Happy 18th you big blue beast
July 14, 2017 9:15 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.

MetaFilter turns 18 years old today! As is tradition, we repost something incomprehensible based around a site that has long since ceased to exist.
posted by cortex (138 comments total) 87 users marked this as a favorite
 
Does anyone read the posts down here?
posted by Schmucko at 9:15 AM on July 14 [9 favorites]


i do.
posted by the webmistress at 9:17 AM on July 14 [4 favorites]


(And if you need some context or just want to stroll down memory lane, here's the previous posts tagged with "catscan".)
posted by cortex at 9:18 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


We all do.
posted by dnash at 9:22 AM on July 14 [2 favorites]


oooh Metafilter is legal now!
posted by supermedusa at 9:22 AM on July 14 [10 favorites]


Double
posted by EndsOfInvention at 9:22 AM on July 14 [8 favorites]


Congratulations you're now old enough to vote
posted by The Whelk at 9:23 AM on July 14 [6 favorites]


18 years, holy cow. I have feels. Thank you, jessamyn, cortex, and mathowie, and everybody for making my days so bearable for so long. 18 years on the internet is a very long time.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 9:24 AM on July 14 [45 favorites]


Pretty sure those cats don't exist anymore either.

HEY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
posted by tittergrrl at 9:24 AM on July 14 [4 favorites]


I'll still rent you a car if you need one
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:25 AM on July 14 [2 favorites]


Old enough to drink!
posted by dazed_one at 9:26 AM on July 14


Daaaaaang. Happy birthday, MeFi.
posted by fiercecupcake at 9:26 AM on July 14


Self-link!

Plus wow, 18 years! No more curfew for you, kiddo. Go have fun with your friends tonight, and you can always call us if you need a ride home, no questions asked.
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:28 AM on July 14 [9 favorites]


Little web sites grow up so fast <sniff>
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:29 AM on July 14 [5 favorites]


yaaaaaay! Happy birthday Metafilter!
posted by Old Kentucky Shark at 9:30 AM on July 14


You probably meant for this to be in MetaTalk. Feel free to post it over there.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:30 AM on July 14 [22 favorites]


is this post eligible for the July best-post thingymajiggy ?
posted by k5.user at 9:30 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Zippity Bop!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:31 AM on July 14 [13 favorites]


woot! Happy Birthday!
posted by KTamas at 9:31 AM on July 14


Here, let me dust off an old birthday song for the site.
posted by cortex at 9:32 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


.

goodbye, cats of the past
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 9:34 AM on July 14


I'd be happy to buy the site a drink in honour of this occasion. Since websites don't drink, I guess I'll just have one for it.
posted by nubs at 9:34 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


yaaay happy birthday, MeFi!
posted by defenestration at 9:35 AM on July 14


WHAT
THE FUCK
MATT

Happy birthday, MeFi! (That's mee-fie to you.)
posted by rtha at 9:35 AM on July 14 [3 favorites]


Toot toot!
posted by carter at 9:35 AM on July 14


Now tidy up your room.
posted by carter at 9:36 AM on July 14


I hereby claim this thread and all its riches for the honor and glory of myself and my heirs.
posted by numaner at 9:38 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


btw last year's post is severely lacking in relevant tags, luckily it wasn't far down the "birthday" tag list
posted by numaner at 9:40 AM on July 14


God bless all who sail in you!
posted by tizzie at 9:40 AM on July 14


Happy 18th birthday!
Now we need to have a talk about your car insurance and grocery bills
posted by pernoctalian at 9:44 AM on July 14 [2 favorites]


Good catch, numaner, and fixed!
posted by cortex at 9:44 AM on July 14 [2 favorites]


Thank you so much for existing, Metafilter. I would be a much worse person without you.
posted by Caduceus at 9:45 AM on July 14 [4 favorites]


The wikipedia entry for "Image scanner" includes an inaccurate photo.
They've placed a rhino on the scanner, rather than a cat. We should see to it that this error is corrected, and our collective honor restored.
posted by Kabanos at 9:45 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


ZIPPITY BOP!!!
posted by languagehat at 9:45 AM on July 14 [6 favorites]


HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY METAFILTER!
Here's a look back! (most of list stolen from kisch mokusch in 2015)

1999 aka BIRTH
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
posted by numaner at 9:46 AM on July 14 [6 favorites]


Oh hooray!

Just noticed the FPP and thought "oh? is it that time of the year again?"

::img happy dance::
posted by infini at 9:50 AM on July 14


This also means that it's been eight years since the big tenth-birthday bash and I'm not sure how I feel about that.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:50 AM on July 14 [12 favorites]


MeFi is an Oregonian, right? So that means MeFi can give consent but can you drink?
posted by runcifex at 9:52 AM on July 14


metafilter time
not in years but in squished cats'
furry undersides

happy birthday, MeFi.
posted by Kafkaesque at 9:54 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Yay! Thank you, MetaFilter, for the many years of serendipity, curation, beanplating, and productively-wasted time.
posted by LMGM at 9:56 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


21 is the nationwide drinking age in the US.
posted by John Cohen at 10:01 AM on July 14


Some of those cats still exist. One was screaming at me this morning to feed it.
posted by mrzarquon at 10:04 AM on July 14 [12 favorites]


OMG MeFi - you're 18 now! And that means your parents, Ma Thowie and all your other parents, probably expect you to move out and get your OWN place.

Luckily quidnunc's quality aqqomodation Inc. has a number of student flats available, and we'd be happy to put you up at VERY reasonably gouging prices. You just need two forms of ID and all that lovely ad revenue, so let's do this thing - rent #1 quidnunc kid!

Cortex: I'll pop round on the weekend, and you can just load the the server into my van. I'll bring all the guarantee forms for you to sign. Thanks!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:07 AM on July 14 [12 favorites]


So--who was responsible for making sure we had our college applications in order?
posted by Sequence at 10:19 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Damn, MeFi's old enough to vote. In a few years it'll be able to drink and then God help us all.
posted by jonmc at 10:21 AM on July 14 [3 favorites]


I know this might sound kind of creepy, but I've wanted to date you for a long time, Metafilter. You're finally ready. DM me.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:22 AM on July 14 [10 favorites]


(And as I believe I mention most years, today is also my wife (MeFi's own pips)'s birthday. Odd coincidence, that)

But, wow, 18 years. In internet terms, that's fucking geological.
posted by jonmc at 10:23 AM on July 14 [5 favorites]


🎂
posted by Halloween Jack at 10:24 AM on July 14 [2 favorites]


A woman, a weblog, a forbidden romance...
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:26 AM on July 14 [4 favorites]


> This also means that it's been eight years since the big tenth-birthday bash and I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Good. You feel good about it. Among other things, it means we're not dead yet.
posted by ardgedee at 10:27 AM on July 14


God, and it seems like just yesterday this site was having its bar or bat mitzvah at a synagogue of an appropriate denomination and beautifully reading this week's parsha which is about ....

(Spins Torah scroll to today's reading)

... Phinehas son of Eleazar calming God the fuck down. Yes, a lot to reflect on.
posted by maxsparber at 10:27 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


So--who was responsible for making sure we had our college applications in order?

We're gonna do a gap year, maybe work at the family link store part time.
posted by cortex at 10:28 AM on July 14 [9 favorites]


oooh Metafilter is legal now!

Barely!

Happy Birthday, Mefi!
posted by zarq at 10:31 AM on July 14


Oh yeah, it's also Bastille Day, which I'm sure is not a coincidence.
posted by ardgedee at 10:36 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Happy, happy birthday! May all your dreams come true! We wish it was our birthday, so we could party too!
posted by PearlRose at 10:37 AM on July 14


I am inordinately proud of having posted the 10 year birthday post in 2009.

(PS- In the US, we celebrate Bastille Day as Prison Abolition Day.)
posted by anotherpanacea at 10:39 AM on July 14


Happy Birthday CatFilter.
Do we have cameras yet?
posted by adamvasco at 10:56 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Maybe the Russians can find threads www.metafilter.com/1/ through /18/?
posted by inflatablekiwi at 10:58 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


god bless everyone, happy birthday metafilter!
posted by cendawanita at 11:03 AM on July 14


Wow, eighteen years.
Oh, MeFi, the places you'll go.

As a result of too much time in POTUS45 threads, all I can think of is the places you've been to already: 18 years span the Clinton impeachment, the Florida recounts, Bush v. Gore, 9/11, the Afghan embroilment and the Iraq war, the full run of Bush-isms, Sarah Palin, the Whitey tape, the 47%, the hunt for the birth certificate, Benghazi!!!, but her emails, and now, a little light treason.

Happy birthday, MeFi.
posted by RedOrGreen at 11:13 AM on July 14 [2 favorites]


*checks profile page*

Joined in... 2004. Wow. I've been checking this site on a near-daily basis for well over a decade. That's amazing and a little scary. (And still working up to making that first FPP, I might add).

Congratulations and a huge thank-you to the site staff and community, past and present, who've made this such a special corner of the web! You've brought an immeasurable amount of fun, insight, and perspective into my world, and I know I'm not the only one.
posted by kryptondog at 11:15 AM on July 14 [4 favorites]


And still working up to making that first FPP, I might add

doooo iiiiiiiit
posted by cortex at 11:17 AM on July 14 [8 favorites]


Bastille day, Mefi Birthday, and my birthday, all in one. Happy birfday Mefi. I loves ya.
posted by some loser at 11:30 AM on July 14 [2 favorites]


Happy happy joy joy!!

Love you all so much.
posted by Melismata at 11:32 AM on July 14


Also: Wiki explanation.
posted by Melismata at 11:44 AM on July 14


Happy birthday, dear legal Metafilter! I hope you won't go out and buy cigarettes, of course, now that you're of age here in Oregon, but do treat yourself to a lottery ticket or three; if you don't play, you can't win!
posted by Lynsey at 11:46 AM on July 14 [2 favorites]


When Metafilter comes over on its exchange semester, I'll take it out for a few pints, since it's legal here in Scotland.
posted by Happy Dave at 11:54 AM on July 14


Wow. Eightteen years. Back then I had a boring job, a neurotic wife, the domain name oneswellfoop.com and undiagnosed heart disease. I got user number 206, "wendell" for my longtime semi-professional pen name. But when I made my first post here, mathowie made a comment calling me "foopster". I was fairly proud to have survived to the 10th anniversary, but maybe that was the antidepressants talking. But this is still my Primary Home on the Web because nobody has figured out how to do it better. And that's good for MetaFilter (and sad for the Web).

By the way, I'm still paying $10 a year for the domain name metalifter.com... I should set up a proper re-direct or just gift it to MetaFilter Network Inc., shouldn't I?
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:56 AM on July 14 [10 favorites]


I got user number 206, "wendell" for my longtime semi-professional pen name. But this is still my Primary Home on the Web because nobody has figured out how to do it better. And that's good for MetaFilter (and sad for the Web).
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:56 AM


So.... what you are saying is that in the end, it did wendell?
posted by 445supermag at 12:02 PM on July 14 [6 favorites]


And I forgot to thank jessamyn for making me a MetaFilter Meme. Still, I haven't wended yet, ell or otherwise. But you will be notified and invited to a half-Irish wake in Pismo Beach when I do.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:09 PM on July 14 [3 favorites]


Happy birthday, Metafilter! Thanks to mathowie and all mods past and present. Most of all, thanks to all the Mefites who make this a great place.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:33 PM on July 14


Happy birthday, MeFi, and for anyone who misses the cat scan, it's now active on tumblr, where cats are still getting stuck in scanners.
posted by bile and syntax at 12:37 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Oh, god, I'm so old.
posted by briank at 12:52 PM on July 14 [2 favorites]


A woman, a weblog, a forbidden romance...

Does Chuck Tingle take commissions?
posted by Rock Steady at 12:53 PM on July 14 [5 favorites]


Happy birthday, MetaFilter!

You could be my middle child, between the 20 year old and the 17 year old! I mean, you do take up an inordinate amount of my time, you're always begging for attention, and you're constantly telling me that I love the 20 yo and the 17 yo more than you, so yeah. You're definitely my middle child.
posted by cooker girl at 1:01 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Some of those cats still exist. One was screaming at me this morning to feed it.

You know the rules here, mrzarquon. We can't continue to discuss this without pictures of the kitty in question.
posted by maryr at 1:04 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


And I forgot to thank jessamyn for making me a MetaFilter Meme.

Link please?
posted by Melismata at 1:06 PM on July 14


ok metafilter, now you have to do what we eastern Canadians do, which is plan a road trip to Quebec to get druuuuuuunk
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 1:06 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Vermont shares this tradition and its dead teenagers.
posted by maryr at 1:07 PM on July 14


Metafilter surely has a camera too now?

Many happy returns!
posted by of strange foe at 1:17 PM on July 14


Hoppita moppita!
posted by orrnyereg at 1:21 PM on July 14


This Is Just To Say

I have seen
the cats
that were wedged
in the scanner

and which
you were seemingly
saving
to post

Forgive me
they were delightful
so furry
and so old

Tanti auguri, MeFi!
posted by progosk at 1:29 PM on July 14 [7 favorites]


Happy birthday all!!! Here's to many many more years of the Big Blue!
posted by JoeXIII007 at 1:38 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


I have not posted in a good long time, but I am very glad this place is still around. It has given me many ponies. Happy day all!
posted by thirteen at 1:42 PM on July 14 [3 favorites]


Wait, if Metafilter is 18 years old, then that means...

counts fingers

runs out of fingers

changes password

crumbles to dust

Congrats mathowie and everyone who has made this site such a long-running success! Truly amazing.
posted by daveadams at 1:46 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


What is eighteen in internet years?
posted by nubs at 1:47 PM on July 14


É̬̣̪͍̦̦̈́ ̢͉̤̯̺̜̰̒̃̊̌ͬT̿̉̆̏ ͔̼̌ͣ̾̔̈́̒̈E͈͈̗̦̎̌̾ͮͫ ̝̦͖̪̘͋̄̓Ṟ̨̱̩̪ͥ͋̉ͨ͛ͅ ͈͚͓͙͇̖͟N̝̲͎̹̆̑͊̃͢ ̫̼̬̤̖͚͒̈́͝I̟̝̬͇̮ͦ̅̍̋ͦ͆͟ ͋̓ͮ̃͛T̖͌͛̐̀̈́ͧ̉ ͇͎̭͆͒̒̉Y̝̯
posted by cortex at 1:50 PM on July 14 [8 favorites]


I just found you last year and was thrilled, thrilled, I say. I'm so pleased you're here. Happy birthday and many more.
posted by MovableBookLady at 1:51 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


18... Isn't that the slime eel anniversary?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:01 PM on July 14 [5 favorites]


next one's on me. thanks
posted by hummalabubbala at 2:01 PM on July 14


oh drat. preferably the next drink, not the next slime eel. but for you all, if need be, then so be it: the hagfish, too. thanx again
posted by hummalabubbala at 2:03 PM on July 14


Wow. Happy Birthday, guess it's a day of obligation--TO PARTY.
posted by kinnakeet at 2:05 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Where's the bunny with the cake?
posted by skyscraper at 2:10 PM on July 14


So is it safe to eat a plate of beans that's been left out for 18 years?
posted by TwoStride at 2:28 PM on July 14 [3 favorites]


No, TwoStride. DTMFA.
posted by The otter lady at 2:39 PM on July 14 [3 favorites]


Oh look, it's this thread again.


I keed! Happy birthday, y'all! Let's all eat some slime eels and recite Vogon poetry!
posted by mosk at 3:03 PM on July 14


18th anniversary is porcelain! Can we all chip in and get Mathowie a toilet?
posted by SyraCarol at 3:07 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Amazing. 18 years. Congratulations, all.
posted by thanotopsis at 3:12 PM on July 14


Happy happy! Mefi can vote now!
posted by halonine at 3:28 PM on July 14


In Australia, Metafilter can drink legally now. 18 years ... wow. Congratulirthday!
posted by nonspecialist at 3:39 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Huh. I guess this is the year Metafilter is half my age. I'm not quite sure what to make of that.
posted by nat at 3:46 PM on July 14


Happy birthday Mefi!

Anyone else feeling old right now?
posted by joedan at 3:47 PM on July 14


Happy Birthday all ya beautiful bastards.
posted by Justinian at 3:58 PM on July 14


Oh yeah, it's also Bastille Day, which I'm sure is not a coincidence.

Hey, it's also National Nude Day! Coincidence? I think NOT!

Where's the bunny with the cake?

Are you a real MeFite or an imposter? That's supposed to be a pancake.
posted by BlueHorse at 4:13 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


And I forgot to thank jessamyn for making me a MetaFilter Meme.
Link please?

"This will wendell."
When in doubt, refer to the MetaWiki.
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:29 PM on July 14 [2 favorites]


Happy Birthday!
posted by Kwine at 4:30 PM on July 14


18, which is probably 250 in Internet years.
posted by zabuni at 4:47 PM on July 14


Thank God. I was so tired of MetaFilter asking me to go to the store to buy it smokes.

(Love you guys, by the way.)
posted by brundlefly at 6:20 PM on July 14 [2 favorites]


I've been on Metafilter for several years and I never bothered to actually look at any of the cat scans and I was shocked to discover that it actually IS one of the strangest sites I've seen in sometimes and I actually DO NOT KNOW how these people got their cats wedged in their scanners.
posted by bleep at 6:41 PM on July 14 [3 favorites]


Happy Birthday, MetaFilter!
posted by yhbc at 6:55 PM on July 14


I too looked at the cat scans for the first time this year as well and also found it stranger than I imagined.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 6:56 PM on July 14


We should be clear that the current catscan site was made by cortex, for the 12th anniversary, because the original catscan site had been lost to domain squatters. So these scanned cats (one of them is mine!) aren't the original 1999 scanned cats, and the dorky animated '90s background is just a historical re-creation by a qualified old internet person.
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:40 PM on July 14 [2 favorites]


18? Get a job, ya lazy filter!
posted by Joey Michaels at 7:50 PM on July 14


jonmc: "Damn, MeFi's old enough to vote. In a few years it'll be able to drink and then God help us all."

Mefi just needs to take a gap year in Canada and they could be drinking tomorrow.
posted by Mitheral at 8:07 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday, MeFi, and for anyone who misses the cat scan, it's now active on tumblr, where cats are still getting stuck in scanners.

See also the works of photographer Andrius Burba.
posted by radwolf76 at 8:23 PM on July 14


IS IT CAPS LOCK DAY AGAIN ALREADY?
posted by sexyrobot at 12:09 AM on July 15 [1 favorite]


Among those born July 14th, but no longer with us: Gertrude Bell, Woody Guthrie, Gerald Ford, Ingmar Bergman, Del Reeves, and Jerry Rubin. Among those born July 14, and still with us: MetaFilter (aka mee-fie), age 18, and Harry Dean Stanton, age 91. Best wishes to both.
posted by LeLiLo at 12:13 AM on July 15 [3 favorites]


If you're going to include other July 14th birthday folks, you should include Rosey Grier, 85, Jane Lynch, 57, Jackie Earle Haley, 56, Matthew "I'm Lost" Fox, 51, David Mitchell (of 'and Webb'), 43, and, coincidentally, Darryl Hannah, 45 and William Hanna (of 'and Barbera'), no longer with us.

Now sing along with Sheriff John!
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:47 AM on July 15 [2 favorites]


Many happy returns! With love.
posted by On the Corner at 1:17 AM on July 15


Yay!
posted by bendy at 3:20 AM on July 15


this is your birthday song
it isn't very long
HEY!
posted by murphy slaw at 6:17 AM on July 15 [1 favorite]


I am just looking for a used car...what is all this?
posted by ambrosen at 6:19 AM on July 15 [3 favorites]


Right, said Fred needs to become our new t-shirt
posted by infini at 7:35 AM on July 15


Happy birthday and thank you for everything, MeFi.

Eleven years on this site and I only just now clicked on cat-scan.com for the first time. Man, that is strange!
posted by EatTheWeak at 10:19 AM on July 15


And just because I bothered to look it up, here are some of the original 1999 cat scans (courtesy of the Wayback Machine).
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:58 AM on July 15 [4 favorites]


Am I misremembering it or did Matt buy cat-scans.com one year and turn it into a collection of excellent posts and comments made by mefites? Could be an alternate timeline tho.

Also, my wife and I were at the first ten-year anniversary party. You know, the one that happened on the eighth anniversary for some reason? At any rate, mathowie bought us all free beer and video games and, IIRC, blasdelf made us nametag stickers that read, "My name is _____ and I could overthink a plate of beans at metafilter.com."

Good times. But I feel old now.

I love everyone in this community weblog.

Except for one poster. You know what you did.
posted by stet at 12:43 PM on July 15


stet: Yup - click on the "these people" link in the post.
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:47 PM on July 15


We're supposed to click the links? Fifteen years and I'm just now finding this out?
posted by stet at 12:57 PM on July 15 [6 favorites]


Rtfa.
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:23 PM on July 15


RTMFA
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:01 PM on July 15


DTMFA
posted by infini at 1:15 AM on July 16


You have all saved me innumerable times, long before I signed up. My earliest bookmark is from 2007. Not that I have a problem with hoarding.
posted by nothing.especially.clever at 5:36 AM on July 16


+1
posted by AugustWest at 11:45 AM on July 16


Many schmoopy returns one and all!

So this means we have a mere 24 months to plan the 20th bash?
Someone page Danny Boyle pronto!

posted by freya_lamb at 2:21 PM on July 16


Is this the new election thread?
posted by mazola at 7:57 PM on July 16 [4 favorites]


When I got sick of boing boing's narcissism I went looking for a new web home. Luckily I somehow avoided Reddit and ended up here. I'd like to think I'm a less terrible person because of all the thoughtful comments here.
posted by benzenedream at 8:57 PM on July 18 [3 favorites]


Try to avoid scanning the Cat's genitals. We really don't need to see Fluffy's junk up close and personal.
posted by knownassociate at 12:56 PM on July 20


I agree, knownassociate. Cats are famously discreet about their genitals, and would never put them in direct contact with a human visual input device, whether computational or corporeal.
posted by ambrosen at 9:17 PM on July 20


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