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Authored by: Gringo_ on Friday, August 03 2012 @ 07:47 PM EDT

faster than you could say "Jack Robinson"!

I've heard that expression before. Who is/was Jack Robinson anyhow? Why would his name be used as a unit of the measure of Time? Does your velocity at the moment you say his name have any bearing on the duration of the Jack Robinson unit? How many Jack Robinsons in a John Galt? Who is John Galt, anyhow? Is he any relation to Jack Robinson?

Perplexed by these questions, I turned to Google for answers. On Wikipedia, I found this...

According to Grose's Classical Dictionary, published in 1785, the reference is to an individual whose social visits were so short that he would be departing almost before his arrival was announced.

Sounds a bit like those neutrinos that arrived at Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy before they left the CERN laboratory in Geneva.

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