Fame is unfair

The Unknown Aces – Statisticians Google Discrepancies Between Celebrity Achievements and Fame Levels

Those who are more famous than others can eventually lie down in the hammock, because fame practically becomes a self-runner. Russian scientists researching in the USA think they can prove this by analyzing the relative notoriety of German fighter pilots in World War I. Oversized fame is not based on statistically corresponding oversized performance. Where is the blob performance and justice??

The fame of rough people must always be measured by the means by which they achieved it

Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613-80), frz. Writer

Does the FDP still exist?? Yes? Well, it has always had a hard time. Always only appendix, never once first force, from bright heights of the audacious project 18 claim without a sound plumped down. And now Westerwelle, Gerhardt and friends have to watch helplessly, how their ideas become more and more common property of a rough liberal coalition without liberals (and almost without dissenters) – without the neo-liberals having anything to do with it. And this despite the fact that the small party has been advocating the emancipation of the "People" from the evil father state (even though he used to be a better earner and not a benefit denier, i.e. liberal) than Bruderle Schroder, Bruderle Merz or Bruderle Glos. Quite mean. Why is it that fame and publicity come naturally to some people?? To zodiac signs, sunspots, picture and Bravo? No, of course, it is not due to such irrational factors, once again mathematical science explains it to us.

Russian-born statisticians Mikhail Simkin and Vwani Roychowdhury at the University of California at Los Angeles have discovered, as NewScientist reports, that the degree of fame of certain persons of contemporary history on the Internet – measured by their achievements – is not in proportion to comparable other semi-celebrities. The subject of this groundbreaking study is, surprisingly, the cutting-edge First World War. Expressed precisely, it is about the military achievements of the German air force pilots of the legendary "Aces".

It is of course the Russian doctorate for Manfred von Richthofen and co., that the German-Russian alliance of good old imperial and tsarist times works again not only with Gerd and Vladimir. Richthofen was the legendary "Red Baron", who shot down a total of 80 English and French planes with his red-painted Fokker aircraft from 1916 to 1918, until he himself had to give up a good portion of glory in the air combat to an Allied adversary who disrespectfully sent him to hell. If you divide 80 by 5000, the rounded number of aircraft shot down in the First World War, you get just 1.6 percent of the gross scrap product of the war for Richthofen.

However, current Google searches result in a good 4700 hits for the red Baron and thus 27 percent of the total number of search results for all pilots. Compared to the performance of many backbench pilots such as Richard Rube or Theodor Rumpel, this is an outsized amount and quite unfair. The shooting down of only five enemy airplanes each by 60 pilots means according to Simkin’s and Roychowdhury’s calculation method for all together a total share of about six percent. In terms of web entries, however, the unknown aces only account for a plaintive 2.6 percent of the total.

Sounds strange, but that’s how it is. There seems to be really something to it. Because if you look at the shooting performance of Quak, the penis-breaking pilot from Totensen (alias Dieter B.) z.B. When you compare Quak and Germany with those of the veteran culture warrior Wiglaf Droste, you have to say: Quak and Germany don’t deserve this, because Quak is allowed to turn the Frankfurt Book Fair into a madhouse with his two little books (as erotic as a dentist’s appointment), which were written by the scarecrow Katja Kessler, while someone like Droste has been publishing for decades, touring through stuffy cabaret venues, and is only allowed to appear on Polylux for a few bizarre minutes at the most. And it is also very tricky that Quak’s single song, which he re-releases again and again in a slightly modified form, will undoubtedly bring in much more money and publicity than Drostes’ new cake song CD with even several own pieces. In the meantime, the world goes on spinning unruffled.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of fame is that one can say the most outrageous things with impunity

Andre Gide (1869-1951), writer

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