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The flag and national anthem of the place where I live.
Happy Thanksgiving to all you Yankee Doodles!
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This user is male.
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This user is a heterosexual male.
This user edits Wikipedia under the name Simon Peter Hughes
This user is a troper.
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This user thinks that the Big Bang explains the origin of the Universe.
This user believes in an old Earth — a 4.5 billion year old Earth.
This user is a fan of dinosaurs.
This user thinks that evolution explains the origin of species.
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This user's Political Compass coordinates are (-6.25,-5.28).
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racism This user is biased against racists.
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This user believes in equal rights for gay people.
This user enjoys farcical Communist Propaganda.
This user enjoys farcical Western Propaganda.
This user likes beer.
This user believes in the
National Health Service
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This user believes in the
Great Pumpkin
fr-4 This user speaks bloody good French.
es-4 This user speaks bloody good Spanish too.
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eo-3 This user speaks fairly good Esperanto.
ca-3 This user speaks fairly good Catalan.
zh-0 After more than ten years in Taiwan, this user has learnt about twenty words of Chinese.
Open book 01.png "Why is a raven like a writing desk?"

- Lewis Carroll

My name is Simon. I acquired the nickname Spud when I was a tiny tot due to my fondness for mashed potato.

I'm from England. I was born in 1973 in Stratford-upon-Avon, which most definitely was the birthplace of the world's greatest writer, in spite of what some people might say.

Since 1997, I have been teaching English as a foreign language. I have lived and worked in Turkey, Poland and Japan. Since 2003, I have been teaching children in a small private language school in a village in northern Taiwan.

I have been a RationalWiki editor since September 2011. I was elected to the RationalWiki Foundation Board of Trustees in August 2017. I was elected as an alternate in the moderator election of January 2018 and became a mod in June 2018 after a resignation.

Can I count on your vote?[edit]

Future.gif As an elected Moderator on RationalWiki: I, Spud, pledge to only rename users if they ask for it, or have unfunny usernames.
I furthermore pledge that if I do something wrong, it can't be me, because if the moderator does it, it is not a crime. I promise to do my job to the best of my ability.
BrainMop.png As a confirmed mustard jar for taking on this job as a Sysop on RationalWiki: I, Spud, pledge to only block users if they ask for it, or insert unfunny vandalism.
I furthermore pledge that if I indulge in secret private conversations about you, we will make a formal report to the mob. Is that all?
If you impugn my motives without warrant, or challenge my "AUTHORITY", er, there is nothing I can or will do.