FUCK IT, WE'LL DO IT LIVE SCORPIONS February 24, 2020 2:40 PM   Subscribe

Apparently it's Scorpion - Scorpion - Scorpion - Crop Is On day on MetaFilter, so, y'know, post some fucken scorpions if you got 'em.
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 2:40 PM (103 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

Ah just inject that good old weird metafilter directly into my veins- it's been kinda a shit day and themed shenanigans soothes me.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 2:43 PM on February 24 [35 favorites]


TIL you can lay an egg and not incubate it right away and it puts it on hold or something? Like you can snooze an egg? And by "you" I mean "a chicken." Anyway this is related to postal regulations which is awesome.
posted by nebulawindphone at 3:02 PM on February 24 [14 favorites]


And to think I almost titled my post Small, Harmless, Cold–Blooded Animals
posted by Mchelly at 3:09 PM on February 24 [7 favorites]


And we got one more on the Marvel villain Scorpion!
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 3:14 PM on February 24


It's better than poo month.
posted by mightshould at 3:14 PM on February 24 [13 favorites]


The babies are SO CUTE. Here's a crop of 24. just wanna hug them all until i explode
posted by not_on_display at 3:16 PM on February 24 [1 favorite]


Added the necessary tags.
posted by curious nu at 3:18 PM on February 24


L'âge d'or 1930 Scorpions Scene - Intro

the scorpion is an arachnid species found in various parts of the world -- a lover of darkness, it burrows under stones to escape the glare of the sun
posted by philip-random at 3:19 PM on February 24


[Australian accent intensifies] Well I'm not here to fuck spiders scorpions
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 3:19 PM on February 24 [4 favorites]


Excellent choice of GETOVERHERE and GETOVERTHERE tags!
posted by I'm always feeling, Blue at 3:26 PM on February 24 [7 favorites]


*giggles*
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 3:56 PM on February 24 [1 favorite]


I was SO CONFUSED by all the scorpions (and also determinedly not clicking any of the links, scorpions horrify me and give me nightmares!)
posted by sarcasticah at 3:58 PM on February 24 [7 favorites]




WHOO!!
(whoo)
posted by Huffy Puffy at 4:11 PM on February 24 [1 favorite]


Someplace (can't find it now) I downloaded the calendar of MetaFilter Holidays (Zelda Day, Elephant Day, etc.) and it lists Scorpion Day as January 24. Is January 24 now Scorpion Day Old Calendar and February 24 Scorpion Day New Calendar? Two Scorpion Days! Yay!
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 4:24 PM on February 24 [11 favorites]


by "you" I mean "a chicken."

Another one for the usernames thread
posted by moonmilk at 4:28 PM on February 24 [15 favorites]


MetaFilter: Another one for the usernames thread
posted by cgc373 at 4:38 PM on February 24 [7 favorites]


I came here hoping to get more answers about the scorpion overload and now I just have more questions instead
posted by divabat at 4:44 PM on February 24 [33 favorites]


Purely a coincidence that I was looking at this article about Viking treasure, I assure you
posted by moonmilk at 4:44 PM on February 24 [3 favorites]


It's better than poo month.

It’s so much better than poo month.
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:51 PM on February 24 [6 favorites]


scorpions horrify me and give me nightmares!

With kindness.... GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN.

🦂
posted by jessamyn (temp) at 4:59 PM on February 24 [11 favorites]


I was wondering how it had become Scorpion Day....
posted by jenfullmoon at 5:07 PM on February 24


Tomorrow:

A post collecting videos of ships approaching the pier
A post about the history and (hopefully dim) future of removing dogs' tails
A post about the science-fiction masterpiece by Chip Delany, posted with the over-the-link title of "Eh, close enough"
A post collecting videos of li'l aminals and chilluns that are so sleepy they're passing out
The video of "Into the Fire" with the spinny-aroundy helico-peter
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 5:11 PM on February 24 [4 favorites]




I wish I could find something decent to link about the new She-Ra's Scorpia, because I really loved her character design, I mean just LOOK AT THIS
posted by foxfirefey at 5:16 PM on February 24 [14 favorites]


I love each and every one of you idiots.
posted by bondcliff at 5:25 PM on February 24 [13 favorites]


Moar Scorpionz!

I cannot easily make links on my current viewing device, so I don't make FFPosts, so please take my advice and make a post on my behalf:

1) Victioria Bug Zoo is worth a post. You can go in and hold various Arthropods in your hands. There's a cute hand-sized scorpion that you can fondle if you wish (back when I was there).

2) 'Dr Phibes Rises Again' (1972) Vincent Price hilarious horror film with many scorps represent.
posted by ovvl at 5:26 PM on February 24 [3 favorites]




Give me enough Guinness and I'd give it a go.
(totally wouldn't, obvs!)
posted by I'm always feeling, Blue at 5:43 PM on February 24 [1 favorite]


I came here directly from the front page to try to find an explanation for WTF is going on. It's still not entirely clear.
posted by lollusc at 5:57 PM on February 24 [8 favorites]


I don’t trust scorpions because it is just not clear at all what’s going on with their faces. What does a scorpion face even look like? You don’t know—nobody knows. It’s just a bunch of dire ill-defined little parts that can definitely probably hurt you in unimaginable ways and which any sensible person just doesn’t want anything to do with.
posted by dephlogisticated at 6:11 PM on February 24 [4 favorites]


I was wondering how it had become Scorpion Day....

Organically, it seems.

It's still not entirely clear.

The USPS regs started it, then there were Winds of Change blowing through a tiki bar, and the rest is history as they say.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:28 PM on February 24




It's also possible we all slept through a nuclear exchange and it's now the scorpion's world, and we're just living in it, along with Jan Michael Vincent and George Peppard.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:34 PM on February 24 [6 favorites]


Kids! Put down your scorpions. We need to have a family meeting. At the table. Now.

Ahem. I said PUT DOWN YOUR SCORPIONS and come to the table.

Now explain to me what exactly happened today.

How long have you been planning scorpion day?
posted by medusa at 6:39 PM on February 24 [6 favorites]


I went to sleep to SCORPIONS LIVE and came back to mefi to ???
posted by cendawanita at 6:44 PM on February 24


Now explain to me what exactly happened today.

*raises hand*

"It was Kenneth's idea."
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:45 PM on February 24 [4 favorites]


The latest (and much-discussed on the purple) episode of Star Trek: Picard featured the return of Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero-One, whose first appearance was in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Scorpion, Part II."
posted by Halloween Jack at 6:47 PM on February 24 [8 favorites]


Two more thoughts:

1. February 24 is hereafter Scorpion Day on Metafilter.

2. In the list of Scorpion posts you forgot to include the one on Weinstein's guilty verdict.
posted by medusa at 6:50 PM on February 24 [5 favorites]


SC PRIONS
posted by not_on_display at 6:52 PM on February 24 [5 favorites]


Like you can snooze an egg? And by "you" I mean "a chicken."

Don't research marsupials, they'll bend your mind.
posted by pompomtom at 7:03 PM on February 24 [3 favorites]


Tried to find something hooky for a Scorpius post.
Best I could do is, the Farscape episode, “We’re So Screwed, Part 1” aired in the UK on this date in 2003.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 7:51 PM on February 24 [2 favorites]


Do it, I've favourited thinner!
posted by I'm always feeling, Blue at 7:52 PM on February 24 [2 favorites]


(and by "favourited" I mean "posted" *coughcough*)
posted by I'm always feeling, Blue at 7:53 PM on February 24


I would, but I’m at work. ;)
posted by Mister Moofoo at 7:55 PM on February 24


Jeepers, Elephant Day was in 2006!
posted by Chrysostom at 8:00 PM on February 24


I'm sorry but I'm not on board with this whole scorpion thing because you see I live in Tucson, in a house that I love very much except for the one problem it has, which I'd imagine you've guessed by now is scorpions; excellent guess, that, very perspicacious, but it's not fun to have little housemates that can stab you with really really painful poison at any moment, and now that my cat isn't around to chase them down and alert me to their presence I have to rely on checking the house regularly with a UV light, but that didn't stop one from nailing me in the foot as I walked into my closet at five am one summer morning last year, so I was kind of paranoid about them for a while, but then it got to be winter and I figured I was okay, I relaxed a little, but then there were problems with the water in my neighborhood the other day and I went to check the meter and when I pulled the cover off the little cave they keep the water meter in a smallish brown scorpion, looking nonplussed, darted into a crack in the concrete so now it's already scorpion season and it isn't even March yet and now they're all over Metafilter too.

In conclusion, this is a subject about which I have feelings.
posted by MrVisible at 8:01 PM on February 24 [17 favorites]


Folks, it's simple math. Two legs are fine. Four legs are usually pretty good, with the potential to inspire awws and related adorableness. Past four, we're entering a world of levels of eww, while accepting that there do exist some insects that are kind of okay. But once you cross the hated eight leg barrier, there is nothing good on the other side. Only gross terrible things that hate and are evil. Past the land of terror (eight legs) you're just talking about straight up Cthulu mythos nightmare fuel.

I would much prefer MetaPotamus Day. Or HippoFilter, but I thought that was a bit obvious.
posted by Ghidorah at 8:04 PM on February 24 [13 favorites]


SCION PRO
posted by not_on_display at 8:10 PM on February 24


Don't research marsupials, they'll bend your mind.

Best I could do is, the Farscape episode

UHHH. What... brain... sees pattern? Aeryn baby??? Real biology? Australia connection??
posted by Mister Cheese at 8:21 PM on February 24


Cosprison
posted by not_on_display at 8:22 PM on February 24


... it's not fun to have little housemates that can stab you with really really painful poison at any moment, and now that my cat isn't around to chase them down and alert me to their presence I have to rely on checking the house regularly with a UV light, but that didn't stop one from nailing me in the foot ...
posted by MrVisible at 10:01 PM on February 24 [

So for roaches there are these black plastic things that you scatter 'round your home and inside two weeks -- no more roaches. Which is great. And they just go off on their own and die so you need not even clean them up. Is there nothing like this for scorpions? I'd think it'd sell FAST, that for the first couple of years they'd have trouble keeping them on the shelves.

So does anyone here know if there is some sort of preventative and/or prophylactic solution to the scorpion problem?

Serious question.
posted by dancestoblue at 9:13 PM on February 24 [1 favorite]


dancestoblue, I asked this question about spiders a while back, and I was told that, essentially, there is no poison that works on spiders. I don’t know if it was one of those “the thing you want does not exist” or if it was “the thing you want exists, but is utterly toxic to all things and you would also die.”

Either way, no. Can’t be poisoned. Sure. That’s a sign of something that’s totally not from the darkest regions of the outer night. Definitely adorbs.
posted by Ghidorah at 9:19 PM on February 24 [3 favorites]


... there is no poison that works on spiders ... ... Either way, no. {scorpions| Can’t be poisoned.
posted by Ghidorah at 11:19 PM on February 24

Damn shame. Because spiders suck, no way 'round that. And clearly, scorpions suck, also. Some people talk about a god of love — how about spiders then? And scorpions. And republicans ....
posted by dancestoblue at 9:36 PM on February 24 [1 favorite]


Y'all are bonkers, I love it
posted by Kitchen Witch at 9:45 PM on February 24 [1 favorite]


 Because spiders suck, no way 'round that

YOU TAKE THAT BACK!
spoder frens = bess frens
posted by scruss at 9:52 PM on February 24 [8 favorites]


I just saying Matthias Jabs
Matthias Jabs
Matthias Jabs!
posted by clavdivs at 9:54 PM on February 24


Mister Cheese, I said “Scorpius” right there in my comment. :)
posted by Mister Moofoo at 10:43 PM on February 24


We live in Tempe but are lucky to be scorpion free. A friend just a mile or two away has them, and a)told us they get in when they are little by coming through the vents, egads; and b) had one hitchhike to work in his backpack one day.

So that’s fun.
posted by nat at 11:03 PM on February 24 [3 favorites]


When we visit my folks in scorpion-land... well, is there really anything else to add? I keep trying to convince them to get some chickens but that seems to bring up memories of childhood where having chickens=poverty and they weren’t going back to that. Also, they don’t want to feed the coyotes.

Scorpions are creeeeeeepy as fuck
posted by From Bklyn at 3:38 AM on February 25 [1 favorite]


Can I bash Scorpios here? Because I just divorced one.
posted by GrammarMoses at 3:55 AM on February 25 [5 favorites]


> Orange Dinosaur Slide: Someplace (can't find it now) I downloaded the calendar of MetaFilter Holidays (Zelda Day, Elephant Day, etc.) and it lists Scorpion Day as January 24. Is January 24 now Scorpion Day Old Calendar and February 24 Scorpion Day New Calendar? Two Scorpion Days! Yay!

Wait, we already had a Scorpion Day? How is that possible?

Also, September 21, 2011 had a series of posts that started with "How many..." Our dear leader was... less enthusiastic about it than he was about Scorpion Day.
Love you, cortex ;)
posted by Rock Steady at 4:34 AM on February 25 [5 favorites]


A few days ago I was evangelizing to a friend about MetaFilter and suggested she might enjoy it. I... wonder if she happened yesterday to follow the link I sent her and has perhaps formed an unusual idea of what the focus of the site is.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:17 AM on February 25 [4 favorites]


Y'all are cute, but don't you think Scorpion Day should fall sometime between late October - late November?
posted by chara at 7:02 AM on February 25 [4 favorites]


Folks, it's simple math. Two legs are fine. Four legs are usually pretty good, with the potential to inspire awws and related adorableness. Past four, we're entering a world of levels of eww, while accepting that there do exist some insects that are kind of okay. But once you cross the hated eight leg barrier, there is nothing good on the other side. Only gross terrible things that hate and are e

Just remember that each scorpion has as many legs as two dogs! That’s twice the adorableness, although you only get one tail.
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:48 AM on February 25 [7 favorites]


Seriously, can't our regular posting include one novelty?
posted by Etrigan at 7:58 AM on February 25


MetaPotamus Day. Or HippoFilter, but I thought that was a bit obvious.

MetaFippo
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:03 AM on February 25 [2 favorites]


Orange Dinosaur Slide: Someplace (can't find it now) I downloaded the calendar of MetaFilter Holidays (Zelda Day, Elephant Day, etc.)

I thought there was such a list on the wiki, but the closest I found was yearly traditions, which doesn't include any of those. Here's a MeTa I made almost four years ago, asking about these.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:09 AM on February 25 [1 favorite]


🎵 The great thing about a wiki is that anyone can edit it 🎵
posted by jessamyn (temp) at 9:21 AM on February 25 [7 favorites]


Love you, cortex ;)

Life is a journey full of loops and swerves!
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:26 AM on February 25 [2 favorites]


Scorpio. Robert Scorpio.
too late, i know.
posted by ApathyGirl at 9:55 AM on February 25


> cortex: Life is a journey full of loops and swerves!

And scorpions!
posted by Rock Steady at 10:18 AM on February 25 [1 favorite]


OK here's the list. According to this, tomorrow is a very special day!

January 6: Overlooked Comments Post
January 24: Scorpion Day
February 10: Bad Movie Day
February 21: Zelda Day Alternate
February 26: Pig Day
March 5: Worf Day
April 20: Fustian Day
May 25: Towel Day
June 13: Moderator's Day
June 16: Enspousening Day
July 14: Metafilter's Birthday
July 23: Penis Mention Day
August 28: Kirby Day
September 19: Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 21: How Many Day
October 8: Elephant Day
October 22: CAPS LOCK DAY
October 30: clavdiv's Costume Poll
December 26: Zelda Day
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 10:39 AM on February 25 [4 favorites]


"Ron, why do you have this bag of bowling balls and this terrarium filled with scorpions?"

https://youtu.be/IfY49zx7RU0?t=34.
posted by Brian B. at 11:32 AM on February 25


*squints* Penis Mention Day, but no Vulva Mention Day? Might have to do something about that.
posted by sciatrix at 1:01 PM on February 25 [9 favorites]


Jesus Christ why does my birthday involve dicks?
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 1:23 PM on February 25 [6 favorites]


I guess I have to take some responsibility for Scorpion Day. Sometimes a post title just makes me want to google and see what else comes up. Especially when there are numbers involved. I don't know, it's some kind of brain thing for me. I mean, I can't NOT google 526 Live Scorpions and 526.5 Live Scorpions. Especially because I was hoping for some kind of Scorpions concert album. Turns out "Live Bites" on the Mercury label is catalog no. 526 903. But the youtube link was much better. Thanks for indulging my scorpion fever.
posted by rikschell at 1:27 PM on February 25 [5 favorites]


mine involves pirates, which I have always found a delightful quirk of the internet
posted by sciatrix at 1:32 PM on February 25 [1 favorite]


I felt alienated and belittled by this scorpion stuff and intend to sue, but I'll hold off until after Vulva Mention Day.
posted by Chitownfats at 2:06 PM on February 25


Just remember that each scorpion has as many legs as two dogs! That’s twice the adorableness, although you only get one tail.

But it is a helluva tail.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 2:14 PM on February 25 [9 favorites]


I felt alienated and belittled by this scorpion stuff and intend to sue, but I'll hold off until after Vulva Mention Day.

Mixing vulvas with scorpions just seems like a really bad idea in general.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:25 PM on February 25 [3 favorites]


Scorpion Day posts should get a #scorpionDay tag, for historical reference.
posted by ardgedee at 5:04 PM on February 25 [1 favorite]


Just remember that each scorpion has as many legs as two dogs!

Can I have the dogs instead?
posted by lollusc at 7:11 PM on February 25 [2 favorites]


Scorpion Day posts should get a #scorpionDay tag, for historical reference

And when referring to a West German rock band, maybe a Skorpiontag tag.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 7:18 PM on February 25


Thank you all for Scorpion Day. It was a total surprise and was a good solid "the Internet is weird and fun and that is delightful" moment.
posted by rmd1023 at 4:17 AM on February 26 [3 favorites]


ha i just came to MeTa to ask what the fuck
posted by Jacqueline at 6:10 AM on February 26


So it's fart day now, huh?

Hmmm. If I weren't at work I'd have to assemble a post about the history and design of ausfahrts on the autobahn.

I'll leave it to someone else to do a post about Swedish and Norwegian throttles which run from full fart to full reverse fart.
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 9:09 AM on February 26 [1 favorite]


I'd rather not have fart day. It's better than poo month, but only slightly.
posted by OHenryPacey at 9:28 AM on February 26 [1 favorite]


don't worry, it'll pass
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:41 AM on February 26 [8 favorites]


OK here's the list. According to this, tomorrow is a very special day!

January 6: Overlooked Comments Post
January 24: Scorpion Day
.....
December 26: Zelda Day
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 12:39 PM on February 25 [4 favorites +] [!]


Is there an official day for Quonsmas, or is it more of a season/feeling?
posted by chara at 9:50 AM on February 26


OK here's the list. According to this, tomorrow is a very special day!

January 6: Overlooked Comments Post
January 24: Scorpion Day
February 10: Bad Movie Day
February 21: Zelda Day Alternate
February 26: Pig Day


I'm confused. Is that a typo, or did we already have a Scorpion Day in January?
posted by hydra77 at 9:55 AM on February 26


January 24: TIME TRAVELING SCORPION DAY
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:02 AM on February 26 [4 favorites]


TIME TRAVELING SCORPION DAY

That is absolutely a movie destined to be given the MST3K treatment.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:52 AM on February 26 [2 favorites]


They did do The Black Scorpion back in season 1.
posted by Chrysostom at 11:02 AM on February 26 [1 favorite]


Yeah, but did it time travel?
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:41 AM on February 26


I've timed travel before. It's not anywhere near as exciting as people make out.
posted by pompomtom at 8:10 PM on February 26 [3 favorites]


How long did it take you to do that?
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:32 PM on February 26


How long did it take you to do that?

About twenty minutes. Same as back before this was a town.
posted by Ghidorah at 9:20 PM on February 26 [4 favorites]


1 minute per minute.

Okay - a little more, but I've lost weight since then.
posted by pompomtom at 10:04 PM on February 26 [2 favorites]


So does anyone here know if there is some sort of preventative and/or prophylactic solution to the scorpion problem? Serious question.
posted by dancestoblue

Move north of the Colorado. Haven't seen a single scorpfiend since moving outta South Austin.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 10:33 PM on February 26


jessamyn: 🎵 The great thing about a wiki is that anyone can edit it 🎵

That tune sounds familiar ;)

I added Zelda Day to the Yearly Traditions page, and created a new Unintentional theme day page, pulling non-recurring evens* from this Google Calendar of MetaFilter Special Days.

* Dec. 26, Zelda Day, is a special day, having started as an accidental theme, but being carried on every year by JHarris. And I added the "alternate" Zelda Day, for good measure.

And in documenting these unintentional theme days, I'll note that January 24 was Pseudo Scorpion Day, not True Scorpion Day. No time traveling necessary ;)
posted by filthy light thief at 11:54 AM on February 28 [2 favorites]


A pseudoscorpion only has as many legs as, like, a dog and two thirds
posted by nebulawindphone at 3:40 PM on February 28


And I added the "alternate" Zelda Day, for good measure.

Zelda Day: Second Quest, surely?
posted by curious nu at 6:10 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


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