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WTC sillhouette with smoke cloud September 11th, 2001, through the eyes of IRC channels
From computer programmers to Pokemon fans, this is how it went down online.
Slenderman Why Slender Man is the perfect culprit for the Internet era
Slenderman is whoever you want him to be.
slenderman-1-708110.jpg (590×406) The man behind 'Slender Man' speaks out over Wisconsin stabbing
Eric Knudsen never guessed that his urban legend would play a part in real-world horror.
Utb5qXt.png (2048×1036) The bizarre online origins of 'me irl'
I found what I believe is the very first true “me irl” published on the Internet. And it’s a doozy. 
slenderman-1-708110.jpg (590×406) The first great crowdsourced myth of the Internet
When it comes to Slender Man, the line between folklore and meme blurs.
undefined How the Internet's creepiest meme mutated from thought experiment to Hollywood blockbuster
In this supernatural Internet legend, one wrong turn is all it takes to see something you’ll wish you hadn’t.