The S. Fred Award....
Almost everyone is familiar with Pauli's remark about something that was so off base that it was "Not even wrong". But if there is one thing that the INTERNET has taught us it is that there is a never, never land out there that is far beyond. Whether due to,
- Zero K memory.
- Plays solitaire... for cash.
- Sort of like an inverse Einstein.
- Suffers from Clue Deficit Disorder.
- An experiment in Artificial Stupidity.
- Doesn't quite sample at the Nyquist rate.
- Unclear which of Newton's three laws of motion keeps his ears apart.
Johannes Goropius Becanus (1519-1572) was a Dutch physician, linguist, and humanist......The Rabett Institute is proud to open nominations for the first annual S. Fred, named after S. Fred Singer, the fellow with the unstoppable hot air machine who believes, a 1500 year climate cycle rules, still not sure that CFCs have anything to do with ozone depletion and that tobacco smoke is fine for your health (and his profits).
Goropius dedicated himself to studying antiquity during this time, and became fluent in many languages. Goropius theorized that Antwerpian Flemish, or Brabantic, spoken in the region between the Scheldt and Meuse Rivers, was the original language spoken in Paradise.
A corollary of this theory was that all languages derived ultimately from Brabantic. The Latin word for “oak,” quercus, Goropius derived from werd-cou (“keeps out cold”); the Hebrew name “Noah” he derived from nood (“need”). Goropius also believed that Adam and Eve were Brabantic names (from Hath-Dam, or “dam against hate"; and Eu-Vat, “barrel from which people originated,” or from Eet-Vat, “oath-barrel,” respectively). Another corollary was the placement of the Garden of Eden itself in the Brabant region. In the book known as Hieroglyphica, Goropius also proved to his satisfaction that Egyptian hieroglyphics represented Brabantic.
Leibniz, himself no stranger to strange ideas about language, is said to have recognized the transcendent quality of this work by coining the French verb goropizer ("goropize") to mean "invent absurd etymologies". So it's fitting that in honor of Dr. Goropius Becanus, an anonymous benefactor has endowed the prestigious Goropius Becanus Prize, awarded to people or organizations who have made outstanding contributions to linguistic misinformation.
The competition is hard guys, nominated by acclimation are:
- Diplom Beck proving CO2 concentrations over smokestacks in the 1940s were higher than they are today globally.
- Willis Eschenbach and the moving line
but the favorite has to be
- Monckton of Blenchley whose climate analysis has now found its home in a flying saucer mag.