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I have obtained the input of an online chatperson (at ask.metafilter.com) named "MrAnonymous," who sounds like he knows what he is talking about
posted by StickyCarpet to MetaFilter-Related at 10:25 AM (62 comments total)

hroo not found
posted by StickyCarpet at 10:28 AM on November 9, 2008


hroo found. You were searching only on metatalk. I do not know if I am helpfully correcting or missing a joke, so run with this however you like.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:32 AM on November 9, 2008


Also:

although it should be "try to pronounce"

Whoppers Junior.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:33 AM on November 9, 2008


I suck at searching metafilter.
posted by StickyCarpet at 10:42 AM on November 9, 2008


*knock knock*

Hi, it's the outside world. Would you mind coming out here and explaining what the dickens you're going on about? 'preciate it, thanks!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:49 AM on November 9, 2008 [4 favorites]


There were no MetaTalk posts on November 8, 2008. None at all.
posted by cgc373 at 10:55 AM on November 9, 2008


online chatperson? ffs. Also, what?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:20 AM on November 9, 2008 [2 favorites]


cortex: so run with this however you like

"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff." - Mariah Carey
posted by netbros at 11:21 AM on November 9, 2008


cgc373: "There were no MetaTalk posts on November 8, 2008. None at all."

In your timezone, maybe. Also in mine. But we were discussing MeFi URLs when it was Saturday morning in Kabul, Hanoi, and Kamchatka.
posted by Plutor at 11:30 AM on November 9, 2008




Assuming I'm get the gist of this post, if a person's handle is MrAnonymous and they don't have their real name in their profile, maybe it's best to stifle one's MeFi Detectiving impulse and leave them be.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:35 AM on November 9, 2008


Assuming I'm get the gist of this post, if a person's handle is MrAnonymous and they don't have their real name in their profile, maybe it's best to stifle one's MeFi Detectiving impulse and leave them be.

It's Obama, isn't it.
posted by found missing at 11:44 AM on November 9, 2008


Remember when something happened that one time? This is kind of like that, but different.
posted by ardgedee at 11:46 AM on November 9, 2008 [7 favorites]


This is like butter, but without all of that buttery taste.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 11:52 AM on November 9, 2008


No.
posted by desuetude at 12:02 PM on November 9, 2008


Oh, I get it...you have to scroll down in the NPR link to see what he's referring to.
posted by pravit at 12:03 PM on November 9, 2008


Good morning. Welcome to metafilter. I will be your chatperson today.
posted by special-k at 12:28 PM on November 9, 2008 [3 favorites]


Can I request a different chatperson? Mine sounds like he doesn't know what he is talking about.
posted by found missing at 1:00 PM on November 9, 2008 [2 favorites]


Brand New Day Chatperson!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:06 PM on November 9, 2008


Actually, pigs don't go "hroo" in Russian, they go хрю [khryu]—i.e., the r is palatalized (accompanied by a slight -y- sound). A small difference, but important to the Russians. Also, to grunt is khryúkat', a slangy word for a pig is khryúshka, and a slangy word for a pig's snout (and hence also for a person's face) is khryúkalo. Russian uses lots of phlegm.
posted by languagehat at 1:30 PM on November 9, 2008 [1 favorite]


Bullshit. Russian pigs go "oink," and are bad spellers.
posted by fantabulous timewaster at 1:38 PM on November 9, 2008 [1 favorite]


This thread reminds me of an "Ask Marilyn" question. An American reader wrote in asking "If my French Poodle could talk, would he speak French or English?"
posted by amyms at 2:04 PM on November 9, 2008


Let me get things straight: Mariah Carey is a Mefite under the guise of MrAnonymous, sworn to help widows and orphans by day and sing blandly by night?
posted by ersatz at 2:07 PM on November 9, 2008 [1 favorite]


NPR = Noisy Pig Russian
posted by Eideteker at 2:20 PM on November 9, 2008


As Desmond Dekker once sang, "I tell you that what you need is some good old hugging
So hoink, hoink, hoink."
posted by tellurian at 2:33 PM on November 9, 2008


Roy Blount looks nothing like I thought. I always pictured a 300-pound guy who wears overalls on the weekends and shaves intermittently. I've known a lot of guys who fit that description and sound a lot like him, I guess is why.
posted by middleclasstool at 2:37 PM on November 9, 2008 [3 favorites]


The nudge nudge wink wink won't work if nobody is in on it. Mind sharing?
posted by iamkimiam at 3:09 PM on November 9, 2008


Assuming I'm get the gist of this post, if a person's handle is MrAnonymous and they don't have their real name in their profile, maybe it's best to stifle one's MeFi Detectiving impulse and leave them be.

Assuming I'm getting the gist of what you just said, if most zoologists agree that South Dakota doesn't have a climate that is entirely healthy for tapirs, perhaps they should be transferred to the research facilities in Dallas or Jacksonville.
posted by dgaicun at 3:19 PM on November 9, 2008 [2 favorites]


I think StickyCarpet would like us to read FtFA:
"How am I supposed to know how Russian people or pigs pronounce it? Fortunately, by Googling "Russian pigs go," I have obtained the input of an online chatperson (at ask.metafilter.com) named "MrAnonymous," who sounds like he knows what he is talking about:

In Russian, pigs go hroo, hroo. Note that these are rolled r's and the h is more of a hk sound, like when you try to build a loogie. (Don't try and pronounce the K, just flem up the H.)

That, although it should be "try to pronounce" and phlegm, is not bad. Over the years and around the world, generation building upon generation, people have put much mimetic effort into the spelling of pig utterance.
"

IOW:
Roy Blount sez "ohai, MrAnonymous, thx 4 the Russki oinks!"
posted by batmonkey at 3:30 PM on November 9, 2008 [1 favorite]


Assuming I'm getting the gist of what you just said, if most zoologists agree that South Dakota doesn't have a climate that is entirely healthy for tapirs, perhaps they should be transferred to the research facilities in Dallas or Jacksonville.

Hot damn, I am sick of people twisting my words around; Dallas or Lubbock, jerk.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 3:37 PM on November 9, 2008


And thank you, batmonkey - I obviously did not RtFA, and therefore didn't realize the post body was a quote.

SUMMARY MARKS, PEOPLE!!!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 3:42 PM on November 9, 2008


I think StickyCarpet would like us to read FtFA:

Fool the Fonzi Always? I heard it was a terrible book.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:49 PM on November 9, 2008 [1 favorite]


Yeah, those Fonzi schemes always peter out around Potsie.
posted by box at 4:30 PM on November 9, 2008 [2 favorites]


This thread is the MeFi equivalent of the room I walked into, knew noone, noticed they all had huge mustaches and backed out awkwardly as a result.
posted by scabrous at 4:55 PM on November 9, 2008 [4 favorites]


Alvy Ampersand: I originally had a similar reaction to yours, but then decided to read the article all the way through in case I was missing something. I was. Agreed: summary marks.

Brandon Blatcher: that would be "from the f'ing article", but you probably already figured that and just couldn't resist bringing up Fonzi once thinking it up, and I certainly don't blame you.
posted by batmonkey at 5:39 PM on November 9, 2008


Wasn't me, man.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:55 PM on November 9, 2008


netbros: Snopes says Mariah didn't say it
posted by winston at 6:21 PM on November 9, 2008


How do pigs go in latin?

"nkoiay"?
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:27 PM on November 9, 2008


Metafilter: An online chatperson who sounds like he knows what he is talking about
posted by lukemeister at 6:28 PM on November 9, 2008


Whoa. Did Blount cut off an "in Russia, pigs transcribe you!" joke?
posted by Pronoiac at 6:29 PM on November 9, 2008


I had sundae (soon-day) for dinner last night, which is a Korean form of blood sausage made from pork. It was freakin' delicious.
posted by bardic at 7:53 PM on November 9, 2008


I rarely know what the hell you people are talking about.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:16 PM on November 9, 2008


Those blood sausages sound like they'd be really tasty wrapped in bacon.
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:54 PM on November 9, 2008


Animals do have accents, though. Cows in Minnesota go "moo" while cows in Texas go "Impeach Obama."
posted by Astro Zombie at 9:03 PM on November 9, 2008


oh, so *that* was the moooing sound i heard during McCain's concession speech.
posted by UbuRoivas at 9:22 PM on November 9, 2008


Wolves in Alaska go "moo! moo!"
posted by taz at 12:09 AM on November 10, 2008


Hungarian mice go 'Snoos snoos'.
posted by Jofus at 12:19 AM on November 10, 2008


My dog just said, "What?"
posted by trip and a half at 12:44 AM on November 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Those blood sausages sound like they'd be really tasty wrapped in bacon.

Everything is really tasty wrapped in bacon.
posted by Infinite Jest at 12:53 AM on November 10, 2008


Roosters exhibit the strongest linguistic diversity of any animal on the planet. While cows and horses speak, for the most part, dialects that are mutually intelligible, rooster language still puzzles linguists and raises problems that call into question many long held theories.

If you are living in a foreign land, ask the locals what roosters say - it will blow your mind.
posted by Meatbomb at 1:59 AM on November 10, 2008 [1 favorite]




oh, so *that* was the moooing sound i heard during McCain's concession speech.


They were saying "moo-urns."
posted by louche mustachio at 3:27 AM on November 10, 2008


Is Roy Blount the guy that played for the Steelers or the lawyer who wears a cowboy hat or that guy who chopped up all those women?

I know, six of one half-a-dozen the other...
posted by Mister_A at 6:22 AM on November 10, 2008


There were no MetaTalk posts on November 8, 2008. None at all.
posted by cgc373 at 1:55 PM on November 9


seriously? 'cause that was my birthday! happy birthday to me!
posted by shmegegge at 8:17 AM on November 10, 2008


an online chatperson

Given the self-identification as "Mr" it seems more appropriate to do away with the gender-neutral title. We may not know much, but we do know this was a chatman.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:58 AM on November 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


da-na-na-na-na-na-na-na CHATMAN!

POW!

OOF!

BIFF!

FAP!

URL!
posted by Mister_A at 9:19 AM on November 10, 2008 [3 favorites]


Wait wait wait.

Lemme get my helmet.


Okay, let's go.
posted by The Whelk at 10:02 AM on November 10, 2008


Heh, I read that as a play on Scatman before I read it as a play on Batman. (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)

You know what I didn't like about Scatman John?

1. The brief period when it looked like he would overtake Scatman Crothers as the most famous person named "Scatman."
2. He took a really awesome crossover house/pop song (Robert Miles' "Children") and turned it into, essentially, novelty. Not that awesome. "Children" will always hold a special place in my heart from my time as a radio DJ. Back before automation did all of the hard stuff for you, a big challenge was timing down the last song we'd play before the satellite feed kicked in a 6:59:57 every night. While usually it was enough to calculate when the last commerical break would end, and then use a single short song and a promo or two to fill the gap ("Blister in the Sun" and "Big Me" were GREAT for this) sometimes there'd only be like, a minute to fill, or something prevented me from taking the time to figure it out. At these times, "Children" goes on, and then a long, manual fade leads up to 6:59:57.

Do NOT push the poo button.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:09 AM on November 10, 2008


"There were no MetaTalk posts on November 8, 2008. None at all."

I blame skanks.
posted by Eideteker at 10:12 AM on November 10, 2008


I blame shanks.

(stab!)
posted by The Whelk at 10:48 AM on November 10, 2008


I punch sharks.
posted by Pronoiac at 1:56 PM on November 10, 2008


Metafilter: run with this however you like.
posted by clerestory at 6:53 AM on November 11, 2008


There were no MetaTalk posts on November 8, 2008. None at all.

I'm going to post one about the time machine FPP. Look for it to show up about December 15th.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 8:48 AM on November 11, 2008


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