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A little something for the old-timers: MetaFilter made a brief appearance alongside beloved sister site Fark on a recent Know Your Meme regarding its participation in 2003's Bubb Rubb craze. We were so young.
posted by gerryblog to MetaFilter-Related at 8:55 AM (72 comments total)

See what life looked like before Youtube?
posted by smackfu at 9:09 AM on September 11, 2009


Craze?
posted by yhbc at 9:11 AM on September 11, 2009


I hope there's stupid shit on the internet in heaven.
posted by sleevener at 9:13 AM on September 11, 2009 [19 favorites]


Man oh man do I hate Know Your Meme.

They do what they do reasonably well, I guess, but explaining internet culture is like explaining a joke, which in turn has been compared to dissecting a frog -- you get to see how it works, but you kill it in the process.
posted by Damn That Television at 9:15 AM on September 11, 2009


I missed that thread when it first came out, but on checking it out, I see that mr_crash_davis is quite devious.
posted by TedW at 9:18 AM on September 11, 2009


Sister? We hardly know her!
posted by chillmost at 9:18 AM on September 11, 2009


Know Your Meme is invaluable. They don't "explain the joke" they give context to somebody who just has a bewildering (and therefore often unfunny) array of nonsense in front of them. They give a map of the joke so you know the boundaries, where the bathrooms are, a key to identify landmarks, etc.
posted by DU at 9:22 AM on September 11, 2009


Beloved?
posted by shakespeherian at 9:23 AM on September 11, 2009


Fark? Sister site? Is this like Sister Cities, an agreement made to increase tourism when towns are unknown and then forgotten when your burb gets popular?
posted by filthy light thief at 9:31 AM on September 11, 2009


Fark the beloved sister site? no no no no - metachat could be a sister site, but fark isn't even close to being related - I'm not sure we are even friends with fark.
posted by bigmusic at 9:32 AM on September 11, 2009


More like a cousin really. Like the one at Thanksgiving dinner that starts throwing mashed potatoes and everyone just kind of slowly shakes their heads at.
posted by Big_B at 9:35 AM on September 11, 2009


Creepy. Fark just posted their archived 9/11 thread - which has a shoutout to Mefi in it.

I'd say we're picking on a redheaded cousin a lot of the time when it comes to Fark.
posted by Jilder at 9:36 AM on September 11, 2009


Sarcasm?

is dead?
posted by no_moniker at 9:36 AM on September 11, 2009 [3 favorites]


More like a cousin really. Like the one at Thanksgiving dinner that starts throwing mashed potatoes and everyone just kind of slowly shakes their heads at.

I support this simile.
posted by odinsdream at 9:38 AM on September 11, 2009


Wow. I did not know that meme. Thanks god for MetaTalk.
posted by GuyZero at 9:44 AM on September 11, 2009


"More like a cousin really. Like the one at Thanksgiving dinner that starts throwing mashed potatoes and everyone just kind of slowly shakes their heads at."

They fuck.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 9:55 AM on September 11, 2009


beloved sister site Fark

Beloved Lil Sis site, surely?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:06 AM on September 11, 2009


More like a cousin really. Like the one at Thanksgiving dinner that starts goin' WOOOO
posted by DU at 10:13 AM on September 11, 2009


Like the one at Thanksgiving dinner that starts throwing mashed potatoes and everyone just kind of slowly shakes their heads at.

I have apologized for that. My cousin has accepted my apology. I share an apartment with my cousin. I play the banjo.
posted by Dumsnill at 10:49 AM on September 11, 2009


Weird.... that video doesn't actually feature a demonstration of what these 'whistle tips' sound like. Furthermore, my cursory youtube searches for 'whistle tips' all came up with Bubb Rubb stuff. Can anybody link me to an actual example of 'whistle tips?'
posted by Afroblanco at 10:54 AM on September 11, 2009


Damn That Television: "They do what they do reasonably well, I guess, but explaining internet culture is like explaining a joke, which in turn has been compared to dissecting a frog -- you get to see how it works, but you kill it in the process."

This strikes me like the people who think explaining things with science kills the beauty of the universe. No way: it makes it more beautiful.
posted by Plutor at 10:58 AM on September 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


Can anybody link me to an actual example of 'whistle tips?'

The original newscast footage has it in there. Just watch any of the Bubb Rubb news videos.
posted by P.o.B. at 12:46 PM on September 11, 2009


Know Your Meme would be fine if there was no talking guy. Just images, linked videos and text explaining the timeline and missing info would be better.
posted by davejay at 2:03 PM on September 11, 2009


I don't really get on too well with my sister.
posted by Elmore at 2:25 PM on September 11, 2009


Bubb Rubb goes on Ventrilo and talks to kids too young to know about his meme.
posted by Stylus Happenstance at 2:37 PM on September 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Weird.... that video doesn't actually feature a demonstration of what these 'whistle tips' sound like

They go WOO WOO
posted by empath at 3:51 PM on September 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


Is this something I'd need a car to understand?
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 8:13 PM on September 11, 2009




Continued:

347.

They think it's a fad, it's going away... it's not going away. We truly have become a society where the necktie has been replaced by a little lobster, dressed in lederhosen. The old guys, the fat cats, look uncomfortable in their lobsters, but they daren't let on. They wonder if this is what it felt like to their ancestors, the Robber Barons, when the stiff, starched collars of the Edwardian era gave way to the floppy, pointy collars that became (and still were, with the small addition of the lobster's trapeze) ubiquitous. And their lobsters, in their gaily colored and patterned lederhosen—loudly patterned for the young men, who wear their lobsters as if they had never known anything else; regimental stripes for the fusty old men, who think the new patterns look like soup stains, and who try so hard to pretend that the lobster is still a tie—wave their antennae, softly brushing it through beard and bristle, and clack clack clack their claws, the executives can't help but notice, tenderly, right next to the old men's tensed, wrinkled throats.
posted by ocherdraco at 11:26 AM on September 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


348. METAFILTER : FARK :: LOBSTER : ________

a) LEDERHOSEN
b) PAT SAJAK
c) WOO WOOOOOOOO
d) none of the above
e) all of the above
f) a OR c, AND b
g) PRAWN
h) BIB
i) LEDERHOSENS
j) all of the above NOW
k) LARK
posted by not_on_display at 11:55 AM on September 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


349. They are being exploited. All they want to do is be left alone to scurry around on the ocean floor. We dress them up in little lederhosen, give them human motivations and desires, force them to manipulate bubble spirals and ride giraffes.

Would we do this to Mark Hamil? Of course not, that would be in violation of the IOC rules prohibiting torture. Would we allow Pat Sajak to do this to our loved ones? It goes without saying that even though Pat Sajak has erectile disfunction he is still marchin gbravely into the future, at the vanguard of the surrealist post-hoc justification for the exploitation of non-human being as props in the whatever the hell this sentence was supposed to be about.

So the answer is unambiguously "YES"!
posted by Meatbomb at 1:32 PM on September 14, 2009


350.
!Click.
Shuffle shuffle
susususususurrah sususususussuusssrah
!Click! Click!
shhhhhhhh.

the cow was a year old and died of pneumonia after having been out at bars all night long drinking Campari and then Frenet Branca. It the morning it had plans to hop a freighter for Argentina, the Pampas, all the grass a happy cow could ever want.

!Click click

The water is cold enough to stop your heart. Mayonnaise is a bitch to get out of leather.
posted by From Bklyn at 2:27 PM on September 14, 2009


351.

lobsterlightlysoiledlederhosen
posted by ocherdraco at 3:09 PM on September 14, 2009


352.

Between the the hosen the and the lederlobster the.
posted by dersins at 3:46 PM on September 15, 2009


353. Sometimes it's best to just step back - take a walk, maybe ask a trusted friend for an outside perspective.

"So let me just run through this again, make sure I understand this correctly."
"Sure."
"You've enslaved Mark Hamil, dressed him in lederhosen, and you are forcing him to lead a brigade of lobsters mounted on giraffes?"
"The First Surrealist Mounted Highland Guards, yes."
"And what's the thing about the bubble forest?"
"No, it's a giant mushroom forrest. They are battling the forces of evil, as represented by Pat Sajak's IOC irregulars, who go into battle with trippy bubble spirals."
"Ummm... oK. And what is it you want from me exactly, Meatbomb?"
"Do you think it is sufficiently surreal?"
"I suppose so."
"And do you think it will alienate the female members of the team if I mention Pat Sajak's erectile dysfunction?"
"Shit, who knows? You're asking me about broads? They're a mystery, who the hell knows how their scheming little minds work."
"Can I quote you on that?"
"Huh?"
"I mean, like, if I am accused of mysogyny can I use you as my scapegoat?"
"On the Metathing? That website you are always reading?"
"Yeah."
"Whatever. Now enough of this shit, get back to licking my boils."
posted by Meatbomb at 6:55 PM on September 15, 2009


354. These sleepless lobsters will take a pair of pants as an open invitation to tuck themselves into your trouserlegs, so wear lederhosen to throw them off long enough to run away, even if you will inevitably stain the hosen lightly.
posted by Kattullus at 8:11 PM on September 15, 2009


356. He had a lobster on his embossed in gold on his white marble business card. That must have cost a pretty penny, I said, and he said you bet it did, flashing his bleach-white teeth. Pat Sajak, I said? Any relation? Oh, if I had a dollar for every time someone said that to me -- who am I kidding, I do. Yeah. Sajak's the name, lederhosen's the game. Yeah? I said? Yeah, he said. They're hot shit right now, bigger than Bubble Spirals -- we paid off a bunch of surrealist hipsters to start wearing them down in Williamsburg, and the next thing you know Lady GaGa is wearing them on the VMA's and she got them all stained with fake blood and she got it in her eye did you see that and i don't know what the fuck, but anyway we got factories full of 10 year old chinese kids making the damn things around the clock and we still can't make them fast enough.

Lederhosen, I said, I'll be goddamned.

Listen, he said, then he downed the rest of his scotch -- did he wink at me, or the waitress behind me? You take my card and you want to make a million dollars, you call me and I'll set you up with a franchise.

He threw a $100 bill on the table, got up and started to get his coat on.

Lederhosen, what the fuck, i thought.

Hey-- why a lobster? I asked, and he stoppped and looked me right in the eye, and you know what he said?
posted by empath at 9:00 PM on September 15, 2009


357.

There is no 355.
posted by dersins at 9:50 PM on September 15, 2009


355. There is no 357.
posted by empath at 10:02 PM on September 15, 2009


358:

Get yo'.. get yo'.. get yo'..
Get yo' Lobster movin' on the Dance Floor
Put yo' lederhosen on and do it some more

Get Down, Turn Around, Hear the Sound
And funk it till you you stain the lederhosen, or better yet, don't because you have to dry clean them and that gets expensive.
posted by empath at 11:14 PM on September 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


359.

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                    ,,,,     /    _ `.
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                      |||| /\/``-.__\/
                      ::::/\/_
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      {{.-'~~'-.(,(,,(,,,(__6_.'=========.
                      ::::\/\ 
                      |||| \/\  ,-'/\
                     ////   \ `` _/  )
                    ''''     \  `   /
                              `---''

posted by ocherdraco at 2:26 PM on September 17, 2009 [4 favorites]


360.

The sensation of it interests me. The change in light and environment all at once, the surprise of the print shop owner who had no idea when to expect this lobster to come through his door. And the artists. They're tossed around, pelted with sand, their pants, leather, stained. Shredded apart, and consumed. All in darkness. And then what's left is tossed up into the light, and it's completely quiet again.

posted by From Bklyn at 3:03 PM on September 17, 2009


361:
The night was sultry, and the lobster was sweating like a chilled can of beer on a hot august day. It was September, though, not August. An unseasonably hot September, though. Hot and sultry, like the blonde. It all started with the pants -- or lederhosen as the blonde had said in her funny german accent, like Sid Caesar doing his double talk bit in on the Show Of Shows, but she wasn't old enough to even know what that was. And she might not have been German. Now that he thought about it, she might have been Canadian, like Pat Sajak.
posted by empath at 5:33 PM on September 17, 2009


362. Spill beer on your lederhosen, they do not stain, even lightly. Splash detergent on your lederhosen, they do not stain, even lightly. But do not bash a lobster to death on your belederhosened thigh, for it will leave a stain forever, light as it may be.
posted by Kattullus at 6:33 PM on September 17, 2009


363.

Pat Sajak's erectile dysfunction

I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THIS
YOU BLASPHEMER
posted by little e at 11:55 PM on September 19, 2009


364.

The lobster would like to make sure that you understand the being a dick doesn't necessarily indicate that yours is functional.

Also, lederhosen.
posted by dersins at 12:40 AM on September 20, 2009


365.

+"pat sajak" +lobster +lederhosen
posted by not_on_display at 9:55 AM on September 20, 2009


366. Sorry, I am so sorry, I am so sorry, I don't know how I could've done this awful deed, this besmirching, I besmirched your lovely, lovely lederhosen and now they're stained, lightly, lightly stained, you must go beseech the lobster, beseech the lobster to let you have his brush, his lovely, stainless steel brush, the brush will brush away the stain, the light stain, I will do if you want me to, I'm sorry, I am so, so sorry.
posted by Kattullus at 8:08 PM on September 20, 2009


367.
italian musical drama; uss mount whitney; lobster gram; linking verb lederhosen zpen; pat sajak; bipolar disorder; coco crisp charges mound; mwai kibaki ...

the palm tree offers so little shade, you'll be burnt to a crisp.
here comes the wave, now we know why the tide went out so far.
posted by From Bklyn at 12:17 AM on September 21, 2009


368. John Hodgman, The Areas of My Expertise (New York: Riverhead, 2006), Second Paperback Printing, p. 79-82 and Figure 11.
posted by ocherdraco at 4:34 PM on September 21, 2009


369.

lederhosen-- oh beautifully soiled, tiny european raiment!
posted by dersins at 3:34 PM on September 23, 2009


370.

On the Eight Types of Lightly Stained Lederhosen

I. Brown ones
II. Those specially designed for lobsters
III. Those made from calf skin
IV. The ones which look like potato chips when viewed from a great distance
V. Those belonging to Pat Sajak, or under the authority of the IOC
VI. Bubble spiral (feel free to trip out... NOW! Ingest the druGs NOW!!)
VII. Those in the fashion of Mark Hamil's Hoth patrol outfit
VIII. Those worn by hermaphrodites
posted by Meatbomb at 6:21 PM on September 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


371. Consider breaking up with the lobster when you find yourself wondering if the comfort of company is worth even a light stain on your lederhosen.
posted by Kattullus at 7:16 PM on September 23, 2009


372. I'll go to the Halloween party as the Slutty Lobster with Lederhosen. You go as the stain. When we get there, you surreptitiously put a Wheel of Fortune DVD in their XBox.
posted by not_on_display at 11:17 AM on September 24, 2009


373.

Wear your best lederhosen. Take the lobster, fresh from the watery tank, and set it on your lap. It's gonna stain—but don't worry about it. Pat its head absentmindedly as you go about your work, and let its antennae stroke your hand. No, your other hand. There you go.

Good job.
posted by ocherdraco at 2:24 PM on September 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


374.


John went with his mother to a ________ where they ________ a lobster.
                                 noun                verb

"Crikey!" _______ John. "Look at those ________ lederhosen!"
            verb                       adjective

"John!" gasped his _________. "_________ _________ your __________!"
                   crustacean   pronoun    verb          body part

Stains were _________.
            fricative

FIN

posted by ocherdraco at 2:57 PM on September 24, 2009 [2 favorites]


375.

John went with his mother to a polo mallet where they paid a lobster.

"Crikey!" smoothed John. "Look at those diversionary lederhosen!"

"John!" gasped his ostracod . "Nobody trepanned your Islets of Langerhans!"

Stains were ʝ.
posted by dersins at 3:07 PM on September 24, 2009 [3 favorites]


376.

John went with his mother to a whorehouse where they licked a lobster.

"Crikey!" plummeted John. "Look at those moist lederhosen!"

"John!" gasped his krill. "Thou milked your coccyx!"

Stains were β.

FIN
posted by little e at 2:13 PM on September 25, 2009


377. YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED TO GO FOR A RIDE IN MY MAGIC BACKPACK

THERE IS ROOM FOR EVERYONE
posted by little e at 2:14 PM on September 25, 2009


378.

John went with his mother to a flamingo where they Sajaked a lobster.

"Crikey!" consummated John. "Look at those hirsute lederhosen!"

"John!" gasped his barnacle. "That perverted your nephrons!"

Stains were v.

FIN
posted by little e at 2:22 PM on September 25, 2009


379.

John went with his mother to a Sajak where they Sajaked a lobster.

"Crikey!" Sajaked John. "Look at those Sajakesque lederhosen!"

"John!" gasped his woodlouse. "Sajak Sajaking your penis!"

Stains were s.

FIN
posted by little e at 2:26 PM on September 25, 2009


380. Shrink them, but don't blend them.
posted by empath at 11:47 AM on September 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


381. You should sit across the campfire from the lobster and drink Dogfish Head after Dogfish Head as the flames slowly die. Pouring the last of the beers on the fire, the worst that can happen is that a little liquid will splatter onto you, lightly staining your lederhosen.
posted by Kattullus at 2:53 PM on September 27, 2009


382.

The lobster passes you a hefeweizen. You demur, then, as he begins to pull away, you acquiesce, grabbing the beer glass, which sloshes and splashes, and oh! your lederhosen.

"S'all right, kid," he tells you. "It'll come out." He sips, leisurely. "Mostly."
posted by ocherdraco at 9:05 PM on September 28, 2009


383. Give me the lobster to cherish while you take the lightly-stained lederhosen to a dryheaver.
posted by Kattullus at 9:31 PM on September 28, 2009


384. Start a file sharing service that exclusively distributes videos of balls being tossed around.
posted by empath at 10:57 PM on September 28, 2009


385.

Leviticus 11:10-16 (King Sajak Version)

10And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:

11They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.

12Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

13Hath ye got it now? Ye shall not eat us, for we are an abomination.

14So go ye and leave us alone. Try the veal. I mean, rather, a young bullock.

15And thus shall you come into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering (and no lobsters).

16Ye shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen lederhosen upon your flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall ye be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall ye wash his flesh in water, and so put them on, lest ye stain the lederhosen any more than ye already have.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:34 PM on September 29, 2009 [2 favorites]


386. Forge lederhosen out of tempered steel and go to battle with the lobster. If you are lucky only your lederhosen will become lightly stained, and not your immortal soul.
posted by Kattullus at 1:16 PM on October 1, 2009


387.

As we ponder the nature of our existence, we come upon the question of our perception of reality. Is there, in fact, always a lobster? Is there, in fact, always a pair of lederhosen? Are they, in fact, always lightly soiled? Sometimes, these things, these institutions around which we've built our lives, seem like not enough, and we long to expand our horizons, if only we knew how.
posted by ocherdraco at 1:24 PM on October 1, 2009


388. What do you need entry 388 for, anyway? You can watch Shatner singing Rocketman, Nimoy doing the Hobbit bop, just a click or two and you've got goatse's distended asshole or Timecube or furry tentacle pornographic fanfic operettas. It's all been done, how surreal is a lobster and a lightly stained poair of lederhosen beside all this?
posted by Meatbomb at 2:41 PM on October 1, 2009


389.
The lightbulb exploded and sent glass to the other side of the room. A smallish shard stuck in my eye and the blood just started gushing.

The lobster came out from his hiding spot under the cupboard and started to drink it up with a straw.

I ran over to stop him, it was disgusting! Slipped in my own blood, fell and heard a rib or maybe collarbone? I didn't want to move yet, snap! Like a sugar pea. It was a wet but crisp sound.

My leather pants were a fucking mess now, much less my Wheel of Fortune T-shirt. With luck, I'd get most of the stain out but I was not optimistic. I couldn't move.

I swear that fucking lobster laughed at me, too.
posted by From Bklyn at 11:47 PM on October 1, 2009


Alert! Alert! It's jumped to this thread!
posted by Kattullus at 4:06 PM on October 3, 2009


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