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Snell's Law

  • 14th Dec, 2005 at 11:55 PM

You know how some people give their kids horrible names to torment them? I can only think of fictional ones like Bob Loblaw, Randy Giles, or Major Major Major; you know what I mean.

If I ever have children, you must prevent me from succumbing to the temptation of naming them after dead European physicists.

Boyles Law, Newtons Law, Bernoullis Law, Charles Law.

Oh, the nerdy ribbing would never stop.


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15th Dec, 2005 05:07 (UTC)

Consider your request granted.
15th Dec, 2005 05:18 (UTC)
No. I refuse. This idea is just too awesome. If I didn't like my surname already, I would consider changing it to Law, just for this.

Also, while I'm honoured you thought of physicists first, don't feel limited by them. You could name your kid Murphey.
15th Dec, 2005 14:07 (UTC)
Man, that kid would be permanently scarred.

"Daddy, are you sure I wasn't an 'accident'?"
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15th Dec, 2005 06:08 (UTC)
Arrested Development recently introduced a secondary character, a lawyer with that name.

The first time I watched it, the way the lines were delivered quickly I just heard "blahblahblah" several times until the show actually put his name in print on screen, at which point my head imploded because of how clever and ridiculously funny it was. On paper it probably seems like a cheap joke, but the way it was delivered (and if you don't know it going in) it really is great.
15th Dec, 2005 15:25 (UTC)
i heard a rumour that Bob Loblaw was the name of the man who owns the chain of Loblaws grocery stores. upon some quick internet research, his name is in fact "Robert Archer", but his company is "Robert Archer Loblaws Inc." which i suppose could lead to this sort of confusion. and just in case you were wondering: any store that sells President's Choice products is owned by Robert Archer Loblaws Inc. (Loblaws, No Frills, Zehrs, Dominion, and A&P to name a few)...
15th Dec, 2005 06:04 (UTC)
Clearly you've forgotten the best possible name ever:

15th Dec, 2005 06:10 (UTC)
That's the best one so far.
15th Dec, 2005 06:34 (UTC)
...not to forget Marshall's many siblings and cousins:

15th Dec, 2005 06:04 (UTC)

i remember my friend.... claw@uwaterloo.ca

He was the Craw... The Craw!!!

15th Dec, 2005 06:45 (UTC)
Bernoullis kind of has a ring to it. But you wouldn't want to be called Boyles.

Then there's Moores, Zipfs, Greshams, and Godwins.

In the SF field, there's Nivens and Clarkes. If you had three kids they could be called Clarks First, Clarks Second and Clarks Third.
15th Dec, 2005 08:31 (UTC)
My last name is Snell so I'm glad that wouldn't also have been my first name.

In undergrad, we had a prof named Professor White. He seriously named his daughter Snow. By itself, that's kinda pretty. I hope she grows up to be a kickass snarky tomboy.
15th Dec, 2005 10:06 (UTC)
i bet she grows up to be a kickass snarky porn star.
15th Dec, 2005 13:36 (UTC)
It would be difficult to choose a stage name, though. What could top "Snow White"?

Finding seven midgets to work with her is almost as challenging.
15th Dec, 2005 13:04 (UTC)
My mother knew someone when she was growing up the last name Glass. First name Water.

Rob's parents tease him that they were going to name him Donald. His last name is Dutt. Tee hee hee.

If you subscribe to the idea that being teased and being beat up and stuff builds character and makes kids stronger, then you can just go ahead ;) And really, they wouldn't get teased about it until they were at least in High School.
15th Dec, 2005 13:38 (UTC)
It depends, I think, on how smart your child's classmates are. I seem to recall name-teasing at around Grade 4.
15th Dec, 2005 15:23 (UTC)
I can beat any of that.

I went to school with a *girl* named Robyn Hood.
15th Dec, 2005 16:30 (UTC)
That's cruel!
15th Dec, 2005 17:27 (UTC)
OK, OK, here's a good one:


15th Dec, 2005 17:34 (UTC)
I think the "nerdy" name-teasing wouldn't start until the teasers actually learned about the scientific laws in question. Until then, it would just be immature teasing, I think.
15th Dec, 2005 17:45 (UTC)
in high school there was a guy in my gym class whos name was (Ikid you not) Ferkin Ackole.
There was another guy at my school who's name was Mike Hunt, but that only became funny when you slurred it.
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