They should have had the child taken away, ffs. Sure, there are many names that sound stupid for one reason or another, but this “name” was chosen specifically out of protest. I say “name” because it wasn’t chosen for the reason that’s every other name in every society throughout history has been chosen—to identify an individual—but rather as “a protest against naming laws”. These parents completely disregarded the fact that their child will have to live with that stupid-hissyfit-of-a-name for the rest of his life or until he has it legally changed. I have no problem with people giving their children unorthodox names if they’re sincere. For instance, the name Adolf was a very common germanic name until someone had to ruin it by making shoes. But seriously, if you don’t like the name Adolf then you are a racist. No other questions need be asked, you are a terrible person if you see someone of german descent and automatically think they’re a nazi. Click the unfollow button, dipshit. But now back to Finland. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that it would be good to name a child anything just as long as it’s sincere. This “name” for instance has quite a few practical problems. 1, it’s long. Do you want your child to get carpel tunnel syndrome whenever they have to sign their name? 2, it has no vowels (not even glides). Every syllable contains vowel sounds, even in languages that don’t write vowels (e.g. arabic) they still exist. Not writing out the sounds that come between consonants makes pronounciation a guessing game. Which brings us to 3, it’s not phonetic. When someone sees a word, they try to pronounce it. They do this by assuming that certain letters make certain sounds. People will try to pronounce your name phonetically based on their native language’s idea of phoneticism. I don’t want to see your kid to be called Barfzackscock…, Barfkhokhtsits…, Varfhahsis…, or anything else like that. Which brings us to 4, numbers. There should never be numbers in a person’s name. Not only because it looks stupid to mix writing systems (sorry 1337-5p3ak3r5) but also because it merely inhibits pronounciation. Are you seeing a pattern here? We write things in a way that other people understand and can say back to us in a way that we can then understand without too much loss of information. A name like “Albert II” can be pronounced as “Albert, the second” or simply “Albert” because people know what the roman numeral II means and can disregard pronouncing it every single time. At worst someone might not realise that Albert II is not the original Albert. In closing, people would think you’re a monster for giving your child a common and traditional name, but praise you for giving them a completely made-up name that you’re lucky if they know how to spell themself, nevermind that noone will know how it’s pronounced.
In 1991, Elisabeth Hallin and Lasse Diding were fined $680 for naming their son Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (Pronounced “albin”).
Historic Legislation of the Day: Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced a bill today that would amend the government’s Controlled Substances Act to remove all federal penalties for the production, distribution, and possession of marijuana, effectively striking down its classification as a scheduled drug.
The bill aims to allow individual states to set their own marijuana laws without the concern of being overridden on the federal level. The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 [pdf] — the first bill of its kind — resembles the repeal of the 18th Amendment in that it restricts the government’s role in controlling the substance to keeping the drug out states where it is banned.
Frank stressed the bill was “not a legalization bill,” telling reporters it offered limited-government politicians the perfect opportunity to put marijuana where their mouth is.
Ron Mueck, “In Bed” 2005. This hyperrealist sculptor creates massive pieces that are so real they’re difficult to disbelieve.