WAM (Wacky Acronym Mania)

Today my officemate pointed out this website that keeps track of silly astronomy acronyms. It's the Dumb Or Overly Forced Astronomical Acronyms Site (or DOOFAAS) site.

ANCHORS - AN archive of CHandra Observations of Regions of Star formation (Woweee. That's terrible)

ANDREAS - Advanced Name Designer REgarding Astronomical Systems (Bryan Gaensler's astro-acro informant)

ANIS All Neutrino Interaction Simulation (LOL!)

ANTARES - Astronomy with a Neutrino Telescope and Abyss environmental RESearch (whatever that means)

APHID - Atmospheric PHase Inference Device

APT - Asia Pacific Telescope

ARCADE - Absolute Radiometer for Cosmology, Astrophysics, and Diffuse Emission
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Personal favorites: PolarBEAR - just because they tried so desparately for it - and the "Super Huge Interferometry Telescope" (no joke)

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Joshua Aug 4, 2006

APT doesn't seem "dumb or overly forced" to me - where it is + what it is...

Some of them are pretty funny, though. I especially liked "Spectroscopic Areal Unit for Research on Optical Nebulae" or SAURON. :)