Funny Names in the News 58th Ed. – Alaska Day Whizzbang!

Good morning Funny Names Fans and Happy Alaska Day to all! Yes, as we all know it’s the 146th anniversary of United States’ purchase of Alaska from the Russians for a paltry $7.2 million. That sum will barely get you a Willard Wigan work these days.  Anyway, there’ll be celebrations galore from Chickaloon to New Knockhock, and from Marys Igloo all the way to King Salmon. Oh yeah, take the day off everyone, let’s enjoy our freezing cold Alaska Day beverages! Liz will be here for cocktail suggestions to get you started.

Alaska isn’t the only one celebrating a birthday (purchase, birthday, it’s all the same in the service of segues!) this week.  Rodrique Zsorryon Benson, overseas basketball star and brother of Dave’s buddy Kris, turned 29 this week and wrote this eloquent blog post about it. Interesting perspective from a pro athlete right there.

Moving on to more traditional coverage of Funny Names in the News this week. Our Celebrity Child Hitting Things Expert Dave brings us news that 5-year-old Ever Gabo Jovovich-Anderson has won 1st place in a Tae Kwon Do board breaking competition. Commented her zombie-devouring mother : “My 5 yr old yellow belt just won 1st place in a Tae Kwon Do “board breaking” competition!!! Only chick to enter that category! #proudmama #mykidrocks #imjustgonnapatmyselfonthebackonemoretimetobeevenmoreannoying #werule”

Apologies, we will never hashtag on our blog again. It’s a quote, what are you gonna do?

Our intrepid television correspondent Amb tells brings us this reality-bending news : “Actual mother-daughter duo Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri Martino will play mother and daughter on tv.” The two will team up for an NBC comedy called Growing Ivy. Amb is suitably excited, as we all ought to be.

Yes, Flemish style lavatory self portraits are awesome.

Yes, Flemish style lavatory self portraits are awesome.

In fact, I’m actually big fan of Eva Amurri’s mother myself. You could even say I’m something of a motherlover.

This week’s most delightful news come via our Mile High Correspondent Diddy. He’s told us, and this is delightful, of Nina Katchadourian, a lady who locks herself in the toilet on flights and re-creates 15th century Flemish paintings in authentic lavatory style. Our thanks to for their excellent reporting on this story. Here’s Ms. Katchadourian on how this project got started :

While in the lavatory on a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror using my cellphone. The image evoked 15th-century Flemish portraiture.

Visit the link above for more of the extraordinary Flemish airplane toilet art. It’s something else.

And that’ll do it for this weeks Friday Fandango! Enjoy your Igloo Martinis and see you next week!

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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21 Responses to Funny Names in the News 58th Ed. – Alaska Day Whizzbang!

  1. amb says:

    I love a little Lonely Planet in the morning. Well played, my friend.

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  3. wdydfae says:

    Thanks for the mention, Arto! It’s a great roundup, up to the usual standards of the Friday Fandango!

  4. Liz says:

    One igloo martini, coming up 🙂 Seriously (well, as serious as one can be when attending a Friday Fandango), that sounds do-able. Stay tuned!

    Enjoyed the write-up. Lots of whiz-bang action and I was carried away by everyone’s enthusiasm per usual. Can I have a woo hoo? 😉 Love that diddy is bringing in the news, too.

    • Arto says:

      Ooh, look forward to the Igloo Innovations…it is friday after all.

      I’ll drop a woo hoo your way. Woo hoo! Diddy brought the news, and what wonderful news it was, so yes, agreed that it’s awesome he’s joined the fandango production line!

  5. Dave says:

    There’s something very, very Miranda July about those Flemish portraits. Very impressive work she’s done!

  6. Arto-well done. Loved the Flemish portraits.

    Happy “birthday” Alaska.

  7. ksbeth says:

    i long to celebrate in new knockhock.

  8. Re: Nina Katchadourian.

    I’d better be careful what I say here but … locking yourself in an airplane toilet disguised as a 15th-century Flemish maidservant is the kind of behavior I’d expect from an especially cultured drug mule. The wimple could be a decoy for customs officials. And consider the photographic evidence. Look at the way she gazes at the viewer with that pained, expectant air. Is that the expression of a woman with 18 or 20 tightly wrapped condoms full of AAA-grade coke jamming up her innards?

    Something’s just not right.

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