Nerd alert

by John Q on March 14, 2009

According the Wikipedia front page yesterday “… author Guillaume Prévost created The Book of Time series to help children understand that history can be fascinating?”

I wonder how many readers, at the critical point in this sentence, expected “econometrics” in the place of “history”? I think I need to get out more.



John Holbo 03.14.09 at 1:50 pm

Ethel the aardvark went down to the river to do some regression analysis …


Eszter Hargittai 03.14.09 at 1:59 pm

Even after I read “history” I still assumed this was about stats. Oops…


John Quiggin 03.15.09 at 1:05 am

JH … but on the way she met a quantity theorist.
EH … Pwned! I think you’re the automatic winner of this thread.


Twisted_Colour 03.15.09 at 4:32 am

I was expecting “potatoes,” but that’s just me.


chuk 03.15.09 at 6:42 am

Oh god! After considerable cognitive dissonance–checking the post, rechecking the post, checking the wiki page, rechecking the wiki-page, rechecking the post…”No, this just looks like a run of the mill children’s book…Oooooooooooh!”–I see now that I am in the same boat as EH.


kid bitzer 03.15.09 at 10:00 pm

well, you did cheat a bit by extending the underlining under the word “series”, as well.

if the underline had stopped at “time”, then the syntactic break might have been more evident, even to the stats-obsessed reader.


John Quiggin 03.16.09 at 11:42 am

KB, the link was like that on Wikipedia. That’s why it fooled me.

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