Monday, November 05, 2007

Hopefully Arizona Residents Won't Name Their Kids "Super" or "Bowl"

Having your city or country host a major sporting event is pretty cool. Especially when it's as publicized as the Olympics. However, that really shouldn't encourage parents to name their kids after said event. Though, parents in China obviously don't care.

The upcoming Beijing Olympics is more than just a point of pride for China — it's such an important part of the national consciousness that nearly 3,500 children have been named for the event, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Most of the 3,491 people with the name "Aoyun," meaning Olympics, were born around the year 2000, as Beijing was bidding to host the 2008 Summer Games, the Beijing Daily reported, citing information from China's national identity card database.

Don't these parents realize that kids have it hard enough these days without a funky name? It's just an invitation to get beat up, become a recluse and end up confronted by Chris Hansen in a kitchen someday. It's sad really. Though, the sadder part might be that some parents have named their kids after the mascots of the Olympics.
Names related to the Olympics don't just stop with "Olympics." More than 4,000 Chinese share their names with the Beijing Games mascots, the "Five Friendlies."

The names are Bei Bei (880 people), Jing Jing (1,240), Huan Huan (1,063), Ying Ying (624) and Ni Ni (642). When put together, the phrase translates to "Beijing welcomes you!"

That's just great. If you have five kids you can have your very own Olympics welcoming committee. And in return for the ridicule you put them through probably your own death squad that will either take you out, or choose the worst nursing home possible for you to live out your final days in.

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