Pancakes: the eternal mystery September 19, 2002 5:28 AM   Subscribe

Pancakes? Huh?
posted by XQUZYPHYR to MetaFilter-Related at 5:28 AM (79 comments total)

Did I miss the seminar on this term or something? Excuse my ignorance.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 5:29 AM on September 19, 2002


The Search Metafilter option is a great tool when you're confused about stuff. Plus it keeps MeTa clear. Use the Google search if the regular one times out. I'm sure typing in "Pancakes" and reading through will help you with any questions you may have.
posted by macadamiaranch at 5:38 AM on September 19, 2002


First mentioned here.

Originally used to denote linkless threads but now something of a catch-all term of abuse for content-free threads.

It's come before on MeTa
posted by dmt at 5:39 AM on September 19, 2002


search is your friend...
posted by mkelley at 7:21 AM on September 19, 2002


Nothing was found with that search criteria, try searching again

So much for those search suggestions. Yes, I know that is the default. Just shows how useful THAT is.


posted by mischief at 9:04 AM on September 19, 2002


Not being able to find pancakes on MetaFilter is like not being able to find your ass with both hands.
posted by timeistight at 9:12 AM on September 19, 2002


Try searching MetaTalk
posted by mkelley at 9:13 AM on September 19, 2002


Actually this might be "the" post for your information.
posted by mkelley at 9:15 AM on September 19, 2002


oops, dmt already posted that.
posted by mkelley at 9:19 AM on September 19, 2002


And here I was, all ready to propose that pancakes and haikus had been overthrown in favor of that new phrase (which I can't link to, since I can't search MeFi comments right now, but I'm sure you've seen it):

"So let me get this straight ... the toy broom ... it vibrates?"
posted by WolfDaddy at 9:28 AM on September 19, 2002


Sweet, delicious, pancakey irony.
posted by Ufez Jones at 9:34 AM on September 19, 2002


I await the arrival of our pancake overlords.
posted by owillis at 9:41 AM on September 19, 2002


Just shows how useful THAT is

As usual, mischief, you're completely off base. The default "last month" search is useful for two reasons. The first is that MeFi, just like he internet, has a short collective memory. This is, of course, an assumption on my part, but it is an educated one. I would say that most of what people are looking for on this site is something that occurred within the last month, so making it the default is only logical. The second reason is that if "since day one" was the default, every search would be poking three years back into the archives for something that, again, is probably more recent. Why bother taxing the database like that? Matt may have a new server, but that doesn't mean common sense about site design and database use should be tossed.

Or I may be assuming to much. You may just be confused about the usage of a drop-down menu. May I suggest the Google search?
posted by eyeballkid at 9:43 AM on September 19, 2002


...and their butter bearing minions.
posted by jonmc at 9:43 AM on September 19, 2002


WHAT.
PANCAKE.
OVERLORDS.
OWILLIS?
posted by rory at 9:53 AM on September 19, 2002


*yawn*
posted by briank at 10:00 AM on September 19, 2002


Just shows how useful THAT is

As usual, mischief, you're completely off base.


You're off-base too, eyeballkid. The reason that search didn't work was not because there haven't been mentions of pancakes in the past month -- there have been, obviously -but because there have been no threads mentioning pancakes. Had mischief switched to "threads and comments" or "comments only" he would have found plenty of mentions.
posted by me3dia at 10:05 AM on September 19, 2002


All your base are belong to our new Pancake Overlords.
posted by turaho at 10:10 AM on September 19, 2002


True, but the logic behind the defaults still stands.
posted by eyeballkid at 10:20 AM on September 19, 2002


www.savepancaykes.com

My cat's breath...yadda, yadda, hey...
posted by i_cola at 10:37 AM on September 19, 2002


"Pancake Overlords" would be a great name for a pancake house. I smell a business opportunity!
posted by kindall at 11:04 AM on September 19, 2002


"Pancake Overlords" would be a great name for a pancake house
Personally I wouldn't want anyone lording over me at the breakfast table. What's with all the power struggles at breakfast time? Captain Crunch and Count Chocula...
posted by FreezBoy at 11:13 AM on September 19, 2002


King Vitaman...
posted by madprops at 11:18 AM on September 19, 2002


Not to mention the crazed dictator Cookie Jarvis, out to reclaim his kingdom from the usurper Cookie Cop.
posted by Kafkaesque at 11:26 AM on September 19, 2002


I have the exceptionally dubious distinction of having been the one to post the comment after aaron's seminal "Who here likes pancakes". And I'm certain that countless people have wondered what in thee hell I was talking about with my cryptic "Who likes wood" one-liner, insofar as the page it links to expired ages ago and that I consider "four" to be a uncountable quantity.

So I would like use this opportunity to set the record straight.

Who likes wood?
posted by Shadowkeeper at 11:57 AM on September 19, 2002


Did you know that in Rotterdam there's what's called De Pannenkoekenboot? The Pancake Boat is "the Netherlands' only floating pancake restaurant", featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes. You can have them "au naturel, apple or bacon pancakes, along with every imaginable topping, including cheese, ham, fruit, syrups, powdered sugar and much, much more".
posted by panopticon at 11:58 AM on September 19, 2002


Oh, and that reminds me: MeFiers should do themselves a favor and watch this. Hilarity incarnate (although a lamentably abridged version of the full-length masterpiece I had the pleasure of viewing at the gym.)
posted by Shadowkeeper at 12:03 PM on September 19, 2002


Thank you, Shadowkeeper. I was looking at the pancakes thread a couple of weeks ago, and ended up spending several minutes trying (and failing) to find the Dilbert you'd been pointing at. Now, at last, I can be at peace.
posted by moss at 12:13 PM on September 19, 2002


I like plättar.

Who here likes plättar?

While trying to find the appropriate word for plättar in english, I came up with both "small pancakes" and "hot cakes". Which one should I use if I wanted to order some in an american restaurant?
posted by soundofsuburbia at 12:17 PM on September 19, 2002


Pancakes
Zippity Bop
Pony
Bunnies
X makes the baby jesus cry (where is he anyway?)
I would like to be the first to welcome our new [x] overlords

Anyother Mefi cliches I'm missing?
posted by Grod at 12:17 PM on September 19, 2002


Damn you, spell check. Plättar.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 12:18 PM on September 19, 2002


Pancakes
Zippity Bop
Pony
Bunnies
X makes the baby jesus cry (where is he anyway?)
I would like to be the first to welcome our new [x] overlords

Anyother Mefi cliches I'm missing?


Worst. Cliche. List. Ever.

WHAT.
THE.
FUCK.
GROD?
posted by fishfucker at 12:28 PM on September 19, 2002


Anyother Mefi cliches I'm missing?


*yawn*
kittens (now where's that kitten picture?)
Friday Flash Day
pastel suited jackals
mefi police

posted by eyeballkid at 12:32 PM on September 19, 2002


Possible Tagline!
posted by turaho at 12:34 PM on September 19, 2002


Anyother Mefi cliches I'm missing?

Fuckwit.
Get your own weblog, X.
My cat's breath...
posted by me3dia at 12:41 PM on September 19, 2002


MeFiosi
Miguelistas
Assless chaps
posted by yhbc at 12:56 PM on September 19, 2002


MetaFark (or wherever else you saw it two weeks ago)
posted by Firefly at 1:11 PM on September 19, 2002


ZitTitty Pope!
posted by DenOfSizer at 1:26 PM on September 19, 2002


Any other Mefi cliches I'm missing?

Thanks Miguel. Or blah, blah, blah, blah, Miguel, blah, blah, blah, Miguel, blah, blah, blah, Miguel, blah, blah, blah, blah, Miguel.

posted by jacknose at 2:24 PM on September 19, 2002


No offense, Miguel. (Doh, I just did it myself!) Thanks Miguel.
posted by jacknose at 2:25 PM on September 19, 2002


Administrator, please hope me!
posted by mr_crash_davis at 2:27 PM on September 19, 2002


User foo and Skippy.
posted by yhbc at 2:29 PM on September 19, 2002


Whoops, almost forgot:


posted by mr_crash_davis at 2:45 PM on September 19, 2002


Thank you. I'll be here all week
posted by dash_slot- at 3:56 PM on September 19, 2002


--Mefi post (NYT link), followed immediately by a MeTa post decrying NYT links
--"NewsFilter"
--"Newbie"
--waxing nostalgic about "the way MeFi used to be"

thanks, Crash. I haven't seen pancake bunny in ages!
posted by whatnot at 3:57 PM on September 19, 2002


Not being able to find pancakes on MetaFilter is like not being able to find your ass with both hands.

, a flashlight and a book of instructions.
posted by dg at 4:13 PM on September 19, 2002


I never knew what "pancakes" meant, until this thread. That said, I think it's a pretty inane "in joke".

Then again, I suppose that whatever makes things more fun; all the power to it. I just don't get the humour, nor do I wish to.

I know you don't care, BTW. :)
posted by Dark Messiah at 4:37 PM on September 19, 2002


Oof! Finally a reason to link to this!
posted by sklero at 4:55 PM on September 19, 2002


I've found myself asking people at the office "who wants pancakes?" to change the subject. I keep waiting for someone to accuse me of stealing material from metafilter.
posted by birdherder at 5:18 PM on September 19, 2002


And to think, before Metafilter, before even the internet,
in a world where kittens were still new, all one could do was sing Hey nonny nonny...
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:11 PM on September 19, 2002


Anything else you hate, Dark Messiah, just for future reference?

So far I've got Mock Haiku Masters and The Pancake Joke.

Baby lemurs?
posted by Kafkaesque at 6:42 PM on September 19, 2002


Wa min God! Se æx on min heafod is!

posted by cedar at 8:53 PM on September 19, 2002


I've found myself asking people at the office "who wants pancakes?" to change the subject. I keep waiting for someone to accuse me of stealing material from metafilter.

people here don't actually think that metafilter is the first place "i like pancakes" was used in response to a lame thread do they...? it was all the (over used) rage on msn bulletin boards and chat rooms, back in '95 when msn was still a firewalled online service like aol. i sincerely doubt it was coined there either.
posted by t r a c y at 9:10 PM on September 19, 2002


There's also an idiot user on Mefi that has this obsession with Britney Spears, and every time she's mentioned he pops up in the thread .

Fuckwit.
posted by owillis at 9:35 PM on September 19, 2002


panopticon: There are other pancake ships in the Netherlands, so I'm afraid their claim is a lie. I often ate at one in Groningen, which I believe was simply called "panekoekenship."
posted by bingo at 11:54 PM on September 19, 2002


Anyother Mefi cliches I'm missing?

Who could forget Billy Maulana?!
posted by scribblative at 12:06 AM on September 20, 2002


Don't forget the "I'm leaving Metafilter and I just thought I'd tell everybody publically" cliche. Is that a cliche?
posted by Hildago at 12:16 AM on September 20, 2002


As long as we're talking about it, here is the world's stupidest pancake story. (Courtesy of the world's lamest daily newspaper.) On second thought, maybe we could see that bunny again.

posted by chipr at 12:16 AM on September 20, 2002


I await the arrival of our pancake overlords.

Behold, and praise me, buttery minions!
posted by Pancake Overlord at 1:01 AM on September 20, 2002


It's all about the kitten picture.
posted by youhas at 1:31 AM on September 20, 2002


It's all about the kitten picture.

Blatant Fark cliche!
posted by hama7 at 2:28 AM on September 20, 2002


Plättar... hm. Some restaurants carry an item called 'silver dollar pancakes', which are larger than a silver dollar, but probably about the same size as plättar. I have no clue whether they taste anything alike.

In general, I don't like American pancakes, no matter what the size. But I love crepes!
posted by Slithy_Tove at 2:36 AM on September 20, 2002


[this may be offensive]
posted by adampsyche at 4:18 AM on September 20, 2002


Singing kittens!

Slithy_Tove: Thanks!
posted by soundofsuburbia at 4:33 AM on September 20, 2002


Anyother Mefi cliches I'm missing?

www.metafark.com
Newbies suck
Three-digit user numbers
"I miss Holgate so much"
"Matt please delete this thread"
"Fuck foldy" (even when he's right)
"I can't understand what thomcatspike just wrote!" (I am a huge fan by the way, thomcat)

(PS
And, yes, Matt, this thread is a good candidate for an unusual Meta Talk deletion, even if you don't do such things right?)

posted by matteo at 5:28 AM on September 20, 2002


mwahaha... you fools - it's all part of my master plan
posted by Mrs_Butterworth at 5:55 AM on September 20, 2002


Opening a new account so you make make a joke with your witty nickname.

*cries*
posted by gleuschk at 6:59 AM on September 20, 2002


So a bunny, a pancake and some MeFi cops in assless chaps walk into a bar....

*hands gleuschk a tissue*
posted by thewittyname at 7:17 AM on September 20, 2002


Best. Whatever. Ever.

Hemmingway much?
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:45 AM on September 20, 2002


*cries*

Now see what you've done?
posted by iceberg273 at 8:03 AM on September 20, 2002


Kottke.
posted by Skot at 8:15 AM on September 20, 2002


Who uses Mrs. Butterworth on their pancakes anyway? That stuff is awful. You gotta get the real stuff: Pure Vermont Maple Syrup. Learn how they make maple syrup in Vermont.
posted by gen at 8:15 AM on September 20, 2002


Nader! Nader! Nader!

There's also an idiot user on Mefi that has this obsession with Britney Spears, and every time she's mentioned he pops up in the thread.

And one of these days, owillis is going to discover that she's a singer and he's going to have a whole lot more to talk about.
posted by MarkAnd at 9:14 AM on September 20, 2002


There are other pancake ships in the Netherlands, so I'm afraid their claim is a lie. I often ate at one in Groningen, which I believe was simply called "panekoekenship."

Bingo: Pannenkoekenschip. And isn't Groningen the best town in the world? :D

p.s. panopticon: every village/town with a canal has a pannenkoekenschip, sorry.

NL: pancake country (yes, it's flat here)

posted by ginz at 10:08 AM on September 20, 2002


Pecan pancakes!

No, really.
posted by rusty at 10:33 AM on September 20, 2002


I was hoping that "trolling for fellatio" would become a cliche, but apparently only evanizer, Miguel and I find it noteworthy.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:48 AM on September 20, 2002


Along those lines, I was hoping "demand anal" would catch on.
posted by euphorb at 12:21 PM on September 20, 2002


Trolling For Fellatio

That's my favorite Samuel Beckett play.
posted by Shadowkeeper at 2:04 PM on September 20, 2002


I was hoping that "trolling for fellatio" would become a cliche, but apparently only evanizer, Miguel and I find it noteworthy.

One of my faves, too.
posted by ColdChef at 7:44 AM on October 16, 2002


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