Monday, May 04, 2009

Man with strange transit-related name is missing

A man reportedly named Muni Bart Perzov is missing SFist reported. To read the one-paragraph story is to suffer a frisson of cognitive dissonance, at least for San Francisco Bay Area residents. It would be like a Chicagoan being named El Metra, or a New Yorker being named MTA Path.

I was reminded of the RER trains that serve suburban Paris. Even though the official names of the lines are A, B, C, D and E, the trains themselves have human-sounding nicknames that designate which branch of the line they're taking, names like ZEUS, VICK and NELY.

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