Saturday, April 18, 2020

I read the news today, oh boy . . .



“What's in a name? That which we call a rose 
By any other name would smell as sweet;” 

- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet 

Not so, according to actress Amy Shumer, who this week announced that she had officially renamed her firstborn, who had entered this world on May 5 2019. The lad is named Gene Fisher, the family name coming from hubby Chris Fisher. The problem was that his middle name was chosen in honour of her close friend and fellow comic Dave Attell, the bub’s full name being Gene Atell Fisher. According to Shumer, 'Do you guys know that Gene, our baby’s name is officially changed? It’s now Gene David Fischer. It was Gene Attell Fischer, but we realised that we, by accident, named our son 'Genital'.' 

Daily Mail 


Some questions: 

Did the baby have to be nearly a year old before she realised? 

And why not simply do it quietly instead of going public? 


Others shared their experiences with awkward names: 

Bored Panda 


Some people have carried naming of children to new heights of absurdity, inspired by the current CV-19 pandemic, without any obvious regard to future feelings of the children: 

An Indian couple who had twins during the pandemic chose the name Covid for their baby boy, and Corona for their little girl. 

A baby boy, born in Uttar Pradesh in India, has been given the name Lockdown. 

A Manila woman has named her baby Covid Bryant - honouring the late Kobe Bryant and the virus. 

Another woman in Manila named her baby Covid Rose. 

An unfortunate child in the Philippines now carries the name Coviduvidapdap. 

NZ Herald 


One final comment, if you happen to be looking up Amy Shumer on a google search: 

Britney Spears caused a stir with her 2009 song If U Seek Amy. Sample lyric: 

Love me, hate me
But can't you see what I see?
All of the boys and all of the girls
Are begging to if you seek Amy 


Ashbury explosion: 

Between Ashfield and Canterbury is a suburb called Ashbury, the name adopted in the 1920s by a combination of those two suburb names in preference to the existing name South Ashfield. 

The suburb was in the news this week when an attempt to get rid of bugs went awry. The family residing there set off ten bug bombs at 7.00am on Easter Sunday, probably one in each of 10 rooms. It turned the house into a giant bomb, which was detonated when the stove was lit. Seven family members were in the home at the time aged between eight and 73, all survived, Fire and Rescue said the home was 'a complete write off' and will be destroyed. 


It sounds to me like this man might be behind it: 


Hoarder seeks refund: 

The current CV-19 pandemic has seen hoarding of supplies, especially toilet paper, so I took perverse delight in this story. 

John-Paul Drake is an executive with South Australian supermarket chain Drakes, He was approached by a customer who wanted a refund on 5,000 rolls of toilet paper after eBay refused to allow him to sell them online. Apparently the customer had up to 20 people buying for him. 

In a video uploaded to YouTube, Mr Drake said recent panic buying of toilet paper had been “absolutely ridiculous” with the company selling eight months’ worth in four days at one point. But one customer’s behaviour was worse than the others. “I had my first customer yesterday who said he wanted to get a refund on 150 packets of 32-pack toilet paper and 150 units of one-litre sanitiser.” In 150 packs of 32-roll toilet paper there would be 4800 individual rolls. 

What was Mr Drake’s response? 


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