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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"). As ...
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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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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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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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<kbd> elements are way too intrusive

<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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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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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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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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Winter Bash 2018 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. Is there a challenge related to this knitting tool? Here is my ...
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Does not work on Netscape Navigator 3.0

FROM: tigerjieer <tigerjieer@cs.uwaterloo.ca> SUBJECT: Does not work on Netscape Navigator 3.0 NEWSGROUPS: alt.stackexchange.meta Finally, after 20 years of suffering, StackOverflow now claims ...
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Show 3 significant figures for rep over a million [closed]

With "reputation to the max" I now have 6,621,210 reputation. Unfortunately, this only shows as 6.6m: Other reputation levels are shown with three or more significant digits - e.g. 508k as Darin's ...
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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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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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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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Does Jon Skeet ever have to answer another question to remain the #1 user on Stack Overflow?

Looking at Jon Skeet's profile he has an enormous lead in reputation over number 2. Given the huge amount of rep that he gets from up votes on existing answers and that he either hits or exceeds the ...
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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 ...
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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, people ...
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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. Edit: Because it's so easy to make this stuff up, a screenshot as proof ...
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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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How can I make my own Stack Overflow? [closed]

For some reason, I'm having difficulty remembering. I've got a photo of the ingredients, but some advice on exactly how to combine them would be appreciated.
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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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Is my SO Coffee Mug defective?

I received a really nice SO mug as swag for the choose your own swag contest this year. Everything was working fine until this morning. Was there a patch or update or something? Here's the relevant ...
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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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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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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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Would you play a Stack Overflow board game? [closed]

I've just been alerted to a company which produces board games - you design the game, artwork 'n all, and upload the assets to them. They produce the game and sell it in their store, taking half the ...
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On “That Hyphenated Site”

OK, which one of you jokers (oh, and I know it was one of you) did this? http://expert-sex-change.com :) Don't bother looking up the WHOIS, it's anonymized through GoDaddy. Also, for the record, I ...
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Did you ever wish you could have a Hot Dog Stand-themed meta.stackoverflow.com? [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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The moderators have decided to have a little yuletide fun, join us will you?

PS: You only get so many Iceland Fridays in a year, so make it special people ... To start things off, a little refashioned seasonal tune: On the twelfth day of Christmas, my Stack Exchange gave to ...
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Wanton abuse of edit privileges detected [closed]

This post was edited to add in a comment to the post. Clearly, the user has a high enough reputation that he/she should understand that this is unacceptable behavior, but did it anyway. (shudder) ...
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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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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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Stack Overflow has too many men! [closed]

When I take a look at the Stack Overflow user list I see a certain trend. Jon Marc Greg Alex Andrew Jonathan Tomalak Brian Ólafur Juliet I think you see where I'm going ...
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Stack Exchange has been taken over by a rubber duck!

I couldn't miss this now, on all SE sites: What are the duck powers? Was anyone able to make it do or say anything other than "Quack"?
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I am not an electronic gadget!

The site descriptions at http://stackexchange.com/sites are inconsistent. According to the list: SO is for programmers SU for computer enthusiasts SF for administrators Webmasters for pro webmasters ...
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Why are there no tinfoil hats?

Ever since the StackOverflow conspiracy was first discovered we know we have been living with all our imaginary Internet dollar points at risk. The Winter Bash would be the perfect opportunity to put ...
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What are some awesome personal statements for careers?

Turns out careers really wants me to type in a personal statement. I agree with it and think its really important.... but lack inspiration at the moment. Would you have some ideas for some cool ...
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Please remove badges from “fun” questions

It's clear people vote on fun questions differently to "real" questions. Arguably this should even apply to programming-related CW questions too. This answer gets a gold Great Answer badge. Seriously? ...
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Can I use a Spoof/Parody version of the StackOverflow logo?

So I've been looking around the communities Meta StackOverflow and Meta StackExchange, but wasn't able to find something that I think directly answers my concern. I've made a simple design that is ...
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Does Jeff Atwood sleep? [closed]

I'm pretty sure Jeff lives in the US, but judging from his activity, I'm not sure. He seems to be alive at 2am(Central) and I also see him at 9am. Sure, this is 7 hours difference for him to sleep, ...
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Stack Exchange sites look TERRIBLE in Internet explorer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which browsers are officially supported? And what else do I need? ...Three. It even causes a General Protection Fault! Please fix this.
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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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Sockpuppet admission [closed]

I figure it's time to let the cat out of the bag before someone else goes public with it, and it's just too hard living a lie. Jon Skeet is my sockpuppet account. Would a moderator please combine ...
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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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Why does @StackStatus follow Ryan Seacrest?

I couldn't help but notice that the @StackStatus twitter account follows @RyanSeacrest. @StackStatus provides status updates for the Stack Exchange network along with stackstatus.net, so there doesn'...
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Option to disable all April fools, Easter eggs, Winter hats and similar annoying stuff

I request a single checkbox and definite option in the user settings to disable all forms of April Fools, Easter eggs, Winter hats and similar annoying stuff that only distract a user. I have no ...
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Stack Overflow is its own country [closed]

Just found this via Gizmodo. Stack Overflow is on an island next to About.com, Ask.com and Quora. It is northeast of Google and near the sea of Ask. Got to love the capital name. (Click to enlarge)
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On-hold questions should have on-hold music

Since a closed question is now listed as "on hold" for the first five days, I think the page should play hold music (autostart on load). This feature would supply the following advantages: It would ...
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A last tribute to the Tilde

Dearly Beloved, this has been a very sad week for all of us. Our good friend ~quack has lost what clearly was a largely important part of his Trilogy life. After a month-long struggle, he has given ...