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Behind the Scenes at Skepchick HQ – 2011 Wrap Up

It’s been a while since we’ve had a Behind the Scenes post and 2011 has been a crazy year for us at Skepchick.  You’ve all been witness to some of the chaos we’ve had to deal with and believe it or not, there’s been even more behind the scenes.

For me, 2011 was a tough year and because of a whole lot of personal stuff, I took a break from writing for a few months. But I was lucky enough to stay on the Skepchick email back channel while on hiatus and in many ways, these ladies saved my sanity with their constant support, love and never-ending supply of wit and snark.

So, I thought I would share a few quotes and pictures from the back channel from last year. Yes, they are all completely out of context. I believe this makes them better. Enjoy!


“Let’s not say anything about my enormous penis. I want to keeps its identity a secret. It is the Bug Girl of enormous penises.” – Sam, Jan 20

“These bitches are all bitches and they are trying to kill me.” – Maria, Jan 30 (during SurlyCon)

“Wait a tic. Jen, when you hit puberty, did you choose “virgin” or “whore?” Think carefully. Because if it was the latter, this is your fault. Also if it was the former.” – Rebecca, Jan 26

“Oh holy crap, me? Sure! If Supreme Commander Rebecca demands it, so shall it be” – Amanda, Mar 11

“Doesn’t our ability to host a parasite for 9 months, pump it out, and then produce food for it with our own bodies make us more of a rocket ship then a Honda?” – Amanda, Mar 25

“Does semen count as an animal product?” – Chelsea, Mar 30

“I think we broke Farley last night by telling him we were going to update the Truck Nuts Wikipedia page to say that they were invented in 1912.” – Elyse, Mar 26

“My compost pile has a MySpace page. But…it rarely posts.
And it’s mood is always “contemplative.”” – Bug, Mar 24

“First law of mindydynamics: mindy is too awesome to hate.
Second law of mindydynamics: regardless of the first law, mindy will be insecure and will think strangers are judging her shoes.” – Mindy, apr 17

“whoa. i don’t know what i did to be exempted from a blanket bah, but I’m sure i deserved it.” – Mindy, Apr 19

“Whenever I fix a server/code plugin issue, I usually feel like Super Nerd Girl, able to leap tall backslashes in a single bound!” – Bug, Apr 29

“I do dream of bees sometimes. Usually it’ll be hives full of queens, sometimes obscenely big ones, several centimetres long. Very disturbing.”  – Felicia May 29

“He did that first, but ever since he stuffed his therapist in that 55-gallon drum, sessions have been less helpful.” – A, June 29

“I’ll only do it if we can wear black bandanas and operate as the Cow Liberation Front, and shout “Viva Yvonne” when we open the gate.” – Rebecca, Aug 30

“I am inclined to simply randomly shout “Viva Yvonne”  starting … now.” – A, Aug 30

“The words “Smegma,” “Popcorn,” and “Tony Danza” should never, never appear in the same sentence, let alone the same email.I will never eat popcorn again.”  – Bug Girl, Sep 29

“Wracks your nerves because hobos are inherently sketchy?  It’s the whole business of them having their own chalk-based language.  I understand.    Carnys are kind of the same way.:” – A, Oct 26


“Debbie’s Gaze: Sort of like Braco’s, but more unsettling.” – Debbie, Nov 15

That’s fantastic news, because I have a jar full of pennies I’ve saved for my trip to SamWorld.” – Jen, Dec 7

“You could get him petroleum land in West Africa. Or slippers.” – Daniela, Dec 14

“I will only engage in hose or water balloon fight.” – Amy, Dec 19


Maria D'Souza grew up in different countries around the world, including Hong Kong, Trinidad, and Kenya and it shows. She currently lives in the Bay Area and has an unhealthy affection for science fiction, Neil Gaiman and all things Muppet.

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  1. /random aside/ I dream of giant wasps last night. It was supremely freaky. And they got really angry when I tried to smother them with detergent. /random aside/

    1. Strange,
      I had a dream about those giant Japanese hornets last night. They appeared to be getting ready to attack a honeybee hive when I sent them a pitcher and an order of cheese fries and they chilled the fuck out.

  2. If your intention in posting this was to make people jealous of the apparently awesome discussions we’re missing: mission accomplished!

    Also, what in the name of Satan’s jockstrap is Rebecca dressed up as in that picture?

  3. The virgin/whore one is fantastic and may now be secreted away in my “awesome quotes” file.

    1. Don’t poke fun at carnies. A carny once told 14 year old me, with desperation and urgency in her voice, to stay in school, lest I turn out like her. Until then, I’d been oblivious to the sadness that permeated the place. Now I see little but.

      1. Austin Powers: Only two things scare me and one of them is nuclear war.
        Basil Exposition: What’s the other?
        Austin Powers: Excuse me?
        Basil Exposition: What’s the other thing that scares you?
        Austin Powers: Carnies. Circus folk. Nomads, you know. Smell like cabbage. Small hands.

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