The FREAKest Links: John Jermajesty Jingleheimer Smith Edition

For those seeking a little variety in the name department, the U.K. Times ranks the fifty “craziest celebrity baby names,” including such gems as “Aurelius Cy,” “Fifi Trixibell,” “Moxie CrimeFighter” and “Jermajesty.” Lucky for them, none of the featured celebrity parents live in Malaysia.

Reader John Wilson alerted us to his blog, WhereIsJohnWilson, which documents his quest to have his self-proclaimed “super common” name vaulted to the top of Google searches. The top post currently is an interview with Jim Kileen, director and producer of the documentary Google Me, that picks up on Dubner’s discussion of video resumes.

In non-name news, an A.P. article reports on a study led by Cardiff University psychologist Stanley Zammit showing an apparent link between marijuana use and psychosis. According to Zammit’s conclusion, “even infrequent use” of marijuana could raise the risk of developing psychosis by up to 40%. Although as reader Andrew Heck pointed out, the results could be an example of confusing causation and correlation (a topic we’ve addressed often) in that the researchers “said they couldn’t prove that marijuana use itself increases the risk of psychosis” and admitted that “[t]here could be something else about marijuana users” that contributed to the increase.

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  1. egretman says:

    Wait. Isn’t the paranoid delusion that accompanies all pot use a form of psychosis? So isn’t it 100% certain that all users will develop psychosis?

    Can anyone here truly say that when they are on weed and they hear a knock on the front door that they don’t immediately think “Narcs!”? Followed by hallucinations of jail time with a big black dude which is just another form of psychosis.

    In fact, isn’t the whole purpose of smoking pot to experience “a loss of contact with reality”? The very definition of psychosis.

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  2. egretman says:

    Wait. Isn’t the paranoid delusion that accompanies all pot use a form of psychosis? So isn’t it 100% certain that all users will develop psychosis?

    Can anyone here truly say that when they are on weed and they hear a knock on the front door that they don’t immediately think “Narcs!”? Followed by hallucinations of jail time with a big black dude which is just another form of psychosis.

    In fact, isn’t the whole purpose of smoking pot to experience “a loss of contact with reality”? The very definition of psychosis.

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  3. frankenduf says:

    who is the most famous freak name- moon unit?

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  4. frankenduf says:

    who is the most famous freak name- moon unit?

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  5. Mack says:

    @1: isn’t the whole purpose of smoking pot to experience “a loss of contact with reality”?

    The whole purpose? Maybe for some. But that would be like saying the whole purpose of alcohol is to get wasted. For most, mj is just fun and relaxing. Just like booze in that regard.

    And I can’t say that mj is any good at causing a disconnect from reality — leave that for acid and the occasional ‘shroom (if that’s your thing).

    Of course, it’s all dose/response. Maybe I’ve just never encountered a sufficient dose. I should titrate…

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  6. Mack says:

    @1: isn’t the whole purpose of smoking pot to experience “a loss of contact with reality”?

    The whole purpose? Maybe for some. But that would be like saying the whole purpose of alcohol is to get wasted. For most, mj is just fun and relaxing. Just like booze in that regard.

    And I can’t say that mj is any good at causing a disconnect from reality — leave that for acid and the occasional ‘shroom (if that’s your thing).

    Of course, it’s all dose/response. Maybe I’ve just never encountered a sufficient dose. I should titrate…

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  7. hcurtisshannon says:

    Question for Egretman: doesn’t the paranoia you describe (jailtime with Bubba) derive more from pot being illegal, and not from the intrinsic experience itself? Now if you were talking about getting an irrational fear of Cheetos after smoking, I’d see your point.

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  8. hcurtisshannon says:

    Question for Egretman: doesn’t the paranoia you describe (jailtime with Bubba) derive more from pot being illegal, and not from the intrinsic experience itself? Now if you were talking about getting an irrational fear of Cheetos after smoking, I’d see your point.

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