Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Here we have an A-Z of some of the most embarrassing, unpronounceable or just plain weird names from round the world.
A - A Chinese couple named their son @ which in Chinese is pronounced 'ai ta' meaning 'love him'.
B - Swedish courts can also reject unusual names. In 1991 a Swedish couple tried to name their child Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (pronounced 'Albin') in protest.
The court rejected the name and fined them £450.
C - Brazilian footballer Creedence Clearwater Couto was named after legendary American rock band Creed.
D - In 1995, US hit The Late Show made a celebrity of Canadian petrol station owner Dick Assman.
E - Two sports-loving dads in Texas and Michigan named their sons ESPN (pronounced 'Espin') after the US TV channel.
F - Names often change their meanings over the years. At least we hope so for the sake of poor F*ck K Holmwood who was born in Sussex in1878. His mother was named Fanny.
G - In 2005 an online casino paid Terri Iligan £8,000 to change her name to GoldenPalaceDotCom.
H - Paula Yates and Michael Hutchence named their daughter Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.
I - Sometimes it's the surname that causes the trouble. James Hogg, a former Governor of Texas named his daughter Ima.
J - Bond fan David Fearn from Walsall changed his name to James Dr No From Russia with Love Goldfinger Thunderball You Only Live Twice On Her Majesty's Secret Service Diamonds Are Forever Live and Let Die The Man with the Golden Gun The Spy Who Loved Me Moonraker For Your Eyes Only Octopussy A View to a Kill The Living Daylights Licence to Kill Golden Eye Tomorrow Never Dies The World Is Not Enough Die Another Day Casino Royale Bond, to celebrate the release of the latest 007 film in 2006.
K - Comic book fan Nicolas Cage named his son Kal-El, Superman's real name.
L - Mia Farrow named her daughter Lark Song. She also has children named Summer Song and Satchel.
M - Parents having trouble choosing baby names often look to Hollywood for inspiration.
In 2003, several hundred boys were named Maximus, after Russell Crowe's character in the film Gladiator.
N - Number 16 Bus Shelter was one of the names that the New Zealand courts didn't reject.
O - Actress Ocean Hellman's full name is actually Crystal Ocean Supri Heavenly Blue Sky Hellman.
P -Peaches Geldof's full name is Peaches Honeyblossom Michelle Charlotte Angel Vanessa Geldof. Her sisters are named Fifi Trixibelle and Little Pixie.
Q - Queer Mansell, who lived in South Carolina in the 1930s, had a husband named Pink.
R - American actor Robert Trebor's name is a palindrome - it reads the same when spelled backwards.
S - Bill and Moya Lear, owners of posh private jet firm Lear, named their daughter Shanda.
T - Sometimes the parents aren't to blame. In 1994, 17-year-old Peter Eastman changed his name to Trout Fishing In America, the title of his favourite book.
U - It sounds like the title of a horror movie but in fact Urban Shocker was a baseball player in the 1920s.
V - American actress Robin Strasser was given the middle names Victory In Europe becase she was born on VE-Day, May 7, 1945.
W - Baseball player Wonderful Terrific Monds the Third was named after his father and grandfather who got the name because his parents were so pleased to have had a son.
X - TV shows can inspire parents: in 1996 and 1997, 567 girls were named after Xena: Warrior Princess, played by Lucy Lawless.
Y - Michael Howard of Leeds had his name legally changed to Yorkshire Bank PLC Are Fascist B*stards after being charged £20 for a £10 overdraft. He closed his account and asked for a cheque with the balance to be made out in his new name.
Z - Zachary Zzzzzzzzzra was born Bill Holland but the decorator changed his name so people would always be able to find him at the back of the phonebook.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Mayor Pam Kaithern says police are looking into the knitted graffiti, which is technically against the law, as it is being done on public property without permission.
However, the mayor and many residents admit they're delighted by the woolly rainbow of colours that has popped up.
Gofman didn't want to talk about it, but his lawyer said he's just waiting for a better offer.
"He's sorry this ever happened and would like to have it behind him."
The grappling grandpas scuffled on Jan. 19 when Pulwers, who lives above a doctor's office, saw Gofman parked in the driveway and knocked on his window to say the doctor was coming to park in the spot.
Gofman, was waiting for his wife to return from a doctor's appointment across the street.
Prosecutors say he got out of his car and began bashing Pulwers, who turns 100 in two weeks.
Pulwers was left with two black eyes, a broken nose and damaged ribs.
Gofman was charged with first-degree assault and could have faced 25 years - but the charge was reduced to second-degree assault after he testified before the grand jury.
"He could kill a cow," said Pulwers.
"This guy knocked me to the ground like a tiger, with his knees. Like a tiger he jumped on my body and punched me how much he wanted. I lose power because I'm not such a young man."
When told Gofman had refused a deal to end the court case, Pulwers shrugged.
"It's up to the court," he said. "Listen, I'm too old to go find a lawyer or something. If the court send him to jail, okay, and if not, what am I going to do?"
Although he still has pain in his ribs, Pulwers said he is looking forward to celebrating his milestone birthday.
"I'm almost 100 years," he said. "What I could be doing? My wife make food, we make a shot, have a little vodka."
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
This preschooler believes she got ripped off in the mommy department.
Guest Blogger Lily: Although I've only been on this earth three short years, I've learned one thing: You moms sure like to complain. From what I can tell, the whole "mommy blogging" world is one never-ending bitch-fest about how us kids get on your nerves. Did you ever think maybe hanging out with you guys is no picnic either?
My mom in particular is no prize. Here's why:
1) She's always messing with my stuff.
Like some obsessive-compulsive who can't stop washing their hands, my mom Cannot. Stop. Putting. Away. Toys. Let's say I've got my baby dolls painstakingly covered up with every available blanket and towel in the house -- like clockwork, she comes in and starts tearing the place apart. Then my babies start freaking out because she uncovered them and they're cold. Next time, I swear, if she touches my sh*t, I'm going to call the cops.
2) She doesn't have the answers.
It seems every time I exercise my innate curiosity and ask "Why?" about something -- not that often, mind you, just about 500 to 1,000 times a day -- she doesn't know the answer. Half the time I swear she's just making stuff up. I'm not stupid. I can easily fact check "Why is that man walking over there?" and "Why can that kid have ice cream?" on Google.
3) She's a remote control freak.
Here I am, watching one of my favorite episodes of "Dora the Explorer" (I'm a particular fan of Swiper, that kleptomaniac fox -- he's HOT), and they're about to sing the "We did it!" song, and suddenly Miss Kill Joy swoops in and tells me it's time to turn the TV off. Really? With only two minutes left? What's her trip?! How ya think she'd like it if I flipped off the boob tube right before Tom Bergeron announced the winners on "Dancing with the Stars?" If I tried that, I'd be in a lifelong time-out without possibility of parole.
4) She's a hypocrite.
Her self-serving mantra seems to be "Do as I say, not as I do." Here's an example: I love candy. In fact, I've dedicated my whole life to the acquisition of the stuff. But when I ask for it, my mom, in some sort of pathetic bait and switch, hands me a piece of celery or some other kind of flavorless garbage instead. Meanwhile, I see her secretly snarfing up pint after pint of Häagen-Daz cookie dough ice cream all by herself. Then I have to listen to her whine about her weight. Who is she kidding? You think she's ever going to get into her "Pre-Lily" jeans that way? Fat chance.
5) She knows NOTHING about fashion.
I know what I like. One thing I don't like is having a 40-plus-year-old woman trying to tell me what looks cool. I could care less if she doesn't think a polka-dot shirt with striped pants, topped off with a bathing suit and a tiara, "goes together." I don't see her taking home any fashion awards with her mom jeans and hair in a "time-saving" ponytail. Sheesh. I'm embarrassed every time she picks me up from preschool.
Obviously, this was stolen from someone else's blog :)