Time for another retro post and this one is a corker. It is the infamous 'Pretty Flowers' thread that was started by RustyBottoms. Rusty may only have contributed three throw-away comments to Metafilter before spamming the front page, but his contribution to the site turned out to be priceless. Before we go on, let's take a look at what he had to say.
"that's great. it's like talk soup for the web."
(from the Best Of The Web 2.0 FPP)
(from the Nature Happens FPP)
"is this a sorryeverybody for christians? maybe too little too late."
(from the Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ FPP)
The resulting thread was somehow overlooked by the moderators for a while (obviously this was back in the days before vacapinta joined the team) and in the ensuing chaos, MeFites had a helluva lot of fun, posting jokes, images and generally just ripping Rusty (not his real name) and his band 'Pretty Flowers' apart. The greatest fun to be had was the merciless photoshopping of the photos of the band from the site to include everything and anything, including the web-meme of the moment, Ceiling Cat.
Rusty chimed in on the thread to the tune of another 4 comments in a vain attempt to save himself and what little credibility his crappy band had but in the end, he couldn't compete with a simple pressing of The Ban Button by an unnamed moderator. Rusty's Bottom having been booted to the curb, Metafilter was safe again, but everyone who participated in that thread still has fond memories of those two fun filled hours.