When I describe it in full, if you are of any age, you will almost
certainly think "oh yes, that has happened to me."
For older listeners, the name Baader-Meinhof might be memorable as a
name given to a group who liked to call themselves the 'Red Army
The name Baader-Meinhof, after two notable members of the group, was
given to it by journalists.
In the late sixties, all through the seventies, and even into the
eighties, the Red Army Faction were responsible for a number of
terrorist attacks in and around East and West Germany. One person's
terrorist is another person's freedom fighter, but we will not get into
This psychological phenomenon was given the name, after a man wrote a
letter to a newspaper in 1994 pointing out that he had recently heard
the name, Baader-Meinhof, and thereafter, seemed to hear or see it again
Following that, many people wrote to the same newspaper making
similar comments, about recently heard names, usually nouns, which were
then noticed by them frequently.
The phenomenon was also given the name 'Frequency Illusion' in
Less than two hours after listening to this I was watching the new Young Ones 40th anniversary blu-ray.
Near the end of the episode, the gang are outside the bank they're about to rob and Rick says:
Yeah, come on. Robin Hood, Baader-Meinhof. Those bank clerks
didn't have to become bank clerks. They knew the risks when they took the job. Let's just get in there and let them have it!
Comment #2 posted on 2023-01-06 10:57:08 by Mike Ray
I rest my case
This has happened to me many, many times. And to most adults too I suspect. Psychology interests me, cognitive biases of all kinds in particular, and the way human brains are so attuned to pattern recognition. A survival imperative buried very deep in our most native brain parts. The lizard brain a lot of people call it
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