At the same time that I've been working my way through that series I've been also going through The Know It All, which I picked up a few weeks ago. It documents one person's attempt to read the encyclopedia britanica from A to Z in order to become 'the smartest man in the world'. The book features interesting trivia facts intermixed with information about his personal life and we are told that his sister is named Beryl.
These two instances of Beryl had been bothering me for days now. I kept getting this persistant and nagging sensation that the name was familiar from somewhere else, but I couldn't figure out from where. It seemed ecspecially familiar as 'Queen Beryl' but for the life of me I couldn't place it and it was driving me nuts. Of course, that's when the internets came to my rescue. I pumped the term 'Queen Beryl' into google and this is what I found.
Queen Beryl is a fictional character in the Sailor Moon media franchise. She has appeared in the manga, anime, and tokusatsu versions of the storyline, and is always the first major villain who challenges the protagonists. Beryl has immense magical power, but she uses most of it to channel the life energy harvested by her servants to the enity Queen Metallia (known as the Negaforce in the DiC dub).
Christ. I've been having sailor moon flashbacks all this time. I haven't seen an episode in around 10 years now but it's nice to know that pointless facts about the series are still kicking around in my subconscious somewhere.