Man of Letter

An errant letter has transformed an eminent scientist into a loaf of bread. Investigator Alain Le Faou of the Laboratoire Central de Virologie at the Centre hospitalier et Universitaire de Nancy writes:

I feel honored to have received my official Improbable Researcher Card, but I would have been far more honored if I were not given an improbable first name. You should have written it “Alain.” By replacing the “l” with a “p” you gave it a bizarre meaning, something like “has bread” when translated.

May I suggest you to send me a new card with the correct spelling?

We have apologized to Professor Le Faou, and taken steps to transform him from a loaf of bread back into a distinguished virologist.