Updated to add:  Nathan Fillion has said he most emphatically does NOT want to hold twine so please do not ask him.  And it’s fine.  He’s still great and Firefly being cancelled was one of the greatest travesties to happen to our generation.  Also, this whole debacle lead to this bit of fried fantasticalness…

Conversation with my friend, Maile

me: Sooo…Nathan Fillion is making me doubt my own existence.

Maile: Um…what?

me:  I’ve been asking him for a picture of himself holding twine for almost a year now, and he refuses to acknowledge me or the  thousands of other people asking for twine pictures.

Maile:  Why exactly are thousands of people asking him for twine pictures?

me:  It’s sort of a long story.  A year ago I asked everyone on the internet to send me 11 cents so I could buy a taxidermied pig dressed as Scarlett O’Hara, but then the pig deal fell through and so I decided to offer the $402 I raised to Nathan Fillion if he’d send me a picture of himself holding twine.

Maile:  Yeah.  This is really just raising more questions than it’s answering.

me:  Right.  Well, I already had my Wil-Wheaton-Collating-Paper page which Wil lovingly donated so that he could help me rid the internet of the scourge of unsolicited blog pitches

Maile:  I love that page.

me: EVERYONE loves that page.  That page is why Wil Wheaton will be welcomed into heaven even if he starts murdering baby kittens for fun.  And I thought it would be nice to have a Nathan Fillion-Holding-Twine picture as a bookend page to deter PR people who continue to send you the same pitch every 12 hours even though you keep asking them to remove you from their lists.

Maile:  Got it.  So you were doing this for America?

me:  I WAS DOING THIS FOR THE WORLD.  Then 6 months ago I went to his hometown and tried to extend an olive branch but then he ditched me at the pizza place we were supposed to meet at.

Maile:  He actually said he’d meet you?

me:  I tweeted him that he should say nothing if he was planning on coming.  He said nothing.  I thought it was implied.  Then I may have posted some artfully nude pictures of him (superimposed with twine) but they were all very flattering.  And then I accidentally started a rumor that Little Wayne died, but I cleared that right up because I’m responsible.  Unlike Nathan Fillion, who can’t be bothered to show up where he’s implicitly promised to eat pizza with me.

Maile: Wow.  I don’t…even know how to respond to that.  Sounds like ol’ Nater-Tater is afraid of commitment.

me:  Exactly.  Plus?  That’s the best nickname in the world.  I’m stealing that.

Maile: It belongs to the world.

me:  JUST LIKE THE NON-EXISTENT PICTURE OF NATER-TATER HOLDING TWINE.  So anyway, last week I got sad that Nater-Tater was still refusing to acknowledge my existence so I asked Simon Pegg for a picture of him holding twine.

Maile:  Who?

me:  I will cut you.

Maile:  I’m not good with names.

me: He’s the star of Shaun of the Dead.

Maile: OH!  I LOVE HIM.

me:  We all love him.  He’s Simon Pegg.  But I needed to get his attention so I asked everyone to tweet “simonpeggholdingtwine” and it became a twitter trend WORLDWIDE for like eight and a half minutes.

True story, y'all.

Maile:  That’s awesome.  And…bizarre.

me:  It gets weirder, because then SIMON PEGG TOTALLY SENT ME A PICTURE OF HIMSELF HOLDING TWINE.  Except that all you could see was his hand holding twine and it wasn’t really proper twine, but still…the man tried.  And then the internet rejoiced and Simon was named a God amongst men, but I still wondered why Nathan wouldn’t respond.  And then this weekend I just gave up and said “@NathanFillion, should I just give up on my dream of you ever holding twine?  Let a girl down gently.”  And he said he was very sorry for disappointing his #1 super-fan.

Maile:  Really?

me:  No, of course not.  He completely ignored me again.  I mean, how hard is it to say “I’m allergic to twine,” or “I appreciate ignoring your pain.”

Maile:  Maybe he’s just playing hard to get.  Or maybe he just uses his twitter pictures for important things.

me:  Yeah.  Like when he put up that series of pictures showing how his rash was spreading.  And once?  He posted a picture of a fake dead cat with ketchup all over it.

Maile: You’re joking.

me:  I’M NOT JOKING.  THAT’S THE SAD, TERRIBLE TRUTH OF NATHAN FILLION.  Then a few weeks ago one of my readers met him and asked why he wouldn’t do it and he said “Oh, I don’t do stuff like that.”  And by “stuff like that” I assume he means “Anything awesome that makes people smile“.  Which makes me sad for Nater-Tater.  And sad for the world.

Maile:  So what happened to the money you were going to spend on Nathan Fillion?

me:  I used part of it to take a 50 year old cuban alligator dressed as a pirate on a plane ride.  And the rest went to helping orphans.

Maile: Hmm.

me:  Orphan cats really.  But still.

Maile:  You know, maybe this is less about Nater-Tater’s inability to hold twine and more about his super-human ability to ignore people.

me:  Like that’s his super power?  You know, that would actually make sense because HE’S SO GOOD AT IT.  I mean, the man is dedicated.  I’ll give him that.

Maile:  Ignoring you is his super-power.  And twine is his kryptonite.  And I think we just solved Nathan Fillion.

me:  Yes, but understanding Nater-Tater doesn’t get me a twine picture to use to battle evil form letters.  Unless…

Maile:  Yes.  I like where this is heading.

me:  What if I just recognize the fact that Nathan Fillion has a damn passion for ignoring people and – instead of using a picture of him holding twine to ward off marketers – I USE NATER-TATER HIMSELF.  From now on, whenever I get a particularly harassing marketer who won’t take me off the list I’ll just tell them that they need to check with Nater-Tater because he approves all of my reviews.  Then I get rid of the marketers and he gets to ignore me, plus TONS of new people.  EVERYBODY WINS.

Maile:  Oh.  My.  God.  He is going to love you.

me:  Not just me.  EVERYONE.  Got a telemarketer that won’t leave you alone?  Tell them to call Nathan Fillion. Creepy neighbor won’t stop asking you to look at his suspicious back moles?  Tell him he needs to ask Nathan Fillion first.  Bill collector won’t stop calling?  Tell them that Nater-Tater handles all of your finances.  THIS COULD CHANGE LIVES.

Maile:  Or really annoy Nathan Fillion.

me:  Who, Nater-Tater?  No way.  If anything he’ll probably want to thank me.

Maile:  With a picture of twine.

me:  That man owes me.

PS. A special note to Nathan Fillion:  As always, I adore you.  It’s almost like you planned this on purpose. In fact, I suspect you did and that’s why I would like to thank you, Nater-Tater, for being the kind of man who forces me think so much larger than a simple twine shot. One tiny twine picture might have brought light and laughter to thousands of people for a few days, but this could bring me joy FOR YEARS.

PPS.  Here is the fabulous picture of Simon Pegg holding twine, because I think it’s selfish to not share this with the rest of the world:

The man is a damn saint.

PPPS.  Phrases now a permanent part of the bloggess lexicon:

Pulling a Nathan Fillion:  Someone who refuses to play along with – or even acknowledge – your twine-based games.  May cause you to doubt your own existence.

Being a Wil Wheaton:  Like being an Eagle Scout of awesome.  Surfing the cusp of weirdness in search of maidens to rescue.  Except that I think “maidens” implies “virgins”.  So change “maidens” to “unseemly wenches with hearts of gold”.

Throwing a Simon Pegg:  Being an excellent sport even when completely baffled, because there’s simply no reason not to do something random and silly to bring joy into the lives of others.

Becoming a bloggess:  Tenaciously taking a joke way too far for the sake of sheer ridiculousness.  Might be considered dangerous.  Approach with caution and a booze slushee.

UPDATED, day 2:  I have given up on Nathan Fillion ever giving us a picture holding twine, but something happened a few minutes ago which gave me both hope and closure on this whole tumultuous year of vaguely pathetic begging…

Penn Jillette just sent us a picture of himself holding twine to help heal our pain.  Unsolicited.  With nothing asked for in return.  Just a picture of himself holding (PROBABLY MAGICAL) twine simply to brighten our day with furious joy.

He makes it look so easy, doesn't he?

We all owe Penn Jillette a drink.  Just lemonade though because the man never drinks booze.  Conclusion: Penn Jillette is better than tacos and is saving us all money.  Follow that man.  

UPDATE #3:  Is this the longest, most convoluted post ever?  Probably.  But it’s worth it because we’re almost done forever.  So in the latest turn, the always awesome Simon Pegg has asked that we leave Nathan Fillion alone because it’s starting to get a bit insane even for us.  I agree and I have apologized to Nater-Tater for bothering him and I have assured him that I will never ask him for twiney pictures again.  Unless I’m really, really drunk.  But then I felt a bit dejected and so I told everyone that instead we should really just concentrate on more important things, like helping homeless kids.  And getting Jeri Ryan to hold a spatula.  Then I immediately said I was just kidding about Jeri because I was really sort of ready for this to all be over and I didn’t have the strength to go into another year of asking one of my internet heroes for a picture of them doing something random for the sake of pure silliness.

And then something magical happened…

Jeri L. Ryan ~ Practically a gooddess.

And she wasn’t alone.  Hundreds of people started sharing pictures of themselves standing randomly with their spatulas, and in a matter of minutes I was flooded such awesomeness I may have gotten a little teary.  Also, Wil showed up again (with murderous spatula), proving that awesomeness is not just a fluke.


(Also, almost $500 was raised for overnight bags for homeless kids in under an hour because you’re all amazing.)  And then the spell was broken and my appetite for random pictures was sated, and Neil Patrick Harris probably drew a great sigh of relief because I bet he knew in his heart that he would have been next.

This is the point where I would say something witty to wrap this whole thing up but I don’t feel witty.  I feel grateful.  Thank you to every single one of you, for listening, for not taking me seriously, for taking me just seriously enough, and for coming along on this ridiculous, furiously happy voyage with me.

Seriously.  Thank you.

UPDATED FOR (I SWEAR TO GOD, PROBABLY) THE LAST TIME:  Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better:


So. Fucking. Awesome.

And what’s even more awesome about this is that Matthew Broderick isn’t even on twitter and he still wanted me to have this because he reads this blog.  Seriously, y’all.  My cat’s namesake intentionally shared a picture of himself holding something random just to celebrate the weirdness.  Best ending ever.

PS. Over $1200 was raised for homeless kids donated in honor of the amazing people who joined in the ridiculous silliness of this entire, strange saga.  Thank you from me and from the 60 children who will each be getting a security blanket, stuffed animal and a book to make life a little less serious as well.

You rock.  All of you.

UPDATED AGAIN BECAUSE I’M A LIAR ABOUT NOT UPDATING ANYMORE:  Victor just woke me up to tell me that Brian Boitano had just tweeted me a picture of himself holding twine.  Then he yelled “THAT’S WHAT BRIAN BOITANO WOULD DO” and then I realized it was probably the apocalypse because Victor was actually on twitter.  And also because BRIAN BOITANO WAS HOLDING TWINE.

I bet he'd kick an ass or two. THAT'S what Brian Boitano would do.


Matthew Broderick sees your twine and raises you a spatula and a confusingly-cooked egg.

I’d just like to add that for the most part everyone has taken this in the spirit in which it was written…as a silly, ridiculous post to remind us all to giggle a little bit more than we already are.  A very, very small number of people (mostly all brand new to this blog) instead focused on “what an asshole Nathan Fillion is” or “what an asshole people who think Nathan Fillion is an asshole are.”  I’d like to point out that both sets of people are wrong, as this amazingness could not have happened without Nathan Fillion’s actions, and I’d like to think that he somehow planned this all, because that way I can still watch Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog without feeling like Nathan Fillion now hates me.  Sometimes you have to get ignored by Nathan Fillion to get a picture of Matthew Broderick holding a spoon.  That’s just life.  A terrible, terrible analogy for life.

But an apt one.

And that’s why I’d like to thank you, Nathan Fillion, for inspiring a post that brought laughter to so many.  I hope it brings you laughter as well because it would make me very sad to think that anyone felt like less of a person just for something as silly as a twine picture.  Strangely enough, I know how that feels, and I also know how it feels to be rescued from that sadness by someone else reaching out a hand (or spatula).  And that’s why instead of asking you for a picture of you holding twine, I’m giving you one.

Of me.

Holding twine.


Thank you, Nathan Fillion.  Wherever you are.



UPDATED X I-don’t-even-know-anymore:

That's right. Sean Maher from Serenity. HOLDING TWINE. My work here is done.

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  1. Teeheehee – Nater-Tater

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  2. You do have to wonder just HOW he manages to so studiously avoid all of this attention…

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  3. “surfing the cusp of weirdness” is now part of my lexicon

  4. My husband’s explanation: Nathan doesn’t get it, cuz he’s Canadian. He might not know what twine IS.”

    My husband blames everything weird Nathan does on him being Canadian. It’s something to do with a scene from the simpsons (They think I’m slow cuz Im from Canada) and a line from Eddie Izzard (You’re English, scale is back a bit).

  5. Even Superman confronted kryptonite when Lois Lane was in trouble. No excuse, Nathan. NO EXCUSE.

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  6. Okay so all stalking laws aside, and ignoring of course your loveable yet over-active imagination, clearly the guy owes you after standing you up and all. He at least owes you pizza and an apology and a hug.

    As for the twice, I too would love to see a pic of Nathan Fillion all tied up with twine. And shirtless. Oh maybe that’s just me…

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  7. Jenny, you are my hero!

  8. I wanna marry you. That’s totally legal in Texas, right?

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  9. Maybe you should hit him low…tell him we’ll raise some money for his charity if he will offer a picture with twine! It’s for the kids, right?

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  10. Nater-Tater will totally be a thing now. I am disapointed in him, though, I though a nerd-god like him would do something like this for the world. But I’m definitely not giving up on this yet!

  11. This is the best ever. I thank you TheBloggess for making my evening.

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  12. And this is why you and Maile are two of my favourite people in the whole damned universe.

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  13. And this is why I love you. That is all.

  14. I’m starting to think that if we ever see Nater Tater tweeting twine pictures it will be a sign the world is ending.

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  15. Seriously Nater Tater….even William Shatner eventually came around to the bloggess side

  16. I am SO going to use those new phrases!

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  17. God, I love you and your crazy antics.

  18. maybe he’s not into twine. maybe he’s into softer fabrics.

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  19. Damn it all. Now I really want a booze slushy.

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  20. You know, I’m disappointed that Nathan Fillion won’t play along and give you a damn picture of himself holding twine! How hard is it to pose with twine for 2 seconds and have your picture snapped? It’s not like you asked for a naked picture of him holding twine in a strategic location or anything…

  21. Even though this is about Nathan Fillion and his twine-denying ways, I think I like the Wil Wheaton parts the best. Probably because of his awesome paper collating ways.

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  22. I do love Nathan and hope he doesn’t feel it necessary to take out a restraining order on you. My absolutely unsolicited advice is to ask Felicia Day or Neil Patrick Harris instead. I think either of them would make NF so sad for missing this opportunity. I mean. Simon Pegg is AWESOME for sending you the picture, but either missed the point or is fucking with you.

  23. I’m actually sad for Nater Tater, for all the joy he is practically singlehandedly removing from the world.

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  24. It’s really not you, it’s him. He has allegedly ignored the person who was hired to write Joss Whedon’s AUTHORIZED biography. Between that and this I have to admit I’m super disappointed in him. As a fellow Canadian, I know his mother raised him to be way more polite, dammit!

  25. I just love it when people throw a Simon Pegg! Such a shame Nater-Tater won’t play.

  26. if there is a heaven and St Peter is at the gates, do you promise now to blog from the afterword, your conversation with him when he holds you up to ask’s why he should let you in? , ppppleeeeaaaassseeeeeeeee

    In fact can you just pre-write that conversation and do it next

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  27. …Wait. If Simon IS fucking with you, then is he really awesome? Maybe just a goodish sport.

  28. Brilliant!

  29. Wow! I love this!

    Somehow, when I start to doubt my own existence, you post a blog that confirms that I am, in fact, here. 🙂

    Thanks, Jenny! You rock, as always!

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  30. Well, I don’t have a picture of him with twine, but I DO have a picture of Nater-Tater himself circa 1988 with me at summer school in Quebec. For the sake of the internet and so you never again doubt your existence I am willing to scan and send it to you!

  31. I’m beginning to think Nathan Fillion might just take himself a wee bit too seriously. Wonder if he says “and SCENE” (with eye closed in a meditative manner)at the end of every Castle take?

  32. Twinegate, continuing to bring delight to the world.

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  33. OH man. My desperate love for Nathan Fillion has just suffered a severe blow. How can I desperately love a man who won’t even hold a goddamn ball of twine? Worse than that, he’s been studiously ignoring another woman behind my back. THAT, I cannot forgive.

    Thankfully, I’ve been in love with Wil Wheaton much, much longer. I’m all yours now, Wil, you Eagle Scout of Awesome, you!

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  34. I read, I chuckle. I read, I guffaw. I read, I love. You are one of a kind and I think you’re amazing. Your brand of insane (and gloriously hilarious) humor is exactly what this world needs (even if you can’t have a Nater-Tater twine shot).

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  35. See.. Do something silly and random, like holding twine or collating paper and you are canonized in the church of awesome for all eternity.

    There is no good reason not to do these things.

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  36. –>Is Simon Pegg left-handed? If not, I call an imposter.

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  37. New plan: Everyone who has not already done so, begin stalking Nathan Fillion. As soon as an opportunity presents itself, throw a ball of twine at him, snap a picture, and run. Then there is a picture of a *surprised* Nathan Fillion, sneakily tricked into holding twine. Everybody wins.

    Also, I saw Wil Wheaton on Big Bang Theory the other day and neary died. It was awkward explaining that to my mum: “Yes, I’m freaking out because that is Wil Wheaton. What do you mean you don’t know who he is? There’s a picture of him collating paper on the Internet if you wanna see.”

  38. Maybe we should tweet him with the hashtag #nathanfillionhatestwine and give our reason why we think this is so. Maybe he was tied up with twine as a kid and it gives him nightmares. Yeah. Maybe it sends him into a fugue state. That’s what I’m going with….

    Come on Nathan Fillion. If you’re reading this, don’t be a dick (like Wil Wheaton likes to say). Give us a picture with twine!

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    Oh, I don;t think Nater-Tater is ignoring you…I think he is somewhere laughing his ass off about all of this…well, snickering quietly, but still…

  40. I love “surfing the cusp of wierdness and sheer ridiculousness” and I could really use a booze slushee! Jenny, you are my favorite!

  41. I’m surprised you haven’t asked Wil Wheaton to intercede. All of the conventions they do? They MUST know each other.

    …Although I like it better this way, I think.

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  42. Y’know, you might have better luck with George Clooney. He is so totally game. Also, Jeff Goldblum is really nice about requests, so you might try him, too.

    Just a thought.

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    Just A. Reader

    I would be honored to approach you with a booze slushee.

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    It can’t be because he’s Canadian…it just can’t be! I’m Canadian and I’ve held twine! It must be something else! It just must be! Think Think Think….

  45. you make my day so much more amusing. <3

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  46. Im setting up an auto reply in my Junk Mail folder for all the hours of spam mail I get from the good ole USofA these days. Want to offer me LASIK surgery? Speak to Nater man. Discount iPads? Not without consulting Nater Tater first my friend. Foreclosure problems? (I have no idea what that even is) but you’ll have to email my accountant Nater-Tot I’m afraid.

  47. I can’t believe I spelled weird wrong! I blame the meds and my lack of booze slushee! So sorry! Will proofread more closely next time!

  48. All in all, it makes me feel even better about my efforts to help when Nater-Tater flat-out refused to do so. http://youtu.be/5J8_0_3BL-0 because twine really is that important.

  49. i sort of get the impression he takes himself too seriously. its a bummer because captain tightpants most certainly didn’t.

    anyway, you rock.

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  50. I can assure you that Canadians do indeed know what twine is, as I am Canadian and current own twine. I’m not only Canadian but I’m also from Nathan Fillion’s hometown (that would be Edmonton not LA just to clarify). While this used to be a sourse of pride for me, it’s now a source of shame. Almost as much shame as hailing from the same province as Nickle Back. You hear that Nathan Fillion, I just ranked you with Nickel Back! And just to assure you Canadians are your people, my husband hails from a province (Newfoundland) where everyone has booze slushies in their freezer, just in case of company!

  51. I knew there was a reason I enjoy Simon Peggy. Can’t be because he reminds me of my brother.

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  52. <3Nater Tater <3 That was my son, Nathaniel's nickname. I even named his 3rd Holloween costume after it. The Tater-bot.

  53. And now my iPhone is trying to make me look like an idiot….I know it’s PEGG and not Peggy.

  54. It’s simple. Nater-Tater has linonophobia and he won’t admit it because he doesn’t want you to know he’s flawed. Maybe you should try for a picture of Nater-Tater with his odd-sock collection? Everyone has one of those.

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  55. See, you need to go recruit his Castle co-stars and get THEM to get photos with themselves and twine and make him feel the peer pressure. While not a co-star, Patrick Stewart is going to be here in DFW for the Dallas ComiCon, as well as David Prowse. You get Capt Picard AND Darth Vader to hold twine, there’s no way he could still say no. Well, he might, but you never know.

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  56. And so just so we are clear and everyone on the same page, what is the technical definition of “a Shatner”?

  57. I am so embarrassed that I now have to google Simon Pegg and Nathan Fillion, because I don’t actually know who they are. Oh, and Wil Wheaton. I’ve never heard of him either, but I think his picture collating paper is super awesome.

    When I know who these people are, this will all start to make sense, right?

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  58. As always, so damn funny.

    Second, you exist in a deep, profound, subtle, and disturbing way that brings joy to thousands (or millions?), so you totes exist.

    THANK YOU for posting the picture of Simon Pegg holding twine. I have been dying of curiosity ever since you said he sent it. Now I can die happy (though hopefully not soon).

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  59. I am pretty sure he is ignoring you because the longer he strings (haha, get it?) this out , then the bigger the reaction will be when he finally does take the picture. Or this is me being a damn optimist. Either way, he is a crafty nerd god bastard.

  60. *snort* Nater-Tater. Love it. Love you. Keep plugging away at Nater-Tater. He’ll come ’round. Either that or he has ice water in his veins.

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  61. I always knew Simon Pegg was the coolest creature on earth and you totally just confirmed it!!!

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  62. I. . .umm. . .I actually got a tweet from Nathan Fillion last week in reference to this blog entry:


    Apparently one must first feed his ego with a truly disturbing knowledge of his film and TV career. Some may call it stalking; I prefer the more PC term “Obsessive American”.

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  63. I think you need to get Ellen in on this. She totally got Oprah to put her on the cover of O magazine. And, well, what else does she have going on?
    Besides a ridiculously hot wife. A popular tv show. And pets.
    But anyway, she could totally invite him on the show and hand him a ball of twine. You’d then have a screenshot of Nathan Fillion holding twine.
    Don’t go bigger. Go nefarious.

  64. I love the way your mind works. I also wonder what will happen to all those marketers? Will they eventually realise they are all being sent to the same place and demand the twine themselves?

    Roiben x

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  65. Maybe Mr Fillion doesn’t know how to hold twine and is too embarrassed to admit it, perhaps you can get all your twitter followers to send him a twine holding picture so he knows how it’s done.
    But I think the main point I will take away from this blog post is the fact that Simon Pegg has freakishly symmetrical fingers.

  66. What kills me is how you got Simon Pegg to do it on the same day Nathan posted a picture of the two of them hanging out.

    I also think you should try to get Alan Tudyk involved.

  67. You know, maybe you should have been more quietly morbid and creepifying, because as he said all those years ago, “Morbid and creepifying I got no problem with, just as long as she’s quiet about it.”

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  68. Okay, now I think everyone should get #NaterTaterTwinePicPlease trending on Twitter… Just saying.

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  69. I enthusiastically endorse the idea of asking Neil Patrick Harris. Or maybe Zachary Levi.

  70. I don’t know. . . I’ve seen his TV show. I’d say he does “that sort of thing” weekly.

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  71. My mother just called to ask when I’m coming to visit and I told her I had to wait until Nater-Tater approved my travel arrangements. This totally rocks!

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  72. Oh YES! I love Nathan Fillion! He’s hot…but why does he have such superhuman power to ignore someone as important as the Bloggess? And now I know who Wil Wheaton is (because I saw Stand by Me and love Stephen King) and Simon Pegg (although I never watched Shaun of the Dead which probably means I am dead to you and all of your fans).

    I think there must be a whole world of twitter things I don’t know about but want to follow. Good thing I started a twitter account this morning. And Jenny, it is totally your fault that I will now be spending all of my spare time sending out pointless tweets while I have no followers. I need a twitter tutorial!

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  73. The first thing Nathan Fillion is going to do is wonder why in the hell everyone started calling him Nater-Tater, and why that nickname won’t seem to go away, because in his weird Canadian-ness, I bet he doesn’t even like potatoes. Then, about day 6 into tracking down the Nater-Tater name, there is going to be a Juanita weasel like moment where the words “DAMN YOU BLOGGESS!!!” echo around the world faster than Superman turns back time. And now would be about the time a package should arrive for his assistant, because you know his assistant probably opens everything, with a ball of twine and a card that says “Knock Knock Motherfucker”. Because he has no idea how long you can keep a thing like that going – but we do.

  74. So, how long before Nater-Tater blocks you on Twitter, do you think? (a la William Shatner) – then the whole Twitterverse can shame him into FINALLY PLAYING ALONG! (also, a la William Shatner)

    Brilliant idea, no?

  75. Is anyone else wondering WHERE Simon took that shot? It kinda looks like a bathroom in an overly expensive store… or it could be his front foyer… if he was accosted by dramatically overpriced decorators who were looking for someone to off load the extra tiles and mirrors from their last mall job.

  76. I totally love Alice’s idea (Comment number 9)!! I’d donate to that…

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  77. It really is shocking to me that Nathan Fillion “doesn’t do that sort of thing”. I mean, I’ve seen pictures of him enthusiastically riding a bicycle, this seemed right up his alley. I mean, he’s still awesome, but it is sad. =( At least now he’s earned the nickname “Nater-Tater”.

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  78. I just watched a movie with Nater-Tater (greatest. name. ever.) in it last night, and the entire time I kept thinking, you know what would make this movie better? If he’d just hold some goddamned twine. But alas, he didn’t.

  79. I will now always think of Nathan Fillion as Nater-Tator.

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  80. I should probably clarify at this point that I LOVE the picture and that he took it but somehow my brain went off on a tile tangent and I could not stop it from hitting “Submit”

  81. I love pulling a Bloggess!!! My brother said that the Twilight movie was “better than he would have expected” back in ’05. To this day I still make fun of him. And every Xmas I give him a new Twilight calendar or other memorable keepsake. :o) no one in the family has laughed at this for years. But I still crack up til I pee a little every time!!!

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  82. Honestly, I think at this point Nathan Fillion holding twine is overrated compared to what you COULD achieve. Look at it this way: you now have bent two actors who were in Star Trek to your will. You know who else you might be able to have jump on board your Awesome-Actor+Commonplace-Item-and/or-Task Photo scheme?

    George Takei. Maybe he’s eating cereal. Maybe you can sweeten the pot by offering to do a fundraiser for a good LGBT charity.

    Then you’ve got three Star Trek actors, and it starts to take on a snowball effect. Scott Bakula folding socks. Robert Picardo with balsa wood. There’s no end to the wonderfulness here. Nathan Fillion was in a great sci-fi series, and we all love him very much. But there’s a whole lot of Star Trek, and you’ve already gotten a good start.

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  83. Hahhaa I like how you point out that’s not really twine. Because…we’re all thinking it.

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  84. how can a canadian not know what twine is when our summer houses are made of twigs and twine?

  85. This is what I posted on fb when I shared your blog:

    Once again … if you don’t read The Bloggess … why not? If you only read one blog in your whole existence – it should be hers. Then you can say you read blogs and you can pretend to be a hipster. You can reference strange things and say “oh, I just read it in a blog the other day” See isn’t that cool? And Nathan Fillion – despite his dedication to Firefly is starting to annoy me. Wil Wheaton – however, must be adored.

  86. Man, if only Nathan had an Oscar, then he could be “Academy Award Winner Nater-Tater.” That has such a great ring to it.

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  87. Jenny, I promise that if I ever meet Nater-Tater again, I will have a ball of twine with me, throw it at him, and hope he catches it in time to snap a photograph.

    (PS, he was kind of a dick to me when I met him, so it doesn’t surprise me that he’s ignoring someone as awesome as yourself)

  88. I totally want to have Nathan Fillion’s baby. I bet if he was my baby daddy and what my baby needed was a picture of him holding twine he would totally do it and then I’d give it to you. Of course, he could just ignore me, too, and I’d get him thrown in jail for being a dead-beat dad and then we could probably get pictures of him doing all KINDS of things and they would be way more fun to send to those annoying pitch solicitors… am I right?

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  89. You know, it’s a slippery slope — today it’s twine, tomorrow sticks and berries, and who knows where it goes after that.

    PS (because comments can have post-scripts right?) – I actually didn’t know what Wil Wheaton looked like until I saw his picture on your blog. In my mind, he is still Wesley Crusher. I feel stupid for not recognizing him in The Guild now …

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  90. ….is it wrong that this all makes me love Nathan Fillion even more?

    I mean, think of the joy he’s bringing us by perpetuating the Nater Tater Twine Kerfuffle of 2012! It’s just darned generous.

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  91. This is absolute bullshit, Nater Tater. You are giving all of CANADA a bad rap with your selfishness. Seriously, if you are from this country, they probably used fucking twine to tie off your umbilical cord! (Universal health care costs money. We recycle.) Damnit, Nater, suck it up, call your mom, and get a bloody photo of yourself holding your umbilical twine already! We don’t want an international incident because of this.

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  92. I ? the Nater-Tater’ness of your obsession. And Wil Wheaton. And Simon Pegg. Their validation of your existence makes my validation of your existence as being more than just a figment of a really wonderful and happy imagination even more valid.

  93. That’s supposed to be a heart, btw.

  94. I don’t get too many (well, any) unsolicited blog pitches, so I guess I’ll have to just forward all my junk mail (spam and e) to Nater Tater to handle. Wouldn’t want to waste his super power.

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  95. Am I the only person in the blogging world not stalking Nater-Tater? I refuse to believe that anyone who cannot hold a simple piece of twine and snap a pic with his phone is worthy of adoration. It might be the schnapps (yes they still make this shit) that my tenant left behind when he moved out or it might be my complete lack of ability to focus… which might be caused by schnapps… but I think I’ll write a letter to Nathan and beg him to hold the twine.

    PS. The next time my mother asks me why I can’t find a nice man and settle down I am referring her to Nathan per your suggestion.

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  96. Holy Moly! This was a long conversation! 🙂 Good thing you remembered it.

    Why the twine? – that’s what I’ve never understood. Maybe he is just against twine. Have you considered something more masculine such as a catcher’s glove or belt buckle?

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  97. I think Prop Widow has the right idea. I’ll bet Felicia Day could make anyone do anything. I also think it’s time to get the Nerdist in this campaign. After all, he managed to get Nathan Fillion, Wil Wheaton and Simon Pegg on the same show!


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  98. Cynthia #72. You. Rock.

  99. I think we’re all disappointed in Nater-Tater. Oh well, Simon Pegg is good people, and we can always rely on Wil Wheaton.

    On the other hand, Nathan has graced the screen in the buff, so he gets points for that, in my book.

  100. You know, Simon Pegg may feel inadequate if we continue asking someone else for a twine picture. He may feel like his wasn’t enough. And, really, it was one of the most amazing experiences of the Internet. I don’t see how a Nater-Tater twine pic could be anything other than a let down compared to that. So maybe you could just use the Pegg Twine shot as your bookend?

    But still refer everyone to Nathan Fillion. That’s fucking awesome.

  101. What I love best is that Simon Pegg, who did not actually have any twine in the house, went out to the garage and braided a loop of plastic bag into a twine-substitute, then took a picture of it for you. How AWESOME is he?

  102. I’m pretty sure you’re the funniest person on the face of the earth. I love you, you wench with a heart of gold.

  103. Dear Nigerian Prince,
    I would love to help you with the issue of claiming your money. Unfortunately I can not give you my bank routing numbers without permission first from Nathan Fillion. Please contact him on twitter @NathanFillion to finalize the details. I look forward to working with you once you two have spoken.

    With regard,

  104. Ooh…coerce former/current little friends of Nater-Tater to entwine him. Ooh (again)…behind his back. Pics of N-T with twine stuck on him that he doesn’t even notice. Then get them to send to twine to you. Collect enough secret twine and you can knit (or macrame, if you must) yourself a whole new twiney N-T. Think of the fun you could have…also makes a great source of nesting materials for the pretty birdies in spring.

  105. You know, I bet he would have done it back in his Joey Buchanan days on One Life to Live, or even in the Firefly days. Put a guy on one of the big three networks and he gets all “I don’t do that stuff” on us.

    Still, his hotness abounds, but it is a little tarnished.

  106. I just started watching Firefly and saw the name Nathan Fillion and was all like “ohhhhhhhh NOW I get it”. I know I’m late to the party but at least I got here.

  107. I love you so, Jenny.

    PS. Booze slushies are a delightful part of my life. 🙂

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  108. I think Castle may have crushed the awesome right out of Nathan Fillion. I’ve heard network tv can do that to you. RIP, Mal. I’ll love you forever.
    Simon Pegg already had my eternal love. Now he’s also got respek, yo.

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  109. P.S. I remember Nathan Fillion when he was a Buchanan kid on One Life to Live.

    Remember your roots, Nate…we loved you then! 😉

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  110. That “twine” kinda looks like a shoe lace. But if your happy, then I’m happy!

  111. We need to send your phrases to urban dictionary pronto!

  112. Captain Nater-Tater Hotpants.

    That’s pretty much all I have to say.

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  113. Maybe if you’d asked for a picture of Nathan Fillion holding space twine, it would have worked out. They totally had to have had space twine on the Serenity.


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  114. –sings “Blame Canada”–
    Oh dear Nater-Tater, look what you’ve started…you’ve impassioned the Bloggess’s fans. Thank goodness we <3 you, you handsome clueless Canuck. Do come down to Texas and we'll give you all sorts of clues. 😉

    (Just had to share my own Nate love with the masses…assuming dear Jenny will share when she's with Victor) 😀

  115. Forget Nater Tater… You got a picture from Simon-fucking-Pegg!!! I am so so so jealous! You are my hero.

  116. I can’t find Nater Tater on Google maps. Can you give us his actual address and email and cellphone number and car tag, just to help with the ongoing contact program? And twine.

    He’s probably at the Oscars tonight, so we might just leave a lot of the media requests on his living room table.

    I’m sure he left the front door unlocked, or locked in a manner that would not repel a large metal chicken, a wolf, a mouse and a weasel. Which was a big mistake.

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  117. If you keep up with twitter (which I don’t), you’ll see Nathan Fillion is interested in being on something called “The Daly Show.” No clue what it is, but this Tim Daly seems inclined to let him…on…or in…or be a part of it, I don’t know.

    Regardless! New plan, convince this Tim Daly that Nathan Fillion can only be allowed access to his show once he has posted a picture of him holding twine. IT CANNOT FAIL.

  118. You are ridiculous and every post of yours makes me happier. You’re totally doing it right.

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  119. I am now an even bigger fan of Simon Pegg. And who do these starts think they are not agreeing to meet with their fans. It’s not like there could be any potential problems or inconveniences.

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  120. 121
    cupcake pajama party

    I’m having a shit, shit, shit morning and this is the first smile I have had all day. Nater-Tater WILL write sonnets about you.

  121. I am generally alway willing to pull a will wheaton, but have been known to pull a simon pegg. However pulling a nathan fillion is just uncalled for in life. It indicates a lack of imagination from an unhappy childhood. It also assures the fact that the person guilty of such an act has not appropriately embraced their alcoholism.

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  122. My heart breaks a bit because of this. I once thought Nater-Tater to be beyond the bomb. But now? He’s kind-of being a jerk.

    And just to throw my two cents in, Andrea back up at comment #81, has the best idea I’ve heard! Jenny, you need to get on top of that because I would totally pay money to have a photo of Robert Picardo with balsa wood. Patrick Stewart with a crumpet. Kate Mulgrew paying bills. The possibilities are endless. How about a calendar of Star Trek stars doing every day chores?

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  123. maybe he’s worried that the twine will make him look bad. we all know how insecure people in ‘the industry’ can be. twine, particularly in it’s ‘ball’ form can be pretty intimidating. i find it intimidating, anyway. even still, i’m all, ‘what, nathan fillion’? are you some sort of megalomaniac who has delusions of grandeur about being too awesome to be photographed with an intimidating ball of twine in order to battle the evil scourge of unsolicited blog pitches? well then, YOU sir are no longer welcome in my sexy daydreams. we are FINISHED!’. ’nuff said.

  124. He doesn’t DO that?! We need to back up the bus a minute. Proportionally, I’d bet you are globally famous-er than he is, so he should be THRILLED that the Dark Army of the Bloggess is all up in his grill. Sounds kinda snotty to me. Cute or not, he needs to know that WE are the only assholes around here.

    Also, I feel that we need a planned, scheduled and directed push for the ol’ Nater Tater holding twine pic. Like a well coordinated wave of attack where as soon as you think it’s over, the Twitter cavalry that has been hiding in the woods charges in and attacks the flank, thereby causing it to collapse in on itself, a la every movie I’ve ever seen. Don’t act like y’all don’t know what I’m talking about and ohmygod I just realized how nuts this sounds. Okay. I’m finished.

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  125. Nathan…I am disappointed in you, young man.

  126. This is a wonderful post! Bahahah.

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  127. Since I adore Nater-Tater (although not as much as Will Wheaton, based soley on *that* page. And well, nevermind, but there was no restraining order so it’s all good)

    Anyway, since I adore Nater-Tater I can only assume he is trying to come up with a clever pun for “twine”. So I’m going to help you out Nater-Tater (who surely must be reading this): Tea-wine. It’s tea and wine and you can buy it by the bottle in just about every liquor store…grocery store…convenience store….you get the point. Since she accepted the non-twine of Simon Pegg surely she will like this. Change the definition of your name, Man! It’s for THE WORLD!

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  128. I don’t understand how anyone can ignore something that’s obviously beating them over the head (metaphorically, of course…). I mean, wouldn’t it become painful and torturous after a while, and he’d have to take the picture just to relieve the sheer madness building up in his life?

    Simon Pegg for mayor.

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  129. When this goes to its inevitable criminal trial can I have VIP seats in the courtroom? (Oh, and for shame Nater Tater – you’ll play Dr Horrible but won’t hold a ball of twine????)

  130. You know, Hugh Bonneville not only responds to tweets, but actually seems to have a functioning sense of humor. Think: a picture of Lord Grantham sorting socks, or eating toast. Just sayin’.

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  131. Also, Leanne Moffat (comment # 91): As a fellow Canadian… yes. Just yes. Listen to her, Nater Tater.

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  132. A couple of years ago I went to Universal Studios and saw the big fancy fighting show that takes place on water (used to be water world until that became hopelessly uncool). After the show the stunt men come out to the front to sign autographs and meet the fans… whateves. One of them was Nathan Fillion’s stunt double. We went over and met the guy. He’s really nice and if I remember right he had a beautiful NZ or Aussie accent (or was it English, Scottish or Irish… I’m sorry to all of those people I have just insulted). Anyway, he and my hubby talked Rugby for a while. If he’s still there someone should take twine with them to Universal Studios and totally take a picture of his stunt double from the back holding twine and then tell Nathan Fillion we got his stunt double to do the thing he was most afraid of. Take a picture with twine.

  133. This is probably the appropriate time to ask Neil Patrick Harris to submit a photo of himself washing dishes.

  134. OK, I think the most unbelievable thing about this is that Maile didn’t already know the Nathan Fillion story. I mean, I’m pretty sure everyone else on the planet knows about this …with the possible exception of Nathan Fillion himself and I think he’s just faking it, probably because he can’t be bothered to scrounge up some twine. It’s also possible he just doesn’t have any twine. Maybe we could send him some. We could hold a telethon to raise money to send Nathan Fillion some twine. Twine Aid. Twine Across America. …something.

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  135. I used to think Nater-Tater was a geek god. Certainly the goofy things he’s done and the things I’ve seen him tweet have helped with that impression. But with his relentlessly ignoring your requests to take a picture of him holding twine, I feel I have to downgrade him from a geek god to a geek demi-god. He still has opportunities to redeem himself but is going to have to do more than post a pic of him holding twine to do so.

    Meanwhile, for me, Simon Pegg, who I love dearly, has taken Nater’s place as the geek god of my heart. He is pure awesome sauce.

  136. I am so in love with Wil Wheaton for being a good sport (amongst other things) and now I just don’t know about Nathan Fillion anymore. “I don’t do things like that”? Like what? Have fun?

  137. Lila, (#133) I think you’re on to something.

    Nathan Fillion’s stunt double is Paul Anthony Scott. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1273018/

    Perhaps The Bloggess can ask him to stand in for Mr. Fillion in performing the dangerous task of holding twine.

  138. After reading this, and the comments, I have a dire suspicion that Nater-Tater has had his mind poisoned by William Shatner… Hell, it might even be a conspiracy where he’s received letters from those same PR companies URGING him not to respond… Or some legal team.
    I can see it now, Nater sees the thousands of texts and turns to his lawyer. “I feel overwhelmed by all these people wanting to see me naked with twine. What should I do?”
    Lawyer: “Well, WHAT EVER you do, DO NOT BLOCK HER! Shatner did that and his fan points dropped about a billion. You want fans to love you, even if you aren’t willing to even sort of meet them halfway.”

    I like his acting… but somehow I do sense he’s JUST a bit more self absorbed than any pure awesome Wil Wheaton, or Simon Pegg.

    I know what we need next… Matt Smith holding twine! Am I right??

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  139. For the love of everything holy, someone send this post to the writers of Castle…. Maybe we can get an episode where he gets tied up with twine!!

  140. I tried to help, man…he’s just too good at the ignoring. He’ll always be Joey Buchanan, anyway.

    I’ll donate $374 to whoever or whatever you choose if you can get Tom Selleck blowing bubbles.

  141. I think what we need to do is beat Nater-Tater at his own game. I think this can actually work if everyone helps.
    We need to start emailing, tweeting, blogging, etc to Saturday Night Live that we want Nater Tater to host (much like how Betty Whitecame to host), then the suits at SNL will have no choice but to have him host.
    When we get word he’s hosting, we must then bombard all the current SNL cast via tweet, email that there MUST be a skit written where we get Nater Tater to hold twine. Boom! We’ve just conquered Nater Tater AND millions of people have seen him holding mother fucking twine on national TV.
    PS…I’ve never used Nater Tater so much…EVER.

  142. I just had to google Nathan, had no clue who he was.

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  143. I don’t understand what the problem is, we Canadians are known for our sense of humour. Is he secretly allergic to twine? Or maybe awesomeness? I really didn’t know who Nathon Fillion was until I started reading your blog so he hasn’t given me a reason to be a fan, especially with him continuing to pull a Naton Fillion. But Nater-Tater that has a chance.

    Ultimately, I think Wil Wheaton has to have a conversation with him on how to not be a dick.

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  144. That twine must be a super big deal.

    I must raise my future son to be a twine-bearer.

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  145. Jenny I dot know if this will help, but HERE is a picture of Nathan holding a fish. It’s not twine…. But at least he’s holding SOMETHING! http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/28700000/Nate-3-nathan-fillion-28792630-266-376.jpg

  146. Oh my dear, Thank you so much for all you write. And all you are.

  147. Maybe you should get Wil Wheaton to talk to Nathan Fillion since they seemed all buddybuddy that nerd show on BBC America. Or just give up on non-Star Trek celebrities altogether…even if Shatner didn’t work out completely, Wil and Simon did.

  148. If more people were like Wil Wheaton, this world would be a much better place.

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  149. I think you should try asking Rick Castle, get Det. Beckett & Alexis in on it…. If that fails, ask the rest of the Firefly cast to hold Twine. I’d love to see Jayne with some twine. Then maybe Nater-Tater will give in to peer pressure.

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  150. Gather ’round people and listen as The Bloggess spins a YARN,
    About a man named Nathan who simply doesn’t give a darn.
    Wheaton collated paper, but how could this be matched?
    Just one request from Nathan, with no STRINGS attached.
    Save for one, of course – he must be holding TWINE,
    Indoors, outdoors, doesn’t matter, anything is fine.
    But alas it seems that such requests had been dismissively ignored,
    For Nathan’s thoughts about such things are never in acCord.
    And though Mr. Pegg attempted to replace Nathan in his stead,
    His noble effort amounted at most to being ‘Shaun of the Thread’.
    And so what lesson can be imparted to you, the blog subscriber?
    Simply that Nathan Fillion lacks a certain moral FIBER.

  151. It’s all becoming clear to me now. *YOU* are my Nater-Tater!!!!! Holy shitballs. It’s like I was just given that purely experimental drug by Robin Williams in “Awakenings” and I’m Robert DeNiro…and I finally wake up out of my catatonic state, only to realize that YOOOOOUUUUUU are my Dr. Sayer!!!!!

    So…to recap: Jenny = Carm’s Nater-Tater. That’s pretty fucking awesome if you ask me. Love, Carm

  152. I’m just commenting on this because I like to be a part of big things, and I want to be a part of the class action lawsuit that Nater-Tater brings against us all 😀 We’ll get tshirts made about it. It’ll be loads of fun in the court room!! Yay!!

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  153. “And he said he was very sorry for disappointing his #1 super-fan.”

    That totally made my heart jump. You got me good.

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  154. Sometimes I find myself randomly thinking of plans on how to sneak attack Nathan Fillion into holding twine and taking a picture.

    One day I will think of a good one, aka one where I wont end up in jail.

  155. Nater Tater, I will so remove you from my Pinerest wall. Just comply and things will work out. Twine never hurt most people.

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  156. So, this whole post – that would be your string theory?

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  157. 159
    liz from downunder

    “A man who refuses to succumb to the pleasure of twine holding shall live to regret his new nickname” – Mark Twainstein.
    “Those who seek to ignore the Bloggess shall rue the day” – A. Ristotle.
    “He who hods the twine holds her heart” – Con Fuscious.
    For the glory of the United States of America the twine must be held” – Franklin Roseveldt.
    “Hold the damn twine Fillion” – Juanita.
    “The way to the heart of the bloggess is through doing her bidding” – Victor.

  158. Two things:

    1.) Just bough you’re book, suuppperrrr excited to read it!!!

    2.) Simon Pegg is AWESOME! (lol)

    great blog post 🙂

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  159. lol correction please, just BOUGHT your book (and have been drinking:)

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  160. O.M.G. You are a friggin’ GENIUS. Someone get me a blue raspberry booze slushee stat!

  161. I. Love. This. Blog.

    Also, I clicked on EVERY link. I like being thorough

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  162. I’m glad that you haven’t just become a bloggess, but are a bloggess. The one and only Bloggess. Nathan Fillion is a fool for not holding twine for you. And us.

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  163. I’m pretty sure my friends are way too boring.

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  164. I will no longer be able to watch ‘Castle’ without thinking ‘Nater-Tater handles my finances.’

    Thank you.

  165. SIMON PEGG ROCKS. And for more than just holding twine. He’s the best.

    Except for maybe Wil Wheaton.

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  166. You absolutely need to have a definition for being a William Shatner. Js

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  167. Now I can’t remember which comment it was, but the whole Star Trek idea is great, I mean, we all know Jeri Ryan LOVES you. Seriously, Seven of Nine? The world needs this. (As much as we needed Wil Wheaton collating paper, obviously.)

  168. Nathan,
    I also love you. But it would appear you have pissed off the wrong lady. I know, you thought — it’s just another crazy asking for crazy. No. Not even. This is about twine, motherfucker. And it is time to represent.

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  169. Simon Pegg is totally fucking rad.

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  170. You know, my best friend sent me a link a couple years ago and said…you should read this blog. It’s just one of a million reasons why I love my best friend.

    And, man…Nathan Fillion is such a damn disappointment. He will never be half the man that Wil Wheaton is.

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  171. Number (152) you poem was beautiful! seemed to strike a Cord!? Lol!

    Bloggess you are amazing! I just couldn’t help but giggle! These are like conversations I have with my friends but everyone just thinks I’m weird! Yet You turned it into a career!

    I have faith that Nater Tater will come around! After all, there has to be such thing as “fan-pressure”! Either that or he is hanging out for the awesomeness factor! Well at least I hope so! 🙂 x

  172. Sent me a link to your blog that is. Not just some random link that is unconnected to you. But you probably already figured that part out.

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  173. So if/when Nathan has children they will be called Nater Tator Tots… (sorry)

    The Doctor quote needs to be changed to the following… “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually—from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint—it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly… TWINEY-wimey… stuff..” (sorry again)

    As a fellow Canadian I have to advise Nathan that he is treading dangerously close to being “rude” and that will just not do… Still a huge fan but….

    Maybe if he tried juggling several balls of twine, if the picture is taken while the balls are up in the air then he is technically not HOLDING the twine (which would make him happy) and I think would still make us happy at the same time…

  174. Goodness. I LOVE Simon Pegg. And I like Nathan Fillion. And I’m disappointed in him. And I vow that if our paths ever cross, I will tie him up and take a picture of him IN twine. And I will text it to you, from Jail.

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  175. Please don’t bother Mr. Fillion. He is far too busy preparing to pose naked with Bradley Cooper for my wedding cake topper when I marry Jason Statham.

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  176. @Prospero. Well….one thing’s for certain. You won’t be tying the knot with twine.


  177. Ok wait wait wait here just a mo, you mean to tell me that Nater-Tater will do “Dr. Horrible’s Sing a Long Vlog” but not pose w/Twine? WTF Nates… It was hard enough to get past the whole “I’m Canadian” thing but really schmoopy, not bringing joy to your peeps is just down right insulting.

    Just for the record my son asked for some more milk and then I totally forgot where I was going w/this, please carry on if you can? You must carry on Jenny, so many will be lost if you don’t.

  178. I’m a bit confused. Between your admiration of the actual Wil Wheaton’s awesomeness and the way Wil Wheaton portrays himself on the big bang theory I have no idea if Being a Wil Weaton is a good thing. Because, quite frankly, TV is more believable. HE PLAY’S HIMSELF!

  179. I have to wonder if his background on One Life To Live made him weary of women in curlers wanting to interact with him. Soap operas will do that to a person.

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    Vanessa Brown

    Nathan Fillion demonstrates a clear lack of go-with-the-flow weirdness that we all want him to have.
    I would like to point out, however, that this entire post ignores the fact that for CHRISTMAS Matthew Broderick took a picture of himself holding a spoon just for you. Maybe you leaving him out of your post makes him feel like HE doesn’t even exist. Jenny, are you not pulling a Fillion on MB, a sincere and devoted friend?
    What would Ferris Mewler say?

  181. I didn’t realize who Nater-Tater was, so I asked Google. And, after all that, the tied up in twine comment would totally further his career.

  182. Andrea (#81) is a genius. What she said.
    I know a lot of Canadians and they aren’t funny unless they’re drinking.
    I would be willing to buy Simon Pegg a ball of twine.
    Wil Wheaton is THE BEST.

  183. It was really sweet of Simon Pegg to try to make you happy. But really? Is that supposed to pass for twine?

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  184. It’s amazing how you managed to outdo the tension between main characters on television shows…with a man who, instead of succumbing to a hot moment of passion, need only provide a photo of him holding twine. Will he? Won’t he? This time? Now? I think it best he never grant your wish because I’m afraid that it may make your blog implode. I love Nathan Fillion, but I love your blog more.Now, if you can get Nathan Fillion naked, holding a ball of twine IN THE TARDIS, I am pretty sure you will have fulfilled a Mayan prophesy, and I have mixed feelings about a Fillionpacalypse.

  185. You need a shirt that says ‘ Approach with caution and a booze slushee.” Or maybe I just need it so I need you to make it first.

  186. Who’s nathan fillion? He’s making me doubt his own existence. But really, who is he?

  187. Girl, you do know what he’s doing right!? Nathan Fillon is PLAYING AT BEING HARD TO GET. Typical male. He’s absolutely loving all the attention you’re giving him about the twine, he’s revelling in all the Twitter-contact, he’s getting smug off your increasingly attempts to meet him. It’s all ego-fodder.

    My advice?
    Walk away. Keep yourself at a distance. Cut all communication. Deprive him of all the attention. Feign disinterest. Act like twine bores you.
    I’d give it…a few weeks. By then he’ll be crawling to YOU, covered in twine. You won’t be able to move on the internet for all the pictures he’ll be sending you.
    Good luck!

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  188. Shadesiren – as a Canadian I resent your husband’s ignorance. We know perfectly well what twine is, thank you very much! It’s because Nathan is Canadian that he probably ignores people. We Canadian’s don’t ‘do’ celebrity. It makes us uncomfortable.

    Except for Jim Carrey and he’s obviously an anomaly.

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  189. I wonder if Nathan Fillion is actually resisting because he realises he’s not as famous anymore, and by continuing this charade he knows more people will have to google/IMDB him, thus pushing his ratings on the internet up?
    Maybe Nathan Fillion is pulling a PR Bloggess?

    Also, you realise that *hundreds* of people are going to spend their weeks considering better ways to stalk a geeklebrity? I’m not 100% sure, but I’m pretty sure there are rules about inciting people to stalk. If you need a bolt-hole when the ‘Feds come after you, the weather in England is great this week (HELL YEAH, GLOBAL WARMING!)

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  190. I get your disappointment in ol’ Nater Tater but rejoice in the silver lining. Simon Pegg sent you a pic of himself holding twine. Methinks Nater Tater’s just being a bit too cool for school. I like Simons ‘down with the peeps’ approach to celebrityhood much better.

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  191. “I don’t do stuff like that”? Really? He said that? Wow. He’s going to be so excited at all the new cool stuff you’re going to help him not do!

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  192. I was totally right. I just checked Nathan Fillion out on IMDB and his Starmeter rating is up 77 this week.

    Well played, Nathan Fillion. Well played.

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  193. I have a picture of Nathan holding string…would that suffice?

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  194. My cousin worked with Nathan on some kind of canceled show (not Firefly, unclench) and he says he never met a more personable and fun actor in his entire life. He is very polite and kind, has super dry wit and actually hangs out with crew guys which is not very common among “stars”. So I asked my cousin what this twine thing might mean and he says Nathan is totally not the kind of guy to be guilted, bullied or “twittered” into anything. He is sort of mulish and doesn’t much care how it appears to others. If a bunch of people tell him to do something he is more likely to do the opposite, my cousin said. So if he didn’t do it (twine holding) at once, the chance of him doing it now is pretty much 0. But he is absolutely not “too full of himself”, he’s super nice and funny, but has these personality quirks which apparently prevent him from meeting you and twine.

  195. Oh, and by “not doing stuff like that” he probably meant that he doesn’t do requests from Twitter, not funny random stuff in general.

    And keep being awesome, I am currently far from home (not in Iraque or anything) and your insanity reminds me of certain family members, Stacy I’m looking at you.

  196. I LOVE Sj’s suggestion of Jeff Goldblum. That would be awesome. I’m sad to admit I had to Google Simon Pegg (I don’t have any idea what any actor’s name is) and I was a bit disturbed that a pic for the original Scotty came up in the search but then after researching further discovered that Simon Pegg is the “new” Scotty which makes me want to see the new Star Treks just a teensy bit more but I still refuse to because I think it’s wrong that they cast an attractive Spock since that is so unrealistic and I also just realized I may have just created the longest run on sentence of my lifetime so I’m both a little proud and ashamed all over again. I win.

    Where’s my slushee?

  197. If I didn’t already absolutely LOVE Simon Pegg, this would make me love him, as an actor of course. How awesome that he was a bit baffled but is a complete good sport and played along! I think I’m going to watch Paul in honor of him today. 😀 You’ve already proven that Wil Wheaton is awesome. Is it a coincidence that they’re both associated with Star Trek?

  198. Got totally lost in a sea of posts. Every single one was like, if you dont know this, click this. It was amazing. It took me 4 hours. I feel like I’ve been on a magical journey.

  199. So you should totally start bugging Stana Katic and the rest of the Castle crew to ambush Nathan on set with a camera and twine. Get Nathan Marlowe in on it too! By endurance we conquer!!!


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  200. Totally love Penn now. However, Teller is silent on the subject… 🙂 You rock Jenny!

  201. Andrew Marlowe***** I’ve got Nathan on the brain (but who doesnt?)

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  202. I love Penn Jillette even more than I did before.

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  203. Penn creeps me out. But YAY FOR SIMON!! He is a hero 😛

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  204. Penn is just awesome.

    I think I love him a little bit. In a totally platonic non-sexual* way of course.

    *Okay, I admit it – it may be a little sexual.

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  205. I’m still waiting for the wikipedia page for Nathan Fillion to include the words “twine”, “Nater-Tater”, and the phrase: Pulling a Nathan Fillion. I’m waiting, internet. Chop freaking chop.

    The end.

  206. This post both dazed and confused me. But then, I got over it! Just in time to see how one person letting you donw in an epic way turned into two making things AWSOME!! Penn freking ROCKS for stepping up to bat without prompting!! I want to buy that man a girraffe!!!! He deserves it!

  207. So, to be clear, one awesome person not sending you twine has resulted in two awesome people sending you twine.

    The man truly is a genius!

    Also, we totally need to start referring to him as N.T. (short for Nate-Tater). That way someone will call him N.T. and someone else will say “Wait, I thought your initials were N.F.?” And then he’ll totally have to explain this entire story, showing him why he should have listened to you in the first place, even though his master plan is pretty brilliant.

  208. And it just keeps getting better.

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  209. I suspect (although I would totally take it back in a red-hot second if he ever surprised me because I love/lust him so much) that Nathan Fillion is kind of an asshat celebrity. It’s okay because he’s still awesome but I hate that he is disappointing you/us with his unwillingness to play.
    Also WOOO PENN & PEGG! They just moved up the list.
    Also I have no idea how anyone could say no to you. Or ignore you. Stupids. 🙂

  210. There are at least three kinds of awesome in this post. Hint: one of them is you.

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  211. Penn is such a great guy? I think we should all take our pictures with twine and use them for our fb profile pics. #twinetakesoverfb

  212. I now love Penn Jillette in a completely inappropriate way.

  213. Now I’m doubting MY existence because I THOUGHT I loved Simon Pegg and Penn Jillette, but it must not have been enough because I totally love them all over again now. Also, the expression on Penn’s face makes it perfect to send to unsolicited solicitors because he’s all, “Really? You’re emailing me AGAIN? You see this twine right here? Your pitch is as relevant as THAT.”

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  214. One of those people who make the ribbon things for avatars needs to make a twine one, that way it’ll mention The Bloggess and have maybe a twine “ribbon”.

    Someone hurry up and do that.

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  215. Goodness, this is awesome. I feel like I can’t like Nathan Fillion anymore at this point. Just sayin’

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  216. First time commenter, long time reader. This post was confusing and amazing and I love you.

    Never stop posting!!


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  217. I have always been a huge Penn fan!! He is a masterful twine holder!!

  218. Penn Gilette (and in absentia, Teller)–a true hero. Am now starting the day fondly recalling their shows. Thanks!

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  219. I love Simon Pegg and Penn Jillette. I don’t know who Nathan Fillion is.

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  220. That’s it. Nater-Tater is completely ruined for me. But I’m now in love with Simon Pegg and Penn Jillette.

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  221. In our fame-obsessed society, it seems most people would love to be famous. Not me. Being anonymous means I’ll never get a request from some undermedicated crackpot for a photo of myself recycling cardboard.

    Sorry Jenny. I enjoy you immensely. I even relate. But putting myself in the place of a person who would send unsolicited kooky requests lacking context means I’d have no choice but to consider you an undermedicated crackpot.

  222. What if all of us, your loyal readers, sent a pic of ourselves holding twine?

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  223. Penn Gillette and Simon Pegg are awesome! And Will of course! And FB pictures with twine and red dresses, or at least shirts really should be on the agenda.

  224. I met Nathan Fillion on set when I was an extra. I am tempted to do more extra work (which since getting real work, I haven’t really done) on his set just to ask him to hold twine and take a gallllldamned picture of.

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  225. I just died and went to a heaven where Jenny is the queen, with a court of taxidermy minions in the bathroom, Wil Wheaton, Penn Jillette, & Simon Pegg are fiddling papers and twine, and Nater-Tater is brooding with his face smashed against the glass because THERE IS NO HEAVEN FOR NATHAN FILLION!!

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  226. –>If Penn had held that twine slightly to our left it would look like he was hanging a baby. Nice Save, Penn!

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  227. Next time I see him, I’ll throw some twine at him, take a picture and run. Just don’t count on it for, like, tomorrow’s blog post. I’m getting my hair did. Possibly Wednesday will work.

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  228. I love this. Some people use their power for social good to change some indiscretion. You? You get B list stars to hold twine. You’re my kind of girl.

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  229. Penn Jillete shows us all that he is much better at this thing they call social media that Nathan Fillion. But Will Wheaton is still the boss of it all.

  230. That is beyond awesome. Never had much of a soft spot for Jillette. But now? Totally my hero. I was already in love with Simon Pegg, and his quick response to your requested sealed the deal. So cool.

  231. Oh, and we named our cal Mal after Nathan Fillion’s character on Firefly and I’m going to pretend now that it’s a totally random coincidence. OH! I can get my CAT to hold twine for you! Whaddaya say?

  232. Is it just me or is Nathan Fillion just a poor man’s Jason Bateman?

  233. I think the next time that Nater-Tater is going to be on Conan or LetterDude we should harrass the host to randomly hand him a ball of twine so they can get a quick picture. We will get this done. The Bloggesses will be done, y’all.

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  234. Maybe that is Nater-Tater in a Penn Jillette costume, did you ever think of that?

  235. “The twine test” to see whether a celeb is actually cool or really a douche bucket. It actually works.

  236. Nater-Tater…..hahahaha. I had a boyfriend in college who’s nickname was Tater. Loving Simon Pegg and Penn Jillette SO MUCH!

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  237. He makes it look so easy, doesn’t he? is my favorite line.

    God bless Penn.

  238. He makes it looks so easy, doesn’t he? is my favorite line. God bless Penn.

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    Rumble Kitty

    I can kind of understand Nathan’s reluctance. If you give in to one obsessive Internet personality and send a picture holding twine, the next thing you know, someone else will demand one with a paperclip, a Phillips screwdriver, etc. and then you are spending all of your time making photos of yourself with the contents of your junk drawer!

  240. Did you know he named his daughter Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette? I can’t decide if that was THE WORST IDEA EVER or THE BEST IDEA EVER. Maybe we should ask Moxie CrimeFighter.

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  241. I hope this isn’t just Celebrity Apprentice based hoopla.

    Actually, who cares, the man is holding twine and you’re pretty amazing.

    Trending worldwide for Simon Pegg. And it worked!!

    You are so pissing off Nathan Fillion!



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  242. OMFG, I love it!!!! He’s amazing! LMAO!!

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  243. To SarahatHome NO he is nobody’s poor man’s anything. He is a sci-fi god and a worldwide treasure.

  244. Only you Jenny . Penn Jillette is my new hero.

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    Leatrice Hargrove

    Giving Maile points for the whole “Nater Tater” nickname, however…still feel this would have been a much shorter conversation if you had been talking to Laura, cuz you wouldn’t have to explain so much or give so much backstory. I mean, how can she call herself your friend and not even know about the whole “no twine pic from Nathan” fiasco? Your loyal fans and readers and friends keep up, even if you won’t accept our friend requests on facebook.
    On a side note, I have seriously thought about launching an all out campaign myownself to that end by having all my friends send you facebook messages saying, “why won’t you accept Leatrice’s friend request? She’s freaking AMAZING!”. But what I know (and love) about my friends is that they are way too lazy to put forth that much effort. Totally pulling a Nathan Fillion, you know?
    Love you awful!

    (Blame Zuckerburg. He won’t let me accept more than 5,000 friends and then he shut me down. True story. I can only add people as other people die or unfriend me. ~ Jenny)

  246. Jenny,
    Maybe as a way of cheering you up, we could all make pictures for you of what looks like Nathan holding twine. I mean… photoshop does lovely things. Maybe you could have so many photos of him with twine, he’d actually wonder if he sent you a photo of him with twine.
    It could be a beautiful thing.
    (Just an idea.)

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    Leatrice Caffey

    Had to update my name on here cuz my divorce was final on Thursday! Wine Slushies for everyone-on me!!On another side note: you would totally be Being a Wil Wheaton if you did accept my friend request on facebook. I’m just saying.
    Love you more than my luggage (and I have AWESOME luggage!)

  248. Penn Jillette is da bomb.

    (May I confess that I have only ever heard of Nathan Fillion because of you? True story.)

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  249. Sara@home, it’s just you. Nathan is 300 kinds of awesome. He’s the kind of guy who hides silly presents wherever he might be; tweets a pic of it and fans race to find it. Geocaching for Stalkers!

    I love that Wil and Simon and Penn played along with all this lunacy (and The Bloggess, I never would have found you without all this craziness… you are sooo funny!) And somehow I also kind of love Nathan even more for holding out. Of course it could be that I’m biased because he retweeted me. Once. Like over a year ago.

  250. You know you’ve hit it big when out of the blue random celebrities send you pics. Congratulations.

  251. Holy. Shit.

  252. This is so utterly beyond awesome it defies belief. Penn and Pegg what uber legends you are.

  253. I love the Nater-tater. There is a bar here in Silver Spring, MD that serves tater tots. I will see if they will consider changing the name on the menu to Nater-Taters. What do you think? Anyways love your blog as always. It brings me joy as I sit at home with my daughter. On behalf of me, a stay at home dad, who has a card that say’s “I let my kids watch zombie movies,” thank you.

  254. 1. Simon Pegg rocks! (even if that’s not twine)
    2. Wil Wheaton is a god. End of story.
    3. Nater-Tater is making me sad…why, Nater? Why? Its only twine, for Wil’s sake!
    4. Penn Gillette is starting to look cooler than Nater-Tater.
    5. Now’s the perfect time to have a picture of Neil Patrick Harris holding a tie; George Takei holding a toaster; Craig Ferguson holding a puppet…

  255. Well, damn. I’ve read your blog for quite a while now… lurking, but never commenting… but I sure as hell don’t want to Pull a Nathan Fillion and not acknowledge the awesomeness of this Twine-based concept you’ve got going on here. It might be his super power, but it absolutely isn’t mine.
    Mr. Penn and Mr. Pegg share an awesomeness that goes beyond the eerie similarity of their names… perhaps you should start a fund to send Simon Pegg some proper Twine… simply holding it might clear up his confusion as to why you would want such a picture.

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  256. Penn Jillette: Followed. In my car. Wearing a disguise. He doesn’t have a CLUE!

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  257. First Star trek and now Firelfly. I think your next “target” should be Bruce Boxleitner of Babylon 5. Then maybe Edward James Olmos to get Battlestar represented!

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  258. So, are you going to change your list of 10 people you’d invite to a dinner party to Penn instead of Teller?

  259. Just saw Simon Pegg in an old episode of Black Books. He rocked!!
    He even looks like a good sport!

  260. Forget Nathan FIllion – did you forget that Simon Pegg has Doctor Who cred?!? (Also, chalk me up as another one who doesn’t know who Nathan Fillion is anyway.)

  261. I will watch Star Trek just to hear Simon Pegg yell “I’m givin er all she’s got Capn!” Love that man. Love that line. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Anton Yelchin is also there to entertain me. Is he old enough for me to lust after???

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  262. I’m delighted about Simon Pegg, but Penn Jilette? Kind of a jackass.

  263. I never ceases to amaze me how awesome certain celebrities can be! And is it a coincidence that I already follow Simon Pegg and Penn Jillette on twitter? OR FATE?

    Seriously, what awesome guys!

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  264. If I start holding twine, will I become teh internets superstar?

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    Holly Waterfall

    This post is great. I know the story but am now able to laugh all day long by back-clicking through the other blog threads. Jon Jones #152 YOU are completely awesome-that post was great.

    I think since Penn and George Takei are both on Celebrity Apprentice right now that we should try to get Donald Trump involved. Maybe we could auction off twine pics for charity. I bet Nater-Tater would do it for charity-wouldn’t he?

  266. 268
    Holly Waterfall

    Stupid N.T. he made me forget that a friend of mine on Google+ just posted a pic of Wil Wheaton. Don’t forget about this:

  267. Yay for Penn! (and SImon!) I hope you end up with a whole wall full of celebrity twine holding photos that you can wave in Nate’s face!

  268. Penn Gillette named his daughter Moxie Crimefighter. How cool is that?

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  269. So you mean to tell me that Captain Hammer is perfectly fine throwing a girl into a pile of garbage (albeit to save her life) but doesn’t “do stuff” like hold twine? I see how it is.

    Well..what if we told him taking the picture would save YOUR life? The man can’t argue to that!

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  270. That is a most awesome story with a happy ending!

    Also, you say “Simon Pegg” and I think “Scotty of the new Star Trek movies”.

    and Penn Jillette is so completely nuts that it’s a shock to find he never drinks alcohol. The man is like that…sober? Or he’s a really good actor.

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  271. Blech… I’m sorry to say, but Penn holding twine unsolicited doesn’t quite make up for this:

  272. I saw that picture of Penn and wondered if it was for you. That’s awesome. But Nathan, oh Nathan, why are you being this way?????

  273. That is is BOSS!

    Penn Jillette > Nater-Tater

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  274. Gah! SO! That is SO boss! Stupid typos…

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  275. Am I the only person who had to google ‘Nathan Fillion’? – Seriously.

  276. This makes me happy in my heart.

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  277. I love you, Jenny, but @Squisha has a point. I am a little baffled by some of the comments here((… I thought this twine game was awesome, but it was just that – a game. And here in the comments section I detect a serious level of arrogant douchiness, calling good ol’ mr.Fillion names and all that.. Seriously guys? That’s just the kind of Internet anonimious stuff I thought I’d avoid following TheBloggess.

    No, this doesn’t make Nater T. an “asshat celebrity”, a “douche” or a poor man’s anything. And no, if you don’t know who he is it doesn’t mean he is a “nobody”and you should feel all proud, high and mighty because of that. Granted, I’ve never met him and only seen him in Firefly and Sing Along Blog (and been following him on twitter for a couple of years), but he seems like a funny, totally decent dude who frequently makes all sorts of digs at himself. And a damn good actor. The fact that he didn’t want to satisfy a totally insane and random request of several hundreds tweeple, who probably worded it not very politely either, doesn’t make him any less than he is. Simon Pegg is awesome with or without twine, and I thought his tweet about being confronted by terrorists hit uncomfortably a little too close to home…

    Jeez, I don’t believe I’m actually saying all that to TheBloggess’ followers, I’ve always assumed we’re all, like, in the same yellow submarine or something.. Just, you know, “not being a dick” rule applies to non-celebrities too. It was a fun game for me and after reading all these comments it’s not so fun anymore.

    Now I’m getting off my high horse.

    P.S. I liked Nater-Tater thing though.

    (Good points. Nathan Fillion is still awesome and I’m sure he knows that. Some people might take it a bit too far either way – ridiculously angry at me or Nathan – but that’s just the internet. There’s always the 1% that takes it a titch over the line. If there wasn’t it wouldn’t be the internet. But personally, I still adore Nater-Tater. He might be in the 1% when it comes to me though. ~ Jenny )

  278. I don’t like Penn Jillette, and the twine doesn’t change the way I feel about him. But if he were to dress up as Juanita , well, it wouldn’t hurt.

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  279. Gosh, I didn’t know who Nathan Fillion, Simon Pegg or Penn Jillette were until you. I still don’t, really. Maybe I need to get out more… or stay home more and watch T.V.? Actually the only name I recognize is that of Wil Wheaton. That says it all right there.

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  280. believe it or not, Nathan Fillion comes into the shop I work at semi-regularly on Sundays. (Vancouver BC) Unfortunately we do not sell string. just paper. the first time I helped him out I just thought he bought a lot of paper as he looked kinda familiar. then someone totally spazzed and I clued in he was famous. he seems nice enough- my advice: tell him you’ll trade string photo for a pen.

  281. I really do love to read your blog BUT… Who the hell is Nathan Fillion????

  282. Last night, I dreamed I was at an after-Oscars party waiting for Kenneth Branagh to come back from the loo so I could say “Hey, remember that time back in the ’90s when some friends and I stalked you through the streets of Savannah whilst you were filming “The Gingerbread Man”? While I was waiting, Nathan Fillion came up to me and was trying to talk me into helping him write a pilot for a story treatment his mom had given him. I was totally getting ready to ask him about posing with twine, but my husband’s snoring woke me up. 🙁

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    Melissa Duffy

    Wow! Wil Wheaton, Simon Pegg, and Penn Jillette are great sports! +1000 points to all of them.

    Nathan Fillion has probably consulted his security team about you.
    He might even be worried that if he provides you with a picture of him holding twine, you’ll just ask for more random pictures. Or encourage you. Or validify your existence.

  284. Nater-Tater. That’s so good. I am going to start recruiting friends named Nathan just so I can use it on them.

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  285. I’ve always loved Penn Gillette…and now even more so. Simon Pegg too.

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  286. Only you Jenny.
    Penn Jillette you’re my new hero.

  287. OMG. I have a newly reinforced dislike for Nater-Tater, and a totally unexpected affection for Penn Jillette. Not as strong as my love for Wil Wheaton, mind you, but the whole unsolicited thing is pretty rad.

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  288. But taking a joke way too far is the best kind of ridiculous! Nath-man could have ended it all just by being a good sport, but he had to be stubborn. Now his stubborn, anti-twine attitude has become part of his identity and he’ll stick to it in future just because he stuck to it in the past!

    Poor, sad, Nater-Tater. =[

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  289. 1.) Penn Jillette is a magical superhero and I f*cking love him.

    2.) My husband’s favorite song lyric is “I pooped a potato”, inserted into any song that happens to playing (in his head or otherwise). (Really, it’s remarkably versatile as a song lyric.) Nater-Tater will have special meaning at our house.

  290. It warms the heart to know that there are still good people out there that will pose while holding twine.

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  291. Penn Jillette is amazing. He sure knows how to one-up Nater-Tater. I say it’s time to ignore Nater-Tater’s ignoring you. That’s sure to make him sit up and take notice…and maybe photograph himself holding some twine.

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  292. I love your blog and am so glad to have you make me laugh all the time. I can’t wait for your book. However, it is rather ironic that “to deter PR people who continue to send you the same pitch every 12 hours even though you keep asking them to remove you from their lists,” you chose to do the exact same thing to someone else. NF clearly doesn’t want to play along. When are you going to leave him alone? There are plenty of other people like PJ who do want to play.

  293. I’m going to emerge from my cave and say I have no idea who Nathan Fillion is. Then again, if he’s not a porn star I don’t know who most celebrities are. Going back in my cave now.

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  294. FYI, I teach PR and social media courses at a for-real university. I use your blog already as my case study on how NOT to approach bloggers with PR requests, but this entry might have to be added to my lesson on the power of social media (the funny version; your Red Dress Project is the inspirational version). Thanks for adding entertaining examples to my lectures!

  295. Simon Pegg IS great. And here is another reason why http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fupload.wikimedia.org%2Fwikipedia%2Fcommons%2F4%2F42%2FSimonPeggApr09.jpg&h=OAQG_SNeMAQHk2uBSvHMopO7I39ODFW_nE-BNEQiudRd08w
    Somehow men are even greater, more awesomer, way sexier when they sport a kilt. Just sayin’.

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  296. It is still a game, and all Nater-Tater had to do was say no thanks. He tweets for support for his causes, The Bloggess tweets for support for hers. Nater-Tater may be in the past but it was a lovely dream before it died.

  297. Ooops. It posted my facebook page. Let me try again… http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/SimonPeggApr09.jpg

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  298. Maybe Nathon doesn’t have any twine – although I think it’s totally rude he doesn’t at least say something to the effect of “buzz of bitch, I ain’t got no twine.”

    Nevertheless, you should ask someone who has REAL twine access. Like Ashton Kutcher – he’s from Iowa where twine-tied hay bales abound. Or Alex Trebek, he has horses, so surely he should have some twine laying around. I’d totally send you a photo of one of our horses holding twine — you know, if I could figure out how to.

  299. A guest appearance on The West Wing AND he holds twine? Clearly Penn Jillette is good people.

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  300. I’m shocked at Nathan. He was always fun with the fans. Maybe he’s on vacation in the Amazon and can’t get a cell phone signal and that’s why he has replied to you yet? Nice twine!

  301. Penn Jillette for the win! He makes holding twine look—ironic.

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  302. I love Penn! Been watching him on Celebrity Apprentice and discovered that I really do adore him! Now I adore him more! If my dog wasn’t a boy and had puppies, I’d totally name one Penn. And one Wil. And one Beyonce.

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    Man I agree you should TOTALLY try to get Alan Tudyk involved. He seems like a man who could hold twine sexily.

  304. Perhaps you should start a twitter campaign to get Jewel Staite to get Nathan Fillion holding twine. They have an ongoing thing where they send pictures to the other of people giving the finger. Perhaps if you sent a picture to her with twine spooled around your middle finger and asked her to forward to it him, then he would unwittingly return the sentiment and then the world would be happy again.

  305. i’ve stopped following fillion, too boring.

  306. Ok seriously with Penn too now this has to turn into a random celebrities holding twine montage

  307. Okay, so at the end of March, my fiance and I are going to a comic book convention. He is an artist and we are going to network, also, Wheaton will be there and I NEED to have my teen crush sign my breasts. But, we have decided that *just in case* we see Nathan Fillion, we are going to carry a ball of twine and our camera. When we see him, we have planned an elaborate scheme to throw the twine at him and snap the picture just as he catches it. Okay, so the plan is less elaborate once it’s all spelled out. But I still think it is a solid plan. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. If I succeed, I expect MAD respect, because like you said, this is for the world.

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  308. ps:

    “They say it’s better the second time
    They say you get to do the weird stuff”

    I’m sure he’s talking about the twine picture.

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  309. Someone clearly needs to update Penn Jillette’s Wikipedia page.

    “On February 27, 2012, Penn Jillette sent The Bloggess an unsolicited picture of himself holding twine.”

    Wink, Wink.

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    That was AWESOME of Penn!!

  311. Ok, Jenny, first, you’re just awesome! I’ve always liked Wil but since the collating pic, he’s even better and now, Penn! He’s always been a plus in our book but this, I think this adds the cherry, peanuts, Cool Whip and sprinkles on the sundae! Keep on keepin’ on, we love you!

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    Lucy O'Sullivan

    I think everybody should just leave Nathan Fillion alone now. If you ask someone to do something a few times and they haven’t responded, then show a little respect and move on. This guy owes you nothing. Find celebraties that are happy to play along,. After a while, continuing to twitter him is just harrassment. And if you contact your best friend and ask her to meet you at a certain time and place and she doesn’t contact you back, then WHEN she doesn’t show, that’s your fault for not confirming. Same here.

    Will Wheton and Penn are awesome for playing along.

  313. Well now you have Penn Jillette and Simon Pegg. Pretty soon famous people will be begging you to post pictures of them holding twine. And then, when Nater-Tater realizes he is missing the entire twine-holding revolution and is nowhere as hip as he should be, he will beg you to include him in the twine-holding movement, you can respond (coldly) with “Nathan? Nathan who” and that will be it.

    The End

  314. Penn Jillette is my HERO.

  315. You have to call him Captain, I think. Did you do that in any of your requests?

  316. Unrelated, but made me think of you: http://gizmodo.com/5888222/creepy-taxidermied-animals-now-make-creepy-music-too

    Wait, did I double post this? Need to remember, less meds before internet…

  317. I am pretty sure that Penn is now the coolest tall guy ever! I the bevy of taxidermy fans will visit any wax museum he is in!

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  318. This is SO relevant to your interests.
    As I’m reading this, I say outloud “Awww, Simon Pegg held twine.” To which my oldest child says “Who is Simon Pegg”. I may have been remiss in educating him in the ways of Simon Pegg, but he does know Doctor Who….
    Now at this point I’m very excited because I finally have a legitimate reason to say part of the following sentence, “He ran Satellite 5 when it was under control of The Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe.”
    I’m proud to say my son immediately knew exactly who I was talking about then.

  319. So, I understand that we’re letting up on the heckling Nater-Tater to hold twine, but I won’t give up. From here on out, I follow my new plan. Step 1. I sit and wait for someone I know to get a terminal disease or have to wait for a organ transplant–if worst comes to worst, I can just throw myself in front of a bus. But only mildly, so I survive, mostly. Step 2. Get person I know or self to make a request through Make a Wish Foundation, OR contact the kid at my school whose mom works at the local news station to cover my/our/his/her dying request: A picture of Nathan Fillion holding twine. Step 3. Wait. EITHER we get a picture of Nathan Fillion holding twine, OR we once and for all prove that he’s a meanie and not worth having a twine picture of. It’s fool proof.

  320. Met Penn Jillette after seeing his show in Vegas. He was & apparently is a gracious, good-humored man. HOORAY for celebrities holding twine!

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  321. All this Nater-Tater drama is making me conflicted about how much I love Firefly. I may just have to go make some tater-tots and think this over… but I think we should continue to ask for a photo with twine.

  322. All this Nater-Tater drama is making me conflicted about how much I love Firefly. I may just have to go make some tater-tots and think this over… but I think we should continue to ask for a photo with twine.

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  323. I don’t know. That look on Penn’s face makes me wonder if he’s using that twine to keep Teller tied up in a closet when they’re not on stage.

  324. I believe Nater-Tater also responds to Captain Hammer, Corporate Tool.

  325. Neil Patrick Harris woulda done it. For shame Nathan Fillion!

  326. I bet Fillion’s just a tad worried about what happens next if he relents. I think Simon Pegg was quite intrepid getting that twine pic off so fast. I’m not sure he had time to research WTF was going on there…
    Skimming through other comments: Dykeonaroadbike, I would have clicked a link to your blog for sure, had there been one. I’m not a lesbian but I appreciate bikes and rhymes. Hermione at 179: I was totally offended but then I had a Molson and now I think your comment is hilarious.

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  327. That’s because Penn is just plain awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I met him once a few years ago after one of his shows in Vegas, he stayed after the show and sighed autographs and took pictures with everyone who wanted one.

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  328. Being a Firefly fan I can’t help but hope that Nater-Tater comes through for you at some point but in the meantime I LOVE LOVE LOVE Simon Pegg and Penn Jillette!

    Way to go guys!!!!

    Oh and Bloggess…you’re pretty awesome too 🙂

  329. http://www.regretsy.com/2012/02/27/rodent-to-perdition/

    I think we found Juanita a boyfriend.

  330. Well, color me impressed! I’ve never really seen anything Penn Jillette has done (I only know who he is because he’s huge) but I think his unsolicited picture of himself holding twine is pretty fantastical! Time to go check Netflix to see if I can find some Penn & Teller shows.

    This also goes to show the awesomeness of you that you have awesome people willing to send you silly pictures just for the sake of being silly. These pictures certainly make me furiously happy!

  331. OMG Vanessa that is soooooooo GREAT! I’m dyin’.

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  332. Oh and it looks like you’re going to need a new phrase to add to the Bloggess Lexicon that encompasses the Penn picture. Something like Being a Penn Jillette – Being awesome just because you can be.

  333. A poem in honor of Penn Jillette:
    Hooray, hooray!
    PJ, PJ saves the day!

    You’re welcome. (This isn’t copyrighted, so feel free….)

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  334. That is because Penn Jillette is full of awesome. And he and Teller had a show called BULLSHIT! where Penn calls ‘bullshit’ on all sorts of ridiculousness in life. You must watch if you’ve never seen an episode. That show is more Penn-awesome covered in awesome-sauce and sprinkled with all kinds of win.

  335. Dear Bloggess,

    You are so awesome. You are even more awesome because you can get random celebrities to send you ridiculous pictures without even asking. I don’t know you’re awesomeness could be any awesomer.

    Just One More Adoring Fan

    PS. I hope one day I meet a celebrity so I can convince them to send you a picture of them holding twine.

  336. Simon Pegg and Penn Jillette rock!
    Also, just wanted to share that for a moment there I thought I read that SP sent you a picture of him holding wine…. which got me thinking that all your fans probably would send you a picture of themselves holding wine and then you could get Screaming Eagle (OK – maybe Charles Shaw) to sponsor and encourage wine slushee habits….. just sayin’ since the thought came up 🙂

  337. Now: Teller, holding a fake dead cat. Ketchup optional.

  338. YEAH to the twine heroes among us!!!

  339. If I ever live my dream of being a celebrity, I will send you many twine photos or harass many celebs for photos. 😛

  340. Oh, damn Nathan Fillion. He’s too busy being “cool” in that “not everyone knows who I am” type of way so he’s probably thinking, “No, I don’t need the PR.”

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  341. I’m so embarassed he’s Canadian.

  342. The twine may be as magical as this post. Penn rocks. Nathan who?

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  343. That is fantastic! I love Penn Jillette!

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  344. So, Nathan will star in Slither, and the Firefly series, but it’s beneath him to pose with twine??

    That man needs an attitude adjustment. Let me give it to him. I have a nice leather paddle…

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  345. So, Nathan will star in Slither, and the Firefly series, but it’s beneath him to pose with twine??

    That man needs an attitude adjustment. Let me give it to him. I have a nice leather paddle…

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  346. I swear, I’m tempted to buy and mail a copy of your book to Nathan Fillion, just so he can see the awesomeness he’s missing out on by refusing to play ball.

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  347. I absolutely adore and love you. In a non-stalking non-murderous way. Fellow Texan – we love and hug. You know…

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  348. The one day I forget to check up on Twitter and I miss everything!

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  349. Happy times! You’re like a magnet for the cool kids 🙂

  350. This has been so much fun! Thank you!

  351. That picture of Wil Wheaton was just wonderful. I would have taken a picture of myself with a spatula, but I wasn’t near one. I suppose I could take one with my crochet hook, but that would be beyond pointless, wouldn’t it?

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  352. Most fun I’ve had with twine and a spatula. Ever!

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  353. As if I needed another reason to love Jeri Ryan. Seriously.

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  354. So what happened with the alligator?

    (He still lives with me. I got him a hook. ~ me)

  355. and seriously this is why I love you

    and I will take a picture at work (IN the secret directv bat cave) WITH dave the dtv dude (armless) with a spatula, JUST for you Jenny JUST FOR YOU

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  356. So much fun watching all this happen.

    Also, do you think we could get a photo of Neil Patrick Harris holding a hedgehog or a kitten? But that would probably make the internet explode from cuteness.

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  357. I knew that Seven of Nine was way more badass than Mal Reynolds could ever dream of being. And I’m only saying that because I want to try to goad Nater-Tater into acquiescing. But Penn Jillette and Simon Pegg and Jeri Ryan and Wil Wheaton are PURE AWESOMENESS WITH AWESOME SYRUP ON TOP.

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    Another Amanda

    My husband thinks you should go for the trifecta: Takei holding a throw pillow.

  359. Wil Wheaton Wins the Internet! Wil Wheaton Wins the Internet!

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    Eleanor Mulford

    Simon Pegg deserves a giant non-murderous hug – he really is the best.

  361. Tho the general story is kinda cute..its also really annoying. If the guy doesn’t want to do it..he doesnt want to do it. Let it go…makes me.think of telemarketers and the ppl who consistently bug about rt. Lame.

  362. so much fabulous in this post! and in all the p.s.’s and updates. I just giggled out loud.

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  363. I honestly think I might have to join twitter, even though I don’t completely understand it, just because of you. I feel like there’s something missing in my life. It must be the 140 character updates that apparently everyone in this world knows about except me. 🙂 Thank you for making me laugh, several times today.

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    another Amy C

    I shall surf the cusp of weirdness with my spatula 😀

  365. My faith in people is renewed… Also, I feel a little bad for Nathan. We may have creeped him out a bit with all our begging on your behalf. Whoops.

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  366. Seriously? Everyone knows the proper nickname for a Nathan is “Nater Tot.”

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  367. Thank you my lovely you always, always make me smile. And a quick word to Nater-Tater, two people can play that Nathan Fillion ignoring game. I am now going to do a Nathan Fillion every single time I see that man on my TV . And I don’t even watch TV. See, it is working already.

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  368. Can we still call him Nater-Tater? Because I love that almost as much as Jeri Ryan. Who I would totally have kissed today even though I have thus far been free from kissing unrelated girls. I was feeling very down when today started and I’m ending it with donations to homeless kids and spatula mayhem. Marking this Monday as a win

  369. I just found the best thank you gift for all the twine and spatula picture taking folks! Really though, you could give them each one and require a mexican toad band reunion atleast once a year!!


  370. You rock. That’s all. You rock. You have the best followers EVER!

  371. My favorite part is how Jeri Ryan, when she isn’t wearing a silver catsuit and a lone Borg implant, looks sort of … I guess you could say ordinary and mom-like. It’s like, she’s a “real person,” y’know, the kind of woman who’d pass for a friend of your mom’s.

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  372. Of course Jeri and Wil are the coolest of cool – they are “leverage” siblings. This makes me want to go cuddle all my box sets and maybe fantasize about Tim Hutton for a spell…You rule for bringing out the silly in some cool silly celebs.

  373. I feel like Nathan Fillon practically has a degree in ignoring the Bloggess by now.

    It’s not an easy feat. I actually kind of admire him.

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  374. Im so excited right now!! simon pegg, Penn, and Jeri all being so awesome im not sure i can even handle it 🙂

    On a completely (kinda) unrelated note… My step mom and I were out shopping for boots the other day and this short conversation instantly made me smile, laugh out loud and think of you…

    Me: Wow, this store dosent look so big from the outside, but when you come in its pretty huge.

    Step-mom: Its like a tardis!

    Me: hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!

    Thank you for making my day…. oh and yes my step-mom is english, she happens to be a huge Dr. Who fan hence the reference in a country-western wear store lol thanks again for your awesomeness!!

  375. It all started with a spatula! Bill Murray in Stripes with “The Aunt Jemima Treatment.” http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US#/watch?v=-hOhhgrM3bs

  376. We WILL get you photos of Captains With Twine. Matter of fact, it’s a hashtag now. #CaptainsWithTwine. It’s a vendetta. We’ve been tweeting at every Captain we can think of (sadly, Stubing is not on Twitter): Dann Florek (Captain Cragen), Eric Bogosian (Captain Ross), Snoog Dogg (Captain Mack), Bruce Campbell (Captain Shuggazoom), John Cusack (Captain Buzz Capslock), and a whole pile more. George Takei. Denise Richards. Amanda Tapping. Katee Sackhoff. AS BEYONCE IS MY WITNESS, YOU SHALL HAVE CAPTAINS WITH TWINE. It’s a fucking mission now.

  377. Oooh think you could get Patrick Stewart or Matt Smith to send a twine or spatula pic cuz that would be totally fucking awesome. And because I have a very real and strange fascination/crush on both of them. 😀

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  378. When does the next trip start? I’ll follow you on any voyage because normally I get car sick, but with you I didn’t want to puke once. Just smiled a lot. With an occasional snort thrown in, but only delicate, ladylike ones.

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  379. I feel a little like the kid standing on the corner of the road doing the pull-down “HONK” motion. We all collectively scream with joy when someone actually posts a silly picture of themselves holding something random. Woo hoo for Penn & Jeri! 😀 I still can’t be a Nater-hater. I love my Castle. (He really IS ruggedly handsome!)

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  380. This is the most magical, wonderful, crazy, stupendous post ever! Love, love, love that Wil, Simon, Jeri and Penn are playing along with you! It made me very sad that Nathan wouldn’t acknowledge your presence, but now I have renewed faith in the stars out there :o) Makes me furiously happy!

  381. The Bloggess: Conquering Hollywood. One kitchen utensil at a time.

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  382. Oooo, I love Andrea’s idea (#82) – I bet he’d do it too. Next year, eh? (He’s on FB yaknow, and very fun there. 🙂 )

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  383. I know way more about twine than Nater-Tater- who is he?

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  384. Absolutely brilliant! Tho I think you must go after NPH! Perhaps a picture of him playing Bingo?

  385. Who the hell is Nathan Fillion? I guess I need to watch more TV. Or not. Penn Gillette, on the other hand, is a genius.

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    Nicole Schuman

    Yeah right! Maybe Nathan is too shy to show himself. 😀 Anyways, thanks for sharing this..

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    All of this I LOVE.

  388. I frequently end my therapy sessions with a cheerful “later ‘tater” because if your therapist doesn’t know what makes you cry and smile, who does? Somehow, Tater references never fail to be awesome.

  389. i don’t know who wil is – should i, or am i too old? penn and simon are brilliant men. and jeri is a good sport (and gorgeous). however, is that technically a spatula or a pie server?

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  390. This post was inspiring! I hope to harass my own idols for the sake of silliness.

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  391. But what if Neil Patrick Harris feels left out? He might get sad, and he might take a picture of himself…with a single tear…
    Just sayin…

  392. What. The. Fuck?!?! How did I miss all this?!? I blame Monday and having to work in a box where I’m not allowed to look at the sun. Also, its funny that Simon Pegg had to ask us to leave Nater-Tater alone. Because he was probably crying in fetal position because receiving a picture of him holding twine would now be anti-climatic. And also because he knows he was wrong… But he can’t admit it.. Much like my husband can’t ever admit when He’s wrong!!! Even though we all KNOW I’M RIGHT 99% OF THE TIME AND THAT HE SHOULD JUST ACCEPT IT AND BUY ME PRETTY THINGS!!!

    I might be married to Nater-Tater..

    If you want, I’ll put twine next to him whilst he sleeps tonight… In a total non-threatening way… ;o)

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  393. I love everything about this. I think, though, that Wil Wheaton popping up again with that spatula just made my day, though. What a guy!

  394. I am SO. IMPRESSED. with Penn Jillette, Jeri Ryan, and Simon Pegg. (Wil already impressed me to pieces earlier.)

    However. Nater-Tater? DEAD TO ME.

  395. Did you know that if you do a Google image search for “Wil Wheaton holding a spatula” it shows you Penn Jillette holding twine? This amuses me for some reason.

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  396. This whole post was AWESOME.

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    Wood the Storyteller

    The only possible way to trump this all, would be to have NPH send a pic of him holding Nathan Fillion. And Felicia Day, off to the side, armed with a spatula. But when would that EVER happen?


  398. Late to the party, 450+ comments already, but I just gotta say- I need to have a beer with Wil Wheaton. I’ll bring my own spatula and ream of paper.

  399. I hope you truly appreciate the amount of influence you have on the world. I mean, the fact that you can actually get people – who are otherwise unreachable to the rabble that is the rest of us – to take pictures of themselves with random kitchen utensils is just mind-blowing!

  400. I have it all figured out. He says he wants to be on the Daly show so I say you call them up and tell them your story!

  401. My respect for Jeri Ryan just shot way the hell up! And I’m sorry that the Nathan Fillion thing is over without, you know, his giving in to your awesome power. But still. Jeri Ryan holding a spatula is really pretty great!

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  402. “What better way to say ‘I love you’ than with the gift of a spatula?”

  403. I heart Penn with all my heart. Mostly it was a schoolgirl crush because the dude is from not only my home state, but my home town-ish (I lived in Greenfield, MA, but I was born in Northampton… semantics. And I’m digressing). But this unsolicited-twine… well, it just makes my heart all a-flutter.

    Also, Jenny, you’re awesome and you make everything more awesome. Yeah, I’m gushing. But whatever.

  404. OMG. I don’t twitter, but Penn made me want to try it, just to say HEY! COOL! Jenny, you are amazing, as I have said, but your fans! your fans! they’re the best! From Poetry to Porn! Cynthia #72 is the winner! But so many others made me scream with laughter. What a lovely person Jeri Ryan is for playing along…and Simon too. Wil is just far cooler than anybody who hated Wesley Crusher ever realized. (All my friends were just annoyed by him…I thought he was cute…)

    And now, I’m having images in my head: It’s no longer safe for Nathan Fillion to walk the streets. And he won’t understand why everybody is throwing balls of twine at him. It’s bound to upset the poor man.

    Thanks for being you. And inspiring all of THIS!

  405. All this talk about Nathon Fillion and I have been having dreams about him nightly…. but he still has no twine. or clothes. lol

  406. Keep your hands off my Nathan. Plus, I know you want this:


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  407. I’m just so, so thankful that you use your powers for good.

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  408. Methinks Nathan Fillion needs a twine bomb. The Bloggess’ version of the much-feared glitter bomb. I’ll get started getting it ready. First I must go find out what exactly ‘twine’ is. Is it just glorified string, or something more? Also whether or not it is expensive. Momma’s got bills to pay.

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  409. It’s people like you that should run the world <3

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  410. Jenny, if you want to add a rat to your collection…

    Let me know soon.

    Really soon.

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  411. This is quite off topic, but I do hope you’ve seen this http://www.regretsy.com/2012/02/27/rodent-to-perdition/
    (a taxidermied squirrel, wearing a coat and flashing his balls)


  412. Christ, you’re fucking annoying and irritating to read. Like listening to a child off his tits on e-numbers and caffeine talk about his weekend at Disneyland, only not as interesting (if such mindless rambling on behalf of the child could be described so).

    And that wasn’t a compliment.

  413. I’m sorry that Nathan didn’t ever send you a picture of him holding twine. Even though I think I’m not a bit late to the party, I made a Video of me holding Twine.

    Hope that helps,


  414. please do not ever stop.



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  415. Jenny, I’m going to send you a picture of my son, named NATHAN FILLION, holding twine. I shit you not, we really did name our kid NATHAN– not after THE Nathan Fillion, though. He wasn’t super famous at that time and we thought we were safe naming him that- ha. My husband’s family is originally from Canada, just like THE Nathan Fillion, although they are NOT related. As soon as the boy comes home from school, I’ll take the picture and send it in to you. I hope that helps with your Nathan Fillion obsession(which I don’t blame you for at all and I think he’s super lame for not sending you a picture).

    Erin Fillion- no relation at all to Nathan Fillion, the actor.

  416. 421
    Captain ShinyPants

    Personally, if I were Nater-Tater I would send you the pic 6 months from now with a message ‘Oops, I thought I sent this MONTHS ago!’ just to make your brain explode. But thats just me. I like to fudge with ppl. Its what I do.

  417. I’d just like to say at this point, since it’s clearly had so little mention here, that JERI RYAN IS FREAKIN’ AWESOME!!!

    Well done to her for being such a class act! Once again I look up to her, as I did in my days of being a Voyager / 7 of 9 fan….. and straight….. and delusional 😛 But I will still nevertheless get a picture of myself holding a spatula up online just as soon as I can remember. And if she ever turns up to a convention in the UK, i shall be sure to bring a spatula with me for photo opps. I shall also have any friends that go with me take their own spatulas….. And I will insist to them that IT IS NOT INSANE!!!


  418. You are so awesome!

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  419. Only The Bloggess has the power to bring together random internet/television/hollywood superstars holding random household objects. If that was a superpower, Superman would be jealous.

    The End

  420. Yay, Jeri Ryan!

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  421. It cracks me up to see the “Anonymous” types who come on here to comment-bitch. It’s all in good fun, friend. Settle down. Nathan Fillion is not at home hiding with his shotgun loaded. No one is mad at him. Find your happy place. Love the comment about all of us by the side of the road making the “HONK” motion, with Jenny as our Leader. It’s all about embracing a bit of whimsy in this fucked up world, and I for one shall EMBRACE!

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  422. Okay,I’m officially adding Penn and Jeri to my list of people I will watch a movie/TV show just because they are in it. Completely awesome!! Again, there must be something about people involved in Star Trek who have no qualms about doing something silly just for the fun of it. 😀

  423. Completely crossing posts but can our depression ribbon be made of twine?

  424. You have a post with Penn Jillette and Jerri L Ryan in it.


    I love the fact that you use your powers for good.
    Um. Mostly for good.

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  425. The extremely anal (heehee) part of me is most captivated not by the humor in all of this, but by the opportunity to learn about celebrities’ notions of what constitutes a spatula. Jeri Ryan wields a sort of a made-for-the-griddle, pancake-flipping doohickey. Wil Wheaton holds something a bit better suited for fish. All I ask is that we keep Rachael Ray and her damn SPOONULAS away from us. Far, far away.

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  426. It just keeps getting better. Jenny, you rock!

  427. I don’t know who most of these people are, but I do know that twine is great for tying people up.

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  428. Woah, Will Wheaton and I have the same spatula.

  429. im so jelly of all those cool spatulas people tweeted. i have a few spatulas and all of them are so boring. NEVER did I think I would think of a spatula as boring. Thanks everyone for shaking up my world.

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  430. Just when Monday was about to win, and I was about to let it, I stumbled on you and the Spatulas and the day was salvaged. So thank you. Also, has anyone heard from Wil Wheaton since he sent his photo? I’m moderately concerned his spatula may have actually gone through with it.

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  431. This restores my faith in… pretty much everything.

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  432. I don’t comment very often, but I just wanted to say… Jenny, you are a really amazing person doing wonderful things for people, and I admire you for that. Keep going.. keep going..

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  433. This is, so far, my favourite post of the year. Please never stop being randomly awesome! That was for you as well as for everyone sending images of themselves holding spatulas and/or twine.

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  434. Penn Jillette is amazing!!! Such a good sport 😀

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  435. Omg! you are my favourite person ever (well except perhaps will wheaton, and my son). I love you so very much. You make magic happen. You do. (also, celebs who play along are just the best. screw nathan fillion)

  436. Screw Nater – Tater, you should really ask David Tennant to do something totally random, while dressed as the doctor, with some kind of captioned innuendo about his sonic scredriver!

  437. @Barilla – The term ‘spatula’ is fairly broad, and applies to a range of instruments, including flippers, turners, scrapers, etc. What you see pictured can indeed be considered spatulas, and are being wielded (especially in the case with Ms. Ryan), by individuals who are reputed to be inherently knowledgeable of and especially accomplished with the use of such devices, despite their celebrity status.

  438. Jeri Ryan walks into her kitchen, picks up a spatula, and takes a picture. No makeup. No hairdresser. Nada.

    And yet she STILL looks better than me after hours of trying to look good.

    PS: Wil Wheaton is now officially a god.

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  439. What about a campaign to get the writers of Castle to include a scene where Richard Castle is holding twine…???

  440. You know guys, I have to say this ( because I enjoy saying this and will do so until the Speech Patrol comes for me with their TARDIS sounding sirens): it’s probably not Nate’s fault. “I don’t do that.” Is currently contracted and actively acting actor code for “I love you. I love that my friends love you. But there are pages of legal document, lawyers and studio executives that will ground me for life without TV, Video games, comic books, graphic novels and supper if there are any photos of me that would be used for promotional purposed without studio approval. If I did this they would probably sell the action figures right off of my kitchen shelf and the light saber I keep in the Umbrella stand by the door just in case the Rebel Alliance needs me. And then there is the Browncoat… I love you, but you have to wait until I am out of work. Millions of convention vendors depend on my for their survival. Wait for me. And then I will send you twine.”

    It really is the big evil corporations fault that we will have to wait for twiney pick.

    I hope that helps ease the disappointment. He really does want to help you.

    Oh. In a parrallel Universe he has already sent you a pic of him with twine…. wrapped around a lawyer
    (the wrist. to prevent it from writing silly riders into his contracts)

  441. What you need is for the next reader of yours who meets Nathan Fillion to be prepared and have a ball of twine handy. Toss it to him out of the blue and he won’t be able to help but catch it (it’s like, reflexes) – then snap a pic. It’s devious, but awesome. Someone should really get on this…

  442. I am sad that Nater-tator isn’t playing. I would think he would be a playful type. I feel like he lost some cool points because of it.


    Jeri Ryan, however, is INFINITELY cooler than she already was. And Wil Wheaton? He couldn’t have more cool points if he tried 🙂

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  443. I seriously think the Big Bang Theory needs to have an episode in which Penny discovers your blog and Sheldon can have a fit about it since you have a pictures of Wil Wheaton, and what comes after that I haven’t dreamed up yet, but it’s definitely hilarious!

  444. That was fun. I always wanted my Darth Vader spatula to be a star. Next week we can do Millenium Falcon sandwich cutters.

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  445. You are all fucking AWESOME!

  446. 451
    Chrissy Polans

    I. Love. You. Thank you!!!

  447. holy smokes, you are really funny!

  448. I think that maybe instead of people getting upset about Nater Tater’s lack of response, they should consider that perhaps he has a policy regarding unsolicited tweet requests just like The Bloggess has a policy regarding unsolicited sales pitches. But since he doesn’t have an awesome picture of Wil Wheaton collating paper he chooses to remain silent as his response. I will never stop loving Nathan Fillion, he’s had me since Fire Fly, he continued to have me with Dr. Horrible, and he has me now with Castle. He just never stops being awesome and I love him for that. I’m sure he has his reasons for ignoring our twiney requests, and that’s fine.

    In fact, that’s more than fine because Penn offered up his own twinetastic awesomeness without so much as a mention prior to it. That’s right. Penn follows The Bloggess, I’m sure Teller does too (but if he does we’ll never know, he is the silent type after all). Wil Wheaton even captured his amazing spatula attack for our viewing pleasure. And then Jerri Ryan stepped up and not only gave us a picture with her spatula, she expressed her love and admiration of The Bloggess. (She was mega awesome to begin with, that made her even more so, and the fact that she replied to my tweet about it reaffirmed that for me… and propelled me through my day with giddy smiles) So now we fans can take solace in the knowledge that in our hour of need Penn, Wil Wheaton, and Jerri Ryan were there for us. I think that more than makes up for not seeing ol’ Nater Tater with twine, don’t you agree?

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  449. Dammit…my previous comment got fried by the internets… anyway, here goes again…NPH probably would not have been able to send you a spatula pic as he was shooting a post-oscar wrap up with Kelly Ripa and would have had (I imagine) difficulty finding a spatula….spanks? maybe, but doubtful a spatula. But, I still love NPH and Kelly Ripa ALMOST as much as I love The Bloggess.

  450. Oh, let’s please get NPH to take a pic holding something AWESOME and LEGENDARY! PLease?!?

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  451. You really need to make a list of 10 more outrageous celebrity requests and make it a bi-monthly thing. I cannot tell you how much this shit makes my day. I can’t wait to see who your next victim is. 🙂

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  452. Thanks so much for connecting me with this amazing artist, she transformed me and my daughters into works of art!

  453. As soon as I read that update my imagination created a video of Simon Pegg with mascara running down his face – “LEAVE NATHAN FILLION ALONE!”

  454. Penn Jillette has always been awesome, but he has now moved into minor demigod status with his unsolicited picture of him holding twine. I just hope, as an atheist, that he’s not offended to be labeled a demigod.

    And of course, I love all the spatuley goodness!

  455. The updates are the best! 🙂

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  456. Can you get Sarah Michelle Gellar to do something random?! Between Jeri Ryan and SMG, well Seven of Nine and Buffy, I was ALMOST straight. Unfortunately, I am super gay. But still, they were the closest.

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  457. Will Wheaton is going to be in my province at the end of April and we have every intention of stalking—er. seeing him at the Convention. Anything you want me to do/say/get arrested for?

    Email me @anne@aharwood.ca

  458. 1. Penn rocks.
    2. Jeri is awesome.
    3. Wil is a god among men.
    4. Jenny is probably my second favorite person ever.
    5. I’m holding a grudge with Nathan.

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  459. For you, my dear: http://instagr.am/p/Hkn0uVojkz/ I’m a little late to the game – didn’t come back to check after update #2 until i read today’s post. You been BUSY girl! Thought you’d like my yellow smiley-face spatula in my very yellow kitchen. And Jeri Ryan? Awesomesauce!

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  460. Penn Jillette and Jeri Ryan?? Cripes, YOU are magical Jenny. Yes, YOU.

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  461. 467
    Linda Douglas

    You might try getting Jason Bateman to give you a picture of himself holding twine and then post it as Nathan. That might get Nathan to wake up! People are always getting the two mixed up. AND – you always make my day.

  462. 468
    Holly Waterfall

    Fonda @449 is correct that whoever writes for Big Bang Theory should get this all on paper/film. It would be awesome to have Penny find this blog and Sheldon be all mad that no one is following/stalking him. Amy and Leonard would have to have vital roles too. The other two foreign guys maybe not so much in this episode.

  463. I seriously love you…. Thanks for the laugh and smile this morning as my heart, too, twines for Nathan… 🙂

  464. Or Nathan Fillion could go to Minnesota and take a picture of himself with the world’s largest ball of twine….

  465. once again, THEBLOGGESS proves she is the INTERNET! Oh the love.

    excellent work on being awesome.

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    You need a film biography about your life. It’d be epic and star all of these people!

  467. OMG, Jeri Ryan is awesom. @wilw is awesome. And you are also awesome.

  468. Some of the best people in the world are the ones who don’t take life so seriously. Kudos to those celebrities who are not too high and mighty to have fun! Love it. And love your Blogs/tweets Jenny, thank you for brightening my days…

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  469. Matthew Broderick holding a spoon TRUMPS Nathan Fillion holding twine any day of the week. #winning

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  470. Matthew Broderick just got a whole lot more amazing!

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  471. Nu-UH!!!! The only thing that would’ve made it better is if the spoon was attacking Matthew. Or if he’d have photoshopped the spoon saying, “Bueler? Bueler?”

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  472. You should totally pose YOUR Matthew Broderick with a spoon and send it to THE Matthew Broderick as a thank you!

  473. Love it. You crack me up.

  474. Thanks for the smiles. Can’t wait to see who holds what next! 🙂

  475. Maybe Nathan Fillan doesn’t want to be bullied into doing something he doesn’t want to do? Which seems fair enough to me.

  476. Damn it! A picture of an actor holding a spoon should not bring me to tears. But it makes me SO FUCKING HAPPY I just can’t help it! Once again, Jenny reminds me that the internet can be a wonderfully magical place full of spatulas, spoons, twine, and WIN!

  477. I always knew I loved Matthew Broderick.



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  480. Love all the celebs posting pics, and especially Matthew Broderick!

  481. Jenny, you totally rock. Look at what silliness and ridiculousness you inspire! You’re a rock star, Jenny! (And Simon, Penn, Jeri, and Matthew . . . you are all fantastically silly and fun. Thank YOU.)

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  482. You rock.

    All of you.

    Except for Nathan “No-Twine” FIllion.

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  483. Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero.

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    Love him!!

  485. why have i seen the matthew broderick pic before???

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  486. YAY MBroderick, best thing evar!!!!

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  487. 493
    Char Vanderweel

    This post, and all updates, is the internet rainbow of awesomeness! Thank you Will, Simon, Penn, Jeri, and Matthew for playing along. And THANK YOU Jenny for being YOU.

  488. ACK! I just crapped myself. Will not post picture.

  489. 495

    another reason to love matthew!

  490. OMFG Matthew Broderick is a genius. Jenny, you keep making my week brighter and brighter. Don’y *you* ever stop.

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  491. i love everything and everyone at this exact moment (just give me a minute….)

  492. Oh Matthew!!! Spoon of awesomeness right there.

  493. “Jane February 27, 2012 at 10:49 am
    Am I the only person who had to google ‘Nathan Fillion’? – Seriously.”

    No you’re not. I had to goolge him also and I’m less than impressed.

  494. Holy Shit! I now even more reasons to love Wil Wheaton, Jeri Ryan, Simon Pegg, Penn Jillette and Matthew Broderick .They all=fucking amazing people. So cool that much money was raised all due to people holding random things.

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  495. Never ever ever underestimate just how much power you have, Blogess, You Rock. Seriously!

  496. Matthew Broderick is a way bigger celebrity that ole-what’s-his-name. Take that Nathan Fillion!!

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  497. my heart is happy. thank you.

  498. 504
    Nadine Buchanan

    Totally awesome! Jenny you sure know how to bring out the best in celebrities! Bravo Mathew for being such a great sport! LOVE the glasses!!

  499. All my best friends from high school have been facebooking me about Ferris Bueller holding a spoon so I had to come here and see what it was all about. I am so excited I can barely stand it. Not only did matthew broderick resurrect Ferris Bueller for a superbowl commercial but now he is holding a spoon—for you! I don’t know who you are or how you did this but clearly you have power beyond my wildest dreams. Not only did I just see Broderick with a spoon but you have Wil Wheaton too? The guy from Stand By Me? What is happening here? Your power to resurrect my childhood heroes baffles me. I don’t know you but I salute you. I must come here regularly to see what other magical things you can make happen. If by some chance you can get jason Bateman to hold a spoon or a spatula or twine then my life will be complete.

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  500. Of course, Ferris Bueller would understand you perfectly and want to take part in your fun.
    His expression in the spoon photo is perfect. I see your twine. I raise you a spoon.

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  501. I want to cry a little because that is so awesome.

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  502. I freaking love you!

  503. Matthew’s spoon of awesomeness spurred me on to donate… thanks for using the internet for good!

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  504. You know, the Big Bang Theory had me convinced that Will Wheaton is the devil, but I think I’m willing to reconsider.

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    This is completely awesome.

    Somehow I missed the collection for the children, but if I can still help, I would love to know, and if not I’ll just hang on until I hear of something else that is worthy.

    But holy cow. Matthew Freakin’ Broderick! Love it!

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  506. This is seriously the best post ever. Thanks for making me laugh, not once but on 4 separate occasions! And thanks to all the celebs for being awesome and playing along!

  507. Jenny, your reach is something that I don’t think any of us really comprehends. The fact that you are sarcastic and off-the-wall while reaching out just makes us all love you even more.

    I am in awe of the random pictures you are collecting.

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  508. True story: I was smiling so hard while reading this that my co-worker said “What’s up with you?! You look like you’re in love with the computer screen.”

    In point of fact: I am in love but not with the computer…with you! This was SOOOO awesome!

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  509. Matthew sir, you are my new favorite person EVER.

  510. SO so awesome!! You are loved, Jenny! Love, love that these celebs are silly and fun!

  511. girl, you have arrived! ferris bueller called you out!

  512. You. Are. My. Hero.

    Seriously, that and I always knew Penn, Jeri and Matthew were amazingly good humored peeps. Rock on Jenny – you inspire the masses to never take life (or twine) too seriously – except Nater-tater but there must always be someone to challenge us to reach for greatness and he was your challenge if nothing else.

  513. 520
    Emily Haines

    You know that Nathan’s publicist is freaking out right now, trying to figure out how to top Ferris Bueller.

  514. A M A Z I N G

    Seriously this is all sorts of wonderful. Poo on Nater Tater…but I think Penn and Matthew Broderick and Jeri Ryan totally makes up for it. And Wil Wheaton <3 continues to be amazing. The <3 is there because I cannot think of Wil Wheaton <3 without a <3

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  515. Jenny – I may or may not have said this before, but I’ve certainly thought it on many occasions, but girl, you fuckin’ ROCK. you may pull the most zany tricks and things, but you always manage to do good with it. Just like the magical Christmas you pulled off last year (seriously, donating to others in need was one of the best parts of the holiday for me last year!) Thanks for being awesome. Always. 🙂

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  516. –>I love Matthew Broderick a little more right now. I’d spoon him.


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  517. Matthew Freaking Broderick??? I can die a happy woman now. Seriously, there is nothing left that can top this. Except for the stained glass Tardis I saw yesterday.

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  518. Ferris Bueller reads your blog. My mind is absolutely blown. Also? I think you now own the internets. All of them.

    This post has made my day. Hell, my entire week.

  519. I think it’s pretty obvious. You OWN twitter. OBVIOUSLY.

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  520. Nater-Tater must be feeling pretty silly right now.

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  521. Will W- collating paper – geek dream
    Simon Pegg- holding twine poorly – made my heart happy
    Penn – Holding a big ass piece of Twine – magical in every way
    Ms Ryan – Spatula loving – geek lesbian tendencies love
    MATHEW F-ING BRODERICK – holding a spoon? – my inner 16 yr old just wet herself.

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  522. Awesome!!! We rented Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to show the kids tonight. Then I look on your blog and there he is! So cool 🙂

    Is it cool or freaky to know so many famous people are fans of yours? 😀

  523. *dies from awesome overload*

    Matthew Broderick and a spoon. Jeri Ryan with a spatula. Penn Gillette and Simon Pegg with twine. What’s next? Neil Gaiman with garden shears?

    I didn’t post it on Twitter or anything, but I donated to the Night Night charity as well. You can add 3 more kids to the list of those who were helped.

    I love you, Jenny and everything you do. Please continue to be awesome.

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  524. Oh… YEAAAAAAH.

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  525. BEST PICTURE EVER! My fantasies of Nathan Fillion with twine are all dashed. I actually have visions of Ferris Mueller wanting to attack that spoon from the top of the Christmas tree since it is a shiny object.
    This makes me furiously happy on a day I was overwhelmingly sad

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  526. Just when I thought the internet couldn’t get any more awesome. Matthew freakin’ Broderick holding a freakin’ spoon. My life has been made.

  527. Wow… Matthew Broderick. SO awesome! A gorgeous day in Chicago made better by Matthew and a spoon. Happy Wednesday!

  528. I don’t even know what to say, expect that I want to be JUST LIKE JENNY when I grow up.

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  529. This is right up there with Knock Knock Motherfucker.
    Matthew made my day!

  530. You. Are. My. Hero. That is all.

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  531. That? Is awesome. The whole thing was awesome, but that is the cherry on the awesome-sauce sundae. Which I suppose you could eat with that spoon.

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  532. I love that a post that started with the phrase ‘squirrel nut sack’ ended with a pic of Mathew Broderick. I wish everything that started with a nut sack ended with a famous person holding a random apparatus.

  533. Ok, so I know Simon Pegg has asked us to leave Nathan alone but this makes me want to scream on the roof tops that he’s being full of himself! Penn, Simon, Ms. Ryan, Matthew Broderick, and of course Wil are all awesome! Get over yourself Nater-Tater and hold the damn twine!! Just hold the twine!

  534. I love Matthew Brodrick with all my heart. My husband swears that I would run away with Matthew if given the chance, and after this display of awesomeness….I totally would!

  535. I couldn’t not donate after seeing Matthew with his utensil. Kudos to him for making me crack open my wallet.

  536. Amazing!!!! Matthew Broderick ROCKS!!!!

  537. Epic post is epic.
    Way to go, Jenny!

  538. The best. And my already undying love for Matthew Broderick has been infinitely renewed!

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  539. you were so excited that you typoed his name the second time: ‘Matthew Brokerick’!

    Simon, Penn, Jeri, Matthew, Bloggess = so much win.

  540. I almost never comment, because I figure my comment will get lost in the hundreds of other comments, but Matthew Frickin’ Broderick?! Amazing. All of the others were great, but MB takes the cake.

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  541. Swoon,today I fell just a little more in love with Matthew Brokerick, lets all adopt cats and name them after him!

  542. This is, quite possibly, the best thing ever. 🙂

  543. Oy,Broderick-I meant!(why all comment forms should allow self-editing.:)

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  544. You’ve just been spooned by Matthew. wow.

  545. Oh good lord! Matthew Broderick is a god, along with Wil Wheaton, Simon Pegg and Jeri Ryan. Now we have a new pantheon for the 21st century – awesome on so many, many levels!

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  546. I love you, Jenny. You’re doing good. Thanks for that. The world needs more good people.

  547. Oh, dang, I forgot to add Penn Jillette to the pantheon. Since he’s an atheist any way, I’m sure he would have trouble with me calling him a god anyway, but he is fabulous too, so I’m adding him to the pantheon.

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  548. and Jeri Ryan does even more to firmly plant herself at the top of my crush list.

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  549. My husband just said, “Jenny does own the Internet. I hope she takes good care of it.”

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  550. Awesome – the post and and all the comments made me feel a little more normal about my life. lol

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  551. Oh, man. The crazy internet story I’ve been relating to my husband just keeps getting better! He was impressed by Simon, and then Penn, and even more so by Jeri (husband is a dude, after all). But now Matthew Broderick?? Mind blown. Must rest. It’s too much.

  552. A tiny part of me thinks that Nathan Fillion is continuing to ignore you until he can finish and debut his GIANT TWINE SPIDERWEB that spans his entire house. Or something.

  553. OMFG MB

  554. P.S. Just made a donation to Project Night Night. Couldn’t let that slip by me. Not after all the kindness I’ve seen from some wonderful people.

  555. I wonder if Nathan Fillion realizes that when the social history of the internet is written and analyzed in the future, he’s going to be the guy who was too good to play. History is not going to portray him in a good light–does his PR team not see that this has turned to reflect negatively on him? If it were me, I would make it right.

    I think your blog transcends into performance art at times and he’s really missing out on a opportunity to be part of something bigger than just a blog or just a fan or just his ego.


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  556. So when you wrote “Matthew Broderick reads my blog” did you scream out loud, or just in your mind? Because I just almost screamed out loud, and it’s not my blog.

  557. Matthew Broderick has just become my favorite celebrity.

  558. Nathan needs to hire a new publicist. yesterday.

  559. Coolness!
    I have a photo of me strangling Pete Townshend with a scarf that I could share. But it’s not quit the same as him holding the scarf. And strangling me. And sending it to you. And anyway, only people old rockers and Roger Daltrey actually remember who Pete Townshend is. So, not quite the same at all. 😉

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  560. Seriously.. when Ferris Bueller holds up a spoon for you? You know you’ve arrived.

  561. I love that these celebrities get it. Wil, Penn, Simon and Jeri understand that Twitter gives them the opportunity to talk to their fans and have a little fun with it. Matthew may not use Twitter but he still gets it. Why have Twitter at all if you aren’t going to interact and be silly now and then? Maybe one day certain celebs will get with the program. Until then, we’ll always have Wil, Penn, Simon, Jeri and Matthew to keep the torch burning.

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  562. Wow. Matthew Gosh-Darn Broderick. I’m with BethanytheMartian – I did a little jig, the minute I saw it. That guy kicks ass.

  563. 570
    Rumble Kitty

    And what was Matthew about to eat with that spoon? Cereal, ice cream, soup… ??? We must know!!

    Seriously, that is pretty cool!

  564. I like that no one has held the same thing. It’s really kinda cool. Even better, you get to offer idiot PR people a choice of things to look at. Would you like to see Wil with some papers, Simon with some Sephora bag handles, Penn with some twine, Jeri with a spatula or Matthew with a spoon? How confused would they be?

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  565. OK. That’s it. Matthew and Jeri and Simon are the most awesome fucking people in the world – besides you of course.

    Nater-tater = MEH.

  566. Part 2 (see #153 for pt 1)

    The internet rose up and swarmed – it begged, pleaded, implored,
    But all requests for Nathan’s twine were summarily ignored.

    And so the saga continued, with momentum unabated,
    For these collective aspirations just could not be sated.

    “Perhaps The Bloggess doesn’t rate!”, some commenters joked,
    Then Penn Jillette held up his twine, thoroughly unprovoked.

    Soon followed up by Jeri Ryan, spatula in hand,
    The ante upped, the pressure’s on, the flames were being fanned.

    Just as The Bloggess was about to wipe away a tear,
    Wheaton struck a pose as if to say “Hey, I’m still here!”

    Then Broderick with his icy stare stepped up to quell the bitchin’
    Saying “You may have spatulas, friends – but HERE”S what’s in my kitchen!”

    The internet then gasped in awe. The Bloggess began to swoon.
    That’s right,