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Where's My Gnome
December 28, 2003 9:44 AM   Subscribe

Stolen: one garden gnome.
posted by grumblebee (26 comments total)

 
There are ads for this site in today's New York Times Book Review.
posted by grumblebee at 9:45 AM on December 28, 2003


Asked about last week over here.
posted by gluechunk at 9:53 AM on December 28, 2003


Wow. Searching for double posts is getting more complicated. Sorry about that.
posted by grumblebee at 9:54 AM on December 28, 2003


Bill stole his own gnome. It's an attention getting behavior.

If I am right, what would we call this - gnomesturbation?
posted by troutfishing at 11:04 AM on December 28, 2003


Double posts can be bad for your elf.
posted by nthdegx at 11:06 AM on December 28, 2003


I partied with that Gnome. Off the hook, off the wall, taking it to the next level, going meta-meta, in like Flynn.

The first time I saw him he was on the roof of a brownstone in Philly spitting huge fireballs into the sky and stirring the pot with a megaphone during this totally out of control block party. The last time I saw Gnome he was very emphatically rambling on about genetically modified pygmy hippopotamusii and octopods just before climbing into a helicopter full of rowdy latex bedecked dwarfs bearing strangely altered lacrosse gear. I still can't figure out the lacrosse gear, and I'm pretty sure I don't want to know. Something fast and dangerous where the air is thin? *shrug*

Gnome can't ski, by the way. I've seen him take lifts up to various clubhouses only to wipe out the Jaegermeister girls, but I have no idea how he gets back down the hill. Nefarious Gnome pocket magic, no doubt.

"Jenny Fieldman" is astoundingly gorgeous, but I'm predisposed to just that sort of glow. I can be found, but not on Google.
posted by loquacious at 11:30 AM on December 28, 2003


Did anyone see Amelie?
posted by Frank Grimes at 11:33 AM on December 28, 2003


Did anyone see Amelie?

I was about to ask the same question. So what are they marketing? Gnomes?
posted by feelinglistless at 1:59 PM on December 28, 2003


This was, is, has always been and will always be a stupid fad for losers.
posted by HTuttle at 1:59 PM on December 28, 2003


gnome-knapping or marketing stunts?
posted by jalexei at 2:36 PM on December 28, 2003


travelocity

there is a plug in the video
posted by sourbrew at 2:54 PM on December 28, 2003


Wherever I lay my hat, that's my gnome.
posted by apocalypse miaow at 3:02 PM on December 28, 2003


WTF is a travelocity? That sounds like some kind of tortuous medical instrument. What's a shit-rope? I don't wanna grab no shit-rope!
posted by loquacious at 3:41 PM on December 28, 2003


how very 1998
posted by jasenlee at 5:22 PM on December 28, 2003


Yep...Travelocity's ad agency is McKinney & Silver, who has the same address as the registration for this website. Also note the sophisticated code behind the simplistic page...code which includes a call to collector.deepmetrix.com, a statistical compilation system.

It's a viral marketing campaign...and one that's using a meme, that as jasenlee puts it...is *so* 1998.

So, have some pepsi blue, and find the gnome...I hear it vibrates and dispenses pancakes.
posted by dejah420 at 6:33 PM on December 28, 2003


in the never ending tagline-nomination-thematic, I think dejah420 is on to something...

metafilter: I hear it vibrates and dispenses pancakes.
posted by limitedpie at 6:40 PM on December 28, 2003


loquatious - Yes, yes......you've tapped your gnome-within!

I bow to your gnome-icity.
posted by troutfishing at 8:01 PM on December 28, 2003


Bill stole his own gnome. It's an attention getting behavior. If I am right, what would we call this - gnomesturbation?
Nope. Gnomehausen By Proxy (oooh, controversial...)
posted by kaemaril at 1:57 AM on December 29, 2003


The crux of the matter, if you go to "leave me a message", at the bottom:

My friend's neighbor is a lawyer and he told me that I have to tell you that if you email me and check the box, I'm allowed to email you back.

Uh-huh.

[This is stupid]
posted by Ynoxas at 6:21 AM on December 29, 2003


Damn it, this really happened in some town in the US years ago and every movie, website, and tv show has riffed on it since.

Yeah, it was cute in Amelie and I realize that not everyone saw that film, but that doesn't mean that the idea needs to be incorporated into every tv show and web site now too.

What's interesting is the fact that it's always a gnome and this hasn't happened with some other object by now.
posted by mikeh at 6:23 AM on December 29, 2003


There were ads for this very website in the "slideshow" of ads/movie facts that runs before the previews at our local second-rate movie theatre. Although I do live in a touristy area (the theatre is in coastal NH) so it may be explained by the Travelocity connection, it still makes no sense. Ads in said slideshow are universally for local businesses, usually eateries and hospitals, it would seen strange that anyone would advertise for a website of this sort at a very low-end, four screen movie theatre *shrug*
posted by nelleish at 11:14 AM on December 29, 2003


What's interesting is the fact that it's always a gnome and this hasn't happened with some other object by now.

Hmmm...that gives me an idea: do people still put out "lawn jockeys?"
posted by ZenMasterThis at 2:21 PM on December 29, 2003


What's interesting is the fact that it's always a gnome and this hasn't happened with some other object by now

We had a wave of Plastic Santa-nappings in our neighborhood last year. No one was ever brought to justice, however.

And speaking Yuletime fun, there's always a few suggestive reindeer posings every year.
posted by groundhog at 5:28 PM on December 29, 2003


Was this in some movie or book before Amelie?
(which you should have seen by the way)

I just seem to remember it before that.
posted by milovoo at 11:31 PM on December 29, 2003


The traveling gnome is an old, old prank.
posted by kindall at 12:39 AM on December 30, 2003


Indeed...when Yahoo has a category just for Gnome Liberation...the joke is old...

I think I first heard about the French Gnome Liberation Front back in '91 or 92...when the pictures were working they way around compuserve and other bbs spots.

I'm surprised McKinney and Silver decided to use a joke this old to promote an internet based company...and did such a crappy job of it too. You'd think an agency with the kind of talent they have on board could have come up with something...I dunno...original? funny? better designed? Less viral? Take your pick.

I know that were I in charge of a large corporate marketing budget, that knowing about this campaign would drastically reduce their chances of winning a future bid. I probably wouldn't even schedule them for a pitch. I'd get better campaigns from kids in art school. (And have, actually...)
posted by dejah420 at 4:42 PM on December 30, 2003


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