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      CommentAuthorSmudge
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2009
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    Well, I guess we're covered in the eventuality...

    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/08/zombies/
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2009
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    Yeah, everyone listen to the guy who isn't even sure of his own name...

    One of the authors wrote in to clarify that though most of the authors are students as I had guessed, he is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. And he spells his name Robert J. Smith? with the question mark on the end, as reflected in the corrected citation below.
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      CommentAuthorSmudge
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2009
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    He's a man of mystery as well as science.
    • CommentAuthoratavistian
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2009
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    If I shared a name with the lead singer from The Cure, I'd be unsure about owning up to it myself.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2009
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    Apparently the ? is to differentiate him from the Cure frontman. Perfectly reasonable, no?
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2009
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    No.

    It's clearly to draw attention to the fact that he's got the same name as Fat Bob of the Cure, whilst also being pretentious, as it's something people will notice and comment on. If he actually cared, and it were likely to be an issue, the middle initial would be enough.

    Anyway, zombies, huh?
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2009
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    But then one of my favourite groups has a member called ?uestlove....
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    @sneak046 The rules are different for black people, they can have symbols and punctuation.