Quickies: Girls love science, chemtrails, and last names



Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. July 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm —

    Last names is kind of interesting. Like, with Indians, there are several sources of surnames. Some just seem random, like mine. (Though you could argue that Bryan Brewer ending Prohibition on Pine Ridge makes some Oglala Brewers’ name meaningful.)

    Others are pseudo=patronymic; there are five generations of Crow Dogs, all tracing to the original Crow Dog, who assassinated Spotted Tail, leading to the whole jurisdictional confusion that plagues reservations to this day. But the Lakota at least didn’t have surnames. And it’s tough to explain non-unilineal kinship exists to people schooled in years of pop anthropology.

  2. July 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm —

    I offered to give the Hellions The Girls last name, because why perpetuate another generation of elementary school teachers butchering Doench. But she insisted.

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