Funny Names in the News 10 Plus Acronym Fun with FLAMINGOS

Ah, FNITN. One of those great acronyms (or abbreviations, depending on your reading preferences). It’s right up there with ADONIS, the ADaptive Optics Near-Infrared System and FLAMINGOS, the FloridA Multi-object Imaging Near-infrared Grism Observational Spectometer as some of the grestest and silliest acronyms ever invented (though not even nearly infrared). By the way, did you know there’s a fancy scientific photon-counting instrument called 2D-Frutti? I didn’t either. I barely know what a photon is, besides its obvious use in space torpedoes. But I’m very happy about the existence of 2D-Frutti. Shows some scientists at least have a terrible sense of humor.

On to the news, or more importantly, the funny names contained within said news! I have good news for everyone right off the bat (obligatory 26th baseball reference for our blog this week). The chairman of the Republican National Committee is called Reince Priebus. I don’t know anything else about him, but that is a damn good name. (By the way, RNC? That’s no acronym. How about ReNalTee? Much better.)

Infrared Flamingos? I’m pretty sure this is what those scientists in Florida have been working on.

My Esteemed Colleague© Dave’s greatest hero in life, country legend Loretta Lynn says “she’s as country as cornbread“. And so is Dave. But I digress. She recently published an interview on her official website where she talks about a Broadway show being made of her life, including of course her marriage to Oliver Vanetta “Doolittle” Lynn. The play will star breezily named Zooey Deschanel, of superfluous vowel fame, who follows up on Sissy Spacek‘s performance in the film Coal Miner’s Daughter. She’s also collaborating with Merle Haggard on a record, making it a whole lot of funny names for one article. Way to go, Loretta. You win this week.

Wally Butts was also the subject of this intriguing-looking work, also featuring a dude named Bear Bryant.

In today’s most current news, excerpts from past editions of the Mobile, Alabama based Press-Register tell me that the athletic director of the University of Georgia used to be a fellow named Wally Butts. In 1962. Not sure why they’re sharing that with us in August 2012, but hey, why the heck not. Gotta fill that space somehow. I know all about filler, and so do you, having read the past three or four sentences, so I think we both recognize pointless rambling when we see it.

Meanwhile in Memphis, the headline “Eddie Lee Tribble arrested for Devario Smith‘s Murder” should tell you all the key parts of this article written by the venerable Lindsey Tugman. Yes, Tugman. Somehow the person writing the article managed to have the funniest name in that company.

That’ll just about wrap it up for this week. Sign back in next time to learn more about the funniest names in the news today!

About Arto

Co-founder of the Funny Names Blog, Hawaiian shirt enthusiast, and holder of a funny name himself with too many vowels for any sensible person. Currently residing in San Diego, California, scouring through obscure documents on a hunt for more funny names.
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9 Responses to Funny Names in the News 10 Plus Acronym Fun with FLAMINGOS

  1. Fascinating as usual.

  2. Bumba says:

    Esteemed Colleague (ES, mein kinde),
    With the addition of acronyms to your already long list of funny proper names, you now have just too much material for the Funny Names blog. Which means we may never see the end of the Funny Names blog, which is bad news for us compulsive readers who will (obviously) read anything.
    By the way, the physicists, who keep on discovering new sub-atomic particles and universes intentionally give them “quarky” names.

  3. The 5 star rating I gave this was for Oliver Vanetta Doolittle Lynn. Because that sounds like a pudding. And I’d do anything to be able to come into my party and say ‘Have you met my husband, Oliver Vanetta Doolittle Lynn?’

    • amb says:

      I was all set to write about how much I heart Loretta (especially when she’s working with Jack White!) but then I read your comment and decided I’d write about how much I heart you instead, Becky. That comment cracked me up! Plus, now I want pudding …

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