Most Underappreciated Comments of 2015 January 4, 2016 2:25 PM   Subscribe

It is time once again for the annual presentation of sitewide comments which we enjoyed reading but which we feel perhaps did not receive the adulation they deserved.

As with the initial thread back in 2009, let's try to stick to comments which received 12 or fewer favourites, and if we could all try not to feverishly self-link that would be rad.

Previous threads:

2009

2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
posted by poffin boffin to MetaFilter-Related at 2:25 PM (152 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

The only comment you need to read from 2015 is the one where NoraReed is slowly devoured by Python nerds her own thread
posted by shakespeherian at 2:34 PM on January 4, 2016 [5 favorites]


i forgot to make my list before i hit post and now i curse the efficiency of the queue
posted by poffin boffin at 2:35 PM on January 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


We can redefine Fun, just like the players of Dwarf Fortress have.
posted to MetaFilter by mikurski at 3:24 PM on December 31, 2015

that's all I got for now
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 2:51 PM on January 4, 2016 [4 favorites]


For a long time, this was the only Favorite I'd ever marked: the first comment in a thread about a gorgeous highbrow mashup combining footage from Tarkovsky's sumptious film The Mirror with the mournful elegy of Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel.
posted by Ian A.T. at 2:52 PM on January 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


This one was pretty darn amusing. ;)
posted by Celsius1414 at 2:53 PM on January 4, 2016


Jacqueline learns an important lesson about sportsball.

I indulge myself in an old pasttime.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:55 PM on January 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


The Responsible Cannabis User stock photos and video clips that escape from the potato planet links to here are weapons-grade funny to me, an idiot
posted by theodolite at 2:55 PM on January 4, 2016 [7 favorites]


I loved this great comment about learning to code.
posted by sockermom at 2:57 PM on January 4, 2016




Oh crap. *Most* of those are 12 or fewer favorites. In the rush to find the spreadsheet into which I paste comments in preparation for this thread I neglected basically the only guideline.
posted by everybody had matching towels at 3:14 PM on January 4, 2016 [4 favorites]


Hats are not pants
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:26 PM on January 4, 2016 [5 favorites]


Looking through comments I favorited over the past year, it turns out that most of them have 50+ favorites. But here are some that don't:

metahawk has good advice

nickd knows things about tea
hopeless romantique has an awesome tattoo
If only I had a penguin... talks about a problem with trying teens as adults
Nanukthedog has a toddler who takes things literally
Linda_Holmes has the perfect explanation for why "losing weight is a simple matter of calories in vs. calories out" is not helpful

and finally, this comment from medusa really helped me cope with and reframe early-pregnancy anxiety earlier this year.
posted by insectosaurus at 3:39 PM on January 4, 2016 [1 favorite]




happyroach reminds me of questionable food choices I've made in the past.
posted by h00py at 4:16 PM on January 4, 2016


These 3 poffin boffin comments
moonmilk in the Duck Vine thread: Do you want Xharls? Because this is how you get Xharls.
Danf (rest in peace) on a well-meaning gift
solarion on overdone in-jokes: basically MeFi is a dad
posted by naju at 4:22 PM on January 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


Hairy Lobster's blind rage pretzel comment with lovely pretzel architecture and a fish slap

Danapiper on being an on-call whale necropsy volunteer
posted by barchan at 4:44 PM on January 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


As a result the consumption of Bavarian (and most American) pretzels delivers a sub-optimal textural experience as every part of the pretzel resembles every other part of the pretzel. An experience as rewarding as a long drive through miles and miles of agricultural dystopian wastelands filled with nothing but wheat monoculture.

The river of mustard is all you need.
posted by Drinky Die at 4:57 PM on January 4, 2016


I like the dots
posted by phearlez at 5:07 PM on January 4, 2016


tfw you're just starting to get your shit together after a four-day weekend and realize a research project is due on Monday
posted by prize bull octorok at 5:08 PM on January 4, 2016 [1 favorite]






I like the dots

You either have a morbid fascination with grieving, or are sad that more things are not covered in polka dots.
posted by filthy light thief at 5:29 PM on January 4, 2016


- "I spent most of the 90s nursing an unhealthy, expensive obsession with 50s and 60s monster novelty records"
- "During that year our monthly Bearitos bill was never less than $100."
- Star Wars name symbolism (thread contains spoilers)
- poffin boffin sings the song about the human ancestor found in a cave
- Whelk on The Simpsons as cultural touchstone
- Concise description of Dune's gender aesthetic
- Excellent pun
- Pictorial guide to a user's DIY false tooth
- anecdote about Greeks & marriage
- "Iceberg lettuce was an exotic delicacy when it was first introduced"
- anecdote about cool raccoons working together
- Fantastic suggestion for making presidential debates interesting
- firsthand rundown of Soylent
- griphus on giving directions in Queens
- I love these band names
- corb's Most Cartoonish Injury
- concise definition of "good taste"
- Rewatching TNG is one giant, brutal long-form exercise in stark exposure to the fallibility of memory.
- evolutionary question: How Long Have Octopuses Been Around?
- Ancient Babylonian customer service
- How to color a cat's feces
- The Culture vs The Borg
- anecdote about when realizing one is gay/bi
- "I met a girl online and she said she wanted to come to my place and watch a movie. She came over, made it abundantly clear that she wanted nothing to do with me and then stayed - without moving - for three days on the floor next to my bed."
- cool worldbuilding idea about dragons
- is cortex cool?
- Prescriptivists, Descriptivists
- Technology killing the diamond industry
- Dionysus

posted by Greg Nog at 5:44 PM on January 4, 2016 [4 favorites]


Mostly I'm ambivalent to these kinds of lists-of-comments but the - "I met a girl online and she said she wanted to come to my place and watch a movie. She came over, made it abundantly clear that she wanted nothing to do with me and then stayed - without moving - for three days on the floor next to my bed." comment is both amazing and indeed went way underloved.

What was that.
posted by GuyZero at 5:54 PM on January 4, 2016 [9 favorites]




bluebelle on open-source farming

I want to eat tacos at the table of jbickers

Etrigan's nice way to be nice
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:08 PM on January 4, 2016


This one.
posted by jeffamaphone at 6:16 PM on January 4, 2016 [4 favorites]


"Flapping his rubbery pseuodopods" is only the second-best turn of phrase in Strange Interlude's Smash Bros clapping description.
posted by knuckle tattoos at 6:28 PM on January 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


ChuraChura's field-expedient menorah

Hal Mumkin has an uncomfortable conversation with his mom about her taste in music

OTOH, togdon remains proud of their mother, the Condom Fairy

the eternal battle between time and stone... from Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The

"...when I read Michael's piece I knew I could and should do something. So I hired Jamie." Toekneesan, cheers.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:52 PM on January 4, 2016


Barchan. Leg panties.
posted by mudpuppie at 6:59 PM on January 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


Oh shit, that was totally supposed to include a link: Barchan. Leg panties.

*slowly creeps out the door*
posted by mudpuppie at 7:00 PM on January 4, 2016 [3 favorites]


Hal Mumkin has an uncomfortable conversation with his mom about her taste in music

How did I miss this?

Actually, going through the links in this thread is a constant "how did I miss this?" Either I don't read very much here, or I don't bother to remember very much of what I read.
posted by Dip Flash at 7:01 PM on January 4, 2016 [4 favorites]


(So, wait: do we Favorite the link here, or the original comment? Or both?!)
posted by wenestvedt at 7:31 PM on January 4, 2016


Just favorite this comment here.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:35 PM on January 4, 2016 [14 favorites]


Just favorite the comment here now.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:06 PM on January 4, 2016 [7 favorites]


Now favorite this one. See it's easy
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:07 PM on January 4, 2016 [7 favorites]


As always, thanks for this post. It's a great excuse to go back over favorites from the past year.

-midmarch snowman had a great comment categorizing the Oscar winners over the years "...I think the fair way to appraise oscar winners is by deciding which one of six categories it inevitably falls into..."
-aryma's delightful comment "I'm always interested to see who else died on the same day when an obituary for a famous person is in the news - I think of them traveling together on their next journey..."
-Conrad-Casserole's quietly devastating comment "girls are raised to be mothers and boys are raised to be sons."
-Space Coyote gave us the secret Canadian shibboleth (Mazda, btw. Canadians, I love you but it's not Maaaaahhz-duh, it's Mawwwwwwz-duh. Subtle but important difference!)
-JHarris' college superpower (also mine in high school, so high five JHarris) was near and dear to the minds of Evangelicals campuswide
-subtle_squid wrote a fabulous comment explaining that "...It is common to think of other people as being behind us on our path but usually when they haven't passed our checkpoints it is because they are going a different direction."
-Greg_Ace made up a great definition for "swerge" (perhaps funnier if you drive in Houston/Bangkok/Chicago and other cities in which there is lots of traffic and few rules)
-Following on that, grouse explains how the zipper merge could work well (or at least less rage-inducingly)
-Oyéah pulled no punches by reminding us, of the children of Syria: "You remember how you loved the tender, sleeping faces of your young ones, searched for their first smiles, listened to echo their first words; these are no less, and no less ours."
-box spoke for all of us librarians who are frankly kind of over old card catalogs
-zarq's MetaFilter pet peeve was a good and righteous one
-Room 641-A imagined how Ferris Bueller's Day Off would look for the selfie generation (not sure that the kids are still using YOLO, Room 641-A, but otherwise you're er, on fleek)
-jamjam was quietly disturbing as they point out Putin's eerie resemblance to a certain James Bond actor

And many more. It was a pretty great year for comments, MetaFilter.
posted by librarylis at 8:10 PM on January 4, 2016 [4 favorites]


prize bull octorok on the times lemurs are sandwiches
Etrigan's Major Badass is a Gilmore Girls fan.
Mrs. Pterodactyl's brother loves Gaston.
Maryr: niches love species.
sebastienbailard explains Miss Portugal's national costume.
Phunniemee on the horrible truth behind sphynx cats, but making up for it with her cauliflower-eating dog.
Nebulawindphone ruins surfer music.
BinaryApe on when it's OK to have a primate as a pet
Celsius1414 on mushroom types.
Box explains when to time your bathroom breaks while listening to the Beatles discography
posted by ChuraChura at 8:44 PM on January 4, 2016 [2 favorites]




Nebulawindphone ruins surfer music.

for some reason, hamst me a wank is fucking killing me right now
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:55 PM on January 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


Augh, I want to read all of these right now but if I do I'll be too tired to learn about chronic granulomatous disease tomorrow and then I'll be a terrible doctor because I didn't learn about chronic granulomatous disease and ugh I hate you all by which I mean I love you all for being so wonderful and funny and I just wish I had more time to read every single link in this thread.
posted by ocherdraco at 9:24 PM on January 4, 2016 [4 favorites]


Here are some just from December -

jamaro: I designed the official Labyrinth underpants
crush-onastick on Chicago architectural history (this and a following comment)
Zack_Replica with a taxonomy of types of lesbians in Weimar Berlin

ardegee on what it means to "stop the presses" these days
emmling with a tiny glimpse of the arts scene in Kyoto
The Underpants Monster with a nice Christmas carol story

garius with some inside info about lighting design in the new plan for London tube stations
barchan on champagne and geology
Ziggy500 on learning Bengali home cooking

needled with explanations of a few celeb cameos in Psy videos
filthy light thief with the disturbing truth about tumbleweed
biffa on how the giant surfing-wave ponds work
majuju on the perils of bridge design, engineering ethics and a clever solution
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 9:35 PM on January 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


I am not sure why, maybe it is the reference to Ben's and Boca in the same thread as a waffle house, but I love this comment by poffin boffin. Maybe you just have to be from the Island to appreciate it. Regardless, thank you poffin boffin for this post and that comment.
posted by AugustWest at 9:48 PM on January 4, 2016


I was a manager once ...
Quercus!
posted by Bruce H. at 10:05 PM on January 4, 2016


The most important lesson fallingbadgers learned in schoool
posted by aubilenon at 10:47 PM on January 4, 2016


pearlybob: My family and I were having dinner on the back porch in our suburban Atlanta neighborhood one night when this horrific sound came from the woods right behind us...

Ivan Fyodorovich: I think that Tarantino understands the intersections and distinctions between movie violence and real violence and that it's this mix of the real and unreal that plays a big role in how unsettling his movies often are...

Fizz creates a serious post about the Salem Witch Trials.

Diagonalize's mom meets Vincent Price.

Rock Steady presents CAPS LOCK STAR WARS SEVEN: THE CAPSLOCK AWAKENS.

fairmettle lets us know where this crustacean objectification ends.

Here is some information on the "Killer Poke" of the Commodore PET 2001 computer, an infamous command that could actually damage hardware, by causing its monitor to lose sync. prize bull octorok is not impressed.

Someone wants to be able to flag comments due to "All caps/lowercase and/or no punctuation." zarq is not impressed.

Pope Guilty discusses owlbears.

zombieflanders finds the perfect comment to respond to.

Toekneesan: I know this is petty but I feel very strongly about it.

No one else feels strongly about it. Toekneesan: I'm trying not to take it personally but it feels kind of personal.
posted by brianrobot at 11:37 PM on January 4, 2016 [3 favorites]




Eyebrows McGee comments on the effects of race in Hamilton's cast. "Casting Hamilton with minorities forcibly pushes the Founding Fathers into that universal, mythological space, which counterintuitively makes them more vibrant to modern audiences."

Mavri links to an over-the-top satirical review of Hamilton. "I was spent; It was like America had taken physical form and made three hours of crazed, carefully-researched love to me."

sendai sleep master points out how ridiculous MetaFilter can be. "Hello and welcome to MeFi industries. We pride ourselves on having, on multiple occasions, literally over thought plates filled with beans! Our moderators had to literally stop us!"

rum-soaked space hobo's friend fixes timecube.com. "it was just domain registrar expiration causing the outage"
posted by Rangi at 12:22 AM on January 5, 2016


strangely stunted trees discovers that s/he unwittingly features as a minor villain in a self-published heroic fantasy saga.
Frowner just kills it in an analysis of punk, social class, and oppositional politics.
posted by Sonny Jim at 1:20 AM on January 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


Eyebrows McGee: HUMANS IN PANDA SUITS.
sexyrobot: Fox as a hardcore porn channel
aabbbiee: baby pictures
howfar: Scooter Braun
Going To Maine: cortex and draygons
Joseph Gurl: a Wendell Berry quote
dr_dank: eating poop
anotherpanacea: walking uphill
Rock Steady: Canadian Squiggy Gone Wild
Just this guy, y'know: GuessMetafilter
poffin boffin: HOT YOUNG RAW DATASETS
Hermione Granger: YMMV
poffin boffin: an actual word
posted by ellieBOA at 3:34 AM on January 5, 2016 [3 favorites]




That fourth one should link to Kattullus's comment here
posted by rollick at 4:06 AM on January 5, 2016


prize bull octorok on the ignominy of ordering French pastries.
suddenly, and without warning's parent dealt with minor shoplifting in a way that was lose-lose all round, but which I will probably also use at some point.
23skidoo on why your favourite band is YOUR favourite band.
Jubey on kids saying stuff, probably the kind of thing only parents of small children find amusing.
sleeping bear, more on kids saying stuff.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:22 AM on January 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


Here are some of mine from across the mefiverse:

IRL
MCMikeNamara making friends at work
Iridic reminding us of the important things

Ask
The corpse in the library already understands how ice works
SLC Mom has a moment of concern

Blue
mattdidthat on eating Republican front runners
Etrigan gives us the gift of a parking magazine's detective serial

Gray
iamkimiam, who wrote her PhD dissertation on how to pronounce MeFi, on how she pronounces MeFi now
posted by phunniemee at 5:42 AM on January 5, 2016 [3 favorites]


This one is uniquely targeted at my wife and I, but it has become a part of our parental vocabulary. Just the other day when our son built himself a blanket fort and then sat inside it muttering "This will be the last day of the Republic!" for a half hour, we just shrugged and said 'metal kid' and let him get on with it when he decided he would "become the laser" and ran full speed into said fort.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:29 AM on January 5, 2016 [11 favorites]


"Now I am become laser, the destroyer of forts"
posted by EndsOfInvention at 7:27 AM on January 5, 2016 [5 favorites]


That's going to take a lot of focus.
posted by maryr at 7:35 AM on January 5, 2016 [3 favorites]


Gray
iamkimiam, who wrote her PhD dissertation on how to pronounce MeFi, on how she pronounces MeFi now


This was much more interesting than I expected.
posted by amtho at 7:40 AM on January 5, 2016 [2 favorites]


Yay!

drnick - Meet Dave
nebulawindphone - Extra biscuits at KFC
tchemgrrl - Thinking while stressed
ilana - Skymall Cat Pod
Supercrayon - Bitcoin ecosystem
sobell's daughter loves pumpkins (:
srboisvert - Radicalizing bears
jeather's cat confirms their relationship
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:47 AM on January 5, 2016


uncleozzy's excellent and moving poetry

Those lines are excerpts from The Love Song of J. Alfred Fruitfuck.
posted by uncleozzy at 8:20 AM on January 5, 2016 [8 favorites]


Most of my favorites are very popular, obviously reflecting my excellent taste and not being part of a hive mind at all, but djinn dandy story about Art Alexakis was great.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 8:50 AM on January 5, 2016


Some of my favorites: Also, multiple comments in the Star Wars: TFA FanFare thread:
  • DoctorFedora on Farnsworth in Star Wars
  • Greg Nog comparing Han and Chewie to "two dads over a rickety lawnmower"
  • Errant's comment on the theme "What if Kylo Ren were an MRA?"
posted by duffell at 9:07 AM on January 5, 2016


Rock Steady presents CAPS LOCK STAR WARS SEVEN: THE CAPSLOCK AWAKENS.


This was actually fairly prescient.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:12 AM on January 5, 2016 [2 favorites]


This might be underappreciated since it was a link to their own comment on reddit, but LeRoienJaune's Straight Outta R'Lyeh was pretty mic-drop-is-superflous awesome.

everybody had matching towels, you've got me all blushing and feeling like I've been invited to sit at the cool kid's table. And for the rest of y'all reading-lurking-ctrlFing, your comment was pretty awesome too. Yes, you. Give yourself a pat on the back.
posted by romakimmy at 9:14 AM on January 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


nebulawindphone - Extra biscuits at KFC

Argh, I missed this thread, so I'm going to mention here that this totally happened in Marin County in 2002:
The investigation was prompted after an unwitting customer asked for extra biscuits with an order of fried chicken and was handed two baggies of marijuana instead, the sergeant said. The outraged customer, whose name was not released, returned the drugs to the employee, renewed his demand for extra biscuits and called Mill Valley police ...
posted by purpleclover at 9:39 AM on January 5, 2016 [5 favorites]


What a stupid code for weed at a KFC.

Maybe "Can I get eight herbs and spices?" or just "extra herbs."
posted by notyou at 9:56 AM on January 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


That's hilarious, I went to that KFC a few times back around the late 90s, it was absolutely the dankest KFC/Taco Bell joint you have ever seen.
posted by prize bull octorok at 10:00 AM on January 5, 2016


The outraged customer, whose name was not released, returned the drugs to the employee, renewed his demand for extra biscuits and called Mill Valley police ...

This man is a hero.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:03 AM on January 5, 2016 [10 favorites]


These people are idiots. You want your extra herbs about 1/2 hour before going to KFC. Not at the same time. Amateurs.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:08 AM on January 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


There was a pizza place around here that supposedly put heroin in the box instead of a pizza if you ordered carry-out with an unlikely combination of toppings. That worked great until someone actually wanted a pineapple, anchovy and onion pizza (or whatever the weird combo was.)
posted by double block and bleed at 10:16 AM on January 5, 2016


I would eat that pizza after visiting the KFC.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:20 AM on January 5, 2016 [2 favorites]


The code phrase for a while back in the olden days was "an 8-piece McNuggets", before they came out with the 4-pieces that could be combined into 8.
posted by Etrigan at 10:32 AM on January 5, 2016


heroin and pizza seems like an odd combination. maybe you're supposed to freeze the pizza and tear off frozen strips every few days
posted by angrycat at 10:35 AM on January 5, 2016


I am wasting so much time today. This thread is great.
posted by Wretch729 at 10:36 AM on January 5, 2016 [3 favorites]


I'm guessing well-curated food pairings aren't actually the primary concern for the guys selling drugs over the counter at their food-service jobs.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:25 AM on January 5, 2016 [6 favorites]


In high school, we had friends that worked at many local fast food joints and we all agreed that if someone placed a drive-thru order and said the word "Kowpesh" they would get whatever extras the employee could provide without getting fired. This worked out pretty well for most of us, VERY well for the random family who said something that sounded vaguely like "kowpesh" thus ended up with a bag full of burgers, and Not Well for Mike who was named in said family's heartfelt letter of thanks to the owner of the burger place.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:36 AM on January 5, 2016 [13 favorites]


I'm guessing well-curated food pairings aren't actually the primary concern for the guys selling drugs over the counter at their food-service jobs.

The real tip-offf is when the counter guy asked if he wanted merlot with that. Merlot! Not only a criminal, but a philistine!
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:36 AM on January 5, 2016 [1 favorite]




heroin and pizza seems like an odd combination

My place. Saturday. Let me show you the error of your ways.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:57 AM on January 5, 2016 [2 favorites]






I think this comment by Wolof deserves more favorites. The perfect play on Camus' "The Stranger" at the perfect time.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 12:24 PM on January 5, 2016


prize bull octorok: "Strange Interlude names Star Wars characters"

When my wife was pregnant and we were travelling back and forth from Boston to Vermont frequently, I seriously considered naming our child Enfield Canaan Lastname.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:26 PM on January 5, 2016


Next year's winner.
posted by maryr at 12:30 PM on January 5, 2016


Enfield Canaan Lastname.

What, Purmort isn't good enough for you? It could even be Purmort Montcalm-Whaleback.
posted by maryr at 12:31 PM on January 5, 2016 [3 favorites]


Bethel Royalton and Waterbury Stowe (too preppy) were also mooted.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:37 PM on January 5, 2016 [1 favorite]




This made me laugh uncontrollably:

Rock Steady sounds it out.
posted by zarq at 12:41 PM on January 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


You named your child Exit 17, didn't you?
posted by This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things at 12:42 PM on January 5, 2016 [3 favorites]


When my wife was pregnant and we were travelling back and forth from Boston to Vermont frequently, I seriously considered naming our child Enfield Canaan Lastname.

My nonexistent theoretical son is already named Holloway Sloat Octorok.
posted by prize bull octorok at 12:49 PM on January 5, 2016 [3 favorites]


God, he's gonna be one of like eight Holloway Sloats in his kindergarten class.
posted by Etrigan at 12:51 PM on January 5, 2016 [8 favorites]


Speaking of which, as I was, where the hell did the rise in "Nolan" come from? One of my kids' classes has three "Nolan H."es alone, so they have to call them by their last name. It's like a beer league softball game in that room.
posted by Etrigan at 12:55 PM on January 5, 2016




If you're going to name your kid after an I-89 exit, you should probably stick to Sharon, in all fairness. MAYBE Randolph.
posted by maryr at 1:03 PM on January 5, 2016




Sorry to get all serious here but I'd like to draw a little attention to nickrussell's advice on handling conversations involving ISIS and, more generally, racism and "us vs them".
posted by tangerine at 1:20 PM on January 5, 2016


where the hell did the rise in "Nolan" come from?

Peak Jaden was in 2006, peak Aiden in 2009. The trend for "-aden" names has created a demand for names that are not conspicuously "-aden" copycats but that satisfy whatever people like about "-aden" names: a trochee with a long vowel in the first syllable and ending in "ən."
posted by Jeanne at 1:40 PM on January 5, 2016 [2 favorites]


We always talked about naming a child Askov Finlayson, after an exit on Hwy 61 heading south from Duluth. A few years ago somebody who felt the same opened a store with that name in Minneapolis.
posted by gerstle at 1:53 PM on January 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


My favorite exit sign is "Lords Valley, Dingmans Ferry".

I will not be naming my child that.
posted by sciencegeek at 2:10 PM on January 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


The peer-to-peer post was pretty hilarious, and billibee's comment pretty much took the prize...
posted by Namlit at 2:11 PM on January 5, 2016


We always talked about naming a child Askov Finlayson, after an exit on Hwy 61 heading south from Duluth. A few years ago somebody who felt the same opened a store with that name in Minneapolis.

I used to joke about an all-male counterpart to Sleater-Kinney named Sedro-Woolley (the former is named for Sleater-Kinney Road, an exit off I-5 in Washington State; the latter is a city in Skagit County, WA).
posted by duffell at 2:17 PM on January 5, 2016 [5 favorites]


My favorite Washington State road is Kitchen Dick Road, Sequim, WA.
posted by This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things at 2:25 PM on January 5, 2016


My all-girl doowop band will be Barre So Barre.
posted by maryr at 2:27 PM on January 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


And I will be Mary from Barre So Barre so I'll have to recruit bandmates names Carrie and Sherrie.
posted by maryr at 2:28 PM on January 5, 2016


those three names are pronounced differently though
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 2:29 PM on January 5, 2016


Not if you're from Barre. Or South Barre.
posted by maryr at 2:30 PM on January 5, 2016 [2 favorites]


But doesn't MA have full Mary/Merry/Marry distinction?
posted by Sys Rq at 2:34 PM on January 5, 2016




My Barre is in Vermont. (And maybe Boston does, but my Western Mass raised roommate doesn't seem to differentiate.)
posted by maryr at 2:48 PM on January 5, 2016


My favorite highway sign: Anaconda Opportunity
posted by rabbitrabbit at 4:20 PM on January 5, 2016 [6 favorites]


You know, the Chinese use the same character for "Anaconda Opportunity" and "AH IT'S KILLING ME AH THIS WAS A BAD IDEA AHHH..."
posted by Etrigan at 4:26 PM on January 5, 2016 [6 favorites]


My favorite highway sign used to just say JEWISH, and nothing else, but I think it's been replaced.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:01 PM on January 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


This was actually fairly prescient.

It even predicted Emo Kylo Ren.
posted by brianrobot at 5:17 PM on January 5, 2016


My favorite exit sign is "Lords Valley, Dingmans Ferry".

Exit 69 - Big Beaver Rd Troy MI
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 5:50 PM on January 5, 2016


I'm partial to Fremont, OH's Fangboner Rd.
posted by everybody had matching towels at 6:36 PM on January 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


that's where the gay vampires live
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 6:47 PM on January 5, 2016 [6 favorites]


Exit 69 - Big Beaver Rd Troy MI

Three blocks down Big Beaver off of Exit 69? A Hooters.

You have no idea how much I wish I'm making that up.
posted by Etrigan at 6:58 PM on January 5, 2016 [5 favorites]


I remember having this conversation with a close friend when we were like.. 13? Talking about dicks, and he goes "You know, guys always talk about how big theirs are. Yet you never hear women saying 'Fuck, I could trap a bear in there.'"

Clearly that exit was named by a man, then.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 7:02 PM on January 5, 2016 [2 favorites]


My favorite highway sign used to just say JEWISH, and nothing else, but I think it's been replaced.

Fucking sign Nazis.
posted by item at 7:25 PM on January 5, 2016 [2 favorites]


Yet you never hear women saying 'Fuck, I could trap a bear in there.'

MetaTalk has been giving me all kinds of New Year resolutions the last few days!
posted by barchan at 7:46 PM on January 5, 2016 [4 favorites]


ODiV owned me hard here, much respect
gucci mane on flirting
aaand closed the tab before I got the joke
en forme de poire argues that exercising to look good is OK
ennui.bz dares you to click on this
ignignokt on Maoist exhortations
SJWs have arrived on the shores of London Beach
ignignokt on the first time he saw Futura
Palindromedary argues for the Battle of Adowa's significance
daveliepmann delivers a fatality on the supposed whiteness of MMA
blucevalo points out some classism re: the manosphere
maryr on Fishfucker
you just described regular comedy
zeugitai_guy's great comment on Sappho, and don't miss the later one either
RogerB: Whoever wins, we lose
Devonian cannot forgive this, and why should he
Frowner: strangely, we all became pretty good friends later
Herodios: The Beer is Flat
naju got a boopboner
rifflesby plays Silent Hill 3 at the worst possible time
Awful Peice of Crap talks sense
fragmede argues against the hard line on the War on Drugs
prize bull octorok with words to live by
StopMakingSense tells some cutting, original jokes
what made Ray Walston, Luck Dragon a man
el io worries about their Democrat friends
Greg Nog does a Ralph Nader voice
threeants hates middle-class bias in writing
The Master and Margarita Mix defends the Something Awful way of doing things
fraula on French cultural biases and expectations
shakespeherian blames the produce item
naju on sexual anxiety
RobotVoodooPower is definitely on a list, NSA official says
jayder really hates David Brooks
a louis wain cat remembers Ataturk's Kurdish policy
Slap*Happy can't believe the guy is actually named that
Harvey Kilobit on why Ulysses is hard to read
Potomac Avenue's reaction to "weaponized relativism"
dialetheia describes how racism works in the Pacific Northwest
duffell provides lyrics for Dvorak
poffin boffin thought it was a doomsday prophecy
LooseFilter critiques the Karajan sound
The Whelk on body insecurity
griphus on the value of wanting to improve oneself and continuing to try to do so
likeatoaster will believe in the sweeping reform when she sees it
Fiorentina97 associates Beethoven with Hellraiser
maryr can't imagine why
penguin pie describes an important loss in translation
Greg Nog explains some highly obscure jokes you might not get if you're not a big reader
Potomac Avenue coins the opposite of "cuckservative"
BinGregory defends the oral tradition
Mister Bijou notices a conflict of interest
pjern's idea for what to do with a donation from Martin Shkreli
Metroid Baby conjures a bunch of spatters
shakespeherian's opinion on tired movie quotations is vindicated
p3on gets the joke
Greg Nog describes going to see Chuck Berry live in St. Louis
straight gives the tl;dr on an article in the New Republic
the most comically ahistorical reading of the French Revolution I've ever read
qcubed on harmful laws standing as examples to other states
automatic cabinet describes Bloodborne's real ties to Lovecraft
lupus_yonderboy on their unwillingness to excuse those who supported the Iraq War
ennui.bz skewers tech people's malicious political apathy
lmfsilva's moral absolutist Voigt-Kampff

posted by Rustic Etruscan at 8:51 PM on January 5, 2016 [7 favorites]


euphorb's 2015 picks
posted by invitapriore at 8:59 PM on January 5, 2016


Also, God willing, 2016 will be the first year I don't fuck this up and post a comment from earlier years by accident because of when I favorited it.
posted by invitapriore at 9:01 PM on January 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


prize bull octorok's idea for the best themepark of all time
posted by invitapriore at 9:06 PM on January 5, 2016




Also, God willing, 2016 will be the first year I don't fuck this up and post a comment from earlier years by accident because of when I favorited it.

I already did it with my band names comment, which was apparently from 2008. Ah well, the old is new again
posted by Greg Nog at 7:06 AM on January 6, 2016 [1 favorite]


In all honesty, sometimes it feels like I'm shouting into an incredibly clever, funny and insightful wind by commenting on MetaFilter, and to see a couple of my comments listed in this thread is really heartwarming and encouraging. Thanks, and I'm going to try and pay it forward and pull up some of my own favorites later today.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:21 AM on January 6, 2016 [7 favorites]


Thoughtful comment from penguin pie on colour blind casting
I appreciate drezdn consistently posting MBMBaM threads on FanFare (and the small cadre of mbmbambinos that comment therein: something something, Tevin, maxsparber, EndsOfInvention, etal.)
robocop is bleeding tried to get Sepp Blatter out of trouble, but it doesn't take.
(Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates tries to keep an open mind.
Metroid Baby knows what Homer thinks Germany is really like.
lmfsilva thinks outside the giant refrigerator box.
Western Infidels understands creative reuse.
cali59 nailed a weird board game ID question.
tobascodagama links to a great Star Wars fan theory that helped keep me sane in re-watching the prequels with my daughter.
Ogre Lawless mimics an idling typewriter.
DirtyOldTown has a compelling theory about Shia LaBeouf.
poffin boffin has an... interesting accent.

And that just gets me through December. The first DOZEN pages of comments I have favorited are basically stuff from this thread or the The Force Awakens FanFare thread, so thanks to everyone in that Bantha-sized thread. I've favorited over 50,000 things, and I really and truly mean each and every one of them, so if you have ever recieved a favorite from me, know that you are my favorite.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:37 AM on January 6, 2016 [3 favorites]


I'm hesitant to attract more attention to this story about a makeout sesh from feckless fecal fear mongering in case he would rather it remain low key, so I've put it in a separate comment for Easy Deletin' if needs be. It's a great story though.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:45 AM on January 6, 2016


poffin boffin explains why she's reading "Show Only" book-free Game of Thrones fanfare threads.

phearlez on the gay French king's version of Grindr

jessamyn is probably 22% English Muffins
posted by zarq at 8:48 AM on January 6, 2016


MCMikeNamara says "Happy Jingle Rock Bell!" (Seriously. That video is a damn treasure.)
posted by MonkeyToes at 9:49 AM on January 6, 2016 [3 favorites]


Sorry, I got the link wrong:

lmfsilva's moral absolutist Voigt-Kampff
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:05 PM on January 6, 2016


billiebee - "it's just that I didn't want to save it for the obit thread"
sebastienbailard - decluttering browser tabs?
Frowner - "not smart enough to hack our problems, too smart to be trusted to act on instinct"
Raunchy 60s Humour - "I have 2 children... and it makes me cry to say this but I just don't get to have joy"
the quidnunc kid - "We'll always have the memories of this thread ... this one, hot, sweaty thread when we both gazed deeply into one another's comments and we touched one another's souls"
peagood - "If you want to identify the stealth-pooper..."
parudox - on the Canadian imagination of popular American food
frimble - "In short, that my life without the internet would be so different that any answer would be alt-universe fiction"
clawsoon - Godwin's Law of Canadian Politics
Foci for Analysis - fredagsmys!
flabdablet - "If you look back at your life and see yourself behaving like a jerk, that's actually good"
ricochet biscuit is very impressed by that level of [meetup] commitment
stoneweaver - "it's a mod responding directly to me, omg"
byanyothername - "but some don't want an absolutist kittens-and-rainbows autocracy"
onlyconnect - "Wait is this what we are now?"
Davenhill - "If we don't give people a face-saving way out, they may dig their heels in or double-down on the bad behavior"
puddledork - "while it is frustrating to be misunderstood in online discussion, it's flat out hugely painful to be * mischaracterized *"
ernielundquist on how Metafilter is a forum, not a platform
MonkeyToes with a pullquote on "why Autostraddle is different, and why it must continue to be accessible to as many levels of education and understanding as possible"
andrewcooke - "when i see someone posting saying, in effect "we have all decided; you are wrong" it makes me immensely uncomfortable. it doesn't matter that i agree with the argument..."
Deoridhe - "There is a quality of "hanging out to dry"... which I think disadvantages people who are less privileged and punishes people for engaging in emotional labor"
posted by flex at 9:48 PM on January 6, 2016 [1 favorite]


* librarianamy's comment is going to be my spring cleaning inspiration
* telepanda on the new resonance of Mrs. Frisby
* The Underpants Monster on Great-uncle Pete, an official Colorful Character™
* jessamyn on community involvement; jquinby on stewardship (I liked this idea a lot: "we're ultimately obliged to take care of the things given to us for the use of those coming after. It places the relationship between the person and the thing (institution/community/Church) in the context of time past/present/future.")
* MexicanYenta, I love your timely tact!
* Miko, on the work of the hand in a given moment
* blnkfrnk, thank you for your kindness
* EvaDestruction is right: We need this T-shirt!
* bibliogrrl gifted me with this: Iron Maiden goes all "Delilah"
* Joey Michaels's redesign of the General Lee is so good
posted by MonkeyToes at 10:25 AM on January 7, 2016


phearlez on the gay French king's version of Grindr

As far as I know this is the first time, after [checks] some 7000 comments and answers, that I have been mentioned in one of these threads, and it's a grindr joke. To the best of my knowledge the only time I have been mentioned in a magazine was in an article in The Advocate (where the writer cheekily included "who says he identifies as straight" when identifying me). This trend tickles me to death but I am not sure where to go with it from here.
posted by phearlez at 1:21 PM on January 7, 2016 [4 favorites]


MCMikeNamara says "Happy Jingle Rock Bell!" (Seriously. That video is a damn treasure.)

OH GOD I JUST TRIED TO FLAG MIKE'S VIDEO/COMMENT AS FANTASTIC BUT FATFINGERED ONE OF THE BAD ONES
posted by phunniemee at 3:27 PM on January 7, 2016 [3 favorites]


This is the worst thing I've ever done.
posted by phunniemee at 3:28 PM on January 7, 2016 [2 favorites]


well now we have to delete it, those are the rules
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:34 PM on January 7, 2016 [20 favorites]


theorique's comment on Trump still makes me chuckle and groan in equal measure:
The jokes just write themselves at this point: "As your President, let me tell you, I'll make sure you have the right to carry a gun. Fantastic gun, yuuge gun, best quality manufacturing, absolutely top-notch."
posted by mochapickle at 10:06 PM on January 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


well now we have to delete it, those are the rules


You know what Jesus said:

Live by the encouragement of your friends, die by the encouragement of your friends.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:11 AM on January 8, 2016


Oh god, I am never going to catch up on these, am I?
posted by maryr at 3:00 PM on January 8, 2016


Yeah, maybe we could do this once a quarter or even once a month, then a year-end wrap-up?
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:15 PM on January 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


because of our annual thread traditions we have kept our balance for many many years
posted by poffin boffin at 4:22 PM on January 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


you may ask, "how did this tradition get started?"

i'll tell you: i don't know
posted by poffin boffin at 4:23 PM on January 8, 2016 [5 favorites]


BUT IT'S A TRADITION
posted by poffin boffin at 4:24 PM on January 8, 2016 [2 favorites]


Who day and night must scramble for a link, search the RSS feeds, write some html, and who has the right as OP of the thread to FIAMO?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:33 PM on January 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


The Man of, The Man of...
Twists and Turns!
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:08 PM on January 8, 2016


Are you saying I need to take notes? It is OK now I just learned how to copy/paste with my android. I appreciate so many comments on Metafilter, and especially the humor and slash and burn, one offs. There are some very funny things said here. Next year, I mean this year, I will take notes. I guess I could check my faves. Patting my pockets...
posted by Oyéah at 9:05 PM on January 8, 2016


Just a few pictures the Luftwaffe helped create.
posted by clavdivs
posted by yesster at 12:30 AM on January 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


you may ask, "how did this tradition get started?"

i'll tell you: i don't know


it was me

i was having a slow day at work
posted by Greg Nog at 11:53 AM on January 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


As the good book says, when a poor man eats a chicken, one of them is sick.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:43 PM on January 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


mrjohnmuller can identify musical notes.

readymade's son teaches her about schadenfreude.
posted by plinth at 6:11 PM on January 11, 2016


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