I love it when someone who is nerdy in one area, applies their nerdiness to more mainstream nerdery.
A good example of this, is this article by Peter Cashwell
In this article, Peter Cashwell argues that it is fully acceptable that an American Robin appeared in The Hobbit movies, since it is a fantasy setting, which isn’t meant to mirror Earth exactly. I have known Peter Cashwell online for close to 2 decades, and his nerd credentials regarding mainstream nerdery (comics, sci-fi etc.) can’t be disputed. When it comes to birds, he has written the brilliant The Verb: To Bird about birding.
Speaking of birds, and popular culture, Peter Cashwell’s article for some reason made me think of this piece of brilliance:
Estimating the Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow by Jonathan Corum
Here Jonathan Corum answers the ancient question, what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?