Re the March word fugitive, about a name for the "interminable" period one can spend contemplating the audiovisuals that cycle endlessly behind a DVD's main menu while one waits for someone else to come sit down, reader Tom Noe writes:
Imagine having to come up with a new name for a geologic period:
Fugitives fans, don't get overexcited. Scientists have a name for the current period. They're calling it the Anthropocene.
If this has you searching your memory for the names of other geologic periods, look here
, where you'll find them together with mnemonic devices suggested by listeners to NPR's Science Friday
. My favorite is "Can Very Callous Old Senators Demand More Power and Privilege Than Junior Congressmen?" A rhetorical question, obviously.