Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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If you are one of the other two people in the USA who, like me, don’t own a television, you might be interested to watch yesterday’s Kentucky Derby. I know I was interested to see it, especially because a longshot with the absolutely stupid name, Mine That Bird, won easily (but in a rather slow time). As I said yesterday, it’s too bad that the impressive filly, Rachel Alexandra, wasn’t in this race because I think she would have easily beaten the entire crowd of boys, which comprise a poor crop of colts overall [10:09]


  1. #1 Ian Paulsen
    May 3, 2009

    If you say “Mine That Bird” fast enough, it sounds like: Mynah bird. So you could say a bird won the Kentucky Derby!

  2. #2 ER Doc
    May 4, 2009

    “Mine That Bird” is a somewhat stupid name on its own, but in context it’s a cute play on his sire’s name, “Birdstone”.

  3. #3 "GrrlScientist"
    May 4, 2009

    well, i thought birdstone was a really stupid name, too. but hey, the people who breed (and name) racehorses for a living only have to be rich, but not smart.

    and his dam’s name was Mining My Own, so naming her offspring “Mine That Bird” suggests to me that the people who named that horse were just playing name roulette and didn’t have much happening between their ears when filling out those registration forms.

    oh, wait, maybe they were STONED when they thought up the horse’s name?


    cough, choke.

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