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Thomas Crapper

[Nominative determinism] refers to amusing instances where people’s names coincidentally reflect some aspect of their jobs, professions or lives. – Webster’s Online Dictionary The great Thomas Crapper is perhaps one of the greatest examples of nominative determinism (along with hurdler Marina … Continue reading

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Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton

“Foremost Female Physical Culturist, Writer, Authority on Feminine Figure Contouring, Cover Girl.”  So read the business card of one Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton, a pioneer of female bodybuilding and weight lifting in the 1940s and 1950s. She also briefly ran a … Continue reading

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Fritzi Burger

Figure skating. A noble sport of beautiful motion, musical movements on ice, leg-breaking thugs, and scandalous judging decisions. Ah, sounds like every good sport of the last hundred years. To be perfectly honest, I am no expert on figure skating, … Continue reading

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Return J. Meigs, Jr.

One of the greatest qualities of people with odd names is their tendency to pass them on. From the seven Outerbridge Horseys to Clarence Birdseye II to Arthur, son of Arthur, son of Arthur, son of Arthur, keeping a family naming … Continue reading

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