Obscure Box

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July 24, 2008

Sit down Cola and stop hassling Chocolate Bar

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Media, Online, Print

Reports from New Zealand that a judge has ordered a young girl can change her name after being embarrassed she would only tell her school fiends she was called 'K'.

In the New Zealand Herald's report "Name change ordered for 'Talula Does The Hula'" (Thursday 24 July 2008) Family Court Judge Rob Murfitt said he had concerns the girl's name - and others strange names - created a social hurdle for them as they grew up.

No doubt nine-year-old Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii is delighted with the ruling. But what other strange names, I hear you ask.

Judge Murfitt made written findings on the issue public after discovering some New Zealand children had names such as Number 16 Bus Shelter, Violence and Benson and Hedges (twins).

Some children in Taranaki had been named after six-cylinder Ford cars.

Grief. What next?

Midnight Chardonnay, according to "Court orders name change" in the Taranaki Daily News where the report continues in greater detail.

More strange names were revealed from the office of Judge Murfitt who was apparently prevented from talking further to the newspaper by order of a fellow judge. (Odd that.)

They included twins who had been named Fish and Chips, as well as another set named Masport and Mower. Some of the boys' names included Yeah Detroit, Spiral Cicada, Kaos, Fat Boy, Stallion and even Hitler.

Girls were not spared either, with Cinderella Beauty Blossom and Twisty Poi registered, while the gender of children named Nero, Keenan Got Lucky and Sex Fruit was not known.

Perhaps the advertising industry could get in on the act.

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