Hey funny names fans! I’m a week late here thanks to a scheduling related confusion and generally not knowing which day of the week is Friday, but better late than never, eh? True for most things, except for getting hit with a falling piano. I’d prefer never on that one.
We begin our weekly funny names news coverage with sad news. Former Vancouver Canucks hockey team tough guy Gino Odjick has been diagnosed with a rare terminal disease and expects to not have much more time left on this earth. Very sad news as the always positive Odjick is only 43. In a great gesture, hundreds of Canucks fans gathered outside Vancouver General Hospital to chant his name upon hearing the news.
In further sad news, actor Meschach Taylor, most famous for the sitcom Designing Women, has died at the age of 67. The news was relayed by his agent Dede Binder, who at least has a delightful name to cheer us up a bit.
Moving on to more positive topics, and a guy named Pigmy Kokietgym! Yes, Pigmy! Kokietgym! He’s a boxer, which explains the “gym” in “Kokietgym”, and recently fought against No. 1-rated strawweight Hekkie Budler, whose name is just funny enough that it may even edge out Pigmy for funniest strawweight fighter.
The strawweight category always makes me think of strawberries. Those are delicious. What’s with the name though, there’s nothing so strawy about them, is there?
Thanks to our Pigmy vs. Hekkie correspondent Dave.
Meanwhile in Sweden, a man born with a very short name, Alexander Ek, has come to a logical decision in his life and changed his name to what may be the world’s longest. It contains 63 words and is hopefully the only name in the world containing a reference to a North Korean dictator and the words “Gilgamesh” and “Arse Hole”. The name in full reads as follows (deep breath here) : Kim-Jong Sexy Glorious Beast Divine Dick Father Lovely Iron Man Even Unique Poh Un Winn Charlie Ghora Khaos Mehan Hansa Kimmy Humbero Uno Master Over Dance Shake Bouti Bepop Rocksteady Shredder Kung Ulf Road House Gilgamesh Flap Guy Theo Arse Hole Im Yoda Funky Boy Slam Duck Chuck Jorma Jukka Pekka Ryan Super Air Ooy Rusell Salvador Alfons Molgan Akta Papa Long Nameh Ek.
I’ll grant him extra points for the meta inclusion of “Long Nameh” near the end. We wish him well in his future employment searches. Many thanks to Leslie Jo Chase for spotting that one.
In more sports news, our friend Michelle spotted this list of the best soccer player nicknames. The standout from the list is a classic, the former Oldham Athletic player “One Size” Fitz Hall. Some of that famous English wit right there.
Aaaaand that’ll just about do it for this week’s coverage. Tune back in next week with more funny name related shenanigans!