I Should Start a Clothing Line February 3, 2011

I Should Start a Clothing Line

I gave a talk at Purdue University last weekend and there was a nice story about it in the Exponent. Thought the first line got all of my attention…:

Fashioning a polo shirt that complemented his witty humor, an atheist high school math teacher recounted how he won his tussle with an influential right-wing group.

Yep. That’s me. Fashion icon. And don’t you forget it.

(Somewhere, everyone I know is laughing at that thought….)

***Update***: Here’s an image from the event:

I *swear* people were there. They were just not sitting in the front rows.

***Update2***: Am I even wearing a Polo?

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  • Richard Wade

    Uh, yeah. Polo shirts are very funny. I always crack everybody up at the polo club.

    Could we get a photo of this particularly hilarious polo shirt of yours?

  • beckster

    Did you pop the collar? (is that even cool anymore?)

  • I agree. A photo of the shirt would add to the story. 🙂

  • Picture has been added!

  • Emily

    Uh, that’s not a polo shirt. That is a standard issue button-up. It’s funny, though!

  • Roxane

    Umm, did you “fashion” a shirt during this talk? Is there a “Project Atheist Runway” in the works?

    If the writer of that article is laboring under the delusion that Hemant is actually wearing a polo shirt, then he must be as much of a nerd as most of us are.

  • That is not a polo shirt. Goddamnit, The Exponent, why must you always suck so much.

  • Justin

    Yeah, I thought polos had the three buttons at the front, short sleeves and a folded collar. 😉

    Nice article.

  • Richard Wade

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s the most witty humor-complimenting non-polo shirt I ever saw, and I’ve seen some real doozies!

    What the heck is The Exponent talking about?

  • Too sexy for my (Polo) shirt

  • ckitching

    I guess the fashion world is safe if you didn’t even realize you weren’t wearing a polo shirt. On the other hand, since you weren’t wearing a polo shirt, does that also mean you weren’t witty?

  • AA Rose

    I was there and I will attest that there were plenty of others in the audience. Enjoyed the program by the way.

  • Vas

    I’m shocked. You are so quick to come to the support of the “homosexual agenda” and yet it seems that no one has informed you that prohibition of pleated pants is high on that agenda, (along with civil rights, the total destruction of traditional families, and shoving “it” down everyone’s throat).

    Shirt = Not funny at all
    Pants = Very funny
    They are not laughing with you.

  • Oz Tilson

    I would love to buy that clothing line!

  • He also wasn’t fashioning (i.e. making) any kind of shirt anyway. This author needed a better high school English teacher…

  • Drew M.

    @Oz Tilson

    Agreed. The taglines practically write themselves:

    Think critically and look dapper doing it.

    Intelligence and snappy dress are no longer mutually exclusive.

    Funnier than Polo.

  • En Passant

    I suspect the author of the article was at the talk of a different atheist high school math teacher. One who had a polo shirt. And flat-front pants, perhaps, if he is such a fashion icon, as we are led to believe.

  • Lynniegirl

    Come on… there were more than 30 people there!!

  • Richard Wade

    Now here’s a genuine polo shirt in a similar color. As you can see, there’s something about a polo shirt that definitely compliments witty humor:

    I’m so glad that we’re focusing on the important issues regarding your presentation at Purdue University. 😉

  • Richard P.

    This author needed a better high school English teacher…

    Or maybe they shouldn’t send the fashion critic to cover a lecture.

    Like the duds tho, you’re a statement of conservatism, with a little Indiana Jones thrown in.

  • Camus Dude

    What Vas said. No pleats!

  • Brittany

    Does this really surprise anyone at Purdue? The Exponent usually gets something wrong.

  • pirmas407

    At least it wasn’t the Purdue Review… ugh…

  • Bwian

    Is that an image of Jesus in the chalkboard dustings behind you?

  • Bob

    There’s no reason for non-theists to sit in the front row. That’s for people who have a chronic case of Lookit Me! I’m Christian!

  • gribblethemunchkin

    You suave devil Hemant. Dressed to kill.

  • Drakk


    Hemant – you gave a talk and stitched together a polo shirt at the same time?

  • Catinthewall

    Did your talk get recorded? Upload it for your dozens of internet fans!

  • beckster

    My husband wears pleated pants. He says it’s cause his “package” is too big for flat front pants and he doesn’t want to make other dudes feel bad.

  • Looking smart and casual, just like any celebrity Atheist should! 😉

  • Joey

    Was this to get the ladies drooling?

  • OregoniAn

    Pleated pants are definitely out – but that’s a nice shirt. Must give credit where it’s due!

    My high school math teacher wore smelly sweatshirts (he jogged to school) and was always dusty as he had an annoying habit of keeping chalk in his pockets.

    You’re almost there Hemant – just a couple pleats short of sartorial perfection!

  • mike

    I seriously thought that you had crafted a little scarlet A on the shirt in the place of the usual emblem. I spent 15 minutes looking for a picture or link to your “witty” polo shirt, because I wanted to buy one.

    Does anyone know if such a shirt exists?

    (btw, pleated pants are out)

  • LeAnne

    totally not a polo. i’d like to call that a ‘button-up shirt’.

  • Robin (not Robyn)

    Ah, the unreliable eyewitness testimony rears it’s ugly head again!

    Though you are a damned fine looking fellow, I must say.

  • What’s with the last line of the article? (about patriotism) I’m sure there was context when you said it, it just doesn’t seem to fit at all with the rest of the piece.

  • Just for the record, Polo is a brand name and they make both polo and oxford style shirts. So you could be wearing a Polo. 😉

  • Mike

    I voted for you in the bloggies despite the pleated pants! 😉 Great Blog Hemant.

  • Yoshi

    Guys, guys, guys! Compliment vs complement — make sure you’re using the correct one! Compliment = to say something nice about something or someone. Complement = to go nicely with something or someone.

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