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Weird Names and Name Changes

Why Not Just Call Yourself an Idiot?


A look at people who change their name - or give their children unusual names - either to be funny or prove a point.

Living in Butt Hole

The jokes became too much, and something had to be done. Residents of Butt Hole Road, a suburban street in South Yorkshire, raised $600 to change their address to the more palatable "Archers Way." As one resident told Britain's Daily Mail, "We'd heard every single gag there is and we'd had enough." The street was originally named after a communal water butt that served the area.

A 45-Letter Lake

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg -- a little lake in Massachusetts with a very long name -- clarifies the way it should be spelled.

The Brits Are Losing Their Balls

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You don't have to be Freud to know that the razzing you get on a playground haunts you the rest of your life, especially if your surname is "Cockshott" or "Ball." Now, a new study finds that people stuck with those surnames are giving them up, at least in the United Kingdom.

Name That Crime

The man who burglarizes your home or mugs you is less likely to be named Michael or David. A report in Live Science shows that the more unusual a boy's name is, the more likely he will be to commit a crime.

Hoare Road? City Bans 'Rude' Steets

Tire of people laughing at signs for Cracknuts Lane and Hoare Road, the British town of East Sussex is taking action against streets deemed "aeshetically unsuitable." It should be noted that you can't spell East Sussex without S-E-X.

You Can Call Her 'CutoutDissection.com'

Why did Jennifer Thornburg change her name to "CutoutDissection.com"? Well, that answer is self-evident. The 19-year-old is an intern at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Talula No Longer Does the Hula From Hawaii

A New Zealand family court judge was so disturbed to find that a child was named "Tula Does The Hula From Hawaii" that he ordered that the child be placed under court guardianship while a proper name could be chosen.

What the %#@&!

A New Mexico court refused a man's request to change his name to "F--- Censorship." Currently, his first name is "Variable."

Man Changes Name to 'In God We Trust'

Steve Kruescher, a 57-year-old school bus driver, has won the right to change his first name to "In God" and his last name to "We Trust." The father of four says God pulled him through a painful divorce, and he's worried atheists might succeed in having "In God We Trust" removed from U.S. currency.

Man Wins Right to Use Wife's Last Name

All Michael Buday wanted was to take his wife's last name when they married. But it took two years and a sex discrimination lawsuit before that happened.
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