Whale Oil – Ahead of the Science?

Heh, it seems that Mr Slater’s “Silly First Name Syndrome” may just have some sort of scientific backing.

Boys growing up with popular names such as Michael, Joshua and Christopher have a good chance of leading law-abiding lives – but those named Kareem, Walter or Ivan could find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

That’s according to a United States study that claims the more unpopular, uncommon or feminine a boy’s first name, the greater the chance he will end up behind bars.

Shippensburg University professor David Kalist’s report in Social Science Quarterly shows that “unpopular names are likely not the cause of crime”, but he explains that factors often associated with those names can “increase the tendency toward juvenile delinquency”.

Boys with uncommon names are often ridiculed by peers, come from families of low socioeconomic status and face discrimination in the workforce, according to the study.

We’re not going to hear the end of this one for a while.


  1. As long as some-one doesn’t notice that boys with traditional Christian names have a better chance of growing up leading good lives…

  2. I cant believe the rubbish we are feed.

    Imagine i called my son, Whykickamoocow. Imagine he then committed a number of crimes. People could then assume that all children named Whykickamoocow have a greater chance of becoming a criminal.

    In a related study it was found that 99% of all people who have died in New Zealand this year watched TV and ate carrots during some part of the year. A Green party spokesperson has said this must stop. The Greens are therefore looking into banning all Televisions in New Zealand homes as well as the sale of carrots.

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