Make that in triplicate! June 3, 2008 10:44 AM   Subscribe

Religious issues aside, do we really need three separate posts covering slight variations of the same thing?

This is becoming the Mouse Balls of Metafilter.
posted by tkolar to Etiquette/Policy at 10:44 AM (79 comments total)

Scattered over six years, I'm not sure this is James Brown-level situation.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:47 AM on June 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


I'm guessing the poster of the newest one didn't see these other two, considering the most recent is from like two years ago.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 10:47 AM on June 3, 2008


I have no idea what you're talking about with this Mouse Balls thing.
posted by shmegegge at 10:49 AM on June 3, 2008


Let's try to keep it in perspective here: that's only about one-three-thousandth of the age of the Universe.
posted by Plutor at 10:50 AM on June 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


Its a sign of the apocalypse! Kinda like the Nine Billion Names of God, once we have a certain number of these posts on MeFi, the world will end.
posted by never used baby shoes at 10:50 AM on June 3, 2008


tkolar hates God's people and their desire to communicate.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:50 AM on June 3, 2008


I'm not sure this is James Brown-level situation

Not sure what that means but I will be adding that phrase to my everyday vocabulary forthwith. Thank you sir.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 10:51 AM on June 3, 2008


I am currently batting .500 in the internet meme recognition derby, because I get the James Brown reference but not the Mouse Balls one.
posted by yhbc at 10:53 AM on June 3, 2008


Not sure what that means but I will be adding that phrase to my everyday vocabulary forthwith. Thank you sir.

When James Brown died we had some ridiculous number of rushed obit threads posted for the next month. It was almost certainly the most that any post had ever been duplicated.
posted by shmegegge at 10:56 AM on June 3, 2008


I'm sorry, could someone explain what constitutes a James Brown's Balls situation?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:00 AM on June 3, 2008


James Brown's Balls will bring about the Apocalypse!
posted by ColdChef at 11:01 AM on June 3, 2008


The goddam Joshua Bell / Pearls Before Swine thing actually got more posts, in the end, but Mr. Brown leads on obits and also holds what I believe is an unmatched record of three posts within one minute.

More detail.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:02 AM on June 3, 2008


Scattered over six years, I'm not sure this is James Brown-level situation.

There were four years between the first two, then only a year-and-a-half till the latest one. Clearly, the frequency is increasing. It must mean something. A disturbance of some kind in The Force. Some sort of imminent event.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 11:04 AM on June 3, 2008


The Quickening is upon us. There can be only one.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:06 AM on June 3, 2008


The Ballsening? No?
posted by Burhanistan at 11:08 AM on June 3, 2008


The Quichening. MMmm yummy spinach coming at me.
posted by cashman at 11:10 AM on June 3, 2008


Mouses have three balls. That is what the first reference is about.
posted by ND¢ at 11:10 AM on June 3, 2008


Three times in six years is fine.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:19 AM on June 3, 2008


that's only about one-three-thousandth of the age of the Universe.

How much is this in McCain years?
posted by octobersurprise at 11:20 AM on June 3, 2008


I think that's a mail plane!
posted by shmegegge at 11:20 AM on June 3, 2008


How can you tell?
posted by shmegegge at 11:21 AM on June 3, 2008


Didn't you notice its little balls?
posted by shmegegge at 11:21 AM on June 3, 2008


What if it were three Rapture e-mails from James Brown over the last six years?
posted by dw at 11:24 AM on June 3, 2008


Anything that further highlights the lunacy of this crowd seems ok to me.
posted by nevercalm at 11:27 AM on June 3, 2008


shmegegge, next time give us a chance to return your "Three Amigos" serve, would ya?
posted by Burhanistan at 11:29 AM on June 3, 2008


Dude, if I had just posted "I think that's a mail plane!" no one would have gotten it. It would have garnered no responses whatsoever. This way, I'm sure to get a plethora of responses.
posted by shmegegge at 11:31 AM on June 3, 2008


Why, Guapo?
posted by Burhanistan at 11:34 AM on June 3, 2008


mickey mouse ate my balls.
posted by quonsar at 11:40 AM on June 3, 2008


What if it were three Rapture e-mails from James Brown over the last six years?

Date: Wed, 06 DEC 2000 18:34:03 -0500
From: James Brown [godfather@soul.com]
To: Metafilter [mefi@metafilter.com ]
Subject: I feel rapturous, I knew that I would, now!


Date: Fri, 22 APR 2004 06:19:56 -0500
From: James Brown [godfather@soul.com]
To: Metafilter [mefi@metafilter.com ]
Subject: So rapturous, so rapturous I got you!


Date: Fri, 25 DEC 2006 01:44:56 -0500
From: James Brown [godfather@soul.com]
To: Metafilter [mefi@metafilter.com ]
Subject: Hey!

...

posted by dersins at 11:40 AM on June 3, 2008 [3 favorites]


More room for the fish.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:41 AM on June 3, 2008


Why, Guapo?

that was totally the wrong way to respond to the reference.
posted by shmegegge at 11:46 AM on June 3, 2008


There can be only one.

But that was never really true, was it? I mean, maybe in the first movie, but what about the sequels and the fucking TV show? If there was only one, where did these other guys keep coming from?

I like to think of it as the Highlander-clown-car theory, where you are sure that the last one has popped out and been decapitated only to have another three of the bastards appear.

Ridiculous. How is anyone supposed to take a story about immortal maybe-aliens who have magic powers seriously?
posted by quin at 11:49 AM on June 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


I would just like to know if you know what a plethora is.
posted by Pax at 11:49 AM on June 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


First comment on the 2006 post:

I'm not sure that this differs from significantly from this, which has been posted about 18 times so far.
posted by tkolar at 3:11 PM on December 26, 2006


tkolar is becoming the Mouse Balls of Metafilter.
posted by languagehat at 11:52 AM on June 3, 2008


Date: Tue, 06 JUN 2006 18:34:03 -0500
From: James Brown [godfather@soul.com]
To: Metafilter [mefi@metafilter.com ]
Subject: Get on the good foot!
posted by octobersurprise at 11:53 AM on June 3, 2008


But that was never really true, was it? I mean, maybe in the first movie, but what about the sequels and the fucking TV show? If there was only one, where did these other guys keep coming from?

Everybody after Connor was a poser. Some of them were vampires, I'm pretty sure there were a couple closet werewolves too, but not There Can Be Only One style immortals. And it was mostly just roided out fanboys who lost their shit after the first movie came out.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:00 PM on June 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


that's some bullshit, right there.

everyone knows that Connor McCloud didn't really earn the quickening, because Brother Justin was brought back to life in the cornfield afterward by Sophie who turns out to be some kind of Omega prophet or something.

The problem is that they got Mario Van Peebles to play Brother Justin in the sequels, so people got confused about who was who.
posted by shmegegge at 12:03 PM on June 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


This way, I'm sure to get a plethora of responses.

I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has *no idea* what it means to have a plethora.
posted by inigo2 at 12:07 PM on June 3, 2008


I would just like to know if you know what a plethora is.

Forgive me, Pax. I know that I, shmegegge, do not have your superior intellect and education. But could it be that once again, you are angry at something else, and are looking to take it out on me?
posted by shmegegge at 12:08 PM on June 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


also, inigo2.
posted by shmegegge at 12:08 PM on June 3, 2008


I think a fun thing to do would be to take a comedy full of double entendres and rewrite it in paraphrase so that there would only be single entendres instead. You could do two versions, the family-friendly one and the dirty one.

Clean version

DUSTY: What is it doing here?
NED: I think it's a mail plane.
DUSTY: How can you tell?
NED: There are postal markings on the fuselage.

Dirty version

DUSTY: What is it doing here?
NED: I think it's a male plane.
DUSTY: How can you tell?
NED: It has testicles.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:15 PM on June 3, 2008 [3 favorites]


I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is.

Schmegegge's usage seems correct:

pleth·o·ra –n. 1. overabundance; excess: a plethora of advice and a paucity of assistance.

What did you think plethora meant?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:21 PM on June 3, 2008


The part of the baby you discard when it's born? The part along with the unbiblical cord?
posted by yeti at 12:27 PM on June 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


Schmegegge's usage seems correct

No no, I have superior intellect and education. He was just using plethora without knowing what it meant. I was testing him.
posted by Pax at 12:30 PM on June 3, 2008


yeti, you're thinking of a 'placemat'.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:33 PM on June 3, 2008


paraphrase so that there would only be single entendres

You always were a cunning linguist, James

You always were a crafty wordsmith, James.
posted by Pax at 12:34 PM on June 3, 2008


Carmen won't sleep with schmegegge.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:58 PM on June 3, 2008


I wrote...
I'm not sure that this differs from significantly from this, which has been posted about 18 times so far.

Good point. I had forgotten how many times it had been deleted as well as let stand.

tkolar is becoming the Mouse Balls of Metafilter.

I was in your mother's inbox last night! [rimshot]
posted by tkolar at 1:06 PM on June 3, 2008


What did you think plethora meant?

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Well, no. It means exactly what everyone meant. It was just a line from The Three Amigos. I'm not creative enough to think of anything on my own, so everything I say is straight from a movie. Except this explanation.
posted by inigo2 at 1:08 PM on June 3, 2008


Carmen won't sleep with schmegegge.

Then I will kill her!

also, I often wonder if it would be easier for me to just make a new mefi account spelled schmegegge, much the way Andy Sommers just legally changed his name to Summers after a while.
posted by shmegegge at 1:09 PM on June 3, 2008


inigo2: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

eponysterical!
posted by shmegegge at 1:09 PM on June 3, 2008


Sorry, I just had smegma on the brain. But that really isn't pronounced with a sch sound either, except maybe when it's being referred to affectionately.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:11 PM on June 3, 2008


Mods: Being paranoid so you don't have to.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 1:17 PM on June 3, 2008


Burhanistan, I really don't want to know the sort of people you're hanging out with if smegma can be referred to 'affectionately'. Eesh.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 1:24 PM on June 3, 2008


I love me some poached plethora.


yeti, don't listen to cortex - that's the penumbra you're referring to.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 1:25 PM on June 3, 2008


I guess you don't want to come to our smegma skating rink party, then.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:31 PM on June 3, 2008


I think a fun thing to do would be to take a comedy full of double entendres and rewrite it in paraphrase so that there would only be single entendres instead.

Not really the same thing, but I'm reminded of this: "Shall I get my cock out?"
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 1:37 PM on June 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


My mouse is optical. Looking at the little red little light where it's balls used to be, I am reminded of Cylon skinjobs like James Brown.
posted by danOstuporStar at 1:38 PM on June 3, 2008


I often wonder if it would be easier for me to just make a new mefi account spelled schmegegge

Awww, yeah.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:41 PM on June 3, 2008


Oh, and sorry Shmegegge. I have a long complicated last name and people are always adding a totally extraneous v in the middle. I hope Shmegegge is pronounced the way I hear it in my head. You know, "red."
posted by Pax at 1:41 PM on June 3, 2008


Q: "Why do mice have such small balls?"
A: "Not many of them know how to dance!"

see, a ball is a kind of dance, get it? and rodents don't traditionally, oh, nevermind
posted by pointystick at 1:42 PM on June 3, 2008


Unfortunately, Blondie was unavailable for comment.
posted by Eideteker at 1:58 PM on June 3, 2008


Of course we need three separate messages, over 6 years, about the same thing. If there isn't a new thread about the same subject every other year, then it means the Rapture has occurred.

What I don't get is the the James Brownian motion to suppress...

Oh, and, LOLXIANS.
posted by Dave Faris at 2:06 PM on June 3, 2008


The James Brown obituaries were actually spread out over the history of the universe, but because the primordial funk radically twists our physical space, his death (and the resulting threads) seemed to occur only within that short space of time for mortal, earth-bound observers.

I feel good.
posted by Meatbomb at 2:16 PM on June 3, 2008


I'll bet you do.
posted by tkolar at 2:22 PM on June 3, 2008


I've said it here before, but James Brown was just a temporal locus of the Ever Present Funk.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:24 PM on June 3, 2008


We used to smoke and then sit immobile listening to the Funk. Rather than dancing or swaying and thus deflecting some of its action, it would completely penetrate/permeate our molecules.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:25 PM on June 3, 2008


Born in Barnwell, South Carolina. The funk is strong down here. Who is the funkiest person born in your state or weird foreign country version of a state?
posted by ND¢ at 2:31 PM on June 3, 2008


George Clinton was born in North Carolina, but I just assume that he absorbed his funkiness from his neighbors to the south, so don't go trying to claim him North Carolinians.
posted by ND¢ at 2:36 PM on June 3, 2008


Dirty tarheeled bastards.
posted by ND¢ at 2:37 PM on June 3, 2008


It's blasphemous to state that the Funk comes from a particular region or area. The Funk suffuses everything. In a relative, illusory sense there have been apparent accretions of the secondary effects of the Funks in some places more than others, but this is looking at the smoke rather than the fire. The Funk has no origin other than Itself.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:43 PM on June 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


In fact, the Funk is the true smokeless fire. It's only an artifact of our malfunctioning consciousness (malfunctions because the Funk isn't properly allowed to flow) that we see anything besides It.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:44 PM on June 3, 2008


Dibs on The Primordial Funk as a band name, if Meatbomb doesn't want it.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:54 PM on June 3, 2008


shmegegge writes "also, I often wonder if it would be easier for me to just make a new mefi account spelled schmegegge, much the way Andy Sommers just legally changed his name to Summers after a while."

Nah, just keep reminding people there is no "c" in smegma, people will get it eventually. People almost never refer to me as Mithreal anymore.
posted by Mitheral at 3:43 PM on June 3, 2008


Give me a year, adam, if I haven't got it together by then it's yours.
posted by Meatbomb at 4:26 PM on June 3, 2008


*swings sword*
posted by sgt.serenity at 5:09 PM on June 3, 2008


The title of the most recent one wins. Wins what? Exactly.
posted by loiseau at 6:57 PM on June 3, 2008


Smegma, schmegma.
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:29 PM on June 3, 2008




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