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Year end clearance! So, cats and kitties, what were the most memorable, most entertaining or most informative MeFi threads (in your humble opinions) of 2003?
posted by moonbird to MetaFilter-Related at 7:19 PM (26 comments total)

For me, I always look forward to plep's posts. This was certainly a great one that I can recall offhand. Then again, sometimes it's not the post but the comments it generates that makes for a good read.
posted by moonbird at 7:40 PM on December 28, 2003

most strange
posted by sgt.serenity at 8:58 PM on December 28, 2003

Ok, I actually kept track of a few that I absolutely loved and represent for me the best of metafilter. I'll post them on my userpage too just in case this thread doesnt stick around:

in reverse chronological order:

homunculus: La Destreza

Mo Nickels: A single photograph

andrewzipp: Who was Photog?

amberglow: 100 things about me

y2karl: there is a heppy lend..

thomas j. wise: ut pictura poesis

Pinwheel and misteraitch: This vellum-bound curiosity

homunculus: Emotions and Ethics

snyder: Phantom cosmonauts

I am sure i have missed other really good ones that i would have seen had i frequented this site more often this past year.
posted by vacapinta at 9:22 PM on December 28, 2003

One of my favorite is a link I can't find anymore and my search-fu has been lacking. It was this guy who made large moving wooden pattern generators that ran on some sort of clock spring. Really excellent work, though if I remember correctly the thread itself was basically "Wow." Someone have the URL at hand?
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 11:08 PM on December 28, 2003

Oh, man. So many great posts/threads... Well, let's see: madamejujujive's penis xylophonist is hard to beat and stiff competition for the year's funniest post. While Iconomy's butterfly alphabet post was no "history of oven glass", it's still one of my favorite post of the year; crunchland's abc post is an all-time classic, with some rather hilarious comments; hama7 had a bunch of great ones, but I especially loved The Insect Company and; and the Mythical Quest post from plep was not only magnificent, it also has plep being serenaded to the tune of "Shaft" in two part harmony. The strange post of the year award goes to ed's Decrypt and Enjoy, and the Tom Swifties thread needs some kind of medal. Other fantastic posts: Eyebeam's Profile of Adolf Wolfli, Ljubljana's Russian Prison Tattoos, anastasiav's riddle collection... I can't stop.
posted by taz at 11:14 PM on December 28, 2003

Also, I meant to agree with trharlan: the blogstop post gets the award for Phenomenon of the Year: The Thread That Travelled Far and Wide and Couldn't Die.
posted by taz at 11:22 PM on December 28, 2003

Bubb Rubb started the year off with a bang, actually more of an annoying whistle. "Ya gotta Woo-woo, know what I'm sayin?" The links in the thread are dead, but you can see the video again at the well-named There's a cafe shop for BubbGear, you know, just for decoration, baby.
posted by planetkyoto at 11:27 PM on December 28, 2003

I was thinking about the Photog thread today, and was wondering if anyone really found out what happened...

Also, in long term mefi history, did anyone actually get the discount cameras from amazon?
posted by drezdn at 11:56 PM on December 28, 2003

The links in the thread are dead, but you can see the video again at the well-named

Also, I believe the original mp3 that was linked was Ghetto Hooptie Woo
posted by vacapinta at 12:20 AM on December 29, 2003

Wendell's Dr. Seuss post was entertaining, and Ed's fpp-cum-puzzle was certainly something new. Add a vote to plep's posts from me, too - always worth checking out. They often contribute to shattering the mefi myth that good posts are defined by the number of comments in response. (If anything I'd argue the reverse is the case.)
posted by nthdegx at 12:33 AM on December 29, 2003

The Blogstop one, as taz says: pnenomena.

And, for me, anyway, the Satan's Laundromat one, by anastasiav.
posted by Blue Stone at 7:17 AM on December 29, 2003

posted by nthdegx at 9:27 AM on December 29, 2003

most memorable for me were :
The Mister Rogers thread (i'm choking up rereading it)

all the Gayfilter and Religionfilter posts

and what everyone else mentioned, especially ed's puzzle post. : >
posted by amberglow at 11:14 AM on December 29, 2003

It was a plep/ hama 7 year imo.
posted by 111 at 1:04 PM on December 29, 2003

You guys are too sweet. There have been too many great posts to really narrow down to a short list, although I loved ed's puzzle post, and my own favourites would include anything by iconomy (much-missed), madamjujujive, hama7, y2karl, homunculus, taz, and a bunch of others...

There was a slight common theme to the 2003 'plep' posts. Did you spot it?
posted by plep at 1:33 PM on December 29, 2003

*waves to plep*

I think I know the common theme, plep - I mentioned it in one of your posts months ago after I noticed it. Was I right? [/showoff]
posted by iconomy at 1:46 PM on December 29, 2003

I liked them all, but especially plep's.
posted by hama7 at 3:09 PM on December 29, 2003

It was a plep/ hama 7 year imo.
posted by 111 at 1:04 PM PST on December 29

Comedy gold.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:28 PM on December 29, 2003

y2karl's jackpot, his Joseph Smith thread, and his Melungeon post.
posted by hama7 at 4:46 PM on December 29, 2003

Damn. His Melungeon post.
posted by hama7 at 4:48 PM on December 29, 2003

I think my recent discovery of Ask MeFi is the best thing so far - I've been a MeFi reader (and very occasional commentator) for about a year and a half now. Even though Ask MeFi performs the same basic function as say, a web forum or mailing list, it just seems "cozier" and with a cooler variety of people.

For example, konolia - who described her husband in a weight-debate thread once (describing CPAP symptoms and solutions), and it was so very "me down to a T" that I seriously thought my wife had someone found her way to MeFi and was posting.

Hats off to Matt and everyone else - even though I'm a relative newbie, this a damn cool place to hang out.
posted by mrbill at 6:43 PM on December 29, 2003

Hoder's posts are always great.
posted by plep at 12:01 AM on December 30, 2003

Oolong's death back on January 8th was pretty powerful for me. It was astonishing to see a community come together for something that seems so inconsequential to an outsider.

And of course, the monkeyfilter post was fricken funny.
posted by KnitWit at 8:10 AM on December 30, 2003

Though I have occasionally been at odds with y2karl -- through no intention of my own -- I have to join what what I am sure are tens of thousands of other MeFiers in declaring that his posts (the non-political ones) are simply the best. In fact, I have discerned a distinct rise in the overall richness and quality of FPPs over the past several years, and I would attribute it largely to y2karl's outstanding example. (MiguelCardoso's posts are, of course, uniformly excellent. But he is sane. y2karl has the obsessive madness and self-destructive streak of a true artist.)
posted by Faze at 12:45 PM on December 30, 2003

MiguelCardoso's posts are, of course, uniformly excellent.

I thought that went without saying. After all, Metafilter and MiguelCardoso are almost synonymous.
posted by hama7 at 5:20 PM on December 30, 2003

In fact, even to say it is to detract somewhat from the ineffable perfection that is a MiguelCardoso post. Silent awe is the best response.
posted by languagehat at 9:01 PM on December 30, 2003

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