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Questions that are light-hearted but hopefully of some additional use beyond mere entertainment.

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The Many Memes of Meta

Catchphrases and concepts that spread from person to person are known as memes, which, courtesy the Internet, can now explode across the Earth like a highly contagious virus (hence "going viral&...
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Jon Skeet Facts

I'm looking for Chuck Norris Facts style answers. In case anyone is curious, this question was inspired by Jon's own comment to this question. Now with official sanction from the powers that be!
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Don't close questions where the user has requested that it not be closed [closed]

The system should search posts for the word "please" in proximity to the phrase "don't close" or "do not close", and if found together disable the close link for the following reasons: They asked ...
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<kbd> elements are way too intrusive [closed]

<kbd> is a great way to mark up text to be entered. But when you use it on Stack Exchange sites, it's really difficult to read. For instance, say I typed this sentence by starting with a Shift+F,...
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Question title that doesn't describe the problem

Pre Edit 4: Pointing out that thread's popularity is a direct result of programming community interest in said subject, and that someone likely stands to become rich and/or famous by solving the ...
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Time for some more swag! [closed]

UPDATE: I just sent out emails to collect addresses from the lucky users getting these watches — be on the lookout for those, and try to fill it in the next two weeks! :) On occasion of our ...
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A Moose, Some Silly Putty ... And A Desperate Plea For Help [closed]

Note: This event ended on Friday, December 22. This question is now closed to prevent submissions of new answers. Due to a rather unfortunate series of events that can be directly attributed to a ...
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Anyone with a "visited: 5000 days, 5000 consecutive" in their profile?

Back in May, 27th 2009, the Stack Overflow team introduced a little counter to monitor the consecutive days you visited the site. And 30 days later (June 26th 2009), the first "Enthusiast" ...
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What are Stack Overflow unicoins? [closed]

Recently I saw a widget on the Stack Overflow website which says Stack Overflow now has its own currency called "unicoins". According to this widget, a user can earn reputation, customize Stack ...
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Add a "Magic 8-Ball" feature to the Ask a Question page [closed]

So many interesting questions get asked on Stack Overflow and then immediately closed (or worse yet, closed and re-opened for days on end) because they're subjective, argumentative, and fundamentally ...
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About your f***ing website

Presented for your enjoyment-slash-amusement. Email received by [email protected] from Name Jesus Christ Almighty, what a f***ing mess of a website. I'm trying to post a question. Just the ...
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Winter Bash 2018 Knitting [closed]

NOTE: for this year, there's a new topic: Winter Bash 2019 Knitting This year's Winter Bash got us great hat challenges, but it also gave us a very nice tool for knitting on the main Winter Bash site....
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What Easter eggs do the chat sites have?

According to balpha, the SE chat sites may have individual Easter eggs, depending on the site. If you find them, please post. Because it's so easy to make this stuff up, a screenshot as proof would be ...
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What is "chat with an expert"? [closed]

A box just comes out of nowhere which says "chat with an expert". It happened once on Stack Overflow and once on Meta. Is this an ad? Isn't Meta supposed to have no ads? Here's the HTML for that ...
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Who cut the cheese? [closed]

UPDATE: JNat will be sending out emails to collect addresses from the lucky users getting a cheese board — be on the lookout for those! :) We've moved quite a bit of stuff around this year, and you'...
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Did you ever wish you could have a Hot Dog Stand-themed [closed]

Are you depressed by all the gr[ae]y colors plaguing meta? Do you wish you had some exuberance on your favorite website? Are you hungry? Are you still reading this? Well, worry no longer. I'd like ...
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Stack Overflow's voting system is not entertaining enough [closed]

I submit to you the following quartet of indisputable facts: Stack Overflow is for people who are bored at work. Having animations and video games are more exciting (and therefore less boring) than ...
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The Stack Overflow Conspiracy - don't tell Jeff I'm on to him [closed]

Judging from the fact that there's been a lot of talk of venture capital being pumped into Stack Overflow lately, something hasn't been sitting well with me at all. Then I got to thinking. Ever think ...
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What is the most rampant duplicate on Stack Exchange sites?

Strongly related: How do we deal with octuplicate questions? This is not a question about how to deal with duplicates, it's a simple "meta" question: What is the most rampant duplicate on Stack ...
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A Yaakov Ellis-inspired Meta.SE poetry contest: Write poems, win rep!

Update July 9, 2020 Submissions are now closed. Thanks everyone who participated; the bounties will be awarded soon! Yaakov Ellis Posting answers as haikus Poetry contest I'm sure that at least some ...
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The ability to convert your Stack Overflow's reputation into money [closed]

Is it possible to convert my Stack Overflow reputation into dollars (or better in euro)? It would be nice to see a service which allows it (not to say it will encourage people to spend their time more ...
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I made us some Trogdor graphics!

We seem to have a tradition of using the Homestar Runner character 'Trogdor the Burninator' to request tag deletion. I thought we could use crisper images, so I made my own. >:)
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Work is hard, let's color the walls

Picture pages! Picture pages! Time to get your picture pages! ... time to get your crayons and your pencils! That's right, it's time to realize that you're simply not going to get anything meaningful ...
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Stack Overflow needs direct-to-brain interface for post-human users [closed]

As a dismembered head living eternally in an infernal jar, my Stack Overflow addiction would be easier to indulge if I didn't have to waste time moving these wretched mechanical hooks to push around a ...
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What formatting example should replace "his suicide note" in the Markdown help?

In the Markdown help page, the Code and Preformatted Text example is: printf("goodbye world!"); /* his suicide note was in C */ It also happens to be the ...
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What is up with the waffle fetish? [closed]

Setting aside the fact that waffles were created in the seventh circle of hell, cause suffering and apocalyptic horror wherever they are witnessed, and are instruments of pure evil, where did the ...
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Winter Bash 2019 Knitting

Repost of Winter Bash 2018 Knitting Just go here and click Start Knitting! Share your knits in the answers.
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Why do we hate fun at Stack Exchange? [closed]

Fun is Important™. Yet, we at Stack Exchange tend to hate it (edit it out, close it as not useful, etc.), unless it's in "irrelevant" places like chat and the comments section. As long as it doesn't ...
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Show off your hats! (2020 Edition)

Post hats, hats, and more hats! Share images of those hats which you're particularly proud of and/or those which you look especially fashionable wearing – all are welcome!
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We're all Rebecca Chernoff \o/ [closed]

On this frabjous day, our community manager Rebecca Chernoff has graciously allowed all of us *1 to be her for one day, and one day only. And so, ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you: We're ...
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How to mine Unicoins faster? [closed]

I want to earn Unicoins for free but I can't seem to find the best way mine coins faster. There are also sometimes when I get 20-30 Unicoins at one time, and I think that there is some clue so that we ...
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Has anyone clicked the new Woot! ads? [closed]

Original Woot! ad: Redesigned Woot! ad: Woot you! Has anyone clicked the new Woot! ads and ...
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Should smilies be turned into images in questions and answers?

A lot of mention has been made of the seriousness of Stack Overflow (and presumably Server Fault). Would it be a good idea to turn smilies :-) into actual images as per phpBB in questions and answers?
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Are rumors of a film true? I hope so by golly! [closed]

I heard that there is a film being made. If so, please consider my poster: Then people at the Tavern (Lasse V. Karlsen, Yi Jiang, Diago, Tim) had some suggestions: Anyway, I hope people make some ...
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Please Add Means of Converting Reputation to Actual Beer

When I help someone solve a programming problem, they often express their gratitude for the solution (yay!). Generally, this takes the form of one of the following: "Think you!" Sometimes, ...
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When something that was supposed to be fun became not fun [closed]

StackEgg! What a great invention. Probably the best thing to hit Stack Exchange since the invention of unicoins! Very entertaining game, very fun to play. Many users have probably spent several hours ...
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The Fancy and Amazing April Fools question [closed]

I like simplicity. I like clear designs. I like Stack Overflow. But today, SO was offline and returned with this brand new, ugly... definitely new logo. So what's this logo all about? That's no real ...
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Trade rep for air miles [closed]

I'd like to trade my reputation for air miles on a 1:1 basis. I think Jeff and company should look into incentive programs that airline companies offer businesses for air miles. I could then fulfill ...
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What is.... the Chicken? 🐔 [closed]

Update: Continue to 🐔 The Quest for the Winter Chicken of the Bash, Part 2 Clues will be updated here too So, we just noticed a new, fowl user on the tavern I think he called us chicken....
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What happens when Jon Skeet's reputation exceeds the limit for the data type holding it? [closed]

So, Jeff, what are you using to store reputation, anyway?
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How many hamsters power the StackExchange sites? [closed]

According to Nick Craver, hamsters power StackOverflow and related sites. At any given time, how many run the site? What is the average turnover (how often do they need to be replaced)?
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WinterBash 2013

Last year's Winter Bash looked like a success from my point of view. Any info on what we are getting for Christmas this year ?
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Show off your hats! (2018 edition)

Since 241,378 hats have already been earned by the time I'm writing this, and I think I found the perfect hat for my avatar already, why don't we start showing them off like last year? Post hats, ...
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Script to remove useless SO content

I find that the body of the questions and answers really gets in the way of randomly voting things up and down, reading comments, and commenting. Watching the patterns of usage on SO, I can see a lot ...
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Full contact moderating

We've all seen, and most have participated in, more than one open/close war. Things are said. Feelings are hurt. It's very personal for many of us, and yet so impersonal due to the lack of face ...
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Somebody to buy unicoins with bacon? [closed]

I don't understand who could even think about spending bacon in unicoins rather than eating it. But in the opposite way it looks perfect to me, i mean, spend my unicoins to get some bacon. So, having ...
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A gust of wind made me lose a couple of my hats

Till a couple of hours back I was having a collection of 20 odd colorful hats. All of a sudden now it seems a gust of wind made me lose a couple of my hats. I am aware about Yaakov Ellis's Hat ...
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Show off your hats! (2019 edition)

We obtained 266K hats this past year's WB 2019 contest, and just like the past two Winter Bashes (2017 and 2018) we showed off our new hats. We choose our finest hats, used the positioning controls ...
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Should employees with head injuries be allowed to post on meta?

While yodeling to myself quietly in our warehouse today, a pallet full of mugs came crashing down on my head, and gave me a concussion idea. First, it's very unlucky to go yodeling around on a skate ...
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Eeeeek where is my slow performance‽‽‽ [closed]

Over the past couple of days, I have noticed that Stack Overflow is faster than ever. This is severely affecting my thumb twiddling time. When am I supposed to practice my thumb twiddling if I don't ...
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