#keepmefiweird April 29, 2016 9:58 AM   Subscribe

Inspired by Greg Nog's comment in an earlier MeTa, I want to suggest Keep MeFi Weird May.

All you have to do is post weird shit. It doesn't have to be new, it doesn't have to be comprehensible, it doesn't need to inspire conversation or debate and you don't even need to particularly understand what you're posting. It can be something you stumbled onto and don't know the origin of. It can be something you think a million people have seen before but you still want to share with MeFi because it's just far-out. The whole point is to make things around here a little weirder and maybe get more people to post stuff just because, instead of posting with a goal in mind.

A YouTube video, an off-the-wall Reddit post, some stuff from Tumblr or Twitter, something pulled from the Old Web of newsgroups and Geocities websites, anything goes! There's no length requirements or content requirements, just that you, the poster, thinks is odd or strange or weird or interesting in some ill-defined and alienating way.

Forget what you think expected house style is for FPPs. Throw self-consciousness out the window. Don't think about the response your post will get. This isn't a call for finely-crafted comprehensive megaposts that show off your erudition and educate the populace. This is for that grainy third-hand video you see on your phone and immediately call over your friend because holy shit check this out.
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 9:58 AM (237 comments total) 99 users marked this as a favorite

I like this and am pro-weirdness. More neat weird stuff on the front page!

I will make one boring responsible adult disclaimer here that sometimes weird shit might land badly and get deleted, and that's part of the process of posting on MetaFilter and is not a big deal.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:01 AM on April 29, 2016 [44 favorites]


If anybody that is connected would like to do me a solid, I'd like you to go ahead and get a couple of paper hits of strong LSD, tuck them inside of the newest William Gibson novel, and mail them to me here in Nanjing. Thaaanks, that's just great.
posted by Meatbomb at 10:04 AM on April 29, 2016 [9 favorites]


I'm putting together a great fpp about a list of baby names created by a neural network, so
posted by beerperson at 10:07 AM on April 29, 2016 [14 favorites]


yeah, this is a cool idea and all but just FYI six goats died to make this MeTa happen.

Notwithstanding the above I endorse this awesome idea and look forward to all the weird shit that people bring to the front page!
posted by MoonOrb at 10:07 AM on April 29, 2016 [3 favorites]


Absolutely not, and I find this entire idea to be inappropriate, griphus.

#KeepMefiCurmudgeonly
posted by shmegegge at 10:10 AM on April 29, 2016 [11 favorites]


Love this idea - I should've saved my Hobart post. I hesitated about posting it for the longest time.

Time to get cracking on my telegraph pole post. #RedDwarf
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:19 AM on April 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


Yes.
posted by benito.strauss at 10:19 AM on April 29, 2016


जब बातें अजीब हो, अजीब प्रो बन
posted by Meatbomb at 10:20 AM on April 29, 2016 [3 favorites]


Please, yes, ok thanks.
posted by nevercalm at 10:22 AM on April 29, 2016


Time to check in with whatever I pinboarded back in aught six.
posted by DigDoug at 10:24 AM on April 29, 2016


Eeeeee! This is wonderful
posted by stoneweaver at 10:26 AM on April 29, 2016


BOOM.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:26 AM on April 29, 2016 [5 favorites]


to what degree is this a dog-whistle for less "social justice" on the site?
posted by andrewcooke at 10:26 AM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


ze
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posted by beerperson at 10:29 AM on April 29, 2016 [50 favorites]


0 degrees Kelvin.

More weird posts does not equal fewer important posts.
posted by sparklemotion at 10:29 AM on April 29, 2016 [21 favorites]


Zero.

To zero degree.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:30 AM on April 29, 2016 [14 favorites]


to what degree is this a dog-whistle for less "social justice" on the site?

I'm gonna estimate exactly zero degrees. We don't exactly have trouble having audible-spectrum discussions about those ideas. Let's let weird-qua-weird be a thing.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:30 AM on April 29, 2016 [30 favorites]


(ha, jinx sparklemotion and beerperson!)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:30 AM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


yeah but mine is formatted like a cool artsy t-shirt design
posted by beerperson at 10:31 AM on April 29, 2016 [10 favorites]


Dammit, I already posted Guy on a Buffalo. I'm fresh out of ideas.
posted by bondcliff at 10:36 AM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


Forget what you think expected house style is for FPPs.

I'm in!

Throw self-consciousness out the window.

Ha! Impossible!

Don't think about the response your post will get.

But the last time that happened I got yelled at by.... well, everyone. Can we have a 'no yelling at the OP' rule?

This isn't a call for finely-crafted comprehensive megaposts that show off your erudition and educate the populace.

BRIDGE TOO FAR
posted by zarq at 10:36 AM on April 29, 2016 [14 favorites]


zarq there are services and groups in most major cities that can help you with that
posted by beerperson at 10:38 AM on April 29, 2016 [8 favorites]


zarq there are services and groups in most major cities that can help you with that

Maybe I'll just run for President.
posted by zarq at 10:40 AM on April 29, 2016 [9 favorites]


All the weird posts should obliquely be about social justice and zealously policed.
posted by Meatbomb at 10:41 AM on April 29, 2016 [7 favorites]


to what degree is this a dog-whistle for less "social justice" on the site?

The challenge is to do weird social justice posts. In my experience with the marvelous eccentricity to be found in the social justice world, that is, at best, a mild challenge.
posted by maxsparber at 10:41 AM on April 29, 2016 [13 favorites]


did someone say weird social justice post?

Social Justice = I JAIL STUCCOES


Traditional stucco is made of lime, sand, and water.

*Modern*, hegemonic, stucco is made of Portland cement, sand, and water which, as everyone knows is controlled by nestle these days.

Lime is added to increase the permeability and workability of modern stuccco, which is good because alkalinized materials help the body's natural energies from coming out of whack with all the EM radiation emitted by the black helicopters and ted cruz's sovereign citizen contract with pfizer and lil' debbie.

Sometimes fascistic additives such as acrylics and glass fibers are added to improve the structural properties of the stucccco - which is a polymeric boot on the face for the artisinal appropriation of traditional materials to make siding for our narwhal jails.

Stuccccccoing with these newfangled flangewibbets is usually done with what is considered a one-coat stuccccccco system ghlahrble, as opposed to the traditional three-coat pftuiii method, hastening capitalism's robot-enabled takeover of what was chhththong once a good side-income for today's emisirated proletariat.

In summary, do not get me started on plaster and mortar.
posted by lalochezia at 10:44 AM on April 29, 2016 [27 favorites]


100000 yes to this
posted by naju at 10:45 AM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


Also SOCIAL JUSTICE = Stoical Juices hahahah hahahha hahhahhhh

posted by lalochezia at 10:47 AM on April 29, 2016 [7 favorites]


Social Justice Warrior-Poet
posted by beerperson at 10:50 AM on April 29, 2016 [4 favorites]


> I will make one boring responsible adult disclaimer here that sometimes weird shit might land badly and get deleted, and that's part of the process of posting on MetaFilter and is not a big deal.
posted by cortex (staff)


That's also part of the beauty of weird. Sometimes it doesn't work, we all agree, and we all don't care. I propose that if you tag your post with #keepmefiweird you implicitly authorize the mods to give weird deletion reasons.
posted by benito.strauss at 10:52 AM on April 29, 2016 [28 favorites]


to what degree is this a dog-whistle for less "social justice" on the site?

Good try!
posted by Greg Nog at 10:54 AM on April 29, 2016 [39 favorites]


you implicitly authorize the mods to give weird deletion reasons

yes please mods do this
posted by zombieflanders at 10:54 AM on April 29, 2016 [22 favorites]


Post deleted: I awoke this morning with the taste of bones on my tongue
posted by beerperson at 10:55 AM on April 29, 2016 [20 favorites]


Also, there should be selective re-enabling of the img tag. I so so so so so want to include this image in this post.
posted by benito.strauss at 10:56 AM on April 29, 2016 [3 favorites]


This post was deleted for the following reason: This seems to be a double from Earth-2. Given the state of the multiverse, let's pass on this until the Anti-Monitor has weighed in. -- reverse cortex
posted by zombieflanders at 10:58 AM on April 29, 2016 [11 favorites]


Dammit, I thought we killed Reverse Cortex in Season 3. It's that damn wormhole recomcobulator technobabble, isn't it?
posted by briank at 11:18 AM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


you have to reverse-kill Reverse Cortex or he just becomes aliver
posted by prize bull octorok at 11:20 AM on April 29, 2016 [13 favorites]


It's like you didn't even read the series bible, I spent a lot of time on that.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:22 AM on April 29, 2016 [30 favorites]


I assume cortex is just a front for a series of Orphan Black like clones, created in an experiment to see if they could create the perfect Dune pun.

Reverse cortex is the one who got away.
posted by hobgadling at 11:22 AM on April 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


T͡͏̛̛̫̘̼̻̠̣̻͓H̶̴͕̘̱̭͖̣̱̘̞̣̻̩̘̀͢͝I͍͕͎̯̭̙̹̩̹͇̼͠S̵̛̤̪͎̼̺͙̗̟̳̭̪͡ ̷̵̠̥̝̯̝̯͍͖̭̻̱͉̦͍͇̱̺ͅI͕̜͚̱͖̠̣͘͝ͅͅS̶̗̮̖̘̼̦̯̰͔͈͔͍̜͔̝͠͠ ̷̧̩̘̤͕̟̳̺̘͓̱͖̺̮̙̬̬́͜G̷͇̗̪̤̥̠̀O҉̡͓̹͈̪͉̰͔͞O҉̴̧̛̞̺͚̖́D̸̨̢̳͚̲̣͙͙̰̦̼͚͓
posted by languagehat at 11:25 AM on April 29, 2016 [44 favorites]


Which one is reverse cortex and which one is nega cortex?
posted by beerperson at 11:27 AM on April 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm fundamentally against "keeping" anything "weird". Like the level of organization to make and market a bumper-sticker about 'keeping___weird' seems antithetical to genuine weirdness.
posted by French Fry at 11:27 AM on April 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


When metafilter gets weird, the weird turn pro.
posted by valkane at 11:28 AM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm participating!
posted by phunniemee at 11:32 AM on April 29, 2016 [6 favorites]


This is actually 100% about more social justice because it is pro diversity.

Duh.
posted by Michele in California at 11:35 AM on April 29, 2016 [4 favorites]


Guys its not May yet dont waste your weird poasts
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:54 AM on April 29, 2016 [20 favorites]


This should be a monthly tradition, no joke.
posted by Think_Long at 11:54 AM on April 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


Guys its not May yet dont waste your weird poasts

Look, some of us didn't read the full sentence, OK?
posted by phunniemee at 11:58 AM on April 29, 2016 [23 favorites]


I thought I was weirding as hard as I could but when I look at the 15 posts I've actually made over the years versus the unmade posts in my "Metafilter Ideas" bookmark folder, I realize I have a lot ot offer next month. This is very exciting.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:04 PM on April 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm in love with this request, seriously I'm writing crappy poetry about it and writing it's last name beside my first name in my jotter
posted by billiebee at 12:05 PM on April 29, 2016 [5 favorites]


so i should definitely make a post about all my various fetishes right
posted by beerperson at 12:10 PM on April 29, 2016 [4 favorites]


This should be a monthly tradition, no joke.

New tradition: every month is May
posted by Greg Nog at 12:11 PM on April 29, 2016 [31 favorites]


I'm going to make a camouflage post.

Nobody better comment on it
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:16 PM on April 29, 2016 [5 favorites]


so i should definitely make a post about all my various fetishes right

Are you sure you want to find out how depressingly average your fetishes are?
posted by Etrigan at 12:17 PM on April 29, 2016 [3 favorites]


Shit. I thought it was Keep MeFi Wired Day, so I snorted a bag of Pete's French Roast, and now I've overclocked my comment input lag. REFRESH GODDAMNIT!!!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:18 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


my fetish is sustained committed monogamy
posted by beerperson at 12:19 PM on April 29, 2016 [16 favorites]


freak
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:20 PM on April 29, 2016 [9 favorites]


:(
posted by beerperson at 12:20 PM on April 29, 2016 [3 favorites]


GASP
posted by zombieflanders at 12:21 PM on April 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


SWOON
posted by zombieflanders at 12:21 PM on April 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


Who was the user that was famous for mystery meat posts years ago? They had a number in their username? Not ikkyu2 but similar.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:25 PM on April 29, 2016


sixcolors
posted by beerperson at 12:26 PM on April 29, 2016 [9 favorites]


What's the emoji for cocked head with a jokingly stern look of dismay? Because I just gave you that one.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:28 PM on April 29, 2016 [3 favorites]


I remembered! It was hama7.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:28 PM on April 29, 2016 [6 favorites]


vote #1 quidunc kid
posted by Jesse the K at 12:29 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


sixcolors wasn't mystery meat posts, sixcolors was a mystery meat life.

I know she was problematic and not great for the site but sometimes I re-read basically her entire AskMe posting history and I enjoy it so much. Remember when she didn't understand why people didn't want to buy food out of the trunk of her car and felt angry about it?
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:32 PM on April 29, 2016 [34 favorites]


OMGWTFBBQ
posted by zarq at 12:36 PM on April 29, 2016


*immediately goes to sixcolors's profile page*
posted by Tarumba at 12:49 PM on April 29, 2016 [10 favorites]


Um, does "unlikable and despised by all" still count as weird? Asking for a friend.
posted by nom de poop at 12:49 PM on April 29, 2016 [5 favorites]


I've been called both, so: sure
posted by beerperson at 1:17 PM on April 29, 2016


Idea: a mystery meat post that ends up being entirely about mystery meat.
posted by naju at 1:22 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


lalochezia: *Modern*, hegemonic, stucco is made of Portland cement, sand, and water which, as everyone knows is controlled by nestle these days.

While visiting the historic Mount Vernon estate last week, I learned that George Washington had the buildings put up with wood exteriors, and then tarted them up to look like stone. They cut verticals into the boards to mimic the edges of stone blocks, then painted them gray and threw sand on them to change the surface profile.

And I must say that the effect is damn near perfect, too...exept when the paint starts to peel after a couple hundred years.
posted by wenestvedt at 1:27 PM on April 29, 2016


beerperson: Post deleted: I awoke this morning with the taste of bones on my tongue.

That's it, no more Malort while Mods are on duty!
posted by wenestvedt at 1:28 PM on April 29, 2016 [3 favorites]


BOOM
posted by biffa at 1:38 PM on April 29, 2016 [4 favorites]


What? What is th, what? That is too weird. You will kill all the users with, the awkward.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:44 PM on April 29, 2016


Mystery meat! Mystery meat! Are you ready for your mystery meat?

A Mystery Machine made of meat, I was thinking; then I was reminded of this:
Woman driving Scooby-Doo themed minivan evades police
That's pretty weird.
posted by octobersurprise at 1:50 PM on April 29, 2016


the level of organization to make and market a bumper-sticker about 'keeping___weird' seems antithetical to genuine weirdness.

I have a sharpie and some sticker paper! I think a lot of the keep ________ weird have been organized responses to some sort of threat-to-weirdness somewhere. I just saw a Keep Vermont Weird sticker and was wondering "Huh what happened to make someone want one of these?"
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 1:50 PM on April 29, 2016 [3 favorites]


More and more places are in the pocket of Big Weird.
posted by naju at 1:56 PM on April 29, 2016 [27 favorites]


like what specific occurrence caused someone to think that vermont had in some way been deweirdened, it must've been big
posted by poffin boffin at 1:57 PM on April 29, 2016 [3 favorites]


maybe someone's dad found crushed up adderalls on their collection of antique irons
posted by poffin boffin at 1:59 PM on April 29, 2016 [14 favorites]


That antique iron adderall question made me wonder if I'd unknowingly taken something or smacked my head with an antique iron or something. MeFi was weird that day indeed.

I really like this idea and I have a few post ideas that I never put up because I thought they were weird and not quite the standard posts. I'm going to be travelling, but I'll try to get a few posted. But if they're deleted I absolutely want weird reasons.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 2:07 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yes to this. I personally will dig deep into whatever available reservoirs of weirdness I can locate and do my best to actually post again, despite how intimidating I still find that whole experience.

Re: to what degree is this a dog-whistle for less "social justice" on the site?

I know that this has been covered, but to the extent that the chain of causation for this remark begins with a sentence that I wrote, which was I swear to [entity of your choosing] not a dogwhistle for anything, I would love more than words can properly express if we could not do that fight. (I would love it so much that this is the last thing I will even attempt to say about it, and I ask everyone's forbearance for having posted even this much in response.)
posted by brennen at 2:09 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


> BOOM

I ... don't believe I've ever heard Prince Harry speak before, much less heard the word "BOOM" spoken in that high English accent, that has includes snarky undertones.

I am currently making faces in my cubicle trying to recreate the mouth shape to produce such a sound. SPOILER: I don't think we *have* that sound in my Fargo-esque accent, donchaknow.
posted by jillithd at 2:21 PM on April 29, 2016 [3 favorites]


If anyone needs a starting point for a post: Make The Rock Hall Weird
posted by DanSachs at 2:24 PM on April 29, 2016


griphus, I'll admit I flagged your post earlier today as "Other". I had not yet seen this Meta. Now it makes more sense.
posted by Roger Dodger at 2:25 PM on April 29, 2016


assuming this counts (posted a couple of days ago)
posted by philip-random at 2:25 PM on April 29, 2016


I would love more than words can properly express if we could not do that fight.
Which, in and of itself, would be somewhat weird.
posted by dg at 2:27 PM on April 29, 2016


I'm going to make a camouflage post.
Nobody better comment on it


I'm going to comment, but you won't be able to see it.
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:48 PM on April 29, 2016


Does a post about the non-edible uses of cheese fall into this category?
posted by Wordshore at 3:00 PM on April 29, 2016 [6 favorites]


STILL WAITING WORDSHORE
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 3:03 PM on April 29, 2016 [14 favorites]


> assuming this counts (posted a couple of days ago)

Counts? It wins some kind of award.
posted by benito.strauss at 3:11 PM on April 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


Excellent. I'd like to gift you all a music. With video.
posted by sapagan at 3:20 PM on April 29, 2016


BLBLBLBLBLBLBLBLBLBLBL!
posted by Kabanos at 3:28 PM on April 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


My weird post already got axed. Mods are in training
posted by adamvasco at 3:33 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


Could someone explain to me what sixcolors' friend was planning to do with the broken CD in this comment? Was there some weird period that I missed where shards of CD's were drug paraphernalia?
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 3:46 PM on April 29, 2016


My weird post already got axed.

Your post didn't get axed for being weird, it got axed because the specific content of it was making a ton of people uncomfortable, regardless of otherwise understandable interest in talking about the larger biographical/outsider-art topic. Please don't use this thread as a random staging ground for an argument about this.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:53 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


I don't have anything to post, but I wanted to point out that this is probably the FPP I think about most often. I'm sad that the link is dead. Here it is on the Way Back Machine.
posted by tofu_crouton at 4:01 PM on April 29, 2016


Couple of comments deleted; purple monkey ashtray doll head washing machine Ed Asner cosplay transmission.
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 4:05 PM on April 29, 2016 [18 favorites]


Metafilter needs more Ed Asner cosplay transmission, not less. This is bullshit.
posted by Meatbomb at 4:29 PM on April 29, 2016 [10 favorites]


Could someone explain to me what sixcolors' friend was planning to do with the broken CD in this comment? Was there some weird period that I missed where shards of CD's were drug paraphernalia?

I assume it was to make lines? I've never seen anyone do that, but it seems like it would do the trick.
posted by nobody at 4:29 PM on April 29, 2016


That's all I could come up with, but I can't actually make it make any sense in my head. Like, in what possible universe is a CD (either a rounded edge when unbroken, or a jagged edge when broken) the best available an acceptable implement for drawing lines or crushing/chopping drugs?

Anyway, thank you for my daily weird, thread.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 4:39 PM on April 29, 2016


It was to tie off with. You used to unwind cassette tapes for that, but after a while nobody had cassettes anymore, so you had to use CDs.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:41 PM on April 29, 2016 [22 favorites]


Weird is what I often went for with my FPPs. And, for whatever reason, I haven't posted in a long time. I'm in!
posted by defenestration at 4:42 PM on April 29, 2016


And to celebrate this idea, here is the FPP of which I am most proud.

#keepmefiweird
posted by defenestration at 4:47 PM on April 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


Alright Metafilter, Let's Get Weird.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 5:06 PM on April 29, 2016


a thought from someone who never much saw the point in Weird Al.

My issue being, that would be like Monty Python having called itself Funny Python, or Weird Python. Maybe it's an American vs English thing (of which we Canadians are oft stuck in the middle), but I can't help but object to being told how I'm supposed to think about something. So yeah, I think I'd rate Weird Al higher if he'd just tagged himself Al Yankovic.

Which is my long way of suggesting that I think weird works best when it's not tagged as such. It just is.
posted by philip-random at 5:30 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


Maybe he's not telling us to think he's weird; maybe it's just how he sees himself and we are left to arrive at our own conclusions.

Overall I get your point to an extent - like I get the same reaction when people describe themselves or others as "random". At the same time, I am largely grateful for these descriptors, such as "scary movie" or "speed metal", even though these descriptors are also subjective, like "weird". I gain a greater understanding of what those appelations mean, and I have some degree of knowledge of what to expect if I encounter them again, so I can choose to avoid or pursue at will. And in a Metafilter context of trying to encourage people to use a month to make posts of a particular stripe, some kind of general label for that stripe is pretty helpful.
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 5:48 PM on April 29, 2016 [3 favorites]


Defenestration I am crying with laughter
posted by Tarumba at 6:00 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


CTRL + F "wierd"

No results.

You are my people.
posted by AFABulous at 6:01 PM on April 29, 2016 [7 favorites]


That makes me really happy, Tarumba! It's truly a marvelous video that requires no context or explanation. A perfect storm, really.

The timing and editing and framing, not to mention the content and its presentation... it's just so damn good.
posted by defenestration at 6:08 PM on April 29, 2016


And my face feels better for having read your post. Total win.
posted by heyho at 6:14 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


I have a sharpie and some sticker paper! I think a lot of the keep ________ weird have been organized responses to some sort of threat-to-weirdness somewhere. I just saw a Keep Vermont Weird sticker and was wondering "Huh what happened to make someone want one of these?"

I would have thought Vermont was immune from gentrification and an influx of Californians, which is what usually seems to trigger those stickers.

I am all for fun posts. Concepts of weird might vary, but I always appreciate light-hearted and odd posts here.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:57 PM on April 29, 2016


Of course, based on the "i before e" rule, Weird is spelled... well, weirdly.

I've always wondered why I failed to get recognized as one of MeFi's weirdest members and the comments here showed me something: ONEswellfoop = 1/6 X sixcolors = 1/7 X hama7. Planning to add sockpuppet named "8swellfoops" on May 1st.
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:10 PM on April 29, 2016


metafilter welcomes the weird. no wonder i like it here
posted by soakimbo at 7:17 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


CTRL + F "wierd"

No results.

You are my people.


Welp, that was a one-shot deal.
posted by Celsius1414 at 7:41 PM on April 29, 2016 [5 favorites]


My cousin has a Keep Austin Weird t-shirt. And his name is Austin. So far, best and most satisfying context in which I have see a Keep ___ Weird appear.
posted by likeatoaster at 8:24 PM on April 29, 2016 [16 favorites]


This is awesome. I am going to find some weird shit!
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 8:27 PM on April 29, 2016


Keep Weird Metafilter
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 8:28 PM on April 29, 2016


Dibs on zombo.com.
posted by Literaryhero at 8:33 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


My issue being, that would be like Monty Python having called itself Funny Python, or Weird Python. Maybe it's an American vs English thing (of which we Canadians are oft stuck in the middle), but I can't help but object to being told how I'm supposed to think about something. So yeah, I think I'd rate Weird Al higher if he'd just tagged himself Al Yankovic.

It's like those pins that say "Why Be Normal" (which always seem to lack terminal punctuation). Nobody is more normal than the people who put these pins on their messenger bags.
posted by scratch at 8:33 PM on April 29, 2016


Also, I wouldn't mind seeing more posts about hovercrafts, with or without eels.
posted by scratch at 8:38 PM on April 29, 2016 [3 favorites]


I like boring documentaries. My kids tease me by telling me there's a documentary about the history of yarn on TV.

But there never is :(

Would a post about documentar(ies) about yarn be weird, or just boring?
posted by double block and bleed at 8:43 PM on April 29, 2016 [12 favorites]


Weird! Do it!
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 8:45 PM on April 29, 2016


This is a good idea and I just want to add that the Ron Paul Funeral City was one of my favorite discoveries on Metafilter.
posted by mcmile at 8:51 PM on April 29, 2016


It's like those pins that say "Why Be Normal"

Read it as "Why? Be Normal."
posted by Literaryhero at 8:58 PM on April 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


> Would a post about documentar(ies) about yarn be weird, or just boring?

Boring can be weird too. Post it and we'll find out together.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:00 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


double block and bleed:

I like boring documentaries. My kids tease me by telling me there's a documentary about the history of yarn on TV.

But there never is :(


Unto to you and your offspring, I bequeath...

Scotland's Wool Industry : Border Weave - 1941 Textiles Industry / Educational Documentary
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:04 PM on April 29, 2016 [13 favorites]


Oopsie. The edit window closed. Should have been this link...
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:16 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


Premature May-o (I honestly had not seen this post)
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:48 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


Well, this post has serious Weird Potential, so I started the ball rolling.
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:56 PM on April 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


so I started the ball rolling.

This happened earlier this evening over on Facebook. Further comment feels superfluous.
posted by philip-random at 12:00 AM on April 30, 2016


Oh hi guys, I am here.
posted by louche mustachio at 2:18 AM on April 30, 2016 [4 favorites]


reverse cortex

I think you mean Xetroc, actually...
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 3:11 AM on April 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


Most people who talk about "Keeping [whatever] Weird" tend to be boring, in my experience.
posted by jonmc at 6:17 AM on April 30, 2016


I the next few days I'll put up a post about Hell Interface. If there wasn't a no-self links clause, I'd even put up my NIN Hurt cover, guest vocals by an Amiga 500.
posted by lmfsilva at 6:19 AM on April 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


the level of organization to make and market a bumper-sticker about 'keeping___weird' seems antithetical to genuine weirdness.

I like our local slogan better.
posted by octothorpe at 7:17 AM on April 30, 2016 [4 favorites]


My posts are the weirdest. Ask anyone and they'll tell you. People tell me all the time. They tell me "Aya, your ideas are deeply weird and they speak to me." So I have a mandate. I am answering the call and I will bring you weirdness so classy you'll puke. Join me! Let's make Metafilter weird again!

*backflips into the waiting talons of a giant owl wearing a bowler hat, soars heavenwards*
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 7:42 AM on April 30, 2016 [4 favorites]


reverse cortex

I think you mean Xetroc, actually...


Also, we have to trick him into saying his own name to get news.metafilter.com created. ;)
posted by Celsius1414 at 8:21 AM on April 30, 2016


Ooh, I've got a good one, hang onto your hats (that was a clue)
posted by sexyrobot at 8:22 AM on April 30, 2016


"Why be, Normal?"
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:45 AM on April 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


I saw this across the back of a truck window in Wendover, Nevada. I am adding quotes just to slip it into the dimension.

"Nut" up or shut up. (This was in a hand lettered arc.)
posted by Oyéah at 9:04 AM on April 30, 2016


No, Weird Al means Eldrich Al, like you're listening to how other kids are starving in Japan but then you visualize the plains of Leng.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 10:44 AM on April 30, 2016 [4 favorites]


"Why be, Normal?"

My dad sometimes signs letters:

Love,
Y.B. Normal

He actually is deeply strange.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:59 AM on April 30, 2016 [6 favorites]


We use a lot of normal saline at work. Sometime last year I went around everywhere we store this and added a bottle labeled "Weird Saline."

Nobody's ever said anything about it and the bottles are all still there.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 12:06 PM on April 30, 2016 [22 favorites]


If there wasn't a no-self links clause, I'd even put up my NIN Hurt cover, guest vocals by an Amiga 500.
Post it in Projects; someone else will put it on the Blue within hours.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:45 PM on April 30, 2016 [3 favorites]


> "Why be, Normal?"

Actually, N be normal. And T be tangent and B be binormal.

(I could probably enjoy hanging with Dad Pterodactyl.)
posted by benito.strauss at 2:35 PM on April 30, 2016 [4 favorites]


Post it in Projects; someone else will put it on the Blue within hours.

Why not. Here it is.
posted by lmfsilva at 3:04 PM on April 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


My semester ends in May, and I've been planning on doing a megapost about witch movies since, like, forever. But then I worry that no one will be interested, or that all I'll come up with is a bunch of movie trailers, and it won't even be a comprehensive list because I forgot to include The Witch's Hammer, or something. Is there a way to workshop a post before you, er, post it?
posted by teponaztli at 3:24 PM on April 30, 2016 [2 favorites]


teponaztli, I would say just post it - part of the joy is seeing people add links to bits you may have forgotten/overlooked/missed. But if you want a pair of eyes, I don't mind taking a look before you post, for what it is worth. I'm sure there are lots of others here who would help.

I'm trying to think about something weird to do a post on, so I'm looking forward to all the others.
posted by nubs at 3:29 PM on April 30, 2016 [4 favorites]


"May We Keep Metafilter Weird"?
posted by bleep at 5:38 PM on April 30, 2016


Please, just try to make sure Weird MetaFilter is better than Weird Twitter. PLEASE!
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:59 PM on April 30, 2016


I posted about soccer playing robots recently. More weird robots, please. Hint: almost all robots are extremely weird.
posted by deathpanels at 9:27 PM on April 30, 2016


Onwendeð wyrda gesceaft weoruld under heofonum.
posted by Segundus at 5:17 AM on May 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


yessssssss
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:16 AM on May 1, 2016


You are inspiring me to curate these videos that I've been saving away on my tumblr. Thank you for facilitating this!
posted by yueliang at 6:57 AM on May 1, 2016


almost all robots are extremely weird.

That's a stereotype. And the preferred term is Automated American.
posted by jonmc at 10:51 AM on May 1, 2016 [4 favorites]


It's getting weird in here, so take off all your skin. I am getting so hot, I'm gonna take my skin off....
posted by filthy light thief at 10:55 AM on May 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


Not only is today my birthday, but you guys are going to be doing this ALL FUCKING MONTH?! Best present ever!!!!! (Thank you!)
posted by Munching Langolier at 2:16 PM on May 1, 2016 [9 favorites]


(I say, as someone who lurks on Metafilter 3-5 hours per day.)
posted by Munching Langolier at 2:18 PM on May 1, 2016


jonmc, not all robots are American.
posted by biffa at 2:25 PM on May 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yes, the term "People of Silicon" is more general.
posted by benito.strauss at 2:32 PM on May 1, 2016 [4 favorites]


Maybe if you hadn't pushed away the people who make oddball, interesting FPPs, you wouldn't need to broadcast this kind of appeal.
posted by the hot hot side of randy at 3:34 PM on May 1, 2016


Surely they weren't pushed away for making oddball FPPs, though?
posted by MoonOrb at 4:15 PM on May 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


Wow, that's a passive aggressive comment. Are you genuinely trying to make a contribution in good faith or do you just have an axe to grind, dude?
posted by sciatrix at 4:43 PM on May 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


Well, we drove away Scott Adams' sockpuppet, if that's what you mean...
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:07 PM on May 1, 2016 [4 favorites]


The 2016 election has been really weird. Has anyone done a post about that?
posted by double block and bleed at 5:16 PM on May 1, 2016 [10 favorites]


Adams has gone full Trumpazoid, by the way.
posted by Sebmojo at 5:30 PM on May 1, 2016


Is this an election year?
posted by beerperson at 7:35 PM on May 1, 2016




अजीब रहने सभी समय
धूम्रपान अजीब हर दिन
posted by not_on_display at 9:20 PM on May 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


My first contribution to Weird May is... TRAM BOWLING.
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:07 PM on May 1, 2016


I am really enjoying the results of this plan. If you can keep the pace up for an entire month, Metafilter will be (even more) awesome. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WEIRDING OUT!
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 10:18 PM on May 1, 2016 [5 favorites]


teponaztli, please ping me when you do your witch movie post. I'm super into witchy, supernatural movies and TV shows.

Anyway, I'm already on a May mission to keep my workplace weird, so maybe I'll just extend that to all of my regular haunts.
posted by limeonaire at 10:32 PM on May 1, 2016


It's getting weird in here, so take off all your skin. I am getting so hot, I'm gonna take my skin off....

Having just watched Under the Skin last night, all I can say is nopenopenope.
posted by Rhomboid at 11:08 PM on May 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


For those of you looking for inspiration for a Weird Post, mentalfloss.com has lists of 'things' for the month of May: 16 Offbeat Holidays (Hummus Day is right before Slider Day) and 11 Famous Birthdays (Salvador Dali on the 11th!).
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:24 AM on May 2, 2016


...and I was just reminded we have a Friday the 13th coming up this month. Weird Disasters?
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:26 AM on May 2, 2016


I have a final exam that day, so yes.
posted by teponaztli at 1:31 AM on May 2, 2016


teponaztli, please ping me when you do your witch movie post.

Will do! I'll probably get to it in a couple weeks when my semester is over.
posted by teponaztli at 1:32 AM on May 2, 2016


Mefi is so utterly odd at the moment, I'm laughing tears! This is great!
posted by Omnomnom at 3:22 AM on May 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Slider Day

...

Oh. Tiny burgers.
posted by Night_owl at 4:32 AM on May 2, 2016


More May events, some worthy of a Weird Post, including the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships on May 7th, the Milwaukee Pug Fest on May 15th and the Gloucester Cheese-Rolling on May 30th. Be there or be square (or at least non-weird).
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:40 AM on May 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


philip-random: "So yeah, I think I'd rate Weird Al higher if he'd just tagged himself Al Yankovic."

I know this is distressingly prosaic, and thus not weird, but - he was nicknamed that by people when he was in college, and it stuck. It wasn't explicitly a, "Hey, look at me, I'm WEIRD, people!" thing.
posted by Chrysostom at 8:04 AM on May 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


fair enough
posted by philip-random at 8:13 AM on May 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


For those of you looking for inspiration for a Weird Post,

worth pointing out -- the 50th anniversary of the Church of Satan just passed with barely any mention at all, across all the interwebs.

tho locally, adamvasco did give us Satan is an Individualist, albeit one day late.
posted by philip-random at 8:17 AM on May 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


> I think I'd rate Weird Al higher if he'd just tagged himself Al Yankovic. ...
> posted by philip-random


Beams and motes, Mr. Random, beams and motes.
posted by benito.strauss at 8:36 AM on May 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Not to be confused with the Church of Seitan.
posted by octobersurprise at 8:37 AM on May 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


> Oh. Tiny burgers.

You say that like it's a bad thing! I had a banh-mi slider just yesterday (at this place), and it was terrific. (Also, the very concept of a banh-mi slider is a little weird, so it was a great way to start the month.)
posted by languagehat at 8:52 AM on May 2, 2016


and I was just reminded we have a Friday the 13th coming up this month.

My co-worker Pete, who has a tattoo of a hockey mask in front of crossed bloody machetes, considers that a National Holiday and comes to work dressed accordingly.
posted by jonmc at 8:55 AM on May 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Not like it's a bad thing. Just that I was confused about why there would be a day to commemorate a group of people who found a wormhole between Earths that are almost the same except for one key detail, but then got lost and spent a whole bunch of seasons trying to find their way home.
posted by Night_owl at 9:34 AM on May 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


In honor of this new tradition, I propose a toast in Klingon!

IwlIj jachjaj! **

** May your blood scream!
posted by bearwife at 9:40 AM on May 2, 2016


"There's no length requirements or content requirements, just that you, the poster, thinks is odd or strange or weird or interesting in some ill-defined and alienating way."

Okay, dudes, I'm in. But, uh, I'd like to apologize beforehand for anything I post. I don't mean to blow too many minds. With cheesiness.
posted by I-baLL at 9:41 AM on May 2, 2016


I like this new metafilter lets keep it.

I would also like to just throw out there, I miss Flash Friday.
posted by shelleycat at 10:08 AM on May 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


Unfortunately no day of the week starts with H in English so we can't do HTML5 Haturday.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 10:10 AM on May 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


HTML Htursday
posted by Rock Steady at 10:13 AM on May 2, 2016 [9 favorites]


WebGL Wednesday?
posted by benito.strauss at 10:19 AM on May 2, 2016


VRML VRMondays
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:27 AM on May 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


Silverlight Sunday
posted by beerperson at 10:28 AM on May 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Ogg Vorbis/Theora Thursdays
posted by Rock Steady at 10:31 AM on May 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm probably taking this thing way too literally, am I not? I think I am. I don't care.
posted by Too-Ticky at 10:36 AM on May 2, 2016


I'm in.
posted by cjorgensen at 11:41 AM on May 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


What's really annoying is when you think "I'm in!" and you spend 30 minutes putting together a post on zit popping, then you come across a video that looks a bit familiar, then you remember - only now, because you are old and your memory is not great - that you did such a post last September.

So I've just spent 30 minutes watching fluids explode out of various parts of people's bodies (including a few I didn't think it was possible for zits to form on) for naught. Le sigh. I hate this old/memory thing.
posted by Wordshore at 12:24 PM on May 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


maybe you could put together a post about non-edible uses of cheese then, Wordshore

you're such a cheese tease
posted by sciatrix at 12:52 PM on May 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


See the blue...
posted by Wordshore at 1:12 PM on May 2, 2016


At this point, due to the election, Wordshore FPPs are responsible for 23% of all comments over the last three months.
posted by Chrysostom at 1:12 PM on May 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


This seems to be working! Mefi is looking very interesting today!
posted by Kevin Street at 2:22 PM on May 2, 2016 [3 favorites]



> I think I'd rate Weird Al higher if he'd just tagged himself Al Yankovic. ...
> posted by philip-random

Beams and motes, Mr. Random, beams and motes.


The philip-random thing does go way back to the early 1980s when random still just meant random as in "... the lack of pattern or predictability in events.[1]" Not the more recent "... buzzword used amongst mindless teenagers as a way of showing just so utterly irreverent their predictable sense of humour is" ...

But yeah, whatever. Decisions create consequences. And thus point taken.
posted by philip-random at 3:18 PM on May 2, 2016


Aw, I was just trying to have fun with you, in what I hoped was a kind of weird way. Sorry if came off as un-friendly.

I've got a similar "language slipping out from under me" problem. I decided to self-identify as a nerd back in the 70s when it meant someone who made their own sliderule and got beat up in gym class. Now it means someone who owns a lot of Star Wars Lego.
posted by benito.strauss at 3:39 PM on May 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


this is going splendidly btw nice work you goddam weirdos
posted by Sebmojo at 9:07 PM on May 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


I would like to congraulate my fellow MeFi Weirdos on getting over 48 hours into "Weird May" without a single post on the Front Page referring to "One Weird Tip", the singly most annoying chichéd phrase of the Internet era. Of course, if anyone DOES use this unfortunate sequence of words, immediate deletion of the post and a time-out for the rest of May for the poster would not be an unreasonable response.
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:06 AM on May 3, 2016


My daughter just showed me this video, and I was so excited to post it to #keepmefiweird before I discovered it had been posted in 2013.

Thanks for keeping MetaFilter's crotch unicorn healthy, everyone.
posted by Rock Steady at 5:34 AM on May 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm kind of sad that #keepmefiweird ended up not being a reference to Steven Universe finally breaking out of hiatus this month (because this is my first association with "keep _____ weird"). But it is bringing on some nifty posts, so I guess that's something.
posted by ashirys at 7:29 AM on May 3, 2016


it's like a wonderful side-universe where all the posts once deleted as too-thin get to live! ❤❤❤
posted by likeatoaster at 10:12 AM on May 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


Oh, this may is going to be a hum-dinger of the first order. This is like December except, you know, weird...
posted by From Bklyn at 11:37 AM on May 3, 2016


I have a weird post idea. Is there someone here who would be wiling to help me suss it out? Not sure of the best way to approach it (I'm beanplating). MeMail me if you want. TIA.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 2:13 PM on May 3, 2016


trying real hard not to let the greyfaces get me down
posted by robocop is bleeding at 3:36 PM on May 3, 2016


So Greyface was the Moldbug of the 12th century?
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:22 PM on May 3, 2016




The modern steeplejacks of New York.

Minor Warlord busts carved from Lapis Lazuli.

Ninroot: A quest for alchemists or shady dungeon juice.

Ross Perot coffee table book and rotary hand sander.

The Styrofoam peanut art institute and flag recycling center.

Sunglasses over 5000 dollars.
posted by clavdivs at 12:03 AM on May 5, 2016


Ross Perot coffee table book and rotary hand sander.

It's an exfoliant and an expectorant!
posted by octobersurprise at 6:57 AM on May 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


So far there have been 50 posts with the keepmefiweird tag since this MeTa was posted (plus a couple that preceded it) -- more than 20% of all posts during that time.
posted by Gerald Bostock at 12:03 PM on May 5, 2016 [5 favorites]


Not enough for a FPP, but "Mom is Dating Weird Wayne"
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:33 AM on May 6, 2016 [1 favorite]


I actually just did an FPP about Mom is Dating Weird Wayne before I saw your comment. But I also include Mom, the Wolfman, and Me, because in 70s kid lit it seemed like kids were always mortified that their parents were dating weirdos.
posted by maxsparber at 8:12 AM on May 6, 2016 [1 favorite]


I am loving the onslaught of weirdness, it's been a while since I've gone, "whoa..."
posted by yueliang at 8:50 AM on May 6, 2016 [3 favorites]


People like this, we need to maintain the momentum beyond this month.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:44 PM on May 6, 2016


I found this video of Romanian leaf singing (with a walnut leaf), which I love, but I won't make a FPP out of it because I don't want it to be something that people just make fun of. But it's the sort of thing that makes me scratch my head and realize how awesome people can be, and at the very least I'll share it with you all here.
posted by teponaztli at 10:56 PM on May 6, 2016 [9 favorites]


teponaztli, this is actually pretty awesome and I love this.
posted by lunastellasol at 11:21 PM on May 6, 2016


The leaf music video is great!
posted by Dip Flash at 4:46 AM on May 7, 2016


Oh that's great. I used to live in Romania and I miss the music there.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 6:45 AM on May 7, 2016 [4 favorites]


I'm glad everyone liked it! But now I can't make a FPP because I already spoiled it here...
posted by teponaztli at 4:46 PM on May 8, 2016


Ain't any such rule. Do it!
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:55 PM on May 8, 2016 [6 favorites]


Doooooo it.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 6:30 PM on May 8, 2016 [4 favorites]


DOOOOOOOOOOO IIIIIIT
posted by Greg Nog at 7:18 PM on May 8, 2016 [2 favorites]


OMG I do leaf singing and I had no idea it was a thing! I thought it was just something ADD kids like me did when they were bored as fuck at summer camp and laying on some grassy space. LEAF SINGING! I AM A LEAF SINGER!

I agree with the above commenters.
Făăăăăăăăăă-ooooooooooo
posted by not_on_display at 8:49 PM on May 9, 2016 [5 favorites]


OK I posted it! Hooray! Now I really, really need to get back to my term paper.
posted by teponaztli at 9:55 PM on May 9, 2016 [6 favorites]


psst - it needs a keepmefiweird tag
posted by nubs at 2:01 PM on May 10, 2016


As someone that just overcame some serious first-FPP-posting jitters, I'd like to thank griphus for this proposal, as well as everyone that's run with and encouraged the idea. It's been a pleasantly weird month.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 4:30 PM on May 13, 2016 [9 favorites]


Going for it
posted by churl at 5:57 PM on May 17, 2016 [4 favorites]


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