I like irreverent things. Wrong things. Smiley faces with drops of blood on their shiny yellow heads. Murderous, cherub faced dolls. Death rainbows. Bad horses.

‘Wrong’ things make me genuinely happy.

Thats why, despite its understated design, I LOVE our departmental T-shirts!!!

E. coli is a celebrity. Its always in the news for tainting this and contaminating that. Oh most E. coli are harmless, its just that some of them have been hanging out with naughty viruses:

E. coli is a gram-negative enterobacterium which diverged from the Salmonella lineage about 100 million years ago. Many contemporary E. coli strains are benign intestinal commensals; but a few strains have evolved into pathogens.

STEC causes diarrheal disease as well as more severe clinical manifestations, including hemorrhagic colitis and hemolytic-uremic syndrome. It is thought that the Shiga toxin Stx released by bacteria residing in the intestinal lumen is responsible for all these symptoms. The toxin traverses the intestinal epithelial barrier, enters the bloodstream, and damages vascular cells of the colon, the kidneys, and the central nervous system.

Key events in this process were the replacement of the rfb gene region followed by the sequential acquisition of first bacteriophage stx2 and then phage stx1.

hehehehehe Bacteriophages. Turning good bacteria ‘bad’ for 3 billion years. hehehehehe!

Anyway, love the shirt. Just a few poop-inducing E. coli.

… One is smiling.


  1. #1 Jared
    August 13, 2008

    Nice shirt

  2. #2 George
    August 13, 2008

    Bacteriophages. Turning good bacteria ‘bad’ for 3 billion years.

    Sounds like a t-shirt to me!

  3. #3 John Dennehy
    August 13, 2008

    Hey I just got my new t-shirt today too!
    A friend of mine’s girlfriend did the logo.

    Can you get me one of yours and I’ll bring you a Darwin08 shirt?

  4. #4 kc
    August 13, 2008

    Bacteriophages. Turning good bacteria ‘bad’ for 3 billion years.

    Sounds like a t-shirt to me!

    I second that! That would be one great t-shirt.

  5. #6 Hamsterpoop
    August 14, 2008

    John Dennehy:

    Yale sucks! They stole Peru’s stuff…

  6. #7 Ranson
    August 14, 2008

    @ Adam #5

    I’ve got several Vernon prints at home. My wife loves ’em! She’s a real talent. We’ve spoken to her at conventions several times, and I used to see her on the Randi forums a lot. She’s a strong skeptic, and very pleasant. Her blog is quite interesting, too, though I’m lacking the url right now…

  7. #8 Rev. BigDumbChimp, KoT
    August 14, 2008

    Oh man Luke Chueh has some cool stuff. Thanks for that link.

  8. #9 Bayesian Bouffant, FCD
    August 14, 2008

    Why not invent a good virophage that stops the bad bacteriophage?

  9. #10 clheiny
    August 14, 2008

    That is an awesome shirt! I want – no I need one!! Any job openings in your department?

  10. #11 StuV
    August 14, 2008

    Ah, guess who has photobucket blocked?

    Just guess.

  11. #12 Trip the Space Parasite
    August 14, 2008

    Ursula Vernon’s blog: http://ursulav.livejournal.com/

    The greatest concentration of wrong I have seen lately: http://www.explosm.net/comics/

  12. #13 VWXYNot?
    August 14, 2008

    Ooh you’ll be so jealous when I tell you my hubby worked on the Watchmen movie, got a bunch of crew t-shirts and a fleece jacket with the bloody smiley face on it, and I GOT TO GO TO THE WRAP PARTY!!!! The sets look awesome by the way.

    He also kept the smiley face sticker they used as a set parking pass, because it looks pretty cool. You can see it in the first two photos on this post.

  13. #14 Hamsterpoop
    August 14, 2008

    MSNBC Live Poll! Quick, Vote!!


    Should the motto “In God We Trust” be removed from U.S. currency?

    Do it!

  14. #15 Stacy S.
    August 15, 2008

    “Hamsterpoop” – Nice “Handle”(hahaha … snicker!)

  15. #16 Logan N
    August 16, 2008

    “Watchmen” is such a bad-ass comic.

  16. #17 themadlolscientist, FCD
    August 19, 2008

    Hey, there’s a smiling bacterium! Whodathunkit?

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