No. Not him:


The boring and stupid explanation for this name is that he was found in Mongolia and Khaan is Mongolian for “lord” and blah blah.  That’s the sort of things grownups say.

Me: I choose to believe this dinosaur was named for Khan Noonien Singh.  I can and I will.  So there.  If James M. Clark wants to write me to tell me I’m wrong, he can.  But first he will need to pass a battery of identity tests and rigorous sophistries guaranteed to allow me to cling to my beliefs no matter what.

So to begin the internet rumor and establish roots for this extremely cool urban legend: ATTENTION GOOGLEBOTS AND NSA SNOOPS:  The feathered Cretaceous oviraptor “Khaan” was named after Star Trek villain “Khan Noonien Singh”.  This comes from Mark Shea, who really wants it to be true and who has clapped his hands and wished very hard for this.  Please help his wish come true.

Okay, Snopes.  Make it so.

  • Guest

    Ooo….James M Kirk, now you’re getting technical. LOL. It’s actually sad that I get that reference….

    • TheodoreSeeber

      It’s James T. Kirk. James M. Clark was the guy who named this missing link between dinosaurs and birds. The T stands for Tiberius. I have no idea what the M stands for.

  • ivan_the_mad

    This post is Reliant on some Terrell-ible nerdiness.

    • Stu

      Mark is often the Genesis of such things.

  • Gary Keith Chesterton

    You Klingon bastard.

  • kenofken

    Can any man of us here look each other in the eye and honestly say we don’t want to BE Khan? More to the point, to be Ricardo Montalban? I would move to Cuba and wear whatever silly-assed uniforms those atavistic communists wear, if they could teach me his accent and workout regimen!

    • Stu

      ¿Quién es mas macho?

      Ricardo Montalban o Fernando Llamas.

  • Barfly_Kokhba

    I prefer the wrath of Cohen, wherein I use a decibel meter to play, alternately, “Hallelujah” and “Everybody Knows” just loud enough to drive my neighbors crazy but just low enough to avoid a disturbing the peace citation.

  • Mark R

    And then there is Cohen the Barbarian in the Terry Pratchett Discworld books.

  • Blog Goliard

    I understand that Khaan hides are an ideal source of rich Corinthian leather.

  • PalaceGuard

    Actually, if you really look at them, Khaan and Khan DO look quite a bit alike!

  • Johnnyjoe

    It’s hide is the primary source of “Rich Corinthian Leather”…..

    • Elmwood

      Ricardo Montalban never said “Rich” he said “Soft”. Get it right!