The Twenty Thousandth Comment Award

As you know, this blog is heading quickly towards its twenty thousand’s comment. Now, I know this is nothing like a million comments, but it is still a good round number in base ten. And we forgot to notice the ten thousandth comment. So we’re celebrating this one.

There will be three awards. This is not a contest, but an award. The person closest to being the 20 thousandth commenter according to my calculations, who has provide an email address while commenting that works so that I can reach them, and who answers my query within a reasonable amount of time, etc. etc. etc. (restrictions apply, not valid in Utah, and so on and so forth) will be awarded with a wonderful Greg Laden’s Blog “I Think” hat:


The second closest identifiable commenter will receive the lovely Darwin is Thinking Coffee Mug:


And the third closest identifiable commenter will receive the consolation prize award:


Substitutions are allowed.

We are currently at 19,658 comments. We could reach 20,000 any day now!


  1. #1 Aaron Golas
    December 1, 2008

    I’ve never been so happy not to live in Utah!

  2. #2 clinteas
    December 1, 2008

    Done the FB thingy long time ago……
    Still cant believe you havent had 20000 comments,but,if you say so….
    Whats wrong with Utah? Oh,i c…Well,I guess every country has their Rwanda hey,its ok…..

  3. #3 Who Cares
    December 1, 2008

    Is the US only or the entire world?

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    December 1, 2008

    The entire world, of course!

  5. #5 Ian
    December 1, 2008

    So if I spam this comment 350 times, I win? 🙂

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    December 1, 2008

    You can only know by trying!

  7. #7 JanieBelle
    December 1, 2008

    I dunno, I think I’d as soon have the third prize as any of them.

  8. #8 JanieBelle
    December 1, 2008

    *clicks link to see substitutions*

    on second thought…

    Small, please.

  9. #9 Mike
    December 1, 2008

    So what’s the score in the senate race? IS it close to a done deal?

  10. #10 Monica
    December 1, 2008

    That’s it! I am commenting on your blog every day from now on so I can be the Commenter 20,000. I need one of those excellent mugs!

    Pick me! Pick me!

  11. #11 Mikko
    December 1, 2008

    adds a comment 🙂

  12. #12 (((Billy))) The Atheist
    December 1, 2008

    Am I number 20,000?

  13. #13 Elizabeth
    December 1, 2008

    Does the “substitution” come in different colors?

  14. #14 Skemono
    December 1, 2008

    But what if we don’t think? Do you want us to make liars out of that hat?

  15. #15 K.
    December 1, 2008

    Not gonna lie: I really want that hat.

  16. #16 Wellington
    December 1, 2008

    [Hint: If you click on the hat you can buy it. Fairly painless process, even if I’ve seen cheaper hats.]

  17. #17 Doug Alder
    December 1, 2008

    Hey K – I sympathize – great hat. Unfortunately “Adjusts from 20″ to 24″” is just not big enough for me

    /me big head – nothing in it though 😉

  18. #18 Mike
    December 2, 2008

    Ok, Greg. I want the hat too but I’m also quite interested in Coleman declared as the loser in his bid for re-election. When will results be certified?

  19. #19 Rick Pikul
    December 2, 2008

    Just one more comment pointing out how many random commonts you’re going to get over the next few days.

    (Not that I’m going to carpet-bomb, I also only take a single glance when an artist at FurAffinity does a “get my nth pageview” contest.)

  20. #20 Greg Laden
    December 3, 2008


  21. #21 Stephanie Z
    December 3, 2008

    Since I don’t see that anyone else has yet, tag.

  22. #22 JanieBelle
    December 3, 2008


  23. #23 Chris C.
    December 4, 2008

    I would love the mug. Does it help if this is my first comment ever?

  24. #24 Greg Laden
    December 4, 2008


  25. #25 K.
    December 4, 2008

    Agh! My counting was off. After your last number confirmation earlier today, I had been keeping track. But I had to step away from the computer for an hour or so in the afternoon, so I adjusted to what I thought would be an appropriate number. Just before you posted 19,957, I was up to 19,971.


  26. #26 a rat trap
    April 14, 2011

    For some reason I haven’t yet been able to determine, it seems that urban regions are beginning to see a higher infestation of rodents than before. As a landscaper on the side, I continually come across yards that are devastated by rabbits, rats and mice, as well as a few other critters. Though I haven’t been able to find the cause of this recent infestation, many people are exploring their options for pest control.

  27. #27 Drivebyposter
    April 15, 2011

    Dammit. I don’t wear hats, underwear or drink things. This contest is rigged I tells ya! RIGGED!