Funny Names Theory Previews!

Here at the Funny Names Blog, we don’t consider ourselves humor writers – we are historians and explorers seeking to enrich the world and contribute to the understanding and advancement of the exciting new field of funnynameology. We are pioneers.

Dave predicts he’ll pick up more girls at bars now that he can introduce himself as “the Tycho Brahe of funnynameology.” We haven’t yet collected sufficient data to verify this claim.

As part of our efforts in this emerging academic discipline, we occasionally reach new epiphanies that signify a quantum leap forward in nominal knowledge. Like all responsible scientists, we recognize that we must publish our work and share it with the world. Since science presently contains a massive void in journals addressing funnynameology, we will unveiling the Funny Names Theory page on our blog next week, which will serve as the official repository of all significant breakthroughs in Funny Names Theory.

In celebration of this, we opened up a poll last week asking our exceptional readers to vote on which theories you’d like to see previewed over the weekend.

Here were the results:

  • The “Kermit Can Kill” Conjecture: 19.51%
  • The Outerbridge Horsey Certainty Principle: 17.07%
  • The Izzy Skenazy Postulate: 14.63%
  • The Bone Wars Settlement (and the Muffet McGraw Corollary): 14.63%
  • The Baldwin Churchill Rule: 12.20%
  • The Armstrong-McLish Allowance (and the Bramble Exception): 12.20%
  • The S.E.O. Confusion Conclusion: 9.76%

Last night, when we last checked the results, there was a three-way tie for second place, so I decided to wait for the voting to resolve itself. I checked again this afternoon and we now have two clear winners!

Here are the two Funny Names Theories previews as chosen by our enlightened readership!

The Kermit Can Kill Conjecture

People born with unusual names (especially boys named Kermit) often become some of the most hardcore tough guys (and gals) on the planet. It is theorized that this could be due to a natural response to early schoolyard heckling at the hands of unenlightened youths who have not yet learned the awesome power that the funny name holds.

Case Studies: Kermit “The Killer” Cintron and Kermit Washington, Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand, Dick Butkus (upcoming post spoiler alert!)

Item ∞ The Outerbridge Horsey Certainty Principle

Part 1: In the beginning, there was Outerbridge Horsey.

Part 2: Outerbridge Horsey is the standard by which all funny names are measured.

Outerbridge Horsey VII, seen here posing with canines, owns a successful architectural firm. He is one of many notable members of the Outerbridge Horsey lineage.

Every system of measurement requires a standard by which all other measurements can be referenced. For most of its history, the metric system used a one-meter long bar of platinum at the freezing temperature of water as its standard. For the Funny Names Blog, Outerbridge Horsey is our de facto bar of platinum-iridium alloy.

There are several reasons for this:

  • Over five years ago, it was the name that inspired the creation of the Funny Names List that eventually led to this blog.
  • The original Outerbridge Horsey was born in Maryland in 1715, sixty years before the original 13 U.S. colonies had declared independence from the British. Outerbridge Horsey VII is alive today. While most names have to be examined in the context of their particular time period, Outerbridge Horsey provides a benchmark for nearly 300 years of funny name history. No other name we have encountered has that kind of staying power, with the slightly less-accomplished – and slightly less-amusing – lineage of Return J. Meigs (which started 35 years later) its closest known competitor.
  • The name has always been unusual. While names like Archibald, Gladys, or Skylar can be considered normal by some people and strange by others, there was never a period where Outerbridge didn’t raise eyebrows.
  • For any person to have the funniest name in the world since 1715, it would have to pass the Outerbridge Horsey test. While it is all subjective, and there are definitely some names that can make a strong and valid claim to that title, we have yet to find a name that has had an obvious edge over Outerbridge Horsey.


So there you have it – the first two theories ever to be published in the emerging scientific discipline of funnynameology, and if you comment on this post, you can tell your (hopefully funny-named) grandchildren that you were there when history was made.

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17 Responses to Funny Names Theory Previews!

  1. Andrew says:

    The world has been waiting, I’m sorry, demanding this field of science. Thank you for answering the call.

    • Dave says:

      Thank you!

      It takes a truly exceptional individual to appreciate groundbreaking scientific research in its infancy. History will look upon you fondly, Andrew!

  2. I am just so glad someone is worrying about this and looking into it. I can’t worry about everything myself.

  3. It’s strange but when I look at the photo of Outerbridge Horsey, his name doesn’t seem odd at all posing outside of a mansion, with 2 canines (they are not dogs) in a linen suit. Please, he screams Outerbridge! This was great.

    • Dave says:

      It’s so true! That man and his ancestors so perfectly embody the core principles of funnynamedness that we decided they must be the “gold standard” for all of our quantitative funny name analyses. We haven’t done any of those yet, but I’m sure we’ll get to it.

      The Theory page will go live on Monday morning, and things are really picking up here at Funny Names Central. Thanks for being with us along the ride!

  4. I love that you posted a picture with this. This is a great post. Thank you.

  5. I love this blog! Being a history buff, I love the research done and history you provide. All in a funny way. Just what history needs–some humor.

  6. “Man, remember that movie “The Outsiders”, and one of the guys name was Soda Pop, and at the time it was cool? It’s not cool right now. If your nickname was Soda Pop… you would be dead” – Mitch Hedberg

  7. rhijulbec says:

    What a brilliant concept. I am sorry I didn’t see the poll. I love how you have taken this and run with it. I am sure Outerbridge would be so proud to be part of this fine institution. It doesn’t hurt that you have many of followers now either!

  8. My friend has a grandson Cornelius,14th in a long line of men trying to figure out to do with it!

  9. Great stuff funny science is the best science.

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