Thursday, August 04, 2005


Memes and Car Talk

Still desperate to launch a meme, today I drove past an office building with a big sign naming the accountants housed within:
"Baker and Launder, Accounting, Tax and Financial Advising."
What could be more excellent than an accountant named "Launder"? With minor adjustments, I've sent an email to "Personnel Department Suggestions" on the web site for Car Talk.
Accounting services provided by Cooke, Books and Launder.
If you listen to Car Talk (all you Boston bloggers!), keep an ear out for it over the next few weeks, would you? If they use it, you'll know where they got it.

There are of course lots of real life examples of people whose names match up with their jobs in funny ways that rival the "Personnel Department" in the Car Talk end credits.

Such as: Federal District Judge William Wayne Justice; Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire; and the research biologist who has written on sexual harassment and male aggression (see, e.g., Sex, power, confict: Evolutionary and feminist perspectives, pp.231-268. NY: Oxford U. Press), Professor M.V. Studd (who is also the author of "Sexual selection and variation in reproductive strategy in male Yellow Warblers").

UPDATE: Here's the email I got from Car Talk. Keep your fingers crossed!
Thank you for your contributions to our staff roster here at Dewey, Cheetham and Howe. We greatly appreciate your referral. Dewey, Cheetham and Howe is an equally opportunistic employer-- we take advantage of anybody we can.

We have high turnover and a lot of people always seem to be on vacation here at DCH, so we're always hiring! In fact, right now we're looking for a new personnel director. Our current personnel director, Hiram N. Phyram is about to be fired. Turns out, he hasn't shown up for work for 137 consecutive days. Who knew? Last we heard, he was headed out for a double cheeseburger.

Thanks for writing.


Tom and Ray Magliozzi
Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers

Laughing! I should have asked you when I was trying (and failing) to come up with a clever name for the acounting firm that tallies up the whining votes.

I love the show, but am not a reliable radio listener. Surely they carry it in the People's Republic of Madison? If not, you can always check online

(an extra, to put in "acounting" [sic] above)
I'm a first timer here, so I don't know the background. With that caveat in mind, this is hilarious and I can only hope they're that witty.
I actually have a friend whose father's name was Blaise, and he was the head of the volunteer fire department. Yikes.
and in the world of sociobiology, a U Penn expert is named Lionel Tiger.
All I can come up with right now is the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, named after a former NJ governor. And yes, it did a couple of years ago.
Cool--I was just trying to think of this name to fill in a story for a friend, but only thought of it after reading this post. Oscar. Thanks! "Dr. Hunt" was the name of the infectious disease specialist called in to consult about the non-obvious origin of fluid build-up in one of my mother's joints earlier this year. ~jlp
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Don't forget Wisconsin's own Justice Crooks!
There's an eye doctor in Sturgeon Bay named Dr. Wienkers -- yep, pronounced "winkers."
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