I was so scared this was gonna happen while I was at the dentist this morning, but some time this afternoon/evening, New ERV (not including Old ERV) is gonna get its one millionth visitor!


Normally I would demand sacrifices and lulz for a big celebration, but I got Lortab, so… Im going to go to sleep now… But I would appreciate lulz in the comments when I wake up…



  1. #1 Robert Bruce Thompson
    July 15, 2010

    Congratulations! I hope some significant percentage of those visitors are non-scientists that have profited from what you have to say. You have a real gift for explaining a complex subject in a way that a non-biologist (or even a non-scientist) can understand.

    I described you on my blog once as:

    “Another young woman I adore. Abbie Smith, AKA ERV for her studies of endogenous retroviruses, is currently working on her Ph.D. Her incisive mind and caustic tongue are the bane of Young Earth Creationists everywhere. As she points out, she’s good at ambushing them at events because she looks like a sweet young thing who wouldn’t say boo, but underneath that adorable exterior beats the heart of a pit bull. It may not be a coincidence that her dog, Arnie, is a pit bull.

    Other than watching her destroy creationists, one reason I really enjoy reading her blog is that she makes accessible a complicated topic about which I know little. ”

  2. #2 Jeb, FCD
    July 15, 2010


  3. #3 Paul Dail
    July 15, 2010

    I love the information, you put out. And the Humor, that you add. Congrats..I read your Blog, everyday..

  4. #4 W. Kevin Vicklund
    July 15, 2010

    594 to go!

  5. #5 Sili
    July 15, 2010

    You’re just being a shill for the commentariat! This is just like those ads claiming I’m the ONE MILLIONTH VISITOR!

  6. #6 Mu
    July 15, 2010

    Will there be free oatmeal and soda for #1,000,000? 999,469 right now.

  7. #7 Jerry Coyne
    July 15, 2010

    I was the one millionth!!!! Where’s my iPod?

  8. #8 Janice in Toronto
    July 15, 2010

    Uhh, is this gonna be like the Microsoft/Yahoo/Google Million Dollar sweepstakes I keep getting email about?

    You aren’t posting from Nigeria, are you?

  9. #9 BeamStalk
    July 15, 2010

    Is that over 9000?


  10. #10 patrick
    July 15, 2010

    445 left! zomg. Congrats.

  11. #11 goldfinch
    July 15, 2010


  12. #12 Lorax
    July 15, 2010

    Well I guess that explains the post with Ab pics, couldn’t wait until next Tuesday for 1 million, needed a traffic boost I guess 😛

  13. #13 Lorax
    July 15, 2010

    oh, and grats!

  14. #14 Jr
    July 15, 2010

    Congratulations on your well-deserved milestone!

  15. #15 sinned34
    July 15, 2010

    Natural causes are insufficient to explain how a mere blog could rack up such an impossibly huge number like a million hits! Do you know how big a million is? It’s a lot more than I could count in a couple of minutes, so obviously your blog proves that evolution cannot happen. So, by default, the Bible is literally, 100% true. Praise Jesus!

  16. #17 Prometheus
    July 15, 2010

    Did you win yet?

    What did you win?

    Is it expensive?

    Can I have it?

  17. #18 ERV
    July 15, 2010

    Still 258 off 1,000,000!

    I already got my prize for the day. A root canal and tooth reconstruction (dont shatter your teeth, children).

    I do get the general details of each visitor– As long as the 1,000,000 person doesnt brows anon, I could send them something… Hmmm… *looks around the apartment in a druggy daze*

  18. #19 JohnV
    July 15, 2010

    Been trying all afternoon to think of some witty comment about owing this to the xmrv/cfs mafia but I am failing 🙁

  19. #20 E.V.
    July 15, 2010

    Congratulations and I hope you scored some really good painkillers for your dental distress.

  20. #21 Gabriel Hanna
    July 15, 2010

    Abbie deserves all the recognition she can get; it’s a fantastic site with a lot of information on an important but somewhat esoteric subject.

    I wouldn’t want her to change a thing, really, though I disagree with her on plenty of stuff. It’s HER blog, in HER voice, and every time I’ve come here I’ve learned something worth knowing.

  21. #22 The Curmudgeon
    July 15, 2010

    If I’m the lucky visitor it’s going to be easy to reward me. You know what I want.

  22. #23 Rrr
    July 15, 2010

    My sympathy for your dental state, Abbie. Mine have held out a bit longer, as I am a bit longer in the tooth, but last winter one of my molars started molin’ real bad and has now been replaced with a fake cap on a stick. Currently waiting for its opposite number to follow suit.

    Hope you get at least some little cash inflow for all these hits, now that you have that money hole to sink it into.

    I too have enjoyed lurking here. Informative and fun. Please keep going!

  23. #24 ERV
    July 15, 2010

    100 to go! WHOO!

  24. #25 Impish
    July 15, 2010

    Congrats (in advance)

  25. #26 Brian
    July 15, 2010

    “What will you demand as ransom?”

    (bit with the pinky) “One. Million. Visitors!”

  26. #27 Gabo
    July 15, 2010

    Where is the counter? I can’t find it.

  27. #28 ERV
    July 15, 2010

    Sitemeter– The icon on the left of comment #18 🙂

    Aaaaaaaaalmost there!!

  28. #29 biopunk
    July 15, 2010


    Maybe a retrospective ERV photo essay is needed to capture the moment, like the Arnie presentation, back in 2008?

  29. #30 ERV
    July 15, 2010


    Person at the University of Arizona, Tuscan! Youre my 1,000,000!


  30. #31 The Curmudgeon
    July 15, 2010

    It’s not me? Hey, I want the boobie prize.

  31. #32 Prometheus
    July 15, 2010

    Yay Abbie and random person at the University of Arizona.

    Long may you wave.

  32. #33 Lorax
    July 15, 2010

    Went to grad school at UA that probably doesnt warrant a prize though.

  33. #34 john S. Wilkins
    July 15, 2010

    I hope you get molto disbursements from SEED…

  34. #35 J-Dog
    July 15, 2010

    Congratualtions To You!

    Thanks for all the hard work and effort.

  35. #36 scidog
    July 15, 2010

    sounds good until you see the stats for 30 Second Bunny’s.
    but science was always a hard sell.i enjoy ever nanosecond i’m on sci blogs.

  36. #37 Tom English
    July 15, 2010

    Congrats, you contumacious little cuss. You have to share your pizza with me at the Hideaway sometime. AOK?

  37. #38 Saint Onan
    July 16, 2010

    WATCH OUT, Pharyngula!

    Congrats, Abbie!

  38. #39 Stephen Wells
    July 16, 2010

    Why do I have this mental image of Abby holding her little finger to the corner of her mouth and declaring “One MEEEEEEEEELLion dollars visitors”?

  39. #40 Optimus Primate
    July 16, 2010

    *Snoopy Dance*

  40. #41 Kemanorel
    July 16, 2010

    *plays piano for Optimus*

    Do de doot do de doot deeee doooo do de do dooooo

    Do de doot do de doot deeee doooo de do dooooo de do dooooo

    Duh duh duh duh! *high notes* Duh duh duh duh! *high notes*

    and what not…

  41. #42 JohnV
    July 16, 2010

    good news only 999370 to go til we get to have the 2 million visitor party.

  42. #43 Mobius
    July 16, 2010

    Yay! Woot!

    On the other hand…Root canal??? Been there, done that. Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch!

  43. #44 Ranson
    July 16, 2010

    Congrats on the big, round number!

  44. #45 vhutchison
    July 17, 2010

    Congrats Abbie! I am making note of this accomplishment and boosting your site on the next issue of the Oklahoma Evolution List Serve.

  45. #46 Prometheus
    July 18, 2010

    Hey, what happened to the shillery?

    You’ve got a million customers waiting for you to poison themselves with Cracker Jack on a word. What is the point of superpowers, great abs and a personal cult if you don’t use them…for evil.

  46. #47 Mobius
    July 18, 2010


    Abbie got named to one blogger’s 15 Sexy Scientists list. Woot!!!

    (BTW…I don’t know if it is just my browser or what, but I only count 14 Sexy Scientists including PZ…though PZ isn’t really my type.)

  47. #48 ERV
    July 19, 2010

    Sorry, Prometheus. Friend found out on Friday that his dog is gravely ill. Couple that with the dentistry fun and people losing their fucking minds over stupid shit, Im just not in the mood for posting, *sigh*

  48. #49 criswell
    July 19, 2010

    not exactly true lulz but Texas citizens seem far saner about textbooks than their wingnut leaders, e.g.

    you have my sympathies on the dental work (not to diminish your friends dog and generally life insanity) as I had two front teeth shatter a few weeks back

    p.s. do not give Jerry Coyne an ipod; give him a medal for putting up with almost as much crud as you, PZ and others

  49. #50 Mobius
    July 19, 2010

    Hope you are feeling better soon.

  50. #51 Prometheus
    July 19, 2010

    Sorry Abbie, have some lulz….

    We spent a month thinking our Boston Terrier (see medieval illustrations of a hell mouth) had epilepsy and were considering cumulative brain damage versus phenol barbi zombie dog.

    Turns out he just such a pig he eats himself into an oxygen deprived stupor-seizure…..little bastard scared us to death.

    Now we get to watch him eat and teach him to breathe in-between steam shovel sized bites of kibble.

    It’s working but the associated gas releases are peeling the paint off the kitchen walls.

  51. #52 ERV
    July 19, 2010

    lulz for you all–

    Since my friends dogs been sick, I have been SMOTHERING Arnie with lovies and snuggles.

    Its gotten to the point where I am actually annoying him.

    Last night, he was all snuggled up in a ball on the sofa, so I went over and hugged him and loved him and hugged him and loved him– no joke, he lets out this HUGE SIGH, gets up, and moves.


    Last night, he was curled up on the foot of my bed as we were about to go to sleep. So I hugged him and loved him… and he growled at me. ROFL!!!

    I was like ‘ARNIE! WHATS THE MATTER?? YOU NO WANT LOVIES?? *loveyloveylovey*”

    Arnie: grrrrrrrrowl… *grin*

    Me: ‘YOU NO WANT LOVIES????’

    Arnie: GRRRRROWL *play chompie chompies my hand* *smothers me in kisses*

    Me: ‘OKAY I GIVE YOU MORE LOVIES!!’ *tackles puppy* *puppy runs off to get toy* *we play tug of war for 15 minutes and collapse in a pile of giggles and glitter and rainbows*

  52. #53 ErkLR
    July 19, 2010

    “…and I will hug him, and pet him, and sqeeeeze him… and pat him, and pet him… and rub him, and caress him…”

  53. #54 foxfire
    July 19, 2010

    Congratulations ERV! And much sympathy on the root canal. I had one about 45 years ago when I was a kid. It sucked big-time. Hopefully, the technology improved.

    Sorry about your friend’s dog. I hope he/she can recover.

  54. #55 ranggaw0636
    July 20, 2010

    wow, congratulation ERV

  55. #56 peter
    July 24, 2010

    Nice job. Read your blog all the time. Like the style of writing…

    Averaging 2500 visitors a day takes a lot of work. Can’t imagine how hard you must have worked at this.


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