55 Comments


  1. Cool. And thanks for making the obvious joke. We’re gonna have a great flippin’ time!

  2. Keith

    I will take this opportunity to take the family to Lehigh Gorge and flip a few rocks. I think my middle kiddlet, Bob, is now old enough to walk up to the falls by himself.


  3. so many bad joke fragments pop into my mind, like turning over a mental rock to find all these squirming half-thoughts, none complete enough to share.

    grand idea. i like it. my favorite rocks to flip are exposed by low tide, but i’ll try rocks in the garden or woods too.



  4. I am exited. Now I have to find the right rock to flip. And I need to practice. My neighbor has a flower garden with concrete stepping stone. He is on vacation now. So if I sneak over there tonight and look under some stepping stone, I could get a few practice flips in before the big day.


  5. Great idea. Hopefully something is lurking under our rocks. I think I’ll wait until the big day to find out.



  6. suzanne – Great!

    Keith – You know, I’m not sure I”ve ever been to the Lehigh Gorge. Sounds like a spectacular place, but a bit too far for someone from central PA to get to in one day and still have time to hike. Anyway, good plan.

    Fred – I’ll bet you were one of those kids who just couldn’t wait until Christmas, weren’t you? Checking out the presents before they were wrapped…

    Brett – Glad you’re on board. Damn, I think we already have enough people committed to this project to make it interesting, even if it doesn’t spread virally across the blogosphere (which would be cool too, of course). Will you tell your kids in advance, though? They might be like Fred, unable to contain themselves!


  7. This has already created a blog post: my post today was orginally built around the image of turning over the rock of the mind, and looking at all the thoughts wriggling around under there. But the image turned out to be scaffolding; when I was done building I tore it down. Hopefully I’ll turn over other rocks by September 2nd :-)


  8. Sounds great, Dave. I’ll be visiting friends in Connecticut that weekend, but I’ll do it if I remember. If it’s a beach stone, there may not be much under it. Will try to find something suitable. One could always stretch it to something more metaphorical, I suppose. Looking forward to what everyone finds.


  9. I’ll flip, too.
    Maybe by that time, we’ll have had a break in the heat. We’re getting a series of 100 degree days right now and not a drop of rain–I think everything’s gone deeeeeeeeep!


  10. I will try to represent the UK with honour on the great day. Maybe ‘rock’ might be a bit of grand description for what I shall have to settle for. Large-ish domestic stone is more likely to do it.


  11. I’m a life-long rock picker and flipper, so count me in. I’ll flip some rocks here in Kin.

    (learned about your blog from Brett’s)

    Alejandra



  12. Dave, do you allow cheating? I mean, could I do the flip sometime this weekend, take the photo and save it to upload on the official date? The reason is that I have to walk to a park to find a rock and I won’t have time to do this on The Rock-Flipping Day. I do have bowls full of lots of small stones I’ve saved from trips to various beaches but the only thing underneath them is more small stones.
    I love the project.


  13. What if there’s nobody macroscopic at home? I’m hoping for a nice rattlesnake, but you never know with rocks.


  14. dale – I’m glad to hear that the project is inspiring good blog posts already! I even ended up smorgasblogging that one.

    leslee – Metaphorical stretches are entirely up to the participants. The main purpose of having fairly strict rules, in my mind, is to keep the thing from becoming too unfocused and amorphous. But rules should always be treated merely as guidelines, I think – well, you know my politics. :) One way or another, I hope you can participate.

    Nina – Congratulations on a very beautiful blog. You raise a good point; I don’t know how the heat will effect things. We’ve actually had a cooler-than-average summer here, with only two, shortish heat waves to date. (Guess we’re due for another one starting tomorrow.)

    Dick – And I can’t think of anyone better than a former rock and roller to represent the UK.

    ale – That’s awesome! I’ll be very interested to learn what dwells under rocks in central Africa.

    Natalie – See my reply to Leslee. Do what you can. I really appreciate your enthusiasm.

    Rebecca – My first answer would be, flip more rocks until you find something. But if you look under two dozen rocks and don’t find anything, that in itself would be worth blogging about, no?


  15. Dave, I always opened my presents first. How did you know? I was always very carefull. By the way, I also like to take the chocolates out of those nice gift boxes, turn them over and poke my finger in the bottom to see what is inside. Of course , I would then carefully replace the ones that I did not want to eat. When cheese balls covered with nuts were at a buffet in our home I would inspect them before the party. Th best way to do that is to turn them over and eat some of the cheese from the bottom of the ball and then replace it on the table with hole facing down.


  16. Wow, you were devious! I remember one time my brothers and I took the entire bottom half-inch off a 9 x 13″ casserole dish full of uncut bar cookies by carefully upending it onto a cookie tray. Mom never noticed.



  17. Would have been better in the spring here. Well, it’s be a bad year for rain.

    What if you flip a rock and there’s a rattlesnake underneath? (Run like hell!)


  18. I hadn’t thought about poisonous snakes. Geez, I hope no one sues us! Our eastern timber rattlesnakes aren’t very aggressive, but that probably wouldn’t be true of other species. Then there’s scorpions and spiders…

    This was a spur-of-the-moment thing, but if there’s interest we could always have another one in April or so.


  19. You can always celebrate International Dadaism Month on September 18. Just cry “DADA!” and you have fulfilled the obligations of the holiday.


  20. I might see if i can induce my two-year-old niece to do that.


  21. Cephalopodcast.com - The Ocean Podcast



  22. My dear, late uncle Peter — my childhood mentor in things botanical and etymological (yes, words, not bugs) — introduced me to rock flipping a gazillion years ago. It’s how I first saw a salamander. Haven’t seen one since. I’ll have to participate in Peter’s memory !


  23. paula — That’ll be terrific! I’ll really look forward to seeing what you come up with.


  24. I created a quick web badge to accompany IRFD, if anyone is interested in using it. It is completely optional and complimentary.




  25. Charging up the camera battery (and mine), going to get the oil changed in the car…and thinking about where I’ll find exciting rocks.

    Stay tuned…


  26. If anyone’s having trouble finding Jason’s terrific badges, they’re here and here (click on “all sizes” to get the code).

  27. Holiday Weekend « Virginia Hughes


  28. I got a post up already. What flippin fun!
    I’ll have to out later and do a few more, it’s really raining at the moment. Just wanted to get one flipped for now.







  29. Dave, I’ve posted my entry on the Blaug, a day late but anyway. I guess I should go and post it to the Flickr site now.



  30. Dave,

    How strict are ya on the Sept. 2 part of it all. Assuming that you are, I look forward to the next.

    Thanks for all your great work and creativity.


  31. Shai, you can blog about rock-flipping any time you want! But International Rock-Flipping Day comes but once a year. (And we haven’t quite decided whether that will be September 2, or the first Sunday of September.)

  32. Cephalopodcast.com - The Ocean Podcast

  33. Finally got around to posting the video from my IRF Day efforts.


  34. Thank you for reminding people to replace the rock. In a recent post, I showed some of the damage done to glade habitats south of St. Louis by those who flipped rocks and failed to return them to their original position. In some cases it may not be so important, but it could be critical in others.

    Best regards — Ted

    1. Joe Public

      As Ted suggested please, please return rocks back to the position you found them *after* removing any snakes, salamanders, etc that are under them. You can use a stick to prod any snakes out from under the rock. If you’re not sure how to identify it, use a stick anyway just to be safe to gently move it. Set whatever you moved somewhere near the rock and it will go back under it most of the time. Don’t try to turn rocks over with snake hooks or sticks, that does not work and it will slip off and smash things. Use your hands.

Comments are closed.