Guess who’s turning 18 today?


It’s some stranger!


  1. #1 LisaJ
    August 30, 2008

    Awww, what a cute picture. Happy birthday Skatje, and good luck at university!

  2. #2 Timothy Wood
    August 30, 2008


    …nice pic.

  3. #3 Alcari
    August 30, 2008

    awwww, having your 2nd birthday picture posted online for the whole world to see. The birthday present every girl dreams of 😉


  4. #4 Holbach
    August 30, 2008

    Skatje, quick, look behind you! Quick, grab that cake! Yum! Anyway, Happy Birthday!

  5. #5 Rev. BigDumbChimp, KoT
    August 30, 2008

    Cute picture.

    Happy B-Day Skatje

  6. #6 SC
    August 30, 2008

    Happy 18th!

  7. #7 BriansAWildDowner
    August 30, 2008

    I’ve talked to Skatje online a few times. She’s just as cool and smart as you’d expect.

  8. #8 Capital Dan
    August 30, 2008

    Om nom nom nom…

    Happy birthday, Skatje. And remember, you can now be charged as an adult, and you can finally tell off your stodgy, old father.

    Have a good one, and enjoy the cake!

  9. #9 Shane Killian
    August 30, 2008

    What a coincidence–I have a niece who turns 18 today!

    I know, I know, 23 people in a room…

    Happy Birthday to both!

  10. #10 Zeno
    August 30, 2008

    That means that PZ is officially old if his baby is now a legal adult.

    And I’m older than PZ … ye gods!

  11. #11 The Science Pundit
    August 30, 2008

    Just in time to vote!

  12. #12 Claudia
    August 30, 2008

    That is quite possibly the cutest pic of all time (excluding pics of my own child, of course)! Happy Birthday, Skatje!

  13. #13 Jason
    August 30, 2008

    Happy solar [as opposed to sidereal] revolution around the sun (physics!)

  14. #14 Doubting Foo
    August 30, 2008

    Her “about” says she’s a junior in college…and at 18? Wow. Smart kid.

    She’s taking some great classes. I majored in CS and minored in math also. Ahh…I miss those days!

  15. #15 Patrick Quigley
    August 30, 2008

    Happy Birthday, Skatje.

  16. #16 DominEditrix
    August 30, 2008

    Happy 18th, Skatje! Gratulerer med dagen.

  17. #17 JoJo
    August 30, 2008

    Happy natal day to you,
    Happy natal day to you,
    Happy day of birth, dear Skatje,
    Happy natal day to you.

  18. #18 cassandraclaire
    August 30, 2008

    Happy birthday to Skatje, and –fun coincidence– it’s my 18th too! (but I don’t think my baby pictures are nearly as cute… or public, thank goodness)

  19. #19 LisaJ
    August 30, 2008

    Oh, well happy birthday cassandraclaire!

  20. #20 FutureMD
    August 30, 2008

    Nothing liking pulling out the baby pictures for tormenting your kids.

  21. #21 Nerd or Redhead
    August 30, 2008

    Happy birthday Skatje.

    Make sure to register to vote.

  22. #22 I am so wise
    August 30, 2008

    Moments like this are why I am glad my parents aren’t fans of the intertubes.

  23. #23 TSC
    August 30, 2008

    Enjoy your complex, specified cake.

  24. #24 Ordained Atheist
    August 30, 2008

    Sarah Palin?

  25. #25 AllanW
    August 30, 2008

    Many happy returns of the day, Skatje.

  26. #26 ma drid
    August 30, 2008

    Congrats to the Dad who raised such a fine daughter.

  27. #27 Louis
    August 30, 2008

    Happy birthday Skatje!

    18 is legal drinking age in the UK, so pop on over for a pint or two between classes.


  28. #28 AllanW
    August 30, 2008

    I second the proposal in message #27. Come on over here at the end of October for Richards valedictory lecture and we’ll invite you to the get-together we’re having afterwards; you can have a drink legally at the champagne reception!

  29. #29 deadman_932
    August 30, 2008

    Congrats on the 18 solar circumnavigations.

    I’m sure you can find a compromising pic of ol’ dad to post in revenge. I encourage this.

  30. #30 Ichthyic
    August 30, 2008

    happy bday, Skatje!

    I can hardly remember being 18 any more – hope you enjoy your 18th immensely!

    …and, long time no see, deadman!

    We have a lot of catching up to do.
    I’ll shoot you an email this evening.

  31. #31 JStein
    August 30, 2008

    Dang, I didn’t realize Skatje was my age. (I turn 18 in a week)

    Happy birthday!

  32. #32 Nicole TWN
    August 30, 2008

    *dies of Teh Kyoot*

    Happy birthday Skatje! Adulthood doesn’t suck as badly as you might think. There’s some nice perks–the toys, for instance, are WAY better.

  33. #33 Steve_C
    August 30, 2008

    Happy Birthday Skatje!

    You’re off to a good start. Helps having fairly rational parents. Even if the do insist on posting cute and possibly embarrassing kid photos.

  34. #34 Bride of Shrek OM
    August 30, 2008

    Happy Birthday,

    I too can hardly remmerb being 18 anymore but that probably more to do with the fact that 18 is legal to drink here and my diet was basically 12% alcohol for for the first six months. Of course that has changed as I got older and more mature……..;-)

  35. #35 Tom
    August 30, 2008

    I must warn you of something that many dads experience. When your oldest (or youngest) child turns 18, you become acutely aware of how time has passed so quickly.

  36. #36 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    August 30, 2008

    Happy Birthday, Skatje! (Ella echoes) “Happy Birthday, Skatje!”

  37. #37 Azkyroth
    August 30, 2008

    Happy getting-shoved-headfirst-through-a-vagina day, Skatje. 😀

  38. #38 Paul
    August 30, 2008

    keep up the good work – my kids have a number of diabetic friends – and anything that can help is fantastic – this is my first post here but won’t be be the the last -keep the the science alive – not the wooooooooo

  39. #39 bob
    August 30, 2008

    I’m 18 tommorrow! Wooooooh!

  40. #40 Mike
    August 30, 2008

    I’ve only been following your blog for a year, PZ, but that’s long enough to pick up that you and yours are good people. So, Happy Birthday, Skatje, and have a wonderful time at university! (PZ, enjoy the silence. ;-))

    And happy birthday to you, bob, too.

  41. #41 Geoff
    August 30, 2008

    I hated it when my parents showed pictures of me as a young child, PZ really shouldn’t. I expect you will get over it. Best wishes for every success at U.

  42. #42 asdfsf
    August 30, 2008

    “Guess-” shouldn’t have a question mark unless you’re expecting a yes or no answer.

  43. #43 Longtime Lurker
    August 30, 2008

    Eighteen years old… two X chromosomes…

    Just in time to vote for Sarah Palin!

    Here’s wishing you a happy birthday, but remember-


    Can’t believe nobody else said it.

  44. #44 DB
    August 30, 2008

    L-e-g-a-l! Then again, after the Catholic cracker debacle, PZ doesn’t seem like the kind of guy I would cross swords with! Doh!

  45. #45 Alan Kellogg
    August 30, 2008

    I’ve heard of neoteny, but this is ridiculous.

  46. #46 Paper Hand
    August 30, 2008

    Wow, what a coincidence, today’s my birthday, too! Alas, it’s my 30th, not 18th. Still, nice to know I share my birthday with good company. 🙂

  47. #47 Samantha Vimes
    August 31, 2008

    I second what Alan Kellogg says. Skatje, you need an aging potion. 😉

    Happy birthday!

  48. #48 Billy
    August 31, 2008

    Holy crap! 18 years old and already a junior in college!
    Next month ill be 18 and back for my final round of Highschool 🙁

    btw Skatje- awesome domain name

  49. #49 RebekahD
    August 31, 2008

    Happy birthday a day late, Skatje! Be sure to thank your mother for holding out for one more day so you wouldn’t have to share a birthday with Michael Jackson and John McCain! Or perhaps you were already brilliant in the womb and made that choice yourself!

  50. #50 Dana Hunter
    August 31, 2008

    Feliz cumpleaos! Glasses are raised to you, amiga!

    Enjoy college!

  51. #51 Possummomma
    August 31, 2008

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SKATJE! Congratulations!

  52. #52 DLC
    August 31, 2008

    Congratulations on adding another year to your total, and best wishes for many additional years to come.

  53. #53 Paul Lundgren
    August 31, 2008

    @ 26:

    Congrats to the Dad who raised such a fine daughter.

    I’ll see you the Dad and raise you the Trophy Wife.

    Congratulations to the Myers family. I wish I’d had my stuff together when I was that age…or now.

    Remember Skatje, your parents still probably have embarrassing pictures lying around, too. Enjoy.

  54. #54 khan
    August 31, 2008

    Happy Birthday!

    Tomorrow will be 40 years since I turned 18.

  55. #55 Chris
    September 1, 2008

    Congrats – even though I’m a bit late.

    (18 and a junior in college? Wow)

  56. #56 Julius
    September 1, 2008

    Now, in any civilised country she’d get severely sloshed and then spend her first day as an 18-year-old nursing her first legal hangover…

    Happy Birthday and enjoy your soft drinks!

  57. #57 zy
    September 1, 2008

    A belated happy birthday to Skatje!

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