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But thankfully, for everyone, this appears to be a poorly executed hoax or an April Fools’ joke.
That said, doge the meme did die three-and-a-half years ago, when a congressman used it to make a funny.
The news was brought to the net by the “official Twitter account of China Central Television.”
Over the weekend, one of the most famous animal celebrities of the internet reportedly passed away.
In December 2013, shortly after the breakout of “Doge,” the tech news site The Verge published an article identifying Satos Kabosu as the original Shiba Inu depicted in the meme. In addition to Kabosu, The Verge also identified “Suki,” a Shiba Inu who lives with San Francisco-based photographer Jonathan Fleming, as the scarfed dog portrayed in another popular instance of the meme.
Following the launch of the official website, a slew of social media channels and referential webpages soon emerged for Dogecoin, including a Twitter account and a Facebook page, racking up more than 1,000 followers and 1,800 likes within the the first week, respectively. On December 8th, an entire subreddit community dedicated to the use of satirical cryptocurrency was launched at /r/dogecoin, accruing more than 2,600 subscribers in just over a week.
On June 24th, 2014, the California-based gaming accessory company filed to trademark “Doge” with the United States patent office to sell card boxes and playing card covers with Kabosus likeness on the front. On June 23rd, The Daily Dot published an article about the trademark filing, which included a statement from Ultra PRO General Manager Jay Kuo who claimed the trademark was filed to protect the company from being sued and that they would allow “royalty-free use for any vendor who wishes to use the mark.” The article also contained a statement by the Intellectual Property Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation Corynne McSherry, who noted that the filing is problematic because it attempts to trademark the entire word, not just a stylized version of it.
On November 20, 2013, YouTube implemented an Easter egg, that changes the text to be colored and in Comic Sans, much like the original internal-monologue style captions, when a user searches the phrase “doge meme”. On Tumblr, in addition to the captioned photos, the “doge” tag often contains s of a Shiba Inu whose facial features have been manipulated, similar to Starecat.
On December 6th, BitcoinTalk forum member Dogecoin introduced an alternative cryptocurrency based on the meme as a satire of the Bitcoin boom in a thread titled “Dogecoin – very currency – many coin – wow – v1.1 Released.” Similar to Bitcoin and its derivatives, Dogecoin can be mined and exchanged for goods and services among the participants, though it is programmed to level out at a higher threshold of up to 100 billion coins and prevent any use of special bitcoin-mining equipment like ASICs. In comparison, Bitcoin will cap out at 21 million coins and Litecoin will support up to 84 million coins in circulation.
Is the Doge dog still alive?
All about the Dogecoin dog That meme spiked in popularity online earlier that year and is based on a photo of a real Shiba Inu taken more than a decade ago. The dog who became internet famous is named Kabosu. … Kabosu is still alive at the time of this writing (thank god) and is sixteen years old.
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