Friday, March 09, 2007

Not separated at birth

Last week I addressed the disturbing similarity between Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese and Randall Boggs of Monsters, Inc.

This week I'd like to do the opposite. That is, distinguish between two people that both laypersons and scholars are unable to tell apart: John Maynard Keynes and Maynard James Keenan.

For the record, John Maynard Keynes was a British economist who contributed significantly to our understanding of that field today. Maynard James Keenan is a rock musician best known as the lead singer of the bands Tool and A Perfect Circle. But yeah, it's easy to see how people get confused. There's no point putting up pictures; they're like twins.

Just for fun, try to guess which man said each of the following (use the comments for your answers):

1. "I would rather be vaguely right, than precisely wrong."
2. "I am just a worthless liar. I am just an imbecile."
3. "There has been no common purpose lately between nations or between classes, except for war."
4. "Someone feed the monkey while I dig in search of China."
5. "You must have spent much time eating apples and talking to the serpent!"
6. "I need to watch things die from a good safe distance."
7. "In the long run, we are all dead."

I'm not the first person to have to make this distinction (or use the last quote). That honor goes to Sam Logan, creator of the comic strip Sam and Fuzzy, at the bottom of this page.

55 Fiction Friday is often mistaken for TGI Friday's.

Recognizing imminent defeat, the Persian general summoned the scribe. He characterized the battle in great detail, and secured safe passage of the scrolls to England.

Still, he was concerned. "Will my tale be preserved for posterity?"

The scribe was confident. "Sir, generations will know it. With any luck, it will make a kick-ass graphic novel."

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