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

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

Not a one-word answer, but maybe "homing instinct"?


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

Over here, we refer to this phenomenon as being on the "beer scooter."


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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