Everybody knows of the Gore Effect, now recognised as one of the world's most reliable meteorological phenomena. (In fact, if I'm not mistaken, Tim Blair hisself may be responsible for identifying the phenomenon and inventing the phrase.)
But it's widely recognised that Australian mammologist, Professor Tim Flannery has spookily similar powers over nature.
In 2005 he predicted that Sydney dams could be dry within two years. Currently they are a smidge under 60% capacity.
In March 2008, he predicted Adelaide's dams could run dry by the end of the year. Currently they are also tracking under 60% full.
In June, 2008 he predicted Brisbane would need desalinated water in as little as 18 months. Currently their dams are just under 60% capacity.
Not only are Flannery's predictions always wrong, they have an impressive degree of consistency in wrongness. One pronouncement from him just seems to get the gigalitres flowing.
So why doesn't Flannery have an effect named in his honour? The Flannery Effect is just a bit too drab and non-descriptive, I reckon. What we are looking for is a catchy-phrase that will stick in our minds and thus demonstrate to the world that Australia's reverse oracles are up there with the very best.
UPDATE: Some stiff competition in comments at Blair's. I was hoping for one great suggestion, but instead get 5 or 6.
On 2GB tonight - and on The Project, too
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