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From Red Volkswagens to Hovercrafts

October 15, 2014

Turns out there is an actual name for what I call Red Volkswagens, it is actually called the Baader- Meinhof phenomenon. Baader Meinhof was the name of a German urban guerrilla group and I guess they were someone else’s red Volkswagens. The characters on a new situation comedy “A to Z” mentioned the phenomenon by name in the first episode. Of course I looked it right up and found an entry on a site called “Damn Interesting” . The author, Alan Bellows, begins; “You may have heard about Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon before. In fact, you probably learned about it for the first time very recently. If not, then you just might hear about it again very soon”. While I haven’t heard the phrase again, I have experienced the phenomenon again. An important plot point of that “A to Z” episode concerned the hovercraft in Back to the Future Part 2. Only a few days later, I was watching the Big Bang Theory and there it was again – mention of the Back to the Future hovercraft!

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