A study by Manchester University has shown that mining techniques with amusing names are rarely as successful as ones with serious sounding names.
“There was no way Fracking was ever going to gain widespread public support”, said Prof. David Green, the study’s author. “Just like Face Shafting and Gas Ejection before it, Fracking will never catch on.”
Other processes named in the study as having failed to enter common usage because of their names include Crack Thrusting and Deposit Withdrawal.
According to Prof. Green, the effect is present even when the process in question is demonstrably superior to existing techniques.
“Much of the environmental damage caused by open-cast mining today could be eliminated by Slag Humping. But it won’t happen. It’s sad.”