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8:08 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Ever since I saw the Marx Brothers movie with the legal firm of "Dewey, Cheatham and Howe" I've been fascinated by real world people whose names match what they do. This week I ran into four:

1. Google's spokesperson for their new Speed initiative is Richard Rabbat.

2. A Science Channel documentary about the "biggest explosions in the universe" was narrated by John Shrapnel.

3. A Weather Channel documentary about hurricanes changing behavior over water and inland featured Dr. Chris Landsea.

4. And the one that always makes me chuckle is the infomercial for a pivoting board that turns you upside down to decompress the spine - invented by Roger Teeter.

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I remember getting letters from Readers Digest telling me i'd won some fabulous prize. It was signed by Tom Champagne. That seemed rather appropriate to me.

And, of course, the racing driver called Scott Speed.

This is true only in the sense that Private Eye made it up. ;) Their firm of lawyers was Sue, Grabbit and Runne. LOL

I can see this is going to be a classic thread.

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Sometimes it's the other way round. In my neigbourhood we have "Butcher's Bakery".
9:09 pm on June 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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the head rowing coach at my school was called: mr rosewell
10:34 pm on June 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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At college my geology instructor was Miss Galena (galena is lead ore).
2:39 am on June 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Cardinal Sin (head of the Catholic church in the Phillipines) must get a mention.
3:37 am on June 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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There's a chartered accountant in Brandon, Manitoba named Buck Warner.
3:49 am on June 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I know two people that work in a prison.

One is Corporal Trustee.

The other is Seargent Keepers.

Long ago, in another life, I knew a psychiatrist who worked in a State mental institution - Dr. McNutt.

Odd world we live in...

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And, of course, the racing driver called Scott Speed.

If my memory doesn't betray me (it often does), he was sacked mid-season from his formula 1 seat, apparently because he wasn't speedy enough.

6:39 am on June 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Ah, the subject of 'Nominative Determinism' [webmasterworld.com] has cropped up here before.

Funny how I can recall that thread and not something that happened five minutes ago :-)

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Near where I live there was a doctor called Donald Duck (honest! he is now retired). I wonder how many times he had to listen to comments about being a quack?

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7:39 am on June 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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cropped up here before.

You have a better memory than me Syz. I contributed to the last thread and I had no memory of it.

Brett Tabke(y) I like - LOL!

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Historically people got their names from the jobs that they did. Often times when immigrating they misspelled the foreign names so there are many versions of one name. Hence the reason that there are so many Smith's, Carpenter's, Baker's, Barber's, etc.
:)
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there was a nascar driver named lake speed.
fortunately dick trickle is also a nascar driver.
tiger woods is a golfer.
there is a television weather reader in los angeles named dallas raines.

kind of a twist, but my first pediatrician was a dr. geisel - we called him dr. suess after theodore geisel.
my second pediatrician was named dr. haydock.

on a tangent, there was a freshman dormitory at my school named after a mr. hall.
of course the dormitory was named hall hall.
the dorm across the quad often had a "hall hall sucks sucks!" chant going.

10:27 am on June 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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My librarian at senior school was called Mrs. Storey.
10:48 am on June 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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MySpace Chief Exec...Owen Van Natta
12:04 pm on June 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Seinfeld said if you're parents name you Jeeves, they've pretty much mapped out your life for you.
9:47 pm on June 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Funny how I can recall that thread and not something that happened five minutes ago :-)

Maybe when that thread happened the triad of celestial bodies were aligned... :-)

I always liked Chris Moneymaker, the 2003 WSOP champion...

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Musn't forget the BBC Radio 4 [bbc.co.uk] Gardening programme experts:
    Bob Flowerdew
    Anne Swithinbank
    Pippa Greenwood
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A relatively famous Dutch football (soccer for those in the US) player -he's currently a coach- is named Leo Beenhakker. "Been" in Dutch means "leg", "hakker" in Dutch means "chopper". And yes he was known for his less than gentleman playing style outside of the Netherlands doign his name all possible justice.
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I had a chemistry teacher in high school named Mr. Gardner. Really nice guy, still alive, surprisingly.
7:43 am on July 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Chemistry? Gardner?
10:39 am on July 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Obviously in the wrong job!
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LOL, yeah, I know. His daughter teaches at the middle school I went to. Shame, I should have gotten with her back then! LOL
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The fellow that pops in my mind was an elderly man who worked for a custom luggage company (as a musician I often needed custom cases made for new gear). His name was Justin Case.
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I always wondered how my childhood dentist (and his brother who was also a dentist in the same practice), ever survived in the dentistry business named Mr Screech. When they hired an assistant called Mr Payne I decided they were probably doing it on purpose.
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good one!
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Elliot "Storm" Field was a television weather reader in NY.
2:37 am on July 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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LA has some weatherman called Dallas Rains. You seriously wonder what these people's parents were thinking at the time...

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A while ago the top Orthopaedic Surgeon in Sydney, Australia, was a Dr Killingback. True!

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