Tuesday, September 14, 2004

And we're the land of 10,000 Petersons 

The Cranky Professor reports a strange phenomenon:

I have a class of 21 students. 7 of the 21 have a last name which starts with the letter B.

I find this odd.

Seriously, I went six years at SCSU before having one class without at least one student named Peterson or Petersen. Two of the staff workers I work with regularly carry those names as well.

More seriously, there are frequency tables for letters in the alphabet, but is there one for last names?