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"One hundred seventy two people typed those magic words into Limewire, and got a hot steaming pile of monkey love." A record of one's deliberate renaming of music files on P2P networks to see how many people would willingly search for, and download, the most horrible things ever.
posted by XQUZYPHYR (37 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
I have quite a number of rather odd tunes on my hard drive, including quite a number of terrible hammond organ pieces and various versions of Bach done on piss poor early synthesisers, and I have been gaining huge amusement over the past few years by renaming them Radiohead outakes and watching them fly off the drive.

Now, however, I shall be naming them all after porn.
posted by ciderwoman at 11:40 AM on April 10, 2004


Ciderwoman, I did the same thing before KidA came out. Quite a few people got the first Flock of Seagulls album instead.
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 11:43 AM on April 10, 2004


Brilliant. It's really strange what kind of porn some people are into... makes me despair for humanity, or maybe I'm just amazed at people's oddness. Not sure which.

Oh yeah, and this kind of thing is bad when it happens the other way around: horrible porn with the filenames of mainstream movies. Not fun.
posted by reklaw at 11:46 AM on April 10, 2004


Maybe it's all a variation on googlewhacking. p2pwhacking.
posted by jonmc at 11:47 AM on April 10, 2004


cinderwoman, razzle, thanks for keeping P2P alive.

I bet you like to call bowling alleys and ask if they have eight pound balls too.

Its this kind of bullshit and juvenille behavior that helps feed the anti-P2P current. Right now someone is producing a very nice powerpoint "proving" that most of P2P files are falsely renamed and its easy for kids to get porn by accident. Congress is just looking for an excuse to tear P2P networks apart. Thanks for helping.

Remember Tipper Gore and how she just wanted her daughter to know what she was getting into when she bought her the new Prince album? Same deal.
posted by skallas at 12:06 PM on April 10, 2004


stupid, boring, predictable. not XQUZ's post, i just mean the original "idea". it's like the 21st century version of a "kick me" sign on the back of some jocks letter jacket.
posted by quonsar at 12:07 PM on April 10, 2004


reklaw: It's really strange what kind of porn some people are into

Many theories about and the psychology surrounding fetishes explains that almost ANYTHING can be a fetish. What is odd is that its hard for one person who isn't into say, feet, to understand why another person is. Considering sexual response is mostly sub-conscious, arguably its impossible to understand the "why's" logically.
posted by skallas at 12:12 PM on April 10, 2004


The only "normal" people are the ones you don't know very well.
posted by reidfleming at 12:15 PM on April 10, 2004


To those getting upset about this (which I think was intended as nothing more than harmless fun), if you follow that logic, nobody should ever idly type weird phrases into a search engine, because you could stumble upon porn and somebody might try to ban the whole internet. Yeah it's juvenile behavior, but there's a lot to be said for juvenile behavior.

I also serioulsy doubt that someone will write their congressman saying "I thought I was downloading anteater fellatio videos and all I got was this lousy No Doubt single. I demand justice!"

I understand the concerns, but isn't this being paranoid about other people's paranoia?
posted by jonmc at 12:18 PM on April 10, 2004


Even if they get someone hot, naked boys eating cake are still funny. Same for foot penetration. And hetero sex.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 12:22 PM on April 10, 2004


then there's the flipside:

"mic in track" is the standard filename for the output of recordings of musicmatch jukebox. You can find some really funny, and depressing mp3s this way.

I've got almost a gigabyte of them, and they are hilarious
posted by blasdelf at 12:25 PM on April 10, 2004


Not all of those downloads are necessarily in the pursuit of sexual gratification. Some of those would have a high-enough "ick" factor to be funny.

I really doubt that anyone was sitting dick-in-hand waiting for "bingo sex" to download. Morbid curiousity does not always equal perversion.
posted by Mayor Curley at 12:27 PM on April 10, 2004


this explains so much of my porn movie download problems. They are ALL renamed. One night i downloaded the same shower scene under 4 different titles and descriptions....you can imagine how sad it made me.
posted by th3ph17 at 12:31 PM on April 10, 2004


Mayor Curley: Yes, I think the curiosity thing has a lot to do it with as well. If I say was doing random searches and came across "emu taking a vicious dump" I probably would download it. I mean, a) I have no idea what an emu taking a dump looks like, and if its a vicious dump, the hilarity has to go up, and b) I'm strange.
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 12:35 PM on April 10, 2004


I think it's interesting that the person who executed these "pranks" thinks people would download them simply to fulfill some sexual desire and not simply because they saw them and were like "what the fuck is that?" Specifically animal videos, which have been a staple of the teenage boy diet for years (I can't tell how many times in highschool people downloaded videos of monkeys throwing feces around).

Personally, I admit I'd be tempted to download "my girlfriend downloading the lawn naked" if only to see why in god's name someone would videotape that.
posted by The God Complex at 12:49 PM on April 10, 2004


I'm sorry, but, isn't this just lame?

This is pointless and lame. For reasons outlined by quonsar and mayor Curley.

The fake names are just poor. The concept is poor. This guy was bored and pissed about, he's a moron who can't see that not everyone was d'ling stuff for sexual gratification and that people didn't type the exact name of the file to get his bogus files, but were probably getting a hit for one or two words:
""Enraged Baboon fucking a nipple factory." No way in hell would this get many downloads. Who could possibly type in any or all of those keywords?" Hmm, yes, who would type in "nipple" or "fucking" or even, I guess, "factory"? ... cue his amazement that:
"One hundred seventy two people typed those magic words into Limewire."
Yeah, they typed "fucking" in and saw babbons in nipple factory and thought, WTF? and d/loaded it.

He seems incredulous that anyone would want to see a naked girl mowing the lawn. Why? People dig naked chicks; nudism; naturism. 'Girl on Girl toe insertion': hmmm, lesbian foot fetishists are crazy!
'Grandma bingo sex' ... there seems to be a few porn sites out there featuring the, er, elderly lady, and so someone with such a taste downloads what they presume is granny-sex in a bingo hall. Oh my sides are aching.

The author is your average teenage moron.
I can't fathom why you posted this, XQU.

Worst. FPP. Ever. (Well probably not, but close).
posted by Blue Stone at 12:54 PM on April 10, 2004


The author is your average teenage moron.

God forbid.

Juvenile? sure, but mildly amusing. I can't believe people are getting this upset.

LIGHTEN. UP.
posted by jonmc at 1:13 PM on April 10, 2004


Upset? Not me. It's just that the item in question is pointless worthless rubbish; without merit; bereft of usefulness, humour or value.
posted by Blue Stone at 1:19 PM on April 10, 2004


I have quite a number of rather odd tunes on my hard drive, including quite a number of terrible hammond organ pieces and various versions of Bach done on piss poor early synthesisers, and I have been gaining huge amusement over the past few years by renaming them Radiohead outakes and watching them fly off the drive

So you're the guy who listed an Encino Morricone Western theme with the title of an unreleased Radiohead song. As the guy (moderator for At Ease) who has to maintain an FAQ for people who repeatedly make threads like "OMG NEW SONG!1@," I'm glad you've graduated to porn, but I still detest you ;)
posted by abcde at 1:24 PM on April 10, 2004


The God Complex: I admit I'd be tempted to download "my girlfriend downloading the lawn naked" if only to see why in god's name someone would videotape that.

Downloading a lawn just seems bizzare. Eh.
posted by Gyan at 1:32 PM on April 10, 2004


blasdelf, if you enjoyed the mic in track, you should check out the mic in track remixes starkeffect did, particularly "bunny rabbits, satan, cheese, and milk." (These are a few of Miriam's favorite things, goes the caption).
posted by whatzit at 2:10 PM on April 10, 2004


Anyone who's checked the incoming hits to their blog from search refers has seen a lot worse.
posted by scarabic at 2:33 PM on April 10, 2004


This is basically a p2p variant of of a trick that's at least as old as usenet binaries; and probably as old as kermit and zmodem. That said, the degree of anger and approbrium of a couple of comments in this thread is actually funnier than the link.
posted by George_Spiggott at 2:59 PM on April 10, 2004


That's what happens when I wake up at 12:25 and post at 12:49.
posted by The God Complex at 3:47 PM on April 10, 2004


Anyone who's checked the incoming hits to their blog from search refers has seen a lot worse.

scarabic- I once made a post on my site where I took this puff piece on Israel's new missile defense system and replaced the word "missile" with "cock" to sort of reflect the subconscious point of the entire article. ("In 1991, we had almost nothing. We'd only begun building cocks. After just 10 years, we have a very robust, active cock. We can give Israeli civilians a safe feeling about the next conflict", etc.)

To this day, I still get links for searches on "massive Israeli cock." It's still my favorite mistaken-porn-search to date.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 3:56 PM on April 10, 2004


See, this is why I use P2P software that uses more reliable methods (like cryptographic hashes) to identify the files. I want my emu and baboon porn, not some mislabeled Pink Floyd track.
posted by hashashin at 4:03 PM on April 10, 2004


" if you enjoyed the mic in track, you should check out the mic in track remixes starkeffect did, particularly 'bunny rabbits, satan, cheese, and milk.' "

I love "Bunny rabbits, Satan, cheese and milk", just for the record. The girl has one of those voices.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:35 PM on April 10, 2004


If you really want to see what people are searching for, I know Limwire has a feature that lets you moniter searches in real time. I assume other clients have a similar feature. You'll see a lot more and won't waste bandwidth uploading junk. And it is entertaining and disturbing at the same time.
posted by 2sheets at 4:38 PM on April 10, 2004


is anyone besides me imagining hans moleman(sp?) from the simpsons saying "i wanted to see an emu taking a vicious dump"? :-D
posted by lord_wolf at 5:15 PM on April 10, 2004


Or Jasper (the dude with the beard) saying "Grandma bingo sex? That's a paddlin'."
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 6:36 PM on April 10, 2004


To this day, I still get links for searches on "massive Israeli cock." It's still my favorite mistaken-porn-search to date.

I went through a period where I got a ton of hits for "flintstones porn."

Yabba-Dabba-Do-Me.
posted by jonmc at 6:48 PM on April 10, 2004


I made google's top ten for "enemas" when I titled a blog post: "Know Your Enemas... I Mean Enemies"

Changed it to "Anemones"... it's still one of my most popular posts...
posted by wendell at 7:17 PM on April 10, 2004


So you're the guy who listed an Encino Morricone Western theme with the title of an unreleased Radiohead song. As the guy (moderator for At Ease) who has to maintain an FAQ for people who repeatedly make threads like "OMG NEW SONG!1@," I'm glad you've graduated to porn, but I still detest you ;)

[off topic] Well, damn, Metaxy, fancy meeting you here.

I wondered if there was any possible overlap between atease and Mefi... [/off topic]
posted by jokeefe at 12:53 AM on April 11, 2004


It should be said that The Evolution Control Committee has been doing this prank for a while now, with predictable, though amusing results.

He (or they, depending who you talk to) also discovered the "mic in track" phenomenon, which, as has been mentioned, I've had some interest in.

(Incidentally, to those of you who've been following my "mic in tracks of the week".. I won't be posting any for the rest of the month, so I can concentrate on keeping Beatallica afloat.)
posted by starkeffect at 2:36 AM on April 11, 2004


I'd be rather surprised if most of the downloads thdownloading antyober claims the files had were due to the file names. Just about every usable file sharing application is hash-based now -- most likely the downloaders never even knew the fucked-up names he used for the files, they were just using him to swarm the files.

Try downloading anything from Fasttrack or Overnet/eDonkey and expanding the swarm list: People will be sending you parts of the file even though the name is different, usually just minor variations but sometimes the name of something else entirely. I recently downloaded a popular alternative operating system and one of the 35 people I was getting parts of the file from seemed to have the CD image named for the second disk of SimCity 4.

So not only is this a stupid trick, but it's a stupid trick that probably didn't work.
posted by majick at 5:03 PM on April 11, 2004


Er... "if most of the downloads this goober claims..." My, I just started typing random crap in there, didn't I?
posted by majick at 5:07 PM on April 11, 2004


skallas, I understand that the air must be pretty thin way up there on your high horse, but do you think you could do me the honour of at least spelling my name right?
posted by ciderwoman at 11:56 AM on April 12, 2004


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