Post Your Animal Month August 23, 2019 11:20 AM   Subscribe

So I had this wacky idea, and I'm doing it. Please join me. If you have an animal in your username, post (directly, tangentially, barely-relatedly) about your animal over the next month. Post your animal month goes from August 23 to September 23 or whenever people stop doing it. Whichever comes later. Tag #postyouranimal .
posted by If only I had a penguin... to MetaFilter-Related at 11:20 AM (116 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

I love this! Going to be on the lookout for some goat and fish content.
posted by capricorn at 11:21 AM on August 23 [5 favorites]


Wow...how did I never now it was a goat-fish hybrid? You should post about where the origins of THAT.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 11:25 AM on August 23


Aha! I missed this and saw your post before making my oh-so-observant comment ;)
posted by filthy light thief at 11:33 AM on August 23


Huh. Yeah, okay!
posted by Gray Duck at 11:33 AM on August 23 [4 favorites]


A fantastic plan!
posted by readinghippo at 11:43 AM on August 23 [4 favorites]


I'm in!
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 11:49 AM on August 23 [6 favorites]


And the quest to find a cat-related thing not already posted to Metafilter BEGINS.
posted by Catseye at 12:06 PM on August 23 [8 favorites]


Less than a day in and the tag is in use! This is a fun prompt :)
posted by filthy light thief at 12:07 PM on August 23 [5 favorites]


Trying to decide if "Monster" counts as an animal...
posted by The Underpants Monster at 12:39 PM on August 23 [5 favorites]


This is the stupidest thing I have ever loved.
posted by Etrigan at 12:41 PM on August 23 [11 favorites]


I'll keep this in mind, but I am kinda slow.
posted by terrapin at 12:46 PM on August 23 [36 favorites]


Ooooh
I have never posted an FPP
posted by Lawn Beaver at 1:09 PM on August 23 [9 favorites]


Trying to decide if "Monster" counts as an animal...

I support it. (I'd count myself as a processed animal product, but also don't actually want to do any beef related FPPs at this time)
posted by dinty_moore at 1:21 PM on August 23 [6 favorites]


Maybe next we can have Post Your Flower month? This is a great idea—I like it!
posted by daisyk at 1:43 PM on August 23 [8 favorites]


Neanderthals count as an animal right? XD
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 1:55 PM on August 23 [9 favorites]


o be there eversomuch ray content I'll probably focus on the petting of them
posted by jjray at 2:52 PM on August 23 [4 favorites]


If anyone has some good TMNT links, hit me up.
posted by Rock Steady at 2:59 PM on August 23 [9 favorites]


There are microscopic organisms in water, right? That would make me an animal, right?
posted by Fizz at 3:48 PM on August 23 [11 favorites]


Close enough?
posted by jocelmeow at 4:05 PM on August 23 [5 favorites]


Damn. Can we do furniture next please?
posted by Chairboy at 4:26 PM on August 23 [8 favorites]


If today and yesterday have been any indication, can't wait to learn more about which animal to fear next!
posted by rather be jorting at 4:36 PM on August 23 [2 favorites]


Buzz?
posted by b33j at 4:52 PM on August 23 [1 favorite]


I looked at this post and thought, “What a cool idea. Wish I could participate.”

Duh.
posted by Night_owl at 4:57 PM on August 23 [19 favorites]


Hmm... my username is tangently related to Gryffins, so maybe I'll do a post about them.
posted by gryftir at 5:23 PM on August 23 [3 favorites]


I will have to consult with ChuraChura on this one, I think.
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:39 PM on August 23 [5 favorites]


Ooh.. Finally I can post all my smol poultry news
posted by some chick at 5:45 PM on August 23 [12 favorites]


I am jealous of Lawn Beaver, whose handle includes my favorite animal and the one about which I have the most obscure knowledge. I eagerly await all of the posts!
posted by carmicha at 6:28 PM on August 23 [4 favorites]


I'm not ashamed to admit I just spent a couple of minutes seeing if I could spot an animal in some part of my username. "Fin" was the closest I could come up with.

Fun and adorable idea! Thanks for starting it, If only I had a penguin... Looking forward to the posts.
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 6:50 PM on August 23 [6 favorites]


Chairboy, you could still post about a flying animal... an air boy, some might say
posted by rather be jorting at 7:13 PM on August 23 [2 favorites]


I will be Jess-salmon for this month and try to make a good post.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 7:22 PM on August 23 [18 favorites]


A "snil" is A man who smokes weed constantly and will probably get insane frome it

So technically an animal
posted by Dumsnill at 8:10 PM on August 23 [5 favorites]


I'm not ashamed to admit I just spent a couple of minutes seeing if I could spot an animal in some part of my username.

Taking inspiration from rather be jorting's "air boy" from Chairboy, I think a post on animal ranges would be appropriate for a rangefinder. That, or something about photos taken by animals ;)
posted by filthy light thief at 8:16 PM on August 23 [2 favorites]


Noted.
posted by workerant at 8:23 PM on August 23 [4 favorites]


> So technically an animal

Might I also suggest that "snil" could be "snail" said super fast... somewhat ironically 🐌
posted by rather be jorting at 9:20 PM on August 23 [1 favorite]


There are so many animals that are not water where do I begin
posted by not_the_water at 9:36 PM on August 23 [8 favorites]


There are so many animals that are not water where do I begin

I feel like most animals are water. How about a post on things that can live long term without water. I feel like I've heard of things like that existing. Or things that have to dry out as part of their life cycle?
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:54 PM on August 23 [6 favorites]


Hmph, I thought we were going to post more pictures of our cats here when I saw the title. What, you want me to do it anyway? Fine: my gorgeous BFF tortie best cat ever with all her feet somehow tangled together + my ginger model boyfriend from down the street.

I mean your idea is fun too :)
posted by ktkt at 10:59 PM on August 23 [12 favorites]


Waiting eagerly for a month of posts about either musical instruments or hygiene products.
posted by Tuba Toothpaste at 11:27 PM on August 23 [9 favorites]


I'll be on the lookout for weird mosquitoes!
posted by mannequito at 11:41 PM on August 23 [3 favorites]


Tried really hard to think of a bee pun but I’ve just woke up so...I’m in!
posted by billiebee at 1:20 AM on August 24 [4 favorites]


night_owl, me too! Although the boa part is an acronym (not Bank of America!) and I am not a fan of snakes!
posted by ellieBOA at 4:53 AM on August 24 [3 favorites]


Heh, I thought the same as ktkt, but this is a fun idea (Pax is one of my dogs, so it kind of works - I'll give it a shot).
posted by Pax at 5:03 AM on August 24 [2 favorites]


Cool - i’ll give it a whirl and try and rise to the occasion. I’ve IRL trolled a few people here in the US that Kiwifruit are actually Kiwi eggs...with alarming success at time, so this should be fun.
posted by inflatablekiwi at 6:29 AM on August 24 [6 favorites]


Challenge accepted; I will make a post about ticks.
posted by Too-Ticky at 6:51 AM on August 24 [12 favorites]


'Meese' is a term that refers to a collection of mice riding on top of a single moose.

I'm... really not sure how to find anything about that.
posted by meese at 7:15 AM on August 24 [6 favorites]


'Meese' is a term that refers to a collection of mice riding on top of a single moose.

I'm... really not sure how to find anything about that.


You'll have to make it. A project post could count!
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 7:29 AM on August 24 [3 favorites]


'Meese' is a term that refers to a collection of mice riding on top of a single moose.

I'm... really not sure how to find anything about that.

posted by If only I had a penguin... at 7:31 AM on August 24 [4 favorites]


Done!
posted by phatkitten at 9:52 AM on August 24 [9 favorites]


Done! Great post phatkitten.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 10:17 AM on August 24 [7 favorites]


Done!
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 10:29 AM on August 24 [6 favorites]


There is no way I am ever going to be able to get an animal out of sciatrix, so I think I shall make a post on an animal I like enough to have considered using in, ah, other pseudonymous contexts.

Perhaps two, if I feel like it.
posted by sciatrix at 11:27 AM on August 24 [3 favorites]


I will be Jess-salmon

Reading this made literally laugh out loud. (And as someone who loves hearing the wordplay/banter on the MeFi podcast, I also wanted to jump up and down gleefully and say "cortex! cortex! jessamyn made a pun!")

get an animal out of sciatrix

My mind saw "trix" then thought "Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!" So of course that means you could post about rabbits. :)
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 12:12 PM on August 24 [8 favorites]


When is post your ASCII character month?
posted by octothorpe at 1:53 PM on August 24 [3 favorites]


well friends I did it
posted by jjray at 2:51 PM on August 24 [11 favorites]


OMG, I took the bait. I made my very first FPP.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 5:16 PM on August 24 [27 favorites]


Expect an aquatic invertebrate post!
posted by hydropsyche at 5:23 PM on August 24 [4 favorites]


I wanna come up with something but all I can usually think of is how proud I am Giuliani hates me.
posted by ferret branca at 5:25 PM on August 24 [3 favorites]


I’ll have to put my heads together and give this some thought.
posted by Ghidorah at 5:44 PM on August 24 [12 favorites]


I want a ferret-related post. I love ferrets! I'm working on coming up with something related to American redstarts. (A type of warbler. I don't know how many people think "warbler" when they see my username. I've been referred to as Redstate and Restart and I sometimes wonder if a lot of people read it as one of those.)
posted by Redstart at 6:29 PM on August 24 [6 favorites]


can I post my household appliance
posted by some_kind_of_toaster at 7:05 PM on August 24 [8 favorites]


(And as someone who loves hearing the wordplay/banter on the MeFi podcast, I also wanted to jump up and down gleefully and say "cortex! cortex! jessamyn made a pun!)

We should definitely (which is code for "under no circumstances will I manage to") remember to talk about this on the next episode, not least because I have a dumb childhood "learned words from reading" story about "salmon" in its own right.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:16 PM on August 24 [3 favorites]


I really need to visit MetaTalk more often. I was scrolling down the Blue and was like, "Haha, Orange Dinosaur Slide posted about an orange dinosaur, neat... huh, phatkitten has one about chunky cats... hold up: readinghippo posted a hippo story" and thought for a moment I was reading too much into this, like a real Charlie In The Mailroom moment. What a relief to see there was in fact a running theme. Think I'll lay down for a while.
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 9:31 PM on August 24 [26 favorites]


Okay fine I guess it’s time to break my 11 year streak of postlessness anyway
posted by bettafish at 10:07 PM on August 24 [13 favorites]


C'mon, bettafish! You can grind my 9 years of postlessness into dust.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 10:43 PM on August 24 [4 favorites]


Aquatic animal fight! (I have no idea on which to bet.)
posted by filthy light thief at 7:22 AM on August 25 [4 favorites]


You'd betta betta betta will do betta.
posted by Too-Ticky at 8:01 AM on August 25 [6 favorites]


I made a post today for rtha because she's been on my mind.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 10:53 AM on August 25 [28 favorites]


Hmm... I suppose I'll have to do some link wrangling in the next week
posted by lesser weasel at 6:39 PM on August 25 [4 favorites]


jessamyn, she came to mind for me with this theme. That's a fantastic post, and a fitting tribute, thanks!
posted by filthy light thief at 9:03 PM on August 25 [2 favorites]


Welp, I just got annoyed that some Flickr user stole my name only to look at the pictures and go "WTF? Those are my pictures... When the hell did I try a Flickr account?". (That's mostly Putah Creek Lodge at UC Davis and Sacramento airport).

怪獣像 [かいじゅうぞう] /(n) (obsc) (See ガーゴイル) gargoyle

{suspicious} {mystery} {apparition}
{animal} {beast}
{statue} {picture} {image} {figure} {portrait}

Hrmmm...
posted by zengargoyle at 9:18 PM on August 25 [1 favorite]


Apparently there are quite a few species with Mitchell at least in their scientific names, and a treasure trove of animals named after notable people. There's probably enough to work with, but I would like to request either "user name related to musician" or "user name related to Canada" next, especially as I'd like to do a thing about The Hissing Of Summer Lawns, which I only heard recently and is amazing.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 10:39 PM on August 25 [1 favorite]


Done. Kangaroo rats can go years without drinking water! And they're amazing acrobats
posted by not_the_water at 9:39 AM on August 26 [5 favorites]


Fantastic. I'll get ready for #postyourauthor
posted by roger ackroyd at 9:49 AM on August 26 [2 favorites]


i love this post

maybe i too will post my first post

gotta find a totally-adile
posted by skrozidile at 1:46 PM on August 26 [1 favorite]


Ummm, snakes?
posted by hydra77 at 3:33 PM on August 26


hydra77, I'm sure you and Ghidorah could brainstorm ;)
posted by filthy light thief at 5:23 PM on August 26 [3 favorites]


I did the thing.
posted by Too-Ticky at 1:44 AM on August 27 [15 favorites]


I will try and make a post about a guy.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 7:22 AM on August 27 [1 favorite]


Trying to decide if "Monster" counts as an animal...

The Underpants Monster, your other option is to post something about ants, since you do have ants in your username (if not in your pants).
posted by dlugoczaj at 7:24 AM on August 27


'Meese' is a term that refers to a collection of mice riding on top of a single moose.

I'm... really not sure how to find anything about that.


One hippopotami cannot get on a bus,
Because one hippopotami is two hippopotamus
And if you have two goose, that makes one geese
A pair of mouse is mice, a pair of moose is meese
posted by Melismata at 7:57 AM on August 27


Anyone with a (bed) bug in their username? today is the day of trending bedbug-related news, between #BretBug and this.
posted by bitteschoen at 8:28 AM on August 27


Thanks so much for starting this - so many fun posts have sprung from it!
posted by hilaryjade at 11:41 AM on August 27 [6 favorites]


Done!
posted by hydropsyche at 4:59 PM on August 27 [3 favorites]


Done! I've been a member since 2009 and a lurker long before, and this was my first Mefi post, so a huge THANK YOU to If only I had a penguin... for the prompt!
posted by just_ducky at 5:04 PM on August 27 [7 favorites]


Im loving this

I guess i could do snakes?
posted by supermedusa at 5:33 PM on August 27 [3 favorites]


Im loving this

I guess i could do snakes?
posted by supermedusa


only if it's a lot of them
posted by jjray at 6:49 PM on August 27 [2 favorites]


Yes i have a snake post idea now that ill develop tomorrow 🐍
posted by supermedusa at 7:01 PM on August 27 [2 favorites]


I recently discovered that a grouping of lemurs is called a "conspiracy." Merging part A and part B of this challenge is going to take some time.

Right theme, wrong instrument.

If you need me, I'll be in the FPP lab.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:20 PM on August 27 [3 favorites]


This is plant-exclusionist.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:54 PM on August 27 [7 favorites]


I just wanted to say that I'm loving all the animal posts.
posted by rjs at 11:41 PM on August 27 [2 favorites]


(But plant month would be great too.)
posted by rjs at 11:42 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


woof!/food!, reader's choice
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs at 5:50 AM on August 28 [2 favorites]


I never thought I'd say this, but Post Your Animal Month is even better than Poop Month was.
posted by biogeo at 10:29 AM on August 28 [8 favorites]


capricorn: I love this! Going to be on the lookout for some goat and fish content.

Oh! I didn't think to come back to this thread and post an update, but I did a fish one about a beloved novelty item from my childhood.
posted by capricorn at 7:57 PM on August 28 [4 favorites]


done done done
posted by ersatzkat at 11:52 AM on August 29 [4 favorites]


Protip: If you spend any amount of time searching "conspiracy" paired with any other term on YouTube, you will find yourself wading -- Andy Dufresne style -- through some of the worst sludge YouTube has to offer.*

My perseverance paid off, though. I was ultimately rewarded with something that hadn't been posted previously.

There are some great previous posts though!


*Not a surprise, which is why I did it in a logged-out browser, in private mode, from coffee shop WiFi to avoid making my recommendations grosser than they already are.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:21 PM on August 29 [1 favorite]


Ah man, I’ve only just seen this and I did wonder why there had been a rash of penguin posts. There I was splashing around my penguin stories and links in those, rather than crafting a post of my own....
posted by penguin pie at 2:14 PM on August 29 [1 favorite]


Call me if we do this for planetary bodies.
posted by jenfullmoon at 2:58 PM on August 29 [2 favorites]


I should have put more than a second of thought into my username.
posted by bleep at 3:12 PM on August 29


bleep, bleep, I'm a sheep?

You think you got it bad, I got nothin here
posted by scruss at 4:10 PM on August 29 [1 favorite]


I am enjoying this so much. Fantastic idea, brilliant execution.
posted by Sparky Buttons at 6:41 AM on August 30 [1 favorite]


[Linked the tag in the post so you can get to the list easier! ]
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 7:19 AM on August 30


This is the loveliest idea.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 7:34 AM on August 30


I may post. I may wait. I've waited a long time. I can wait more. We are a patient kind.

But it's nice to be asked.
posted by tardigrade at 12:12 PM on August 30 [14 favorites]


You think you got it bad, I got nothin here
posted by scruss

Are you sure? I always thought "scruss" meant "scritches given to a walrus" :)
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 5:45 PM on August 30 [2 favorites]


bleep: I should have put more than a second of thought into my username.

Oh but you're so close to perfect for posting the very best blep you can find! Blepst of the web, I say. Don't let that extra e hold you back!
posted by Too-Ticky at 4:14 AM on August 31 [5 favorites]


Sadly, most internet posts about bucks seem to be about the trophy kind, no thank you. Half-bucks certainly leads to worse.

I believe I will buck the trend on this one.
posted by halfbuckaroo at 4:04 PM on August 31 [1 favorite]


halfbuckaroo: what about the roo part? :)
posted by cynical pinnacle at 9:02 PM on August 31 [2 favorites]


I missed the month
I missed the Monster Month
(Wah-ooh)
posted by The Underpants Monster at 10:50 PM on August 31 [3 favorites]


I didn't want to bother ChuraChura on a weekend, but I hope she'll appear to celebrate International Primate Day over at my post on aye-ayes. Fun prompt, thank you!
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:04 PM on September 1 [4 favorites]


P. S., I hope this will be the basis for future eponymonths.
posted by MonkeyToes at 8:01 PM on September 3 [5 favorites]


Added eponymonth tag.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 4:28 AM on September 4 [3 favorites]


I did my best!
posted by daisyk at 1:53 AM on September 5 [5 favorites]


I figured sugar gliders were close enough, so I went for it.
posted by sugar and confetti at 11:18 AM on September 5 [8 favorites]




I did it! My first FPP.
posted by Redstart at 12:30 PM on September 16 [18 favorites]


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