The FREAKest Links: “4real Wayne Smith” Edition

Here’s even more support for Levitt’s theory about the frequency of criminals having the middle name “Wayne”: Australian Christopher Wayne Hudson was arrested outside Melbourne and charged with triple homicide. (Hat Tip: Caty Harris.)

Via CNN: Two New Zealand parents have been forbidden by the country’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages from naming their son “4real,” under the reasoning that numerals aren’t permitted in first names. (Hat tip: Ryan Hayhurst.)

And, in non-name news: the International Symposium on Forecasting begins this Sunday, gathering economists, financial analysts, and scientists to wrestle with the predictive possibilities for climate change, sports, and investing.

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  1. LiteraryMonkey says:

    Why on earth would parents want to name their child “4real”? I mean, seriously. “Winner” and “Loser” are bad enough, but now we’re adding numerals into the mix?

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  2. LiteraryMonkey says:

    Why on earth would parents want to name their child “4real”? I mean, seriously. “Winner” and “Loser” are bad enough, but now we’re adding numerals into the mix?

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  3. davez says:

    This has occurred so much that “News of the Weird” has retired the Wayne middle name killer story.

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  4. davez says:

    This has occurred so much that “News of the Weird” has retired the Wayne middle name killer story.

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  5. Davey says:

    A radio talk show host here in North Carolina carries this idea a little further. He calls it the “Wayne/Lee/Ray conundrum”. He says most criminals seem to have one of those three middle names. Billy Wayne Smith. Billy Lee Smith. Billy Ray Smith. It sure seems to be true.

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  6. Davey says:

    A radio talk show host here in North Carolina carries this idea a little further. He calls it the “Wayne/Lee/Ray conundrum”. He says most criminals seem to have one of those three middle names. Billy Wayne Smith. Billy Lee Smith. Billy Ray Smith. It sure seems to be true.

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  7. matamoros says:

    I wonder how the Waynes will feel when they hear about this research? Sort of reminds me of poor old Uncie Herb in the Simpsons, he was rich and successful until he found out that was one of them.
    Maybe we should keep it to ourselves???

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  8. matamoros says:

    I wonder how the Waynes will feel when they hear about this research? Sort of reminds me of poor old Uncie Herb in the Simpsons, he was rich and successful until he found out that was one of them.
    Maybe we should keep it to ourselves???

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