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Cat-Scan.com is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their scanners, or why.
posted by FelliniBlank (139 comments total) 42 users marked this as a favorite

 
does anyone read the posts down here?
posted by roll truck roll at 9:58 AM on July 14, 2013 [17 favorites]


Now that's meta.
posted by spitbull at 10:00 AM on July 14, 2013 [4 favorites]


i do.
posted by tzikeh at 10:00 AM on July 14, 2013


what is happening here
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 10:01 AM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Fluffy porn. Not good. I agree to that rules.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 10:01 AM on July 14, 2013


cats done been gettin' wedged into the scanners all the live long goddang day
posted by IvoShandor at 10:03 AM on July 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


A friend recently tweeted http://thecatscan.tumblr.com. You should have seen her draw drop when I pointed out that meme was 14 years old (she was born in the 90s!).
posted by furtive at 10:03 AM on July 14, 2013 [9 favorites]


ZIPPITY BOP!
posted by penguin pie at 10:04 AM on July 14, 2013 [7 favorites]


What is happening here. (Except for some confusion about who made the first post.)
posted by Horace Rumpole at 10:04 AM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


who is stan chin and what happened to his gold star?
posted by TheLittlePrince at 10:05 AM on July 14, 2013


DOUBLE! Double! backgammon-inception-double
posted by Wordshore at 10:05 AM on July 14, 2013 [2 favorites]




Warning: Cat-scan.com may cause seizures.
posted by wensink at 10:06 AM on July 14, 2013


Slutty cat scan.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 10:06 AM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


kitty porn. This site is as old as the Internet...
posted by Chuffy at 10:07 AM on July 14, 2013


Really? Already? The years keep going by faster and faster...
posted by sharpener at 10:08 AM on July 14, 2013 [5 favorites]


Really? Already? The years keep going by faster and faster...

Tomorrow is the anniversary of Gangnam Style appearing on YouTube.
posted by Wordshore at 10:09 AM on July 14, 2013 [7 favorites]


I know why the scanned cat purrs.
posted by cashman at 10:09 AM on July 14, 2013 [6 favorites]


It's also pips' (aka mrs. jonmc) birthday. We going to City Island for seafood!
posted by jonmc at 10:09 AM on July 14, 2013 [6 favorites]


Somebody must be reading the posts down here.
posted by rtha at 10:10 AM on July 14, 2013


we all do.
posted by tzikeh at 10:11 AM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


I wrote a cat song yesterday! Something in the air.
posted by jessamyn at 10:18 AM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Pooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
posted by GoingToShopping at 10:21 AM on July 14, 2013


Something something same as in town.
posted by tommasz at 10:24 AM on July 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


Omg we got a kitten yesterday! We went to the liquor store and the pet store that has Toronto Cat Rescue kitties for adoption on weekends is right next door and we came home with bourbon and Fairfax. Pico and Wilshire have a little bro now. Map for reference.

He is a bit too speedy to sit on the scanner at the moment.

It would make my goddamn day if you all favourited my cats today. Thanks MeFi.
posted by avocet at 10:24 AM on July 14, 2013 [67 favorites]


That cat looks like Wilford Brimley with those bushy eyebrows and whiskers. Does he give you dire warnings about diabeetus?
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 10:29 AM on July 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


avocet, are all your cats tuxedos? Tuxedo cats are awesome!

NB: All cats are awesome
posted by rtha at 10:32 AM on July 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


I came for the cats.
posted by mazola at 10:32 AM on July 14, 2013


this will wendell.
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:33 AM on July 14, 2013 [8 favorites]


Is this something I would have to have a cat to understand?
posted by hattifattener at 10:38 AM on July 14, 2013 [4 favorites]


You should definitely get a cat.
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:41 AM on July 14, 2013 [7 favorites]


Happy Birthday, MetaFilter (and pips)!
posted by Curious Artificer at 10:42 AM on July 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


avocet i approve of your cat names x1000000
posted by raihan_ at 10:43 AM on July 14, 2013 [3 favorites]


avocet, you have Wilshire, Fairfax and Pico but no Sepulveda?
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:49 AM on July 14, 2013


So is MetaFilter considered a tween now?
posted by mosk at 10:51 AM on July 14, 2013


Happy Birthday Blue!
posted by chinesefood at 10:53 AM on July 14, 2013


rtha, they are all tuxedos. Over the years I have taken notice of which MeFites also have tuxedos and I have always been a fan of Yorvit! (and of all your posts and comments as well, but especially ones where he makes an appearance)

oneswellfoop, I vetoed Sepulveda because I thought it made a terrible cat name, though my partner asked again this morning "are you sure we don't want to name it Sepulveda? because then we can play Pico and Sepulveda all the time." We play it enough for Pico on her own. :)
posted by avocet at 10:54 AM on July 14, 2013 [3 favorites]


This thread is useless without the image tag.
posted by BlueJae at 10:55 AM on July 14, 2013 [2 favorites]



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posted by avocet at 10:55 AM on July 14, 2013 [11 favorites]


July 14th 1789 - French Revolution: citizens of Paris storm the Bastille.
July 14th 1798 - The Sedition Act becomes law in the United States making it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the United States government.
July 14th 1881 - Billy the Kid is shot and killed by Pat Garrett outside Fort Sumner.
July 14th 1969 - The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation.
July 14th 1992 - 386BSD is released by Lynne Jolitz and William Jolitz beginning the Open Source Operating System Revolution.
July 14th 1999 - Mathowie posts a question and references to cats being scanned to MetaFilter.

Read the next Dan Brown novel, imaginatively titled "July 14th", to discover how these events influenced each other throughout history...

Hat tip to Wikipedia for today in history
posted by Wordshore at 10:57 AM on July 14, 2013 [12 favorites]


I've spent too much of my adult life damned close to Sepulveda Blvd. to NOT consider it an obvious cat name myself. But okay, how about Figueroa? Ventura? LaCienega?
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:00 AM on July 14, 2013


I just want to thank Berend for posting here so I knew what year all those October posts were posted.
posted by mattpfeff at 7:57 PM on November 3, 2001 [+] [!]


2013... Kinda sad, really.
posted by j.edwards at 11:21 PM on November 11, 2001 [+] [!]

posted by mwhybark at 11:02 AM on July 14, 2013


You should have seen her draw drop when I pointed out that meme was 14 years old (she was born in the 90s!).

I had never thought of this as a depantsing methodology, but whatever works.
posted by mwhybark at 11:04 AM on July 14, 2013 [3 favorites]


Apropos of nothing, my cat just gave my wife a nonchalant nip while we were chatting over Hangout. It made me happy. Cats are the best.

Happy birthday, MetaFilter!
posted by arcticseal at 11:06 AM on July 14, 2013


Catsongs.com is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their songs, or why.
posted by mwhybark at 11:07 AM on July 14, 2013


The time will soon come, if it hasn't already, that metafilter will have members younger than it.
posted by borkencode at 11:12 AM on July 14, 2013 [9 favorites]


Happy birthday Metafilter! You share a birthday with my sister!

Somewhere I probably still have the issue of Brill's Content within which I discovered MeFi.
posted by SisterHavana at 11:13 AM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hate.
posted by eyeballkid at 11:13 AM on July 14, 2013 [4 favorites]


Happy cat-scan day to all. And to all, a good night.

The URL is http://www.metafilter.com/19/ - question, if the Cat-Scan.com post was first, then I wonder what were the 18 other posts that came before it?
posted by Monkey0nCrack at 11:13 AM on July 14, 2013


They were all test posts.
posted by mathowie at 11:14 AM on July 14, 2013 [5 favorites]


So it took 210 years to go from Storming the Bastille to Scanning the Cat.

also, July 14th 1865 – First ascent of the Matterhorn by Edward Whymper and party, four of whom die on the descent.

We should also acknowledge some July 14th birthdays...
Woody Guthrie (1912), Ingmar Bergman (1918), Dale Robertson (1923), Roosevelt Grier (1932), Jerry Rubin (1938), Jane Lynch (1960), animation legends Dave Fleischer (1894) and William Hanna (1910)...

and today is the 100th birthday of Gerald Ford (or would be if he hadn't died in 2006).
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:15 AM on July 14, 2013 [3 favorites]


Pooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

Poom. There is an "m" at the end. And it's best with a French accent.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:18 AM on July 14, 2013 [4 favorites]


Also Gustave Klimt 1862. See also.
posted by adamvasco at 11:21 AM on July 14, 2013




Cosgrove and Little Kiwi approve and agree that tuxedos have a little something special about them.

Happy Scanners' Day!
posted by janey47 at 11:28 AM on July 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


Every post is a test post until we achieve the One True Post. When that happens, you'll know.

Congrats everyone!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:34 AM on July 14, 2013 [4 favorites]


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posted by bru at 11:40 AM on July 14, 2013


The fpp is up. It hanging over the rim in a flash of lights from a million phones. All down to this moment. Heyaaa boom shakalaka. Its good. Scan that cat, those kids are going to Disneyland!
posted by humanfont at 11:41 AM on July 14, 2013


Man, my birthday is next sunday but seeing this post is what makes me feel older.
posted by CitoyenK at 11:42 AM on July 14, 2013


One True Post

I belive the only OTP is Me/ all you all.
posted by The Whelk at 11:46 AM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


W00t w00t happy birthday, Metafilter! Enjoy your summer between 8th grade and high school. You'll discover the best thing about high school is that it only lasts 4 years.
posted by Lynsey at 11:46 AM on July 14, 2013


Is there some way you could move this site out to stellar distances so that we could study it safely by observing faint light osculations with huge CCD arrays and thus detect transits of the heavy central orb?

Thank you for your attention to this matter.
posted by Twang at 11:49 AM on July 14, 2013


I always forget that metafilter and I share a birthday
posted by thecjm at 11:52 AM on July 14, 2013


Now MetaFilter is old enough to realize whether or not it likes boy web sites or girl web sites, right?
posted by Rory Marinich at 11:53 AM on July 14, 2013


Mods: can you please remove the "older" link at the bottom of the page for reasons of artistic accuracy.

Happy Birthday Mefi.
posted by marienbad at 11:53 AM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday to Blue
Happy birthday to Blue
with its cats wedged in scanners,
Happy birthday to Blue!
posted by drlith at 12:01 PM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


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posted by benzenedream at 12:03 PM on July 14, 2013 [22 favorites]


Why did I think that MeFi was born in Smarch?
posted by ZeusHumms at 12:08 PM on July 14, 2013


Happy birthday Metafilter! May you help us procrastinate entertain and enlighten us for many more years to come.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:09 PM on July 14, 2013


And i do too.
posted by tzikeh at 12:25 PM on July 14, 2013


I'll stop by just for the cake
posted by mss at 12:25 PM on July 14, 2013


The cake is a lie.
posted by Hobo at 12:34 PM on July 14, 2013


There's really only one way to honor this anniversary. Go back in time and browse MetaFilter in Internet Explorer 5 for MacOS!
posted by mrbarrett.com at 12:34 PM on July 14, 2013 [6 favorites]


Enjoy your summer between 8th grade and high school. You'll discover the best thing about high school is that it only lasts 4 years.

I don't know - just getting out of junior high made it seem like heaven in comparison. I'm pretty convinced that Jr. high/middle school is basically meant to separate kids from tormenting elementary schoolers and from getting beat up by older kids they've provoked with their nonsense.
posted by LionIndex at 12:41 PM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


A random bit of graffiti found in a bar (Science Club) in Washington D.C. 4 years ago.
posted by smoothvirus at 12:48 PM on July 14, 2013 [5 favorites]


Every post is a test post until we achieve the One True Post.

This is a test.
This is a test of the Emergency MetaFilter System.
This is only a test.

BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP.

This is a test of the Emergency MetaFilter System.
The moderators of your area in voluntary cooperation with Federal, State and local authorities have developed this system to keep you informed in the event of an emergency.
If this had been an actual emergency, the Attention Signal you just heard would have been followed by official information, news or instructions.
This site serves the WWW area.
This concludes this test of the Emergency MetaFilter System.
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:01 PM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


It would make my goddamn day if you all favourited my cats today.

How could we not favorite those tux kittehs! Such dignified cats! Cats such as these would not be caught scanning their butts on the intarwebs.
posted by BlueHorse at 1:12 PM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Happy Birthday Mefi!
posted by jokeefe at 1:41 PM on July 14, 2013


Why does this always happen while I'm asleep?
posted by michswiss at 1:49 PM on July 14, 2013


who is stan chin and what happened to his gold star?

An early commenter here, better known to the Internet at large as the creator of the popular Achewood webcomic.
posted by Ian A.T. at 1:56 PM on July 14, 2013


I love you, Blue.
posted by AloneOssifer at 2:07 PM on July 14, 2013


If I could post a gif of an elephant pissing on something I would. Wasn't that a thing?

Oh also, post something eponysterical for old times sake.

I came to Metafilter for the first time as a refuge from from boingboing's increasing self parody.

It has wasted my time much more effectively.

Happy birthday Metafilter!
posted by vorpal bunny at 2:19 PM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


You know who else scanned cats? Yeah, I thought so...
posted by Eekacat at 2:19 PM on July 14, 2013


Phone's ringin' Dude.
posted by petebest at 2:21 PM on July 14, 2013


Also, in the spirit of Metafilter reminiscence, here is a classic guide to help one avoid asshattery. Because you know who else was a total asshat...
posted by vorpal bunny at 2:27 PM on July 14, 2013 [4 favorites]


생일축하합니다, 메타필타!

               'ㅅ'
posted by mistersquid at 2:32 PM on July 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


But I don't WANT to be exposed to cat anus!
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:37 PM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Today is 22 years that I've been living in the United States. So, happy anniversary all around!
posted by cthuljew at 2:44 PM on July 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


I agonized over the transliteration but couldn't get to the best one until just after the edit time limit expired. What I should have wrote is:

생일축하합니다, 메타필!
posted by mistersquid at 2:44 PM on July 14, 2013


happy birthday Metafilter!
posted by xbonesgt at 3:02 PM on July 14, 2013


How could you not?
posted by tzikeh at 3:13 PM on July 14, 2013


mistersquid, you could think of it as a regional dialect difference. meh-ta-pil-ta vs meh-ta-pil-tuh. and yes, I sometimes abandon all romanization systems for an overuse of aitches.

happy birthday MeFi. sometimes when I buy the fancy cheeses, I look down and think "hey, this cheese is in 2nd grade." 14 years old in the U.S. means MeFi should take music very very very seriously and have at least one embarrassing haircut.

*(^_^)V
posted by spamandkimchi at 3:15 PM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday Metafilter! Ahhh, so many happy memories....
posted by Jubey at 3:21 PM on July 14, 2013


Viva cat oars.
posted by surplus at 3:24 PM on July 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm staying here until I get my $5 worth.
posted by mazola at 3:38 PM on July 14, 2013 [3 favorites]


WE ARE OLD
posted by fungible at 3:42 PM on July 14, 2013


I'll admit it -- 14 years, and I still haven't clicked on the link before commenting.
posted by .kobayashi. at 3:49 PM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Scanning cats is passé -- these days it's all about cats wedged into QR codes.
posted by dhartung at 4:08 PM on July 14, 2013


Another year, another irritated cat. Happy birthday, MeFi.
posted by Mooski at 4:20 PM on July 14, 2013


Happy Birthday BLUE
posted by Stynxno at 4:21 PM on July 14, 2013


Browsing MetaFilter in Internet Explorer 5 for MacOS is passé -- these days it's all about browsing in Firefox with Red Cats - green cats flavor enabled!
posted by a humble nudibranch at 4:28 PM on July 14, 2013


I have no idea how these people got their scats wedged into their canners, or why.
posted by drlith at 4:53 PM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


There is no cabal. However, there is definitely a catal.
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:55 PM on July 14, 2013


Happy birthday MetaFilter!

Celebrating from the inside feels different somehow...
posted by But tomorrow is another day... at 5:11 PM on July 14, 2013


Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday To Blue
You smell like a million monkeys!
And you're typed by them too!
posted by maryr at 5:14 PM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


We adopted these yesterday out of a barn.
posted by seanmpuckett at 5:18 PM on July 14, 2013 [4 favorites]


Happy birthday, metafilter. May all your bunnies be fired.


(happy birthday, pip!)
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 5:25 PM on July 14, 2013


Happy birthday, MeFi. For your birthday I will sing you CatScan, to the tune of Batman. Ready, hit it!
posted by heyho at 5:28 PM on July 14, 2013


(happy birthday, pip!)

Thanx, pix from our sojourn to the Bronx.
posted by jonmc at 6:06 PM on July 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


HOLY SHIT BRING ICE IF YOU COME LATE ICE AND BOOZE
posted by vrakatar at 6:37 PM on July 14, 2013


14 years eh? Well well well...
posted by inpHilltr8r at 6:52 PM on July 14, 2013


Happy Birthday, MeFi.

This place has is quite grand.
posted by PROD_TPSL at 7:32 PM on July 14, 2013


Happy Bastille Day!!
posted by swift at 7:32 PM on July 14, 2013


Happy birfday Mefi!
posted by Pronoiac at 7:47 PM on July 14, 2013




19.org !
posted by hortense at 8:03 PM on July 14, 2013


I have ice and booze. Happy birthday Metafilter!
posted by Lafe at 8:05 PM on July 14, 2013


first
posted by eddydamascene at 9:34 PM on July 14, 2013 [4 favorites]


I have no idea how these people got their brains wedged into this website, or why, but god bless y'all, everyone!
posted by hap_hazard at 11:06 PM on July 14, 2013


Read the next Dan Brown novel, imaginatively titled "July 14th", to discover how these events influenced each other throughout history...

I think you mean Luther Blisset and also now we have a project.
posted by Dr Dracator at 11:23 PM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


The cake is a lie.

Soylent Blue! It's made of posts!
posted by arcticseal at 11:25 PM on July 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


HBD 2U, MeFi!
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner at 12:44 AM on July 15, 2013


I have ice and booze.

We also have (a thread about) drugged-out strippers.
And I have beer.
Perfection.
posted by Mezentian at 3:18 AM on July 15, 2013


A day late, but happy birthday MeFi! I have an excuse: just as it's not every day you turn 14, it's not every day you turn 40.

I need to lie down.
posted by gleuschk at 4:17 AM on July 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Is there any reason why some mefite hasn't mirrored the original cat scan at this point?
posted by filmgeek at 6:51 AM on July 15, 2013


Matt bought the site. There's a link to it at the bottom of the page.
posted by arcticseal at 8:01 AM on July 15, 2013


Happy Birthday, and thanks Mods, for tending this crazy garden. It's beautiful.
posted by artlung at 9:19 AM on July 15, 2013


does anyone read the posts down here?
posted by Samuel Farrow at 9:30 AM on July 15, 2013


Oh man, just going back and looking at the actual cat scan site and at the bottom, it was a part of a web ring. A web ring. That is a thing that I totally forgot was a thing and would probably have a hard time even explaining to anyone born in the 90s.
posted by Hamusutaa at 10:17 AM on July 15, 2013


I wrote a cat song yesterday! Something in the air.

The dulcet scent of ammonia, no doubt...
posted by y2karl at 11:36 AM on July 15, 2013


Its such an arbitrary date I'm surprised when it rushes past: again?!?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 5:07 PM on July 15, 2013


I haven't.
posted by tzikeh at 8:17 PM on July 15, 2013


Already? Another year? Damn. And me AFK for like, three days. Happy Belated Birthday, Mefi :)
posted by Xoebe at 11:01 PM on July 16, 2013


Site seems to be broken. :(
posted by moira at 8:34 PM on July 20, 2013


I've alerted the authorities.
posted by jessamyn at 8:43 PM on July 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yes, EVERYONE reads the posts down here.



Well, I do.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:08 AM on July 21, 2013


The authorities have rectified the problem.
posted by jessamyn at 8:20 AM on July 21, 2013


Woot!
posted by moira at 1:01 PM on July 21, 2013


Happy Belated Birthday, MeFi!

Zippity BOP™!
posted by numbskeleton at 11:29 AM on August 7, 2013


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