What is a Brainmuffin?

The word Brainmuffin creates in each person a different reaction. For some, it is a giggle.

Frank Zappa
Cover of Frank Zappa

Others smile and roll their eyes. Some pause and recoil. All are valid responses. But what is a Brainmuffin? Why is it sometimes spelled BrainMuffin?

There are many imitators on the Internet. There is only one Brainmuffin and that is me. The name was given to me by Ann Langley in 1995. I lived in Knoxville, Tennessee and worked in the Systems department of the Hodges Library. It is the big Q-bert looking building on the campus of The University of Tennessee.

Ann was a graduate student in the Library school. One day while sitting at the SGI that was our web server, she turned around and called me Brainmuffin. The name stuck. When I asked for an explanation, this is what she gave:

People in the south say your name Bryon like it is spelled Brian. They also say Brain in a similar fashion. One of my favorite artists is Frank Zappa and one of his favorite words is Muffin. So, I put the two together.

There you have it. The whole story behind the real Brainmuffin. Don’t be fooled by the imitators. Follow the original.

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