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Flag It and Move On

as seen here.

thanks mattdidthat!
posted by special-k to MetaFilter-Related at 9:04 PM (73 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

Beautiful!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:07 PM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Clever and well executed. Good stuff!
posted by defenestration at 9:20 PM on March 21, 2009


Move it, Move it, and Flag on!
posted by blue_beetle at 9:24 PM on March 21, 2009


That wallpaper is very peculiar!
posted by cowbellemoo at 9:28 PM on March 21, 2009


That's a Passion-worthy crown, alright.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:31 PM on March 21, 2009


Fantastic! And also delightful.
posted by Caduceus at 9:31 PM on March 21, 2009


You forgot "BITCHES."
posted by ottereroticist at 9:44 PM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Everybody who complains on MeTa gets one free!

up the ass!
posted by GuyZero at 9:58 PM on March 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


Also, it's awesome.
posted by GuyZero at 9:58 PM on March 21, 2009


That's pretty doggone excellent.
posted by cgomez at 10:29 PM on March 21, 2009


Great!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:14 PM on March 21, 2009


If only we could post that in-thread....
posted by LarryC at 11:50 PM on March 21, 2009


Isn't that fucking boss? Matt's one of my faaaaaavorites.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:54 PM on March 21, 2009


Done and done.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:37 AM on March 22, 2009


I need that as a t-shirt.
posted by Navelgazer at 6:35 AM on March 22, 2009


I'm overwhelmed with joy for this.
posted by ColdChef at 7:03 AM on March 22, 2009


Isn't is supposed to be "Cut off your hand and go away?"

Where the hell did y'all find Coca Cola in glass bottles?!
posted by double block and bleed at 7:15 AM on March 22, 2009


I love it. The crown is made of purest fabulum. With awesomium inlay.
posted by tomboko at 7:17 AM on March 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


Who are you calling a flaggit?
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:42 AM on March 22, 2009


Isn't is supposed to be "Cut off your hand and go away?"

If there were LOLmefites, there'd be one of quonsar sitting in the tub and smoking a joint and the caption would say

I IZ BURNIN
IN MAH TANK
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:59 AM on March 22, 2009 [2 favorites]


I totally want one. Too bad 'moonMan makes a face at all things MeFi. If I could somehow convince him that this is related to WoW...
posted by grapefruitmoon at 8:03 AM on March 22, 2009


Love it!
posted by iamkimiam at 8:22 AM on March 22, 2009


[image of a crown]

DUMP THE
MOTHER
FUCKER ALREADY


(on green, obviously)
posted by Plutor at 8:31 AM on March 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


double.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:44 AM on March 22, 2009


Funny that MeFi could be identified by an instruction nobody follows.
posted by DU at 8:51 AM on March 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


The tricky thing is, the folks that do follow it constitute a genuine silent majority. Oh that others could be likewise silent.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:04 AM on March 22, 2009


Flag them and move on.
posted by DU at 9:06 AM on March 22, 2009


Move it and flag on. Maggot and fleuve on. Flaggett & Muvon, LLC.
posted by ORthey at 9:09 AM on March 22, 2009 [4 favorites]


Where the hell did y'all find Coca Cola in glass bottles?!

Pretty much any tacqueria in the Mission. We don't do Peruvian coke in SF - it's all about the Mexican coke!
posted by rtha at 10:49 AM on March 22, 2009


[image of a crown]

DUMP THE
MOTHER
FUCKER ALREADY


I think that graphic should feature the image of a dump truck rather than a crown.
posted by orange swan at 10:55 AM on March 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


Where the hell did y'all find Coca Cola in glass bottles?!

It's in pretty much all the stores in SE Texas also, and pretty much anywhere close to Mexico.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:57 AM on March 22, 2009


Burhanistan: "Where the hell did y'all find Coca Cola in glass bottles?!

It's in pretty much all the stores in SE Texas also, and pretty much anywhere close to Mexico.
"

Also in non-chain shops in Kansas.
posted by Science! at 11:35 AM on March 22, 2009


Ooh, I sense some MeFi fundraising potential here!
posted by Quietgal at 11:37 AM on March 22, 2009


It is cute, but I prefer the gravitas of the original.
posted by Meatbomb at 11:47 AM on March 22, 2009


What really makes it is the !!![+]!!! detailing around the crown. Lovely.
posted by WPW at 1:04 PM on March 22, 2009


Christ, I love the fonts in both the original and the new one. It looks as if the original hand-drawn font isn't available. (Compare the N and the A in the original and Matt's.)

Matt, what font did you use? It's close to Gill (and hey, I wouldn't kick Gill out of bed for eating crackers, either). Gotham? P22 Underground?
posted by maudlin at 1:11 PM on March 22, 2009


What really makes it is the !!![+]!!! detailing around the crown. Lovely.

Yeah, totally. I noticed that after my third beer that night.
posted by special-k at 1:30 PM on March 22, 2009


What really makes it is the !!![+]!!! detailing around the crown. Lovely.

I didn't notice that at first. That detail makes it triple wonderful awesome great.
posted by dogmom at 1:54 PM on March 22, 2009


That poster is kind of a shibboleth or litmus test for graphic designers. I think I noticed the details in the crown first.
posted by loquacious at 2:59 PM on March 22, 2009


If only the Spaniards had flagged America and move on -- how different history would have been!

Man am I high.
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:24 PM on March 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


Well, this went a lot differently than if it was on AT.
posted by birdie birdington at 6:02 PM on March 22, 2009


Meh.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:29 PM on March 22, 2009


Meh.

Oh, do please go on.
posted by loquacious at 6:34 PM on March 22, 2009


OK, the articles indicate that the "Keep Calm and Carry On" message was intended for use after a Nazi invasion of the British Isles.

Carry on? What the what? Nazis have overrun London, and I'm supposed to show up for my job as a bus driver in Bristol? Who would I be driving where? Was everyone in the UK high? You all saw what happened to France. And this time, the losing country would be an island.

How about, "Load Up and Man the Barricades?"

At least in the movie Children of Men, one of the propaganda bits is "Only Britain Soldiers On."
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:42 PM on March 22, 2009


I was under the impression that the poster was designed shortly after outbreak of war, during the so-called 'phony war' before any Nazi invasion was envisioned.
posted by boubelium at 8:54 PM on March 22, 2009


That sign was totally awesome. Adding ", bitches" was also awesome.

BTW, for those sitting near me and wanting to know about my obsession with Bear Cavalry. Here is a picture.
posted by R343L at 8:56 PM on March 22, 2009


KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
posted by blue_beetle at 9:08 PM on March 22, 2009


for those sitting near me and wanting to know about my obsession with Bear Cavalry.

That'd be me! I googled all weekend with no success. I was about to memail you. Thanks!
posted by special-k at 9:12 PM on March 22, 2009


Hmmm, I stand corrected. You're right Cool Papa. Articles say it was printed up in case of an invasion.
posted by boubelium at 9:13 PM on March 22, 2009


Heh. I remembered that you were one, special-k, I just was lazy (and very busy this weekend) and hadn't posted the link yet. It turns there are a lot of jokes on "bear cavalry" now so no wonder you hadn't a clue ....
posted by R343L at 9:17 PM on March 22, 2009


That is pretty hardcore, R343L.
posted by parudox at 9:48 PM on March 22, 2009


I think there's another one that is "bears with guns" which is also terrifying. Bears that are intelligent and dextorous enough to operate and shoot guns terrifies me almost more than zombies.
posted by R343L at 9:59 PM on March 22, 2009


I suspect I mispelled "dextorous" just now. Dexterous? Anyway, it's been a long weekend.
posted by R343L at 9:59 PM on March 22, 2009


Alas, I had no idea about bear cavalry, but now I want to know more. R343L? Fill me in here?
posted by gingerbeer at 10:03 PM on March 22, 2009


gingerbeer, rtha and loquacious will be expecially shocked to learn that "Keep Clam and Curry On" has NO google results! Gorblimey!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:22 PM on March 22, 2009


I'm not surprised that bears like dextrose; after all, they like honey.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:33 PM on March 22, 2009


gingerbrew: I don't think there is anything to fill in. It was just one of those images that made the rounds a long time ago. It's always tickled me.
posted by R343L at 10:37 PM on March 22, 2009


Bear cavalry has always just tickled you? Damn, you must be tough.
posted by contraption at 10:55 PM on March 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


It turns there are a lot of jokes on "bear cavalry"

I couldn't fully remember what you said. So I kept googling "bear meme 4chan" with no luck.
posted by special-k at 10:58 PM on March 22, 2009


Carry on? What the what? Nazis have overrun London, and I'm supposed to show up for my job as a bus driver in Bristol?

Yup. You should read about the WWII experience of the Channel Islands, the only part of the UK to actually be overrun by the Nazis. They not only carried on, they helpfully turned over their Jews: "The Channel Island authorities in particular Bailiff Alexander Coutanche cooperated throughout this entire process, and to a great extent he even administered much of it." So much for fighting them on the beaches and upholding the timeless values of British civilization.
posted by languagehat at 5:56 AM on March 23, 2009 [2 favorites]


I'll be damned. I had always thought Keep Calm and Carry On posters were actually put up during the Blitz - I didn't know about then Nazi invasion failsafe.

I was in the government's offices in Whitehall a few months ago and I saw one up in a cubicle.

(matt did that's poster is awesome, btw)
posted by CRM114 at 6:39 AM on March 23, 2009


So much for fighting them on the beaches and upholding the timeless values of British civilization.

Thanks for that link. I didn't know that before, and it just seems insane.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:49 AM on March 23, 2009


You should read about the WWII experience of the Channel Islands, the only part of the UK to actually be overrun by the Nazis.

Not to deny that lots of British citizens would have quite happily gone along with a Nazi invasion, which they surely would (the former King Edward VIII foremost among them, you'd suspect), but I feel I must be pedantic: the Channel Islands aren't actually a part of the UK.

As far as the "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters go, I'd imagine the thinking behind them was that a Nazi invasion would not overrun the country immediately, but instead that it could be contained for some time close to the South coast. As such, it would be vital that the British army's natural advantage - the country's industrial and agricultural infrastructure feeding into overland supply chains to the front line, while the Nazi's supplies would have to be shipped across the Channel - wasn't disrupted by the fact that everybody behind the front line had run away to Ireland or something.
posted by flashboy at 7:03 AM on March 23, 2009


I feel I must be pedantic: the Channel Islands aren't actually a part of the UK.

Dammit! Tricksy Brits and their tricksy definitions! While editing a business guide, I once spent a considerable amount of time trying to pin down exactly what the relationship of Northern Ireland was to the rest of the UK: was it a province? a territory? what? I finally got hold of an official at, if I recall correctly, the consulate in NYC, who after some research, consultation, and muttering, told me "The relationship of Northern Ireland to the UK is undefined." Tricksy, tricksy UKians!
posted by languagehat at 7:35 AM on March 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Indeed, they're Crown Dependencies.

As for co-operating with the Nazis, well, a lot of people in the UK, the US and all across Allied countries had pretty dodgy politics and may well have collaborated has the Axis powers got that far. Bigotry, racism and evil were hardly confined to the Nazis alone.

But anyway, cool poster.
posted by Happy Dave at 9:23 AM on March 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


NOW PANIC AND FREAK OUT
posted by jtron at 10:02 AM on March 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


but instead that it could be contained for some time close to the South coast.

I guess that makes sense, then, if the thinking is that the Nazis would only be able to get a few miles inland and then stay put for a period of time before they really tried to bust out.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:08 AM on March 23, 2009


posted by Navelgazer I need that as a t-shirt.

Here you go!
posted by mattdidthat at 11:14 AM on March 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


I like the poster, but finally getting to see the Bear Cavalry is cool. They are really badass looking!
posted by Pronoiac at 12:34 PM on March 23, 2009


I approve. I am sure you're all surprised.
posted by flag it and shut up at 2:15 PM on March 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Bear infantry.
posted by hippugeek at 3:11 PM on March 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Churchill would totally have been the last man standing in the bunker under Whitehall, revolver and cutlass waving at the invading Nazi hordes. Not like Hitler, the big girl's blouse. And Churchill was a better dancer too.
posted by alasdair at 6:54 AM on March 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


I has a shirt! It is awesome.
posted by Navelgazer at 10:02 PM on March 26, 2009


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