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Comic #4583

1 {scene: Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs is using LinkedIn on a computer}
1 Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs: “Add some contacts.” Hmm, let’s see. Who do I know?
2 Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs: Isaac Newton. No profile. Galileo, no profile. Leonardo da Vinci, no profile. Pope Leo X, no profile.
3 Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs: Wow. I don’t think anyone is using LinkedIn.
4 Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs: Oh! Jane Seymour!
4 Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs: Wait, wrong one.

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I wanted a well-known present day person who might plausibly be on LinkedIn[1] with exactly the same name as someone very famous from history. Jane Seymour and Jane Seymour were the first people I immediately thought of, but I did some web searching to try to find other examples.

And was mildly surprised that none of the examples I found struck me as even remotely as famous as the combined celebrity of the two Janes. The next best was Anne Hathaway and Anne Hathaway, but the latter is not really famous in her own right and in fact very little is known about her or her life.

Most of the other hits I found were just pairs of modern movie actors or band members[2], so violating one of the pair being historical.

A friend did suggest Madonna and The Madonna, which I grant beats the Jane Seymours handily in the fame stakes, but I feel is cheating somewhat. Chris Columbus's first name is actually just Chris, not Christopher, so he doesn't count.

So in the end I just went with Jane/Jane.

[1] Okay, most celebrities probably aren't on LinkedIn due to privacy reasons, but they could be if they wanted.

[2] I do like the fact that the drummers in both Queen and Duran Duran are named Roger Taylor.[3]

[3] Have Queen and Duran Duran ever played a show together?? Hmmm...[4]

[4] In fact Queen and Duran Duran both performed in the Live Aid concert in 1985. Queen took the stage at Wembley in London at 18:41 local time, while Duran Duran played at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia at 20:46 local time, corresponding to 00:46 in London, so 6 hours and five minutes later. At maximum cruising speed of 2179 km/h, a Concorde could make the 5705 km flight from London to Philadelphia in just over 2.6 hours. Actual average trans-Atlantic flying times for Concorde were around 3-3.5 hours. Given VIP treatment at the airports and on ground transport, Roger Taylor could fairly easily have played both Queen's set in London and Duran Duran's set in Philadelphia on the same day[5]. So as far as I can tell there is no conclusive evidence that he is two different people.

[5] Phil Collins actually did perform in both London and Philadelphia for Live Aid. He took the stage in London at 15:18, some 3:23 before Queen, finished his set (with Sting), took a helicopter to Heathrow, Concorde to New York, and helicopter to Philadelphia, and did a set there beginning at 20:00 local (00:00 London), 46 minutes before Duran Duran. It's entirely possible that he was on the same flight as Roger Taylor.

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