But let the damn post jump the tracks, and see who catches hell. January 4, 2017 9:01 AM   Subscribe

I was looking for something in my history, when I ran across this Metatalk thread, that just turned into this rather quickly. Wondering if anyone else might have a favored example that's worth sharing. (Yes, I find funny derails -of the thread variety- entertaining.)
posted by pjern to MetaFilter-Related at 9:01 AM (74 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I dunno, the pee in the sink thread?
posted by Melismata at 9:28 AM on January 4 [1 favorite]


That pee in the sink thread is horrifying and now I have to go wash my hands from just reading it.
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 9:48 AM on January 4 [4 favorites]


And if you want more, there's a MeTa.
posted by Melismata at 9:51 AM on January 4


pee in the sink thread

Ha, that's still showing up as flagged for me. Interesting that the little reminder sticks around. I wonder if I could find the oldest thing I've flagged.
posted by ODiV at 10:07 AM on January 4 [1 favorite]


Okay, I don't think that's really possible, so I'm just going to flag the oldest thing on mefi instead.
posted by ODiV at 10:21 AM on January 4 [6 favorites]


That pee in the sink thread is horrifying and now I have to go wash my hands from just reading it.

Hopefully not in a sink.
posted by Atom Eyes at 11:02 AM on January 4 [7 favorites]


I thoroughly enjoyed this thread about the best Halloween candy. It didn't exactly jump the rails, but it was some of the best civil discourse I've seen on MetaFilter.
posted by INFJ at 11:52 AM on January 4


Man, I missed that Halloween candy thread due to being at a professional conference, but if I hadn't I would have shared the fact that my kid got THREE DRINKS in his bag this year, one of which was a motherfucking can of Diet Pepsi. Caffeine-free, but still. WHO DOES THAT?

The other two drinks were a Yoo-Hoo and one of those bug juice drinks in a the plastic barrel with the foil peel-off lid. Which... aren't much better. Plus, drinks smush the Reese's, which are the only decent candy in every kid's Halloween bag.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 12:36 PM on January 4 [2 favorites]


WHO DOES THAT?

People who ran out of or forgot to buy candy.
posted by Etrigan at 12:39 PM on January 4 [1 favorite]


When I was a kid, there was one house that gave out ice-cold cans of pop, and those people were flipping superstars. Trick-or-treating is thirsty work! Though I do agree that Diet Pepsi is foul stuff - Coke or nothing ...
posted by DingoMutt at 12:44 PM on January 4 [1 favorite]


there was one house that gave out ice-cold cans of pop

Yes, but flip-flops in the summer, AMIRITE
posted by grumpybear69 at 12:59 PM on January 4


We had a neighbor who handed out hot cider (it's really cold here on Halloween) which was great except for the fact that kids would toss their cider cups nearly anywhere (it's a rural neighborhood, no trash cans) and it was worse than a thorough TPing.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 1:09 PM on January 4 [2 favorites]


the halloween candy thread was hilarious and 3 months later i'm still cackling at the concept of "fresh" candy corn, like just picked, fresh off the candy corncob, the fruits of Old Farmer Candy's hard labor
posted by poffin boffin at 1:09 PM on January 4 [12 favorites]


Ugh. Old Mefi can be disturbing. People are defending "I'd hit it" in the pee MetaTalk.
posted by agregoli at 1:16 PM on January 4 [1 favorite]


oh lord the sinkpee thread is a glorious treasure trove of hilarrible man-gems
posted by poffin boffin at 1:18 PM on January 4 [1 favorite]


ODiV, your first flag was in 2005 - frimble went and found it, just for fun. I'll mefimail it to you.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 1:27 PM on January 4 [17 favorites]


ODiV, it's been 11 years now. You really should have moved on faster than that after flagging it.
posted by ambrosen at 1:45 PM on January 4 [13 favorites]


I was at a conference for the Hallowe'en thread as well, which is really too bad as I have very important opinions about Nerds (the best) and candy corn. Oh well.
posted by Sophie1 at 1:51 PM on January 4 [1 favorite]


My first boyfriend used to pee in the sink of his room in University Halls and later in a bedsit he rented - the kitchen sink in that case ffs - both of which had a shared bathroom in the hall which he couldn't be arsed visiting in the night. He made no bones about this as I found out on my first sleepover. So I've always known the sinkpee truth and thought I had come to terms with the mank and also assumed it was a young man/studenty thing. But this just made me turn to my partner in the middle of him watching football to ask out of the blue "Have you ever peed in a sink" to which he replied, bemusedly, "Yes. Um, why?" "Oh, you know, Metafilter" (him:eyeroll)
"So, like, when?" He didn't go to Uni so where was he, I wondered, that he couldn't make it to the toilet?
"Not sure."
"But, as an adult?"
"Well I couldn't reach when I was a kid."
"Yeah, but as a proper adult? Like after you were married [to ex-wife]?"
Looks sheepish "Yeah."
"But where were you that you were peeing in a sink when you were a grown up?"
"You know, like a B&B with a vanity in the room."
"You were on holiday as an adult with your wife and you peed in the sink with her in the room?? She had to brush her teeth in it!!"
"I mean it's not toxic, and you rinse it down after."
"WHO EVEN ARE YOU"

Once again, MeFi shines an unwelcome light on something that was quite happily living in the dark and stinking of piss.
posted by billiebee at 2:05 PM on January 4 [16 favorites]


Is it ok to say "not every man" here? I've never pissed in a sink.
posted by double block and bleed at 2:20 PM on January 4 [6 favorites]


And not every woman hasn't.

(I'm sorry billiebee! So so sorry!)
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:25 PM on January 4 [14 favorites]


poffin boffin: the halloween candy thread was hilarious and 3 months later i'm still cackling at the concept of "fresh" candy corn, like just picked, fresh off the candy corncob, the fruits of Old Farmer Candy's hard labor

Everyone knows that candy corn is mechanically harvested these days, which is why that peak freshness is all the more elusive. (But seriously, there's nothing worse than wanting a bit of candy, then digging through your house to find an open bag of old candy corn, which only upon biting into do you realize has actually turned to candy-colored rocks.)

So, what is everyone's favorite (or favourite) winter holiday candy? There's still time to pick up discounted goods, as I can attest to with a bag full of peppermint oddities, along with a few chocolate oranges that will magically appear on my co-workers desk tomorrow when they aren't looking.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:36 PM on January 4


You really should have moved on

Well I would if they would just delete the things I tell them to.
posted by ODiV at 2:36 PM on January 4 [6 favorites]


fresh off the candy corncob,

I vaguely remember thinking that candy corn on a candy cob, would be a cute and/or marketable idea.
posted by jonmc at 4:09 PM on January 4


Of course, that would need candy butter, too, right. And if we're talking elotes....welll

*heads for drawing board*
posted by jonmc at 4:10 PM on January 4 [1 favorite]


brb making candy tacos out of candy corn tortillas
posted by Huffy Puffy at 4:19 PM on January 4 [8 favorites]


Not to derail, but "Not to derail, but" appears on Metafilter 1,170 times according to Google.
posted by duffell at 4:43 PM on January 4 [9 favorites]


what is everyone's favorite (or favourite) winter holiday candy?

Ghirardelli peppermint square/bark things. It sits next to Peanut Butter M&M's as the only candy I can sit and eat the entire bag of.

Technically a lot of people treat Ferrero Rocher as holiday candy, but it can be had any time of year and so I don't count it as such.
posted by INFJ at 5:25 PM on January 4 [1 favorite]


And not every woman hasn't.

No so really one of the most "wait wtf is this a thing" moments I ever experienced while consuming media was the first time I watched the movie Brodeuses (otherwise a quiet, sweet little French film) and the teenaged main character's female friend, during a sleepover, gets up and sits on the sink in her bedroom (which in itself is an odd idea to a non-European, though I can appreciate the practicality) and pees in it. And then doesn't wipe? I don't think? I had always rolled my eyes at the tired stereotype that the French were any less hygienic or more earthy but that gave my own teenaged self significant pause.

I am sorry to have returned to the subject after the nice change to delicious candy but I just.
posted by notquitemaryann at 5:40 PM on January 4 [2 favorites]


Once again, MeFi shines an unwelcome light on something that was quite happily living in the dark and stinking of piss.

I am still traumatized, having turned to my two best beloved people in all the world to laugh about the weirdo disgusting freaky people who think peeing in the shower is okay as a result of MeFi... only to find they both are like "yeah, saves on water and time, peeing in shower makes TOTAL sense."

traumatized
posted by sciatrix at 9:03 PM on January 4 [4 favorites]


halloween candy

I seem to recall an interesting back and forth here on whether circus peanuts are "good" candy (spoiler: they are), but I can't recall where or when.
posted by SpacemanStix at 9:35 PM on January 4 [1 favorite]


In this fraught and complicated world, shouldn't we all take a moment to be thankful we can pee into anything with proper drainage?

(As long as we flush it clean with water afterwards.)
posted by sebastienbailard at 11:36 PM on January 4


The golden age of the sinkpissers must have been the time after indoor plumbing replaced chamberpots but before a bathroom in every appartment became standard. I don't see much reason for it these days.
posted by Dr Dracator at 3:16 AM on January 5


I knew some girls in college who relied on it
posted by thelonius at 4:35 AM on January 5


Going off the rails was a lot easier when there were images to go along with it.

(Taken from this thread.)
posted by charred husk at 6:25 AM on January 5 [4 favorites]


Oh, man, the Halloween candy thread. I was gonna proclaim about KitKats being the ür-candy, but I restrained myself to some Nerds love. Which is good, because the very next week while raiding the office stash of leftover candy, I came across this affront unto all that is good and right. The chocolate they use to make the specialty bars is somehow of lower quality than the plain old stuff that goes into Hershey bars.
posted by Mayor West at 6:38 AM on January 5


I came across this affront unto all that is good and right.

I hope you mailed that to Nestlé with a strongly worded letter so they can send you a bunch of free KitKats in the mail.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 6:50 AM on January 5 [1 favorite]


As someone who does a fair amount of Chocolatier-ing for fun, the quality of the chocolate in Hershey bars is not that high to begin with. It's a ratio thing. Lots of sugar and cocoa butter, but not so much chocolate solids. The purpose of a chocolate coating is not to hinder the eating of the candy and make things taste chocolatey. I would be shocked if it's indeed "chocolate" and not "chocolate flavored coating"
posted by INFJ at 7:06 AM on January 5


The golden age of the sinkpissers

I see where you did what you did there.

Also: user name!
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:16 AM on January 5 [2 favorites]


I seem to recall an interesting back and forth here on whether circus peanuts are "good" candy (spoiler: they are), but I can't recall where or when.

Wherever/whenever it was, the conclusion was surely that they are not.

They are good insulation; they are good packing material; they are not good candy.
posted by headnsouth at 8:35 AM on January 5


It took me a minute to figure out what was wrong with the Kit Kat bar; I was too busy dealing with WHO EATS A KIT KAT HORIZONTALLY WHAT IN THE EVERLOVING WHAT?

I mean, that's a screwed up candy bar, sure, but there may be bigger issues here.
posted by Mchelly at 8:45 AM on January 5 [1 favorite]


you guys did you know that there are DARK CHOCOLATE MINT KIT KATS?

(i think that discovery counts as the only good thing in 2016 for me)
posted by rabbitrabbit at 9:34 AM on January 5 [1 favorite]


I had one yesterday and it was sort of a surprise. Like I was like "Oh cool, green wrapper" and then was like "WTF THIS IS TOOTHPASTE" and then settled in and it was pretty ok.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 10:01 AM on January 5


Let me introduce you to the wide range of kit-kat flavors in Japan, rabbitrabbit.
posted by INFJ at 10:04 AM on January 5 [2 favorites]


traumatized

I'd like to know what the rest of you do when you wake up with both a full bladder and an erection. Or maybe I don't, but try me.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 10:09 AM on January 5 [1 favorite]


you guys did you know that there are DARK CHOCOLATE MINT KIT KATS?

I did know this and I found them INCREDIBLY disappointing. The mint chocolate SHOULD be in the wafers, but instead it is a normal Kit Kat coated in overly mint flavored chocolate. It's so close to being good and they totally blew it.

I can report that the triple chocolate Kit Kats from Halloween were pretty good though. And as I went searching for that link, I came across these red velvet Valentines' specials that I will have to buy and force upon treat Trivia taters to.
posted by maryr at 10:18 AM on January 5 [2 favorites]


Mr. Yuck: I'd like to know what the rest of you do when you wake up with both a full bladder and an erection.

It's explained in the thread. But if you really don't want to read it, do a search for 'giraffe'.
posted by Too-Ticky at 10:41 AM on January 5


This year Lindt made white chocolate peppermint truffles (which I'd never seen before) and I bought out the half-off stock at Target last week because they're AWESOME. Far better than the Hershey's kiss version, which are kind of awful but I usually eat a pound or so of them every winter anyway.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 10:52 AM on January 5 [1 favorite]


Why does peppermint with chocolate have to be a winter / Xmas thing anyway? I'm especially looking at you, Trader Joes.
posted by Mchelly at 11:01 AM on January 5


Even if I liked Kit-Kats, which I don't, their commercials send my misophonia receptors through the roof. (#1 in this buzzfeed list of horrible commercials)
posted by headnsouth at 11:20 AM on January 5


Oh yeah, I've had my share of strange Kit Kat flavors, INFJ, thanks to my proximity to an Uwajimaya for many years. The green tea ones are awesome.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 12:23 PM on January 5 [1 favorite]


Even if I liked Kit-Kats, which I don't, their commercials send my misophonia receptors through the roof. (#1 in this buzzfeed list of horrible commercials)

Somewhere in my Garbage Idea File is: recreate that commercial with a disgustingly smushy unappetizing food, like uncooked hot dogs. Smurtsh furt mish moosh! Mursh brsh spish skosh! Break me off a piece of that skmish sklep sklorp!
posted by knuckle tattoos at 1:33 PM on January 5 [3 favorites]


It was a utility sink, ok? And I was desperate.
posted by The corpse in the library at 1:35 PM on January 5 [3 favorites]


I'm a big fan of the many, many highly contentious What To Wear Indoors threads. (FYI, it's hats yes, shoes no. It is known.)
posted by Sys Rq at 1:49 PM on January 5 [1 favorite]


I'd like to know what the rest of you do when you wake up with both a full bladder and an erection.

NEITHER OF THEM ARE CAPABLE OF ERECTIONS, I MAINTAIN MY TRAUMA
posted by sciatrix at 1:56 PM on January 5 [2 favorites]


To be fair, the only thing in that thread that really made me do a double take is the bit where someone asked if men talk at the urinals. Which, to be frank, is just as ridiculous as saying "Well, if you take an empty water bottle in with you, you can save some of your pee in case you need it later".
posted by ambrosen at 2:15 PM on January 5


Sink-peeing! Winter candy! Two great... tastes... that... go... great...

No, no, let's not.
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:16 PM on January 5 [1 favorite]


'Tis a willy place.
posted by maryr at 2:19 PM on January 5 [1 favorite]


Sorry sciatrix, we part ways on the peeing in the shower divide. What?! It's not like you use the shower tray for anything other than your feet and any fule kno that feet are already gross therefore ipso facto showerpee.
posted by billiebee at 2:24 PM on January 5 [1 favorite]


I have no problem with showerpee except for that one time when my (now ex) partner peed in the shower while I was in the same room brushing my teeth and the terrible stench almost made me yak. Peeing in the shower is for when you're alone! What a barbarian.
posted by h00py at 5:08 PM on January 5


I posit that sink-peeing is perhaps more hygienic that stand up peeing in a toilet. Assuming you wash the pee down while rinsing your hands. Peeing into a toilet while standing up inevitably leads to a light misting of pee on the floor and walls and at times may lead to a splash or two on the edge of the toilet, which drips down to the floor. You probably won't wipe that up right away, especially at night.

TLDR; Sink pee causes less mess just make sure to rinse out the sink.

Sorry.
posted by kittensofthenight at 5:22 PM on January 5 [1 favorite]


Guys, try to stay on topic!
posted by ardgedee at 6:52 PM on January 5


I (female) introduced my husband to shower pee. He was as appalled and traumatized as you, sciatrix. I would have to do it stealthily right over the drain and most of the time he didn't catch on. Then it normalized for him and he tried it.

Now he is a fervent follower of the shower pee truth! It works so well!

Except for that time he peed on me by mistake. Thank goodness we were already in the shower...
posted by bookdragoness at 8:05 PM on January 5 [1 favorite]


I posit that sink-peeing is perhaps more hygienic that stand up peeing in a toilet.

THEN SIT DOWN
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 8:16 PM on January 5 [3 favorites]


1) Some of us like to use that shower in its other mode, BATHTUB.

2) Someone still has to clean it occasionally. You pee in the shower? Great, you get to clean the bathtub now.
posted by maryr at 8:44 PM on January 5 [1 favorite]


Due to candy thread I brought Thrills to the fencing club hoping to trick all the kids by having them taste the penultimate Canadian candy. But they liked it. Every one of them liked it. Joke ruined by next generation.

Now Thrills is official club joke, and showed up in the gifts stolen on gift stealing night.

Then one of the fencing moms brought Chicken Bones (hi New Brunswick!) to New Years. And the kids didn't really go for it. And that is sweet, not like soapy Thrills. What gives, youth of Canada, what gives??? Hopefully you are not also all peeing in my sink.
posted by chapps at 11:08 PM on January 5 [2 favorites]


billiebee: It's not like you use the shower tray for anything other than your feet

And peeing on your feet is actively recommended in some cases because it's a well-known home remedy for athlete's foot and chilblains. So there's that.

(Note that I'm saying well-known, not effective. I'm not getting into that debate.)

Chez Too-Ticky, the rule is very simple:
A gentleman does not pee in the shower

... while in the presence of a lady. And vice versa. I don't need to smell that.
posted by Too-Ticky at 1:33 AM on January 6 [1 favorite]


Mchelly: "I was too busy dealing with WHO EATS A KIT KAT HORIZONTALLY WHAT IN THE EVERLOVING WHAT? "

I eat Kit Kats horizontally, AMA.
posted by Chrysostom at 8:31 AM on January 6


I have a hard time opening my mouth wide enough to eat them vertically.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:40 AM on January 6 [4 favorites]


I will not be lurid to post in this thread.
posted by Oyéah at 7:16 PM on January 6


I just want to say epitome, is one of those words that started out as one meaning, and became its exact opposite. Sadly, I threw out my antique dictionaries this year.
posted by Oyéah at 7:18 PM on January 6 [1 favorite]


We've got a thread about famous derails and no one has brought up cortex's derailing a thread with a QWOP comment yet?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:07 PM on January 15


If they didn't want you to pee in the sink, they wouldn't install the sink at waist-height.

I am not picturing correctly the vertical/horizontal kit kat question -- I have only eaten them by feeding them into my mouth like a treebranch going into the chipper.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:00 PM on January 15


"Horizontally" in this case, I believe, is more precisely "without breaking them apart into individual Kits and/or Kats".
posted by Etrigan at 7:01 PM on January 15 [1 favorite]


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