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A small dispute broke out in the office today about this. Does anyone have any ideas?

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I suggest "lucky". :) –  morganpdx Jan 24 '11 at 18:09
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Mathematicians call it Pólya's theorem (yes, it's a theorem that a drunkard will eventually return home, under a particular model realistic or not), but that's not what you were looking for. :-) –  ShreevatsaR Jan 24 '11 at 18:21
    
Dumb Luck? –  Stephen Furlani Jan 24 '11 at 19:13
    
............. Darwin? >;-) –  smirkingman Jan 25 '11 at 12:23
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Beerdar - as in beer-radar - although, that could just be something me and my student friends came up with.

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Shouldn't "beerdar" refer to an uncanny ability to find beer? –  ShreevatsaR Jan 25 '11 at 9:21
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@ShreevatsaR, perhaps, although in my experience there is nothing uncanny about that. –  Brian Hooper Jan 25 '11 at 22:35
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don't see why - radar is not a way to find radio waves (it uses them for 'direction and ranging') –  HorusKol Jan 26 '11 at 7:21
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Not a one-word answer, but maybe "homing instinct"?

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One suggestion made during the dispute was "beer compass", but it was claimed that meant the same as "beer goggles".

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If you believe Roger's Profanisaurus, beer compass is the right answer; beer goggles is not the same at all. –  Brian Nixon Jan 26 '11 at 14:17
    
@Brian Nixon, thank you. I was inclined to suspect that. –  Brian Hooper Jan 26 '11 at 17:42
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Over here, we refer to this phenomenon as being on the "beer scooter."

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I don't know a term for this ability specifically, but it can be considered an example of a homing instinct.

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