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  • Ha ha! I love a chortling boffin.

    September 25, 2008

  • FINALLY, Clive Teale's suggestion that a conference of "polinymous" scientists - those with names of towns - should take place in the Lincolnshire village of Mavis Enderby (23 August) has prompted James Brown to inform us that a local wit has enlivened the signpost that says "To Mavis Enderby and Old Bolingbroke" by adding the words "the gift of a son".

    From issue 2675 of New Scientist magazine, 24 September 2008, page 76

    September 25, 2008