iBienvenidos mis amigos! It’s another exciting edition of Funnnnnnnnny Names in the News, where we bring you the most fascinating names we’ve encountered this week.
And what a strange week it has been! If you feel like we’ve just spoken recently, there’s a good reason for that – this week has seen no fewer than 3 missed posts. In fact, were it not for my chance encounter with an article about Pepper Roach, this would be the first BoFN post this week. Insanity!
Speaking of insanity, the Russian government is holding steadfastly to its ridiculous decision to imprison Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Liz’s favorite band, Pussy Riot. It’s a darn shame when a country can’t recognize it has a national treasure on its hands until far too late. However, not all is lost, because first of all Nadezhda has still got gumption, and she’s doing awesome stuff like writing about Greek gods.
We’re most pleased by the fact that she has been writing about Greek gods to none other than everyone’s favorite Slovenian philosopher, Slavoj Žižek, whose birds perching on Z’s have made him the newest member in the Blog of Funny Names’ venerable cast of “copy and paste” characters. The impressive crew is led by orange-wearing gang leader Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson, who you may know as the guy who runs that fishing company in Iceland yet steadfastly claims that he’s “not into fishing.” Which is funny, because that’s what I’ve been saying about my mayonnaise and textile companies all these years.
Moving on to the other side of the world, Blog of Funny Names political correspondent Davey Boy is thrilled that Socialist candidate Kshama Sawant was elected to Seattle’s City Council, becoming the first Socialist to hold office in that damp but wonderful city in at least 100 years. I think I should clarify that the reason we’re thrilled is not because of any political convictions (the Blog of Funny Names is an inclusive, nonpartisan community), but because of her name, Kshama Sawant (the Blog of Funny Names *is* pro-funny names… you could even call us the lunatic fringe of the funny names debate).
Ms. Sawant, who works as a college economics professor – is anyone else intrigued by the idea of a socialist economist? – has been pushing a platform of raising the minimum wage to $15, enacting rent control, and taxing multimillionaires to fund a public transit system. Granted, a city councilmember doesn’t have the authority of a mayor, and a mayor doesn’t have the authority of Vladimir Putin, but we nonetheless hope Sawant can work together with her colleagues and get some good stuff through the marshy landscape of city politics.
Taking a more pensive tone, we are sad to report that famed children’s author Charlotte Zolotow has passed away at age 98. The New York Times posted a touching tribute to Zolotow, and she is remembered fondly by the thousands of people influenced by her writing. Speaking of people who she influenced, Zolotow is survived by her children Zee and Crescent Dragonwagon. You may remember Crescent Dragonwagon as one of our all-time favorite funny-named personalities, who graced us with her appreciative comments and generosity in response to Liz’s inaugural post. We wish Crescent and family the very best as they deal with this loss.
Finally, BoFN Pilfering Correspondent Arto decided to take a break from his erudite readings to share a factoid about… well, something. Take it away, Arto!
“There’s a great article in the New Yorker this week about grease oil theft. Apparently, collecting and processing used frier oil from restaurants is a multibillion dollar business. It features people with names like Randall Stuewe, Steve Felchak, Danny Spurlock, and Ronny Lemond, the last of whom is a cousin of a guy who refers to himself as the “Cat Daddy”. It’s a good read if you can get your hands on it.”
That’s it for Funny Names in the News, capping off one of our blog’s strangest weeks ever. Tune in next week, when we intrepidly explore the light side of the moon.