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January 20, 2009 6:55 AM   Subscribe

Explain This Image does pretty much what it says on the tin.
posted by cjorgensen (36 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Of course that site would bring this up in my first four results...
posted by Chan at 6:59 AM on January 20, 2009


This is my new favorite site.
posted by mert at 7:01 AM on January 20, 2009


Metafilter-dotted. was cool for the three images that I did get to see....

Too bad there are no comments, though I guess they'd all be pretty much the same. "Why do black bears ride horses? Duh, because their bikes are in the shop!"
posted by zpousman at 7:01 AM on January 20, 2009


Huh, now it's back. And there are comments. Weird. Disregard my prior comment, I guess.
posted by zpousman at 7:03 AM on January 20, 2009


What if youtube commenters could call photos "gey"?
posted by munchingzombie at 7:05 AM on January 20, 2009


No, I am going to disregard your latter comment z.
posted by Mister_A at 7:05 AM on January 20, 2009


Half art, half furries.
posted by smackfu at 7:08 AM on January 20, 2009


Cliff Yablonski must be rolling in his grave.
posted by sswiller at 7:09 AM on January 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


It would work much better if the frontpage showed one big image and a random button.
posted by Memo at 7:10 AM on January 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


except for their web hosting service, fantastic
posted by mcstayinskool at 7:11 AM on January 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


"Warning: mysql_connect() [function.mysql-connect]: Too many connections in /web/sites/logicde/explainthisimage.com/inc.config.php on line 66
Too many connections"

Yeah, exactly what I expected.
posted by Johnny Porno at 7:25 AM on January 20, 2009


Explain This Image

419 scammer getting owned by trolls, a demonstration of proper trigger discipline while eating cookies in the shower, that crazy mushroom horse-head guy with a cat on a pier, a man holding a birdhouse in his underwear and socks, inflatable rubber bondage suit with holes for eyes and mouth, that fat guy with the tear in his pants trying to do kung-fu against the laws of gravity, some weirdo in a balloon, Burning Man, more 419 scammers getting owned, Coca-Cola fan club, naked Klingon, hillbilly birthday party after they start letting the kids take shots of SoCo, drag queen motorcycle stunt person doing a walk through before jumping over fire in ruby slippers...

...I don't need to explain those images. Those images exist because digital cameras come in breakfast cereal now and everyone has one and humanity is so deeply weird few will ever bother to really look it in the eye and say hello.
posted by loquacious at 7:26 AM on January 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


does pretty much the exact opposite of what it says on the tin.
posted by DU at 7:30 AM on January 20, 2009


on the tin?
posted by jonmc at 7:39 AM on January 20, 2009


God works in mysterious ways. That explains everything.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:42 AM on January 20, 2009


<painful>I agree with you, DU...</painful>
posted by jock@law at 7:42 AM on January 20, 2009


jonmc, it's some kind of British thing. Their lousy packaged foods metaphors are invading our language, destroying its purity, polluting its essence.
posted by Mister_A at 7:45 AM on January 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


cjorgensen, based on his userpage, is American. It's a can.
posted by jonmc at 7:50 AM on January 20, 2009


CACHE MOAR
posted by device55 at 7:59 AM on January 20, 2009


I always thought the "on the tin" expression came from tobacco tins.

And not sure why DU says it does the opposite. Shows you strange images, people explain them. Pretty straight forward.

And yes, I am an American, assuming you consider Iowa to be part of the US. Most do.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:04 AM on January 20, 2009


I am just trying to mix your thread up with the thread 3 threads down, cjorgensen.
posted by Mister_A at 8:07 AM on January 20, 2009


That's a relief. I was worried that you had been infected by the faux-euro plague.
posted by jonmc at 8:08 AM on January 20, 2009


Yeah, had I been more clever I would have made a football or baseball joke.

Back to the scrum. /derail
posted by cjorgensen at 8:13 AM on January 20, 2009


I always thought the "on the tin" expression came from tobacco tins.

"It does exactly what it says on the tin" comes from an advert on British tv for Ronseal Wood Stain or some similar Ronseal product. A very stern looking man said it, and it caught on pretty quickly.

Now nobody doubts that wood stain stains wood.
posted by vbfg at 8:16 AM on January 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


And not sure why DU says it does the opposite. Shows you strange images, people explain them.

Not in the ones I looked at, they didn't. Unless that really is the Flying Cat Deli.
posted by DU at 8:42 AM on January 20, 2009


This site steps up to the plate, then throws up on it.
posted by orme at 9:35 AM on January 20, 2009


I noticed they have other sites like "SFWPorn" which seem to use the exact same web design. I hate to be cynical because some of the pictures are just something else, but I'm getting really pissed off how sites like this one steal images and slap their watermark on them in a cynical effort to gather web hits.

It's such a fucking shame the internet's all about the money.
posted by dunkadunc at 10:16 AM on January 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


Man, I was hoping Spinn was restarting A1-AAA AMERIcaptions
posted by The Whelk at 10:56 AM on January 20, 2009


I see no explanations. I see a lot of "lol wut" comments which I could have figured out by myself.
posted by GuyZero at 11:12 AM on January 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's such a fucking shame the internet's all about the money.

It makes you want to rip off a bunch of pics from Flickr with CC licenses and put your own Google ads on them.
posted by smackfu at 11:20 AM on January 20, 2009


To the people not seeing the explanations, the pics allow you to create your own. Some have them, some don't. Explain away, or go to a new pic.

I guess when I wrote "does what it says on the tin" I should have written directions as well. I didn't think it would be this challenging to so many.
posted by cjorgensen at 12:02 PM on January 20, 2009


Metafilter: "on the tin"
Digg: "title says it all"

Could we just shorten it to "." if you've nothing to add?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 12:26 PM on January 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


Alcohol is the answer to all of these.
posted by generichuman at 1:35 PM on January 20, 2009


I like the concept, but I don't like the downtime. It's actually pretty funny from what little I saw.
posted by mccarty.tim at 4:28 PM on January 20, 2009


Good idea, poor execution. I was hoping for a Wiki-style, definitive explanation of memes. All I see is YouTube-caliber comments. Encyclopedia Dramatica is a good place for getting the history on 4chan memes, if you're into that sort of thing.
posted by wastelands at 7:16 PM on January 20, 2009


Lame attempt to make a quick splash using pilfered images.
posted by mmoncur at 8:21 PM on January 20, 2009


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