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Major Major Major Major is a 31-year-old fictional character in the 1961 novel Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. He has the surname Major, and at birth his father gave him the given name Major, and the middle name Major (despite informing the child's mother that he had named the boy 'Caleb' in accordance with her wishes; she only discovers Major Major Major's real first and middle names when his birth certificate is required for him to enter kindergarten). The novel explains this was a joke on his father's part, and notes that it is not a particularly funny one. Major is a military rank denoting an officer of mid-level command status. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe; title page of 1719 newspaper edition A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Catch 22 can refer to: A book by Joseph Heller, or the movie based on the book; see Catch-22. ... Joseph Heller (May 1, 1923 – December 12, 1999) was an American satirist best remembered for writing the satiric World War II classic Catch-22. ... A family name, or surname, is that part of a persons name that indicates to what family he or she belongs. ... A given name specifies and differentiates between members of a group of individuals, especially a family, all of whose members usually share the same family name. ... A kindergarten in Afghanistan. ...

Inducted during World War II, he is promoted from Private to Major while still in boot camp, without attending the Officers Training Corps or any advance warning at all. This is caused by an IBM machine with a "sense of humor almost as keen as his father's". A recurring joke in the book is that he bears a striking resemblance to Henry Fonda, even to the point of some people thinking that he is in fact Henry Fonda. Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total dead: 12 million World War II... A private is a military soldier of the lowest military rank (equivalent to Nato Rank Grades OR-1 to OR-3 depending on the force served in). ... Major is a military rank denoting an officer of mid-level command status. ... For other meanings, see boot camp. ... The Officers Training Corps (OTC) is a part of the British Army that provides military training to students at British universities. ... International Business Machines Corporation (IBM, or colloquially, Big Blue; NYSE: IBM) is a computer technology firm headquartered in Armonk, NY, USA. The company, which was founded in 1888 and incorporated June 15, 1911, manufactures and sells computer hardware, software, infrastructure services, hosting services, and consulting services. ... Fonda in the 1957 classic, 12 Angry Men. ...


During the novel, it is revealed that he can never be promoted nor demoted, because the army has only one Major Major Major Major and Ex-PFC Wintergreen does not intend to let this change. Ex-Private First Class Wintergreen is a character from Joseph Hellers novel, Catch-22. ...


Major Major was also promoted to squadron commander after his predecessor, Major Duluth, was killed in action. It is this event that causes Major Major to become a recluse: he stops eating meals at the mess hall, he avoids all his duties by forging false names to correspondence requiring his signature, and he enters his office by scooting along a ditch, then jumping through a window. One of a number of cafeterias at Electronic City campus, Infosys Technologies Ltd. ...


Upon discovering that forging false names (like Washington Irving and Irving Washington) to official correspondence would considerably decrease his workload, Major Major began to sign every document with those two names. This caused a duo of CID men (who were not working together, and were in fact trying to kill each other) to begin an investigation as to the identity of the forger. Because Yossarian once censored an enlisted man's letter and attached the group chaplain's name to it, the CID men believed that said chaplain was intercepting Major Major's correspondence and forging signatures onto them. This investigation eventually leads to the chaplain's arrest and trial. Washington Irving Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American author of the early 19th century. ... The Committee of Imperial Defence was an important (albeit ad hoc) part of the government of Great Britain and the British Empire from just after the Boer War until the start of World War II. It was responsible for research, and some co-ordination, on issues of military strategy. ... Yossarian, as portrayed by Alan Arkin Captain John Yossarian is the 28-year-old protagonist of the 1961 novel Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. ... For omission and secrecy, see censorship. ... A chaplain is typically a member of the clergy serving a group of people who are not organized as a mission or church; lay chaplains are also found in some settings such as universities. ...


His father, mentioned briefly in the novel, is one of the richest alfalfa farmers in his community. He receives a farm subsidy for every crop of alfalfa that he does not grow with his farmland and uses this money to buy more land to not grow alfalfa on. He believes that receiving money for not producing something is divinely ordained. Ironically, he preaches the proverb "You reap what you sow." He would leap out of bed at noon each day, to ensure that the chores were not being done. Binomial name Medicago sativa L. Subspecies subsp. ... An agricultural subsidy is a governmental subsidy paid to farmers to supplement their income, help manage the supply of agricultural commodities, and bolster the market price of commodities. ...


Maj. Major M. Major and his father both reinforce the novel's theme that bureaucracy is absurd. His character also stands in contrast to the other authority-figure characters in the book who relish their power and use the bureaucratic system and the law of Catch-22 to maintain and/or try to increase their power over others. Major Major's character shows how an indifferent bureacratic system can place someone in a position of authority who is both unwilling and unable to handle the position, but is powerless to do anything about it but to try to hide (as shown by Major's using the window to enter and leave his office and not signing his real name to documents). Major Major doesn't want to be compared with Henry Fonda or be in a position of authority. He just wants live a "normal" life by mitigating the damage from his ridiculous name and trying to fit-in with others, but, the bureaucratic system won't let him. It's yet another Catch-22. Bureaucracy is a concept in sociology and political science. ... Fonda in the 1957 classic, 12 Angry Men. ...


Eventually Major Major disappears from the book, although it is uncertain if this is because he hides or if he was "disappeared" like Dunbar.


Major Major was portrayed by Bob Newhart in Mike Nichols' 1970 film adaptation of the novel. Bob Newhart is an American actor, comedian and writer famous for his timing and bemused demeanor. ... Mike Nichols (born Michael Igor Peschkowsky) is an Academy Award winning movie director of films such as The Graduate and Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. He was born on November 6, 1931 in Berlin, to a Jewish Russian family. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ...


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Major Major Major Major - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (594 words)
Major Major Major Major is a 31-year-old fictional character in the 1961 novel Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.
It is this event that causes Major Major to become a recluse: he stops eating meals at the mess hall, he avoids all his duties by forging false names to correspondence requiring his signature, and he enters his office by scooting along a ditch, then jumping through a window.
Major Major doesn't want to be compared with Henry Fonda or be in a position of authority.
Academic major - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (307 words)
An academic major, major concentration, concentration, or simply major is a mainly U.S. and Canadian term for a college or university student's main field of specialization during his or her undergraduate studies.
The university department offering the major defines a framework for the student's studies, including a certain number of required courses and a certain number of freely chosen courses relevant to the major.
Some majors in some universities effectively define the student's full course of study; many others allow students considerable latitude both within their field and in their other courses.
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