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July 14, 2016 11:17 AM   Subscribe

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 Melismata (112 comments total) 45 users marked this as a favorite
 
Does anyone read the posts down here?
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:19 AM on July 14, 2016 [19 favorites]


Well, clearly I don't.
posted by mysticreferee at 11:20 AM on July 14, 2016


I do.
posted by mysticreferee at 11:20 AM on July 14, 2016


And lo, the Cat-Scan was invoked, and followed hard-upon by "Does anyone read the posts down here?" as it was in days of old. It was ever thus. And always thus shall be.
posted by wabbittwax at 11:21 AM on July 14, 2016 [53 favorites]


Happy Birthday
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:21 AM on July 14, 2016


Happy Birthday!
posted by royals at 11:22 AM on July 14, 2016


It seems Cat-Scans is currently redesigning their site, but there archives are still there. I don't know if I agree with squeezing cats into a scanner for the pleasure of the internet viewing public. It just seems cruel to me.
posted by zachlipton at 11:22 AM on July 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


Zippity BOP!
posted by rtha at 11:25 AM on July 14, 2016 [8 favorites]


CAN'T GET ENOUGH YORVIT is Yorvit even still alive? Oh no now I'm sad.
posted by emjaybee at 11:26 AM on July 14, 2016


How much of Metafilter could actually be automated by now?
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 11:27 AM on July 14, 2016 [12 favorites]


Yorvit is still totes still with us! He was asleep when I left home this morning. But not on my pillow, thank god.
posted by rtha at 11:28 AM on July 14, 2016 [17 favorites]


Metafilter: How much of Metafilter could actually be automated by now?
posted by Kabanos at 11:29 AM on July 14, 2016 [17 favorites]


IT'S ALL AUTOMATED, MEI'S LOST SANDAL.

[peels off face, revealing bug-eyed robot skeleton underneath. Cue trippy synth music, zoom out slowly]
posted by prize bull octorok at 11:29 AM on July 14, 2016 [7 favorites]


Mefi has no time to party, college applications are due soon. Get on those Extracurriculars!

17 years! woo!
posted by Freelance Demiurge at 11:31 AM on July 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


That original thread was twice as long with Paphnuty's contributions.
posted by maxsparber at 11:32 AM on July 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


I have no idea how these people got their Pokemon wedged on their cats, or why.
posted by Kabanos at 11:32 AM on July 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


Another year and the site can vote!
posted by Navelgazer at 11:33 AM on July 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


2000 meet 2016

-Lodd Tokken
posted by griphus at 11:34 AM on July 14, 2016 [4 favorites]


another bump for http://thecatscan.tumblr.com
posted by little onion at 11:34 AM on July 14, 2016


I am 28 years and 1 month older than metafilter. I want to know if Metafilter was conceived by Matt in a cheap motel room after a heavy rainstorm flooded out his campsite too.
posted by Nanukthedog at 11:38 AM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


(20 comments total)

...same as in town.

yep, just ruined my own joke
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:42 AM on July 14, 2016 [5 favorites]


Flagged for double post.
posted by Talez at 11:43 AM on July 14, 2016 [15 favorites]


17 years...wow.

Congrats MetaFilter and congrats Mefite's - it's one thing to have a place, but it's what people have to see and what they discuss that makes it.
posted by sektah at 11:43 AM on July 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


The first thing I did after escaping the Bastille was to check out the chats dans le scanner.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 11:47 AM on July 14, 2016 [7 favorites]


Happy birthday, Metafilter!
posted by Bartonius at 11:47 AM on July 14, 2016


Is this "Metafilter" something you need a computer to have heard of?
posted by Doktor Zed at 11:47 AM on July 14, 2016 [4 favorites]


Is this done with the technology
posted by _Synesthesia_ at 11:48 AM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


If anyone has a link for actual cats on scanners I wouldn't say no.

EDIT: little_onion I owe you an apology.
posted by East14thTaco at 11:49 AM on July 14, 2016


ha, joeclark's memory of joeclark joeclark'ing it up.
posted by GuyZero at 11:51 AM on July 14, 2016


HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU BIG BLUE BEAST
posted by cortex at 11:53 AM on July 14, 2016 [5 favorites]


!
posted by Alterscape at 11:55 AM on July 14, 2016


No wireless. Less space than a Nomad. Lame. Oh, wait!
posted by kimota at 11:56 AM on July 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


Remembering that time cortex asked me if I'd scan my cat for him....

Fortunately it fit our plans to make Yorvit internet famous.
posted by gingerbeer at 11:56 AM on July 14, 2016


I´m soooooo happy MF exists and that I found out about it. Thanks, folks!
posted by Bella Donna at 11:58 AM on July 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


🎂
posted by adept256 at 11:58 AM on July 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


I remember lurking forever until I took advantage of a brief open signup period to join.
posted by GhostintheMachine at 12:11 PM on July 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


Does cat-scan.com know about its primary place in the theological firmament of Metafilter?
posted by clawsoon at 12:12 PM on July 14, 2016 [4 favorites]


The original cat-scan.com from 1999 went to web heaven in the murky past... the current version is one cortex re-created a few years ago with new scans. Maybe for the anniversary in 2009? (You know, just a few years ago.)
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:14 PM on July 14, 2016


It seems like everything's been going to shit since around 2000. Any connection?
posted by peacheater at 12:18 PM on July 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


YAY! IT'S CAPS LOCK DAY AGAIN!

wait, what?
posted by sexyrobot at 12:20 PM on July 14, 2016 [8 favorites]


caps lock Spoonerism day! (laps . . .)
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 12:29 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


This MeFi, it birthdays?

Happy web-scat.corn wedged or whys in their!
*boop* wrmrhmrhmrhm klik *bing*
NO CARRIER

posted by petebest at 12:30 PM on July 14, 2016


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posted by Stynxno at 12:31 PM on July 14, 2016


+++ATH0
posted by djeo at 12:35 PM on July 14, 2016


I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you.
posted by mosk at 12:39 PM on July 14, 2016 [4 favorites]


LobsterMitten: The original cat-scan.com from 1999 went to web heaven in the murky past... the current version is one cortex re-created a few years ago with new scans. Maybe for the anniversary in 2009? (You know, just a few years ago.)

That's even more theological than I anticipated. So we worship at the altar of a resurrected god?
posted by clawsoon at 12:41 PM on July 14, 2016 [5 favorites]


Didn't there used to be pictures in these?
posted by Sing Or Swim at 12:45 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday, Metafilter. Thanks for being there when I asked all those anonymous questions about that... thing.
posted by bondcliff at 12:53 PM on July 14, 2016 [4 favorites]


I was told there would be cake? Where's my cake? Happy birthday to us!
posted by Lynsey at 12:54 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


I have never attempted to scan a cat. I wouldn't even know where to start. In fact, I don't think I agree with it.
posted by languagehat at 12:58 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yes, but are they declawed?
posted by theraflu at 12:59 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]




I hereby claim this thread and all its riches for the honor and glory of myself and my heirs.
posted by numaner at 1:03 PM on July 14, 2016


I have never attempted to scan a cat. I wouldn't even know where to start.

There's more than one way, of course.
posted by Kabanos at 1:04 PM on July 14, 2016 [20 favorites]


It just dawned on me that in the years since I joined MeFi I have acquired both a scanner and a cat. Mere coincidence? Probably.
posted by orange swan at 1:05 PM on July 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


Still my favorite site on the internet!
posted by maggiemaggie at 1:06 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday. Never metafilter I didn't like.
posted by duffell at 1:13 PM on July 14, 2016 [6 favorites]


I was told there would be cake? Where's my cake? Happy birthday to us!

I had some, I gave the leftovers to the Bastille Day thread.

Here's the 10th birthday cake! (from here)
posted by numaner at 1:13 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: Metafilter: How much of Metafilter could actually be automated by now?
posted by disconnect at 1:22 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Okay, wait, is it MEE-mories or MEH-mories?
posted by Chutzler at 1:22 PM on July 14, 2016 [9 favorites]


It's also my eighth anniversary here...weird...
posted by Confess, Fletch at 1:25 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Cool, I'm getting married today!
posted by iamck at 1:29 PM on July 14, 2016 [7 favorites]


How is it that I never realized that Metafilter had the same birthday as my mom? Happy birthday!
posted by Strange Interlude at 1:33 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


metafilter injoke
posted by beerperson at 1:36 PM on July 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


Thank you everyone for not peeing in our cesspool.
posted by not_the_water at 1:38 PM on July 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


Thank you everyone for not peeing in our cesspool
posted by not_the_water

Eponylarious.
posted by datawrangler at 1:43 PM on July 14, 2016 [4 favorites]


The insurance company needs to see a copy of my cat and of course I'm wary about sending the original.
posted by bongo_x at 1:46 PM on July 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


> How is it that I never realized that Metafilter had the same birthday as my mom?

Mine too!
posted by languagehat at 1:51 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


But does anyone have a scan of a cat sitting on a plate of beans?
posted by TwoStride at 2:03 PM on July 14, 2016


ITT: strange interlude and languagehat are twins separated at birth
posted by beerperson at 2:04 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


I see hi-jinks developing.
posted by bongo_x at 2:07 PM on July 14, 2016


I need a hug. I hear I might not be alone.
posted by nat at 2:10 PM on July 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


Now we can talk about R rated movies here!

I'm pretty sure that's how it works.
posted by Hamusutaa at 2:14 PM on July 14, 2016


Aw, happy birthday, Metafilter! July babies unite!
posted by droplet at 2:31 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Is this something I'd have to have an Internet to understand?
posted by eyeballkid at 2:45 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


After all of this time, I still haven't seen a decent explanation of how to filter meta. If the founder just misspelled maté, I did physically filter tankers of that. I also notice quite a bit of metempirical content here, and am not quite sure it really belongs.

Such quibbles aside, hackles most assuredly in the stowed position, I wish MF a most chipper septendecimal anniversary.
posted by Twang at 2:52 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


poom!
posted by a humble nudibranch at 2:57 PM on July 14, 2016 [4 favorites]


Happy Birthday!
posted by helmutdog at 2:59 PM on July 14, 2016


Hoppy Boopday!
posted by Splunge at 3:04 PM on July 14, 2016


Metafilter's a cancer on the internet.
posted by mazola at 3:05 PM on July 14, 2016


Boopy harthday!
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 3:12 PM on July 14, 2016


Happy birthday to Blue
Happy birthday to Blue
Happy birthday, dear Filters
Happy birthday to Blue!
posted by drlith at 3:14 PM on July 14, 2016 [4 favorites]


you people are weird and smell like liquorice
posted by Foci for Analysis at 3:15 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Oliver Stone presents: Born on the Fourteenth of July.
posted by Kabanos at 3:34 PM on July 14, 2016


Happy Birthday! Cat scans for everybody!?!
posted by Fizz at 3:37 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Many happy returns of the cat day!
posted by FelliniBlank at 3:38 PM on July 14, 2016


happy birthday to blue
happy birthday to blue
your bean plate needs thinking
happy birthday to blue
posted by Mikey-San at 4:11 PM on July 14, 2016 [4 favorites]


Wow, I just realized that I've had a metafilter account (counting both this and previous identity) longer than I've had my son, who is a teenager. And look at how grown up they've both become. I'm so proud.
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 4:25 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


I somehow never realized before now that MetaFilter and my cat Chester have the same birthday! He is one year younger than this site.

Happy birthday, MetaFilter! Happy birthday, Chester!
posted by jessypie at 4:39 PM on July 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


I have three cats but no scanner.
posted by shiny blue object at 5:34 PM on July 14, 2016


Happy birthday Metafilter! I sure am glad you're a thing.
posted by Caduceus at 5:35 PM on July 14, 2016


So we worship at the altar of a resurrected god?

What is scanned may never die.
posted by Ghidorah at 5:52 PM on July 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


<3 MeFi

Happy birthday!
posted by defenestration at 5:52 PM on July 14, 2016


Shit, I'm still doing this.
posted by Dark Messiah at 6:01 PM on July 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Wow I've lurked on this site since sometime in 2006 and I never knew until today that mefi and I shared a birthday.

Happy Birthday mefi! Soon you'll be old enough to drink in Manitoba!!
posted by some loser at 6:04 PM on July 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


This post is useless without photos of the cats in question.

(Happy Birthday!!!)
posted by ainsley at 9:49 PM on July 14, 2016


Thank you Melisamata for keeping this alive. Future MeFites may never understand our weird cat-scan obsession.
posted by bendy at 10:58 PM on July 14, 2016


Happy birthday Metafilter! (You share a birthday with my sister.)
posted by SisterHavana at 11:34 PM on July 14, 2016


Happy birthday Metafilter! Thank you for being my home on the interwebs.
posted by Jubey at 1:58 AM on July 15, 2016


Happy Birthday Mefi! I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
posted by Justinian at 4:12 AM on July 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday!
posted by MattWPBS at 5:04 AM on July 15, 2016


Happy birthday, Metafilter. Prepare to suck swamp water.
posted by charred husk at 6:43 AM on July 15, 2016


Many happy birthdays to everyone making this place endlessly informative and entertaining!
posted by kinnakeet at 7:05 AM on July 15, 2016


So, this cat - like, it scans?
Far out, man.

(Happy birthday MeFi - remember to register to vote next year, unless God-Emperor Trump does away with voting before then.)
posted by RedOrGreen at 10:09 AM on July 15, 2016


BIRTHDAY!
posted by rmd1023 at 11:45 AM on July 15, 2016


Bot-cat is scanning you now...

Happy Birthday
posted by artdrectr at 6:58 PM on July 15, 2016


MetaFilter: Happy Birthday.
posted by ostranenie at 8:45 PM on July 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


.
posted by nobody at 4:15 AM on July 16, 2016


Oh, where are my manners?? Here's the actual birthday post.
posted by Melismata at 5:29 PM on July 16, 2016


Flagged for double post.

Heh, when I went to post this the screen said, "This link has been posted 19 times!! Are you sure you want to do this?"
posted by Melismata at 6:44 PM on July 16, 2016 [5 favorites]


RIN DIK MORTAR FORKERS
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 11:58 PM on July 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


Hmm, is this the original cat-scan.com site?
posted by Melismata at 7:46 AM on July 18, 2016


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