The name matches the flank

This is something I wrote about elsewhere three years ago on the subject of Thomas Crapper, vendor (if not necessarily the inventor) of flush toilets, and the unusual appropriateness of his surname:

John Bemelmans Marciano, in his book Anonyponymous: The Forgotten People Behind Everyday Words (New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2009), advances this intriguing hypothesis:

“It does seem fair to question, however, just how a plumbing-fixtures manufacturer came by so serendipitous a surname. Fate? Or was it a case of nominative determinism, in which Thomas’ surname steered him into his life’s work? Or did Thomas choose the name Crapper for professional advantage? That would show some serious dedication to marketing.”

This is connected to pony, of course, by way of cutie marks. What are the chances, for instance, that Diamond Tiara would end up with, yes, a diamond tiara on her flank? Was Featherweight undersized at birth? Were Snips and Snails from the very beginning destined to be friends? Could anypony have guessed beforehoof that Princess Luna would have spent a millennium banished to the moon?

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