What is your favorite username? December 10, 2014 7:57 AM   Subscribe

Well, it's December 10th, and you know what that means: it is FAVORITE USERNAME DAY. Share yours below!

This is not a request for your favorite MEFITES (all of whom are surely wonderful, delightful, never-grating human beings with fantastic smiles and glowing auras), but rather, just their NAMES. Which names stand out to you as particularly clever? I would like to start with these two, which make me laugh whenever I see them:
Spathe Cadet (whose name I am always compelled to say out loud)
Short Attention Sp (which is honestly one of the single funniest jokes I have seen on this site)
HAPPY HOLIDAY, AND LET'S GET SHAREY
posted by Greg Nog to MetaFilter-Related at 7:57 AM (473 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

Oh, I love all of you equally.

Actually, that's one of the weird little joys of going through the backend admin stuff on a regular basis; I get to see all of the new usernames, not just the ones that turn out to belong to regular/conspicuous commenters, and so I get to laugh a little bit about really under-the-radar references and punny names to distract me while I sift out spammers and SEO duders. There are a fair number of users who have no admin notes on their accounts other than "ha! --cortex".
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:59 AM on December 10, 2014 [29 favorites]


There are a fair number of users who have no admin notes on their accounts other than "ha! --cortex".

Clearly, someone needs to make "ha! --cortex" the username for their next sockpuppet.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:03 AM on December 10, 2014 [41 favorites]


josher71
posted by josher71 at 8:05 AM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


Claudius.
posted by clavdivs at 8:07 AM on December 10, 2014 [26 favorites]


MonkeyToes is a lot of fun to say out loud.

I also love seeing Horace Rumpole, not just because his name is fun to say (and he makes a powerful amount of sense) but because of his evil twin, an Ork Warboss from Warhammer 40K, created by the best name typo ever.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:11 AM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]




Lolly McCatburglar makes me giggle every time.
posted by ChuraChura at 8:15 AM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese. You don't even have to get the MST3K reference to giggle at it.
posted by xbonesgt at 8:20 AM on December 10, 2014 [24 favorites]


There are a fair number of users who have no admin notes on their accounts other than "ha! --cortex".

We have admin notes on our accounts??
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:24 AM on December 10, 2014 [50 favorites]


Always has been and always will be It's Raining Florence Henderson. I giggle inside every time I think of the name.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:25 AM on December 10, 2014 [38 favorites]


benson - sorry, uosuaq - is my favorite oldie but goodie.
posted by Curious Artificer at 8:26 AM on December 10, 2014 [17 favorites]


They're part of our permanent record. You didn't know?
posted by rtha at 8:26 AM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


OH GOD IT'S AS I'D FEARED
posted by BitterOldPunk at 8:28 AM on December 10, 2014 [10 favorites]


fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit makes me think of that whole sequence from Blazing Saddles every time.

Also R.F. Simpson, especially in the whole context of this comment.
posted by halcyonday at 8:28 AM on December 10, 2014 [9 favorites]


butts lol
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:32 AM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


...Faint of
posted by cashman at 8:36 AM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


That's Numberwang!

And another Mel Brooks inspired name: tafetta, darling!

Those are the two that always, always come to mind first.
posted by Room 641-A at 8:36 AM on December 10, 2014 [10 favorites]


okay about these admin notes
posted by angrycat at 8:37 AM on December 10, 2014 [29 favorites]


is there a new ha for every time we are funny
is there a boo for every time we are bad
posted by angrycat at 8:37 AM on December 10, 2014 [6 favorites]


I didn't really appreciate the name Lou Stuells until I met her in person and said her name out loud.
posted by bondcliff at 8:39 AM on December 10, 2014 [33 favorites]


We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese reminds me of crunch buttsteak (who seems to have stopped posting in 2008 so I'm surprised I remember that username). I like to think there's a bevy of lurkers with names like Butch Deadlift, Roll Fizzlebeef, and Big McLargehuge.
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:39 AM on December 10, 2014 [13 favorites]


I love potsmokinghippieoverlord, mostly for this comment (and one I'm maybe imagining that went something like "my advice to new users is THINK CAREFULLY about your username").
posted by psoas at 8:41 AM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


hmmm
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 8:45 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


(int) josher71
posted by 0 at 8:45 AM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


Infinite props to Ice Cream Socialist. At first glance, it seems like a rather arbitrary choice of words, but the true glory of the username has been slowly unfurled through comments like this and this and this.

And Glenn Grothman, natch.
posted by divined by radio at 8:46 AM on December 10, 2014 [16 favorites]


I just started noticing (and appreciating) Bentobox Humperdinck.
posted by redsparkler at 8:47 AM on December 10, 2014 [13 favorites]


Stonestock Relentless always makes me think of of a grizzled WoW dwarf hunter. It's also fun to say.
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 8:49 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


ND¢, along with their explanation for it in their profile.
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 8:50 AM on December 10, 2014 [33 favorites]


Ruthless Bunny
ifjuly
shakespeherian
klangklangston
and of course Bitter Old Punk

I also strongly second IRFH
posted by bearwife at 8:51 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


Has to be xBongzilla69x.
posted by Diskeater at 8:57 AM on December 10, 2014 [27 favorites]


Yeah I agree about Florence Henderson. Probably (as I pointed out recently) because it is raining a lot where I live. Every time I see that username, something in me goes "yeah duh, ye'd better tell me when it stops."

Otherwise I still like Baby_Balrog. Hagrid's wildest dream.
posted by Namlit at 8:57 AM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


Joey Buttafoucault is another one that is fun to say out loud.
posted by sparklemotion at 8:57 AM on December 10, 2014 [21 favorites]


It's hard to make your mark as a sockpuppet. Pity me.
posted by Seahorse, rode hard and put away wet at 8:57 AM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


Favorite one was banned for their username !
posted by pravit at 8:57 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


I love the name internet fraud detective squad, station number 9, so I'm super happy that it's back in use. I think I like it so much because it ("internet fraud / detective squad") rhymes and scans really nicely so it's fun to say.

Also, admin notes? Do I have any? If so, will you email the notes to me if I ask nicely?
posted by insectosaurus at 8:59 AM on December 10, 2014 [10 favorites]


something about jason_steakums just makes me giggle
posted by everybody had matching towels at 9:00 AM on December 10, 2014 [8 favorites]


fuq.
posted by Melismata at 9:00 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


Benny Andajetz!
posted by kimberussell at 9:04 AM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


None of them ...

wait

ALL OF THEM

damnit I just don't know.
posted by edgeways at 9:04 AM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


fishfucker

Everyone else is a distant second.
posted by Ufez Jones at 9:06 AM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


PotSmokingHippieOverlord is one that I've recently become familiar with.

internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 - after reading the girls from Russia story.

And then there was the eye-popping alphanumeric string that I can't find any longer.
posted by RedOrGreen at 9:09 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]




Bentobox Humperdink for a recent decent, but there's something about Ferret Branca (spotted back in July) that I just find completely charming.
posted by ominous_paws at 9:16 AM on December 10, 2014 [9 favorites]


I've always gotten a kick out of the name, elizardbits. I know that account is now disabled, but it's just such a fantastic name. It always makes me imagine a cranky lizard in Elizabethan garb, and that's something I really enjoy doing.
posted by meese at 9:16 AM on December 10, 2014 [22 favorites]


klangklangston always makes me think of what if the robot from Diesel Sweeties got politics, typing out comments with those goofy ass clamps

titus n. owl is also a great name
posted by beefetish at 9:17 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


I always get so much enjoyment out of spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints, partly because it's fucking awesome and partly because I used to do the exact same thing as a kid and no one ever found it funny. You hear that, Mum? VINDICATED.
posted by forgetful snow at 9:24 AM on December 10, 2014 [42 favorites]


Benny Andajetz, because whenever I see it, I get a horrible attack of earworm, and it takes me right back to sitting in front of my parents' record collection, pulling out albums and marveling at the cover art.
posted by MonkeyToes at 9:27 AM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


I'm really fond of the name Another Fine Product from the Nonsense Factory; I disagree with him a lot but damned if I don't love that name.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 9:31 AM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


Oh lord, Joey Buttafoucault all the way!
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 9:31 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


They're part of our permanent record. You didn't know?

Of which, I really have been meaning to talk to you about your arithmetic marks in Mrs. Coldridge's class. I know you probably had a lot going on at the time, but I'm not comfortable just shrugging and saying "hey, it was the 3rd grade".

posted by cortex (staff) at 9:34 AM on December 10, 2014 [32 favorites]


I feel the name xBongzilla69x just embodies the Internet is such a way that I always try to sneak it into something if I get to write an Internet-set scene.
posted by The Whelk at 9:34 AM on December 10, 2014 [28 favorites]


Wasn't there a user name craving more head or something similar?
posted by dfriedman at 9:38 AM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


angrycat: "is there a boo for every time we are bad"

Hello.
posted by boo_radley at 9:40 AM on December 10, 2014 [23 favorites]


I endorse many of those already noted, as well as...
East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94
You Can't Tip a Buick
Snarl Furillo (it helps if you're a Dodgers fan)
suomynona (read it backwards)
sevenyearlurk
and the inevitable Hitchhiker reference Slarty Blartfast (if I'm going to start with SciFi references, I'll need to include Smart Dalek and ob1quixote)

I can't believe nobody has noted joseph conrad is fully awesome yet. Well, now somebody has.
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:40 AM on December 10, 2014 [21 favorites]


OH i had an actual list but idk what i saved it as, this is the story of my entire life basically.

- his thoughts were red thoughts
- prize bull octorok
- trunk muffins
- ham snadwich

there were at least 3-4 longer ones that I can't recall atm, alas
posted by poffin boffin at 9:40 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


ND¢, along with their explanation for it in their profile.

I always thought that had a major flaw. I'd just copy and paste the username. It's a common habit to develop anyway because it's pretty easy to misspell or improperly capitalize usernames. I like the creativity of the attempt though.
posted by cashman at 9:43 AM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


RonButNotStupid. And Now there are two. There are two _______., but they buttoned.
posted by Etrigan at 9:43 AM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


I enjoy all of the "phrase" usernames. I don't know if they are (or were originally) a distinctly Metafilterian phenomenon, but they strike me that way. There's something wonderfully freeing about realizing that usernames don't have to be short, mostly lowercase, single words.

Having said that, I've always been partial to The Whelk. It's pithy, easy to remember, and although it makes a claim to uniqueness, it's probably a pretty a fair claim.

I have grown to loathe my own username but can never quite seem to push the big red button and move on to a better one.
posted by jedicus at 9:44 AM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


Who was here in December 2001 and can explain these usernames:
49%
49.9%
51%
50.1%
49 %
49.9 %
51 %
50.1 %
posted by Kabanos at 9:45 AM on December 10, 2014 [13 favorites]


I just now got ob1quixote, because I've been mistakenly pronouncing it "ob-ix-quote" in my head.

It is as if the scales have been lifted from mine eyes.
posted by zombieflanders at 9:45 AM on December 10, 2014 [26 favorites]


Wasn't there a user name craving more head or something similar?

craven_morhead
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 9:49 AM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


I enjoy all of the "phrase" usernames.

Me too, especially the ones from Iain Banks' Culture books.

On the internet, nobody knows you're a Mind.
posted by audi alteram partem at 9:49 AM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


[insert clever name here] is unwittingly responsible for my having dallied for years to buy a Metafilter account. I figured if all the good ones have been thought of, to the point that someone would have to resort to placeholder text, I'd never have a chance to come up with something original.

And so I joined with my high school German class name, several years later.
posted by Liesl at 9:51 AM on December 10, 2014 [8 favorites]


I'd have just gone with [insert cleverer name here]. Oh but then someone would probably drop in with [insert cleverest name here] and we'd have to shut down registration permanently.
posted by forgetful snow at 9:56 AM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


641-A
posted by 724A at 10:00 AM on December 10, 2014 [9 favorites]


Benny Andajetz, because whenever I see it, I get a horrible attack of earworm,

Oh my god I really hate you right now.
posted by mudpuppie at 10:05 AM on December 10, 2014 [12 favorites]


Suddenly, elf ass makes me laugh every time I see it.


Both the user name and actual elf ass.
posted by louche mustachio at 10:05 AM on December 10, 2014 [18 favorites]


I love saying "louche mustachio" out loud. Note how it rolls smoothly off the tongue.
"We had a deal, Kyle" makes me laugh.
posted by but no cigar at 10:06 AM on December 10, 2014 [15 favorites]


okay about these admin notes


yeah.
posted by louche mustachio at 10:07 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


Actually, that's one of the weird little joys of going through the backend admin stuff on a regular basis; I get to see all of the new usernames, not just the ones that turn out to belong to regular/conspicuous commenters, and so I get to laugh a little bit about really under-the-radar references and punny names to distract me while I sift out spammers and SEO duders.

When I worked at Chowhound, this was part of my job, too. I used to send emails to new members with awesome usernames just telling them that their usernames were awesome. Because sometimes, when you've spent 4 hours tracking down spammers, it's just nice to be able to say 'Hey, you seem cool and you made my day less shitty!'
posted by jacquilynne at 10:07 AM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


Speak of the devil..........
posted by but no cigar at 10:08 AM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


and the inevitable Hitchhiker reference Slarty Blartfast

I forgot that user existed, until he appropriately turned up yesterday in a thread on the blue.
posted by Wordshore at 10:09 AM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


josher71
posted by mullacc at 10:11 AM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


I miss fishfucker. As I recall, the last thing anyone heard from him was that he was plotting to steal something from quonsar; something about "pants" and "jackpot," but was never seen again.
posted by homunculus at 10:16 AM on December 10, 2014 [6 favorites]


Suddenly, elf ass makes me laugh every time I see it.

I read it to the tune of "Suddenly, Seymour" every time I see it.

this, of course, alludes to you was always a memorably unnerving name when I was a new user, but yeah, my favorite is xbongzilla69x by a mile. xbongzilla69x 4 top mod
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 10:16 AM on December 10, 2014 [8 favorites]


I just noticed someone with the name "that's how you get ants" and it tickled my pop culture funnybone. I love when I pick up on references in usernames and always suspect at least half the usernames I see are references to something with which I'm not familiar.
posted by bondcliff at 10:17 AM on December 10, 2014 [10 favorites]


ferret branca. I love her and that name.
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 10:18 AM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


Who was here in December 2001 and can explain these usernames:

That was when I joined, and there was a brief unannounced period where signups were back open after the massive post-9/11 influx forced things to be shut down, but I don't think many people realized it. I've gone in and looked at usernames registered around that time and there's a whole bunch of usernames like that, including "who", "what", "where", "when", etc. that don't seem to have ever really been used; just seems like someone trying to make sure that yes, signups were in fact fully open. And this was way before the limited number of signups open daily as well, so it wasn't that.
posted by LionIndex at 10:18 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


SUDDENTLY ELF ASS IS STANDING BESIDE YOOOOU
posted by The Whelk at 10:19 AM on December 10, 2014 [24 favorites]


Others I have just remembered include

- and they trembled before her fury
- oozy rat in a sanitary zoo
- Orange Dinosaur Slide


Also one time fimbulvetr posted an askme about finding a the best possible winter coat and I laughed about it for at least a month.
posted by poffin boffin at 10:23 AM on December 10, 2014 [8 favorites]


Little cow make small moo is a memorable phrase.
posted by The Whelk at 10:23 AM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


GallonOfAlan always gives me pause wondering which fluid of his he is referencing.
posted by vapidave at 10:24 AM on December 10, 2014 [14 favorites]


I have just become familiar with none of these will bring disaster, as she was my quansee.
and they trembled before her fury is one I wish I had thought of myself,
but my favorite overall is absolutely spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints. Makes me laugh every time.
posted by Sophie1 at 10:27 AM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


(God, I want to see the admin notes so bad... not gonna happen, never gonna happen...)

I discovered The Power Nap the other day and was chuffed for about ten minutes.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:30 AM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


I only *just* realized today that Greg Nog is a pun on a creamy alcoholic winter drink, and I feel ashamed that it took me so long to notice.

I prefer the usernames that are real english words, and some of my favorite words at that: furtive, fungible, and adipocere.
posted by sarahnade at 10:33 AM on December 10, 2014 [12 favorites]


Getting to see your own admin notes should be one of the perks of a MetaFilter Gold membership.
posted by prize bull octorok at 10:38 AM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


I only *just* realized today that Greg Nog is a pun on a creamy alcoholic winter drink, and I feel ashamed that it took me so long to notice.

A Poster's Progress

so this is metafilter, huh. oh lol that's kind of a dumb placeholder name -> [two years pass] -> [while in the dairy aisle] holy shit it's a play on egg nog
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 10:40 AM on December 10, 2014 [17 favorites]


box full of sedated cats is pretty great, if only for the original comment and this referral.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:41 AM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


I think I must have had that Greg Nog revelation about 5 times now (including this one)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:45 AM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


Wasn't there a username that was something like "a random flock of birds pecking on the keyboard"? That was great because it made the byline "posted by a random flock of birds pecking on the keyboard at 1:41 PM on December 10" or something. Always reminded me of Jesse Thorn's "this show was produced by speaking into microphones" goof.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


prize bull octorok
jjjjjjjjijjjjjjjjj (or something like that)
posted by ignignokt at 10:49 AM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


I think the problem with Greg Nog (the username, not the user) is that the emphasis is in the wrong place. Greg NOG versus EGG nog.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:49 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


I have a carton of egg nog in my fridge right now. Whenever I open my fridge I see it and think "heh, Greg Nog" and then I think "...ew."
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:51 AM on December 10, 2014 [15 favorites]


GallonOfAlanGreg
posted by xbonesgt at 10:53 AM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


I only *just* realized today that Greg Nog is a pun on a creamy alcoholic winter drink, and I feel ashamed that it took me so long to notice.

Oh. Huh. I guess I'm dumb.
posted by octothorpe at 10:55 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


I liked the name Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:55 AM on December 10, 2014 [15 favorites]


Has to be xBongzilla69x.

Worth noting that it was first invented by griphus as a hypothetical ridiculous username.
posted by Greg Nog at 10:56 AM on December 10, 2014 [8 favorites]


Ultimately we are all merely players on the stage of griphus' mind.
posted by invitapriore at 10:58 AM on December 10, 2014 [14 favorites]


I wonder what the greatest number of jock sockpuppets is? I've got at least four.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:59 AM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


i only had this one and now i have none

sob
posted by poffin boffin at 11:00 AM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


Jock sockpuppets really stink.
posted by 0 at 11:01 AM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '90-'93, '95-'97 is my favorite hypothetical username.
posted by twirlip at 11:01 AM on December 10, 2014 [20 favorites]


When will someone post asking for the most boring usernames, because I think I have a good chance of placing highly there.

On topic, I'm going to second spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints.
posted by JHarris at 11:01 AM on December 10, 2014 [6 favorites]


Don't worry guys, it took me FOREVER to figure out clavdivs.
posted by Melismata at 11:02 AM on December 10, 2014 [11 favorites]


I think the problem with Greg Nog (the username, not the user) is that the emphasis is in the wrong place. Greg NOG versus EGG nog.

For me, it's more that over time, I stop noticing usernames, however clever they may be. Habit dilutes them into unremarkable proper nouns that do nothing other than denote the people behind them. I like threads like these because they give that habit a good solid jolt. That habit-breaking is also probably part of why "eponysterical" took off as a stock joke.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 11:03 AM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


I've always liked putzface_dickman, both for his general coolness and the quiet unruffled dignity with which he bears that username.
posted by Sonny Jim at 11:03 AM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


I am always slightly taken aback by likeatoaster. Does likeatoaster want to express a fondness for toasters or a feeling of being like a toaster? And by "toaster," are we discussing a device for toasting bread, a person whose job it is to toast things, or a person who is raising a glass in celebration/acknowledgement? Is likeatoaster fond, celebratory, or workaday? This goes through my head every time I see the name.

Don't get me started on peacheater.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:04 AM on December 10, 2014 [13 favorites]


i only had this one and now i have none

don't be sour poffin boffin
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:05 AM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


Is this a ploy to get us all to register considered potential usernames before others can

because it's working
posted by soultan at 11:06 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


The one that makes me laugh every single time I see it is mcstayinskool.
posted by saladin at 11:08 AM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


Pot and Kettle.
posted by twirlip at 11:13 AM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


the quidnunc kid

Actually he just paid me a lot of money for saying that, and also for telling you to vote for him.
posted by tracicle at 11:14 AM on December 10, 2014 [27 favorites]


I will reassure myself that my username is slightly less boring than JHarris and josher71 because at least I can use it to make puns.

(That said, there's a Wendell Street in Cambridge and I smile every time I pass it)

(Well, not every time because it's on Mass Ave near Harvard and traffic gets kind of stupid there sometimes, so usually I'm concentrating on driving.)

But the traffic usually works out OK.

posted by maryr at 11:16 AM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


I will always parse uncleozzy as having the property of not being Cleozzy and not like, the name of your father's brother.
posted by The Whelk at 11:21 AM on December 10, 2014 [25 favorites]


I will reassure myself that my username is slightly less boring than JHarris and josher71 because at least I can use it to make puns.

posted by maryr


Are these, like, puns re: your posterior, done in a strong southern accent?
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 11:21 AM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


I miss elf ass.

By which I mean I still haven't seen a user name that makes me smile more assuredly than 'suddenly, elf ass' (even the use of the comma is genius), and they appear to have disabled their account.
posted by benito.strauss at 11:22 AM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


I loved the character Daily Alice Drinkwater in Little, Big, and now I find out she uses MeFi, too!
posted by Jpfed at 11:22 AM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


I will admit that one reason why I started a new account (albeit not the main one) was that I wanted to join the exclusive clique of MeFi members named after Culture ships. Does anyone have the full list? I know there's ROU Xenophobe, as well as Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory and Bora Horza Gobuchul, and myself of course. Any others?
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 11:23 AM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


If you were me, you'd check my profile page and see one.
posted by maryr at 11:23 AM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


This may be the thread where it's OK to state that I would kind of like to see zombieflanders and stupidsexyFlanders team up to fight crime. Or that I would prefer to have ArmyofKittens for breakfast than an army of kittens for breakfast.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:23 AM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


I was about to make the same comment that The Whelk just made about uncleozzy: "un-clee-ozie."

Also the quidnunc kid, because I learned what quidnunc means and it's an awesome word.
posted by slogger at 11:25 AM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


I followed the Wikipedia article on Culture ships from another username thread somebody linked here and I was like my god, it's full of Mefites
posted by prize bull octorok at 11:27 AM on December 10, 2014 [9 favorites]


I miss elf ass.

Elf booty got soul.
posted by homunculus at 11:28 AM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


I will always parse uncleozzy as having the property of not being Cleozzy and not like, the name of your father's brother.

"Uncle" never even registered in my mind as part of that username until now. Huh.
posted by jaguar at 11:28 AM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


When my password expires at work and they force me to pick a new one, I frequently find myself sitting there trying to come up with memorable but hard-to-guess phrases. Often, the first things that pop into my mind are MetaFilter usernames. crush-onastick and zombie flanders both show up in my "previously used passwords" list, and I'm favoriting this MeTa to come back to next time I need inspiration.
posted by nickmark at 11:31 AM on December 10, 2014 [17 favorites]


Seconding "Suddenly, elf ass", but I would be prone to liking butt-inspired ones.

and Troika's new name makes me sing B-52 songs whenever I see it now which is always good.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:33 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


I have always been partial to a womble is an active kind of sloth. (perhaps not so active around Mefi these days though?) I love user names that are long phrases generally: We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese and internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 also rate highly these days.

(thanks, ferret appreciators!)
posted by ferret branca at 11:36 AM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


You know how I feel about ferrets ;)
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 11:41 AM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


I have warm, fatherly feelings for users aletheia, dialetheia, and aletheianink.

I harbor deep seething resentment toward Pallas Athena because she always gives me a mild shock of "Have I already commented here?" when scrolling through a thread at high speed.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 11:43 AM on December 10, 2014 [29 favorites]


Worth noting that it was first invented by griphus as a hypothetical ridiculous username.

I almost feel like there needs to be a separate category for the in-joke usernames (xBongzilla69x, The Riker Who Mounts the World, Paphnuty, etc.). I'm a big fan of some of the in-joke ones too, but it's a different thing from the pure, unprompted absurdity of something like "Suddenly, elf ass" or "little cow make small moo" (assuming those aren't just in-jokes that I've somehow missed, a paralyzing possibility).

I especially like the cognitive-linguistic puzzle that the long-phrase ones, especially the ones that aren't noun-phrases, impose on their interlocutors — because it's so hard to figure out how to address them. (Or maybe it's only the ones that contain no nouns at all? I'm not quite sure what the implicit rule for "most syntactically puzzling username" is but I like all the ones that impose that kind of extra cognitive burden.)
posted by RogerB at 11:47 AM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


Now I want the sockpuppet, most syntactically puzzling username.
posted by meese at 11:49 AM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


("internet fraud / detective squad") rhymes

omg, is this like the merry/mary/marry thing? have I been doing it wrong?
posted by desjardins at 11:50 AM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


I harbor deep seething resentment toward Pallas Athena because she always gives me a mild shock of "Have I already commented here?" when scrolling through a thread at high speed.

*shakes fist at desuetude*
posted by desjardins at 11:50 AM on December 10, 2014 [17 favorites]


Also, oozy rat in a sanitary zoo never fails to amuse me when I read it. I am compelled to check the palindrome, like a vampire stopping at a crossroads to count teaspoons or something.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:51 AM on December 10, 2014 [31 favorites]


My favorite is Todd Lokken

- Todd Lokken
posted by desjardins at 11:53 AM on December 10, 2014 [14 favorites]


> Is this a ploy to get us all to register considered potential usernames before others can

because it's working


Not twenty minutes ago I tried to do just that with the one I wanted, but there now appears to be a length limit on new usernames which can't be evaded by editing the signup form in Firebug. *shakes fist at pb*
posted by xbonesgt at 11:55 AM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


oozy rat in a sanitary zoo ... palindrome

*audible gasp*
posted by jedicus at 11:55 AM on December 10, 2014 [64 favorites]


The 'nog' is the part that always stuck out to me, and I'm only just realizing that his first name is probably really Greg.
posted by benito.strauss at 12:00 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


oozy rat in a sanitary zoo ... palindrome

*audible gasp*


Huh, indeed. There are also a few names (though they all escape me at the moment) that I have a sneaking suspicion are anagrams.
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 12:01 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


a vampire stopping at a crossroads to count teaspoons

Which would make another excellent username!

I keep a kind of running list in my head of the weird usernames that I eventually want to use because I so much regret my initial choice to be a boring actual-name person here, but a lot of them are at least a little bit off-color and I sometimes wonder how that plays. So it's nice to hear that something like "elf ass" amuses rather than repels.
posted by RogerB at 12:02 PM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


Anagrams? Oh, sorry; I thought you said acronyms. No, I haven't seen any of those for a while.
posted by yhbc at 12:04 PM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


I harbor deep seething resentment toward Pallas Athena

Hey now.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:06 PM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


Anagrams? Oh, sorry; I thought you said acronyms. No, I haven't seen any of those for a while.
posted by you had better cry at 2:04 PM on December 10 [+] [!]



...
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 12:07 PM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


I've said it before, but George Lucas is the best sockpuppet.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:07 PM on December 10, 2014 [6 favorites]


Whatever happened to George Clooney?
posted by maryr at 12:16 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


I always enjoy when George Clooney shows up, actually. Mostly because the timing is usually perfect.
posted by chonus at 12:17 PM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


omg maryr speaking of timing!
posted by chonus at 12:17 PM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


There are also a few names (though they all escape me at the moment) that I have a sneaking suspicion are anagrams.

Finally, after all these years, I can reveal my true name: Max Bleedramp.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 12:19 PM on December 10, 2014 [9 favorites]


empath
smoke
stet

special shoutout to erlking, because his theme song is my ringtone
posted by rollick at 12:20 PM on December 10, 2014


Not only is Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic fun to say, it's also a pretty interesting thing to read about if you like boring things.
posted by Space Coyote at 12:25 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


I can't believe this far down in the thread and no one's mentioned le morte de bea arthur.
posted by marxchivist at 12:30 PM on December 10, 2014 [28 favorites]


Huh, indeed. There are also a few names (though they all escape me at the moment) that I have a sneaking suspicion are anagrams.

I've always suspected that Ivan Fyodorovich is a palindrome, for one.
posted by forgetful snow at 12:31 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


A pangram, maybe.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:34 PM on December 10, 2014


Space Coyote: " a pretty interesting thing to read about if you like boring things"

this is my life
posted by Rock Steady at 12:35 PM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


Iris Gambol, who I must have named before, but who is named after an extremely obscure, once-referenced-offhand and never seen "character" from Achewood.
posted by Navelgazer at 12:40 PM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


I'm totally delighted by The corpse in the library's name every time it appears.
posted by carbide at 12:41 PM on December 10, 2014 [17 favorites]


This thread has given me lots of food for thought on what makes an interesting username and I almost wish I had an excuse to embarrassingly flame out and require a BND so I could try some of them out.
posted by prize bull octorok at 12:46 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


I always liked mathowie's baby and baby_jessamyn.
posted by Melismata at 12:50 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


I also like ignignokt because I've met him a couple of times, usually in loud-ish bars, and I think at least three times I have asked him a) what the name means and b) how to pronounce it and both times my side of the conversation went like this:

"So what is that?"
"It's a what?"
"Huh?"
"Yeah, I guess I sort of know what that is."
"How do you pronounce it?"
"What?"
"Huh?"
"Um... what?"
*nods, as if I understand perfectly*
"Um... ok."

So I sort of know that it's related to those light-up things that shut down our city that one day but I still don't know how the fuck to pronounce it. He's good people, though, so it's ok.

So I like his username not because it's super clever or a pun or anything like that, I just giggle over the fact that it's confounded me to this day.
posted by bondcliff at 12:51 PM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94

So I was in India a year ago (exactly a year ago, actually. Next week Tuesday I'll have Officially Not Contracted Malaria™ and can donate blood again), and one day I'm standing around on the top of Humayun's Tomb (as you do). I look around to take in the scenery and I see a bunch of young men running back and forth over a line made up of shoes. I knew just about Kabaddi after seeing it on MeFi to be fairly certain that's what I was looking at, but not enough to be able to be able to explain it to my traveling companion. I probably described it as "playing reverse red-rover while holding your breath."

Regardless, it was fun to be able to at least give a name to the activities of people killing time. Your legacy still lives on a decade after your glory days, EMRJKC '94!
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 12:53 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


I want to call out my fellow DC MeFites a fiendish thingy and EvaDestruction, the former for having a wonderful obscure reference that has become a meme in my immediate family (every time someone says the word 'thingy' someone else says "it's a thingy, a fiendish thingy!") for a username, the latter for having a good pun that also doubles as a badass-sounding name.
posted by capricorn at 12:59 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


I still rue the day I chose my username. If I had any idea I'd still be an active, participating member lo, these 7 years later, I would have picked a username that didn't include a fucking 1 because the username I wanted was already taken. Gah!
posted by Sophie1 at 1:04 PM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


Oh, is this where we can have that conversation again about how it's Crouton Supafreak and not Croutons Up A Freak? OR IS IT
posted by rabbitrabbit at 1:12 PM on December 10, 2014 [11 favorites]


ignignokt ...it's related to those light-up things that shut down our city that one day but I still don't know how the fuck to pronounce it.

I always assumed he was an "Inuit shaman," like Igjugarjuk.
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 1:15 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


Croutons Up A Freak

eponytautological?
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 1:17 PM on December 10, 2014


eponyscatological
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 1:17 PM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


Usernames that frequently make me smile:

Pater Aletheias and all other aletheia-related names;
Ivan Fyodorovich for reminding me of Brothers Karamazov (we need an Alyosha here!);
hellojed for reminding me of Microserfs;
wuwei for reminding me of non-doing and philosophical Taoism;
madamejujujive for having the most joyful-sounding name;
en forme de poire because translations of idioms are nearly always delightful;
Rustic Etruscan because it just has an incredibly pleasing sound;
and basically anyone with a species or other taxonomically-related name: rtha, hydropsyche, hydrobatidae, tsuga... I'm sure there are a bunch more I can't remember off the top of my head.
posted by dialetheia at 1:20 PM on December 10, 2014 [6 favorites]


Not to mention the other mathowie.
posted by Chrysostom at 1:20 PM on December 10, 2014


Oh, is this where we can have that conversation again about how it's Crouton Supafreak and not Croutons Up A Freak? OR IS IT
posted by rabbitrabbit at 9:12 PM on December 10 [+] [!]


I still imagine that doublewhiskeycokenoice is an Australian mixer enthusiast
posted by rollick at 1:21 PM on December 10, 2014 [22 favorites]


And how could I forget AsYouKnow Bob?
posted by Navelgazer at 1:32 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


I really like "two or three cars parked under the stars" and I'm not even a Sinatra fan.

Also, there was a user whose profile listed some alternative user names, including "Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam", which I loved.

And basically any user name ending in an exclamation point.
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 1:33 PM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


I also like ignignokt because I've met him a couple of times, usually in loud-ish bars, and I think at least three times I have asked him a) what the name means and b) how to pronounce it

It's like egg nog or greg nog, but made with ignigs.
posted by Metroid Baby at 1:35 PM on December 10, 2014 [6 favorites]


Metroid Baby, you should know that quite often, when I see your name, I feel compelled to bellow confusedly "METROD IS A GIRL???"
posted by Greg Nog at 1:39 PM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


("internet fraud / detective squad") rhymes
omg, is this like the merry/mary/marry thing? have I been doing it wrong?


[with a disclaimer that I constantly mispronounce words I learned from reading]

Fraud and squad rhyme (at least to my ear) when I say them. The phonetic spellings I see online use different vowel sounds for each though, so I suspect it's just my accent (which is pretty typical for a California native). Merry/Mary/merry all sound the same to me, and Aaron/Erin as well. So maybe I just don't have very precise vowels?
posted by insectosaurus at 1:40 PM on December 10, 2014


My brain compulsively reads "Metroid Baby" a la "Santa Baby," which makes things that much weirder.
posted by Navelgazer at 1:41 PM on December 10, 2014 [8 favorites]


Metroid Baby, slip a railgun under the tree
For me
I've been a good morph ball, Metroid Baby
So hurry down to Tallon tonight...
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 1:45 PM on December 10, 2014 [20 favorites]


I still imagine that doublewhiskeycokenoice is an Australian mixer enthusiast

I have always interpreted it that way, and only just now because of this comment got that it's "no ice."
posted by ocherdraco at 1:47 PM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


Iris Gambol, who I must have named before, but who is named after an extremely obscure, once-referenced-offhand and never seen "character" from Achewood.

It wasn't this, but this does remind me that multiple times I have seen a username here (or elsewhere) and not understood the reference and then encountered in the wild and said "Oh, that's where that came from."

Basically the whole world is an inside joke waiting to be discovered.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:47 PM on December 10, 2014 [12 favorites]


My all time favorite:
L.P. Hatecraft
posted by Michele in California at 1:49 PM on December 10, 2014 [19 favorites]


dialetheia: "en forme de poire because translations of idioms are nearly always delightful;"

I think that one is a reference to a Satie piece, which is part of why it's one of my favorites, though really I tend to like usernames primarily based on whether they have an aesthetically pleasing shape, which is also why I like en forme de poire's.
posted by invitapriore at 1:53 PM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


I will always parse uncleozzy as having the property of not being Cleozzy and not like, the name of your father's brother
I read it as French: un cleozzy as in "Je voudrais acheter un cleozzy, s'il vous plait"
posted by pointystick at 1:57 PM on December 10, 2014 [8 favorites]


Lemurrhea. Because flows of lemurs.
posted by logicpunk at 1:57 PM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


I think that one is a reference to a Satie piece

Oh that's even better! I love Satie and had somehow missed that. Thanks!
posted by dialetheia at 1:58 PM on December 10, 2014


Aaagh I don't even like that song y'all are weird
posted by Metroid Baby at 2:00 PM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


I've been here since 2002, and Greg Nog has been here since 2006, and it just now occurred to me that "Greg Nog" is a seasonally jokey reference to "Egg Nog".

I believe that's why he posted this MeTa in December. You know, for the benefit of us slow pokes.
posted by marsha56 at 2:00 PM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


Oops. Just noticed that I'm not the only one just now making that connection.

I WILL preview before posting.
I WILL preview before posting.
.
.
.
X 1000
posted by marsha56 at 2:03 PM on December 10, 2014


Another really good one:

zeusianfog
posted by Michele in California at 2:04 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


I still imagine that doublewhiskeycokenoice is an Australian mixer enthusiast

I hate to spoil the mystery, but I'm pretty sure that MeFite named themselves after this fantastic song, which is by a similarly fantastic punk band from Minneapolis called Dillinger Four.

the more you know彡
posted by divined by radio at 2:06 PM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


posted by ocherdraco

I just cannot unsee my original reading of this name, which translates as "eight dracos"
posted by Room 641-A at 2:07 PM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


A couple choice anagrams of my own username, suitable for sockpuppets or framing:

Emailed Teensy Smileys
Maidenly Eyeless Mites
Mediates Enemies Slyly
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 2:13 PM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


A few years ago I totally stole the name "Tracicle" to use as a pet name for a girl I was sweet on named Tracey, so I feel like I should throw some points her way as a thank you.
posted by Space Coyote at 2:14 PM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


Melismata => Tamaleism

?
posted by Melismata at 2:16 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


Whatever happened to I Love Tacos and Tacos Are Pretty Great? Their names always reminded me of that taco mailman sketch from The State.
posted by Rhomboid at 2:20 PM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


posted by ocherdraco

I just cannot unsee my original reading of this name, which translates as "eight dracos"


. . .I've always read it that way, with an accompanying vision of 8 dancing Draco Malfoys ala the 12 days of Christmas.

Also always thought Greg Nog was just shorthand for Greg's Noggin'. So it could be a reference to his head, or more humorously, to the volume measurement of alcohol or milk, otherwise known as a gill but called a noggin in some places and. . . . ohhhhhhhhhh.
posted by barchan at 2:34 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


Rustic Etruscan: "I only *just* realized today that Greg Nog is a pun on a creamy alcoholic winter drink, and I feel ashamed that it took me so long to notice.

A Poster's Progress

so this is metafilter, huh. oh lol that's kind of a dumb placeholder name -> [two years pass] -> [while in the dairy aisle] holy shit it's a play on egg nog
"

Maybe have some thick peasant roman meal bread while you enjoy your greg nog, eh?
posted by boo_radley at 2:34 PM on December 10, 2014


Fraud and squad rhyme (at least to my ear) when I say them.
They aren't a perfect rhyme when I say them. "Fraud" rhymes with awed while "Squad" rhymes with odd. Close, but not perfect.
posted by soelo at 2:39 PM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


All of those 4 words rhyme the same to me though!
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:41 PM on December 10, 2014 [18 favorites]


As for "en forme de poire", there's a British saying "pear-shaped", as in "everything's gone pear-shaped" meaning "it's all gone wrong". I don't know if the user intended that or not.
posted by benito.strauss at 2:48 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


As for "en form de poire," it's piano music by Erik Satie, which is why I love that username.
posted by Namlit at 2:53 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'll join in the group confessional that the wordplay of "Greg Nog" was lost on me the first few times I saw it. I imagined a Greg Nog as being some kind of woodland hermit with a tall pointy hat who smokes a clay pipe. I don't remember when I realized "egg nog" but I still imagine the woodland hermit typing whenever I see his posts.
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 2:54 PM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


Sorry, wrong music in my previous comment. This poire, for example.
posted by Namlit at 2:58 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


some kind of woodland hermit with a tall pointy hat who smokes a clay pipe.

basically yes, also cats
posted by poffin boffin at 3:00 PM on December 10, 2014 [9 favorites]


My vote is for "that's how you get ants"
posted by MoonOrb at 3:06 PM on December 10, 2014 [6 favorites]


He smokes cats!? Monster!
posted by axiom at 3:07 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


Smoking them is really the way to go, though. Grilling them, while pretty popular these days, just doesn't bring out that rich flavor and texture.
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 3:16 PM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


deathpanels.
posted by mynameisluka at 3:16 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


I like His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts and Hollywood Upstairs Medical College and one more dead town's last parade, which upon googling now I'm just realizing are pop culture/music references rather than poetic turns-of-phrases.

For username synchronicity I like FishBike and bicyclefish. Morever, both are Toronto-based! I have met FishBike but not bicyclefish, though bicyclefish and I are friends on Twitter and FishBike helped me with some datacrunching. It's all very confusing.

Oh, and thsmchnekllsfascists, because when I'm not paying proper attention I always think that it says something about "schnell fascists" and then I think about German fascists who are in a hurry for some reason, which makes me giggle.
posted by Phire at 3:45 PM on December 10, 2014 [10 favorites]


Another great Mel Brooks reference: therewolf
posted by Room 641-A at 3:48 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


I like echocollate, both because it looks like chocolate, and because it is how bats organise things.
posted by misfish at 3:56 PM on December 10, 2014 [15 favorites]


Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi,Kabaddi, Kabaddi....
posted by salishsea at 4:02 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


I have a fondness for the man of twists and turns, mostly on account of the wordplay in Homer.
posted by solitary dancer at 4:02 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


Here's a shoutout for villanelles at dawn, Trivia Newton John, and Vowelzebub!

But I have to admit this is the main thing the thread calls to mind:
jessamyn: I--sorry, who was that by? Monsieur Caution.
mathowie: (laughs)
jessamyn: Is that some joke that I don't get?
mathowie: I don't know. It's just overly fancy.
jessamyn: (very French accent-y whisper) Monsieur Caution.
cortex: He's the nemesis of Carlos Danger, presumably.
mathowie: (low-pitched buzz-rumble)
jessamyn: Good Lord. Good Lord.
cortex: (chuckles)
ಠ_ಠ
posted by Monsieur Caution at 4:20 PM on December 10, 2014 [25 favorites]


Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane: "Smoking them is really the way to go, though. Grilling them, while pretty popular these days, just doesn't bring out that rich flavor and texture."

When my cats puke on important papers or they conduct a mass escape* I typically threaten them with a sous vide preparation myself.

* Our big goofy puppy tore a big hole in the back screen door and busted the cat door in front of it, and the numerous half measures we've undertaken to fix it have all failed in the face of the cats' collective pigheadedness. So now we're in the process of just closing the damn thing off permanently. Mike Ehrmantraut was right.
posted by invitapriore at 4:37 PM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


Devils Rancher— the evil twin of the Jolly Rancher.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 4:43 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


I'm partial to (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates. It's wedged in my brain firmly enough that there's no chance I'll ever be able to remember the real first names of the singing duo.
posted by Banknote of the year at 4:47 PM on December 10, 2014 [9 favorites]


There are so many great names. This one is my favorite:

No! Not the MIND WORMS! Anything but that! Eeeagh!
posted by double block and bleed at 4:55 PM on December 10, 2014 [11 favorites]


AlonzoMosleyFBI
posted by obloquy at 4:55 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


[I was gonna name one but I changed my mind.]

because ... for some reason ... it fit. I don't know why, it just fit.

I like usernames where when you see them you know "this is gonna be a doozy." there are certain usernames that are so tightly linked to that users craziness, that there's almost a POETRY to the username.
posted by jayder at 4:56 PM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


posted by a humble nudibranch

Heh, One thing I can't stand is a goddam ostentatious nudibranch. Humility is really one of the finest qualities a nudibranch can have.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:58 PM on December 10, 2014 [8 favorites]


Seconding a womble is an active kind of sloth & East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 and II've always been fond of a robot made out of meat. Reminds me of that quote -- We're all ghosts driving meat-covered skeletons. Ain't that the truth?
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:05 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


I like the one about the wonder chicken.

Lol wonder chicken
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:05 PM on December 10, 2014


Someone has already mentioned "that's how you get ants" which I like and I also like Year of meteors who I had not encountered before my post. I'm sure I have some mod notes I've left "Love this username" but I'm not even sure how I wound find them...

Oh hey, I figured it out. The Legit Republic of Blanketsburg and Phlegmco(tm) and reprise the theme song and roll the credits and hampanda and ps_im_awesome and Throw away your common sense and get an afro! and aureliobuendia are all usernames I enjoy.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 5:12 PM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


a humble nudibranch also makes me smile when I see that user name.
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:13 PM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


I am partial to Ruthless Bunny's husband's honorary user name, "Husbunny." But also jealous that she has a Husbunny and I can only logically have a "Mr. Rattery." And I divorce him in the book, presumably...
posted by Mrs. Rattery at 5:15 PM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


lol this new user's name is great
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 5:16 PM on December 10, 2014 [12 favorites]


I always refer to Now there are two. There are two _______. as "Wugs" in my head.

And Now there are two. There are two _______., but they buttoned.

Noooooooooo!!!!!

I like craven_morhead because I currently live in Craven County, North Carolina, and right over the county line is a town called "Morehead City". I was really bummed when I clicked on their profile to find that s/he was not, in fact, my neighbor.
posted by chainsofreedom at 5:23 PM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


I'd like to apologize for showing a complete lack of creativity in my username.
posted by jonmc at 5:25 PM on December 10, 2014 [6 favorites]


Today is my birthday, so I am saying 4ster.
posted by 4ster at 5:43 PM on December 10, 2014 [11 favorites]


One of the unintended consequences of subscribing to support MetaFilter at the amount I chose is that I no longer feel like I can just go and create new joke accounts everytime I'm over-impressed with my own cleverness. Probably a net positive for the site, but it kind of bummed me out when I realized what I'd done. Wish I new what the final tally of my sockpuppet army turned out to be. Must be close to 50 by now.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:43 PM on December 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


Speaking of MeFi injoke names, Blazecock Pileon seems to have disabled his account and if he's got a fourth one, I dunno what it is. Haven't seen anybody posting that fits his style.
posted by Pope Guilty at 5:49 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


"porn in the woods" is the best username, as anyone who ever come upon such a wondrous cache of nudes will tell you. It's such a magical thing, yet so rarely celebrated... I'm actually getting a little choked up.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:54 PM on December 10, 2014 [8 favorites]


Also, the rarely seen Mrs. DirtyOldTown has a username with an awesome story behind it I never get to tell because she's never around here. Her username is Comrade Doll.

For a while there, my lovely partner developed a habit of "You don't know how good you have it" stories, relating to having grown up in Communist Romania. My roommate, way back when, would do a killer impression of these stories, culminating in this bit, "Growing up in communist Romania, we there weren't even real toys. I only had one toy. It was a block of wood with a face painted on it named 'Comrade Doll.'"

She being a woman with a fantastic sense of humor, no one laughed harder than she did. Hence the username.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:01 PM on December 10, 2014 [38 favorites]


It's actually kind of eponysterical, at least to me, that someone named "DirtyOldTown" would wax rhapsodic over porn in the woods...
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:05 PM on December 10, 2014 [8 favorites]


though I tend to shorten it to o mantot for reasons unknown to my forebrain, my favourite user handle is the man of twists and turns
posted by infini at 6:22 PM on December 10, 2014


The name I was impressed by most recently was incomple.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:44 PM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


Martha My Dear Prudence
Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese
Lipstick Thespian
mygothlaundry
posted by brujita at 6:47 PM on December 10, 2014 [8 favorites]


I'm ninyabruja everywhere else.
posted by brujita at 6:48 PM on December 10, 2014


I tend to shorten it to o mantot

See, I think of this user as tmott, although my private theory is that tmott's true name is Penelope.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:48 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


I like robocop is bleeding because, well, why? Such an evocative, untold story.
posted by Turkey Glue at 7:04 PM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


I'm a big fan of mintcake! Basically because I like cake.

obiwanwasabi and MisantropicPainforest. Because puns.

the man of twists and turns and A Thousand Baited Books have very evocative names.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 7:16 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


And Now there are two. There are two _______.

For some reason, that user name always reminds me of that Star Trek TNG episode which has Picard being tortured. I'm a little shocked that THERE! ARE! FOUR! LIGHTS! is not a user name.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 7:18 PM on December 10, 2014 [5 favorites]


the man of twists and turns and A Thousand Baited Books have very evocative names.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts


Epony...fitting?
posted by filthy light thief at 7:52 PM on December 10, 2014


Chinese Jet Pilot

FLO!
Is always refreshment sans
Formica generational woo hoo
posted by clavdivs at 8:29 PM on December 10, 2014


Gotta nth all these, and add sonicmeatmachine. I miss seeing pastabagel and ad hominem.

Plus my favorite sockpuppet: NSA. It's a hilarious sockpuppet, right? Right?
posted by riverlife at 8:29 PM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


Grag Nog
posted by klangklangston at 8:45 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


For a while there, my lovely partner developed a habit of "You don't know how good you have it" stories, relating to having grown up in Communist Romania. My roommate, way back when, would do a killer impression of these stories, culminating in this bit, "Growing up in communist Romania, we there weren't even real toys. I only had one toy. It was a block of wood with a face painted on it named 'Comrade Doll.'"

Along the same lines: one of my favorite griphus comments, all the toys I had were ... shitty.

This is also the second time I've mentioned griphus in this thread

I swear we're not dating
posted by Greg Nog at 8:49 PM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


Oh! I found a new favourite! Unicorn on the cob.
posted by Banknote of the year at 9:09 PM on December 10, 2014 [8 favorites]


greg you forgot to link to the arts you made about the email about that comment

i can't find it because your tags lack focus
posted by poffin boffin at 9:37 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


never mind i winar

behold
posted by poffin boffin at 9:40 PM on December 10, 2014 [12 favorites]


I've said it before, but George Lucas is the best sockpuppet.

He was for a while, but he's eclipsed now by the devastatingly restrained brilliance of NSA. Bravo.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 9:54 PM on December 10, 2014 [7 favorites]


I like the punny ones, the long-winded ones, the Culture ships, and so on, but the ones that are fun to say, just for making the sounds, like pracowity and lalochezia, that make me want to say them like they have a question mark at the end, are my favorites.
And Trunk Muffins.
And I like to say "Artw" like it's a word, not "Art Dubbleyew", but "Artwuh".
posted by Mister Moofoo at 10:22 PM on December 10, 2014 [4 favorites]


Louche Mustachio gets double points for introducing "powertripping funwrecker" to my vocabulary.
posted by waraw at 10:44 PM on December 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


Miguel Cardoso.
For obvious reasoning.
posted by clavdivs at 10:45 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


I Love Tacos / Tacos Are Pretty Great
robocop is bleeding
joseph conrad is fully awesome
posted by brundlefly at 11:02 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


It took me a long time to realize the Artw was a guy named Art. Artwuh was real to me, dammit!
posted by Ghidorah at 11:20 PM on December 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


Have we reached the point in the thread where we can begin suggesting good usernames for new users (NOT sockpuppets)? (The following have been searched for and confirmed as NOT used)

youknewthejobwasdangerouswhenyoutookit
Sandra Bullock Falls
in and out that's what a hamburger's all about
known unknowns
what the meaning of is is
you can't rollerskate in a buffalo herd
Vir Cotto Wave
Still Billy Joel To Me
Cowboy Smooth Jazz
The Truth Is Around Here Somewhere
Neil Before Zod
John Kryten (multi-sci-fi-reference)
The Survey Says...
Ida Know
Black Velveeta (or Red Velveeta)
Me & My Arrow
Grok and Roll (or Progressive Grok or anything substituting Grock for Rock... Grok Hudson?)
Spoot! (a reference from the Angry Beavers cartoon)
False Positively
Gluten for Punishment
out standing in the field
(one of the oldest pop culture references - older than even *I* should know): Niagara Falls! Slowly I Turned..
Death by Hot Chocolate
Yacht-zee
Jenga Fett
WTFM (it's a radio thing)
Kefir Sutherland
Samsung Blue
Peter 'Wrongway' Peachfuzz
latex condiment
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:50 PM on December 10, 2014 [11 favorites]


Not only is Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic fun to say

In general, more user names should be derived from the Shipping Forecast.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:52 PM on December 10, 2014 [6 favorites]


For some reason, "Ursula Hitler" amuses me to no end... and I actually met oozy rat.
posted by ambient2 at 12:13 AM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


When I see the name Greg Nog, I like it because I can pretend I made a clever pun, and my username is Ned Gog.

Then I remember I actually just stared at the computer for half an hour, failed to come up with anything good, so just wrote in my name.
posted by Ned G at 1:22 AM on December 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


okay, I first read his name as Greg Noll and got all nostalgic for black & white striped board shorts.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 2:20 AM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


I will admit that one reason why I started a new account (albeit not the main one) was that I wanted to join the exclusive clique of MeFi members named after Culture ships. Does anyone have the full list? I know there's ROU Xenophobe, as well as Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory and Bora Horza Gobuchul, and myself of course. Any others?

Check my profile.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:22 AM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


My love of particular user names is often tied to my affection for the user. Lots of favourites already mentioned, but I love churachura and dances to blue, Solonandthanks.

Sophy1, I will always think of you as the grand sophy, if that helps.
posted by smoke at 2:35 AM on December 11, 2014 [4 favorites]


A few years ago I totally stole the name "Tracicle" to use as a pet name for a girl I was sweet on named Tracey

That's how I got it too!
posted by tracicle at 2:59 AM on December 11, 2014 [3 favorites]


I do, however, notice that the username "enspousenator" has not yet been taken...
posted by Namlit at 3:05 AM on December 11, 2014


As to Culture characters, there's also Cheradenine Zakalwe, and the variant spelling Cheradine.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 3:29 AM on December 11, 2014


I like it when its eponysterical.
posted by infini at 3:52 AM on December 11, 2014


Bora Horza Gobuchul

...doo-dah, doo-dah.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 4:16 AM on December 11, 2014 [16 favorites]


tofu_crouton
Passillododorconquail Buttonquivorybidododorbacon
posted by Drinky Die at 4:40 AM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


THIS ISN'T OVER!
posted by Drinky Die at 4:42 AM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


feckless fecal fear mongering

/hamburger
posted by jayder at 4:54 AM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


There is a six degrees of Kevin Bacon sort of rule with that name, every Metafilter thread is at most three degrees from either being genuinely eponysterical for FFFM or at least ironically eponysterical for for FFFM. I dare you to prove me wrong.
posted by Drinky Die at 4:56 AM on December 11, 2014 [4 favorites]


Robocop is Bleeding is my favorite because it sounds like a ridiculous, sexy version of Robocop that's inevitably tragic in the other way, in which, somehow, Robocop is dirty and has too many lovers and a mafia debt.

I don't know if that was the intention, but those are two fascinating, OTT, emotionally-rich cop movies that I love, and I love cop movies.

Also, Robocop and Mona Demarkov are both nearly unstoppable and have a lot in common if you think about it.

I'm going to work now before I start writing the world's worst fanfic.
posted by heatvision at 5:09 AM on December 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


Bora Horza Gobuchul

...doo-dah, doo-dah
.

Dammit.
posted by Room 641-A at 5:33 AM on December 11, 2014 [7 favorites]


No longer active, but weretable and the undead chairs will always be my favorite.
posted by gaspode at 5:34 AM on December 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


I harbor deep seething resentment toward Pallas Athena because she always gives me a mild shock of "Have I already commented here?" when scrolling through a thread at high speed.

*shakes fist at desuetude*


*shakes fist at like_a_friend*

Lots of good names in here. One of my faves is Ghostride The Whip, which I sing to the tune of "Turn Down For What".
posted by like_neon at 5:57 AM on December 11, 2014 [6 favorites]


Isn't ignignokt the name of one of the martians from Aqua Teen Hunger Force?
posted by slogger at 6:02 AM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


Robocop is Bleeding is my favorite because it sounds like a ridiculous, sexy version of Robocop that's inevitably tragic in the other way, in which, somehow, Robocop is dirty and has too many lovers and a mafia debt.

I tend to hear this as the soundtrack to Robocop is Bleeding posts.
posted by frimble at 6:07 AM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


I always smile and have to try to refrain from shouting along at EXISTENZ IS PAUSED.
posted by ausdemfenster at 6:08 AM on December 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


Aw, Smoke, I like you too!
posted by ChuraChura at 6:44 AM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


feckless fecal fear mongering makes for the best eponysterical posts and comments.
posted by tofu_crouton at 6:56 AM on December 11, 2014 [4 favorites]


billiebee's name always gets me singing this song.
posted by moonmilk at 7:06 AM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


Dammit

MY WORK HERE IS DONE.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 7:29 AM on December 11, 2014 [4 favorites]


I was half expecting to see your account closed.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:12 AM on December 11, 2014 [4 favorites]


Oh, as a representative of someone stating a thing, and then following it through to its logical conclusion? As a paragon of consistency to be imitated? As, dare I say, a good example?

SIR, YOU KNOW ME NOT AT ALL. GOOD DAY.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 8:18 AM on December 11, 2014 [8 favorites]


ooh, anagrams! I could be No Kitty Pics or Coy Pink Tits or City Knit Ops!
posted by pointystick at 8:19 AM on December 11, 2014 [6 favorites]


Ah, good point, Mr. Bad Example. Bonus internet points for you, good sir/madam.


pointystick: ooh, anagrams! I could be No Kitty Pics

And then you could be wrong (for the internet, wrong for America. Vote #1 the quidnunc kid)


oneswellfoop: Have we reached the point in the thread where we can begin suggesting good usernames for new users?

I actually keep a collection of handles I like, and if I were to register again, I might use. You can see them in my profile, or I'll save you the scrolling and copy them here, without the commentary.

Bag-a-Banthas
Peggy Bacon in mid-air
Bacon Backflip
Chimp Champ CHOMP!
Son, I Crush
Needlemouse
Loopholes in everything, loopholes for everything
The lord of Three Prosperities and the nine hells
The Road that is not a Trail
Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner
belted cow, not rare
park(ed) bench in Atlantis
bandwagon of my own uncertainty
baby's got back-bones made of tomb-stones
posted by filthy light thief at 8:22 AM on December 11, 2014 [3 favorites]


SIR, YOU KNOW ME NOT AT ALL.
GOOD DAY.


Good day.

Sir you know me not at all, oh good good day!
posted by moonmilk at 8:27 AM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


Usernames are my favorite thing about MetaFilter.
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 8:28 AM on December 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


It was a block of wood with a face painted on it named 'Comrade Doll.'

As I glance over to the big wooden block with a cat face on it that my father made from a 4x4 for me and which has now been passed down to my son.
posted by Kabanos at 8:29 AM on December 11, 2014 [9 favorites]


Unfortunately nothing's ever been posted by accident, although it's a great username.
posted by Kabanos at 8:34 AM on December 11, 2014 [4 favorites]


I've always liked A Terrible Llama, for some reason. I just picture a poor llama being shamed for it's failures. I want to go hug it, but no, it knows what it did...

My own sockpuppet, which I haven't used in years, has a much better name than this account, unfortunately.
posted by Navelgazer at 8:42 AM on December 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


It was a block of wood with a face painted on it named 'Comrade Doll.'

"Little Wooden Boy!"
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 8:50 AM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


My very favorite username is EmpressCallipygos because it paints a surprisingly lovely picture so succinctly.

On preview, perhaps also because it's a more erudite variation on the inspiration for my own username. Alas, vanity
posted by trunk muffins at 8:57 AM on December 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


I have to admit, the first time I looked at the Empress's user page, I was disappointed there wasn't a picture of her butt.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:03 AM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


I just picture a poor llama being shamed for it's failures. I want to go hug it, but no, it knows what it did...

My interpretation of this name is almost exactly inverted. I imagine myself, shamed for my failures, by the mighty power of a most terrible llama, wondrous and strange. I want it to hug me, but no, it withholds its wonderful softness and instead stares me down with cold, hard eyes because the Terrible Llama knows what I did.
posted by ocherdraco at 9:34 AM on December 11, 2014 [22 favorites]


Sort of the Galadriel-wielding-the-One-Ring of llamas.
posted by ChuraChura at 9:36 AM on December 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


my username is also a play on egg nog. please believe me. i am so lonely.
posted by mullacc at 9:39 AM on December 11, 2014 [28 favorites]


I guess I should have gone for funny instead of fun to say.
posted by double block and bleed at 9:51 AM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


I love that there's both a Medusa and a SuperMedusa, and I think I wedded them both way back when in the MetaTalk Mefite enweddening thread.
posted by Mister_A at 9:56 AM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


Dunno if they married each other; it's really none of my business. That's the secret to a successful fake internet marriage: mind your own business.
posted by Mister_A at 9:57 AM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


I've always been a fan of GrammarMoses.
posted by Coatlicue at 9:58 AM on December 11, 2014 [7 favorites]


I guess I should have gone for funny instead of fun to say.

On that theme, we actually have both a cellar door and a cellardoor.
posted by mullacc at 10:16 AM on December 11, 2014 [3 favorites]


Ctrl + F "Lucinda"

sigh....
posted by Lucinda at 11:19 AM on December 11, 2014 [8 favorites]


fishfucker 4 lyFe
posted by dios at 11:25 AM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


I've always found ottereroticist kind of hilariously disturbing (although I always want to pronounce it "otteroticist"). The fact that it made possible a comment about consenting otters is just icing on the cake.
posted by DingoMutt at 11:35 AM on December 11, 2014 [7 favorites]


I agree with the part of this post where we get sherry.
posted by Wolfdog at 11:41 AM on December 11, 2014 [3 favorites]


Falwless
posted by natteringnabob at 11:43 AM on December 11, 2014 [9 favorites]


I have a non-secret sockpuppet account (if you don't get the reference, you never saw the Animated The Tick) I created for making comments that were too crazy, evil, silly or sick for my normal sensitivities (which have to be VERY crazy, evil, silly or sick). But I stopped logging into the account after I accidentally posted a FPP with it (it WAS about a superhero comics satire, but still, not intentional). I did receive communication from a Mod just saying "we know who you are" (so that Permanent Record contains more info than some of you think). But I think a LOT of the names of characters in superhero satires like The Tick, Freakazoid, SuperChicken, Dr. McNinja, Axe Cop or others would be great MeFi nicks (if I ever make another sockpuppet, it will be either Wombatman, King Radical or Werewolf of London, Ontario).

My current nick is an anagram of 'one fell swoop' in case it wasn't obvious (but my old one was an anagram for 'end well', which, when uncovered, did not wendell).
Other anagrams for me include: So Open Fellow, Woes of Pollen, Spoof One Well, Lone Wolf Pose, Feel Low Spoon (SPOON!), We Pool Felons, No Pee Follows, Few Lone Pools, Polos Flew One, Eel Flow No Ops, Sole Wolf Peon, Fowl Nose Pole, Elf Opens Wool, O Plow Oneself, and Sleep Now Fool!
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:11 PM on December 11, 2014 [9 favorites]


That is a GREAT sockpuppet name. Didn't get the Tick reference but I am such a sucker for the use of what as a relative pronoun.
posted by everybody had matching towels at 12:17 PM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


evilmidnightbomberwhatbombsatmidnight is a great username.

Sometimes I toy with making a sockpuppet. I probably never will because I have enough trouble keeping track of everything I do with my usual usernames (almost everywhere these days I'm JHarris, JohnH or rodneylives). Sometimes I come up with a really cool idea for one, but I never remember it long enough to act on it.
posted by JHarris at 12:20 PM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


I miss doublepostguy
posted by thelonius at 12:20 PM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


O Plow Oneself

help i don't think i am old enough to be in this thread by myself
posted by trunk muffins at 12:23 PM on December 11, 2014 [7 favorites]


I am such a sucker for the use of what as a relative pronoun
Can't take credit for that, it's what the character calls himself (which did so much to endear him to me).
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:30 PM on December 11, 2014 [3 favorites]


evilmidnightbomberwhatbombsatmidnight is a great username.

I can't say I care for the cut of its jib, though.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 12:31 PM on December 11, 2014 [6 favorites]


Well it's the ONLY JIB HE'S GOT, baby!
posted by DingoMutt at 12:40 PM on December 11, 2014 [9 favorites]


evilmidnightbomberwhatbombsatmidnight is a great username.

I'm pretty sure that's also a Mystery Hunt team name.
posted by maryr at 12:43 PM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


Yep, in fact, according to Wikipedia, The Evil Midnight Bombers What Bomb At Midnight came up with the themes for the 2007 and 2009 Mystery Hunts. Good for them. But they still got the name from The Tick in 1994 as did I. (But I need to get into Mystery Hunt ALOTMORE)
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:52 PM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


I like the one about the wonder chicken.

Agreed, Stavros the Wonder Chicken is indeed an inspired name. Inspired mostly by alcohol.
posted by Doktor Zed at 12:55 PM on December 11, 2014 [3 favorites]


I consider stavrosthewonderchicken the PIONEER of long funny MeFi Usernames. Should be a charter member of our Hall of WTFame.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:58 PM on December 11, 2014 [4 favorites]


Which makes Stavros' avatar that much more appropriate, somehow...
posted by Navelgazer at 1:01 PM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


my username is also a play on egg nog. please believe me. i am so lonely.
posted by mullacc


:lightbulb: If I could have a user name just for MeTa it would be Mulled Whine.
posted by Room 641-A at 1:08 PM on December 11, 2014 [11 favorites]


I can't believe no one has mentioned Splunge.
posted by Librarypt at 1:30 PM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


Also I am strongly considering switching to a new account just so I can have a less boring username.
posted by Librarypt at 1:33 PM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


Protocols of the Elders of Awesome - now there was a fine username.
posted by sgt.serenity at 1:38 PM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


Also I am strongly considering switching to a new account just so I can have a less boring username.

I'm assuming your username refers to a dual-purpose room that serves as both a library and a crypt, which is decidedly not boring.
posted by prize bull octorok at 1:54 PM on December 11, 2014 [7 favorites]


So, there is some relationship between Librarypt and the corpse in the library, no? And I always imagine that the corpse in the library has some relationship to that mystery game Clue. I always think it there must be something seriously intriguing going on there, but, you know, probably best for me to not ask questions.

I also like librarina, which the profile indicates is a common misspelling for librarian, but always evokes for me a librarian in a tutu who puts away books while dancing like a ballerina.
posted by Michele in California at 2:00 PM on December 11, 2014 [9 favorites]


mathowie, that's a pretty good one.
posted by Chrysostom at 2:02 PM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]




I don't find math at all owie, personally, but I know that quite a few people do.
posted by ambrosen at 2:08 PM on December 11, 2014 [4 favorites]


And if we want to discuss simple straightforward names, I've always liked "bakerina". It's like being served a brownie, with an extra smile.
posted by benito.strauss at 2:28 PM on December 11, 2014 [6 favorites]


For reasons I don't entirely understand myself, I am charmed by the dot in benito.strauss's user name.
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:42 PM on December 11, 2014 [3 favorites]


Heh, yep, it's a Satie reference. The piece that it references ("Trois morceaux en forme de poire") is Satie at his snarkiest - apparently he wrote it as a response to Debussy's suggestion that he should do more with structure and form. (In classic Satie style, even though it says "trois morceaux" right there in the title, there are actually seven pieces. Also, "poire" apparently has a mildly insulting double meaning in French; I actually don't know if there's any relation to the English idiom, but I think that meaning is cool too and also fun to riff off.)

Anyway, glad some other MeFites are getting a kick out of it! I wanted something different from my usual handle when I signed up, because I was being paranoid and didn't want something that would be easily linked to my real name (though I don't care nearly as much now and that ship has pretty much sailed anyway). I also thought those phrase-length usernames were super cool and weren't something I'd seen outside of MeFi. I now realize it's a little awkward to say at meetups (and maybe makes me sound kinda pretentious when I explain it) but other than that it's served me well.

A non-exhaustive list of usernames I really like, some of whom have already been mentioned: desuetude (a great word); croutonsupafreak; dialethia; louche mustachio; le morte de bea arthur; Ferret Branca; hapax_legomenon; adipocere; 5_13_23_42_69_666; two lights above the sea; This, of course, alludes to you; this, of course, alludes to sex (who has tragically not posted anything); and maybe my favorite (though he's not spending much time on MeFi anymore) Help, I Can't Stop Talking!
posted by en forme de poire at 2:52 PM on December 11, 2014 [9 favorites]


Jesus Christ that was verbose, sorry.
posted by en forme de poire at 2:54 PM on December 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


Meatbomb
Uniformitarianism Now!
librarina and bakerina, clearly separated at birth
fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit (I have said this when declining another bite of something)
We had a deal, Kyle (something I say when I am frustrated with my kids)
to sir with millipedes
A Terrible Llama
Confess, Fletch
le morte de bea arthur
grumblebee
That's Numberwang!
If only I had a penguin...
And when I'm peevish with one of the cats, I yell "BENITO! BE A BETTER CAT!" (sorry, sorry, benito.strauss...)
posted by MonkeyToes at 2:56 PM on December 11, 2014 [7 favorites]


Jesus Christ that was verbose, sorry

Now there's a username to eclipse them all.
posted by Namlit at 3:08 PM on December 11, 2014 [19 favorites]


I realized with some regret yesterday that what I really should have done with this comment was sign up a new joke account, end the comment itself with "beachgoers:", and then had the byline say posted by where in the world is car-man's sandy eggo.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:09 PM on December 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


"In fact," he said, dropping the accountant a sly wink, "that's probably what everybody should do in the next joke thread." He steepled his fingers, and did a Mr. Burns laugh, except he hadn't really tried a Mr. Burns laugh before and it ended up just being sort of a weird half-chuckle, half-burp thing. The accountant looked uncomfortable.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:15 PM on December 11, 2014 [8 favorites]


"a username to eclipse them all" is also pretty rad if you ask me
posted by en forme de poire at 3:18 PM on December 11, 2014 [4 favorites]


(All I can say about my own is that I've probably gotten more eponysterical-ish responses to it than maybe any other mefite.)
posted by Navelgazer at 3:22 PM on December 11, 2014 [4 favorites]


Ask empath if he agrees with that.
posted by MoonOrb at 3:35 PM on December 11, 2014 [10 favorites]


Ask empath if he agrees with that.

Ask empath how he feels about that.
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:38 PM on December 11, 2014 [12 favorites]


No worries, MonkeyToes, being a better cat is a good thing to be reminded of, for those of us with and without whiskers.

And I'm pretty sure the dot in my name is a carry-over from the account standard on some UNIX mail system I was once one, which probably was just duplicating the format for the domain name on the other side of the "@". Thinking about it, my gmail account also uses the dot as a separator. I guess I just decided what names on the Internet look like some time in the 90's and haven't changed since.
posted by benito.strauss at 3:42 PM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


I was disappointed, skimming through this thread, to realize that Tuesday I'll have Officially Not Contracted Malaria was not an actual username.

Also at one point when I'd buttoned for a while I had decided that if I ever came back I'd do it under the username Birds, Snakes and Aeroplanes, and then I forgot all about it and reactivated this account instead. Oops.
posted by nebulawindphone at 3:55 PM on December 11, 2014 [3 favorites]


Birds, Snakes and Aeroplanes

My second choice was "Eye of a Hurricane". And now I have an earworm for the next few days.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 4:06 PM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


trip and a half also reminds me of a favorite song, which turns out to be deliberate.
posted by moonmilk at 4:07 PM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


"...between Librarypt and the corpse in the library, no?"

We need a miss marple.
posted by clavdivs at 4:07 PM on December 11, 2014 [3 favorites]


The corpse in the librarypt
posted by Librarypt at 4:13 PM on December 11, 2014 [3 favorites]


There's a strange tension between the best usernames for this thread and the best to be able to introduce yourself as at a meet up.

knapah fits neither purpose.
posted by knapah at 4:14 PM on December 11, 2014 [4 favorites]


I like octothorpe, because when I watched this video with my boyfriend, he asked me if I had heard the word octothorpe before.

And I said well it's very familiar but I have no idea why. Next time I signed onto Mefi and happened to read an octothorpe comment-- ah, there we are. *That's* why.
posted by nat at 4:25 PM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


It is no longer my birthday, so I want to throw out a vote for Serene Empress Dork.
posted by 4ster at 4:30 PM on December 11, 2014 [3 favorites]


I have mixed feelings about my name, especially when I go to meetups and have to say it out loud, but at least unlike Bulgaroktonos, I haven't been called out on MetaFilter for supporting the policies of my namesake Byzantine Emperor and thereby the genocide of the Bulgars in the early 11th century.
posted by Copronymus at 4:43 PM on December 11, 2014 [10 favorites]


I hear you.
posted by clavdivs at 4:51 PM on December 11, 2014 [12 favorites]


When | joined, I had no idea that names were supposed to be punny or clever around here. Y'all should have warned me, I could have tried to come up with something better. :'-(
posted by Too-Ticky at 4:52 PM on December 11, 2014 [6 favorites]


Oh. I always assumed evilmidnightbomberwhatbombsatmidnight was a mystery hunter, because I didn't know where that team name came from. I feel the same way about Setec Astronomy..

Nobody better use the entire text of Atlas Shrugged as a username, ok? (this has been done with a mystery hunt team name..)
posted by nat at 5:11 PM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


Too-Ticky is one of my favorites - I always have to say it out loud when I see it.
posted by moonmilk at 5:12 PM on December 11, 2014 [4 favorites]


My next username is going to be Pool Noodle and then I will go to all the meetups because I just like saying it. No one can pronounce desjardins :(
posted by desjardins at 5:17 PM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


Some preople have never been in a garden in France :(
posted by The Whelk at 5:19 PM on December 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


for maximum effect you should change it to hameau de la reine
posted by poffin boffin at 5:30 PM on December 11, 2014 [6 favorites]


"French song are dancing sous la pluie, de Bastille aux Tuileries
Because we have de quoi frimer: we have Brassens, Brel and Ferr
We have Boris Vian, Barbara, Gainsbourg, Trenet, Prvert, Kosma
Because we have de quoi choisir we have Aznavour, Reggiani,
Bcaud, Nougaro, Moustaki, dith Piaf CIoclo and Johnny
Oui, oui, oui, oui"
posted by clavdivs at 5:49 PM on December 11, 2014


My next username is going to be Pool Noodle and then I will go to all the meetups because I just like saying it. No one can pronounce desjardins :(

They can if they are hockey fans.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:05 PM on December 11, 2014 [6 favorites]


thsmchnekllsfascists

In my head it is "the numbskull kills the face cysts."
posted by clavdivs at 6:11 PM on December 11, 2014 [6 favorites]


xBongzilla69x and That's Numberwang! always make me laugh. I love Ice Cream Socialist, The Emperor of Ice Cream and pretty much anything else ice cream-related.

I was super proud to have actually known what his thoughts were red thoughts was a reference to (my mom used to have a cat named Sredni Vashtar).

I've always like the name twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious. For some reason, it always makes me think of Gargantua and Pantagruel and I will never know why.

Nthing fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit, EXISTENZ IS PAUSED, evilmidnightbomberwhatbombsatmidnight, Tacos Are Pretty Great, two or three cars parked under the stars and We had a deal, Kyle.

A few other older names that I will always love:

Monkey!Knife!Fight!
vibrotronica
Julia F***ing Sugarbaker
Hey Dean Yeager!
Hello, I'm David McGahan
Queen of Spreadable Fats
Chuckles McLaughy du Haha, the depressed clown

I also like Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam. I'm unsure if the "personal Vietnam" is a reference to anything specific but I did just learn about five minutes ago that Vic Morrow was Jennifer Jason Leigh's father (!).
posted by triggerfinger at 6:19 PM on December 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


Vic Murrow was killed making a movie, twilight zone? He also was on "combat" which ended in 66 or 67. I remember seeing him in an episode of "fantasy island"

That is all.
posted by clavdivs at 6:38 PM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


I love That's Numberwang! because I wouldn't have known about Numberwang otherwise, and Numberwang is great.
posted by Metroid Baby at 7:15 PM on December 11, 2014 [6 favorites]


HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT QUEEN OF SPREADABLE FATS
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:24 PM on December 11, 2014 [6 favorites]


I will never get the appeal of jokey sockpuppet accounts
posted by The Whelk at 8:28 PM on December 11, 2014


It's like I don't even know you
posted by The Bizzaro Whelk at 8:29 PM on December 11, 2014 [28 favorites]


uuugh you guys
posted by The Owls at 8:31 PM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


play nice. Sheesh.
posted by The Favorites Fairy at 8:32 PM on December 11, 2014 [4 favorites]


Pssst. That's Numberwang! and fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit are married. for realsies!

I tried to get him to use Baby, Please! I Am NOT From Havana!, but that seems to have been a nonstarter
posted by That's Numberwang! at 8:35 PM on December 11, 2014 [13 favorites]


I've just noticed the littlest brussels sprout hasn't been active for a while.
posted by George_Spiggott at 8:37 PM on December 11, 2014 [3 favorites]


rollick: "empath
smoke
stet
"

Well that's unexpected. The worst thing about this username is I can't post a damn thing without a tpyo.
posted by stet at 8:37 PM on December 11, 2014 [7 favorites]


GODDAMNIT!
posted by stet at 8:37 PM on December 11, 2014 [10 favorites]


We often think of new and interesting MeFi names around the house, though I'll be darned if I can think of an example at the moment. "Kentucky Meat Shower," maybe, after the most recent episode of The Dollop.

I have a huge fondness for TheWhelk, not only because he is awesome, but because the boss monster in the dungeon I created for a MUD back in college was a whelk with a glowing collar. (How a whelk wore a collar was an exercise for the reader.) As I recall, the room description was, "It's dark. You might be eaten by a whelk."
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 9:09 PM on December 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


Villager of Hommlet
Would be a cool sp
posted by clavdivs at 10:35 PM on December 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


The usernames were a good part of the reason I decided to shell out the five bucks in the first place!
posted by not_on_display at 11:14 PM on December 11, 2014 [4 favorites]


monkey!knife!fight!

Someone should do a study to determine which Simpsons episode has inspired the most Mefi usernames. I just watched the one I assume that name is from, Season 11's The Mansion Family. I can think of at least one other Mefi name based on it.
posted by Drinky Die at 1:00 AM on December 12, 2014 [1 favorite]


Lucinda
posted by bleep at 1:04 AM on December 12, 2014 [6 favorites]


So what was the deal with the admin notes?
posted by like_neon at 1:27 AM on December 12, 2014 [2 favorites]


GODDAMNIT!

yayyys?
posted by Namlit at 2:43 AM on December 12, 2014 [1 favorite]


Hey, The Favorites Fairy is a great name!
posted by Chrysostom at 5:50 AM on December 12, 2014 [4 favorites]


Julia F***ing Sugarbaker

Thank you so much for that, triggerfinger! I spent most of last night trying to remember that name. All I had to go on "there was this username based on a sitcom or a soap opera character that was pretty good...".
posted by soundofsuburbia at 6:11 AM on December 12, 2014 [2 favorites]


Oh. I always assumed evilmidnightbomberwhatbombsatmidnight was a mystery hunter, because I didn't know where that team name came from. I feel the same way about Setec Astronomy..

I've always thought Setec Astronomy was the perfect Mystery Hunt name, but I'd also accept My Socrates Note or Cootys Rat Semen.
posted by maryr at 8:28 AM on December 12, 2014 [1 favorite]


(Oh man, "My voice is my password. Verify me." would also be a great username.)
posted by maryr at 8:30 AM on December 12, 2014 [4 favorites]


Because the Internet is made of cats, I'd like to send a shoutout to some of my favorite catnyms:

kittens for breakfast/breakfast for kittens
Army of Kittens
fluffy battle kitten

and my favorite of these favorites:

you're a kitty!
posted by drlith at 8:48 AM on December 12, 2014 [9 favorites]


RogerB: "I almost feel like there needs to be a separate category for the in-joke usernames (xBongzilla69x, The Riker Who Mounts the World, Paphnuty, etc.)."

Overthinking a plate of usernames: It feels like there is difference between one-off jokey names that are made in direct response to something in the thread and are throwaways, and ongoing joke names like George Lucas or NSA.
posted by Chrysostom at 8:57 AM on December 12, 2014 [2 favorites]


It feels like there is difference between one-off jokey names that are made in direct response to something in the thread and are throwaways, and ongoing joke names like George Lucas or NSA.

You've just made me track down a user name that I inadvertently spawned - and I'm delighted to see that it's actually had some legs rather than just being a jokey one-off.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:07 AM on December 12, 2014 [1 favorite]


I had the same experience with ogooglebar (from this comment on my FPP). I always get a little thrill when I see them comment.
posted by Etrigan at 9:10 AM on December 12, 2014 [1 favorite]


I would totally go to that puppet show.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:55 AM on December 12, 2014


But Richelieu is the only one they mention is being played by a puppet, so the rest of the characters are probably regular actors.

Or maybe they're all played by cats. But I'd probably go to that too. Even more likely if the musketeers were hamsters and Milady deWinter was played by a mallard duck.
posted by benito.strauss at 10:42 AM on December 12, 2014 [1 favorite]


I know that the username predates the current popularity of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but I can't help but hear Vin Diesel bellowing IAmBroom these days.
posted by Etrigan at 10:43 AM on December 12, 2014 [2 favorites]


Lucinda

Lucinda
posted by homunculus at 10:48 AM on December 12, 2014


I would totally go to [the Cardinal Richielu Hand Puppet] puppet show.
--
But Richelieu is the only one they mention is being played by a puppet, so the rest of the characters are probably regular actors.


If memory serves, that was exactly the premise. For some reason we were getting a strange bumper crop of "straight plays where one character is a sock puppet and everyone else is an actor" scripts in the early 2000's. One year we even got six completely different such plays where the topic was specifically about the aftermath of 9/11. It was bizarre - and I still think I somehow missed some kind of memo.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:33 AM on December 12, 2014 [3 favorites]


Faint of Butt gets me every single time. I'm laughing right now.
posted by GrapeApiary at 11:48 AM on December 12, 2014 [8 favorites]


There are a fair number of users who have no admin notes on their accounts other than "ha! --cortex".

Admin notes...hmmm....

Also, best username: and the winner is hal_c_on .
posted by hal_c_on at 12:41 PM on December 12, 2014


I've already voted #1, so what do I do now, hal_s_enza?
posted by Namlit at 1:21 PM on December 12, 2014 [1 favorite]


I would like to imagine my admin notes are a series of haunting chords played on a piano in some seedy dive.
posted by Celsius1414 at 1:56 PM on December 12, 2014 [2 favorites]


We had a deal, Kyle always makes me smile
posted by NoraCharles at 2:29 PM on December 12, 2014 [5 favorites]


We had a deal, Kyle always makes me smile

Yeah, I hope that's a reference to the Tenacious D skit where they become co-Kings of a new society they run and JB says this at some point while trying to push Kyle out of the Kingship?
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:35 PM on December 12, 2014


Uhh, I assumed South Park.
posted by Drinky Die at 2:39 PM on December 12, 2014 [1 favorite]


Aw shit, that's right, that's where I heard it from.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:44 PM on December 12, 2014 [2 favorites]


My all-time favorite MeFi username is a very early member who is likely long gone but it was: fishfucker, only because fishfucker would say serious intelligent things on the site and you had to read "posted by fishfucker" right after and it always reminded me of a favorite Mr. Show bit where fucking a fish was a big punchline at the end.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:46 PM on December 12, 2014 [13 favorites]


Ray Walston, Luck Dragon

and

Kalessin

Guess I have a previously unexamined thing for dragons...

(Give me your dirty love, like you might surrender to some dragon in your dreams...)
posted by Reverend John at 6:16 PM on December 12, 2014


I'm especially fond of:

two or three cars parked under the stars
Hello, I'm David McGahan (SHAUN MICALLEF 4 EVA)
to sir with millipedes
le morte de bea arthur
trunk muffins
and I also like 'that's how you get ants' because it sounds like an admonishment from my mother. Todd Lokken.
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 6:53 PM on December 12, 2014 [1 favorite]




Fishfucker.
Funny side and brainy. The most...image evocating handle.

Unclefes.
I always thought of the character and a phrase akin to; uncle confess, you took my snack cracker.
posted by clavdivs at 7:12 PM on December 12, 2014


Tried to link the 03'Vegas meta thread...htmlkarma
posted by clavdivs at 7:14 PM on December 12, 2014


This was a much kinder idea for a MeTa than the one I sometimes imagine, which is "what are your least favorite user names?"
posted by MoonOrb at 8:07 PM on December 12, 2014


I don't like the guy whose name is "Greg Nog Is Bad"
posted by Greg Nog at 10:16 PM on December 12, 2014 [11 favorites]


oh, is that so
posted by Greg Nog Is Bad at 10:50 PM on December 12, 2014 [19 favorites]


it always reminded me of a favorite Mr. Show bit where fucking a fish was a big punchline at the end.

The guy who was actually happy about starving to death in a leaky lifeboat in the middle of the ocean, saying he always knew he'd die young. His last thought in the sketch was "Before I die, I'm gonna fuck a fish." Ah, Mr. Show.

I noticed in my list of favorites lately one called The Favorites Fairy, which I rather like. I've certainly dispensed enough of them in my time here (over 66K so far), I feel a kinship there.
posted by JHarris at 11:00 PM on December 12, 2014 [1 favorite]


And then, of course, late one day, around the time when I normally don't want to go to bed, I opened a leftover package of flapjacks and thought "heh."
posted by Namlit at 5:29 AM on December 13, 2014 [6 favorites]


I miss cunt.

I haven't seen them for ages, so I expect they were forced to choose a different name at some point.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:26 AM on December 13, 2014


I've thought about registering a username something along the lines of "If I have favorited your comment it means I strenuously disagree with it" so that I can register disagreement without actually having to write a comment to that effect.
posted by jayder at 7:35 AM on December 13, 2014 [8 favorites]


I think the mods banned someone who had the screen name "you get a favorite for being dumb"
posted by Greg Nog at 8:52 AM on December 13, 2014 [7 favorites]


[citation needed]
posted by aihal at 10:21 AM on December 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


(not asking for a reference, it's one of my favourite usernames)
posted by aihal at 10:22 AM on December 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


StupidsexyFlanders, because I can't not read it in Homer Simpson's voice, and it makes me giggle every time.
posted by sarcasticah at 11:00 AM on December 13, 2014 [6 favorites]


Hold the presses: THERE'S SOMEONE CALLED SNOOGLES.

It's like snuggles but a lot better.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:13 AM on December 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


Two mod questions: What is the character limit for names? And what are some of the best names that weren't allowed?
posted by Chrysostom at 11:17 AM on December 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


sigh
posted by Treaty of Westphalia at 12:05 PM on December 13, 2014 [14 favorites]


Just came across another one:
standardasparagus
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 12:30 PM on December 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


Crackheadmatt
Username lasted about 2 minutes.
It is the only one that I recall were there was pure consensus to use the shepards hook.
posted by clavdivs at 12:52 PM on December 13, 2014 [3 favorites]


So many good ones that have been named - I guess my favorite (if I must pick one, damn!) is the oft cited wonderchicken.

Here are some others that amuse me that I think have not been cited:

turgid dahlia
UbuRoivas
cupcakeninja
of strange foe
MexicanYenta
Marisa Stole the Precious Thing
iamkimiam
cybercoitus interruptus
goodnewsfortheinsane
Divine_Wino
Rustic Etruscan
Turtles all the way down
dances_with_sneetches
ajourneyroundmyskull
birdherder
Zero Gravitas
Ufez Jones
twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious
rottytooth
posted by madamjujujive at 12:59 PM on December 13, 2014 [6 favorites]


'goodnewsfortheinsane' always gives me a chuckle.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 1:06 PM on December 13, 2014 [5 favorites]


Isn't ignignokt the name of one of the martians from Aqua Teen Hunger Force?

Indeed, but I like to think it is also 'I guess not, I guess not, OK then'.
posted by Segundus at 1:31 PM on December 13, 2014 [10 favorites]


I'm late to the party as usual, but my favorite is weapons-grade pandemonium.
posted by key_of_z at 7:46 PM on December 13, 2014 [3 favorites]


Liesl: [insert clever name here] is unwittingly responsible for my having dallied for years to buy a Metafilter account. I figured if all the good ones have been thought of, to the point that someone would have to resort to placeholder text, I'd never have a chance to come up with something original.

And so I joined with my high school German class name, several years later.

forgetful snow: I'd have just gone with [insert cleverer name here]. Oh but then someone would probably drop in with [insert cleverest name here] and we'd have to shut down registration permanently.


The tragedy of my username is that it came into existence under the most grave of circumstances. You see, I had the best metafilter name ever picked out. Oh, it was good. The perfect combination of subtle yet funny. Just passing over the name would make the reader smile, maybe even chuckle to themselves. It both had the feel of metafilter and yet was a nice inside joke to myself. It fit the vibe of the site. It was witty, it was clever, it was sublimely delightful - it was the penultimate name.

Except that Metafilter wasn't allowing new members at the time.

So months go by, and there I am, holding the best metafilter name ever close to my heart. More months go by. Finally, FINALLY new member slots open. Hey! I can join! Yay for me. Except, I can't remember the most amazing username ever. I didn't even tell quin because I wanted to surprise him. So now that I've forgotten the best username ever. I never told anyone because I was so proud of my awesome name, I wanted to reveal it in all its beautiful glory to the whole world in one shining moment! And due to that vanity, I had no one I could ask. No shred of an idea what it might have been.

I sat staring at the screen. Not only is it gone, but I have zero ideas. My mind is blank with the anguish of having forgotten. And I have no idea if new signups will close again. And so I despairingly typed [insert clever name here] and hung my head in shame.

(To this day, I don't remember what that username was. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
posted by [insert clever name here] at 8:16 PM on December 13, 2014 [32 favorites]


I've always liked Divined by Radio's nic because I assumed it was some awesome and subtle reference to radar, reaching out silently in the night to identify objects in space and relay that information back to the oracle of an operator who could then dispense the wisdom of "Incoming Bogies".

I met her and told her as such, but she laughed and said "nope". Should she want to tell you what it really means, I'll leave it to her.

Also a big fan of uosuaq, because it made me realize I could be u!nb, and that's cool.
posted by quin at 8:51 PM on December 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


[citation needed] and [insert clever name here] are my favourites. Perhaps I have an unacknowledged 'thing' for square brackets.

My favourite joke account is definitely lizard people. Only had a few comments, but they were brilliant.
posted by metaBugs at 9:41 AM on December 14, 2014 [4 favorites]


adipocere

Ah crap. Some things are worse than earworms.
posted by mule98J at 11:20 AM on December 14, 2014


Control-F "digitalprimate"

Le sigh.
posted by digitalprimate at 12:42 PM on December 14, 2014 [4 favorites]


I feel sorriest for empath because my god, what a name to live up to.

elizardbits is one of my favorites because... I don't know. Evocative. We still have Poffin Boffin, but half the time my brain supplies elizardbits anyway. ArmyOfKittens makes me feel snuggly.

I love the sheer variety of names on MetaFilter. More than anywhere else, people have been really creative. I was not - using the name I use everywhere; sometimes I wish I'd chosen "Another message from the snore factory" or something, given my penchant for enormous posts.
posted by Deoridhe at 3:56 PM on December 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


We still have Poffin Boffin, but half the time my brain supplies elizardbits anyway.

O_O
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 4:44 PM on December 14, 2014 [4 favorites]


I feel sorriest for empath because my god, what a name to live up to.


And you don't think that faint of butt is hard to live up to? In one way, or another.

Anyway, yeah, reminds me of this violinist who's name is Faultless.
posted by Namlit at 4:49 PM on December 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


> O_O

All I see there is Dogon.
posted by benito.strauss at 6:08 PM on December 14, 2014


metaBugs: My favourite joke account is definitely lizard people. Only had a few comments, but they were brilliant.

You're not kidding. Cackling.
posted by pseudonymph at 6:41 PM on December 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


btw my favorite sockpuppet acct may be "a series of tube socks."
posted by en forme de poire at 12:12 AM on December 15, 2014 [5 favorites]


Ericb
posted by clavdivs at 3:08 AM on December 15, 2014


I can't claim full credit for my name:

Alex Trebek: Welcome back to Celebrity Jeopardy. I apologize for what happened before the commercial, and would like to assure the audience that all three contestants are now wearing pants. That said, let's take a look at the scores. Ozzy Osbourne has negative 79,000 dollars.

Ozzy Osbourne: All aboard! [laughs]

Alex Trebek: Fantastic. Martha Stewart has a commanding lead with zero.

Martha Stewart: Alex, I've transformed this simple game show podium into a rich cornucopia of winter flora, using dried figs and snow-tipped eucalyptus. I really treasure it.

Alex Trebek: Wow.. And, in third place, [sighs] Sean Connery.

Sean Connery: We meet again, Trebek. I noticed you weren't able to sit down during the break. What's wrong sweetie, did you have a date last night?

Alex Trebek: Thank you, Mr. Connery. Now let's take a look at the categories for Double Jeopardy. They are: Potent Potables, Drummers Named Ringo, States that Begin with Californ, Richard Nixon, The Number After Two, Famous Kareem Abdul-Jabbars, and finally, Don't Do Anything.

[Connery buzzes in]

Alex Trebek: What is it, Mr. Connery?

Sean Connery: Knock, knock.

Alex Trebek: Who's there?

Sean Connery: Me, the guy who slept with your mother last night. [laughs]

Alex Trebek: Let's just go with Drummers Named Ringo for 400. And the answer is: This Ringo was the 'Starr' drummer for the Beatles.

[Stewart buzzes in]

Alex Trebek: Martha Stewart?

Martha Stewart: I'm so terribly lonely.

Alex Trebek: I know.

[Connery buzzes in]

Alex Trebek: Sean Connery, the drummer for the Beatles.

Sean Connery: Craven Morehead.

Alex Trebek: Who is Craven Morehead?

Sean Connery: Apparently, you are.
posted by craven_morhead at 8:51 AM on December 15, 2014 [6 favorites]


Oh! DevilsAdvocate!
posted by Room 641-A at 9:05 AM on December 15, 2014


I like Devils Rancher because it reminds me of Jolly Rancher and I like the cognitive dissonance.
posted by desjardins at 9:38 AM on December 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Well, this thread has got me reading Consider Phlebas, I hope you're happy metafilter.
posted by angerbot at 10:08 AM on December 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


I like Devils Rancher because it reminds me of Jolly Rancher and I like the cognitive dissonance.

I am so glad I'm not the only one that has this reaction to the name.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 10:38 AM on December 15, 2014


I like Devils Rancher because it reminds me of Jolly Rancher and I like the cognitive dissonance.

Every time someone says that, it makes me think of Jolly Roger.
posted by Michele in California at 10:45 AM on December 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Just discovered 'moody cow' which is very British, and funny as hell.

Also:

ND¢ = indecent
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 1:38 PM on December 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


Suddenly, elf ass makes me laugh every time I see it.

I read it to the tune of "Suddenly, Seymour" every time I see it.


Oh, this is my curse. I've only just heard of suomynona, and it (he/she?) already goes to the tune of My Sharona.

Also, Robocop is Bleeding is sung to the tune of Matthew Chen is Spamming.
posted by jaruwaan at 2:20 PM on December 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


pointystick: ooh, anagrams! I could be No Kitty Pics

I could be "my defiled lungs," "edges mindfully," or "indulged myself," because apparently indulged and deluding are anagrams and I did not know this.

Also we used to play bar trivia as teamname: [citation needed], so I have a real soft spot for that one.
posted by deludingmyself at 6:01 PM on December 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


indulged and deluding are anagrams

I don't know if anagrams are really even anything you can see coming but WOW I did not see that coming.
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:14 PM on December 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Well this is curious. By idly following links to some user profiles mentioned here, I found one of a person who I remember being awful to me when we were teenagers, who I haven't thought of since that time, and whose posts here I've enjoyed! I described all this to my partner this evening and gave particulars about why I'd found that person so awful and realized via that narrative . . . oh, I was kinda awful, too.
posted by goofyfoot at 11:27 PM on December 15, 2014 [13 favorites]


When I hear Devils Rancher I think of how people in the days of yore would attribute unusual geographic formations to the work of the devil, giving them names like Devils Tower, Mt. Diablo, Devils Pass, Devils Elbow, Devils Butthole, whatever. It's a thing.
posted by Rhomboid at 3:08 AM on December 16, 2014 [2 favorites]


When I hear Devils Rancher, I'm thinking of hamburgers.
posted by Namlit at 4:00 AM on December 16, 2014


I'm really surprised that no-one has used "le petit morte de bea arthur" yet
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 4:16 AM on December 16, 2014 [8 favorites]


I like His thoughts were red thoughts because it is a wonderful turn of phrase and it also prompted me to read the short story it comes from, which itself was excellent.
posted by bystander at 4:39 AM on December 16, 2014 [2 favorites]


Seconding Running Order Squabble Fest, for hipping me to the glorious continued existence of Half Man Half Biscuit.
posted by whuppy at 6:55 AM on December 16, 2014 [1 favorite]




ND¢
clavdivs
stupidsexyFlanders
uosuaq
Joey Buttafoucault
spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints
feckless fecal fear mongering

and dios for the sheer arrogance of it.
back when i ran a bbs there was a guy called himself waitingforbaudot.
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 10:00 AM on December 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


Crackheadmatt
Username lasted about 2 minutes.
It is the only one that I recall were there was pure consensus to use the shepards hook.


(cut to Nathan Fielder's finger pausing above the Enter key, about to register "dumb cortex")
posted by en forme de poire at 11:18 PM on December 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


robocop is bleeding and weretable and the undead chairs are two that immediately spring to mind, at least.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 12:51 AM on December 17, 2014


Just saw a couple today that I really love: ferret branca and DiscourseMarker.
posted by capricorn at 8:01 AM on December 17, 2014 [2 favorites]


When I hear Devils Rancher I think of how people in the days of yore would attribute unusual geographic formations to the work of the devil, giving them names like Devils Tower, Mt. Diablo, Devils Pass, Devils Elbow, Devils Butthole, whatever.

My granny lived 10 miles from Devil's Churn so we went there whenever i visited for 40 years. Great tidepools.

I have been to the bottom of Devil's Sinkhole. It's one hell of a hole. Incredible view back up from the bottom.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:42 AM on December 17, 2014 [2 favorites]


Well, NOW it's Comrade Doll.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 12:09 PM on December 17, 2014 [6 favorites]


When I hear Devils Rancher I think of how people in the days of yore would attribute unusual geographic formations to the work of the devil, giving them names like Devils Tower, Mt. Diablo, Devils Pass, Devils Elbow, Devils Butthole, whatever.

My granny lived 10 miles from Devil's Churn so we went there whenever i visited for 40 years. Great tidepools.


I once made a trip up to Derbyshire expressly because I wanted to find a t-shirt that read "I Crawled up the Devil's Arse;" it is one of the great tragedies in my life that such a shirt did not exist.
posted by DingoMutt at 5:49 PM on December 17, 2014 [2 favorites]


Just reminded of the excellent user name Squeak Attack, sourced from a throwaway joke in Gaiman's Anansi Boys.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 8:43 PM on December 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


(cut to Nathan Fielder's finger pausing above the Enter key, about to register "dumb cortex")

I have laughspittle on my screen.
This was before cortex was a mod, he was a member at that time and still is, yes.
No, it was a ugly account. And when it showed up on irc- wham, gone.

Dong Resin-because
BUKKA...
Ahem

Quonsar/Q2
Because he telephoned once and it was a delight. Plus, he had my goats and choice not to eat, sell, fold, spindle....OMG.
FOLDY!
posted by clavdivs at 9:05 PM on December 17, 2014 [5 favorites]


Greg Nog is Bad
Beethoven's Sith
CheesesOfBrazil
box full of sedated cats
everybody had matching towels
Sid and Marty Krofft's HR Sockpuppet
Smells of Detroit
The Legit Republic of Blanketsburg
netscapetest [from January 2000]
posted by Comic Sans-Culotte at 10:52 PM on December 17, 2014 [7 favorites]


To keep on track, qounsar at first reading, reminded me of a telepathic quasar.

How close, how far.

This was a joy to read Greg Nog. Apologies for not adhering to the criteria.

Hindsight Bias
would make for a cool username though
posted by clavdivs at 2:03 AM on December 18, 2014


D'oh!
posted by clavdivs at 2:04 AM on December 18, 2014 [1 favorite]


For some reason, "Ursula Hitler" amuses me to no end...

You and me both.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 12:48 AM on December 19, 2014 [6 favorites]


I'd been lurking for a while and there was a Mafia FPP by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing that really got my attention because I saw some of that stuff and my parents had told me about stuff they had seen and why we never went out for Italian anymore. Our favorite restaurant got ventilated by Thompsons the last time we tried to go. The building fell down.

I think it was more the username than the post that made me join. Stealing is wrong, Marisa. Give it back.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 4:54 AM on December 21, 2014 [4 favorites]


Oooh, I've just now run across Klaxon Aoooogah.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:00 PM on December 21, 2014 [5 favorites]


Another good new username: deathmarch to epistemic closure
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 1:07 PM on January 2, 2015


ArmyOfKittens because cute!
a birds because hee.
a corpse in the library, I think one of my first ever comments was a silly joke about your name! ("And look where you ended up!")
CBrachyrhynchos, your name was so fun to figure out how to say that I now take a moment to enjoy saying it to myself when I see your comments.
nebulawindphone, your name always evokes a haunting science fictional image of such a device and I find it neat.
Sticherbeast, your name sounds like a pretty rad beastie. Also I always check to see if your name has that t yet but it's cool it doesn't have to have that t.
klangklangston, someone else once speculated that your name is pronounced "Klangk Langston" and ever since then it has been so for me.
And orme. orme, orme, orme. Look just come out and admit it okay, because it is a thing that inflames me with certainty regularly.

Your name is like orz but for a centaur, isn't it.
posted by Drexen at 2:15 PM on January 2, 2015 [2 favorites]


Every time I see StrikeTheViol's username, I hear Henry Purcell in my head.
posted by homunculus at 11:30 AM on January 3, 2015


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