It’s my birthday!

In India, at least. I have to say that because otherwise it’s gonna be just another day–I travel to the IISER campus in the Western Ghats, about 1.5 hours from Trivandrum, and am promised some sightseeing.Β  I may even see wild Asian elephants, which (along with leopards) live around the campus and must be kept out by an electrified fence. I’ll take photos.Β My main job, however, is to give a research talk and interact with students and faculty.

Here’s a very clever birthday card I just got from reader Pliny the in Between, featuring my favorite cartoon character, Angry Catman (my superhero alter ego, derived from a nasty comment made by a creationist). Click to enlarge, but the caption says, “Tracking the progress of the laser pointer, Angry Catman realized that his birthday had not been forgotten.” Thanks, Pliny!

Oh, and note the Indian background. . .

67 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!

  2. Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday, hope it is the best year yet.

  3. Teresa Carson
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday, J.C.! I hope you have a delightful year.

  4. Stephen Barnard
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday, and what a cool place to be spending it.

  5. Colin
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    We only have one birthday, the rest are just anniversaries. πŸ˜‰

    So glad that you were born Jerry, and that you are who you are, and that you are a voice of reason in this world of superstition and ignorance.

    • Larry Smith
      Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      Ditto!

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted December 29, 2017 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

      What a great birthday wish Colin!

      I feel the same Jerry, but you know that.

      Hari hari (Maori for Happy Birthday) to a special honorary Kiwi.

  6. BJ
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Aww, what a cute comic. Good job, Pliny.

    Happy birthday!

    • Posted December 30, 2017 at 6:23 am | Permalink

      Nice drawing, Pliny, and happy birthday Jerry, thanks for fighting superstition in all its forms.

  7. Debbie Coplan
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Happiest Birthday Jerry! Thank you for making my life so much richer. I’ve gained so much from your website….

  8. Julian C
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday β€” and really pleased to share the planet with you.

  9. rickflick
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    I had Tiramisu for my birthday. I highly recommend it.

  10. StephaJL
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday! I hope 2018 is a year of great productivity and many tasty adventures for you!

  11. Darrin Carter
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday and may you have many many more!

  12. Steve Obrebski
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Best wisher and thanks for your
    informative blog. Keep on truckin!

  13. HAL
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday and all the BEST in 2018…..and thank you sincerely for your wonderfully educational and entertaining daily posts….. HalΒ 

  14. Michael Fisher
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday Prof. C.

    Keep up the public outreach on rationality, catz, fud, fairness & sciency stuff
    It is appreciated widely & it helps many more than we’ll ever know!

    THANK YOU!

  15. Mark R.
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Great “card” from Pliny. Happy Birthday Jerry! It’s cool you’re observing it in exotic India this year. Keep on keepin’ on as one of my favorite idioms go.

  16. Taskin
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday Jerry! I hope you see elephants and leopards πŸ™‚

  17. Barry Lyons
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    I want Angry Catman to become a Web series.

    • Posted December 29, 2017 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      So do I, but Pliny has plenty of other stuff to draw about!

      • Christopher
        Posted December 29, 2017 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

        I wanna see you dress as Angry CatMan next Halloween! That would be an excellent costume.

        Happy Burfday!

        • Posted December 30, 2017 at 4:49 am | Permalink

          I wonder what the SJWs would make of that? Cultural appropriation of Marvel comic followers, perhaps?

    • Posted December 29, 2017 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

      I agree

    • dabertini
      Posted December 30, 2017 at 7:00 am | Permalink

      And then a movie!! Happy birthday to the only deity and super-hero that matters, PCC(E) AKA ANGRY CAT MAN.πŸŽ‚πŸ°πŸΎ

  18. Posted December 29, 2017 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Wishing you oodles of glorious returns of the day!

  19. Laurance
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Now, when, actually, was this post made? On the penultimate or antepenultimate day of December (we had some sort of discussion about this earlier)? What I’m wondering is where the international date line is. It’s still the 29th here in the Benighted States, so it’s antepenultimate. But if it’s already the 30th in India, it’s penultimate there.

    Anyway, I hope you’re having one whoop-de-doo Happy Birthday, in a beautiful country with super-duper good food. Let this birthday be a joyful and memorable one!

  20. Diana MacPherson
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday, Jerry! πŸ†πŸ…πŸ±πŸˆπŸŽ‚πŸ°πŸΎπŸ•ΊπŸŽ‰

  21. Posted December 29, 2017 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday from Charlie D. the pampered rescue cat.
    https://scontent.fmem1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/25587039_872017857625_427656276412061979_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoibCJ9&oh=41bec605ec7337a5e8fa27a4daeda6e7&oe=5AFF588E

    (Charlie’s staff attempted to embed a photo above.)

    • Diane G.
      Posted December 29, 2017 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

      Beautiful cat! (Looks a lot like one of mine. πŸ™‚ )

      • Posted December 30, 2017 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

        Thank you! Charlie is pleased to concur. (He has a bit of that charming Hili cattitude.)

  22. Posted December 29, 2017 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday PCC-E! WEIT is one of my favorite books and I finally bought it for Christmas. (I borrowed it from a library previously.)

  23. Posted December 29, 2017 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday P.C.C.! May a pair of boots with King Cobra shafts and crocodile vamps find their way to your tired toes and ease your journey home.

  24. Joseph Carrion
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday! πŸ˜€

  25. Barbara Radcliffe
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday from the Antipodes! Enjoy the food and the potential wildlife sightings, and please when you can, share the photos with us.

  26. AMY
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Professor, forever young!

  27. cherg
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday, Jerry! We appreciate your work and your website. Happy travels!

  28. Posted December 29, 2017 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Elephants, leopards, a research talk, and interaction with students and faculty in Western Ghat might be “just another day” for you. For me it would be a lifetime event.

    Happy birthday.

  29. Diane G.
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday, and may you take it in much better spirits than this guy.

  30. John Switzer
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday. Thank you for all the wonderful daily posts.

  31. John J. Fitzgerald
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday,

    Thank you for your books and your work. You uphold the ideals of the Enlightenment. I try to do the same in my domain. Keep up the good work. Onward!

    John

  32. Manyuan Long
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday!

  33. Posted December 30, 2017 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    Bonne anniversaire!

  34. Steve Pollard
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Many, many happy returns!

  35. SkyEyes
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday, Jerry! I recently bought both your books, started reading *Faith versus Fact* and am enjoying it a great deal. Trying to finish it before I start in on *Why Evolution is True* but I may not be able to resist!

  36. Liz
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!! You are the best. You’re a beautiful man like Sean Carroll and D.J. Grothe. May you have the best day ever! ❀

  37. Hugo
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    nice card

    happy birthday!

  38. Posted December 30, 2017 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday
    Gesondheid en voorspoed – mag daar meer wees.
    Health and happiness – may there be many more

  39. Posted December 30, 2017 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday, and thanks for giving me something interesting to read every morning. I would sing you a chorus of “Happy Birthday to You”, but can’t afford the Warner Music Group copyright fees.

  40. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    Happy Coynezza!

  41. Andy Lowry
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    Best fishes on your birthday, and a merry Coynezaa to one and all.

  42. David Coxill
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Happy hatching day Doc .Thanks for all the pics and videos of cats .

  43. Posted December 30, 2017 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday Jerry!

  44. Frank Bath
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    The earth has spun round again. Happy Birthday Jerry.

  45. Posted December 30, 2017 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday! Another trip around the sun!
    Thank you for your rational writings!

  46. Reggie Cormack
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    I can’y not add to all the preceding birthday wishes. Have a most excellent day,P.C.C.(E.)

  47. Mike
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday.

  48. GBJames
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Many Happy Returns of the Day!

  49. Posted December 30, 2017 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Thanks to all for their kind birthday wishes. As the Brits say, I am greatly chuffed.

  50. Bill Bass
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday Jerry. I didn’t know who you were until I heard Matt Dillahunty mention you and your latest book. I’ve been following you ever since. You’re a smart guy and a prolific twitterer. I enjoy your wide ranging interests. Bill

  51. jhs
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday. Thank you for all the wonderful posts.

    Enjoy the warm weather in India.

  52. vtvita
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Hooray Jerry!
    Happy, happy birthday, baby.

  53. Claudia Baker
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on surviving another orbit of an ordinary rocky planet around a yellow dwarf star located in an ordinary spiral galaxy in an ordinary group of galaxies in an ordinary galaxy cluster.

    But…there nothing ordinary about you! Happy, happy birthday.

  54. Posted December 30, 2017 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Just want to add my wish for a happy date of birth! Plus a healthy 2018.

    I have entered the days of birth, wedding if any, and decease of all my relatives in an Excel spreadsheet. This allows me to list them according to their relationship, current age, age reached and several other criteria.
    Since the Windows calender starts in 1900, I had to alter the formula for Paul, my eldest uncle, born on December 29, 1899.
    .-

  55. Posted December 30, 2017 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday, Jerry! You’re a real stand-up guy. I’m so glad you’re in warm climes, as you wouldn’t like the deep freeze the folks in Chicago and we north of the border are suffering through. It’s been a bloody awful and protracted Arctic freeze. Bring home some warm weather with you, eh!

  56. Andrea Kenner
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!

  57. CLAUDIO BIDAU
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    happy birthday, Jerry!!!!!!


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