I have another science humor piece in the Ideas Section of the Boston Globe today entitled The Arbesman Limit: How to be Famous in a Few Easy Steps. As before, we adapted this one from another article of mine in the Science Creative Quarterly.
My newest humor piece, Human Anatomy Terms That Sound Like Things You Would Go See on a Vacation, has just been published.
The Science Creative Quarterly has kindly published a humor piece of mine, entitled How to Get Your Own Scientific Eponym, and Introducing the Arbesman Limit. Please feel free to enjoy it.
As seen in this photograph from the New York Times, apparently a clubhouse guard has two right hands. Seems the Grey Lady is encroaching on the Enquirer’s territory.
And as a side note, this makes the guard literally ambidextrous.
I was recently in Scranton (home of, among other things, Dunder-Mifflin), and saw the large sign proclaiming Scranton as the Electric City. It is called this due to being one of the first electrified cities. Buffalo, also one of the first cities to have electric lighting, has the nickname the City of Light.
This all got me thinking: what are the nicknames of other cities? Here are Wikipedia’s list of city nicknames and list of American city nicknames. Both of these are large collections, although curiously, neither contains the nicknames I just mentioned (although presumably, being Wikipedia, this can be easily rectified). The list of city nicknames does have a great subset of agricultural and industrial capital nicknames though. For example, the Collar City (Troy, NY), Indoor Foliage Capital of the World (Apopka, FL), Horseradish Capital of the World (Tulelake, CA).
The title pretty much sums it up; this is a list of cities with weird names. And judging by the choices, I think it might have been compiled by a twelve-year-old. A brief selection: Chicken, Monkey’s Eyebrow, Raisin Center, Dexter by the Sea.