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SMELLS LIKE PLAGIARISM Did Ryan Steal Cobain’s Anecdote? Saul Loeb / AFP

Did Ryan Steal Cobain’s Anecdote?

A brazen act of plagiarism—or a ridiculous conspiracy theory? During Thursday night’s vice-presidential debate, Paul Ryan defended his stance on abortion by telling a story about how his daughter earned the nickname “Bean”: she resembled one on her ultrasound. Skeptics were quick to point out that it’s the same anecdote late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain told when explaining how his daughter, Frances, got the middle name Bean. Ryan is a “devoted” Nirvana fan, so the theory could be true. Although on the other hand, Ryan and Cobain can’t be the only two people to compare an ultrasound photo with a bean.

October 12, 2012 12:55 PM