Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What's In a Name, Version 2.0

Some hack writer from the late 16th and early 17th centuries named William Shakespeare famously asked, “What’s in a name?” He’d be shocked by what goes for a name these days.

Jennifer Thornburg wanted to make a statement about animal dissection in schools. She simply went a step beyond what most of us would do by officially changing her name to a URL address:

Her name, as you might suspect, takes interested Internet surfers to a PETA-linked site criticizing animal dissection. Clever, very clever … except that her driver’s license reads, Cutout.


Like all things Web, this could catch on:

With her Today show announcement that she’ll probably have more kids with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie will become

With their recent comedy performance at the annual Al Smith Dinner in New York, Barack Obama and John McCain will vie to become

With the shameful media attention to his personal life after he was cited as an “everyman” in the final presidential candidate debate, “Joe the Plumber” will become

With the lack of any real response to their reunion, New Kids on the Block will become DidAnyoneNoticeWeGotBackTogether?.com.

With Obama treating McCain like George W. Bush, McCain will become StopPretendingI’

With Obama expected to get more votes from people excited about the idea of him than people excited about him, he will become KeepPretendingI’

With the ubiquitous TV ads for Subway’s line of cheap sandwiches, it won’t be long before some ambitious porn star will become


At October 21, 2008 8:29 AM, Anonymous LisaBinDaCity replied to my musings ...

Interesting concept, but tough to teach your kid to spell it in first grade ;-)

At October 22, 2008 3:26 PM, Blogger Jeff replied to my musings ...

The porn star one is classic!

At October 22, 2008 9:04 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Lisa: The way many "regular" names are spelled these days, I'm not sure it makes much of a difference!

Jeff: Thanks. It just, er ... came to me.

At October 23, 2008 7:45 PM, Blogger Perplexio replied to my musings ...

In the interest of your response to Lisa's comment:

At October 23, 2008 10:42 PM, Blogger Phats replied to my musings ...

I am changing my name to Joe the plumber!

I remember a story recently of someone in Hawaii being hauled to court for naming their kid Park Bench or street bus or something like silly like that. Crazy. I knew a girl who was named Indy Anna Jones. i wish I was making that up.

At October 27, 2008 12:20 AM, Blogger Mike replied to my musings ...

I went to high school with two sisters, the older one was Joplin, the one in my grade was Janis. Welcome to Woodstock. Or to a scholl that had students from Woodstock.

At October 27, 2008 12:46 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Perplexio: Wow. I guess I'm behind the times.

Phats: I'm changing my name to HeyPhats,Where'sPurdue'sOffense?.com

Mike: I had some flower children children in school, too--all with odd names. Scary stuff.

At October 27, 2008 10:40 PM, Blogger The Phoenix replied to my musings ...

Here's one for Obama:

At October 28, 2008 12:10 PM, Blogger Phats replied to my musings ...

OUCH!! that hurts! You do realize this past Saturday we played our third string QB who hadn't taken a snap since HS. It's odd our offense is letting us down usually in Tiller's years it's been the D. Oh well basketball starts Friday

At October 30, 2008 6:17 PM, Blogger Rev replied to my musings ...

At October 31, 2008 9:59 AM, Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen replied to my musings ...

Ooo...I've got mine!

Personal checks will be accepted too...;)


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