Hippo critic

By Phil Plait | November 16, 2009 2:00 pm

Will I be able to use this picture sometime in the future?

skepticalhippo

Yes. Yes, I think I will.

Tip o’ the lens cap to franki_.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, Skepticism

Comments (31)

  1. Hmm…dunno. It looks a bit smug to me.

  2. Didn’t you already use it for your tattoo…;-)

  3. I have already used this one! It was up on ICHCB a while back as I recall.

    Speaking of ICHCB, I saw a great little “story” there for It Made My Day (IMMD).

    “I drove up to the drive-thru at McDonald’s and said, “I can has cheeseburger?” It was quiet for a bit, then I heard back, “Nom! Nom! Nom!” IMMD”

  4. How did they get a picture of me.

  5. Jim

    MotivatedPhotos is hilarious and in a way depressing. (Hit the “most motivating” link — it’s a cavalcade of cleavage.)

  6. NewEnglandBob

    I think that snout is a bit snooty.

  7. Daniel Snyder

    He’s trying to make out Vega, low on the horizon.

  8. Wayne on the plains

    But Todd, doesn’t smug = skeptical? I thought I read that somewhere…

  9. Rory Kent

    Well he certainly has your beard…

  10. I used that image just this past Friday. I think Skeptical Hippo should become a mascot of some kind.

  11. I don’t know. Are you trying to illustrate the concept of tautology?

  12. Hunter

    He looks investigative to me. For that reason may I introduce to you Sherlock Hippolmes.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v32/ListerGod/SherlockHippolmes.jpg

  13. StevoR

    Will I be able to use this picture sometime in the future? Yes. Yes, I think I will.

    Oh I’m quite sure of it! ;-)

    @ 7. Daniel Snyder Says:

    He’s trying to make out Vega, low on the horizon.

    During full daylight? I’m .. er .. skeptical about that! ;-)

    Also given the African location Vega will not be circumpolar so it may be below the horizon … Hmm … Why Vega in particular anyway? (Puzzled.)

  14. Personal SinR
  15. Plutonium being from Pluto

    Don’t forget your ‘Doomed’ & ‘Teh Stopid, it burns!’ ones either. But yes, this Skeptppotamus (nice one Personal SinR :-) )is a good if tautologous addition to their ranks. ;-)

    I also really liked the one IVAN3MAN (think ’twas) posted ages ago another poster image (HST Pillars of Creation?) thing saying something like :

    “Creationism : Because a bunch of Bronze age goat herders knew everything there is to know.”

    Or suchlike. ;-)

  16. Also feel free to use skeptical cat as needed.

  17. Plutonium being from Pluto

    Off topic I’m afraid but have the Rosetta team got their promised Earth encounter video mentioned in the recent BA blog post up yet?

    See : http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/11/12/rosetta-takes-some-home-pictures/comment-page-1/#comment-226417

    PS. I bet that image of Earth taken by Rosetta en route to comet comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko (via asteroid 21 Lutetia next July) will be one of the BA’s top ten photos of 2009! ;-)

  18. John

    Too cool, I may have to use it myself…..it’s just perfect!

  19. Damon

    “Skeptical Hippo is skeptical.” I’m not sure where this “such and such is such and such” meme started, but I don’t get it. And I’m pretty sure most of you don’t, either (unless you game online more than casually). Still, funny photo. Hippos are nature’s fat people!

  20. Yeebok

    @18 It’s the Captain Obvious nature of the comment as much as anything, said animal looks so it is.. I mean Super man is .. Super, isn’t he ? ;) I’m happy to be wrong but that’s why I find them funny at least.
    I love the hippo though.

  21. david d

    A great skeptical icon because the nearest living animal kingdom relative to the hippo is, beleive it or not, the whale (check if you don’t beleive me). Drop that knowledge into a conversation as an icebreaker to discuss evolution!
    Great blog by the way!

    David

  22. Grizzly

    Not my favourite mammal. It actually is a very nasty piece of work and I wouldn’t feel too safe around one, skeptical or not.

  23. I know hippos are territorial and ill-tempered but they still fascinate me as do most animals when I actually take the time to just look at them and watch them do their thing.

    Personally, I would never associate a hip-hop-o-potomus with the term, “hypocrite” so for me it doesn’t work very well. Maybe when I actually see it used in context?

  24. adrian
  25. Michael

    BA, you now need to develop to the “Hippo Critic Oath”.

  26. Tom

    I thought “Teh stupid, it burns!” WAS the Hippo Critic Oath!?

  27. jackd

    I’m fond of Skeptical Cat, but that’s because I saw him a long while back. Besides, he’s Fraught With Skepticism! What could be better than that?

  28. Petrolonfire

    19. Damon Says:

    Still, funny photo. Hippos are nature’s fat people!

    I thought that was whales or walruses? ;-)

    BA – you’ve just got* to post this on December 25th :

    “I want a hippopotamous for Christmas!”
    (a familiar childhood Xmas song.) ;-)

    —-
    * Well I guess you really *don’t* have to but, please do, it’ll be funny! ;-)

  29. Spectroscope

    @ 22. Grizzly Says:

    Not my favourite mammal. It actually is a very nasty piece of work and I wouldn’t feel too safe around one, skeptical or not.

    I think its true provided I’m remembering this right & if its not an urban legend, that hippos actually kill more people than any other African animal incl. lions, elephants, leopards, hyenas etc …

    Yeah, I wouldn’t want to be standing next to this “Skeptical Hippo” in *its* territorial pool or bank – but, come on, its just a funny photo.

    @ 21. david d Says:

    A great skeptical icon because the nearest living animal kingdom relative to the hippo is, beleive it or not, the whale (check if you don’t beleive me).

    I saw a great documentary once on hippos showing them underwater and, yes, I can very easily believe that. In the water Hippos are absolutely in their element and even sort of graceful – very whale like. (I forget the docos name & narrator etc .. alas)

  30. bwfh the hippo

    ….@#5/Jim:

    I have a lost twin/brother? :o

    …@#12/Hunter: :D :D

    ….@#22/Grizzly & #23/CaffeenMan:

    nasty piece…? ill-tempered? ME? :(
    okay..SOMETIMES, perhaps….
    youtube.com/watch?v=aYy6iOR8s1w

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