Proving that if we can’t learn from the past, at least we can laugh at it: it’s blorgchiving.
1954 — Betcha didn’t know Alma Mater had a big hunk of rock named after her hanging around in outer space. 1570 Brunonia 1948 TX is a “minor planet,” now known as “small solar system body” (thanks a lot, IAU) — but you probably would know it better as an asteroid, and one small part of the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Doesn’t it give new meaning to your short time here to know the school has a namesake space ambassador, ready at any time to threaten us all with Bruce Willis and Liv Tyler? But we shouldn’t feel too special — the asteroid belt isn’t exactly a country club, judging from this list of minor planet names. We’re looking at you, 48650 Kazanuniversity and 9704 Georgebeekman. For more random things named after Brown, check out the entry for the Brown University Glacier in the Encyclopedia Brunoniana.
After the jump, twin terrors: neckties in the Ratty and blow-up lizards on Wriston! [Read more →]