Afternoon Inquisition

Afternoon Inquisition 3.12

You may have noticed that I haven’t been hanging out here with you much beyond the Afternoon Inquisitions lately. A few weeks ago, some of my co-workers were let go, and all of their projects were unceremoniously dumped in my lap. The added responsibility has severely cut into my Skepchick time. I’ve really been up against it, and I’m pretty miffed that I haven’t been able to participate more.

I miss the sciency brilliance and witty banter you Internet bad asses provide each day, not to mention all the things you do to promote critical thinking. Seriously, you all are like skeptical super heroes.

And as you know, every good hero should have two things: A catch phrase and a theme song. So . . .

What is your hero catch phrase, and what is your theme song? And if you want, what do you imagine other Skepchick readers’ and contributors’ would have for catch phrases and theme songs?

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Sam Ogden

Sam Ogden is a writer, beach bum, and songwriter living in Houston, Texas, but he may be found scratching himself at many points across the globe. Follow him on Twitter @SamOgden

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  1. I’d have to say that my theme song would be some sort of dirty 70’s funk, like Shaft, just because that would RULE, and would encourage me to be a sassy bastard. Perhaps, even, a SASSHOLE?

    And for my catch phrase, I’d have to go with “I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!” After all, if you can’t look up to Daniel Plainview, who CAN you look up to?

  2. “You can’t see the eyes of the demon until he come calling…from the other side”

    Too wordy and I don’t think it sounds heroic but it is the best quote from Predator 2.

    Flash Gordon has the best theme song. Thanks Queen!

  3. Hi there!

    Actually, that’s it. “Hi there!”. I tend to start every response or post that way. I don’t know why, it started out as just an inoffensive greeting, something to say. Now I just automatically throw a “Hi there!” every time I see a goddamned text box. It’s total muscle memory now, and I fear that if I ever neglect to start a response with “Hi there!”, someone will automatically assume that I’m an alien shapeshifter,

    As for my theme song: “Crazy Train”, just because … I mean, the whole song is made of awesome. Why WOULDN’T someone want Crazy Train as their theme song? Sheesh!

  4. And another theme song from Radio Sunnydale
    ‘Everybody got their something’ – Nikka Costa

    “Illuminate the silly things
    Shed some light on all that’s wrong… ”

    Could be the Skepchick mantra.

    On a good day “Don’t be evil”
    On a not so good day “Think for one [email protected]%king second” (with thanks to the eloquence, passion and zeal of the delicious Christian Bale)

  5. Don’t have one.

    I’m just always sad to hear that they’ve laid off a bunch of workers and “re-distributed” their tasks on the already over-worked remainder.

    Hang in there Sam,


  6. “This conversation can serve no useful purpose” – good for really irritating CAMers who won’t leave me alone. Also “Open the pod bay doors, Hal,” said pretty much every day when my computer crashes for no apparent reason.

  7. My catch phrase has been for some time now: “Half of the lies they tell about me aren’t true.” Not quite a superhero phrase but one that seems to get a lot of airplay.

    I haven’t quite figured out any sort of theme music but it would seem to be composed by John Williams. One of the best dreams I ever had came with just such a soundtrack, an epic ending and credits that rolled at the end. THAT’S the way to end a dream!

  8. My catch phrase (too bad it’s somebody’s nickname): “Question Authority”

    My theme song? Five For Fighting’s “Superman”

    (Okay, that’s gender bending a bit, but you know… it’s the message, not the individual.)

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