Happy Fun September August 30, 2016 9:09 AM   Subscribe

As [northern hemisphere] summer winds down, [other people's] kids are back in school and [US] politics ramp up, I would like to suggest more happy and/or fun posts in September. More cats and kittens! More puppies and dogs! If you find spiders to be cute and/or amazing, post some! Whatever strikes your fancy, share it!

Caution: Happy Fun September may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds.

Happy Fun September contains a liquid core, which, if exposed due to rupture, should not be touched, inhaled, or looked at.

If Happy Fun September begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head.

Do not taunt Happy Fun September.

Happy Fun September! Accept no substitutes!
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter-Related at 9:09 AM (103 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

I am so on board with this, I'm like a hamster wearing a train engineer cap.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 9:10 AM on August 30, 2016 [37 favorites]


Happy Fun September makes me feel like a kid again!
posted by taz (staff) at 9:32 AM on August 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


I, for one, will not stand in opposition to this fun initiative.
posted by maxsparber at 9:48 AM on August 30, 2016


If this is approved I'm flagging every post not about octopuses as a derail.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:06 AM on August 30, 2016 [11 favorites]


Elephants are okay too.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:06 AM on August 30, 2016 [4 favorites]


I missed those on the first post, but I added them as tags. Please don't flag me!
posted by filthy light thief at 10:11 AM on August 30, 2016


This initiative seems like the perfect vehicle for my ongoing plan to make wombats the internet's favorite animal. We've had enough of goats in pajamas! Enough otters adorably eating their food! This is the time of the wombat!
posted by holborne at 10:50 AM on August 30, 2016 [7 favorites]


I have a real life kitten in my house.
posted by shelleycat at 10:53 AM on August 30, 2016 [13 favorites]


I HAVE JUST THE THING. I've been sitting on a set of happy fun links and was wavering about whether to do a post. *cracks knuckles* *counts down to September 1st*
posted by duffell at 11:14 AM on August 30, 2016 [2 favorites]


my ongoing plan to make wombats the internet's favorite animal.

After capybara's, which obviously stand apart.
posted by bongo_x at 11:18 AM on August 30, 2016 [5 favorites]




Come on, one rogue wombat. I once had a goat try to eat me when I was a kid, but you see the damn things looking adorable all over the place now.
posted by holborne at 11:53 AM on August 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


Vote prairie dog. Always look like they're about to break into The Watusi.
posted by Iris Gambol at 12:15 PM on August 30, 2016


you see the damn things looking adorable all over the place now.

Semi-obligatory Yo-Yo Ma chilling on the bathroom floor with a wombat.
posted by Jahaza at 12:39 PM on August 30, 2016 [10 favorites]


Under the cut stuff really seems to fit 2016 better than all this (lovely!) optimism.
posted by maryr at 12:47 PM on August 30, 2016


That doesn't square with what I know of wombats as vicious killing machines who will smash in their enemies' skulls using their very fat and dense butts.

Wasn't paying attention as I read that, thought Chura Chura was talking about my cat.
posted by maryr at 12:54 PM on August 30, 2016 [8 favorites]


That doesn't square with what I know of wombats as vicious killing machines who will smash in their enemies' skulls using their very fat and dense butts.

For some of us, this is why we love wombats. If you didn't want your head crushed by a cartilage-reinforced bum, perhaps you shouldn't have poked it into a burrow that doesn't belong to you.
posted by zamboni at 1:10 PM on August 30, 2016 [3 favorites]


maryr: Under the cut stuff really seems to fit 2016 better than all this (lovely!) optimism.

That was a bit my mental processing, as mentions of Happy Fun [Thing] automatically gets followed with "Do not taunt Happy Fun [Thing]."
posted by filthy light thief at 1:10 PM on August 30, 2016 [2 favorites]


OCTOPODES
posted by cooker girl at 1:14 PM on August 30, 2016 [2 favorites]


MORTAL WOMBAT

(Utah Saints explode onto the scene with synthesizers ablaze)
posted by Jpfed at 1:16 PM on August 30, 2016 [12 favorites]


octoPUSES
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:38 PM on August 30, 2016


Wait, are wombats the ones with square poos?

*googles*

That doesn't square with what I know of wombats as vicious killing machines who will smash in their enemies' skulls using their very fat and dense butts.

Now I really see what you did there, Chura Chura.
posted by maryr at 2:10 PM on August 30, 2016 [4 favorites]


My dad is obsessed with wombats, so I am a veritable second-hand font of wombat wisdom and dad puns.
posted by ChuraChura at 2:18 PM on August 30, 2016 [2 favorites]


This is the time of the wombat!

REMEMBER TUNNEL SEVENTEEN!

[Source.]
posted by suelac at 2:20 PM on August 30, 2016 [2 favorites]


More cats and kittens!

Check.
posted by Wordshore at 3:42 PM on August 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


Does "Happy Fun September" have to be cuddly-animal-based? I mean I could offer up some of my local fuzzies (there are two colonies of otters along the coast within a dozen miles of me), but I might prefer to fetch some of the cooler light-hearted webcomics out there... NBC and DC are threatening to air a "workplace comedy" set behind the scenes of superherodom - really? I can name FOUR webcomics that have worked off that premise for YEARS. Speaking of which, what I know of wombats I learned from Ursula Vernon & Digger. I ALWAYS remember Tunnel Seventeen. So, would you like a comics (web & dead tree) post a day from me?
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:54 PM on August 30, 2016 [2 favorites]


After capybara's, which obviously stand apart.

If the internet is to be believed capybaras mostly lie around with other animals sitting on them. No standing apart for them, they are pretty social.
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:14 PM on August 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


Aha - as I can't make an FPP on the blue out of it because of the "knowing the person" rule, this thread can do. So; an acquaintance in Seattle has a cat who likes using her room-mate...
posted by Wordshore at 4:55 PM on August 30, 2016 [9 favorites]


nothing beats tiny hedgehog birthday party for me though in the cuteness.
posted by zutalors! at 6:05 PM on August 30, 2016 [2 favorites]


"The leaves of brown
Came tumblin' down, remember

In September
in the rain"
posted by clavdivs at 6:20 PM on August 30, 2016


Somebody posted this in an election thread, and I've been watching pretty much nonstop ever since. My co-workers and I have enjoyed watching these little fuzzy milkballs grow up.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 6:26 PM on August 30, 2016 [5 favorites]


Please for the love of god yes.
posted by corb at 8:23 PM on August 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


Does "Happy Fun September" have to be cuddly-animal-based?

I hadn't assumed so, but on review, this entire thread does seem to be about cuddly animals and wombats. I'm all in favor of sharing human animals doing and creating cute things.
posted by duffell at 3:13 AM on August 31, 2016


I think it can be any untaunted happyfunthing. :)
posted by taz (staff) at 4:15 AM on August 31, 2016


Can there be one tag that everyone who writes such a post includes in the post tag list, please? That way, on gloomy days, it'll be easy to pull up just those posts and have a 100% happy list on the screen.
posted by Wordshore at 4:34 AM on August 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


HappyFunSeptember?
posted by taz (staff) at 4:46 AM on August 31, 2016 [4 favorites]


HappyFunMetember?
posted by Fizz at 4:50 AM on August 31, 2016


OctopusMonth
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 5:24 AM on August 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


OctopusMonth
YearOfTheOctopus
CephalopodCentury
OctopiForever
OctoFilter
posted by duffell at 5:55 AM on August 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


So, would you like a comics (web & dead tree) post a day from me?

As long as it's about otters.

OTTERS YOU SAID OTTERS LIVE NEAR YOU

also i'm going to need gps coordinates so i can come see the otters
posted by cooker girl at 6:01 AM on August 31, 2016 [2 favorites]


cooker girl, to tide you over, here's THIS. Not even gonna say what it is, that'd ruin the surprise.
posted by duffell at 6:08 AM on August 31, 2016 [9 favorites]


I posted a cute bird today since it's the first day of school and the Teens are already stumbling up the hill and taking my damn parking spaces.
posted by selfnoise at 6:48 AM on August 31, 2016


oneswellfoop: Does "Happy Fun September" have to be cuddly-animal-based?

taz: I think it can be any untaunted happyfunthing. :)

Yup. When I floated the idea by the mods, I mentioned soliciting MeFites for more small, fun/ amazing/ interesting things, but I got caught up on cute animals, for varying values of cute.

So anything that is fun, interesting, or amazing. Let's be chipper!

HappyFunSeptember sounds good to me!
posted by filthy light thief at 7:06 AM on August 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


cooker girl: i'm going to need gps coordinates so i can come see the otters

'Foop currently has his location mapped in his profile, and Sea Otters dot org have a page on otter spotting that covers California and Washington, with mentions of Alaska and Canada.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:22 AM on August 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


Oh, rats. I forgot August has 31 days. Oh well ... starting off early with skunk appreciation!
posted by ChuraChura at 7:48 AM on August 31, 2016 [3 favorites]


YES TO FUN
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:01 AM on August 31, 2016 [5 favorites]


Funtember!
posted by clavdivs at 8:25 AM on August 31, 2016 [2 favorites]


This seems like the appropriate time to mention that my sister got bitten by a wombat at a zoo, and the First Aider on duty refused to do anything about it. Not even a plaster.
posted by stillnocturnal at 8:31 AM on August 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


We apologise for the fault in the thread. Those responsible have been sacked.
posted by Etrigan at 8:45 AM on August 31, 2016 [4 favorites]


Funtember!

Beats Sadtember.

I'm waiting for some wag to propose "No-vember," in which all FPPs are summarily deleted by the mods with no explanation attached.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:41 AM on August 31, 2016 [16 favorites]


I could have put on the montage of my kids getting on the bus and my wife and I getting home and doing a happy dance....
posted by Nanukthedog at 10:49 AM on August 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


I approve of this plan. We're going to need a lot more fun to shore us up for the next few months.
posted by blurker at 11:25 AM on August 31, 2016


I'm waiting for some wag to propose "No-vember," in which all FPPs are summarily deleted by the mods with no explanation attached.

After Shitpost-tober, it'll be a relief tbh.
posted by duffell at 11:52 AM on August 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


Octopustober

NoPostsWithoutOctopusesvember
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:10 PM on August 31, 2016


DelightfullyFullofOctopusescember
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:10 PM on August 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


Tagged with wombat!
posted by phunniemee at 12:22 PM on August 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


This sounds lovely, but you will find me obsessively refreshing the latest election thread, unable to leave for fear of not being perpetually caught up. I haven't slept in weeks. WEEKS.
posted by Sophie1 at 1:20 PM on August 31, 2016 [3 favorites]


There are 15 more comments in the time it took me to read this thread and post. Must go back now.
posted by Sophie1 at 1:20 PM on August 31, 2016 [4 favorites]


If Happy Fun September begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head.

Personally, I plan to go out on the back porch and share a beer. No month should have to smoke alone.
posted by bonehead at 2:12 PM on August 31, 2016 [3 favorites]


Following up on Wordshore's comment, what should the One Tag To Rule Them All be? HappyFunSeptember? HappyFuntember? Something else? Apologies to Mrs. Pterodactyl for my lack of octopus-related tag suggestions.
posted by duffell at 3:39 PM on August 31, 2016




Following up on Wordshore's comment, what should the One Tag To Rule Them All be? HappyFunSeptember? HappyFuntember? Something else?

Because of the title of this post, and because...

HappyFunSeptember?
posted by taz (staff) at 12:46 PM on August 31


HappyFunSeptember sounds good to me!
posted by filthy light thief at 3:06 PM on August 31


...looks like HappyFunSeptember it is.
posted by Wordshore at 4:29 PM on August 31, 2016


OrangeDisk I'm sensing a theme to those links...
posted by cooker girl at 4:58 PM on August 31, 2016


Wordshore, my powers of skimming are officially pathetic. I missed those comments entirely, even though they were right after yours!
posted by duffell at 5:16 PM on August 31, 2016


This is probably 'meh, too thin' for a fpp but Prominent physicist FDC Willard was actually a cool cat
posted by Dashy at 5:21 PM on August 31, 2016 [2 favorites]


The Faroe Islands Sheepview project has hit the mainstream news in the last day or so. However, ICYMI, there was a MetaFilter post about this by rawrberry back in mid-July.
posted by Wordshore at 1:05 AM on September 1, 2016


Also, hmmm, if you find giant slugs cute then this may appeal to you.
posted by Wordshore at 3:35 AM on September 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


I am having a terrible day and this thread has already helped. I'm looking forward to happyfunseptember
posted by hydropsyche at 6:45 AM on September 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


OctopusMonth
YearOfTheOctopus
CephalopodCentury
OctopiForever
OctoFilter


I really 'eight it 'ere.

*ducks*
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:38 AM on September 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


Some of you may like to watch Otters Chasing A Butterfly.

the butterfly gets away
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:39 AM on September 1, 2016 [4 favorites]


Make MeFi Fun Again
posted by enjoymoreradio at 7:47 AM on September 1, 2016


Eagles! We have eagles! No fluffy eagle chicks, but full-grown (Eastern) Imperial Eagles in flight.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:53 AM on September 1, 2016


Yes please and thank you for this! I'm currently laid up with a broken leg and hand*, and need all the happy-fun-cuteness I can get. My two cats are being spectacularly useless in this area, as one finds me too boring, and the other finds me too menacing to snuggle with, entertain, or keep company in any way.

*On a couple occasions, I've found it necessary to carry a knife in my (casted) broken hand while hobbling around the house on my crutch. I've been told I bear a striking resemblance to this guy.
posted by gueneverey at 8:23 AM on September 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


I just want to note that there have been like three otter posts since my observation above about the goats and the otters. I'm just saying.
posted by holborne at 9:23 AM on September 1, 2016


On a couple occasions, I've found it necessary to carry a knife in my (casted) broken hand while hobbling around the house

Your house sounds dangerous. Stay safe.
posted by bongo_x at 10:38 AM on September 1, 2016 [6 favorites]


bengal kittens on a slide be appropriate yt

This is adorable and Bengal kittens look like a nightmare.
posted by maryr at 11:10 AM on September 1, 2016




I promise I'll be more excited about Happy Fun September after Hurricane Hermine gets off my lawn.
posted by PearlRose at 4:23 PM on September 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


Here's a baby bat drinking a banana smoothie.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:28 AM on September 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


What is Happy Fun Slothtember without sloths?

(Not as happy or as much fun. That is what.)
posted by picopebbles at 9:33 AM on September 2, 2016


This is too thin for a post and also might make people sad because she's gone, but it's also Happy Fun because it's amazing so I'll share it here for those that might appreciate good things.

Whitney Houston performs I Have Nothing at the 1993 Billboard Music Awards
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:38 AM on September 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Here's a baby bat drinking a banana smoothie.

Where'd I put that thing, hang on... oh! Here it is: 😍

😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

LITTLE BAT EARS AND BAT NOSE AND BAT TONGUE

I NEED TO KNOW, WHEN LITTLE BABY BATS GET EXCITED, DO THEY GO FLIP-FLAP-FLIP WITH THEIR LITTLE BAT WINGS?
posted by duffell at 10:41 AM on September 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Have enjoyed the other posts so far on HappyFunSeptember and have just contributed one (am assuming that the meaning of HappyFunSeptember extends to calming and relaxing). Considering it's only the 2nd of the month, it's a good collection of FPPs alread. Excellent suggestion, filthy light thief.
posted by Wordshore at 2:59 PM on September 2, 2016


Too thin for a FPP (although I was awfully tempted), a dog groomer gets caught by his wife having WAY too much fun at work.
posted by Fig at 2:46 AM on September 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


I don't think it's enough for an FPP on it's own, but this little guy made me lol.
posted by shelleycat at 6:32 AM on September 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


Thanks, shellycat. I used that to launch the #HappyFunSeptember tag on Facebook.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:03 AM on September 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Mocking Cat is ancient but it still cracks me up.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:52 PM on September 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


HappyFunSeptember is the best. <3 <3 <3 filthy light thief
posted by moira at 7:40 PM on September 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


My new baby cousin was entering her third week in the NICU, but she went home this morning! HappyFunSeptember indeed!!!!
posted by ChuraChura at 9:00 PM on September 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


I've been so busy with this rolling panda, guys.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 10:24 PM on September 3, 2016 [3 favorites]

This initiative seems like the perfect vehicle for my ongoing plan to make wombats the internet's favorite animal. We've had enough of goats in pajamas! Enough otters adorably eating their food! This is the time of the wombat!
posted by holborne at 5:50 on August 31 [6 favorites +] [!]
I support this initiative,

Signed
posted by Combat Wombat at 11:14 PM on September 3, 2016 [10 favorites]


Dogs and cats? How about one of each?
posted by SisterHavana at 1:04 AM on September 6, 2016 [3 favorites]


Everyone needs a kitty for a pillow.
posted by taz (staff) at 3:47 AM on September 6, 2016 [2 favorites]


Hurricane Hermine trashed my Labor Day weekend and left me without power for 4 days.... so maybe the rest of September will be more on the Happy Fun side of things.
posted by PearlRose at 7:02 AM on September 6, 2016


Open Puppies
posted by phunniemee at 3:54 PM on September 6, 2016


For anyone who needs a happy funtime cute break, I have (temporarily) pasted a link in my profile into the "Status" field. Spoiler alert: it's a photo of duffellbaby and duffellcat cuddling together earlier today. (The baby was totally safe, the cat is very gentle and patient with her.)
posted by duffell at 5:23 PM on September 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


Thank you for proposing HappyFunSeptember, filthy light thief! What a great idea. Thanks to all of the folks who've been posting! I'm enjoying the posts very much.
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 10:22 PM on September 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


Johnny Wallflower -- you are slaying #HappyFunSeptember with a near-daily awesome FPP. Good work!
posted by Fig at 7:43 AM on September 15, 2016 [4 favorites]


Aww, thanks. Here's something to tide you over until my posting window opens again:

Puppy just wants to slide
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:29 AM on September 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


Ditto of thanks to filthy light thief and Johnny Wallflower, and everyone else who has contributed posts. Halfway point of September today, and am hoping for more.

I'm currently drafting a post based around English village fetes and shows because of this request (my response), but it's taking a while as it's problematic - keeps sliding into Great British Bake Off Mel and Sue territory. Which is quite easy to do with English village shows, unfortunately.

An example: the Muker Grand Annual Show. Go see the 2016 Show Schedule (direct link: PDF) and turn to page 14. Read category 57.

Now try and explain that to someone who is not from rural England.

Anyway, I'll do the best I can and will post soon.
posted by Wordshore at 1:04 PM on September 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


I am willing to bet that people have been straight-up murdered over the Wensleydale Press Perpetual Cup.
posted by Etrigan at 1:10 PM on September 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Northern hemisphere USian thoroughly depressed with the election, summer ending, work stress, and Great British Bake Off news, and I have been rolling in Happy Fun September like a panda on a hill. Thank you all, you beautiful goofballs! <3
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 6:09 AM on September 17, 2016 [1 favorite]


There's a week of September left, and 75 posts tagged so far.
posted by Wordshore at 6:48 AM on September 24, 2016


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