Thursday, September 30, 2010
Yes, I concede that that's the most obscure reference in the history of obscure references. Even Dennis Miller would shake his head.
Anyway, Mr Bopp gave his name to the comet that caused a bunch of cultists to kill themselves, and the world was given the cool name "Hale-Bopp". That beats "Kohoutek" for 'cool comet names', but faces steep competition from "Whipple", "Väisälä", "Swift-Tuttle", "Hug-Bell", "Miss Mitchell's Comet" and "de Kock-Paraskevopoulos".
The competition for cool comet names is a fierce one. Who knew?