The
Kamikaze Peep Squad
Frequently Asked Questions


Subject:    KAMIKAZE PEEP SQUAD FAQ, Version 2.0
From:       Captain Infinity
Date:       Tue, 14 Apr 1998
Message-ID: <3538d766.5791313@news-f.std.com>


            KAMIKAZE PEEP SQUAD FAQ, Version 2.0
                     Updated 4-14-98
      (previous version dated 12-9-97...I've been busy)

This FAQ, like any other FAQ appearing in alt.fan.tom-servo
(currently none, because the FQA is an Eff-Que-A, not a Eff-A-Que) is
wholly subjective.  If you have a different opinion about how the Kamikaze
Peep Squad developed, I urge you to post it.  Likewise, if you feel that
you were not mentioned enough herein.  

This FAQ originally mentioned some nonsense about future versions including
the "First Peep" of each KPS member.  Well, forget I said all that, okay?
Like I don't have enough to do already, sheesh!

As usual, corrections and amplifications of the following data are
appreciated.  All misspellings contained herein (and there are a lot of
them) are the responsibility of the original posters quoted.

And off we go:


KAMIKAZE PEEP SQUAD FAQ, Version 1.0 The Kamikaze Peep Squad grew out of the growing awareness on the SF.TV newsgroups that the telepathic characters appearing in the TV series Babylon 5 were actually somehow related to a particular type of sugar-coated marshmallow candy. It has been known for years that these candies (known as "peeps") were telepathic, but the connection that they were being referred to in B5 whenever someone talked about telepaths in general, and telepathic *weapons* in specific, was not directly made until the following post appeared:
Subject: Re: Difference between DS9 and B5 war conclusions From: John Keegan Date: 1997/11/10 Message-ID: <6464id$s19@dfw-ixnews3.ix.netcom.com> Newsgroups: alt.tv.babylon-5, alt.tv.star-trek.ds9, rec.arts.sf.tv, rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5, rec.arts.startrek.current In <brianb1-0911972230120001@cx31002-a.omhaw1.ne.home.com> Brian Barjenbruch writes: > >> The answer is simple. I have questions after "Sacrifice," but they're stuff >> like "What is Sisko's penance going to be?" After the EA war, my questions >> were things like "How the hell did they get those teeps aboard?" > >Teeps? > > Brian No, no...he spelled that wrong. He meant "peeps"...those imitation marshmellow things that people get at Easter. They were the greatest weapon in Sheridan's arsenal! <g> John Keegan
Keegan's post sparked the awareness of the SF newsgroup posters, and the subject immediately mutated into two different threads, "Re: The Peep-Human War" and "Re: Thats TEEPS!". Both grew independently, but simultaneously. The initial "Re: The Peep-Human War" post was written by Sleepbot ZZ09.4. Although the resulting thread was short lived, it was fully developed, conceptually. As you can see from the headers, the Star Trek groups were elided, but alt.religion.kibology was added, thus ensuring a healthy growth medium.
Subject: Re: The Peep-Human War From: Sleepbot ZZ09.4 Date: 1997/11/11 Message-ID: <648a5k$8i7$1@usenet11.supernews.com> Newsgroups: alt.tv.babylon-5, rec.arts.sf.tv, rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5, alt.religion.kibology John Keegan wrote: >In <brianb1-0911972230120001@cx31002-a.omhaw1.ne.home.com> >Brian Barjenbruch writes: >> >>> The answer is simple. I have questions after "Sacrifice," but they're stuff >>> like "What is Sisko's penance going to be?" After the EA war, my questions >>> were things like "How the hell did they get those teeps aboard?" >> >>Teeps? >> >No, no...he spelled that wrong. He meant "peeps"...those >imitation marshmellow things that people get at Easter. They >were the greatest weapon in Sheridan's arsenal! yeah, i don't care what Ford/Boche/Cronan/Robert thinks... the whole war between the Humans and the Peeps is something we can really look forward to in season 5. to think that Clark was foolish enough to put Peeps into positions of power. deep down inside, we all know how hard it is to tell what they're really made of. and remember how they tend to stick together early on but then end up being all stiff and hard in the long run. not to mention their incredible lifespan. not sure if i'm the only one who's noticed, but it seems those Peeps are starting to come out even during Halloween and Christmas as of late. what's next? New Years? Independence Day? not to promote a climate of fear or anything, but HOLY CHRIST -- WHAT'RE WE GONNA DO? see, there's one thing from Sheridan's Vision(tm) that i never understood... the image of a hand coming out of a sun. and i do remember that Sheridan is referred to as 'the Hand' in the same Vision(tm). and, according to the Arc, our sun is supposed to explode in 1 megayear. now, as we all know, if there's one thing Peeps can't survive, it's heat... well, that and being dunked in a pitcher of Coca-Cola overnight, but even Gummi Bears are succeptible to that (thank goodness). perhaps sol-boom was initiated by Sheridan and his minions as a last resort. mmm. some bitter-sweet food for thought.
One of the posts following Sleepbot ZZ09.4's was <01bcee3c$861801e0$ee43facc@HE-HDNW01> by "Leah Verre" It essentially quoted Sleepbot ZZ09.4's post entirely, adding the following: >Never attempt to make Rice Krispy treats with PEEPS. > > -Leah Peah This post, although helpful in a vague sort of way, was ignored completely. Hundreds of people immediately ran out to buy Peeps and Rice Krispies. They never returned home. This goes to show you the danger in avoiding free advice. Another post following Sleepbot ZZ09.4 requested clarification, which is always a perilous thing to do in alt.religion.kibology:
Subject: Re: The Peep-Human War From: D'Arcey L Carroll Date: 1997/11/11 Message-ID: <3467b8c1.154177175@news.ncsu.edu> Newsgroups: alt.tv.babylon-5, rec.arts.sf.tv, rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5, alt.religion.kibology On Tue, 11 Nov 1997 00:48:23 GMT, Sleepbot ZZ09.4 wrote: PLEASE correct me if i'm wrong, but isn't it "Teep", short for TElEPath?
Subject: Re: The Peep-Human War From: DPorowski Date: 1997/11/11 Message-ID: <3468222E.6C76@u.washington.edu> Newsgroups: alt.tv.babylon-5, rec.arts.sf.tv, rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5, alt.religion.kibology D'Arcey L Carroll wrote: > > On Tue, 11 Nov 1997 00:48:23 GMT, Sleepbot ZZ09.4 wrote: > > PLEASE correct me if i'm wrong, but isn't it "Teep", short for > TElEPath? Okay! It's "Peep", short for nothing in particular, but still chock-full of marshmallowy goodness and chemicals. Or maybe it's for the noise you get when you nuke them?
D'Arcey L Carroll's request for clarification also resulted in these next two helpful posts:
Subject: Re: The Peep-Human War From: RespoNse Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 Message-ID: <3468E6AD.AC3D5BC1@bogus.wave.ca> Newsgroups: alt.tv.babylon-5, rec.arts.sf.tv, rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5, alt.religion.kibology D'Arcey L Carroll wrote: > > On Tue, 11 Nov 1997 00:48:23 GMT, Sleepbot ZZ09.4 wrote: > > PLEASE correct me if i'm wrong, but isn't it "Teep", short for > TElEPath? Nope, it's definitely Peeps I read it in the "B5/DS9 Continuum" joint written by Steven Hawking, JMS, and Gene Roddenbery (post-mortem) ;) "What do you want..." -Morden and Associates
Subject: Re: The Peep-Human War From: Sleepbot ZZ09.4 Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 16:34:38 GMT Message-ID: <64clt6$4i4$1@usenet89.supernews.com> Newsgroups: alt.tv.babylon-5, rec.arts.sf.tv, rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5, alt.religion.kibology RespoNse wrote: >Nope, it's definitely Peeps >I read it in the "B5/DS9 Continuum" joint written by Steven Hawking, >JMS, and Gene Roddenbery (post-mortem) he's right, you know. Roddenbery is definitely dead. granted, Hawking smells sorta dead, but you wouldn't know that from reading his excellent dissertation on the periodical shift in earth's marshmallow field and pink sugar crystal singularities. on the other hand, i'm having a hard time accepting JMS's explanation that peeps last forever because 'the universe likes it that way'. all in all it's a much better book than that piece of trash that Hubbard and Shatner came out with in the late 70s. too many men with long blonde hair and testosterone-filled guns for my liking. much fonder of the more subtle, infiltrative approach that JMS will certainly follow up with in season 5. yeah, when those peeps get stuck into the System, there's not a damn thing you can do to get them all out. viva l'B5!
With the above post, Sleepbot ZZ09.4 effectively ended the thread he had begun in the groups he sent it to. However, Sleepbot ZZ09.4's first post was re-posted (with no added commentary, just a new .sig) to alt.fan.richard-nixon and alt.sex.hello-kitty by froggy (Carlos May), also on 1997/11/11, with the Message-ID <64a5pi$415$2@uuneo.neosoft.com>. On the next day, 1997/11/12, May's post was re-posted to alt.food.peeps, alt.acme.exploding.newsgroup, and misc.misc by The Philosopher from Hell, in Message-ID <64bt5k$chg$2@nntp-2.io.com>. Again, the only addition was a new .sig. In the course of a day and a half, Sleepbot ZZ09.4's original post had appeared in nine groups, posted by three people. On November 12, the following post gathered together the errant groups that the reposts had crossed to, and offered the definitive comment on the nature of peeps, resulting in some debate:
Subject: Re: The Peep-Human War From: "Craig S. Thom" Date: 1997/11/12 Message-ID: <3469AA1F.567427F0@thom.org> Newsgroups: alt.food.peeps, alt.acme.exploding.newsgroup, misc.misc, alt.fan.richard-nixon, alt.sex.hello-kitty Peeps are good, not evil.
Subject: Re: The Peep-Human War From: ? the platypus {aka David Formosa} Date: 1997/11/13 Message-ID: <879405965.73061@cabal> Newsgroups: alt.food.peeps, alt.acme.exploding.newsgroup, misc.misc, alt.fan.richard-nixon, alt.sex.hello-kitty In <3469AA1F.567427F0@thom.org> "Craig S. Thom" writes: >Peeps are good, not evil. Thats what thay WANT you to beleave.
Subject: Re: The Peep-Human War From: Sara M Date: 1997/11/13 Message-ID: <346C0198.381C@ozemail.com.au> Newsgroups: alt.food.peeps, alt.acme.exploding.newsgroup, misc.misc, alt.fan.richard-nixon, alt.sex.hello-kitty Craig S. Thom wrote: > > Peeps are good, not evil. Why - do you have a problem with EVIL? Join the queue 8) Sara Mmmm
Thus ended the "Peep-Human War" thread. While all the above was occurring, the meme was also taking off in another direction in the SF groups of its birth:
Subject: Re: Thats TEEPS! From: Psi Cop Date: 1997/11/11 Message-ID: <34680E3C.1CD0@mars.fly> Newsgroups: alt.tv.babylon-5, alt.tv.star-trek.ds9, rec.arts.sf.tv, rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5, rec.arts.startrek.current John Keegan wrote: > > In <brianb1-0911972230120001@cx31002-a.omhaw1.ne.home.com> > Brian Barjenbruch writes: > > > >> The answer is simple. I have questions after "Sacrifice," but > >> they're stuff like "What is Sisko's penance going to be?" After > >> the EA war, my questions were things like "How the hell did they > >> get those teeps aboard?" > > > >Teeps? > > > > Brian > > No, no...he spelled that wrong. He meant "peeps"...those > imitation marshmellow things that people get at Easter. They > were the greatest weapon in Sheridan's arsenal! > > <g> > > John Keegan Get it right or I'll give you a brain wedgy! -- The psi corps. is your friend. Trust the corps.
Next was the following, and this is where things started to get strange. As you can see, the headers include the same groups as Keegan's original post:
Subject: Re: Thats TEEPS! From: RespoNse Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 Message-ID: <34695B47.319CFBB4@cgo.wave.ca> Newsgroups: alt.tv.babylon-5, alt.tv.star-trek.ds9, rec.arts.sf.tv, rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5, rec.arts.startrek.current peep
Succinct. Concise. Perceptive, and to the point. The above was clearly an invitation of some sort. But of what? One person took it as an invitation to start a cascade:
Subject: Re: Thats TEEPS! From: Captain Infinity Date: 1997/11/12 Message-ID: <346de8ef.5923468@nntp.netcruiser> Newsgroups: alt.tv.babylon-5, alt.tv.star-trek.ds9, rec.arts.sf.tv, rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5, rec.arts.startrek.current RespoNse wrote : >peep peep ** Captain Infinity
The cascade went in two different directions, both short lived. It crossed into alt.religion.kibology and alt.cascade. To save space I will not copy each separate post, but instead jump to the final post of each cascade. The one which included references to the virtual pet "Tamagotchis" ended like this:
Subject: Re: Thats TEEPS! From: Julie-Louise Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 12:59:33 -0500 Message-ID: <346F3485.5AD0@erols.com> Newsgroups: alt.tv.babylon-5, alt.religion.kibology, rec.arts.sf.tv, rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5, alt.cascade Thorko, MAN OF GAWD felt the need to share: > > Scuzz Lorenzo wrote: > > > Frank White wrote : > ----> hummel@ world.std.com says... > ------> Captain Infinity wrote: > --------> RespoNse wrote : > > --------> peep > ------> peep > ----> eep! > --> It's those blasted TAMOGOTCHIS! I KNEW they'd try to take over > --> the world someday!! > > peep! > Should I bring back my one-man Jihad Against Tamagotchis? Coming this spring from Troma Films: > Die, Tamagotchi, Die!!!
The other cascade, under the same header, was a bit purer and strayed less. Please note the email address in the .sig of the poster in this penultimate post:
Subject: Re: Thats TEEPS! From: "Thorko, MAN OF GAWD" Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 Message-ID: <346F58CE.4268@alien.vampire.flonk.flonk.flonk> Newsgroups: alt.tv.babylon-5, alt.religion.kibology, rec.arts.sf.tv, rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5, alt.cascade Bobby Tendinitis wrote: > With more on that story, here's correspondent Scuzz Lorenzo: --> Frank White wrote : ----------> RespoNse wrote : ----------> peep --------> peep ------> eep! ----> It's those blasted TAMOGOTCHIS! I KNEW they'd try to take over ----> the world someday!! --> peep! > meep! xeep! -- Lewis Bateman mhm 15x11 lbateman<peep>hotmail.com H The King of Carp
Bobby Tendinitis added one more post to this cascade, following Bateman's "xeep!". Tendinitis' succeeding contribution was "bleep!", which must have stood for "Hitler" because the thread ended with his post. Meanwhile, elsewhere (in alt.tv.babylon5, to be exact) the following mutations on the "teeps" vs "peeps" idea went this way:
Subject: Re:I said Thats TEEPS! From: Bugeye Date: 1997/11/13 Message-ID: <346AC151.897@usa.net> Newsgroups: alt.tv.babylon-5 HEY! I can get realy nasty. How would you guys like to hear Barney sing "I Love You. You Love Me......" for the rest of your life. I understand it's ok for the first 48 hours. Teeps, come on you can say it. Teeps Teeps. -- The psi corps. is your friend. Trust the corps.
Subject: Re: I said Thats TEEPS! From: Sleepbot ZZ09.4 Date: 1997/11/13 Message-ID: <64fc57$mr8$1@usenet11.supernews.com> Newsgroups: alt.tv.babylon-5 Bugeye wrote: >Teeps, come on you can say it. Teeps Teeps. "eepf. eepf." mo. i cam't. my mouf iv ftuck full uff marfmellowf. forry.
Subject: Re: I said Thats TEEPS! -- But it could be Peeps. From: AntiJohn Date: 1997/11/13 Message-ID: <64fms4$del@epx.cis.umn.edu> Newsgroups: alt.tv.babylon-5 Bugeye wrote: >HEY! I can get realy nasty. How would you guys like to hear Barney >sing "I Love You. You Love Me......" for the rest of your life. I >understand it's ok for the first 48 hours. >Teeps, come on you can say it. Teeps Teeps. >-- >The psi corps. is your friend. >Trust the corps. In a sense they could be named Peeps. Peeping into other people's minds.
Okay, so all that is the base, and it was all a lot of fun and informative, but basically useless. Whatcha gonna do with it? I continued to make passing references to peeps in some of my posts, and soon found that they were fun to include as a distraction device in posts to what I considered to be boring threads. (See "Re: Religion on tv and mythology" 11-16-97 <347d8288.21466404@nntp.netcruiser> and "Re: Shocking, Weird Event!" 11-17-97 <348096b0.26627186@nntp.netcruiser>). The first mention of what would eventually be known as the Kamikaze Peep Squad was in this post:
Subject: Re: JMS IQ comments in YAHOO-HERE IS THE BIG QUESTION!!! From: Captain Infinity Date: 1997/11/18 Message-ID: <34730f38.25914077@nntp.netcruiser> Newsgroups: alt.tv.babylon-5, alt.tv.star-trek.ds9, alt.tv.star-trek.voyager, rec.arts.sf.tv, rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5, rec.arts.startrek.current In article <3471F6DA.4CFA44D2@usa.net> Ben Matterson wrote : >Captain Infinity wrote: >> >> In article <3471192E.4BE8@iamerica.net> >> James Watson wrote: >> >> >Please E-Mail me if you want Gay porn >> >> There ya go. If that doesn't kill this stupid thread, nothing will. > >It didn't. If your premise is correct, this thread will never die. Fuck. Yeah, what you said. I didn't want to have to do this, but I guess I'll have to rally the troops. I go now to contact my crack squad of kamikaze peep warriors. We'll peep this thread to death if it kills us. And vice-versa. ** Captain Infinity ...peep
The KPS now had a purpose (to kill boring threads), a method (by peeping them to death), a philosophy ("if it kills us. And vice-versa."), and a rallying cry ("peep"). It also had a name, which would change within a few posts. In this next post, it developed some mottoes:
Subject: Re: Religion on tv and mythology From: Captain Infinity Date: 1997/11/18 Message-ID: <3473b77c.3450349@nntp.netcruiser> Newsgroups: rec.arts.tv, alt.tv.x-files, rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5, rec.arts.sf.tv, alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer, alt.fan.tom-servo In article <879847713.16818@dejanews.com> smryan wrote : >I bet Hitler would enjoy religion on TV. > > > >(That makes it official: the thread is dead.) Nah, that doesn't work if you do it on purpose. The only way you can deliberately kill a thread is with an army of invading marshmallow peeps. I have not yet begun to peep! Don't give up the peep! I regret that I have but one peep to give for my country! Give me liberty, or give me peeps! Don't fire until you see the marshmallows of their peeps! It takes a tough man to make a tender peep! With great peep comes great responsibility! It takes two hands to handle a peep! I am the eggman, they are the eggmen, I am the peep! Bounty! The quicker peeper upper! PEEPS! YOU CAN'T EAT JUST ONE! ** Capeeptain Infinipeep .....so much peep its all over your screen peep.
Elsewhere, other people were peeping. As each one did, I sent them email welcoming them to the "Kamikaze Peep Squad" and asking them to choose their rank and designation. At this point, the existence of the group was known only to its members, and the identities of the members were unknown to each other; a secret society kept secret from itself. The first post to publicly make this group's official name known was the following:
Subject: Re: Religion on tv and mythology From: MQS Date: 1997/11/23 Message-ID: <tlsmithEK3z8A.70n@netcom.com> Newsgroups: alt.fan.tom-servo, rec.arts.tv, rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5, rec.arts.sf.tv, alt.fan.mike-jittlov Captain Infinity wrote: : In article <3471CBAD.5D1E@flash.net> : julie e wrote : : >eternalwarrior wrote: : >> : >> wasn't it samuel johnson that said alarmist rhetoric is the last refuge of : >> a scoundrel. : > : >I thought it was Princess Leia. : > : Yeah, right! : That Samuel Johnson was just a scruffy looking nerf herder. No, it was Ben Johnson who said that (he was pretty good in SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON and RED DAWN, BTW). Lyndon Johnson was the nerf guy. I never did understand why he used those Beagles for herding nerfs, though. Beagles aren't smart enough to herd nerfs. Heck, Beagles aren't smart enough to herd peeps. (I just heard a *peep*. Did you herd a peep? There aren't enough peeps in this thread. You could make party decorations by stringing a lot of peeps on thread, and hanging them all over. Be sure to alternate the colours.) ObMediaSF: Neelix majored in Alarmist Rhetoric. ObLitSF: Heinlein invented Longist Rhetoric. ObFlameBait: Ayn Rand killed ATLAS SHRUGGED with Over-long Rhetoric. I think I'll go water my Pregnant Onions now. "Everything was reassuringly normal, which was to say, reassuringly strange." - Charles Sheffield - M.Q.S., NANSS, "Official Bimbo" for Baltimeep; (SCOoF) AKA Commander C'mell, Kamikaze Peep Squad AKA *spiky* little bitch peep.
As of this date, 12-9-97, the roster of the Kamikaze Peep Squad is as follows (in roughly the same order as each person first peeped): [DELETED AS UNIMPORTANT AS OF 4-14-98] UPDATES: The membership of the Kamikaze Peep Squad has, since the posting of the original version of this FAQ, grown to overwhelming proportions. Not since the heyday of the lobotomized meowers has a group of single-minded one-word posters achieved such overwhelming net-presence, spreading across nearly a *dozen* different newsgroups, in almost two languages! The Squad's official newsletter, the "Journal of Impossible Hopes and Abandoned Dreams" (J.I.H.A.D.) is due to have its first issue emailed to the Faithful Troops real *soon* now. Usenet peeping reached an unparalleled peak during Easter week 1998. Also, the number of KPS members who attended the weekly IRC KPS chat (8:00 PM EST on Undernet channel #AltFanTom-Servo) on Sunday, April 12, was so great that it cause a net-split, from which at least one server (toronto.on.ca.undernet.org) did not recover until the following day. Strangely, the use of the ".sig rank" has diminished greatly, causing a general confusion as to who exactly is a KPS member. Perhaps it was an affectation needed only during the initial growth spurt of the group, and, as such, has rightly dropped away now that the KPS enters its adult phase. But some KPS members miss it, including myself. Also missed is "jdn", who has left the net to turn his attention towards writing his novel. Never a KPS member, and in an effort to separate himself from the peeping insanity, jdn proclaimed himself to be "Lord God of the Anti-(Kamikaze peep Squad)". (In "Re: What was 'good' Kosh's point?" article <662mno$83c@sjx-ixn6.ix.netcom.com>.) The Squad granted official recognition of his Bizarro-like existence, because it was aware that jdn's unstated goal was to not only participate in as many boring threads as possible, but also to prolong them to the point where all the other participants were ready and willing to tear their own fingers off in an effort to extricate themselves. Since jdn has left the net it has become common opinion that far too many people now posting to the Babylon 5 groups have fingers. His services are missed by many. And now, back to the front! May truth and justice be on our side as we wade into the newsgroups in our never-ending battle with boring threads everywhere! <> <> <> <> \ / \ / <>-*-<> -_-_ _-_ _-_ -_-_ <>-*-<> / \ || \\ || \\ || \\ || \\ / \ <> <> || || ||/ ||/ || || <> <> ||-' \\,/ \\,/ ||-' |/ |/ ' ' ** Captain Infinity, F.E.W., Kamikaze Peep Squad


The above article was posted to Usenet on 4-13-98, and has been referenced in parts of other posts since that time.  No one has posted any counter-history of the KPS, so you may assume that the above is canon.  However, the "Updates" section is out of date.  Specifically, "peeping" has grown somewhat more widespread, but has diminished in frequency.  The release date for the first issue of the "Journal of Impossible Hopes and Abandoned Dreams" (J.I.H.A.D.) grows ever closer.  JDN's presence on Usenet fluctuates, as per his whim and interests.


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