"I Said Allen, Not Alien"

2009
Jun
25

Design geek and brilliant self-promoter Pete Dungey just completed a project where he did a ‘survey’ to find the best-known people named Alan or Allen, and printed the top names on Allen Wrenches (or Alan Keys as they’re called in the UK, I guess). Brilliant! And if you’re a non-UKian who’s wondering who the funny-named #1 is: Ground Force!

And after I posted this to MetaFilter, I started wondering to myself which Alans and Allens would earn wrenches in a USAian survey. Well, I went to the search engines (Google, Yahoo! and Bing) and got the first few people names that came up for Allen and Alan…
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Considering the recent news and new movie, I wasn’t surprised Woody was the first Allen (other than the names of towns), but Colmes as the top Alan? That was surprising and slightly disturbing. Lily Allen from the UK wrenches came close, and other runners-up were Allen Iverson, Alan Alda, Alan Arkin, Alan Rickman, Alan Thicke, Alan Greenspan, Alanon, Alanis Morissette, Alan Moore and Alan Partridge (#2 in UK).

No sign of Mr. Titchmarsh among the top couple-dozen, I regretted not seeing TV icon Steve Allen, and, no, Alan_Keyes was totally not in contention. Because he never is.

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