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Postby skullturfq » Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:49 pm

If a letter appears at all in his name, it appears more than once.

Can you help me think of other famous names that qualify? Sirhan Sirhan is kind of a boring one.

Something like Dave Davies doesn't quite work, since neither the I nor the S appear more than once.
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Postby skullturfq » Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:56 pm

Emma Samms is a close call -- it works except for that lousy E!
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Postby Don WW » Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:43 pm

Geez, skullturfq, I saw this topic and I thought, "Oh, shit, Leslie Nielsen is dead."

Hey, maybe next time you can post "Leslie Nielsen is surely not dead."

And don't call me Shirley.

And the n appears only once.
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Postby Neel Mehta » Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:54 am

Don WW wrote:And the n appears only once.


Yes, but it's balanced out by the capital N.
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Postby Don WW » Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:05 am

Note to self: new glasses. Or new brain.
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Postby Bill » Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:02 am

I also thought Leslie Nielsen was dead when I saw the post subject.

Hanna Hall
George Ross
(in the distant future) Pope Leo L

This is much harder than this was.
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Postby skullturfq » Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:11 am

Carroll O'Connor is a near miss (the A is the only problem).
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Postby Whatsahoe » Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:45 pm

If I understand this, then Galileo Galilei is almost a fit, right? :?
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Not under his birth name...

Postby SMWinnie » Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:14 pm

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Postby titaniferous » Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:31 pm

It's an assumed name and fails the Sirhan Sirhan dullness test, but I feel compelled to mention Robert Trebor.
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Postby skullturfq » Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:49 pm

I don't know who SMWinnie's photo is.
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Postby TheConfessor » Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:52 pm

skullturfq wrote:I don't know who SMWinnie's photo is.


It's -- George Soros.
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Postby bwouns » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:38 pm

Bob and George are particularly useful names for this. There's also Bob Ross.
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Postby skullturfq » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:58 pm

bwouns wrote:Bob and George are particularly useful names for this. There's also Bob Ross.


Almost -- there's only one R!
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Postby bwouns » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:01 pm

Its funny how easy it is to miss these things. Silly me.
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Postby TheConfessor » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:08 pm

I forget the first name of the guy who won all those Jeopardy tournaments, so I just call him that Rutter Dude.
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Postby skullturfq » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:11 pm

This seems to be a difficult topic. We may have to expand, and allow brand names, movie and song titles, and so on.

"Coca-Cola Classic"

almost works, except there's only one I.
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Postby skullturfq » Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:55 pm

He's not very famous among the non-hockey-fan population, but there's an NHL player I've actually mentioned before on these boards who qualifies: Yan Stastny.
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Postby mavman » Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:02 pm

Surely someone could write a quick perl script (given a list of famous people) to see who qualifies.

To me, the most interesting fact about this is that Neilsen remains the only really well-known person who qualifies, and he does not have an obviously special name, from a wordplay point of view. You would think that Robbie Robertson, Billy Williams, Ben Bernanke, or Dave Davies would fit some fun category ( none fit this one) but nothing about the name Leslie Neilsen really jumps out as phonetically unusual.
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Postby Bill » Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:18 pm

mavman wrote:Surely someone could write a quick perl script (given a list of famous people) to see who qualifies.

To me, the most interesting fact about this is that Neilsen remains the only really well-known person who qualifies, and he does not have an obviously special name, from a wordplay point of view. You would think that Robbie Robertson, Billy Williams, Ben Bernanke, or Dave Davies would fit some fun category ( none fit this one) but nothing about the name Leslie Neilsen really jumps out as phonetically unusual.


I take your point about Leslie Neilsen's name, but I don't agree that he remains the only really well-known person who qualifies. George Soros is pretty well known. And though you may not have known Hanna Hall's name, you've probably done an impression of her at some point in your life ("Run, Forrest! Run!").

And if you haven't, you should. It's fun.
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Postby marpocky » Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:29 pm

For a while I was unsure whether Leslie Nielsen's name was spelled nIElsen or nEIlsen. I was hoping for the latter, since then his name would be palindromic, except for the first/last letters.

Emma Samms and Dr. Dre meet this qualification though.
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Postby SMWinnie » Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:16 am

Bill wrote:I take your point about Leslie Neilsen's name, but I don't agree that he remains the only really well-known person who qualifies. George Soros is pretty well known.
According to the unchallenged, unquestioned and completely accurate arbiter of such matters:
  • There are 1.0 million Google hits on Leslie Nielsen.
  • There are 1.8 million Google hits on György Schwartz, at least under the name his family adopted when he was six.
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Postby Bill » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:07 am

SMWinnie wrote:
Bill wrote:I take your point about Leslie Neilsen's name, but I don't agree that he remains the only really well-known person who qualifies. George Soros is pretty well known.
According to the unchallenged, unquestioned and completely accurate arbiter of such matters:
  • There are 1.0 million Google hits on Leslie Nielsen.
  • There are 1.8 million Google hits on György Schwartz, at least under the name his family adopted when he was six.


And - in an unsettling illustration of how the Internet really works - 1.3 million Google hits on Hanna Hall.
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Postby TheConfessor » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:32 am

Philip Hill was pretty famous in his day, though most people called him Phil. And then there's Otto III.
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Postby dmmx3 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:45 pm

Akbar the Great kinda works, as long as you use his full name and title: Al-Sultan al-'Azam wal Khaqqan al-Mukarram, Imam-i-'Adil, Sultan ul-Islam Kaffatt ul-Anam, Amir ul-Mu'minin, Khalifat ul-Muta'ali Abu'l-Fath Jalal ud-din Muhammad Akbar I Sahib-i-Zaman, Padshah Ghazi Zillu'llah
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