Nominative determinism 7 and other funniesWednesday, December 21, 2005
More nominative determinism, mainly from the Feedback column of New Scientist.
Vasectomy expert Dick Chopp has a colleague who specialises in penile prosthetics for sexual dysfunction. His name? Stephen Hardeman.
In an instance of quadruple nominative determinism, a book called "The Imperial Animal" was written by Lionel Tiger & Robin Fox.
The chair of aneaesthesiology and pain management at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois is one William J Tranquilli, while a climate scientist at Purdue University, Indiana who is predicting floods across the USA is named Noah Diffenbaugh.
Nothing to do with nominative determinism but I like singer Katie Melua's redrafted lyrics to the song "Nine Million Bicycles", rewritten after science writer Simon Singh of "Fermat's Last Theorem" fame complained the original was inaccurate:
"We are 13.7 billion light years from the edge of the observable universe, that's a good estimate, with well-defined error bars, and with the available information I predict that I will always be with you".
(See my other posts on nominative determinism.)
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