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What's in a name; new stuff in the store

Two of my favorite people in the world, Kyle and Jenn, got married in South Carolina a few years back, back around the time Yuko and I started dating ... so this chronicles something a little older. It's weird because I filled out the forms digitally in MD -- so someone mispelled a printed name. Go figure! I can say this: Yuko has gotten plenty of mileage out of it. 

The store is restocked with ... well, a lot. Some Zoolology tees still up, but this time we've added 2XL Mens! There are also new navy blue Phoenix Down tees in mens and womens sizes, done using the same discharge printing technique as the grey ones. There are also more pinsets. Basically check out the store and see if anything you've been looking for is back in stock. :)



Comment by Aido Tue, 10/06/2009 - 02:16

 Today is Ananth's birthday!!  Make sure to wish him a good one! :D

Well hey then, Happy

Comment by Arcc (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 02:31

Well hey then, Happy birthday Amnanth!

Happy Birthday

Comment by Kacy Smith (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 02:33


One more!

Comment by Raevis (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 06:40

Happy birthday, Ananth. =D Hope ya have lots of fun.

Happy Birthday!

Comment by Joe (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 07:15

Happy Birthday Ananth!
Wait, is he a year older in Earth years, or a year older in Panagarixa years?

Our feeble human minds

Comment by Joy (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 07:30

Our feeble human minds cannot comprehend a Panagarixa year.

Also, Happy birthday dude!


Comment by Kriztov (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 23:17

Actually, by chance, a Panagarixa year is exactly the same length as an Earth year. See, panagarixa has a smaller orbit than Earth, but moves much slower on the course of its orbit.

Happy Birthday

Comment by McClaud (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 07:51

From Planet Earth.

I'll be here one day to welcome you into the Old Men's Club.

Man, now I want a dragon

Comment by Brian (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 12:17

Man, now I want a dragon cake...

Happy birthday Ananth!

C'mon everyone, lets all sing!

Comment by Samm Neiland (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 16:06

Happy zero royalties birthday song!
Happy zero royalties birthday song!
Happy zero royalties birthday song!
I hope you don't find me cheap!


Oh wow, only a three day difference.

Comment by Andyman (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 20:53

Best wishes from a fellow Libra, Ananth!

Can I start calling you "Old Man Anan"?

Happy birthday

Comment by King_Bahamut (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 02:38

I hope you enjoy your birthday, I would write a poem but honestly right now I am kind of burned out on birthday poems as I had been writing them for a year for anyones birthday in my family. If you still want one let me know and I will nonetheless(^^)


Comment by Mornington Crescent (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 02:50

Happy birthday, man! Mine's coming in about two weeks.

Crap. Now I have to remember another birthday...

Xiyatkwoqyjijqop Amnanthetoiam!

Comment by Kevin (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 02:57

That's "Happy Birthday Mr Ananth!" in Panagarixanese C:

They actually speak English on there, but after feeding that message through an extensive game of Panagarixanese Whispers (with Fancy Place Tuxedo Rentals near the start of it) that's what came back.


Comment by Ananth Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:21



Comment by Yubi Shines (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 04:22

Re: Misspelling names:
The true bliss comes when telemarketers and phone survey people try and pronounce names. The best I've come across: Masahiro transmutated into Maraschino. As in, the cherry.

I can sympathize

Comment by Drezz (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 06:52

My name gets butchered all the time. And the sad thing is, its not even that difficult.

Best spelling of Rodriguez ever: Rugreegez

At that point, they're not even trying. LOL

I just about choked on my

Comment by Ananth Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:22

I just about choked on my cereal -- Rugreegez, hahahaha! It's like they gave up before they started!

At least Rugreegez sounds

Comment by Brian (not verified) Wed, 10/07/2009 - 00:47

At least Rugreegez sounds kinda manly. Not sure I can say the same about Amnanth. :p

welcome to earth! :D

Comment by Fraoch (not verified) Thu, 01/07/2010 - 02:51

ahahaha I get that too. You'd be very surprised at how many times a three-letter name like Epp can be misspelled: Erp, Eep, Fpp, etc. each time, I'm like 'Really? Three letters?' But 'Rugreegez?' That's just lazy lol

Happy Birthday Mr. Panagarixa

Comment by DisposablePal (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 07:11

as a person with a hard to spell/pronounce last name, i feel your pain. happy birthday, i hope the people of your home planet get you something nice.

Happy Birthday!

Comment by Kaotik4266 (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 07:25

Yeah! Here's hoping you have a good one.

On the topic of names being mangled, why on earth would anyone ever spell "Ian" as "Iain"?! Apparently it's a fairly common alternate spelling of my name, but I've never met anyone with that spelling! My surname is always misspelt and mispronounced as well - it's Irish, with a very similar Italian equivalent. Ah, multiculturalism! *breaks out into that song* XP

They Never Misspell My Name ...

Comment by McClaud (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 07:55

... but they always mispronounce it.

I mean, you'd think "Baumbach" would be easy, as English derives a lot of words from German, but no. I've heard Boombawch, Bawmbawch, and Bowmbowck. It's Bawm-ba. Like La Bamba.

My wife still laughs. ;_;

Birthday wishes!

Comment by ChristineA (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 08:26

Happy Birthday Ananth! Isn't awesome having people who've never actually met you wish you Happy Birthday? lol!!
I can also sympathize with the whole name issue. My maiden name was butchered more often than not. O_o I was actually glad to take my husband's name.. mainly because "Anderson" is so much easier for people to pronounce and spell. :D

Planet Panagarixa?! Oh my

Comment by Robert V Aldrich (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 08:34

Planet Panagarixa?! Oh my sweet mercy, that's going in a book.

Happy birthday, bro. And many happy returns.

Thanks Rob, I miss you man!

Comment by Ananth Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:23

Thanks Rob, I miss you man! Hopefully we'll be in the same place some time soon. 

I'm actually slightly jealous, sir.

Comment by Joe Fox (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 08:35

My friends had to make up nicknames for me because my name is so short. It got to the point that at one lunch period during middle school, my one friend looked me dead in the eye and said "You need a nickname, so I'm going to start calling you Chuckles." This was out of nowhere, with a totally deadpan expression. And as much fun as it is being called Chuckles, the best nicknames are the ones that pop up from situations like this.

Also, happy birthday!

Also also - ba-weep-gra-na-weep-ninny-bong, Amnanth Panagarixa! *double points to people who get this reference*


Comment by Ananth Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:25



for being a nerd ;_;


Comment by Virtual Bob (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:25

There's more than meets the eye to this reference...

Happy Birthday!

Comment by Katie (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 08:35

Happy Birthday! It's so weird, everyone's birthdays seem to be in October-- mine is tomorrow. o_o

I've had my last name misspelled as "Know", which makes me feel intelligent.

Heh its a weird world

Comment by Naktarr (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 08:56

Mine's tomorrow too, and two of my friends - maybe its the age group? I'm not going to try and list the rest of October birthdays going on around me...

Happy Birthday to everyone!!! :D

My first name causes trouble, not because its the result of a mother who wants to make their child suffer weird misspellings but rather its classified as a guys name and I am a lady XD

At least you didn't get handed a ball gown!

You're spelling it wrong

Comment by A.L. (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 09:52

First,happy birthday dude! Second,you and Yuko date ( I should have been completely aware of this ages ago,I am so slow)?

Thirdly,my twin bro gets his name misspelled and mispronounced all the time.We live in the southern part of Georgia in the states,and for some reason people around here when people see his name-which is spelled the French way-they try to stretch the friggin vows and through a w in there for some reason.Also if they know how to say it and try to spell it,they spell it the ghetto way which is "Antwan". For such a simple name with two syllables,alot of people get it so wrong.Some folks even try to spell my name like his sometimes D: (Antonio is not spelled completely like Antoine).

Somewhere out there you have

Comment by Ananth Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:27

Somewhere out there you have a ghetto namebrother named Antwan ... 

Yuko and I date, yeah. :) We try to keep it out of the comic as much as possible for various reasons, one of which the information doesn't really advance the humor so much. 

I probably due,or someone

Comment by A.L. (not verified) Thu, 10/08/2009 - 13:23

I probably due,or someone who looks like me similar to me since he and I are twins (fraternal btw).Thing about that is I constantly get mistaken for someone else or told I look like someone a person knows at work all the time.I find it mildly entertaining considering it makes my day abit more interesting and less boring.

I guess that's true about the relationship thing,even if letting it be known didn't effect the story at all.Also thanks for the reply,nice to know people actually read and like the things I have to say.


Comment by Joe D (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:00

You think "Medwid" would be easy enough to get phonetically, but I've seen some really bizarre variations, from Medwig to Midwed to Megwin.

Someone once spelled my name

Comment by baylem (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:06

Someone once spelled my name "Lrau Rifsu". My name is Laura Reese... how far off the mark can we get?

Happy Birthday Amnanth!!! =D
May you have many more to come!

Panagarixa Birthday Wishes

Comment by Virtual Bob (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:29

Hippo Birdy Two Ewe!
Hippo Birdy Two Ewe!
Hippo Birdy Deer Ananth!
Hippo Birdy Two Ewe!

(I may be paraphrasing)

Happy birthday!

Comment by FatHobbit (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:36

Happy birthday, Ananth!! : D

I can sympathize with you on this one; my name is Allison and there are a buttload of variations of it, so people get it wrong all the time. But the most unusual one I've gotten is "Allicion."

Happy day of entering existence, Mr. Panagarixa

Comment by Matt (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:45

Happy birthday! I don't know the customs from your native planet, but let it be known that on Earth we eat cake and sing songs of merriment.

I saw the post about more Zoolology shirts, added one to my cart, saw the price of 25 bucks, and was all like "whaaaaaat." You guys should have a discount for poor college students. I just went to a LAN party on Saturday (-$15), and paid for 2 memberships (-$I don't remember). I now have a grand total of $enough to buy ramen.

Not that I'm saying they should cost as much as ramen, but... THEY SHOULD BE CHEAPER. D:

Happy birthday, yo!

Comment by Rhamphoryncus (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:10

Happy birthday, yo!


Comment by Matt (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 12:40

Happy b-day! Also, I didn't know you two were dating, well good luck to ya both! ^_^


Comment by Ananth Tue, 10/06/2009 - 20:42



Comment by yraelis (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 14:52

A moment after I read this, the only thing on my mind was whether or not you wear your baseball cap with your tux, or do you like... level up to a fedora?

In anycase, Happy Birthday, fedora wearin' aliens.

Panagarixa 7 is a planet of

Comment by Arcc (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 15:53

Panagarixa 7 is a planet of hats.

I tried to wear my baseball

Comment by Ananth Tue, 10/06/2009 - 20:42

I tried to wear my baseball cap! But I was convinced it would be a bad idea. I think I had a terrible haircut that weekend. 


Comment by William (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 15:03

Many happy returns, Ananth!

Also, you and Yuko are a couple? I've been reading Applegeeks for years and Johnny Wander since it began, I cannot believe I never picked up on this.

Is Yuko like the only person allowed to see your eyes?

Thank you! We keep a lid on

Comment by Ananth Tue, 10/06/2009 - 20:41

Thank you!

We keep a lid on it? I dunno, we're not given to talking about it I guess ... !

Hahaha, perhaps. ;)

I, for one, would like to

Comment by kossmikman (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 15:12

I, for one, would like to greet our new bearded alien overlord.

Apparently, for my whole

Comment by Hallard (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 15:39

Apparently, for my whole life, my dad has been putting my name down as 'Sammantha' on all forms he's filled out in the Coast Guard. If my mom hadn't filled out my birth certificate, I would officially be Sammantha and I'd have been spelling my own name wrong this whole time.


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 16:38