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Don’t High-Hat the Monkey T-shirts!

Now available in the Skepchick store: Don’t High-Hat the Monkey tees! I made one style for guys (shown below the fold in dark olive) and three for the ladies: one regular women’s tee with black and white graphics, and two in AA Junior’s (one is shown below in raspberry). I happen to prefer the AA because they’re more fitted, but beware that they run small so maybe order one size up.

Hope you like them! If you order now and choose 3-day shipping, maybe you can get it in time for Darwin Day!

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. Ha ha, Elyse, that was impressive for many reasons, including 1.) Even I hadn't had time to purchase one yet and 2.) I forgot to include links to the products in the post. (I'm very, very tired.) Well played, madam!

  2. Woohoo! I might get one, even though I'm chronically unable to part with money. (Fortunately USDs are barely money these days.)

    I wish it said somewhere on the shirt where it came from though…

  3. I started working on a "Don't High Hat The Monkey" design a few days ago, but knew I'd get beaten to the cafepress punch. My design would have a monkey in tux & tails, replete with a top hat.

  4. mctanuki, if you're serious I think they do have a tee that comes in XXL. I could work on that tomorrow morning. Bonus is that your monkey face will be bigger.

  5. Bah! We Nerdus sedentariuses scoff at your puny XXL!

    Although I do like the phrase "Bonus is that your monkey face will be bigger"^^

    HOWEVER! Not to worry: just follow through on that whole "pin" idea, and we're in business! Exclamation point!

  6. Yeah, I think the monkey has to have a stove-pipe hat. I mean … come on!

    Still, the boxers are made of awesome (and cotton).

  7. Wow, I ordered my t-shirt late Saturday night and paid a bit extra for 3-day shipping, expecting to have it by end of day Wednesday. It arrived this morning! Now I have to decide whether to wear it to Darwin Day tomorrow or to my NYC talk on Saturday . . .

  8. You know, it's perfectly alright to wear a T-shirt more than one day. And they've got this chemical product called "laundry detergent" that you can use to wash it in case you get into any sweaty activities while wearing the shirt.

  9. Okay, I've been seeing this phrase ("Don't high-hat the monkey") bandied about for a few days here now, and finally I've just got to ask: What the HECK does it mean? I'm totally stumped.

    The first time it appeared, I assumed someone was deliberately posting something utterly nonsensical (like the name of the band "Toad the Wet Sprocket") as a lark, but everyone's enthusiastic response since then, culminating in actual products for sale with this expression, has finally convinced me that it has some sort of actual meaning that completely eludes me.

    Will someone explain, please?


  10. Note well, Rebecca. I will be both at Darwin Day and your NYC Skeptics lecture, so if you take exarch's advice I will publically call you out on it. ;)

  11. Sorry– The posted clip from "Goddless Girl" uses the phrase. Check out the thread, and you can watch it.

  12. Rav Winston,

    Okay, I've watched it, so now I see the origin of the expression being used here — but I still don't understand it. What does it mean to "high-hat" someone?

    The only definition I can find for it (as a slang term) is "to be snobbish toward, to be condescending toward." Is that the gist of what was intended here?


    (aka David D.G. — I sometimes forget which sig I'm supposed to be using.)

  13. Rebecca (and Rav Winston),

    Thank you. I still don't see what's so funny about it (and I guess that's just me), but at least I understand it now.

    ~David D.G.

  14. The Chick ROCKS. I will be ordering soon. And thanks for the color choice (black) and grande size option!!

  15. I want a “I High-Hatted the Monkey :(” t-shirt

    I picture that one with a graphic of Michael Behe sporting a comically huge shiner. Of course the evil version would feature an image of Mike Huckabee, and have the tagline "and now I'm President".

    Oh, and Wordplayer, for a great example of the use of the term *high-hat*, watch the Cohen Bros. film , Miller's Crossing. The opening scene featuring John Polito provides a great example of this phrase used to connote extreme disrespect. For some period accompaniment to any "High-Hat" references:

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