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She is definitely a girl! But sometimes this happens.

In the bank teller's defense, Yuko had just gotten a haircut and it was pretty short. This has happened at least once before, too, in a Target I think. A woman mistook Yuko for her son, and that was probably more awkward than this one. 

I wanted to drop links real quick to two comics we've been linked from, because both of their styles are super cute. Sudden Valley is an adorably drawn comicstrip with a website design that has a great aesthetic (I am so biased). Amu's World is a photo comic where each of the characters is knit crocheted (Sorry, I am the least crafty!) by hand, and they're all real neat ... It should be noted that Amu also makes a mean Katamari cousin - if you ever catch her at a show, be sure to take a look. ;)

(We have so much candy and junkfood right now ... do you guys want it? Take it away ... )


I know the feeling...

Comment by sethers (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 01:10

This happens to me all the time, but for a different reason. I work in the children's dept. at a library, and parents just automatically tell their kids to "ask the nice lady at the desk" without looking first. But then, what's the excuse for when I get called a lady on the phone? :(

That would be weird...

Comment by Gikamoth (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 01:19

Although I think I'd prefer that that getting mistaken as someone twice my age. So I guess I kinda am a little envious there.


Comment by Aido Thu, 01/08/2009 - 01:24

 I get mistaken for someone half my age pretty regularly.  ._.  I still get carded at rated R movies.

Me too

Comment by George Rohac (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 02:18

Unfortunately this happened when I went to see Religious, I think every time. I had to laugh.

Cause that means that in 3 different states I was thought to be too young OR people just wanted the name and address of someone to send hateful letters/bibles to for seeing the movie.

I have to say though, on the

Comment by stevehill (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 02:34

I have to say though, on the other end of the spectrum, I haven't been carded at the liquor store the last two times I went (I'm 23). And they checked someone who I thought looked MUCH older than me who was right in front of me in line. While my one-shave-a-week facial hair policy and gradually thinning hair might bump my appearance up a few years, I at least thought my youthful acne knocked it back down. ._.

You probably hear this a lot, but you'll enjoy hearing "you look half your age" eventually.

me too

Comment by renshai (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 09:36

Not only do I still get carded at R-rated movies, but my brother, who is four years younger, does not. The same goes for liquor stores and bars. Even when he wasn't legal.

my friend [somehow] got

Comment by Meister Jazz (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 13:42

my friend [somehow] got carded for a pg-13 movie. we still don't know why.

I see your PG-13 and raise you

Comment by Decad (not verified) Fri, 01/09/2009 - 19:37

I got ID'd for a lottery ticket. On my 20th birthday (need to be 16 to buy them in the UK)


Comment by Lifinia (not verified) Sun, 01/11/2009 - 09:21

... Okay... Let's just not wander into the question of why you're at a rated R movie in the first place...

Not that there's anything wrong with it... <_<

God, I am such a nerd... (I'm not trying to be cute here <_<)

Or maybe because it isn't normal where I come from.

Well, if you think about it....

Comment by Nare (not verified) Sun, 01/11/2009 - 12:08

Maybe when the guy does that is to hit on you. xD


Comment by Goodnessrising (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 02:05

That happens to my cousin a lot, but the other way around. He's really short and has long blond hair so from a distance he looks like an elementary age girl. Also, Ananth, Have you read geist panic today? You make a cameo as a zombie!

Look on the bright side

Comment by JDeng (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 03:32

Hey, at least you're mistaken for someone young rather than old ;D. The hassle of getting carded off at rated R movies is a fair trade for looking young and not having to deal with getting depressed at how old you look.

Now as for looking like a boy, I hope its not as embarrassing as being mistaken as a girl x___x.

I've only been mistaken for

Comment by Sono (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 03:33

I've only been mistaken for a boy once... But I'd been trying to at the time. So great success, I suppose?

Yes I have never met anyone

Comment by Molnek (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 05:16

Yes I have never met anyone who has rightly guessed my age, I am 19 and the lowest people guess for me is 23 it's funny because I blame it on my gray hairs, then my friends will bother me that they're balding but still get carded.

People online habitually

Comment by Lorem (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 06:18

People online habitually assume I'm much older than I am (or at least they used to, I may have caught up to expectations to some extent), while people in real life assume I'm much younger than I am. Good times all around.

Heh... ahh my long hair.

Comment by Guamish (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 07:01

I have very long hair. longest was to my waist but right now it is a little below shoulder length. I get called miss once in awhile or if I'm with my mom at a restaurant sometimes I get the "What can I get you ladies". Most of the time people are behind me and just see the hair. The are usually very apologetic afterward. The best was when I was working at starbucks. I'm ringing and this little boy probably just started speaking looks at me in wonder and points...."Girl?....Girl.....Girrrrrl." At that point the mom who I'm ringing up just starts going into a panic and apologizing profusely. Saying that he just was learning about boys and girls. That the hair was throwing him off as she picks him up and shuffles off. It was a funny moment and she look really embarrassed. I couldn't help but laugh.

Me too

Comment by Aidan (not verified) Fri, 01/09/2009 - 23:46

This happens to me too. While I'm working (at a grocery store, Wegmans for those that know it), I've several times been called "ma'am" because my hair is a little past my chin, and I'm occasionally known to have it in a ponytail. Then my deep voice usually baffles them for a second before they realize their mistake.

It's usually old ladies who can't see well and have thick glasses, etc. But one time it was this 30-some dude who was really embarrassed. I typically don't mind, because the incidents are isolated, but one day (day before Christmas this past year, I think? sometime around then, we were really REALLY busy) it happened like three times, and I got a little pissed.

Been there

Comment by Decad (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 08:09

I know exactly how ya feel on that one. Problem is I keep getting mistaken for an underage girl. Makes going to bars or anything a bit annoying specially considering I don't drink which makes them convinced my ID is fake for some obscure reason.

I mean if I had gone to the trouble of getting a fake ID surely I'd be drinking myself into an early grave using it right?

Age Profiling

Comment by Ven'Tatsu (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 18:41

Bartenders tend to look for the exact opposite. My brother used to bartend in college town and he said that you could tell most under age drinkers because they never go strait to the bar, they will go to the jukebox or sit at a table for half an hour before they get their first drink.

They hates me they does

Comment by Decad (not verified) Fri, 01/09/2009 - 08:37

But I never order anything alcoholic yet they still ID me!
Maybe its just bars/pubs in Britain or something.

This happened to me once or

Comment by Yenian (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 08:38

This happened to me once or twice that year my hair was longer. Once by a confused little kid.

Don't even ask Phil. He's been mistaken for a 13 year old girl more times than can be counted.


Comment by stevehill (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 13:49

A certain picture comes to mind... I'm sure you know of what I speak.

I'm actually not sure to

Comment by Yenian (not verified) Fri, 01/09/2009 - 09:28

I'm actually not sure to which to refer.

I'm sure you know.

Comment by stevehill (not verified) Mon, 01/12/2009 - 14:06

The picture of Phil and Lauren. Except, it's not actually Phil and Lauren. It's Lauren and Phil.

Not that it matters

Comment by Emily (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 09:14

To anyone but me, but I'm pretty sure not all of Amu's people are knit, some of them are crocheted. Still, HOLY CRAP THANK YOU FOR POSTING THAT! I am in love.

They are crocheted,

Comment by Jamie (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 10:13

They are crocheted, actually. ^_^

 Oh god, I'm sorry! I don't

Comment by Ananth Thu, 01/08/2009 - 11:19

 Oh god, I'm sorry! I don't know anything about crafty stuff, I'll correct it now!

Yep, all crocheted. And

Comment by Brian (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 11:37

Yep, all crocheted. And truthfully it's a mistake that's made a lot. Though I recommend avoiding the confusion directly to a crocheter. I've gotten some looks from Amu before that could kill, were looks wont to do so.

Thanks for the mention by the way. Though truthfully I fear ever having READERS (if I assume there are expectations of quality I often become paralyzed with anxiety), it's awesome to know that there are people who think it's as fun to look at as it is to do.

The squid in the blog post

Comment by Emily (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 13:34

The squid in the blog post is knitted though, which is why I didn't say they were all crocheted.

You're right about that. I'd

Comment by Brian (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 15:06

You're right about that. I'd forgotten about that photo. You know your knits and your purls.

Apparently, I'm a grrl

Comment by Jamie Noguchi (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 10:07

This happens to me a lot because of my shiny, long hair of +5 Awesomeness. I can understand if people see me from the back because I tend to sashay like a proper lady. But one time on the airplane, a flight attendant was coming down the aisle facing me and asked me, "Would you like something to drink, mam?" I must be one fucking ugly girl because I had a full face of beard!

 Hahaha, I laughed so hard

Comment by Ananth Thu, 01/08/2009 - 11:18

 Hahaha, I laughed so hard ... that's too good. 

This is funny because

Comment by Brian (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 11:41

This is funny because everytime I see you I think, "Criminey! That's one rugged looking lady...I mean, very spoonable guy."


Comment by Elizabeth B (not verified) Fri, 01/09/2009 - 17:40


WTF...? BEARD. Gah, people can be so--! *floored* *but laughing anyway*

I actually feel a little

Comment by Sidka (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 12:12

I actually feel a little better about myself now that I know it happens to other people, too. I can't stand the constant itchiness of hair that touches my skin (especially the back of my neck), so I keep it cropped short. That with my brick-like torso, a hand-me-downs-are-free-even-if-they-are-from-my-brother policy, and the fact that my older brother and I are pretty much the same size. All-in-all, instead of looking like a going-on-20 girl, I look more like a 14-year-old boy about half the time.

For the most part, I just go along with it to avoid embarrassment for everyone except for really awkward situations like getting hit on and clothes shopping. Having an uncommon, neutral-sounding name like mine helps a lot.

Actually, it makes it really funny when I'm messing around with my friends around boyfriends and brothers that haven't met me yet. New Years was highly amusing to me.

What's really funny, is one

Comment by MarkyMark (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 12:28

What's really funny, is one of the teachers in Japan thought Kei sounded exactly like the people they use in the pre-recorded English conversations. They use 13 year olds for those.

Fortunately I never have that problem, and I'm sure Ananth doesn't either; since we're both manly men.

PS. I will totally devour your junk food for you.


Comment by J (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 12:47

This happens to me... a lot. I can't help it that most girls clothes are too tight and refuse to fit correctly!

Thanks for linking to

Comment by Jamie (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 13:38

Thanks for linking to meeeee!

Before I was blessed with a bountiful bust I was often mistake as a boy, when my hair ultra short. I have now the fear of getting such a short haircut.

Been there :(

Comment by Jonatan Hägglund (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 13:43

I've been mistaken for a girl at least once - so I guess I'm waiting for androgynity being sexy again ^_^

me too

Comment by Meister Jazz (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 13:44

I'm well endowed, and some how get misconstrued as a man. Worst case was when I was in the women's bathroom, wearing boots, knee shorts and a hat, and a little girl said to her mother 'mommy, why is a guy in the girls bathroom?' I was wearing headphones, but the mother told the girl to shh, and probably that I was a girl. what was awkward.

Oh lordy

Comment by KaT Adams (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 13:52

I'm an asian with shoulder-length (It used to be shoulder blade-length and SHALL BE AGAIN!... *ahem*) hair. I am always mistaken for a girl unless I've got chin scruff and even with that I get carded because everyone apparently thinks I'm 16. Because that's not near a decade off. Poor Yuko, I understand *hugs* We asians have it hard. Round-eyes no see well! *begins waving a gnarled cane and screaming "geh awffa ma lawn you keedz"!* /stereotypes


Comment by Goodnessrising (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 20:05

Yes. I'm only 1/4 Japanese, but my cousin (by birth, not the one i mentioned in an earlier post, who is a cousin by adoption) Suchi (worst nickname ever) is often mistaken for a girl. Maybe because he dyes his hair pink. Speaking of stereotypes, I never learned Japanese, because i was adopted into another all Scottish family, and whenever i call or he calls me, Suchi answers the phone by yelling "Herro! How you cousin?!" and laughing with the thickest accent he can muster. I should point out Suchi is fluent in English and can speak it perfectly and accent free. He just thinks the old cartoon Japanese stereotypes are hilarious.

These be hoppin' comment boards

Comment by Dr Strainge (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 14:52

When I was 14 I had a full grown Santa beard (sans white). Ever since I cared be in positions where I would be, I've never been carded for anything ;D

I also had shoulder length hair for a while, someone who actually knew me before hand told me he mistook me for "an amazingly beautiful woman" from behind.

A male friend of mine who

Comment by Marc (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 15:27

A male friend of mine who once had particularly long hair kept getting confused as a woman. He cut his hair short, but the problem still persisted. Much fun was had by the observing parties.

I know that feeling

Comment by The Great Moof (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 17:21

This totally happened to me a few times when I was working at a grocery store. People would walk up behind me and try to get my attention by saying, "Yes, hello, ma'am? Ma'am?"

Then I'd turn around and they'd get all flustered and apologizing for mistaking me for a girl, since I'm a dude.

Being a guy with long hair in Republican Utah sucks. -__-

I forgot about this, till now....

Comment by aXcel (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 18:00

Hehe, I liked this comic...

Anyway, it reminded me that one year when I joined the Beta Club at my school, we went to do some charity work, giving a thanksgiving meal to these old people. I had to wear a hairnet and apron like everyone else, and some of them stared calling me "Young girl" It was very conflicting to correct them, they where awfully sweet, BUT I'M NOT A GIRL!!!

I'm a male who was often

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 18:51

I'm a male who was often mistaken as a woman due to my long hair and face. In Japan men would often walk out of public restrooms, check the door, and politely wait outside assuming the signs were confusing to a foreigner like me :P I grew a beard and this solved the problem until a woman guessed my age to be 32 and I shaved so as not to look old. But now my hairline is receding and I'm not mistaken as a woman any more. It's bittersweet.

Go bald baby

Comment by Decad (not verified) Sat, 01/10/2009 - 12:29

If your hairline starts to recede then just shave it all off. Don't try a combover or anything just go bald with dignity. Maybe get a cool tattoo on your now vacant dome. Just remember to pull off the bald look you gotta shave your beard too and dress stylish. Look up Spider Jerusalem and Jean Luc Picard for an idea of how to dress :P

Ahaha! I haven't had this

Comment by Al (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 21:24

Ahaha! I haven't had this problem yet but I probably will at some point because girls + short hair = <3. Also I look like a child. >_<

Oh ok adding my story: At this Virtual Army Experience I went to, you give some information to get an ID badge; part of it is entered by someone working there. I was 17 and it was the summer of my junior year. Lady looks at me... looks at question about age/schooling level.

Slow-mo commences. I know what is coming.

Option clicked: Pre-Highschool.


I'm a tomboy so its cool

Comment by Suki (not verified) Thu, 01/08/2009 - 21:36

I got similiar cut like Yukos but I like dressing like a guy so I'm always assumed as a guy and its fun. My friend who is a boy seems to look girlier than me and is mistaken for a chick in dudes clothing some
times xD we joke about how I took his manliness and he took my femy side xD

As for the food...dude lol I would totally take them xD if you live in SoHo I can pick it up D: