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The Dancing Pig
Can someone please make me an animated GIF of the toothy, tongue-flappin' denoument for avatar purposes? kthxbi.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:45 PM on February 5, 2008

How do they know where i parked at Logan Airport?
It's got to be a coincidence, right? Was the "5BB" explicitly listed as Parking Space: 5BB or was it maybe just part of some random sequence number or other code? If you hadn't even returned to your car yet, I don't see how even a license plate scan would help them.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:33 PM on February 5, 2008
a camera that captured your license plate number at the ticket dispenser when you first arrived at the garage, and this was associated with the ticket you received,

Actually, that makes sense.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:34 PM on February 5, 2008

Yo beef is so fat, when it goes to the beach, the tide comes in.
Turkey Baster + down the sink. We are havig problems with our septic system, though...

Great title, BTW.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:13 PM on February 5, 2008

My cat's sick again, looking for ideas on what he's got and how I should proceed.
A second opinion seems to be in order, but rather than a cat hospital, I would take your cat to a board-certified Internal Medicine specialist. It may end up being more expensive, as they will likely suggest things like ultrasounds and specialized blood tests, but that is the best way to deal with tricky diagnoses. If money is an issue, you may want to consider applying for the Care Credit credit card.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:33 AM on February 5, 2008

Tagged as batshitinsane
then I thought better of it and MeFiMailed jessamyn, who retroactively backtagged it on my behalf on January 6, 2008.

That really brings it back around upon itself, in a nice timecubey way, as it was (arguably) Jessamyn's deletion of the first (?) use of the tag that inspired the thread vacapinta linked to and gave the tag life. Surely if she had let it stand in that first usage it would have gone unremarked and would not have required an article in... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:11 PM on February 4, 2008

When did boys start pretending the floor is made of lava?
On topic: Oh my yes did we did this (Boston, early-mid '80s). My daughter does it now (but mostly on patterned linoleum floors at the supermarket or mall).

Off topic: Why is it not a meme? This is about the meme-iest thing I can imagine. An idea or concept that spreads throughout a culture with no formal transmission taking place, right?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:20 AM on February 4, 2008

The mysteries of the money
Your landlord gives his check to a teller. That check gets sent to the "proof" department, either that day or the next, depending on when he or she "cuts over" or tallies and prepares checks for transport. At the proof department, the check is scanned and the image is sent to your bank, who checks your account and authorizes payment and takes the money out of your account. There are several places that it can get delayed (at the teller, in proof at your landlord's bank, in... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:03 PM on February 3, 2008

Feed my nostalgia!
There was a wonderful, completely unknown show on CBS for one season called Now and Again (not to be confused with Once and Again). It was a espionage thriller that featured Eric Close and Dennis Haysbert (with Heather Matarazzo in an excellent supporting role). Close played a regular guy whose brain was transplanted into the body of a bio-engineered superman. He could have no contact with the outside world, except for missions he was forced to... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:26 PM on February 2, 2008

Crime in Russia
Police Told to Find Out Who Killed the Cat

A Mr. Curiosity is wanted for questioning.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:23 AM on February 1, 2008
And the judge, hypnotized by McCoy's salt-and-pepper manness nods solemnly and says, "Overruled." McCoy gets a victory smirk and the scene fades to a commercial for next day floor delivery.

You forgot the "chung-chung".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:34 PM on February 1, 2008

excuuuuuse me!
MetaFilter: Well excuse me, princess!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:39 AM on January 31, 2008

A Wild and Introspective Guy
"Everything was learned in practice, and the lonely road, with no critical eyes watching, was the place to dig up my boldest, or dumbest, ideas and put them onstage. After a show, preoccupied by its success or failure, I would return to my motel room and glumly watch the three TV channels sign off the air at 11:30, knowing I had at least two more hours to stare at the ceiling before the adrenaline eased off and I could fall asleep."

That is... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:26 PM on January 30, 2008

Mefimail all local users
Vorthax,

I'd love to be there -- I haven't seen Juwawa since the Tunguska party -- but Shub-Niggurath's baby shower is Friday night! Can we move the bone-shattering slaughter to Saturday?

RS
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:42 AM on January 29, 2008

Whence the Weirdo's Wall Walker?
Derail: This kind of thing is called Nightmare Fuel. For me it was Mummenschantz.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:18 PM on January 28, 2008

How to help a disabled friend lose his V-Card?
If potentially long distance travel is not an obstacle, prostitution is legal in the state of Nevada.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:56 PM on January 28, 2008

8 lb dog swallowed magnesium tablet - what to do?
If you are in the US, call the ASPCA's poison control hotline - 888.426.4435. The call costs about $50, so have your credit card handy. It is probably what they would tell you to do if you call an emergency hospital. I know, because I'm working at a veterinary emergency hospital right now.

They have toxicologists on staff, and can tell you exactly what a toxic dose for your pet is, and what you should do. If they tell you to go to the hospital, be sure to jot down... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:10 PM on January 27, 2008
Glad to hear everything is OK. The ASPCA call is expensive, but it is cheaper than an ER visit (if they tell you not to go) and if they do tell you to go, $50 is the least of your worries. For all but your most common toxins (chocolate, NSAIDs, antifreeze) the vets at your local ER are probably just flipping though textbooks or websites to see what a toxic dose is, so it is well worth it to talk to an expert.

If you are a pet owner you should have their number posted... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:17 AM on January 28, 2008

Saxy Miami Dance Song
Probably "Calabria" by Enur.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:51 PM on January 27, 2008 marked best answer
Aaand now it is stuck in your head for at least three weeks. Also, I just finished a meal primarily made up of a mid-sized wedge of Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Double Gloucester and wheat crackers, so I think it is safe to say WE ALL love cheese.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:42 PM on January 27, 2008

Word count ſhmörd cøunt!
Windows could not find cabal.exe. Do you want to locate cabal.exe yourself?
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| CANCEL | | THERE IS NO CABAL.EXE |
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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:33 AM on January 27, 2008
Bah. Preview borked my nbsp's. It looked better, trust me.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:35 AM on January 27, 2008

DANGER POINT!! YOU LEFT THE OVEN ON!
I am sitting here with tears pouring down my face I am laughing so hard.

"ANYWAY THERE WAS THIS ONE GIRL NAMED CINDY WHO WE ALL HATED. SHE WAS ENORMOUS (WHICH OBVIOUSLY ISN'T A GOOD REASON TO HATE SOMEONE BUT THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU'RE 12) AND SHE HAD ABSOLUTELY NO TONE TO HER VOICE. SERIOUSLY. WHEN SHE SPOKE IT SOUNDED LIKE A TRASH COMPACTOR HAD JUST COME TO LIFE AND WAS TRYING TO COMMUNICATE. "


Thank you, XQUZYPHYR.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:31 AM on January 21, 2008
Some quick Googling reveals that Dave Secretary used to be a member of the bands Van Johnson and Black Actors.

Heh. I assumed he was a guy named Dave who was a secretary at work.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:58 PM on January 26, 2008

"She gave me two choices, and five days to decide. Either Britta would leave Luna or I would pack my things and move out."
Princeton grads are required to lead off every conversation with some version of "At Princeton, we...".

Veterinarians who went to the University of Pennsylvania are known in the field as "Pennwees" because every sentence they utter begins with "At Penn we did it like this..." or "At Penn we had..."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:57 PM on January 25, 2008

bits are fun
I am shocked -- SHOCKED -- that no one has mentioned what might be my favorite music video ever.

Charlotte Hatherley - Behave

posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:51 PM on January 23, 2008

Metafilter Infodump: more stats than you can shake a stick at.
This is cool and great. I wish I was geeky enough to actually do something with this data instead of just watching to see what the rest of you do with it (although you've already done some neat stuff).

May I suggest two things:
1. Sidebar this shit. Obvs.
2. Maybe a little extreme, but how about an under-the-radar subsite (a la travel) -- data.metafilter.com. It could be both a repository for infodumps like this, as well as a place for people to... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:43 PM on January 22, 2008

The Nutcracker Suite
mistersquid: Out of curiosity, a number of people have claimed that sex post-vasectomy is better. Can someone explain with a little more detail?

It's nothing physical, but just the fact that you no longer have any kind of nagging concerns about birth control. No wondering if she forgot her pill this week, or if those antibiotics she took three weeks ago could have screwed things up. No slightly tense 2-days-late situations. After vasectomy, sex is... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:42 PM on January 22, 2008
I'll also add that I had a "traditional" scalpel vasectomy (no lazors or anything) and it was far less painful than I thought it would be. A few hours of dull ache (later that day) and two days of mild discomfort, and I'm a complete wuss when it comes to pain. If fear of blinding pain is your reason for not getting one guys, think again.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:17 PM on January 22, 2008

How to be a True Professional
One of my definitions of professional is "always doing your job, even on the days when you don't feel like doing your job".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:39 PM on January 22, 2008

Squirrel song
There was a white squirrel (we always called him/her an albino squirrel, though I don't know if that was technically correct) that lived on the quad when I was at Tufts. I'm sure there were songs written about it, but thankfully, they must be lost to the depths of history.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:00 PM on January 21, 2008

How often do you eat out and how much money do you spend on it?
Groceries have been 14.61% of our spending for the last 12 months, and restaurants/dining account for 9.65%. (Thanks Bank of America Online Banking and ubiquitous debit card usage!)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:09 AM on January 21, 2008

I don't want to sign up for a youtube account
How is babby sign up for BugMeNot?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:27 AM on January 21, 2008

How to prove that a web page that's there now, was really there, once it's not there anymore.
I'm a notary public. I'll print out the page, put my seal on it and sign it for free, if that would help.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:12 AM on January 19, 2008 marked best answer
Done and done. I'm happy to do it, but like others have said, I don't know if it will hold much water in a court of law, especially a Canadian one (I'm in the US).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:45 PM on January 19, 2008
but will Rock Steady be available for trial

For travel expenses and a modest generous lavish per diem, I can be available for trial.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:15 AM on January 20, 2008

Usernames on the 'who favorited this post' page
The - symbol should issue a short, sharp, shock.

Hush up, Agent McDermott! The - icon is only visible if you're logged into Cabal Mode. I mean, it's never visible, I mean, it doesn't exist... I mean, there is no - icon... I mean, CabalMod, please nuke this thread.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:54 PM on January 19, 2008

How could fantasy football games be improved?
An idea stolen from the Sports Guy:

Allow players to combine the stats of platoon players at the same position on the same team. For football, this would only really apply to the RB position.

"But if we're going to try this gimmick with the NFL, it makes the most sense to start with Carolina running backs DeShaun Foster and D'Angelo Williams since they've been killing each other's fantasy stats the past two seasons. Why couldn't we call... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:17 AM on January 18, 2008

Mail no candy there
Well, Canadian chococat sent me some Smarties when I bought his CD, and he's not in Guantanamo Bay, as far as I know.

Also, buy a CD from chococat, he's really good.
Also, my daughter agreed with his claim that Smarties are better than M&Ms.

posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:32 AM on January 18, 2008

Alternatives to vet's recommended (expensive) treatment for puppy?
Before she even goes to the expense of a second opinion, has she discussed it with her current vet? Most vets are appreciative of the difficult financial aspect of veterinary care, and are more than willing to pursue a more conservative/less expensive course before diving into expensive lab work and diagnostics. If a second opinion is needed, you may want to see if there is a dermatology specialist in your area. The office visit fee will probably not be vastly different from seeing a general... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:01 PM on January 16, 2008

50 fun facts about banks.
My mother is a banking executive, and she is always trying to get my brother and I interested in the "fun" and "exciting" world of banking. One holiday, she got all excited and said, "Here's an exciting story about banking: Well, banks are regulated by the Federal Reserve, and--" At this point my brother and I cut her off simultaneously, claiming that no story that begins with a federal regulatory agency could really be considered exciting. She conceded the point.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:45 PM on January 16, 2008

Japanese Whaling Crisis Escalates
Nobody is answering the real question:

IS MR. SPLASHY PANTS OK?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:40 AM on January 16, 2008

Good Design is as little design as possible.
I could see these kind of 2001-ish, knobby controls making it into some kind of Apple TV appliance, or a Garage Band peripheral.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:35 AM on January 16, 2008

I love him, but can I forever?
I've never been in love before now, never slept with anyone else, never really even seriously dated anyone else. I feel like to marry him or something would be to miss out on a huge huge part of life...

Let me just address this point a little. My wife and I met in High School. We were both virgins, and neither had been in really serious relationships (how could we have been, we were 18). We both had feelings very quickly that we had found the... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:23 PM on January 15, 2008

Very short nonconsensual sexual activity: confused, upset, guilty, anxious, please advise!
I think the people mentioning good ol' Billy Clinton are on to something -- it depends on what your definition of "having sex" is. To me, "having sex" with someone is a consensual act. I would not call rape, even penetrative rape "having sex". But your definition may vary. You have to decide what this experience was to you, and only you can do that. I also think that you have a lot of guilt over this whole situation. From seeing the guy in the first place, to... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:18 AM on January 15, 2008

Am I actually going to get in trouble if I drive this car?
If possible, shop around until you find a place that does not have the restrictions on under-25s. College towns will certainly have at least a couple. First try the independent places, then try the "least affiliated looking" of the big chains, if you know what I mean.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:57 PM on January 14, 2008

Handy!
I hate this site and this post because this stupid site refuses to upgrade my computer enough to run Bioshock. I mean, we can put a man on the moon, but I can't download a decent graphics card? WHAT. THE. FUCK. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS LAB.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:32 AM on January 14, 2008

Forgotten?
What post got flagged 526 times?

I think it was the one that announced the Ajaxy flagging system.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:38 AM on January 12, 2008

How to use Wii Virtual Console
I think Nelsormensch added some extra zeroes. It is about 100 Wii Points to the dollar and N64 games are 1000 points, so games run $5-$10.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:23 PM on January 11, 2008

Bank error in my favor?
I worked at a bank until an unexplained error cost me my job. If you mention it to the bank, you may save someone's job, or at least get someone out of hot water. If the bank has made an error in your favor, odds are it is adversely affecting someone else. Do the honest thing and give the bank a heads up.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:15 PM on January 10, 2008

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