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On Meta, we have many 'meta' memes. Unicorns, waffles, etc. We even have an entire sub-category of memes specifically designed for images, such as free-hand circles and lens flares.

Well, it is times to put both your artistic skills, along with your meme knowledge to action!

I am offering a 550 reputation bounty to whoever can create the most meta image.

Contest has ended.

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I salute you sir! –  Ether Apr 21 '10 at 2:33
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Can the image be (primarily) a photograph, if it is of our own making? (This sounds like a most excellent challenge for my 365 photos thing ... ) –  John Rudy Apr 21 '10 at 2:57
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Not Community Wiki? –  SLaks Apr 21 '10 at 3:00
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Silly people. CW is for wiki questions, especially on meta. There's little (no?) reason to make the question and answers editable by people with 100 rep - these are submissions to a contest. –  Adam Davis Apr 21 '10 at 3:09
    
Can one take a photograph, not screenshot, of ASCII art? –  waiwai933 Apr 21 '10 at 3:18
    
Nice. You'll easily recoup the 550 rep. –  squillman Apr 21 '10 at 3:19
    
@waiwai I added a couple rules to mitigate those loopholes. –  Tyler Carter Apr 21 '10 at 3:22
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can i use hand-drawn ascii art? –  Antony Apr 21 '10 at 5:27
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Can I use macaroni pictures that look like ascii art? –  user27414 Apr 21 '10 at 12:54
    
@Jon: doesn't stop you from doing to, though. –  perbert Apr 22 '10 at 20:17
    
Can I Create ASCII Art, print it on a piece of paper, put in on a Wooden Table, take a digital photograph of it, print out the digital photograph onto paper and then scan it in? –  Michael Stum Apr 23 '10 at 3:25
    
@Michael: No, but you can carve ASCII directly into the table and ship it to the OP's house where he will take a photograph of it, which he will then upload to his computer and take a screenshot of, and then post as an answer. –  Dexter Apr 23 '10 at 3:33
    
I can't do art at work. : ( Contest is open until bounty-deployment, right? –  rlb.usa Apr 23 '10 at 17:07
    
@rlb: you think that I did that at work? Pffft! At work I can't have nice things, like KDE. I have to settle for GNOME! Can you imagine! –  perbert Apr 23 '10 at 20:50
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up vote 36 down vote accepted
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Still work in progress; I have a few more ideas for later. Click for full-size version.

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This gets my vote because the memes are subtle - I like it! –  Jared Harley Apr 21 '10 at 14:47
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It took me a minute or two to get "data dump" and I still don't undertand the meaning of the VW. –  Kyle Cronin Apr 21 '10 at 15:43
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@Kyle: it's a feature! –  perbert Apr 21 '10 at 15:46
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@Kyle: Art shouldn't have to be explained :) But take a look at the copyright notice on the poster. –  balpha Apr 21 '10 at 16:29
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ah, the bug is "by design" :) –  Kyle Cronin Apr 21 '10 at 17:24
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@balpha: damn! you took the time to project the unicorn's shadow. –  perbert Apr 21 '10 at 17:35
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Who's the face in the mountain? –  SLaks Apr 21 '10 at 20:41
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@SLaks: Jon Skeet. You are in big trouble for not recognizing him... –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Apr 22 '10 at 1:20
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I'm disappointed that Iceland is not spewing volcanic ash in the form of a dessicated LOLcat. –  tvanfosson Apr 23 '10 at 2:53
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Not enough Iceland and jQuery. –  Ólafur Waage Apr 23 '10 at 16:21
    
@Ólafur Waage: Are you telling me the picture was not taken in (on?) Iceland? The photographer sure says so. –  balpha Apr 23 '10 at 16:40
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I never said that, I said that it does not have enough. It needs more! –  Ólafur Waage Apr 23 '10 at 16:48
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@Ólafur Waage: Yeah, umm, whatever. No more Iceland for you. You've got seven Fridays per week already, don't start being greedy. –  balpha Apr 23 '10 at 16:57
    
I kinda like this one. Well thought out! –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Apr 23 '10 at 21:18
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I like how the calendar shows 6-8 weeks, but there's still something syrupy missing. –  gnostradamus Apr 27 '10 at 16:31
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It's not filled with memes, but one day we might need meta.meta.meta.meta.meta.stackoverflow.com!

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If you can add to every recursion one more meta. to meta.meta.stackoverflow.com... –  perbert Apr 24 '10 at 15:47
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Almost felt like I couldn't upvote, to not change the overall result... –  Arjan Apr 24 '10 at 16:11
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Allow me to help you there :) –  Sam152 Apr 25 '10 at 2:24
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We already need meta.meta.meta.meta.meta.stackoverflow.com !! –  Earlz Apr 25 '10 at 6:11
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Can't upvote twice, but I have a black up-arrow. ;-) –  Arjan Apr 25 '10 at 8:43
    
I like how the score has gone down since the time you took the screenshots –  Cole Johnson Aug 16 '13 at 23:58
    
@ColeJohnson: It’s fake :) –  minitech Aug 17 '13 at 1:40
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Not programming related

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Forgive my ignorance but as someone from ServerFault I don't get this one? –  Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 21:02
    
@Farseeker: it's referring to an old SO question about boats, which would have been closed in an instant nowadays: archived at mattmcdole.com/boat –  Ether Apr 21 '10 at 22:16
    
@Ether that link is gone –  systempuntoout Nov 2 '10 at 13:32
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I read the rules like 5 times, but I had a hard time understanding them. I really hope this doesn't break any of them. :)

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Your logic is impeccable. And by impeccable, I MEAN COMPLETELY PECCABLE!!! /Dr. Doofenshmirtz reference –  waiwai933 Apr 21 '10 at 3:41
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@waiwai933: Dr. Doofenshmirtz (upon seeing Perry) "Perry the Platypus, what an unexpected surprise! And by unexpected, I really mean unexpected--what are you doing here? This is my week off." –  Dexter Apr 21 '10 at 3:49
    
-1 Breaks the rules. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Apr 21 '10 at 20:51
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@George: I think you may have missed my point. –  Dexter Apr 21 '10 at 22:29
    
@Dexter: No, you missed the point. See the rules. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Apr 21 '10 at 22:37
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@George: I'm sorry George it seems you have missed my point again, that's my fault, I should have been more clear. MY POINT WAS TO BREAK THE RULES!!!! –  Dexter Apr 21 '10 at 22:51
    
@Dexter: Dishonest cheater! :) On a more serious note, I did understand what you were saying all along - I just wanted it in writing so that we could sue you. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Apr 22 '10 at 0:37
    
I flagged your post. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Apr 22 '10 at 1:21
    
@George: You can sue people on {M}SOFU? Do you sue for rep? If this is true, I have a score to settle with Jon Skeet for about, oh 160K rep. ;-) –  Dexter Apr 22 '10 at 1:49
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-1. not for breaking the rules; for corrupting the hallowed art of ASCII art to depict a unicorn. where'd i leave my shotgun? –  quack quixote Apr 22 '10 at 2:18
    
@quack: Wait...are you saying that a unicorn isn't worthy of being depicted in ASCII art? –  Dexter Apr 22 '10 at 4:12
    
@dexter: yes. yes, i am. –  quack quixote Apr 22 '10 at 4:56
    
Ahhh - the ultimate meta meme. Breaking the rules. Now you must be banned. –  tvanfosson Apr 23 '10 at 2:51
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@tvanfosson: I'll be in good company: meta.stackoverflow.com/users/5640 –  Dexter Apr 23 '10 at 3:34
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LOL @George thinking that a post is going to get removed just because he flagged it. –  Aarobot Apr 24 '10 at 15:05
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First draft of my self portrait. I gotta stop procrastinating with this stuff, Rainbows and Unicorns Season is coming up.

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There are letters on that screen!!!! That has to count as ASCII Art! –  Dexter Apr 23 '10 at 4:41
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"a form of art that uses only ASCII characters" - Sadly mine doesn't qualify as that squiggle next to the other squiggle is actually the unicode snowman ☃ ... If only I had stuck to ASCII characters. –  RedBlueThing Apr 23 '10 at 5:07
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How does the Unicorn push Ctrl+Alt+Del? Think about it... –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Apr 23 '10 at 18:47
    
@george-edison I would thank you to not ridicule the very real problems involved with hooves and software development. –  RedBlueThing Apr 23 '10 at 22:49
    
@NathanOsman If there are any keys between <kbd>Ctrl</kbd> and <kbd>Alt</kbd> (mine has a winDOS key), remove them :) –  Cole Johnson Aug 17 '13 at 0:00
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This was based upon the first revision of this question.

Booyah

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It has a free-hand circle AND is un-readable. –  Tyler Carter Apr 21 '10 at 3:37
    
See if you can play spot-the-differences too –  Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 3:39
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I see I have a status-by-design tags now :) –  Tyler Carter Apr 21 '10 at 3:42
    
His rep doesn't match nor does his acceptance rate. –  Dexter Apr 21 '10 at 3:44
    
Well, his rep and acceptance were correct at time of printing (53% and 7,114) –  Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 3:45
    
@Dexter I imagine the rep was due to the fact that I got 6-7 upvotes since the original version of the question. –  Tyler Carter Apr 21 '10 at 3:45
    
@Chacha102: Ah your right...but that still doesn't explain the acceptance rate. –  Dexter Apr 21 '10 at 3:47
    
Acceptance rate is still 53% - you just can't see it in the image. I'll hyperlink it to the full-sized version –  Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 3:51
    
@Farseeker: OK I guess I see that now. You also have very sloppy 3's (as if I'm the best person to be critiquing you (my 6's and G's are awful)). –  Dexter Apr 21 '10 at 3:54
    
By the end of that image, my hand was going to fall off. And I have a crappy Dell mouse at this workstation, so quality is... poor at the best of times –  Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 4:01
    
Oh, and my handwriting in real life isn't much better. I never even got my "pen license" in Grade 4 –  Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 4:02
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@Farseeker: So I guess that explains the filename? ;-) –  Dexter Apr 21 '10 at 4:25
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I was wondering if anyone would go and dig up that castle and go to all the effort of re-enabling the kbd styles –  Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 4:28
    
P.S. now we all know your email address clickty click Hmm, json, I didn't know you liked horses that much! –  Mark Henderson Apr 21 '10 at 4:29
    
@Farseeker: look at my profile. It's there in the open. I don't like horses. It's an unicorn rode by Robocop. Who doesn't like that? And if the image is supposed to be "Meta", it has to habe at least a unicorn. –  perbert Apr 21 '10 at 4:30
    
I don't see any lasers in this one. –  XMLbog Apr 21 '10 at 11:54
    
@Welbog: does the UFO's tractor beam count? –  perbert Apr 21 '10 at 13:12
    
-1 for taking the screenshot on KDE. I prefer gnome. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Apr 22 '10 at 0:41
    
@George: would you have downvoted if I had been using awesome, Enlightenment or XFCE? –  perbert Apr 22 '10 at 2:00
    
@json: I would have upvoted XFCE. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Apr 22 '10 at 2:36
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Fastest gun in the west fail. : / –  rlb.usa Apr 26 '10 at 15:27
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My only question is what the crap is that background!? –  Earlz Apr 28 '10 at 23:39
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@Earlz Iceland! –  rlb.usa Apr 29 '10 at 13:06
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Somewhere cold, in a land far far away, Jon Skeet is wishing he had his bath robe. –  rlb.usa May 14 '10 at 15:31
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For those interested, it's the Eldfell volcano eruption in 1973 on an island very close to Eyjafjallajökull called Heimaey. youtube.com/watch?v=1lIMpk5-2Oc –  Ólafur Waage Apr 23 '10 at 16:58
    
@Ólafur: Yeah, I couldn't find a picture of the Eyjarjarbinks volcano erupting with houses in the foreground, so I had to settle for Eldfell. ;) –  gnostradamus Apr 23 '10 at 17:03
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Eyjafjallajökull is so far away from a town that you cant see the eruption, only smoke. –  Ólafur Waage Apr 23 '10 at 17:06
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@Ólafur: How do you pronounce Eyjafjallajökull, anyway? I'm guessing that j is pronounced like an English y, but what about that "yj" bit? –  mmyers Apr 23 '10 at 17:13
    
The main trick is the double l. Since it's a clicking sound. upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fb/… –  Ólafur Waage Apr 23 '10 at 17:49
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Obvious waffle photoshop fail. –  Earlz Apr 28 '10 at 23:40
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Might need more rainbow sparkles.

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Those ragged edges aren't nice... Here's a better version of your unicorn. –  balpha Apr 28 '10 at 10:07
    
Thanks, was wondering could you generate it with the background. –  Gordon Apr 28 '10 at 11:12
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It's a unicorn, Charlie! –  rlb.usa Apr 28 '10 at 13:42
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