The mystery continues... December 7, 2011 12:09 PM   Subscribe

The Phantom Gifter strikes again.

For the previous two years, on or about my birthday, I've recieved packages at my workplace full of gifts, with a card signed "Happy Birthday, The Internet."

Although, this year, instead of flowers, it was full of yummy gingerbread cookies. So the tradition and mystery continue.

Thank, Internet
posted by jonmc to MetaFilter-Related at 12:09 PM (44 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

Previously.

I kind of like this tradition. If I come to New York ever, I may make an anonymous donation myself.
posted by Think_Long at 12:12 PM on December 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


Happy Birthday!
posted by Navelgazer at 12:20 PM on December 7, 2011


Yay for fellow December Birthday Person!

Happy Belated Birthday jonmc.

Also, I wish someone would do this to me. XD
posted by royalsong at 12:25 PM on December 7, 2011


At first glance I read that as "The Phantom Grifter."
posted by ericb at 12:26 PM on December 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


The Internet NEVER gets me anything for my birthday. People keep telling me I should DTMFA, but then who would keep me company late at night?
posted by drlith at 12:27 PM on December 7, 2011 [19 favorites]


Mine's tomorrow.
Let me know if that's too subtle for you.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 12:27 PM on December 7, 2011 [4 favorites]


I also read it as "Grifter" and will gladly come and con you out of your money next year.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:28 PM on December 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


*kicks self for not sending anonymous package to jonmc*

*slaps forehead for not realizing again that I don't have jonmc's IRL address.*

It would be fun if we could add an optional birthday item to profile page that gives an idea when user birthdays fall. Though I haven't figured out how we could provide mailing addresses without sharing them with the whole world. Maybe we could do an SQ style deal year round for birthdays? I must admit I love all the anonymous present things we do on MetaFilter.
posted by bearwife at 12:36 PM on December 7, 2011


There is a birthday option on your profile page. You can even click on it and see every other user with the same bday.
posted by mannequito at 12:43 PM on December 7, 2011 [1 favorite]



Thank, Internet

Thinternet.
posted by The Whelk at 12:43 PM on December 7, 2011 [9 favorites]


The Hipster Grifter strikes again?
posted by to sir with millipedes at 12:45 PM on December 7, 2011


What did you get in 2009?
posted by iconomy at 12:48 PM on December 7, 2011


If anyone is interested in the recipe I used, here she be:

2000 mcg Lysergic acid diethylamide
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup shortening, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup molasses
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Happy birthday, dude. Enjoy!
posted by gman at 12:49 PM on December 7, 2011 [15 favorites]


Thinternet is for people who don't receive cookies out of the blue.

(Happy birthday, jonmc! Happy imminent birthday, le morte de bea arthur !)
posted by maudlin at 12:49 PM on December 7, 2011


Dude, a whole teaspoon of nutmeg? That stuff is psychoactive, you know.
posted by maudlin at 12:50 PM on December 7, 2011 [10 favorites]


The Phantom Grifter was a great radio serial from the 1940s.

THE MYSTERY CONTINUES...
posted by auto-correct at 1:02 PM on December 7, 2011


A teaspoon of nutmeg is about what I put in my eggnog shooter. Don't ask me what I dream about.
posted by seanmpuckett at 1:04 PM on December 7, 2011


Happy Birthday jonmc.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 1:04 PM on December 7, 2011


I sent them. They contain intoxicants.

You are a lucky man. All I ever get for my birthday is contempt and indifference. And they're not even gift-wrapped.
posted by Decani at 1:10 PM on December 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


The internet is late again.

Happy birthday, MeFites who identify your birthday as Dec. 7!
posted by filthy light thief at 1:13 PM on December 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


jonmc this year I sent you a whole bookstore.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:27 PM on December 7, 2011


The Phantom Gifter sounds like the Metafilter version of the Poe Toaster.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:51 PM on December 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'd like to offer very belated Happy Birthday wishes to all MeFites whose birthdays are August 19.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 1:59 PM on December 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


Except jonmc isn't dead right, right?
posted by The Whelk at 2:03 PM on December 7, 2011


Reports of my death have been greatly exag-

*thud*
posted by jonmc at 2:13 PM on December 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday, MeFites who identify your birthday as Dec. 7!

Thank you! Nobody has given me cookies yet today (hint!), although I did receive Daria: The Complete Animated Series box set, which might be better than cookies.
posted by beandip at 2:13 PM on December 7, 2011


also, happy birthday jonmc!
posted by beandip at 2:14 PM on December 7, 2011


Death by chocolate
posted by The Whelk at 2:22 PM on December 7, 2011


maudlin: Thinternet is for people who don't receive cookies out of the blue.

I see what you did there.
posted by owtytrof at 2:40 PM on December 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


Happy birthday, jonmc! Happy almost birthday, le morte!
posted by Lynsey at 2:42 PM on December 7, 2011


Damn, nice of them.
posted by FunkyHelix at 2:56 PM on December 7, 2011


royalsong, you should have come to Boston. There was cake AND we kicked ass at trivia.
posted by maryr at 2:57 PM on December 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also, I had a co-worker of mine have the first cookie. Y'know, just in case.
posted by jonmc at 5:24 PM on December 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


Did they come in a sealed box or?
posted by The Whelk at 5:33 PM on December 7, 2011


Yeah, it was a sealed box, but who the hell knows, you know?
posted by jonmc at 5:36 PM on December 7, 2011


it could be larger than you know jon
posted by The Whelk at 5:38 PM on December 7, 2011


Yesterday I got a cake from The Internet. Not this one, another one.

The top of the box said:

"Jim

Jim

Jim

Nevermind, I found it."

I love The Internet.
posted by bondcliff at 7:35 PM on December 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


Happy Birthday jonmc and beandip!
posted by dragonplayer at 8:56 PM on December 7, 2011


We should find out the internet's birthday and send it something nice in return.
posted by not_on_display at 10:31 PM on December 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


dangnabit...late agin...Happy Birthdays jonmc and royalsong
posted by a humble nudibranch at 10:44 PM on December 7, 2011


I like this Fringe credit sequence
posted by clockzero at 10:53 PM on December 7, 2011


Well, it's nearly 10pm, and no cookies.
MetaFilter, I am deeply, deeply disappointed in you.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 1:51 PM on December 8, 2011


I don't think AskMe got cookies for its birthday today either.
posted by unliteral at 8:46 PM on December 8, 2011


I look forward to this post every year.
posted by zizzle at 8:13 AM on December 9, 2011


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