Friday, January 30, 2009
Beware of Boys With Unpopular Names
(Above: Juvenile delinquents.)
According to scientists at the University in Pennsylvania, boys with "unpopular" names are more likely to lead a life of crime. (Apparently, no one bothered studying whether unpopular names had the same impact on girls, 'cause everyone knows girls are never bad. Haha.)
Boys with common names, such as Michael and David are supposedly less likely to break the law than their oddly named counterparts. (If this is true, let's hope you never run into an Igor or Ignatius.)
Okay, this is all very amusing right? I thought so, until I came to the last sentence of this article:
"The findings could help officials identify individuals at high risk of committing or recommitting crime, leading to more effective and targeted intervention programs."
What?!?!? So people with weird names are now "individuals at high risk?" Why don't these scientists just leave kids alone and cure cancer or something?
More here if you're interested!