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Would it be too much of a stretch to mention that the PT Farnsworth is likely a reference to Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television as we know it? Much like how Professor Hubert Farnsworth of Futurama, and the Farnsworth comms device of Warehouse 13 were named in his honor? Kmentat (talk) 03:38, December 17, 2015 (UTC)

If that is just supposition or speculation, then it shouldn't be mentioned; we don't state what is likely, even if it seems true. Claims about references must be supported with evidence, such as a statement from Trek staff that there was a deliberate effort to make that reference. 31dot (talk) 12:08, December 17, 2015 (UTC)
I often feel there ought to be a common sense exception for these really obvious cases though: shuttle naming is heavily skewed towards scientists and allied fields, and here you have a pretty distinct name mentioned with initials and all. No one ever bats an eye when a ship called Einstein or Cochrane is linked to the corresponding historical figure without evidence, but when the references become slightly more obscure we balk, even though we know the art department had a slightly deeper reference pool then the average person when it comes to scientists, the abundantly obvious cannot be stated here :s -- Capricorn (talk) 21:17, December 17, 2015 (UTC)
I'm on the fence about this one. On the one hand we're hard on speculation for a reason, but on the other this case looks as obvious as Einstein or Cochrane. I wouldn't have a problem with this exception. But I'm concerned it'll delude the policy and probably dovetail into something we don't want to deal with in other articles. Compvox (talk) 00:43, December 18, 2015 (UTC)
Policy doesn't expressly prohibit mentioning the possible connection here as bg info, and even supports it, provided it isn't stated as fact, but practice is to regard all speculation as equal and remove it. That said, this exists for a reason. - Archduk3 14:49, December 18, 2015 (UTC)
There we have it. Thanks Archduk. Compvox (talk) 08:59, December 21, 2015 (UTC)
I added the bg note. Compvox (talk) 14:27, December 25, 2015 (UTC)

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