If you missed it, you were probably a female MeFite out grocery shopping with coupons for OJ. October 2, 2007 10:22 PM   Subscribe

For those who missed today's self link party on the blue... enjoy the show.
posted by Effigy2000 to MetaFilter-Related at 10:22 PM (108 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

I was there! Do I get a T-shirt?
posted by amyms at 10:29 PM on October 2, 2007


lol
posted by Poolio at 10:34 PM on October 2, 2007


When I read the MeTa thread above, I thought it was a reference to OJ Simpson and Target. Nevertheless, these are my very favorite kind of deleted threads on the Blue.
posted by Brittanie at 10:36 PM on October 2, 2007


RIP marcellot.

*pours OJ on the curb*
posted by dhammond at 10:36 PM on October 2, 2007 [3 favorites]


I saw it and didn't feel the need to participate. Where the hell is my t-shirt?
posted by item at 10:40 PM on October 2, 2007


I saw it and didn't feel the need to participate. Where the hell is my t-shirt?

It's being not-mailed by the MeFi admins who didn't feel the need to send it to you. Coincidentally, your local mail-carrier also feels no need to deliver it.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:44 PM on October 2, 2007


I saw it and didn't feel the need to participate. Where the hell is my t-shirt?

Those of us who participated were e-mailed printable coupons for free t-shirts ... (lol) . No shirt for you ! Lol
posted by Poolio at 10:45 PM on October 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter is mostly an "lol"-free zone.

That means you, Poolio.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:46 PM on October 2, 2007 [2 favorites]


GODDAMNIT.
posted by loquacious at 10:47 PM on October 2, 2007


*snorts*
posted by liquorice at 10:52 PM on October 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


Those of us who participated were e-mailed printable coupons for free t-shirts

I didn't get that email!

Dear Askme: Is my ISP screwing with my email?
posted by amyms at 10:52 PM on October 2, 2007


Someone should mention the crappy reason for deletion cortex provided.
posted by Poolio at 10:55 PM on October 2, 2007


Someone else should get all pissy because the thread that mentioned the crappy reason for deletion cortex provided was closed way too fucking early.
posted by item at 10:57 PM on October 2, 2007


I let the word 'fuck' slip out in a casual conversation with my mother the other day. She's in her mid sixties and I should have known better.
posted by item at 10:58 PM on October 2, 2007


I am thankful for the Pretty Flowers link that was posted again.
I am thankful for coupons. I mean really, they save us money.
I am thankful for our lazy moderators who see fit to leave such bountiful threads open for our enjoyment.
I am thankful for the orange juice and all of the inherent O.J. Simpson connotations within.
I am thankful for self-links and popcorn and pitchforks.
posted by dhammond at 11:01 PM on October 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


*searches YouTube for coupons*
posted by Poolio at 11:03 PM on October 2, 2007


Get it done, Poolio.
posted by dhammond at 11:04 PM on October 2, 2007


Coupon: The Movie (from Mr. Show)
posted by Poolio at 11:10 PM on October 2, 2007


Coupon: The Movie: The Ride: The Thread. You'll get wetter than you ever have in your life.
posted by ALongDecember at 11:10 PM on October 2, 2007


Nancy Grace - "Coupon Kidnapper"
posted by Poolio at 11:13 PM on October 2, 2007


You know what goes good with cheap orange juice? A ham omelet. Oh dang it...
posted by ALongDecember at 11:15 PM on October 2, 2007


item: Two minutes ... and a preview ... too late.
posted by rob511 at 11:15 PM on October 2, 2007


You know what goes good with cheap orange juice?

A woman.
posted by Poolio at 11:21 PM on October 2, 2007


ah, so that's where everybody's been hiding this afternoon. meanwhile, i've been talking about indian and german toilets.

- risk
posted by UbuRoivas at 11:33 PM on October 2, 2007


This is the perfect place to dump some youtubery:

Jessamyn visits a museum

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

posted by anotherpanacea at 11:47 PM on October 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


That was great! We gotta do that more often!
posted by ZachsMind at 11:49 PM on October 2, 2007


I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
posted by Poolio at 11:54 PM on October 2, 2007


Hey, pony request: SMS alerts when the mods are off being corporeal and a spammer starts to flame out. lol
posted by felix betachat at 11:58 PM on October 2, 2007


I request that we call felix's pony "lolerts" ¿
posted by Poolio at 12:02 AM on October 3, 2007


cmon guys, he was just looking for some used OJ.
posted by Avenger at 12:13 AM on October 3, 2007


Inspired by Jessamyn visits a museum (link from anotherpanacea)...

Metafilter: Not sure what this does.
posted by amyms at 12:21 AM on October 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


75 CENTS OFF TOASTER STRUDEL
posted by fusinski at 12:35 AM on October 3, 2007


I saved a bunch of money on my car insurance.
posted by Poolio at 1:05 AM on October 3, 2007


Oh snap. Is this the new MeFi coupon trade?

I'll give you 50 cents off economy size frozen peas for your toaster strudel, fusinski.
posted by dreamsign at 1:07 AM on October 3, 2007


I should also say that marcelllot has been unjustly maligned.

Take this example:

its funny , since youtube has been online , all kinds of police brutality videos have been reported

She's challenging our assumptions about causation, reopening the wound of an unexplained correlation whose mystery our prejudices would prefer to resolve for us. Does police violence get captured on film because there are more cameras and distribution venues, or do the police become violent in order to appear on their own tazer-tv? Is youtube about truth-telling or fame-seeking? Does the medium make the message or does the message choose its medium? What spectacle will we balk at, when we have become absolutely passive, watching the boot rise and fall on the human soul without flinching, staring impassively at the atrocity archive, giggling at the visions of torture beamed into our heads by satellite?

No... I think marcellot was too deep and too wise for this community. This joyously free spirit offered sweet orange succor for those willing to receive it, but you all rejected it. marcellot knows the answers, wanted only to share them: "I am good!" she shouted, "Coupons are good!"

"Goodness comes from others!" you retorted. "If you were good we would already have heard of you!" As if anything known, predictable, normal, anyone but marcellot could make the world, or the web, great in the midst of our malaise. No one listened. You are all slaves.
posted by anotherpanacea at 1:42 AM on October 3, 2007 [5 favorites]


Jesus saves, but Satan clips coupons like the rest of us.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:46 AM on October 3, 2007 [2 favorites]


"I am good!" she shouted, "Coupons are good!"

Her wife thinks so too. LOLLEZ
posted by Sparx at 2:26 AM on October 3, 2007


I'm sad that I didn't see the thread until after it was deleted. I so wanted to sign my shit-post like this:

Todd LOLkken.
posted by melorama at 2:36 AM on October 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


Priceless...or 1/3 off anyway lol.
posted by Devils Slide at 2:39 AM on October 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


What I love is the (lol). The fool! As if such an action as laughing out loud could plausibly be used in parenthesis!
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:01 AM on October 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


I've written a little song for the occasion. In your mind, give it a kind of 60's European pop flavor. Think "Windmills of Your Mind", or "Theme from A Man and A Woman"

verse one

L O L,
three simple little letters
L O L,
they describe the situation
very well,
L O L ... L O L.

verse two

It was spam,
what besmirched the nobel blue today
was spam,
and the spammer said
no that's not what I am,
but it was spam
yes ... it was spam

bridge, with requisite modulation

but the watchful MeFites saw right through the ruse
as if the spammer was a bomb they lit the fuse
and the spammer now resides in MeFi hell
left with only just a crumbling ... L ... O ... L ......

verse three

L O L,
marcellot we won't forget you
L O L,
and we won't be buying what you
had to sell,
L O L ...
L O L ...
L O L ...

outro

L O L ... L O L ... L O L ... L O L ... L O L ... L O L ... L O L ... L O L
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:14 AM on October 3, 2007 [2 favorites]


rob511, I admire your bravery.

Here is my own humble effort (alas, hours too late):

He lol'd and he blathered and farted
And just as the fun could have started
A mod did step in
With a sardonic grin
And marcellot, whilst limping, departed.
posted by h00py at 3:52 AM on October 3, 2007


This site is made up of a bunch of macho children and I'm glad it has finally been pointed out. I, for one, am fucking sick of all the 6-year-old on this site strutting around, stripping of their shirts to flex their pectoral muscles, smoking UNFILTERED cigarettes, excessively combing their mountainous pompadours, and endlessly quoting dialogue from Glengarry Glenn Ross. THIS SITE WAS NOT MEANT TO SUPPORT SO MANY MACHO CHILDREN!
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:48 AM on October 3, 2007 [6 favorites]


Also, Macho Children never leave the shopping to the women who are better at it. Lol.
posted by piratebowling at 5:58 AM on October 3, 2007


Oh, good, now I have a place to put this - if you do a Google link: search for the work-at-home site, you get a couple of unrelated YouTube videos.

That's right. We had a YouTube comment spammer right here among us.

*sprays insecticide*

I just thought you should know. For the children.
posted by mediareport at 6:02 AM on October 3, 2007


Thank you, Effigy2000. I missed that thread, being on the East Coast, and my life would not have been complete without it.
posted by languagehat at 6:24 AM on October 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


Oh, I forgot: lol .
posted by languagehat at 6:24 AM on October 3, 2007


Effigy2000 - God bless you for pointing this out.

ob: (lol)
posted by CunningLinguist at 6:26 AM on October 3, 2007


Agh - we can no longer favorite deleted posts?
posted by CunningLinguist at 6:27 AM on October 3, 2007


I missed all the fun, was marcellot a self-linker or just clueless? (lol)
posted by birdlady at 6:27 AM on October 3, 2007


I little part of me died on the inside when I hit command +R and saw the thread deleted banner. Cortex owed us a better deletion reason.
posted by schwa at 6:42 AM on October 3, 2007


Here's your deletion reason.

I was just too taken aback by the whole thing last night. And I wanted to go to bed. And italicizing "hell" actually feels pretty good, so, you know, I was okay with it.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:56 AM on October 3, 2007 [2 favorites]


Oh, awesome! I'm going to print up pages and pages of those and trade them in for their cash value. Suck it, Canada!
posted by Riki tiki at 7:05 AM on October 3, 2007


There are times at which an unrelenting, uncompromising demonstration of the inhumanity nested within humanity is the perfect way to start the day: a blunt-force blow to shatter one's preconceptions; a rasping madness, raked across the brain only long enough to wake it up. This morning was one of those times, and that thread was what did it for me. Thanks Effigy2000 and everyone who participated. God bless the lot of you, Lol.
posted by sleevener at 7:06 AM on October 3, 2007


I'd just like to say that I wish the thread had been closed before I put up that awful limerick.
posted by ColdChef at 7:06 AM on October 3, 2007


Well, at least it was a rough draft.
posted by yhbc at 7:15 AM on October 3, 2007


Here's your deletion reason.

Oh, NOT VALID IN CANADA, EH? Pity!

I WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS CANDADISM!

Also, my pager must be broken since I missed the fun.

ObLOL: lol.
posted by GuyZero at 7:16 AM on October 3, 2007


Just in case you need more than one.
posted by dmd at 7:23 AM on October 3, 2007


Well, at least it was a rough draft.

Mine scans properly if you pronounce marcellot correctly lol lol etc (but I guess it doesn't count because I was too late, damnit!) roflblergh (insert ascii vomit here)
posted by h00py at 7:31 AM on October 3, 2007


By the way, there's only 19 coupons on that sheet, and cortex won't redeem fractional cents. So if you want your cash, you need to send in 20 sheets (cash value 19 cents).
posted by dmd at 7:41 AM on October 3, 2007


Include an SASE, natch.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:44 AM on October 3, 2007


This brings to mind something I've always wondered about. Coupons have a nominal "cash value", but how could one exchange a quantity of coupons for the listed cash? I think I'd be laughed out of the bank if I tried to deposit them. Am I just supposed to find someone dumb enough to think that they could deposit them, and get the cash from them before running?
posted by Godbert at 7:48 AM on October 3, 2007


Because of Kansas, apparently. (Google answers and the Straight Dope also tell the same basic story, but this is the only Kansas reference I found).
posted by yhbc at 7:56 AM on October 3, 2007


It's been a week of good-to-great news for me, and sadness for a friend of mine.

But since I missed this thread last night, I finally have a minor tragedy of my own to add to theirs.
posted by sparkletone at 8:30 AM on October 3, 2007


This thread is like TiVo for the deleted thread.
posted by davejay at 8:41 AM on October 3, 2007


Godbert: If you send 100 coupons worth 1/100th of a cent to the manufacturer, they will write you a check for 1 cent.
posted by null terminated at 8:52 AM on October 3, 2007


I was so happy I had RSS for the new topics and didn't miss this. I laughed my ass off; it made my day. It seems almost a shame it had to be deleted.
posted by Bovine Love at 8:53 AM on October 3, 2007


Godbert: "Coupons have a nominal "cash value", but how could one exchange a quantity of coupons for the listed cash?"

The first result for a search for "coupon cash value" has some useful links, especially the Ask Yahoo answer.
posted by Plutor at 9:08 AM on October 3, 2007


I was so happy I had RSS for the new topics and didn't miss this. I laughed my ass off; it made my day. It seems almost a shame it had to be deleted.

That was how I saw it. I had been reading for a few hours, and shuffled over to my computer to check RSS stuff for a little bit before bed and saw that I'd missed out on the funniest thread in a while. I knew just from the headline in my reader that it was doomed, and that the comments would be beautiful.

Actually.

Truthfully.

My first reaction was exactly the same as cortex's deletion reason, italics and all.

The other stuff came after, as I was clicking.
posted by sparkletone at 9:27 AM on October 3, 2007


I think I speak for the rest of Canada when I say that I am sick and tired of paying full price for banhammerings.
posted by boubelium at 9:37 AM on October 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


I think I speak for the rest of Canada when I say that I am sick and tired of paying full price for banhammerings.

At least you're not paying full price on top of an unfavorable exchange rate anymore!
posted by sparkletone at 9:39 AM on October 3, 2007


I WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS CANDADISM!

I had candadism once, but the doctor gave me this antibiotic cream that cleared things right up.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 9:40 AM on October 3, 2007


I was just too taken aback by the whole thing last night.

Yeah, I totally got a Crime-Scene-So-Grisly-Lenny-Biscoe-Is-Rendered-Incapable-Of-Making-A-Black-Humoured-Quip
vibe off of it.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:43 AM on October 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


It seems almost a shame it had to be deleted

Dude should've self-linked to a bunch of giftcards instead.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:44 AM on October 3, 2007


GYOBF Recipe

* 1 cup of Minute Maid orange juice (hopefully bought on sale lol)
* one package portobello mushrooms (if cashier doesn't know what they are, tell him/her they're buttoncaps, which are a lot cheaper)

Directions: Slice mushrooms and saute with orange juice until a glaze is formed. Arrange on platter and decorate with Pretty Flowers. Enjoy!

Matthew Chen
posted by iconomy at 10:14 AM on October 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: You'll get wetter than you ever have in your life.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:23 AM on October 3, 2007


fun
posted by ClanvidHorse at 10:38 AM on October 3, 2007


I believe you mean: ... (fun) .
posted by starman at 10:40 AM on October 3, 2007


not valid in Canada

You damn USian!
posted by timeistight at 11:06 AM on October 3, 2007


Damn you, Halo 3, from keeping me from participating in the lynching.
posted by jeversol at 11:30 AM on October 3, 2007


Actually, it was just like Halo 3, except that marcellot thought he was Master Chief.

I was blocked by the deletion right before I had a chance to tell tellurian that I thought holloway had done a much better job handling the MeFi mob.

cortex's "What in the hell" was way too mild; it deserved a "What the FUCK" (note the 'fuck' is all caps, bold and italic)

I have a theory why he was so late to the party; he probably watched the Pacific Time Zone premiere of "Cavemen" on ABC and was already OD'ing on "What in the hell"...

And does anybody know if Target stores are selling OJ's book?
posted by wendell at 11:52 AM on October 3, 2007


great recipe, iconomy, but I think you forgot the part about garnishing with PROFIT!!!!!
posted by scody at 11:57 AM on October 3, 2007


And the plate of beans...
posted by agropyron at 1:15 PM on October 3, 2007


Could we start conducting exit interviews with these people?
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 1:29 PM on October 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


ha ,, that would have worked out real well , moron . lol .
posted by yhbc at 1:37 PM on October 3, 2007


cortex's "What in the hell" was way too mild; it deserved a "What the FUCK" (note the 'fuck' is all caps, bold and italic)

Agreed, but I propose "What the fuck?" Keep it simple to clearly communicate the bafflement.
posted by Tehanu at 1:41 PM on October 3, 2007


Stupid day job! I missed all the fun.
posted by gummi at 1:41 PM on October 3, 2007


That is the best deletion reason ever, though.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:44 PM on October 3, 2007


There's no place else on the web where $5 will buy you this much ridicule.
posted by tommasz at 1:50 PM on October 3, 2007 [3 favorites]


How come nobody commented on this contribution from nicolas léonard sadi carnot?

I'm not quite clear on the orange juice connection, but as a response to marcellot's cri de coeur, I found it unexpectedly moving and beautiful.

It kind of sounds like Cavafy, but if not, nicolas has got some poetic chops. Either way, welcome.
posted by ottereroticist at 1:54 PM on October 3, 2007


"What the fuck" is a wonderful phrase, but in this case the mouthfeel of "What in the hell" better captures the jaw-droppedness of the whole thing, the phrase itself a fairly smooth crescendo toward open-mouthed shock. The apical/fricative punctuation of WTF would express, I think, a degree of aggression not manifest in this case—better suited, that one, to the occasional bizarre email rebuke or whatnot.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:56 PM on October 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


That caveman show was pretty funny though. (lol).
posted by ND¢ at 2:20 PM on October 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


Those coupons didn't even work when I went to the store.
posted by nola at 3:03 PM on October 3, 2007


nola : they didnt work because your not a woman . the people at the grocery store dont know what to do when a man goes shopping ! (lol)
posted by scody at 3:41 PM on October 3, 2007


cortex, you clearly put a large (and kind of worrisome) amount of consideration into your word choice in such cases. I will read all of your deletion reasons out loud from now like the poetry they truly are. I bow to superior skills.

Or maybe, just maybe, you're bluffing to cover a deletion reason generator that you're testing out.
posted by Tehanu at 5:13 PM on October 3, 2007


Oh man, "deletion reason generator"? Yeah, right, and next I'll whip up a snarky comment generator and just retire from metafilter altog
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Use of uninitialized value in numeric lt (<) at ./rehist.pl line 77.
Use of uninitialized value in numeric lt (<) at ./rehist.pl line 77.
can't find '_hparser_xs_state' element in HTML::Parser
hash at d:\perl\site\lib\HTML\Parser.pm line 96

posted by cortex (staff) at 5:24 PM on October 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


You need the "in" if you're to capture the slackened jaw of Cletus or similar.

"What in the hell? Someone done stoled my wheels."

"What in the hell are you thinkin'? Move your paw and kiss my grits."
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 5:25 PM on October 3, 2007


Those coupons didn't even work when I went to the store.

Better to learn that "spam is a scam" lesson on a an ineffective coupon than 6 weeks of penile enlargement treatments. Sounds like you got off easy, nola.
posted by madamjujujive at 5:37 PM on October 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'm with you, otter-e. nicolas léonard sadi carnot's "Leave the Grocery Shopping to the Women#1859467" deserves reading, re-reading, recognition, and perhaps a Best Free Verse In a Soon-to-Be-Deleted Post award. Gold star!
posted by steef at 5:41 PM on October 3, 2007


I'd just like to point out again the strange punctuation that was commented on in that thread and the coincidence of the glasses spammer. It just seems too great a coincidence to me and I wonder what sort of connection there might be. Does there exist somewhere, something like a spam typing pool?
posted by tellurian at 6:00 PM on October 3, 2007


One of the lovely things about the thread is the whole flavour of the incident. It wasn't just the hammering the guy(*) took, it was also about MeFi. It is like all the inmates starting running amok, discovered the warden was not about and took over the prison for a bit, putting in jabs and one liners as fast as they could before the warden shows up and ends the fun. And maybe, just maybe, the warden is dragging his feet a little and amusing himself and the inmates, and winking a little at the end with a What the hell, leaving the big grin for us to imagine ourselves.

Makes me feel kinda naughty for having read it, and a little square for having missed participating.

(*) There is some very small chance he is/was a brilliant troll. His capitalization and distinctive punctuation habits has the smell of a bit of fun. It would be one of the finest bit of trolling I have seen, though I have seen some superb ones on Usenet and one particular one concerning Brazillians on fark (I apologize for the f-word). Just tossing a theory out there.
posted by Bovine Love at 6:01 PM on October 3, 2007


Somewhere, Bing Crosby is looking down at that thread and smiling.

(It's funny because he OWNED a chunk of Minute Maid, and did some of their commerci-- ah, never mind)
posted by evilcolonel at 7:36 PM on October 3, 2007


How come nobody commented on this contribution from nicolas léonard sadi carnot?
Okay. In addition to writing poetry, Albert Goldbarth has a very nice collection of outer space toys.
posted by tellurian at 8:17 PM on October 3, 2007


┏ ✄ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ┓
┃TWENTY BUCKS OFF, SAME AS IN TOWN┃
┗ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ━ ┛
posted by blasdelf at 10:31 PM on October 3, 2007 [5 favorites]


That's beautiful, blasdelf.
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:02 PM on October 3, 2007


Argh. Did everyone else already know that cortex is a robot? Why am I always the last to know?
posted by Tehanu at 11:47 AM on October 4, 2007


Nono, he is just a Bot, not a Robot. No physical presence required.
posted by Bovine Love at 12:34 PM on October 4, 2007


Albert Goldbarth also gave a reading at the University of Pennsylvania. It's available here as a set of mp3s.
posted by tellurian at 3:24 PM on October 4, 2007


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