Hello Funny Names Blog fans – Dave here with a rare Tuesday post!
Astute readers may know that I actually pre-wrote an entire month of posts so that I could focus more on the MCAT, which I’ll be taking on Thursday. However, today I stumbled upon a truly exceptional name, and decided I simply couldn’t wait to share it with you.
What’s the name?
He was a basketball star at NC State in the late 1940’s, and became a member of the Boston Celtics for one season during the early years of the National Basketball association. Like many stars in sports’ early days, Dick Dickey ended up making most of his money outside of sports, where he spent 29 years in the insurance industry. However, he was also inducted into the Indiana Sports Hall of Fame, and his #70 jersey number was retired at NC State in his honor.
Hopefully it’s obvious by now that the Funny Names Blog isn’t like many “funny names” lists where they try to find as many gross, anatomical, or vulgar-sounding names as possible. We enjoy the finer, more distinguished side of funny names. Though it wasn’t a policy, I think we actually went out of our way to avoid adult-themed names until Arto’s Ed Balls post.
But when Arto and I looked at our new subscribers the day after that post, and found no fewer than six women who regularly post about Christian topics (including one of our favorite commenters and bloggers Beatrix Mana), it got us thinking. Then, on that same post about a left-leaning British politician named Ed Balls, we received possibly my all-time favorite comment so far, from outspoken Conservative Christian blogger Susan Shannon aka Short Little Rebel, which included these words:
It made me realize that other serious people really needed a laugh – something NOT mean spirited. Something easy and something cheerful. Something, in the end, that makes us realize that we are all humans, after all, and that we are alike. I mean, EVERYONE has to enjoy a Mr. Balls or a Mr. Hand article, right?
That statement perfectly articulated the idea that we had just begun to think about: funny names have a near-universal appeal. Since then, we still exercise discretion, but no longer shy away from posting a semi-vulgar name if it’s one of the most famous funny names ever, or is oddly appropriate.
In fact, I just decided that this is worthy enough to become the newest Funny Names Theory!
The Ed Balls Reflection
1. Vulgarity alone does not make a name funny. However, some vulgar-sounding names are very funny.
2. When used sparingly and with discretion, this humor has near-universal appeal.
3. We will exercise restraint and moderation, but will not shy away from posting about people named Ed Balls or Dick Dickey when we discover them.