I mean, really:

Inauguration of Frederick Tiberius Weinstein

Database administrator Barbara Faye Dunning was presumably not impressed.

(Via FAILBlog’s WIN!)


  1. McGehee »

    6 June 2011 · 9:56 am

    Wilbur Timothy Franklin now wishes he hadn’t paid for his kid’s diploma from that place.

  2. nightfly »

    6 June 2011 · 10:46 am

    Roberta O’Flaherty-Larson is not amused.

  3. Dan B »

    6 June 2011 · 11:36 am

    Linda Mallory Anderson-O’Connor is looking elsewhere for employment.

  4. fillyjonk »

    6 June 2011 · 11:55 am

    I suspect that Lauren Olsen-Laramie at least got a snicker out of it.

    (Tiberius? Is he a classicist, or just a really big fan of Classic Star Trek?)

  5. CGHill »

    6 June 2011 · 12:00 pm

    J.D. from Yale; doesn’t indicate one way or another, I suspect.

  6. Kirk »

    6 June 2011 · 12:20 pm

    I’ll just note for the record here that this particular “news” item originally appeared in the Brandeis student newspaper on, what was that date again? Oh yes, April 1, 2011…..

  7. CGHill »

    6 June 2011 · 12:22 pm

    But of course. This is why I didn’t jump right in and fix Dr Lawrence’s Wikipedia page. :)

  8. fillyjonk »

    6 June 2011 · 3:05 pm

    I kinda figured as much; that banner looked (badly) photoshopped. But I’m still sad it’s not a real news story. (Then again, from what I have read of ancient Rome, I’m not sure I’d want a dude who thinks Tiberius is an ideal middle name as my college president.)

  9. CGHill »

    6 June 2011 · 3:12 pm

    The thing of it is, so much of academia is flaky these days that even the silliest stories (and this ranks fairly high on the Silly Scale) have the ring of truth.

    I didn’t check the thing’s papers on first reading, I admit, but I would have hated to kill it just for, um, a lack of verifiability: if this were the custom nationwide, most of the government would have to shut down. (Maybe I should have killed it for that reason.) Besides, I got the desired result, which was a bevy of similarly-manipulated names.

  10. Vickie »

    6 June 2011 · 5:34 pm

    This smacks of Piled higher. and Deeper.
    Period placed purposefully.
    Though your readers didn’t need me to say that.

  11. Tom »

    7 June 2011 · 9:05 am

    In the movie “Patton,” the General pulls up in his jeep which has a rigid flag on a front fender displaying WTF. It was immediately following the thrashing at the Kasserine Pass, so perhaps it was appropriate. But I think it might have been something else. Any guesses?

  12. CGHill »

    7 June 2011 · 10:52 am

    “Western Task Force” seems at least plausible.

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