My friend had a weird dream: It revealed to him that Jimmy Eat World chose their name because they were Jewish (i.e., the initials J.E.W.) Could there be any truth to this, or has my friend just smoked himself retarded?

I can’t specifically comment on your friend’s IQ, but Jimmy Eat World are goyim. Drummer Zach Lind told me, “None of us are Jewish, and the name has nothing to do with any religious or social positioning. It’s totally coincidental.” The name came from an ongoing fight between two of guitarist Tom Linton’s brothers: the smaller one, Ed, was tired of being picked on by the heftier one, Jimmy, so he retaliated with a crayon drawing of Jimmy shoving the entire globe down his gullet, captioned “Jimmy Eat World.” Lind said, “We chose it because we thought it was a funny name, but we’ve regretted that decision ever since.”

(Excerpted from the 2006 book Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton’s Little John?: Music’s Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed, published by Three Rivers Press, written by Gavin Edwards.)