I was planning to go on a mini-technology rant today, but ‘tis the season to be jolly, so that can wait until next year. I’ve written about Baader Meinhof before (actually several times) and I mentioned, at least once that it may not be a thing. I like to think it is, because it really seems weird to me when it happens. It’s not just the coincidence of something happening twice (or more), but the fact that the first incident seems remarkable in some small way. Anyway, I keep notes of when it happens. It happened for third time, just recently, so I thought I would go with this for today’s post.
In case you don’t know and don’t want to look it up or go back and read my earlier posts:
“Baader-Meinhof is the phenomenon where one happens upon some obscure piece of information–often an unfamiliar word or name–and soon afterwards encounters the same subject again, often repeatedly.”
The first incident in this series happened in September. We were at a dinner for the Board members who had arrived the day before the last Board meeting I would attend. The Chairman is a man who I have always admired, and who has an amazing collection of stories. He regaled us with a story from early in his career when he was working on an engineering project at a refinery in Tampico, Mexico. I mentioned to one of my coworkers that I had never heard of Tampico – he said, “you don’t usually hear of places where they build oil refineries.”
Two days later, Dan Hen posted a large collection of historic photos. I don’t know if you follow “west coast Dan” (as I call him) but he finds some very interesting photos. As I clicked through the slide show, I came to a photo titled “Mexicans Tampico.”
Later that month, my wife and I were watching an episode of the old TV comedy, “Newhart.” When we first saw the guest star, my wife said: “that’s Shelley Fabares.” OK, I had heard of Shelley Fabares, but I wouldn’t be able to pick her out of a line-up if my life depended on it. That was on Saturday. On Monday, John Holton over at “The Sound of One Hand Typing” featured Shelley Fabares’, “Johnny Angel” in the #6 slot of his “Monday Music Moves Me” from 1962 post. I was familiar with the song, but I would have never guessed that Shelley Fabares was the singer, or even a singer, for that matter.
The last time I encountered what I consider the Baader Meinhof phenomenon occurred during the past two weeks. On November 27th, Hugh, over at “Hugh’s Views & News” published his annual charity appeal. This is the easiest charity appeal – EVER – for bloggers and writers to participate in. Here’s how it works; you link your blog or your book as a comment in Hugh’s post. For every comment (up to 200) left, Hugh will donate £1 to the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. You can donate, too, if you like.
Now, I have to be honest, I didn’t know that Battersea was a place. I just thought it was a cool name that was conceived by some marketing guru. However, a couple of weeks later, Maggie Wilson re-blogged a post about Horatio Barber, the aviator who is the subject of a book Maggie has recently coauthored. I clicked to read the entire original blog, and guess what I learned? Horatio Barber “…had leased a railway arch in London’s Battersea to design and produce aeroplanes.”
These may not be good examples of Baader Meinhof. Baader Meinhof might not even be a thing. These are very good examples of the stuff I learn reading your blogs (and listening to my wife). In keeping with the somewhat eerie feeling presented here, I am including some recent eerie weather photos in today’s gallery. Thanks for visiting, and I hope that you have a great week.