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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for July 29, 2008

This week's quibble comes from the July 15, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "ZIP code of honor." TechRepublic member aureolin took issue with Jay Garmon's description of Smokey Bear as a fictional character.

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This week's quibble comes from the July 15, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "ZIP code of honor." TechRepublic member aureolin was upset at my description of Smokey Bear as a fictional character:

"Sam Spade is a fictional character, so is Santa Claus (sorry, Virginia); but Smokey was a very real bear who lived and died. You even mention this in your article! How can something that really lived and really died be fictional?"

TechRepublic member jasondlnd countered on my behalf:

"The fictional character came first (1944, according to the article). The real bear was named after the fictional character in 1950. Although there was a real Smokey Bear, the ZIP code was not given to him, rather his fictional counterpart."

Thanks for with quibbles (and the comebacks) — keep 'em comin'!

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Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger — amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can a...

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