publication date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 (part of Summer 2019)

category: Controversy

clue: Being named for an inebriating plant and a celebrity-endorsed soft drink may have prepared her for a Ph.D. dissertation about the effect of unusual names on one's educational prospects.

explanation: When Vandyck graduated with her Ph.D. in June 2019, it became a meme online that there was a woman named Marijuana Pepsi. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, Erik Bates, and Aaron Shurtleff


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