Today’s post marks our 100th post here on the Funny Names Blog (www.funnynamesblog.com), and so it’s a three-parter: our usual daily funny names entry, an announcement of our Nipsey Russell poetry contest winners, and our first ever reader appreciation awards in recognition of the tremendous supporters we’ve had over the past six months. It’s longer than usual, but you can pick and choose the parts you want to read.
This is our 100th post here on the Funny Names Blog!
We want to celebrate it by recognizing you, our enlightened readers. To save space without violating our policy of profiling a new funny-named person every weekday, we’ve decided to devote today’s post to someone who needs no introduction, and who defies analysis (thus allowing us not to write any)!
Like Bubb Rubb and Antoine Dodson before her, Sweet Brown (I hope her middle name is Georgia) is the newest viral video sensation due to her flavorful diction and her fluency in the arcane art of Ebonics. Nothing we could write could add anything to her stupendous homegrown pizazz, so we’ll just leave our obligatory Foxy Brown and blaxploitation references, grab a cold pop, and move on to today’s other important business – the poetry contest winners and our one-of-a-kind reader appreciation awards.
Nipsey Russell Poetry Contest Winners
A few weeks back, we decided to open up a contest for readers who could write the best poems in the style of Nipsey’s hilarious and characteristic quatrains. These are our three winning poets, listed in alphabetical order of their blog name.
Nipsey Russell loved his words
Like guitar, orange, and tucker
He starred in blaxploitation films
But missed ‘I’m Gonna Git You Sucka!’
The delightful Amber from Words Become Superfluous
His name might not have the same cachet
As “Ross”, “Pryor” or “Jackson”
But you just can’t tell the story of The Wiz
Without Nipsey’s groovy Tin Man action
Alexandra Carr-Malcolm from Worldly Winds, talented poet and the only person I know who has fit the word “oscilloscope” into a rhyming poem
Farewell to dear ol’ Nipsey
he was such a witty poet
the leading quatrain master
to him we really owe it!
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Awards for our Readers & Commenters
We have been extremely grateful to receive so many blogging awards in such a short period of time, and are particularly grateful for the people who awarded them to us. A big reason we haven’t yet involved ourselves in the awards process is because we decided early on that much of our blog’s appeal would come from its somewhat narrow and consistent theme.
However, like any bloggers, we genuinely and truly appreciate the insight, comments, connections, and support of our fellow bloggers and commenters, and we want to acknowledge how much we appreciate you!
So how do you offer awards within a Funny Names theme?
…with funny named awards, of course!
We decided to borrow the ABC Award’s “26 items” framework to honor 26 individuals who have made the biggest impact in helping this blog become what it is today, and present them awards based on which of our first 100 posts best applies to them. They’ll be listed in alphabetical order by blog name (after a few special inductions).
My Funny Names Blog partners in crime: Arto (originally from Finland but now married to my ex-girlfriend here in San Diego) and Rob (my brother, who was born in Canada but now works as a litigation consultant in Pasadena) receive the Outerbridge Horsey VIII and IX Awards. Outerbridge Horsey VII was our first post, and is still the benchmark for funny-namedness. If Outerbridge Horsey VII doesn’t pass his name on to his male offspring, then the two of you will carry the Outerbridge flag. (You can read a bit about this blog’s history in my Ossee Schreckengost post.)
Jenn L., aka Rhijulbec receives the Taffy Nivert Early Adopter Award. Taffy Nivert was my first post on this blog, and until recently, also our most-visited. Likewise, we’ll always remember Jenn (who doesn’t even blog on WordPress) as our first true follower, and she’s still the leading commenter in our blog’s history, with 33. Who knows where we’d be without her?
… and now, on to the awards
aFrankAngle earns the Ossee Schreckengost Baseball and History Award. My second post will always hold a special place in my heart for two reasons: it was our first baseball post, and it describes our history. We give the baseball and history award to the only person I’ve encountered whose knowledge of baseball history may exceed Rob’s.
Appleton Avenue wins the Sir Stamford Raffles “Names on Streets” Award. We first met Appleton Avenue on our Stamford Raffles post, and Sir Raffles is the king of getting things named after him, which probably includes a few avenues. (It makes sense to me!)
Joe Pineda of Bard of Steel gets the Bone Wars Suggestion Award because I still think he should name his first-born son Bone Wars Pineda, and his writing is almost as prolific as that of Edward Drinker Cope.
Beatrix Mana wins the Vlurma Byrd Naming Skills Award. Our second-leading commenter of all time is an awesome grandmother from the midwest who chooses great names for her children like “Floss”. Vlurma Byrd was the same.
We’re hooking Disfunctional Unit up with the Fearne Cotton “Dreams Come True” Award. Hopefully this gets him one step closer to his goal of meeting Ms. Cotton. (And yes, we deserve full credit for it). There has to be a “Ferns and the Docks” joke in there too…
John Phillips of Is it Possible to See It All? gets joint Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand and Lesane Parish Crooks Awards for his appreciation of music. Double awards for one of our most reliable commenters.
Life With The Top Down doubles down with the Tallulah Bankhead and Megalyn Echikunwoke Awards. I can’t remember quite when she burst onto the scene, but our third-leading commenter has shown the awesomeness and long-term steadiness that has allowed Megalyn Echikunwoke to become our #1 search result. I threw Tallulah in there because they’re both awesome and Tallulah needs more hits.
Listverse gets the Dudley “Mush” Morton Big Hits Award. If it weren’t for Listverse, there is a good chance we would have given up on this blog. After two months of semi-frequent posts, we were struggling to bring in more than 15 hits a day. However, one day in late March, I decided to put a link to one of our posts into a comment on Listverse, and we brought in 200 hits that day. That opened my eyes to the power of the blogging community, and it’s why everyone on this list is here today.
Marie Overfors and Paralax Vu each win Bitsie Tulloch Awards for parlaying their skills with the English language into successful careers, and for being some of our most appreciated readers, much as Bitsie is one of our most appreciated posts. Marie also wins an extra Fritzi Burger Award for being such a generous award-giver, and Paralax gets a bonus Gylfi Sigurdsson Award, just because.
Mark Sackler of Millenium Conjectures wins the Rube Waddell Ridiculousness Award. He’s a newer fan of ours who has already earned some notice. He’s an avid baseball fan and a kindred spirit who formerly kept a funny named baseball players list, and prides his blog on the “ridiculous and sublime” – also a good descriptor for Rube Waddell.
Bella and Didi of Paws to Talk jointly receive the Muffett McGraw and Kimberly Duane Mulkey Award. I considered Outerbridge Horsey VII‘s canines, but then decided on the only post where we profile two females whose job is to provide guidance to younger members of their species.
Susan Shannon of Short Little Rebel gets the Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone Pound-for-Pound Award. I was considering Carrie A Nation, since she’s outspoken about politics and Christian values, but decided on Sly instead, because both have a fighting spirit greater than their stature. Though she has only written a few comments, Susan had one of my all-time favorites which led to the Ed Balls Reflection.
Amber from Words Become Superfluous is crowned the Florence Colgate Desirability Award. My favorite comment of all time might be Amber’s comment on that FNITN last week. Women who like the show Community and use words like “swoon” are awesome already, but Amber one-upped that by giving me infinite bragging rights over Arto and Rob as the first one of us to have a young lady swoon and profess her love for me because of my blog writing and television tastes. In return, I’ve decided that our post about the (scientifically!) most beautiful woman in Britain best represents her
Alexandra Carr-Malcolm from Worldly Winds receives the Erasmus Darwin Brilliance Through Poetry Award. I like a lot of poetry blogs, but Alex’s is my favorite because she uses words like oscilloscope. Erasmus had a similar gift for blending science and verse.
Congratulations to all of our awardees, and a big thank you to them and our other fantastic readers. Looking forward to many more hundreds of posts and a reader base that continues to deserve one-of-a-kind awards! Thank you all!