Embarrassing stories site thing April 4, 2009 8:44 AM   Subscribe

A few years ago someone posted a link to a site which featured comic strips of embarrassing stories from people's school days. Does anyone remember the site?

I seem to remember the FPP announcing that the site in question was back up and running after a long hiatus.
posted by popcassady to MetaFilter-Related at 8:44 AM (21 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Pathetic Geek Stories? I couldn't link to the specific FPP, but it's in my "favorites from Metafilter" folder, so I assume that's where I got it.
posted by dogmom at 8:49 AM on April 4, 2009 [2 favorites]


Yup, that's it. Thanks.

Case closed.
posted by popcassady at 9:02 AM on April 4, 2009


Oh, wow, this is awesome! I remember reading this somewhere on a regular basis, but where was it? The Onion?
posted by KokuRyu at 9:10 AM on April 4, 2009


Yeah, it ran in The Onion for years.
posted by Bookhouse at 9:15 AM on April 4, 2009


wow. It turns out my childhood wasn't that bad.
posted by stavrogin at 10:44 AM on April 4, 2009


Going to high school felt like doing time.
posted by dunkadunc at 11:59 AM on April 4, 2009


I remember being very sad when it stopped running in the Onion.
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:01 PM on April 4, 2009


When i saw your question, I thought, yeah , I remember that. It was great. Why did I stop going to that site? Now I remember.
posted by Stylus Happenstance at 4:32 PM on April 4, 2009




I was hoping to come back to this thread to see lots of personal, embarrassing geek anecdotes. I, of course, have never had an awkward moment such as portrayed on PGS so I'll have to defer to the rest.
posted by Burhanistan at 5:06 PM on April 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Piggyback, as it isn't worth its own thread: what was the name of those fake 60s British high school science videos from a few months back?
posted by Meatbomb at 6:39 PM on April 4, 2009


Meatbomb, think you're thinking of Look Around You.
posted by barnacles at 6:44 PM on April 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Hey, remember this post? It looks like Nichole, Amy, Melanie and Jenny finally made peace with their weight. Check them out here in the ad on patheticgeekstories. HOpe that link works. I get the same ad consistently on that page, so hopefully you will too.

The web pages linked in the original FPP seem to have been taken down, shockingly.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 6:54 PM on April 4, 2009


Maria Schneider is an American humorist, cartoonist and illustrator best known for her work with the satirical online newspaper The Onion. Her contributions include editorial columns by 'T. Herman Zweibel', 'Jean Tisdale' and 'Herbert Kornfeld.'

The Jean Tisdale columns are the most frightening and cringeworthy things I have ever read.
posted by KokuRyu at 7:28 PM on April 4, 2009


Burhanistan : I was hoping to come back to this thread to see lots of personal, embarrassing geek anecdotes.

Well, ok since you asked; there was this one time I was in AV club and we were shooting a scene and it was really awkward because there was a chance they were about to run out, so they asked me to bring up a tape, and I didn't realize we were shooting Beta that day, so I showed up with a standard VHS, and the camera guy was like "what the hell man?" so I had to hightail it back to the booth and get a blank cassette. It took ages to find a blank one so I had to bulk erase some local news clip we had put together a couple of months earlier.

It was really embarrassing too, because the two primaries were well into the scene, and the sound guy (we were in Chemistry 101 and German 102 together) was really getting some great action sounds, and I felt bad for messing up his work.

But once we got them separated, reset the background track, and got the set dressers in to ensure the continuity all worked, we brought the fluffer back in to make certain the male lead was still in character and the leading lady was well oiled, we did finally get the shot.

So yeah, I know it's a cliche, but high school was hard on all of us. Geeks more than anyone. But what I learned there, and the money we made, showed me the path to become the man I am today.
posted by quin at 9:59 PM on April 4, 2009 [2 favorites]


we brought the fluffer back in to make certain the male lead was still in character

I never did get paid for that day.
posted by maxwelton at 3:23 AM on April 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


If you like this you might also enjoy Playground Law. It's one of the first sites I contributed to when I was an internet naïve, not realising that my real name would be enshrined forever in an embarrassing school episode (like poor Humphrey). (No. I'm not revealing which story is mine).
posted by tellurian at 3:46 AM on April 5, 2009


I had no idea Schneider was also responsible for Herbert Kornfeld and Jean Tisdale. What a funny talented woman.
posted by Devils Slide at 6:19 AM on April 5, 2009


Not to mention honest:

Q: And do you think that The Onion is still evolving?
A: No, we're pretty much set rigid in our ways right now; we have no vision. I think we've pretty much peaked and it's all downhill from here.


-- From an early 2003 interview with Schneider
posted by Devils Slide at 6:25 AM on April 5, 2009


The Jean Tisdale columns are the most frightening and cringeworthy things I have ever read.

I was always very deeply impressed by them; anybody who can write like that is clearly an excellent writer.
posted by Pope Guilty at 3:13 PM on April 5, 2009


I love this -- thanks for forgetting about it so that I could discover it!
posted by not_on_display at 11:10 AM on April 6, 2009


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