Funny Names in the News Volume 28: A Very Special Cross-Over Edition!

amb: Hi everyone! Happy Friday! I’m so excited to be here!! Again!!!

Liz: Hey all! While amb stops for oxygen, I’d just like to take a moment and reassure all FNITN-loving folk that we’re not actually hijacking the blog again. Matter of fact, my appearances here at BoFN have all been by invitation. *clearing throat here* amb?

*looks at amb, who is dancing to “Friday and I’m in Love” and doesn’t notice*

As I was saying: Since Dave has a physiology midterm today, he very kindly invited us to fill in for him with a special crossover edition of Funny Names in the News.

amb: Right! So while we can’t promise that Dave won’t regret this …

Liz: …we do promise to deliver the news, and funny names, with a couple of our own surprises thrown in. Enjoy!


Rocky Balboa

We’re sure that Rocky James Prinze is a lot cuter than this dude, but he’s a bit camera shy

amb: Actors Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar have revealed the name of their young son, who was born last September. Rocky James Prinze is clearly in a (weight) class all of his own, and is destined to grow up to be a knockout.

For the record, this tip comes to us from Boxing Correspondent Dave, and not certain other showbiz-concerned correspondents. You know, Liz, as the name behind six films, three video games, and countless hours of “Eye of the Tiger” radio play, I’m surprised that “Rocky” isn’t a more popular baby name, frankly.

Liz: I think “Rocky” is the Double-Stuffed Cheesy Baked Potato of films. You know you really don’t Need all of those fat grams, but d@mned if it doesn’t taste good and satisfy those gotta-have-it cravings. Or we can talk sweets: Rocky is a Crusher Marshmallow Cookie for sure. Hard-core on the outside, but he’s got those melty tender spots, too. Rocky and food–ok, now I’m hungry. Did you bring anything to eat? amb?

*amb, dancing again (this time to “On Saturday”), has once again let her attention wander*

OK, then. Moving on. If you’re looking to burn off the calories consumed reading about Rocky, our Careers Your Guidance Counselor Never Told You About Correspondent, Fannie, brings us jump-roping phenomenon Rene Bibaud. A former choreographer and coach for Cirque du Soleil, Bibaud made the Seattle news when she figured out how to turn jumping rope into a full-time job.  You can read more about Rene’s talents here.

lemon on left, apple-blackberry on right

lemon on left, apple-blackberry on right

And if we’re jumping rope, we’ll need some liquid refreshment. How about some fruit-infused water?

amb: Liz…funny names here, remember? You’re not at foodforfun right now. Funny. Names.

So, from jump rope to slightly more … distinguished careers, Future Member of the Medical Profession Correspondent Dave  – what, did you think I was going to use a Dr. McDreamy reference here? – has the sad news that Dr. C. Everett Koop died in his home this week at age 96. Koop was widely regarded as the most influential surgeon general in American history. You can read about him in reputable publications such as the New York Times and this very blog.

Liz: I hadn’t heard that, amb. Never ceases to amaze me how much I learn here at BoFN. Don’t know if Dr. Koop would have approved of your TV viewing habits! I know you have a TV item coming up … can you just please promise me that you’ll eat some healthy snacks while you’re watching, like air-popped popcorn (this being the Funny Names blog and all, make sure it’s Orville Redenbacher popcorn)?

Though from looking back at your comments on the Redenbacher post (my but you do turn up a lot in the comment section here), I see you eat your popcorn mixed with Reese’s Pieces. *shaking head* Snacks don’t have to be junk food, you know. How about I send you a batch of my sweet, salty, crunchy Classic Granola to munch on while you watch?

amb: Me? Talk a lot? Here? Now why on earth would I want to do that?

*amb bats her eyelashes a bit. amb overdoes it with the eyelashes and starts sneezing. Liz pats her on the back and passes the fruit-infused water*

Friends VS The Golden Girls

We don’t know about you, but Dorothy looks pretty intimidating to us!

Whew! Thanks. I needed that. (And that granola sounds fab, by the way.) The entertainment blog is trying to determine the Greatest Sitcom of All Time. Yesterday, funny named writer Willa Paskin debated the merits of “Friends” (this blog’s personal cast of characters) VS. “Golden Girls.” Joey Tribbiani against Rose Nylund – it’s a fictional funny names face off! You can find out who made it to the next round here.

Liz: Since we’re hanging out in Dave’s space today, we thought we’d close our news update with one more item from him. amb – sit down. Drink some more fruit-infused water.

Dave brings us the bulletin that, in the 15 minutes following Renee Zellweger’s Oscars appearance, we got 51 hits for “Renee Zellweger squinty eyes” related search results, and had our biggest Sunday in months! We’ve obtained the exclusive broadcasting rights to his acceptance speech:

“We’d like to thank the Academy, and the Hollywood Foreign Press (I think they’re Oscars-related), and Renee Zellweger, and her mom Kjellfrid Irene Andreassen, and her father Erich Emil Zellweger, and God, and people who search for peculiar terms.”

amb: And now it’s time for an acceptance speech of our own! Thanks so much, everyone, for having Liz and I over for this edition of Funny Names in the News. We’ve loved bringing you our correspondents’ latest scoops, and we hope we’ve kept you entertained …

Liz:  … and given you some inspiration about what to cook and eat this weekend! Until next time… (and there will be a next time, right Dave?)

amb: Have a wonderful Friday, all.

About Liz

Owner of deLizious Food Communications. Projects include recipe development, editing, and formatting; food writing and editing; nutrition analysis; public speaking and cooking instruction. Past and present clients: General Mills, Green Giant Fresh, Hormel, Minnesota Beef Council, Minnesota Soybean, Minnesota Pork Producers, Norwood Promotional Products, Pillsbury, Tad Ware, and Weight Watchers Publishing. Mother of two young girls.
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37 Responses to Funny Names in the News Volume 28: A Very Special Cross-Over Edition!

  1. Liz and amb–The guys are in danger of losing their off-hours job. Great post! I would never give a kid a name that might lead to a “Rocky” future or a “Rocky” marriage. You’ve made me so hungry with your food references that I might have to flee the KOOP to round up some victuals (which HAS to be the funniest name for “food”). –John

  2. Dave says:

    Haha, I’m getting a strong “Troy and Abed in the morning!” kind of feel with this post. You guys banter better than just about anyone.

    And I love the any post that compares arguably my favorite movie series to Double-Stuffed Cheesy Baked Potatoes and Crusher Marshmallow Cookies.

    • amb says:

      Dave!! Putting us in the same league as Troy and Abed? That is the sweetest thing you’ve ever said to me.

      • Dave says:

        Haha, I only speak the truth! I totally got that vibe though, with the back-and-forth between you guys, segueing (can that possibly be spelled correctly?!?) between food and pop culture topics like that. Consider that comment your gift of gratitude for covering for me today!

  3. Dave says:

    Oh man, there are about 40 moments of funny in this post! So many highlights! There certainly will be a next time. I’m not sure when, but I’ll know who to contact when that happens 🙂

    • amb says:

      You’re just happy that I held it together and didn’t make any Dr. McDreamy jokes. No promises next time!

      • Dave says:

        I find Grey’s Anatomy a bit hard-to-believe and silly, but given my choice of profession and my aspirations, being compared to Dr. McDreamy wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen to me, that’s for sure.

        Alright Amb, I have to get back to studying. I’m going on a 12-hour Amb hiatus. If anyone asks about my absence, tell them I’m away at a conference or something 🙂

    • Liz says:

      Yay-Dave liked it 🙂 Just imagine what we could’ve done with more than 5 minutes notice 😉 I for one enjoyed the party and am glad to have connected with you folks. I can segue food with anything as I’m just talented like that;-) Here’s to more Projects and Happy Weekend to all.

  4. Arto says:

    This. Is. Funny.

  5. You guys are “two” funny and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. (Maybe we can bring back Vaudeville through the written word.) Great job.

    Amb–I was a little tired and forgot to put my tea down before reading *dabbing vanilla tea off screen*. Thought you should know.

  6. Mailman says:

    You ladies are awesome. Happy Friday!

    • Liz says:

      wow–thanks:-) Happy to Fri to you, too. Glad you came on by. Seems we’re planning a party what with all the gin and vanilla tea (feeling a cocktail recipe coming on) and such. Though Fannie is right–we might need serving vessels other than silver tea sets.

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