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The End Of YesButNoButYes - Goodbye, Baierman?
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This morning, in an apparent act of Internet suicide, Baierman ceased posting on the greatest pop culture blog on the planet, yesbutnobutyes.com.

Baierman was a devoted follower of YBNBY since 2005. Contradictor since October 2007's Unibrow Nation.

Authorities believe he downed a lethal cocktail of Steak Cakes, Baconucopia, Beer History, 80s Metal Ballad's and Banana Art.
(Use our search bar to find these gems.)

There was no suicide note. Only Toilet Iconography.


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The End Of YesButNoButYes - Goodbye from Echowood
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I'd love to say a simple "goodnight" drop the mic and walk off stage. Sadly, I'm not cool enough to pull that off. Also, I owe too much to this site to go out like that. Any forum that lets you invent terms like "hemorrhoid licking butt nugget" deserves more. Instead, you're getting a long goodbye. Details. Secrets revealed. But a short send-off would be badass...

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The End of YBNBY - The Ten Most Commented Stories

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For the last two weeks we've counted down our most read stories from each of the last six years, as counted by pageviews.

I was planning to run one final piece on our top stories of 2010, but frankly, things are still shifting about too quickly. I compiled a sample list a few days ago, and it's already changed around. Sadly, this year we just haven't had enough traffic to show any clear leaders for more than a day at a time.

So instead, let's end on a high note. Because the best thing about YesButNoButYes.com wasn't the stories we wrote. it was the comments left by our amazing community of readers, a group we termed the Loyal 77.

Over the years we've had commenters who burst onto our pages and seemed to become old friends - names that some of you may not know but once were legendary - Johnny Chicago, Jeni Gump, The Sarcastic One - and a few who made the jump from commenters to writers, including ConservaLiberCrat_08 and our beloved Miss Cellania.

All in all, we've received well over 40,000 comments on YBNBY. But - what are the most commented stories of all time? And more importantly, why? On the eve of the execution, let's look back to see our Top Ten most commented stories of all time.

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Johnny Wright's Dénouement: Why You Should Become a Snob
(This will be my last post at YesButNoButYes. I truly want to thank the thousands of you drunken reprobates for reading my dreck the last few years. That tear-jerking sentiment said, I leave you with one last piece of advice. And remember, at our new site The Desonesto Doctrine, we wil be continuing the rodeo and ribaldry. Cheers.)

raymond-chandler_1234883c.jpg "It has been suggested to me that I am bit of a snob. How true! I prefer to be."
Raymond Chandler (Pictured above)

Declaration!

Snobbery is good. It is a gift. A noble quality that should be striven for. And ought to be embraced and displayed with pride.

The snobs are the knowledgeable. The informed. The passionate.

Have you ever met a dumb person who has sharp insight about politics, literature or music? I doubt it. It's the intelligent and clever that can regurgitate facts and figures and tell you why something is the bee's knees and the opposite sucks.

It is your responsibility as a member of a free society to cherry-pick what information you intake and decide what you believe is good and worthy of your time.

Be unapologetic about what you believe or what you love. Who is your favorite Beatle (I will argue George), who is a proper novelist or what restaurant serves the best lasagna. Even if someone has a strong opinion about a topic that I think is absolute rubbish, if their argument is made smartly and with passion, I respect you.

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The End Of YesButNoButYes - Goodbye from Miss Cellania
robot-portraits-miss-cellania.jpgScaramouch told me we was considering ending YesButNoButYes and I said mmm, OK, whatever (or something like that) because I really didn't know what to say. Then later he suggested we all write a goodbye post and asked how we felt. I don't know if anyone else responded, but I didn't, because I still didn't know what to say. Man, saying goodbye after these past few years turned out to be a lot harder than I thought. I'm going to miss being a part of the greatest pop culture blog on the planet. Or maybe not.

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The End of YesButNoButYes - The Best of 2009

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2009 marked the year I dialed down my writing endeavors here to focus on work and family, but the site remained in good hands. And although by some miracle of Google I still made it onto the top ten (with a real post about a patently fictitious art installation), the rest of the gang continued to give you the nudity, boobs, sex and ...err.. nakedness... you've come to appreciate.

So, let's see what the most popular stories of 2009 turned out to be....

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The End of YesButNoButYes - Goodbye from Jeem
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(Note from Scaramouch: As part of our final celebrations, I reached out to past and present writers and asked them all to contribute a final story. This one's is from the Dude hisself, Jeem. Enjoy)

Goddamn, this is hard. I told myself I wasn't gonna cry. I just really never thought this day would come, man. It's always in the back of your mind, of course -- the possibility of that 3 a.m. call that jolts you wide awake, or if you're already wide awake, then momentarily away from that home shopping show with the two hot chicks who sell dildos, with the unspeakable news. But you never expect it to actually happen.

No, you never expect that your smart, young, vibrant blog is going to pass on before you do. Minor stroke or heart attack, maybe -- there is a lot of bacon up in here, after all -- but shuffling off this mortal coil? At only five years old? Just a baby, ferchrissakes. Fuckin' A, man.

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The End Of YesButNoButYes - Goodbye from Bacon

Bacon has played a special, key role at YBNBY over the years.
Just about every writer has added a post or two, or twenty, about this wonderful, delicous meat.

As you can imagine, Bacon is a bit sad to be losing such a good friend. It made this video to express its feelings.

Check out our complete bacon archive here,For the Love of Bacon.

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The End of YesButNoButYes - The Best of 2008

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2008 saw some big changes at YBNBY. We said farewell to Aquaman and Jellio, and welcomed many of the current Algonquin Table of talent, including Johnny Wright, Echowood and Baierman.

It also became apparent that some of the staples we'd pioneered had grown a little stale, so we started to mix things up with some different material, including a full redesign of the site. (Remember when it used to look like this?) We also created some special events, including what was for me personally the funnest night we ever had, the night we liveblogged the election.

So - in a year when history was being made, when Change came to America, and where we needed to distract you from a failing economy, what did you get? Slutty costumes, boobs, old TV shows and bacon.

Don't believe what they tell you - some things never Change.

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The End of YesButNoButYes - The Best of 2007

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2007 saw a few more writers spread their wings, including the first lady author on the team. I can't remember exactly when Miss Cellania joined us, but it was in 2008 that she met her perfect subject matter. Oh yes, now she writes for all those high-fallutin sites like Neatorama and Mental Floss, and has been featured on TV News Shows.

But for us, Miss C will always be the one who showed us how popular old porn stars could be.

Meanwhile Aquaman claimed the #3 spot with a missive on NFL Quarterback's Wives, and our comic reviewer Evil Rich struck YBNBY gold with our single most read story of all time.

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The End Of YesButNoButYes - Homeless Frank on Death and Taxes

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(Note from Scaramouch: As part of our final celebrations, I reached out to past and present writers and asked them all to contribute a final story. For this one, despite rumors of his own demise, Razen managed to dig up Homeless Frank for one last thought piece. Enjoy)

Editor's Note - Homeless Frank lives in front of the building where I work. I pay him food in return for blog entries. For this one he got a pack of Parliaments and 2 bagels. I've corrected spelling and grammar; all thoughts belong to Frank.

Today Homeless Frank shares his thoughts on death and taxes.

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The End of YesButNoButYes - Goodbye from Big Picture Big Sound
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(Note from Scaramouch: As part of our final celebrations, I reached out to past and present writers and asked them all to contribute a final story. This one's is from "Big Picture Big Sound". Enjoy)

My relationship with YesButNoButYes started at a time when I worked for the Ad Agency JWT (née J Walter Thompson). It's the oldest agency in the world; real "Mad Men" stuff. I was part of their burgeoning digital arm, "digital@jwt". This handle was one of five names we adopted during my six-year tenure there, the "@" symbol being at the time what the "i" is today

It was here that I met Scaramouch, who ran Creative and I ran Tech. As often happens between those two capabilities, we had our share of run-ins. But we also shared a similar sense of humor, and a recognition of the absurdity of, well, everything. To survive in the Ad world, you either adopt this suit of armor or become completely insufferable. We were digital knights in an analog kingdom.

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The End of YesButNoButYes - The Best of 2006

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2006 was our second year of publishing and by now we were starting to get into a groove. Our writer Jellio had perfected the art of the top ten lists, and we started to fill out our roster of writers with new peeps.

We also started delving into some groundbreaking technologies that were destined to change society, like.. err.. Second Life (is that still going?). Oh, and it was the year a little site called YouTube came to prominence, meaning we could now entertain you with videos of people lighting their own farts. It was a world only Einstein could have imagined.

But what were the most popular stories of the year?

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The End of YesButNoButYes - Goodbye from Aquaman

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(Note from Scaramouch: As part of our final celebrations, I reached out to past and present writers and asked them all to contribute a final story. This one's is from Aquaman. Enjoy)

If I were to publish an autobiography, nobody would read it. Whoever gave it the green light would (and should) be fired. But if you stuck with it through the self-indulgent chapters on high school jobs and dog ownership, you'd be rewarded with one surreal section--the time when my boss at the ad agency started a pop culture blog and asked us to contribute on the clock.

The year was 2005. Clients were coming to us with questions about dipping their toes in this newfangled blogosphere thing. Some of those questions were predictably terrible. "People are complaining about our ad campaign on a message board. We're upset, and we want to tell them how wrong they are. Can you help us set up a blog?" (OK, I'm paraphrasing.) Scaramouch wisely thought we should know more about blogging than that the word was derived from "web log." So he started YesButNoButYes.

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The End of YesButNoButYes - Lost for the last time

Lost and YesButNoButYes have traveled curiously parallel paths. It's first episode aired just a few weeks before YBNBY came into being, and now it's final episode airs on Sunday, a week before we too leave the Island. For all those of you who are grieving one (or the other), it's good to remember that for everything there is a season (or six).

Along the way, we've covered the ARGs, the puzzles, the webisodes, the books, the amazing British promo above (my favorite piece of Lost content of all) - I won't link them all, just do a search for "Lost" in the searchbar above and you'll find them all (including some wildly inaccurate predictions we all made in the early days about how it'd all end).

And while we've spent these final two weeks listing our most popular stories, there's one small piece of content that we haven't mentioned. It's a short video entitled "The Secret of Lost finally revealed?", posted by us back in 2006. It currently has over 160,000 views, and hundreds of very angry comments.

And here's why. But first, put down your coffee so you don't spill it on your keyboard. Oh, and turn your sound up.

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