Thursday, August 9, 2007

Someone Call New Zealand's Child Protective Services

or whatever the equivalent is there, because this kid is going to be in for a tough time.
In my quest to find the strangest baby name ever we have a very strong contender. A couple in Wellington has named their child Superman. As in the comic book Krypton hero (son of Jor-El.) But as "awesome" and unique as Superman is as a (real life) name, it wasn't the parents first choice. No that honor would go to 4Real, written exactly that way. And what made the couple decide on this moniker to gift their child with?

The Wheatons decided on the name after seeing the baby for the first time in an ultrasound scan and realizing their baby was "for real."...They decided 4Real was the best way to write it, but the name was rejected because the registrar said a name had to be a sequence of characters.

Thankfully there's at least one person with some sense in that country, though sadly the parents will still call the kid 4real, like he was in some late 90's one man boy band. There's no way this kid is having a normal life. The kid is now 2 months old. I'm sure when he's like 7 it'll be really cool that his name is Superman and maybe when he's in his teens and there's some hip hop revival, going by 4real will be "fresh" in his group of friends but imagine he's 25 and trying to advance in some buttoned down business world, imagine that when he's growing up people want to see if they can beat up Superman, or, heaven forbid, when he gets too into the hard core gangsta rap scene in New Zealand that someone wants to see if this Superman can survive bullets. Poor, poor Superman Wheaton. 2007-2026. I just wish his name was Mojo, then at least someone could pray for him.

Poor kid. I hear Daniel's a nice name. You'll need this when you become legal

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