Who protested, "It's SCIENCE!" December 26, 2011 8:01 AM   Subscribe

I wanted to mention a bit of MeFi history in this AskMe but maybe not really appropriate, there -- anyway, couldn't find the links; but there was some other discussion about cannabis several years ago, a famous flame-out with a protesting voice, "It's SCIENCE!" Anybody remember the details?
posted by Rash to MetaFilter-Related at 8:01 AM (196 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Everyone who's anyone knows me. To know me is to love me. Everyone who's anyone loves me. Everyone who's anyone should get themselves tested. It's science, people.

Yeah, so that's not it.
posted by box at 8:08 AM on December 26, 2011


The original comment in Metatalk, here, from March 2006. Specifically: "I was quoting SCIENCE."

And yes, probably not a thing for putting into AskMe in any case.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:12 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


maybe not really appropriate

Definitely not really appropriate.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:29 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


... Optimus Chyme was kind of mean.
posted by Think_Long at 8:36 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


That thread was really pretty funny. But also mean.
posted by bardophile at 8:42 AM on December 26, 2011


Yeah, what an ugly, horrible thread. I guess I'll hold on to that link and look at it every time I get in one of those "metafilter is so much more mean than it used to be!" moods.
posted by koeselitz at 8:44 AM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


(And, yeah, please never, never link that terrible thread in AskMe.)
posted by koeselitz at 8:47 AM on December 26, 2011


img tag :(
posted by nathancaswell at 9:12 AM on December 26, 2011


I'm adding that Yellow user to my 'Don't ever listen to this person's "facts" or advice' list.
posted by gman at 9:49 AM on December 26, 2011 [4 favorites]


You deleted them? You DELETED them? Well I hope you are REAL proud of yourself. Think about what you just did. I was quoting IDEOLOGY!
posted by daniel_charms at 9:51 AM on December 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


Nope, doesn't sound half as good.
posted by daniel_charms at 9:51 AM on December 26, 2011


WOAH MY SYNAPSES ARE LIKE TOTALLY BLOCKED DUDE! Wait, what were we talking about?
posted by nathancaswell at 9:53 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I really kind of love reading this stuff.
posted by dfriedman at 10:02 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Metafilter used to be ....different.
posted by The Whelk at 10:12 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


potsmoking, divorce victim lackies.
posted by Sailormom at 10:39 AM on December 26, 2011


I wish I wasn't in Singapore... *hummed to the tune of I left my heart in ....*
posted by infini at 10:47 AM on December 26, 2011


Sailormom you forgot the twenty something (years ago sigh)
posted by infini at 10:48 AM on December 26, 2011


Optimus chimp lol. He got told!
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:59 AM on December 26, 2011 [4 favorites]


I remember that thread very well, which is surprising that it was almost six years ago.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 11:00 AM on December 26, 2011


Six years? That's, like, half a century ago. Half of this century, that is.
posted by daniel_charms at 11:18 AM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


I was lucky enough to get a little bag of synapse blockage for Christmas. But I haven't had time to partake. I was busy killing brain cells with bourbon.
posted by Splunge at 11:20 AM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


It feels like it's been 6 years since I last blocked my synapses, someone hook a bro up
posted by nathancaswell at 11:30 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I haven't smoked pot in more than a year.

And it's been one of the most depressing, stressful, and least productive years of my life.

I'm not claiming those things are related.

Wait. Yes I am. Those things are related.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 11:43 AM on December 26, 2011 [28 favorites]


“I don't do drugs. If I want a rush I just stand up when I'm not expecting it.” - Dylan Moran
posted by daniel_charms at 12:11 PM on December 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


We need a meetup, ideally at the Bulldog
posted by infini at 12:22 PM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


The Bulldog is a pit, the Dolphin has better coffee and food.
posted by The Whelk at 12:30 PM on December 26, 2011


how can it be a pit if it's a bulldog?
posted by nathancaswell at 12:40 PM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Yeah but its got that inside room in the basement where one can smoke cigarettes
posted by infini at 12:46 PM on December 26, 2011


So, cigarettes, ay? "Cigarettes, ay?" he asked him knowingly. Wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more?
posted by daniel_charms at 1:08 PM on December 26, 2011


(I was given this bag of quotes and cliches for Christmas, you see, so I got a ton to spare)
posted by daniel_charms at 1:09 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


WOAH MY SYNAPSES ARE LIKE TOTALLY BLOCKED DUDE! Wait, what were we talking about?

They DELETED your SYNAPSES, dude!
posted by Infinite Jest at 1:35 PM on December 26, 2011


my synapses, let me show you them
posted by daniel_charms at 1:39 PM on December 26, 2011


The best line ever in Seinfeld was when Kramer said his uncle's synaptic gaps were too wide for ECT to work.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:43 PM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


My synagogues are completely blocked with beer.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 2:00 PM on December 26, 2011


I haven't smoked pot in more than a year.

And it's been one of the most depressing, stressful, and least productive years of my life.


I haven't had a drink or done any kind of drug in well over a year at this point. Wasn't really a conscious decision to do it, at least for the first few months -- moved to a new city and just wasn't in that kind of environment, so I didn't do it. Over all, I agree on the 'depressing, stressful and unproductive' part, though -- and I'll add 'boring' to that.
posted by empath at 2:24 PM on December 26, 2011


Turns out the guy didn't flame out after all, and now he's left an answer in the current AskMe. (He seems kind of paranoid for a guy who doesn't even smoke pot).
posted by jacalata at 2:28 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]




... and still stuck on the same theme. Whoa.
posted by zomg at 2:35 PM on December 26, 2011


BLOCKED SYNAPSES ALL MY LIFE
posted by BitterOldPunk at 2:43 PM on December 26, 2011 [6 favorites]


Optimus chimp lol. He got told!

I miss Optimus Slime. I hope he's doing alright.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:48 PM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


No but listen have you ever really looked at your synapses? Because sometimes they look really really small but when you think about it they like make your WHOLE UNIVERSE and so they're really tiny but also huge!

Wow.
posted by rtha at 2:50 PM on December 26, 2011 [4 favorites]


Yeah, answer for answer's sake is fine but beefing about past history and moderation needs to go here, not in the middle of an askme.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:50 PM on December 26, 2011


I miss Optimus Slime. I hope he's doing alright.

Yeah his casual abuse and disdain for 90% of the user base not "man" enough to trade angry barbs with him and "take the joke" sure was fun. We definitely don't have enough users telling people they're idiots anymore...

/hamburger. With all the trimmings.
posted by smoke at 2:57 PM on December 26, 2011


Eeesh. Sometimes I regret posting that MeTa as it is indeed a mean old thread, but seeing that recent non-answer also makes me think maybe we weren't mean enough.

DirtyCreature - if you read this: your answers were deleted in that old thread and you were called out because you weren't actually answering (or understanding) the question that was posted and you were using the thread as your own personal soapbox and advocacy forum.

Just like you're doing again, six years later.

Also, none of the mods smoke pot. I've met most of them. I've even tried to smoke one of them out, and I failed. They're all too gentle and nerdy and utterly square to be stoners.

Their ideas of a really wild time tend to be a couple of craft beers and a game of Settlers of Catan. Maybe a new banjo, or a really thick book. Or a fifty mile bike ride.

For all the mods I've met, they'd really be far outside of their comfort zone at a rave or a full-on stoner party or something. They are - from my perspective - all very quiet, ultra-nerdy people. Interesting, smart people - but each of them will likely be happy to admit that they're all pretty square.

At the end of it all, though, the SCIENCE! tagline seems to have evolved beyond it's negative, mocking origination story. People just like saying SCIENCE! Science is cool, and it deserves capital letters and an exclamation point.
posted by loquacious at 2:59 PM on December 26, 2011 [6 favorites]


Oh god it's kicking in
posted by The Whelk at 3:08 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


So... who can hook me up?
posted by crunchland at 3:28 PM on December 26, 2011


The Candy Man can.
posted by Sailormom at 3:50 PM on December 26, 2011


Leave Walter out of this.
posted by The Whelk at 3:52 PM on December 26, 2011


So... who can hook me up?

Fetlife?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:56 PM on December 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


SCIENCE!! SCIENCE!!!!!!!!!111
posted by fuq at 4:07 PM on December 26, 2011


True story: I've not smoked pot since the seventh grade (that would be, er, thirty-five years). Or, in fact, done any illegal drugs. It's really kind of weird, considering that I'm pretty friendly to drug use and actually have an interest (I've spent way too much time on Erowid). Well, okay, this is actually very consistent with my personality—it's sort of like how I've been an expert on computer/video games for thirty years but have never actually played video games nearly as much as most people I know.

Anyway, I've never been interested in smoking pot, though I hear that it would help with my chronic pain. But I've never done acid, which basically everyone I know who has (including my evangelical Christian sister) says is worth doing at least once. And, really, there's a number of things I'd be sort of interested in experimenting with. But here I am, more (illegal) drug-free than basically anyone I've known since, well, high school.

I'm not really sure that it's possible to guess at whether people indulge in stuff like this, or not, unless they have an addiction. Mild, recreational use is something that almost any kind of person, from any walk of life, could be doing without it being "obvious".

Frankly, the idea that Matt doesn't is something that makes sense to me, but, gee, jessamyn and cortex are awfully darn mellow. There has to be some mind-altering substances going on there, somehow.

It's more than a little freaky how puritanically anti-drug the US is, and how many people have bought into that. The kind of harm that the anti-drug zealots go on and on about is (in most cases) in the same ballpark or less than a great many prescribed medications and, for fuck's sake, alcohol is very harmful in a whole hell of a lot of ways, in combination.

And, speaking of the paranoia and stuff, I just now saw that homunculus posted a comment in a two-week dormant acetaminophen thread—the one where several of us bitched about the stupid paranoia in the US about opiates and how the US has been especially bad about including acetaminophen in presciption opiates so as to make them, basically, intentionally poisonous—that Siobhan Reynolds, an advocate for pain patients, just died in a plane crash. I've been aware of her for two reasons—the important work her organization has been doing, and because she's an alum (along with her late husband, who was a pain patient and this is what started her advocacy) of SJC.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 4:08 PM on December 26, 2011 [4 favorites]


So... who can hook me up?

*blows smoke through the intertubes*

That's how this thing works, right?
posted by rtha at 4:09 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


THC/IP
posted by The Whelk at 4:14 PM on December 26, 2011 [12 favorites]


THC/IP

Cannabinerd alert!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:17 PM on December 26, 2011


Is this something I would need synapses to understand?
posted by DaddyNewt at 4:56 PM on December 26, 2011


... and still stuck on the same theme. Whoa.

Related.
posted by no regrets, coyote at 5:27 PM on December 26, 2011


Yeah I'm not a pot smoker myself, but the vices I indulge in seem much more dangerous. Seeing as how I can indulge in tobacco and alcohol legally, it would be wrong not to extend the same consideration to those who like to smoke pot, or pop a couple Valium after a hard day. I am against any regulation on any substance for those over the age of 18. The FDA should do studies, make the results known and stay out of our business. If I want to pop down to the Duane Reade and buy a couple vicodin I should be able to.
posted by Ad hominem at 5:29 PM on December 26, 2011


My synapses could do with a bit of a polish, anyone got any Brasso?
posted by arcticseal at 5:37 PM on December 26, 2011


Was that thread the origin of the SCIENCE! meme that I see around so many corners of the Internet?
posted by slogger at 5:57 PM on December 26, 2011


I always thought it was from this.
posted by benito.strauss at 6:43 PM on December 26, 2011


Afaik, metafilter has never been the origin of any widely spread meme, and a lot of memes that mefites think started here actually started elsewhere.
posted by empath at 6:44 PM on December 26, 2011


This guy is like, the king of flameouts. Account's still active, by the by. Just not his MeMail.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:53 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


metafilter has never been the origin of any widely spread meme --- Well, I'm sort of a big deal in a parallel universe.
posted by crunchland at 6:59 PM on December 26, 2011


We are small-batch, handmade, all-organic artisenal meme producers.
posted by The Whelk at 7:01 PM on December 26, 2011 [7 favorites]


*blows smoke through the intertubes*

Stuffed full of dryer sheets?
posted by nathancaswell at 7:11 PM on December 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


*sprays Febreeze*
posted by The Whelk at 7:15 PM on December 26, 2011


It's is true, we keep our shit exclusive.We don't create anything as crude as memes but we are like the community behind the community behind the community, we rule from the shadows.
posted by Ad hominem at 7:23 PM on December 26, 2011


behind a cloud of smoke.
posted by The Whelk at 7:24 PM on December 26, 2011


You guys are baked.
posted by Divine_Wino at 7:31 PM on December 26, 2011


Not me. I'm caramelized.
posted by jonmc at 7:33 PM on December 26, 2011


HOLY SHIT TURN THIS SONG UP! I fucking LOVE this part.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 7:42 PM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


HOLY SHIT TURN THIS SONG UP! I fucking LOVE this part.

did this just turn into a coke party?
posted by nathancaswell at 7:48 PM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


This song? Seems right for this time of the year
posted by Sailormom at 7:53 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Only if the song is Jesse's Girl.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 7:53 PM on December 26, 2011


It is.
posted by Sailormom at 7:59 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


LISTEN TO HOW IT RISES
posted by BitterOldPunk at 7:59 PM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Anything by the Butthole Surfers (up to and including Hairway to Steven) is appropriate for the enjoyment of cannabinoids.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 8:19 PM on December 26, 2011


I smoked a turkey breast yesterday.
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:21 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


It went really well, because i used science to determine if it was done with a thermometer and other science to tell if the grill was hot enough (grill thermometer).

That grill thermometer saved Christmas when the grill almost went out.
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:22 PM on December 26, 2011


Science saved Christmas.

Your move, Santa.
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:23 PM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh crap the London philharmonic is here
posted by The Whelk at 8:25 PM on December 26, 2011


I just hope troll starts washing his filthy hands.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:54 PM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


I just learned from that thread that files that I uploaded to my one-time Korean ISP (which hasn't been my ISP since 1998) are apparently still there.

Wow. Wish I remembered what was in there.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:01 PM on December 26, 2011


THE MYSTERY OF THE KOREAN FILES: A Metafilter Adventure Story
posted by The Whelk at 9:06 PM on December 26, 2011 [4 favorites]


Hey guys, what happened to LiB? Not worth it's own meta and I'm kinda curious.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:07 PM on December 26, 2011


He decided to take a break after a MeTalk thread. I think it was a bit after a G+ thread where people were griping about a few of his tendancies to get mad about certain issues. It was near immediately after his thread asking if it was okay to say that he really didn't like animals or people who cared a lot about animals on OKCupid that got a bit contentious when it came out he started a "Leave Japan Alone, kill the wales" facebook page or something to that effect.

It was mostly voluntary and peaceful, not really a flameout, IIRC.

Don't know the thread. I think it was one actually talking about getting there to be less grar on MetaFilter.
posted by mccarty.tim at 9:11 PM on December 26, 2011


Here it is.
posted by mccarty.tim at 9:14 PM on December 26, 2011


Ok, thanks.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:14 PM on December 26, 2011


Oh crap, whales. I meant whales.

Let's please not pile on the Welsh or the people who aren't so big on the Welsh now.
posted by mccarty.tim at 9:15 PM on December 26, 2011


Wales has it coming.
posted by The Whelk at 9:21 PM on December 26, 2011


Fuck that, that is the last straw, I am sick of the wales coddling around here. Peace bitches.


Yeah it happens, I take whatever means necessary to remove myself from threads if I really get worked up. It can be tough to just walk away when somebody is being wrong on the Internet.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:23 PM on December 26, 2011


Wales destroys lives. Fact.
posted by The Whelk at 9:31 PM on December 26, 2011


Speaking of affronts to humanity. What the fuck is up with top sliced hotdog buns. I somehow end up with them every time I buy hotdog buns. Why do they continue to make and stock these accursed things. I can tell nobody buys them because there are 500 packs in the store. Every time I think "I could go for a hotdog right now" I then realize I have nothing but top sliced buns, it is a slap in the face all over again. I'm going to start a facebook group decrying the manufacture of these fucking things.

I blame the welsh, they must like top sliced hotdog buns and use them in their so called "cuisine"
posted by Ad hominem at 9:34 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Can't you just rotate the bun 45 degrees and turn it into a side sliced bun?
posted by jamaro at 9:38 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I smoked a turkey breast yesterday.

Is that what you kids are calling it these days?
posted by Sailormom at 9:40 PM on December 26, 2011


Nope, I've tried turning them and pretending they are side sliced. But then the top of the bun is on the side! It is even worse.

I'll just have to suffer.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:47 PM on December 26, 2011


You need one of these Ad
posted by The Whelk at 9:50 PM on December 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


Can't you just rotate the bun 45 degrees and turn it into a side sliced bun?

It's not that you want the hot dog exposed from the side of the bun; the cut into a bun from the side allows for a greater pocket of toppings, when held upright. Top-sliced buns are pretty weird, but it's nothing compared to how they do it in Denmark. Look at this shit. You can dunk the exposed half in that sweet gunk they call mustard, but apart from that, there's nothing you can put on this thing. It's the anti-dog.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 9:53 PM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Top sliced bun are bullshit, every time I get one I say "this is why we can't have nice things."
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:54 PM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


TIL Denmark has impudent hotdogs.
posted by jamaro at 9:55 PM on December 26, 2011


bun(s).


That is a correction and also the name of my new dronecore band.
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:55 PM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Something is disturbing in the state of Denmark.
posted by The Whelk at 9:56 PM on December 26, 2011


These memes will never take off from the runway.
posted by five fresh fish at 9:59 PM on December 26, 2011


Fucking A right. My mustard and sauerkraut falls off of top sliced buns because the cut is too shallow. I am better off using wonder bread.

I am tempted to order that hot dog slicer to get the mustard and ketchup monsters.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:00 PM on December 26, 2011


Clearly this is Wales' fault.
posted by The Whelk at 10:06 PM on December 26, 2011


The Happy Hot Dog Man can be the instrument to mend a broken heart or to straighten out your life.

It's the best ad ever. Tim and Eric wish they could do the things Happy Hot Dog Man's inventors and advertisers could.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:11 PM on December 26, 2011


What is the SCIENCE on top-sliced buns?

...

So far, I have not found the SCIENCE.
posted by fuq at 10:11 PM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Damn, I thought I found all the good flameouts. It's GOLD!
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:11 PM on December 26, 2011




Tim, that's basically my beef with T&E, that they'll never be as good as the stuff they are trying to ape.
posted by The Whelk at 10:13 PM on December 26, 2011


The bun(s) method is an inefficient and depreciated method for wrapping strings in an edible container. I prefer lowCarbTortilla(s), which can be gotten via "from __future__ import *".
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:13 PM on December 26, 2011


Weiners and buns, my ideal conversation topics.
posted by The Whelk at 10:14 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I crave that stuff so bad that dollar store VHS tapes can't give me my fix, so I sometimes need a Tim and Eric sketch.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:14 PM on December 26, 2011


I mean, you can only watch Shoji Tabuchi so many times.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:15 PM on December 26, 2011


BTW, we are due for a Shoji Tabuchi thread.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:15 PM on December 26, 2011


and a lot of memes that mefites think started here actually started elsewhere.

On the other hand, SAIT got its meme-like life started here and has completely failed to spread much to my continuing consternation.

It *feels* like a meme. It *should* be a meme. But it just sort of ... isn't.

(note that I'm talking about both the acronym and the use of the full phrase.)
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 10:24 PM on December 26, 2011


I like to think I was the person who popularized the concept of spreading cat pictures online.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:27 PM on December 26, 2011


I basically imported SAIT from alt.religion.kibology.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:27 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wait, "same as in town" is a really old joke. It's like a zombie here.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:28 PM on December 26, 2011


The problem with SAIT is that you need either knowledge of the joke or a sufficient population of people repeating it out of context for it to catch on. Otherwise, it gets ignored.

We basically need to send a colony of intrepid MeFites to a community to seed it with new ideas through a whisper campaign. I propose we attack a medium, undefended subreddit with strong ties to Reddit at large for proper inoculation to the festering meme pit of the internet.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:29 PM on December 26, 2011


Well, I invented Selleck Kitten, it is poised to go big any day now.I just did an interview for a times lifestyle piece on it.

Dunno if metafilter wants to claim that one though.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:29 PM on December 26, 2011


Man the Society for Auditory Integration Training must hate this place.
posted by The Whelk at 10:30 PM on December 26, 2011


Anyway, I also got real excited when I thought we invented Hurf Durf, which evolved into Herp Derp, but that appears to be from B3TA. Hurf Durf just caught on here before it reached critical mass in a new form elsewhere.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:31 PM on December 26, 2011


( stay strong Lute Cat, stay strong)
posted by The Whelk at 10:31 PM on December 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


Anyway, let's all get together and create a new meme.

I propose it involve tweed jackets. Everyone likes tweed jackets.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:31 PM on December 26, 2011


> I invented Selleck Kitten, it is poised to go big any day now.

You'd better break me off some of the action or I'm going to glue Selleck Kittens where the sun don't shine.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:32 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I own a tweed jacket.
posted by The Whelk at 10:32 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hey, good for you.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:33 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Guys, guys. We're MetaFilter. We don't invent memes, we filter them.
posted by daniel_charms at 10:34 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


And overthink them.
posted by The Whelk at 10:35 PM on December 26, 2011


Yep, Burhanistan. You have been a big part of Selleck Kitten's astronomical success so far, I have been hearing rumblings about an acquisition by Cheezeburger networks.

please note, I did not do an interview about Selleck Kitten, part of spreading a meme is pretending it is already a meme somewhere else. I have also not heard from Cheezeburger network, I am trying a new business plan. Engineer a lucrative acquisition before the product exists.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:37 PM on December 26, 2011


Plate of beans was a great meme, and the internet should have totally run with it.

Let's overthink why it failed to launch.

Let's also overthink why McConaughey is.

Not why he's famous. Just why he's here. On Earth.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:38 PM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Hmm. Idea: What if one were to create images of cats repeating Metafilter threads with impact font in all caps? With 60's Spiderman doing the grar?

Overthink about it.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:41 PM on December 26, 2011


The word "grar" will be officially retired on January 1, 2012. Let it die.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:54 PM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Hi I'm from Metafilter and I can overthink a plate of memes.
posted by daniel_charms at 10:55 PM on December 26, 2011 [4 favorites]


Hi metafilter , I maed u memes. I am calling it "scumbag plate of beans" they didn't have a pic of a plate of beans so I had to use a picture of some guy named Mr. Bean. Hope that is ok.

plate of beans is a liar

Really?
posted by Ad hominem at 11:32 PM on December 26, 2011


I would like to see kittens in tweed jackets. preferably blowing bubbles from a pipe.

Internet, do not fail me now.
posted by arcticseal at 11:33 PM on December 26, 2011


surreal
posted by infini at 11:47 PM on December 26, 2011


Wait, "same as in town" is a really old joke.

The joke itself is old, inserting it in unlikely places (as well as using the acronym) appears to be a MetaFilter thing. Unless that's what went on in alt.religion.kibology as well.

It's like a zombie here.

Not really -- Zombies are a very successful meme. :-)

We basically need to send a colony of intrepid MeFites to a community to seed it with new ideas through a whisper campaign

One of the things that bugs me is that it spreads very readily IRL, at least among smartasses and improv comedians. Of course that probably describes most of metafilter. (I'll let someone else have the MetaFilter: thing here)
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 12:12 AM on December 27, 2011


Metafilter: that probably describes most of metafilter
posted by daniel_charms at 12:18 AM on December 27, 2011 [4 favorites]


Can't you just rotate the bun 45 degrees and turn it into a side sliced bun?

You. KNOW. NOTHING!
posted by longsleeves at 12:53 AM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Can't you just rotate the bun 45 degrees and turn it into a side sliced bun?

Well, no, not at all. Even if rotating it were an acceptable solution, it would have to be rotated 90 degrees.
posted by bardophile at 1:11 AM on December 27, 2011


I like this commercial. Let's not make it a meme. It's too good for the internet as a whole. It can be our little secret.
posted by mccarty.tim at 1:16 AM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


top sliced hotdog buns

*weeps* Why do these exist? Why couldn't I have remained ignorant of this travesty?

The worst thing here is the 5-bun package. Five buns for six hot dogs. Bastards.
posted by taz (staff) at 2:28 AM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'll let someone else have the MetaFilter: thing here

What about it? Goofy Title:Subtitle jokes have been around for long time. Offhand the first thing that came to mind was the movie Airplane II:The Sequel, and I thought maybe Monty Python had done some titling like that but couldn't come up with anything. So, yeah, old joke.

I don't think MeFi is really conducive to creating anything other than inside jokes, like /hamburger and beanplating.
posted by P.o.B. at 2:31 AM on December 27, 2011


You forgot taters.
posted by daniel_charms at 2:40 AM on December 27, 2011


That's inside baseball and it's retired.
posted by P.o.B. at 2:45 AM on December 27, 2011


Taters is already a meme.

What's taters precious?
Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew.
posted by Ad hominem at 2:56 AM on December 27, 2011


*puts dick in mashed taters*
posted by obiwanwasabi at 3:17 AM on December 27, 2011


I hope you washed your hands.
posted by jenkinsEar at 3:30 AM on December 27, 2011


I've always been a fan of "I know more about X than you can possibly imagine" myself. I mean, that's entirely homegrown.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:02 AM on December 27, 2011


I know more about the mash than I'd actually want to imagine tbh
posted by infini at 4:07 AM on December 27, 2011


That was the guy who's mom was an expert on something right? But it was something like homeopathic medicine.

I can't keep all this shit straight.
posted by Ad hominem at 4:11 AM on December 27, 2011


Wow, we've been doing this for that long?

The joke isn't dead yet?
posted by royalsong at 4:39 AM on December 27, 2011


MetaFilter: The joke isn't dead yet?
posted by Ghidorah at 4:49 AM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: beating jokes to death since 1999.
posted by arcticseal at 4:59 AM on December 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


Wow, we've been doing this for that long?

Way longer than that, actually.
posted by daniel_charms at 5:02 AM on December 27, 2011


(or what arcticseal said)
posted by daniel_charms at 5:04 AM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'd like a tweed jacket. I already have a tweed, but he's like family. I don't know that I could kill it and skin it now.
posted by Splunge at 5:39 AM on December 27, 2011


I could stain it yellow for you
posted by infini at 5:42 AM on December 27, 2011


infini: I could stain it yellow for you

Peed on tweed.
posted by gman at 5:45 AM on December 27, 2011


I was all into the Happy Hot Dog Man commercial until they brought forth the Ketchup Critter and the Mustard Monster. Just what I want to stir my appetite: ketchup coming out of some devil's mouth and mustard spewing out a monster's nose. Yum, yum. It's almost as bad as boys talking about boogers when I'm eating.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 6:00 AM on December 27, 2011


The joke itself is old, inserting it in unlikely places (as well as using the acronym) appears to be a MetaFilter thing. Unless that's what went on in alt.religion.kibology as well.

On a.r.k it manifested primarily as Kibo sort of mockingly referencing the old joke as the most hilarious thing in the world, and a whole lot of what happened on a.r.k was intentionally decontextualized to some extent, so it's the same sort of territory spiritually at least, but whereas I feel like Kibo's deployment of the punchline was more "ha ha that terrible old joke" my use of it is more "ha ha that shit that made me laugh on a.r.k" so there's a generation of distance, like a copy of a copy of a cassette, that gives the mefi version at least its own flavor.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:25 AM on December 27, 2011


There'll never be another Kibo. Kibo knows this better than anyone.
posted by Wolof at 6:27 AM on December 27, 2011


Personally, for me, SAIT finally made me understand the value of the dollar.
posted by Kattullus at 6:34 AM on December 27, 2011


I'm a fan of MeFi in-jokes that never really took off.

The.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 6:38 AM on December 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


This guy is like, the king of flameouts.

Does it still count as a "flameout" if they never actually leave?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:51 AM on December 27, 2011


Yes. it's an ongoing multi-year flameout, but a flameout none the less.
posted by Splunge at 6:54 AM on December 27, 2011


I had a book on assorted conspiracy theories that refers to Kibology as an actual cult, although not a particularly harmful one. I read it so long ago, I can't tell if it was a deadpan prank or just really poor research. Considering the quality of the writing in the book -- it was definitely a small-press "let's just get something sold" sort of affair -- it's even money.
posted by griphus at 6:55 AM on December 27, 2011


I was once approached on a cold winter day on campus by a guy who literally introduced himself as The Pharmacist. I thought he said something about the weather, and i was like, "Yeah, this *is* a nice warm coat! Thanks!"

He was all like, "You idiot, I said "coke."
posted by yeti at 7:00 AM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yay! We're not talking about how good drugs are anymore!
posted by Melismata at 7:26 AM on December 27, 2011


MetaFilter will never spawn a meme.

Todd Lokken
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:31 AM on December 27, 2011


Definitely not really appropriate.

Aye aye, mods.

Incidentally, the very best hot dogs are sold on the street in Vienna. A while back, I wrote about them:
The "Wiener" Imbiss has the usual sausage items one finds in Berlin, with the addition of the most wonderful 'Hot Dogs' (that's what the signs say). Now, I've never been a fan of this American treat - they made me nauseous when I was in grade school - but the Viennese do 'em right. Each stand comes equipped with a small device which has a formation of what looks like four aluminum dildoes, standing upright in a square. The cook prepares long, crusty French rolls by lobbing off the end (sometimes at an angle) and impaling the roll on one of these spears, creating a cavity into which he'll squirt a thick jet of wonderful spicy mustard. Then he slips a sausage into the hole, with an inch or so of the wurst protruding. Some places also take the lobbed-off end and insert the angled point back in with the sausage, creating a little "beak". A napkin is wrapped around and it's handed to you upright so everything stays intact. Delicious!
posted by Rash at 7:41 AM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Now I'm thinking about the economic lessons one might draw from SAIT. If it were a widespread meme, a hip young economist would have written a book about that.
posted by Kattullus at 7:50 AM on December 27, 2011


I always found those pre-movie concession stand cartoon commercials for hot dogs and such really incredibly creepy. First they're all dancing along doing a jaunty little jig and then suddenly the hot dog is thrusting itself obscenely into the gaping bun. Later the soda cup (or was it the popcorn box?) devours them both, their little cartoon faces fixed in a humorless grin of snacky mortality.

I don't really like hot dogs is what I am saying,
posted by elizardbits at 8:10 AM on December 27, 2011


It doesn't matter if you don't want to buy the snacks that they are selling. Those ads mainly just broadcast the videodrome signal, and any concession sales are merely a bonus.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:13 AM on December 27, 2011


Dammit, now I want to link to that site that has photos of food ads wherein the thing on the ad is eating itself/clearly enjoying being devoured/offering itself for food. Anyone remember what I'm talking about? Googling "autocannibalism" is both not helping and a lot more boring than I thought it would be.
posted by griphus at 8:14 AM on December 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


THE BATTLE FOR THE STOMACH OF NORTH AMERICA WILL BE FOUGHT IN THE CONCESSION ARENA: THE NACHODROME.
posted by griphus at 8:15 AM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


that is more like the battle for the pudgy potbelly of america tbh
posted by elizardbits at 8:19 AM on December 27, 2011


My maid crew showed up early and is lurking somewhere outside my bedroom door with a boombox playing Bach organ concertos. I'm thinking about using the wireless speakers to fight back with George Thoroughgood.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 8:48 AM on December 27, 2011


In 2012, no tweeting or status updates will be allowed in Metatalk. You'll have to just go out there and get some followers instead of getting a cheap audience here.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:53 AM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


My maid crew showed up early and is lurking somewhere outside my bedroom door with a boombox playing Bach organ concertos. I'm thinking about using the wireless speakers to fight back with George Thoroughgood.

Hah! When they suddenly switched over to the Go-Go's I realized that they didn't have a boombox, they were just cleaning computer input devices and randomly activating iTunes on my main box.

A shame really. Three middle-aged Filipino women who liked Bach was a little odd; Three middle-aged Filipino women with a thing for Belinda Carlisle would have been kinda hot.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 8:59 AM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


That's boring.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:10 AM on December 27, 2011


In 2012, no tweeting or status updates will be allowed in Metatalk.

It's too late now. The preponderance of social media sites has trained me to just spill whatever I'm thinking into any open text box. It was unfortunate that I was thinking about my root vegetable fetish while writing the Christmas letter, but it's a small price to pay for this brave new world we live in.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 10:23 AM on December 27, 2011


That's boring.

If it'll help I can teach you some things about turnips that will turn your day around.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 10:25 AM on December 27, 2011


I can teach you some things about turnips that will turn your day around.

Quick, somebody throw that onto a jpg of Mario with a turnip and we are golden!
posted by P.o.B. at 10:38 AM on December 27, 2011


Shouldn't one say, rather, that "I can teach you some things about turnips that will make your smile turn-up?"
posted by koeselitz at 10:49 AM on December 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


One shouldn't, yes.
posted by loquacious at 10:54 AM on December 27, 2011 [3 favorites]


Shouldn't one say, rather, that "I can teach you some things about turnips that will make your smile turn-up?"

Po-tay-to, po-tah-to.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 10:55 AM on December 27, 2011


Faint of Butt stole mine, so - monkey beans.
posted by tr33hggr at 12:10 PM on December 27, 2011


Quick, somebody throw that onto a jpg of Mario with a turnip and we are golden!

Version 1
Version 2
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:13 PM on December 27, 2011 [3 favorites]


That captures both sides of the power-up! You took something inane and made it funny, so that's something.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:22 PM on December 27, 2011


I'm into revamping used old in-jokes that nobody really gets anymore into shiny new products.

[The.+]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:13 PM on December 27, 2011


Faint of ButtTodd Lokken stole mine . . .

FTFY.
posted by The Bellman at 3:35 PM on December 27, 2011


Oddly enough, I am credited with having created a meme on a.r.k. back in 1994 when the internet was made entirely out of Usenet and mermaid's tears, but I don't think I actually did. Hi cortex!
posted by The Bellman at 3:39 PM on December 27, 2011


Weed is cool.
posted by Splunge at 5:23 AM on December 29, 2011


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