Wenlock, Mandeville, Indian Chief June 17, 2010 11:41 AM   Subscribe

Metafilter has no official mascot that I'm aware of, though jquinby once proposed the giant squid. Wendell seems to have taken down his design for the overthinkin' bean. I have a critter here that deserves consideration: the pancake batfish, Halieutichthys aculeatus. "They're not like a flounder; they are much more mobile, more like a pancake with feet."

N.b. the term "batfishinsane" has already popped up once or twice on-site. This instance was a link (to a pic of the related rosy-lipped batfish) that now 404's, so here's a replacement. Of the two flavors I think the pancake fishie makes the better mascot because "rosy-lipped" isn't really a top word association for "metafilter" even though many members may be, individually. (That particular r-l bf did pick up some extra mascot points for strongly resembling a mefi member to whom somebody has just whispered "Sarah Palin," "Cory Doctorow," or "Comic Sans.")
posted by jfuller to MetaFilter-Related at 11:41 AM (107 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Blue-green algae
posted by smackfu at 11:43 AM on June 17, 2010




Is nothing cuter available? You know, that mathowie could sell stuffed versions of?
posted by zarq at 11:47 AM on June 17, 2010


I thought it was the Pants-fish.
posted by hermitosis at 11:49 AM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


You guys missed the meeting? We (I) already decided that the noble Molerat is our mascot.
posted by Think_Long at 11:49 AM on June 17, 2010


I'm pretty sure Ebichu (NSFW) should be our mascot.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:50 AM on June 17, 2010


more like a pancake with feet

On a bunny, perhaps? The first symbiote mascot!
Though I'd love to be proven wrong about that
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 11:50 AM on June 17, 2010


The Tater.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:50 AM on June 17, 2010 [8 favorites]


We need an image of mathowie doing the Ann-Margret baked beans routine from Tommy.

Wait, no. My head is hurting already. Forget I said anything.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:56 AM on June 17, 2010


Pancakes have fringe?
posted by QIbHom at 12:01 PM on June 17, 2010


I suggest a mushroom.
posted by availablelight at 12:02 PM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I was thinking of a big, weighty object resting on a portable bed.
posted by DU at 12:03 PM on June 17, 2010


Mameshiba spouts random trivia and is... a bean...
posted by shii at 12:09 PM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]




A bottomless pit of filth and snark.
posted by blue_beetle at 12:10 PM on June 17, 2010


Give me a break. Everyone knows the mascot is/was Oolong, the bunny with a pancake on its head. May the little feller rest in peace....
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 12:11 PM on June 17, 2010


We should only get a mascot if <img> is returned. Otherwise, only the mods will be able to use the mascot on the site.

Remember, if <img> is made mod-only, then the only people using <img> will be mods.
posted by charred husk at 12:12 PM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Meffy is a heaping, anthropomorphic mash of bean, taters, and hurf durf butter on a collectible plate that reads "MetaFilter: Please hope me!!!" (in Comic Sans), holding a bottle of Pepsi Blue in one hand and a banjo in the other, riding on a pony. Meffy is typically depicted against a professional white background.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 12:17 PM on June 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


You forgot the fedora.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:22 PM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Trunk muffin.
posted by fixedgear at 12:22 PM on June 17, 2010


A bottomless pit of filth and snark.

No, that's Digg.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 12:24 PM on June 17, 2010


Wendell seems to have taken down his design for the overthinkin' bean.
From his site: And while some of you (mostly at Twitter) have said nice things about some of the Old Content that has been returned to the Archive, I am still quite anxious about what may be lurking back there. I did have an annoying amount of difficulty posting the Overthinkin’ Bean graphic in the MetaFilter-reference post yesterday, and have since discovered that some (but not all) of the pics in older posts have disappeared. Apparently, somewhere in Conversionland, the addresses in the posts started pointing at places where the pictures were not, or just never stopped pointing at where they used to be. THAT’S A FAIL, WORDPRESS. BRINGS YOUR WEBLOG SUPPORT AVERAGE DOWN FROM A-MINUS TO B-PLUS.
posted by cjorgensen at 12:24 PM on June 17, 2010


I suggest a mushroom.

Porto, the Metafilter Portobello mushroom?
posted by Greg Nog at 12:28 PM on June 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


Greg I'm pretty sure that's just a penis in a hat.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:28 PM on June 17, 2010 [9 favorites]


that's . why. it's. perfect.
posted by The Whelk at 12:30 PM on June 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


Greg I'm pretty sure that's just a penis in a hat.

The original version had a chicken instead of a hat.
posted by Greg Nog at 12:31 PM on June 17, 2010


I think the chicken should be the mascot, then.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:32 PM on June 17, 2010




Again with the fucking chicken!
posted by QIbHom at 12:34 PM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Please include a banjo.
posted by availablelight at 12:37 PM on June 17, 2010


I would have sworn it would be a pony.
posted by moviehawk at 12:49 PM on June 17, 2010


Again with the fucking chicken!

Okay, forget the chicken. About a very happy duck?
posted by homunculus at 12:49 PM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


The Afro.
posted by jeffamaphone at 12:53 PM on June 17, 2010


God at this point it'll be some multi-limbed cult object that is simultaneously a rabbit, a pancake, a chicken, a pony, holding a tater and a mushroom while on a recumbent bicycle playing a banjo.
posted by The Whelk at 12:57 PM on June 17, 2010


The Vampire Squid?
posted by Splunge at 12:57 PM on June 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Jesus what the fuck
posted by Think_Long at 1:02 PM on June 17, 2010


Splunge that second link did a number on my browser
posted by Think_Long at 1:05 PM on June 17, 2010


I'm imagining MetaFilter being announced at the opening to a softball game:

"Laaaaadeeeees and gen-tell-men! Please welcome the visiting team--all the way from the Internet--the MICTURATING PACHYDERMS: METAFILTERRRRRRRR!"
posted by mattdidthat at 1:05 PM on June 17, 2010


Clearly it needs to be the giant freakish elbow squid, you guys.

srsly. it says we are all doomed otherwise. BONANZA BONANZA THIS IS MY DURESS PHRASE PLZ SEND HALP.
posted by elizardbits at 1:12 PM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


We need an image of mathowie doing the Ann-Margret baked beans routine from Tommy.

Jessamyn may be able to help with the foam.
posted by Tube at 1:19 PM on June 17, 2010


I think it should be a filter. Because I never met a filter I didn't like.
posted by The otter lady at 1:21 PM on June 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


What Metafilter needs is a Moe anthropomorphism personification, Mefi-tan, like Wikipedia.
posted by WPW at 1:23 PM on June 17, 2010


How about a chicken with some goddam dignity?
posted by Alison at 1:39 PM on June 17, 2010




Can't we just lump all these things together to form the Super Metafilter Friends Club?
posted by Atreides at 1:45 PM on June 17, 2010


I call No Aquaman.
posted by The Whelk at 1:47 PM on June 17, 2010


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA MUST BECOME ELECTRICITY
posted by Damn That Television at 1:52 PM on June 17, 2010


WPW: "What Metafilter needs is a Moe anthropomorphism personification, Mefi-tan, like Wikipedia"

We need to get on the bandwagon!
posted by charred husk at 1:55 PM on June 17, 2010


Holy batcakes, Panfish!
posted by steef at 2:00 PM on June 17, 2010


The Whelk: Can we please have a t-shirt of that? PLEEZE?!?
posted by slogger at 2:00 PM on June 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


I just want to gently remind everyone that we should be seriously considering what animal mascot we'd like to pick. Otherwise, when they write our O'Reilly book, they'll just pick a random one; and you know how that always turns out.
posted by koeselitz at 2:11 PM on June 17, 2010


koeselitz, are you suggesting our mascot should be a loofah?
posted by shakespeherian at 2:14 PM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


the overthinking hugbucket of upper new south walesia
posted by infini at 2:16 PM on June 17, 2010


I think our mascot should be a half-rotten sausage thats been kept outside for 2 days with someone going "Is this safe to eat?".
posted by hal_c_on at 2:27 PM on June 17, 2010


The Huge Manatee
posted by Carbolic at 2:29 PM on June 17, 2010


God at this point it'll be some multi-limbed cult object that is simultaneously a rabbit, a pancake, a chicken, a pony, holding a tater and a mushroom while on a recumbent bicycle playing a banjo.

Just when I was thinking of a dandy tater sporting a fedora & using a mushroom as a brolly, carrying a banjo with a pretty bow tied around its neck, and a plate of beans in its hand.

Wait up, I think it doesn't have enough hands.

It needs to be in the form of a mefi-blue hindu god, with eight arms! These are holding its symbolic weapons & accoutrements:

- the mushroom of perfect edukation
- the beanplate of limitless contemplation
- the pitchfork of fearsome vengeance
- the giant donut of infinite sustenance
- the pancake of kindness to all beings
- the banjo of supreme generosity & stalkiness
- the axe of indefatigable grindiness
- the knapsack of perfect invisibility
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:40 PM on June 17, 2010 [16 favorites]


I would vote for Oolong, personally, but I've somehow become an old-timer in the many years since Oolong passed away, and I don't know how many of you whippersnappers remember that most loveable of lagomorphs.

But I could totally get behind a giant squid, too.
posted by kaibutsu at 2:40 PM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I think our mascot should be a half-rotten sausage thats been kept outside for 2 days with someone going "Is this safe to eat?".

I see you were there when we were putting in the new kitchen
posted by infini at 2:43 PM on June 17, 2010


I nominate the Ubunigandharva, the Omnipotent one's special qualities include:

the mushroom of perfect edukation
- the beanplate of limitless contemplation
- the pitchfork of fearsome vengeance
- the giant donut of infinite sustenance
- the pancake of kindness to all beings
- the banjo of supreme generosity & stalkiness
- the axe of indefatigable grindiness
- the knapsack of perfect invisibility

posted by infini at 2:44 PM on June 17, 2010


I thought Lady Gaga was the mascot. Or the octopus.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 2:45 PM on June 17, 2010


Anyone who hasn't yet R'ed-TFA about the pancake batfish really should? It's a freaking awesome critter. Basically, it's a fist-sized, hopping tea trivet of the deep. I'm totally on board with adopting it as our very own.

That said, given that King Crimson's Elephant Talk may already be our theme song, I propose that we give give these guys due consideration.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 2:45 PM on June 17, 2010


If we could get Lady Gaga to wear a Swarovski crystal-encrusted octopus costume and then pose on a giant plate of beans, I think we'd be set.

It seems like something she'd do.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 2:48 PM on June 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


If we could get Lady Gaga to wear a Swarovski crystal-encrusted octopus costume and then pose on a giant plate of beans, I think we'd be set.

Hahaha, ok this made me literally laugh out loud. And what a wonderful mental image I now have in my head!
posted by MaryDellamorte at 3:04 PM on June 17, 2010


What about the shitroach?
No love for the lowly shitroach?
posted by angrycat at 3:17 PM on June 17, 2010


Pygmy Jerboa
posted by fire&wings at 3:22 PM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Okay, I thought Over Thinkin' Bean hadn't gone over so well (one favorite) but jfuller thinks otherwise. Thanks! It was not so much taken down as my attempt to save it independently of the WordPress content junk went pear-shaped (not bean-shaped) when I moved the old blog to a WP 3.0 multi-site installation and the domain mapping couldn't find it anymore (If you understand what I just wrote, EXPLAIN IT TO ME).

Anyway, here he is, at a new, even more appropriate url: OVER-THINKIN' BEAN IS THINKIN'

Otherwise, I also thought that Oolong and other bunnies were pre-empted by the wacky wabbits at the Metachat spin-off, and any attempt to counter that with a duck will not end well.

I can also see multiple ways a chicken mascot can fail, unless you go with SUPERCHICKEN. (But I just noticed that superchicken.com is a porn site, so maybe not even that)

Elephants? Between the GOP and quonsar's classic pissing pachaderm pic (one of the things that lost us the img tag), I'd think we wouldn't go there, but...

And squid? Thise Portland-based site may have some affection for the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus, but I'm not so sure of cephalopods.

Still, beans aren't the only non-animal mascots we should consider (credit to J. Rosenberg of goats.com who has designed some other neat creatures)
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:23 PM on June 17, 2010


Peopel, people, please. The debate for a MeFi mascot begins and ends with a plush mathowie doll. And you all know it.
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:27 PM on June 17, 2010


The more I look at J.R.'s "Turtles All The Way Down" semi-discontinued design, the more I think it fits the 'Filter (the elephant is MetaTalk gray, the turtles are AskMe green, now just make the shark Front Page blue).
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:30 PM on June 17, 2010


Ahem.
posted by scody at 3:31 PM on June 17, 2010


> Give me a break. Everyone knows the mascot is/was Oolong, the bunny with a pancake on its head.

I came here to say this. Oolong is, was, and ever shall be our mascot. End of story.
posted by languagehat at 3:34 PM on June 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


The debate for a MeFi mascot begins and ends with a plush mathowie doll

Based on an oft-commented on resemblance, I did a google image search for "plush sylar" and found this, which was freakishly endearing suitable apropros there.
posted by Sparx at 3:52 PM on June 17, 2010


The alot.
posted by jabberjaw at 3:53 PM on June 17, 2010


It seems like something she'd do.

if she's got a plate of beans on her head in her next video then we're gonna have to hunt her down
posted by infini at 4:21 PM on June 17, 2010


The cat is the official animal of teh internets.
posted by Artw at 4:25 PM on June 17, 2010


Based on an oft-commented on resemblance, I did a google image search for "plush sylar" and found this, which was freakishly endearing suitable apropros there.

I can wrap my head around the idea of somebody fucking a stuffed bear. But a stuffed bear that sings? Is that for during the act or after? Or before? What?
posted by angrycat at 4:27 PM on June 17, 2010


How about a colander? (It's a metal filter...)
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 4:36 PM on June 17, 2010


Metafilter: just a penis in a hat..

No one wants to nominate this adorable bear?
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 4:39 PM on June 17, 2010


I am really not understanding the pedobear
/google
And now I am.
posted by angrycat at 4:54 PM on June 17, 2010


HAMBURGLAR
posted by Sys Rq at 4:59 PM on June 17, 2010


Splunge that second link did a number on my browser

Well, what did you expect from a Vampire Squid? Which, Splunge, I must submit was going to be my choice. I salute your insight and urge all to take a closer look at the weirdest in this world of the strange.
posted by philip-random at 5:01 PM on June 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Think_Long: "Splunge that second link did a number on my browse"

Works okay for me in FF. Sorry.
posted by Splunge at 5:31 PM on June 17, 2010


This is a ploy to get included in the war, isn't it.
posted by cashman at 5:36 PM on June 17, 2010


If we could get Lady Gaga to wear a Swarovski crystal-encrusted octopus costume and then pose on a giant plate of beans, I think we'd be set.

It seems like something she'd do.


She hasn't?
posted by Splunge at 5:37 PM on June 17, 2010


...urge all to take a closer look at the weirdest in this world of the strange.

I hadn't seen that video. Great stuff. I love me some Vampyroteuthis infernalis.
posted by Splunge at 5:41 PM on June 17, 2010


Just when I was thinking of a dandy tater sporting a fedora & using a mushroom as a brolly, carrying a banjo with a pretty bow tied around its neck, and a plate of beans in its hand.

Wait up, I think it doesn't have enough hands.

It needs to be in the form of a mefi-blue hindu god, with eight arms! These are holding its symbolic weapons & accoutrements:

- the mushroom of perfect edukation
- the beanplate of limitless contemplation
- the pitchfork of fearsome vengeance
- the giant donut of infinite sustenance
- the pancake of kindness to all beings
- the banjo of supreme generosity & stalkiness
- the axe of indefatigable grindiness
- the knapsack of perfect invisibility



And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder: One of the four moderators saying: "Come and see." And I saw. And behold, a website.

Metafilter's goin' 'round takin' names. decides who to link and who to ban. Everybody won't be treated all the same. There'll be a golden tater reaching down. When Metafilter comes around

The SEOs will stand up. At the terror in each post and in each re-up . For you partake of that last offered spouse, Or disappear into the Metatalk. When the website comes around.

Hear the banjos, hear the videos. One hundred million members singin'. Multitudes are marching to Mathowie's drum. People askin', people cryin'. Some are born an' some are banning'. It's Alpha's and Oolong's Kingdom come.

And the whirlwind is in the Flag queue. The bunnies are all trimming their wicks. The whirlwind is in the Flag queue. It's hard for thee to flgag against the pricks.

Till Armageddon, no Shalam, no Shalom. Then the father squid will call his monsters home. The wise men will bow down before the member. And at his feet they'll cast their golden fave . When the man comes around.

Whoever is an asshat, let him be an asshat still. Whoever is righteous, let him be falgged fantastic still. Whoever is in-joked, let him be taters beanplated still. Listen to the words long written down, When Metafilter comes around.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four moderators, And I looked and behold: a pale professional background. And his name, that sat on him, was Death. And 4chan followed with him.
posted by The Whelk at 5:50 PM on June 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


Again with the fucking chicken!

well, the chicken was the passive participant.
posted by shmegegge at 6:23 PM on June 17, 2010


So, The Whelk, you're a Johnny Cash fan?
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:27 PM on June 17, 2010


and a Generation Kill fan (I point to my new haircut)
posted by The Whelk at 6:31 PM on June 17, 2010


That haircut was not intentional.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:41 PM on June 17, 2010


I like to think of the haircut as being the result of author fiat, it was inevitable based on the fates, the wheels of fate put in place years ago, I was simply doing my part.
posted by The Whelk at 6:46 PM on June 17, 2010


People, people, people. St. Alia and St. Languagehat have the right of it. It is not my way to disparage n00bs, as a rule, and jfuller, you hardly qualify as a n00b with a user number that low, so how, may I ask you, has Oolong, our late, lamented bunny with the pancake on his head, our one and onliest mascot, managed to escape your notice?
posted by Lynsey at 7:55 PM on June 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


Please. Leave the bunny talk to MetaChat.
posted by availablelight at 8:03 PM on June 17, 2010


Veto of the bunnymen.
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:34 PM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I like to think of the haircut as being the result of author fiat

Haircuts are authorial metatextual colonialism.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:46 PM on June 17, 2010


My head is basically A Passage To India.
posted by The Whelk at 8:51 PM on June 17, 2010


I don't touch Metachat with a ten foot pole but Oolong is definitely the mascot of choice. Only now, it can be Oolong with little wings, and the pancake on his head can have little wings, too.

Either that or a blue scanner with removable cat plush.
posted by Mizu at 9:37 PM on June 17, 2010


How about Oolong with a plate of beans on his head. Something old, something new.
posted by homunculus at 9:41 PM on June 17, 2010


How about a chicken with some goddam dignity?

*strikes a heroic pose*
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:50 PM on June 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Can it be a pancake batfish at midnite? You know, like a flapjack.
posted by deep thought sunstar at 12:31 AM on June 18, 2010


Oolong. sweet, quiet, cute and weirdly mysterious.
posted by theora55 at 7:52 AM on June 18, 2010


If we're talking about mascots, I think we should consider an anthropomorphized trio for Metatalk: Torchy and Pitchy the Fork, two evil fiends constantly starting trouble, who are in an eternal fight against Schmoopy the Hugging Bear, protector of the grey fields, and friend to all.

Hell, I sense a great comic book here...
posted by quin at 8:10 AM on June 18, 2010


You guys, Maru!
posted by toodleydoodley at 1:19 PM on June 18, 2010


How about a dinosaur mascot? I nominate the Tsintaosaurus.
posted by homunculus at 1:40 PM on June 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


DINO TANK!
posted by The Whelk at 1:44 PM on June 18, 2010


I thought it was the Jerusalem cricket, since it seems like that's the answer to most entomological AskMes.
posted by fiercecupcake at 2:18 PM on June 18, 2010


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 2:58 PM on June 18, 2010


...."Part of the mollusk phylum..."
posted by The Whelk at 2:59 PM on June 18, 2010


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