Birthday boots

It’s too sloppy in Chicago today to wear anything fancy, but here’s a pair that can stand up to the elements.  Guess the hide.

UPDATE: It’s been guessed: the hide is SHARK.  There’s no mistaking this crenulated hide, which is stiff to the touch, and of course very durable.  The crenulations allow it to be dyed in nice patterns, as in these boots.

Other December 30 birthdays: Rudyard Kipling (1865), Bo Diddley (1928), Sandy Koufax (1935; the greatest Jewish pitcher of all time, still alive and yet dropped out of sight), Tracy Ullman (1959; watch her hilarious YouTube spoof of Arianna Huffington, which mentions Christopher Hitchens), two Monkees (Michael Nesmith, 1942, and Davy Jones, 1945), Patti Smith (1946), Tiger Woods (1975), and Skeeter Davis (1931).

33 Comments

  1. Posted December 30, 2010 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Merry Coynemas!

    After my miserable showing in the last “guess the hide” installment…I’ll just go with “comfortable” and leave it at that.

    Cheers,

    b&

  2. Nicolas Keller
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    happy bday :)

  3. Posted December 30, 2010 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Happy, happy, joy, joy to you sir.

  4. Chris Slaby
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!

    The New England city slicker guesses alligator.

  5. Vincent Vega
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Snake?

  6. Hempenstein
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Goat

  7. Pete Moulton
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Happy b-day, Jerry! Does this mean that Coynezaa officially ends tonight?

  8. salon_1928
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday Jerry and I’m going to say snake.

  9. Newish Gnu
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    I’ve been beaten to “snake” so I’ll go with my second guess: ostrich.

    Happy birthday, Dr. Coyne.

  10. whyevolutionistrue
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    All wrong so far.

  11. still learning
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Elephant? And happy birthday!

  12. Doc Bill
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Another Dec. 30 birthday is my wife, Doc Helen, 195*.

    Boots: yeti

  13. Helen Wise
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Unicorn. For shame.

  14. Playingball
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Buffalo – AGAIN.

  15. Playingball
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Change of mind: Hippo.

  16. whyevolutionistrue
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Nobody got it yet.

  17. Shannon McDermott
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday Jerry! My guess is anteater. Nice boots!

  18. Christian
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday from a long-time lurker.
    And those are really nice boots. Is that pigskin?

  19. Vincent Vega
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Lizard ?

  20. Posted December 30, 2010 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday!

  21. John H.
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Leather, or some kind of animal skin. :-)

  22. Ross
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday. If your mother’s still kicking, don’t forget to send her flowers for getting you started.

    Rhino?

  23. Rob
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    I’m going to guess either Shark or Stingray.

    Happy B’day

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted December 30, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

      Which one?

      • Rob
        Posted December 30, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

        I was leaning towards Stingray but I saw your update ;)

        The patterning is smoother than my shark boots.

  24. Hempenstein
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Bison?

  25. Doc Bill
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    I’ve always wanted a pair of bichon frise boots but the neighbors would complain if Buffy and Muffy disappeared.

    • Doc Bill
      Posted December 30, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

      You know, come to think of it, if you’re interested in yap-all-night Bichon Frise boots I might be able to “cut” you a deal, not that we ever had this conversation …

  26. Kirth Gersen
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm. Non-mammal is out; ostrich shows quills, snake/lizard/caiman/gator all show scale patterns, etc. Goat and llama and so on are too fine-grained. Bullhide is the closest guess I can make based on visual evidence only, but it’s not quite a perfect match there, either.

  27. GaryU
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Looks like shark to me. Or perhaps it’s a trick. They’re really made from pake!

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted December 30, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

      Bingo. Shark.

  28. Notagod
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Best of birthday celebrations to you!

    Hide: Dung Beetle

  29. Posted December 30, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!


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