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maybe I should try growing a beard

maybe I should try growing a beard

Mon, 04/06/2009 - 23:16 by Aido in response to give or take ten years

Very seriously, this is a near-direct transcript.  I don't know why the dude decided I needed to know his exact age.  Weekends at the mall: everyone is in high school.

I should probably note, I'm turning 24 in about two weeks.  Being mistaken for someone 10 years younger than my actual age is a first, but I still regularly get carded at movies. :/  Conrad left for Rochester a while back and returned with a scruffy beard.  He normally suffers from the same "hey shouldn't you be in class right now" affliction that I do, and I think that the beard helps a lot on that front.  He is, as always, envious of Ananth's abilities to grow a full, luxurious beard within hours.

Since it's in the comic, I'll mention my wallet.  It's a cute, compact, and practical little thing called a Jimi.  I've had mine for two years or so and it's been real good to me.

Ananth is sick and running a fever!  Please send him your best and hope that he doesn't get the rest of us sick.


I almost ALWAYS get mistaken

Comment by OrcishIncubus (not verified) Mon, 04/06/2009 - 23:24

I almost ALWAYS get mistaken for being younger than I actually am.

I'm turning 22 in a few weeks, and my mom's friends or other people I meet think I'm in high school.

However, I inherited good genes in that aspect. My mom is nearing 50 and she's been mistaken to be younger almost always too... (the only thing that gives her away is the gray hair, but she looks like she's in her 30s, it's crazy)


Comment by Justine (not verified) Mon, 04/06/2009 - 23:33

i get that sometimes too... not as much as i used to tho.... i guess i look old now or something..... D:

i went to buy a rated R movie a couple weeks ago, and the lady at the check out was like "i cant sell you this [you weenie little kid go away]"

4 years till deja vu

Comment by Melikoth (not verified) Mon, 04/06/2009 - 23:46

I have a friend who this will most certainly happen to in about 4 years. Interestingly enough, she has a NJ license as well.

I don't think I've ever been carded, probably the beard.

Never fails

Comment by danihana (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 00:06

I still get asked if I want a children's menu. I'm almost 25, but being 5'1" and 100 lbs kind of screws it up. I swear, people must think my husband is some sort of pervert pedophile when they see us holding hands.

And I feel ya. The hubby has something nasty, possibly from allergies mixed with a cold. It took HOURS before his fever finally broke. I was worried I was going to have to take him to the hospital, because right before it broke, he was at 101.7F and rising. Very scary. D:

I hit 101.2 yesterday, but

Comment by Ananth Tue, 04/07/2009 - 14:53

I hit 101.2 yesterday, but it seems like it's coming down. The night before must have been worse ... tell your boy I feel his pain. XD


Comment by kyle (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 00:07

FEEL BETTER ANANTH OMMMMM OMMMM OMMM. also i just turned 24 in feb :-( it does not feel as good as 21 its that whole mid 20s thing you have to start facing your not a kid. but hey one more year tell low car incurnce so thats good right?......right?!!?!!?!

 Thanks man!

Comment by Ananth Tue, 04/07/2009 - 14:59

 Thanks man!


Comment by Alexds1 (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 00:11

Man, that always happens to me. It gets really old really fast... I know most people like to spin it like its supposed to be a desirable thing but mostly its just aggravating.

If you manage to grow a beard, tell me if it works!

Noooo no beard. D: I don't

Comment by Ananth Tue, 04/07/2009 - 15:00

Noooo no beard. D: I don't think I'd feel good about it. XD 

YES ;_;

Comment by Aido Wed, 04/08/2009 - 17:51

YES, you understand! ;_;  "You'll be thankful for it in 10 years."  Yes, but it's so inconvenient now! D:

As soon as I figure out how to cultivate the beard, you will be the first person I tell.


Comment by Alexds1 (not verified) Wed, 04/08/2009 - 19:43

Those italics set my mind at ease!

People have been saying that

Comment by Brand (not verified) Mon, 07/12/2010 - 19:50

People have been saying that to me for like 15 years now. I'm almost 30 and people still think I'm in high school. A few years ago (when I was 26) twice I was asked if I wanted children's menu when I went out to eat at restaurants.

And people who don't have this problem just can never understand how bothersome it is.


Comment by JBain (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 00:13

Hey, been reading since the beginning, but I really like your stuff. I am commenting though on your birthday...2 weeks eh? Mine is the 26th and I am turning 24 myself. So just wanted to share a happy early birthday!


Comment by MarkyMark (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 00:40

that jimi thing is way too small to hold the contents of my wallet. not even close.

also, i could shave my mustache and give it to you. people certainly won't think you're 14 anymore.

sympathy pangs

Comment by Yenser (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 00:51

Geez, I know how this feels. I got asked if I was younger than twelve (I said no) and then asked if I was exactly twelve (also no), then informed the woman that I was actually eighteen.

I'm turning twenty-six....oh, huh, today actually, and I still get asked if I'm in my early teens. It gets old. Fast. Especially when I'm sitting around an Irish pub (mm delishus fuds) and am the only one carded after 9....and I'm the oldest person at the table.

Mega Sympathy

Comment by Joy (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 00:54

Yeaaaah.. So..turning twenty-seven in a few months...aaaand people in my classes in college consistently ask me if I just got out of high school.
It's not so bad really, I could already have mucho wrinkles. I'll be thankful for this when I'm thirty I suppose.

Just curious what you had to

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 01:01

Just curious what you had to show your ID for? Cause if it's for booze...why is there a 17yr old working in a liquor store?


Comment by Aido Tue, 04/07/2009 - 01:07

I opened my wallet to get out my debit card and the dude grabbed the wallet out of my hand.  People sometimes do this when they want to inspect the design of my wallet, so I'm not entirely unused to it -- but no, he just wanted to check out my driver's license.  It was bizarre.


Comment by jai (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 08:57

I got carded for trying to buy super glue. Really.

Ananth: loads of strong black tea. works every time :D feel better soon!

I am actually having some

Comment by Ananth Tue, 04/07/2009 - 15:01

I am actually having some tea right this very moment. ;) Thanks!

I've had the opposite

Comment by Jukebox (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 01:02

I've had the opposite problem all my life. At 18 I was being mistaken for much older. I was in Japan this past summer. They thought I was a PhD student, and they weren't quite sure whether they should believe me when I said I was still an undergrad.

However, one time (and mind you I had a full on beard at this point) I was carded for a video game. I was so shocked I still remember the game too (MGS3). If it wasn't for the fact that I still live in a college town, I'm fairly certain I'd never get carded.

I wonder what the other side of the fence is like...

You say carded, I say... uh...

Comment by Naktarr (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 01:37

When I see the word carded I think of carding wool for making into thread/felt. Just felt I had to say it ^^'
We say 'Show I.D.' here, I think.

Buying alcohol is fun when you're 19 and the shop dude thinks you're 16 (legal age to drink where I am is 18) and then they think your license is fake. So I pulled out my University card, and he decided to stop fussing -__-

Now the white streak at the front of my hair (it naturally appeared and I don't have the money to colour it) helps point out I'm older than my baby face appears to be! - so dye your hair white or grey.

I can beat that. My sister

Comment by Ivy (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 01:38

I can beat that. My sister is 29 this year and when she goes out she still gets carded.

Birthday Thief

Comment by George Rohac (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 02:18

Is... is your b-day the 16th too?

Cause if so I have to come punch you for stealing my birthday. I had it before you.. you... birthday hussie!


Comment by Aido Wed, 04/08/2009 - 17:47

No, it's the 25th.  I don't know why I wrote it as the 15th there, I assumed no one would be able to read it with the small print and the halftone overlay. :/

Oh this is entirely too

Comment by Taryn (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 02:19

Oh this is entirely too relatable to me. When I was 21 my co-worker thought I was 16. I'm turning 24 in a few months and am frequently mistaken for an 18-year-old. My favorite though was when I was 19 and on vacation with my family, and this 15-year-old kid was flirting with me the entire day at the beach.

As far as carding goes, I still laugh about my roommate getting carded for a piece of pie.

Those wallets are seriously awesome. Considering tracking down the Las Vegas store when I'm there this year... Hope Ananth gets feeling better and that you all are able to refrain from sickness!

Maybe it's Asian genes...

Comment by Willow (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 02:38

They do something strange to your appearance, I swear. You just never change anymore. I've been looking 20-22 since I was about twelve. And now that I'm twenty, I'm -just- now starting to look my age. Onnnn the other hand, if that means I'll still be looking twenty when I'm forty...

I have something just as good

Comment by Malia (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 02:45

When I was 20 I had a guy at a drive-thru (Wendy's) ask me if I was 12. I was driving my car and the only person in it. In the state of Indiana (where I was for college), on a farm, and only on a farm, it is legal for a 14-year-old to drive a family vehicle. This was nowhere near a farm, next to the college campus. How he got 12, I have no idea. I had to pull out my college ID for him to stop asking if I was really old enough to drive.

I have seen the opposite occur too, though. At an amusement park's Guessing Game booth, this girl wanted the carnie to guess her age. There were a bunch of people gathered around, so after he wrote down his guess, he had the others yell out what they thought. If I remember correctly 25 was the oldest age shouted out, but I turned to my mom standing next to me and said, "I bet she's 14." Sure enough, when she announced her age, she said 14. After hearing my announcement of "I HAD IT RIGHT!" the carnie flips his paper and said, "Funny, so did I." XD

I feel like I need to see

Comment by Tim (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 03:29

I feel like I need to see what you look like to get these comics better since so many of them are based on what you look like.

Be happy people think you're

Comment by Hades (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 04:46

Be happy people think you're younger than you are. A month ago i was working night shift at a party where i talked with one of the checkroom girls. Somehow we got to age discussion, she thought i was 28.. I was 23.

That really stings and i'm a guy ¬_¬.

it's got to do with size,

Comment by Crash (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 05:10

it's got to do with size, mostly.
I'm nearly 7 years younger than my sister yet a full head taller. she gets checked on age, I don't :P

Hahaha. My mate also gets

Comment by JoyVision (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 05:41

Hahaha. My mate also gets mistaken for a 14 year old, and she's 19.

Now im concerned that everyone looks a whole 4 years younger than they actually are....
So does that mean when you're born you appear as a -4 year old?

we all love you ananth get well soon!

Aww thank you! I am trying!

Comment by Ananth Tue, 04/07/2009 - 15:02

Aww thank you! I am trying!

I've always been mistaken

Comment by Dj (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 06:08

I've always been mistaken for older. I was in New Orleans when I was 15 and was able to go into strip clubs and get drinks without having to show any ID.

I totally feel your pain. I

Comment by Miss Maryam (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 06:24

I totally feel your pain. I turned 24 in February and am constantly being ID'd in bars (the drinking age is 18 here) and at films. Then people will look at my ID and then look at me and usually apologise!

Though look on the bright side.... when we are 40 and look 29 everyone will be totally jealous ;)

Get well soon,

Comment by Karlee (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 06:26

Get well soon, Ananth!
People still mistake me for an eighteen-year-old on a regular basis (turning 22 in a month). It may be the occasional pigtails, or the fact that I end up doing first-year units every year at uni, but I think us shorties are doomed to it.

new idea!

Comment by Karlee (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 06:29


(Don't let being female stop you from the glory that is a handlebar moustache. Get Ananth to do it and shave it off and give it to you...?)

There's only room for one

Comment by Ananth Tue, 04/07/2009 - 15:04

There's only room for one set of facial hair in this relationship! XD

I know how that is.

Comment by Aniphx (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 06:28

I'm 24 years old and I usually get mistaken for a 19 year old. But the last time I went out to eat, the waitress thought I was in high school. Someday, this skill will be useful I think.

Also, get well soon Ananth.


Comment by Ananth Tue, 04/07/2009 - 15:04


So, I went to a rave event

Comment by erimentha (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 06:32

So, I went to a rave event in Canada, It was a legally ran all ages type event where the youngest in attendance were 16. I normally do not socialise in the womens restroom, but after dancing a while it was one of the quietest and least crowded areas to take a breather. I got into a conversation with a group of girls, and they asked how long I'd been coming to things like this. I answered "about a year. My boyfriend got me into it. They said something about they were getting too old since they were 19, and were going to stop soon. "So Eri, how old are you?" "Um, I'm 31, how old did you think I was?" "16" I was wearing jeans and a My Little Pony shirt, with my hair up in ponytails. Honestly I did not think I looked all that young.

Mistakes like that are happening less, guess I'm starting to get to look like my age.

Wait the date of birth say

Comment by Lumberer (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 07:17

Wait the date of birth say 4/15/85 and today is only 4/7/09. =o

Any ways yeah I was born 5/28/85 and get mistaken for anywhere from 15-17. =P


Comment by Aido Tue, 04/07/2009 - 10:48

 Huh, it looks that way doesn't it.  :/  Oops!  My birthday is actually the 25th.  I didn't think the date would be legible in the comic.

Ananth is sick?

Comment by Robert V Aldrich (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 07:30

It's not Cat-Scratch Fever, is it?

oh god maybe it is

Comment by Ananth Tue, 04/07/2009 - 15:06

oh god maybe it is

One of many it seems

Comment by Mikaiten (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 08:00

I am also one of the unfortunate people who is constantly mistaken for someone much younger. It's not so bad anymore. I can usually buy alcohol and go to bars now without anyone carding me. It's generally clients at work who don't know me that get confused. I usually get the question "So when did you graduate?" to which I respond, "Which time? High school, university or college?"

My mom had the same problem, but worse than me. She's 4'11" and when she was 30 looked like she was 16. She had a lot of trouble dating. Old ladies used to get really angry at my step-dad because they thought he was a pedophile. :P

I've done that

Comment by MrGBH (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 08:18

There's a girl I know whom for months I had thought was fifteen. When she told me that she was 25 I was so shocked I actually asked her for proof, and she showed me her drivers licence.

I have therefor given up on ever guessing a girls age.


Comment by Enzel (not verified) Tue, 04/07/2009 - 08:36

Opposite for me, at 14 I was mistaken for my younger sister's mother. :| That was a bit awkward.

I'm also frequently mistaken for a guy, apparently because a lot of people think females can't be taller than 5'8"??

argh, i hate that

Comment by yuki-chan (not verified) Wed, 04/08/2009 - 05:59

i (used to) have really short hair. apparently having short hair automatically makes you a dude, cause people would ask me if i was a boy. even when i'm wearing tank tops and you can see i look like a girl XP

GET WELL SOON ANANTH!!!! (sorry if i spelled your name wrong *is sheepish*)

btw, ramen works wonders when your sick.

It's worse when you're a guy

Comment by MrGBH (not verified) Wed, 04/08/2009 - 08:53

It's worse when you're a guy whose constantly been mistaken for a girl. Just because my hair reaches my shoulders. Despite the facial hair.