nov 19


With a commenter name like "ratman," you would probably expect a lulz onslaught. But whoever is commenting on this site with that username (here, here, and here) is my favorite commenter in the world. They are such non sequiturs that at first I thought they were spam, but now I see it's some sort of crazy genius. I hope they all come together to form a story.


I vote for spam. Shrimp plate is a line from Repo Man, the other two are posted on Web site called Steep and Cheap . com. Ratman's just pasting junk in your comments.

posted by Pedro at 8:36 PM on November 19, 2008

Yep, I was just about to email Rex saying the same thing. Lulz.

posted by Andy Baio at 8:39 PM on November 19, 2008

As long as it's good junk, I like it!

posted by Rex at 8:40 PM on November 19, 2008

but jesus, it's really mind-boggling stuff! like, who writes like that and just sends it to the spam bots? surely he could get a job writing in this town, no? or all we all spam bots and that's his message!?

posted by moneyries at 8:56 PM on November 19, 2008

I could go through all the posts I failed to ever mention and write a memory for each one. I could also compile a roll of honour and that might go some way to thanking the people who have helped us all along the way. And then I could spoil the effect (but redress the balance) by finishing off with a shit list of some of the cunts we've had to put up with. We need to stop trying to define who people really are and, well, look at how things fit together, like shrimp, or peas in a pod, or, and this is a stretch... peas and carrots.

posted by ratman at 9:11 PM on November 19, 2008

Let's make ratman a cultural icon for our times. Let's deconstruct him. Bring on the Derrida. Or better yet, som Zizek.

posted by Han at 9:25 PM on November 19, 2008

It's high time the specter of seeing double got some column inches around here. Bravo, sir.

posted by Eric at 9:37 PM on November 19, 2008

so, if that theory on "ratman is just pasting junk in your comments" proves to be false, i'm betting the dude is prince -

posted by joshua Cohen at 9:49 PM on November 19, 2008

I want an exclusive, Paul Avery-style.

posted by stevemarsh at 9:50 PM on November 19, 2008

The brilliance of the non sequiturs escapes me. I am not the ratman!

posted by Sandman at 10:18 PM on November 19, 2008

Oh, I'll grant you it's good junk. His post in this thread opens with three sentences cribbed from Wreckless Eric's online tour diary from Oct. 14 -- that's excellent junk. The last sentence is harder to back-Google -- an original ratman?

posted by Pedro at 2:07 PM on November 20, 2008

ratman also posted his "Lions win extra trip to the salad bar" on

Check out his other posts for more beatific holy goofiness.

posted by steve bryant at 2:11 PM on November 20, 2008

I am the ratman.

posted by marrina at 2:11 PM on November 20, 2008

Hey EVERYONE! Look at me! I plagiarize funny material from other blogs! Woo Hoo!

posted by ratman at 5:05 PM on November 20, 2008

Sign up for the SteepAndCheap Daily Dose to get this goodness emailed to you every morning. I know this fella, he works hard at them.

Wuzgood Marsh? You like the KOL show? Yes I'm one of many Marsh stalkers.

posted by JimKuhn at 5:08 PM on November 20, 2008

I felt I could have written it. So, the fact that it was already written was kind of a technicality.

posted by ratman at 5:14 PM on November 20, 2008

Spotted - Marsh and Nick Swardson at the KOL show a few weeks ago. xoxo

posted by Jables at 9:46 AM on November 21, 2008

Young punk Otto becomes a repo man after helping to steal a car, and stumbles into a world of wackiness as a result

posted by repoman at 5:15 PM on November 22, 2008

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