Quite a while ago, Scott posted about spotting some out of place mathematics in an ad for (very) high-end watches. There was a certain amount of speculation in comments about who was involved, but the real culprit outed himself on the alg-top list. While a lot of guesses were based on some references in the ad copy to a “Cambridge University professor,” I suppose we should have remembered that non-academics are completely incapable of distinguishing between different academic ranks. According to his CV, the mathematician in question, Carl McTague, was actually a Cambridge grad student at the time.
In his email, he says he’ll tell the story if bought a drink (at least by subscribers of the mailing list), but perhaps he’ll be willing to write something for those of us who don’t go to Bonn all that often.