What's In A Name? Today You Can Be Someone New

Published : 14/04/2012 09:00:42
Categories : Party Nostalgia

Do you like your name? If you do, then that's great, but if you don't feel it's ever really suited you, or you now find you share your name with a rather less than admirable celebrity, or your parents gave you a name they thought was terribly witty, then today you can celebrate! March 27th - National Joe Day That's right, today is 'National Joe Day', which gives you the chance to be someone else for 24 hours. Ditch your name, and become Joe (or Jo) for the whole day. Feel free to answer the phone as Joe, introduce yourself as Joe, and generally discover what you might be like as someone called Joe. In a way you might find it almost liberating, being freed of the one thing that has remained constant in your life since the day you were born.

But for some people having the chance to change their name is of particular interest. Occasionally children can end up with rather unfortunate names through their parents' complete lack of awareness as to what they were thinking, and in other cases a marriage following a divorce can result in a change of surname with rather unhappy consequences. But in many cases the blame for having a less than ideal name falls squarely at the feet of the parents. It's easy to look down at the few pounds of burbling pink dribble-producing creature and see a cute or funny name as being a novelty.

However, when that person is working as a 40 year old senior executive in a pharmaceutical corporation it's slightly less amusing. So in celebration of National Joe Day we thought we'd gather a list of some of our favourite funny names. These are all genuine, if unfortunate names. • Abel N. Willan • Adam Baum • Alan A. Daiswerk • Aldo Kingsmen • Alex Blaine • Anita Bath • Dot Matrix • Gladys Friday • Levon Time • Lou Pole • Marie D. Ajurck • Maura Plause • Miles Apart • Morrie Pulsive • Phylis Teen • Polly Ester • Rankin Smellie • Robin Cradles • Russell Leeves • Sam Diego • Scott Free • Sonya Mind • Stan Back • Tanya Hyde • Tyrone Shoes • Will Barrow • Willie Maykit Then of course there are those people who had perfectly good names, which they then went and screwed up through their choice of career: •

General Incompetence • Major Disaster • Major Problems • Private Parts • Dr. Aikenhead • Dr. Bonebrake • Dr. Hurter • Dr. Myracle Next time you're at the dentist, be thankful you're not registered with Dr. Yankum or Dr. Fang (both real, registered dentists), and when checking in to a hospital, make sure you're not seen by either Dr. Kwak or Dr. Pain. Have you come across a funny name? Do you know someone who has a rather unfortunate name, or have you yourself been blessed with a lifetime's free humour? If so, please feel free to share using the comments box below!

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