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Every Sunday for two years, an Imgurian has been feeding the people of her local community in the Philippines. Her impact on the local community cannot be measured in dollars, dimes, or pisos alone, instead it is better measured in full bellies and beaming smiles. This is missfilipina, ‘The Free Meal Lady of Imgur’.

Hi Imgur! CHEERS TO OUR 48TH DAY of providing food to the local children!

Children lining up around the block is a familiar sight for missfilipina as she hands out her weekly meal. “I was thinking of ways to share my blessings and it hit me, there is an organization that feeds children in my city” she explains, “They feed local kids from Monday through Saturday and since they don’t give out food on Sundays, and Sunday is my day off, why not feed the children on Sundays?”

That’s exactly what she has been doing every week since June 2017, although that wasn’t initially the plan; “Hearing them say thank you, the big smile on their faces, asking me if I was going to be there next Sunday – that’s where I decided to continue giving.” 

I did something,a feeding program. Achievement unlock.


Following that first post, Imgurians were quick to offer help.

Preparing weekly meals for 300 local children is no small feat, sometimes taking up to 9 hours; but it isn’t without its reward, namely a new perspective on life. “I learned to appreciate everything that I have, because what I may consider small is huge for someone else,” she notes.

Food isn’t the only thing distributed where it’s most needed. Toys, money, and groceries have all become part of missfilipina’s efforts to help those in desperate need; assisted in no small part by the Imgur community, who last Christmas who came out in force to send toys to the Philippines. Despite distance, difficulty and dilemma, stacks on stacks of toys, candy and treats made their way to missfilipina from across the world, as well as Imgur HQ!

my december is complete! (long post)

“For outsiders, they consider our area dangerous,” but for missfilipina, it’s home. “There are two places where the meal program usually takes place. My hometown, and the village where we relocated when I was sixteen. Imgurians mostly know about the meals and groceries, but less know I help the homeless too, help people with their medical bills, or help out with cash where it’s needed. I usually give cash to elderly people in the streets, those who look like they really need it most.”

Groceries for the Elderlies.

The kindness displayed by missfilipina has had a lasting impact on Imgur – Reminding us to be thankful of what we have, and help those that don’t. A message of community, wholesomeness and friendship lifts the world’s spirits.

This past Sunday represented the 53rd post detailing her efforts. Keep up with missfilipina’s posts every Sunday by following the Meal Prep Sunday tag. Alternatively if you’d like to support the amazing work missfilipina does you can donate via Paypal or Patreon.

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Saturday May 11th is National Eat What You Want Day, a celebration of all things culinary and calorific, a veritable treat yo self day for foodies. To celebrate we’re delving into Imgur’s most delicious and delectable posts, in a three course treat for the soul.

Appetiser
To kick things off we’re going for some Italian-American fusion, with pull apart pizza bread. Once you get over the fear of the dough-tube exploding you can indulge in doughy-cheesy goodness to kick off this three course feast.

Pull Apart Pizza Bread

Make sure and check out the followup post by @stusauce, who tested out the recipe with some helpful tips.

Entree
Get your pan lotion hot, and your Italian water seasoned – We’re going down the path of the surreal for this entree. Chicken Parmesan is a staple of households across the world, but you’ve probably never seen it like this. 

Hot Bubble Butter

Dessert
Finally we come to dessert; so stretch out those second stomachs, we’re not done yet. Gluttony does not do this cake justice; Twenty-some layers of chocolatey goodness, all wrapped up in a perfect glaze.

Have a slice…

We’re off to loosen our belts, and take a nap. Be sure to check out the Eat What You Want tag to find the best in culinary debauchery.

Bone Apple Teeth.

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When you’re plainly whelmed, you can’t bother to spare the energy, and a shrug describes your feelings, we present to you: The Meh Vote. It’s new, it’s blue, it’s sideways, and it’s joining Imgur as a voting option on every post.

When you don’t hate it, but you don’t love it, make your presence known by giving it a Meh. The Meh Vote won’t add any points to a post, and it won’t take any away either. +0: It’s a score.

Typing words in comments can be something. Instead, choose a Meh Vote GIF from the reaction GIF menu on iOS, Android, and desktop web. Or, if you can be bothered, create your own and share it to http://imgur.com/t/mehvote.

Indulge in your indifference. Nestle in your nihilism. Go ahead and take the Meh Vote for a spin. Or don’t. We don’t express strong feelings one way or the other.

Presenting: The Meh Vote. The Virtual Shrug of the Future.

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Occasionally an Imgurian will appear in the community who goes above and beyond in their mission to lift spirits and banish boredom. Such people are a gift and commit vast amounts of their own time to make the days of their fellow Imgurians more entertaining, or fulfilled, or wholesome. Or as in the case of MrPuckett, a heady mix of all three.

In this blog we’re quizzing the man behind some of Imgur’s most uplifting content, and his mission to bring these posts to Imgurians every single day.

A hero we don't deserve.

Q: Tell us a little something about yourself

A: If you met me in person, you’d probably think I was the jolliest dude you’ve ever met. Besides that, you might be bored with my normality. Crazy past, tame present. People do tell me I look like rapper Lil Dicky, so I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

Q: Dogs and wholesome is a pretty potent mix. Any particular reason you chose those particular categories?

A: When I was young, my sister and parents and I had our own stuff going on every day and night – except for Friday. Every single Friday at 7 PM my family gathered together to watch TGIF on ABC in the living room. I wanted to do 2 family friendly series on Imgur that people could enjoy at the same time every single day. Give everyone that feeling of togetherness I had as a child on Fridays nights.

Here are 20 dog gifs that I hope brighten your Thursday

Q: How do you find the Imgur Community’s reaction to your posts?

A: Unbelievable. In the last month I’ve gotten over a thousand messages. Some telling their wholesome story, some sharing their dog, others just need a shoulder to cry on. The comments are more supportive than any 12 step or therapy group I have seen. I do my best to reply to every single message and upvote every single comment.

Q: What has been your favorite comment thus far?

A: My favorite comments are the ones on OTHER posts. When people see something wholesome or beautiful uploaded by someone else, often times I get a tag. I mainly browse random so a lot of new posts escape me. I love being tagged.

Here are 20 wholesome things, you deserve them

Q: How long do you think you’ll keep doing it? Until you’ve run out of dogs and wholesome?

A: Each day more of the wholesome in my folder becomes OC. Posting personal Imgur interactions in the wholesome series makes me so happy. As wholesome content outside of Imgur dwindles after 3 weeks of searching posts, the wholesome content created by our very own community is now readily available! No sign of stopping. I almost ended the dog gifs after the 50th post. I took two days off and got the loveliest messages from Imgurians asking me if I would kindly continue. How could I say no?

Q: What is your favorite post?

A: PCP and Me. I made that post a few months ago as some of my first OC storytelling. No one on Imgur had any idea who I (or my dog) was and I completely bared my soul and my faults. The comments and messages from that post changed my life, made me not so afraid of my past, not so afraid of strangers. Now a year in recovery and back on my feet, I still read the encouraging comments from time to time for a pick up.

PCP and Me – OP Delivers

Q: What would you like to do that you’re not already doing?

A: I would like to do more community outreach and charitable drives on Imgur. I did the Blankets for Benji drive last week, and though it did take a good deal of time, I have a good deal of time. I would like to do more fundraisers and charity posts on Imgur, collecting items and goods for people and dogs in need.

Wholesome Imgur Pays it Forward – Blankets for Benji

Q: How long do you spend looking for posts to compile?

A: The wholesome and dog series content is found daily, just hours before the posts go live. Finding 20 dog gifs I like takes between 30-90 minutes daily, setting up an all Imgurian dog post takes up to 3 hours though. I spend a lot of time trying to make sure the wholesome series flows, and writing the personal message in the 20th image. Collecting and compiling that is often a total of 2 hours daily.

Q: If you could tell the Imgur Community any one piece of wisdom – What would it be?

A: You are your own beacon of light, you just have to learn how to flip the switch.

Forget fails, here are 10 gifs of humans doing amazing things

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: Well I guess MrPuckett (the dog, not the user) will be 24 by then, probably real tired. My life goal has always been to own a farm for rescue animals. Farm animals, dogs, penguins, you name it. A plot of land to live off of, a few dozen animals, Google Fiber. You know, the simple things.

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Huge thanks to MrPuckett for taking the time out of his busy posting schedule to answer some of our questions. Do yourself a favor and check out some of MrPuckett’s amazing posts for an instant mood booster, and a healthy dose of puppers.

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The Imgur Blog by Mike Ainslie - 3M ago

Break out the balloons, and commence the confetti! Imgur is celebrating its 10th Birthday, and a decade of memes, magic, and memories.

All the way back in 2009 our founder and CEO Alan Schaaf started Imgur from his living room in Ohio as a gift to the internet. 10 years, and a trillion post views later, Imgur is the internet’s best place for genuine, community-driven entertainment.

Join us on a trip down memory lane as we look back at all the moments that defined Imgur’s decade.

Happy 10th Birthday, Imgur!

For one week only (18th – 23rd February 2019) every post is a party – Find the cake button on any post and let the confetti rain down! Imgurians can also earn the limited edition Imgur 10th Birthday trophy by posting with the Imgur10 tag. Share your favorite memories, fondest community moments, or a cute picture of your cat – That always works.

Thank you to everyone who made the last 10 years so amazing, and cheers to many more.

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The Imgur Blog by Mike Ainslie - 3M ago

Meet Luke Humphries, best known for his Imgur Let’s Play series, where the Imgur community decides the fate of the eponymous protagonist.

The series follows the bizarre adventures of our unsuspecting hero, who falls into a hole whilst hiking. The Imgur community was charged with the dubious task of rescuing Luke from this predicament.

The rule is simple: Top comment decides the next step in the adventure.

Thanks to the Imgur community’s creativity, Luke finds himself thrust into a world of supernatural beings and spooky-scary skeleton armies. A frequent appearance in Most Viral with 148,000 upvotes across 71 posts, it’s safe to say Imgurians have fallen in love with Luke’s shenanigans.

We took a moment to ask the real Luke some questions about his best known series, his previous comics, and just a little bit about the person behind the comics. 

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A: I’m a comic creator, my name is Luke Humphris which has given me the nice privilege of being able to choose the very boring handle of @lukehumphris on Imgur and most websites.

Q: You’re Australian, correct? You’ve made reference to working in London, and travelling across Europe. Where do you call home now?

A: Yes, I am Australian. I call Toronto home now, I just became a resident here too which is great. I like big cities and I like the cold, so it is exactly where I want to be.

Q: You were on Imgur for quite some time before Imgur Let’s Play – What inspired the idea?

A: I completely ripped off the idea from a Cyanide and Happiness forum post where someone was making a comic based on suggestions. I wanted to do it on Imgur because there is ALWAYS someone to give a suggestion. Not always a good one, but there is always someone there. The community never sleeps.

Q: How has it been letting the Imgur Community lead your story-telling?

A: Unpredictable. I generally brainstorm about how the next few pages will play out, but what I think will happen rarely comes into fruition. Early on I was pretty sure we were going to ride bigfoot out of the hole so I started to think about what his house would look like, his family, but that never happened.

So in that sense it is a lot of fun as I don’t even know how it is all going to play out. Personally I love it when someone derails everything in the story, and occasionally I like to do some ‘be careful what you wish for’ type of pages and derail it myself.

Q: How long will the adventures of Luke go on for?

A: I am aiming somewhere around 100 pages, so the story is in about the last quarter. Good chance I will create a second one after this eventually. No idea if the next one will include Luke or not.

Q: Will your next endeavour be another community based comic, or do you have any different ideas?

A: I am contemplating a let’s build series in the future. Like those old diagrams with a ship cut in half. Top comment decides what room will be built next, might do an underground nuclear bunker or spaceship we all make together. Learning a bit of pixel art so that might be cool.

Q: Would you say any other comic creators inspired your style?

A: Big inspirations from Julia Wertz, Art Spiegelman, Allie Brosh. Honestly any autobiographical comics I read I just eat up and love.

Q: Some of your stories tackle mental health, your difficulties with alcohol, and other issues that wouldn’t always be common place in comics – What encouraged you to share these stories?

A: Free therapy mostly. I’m a pretty introverted dude, and I have plenty of people I can talk to, but when I write about experiences on paper it just helps me understand it and sometimes let it go. If I have even a dark thought, once I put it on paper and put it out in the world, it just seems kind of silly, and I just feel embarrassed, which takes all the power away from it. So yeah, put a spotlight on it, throw it out into the world, and I can deal with it.


Q: Is Luke from the Let’s Play the same as the real Luke we see in your other work?

A: Yes, everything is 100% canon. Though to be honest I put myself in everything because I think it is the funniest thing ever. If I ever become successful though, I am going to look super conceited. Not stopping though.

Q: How long does it take you to produce a comic?

A: Anywhere between 30 mins – 2 hours. Depends if I got netflix going in the background. These comics are not my best possible art, but that means I can produce these pages without it being too much of a hassle.

Q: Where would you like to see Luke (both real and fictional) in an ideal world?

A: Well, everyone keeps saying Luke should go to town on himself. I have been trying to avoid it but people keep pushing for it, so I feel like destiny is heading in that direction. I think that’s what I would like to see. As for fictional Luke, I don’t know, whatever the comments decide I guess.

Q: Wild card – Answer anything you’d like people to know.

A:  Two times accidentally, once on purpose.

Thanks to Luke for taking the time to answer some of our questions. To take part in Luke’s adventure, and to add your own comment, the entire series can be found here. If you’d like to see more of Luke’s comics, and keep up to date with his personal series, check out his website www.lukeatsea.com

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When you’re sharing to Imgur, we want you to feel confident that the right people are seeing your posts. For increased clarity around the visibility of your uploads, we’ve consolidated our post privacy settings. As always, the full rundown of your privacy on Imgur can be found in our Privacy Policy.

When you upload a post to Imgur, you have two post privacy options: Hidden and Public.

A hidden post means that your post is not shared with the general Imgur community and can only be accessed via the URL. Hidden posts cannot be searched, will not receive comments or votes, and will not appear in your user profile. Hidden posts are never entirely private because they can always be accessed by other people with access to the URL.

A public post means that your post is shared with the Imgur community and is available for commenting, voting, and will appear in your user profile. Public posts will appear in Imgur search results.

Both post types can be found in your newly consolidated user profile, which can be accessed at imgur.com/user/{username}. When others view your profile, they will see only your public posts.

On the Imgur apps, post privacy settings can be toggled between hidden and public during upload. A public post will be immediately shared to the community and available in your user profile, whereas a hidden post will simply result in the post URL.

On Imgur for desktop, all uploads are defaulted to hidden. If you’re just looking for a post URL, simply drag and drop your post, then copy the link. Selecting “Share With Community” will make your post public.

Post privacy settings can be toggled at any time from within the post itself. If at any point you want to make your post public, you can simply visit the URL while logged into your account and select “Share with Community” or “Make Public.”

This update deprecates the custom thumbnail feature and custom sorting options for posts/albums. Instead, visitors to your profile page can toggle your public posts by newest, oldest, or best. As of January 29, 2019, we no longer offer a user profile that displays Hidden posts/albums.

That’s all, folks! We hope these simplified privacy statuses make sharing your posts more clear. If you run into any questions regarding your post privacy, please feel free to contact our support team at help.imgur.com.

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The Imgur Blog by Mike Ainslie - 4M ago

New Year’s Resolutions are notoriously hard to stick to even just into the first week of January – let alone for an entire year. That said, there are a small group of dedicated Imgurians who put the rest of us to shame with their dedication to a cause. These are the Imgurians who embarked upon a year long challenge in 2018 to do something every day.

First up is @ImportantQuestions, who set out to draw the top comment every day. It got weird. It got wild. From sexy avocados to a heartwarming proposal from @TinyOctopus, no matter what the top comment was, it was drawn. After 365 days of drawing the top comment, they were finally asked to draw themselves a trophy, and a very well deserved one at that.

A drawing everyday for 635 days (365/365) WE DID IT!

Not to be outdone in perseverance, and not one to settle for something tame like a rubber band ball, we have @TheAccountant100 who for 365 days entertained Imgurians with his ever increasing ball of aluminium foil. We watched in wonder and awe as the small pebble of foil grew and grew to become an absolute unit of mankind’s willpower. We also vote that they now microwave it.

Growing Aluminum Foil Ball (Day 365/365)

Crochet is a pastime often reserved for relaxation and reflection; but one Imgurian has taken that to the next level. @ImADoctorNotAnImgurian crocheted a brand new flower every day for a year, ending up with what must be a veritable botanical garden of woolen wonders. Not to settle with just that, they have now moved onto crocheting squares every week so that their flowers can one day make a blanket, all in the name of charity.

I crochet a flower every day of 2018. Day 365. (december 31)

Last, and certainly not least, is an effort we can wholeheartedly support from @IPostACorgiEveryDayTillIGetACorgi, who, as the name might suggest, has posted a corgi everyday since late January 2018. Self-described as a “corgi loving girl on a mission,” they have blessed Imgur with a horde of corgis for nearly an entire year. We’ll be checking back daily to get our dose of corgi love.

Day 342: Again!

With 2019 in full swing, we can’t wait to see what crazy shenanigans Imgurians get up to this year.

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The first great news of 2019 is in: Imgur’s CEO and founder, Alan Schaaf, was featured on one of tech’s biggest podcasts, Recode Decode.

In 45-minutes of conversation, Kara and Alan discuss the early days of Imgur, how Imgur tackles the ugliness of social media, the proper pronunciation of GIF, and more. Thanks to Recode and Kara Swisher for having us.

You can find the audio version and the transcribed version here.

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With Christmas behind us, and the opening salvo of 2019 about to begin, we’re taking a moment to look back at this year’s Imgur Secret Santa – Which, with 33,500 entries from 128 different countries, was our biggest and best yet.

First, let’s take a look at the numbers (infographic by @CloakerJosh)

Gifted and gifting there were around 15,000 posts to the #secret_santa tag so far this year, with grateful recipients and excited senders sharing their Secret Santa surprises with their fellow Imgurians. Here are just a few of our favorites:

User @bmusser shared their amazing 3D printed creation, a custom lamp featuring a pair of perfectly printed puppers.

Secret Santa Project finished

It’s Christmas morning 1996. An oddly wide and shallow box waits for you under the tree. Frantically you rip off the wrapping paper from the corner to reveal the words you had begged Santa to see – ‘Nintendo 64’. One Imgurian got to relive that magic this year with their very own N64, and Ocarina of Time. @HandOverTheFlapJacks and his son, with the help of a huge snack package, spent their Winter break bringing peace to Hyrule – All thanks to @J0HI0

Secret Santa going ALL OUT

Some presents are wrapped in paper. Some presents are mysteries wrapped in an enigma! That’s exactly what @RoaringMerp received when their thoughtful, yet cryptic present from @MrQuezada1 arrived on their doorstep.

First Imgur Secret Santa

Hoping to bring the One True Queen back to the throne of Westeros, @TheAlmightyFuzz crafted a trio of incredible dragon eggs from the hit show, Game of Thrones. 3D printed, coated in epoxy and hand painted, the end result is fit for a queen.

Hope my Secret Santa likes them!

Every year we are fortunate enough to have Secret Santa superheroes who register as back up gifters. Back up gifters allow us to rematch those who didn’t receive a gift with one of these bonafide superstars. If you’re participating in the Imgur Secret Santa and want to register as a Secret Santa hero head over to https://imgur.com/secretsanta, under your profile navigate to “Backup gifter” to sign up.

Thanks to everyone who has made this year’s Secret Santa the biggest and best ever! Remember to share your amazing gifts with the Imgur community by using the #secret_santa tag.

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