666 posts tagged with death May 8, 2014 7:39 AM   Subscribe

This got a chuckle out of me just now...

Not to go into too much detail, but a friend of mine is seriously ill and I have been reading old Ask threads to prepare myself for every eventuality, good or bad. Even though I feel pretty low right now, I laughed when I saw this, so I figured I'd share it.
posted by showbiz_liz to MetaFilter-Related at 7:39 AM (34 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

Hail Satan, and I wish your friend all the best.
posted by Greg Nog at 8:18 AM on May 8, 2014 [30 favorites]


:D :(
posted by Going To Maine at 8:27 AM on May 8, 2014 [1 favorite]


That's crazy!

Though how come, when searching all posts & comments for tags, under Ask Metafilter it has death (672)? Why the discrepancy in numbers?
posted by Kabanos at 8:28 AM on May 8, 2014


Well, this meta is tagged death, so it should be at least be 667 (the neighbor of the beast) by now.
posted by Going To Maine at 8:44 AM on May 8, 2014 [1 favorite]


There will be killings to cover this up, mark my words.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:45 AM on May 8, 2014 [3 favorites]


Killings, you say? Pshaw. The killings are necessary. Without death, there can be no undeath.
posted by Ghidorah at 8:50 AM on May 8, 2014 [1 favorite]


Without death, there can be no undeath.

Is this really true? Couldn't you just sublimate into a horrible semblance of life without actually passing through a "death state?" I admit I have fallen slightly behind in my necrology homework, so the answer may be in an upcoming lesson.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:55 AM on May 8, 2014 [6 favorites]


Couldn't you just sublimate into a horrible semblance of life

Sadly, working in a cubicle only approximates eldritch horror. Your standard office worker will never attain eldritch power without actual, clinical, death. Soul crushing doesn't count.
posted by Ghidorah at 9:02 AM on May 8, 2014 [7 favorites]


Soul crushing doesn't count.

Now you tell me!
posted by Sophie1 at 9:12 AM on May 8, 2014 [1 favorite]


I admit I have fallen slightly behind in my necrology homework, so the answer may be in an upcoming lesson.

I don't check Coursera that regularly any more, but if this course becomes available anywhere to take online, please send me a MeMail.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:31 AM on May 8, 2014 [1 favorite]


I don't check Coursera that regularly any more, but if this course becomes available anywhere to take online, please send me a MeMail.

It's only available on the Darknet, of course.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 10:55 AM on May 8, 2014 [2 favorites]


Well, this meta is tagged death, so it should be at least be 667 (the neighbor of the beast) by now.


668 is the neighbor of the beast.

667 is the guy across the street from the beast, who really wishes the beast would take better care of his lawn, and would a coat of paint hurt anybody, you know, he's the one who has to look at it every day.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:21 AM on May 8, 2014 [28 favorites]


The people at 666 Pond Street down the street from us used to have their mailbox painted dark red with "666" hand-painted in black numbers and a stuffed crow perched on top. I'm not sure if they moved or if they got tired of the crow getting stolen, because now it's just a normal mailbox.
posted by Curious Artificer at 11:29 AM on May 8, 2014


I think the Beast lost his lawnmower in that whole uncursing thing.
posted by maryr at 11:44 AM on May 8, 2014


Well, since we're all here: \m/ \m/
posted by Celsius1414 at 11:45 AM on May 8, 2014


666 Spadina Avenue has traditionally (and appropriately) been cheap student apartments for most of its existence.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:47 AM on May 8, 2014


I dunno the 666 is weird and all but good luck and hugs to you and your friend showbiz_liz.
posted by sweetkid at 12:06 PM on May 8, 2014 [2 favorites]


I think the 667 shows that there are posts after death. So at least we'll be entertained in the afterlife.

Hugs to you and your friend showbiz_liz.
posted by arcticseal at 12:34 PM on May 8, 2014 [1 favorite]


It's still 666, actually. At least, through corb's May 6 social security question. This MetaTalk post doesn't make it 667, because the 666 is for AskMe only.
posted by beagle at 1:02 PM on May 8, 2014


if the antichrist is on metafilter, can we get a shout-out?
posted by bruce at 1:25 PM on May 8, 2014 [3 favorites]


haaaaaaaay metafilter.
posted by zombiestripperjesuscat at 1:52 PM on May 8, 2014 [2 favorites]


WHAT WHAT!!!
posted by Auntie Kreist at 3:29 PM on May 8, 2014


I have been summoned. How may I serve you?
posted by ColdChef at 3:35 PM on May 8, 2014 [3 favorites]


With cold Donkey Sauce.
posted by Auntie Kreist at 3:47 PM on May 8, 2014 [2 favorites]


Is it common knowledge that 666 = DCLXVI -- the roman numerals for 500 through 1 in descending order -- and does that imply that "the number of the beast" should be read as "the numerals of the beast" (i.e., Rome's)? The wikipedia page doesn't seem to touch on it, and I can't remember where I'm cribbing this from. False etymology or legitimate insight?
posted by nobody at 5:06 PM on May 8, 2014


if the antichrist is on metafilter, can we get a shout-out?

Look, I just keep his cattle. He's an utter absentee landowner.
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:14 PM on May 8, 2014 [8 favorites]


Though how come, when searching all posts & comments for tags, under Ask Metafilter it has death (672)? Why the discrepancy in numbers?

Based on the most recent infodump, the discrepancy seems to be due to the six questions 21510, 54178, 70987, 71684, 74861, 89794, which appear in tagdata_askme (as tagged 'death') but do not appear in postdata_askme.

And that's just the ones tagged 'death', of course. There are a lot more questions in tagdata_askme but not in postdata_askme — for example, there's 91807, ostensibly tagged 'eyes', and indeed, the search for 'eyes' says there are 239 questions thus tagged on AskMe, but the tag page says there's only 238.

The total number of questions that appear in tagdata_askme but not in postdata_askme, whatever the tags, turns out to be... 672.

DUNH DUNH DUNH
posted by stebulus at 5:56 PM on May 8, 2014


It looks like you're talking about Satan.

Would you like help?
posted by Weighted Companion Cube at 7:03 PM on May 8, 2014 [2 favorites]


I looked and a hideous Office Assistant appeared. Its UI's name was Clippy, and Siri came close behind him...
posted by Auntie Kreist at 7:20 PM on May 8, 2014 [3 favorites]


Related tags: Resolved. No surprise there.
posted by unliteral at 10:55 PM on May 8, 2014 [1 favorite]


Hi guys, how's it going?
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 11:08 PM on May 8, 2014 [2 favorites]


It looks like you're talking about Satan.

Would you like help?
posted by Weighted Companion Cube at 9:03 PM on May 8



I thought we were supposed to disregard your advice.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 6:18 AM on May 9, 2014 [1 favorite]


13 users favorited
posted by oceanjesse at 7:52 AM on May 9, 2014


Hail Satin!
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:51 AM on May 15, 2014


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