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Posted at 2:47 PM ET, 12/ 7/2010

Captain Awesome, vibrating wallets and robbing Santas: afternoon wackiness

By Melissa Bell
Captain Awesome, formerly known as Douglas Allen Smith Jr., with his identification card in Eugene, Ore. (Brian Davies/AP)

Three weird and wonderful things to top off the day:

My name is Awesome too.

An Oregon man has changed his name from Douglas Allen Smith Jr. to Captain Awesome. And his signature? It looks like this:


His bank won't let him sign checks with that signature though because it can be too easily forged. What a wet blanket bank.

Captain Awesome should get to know Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk and The Flash Combined, a 19 year old , and Stormhammer Deathclaw Firebrand, a 41 year old.


Santa Woes

It's not even halfway through the month and already Santa Claus is wreaking havoc. A man in a Santa hat robbed a bank, sending a pregnant teller to the hospital in distress.

A Macy's Santa Claus was fired after an older couple complained about a joke he regularly tells the "the older people who sit on my lap." If adults would ask why he was jolly, he would say, "Because I know where all the naughty boys and girls live," he told the San Francisco Chronicle.


Financial assets

I spent an entire weekend in New York without a single coin or dollar bill passing through my hands. It was just my thin plastic credit card and me against the big city. An MIT class project worries that the loss of ready cash contributes to bad spending habits. (I'll take the fifth on how much I spent in New York). The group has created "Proverbial Wallets" to bring back the tactile experience when spending money. One wallet will be harder to open as your alloted monthly allowance shrinks. Another will buzz when transactions are made. So far, the style is men's wallets only, but it's still good fun:

By Melissa Bell  | December 7, 2010; 2:47 PM ET
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