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July 14, 2021 2:10 PM   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.
posted by Melismata (109 comments total) 100 users marked this as a favorite
 
22 years!

Apparently if this was a wedding anniversary the traditional gift is copper. So.. Moscow Mules all round?
posted by fight or flight at 2:14 PM on July 14 [30 favorites]


does anyone read the posts down here?

(Metafilter: does anyone read the posts?)
posted by k3ninho at 2:16 PM on July 14 [15 favorites]


This is just to say

ZIPPETY BOP
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:19 PM on July 14 [17 favorites]


(Metafilter: Metafilter: … )
posted by armoir from antproof case at 2:21 PM on July 14 [11 favorites]


FYI here is the archive of the original site (but without any pictures of cats in scanners).
posted by Melismata at 2:22 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Cats in scanners ? What will they think of next ? Pepsi Blue ? Plates of beans ?
posted by Pendragon at 2:25 PM on July 14 [2 favorites]


Happy birthday MetaFilter: One of the strangest sites I've seen
posted by Kattullus at 2:30 PM on July 14 [5 favorites]


If Metafilter lives for two more years, I'll have been a member for half my life. That's kind of mindblowing.
posted by Acey at 2:34 PM on July 14 [14 favorites]


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posted by mazola at 2:36 PM on July 14 [53 favorites]


What's the traditional 22nd anniversary gift? Please say bean plates.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 2:38 PM on July 14 [10 favorites]


If this site wants to have staying power, it needs to get some celebrities on board. Maybe we could attract that Scott Adams guy I see on TV!
posted by miguelcervantes at 2:39 PM on July 14 [28 favorites]


I just went back and realized something: although the original cat-scan.com post was from July 1999, the first comment ("does anyone read the posts down here?") is from October 2000! The comments that always get memed make so much more sense to me now, understanding that the discussion was taking place on a post that was already quite old and (I assume) could only be reached after scrolling for a bit, hence the "down here" and the various "i do"s.

Anyway, I'm a newcomer to mefi so maybe this is common knowledge; I just found it interesting :)
posted by chaiyai at 2:50 PM on July 14 [26 favorites]


What's the traditional 22nd anniversary gift? Please say bean plates.

Copper bean plates. Although since it's Bastille Day, what about some nice copper guillotines?
posted by medusa at 3:08 PM on July 14 [6 favorites]


That wouldn't cut it.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:11 PM on July 14 [26 favorites]


Happy birthday, you big blue beast.

Anyway, I'm a newcomer to mefi so maybe this is common knowledge; I just found it interesting :)

Welcome to our weird family, chaiyai. May you one day be the source of a newer user's confoundment and curious discovery.
posted by cortex at 3:18 PM on July 14 [25 favorites]


22 years! Amazing.
posted by joannemerriam at 3:19 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Cheers all!
posted by JoeXIII007 at 3:28 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


As I have gotten older I believe I have found out what Crockety Bloat actually even is and I have discovered that it isn't good.

I find that it can be summoned with a really greasy plate of bar nachos after too many margaritas, staying up past your bedtime and forgetting to drink enough water.

Also I'm kind of wishing I had a scanner available, but I can't even remember the last time I used a scanner and I know there isn't one in the house. And I don't have any idea where our cranky old house cat is and I don't think she'd be into being wedged into a scanner anyway. And, well, I've already seen my doctor twice this month and I'm ready for a break.
posted by loquacious at 3:33 PM on July 14 [6 favorites]


When I was 22
I had some very good beans
I had some very good beans
That I overthought
With community
But not impunity
I stayed up reading The Blue
When I was 22
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:33 PM on July 14 [51 favorites]


Man, I made that fake new scanned cats page and it's been like ten years? and hence long enough for me not to be sure whether the webring links I'd made at the bottom actually went to, like, other cat scan pages other MeFites had made, and I'm a little sad to report that they don't.

But if anyone wants to join our webring with a cat-scan-related page, I'm willing to go in and edit the HTML.
posted by cortex at 3:35 PM on July 14 [10 favorites]


22 dollars, same as in town.
posted by Bee'sWing at 3:39 PM on July 14 [12 favorites]


We have cameras birthday cake!
posted by adrianhon at 4:01 PM on July 14 [2 favorites]


Happy birthday, Metafilter! You're not perfect and sometimes I give you shit but you always have my back and I love you to death and I'll never leave you because there is nothing else quite like you.

Thanks to Cortex and The Mods for keeping the lights on so long.
posted by bondcliff at 4:07 PM on July 14 [29 favorites]


There's still a part of me that's mad I couldn't go to the fifth MeFi birthday celebration because it was at a bar and I was in high school
posted by OverlappingElvis at 4:12 PM on July 14 [14 favorites]


If Metafilter lives for two more years, I'll have been a member for half my life. That's kind of mindblowing.
posted by Acey at 2:34 PM on July 14 [3 favorites +] [!]
I, uhh, turn 44 tomorrow.
posted by mce at 4:14 PM on July 14 [19 favorites]


!
("Happy birthday, you big blue beast." - cortex
"OMG - is Metafilter Hank McCoy? That would make so. much. sense." - slightly buzzed Mutant Lobsters from Riverhead.)
posted by Mutant Lobsters from Riverhead at 4:15 PM on July 14 [5 favorites]


From the glass lined tanks of Old Latrobe, we tender this premium website for your enjoyment as a tribute to your good taste. It comes from the mountain springs to you.

"22"
posted by chavenet at 4:15 PM on July 14 [6 favorites]


OMG - is Metafilter Hank McCoy?

Heh. I was quoting myself from this song from (fucking hell) 12 years ago, but I kind of like the idea of making it an X-Men tie-in, and, by extension, a Frasier tie-in as well.
posted by cortex at 4:17 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Happy Mefi To You!
posted by theatro at 4:21 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday Metafilter and happy 10+ years to my parasocial relationship with a website.
posted by bleep at 4:22 PM on July 14 [5 favorites]




It's really frightening to contemplate how much of the past 21 or 22 years (I don't remember exactly when I started lurking) I've spent reading Metafilter. I'm sure it's disturbingly high on the list of things I've spent conscious hours doing over that time period. I wouldn't have it any other way.
posted by mollweide at 4:30 PM on July 14 [12 favorites]


Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
posted by Hairy Lobster at 4:31 PM on July 14 [3 favorites]


Cheers to the lot of you, and thank you for many years of good reading!
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:34 PM on July 14 [3 favorites]


♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
posted by mochapickle at 4:37 PM on July 14 [4 favorites]


Happy Birthday, Big Blue.
posted by lazaruslong at 4:46 PM on July 14


happy 10+ years to my parasocial relationship with a website.

also i'm in this picture (almost 19 years, over half my life) and i don't like it xd
posted by lazaruslong at 4:47 PM on July 14 [7 favorites]


Yay! Way to be 22 years old, Metafilter! Cheers, everyone!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 4:49 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


I have been a member for 19 years. This is my longest relationship.
posted by aclevername at 4:52 PM on July 14 [14 favorites]


Joined July 26, 2002...

Holy shit.

And I cannot recall how I ended up here. Happy Birthday MetaFilter!
posted by Windopaene at 4:55 PM on July 14 [2 favorites]


Good lord I'm old
posted by efalk at 5:04 PM on July 14 [2 favorites]


Holy crap, I just realized my 20th anniversary was 4 days ago! So ~30% of my life rounded to the nearest integer. A 30% well spent, except perhaps for some of the limericks early on.

As I think I’ve mentioned before, I cheated to get signed up. I had lurked for what seemed forever but was probably around a year when sign-ups were frozen and I panicked. But if you signed up for some coding contest that was in some way related to MetaFilter in a way I can’t recall, a membership was yours. So I signed up for that (with nothing approaching the skills to even pretend to compete) and here I am.

Happy Birthday MetaFilter!
posted by skyscraper at 5:09 PM on July 14 [8 favorites]


But if you signed up for some coding contest that was in some way related to MetaFilter in a way I can’t recall

The 5K! It was related to MetaFilter in the sense that mathowie knew some guy; I don't really remember any of the details beyond that. I googled for more information and found some details on this weird green Q&A site.
posted by cortex at 5:21 PM on July 14 [6 favorites]


Look guys, enough with the kottke and memepool reposts already. We really need to establish our own independent identity in the blogosphere, instead of just looking like a bunch of blue has-been hangers-on.
posted by kaibutsu at 5:22 PM on July 14 [10 favorites]


it a birthday

but whats the catch
posted by lalochezia at 5:25 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


I don't comment much but. . .
Hi! Happy Birthday, weirdos. Still kicking.
posted by Evstar at 5:31 PM on July 14 [4 favorites]


I also don't comment much. But I love metafilter and the weirdos it attracts. Happy Birthday Mefi!
posted by JayG at 5:35 PM on July 14 [7 favorites]


Meta Birthday!
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 5:36 PM on July 14 [2 favorites]


To meta-commemmorate the meta-occasion, here is a cat in a cat-scanner.

Cat 'tocks, errm tax here.

(from this article)
posted by zaixfeep at 5:53 PM on July 14 [4 favorites]


MeFites overthink a literal plate of beans at the 10th anniversary Boston meetup.

'Twere also thus in Portland (this and following pics).
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:47 PM on July 14 [3 favorites]


Happy Birthday, Metafilter! Thank you for being one of the most thoughtful places on the internet. I’m grateful for you. Sounds cheesy to say but it’s true.
posted by glaucon at 6:50 PM on July 14 [6 favorites]


* cries *
posted by baby_jessamyn at 7:09 PM on July 14 [8 favorites]


☆♡♡♡☆ Thank you all for projecting into this co-creation, and keeping such stimulating company.
posted by Oyéah at 7:22 PM on July 14 [3 favorites]


Here since Dec 2004…I remember waiting for memberships to open back up back then…
posted by nile_red at 7:28 PM on July 14 [3 favorites]


Happy birthday!
posted by MythMaker at 7:36 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Hooray!
posted by spilon at 7:48 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


Det Drebbin: We think we know how he did it.
Witness: But Haughey couldn't have done it. He hasn't been here for years!
posted by SPrintF at 7:50 PM on July 14 [4 favorites]


Yaaay!
posted by vrakatar at 8:01 PM on July 14 [2 favorites]


CROCKETY BLOAT!!
posted by The otter lady at 8:13 PM on July 14 [2 favorites]


Vote #1 quidnunc kid!
posted by clavdivs at 8:23 PM on July 14 [22 favorites]


❤️
posted by bendy at 8:35 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


22 was when my life just started getting really, really good. I'm just saying.
Happy Happy Birthday!
posted by valkane at 9:26 PM on July 14 [2 favorites]


Happy birthday MeFi!!!

I’ve been here 17 years as a registered member, and 20 years if you count lurking before I caught the open enrollment window. It’s been a blast and a hoot and I’ve learned an awful lot from you weirdos.

Here’s to the next 20!
posted by darkstar at 9:48 PM on July 14 [2 favorites]


When TechTV had those computer dorks on in the afternoon (Eastern time) they once had a countdown of the best websites and number 1 was this monster and I was like, wtf is a meta filter and by the time it occurred to me to actually get a membership the mathowie character had pretty much shut that down until aught four
posted by jjray at 10:01 PM on July 14 [4 favorites]


Happy Birthday, you big old mess of a site. I love ya. *noogies*
posted by jokeefe at 10:25 PM on July 14 [3 favorites]


I hope everyone has Birthday Tacos today.
posted by RakDaddy at 10:36 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


This website, it vibrates?
posted by bartleby at 11:21 PM on July 14 [5 favorites]


As always, a day late. Hugs for everybody! I just rehooked up my scanner and it occurs to me that I have not yet scanned my current cat. I'll need to step over to the Green and ask how I can get him wedged into my scanner.

In MetaRelated News, I was using $20SAIT as my password to log on for state unemployment but they notified me today that my payments have expired (thanks to fuckface governor for rejecting any more federal money. So I changed my password and logged out for the last time.

And YES, as I've said for years, I am still reading the comments
way
down
here.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 11:27 PM on July 14 [4 favorites]


Happy Birthday!
posted by maggieb at 11:42 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


My mother-in-law and Metafilter have the same birthday! Makes it so easy to remember to celebrate.
posted by stripesandplaid at 1:05 AM on July 15 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday and thanks to everyone here for making this place what it is! In fact, Metafilter might be the one of the most consistent presences in my life for the past 15+ years which is a thought I don't want to interrogate too closely.
posted by slimepuppy at 1:15 AM on July 15 [10 favorites]


Nice run!

Listened to the latest podcast yesterday (14th) and, while hitting all the links I had missed mentioned and in its show notes, noticed how familiar this site interface feels -- standing the test of time.

Looking forward to many more years to come!
posted by filtergik at 1:31 AM on July 15 [1 favorite]


This site makes the internet better.

Thank you for 22 years.
posted by andreaazure at 2:48 AM on July 15 [9 favorites]


mumble mumble ...a date which will live in infamy, mumble ...oh, the humanity ... mumble ...just 22 and don't mind dyin' ...


I just know this Toastmaster's Handbook has something pertinent!
posted by Chitownfats at 4:07 AM on July 15 [6 favorites]


LOL. Happy Birthday Metafilter.

Last week I was thinking about a list of unchanged iconic designs, but I could only think of pens!

Bic 4-color (1971)
uni-ball Micro (1979?)
Bic Cristal (1950)
Parker Jotter (1954)

Now I can add Metafilter to that list (1999). The site's design hasn't changed and I love it. Never Change.

I mean it.
posted by xtian at 4:25 AM on July 15 [7 favorites]


Can't believe I learnt of this from r/metafilter
posted by davemee at 4:32 AM on July 15 [2 favorites]


Been on this goddamn website longer than I was in formal education.

Arguably learned more too.
posted by Happy Dave at 5:16 AM on July 15 [3 favorites]


22? What is that in internet years?
posted by nubs at 5:46 AM on July 15 [2 favorites]


happybirthday.gif

Wait...I can't embed this!!!!
posted by zerobyproxy at 6:38 AM on July 15 [2 favorites]


Omg. I love this place.
posted by double bubble at 7:18 AM on July 15 [1 favorite]


Happy YesterBirthDay MeFi.
Longboats of love.
posted by valetta at 7:29 AM on July 15 [2 favorites]


Can I still eat this plate of beans?
posted by farlukar at 7:35 AM on July 15 [2 favorites]


My cat was run over by a car a couple of months ago (he's recovering very nicely) and everyone around me got sick of my jokes about how my we'd had a cat cat scan. No pics, unfortunately.
posted by Ickster at 7:48 AM on July 15 [6 favorites]


HBD, MF!
posted by droplet at 7:50 AM on July 15 [2 favorites]


Without MeFi and all of you, the Pandemic would have been So. Much. Worse. Happy Birthday, you beautiful old community weblog!
posted by theora55 at 8:17 AM on July 15 [6 favorites]


Cheers, y'all.
posted by shiny blue object at 8:36 AM on July 15 [2 favorites]


<3
posted by sudama at 8:42 AM on July 15 [3 favorites]


Yay MeFi, Happy Birthday!
posted by dhruva at 8:43 AM on July 15 [3 favorites]


Happy birthday MeFi! It's been a trip, for sure.
posted by sfred at 8:52 AM on July 15 [1 favorite]


[this is good]
posted by Joey Michaels at 9:35 AM on July 15 [2 favorites]


Oh, and new folks must NOT NOT NOT be left out!! Explanation
posted by Melismata at 10:06 AM on July 15 [3 favorites]


Happy birthday metafilter! I've not regretted namedropping you in my online dating profile.
posted by of strange foe at 10:43 AM on July 15 [6 favorites]


.

Happy Birthday!
posted by AugustWest at 11:35 AM on July 15 [1 favorite]


enough with the kottke and memepool reposts already.

keeping it recursive, among kottke quicklinks, currently: "MetaFilter celebrates 22 years of community on the web."

(Happy 22th, mefites, wher-/whomever y'all are!)
posted by progosk at 11:35 AM on July 15 [3 favorites]


Wow. I'd feel old, but I'm too old to feel.
posted by chaz at 11:43 AM on July 15 [2 favorites]


Site still needs a professional white background or no one will take it seriously
posted by caution live frogs at 12:03 PM on July 15 [5 favorites]


May it be your best birthday all year!
posted by Hot Pastrami! at 1:18 PM on July 15 [1 favorite]


Scanning cats was easier back when we had the <img> tag.
posted by caution live frogs at 2:37 PM on July 15 [1 favorite]


I love Metafilter and would be lost without it. Happy birthday!
posted by Sreiny at 3:25 PM on July 15 [2 favorites]


Happy!
posted by The Potate at 3:37 PM on July 15 [1 favorite]


Thank you for being the one remaining discussion site (that isn't social media) I can still hang out at. Thank you.
posted by jenfullmoon at 4:38 PM on July 15 [7 favorites]


Loading up the kittens for scanning now! (Where did they go?!?!?!)
posted by rambling wanderlust at 4:38 PM on July 15 [1 favorite]


Holy shit, I am on my 3rd set of cats now with Metafilter. (the right one is "Kit", ie Kit-Kat -- at a certain age, the kids get to name the cats -- the left one is "Olivia" and quickly we referred to her as "Ollie" -- turns out 70% of orange tabbys, ours included, are male, so now he's "Oliver", but really still "Ollie" and both "he/him" and "she/her" are regularly applied to him/her, which is cool because my kids are growing up in a world where what you're assigned at birth doesn't necessarily jive with your pronouns and they are totally comfortable with that, but now we have this pronoun conundrum which is only complicated by the fact he/her is losing his/her testicles next week and he/her seems to have zero gender identity that we can discern and I am about to post an AskMe that will be quickly deleted).

Irregardless, I'm not going to beg the question and want to say that I am literally exploding with happiness to say that both cats still have claws and foreskins and I am still here though not commenting or posting as frequently as before. Still the best $5 I've ever spent and currently the best monthly subscription money I send out. I ate it. I dumped the MF. I got therapy. I quit the job. I saw my doctor. And you *are* my lawyer.

Also, there is literally someone who just signed up who is younger than the site. How fucking crazy is that?
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 6:25 PM on July 15 [8 favorites]


Come out of retirement to say congrats. 😮
posted by chunking express at 8:49 PM on July 15 [6 favorites]


Metafilter continues to be one of the only sites that reliably isn't blocked by shitty workplace nanny software. (At my new job even kottke is blocked.) Hence, this comment.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:58 PM on July 15 [5 favorites]


I don't know what I'd do without Metafilter! Cheers all.
posted by unicorn chaser at 9:30 AM on July 16 [2 favorites]


Always late to the party...grumble grumble scratch scratch...oh yeah, happy belated birthday, MeFi! I will celebrate both you and my 21 years here in your honor today!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
posted by Lynsey at 3:10 PM on July 16 [2 favorites]


I came across Metafilter a couple of months after the cat scan post so first read it retrospectively, but I always remember it as the first post I read. Metafilter was the first website I visited where I felt I had found people like me. I've never posted and comment rarely but I am still here after nearly 22 years (though not with my original username)
posted by kumonoi at 12:13 AM on July 17 [7 favorites]


Happy birthday MeFi. I don't know what I'd do without you (all). I'd definitely be a less compassionate, interesting and patient person.

(OK, I'm still not really a patient person, but with a smartphone and MeFi I can passably imitate one.)
posted by snuffleupagus at 10:01 AM on July 18 [3 favorites]


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