A correspondent points me to Jonah Goldberg's unsuccessful and pathetic attempt to pass himself off as a Star Trek geek:
Jonah Goldberg on National Review Online: I referred to the Gamesters of Triskellion, a famous episode where a bunch of day-glow super-brains-under-glass capture aliens from across the galaxy (the sector, really) and pit them against one another in gladiatorial bouts (I thought it'd be cool if presidential candidates did the same thing). The brains (send more brains...), or rather the "Gamesters," bet vast sums on who will win and how, etc. But for the life of me, I couldn't remember what the name of their currency was. I could remember what it sounded like, but I couldn't be sure. So, I wrote "I wager ten thousand credits that..."
Literally, within five minutes of posting the column, five people e-mailed me saying, "It's not credits, you bonehead! It's "quatlooms"! So, I made my Webmaster put down his copy of Juggs and change it to "quatlooms." At this time I would like to point out that many of these readers -- of whom I am quite proud -- could probably use a tan. Anyway, we changed it, and over the course of the next twenty four hours I got probably two dozen e-mails from people saying, "No, no, no! It's kwatloos." Or, "Good lord, man, don't you know anything? It's Quatloos." You see the subtle distinctions?
He is not of the body! Somebody call Landru!