Darwinian Pick-up Lines, now on your body!

Oh, my. Even I had some trouble making this image, uploading it to the Skepchick store, and sticking it on a button. But you know what? I did. For you people. I hope you’re happy.

Just for kicks, I also made one for the fellows who prefer to give than to receive.

And oh, what the hell, I also threw in some Darwinian pick-up line-related clothing options!

Ladies, the shirts run small, FYI, so you might want to order one size up. To those who are purchasing products: I’d love to see photos of you wearing them! If you email them to me, I’ll show them off here on the site.

If there’s a product you really really want, make yourself heard in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky

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  1. Wait a second. I can make a slogan good enough for a T-shirt, but I'm still sitting at home on a Saturday night posting comments to a blog? Bloody hell, has it all come to this? Did my friends rig the Prom Court elections in twelfth grade and get me a tacky felt-and-sequin crown for nothing? What sort of sonofabitch god do I have to invent and blame for the fact that I can only be a worthwhile human being when I have the chance to revise all I say before publication?

    Oh, yeah: when my friends went out to drink at Bukowski's, I decided I would have a better time staying home to read Preacher and listen to the Dresden Dolls' A is for Accident. Yeah, "Christopher Lydon renounced my love". . . . Whatever happened to that cute and crazy girl at that one party who heard my name and asked if I was "the guy that Dresden Dolls song is based on"? (Don't ask me which song she had in mind; that whole conversation is a little muddled in my memory. . . .)

    Hell, while I'm asking, whatever happened to everybody else, too? Like the one who first recommended Transmetropolitan and broadcast music the neighbors hated every Monday night on WMBR, or the one who was willing to read an entire book of me and taught me how to snap my fingers (after a career of embarrassment in that regard stretching back to elementary school) as we walked Chicago's Miracle Mile one October night.

    Yeah, Saturday nights are not a good time for reminiscence.

  2. Blake, I cope with these same conundrums by being bitter and cynical, as well as skeptical.

    It works for me, anyway.

  3. Wow, Rebecca, I'm impressed that you got that all together so quickly. I wouldn't wear one of the Darwin pick-up lines, but the "All Natural Selection" I could, I suppose. There's that other one regarding ignorance and opinion I might wear, but it's for juniors, and I haven't been a junior since grade school! I like those more shapely t-shirts better these days since I have tons of t-shirts.

    Blake, maybe it's the <a rel="nofollow" href="; rel="nofollow">20 Comics That Can Change Your Life that did something. Or at least, just blame the comics. The only one I'm familiar with is the Preacher series (Preacher Gone to Texas) that a community board member sent me, and now that I think about it, I have been a little strange(r) ever since… ;-)

    Since I didn't go to my Catholic High School prom, because 1) I didn't want to be there any more than necessary, and 2) I had a strange older boyfriend, I didn't experience all that Prom King & Queen business, except through movies like Carrie or John Hughes films.

    There are a lot of Saturday nights I should have stayed home. Experience is what you get, when you don't get what you want.)

  4. I'd love to wear that last one, but then I'd be afraid of someone asking me which beneficial recessive alleles it is I have, what malignant recessive alleles I'm keeping a secret, and how the fuck I can know what her recessive alleles are.

    Cause I know _I'd_ ask. :D

  5. Hey, thanks to whoever tried to fix my tag, but it chopped off my question to Blake about his prom. I believe it was, how did his friends rig the election? And did he know they were going to do that? Sounds like a funny story.

    Then my last comment was simply paranthetical. But thanks for trying to clean up my mess! :-)

  6. Becca, you rock. As a geologist, I don't give that praise out lightly.

    I'll be ordering my shirt shortly…. just have to decide which one I want.

  7. Feh, I shouldn't complain so much. After the bars closed and the parties faded out, everybody ended up back at home, watching Live and Let Die on our new projector (sweet lady Isis, but that's a silly movie!). Now, we just need to build that beanbag-chair stadium seating, and the bliss sought by centuries of sages will be ours.

    If anybody wants to see Firefly scaled up to the size of Picasso's Guernica, drop on by.


    Gosh, now I feel like a poser — out of those twenty comics, I've only read Sandman and Transmetropolitan (both of which, incidentally, were recommended to me by beautiful young women of exquisite intellectual acumen, so again, what am I complaining about?). I picked up the first volume of Preacher yesterday afternoon, at our friendly local Barnes-and-Borders-a-Million. If you'd like a quick synopsis, the illegitimate child of an angel and a demon escapes from confinement in Heaven and fuses with a disillusioned Texan preacher, who goes on a quest with his gun-toting ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire to hold God accountable for abandoning the world.

    Now, as for that prom story. . . sorry, I'd love to tell it now, but I think this one might have to wait until that distant day when we all get together face-to-face. I have a limited supply of funny stories, don't ya know, so I can hardly afford to give them all away online.

    Heh heh heh.

  8. Blake, much as I'd like to see Summer Glau at that scale, it'll have to wait until my next visit to the US.

    But I'm holding you to it …

  9. Blake said: Now, as for that prom story. . . sorry, I’d love to tell it now

    Darn, but fair enough. No, the Preacher series I am familiar with, as I mentioned. It's got some splatter, but for some reason it held my attention, whereas The Watchmen didn't. I'm not sure why, but the Irish vampire is funny. I'm no comics expert, but I have seen you mention Transmetropolitan somewhere.

    If you had your own blog it might not be as fun… :-)

  10. Blake: one word, Bladerunner….

    I worked in a theatre in high school and I saw Bladerunner in 82 on the biggest screen in my dirbag city and man it was amazing…

  11. Melusine, Watchmen didn't hold your interest? Wow. That was one of only a handful of comics/graphic novels I've reread and/or purchased. I just love the way Moore writes, the use of parallel narratives, and the characters! My dream is to have Tom Waits play Rorshach in a film version…my head nearly explodes just thinking about it.

  12. Expatria, I started to read it, but maybe I was comic-booked out by that point and moved onto something else. I sent his books back to him before I could change my mind and try it again. There was also another he sent me with some rich girl who takes off from her parent’s mansion or something…can’t remember the name of that one. It wasn’t that great, but I read it.

    BTW, Bruce Bartmess had big snakes in his classroom at the time.

    Gorthos, Bladerunner on a big screen would be GREAT. Well, I saw it in the theater. One movie I’ve never seen on a big screen is 2001: A Space Odyssey. I was slow to the boat on that one – keep looking for it to come to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, but if it has, I’ve missed it. Their screen is huge.

    (I spelled “parenthetical” wrong up there. I hate typos. Oh well.)

  13. Melusine, Mr. Bartmess had snakes? Hmm, I can’t remember that! During my tenure at that school, he was based in a computer lab and I don’t think any terrariums with large serpents would have fit that setting. But then again, I could be misremembering things. Oh well.

    All of this talk about movies on big screens just makes me cry, here in the UK, an ocean apart from my DVD collection…with no TV in my room and only my laptop or the awful library TVs/headphones to watch films. Damn the region specificity and different power voltages that prevent me from purchasing better equipment here!

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