Mefites' Choice best post contest, Week 3 roundup December 22, 2015 12:04 PM   Subscribe

Week Three of our Mefites' Choice contest saw more fabulous posts and more voters making their voices heard. Come on in to check out the terrific links you may have missed, and hitch up your posting/voting/prize-offering pants for the final week.

We've wrapped up the third week of the month-long Mefites' Choice best post contest!

As a reminder, the contest works like this:
1) You vote for the Mefites' Choice award
Vote with the Fantastic Flag. You can vote for as many posts on the blue as you want, all month long. Top vote-getter each week wins a prize from the site.

2) You offer community prizes
Members can also offer prizes for any kind of post they like, under any conditions they like. Offer your prize/conditions in here and/or put it on the wiki page for the contest. Also check there for available prizes already being offered by fabulous community members -- maybe you can make an awesome post and win a prize.
Now on to this week's finest posts, as voted by you.

The 2015 Week 3 Mefites' Choice Award goes to.....
I was a Teenage Fruit-fucker, in praise of homemade sex toys.
by flex

For this informative and inspiring post, flex wins $25 to spend at the store of her choice in the Mefi Mall. Congratulations, flex!

Runners up and honorables mention (also top vote-getters, if anyone's looking for community prize material):
Scandal at the rutabaga curling championships
by waitingtoderail

The history of the landmark Chicago mural "For All of Mankind", recently destroyed by being painted over following a many-year fight
by orthicon halo

Recent genetic evidence confirms the long-rumored story of the secret Jews of New Mexico - how the Spanish Inquisition led to a population of Jews hiding in the US desert southwest for 500 years
by filthy light thief

Highlighting a range of recent work by female philosophers
by Wobbuffet

A collection of Minute Mysteries, nano detective stories from 1932
also by Wobbuffet

Essay on grief and what not to say to someone who's in mourning
by Brandon Blatcher

There's evidence of a "new" oldest European settlement in the US, dating back to 1561
also by Wobbuffet

To gain skill in playing the traditional Norwegian fiddle, you can sacrifice meat (or sell your soul) to a mythical man under a waterfall
also by filthy light thief

Info on the many dangers of the holiday season
by Bella Donna

Programs to decrease inner-city violence
by the man of twists and turns

Dead roach inspires improvised shrine
by Kattullus

They're re-segregating schools in Florida
by zarq

Photos, stories, and hobo culture in this collection of railroad lore
by MonkeyToes

Aloe Blacc's Christmas song tribute to Michael Brown
by DigDoug

Prohibition-era alcohol "for medicinal use"
also by filthy light thief

Collection of influential texts in cultural anthropology readable online
also by Wobbuffet

Short videos of how to make teeny tiny items for a dollhouse
by phunniemee

Reconstructing the late-1700s gallery of Shakespeare fan art visited by Jane Austen and other influentials of the day
by thomas j wise

Three cheers and thank you to the posters, and thanks to everyone who voted this week! One more week to go, for posters, voters and prize-offerers alike - the last week will be a couple days long and will run thru New Years' Eve.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) to MetaFilter-Related at 12:04 PM (11 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

If you haven't already read scandal at the rutabaga curling championships, treat yourself! Wobbuffet and orthicon halo and filthy light thief--thank you, those were some terrific posts. Off to read a bunch more good stuff from this handy list.

(flex, you have succeeded in making me dirty giggle when I see a fruit basket. Happy holidays!)
posted by MonkeyToes at 12:38 PM on December 22, 2015 [2 favorites]

Grats, flex! That post was bananas in the best way!
posted by Wobbuffet at 2:04 PM on December 22, 2015 [1 favorite]

Congrats everyone - you all make MetaFilter better.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 2:54 PM on December 22, 2015

How did I miss a post about prohibition? Thanks, to filthy light thief and the flaggers fantastic.
posted by Drinky Die at 4:42 PM on December 22, 2015

The scandal at the rutabaga curling championships post contains some rutabaga curling liveblog action!! You have to read it to believe it!

Add the fruit fucker one and 2 of the winning posts are about tossing!
posted by marienbad at 6:01 PM on December 22, 2015 [2 favorites]

zamboni, your rutabaga coverage made me smile all day! Even when you beaned a kid with a root vegetable.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:13 PM on December 22, 2015 [2 favorites]

Congrats to all the winners again. Loving all the great posts this month, there have been some fun ones. : D
posted by Fizz at 8:06 PM on December 22, 2015

It's amazing how you can think you read everything but miss so many great posts! Like I'm particularly interested in Hardanger-area folk crafts (I'm not a nerd, you're a nerd!) and I didn't even see the fiddle one. And "medicinal hooch" is what my great grandparents (he was a judge, even) kept in the house for parties. He acquired it by allowing a bootlegger to date his daughter, no curfew, as long as he left some hooch under the porch. It's like all the corruption in one family story! We found some of his medicinal hooch when going through his effects. I was very little, like six or seven, but there was a long debate about whether the adults were morally obligated to toast him with the illicit 60-year-old booze, or whether that might actually hasten them all to joining him in his eternal repose.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:14 PM on December 22, 2015 [4 favorites]

Well, gee, thanks!

I guess this proves there's always money in the banana stand.
posted by flex at 10:54 PM on December 22, 2015 [8 favorites]

Katullus, did they burn the other roach on the pyre as well?
posted by infini at 7:05 AM on December 23, 2015 [1 favorite]

"I guess this proves there's always money in the banana stand."

That, or a twist on the old adage "No glove, no love."


But I can't believe I hadn't checked out filthy light thief's Norwegian fiddle post. Awesome!

As I wandered through the grocery store yesterday, I came across turnips on sale. I'm pretty sure there were people wondering what this strange man was doing, swinging one underhand as though testing its weight and preparing to bowl it down the aisle, all the while smirking to himself.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:37 AM on December 23, 2015 [2 favorites]

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