I recently got wind of this node, probably for the second time or more, though I forgot most of the fun anecdotes from previous readings. Anyways, I should fill in my name space.
The "Chmmr" are a race from the Star Control series, which, excluding the third in the series, was a rather neat game. Forced to come up with a name on short notice at one point, I spelled it "Chmrr" -- and the (incorrect) spelling has persisted. Of course, pronouncing a name lacking vowels is always hard, so people seldom notice the incorrect spelling..
perl -pe '"I lo*`+$^X$\"$]!$/"=~m%(.*)%s;$_=$1;y^+*`^ ve^#$&V"+@( NO CARRIER'