HELLO FUNNY NAMES FANS! Dave here! It’s hard to believe we’ve reached this point, but today’s post marks the 500th entry in the history of the Blog of Funny Names. 500 posts! It’s hard to believe… a little less than 3 years ago, we started this blog and profiled a group of extraordinary (and extraordinarily accomplished) gentlemen sharing a delightful name: Outerbridge Horsey.
Since then, the blog has grown to a point where 10 people have authored posts, and we’ve gotten over 170,000 unique hits. Rather than do our usual weekly round-up of funny names in the news, Arto decided to throw together a list of funny names associated with the number 500, and then following that, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge each of the writers who helped us reach the big 5-0-0.
Take it away, Arto!
“In celebration of 500 posts, here are some thematically related funny names!
Indy 500 winners include Howdy Wilcox, Gordon Johncock, and Gaston Chevrolet, who has a very appropriate name for a race car driver.
The list of the NHL’s list of players to score 500 or more goals has a lot of French people, but also Dino Ciccarelli, Mike Bossy, and Lanny McDonald.
The funniest company names on the Fortune Global 500 list are :
- Petrobras, which may or may not be a company manufacturing gasoline-powered breast supports
- Fannie Mae, because fanny, tee hee.
- J.P Morgan Chase, because Chase was founded by the Honorable Salmon P. Chase.
- AmerisourceBergen, for the least elegant merger-formed nightmare of a corporate name
- Bunge – I don’t know what they do, but I hope they make elastic rope that allows people to jump off bridges with no consequences beyond their mothers calling them stupid
- Johnson Controls – hehehehe
Having read the entire list I can confirm that people naming and in charge of massive corporations are indeed soulless, unimaginative, corporate-speak worshiping, acronym-devouring, merger-monstrosity-favoring ultra boring brand creator hacks. Come on guys, a little imagination wouldn’t hurt here.
Theudebert I, the King of Austrasia (not a typo), was born in the year 500. But you already knew that. Everyone knows all about Theudebert I, the coolest guy in the year 500. All the young girls had his posters on their wall, all flexing his pecs in sweaty Austrasian glory.
(Wikipedia says most of what we know about Theudebert I comes from a book called History of the Franks, but isn’t that weird? His name isn’t Frank at all. Strange.)
The Sandown 500 is a famous Australian Endurance Motor Race celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Nice. Past winners include Dick Johnson, George Fury and Jamie Whincup (he won the Sandown cup twice, actually.)
The best name for a 500- race is definitely held by the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 in Virginia, whose winner receives a custom built grandfather clock for some reason. Good times.
Thanks Arto! That was an impressive round-up!
The Cast of Characters, and a Huge Thank You!
In celebration of #500, I’d like to take a quick moment to acknowledge every one of the writers who helped make the BoFN what it is! You’re all very much ap, bpreciated, and have become part of a virtual family, of sorts.
I didn’t know how to order this list, so I decided to do it by how many posts you’ve written.
Arto, 144 posts – My partner in crime, co-founder of this blog, and everyone’s favorite Finn. This blog wouldn’t exist without Arto. He encouraged me early on to keep building the Funny Names List, and then was the impetus for us starting the BoFN. Not including this one, we’ve combined for 320 posts between the two of us, and even though I’ve been a bit more prolific, I will always tell everyone within earshot that Arto is the funnier writer. His understated, dry wit is masterful. His hobbies include fondling Ted Danson.
Rob, 54 posts – I just described everyone here as a virtual family, but Rob is the only one who’s actually family. Though he no longer posts regularly (and periodically I keep trying to bring him back), his Ogden Nash-laden baseball posts were a mainstay for so much of the blog’s development. Rob is missed, but I predict he may show up here again sometime in the not-too-distant future. His hobbies include being rich and successful, despite only being in his mid-20’s.
Amb!!!, 41 posts – Amb, the doll of our crew, had a meteoric rise to the top of the BoFN, starting out as an enthusiastic commenter, who became our favo(u)rite commenter, a star writer, and now writes for us once a month. Her enthusiastic, vocabulary-building, ebullient showbiz-related posts are the stuff of legend around here. It was a great pleasure to meet Amb in Florida this February and have a wonderful conversation about just about everything. It’s proof that blog friendships can transfer over well into real ones. Her hobbies include being 0 for 1 against me in inter-blog competitions 🙂
Mark, 23 posts – Before I met Amb, Mark became the first BoFN buddy I met through the blog, when he generously hosted me during an interview trip to Yale School of Medicine. We spoke like old friends, and I loved the opportunity to get to know him and his wife, Cheryl. Mark’s posts feature some of the finest writing to ever grace this blog. His hobbies include feverishly researching imaginary (but totally awesome) birds.
Fannie, 21 posts – Fannie won me over the first time I ever read her pen name, Fannie Cranium, and was part of the first wave of Tuesday feature writers, along with Liz, Mark and Amb. Fannie is our traveling correspondent, going all over North America and finding funny named features along the way. Fannie is a treasured member of the team, and the only person to interview one of our funny-named subjects. Her hobbies include getting her awesome stories published.
Liz, 21 posts – Everyone’s favorite Minnesotan, Liz takes a monthly break from her extraordinary food blogging to bring us some of the funniest names in food, and has done a heck of a job with that. Liz hit the ground running, with her first post gaining the attention of its subject, Crescent Dragonwagon, leading to an online friendship and becoming the stuff of BoFN legend. That was the first time a postee had contacted one of our writers, making Liz a trailblazer in BoFN’s development. Her hobbies include naming beverages after Funny Names bloggers.
Wdydfae, 13 posts – Wdydfae, also known as Diddy or Diddz (according to Arto), is our easternmost correspondent, hailing all the way from… somewhere in Asia. He is renowned for his extraordinary blurb-writing, and has earned a special place in my heart for two reasons: 1. He was the first full-fledged member of Team Dave in the Amb vs. Dave challenge. 2. He gave me the nickname King Dave, in one of the greatest posts ever on BoFN. His hobbies include falsely believing that there is a scarcity of funny names in the world.
Kerbey, 4 posts – The newest member of our team, Kerbey made the leap from awesome commenter to BoFN writer, on the recommendation of Liz. And much like Liz, her first post was exceptionally successful, getting featured on the official Engelbert Humperdinck Facebook page and bringing in 700 hits within a few-day span. Kerbey, with her quick wit and Texan awesomeness, has become fast friends with the rest of the bloggers here, and I think I speak for everyone when I say we’re extremely glad to have her on board. Her hobbies include posting pictures of her awesome 80’s hairstyles.
Mailman, 2 posts – Ms. Mailman (yes, her last name is actually Mailman) swings by every now and then to deliver a heaping handful of incredibly funny names. She has been a dear friend for some time and I hope to see her back on the blog soon. Her hobbies include getting married in October, and unfortunately losing the Mailman name. But I’ll still address her as Mailman!
That’s the crew! Thank you guys all for everything, and here’s to 500 more posts. It’s been such a pleasure working with all of you!