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What's this whole "wendell!" thing about? Why do mefites shout out wendell in the middle of threads?
posted by humannaire to Etiquette/Policy at 4:24 PM (151 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Behold, the genesis.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:26 PM on September 5, 2007


I'll give you a hint, what is ait two letter an anagram of... of course someone will just answer the question but there is something to get you going
posted by edgeways at 4:27 PM on September 5, 2007


Behold, the genesis.
Wendell is Phil Collins?
posted by boo_radley at 4:29 PM on September 5, 2007 [2 favorites]


While we're here, why do people use "." in threads?
posted by eyeballkid at 4:30 PM on September 5, 2007


Yes, but Peter Gabriel-era, so slightly less important.
posted by djgh at 4:31 PM on September 5, 2007


Phil Collins under Peter Gabriel is infinitely more important than Phil Collins without
posted by edgeways at 4:33 PM on September 5, 2007 [3 favorites]


cortex is not an anagram for anything.
posted by delmoi at 4:33 PM on September 5, 2007


Yes, but Peter Gabriel-era, so slightly less important.

.
posted by eyeballkid at 4:34 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


I bought a new Dell the other day and it went up in flames


.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 4:38 PM on September 5, 2007


*makes pancakes*
posted by loquacious at 4:54 PM on September 5, 2007


Wendell is Phil Collins?

No, he's Pete Willis.
posted by jonmc at 4:57 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


I think no matter how you feel about Achewood, we can all be thankful for this "the only anagram of 'cashew peanut' is 'wet, cheap anus!'"
posted by Divine_Wino at 4:57 PM on September 5, 2007


Jeez, don't people read the wiki that I just edited?

*steals pancakes. runs away*
posted by pompomtom at 4:57 PM on September 5, 2007


Fat men bring good harvests.
posted by klangklangston at 4:58 PM on September 5, 2007


So does Neil Young.
posted by jonmc at 5:00 PM on September 5, 2007


Why? I do not know.
posted by tristeza at 5:04 PM on September 5, 2007


jonmc: "Wendell is Phil Collins?

No, he's Pete Willis.
"

Wendell is Wesley Willis??
posted by JMOZ at 5:12 PM on September 5, 2007


Wendell is Wes Parker. Quonsar is Sandy Koufax. I'm Maury Wills.
posted by jonmc at 5:16 PM on September 5, 2007


item is an anagram for 'me, it'. Please start saying that when ever a thread isn't going to end well.
posted by item at 5:17 PM on September 5, 2007


me, it.
posted by item at 5:17 PM on September 5, 2007


jonmc is an anagram for absolutely nothing, so when a thread will not end well, say absolutely nothing.
posted by jonmc at 5:22 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


A cerebellum fit mowing my tot.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 5:23 PM on September 5, 2007


In some way, we are all Wesley Willis.
posted by lekvar at 5:23 PM on September 5, 2007 [2 favorites]


Gag fled as Eon is.

*makes cop porn*
posted by blenderfish at 5:23 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Phil Collins under Peter Gabriel is infinitely more important than Phil Collins without

Unless we're talking about Phil Collins under Brian Eno, which is infinitely more important than Phil Collins under Peter Gabriel.
posted by LionIndex at 5:26 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Did you guys miss the memo? It's "Poolio" now.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:30 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


This callout sucks.
posted by GuyZero at 5:31 PM on September 5, 2007


Wendell can chew up guns and spit out bullets.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 5:36 PM on September 5, 2007


BITCH YOU DO NOT FUCK WITH A MANS PANCAKES

*steals pompomtom, dehydrates him, grinds him into flour*

*makes pancakes*
posted by loquacious at 5:38 PM on September 5, 2007


I thought Wesley Willis was actually Bruce Willis in disguise. Now I'm confused.
posted by The World Famous at 5:42 PM on September 5, 2007


No, Wesley Willis was Jim Willis from the White Shadow in disguise.
posted by jonmc at 5:43 PM on September 5, 2007


This will Poolio.
posted by quin at 5:51 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Phil Collins under Peter Gabriel...

wet, cheap anus!...

I'm going to have nightmares about this thread.
posted by CKmtl at 5:55 PM on September 5, 2007


We have a wonderful wiki now with the answers to this and many other questions. Well, we've had a wiki for a while but only recently has it been wonderful.

Which wonderful wiki will wendell?
posted by grouse at 5:55 PM on September 5, 2007


And while we're at it, what's the fucking deal with all these cats on scanners? And why?
posted by Cyrano at 5:58 PM on September 5, 2007


noob fun
posted by caddis at 5:59 PM on September 5, 2007


Dammit! I still haven't found those used cars!
posted by gummi at 6:08 PM on September 5, 2007


For some unfathomable reason "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House started playing in my head the moment I entered this thread. Now I'm towing my car, there's a hole in the roof... mmm-hm-mm MAKE IT STOP
posted by soundofsuburbia at 6:22 PM on September 5, 2007


Radical Honesty
posted by tellurian at 6:36 PM on September 5, 2007


HEY NOW, HEY NOW
posted by oddman at 6:40 PM on September 5, 2007


It could be worse. I've had "It's a Sunshine Day" by the Brady Bunch stuck in my head all the fucking live-long day.
posted by SteveTheRed at 6:41 PM on September 5, 2007


Actually is an web 2.0 anagram (or anagrm) for "Erct Ox"
posted by delmoi at 6:49 PM on September 5, 2007


(er, "cortex is" I mean. Bleh)
posted by delmoi at 6:49 PM on September 5, 2007


O, I meld. *nods*
posted by boo_radley at 7:03 PM on September 5, 2007


Erct Ox

I really do not want to know what that means, or why.
posted by loquacious at 7:07 PM on September 5, 2007


Between this post and the member who had no idea who quonsar is or what is in his pants, I wonder if Mefi's larger membership is going to slowly wear down the things that originally attracted folks to the site (and, yeah, I've only been here a year). It seems like a lot of people have signed up simply because they heard the name mentioned somewhere, as opposed to the ones that lurked for ages before signups reopened and actually wanted to be a part of a specific community. I mean no slurs to anyone specifically; just another plate to contemplate.
posted by landis at 7:08 PM on September 5, 2007


Radical Honesty
posted by tellurian at 9:36 PM on September 5 [+] [!]


...b-b-b-busted by the man in the pointed hat!
posted by humannaire at 7:11 PM on September 5, 2007


Gonad Fan!
posted by fandango_matt at 7:12 PM on September 5, 2007


[For the record, "Humane Rain."]
posted by humannaire at 7:13 PM on September 5, 2007


IANAL

Err ... IAMANAL
posted by ericb at 7:19 PM on September 5, 2007


How many people joined up for what is in quonsar's pants?

No, actually, I don't want to know...
posted by pompomtom at 7:22 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Odd Fly.
Fitting, that.
posted by Floydd at 7:23 PM on September 5, 2007


What's this whole "wendell!" thing about? Why do mefites shout out wendell in the middle of threads?

It's a mantra to stave off Hotmail from changing your ISP's POP-mail settings!!!
posted by ericb at 7:25 PM on September 5, 2007


I don't get the thing where we do this:

Metafilter: I don't get the thing where we do this.
posted by jayder at 7:26 PM on September 5, 2007 [2 favorites]


I hate that guy!!!! He's soooo lame!!!!!

I should know.
posted by The Deej at 7:35 PM on September 5, 2007


Slap Factory is an anagram for Calypso Fart. I would not have known that but for links I found in this thread.
posted by Slap Factory at 7:37 PM on September 5, 2007


cortex is Wesley Crusher?
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:46 PM on September 5, 2007


bchy bcyh bhcy bhyc bych byhc
cbhy cbyh chby chyb cybh cyhb
hbcy hbyc hcby hcyb hycb hybc
ybch ybhc ycbh ychb yhcb ...

* sob *
posted by yhbc at 8:13 PM on September 5, 2007


ROU Xenophobe is an anagram of "Oho, ex! Up boner!" Which is a pretty poor anagram.

OTOH, it's also an anagram of "Bone expo hour", which fits with the book.

While we're here, why do people use "." in threads?

They're complaining that their anus is unbcomfortably tight and compact, so they can only pass tiny pellets and their colon is rapidly expanding, and would someone please come along with powerful manly hands and stretch it out. When they're happy with the state of their bum, they'll post

( ) or O

Until then, you should keep stretching. The screaming is normal. So is the blood.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:14 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


erm, mop mop tom?

this is a silly game.
posted by pompomtom at 8:17 PM on September 5, 2007


the man in the pointed hat!
and robe.
WHAT THE FUCK? I TOLD YOU NOT TO MESSAGE ME AGAIN!
posted by tellurian at 8:23 PM on September 5, 2007 [3 favorites]


Why do mefites shout out wendell in the middle of threads?

We're supposed to shout it? Shit, I've been typing it.
posted by infinitywaltz at 8:24 PM on September 5, 2007


as opposed to the ones that lurked for ages before signups reopened and actually wanted to be a part of a specific community

Egads, the almost-40Kers are all ho hum?! And hadn't signups opened long before you joined, landis?
posted by desuetude at 8:28 PM on September 5, 2007


Seriously, we should stop with the in-jokes. Or at least the not very good ones.

I mean, yes, Wendell is an anagram of end well, certainly, which is clever, and certainly worth a couple of repetitions, maybe - but the hundreds of times it's been repeated?

I'm just asking for a little creativity here, people. It really bugs me when nerds, in place of humor, just parrot stock phrases. You've got to think for yourselves! You're all individuals!
posted by Jon Mitchell at 8:32 PM on September 5, 2007


Erct Ox

Oxen usually have 'em chopped off, so the erection is probably due to either electrical stimulation or it is a blood vessel irregularity.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:36 PM on September 5, 2007


You've got to think for yourselves! You're all individuals!

Don't scare the nerds like that.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:36 PM on September 5, 2007


Oh man, take your pick:

Bathetic Ax Elf
or
Cabal Teeth Fix
posted by felix betachat at 8:36 PM on September 5, 2007


lesbian rough.

sweet.
posted by bluishorange at 8:37 PM on September 5, 2007


bleakly die

I think I've found my sockpuppet account name!
posted by eyeballkid at 8:39 PM on September 5, 2007


Brain Sun Hat

Ha! Saint burn!

Urban an' shit
posted by Burhanistan at 8:40 PM on September 5, 2007


Did someone call... no? Oh. I see. Okay.
posted by mendel at 8:41 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


IAMW
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 8:53 PM on September 5, 2007


Actually, that should have been "IANW". (I lose.)
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 8:53 PM on September 5, 2007


cortex is not an anagram for anything.

cortex's music? It rox, etc.

I wouldn't call cortex a bedroom king, but I might call him a cot rex.
posted by googly at 8:55 PM on September 5, 2007


Sadism.

Also, Dim Ass.
posted by dismas at 8:56 PM on September 5, 2007


He's an orc, Tex.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:56 PM on September 5, 2007


This has made me realise my username is an anagram of a striped African horse, i.e. zebra. Splendid.
posted by Abiezer at 9:20 PM on September 5, 2007


aha! pet no arcane....
posted by anotherpanacea at 9:38 PM on September 5, 2007


Aw. Poet admirer.

(and 2,570 others)
posted by mediareport at 9:39 PM on September 5, 2007


In some way, we are all Wesley Willis.

I've been saying this for years.

Also:
tight rump beagle
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 10:11 PM on September 5, 2007


rox, etc

Oh man. Heck. That is going on the fucking business card.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:13 PM on September 5, 2007


Deviance Grotto
posted by doctor_negative at 10:24 PM on September 5, 2007


And when you reinvent yourself, you can be neocortex.
posted by djgh at 10:27 PM on September 5, 2007


Eat at the Sand Diner, everyone.
posted by nasreddin at 10:31 PM on September 5, 2007


1 found. Displaying all:
Yen Sly

Sigh....
posted by Lynsey at 10:51 PM on September 5, 2007


No no no, languagehat is Wesley Crusher. Cortex is his mom.
posted by davy at 10:54 PM on September 5, 2007


Piss air ox!
posted by isopraxis at 10:55 PM on September 5, 2007


Hear my barren cry.
posted by Cranberry at 10:59 PM on September 5, 2007


meech...
posted by meech at 11:02 PM on September 5, 2007


How come I get all the illegal stuff: "pimp hero," "hemp pro I"? Must be an indication of my epicurean lifestyle.
posted by epimorph at 11:08 PM on September 5, 2007


Debacle Monger, kinda like that one.
posted by ALongDecember at 11:15 PM on September 5, 2007


Inbred Flesh
posted by blenderfish at 11:24 PM on September 5, 2007


lurk moar
posted by Iron Rat at 11:27 PM on September 5, 2007


Dammit, my ex-wife never shouted out "Wendell" in the middle of.....

And no, I never did Wed Nell, or get a New Dell, or Lend Lew anything. And I sure ain't gonna End Well.

Crap Shit! I was TRYING to stay out of MetaTalk... Just when I thought that I was out they pull me back in! And I DON'T EVEN LIKE THE 'GODFATHER' MOVIES!!

Seriously! Let Poolio do it! I'm forwarding all my in-jokes to Poolio...

Or just go here. It makes more sense than I ever did.

I didn't even know jessamyn had featured me on the MeFi User Sites blog. Thanks, jess. But that doesn't make up for starting the anagram shit.

I'm trying to flame out here but I can't even find a match that will light...

I'm going to shut up now.

Honestly.

Seriously.

Really.
posted by wendell at 11:28 PM on September 5, 2007


John Mitchell: [...]You're all individuals!

I'm not.

Bad Squid Err
posted by birdsquared at 11:29 PM on September 5, 2007


I'm still trying to get everyone to call out lame threads by saying "This won't Heed Jet!"
posted by The Deej at 11:30 PM on September 5, 2007


Neil Young = Online Guy.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 12:10 AM on September 6, 2007


That's it. This conversation is devoid of meaning. I'm through talking.

Fortunately, an anagram for my name is "Rest, Miss Lynn." So I shall sleep now, before I start Haimburgling or something.
posted by miss lynnster at 12:21 AM on September 6, 2007


I, ooh, phallic moth.
Hi, alcohol, pot him.
Ha! Chili photo!
Hath cool hip moil.
Oh, hail chimp tool!
posted by philomathoholic at 1:49 AM on September 6, 2007


I like poo.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 2:30 AM on September 6, 2007


I feel so left out.
posted by taz at 2:47 AM on September 6, 2007


Ow's zat, taz?
posted by Abiezer at 2:57 AM on September 6, 2007 [1 favorite]


aaaaaah! *feels better*

btw, cortex's secret name is "excort" which means "former callboy" and this is why he always says, "Twenty bucks, same as in town."
posted by taz at 2:59 AM on September 6, 2007 [1 favorite]


barfdubiousonus
posted by soundofsuburbia at 3:17 AM on September 6, 2007


I lurked for long enough to know good and well that my username had to be an anagram for either pancakes or ceiling cat, but then I failed. It's only an anagram of my real name.

Signed,

Hope me.
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:08 AM on September 6, 2007


Rex' cot.
posted by bru at 5:32 AM on September 6, 2007


T-Rex Co.
posted by public at 5:57 AM on September 6, 2007


Pi Club.
posted by public at 5:58 AM on September 6, 2007


FetaMilter

Feta is a classic curd cheese in brine whose tradition dates back to Greece thousands of years ago. It is made exclusively from goat's and sheep's milk.

Milt is the sperm of fishes.
posted by public at 6:03 AM on September 6, 2007


Occa sista!
posted by Coaticass at 6:16 AM on September 6, 2007


Flat Urge
Fat Gruel
Fetal Rug
Fear Glut
Rag Flute
Fart Glue
Get La Fur
Fur At Leg
Elf at Rug

...and perhaps most fittingly,

Flag True
Retag Flu
posted by grateful at 6:33 AM on September 6, 2007


guess who this is:

I, Who Meta.
posted by taz at 6:57 AM on September 6, 2007


Sneaker Plot
Stalker Peon
Polka Resent

...

I chose well.

Rape Elk Snot... Or maybe not.
posted by sparkletone at 8:12 AM on September 6, 2007


How did this turn into another m'rag n'aa thread?
posted by Mister_A at 8:14 AM on September 6, 2007


Now it has its own wiki page.
posted by yeti at 8:22 AM on September 6, 2007


I kinda dig "Brat Hunter Zero"
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 8:23 AM on September 6, 2007


Pi Club.

The 3.14th rule of Pi Club is...

Dorky caste?
posted by Rock Steady at 8:28 AM on September 6, 2007


i mash
am his
is ham
posted by misha at 8:34 AM on September 6, 2007


Red Plasma Navy
Larva Ad Men Spy
Naval Day Sperm
Davy Anslem Rap
Davys Man Pearl
Slav Man Dry Ape
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:05 AM on September 6, 2007


flea bj
posted by jefbla at 9:29 AM on September 6, 2007


Trailer Oaf
Aorta Rifle
Feral Ratio
Fear Tailor

(though none are as good as Davy's Man-Pearl)
posted by taliaferro at 9:55 AM on September 6, 2007


lesbian rough

Ball the men.
posted by The Bellman at 10:07 AM on September 6, 2007


nausea pits
anise sputa
satan sue pi


I guess I am mostly gross things.
posted by asspetunia at 10:38 AM on September 6, 2007


here: do ale.
posted by heeeraldo at 10:53 AM on September 6, 2007


This will me.
posted by Poolio at 10:57 AM on September 6, 2007


"Guess who this is:
I, Who Meta.
posted by taz at 6:57 AM"

Gosh, taz, that's too tough for this site.
posted by Cranberry at 11:15 AM on September 6, 2007


Gosh, taz, that's too tough for this site.

Seriously. Whoa time.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:21 AM on September 6, 2007


WHY DO I ALWAYS RUN OUT OF FAVORITES BEFORE COMING TO METATALK

AGH

thatsitIamsosittingheretillmidnightandwritingdowneverysinglecommenticouldn'tfavoritebecausegoddamnlimitaaaaaaaagggghhhh
*pant**pant**pant*
posted by tehloki at 11:25 AM on September 6, 2007 [2 favorites]


Will someone please give tehloki a sandbox page full of ajax favorite +s for him to click?
posted by Burhanistan at 11:30 AM on September 6, 2007


No one ever talks about Portobello mushrooms anymore
posted by KokuRyu at 11:39 AM on September 6, 2007


Burhanistan, it's not like I consider favoriting to be like some sort of drug.
posted by tehloki at 11:42 AM on September 6, 2007


Wait, no, that should read "I consider favorites to be like some sort of wonderful drug."
posted by tehloki at 11:43 AM on September 6, 2007


lesbian rough

Ball the men.


Ram me -- orgasms.

*blush*
posted by GrammarMoses at 11:53 AM on September 6, 2007


*sigh*
posted by mdn at 12:28 PM on September 6, 2007


malkovich malkovich malkovich....malkovich?
posted by Kwine at 1:07 PM on September 6, 2007


I vote tehloki gets extra favorites, just because. This is really cramping his style.
posted by misha at 1:35 PM on September 6, 2007


O, Old Cigar Muse.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:46 PM on September 6, 2007


I vote tehloki gets extra favorites too. This is really impeding my ability to get to 1000.
posted by Poolio at 1:55 PM on September 6, 2007


This is really impeding my ability to get to 1000.

Well, take heart: there's always this well of hoi polloi favorites.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:58 PM on September 6, 2007 [1 favorite]


Well, take heart: there's always this well of hoi polloi favorites.

LOL... well played, sir.
posted by Poolio at 2:15 PM on September 6, 2007


WENNNNN-DELL!
(bequeths a large gift and a legion to command)
posted by clavdivs at 2:47 PM on September 6, 2007


A celebrity porns hither.
A celebrity hipster-horn.
A bitchier Ethyls Proner.
A blotchier reentry ship.
Belches a hornier tit pry.
Benches Hitler -- pray riot.
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:14 PM on September 6, 2007


clavdivs!
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:15 PM on September 6, 2007


Mefites = meh fights.

[ref cortex; Mefi Podcast 1: the First One, 19:03-5]

Plus wendell says so, too.
posted by mehfights at 6:51 PM on September 6, 2007


End well.
posted by humannaire at 7:01 PM on September 6, 2007


an├×oyd
posted by phoque at 7:59 PM on September 6, 2007


I'm torn...:
do sell drug

or

old red slug
They're both so awesome...
posted by LordSludge at 10:02 AM on September 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


clav!
posted by languagehat at 8:19 AM on September 8, 2007


Draftee Tension
I Detonate Ferns
Attendee For Sin
Feared Tits None
Sad Internet Foe
posted by defenestration at 7:49 PM on September 8, 2007


So....that's it? This is how it ends?
posted by grateful at 1:18 PM on September 11, 2007


Flamed wurst! Ooh!
posted by The World Famous at 1:59 PM on September 11, 2007


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