Best MeFi satire. September 16, 2012 8:06 PM   Subscribe

What are the best examples of satirical comments on Mefi/MeTa/AskMe?

I don't mean satire linked to in a FPP - I mean satire that has been written as a comment on the blue, green, or grey. Define satire as sarcasm or parody if that makes you happy.

I was inspired by this comment by my spouse, which I thought was a great satire of David Mitchell's style.

Apologies if this is inappropriate for a post to the grey. I'm always scared to post here...the grey dragons might eat me.
posted by guster4lovers to MetaFilter-Related at 8:06 PM (45 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

*writes satirical comment, posts next comment pointing to that comment*
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:54 PM on September 16, 2012


*points to previous comment*
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:54 PM on September 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


CHOMP!

I'm not sure if this qualifies as satire, but it's hilarious, so I recommend Greg Nog's dog lipstick comment.
posted by brina at 8:55 PM on September 16, 2012 [5 favorites]


I wish I could favorite that Greg Nog comment again.
posted by Bookhouse at 9:12 PM on September 16, 2012


This might be hard. There is very little satire or sarcasm on Metafilter. People for the most part are very earnest, and argue their views in a straightforward manner, almost never resorting to such underhanded rhetorical devices.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:12 PM on September 16, 2012 [30 favorites]


I see what you did there....
posted by Lynsey at 10:23 PM on September 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yes, this is pretty much how I expected this thread to go.
posted by guster4lovers at 10:30 PM on September 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


I always liked the There Will Come Soft Rains parody about the End of AskMe.
posted by carsonb at 10:40 PM on September 16, 2012 [8 favorites]


In HS, one of my teacher had an ironometer he got out and dusted off whenever we read something like Swift, he would put it on like the equivilant of like DEFCON 1. So nobody got off track and started talking about the best recipes for cooking children. I think we need such a meter here. Perhaps make the background a different shade when everyone is being sarcastic.

The thread is still young. Someone will dig up some satirical comments. To pass the time I'll link my critically acclaimed, and straightforward, analysis of what is wrong with the Obama administration.

Obviously the best way to cook children is on a spit over an open hearth, basted by skullery maids in the English fashion or wrapped in banana leaves and buried in sand with hot coals in the Polynesian manner.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:44 PM on September 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


I was inspired by this comment by my spouse

Really? REALLY?
posted by Talez at 10:56 PM on September 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Pretty sure that's "spouse" as in "Mefi contacts" enspousenated, Talez.
posted by taz (staff) at 11:00 PM on September 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


My response was more along the lines of incredulousness at the blatentness of the attention whoring for spouse/buddies/whatever.

If shout out threads like this are ok now I'll be accepting any reasonable offer to make your MeTa Gimme Attention Thread™ over MeMail.
posted by Talez at 11:22 PM on September 16, 2012


One of the stranger things about the social aspects of this site is that spousing someone doesn't even necessarily imply that you know them.

Oh no... this thread is about spousing now, isn't it? Quick, someone find a sarcastic comment
posted by reprise the theme song and roll the credits at 11:28 PM on September 16, 2012


Yeah, I felt bad linking my own comment, but it isn't like I linked to my blog, twitter or Facebook fan page.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:29 PM on September 16, 2012


The community effort that started from this comment probably counts.
posted by reprise the theme song and roll the credits at 11:44 PM on September 16, 2012 [6 favorites]


aw crap someone brought up spousing in that thread too there's no escaping it
posted by reprise the theme song and roll the credits at 11:49 PM on September 16, 2012




It hardly qualifies as 'best', but I was quite happy with how this one turned out.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 1:21 AM on September 17, 2012


Shameless self MeTa link.
posted by allkindsoftime at 1:34 AM on September 17, 2012


Lady Gaga used to have me spoused but she unspoused me so other mefites wouldn't feel bad. I should have taken a screenshot. :(
posted by IndigoRain at 2:24 AM on September 17, 2012




Call me Jane.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:44 AM on September 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


Probably like a third of my Popular Favorites comments are satires or parodies of the FPPs being discussed, but only one -- riffing on an article about archery by talking about The Hulk -- has made it into the publication I was parodying.

But hands-down, the funniest satire I have ever read on this site is one I've linked to before: Iridic's Typical New Yorker Story.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:18 AM on September 17, 2012


I am still mad about Greg's regional cola comment the other day.
posted by elizardbits at 5:21 AM on September 17, 2012 [7 favorites]


I liked this.
posted by Egg Shen at 5:36 AM on September 17, 2012


"He needs mouse bites to live!"
posted by mikepop at 6:15 AM on September 17, 2012 [7 favorites]


Yeah, Greg Nog is probably responsible for most of the stuff I can think of.
posted by Madamina at 6:20 AM on September 17, 2012


I just want to mark my place. I've seen a lot of these before and they are funny and good and I am happy that there are funny and good things here.
posted by the young rope-rider at 7:06 AM on September 17, 2012


One of the little downsides of being a mod is I feel like I should mostly just avoid being sarcastic about shit since (a) that may not be fair to people who are newer and don't know me and (b) I should probably be modeling good behavior and shit like that. There's a lot of bitter sarcasm slowly spoiling in a tupperware in my brain.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:22 AM on September 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


Sock puppet! I grant you my permission.
posted by RolandOfEld at 7:28 AM on September 17, 2012


Even that goes badly!
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:33 AM on September 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


The Isner thing is one of my favourites of the genre, still. I feel badly for those who were disappointed, but, even as someone who was initially taken in for a bit, it was too funny.

The request in this post makes me wish even more for the ability to categorise favorites, so I could easily find the things I've saved along those lines. I know there are several really excellent ones that haven't been linked, yet.
posted by batmonkey at 8:29 AM on September 17, 2012


Outside is a classic.
posted by gueneverey at 9:10 AM on September 17, 2012 [4 favorites]


Oh that reminds me, I love "Doctor" Terence Malick
posted by the young rope-rider at 9:20 AM on September 17, 2012


I completely forgot about Outside, but it certainly seems apropos after that FPP the other day about how reality might be a computer simulation.
posted by Greg Nog at 9:27 AM on September 17, 2012


"Someone should make a Werner Herzog GPS navigation voice."

ask and ye shall receive.
posted by drlith at 9:30 AM on September 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh man, just the other day someone said "mefi's own john eisner" in a comment somewhere and I fear they were not being ironic but I couldn't bring myself to shatter their tiny dreams.

ok really i just couldn't be bothered, i love shattering tiny dreams.
posted by elizardbits at 9:42 AM on September 17, 2012


I think this is my personal best satirical comment that I could think of just now.
posted by Mister_A at 12:43 PM on September 17, 2012


Some people seemed to like this comment I made one time.
posted by clockzero at 4:38 PM on September 17, 2012


Robocop's wheel
posted by mightshould at 5:11 PM on September 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Seconding The Wheel. Still a classic!
posted by SisterHavana at 6:23 PM on September 17, 2012


Scarabic's body disposal instructions were satire, weren't they?

Weren't they?
posted by flabdablet at 4:54 AM on September 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Um, extroverts don't have an interior life. "Deciding" is not something they do, it's just a word they assign to explain their actions to others post hoc.

please don't delete my completely serious and in-earnest Askme comment from four years ago!!!
posted by grobstein at 1:31 PM on September 18, 2012


Several of the comments on this current thread are of significant degrees of amusement. Or the first comment to one of my FPP efforts (I actually applauded whoever Greg Nog is when I read it).
posted by Wordshore at 4:30 PM on September 18, 2012


Also.
posted by Wordshore at 1:40 PM on September 19, 2012


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