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I just wanted to be sure everyone gets the memo. "Web zaphods," is that clear?
posted by mwhybark to MetaFilter-Related at 9:44 PM (71 comments total)

From here on out I want to be called "the artist formerly known as jonmc." somebody design me an inscrutable symbol.
posted by jonmc at 9:52 PM on January 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's what all the hoopy froods call 'em.
posted by carsonb at 9:56 PM on January 15, 2009


somebody design me an inscrutable symbol.
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posted by netbros at 10:06 PM on January 15, 2009 [11 favorites]


I get weirder things in my breakfast cereal.
posted by loquacious at 10:21 PM on January 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


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posted by Effigy2000 at 10:22 PM on January 15, 2009


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posted by Effigy2000 at 10:24 PM on January 15, 2009


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posted by Effigy2000 at 10:26 PM on January 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


That last comment was the way my first comment was meant to look. Not sure why it didn't work out the first time. Mods, feel free to delete this coment, plus my first two if you want.
posted by Effigy2000 at 10:26 PM on January 15, 2009


sea kittens? - that's the dumbest thing i've ever heard
posted by pyramid termite at 10:27 PM on January 15, 2009


erpava seems to be a PETA fan, judging by their comment in that thread.

BURN THE WITCH!
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:50 PM on January 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


1) Stop trying to make "web zaphods" happen. In-jokes get tedious enough when they happen organically.

b: When the frig did MeTa turn into MeCha?

iii> I should probably get some sleep.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:52 PM on January 15, 2009


"Web Zaphods" is as in-jokey as sea kittens.

Which is to say it isn't in-jokey at all, and you completely missed the joke.
posted by five fresh fish at 10:58 PM on January 15, 2009


er. I was actually addressing mywhybark, who turns out to probably have missed the joke, and not aa, who probably did not.

iii> I should probably get some sleep, too.
posted by five fresh fish at 10:59 PM on January 15, 2009


Go to sleep, five fresh sea kittens. I find the sound of bubbly purring to be particularly soothing when it is multiplied by five.
posted by The World Famous at 11:06 PM on January 15, 2009 [3 favorites]


aw man i just learned to spell doubles
posted by klangklangston at 11:20 PM on January 15, 2009 [2 favorites]


The.
posted by mullacc at 12:04 AM on January 16, 2009 [3 favorites]


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posted by Skyanth at 12:19 AM on January 16, 2009 [8 favorites]


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posted by Astro Zombie at 12:32 AM on January 16, 2009 [3 favorites]


Trolling?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:35 AM on January 16, 2009 [3 favorites]


C>C>C>>(((*>

Sea Kitten pooping ice cream cones
posted by ORthey at 1:02 AM on January 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


I just love sea kittens dipped in batter and fried. Add some tartar sauce and I'm in kitten heaven.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 1:08 AM on January 16, 2009


I love to eat sea kittens. But what about the fresh-water kittens? I like to eat them, too. Does no one, even PETA, think of the fresh-water kittens??? /false outrage

Anecdotally, my son used to especially like the sauteed baby octopi available at the local Chinese food buffets. A good part of his enjoyment was grossing out his sister by eating them in front of her; he's 11 and she's 10. Then, we watched a show on PBS about octopi and how smart they are. I can't remember the name of it, but it had to do with migration on an area that often was dry, and they had to find little hidey-holes of sea water. After that, he felt bad and hasn't had a taste for octopus, even when his sister dares him.

Personally, I like octopus sashimi when it's good and fresh, but I suppose I'm evil. Can't tolerate squid, but that may be an allergy or something.

I also tried to feed the boy oysters one time. He managed to choke one on a cracker with some cocktail sauce, but he wasn't a fan. Perhaps when he's old enough to have beer, too...
posted by lilywing13 at 2:45 AM on January 16, 2009


I am so hip I have trouble seeing over my own pelvis.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:08 AM on January 16, 2009 [3 favorites]


If you wanted to make this into an in-joke, you could have just referred to deleted threads a 'Web Zaphods' from now on with the hope that it would catch on, but no, you had to make a MetaTalk thread about it.
posted by dunkadunc at 3:10 AM on January 16, 2009


I've thought long and hard on why people like to ridicule PETA for trying to help animals, and I've come to a very exquisite conclusion: Those people are bad people.
posted by klue at 3:56 AM on January 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


People are people.
posted by Meatbomb at 4:45 AM on January 16, 2009


I want to cuddle a sea kitten.
posted by DU at 4:59 AM on January 16, 2009


I'll agree to calling fish sea kittens but only if we can call actual kittens land tuna.
posted by substrate at 5:30 AM on January 16, 2009 [8 favorites]


I think I need a strong drink and a peer group.
posted by tommasz at 5:42 AM on January 16, 2009


I've thought long and hard on why people like to ridicule PETA for trying to help animals, and I've come to a very exquisite conclusion: Those people are bad people.

People don't ridicule PETA for trying to help animals. They ridicule PETA for trying to help animals in ridiculous ways.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 6:06 AM on January 16, 2009 [9 favorites]


Calling them web zaphods is perfectly appropriate. I propose we call all mefites 'zarniwoops', because each and everyone of us who posts here is on vacation in our offices.
posted by Pastabagel at 6:14 AM on January 16, 2009 [4 favorites]


I love to eat sea kittens. But what about the fresh-water kittens? I like to eat them, too. Does no one, even PETA, think of the fresh-water kittens??? /false outrage

Dude. I totally think of them
posted by kittens for breakfast at 6:25 AM on January 16, 2009


So why should it be, Meatbomb, that you and I should get along so awfully?
posted by owtytrof at 6:25 AM on January 16, 2009


Those people are bad people
I call 'em Hate Kittens
posted by dirtdirt at 6:31 AM on January 16, 2009


Fresh water fish are now Lake Bacons.
posted by blue_beetle at 6:37 AM on January 16, 2009 [4 favorites]


The.

Could someone please explain this to me?
posted by Afroblanco at 7:08 AM on January 16, 2009


I've thought long and hard on why people like to ridicule PETA for trying to help animals, and I've come to a very exquisite conclusion: Those people are bad people.

Actually, I think PETA are bad people, and their methods go beyond ridiculousness to being harmful.
“Even if animal tests produced a cure for AIDS, we’d be against it.”

— PETA president Ingrid Newkirk, Vogue, Sep 1989
posted by grouse at 7:09 AM on January 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


Calling them web zaphods is perfectly appropriate. I propose we call all mefites 'zarniwoops', because each and everyone of us who posts here is on vacation in our offices.
posted by Pastabagel at 6:14 AM on January 16 [+] [!]

I concur! Everything I get on here it's like a 15 minute fantasy vacation from the hell that is this office. So I say on with the zaphods, zamiwoops, and all the rest of the hooplas!
posted by Mastercheddaar at 7:16 AM on January 16, 2009


I've thought long and hard on why people like to ridicule PETA for trying to help animals, and I've come to a very exquisite conclusion: Those people are bad people.

I'm one of those people. I'm also a vegetarian and yes, even dabble in veganism at times. I ridicule PETA because they turn far more people off from their cause than properly inform them with their aggressive tactics (which they are pretty damn proud of). Because they recruit celebrities who aren't really vegetarian, get caught eating at KFC or someplace shitty like that, and make the organization look really foolish. Oh, and they run campaigns that are sexist as hell and annoying to boot. Fuck PETA.

I hope your first comment was a joke.
posted by piratebowling at 7:25 AM on January 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


That was very scrutable. I scruted it within a few seconds.
posted by jonmc at 7:29 AM on January 16, 2009


Oh, and PETA make me want to have a picnic with Ted Nugent and Anthony Bourdain.
posted by jonmc at 7:33 AM on January 16, 2009


Could someone please explain this to me?

What?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:52 AM on January 16, 2009


The.

Could someone please explain this to me?


It was from a MetaTalk post about in-jokes. Stynxno suggested that "the" is as much of an in-joke as anything else that didn't originate in MetaFilter, which then led to the becoming an in-joke.

(Also, my google-foo is strong today. I found that thread without knowing anything other than that people were talking about The.)
posted by burnmp3s at 7:52 AM on January 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


The.
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:53 AM on January 16, 2009


I'm with Colbert on this one, if sea kittens are off the menu, it's just going to drive me to eat land fish and sky nachos.

And "Web Zaphod" really sounds like it should be the name of a font.
posted by quin at 7:55 AM on January 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


who turns out to probably have missed the joke

what, do i LOOK retarded, fff?

/slaps fff with his namesake
posted by mwhybark at 7:56 AM on January 16, 2009


>(((*> <*)))< meetup.
posted by terranova at 7:57 AM on January 16, 2009


*clears throat*
Hang on, I read about this the other day, and I think I know how it goes...

FORCED MEME
posted by carsonb at 8:04 AM on January 16, 2009


Stop trying to make the happen!
posted by mullacc at 8:13 AM on January 16, 2009


So PETA, what about catfish?

Also kittens like to eat fish.

/vanishes in puff of logic
posted by CunningLinguist at 8:14 AM on January 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Completely offtopic, but what the hell is with all the Obama posts still? He's elected already. Can't we get away from the American election?

Instead, we continue to get a bunch of posts about his limo, his basketball history, etc.
posted by ODiV at 8:16 AM on January 16, 2009


Web zaphods? That's so fetch!
posted by spilon at 8:18 AM on January 16, 2009 [3 favorites]


I've thought long and hard for approximately 5 seconds on why people like to ridicule PETA for trying to help animals, and I've come to a very exquisite conclusion: Those people are bad people.

ftfy. next time you want to think about something like this, do yourself some research. it's really not that hard to find out why people don't like PETA, even people who support Animal Rights.
posted by shmegegge at 8:45 AM on January 16, 2009


MEMO
To: All MeFites
From: SLOG

From now on please refer to
Bulldogs as....Meadow Manatees
Cats as......Snark Farters
Secret Life of Gravy as.....Your Delicious Majesty
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:45 AM on January 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Brandon Blatcher:
Could someone please explain this to me?
What?


Shouldn't that be

what



It & "The." are on the wiki now. But not "web zaphods," just because.

Wow, this is one stupidly formatted comment.

posted by Pronoiac at 9:11 AM on January 16, 2009


So I came to this thread about zaphods wondering how many comments there would be before someone made a joke about 'improbability', and whether the joke would be funny.





I am very disappointed.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 10:14 AM on January 16, 2009


Yoda's mom is so fat she went to Red Lobster and ordered the Sea Lion.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:24 AM on January 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


erpava seems to be a PETA fan, judging by their comment in that thread.

BURN THE WITCH!


He's a vegetarian, but not a militant one...he's generally a pretty moderate guy, and thus I doubt he supports extremists like PETA. I think he was just trying to say that shoveling shit on something the way certain things are on MetaFilter isn't really very classy at all, though of course PETA gets shit shoveled on them pretty much all over the web/planet so we're not unique in that regard.

But maybe we should be.
posted by baphomet at 10:44 AM on January 16, 2009


Just keep the Yoda-momma jokes coming and the world will be a better place.
posted by erpava at 10:49 AM on January 16, 2009


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posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 11:10 AM on January 16, 2009 [3 favorites]


I doubt he supports extremists like PETA.

A witch-burning is no time to be introducing stuff like facts and rationality. If everybody did that, we'd have no witch-burnings at all.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:11 PM on January 16, 2009


I know a couple of people that are pretty heavily into animal rights, and at least one person that used to actively work for a number of legit political action groups.

They hate PETA and think that they're ridiculous - especially the Sea Kitten campaign. That's some extra stupid shit. They also don't like how PETA will resort to sexual objectification of women to try to clumsily make a point.

PETA is a casebook study in missing the point.
posted by loquacious at 12:58 PM on January 16, 2009


You know those friends of yours who have some really good ideas, but are such assholes about presenting them that you can't agree with them?

No? You don't have any friends like that? Is it because they're such assholes, and you don't like assholes, and you tend to not listen to people who are assholes?

PETA is the friendless asshole of the animal rights world.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:14 PM on January 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


My sea kitten's breath smells like sea kitten food. I wholeheartedly approve this idea, cause in-jokes are so full of pancake-y goodness. These web zaphods, they vibrate? Metafilter: I should probably get some sleep
posted by theora55 at 1:58 PM on January 16, 2009


You know those friends of yours who have some really good ideas, but are such assholes about presenting them that you can't agree with them?

I don't think anyone on Metafilter knows people like this.
posted by fidelity at 2:48 PM on January 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


I hate when people abuse the English language to push their political agenda.

Sea Kittens today, Enhanced Interrogation Techniques tomorrow.

I'm putting my foot down.
posted by empath at 3:14 PM on January 16, 2009


Also, still want kitten sushi.
posted by empath at 3:14 PM on January 16, 2009


Not fetch. Pants.

And those pants have a sea kitten in them, so there.
posted by flabdablet at 10:18 PM on January 17, 2009


somebody design me an inscrutable symbol

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posted by flabdablet at 10:20 PM on January 17, 2009


Whoops, sorry - * is already taken. As you were.
posted by flabdablet at 10:22 PM on January 17, 2009


Kurt Vonnegut's Asshole.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:45 PM on January 17, 2009


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