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The flip-side of "Most favorited posts of the year": Last year, I typed up a little list of comments I particularly liked that I thought were overlooked. It was fun! I just went through my favorites from 2009, and did so again. I would like this to be a thread where you share comments that you liked, but which you feel may have gotten little notice from others.

For my list below, I stuck to comments that had less than twelve favorites, as that's the default amount that causes a comment to pop up on a contact's sidebar. The only order is roughly-chronological. Certainly, you, the reader, will think some of mine are underwhelming or straight-up stupid; I may think the same about yours. But let's share! Funny, insightful, touching, strange, whatevs.

1) The boring truth about the Fool's Gold Loaf
2) Older Girls are so badass
3) The casual cruelty of Facebook
4) lovely metaphor for total confusion
5) The subtle charms of a quiet little New Yorker story
6) awesomely unsettling advice for your penis
7) an interesting rundown of a Gifted Children study
8) On the difficulties of asking mothers for advice
9) unsolved mystery about a prejudiced robot clown
10) Sesame seeds at McDonald's
11) On Smashing Barriers
12) mefi: generally pretty high-brow
13) I dearly hope someone does post this list to Digg
14) This is the most delightfully wacky description of lesbians I've ever heard
15) robocop is bleeding links to a Green Lantern treatment he wrote
16) On the usefulness of censorship
17) I quite enjoy this aphorism, and also would love to know where it originated
18) The hetero upside to gays devaluing marriage
19) Best Kanye West blogpost title of all time
20) story of a high-school production of King Lear
21) "I never even knew this world existed"
22) Astro Zombie on cortex's "Brubekujah"
23) I did not know this about Brian Eno
24) resolution to an ask.mefi mystery about "pelbin"
25) on effort and reward
26) advice for comforting the bereaved
27) puzzling yet strangely compelling conspiracy-theory comment in a thread about LSD
28) anecdote about a Weird Al concert
29) Pick your mefi name carefully
30) In response to a "zine" being "published" on Twitter
31) On whether to use the N-word
32) How events become stories
33) This word is simultaneously hilarious and horrifying
34) A collection of links about flanerie and the internet that really should have been an FPP
35) metafilter is nice people
36) What is maturity?
37) utterly bizarre middle-aged-male frenzy
38) a call for epistemological humility
39) This comment is an enlightening sort of prequel to the epic rape/gendered-experiences threads
40) In response to the woman who got fired for writing all-caps e-mails
41) International relations with Beavis and Butthead
42) My favorite observation about the imaginary interview Charlie Sheen conducted with Obama
43) how pre-modern paranoia is adjusted to new technology
44) well I liked this mini-story about Patrick Swayze's mother
45) favorites are to be used only for power trips
46) My favorite authentic Scottish recipe
47) XKCD, short version
48) The early days of netpr0n
49) The Marine Corps, on the value of boldness and failure
50) small oral history about material changes in stoner culture
51) The story of Bear Rex and his big gay christian website (scroll up a bit for the gif)
52) Looking through Playboy, awarding a superlative
53) The effect of fatty food consumption on mental agility
54) I can't see beetroot in the supermarket now without immediately thinking of this comment
55) Holocaust joke I was unfamiliar with (WARNING:THREAD POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE)
57) Good magical phrase to know
58) Anecdote about meeting Mitch Hedberg in a Wendy's
59) In the FPP about the boy with the overdeveloped muscular arm for arm-wrestling
60) The first time was fantastic
61) I will also admit to being this childish
62) On Sandra Lee's infamous Kwanzaa cake
63) New Year's Tin - a tradition I was not aware of
64) Developing a new strain
65) On why we should fund prison education
66) The utility of polling ask.metafilter to help your business
67) William T. Riker's favorite pose
68) ...and an awesomely pedantic rejoinder to confusion over Geordi LaForge's ethnicity
69) On height and male attractiveness
70) Tower Records ad in Japan
71) Obscure operating systems, like a Norwegian Opera Mini on a rooted Grey Market Android
72) Misspellings about where one uses one's moniker
73) On the appeal of Anne McCaffrey's novels
74) On posting ASCII images in MetaTalk
posted by Greg Nog to MetaFilter-Related at 2:04 PM (103 comments total) 235 users marked this as a favorite

this is me making scuttling motions with my fingers, alternating with SURPRISE Jazz Hands

As descriptions of people not liking spiders because of the way they move goes, this one continues to be one of my very favorites because it perfectly describes what someone does with their hands when explaining the phobia to someone else.
posted by quin at 2:24 PM on January 6, 2010 [4 favorites]

Yay! And incidentally, quin's got the right idea; don't feel like you need some huge-ass horrible list like mine; if one or two comments come to mind, please share them without feeling like you need to get all completist!
posted by Greg Nog at 2:34 PM on January 6, 2010

We need to come up with a name for the Bourbon & Moxie cocktail my bartender and I made after you left.
posted by jonmc at 2:34 PM on January 6, 2010

Thanks Greg this is fantastic. FYI, I could post 74 of your fantabulnormous comments that have entertained me all year, too. Also, the runner's group pines for your steely touch.
posted by smoke at 2:37 PM on January 6, 2010

I had missed muddgirl's comment about the Riker pose, but reading it made me so glad I wasn't the only one thinking that. My husband and I are big trekkies, and whenever we watch an episode of Next Gen and he does that we both say, "... and here are my BALLS!!!"
posted by Kimberly at 2:41 PM on January 6, 2010 [4 favorites]

I felt bad for laughing at :(.

Required reading for MeFites



I'm tired of ceding Middle America to these assholes.

Oh, and here's my haggis anecdote from this year

Finally, for future reference:

...theoretical physicist...

Stranger: hi

First they came for the Alaskans, and I said nothing because I was not an Alaskan.

Titanic 2
posted by zarq at 2:43 PM on January 6, 2010 [1 favorite]

SkylitDrawl's tale of using words to fight back against a mean girl

EvaDestruction's version of "use it up, wear it out"

Ruby Stevens on the logic of kid love
posted by MonkeyToes at 2:59 PM on January 6, 2010 [1 favorite]

I just looked through mine, ignoring everything in the two digits or higher basically. This makes for a weird, personal list—some of these are self-evidently funny at some level, but others are things that made me laugh out loud but require a certain amount of context (sometimes the text of post itself, sometimes stuff prior to or external to the thread).

A lot of it is stuff that was funny to me largely because it functioned as a kind of shared moment of recognition of some aspect of ongoing site history or of shared experience in heavily digesting the stuff moving through the community at the time the comment was made. I feel like I often laugh loudest at the things that I'm one of only a couple people laughing at, and this list has a number of things that (for the rough, rough metric of favorites-as-laughs) fall into that territory.

Enough with the caveats. In chronological order:

1) New Yorker cartoon demonstrated to be correct
2) pb sasses back
3) best possible name for a dictator dog
4) proposed scrabble variant
5) a loving reemvowelment
6) memetic juxtapositions make me laugh...
7) ...but that doesn't mean memes don't get old
8) wisdom of a long-thread veteran
9) bomb milk, motherfuckers
10) IPA also makes me laugh
11) a bit of nice antedating
12) Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Missing Letters
13) much love to #mefi
14) on applied Sabermeftrics
15) i'm in the second category, i guess
16) I guess I just have a thing for fascist dogs
17) yes he is still dead
18) Matt solves a mystery / with some 5K history
19) The Will To Slash
20) a very helpful pie chart
21) oh snap

posted by cortex (staff) at 2:59 PM on January 6, 2010


I have a theory that, once per month, Revolution Studios receives this call:

Fuck the bald.

If a helicopter fell on the hospital....

It's from 2008, but it still makes me laugh aloud: Toddler stream-of-consciousness reportage
posted by zarq at 3:01 PM on January 6, 2010

I happen to think a lot of my comments were funny, but unfortunately I didn't favorite any of them.
posted by Eideteker at 3:01 PM on January 6, 2010

Best commentary on that kid who wrote descriptions of his entire class
posted by Mavri at 3:14 PM on January 6, 2010

Most of my low-favorited but still awesome comments are links to other things. But the best one has to be clearlydemon's AskMe Answer dice.
posted by sarahnade at 3:17 PM on January 6, 2010

Can confirm for me that Reverend Graham has calculated that Heaven is 1,500 cubic miles?
How could the cat food have deleted anything?
Don't get me started on Tori Spelling ... well, OK.
Stine looked at me blankly and said "You know, The Beast is a real rollercoaster!"

posted by yellowbinder at 3:40 PM on January 6, 2010

Just have to say, Number 38 of Greg's list of links is fucking fantastic, and not only deserves more than the paltry few favorites it has, it should have been sidebarred. (Not to criticize anyone for not sidebarring it, I missed it too when it was fresh.) Now I'm going to go back to going through the list and then I'll read this thread. Way to keep me from being productive in any way today, Greg.
posted by Caduceus at 4:19 PM on January 6, 2010

He's molesting angels now...

Butchuah, Blanche, yah in that chair!


Janet. Ms. Claus if you're nasty.
posted by stavrogin at 4:33 PM on January 6, 2010

Follow-up, we just bought a house and moved in together. Seems I figured it out.
posted by decagon at 4:54 PM on January 6, 2010

Advice for those entering their 30s.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:54 PM on January 6, 2010

1) When it's appropriate to call the cops
2) Accidentally explaining the last ten seasons of SNL
3) what's the postage on that?
4) running against Mike & Ike
5) on the efficacy of using your musician connections to raise funds for emergency healthcare

posted by stefanie at 5:28 PM on January 6, 2010

comments that should have gotten more than one favorite, but did not

The best comment in the thread about the technical details of breaking GSM encryption
is there such thing as Islamic caroling?
qvantamon funny i: big pimpin'
qvantamon funny ii: hey cancers!
the only really insightful reaction to the lip dub thing
a typo nobody noticed
allen wrench?
I met the author of a highly experimental ren & stimpy choose your own adventure book
worst excuse ever
Something like that.
Burhanistan clarifies funk dynamics
(speaking of post-humanism)
the archetypal hollywood script

posted by koeselitz at 5:42 PM on January 6, 2010

Good idea! Mine are all from AskMe. I didn't bother capping the number of favorites -- these are just my favorite comments, period.

1) rotating toys

2) the extrovert

3) banjectification

4) vocab roast

5) ding training

6) why people have lots of sex partners

7) wacky interview questions

8) get a lawyer

9) finding the one

10) boys can't play with pink

11) the nicest response to "how are you?"
posted by Jaltcoh at 5:56 PM on January 6, 2010

Right off the top of my head, my favorite comment was one that was deleted from AskMe. In response to this question, "BathroomFilter: Is it appropriate to give dietary suggestions to the person in the next stall or not?", someone had responded, "I think the best way to handle this situation is by sending a company-wide email." A favorited that thing so hard.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:19 PM on January 6, 2010 [2 favorites]

Sorry drugs don't work that way

Highest meetup attendance per capita

All the victims

Congratulations on your epiphany

Zeno's Paradox of annoying song

The best meta-advice I've ever heard
posted by decagon at 6:25 PM on January 6, 2010

Wily bluegills!

Frizzle Frazzle Pudd'n Pop?
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 6:28 PM on January 6, 2010 [1 favorite]

OK, as for the non-deleted favorite comments - a sample of five that sprang to mind:

God, I hate those guys.

In response to the results of a study showing that most gamers are fat, depressed and 35 years of age.

Snarktastic! (duo-comment combo)

What's wrong with the post office?

Referencing one of my favorite Simpsons episodes is a sure way to get a favorite from me.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:36 PM on January 6, 2010

jessamyn [8:33]: gay elf sex means what?
Realtor: And this is the master bedroom, which has an original fireplace and a recently-renovated bathroom, en suite.
One day a woman came into the hospital for an abortion.
You misspelled "burn."
¿Quien es mas macho—Señor Lamas o Señor MEGA SHARK??

posted by Astro Zombie at 6:48 PM on January 6, 2010

Most bizarre 'name drop' ever

Awesome band name

An Old Joke made funny

Worst. Indiana Jones knockoff. Ever.

Renaming the Middle East

Libertarian Love
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 6:52 PM on January 6, 2010

  1. The games as art debate
  2. Internet ads are silly
  3. College
  4. My favorite thread defense of all time
  5. The future of record store shelves
  6. Excel games
  7. I hate it

posted by danb at 7:12 PM on January 6, 2010 [1 favorite]

You fail at comics. Congratulations: You win a sex life.

In fact, I just realized that ever since cortex visited Salt Lake I am no longer a leper.

It's telling that the technology in the Backyardigans' Garbage Trek episode is much more believable than that of any Star Trek episode.
posted by marxchivist at 7:14 PM on January 6, 2010

Even Fahrenheit vs. Celsius can get a laugh
MeTa commentary on 'Don't Bring a Gun to a Snowball Fight'
The best line in the best overall hilarious thread, 'Sitters vs. Standers' *
Parting Phrases
How to calm post-apocalypse Faint of Butt

* And nothing beats Overall Hilarious. Not even plaid pants.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 7:53 PM on January 6, 2010

I liked this story about Kanye and porkchop vagina stuff is mentioned
posted by kathrineg at 8:39 PM on January 6, 2010

I wound up flicking singles at him...
Omnibus Font Bill of 2010 (okay 32 favorites... but NOT ENOUGH!)
the key to unlocking the pathway to the Elder Gods
10 over the limit
posted by haveanicesummer at 8:50 PM on January 6, 2010

I just want bumper stickers lauding crappy presidents past.
posted by that girl at 9:33 PM on January 6, 2010

oh god how'd I miss so much great stuff?
posted by klangklangston at 9:40 PM on January 6, 2010 [2 favorites]

i cant tell which of these are mine could you guys at least start putting in z͎̯a̤̪l̷̬̻̩̹̥͇g̟̣̩o̱͉ letters when you link to my comments thanks
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:55 PM on January 6, 2010

posted by ErikaB at 10:13 PM on January 6, 2010 [6 favorites]

Ivan Twatsky thanks you for your interest.
Lesson #1 in creative writing.
As of yet, there is still no user with this name...
This basically keeps me from ever being able to give a better description of twitter.
There might be something going on here that we don't know about.
This is correct.
Grandma's favorite!
Apparently I like profanity tonight, but this is also just perfect.
That shirt is going to revolutionize my art.
Optimus Chyme's morning routine
An honest question

And that's all I can get through of 2009 for tonight. More to follow, maybe.
posted by Navelgazer at 10:26 PM on January 6, 2010


Christ, I know, right?! I favorited that shit so hard I clicked a hole in the monitor.

I know I'm not the only one who's mused on making this kind of metatalk post, but now I'm so glad I waited for someone with fifty times the passion and wherewithal to do it properly instead. Thanks for this awesome list.

Here's two 2009 <1>
[1] Between "Death Tax" and "Death Panels", the GOP has really shown how nuanced it is in rebranding hot-button topics...
[2] See, the thing with regular neckties...

posted by churl at 10:29 PM on January 6, 2010

"Here's two 2009 less-than-12-ers", I mean
posted by churl at 10:31 PM on January 6, 2010

Somehow you have tricked me into not only reading YOUR favorites, but in also going back and reading MY favorites too. Seriously I have to get back to work - it's one of those kinds of epic work days - but here's a few I picked out in haste:

Dushku bashing

OMG the same thing happened to me!

I totally have at least three of these YES.

Shot rings out... in a Memphis sky-hiyyyyyy

I have literally said this in email to at least three people since I read it

Catty vegetarian humor, the best kind there is!

I'm still waiting for my text message

I'm so glad I'm not the only person in the world who hates MS Groove so very very much

Is this one of those jokes you have to be old like me to get?

FYI to all interested parties, I will fave pretty much any Venture Bros reference, because I am just that big a fave slut

Probably out of scope, but seriously, I've used this pancake recipe A LOT and it is THE AWESOME.

And finally! I'm sure everyone's going to get sick of me referencing this eventually. But instead of a comment I'm going to list the lot of them because it was the collective assertion that Alan Carr's Easyway to Quit Smoking was magic that got me to read it. I quit smoking about 2 weeks after this post, and it stuck, and even though it took a long damn time for 20 years of smoking goop to be expelled from my body, life is GRAND.
posted by ErikaB at 10:44 PM on January 6, 2010 [1 favorite]

Oh fuck it this is too much fun and I'm back.

Lesson #2 in Creative writing: the importance of Thud Mollockle
First rule of anthropomorphism
Good advice for the children
Because I couldn't agree more
A year's worth of FBOW that we sadly never saw

In other news, I'm learning a lot about the depths of my own sense of humor.
posted by Navelgazer at 11:51 PM on January 6, 2010

I pretty much only like it when we talk about Alien.
posted by Jofus at 2:29 AM on January 7, 2010 [2 favorites]

Daaaw, who'm I kidding?

I like it when people think too much about Hitchhiker's Guide
I like how Greg Nog's mind works. No, seriously, I really do.
I like unnecessarily precise instructions about meetups.
I like sexyrobot
I like that the word beej was added to my lexicon
I like it when people rewrite my favourite poem
I like Bruce Springsteen related teenaged lore
I like shit puns
I like that chrismear's life is futile
I just plain like Solon And Thanks. She's teh funny.
I like that I feel like this too.
I like fighting snark with amiable wisdom
I like that this is how I feel about favourites too.
I like confession as a form of catharsis
posted by Jofus at 3:27 AM on January 7, 2010

No way! Rings are stupid.
posted by Eumachia L F at 5:19 AM on January 7, 2010

Woops, #9 in my list isn't from 2009. Sorry about that. Well, it was really close.
posted by Jaltcoh at 5:34 AM on January 7, 2010

In 2009:
I have enjoyed little stories at the end of threads and observations about meetups;
I have learnt about the real truth behind the penis-eating antics of leopard slugs; and
I have been moved.

posted by patricio at 5:36 AM on January 7, 2010

My liver may not thank NolanRyanHatesMatches for pointing out that SIGG bottles are a great way to drink a few beers in public, but I certainly do.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:06 AM on January 7, 2010

select top 10 * from geeks order by sexy
Just a kick in the ballsack from Santa and my entire family, thanks to my stupid preggo sister
nuke tome cruise? BLADOW!
VB Gui to Find Killer via IP Address
Also, why don't you guys have bras for your junk
oh man thanks for that insight I hadn't heard of the internet before
The worst pun ever written.
What do you think I’m doing? It’s Thursday night!
Are you sure you meant to post this to Metatalk?
FACT: Mammoths are delicious
Poetry by TranslationParty
Ah! Ah! It’s sweeping all before it!
posted by specialagentwebb at 7:26 AM on January 7, 2010

1) Optimus Chyme makes fun of a thing
2) Sleevener says thing about death
3) Greg Nog makes a joke (NWS!!!!!!!! or is it..)
4) Zoomorphic makes fun of people who make fun of hipsters
5) The organizer of the PWN2OWN competition says a thing, wins an argument
6) dersins does a thing

posted by Damn That Television at 7:47 AM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

Errent posts a link to a super-cute lady gaga cover.
posted by shothotbot at 8:16 AM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

Pretty sure I forgot all the rules, but I have had a wonderful time laughing at 2009.

- 웙 I HAVE A SWORD FYI [the winner for this year, I have no idea why this didn't get a million favorites]
- My favorite one-favorite comment (from 2001)
- Why am I googling "ascii sword" at 12.15am goddammit.
- I have made some good friends in this place.
- I'm beginning to think it should go in the FAQ. "Is it about a creepy muppet?"
- my favorite owl photo doesn't have an owl in it. [don't hate it because it's popular!]
- librarian joke ASCII Art
- Why else would they be my favorite band?
- We ruin ArtW's rep: I am now pretty frequently asked to crawl around on all fours with a toddler riding on top of me being a "kitty bus"
- You done riled up my mind grapes.
- GOD HELP all of you ungrateful bastards if there's Windows Vista on any of the computers. [by Mr and Mrs MetaFilter]
- My father is actually a member, and has won Cloud of The Month.
- I would teach you, but I'm pretty much banned from even looking at the paint shaker at the Home Depot these days.
- If there's ever two words that can't go together better, it's donut and heyday.
- Why do they call them fingers? I've never seen them fing. Woah, there they go.
- "Why did you get banned?"
"They wanted me to stop saying 'cunt'."

Is this the hill you want to die on?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:49 AM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

Argh! It's so hard to read some of these great threads I missed and not be able to comment!
posted by haveanicesummer at 8:52 AM on January 7, 2010

Aw, one of my favourite comments was yours in that same Owl thread, Jessamyn.
posted by Jofus at 8:55 AM on January 7, 2010

jessamyn: If you enjoy Riki tiki's mind grapes, you may also enjoy such television shows as 30 Rock (Tracy Morgan has the mind grapes line(s), not sure if he came up it or not, it does ring of his natural charasmatic insanity).
posted by haveanicesummer at 9:10 AM on January 7, 2010

Here are a few:


Horse shoes and hand grenades

Hell on Earth cranks up the heat for a week


How not to get rid of zucchini

Grumpy Old Man Filter

Don't ask...

Beginner's Guide to Lost

And people say Cleveland is a shithole...

Next time you find a lost city in the middle of the jungle

I'd watch this!

Best answer of the year.

First favorite of 09
posted by Mastercheddaar at 9:43 AM on January 7, 2010

Hwæt a lucky bugger!
posted by paduasoy at 9:47 AM on January 7, 2010

I miss amberglow
posted by infini at 12:58 PM on January 7, 2010 [5 favorites]

The truth about Wall Street...

Please people - use cash at small businesses...and don't begrudge them charging you a fee for debit and credit card use...
posted by vito90 at 4:04 PM on January 7, 2010

posted by klangklangston at 5:52 PM on January 7, 2010

Yeah I wish this wasn't already off of the MeTa front page. Can these things be sidebarred?
posted by Think_Long at 6:46 PM on January 7, 2010

posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:54 PM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

This is so very horrible. I can stem my desire to be on Metafilter constantly with the number of SLYTs that inevitably pop up because *gasp* I can't (and don't want) to watch Youtube at work. With just text on the screen, and my white background, I can always have MeFi open in the background without it being visual disruptive, or a flag for other people to see/make assumptions.

Now? This single Metatalk page will make me lose days of work and my eyesight because the text is what I want.

Thank you for feeding my addiction
posted by namewithhe1d at 8:50 PM on January 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

In categories, for ease of matching to mood.

Fear and finding "the One".
The "me too" discrimination story.
Defining "patriarchy".
Love comes in such fragile containers.

Not so serious:
That heartwarming holiday favorite...
However, I do now like the taste of cherry chapstick.
Want this spaceship show. Now.
What favorites are good for.

posted by EvaDestruction at 9:26 PM on January 7, 2010

First, excellent thread idea. Second, I am proud to be in your list, Greg. Third, I really want to dig through my faves right now but I've got a goddamned non-sleeping newborn in my arms and am typing/mousing left-handed as it is. Tomorrow, hopefully.
posted by middleclasstool at 10:40 PM on January 7, 2010

"Not a screwdriver. An ice pick."

"...but correctly misunderstood, this statement conjures a beautifully absurd image."
posted by clorox at 10:40 PM on January 7, 2010

Really enjoying this thread. I haven't even gotten to the green yet - these are all from the blue:

01) a comforting algorithm
02) fourcheesemac knows how many Jonas Brothers there are
03) why roll truck roll's friend doesn't wear his esperanto pin
04) I still miss Mollie Sugden more than Michael Jackson.
05) growing up on Pee Wee's Playhouse probably also explains my fondness for capslock and camp
06) ShooBoo encounters a mysterious tape while scuba-diving
07) you teach me and I'll teach you / Biblical quo-ta-tiooooons!
08) amputation, boop
09) "Poor Mr. F..."
10) live every week like it's Ginsburg Week
11) these slacker ragamuffins, Pavement
12) and I do mean BRIAN BLESSED!
13) immlass's husband's ode to Bacon Day
14) where'd that Ikea go?
15) mainly it's klangklangston's use of "goober" in the last paragraph endeared this comment to me

posted by cobwebberies at 11:24 PM on January 7, 2010

If he eats haggis, he'll eat anything
posted by Billegible at 1:07 AM on January 8, 2010

I already favorite too many things, why are you doing this to me :(
posted by flatluigi at 2:01 AM on January 8, 2010 [2 favorites]

01) slimepuppy on laundry
02) filthy light thief on zombies at your workplace
03) Edward L on The Replacements
04) qvantamon on banning meep
05) quin on keyboard cat in meetings
06) diogenes on aliens researching YouTube
07) slimepuppy on Australia trying to kill everyone
08) Saydur on why Usain Bolt won't eat you
09) dirigibleman on waking up
10) quin on swearing at the workplace
11) Greg Nog on Werner Herzog
12) blenderfish on shaking milk in kindergarten
13) tristeza on awesome things dads do
14) on why pop-ups suck
15) Gordion Knott on his passed cat
16) creeky on Caberlogine
17) iamkimiam on locking yourself in your car
18) Devils Rancher on being the people
19) jessamyn on MeFi last resorts
20) ThePinkSuperhero on naming your kids after the mods
21) CKmtl on why Ask Metafilter is better than your mom

posted by starzero at 2:03 AM on January 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

Oh christ, starzero - I hadn't seen this thread at all - the whole thing is AWESOME

(Datapoint: She's due on March 11th.)
posted by Jofus at 2:28 AM on January 8, 2010

Yeah, it's one of my favorite AskMes of the last year.

Datapoint: March 11th is my birthday, so I do approve of this due date. Meandering won't be tolerated.
posted by starzero at 2:50 AM on January 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

A few more. My, this is fun.

First up - more people should know this.

Afroblanco's astonishing battle-rap-as-SQL
I feel the same as Amyms about MeFiMail
This whole thread made me howl, but Abiezer's comment was good/bad enough to stand out
The ever-present threat of comedy violence from Orme
Pope Jokes? Always funny.
Mister_A and I are in accordance.
The best review of the Terminator franchise ever.
In fact, this whole thread was mind-blowing, Cool Papa Bell's comment was just *particularly* mind-blowing.
Aptly quote poetry (which I seem to have a thing about?) from Orthagonality
Krinklyfig presumably will not thank me for remembering this
Mini-theme: Bad Jokes
Nanojath is awesome
The philosophy of Play-Doh
dirtdirt laying down some truth.

Basically, we should always have a thread like this open.
posted by Jofus at 2:59 AM on January 8, 2010

Starzero. I shall call her Starzero.

I totally won't call her Starzero.
posted by Jofus at 3:00 AM on January 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

GuyZero's handy guide to "begging the question".
posted by equalpants at 5:47 AM on January 8, 2010

I'm really happy that people are continuing to post their overlooked favorite comments, and I would like to assure people that I'm continuing to read each and every link. Thanks, all!

11) Greg Nog on Werner Herzog

Two followups to that story:
1) That same Ben has kept in touch with Herzog in a professional capacity, and I just ran across an interview he did with the guy a couple weeks ago. Despite Ben and I both being old-time knuckleheads from back in New Hampshire, I guess we're both pretty bad at keeping in touch, so I came across that interview, thought it was great, and only afterwards did I realize it was my friend who was doing the interviewing.
2) A month ago, I moved into a new place. The building's not that big, maybe 16 apartments altogether. So I'm walking home one day, and hear my name being called from a balcony above me. I look up, and there's Ben. "Hey!" I shout, "What are you doing there!" Ben says, "This is where I live. What are you doing in my neighborhood?" And I'm like, "Uh apparently I've moved into your building."

posted by Greg Nog at 7:14 AM on January 8, 2010 [2 favorites]

Thanks for this thread.

What the fuck was that apropos of?

I've never heard this term for flatulence before, but it really is the perfect term to follow "Her Majesty."

not_on_display brings back a memory from my childhood. A memory, I should add, that always creeped me out for some reason.
posted by bondcliff at 7:24 AM on January 8, 2010

What made me fall in ruv with The Whelk.
A fire, geddit?
Because I can't wait to be an old lady.
Checking it twice. (And lots of faves, yeah.)
posted by functionequalsform at 7:24 AM on January 8, 2010

Greg Nog is my favorite Nog.

And I esteem that Ferengi Ensign very highly so that's saying something.

I love that monster dance he does at jadzia's bachelorette party.
posted by cowbellemoo at 8:21 AM on January 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

PROTIP: in the DVD extras, Aron Eisenberg talks about inventing that dance!
posted by Greg Nog at 8:38 AM on January 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

we should always have a thread like this open.

Indeed! I really enjoy giving well-deserved praise to other MeFites for their contributions, and I love the way it enhances the community when others do the same. I think it brings out the best in people when they receive appreciation for their efforts. Whenever I start feeling disheartened after reading threads full of vitriolic outbursts or flameouts, I refer to threads like this one to remind myself once again why I love this place so much.

I'm honored that some of my comments are included here. Being recognized by MeFites whom I greatly respect, and whose contributions have consistently impressed me as well, totally rocks!

Now I gotta go through my favorites and come up with my own list...
posted by velvet winter at 11:22 AM on January 8, 2010

jfuller quoted Bored of the Rings. Bored of the Rings!!
nola noticed the terrible oppression by pregnant women
misha's excellent drop down menu for favorites
jokeefe, as so often, sums it up in one line
ambrosia voyeur with a line that still cracks me up and which I have shamelessly stolen and placed into conversations
posted by mygothlaundry at 11:59 AM on January 8, 2010

And more! Why yes, I do really like apt one liners, why do you ask?
It's Raining Florence Henderson explains gun control (where are you, Flo?)
Astro Zombie on Shane McGowan
A Terrible Llama explains why Balloon Boy couldn't be real
taz on etiquette
dersins explains Red Dawn
marisa stole the precious thing with lyrics from a previously unknown Crass song
jquinby on the dearth of Ikeas in the heartland
and I must stop here, randomly, because I'm at least theoretically at work.
posted by mygothlaundry at 12:49 PM on January 8, 2010

I can't wait for the weekend when I can lose myself in this. Thanks!
posted by jokeefe at 1:32 PM on January 8, 2010

Basically, we should always have a thread like this open.

I like the every-so-often reappearance. If it were always open, comments in still-living threads would be linked and would twist the natural flow of time and space the discussion in-thread. Plus, it's fun to get random favorites well after the thread has faded from current memory.

Personally, I'd like a compendium of parody songs, so I can get them printed and bound, and bring them to a meet-up with some quantity of alcohol. I'd start humming well-known songs, sort of singing the revised words every now and again, hoping someone would pick up. Or maybe I'd get belligerent, shove a pamphlet into someone's hand and demand they sing something. Either way, we'd sing over the music playing in the restaurant, and someone would be booted out (possibly me).

On second thought, maybe this isn't the best idea.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:25 PM on January 8, 2010

On third thought, it's a fantastic idea (as long as getting thrown out of the bar happens at that point in the evening where not that much more drinking was going to happen, anyway).
posted by EvaDestruction at 2:37 PM on January 8, 2010

I want to play but I can't figure out how to link to the exact comment I like from the Favorites on My Profile page.

It hurts to be this stupid.
posted by jeoc at 4:48 PM on January 8, 2010

jeoc, click on the time stamp of a comment to get its individual link.
posted by starzero at 5:18 PM on January 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

Oh, how nice for me!

;) Thanks mgl!

You've got to get good and verklempt before you say it. Maybe a little quaffee down the wruong pipe.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 6:20 PM on January 8, 2010

Here's my list, in chronological order. A couple of these have slightly more than 12 favorites, but I still feel they deserved more favorites/attention than they got, for various reasons.

1) "...the greatest things in life, I believe, come from the darkest depths..."
2) "Love is the foundation of true geekery. Embrace that love. Then, only then, a geek will you be."
3) "...there are a lot of men who really do get it."
4) How to give more helpful AskMe answers on sensitive topics
5) "I think my favorite thing about the favoriting system is how it's exposed interesting people to me." (I'm right there with ya on that one, Greg Nog...)
6) "...consider that even if a person has decided they will take sex if sex is all that's on the table, it can be quite damaging for a person to really be faced with the reality that someone is willing to have sex with them, but not interested in a relationship of depth."
7) "Believe what people tell you about themselves."
8) "Porn does not equal sex; it's as much about the reality of sex as Rambo is about the reality of war."
9) Dealing with infatuation (ah, re-reading this one in particular is so very timely for me...)
10) How to write good online dating profiles: "We're not checklists."
11) How to be noticed at work

posted by velvet winter at 10:59 PM on January 8, 2010

(can't believe I'm doing this)

Metafilter : The genie is out of the bottle, except the "genie" is a slice of rat brain.
posted by Afroblanco at 1:56 AM on January 9, 2010

Not been here long enough to have any vaults to dig into, but I'm sure this will always remain as the funniest, most endearing image of happy drunks I could ever hope for, and bonus, it's holiday themed.
1 - meowry christmas and a happy new beers - brought to you by hermistosis.

And random shameless puns will win with me forever.
2 - rob511
3 - qvantamon
4 - an entire thread handily spanked by the late, great Bradlands.
posted by Juicy Avenger at 8:08 PM on January 9, 2010

A Longfellow quote from sweetmarie.
• Good post-dumped advice encapsulated in the last sentence of this Sassyfras comment.
• On kindness, a Philo quote posted by Forrest Greene, and a favorite quote from rocket88.
• And in getting the link for fleacircus's Jan Brady Thanksgiving comment I stumbled across his more verbose version of a Mos Eisley cantina smuggler-ship-rental back-and-forth.

posted by blueberry at 8:27 AM on January 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

sambosambo giggles.
hermitosis thanks God.
schmoopy overload omg you guys are all assholes for not also favoriting this.
Optimus Chyme is good at unicode or whatever.
prefpara is pretty sure that's how it works.
a tiny bit NY centric, but i don't care. Cunninglinguist FTW.
Marisa Stole The Precious Thing says all that needs to be said, really.
malevolent's girlfriend understands in-game logic better than game designers do.
kosem thinks this is the nerdiest shit ever.
The Whelk combines Sarah Palin and Futurama in a comment that might as well have been labeled "for shmegegge's eyes especially."
I shouldn't laugh at this, but I do. every. single. time.
Christ, What An Asshole does a kind of reverse 360 backspin on an old meme for comedy gold.
you know nothing of shakespeherian's work.
Loquacious' wish was our command.
Having been born and raised on Long Island, I'm allowed to love this.
Oh MStPT, you are so awesome for this.
klangklangston calls Jesus on his shit.
posted by shmegegge at 11:47 AM on January 10, 2010 [2 favorites]

Still waiting on this new user.

Still waiting on this post.

Still waiting to know how you make a keyboard do this.

Burhanistan is teh l33t h4x0rz.

An image that still haunts me to this day.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 2:58 PM on January 10, 2010

Thank you so much for this, all of you. I'd decided mid-morning that I was not getting out of bed today (spending the day in bed is the ONLY way to properly mourn the demise of a love affair) and this one thread has enabled me to do just that while also cheering me up. Damn, I love MetaFilter.
posted by hapax_legomenon at 3:23 PM on January 10, 2010

This post and its ensuing thread are totally pelbin.
posted by not_on_display at 10:10 PM on January 10, 2010

The quickest way to my affections is a good ST:TNG reference
In which Hollywood is daring
In the grim future of the pregopalypse there is only war.
Spaceship 1
[ -With concern, the Sign Painter ]
Why Europeans love Thanksgiving
NYPD: Twitter Division
Divorced dad metal band
Baby Hitler
Why Damn That Television is a genius
dongs lol
Netflix thinks I'm cool
Eddie Izzard references also work well on me
This shouldn't crack me up as much as it does but, oh my, it does.
JHarris drops Pac-Man knowledge
The Infinite Jest experience

posted by minifigs at 3:19 PM on January 11, 2010 [1 favorite]

yay english major jokes
I usually want to favorite everything DTT says, but this is the little non-sequitor made me laugh even while I wanted to Wicker Man anyone who crossed me in that thread
I like [Jersey Shore] because it was culled from Spike Lee's nightmares.
quin articulates my sad Scottish rationale while ordering at the bar
The Straightener is great
The things a man misses for being gay! Are there any vulva that move beyond the Baraoque and into the Rococo?
why I will never go to LA
Iridic awesomely explains virginity in Shakespearean terms
OC will always be the Salieri to six colors' Amadeus
Pope Guilty reminds me of myself after reading Das Kapital while filling my empty stomach with Maker's Mark
still a sucker for english major jokes
I Foodyy's tips on naming babies
Spoken like an expert, kathrineg
How to solve bigotry with press-on nails
I would pay Greg Nog to rewrite the entirety of the script for Twilight
This "I have love on my side" quote is like the Braveheart speech for gay civil rights
I always want to memail a high-five to oinopaponton

posted by zoomorphic at 6:34 PM on January 11, 2010 [1 favorite]

On the aphorism linked in #17: As far as I know, it originated with me. I'd be surprised if no one else has said something similar before, but I wasn't quoting anything in particular. Does that mean I get to name it Rusty's Baldfaced Assertion or something?
posted by rusty at 12:24 PM on January 12, 2010

YES! Fuckin' sweet!
posted by Greg Nog at 12:46 PM on January 12, 2010

holy fuck, that Jharris Pacman quote minifigs linked to is incredible.
posted by shmegegge at 8:14 AM on January 13, 2010

You know what you should probably go re-read? The tooth fairy thread.
posted by shothotbot at 8:43 AM on January 13, 2010

How could I forget? I have often quoted this since.

"Chivalry is the consolation prize awarded in a sexist society."
posted by ErikaB at 2:28 PM on January 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

I like emphasis. A lot. Because it's funny.

And robot voices.
posted by craven_morhead at 1:40 PM on January 20, 2010

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