"Matlab" in Hindi literally stands for "meaning" - although it's pronounced Muth-lub (both u's pronounced as in the English word "hut").
At the company I work for, I sometimes provide people with various MATLAB-compiled standalone utilities for their work. When I told him it was MATLAB, one of the people here, who was apparently unfamiliar with The Mathworks and its products, concluded that MATLAB itself was my invention and that I had named MATLAB after myself (because my name is Matt......Matt-Lab......get it?).
High concentrations of cadmium and arsenic have been found in Matlab
The original article is no longer at that link, but the scientific study can be found at http://www.supportforlife.org/media-centre/news/2197-researchers-investigate-levels-of-arsenic-and-cadmium-in-food-chain-in-bangladesh
At my University someone has a car with "MATLAB" as their license plate text. I'm not positive who it is, though I have my guesses (that I'm sure some of you can deduce by looking at my University). As far as a reference/citation, I don't think whoever owns that car would appreciate their license plate shown all over the internet.
I do see the logo on other vehicles once in a while. If you see the logo on the back of a silver VW EuroVan with Idaho plates, look at the driver. You may just spot a bearded man wearing a MATLAB hat. Don't hesitate to wave!
From the Acknowledgements section of Spectral methods in MATLAB by Lloyd Nicholas Trefethen:
"... there is a brass plaque on my office wall, given to me in 1998 by The MathWorks Inc., which reads: FIRST ORDER FOR MATLAB, February 7, 1985, Ordered by Professor Nick Trefethen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology."
According to Ancestry.com, John and Mary Matlab lived in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania in about 1910, along with their children Mary Matlab, John Matlab, and Steve Matlab .
Frances Mupad lived in New York, New York in about 1840.
(I was looking for information on the history of MuPAD and was startled to see genealogy records ;-) )
Someone ran a book comparison between "MATLAB for Control Engineers",
and "Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Dan and Drago"
Wonder which one they bought?
"My Control Systems Toolbox deactivates your Battle Transfer Function!"
"Oh yah? Well my Image Toolbox demotes you to D-list celebrity!"
I can't resist posting a link to a picture from the site Walter linked to:
Some Matlab lyrics.
Unfortunately, I can't make out a single one of these. :(
There is a town in Bangladesh where many studies have been done on diarrheal disease:
Some of these are pretty mathematical papers, but I doubt that is why the town keeps getting chosen.
On an episode of Harry's law (I can't remember which one), Tommy Jefferson (a fast-talking lawyer) boasts about a number of lawsuits he's won against various big corporations. It went something like this:
"Amazon, Microsoft, Matlab, ..."
Which was pretty amusing
Playing Cricket: Physicists Cast New Light On Spin-Bowling
As the Ashes series gets underway next week, a pair of brothers from Australia have been exploring the physics behind the spin of a cricket ball.
Garry Robinson said: "Our results show that the effects on a spinning ball are not purely due to the wind holding the ball up, since a reversal of wind direction can cause the ball to dip instead. These trajectory changes are due to the combination of the wind and the spin of the ball.
"The effects of spin in the presence of a cross-wind, and how to fully exploit it, may or may not be completely appreciated by spin bowlers. Either way, we have provided a mathematical model for the situation, although the model of course awaits detailed comparison with observations."
Once the equations were constructed, they were numerically solved using a computer software program called MATLAB; the solutions were then used to create illustrative examples for cricket.
The is a MATLAB box in the background in the movie Contact when Elie runs in after hearing first message.
MATLAB mention in a humor post about Programming Vehicles: