Celebrating Phyllis Diller, Shoni Schimmel Shining, and Lots More in FNITN 90!

Hello Funny Names Fans! We have a stacked pile of funny names goodness this week, so read on through for your weekly dose!

We start with delightful news from Alameda, CA, who last Saturday held a special city-wide Phyllis Diller Day! Now that’s an event worth a mention. The Alameda Museum, curated by Ron Ucovich, had a special Phyllis Diller celebration in the comedienne’s honor. One of the creators of the event is called Dorinda von Stroheim, which is also a name suitable for this blog. We commend everyone involved for the efforts in setting up this special day, and hope to perhaps attend next year.


The article above is great by the way, and it will also teach you that Mrs. Von Stroheim is part of a ladies’ group “who enjoy dressing up in vintage outfits and dining together at restaurants that opened before the 1970s”. This is a group that gets my full approval.

Elsewhere, local Dutch politics! Pieter Broertjes, the mayor of Dutch town Hilversum, got into a bit of hot water, and I ain’t talking about no jacuzzi, when he called for Vladimir Putin’s Holland-residing daughter to be deported from the country. He later apologized, but at least he earned himself a mention on the Funny Names Blog! Hooray!

This lovely radio and television museum is located in Hilversum, the Netherlands. Pay a visit sometime!

This lovely radio and television museum is located in Hilversum, the Netherlands. Pay a visit sometime!

In the world of sports, “Showtime” Shoni Schimmel shone in the WNBA all-star game the other night, scoring 29 points to lead the East team to a 129-128 win over rivals West. Cappie PondexterTamika Catchings, and Skylar Diggins also featured. A nod of the head to our Tall Women Throwing Balls Correspondent Dave!

Beautiful story now from Seattle, where the local MLS soccer team Seattle Sounders made a lovely gesture in putting 18-year-old Xander Bailey, who has cystic fibrosis, in their starting lineup in an exhibition game against London-based Tottenham Hotspur. The kid started the game with help from the Make-a-Wish foundation, getting to play for his favorite team in front of 55,000 spectators. Lovely, lovely story there. Thanks to our Make-a-Wish-and-He’ll-Nod-Understandingly Correspondent Dave for that one!

Meanwhile, in Lexington County, South Carolina, outgoing superintendent Dr. Venus Holland has found a replacement. His name is Tom Siler, meaning the funny name rating for the county is unfortunately going to have to be downgraded. Our congratulations to the new superintendent regardless.

Back to sports, where the Ottawa Senators have signed magical-limbed forward David Legwand to a two-year contract.

Over to disease spread news! Interestingly named mosquito-bite-caused disease Chikungunya, which means “bent over in pain” in the Makonde language, is apparently something you really don’t want. They should probably name more diseases this way, I really think it would help people avoid certain activities much more than some obscure greek or latin based disease names. I certainly would never want to have “poop water for twelve days”, “like a constant stab in the chest”, “ultimate mucus challenge”, or “it hurts a lot to pee”. Right? Let’s get on it, educators!

Odrisamer Despaigne reaching out for a hanging ball.

Odrisamer Despaigne reaching out for a hanging ball.

Back to sports. Over to you, San Diego Parents Correspondent Dave! “On Sunday, Padres rookie Odrisamer Despaigne was 4 outs away from throwing the first no-hitter in Padres history. His two-hit, one-run performance brought his ERA down to a ridiculous 1.31 (the national league average ERA is 3.68)”. Pretty cool!

Dave is also our Hippity Hop Correspondent, and luckily had something to share from that world as well this week. Thanks Dave! He tells us that rapper Meek Mill has unfortunately been sentenced to 3 to 6 months of jail time. Details are scarce, but apparently a local judge felt his behavior while out on probation was “of concern” and so Mr. Mill has ended up in jail. We wish him a speedy return to the world at large.

To finish with more positive hip hop news, Ghanaian rapper Jayso has said that musicians should “look beyond money” in their choice of musical direction. We commend Jayso for taking a stand for people doing what they love.

See you next week! We have some really cool names lined up for next week, so be sure to come back!



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. www.funnynamesblog.wordpress.com
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10 Responses to Celebrating Phyllis Diller, Shoni Schimmel Shining, and Lots More in FNITN 90!

  1. ksbeth says:

    and to think i had always used the term, ‘tottenham’ when responding to someone who texted me about what i was doing when i was busy carrying home a large pack of pork chops in my car.

    • wdydfae says:

      Uw, Uw, Uw (wince)

      Good one!

      And they probably pronounce it “Totten’um.” So you can also use it to answer when they keep asking you what you’re doing with those pork chops: “Totten’um.” Or for that matter, when you’re carrying any objects that are countable nouns and of a number greater than one.

    • Arto says:

      Haha, we love our food puns around here. Well played.

  2. wdydfae says:

    No week is complete without FNitN.

    I was going to mention a Pieter Broertjes word association, but then I realized I’d be giving away a possible Funny Name post in the future. And with Funny Name Scarcity a growing concern these days (right Liz?) we gotta start holdin’ them suckers pretty close to the chest.

    • Arto says:

      No spoilers here!

      However, I believe Funny Name Scarcity is needlessly alarmist and we’ll have a strong supply well into the future. If at any stage we approach complete funny name depletion, which I believe we are still very far away from, we have the technology to create more.

  3. kerbey says:

    I thought of this blog when I heard about Chikungunya earlier this week. It sounds just awful. However, I hardly believe a rapper could have a name like Meek Mill. That’s just not obnoxious enough of a name. You can’t be a rapper and be meek or humble or grounded. Oh, now I see that his real name is Robert Williams. Yawn. That’s too generic.

    Are you sure “Showtime” Shoni Schimmel is not a Yiddish comedian performing in the Catskills during the summer? I think he was spotlighted in part of “Dirty Dancing.”

    BTW, when I read Cappie Pondexter, it reminded me we used to have a high school guidance counselor named Kappie Bliss. That’s a pretty good one, too.

    • Arto says:

      I too was surprised by Meek’s name. But, it beats Bob Williams I suppose.

      I am not sure about Showtime, but I believe everything I am told, thus I will continue to think of her as a baller basketballer. It’s a possibility that she does Catskills comedy on the side of course. Everyone can use a little side income.

      Kappie Bliss is excellent!

  4. Dave says:

    This one ran the gamut! Sad hip hop news to positive hip hop news… not too shabby for a single FNITN!!!

  5. Liz says:

    Am just glad there’s not a test (there isn’t, is there?). ’cause that’s a lot of funny names. Well done, Brilliant Arto.

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