Pharyngula

See—there’s an official list and everything.

But wait…what’s this? Tied with the Bad Astronomer? What has he done, besides write a book and become president of the JREF and pose naked? I ought to win for keeping my clothes on!

Comments

  1. #1 croor singh
    December 30, 2008

    2008?

  2. #2 nigelTheBold
    December 30, 2008

    Uhm… do you mean “2008?”

    Just checking. Cause you’re freaking me out if you really *are* among the top 10 ass-kickers of skepticism in 1008.

  3. #3 Glen Davidson
    December 30, 2008

    I wouldn’t put Plait in a tie with anyone after I had to see that picture.

    Clearly he’s unapologetic, and not in a good way.

    Glen D
    http://tinyurl.com/6mb592

  4. #4 Glen Davidson
    December 30, 2008

    And any skeptic who admits to being one in 1008 is truly deserving of kudos.

    Glen D
    http://tinyurl.com/6mb592

  5. #5 Levi in NY
    December 30, 2008

    Well, if it’s any consolation, you’re a shoe-in for a Nobel Prize after inventing that time machine of yours…

  6. #6 Zeno
    December 30, 2008

    I wouldn’t put Plait in a tie with anyone after I had to see that picture.

    Well, it depends: if we put Plait in a big enough tie, it could lessen the horror.

  7. #7 speedwell
    December 30, 2008

    Surely the number one ass-kicker in 1008 is Pope John XVIII, who is said to have abdicated from the papacy late that year? Not much more is known about him. But you have to wonder why someone would just up and quit being Pope, eh.

  8. #8 moneduloides
    December 30, 2008

    So… I click on the link and:

    “Your organization has chosen to limit viewing of this site (http://skepchick.org/blog/?p=4996), due to the rating of its content (nudity,Web Log(Blog)). ”

    I’ve never been to this blog before; what exactly are you trying to do here, PZ, get me fired?

  9. #9 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    December 30, 2008

    What has he done, besides write a book and become president of the JREF and pose naked?

    Sounds like your list of “to dos” for the sabbatical is growing.

  10. #10 Jefe
    December 30, 2008

    And you don’t look a day over sixhundred-and-sixty-six.

    ;)

  11. #11 jfatz
    December 30, 2008

    Aha! A blatant factual error! How can PZ–and all scientists–be trusted about ANYTHING since they can MAKE ERRORS?!!

  12. #12 Patricia, OM
    December 30, 2008

    Somebody should have posted a warning about that picture! I was trying to eat my breakfast….sheesh.

  13. #13 ppb
    December 30, 2008

    Maybe a tasteful photo with a strategically placed squid could catapult you to #1.

  14. #14 gmm
    December 30, 2008

    curious here- are you coming to edmonton in january, pz? i thought i saw that somewhere earlier this year on your site, and i would like to know when and where if possible.

  15. #15 Nerd of Redhead
    December 30, 2008

    PZ, your picture was too mild. Maybe a picture of you in pirate gear with a cephalopod on your shoulder, with a sword for those time when you are supposed to be ferocious.

  16. #16 Mark B
    December 30, 2008

    Sure, you were hot shit 1,000 years ago, but what have you done lately?

  17. #17 Screechy Monkey
    December 30, 2008

    “with a sword for those time when you are supposed to be ferocious.”

    No, no, no! A cyberpistol!

  18. #18 Jay
    December 30, 2008

    Surely if you showed more tentacle, PZ, you would have nabbed the top spot.

  19. #19 Mark B
    December 30, 2008

    Eh, he corrected the year. Now my semi-clever previous comment makes no sense at all.

  20. #20 Glen Davidson
    December 30, 2008

    Eh, he corrected the year. Now my semi-clever previous comment makes no sense at all.

    Darwinists are notorious for doing such things.

    I mean, they actually correct mistakes, rather than glorifying them like the righteous do. Those bastards!

    Glen D
    http://tinyurl.com/6mb592

  21. #21 JM Inc.
    December 30, 2008

    Come to think of it, crackergate was a lot like that incident with the televised trantrik death chants. It’s as they say, one horse-laugh is worth a thousand…. fatwa envies.

  22. #22 Deepsix
    December 30, 2008

    “What has he done, besides write a book and become president of the JREF and pose naked?”

    Yeah, but is Phil a big time movie star!? I think not.

  23. #23 Jadehawk
    December 30, 2008

    the juxtaposition of naked Bad Astronomer and cuddly PZ was… jarring.

  24. #24 Matt Heath
    December 30, 2008

    See, I told you all the Guardian weren’t so bad. That’s two law-suits they took on in the name of science, rather than just apologise and settle. Under English libel law no less.

    They do still have some insufferable columnists, though.

  25. #25 Ouchimoo
    December 30, 2008

    You were naked that one time. . remember?

    *your laptop was broken!*

  26. #26 D
    December 30, 2008

    I’m a bit embarrassed for Phil, to have ones need to over-compensate so much presented so publicly.

  27. #27 Gavin Polhemus
    December 30, 2008

    I am very touched that, as a high school science teacher, I beat PZ and the Bad Astronomer in skeptical ass kicking. I think it was my lecture “Quantum Mechanics is Not New Age Mumbo-Jumbo” that put me over the top. It was heavy with pointing and laughing. Even better, at a poster session the night before I stuck tape loops on all of my students, telling them it was “for attendance.” they wore the loops all evening. When I pointed out in my lecture that people will do all sorts of things if they are told to by someone with some letters after his name (I have a Ph.D.) and given a non-sense reason like “for attendance.” They laughed at themselves just as hard as they laughed at the the others. I think they got the message: don’t trust, think and check instead.

  28. #28 Deepsix
    December 30, 2008

    PZ, why are you cuddling with a pink tooth in that pic? :)

  29. #29 Nightsky
    December 30, 2008

    If he’s over 1000, he MUST be divine!

    ALL WORSHIP PZ!

  30. #30 wagonjak
    December 30, 2008

    I respect your work and your mind PZ, but I doubt anyone would want to see your naked body!

  31. #31 SC, OM
    December 30, 2008

    Congratulations! (To you, too, Orac!)

    a coconut-skull like Jenny McCarthy

    Liked that.

  32. #32 Feynmaniac
    December 30, 2008

    There should be a top 10 greatest Pharyngula moments for 2008. I can think of a lot of nominations. Scooter threatening to fight Ron in Houston, PZ getting expelled from Expelled, Crackergate, Rooke’s analogies, upsetting Ken Ham’s alliance with the Cincinnati zoo, Steven, etc.

    Feel free to nominate your favourite moments!

  33. #33 wagonjak
    December 30, 2008

    I respect your work and your mind PZ, but I doubt anyone would want to see your naked body!

  34. #34 marilove
    December 30, 2008

    Woo. I <3 Skepchick.

  35. #35 Tim
    December 30, 2008

    On the far side of fifty, if someone likes the way you look without clothes, it’s true love. The rest of us wish to admire you for your mind. Please.

  36. #36 marilove
    December 30, 2008

    …I heart skepchick. Yeah. that’s what I was tryin’ to say.

  37. #37 S.Scott
    December 30, 2008

    For some reason, I cannot post over at Skepchick. Can someone tell her “Great Post” for me??

    Thanks for keeping your clothes on PZ. :-)

  38. #38 J. D. Mack
    December 30, 2008

    Phil’s great, but does he have his own page on the Internet Movie Database site?

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2990604/

    Oh wait, he does:

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2547843/

    So it’s still a tie!

    J. D.

  39. #39 Geral
    December 30, 2008

    PZ, you posted a picture of your man-boob.

    That’s got to count for something…

  40. #40 PZ Myers
    December 30, 2008

    Hang on there, JD. Notice that he isn’t listed as on screen talent in any of them.

    Probably not pretty enough.

  41. #41 Karen
    December 30, 2008

    Look at the bright side, PZ. Your photo showed you as the cute and cuddly cephalopod you really are.

    (That was you on the right, wasn’t it?)

  42. PZ, I would consider you staying clothed necessary but not sufficient to breaka tie.

  43. #43 Mikayla
    December 30, 2008

    Love the pic of PZ with the cutsy squid. Awwww :)

  44. #44 skyotter
    December 30, 2008

    “I’m among the top 10 ass-kickers of skepticism in 2008!”

    i don’t believe it!

    [/Happy New Year, everyone]

  45. #45 Cannabinaceae
    December 30, 2008

    So is Plait just bragging about his facility with “Dobsonian Mounting” or what?

  46. #46 Craig
    December 30, 2008

    I’d be happier with Skepchick, if I hadn’t paid $25 for a calendar that I never got. I’d be happier still, if I ever saw a response to my e-mail petitioning to either get my money back or get a copy of this year’s calendar. I have my Paypal receipt, but never a response. :(

  47. #47 Nick Gotts
    December 30, 2008

    I respect your work and your mind PZ, but I doubt anyone would want to see your naked body! – wagonjak

    Well, there is such a thing as morbid curiosity!

  48. #48 Nerd of Redhead
    December 30, 2008

    Well, there is such a thing as morbid curiosity!

    I may be curious, but not morbidly curious.

  49. #49 clinteas
    December 30, 2008

    A naked Fabio sandwiched between a naked PZ and Phil Plait is what I want to see !

    Best Pharyngula moments of 2008: would have to have the long soul-searching nights with da Kenny on the list,and philosophy sparring with Etha at 4am…..I thought the Ron in Houston thing was rather scary.

  50. #50 IBY
    December 30, 2008

    Obviously, between naked and clothed, naked wins, duh! Besides, you hugging a giant tooth are reasons for point deduction. ^_^

  51. #51 Sastra
    December 30, 2008

    One may note that those who appear to be the most adamant against seeing PZ in the buff seem to be males.

    Just sayin’.

  52. #52 Wowbagger
    December 30, 2008

    Highlights of 2008? Well, considering I wasn’t here before 2008, and even then it was already halfway through when I showed up. Expelled from Expelled is what brought me here – sorry PZ; I’d never heard of you until then.

    Crackergate was insane. I think I took at least year off my keyboard’s working life over those few weeks – both from frenetic typing of refutations and vitriol, and from banging my head against it after reading the unceasing papist idiocy.

    Pete Rooke’s analogies were disturbing, but we did get him to stop eventually.

    It’s been a lot of learning for me over the last six months – prior to that I don’t think I’d ever heard the term ‘Libertarian’ before. Now, of course, I kind of wish it’d stayed that way…

  53. #53 Robert
    December 30, 2008

    This was the Skepchick’s top-10 list, PZ – perhaps posing naked put the Bad Astronomer up? ;)

  54. #54 Patricia, OM
    December 30, 2008

    Haw! Phil is a piker. How many brilliant commenter’s, sluts, man-whores, fist fighters, god bots, strumpets, gay brawlers, drunks, naked bunny’s with whips, and we could go on – does Phil get?
    Has he ever been turned in to Seed for his rowdies? How many threads of over 500 comments does Phil have? Sorry Phil, keeping the Ilk eager, entertained and continuing the blogs educational value shows incredible talent.

    PZ doesn’t have to strip.

  55. #55 Nerd of Redhead
    December 30, 2008

    Sastra, your observation on the PZ clothed/unclothed issue is probably correct.

    Wowbagger, my history with this site seems to parallel yours. I had seen a link to Pharyngula very early in the year, and thought it was a great site, but forgot the link by the time I got home, and our IT at work has us clear the history daily, so I couldn’t follow up. Expelled caused me to find the site again (wrote it down this time), where I lurked until just before Crackergate. I’ve been a regular contributer ever since. I did give the libertarians a pass after a week or so since they were just repetitious.

  56. #56 Kel
    December 30, 2008

    I came for Expelled from Expelled, stayed for Crackergate, now I can’t find the exit.

  57. #57 Nerd of Redhead
    December 30, 2008

    now I can’t find the exit.

    Do you really want to?

  58. #58 Jadehawk
    December 30, 2008

    this site will make me homeless someday. i’m supposed to be finishing some overdue graphics, instead i’m here. if i don’t break this addiction soon, i will not be able to pay rent

    I blame this all on PZ :-p

  59. #59 'Tis Himself
    December 30, 2008

    PZ, I’m sure I speak for most of us: KEEP IT ON!

  60. #60 SC, OM
    December 30, 2008

    Also: the BtB video and Lenski’s smackdown of Schlafly.

  61. #61 Jadehawk
    December 30, 2008

    I think we’ve found ourselves a new trinity:

    Darwin = the father
    Lenski = the Son
    Vodka = the Holy Spirit

    :-p

  62. #62 Rebecca Watson
    December 30, 2008

    Hi Craig (#46): That’s very odd. Could you give me more information so I can help you out? Email me at skepchick@skepchick.org , include your full name and address, and I’ll forward to A, who handles calendar orders.

    Thanks,

    Rebecca

  63. #63 BobC
    December 30, 2008

    There should be a top 10 greatest Pharyngula moments for 2008. I can think of a lot of nominations. Scooter threatening to fight Ron in Houston, PZ getting expelled from Expelled, Crackergate, Rooke’s analogies, upsetting Ken Ham’s alliance with the Cincinnati zoo, Steven, etc.

    I think PZ’s greatest accomplishment was getting expelled from Expelled. What made it even more impressive was Richard Dawkins was not recognized and he had to go see that awful movie.

  64. #64 Patricia, OM
    December 30, 2008

    I tried searching the site for the date of my first comment here. Fail.

    Oh well, it was just probably something on a 12th grade level. The slutty remarks came secondly.

    When good women go wrong, men go right after them. Mae West

  65. #65 Craig
    December 31, 2008

    Sure thing, Rebecca. I’ll be sending it shortly.

  66. #66 eddie
    December 31, 2008

    PZ, whas that you dressed as sants, with Orac on your knee?

  67. #67 Michael Rosch
    December 31, 2008

    It’s an honor being quoted on Skepchick cataloging your many accomplishments of 2008. Hope I didn’t miss any big ones. Let’s make 2009 an even bigger year for skepticism.

  68. #68 Phantom Hoover
    December 31, 2008

    Nice to see Thunderf00t getting some recognition for WDPLAC.

  69. #69 C Murdock
    December 31, 2008

    I’d never heard of Susan Jacoby. I went to her website. I read the excerpt from her book. I watched her make an ass of herself in proving that just because you know how to speak a language doesn’t mean you know anything about how it works. The spreading of a new idiom is not connotatively akin to the infection of a virus, the rise of the word “folk” has nothing to do with the dumbing down of anybody, and the change in meaning of the word “troop” and “troops” is a natural effect of language change which I doubt (though it may have) was caused by “dimwitted” journalists. One likes to think that when writing a book on a subject, one first reads other books (including doing other more direct research, of course) on the subject you wish to write about. Having read several books on language, the first chapters of most of which address why the position Jacoby states in her website’s excerpt are ridiculous (and, ironically, unreasonable), I can fairly state that that is one topic she did NOT research beforehand.

    Sorry if this is stupid irrelevant, but I had to get this off my back *somehow*. I hope the rest of the book is much better.

    And Thunderf00t is awesome.

  70. #70 JC DiStefano
    December 31, 2008

    If all it took to be on this list was being an oft-naked skeptic, The Hooping Humanist would be right at the top!

  71. #71 BluesBassist
    December 31, 2008

    Alas, I would have much preferred that Amanda Peet had posed nude.

  72. #72 Ron Sullivan
    December 31, 2008

    C’mon, admit it: Plait looks pretty damn good in that photo, and the pose is hilarious. (cf. Jessica Rabbit: “He makes me laugh.”) I have to wonder what that ‘scope is aimed at, but I guess one would have to wait ’til nightfall to find out.

    Maybe it’s my age, but I likes ‘em cuddly as well as um telescopic. Those aren’t mutually exclusive IME.

    Guess that means it’s no surprise that I find that shot of PZ and the pink cephalopodther strangely inspiring. Goodness gracious.

  73. #73 Max
    December 31, 2008

    I am sure that if you threaten to take your clothes off if you don’t win this year that you are a shoe-in.

  74. #74 khan
    December 31, 2008

    I find intellect/skepticism/atheism to be quite erotic.

  75. #75 Sili
    January 1, 2009

    Did you ever name the molar?

    Congratulations!

    Here’s to your going mainstream in 2009.

    skyotter,

    Dattebayo!

  76. #76 Feynmaniac
    January 1, 2009

    I thought the Ron in Houston thing was rather scary.

    Yeah, it was quite disturbing at the time but since no one got hurt, so I think we can look back and laugh at the idea of a grown man challenging another grown man to a fight over the internet. Not only that, but he did it at ScienceBlogs.

  77. #77 hery
    January 25, 2010

    if i don’t break this addiction soon, i will not be able to pay rent.

  78. #78 hery
    January 25, 2010

    cooter threatening to fight Ron in Houston.

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