Join Us For Fine Academic Names with Zephyr Teachout & Richard Titball!

Hello Funny Names fans! It’s been a good week for people with funny names, and by extension, those who enjoy learning about funny names. We take a special look at the names of very smart people today, by way of coincidence and because why the hell not!

In New York, a Democratic primary election for the governor’s office had a surprisingly close race as incumbent Andrew Cuomo just beat off challenger Zephyr Teachout, a law professor at Fordham University with a brilliant name and some apparently good ideas. The oddly named Teachout (whose middle name is Rain) captured a solid 34% of the vote, far more than predicted by “experts”. Expect to see more of this fantastic name here in the near future.

The wonderful Zephyr Teachout, whose political ambitions may or may not match that of similarly named President of the Universe Zaphod Beeblebrox.

The wonderful Zephyr Teachout, whose political ambitions may or may not match that of similarly named President of the Universe Zaphod Beeblebrox.

The 2014 MacArthur “Genius” grant recipients were also announced this week, and they delightfully included the labor organizer Ai-jen Poo. Also hippity-hopping his way to a grant were lawyer Jonathan Rapping, rhyming historian Tara Zahra, and tea drinkers’ favorite Pamela O. Long. Long, the MacArthur Foundation tells us, has been “challenging our understanding of the role of scholarship and craftsmanship in Renaissance societies and demonstrating how technologies are deeply enmeshed within the broader cultural fabric” for some time. This, I believe, is really cool. You tell me.

Sticking with our academic theme, we were recently alerted to molecular microbiologist Dr. Richard Titball, at the fine Exeter University. We do not know if he shortens the first name to Dick, but we can only hope. By the way, next time you’re at your local bookstore (which is probably Amazon.com now wherever you are, whoops), pick up a copy of Dr. Titball et al.’s work “Insect infection model for Campylobacter jejuni reveals that O-methyl phosphoramidate has insecticidal activity”. True pageturner.

And finally, we wrap up our coverage with a little trip to real estate, where Neil Patrick Harris’ house in L.A was sold by an agent named Monty Iceman. Would you buy a house from a man named Monty Iceman? Heck, I think I’d specifically seek him out. You know, if I could afford a $3 million house that Neil Patrick Harris used to own. Happy Friday!

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About Arto

Co-founder of the Funny Names Blog, Hawaiian shirt enthusiast, and holder of a funny name himself with too many vowels for any sensible person. Currently residing in San Diego, California, scouring through obscure documents on a hunt for more funny names. www.funnynamesblog.wordpress.com
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14 Responses to Join Us For Fine Academic Names with Zephyr Teachout & Richard Titball!

  1. ksbeth says:

    i cannot get beyond dick titball. he was destined for greatness. I’m really hoping they make his book into a movie, cannot wait!

  2. kerbey says:

    I bet he’s tired of The Iceman Cometh jokes. Ai-jen Poo could be aging poo or Asian poo or event Agent Poo. For years, I thought the song was “Secret Asian Man.” How did you know the name of the president of the universe?

    • Arto says:

      Secret Asian Man…now there’s a TV show! I’d imagine having Poo as a last name might have caused some sniggers here and there, but hey, she’s got a genius grant and I don’t so shows you names don’t stop you!

      As for the President, he and I are on good terms following a summer camp in a distant galaxy a while ago.

  3. Zephyr Rain Teachout. . .I know we’ll see more of her. Great post, Arto!

  4. amac says:

    This was fantastic..vintage funny names!!

  5. Liz says:

    truly awesome names here, Arto. You have a knack! I also like the thought of Rapping, Zahra, and Long hippity-hopping their way to a grant. Look at them go 🙂

  6. Arto says:

    That should be a requirement for receiving the grant, a bunny hop up to the podium. If they have a podium for this sort of thing. Probably not. Still, more hippity-hopping is always welcome.

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