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victoriapandora
Feb. 23rd, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Someone should write a book of urban legends, stoner edition, haha.
kmo
Feb. 23rd, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
urban legends
This on passes the initial Snopes test, but further digging reveals the following:
Date: 13 Nov 1998 10:09:31

From: mjacobs@washington.edu

To: holler@sttf.org

Subject: Re: Orange article

Wow, that was a really nice piece of science fiction! Found out about it reading a Phish message board (www.gadiel.com/phish), and you had a lot of them fooled, and drooling over extra special screwdrivers! Anyway, I don't usually run across plant-molecular biology-based sci-fi in the press, so my hat is off to you (and your very good cloning summary, it's worthy of a college course). Cheers.

Mike Jacobs, UW Botany

Phish fans let the cat out of the bag and the Pot-Orange story hitchhiked its way across the USENET, various listservs, e-mail forwarding lists, and the like. Most often without the disclaimer attached. It appeared in a print newspaper under another writer's byline. The BBC called Florida State University in search of Professor Nanofsky. So did hundreds of regular folks who just wanted some seeds. The Hartford Courant put a reporter on the story. Talk-radio hosts across the country discussed the implications of crops bioengineered with narcotics in mind.


link: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2342/is_2_33/ai_59586992/print
interdisciple
Feb. 23rd, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Fascinating -- keep us posted on availability. :)
kmo
Feb. 23rd, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
This appears to be a hoax
A Google search for "Hugo Nanofsky" and "Florida" returns lots of hits, but they all make reference to this story. No personal or university departmental web pages.
kmo
Feb. 23rd, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Or Maybe Not
On the other hand, a white pages search does turn up:

Hugo Nanofsky
BOX 3062350
TALLAHASSEE, FL 32306
(850) 644-6000

I'll give him a call and see what's up.
kmo
Feb. 23rd, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Or Maybe Not
No answer and no voicemail at that number.
kmo
Feb. 23rd, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Or Maybe Not
A search of the Florida State University faculty reveals only one Hugo (in the law school) and no faculty named Nanofsky.

http://directory.fsu.edu/cgi-bin/search/searchList.cgi
interdisciple
Feb. 24th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
unless that's not his real name.
i'm gonna be a hopemonger on this one and hope he released this story using an alias. ;)
victoriapandora
Feb. 23rd, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Dr. Nanofsky is a clever anagram though
“Dank Fry Son”
Did anyone notice that in the eighth paragraph his name magically changes to John Chapman?

The was reported on Dopecast 110. It seems to be making its second trip around the net.
kmo
Feb. 23rd, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
missing article
Did anyone notice that in the eighth paragraph his name magically changes to John Chapman?

I think the word "the" got dropped from that sentence. I think the sentence was meant to read, "It was in the fall of 1984 that the John Chapman Professor of Biochemistry at Florida State University, now driving to work behind the wheel of a used Pontiac Bonneville, first set on a pet project that he hoped would "dissolve irrational legislation with a solid dose of reason."

I think the lore of the story meant to imply that Professor Nanofsky held a position endowed by John Chapman in the same way that Richard Dawkins holds the the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford.

Edited at 2008-02-23 05:12 pm (UTC)
victoriapandora
Feb. 23rd, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
OH! You're right, finally that makes sense.Thanks:)
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