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BritNews RoundUp: Funny Name Edition

A lot of British people already have funny names--all those Bryony Plumpingtons and Colin Dithering-Smythes--so it's a treat to see even odder names, as described in this BBC story.

Actually, what they're called is "most unfortunate names," as determined by a baby-centric Web site. Justin Case, Barb Dwyer and Stan Still all made the list.

Retired airman Stan Still, 76, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, said his name had been "a blooming millstone around my neck my entire life".

"When I was in the RAF my commanding officer used to shout, 'Stan Still, get a move on' and roll about laughing," he said. "It got hugely boring after a while."

One of my favorite unfortunate names was posted by a reader in the story's comments section. "Think about it," wrote Jenny Taylor.

How private is Facebook? Is there even any question? It's not private. Posting something there is like sticking it up on a bulletin board in a bus station. If you have any doubt, consider the case of 16-year-old Kimberley Swann, who on her first day as a receptionist at a product development company in Essex posted "first day at work. omg!! So dull!!" followed a few weeks later by "im so totally bord!!!"

No, what she is is fird. Her family thinks it's unfair her employer was snooping on her Facebook page. They are stupd.

I've told this story before, but it bears repeating: After college my uncle was a fisherman on a trawler out of Alaska. One day his school ring slipped from his hand and fell into the ocean, never to be seen again. A year later he was cutting into a salmon that he caught when the knife hit something hard. You guessed it: It was his finger. Gave himself a nasty cut.

That's not at all like this story from the Sun: "Fisherman found my lost phone in the belly of a 25lb cod ...and it still works after a week in a fish." The headline pretty much says it all, though I'm not sure I'd want to use that phone ever again.

Don't forget that my online chat is today at noon. Feel free to post a question now or join me then.

By John Kelly  |  February 27, 2009; 11:01 AM ET
 
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