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There's a town called Meta.

I happened to be in the area, so I stopped by and took some photos.
posted by little e to MetaFilter-Related at 11:30 AM (104 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

Let us descend in hordes upon their largest drinking establishment and let the debauchery begin.

Some more info on Meta, KY
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posted by baphomet at 11:33 AM on April 1, 2009


I hear the inhabitants are really self-absorbed.
posted by zerokey at 11:34 AM on April 1, 2009 [5 favorites]


There's also a drug called Tafil.
posted by zerokey at 11:36 AM on April 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


There's a city called Brandon, town too. Several of them in fact.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:40 AM on April 1, 2009


You could crop that "META" roadsign and drop it into overheated threads and then other people would copy you and start to do it too much and we would all come to hate you deeply for ever taking the photo in the first place.

Did you stop for lunch? What'd you have?
posted by Pastabagel at 11:42 AM on April 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


awesome.
posted by shmegegge at 11:45 AM on April 1, 2009


But did you buy the book?
posted by dersins at 11:46 AM on April 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


That META roadsign is tilted at just the correct angle.
posted by yhbc at 11:48 AM on April 1, 2009


There's one in Missouri, too.
posted by The World Famous at 11:53 AM on April 1, 2009


You better stop dreaming of the quiet life
'Cause it's the one we'll never know
And quit running for the runaway bus
'Cause those rosy days are few
And stop apologizing for the things you've never done
'Cause time is short and life is cruel
And it's up to us to change in a town called Meta.
posted by scody at 12:00 PM on April 1, 2009 [6 favorites]


MetaBaptists, eh?
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 12:04 PM on April 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ah, the old homestead.
posted by Meta Filter at 12:07 PM on April 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Disappointingly enough, Meta is dry! I'm sure there's a bootlegger, though. And that population information is WAY off, Meta isn't even large enough to have its own post office. Or any restaurants. Or much of anything besides some houses and what's in those photos.
posted by little e at 12:09 PM on April 1, 2009


They do have plenty of Speedy though, which is pretty fun unless you get addicty.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:10 PM on April 1, 2009


Meta Medical Center? When you go in for surgery and the guy with the knife opens by saying, "IANAD".
posted by cimbrog at 12:11 PM on April 1, 2009 [13 favorites]


Just a town? In Colombia there's a whole state called El Meta.
posted by micayetoca at 12:21 PM on April 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


MetaMart!
posted by lunit at 12:23 PM on April 1, 2009


Disappointingly enough, Meta is dry!

If it helps, I have a friend named Meta, and she's drunk at least half the time.
posted by mannequito at 12:26 PM on April 1, 2009


"Some more info on Meta, KY."

And here I thought Meta KY was only for recursive lubrication.
posted by klangklangston at 12:28 PM on April 1, 2009 [7 favorites]


...And a post about it on MeTa? How Metametameta.
posted by not_on_display at 12:31 PM on April 1, 2009


And here I thought Meta KY was only for recursive lubrication.

*groans and applauds at once*
posted by jokeefe at 12:32 PM on April 1, 2009


There's a Mefi in Chad.
posted by bjrn at 12:32 PM on April 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


AKA Armpit, KY.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:33 PM on April 1, 2009


There's a city called Brandon, town too. Several of them in fact.

I'm pretty sure that's not their real name.
posted by Floydd at 12:36 PM on April 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


> That META roadsign is tilted at just the correct angle.

It's also got white text on a green background. Did you ask the clerk whether you should eat that sandwich in the gas station's cooler?
posted by ardgedee at 12:37 PM on April 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


There's a Mefi in Chad.

URK!
Okay, which one of you smartasses did that? Don't you remember from that one AskMe that that sort of thing IS NOT COOL?
posted by cimbrog at 12:38 PM on April 1, 2009


it's not the only one: Meta, MO
posted by jammy at 12:38 PM on April 1, 2009


In all the time I lived in Kentucky, I never knew there was a town called Zebulon.
posted by Eideteker at 12:41 PM on April 1, 2009


and you know what they have in Meta, MO? that's right: Meta Mini Mart!
posted by jammy at 12:43 PM on April 1, 2009


There's a town called Meta.

And the road it was built on was named after Number 1.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:43 PM on April 1, 2009


SATAN'S PLOYS ARE
NO MATCH FOR
THE SAVIOR'S POWER


Can I get an "AMEN!"
posted by Kattullus at 12:46 PM on April 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


Can I get an "AMEN!"

Man, first there were the Anabaptists, then the Southern Baptists, now the Meta Baptists? What kind of baptism do they practice? Immersion in favorites?
posted by Burhanistan at 12:50 PM on April 1, 2009 [8 favorites]


The Tenets of Meta Baptism

1) This is a statement about our faith

2) We also believe in this second statement.

3) ...

4) Salvation!

Meta Baptists also believe that the Plate of Beans is a symbol of the statements of our faith.
posted by jefeweiss at 12:54 PM on April 1, 2009 [14 favorites]


> now the Meta Baptists? What kind of baptism do they practice?

The baptismal water must first be baptized in baptismal water.
posted by ardgedee at 12:58 PM on April 1, 2009 [6 favorites]


"Man, first there were the Anabaptists, then the Southern Baptists, now the Meta Baptists? What kind of baptism do they practice? Immersion in favorites?"

You're dunked into a pool of Baptists.
posted by klangklangston at 1:00 PM on April 1, 2009 [3 favorites]


A pool of liquefied baptist heads, in fact.
posted by dersins at 1:04 PM on April 1, 2009


Did you stop for lunch? What'd you have?

A plate of beans, hopefully.
posted by FfejL at 1:07 PM on April 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


"Did you stop for lunch? What'd you have?

A plate of beans, hopefully."


Pancakes. He likes pancakes. Who else likes pancakes?
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 1:14 PM on April 1, 2009


What'd you have?

$20, same as in Meta.
posted by ocha-no-mizu at 1:15 PM on April 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


posted by little e There's a town called Meta. I happened to be in the area, so I stopped by and took some photos.

So you flagged it, and moved on. Bravo!
posted by mattdidthat at 1:19 PM on April 1, 2009 [6 favorites]


There's a town called Malíč in the Czech Republic.
posted by octobersurprise at 1:21 PM on April 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


> Meta Mini Mart!

And the checker was unable to identify a portabello mushroom.
posted by ardgedee at 1:22 PM on April 1, 2009


There's a meta beer that they sell at a local Ethiopian place. I saved the cap.
posted by team lowkey at 1:35 PM on April 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


There's a Meta street in my town, with a Meta Market. I went in to ask if they had any markets, but I think they thought I was crazy.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 1:43 PM on April 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


There's a Mefi in Chad.

And a Chad in Mefi!
posted by Sailormom at 1:47 PM on April 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


City of Cortex.
The Odyssey is dragged to a planet populated by machines, and governed by the tyrannical computer Cortex. One of its inhabitants, a "female" robot named Nanette, falls in love with No-No.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:49 PM on April 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


My town almost had a mayor named Meta. (For the longest time I refused to believe that was actually her name.)
posted by epersonae at 1:57 PM on April 1, 2009


I wonder if they have a special name for the conversations that they have in the town?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:58 PM on April 1, 2009


Very impressed with their restrained and proper use of apostrophes there in Meta.

Also: The Pharmacist's name is Thomas "Tid" Parker. Awesome. And the medical center is staffed by his relatives Carman and Ronnie.

CHECK OUT OUR SPEEDY!
posted by iconomy at 1:59 PM on April 1, 2009


They fark each other, PeterMcDermott.
posted by ardgedee at 2:00 PM on April 1, 2009


Someone that's not all congested and hopped up on antihistamines and who is better with photoshop than me could find a higher res shot of one of these covers and have some fun. The first one has some definite possibilities.
posted by marxchivist at 2:01 PM on April 1, 2009


They even have a Thought Police Department. How quaint.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:03 PM on April 1, 2009


Oooh, one more. There's an Askme Road in Grayling, MI.
posted by bjrn at 2:07 PM on April 1, 2009


Is it big enough for both of us?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 2:18 PM on April 1, 2009


Metafilter: check out our speedy
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 2:35 PM on April 1, 2009


Not as quick on the draw as iconomy, apparently. Dang.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 2:36 PM on April 1, 2009


Jessamine, KY - do you think if I went around town spray painting "y"s over the "i"s that Jessamyn would favorite this comment?
posted by Smarson at 2:44 PM on April 1, 2009


Hopefully you like your medicine of the osteopathic variety in Meta.
posted by netbros at 2:53 PM on April 1, 2009


There's a Meta Highway?

I want to go take a drive on it, while talking about highways. Then I want to talk about the irony of talking about highways on Meta Highway. Then I want to be distracted enough by the conversation to plow my Hyundai into a tree and die a metal-twisting, fiery meta-death.

If someone would then use me as an example of how deadly self-referential conversations could be, my life would then be complete.
posted by MrVisible at 3:22 PM on April 1, 2009


Meta, RIP.
posted by ColdChef at 3:50 PM on April 1, 2009


Jessamine [sic]
posted by ColdChef at 3:55 PM on April 1, 2009


There's a town called Meta.

you're dang right there is.
posted by msconduct at 4:00 PM on April 1, 2009


The Tenets of Meta Baptism

but do meta baptists believe in circumcision?
posted by namewithoutwords at 4:16 PM on April 1, 2009


I always thought that the Mefiburn site was going to be something like that old Die Barney Die website that was so popular back in the old days when Barney was, like, relevant. But no. It's actually a useful site for boaters and general marine gear-heads. We should totally hang out with them.
posted by Nick Verstayne at 4:19 PM on April 1, 2009


By the way, Marine Electronic Fuel Injection fans pronounce it either as "M.E.F.I." or "Mee-Fie", which is just fucking stupid.
posted by Nick Verstayne at 4:24 PM on April 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


A town called 'Town'
posted by Stylus Happenstance at 4:25 PM on April 1, 2009


Also: The Pharmacist's name is Thomas "Tid" Parker. Awesome. And the medical center is staffed by his relatives Carman and Ronnie.
But then if you look for doctors within 25 miles of Meta they're not listed.
posted by tellurian at 4:30 PM on April 1, 2009


I never meta Kentuckian I didn't like.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:36 PM on April 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Meta Baptists also believe that the Plate of Beans is a symbol of the statements of our faith.

This statement is still VERY MUCH open to interpretation.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:43 PM on April 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


A town called 'Town'

Unrelated, but it fired a synapse. In Florida, there is a town called Lake Wales. In the middle of this town is a large lake (go figure). Guess what the locals call the lake?

That's right -- you guessed it. Lake Wales Lake.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:45 PM on April 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Around here there's an area called Mountain Creek, which is weird because there's no mountains around but there is a creek. The area has a lake, which is of course called Mountain Creek Lake. The area around the lake has a park which is called Mountain Creek Lake Park. I just wonder how many more recreational locations they can fit in there.
posted by dead cousin ted at 8:24 PM on April 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


Lake Wales Lake

Evidently named in the same spirit as the local park on Moorpark Street in my neighborhood. That's right: Moorpark Park.
posted by scody at 8:28 PM on April 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


jonmc, this one's for you.

(sung to "Heading Out To The Highway" by Judas Priest)

Hit'em, boys!

Well I've said it before, and I'll say it again:
It's Raining Florence Henderson
Loquacious, cortex, and one Hovercraft Eel
Unicorn on the cob, yhbc
Dersins and grouse, scody and curry,
Oh yeah and Marisa Stole The Precious Thing

So we're postin' on Meta highway
You kids get off my lawn
Gonna favorite all day
Then flag it and move on
Flag it and move onnnnnnn

The Pink Superhero, and jonmc
How do I pronounce shmegegge?
This line is for Stavros The Wonder Chicken
Optimus Chyme and grumblebee
Melissa May and mygothlaundry
Kittens for breakfast and good news for the insane

We're postin' on Meta highway
You kids get off my lawn
Gonna favorite all day
Then flag it and move on
Flag it and move onnnnnnnnn

Ambrosia Voyeur, Meatbomb and dios,
It's hard to rhyme EmpressCallipygos
MiltonRandKalman and klangklangston
Dabitch and DaShiv, Burhanistan
Scarabic and scrump and Hopperfan
Sambosambo, parmanparman, mutant, waraw

So we're postin' on Meta highway
You kids get off my lawn
Gonna favorite all day
Then flag it and move on
Flag it and move onnnnnnnn
posted by mattdidthat at 8:31 PM on April 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


MetaBank
posted by loquacious at 8:53 PM on April 1, 2009


"Meta" means "mint" in Croatian, I believe. Anyway, I have Meta tea made in Yugoslavia.
posted by AmbroseChapel at 9:16 PM on April 1, 2009


That's interesting, AmbroseChapel, because here in Bulgaria "meta" means "testes satchel". And "filter" means "to eat"... so, when I tell people I like MetaFilter, they think I mean...
posted by Meatbomb at 9:56 PM on April 1, 2009


I see they advertise Pepsi at the Meta Mart.
posted by Elmore at 12:18 AM on April 2, 2009


but do meta baptists believe in circumcision?

We believe in meta-circumcision, in which the foreskin remains intact, but we spend an infinite amount of time discussing the pros and cons or removal. Our strapline is:

Metabaptists: overthinking a plate of foreskins
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:37 AM on April 2, 2009


There's also a drug called Tafil.

One that puts you to sleep? That is a surprise.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:39 AM on April 2, 2009


But then if you look for doctors within 25 miles of Meta they're not listed.

They did have a doctor, but he left because the Mayor refused to stop the locals giving informal advice about their own previous mental health problems while under their influence of the ADHD medicine he was prescribing.

Funnily enough, the town had no problem with ADHD until it went dry. Fortunately, resident number 35899 helps the town professional help with the problems the doctor left behind.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:51 AM on April 2, 2009


helps the town professional help with the problems the

helps the town with professional help to deal with the problems the

I'd better lay off the Ritalin and Moonshine this early in the day.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:54 AM on April 2, 2009


They did have a doctor, but he left because the Mayor refused to stop the locals giving informal advice about their own previous mental health problems while under their influence of the ADHD medicine he was prescribing.

The culminating event was a shouting match between the two in the town square, the doctor pelting the mayor with blank scrip pads while the mayor shouted "IANAM! IANAM!" sarcastically back.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:03 AM on April 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


We are the Askme Green Preservation Society
God bless Anonymous, DTMF, and Should I Eat This?
We are the Moderator Appreciation Society
God save Cortex, Jessamyn and Mathowie.

Protecting the old code from bein' abused
Protecting the new users, from me and from you
What more can we do?

posted by The Whelk at 7:35 AM on April 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


Only God Sees the Heart.

Well, Him and the cardiologist anyway.
posted by Pollomacho at 7:39 AM on April 2, 2009


And the heartworms.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:46 AM on April 2, 2009


I drive by Meta, MO every time I head down to the Ozarks. It is on Hwy 63, between Jefferson City and Rolla. I mean to stop and take a picture to share with you all, but I always forget until I fly by the sign. Bummer.
posted by schyler523 at 9:20 AM on April 2, 2009


Around here there's an area called Mountain Creek, which is weird because there's no mountains around but there is a creek. The area has a lake, which is of course called Mountain Creek Lake. The area around the lake has a park which is called Mountain Creek Lake Park. I just wonder how many more recreational locations they can fit in there.

Well, the could name the road to it Mountain Creek Lake Park Road. And if you built a cafe along the road, it could be the Mountain Creek Lake Park Road Diner. If it had a specialty item on the menu, it could be the Mountain Creek Lake Park Road Diner Special.

That's about as far as I get.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:43 AM on April 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


That's about as far as I get.

There is a hill in the park. Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill.
On top of that hill is a forest. Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest.
People love the hiking up there, on Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail.
Nothing as refreshing as the waters at the summit, from the Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Spring.
posted by Meatbomb at 9:48 AM on April 2, 2009 [3 favorites]


Nothing as refreshing as the waters at the summit, from the Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Spring.

Naturally, as the Mountain Creek Lake Park Road Diner Special is kinda salty, I hear.

When starting their hike do they commence at the Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Trailhead? And before that do they park their cars at the Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Trailhead Parking Lot? I bet they do.
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:34 AM on April 2, 2009


My grandma was named Meta.

It's funny when I use her name as a security question. So awfully meta of me.
posted by Night_owl at 10:39 AM on April 2, 2009


Nothing as refreshing as the waters at the summit, from the Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Spring.

Interestingly enough, the Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Spring flows into a second creek, called the Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Spring Creek.
posted by shmegegge at 10:39 AM on April 2, 2009 [3 favorites]


Interestingly enough, the Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Spring flows into a second creek, called the Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Spring Creek.

It's still quite pristine where it flows out of the park boundaries -- fortunately, the Local Coservation Group of Local Conservationists is making a concerted effort to have it protected in a new park, Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Spring Creek Park.
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:56 AM on April 2, 2009


Actually, the proper term is

"Welcome to the Me-Ta, bitch"
posted by signal at 11:13 AM on April 2, 2009


fortunately, the Local Coservation Group of Local Conservationists is making a concerted effort to have it protected in a new park, Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Spring Creek Park.

Perhaps better known as the site of the Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Spring Creek Park Murders.
posted by equalpants at 11:50 AM on April 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


fortunately, the Local Coservation Group of Local Conservationists is making a concerted effort to have it protected in a new park, Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Spring Creek Park.

I love to go on picnics in the Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Spring Creek Park Meadow.
posted by dersins at 11:54 AM on April 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


Lake Wales Lake
(citation needed)
posted by lukemeister at 1:08 PM on April 2, 2009


Lake Wales Lake
(citation needed)


You can drive down there and interview the locals. I've already lived there for almost a year once, and I'm not going back. It's not on the map as such, but who reads maps? Ivory tower elitists, that's who. And speaking of towers, while you're there, you can visit the Bok Singing Tower Gardens, Home of the Bok Singing Tower Gardens Tower.

I made that last part up.
posted by Devils Rancher at 1:16 PM on April 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


There is a hill in the park. Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill.
On top of that hill is a forest. Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest.
People love the hiking up there, on Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail.
Nothing as refreshing as the waters at the summit, from the Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Spring.


This needs a banjo, a bouncy chorus, and a twangy melody and some clapping like yesterday, srsly.
posted by The Whelk at 1:27 PM on April 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


Meta . . . Usually a diminutive of Margaret, "a pearl" (Greek); but may also be short for Almeta "ambitious" (Latin).

--"What Shall We Name the Baby?" Simon and Shuster, New York, 1935.

The short list for me was Margaret, Catherine, Amy and Elizabeth. You can guess which one I wound up with. And Meta for a middle, after a quaker friend of my Jewish parents. Well, enough about me. No, never. I once was embarrassed about my odd middle name; now I claim it with open arms. See here!
posted by emhutchinson at 4:23 PM on April 2, 2009


By request.

Though it's a baritone uke instead of a banjo, and there's no clapping or anything. But it is the complete story of the Mountain Creek Lake Park Hill Forest Trail Spring Creek Park Murders, so it should be good enough to tide you over until Cortex one-ups it.
posted by kaibutsu at 8:17 PM on April 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


I'm losing my fucking mind finishing up a friend's EP, so you are officially the man on this one, kaibutsu.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:17 PM on April 2, 2009


Google street view for Meta started me off looking at a mud embankment, and I was very confused until I panned around and saw the highway and the town.
posted by Derive the Hamiltonian of... at 10:47 PM on April 2, 2009


loquacious: "MetaBank"
Next time I'm in the area, I'm opening an account.

...I have never been west of Illinois.
posted by subbes at 1:51 AM on April 3, 2009


By request.

You have given well.
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:12 AM on April 3, 2009


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