regardless, most of us will encounter many situations in our lives in which we experience the Mandela Effect, and now we have a name for it.

  

 

Plans for the Holidays

By Bryan Hernandez

            With the Christmas spirit already making its way onto lawns, student attire, and music playlists, some have begun to plan out their days off throughout the three week vacation. For most of us, winter break will consist of; staying up late at night binge watching shows on Netflix, sleeping in ‘til 2:00pm, procrastinating on homework until the weekend before we return to class, or even going out with friends every now and then.

            On the other hand, some of us will spend winter break a little different. Whether it’s going out of town to visit relatives, enjoying a night at a concert, or doing memorable things you might regret in 10-15 years – whatever they shall be.

 

            For freshman, winter break is the time where they’ll realize they still have 3 long years ahead of them, sorry to break it to you. Keep in mind that those 3 years can be great years of academic achievements and fun, or 3 rough years of struggle and regret, choose wisely.

            However, seniors only have to endure a couple more months before they can walk the stage in their cap and gown as they stare into the stands realizing the moment has finally come, farewell high school. Some will be relieved college applications are done, while others will stress and be anxious to know if the college of their dreams will become their home for the next 4 or so years. As the thought of graduation roams through their mind, another thing will slither its way into the lives of many, Senioritis. Although the thought of school approaching its end might tempt many to slack off, one should definitely finish their last semester of high school strong and proud.

Students were asked the following questions:

·       What are your plans for winter break?

“Um the only thing I actually look forward to during winter break is Christmas and my birthday.”

        Denisse Beltran, SGHS Freshman

“I’m going to condition for track, prepare myself for the Academic Decathlon competition, EAT, homework, and spend Christmas in Lake Tahoe, hopefully.”

        Natalie Morales, SGHS Sophomore

“SAT Studying, I plan on taking it during the spring semester, also going to prepare for upcoming debate tournaments. I’m also going out with friends and hope to have a good time.”

        Francisco Serrano, SGHS Junior

“I’m going to go visit my family in Mexico.”

        Eric Nuñez, SGHS Senior

Student Life Over Break

By Bryan Hernandez

Although life might’ve seemed pleasant throughout Thanksgiving Break – the long nights spent awake binge watching Netflix series, sleeping in, eating more than your body can handle – seemed like you were living life to the fullest. However, the constant thought of school; homework assignments, college applications, etc., made the break a drag at times. Students were asked how they managed to have fun and enjoy their time off while being a scholar simultaneously.

“What did you do Thanksgiving Break and how were you able to meet school demands?”

·       “I did all my homework the night before we came back to school. It was a pretty bad choice now that I think of it”

        Sofia Valadez, SGHS Junior

·       “I didn’t let the distractions around me affect my school work ethic”

        Gabriel Hernandez III, SGHS Deceiving Senior

·       “Even though I went out with friends almost every day throughout the week, but by managing my time I was able to finish my homework, even if I did it all last night”

        Nancy Herrera, SGHS Junior

Tis’ the season for giving

Tis’ the season for giving

By Suzette Villegas

December: a month of lights, feasts, and giving; time to make amends and tie loose ends; finish off what you started and hope your wishes come true. As of today, there is only 11 days until Christmas Eve, 3 days for Christmas break and 5 days for our annual Niños Latinos Unidos Foster Care Carnival! December 18th, day in which most, if not all, of our wonderful clubs that South Gate High has to offer, unite for a great cause. This holiday season help bring a smile to a Foster Care Child. Donate an unwrapped NEW toy for ages 0-20 years old to room 254, room B-15, or the Administration Complex Office. Join us in spreading the joy to those whom might not feel it during the holidays. Please see Ms. Alvaranga or Ms. Higgins for more information.

The Death of Fidel Castro

by David Escobar

 

Since 1959, when Castro’s communist revolution swept him into power, most Cuban’s lives have been deeply impacted by his every decision. On the 24th of November, the current Cuban president, Raul Castro, revealed that his brother, a figure of fear for some, a figure of hope for others, was dead. The official cause of Fidel Castro’s death has not been released, but his illness has been public knowledge since the time of his presidential resignation in 2008. The emotions of Cubans around the world are split between tears of joy and tears of mourning. His hometown of Biran has been shaken up over the loss; however, cities like Havana, the capital of Cuba, have spent the past few days celebrating his death. Many saw it as the death of a tyrant who held tight reigns over their lives and the lives of their families.

The country that Fidel Castro has left behind, hangs in the hands of its current administration. Little is known about the future of Cuba’s communist party besides the announcement of Raul Castro’s resignation which is planned to occur in 2018. The establishment of the current and first communist state in the Western Hemisphere is seen by many as a pivotal moment in the course of modern history; without Fidel Castro, the formation would have never come about. Some see it as an essential point in Cuba’s history, and others believe that it was harmful to the principles of freedom. One thing is certain, Cuba would not be what it is currently without his influence.

 

Dakota Access Pipeline Victory?

Dakota Access Pipeline Victory (?)

By: Vanessa Torres

                                                                                                                                                                                     

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), was a controversial pipeline under construction in the Midwest region of America. Protesters reported that it would have intruded on Native American Reservations including sacred lands, burial grounds and the Sioux tribe’s water supply, farmland and forests.

December 4, 2016 marked history for Native Americans and all environmental activists. Thousands of protesters at the Standing Rock site celebrated and shed tears of joy when the Army Corp of Engineers announced that the pipeline is officially being rerouted. The corps’ assistant secretary for civil works, Jo-Ellen Darcy stated, “Alternative routes would be best accomplished through an environmental impact statement with full public input and analysis…”

While the announcement of the pipeline being rerouted appears to be a victory, protesters and environmental activists are still dissatisfied with the results. Avid environmental activists on social media have stated, “This fight has never been #MoveDAPL; it’s #NoDAPL.” Evidently, the fight isn’t over. “[We] will continue to fight until the entire pipeline is shut down, until all pipelines are shut down…until all drinking water supplies are decontaminated.”

What Christmas movie you should watch this December

By Ashley Orellana

1. What’s your favorite Christmas carol?

A. White Christmas

B. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer

C. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

D. Santa, Baby

 

2. What will you be wearing to the Christmas party?

A. Something vintage

B. An ugly Christmas sweater

C. The whole getup: reindeer headband, light-up necklace, Rudolph nose, you name it

D. Something cute and red

 

3. What channel will you be tuned into over the holiday break?

A. TCM

B. Comedy Central

C. Cartoon Network

D. TBS

 

4. What’s your favorite part about Christmas?

A. Making memories with family

B. Being able to spend time with friends

C. How everything feels so magical

D. The mistletoe

 

5. Who’s your favorite reindeer?

A. Dancer

B. Comet

C. Rudolph

D. Vixen

 

 

 

Mostly A’s: A Retro Christmas Movie

Sure, they might have made a third Santa Clause movie, but older Christmas movies have endured for a reason: They’re fabulous and timeless. So indulge in the warm, sepia-tinged nostalgia that Christmas brings and watch some of these classic films that even your grandma will love.

Movies: White Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol (the George C. Scott made-for-television version, of course), The Bishop’s Wife, Miracle on 34th Street (really, either version, even the one with Mara Wilson), Meet Me in St. Louis, Holiday Inn

 

Mostly B’s: A Funny Christmas Movie

Maybe you’re not the biggest fan of Christmas, or maybe you’re practically another one of Santa’s elves. Either way, you know how to have a good time. After all, what better way to celebrate any holiday than laughing at how it’s all a little ridiculous?

Watch: Scrooged, A Christmas Story, Elf, Bad Santa, The Santa Clause, The Muppet Christmas Carol

 

Mostly C’s: An Animated Christmas Movie

Childish? Far from it. You’re just whimsical, is all. And is this the season for you! There’s enough animated Christmas movies for you to have your fill of childlike wonder and then some. So bask in the world of magic and fantasy, my little elf!

Watch: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Snowman, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Jack Frost

 

Mostly D’s: A Romantic Christmas Movie

Christmas is the season for crushes. All the lights, the snow, the mistletoe… it’s practically rife for romance. It’s Valentine’s Day without the expectation. Is it cheesy? Maybe, but we don’t blame you. Go ahead, watch a Christmas movie and live out your romantic fantasy, complete with a happy ending.

Watch: Love Actually (duh), White Christmas, The Holiday, The Family Stone, Elf