The Sincerest Form of Flattery? January 31, 2011 10:48 AM   Subscribe

This comment just turned up as a Peter Sagal quip on this week's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.

It is a pretty obvious "take," on the TV images, but I wonder how often our threads are mined for quippage, snappy banter and repartee by media figures. . .
posted by Danf to MetaFilter-Related at 10:48 AM (123 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

fwiw, it's not a wholly implausible observation to make, I had the same thought while watching the SOTU and yet I hadn't read the thread yet, nor (of course) had I listened tot he radio broadcast.
posted by edgeways at 10:57 AM on January 31, 2011


Shoot them, shoot them, sue them and then shoot them!
posted by jonmc at 10:57 AM on January 31, 2011


I imagine it was independent invention, but they were already on my list anyway so I am up for some grars if people are graring.
posted by ND¢ at 11:01 AM on January 31, 2011


I cannot cite, but I seem to remember other instances where stuff from here has come out of the mouths, or been typed, by well-known people. I guess I was fishing for examples of this.
posted by Danf at 11:01 AM on January 31, 2011


That doesn't sound very user friendly.
posted by ND¢ at 11:02 AM on January 31, 2011 [7 favorites]


That was serious the first thought that popped into my head on seeing the Biden-Obama-Boehner tableau. I would be shocked if it didn't simultaneously occur to millions of other drama nerds.
posted by milquetoast at 11:06 AM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


-ly
posted by milquetoast at 11:08 AM on January 31, 2011


-ly

When do you leave?
Immediate-Lee!
Here-a-Lee, there-a-Lee!
When will you return?
Short-Lee!
Here-a-Lee, there-a-Lee!
And I'll come back triumphant-Lee!
Here-a-Lee, there-a-Lee!
Everywhere a-Lee-a-Lee!
posted by librarylis at 11:15 AM on January 31, 2011 [8 favorites]


The other day I was thinking it'd be cool to see Autobot/Decepticon tragedy/comedy masks, but I never got around to drawing them. I'm sure someone's already thought of the same thing, but in case I am the first person to have thought of it this comment can stand as proof that it was totally my idea.
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:22 AM on January 31, 2011 [3 favorites]


"'...I seem to remember other instances where stuff from here has come out of the mouths... [of] well-known people...'

"That doesn't sound very user friendly."


Or sanitary.

also: I'm in ur comment, fixin ur broken parallelism
posted by Eideteker at 11:22 AM on January 31, 2011


quip snaffle
posted by clavdivs at 11:23 AM on January 31, 2011


-ly

It is VERY useful
posted by DU at 11:27 AM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


I once went to a live taping of Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me. P. J. O'Rourke was booed by the audience for calling Hillary Clinton a bitch, and Jesse Ventura (the phone-in guest) ranted for twenty agonizing minutes about 9/11 conspiracies. None of that made it onto the air.

I think we can do a lot better than them.
posted by theodolite at 11:29 AM on January 31, 2011 [5 favorites]


I wonder how often our threads are mined for quippage, snappy banter and repartee

I steal all the best jokes and use them IRL to impress girls.
posted by carsonb at 11:30 AM on January 31, 2011 [13 favorites]


A former Chicago mefite used to worked on the show. I can't remember if it was an online comment or at a meetup, but remember her saying that Metafilter was a great source of material. But she was talking about whimsical news stories; I'm sure this here is another example of convergent evolution in humor.
posted by hydrophonic at 11:34 AM on January 31, 2011


"I think we can do a lot better than them."

Sacrilege! To the pyre with you.
posted by oddman at 11:35 AM on January 31, 2011


I steal all the best jokes and use them IRL to impress girls.

girl: "So I've been looking around for a new camera . . ."
carsonb: "We have cameras."
girl: "I'm sorry?"
carsonb: Well . . . um . . . see pretend this was like an internet discussion board and . . . one guy was mad cause everyone was buying cameras, but like sneakily, and that guy said 'How does that make you any different' than, I don't remember exactly, but somebody bad, and then another guy - only like after one other comment, so crazy fast - said 'We have cameras.' like that was how the people who were buying cameras were different. It was . . . it was really funny when that happened . . . on the internet.
girl: *FALLS MADLY IN LOVE WITH CARSONB OBVIOUSLY*
posted by ND¢ at 11:41 AM on January 31, 2011 [56 favorites]


I think we can do a lot better than them.

If booing PJ O'Rourke and cutting 9/11 conspiracies is wrong, I don't want to be right.
posted by kmz at 11:43 AM on January 31, 2011 [5 favorites]


Is there a photo of said faces?
posted by GuyZero at 12:09 PM on January 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


I think we need to have a week of secretly posting FPPs that link to completely manufactured fiction, then count the number of appearances in traditional media and the subsequent retractions.
posted by odinsdream at 12:10 PM on January 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


I wonder how often our threads are mined for quippage, snappy banter and repartee

All your special snowflakes are belong to us.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 12:10 PM on January 31, 2011


girl (who is also a mechanic, straightens up after repairing the damaged wire in carsonb's car engine): "There, I fixed that for you."
carsonb: "Wow. Can we call a moratorium on "There, I fixed that for you?""
girl: "I'm sorry?"
carsonb: "Well....um....see pretend this was like an internet discussion board and.....a lot of people use annoying catchphrases. I mean, they use them a lot, and other people get annoyed, and then someone complains that there should be a moratorium on the phrase and then invariably someone else will come along and suggest that we have a moratorium on moratoriums."
girl: *FALLS MADLY IN LOVE WITH CARSONB OBVIOUSLY*
posted by iconomy at 12:13 PM on January 31, 2011 [25 favorites]


I seem to remember someone on Metafilter saying that he/she had once had a job writing jokes based on the day's news stories that would be circulated to morning radio DJs. The person said that if one of their jokes didn't make it onto a late night talkshow, they considered it an off day.
posted by roll truck roll at 12:18 PM on January 31, 2011


girl: "So, I was watching this show the other day, and..."
carsonb: "Is this going to be something I'd need to own a television to understand?"
girl: *PUNCHES CARSONB IN THE FACE FOR BEING AN ASSHOLE TOTALLY*
posted by Curious Artificer at 12:18 PM on January 31, 2011 [20 favorites]


girl: "So, here's your plate of beans."
carsonb: "Nah, too easy."

and they never meet again.
posted by shothotbot at 12:25 PM on January 31, 2011 [8 favorites]


snappy banter.
the new casual detachment.
posted by clavdivs at 12:27 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


girl (who is also a mechanic, straightens up after repairing the damaged wire in carsonb's car engine): "There, I fixed that for you."
carsonb: "Thanks. How much is that?"
girl: Twenty bucks, same as in town.
carsonb: ...
girl: *profit!*
posted by slogger at 12:29 PM on January 31, 2011 [35 favorites]


girl: "Can you give me a hand?"
carsonb: "For the record, I bet my right hand against quonsar's lies. Under any amount of torture, he will break first, because he is lying. If I break first, I will surrender my right hand."
girl: *FISHES CARSONB IN THE PANTS OBVIOUSLY*
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:35 PM on January 31, 2011 [12 favorites]


I liked the bit on the show following this quip which went something like this (paraphrasing) "What was up with Joe Biden, he looked so amused and animated all the time, winking to someone in the audience, nodding and laughing, he looked like he was having a really good time" Then the other presenter says "Biden always has a good time wherever he goes" followed by laughter from the audience.
posted by cynicalidealist at 12:36 PM on January 31, 2011


I think we need to have a week of secretly posting FPPs that link to completely manufactured fiction, then count the number of appearances in traditional media and the subsequent retractions.

We will call it PROJECT HELTER STUPID.
posted by mykescipark at 12:38 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


CarsonB: "why do you need to straighten, you have only connected a wire"
Girl: "boo-ya baby, talk to the pin-up"
posted by clavdivs at 12:38 PM on January 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


girl: *punches carsonb in the dick*
carsonb: THAT'S MY LINE!!! ow.
posted by Wolfdog at 12:39 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


girl (who is also a mechanic, straightens up after repairing the damaged wire in carsonb's car engine): "There, I fi--"
carsonb: OMG I HATE CAR TALK. ITS THE SAME JOKES EVERY TIME. AND THE LAUGHING NEEDS TO STOP.
girl: *FALLS MADLY IN LOVE WITH CARSONB OBVIOUSLY*
posted by Rock Steady at 12:40 PM on January 31, 2011 [8 favorites]


I am usually sabotaged by my own impulse to cite everything1:

Me: “…and that’s why rhinos pee so much.”
Them: “Wow, that’s incredible!”
Me: “Er, and uh MetaFilter, uh, had the article
Them: “What?”
Me: “Well, it's MetaFilter.”
Them: “What’s MetaFilter?”
Me: “Oh, I just uh, read it on this website called MetaFilter.”
Them: “Uh huh.”
Me: “Well, it’s actually much more than a website. It’s like a community
Them: “…”
Me: “and this one time there were Russians, and, uh—”
Them: “What?”
Me: “There were Russians and it was on the news and these two girls were being trafficked and stuff, and then in New York, this professor, well actually the professor wasn’t in New York but…”
Them: “…”

1. An impulse that is largely due to elementary school librarians and Powerpoint presentations about plagiarism.
posted by yaymukund at 12:58 PM on January 31, 2011 [10 favorites]


carsonb: You know, we're all made of stars, right?
girl: Ugh -- that's the oldest come-on line ever, dorkus.
carsonb: I was quoting SCIENCE!
girl: Are you a (finger flexures) "friend of mathowie?"
/fade to waves
posted by Devils Rancher at 12:58 PM on January 31, 2011 [6 favorites]


Girl: Ooh, I could really go for some mashed potatoes right now.
carsonb: Man, that has GOT to be hardcore taters!
Girl: Well... I like mashed potatoes.
carsonb: No softcore taters there!
Girl: No, mashed. Of course they're soft.
carsonb: I'm, uh, I'm making taters a stand-in for pornography.
Girl: ....
carsonb: Well, actually, that might not be right. It could be penises.
Girl: *FALLS MADLY IN LOVE WITH CARSONB OBVIOUSLY*
posted by meese at 1:07 PM on January 31, 2011 [9 favorites]


Every line ending with *OBVIOUSLY* here I'm reading in the voice of Roxy from Scott PIlgrim when she says "Prepare to die, obviously!"
posted by kmz at 1:10 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


carsonb: When do you think is the best time to post a question?
girl: *FALLS MADLY IN LOVE WITH CARSONB OBVIOUSLY*
posted by yaymukund at 1:17 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


Girl (who is sitting next to me right now): "Yeah, funny stuff. Ha. Heh."
Me: "Yeah because see they're all referencing old in jokes that were - "
Girl: "Please stop talking to me."
posted by zoinks at 1:18 PM on January 31, 2011 [14 favorites]


spoiler: the girl is zoinks' wife.
posted by boo_radley at 1:27 PM on January 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


I can't say what happened here, but when you take comedy writing classes you learn to read/watch the news and make it into jokes. And then you watch Conan or Letterman or SNL and you see your jokes on TV. Because those guys read the news and think of jokes too. It used to happen to me pretty routinely.
posted by drjimmy11 at 1:30 PM on January 31, 2011


(For clarity, I'm not saying they stole my jokes; I'm saying you all see the same news stories, and you all probably learned the same basic methods of joke construction, so it becomes pretty inevitable.)
posted by drjimmy11 at 1:32 PM on January 31, 2011


Girl: Hey, they said on the news that James Brown died!
carsonb: period.
Girl: eh?
carsonb: Oh, it's just a thing on a... nevermind. Don't worry, he'll probably die about 7 more times over the next week.
Girl: *FALLS MADLY IN LOVE WITH CARSONB OBVIOUSLY*
posted by Rhomboid at 1:33 PM on January 31, 2011 [3 favorites]


DRJIMMY11 JUST STOLE MY JOKE
posted by slogger at 1:34 PM on January 31, 2011


...the jokes or news stories?
posted by clavdivs at 1:35 PM on January 31, 2011


Me: “…and that’s why rhinos pee so much.”
Them: “Wow, that’s incredible!”
Me: “Er, and uh MetaFilter, uh, had the article”
Them: “What?”
Me: “Well, it's MetaFilter.”
Them: “What’s MetaFilter?”
Me: “Oh, I just uh, read it on this website called MetaFilter.”
Them: “Uh huh.”
Me: “Well, it’s actually much more than a website. It’s like a community”
Them: “…”
Me: “and this one time there were Russians, and, uh—”
Them: “What?”
Me: “There were Russians and it was on the news and these two girls were being trafficked and stuff, and then in New York, this professor, well actually the professor wasn’t in New York but…”
Them: “…”
posted by yaymukund at 3:58 PM on January 31 [3 favorites -] Favorite added! [!]


Verbatim. I mean, like, VER. BAY. TUM.
posted by thinkpiece at 1:56 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think the least they can do is have Carl Kasell provide the outgoing message on milquetoast's answering machine.
posted by not_on_display at 1:56 PM on January 31, 2011 [3 favorites]


"I steal all the best jokes and use them IRL to impress girls."

What makes you think your girl doesn't know?
posted by klangklangston at 2:06 PM on January 31, 2011


I can't put my finger on why, but all of a sudden I find myself falling madly in love with carsonb.
posted by DrGirlfriend at 2:09 PM on January 31, 2011 [6 favorites]


"Them: “What’s MetaFilter?”
Me: “Oh, I just uh, read it on this website called MetaFilter.”
"

IT IS A WEBSITE ON WHICH I HAVE MANY FAVORITE POINTS
posted by klangklangston at 2:09 PM on January 31, 2011 [9 favorites]


I wear an led belt buckle at all times which I constantly update with the number of favorite points I have which then reads "I have x number of favorite points on an internet discussion board called Metafilter. Some people think they are just bookmarks or that they ruined the site, but I know they are a numerical expression of how awesome you are and if you have been staring at my groinal region this long we might as well do it right?"
posted by ND¢ at 2:21 PM on January 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


Me: (coming in the house) Hey (Mrs Danf), do you think that Paul Revere knew about polar bears?

Mrs. Danf: Huh?

Me: Do you think that Paul Revere knew about polar bears?

Mrs. Danf: Why would. . .

Me: . . . .It was an Ask Metafilter question. My favorite one ever!

Mrs. Danf: God I hate the Internet!
posted by Danf at 2:27 PM on January 31, 2011 [7 favorites]


Favorites are played out. We need to start handing out Achievements, Xbox-style.
posted by Ritchie at 2:34 PM on January 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


Carsonb: I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their scanners, or why.
Girl *KICKS CARSONB OUT OF THE LIBRARY OBVIOUSLY*
posted by dflemingecon at 2:35 PM on January 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


P. J. O'Rourke was booed by the audience for calling Hillary Clinton a bitch

Ah.. I had wondered why he seemed to have been dropped from the show. Not that I mind... mind you... as I always turn the show off if O'Rourke was on. Never could stand that insufferable dink.
posted by edgeways at 2:39 PM on January 31, 2011


-------------------------------------
|                                    |
|     Achievement Unlocked!          |
|     Ritchie wins the internets     |
|     OBVIOUSLY                      |
|                                    |
-------------------------------------
posted by eyeballkid at 2:41 PM on January 31, 2011 [3 favorites]


I wish I could flag people as 'double', 'offensive/sexism/racism', or 'noise' in real life - 'display error' seems rude, though.
posted by maryr at 2:49 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


"I wish I could flag people as 'double', 'offensive/sexism/racism', or 'noise' in real life - 'display error' seems rude, though"
--maryr

Yeah, well you can't alwαγѮ ҨӚԎ שႹႵႲ 鶸ꊷ⁝ⅅ ⎈ ⓉⒶⓉⒺⓇⓈ
posted by not_on_display at 2:56 PM on January 31, 2011 [6 favorites]


The other day I was thinking it'd be cool to see Autobot/Decepticon tragedy/comedy masks

YOUR THINKING WAS CORRECT OMFG. Plz to draw immediately.
posted by elizardbits at 3:13 PM on January 31, 2011



Favorites are played out. We need to start handing out Achievements, Xbox-style.
posted by Ritchie at 2:34 PM on January 31 [1 favorite -] Favorite added! [!]


Fixed that for you.
posted by Danf at 3:27 PM on January 31, 2011


Me: "Look, you may want to sit down for this. Your mother just passed away. Period."
Them: "Why did you just say 'period'?"
Me: "Oh! I belong to a community weblog called MetaFilter. We use a period to denote a moment of silence when we're grieving. But seriously, your mother died."
Them: "Well, how do I get an account."
Me: "Well, there's a five dollar fee but I can get you a gift account and you won't have to pay. Your mother's dead."
Them: "Aw, thanks! I wonder what my user number will be."
Me: "..."
posted by yaymukund at 3:29 PM on January 31, 2011


I steal all the best jokes and use them IRL to impress girls.

I think my response was "I remember that comment!"
posted by katillathehun at 3:46 PM on January 31, 2011 [3 favorites]


I sorta like how everyone conflated 'memes' with 'best jokes'.

HA-HA!
posted by carsonb at 4:07 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


Man, I wish I could do something nerdy (such as bandy about a metafilter meme) and have it be attractive. Instead, my nerd moments come off as more Welcome to the Dollhouse and less that dumb movie from the eighties where they make a girl out of SCIENCE!
posted by angrycat at 5:06 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm saying you all see the same news stories, and you all probably learned the same basic methods of joke construction, so it becomes pretty inevitable

A noun, a verb, and the word "penis".

(Falls madly in love with carsonb, but not in a obvious manner).
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 5:11 PM on January 31, 2011


Somewhere carsonb is sitting at a library reference desk and blushing furiously.

Keep it up!
posted by loquacious at 5:52 PM on January 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


I sorta like how everyone conflated 'memes' with 'best jokes'.

Hate to break this to you, but same thing.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 6:21 PM on January 31, 2011


That's just, like, your opinion, man.
posted by carsonb at 6:49 PM on January 31, 2011 [4 favorites]


I'm disappointed that nobody uses Metafilter to impress boys.
posted by ardgedee at 6:50 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


I went to see a live recording of WWDTM and it was fun. OBVIOUSLY.

I try to tell the long suffering Mrs arcticseal about things on Metafilter and she often looks sympathetically at my nerdish enthusiasm. That said, "look there is the dog he is perfect" has now entered our vocabulary.
posted by arcticseal at 7:19 PM on January 31, 2011 [3 favorites]


I'm disappointed that nobody uses Metafilter to impress boys.

Man, I TOTALLY DO. OBVIOUSLY.
posted by two lights above the sea at 7:31 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


"Godot has facebook right?"
"yes"
posted by clavdivs at 8:20 PM on January 31, 2011


I think my response was "I remember that comment!"

Consider yourself lucky, I get emailed jokes from THIS THREAD and then have to have a link sent to me because I didn't read it until just now.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:24 PM on January 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


jessamyn: I LIKE SNOW IT IS SNOWY
not_on_display: U R MY SPECIAL SNOWFLKE
jessamyn: :)
not_on_display: NOW'S THE PART WHERE YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH ME **OBVIOUSLY**
jessamyn: o_O
[n_o_d sends link]
jessamyn: yes i have read it now, I understand.
not_on_display: I LIKE SNOW TOO IT IS SO SO SNOWY
posted by not_on_display at 8:29 PM on January 31, 2011 [6 favorites]


I'm disappointed that nobody uses Metafilter to impress boys.

What were you saying?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:30 PM on January 31, 2011 [5 favorites]


I first tried limiting my favourites to 100 comments, then 150, then 200, but you're all too fucking insightful and funny. So now I'm at 500 and it causes me actualy physical pain to unfavourite a comment, like giving a childhood soft toy to a kindergarten or your 4 year old cousin. I know the comment's still there, but I don't get to cuddle it before I go to sleep. So, uh, thanks for being awesome.

Anyway, I don't really know what this thread is about, but I really just came here to say that I steal lots of jokes from MetaFilter but I also come to MetaFilter and see that someone else has made my joke before me. The same goes for the internet and TV. I used to say "THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID" to my friends all the time1 way before it was cool and then when it became cool I invented saying it ironically and then when everyone started doing that I stopped saying it altogether.2

1. But don't ask them, 'cause they'll just lie about it.
2. I also invented tying your jersey/sweatshirt/polar fleece/jacket around your waist. Can't win 'em all.

posted by doublehappy at 9:10 PM on January 31, 2011 [3 favorites]


actual
posted by doublehappy at 9:14 PM on January 31, 2011


Did I ever talk about my idea for a new game show of the "celebrity/comedian panel making jokes, thinly veiled as 'game'" strip that would be called The Your Mom Show or something like that, where you'd have like a small variety of different sorts of high-concept minigames all centered around making dumb jokes about one's figurative mother?

Like the core game would be a sort of Password game, except instead of one person feeding a clue and the other person having to guess the actual word, it'd be one person uttering a short, neutral phrase, and the other person having to as efficiently as possible turn that into a Your Mom joke. With maybe the celebrity panel giving scores and critiques and counter-suggestions and stuff.

So like Bob Crenshaw from Muskogee would be like, "The rain sure is coming down." And then Sandra Liebowitz from Manhattan would have five seconds to come up with, e.g., "Your Mom sure was going down." And then the judges would hold up a 6, a 4, and a 7, and one of them would be Billy Crystal and he'd say in a funny voice "we also would have accepted "Your Mom was coming", and there'd be laughing and then it would be Sandra's turn to read to Bob: "I'd like to buy an otter." and Bob would have a few seconds.

And there could be a speed round at the end where whoever had the most points would have to do like instant free-association to toss off as many yourmomisms as possible or something.

Anyway, I think I'd be fairly competitive if that existed.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:37 PM on January 31, 2011 [24 favorites]


yo mama was fairly competitive at my existed!
posted by not_on_display at 10:12 PM on January 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


The bane of my life is when I write a humor column on Tuesday and turn it in, then Wednesday Penny Arcade makes the same basic joke only funnier, but my column doesn't go up until Friday.

This happens often enough that either my editor is feeding Penny Arcade material, or people think of the same jokes a lot of the time.
posted by lore at 10:24 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'd like to buy your Mom!
posted by zoinks at 10:50 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


In Soviet Russia your Mom buys you.

...oh wait, is that how it works?
posted by arcticseal at 11:10 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


My gameshow would be just like cortex's but after the "normal" line the other contestant would just say "That's what she said!" Points would be awarded strictly on eyebrow wiggling.
posted by maxwelton at 11:12 PM on January 31, 2011 [3 favorites]


I'm calling the Navy.
posted by clavdivs at 11:15 PM on January 31, 2011


At any rate, Metroid Baby's Transformer drama masks idea was too cool not to exist, so I put a version together, ready for endesktopping.
posted by lore at 11:51 PM on January 31, 2011 [12 favorites]


Your mom called the Navy.
posted by ryanrs at 1:15 AM on February 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


Favorites are played out. We need to start handing out Achievements, Xbox-style.

Well, Steam-style. How serendipitous you should say that. (New project announcement coming soon from wonderchicken industries™)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:53 AM on February 1, 2011


The Navy called your mom.
posted by Sailormom at 3:55 AM on February 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


Those drama masks - WHY IS AUTOBOT MASK SAD AND DECEPTICON MASK HAPPY? Did Optimus just buy the big one?
posted by longbaugh at 5:44 AM on February 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


I try to tell the long suffering Mrs arcticseal about things on Metafilter

Try this strategy:

"...and that's why it is Word Tapir Day today!"

"Where did you find out about this?"

"Um, I heard it on NPR."
posted by mikepop at 5:58 AM on February 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


Mrs arcticseal has already heard my tapir story, it is somewhat related to this.
posted by arcticseal at 6:03 AM on February 1, 2011


Holy crap, lore, that's great! It's like Christmastron in Febuzoid for me!
posted by Metroid Baby at 7:58 AM on February 1, 2011


"Them: “What’s MetaFilter?”
Me: “Oh, I just uh, read it on this website called MetaFilter.”"


"Ok, so there's this thing called the internet, right?"
...
posted by norm at 8:32 AM on February 1, 2011


I read about your Mom on Metafilter!
posted by never used baby shoes at 8:38 AM on February 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


askme or projects?
posted by clavdivs at 9:57 AM on February 1, 2011


Glad you like it, MB.

And the Autobot mask is sad because the Decepticon mask is basically a happy mask already. I just added a mouth and two forehead line extensions.
posted by lore at 10:06 AM on February 1, 2011



Q: You like snow? You are a person who likes the snow storm that we are currently engaged in?
A: Yes! I am! I like snow!
Q: You like snow! In fact, you are a person who likes snow as much as a plow driver who gets overtime likes snow!
A: YES I LIKE SNOWY SNOW AS IF IT WERE MY PROFESSION!! TELL ME MORE ABOUT IT
Q: YOU ENJOY THIS WEATHER YOU SNOWY SNOW PERSON etc.
posted by chowflap at 10:07 AM on February 1, 2011 [8 favorites]


carsonb had me at "bucket of cocks".
posted by kyrademon at 10:19 AM on February 1, 2011


I use Metafilter jokes on people all the time. Nobody recognizes them, so I just labor under this pervasive delusion that I am whip-smart and clever, instead of a stuttering dumbass.
posted by cmyk at 10:21 AM on February 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


I wonder how often our threads are mined for quippage, snappy banter and repartee by media figures. . .

Isn't that a definition of an internship?
posted by carter at 11:18 AM on February 1, 2011


"look sir, droids"
posted by clavdivs at 11:26 AM on February 1, 2011


I C3Pee'd Over your mum :)
posted by longbaugh at 11:36 AM on February 1, 2011


(oh snap!)
posted by longbaugh at 11:36 AM on February 1, 2011


Just so you know, I really, really hate those Yo Momma jokes. They're sexist, and not funny.
posted by Mom at 11:50 AM on February 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm disappointed that nobody uses Metafilter to impress boys.

In all seriousness if some girl at a bar was like, "I have no idea how these people wedged their buttery nipples into a shot glass, or why," I'd be totally on the hook. I'd even drink a buttery nipple. I would think her effort to return ration on that would be prohibitively low, though.
posted by cmoj at 11:51 AM on February 1, 2011


In a low key atmosphere, say Venus, explaining metafilter without visual aids could be quite the frame-set for conversation. Snowy window tavern, "more wine?" Bandy names. Exalt the tanagble work to has done good, the great intelligence arm that is askme. Coats are arranged indicating comfort- "No vodka thanks, I have to snow plough later" then comes the Blue, cutting edge to the merely interesting to life’s essential new stories distilled into editable platter sized nibblers‘. Acronyms and in-jokes; save for the second date if you have gotten thus far.

Waves to Mom. Makes note: call your mother/say love things.

jokes/ensue
posted by clavdivs at 12:19 PM on February 1, 2011


They can actually be funny (as has been demonstrated many times within this thread and elsewhere) it's just that you may not be the target audience for them. As to whether they are sexist, I'm absolutely not wishing to sound argumentative here but can I ask how you come to that conclusion? I am willing to accept your subjective opinion about it but I'd appreciate it if you could expand on that a little more.

To put my point of view over first - it's not the fact that it's a female relative that's amusing specifically, but more that disrespecting one's mother (yo) is so off limits in normal circumstances that it becomes funny as a deliberate "push" past people's normal values. An area of comedy exploited by some of the greatest comedians out there for literally hundreds of years (i.e. the Aristocrats joke).

The fact that the "yo momma" joke is so established means that part of the humour is provided by the expectation of a specific payoff but you could theoretically substitute any other loved one that is normally out of bounds and create much the same effect. "Yo momma" jokes are every bit as repetitive as the "In Soviet Russia..." style jokes but part of what we find funny with this is that we can pretty much see where it's going to go and can predict the payoff.

Substitution of an expected payoff often results in further hilarity as it turns the expectations of the audience on their heads (see Every Joke by Stewart Lee for evidence of this technique).

Unless you were joking in which case - good luck making a yo momma joke out of that lot.
posted by longbaugh at 12:29 PM on February 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


you could theoretically substitute any other loved one that is normally out of bounds and create much the same effect.

Try it with Dad. Try it with Daughter. There's really something pretty specific about Mom that makes it funny to many people.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:11 PM on February 1, 2011


I sort of agree jessamyn and said as much above. Disrespecting someone's mother is the top of the pyramid in "things that offend folks". It's hard for me to put across the way I see it but I'll give it a shot -

We know that all mothers are women but whilst the joke is disrespectful to mothers it's not targeted at the fact that "mothers are women" so much as that they are normally beyond the boundaries we set each other in what we are willing to accept as offensive. Does that make any sense?

The joke isn't that it's a mum or that it's a woman, it's that it is a "sacred calf" that is normally off limits. The degree of automatic respect given to a mother is the sacrifice that is made for this particular joke to work. That's where the humour lies (from my perspective at least).
posted by longbaugh at 1:29 PM on February 1, 2011


The joke isn't that it's a mum or that it's a woman, it's that it is a "sacred calf" that is normally off limits. The degree of automatic respect given to a mother is the sacrifice that is made for this particular joke to work.

Agreed, which is precisely why the easiest way to "win" a your mother insult contest is to attack one's self. To drop the nuclear bomb on one's own capitol, proverbially speaking...

It's been almost a decade since I've engaged in one, but the last "your mother" dis-fest resulted me not only agreeing that my mother accepts money in exchange for sexual favors, but that she also prefers it doggie style, as evidenced by the presence of my hot, sticky semen on her back.
posted by Debaser626 at 1:59 PM on February 1, 2011


needs less adjective
posted by clavdivs at 2:08 PM on February 1, 2011


That's what mom said.
posted by Sailormom at 3:58 PM on February 1, 2011


I like the "yo mama" fracases (fraci?) that ensue on the street, because they are by necessity abbreviated. I triggered one this morning when I had trouble getting around a car parked in the crosswalk and a neighbor began the "yo mama" with the woman in the car. I rolled away, feeling vaguely guilty that I was leaving my neighbor to "yo mama" on his lonesome, but I had places to be. But the "yo mamas" continued, although what "yo mama" did or was -- this sense was wafted away on the wind, leaving the cries of "yo mama" strangely disembodied.

Also, I have this weird feeling that clavdivs is a robot. I am putting this out here in hopes that he will utter a sentence that is not totally fucking weird.
posted by angrycat at 5:07 PM on February 1, 2011


Also, I have this weird feeling that clavdivs is a robot.

I've always thought of him more as a satellite. MetaFilter's own satellite orbiting the blue green and grey sending down signals from time to time.
posted by Sailormom at 5:33 PM on February 1, 2011


the presence of my hot, sticky semen on her back.

Who does not understand needs less adjective after the preceding comment?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:40 PM on February 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


Your mom?
posted by Sailormom at 5:46 PM on February 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


Excellent point.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:47 PM on February 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


So.
Wife: What is the synopsis for this Simpsons?
Me: Homer and Bart are going to ~
Wife: Augh! Ah! Why are you yelling?
Me: I'm not yelling, I'm just speaking clearly. Someone told me I was mumbling.
Wife: You know who else was a mumbler?
Me: If you say "Hitler", so help me God...
Wife: (aghast) What? No! Not Hitler! Why would you say that?
Me: It's a thing on ~
Wife: If this is metafilter then I don't care.
Me: dammit!
posted by boo_radley at 6:21 PM on February 1, 2011 [8 favorites]


MetaFilter: Wife: If this is metafilter then I don't care.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:47 PM on February 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Descartes and the Part-Time Satellites. Feature Hit: "Mom, why is there a hot towel on your back"

You passed the bar did you not angrycat? and it's snowing....
posted by clavdivs at 8:28 PM on February 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


a writer and a Yinzer.. I thought you were a lawyer angrycat. You write as if you were speaking, do you use one of those dictiphone programs? I always loved "Being There" when Melvin was dictating his high economic hub-bub into a microphone. WOW i thought, that would that be neat...some day. No, I really only spun an excuse to apologize for thinking you were a lawyer just to prattle from high orbit. We have robot sub-orbital rocket planes now. Just wait for the Estes-Virgin personal platforms available in 2015. So, before the future pops-in and andy kapps me in the keyster, be assured dear angrycat, I am indeed a satelrobobobot (pat pend.). Nano-cogfluxation relay-17th junction, blarge sector to be exact.
posted by clavdivs at 1:01 AM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I read about your Mom on Metafilter!

I read about Metafilter on your Mom!
posted by chavenet at 4:28 AM on February 2, 2011


true, needs less adjective was a perfect and perfectly human thing to say.
although clavdvis is still perplexing, overall
posted by angrycat at 12:22 PM on February 2, 2011


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