The Threadtm was created at WPI, on the newsgroup wpi.test, by a man known to most only as Ranalou. Ranalou created The Threadtm as a way to alleviate some modicum of boredom from his evening, on April 12, 1996. The Threadtm is still going strong today, having had 5 birthday parties in it's honor, in approximately this format for follow up:

This is the thread that never ends
It just goes on and on, my friends!
Someone replied to it, not knowing what it was
And they'll just keep replying to it simply just because...
--Drak, sharing the Threadtm with everything, simply because he can...

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